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Adam Weiner, Vice President, AQR Capital Management

Adam is the head of the Business & Regulatory Change team at AQR. In his role, he is responsible for managing infrastructure, controls, and change initiatives for departments which include Compliance, Legal, and Risk as well as for the enterprise as a whole. Prior to working at AQR, he was a risk manager on various fixed income trading desks at three different sell-side institutions. Adam has a MBA and an MS in Finance from the University of Maryland and received his BS degree from the University of Notre Dame. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Bob Walsh, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Crime Officer, Chair of the US Compliance Committee AXA Group

Bob Walsh is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Global Financial Crime Officer for AXA Group. AXA provides insurance, investment management and banking in over 50 countries. Bob is based in New York. His main focus is ensuring compliance with international laws on anti-money laundering, international sanctions, bribery and cross-border tax evasion.

His outside activities include:

  • Industry consultation to the Financial Action Task Force and the US Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group
  • The Financial Crime Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors
  • Chairing the Sanctions in Insurance Roundtable, comprised of most major global insurance companies

Bob started his career at an international bank, and had subsequent roles as a securities regulator and as an executive at an innovative technology firm. Bob has a Political Science degree from McGill University, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business

Colin Reid, Chief Technology Officer, Vox Financial Partners

Colin Reid is the Chief Technology Officer at Vox Financial Partners, a consulting and product firm focused on regulatory change management. He is leading the build of Opal, a suite of tools to provide structured contract drafting & management on a distributed ledger (permissioned blockchain). Opal reduces operational risk and legal cost by managing the single ‘golden copy’ of a legal document, and by storing documents with metadata to enable easy searching, querying, and reporting.

Prior to joining Vox, Colin was Chief Operating Officer at Redkite, a financial services consulting firm (now part of LiquidHub). Before that he spent 17 years with JPMorgan in London, New York, and Hong Kong building technology to support derivatives trading, risk management, and operations across all asset classes.

Colin lives in Seattle and spends most of his free time playing and watching soccer

Ray Horan, CEO, Emotics

Ray is CEO of Emotics, a Hong Kong-based RegTech company that analyzes user engagement with compliance training to help optimize the online training process and identify high-risk areas for breaches of compliance. Having started his career in accounting, Ray has held senior roles, and been on the founding teams, of enterprise software solutions in business process automation, business intelligence, marketing automation, mobile applications and education technology.

Nicola Cowburn, Chief Marketing Officer, Qumram

Nicola Cowburn is Chief Marketing Officer at Qumram, and she sits on the Executive Board of the International RegTech Association (IRTA).

An award-winning marketing professional with 25 years’ experience in technology and financial services, Nicola is a recognised thought leader, and avid supporter of financial innovation and regulatory technology. After spending her early career at Hewlett Packard, Nicola has devoted the last 18 years to working with high-growth technology SMEs to help them evolve into successful global enterprises.

Currently focused on developing RegTech and compliance solutions that support digital transformation, Nicola is proud to be a member of the 2016 Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Power List.



Roni Mizrahi, Head of Technology Risk & Regulatory Management, Barclays Investment Bank

Pamela Pecs Cytron, Founder & CEO, Pendo Systems

Pamela’s more than 30 years of financial services technology industry experience includes successfully growing companies from start-up to operational efficiencies while consistently increasing revenue. Her special expertise includes a clear vision of tracking technologies used to serve the financial services industry, and developing innovative strategies to meet the industry’s demands while keeping her focus on providing the ultimate customer experience.

Ms. Pecs Cytron launched her current company, Pendo Systems, Inc., a New Jersey-based financial technology company in 2008. Pendo provides technology for the global capital markets industry, specifically focused on extracting insights from unstructured data. In 2015 Ms. Pecs Cytron pivoted to create a business platform that could explore and repair degraded relationships within dark data by uncovering the hidden information in both structured and unstructured document sources.


