Mar 28 2023


06:00am to 09:00am

Roundtable discussion

Scaling with technology and data teams in financial services and FinTech 2.0

Event Summary

Data and technology have had an extraordinary impact on financial services over recent years, from banking, credit and payments, to insurance, personal
finance and even regulation.
But challenges still exist. Progress at scale requires a complex mix of talent and technology, and the right conditions for growth can be difficult for businesses to achieve.

Join us as our panel of industry experts discuss approaches to scaling with technology and data teams in financial services. Our panelists will discuss:

● How to build data and technology teams around strategic business priorities
● Leveraging technology and data solutions to meet your customers needs
● Key considerations and challenges when scaling your team
● Opportunities to start, scale and grow your business and teams in Scotland

This session will be followed by a complimentary Scottish Whisky Tasting, facilitated by MBN Solutions and Scottish Development International.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.


Hazal Muhtar, Product Analytics Lead, Wise

Hazal is an analytics leader with a passion for and a strong track record of leading analysts in high growth teams and applying quantitative analysis to see beyond the numbers, generate actionable insights and drive product innovation by influencing senior stakeholders across Product, Engineering, Research and Design.

She is currently leading a team of 34 analysts and 5 managers focussed on Global Consumer & Business Products at Wise.

Pardeep Cassells, Head of Securities & Claims Products, Access FinTech

Par is focused on the creation and rollout of new securities products for the finance sector against the core AccessFintech platform. Before joining AccessFintech, Par’s experience was predominately in outsourced middle office operations where she gained cross-product experience in operational, relationship management and project management roles.

She is a member of the FinTech Scotland advisory board where she is focused on the development of talent in the FinTech sector. She is committed to supporting the growth of the FinTech sector in Scotland – as well as across the UK – and is dedicated to the recruitment, development and retaining of diverse talent in the sector.

Previously, she has 10 years experience in investment operations, predominantly engaged in innovation and relationship management. She has hands-on operational experience focused on securities trade processing, dispute claims, payments and static data.

Wasim Mushtaq, Transformation Lead, Standard Chartered Bank

Wasim’s career in financial services has focused on leading operational teams and delivering strategic change across banking sectors. He is currently working with global banks to deliver large-scale digital transformations and niche fintechs to develop innovative products/services.

He spent his formative years in business banking at Abbey National Bank; followed by work in global banking and markets at RBS where he managed teams supporting all Libor lending across the UK for commercial and corporate banking. Moving onto Barclays Wealth Management as VP Head of Credit Operations, and onto the Operations Lead role to launch Smart Investor. Before consulting in the CIO office to deliver group programmes covering system decommissioning, platform implementations, banking entity closures, launching new products, and structural reform for the Private Bank.
Transitioning into fintech as Director of Operations and Projects at AskIf, launching CBILS with the British Business Bank as part of the initial wave of UK lenders. Developing SME green finance innovations, managing operational third-party vendors, brokers and external client lending portfolios utilising managed services.

His last assignment was Transformation Lead in financial markets at Standard Chartered Bank delivering global change initiatives impacting all 45 regulatory markets. Leading the plan, design and transition of a material outsourcing programme under NDA within a full RFP lifecycle. Delivering all business outcomes in people, operations, technology, communications, finance, risk & transition workstreams.

Wasim received his Master’s in Economics from the University of Glasgow and more recently completed executive certificates at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and MIT Sloan School of Management. His focus areas are digital transformation, business strategy, process reengineering, lending, platformification, client segmentation, corporate innovation, open finance, and outsourcing solutions.

Robin Huggins, Client Services Director, MBN Solutions (Event Chair)

As Director of Client Services for MBN Solutions, Rob has spent over two decades at the sharp end of Talent Acquisition practice for the Data sector.

During this time, he has partnered with some of the UK’s leading data-driven businesses to deliver best-in-class talent solutions. In addition, working in an advisory capacity, Rob designed, built, and delivered the Data Lab’s MSc Placement Programme, has contributed to forums including Scotland’s AI Strategy and DMA Council and sits on University of Glasgow’s School of Maths & Stats Industrial Advisory Board.

A regular data industry blogger and event host, Rob also now hosts a data leadership focussed podcast called Boss’n’Data and has been recognised by Data IQ as one of their 100 most influential Data and Analytics practitioners in UK organisations for two years running.

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Organisers at FinTech Tables

Michael Young

Michael Young

CEO, MBN Solutions


Hazal Muhtar

Product Analytics Lead, Wise

Pardeep Cassells

Head of Securities & Claims Products, Access FinTech

Wasim Mushtaq

Transformation Lead, Standard Chartered Bank


Paul Forrest

Non Executive Chair, MBN Solutions


Scotland House, London

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