Capco, Capgemini and Protiviti partner Money20/20 Europe

30 May 2018 4 min. read

Europe’s largest FinTech event will be hosted in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam next week. The Money20/20 event will look to bring top visionaries and innovators together from the FinTech and financial services sector to connect and build for the economics of tomorrow.

On Monday the 4th of June Money20/20 lands in its new home – the RAI exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam – as the conference once more focuses the eyes of the financial world on Europe. With many financial services sector leaders currently weighing up their post-Brexit options, the event comes at a pivotal moment in the history of business within the European Union – something which the strength and breadth of guests and experts will help address with an abundance of avenues.

From industry institutions to up-and-coming innovators, a plethora of businesses of all shapes and sizes will come together to explore unique regional insight and trailblazing enterprise, showing entrepreneurs how to seize on opportunities even among challenging economic and geo-political environments. Over 400 influential innovators and thinkers from around the globe will be taking to the stage in Amsterdam to provide unique insights into the trends shaping financial services in the year ahead, including payments providers, banks, governmental bodies, multinational firms and global retailers. The diverse number of speakers include ING CEO Ralph Hamers, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and actor Antonio Banderas, among many others.

Amsterdam hosting 2018 edition of Money20/20 Europe

This year the event will be supported by a trio of sponsors from the consulting industry. One of these sponsors is global consulting firm Protiviti. The consultancy recently launched ‘Protiviti Digital’, the firm’s response to increasing demand from clients for digital expertise and support – a key demand in the financial sector as companies bid to fend off new digitalised and agile competitors by leveraging innovations of their own, or by collaborating with other FinTechs to do so.

The Capital Markets Company – another of the sponsors – which is now referred to as Capco, was founded in Belgium in 1998 by entrepreneur Rob Heyvaert, opening offices in Antwerp, London, New York, and Frankfurt, before expanding into Paris the following year. Unlike the Big Four professional services firms, Capco – which returned to independence last year – caters exclusively to the financial services industry, positioning it well as an authority on the sector. 

A second sponsor of the event is IT consultancy Capgemini. Recently the firm entered into a new partnership with global financial services non-profit Efma to align clients with the FinTechs most suited to their needs. With a growing number of FinTech players offering services to traditional financial players, there is an increasing appetite for services helping corporates find the right platform for them, which Capgemini demonstrated an awareness of with this move in particular. All three firms will have a booth presence at the conference, while Capco and Capgemini will both also supply speakers.

Elias Ghanem will be speaking on behalf of Capgemini at the event. The consultancy’s Vice President in FinTech is a payments expert and senior advisor, who has amassed more than 20 years of industry experience at Visa and PayPal with roles spanning from APAC Head of Visa Consulting to PayPal regional MD in South East Asia & India and MENA. Since 2013, he has become a serial FinTech entrepreneur, having advised a dozen high-growth and disruptive payment startups in Washington, Singapore, Barcelona, Beirut and Dubai.

Meanwhile, Ian Hooper, a Partner at Capco in the firm’s UK Banking & Payments practice, presently leads projects regarding data, payments, card processing, card acquiring and digital identity. Hooper commenced his career during the dotcom era at HSBC, making him thoroughly experienced when it comes to adapting to technological changes in the financial sector, as well as being familiar with the peaks and troughs that unpredictable innovation-based markets can experience. Prior to joining Capco, he also held senior roles at Capgemini and Accenture working with tier-one banks across the UK, US and Asia Pacific.