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An Forum

The Power of FinTech: Creating a More Sustainable and Inclusive World for All

Tuesday 11th October 2022 

East Wintergarden 43 Bank St, London E14 5NX

Innovate Finance member companies will be allocated places on a one-ticket-per-firm basis. If you wish to request further places at the event, please contact us .

An Introduction

Financial services form an integral part of our lives, yet there are still barriers and challenges for many when it comes to accessing simple financial products and services.

Over the years, FinTech entrepreneurs, founders, innovators, and change-makers have proven that by harnessing the powers of technology, innovation in financial services can act as an enabler to create a more inclusive and diverse global society and workforce.

And it doesn’t stop there. Not only has the FinTech sector been a key driver and champion of diversity and inclusion,  but it also understands the power that the industry has when it comes to the wider ESG agenda.

While the overall impact of financial services on the environment can be both wide-reaching and hard to accurately measure, the FinTech and financial services sector has the opportunity to take a position of global leadership, and to create plans, processes, and policies that will shape the future to come. If we don’t take action now, the cost of inaction will be far greater.

Furthermore, the cost of living crisis has drawn into focus the need for our financial systems to better equip the increasing numbers of the vulnerable. With more households running deficit budgets, we can be certain of a huge increase in late payments, mounting arrears and bad debts that will drastically change the personal finances of millions for years to come. How financial services responds to this will be key to how our society develops into the future.

We are embarking on the second edition of ‘FinTech as a Force For Good: an Innovate Finance Forum’ this year, showcasing the power the sector has in creating real change, right now.

Join us as we welcome FinTech founders, financial services institutions, policy-makers and regulators, NPOs and NGOs, professional services firms, investors, and international hubs for a one-day impact summit.

Senior leaders from across the industry will discuss and debate key problem areas facing society and develop an action plan with tangible outputs that showcase how the sector can help create and support a  fairer, greener, and more sustainable world for all.

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Key Themes

  • The State of ESG: A Global Outlook
  • The emissions reduction scope and the role of FinTech
  • How Spatial Data and Finance are combining to help manage nature-related financial risks and opportunities
  • Financial Inclusion and Wellbeing: A Financial Services System That Caters to All
  • Cost of living crisis – what does it mean for FinTechs
  • What does good governance look like for FinTechs?
  • Back to Basics: Creating the right culture to build a responsible businesses

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Morning Agenda

How can FinTech act as an enabler to help solve some of the key issues currently facing society? How can innovation in financial services support the world effort on climate change? What is the role of FinTech entrepreneurs, innovators, policy-makers and investors when it comes to ensuring that the future of financial services remains inclusive and sustainable?

08:30 Registration opens

9:30 Opening by Host

Angelica Malin, Global Event Host

9:35 Welcome Address

Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance

9:50 Keynote by Mandy Lamb, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa

  • What opportunities are presented by The Circular Economy?
  • How can SMBs and Consumers have a collective impact through small, gradual behavioural changes?
  • What are some of the potential barriers for progress in the regenerative sphere and how can these be addressed

Recent figures suggest that only 8.6% of our current economy is circular. With the world consuming more than it can replenish, transformation is needed in the way we use natural resources to transition from a linear to a circular economy.

This session will explore the power of fintech and the payments industry to encourage commerce in the circular economy, and make it easier, more rewarding and more accessible for businesses and individuals to embrace recommerce.

Mandy Lamb, UK&I Managing Director, Visa Europe, will discuss how Visa is working to raise public knowledge of the regenerative economy and how individual behaviours can have a big impact.

10:00 The State of ESG: A Global Outlook | Panel Discussion

ESG is an increasingly important discussion point and something all organisations of all sizes have embraced as part of their purpose. We explore the current state of play and where we as an industry needs to be going.

Discussion points:

  • Has greenwashing changed how companies can improve their credentials?
  • How do ESG attitudes differ across the globe?

