FinTech Summit Speaker Biographies and Presentations


Name Title Biography

Abhishek AgarwalAbhishek Agarwal

  • Croudify
  • CEO/Founder
Abhishek Agarwal is the founder and CEO of Croudify. At Croudify he is responsible for Product Development, Biz Dev and Model development.  Croudify is a ML & AI based startup that provides intelligence for online lending investments.

Abhishek has nearly 15 years of product and finance experience building his career at Montgomery Securities, Bank of America and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Abhishek was instrumental in building first comprehensive Operational Risk modeling and collection framework at Bank of America. He also played a key role in cleaning up the distressed RMBS portfolio from Countrywide and Merrill Lynch.

Abhishek holds an MBA from The Wharton School and is a CFA charter Holder. He is also a certified Financial Risk Manager and has en engineering degree from IIT.

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Solon AngelSolon Angel
  • MindbridgeAI

  • Growth & Founder
Solon has deep experience in analytics and enterprise software innovation, specifically GRC, CRM and Security markets with startups and global firms alike in Europe, Silicon Valley and Canada. He believes artificial intelligence applications bridged with humans will augment our capacity to process more information and in turn positively change how we work today.

Before founding MindBridge Analytics, Solon was actively involved in helping the startup community through mentoring and sharing his experience on product management. This has been instrumental in the growth of many emerging startups.

Solon holds a Master in Management Science from France,and is a certified PMP. He is the co-founder of a Product Management Association, and the co-founder of two Product Hunt Communities.

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Jan BeranekJan Beranek
  • Beranek Consulting

  • CEO
Jan is the Principal of Beranek Consulting Group, providing SOX, SOC1, SOC2, Internal Audit, BCP/DRP, Quality Control and Risk Management services, and FinTech/Marketplace Lending (P2P) consulting in the USA and China.

Previously, Jan was the Director of Operations Risk Management and Quality Assurance at Lending Club, the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. He implemented a robust Quality Control function in Lending Club’s operations which supported dynamic growth, ensured consistency of internal processes and confirmed compliance with laws and regulations.

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Nadia BrannonNadia Brannon
  • SEC

  • Examiner
Ms. Brannon is with the Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
She focuses on regulatory oversight of investment advisers and investment companies. Prior to SEC, Ms. Brannon held various leadership positions at EY, Deloitte, FTI consulting and LECG.
Ms. Brannon is a recognized expert in the area of forensic data analytics and use of advanced quantitative methods for compliance, fraud detection and prevention.
Martha DreilingMartha Dreiling
  • On Deck Capital Inc.

  • VP, Head of Operations

 Martha Dreiling is the Vice President of Operations at OnDeck. Martha oversees all aspect of operations, including loan origins and servicing, fraud strategy and execution, sales and operations training. She joined the company in 2009 and has held a variety of leadership roles during her tenure focused on building processes and systems for customer service, portfolio management, and loan servicing. She received a bachelor’s degree in disaster management from the American Military University and an MBA from Shenandoah University.
 Matt HatchMatt Hatch
  • EY

  • EY FinTech Leader

 As a partner and the Americas FinTech leader at EY, I have more than 17 years of experience serving clients in the financial services and technology industries. I’m passionate about helping my clients succeed in a rapidly changing technology and financial services environment. I’m committed to uncovering opportunities and empowering our clients as they improve technologies and customer experiences, lower costs, increase scale and manage risk.
Kamal Hubbardkamal-1
  • Cyber Blogger

  • Founder

Kamal is a Certified Fraud Examiner who obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and law degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.  Kamal is also a member of the board of Sustainable San Mateo County.

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Michael Janiga


  •  Bank of the West
  • Fraud Prevention Officer
 Michael Janiga joined the Bank of the West in May 2014 after retiring from a 27 year federal law enforcement career where he led teams of special agents and analysts to detect and investigate violations of criminal laws.  At the Bank, he has managed the enterprise business continuity program with a team of professionals providing subject matter expertise for corporate emergency response, crisis management, risk mitigation, business continuity planning, and IT disaster recovery and most recently he assumed a senior leadership role as the enterprise Fraud Prevention Officer.
Mayank JohriMayank Johri
  • First Republic Bank

  • VP Data Analytics

 Managing FRB’s data scientist team to oversee compliance and regulatory analytics at First Republic Bank. My team combines regulatory subject expertise with advanced statistics and technology to design and develop technical, business intelligence and statistical modeling solutions. My team maintains and documents quantitative analysis and metrics required both by internal audit and regulators. In addition, my team maintains and manages cross functional relationships with key stakeholders across the organization.
Eric KinneyEric Kinney
  • Lending Club

  • Head of Enterprise Fraud, Senior Director

Eric has eighteen years of financial services experience in Fraud, Risk Operations, non traditional investments, compliance and Investigations. Responsibilities include creation of policy, procedure, execution plan and mitigation of high risk and suspicious activity.
 Steve KirschSteve Kirsch
  • Token Inc.

