The 100 Most Influential People in FinTech

- 2021 EDITION -

Stripe, the online payment platform, says that their goal is to “increase the GDP of the internet.” Although using this traditional economic term to describe the internet might sound a little strange, in fact, the internet is now a “place” where many of us spend our lives. As we use the internet for work and play, fintech, (or financial technology), is a backbone of our online lives and a bridge between the virtual and physical worlds.

What follows is a list of experts who are reshaping the financial landscape across different technologies and different countries around the world.

Patrick Collison

Patrick Collison

Patrick Collison is Co-founder and CEO at Stripe, an online payment processing company that creates fintech infrastructure and aims to “increase the GDP of the internet.” He is on the Board of the Long Now foundation and has been featured on NPR, on Tim Ferris’s blog, and interviewed by Mark Zuckerberg for his project Tech and Society.

Tim Cook

Tim Cook

Tim Cook is Chief Executive Officer at Apple. During his tenure, he has led company reforms on surveillance, cybersecurity, environmental impact, and manufacturing and appeared in Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Apple’s moves into digital banking and payments will shape the future of fintech.

Kristo Kaarmann

Kristo Kaarmann

Kristo Käärmann is Co-founder and CEO of the international low-cost money transfer service TransferWise. In 2018, TransferWise had 4 million users and handled around $4 billion monthly. Prior to this, he was a Manager at Deloitte and a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His interests include retail finance, data warehousing, insurance, online services, risk management, and cloud computing.

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin, a cryptocurrency researcher and programmer, is the Founder of Ethereum, the world’s second largest (after Bitcoin) cryptocurrency platform. Ethereum is open-source and designed for non-centralized operations. Its currency is the Ether (ETH), and its platform is used by more than 1,900 cryptocurrencies and tokens. The Ethereum platform went live with 65 million Ether coins in 2015.

Tom Blomfield

Tom Blomfield

Tom Blomfield is CEO at Monzo, one of the UK’s first fully digital banks with more than 3.6 million accounts established. Prior to this, he was Vice President of growth at Grouper and Co-Founder of GoCardless. He is interested in startups, business consulting, and technology.

Nik Storonsky

Nik Storonsky

Nik Storonsky is Founder and CEO of Revolut, a centralized financial services solution for banking, investing, online payments, international money transfers, and international ATM withdrawals. In 2020 it was valued at £4.2 billion ($5.5 billion), making it the UK’s most valuable fintech startup. Prior to this, he was an Equity Derivatives Trader at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers.

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong is CEO and Co-founder at Coinbase, a cryptocurrency platform that aims to create an open, global financial system. He is also Co-founder of the charitable giving platform GiveCrypto, which financially empowers people by giving them cryptocurrency so they can access the global financial system. Prior to this, he was CEO and Founder of UniversityTutor.com and worked at Airbnb.

Valentin Stalf

Valentin Stalf

Valentin Stalf is Co-founder and CEO at N26, Europe’s first mobile bank. In 2016, N26 was valued at $3.5 billion. Prior to this, he was Entrepreneur in Residence for the online incubator and investor Rocket Internet, where he was involved in developing fintech and online payment companies including Paymill GmbH and payleven.

Yoni Assia

Yoni Assia

Yoni Assia is Founder and CEO of eToro, an online trading platform that integrates social technology and aims to make financial markets accessible to everyone, with or without prior experience. He is also a Founding Board Member at Meitav Dash, one of Israel’s largest investment houses. His interests include fintech, economics, business development, technology, and blockchain.

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen is Co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz (also called “a16z”), a venture-capital firm investing in late-stage technology companies in fintech, crypto, healthcare, consumer, and enterprise sectors. They manage $12 billion in funds, with $865 million in cryptocurrency funds. A16z also publishes a newsletter, podcast, and videos about the future of these fields.

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson is Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures, a thesis-driven venture capital firm investing in more than 100 businesses that use the internet to move markets. Prior to this, he was Founder and Managing Partner at Flatiron Partners. He tweets and writes about business, fintech, and crypto, as well as social issues.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a New York Times Columnist and Editor, as well as the Founder of their business and policy news section DealBook. He also wrote the book Too Big to Fail, is Co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Box, and Co-creator of the financial drama Billions. He has a broad perspective on finance, business, politics, and fintech.

