DC Fintech Week


We’re pleased to provide the entire 2020 DC Fintech Week to you for on-demand viewing. 

Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

Session 1:


Interest in digital currencies and products varies around the world, as do the players, policies and infrastructures supporting them. In this panel we talk about how Asia compares and contrasts with the rest of the world.

Featuring: Douglas Arner, Kerry Holdings Professor in Law & Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hong Kong; Michael Barr (Moderator) Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy, University of Michigan; Sunayna Tuteja (Moderator), Head of Digital Assets & Blockchain, TD Ameritrade; John Cho, Director of Business Strategy & Development, Ground X; Simon Hawkins, Counsel, Latham & Watkins LLP; Alan Xin, Chief Operating Officer, CoinDesk China.

This is the opening session at Day 1 “Making (or Breaking?) Money” of DC Fintech Week 2020.

Session 2:


Presented by Yuliya Guseva, Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School at Day 1 “Making (or Breaking?) Money” of DC Fintech Week 2020.

Session 3:


Switzerland attracted worldwide attention when the Libra Association decided to put its Headquarters in Geneva. The country’s top regulator – Mark Branson, Chief Executive Officer Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) – speaks about how he intends to oversee the project at Day 1 of DC Fintech Week – “Making (or Breaking?) Money.”

Session 4:

Presented by Ross Buckley, Scientia Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor of Disruptive Innovation and Law at University of New South Wales

Session 5:


CBDCs are the hottest issue in international markets–and monetary relations. Five insiders compare and contrast approaches, and where projects are headed on Day 1 of DC Fintech Week 2020-“Making (or Breaking) Money”.

Speakers – Benoît Cœuré , Head of the BIS Innovation Hub; Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor, Bank of England; Cecilia Skingsley, First Deputy Governor, Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden); Christopher Giancarlo, Co-Founder, Digital Dollar Foundation; Senior Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Former Chairman, CFTC.

Session 6:


In this conversation with Brad Garlinghouse we will talk about what the Pandemic has meant for crypto, the role of interoperability in an increasingly diverse word of cryptocurrencies, and Board diversity in Silicon Valley. At Day 1 of DC Fintech Week – “Making (or Breaking?) Money”.

Session 7:


Presented by Marco Dell ‘Erba, Assistant Professor of Corporate & Financial Law, University of Zurich/New York University Law.

Session 8:


No other agency has moved as swiftly to adapt banking to digital assets than the OCC. In this conversation with Brian Brooks, the Acting Director of the agency, we discuss recent regulatory proposals and their likely implications for the industry.

Session 9:

Stablecoins are taking payments by storm, but not always in ways that regulators have wanted. In this panel we examine where stablecions are most likely to add value, and how recent efforts by global regulators to address the sector will impact future development.
Speakers – Nigel Jenkinson, Division Chief, Financial Supervision and Regulation Division, International Monetary Fund; Nic Carter, General Partner, Castle Island VC; Alexander Lipton, Chief Information Officer, Sila; Sunayna Tuteja , Head of Digital Assets & Blockchain, TD Ameritrade; Ning-Feng Wang, Founder, Dionysus Labs; Aaron Stanley, Managing Director, Events Content, CoinDesk.

Session 10:

Presented by Lee Reiners, Executive Director, Global Financial Markets Center, Duke Law.

Session 11:


The CFTC is the agency responsible for regulating those digital assets with the largest market capitalizations in the United States. We talk to the agency’s Chairman to discuss just what that means in a world of evolving digital assets like stablecoins, and whether new derivatives.

Session 12:


There are many models for “money”–account based models and tokenized money dominate many conversations, but other pathways are breaking new ground as well, including new emoney solutions and conceptions of money as an infrastructure or platform that could support new financial applications and innovations. We talk on this panel about what’s likely–and possible. 

