Open Banking Australia

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Open Banking Australia - Speakers

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Eldar AllahverdiyevChief Technology Officer, Get Capital

Matt BarrSVP Product and Innovation, Mastercard

David BeardmoreCommercial Director, Open Data Institute (ODI)

David leads the ODI’s commercial, business development and marketing activities.
His 20 years in data-driven insight and marketing have seen him work with many leading brands in multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world such as Experian, Callcredit and Telefonica, David also ran his own boutique data insight business, Thinkdata, for 5 years before its acquisition by Bertelsmann.

David’s work is characterised by passion, pragmatism and a fierce determination to deliver measurable value to clients. He also loves to challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of doing stuff.

Originally a classically trained musician, David has a Masters from Cambridge and an MBA in Marketing. Ever the optimist, he continues to hold a season ticket at Nottingham Forest

Greg BookerGroup Chief Information Officer, RACQ

Greg has over 30 years in the technology industry in a career that has spanned the globe and encompassed working as a Supplier and a Customer. A financial services specialist he has implemented core system replacements in Asia, the UK, and the United States and has worked on 13 different Financial Services M&A activities.

From an early career in Australian Financial services Greg joined IBM and spent a number of years travelling the world as a Financial Services specialist with his highlight being the lead architect in the growth of a fledgling Minnesota based First Bank systems into the 5th largest bank in the United States, US Bancorp. Since 2000 Greg has worked largely within Australia filling General management and CIO roles at St George Bank, ING Australia, ANZ Bank, and now most recently at RACQ. Greg has a Masters of Management, an MBA, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is married to Ruth and has three sons; Kane, Luke, and Finn.

Lucas ChallamelSenior Consultant Digital Technology, UBank

Lucas has more than 20 years of experience in the software development and professional services industry, and as a digital expert, he’s passionate about cutting-edge technology that deliver business outcomes. In his role at UBank, Lucas is responsible for overseeing all technology at UBank, which includes exploring and implementing cloud technology and artificial intelligence, among others.

Prior to his role at UBank, Lucas was the Chief Operations & Technology Officer at AussieBum, and held a number of roles both agency and client-side where he was responsible for Enterprise Content Management systems, web content management, software development , iOS and Android mobile apps creation development and publishing.

Seshika FernandoHead of Financial Solutions, WS02

Seshika specializes​ in Digital Transformation for Financial Services. She heads the financial solutions team at WSO2 where she builds financial industry-specific solutions. A key aspect of Seshika’s leadership has been in building a platform approach to Open Banking that is both ready-to-use as-is and also highly extensible, based on a significantly open source approach.

As a frequent speaker at international conferences, ​Seshika covers a broad range of topics including Open Banking, Security and Privacy, Data Science, and Digital Transformation.

Tony FishCo-Founder, Allternet

Tony is a seasoned executive director with over 30 years of experience in investment, innovation and high growth. Tony thrives in complex, rapidly scaling, high energy & ground-breaking environments; bringing proven digital and commercial skills, uncanny foresight, and a natural gift for motivating teams. Whilst his style is based on deep involvement, clear decision making, robust financials, fast iteration, trust, transparency and strong open governance controls; he adds innovation, entrepreneurship, energy, enthusiasm and transformation skills to a board.

His professional life has cut across a diverse range of sectors including finance, digital fabrication, mobile, venture capital, health, media, sport and education. Attention is currently focused on OpenBanking, AI, voice as an interface, ethics, new consent models, DLT (blockchain) and cryptocurrency.

Tony has founded, co-founded, sold and listed several businesses but his passion remains in highly disruptive technology which has the capability of scaling fast and is at an early stage. He brings professional working knowledge and experience of raising funding as a founder and adviser, funding growth companies as a partner and general partner of funds and representing corporates in M&A transactions.

In addition to speaking at over 200 events and conferences on innovation, entrepreneurship, digital trends and early stage growth, he has authored and published three books. He is a visiting Fellow at Henley Business School for entrepreneurship and innovation, The EIR at Bradford School of Management, teaches at LBS and LSE and an EC expert for Big Data.

