Founder & CEO, Thought Machine
Paul Taylor is the founder and CEO of Thought Machine, a brand new banking platform combining a Google-like approach to software with bank-like requirements for functionality. Prior to Thought Machine, Paul headed the text-to-speech group at Google. He joined Google in 2010 when they acquired his company, Phonetic Arts. Phonetic Arts developed speech synthesis technology and was based in Cambridge, England. Paul has a PhD in Speech Technology Research from Edinburgh University and started his career as an academic. Since then, he's founded three companies and taught at Cambridge University, in addition to his work at Google. Paul has published over 80 papers on speech technology, including the now standard text book in the field.
Director of Fintech, Autonomous
Lex Sokolin is a futurist and entrepreneur focused on the next generation of financial services. He directs Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a leading research firm. Prior to joining Autonomous Research, Lex founded and ran NestEgg Wealth, a roboadvisor that pioneered online wealth management and was acquired by AdvisorEngine, a digital wealth management platform backed by WisdomTree.
Co-Founder & VP, Plug & Play Fintech
Scott Robinson is the founder and VP of Plug and Play FinTech, a fintech-focused startup platform run with partners including BNP Paribas, Santander, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank, Sberbank, USAA, Mitsubishi, Capital One, Sumitomo, Intuit and many more global financial institutions. Since the launch of the program in February 2015, Scott and his team have accelerated over 90 FinTech startups and made numerous venture investments in the space.
Fonder & CEO, Tandem
Ricky Knox is the Founder and CEO of Tandem, a new UK bank that partners with its customers to improve their financial lives. Tandem is at least Ricky's third business. He's also a co-founder of Small World and Azimo. In addition to starting companies, Ricky also invests in them via his investment vehicle, Hexagon Partners.
Founder & CEO, Curve
Shachar Bialick is the Founder and CEO of Curve, the smarter banking card. Curve works like....well, magic. It lets you spend on all your cards on a single piece of plastic and even go back later and change which card you paid with.
Founder & CEO, Deposit Solutions
Tim Sievers is CEO and Founder of Deposit Solutions, an Open Banking platform for deposits, connecting banks and depositors across Europe. The platform allows banks to offer attractive third party deposit products to their own customers through their existing accounts. Deposit Solutions works with banks across Europe, has mediated deposits in excess of €2bn, and employs more than 110 people across Hamburg, London and Zurich.
Co-Founder & CEO, Kantox
Philippe Gelis is Co-founder and CEO of Kantox, a wholesale FX company and one of London's most successful fintechs.
Head of Client Solutions, BBVA
Mario Pardo double-hats as Head of Strategy in Customer Solutions (the unit responsible for the digital transformation of the BBVA Group) and Head of Strategy and Transformation in Corporate and Investment Banking.
Head of Global Treasury Solutions, BBVA
Carmela Gomez is Head of Global Treasury Solutions at BBVA.
Head of Open Innovation, BBVA
Marisol Menendez is Head of Open Innovation at BBVA and leads the bank's annual Open Talent competition.
Managing Director, SVB
Kristi Oliver is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, one of the best known banks in the startup community, banking many of the most successful tech companies and VCs in the US and UK.
Head of Commercial Banking, SVB
Erin Platts is Head of UK Commercial Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, one of the best known banks in the startup community, banking many of the most successful tech companies and VCs in the US and UK.
CEO, Entrepreneur First
Matt Clifford is the co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneur First, the world's leading technology company builder. EF invests in top technical individuals to help them build world-class deep tech startups in London and Singapore. Matt is also the co-founder of Code First: Girls, a free part-time course for high-potential female university students who want to be part of the digital revolution. In 2016, Matt received an MBE from the Queen of England for recognition of his work.
Partner, Balderton Capital
Rob Moffat is a Partner at Balderton Capital, a London-based venture capital firm that has invested in fintech businesses including GoCardless, Revolut, Crowdcube, Nutmeg, Seedcamp, ComplyAdvantage, Wonga, Zopa and more. Prior to joining Balderton, Rob worked at Bain & Company and Google. Rob holds degrees from Cambridge and INSEAD.
