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Jesse McWaters

Jesse McWaters

New York, USA

Leader of the World Economic Forum’s exploration of fintech and financial innovation

Lead author of the World Economic Forum’s groundbreaking “Future of Financial Services” report which charted a taxonomy of fintech innovation

Former Financial Services Consultant with Deloitte and Director of Insights for Deloitte’s Future of Canada Institute

“Jesse has spoken at many Deloitte events around the world. The audience, whether it was Deloitte partners, regulators, or senior financial services executives, have always been very impressed with his depth of knowledge and insight. Jesse has been able to adapt to the audience needs to focus the content in areas for their specific businesses and align the content to what is occurring in the marketplace. His presentation style is entertaining and people have always request he return to present again.“

Bob Contri, Global Leader, Financial Services
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Jesse McWaters leads the World Economic Forum’s exploration of fintech and financial innovation. His work focuses on bringing together senior financial services executives, leading fintech players, and global regulators to understand how new technologies and innovative new entrants are transforming the competitive dynamics of the global financial ecosystem.

He is the lead author of the World Economic Forum’s groundbreaking “Future of Financial Services” report which charted a taxonomy of fintech innovation, as well as its more recent companion piece “Beyond Fintech” which explores the potential risks large technology firms pose to incumbent financial institutions. He has also lead the Forum’s work exploring the potential impacts of blockchain (“The Future of Financial Infrastructure”) and digital identity (“A Blueprint for Digital Identity”) on the financial system.

Jesse manages the Forum’s Global Future Council on Blockchain which convenes leading thinkers, innovators, and policy-makers to consider the emerging governance challenges presented by of blockchain technology. He previously led the now completed terms of similar councils on topics of the Future of Insurance and Asset Management and The Future of The Global Financial System.

Prior to his current role, Jesse worked as a financial services consultant with Deloitte and served as Director of Insights for Deloitte’s Future of Canada Institute, an organisation dedicated to enhancing Canada’s productivity, competitiveness and innovative capabilities. In this capacity Jesse co-authored numerous publications including: “The future of productivity – A wake-up call for Canadian companies” and “Passport to growth – How international arrivals stimulate Canadian exports”.

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