DeFining a new age of financial services

FTT DeFi 2022

12th July, 2022, 9:00 am BST

County Hall, Westminster, London

FTT DeFi will bring together the community of 700+ innovators and creators who are challenging the established thinking, and the establishment, when it comes to the future of financial services and beyond.

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What are the economic and political drivers that lay behind the use of blockchain technologies? Is this about more sustainable or competitive economic and business models or are there other societal goals at play? What will be the impact on broader ESG goals? Expect lively debates and discussions of the key issues of the day.

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Focus on the how and the why of the DeFi infrastructure. Ethereum, Avalanche, Solana and Cardano and beyond – come away with an understanding of the provider universe. Will the architecture of the future be built on blockchains and, if so, when will the shift happen?


Crytocurrencies/ assets have moved well beyond the ‘simpler’ times of bitcoin. Get to grips with the fast pace of change in the crypto ecosystem. Are digital currencies the necessary means of exchange for a world built on distributed ledgers? CDBCs, stablecoins, NFTs and other digital assets – are consumers and businesses ready to rely on and transact with new stores of value?


With great power, comes great responsibility. We will explore how consumers are protected, access to financial services is impacted, and regulatory frameworks adapted to keep pace with a changing world.


How will this new world of decentralised technology impact the ways in which we transact, save, borrow and invest for the future? What are the exciting use cases emerging and already in play? How will this effect both incumbent providers and innovative players and how should the industry players strategically respond to change?


Beyond the confines of the financial services industry, are we witnessing the creation of the internet the world deserves? What does web3 mean and, just as important, how might it better serve the needs of people, businesses, and society? Will financial services be embedded in a multitude of self-regulating metaverses? Big topics, with lofty goals that merit deep dives and meaningful discussion.

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Prepare to have your assumptions tested

Discover new ways in which financial products and services are built and delivered. Understand how those new foundations can challenge established business models and relationships. Debate and discuss the need to re-think how stakeholders engage in the industry and how those activities are managed and regulated to drive better outcomes across the economy. 

Whether you are an expert looking for thought-provoking conversations or on a mission to bring yourself up to speed on the latest innovations, FTT DeFi will cover the broad spectrum of knowledge, interests and issues that need to be addressed. Go fearless and informed into the future of the industry.

2022 Speakers

Pankhuri Bansal
Blockchain & IoT Expert
United Nations
Genevieve Leveille
Principal Founder and CEO
Ankush Jain
Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder
Aaro Capital
Michael Anyfantakis
Chief Architect & Head of Product,
Capital One
Raul Arribas
Chief Technology Officer
Jehangir Byramji
Emerging Technology & Innovation, Chief Technology Office
Lloyds Banking Group
Caroline Hughes
Co-Founder & CEO
Emanuele Colonnella
Innovation Activation Manager
Tim Šabanov
Zumo Enterprise
Elizabeth Rossiello
CEO & Founder
Dharmesh Mistry
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Hipperson
Founder & CEO
Matthew Gardiner
Daniel Belda
Head of Product Strategy
Sohail Raja
Head of Electronic Execution Platforms and UK Chief Digital Officer
Societe Generale
David Palmer
Blockchain Lead Vodafone Business IoT
Benedikt Goetz
General Manager, UK & Europe
Metal Pay
Elliot Hentov
Head of Macro Policy Research
State Street
Jannah Patchay
Policy Lead and Originating Member
Digital Pound Foundation
Eddie Robb
Commercial Director
Zumo Enterprise
Shahar Zohar
Product Manager, DeFi and Web3
Alex Reddish
Managing Director
Tribe Payments
Gilad Amir
Digital Operating Partner
Pollen Street Capital
Francesco Filia
Fasanara Capital
Bullish Dumpling
Cardano KOL/Influencer/Crypto Show Host
Michael Messele
The Pillar Project
Liz Lumley
Deputy Editor
The Banker
John Scrivens
Intermediary Development & Leadership - Regional Manager
Skipton Building Society
Brendan Gilmore
Managing Director
BPG Strategy
Lewis Lane
Innovation Scout
NatWest Group
Brian Gray
Chief Executive Officer
Financial Markets Law Committee
Bernhard Küffer
Financial Affairs Attache
UK Swiss Embassy
Richard Maton
Aperio Strategy
Gary Clarke
CIO and Co-Founder
Old Street Digital
Tarun Sachdeva
Chief Strategy Officer
Kam Dylan
K Dylan & Company
François-Julien Alcaraz
Sean Kiernan
Chief Executive Officer
Alejandro Gutierrez
CEO / Co-Founder
Adam Bialy
Co-founder and CEO
Fiat Republic
Anna Porra
European Strategy Director
Nick Holt
Senior Director, Solutions Engineering
Paul Ridley
CEO and Co-Founder
Old Street Digital
Antoine Loth
CEO & Co-Founder
Elisa Giudici
Impact Investing in Tech
Philipp Pieper
John Salmon
DeFi Working Group Chair
Global Digital Finance
Lavan Thasarathakumar
Government and Regulatory Affairs Director, EMEA
Global Digital Finance
Ash Bhatia
Shipyard Innovation
Greg Włodarczyk
FinTech FinCrime Exchange

2022 Agenda

Infrastructure stage

In this session, we learn the basic principles of blockchain, the major protocols and their uses, layer 1 and layer 2 chains, and how blockchain can be implemented to optimise banking products and services for the customer’s benefit.

