MWC21 Barcelona – Virtual Specialist Networking Workshops

MWC21 Barcelona – Virtual Specialist Networking Workshops

Start: Monday 28 June 2021

End: Thursday 1 July 2021

Venue: Online

Agenda Buy your pass About MWC21 Barcelona

New to MWC Barcelona is our ‘Specialist Networking Workshops’ which will be an expert content-led networking activity, designed to promote interaction in the virtual setting with other attendees focusing on the latest challenges within identity. To access our workshops, you will need to register for an iLeader’s or VIP Pass. 

Financial Services Workshops

Join our workshops throughout the week, as we showcase case studies, discuss challenges and future opportunities within the financial services vertical, brought to you by leading industry experts within the mobile ecosystem.

Our one-hour workshop sessions will be hosted by Brian Gorman, Financial Services Vertical Lead, GSMA and consist of:

  • 40 mins: Expert presentation and interactive Q&A
  • 20 mins: Networking

FinTech Theme Sponsor

Identity Fraud

15:00-16:00 CET | Monday 28 June | My MWC Online

82% of businesses confirm they experience problems with fake users (The Fraud Report). In conjunction with Telesign a global leader in security and trust solutions to prevent fraud, know your customer and engage with customers, we will explore the latest trends in identity fraud and the challenges this is creating for banks and e-commerce in onboarding and managing customer journeys. Click here to view more details.


Tom Wesselman

CTO and Head of Product , TeleSign

Tom Wesselman

Accomplished leader with over 25 years of proven track record of product delivery and business results. Unique ability to take a company in new, innovative, and sometimes disruptive directions while recognizing and building upon the valuable assets of existing customers and profitable businesses. Champion of inspiring people and building global high-performance teams. Prior to TeleSign, Tom has built several success stories on SaaS and Communications at Cisco and Poly.

Stronger Together: How Working with Fintechs Benefits All

15:00-16:00 CET | Tuesday 29 June | My MWC Online

In conjunction with Citi, our session will explore how the eco-system can enhance collaboration for mutual benefit. Identifying the perspectives of each constituent (incumbent, fintech, consumer etc) and reviewing key considerations including onboarding, state of readiness, technology, culture, regulatory/govt support, we will explore how harnessing the power of fintech can create value for all.


Jason Engelbrecht

Head of Citi Innovation Labs, Citi

Jason Engelbrecht

Jason is the Head of Citi Innovation Labs, London. With a background in digital product development and digital transformation, his passion is helping businesses break into new markets through the better use of data and applied research. He has over 20 years’ experience building digital products and services for the banking, insurance, scientific, energy, and legal sectors. Having led AI and analytics product teams within Bloomberg and Refinitiv and being a hands-on techie and data scientist, he understands the value of information and enjoys leading applied research teams.

Jason has extensive experience partnering with financial institutions and clients to create new business models and partnership strategies.

Jason is also serves as a Trustee at the Institute of Business Ethics where he promotes the ethical use of AI in decision making processes.

Ornit Shinar

Global Head of External Innovation – Citi Innovation Labs & Head of Venture Investing, Citi Israel

Ornit Shinar

Ornit joined Citi Venture in March 2017 to lead its venture investment activities in Israel. Her focus of interest includes data FinTech and Enterprise. As part of her role she also manages Citi’s Global Innovation Labs external Innovation and Citi’s Accelerator. Ornit is on the advisory board of Copenhagen Fintech, Biocatch, Contguard, Silverfort and a board member in Access Fintech.

Prior to this role, Ornit ran External Innovation and Business Development for Lenovo in Europe and Israel. In this capacity, she invested in Cloud technologies as well as Artificial Intelligence and biometric authentication. Prior to Lenovo, Ornit worked at Citi, where she founded and ran Citi’s first Accelerator. Prior to Citi, she founded and served in managerial roles in multiple companies.

Ornit founded Yazamiyot, Israel’s leading women’s entrepreneur network, and was selected by Haaretz (one of Israel’s leading newspapers) as one of 66 Women You Should Know. Ornit, who clerked for the President of the Israeli Supreme Court, holds a joint honors degree in English Law and French Law from the London School of Economics and an LLM cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Mobile Authentication

18:00-19:00 CET | Wednesday 30 June | My MWC Online

As mobiles share of the e-commerce market continues to grow rapidly, the session will explore how market leaders are investing in strong mobile authentication solutions in order to improve security, reduce fraud and enhance UX in order to capture this opportunity.


Adam Elboim

VP of Product for Identity, Boku

Adam Elboim

Adam Elboimis a trailblazer in modern telco-based authentication and verification. In 2013 Adam designed the first mobile operator reference APIs for mobile identity, wrote the original mobile operator contracts, and created the industry compensation scheme that largely still exists today. Since then, Adam has continued to expand his impact within the mobile identity space, leading the global sales engineering team at Juvo (building credit identities using telco data) and currently as VP of Product for Identity at Boku. In his current role, Adam is responsible for strategy and global scalability of the company’s next-generation authentication products to stop account takeovers and verification products to stop synthetic identities.

Adam has an MBA from Duke University and resides in San Mateo, CA.

Credit Risk Scoring

13:30-14:30 CET | Thursday 1 July | My MWC Online

Globally 1.7bn people having no account at a financial institution (the World Bank) and hence they have very limited access to credit facilities. In conjunction with our expert speaker Yabx, a fintech venture aimed at simplifying financial access in the emerging markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America, we will explore how fintech has created new methodologies to redesign credit scoring for this group.

Using proprietary AI and machine learning algorithms to analyse multiple data sources, Yabx works with partners to enhance their credit risk scoring processes enabling enhanced underwriting to new credit segments. Click here to view more details.


Rajat Dayal


Rajat Dayal

Rajat co-founded Yabx in 2018 with a mission to build a platform that enables financial access to the under-banked using proprietary AI and ML algorithms on massive amounts of alternate data. Prior to starting Yabx, he spent almost a decade working in various operating roles such as Channel Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Comviva Technologies, the global leader in Mobility Solutions.

Prior to Comviva, He was a strategy consultant with ElectrifAi (erstwhile called Opera Solutions) where he worked with top PE firms and their portfolio companies in the US on various data driven projects across Financial Services, Consumer goods and Telecom space.  Prior to ElectrifAi, he was an analyst with Hughes Software Systems, a unit of Hughes Network Systems, where he wrote code for the SGSN and GGSN  network nodes. Rajat has an MBA from INSEAD France where he took most of his electives in Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences.

Additional Identity Workshops

Alongside the GSMA Internet of Things team, our Identity expert will deep-dive into the latest developments within automotive identity sector.

Automotive Identity for the Connected Car

16:30-17:30 CET / Tuesday, 29 June / My MWC Online

As people’s attitude towards car ownership continues to shift, Shared Mobility services such as carsharing and ridesharing continue to surge. This emergence of new business models around car ownership requires vehicle manufacturers and mobile operators to rethink their approach to in-vehicle connectivity access and associated services.

The GSMA is working with its members and the wider industry to establish an Automotive Identity framework that will enable users to bring their existing mobile subscription and services into the car with them, allowing them to seamlessly access data connectivity via their current mobile data plans across a number of cars.

This workshop will explore the progress and opportunity created by the Automotive Identity framework, which includes an improved user experience, compliance with important regulation, clear data traffic separation for robust connectivity, and the facilitation of new business models and services. Click here for more details.


David Pollington

Senior Technical Director, GSMA

David Pollington

Please note you will need to access our workshops, you will need to register for an iLeader’s or VIP Pass.