New Opportunities in the World of Fintech

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022

12:30pm (BST)

: This event will take place virtually via Zoom
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Hosted by Dr Malvina Marchese, Academic Director of the Finance Cluster degrees at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), this event will focus on and explore new opportunities within fintech. The programme will feature talks by Dr Ruth Wandhöfer (Finance, 2019), Visiting Professor at the London Institute of Banking & Finance, and by Dr Nicole Lux, COO FinCoop.

The talks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Ian Marsh, Professor of Finance; Module Leader – International Finance.

This event will give participants an excellent opportunity to engage in thought-provoking conversation about the financial industry with fellow alumni, academics and students and learn about the latest news from Bayes Business School. 


12:30 - 12:35     Welcome by Dr Malvina Marchese

12:35 - 12:50     Keynote Presentation (Navigating the Fintech Ecosystem) 

12:50 - 13:05     Keynote Presentation (New Fintech Professions in the Finance Industry)
13:05 – 13:15    Q&A

13:15 - 13:40     ‘From Bayes to Career Success’  Panel discussion and Q&A (moderated by Professor Ian Marsh
13:40 - 13:45     Final remarks and event closure 

Registration for this event is now closed.

Speaker Profiles


Dr Malvina Marchese is a
lecturer in Finance at the Faculty of Finance and the Academic Director of the Finance Cluster degrees at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London since August 2019. Before joining Bayes Business School, she lead the Risk Management Team of Shell Oil, Italy. Malvina holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics and a Ph.D. Econometrics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

She has extensive industry experience in quantitative risk management , having held full time and consultancy positions since 2008 in the industry. She is currently research advisor to Maersk Brokers in shipping econometrics and to CBRE Investment in real estate forecasting . Her research interest include econometrics of commodity markets , multivariate fractionally integrated GARCH models, long memory in realized volatility, forecasting measures and quantile panel regressions models.

Dr Nicole Lux is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Director at the Faculty of Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). She was previously a Vice President at Deutsche Bank where she worked in loan restructuring and workout. Nicole started her career at MSCI constructing real estate indices and portfolio analysis. From there she joined Moody’s Investor Service as a rating analyst, where she developed new rating methodologies for CMBS, real estate and fixed income funds. Afterwards she worked in a number of investment and commercial banks such as Citigroup and Danske Bank in real estate loan origination. She was responsible for deal origination and execution for commercial mortgage loans of £20 – 500m across Europe.

In 2016, Nicole took over the De Montfort Commercial Real Estate Lending project to increase transparency in commercial mortgage markets for regulators and investors. The project continues under Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) under the Commercial Real Estate Lending Report.


Dr Ruth Wandhöfer (Finance, 2019) is an independent non-executive director on the boards of Permanent TSB and Digital Identity Net as well as a Partner at Gauss Ventures – a VC firm focused on early stage FinTech investment. 

Ruth is also a Strategic Adviser of the European Third Party Provider Association (ETPPA) as well as Adviser of Until recently she served as independent non-executive director on the Boards of the London Stock Exchange Group and Pendo Systems Inc and as Senior Adviser to KPMG. She also occasionally lectures at Queen Mary School of Law, London, and is a Visiting Professor at The London Institute of Banking & Finance. 


Professor Ian Marsh has worked in the City of London as an international banker and financial market economist, for the IMF and the Bank of England, and in academia. He has been at Bayes since 1998, during which time he has directed the suite of undergraduate finance degrees, the flagship MSc in Finance, and the Finance PhD program and was the Head of Faculty until May 2022. His research interests centre on the foreign exchange market and asset pricing.  He has published in leading finance journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.


Professor Vali Asimit is a Professor in Actuarial Analytics since 2019 and joined Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) in January 2011 as a Lecturer in Actuarial Science.  Previously, he had been a Lecturer in Actuarial Science at the University of Manchester for two years.  Vali had studied Information Technology at the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania. He has an MSc and PhD in Statistics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. 

Vali is the Founding Course Director of the MSc in Business Analytics and has been leading the Business Analytics Industry Partnership Programme since 2018;  some of the industry partners are Bank of England, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK, Rolls-Royce, UK Government Actuary’s Department, UK National Health Service, and Vodafone UK.

Dr Martin Rich initially worked in the information systems sector as a consultant and project manager, before joining the Business School as a lecturer. During his career at the Business School his work has focused on applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to management education.

His teaching at the Business School has spanned undergraduate, specialist masters, and MBA students. He has always regarded pedagogic scholarship as part of the development of teaching materials and has sought to ensure that my teaching approach is always grounded in appropriate pedagogic literature. His approach recognises the importance of combining innovative and interactive methods of education with more traditional and formal methods.

He has published around pedagogy in management education, and the implications for management education of changes in technology and in the business environment and is a frequent contributor to conferences and an active member of communities of scholars working in this field.


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