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Antonio Alvarez

Antonio Alvarez

Director of Data, Santander UK

Executive driving the data strategy for Santander UK through customer value propositions around data and technology with impeccable results record by applying principles of lean and agile.

I have accountability for the creation of the teams to launch and sustain the Big data platform, the services and Data transformation of Santander UK into a data driven organisation.
I manage the Data centre of excellence for Santander UK, 130 people that support around 1000 data users and 5000 consumers, soon to be 10000, and aiming for the whole UK bank this year.

My team provides best in class data management, data engineering, analytics and data science services bringing together Strategy and Delivery as we trigger a cultural change supported in an organisational redesign and the creation of a new data operating model that looks to apply analytic thinking for every strategic decision and embed Machine learning and artificial intelligence into every product.

I have 20 years of international experience in the UK, Europe and Latin America delivering success in complex challenges for financial institutions with leadership roles around data, technology, change management and business functions.
Significant knowledge and experience in different areas of financial services, from retail to corporate, mainly banking but also insurance and investments, from products (deposits to mortgages) to accounting or risk.
With both a local and global perspective of an established multinational and now increasingly involved with Fintech startups and industry partners.

Member of the Cloudera Executive Advisory Board EMEA in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Speaker in key industry events in four continents: Strata in Singapore and London, ODSC in Boston, CDAO in Johannesburg, and more.