April 24, 2024
12 - 1 pm EDT (UTC-04:00)

Fair and Accessible Credit for Small Business, and the Impact of AI

Webinar with Mark Valentino, Jane Prokop, Qamar Saleem, Patrick Reily, and Ron Shevlin.

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The webinar covered topics on how banks and credit unions leverage AI technology and alternative data to expand lending opportunities for small businesses, highlighting challenges in lending to minority and protected class segments.

Learn what potential solutions can be leveraged that can change the landscape and enable access to fair lending for underserved segments within small business, while helping lenders profitably manage risk.

The webinar featured the following distinguished speakers:


Mark Valentino

President and Head of Business Banking, Citizens Bank

Mark Valentino currently serves as President of Business Banking at Citizens Bank, where under his leadership, the Business Banking team delivers comprehensive advice and solutions to help small businesses operate at every stage of their journey. Valentino is a member of Citizens’ Executive Leadership Group and very active in his local community where he engages in leadership advisory roles for various institutions.


Jane Prokop

EVP and Global Head, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mastercard

Jane Prokop leads Mastercard's Global Product and Engineering team, serving the SME segments at Mastercard. In her role, Jane leverages her deep expertise in lending to the SME sector as well as in data products, to drive innovation and product development, championing growth and resilience in the financial services sector.


Qamar Saleem

Head, SME Finance Forum
World Bank Group

Qamar Saleem, Global head of SME Finance Forum, pioneers SME finance with 30+ years' global experience. As a thought leader, he drives innovation and best practices, advising 300+ institutions worldwide. With expertise in strategy, climate finance, and leadership, Qamar advances knowledge exchange in SME finance.


Patrick Reily

Co-founder, Uplinq Financial Technologies

Patrick Reily, Co-founder of Uplinq Financial Technologies, is a renowned mathematician and economist with 30+ years in financial services. An AI pioneer, he advises institutions like the US Federal Reserve and the World Bank, and is one of the rare recipient of The Malcolm Baldrige National Award for business excellence.


Ron Shevlin (Moderator)

Chief Research Officer, Cornerstone Advisors

Ron Shevlin, Chief Research Officer at Cornerstone Advisors, shapes banking and fintech trends with influential research. Renowned for his Forbes column "Fintech Snark Tank" and podcast "What's Going on in Banking," he ranks among top global fintech influencers and is a sought-after keynote speaker in the industry.

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