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The 2016 Fintech Finance 35: Hyder Jaffrey

No. 30

  • By Peter Vasiliev

30. Hyder Jaffrey
Head, Strategic Investment and Fintech Innovation
UBS
PNR

The recent resignation of UBS senior innovation manager Alex Batlin (No. 28 last year) brought Hyder Jaffrey into the fintech spotlight at the Swiss banking giant, which has gained renown as a promoter of start-up activity and an advocate of blockchain technology. “I enjoy being an instigator of change,” says Jaffrey, a six-year UBS veteran based in London. After initially working on the UBS Neo multiasset trading platform, he turned his attention to blockchain and distributed ledger in 2014. As head of strategic investment and fintech innovation, the 52-year-old currently splits his time between the investment bank and UBS’s Crypto 2.0 lab at the Level39 accelerator in Canary Wharf. “The role today focuses on business model innovation — how capital markets business models can be innovated through the use of financial technology,” he says. In August, Banco Santander, Bank of New York Mellon Corp., Deutsche Bank, and ICAP joined UBS’s Utility Settlement Coin project for blockchain-based settlement of securities transactions. Jaffrey sees the effort as part of a medium- to long-term “evolution of a market space, but it is absolutely fundamental for seeing the benefits of the distributed ledger technologies that many people are talking about now.” Separately, UBS last year held a Future of Finance Challenge, offering prizes that included $50,000 to the winning entrepreneur, algorithm testing and analysis company Aesthetic Integration. This year UBS joined with Credit Suisse and other Swiss companies in supporting a fintech initiative within Zurich’s Kickstart Accelerator. Jaffrey knows entrepreneurship firsthand. After graduating from Loughborough University in the U.K. in 1988, he went into computer systems development and consulting. Melding those skills with a growing familiarity with financial markets, in 2002 he became CEO of start-up, web-based debt issuance platform Marketpipe. In 2007 the company was acquired by data and analytics provider Ipreo; Jaffrey stayed on as global head of fixed income until 2009 — just as the fintech phenomenon was beginning to take off.


The 2016 Fintech Finance 35

1. Jonathan Korngold
General Atlantic
2. Matthew Harris
Bain Capital Ventures
3. Jane Gladstone
Evercore Partners
4. James Robinson III & James
Robinson IV
RRE Ventures
5. Steven McLaughlin
Financial Technology Partners
6. Amy Nauiokas & Sean Park
Anthemis Group
7. Richard Garman &
Brad Bernstein
FTV Capital
8. Gerard
von Dohlen
Broadhaven Capital Partners
9. Darren Cohen
Goldman Sachs Group
10. Hans Morris
Nyca Partners
11. Meyer (Micky) Malka
Ribbit Capital
12. Maria Gotsch
Partnership Fund for New York City
13. Barry Silbert
Digital Currency Group
14. Jay Reinemann
Propel Venture Partners
15. Mariano Belinky
Santander InnoVentures
16. Justin Brownhill & Neil DeSena
SenaHill Partners
17. François Robinet
AXA Strategic Ventures
18. Vanessa Colella
Citi Ventures
19. Michael Schlein
Accion International
20. Kenneth Marlin
Marlin & Associates
21. Rumi Morales
CME Ventures
22. Alastair (Alex) Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
23. Steve Gibson
Euclid Opportunities
24. Fabian Vandenreydt
SWIFT
25. Vladislav Solodkiy
Life.SREDA
26. Gardiner Garrard III
TTV Capital
27. Nektarios Liolios
Startupbootcamp Fintech
28. Lawrence Wintermeyer
Innovate Finance
29. Bina Kalola
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
30. Hyder Jaffrey
Fintech Innovation
31. Calvin Choi
AMTD Group
32. Janos Barberis
FinTech
Hong Kong
33. Jalak Jobanputra
Future Perfect Ventures
34. Sopnendu Mohanty
Monetary Authority of Singapore
35. Oskar Mielczarek
de la Miel
Rakuten
FinTech Fund

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