Our Speakers

From thought leaders to C-level executives, our speakers are influencers and respected leaders in their respective fields.

Andrew Staunton
Anita Ward

Andrew Staunton

Her Majesty's Consul General 

Andrew is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. He leads a team which works to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific and research co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.

Anita Ward

Chief Development Officer, Salary Finance

Dr. Anita Ward, PhD is Chief Development Officer at Salary Finane. Prior to her appointment as Chief Development Officer, Dr. Ward served as President of Operation HOPE, leading the organization's focused renewal aroud people, partnerships, and programs, and the relocation of the Operation HOPE global headquarters from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Dr. Ward is an acknowledged pioneer in the areas of organizational transformation, technology and change management. 

Headshot of Brandon Bornancin
Charles-Mindenhall

Brandon Bornancin

CEO & Founder, Seamless.ai 

Brandon Bornancin is a serial salesperson (over $100M in sales deals), multi-million dollar sales tech entrepreneur, motivational sales speaker, international sales DJ (DJ NoQ5) and sales author who is obsessed with helping you maximize your sales success.  

Mr. Bornancin is currently the CEO & Founder at Seamless.ai delivering the world’s best sales leads. He is also the author of "Sales Secrets From The Top 1%" where the world's best sales experts share their secrets to sales success and author of “The Ultimate Guide To Overcoming Sales Objections.”

Charles Mindenhall

Founder, Blenheim Chalcot

Charles Mindenhall is Co-Founder of Blenheim Chalcot, the UK’s leading digital venture builder. Blenheim Chalcot traces its roots back to netdecisions which Charles and his business partner Manoj Badale founded back in 1998.  

Charles is a Trustee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He chairs OnSide London and the Technology Trust and is a Trustee of OnSide, iCould and the Bridges Charitable Trust.  

Colleen Scollans DP

Colleen Scollans

Principal, Colleen Scollans LLC – a Marketing and Digital Consultancy Firm

Colleen Scollans is a seasoned Marketing, Digital Strategy, and Customer Experience leader and consultant. With a strong background in Marketing and Digital transformation, Colleen helps organizations improve marketing performance, successfully leverage maraketing technology, derive value from data, and pivot to customer centricity.  

Daniel Macklin

CE0 , Salary Finance

Daniel Macklin is CEO, Salary Finance Inc and Co-founder of SoFi.  

Daniel is also Board Member and Advisor to many early stage companies and has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Reuters, Wall Street Journal.  

Daniel was a Sloan Fellow where he garnered a Masters of Science in Management Degree in one year. In 2017, Inc. voted Daniel among "25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017".

Devin Fidler

Daniel Shakhani

Co-Founder, Salary Finance

Daniel is an entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist. He previously held director positions at Goldman Sachs and RBS and is now an active builder of social impact ventures. 

Devin Fidler

Founder, Rethinkery Labs

Devin has worked with senior leaders at dozens of Fortune 1000 companies to systematically explore emerging issues and technologies, and to analyze their potential impacts. His ongoing work at Rethinkery Labs, including developing tools for “self-driving” management, has been covered by HBR, the New York Times, Wired and a number of other publications. 

Femi Olu-Lafe
Esther Pigg

Dr. Femi Olu-Lafe

Leaadership & Strategy Consultant, YSC Consulting

Dr. Femi Olu-Lafe, PhD is a Leadership Strategy Consultant based in YSC's New York City office. She utilizes her expertise in cognitive psychology and applied data analysis to provide leadership insights, executive coaching and top team development to a range of Fortune 500 companies. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and enjoys partnering with organizations to develop bespoke initiatives to promote workplace inclusion.

Esther Pigg

Senior Vice President Product Strategy, FIS

Esther leads the Product Strategy team for FIS Banking & Payments that spans core banking, retail and corporate payments, merchant, network, fraud and loyalty programs. The Strategy team partners with FIS business leaders to develop the market strategies that inform decisions on where to grow and what to invest in for the future.

Georgina Nelson
Headshot of Kirsty Devine

Georgina Nelson

Founder & CEO, TruRating

Georgina began her career as a leveraged finance lawyer at Clifford Chance. Georgina then joined Europe's largest consumers' association, Which? where she was responsible for advising the EU and the UK government on their technology strategy, as well as advising internal teams on their online propositions. It was in this role where she identified a market need for mass, representative, reliable consumer ratings. She saw how this need could not only serve to improve the world of business but also be valuable to consumers alike. With this vision, she set about realizing the huge potential of TruRating by bringing together a wonderful team, exciting customers and partners in the payments industry with the ultimate objective to bring the truth back to ratings.