John Byrne, CEO, Corlytics

John Byrne is founder and CEO of Corlytics, responsible for setting the company’s vision and strategy.

He is a serial entrepreneur in the financial technology sector, John has built and sold a number of global technology based enterprises. He co-founded one of the first campus companies in Ireland in 1985 in the energy technology sector and built Information Mosaic in 1997, a global player in the securities software industry which was sold to Markit in 2015.

He set up Corlytics to provide real regularly risk intelligence. Following a tsunami of global regulation arrived for the financial markets in 2009, John realised there was no joined up intelligence and predictive analytics to help the banks, regulators and their advisors make informed decisions. Corlytics was formed in 2013 and today is the global leader in regulatory risk intelligence.

John is an executive board member of the International RegTech Association IRTA.  A united community of individuals and organisations, with a shared vision to innovate, advance, and influence the future of regulatory technology

John is a frequent speaker at industry events and has spoken at events such as SIBOS and NEMA. He has also spoken at many other conferences on operational and systemic risk and at RegTech Summits in London and New York. John is a graduate of Stanford Business School and has a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering


Paul Caulfield, Executive Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer , Israel Discount Bank

Paul Caulfield is a recognized compliance professional who has successfully rehabilitated enterprise-wide compliance programs and implemented global solutions to improve operational efficiencies. A former Manhattan prosecutor, Paul has his Series 7, 24 and 66 securities licenses and has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC and other media outlets in connection with his crisis management work. In his current position, he travels frequently throughout Latin America and Israel to stay abreast of regulatory developments and monitor bank performance.

Ruth Wandhofer, Citi Transaction Services, Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy

Ruth is a regulatory expert in the field of banking and one of the foremost authorities on transaction banking regulatory matters. Ruth’s key responsibilities include driving regulatory and industry dialogue and developing product and market strategy in line with the evolving regulatory and innovation landscape. Ruth chairs a number of influential industry bodies such as the Global Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee of BAFT and the BAFT Innovation Regulatory WG, the European Banking Federation Payments Regulatory Expert Group and the European Payments Council (EPC) Payment Security Group. She is also a board member of the EPC and the EBA Association, a member of the European Commission Payment Systems Market Expert Group (PSMEG), a member of BAFT’s Global Innovation Council, a member of the European Biometrics Council and a member of the UK Payment Systems Regulator Payments Strategy Forum. In her spare time she mentors FinTech start-ups in London and the US, while pursuing a PhD on blockchain and payments.

Brian Fahey, Chief Executive Officer, MyComplianceOffice

Brian Fahey is the Chief Executive Officer of MyComplianceOffice. Brian has been delivering complex technology solutions to meet critical business objectives within the investment management industry for over 25 years in US, Europe and Asia. His focus over the last 12 years has been building differentiated, market leading Compliance IT solutions that can adapt to rapidly changing business and regulatory environments while simultaneously being very cost effective. Prior to joining MyComplianceOffice, Mr. Fahey ran a Consulting practice for Access Data, a firm that specialized in technology solutions for the investment industry. He also managed investment systems at John Hancock Funds and was CTO for a smaller institutional asset manager.

Brian has a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Management Science degrees from University College Dublin (Ireland). He also has an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Internet Management from Northeastern University.

Shane Brett, CEO, GECKO Governance

Shane Brett is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, peer-reviewed author, and thought-leader specializing in hedge funds, FinTech, and the global economy.
He is co-founder of GECKO Governance—the new blockchain-enabled Fund Regulation solution.
Shane has 20 years experience in hedge fund /asset management operations, consultancy and technology, including program and product management at top fund managers and administrators worldwide (e.g., BNP Paribas, HSBC, UBS, and RBS).

