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Addressing the challenges and opportunities in Financial Services IT with Agile methods and Atlassian Tools


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About the session

Join this energizing session to hear about the experience and practical insights from leaders in Financial Services IT who have built transformative services and innovative solutions to create value for their businesses during the past year. Our panel of industry experts will discuss how they have tackled the challenges and leveraged the opportunities using Agile methods and tools during an enlightening panel discussion, concluded by a live Q&A session to encourage debate and discussion.

About the panelists

Derek Vaughan – Head of Client Propositions & Markets, Valiantys

Derek has worked in the information technology industry for over 35 years in management, consulting, and programme director roles.  He has worked with banks, insurance, and payment processing businesses leading and supporting digital transformation.  As a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt he has led several programmes at banking and insurance businesses to drive enterprise quality and productivity improvement across operations and technology business teams.

Radu Burghelea – Head of IT, European Banking Authority

Radu is a Senior Executive in IT and Operations with extensive experience in driving Business Transformation through effective Technology Solutions, efficient Operating Models and aligned Organizations.  Over 20 years Radu has used his passion for building teams, technology solutions and businesses to help companies grow/scale-up, capture market opportunities, execute M&A, divestitures, performance improvement programs across multiple CEE countries in Financial Services, Banking, Insurance and Technology. 

Laura Robertson, Vice President Intelligent Automation & Process Engineering, Paysafe Group

Laura is an accomplished Change & Programme Manager with over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services and a demonstrable track record of large scale projects, delivering global enterprise IT and business solutions. Personal style is flexible and open thinking whilst possessing core skills developed on large scale projects, across multiple industry sectors, predominantly Banking, (Investment and Retail) Fund Management, and NFP. As an Investment Banking Operations SME for 10 years Laura had always been au fait with algorithmic trading and the benefits it provides through automation. Laura moved from an Operations role in Deutsche Bank in 2008 to an IT role and subsequently implemented technology at JPMorgan, Lloyds, Barclays and State Street. Laura loves technology but has a natural affinity with the people side of change. 

Krishna Kumar- Head of Cloud Engineering and Support, M&G Investments

Krishna is an experienced technology leader with a strong record of leading multi-functional technical teams, adept at delivering changes and running operations with a career stretching over 25 years. After a long career with M&G he is currently working as a technical solution architect in an investment bank.  Krishna is an experienced technology leader with a strong delivery track record both in development and operations through building and developing multi-functional teams. Krishna is also very experienced in the execution of cloud strategy and cloud transformation programs.


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