Amanda Young

Head of Responsible Investment at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Amanda’s analysts focus on integrating analysis of human rights, environment, labour standards and business ethics matters into the mainstream investment process. She also oversees Standard Life Investments’ Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI), ethical, climate change and impact investment propositions. Amanda provided support to the Advisory Group to Government on creating a culture of social impact investment and savings. She was a member of the board of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) for six years and currently sits on the FTSE Russell ESG Advisory Committee.
In 2017, Amanda was included in the Financial News list of the top 100 most influential women in Finance.

Sebastien Dennis

Founder, Arx Corporate Finance

30 employees serving more than 200 clients across 9 different countries, among the most prestigious Investment Banks and Private Equity firms such as Rothschild&Co, DC Advisory, 3i, Apax or Ardian. Arx aims to transform a very conservative industry by creating modern tools integrated into a single platform, fully integrated into their daily process and fitting their characterized high-standard expectations. Former Private Equity Analyst at LCF Rothschild&Co, DC Advisory, 3i, Apax or Ardian. Arx aims to transform a very conservative industry by creating modern tools integrated into a single platform, fully integrated into their daily process and fitting their characterized high-standard expectations. Former Private Equity Analyst at LCF Rothschild.

Ruth Knowles

Director of Marketing and Investor Relations, The Fine Art Group

Ruth Knowles is Director of Marketing and Investor Relations, The Fine Art Group.

Ruth’ career began at Durham University earning a degree in European Studies before beginning a career in Fine Art. Ruth has been with The Fine Art Group since its beginning and also occupies a position as Company Secretary for parts of the Fine Art Group.
Her experience is extensive within all areas of the business but now occupies a particular focus on structuring projects and raising capital.

Loral Quinn

CEO & Co-Founder, Sustainably

Loral is CEO and co-founder of Sustainably, a technology for social good company.

Loral is an award-winning global digital marketer and strategist with a background in scaling business. Prior to setting up Sustainably, she was head of digital strategy and head of digital marketing for a FTSE100 where she was responsible for digital marketing in 30 countries, building and managing a multi award-winning team, and scaling the business from $40bn in assets in 6 countries to over $400bn in 30 countries in 10 years. She was recently named in BIMA’s top 100 people in digital in the UK.

Kelly Clark

Director, Finance Dialogue – European Climate Foundation

Kelly Clark is the Founder and Director of the Finance Dialogue; a think tank and strategic re-grantor hosted by the European Climate Foundation. In this capacity she has worked with investors, asset owners, central bankers, regulators, supervisors, policy makers, NGOs and philanthropists since 2012 to design and deliver strategies that leverage the role of capital markets in addressing climate change. She serves on the advisory committees of WHEB Asset Management, Sustineri, Carbon Tracker, the Asset Owners Disclosure Project and the Smith School for Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University.
Previously, Kelly spent 10 years as a banker in the US, London and Hong Kong, culminating in her role as the Head of South East Asian Private Banking for UBS out of Hong Kong. Kelly is a regular speaker on leadership, innovation, sustainable finance and the role of capital markets in addressing climate change. She has written and contributed to key publications on impact investing and mainstream finance, and has extensively mapped the capital markets and pension fund industry in order to identify the key leverage points for market reform.

Chris Herd

Founder, Nexves

Chris is the Founder of Nexves, a FinTech platform aiming to make every current account better.

He previously helped grow a venture-backed startup across the UK, sat on the board of directors of a social enterprise, project managed multi-million pound projects internationally, and writes a popular and influential blog focussed on tech, finance, and the future.

Chris speaks at various events focusing on the implications of forthcoming technological change. In 2018 he was named a Global Top 100 Blockchain Influencer.

Phil Grady

CEO, Castlight Financial

Phil Grady is the CEO of Castlight Financial, a Glasgow based Fintech that creates affordability products that help categorise consumers’ bank transactional data to ensure better risk pricing in consumer finance.