Moderated by

Andrew Manning, Partner, Risk Advisory, Evelyn Partners

Panelists

Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE – Select Committee on Science and Technology 
Shanika Amarasekara MBE, Chief Impact Officer, British Business Bank
Jeff Scott, Chairman, Rewired.earth
Stephen Dury, Vice President, Capgemini Invent

11:00 Morning Break

11:35 The emissions reduction scope and the role of FinTech | Panel Discussion

The emissions reduction scope broadly categorises the type of direct and indirect emissions that an organisation makes. This session will explore what that means specifically for finance firms, and what changes can organisations make to tackle each scope.
Discussion points:

  • What is the emissions scope? 
  • How firms can accurately measure their emissions – especially further down the scope
  • What role can innovation play in reducing emissions?

Moderated by

Michelle You, CEO, founder, Supercritical

Panelists

Anna Krotova Director, Sustainability, Mambu
Ben Knight Head of Environmental Sustainability, GoCardless
Matt Bullivant, Director of ESG Strategy, OakNorth
Rod Lockhart, CEO, Lendinvest

12:15 How Spatial Data and Finance are combining to help manage nature-related financial risks and opportunities | Panel Discussion

The economy and the finance sector continues to have an impact upon nature. Financial decisions need to take these risks and opportunities into account when planning economic activity. To date such assessments have been difficult.

However, advances in geo-spatial and earth observation data combined with AI and machine learning, new opportunities are rapidly developing to manage risk, assess opportunity and gauge impact. This new and emerging field is called Spatial Finance.

Discussion points:

  • How has the evolution and role of data and analytics in addressing nature related risks changed?
  • The importance of location and knowing your ecosystem
  • Developments in spatial data and monitoring technologies
  • Advances in company and financial asset mapping to location 
  • Advances in machine learning and techniques such as digital twins, eDNA, LiDAR
  • The importance of process and data standards and the role of the TNFD

Moderated by

James D’ath, Finance Sector Engagement Specialist, Global Canopy

Panelists
Christophe Christiaen, Deputy Head – Spatial Finance Initiative, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, University of Oxford
Doogie Black, European Lead, XDI
Maria De Farago Botella, Senior Project Manager, Telespazio UK

13:10 Lunch Break

Afternoon Agenda

How can FinTech act as an enabler to help solve some of the key issues currently facing society? How can innovation in financial services support the world effort on climate change? What is the role of FinTech entrepreneurs, innovators, policy-makers and investors when it comes to ensuring that the future of financial services remains inclusive and sustainable?

14:15 Financial Inclusion: A Financial Services System That Caters to All

The current cost of living crisis has drawn into focus the need for our financial systems to better equip the increasing numbers of the vulnerable. With more households running deficit budgets, we can be certain of a huge increase in late payments, mounting arrears and bad debts that will drastically change the personal finances of millions for years to come. How financial services responds to this will be key to how our society develops into the future.

Discussion points:

  • Should financial services be society’s safety net?
  • What universal steps can financial services take to safeguard vulnerable customers?
  • How can financial services equip their customers so they are better prepared for future crises?

Panelists

Chris Pond, Chair, Financial Inclusion Commision
Faith Reynolds, Independent Consumer Finance Expert
Kate Cunninghan, Director, Financial Services, MHP
Louise Hill, Co-Founder & COO, GoHenry 
Neil Allen, Head of Strategy, Credit Risk UK&I, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

14:50 Financial Wellbeing: Managing consumers through a crisis

With more households running deficit budgets, we can be certain of a huge increase in late payments, mounting arrears and bad debts that will drastically change the personal finances of millions for years to come. How financial services responds to this will be key to how our society develops into the future.

Discussion points:

How can we take what we learned from this crisis forward?
Have the goalposts moved on what financial wellness means?
What can consumer facing businesses learn from each other to help consumers?
What tools are readily available to help the vulnerable?

Moderated by
Pinar Ozcun, Professor, Said Business School

Panelists

Alastair Douglas, CEO, Totally Money
Iana Vidal, Director Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Clearpay
Jonathan Hughes, Executive Chairman, OneBanx
Mateus Gomes, Partnerships & Investor Relations, Salary Fits

15:25 The Cost of living Crisis – What does it mean for FinTechs | Panel Discussion

The current cost of living crisis is having sweeping effects on the day-to-day lives of consumers and small business across the board. What does this mean for FinTech firms specifically?

