Héctor Arias

Head of Open Banking Operations at BBVA

Héctor Arias is currently based in Madrid leading the global open banking operations at BBVA. In his current role is also in charge of the digital transformation processes related to partnerships execution, api platform components lifecycle and api creation along the BBVA footprint.

Previously served at the BBVA US franchise heading open banking. In Houston, TX worked as the liaison  between the bank and both the BBVA’s new digital business and the FinTech ecosystem. That endeavor came up with broad projects and strategic changes within the bank in areas such as technology, compliance, business development and operations among others. Prior to that position, he led product and operations for the first open API platform created from a global bank - the BBVA Open Platform - partnering with the most advanced financial innovators globally.

In his 15+ years experience in financial services he held positions in business strategy, innovation, business development and engineering. He also worked for IBM and feels particularly proud of coding the very first online banking in Spain.

Héctor holds a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering  from the University of Vigo and a BA in Economics from the UNED. Additionally received a PDD from IESE.