5th Global Banking Leaders Programme

    The annual Global Banking Leaders Programme is a flagship programme of the Asian Banking School (ABS) and was launched in 2016. The first of its kind to be developed specifically for the banking industry, it is a collaboration between ABS and the Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London. This will be the fifth year of the Programme.

    The 5th Global Banking Leaders programme will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, interactive debates, topical case studies and group-work by a balance of Bayes Business School faculty members and experienced industry experts. It will be led by internationally renowned academician Professor Steve Thomas, and will draw from Bayes experts in banking and leadership.

    This unique programme has been designed for senior level professionals from banking and other finance-related institutions and will give invaluable insights into areas that leaders of today must face head on as we head towards a post pandemic future. This includes building a resilient and adaptable leadership brand, developing agile teams and a conducive corporate culture, stakeholder management, strategic change, behavioural finance, FinTech and digital transformation, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, ESG, innovation, enhancing collaborations and regulatory initiatives.

    It will be delivered over two weeks; with the first week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the state-of-the-art facilities of the Asian Banking School and the second week in London, United Kingdom at the centrally located Bayes Business School. Following successful completion of the Programme, participants will become alumni of the Bayes Business School and be part of an illustrious network of graduates and professionals from around the world.

    WEEK 1
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
    26 – 30 Nov 2018
    WEEK 2
    London, United Kingdom 
    4 – 7 Dec 2018
    PROGRAMME Details


    21 november - 2 december 2022




    • HRD Corp claimable programme
    • 100% claimable - programme fees and airfare

    Malaysian Participants



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    International Participants



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    *Fee includes lunch and other refreshments on programme days, as well as programme materials for one participant. It also includes two dinners in London during the second week of the Programme.

    The programme fee is STF claimable for qualifying Malaysian banks. ABS has also received approval for special exemption to be made to the STF Credit Guideline to allow for these financial institutions to claim the full amount of their roundtrip airfare together with accommodation of up to £200 per night for the purpose of attending the second week of the programme in London.

    ABS is pleased to be collaborating with IBFIM to have this programme be STF-i Credit claimable by its Islamic institutional members. Those wanting to utilise their STF-i Credit balances are asked to register directly with IBFIM for verification and processing requirements.

    The Global Banking Leaders programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, interactive debates, topical case studies and group-work by a balance of Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) faculty members and experienced industry experts. It will be led by internationally renowned academician Professor Steve Thomas, and will draw from Bayes experts in banking and leadership.

    While the overall learning will be done via classroom style, it will not be the only element of the programme. The second week will see the use of a mix of interactive classroom sessions, field visits, industry talks and networking engagements to provide for a complete immersive learning experience; and what better place to do all that than in London, one of the world’s greatest cities and leading financial centres .

    Schedule Mon, 21 November Tue, 22 November Wed, 23 November Thu, 24 November
    9:00 – 10:30

    10:30 – 10:45
    Welcome Session and Registration (8:30 - 9:00)

    Building a Resilient and Adaptable Leadership Brand
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Leading in uncertain times
    • Developing effective contingent leadership strategies
    • Sharpening leadership decision-making processes
    • Strategies for coping with ambiguity and risk (in a post-Covid world)
    Behavioural Biases in Financial Institutions and their Role in Financial Crises
    (Steve Thomas and David Mellor)

    • Behavioural finance and its impact on financial institutions
    • Decision-making in context
    • Rules versus Experts
    • Evolution of risk perceptions
    • Forgetting history
    • Regulatory developments
    • Biases and Regulators
    • Lessons from the pandemic for understanding biases going forward

    Case Study: The Irish Banking Crisis: what Malaysian Bankers can learn from it
    Developing Agile Teams and a Conducive Corporate Culture
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Building agile, virtual, and cross-disciplinary teams
    • Facilitating hybrid and responsive cultures
    • Promoting networks and managing hierarchies
    • Exercising power and influence in constructive ways
    • Leveraging political systems and processes
    • Breaking silos and leveraging networks
    Forecasting and Risk Perceptions in the Post-Pandemic Banking World
    (Steve Thomas and David Mellor)

    • Banking Banana skins: Evolution of risk perceptions and what lies ahead
    • Why forecast?
    • Forecasting failures
    • Forgetting history? Or never knowing history?
    • Can we restore confidence in forecasting? How?
    • The forecasting tournament

