Global Banking Leaders Programme

The Next GLOBAL banking leaders Programme will be from 21 NOVEMBER - 2 DECEMBER 2022
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    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 fourth year of the Programme.

    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 faculty members and experienced industry experts. It will be led by internationally renowned academician Professor Steve Thomas, and will draw from Cass experts in banking and leadership.

    This unique programme has been designed for senior management from banking and other finance-related institutions and will give invaluable insights into areas that leaders of today must face head on. This includes building a leadership brand in banking, developing and managing high performance teams, stakeholder management, strategic change, behavioural finance, FinTech and digital transformation, 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


    25 november - 6 december 2019




    Recognised by the
    Chartered Banker Institute as appropriate for CPD purposes


    Malaysian Participants



    per participant

    International Participants



    per participant

    *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.

    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, 25 November Tue, 26 November Wed, 27 November Thu, 28 November
    9:00 – 10:30

    10:30 – 10:45
    Welcome Session

    HR and Leadership Challenges in Running a Bank
    (Steve Thomas)

    • Creating scalability and sustainable profitable growth
    • Challenges of talent management
    • Retention and reward strategies
    • Rebuilding the balance sheets and reputation
    Behavioural Biases in Financial Institutions
    (Steve Thomas)

    • Decision-making in context
    • Rules vs Experts

    Enchancing Leadership Impact

    • Authentic leaders and values- driven leadership
    • Understanding following needs and expectations
    • Exercising power and influence in constructive ways
    • Leveraging political systems and processes
    • Practising situational and transactional leadership approaches
    Behavioural Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis
    (Steve Thomas)

    • Evolution of risk perception
    • Forgetting history
    • Regulatory developments

    Developing and Managing High Performance Teams

    • Leveraging team and group dynamics
    • Selecting and balancing team roles
    • How to build and maintain effective teams
    • Highlighting and addressing common team problems and pitfalls
    • Addressing 'silo-ism' and inter-team conflict and competition
    Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times (Part 1)
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Why most change programmes fail
    • Core assumptions of traditional change initiatives
    • Developing an entrepreneurial change culture
    • Identifying and challenging ‘stupid rules’
    • Emerging change imperatives
    12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
    13:30 – 17:00

    15:30 – 15:45
    Building a Leadership Brand
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • What does a world-class leader look like?
    • What is my current leadership style?
    • Developing effective contingent leadership strategies
    • Sharpening leadership decision-making processes
    Motivating Followers and Creating Engagement
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Isolating motivational variables and influences
    • Appreciating and managing individual differences
    • Managing intrinsic and extrinsic systens of reward and incentivization
    • Maintaining equity and delegating effectively
    Stakeholder Management and Effective Collaboration
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Stakeholder identification and prioritisation
    • Understanding and engaging your stakeholders
    • Managing ambiguity and competing demands
    • Effective stakeholder negotiation
    • Overcoming competition and promoting collaboration
    Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times (Part 2)
    (Cliff Oswick)

    • Review of new change techniques
    • Integrated banking-based change case study
    • Programme review and personal action planning
    17:00 – 18:00 Project Coaching - Steve Thomas Project Coaching - Steve Thomas Project Coaching - Steve Thomas  
    DAY 1 – Monday, 25 NOVEMBER 2019
    Morning Session : HR and Leadership Challenges in Running a Bank

    The programme 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. It 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 in particular what this means in terms of “rebuilding a bank’s reputation”.

    Afternoon Session : Building a 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.
    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 26 NOVEMBER 2019
    Morning Session : Behavioural Biases in Financial Institutions

    The morning session will start with a brief overview of behavioural biases in financial institutions. In particular, the focus will be on decision-making and the topic: rules versus experts in the banking sectors and the challenges associated with this. This will be followed by a core session on effective leadership and why this is important to the success of organisations.

    Morning Session : Enhancing Leadership Impact

    In the core leadership session, participants will come to understand the complex and contingent nature of leading in an engaged and engaging way. It will provide an opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities which are central to leading within banks. More specifically, as a result, participants will have a heightened self-awareness and greater understanding of their impact upon others to the extent that when they return to the workplace they will be able to employ a range of leadership strategies; lead in a context-sensitive way; delegate more effectively; exhibit an enhanced ability to encourage, motivate and engage subordinates; demonstrate an increased capacity for giving and receiving meaningful feedback; and, improve their repertoire of approaches for handling poor performance and constructively managing conflict.

