Events Archive

Joe DiVanna

With over 35 years of business and banking experience, Joseph DiVanna is the Managing Director ofMaris Strategies a Cambridge-based strategy consultancy and think tank for business and financial services.

Author, Speaker, Thinker & Strategist

A strategist for numerous banks, technology companies and multinational businesses, Joe is also a prolific author and regular contributor to global and regional publications on finance, his views on economics, banking and emerging markets can be read in The BankerFinancial WorldFTNew HorizonsFinWeek (South Africa)Malta Business WeeklyIslamic Business & Finance (Dubai), andMiddle East Banker (Dubai). A frequent commentator on CNBC (Europe, Africa, Middle East), Citi7-TV, Dubai One, and Summit-TV he is considered an expert on banking, economics, human capital management, emerging markets and Islamic finance.


Joe provides cutting edge thinking on banking and financial services with a focus on emerging markets. Joe’s lectures and industry speeches can be heard at numerous industry events on banking, financial services, Islamic finance, emerging markets, economics, innovation, human capital management and leadership.

Event Date Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Simon Dixon is the CEO and co-founder of and author of the book ‘Bank to the Future’. An active banking reformer and director of both the UK Digital Currency Association & the UK CrowdFunding Association, he regularly speaks on the future of finance to governments, businesses, investors and financial institutions. An ex-investment banker, trader & stockbroker launched his first business, angel funded by billionaire Peter Hargreaves and advocate of CrowdFunding since raising finance for through Equity CrowdFunding on it’s own platform. Simon regularly appears in the media including BBC, FT, Reuters, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and City AM.

Event Date Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The next SIMA meeting features Daren Allen who is a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner. Daren is Head of the Corporate Crime & Investigations team and a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. He has a great deal of experience in acting for financial institutions and large corporations in relation to complex investigations, litigation and enforcement proceedings.

Event Date Tuesday, 02 December 2014

David was born in Tottenham on 19th July, 1972, one of five children raised by a single mother. At eleven years of age, David won a scholarship as a chorister to attend a state choral school at The Kings School in Peterborough. He came back to London in 1990 to study law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School. Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, David became the first Black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School in 1997.

Event Date Thursday, 06 November 2014

Dr Bradford founded MBA in 1987 after working in R&D at microprocessor designer Inmos and R&D and Sales for Alphameric plc, a leading supplier of financial systems. He has been responsible for all the major product innovations that MBA has made and for company strategy.

Event Date Tuesday, 07 October 2014