Category Archives: Influencer

Oliver Bussmann_The Innovation Orchestrator_Episode 70

Oliver Bussmann earned his stripes when it comes to financial services innovation.  He has a long career in banking and technology leading digital and innovation transformation projects as Group CIO at UBS; and leadership roles Allianz, Deutsche Bank, and IBM.

Oliver is recognized globally as a fintech influencer and thought leader.  His blog on the Bussmann Advisory site and frequent posts on LinkedIn and other media outlets are a must read for those interested in the financial services industry.

Faisal Khan_FinTech Babushka_Episode 66

Faisal and I first met in Istanbul at a payments conference in 2014.  We immediately hit it off thanks to our love of innovation, everything payments, and the impact technology on the banking industry.  One thing I really appreciate about Faisal is the vast amount of content he is able to produce.   He is active across social networks, whether it be Quora, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. or his participation with one of my favorite podcasts Around the Coin.  I consistently look to Faisal as a information resource when it comes to financial services.

Chris Skinner_The Finanser_Episode 60

The term “thought leader” is handed out a bit too easily these days, especially when it comes to FinTech.  That said, Chris Skinner is without a doubt one of the top two or three thought leaders in financial services today.  Chris has been on the leading edge when it comes to consistently predicting, writing, and speaking on the concept of digital disruption for well over a decade.  His blog,, is a wealth of information and inspiration for those of us in the financial services space.

And Chris is an all around nice guy.  Just don’t let him know I said that.

Huy Nguyen Trieu_Disruptive Financer_Episode 54

I first met Huy at London’s Canary Wharf a few years ago.  Several of my friends in the industry were meeting up for a drink or two and Huy joined us.  He was still working for Citi at the time as a MD and we immediately hit it off.  We both share a passion for the ongoing digital revolution in banking and finance.  Huy is a well known mentor and influencer in the London fintech scene.  It makes perfect sense that he would start an organization like The Distruptive Group.

Alessandro Hatami_The Matchmaker_Episode 52

Alessandro Hatami – his name alone tells a wonderful story.  Part Italian (a true Roman) and part Iranian, Alessandro is both both the nicest and most well dressed man I know in FinTech.  He is the classic networker and matchmaker for companies which is perfect for his role at The Pacemakers.  He is also one of the most active mentors for startups I know in the fintech space.

David Brear_The Nick Fury of FinTech_Episode 50

If you haven’t heard of 11:FS, the consultancy / media group founded by David Brear, then you simply aren’t paying attention.  David has assembled a remarkable and talented team for the new company including Simon Taylor and Jason Bates based out of Level 39 in London.

David’s CV speaks for itself.  His past roles include Global Director for Digital at Garner, and multiple leadership roles at Lloyds, HBOS, and Aviva.  But most importantly, Dave’s home office in Norwich rivals my own when in comes to comic book memorabilia.  And he rocks a mean beard.

BTW – Nick Fury is Samuel L. Jackson’s role in “The Avengers” movies.  He put the team together.

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?

Brett King_FinTech Royalty_Episode 48

Best selling author, world class speaker, successful entrepreneur, top rated podcast and radio show host, futurist… we are running out of accolades to assign to Brett King.  How about all around nice guy and good friend.  I think this one works best for me.

I  first discovered Brett when I read his book “Bank 2.0” several years ago.  I thought he was a visionary then, and after all these years it is safe to say he is a leading visionary today on the future of banking and the digital revolution.

Anne Boden_Rebel with a Cause_Episode_47

Anne could have easily chosen to take the well traveled path and continued her career as a top executive with any of the global banks.  After all she has already served as the COO for Allied Irish Bank, the Head of Global Transactions Services for RBSG, and as a senior executive for ABN Amro, UBS, and several other large scale banks.

Anne, instead, chose the path less traveled.  She is the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, one of the leading “neo” banks out of the UK.  She has assembled an outstanding team around her that matches her outstanding personality.  We are happy to call Anne a friend of the pod.

Ron Shevlin_The Snarketer_Episode-42

No time for B.S., or cliche’s, Ron Shevlin walks through life saying “WAIT A MINUTE?  What are you really trying to sell me???”   He is wise, he is funny, and he is the most honest man in banking.  In other words, everything you need in a consultant and commentator in an arena that can feel too full of hype that needs to continually refocus on substance.

And take a minute (or a life time; you’re choice) to read some of Ron’s great work.  You’ll thank me later once you calm down:   The Financial Brand’s Snarketing archive