Sean McWilliams, Trade Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland

Sean is based in Enterprise Ireland’s New York office as a member of EI’s International Sales & Partnering team. Sean’s role is to provide Irish Fintech companies with strategic advisory services across a range of areas and support them in building and developing their business in the US.
Prior to joining Enterprise Ireland, Sean worked for First Derivatives, a financial technology and consulting firm, as a financial analyst on various projects within RBS in London. Sean holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law with Politics from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master’s in International Business Law from Trinity College Dublin.

Joseph Lodato, Global Head of Compliance Technology & Surveillance, Guggenheim Partners

As a professional with more than two decades of leadership experience in the Financial Services industry, Joe Lodato offers a comprehensive understanding of the issues, trends, challenges and solutions facing CCOs in today’s dynamic and volatile financial services organizations.
Joe’s career success is based on strong and decisive leadership, combined with the ability to bridge the divide between technology and business and ensure alignment with corporate objectives delivered through technology. In Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating roles, Joe led the successful integration of technology to ensure compliance and drive productivity across all levels of the organization, and in a variety of settings, from startup organizations to large global services organizations, including Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and Alliance Bernstein.
Joe earned his degree in finance from the Lublin School of Business at Pace University in New York City and presently is the Global Head of Compliance Technology and Surveillance at Guggenheim Partners.

Melissa Koide, Founder, Finreglab

Melissa Koide is founder and CEO of FinRegLab, a new independent organization that leverages technology solutions to achieve public policy aspirations, address regulatory goals, and drive the financial sector towards an efficient and inclusive financial marketplace. FinRegLab provides an independent Laboratory for policymakers and regulators, technology and financial sector innovators, and consumer advocates to build an evidence-based understanding of new financial technologies and their impact on consumers and the implications for public policy.
Prior to establishing FinRegLab, Melissa served for four and one-half years as the U.S. Treasury Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consumer Policy where she developed and executed the Treasury Department’s consumer policies in the areas of credit, student loans, payments, savings, credit reporting, fintech, and financial inclusion.

Melissa helped to build the first government offered preretirement savings product, the myRA, and she established the $5 million Innovation Fund to support research and strategies to improve consumers’ financial health and their access to safe and affordable financial products and services.

Nirvana Farhadi, Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, Hitachi Vantara

Nirvana is the business owner and strategic leader for Hitachi’s Financial Services RegTech business. She is a global compliance, operations and risk expert. As the former Head of Regulatory Reporting at KPMG, she led the business, practice, and development for Regulatory Transaction Reporting. She served as a lead regulatory expert across Trade, Transaction, Periodic, and Positional reporting requirement under various global regulations including but not limited to: MiFID, MiFID2/MiFIR, EMIR, REMIT, DFA, SEC, CFTC, Hong Kong TR, Canadian TR, ASIC TR, Commodities Position Reporting, and Threshold reporting requirements.

Between 2014-2015 she was lead expert to a European Regulatory body on the MiFID II/MiFIR Transaction Reporting Technical Standards, and Instrument Reference Data Standard. Nirvana helps firms with the effect of Brexit on their businesses. She is heavily involved in industry working groups which include key market participants and NCA’s across Europe and the US.

With over 20 years of senior experience, Nirvana has published various articles, co-authored the upcoming RegTech book, and presents at numerous round tables as well as high profile conferences. She is a Founding Member of the Committee to Establish the RegTech Council.

Nikhil Aggarwal, Data and Analytics Executive, FinTech Entrepreneur in Residence, iValley Innovation Center.

Nikhil has 18 years of international experience spanning Consumer and Corporate Banking across financial crime compliance, fraud, operations, credit risk, user experience, sales and marketing analytics. He has built and led global teams specializing in data management, metrics design and dashboards, visualization, data mining, statistical modeling and financial modeling. He is currently advising start ups in the RegTech and FinTech space at the iValley Innovation Center, a co-creation studio that helps build and launch FinTech startups. Nikhil has held analytics positions with global institutions including Standard Chartered Bank, Bank of America, Citigroup and Capital One.