Dave McClure

Dave McClure

Dave McClure is Founder and Managing Partner of Practical Venture Capital, a tech venture capital fund with a secondary investment strategy that aims to make more secure investments with faster returns. He also Founded 500 Startups and worked at Founders Fund and PayPal. He was named one of the world’s top 100 venture capitalists by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.

Thomas Power

Thomas Power

Thomas Power is a Founding Board Member of the mastermind group Business is Personal. He is also a Member of the Board of the Blockchain Industry Compliance and Regulation Association (BICRA), Team Blockchain, and 9 Spokes, a cloud and SaaS consultancy. He is a top influencer in blockchain, fintech, and AI, and has spoken at 1000+ conferences in 56 countries.

Jim Harris

Jim Harris

Jim Harris is a consultant on innovation and sustainability, serving clients including IBM, Walmart, major developers, and government departments. He is a thought leader, speaker, and influencer on disruptive technology, blockchain, and cryptocurrency. The bestselling author of Blindsided!, a book on disruptive innovation in business, he also writes a column on tech trends for i3 Magazine.

Howard Lindzon

Howard Lindzon

Howard Lindzon is a Founder and General Partner at Social Leverage, which invested in Robinhood, AngelList, Rent.com (Ebay), Tweetdeck, and others. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the investment community StockTwits, which Time called one of the “50 Best Websites” and Fast Company named “One of the Top 10 Most innovative Companies in Web.”

Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo is CEO at Blockchain.com, the most popular cryptocurrency wallet. A computer scientist and cryptographer, he designed a digital currency called Bit Gold, a Bitcoin precursor. He is also a legal scholar well-known for his pioneering work on smart contracts and he writes extensively on topics like this on his blog.

Balaji S. Srinivasan

Balaji S. Srinivasan

Balaji S. Srinivasan was the CTO of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase and a General Partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He also co-founded the cryptocurrency education platform Earn.com and is on the Board of Directors of Coin Center, a research and advocacy organization exploring public policy related to decentralized computing and cryptocurrency. He is an innovator, investor, and entrepreneur.

Max Levchin

Max Levchin

Max Levchin is CEO and Co-founder of Affirm, an innovative consumer finance firm, and Chairman of the health and data project Glow. He is also Co-founder and General Partner of SciFi VC. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CTO of PayPal and highly placed in Yelp and Yahoo! His interests include cryptography, product and UI design, security, and networks.

Barry Silbert

Barry Silbert

Barry Silbert is Founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group, a blockchain technology investment company that owns Genesis Trading (leading bitcoin brokerage) and Grayscale Investments (largest digital currency asset management firm, with $2 billion in assets). He appeared in Fortune’s 40 under 40 list and was selected by both Crain and Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Antonio Grasso

Antonio Grasso

Antonio Grasso is CEO and Founder of DBI (Digital Business Innovation), a digital business transformation consulting firm. Their fintech projects have included Dedalo Banking Platform, an innovative open banking platform, and blockchain smart contracts solutions. He is also a tech influencer with interests in B2B, internet of things, and AI, as well as a startup mentor.

Mike Quindazzi

Mike Quindazzi

Mike Quindazzi is Managing Director for US Digital Alliances at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has 30 years of experience in managing consulting, strategy, and transformation, serving clients from small startups to Fortune 500 firms and maintaining technological alliances with companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon, SAP, Workday, and Salesforce. He also speaks on global megatrends and emerging technology.

Spiros Margaris

Spiros Margaris

Spiros Margaris is Founder of the AI-focused VC firm Margaris Ventures. He was the first to receive Onalytica’s “Triple Crown” for ranking #1 in fintech, blockchain, and AI, and he continues to rank #1 in areas like this in 2020. He is on the board of advisors of the digital insurance company wefox Group.

Fred Ehrsam

Fred Ehrsam

Fred Ehrsam is a Co-Founder of Paradigm, a cryptocurrency focused venture capital firm. Prior to this, he co-founded Coinbase, an early crypto platform and digital wallet that is one of this field’s most respected companies. Coinbase recently launched the Rosetta open-source API for Bitcoin and other currencies to make blockchain and cryptocurrency more accessible for development.

Jim Marous

Jim Marous

Jim Marous is a publisher and speaker on fintech and financial services who is considered one of the world’s most influential banking experts. His thoughts on banking and preparation for technological disruption have been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Times, the Economist, and Forbes, and he has advised the White House.

Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher is a Senior Systems Analyst at Whitcraft Group, fintech influencer (ranked by Onalytica), technology evangelist, cybersecurity expert, and consultant. His interests include fintech, data science, internet of things, digital transformation, 5G, cyber security, and virtual reality. He spoke at SXSW 2018 about cybersecurity and AI.

Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is Principal Investor and Head of Content at SignalFire, a venture-capital fund investing in seed-to-A round startups in online communication and social networking. He is Editor-at-Large at TechCrunch and has been ranked by Techmeme as 2016-2020’s “#1 most-cited technology journalist.” His work appears in outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR.

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge

Eileen Burbidge is a Partner at Passion Capital, a major early-stage technology venture capital fund, and she serves as non-executive director at several companies. She is also the UK Treasury’s Special Envoy for FinTech, Chair of Tech City UK, and Tech Ambassador for the Mayor of London. Prior to this, she worked at organizations including Yahoo!, Apple, and Skype.

Chris Gledhill

Chris Gledhill

Chris Gledhill is a fintech advisor, futurist, and writer. He often ranks as the #1 fintech influencer and has spoken on fintech, banking, and financial services. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of the fintech startup Secco Aura and an Innovation Technologist in Digital Banking at Lloyds Banking Group. His interests include blockchain, cryptocurrencies, AI, and big data.

Brett King

Brett King

Brett King is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the mobile banking startup Moven (raised $47+ million). He also hosts Breaking Banks, the world’s #1 Fintech radio show and podcast. A futurist and bestselling author, he has spoken on finance in 50+ countries, advised the Obama administration, and was quoted by China’s president Xi Jinping in a 2018 national speech.

Nick Bilodeau

Nick Bilodeau

Nick Bilodeau is Executive Director at Quantum, and prior to this he held senior roles at American Express, Fidelity Investment, ING, and others. He is one of Twitter’s top followed accounts in fintech, banking, marketing, and financial services, is in the Thomson Reuters Top 40, and is ranked a top blockchain influencer.

Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis is Chief Economist at Cypherpunk Holdings Inc., an investment firm focused on privacy protocols. Prior to this, he was the Founding Director of the Bitcoin Foundation and held senior roles at VISA, VeriSign, and Sumitomo Bank. He is on the editorial board for Ledger, a cryptocurrency journal, and is a fintech columnist at Forbes, American Banker, and CoinDesk.

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces is Head of Planning Strategy for Buckingham Wealth Partners (managing $50 billion). He gives his perspective on financial planning on his blog Nerd’s Eye View and the e-newsletter The Kitces Report. He is also Co-Founder of the fintech company AdvicePay, as well as XY Planning Network, fpPathfinder, and New Planner Recruiting.

Andreas Staub

Andreas Staub

Andreas Staub is Head of Business Development at Digital Transformation and a Managing Partner at FehrAdvice & Partners AG. He is also a Mentor at the Swiss fintech incubator and accelerator F10. His interests include behavioral economics, insurtech, AI, and big data.

Bradley Leimer

Bradley Leimer

Bradley Leimer is Co-founder of Unconventional Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm dedicated to increasing ecosystem diversity and helping great ideas succeed. Prior to this, he was Head of Innovation and Fintech Strategy at Santander U.S., helping them expand into fintech and track industry trends. He is also a startup advisor, speaker, writer, and Co-host of OneVision podcast.

Marvin Stone

Marvin Stone

Marvin Stone is Senior Vice President of Business Integration at Stewart Title, a global real estate services company offering fintech solutions through a new real estate payment app. He has led many process and technology improvements to support their global network. His interests include mortgages, venture capital, startups, and innovation.

Sebastien Meunier

Sebastien Meunier

Sebastien Meunier is Director and Head of Digital for North America at Chappuis Halder & Co. (a consulting firm), also leading their global fintech strategy. His background is in financial business strategy and global transformations. He is a top-ranked fintech and insurtech influencer and writes a blog about fintech, blockchain, AI, privacy, and cybersecurity.

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is Non-Executive Director of 11:FS, a consultancy and investment firm revolutionizing finance, creating new financial institutions, aiding government policy, and mentoring fintech startups. A prolific thought-leader, he hosts fintech’s most influential podcast FinTech Insider and has written 14 books. He is also Global Ambassador of Innovate Finance and Chair of The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation.

