Past Speakers – Europe

Security Transformation in Financial Services Summit

Thomas Barkias

Senior Supervisor - Cyber Resilience, Crypto, ICT & Operational Risk Lead

Thomas Barkias

Experienced Senior Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in various banking industry positions. Technology-oriented studies linked with an MBA and vast experience on risk-based supervision/audit, policy analysis & making, innovation, fintech, regtech, suptech, payments, regulatory compliance, combining the best of both worlds.

Strong professional, focusing on technology and cyber risks, cloud services, digital and crypto assets (incl. stablecoins and CBDC), fintech implications in the banking sector, as well as EU policy developments on digital finance, artificial intelligence and data management.

Currently leading a team of professionals on operational/IT risk supervision. Leading and inspiring diverse teams towards a common goal, achieving synergies with peers, collaborating with internal & external stakeholders & innovation in every form are some of the activities that motivate me. I embrace change and act as an ambassador, onboarding new collaboration tools available in the hybrid new normal.

Edmund Towers

Head of Regtech & Advanced Analytics

Edmund Towers

Ed leads the FCA’s Advanced Analytics and Data Science function, responsible for developing and embedding data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and capability across the organisation. The team’s work supports a broad remit of regulatory priorities: from identifying scams and detecting problem firms, to testing firm compliance with financial crime regimes and analysing the impacts of Costs of Living on Consumers . Since joining the regulator in 2015 Ed has led a number of transformation initiatives. Prior to the FCA Ed worked as a consultant within Financial Services.

Vijay Mitra

Director Chief Risk & Controls

Vijay Mitra

Vijay Mitra is Director of Digital Risk & Controls at Nationwide Building Society, focused on building a trustworthy Digital future for the Modern Mutual at the UK. He specializes in building & embedding “fit for purpose” risk & compliance framework that enables digital delivery at pace and safely for customers. Vijay has over 20 years of experience in Technology, Operational & Conduct risk in the Financial services industry, widespread expertise across Multi-market regulators, Digital transformation, Digital security, fraud prevention and identity and access management, Payments and Open banking.

Howard Rawstron

Head of Economic Crime Prevention Oversight

Howard Rawstron

Howard has undertaken a diverse range of roles in the financial services sector spanning the disciplines of operational management, corporate relationship management, strategy and risk management.

Passionate about preventing Economic Crime his current role is to provide Oversight of Economic Crime risks with particular focus on screening and transaction monitoring.

He is an advisory board member for Cifas, the UKs largest cross-sector fraud data sharing organisation, as well as a member of the European Banking Federation Exco financial crime strategy group. He is also an active member of the Europol Financial Intelligence Public Private Partnership.

As an active LinkedIn member Howard regularly shares thoughts and insights into the world of Economic Crime Prevention and the latest developments around the globe.

Howard enjoys running getting in a 5km jog on most days.

Jason Maude

Chief Technology Advocate

Jason Maude

Kirsty Kelly

Chief Information Security Officer

Kirsty Kelly

Kirsty has spent the last 15 years working across the public and private sector in various intelligence and security roles, ensuring businesses have the information they need to make intelligence driven decisions around security, impacting and improving wider business operations in the process.

Nick Waren

FinCrime Risk Lead

Nick Waren

My name is Nick Waren. I am married with 2 wonderful sons, Jack (8) and Leo (6). I grew up in London and studied Economics and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. I started my career at PwC working in the Conflicts of Interest Team before moving into the Anti-Money Laundering Team 6 months later and have continued to hold Financial Crime related roles ever since.

After working at PwC for 4 years I moved to Barclays in 2011 where I spent the next 3 years in their Group AML Policy Team. I subsequently joined HSBC’s Retail AML Team in 2014 where I was responsible for development and implementation of AML Policy & Procedures. In 2017 my family and I moved to Hong Kong where I led the team responsible for coordinating the Retail business’ response to various remediation programmes and the development of reporting and analytical tools used to identify and mitigate FinCrime risk.

After spending more than 2 years in Hong Kong my family and I returned to the UK in April 2020 when I took up a role in HSBC’s Group AML Team. In July 2022 I moved to NatWest where I currently work as the Deputy MLRO’s Financial Crime Risk Lead.

