Alenka has over 20 years of consulting and research experience in the banking industry with deep expertise in payments, transaction banking, and commercial banking.
Her research focus is on innovation in treasury management services, trade finance, working capital finance, and the implications for customer journeys across segments, including small business. As part of her research, she tracks the digitization of the financial supply chain and the rise of fintechs and new business and revenue models.
Ms. Grealish has advised top banks on their business and technology strategies. Her consulting work has included the development of a growth strategy for the treasury management business of a leading North American bank, examination of cross-border growth opportunities in treasury management for a top European bank, and the identification and evaluation of opportunities to enable small to medium-sized businesses to automate their payment processes.
Ms. Grealish has been widely quoted in the media including Bloomberg News, Financial Times, and the Associated Press. She has given presentations at numerous conferences including Bank Administration Institute events, the NACHA Payments Conference, and the Association of Financial Professionals events.
Prior to rejoining Celent, Ms. Grealish worked for The Boston Consulting Group, where she was the global segment manager for transaction banking and payments. She started her career as an associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Ms. Grealish earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma. She received her BA from Northwestern University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with superior honors in economics.
18 February 2021During JPMorgan Chase’s Earnings Call, Jan. 15, 2021, Jamie Dimon responded to a question regarding his 2015 warning that “Silicon Valley is com…
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3 December 2020Stripe just announced that it will launch Stripe Treasury, a banking-as-a-service offering for its e-commerce platform customers (e.g., Shopify)…
28 May 2020 13:00 - 14:00 CDT (14:00 EDT, 19:00 BST, 20:00 CEST)
United StatesFirst, the digital giants set the bar on customer experience for consumers. Consumer expectations quickly transferred to business user expectati…
27 - 30 October 2019
The Venetian, Las Vegas, United StatesMoney20/20 US is 2019’s Payments and FinTech event. It’s where the Payments, Commerce and Financial Technology ecosystem unites to create and re…
23 - 26 September 2019
ExCeL London, United KingdomJoin Patricia Hines, Gareth Lodge, and Alenka Grealish at Sibos, the annual conference, exhibition, and networking event organised by SWIFT for…
26 February 2019
Webinar: 9:00 AM San Francisco | 12:00 PM New York | 5:00 PM LondonThe bar for customer engagement is constantly being elevated by a variety of players. How can banks stay in front of the customer and engage thr…
28 January 2021
By Alenka Grealish, Senior Analyst, Celent. Working capital financing is in high gear, with multiple players tapping into the $17 trillion trapp…
3 December 2020
“If you look at the product portfolio Stripe already has, they’re just completing a product set by adding banking as a service,” said Alenka Gre…
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23 August 2018Regulatory change, cost pressures, advances in technology and more-demanding customers: treasurers have a lot on their minds, but artificial int…