Phil co-founded Castlight in 2015 and his impressive track record in developing and growing businesses across the media and financial sectors has been integral to Castlight launching their financial products and positioning them as market leaders. As a former senior executive with Grant Thornton and chief operating officer of Creditfix, now the largest insolvency practitioner in the UK, Phil was instrumental in developing and driving the strategy that shaped these businesses into industry leaders.

Steve Tigar

CEO, MoneyDashboard

Steve is CEO of Money Dashboard, the UK’s leading fintech in personal financial management. The award-winning app gives consumers the TrueView of their financial position by consolidating all their current accounts, credit cards and savings accounts. The company also generates insightful market research from anonymised bank statement data.
Steve has also previously led a high-growth PropTech business and was awarded a scholarship to a one-year leadership and entrepreneurship programme in Boston USA for Scotland’s most promising business leaders.

Matt Andrew

Head of Operations, Ekimetrics

Matt has over 9 years of experience building marketing strategies and analysing brand performance within FMCG, Retail, Banking, Travel and Automotive industries, successfully optimising spending to maximise performance and engaging customers in typically ‘low interest’ categories.

At Ekimetrics, Matt leads operations for the UK office, working with clients across the globe and across verticals on Marketing Performance, Operational Excellence, Data Transformation and customised data solutions. These topics include marketing mix modelling (MMM), unified measurement, attribution, customer strategy and CRM excellence, automated personalisation, data governance and training programmes and delivery of media planning, simulation and smart data visualisation tools.

Maximilian Hess

Head of Political Risk Consulting, AKE

Maximilian Hess is the Head of Political Risk Consulting for AKE International and serves as the firm’s Principal Analyst for Europe and Eurasia.
He has worked with firms across the financial services industry, from special situation hedge funds to major re-insurance firms as well as with leading think tanks and NGOs. Max focuses on the relationship between trade, debt, international relations, and foreign policy, as well as the overlap between political and economic networks. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and SOAS, University of London.

Nick Millington

Co-head of Quantitative Equities, Aberdeen Standard Investment

Nick Millington is Co-head of Quantitative Equities on the Quantitative Investments team and is responsible for overseeing a range of active systematic equity strategies. Nick joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017 and joined Aberdeen through the acquisition of SWIP in 2014 where he had been a founding member of the Quantitative Investment Team. He joined SWIP in 2001 as a Quantitative Analyst before progressing to become Head of Portfolio Risk and then Co-Head of Quantitative Equities. Prior to this, he began his career at JP Morgan Investment Management in 1998 working in a number of roles including equity derivatives, FX and cash.

Mauricio Mungio

Latam Desk Director, Santander

Mauricio Munguia joined Santander UK in 2014 as International Director and is now the Latam Desk Director specialist in Latin American markets based in London. He moved from Spain to UK to help develop Santander UK’s International Banking team’s focus on LATAM business opportunities.
Mauricio has over 25 years experience in Global Transactional Banking (GTB), Trade Finance and Financial Institutions management roles. He also has considerable International experience from having lived and worked abroad and his particular focus throughout the last 15 years has been on developing links between Europe (Spain & Great Britain) and Latin American markets.
Prior to joining Santander UK, Mauricio worked in Mexico, New York and Madrid for global banks such as HSBC, BBVA and Monex Financial Group.
Mauricio holds a BA in Business Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana of Mexico City and post-graduate studies from New York University (NYU) and Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).

Valery Bartashevich

Head of UK representative office, EXANTE

Valery has 25 years of diverse professional experience in financial services, banking and capital markets spread across 4 different regions: Eastern Europe, Western Europe/Scandinavia, the Middle East and the UK. Starting his career as FX dealer at a bank, Valery has progressed through a number of asset management and online brokerage assignments splitting his time evenly between sell side and buy side of the industry. Currently, Valery is based in London and is advising EXANTE on market entry to UK including the application for FCA licence. EXANTE is a global multi-asset prime-broker and regulated and licenced in Malta, Cyprus and Hong Kong.

More speakers for the 2019 Edinburgh Finance Conference are to be announced