    Afternoon Session : Motivating Followers 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 incentivization, maintaining and delegating effectively across teams.
    DAY 3 – Wednesday, 27 NOVEMBER 2019
    Morning Session : Behavioural Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis

    The morning session will start with an overview of behavioural lessons from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and those learned from similar international experiences. The session will include discussion of the following: the evolution of risk perceptions, forgetting history and regulatory developments that have arisen as a result of the GFC. Lessons for regulators as they face pressure to revisit the post-GFC regulatory tightening will be set in historical context and lessons learned from previous crises brought to the fore.

    Morning Session : Developing and Managing High-Performance Teams

    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 : Stakeholder Management and Effective Collaboration

    There are a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external that are crucial for the success of a bank. Being able to manage these stakeholders so that they can help senior bank management lead their banks to a sustainable and profitable future is crucial. In this session, participants will be encouraged to appreciate that stakeholder management is a critical component to the successful delivery of any project, programme or activity. During the session, they will use a number of tools and techniques to consider in turn how to identify stakeholders; how to classify them in terms of interest and power/influence; how to understand the goals and aspirations of the stakeholders; and how to engage with them to maximize their potentially positive impact on the goals of senior bank management. Once again, the communication strategies learned on Day 2 will be applied.
    DAY 4 – Thursday, 28 NOVEMBER 2019
    Morning Session : Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times (Part 1)

    The morning 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.

    Afternoon Session : Leading Strategic Change in Challenging Times (Part 2)

    The afternoon will build on the morning by considering how bank leaders can deliver change within a regulatory, ethical, and customer context, while sustaining staff engagement levels. The session will focus on a range of topics essential for successful bank leadership including the drivers for change; the levers of effective change, the management of implementation risk; how "hearts and minds" can be won; how to resolve dilemmas; and how to deal with organisational tensions. Throughout the session, opportunities will be taken to apply some of the learning from the morning session in terms of effective communication strategies.

    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

    The programme for Week 1 in Kuala Lumpur will be held at the Asian Banking School (ABS). It offers a modern and aesthetically pleasing learning environment with state-of-the-art facilities providing an ideal location for training. ABS is conveniently located in Nu Tower 2 in the new business hub of the city, Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Adjacent to Aloft Hotel and next to the NU Sentral Shopping Mall, ABS is only steps away from Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station, Malaysia’s largest transit hub, and 5 minutes from the Monorail Station.

    Schedule Mon, 2 December Tue, 3 December Wed, 4 December Thu, 5 December Fri, 6 December
    9:00 – 13:00

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

    Financial Markets Regulation and Banking Strategy (Part 1)
    (Peter Buerger)

    • Overview of Basel III and other key regulations such as Dodd-Frank and EMIR
    • How regulators and central banks are implementing the reforms in the European Union, the United States and Asia
    • Key risk and performance indicators of leading banks
    • Current levels of key risk and performance indicators in international banks
    Business Model Design and Innovation (Part 1)
    (Paolo Aversa)

    • Identify your core business model: an exercise to its strategic positioning in relation to competitors
    • Change your business model: a creative exercise to identify a large set of options to innovate the business model
    Leading Digital Transformation (Part 1)
    (Gianvito Lanzolla)

    Building a vision to lead the digital transformation

    • 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
    Leading Digital Transformation (Part 2)
    (Gianvito Lanzolla)

    Making the transformation happen

    • Make, buy or ally?
    • Innovation labs & digital garages
    • Design thinking & agile Teams
    • Corporate venturing, M&As and alliances
    • Working with the FinTech ecosystem
    • What we have learned about making the transformation happen
    • Case: Making an agile organisation at ING Bank Netherlands
    Project presentations with panel

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

    15:00 – 15:15
    Financial Markets Regulation and Banking Strategy (Part 2)
    (Peter Buerger)

    • An overview of the implications of the regulatory measures for banks' business models
    • About additional regulatory developments over the next few years
    • View on other challenges banks are facing today
    • Discussion: how can foreign banks benefit from the challenges that European banks have had i.e. expansion, partial business acquisition, takeovers, etc.
    Business Model Design and Innovation (Part 2)
    (Paolo Aversa)

    Business model selection, diversification and implementation. Select your business models:

    • A structured group brainstorming to choose a imited selection of high-potential business model innovations

    Business model diversification:

    • A discussion on the mechanisms of complementarity and substitution that the new business models will have with the current ones: business model portfolio optimisation

    Business model implementation:

    • The creation of an essential strategic plan to execute business model innovations
    FinTech and the Banking Sector
    (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
    Building a new Bank in the UK
    (Julian Sawyer, Starling Bank)
    (14:00 - 15:30)

    • Outline of process of becoming a bank in the UK
    • Building the Bank: ways of working & challenges

