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7th Annual FinTech and Regulation Conference

7 and 8 February 2023

Virtual event

Afore Consulting’s 7th Annual FinTech and Regulation Conference
will take place on Tuesday 7 February and Wednesday 8 February 2023 for a full two-day programme.

This will be a virtual event bringing together senior policy makers and industry representatives from across Europe and beyond.

Please find the draft programme here.

Click here to register

Confirmed speakers include:

Mairead McGuinness, Commissioner for Financial Services, European Commission
José Manuel Campa, Chair of the EBA
Petra Hielkema, Chair of EIOPA
Verena Ross, Chair of ESMA
Jean-Paul Servais, Chair of IOSCO and Chair of FSMA
Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director for Markets, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Jay Shambaugh, Under Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Treasury
Sharon Donnery, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Ireland
Marcus Pleyer, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance, Germany
Santa Purgaile, Deputy Governor of Latvijas Banka
Steven Maijoor, Executive Director, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)
Burkhard Balz, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank
Hanzo van Beusekom, Member of the Executive Board, Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM)
Phil Venables, Chief Information Security Officer, Google Cloud
John Neal, CEO, Lloyd’s
Faryar Shirzad, Chief Policy Officer, Coinbase
Edward Bowles, Global Director of Public Policy, Meta Financial Technologies

Topics of discussion include:
The future of banking and innovative payments & the role of the digital euro
The implications of technology for supervision
Role of data
Crypto ecosystem

We would be delighted if you could join us to the 7th Annual FinTech and Regulation Conference
on 7 and 8 February 2023.

The event is finished.


07 - 08 Feb 2023


All Day


  • 01. Mairead McGuinness
    01. Mairead McGuinness
    European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union

    Mairead McGuinness is the European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union.

    The Commissioner’s vision for the portfolio is focused on ensuring the financial sector’s strength and stability, so that it can deliver for people, society and the environment.

    Before joining the Commission in October 2020, Ms McGuinness was First Vice-President of the European Parliament. She served as an MEP for 16 years, and was a Vice-President of the Parliament since 2014.

    As Vice-President, she oversaw relations with national Parliaments, led the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and philosophical organisations, and had responsibility for the Parliament’s communication policy.

    During her time in the Parliament, Ms McGuinness sat on a range of committees, covering agriculture, environment, public health, budgets, petitions and constitutional affairs. Her legislative work included leading for the EPP Group on the European Climate Law, the revision of medical devices legislation, and CAP reform post-2013. As an Irish MEP representing the border region, she was outspoken on Brexit and the consequences for the EU and Ireland.

    Prior to becoming an MEP, she was an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and commentator.

  • 02. José Manuel Campa
    02. José Manuel Campa
    Chair, European Banking Authority (EBA)

    José Manuel Campa is the current chairperson of the European Banking Authority.

    After studying law and economics at the University of Oviedo and earning his PhD in economics from Harvard University, Mr. Campa taught finance at New York University and the IESE Business School and consulted for a number of international organisations including the World Bank, the IMF, the Bank for International Settlements and the European Commission.

    He then served as the 10th Secretary of State for Economy of the Spanish government and was most recently Director of Regulatory affairs of the Santander Bank.

  • 03. Petra Hielkema
    03. Petra Hielkema
    Chair, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)

    Petra is the Chairperson of EIOPA and is leading the Authority since September 2021. On 27 May 2021 the Council adopted the decision to appoint her after the confirmation by the European Parliament on 18 May 2021. Petra is also member of the ESRB Steering Committee and the ESRB General Board and a voting member of the IAIS Executive Committee. Besides that she is the Champion of the IAIS Fintech Forum. In 2022 Petra is also chairing the Joint Committee of the three ESA’s (EIOPA, EBA and ESMA).

    Prior to this role Petra was Division Director Insurance Supervision at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB, the Dutch Central Bank). The division is responsible for the supervision of the Dutch insurance sector. Petra joined DNB in February 2007 as a policy advisor, contributing to the development of Solvency II. In 2013 she became Head Insurance Policy. In 2015 she was appointed as Head of the DNB Expert Center for Fit & Proper testing, assessing (supervisory and management) board members in the financial sector. In February 2017 she started as Director of Payments and Market Infrastructures and was responsible for the payments and collateral operations of the Dutch Central Bank, oversight, policy and cyber intelligence. Also the TIBER project (Threat Intelligence Based Ethical Red teaming) was part of her responsibilities. Prior to joining the Dutch Central Bank Petra had an international career in the oil and gas industry.

