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AltFi Global Summit 2017
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ALTFI GLOBAL SUMMIT 2017 

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2017

HET SIERAAD, DE BAARSJES, AMSTERDAM

 

 

Speakers

 

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Jeroen Broekema

Jeroen Broekema
Funding Circle

Thorsten Seeger

Thorsten Seeger
Funding Circle

Gabriella Kindert

Gabriella Kindert
NN IP

Patrick de Nonneville

Patrick de Nonneville
Lendix

Jeroen Broekema

Managing Director The Netherlands

Funding Circle

Jeroen is Managing Director of Funding Circle The Netherlands, part of the world's leading lending platform focused exclusively on small business finance. Jeroen has built the Dutch business from scratch, launching the platform back in February 2015. Since then the business has doubled each year. In the first half year of 2017 the platform did as many loans as in the full year 2016.  
Before joining Funding Circle, Jeroen worked at ABN AMRO bank in various positions, ranging from heading up a local branche, to being a commercial relationship manager for SME clients and in his last job he was responsible for restructuring SME businesses across the country. Jeroen holds degrees from Leiden University and the London School of Economics. 


Since launching in 2010, investors at Funding Circle – including 69,000 individuals, financial institutions, the listed Funding Circle SME Income Fund and Government – have lent more than £3.2 billion ($4 billion) to 35,000 businesses globally. Approximately 10% of investor money now comes from Government sources, including the British Business Bank, European Investment Bank, KfW, the German government-owned development bank, and local councils across the UK. Funding Circle is the world's leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses and one of the best capitalized platforms globally, having raised ~$380 million from some of the world’s largest investors. The lender was the first lending platform to announce a formal referral partnership with Santander, one of the UK’s leading high street banks, and has since announced a similar partnership with RBS.  
 

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Thorsten Seeger

Managing Director Germany

Funding Circle

Thorsten is Managing Director of Funding Circle Germany, the world's leading lending platform focused exclusively on small business finance. He is in charge of the platform's growth and strategy in Europe's largest economy. Before joining Funding Circle, Thorsten was the Head of Financial Markets for SME at Lloyds Banking Group in London, where he was responsible for driving and delivering access to financial markets for small businesses across all interest rate products, currencies and commodities. He began his career in banking at Barclays where he spent more than eight years in a number of positions focused on small and medium-sized businesses.

Since launching in 2010, investors at Funding Circle – including 69,000 individuals, financial institutions, the listed Funding Circle SME Income Fund and Government – have lent more than £3.2 billion ($4 billion) to 35,000 businesses globally. Approximately 10% of investor money now comes from Government sources, including the British Business Bank, European Investment Bank, KfW, the German government-owned development bank, and local councils across the UK. Funding Circle is the world's leading marketplace exclusively focused on small businesses and one of the best capitalized platforms globally, having raised ~$380 million from some of the world’s largest investors. The lender was the first lending platform to announce a formal referral partnership with Santander, one of the UK’s leading high street banks, and has since announced a similar partnership with RBS.

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Gabriella Kindert

Head of Alternative Credit

NN IP

Gabriella Kindert (MA, MBA, PhD candidate) is a senior banking and investment professional with over 20 years of international experience gained at leading financial institutions in banking, asset management and private equity. 

She is the Head of Alternative Credit at NN IP including several illiquid fixed income strategies including residential real estate, corporate private debt, ECA loan, project finance and commercial real estate loans. This includes expanding the existing activities towards a broader range of clients through offering new products and entering new lending activities of value to NN IP clients. The Alternative Credit Boutique currently has € 17 billion of assets under management.

She started her career in banking in 1998 in MeesPierson Corporate and Investment Banking where she gained insight in various asset classes (asset based finance, project finance, leveraged finance) in different geographies. She held various managerial positions with financial institutions including Fortis Bank, Fortis Investments, BNP Paribas IP the latter as Global Head of Loans. She gained extensive experience in structuring and managing investment solutions (CLO, listed fund etc.) and took part of the management team of Global Credits. Since 2011, Gabriella has taken on various investment initiatives in the field of Private Debt, Real Estate and Private Equity as well as board level advisory projects for larger financial Dutch institutions.  

