In November 2018, a host of senior financial services decision-makers and business leaders from across Europe will gather at the lovely Turnberry Hotel in Scotland for our European NG Financial Services Technology Summit, to discuss the most pressing challenges – and opportunities – in Europe’s fast-moving financial services sector.

The summit will look at a number of key themes, including: Next generation customer experience, Blockchain: the future of financial transactions? and How to drive innovation at scale.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Nick Ogden
Founder
ClearBank
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Stefan Brey
Director Operation & Global Sanction Operations
Deutsche Bank
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Martijn Moerbeek
Group Digital Strategy & Innovation Director
Legal & General
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Patrick Maes
MD CTO Strategy & Architecture
Credit Suisse
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Anantha Prasad
Chief Data Officer EMEA
HSBC
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Naresh Vyas
Head of Solutions
Royal Bank of Scotland
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Bijna K. Dasani
Group Architecture & Strategy
Lloyds Banking Group
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Althea Davis
Chief Data Officer Challengers and Growth
ING Bank
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Stephan Chraibi
Director IT Strategy & Architecture
Aviva
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Fabrizio Lugli
Head of Technical Architecture
Montepaschi Group
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Ryszard Dyszkiewicz
Head of Group IT
Vienna Insurance Group
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Feliks Szyszkowiak
Management Board Member Digital Transformation Division
Bank Zachodni

6 Challenges with Technology in Financial Services

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Leadership: automation of roles, and how to spend less time serving line-of-business management and more time partnering with it.
  • Personalisation: AI, ML, bots and facilitating your company’s no. 1 goal – to be closer to the customer.
  • Transformation: moving from the traditional technology ownership model to a cloud-based, data-based, API-based future.
  • Efficiency + control for existing processes, innovation + support for new business models, linking IT transformation to business goals.
  • Risk management: new channels, new threats, new regulations, new tools.
  • The future of finance, the blockchain, and how we should be organising now to compete tomorrow.
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday November 26, 2018
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome session
3:30pm - 3:45pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote Speech
3:45pm - 4:25pm
Keynote panel discussion: Financial services 2019: organising today to compete tomorrow
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Next generation leadership: Digital, collaborative, empowering
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Piotr Piskorski
Head of IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture - Nordea
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Next generation customer experience: Experimental, data-driven, personal
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Pardeep Bassi
Head of Data Science - LV=
Roundtable
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Next generation FSP: Transformed, efficient, agile
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Stefan Maczkowski
Head of Data Strategy - Aviva
Cocktail reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Keynote dinner: Rise of the "transformer-in-chief"
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Nick Ogden
Founder - ClearBank

Today’s most successful enterprises have mastered systems of record (product) and are mastering systems of engagement (customer). Tomorrow’s most successful will have mastered systems of intelligence (data) and are reaching for systems of autonomy (AI). Each is enabled by the technology leader. Each creates challenges for people and process.

Are you set up for the new competencies and skillsets data scientists, chief digital officers and chief innovation officers bring? This is how it’s done.

Tuesday November 27, 2018
Breakfast
7:00am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:30am
Breakfast keynote: What’s next as we realise that customers do matter
Collaborate
8:35am - 9:30am

Multiple tables, multiple hot topics: in this session, you choose where you sit, who you sit with and what you want to discuss. The takeaways are down to you: have your say, question others and find your own answers.

Meeting sessions
9:35am - 5:30pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 1: Future proof? Organising for the future of cloud
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Patrick Maes
MD CTO Strategy & Architecture - Credit Suisse
Workshop
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 2: Facilitating your company’s no. 1 goal: to be closer to the customer
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Bijna K. Dasani
Group Architecture & Strategy - Lloyds Banking Group
Coffee & networking
11:00am - 11:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
11:20am - 12:00pm
Session 3: Risk, regulation, compliance: is AI the answer?
Workshop
12:05pm - 12:45pm
Session 4: Stay safe out there: effective strategies for coping with ever evolving cyber attacks
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Rory Alsop
Head of Technology & Cyber Security Risk - HSBC
Workshop
12:50pm - 1:30pm
Session 5: Bitcoin, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the case for de-centralisation
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Naresh Vyas
Head of Solutions - Royal Bank of Scotland
Lunch & networking
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Workshop
2:30pm - 3:10pm
Session 6: Innovate: How to drive innovation at scale
Workshop
3:15pm - 3:55pm
Session 7: It's a Platform's World
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Martijn Moerbeek
Group Digital Strategy & Innovation Director - Legal & General
Coffee & networking
3:55pm - 4:05pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Session 8: Planet of the APIs: how to unlock innovation and move faster
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Session 9: Agile is a state of mind
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Stephen White
Group COO - Yorkshire Building Society
Dinner & second night experience
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday November 28, 2018
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:30 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Meeting sessions
8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Our one-to-one meeting sessions run in parallel to the workshop programme. Please check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
8:30 am - 9:10 am
Session 10: It is inevitable: you will have to partner with fintechs to better serve clients
Workshop
9:15 am - 9:55 am
Session 11: How to support Technology operating in a bi-modal way (DevOps and Waterfall)
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Jason Scott-Taggart
Head of Business Technology Support - Worldpay
Workshop
10:00 am - 10:40 am
Session 12: Delivering on customer experience: a case study
Coffee & networking
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects. Please also check your individual schedules to ensure you are in the right place.

Workshop
10:50 am - 11:30 am
Session 13: Automation: the leadership challenge
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Stephan Paschedag
Global Head Automation & Tooling - Integration & Design - UBS
Workshop
11:35 am - 12:15 pm
Session 14: Financial Services 2025
Workshop
12:20 pm - 1:00 pm
Session 15: Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

Royal Turnberry Hotel, Ayrshire, Scotland

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.