Join us for the annual MIT FinTech Conference on April 22nd at the MIT Media Lab. The event will bring together various stakeholders in the financial technology sector including startups, large corporations, investors, and regulators to share ideas and thoughts about the new distributed financial world. hear the best ideas, examine the latest technologies, and ask the big questions at the Mit fintech Club's biggest event of the year.
Breakfast and Registration
Wealth Management - Mark Casady
Alogrithmic Investing - Quantopian
Brad Peterson - CTO Nasdaq
Payments - CurrencyCloud
Wealth Management - ForUsAll
Noah Breslow - CEO of OnDeck
VC / Corporate Venture (Panel)
Sustainability / Blockchain - Treasure Carbon
Brad Peterson currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Chief Information Officer (CTO/CIO) for Nasdaq. He previously served as CIO and EVP for Schwab Technology Services (STS), responsible for Schwab’s technology innovation, development, infrastructure and operations.
Peterson also served as CIO at eBay for five years. Prior to eBay, Peterson was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Epoch Securities after its merger with Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
He earned his master's degree in management at MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor's degree in systems science and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Noah Breslow has served as OnDeck’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the OnDeck Board of Directors since June 2012 and as Chief Operating Officer from October 2011 to June 2012, Chief Product Officer from October 2009 to September 2011, Senior Vice President, Products and Technology from March 2008 to September 2009, and Vice President, Products and Technology from June 2007 to February 2008. Prior to joining OnDeck, Mr. Breslow was Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Tacit Networks, Inc., a provider of wide area network optimization solutions, from December 2003 through January 2007. Mr. Breslow holds an S.B. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School.
CoFounder of ConsenSys Enterprise
Andrew drives strategic partnerships, business development, enterprise strategy and communications for ConsenSys and co-founded ConsenSys Enterprise, to create Fortune 500 Ethereum blockchain solutions.
Andrew comes to ConsenSys with capital markets, healthcare, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, Andrew worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for creation and distribution of life settlement products for Goldman Sachs' life settlement fund, Longmore Capital. After, he co-founded a healthcare revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereum.
Andrew graduated from Loyola University in Maryland and University of Auckland with degrees in economics and international finance.
Head of Growth at BlockCypher
Karen Hsu is the Head of Growth at BlockCypher. With over 20 years of experience in technology companies, Karen is co-inventor of 5 patents and has worked in a variety of engineering, marketing and sales roles to bring new products to market. She has worked on Business Intelligence, CRM and Blockchain solutions at companies including Informatica and Siebel Systems. She has also worked closely with standards organizations such as SWIFT, NACHA and ACORD. Karen has a Bachelors of Science degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
Managing Director and Head of Global Public Policy at DTCC
Mark Wetjen is Managing Director and Head of Global Public Policy for DTCC, with responsibility for developing and coordinating strategic engagement to help shape policymaking that impacts DTCC’s interests around the world. Prior to joining DTCC, Wetjen served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), the U.S. market regulator that oversees activities and trading in derivatives markets. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2011, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2011, and served through August 2015.
Wetjen also sponsored the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee and through that effort was the first U.S. appointed regulatory official to convene a public meeting – in 2014 – to discuss developments in cryptocurrencies and related distributed ledger technologies.
Digital Currency Initiative
Neha Narula is director of research at the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.
In a previous life, Narula helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through a browser.
MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs
Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs . He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum. His most recent books are `Social Physics,' published by Penguin Press, and 'Honest Signals', published by MIT Press.
Digital Currency Group
Meltem is Director of Development at Digital Currency Group (DCG), a firm focused on building and supporting bitcoin and blockchain companies by leveraging its insights, network, and access to capital. In her role, Meltem leads the team that drives growth, network, and strategy across a portfolio of over 90 portfolio companies across 25 countries, dozens of strategic investors, 3 operating subsidiaries, and DCG’s corporate partners and leading academic institutions. In addition, she is building DCG’s newest venture, the DCG Corporate Network, which is working to connect the fragmented blockchain technology ecosystem.
Meltem holds a BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is a guest lecturer at the MIT Media Lab, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Blockchain Council.
Dr. Robert T. Reville is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Praedicat, which has developed the world’s first forward-looking liability catastrophe model. Prior to co-founding Praedicat, Reville was Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, he conceived and led the liability catastrophe R&D project that provided the foundation for Praedicat. From 2002 to 2008, he was the Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a research center dedicated to improving public policy related to liability, compensation and insurance. He was also founder and co-director of the RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy, a policy research center at RAND which published research on terrorism insurance that was influential in congressional debates over the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. Reville has published extensively on compensation for occupationally disabled workers. He served for two terms on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reville received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.
Ernst & Young
William Beer is a Partner/Principal in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young (EY) LLP and is dedicated to the Financial Services sector. His professional experience spans over 25 years and 4 continents in a wide range of global leadership roles ranging from building cybersecurity businesses to CISO advisory roles.
William’s deep industry experience includes work at financial services, government, defense, oil & gas and telecommunications clients. William is highly respected for his brilliant history of having helped large clients find creative ways to manage constantly-shifting information and cybersecurity risks.