    Assessing the Major Sources of Risk for Banking in Malaysia Over the Next 5 years
    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    13:30 – 17:00

    15:15 – 15:30
    Leadership Challenges in Running a Bank Post-Covid
    (Steve Thomas and David Mellor)

    • Creating scalability and sustainable profitable growth
    • Winners and losers in the new post pandemic banking world
    • Sources of diverse performance
    • What drives diverse performance?
    • Where is your bank in this spectrum?
    • Challenges of talent management, retention, and reward strategies in a new working environment
    Motivating Followers, Managing Stakeholders and Creating Engagement
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Understanding shifting motivational priorities, variables and influences
    • Appreciating and managing individual differences
    • Maintaining equity and delegating effectively
    • Managing conflicting and contrasting stakeholder demands
    • Overcoming competition and promoting collaboration
    The Agile Bank
    (Steve Thomas and David Mellor)

    • What is agility in banking?
    • Understanding and engaging your stakeholders
    • What has the pandemic taught us about agility in banking?
    • Has it changed our views?
    • What are the characteristics of the Agile Bank?
    • Is your bank 'Agile'?

    Case Study : Starling Bank

    • A different sort of bank? Would you consider Starling to be Agile? Does Agility =Profitability? Is Starling a model for banking going forward?
    Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Why most change programmes fail
    • Core assumptions of traditional and stable change initiatives
    • Addressing and overcoming resistance to change
    • Identifying and embracing shifting change imperatives
    • Integrating and responding to the ‘new-normal’
    • Programme review and personal action planning
    17:00 – 18:00 Project Coaching - Steve Thomas and David Mellor Project Coaching - Steve Thomas and David Mellor Project Coaching - Steve Thomas and David Mellor  
    DAY 1 – Monday, 21 NOVEMBER 2022
    Morning Session : Building a Resilient and Adaptable Leadership Brand

    The session will open with a discussion around the topic of leadership in general, focusing on key leadership attributes and exploring what a world-class leader in banking might look like. Participants will then be invited to consider in turn: a) their current leadership style; b) the type of leader they would like to become; and c) what steps they would have to take to get there. The session will conclude with each participant creating a personal “brand leadership” statement. They will be encouraged to review this after each session (including those in Week 2), as they come across components that they would want to weave into their respective leadership brands.

    Afternoon Session : Leadership Challenges in Running a Bank Post Covid-19

    The session will open with a session that will set the tone for the two-week programme and represents a broad overview of the many and varied challenges facing bank leaders today. Many of these themes will be revisited during the programme. The programme will start with an overview of the leadership challenges that are specific to banks with particular emphasis on building and maintaining sustainable growth, analyse the challenges around talent management, staff retention and rewards. It will continue with an analysis of banks’ balance sheets and what this means in terms of “rebuilding a bank’s reputation”.
    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 22 NOVEMBER 2022
    Morning Session : Behavioural Biases in Financial Institutions and their Role in Financial Crises

    The morning session will start with an overview of behavioural lessons from the Global Financial Crises and lessons learned from experience. The session will touch upon key lessons learned including the evolution of risk perceptions, forgetting history and regulatory developments that have arisen as a result of the Global Financial Crises.

    Morning Session : Motivating Followers, Managing Stakeholders, and Creating Engagement

    The afternoon will be dedicated to ‘leading others’ (e.g., leading teams, motivating followers, managing conflict, delegating, and engaging others). In particular, this session will address topics such as the variables and influences in managing individual differences and managing intrinsic and extrinsic systems of rewards and incentivisation, maintaining and delegating effectively across teams.
    DAY 3 – Wednesday, 23 NOVEMBER 2022
    Morning Session : Developing Agile Teams and a Conducive Corporate Culture

    The core morning session on developing and managing team performance comprises a situational component and begins by explaining how people can be seen through different lenses - how they prefer to behave, how they are behaving, and what behaviours others probably observe. The participants will also be asked to consider the importance of: a) the unexploited behaviours, which could be leveraged; b) over-utilised behaviours which by virtue of being overdone could become weaknesses; and c) behaviours that take a person beyond their comfort zone. Analysis of feedback and subsequent discussion would form the first part of the diagnostic in terms of establishing the self-leadership development the bank leader might require to progress. The self-awareness component of the programme will also provide an opportunity for participants to consider the adaptation in style required to deal with colleagues in different situations and with colleagues with behaviour and leadership styles that differ from their own.

