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Sophia Bantanidis

Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy EMEA and Accelerator Mentor

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.
In her current role Sophia is responsible for leading the execution of regulatory 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, working on regulatory sandboxes and helping to shape an industry-wide sandbox. 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, brings 12 years of experience to Citi, having worked across two regulators (FCA in London and La Commission Bancaire in Paris), banks and asset managers in various business areas including derivative products, strategic communications, risk and compliance. In her spare time she mentors FinTechs as part of Startupbootcamp. 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.

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