Richard Peers

Banking Industry Director EMEA Microsoft EMEA United Kingdom

Richard Peers leads Microsoft’s WW Industry team for Retail/Private and Wealth Banking. He has spent the last 20 years at Microsoft in sales, services and marketing leadership, with the last five years deeply engaged with clients, Fintech’s and partners in Financial Services. Working on projects and engaging with leadership teams he brings an up to the minute insight on the vision and the practicalities of “Digital Banking”.
In 2017 he contributed a chapter to the “Wealth Tech Book” following on from the “Fintech Book” on the API economy and the impact of PSD2 and Fintech’s on Banking in 2016.
A new whitepaper in 2017 on Open Banking based on deep engagements with clients, delivers practical insights on how to deliver this vision.
Richard chairs Microsoft and Industry Banking events in Retail/Private and Wealth and has contributed to regulatory meetings such as the FSB meeting on fintech.
In recent years, he created
The API economy event in Level39 and commissioned the “Embracing the API Economy” whitepaper.  Two banks mBank and Barclays discussed their approach to this area.
Created and chaired the Digital Banking Summit which examined three different models to becoming a Digital Bank.
Created the Digital Wallet Foundry which combined a conference and a hackathon to bring business and developers communities together.  DWF sought to crack the code on Identity, Loyalty and Payments and was widely praised as a thought leading initiative. 
Richard is a regular speaker at events and contributor via social media on topics such as: Transformation; Innovation, Technology and the environment.  He is a member of the panel selecting the Fintech50 2017.  As a member of Level39, London’s premier Fintech community he advises a number of start-ups in the banking space.

Skills and engagements cover:

Financial Services clients

    • Transforming to a Digital Bank, tackling the back office to enable the front.
    • Future Branch and Omni –channel/Mobile Banking/Blockchain/
    • Open Banking and PSD2

Cross Sector

    • Digital Marketing
    • Artificial Intelligence and Bots
    • Business reimagined; Culture and services for the modern workforce
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