Speakers – Andres Wolberg-Stok, Head of Strategy, Office of the CTO, Citi; Robert Bench, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Patrick Murck (Moderator), Chief Legal Officer, Transparent; Jenny Cieplak (Moderator), Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP; Neha Narula, Director, MIT’s Digital Currency Initiative; Dante Disparte, Vice Chair and Head of Policy & Communications, Libra Association

Session 13:

Nikita Aggarwal, Research Associate & Doctoral Candidate, Oxford Internet Institute & Faculty of Law, Oxford University.

Session 14:


Presented by Kabir Kumar, Director, Flourish Ventures

Session 15:

Financial regulation is increasingly overlapping with the regulation of data. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the digital economy. In this panel, we discuss what this means for the value and regulation of digital products–from stablecoins to open banking products.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020

Session 16:


The World Bank estimates that roughly one billion people lack an official foundational identification. These one billion people are unable to prove their identity (ID), and millions more have forms of identification that cannot be reliably verified or authenticated, resulting in exclusion from economic opportunities. We discuss in this panel the growing panoply of solutions–and the contexts in which they could work. 

Speakers: Andrew McCormack, Centre Head, BIS Innovation Hub- Singapore Centre; Charles Walton, Senior Vice President – Digital Identity, Mastercard; Seny Kamara, Associate Professor, Brown University; Bradley Carr (Moderator), Managing Director, Digital Finance, Institute of International Finance; Andrew Rostami, Head of Unsecured Lending and Cards • Citizens Bank; Maria Adamjee, Head of Partnerships and Alliances, Beacon Platform

Session 17:

Presented by Richard Maton, Advisor, International RegTech Association

Session 18:


Data is changing, from its size, bespokeness, to applications. And as such understanding and applying it is becoming more challenging. In this session we explore how data has changed–and the strategies firms are employing to make sense of it all. 

Featuring Kahina Van Dyke, Global Head, Digital Channels & Data Analytics, Standard Chartered, and Yolande Piazza, Vice President, Financial Services, Google LLC

Session 19:

Presented by Eric Schuppenhauer, President, Consumer Lending, Citizens Financial Group

Session 20:


No country has been an earlier, or more successful adopter of e-money than Kenya. In this session, we explore what Mpesa meant for Kenya’s economic development, and the lessons it holds for the rest of the world.

Session 21:


As the Director of FinCEN, Kenneth Blanco has seen it all, and has a unique perspective on frailties undermining new, otherwise innovative technologies. We sit down to hear the latest on the agency’s activities and priorities. 

Moderated by Prof. Brummer and Julia Friedlander, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council of the United States.

Session 22:


AML and KYC obligations are one of the major challenges facing any digital market participant. In this panel, part of IFM’s Smart Regulation project, we respond to Mr. Blanco’s remarks, and explore how industry participants are navigating the concerns and benchmarks set by US and global watchdogs.

Session 23:


Cloud architectures are constantly evolving–set to disrupt not only conventional data storage, but also each other. This panel provides an overview of the operational complexity and opportunity presented by cloud architectures, and what they mean as base layer infrastructures for fintech itself. 

Featuring Olivia Peterson, Principal, AWS Federal Financials; Jem Pagan, CEO, BlueSky Consulting; John Linfield, Head of Enterprise Data Office, Standard Bank; Maria Adamjee (Moderator), Head of Partnerships and Alliances, Beacon Platform; Bradley Carr (Moderator), Managing Director, Digital Finance, Institute of International Finance.

Session 24:

Featuring Natalia Bailey, Policy Advisor, Digital Finance; Institute of International Finance; Mahmoud Mamlouk, Director Machine Learning and AI, BMO Financial Group.

Session 25:


Technology doesn’t necessarily remove bias. Sometimes it transforms, or even exacerbates it. Understanding these risks is insufficient; regulatorily compliant systems also have to be ready explain the impact of what they do, and why it may or may not impact core ethical and legal obligations. This panel examines the latest cutting edge questions raised in the industry, and efforts by regulators to address them. 

