Sibos 2023

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NatWest Speakers

Mark Brant

Chief Payments Officer

“Is the future of money digital and instant?”

Monday 18 September 09:15-10:00*

Guest speaker on Capgemini Meet The Experts Session “Where is the Cash? Boosting Cash Management Efficiency”

Thursday 21 September 09:15-10:00*

Mark has extensive experience in the payments ecosystem and a track record of driving strategy and execution in leading payments organisations. He has led large-scale customer-centric transformational change and delivered strategic partnerships to drive long-term sustainable business growth.

In January 2023, Mark joined NatWest as Chief Payments Officer, leading the NatWest Group Payments Centre of Expertise.  Mark and team are accountable for the Group payments strategy, payments architecture, industry relations and operations, developing new propositions and accelerating innovation.

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Caroline Haas

Managing Director and Head of Climate and ESG Capital Markets.

“It’s not easy being green: Building standards into green finance”

 Wednesday 20 September 15:30-16:15*

Caroline works closely with origination teams – both in the public markets and private finance arena - focusing on a holistic approach to sustainability, working with clients across products and markets, as well as providing ESG rating, regulatory and disclosure insights. In addition to the financing dialogue, Caroline engages with institutional investors globally to understand their ESG objectives and develop new products to meet their needs.

Caroline is actively involved in NatWest Group’s and NatWest Markets’ climate change programmes and working groups. She represents NatWest on the GFMA Board, the LSE’s Sustainable Bond Market Advisory Council, AFME’s Sustainable Finance working group and GFANZ’s Transition working group. Recently, she chaired a FMSB working group focused on ESG ratings leading to her appointment as Chair of the ESG Standing Committee. Participation in these industry groups enables Caroline to help shape sustainable finance as it evolves.

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Ian Povey

CIO Payments Technology

NatWest Exhibitor Topic Session: " Banking on digital transformation"

Monday 18 September 16.45 -  17.15*

Ian is the CIO Payments Technology for the NatWest Banking Group. Accountable for the run, change and continuous availability of payments as a systemically critical participant in the industry. Ian is focused on modernisation and transformation of payments capabilities, collaborating with the business to continuously improve each customer journey and investing in team culture. Ian joined the Board of Directors of SWIFT in 2022 and serves on the Board and is a Trustee of Charities Trust in the UK.

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Nick Kerigan

Managing Director, Head of Innovation, Swift

Guest Speaker, NatWest Exhibitor Topic Session “Banking on digital transformation"

Monday 18 September 16.45 -  17.15*

Nick is responsible for the performance of the innovation strategy, ensuring that innovation delivers on its mandate to accelerate and de-risk the creation of new products and services that deliver value to customers.

Nick has a wealth of experience from over 20 years working in payments and banking across developed and emerging markets.

Prior to joining Swift in July 2020, he was Managing Director for Future Payments at Barclays, creating next-gen customer experiences and partnering with FinTechs. His expertise is in digital payments, growth strategies and product development, grounded in behavioural trends.

Nick is a thought leader and top-100 financial sector influencer.

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Stacey Wilkinson

API Growth Manager

Guest Speaker: OneID Meet The Experts Session “Why digital identity is key to product innovation in retail and transaction banking”

Thursday 21 September 12:30 – 13:15*

Stacey is an API Growth Manager in the Bank of APIs team. Stacey leads the commercialisation of Customer Attribute Sharing and Enriched Transactions and has knowledge of the Open Banking/Finance landscape and NatWest’s additional commercial API offerings; Variable Recurring Payments (VRP) and Direct Access.

Stacey is focused on leveraging Open Banking to create innovative solutions that meet internal and external customer needs, specifically Account Information Services and Digital Identity. 

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Adrian Smyth

Head of Domestic Payments and Innovation

Amazon Web Services Workshop: “How financial institutions can use AI and other technologies to gain actionable insights from ISO 20022 data”

Wednesday 20 September 13:00 – 14:00*

Adrian is Head of Domestic Payments and Innovation and has extensive experience in delivering solutions in the Corporate and digital markets. A payments specialist, previous roles include Head of Global Transaction Services UK Change Management leading the delivery of payment products and services for Corporate and Financial Institution clients.

Adrian is a senior practitioner in the Payments Centre of Excellence for NatWest, specialising in innovation and partnerships and currently leads on engagement with UK domestic payment schemes.

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Stuart Foster

Stuart Foster

Managing Director, Financial Institutions

Stuart is Managing Director of Financial Institutions (FI), one of the four businesses that make up the  Commercial and Institutional Franchise.

Stuart brings together FI customers across three customer sectors (Non-Bank FI, Funds and Banks & SSAs (Supranationals, Sovereigns & Agencies)) within the NatWest Group under one single, focused business. Stuart’s role as MD of FI is to drive the customer strategy and deliver the whole bank to our institutional customers.

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James Waud

Managing Director, Head of Banks & Sovereigns, Supranationals & Agencies

James is Managing Director, Head of Banks & Sovereigns, Supranationals & Agencies. James has been at NatWest for nine years, having originally joined as Global Head of Subsidiary Banking. 

James previously spent 18 years at J.P. Morgan, initially through the Global Management Training Programme in New York, followed by two years in Paris covering French Corporate clients. He then returned to London and assumed a variety of sales leadership roles including running UK Corporate, US and Asia Multinational Coverage teams. James's last role at J.P. Morgan was as Corporate Sales Executive, Northern Europe.

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Monika Tarr

Managing Director, Banks Coverage

Monika leads our Banks Coverage team for Americas and Middle East across products and across NWG. Monika previously lead the Global banks team for the commercial bank. Previously, she headed up Emerging Markets and Southern Europe following her role in Global Transaction Banking Sales for Latin America. Monika has previously held roles as a Director in Consulting for Banks at Deloitte, Funding at RBS Treasury and in Origination and  Syndicate for SSAs and later for Financial Institutions Debt Capital Markets.

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Adam Hanke

Managing Director, Banks Coverage Transaction Banking

Adam leads the newly formed Banks Coverage Transaction Banking business, which consolidates the ownership of all of our Transaction Banking relationships with Banks clients globally into one team.  Adam has been with NatWest for 9 years, and has held various leadership roles covering a number of core geographies, most recently in UK and Europe, and had responsibility of ownership across critical strategic Transaction Banking initiatives.  

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