Debi Bell

Debi Bell

Freelance Journalist

Freelance Journalist

James Benford

James Benford

Executive Director & Chief Data Officer
Bank of England

Bank of England

James is responsible for the Bank’s collection of statistics and regulatory data and for a Bank-wide transformation agenda to enable the Bank to make the best possible use of data across all its functions through effective analytical processes. Joining the Bank of England in 2005, James headed up the Bank’s Global Analysis Division. He represented the UK on the G20 Framework and International Financial Architecture working groups, and established and led the Bank’s Brexit Contingency Planning team. He has worked in various roles across the Bank’s Monetary Analysis and Financial Stability areas, has produced and presented the Monetary Policy Committee’s economic forecasts and was part of the Secretariat for the Financial Policy Committee.
Níamh Curran

Níamh Curran

Senior Reporter
Finextra

Finextra

Lord Christopher Holmes

Lord Christopher Holmes

Baron Holmes of Richmond MBE
House of Lords

House of Lords

Chris is a passionate advocate for the potential of technology and the benefits of diversity and inclusion. His core policy focus is on digital technology for the public good with a particular interest in technologies such as AI and blockchain and areas of application such as fintech and trade. In Parliament, he has introduced a private members’ bill that proposes the regulation of artificial intelligence and was integral to the passing of the ground-breaking Electronic Trade Documents Bill. He has previously co-authored House of Lords Select Committee Reports on Democracy and Digital Technologies, AI, and Digital Skills. He is also adviser to several tech and fintech companies.
Daniel Szmukler

Daniel Szmukler

Director
Euro Banking Association (EBA)

Euro Banking Association (EBA)

In his current role, Daniel is in charge of business development, thought leadership, innovation, events and educational activities. He runs the association’s working groups, the EBAday conference and EBA’s professional training seminars and schools. Daniel completed a first term of office as Head of Communications and Corporate Governance at EBA CLEARING from 2002 to 2012. From 2001 to 2002, Daniel was a Payment Systems Advisor to the European Banking Federation (EBF) in Brussels. He began his professional career in 1994 with SWIFT in Brussels. Daniel holds graduate degrees in business administration and management from Boston University, Mass. and from the University of Brussels.

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