Here's what's scheduled for the event. All times are in BST.

Monday, May 20, 2024
8:30 AM
Registration, networking and morning coffee
Registration, networking and morning coffee
8:55 AM
Conference introduction

Maurice Button, Chief Executive, City Week

9:00 AM
Chair’s opening remarks

William Wright, Founder and Managing Director, New Financial

Chair’s opening remarks

Emma Harvey-Smith, Chief of Staff, Green Finance Institute

9:05 AM
Keynote address - Realising the benefits of economic sovereignty to reinforce the UK’s capital markets

Bim Afolami MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, UK Government

Keynote address – The role of green finance in catalysing the transition to net zero

The Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli

9:15 AM
Keynote address – Investment opportunities in the UK’s renewable energy and climtech sectors

Lord Dominic Johnson of Lainston CBE, Minister of State (Minister for Investment), Department for Business and Trade

9:20 AM
Keynote address - The work of the Capital Markets Industry Taskforce

Julia Hoggett, CEO, London Stock Exchange plc

9:35 AM
Keynote address – The net zero agenda in the U.S.

The Hon. Sarah Bloom Raskin, Co-Chair of the UN Net Zero and Accountability Framework Review, Former Deputy Treasury Secretary and currently Distinguished Professor of Law at Duke University

Keynote address - The role of regulation in creating efficient capital markets

Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director, Markets, and Executive Director, International, Financial Conduct Authority

9:50 AM
Setting the context: growth prospects for sustainable finance and investment post-COP28

What was agreed at COP 28? The implications for sustainable finance. How can the financial services industry best facilitate energy transition? Accelerating investment in renewable energy and climate tech.

José Viñals, Group Chairman, Standard Chartered

Sonja Laud, Chief Investment Officer, Legal & General Investment Management

Mercedes Vela Monserrate, CEO, Global Climate Finance Centre (GCFC)

William Vereker, Chair, Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

What are the most important regulatory issues for issuers and investors?

Impact of the FCA’s reform of the listing rules, including the prospectus regime. Reform of MiFID and MiFIR. Shortening the settlement cycle. Market integrity and greenwashing risks in sustainable finance. Green bonds – where next?  

Claire Suddens-Spiers, Co-Head of Equity Markets Solutions, Rothschild & Co

Mark Austin CBE, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Sandy Boss, Senior Managing Director and Chair, BlackRock

Clare Cole, Director of Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority

Tom Ahern, Global Head of Client Coverage, Corporate Trust, BNY Mellon

10:30 AM
Networking and morning coffee
Networking and morning coffee
11:00 AM
International financial regulation on climate and biodiversity: towards convergence or divergence?

How effectively are national regulators coordinating their policy initiatives in this area? Which are the most challenging issues? Progress towards global consistency to avoid regulatory arbitrage.

Taylor Francis, Co-founder, Watershed

Sacha Sadan, Director of Environment, Social and Governance, Financial Conduct Authority

Christy Goldsmith Romero, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Latest developments in the international capital markets

Prospects for new issuance in global markets. Impact of fintech innovations on ECM and DCM. Shortening of the settlement cycle. Sustainable finance. Green and sustainability-linked bonds. Digitalisation of the markets. Tokenisation and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Current Legal and regulatory issues.

Emmanuel Givanakis, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM)

Henrik Johnsson, Co-Head of Investment Bank EMEA & Co-Head of Global Capital Markets, Deutsche Bank

Charlie Lytle, Chairman of Corporate Broking, Goldman Sachs

11:40 AM
Unlocking pension fund and insurance company investment into the UK capital markets

How to reverse the decline of investment into UK equities. Legal, tax and accounting incentives and disincentives. Risk culture and skills, particularly among pension fund trustees. Consolidation of pension funds. Solvency 2. Retail investment.


Jenny Nanalal, Partner, CMS UK


Doug Brown, CEO, Insurance, Wealth & Retirement, Aviva’s UK Life

John Chilman, Chief Executive, Railpen

Gavin Lewis, Managing Director, BlackRock

Mike Eakins, Chief Investment Officer, Phoenix Group

Climate change acceleration: implications for climate adaptation, best practice transition plans and risk management

2023 was the hottest year on record and suffered the most serious adverse weather events. What’s next? Can we adapt fast enough? How to manage the risks. Challenges for transition planning.

Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chairman, Lloyd’s of London

The Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Treasury Lords Minister, HM Treasury

The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS FMed Sci, Chair of Adaptation Committee, UK Climate Change Committee

12:20 PM
Investor stewardship and portfolio diversification: recognising the interdependencies between climate change and biodiversity

Climate and nature are two sides of the same coin. Decisions about one affect the other, making portfolio diversification more complex. How asset managers can meet the challenge.