Featuring Melissa Koide, Chief Executive Officer, FinRegLab; Mahmoud Mamlouk, Director Machine Learning and AI • BMO Financial Group; Bradley Carr; Managing Director, Digital Finance, Institute of International Finance; Patrice Ficklin, Fair Lending Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Petal Walker, Special Counsel, WilmerHale, LLP

Session 26:


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Session 27:


The Geography of Fintech isn’t what it used to be, and is rapidly changing. In this session we explore the hot spots for innovation, how they compare and contrast to the United States, and how differences in domestic market and regulatory ecosystems shape the feel and look of fintech. 

Speakers include Reena Aggarwal, Robert E. McDonough Professor of Finance & Director, Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown University; Ronit Ghose, Global Sector Head for Banks Research, Co-Head of the FinTech Group and Head of MENA Research , Citi; Aaron Klein, Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings; Javier Saade, Managing Partner of Impact Master Holdings and Venture Partner, Fenway Summer Ventures.

Session 28:


Like any industry, US fintech faces competition from abroad. But many other countries have simpler, and some argue, more effective rules and ecosystems for supporting a competitive industry. In this session we take a closer look at the facts, and the economic diplomacy underway to maintain or bolster the US position. 

Feat. Joe Lubin (Keynote), Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Consensys; Brent J McIntosh (Keynote), Undersecretary for International Affairs, United States Department of the Treasury; Chris Brummer; Jai R Massari (Moderator), Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Session 29:

As part of the CFTC’s Empower Innovation 2020 series, Melissa Netram, the CFTC’s Chief Innovation officer, will convene her counterparts from the SEC, OCC, and NYDFS to discuss how regulators view financial innovation, how to engage with regulators, and what interests regulators during “demos” of technological innovations. 
With Shivon Kershaw (Moderator), Senior Innovation and Education Advisor, LabCFTC; Beth Knickerbocker, Chief Innovation Officer; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Valerie Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Matthew Homer, Executive Deputy Superintendent, New York Department of Financial Services; and Melissa Netram, Chief Innovation Officer and Director, LabCFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Session 30:

Presented by Jo Ann Barefoot, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, AIR – Alliance for Innovative Regulation

Session 31:

Few firms have been at the center of efforts to combat illicit activities in cryptocurrency markets like Chainalysis. We talk to Jonathan Levin, co-founder of the firm about what he’s seen, and seeing, in the global marketplace.

Session 32:


As the former Comptroller of the Currency and founder of Promontory, Eugene Ludwig has seen what it takes to regulate, create, and invest in financial services. We talk to him about his latest foray into fintech with Canapi–and how and whether fintech or the regulatory system can evolve fast enough to meet the demographic, racial, and social changes coming to the marketplace. 

Moderated by Yesha Yadav, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School, and Chris Brummer, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute of International Economic Law at Georgetown Law.

Session 33:

Moderated by Rich Kerschner, CEO of DirectBooks, and with: David Gogel, Growth Lead, dYdX; Richard Herr, Managing Director, Financial Services Investment Banking, Piper Sandler; Kelly Fryer, Executive Director, Fintech Sandbox; Armen Meyer, Vice President, Regulatory Strategy and Public Policy, LendingClub; Allyson Laurance, Global Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, TTS, Citi.

Session 34:

Presented by John Pitts, Head of Policy, Plaid

Session 35:


Most American workers are struggling with their finances today, few have enough in savings to weather emergencies and large expenses. COVID has only magnified the situation – fourteen percent of Americans, about 46M people, have wiped out their emergency savings in the last six months. Hard-working Americans shouldn’t have to stress out about money on top of everything else right now – which is where Sunny Day Fund comes in. We’ve built an easy, accessible emergency and personal savings platform that helps workers save directly from their paycheck and earn gamified cash rewards. With the help of policymakers and regulators, we believe we can make it easier and more attractive for workers to build liquid savings today, which in turn protects their financial foundation for tomorrow.

Session 36:

Presented by Chris White, Chief Executive Officer, BondCliQ. Mr. White’s 23-year career in finance has been dedicated to fixed income market evolution and has included roles at MarketAxess, Barclays Capital, and most recently, Goldman Sachs.

