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techElevateUK’s | Fintech Rise: Metaverse Payment and Crypto

September 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Metaverse has been a buzz word that not many people can shake off. It has become a part of our furniture and our everyday lives in our real universe. According to the Onyx team at JP Morgan “the elements of a new digital age are converging at scale. The metaverse is the driving force bringing these elements together in a unified, immersive experience”

The metaverse is expected to be all things physical and digital – where humans live, work, play, relax, transact, socialise, and even bank. A phenomenon driven by the emergence of Web3 which has received significant attention in the last year or so from investors and industry titans and especially consumers.

There’s no better time to start building that immersive community, now is the right time to “express yourselves in more authentic ways” stated the report.

Our Metaverse universe event would explore the metaverse evolution, the opportunities, the ownership status and why it is the right time Fintech and banks can position to commercialise the reality from the hype. Our speaker would deep dive to unearth the mysteries of metaverse and expose the hype to lay bare the verse reality of true opportunities that this present. So join us for a wonderful night of discussions & networking!


Event Topics:

1. Blockchain & Fintech Jobs Opportunities

2. The future of Digital Payments

3. Navigating Crypto Regulation

4. Opportunities in the Metaverse – what is the future?



Gideon Hurwitz – Portfolio Segment Lead: Innovation & Ventures at Fujitsu

An experienced Moderator, Gideon is a former Fintech Manager at Accenture who’s currently the Portfolio Segment Lead: Innovation & Ventures at Fujitsu.


Neil Harris – Group CEO at Pannovate

Neil was recently the Group Chief Commercial Officer at Global Processing Services GPS and Founder of b.yond Finance – a BaaS ‘Banking as a Service’ company.

Adam Bialy – Founder & CEO at Fiat Republic

Adam is the Founder and CEO at Fiat Republic, a Web2.5 company that is bridging banks and crypto. A Fintech thought leader and innovator with 15+ years of experience in the sector. He is Ex-Sainsbury’s Head of Payments, ex-CPO of OpenPayd and held Senior product roles at Raiffeisen Bank, Ukash (acquired by Paysafe), HyperJar and Onvi. Adam also hosts a super cool podcast; Crypto Legends.

Caroline Hughes – CEO at Lifetise

Caroline is the Co-founder and CEO of Lifetise, a metaverse fintech platform that is delivering an exciting future of commerce for the universe. One of the most successful company in the Web3 era.

Caner Sevinc – Regulatory Counsel at Wirex

Caner Sevinc is the Regulatory Counsel of Wirex and is responsible for Wirex’s global regulatory affairs, including compliance with the regulations and licensing requirements. Before joining Wirex, he was acting as lead legal counsel and company secretary for an FCA-regulated EMI, and he was advising start-ups on their regulatory compliance. He has advised banks, insurance companies, electronic money institutions, payments institutions, and virtual asset providers on various regulatory and commercial matters during his legal career, combining roles at top-tier law firms and in-house positions.

Mauricio Magaldi – Global Strategy Director, Crypto at 11:FS

Mauricio is popularly known as the London based crypto connoisseur and a Blockchain expert thought leader guiding global clients at 11:FS into the world of Web3, helping them onboard the next billion people into the crypto economy. We call him crypto master because of his moustache and long beards which look very much like a Kungfu master. Magaldi is the author of a popular report “How Web3 is Changing The Future of Finance”

Professor Lisa Short – Founder, Arete Business Performance

Professor Lisa Short is internationally recognised as one of the top 100 thought leaders in the world for innovation and entrepreneurship advancing deployment of blockchain, AI, IOT and frontier technology. Lisa is a preeminent innovator with vast global experience, including inventing several Patents, as well as founding and managing multiple cross-jurisdictional companies with significant cutting-edge digital technology for trust and value chain improvement projects, across different segments, and global markets including UK, APAC, Africa, Singapore, Europe, and UAE. Challenging the state of play and disrupting the norm whilst pragmatically embracing the opportunities of the rapidly advancing potential of frontier technology like blockchain, the metaverse, AI and IoT ensure Lisa stays at the forefront of pioneering effective positive change, digital trust, and transformation.

Sid Madavapeddi – Founder & CEO at

Sid is the founder and CEO of He has over 20 years of experience in the areas of Transaction Banking and Management Consulting with various banks and large corporations. Sid worked in his recent role with a Large Global Bank based in London as Head of Innovative offerings in Payments and Identity solutions. He worked with various banks in the UK, US, Middle East and India supporting payments solutions for business and retail customers. Sid launched BenePay with the aim of helping businesses and banks to manage their Payments data, and simplify entire payments execution globally. Sid was also the co-founder of a digital health and well-being start-up, which still has operations in India. Sid holds MBA in Finance and Strategy, and lives in the UK.

Huy Nguyen Trieu – Co-founder at CFTE

Huy is the Co-founder of one of the fastest growing knowledge platform in Fintech transformation. He’s a Venture Partner at Insurtech Fund, Founding Partner of the largest Fintech accelerator in Asia. Huy was previous MD at Citi and Associate fellow at Oxford University.



September 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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