William is a guest Lecturer at the University of São Paulo, Cass Business School in London and De Montfort University in Leicester UK, where he has lectured on cybercrime, cyber strategy, cyber espionage and the future of cybersecurity. He is also a speaker at events such as WEF-DAVOS, RSAC and the FS-ISAC Annual Summit.
Ernst & Young
At Tapestry, working with EY, Mark founded two global bank and insurance leadership networks, which comprised over 200 non-executive directors and executives from the globe’s largest banks and insurers, and over 100 leading regulators, supervisors, and policymakers. Covered broad set of issues, with deep dives on risk appetite and risk oversight.
At McKinsey, Mark established a corporate governance practice within its leadership and organization practice. Mark’s political and policy career included working for a free-market think tank, several UK Members of Parliament, and two major UK lobbying organizations (for directors and pension funds).
Mark works with EY’s Global Regulatory Network and its Financial Services Risk Management practice on the continued development of our regulatory strategy, and in actively engaging regulators globally.
Andrei Hagiu is a Visiting Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management since July 2016. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in the Strategy group at Harvard Business School. Andrei holds a PhD in economics from Princeton University and did his undergraduate studies at the Ecole Polytechnique in France. He is a citizen of Romania, France and the United States. Andrei’s research focuses on multi-sided platforms (e.g. Airbnb, Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, PlayStation, TaskRabbit, etc.) and their unique strategic challenges. At Harvard Business School, Andrei teaches the Strategy & Technology elective course in the MBA program.
On the consulting side, Andrei works with both startups attempting to build multi-sided platform businesses and large companies seeking to turn products into multi-sided platforms. He is on the board of advisors of CoachUp, a marketplace connecting users with sports coaches for private lessons.
Energy Blockchain Labs
Mr. Cao Yin is the Founding Partner and Chief Architect of the Energy Blockchain Labs, which is the world first company focused on blockchain technology energy application along the whole value chain of the industry.
He was the chief expert of blockchain as well as the principle energy analyst of China Cinda Security, which is the investment bank of China Cinda Group, the biggest financial asset management company in China. Mr. Cao also performs as stratigics advisor for several famous energy companies.
Mr. Cao Yin is one of the earliest proponents of the energy Internet concept in China. He participated in the formulation of China's national definition of Energy Internet and participated in the formulation and popularization of China's National Energy Internet Action Plan as one of the leaders of the task force.Mr. Cao has written a book <Internet+: National Strategic Action Roadmap> with Mr. Ma Huateng, the Chairman of Tencent Group.
Energy Blockchain Labs
Le Lin is a Ph.D in Microelectronics of Chinese Academy of Science, and a Post-doctor fellow in finance at Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Dr. Lin has many years of experience in cross-cutting from technology to finance, from regulatory to market and from business to management. Dr. Lin is the Chairman and CEO of Beijing Nenglian Zhonghe Technology Co.Ltd. His team is dedicated to apply blockchain technology to promote green asset digitalization and green financial universalization. He was formerly the leader of industry development center of Shenzhen Stock Exchange and was responsible for designing, implementing, and promoting a series of projects in capital market innovation and the integration between industry and finance.
Energy Blockchain Labs
As one of the leaders of low-carbon industry, Susan Zhu founded Shanghai Treasure Carbon New Energy Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd, Shanghai Environment Energy Exchange Hong Kong Division, Treasure Carbon Asset Management Co., Ltd., and will establish TC Beijing, Guangzhou, Sichuan, Wuhan, Guizhou Divisions, serving as the Chairman and CEO. She won the Social Impact Award of Education UK Alumni Awards, and was awarded as the low-carbon expert of Hong Kong Financial Services Institute and the Center for China and Globalization.
She successfully held the Low Carbon Financial Innovation and Cooperation Forum in Shanghai & Hong Kong, and participated in the World Climate Conference, Davos World Economic Forum and Western Returned Scholars Association frequently. She is also an influential philanthropist. In the name of Treasurecarbon or herself personally, she’s been actively taking part in charity for the sake of mitigating climate change.
R3 Lab and Research Centre
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of R3’s Lab and Research Centre (LRC). Prior to joining R3 Tim was a Managing Director at UBS O'Connor, a leading multi-strategy hedge fund, where he was Head of Quantitative Resources, Head of Technology and was involved in fintech investing which brought him into the DLT space. Before this Tim was a Managing Director at Benchmark Solutions, a Warburg Pincus backed fintech startup where he was responsible for sales, marketing and sales engineering. Prior to that Tim was a Managing Director at UBS AG in various positions including reporting directly to the Group Executive Board as well as running the UBS Delta portfolio solutions business. Tim has a MA in Materials Science and Metallurgy (First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Financial Engineering (Distinction) from the University of London.
Treliant Risk Advisors
Chuck Muckenfuss, a member of Treliant Risk Advisors’ Senior Advisory Board, has more than 40 years of senior experience in the financial services industry, including as Partner at a leading law firm, Senior Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, and Counsel to the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Chuck is a recognized leader in the field of financial institution supervision and regulation. He is an advisor and investor at the intersection of finance and technology who is active in the formation and evolution of for-profit and non-profit enterprises, including financial technology companies.
