UCL Institute of Finance and Technology


News and events


October 2021 - Budha Bhattacharya's article 'How financial institutions are trying to make sense of ESG data' was published in Investment Week. Budha was also published in London News Today with an article titled 'Understand ESG data'.

August 2021 - Budha Bhattacharya spoke with the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerece in a webinar on ESG data.

January 2021 - Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff, IFT Industrial Professor and Chief Investment Officer with BlackRock, was interviewed by Bloomberg for the following piece.
BlackRock Quant Says She Learned Resilience Working with Refugees

February 2021 - IFT graduate Chloe Salehnejad was named as runner-up for the 2020 WCIB Lombard Prize. Congratulations Chloe!

Institute of Finance and Technology Launch

Financial institutions, governments and the private sector are turning to innovative financial mechanisms that leverage both social and environmental impacts, plus financial returns, in order to foster sustainability and resilience in complex systems. The UCL Institute of Finance and Technology (IFT) has been founded to explore challenges, unlock financial opportunities, possibilities and practices that will achieve prosperity for more people.The IFT seeks to shift the way we think about 21st century finance. 

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Past Events

Digital Finance Series

Banking and Digital Finance Seminar Series 2021


03/03  The intersection of ESG and technology
Panelists: Cathrine De Coninck-Lopez (Global Head of ESG Invesco) and Peyman Mestchian (Chairman of the Advisory Board for AI Forum and Quantexa, Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management). The panel will be moderated by Georgina Taylor (Fund Manager at Invesco)

03/02  Farewill: "the simpler way to deal with death" through technology
Dan Garrett          Founder and CEO, Farewill

20/01  Insurtech: flipping the insurance trade
Tobias Taupitz      Founder and CEO, Laka Insurance


09/12  A disruptive technology to innnovate debt capital markets
Torsten Elling    Founder and CEO, Newtrex

25/11  A high impact tech solution for financial and wellbeing benefits for all
Stella Smith    Founder and CEO, Pirkx

11/11  RegTech, a growing industry. Taina a scaled example of a disrupter
Maria Scott    Founder and CEO, Taina Technology
Sally Dewar    CEO, Allen & Overy Consulting

28/10  Venture building disruptive platforms
Dan Cobley    Managing partner at BCI Ventures

30/04  Disruptive Trends in Technology Start-ups
Inti Paolucci    Founder and Managing Partner, GapMinde

21/04  Tech Disruption of the Traditional Investment Banking Model for Capital Markets
Torsten Elling    CEO, Newtrex;
Alicia Reyes    Senior Banker, Wells Fargo

26/03  The Future of Financial Services
Anton Ruddenklau    Head of Digital & Innovation in Financial Services, KPMG

17/03  Venture Building - Supporting the Launch and Growth of FinTech Enterprises
Dan Cobley    Managing Partner - FinTech, Blenheim Chalcot

27/02  AI in Investment Management
Yasin Rosowsky    Co-CEO, Arabesque

18/02  AI and Machine Learning Applied to Anti-Money Laundering
Vishal Marria    Founder and CEO, Quantexa

06/02  Digital Disruptions - Capital Market Trends
Rohit Singh    Director - Head of Innovation and Digital Disruption, KPMG UK

21/01  Key Disruptor for Lending to Small and Medium Sized Businesses
Rob Straathof    Founder/CEO, Liberis


11/12 Digitising Global Trade with TradeLens and Blockchain
Stewart Jeacocke Associate Partner, IBM

10/12 Impact Investing: Current state and growth prospects
Jeremy Rogers CIO, Big Society Capital

26/11 The FX Market and the LIBOR Case Study
Budha Bhattacharya Researcher, UCL IFT

19/11 Blockchain in Financial Services: Application, Adoption, Reality and Myth - Cases from the real world
Ajit Tripathi Partner FinTech, ConsenSys

12/11 Payment Systems and Alternative New Platforms
Myles Stephenson CEO, Modulr

29/10 Credit FinTech
Asesh Sarkar Co-founder and CEO, Salary Finance;
Stuart Bungay Co-founder and CEO of Tully

16/10 FinTech: Investing in the Future?
Makoto Goda CEO, Nippon Biodiesel Fuel

15/10 Machine Learning, Investments and Risk
Richard Saldanha MD, Oxquant Consulting

UCL Institute of Finance and Technology


7th February 2019

UCL Institute of Finance and Technology, a partner of the CLIC EU Horizon 2020 project organized a symposium on cultural heritage and finance.

"The characteristics of cultural heritage and landscape pose significant challenges for its governance. The sites recognized as cultural heritage are increasing; the costs for functional reuse are growing, while public resources available are becoming scarcer. The consequence is that there is a growing risk that the decay of heritage will increase because of lack of financial support. Cultural heritage is a non-renewable capital and it is linked to the economy because economics refers to the management of scarce and non-renewable resources; for these reasons, heritage conservation is also an economic choice."