Gemma Claire

Gemma Claire

Gemma Claire was Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Moola, an online investing service that was aquired by Mercer. A finance and investment thought leader, she is the Executive Editor of the Times Money Mentor and is a Challenge Group Member of the UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing, helping develop a 10-year plan to improve the finances of the UK people.

Danielle Guzman

Danielle Guzman

Danielle Guzman is Global Head of Social Media at the human resources and investment consultancy Mercer. Onalytica ranked her as 2020’s top influencer on the future of work, and she has ranked as a top female influencer in finance and insurtech. Her interests include fintech, digital transformation, and employee advocacy.

Theo Lau

Theo Lau

Theo Lau founded Unconventional Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on women and minority founders. Ranked the #1 woman in finance and a LinkedIn Top Voice for Economy and Finance, she hosts a podcast and writes on topics like fintech, technology, inclusion, and longevity. Her work appeared in Harvard Business Review, MIT Tech Review, Nikkei Asia, and other top outlets.

Christophe Langlois

Christophe Langlois

Christophe Langlois is the Global Fintech Ecosystem Developer and Marketing Lead at Finastra, aiming to establish the top open global financial services platform. He is also the Founder and Editor at VisibleBanking.com, one of the most respected outlets in fintech. He is a marketer and growth hacker with experience at IBM, WPP, SWIFT, and Lloyds TSB.

Damien Cabadi

Damien Cabadi

Damien Cabadi is Chief Financial Officer of the new financial services company Spirit Asset Management, and prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer of MassMutual Europe and worked at BNP Paribas Luxembourg Group, where he managed up to 5 billion euros of assets. He has been called one of Europe’s top fintech influencers and a top wealth management influencer.

David M. Brear

David M. Brear

David M. Brear is Group CEO of 11:FS and Host of their daily Fintech Insider Breakfast Show and Fintech Insider Podcasts. Prior to this, he was CEO at Mettle, a financial services firm for small businesses, startups, and sole traders. He has a holistic view of the financial services industry and believes that digital services will change its future.

Rod Drury

Rod Drury

Rod Drury is Founder and Non-Executive Director of Xero, a top small business accounting platform. Investopedia called him one of the World’s Top 10 Serial Entrepreneurs and he has received numerous awards for business and entrepreneurship around the world and as a New Zealand business leader. He now focuses on public good infrastructure projects, startups, and community work.

Steve Tunstall

Steve Tunstall

Steve Tunstall is CEO and Co-Founder at Inzsure, a digital insurance provider for small-to-medium sized enterprises. He also owns the risk management firm Tunstall Associates and is an advisor to risk and insurance organizations. A speaker and author, he has 30 years of experience and has held roles equivalent to CEO or Managing Director for six companies in four countries.

Matteo Carbone

Matteo Carbone

Matteo Carbone is Founder and Director of IoT Insurance Observatory, a think tank for experts on internet of things and insurtech, and is also Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Innovation Advisory Board for Net Insurance. He is an author, influencer, and thought leader recognized as an authority in insurance innovation.

Florian Graillot

Florian Graillot

Florian Graillot is a Founding Partner at astoryaVC, a venture capital fund investing in early-stage tech startups related to insurance. He also advises the Open Insurance Initiative promoting API technology in insurance and mentors startups at Plug and Play Munich. Prior to this, he was an Investor at AXA Strategic Ventures and Newfund Management.

Neil Cattermull

Neil Cattermull

Neil Cattermull is the Director at the Future as a Service, technology and business advisors. Prior to this, he was Director at Frontier Technology, which merges cloud solutions and fintech. He writes and speaks about technology and entrepreneurship and is ranked as an influencer with interests in internet of things, blockchain, cloud technologies, AI, and fintech.

Rebecca Lynn

Rebecca Lynn

Rebecca Lynn is a Co-founder and General Partner at Canvas Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on fintech, AI, machine learning, SaaS, mobile, and digital health. Forbes called her one of the top female venture capitalists, and she appeared on their Midas List for five years. She was an early-stage investor in Lending Club (2014’s largest US internet IPO).

