Gabriele Columbro General Manager, Linux Foundation Europe & Executive Director, Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS)
Gabriele is an open source executive and technologist at heart. He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it’s for an early-stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm, or a non-profit foundation. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation FINOS from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration. Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation, and advises open source startups. He’s a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur, and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.
Kim Prado CIO, US Capital Markets, I&CB and office of the COO, BMO Capital Markets
Hilary Carter is VP Research at the Linux Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit technology consortium. Here, Hilary recently launched Linux Foundation Research, a division dedicated to creating and sharing decision-useful insights on the subjects that matter in the world of open source technologies and standards which underpin much of the digital infrastructure on which the global economy depends.Previously, Hilary launched and operated the Blockchain Research Institute’s Syndicated Research Program where she managed the BRI’s research team, staff, and the member and partner ecosystem.
Hilary is the author of a number of blockchain-specific research projects. Her titles include Social Media on the Blockchain (2018); Blockchain for Saving Our Seas (2019); and Journey to Blockchain: A non-technologist’s guide to the Internet of value (2019). With Don Tapscott and Jill Rundle she co-authored Networked Hotbeds of Blockchain: Creating Global Hubs for the Internet’s Second Era (2018). Hilary also contributed to Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott’s Blockchain Solutions in Pandemics (2020), and New Directions for Government in the Second Era of the Digital Age (Tapscott, Williams, Sandberg, 2021).
A sought after thought leader, Hilary has been featured by the CBC, Globe and Mail, CTV News, Global News, and other media outlets for her expertise on blockchain and digital transformation. She is a regular speaker at technology industry conferences including Blockchain Revolution Global, Blockchain Live, Hyperledger Member Forum, and United Nations Blockchain for Impact Summit.
Hilary’s career began in financial services with experiences in Corporate Finance, Research and Analysis, and Global Private Banking. Her career pivoted to digital technology where she focused on mobile communications and digital media consulting, working with the C-Suite. Her writing on digital transformation has been featured in the Globe and Mail on topics such as diversity in blockchain, digital leadership, professional online branding, innovation and entrepreneurship, and leadership with disability.
In addition to her role at the Linux Foundation, Hilary serves as an advisor to technology startups including VeriTX, a blockchain-based manufacturing and supply chains solution serving the aerospace and healthcare markets, and LinkSports, a blockchain-based microfinance and sponsorship platform for aspiring athletes. She earned a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and holds both Canadian and Irish citizenship.
Rohan is head of App Foundry and Open Source in Core Engineering at Goldman Sachs, where he is responsible for the API Platform, Developer Environments and Tools, Mobile Platform, and Open Source. He leads the Americas Independent Interviewer Council and is the Engineering advisor for GS Accelerate. Rohan joined Goldman Sachs in 2020 as a managing director.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Rohan worked at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he most recently served as a principal engineer for the databases organization. He led initiatives to deliver services focused on mobile, web and messaging. Rohan was also an “interview bar raiser,” participating in hiring enhancements, and an “operational excellence bar raiser,” improving systems availability at AWS. Prior to AWS, he worked at LPL Financial as a senior software architect responsible for portfolio, account lifecycle, and client-facing systems.
Rohan earned a BS in Computer Science from Baylor University in 2002.
Dr. Angel Diaz joined Discover in 2021, bringing more than 20 years of IT experience with specialization in Research, Development, Architecture, Product Management and Strategy. At IBM, Angel co-founded the Call for Code Global Challenge, and established the company as an open source leader.
Program manage the open source values on behalf of Red Hat in the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS), Banking Infrastructure Architecture Network (BIAN) and OS-Climate.
Colin divides his time between leading the R&D team and providing advisory consultancy to clients. Widely recognized as a thought leader, Colin has a reputation throughout development circles as an expert in mobile technologies. He has also directed the team that developed a Securities Lending System for one of the world’s most instantly recognizable banks. A published author, blogger and tech visionary, Colin still finds time to practice his considerable skills as a 7-ball juggler.
Alan Milligan is the Head of Data and Digital Solutions at ISDA. In his role leading ISDA’s Data and Digital initiatives, Mr. Milligan oversees the Common Data Model (CDM), ISDA Digital Regulatory Reporting (DRR), ISDA Financial Products Markup Language (FpML) and the engineering aspects of ISDA MyLibrary.
Before joining ISDA, Mr. Milligan served in various leadership roles, spanning a thirty-year career in the capital markets and financial services industry. This included roles based in many of the international financial centers of Europe; including London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Frankfurt, and Brussels – with commercial tenures in Hong Kong, New York and Chicago. Firms of note include The London Clearing House (LCH), The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), Euroclear, The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) – as well as many of the tier-1 international global-markets banking firms.
Georgina joined Accenture as a Management Consultant in 1993 and has spent most of her career running large and complex programmes of change. She joined the technology division and worked in a range of different industries before moving into the Financial Services sector in 1997 where she was part of the team who successfully implemented SETS (the London Stock Exchange Electronic Trading System).
Georgina joined HSBC in 2004 (as a consultant) and worked as part of the Global Markets Management Office for 4 years. She joined the Bank as a permanent member of staff in 2006. In July 2009 she became the Global Programme Director, Equity Prime Services leading the build out of this new business for the bank Globally.
In March 2012 she took on the role of Global Head of Business Transformation, Global Banking and Markets leading the transformation of the business and its infrastructure front to back. In October 2015 she moved to take on the role of Head of Transformation, Global HR where she led two pioneering HR flagship programmes, building the HSBC University and leading “True North”, the wholesale transformation of the Bank’s HR function putting the platform into the cloud across 64 countries and 285,000 staff Globally. This was one of the biggest ever undertakings of its type, and certainly the only one ever delivered in the Financial Services industry at this scale.
In September 2019 Georgina went on to lead the Transformation, Digital and Innovation team for the Group’s Private Banking business. The portfolio covered regulation, Business growth and cost reduction initiatives as well as the pivot to digitalisation.
In September 2022 she assumed a new role as Managing Director, Head of FinTech and Digitalisation for the ICMA, leading the development and implementation of the Association’s FinTech and Digitisation strategy, cross-cutting all fixed income market segments where ICMA has a presence. Encompassing all elements of market electronification, automation, standardisation and data management and commercialisation and actively leading the engagement with ICMA’s FinTech Advisory Committee (FinAC).
Georgina holds a BSc Honours degree in Ergonomics and an MSc in Information Technology. She is a fully qualified NED and has held several school Governor and trustee positions.
Adrian joined ISLA in January 2019 as Head of Regulation, Digital & Market Practice group. In this role, he manages the associations work on regulation, technology, and market practices of the EMEA Securities Lending markets.
Adrian has over 30 years of experience in financial services including diverse roles in product development, business analysis, IT development, trading, and operations at BNP Paribas, Barclays and BNY Mellon. Prior to joining ISLA Adrian was head of product development for SFTR at IHS Market.