Kirsty Devine

Head of US HR and Global Projects, Financial Times 

A versatile global leader with 18+ years HR experience gained in fast paced, transformational environments. A successful strategic business partner adept at developing, designing, leading and measuring people strategies to maximise commercial impact. An innovative problem solver with significant experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders and navigating successfully through complex, matrixed organisations. Credited with being an inspirational and developmental team leader with success of leading high performing teams. 

Paolo Gaudiano
Rob Straathof Portait

Paolo Gaudiano

CEO at Aleria | President & Aleria Research | Executive Director at Quantative Studies of Diversity & Inclusion at City College of NYC

Aleria, Aleria Research and the City College of New York combine Paolo's decades of experience in business, technology and academia, to transofrm how people think about diversity and what they do about it, with the ultimate goal of making our society more inclusive & equitable. Paolo is a Forbes contributor on Diversity & Inclusion, and has written for and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets. 

Rob Straathof

CEO Liberis

Rob joined Liberis as CEO in 2015 and has a wealth of experience in the financial sector. Before Liberis, Rob spent the last few years at various online lenders including the UK’s first digital business lender, Everline. 

Rodrigo Dantas e Silva
Portrait of Sam Carter

Rodrigo Dantas e Silva

Atlanta FinTech & Financial Services Advisory Leader, Ernst & Young

Rodrigo has almost 20 years of experience as a consultant in the financial services industry. Rodrigo also has a post-MBA focused in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. 

Sam Carter

CEO, Fospha 

Sam Carter is Chief Executive OFficer of Fospha, the UK's leading provider of independent marketing measurement attribution.  

Sam was previously Portfolio Manager at Blenheim Chalcot, teh digital venture builder, where he helped the companies in teh group scale marketing and sales.  

Andrew Staunton

Andrew Staunton

Her Majesty's Consul General 

Andrew is the senior UK government representative in the Southeast United States responsible for relations with the states of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. He leads a team which works to promote UK-US trade and investment, support British nationals, conduct public diplomacy on key issues, and build scientific and research co-operation. He also sits on the Marshall Scholarship selection committee.

Anita Ward

Anita Ward

Chief Development Officer, Salary Finance 

Dr. Anita Ward, PhD is Chief Development Officer at Salary Finane. Prior to her appointment as Chief Development Officer, Dr. Ward served as President of Operation HOPE, leading the organization's focused renewal aroud people, partnerships, and programs, and the relocation of the Operation HOPE global headquarters from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Dr. Ward is an acknowledged pioneer in the areas of organizational transformation, technology and change management. 

Headshot of Brandon Bornancin

Brandon Bornancin

CEO & Founder, Seamless.ai 

Brandon Bornancin is a serial salesperson (over $100M in sales deals), multi-million dollar sales tech entrepreneur, motivational sales speaker, international sales DJ (DJ NoQ5) and sales author who is obsessed with helping you maximize your sales success.  

Mr. Bornancin is currently the CEO & Founder at Seamless.ai delivering the world’s best sales leads. He is also the author of "Sales Secrets From The Top 1%" where the world's best sales experts share their secrets to sales success and author of “The Ultimate Guide To Overcoming Sales Objections.”

Charles-Mindenhall

Charles Mindenhall

Founder, Blenheim Chalcot 

Charles Mindenhall is Co-Founder of Blenheim Chalcot, the UK’s leading digital venture builder. Blenheim Chalcot traces its roots back to netdecisions which Charles and his business partner Manoj Badale founded back in 1998.  

Charles is a Trustee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He chairs OnSide London and the Technology Trust and is a Trustee of OnSide, iCould and the Bridges Charitable Trust.  

Charles has an MA in Philosophy and Psychology from Christ Church, Oxford University, and was formerly at Monitor Company.

Colleen Scollans DP

Colleen Scollans

Principal, Colleen Scollans LLC – a Marketing and Digital Consultancy Firm

Colleen Scollans is a seasoned Marketing, Digital Strategy, and Customer Experience leader and consultant. With a strong background in Marketing and Digital transformation, Colleen helps organizations improve marketing performance, successfully leverage maraketing technology, derive value from data, and pivot to customer centricity.  

Prior to consulting, Colleen was the Chief Marketing Officer for Oxford University Press' Academic Division where she led 250 Marketing and Digital Strategy professionals around the world. Based in New York, she was responsible for the marketing across B2B and B2C channels, digital strategy for content, product, and web platforms, and data/analytics. Colleen spent many years transforming the global publishing company into a forward thinking model that has grown their business.  

In addition to Marketing, Colleen has also held leadership roles in Sales, Product, Digital, and E-commerce. She is known for driving strategic alignment and innovation around the customer.  

Colleen loves to speak, advise, coach and mentor on the strategic and operational aspects of Marketing. She is particularly passionate about helping organizations understand and successfully implement marketing technology using a capability framework.  

 

Daniel Macklin

CEO, Salary Finance

Daniel Macklin is CEO, Salary Finance Inc and Co-founder of SoFi.  