Chuck received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree from Yale Law School. He was law clerk to the Honorable William E. Miller of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Arshi heads the North America Product at Currencycloud. She is responsible for managing the product roadmap, building partnerships with banks, and defining the strategic direction for Currencycloud solution in North America.
Prior to this role Arshi worked as Vice President Product at JP Morgan. Arshi has 15 years of experience in various roles across finance and technology. Arshi started her career as a software developer and moved on to Treasury, Mergers & Acquisitions and Payments. Arshi has an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelors in Computer Science. She has split her career between Asia and North America.
Oleg Ilichev is Head of Investments and Business Development at Argo Digital, a tech product development and venture investing arm of Argo Group, an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. The insuretech-focused division is responsible for building products internally and investing in venture businesses externally. The digital team creates and validates customer-first experiences to optimize the core business, while exploring disruptive opportunities that can scale. Previously, Oleg held a variety of positions at Argo Group, including SVP & CFO of Argo’s US Operations ($1.3B in Gross Written Premium), CFO of Argo’s Excess & Surplus Lines segment, and Director of Corporate Finance. Prior to Argo, Oleg focused on financial institutions at Bear Stearns initially as an investment banker and later as a growth equity investor within Bear’s private equity fund. Oleg received his BA from Columbia University and MBA from MIT Sloan.
Founder and CEO, Insurify, Inc.
Snejina Zacharia, MBA (MIT) Founder and CEO of Insurify, Inc - the virtual insurance agent which uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to reinvent the consumer shopping experience for car insurance. Snejina has over 18 years of enterpreneurial experience with consumer internet and enterprise software companies. Most recently Snejina was at Gartner where she established and grew three lines of business, each with millions of dollars of annual revenue across the USA and EMEA. Snejina holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Broadmoor Consulting, LLC,
Todd H. Baker is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Managing Principal at Broadmoor Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to financial services and FinTech companies at all stages of development.
Prior to founding Broadmoor, Baker was the chief corporate strategy and development officer at three large domestic and international banking organizations: MUFG Americas Holdings/Union Bank NA, TD Bank, N.A., and Washington Mutual, Inc. Before taking on senior executive roles, he was a partner with the international law firms Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP where he represented bank, non-bank financial services, technology, corporate and investment banking clients in corporate and board governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, securitizations and compliance issues and was recognized as the leading financial services M&A and securities attorney on the West Coast.
Mark Casady co-founded Vestigo Ventures in 2016 with a focus on financing start -ups in FinTech.He is general partner and chairman of the advisory board.
He is a member of the board of the EZE Software Group and Citizens Financial Group, and serves as an advisor to Jobcase, Inc. He is a former member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Board of Governors.
Mr. Casady received a BS from Indiana University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Dr Raphael (Rafi) Yahalom is an Affiliated Researcher at MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is focusing on cyber-security innovations and on cyber-risk analysis models, and a consultant to leading organizations worldwide on cyber-security strategy and business-value. Rafi was a co-founder and leader at Onaro, an enterprise data-storage management software company which was acquired by Netapp for $125 Million, with a 10x return to its VCs. Rafi received his PhD in Computer Science at Cambridge University, and BSc in EECS at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Rafi served in the Israeli Navy and in the Israeli Air-Force. He played Basketball in Israel semi-professional premier league, in Cambridge University Varsity Basketball team, and was selected to the British Universities All-Star Basketball team.
CEO of Covered
Chris Zannetos is a serial high tech entrepreneur and passionate believer in STEM education as a powerful tool to drive economic advancement and battle generational poverty. The companies that Chris has founded have created hundreds of jobs and generated over $300 million in revenue. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Covered – a consumer product to empower and motivate individuals to effectively manage their online risk to save time and avoid identity theft. Covered also enables financial institutions to reduce online fraud, identity targeted wallet share gain opportunities, and expand digital relationships with their customers.
Chris has participated in MIT’s IC(3) cyber security initiative as an Affiliated Researcher, and is on the Advisory Board for WPI’s Data Science Program. He also founded STEMatch, a non-profit dedicated to driving and enabling high tech company engagement with urban middle schools to inspire and support STEM education and activities.
He is a graduate of MIT and the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Ceo of Quantopian
John "Fawce" Fawcett is the founder and CEO of Quantopian, a free platform where a vibrant online community of over 120,000 members can create institutional-quality investment algorithms. Previously, Fawce was a founder and CTO for Tamale Software, Inc. which was sold to Advent Software, Inc. in 2008. He graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College with a degree in Engineering Sciences - Mechanics & Materials.
Arturo Moreno is pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan with a focus on venture capital, entrepreneurship and innovation. At Sloan, Arturo joined the investment team at Bessemer Venture Partners where he focused on early-stage investments at the intersection of technology and traditional service models.
As a FinTech Sector Practice Leader at the Martin Trust Center, he feels inspired to work with entrepreneurs interested in building their companies in the FinTech space and to help founders with early decisions and finding resources across campus.