    The session will then move on to consider how a team is likely to behave. Where does a team have strengths to be exploited and blind spots to be addressed? This stage of the session will also provide an opportunity to introduce the concept of the “problem-solving wheel”, where bank leaders can learn how to bring different behaviours in to play in a logical sequence to achieve the optimum result. The final part of this session will look at how a bank leader, armed with heightened self-awareness and an appreciation of how their team is likely to behave, can develop a team so that it is as efficient and effective as possible.

    Afternoon Session : The Agile Bank

    The pandemic saw a great divergence between the winners and losers in banking in terms of RoE, Market to Book (a range of 7 to 0.5!), and other metrics. To survive in the new aggressive ultra-fast digital environment banks have to be 'agile'.

    What is this concept of 'agility'? What are the key features of a successful agile bank, and can we identify common features of those banks making successful strides in this direction? Is improving customer centricity and building new cultures at the core of success for the most agile banks?
    DAY 4 – Thursday, 24 NOVEMBER 2022
    Morning Session : the Post Pandemic Banking WorldForecasting and Risk Perception in

    We examine the dismal recent history of forecasting in all its guises, examining the specific cases of banking crises and more recently the Covid pandemic. Could they have been anticipated and managed better by financial institutions? Can we understand and manage the behavioural biases which are so damaging to the banking sector but also to the management of non-financial crises? We look closely at 'Superforecasting' as a possible way to re-establish the credibility of the forecasting industry.

    Afternoon Session : Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times
    This session will start with an appreciation of processes and best practice in managing strategic changes in organisation but with a particular emphasis on the banking sector taking into account recent well-known examples. Different approaches to planned organisational changes will be discussed with particular emphasis on planned as well as emerging change programmes. Whilst exploring key change management principles, the programme will also tackle the challenge of “resistance to change” and overcoming “resistance to change” with a practical change intervention case study as an example for delegates to learn from and apply within their own context.

    Note : Participants are encouraged to make flight arrangements to London for Week 2 of the programme that allows them time to get well adjusted before starting classes the following Monday.

    Programme Venue : Asian Banking School

    Week 1 will be held at the Asian Banking School (ABS). ABS is located in the award-winning AICB Building at 10, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This Green-Building Index certified building features a 12–storey office tower, a 6–storey training podium, an auditorium, a Harvard–style theatrette, flexi halls and training rooms, a Financial Services Library and the Thyme Out Café. The Bank Negara KTM Komuter train station is nearby.

    Schedule Mon, 28 November Tue, 29 November Wed, 30 November Thu, 1 December Fri, 2 December
    9:00 – 13:00

    10:45 – 11:00
    Welcome and Registration
    (08:30 – 09:00)

    Leading Innovation and Resilience
    (Aneesh Banerjee)

    • What is AI and how will AI change managers and leaders’ jobs?
    • New demands on leadership in the age of maturing AI
    • Organisational change driven by AI
    • Case study: Can we use AI in recruitment? The case of "Grow 360"
    Big Data in the Financial Services Sector
    (Dimitris Paraskevopoulos)

    • The role of Big Data in the modern world
    • Using Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence to improve performance
    • How Big Data contributed to banking performance in the pandemic era
    • Case study: the New York medical fraud detection case and other case studies on the day
    Leading Digital Transformation
    (Professor Gianvito Lanzolla)

    Building a vision to lead the digital transformation and making it happen

    • Business model transformation in financial services
    • Operations optimisation
    • Customer engagement
    • Transforming work practices
    • Embracing ecosystems
    • Value innovation vs. value commoditisation
    • Cases: Development Bank of Singapore; Royal Bank of Canada, Making an agile organisation at ING Bank of Netherlands
    • Make, buy or ally
    • Design thinking and agile teams
    Blockchain and Crypto-Currencies
    (Michele D’Aliessi)

    • Blockchain in the financial sector
    • Are Crypto-currencies a scam?
    • Design thinking & agile Teams
    • Corporate venturing, M&As and alliances
    • Central Bank digital currencies – an evolution
    • Regulation and investor protection
    Project Presentations with Expert Panel