She has an M.A. in History; M.A. in Economics, and an MBA with distinction in Accounting and Finance. She completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE and several executive courses at INSEAD, IMD, Harvard Business School and at Nyenrode Business University. Since 2015 is also undertaking Ph.D. studies at ISM.

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Patrick de Nonneville

Chief Operating Officer

Lendix

Patrick is Chief Operating Officer of Lendix, one of the leading SME loans platform in Continental Europe. He is in charge of the development and the day-to-day operations of the platform. As a Partner at Goldman Sachs in London until 2014, Patrick was co-head of the European rates business and member of the Global Operating Committee for Rates. He began his career at JPMorgan in Paris and London as a « market-maker » on Treasuries, before joining Deutsche Bank where he led the complex products trading activities and Inflation products.

Patrick is a board member of FX tech company Kantox and a member of the advisory board of the literacy charity Room To Read. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique.

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Mieke van Engelen

Mieke van Engelen
New10

Niels Turfboer

Niels Turfboer
Spotcap

Adam Rochkind

Adam Rochkind
Orchard Platform

Robert Bueninck

Robert Bueninck
Klarna

Mieke van Engelen

Head of Innovative Partnerships

New10

Mieke is Head of Innovative Partnerships at New10, the newly introduced online lending platform of ABN AMRO bank. Mieke believes that the key to growth is in providing integrated solutions together with other parties and in extending possibilities for the clients. Before joining New10, Mieke worked at ABN AMRO bank in various positions, ranging from commercial relationship manager for Corporate clients to business manager of the CEO of Commercial Banking. Mieke holds a degree from Tilburg University. 

New10 is an on-line lending platform, that helps owners of SME businesses to finance their plans and ambitions for growth. Our goal is to set up a new norm in SME lending by offering a fully digital application process from uploading financials to signing contracts. New10 provides credit decisions within 15 minutes with clear conditions and insights of the applicant’s financial health. Entrepreneurs can complete their application wherever and whenever they like. Fast, simple, and clear.

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Niels Turfboer

MD Benelux & The United Kingdom

Spotcap

Spotcap MD Niels Turfboer has almost 20 years of experience in European banking and business finance, holding senior posts in multiple banks. After time at ABN AMRO, ING, he joined MarketInvoice as Head of Investor Development. Today, in addition to leading the revolution in fintech with Spotcap, he is on the advisory board of Fiduciam and Alterest Investment Technologies.

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Adam Rochkind

Director of Client Services

Orchard Platform

Adam Rochkind has spent the past several years advising clients on the use of automated trading and analytics technology platforms. Most recently at Google he served as a sales specialist focused on programmatic advertising systems, responsible for building strategic partnerships and providing revenue solutions in the entertainment sector. Adam is a proud alumnus of the University of Michigan.

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Robert Bueninck

Commercial Director BeNeFra

Klarna

Robert Bueninck is the Commercial Director for Klarna in the Netherlands, France and Belgium, a role where he oversees the development of Klarna's business in the region. Robert has been with Klarna since 2012. 

Klarna is one of Europe's largest banks with 60 million consumers and 70.000 merchants using its smooth payment solutions. The company is headquartered in Stockholm, has 1500 employees and is active in 18 markets

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Rob Haslingden

Rob Haslingden
Experian

Meg Zwick

Meg Zwick
Millenium Trust Company

Rishi Stocker

Rishi Stocker
Revolut

Pedro Pinto Coelho

Pedro Pinto Coelho
Banco BNI Europa

Rob Haslingden

Head of Propositions and Product Marketing

Experian

Rob has spent most of his working life associated with the commercial use of consumer and business information, helping organisations understand more about their customers to optimise their engagement. His latest projects include co-ordinating the implementation of a new insolvency score to monitor the financial health of UK pension providers, and establishing a real-time data sharing network for banks in the UK and abroad. This includes use of Open Banking Standards (OBS) and employing transactional data to provide a better measure of affordability for consumers and businesses.