Karen Ellis, Chief Economist, WWF UK

Jason Mitchell, Head of Responsible Investment Research, Man Group plc

Stephanie Maier, Global Chief Sustainability Officer, GAM

Public versus private markets: bridging the gap

Is there an intermediate gap between venture capital and an IPO for fast-growing companies? Would the UK proposals for an ‘Intermittent Trading Venue’ provide the necessary bridge and prevent companies being sold too early? Liquidity and trading advantages. Corporate governance and legal issues.

Greg Smith, CEO, IP Group

Charlie Walker, Deputy CEO, London Stock Exchange plc

Alex Barr, Partner and Head of Sarasin Bread Street

Nick Kirrage, Co-Head, Schroder Value Team

1:00 PM
Networking and lunch
Networking and lunch
1:55 PM
Keynote address – Effective corporate governance and shareholder engagement

Sir Jonathan Symonds CBE, Chair, GSK plc

2:00 PM
Fireside chat - Bending the emissions curve - Transition finance focused on emissions reductions
2:10 PM
Keynote address – A Sovereign Wealth Fund perspective on global asset allocation
2:25 PM
Fireside chat - Qatar ‘s Emerging Capital Market & Digital Asset Journey

In conversation with:

Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

2:30 PM
Fireside chat

In conversation with:

Elaine Grunewald, Chief Sustainability Officer, President of TONOMUS Venture Studio, TONOMUS.NEOM

2:45 PM
Corporate reporting and disclosure – will the new ISSB Sustainable Standards lead to an integrated TCFD/TNFD model?

What are the differences and implementation challenges of TCFD and TNFD reporting? Can they be integrated? Will the ISSB’s coming work on nature-related standards provide the solution? How does all this fit with the European Sustainability Reporting Standards? The challenge of reporting on Scope 3 (supply chain) emissions. The future for ESG ratings providers. Data – the latest initiatives.


Alan Vallance, CEO, ICAEW

David Craig, Co-Chair, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures 

Corporate governance, stewardship and proxies

How has the relationship between the boards of listed companies and their shareholders changed? The impact of increased use of third-party proxy voting agencies. What has been the impact of ESG ratings and the proliferation of regulation? Is there too much box-ticking? How to get back on track. 

Richard Moriarty, CEO, The Financial Reporting Council

Jenn-Hui Tan, Chief Sustainability Officer, Fidelity International

Michael Marks, Head of Investment Stewardship and Responsible Investment Integration, Legal & General Investment Management

3:20 PM
Creating a positive ecosystem for scaling companies

The role of government policy – levelling up, industrial strategy and ‘buy UK’. Proportionate regulation and tax incentives. ‘Smarter’ UK domestic capital – need to foster companies not just invest. Improving investor risk appetite. Founder remuneration and control issues.

Charlotte Crosswell OBE, Chair, The Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology

Janine Hirt, CEO, Innovate Finance

Poppy Gustafsson, CEO, Darktrace

Nigel Toon, CEO,

3:25 PM
Networking and afternoon tea
International carbon markets – the evolving relationship between voluntary and compliance markets

Effective carbon pricing is essential for the energy transition. Is a revised, high integrity VCM the solution? Will governments opt for more compliance markets? Is there scope for interplay between the two? Is ‘Carbon Insetting’ the next major development? Impact of EU, UK and potentially other countries’ carbon border adjustment mechanism taxes.


Marisa Buchanan, Senior Vice President, Low Carbon Solutions, Trading & Shipping, BP


Annette L. Nazareth, Chair of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market

Dr Allister Furey, CEO and Co-Founder, Sylvera

Dharshan Wignarajah, UK & Europe Director, Climate Policy Initiative

3:55 PM
Chair’s closing remarks

William Wright, Founder and Managing Director, New Financial

4:00 PM
Networking drinks reception and close of proceedings
4:05 PM
Chair’s closing remarks

Emma Harvey-Smith, Chief of Staff, Green Finance Institute

4:10 PM
Networking drinks reception and close of proceedings
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
8:30 AM
Registration, networking and morning coffee
Registration, networking and morning coffee
8:55 AM
Chair’s opening remarks

Emma Joyce, Senior Managing Director and Head of EMEA, Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)

9:00 AM
Conference introduction

Maurice Button, Chief Executive, City Week

Fireside chat - Invested in making the UK a web3 centre

Andreessen Horowitz’s expansion to London and vision to help make the UK a web3 centre. The discussion will focus on how the UK can stand apart from Europe and the U.S. to attract and keep top technical talent while building a sensible regulatory regime for blockchain technology that protects consumers while fostering innovation.

