Richard Peers is Microsoft’s EMEA Banking Industry Director working with their largest clients and Fintech innovators. He has spent the last 19 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last five years deeply engaged with clients, Fintechs and partners in Financial Services. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Digital Banking”.
In 2016 he contributed a chapter to the “Fintech Book” on the API economy and the impact of PSD2 and Fintech’s on Banking. He created and chaired the Microsoft Digital transformation in FSI event at Level 39, which was instrumental in helping leading banks adopt the cloud.In Feb 2015 he created the API economy event in Level39 and commissioned the “Embracing the API Economy” whitepaper. Two banks mBank and Barclays discussed their approach to this area. In Nov 2014 he created and chaired the Digital Banking Summit which examined three different models to becoming a Digital Bank.
In 2013 he created the Digital Wallet Foundry which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together. DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative. Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor via social media on topics such as: Transformation; Innovation, Technology and the environment. He is a member of the panel selecting the Fintech50 2016. As a member of Level39, London’s premier Fintech community he advises a number of start-ups in the banking space.