    Visit to the London Stock Exchange
    (Time TBC)
    The Programme ends after lunch and participants are free to enjoy their time in London.
    17:00 – 18:00 Project Coaching
    Project coaching

    Project Coaching Project coaching

    18:30 - 20:30 Welcome Dinner
    Venue: The Reform Club
        Farewell Dinner
    Venue: Chiswell Street Dining Room
    DAY 1 – Monday, 2 December 2019
    Full Day Session : Financial Markets Regulation and Banking Strategy

    The global banking industry is facing challenging times. The financial crisis has led to a proliferation of new regulatory measures; the scale and pace of banking regulations is unprecedented. Basel III – the set of reform measures in banking regulation developed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, pose significant challenges for banks of all sizes, as regulators and other stakeholders expect management to demonstrate robust oversight, compliance and risk management standards. The effective implementation of the far-reaching and complex regulations affects every aspect of banks’ business models, operations and infrastructure.
    At the end of the module, participants will have gained a thorough understanding of the major regulatory reforms, key risk and performance indicators required by stakeholders, implications of the regulatory measures for banks’ business models, challenges for European banks and opportunities for foreign market participants.

    Evening Session : Welcome Dinner at the Reform Club

    The Reform Club was founded in 1836 and is a private members' club in central London. It is housed in one of the finest Victorian buildings in the country, a palatial masterpiece by Sir Charles Barry that has remained largely unchanged since it was completed in 1841. Inspired by Italian Renaissance architecture, the Club externally bears a distinct resemblance to the Palazzo Farnese, which Michelangelo completed in 1589. Although founded principally to serve a political goal as the centre of the Liberal Party, over the years it has evolved. Since around 1920, the Club has served a purely social purpose and from being a traditional gentlemen's club, it was one of the first to change its rules to include the admission of women on equal terms. J. M. Barrie, Henri Cartier Bresson, Winston Churchill, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Lord Palmerston and H. G. Wells were all Reformers.
    DAY 2 – Tuesday, 3 December 2019
    Full Day Session : Business Model Design and Innovation

    One of today’s most compelling opportunities for strategic change is represented by business model innovation. Business models entail unique mechanisms of value creation and value capture activities, and by differentiating their business models firms can embrace strategic change and out-perform competitors. Iconic companies such as Google, Red Bull, Amazon, Tesla, Virgin, Ducati, Apple, Transferwise, AirBnB, Uber and Lego have pioneered innovative business models that are disrupting their relative markets. For firms that want to secure a sustainable competitive advantage in fast-changing environments, it is paramount that they engage the strategic opportunities offered by business model innovation. The aim of this module is to guide executives through a strategic analysis of their current business model in order to identify, evaluate and select possible opportunities that could boost their organisation’s performance. Participants will engage with concepts and tools related to business model design, innovation, differentiation and diversification. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have identified a focused selection of high-potential opportunities to apply business model innovation from the following day.
    DAY 3 – Wednesday, 4 December 2019
    Morning Session : Digital Transformation in the Banking Sector (Part 1)

    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. We will 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 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

    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 and capital markets with strong implications for the user/consumer experience, as well as other industries both on the cost and revenue side. The session covers the main pillars of FinTech and the economics in the area of open banking.
    DAY 4 – Thursday, 5 December 2019
    Morning Session : Digital Transformation in the Banking Sector (Part 2)

    In Part 2, we will take a look at how transformation can happen. We will discuss innovation labs and digital garages and their role, design thinking and corporate venturing, M&As and alliances as well as working with the FinTech ecosystem. Finally, we will discuss a case study on ING Netherlands and how they built a more agile organisation through implementing digital strategies.

    Afternoon Session : Building a New Bank in the UK

    Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive session with the speaker from Starling Bank, a new disruptor in the UK banking industry. Delegates will hear about how the Bank set up its operation in the UK, the regulatory implications it had to undergo, its business model and market attraction in comparison with the traditional players.

    Afternoon Session : Visit to the London Stock Exchange

    After a short tea-break, delegates will visit the famous London Stock Exchange for an interactive session on how the Exchange works, its portfolio of companies, how companies are listed in the market, the Footse 100 and Footse 250 and much more. Delegates will have the opportunity to have a group photo after and receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Exchange for participating in this course.

