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Partner, Passion Capital
Eileen Burbidge is a partner at Passion Capital, the early-stage technology venture capital investment firm based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.
In addition to Passion Capital, Eileen is also Chair of Tech City UK. She also serves on the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group; as HM Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech, appointed by the Chancellor George Osborne; and Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London.
She was made an MBE for services to UK Business in June 2015 and holds a BSc engineering degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Deputy director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Kosta Peric is a technologist, and his interests lie at the point of fusion between technology, finance and innovation. He is the author of “The Castle And The Sandbox”, a book explaining how to foster innovation in established systems and companies.
Mr Peric is currently deputy director of Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and leads the Level One Project initiative to foster deployment of payment platforms to serve the poor. Previously, he was the co-founder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and servicing daily the world economy.
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Senior Advisor to McKinsey Global Institute
Anshu Jain is senior adviser to McKinsey Global Institute and has been a leader in the financial services industry for three decades. He was co-chief executive of Deutsche Bank from June 2012 to June 2015. He was also a member of the management board from 2009 and the group executive committee from 2002.
Mr Jain joined Deutsche Bank in 1995. He is widely recognised for building the bank’s nascent markets business and for helping transform it into a global universal bank with a leading investment banking franchise.
Mr Jain led Deutsche Bank’s team advising the UK Treasury on financial stability, sat on the board of directors of the Institute of International Finance and was a member of the Financial Services Forum. He served on the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was chairman of the board of Trustees of the Alfred Herrhausen Society.
In 2014, Mr Jain was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London Business School. He was named Global Indian of the Year in 2012 by the Economic Times of India and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Risk magazine in 2010. He is on the board of trustees of Chance to Shine, a UK-based charity and he is a wildlife conservationist, supporting wildlife charities in India and Southern Africa.
Mr Jain has recently become an adviser to SoFi (Social Finance, Inc). SoFi is a finance provider offering innovative lending and wealth-management services in the US.
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Chief Executive of Safaricom
Bob Collymore is chief executive of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-Pesa, the world’s most developed mobile payment system.
His work experience spans across Japan, South Africa and the UK where he has held senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Mr Collymore has more than 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities.
In April 2015, the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon reappointed Mr Collymore to the UN Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental, sustainability and anti-corruption issues as well as the work it is undertaking to address maternal health and child mortality.
Under Mr Collymore’s leadership, Safaricom is using its infrastructure to achieve universal access to essential communications and tackling health and energy issues.
He is a member of the Global Commission for Business & Sustainable Development and is part of the B-Team, a high-level global group of business leaders working to bring about social, environmental and economic change.
Mr Collymore is a member of the Board of Acumen and has served as a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for women and children.
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Professor of Information Systems, Instituto de Empresa
Ricardo Pérez is professor of information Systems at Instituto de Empresa, and has combined an extensive professional career with one of deep research into the field of new technologies. This dual profile, coupled with fifteen years of experience, has made him a recognised authority in the rapid evolution of the sector.
During the early years of internet, he studied leading Spanish start-ups such as Olé, Barrabes, Teknoland, Netjuice, and served as consultant for companies like Telefónica, Telefónica Data, Microsoft, HP, CECA and the Norwegian Bank Association. Mr Pérez says that the cases he did on Olé and Netjuice as well as others were noticed by MIT, which was interested in researching the possibilities that new forms of information integration offered business corporations, and, in turn, the rapid evolution of traditional information systems.
Mr Pérez maintains close relations with counterparts at the University of New York, Carnegie Mellon and MIT. He is interested in how companies use technology to relate to each other and observing the way these relationships change as new technological architectures emerge.
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Financial editor, FT
Patrick Jenkins has been financial editor and assistant editor at the Financial Times since January 2014. In this role, Mr Jenkins shapes the FT’s overall financial coverage, with a focus on financial services and investment. He works closely with the editors of Markets, Lex, FT Money, FTfm and the financial services team. He also contributes to leader writing and comment, while continuing to write for the Inside Finance column.
Previously, Mr Jenkins had been banking editor since June 2009, leading the 10-strong global financial services reporting team. Before this post he was companies editor and assistant editor, and before that he was the editor of international company news.
He joined the FT Group in 1996 as editor of the newsletter FT world insurance report, before becoming UK companies reporter in 2000. Before taking up the post as international company news editor, Mr Jenkins spent four years in Germany as Frankfurt correspondent for the FT.
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Banking editor, FT
Martin Arnold has worked for the Financial Times since 1999 and been the FT banking editor since January 2014. Before that he was deputy companies editor for almost three years, overseeing business and financial coverage.
Between 2007 and 2011, he covered private equity, winning the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association award of private equity correspondent of the year and being shortlisted for scoop of the year at the Business Journalist of the Year awards.
Mr Arnold’s other roles at the FT have included Paris correspondent for five years, covering a wide beat including politics and finance. He has also written about technology, media and telecoms in London and consumer industries in New York.
He received a masters degree in journalism from Goldsmith College in London and an undergraduate degree in French and Politics from Leeds University.