Sophia BantanidisEMEA Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy and Citi Accelerator Mento at Citi
Sophia Bantanidis is the EMEA Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy, within Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS). She joined on 1 February 2016 from Northern Trust where she managed a team as the EMEA Head of Regulatory Developments enabling the bank to commercialise regulatory change for clients as well as to comply with rules and regulations. She is on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech 2017 Powerlist and a finalist for Women in Finance 2018 FinTech Champion of the Year.
In her current role Sophia is responsible for leading the execution of strategic objectives and market initiatives in the EMEA region. She is heavily involved in Citi’s innovation and digital agenda and shaping the industry dialogue around blockchain/ distributed ledger technology, FinTechs and RegTech. Sophia is a mentor on Citi’s Accelerator and is responsible for identifying interesting FinTech and RegTech opportunities for Citi. She works closely with global teams and country heads to ensure that emerging regulatory and market developments impacting TTS and/or its clients are identified at an early stage, industry leadership and advocacy opportunities are being pursued in order to shape change where possible and product development adjustments as well as innovation are being carried out where required. She is also in charge of developing internal and external thought leadership in the context of market developments and regulatory change and faces off to key clients (financial institutions and corporates).
Sophia speaks 5 languages; she has worked at two regulators (FCA in London and La Commission Bancaire in Paris), banks and asset managers in various business areas including derivative products and strategic communications. She holds an LLB in UK Law and German Law from University College London and from the University of Cologne as well as a Master’s Degree in European Business from ESCP Europe in Oxford and Paris.