Patrick Brennan, Enterprise Sales Director, Digital Reasoning

As Enterprise Sales Director at Digital Reasoning, Patrick Brennan is responsible for implementing Digital Reasoning’s sales efforts and strategy within the enterprise sector and financial services industry. Most recently, Brennan was instrumental in Anti-Money Laundering efforts for the Bank of Tokyo (now MUFG Americas). Prior to that he spent over seven years at the Bank of America in various senior executive positions. Brennan graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a master’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

Marcy Cohen, Managing Director - General Counsel & Head of Regulatory Affairs, ING Americas

In this role, responsibilities include providing leadership, guidance and support to ING globally on major strategic initiatives, corporate governance, regulatory, litigation and transactional matters, as well as serving as a member of the Americas Regional Management Team, Innovation, Operational Risk and Compliance Committees.

Before joining ING in 2005, Ms. Cohen held similar roles for other major global financial institutions. 

Ms. Cohen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of American Finance, a Director of the Atlantic Legal Foundation and is an active member of various professional organizations serving on the General Counsel committee of the American Association of Bank Directors, the Regulatory and Legislative Committee of the Institute of International Bankers, the Economic Club of New York, ISDA, the Banking Law Committee of the NYC Bar Assn. and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Assn. She has also served as Chair of the International Banking Committee of the American Bar Association, the Corporate Counsel Committee of the NYS Bar Association (“NYSBA”), and Chair of the Litigation Committee of the Futures and Derivatives Committee of the NYSBA.  She is a frequent speaker at various industry conferences covering various timely topics including risk management, governance and compliance culture. She has published several articles on various financial and risk topics.


Alexander Abramov, Head, Information Risk, Markets, Large Financial Institution

Alex Abramov is an IT Governance, Risk, Audit, and Security senior leader with over 20 years of experience in Financial and Advisory Services. His current role is the Head of Information Risk for a broker dealer at a major financial firm. Previously Alex has served as a Technology Risk Controller at JP Morgan, Practice Leader for IT Governance and Compliance at EY, Senior Manager at BDO Seidman, and Head of Application Development and a DISO at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Alex is a co-author of “Cyber Risk” book (2016.) An accomplished speaker, he has presented at over 30 conferences in North America and Europe on the topics of Risk Management and IT Compliance. His credentials include CISA, CGEIT, and CRISC. [www.linkedin.com/in/abramovalexander]

Richard Pike, Chief Executive Office, Governor Software

Richard has extensive experience of working with financial institutions throughout the world, assisting companies in managing enterprise risk more efficiently while addressing local regulatory guidelines and standards. As well as being the founder and CEO of Governor Software, Richard is currently an Independent Non Executive Director at both PermanentTSB Bank plc and JP Morgan Fund Administration ltd.

Prior to Governor Software, Richard has worked in various senior banking, insurance, credit and market risk roles at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, ABN AMRO, Bain, COMIT Gruppe and Quay Financial Software. He has analysed, designed and managed the development of core treasury and enterprise risk management systems for large financial institutions, including UBS, Citibank, Schroders and Unicredito.

In 2009, Richard was recognised as a “Top 50” Face of Operational Risk by Op Risk & Compliance magazine and was a contributing author to two books on risk management. He is also a board member of the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre which focuses on research in the area of financial services governance, risk and compliance. Richard has also received the designation of ‘Certified Bank Director’ by the Institute of Banking.

Bradley Giemza, Chief Risk Officer, RJO’Brien

Bradley (Brad) Giemza is a financial services executive and leader currently the Chief Risk Officer for RJO’Brien a top Futures Commission Merchant and derivatives broker in Chicago. Previously, Brad led Investment Banking and Global Markets technology at MUFG Union Bank. Mr. Giemza has more than 20 years of experience in a progression of roles that cover a broad perspective of risk and operations within the financial services industry. At Societe Generale, Brad was Global Head of Risk IT for their FCM managing 5+ million futures trades a day across 90 markets in all regions with staff in Chicago, NY, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Mr. Giemza has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s of business administration from DePaul University.

