To celebrate what is turning out to be one of the biggest Sibos events ever, we are proud to present a special edition of “Discover Sibos 2020″
“Although the pandemic has affected so many areas of our lives, we need to become united across the globe in looking for new ways to succeed and flourish… To not see the limitations but the opportunities of change.”
That quote comes from Natalie Abalo-Ratcliffe. Natalie is a senior member of the Agent Bank Oversight & Monitoring team at NatWest in the UK, but she made the comment in her capacity as a 2020 scholar in the Sibos Talent Accelerator Route, or STAR programme.
Each year, the programme unites women in finance, whatever their background and status, empowering them to be leaders of tomorrow. And, despite the obvious challenges imposed by COVID-19, Sibos has continued to support Natalie and her fellow scholars, who will benefit from an exclusive programme of facilitated networking and mentoring activities with senior financial and technology industry figures, every day of this Sibos conference and in the new monthly virtual Sibos sessions that will follow it.
The fact that the event is being staged at all should be a matter of huge pride for the Sibos team. Over the past months we’ve watched similar conferences – calendar highlights for the industry in normal years – fall like dominos in the face of the pandemic.
And yet, this is precisely the time when the industry needs to come together – not just for the ‘group hug’ that we all so badly need – but to spark new ideas, strengthen relationships and bring our combined experience, humanity and sector insight to bear on some pretty big issues – issues that, thanks to you know what, are demanding urgent attention.
Collaborative thinking is a strong theme in this special Discover Sibos edition – from the Nordic banks’ experience with their new crossborder payments system P27, to Finastra mediating relationships between banks and fintechs to solve financial exclusion once and for all. It’s what the future demands of us.
We might not be together physically for this show, but, as Natalie says, let’s not see that as a limitation. In going virtual, Sibos has created a free-to-attend event… so let’s make the most of it!
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In this edition, we feature… drum roll…
- Haytham Kaddoura & Victoria Harverson, Smartstream
- Søren Rode Jain Andreasen, Danske Bank
- Ciaran Chu, ACI Worldwide
- Paula Da Silva, SEB
- Wissam Khoury, Finastra
- Raphael Barisaac, Unicredit
- Zac Cohen, Trulioo
- Eric Bayle, Société Générale
- Edward Ireland, Bottomline Technologies
- Daniel Eidan, R3