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Word on the Streets: March 2021

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Kalifa Review

Last month I was invited to chair the Launch of the Kalifa Review, the independent review of the UK Fintech Industry. Rich with insights, the review places a keen focus on five key areas to help the UK maintain its dominant global status: policy and regulation, skills, investment, international collaboration and UK connectivity.  This could not be a more exciting time for the industry as the government, policy makers, industry bodies and practitioners align and support the sector’s domestic and international success.  Keen to look beyond London, I published my thoughts about what this means for Birmingham as an “established cluster” and our StreetsTalksTo ‘Supertech’ episode focuses on the West Midlands’ developments and regional focus.

Julia Streets, Founder and CEO, Streets Consulting

International Women's Day 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we are celebrating the amazing work of just a few of the remarkable female clients and industry partners we work with. May their example inspire the next generation of women and the male champions who support them! #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021

Emma Kalliomaki

Getting the UPI Up, Running and Ready for its Q3 2022 Release

As the Derivatives Service Bureau’s (DSB’s) first round of industry consultation on fee principles for the Unique Product Identifier (UPI) plays out, A-Team Insight talked to Emma Kalliomaki, managing director of ANNA and the DSB, about what’s involved in getting the UPI up, running and ready for its Q3 2022 release.

Mitra Roknabadi

Mitra Roknabadi Wins ‘Above and Beyond’ Award

OpenFin’s Global Head of Marketing Mitra Roknabadi recently won the Waters Technology 'Above and Beyond' award for her tireless dedication to bringing together OpenFin’s fintech community. What’s more, during lockdown, she created a series of webinars and events to help them showcase their innovations.

Marjan Delatinne

SETL Hires Marjan Delatinne as Head of Payments

Blockchain settlement and payment infrastructure provider SETL has hired Marjan Delatinne to lead its payments business. A former SWIFT business development executive and global head of banking at Ripple, Marjan will have overall responsibility for growing SETL’s payments business alongside its market infrastructure and asset management offerings. Finextra covered the story.

Claire Calmejane

SocGen's Claire Calmejane Commits to 50inTech

Société Générale’s Chief Innovation Officer, Claire Calmejane, is one of France’s most influential senior executives. As a champion of diversity and with strong social following, Claire shares SocGen’s #choosetochallenge pledge on gender equality for International Women’s Day and commits to work in partnership with @50inTech, aiming to deliver 50% of women CEOs by 2050.

Rachel Hunt

Modernising Payments – More Than Just Technology, It’s a Mindset

COVID-19 has accelerated the journey towards digital transformation, disrupting business models, increasing demand for more customer-centric services and helping drive new digital payment adoption. In this article, Rachel Hunt, VP, Growth, Volante Technologies, shares her views on the opportunities and challenges this presents, following her participation in theUS Women in Payments Symposium.

Nandini Sukumar

Nandini Sukumar Rings the Bell for Gender Equality

The World Federation of Exchanges’ CEO, Nandini Sukumar, published the WFE’s inaugural Women Leaders List earlier this month, shining a spotlight on the talented and gifted women in our industry. In addition, she led the WFE’s efforts coordinating the 7th annual Ring the Bell for Gender Equality, where 107 exchanges and CCPs around the world rang opening or closing bells to celebrate IWD 2021.

Charlotte Croswell

Charlotte Croswell: Champion of UK Fintech

Steering the course of UK Fintech, Charlotte Croswell and Innovate Finance’s mission is to advance the global FinTech community across the UK and on a global stage by supporting the next generation of tech-led innovators. The Innovate Finance Global Summit & UK Fintech Week are coming soon.

Vanessa Vallely

Vanessa Vallely OBE: Champion of Women in Tech

A force of nature when it comes to championing women in technology, Vanessa Valelly OBE works tirelessly to support the development of the female talent pipeline! The annual One Tech World event, 11-13 May, is fast becoming the largest virtual conference for women in tech.

SuperTechWM

Streets Consulting is proud to be partnering with SuperTechWM, a new national tech supercluster for professional services in the WestMidlands that fosters collaboration among some of the UK’s largest and most well-established professional services firms and emerging tech companies.

Our regional partners include: the West Midlands Growth Company, Wesleyan, The Investment Association, GBSLEP Growth Hub, Innovate Finance and others. 

Proud supporter, mentor and employer in the West Midlands.

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