Session 37:


Presented by Charles Delingpole, Founder & CEO of ComplyAdvantage, the regtech company transforming the compliance industry through data science and Machine learning to neutralize the risk of financial crimes.

Session 38:

Theta Lake is a security and compliance solution for modern digital communications. The platform provides transparency into what was shown, spoken, and shared during collaboration sessions using AI to detect regulatory, privacy, and cybersecurity risks. Theta Lake’s demo for DC FinTech week will include an overview of the platform’s analysis of video, audio, and text content as well as its review, comprehensive search, and enterprise reporting capabilities. Collectively these features are transforming the way compliance teams interact with content to facilitate more efficient and effective approaches to supervision.

Session 39:


Companies in the mortgage industry are driving a digital-first evolution by leveraging new technologies to create innovative products and experiences for their customers. Buying a home is typically the largest purchase a consumer will make over their lifetime so it is essential for consumers to have all the information they need at their fingertips to secure a mortgage at the right time. 

With FinLocker consumers are able to collect and permission their financial information ahead of getting a mortgage and make an offer on a home with a loan commitment from their lender. Consumers also have access to educational resources and a personalized financial health dashboard. 

Consumers access FinLocker through their financial institution via desktop or mobile app and manage their financial information though a personal data and document vault or locker. For Lenders, FinLocker, in partnership with TransUnion helps them educate consumers and streamline the application process, as well as gain deeper insights into consumers’ actions and behaviors. This provides lenders with the information they need to make smarter risk decisions and uncover new opportunities to drive growth. 

A consumer’s personal information is the key to unlocking new economic opportunities. However, the current processes for securing credit can make it difficult for consumers to leverage their data assets to their full potential. FinLocker’s relationship with TransUnion is well-positioned within the financial services industry to bring a more streamlined approach to the loan application and approval processes for both lenders and consumers.

Session 40:

Presented by Alex Fowler, Transparent CEO, and Jeff Kramer, Transparent Co-Founder and CTO.

Session 41:


Presented by Collin Almquist, Public Sector Operations, Chainalysis, and Jackie Koven, Solutions Architect, Chainalysis.

Session 42:

Every Fortune 5000 firm has an email backup & compliance solution; Zero have an integrated mobile messaging archive & CRM solution that works.
Text & social media interaction with clients is skyrocketing as a result of COVID; the need to fill this gaping hole in compliance programs is critical for companies and regulators. In this demo session, txtsmarter will introduce an effective compliance solution specifically designed for the new age of text and social media messaging. 
A Software as a Service platform that creates a better user experience for employees and clients by allowing the use of native apps such as iMessage, Android SMS/MMS, WhatsApp, while creating data completeness and a high level of control over archived data…no more data gaps. 
Coupled with a monitoring platform, the data enables effective monitoring and immediate identification of inappropriate sales and customer communications, fraud, front-running and meets a wide range of business, compliance and privacy needs.

Session 43:


Matthew Leaney, Chief Revenue Officer, Silent Eight. Matthew is based in New York City and is the Chief Revenue Officer of Silent Eight. As CRO, he oversees all aspects of growth and is constantly seeking new avenues for Silent Eight’s award-winning AI to aid organizations in their fight against money laundering and financial crime.

Session 44:

Fintech Week Day 3 “Demo Day” Closing Panel with Andres Wolberg-Stok, Head of Strategy, Office of the CTO, Citi; Maria Adamjee, Head of Partnerships and Alliances, Beacon Platform; and Chris Brummer, DC Fintech Week Founder.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Session 45:


In this panel we take a look at how (and whether) the VC industry is changing, and what the country’s evolving racial discourse is likely to mean for VC and the greater fintech community. 

Featuring Chinedu Enekwe, General Partner, Aux21 Capital; Adrienne A. Harris, Professor of the Practice, University of Michigan; Theodora Lau, Founder, Unconventional Ventures; Kabir Kuma, Director, Flourish Ventures; Chris Brummer, Founder, DC Fintech Week.