In conversation with:

Sriram Krishnan, General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz Crypto

9:05 AM
Chair’s opening remarks

Julian David, CEO, techUK

9:10 AM
Keynote address - AI for Innovation

Chris Hayward, Chairman of Policy and Resources, City of London Corporation

9:15 AM
Fireside chat

In conversation with:

Rt Hon Lord Hammond of Runnymede, Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, UK and Chair of Copper

9:20 AM
Keynote address – Balancing the productivity opportunities of financial technology and AI against the potential risks

Randall Kroszner, Member of the Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England

9:30 AM
Keynote address

Saqib Bhatti MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

Keynote address
9:45 AM
Keynote address - FCA rolling out the regulatory structure

Is the UK still on track to become a global crypto hub?

9:50 AM
Setting the context: the potential for generative AI to transform the financial services industry

How should boards incorporate generative AI into their strategy?  How to manage the risks of unfair bias, opaque automated decision-making, misinformation and fraud. Ethics and corporate governance.


Lucy McNulty, Editor, Following the Rules


Jamie Ovenden, CTO, Schroders

Professor Carsten Maple, Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute; Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering, University of Warwick's Cyber Security Centre (CSC); Principal Investigator, NCSC-EPSRC Academic Centre of Excellence, Cyber Security Research

Sarah Gadd, Chief Data Officer and Head of Data & Process Automation, Julius Baer

9:55 AM
International regulation: balancing innovation with investor protection

Regulators across the globe have taken different approaches to the way they address, define and enforce crypto rules and regulations. What can regulators and policymakers learn from each other? How can they work towards achieving a unified approach? How will incoming regulation impact the institutional adoption of digital assets? Where is the world’s next global hub for digital assets?


Ian Taylor, Head of Crypto and Digital Assets, KPMG UK and Board Advisor, CryptoUK


Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair, Crypto and Digital Assets All Party Parliamentary Group, UK Parliament

Melvin Deng, CEO, QCP Capital

10:30 AM
Networking and Morning Coffee
10:35 AM
Networking and morning coffee
11:00 AM
Fireside chat - The CFTC’s role in regulating Digital Assets

In conversation with:

The Honorable Caroline D. Pham, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

11:05 AM
Where next for UK, EU and U.S. regulation of AI?

How has the approach to AI regulation evolved in the UK, Europe and U.S.? To the extent that they differ, what are the implications for AI in cross-border financial services? Will there be a global regulator? The plans for an AI Safety Institute.

Hayley Fletcher, Director, AI Foundation Models Review, Competition and Markets Authority

Kai Zenner, Head of Office and Digital Policy Advisor for MEP Axel Voss (EPP Group), European Parliament

11:15 AM
Digital asset ETFs

Providing a pathway for financial institutions to gain exposure to the digital asset markets through products like ETFs - will Bitcoin ETF volumes continue to rise as more financial institutions look to offer them to their clients? Are bitcoin ETFs a safer investment vehicle for investors than holding bitcoin in their own crypto wallets? What are the risks associated with it?


Katey Neate, Chief Operating Officer, Digital Assets, BNY Mellon

Christopher Mellor, Head of EMEA Equity and Commodity ETF Product Management, Invesco

11:45 AM
Use cases of AI in financial services to date

Which have been the most promising use cases so far? Using AI to re-engineer existing business models and internal processes. Implications for product design and customer engagement. What are the integration challenges?


James Longster, Partner, Technology & Commercial Transactions, Travers Smith


Emily Prince, Group Head of Analytics, London Stock Exchange Group

Dr Jochen Papenbrock, Head of Financial Technology (EMEA), NVIDIA

11:50 AM
Tokenisation I: governance, standards and legal clarity

Creating a legal and regulatory framework which enables innovation and experimentation. Key legal issues needing clarification that were identified by the UK Law Commission report on digital assets in. How can we make progress on interoperability between private chains? Scope for voluntary standards for industry. How would voluntary standards fit with the regulatory framework?


Mike Ringer, Partner, CMS UK


Peter Hilborne, Chief Operating Officer, Operations, Schroders Investment Management

Kevin Gaffney, Director Secondary Markets and Post‑Trade Policy, UK Finance

Sandy Kaul, Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Asset and Industry Advisory Services, Franklin Templeton

12:25 PM
The rapidly developing digital payments landscape

Open banking and the development of digital currencies in the UK and elsewhere has unleashed a wave of innovation that has transformed the payments landscape. However, digital currencies and financial crime pose a threat continuing threat to payment providers. Can AI help to provide a solution? What are the key challenges for cross-border payments? What is being done internationally to improve cross-border payments? What are we doing to help tackle the frictions in cross-border payments?


Natalie Lewis, Partner and Head of Fintech, Market Infrastructure and Payments (FMIP), Travers Smith


Victoria Cleland, Executive Director, Payments, Bank of England

Tony McLaughlin, Managing Director, Emerging Payments and Business Development, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi

Xiaonan Zou, Head of Innovation and Digital Assets, UBS Group Treasury

Mandy Lamb, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa

12:30 PM
Tokenisation II: a solution for illiquid assets?

