Current Speakers London

Digital Transformation in Banking & Insurance Summit

Vicki Wharton

Group Operations Excellence Director

Vicki Wharton

Paul Dongha

Group Head of Data and AI Ethics

Paul Dongha

Paul Staples

Group Head of Embedded Banking

Paul Staples

Paul Staples, based in London, UK, is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur specializing in FinTech and Embedded Finance. Currently serving as the Group Head of Embedded Banking at ClearBank, he is dedicated to transforming banking operations from the outside in, crafting future client connectivity and business models that create value for all stakeholders.

Paul’s extensive experience includes leadership roles at renowned institutions such as JP Morgan, HSBC, and Goldman Sachs. With a focus on BaaS (Banking as a Service) and Embedded Finance, he has led multi-functional teams, run start-up P&Ls, and provided executive advisory services to private equity and venture capital firms.

A practitioner and thought leader in Embedded Finance, Paul is also actively involved in mentoring and coaching. He co-founded Graduates Anonymous, a platform aimed at helping graduates bridge the gap between education and the corporate world.

With a robust background in strategic advisory, business model design, and operational execution, Paul is a key player in shaping the future of finance. His expertise encompasses areas such as payments, embedded finance, and banking as a service, making him a valuable asset in the dynamic landscape of financial innovation.

 

Paul Sweeney

Senior Solution Architect

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney, based in Dublin, Ireland, is a seasoned senior digital leader with a remarkable track record in Financial Services and Manufacturing. Currently serving as a key contributor to Starling Bank’s success, he brings over 20 years of expertise in digital transformation, architectural modernization, and leadership of high-performing teams.

In his role at Starling Bank’s Engine, Paul is actively involved in steering digital initiatives and strategies. With a passion for technology and innovation, he specializes in harnessing emerging technologies such as DLT/Blockchain, Digital Automation, AI, NLP, and VR/AR. Paul has a proven ability to drive significant business benefits, including cost reduction, improved customer experiences, and increased revenue opportunities.

His career journey includes impactful roles at KBC Bank Ireland, Aptiv, and AIB, where he held positions like Head of Enterprise Architecture and Head of IT Strategy, Innovation, and Transition. Colleagues commend Paul for his creative, innovative, and inspiring leadership style, emphasizing collaboration and the pursuit of excellence.

Paul Sweeney’s commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements makes him a valuable asset in the dynamic landscape of digital leadership, where he continues to shape and drive innovation at Starling Bank.

Ronelle Arbib

Chief Operating Officer

Ronelle Arbib

Ronelle Arbib serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Recognise Bank, a relatively recent entrant that obtained its banking licence in 2021. The bank now provides a variety of business savings accounts and specialised lending services. In her role as C.O.O, Ronelle oversees the bank’s operations, which include responsibilities in Customer Experience, Savings, Marketing, Product, and Operational Resilience. Ronelle has worked in several senior management and operational roles across the investment, real estate, and financial services sectors, both in the UK and overseas and has led complex financing of over £500m in debt. Ronelle volunteers as a Senior Project Manager for The Parasol Foundation Trust, a charity helping disadvantaged women succeed in the business world, and she also leads the Bank in its partnership with Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF). Prior to this, Ronelle spent five years in operational roles within the Air Force – managing large teams, projects, and operations.

Tanja Imamovic

Digital Transformation & Technology Strategist

Tanja Imamovic

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