  • Paul Ridley, CEO and Co-founder, Old Street Digital
  • Pankhuri Bansal, Blockchain & IoT Expert, United Nations
  • Bullish Dumpling, Cardano KOL / Influencer / Crypto Show Host, Cardano (moderator)

This panel session explores how institutions and financial service providers embed crypto solutions into existing platforms to add revenue streams & win and retain customers in a Web 3.0 world.

  • Tim Šabonov, CTO, Zumo Enterprise
  • Liz Lumley, Deputy Editor, The Banker (moderator)

The convergence of smart contracts and AI presents the opportunity to overcome a number of data challenges and seamlessly connect workflows, whilst ensuring confidentiality. This panel explores how to implement smart contracts into financial services infrastructure, the opportunities and the challenges.  

  • David Palmer, Blockchain Lead Vodafone Business IoT, Vodafone
  • Michael Messele, CEO, The Pillar Project

As technology matures and regulation develops, we are seeing an acceleration in the infrastructure being built around digital assets. This panel will explore new forms of financing through the tokenisation of assets, stablecoins and the blockchain infrastructure to support digital asset adoption. 

  • Michele Nati, Head of Telco and Infrastructure Development, IOTA Foundation
  • Raul Arribas, Chief Technology Officer, 11Onze
  • Adam Bialy, Co-Founder and CEO, Fiat Republic
  • François-Julien Alcaraz, Founder, CryptoSimple

Given their open and permissionless nature, decentralised exchanges have been one of the main drivers of DeFi and recently there has been an increase in institutional interest. This session outlines how DEXs work, the key differences between traditional and decentralised exchanges, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Stellar Development Foundation’s recent study found that 45% of respondents from the UK, U.S., Singapore and Mexico have sent cryptocurrency across national borders. Cross-border payments represent a significant cryptocurrency use case for banks. In this panel we explore what the infrastructure looks like and what collaborations are being developed to reshape the future of payments.  

  • Daniel Belda, Head of Product Strategy, OpenPayd
  • Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO & Founder, AZA

This session will explore how blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies can be leveraged to build self-sovereign identity (SSI). We will consider the technical and design differences between a blockchain and other traditional electronic identifiers.

Increased involvement of institutions in DeFi has enabled more integration between banks and the crypto world. One of the biggest boundaries to further integration revolves around technology – this panel will address the technical boundaries currently preventing institutions from entering Web3 and the metaverse, whilst also hearing from the institutions that have led the way into these new locations.

  • Jehangir Byramji, Senior Fintech Lead, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Antoine Loth, CEO & Co-Founder, VALK
  • Shahar Zohar, Product Manager, DeFi and Web3, Fireblocks
  • Caroline Hughes, CEO, Lifetise (moderator)

Explores some of the best DeFi propositions that are being brought to life through a network of partners who are enabling institutions to better serve their next generation of customers.

  • Nick Holt, Senior Director, Solutions Engineering, Marqeta (moderator)
  • Ash Bhatia, CEO, Shipyard Innovation

Industry impact stage

DeFi is gaining the most traction in countries with greater unbanked populations. This infrastructure has become the front-runner in providing easily accessible credit and borrowing options to communities in emerging marketsWe will consider the economic incentives to change existing infrastructure, why DeFi has been more successful in emerging markets, and the potential for DeFi to open accessibility to financial services and accelerate the growth.  

  • Genevieve Leveille, Principle Founder and CEO, AgriLedger 

This panel will explore the most exciting and perhaps unusual use cases from leaders who are building innovative DeFi products to stay ahead of competition and establish new markets.  

  • John Scrivens, Intermediary Development & Leadership – Regional Manager, Skipton Building Society

Insurance has appeared as a prominent use case for DeFi. Smart contracts could have a transformative effect on the insurance market and meet global demand for transparent and automated insurance products. This panel explores the potential of DeFi in insurance, the best use cases to date, as well as the important lessons learned.

DeFi attributes have presented a variety of positive indications when combined for creating innovative solutions for investors. This panel explores the foundations for DeFi asset management and some of the key use cases, synthetic assets, fractionalisation, tokenised derivatives and more.