 

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Meg Zwick

Senior Vice President, Director of Client Services

Millenium Trust Company

Meg is responsible for delivering our brand promise of providing exceptional service to over 500,000 individual clients as well as funds with over $14 billion in custody. In her role, she supports strategic organizational growth, helps to maximize client acquisition, while building new and expanding existing client relationships. 
Meg has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry with a strong background in securities, operations, and client services. Prior to joining Millennium Trust, she was a senior project analyst for William Blair & Company’s investment management business and held senior management positions with IAC Securities and Stein Roe Mutual Funds.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University of Ohio.

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Rishi Stocker

Head of Partnerships

Revolut

Rishi is Head of Partnerships at Revolut, the banking alternative for today's international consumers, which as of September has 800k customers across Europe. He focuses on developing partnerships to deliver innovative, integrated products/services for Revolut's customer base not only in Europe but also in US/Asia, where Revolut will be launching in the next few months.  Previously Rishi spent 3 years taking a San Francisco based InsureTech start-up into mainland Europe on its way to an exit as an unicorn. Passionate about setting up tech driven businesses in spaces where large financial institutions have failed to serve the needs of today's customers.

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Pedro Pinto Coelho

Executive Chairman

Banco BNI Europa

Pedro Pinto Coelho is the Executive Chairman of Banco BNI Europa, a new Challenger bank based in Portugal focused on innovation and Fintech partnerships creating an ecosystem of financial products and services. He is also Chairman of the Portuguese Fintech and Insurtech Association. Mr. Pinto Coelho has more than 20 years of international experience in the financial services industry across three continents. Before joining BNI Europa, he held several leadership positions such as CEO of Azure Wealth, a Wealth manager based in Switzerland; Founder and  CEO of Standard Bank Angola, Board member of Standard Bank Mozambique, Exco member of Standard Bank Group CIB in South Africa, Founder and CEO of Amorim Global Investors, a private equity firm, Global Head of Financial Advisory at Banif Investment Banking Group, Executive Board Member  of Banif Investment Banking Brazil and Head of Investment Banking for Portugal at Citigroup. He holds a MBA from HEC School of Management a MSc in Management Information Systems from ISCTE-IUL and a MSc in Industrial Engineering from UNL.

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Katharina Lüth

Katharina Lüth
Raisin

Toms Niparts

Toms Niparts
Viventor

Anne Hakvoort

Anne Hakvoort
FG Lawyers

Lennart Boerner

Lennart Boerner
Kreditech

Katharina Lüth

Head of Europe

Raisin

Katharina Lüth is Head of Europe at Raisin.  

As Head of Europe she is responsible for scaling the platform internationally and running the nonGerman language platforms allowing customers from across the European Union access to higher interest and better savings products with the highest convenience possible. 

Prior joining Raisin, Katharina spent 7 years with McKinsey & Company.  As a senior project manager she mainly served major European universal and private banks. Main focus areas were asset management/private banking, pricing, advisory concepts, and lean transformations. Key projects included project lead on a large scale transformation for a major European bank, development of a postcrisis strategy for a number of Private Banks and Asset Managers, as well as a cross-European analysis of deposit products. Katharina worked predominantly across Europe but also in Latin America and Africa.  

Katharina holds an MBA from IESE Business School as well as a BSc. in International Business with a major in Finance from both Northeastern University, MA and Reutlingen University. 

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Toms Niparts

COO

Viventor

Joining Viventor founding team in the early days of the marketplace, when still at an idea-only level, Toms has played an incremental role in bringing platform through product-market fit and refinancing over EUR 25 Million in loans through Viventor. During Toms time as the COO, Viventor has partnered with Loan Originators from 4 countries and serviced over 3’400 investors from all over Europe. Toms has been leading Viventor product development, brand building and scaling the investor base, as well as steering the general business strategy.


