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Open Banking Expo will bring UK Open Banking and open finance community face to face next week

London (UK),  26 October 2021 – Open Banking Expo, the leading global community of Open Banking and open finance executives responsible for digital transformation across financial services, will bring the Open Banking and open finance industry in Europe and the UK face to face next Thursday, 4 November.

This year’s event has drawn some of the biggest names from across the breadth of financial services, with the speaker line-up including over 80 leaders in banking and fintech.

The day will kick off on the main stage with a forward-looking panel discussion exploring what is required to build a thriving open finance ecosystem, followed by Marion King, Director of Payments, NatWest Group, who will share her vision for what a payments strategy should look like by 2030.

Other highlights include Dr Ruth Wandhöfer on Stage 2 who will explore the future digital ecosystem and dive into topics like blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT) and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) as potential building blocks of the future economy.

Also on Stage 2, sponsored by European fintech Tink, James Shafe, Head of Consumer and Retail Policy Department, the Financial Conduct Authority, will share the learnings from the Call for Input on Open Finance, which was published earlier this year.

On Stage 3, sponsored by London-based fintech Volt, UK Open Banking Lead at Goldman Sachs Winston Pearson will look into the potential of Open Banking to transform corporate treasury.

And on the fourth, which will be the Payments Stage sponsored by Bottomline Technologies, Chris Hemsley, Managing Director, Payment Systems Regulator, will share about the importance of developing digital payments with people and businesses in mind.

The guests will also hear from the newly appointed Open Banking Implementation Entity (OBIE) Chair, Charlotte Crosswell. As part of the closing keynote on the main stage, she will share her vision for OBIE and the future of open banking in the UK and beyond.

In addition to the rich content, Expo attendees will have plenty of opportunities for networking across a number of spaces, including the Networking Lounge hosted by Klarna, a café hosted by Yapily and barista coffee from Oolys. The event will culminate in the After Party hosted by Equifax.

With Token as its headline sponsor, the event promises to be the biggest industry reunion in over 18 months.

Adam Cox, co-founder of Open Banking Expo, said: “We can’t wait to welcome everyone at the Business Design Centre in London next week. We really worked hard to bring the best speakers and content across four event stages as part of this year’s event. The tickets have been selling fast which only shows how much the industry is looking forward to a face-to-face conversation.”

The latest programme is available on the event’s website.

Hundreds of C-level and senior-level delegates from across the financial services sector are expected to attend and exchange ideas and insights on the future of Open Banking, its governance and roadmap in Europe and the UK.

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