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus

Taavet Hinrikus is CEO and Co-founder of TransferWise, the low-cost international money-transfer service, and prior to this he was Director of Strategy and first-ever employee at Skype. He is also a venture capitalist and has invested in Qatalog, a “virtual workspace” startup integrating SaaS tools to help teams collaborate that has raised $18.5 million in funding.

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor is Co-founder and Blockchain Practice Lead at 11:FS and is a co-host of the podcasts Fintech Insider and Blockchain Insider. He often ranks as a top influencer in fintech, banking, and insurance. Prior to this, he led research and development of blockchain at Barclays. He currently advises governments and businesses in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

Minh Q. Tran

Minh Q. Tran

Minh Q. Tran is a Managing Partner at Mandalore Partners, an investment fund sourcing and partnering in innovative technologies and strategic investment vehicles. He is also a Founder or Partner at Insurtech Capital, Alchemy Crew, Seed Founders, and AXA Seed Factory. As an investor and influencer, his interests include asset building, alternative assets, insurtech, wealthtech, and proptech.

Ron Shevlin

Ron Shevlin

Ron Shevlin is Director of Fintech Research at Cornerstone Advisors and a Senior Contributor at Forbes’ Fintech Snark Tank. The author of the book Smarter Bank, he is a global fintech influencer and speaker. Prior to this, he was a Senior Analyst at Aite Group, Vice President of Marketing at Epsilon, and Vice President at Forrester Research.

Dr. Robin Kiera

Dr. Robin Kiera

Dr. Robin Kiera leads the consulting and marketing agency DigitalScout.de, serving banks and insurers with insights into fintech and insurtech trends. He is co-author of The InsurTECH Book and a speaker with interests in digitalization, blockchain, AI, and cloud technologies. He is also Ambassador of The Open Voice Network and of Female Founders in InsurTech 2020.

Helene Li

Helene Li

Helene Li is General Manager of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong and a Co-Founder of Go!mpact Capital Partners. A top influencer in fintech and financial services, her career included stints at BNP Paribas Wealth Management and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. She advocates for sustainable finance and impact investment, with interests in digital transformation, wealthtech, and insurtech.

Oliver Bussmann

Oliver Bussmann

Oliver Bussmann is CEO and Founder of Bussmann Advisory, consulting on innovation, digital transformation, and business model re-creation. He also serves on Bank of America’s Board Risk Committee. With 30 years of leadership experience in financial services and technology at companies including IBM, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, SAP, and UBS, he is a thought leader in fintech, cloud computing, and blockchain.

Kristian Feldborg

Kristian Feldborg

Kristian Feldborg is the Founder of Vesuvio, a venture-building firm contributing technology and professional services rather than monetary investment to early stage startups. Prior to this, he was Owner of the IT consultancy firm Liquidea Ltd, serving banks and insurance companies. His interests include innovations in fintech and insurtech.

Devie Mohan

Devie Mohan

Devie Mohan is Co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a fintech research company published in media including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. She is a top global fintech influencer, the author of The Financial Services Guide to Fintech, and has taught at Harvard and Coventry University. Business Insider called her one of “London's top women in fintech.”

Duena Blomstrom

Duena Blomstrom

Duena Blomstrom is the Co-founder and CEO of People Not Tech, a machine learning work tool that improves the psychological safety of teams. A LinkedIn Top voice, she is the author of Emotional Banking and a contributor to Forbes, and she speaks on topics including fintech, innovation, the future of work, employee engagement, and organizational psychology.

JP Nicols

JP Nicols

JP Nicols is the Co- founder of FinTech Forge, which helps financial institutions build strategic fintech partnerships and investments, and Co-founder of Alloy Labs Alliance. A thought leader and influencer, he created and taught the first classes on fintech and innovation used by banking graduate schools. He is also a Host at Provoke.fm, the top global fintech network.

Anna Irrera

Anna Irrera

Anna Irrera is Chief Correspondent in Fintech at the Reuters news agency, covering technological developments at major global financial institutions. Her expertise includes cryptocurrency, blockchain, online investing, and peer-to-peer lending. Prior to this, she was a Trading and Technology Reporter at Financial News, a Dow Jones publication. She has almost a decade of experience reporting on fintech and financial news.

Anne Boden

Anne Boden

Anne Boden is Founder and CEO of Starling Bank and Director of UK Finance, an advocacy group providing banking and finance research, policy expertise, and thought leadership. She is also an Advisor to the UK government Department for International Trade. She aims to facilitate innovative, fair financial services and brings deep expertise from a career at major international banks.