Prior Viventor, Toms gathered experience working for both startup companies and corporates in The Baltics He holds a BSc diploma in Business and Economics from The Stockholm School of Economics In Riga, where he discovered his passion for FinTech and better financial services for everyone.

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Anne Hakvoort

Partner

FG Lawyers

Anne Hakvoort is a partner at FG Lawyers, a boutique firm focusing on corporate and alternative finance. Anne specializes in Dutch financial and securities laws with a special focus on Fintech and alternative financing structures (crowdfunding, market place lending, peer 2 peer lending, credit unions, business angels, debt sale, factoring).

Anne has broad experience in different types of financial transactions, including debt and equity capital markets transactions, syndicated and bilateral facilities, complex transactions in financial products including securitisations as well as financial restructurings. With great enthusiasm, Anne advises her clients on financial regulatory law related matters and she assists her clients in structuring their contemplated business models within the boundaries set by the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht) and the European legislation, such as the AIFMD, MiFID II/MiFIR, PSD II, MCD, MAR, CRD/CRR, Solvency II and the Prospectus Regulation.

Anne’s clients generally are crowdfunding platforms, Fintech companies, credit unions, qualified investors, banks, financial services providers, (managers of) investment funds, insurance companies and investment firms such as brokers, underwriters and asset managers.

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Lennart Boerner

SVP Strategy & Business Development

Kreditech

Lennart Boerner is SVP Strategy & Business Development at Kreditech. He is responsible for the Lending-as-a-Service business, which is primarily focused on expanding Sales Finance at the online POS.
Also, Lennart takes care of the strategic positioning of the firm as the leading online consumer finance provider. Previous to joining, he was part of a team reorganising, selling and integrating a German mid-cap bank. In addition, he held positions in diverse financial institutions where he was involved in strategy development and investment banking. Lennart holds a BSc in General Management from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel and a MSc in Finance from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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Matthew Clannachan

Matthew Clannachan
Bondora

Frank Jan Risseeuw

Frank Jan Risseeuw
Yolt

Daniel Zakowski

Daniel Zakowski
auxmoney

Frédéric Chaignon

Frédéric Chaignon
younited credit

Matthew Clannachan

Head of Investor Relations

Bondora

Matt is the Head of Investor Relations for Bondora, one of Europe’s first Peer to Peer lending platforms and still one of the few to offer its investors the option to use an API. He and his team look after 27,000 investors in 70 different countries, offering them investments with exciting interest rates that are not traditionally possible with the high street banks. Whilst studying and after getting his degree from the University of Birmingham, Matt worked for several banks in the UK including Santander and RBS.

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Frank Jan Risseeuw

CEO

Yolt

Frank Jan is CEO of Yolt; a smart money management platform built to harness the power of open banking. Yolt, which is owned by ING, was born in 2016 and is currently available in open Beta in the UK. Having worked across a diverse range of marketing and online management roles at ING in the Netherlands, Frank Jan promotes digital change and innovation within the financial services industry.

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Daniel Zakowski

Director Investments

auxmoney

Daniel Zakowski leads institutional debt funding at auxmoney, the leading marketplace for consumer credit in the Eurozone. He also serves as Chief of Staff to the CEO, focusing on strategic projects. Prior to joining auxmoney, Dan was a consultant at Deloitte and The Boston Consulting Group in Düsseldorf and New York, focusing on risk management at financial institutions. Dan has a master’s degree in business administration & economics from Ruhr-University Bochum and is a CFA charterholder.

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Frédéric Chaignon

Chief Debt Capital Market

younited credit

Frédéric CHAIGNON, Chief Debt Capital Market. Frederic joined YOUNITED CREDIT in 2013. He previously worked for 5 years at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Paris where he was working with Ultra High Net Worth clients. He worked from 2004 to 2007 as an analyst at J.P. Morgan Luxembourg. Frédéric CHAIGNON graduated from EM Lyon.