    12:00 – 12.30
    Certificate Ceremony and Group Photo
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    14:00 – 17:00

    15:00 – 15:15
    The ESG/Profitability Trade-off
    (Gabriel Cozma, Sandy Gill, Gregory Jones QC)

    • ESG drivers, ESG in SMEs, start-ups and multinationals
    • ESG and Banking – will it really change behaviour?
    • ESG and impact on organisations
    • Structure of environmental and social risk (ESR) framework today
    • Diversity, quality, and inclusion and the ESG agenda
    • ESG: A live case study
    Covid-19 - a Tipping Point for Banking?
    (Andrew Pullman)

    • Managing a dispersed workforce
    • Maintaining regulatory standards (e.g., Senior Managers’ Regime UK)
    • Beating the Great Resignation challenge: how to keep your team and not lose them to competitors
    FinTech and the Banking Sector Post Covid
    (Marco Aboav)

    • The pillars of the new ecosystem
    • Payments and transfers
    • Lending and finance
    • Digital Banking
    • Wealth/asset management
    • InsurTech
    • Markets and exchanges
    • How the economics are changing in open banking

    Covid: What Now for Customer Expectations?
    (Julian Sawyer, Starling Bank)
    (14:00 - 15:00)

    • Has the pandemic changed the relationship between banks and their customers?
    • Understanding the new customer journey
    • Enhancing the human touch at all stages of the journey

    Offsite Visit
    (15:45 - 17:15)
    The Programme ends after lunch and participants are free to enjoy their time in London.
    17:00 – 18:00 Project Coaching (17:00 - 17:30)
    Departure for Reform Club (17:45)

    Project coaching

    Project Coaching Offsite visit ends

    18:30 - 20:30 Welcome Dinner
    Venue: The Reform Club
    Free time Free time Farewell Dinner
    Venue: Chiswell Street Dining Room
    DAY 1 – Monday, 28 NOVember 2022
    Morning Session : Leading Innovation and Resilience

    Innovation, very simply put, is the ability to create value from new products, services, or business models. Innovation can be in a relatively simple process update or in a complex new business model, but the fact is, most innovation projects – simple or complex – struggle to deliver value. In this session, we aim to understand why this is so and what can leaders do about it? Using a mix of cases, exercises, and conceptual frameworks – we will discuss why Leadership Resilience – the ability of leaders to bounce back from setbacks, could be central to your firm’s ability to innovate successfully.

    Afternoon Session : The ESG Profitability Trade-Off

    This session will explore the ESG drivers in the Banking sector, SMEs, start-ups, and multinationals. The session will focus on whether ESG will truly change behaviour in the banking sector, the impact of ESG on organisational structures of environmental and social risk framework (ESR). It will also address the issue of diversity, quality and inclusion in the ESG agenda and reach its conclusion through the discussion of a live case study.

    Evening Session : Welcome Dinner at the Oxford and Cambridge Club

    For nearly 200 years, alumni of the two ancient universities have chosen to take up membership and enjoy the outstanding amenities and sophisticated setting of a Grade II listed Club house in the very heart of London. Spacious, private and well-appointed, the Club enables members to meet friends and colleagues in magnificent surroundings, host a party, relax or simply find a quiet place to work. With its elegant dining room, known as the Coffee Room, large and well-maintained library, two bars, terrace, more than 40 bedrooms and its own sports facilities, the Oxford and Cambridge Club is ideally located for entertaining, relaxation and business.
    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 29 NOVember 2022
    Morning Session : Big Data in the Financial Services Sector

    This session will focus on the role of Big Data in the modern world. Case studies and examples from finance and banking as well as other industries will be drawn to answer to the following question: Would there be any business without the maths?

    The session will continue with: the usefulness of clustering – why do we need to cluster and hands on activities (case study from NY Medicaid’s programme) and how do we identify fraud in banking and other sectors? Classification: How can we help the banking sector answer the following question: Is a new customer going to default or not? Should we give them a loan or not? Credit risk via machine learning. Is an employee or a customer going to churn?

    Afternoon Session : Covid-19 - a Tipping Point for Banking?

    The Covid-19 crisis has thrown the structure of work for all organisations on its head! People are now used to working remotely and want to carry on doing so – and if you, as an employer, cannot offer that sort of flexibility they will start to look elsewhere, if they have not done so already. This is a tipping point moment that cannot be ignored.

