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Top FinTech executives to address the future of financial services at SWIFT’s Business Forum London event

Top FinTech executives to address the future of financial services at SWIFT’s Business Forum London event

Business Forum,
8 March 2016

A broad spectrum of speakers will debate practical topics around disruption, technology and regulation - particularly as it impacts the UK market

London, 8 March 2016 – SWIFT announces the agenda and provisional line-up of industry speakers for this year’s Business Forum London, including a special appearance from Harriett Baldwin, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, City Minister, who will announce the winner of the SWIFT Institute Challenge during the Forum.

Returning for its sixth year, the Business Forum London, SWIFT’s largest regional event, will bring together over 1,000 senior leaders from across the industry to explore the theme of ‘Building the Future of the Financial Industry’. A mix of keynote and panel sessions will address the changing payments and securities landscape and major technology shifts such as the application of blockchain technology. Discussions on regulation and financial crime compliance also feature on the agenda.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Eileen Burbidge, FinTech Envoy, HM Treasury
  • Gerry Gaetz, CEO, Canadian Payments Association
  • Andrew Hauser, Executive Director, Banking, Payments & Financial Resilience, Bank of England
  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT
  • Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset Holdings  
  • John Trundle, CEO, Euroclear UK & Ireland

Javier Pérez-Tasso, Chief Executive, Americas & UK Region, SWIFT, says: “A huge amount is happening in the UK industry right now – especially in payments where speed, cost, transparency, and compliance are all high on the agenda. The UK also has a thriving FinTech ecosystem, actively exploring the potential of technologies, such as blockchain which may influence payment and securities transactions for the future. This year’s Business Forum programme will provide the UK community with the opportunity to network and address current challenges and future opportunities for the industry.”

In keeping with the theme of building the future for the financial industry, the SWIFT Institute will also host the final stage of its inaugural SWIFT Institute Challenge. This is a new programme for UK-based university students to contribute innovative ideas to banking and financial services. The top 10 finalists will pitch their ideas to delegates at the Business Forum. The winning idea will be awarded a cash prize as well an opportunity to participate at Sibos 2016 in Geneva.

The SWIFT Business Forum London takes place on 20 April at the Tobacco Dock and is free to attend for the financial community.  View the agenda.

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About SWIFT Institute
Launched in April 2012, the SWIFT Institute fosters independent research to extend the understanding of current practices and future needs across the financial industry. Managed by SWIFT, and working in close collaboration with academics from top international universities, the SWIFT Institute brings the financial industry and academia together to explore ideas and share knowledge on topics of global importance. The research covers various aspects of banking, including the following areas: Payments, Clearing / Settlement, Cash Management, Trade Finance and Securities. For more information, please follow us on LinkedIn: SWIFT Institute or Twitter: @SWIFTInstitute or visit  

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