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Jonathan Kramer

Jonathan Kramer
Zopa

Rupert Taylor

Rupert Taylor
AltFi Data

Robert Stafler

Robert Stafler
Fintex Capital

Dr. Daniel Bartsch

Dr. Daniel Bartsch
creditshelf

Jonathan Kramer

Head of Capital Markets

Zopa

Jonathan Kramer is the Head of Capital Markets and member of the management team at Zopa, the world’s first and the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company. At Zopa Jonathan is responsible for expanding distribution channels on both the lender and borrower side. Jonathan joined Zopa in 2014 from Morgan Stanley where he spent 12 years and co-led UK institutional equity derivative sales. Previously Jonathan was in the corporate finance team at Bank Austria, advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Central and Eastern Europe. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Rupert Taylor

CEO and Co-Founder

AltFi Data

Rupert spent 13 years working in investment banking and gained a broad experience of financial markets. From a start in equity sales at Cazenove he moved into cross-asset sales at Lehman and finally into principal trading at Nomura. This career path gives Rupert a perspective from both buy and sell-side and an understanding of a range of asset classes and financial data. Rupert holds a BSc from the University of Durham.

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Robert Stafler

Founder and CEO

Fintex Capital

Fintex was successfully launched in 2016, when Fintex Capital issued its first Euro-denominated Bonds backed by marketplace loans, to large institutional investors. Today, Fintex manages several portfolios of marketplace loans worth c. €60 million. Fintex' initial focus is on platforms in UK and Continental Europe.

 
Rob is a sector veteran in marketplace lending. His sector involvement began in 2007, when he invested in a German ​start-up called auxmoney and became part of its strategy team. At the time, auxmoney had 3 founders, 2 spreadsheets and 1 big idea.
 
Following his degree in German Law, Robert worked for 9 years at JPMorgan in Investment Banking where his focus was M&A and Capital Markets. He then co-founded Excellion Capital, a successful London-based merchant banking boutique combining advisory with principal investments. Excellion Capital has also invested in a variety of marketplace lending opportunities since 2007.  

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Dr. Daniel Bartsch

Co-Founder and Managing Director

creditshelf

Daniel has more than 15 years of international experience both in consulting and banking. At creditshelf he is responsible for the daily business and relationships with clients and business partners. Before joining creditshelf he was with UBS Investment Bank heading institutional sales teams across fixed income and equities products while being based in Zurich and Singapore. Prior he was a management consultant for several years. He holds a Ph.D. in capital markets (University of Düsseldorf) as well as a Diplom-Kaufmann from University of Mannheim.

 

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Ivaylo Ivanov

Ivaylo Ivanov
Iuvo Group

Rod Lockhart

Rod Lockhart
LendInvest Capital

Matthias Knecht

Matthias Knecht
Billie

Sam Taussig

Sam Taussig
Kabbage, Inc.

Ivaylo Ivanov

Chief Operations Officer

Iuvo Group

Ivaylo is a young Fintech ​profecional with experience in business development, consulting and project management and has a passion for entrepreneurship. He has worked at Ernst & Young, Leinonen Group and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Ivaylo took part in the establishment of iuvo Group and has been Chief Operations Officer of the company for Bulgaria since 2016. He has participated as a speaker in many international business forums, including in financial technology. Ivaylo holds a Bachelor degree in Business administration from Sofia University and an MBA from Cotrugli Business School. 

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Rod Lockhart

Managing Director

LendInvest Capital

Rod joined LendInvest in 2015 to expand our capital markets activity, funds management and investment advisory team. Rod spent more than 10 years at CBRE where he was a Senior Director in its corporate finance division. There he advised UK and global institutional fund and pension scheme clients on direct and indirect real estate investments, including unlisted funds, REITs, joint ventures and real estate debt. Before joining LendInvest, Rod had worked with our team for a number of years, advising us on our Real Estate Opportunity Fund.

A Chartered Surveyor with a degree in Investment and Finance in Property from the University of Reading, Rod is a keen champion of private debt as an accessible and prolific asset class in the real estate market.
LendInvest is the UK's leading marketplace platform for property finance and one the country's largest non-bank mortgage lenders. 

