PAT FinTech

Associate Faculty

Adrian Whelan
Senior Vice President, Brown Brothers Harriman

As Global Head of Market Intelligence, Adrian Whelan is passionate about helping clients identify and interpret regulatory, distribution and product change in the asset management space. He is focused on articulating the impacts to clients and their businesses and highlighting the opportunities they can create.

Through active industry engagement, Adrian acts as an advocate for our clients’ interests. He is the lead contributor to BBH’s On The Regs blog, and regularly shares insights on global regulatory topics there and across social media.  Adrian is also a regular conference speaker and contributor to trade media on all aspects of asset management. 

Prior to joining BBH in 2011, Adrian worked in a number of global custody banks as well as running a regulatory consulting firm. Adrian is active with many asset management industry advocacy groups including the Investment Company Institute, Irish Funds and the Investment Association. He is a member of BBH’s Executive Sustainability Council, as well as several industry groups focused on ESG. Adrian is also a very active and vocal contributor to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, including BBH BANC Networks and several external campaigns. Adrian holds a degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University
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Alan Barry
Founder & CEO, Fund Elements

Alan Barry founded Fund Elements in 2015. Fund Elements is focused on enabling the next generation of Apps for Investment Funds by breaking through the current operating silo’s. Fund Element’s App provides a transparent view of requirements by documenting the end to end Investment Fund Operating Model in the cloud where is it accessible to all. Fund Elements is about collaboration between solution providers, enabling the Investment Fund Knowledge and Digital Skills required to build future Apps

Prior to founding Fund Elements, Alan held a global role with CITCO where he worked since 2002. Alan was initially responsible for the setup of CITCO European Middle Office business. He has gained more than 30 years’ experience in the Investment Fund and Banking industry and has worked in Dublin, London and New York with leading businesses including Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, UBS and Irish Life.
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Michelle McGuire
Chief Executive Officer, GECKO Governance

Michelle is an experienced compliance and risk professional with 15 years experience in senior positions in various financial services industries including banking and fund administration. During her time in industry, Michelle was a member of Industry working groups in AML, Data Protection and Regulation. Michelle holds the relevant compliance, risk and legal qualifications and professional body memberships, complementing strong business commercial knowledge.

Having worked in the Funds industry and understanding the intricacies of the work involved, Michelle is able to fully appreciate the pain points and frustrations of GECKO Governance’s clients and how the software can alleviate these pain points and streamline clients’ work flows and business processes.  Active in the start-up and Fintech communities, Michelle is a member of the Fintech and Payments Association, and a brand ambassador for The Fintech Corridor.
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Ciara O'Grady
Director - Risk Advisory, Deloitte

Ciara is an experienced Director in the Risk & Regulatory Practice of Deloitte, specialising in FinTech & Markets Risk and Regulation. 

Ciara has experience working with growing and scaled FinTechs in Ireland and overseas including E-money Institutions, Payment firms, Insurtechs and Investment Platforms on designing, embedding and analysing the effectiveness of their Risk and Regulatory Management Frameworks. Ciara also has 13 years’ experience supporting traditional Banks, Insurance companies and Investment Firms in meeting their regulatory compliance obligations and designing and executing Regulatory & Risk strategies. 


  • Bachelors & Master’s Degree in Law
  • Attorney-at-Law (New York)
  • Diploma in Regulatory Compliance
  • Lecturer in Fintech & Risk with the Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland
Most recently Ciara held the roles of Head of Compliance & MLRO and Chief Risk Officer of Revolut’s securities business in Ireland where she built the Risk and Regulatory functions for the Irish business and supported the groups Risk and Regulatory global functions. Ciara has also led large Brexit contingency engagements for firms seeking to redomicile their EU HQs to Ireland, supporting on applications to the Central Bank of Ireland for authorisation in Ireland.
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Hubert Newell
Head of Fraud at @FTX & Blockfolio

As Director of Fraud at Blockfolio, Hubert is responsible for leading Blockfolio’s efforts against fraud and building out anti fraud measures. Blockfolio is a market leading Crypto Trading App owned by Alameda Research. Before joining Blockfolio, Hubert was over 5 years at Circle Internet Financial as Head of Risk Operations overseeing Fraud, AML and Customer Service teams. He specialises in online Payment Fraud, scaling KYC/AML processes and building out global Customer Support teams.  

Previous to these roles, Hubert completed a MSC in International Finance from Dublin Business School and B. Comm from NUI Galway. Hubert is passionate about building tools that internal teams can use to automate decision making, using data analytics to drive decision making and availing of the latest technology to drive startups forward.
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Katy Dineen
Senior Associate - Mizen Group

Katy Dineen is a senior associate at the Mizen Group  and an assistant lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) . For the Mizen Group, Katy advises on the construction of diagnostic instruments in relation to interdisciplinary research methods. These instruments are used to collect data on organisational culture. She has also provided a philosophical framework for Mizen’s operations, based on the idea of trustworthiness. At UCC, Katy lectures on value theory for the philosophy department, including moral philosophy and political theory. Her research focuses on the intersection between vulnerability and autonomy

She has published in leading international peer reviewed journals, on the topics of hope, neurodiversity and moral education and she has forthcoming publications on the topics of gender and human dignity. Katy has also published in media outlets such as Irish Times, RTE Brainstorm, The Conversation and Business Insider.
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Kean Gilbert
SDR Team Lead at ConsenSys

Kean is a Sales Development Representative at ConsenSys, a market leader in blockchain SaaS products. He is an active member of the blockchain ecosystem in Ireland and has been working in the space for several years. Before joining ConsenSys, Kean was an Analyst in the Deloitte EMEA Blockchain Lab working with Financial Service clients.

Academically, Kean was awarded the UCD Aspire Scholarship in 2016. This scholarship is given to only nine master students per year that are focused and driven to be a future business leader. Kean has completed an MSc in Management Consultancy from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and is a graduate of Dundalk Institute of Technology holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Business Studies. Kean has also lectured on a number of Blockchain and FinTech courses in Dublin.
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Dr. Monika Smatralova
Director of Internal Audit at Barclay's Europe

PhD Financial (Risk) Management and Services (FMUK, Bratislava)

MSc Treasury, Investment and Banking (DCU)

Dr Monika Smatralova is a senior practitioner covering a financial services area. Her current role is an Internal Audit Director at Barclays Europe. Her academic background is in 'Financial (Risk) Management’ and ‘Banking, Treasury and Investments’. She has been working in risk functions of major high street and captive banks over 13 years focusing mainly on Credit and Operational Risk Management and Measurement; Capital, Liquidity and Funding Risk and Enterprise Risk Management.

Monika is actively involved in the senior leadership at the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), successfully leading the Irish Chapter since 2013. In 2014 she was elected as the EMEA Regional Directors Committee Co Chair and in 2020 as a member of PRMIA Global Council. She is lecturing at various universities in Ireland and abroad and published articles in technical magazines and journals. Monika is also an active international speaker covering Risk Management topics.
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Pete Townsend
Norio Venture

Pete Townsend is an early-stage startup advisor and investor, non-executive director, and podcaster.  He is the founding partner of Norio Ventures based in Dublin, and he is currently investing in and accelerating web3 startups as a Managing Director with Techstars.

Pete has 27 years of global experience at the startup and enterprise level with companies such as Coinbase,  BNP Paribas, Fidelity Investments and 30+ startups around the world.  

Pete is also the co-host of MoneyNeverSleeps, an Ireland top 20 weekly podcast that looks inside the minds of entrepreneurs and at the crossover of startups, enterprise, technology, finance and life as we know it.

Prior to his life in the wild, Pete was the chief operating officer and global head of product development for a division of BNP Paribas and a director on the board of its Irish franchise for ten years. Prior to BNP Paribas, Pete worked in leadership roles in client service, operations and technology with Fidelity Investments in Boston and in the Bermuda hedge fund servicing sector. Originally from Massachusetts, Pete graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BSc in Finance & Operations Management and went on to earn an MBA from Boston University.
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Rachel Power
Data Privacy / AML Compliance

Rachel co-founded O’Dwyer Power Accountants in 2018 and since then, in her role as a Consultant, she advises organisations regarding their compliance with current data protection and anti-money laundering legislation. Her client list incorporates a wide range of clients from a cross sector of industries but with particular emphasis on the Credit Union sector. Prior to that, Rachel held roles in financial management for over 10 years, including working in the education sector and in industry.

Rachel’s experience has allowed her to develop a unique perspective, bringing together industry expertise, understanding of technology solutions and ability to translate legislative requirements into conditionally driven rules.Rachel is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals having achieved both the CIPP/E and CIPM certifications and would describe herself as a privacy enthusiast. As a data privacy consultant, Rachel carries out training for a large variety of organisations regarding their obligations under the GDPR. Having completed her Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering, Rachel was awarded the honorary gold medal for her final submission and her knowledge of, and interest in this topic is evident in her training sessions. Due to her experience in the Credit Union sector she works closely with relevant IT providers in ensuring that Fintech solutions incorporate both privacy by design and default as well as assisting organisations with their AML compliance obligations. Rachel is a graduate of University College Cork, The Honorable Society of King's Inns, City Colleges and Waterford Institute of Technology.
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Rachel Woolley
Global Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo

Rachel Woolley is the Director of Financial Crime at Fenergo and is based out of the firm’s headquarters in Dublin. Rachel has over 12 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry, having worked primarily in the funds industry and retail banking.

Fenergo is a leading provider of Client Lifecycle Management, AML/KYC Compliance and Client Data Management solutions for investment, corporate, commercial, and private banks. Rachel’s current remit covers all aspects of financial crime, including ongoing monitoring and analysis of evolving legislation and trends to assess product impact. Rachel’s function works alongside the product and technical teams, combining subject matter expertise with technology to deliver effective solutions. 

Prior to joining Fenergo, Rachel held several AML/Compliance roles throughout her career and has developed a strong perspective on aspects of financial crime – from transaction monitoring, client onboarding, compliance monitoring, and as a Central Bank of Ireland approved head of compliance in a regulated entity.
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Russell Burke
Independent Payments Consultant at Juristic Ltd.

Russell Burke is an independent payments consultant with a unique combination of extensive regulatory and strategic payments experience Russell advises payments and electronic money firms seeking authorisation and is one of Ireland’s leading payments specialists with over forty years’ experience with the Central Bank of Ireland, the Irish Payments Services Organisation (IPSO) and Bank of Ireland.  Russell is also a non executive board member and head of the audit committee for myPOS Limited.

Specialising in payments since 2000, Russell spent seven years as the Senior Payments and Electronic Money Authorisations Specialist with the Central Bank of Ireland, assessing and making decision recommendations for the many payments and electronic money firms now authorised in Ireland such as Facebook, Google and Stripe. Before that he was Head of Strategic Development at IPSO and Head of Strategy, Innovation and European Affairs for Bank of Ireland Retail Payments.  Russell represented Ireland on the European Payments Council’s Mobile Payment Working Group for six years and was a director of MobeyForum, the global digital financial services industry association, for four years.


Russell has been a speaker at a number of major domestic and international events and, more recently, has spoken on behalf of the Central Bank of Ireland at several industry events on the application and authorisation processes for payments and electronic money institutions in Ireland. Russell has an MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, is a qualified financial adviser and a licentiate of the Institute of Banking in Ireland.
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Eoin Fitzgerald
Senior Development Adviser in Fintech for Enterprise Ireland

Eoin Fitzgerald is a Senior Development Adviser in Fintech for Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is the largest seed stage investor in Europe and Eoin invests in early stage fintech startups and works with them to scale internationally. Eoin has 15 years experience in Financial Services, working across a number of domestic and international banks such as AIB, Barclays, Deutsche Bank as well as working with scaling startup, Future Finance.

Dermot Kennedy
CS Director Ireland at Remitly

Dermot is an experienced Director, having gained significant experience in Compliance, Risk and Fraud, Operations, Engineering and Customer Services management primarily in the Information Technology and Fintech areas. Dermot is currently CS Director Ireland at Remitly, who are a global cross-border digital remittance provider. 

Dermot led the launch of Remitly’s European operation in Cork and grew the site to 270 team members in just 2 years while ensuring that the activities of REL’s align with regulatory requirements, compliance, local laws, and business requirements.

Prior to joining Remitly, Dermot gained 20 years of senior leadership experience at multinational companies including Amazon, Dell, and Sanmina. While at Amazon Dermot led the Global outsourcing network supporting the UK and Ireland. Dermot is passionate about the development of highly scalable standards, policies, procedures, repeatable processes, and methodologies to enable best practices to be standardized across organizations. 


  • Masters in Business Administration 
  • Bachelor of Science 
  • Diploma in Fintech, Risk and Compliance 
  • Six Sigma Black (American Society of Quality)