Alexa von Tobel

Alexa von Tobel

Alexa von Tobel is Founder and Managing Partner at Inspired Capital. Prior to this, she was Founder and CEO of LearnVest, a revolutionary investment service aquired by Northwestern Mutual. A bestselling author, she has appeared on the cover of Forbes and in many major media outlets. She writes for Money Magazine and Cosmopolitan and hosts the podcast Financially Fearless.

Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan is President of Family Office Exchange, a networking and wealth management advisory. He is also an Advisory Board Member at Ascent Private Capital Management and spent two decades at Capgemini, finishing there as Vice President – Global Head of Financial Services Market Intelligence. A thought leader, he is highly ranked as a global financial services influencer.

Bryan Clagett

Bryan Clagett

Bryan E. Clagett was Chief Marketing Officer and Investor at Geezeo, a leading SaaS white label fintech and financial services firm that was aquired by Jack Henry & Associates in 2019. He is currently an advisor to several community projects and speaks and writes about fintech, banking, financial services, and marketing.

Matteo Gamba

Matteo Gamba

Matteo Gamba is Product Lead – Payments at Wayfair, and prior to this he was Owner and Content Writer at the blog All About Airbnb and Product Manager – Marketing and Growth at TransferWise. His interests include UX, design, viral growth, startups, and innovative technology. He helps design creative products that solve user problems and help companies grow.

Peter Jeung

Peter Jeung

Peter Jeung was Director of Sales at Marketing at ICK International, a smart credit card and digital payment solutions company, leading global partnerships and financial institution sales. He is now Director of Sales at Marketing ACTON, an electric vehicle and mobility solutions company. He consults on technology related to fintech, banking, payments, and digital security.

Nigel Walsh

Nigel Walsh

Nigel Walsh is a Partner at Deloitte Digital, leading their digital and technological transformation and insurtech strategy. He is also Co-host of the InsurTech Insider podcast from 11:FS. Co-author of The InsurTECH Book and The AI Book, he has mentored startups as part of Startupbootcamp FinTech and was Vice President – Head of UK Insurance at Capgemini.

April Rudin

April Rudin

April Rudin is Founder and CEO of The Rudin Group, a wealth management firm specialized in multigenerational and customized programs for high and ultra-high net worth individuals. She has been ranked the #1 wealth management influencer, is Co-author of The WealthTECH Book, and writes for Forbes and the Huffington Post about wealth management, marketing, fintech, and philanthropy.

Koen Vanderhoydonk

Koen Vanderhoydonk

Koen Vanderhoydonk is CEO – Belgium Luxembourg Germany at Blanco Services, developers of automated wealth management technologies. He is also Co-author of the RegTechBlackBook about SaaS regulatory technology and Co-founder of the Financial Think Tank non-profit organization. An entrepreneur and public speaker, he has interests in fintech, regtech, and wealthtech.

Dave Birch

Dave Birch

Dave Birch is Principal at his digital financial services consultancy 15Mb, serving numerous companies with board-level advisory. He is also an Advisory Council Member to the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), an international banking, policy, and investment think tank. He is an internationally recognized digital identity and money thought leader, author, and a regular contributor to Forbes.

Sam Maule

Sam Maule

Sam Maule is Managing Partner – North America at 11:FS, digital banking and fintech innovators. He is also Co-host of their podcast FinTechInsider. Prior to this, he was Manager at the financial services technology and management consulting firm Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group. His interests include project management, financial services, training and consulting.

Patrick Coomans

Patrick Coomans

Patrick Coomans is Co-founder of the management consulting firm Tsundoku Ventures, an entrepreneurship mentor, and a scale-up coach. He was the Founder and Owner of 4All Networks, a SaaS firm in digital identity and authentication aquired by Verizon in 2011. He is also a thought leader and expert on Cybersecurity Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the European Commission.

Alex Nech

Alex Nech

Alex Nech is the Founder of FinTech Summary, a resource for the latest news on fintech, startups, insurtech, AI, and innovation. An economist, entrepreneur, growth-hacker, and influencer in financial services, fintech, and crowdfunding, he also writes for BankNXT and hosts events. His career has been in tech startups and major financial organizations.