Daniel is also Board Member and Advisor to many early stage companies and has been featured on Bloomberg, CNBC, Forbes, Reuters, Wall Street Journal.  

Daniel was a Sloan Fellow where he garnered a Masters of Science in Management Degree in one year. In 2017, Inc. voted Daniel among "25 Inspiring Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017".

Daniel Shakhani

Co-Founder, Salary Finance

Daniel is an entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist. He previously held director positions at Goldman Sachs and RBS and is now an active builder of social impact ventures.  

Devin Fidler

Devin Fidler

Founder, Rethinkery Labs

Devin has worked with senior leaders at dozens of Fortune 1000 companies to systematically explore emerging issues and technologies, and to analyze their potential impacts. His ongoing work at Rethinkery Labs, including developing tools for “self-driving” management, has been covered by HBR, the New York Times, Wired and a number of other publications.  

Femi Olu-Lafe

Dr. Femi Olu-Lafe

Leaadership & Strategy Consultant, YSC Consulting

Dr. Femi Olu-Lafe, PhD is a Leadership Strategy Consultant based in YSC's New York City office. She utilizes her expertise in cognitive psychology and applied data analysis to provide leadership insights, executive coaching and top team development to a range of Fortune 500 companies. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion and enjoys partnering with organizations to develop bespoke initiatives to promote workplace inclusion.  

Esther Pigg

Esther Pigg

Senior Vice President Product Strategy, FIS

Esther leads the Product Strategy team for FIS Banking & Payments that spans core banking, retail and corporate payments, merchant, network, fraud and loyalty programs. The Strategy team partners with FIS business leaders to develop the market strategies that inform decisions on where to grow and what to invest in for the future.  

Georgina Nelson

Georgina Nelson

Founder & CEO, TruRating

Georgina began her career as a leveraged finance lawyer at Clifford Chance. Georgina then joined Europe's largest consumers' association, Which? where she was responsible for advising the EU and the UK government on their technology strategy, as well as advising internal teams on their online propositions. It was in this role where she identified a market need for mass, representative, reliable consumer ratings. She saw how this need could not only serve to improve the world of business but also be valuable to consumers alike. With this vision, she set about realizing the huge potential of TruRating by bringing together a wonderful team, exciting customers and partners in the payments industry with the ultimate objective to bring the truth back to ratings.  

Headshot of Kirsty Devine

Kirsty Devine

Head of US HR and Global Projects, Financial Times 

A versatile global leader with 18+ years HR experience gained in fast paced, transformational environments. A successful strategic business partner adept at developing, designing, leading and measuring people strategies to maximise commercial impact. An innovative problem solver with significant experience in advising and influencing senior stakeholders and navigating successfully through complex, matrixed organisations. Credited with being an inspirational and developmental team leader with success of leading high performing teams. 

Paolo Gaudiano

Paolo Gaudiano

CEO at Aleria | President & Aleria Research | Executive Director at Quantative Studies of Diversity & Inclusion at City College of New York 

Aleria, Aleria Research and the City College of New York combine Paolo's decades of experience in business, technology and academia, to transofrm how people think about diversity and what they do about it, with the ultimate goal of making our society more inclusive & equitable. Paolo is a Forbes contributor on Diversity & Inclusion, and has written for and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets. Paolo is also a TEDx speaker on Quantifying which practices bring diversity in the workplace. He holds degrees in Appiled Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering and Computational Neuroscience, and is the recipient of numerous awards including a Neuroscience Fellowship from the Sloan Foundation, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research, and a Moonshot House Fellowship from the Kravis Center for Social Impact. He was a tenured faculty member at Boston University and has also taught at Tufts University and CCNY. 

Rob Straathof Portait

Rob Straathof

CEO Liberis

Rob joined Liberis as CEO in 2015 and has a wealth of experience in the financial sector. Before Liberis, Rob spent the last few years at various online lenders including the UK’s first digital business lender, Everline. 

Rodrigo Dantas e Silva

Rodrigo Dantas e Silva

Atlanta FinTech & Financial Services Advisory Leader, Ernst & Young

Rodrigo has almost 20 years of experience as a consultant in the financial services industry. Rodrigo also has a post-MBA focused in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management. 

Portrait of Sam Carter

Sam Carter

CEO, Fospha 

Sam Carter is Chief Executive OFficer of Fospha, the UK's leading provider of independent marketing measurement attribution.  

Sam was previously Portfolio Manager at Blenheim Chalcot, teh digital venture builder, where he helped the companies in teh group scale marketing and sales. 

Prior to this, Sam was Director of Category & Revenue Management of Groupon's EMEA business, leading on sales, marketing, and data science/analytics. It was here that Sam saw the opportunity to address the biggest challenge most businesses have today: leveraging first-party data to sustainably scale customer acquisition and retention. 

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