Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Itay Goldstein

Itay Goldstein is the Joel S. Ehrenkranz Family Professor and a Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the faculty of the Wharton School since 2004. He serves as the coordinator of the Ph.D. program in Finance and holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Economics. Professor Goldstein earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2001 from Tel Aviv University. He is an expert in the areas of corporate finance, financial institutions, and financial markets, focusing on financial fragility and crises and on the feedback effects between firms and financial markets.

His research has been published in top academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Review of Financial Studies. His research has also been featured in the popular press in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, National Public Radio, and others. Professor Goldstein is the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies since 2018. Before that, he served there as an editor for five years. He also served as an editor of the Finance Department in Management Science and an editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation. Professor Goldstein is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as an academic advisor in various policy institutions, including the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Philadelphia, and Richmond, the Bank of Canada, the Bank for International Settlements, and the Committee for Capital Markets Regulation. He was the co-founder and the first president of the Finance Theory Group and served as a director of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He is a frequent speaker in academic and policy forums around the world, and acted as keynote speaker in leading academic conferences. He has taught various undergraduate, M.B.A., Ph.D., and executive education courses in finance and economics. Prior to joining Wharton, Professor Goldstein has served on the faculty of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He had also worked in the research department of the bank of Israel.

Industry Panel Speakers

Founder and Managing Partner, FinTech Ventures Fund

Sergei Kouzmine is the founder and managing partner of FinTech Ventures Fund. Sergei is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, and venture capitalist, who has founded over 10 companies in the banking, retail, and entertainment industries. Under Sergei’s leadership as CEO, one company that he led in Europe grew from $40 million to $1.3 billion in revenues, within 4 years. Prior to founding Fintech Ventures, Sergei was the founder and managing partner of qWave Capital, the first venture capital fund focused exclusively on emerging quantum computing technologies. Sergei received an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, an MS in physics from Novosibirsk State University, and a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Russia.

Partner, Troutman Pepper

James Stevens provides corporate and regulatory advice on behalf of Troutman Pepper. He has substantial experience in the representation of public and private companies, including banks, neobanks, marketplace lenders, payments companies, crypto and DeFi companies, and other fintech and financial services providers in connection with formation, licensing, sponsorship and program agreements, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing transactions, joint ventures, and regulatory reporting and compliance. James often serves as the principal outside counsel for his clients. He has written numerous articles, speeches, and media commentaries on financial services, including banking and FinTech. He has served on many boards and committees of financial companies and banking associations. His achievement has been recognized by various honors, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2021 Leaders in Corporate Citizenship and Best Lawyers in America.

Head of Strategic Partnerships, FIS

Oliver Burns leads Strategic Partnerships at FIS where he is responsible for the company’s relationships and roadmaps with both established and emerging Pay, Bank, & Invest partners around the world. Oliver’s organization develops joint business, innovation, product and GTM collaboration plans with FIS’s high potential and high value partners across accelerator/venture, emerging fintech, big tech, enterprise, money movement and ESG domains. Oliver also enjoys supporting mentor programs through FIS Rising Professionals, ETA Young Professionals, and SHE-CAN. With more than 25 years in banking, financial services and fintech, Oliver has also held senior-level financial, commercial and corporate development leadership roles at Elavon, First Horizon, Visa and TSYS with a focus on payments and financial technology, platforms and services.

Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dennis P. Lockhart served as the fourteenth president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta between March 1, 2007 and February 28, 2017. During Lockhart’s tenure, the Federal Reserve faced some of the most traumatic economic events since the Great Depression of the 1930s, including the financial crisis and Great Recession. Under Lockhart’s stewardship, the Atlanta Fed has won several awards, including one of America’s Top Workplaces by Workplace Dynamics in 2013. Lockhart has a long career in financial services has served leadership positions at Citigroup, Heller Financial, Zephyr Management LP and on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Lockhart served as a member of the boards of directors of several companies, including CapitalSource Inc., Tri-Valley Corp., and Greenfield Holdings Credit Ltd. Currently, Lockhart serves on many organizations, including on the board of directors of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and St. Joseph’s Health System, and the board of trustees of Agnes Scott College.