    This session will focus on all the key people aspects of banking that need to be addressed. There is no playbook that has all the answers but through case studies and discussion, we will start to build a series of pragmatic actions that participants can take back to their business to start addressing the challenges.

    DAY 3 – Wednesday, 30 NOVember 2022
    Morning Session : Leading Digital Transformation in the Banking Sector

    Digital transformation is not about adopting digital technologies in the organisation. Digital transformation is about adapting businesses to a “new normal”. As digital technology, society and businesses co-evolve into this “new normal”, creating multiple levels of change and uncertainty, business leaders must think thoroughly about their core business and the new drivers of value creation, value delivery and value monetisation that this “new normal” is shaping. This programme is designed to equip participants with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to lead the digital transformation, and not to succumb to it.

    In part 1, we will discuss how to build “a vision” for leading digital transformation within the organisation. In particular, we will have a look at what this means in terms of business model transformation in financial services, what this means for operations optimisation, customer engagement, how digital can transform work practices and much more. We will also have a look at two case studies in relation to this for the Bank of Singapore and the Royal Bank of Canada.

    Afternoon Session : FinTech and the Banking Sector Post Covid-19

    Financial Technology is reshaping the financial sector globally. The power of technology and new business models are changing the way we do business in banking, investment management, insurance, capital markets with strong implications for the users/consumers experience, but also on other industries both on the costs and revenues side. The session covers the main pillars of FinTech and the economics in the area of open banking including payments and transfers, lending and finance, digital banking, wealth and asset management, InsureTech, market and exchanges and how FinTech is changing the economics of open banking.
    DAY 4 – Thursday, 1 DECember 2022
    Morning Session : Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

    The morning session will focus on two very topical areas relevant to the banking and financial services sector: blockchain and cryptocurrency. After a brief introduction, the session will particularly address the relevance for the banking sector, whether cryptocurrencies are a reliable financial instrument or not, whether the post-pandemic banking sector has increased or decreased the interest in cryptocurrencies, the evolution of cryptocurrencies and its relevance to the central banking system, the regulatory environment and investment protection globally.

    Afternoon Session : Customer Expectations in the Banking Sector Post-Covid-19

    This brief session will address how customer expectations have changed post Covid-19, and how the relationship between banks and customers has evolved. Julian Sawyer, former CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp and former Chief Operating Officer of Starling Bank, will talk about how the customer journey has changed post pandemic and the importance of enhancing the human touch with customers at every stage of the journey. The afternoon will conclude with a session with a senior banker either onsite or offsite.

    Evening Session : Farewell Dinner at the Travellers Club

    The Club was founded in 1819 and its original concept dates from the return to peace in Europe following the Napoleonic Wars. Arrangements for the establishment of The Club were finalised at a meeting in the spring of 1819, attended by distinguished diplomats, travellers and two future Prime Ministers (the Earl of Aberdeen and Viscount Palmerston). The head of Ulysses was adopted as the Club symbol.
    DAY 5 – Friday, 2 December 2022
    Morning Session : Project Presentations

    Throughout the two weeks, the participants will be expected to work on assigned projects related to the management and leadership challenges that they are facing in their banks. The project gives participants the chance to draw on all of the leadership and banking-specific elements discussed in the programme over the two weeks.

    These projects will be completed in small groups, where each group will benefit from the guidance of the programme leaders over this period. The culmination of this project work will be a presentation to an expert panel – comprised of a selection of the banking and leadership programme lecturers and chaired by the programme leaders. Each group will present their project findings and will receive feedback from the expert panel.

    Participants of the Global Banking Leaders Programme will become alumni of the Cass Business School following successful completion of the Programme and be part of an illustrious network of executives from around the world.
    Programme Venue : Bayes Business School

    Week 2 in London will be held at Bayes Business School, City, University of London. Bayes is located in the City of London, one of the world's most dynamic financial and commercial centres, and is a physical expression of their fundamental belief – that business is both a practical and theoretical discipline. The Bayes Executive Education campus, where the participants of the programme will be, is at 200 Aldersgate Street. It is opposite the Museum of London and close to St. Paul’s, Barbican, Farringdon and Moorgate Tube stations.

