James Wallis, Vice President, Global Payments Industry and Blockchain, IBM. James brings over 20 years of financial services industry experience and expertise to developing and executing business and customer strategy, market development, and sales management, with particular focus on payments and transaction banking. He works with leaders of financial institutions and payment companies worldwide to help them develop strategy and implement smarter payment solutions for growth and cost optimization. As a member of IBM’s Financial Services Sector senior leadership team, James also works on a number of broad industry initiatives, including leading IBM’s cross-industry blockchain initiative – making blockchain real for business.