Charlie Delingpole is the founder and CEO of ComplyAdvantage, a company using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help prevent financial crime. Prior to founding ComplyAdvantage, Charlie co-founded and ran MarketInvoice, a leading alternative lending platform focused on invoice finance. Charlie founded his first startup in 1999, and somehow managed to run it for seven years while at Cambridge and then the London School of Economics.
Partner, Eight Roads
Michael Treskow is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe. Previously, Michael worked at Accel in London, where he was involved with investments in companies such as Funding Circle, GoCardless and WorldRemit. He moved to London from San Francisco, where he did cross-stage investing in technology companies at Warburg Pincus.
Carolina Brochado is a Partner at Atomico, a London-based VC firm. Atomico manages over a billion USD and has invested in seven companies that grew to be worth more than a billion dollars, according to the Financial Times, including games developer SuperCell and weather data company Climate Corporation.
CEO, Octopus Ventures
Alex Macpherson is CEO of Octopus Ventures, the £660 million venture capital arm of UK fund manager Octopus Group. Alex's fund has invested and exited a handful of noteworthy AI companies, including Evi Technologies, Swiftkey and Magic Pony, which sold to Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter, respectively.
Founder & CEO, Trussle
Ishaan Malhi is CEO and Founder of Trussle, the UK's first online mortgage advisor. Trussle uses technology to help homebuyers and existing homeowners select from the over ten thousand mortgage and remortgage options on the market in the UK. Trussle has attracted investment from a range of noteworthy backers, including Zoopla, Seedcamp and the co-founders of Betfair and Wealthfront.
Founder & CEO, ClearBank
Nick Ogden is the Founder and CEO of ClearBank, the UK's first new clearing bank in more than 250 years. ClearBank offers banking infrastructure, including clearing, to incumbent and startup financial services companies and fintechs. Built on real time technology, ClearBank aims to support increased transparency and competition in the UK banking market. Prior to founding ClearBank, Nick founded, ran and sold WorldPay, a global leader in payment processing.
CEO, Innovate Finance
Lawrence Wintermeyer is the CEO of Innovate Finance, an independent membership association that represents the UK's global FinTech community. Founded in 2014, Innovate Finance looks to accelerate the UK's leading position in the global financial services sector by supporting the next era of technology-led financial services innovators.
Co-Founder & CEO, Railsbank
Nigel Verdon is the co-founder and CEO of Railsbank, an API-layer connecting fintechs to a wide range of banking and payments services in 5 lines of code. Nigel is a pillar of the London fintech community. Prior to founding Railsbank, he founded and ran CurrencyCloud, an API-based FX and payments solution, invested as a venture capitalist at Orange Growth Ventures, advised startups in the UK and Europe and traded FX at Nomura and Swiss Bank.
Steve Lemon is the co-founder of CurrencyCloud, a wholesale FX and payments company. CurrencyCloud's API-based payments engine automates B2B payments and FX, powering an impressive range of fintechs, including Klarna, Travelex, Revolut, Azimo, Fidor Bank and, previously, Payoneer, Kantox and TransferWise. Earlier this year, CurrencyCloud raised a $25m series D round from Google Ventures, which will allow it to grow its US presence and expand into Asia.
Principal, Omidyar Network
Ameya Upadhyay is a Principal at Omidyar Network, a high impact social investment fund set up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Ameya focuses on the firm’s Fintech and Financial Inclusion efforts, investing in organizations that have the potential to create economic opportunity for individuals in Africa, Europe, Myanmar and India. His portfolio includes first movers in India across micro-enterprise lending, digital retail lending, merchant cash advance, and online brokerage.
CTO, IBM Quantum Computing
Scott Crowder is the CTO of IBM's Quantum Computing business
Alvaro Alvarez del Rio
Principal, Initial Capital
Alvaro Alvarez del Rio is Principal at Initial Capital, a mobile gaming and fintech focused venture capital fund. Prior to joining Initial Capital, Alvaro worked in investment banking and private equity.
