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The Banking Scene Afterwork Sessions - next up: July 16: "Would subscription banking ensure full transparency in banking?" with Kim Van Esbroeck

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The Banking Scene Afterwork: for people that like to connect and share their thoughts, also in times of isolation

July 16 - "Would subscription banking ensure full transparency in banking?" with Kim Van Esbroeck, Country Head Belgium, Aion

Right before COVID-19 started to impact everyone, on February 28, I was invited for the launch of a brand new bank. What is particular about them is that it will be a subscription-based model, focusing on transparency and superior digital services.

I had an interview that day with Chief Commercial Officer Wojciech Sass.

In June, Aion appointed a new Country Head to scale and develop the business. It is a familiar face for many of you I imagine. After 9 years at Bancontact, Kim Van Esbroeck took up the challenge for a new adventure.

Together with her, we'll investigate how subscription banking could make the life of people and businesses easier and how this enhances the transparency that everyone is looking for in banking.

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July 23 - "Crypto and Fintechs - two worlds coming together" with Julian Sawyer, General Manager Europe, Gemini

  • What's all the buzz around CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency)?
  • Is Crypto something from the past, present or future?
  • Should banks be afraid of a world of decentralised money?

This and a lot more questions are part of the agenda on July 23.

Today, Julian Sawyer is the European Managing Director for Gemini, the New York Regulated Crypto Exchange and digital asset Custodian.

I know Julian from his time at Starling Bank, where, as a Co-Founder, he was COO for over four years with was responsible for running customer services, AML & Fraud, Payment Operations, HR and Supplier Management. He also held P&L responsibility for the B2B business - Starling Banking Services.

Prior to Starling he worked as a management consultant at Accenture and EY and set-up and ran his own financial services consultancy, Bluerock, for 13 years before selling it. Julian is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at CASS University in the Faculty of Management and a member of the Emerging Payments Association Advisory Board. He is also an Advisor at Volt Bank Limited, the leading Australian Challenger Bank.

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July 30 - "Banking Poetry" with Leda Glyptis, CEO, 11:FS Foundry

The last session of July, before taking a break in August is going to be a special one. The exceptional special guest in one reason, the topic perhaps another one.

If you follow Leda on social media, you may have seen her weekly blogs as well. These blogs are very personal writing on what's going on in the heart! The blogs are about her drive to do what she does, about the excitement and frustrations that come with it.

Each week she presents us with another piece of poetry. The content is, at this stage still a surprise, for both my, Leda and you.

But we promise you this is going to be a great summer session!

Leda is CEO of 11:FS Foundry, a modular, fully digital core built with banks and for banks to enable the creation of fully digital propositions.

Prior to joining 11:FS Leda served as Chief Innovation Officer at QNB and held a series of roles in IT innovation and operations and BNY Mellon.

Leda is an unreformed geek and recovering banker, a renowned speaker, writer (#LedaWrites every Thursday), and academic in the banking and FinTech ecosystem.

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