Michael Baptista


Michael has spent more than two decades in banking, much of that time as a financials specialist.  With his knowledge of the finance industry he brings experience in running businesses in multiple locations.  This includes the hard but rewarding business of turning around problem businesses and the hard, necessary and unrewarding experience of shutting the non-viable.


His move into FinTech stems from specialist knowledge and an intellectual belief that Finance is at the start of what will be a long process of disruption.  This will create huge winners and losers.  Michael also has the personal conviction that these structural changes are overdue and that the result over time will be a more efficient industry that delivers greater value to consumers and shareholders and rather less to those working in finance.


Michael's full profile is available on LinkedIn.

Ferdinando Samaria


Ferdinando is a computer scientist and investment banker with over 20 years of experience. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College, Cambridge, and is the author of one of the most cited papers in the area of computer face recognition. After working on image processing and multimedia applications at the Olivetti Research Laboratory in the mid 90s, he moved to Credit Suisse Financial Products where he started his career in the City. He was later hired by UniCredit as one of the founders of the Italian bank's investment banking arm where he covered senior global roles in trading and risk management with particular focus on complex derivatives.


Ferdinando has numerous publications in the areas of artificial intelligence and risk management. His current areas of interest include blockchain, machine learning and smart software applications for the financial industry.


More on Ferdinando's background is available on his LinkedIn profile.

David Shannon


David has over twenty five years experience of trading, risk management and private investment.  He has run investment bank trading businesses across a range of asset classes on both a regional and global basis, including ten years based in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore.  He set up the Asian office of a large established hedge fund.  Most recently in banking he was Head of Market Risk at a leading investment bank.


David holds an MEng in Manufacturing Science and Engineering.

Andrea Rozzi


Andrea is a lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in investment banking. He headed the Legal Departments of a number of Italian banks (Caboto, UBM, UniCredit Bank Milan) and has made key contributions to the development of the Italian financial legal system, e.g., in the adoption and implementation of netting and collateral legislation in Italy.


Andrea has been Academic Co-ordinator and Professor in several Masters in Finance and Corporate Law courses and has authored several publications in the areas of OTC derivatives, debt capital markets and commercial law. He is a RegTech specialist with a great knowledge of the Italian FinTech ecosystem.


Andrea’s full background is available on his Linkedin profile.

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