Fintech Futures: demystifying blockchain

Category: Corporate Events
26 October 2016
6 - 9:30 pm
Brussels Campus
Professionals & executives

Looking for an update on today’s challenges in financial services? With our FinTech Futures lecture series we share new, independent and impactful views on technology, regulation & user experience. Experience future scenarios first hand, get a grip on today’s buzzwords, participate in our fintech network, free of charge!

Today’s topic: How to integrate blockchain technology in your organisation’s transformation journey?

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The programme:

6:00 pm     Welcome drink and sandwiches
6:30 pm     Blockchain as a theory by Simon Taylor (Co-founder 11:FS)
7:30 pm     Blockchain in practice by Thomas Lecok (Blockchain expert ING)
8:00 pm     Panel discussion lead by Hemakiran Gupta with Simon Taylor, Thomas Lecok & Bjorn Cumps
8:30 pm     Networking drink in Vlerick lounge

Simon Taylor, Co-founder 11:FS

“What is really interesting about blockchain is not bitcoin, it is the theory. We cannot explain or grasp blockchain because we don't have context yet. Remember people talking about 'the web'?”

In 2016, Simon co-founded 11:FS, the most exciting fintech consultancy group around. Before joining 11:FS, this blockchain tsar, established Barclays as one of the leaders in blockchain thinking and doing. Simon also helped a variety of startups flourish, through Barclays Tech Stars accelerator, recently rebranded Rise open innovation programme. Another impressive example is Corda, a proof of concept experiment Simon carried out with the R3 network, which cut the settlement time on securities contracts from 90 hours to 3 minutes.

Thomas Lecok, Blockchain expert ING

“Essentially building a new service or moving an existing one to a blockchain means starting again with a blank page, with all the advantages and disadvantages that brings along”

Thomas joined ING’s payment domain at the IT side and later evolved towards a product management role. Thomas made the journey from understanding what the technology is about and where it can best be used towards developing and building concrete use cases. He had the pleasure of working in an international environment where he was in contact with experts from Fintech, other banks, regulators and clients. He was the ING representative in Febelfin and the Dutch Payments Association.

Hemakiran (Kiran) Gupta, Head of BFS Europe Tata Consultancy Services

“For now, our banking clients  are seriously investing in blockchain. Whether blockchain delivers or not, remains to be seen.”

After joining TCS in 1993 in a hands on technical role, Kiran moved up the ranks to be the regional head of banking and financial services for the company in Mainland Europe. Along with helping build and nurture long term relationships with clients,  Kiran has been personally involved in various market initiatives like Crest, SIX Securities, Euro, PSD2 to name a few.

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