Moving from the theory to the practice
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Meet the speakers
Brad van Leeuwen. Head of Partnerships. Railsbank.
Railsbank is a global open banking and compliance platform that enables FinTech companies to scale up easily by plugging them into the broader universe of financial services. This requires building a wide network and strong relationships with its counterparts – something Railsbank places great value on.
With his experience in working with a variety of financial institutions and start-ups, as well as participating in all stages of the deal cycle in his previous roles, Brad is responsible for growing and managing Railsbank’s partner network, which includes banks, card schemes and other technology partners.
Railsbank provides one API to access a complete set of banking, cards, payments and compliance capabilities to help launch new financial products fast anywhere in the world.
Railsbank is working towards shaping an inclusive financial world by promoting open banking and the major role it plays in making financial products better and more inclusive. And to achieve this, it is crucial for the open banking community to work together.
Ed Medcalf, Country Manager UK and Ireland at Tink.
Ed is responsible for growing Tink’s footprint, team and business in the UK and Ireland, not only with Open Banking regulatory clients but also with clients seeking ready-made access to the market.
Tink is an API-based open banking platform offering one access point to financial data from across Europe. It also provides insights and actionable advice through a full-service enterprise offering or a self-service platform for developers.
Employing reverse-engineering techniques rather than screen-scraping for creating its reliable APIs, Tink has attracted an impressive client base, with 500,000 users having signed up within a year from its launch in 2012 on its own B2C app, and entities such as BNPP Fortis, ABN Amro, SEB and a top-four UK bank. The Stockholm-based FinTech has recently raised a substantial €56 million to launch in five new markets.
Tink has since grown from strength to strength, having launched in the UK in a record time of four weeks, which only goes to show the company’s zeal and ambition to explore the many opportunities PSD2 and Open Banking offer. In addition, European regulators got involved and sided with the thriving FinTech to use their story to support the development of PSD2, which aims to provide a level playing field to new FI entrants alongside increased participation and competition.
John Heaton-Armstrong, Director Data Initiative at Market Data Initiative.
John is one of the foremost experts in the field of Open Banking and has been at the forefront of the UK’s Open Banking initiative since it started. During that time, he has advised a host of fintechs on its implementation, as well as some of Europe’s top financial regulators, including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the European Banking Authority and the Central Bank of Ireland.
Now working as a Senior Associate at RAiDiAM, John works with a number of banks worldwide in the areas of Digital Identity and Open Banking. He recently announced the Market Data Initiative, a free-to-use status page covering all of the major UK banks’ API platforms, their performance, availability, reliability and functional coherence.