UKFAN Annual Conference 2023

Date: 21 April 2023

Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Location: EY Global, 6 More London Pl, London SE1 2AF


open invitation

UK FinTech Academic Network (UKFAN) Annual Conference

The UKFAN welcomes you to their inaugural Annual Conference taking place during the UK FinTech Week on Friday, 21st April 2023. This year we are pleased to have the support of EY who are fully sponsoring the event and will host us at their London Headquarters in More London Place (adjacent to London Bridge).

The UK FinTech Academic Network (UKFAN) Annual Conference provides a platform where cutting edge academic research in FinTech is discussed with finance practitioners, policy makers, and regulators. This year’s topics will debate: open finance, AI applications in FS, DeFi and Web3.0 developments, and how to accelerate FinTech innovation for growth.

Please register your interest above and you will receive further electronic correspondence with an invitation to attend if places are available.

Looking forward to welcoming you all to the First UKFAN Annual Conference in April!
The UKFAN Founding Members

8.30am Open for registration and coffee/breakfast (30mins)

START (Intro and welcome from a couple of people)
Welcome addresses from:
Professor Markos Zachariadis, Co-Founder and Chair of UKFAN
Janine Hirt, CEO Innovate Finance,
Christopher Woolard CBE, Sponsor and host, EY,  (15mins total)

Opening Keynote – tbc (15mins)

9.30am 1st session (75mins): Open Finance, Business Models, and Outcomes in Financial Services
Organising Committee:
Professor Markos Zachariadis (Director, Centre for Financial Technology Studies, Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), University of Manchester) is Professor of Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Information Systems and a GF Council Member at the World Economic Forum.
Professor Pinar Ozcan (Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology (Fintech) Initiative, Said Business School, University of Oxford) is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation specialising in entrepreneurship and strategy in technology markets.

10.45am Interim Talk: How scale-up FinTechs can drive sustainable growth | EY UK (10mins)
Tom Bull, UK Head of FinTech Growth, Partner, EY

10.55am coffee break (20mins)

2nd session (75mins): AI applications in FS: FoW, Ethics, Transparency and Productivity
Organising Committee:
Professor Alex Preda (Co-Director, FinWork Futures Research
Centre, King’s College London) Professor of Professions, Markets and
Technology with principal research interest in global financial markets and
financial professions.
 – Professor Lukasz Szpruch (Programme Director for Finance and
Economics, Alan Turing Institute) Reader at the School of Mathematics, the
University of Edinburgh.

12.30pm lunch break (45mins)

13.15 3rd session (75mins): Blockchain, Web3 and the Decentralisation in FS: The Future of Money and implications for regulatory innovation in the sector
Organising Committee:
Dr Jean-Philippe Vergne (UCL School of Management, University College London) Associate Professor in Strategy focusing on the applications of blockchain and how it can decentralise organisations.
Dr. Ying-Ying Hsieh (Associate Director, Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering at Imperial College London) is Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship researching blockchain-based decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs).

14.30 coffee break (25mins)

14.55 4th session (75mins): FinTech Innovation: How to overcome tech adoption barriers and accelerate innovation in FS through collaboration. The Importance of academic research
Organising Committee:
Professor Alistair Milne (Chair in Loughborough School of Business and Economics) is Professor of Financial Economics focusing on bank capital; financial regulation; financial risk management; financial stability; central banking; payments and systems of payments.
Professor Muttukrishnan (Raj) Rajarajan (Department of Engineering at the School of Science & Technology, City University of London) is Professor of Security Engineering and Director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the City University of London.

16.10 Closing Keynote – Charlotte Crosswell, OBE, Chair, CFIT (Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology) and Ex-Trustee Open Banking (15mins)

16.25 Closing address Professor Markos Zachariadis, Co-Founder and
UKFAN Chair (5mins)

16.30 CLOSE and Drinks Reception (70mins)