    PROGRAMME Faculty
    Programme Leader

    The Global Banking Leaders Programme will be led by one of Bayes Business School’s most experienced Faculty, Professor Stephen Thomas. He is an internationally renowned academic, and has held numerous senior posts around the world. He has held professorships in Finance at the University of Wales, in Financial Markets at the University of Southampton, and joined Bayes as Professor of Finance in 2007 where he is currently Course Director for the Executive MBA. Professor Thomas was also a Visiting Professor at Queen's in Canada between 1986 and 1987, and has been a Visiting Professor at the ISMA Centre of the University of Reading since 1996. He has won numerous prestigious academic prizes including Prizes for Best Paper at the Global Finance Conference in Dublin in 2005, and Best Market Microstructure Paper at the Mid-West Finance Meetings in Chicago in 2006. In the same year, he was ranked 11th in Europe for research in finance over the previous decade.

    Professor Thomas has recent experience as an investment strategist and partner for a private client firm, Firecrest Hambro, and on the Investment Management Committee of Hasley Investment Management, a multi-strategy investment fund. He founded and edits a range of publications on global credit with Interactive Data (formerly FT). He has also undertaken consultancy and teaching in risk and asset management and corporate finance at various global financial institutions. He is involved in professional exams for the investment industry, including serving on the exams and education committee for CFA UK. He established Solent Systematic Investment Strategies as a vehicle to create investment indices for global investment banks.

    Chair in Organizational Theory, Bayes Business School

    Cliff joined Bayes in 2011 as a Professor in Organization Theory. He also served as Head of the Faculty of Management and Deputy Dean at Bayes between January 2011 and January 2016. Before going to Bayes, he spent 4 years at Queen Mary, University of London as a Professor of Organization Theory in the School of Business and Management and served as Dean of the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences (2007-2011). He has also previously held posts at University of Leicester (2002-2007), King’s College, University of London (1990-2002), and Westminster University (1988-1990). Before becoming a full-time academic in 1988, Cliff worked as a HR manager in local government. Cliff’s research focuses on the application of aspects of discourse, dramaturgy, tropes, narrative and rhetoric to the study of organizations and organizing. He is particularly interested in the study of leadership processes, employee engagement, and organizational change. He has published over 120 academic articles and contributions to edited volumes, including contributions to Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Organization, and Organization Studies. He is the European Editor for Journal of Organizational Change Management and Associate Editor for Journal of Change Management. He is also a co-director of ICROD (the International Centre for Research on Organizational Discourse, Strategy and Change), a member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development), a member of the National Training Laboratory, chair of the board of trustees for The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and a member of the Executive Board of the ODC (Organization Development and Change) Division of the Academy of Management. Beyond his academic responsibilities, Cliff has also undertaken a variety of consultancy projects, senior coaching activities and executive development assignments with a number of high profile corporate clients.

    Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Finance, Bayes Business School

    David is an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Finance at Bayes Business School, where he has run workshops on managing strategic change, entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, leadership, building high performance teams and sales. In addition, he has acted as course director and provided facilitation and mentoring support to participants in small groups and on a one-to-one basis.

    Since 2001 David has developed a portfolio of activities which derive principally from 25 years’ experience in commercial and investment banking with HSBC and Deutsche Bank. His consultancy activities embrace strategic planning and implementation and mentoring existing and aspiring entrepreneurs. He is a recognised expert in his field, regularly speaking at conferences and running seminars and workshops. He provides one-on-one and group mentoring to aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom are aiming to establish themselves as consultants.

    He published “From Crew to Captain” in 2010, written for people making the transition from working for big institutions to working for themselves. He has followed that up by launching “From Crew to Captain: A Privateer’s Tale” in 2014, which is written for people establishing consultancy practices. The third book in the trilogy – “From Crew to Captain: Commander of the Fleet” was released in November 2015. He is also co-author of FT Publishing’s “Inspirational Gamechangers” which launched in 2015. David is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs. He holds a Degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Institute of Directors. He is a Certified PRISM Brain Mapping Practitioner.

    Professor of Strategy, Bayes Business School

    Gianvito joined Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) in April 2006. He served as Head of the Faculty of Management from 2016 to 2020 and is the Founding Director of the Bayes’ Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC). Gianvito is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA).

