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The future of UK fintech - next steps for policy, regulation, connectivity, skills and innovation following the Kalifa review

Morning, Tuesday, 21st June 2022

This conference examines key issues for the future of UK Fintech.

Delegates will discuss what is needed to support and continue to grow the sector going forward, and the future for policy and regulation.

It will also be an opportunity to assess the implementation so far of the key findings from the Independent Strategic Fintech Review led by Ron Kalifa.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on priorities for building on progress already made in implementing the Review’s recommendations, including in:

  • developing the skills base
  • attracting investment
  • improving international and national connectivity.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • opportunities - new markets ◦ trends ◦ developing the role in green finance ◦ building Fintech into local economies ◦ development of links with businesses, local authorities & research centres 
  • policy & regulation - the Treasury Future Regulatory Framework Review ◦ proposals for a Digital Economy Taskforce ◦ increasing collaboration & coordination across government
  • investment - access to finance ◦ likely impact of a Fintech growth fund ◦ reform of the stock listing rules
  • skills - identifying gaps ◦ work with higher & further education ◦ upskilling & retraining ◦ development of clusters & centres of excellence
  • talent - recruitment ◦ international expertise ◦ new visa routes
  • international competitiveness - examining Government reforms introduced to make London a more appealing destination for global investors & companies 
  • innovation - priorities for market & product development ◦ integration into existing systems & business models ◦ enhancing cybersecurity ◦ protecting customer data

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Susan Caldwell, Managing Director, Department for International Trade; and Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from HM Treasury; DIT; National Savings & Investments; Home Office; Department of Finance, ROI; DCMS; the GLD; and the Department for the Economy, NI.

Keynote Speaker

Janine Hirt

CEO, Innovate Finance

Keynote Speakers

Janine Hirt

CEO, Innovate Finance

Susan Caldwell

Managing Director, Department for International Trade


Lord McNicol of West Kilbride

Vice Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Fintech

Stephen McPartland MP

Member, All Party Parliamentary Group on Fintech


Richard Meeus

Director of Security Technology and Strategy, EMEA, Akamai

Jan van Vonno

Research Director, Tink

Monica Sah

Partner, Clifford Chance

Professor Iain Clacher

Head, Centre for Financial Technology and Innovation, and Pro Dean International, University of Leeds

Yasmin Johal

Associate, CMS

Nadia Edwards-Dashti

Chief Customer Officer, Harrington Starr

Professor Arman Eshraghi

Professor of Finance and Investment, and Deputy Head of Section for Research, Impact and Innovation, Cardiff Business School; and Member, Digital Skills Committee, Fintech Wales

Dr Seema Farazi

Partner, Financial Services, Immigration and Brexit, Ernst and Young