Speakers

Speakers

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 £ 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 helps 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, which is 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.

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.

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