Liz Lumley

Liz Lumley

Liz Lumley is Director of Product Strategy at VC Innovations. Prior to this, she was Managing Director – Thought Leadership at the corporate innovation consultancy Rainmaking and Managing Director and Director Global Ecosystem Development of Startupbootcamp, a fintech and insurtech accelerator. A fintech and banking technology thought leader, she was also Editor at Finextra for six years and organized international conferences.

Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler

Yancey Strickler is Co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter and the creator of Bentoism, a decision-making and prioritization system detailed in This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Drucker Institute Distinguished Fellow, in Fortune’s 40 under 40, and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.

Ricardo Vidal

Ricardo Vidal

Ricardo Vidal is Chief Product Officer at Wefox, a digital platform connecting customers with insurance providers that is Europe’s largest insurtech company. An international influencer, he is an Advisor to organizations including the fintech company FLEX Payment and the Holt Fintech AI Accelerator. His projects were named 2014’s “FinTech Start-up of the Year” and 2015’s “Digital Innovation of the Year.”

Jules Ratcliffe

Jules Ratcliffe

Jules Ratcliffe is the Managing Director at Vertex Partners, a strategy and finance advisory firm. He is also Co-founder and COO/CFO at Keybox, a blockchain, digital payments, and AI newsfeed and Co-founder of Magma Maritime, an asset digitization platform to finance maritime fleets through tokenization and fractional ownership of cargo ships. He is also a Venture Partner at Creative Dock.

Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti is Founder and CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s top fintech investment network, and Founder of their learning platform, FINTECH Circle Institute. Co-editor of several books (including the FinTECH Book), she has also been a commentator on CNBC. After beginning her career in Silicon Valley, she worked at Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Accenture, and Lloyds Banking Group.

Timo Dreger

Timo Dreger

Timo Dreger is Founder of InsurTech Forum, a platform for insurtech, fintech, blockchain, AI, and venture capital. A top fintech influencer and keynote speaker on digital business models and social media, he is also Head of Digital and Innovation at the insurance company Assona and Head of Digital Sales at PROTECTONAUT.

Claire Calmejane

Claire Calmejane

Claire Calmejane is Chief Innovation Officer at Société Générale, one of Europe’s top financial services providers, a Non-Executive Director at Boursorama, France’s largest online bank, and holds senior positions at other fintech organizations. One of fintech’s most influential figures, she was a World Economic Forum Working Group Member – Future of AI and Automation in Financial Services.

Sabine VanderLinden

Sabine VanderLinden

Sabine VanderLinden is a Co-founder, CEO, and Managing Partner at Alchemy Crew, a financial services and insurance venture validation firm. She is also Director of the advisory agency The Proposition Circle and an investment advisor on insurtech, wealthtech and healthtech ventures. Prior to this, she was Co-founder, CEO, and Investor at UK Startupbootcamp’s InsurTech program and co-edited The InsurTECH Book.

Bernard Moon

Bernard Moon

Bernard Moon was Co-founder of SparkLabs Group, a network of some of Asia’s most important startup accelerators and venture funds. Prior to this, he led many highly recognized technology and investment projects such as the communications platform Vidquik and the social network GoingOn. An influential entrepreneur and investor, he contributes to Mashable, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and ReadWriteWeb.

Jill Castilla

Jill Castilla

Jill Castilla is President and CEO at Citizens Bank of Edmond. Called one of the "Most Innovative CEOs in Banking" by Bank Innovation, she has led this bank to patent new financial technology. With Mark Cuban, she created PPP.bank, a small business resource for Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness that Finovate named Best Fintech Partnership.

Nektarios Liolios

Nektarios Liolios

Nektarios Liolios is Co-founder of the Future Farm, home of the NAKED entrepreneurship podcast and a platform dedicated to building a safer place for entrepreneurs to discuss their personal experiences, building resilience and improving the startup environment. He is an influential ecosystem builder who co-founded Startupbootcamp FinTech, Rainmaking Innovation, and Innotribe Startup Challenge.

Matteo Rizzi

Matteo Rizzi

Matteo Rizzi is a Venture Partner at Société Générale and NEVA Finventures, and the Co-Host and Executive Producer of the Breaking Banks Europe podcast. While at SWIFT, he co-founded Innotribe and launched the Innotribe Startup Challenge. He also co-founded the platform FinTechStage.com and was named one of the “40 most influential FinTech executives in Europe” three years in a row.