Further He was a three year member of the Options Clearing Corp Technology Round Table. Brad is currently an active participant in the Futures Industry Association, a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, a member of the Chartis FinTech Focus Group and an executive board member of the International RegTech Association.


Russell E. Perry, Co-Founder & CEO, kompany

Russell co-founded kompany together with long-time friends and business partners.
Russell was the start-up CEO of the largest people-search engine with more than 50 million monthly uniques, operating in 13 countries in 11 languages. He expanded the company from a garage operation to a profitable business within six months and oversaw the sale for EUR 15 million, generating up to a 5x return for investors. For nearly six years Russell was a member of the senior management team at the online gaming company bwin. He led product management betting with more than EUR 2.5 billion in wagers, established strategic and media partnerships in 25 countries.
Russell’s mobile and telecommunications roots go back to 1998 when he joined Austria’s third mobile operator ONE (which became Hutchison 3 Austria) as head of product management data. He oversaw several European firsts, such as mobile banking, SMS content services, SMS payment for vending machines and the first real-time multi-user gaming platform. Russell then joined Telefonica Movile’s 3G Mobile AG in Zurich as Director of Products & Services where he defined and led the launch portfolio of the 3G green field mobile operator.

Bill Nosal, Vice President - Business Development, Market Technology, Nasdaq

Bill Nosal is a Vice President and Head of Business Development for Nasdaq’s Market Technology business. Bill is responsible for identifying and advancing strategic initiatives that demonstrate product/thought leadership to our customers. In this role, he builds relationships with key customers, industry analysts, consultants, and investment firms to identify innovative, or even disruptive, technologies and companies who might help deliver the next generation of Nasdaq solutions.

He is experienced software product manager who has worked closely with sales, marketing, and development teams to turn innovative ideas into deliverable products. He is also a former compliance officer who is well-versed in trading, risk, and compliance markets and brings with a broad understanding around the trading of instruments including simple and complex fixed income products, FX, derivatives, and
energy and commodity instruments.

Bill holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Edward Doyle, Regional Director, Europe, Kyckr

Edward Doyle is Regional Director Europe with Kyckr (ASX:KYK) a provider of Corporate KYC and associated person data. Kyckr provide automated corporate remediation, validation and ongoing monitoring for corporate businesses globally. In this role Edward works with supervised and obliged entities across Europe and North America in Financial Services and Payments. Prior to Kyckr, Edward was VP Financial Crime Strategy at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, and Global Head of Compliance Solutions at Norkom Technologies. Edward has worked directly with over a hundred financial institutions on Financial Crime and Compliance projects. Edward has published many articles and whitepapers on Beneficial Ownership, KYC and Financial Crime prevention. Edwards is graduate of the Honourable Society of Kings Inns (Corporate Crime), and holds an MSc in Technology Management from University College Dublin, holds a BSc in Computing and is CAMS certified.

Mary Kopczynski, CEO & Founder, 8of9

Mary Kopczynski, J.D, & Ph.D., is one of the financial industry’s foremost regulatory problem solvers. She has over 10 years of experience in managing regulatory crises in the world’s largest financial institutions and has been a passionate advocate for RegTech her entire career. She created 8of9 from the ground up and continues to be an evangelist for simplifying the world of financial regulation.

8of9 transforms complex financial regulations into sustainable RegTech solutions. As tech-savvy J.D.s, with experience consulting at global financial institutions, we use our regulatory and IT knowledge to create products that provide clear business requirements, clear outcomes and sustainable results tied back to the original source law.