    Evening Session : Visit to the London Stock Exchange

    DAY 5 – Friday, 6 December 2019
    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 leader. 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 Cass Business School, City, University of London. Cass 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 Cass 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

    Peter Buerger has 30 years of experience in banking and risk management, of which 20 years were in large international banking organisations. His experience includes:

    • Deputy Chief Risk Officer at HypoVereinsbank/UniCredit Group, Munich, Germany
    • Regional Chief Credit Officer and Branch Manager, Commerzbank, London, UK
    • Head of Group Risk Control Commerzbank Group, Frankfurt, Germany
    • Member of top management committees: Risk Committee, Credit Committee
    • Successfully managed/controlled large portfolios, risk/compliance/regulatory projects and risk & compliance teams
    • Management consultant and executive trainer since 2010, with world-wide coverage/experience: 
            North/Central America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and 
            Asia- Pacific

    • Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Finance, Bayes Business School, City, University of London, UK, since 2016 (previously Industry Expert Executive Education, since 2014)
    • Faculty member of the Pacific Coast Banking School, Seattle WA, USA, in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington, since 2015
    • Associate, L'institute détudes politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), since 2016
    • Author of the book "Banking Pillars - How Banks of All Sizes Can Achieve Excellence under Basel III", published by The Risk Management Association, Philadelphia PA, USA, 2015
    • MBA Long Island University, New York NY, 1990
    • Completed Advanced Management Program, INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France, 2007

    Professor of Strategy, Head of the Faculty of Management and Director of the Digital Leadership Research Centre, Bayes Business School

    Gianvito joined Cass in April 2006. Before this, he served on the faculty of the London Business School. Over the years, he has had several visiting appointments at leading business schools including Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business, Berlin’s ESMT and University of Bologna.

    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 the Wall Street Journal, as well as in policy papers. 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 and Harvard Business Review.

    He teaches Strategic Leadership, Diversification & Growth Strategy, Corporate Organisation and Leading Digital Transformation at both Bayes’ London and Dubai campuses. He also leads the Digital Innovation MBA programme in Silicon Valley. He has yearly been awarded several teaching excellence prizes including the 2015 City University’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence, the 2012 City University’s Student Voice Award and the 2009 Bayes Business School’s Award for Teaching and Learning Excellence. Professor Lanzolla holds a PhD in Strategic Management and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering.


    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.


    Senior Lecturer in Strategy, Full Time MBA Course Director, Bayes Business School

    Dr Paolo Aversa originally joined Cass because of an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship (2012-2014). He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento (Italy), a Fellow of the Center for Automotive and Mobility Innovation (CAMI) at University Ca' Foscari in Venice (Italy) and Research Fellow at the Center for Sport and Business at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden).

    Before joining Bayes, Paolo worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he also held a visiting scholar position at the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Center. He received his Ph.D. in Management at the University of Bologna, his MBA degree at Fondazione CUOA (Vicenza) and his Executive HR Management Master’s at HKE (Milan). He got his B.A. and M.A. in Communication at the University of Padova, both graduating magna cum laude.

    His general research interests are related to determinants of performance in technology-based settings characterised by fierce competition and changing environments, and is considered one of the leading academic experts in the motorsport industry. His recent academic work was published in Organization Science, Industrial and Corporate Change, Advances in Strategic Management, Harvard Business Review and MIT Sloan Management Review, among others.

    Paolo is Director of Communications and part of the Officer Board of the Strategic Management "STR" Division (formerly known as BPS), of the Academy of Management. He has served as ad-hoc reviewer for most top journals in the field of management and strategy. His research has been featured around 300 times around the world in the international media, including in the Financial Times, New York Times, BBC, Sky, Forbes, Reuters, The Times, The Telegraph, ESPN, the Sydney Morning Herald and in most sports-related outlets.

    In 2014, he was selected as runner-up for the prestigious ‘“EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Communicating Science Prize”. In 2017, he was a finalist for the City President's Award in the category of "Outstanding Research Engagement - Media and Outreach" and won the First Prize in 2015 for the SIIE-EBS Best-Paper-Award for "Innovation Management". He is a 7-time recipient of the Best Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management and in 2011, received the Best Doctoral Paper Award from the European Academy of Management (EURAM). In 2009, he led the University of Padua racing team to win the business plan competition at the Formula SAE Germany. Paolo collaborates with several universities and often presents his works and industry analyses at international conferences, firms and institutions. He works and consults for companies within and outside the racetrack.

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    Julian Sawyer oversees Starling Bank’s payments system, operating and recruitment structure and supplier relationships, in his role as Chief Operating Officer. Julian’s career has involved extensive experience in the payments industry, working as a management consultant across the UK banking sector as well as the payment and card schemes. In 2012, Julian sold the consulting business Bluerock of which he was Founder and CEO. He is motivated by Starling’s vision of building a new kind of banking product for consumers.

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