Tania Ziegler is the Senior Research Manager at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Cambridge University Judge Business School. Tania has co-authored a number of alternative finance industry studies, and has focused her research on small business economics and SME utilisation of alternative funding models to access finance.
“It is a great pleasure to be invited to speak at FinTech North, an event that is covering so many fundamental areas of FinTech. We are delighted to take part as it is important for organisations like ours to share our knowledge and experience on a regular basis, and to have the opportunity to engage with the industry and get valuable feedback and insights.” Tania Ziegler, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance.
Mark Davis is an Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Leeds and has co-produced a research agenda with the UK’s Alternative Finance movement examining impacts across business, government and civil society.
“In a world as deeply financialized as ours, progressive and meaningful social change is possible by doing different, more responsible things with our money. FinTech provides us with a way of diverting our money away from mainstream financial institutions and so it has the potential to deliver social and environmental value to individuals and communities. I’m really excited to be able to share my insights with colleagues at FinTech North 2017 and to learn from others about the radical potential of FinTech to address the major challenges of the twenty-first century.” – Mark Davis, University of Leeds.
In their session at Fintech North Tania and Mark will explore the future of the pioneering alternative finance sector, which has its roots in peer to peer lending and crowdfunding.
David Beardmore is commercial director at the ODI, and has 20 years’ experience in data-driven insight and marketing has worked with leading brands across multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world.
David’s session will focus on Open Banking and the benefits to FinTechs and Consumers. He will elaborate on the huge shift in the big data and analytics space in recent years as we have moved towards an API economy. The ODI has launched an Open Banking Development Group (OBDG) to drive open innovation around an open banking standard, on a UK and international basis. The launch of the OBDG has been welcomed by the nine UK banks mentioned in the CMA report, FDATA and the ScaleUp Institute.
Gavin Staks Co chair of ODI and committee member of the OBDG recently said:
“Leadership in this area will set UK banking apart. It will also set precedents across many sectors: a strong data infrastructure will be as important to the UK’s economy today as roads have been to our success in the industrial economy for over a century.”
Other organisations to have pledged their support to the FinTech North conference include: aql, Computershare, BJSS, FiNexus, Munroe K, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Manchester Metropolitan University, Vocalink, and Nostrum Group. Nesta’s Open Up Challenge has also been confirmed as a strategic partner.
Further Speaker Information
Tania Ziegler is the Senior Research Manager at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, within the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include small business economics and SME utilization of alternative funding models to access finance.
Previous to her work in alternative finance, Tania specialised in Chinese outward direct investment and is a Fulbright Scholar. Tania studied Economics and holds an MSc in China in Comparative Perspective from the London School of Economics.
Mark Davis is a sociologist of economic life, and is primarily interested in the relationships between money, markets and morality. Over the last three years, Mark has co-produced a research agenda with the UK’s Alternative Finance movement across business, government and civil society organizations in order to provide a sociological challenge to conventional economic interpretations of money and finance. This is done through the lens of moral decision-making across spending, borrowing, savings and investments that raises the question of what finance is for in terms of desired outcomes.
Mark led the first independent qualitative assessment of the UK’s Alternative Finance sector (FITTER, September 2016) and has just completed a project to interview Alternative Finance investors commissioned by the Financial Conduct Authority (forthcoming, April 2017).
David Beardmore leads the ODI’s commercial, business development and marketing activities.
His 20 years in data-driven insight and marketing have seen him work with many leading brands in multiple sectors and countries. In addition to working for some of the largest players in the data world such as Experian, Callcredit and Telefonica, David also ran his own boutique data insight business, Thinkdata, for 5 years before its acquisition by Bertelsmann.
David’s work is characterised by passion, pragmatism and a fierce determination to deliver measurable value to clients. He also loves to challenge the status quo in order to find better ways of doing stuff.
Originally a classically trained musician, David has a Masters from Cambridge and an MBA in Marketing. Ever the optimist, he continues to hold a season ticket at Nottingham Forest.