Putting data to work for a better financial future

Speakers
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Ingvar Birgisson

Group Director of Global Solutions, Creditinfo Group

Ingvar Birgisson has a vast experience from managing projects and products in the field of credit risk management. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial engineering and International Project Management from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. As the Director of Global Solutions for Creditinfo Group, he is responsible for evaluating business opportunities in the 33 markets where Creditinfo operates and defining the product/solution strategies accordingly. Ingvar is passionate in finding new ways of using smart technology and data to bring increased value to the 10.000+ clients that Creditinfo has worldwide.

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Christian Ochs

CEO, FINcredible

Christian Ochs is CEO of FINcredible, an Austrian FinTech company and part of the KSV1870 Group. FINcredible provides digital credit checks based on PSD2 bank account data. In addition, Christian is Assistant Professor in Finance at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU-Vienna), and holds a Ph.D. in Finance. During his young career, he already served as researcher and lecturer at several internationally renowned institutions, e.g., NYU Stern School of Business, or the National Bank of the Kingdom of Denmark. Christian strongly advocates the importance of domain knowledge and deep problem understanding in data science, in particular when assessing consumer credit risk.

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Michał Pawlik 

Co-Founder and CEO, SMEO

Michał Pawlik is a Co-Founder and CEO of SMEO - an independent fin-tech invoice factoring company providing flexible financing services for the small and medium enterprise sector. Before he founded SMEO in Jan 2017, he created Idea Money - the invoice finance business for Getin Holding in 2011, sold for over PLN 170mln three years later. Michal is also the creator of eFaktoring.pl, the first fully online invoice loan service for microenterprises and freelancers in Poland. He is actively committed to the fin-tech industry growth and is an MBA lecturer at Warsaw University of Technology Business School.

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Didier Reynders

European Commissioner for Justice

A father of four, Didier Reynders was born in Liège on 6th August 1958. In 1981, he obtained a degree in law at the University of Liège. Guest lecturer at the universities of Liège and Louvain, he has never really left the academic life until he became on 1th December 2019 European Commissioner for Justice.

After presiding the Belgian railways and the Belgian Airways Agency, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the PRL (Liberal party), before becoming a Member of Parliament in 1992.  

On 12th July 1999, he became Minister of Finance (until 6th December 2011) and, on 18th July 2004, (concurrently) Deputy Prime Minister (until 30th November 2019).

He was Chairman of the Mouvement Réformateur (liberal party alliance) from 11th October 2004 until 14th February 2011.

 

He was Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs from 6th December 2011 until 11th October 2014.

 

He became Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs, in charge of Beliris and Federal Cultural Institutions on 11th October 2014 (until 30th November 2019).

 

He has also been Minister of Defense since 9 December 2018.

 

Since 1th December 2019 he is European Commissioner for Justice, in charge of Rule of Law and Consumer Protection.

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Patricia Suárez

Founder and President of ASUFIN

Patricia is a German & English educated philologist.  As a consumer, adversely affected by a non-transparent banking product, she founded ASUFIN (2009), the Spanish Financial Users Association, which now includes more than 20.000 associates and of which Patricia is President.  She is a regular speaker at conferences, sessions, congresses and seminars on financial education and financial users' rights in Spain and in Europe. 

Since 2015, Patricia is Director in the European Group for Consumer Rights. In 2019, she joined Finance Watch.

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Jonathan Westley

Chief Data Officer, Experian

Jonathan is the Chief Data Officer for Experian UK&I and EMEA, with overall responsibility for all enterprise data related aspects including governance, insight, strategy and performance.  In 2019 he was recognised by DataIQ as one of the UK’s top 100 data leaders.

 

Experian job history

 

Jonathan joined Experian back in 2000 working through various positions in Experian’s technology team moved back into leading business functions in 2006. Jonathan was responsible for the consulting function before becoming Product & Marketing Director for the Consumer Information business.  In 2011 Jonathan took on the position of Managing Director of Consumer Information (CIS) business for Experian UK&I business.  In November 2018 Jonathan took on overall responsibility for all data related aspects as Chief Data Officer across UK&I and EMEA regions.

                                                             

Accomplishments

 

Jonathan has been responsible for developing the CIS business for the last 7 years. This has involved the identification and development of new data assets to help consumers and organisations work seamlessly in a digital world. During this period acquired and integrated 3 complimentary businesses.

 

He has been instrumental in developments that have transformed the business which now operates across segments and includes businesses such HD Decisions, Runpath and Background Checking and new strategic developments such as Rental Exchange.  He has worked closely with organisations creating partnerships that bring new services to market e.g. Lexis Nexis and VocaLink.  He is board advisor for several FinTech firms: - AireLabs / Canopy and Cazana.

 

Prior work experience

 

Jonathan has accumulated experience throughout his 30-year career in different positions across the credit industry.  He spent 10 years working for Abbey National (now Santander Group) across the credit life cycle, from branch management to leading their expansion through deployment of large scale operational centres for Mortgages / credit card and current account processing.  A further 4 years with CGI consulting working with several financial organizations across Asia Pac / EMEA & UK&I, with a further 2 years with FICO, launching their International Consulting division.

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Pierre Wunsch

Governor of the National Bank of Belgium

Brussels-based Pierre Wunsch is the 23rd Governor of the National Bank of Belgium (NBB). He holds a Doctorate in Economics (UCL) and a Master’s degree in Public & International Affairs (Princeton University). Following a career in industry with Tractebel EGI/Electrabel and a few years as head of cabinet to the Minister of Finance, he started work as a Director at the National Bank in June 2011. He held the post of Vice-Governor from 2015. Mr Wunsch has gained a wealth of experience in prudential supervision of banks & insurance companies, monetary policy, recovery and resolution, public finances and the internal machinery of the NBB. 

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