Fintech Innovation Collaborations

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19 May 2021, 12.30pm - 13.30pm

Join Edinburgh Innovations and the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh to find out how you can drive innovation through a partnership with the University of Edinburgh industry-based Doctoral Programme in Fintech (PhD in Financial Technology).

Collaborative Research Partnerships with academia are an ideal way for your business to access expertise and demonstrate thought leadership and/or inform development of new products or services. Our Fintech Doctoral Programme provides direct access to this talent and academic expertise.

This event will offer the opportunity to hear about the programme, business benefits, and co-funding options. You will also hear about two current projects with Franklin Templeton Investments and DirectID. 


  • Alistair Haig started his career at an investment technology firm in the 1990s then moved to buy-side and sell-side investment research. He has worked for several large companies in the sector (e.g. UBS, Baillie Gifford) in quantitative risk teams and lectured at the University of Edinburgh for seven years. Alistair joined Franklin Templeton in January 2020 where he continues to investigate the use of machine learning in investment analysis. Franklin Templeton is a global investment firm with more than US$1.4 trillion (£1.05tn) of assets under management.
  • James Varga founded DirectID in 2011 with a vision of creating a global, ubiquitous credit risk platform – to redefine credit risk as it is today allowing consumers sign up to new products and services in seconds. DirectID business products help lenders to onboard their customers by removing friction caused during the application process by the current challenges of risk, compliance, fraud, and regulation. DirectID products solve business pains such as assessing a customer's affordability, verifying their account information, and thereby offsetting credit risk.
  • Dr Raffaella Calabrese is the Academic Director of the Fintech PhD at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and collaborations with industry (such as Moody’s Analytics, Nationwide, RBS, Barclays, SAS and Bank of England) are focused on developing new models for analysing credit risk and Fintech data. The former includes scoring models, modelling of loss given default, stress testing and interpretability. Raffaella has applied a variety of methods to measure default risk for SMEs and for retail credit in the context of Basel II and III. She is also working on interpretability for machine learning techniques and use of alternative data (e.g. social media or mobile data) in the credit risk framework.
  • Ksenia Siedlecka is the Financial Services and Fintech Sector Engagement Manager at the University of EdinburghKsenia is responsible for development and enhancement of partnerships with a variety of stakeholders in the Financial Services and Fintech sector. Ksenia manages high level relations with new business prospects and current contacts, develops and introduces a range of services offered by the Edinburgh Futures Institute and the wider University to the financial services community, including initiatives in research, innovation, executive education, and entrepreneurship. 

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