Principal, Orange Growth Capital
Aman Ghei is Principal at Orange Growth Capital, a London- and Amsterdam-based venture capital firm focused on high growth fintech and mobile gaming companies. Prior to joining Orange Growth Capital, Aman worked at Facebook and Accel Partners.
Co-Founder & CEO, Penta
Lav Odorovic is Co-Founder and CEO of Penta, a Berlin-based neobank offering banking services to early-stage technology companies.
Founder & CEO, Crunch
Darren Fell is the Founder and CEO of Crunch, one of the original cloud-based accounting platforms, launched in 2009. Crunch serves thousands of sole traders and small businesses in the UK with an ever-increasing range of accounting and financial services products.
Founder & CEO, Azimo
Michael Kent is a serial entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Azimo, one of Europe's most successful fintechs of recent years. Michael is also co-founder and a non-executive director of Tandem, a new digital-only bank in the UK. Previously, Michael co-founded Small World Financial Services, a money transmission provider, which he grew to $4.5bn in annual transaction volumes. Michael is also a startup investor and advisor, working with companies including Curve, a smarter credit card, and ComplyAdvantage, an digital KYC & compliance solution.
Senior Economist, OECD
Gert is a Senior Economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In nearly 20 years at the OECD, Gert has worked on subjects including financial market structure and stability, economic policy and regulation, and engagement of the private financial sector. Gert is the author of various publications, including numerous articles on financial markets and a book on high and chronic inflation and stabilization policies.
CEO, Open Insights
Usama is the former Chief Data Officer at Barclays and Yahoo. He is one of the top executives in the transformational data science space. Currently, Usama is CEO of Open Insights, a US-based data strategy and technology company. Usama also serves as CTO of Stella.AI a Mountain View, CA based, VC-Funded startup, and as Interim Chief Operations & Technology Officer for new, innovation-focused division of MTN, Africa’s largest telecommunications provider.
Co-Founder & CEO, 11:FS
David Brear is CEO and co-founder of 11:FS, a FinTech consultancy that helps banks become truly digital. He’s also cohost of FinTech Insider, a blockbuster podcast about FinTech and financial services. Named among the Top 100 Most Influential FinTech Leaders of 2016, he's one of the most recognized and influential people in financial services. David worked at Lloyds Banking Group and Aviva on large-scale digital transformations and then led Gartner's Global Digital Banking practice before starting 11:FS.
Managing Director, Rainmaking
Liz ran StartupBootcamp Fintech's 2015 London program and then led ecosystem development for the accelerator. She is currently Managing Director for Thought Leadership at Rainmaking, one of the parent companies of StartupBootcamp.
Co-Founder & CEO, Mambu
Eugene Danilkis is co-founder and CEO at Mambu, the SaaS banking platform, established in Germany in 2011. With a passion for technology and design and degrees in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science, Eugene is the driving force behind the Mambu vision.
Founding Partner, Reinventure
Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group, a new model of corporate venture capital in Australia and New Zealand. Danny has worked on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur and corporate venture capital executive.
Founding Partner, Reinventure
Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director Reinventure Group. Simon has spent his career working on innovation, both through venture and corporate innovation.
CEO, StartupBootcamp Fintech
Nektarios is CEO & Co-Founder of Startupbootcamp FinTech and Startupbootcamp InsurTech, the leading innovation programs in the financial and insurance industries. The programs provide funding, mentorship and office space in the heart of London, Singapore & New York, along with access to a global network of investors and VCs, for up to 10 selected FinTech startups per class. Nektarios has spent nearly 20 years in the business, previously with Clearstream and SWIFT, where he ran the Innotribe Startup Challenge.