Dr. Leila FourieChief Executive Officer, Australian Payments Network

With over 20 years of international experience, primarily in financial services, Leila Fourie has served on multiple boards and held senior roles in banking, capital markets and payments. Dr Fourie was appointed as CEO of Australian Payments Network in 2016 and also serves as the NSW Vice President of the Economic Society of Australia. Prior to this, she served on the board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive Director. Dr Fourie also served as Card Division Managing Director for one of South Africa’s largest banks, Standard Bank. During this time, she served as Chairman on the board of Diners Club and Board Member on Discover’s Chicago-based Diners Club International Advisory board. Leila started in Standard Bank’s investment bank as Global Director Credit analytics, capital and portfolio management for SA, UK, Hong Kong, Russia, Brazil and Argentina. Leila has a PhD in Economic and Financial Sciences and won the Founders’ award in 2012 for best Masters Economics thesis in the country by Economic Society South Africa.

Danny GilliganCo-Founder & Managing Director, Reinventure

Danny is the Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group, the leading CVC in Australia in partnership with Westpac Banking Corporation. Danny is a restless entrepreneur at heart and loves working shoulder-to-shoulder with entrepreneurs to help them on their journey. Along with Reinventure, Danny has been fortunate enough to help build Australia’s leading FinTech hub as a Founding Director of Stone & Chalk. He is also privileged to be a co-founder of Data Republic, helping drive us toward a truly data-driven economy. Danny is a total data junkie, and believes that data will fundamentally transform most industries and society over the next two decades.

Ryan GonsalvesHead of Innovation and Change, AMP Bank Limited

Ryan Gonsalves heads Innovation and Change at AMP’s Australian Retail Bank. Born in England, he started his career as a Professional football (soccer) player at Huddersfield Town, before moving on to play semi-professional around Europe and coaching in the US. That team ethic and the need for a single, cohesive, passionate strategy has underpinned his work in global giants General Electric and HSBC, in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and now Australia.

Ryan’s focus for AMP is to foster a culture of banking innovation that will deliver on the strategy to become the banking provider of choice for intermediaries. In doing so, it requires the development of targeted, market leading product propositions that build on the AMP customer strategy through a market leading human-centred customer-experience that creates an irrational bias for selecting AMP’s banking solutions.

Ryan joined AMP in March 2017 following 9 years in HSBC’s Global Retail Banking & Wealth Management team, based in Hong Kong. During that time, he travelled extensively across the HSBC global footprint, driving thought-leadership research to develop and implement innovative product propositions and leading the multi-jurisdiction award winning home ownership journeys.

Prior to AMP and HSBC, he spent 9 years at GE Capital where he held various roles in Sales, Marketing and as a Six Sigma and Lean Black Belt.

Joanne HenaghanChief Innovation Officer, Credabl

Joanne is responsible for implementing new business opportunities and delivery platforms at Credabl, an emerging FinTech specialist lender. This includes overall responsibility for information technology and systems architecture.

She has 20 years of diversified banking experience, having worked internationally across several areas of banking.

Her career highlights include:- managing Investec’s first mortgage-backed securitisation issue; implementing first-time participation in payment networks and premium debit & credit card programmes; and managing activities to achieve banking license surrender and re-brand following the sale of Investec (Aus) to BOQ. Technology implementations include a global credit risk system; core banking platforms; online banking and off-shoring call centres.

With a successful track record in delivering on strategic initiatives, product innovation and banking system implementations, Joanne has a reputation for ‘getting elephants across the line’.

Jamie LeachCEO, ODI Australian Network

Jamie Leach is a seasoned professional services executive with a background in Financial Services, Financial Markets, Defence and Telecommunications sectors and more recently spear-heading Technology and Data Scale-ups across Brisbane. Jamie has been employed in prominent roles by some of the world’s largest banks, leading teams for GE Capital, Westpac, St George and Investec. Jamie has held roles on various boards; such as Vice President Women in Finance, Chair of the Tech girls Superhero Movement, and is currently on the Women in Digital board and the ECRi Hub for the Queensland Government Department of State Development. Her extensive background in the technology and financial services industries serves her well as the CEO of the Open Data Institute Australian Network.

Katie MihellDirector Business Development, Westpac

Venkatesh SahaHead of Banking - Asia Pacific, TransferWise

TransferWise is a financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally. It’s the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders. With a simple money transfer platform and borderless accounts, it makes managing your money quick, easy and painless. TransferWise customers send over £2bn every month using the service, saving themselves £2m every day. It’s attracted $397m from investors such as world’s largest VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and Sir Richard Branson.

Venkatesh is responsible for international expansion and strategic projects across Asia-Pacific at TransferWise. Prior to joining TransferWise, Venkatesh was with the Office of Tony Blair, where he advised governments on topics such as economic reform and electronic payments; and earlier, at Bain & Co., where he was a strategy consultant. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.

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