  • Ankush Jain, Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder, Aaro Capital
  • Bullish Dumpling, Cardano KOL / Influencer / Crypto Show Host, Cardano
  • Philipp Pieper, Co-Founder, Swarm
  • Gary Clarke, CIO and Co-Founder, Old Street Digital

As demand increases, the number of institutions undertaking cryptocurrency projects to improve payments has accelerated. This panel explores the key use cases for DeFi in payments, serving the unbanked, barriers to wider adoption, and how institutions can add digital wallets to their offerings.  

  • Tarun Sachdeva, Chief Strategy Officer, Ziglu
  • Benedikt Goetz, General Manager, UK & Europe, Metal Pay
  • Alex Reddish, Managing Director, Tribe Payments

Peer-to-peer lending is one of the key use cases for DeFi. But what could both the technology and cryptocurrencies mean for institutional lending? We will discover some of the key use cases of DeFi in lending, its potential to improve accessibility to lending products, and where the sector is headed.  

  • Michael Anyfantakis, Chief Architect and Head of Product, Capital One
  • Francesco Filia, CEO & CIO, Fasanara Capital
  • Gilad Amir, Digital Operating Partner, Pollen Street Capital

In the e-commerce world, adaptability is crucial for better user experiences and higher conversions. This panel will explore why some of the largest e-commerce companies are choosing to accept payments in a range of cryptocurrencies and how they are expanding their payment methods.

In theory, the metaverse offers a new way for the creator economy to blossom through crypto integrations and decentralised platforms. But with news that some platforms will take up to 50% commission on digital asset purchases, perhaps creators are not receiving the warm welcome they were hoping for. This panel explores the real impact of Web3 on the creator economy and what financial services these creators will need to support their growth.   

Regulation and risk stage

Is the US Presidential Order on Crypto the jurisdictional model for the development of holistic policies to deliver the benefits of crypto while managing the risks?

What should fall within the regulatory perimeter and what should the industry deliver in terms of best practices, codes of conduct, and standards to de-risk DeFi in the key areas of product growth?

  • Mark Aruliah, Senior Policy Advisor, EMEA, Elliptic
  • John Salmon, DeFi Working Group Chair, Global Digital Finance

What should fall within the regulatory perimeter and what should the industry deliver in terms of best practices, codes of conduct, and standards to de-risk DeFi in the key areas of product growth?

  • Lavan Thasarathakumar, Government and Regulatory Affairs Director, EMEA, Global Digital Finance
  • Bernhard Küffer, Financial Affairs Attache, UK Swiss Embassy

What is the role of the financial services ecosystem in ensuring mass adoption of crypto whilst protecting customers? This panel explores the importance of banks and fintech’s to enforce security standards as we move into the next era of financial services.

  • Eddie Robb, Commercial Director, Zumo Enterprise

Meeting fast-evolving regulatory obligations and de-risking products to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Brian Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Markets Law Committee

The big questions stage

Although DeFi has stormed into both traditional and new financial markets, some argue that this is only a scratch on the surface of innovation to come. This opening session will set the scene by exploring the key differences between centralised and decentralised structures, the benefits of each, and whether there is room for both in the future financial system.

  • Caroline Hughes, Co-Founder, CEO, Lifetise  
  • Lewis Lane, Innovation Scout, NatWest Group
  • Sohail Raja, Head of Electronic Execution Platforms, Global Markets | UK Chief Digital Officer, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Alejandro Gutierrez, CEO / Co-Founder, Defactor

The evolution of fintech has broken through traditional barriers for entry into a variety of financial services. This panel explores DeFi as a next step in ensuring that more communities are able to access the financial support necessary for overall wellbeing and developing emerging markets.

  • Elisa Giudici, Co-Founder, Impact Investing in Tech

This lively debate will explore the macro and micro opportunities of decentralised finance and where exactly the value creation lies. 

  • Elliot Hentov, Head of Macro Policy Research, State Street 

In its 2021 survey of the world’s central banks, the BIS found that 9 out of 10 are actively exploring DeFi markets and regulated digital currencies. As banks ramp up the activity, we explore the progress of CBDCs and how money is changing, lessons learned from CBDC experimentation and design, the key risks involved, and what’s next for digital assets. 

  • Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and Originating Member, Digital Pound Foundation

As technology develops, DeFi is not only moving into existing markets, but also carving out new market segments and entering unregulated waters. This panel will explore the legalities of regulating cryptocurrency and DeFi in the context of latest market changes, what will drive further adoption, the threats of money laundering and fraud, as well as a crucial focus on customer protection.  

This session will explore the ongoing debate surrounding the environmental impact of crypto mining. Does the damage caused from crypto mining outweigh the potential positive impact of blockchain? Do the warnings carry merit or are they an attempt to slow down mass adoption?  

  • Mark Hipperson, Founder & CEO, Ziglu  

To close the day, we will look to financial services in future locations. The session will consider future possibilities and the position that financial services could have in Web3, the metaverse and beyond.  

  • Emanuele Colonnella, Innovation Activation Manager, Generali

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