FinTech and the Future of Money
FinTech (financial technology) is increasingly touching our lives daily as innovative ways are devised to access and secure our money. From cryptocurrency to blockchain, AI to mobile payment – global corporations are capitalising on a more digitalised sector, while governments face the challenge of regulating an ever-changing market.
Our latest webinar explores this new age of finance. Our panel of alumni and academic experts will discuss the opportunities and risks these new technologies pose, both to the sector and to individuals.
Professor Carsten Maple - Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (North America), University of Warwick
Professor Carsten Maple is Director of Research in Cyber Security and Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering in WMG. Over his career, he’s provided evidence and advice to governments and organisations across the world, including being a high-level scientific advisor for cyber security to the European Commission. Carsten has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. He’ is a member of various national and international boards and expert groups, is a Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing in the UK, and a fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.
Dr Giorgia Barboni - Assistant Professor of Finance at Warwick Business School
Giorgia Barboni is an Assistant Professor of Finance at WBS. Before joining Warwick, she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. Giorgia's work focuses on innovations in financial contracts and their impact on business growth and households' financial decisions. Her research interests are in Development Finance, Behavioural Economics and Household Finance. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. She also does research as part of the Gilmore Centre for Financial Technology.
Nitin Sharma - Chief Operating Officer of Trading at BlackRock (BSc Computer Science, 2006)
Nitin is currently COO of Trading at BlackRock for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. In 2016, Nitin was chosen from among 13,000 employees to receive BlackRock’s Principles Award for exemplifying BlackRock’s principles and culture.
He also supported the development of their Sovereign Risk Index (BSRI), an algorithm that ranks 51 countries by their most important factors. He serves on the board of advisors for IntoUniversity, the UK’s top educational charity, which helps disadvantaged students across England attend university. He regularly advises charities including the National Autistic Society, the Child Cancer Trust, and the Royal Foundation.
Vera Okojie - FinTech Analyst at Visa (BA Philosophy, 2020)
Vera was Warwick’s first student to transfer onto the new Philosophy with Work Placement degree course. She successfully secured her own placement at Microsoft, followed by a summer internship with Google. On graduating, she achieved an Outstanding Student Contribution Award for her exceptional academic performance and contribution to the University, including founding the Warwick Philosophy Black Voices Network.
She’s currently FinTech Analyst at Visa after earning a place on their top talent Future Leader graduate programme. An avid entrepreneur, Vera founded 'Lashed By Vee' whilst at university, which has since launched two collections and been featured on FENTY.com.