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Jesse McWaters

Financial Innovation Lead, World Economic Forum

n his role as financial innovation lead for the World Economic Forum Jesse McWaters has authored some of the most comprehensive and influential publications to date on the role of the fourth industrial revolution in reshaping the financial ecosystem. Close engagement with c-suite financial executives, senior regulators and a global network of leading fintech innovators have enabled him to produce in-depth analyses of the implications of open banking, blockchain, digital identity, and AI on the changing competitive dynamics and operating models of the financial sector.

His work has been cited by  have been cited by an array of global policy makers including the Bank of England, The Financial Stability Board, the US Department of commerce, and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. Additionally, Jesse has been asked to present to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, The Federal Reserve Board, The Peoples Bank of China, The European Parliament as well as numerous board and executive committee’s of leading financial institutions.

Jesse is a frequent media commentator on Fintech, having been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell, and quoted in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Bloomberg, MIT Technology Review and many trade publications.

Prior to his current role, Jesse worked as a financial services consultant with Deloitte and served as Director of Insights for Deloitte’s Future of Canada Institute, an organization dedicated to enhancing Canada’s productivity, competitiveness and innovative capabilities.