Private equity, venture capital, private debt, real estate and commodities remain largely illiquid. Tokenising such assets could provide greater accessibility to investors. How much appetite is there from investors to hold tokenised assets in their portfolios? What are the most essential considerations for fund managers exploring tokenisation? What are the benefits and challenges for banks and investors using tokenisation? What are the risks of using this technology?

Mathew McDermott, Global Head of Digital Assets, Goldman Sachs

Luke Brereton, Tokenization and Digital Assets Commercialization, Senior Vice President, State Street Digital

Xiao-Xiao Zhu, Digital Operating Partner, KKR

1:05 PM
Networking and lunch
1:10 PM
Keynote address - The UK’s Digital Securities Sandbox

Sasha Mills, Executive Director, Financial Market Infrastructure, Bank of England

1:25 PM
Networking and Lunch
2:00 PM
Chair’s welcome remarks

Nicola Watkinson, Managing Director, International, TheCityUK

2:05 PM
Keynote address – Forward-looking cooperation between two leading global financial centres on the basis of the innovative CH-UK Berne Financial Services Agreement

Daniela Stoffel, Vice-Minister, State Secretariat for International Finance, Federal Department of Finance, Switzerland

2:20 PM
Chair’s welcome remarks

Lawrence Wintermeyer, Executive Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance (GDF)

2:25 PM
Latest developments in custody services for digital assets

Recent market developments have underscored the importance of custody and demand for custody services has therefore surged. What factors should institutions consider when selecting a custody provider? How do custody services differ between providers? What are the latest innovations in the digital asset custody landscape? What are the challenges digital asset custodians facing - striking the correct balance between greater operational efficiency and safety?


Sabih Behzad, Head of Digital Assets and Currencies Transformation, Deutsche Bank

Dmitry Tokarev, Chief Executive Officer, Copper

Laurent Kssis, Board Member, Issuance.Swiss

Katrin Koller, Head of Custody Product, Ripple

Keynote address – The UAE’s AI strategy
2:45 PM
Fireside Chat – How will AI reshape investment banking?
3:05 PM
Market infrastructure, interoperability and scaling

As more financial institutions prepare to enter the world of digital assets, the need for institutional-quality infrastructure is increasing. How are financial institutions adapting to and preparing for the coming changes? How will incoming regulation impact the development of market infrastructure?

John O'Neill, Managing Director, Global Head of Digital Assets Strategy, HSBC

Emma Lovett, Executive Director, Markets DLT, Credit Lead, JP Morgan

Ami Ben-David, Co-Founder and CEO, Ownera

Arnab Sen, CEO, GFO-X

Fireside Chat - The evolving nature of the cyber threat to the financial services industry
3:25 PM
The criticality of data in financial services: opportunities and challenges

Data is at the heart of all the key developments in financial services, including sourcing data for machine learning and AI, climate and nature reporting, open data, blockchain technology and payments. Key issues include international data transfers, data privacy and synthetic data. What are the latest developments? 

Ezechi Britton MBE, CEO, The Centre for Finance, Innovation and Technology

Dawd Haque, Global Lead for Regulatory Market Initiatives, Transformation and Strategy, Deutsche Bank

3:45 PM
Stablecoins and CBDCs: coexistence and interplay

Can stablecoins be integrated into the existing payments infrastructure? How will CBDCs work at the cross-border level and interlink with existing infrastructure? How CBDCs could function in reality and when are they going to move out of the experimental stages?

Alexander Bechtel, Head of Digital Strategy, DWS Investments UK Limited

Previn Singh, IB Principal Investments & Strategic Ventures, Digital Assets, UBS Investment Bank

4:05 PM
What will the next generation of AI models offer to the financial services industry?

Will the response to managing the current risks posed by generative AI be sufficient for next generation models? How will functionality be enhanced? Potential implications for different industries, financial markets and the workforce.

Vishal Marria, CEO and Founder, Quantexa

Dr Marc Warner, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Faculty 

4:20 PM
The global Web3 investment landscape

The latest trends and new use cases – the importance of a clear regulatory regime that fosters innovation. Which technologies will prevail in the third iteration of the web? Digital payments a prerequisite for Web3? Security and privacy issues. Implications of AI and outlook for metaverse technologies.

Brian Quintenz, Global Head of Policy, Andreessen Horowitz Crypto

Vanessa Grellet, Managing Partner, Ethereum Enterprise Alliance

Jamie Burke, Founder & Chairman, Outlier Ventures

Richard Muirhead, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Fabric Ventures

4:45 PM
Chair’s closing remarks

Nicola Watkinson, Managing Director, International, TheCityUK

4:50 PM
Networking drinks reception and close of proceedings
4:55 PM
Chair’s closing remarks

Lawrence Wintermeyer, Executive Co-Chair, Global Digital Finance (GDF)

5:00 PM
Networking drinks reception and close of proceedings