Dhiraj Mukherjee is an entrepreneur and innovator, founder of the world famous music app Shazam and former Head of Innovation at Virgin Money, a prominent UK bank. The views he shared with us on Rebank are his own personal views. Dhiraj has advised or launched digital platforms around music, movies, advertising and social networking. He has advised on innovation for Reuters and other large corporates, and now carries the innovation flag at Virgin Money. In addition to his work at Virgin Money, Dhiraj is an insightful thinker in his own right, and it's in that capacity that he joined us on Rebank.
Sophie is Head of European Expansion for Fidor Bank, one of Europe's original and best known digital-only banks. Originally launched in Germany in 2009, Fidor expanded into the UK in 2015. Prior to joining Fidor, Sophie led product strategy and commercialization at Bankable, a white-label banking platform provider. Before that, she was the Chief Marketing Officer at HelloFresh, a Rocket Internet-backed ready-to-cook meal delivery startup.
Dave is an internationally-recognized thought leader in digital identity and digital money. Dave is perhaps Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments and adjacent technologies, including digital identity, blockchain and privacy.
Founder & CEO, Taqanu
Balazs is the founder and CEO of Taqanu, a blockchain-based bank and digital ID registry for people without addresses, initially refugees and other at-risk populations.
Pascal is a full-time venture capital investor and fintech practitioner. Before becoming a venture capitalist, Pascal founded and ran startups, worked for commercial and investment banks and as been at one time or another a CFO, COO, CIO… the list goes on. Pascal is currently Venture Partner with Santander InnoVentures. Prior to that, he built the fintech venture arm of Route 66 Ventures into a top global fintech investor. Originally from France, Pascal holds an MBA from UVA's Darden School of Business and is a CFA charterholder
Founder & CEO, Pockit
Virraj is the founder and CEO of Pockit, a UK-based neobank working to address the problem of financial exclusion in the UK. Launched in 2014, the company had 123,000 customers at the end of 2016 and is growing fast. Pocking is built around a transaction account and a payment card, and is in the process of expanding its offering to include a range of financial products.
Andra Sonea is a banking systems specialist. Until recently Lead Solutions Architect within the Innovation & Digital Development Directorate at Lloyds Banking Group in London, Andra is currently pursuing a prestigious Anthemis Fellowship to build on her work in banking system architecture. Prior to joining Lloyds in 2014, Andra worked for over fifteen years as an international technology consultant with IBM, SAP, EY and KPMG, gaining first-hand experience building and transforming IT architecture at some of the world’s largest banks.
Tom is a serial entrepreneur. He founded an e-commerce platform for students called boso.com while he was in college, and later launched GoCardless, a B2B payments company that raised funding from the likes of Accel, Balderton and Passion Capital and went to Y Combinator in 2011. Tom got involved in the digital, challenger bank space in the UK relatively early, at the bank now known as Starling before moving on to found Monzo, which plans to launch in early-2017.
Brett King (@brettking) is a bestselling author and was voted Innovator of the Year for 2012 by American Banker. Since 2010 Brett has released 5 Global Bestselling books, including Bank 2.0, Branch Today – Gone Tomorrow, Bank 3.0, Breaking Banks and his latest Augmented. His books have topped bestseller charts for banking in 18 countries and have been translated into 9 languages.
David Robson leads IBM’s Watson business in the European financial services sector. Perhaps the world’s most recognizable AI system (after HAL 9000), IBM’s Watson is live across multiple industries and is using artificial intelligence to solve hard, real world problems.
Brian Roemmele is the consummate Renaissance man. He is a scientist, researcher, analyst, connector, thinker and doer. More than anything, I've found Brian to be an observer of the world, asking questions and following his seemingly infinite curiosity to the root of an astounding variety of issues.
Devie Mohan is a prominent fintech writer, speaker and commentator. Devie is the co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a fintech research company established in partnership with Berlin-based FinLeap. She is also a market strategist and UK coordinator with FinLeap.
Joel Perlman is a UK-based serial entrepreneur. After starting his career at McKinsey, Joel eventually left to co-found Copal Partners, a financial research outsourcing company with his business partner, Rishi Khosla. Over a period of 12 years, they grew the business to almost 3,000 people before selling it to Moody's in 2014.