Session 46:

The announcement by Coinbase to limit ‘political speech’ in the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests has drawn both praise and condemnation in Silicon Valley. But the repercussions are set to become much larger as the company goes public and introduces itself to Washington DC and the broader fintech community. This panel discusses the moral and financial implications. 
Featuring Robert Greenfield, President and Chief Executive Officer, Emerging Impact; Kathryn Judge, Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Cleve Mesidor, Founder, Policy Network of Women of Color in Blockchain; Paul Butler, Professor, MSNBC Contributor & Georgetown University Law Center; Christopher Brummer, JD, Ph.D, Founder, DC Fintech Week.

Session 47:


Adeyemi Ajao, one of the most successful VCs in the country, shares his views on Silicon Valley, what it means to be a Black Founder, and the immigrant experience in tech.

Session 48:

Fintech is defined, quite literally, by the rules that apply to it. But are those rules informed by the diversity of experience characterizing the people who will eventually rely on the technology? And if not, what are the consequences? We turn to our Leaders Forum for answers. 
Featuring Linda Lacewell, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services; Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States, Former Treasurer of the United States; Sharon Y Bowen, Former Commissioner, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Chris Brummer, JD, Ph.D, Founder, DC Fintech Week.

Session 49:

Presented by Mae Watson Grote, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Change Machine

Session 50:

Presented by Sarah Morgenstern, Principal, Flourish Ventures.

Session 51:


Technology is all too often characterized as being the product of West and East Coast innovation. We talk to Wade Arnold to talk about what it takes for innovation to thrive beyond Silicon Valley, Manhattan and the Beltway. 

Moderated by Margaret Tahyar, Co-Head of Davis Polk’s Financial Institution Group and Chris Brummer, JD, Ph.D, Founder, DC Fintech Week; Featuring Wade Arnold (Keynote speaker), Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moov.

Session 52:


Creating innovative fintech isn’t usually the product of an epiphany. Instead, it’s the result of processes designed to generate new ideas. In this session we talk about how innovation is created, and how diversity of thought and experience can create competitive advantages in the process. 

Featuring Brant Cooper, CEO, Moves The Needle; Reece Akhtar, Founder, Chief Science Officer, Deeper Signals; Jannick Malling, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Public.com; Troy Foster, Partner, Perkins Coie; Troy A. Paredes, Founder, Paredes Strategies LLC. 

Moderated by Maria Adamjee, Head of Partnerships and Alliances, Beacon Platform.

Session 53:

Presented by Maha Khan, Senior Director, Center for Financial Inclusion

Session 54:


Women, though outnumbering men in the workforce and higher education, still attract a small fraction of the capital needed to support successful ventures. In this panel we talk about how women can build financial equity in their ventures and careers–and whether such strategies overlap with the aims of other underrepresented groups. 

Featuring Jalak Jobanputra, Founding Partner, Future Perfect Ventures; Jenny Xia Spradling, Co-Chief Executive Officer, FreeWill; Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s World Banking; Heather Childs (Panelist), Head of Payments Operations, Identity, Risk, & Compliance, Uber. 

Moderated by Yvette Valdez, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP; Christopher Brummer, JD, Ph.D, Founder, DC Fintech Week

Session 55:

Small and micro businesses (SMBs) account for more than 90 percent of worldwide businesses,contribute to more than half of global employment and represent 60 percent of GDP in low-income countries. Yet small businesses tend to have less access to capital, export markets, and digital platforms than larger enterprises. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the equation by bringing millions of SMBs into the digital economy overnight. How can financial technology and innovative partnerships make the digital transformation of SMBs a flywheel for continuous innovation rather than a one-time shock? 
With Demetrios Marantis, Global Head of Government Engagement, Visa; Sabine Mensah, Regional Digital Hub Manager, United Nations Capital Development Fund; Matthew Saal, Digital Finance Specialist, International Finance Corporation; moderated by Chris Brummer, Founder, DC Fintech Week.

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