Pivot: Cross Border Commerce Podcast Series

Welcome to Pivot, the Bank of America Cross Border Commerce Speaker Series. “Pivot” refers to a moment where, due to an impactful event within the business environment, one is set on a new path and a new series of possibilities arise. Join your Bank of America hosts, Mike Robertson and Doug Houser to hear compelling discussions with industry leaders and key figures in the cross-border payments ecosystem and hear how they ‘pivoted’ when the situation demanded it.

Product or Technology: Which is driving the market?

Kyriba’s Wolfgang Koester joins us to discuss what drives the fintech ecosystem today.



Wolfgang Koester, Chief Evangelist, Kyriba

Wolfgang Koester is the Chief Evangelist at Kyriba, and former CEO and co-founder of FiREapps. He has more than 30 years of extensive experience in currency markets and working with global Fortune 1,000 companies and government entities. Prior to FiREapps, he served as President of GFTA Trendanalysen Inc., a quantitative currency management company. Koester has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk magazine and is regularly included in Global Finance’s annual “Who’s Who in Foreign Exchange.”

What’s so big about data?

Dan Wright of Data Robot discusses the power of data and the opportunities for businesses.



Dan Wright, CEO, Data Robot

Dan Wright currently serves as CEO of DataRobot, where he sets the strategic direction and manages the company’s fast-growing business operations around the world. DataRobot is the leader in enterprise AI, with the vision of enabling all organizations to use AI to solve their hardest challenges. Prior to joining DataRobot, Wright served as Chief Operating Officer at AppDynamics, the leader in application performance management (APM).

What are we missing about the market right now?

How do we change thinking to look at the big picture and uncover new opportunities that may have been missed in the past?  Rev Worldwide CEO, Roy Sosa joins us to discuss.



Roy Sosa, CEO, Rev Worldwide

Roy Sosa is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Rêv Worldwide, a global payments company that delivers cutting-edge, end-to-end payment solutions. Mr. Sosa is also a Founding Partner of MPOWER Ventures, a socially committed venture fund that he created with his brother Bertrand in order to identify, create and invest in early-stage companies focused in the delivery of financial services across underserved markets. Mr. Sosa is an accomplished entrepreneur who pioneered the multi-billion-dollar prepaid debit market as the co-founder of NetSpend Corporation, a highly successful company that serves millions of unbanked Americans.

The Network, how will the payment landscape become a more cohesive experience or indeed environment?

As network benefits begin to emerge among banks and fintechs, how can they be amplified?



Anil Aggarwal, Founder and CEO, Fintech Meetup

Anil Aggarwal has been a fintech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He’s best known as the founder and former CEO of the Money20/20 and Shoptalk events. Before that, he was the CEO of two VC-backed fintech startups, the most recent of which was acquired by Google. Today, he’s the founder of a new, digital-first event business called Fintech Meetup.

Best of Frenemies? Collaboration and culture between Fintechs and Banks

Fintechs and banks were once seen as competitors but then as collaborators. Where does this all lead us?



Jon Lear, Head of Community, Fintech Meetup

Jonathan Lear has been involved in the fintech and payments industry for over 15 years. His first Company - Earthport - provided global cross-border payments to financial institutions and e-commerce companies and was acquired by Visa. He subsequently ran the global network and partnerships group as well as FX product for J.P.Morgan Chase. Now he is growing the community at Fintech Meetup - a digital events business for the payments, fintech and banking industries.

Banking as a service: What is the ultimate destination?

Does banking as a service herald a new customer-focused approach in the age of fintech? Railsbank CEO Nigel Verdon joins our Pivot Podcast to discuss.



Nigel Verdon, CEO/Founder, Railsbank

Nigel Verdon is a fintech entrepreneur and has founded three successful fintech firms: Evolution, Currency Cloud, and most recently Railsbank. He sits on the board of FX Options Hedge Fund LCJ and was previously a partner at fintech VC fund Finch Capital. He also worked at Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) and was a director at Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank - both banks recognised for their innovation in technology.

Crypto and the future of digital currency

Is banking the enemy of crypto or the next step in its evolution? Kraken Bank’s David Kinitsky joins our Pivot Podcast to discuss.



David Kinitsky, CEO, Kraken Bank

David Kinitsky is the CEO of Kraken Bank, a newly chartered banking arm of one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges. He’s spent his career at the nexus of emerging alternative and traditional financial services, previously at Circle Internet Financial, Fidelity Investments, Grayscale Investments, and SecondMarket.

Target market: is narrower better?

How solving the problems in a well-defined vertical leads to success and expansion: Flywire’s Mike Massaro talks guiding principles, regulation and more in our Pivot Podcast.



Mike Massaro, CEO, Flywire

Mike Massaro is CEO of Flywire, a global payment-enablement company.  Mike was named the 2019 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Financial Services, which recognizes unstoppable entrepreneurs who redefine the way we live, work and play.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College.

Adyen, from RBS Worldpay to today and beyond.

How are payments continuing to innovate? Adyen CCO Roelant Prins talks agility, rebuilding processes, banking licenses and the culture of innovation in our Pivot Podcast.



Roelant Prins, Chief Commercial Officer, Adyen

Roelant is responsible for the commercial activities at Adyen and has been with the company since its beginning in 2006. After starting his career as a consultant, he moved on to the online payments industry in early 2000. Throughout the years, Roelant has held various international management roles in sales and business development for companies providing payment solutions to international ecommerce businesses.


Mike Robertson, Head of Transactional FX Trading, Global Banking and Markets, Bank of America

Douglas Houser, Head of Transactional FX and Payments Strategy, Global Transaction Services, Bank of America