Ben Richmond, Founder & CEO, CUBE

Beginning his career with MISYS Group, Ben has spent 20 years working in the technology sector majoring on Content (unstructured data) and how organisations can best leverage and manage it. Through this understanding of Content, Ben has successfully grown a number of technology and service companies as part of The Content Group which he founded in 1998. As a subject matter expert and thought leader, Ben has been involved in setting global standards for a number of Content related initiatives.
In 2011 Ben founded CUBE, an international RegTech provider and now the category leader for Global Regulatory Change solutions. By leveraging regulatory Content on the Open Web, CUBE’s AI platform provides an automated approach to monitoring, detecting and analysing global regulatory change, creating the world’s first single source Regulatory Data Service.
Ben is also an Executive Board Member and the Chapter President, UK & Ireland, of the International RegTech Association (IRTA).

Frank Carr, CMO, Financial Risk Solutions

Frank holds overall responsibility for the marketing strategy at Financial Risk Solutions (FRS). The primary duty is to generate revenue by increasing sales through successful marketing for FRS using market research, pricing, product marketing, marketing communications, advertising and public relations. In addition, Frank overseas client relationships and upgrades.

Along with his colleagues Frank has grown the firm to its current successful position boasting a rich software product set used by the most coveted finance industry brands in the world. This has been achieved from indigenous growth and has involved attracting clients in Europe, the US and Asia. Frank received The 2017 James Ball Memorial Award for his significant contribution to the international and cross-border life insurance industry. Frank is married with two children and has a keen interest in sport, literature and the arts.

Simerjeet Chhatwal, Global Head of Compliance Technology, Deutsche Bank

Dynamic senior IT executive with over 20 years of financial services experience with Risk, Compliance & Financial Crime Technology. Extensive experience in management and delivery of technology solutions. Delivered various cross functional projects. Accomplished leader with ability to build motivated teams across the globe while promoting a culture based on excellence. Best at leading change with clear vision and strategy and provide on target execution. Past roles include Global Head of Risk and Control technology, Head of Global AML and Sanctions Technology – responsible for portfolio of compliance and surveillance applications across Investment Bank, Wealth and Retail Bank, and Corporate Bank – including Global Markets, Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions, Fraud, Risk, Control Room, and Central Compliance functions.

Lead Trade Surveillance Technology, Equities Compliance, Regulatory reports, implemented technology solutions for key regulations like RegSHO, Rule 92, Front Running and RegNMS.

Delivered Global Policy Lifecycle system, Risk Assessment platform, Regulatory Change Management, Issue and Case management and Management Reporting Solutions.

Erin Piatek, Senior Manager - Regulatory Risk & Technology Compliance, Macquarie Group

Erin Piatek is a Senior Manager in Macquarie’s Risk Management Group and the Head of Technology Compliance for the Americas. Erin joined Macquarie’s Sydney office in 2011, providing regulatory advice on outsourcing, workplace transformation initiatives and compliance with prudential banking regulations.

In 2016, Erin moved to Macquarie’s New York office where she leads Technology Compliance for the region. In this role, Erin advises on a range of regulatory issues with a particular focus on cybersecurity, cloud computing and third-party service providers.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Erin worked as a project finance attorney at the international law firm of King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. Erin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Law from the University of Wollongong.


John Davies, Founder & Chairman, Kompli Global

John’s passion is helping businesses thrive and grow by providing much needed funding and sharing his 30 plus years of hard earned business lessons. As the founder of The Just Loans Group PLC, the first alternative commercial lender to become an Associate Member of UK Finance, he’s focussed on bridging the funding gap restricting British industry’s growth. Chairman of the Association of Alternative Business Finance formed to promote best practice in the UK alternative lending industry. John sits on the Advisory Board of the Emerging Payments Association. The Group’s principal subsidiary is Just Cash Flow PLC – a specialist lender to UK businesses offering flexible funding solutions.

John is Chairman of Kompli Global, providing “deeper due diligence” for companies needing to meet the significantly enhanced compliance requirements of the EU 4MLD.

He is a strong advocate for there to be a formal qualification for directors before they set up in business.