Peter May

Global Head of Wholesale And Markets Fraud (tbc)

Peter May

Peter May is an accomplished Risk and Control professional with a wealth of experience in financial crime and fraud within the banking and markets industry. Currently serving as the Global Head of Wholesale and Markets Fraud at HSBC since April 2020, he oversees the second line of defense (2LOD) coverage for commercial and corporate banking as well as global markets.

Prior to this role, he held the position of Head of Governance and Controls at Barclays from November 2018 to April 2020, where he served as the UK Chief Controls Officer covering Cards and Payments. With a career spanning over several years at HSBC, Peter has held various significant positions, including Head of Oversight for HSBC’s International Businesses across continental Europe, South Africa, and Bermuda. He also led operational risk oversight for HSBC’s Ring-fencing Programme and the establishment of HSBC UK as Head of Risk Oversight – Structural Reform Programme.

Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated expertise in financial crime risk transformation, operational risk oversight, and trade and receivables finance oversight. With a strong track record and a deep understanding of the industry.

Christopher Dahr

Head of operational risk management

Christopher Dahr

Chris is a seasoned professional with 15 years in the insurance industry. His management experience covers business development, analytics and risk. He holds an MSc from the NHH in Norway and ESSEC Paris. He has worked for some of the largest Scandinavian insurance companies. His yankee accent is due to an American mother.

Evangelos Avramakis

Lead Corporate Foresight, Intelligence & Development

Evangelos Avramakis

Dr. Evangelos Avramakis, Lead Foresight, Insights & Development at Swiss Re. As an internationally recognized expert in the insurance field, Evangelos is known for his ability to anticipate future industry and market trends, as well as his expertise in emerging technologies and innovative business models. He provides valuable insights and business opportunities to the corporate division of Swiss Re, with whom he partners and collaborates with major international corporations. Additionally, Evangelos has co-authored several publications and frequently presents as a keynote speaker at industry conferences and client events.

Lucy Fraser

Policy Adviser

Lucy Fraser

Lucy is a policy specialist working for the insurance sector, supporting market growth, and working with industry and Government stakeholders. She has a PhD in Engineering and is passionate about family, society, and culture. Her PhD was about the NHS estates and public health policy. Now, she works in cyber insurance policy with the goal of creating a healthy sustainable market, and this follows on from her time at the City of London Corporation where she specialised in cyber security policy for the financial and professional services sectors

Bruno Burlon

Lead Business Partner Technology | Corporate Partnerships

Bruno Burlon

Andrew Churchill

Chair

Andrew Churchill

Consultant & Researcher to Governments, Industry, and Academia primarily on Defence & Security (particularly Cyber Security) technologies and innovation.

Research into vulnerabilities in, attacks against, and defences for Identity & Authentication technologies/ techniques within Payments, Telecommunications, and Public Service delivery.

Specialties: Cybercrime and Law, especially fraud
Innovations in cybercrime Arms Race
Links between disparate public/private initiatives/networks

Mark Hughes

President of Security

Mark Hughes

Mark is president of Security for DXC Technology. He is responsible for DXC’s Security business including cyber defense, digital identity, secured infrastructure and security risk management.

Mark joined DXC from BT, a world-leading global telecommunications provider, where he most recently served as chief executive of BT Security. He joined BT in 2002 and held a variety of senior appointments, including key government customer-facing roles. In 2013 Mark led the formation of BT Security, which has become a global leader with 3,000 cyber security experts across 15 security operation centers globally and double-digit annual revenue growth.

Earlier in his career, Mark was the commercial director at MWB Business Exchange. He began his career in the British Army.

Mark has served on national boards, including the Cyber Growth Partnership for the United Kingdom, and the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Cybersecurity Board.

Awarded a BS with honors by the University of Leicester, Mark trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and the Junior Division of Staff College. He was awarded military advanced certificates in French and German from the University of Westminster.

Ebru Keskin

Payments and Fraud Consultan

Ebru Keskin

Neil Smith

CEO & Founder

Neil Smith

Helping businesses to ‘Impact the Future’

Combining more than 30 years industry experience in payments with my own company HDX Global – a consultancy firm specialising in Payments, Strategy, Fraud & Risk.

We drive partners, customers and clients for businesses by implementing effective strategy in the payments sector. At the same time sharing a wealth of knowledge in fraud, risk and cyber security to also protect companies whilst driving their business models.

With a proven formula we are excited to be working with more partners who really want to impact the future where technology meets the financial & merchant services.

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