Category Archives: Femtech Leader

Katryna Dow_Digital Rights Evangelist_Episode 75

I’ve been friends with Katryna “digitally” now for several years.  Few have her passion when it comes to an individual’s digital identity and the challenges facing us in the digital age.  Katryna has focused this particular passion into Meeco, the company she founded in 2012.

This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Katryna either.  During our interview for the www.femtechleaders.com series she stood under an umbrella in the driving London rain and wind; and despite these conditions she spoke with me for almost thirty minutes.  Told you; her passion for digital identity shines through.

Katryna Dow

Yolande Piazza_The Change AgentEpisode 73

Ever questioned why one of the biggest global banks would choose a 30 year bank veteran to be the CEO of their internal fintech program?  That’s exactly what Citi did when they selected Yolande Piazza to take over the Citi FinTech CEO role after Heather Cox moved on to USAA.  It’s so easy to knock this choice – but let me caution you on being quick to judge.  Take a few minutes to listen to and get to know Yolande Piazza and you’ll agree with me; she’s the perfect fit.

This was one of my favorite interviews so far, mainly due to Yo’s (her friends call her Yo) transparency and honesty about attempting to be an internal disruptor at a global bank.  It ain’t easy folks, but my money’s on Yo.

Natasha Kyprianides_FinTech Maestro_Episode 69

I’m always interested in the career arc of folks in the fintech space.  Natasha’s story is a great example of how much the financial services space is changing.  If you would have asked Natasha what she’d be doing for a career when she was young she would have said “Musician”.   Banker or technologist would have never, ever come to mind for her.

Fast forward a decade or so and Natasha is a highly recognized and respected digital banking innovator for Hellenic Bank.  As Robert Frost said “she took the path less traveled”.

Roberta Profeta_ Global Mentor_ Ep 65

Roberta Profeta goes by Robbie to her friends.  This pretty much includes everybody involved in the London FinTech scene.  Talk to just about anyone in Canary Wharf and they’ll have a story about Robbie.  She is an active mentor and also a strong voice for women in tech.

She also recommended The Machine Stops as a great read.  My copy of the book is on order.

Tanaya Macheel_The Wordsmith_Episode 63

There’s a lot of “click-bait” when it comes to FinTech and media.  This is expected when an industry is all the buzz; however, it can be extremely annoying at times when you expect more research and subject matter expertise from the authors of many of these articles.  Luckily that isn’t the case whatsoever with Tanaya.  She consistently does her homework when researching a topic and this is evident throughout her writing at media companies such as CoinDesk, American Banker, and now TearSheet.  Tanaya’s also been a strong advocate and voice for women in the tech scene.

And she can seriously ice-skate. Seriously.

Michelle Evans_FinTech Storyteller_Episode 61

I had the opportunity to first interview Michelle last year for the FemTechLeaders series (her full interview is posted below).  It was intriguing to learn how Michelle’s love for writing shaped her career as a journalist and how her background as a journalist shaped her career as a mobile payments thought leader.  Michelle now is the Global Head of Digital Consumer Research for  and she also is a contributing author for Forbes where she focuses on the impact of digital and mobile on payments and banking.

Michelle Evans MacLachlan

Ramona Ortega_Humble Hustler_Episode 59

“The Humble Hustler” – we didn’t come up with that title; Ramona did.  You’ll be hard pressed to find a more active and inspiring company founder than Ramona.  She has been a corporate securities attorney, founded a consulting firm, and is currently the founder of My Money My Future,  which the company’s website describes as “a company with a mission ­driven financial tech company that combines tailored content and simple to use tools to empower underserved Millennials manage their money with confidence.”

Take a few minutes to chat with Ramona like I did at Money2020 in 2016 and you be filled with confidence too.

Emma Lindley_Innovating Identity_Episode 53

I had the chat to interview Emma in London while we were both at a payments conference next to Tower Bridge.  We hid away in a hotel employee only hallway to escape the noise of the conference.  The looks of confusion we received from hotel staff; me with my headphones on and holding a microphone, and Emma trying not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation does come through at times during the interview.

That all said, Emma is as about a sharp an expert on digital identity as there is in the space today.  Her insights on the difficulty and the far reaching consequences of establishing digital identity standards are well worth the listen alone.

Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore_The Advocate_Episode 51

Take five minutes to talk financial services with Kathleen and you to will become enthusiastic about improving the financial lives of your customer.  Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore, or KPG to her friends, is exactly what one would want in a customer advocate.  She has made it her mission to focus on consumers and look for ways to both educate and make it easier for them to manage their finances.  She continuously pounds-the-drums on this topic in her role as VP & GM Credit Americas for PayPal.

Her FemTechLeaders interview:

Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore

Liz Lumley_Tech Rainmaker_Episode 49

Sting once had a hit song titled “An Englishman in New York”.  Liz is an “American in London”.  And, unlike many Yanks, I’m sure her fellow Londoner’s are thankful for her presence.  Liz is the Managing Director at Rainmaking.  And what is Rainmaking you ask?  Listen to the podcast and find out!

Liz is also an outspoken advocate for women in technology which I personally am very thankful for.  If you are ever at a conference and you see Liz on the agenda as a speaker or panelist – make sure you go hear her.  She is 1) hilarious, 2) very, very smart, 3) well connected / networked, and 4) did I mention she is hilarious?