  • CEO

 Steve Kirsch is a serial entrepreneur, now on his 7th company. Steve invented the optical mouse, pioneered desktop publishing (FrameMaker), Internet search (Infoseek) and in more recent history he is widely known as a security and identity expert. Steve has had over $2 billion in exits from his previous companies, solidifying his legacy as a successful Silicon Valley leader.
 Julia Baron KniescheJulia Baron Kniesche
  •  EY
  • Senior Manager
 Julia Baron Kniesche is a manager in the Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) practice. She brings more than 10 years of professional experience advising clients on complex issues related to financial, economic, and accounting matters. She has served large corporations, special committees, law firms, and governmental entities in conducting forensic accounting investigations, risk assessments, and advising on dispute matters.
 Tim LiTim Li
  • Kuber Inc.

  • CEO

 Timothy Li is an FinTech and InsureTech entrepreneur. He’s the Founder and CEO of Kuber Inc., (Social Credit Card), (Peer to Peer Insurance) and (Loan Originations and Management Platform).He has help c-level and board positions at Quicken, Realty Mogul, Kabbage, Loan Depot, Solar Mosaic, Think Finance and JPMorgan Chase. Timothy holds various business and engineering degrees from Harvard Business School, University of Southern California and San Jose State University.

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 Steve MorangSteve Morang

  • President

Steve is a Senior Manager in our Advisory Department and has over 20 years of auditing, consulting and management experience working with companies in the United States and Europe. He leads our Advisory Fraud & Forensics Practice and as a result oversees all of Frank, Rimerman + Co.’s Fraud Investigations and Fraud Risk Assessment projects. Steve graduated from Webster University and received his M.B.A. in Finance. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and holds the Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
 Malcolm PalmoreMalcolm Palmore
  • FBI

  • ASAC Cyber Branch

 Leadership and direct program management responsibility for regional (Bay Area) Cyber Security Teams, comprised of well over 60 personnel, engaged in conducting computer network intrusion investigations and digital forensics examinations. Develop and implement regional strategy combating computer network exploitation activities of domestic and international threat actors. In addition to day-to-day operations (both Criminal and National Security Matters), provide direct management of regional computer forensics laboratory conducting hundreds of examinations annually of digital evidence for use in federal and state prosecutions. Exercise employee development, resource planning, financial oversight and operational responsibility for all assets.
 Sankaet PathakSankaet Pathak

  • CEO/Founder

Necessity breeds ingenuity. As a student at the University of Memphis and a recent immigrant to the USA, Sankaet Pathak needed to open a bank account. He was surprised to learn that wasn’t an easy task. Even an online financial technology platform that considered itself a “simple” banking alternative was unable to open an account for him on the grounds of insufficient data/credit history.

Sankaet, completed a Master’s in computer engineering at the University of Memphis, where he previously majored in computer engineering, physics and mathematics. A scientist at heart, much of Pathak’s academic work was focused on physics and research related to the solar corona.

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Miles RipleyMiles Ripley
  • EY

  • Partner

 Miles is a Partner/Principal in EY’s Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services practice. He has more than 15 years of forensic accounting investigation and compliance experience, specializing in fraud, bribery and corruption, integrity diligence and asset recovery investigations. Miles has conducted investigations around the globe during criminal and insolvency proceedings. In addition, Miles has significant experience in assisting clients with the design, implementation and monitoring of anti-fraud and anti-corruption compliance programs, including conducting integrity diligence, risk assessments and anti-corruption monitoring.
 Lauren RussellLauren Russel
  • AAA of Northern California

  • Fraud Investigations Manager

Lauren is an e-commerce and fintech fraud manager with 10 years of experience in luxury goods and fintech startups. I have experience working with high dollar amount designer goods and fine jewelry, as well as cloud based financial services platforms. My goals have been to lower high fraud rates, reduce chargebacks, develop strategies to prevent fraud, as well as to create fraud business processes. I am a pro at reducing chargebacks, and have worked using Chasepaymentech, American Express, Merchant e-Solutions, ClientLine, Secure Trading, and PayPal.
 Ron SuberRon Suber
  • Prosper Marketplace

  • President

As President of Prosper Marketplace, Ron is responsible for developing and executing the business development strategy to attract borrowers to the site, as well as ensure a balance between institutional and retail investors on the Prosper platform. He brings more than 20 years experience in sales, marketing and business development across the hedge fund, broker dealer and registered investment advisor industries.

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 Ben WagnerBen Wagner
  • Gibson,Dunn & Crutcher

  • Partner

Benjamin Wagner’s practice focuses on government investigations, criminal white collar defense and civil litigation. He has extensive experience in a broad range of white collar matters, including those involving the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act, the False Claims Act, mortgage fraud, securities and investment fraud, health care fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, and government contracting fraud. He has significant experience working in a number of industries, including technology, financial services, government services, defense, health care, and agriculture. He also has experience handling cross-border cases.

Appointed by President Obama, Mr. Wagner served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California from November 2009 through April 2016. In that position, he oversaw a team of 90 attorneys and handled many high-profile criminal and civil matters. During his tenure, he served for three years on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee, where he worked with DOJ leadership on developing national law enforcement policy. He also served as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee.