The Honest Talks on AI for RegTech

February 27, 2019

New York, NY

Separating Fact from Fiction on AI & Compliance

WeWork at Bryant Park – NYC on February 27th

The Honest Talks is for financial services & compliance professionals who want straight answers to the hottest questions on AI in their space:

  • What’s AI’s RegTech value proposition?
  • How do you to cut through the hype around AI’s potential?
  • What are the latest strategies for beating AI’s “black box” problem?

In a series of compact sessions, our experts (including rock stars like Jo Ann Barefoot & Steve Cohen) will explore the business impact behind these big topics—trends every professional in this industry needs to understand deeply to make the best business decisions this year and beyond.

To ensure the content stays honest and useful (as well as entertaining), our speakers will be forbidden from using the usual buzzwords, vagaries, and unhelpful terminology.

This event is invite only, and space is limited. Register today!


Jo Ann Barefoot

Jo Ann Barefoot is CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group, Cofounder of Hummingbird Regtech, Senior Advisor to the Omidyar Network, and host of the podcast show Barefoot Innovation. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government and is writing a book on financial innovation and regulation.

Steve Cohen

Steve Cohen co-founded Basis Technology in 1995 and oversees the firm’s business operations. With his engineering background, Steve seeks to move the dial on real-world problems by finding achievable waypoints between academic thinking and production-grade technology. In the mid-90s, Steve recognized a common need among major search engines—Infoseek, Lycos, Google, Yahoo!—and led the company to develop its first text analytics products. With the success of these products, the company started building AI applications for mission-critical operations for national security. Steve is now working to bring the technology developed for the US Intelligence community back to the commercial sector for risk management and opportunity building applications.

Jonah Crane

Jonah Crane is a strategic advisor to financial technology startups, helping them stay ahead of regulatory change as they scale. Jonah is also Regulator in Residence at the FinTech Innovation Lab in New York, and Executive Director of RegTech Lab in Washington D.C. Jonah previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as a policy advisor to Senator Chuck Schumer. Before joining Senator Schumer’s staff, Jonah was a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York. Mr. Crane received a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Joe Sutherland

Joe Sutherland is an expert in leading groundbreaking data science initiatives. A career in technical and operational roles at venues including The White House, VC-backed fintech ($20m), Columbia, and Princeton help him to represent both the front and back offices. He has extensive experience deploying production-grade machine learning architectures on cloud-based stacks with various database infrastructures. His academic research, published in top peer-reviewed outlets, leverages predictive modeling on structured and unstructured data to make behavioral inferences. An avid coder, he manages open-source software ranked in the top 1% of projects on GitHub. PhD, MPhil, and Masters at Columbia; Bachelors at Washington University in St. Louis.

Evan Schnidman

Evan A. Schnidman, Ph.D. is Founder and CEO of Prattle. Before starting Prattle, Evan taught at Brown University and Harvard University. Co-author of How the Fed Moves Markets, Evan is also widely published in macroeconomics, political economy, and finance publications. Along with being a respected academic, author, and researcher, Evan is also an experienced consultant for large corporations and financial institutions.

Matt Van Buskirk

Matt Van Buskirk is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Hummingbird Regtech. Hummingbird aims to give superpowers to the people fighting financial crime. It’s service is designed to enhance anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing investigations by reducing cumbersome paperwork, providing insightful analytics, and enabling collaboration for compliance professionals and law enforcement agents.



5:30 – 6:00 Welcome, food, and drinks
6:00 – 6:05 Introduction
6:05 – 6:20
Trusting the Machines — Compliance and AI

Jo Ann Barefoot

Who says regulation has to be old, slow and wasteful? Compliance is digitizing too, getting better, faster and cheaper. Today’s new regtech tools never lived on paper – they’re built from scratch with powerful data and analytics. But, how do you get your regulators to trust them?

6:20 – 6:35
Frontlines of Finance: Using Mission Critical AI to Fight Financial Crime (slides)

Steve Cohen

AI is critical to US national security. Intelligent systems find bad actors in terabytes of messy data and provide vital identity verification services at every critical point of entry, saving countless lives in the process. Now, the same AI technologies that have protected our geographic borders are now being deployed to our financial frontlines, serving as our economy’s first line of defense against criminal threats. With insightful, intuitive, and clear explanations of AI from seasoned technologists and defense experts, this presentation will illustrate some of the real ways AI is making the world a safer place.

6:35 – 6:45
3 Misconceptions of AI in Fintech (please email to request slides)

Joe Sutherland

You might not know how AI works, but you’ve heard it’s incredible: It will magically solve all of your problems, without any effort on your part! It will render superior judgements at a scale you could never comprehend! And somewhere along the way, AI will snap up your job, too! In this talk, we disassemble these common and unfounded assertions. Then, we build an informed understanding of how AI can and will transform your organization to yield enduring results.

6:45 – 7:05 Break, food, and drinks
7:05 – 7:15
AI and RegTech: The New Normal (slides)

Jonah Crane

As AI and RegTech travel through their own respective hype cycles, there will be periods of skepticism, disappointment and disillusion. But as RegTech solutions driven by AI come into production, those who did not prepare will face rising expectations from regulators, and a steep learning (and data) curve to play catchup.

7:15 – 8:00
AMA Panel

Jonah Crane, Steve Cohen, Matt Van Buskirk, & Evan Schnidman

Here’s your shot to ask our panelists about anything on the intersection of AI & compliance that hasn’t been covered already. You’ve got 30 minutes. Let them have it!

8:00 – 9:00 Networking and drinks
9:00 Closing doors