Anthony Schmitt

Anthony Schmitt

Anthony Schmitt is an independent trader and financial services advisor. His interests include fintech, multi-asset coaching (including crypto), banks, insurtech, and blockchain. He has expertise in how emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, big data, and internet of things will transform business and he provides coaching on complex trading strategies.

Amit Goel

Amit Goel

Amit Goel is the Founder and CSO of MEDICI Global, a top fintech knowledge platform offering a global fintech and startup index, B2C subscriptions, and research and advisory services. Repeatedly ranked as a top fintech expert, he also founded GrowthPraxis, a consulting and research firm serving startups, global organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.

Matt Dooley

Matt Dooley

Matthew Dooley is the Founder and Managing Director of Connected Thinking, a strategy, consulting, and training firm serving financial institutions and corporations with digital technology, marketing, and social media. A thought leader and fintech futurist, he serves on the Board of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), mentors at Startupbootcamp, and is the Hong Kong Director of Next Money.

Alex Jimenez

Alex Jimenez

Alex Jiménez is Chief Strategy Officer at the future-focused financial services consulting firm Extractable. Prior to this, he facilitated digital transformation at Zions Bancorporation and Rockland Trust. He is on American Banking Association’s Fintech Committee and chairs the Consumer Bankers Association’s Digital Channel Committee. He has appeared in outlets including Irish Tech News, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.

Pierre F. Suhrcke

Pierre F. Suhrcke

Pierre F. Suhrcke is Chairman at InfiniteCFO, an accounting and finance solutions company, a Venture Partner at TempoCap, and Advisor to Blocko (providers of industry-leading blockchain solutions like the CoinStack backend platform and API technology). He provides board-level advisory at these and other companies on topics including fintech, insurtech, AI, blockchain, and other disruptive megatrends.

Jason Bates

Jason Bates

Jason Bates is Co-founder and Deputy CEO at 11:FS, a consulting, investment, and digital transformation firm driving next-generation banking infrastructure. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at the innovative digital bank Monzo Bank and Co-founder of Starling Bank. He also advises the banks Rabobank and Xinja.

Lex Sokolin

Lex Sokolin

Lex Sokolin is Global Fintech Co-head at ConsenSys, serving financial institutions and investors with fintech, blockchain, digital assets, security, and decentralized finance expertise. Prior to this, he founded several fintech companies. He has a variety of senior and board-level experiences in fintech and is a futurist voice published in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, CNBC, and many others.

Marc Hochstein

Marc Hochstein

Marc Hochsteinc is Executive Editor at CoinDesk, leading their global team reporting on fintech, cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, blockchain, digital finance, and the future of money. He has 25 years of experience reporting on business, finance, banking, technology, and world markets, including 17 years at American Banker, where he provided early reporting on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Neira Jones

Neira Jones

Neira Jones is an independent advisor on fintech, regtech, information security, payments, and digital innovation. She also advises organizations including PCI-Pal, (a secure payments leader), Ensygnia, the Emerging Payments Association, and the Global Cyber Alliance. She has been repeatedly recognized as a top fintech and cybersecurity influencer and appeared on the list of “100 Fascinating Women Fighting Cybercrime.”

Urs Bolt

Urs Bolt

Urs Bolt is Product Manager – Digital Banking at ti&m, a major European digitization, security, and innovation firm creating new digital business platforms. After three decades in investment banking, fintech, and wealth management, he is a recognized expert in wealth management, wealth tech, and digital assets, as well as a speaker and author. He is on the boards of numerous organizations.

Oscar Williams-Grut

Oscar Williams-Grut

Oscar Williams-Grut is the Senior City Correspondent covering banking and finance at Yahoo! Finance, and prior to this he worked at Business Insider and the Evening Standard. In 2018, he was shortlisted for the Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting thanks to his investigation into cryptocurrency market scams. He specializes in investigative reporting, SEO, and online publishing.

Sam Shead

Sam Shead

Sam Shead is Tech Correspondent at CNBC, and prior to this he was Senior Technology Reporter at Business Insider UK. He has more than seven years of experience reporting on technology and business, with work published in Wired, Forbes, BBC News, the Financial Times, and the Guardian, and appearing on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and Sky News.

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