Discussion points:

  • How will drastically altered consumer finances impact firms?
  • How will SMEs react to potential cashflow issues?
  • How can FinTech look after its employees to help them through the crisis?

Moderated by

James Black, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Panelists

Lisa Jacobs, CEO, Funding Circle
Andrew Rabbitt, CEO & Co-founder, Incuto
Jason Whilby, Co-CEO, OPEN

16:00 Afternoon Break

16:25 Back to Basics: Creating the right culture to build a responsible business | Fireside Chat

It is often said that cultivating the right culture at a company is of utmost importance to an organisations success. How can this be done, and done in such a way that it compliments running a sustainable business internally and externally?

Moderated by
Amy French, Director, Level39

Panelists
Joel Blake OBE, Founder, The GFA Exchange
Dan Saunders, Founder & CEO, Zeti
Devin Kohli, Co-Head and General Partner, Outward VC
Thea Loch, Head of Portfolio Optimisation, Lloyds Banking Group 

17:00 Keynote: Good Governance by Ian Phoenix, Director of Intelligence & Digital, FCA

17:10 What does good governance look like for FinTechs? | Panel Discussion

The current focus is on E & S and less on ‘G’ – this session will explore what good governance should look like, and how it can inform and improve the other two parts of ESG.

Discussion points:

  • What do FinTechs need to consider with regard to governance?
  • Where does a companies responsibility lie?
  • What are the potential pitfalls of cultivating a sustainable business?

Moderated by 

Shân Millie, Founder, Bright Blue Hare

Panelists

Mat Megens, Founder and Chief Executive, Hyperjar
Tracey Brady, Partner, KPMG
Anna Skarborg, Head of Sustainability, Northzone

17:45 Closing Remarks

17:50 Reception

Speakers

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Alastair Douglas

CEO, Totally Money

Amy French

Director, Level39

Andrew Manning

Partner, Risk Advisory, Everlyn Partners

Andrew Rabbitt

CEO, Incuto

Angelica Malin

Global Event Host

Anna Krotova

Director of Sustainability, Mambu

Anna Skarborg

Head of Sustainability, Northzone

Ben Knight

Head of Environmental Sustainability, GoCardless

Chris Pond

Chair, Financial Inclusion Commision

Chris Skinner | CEO
Chris Skinner

CEO, The Finanser

Christophe Christiaen

Deputy Head - Spatial Finance Initiative, Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme – University of Oxford

Devin Kohli

Co-Head, Outward VC

Doogie Black

European Lead, XDI

Faith Reynolds | Independent Consumer Finance Expert
Faith Reynolds

Independent Consumer Finance Expert

Iana Vidal

Director of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, UK & EU, Clearpay

James Black

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Janine Hirt | COO
Janine Hirt

CEO, Innovate Finance

Jason Wilby

Co-CEO, Open Insurance

Joel Blake OBE

Founder, GFA Exchange

Jonathan Hughes

Executive Chairman, OneBanx

Julia Hoggett

CEO, London Stock Exchange plc

Kate Cunningham

Director, Financial Services, MHP

Lisa Jacobs

CEO, Funding Circle

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Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE

Louise Hill

Co-Founder and COO, gohenry

Mandy Lamb

Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa

Margaret Doyle

Margaret Doyle, Head of Clients & Markets, Financial Services and Real Estate, Deloitte

Mat Megens

Founder and Chief Executive, Hyperjar

Matt Bullivant

Director of ESG Strategy, OakNorth

Michelle You

CEO & Co-founder, Supercritical

Neil Allen

Head of Strategy, Credit Risk UK&I, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Pinar Ozcan | Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Pinar Ozcan

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School

Rod Lockhart | CEO
Rod Lockhart

CEO, Lendinvest

Shân Millie

Founder, Bright Blue Hare

Shanika Amarasekara MBE

Chief Impact Officer, British Business Bank

Stephen Dury

Vice President, Capgemini Invent

Thea Loch

Head of Portfolio Optimisation, Lloyds Banking Group

Tracy Brady

Tracey Brady, Partner, KPMG

Tulip Siddiq

Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, UK

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