Unveiling the all-new Sibos Spotlight stage

The Spotlight stage is set to debut at Sibos this year, offering an interactive and fluid platform for learning, networking and debating the hottest topics in the industry

Brand new for Sibos 2019, the Spotlight stage is a platform with a difference. It’s where you’ll hear quick-fire talks and presentations from some of the world’s leading financial industry experts, delivering what you need to know about the very latest industry trends.

Each day of the conference, the agenda will focus the debate on a distinct industry theme, from ‘Open Banking’, to ‘Customer Experience’, ‘Cybersecurity’ and ‘Banking for a Better World’. The speakers have been expressly curated to ensure that each issue is covered from a wide range of angles and viewpoints, giving you a fully rounded picture of the opportunities and challenges for the industry. You’ll find below an overview of each day on the stage.

Also, don’t miss the new Chat & Connect space, located next to the Spotlight stage. In this lounge you can continue the conversation with speakers and experts following the Spotlight sessions and meet global peers. Join us in the lounge for the opportunity to discuss with the specialists the topics that matter to you.

Visit the Spotlight stage for all the latest insights, and lively and engaged debate on the industry’s most pressing topics. And don’t forget to sign up to The Sibos Insider Newsletter to make sure you stay up-to-date. 

Monday 23 September: Open Banking

Open Banking will be put ‘under the spotlight’ on day one, reflecting the importance of such initiatives around the world. Expert speakers will exchange ideas on the progress and challenges surrounding data guidelines, regulations and global standards and their impact on the commercial viability of solutions. They will also look further into the future and contemplate the potential move from Open Banking to open everything.

Speakers will include, Imran Gulamhuseinwala, Implementation Trustee at the UK Open Banking Implementation Entity and Jason Bates, the Co-founder & Deputy CEO of 11FS.

Tuesday 24 September: Customer Experience

Segueing from a focus on technology innovation, day two looks at the enduring importance of the human element in banking. Aligned to the Sibos conference sub-theme ‘exploring the human element’ the day will centre on customer experience, with talks ranging from helping improve consumers’ financial choices and creating non-bank-like experiences, to weighing up security and convenience in customer service interactions.

Speakers will include, Rupert Nicolay, Worldwide Services Architect at Microsoft and Peter Neufeld, EMEIA Head of Digital Advisory & Customer Experience in Financial Services at EY.

Wednesday 25 September: Cybersecurity

In an ever-evolving threat environment, Sibos Spotlight turns its attention to the thorny world of cybersecurity on Wednesday. The debate will address the key cyber risks and challenges surrounding industry-wide coordination and intelligence sharing. During the day you’ll able to join SWIFT’s Red Team of ethical hackers for the long-awaited rematch of ‘hacker versus bank’ – a fun and informative demo showing the need for comprehensive security programmes that go beyond ‘checking the boxes’.

Speakers will include, Andrew Gray, Managing Director & Group Chief Risk Officer at the DTCC and Steve Silberstein, CEO at FS-ISAC

Thursday 26 September: Banking for a Better World

While most banks have programmes in place to ensure they have a positive impact on their local communities, banks are increasingly turning their attention to some of the world’s most urgent problems, such as climate change, extreme poverty, financial exclusion and gender equality. On the final day, Spotlight speakers will explore how the financial industry is addressing these global and pressing concerns, and discuss what more needs to be done. Talks will range widely – from engaging with Generation Z to sustainable finance, financial inclusion, the role of technology and how to remain human in a digital world.

Speakers will include, Sir Roger Gifford, Chair of the Green Finance Institute and the author and broadcaster, Julia Hobsbawm.