Arlington Gordon, Vice President, Financial Crimes Risk Review, J.P.Morgan

Arlington joined J.P. Morgan in 2015 as VP, for the Global Financial Crimes Compliance team as AML Compliance Manager, in charge of risk reviews for JPMC high and very high risk clients across AM/CIB/CB LOBs. Prior to joining JPM, he spent nearly 2 years as BSA Compliance Officer at Itau Unibanco (NY Branch), in charge of their AML/KYC Program. Prior to Itau, Arlington spent nearly 2 years at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS PLC) as Assistant Vice President of OFAC Sanctions Unit, in charge of reviewing all escalated transactions for possible sanction nexus; provided guidance on OFAC sanction matters. Prior to RBS PLC, he spent 5 1/2 years at Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM, as Senior Associate-KYC Specialist. Key responsibilities include full spectrum KYC process (On-boarding; Quality Assurance; Project Management; Alert Management; new hire trainer) as well as supervisory duties for 5 Associates.

Ron D’Vari, Executive Chairman, CIO & Co-Founder, NewOak

Matt Homer, Senior Policy Advisor - Digital Finance, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Matt Homer leads the Digital Finance team’s policy and partnerships activities at USAID as well as its financial inclusion investments in India. He recently conceptualized, designed, and launched the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind program to retool regulatory capacity using digital technology. He was previously a member of the FDIC’s consumer protection policy staff where he focused on mobile financial services, emerging payments technology, and financial inclusion. Prior to that, he worked for Deloitte Consulting, where he engaged regulators and financial institutions on matters related to financial regulatory reform. He received his Master of Public Policy with an emphasis in international global affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Maria Deam, Vice Consul of Financial, Professional, & Business Services, Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General

In my role as Vice Consul, I lead on financial services strategic engagement for the British Consulate in New York. My main focus currently is building out our networks in the New York FinTech ecosystem. Please contact me if you have a US company interested in learning more about the UK, or want to utilize our free and confidential services to make the overseas transition as seamless as possible.
Though originally from the United Kingdom, I am now a dual United States Citizen and am eligible to work in the US.
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Valerie Szczepanik, Assistant Regional Director, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

Roseanne Lazer, Compliance Officer, North America, Transferwise

Roseanne Lazer is the Chief Compliance Officer for TransferWise in the United States and Canada. She designs regional regulatory frameworks, oversees the implementation and audit of compliance programs, and supports RegTech integrations. She is based in New York, NY.

Before her role at TransferWise, Roseanne was the Legal and Compliance Officer at CoinX, a US-based virtual currency exchange and money transfer company. She led the efforts to secure licenses in more than 43 states, laid the groundwork for virtual exchange and money transfer compliance programs, and designed compliance integrations for agent relationships.

Prior to that, Roseanne worked as a commercial litigator for the New York City Law Department, and with a commercial private practice in California. She is licensed to practice in New York, holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and a BA from Pomona College

Annu Warikoo Global Head - Enterprise Risk Identification Wells Fargo

Annu is an accomplished Business and Information Technology Chief Risk Officer with over twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry with extensive experience in management of large-scale global risk programs. Her current role is to lead the Enterprise Risk Identification Program for Wells Fargo globally. In her previous role as the Head of Enterprise Risk at NASDAQ, Annu was responsible for setting direction for the Enterprise Risk Management function globally. She was also responsible for global leadership of Business Continuity, Security, Insurance, BWise GRC System governance and Sarbanes Oxley program for the Firm.
From 2012-2015, Annu was with Millennium Partners, an alternative investments firm with a global presence. Annu was the Global Head of Business Continuity, Operational Risk and Technology Risk Management.

Annu was with Morgan Stanley for almost 19 years until January 2012. She was the Chief Risk Officer for the Enterprise Infrastructure department within Technology and Data division at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Annu worked at Metlife Insurance as a Systems performance engineer.
Annu has an MBA from Baruch College C.U.N.Y and a BA in Computer Science from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. She lives in New York City.

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