The organising committee is comprised of 4 academics from the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Raffaella Calabrese

The University of Edinburgh

Raffaella is a Personal Chair of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh Business School and Director of the Fintech PhD programme. She is an academic fellow at the Scottish Parliament to support designing policies for financing small businesses.

Her research and collaborations with industry are focused on developing new analytical techniques for credit risk and the Fintech sector. The former includes scoring models, modelling of loss given default, stress testing, interpretability and affordability.

Raffaella has applied a variety of methods to measure default risk for SMEs and for retail credit in the context of Basel II and III. She is also working on interpretability for machine learning techniques and the use of alternative data (such as social media or mobile data) in the credit risk framework.

She is recently analysing the impact of climate change on credit risk. For Fintech, she has proposed novel solutions to assess risk using Open Banking data such as affordability test and credit scoring.

Raffaella Calabrese

Gbenga Ibikunle

The University of Edinburgh

Gbenga is a Professor and Chair of Finance at the University of Edinburgh. As the Director for Industry, Economy, and Society at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, he leads strategic FinTech and Financial Services initiatives at The University of Edinburgh. He is also the Deputy Scientific Director at the Fondazione European Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre in Pescara, Italy, and a Fellow at the Rozetta Institute (formerly Capital Markets CRC) in Sydney, Australia.

He is an expert on the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness Roster of Experts. He has been a Visiting Professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Porto, and China University of Petroleum, Beijing.

Gbenga holds a MBA (with distinction) and a PhD (in Market Microstructure) from the University of East Anglia. He also held teaching and research positions with the Norwich Business School and the Environmental & Energy Finance Group respectively. He is a graduate of Nigeria's first institution of higher learning, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from The University of Edinburgh.

Gbenga Ibikunle

Tiejun Ma

The University of Edinburgh

Dr Tiejun Ma is a Reader in Business Informatics, theme leader for the Business Informatics, Artificial Intelligence and its Application Institute, University of Edinburgh, and a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

Dr Ma's research focuses on risk analysis and decision-making using quantitative modelling and real-time Big Data analysis techniques applied to fintech and cyber-risk. He employs applied data science and mathematical modelling methodologies in the analysis/forecasts of risks using an interdisciplinary research strategy, via state-of-the-art computing, data, and behavioural analysis.

Taylor Spears

The University of Edinburgh

Taylor Spears is a Chancellor's Fellow in FinTech and Financial Services and serves as the Deputy Director for the MSc in Finance, Technology and Policy at the University of Edinburgh Business School. Taylor's research is situated in the social studies of finance and accounting, and focuses on how institutional, technological, and regulatory developments shape the way financial instruments are evaluated by market practitioners.

He received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh (2014) and an MSc (with Distinction) in Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy from the University of Sussex (2010), which he attended as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar. He received his BSc (summa cum laude) in Economics (major concentration) and Mathematics (minor concentration) from Arizona State University in 2008.

Taylor Spears

Tong Wang

The University of Edinburgh

Tong Wang holds a PhD in Economics and an MSc in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics, as well as an MS in Management from the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. He gained a BSc in Material Physics and a BSc in Management Science from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Tong Wang