The International Conference on Financial Technology gives attendees rich insights into digital banking, security, regtech, digital payments and insuretech.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published


City, University of London’s Institute for Cyber Security successfully hosted its first ever International Conference on Financial Technology on December 15th and 16th 2022.

The event was held in association with the City of London Livery, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and the Institute of the Future at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus. It was sponsored by Zhero, Mastercard, EarthID and CyberSiAra.

With a mix of stimulating individual presentations and panel discussions, conference attendees heard from national and international leaders in fields such as digital and open banking, wealth management, national security, regtech, insuretech and digital payments.

City President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein welcomed online and in-person participants on December 15th, followed by the opening keynote address from the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Officer, Alex van Someren.


Among the highlights of the first day (chaired by Director of the Institute for Cyber Security, Professor Muttukrishnan Rajarajan) were keynotes delivered by the Bank of England’s Head of Future Technology, Will Lovell (‘Embracing disruption in mobile payments and digital currencies’); UK Finance’s Paul Maskall (‘The psychology of online enabled crime’); and City’s Professor Artur d’Avila Garcez (‘The Need for Measurable AI in Finance’).

The panel discussions on Day 1 were very insightful and included those focused on Digital Identity and Open Banking (chaired by the University of Nicosia’s Professor Soulla Louca), Central Bank Digital Currencies and Wealthtech/Investech democratisation, personalisation and decentralisation.

Day Two (chaired by Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at City, Dr Indranil Nath) resumed with informative keynotes including those of KPMG Partner Paul Henninger (‘Autonomous Finance’) Alchemy Crew CEO Sabine Vander Linden (‘InsureTech – Challenges and Opportunities’), The City Law School’s Professor Elaine Fahey (‘Cross-border Fintech Issues’) and Co-founder of Z/Yen’s Professor Michael Mainelli (‘Fintech Challenges for London’).


Day 2 also saw stimulating discussion and audience interaction on the panels around AI and Deep InsureTech, Consumer data privacy and business intelligence and Regtech fraud and crime.

Commenting on the conference, Professor Rajarajan said:

“Our conference brought together leading captains of industry within the fintech, insurance, open and digital banking, regulatory and security sectors. Given City’s location at the heart of the financial capital of the world, hosting a conference of this nature made total sense. We are very grateful for the participation of all of our excellent participants and audience members and to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the University of Nicosia.”

For a link to the full conference programme and list of speakers/panellists please visit this web page.