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Matthias Knecht

Founder and CEO

Billie

Dr. Matthias Knecht is a Berlin-based serial entrepreneur and has just founded his second Fintech venture.

 

From 2008 to 2014, Matthias was a consultant with McKinsey & Company focusing on clients from the banking, insurance, and private equity sector. Together with his fellow McKinsey colleague, Dr. Christian Grobe, he founded his first venture, Zencap, in 2014: Europe's fastest growing online lending marketplace for small business loans. In October 2015, Matthias successfully sold Zencap to the global market leader Funding Circle.

 

After this exit, Matthias and Christian teamed up again. Leveraging their Funding Circle experience, they founded their second Fintech venture, Billie (www.billie.io). Billie tackles one of the most frequent reasons for bankruptcies of SMEs - liquidity shortages. Billie's fully automated invoice financing platform provides working capital financing for small businesses within minutes. The core of the platform, its risk engines and scoring models, are developed based on the team’s deep experience in SME online lending. The platform makes use of a wide number of public and proprietary data sources that are combined in in different scoring modules to assess the credit and fraud risk of an SME customer. 

 

Matthias graduated with highest distinction from University Karlsruhe. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nuremberg and was a research scholar to Columbia Business School (USA).

 

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Sam Taussig

Head of Global Policy & Community Banking

Kabbage, Inc.

Sam Taussig entered the alternative credit space in Zambia where he experienced how micro credit projects offered a sustainable path to entrepreneurship. Since 2007, Sam has promoted alternative credit across Africa, South America, Asia, the Caribbean and America with a variety of non-governmental organizations and the United Nations. Before coming to Kabbage, Sam worked in Indonesia supporting micro-economic development, “big data” and bilateral diplomacy.

 

Sam is responsible for Kabbage’s interactions with state, federal and foreign governments and community development organizations. He covers issues ranging from traditional financial regulatory reform to artificial intelligence, privacy and corporate social responsibility. 

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Marek Pärtel

Marek Pärtel
EstateGuru

José Rego

José Rego
Raize

Ronald Kleverlaan

Ronald Kleverlaan
CrowdfundingHub

James Newsome

James Newsome
Arbour Partners

Marek Pärtel

Co-founder and CEO

EstateGuru

Marek is a co-founder and CEO of EstateGuru. Marek received his university degree in business administration, which was followed by complementing his knowledge of the field in Stockholm University. Marek has been actively engaged in real estate business since 2002, when he set his focus on the real estate investment and development field in several European markets. His particular knowledge is supported by him being the co-founder and partner in property development group Invego (invego.ee). In his spare time, Marek is a passionate squash player, as he has also represented Estonia in various international competitions among the national squash team.

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José Rego

Co-Founder

Raize

José is the co-founder of Raize, Portugal’s largest peer-to-peer lender, which sources and invests in thousands of national SMEs. Raize currently works with more than 13,000 investors and companies, and is a fully EU-regulated payments institution.

Previously, José worked at Oliver Wyman in London specialising in bank restructuring and public policy.  During this time, he worked on a number of high-level projects with major financial institutions and authorities across Europe.

As part of José’s engagement with public policy and innovation, he is currently a member of the "Innovator's Strategic Advisory Board to G7 Leaders”, representing the European Commission and advising on topics related to Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. He is also a regular guest speaker at universities, business conferences and entrepreneurship events.

José is one of the co-founders of non-profit organisation “Acredita Portugal”, which runs one of the largest entrepreneurship competitions in the world.

José currently lives in Lisbon but has worked in London, Paris and Madrid. He speaks fluent Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish. In his spare time José runs marathons.

 

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Ronald Kleverlaan

Managing Director

CrowdfundingHub

Ronald Kleverlaan is a thought leader on Community and Alternative Finance in Europe.

He is Director of the European Centre for Alternative Finance, an academic research centre of Utrecht University with a multi-disciplinary approach (finance, entrepreneurship, law, sociology) to research the potential of Alternative Finance in collaboration with the industry and providing policy recommendations to national and European regulators and policy makers.