    Before joining Bayes, Gianvito was a Research Fellow on the Faculty of the London Business School (2004 – 2006) and over the years, has had several visiting appointments at leading business schools including the London Business School, Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business and Berlin’s ESMT.

    Gianvito studies the impact of technological and institutional change on competitive dynamics, firm strategy, and firm organisation. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Production and Operations Management, Long Range Planning, Journal of Management, Business Strategy Review, Business History and Harvard Business Review. Gianvito’s research has won several academic prizes and has been widely featured in the business media including the Financial Times, the Economist, CNBC, CCTV and Wall Street Journal; and in policy papers. He is currently editor of two special issues focused on digital transformation in the California Management Review and Academy of Management Discoveries.

    Gianvito has directed and delivered executive development programmes and has contributed as an advisor to many boards and executive leadership teams around the world. Recent corporate engagements include Apple, Baker McKenzie, European Club Association, Schott, Beazley, BBC, Syngenta, Gazprom, IBM, the UAE’s Prime Minister Office, Abu Dhabi Ports Authority, Microsoft, Mizuho, Zurich, KION, Axel Springer, Vailant and Vodafone Group. He has also delivered more than 100 keynotes speeches to corporate and policy audiences.


    Associate Professor in Financial Technology, Bayes Business School

    Dr Marco Jean Aboav is an Investment Consultant, Data Scientist, Associate Professor of Financial Technology and Angel Investor in tech and FinTech startups. He was Fund Manager for HI QuantWave Fund, a macro hedge fund based on artificial intelligence and alternative data launched by Numen Capital LLP, an alternative asset manager specialising in macro and credit markets with almost a billion-dollar AUM.

    He has also worked as Head of Asset Allocation for MoneyFarm, one of the biggest digital robo-advisors in Europe backed by Allianz. He led the portfolio management of multi-asset investments and trading from the London office, managing an international team of analysts, and was in charge of front-office technology. He also acted as an external market strategist for the firm and was often mentioned in the Italian and British press.

    His other work experience includes being a quantitative research analyst in Horizon Asset LLP, one of the most successful market neutral hedge funds with multi-billion-dollar AUM. Prior to that, he worked for Citigroup as a quantitative investment analyst designing investment and trading strategies in a multi-asset team for the biggest EMEA accounts of the private bank and being involved in the big data global projects.

    Dr. Aboav founded his trading consultancy company advising proprietary and market-making desks after completing his PhD in 2011 at Politecnico di Milano in Industrial Engineering. He spent part of his PhD at the Centre for Econometric Analysis at Bayes Business School and has taught MSc and MBA courses in Finance and Risk Management at Politecnico di Milano and MIP-School of Management. He has been invited to present his papers at leading universities around the world, including the Wharton School, and has advised startups within the tech ecosystem in Europe, Asia and North America.


    Reader in Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Dimitris is a Reader in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Course Director for the Full time MBA at Bayes. Before joining Bayes, Dimitris was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Management of the University of Bath, and prior to that he worked as a research fellow in a railway optimisation EPSRC project at the University Southampton. Dimitris is a Chemical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MBA and a PhD in Operational Research from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece.

    Dimitris’ research is on the design, development and application of operations research methods for solving complex combinatorial optimisation problems that arise in the fields of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Transportation and Distribution Logistics. In particular, his main focus is on the development of mathematical models and computationally efficient methods to solve project and production scheduling, timetabling, vehicle routing, location, network design and districting problems. He has worked in numerous research projects for the development of optimisation-based decision support systems and his research has been internationally awarded and published in Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Research Part E, and Journal of Heuristics among others.


    Senior Lecturer, Bayes Business School

    Dr Banerjee is the course director for the Global MBA and teaches topics in the areas of technology, innovation, and strategy, His teaching has been recognised by several awards including the City Icon’s award – Celebrating 150 years of excellence in teaching and innovation, The Chancellor’s Award – City University’s highest award in recognition of excellence in learning and teaching, The Business School Learning and Teaching Award, and the Student’s Union nomination for excellence in teaching.

    His research encompasses technology and innovation management, and his studies include high-tech, software, healthcare, fintech, cultural & creative industries. He is also interested in the influence of governance on innovation and in that context and has studied family-owned and employee-owned businesses. His research has been recognised by the Academy of Management (Nomination for the Carolyn Dexter Award from Technology and Innovation Management Division) and the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM – Top 3 doctoral dissertation award).