    Prior to being appointed Petra was an Alternate Member of the EIOPA Board of Supervisors. She was also the Chair of the EIOPA Policy Committee. Before that she participated in several EIOPA, and before that CEIOPS working groups and fulfilled some international roles including Chair of the FSB fmiCBCM (recovery & resolution for CCPs), member if the BIS Committee for Payments and Market Infrastructures, member of the ECB Market Infrastructures Board, member of the IAIS Technical Committee.

    Petra has a European Masters in Law & Economics and a Masters in Russian Studies.

  • 04. Verena Ross
    04. Verena Ross
    Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

    Verena Ross is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). She took up the role on 1 November 2021 and is responsible for representing the Authority as well as preparing the work of ESMA’s Board of Supervisors (BOS) and chairing the BOS and the Management Board.

    Between 2011 and 2021 Verena Ross served as ESMA’s first Executive Director where she was in charge of the day to day running of the organisation. Prior to this, Verena held a number of senior posts in the UK’s Financial Services Authority (FSA), with her final position being Director of the International Division from October 2009 to May 2011. She was also a member of the FSA’s Executive Committee and the Policy and Risk Committees.

    Verena joined the FSA in 1998 to run the Executive Chairman’s office during the regulator’s start-up phase, and was briefly a seconded advisor to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission in 2000. She subsequently held various positions in the Markets Division and was Director of Strategy & Risk Division before becoming Director of the International Division.

    Verena is a German national. Following studies in Hamburg, Taipei and London (SOAS) she began her career at the Bank of England in 1994, where she worked as an economist and then banking supervisor.

  • 05. Jean-Paul Servais
    05. Jean-Paul Servais
    Chair of IOSCO and Chair of FSMA

    Since October 2022, Jean-Paul Servais is the chairman of the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). IOSCO is the membership organization composed of the world’s financial securities and markets regulators involved in the supervision of 95 % of the financial sector at international level. He is also the Chairman of the IOSCO European Regional Committee and he served three successive terms as Vice-Chair of the IOSCO board between 2016 and 2022 until he was elected as IOSCO board chair. Within IOSCO, Jean-Paul also leads the SPAC network.

    Besides his international responsibilities, Mr Servais is the Chairman of the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA). In this capacity he is a board member of several international supervisory bodies for the financial sector such as IOSCO, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). Besides, he sits on a number of supervisory colleges that coordinate the (cross-border) supervision of financial institutions and infrastructures.

    Through these experiences Jean-Paul has accrued a unique blend of supervisory expertise and regulatory acumen as it relates to international financial services. Jean-Paul is known for his commitment towards investor protection. To this end, he has successfully led initiatives to promote the importance of financial education. Beyond his thorough understanding on the functioning of traditional financial services and markets, Jean-Paul is an engaged and influential figure on sustainable finance and digital regulatory agendas.

    Jean-Paul teaches at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, University of Brussels), where he is part-time professor in International Business Law and in the specialised Master in Tax Law. He is author or co-author of more than 400 contributions, mostly engaging on European and international systems of financial supervision and regulation issues.

  • 06. Sarah Pritchard
    06. Sarah Pritchard
    Executive Director for Markets, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

    Sarah is responsible for the delivery of the FCA’s statutory market integrity objective in the combined Supervision, Policy and Competition (SPC) division and co-leads the SPC division with Sheldon Mills.

    Sarah was previously the Director at the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), a multi-agency partnership housed in the National Crime Agency (of which the FCA is part) – which was created in late 2018 to deliver an improved response to economic crime.

    Before her role in the NECC, Sarah was General Counsel/Legal Director for the National Crime Agency and led the NCA’s transformational people programme.

    Her career has involved stints in investigative, operational and legal roles in a range of government departments and in the private sector. Within the private sector she has led global financial crime compliance and reputational risk teams at HSBC and qualified as a commercial litigator with Dechert LLP.