Chris Gledhill is the Founder and CEO of Secco. Chris is the #1 fintech influencer globally and regularly speaks and writes about fintech, banking and the future of financial services.
Martin Haering is the Chief Marketing Officer at Misys, a UK-based banking systems provider. Misys has 1,800 banking and financial services customers worldwide, include 48 of the top 50 global banks. Misys is one of the more innovative core banking providers, having recently announced a new platformification strategy that will see it open up its core banking systems to third party development.
Myles is an Experienced Payments Executive & Entrepreneur and is currently the Chief Executive of Modulr, a flexible payments platform seeking to deliver better ways for businesses to move money. At Modulr, Myles is building an API business payments platform that simplifies complex payment flows delivering efficiency and business growth.
Duena Blomstrom is an independent Digital Banking consultant, entrepreneur, VC, speaker and, her words,"uncomfortably opinionated blogger." For the past 18 years, Duena has worked across Telco and Finance on strategy and consulting for sales or marketing, including a 5 year stint as Head of Sales and Marketing for Meniga. Duena works at the intersection of technology and behavioural science; she's passionate about helping banks transition from thinking product set and thinking customer needs.
Michael O’Connor is a fintech & banking advisor and investor with extensive experience analyzing, structuring and investing in banking and financial services deals. Michael was a portfolio manager looking at credit and banking transactions for Arrowgrass Capital Partners, a prominent, London-based, financial services-focused alternative investment fund, before going independent earlier this year. Prior to Arrowgrass, Michael was a founding partner at Portman Capital Partners, where he advised UKFI and HM Treasury on alternative disposal strategies for Government-owned banking assets. Michael has also worked in various senior roles at GLG Partners, Polygon Investment Partners, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.
Vladislav Solodkiy founded Life.SREDA, a fintech-focused VC fund, in 2012 and has been running it ever since. Life.SREDA 1, which was focused on A-rounds in the US and Europe, invested $40m in 13 companies including Fidor, Moven, Simple, Anthemis, SumUp and Rocketbank. In November 2014, Life.SREDA launched its second fund, a $100m fund focused on B-rounds in Asia. So far, fund 2 has invested in companies including Fastacash, Mobikon, Lenddo, Ayannah and SoftPay. Life.SREDA also runs a $100m global blockchain fund.
Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.
Faisal is a banking and payments consultant providing advisory services to banks, financial services companies and startups. He specializes is cross-border money transfer and all aspects of the value-chain associated with it across B2B, B2C and C2C. Faisal has extensive knowledge in the design, integration & operation of payment networks and systems for international money transmission.
Chris Skinner is a famed banking strategist, advisor, blogger and speaker. Chris has published multiple books on the future of banking and fintech, including most recently ValueWeb. Seth Wheeler, Brookings Guest Scholar and Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, called Chris “one of the most authoritative voices on Fintech anywhere” Check out Chris's blog at thefinanser.com.
Jason has started 2 challenger banks, Mondo and Starling, a handful of digital consultancies, and a successful social enterprise that helps thousands of young people gain digital skills. In between, he consulted for Google, taught at Facebook, and separated billion dollar companies. Jason's most recent company, 11:FS, works with organizations across financial services to drive digital transformation and deliver contextual digital banking.
Skylar is a senior data scientist at Accenture's Advance Analytics Lab. With experience across logistics, defense, e-commerce, travel and more, at some of the world's largest companies, Skylar works on the front line of data science in its application to real-life business cases.
Jeff heads Fintech and Digital Partnerships across EMEA at Capco, a global management and technology consulting firm. Jeff is heavily involved in London's fintech scene as a mentor, advisor and board member. Jeff is an experienced executive with an extensive background in the Financial Services and Consulting industry. He has worked with a large number of financial institutions including HSBC, Lloyds, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, Nationwide, RBS, ING, ABN Amro, Rabobank and others and has led the delivery of large, complex business and IT change programmes