Niek van Rens (44) started his career in the clearing business. He quickly became mid office manager at Extra Clearing (ING). After that , he moved from there to two prop firms as and became director. Inspired by the innovative way of thinking he developed, he commenced as an independent contractor to be able to quickly follow new developments. In that capacity, he set up a new trading firm, helped to develop a CCP in the Nordics at EuroCCP, setup a new derivatives CCP in the capcity as MD and replaced the core custody and payment system within ABN AMRO Clearing Since 2017, Niek is chief innovation officer for ABN AMRO Clearing Bank. He recently helped to set up a well noticed collaboration between ABN AMRO and NXChange to setup a new banking as service based on DLT technology. His main priority is to find new ways to adapt the banking world to the new, fast paced world outside of the banking bubble.