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Christian Ball

Christian Ball

Head of Banking, GFT at GFT
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Bio Chair of AWS Global Retail Banking Strategy Group. Executive Director and member of GFTs UK leadership team. Responsible to drive retail strategy, partnerships and growth in Atlantic region. Career History Banking, Consultancy Fintech business development, and growth agendas. Focused on Retail Banking propositions.



Open banking: an opportunity to develop an entirely new market for financial products

19 Dec 2018

Open banking represents the biggest banking transformation in a generation. Regulatory initiatives, such as ‘PSD2 and Open Banking’ from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) empower customers to share their data and payment mandates with third parties, so they can deliver compelling new services that are rich in functionality and enhan...



Will 2018 launch a new era for retail banks?

03 Apr 2018

Last year, retail banks increasingly debated how they would cope in a post-Payments Service Directive II (PSD2) world. The directive (which came into force on 13th January 2018 in the UK) is shaking up the financial industry, as high street banks look set to go head to head with tech giants and FinTech start-ups. In a move designed to create a mor...


Open Banking - are you ready?

31 Jan 2018

With Open Banking here to stay, it is fast becoming a top priority for financial services organisations that want to stay competitive in terms of innovation and customer offerings. However, many banks are still uncertain over how to tackle the practical aspects that need to be considered as they prepare to seize the opportunities presented to them ...


Meeting the needs and expectations of the customer is key to digital transformation projects

21 Nov 2017

The hot topics in retail banking are becoming increasingly clear as banks start to consider much more strongly their approaches and strategies for the digital economy. Broadly speaking, three themes have taken centre stage, first, around Digitalisation itself and how banks are embracing the challenge of making this happen. Secondly, Banking as a P...