He is founder and senior partner at CrowdfundingHub, a consultancy firm on Alternative Finance. His speciality is community finance, such as crowdfunding, Social Impact Bonds and community shares.

Ronald is also a senior advisor for the European Commission on Alternative Finance, co-founder of the European Crowdfunding Network and member of the advisory board of several industry associations in Europe, China, Africa and the USA and member of the Alternative Finance Industry Leadership Board of Cambridge University.

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James Newsome

Managing Partner

Arbour Partners

James has been working in global markets and alternative investments for 20 years and as an advisor in the private credit sector for 18 years. Prior to founding Arbour Partners, James headed up fund development at Merrill Lynch’s Alternative Investment Group in London from 2000 to 2009. At Merrill Lynch James designed and originated mezzanine funds, loan funds and other specialist credit programmes for global institutional investors, achieving several market firsts. James began his financial markets career at Morgan Stanley in 1999. Beginning his career in international affairs in 1990, James was appointed Press Secretary to The Prince of Wales’s Business Leaders Forum from 1995-1998. James holds an MBA from The Wharton School, USA and a BA (Hons) from Sussex, UK.

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Nishil Parekh

Nishil Parekh
Fountain

Sean Daly

Sean Daly
CMIS Group

Mark Ruddock

Mark Ruddock
4finance

Jana Orlova

Jana Orlova
4finance

Nishil Parekh

Co-founder

Fountain

Nishil is a Co-Founder at Fountain, a goal based investing platform using smart technology to automate the financial advice and investing process. After working as a Equity Strategist at Citigroup, Nishil moved into the start-up world as a Strategy & Growth consultant before launching his own venture, Fountain. 

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Sean Daly

Chairman and Managing Director

CMIS Group

Chairman & Managing Director of Credit Management & Investor Solutions B.V. and affiliates.  Focused on introduction of multi asset class wing-to-wing origination & servicing operation with highly digitized processes.  Continually exploring fintech collaboration and opportunities. 
Former COO Italfondiario responsible for the integration of Acquired platform of non-performing commercial loans and staff with existing business. Responsibilities also included the management of all functions except for the servicing group. 
Former Global head of Business Process Improvement for Cushman & Wakefield, SVP Business Process Improvement for Fortress Investment Group, and Quality Leader For GE Capital Consumer Finance across Scandinavia.
15 years increasingly responsible positions with GE / GE Capital in Finance, Risk, Sales, Business Development, Mergers – Acquisitions – Integrations, Quality & Corporate Audit in the US, Italy, the Netherlands & Sweden.
Several years of Lean, 6 Sigma & process improvement practical application across several industries in multiple countries, Certified Master Black Belt & Quality Leader

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Mark Ruddock

CEO

4finance

Mark has over 20 years of leadership experience spanning multi-country online financial services, mission critical enterprise software and consumer-focused mobile applications, and has a proven track record of building fast ​paced, innovative and scalable businesses. He was formerly MD, International at Wonga, overseeing its consumer lending operations for Spain, Poland, South Africa and Canada, and investments in Scandinavia and Germany. Mark has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

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Jana Orlova

Head of Commercial Unit

4finance

Jana has 15 years of experience as a legal professional, specializing in banking and finance. At 4finance she is responsible for legal support to business development and has lead the legal team in launching new products and new markets. Previously, she gained experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Latvia and the Czech Republic. Jana is also a guest lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law, and holds a LLM in Law and Finance.

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Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith
IG

Oliver Smith

Portfolio Manager

IG

Oliver Smith is Portfolio Manager for IG Smart Portfolios, the online wealth manager. He joined IG in July 2016, from Julius Baer where he led the UK Portfolio Construction team.  Prior to Julius Baer, Oliver spent five years at Sarasin & Partners managing Emerging Markets funds. He started his career as a Fund Analyst at Forsyth Partners, a fund ratings business. Oliver is a CFA Charter holder.

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