Finserv Experts consultants regularly speak at conferences and workshops around the world, from local community meetups to major global summits like the G20.

Recent appearances include…


Alternative AI & Blockchain for Professional Services, 4 December 2018, London, UK

The event hosted a keynote Oxford debate on whether blockchain would prove transformational for professional services.  Areiel delivered the argument in favor of the assertion.



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The Insurance Network, London Market Claims, 10 October 2018, London, UK

Areiel took part in a panel that explored the application of emerging technologies towards transforming the claims experience in the London Market.



IPExpo Europe, AI Track, 3 October 2018, London, UK

Areiel delivered a talk at the UK’s leading generalist IT conference, entitled “How AI is driving financial inclusion and job creation around the world”.



Industry Winners, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain, London,UK

Areiel took part in a roundtable discussion at the House of Commons with lawmakers and other industry leaders on the future direction of blockchain and who is most likely to succeed in a DLT-enabled world.

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Devonshire House Director’s Forum, 17 April 2018, London, UK

Areiel led a Devonshire-House sponsored forum for corporate directors on the London Market’s vision for a decentralized operating model, as set out in their recently published white paper (of which Areiel was one of the authors)


London Blockchain Insurance Meetup, 3 April 2018, London, UK

Areiel was the keynote speaker for this session, and led a discussion about the white paper recently published by the London Market Target Operating Model (LMTOM) that outlines a vision for a new, decentralized business model.

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Alternative Accountancy Strategic IT, 20 March 2018, Oxford, UK

Areiel addressed the conference on the impact of blockchain and distributed ledger technology on accountancy as a profession.


Cryptocurrency Workshop, 24 November 2017, Weston-super-Mare, UK

Areiel delivered a workshop for business owners interested in cryptocurrency for both commerce and investment

ICAEW logoBlockchain and the Future of Accountancy, Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, 20 October 2017, London, UK

In conjunction with the publication of their position paper on Blockchain, the ICAEW convened a panel of experts to advise on next steps, and Areiel was invited to be a part of this panel.

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The Future Professional, Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, 17 November 2017, London, UK

Areiel presented one of the main sessions for the conference, entitled “Blockchain – What You Need to Know”. It focused on the relevance of blockchain and cryptocurrency to the audit profession, and how their advent will change the nature of accounting practice.

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Financial Reporting Council nnovation Summit, 11 July 2017, London, UK.

Finserv Experts delivered a talk on the impact that blockchain and machine learning will have on how assurance is performed in auditing, financial reporting, and regulation, and sat on a panel to evaluate the conference’s ideas for innovation in financial reporting.

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Demystifying Blockchain, 28 June 2017, London, UK

Areiel delivered a talk on the skills and capabilities auditors will need in a post-blockchain future.

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North Somerset Council, UK

North Somerset Digital Showcase, 18 May 2017, Weston-super-Mare, UK

Areiel served as lead judge for a panel of experts who evaluated digital solutions designed and built by UCW students for local business owners.

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University Centre Weston, UK

E4U Entrepreneuership Challenge, 16 April 2017. Weston-super-Mare, UK.

Areiel served as lead judge for Dragon’s Den style competition, selecting the best business plans put forward by groups of high school students

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Blockchain in the Real World, 22 March 2017, Milton, Keynes, UK

Areiel served as the keynote speaker at a blockchain-focused meetup in Milton Keynes, hosted by Triad Consulting

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Blockchain for Social Good, 10 December 2016, London, UK

Inaugual speaker for Russam’s Blockheads Breakfast series.

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High-level Roundtable on accelerating SME Finance in Italy, 30 June 2016, Milan, Italy.

Areiel spoke at a WEF-sponsored rountable, on how machine learning and blockchain could be used as the basis for business growth and formation.

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Indonesia Telecoms, Technology, and E-Commerce, Conference 14 March 2016,

Areiel represented IBM at a panel on digital innovation, and demonstrated how cognitive banking solutions were being deployed to achieve huge increases in loan origination placements while at the same time producing dramatic reductions in non-performing loans.

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Central Bank of Jordan

High-level Conference on Financial Inclusion and Employment in the Arab World, 9 November 2015, Amman, Jordan

Areiel spoke on the potential of machine learning to enable greater financial inclusion in Arab countries.

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International Forum for Financial Inclusion

International Forum for China Financial Inclusion, 19 September 2015, Beijing, China. Areiel spoke on the adaptability of machine learning algorithms to solve different use cases in financial inclusion.

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G20, SME Finance Workshop, 1 June 2015.  Izmir, Turkey.  

Areiel addressed the G20 on how machine learning had enabled a rapid expansion of available capital to small business holders in Kenya.

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CIO East Africa Summit, 25 March 2015.  Nairobi, Kenya.

Areiel spoke on the evolving role of the CIO in Africa.