    He has consulted and lectured at various industry and academic forums on resilience, innovation management, machine learning & AI for managers, distributed product development, outsourcing and offshoring strategies. Before joining Bayes, he worked with leading firms in the software industry (SAP and Accenture). His latest book "The Resilient Decision Maker" (with Joseph Lampel & Ajay Bhalla) explores the role of individual, team, and leadership resilience in decision making.

    PROGRAMME Speakers


    Co-Founder & COO, Superfluid

    Michele has been using technical expertise to solve complex business problems over many years. His experience with young entrepreneurs, software developers, as well as senior executives in large corporations, has enabled him to communicate effectively with a broad range of profiles on a plethora of technical and business issues. In 2013, Michele started Ympact, a non-profit organisation that reports on start-up ecosystems by producing free documentaries available on YouTube. So far, Ympact has covered six major European cities (London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Helsinki, and Milan) and Silicon Valley.

    Since 2014, Michele has been working with technology entrepreneurs, helping them to get their businesses off the ground and expand internationally. He also helps corporate executives to understand new technologies and their impact on corporate business strategy. He spent four years at the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, studying tech and market trends to identify high-potential, high-growth startups and supporting founders in expanding their business internationally with scalable sales and operations. He now runs Superfluid as Co-founder & COO, actively contributing to the blockchain community with programmable cashflows.


    CEO, Bitstamp

    Julian is Chief Executive Officer at Bitstamp and Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at City University London. Additionally, Julian Sawyer was Chief Operating Officer at Starling Bank.


    Associate Director / Head of Lysis Financial & Lysis FinTech

    Gabriel is an industry recognised Financial Crime and Compliance risk specialist demonstrating the strategic vision, practical skills and know-how to drive strategic and transformational improvement and innovation across the industry. He brings extensive leadership experience and has over 20 years of experience leading financial service institutions effort to deliver effective and efficient management of Financial Crime Compliance. As part of his role, he has primary responsibility for strategic direction and continued growth of Lysis Financial and FinTech team and deliver practical and effective solutions to clients, in addition to supporting Lysis Group global operations. Gabriel is a champion of introducing innovation and has a keen interest in developing the Environment Social and Governance agenda.


    Associate Director, Lysis Financial

    Sandy is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor with 23 years industry experience in AML and Compliance gained from working at the Financial Services Authority, London Stock Exchange and various investment banks. She has worked in the UK, Middle East and India to both investigate AML failings on behalf of a regulator and to implement bespoke training on various projects.


    Managing Director, Lysis Financial

    Andrew is a human resources specialist focused on improving business performance by engendering high level performance from its people. Motivated by close partnerships with businesses to add value through ‘best of breed’ ideas and solutions.


    Professor of Strategy at Cass Business School, City, University of London

    Santi Furnari is Professor of Strategy at Cass Business School, City, University of London and currently Visiting Professor at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago. He held visiting faculty positions at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge. At Cass, Prof. Furnari is also the Director of the Centre for Research in Corporate Governance. He completed his Ph.D. at Bocconi University where he also obtained an MSc cum laude.

    Prof. Furnari regularly develops and delivers Executive Education and Strategic Leadership programs for international corporations, such as the BBC, Barclays, Cromwell-Valad, Fullers, Inmarsat, Odgers and Berndtson, SimCorp, Symantec and Weber & Shandwick, as well as for professional associations, such as the Asian Banking School and the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce. His areas of expertise in Executive Education include: 1) Breaking the silos: how to enhance collaboration between business units and functions; 2) Leveraging networks for business development and collaboration; 3) Influence without authority: coalition-building and negotiation; 4) Strategy, organization design and business models; 5) Strategy in digital ecosystems.

    At Cass, Prof. Furnari teaches "Corporate Strategy for a Globalized World" in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, "Research Methods for Business" in the MSc in Management, MEMBA and EMBA programs, and various PhD seminars in strategy, organization theory, and qualitative methods. From 2010 to 2013, he has also taught "Advanced Strategic Management" in the Undergraduate Program. He received (in 2013) the Staff Recognition Award for the outstanding quality of his teaching. Prof. Furnari has also been the Coordinator of the Faculty of Management's Research Workshops and served as member of the school's Research Committee from 2013 to 2016.

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