It’s an exciting time to work in the world of finance, but who are the major influencers you should get to know to further your fintech career?
The world of finance that we once knew has changed. Financial institutions must adapt to become fintech companies, and traditional banks must evolve to compete with the challenger banks of the world.
But fintech is far from a new industry, and there are plenty of thought leaders, experts and influencers who have been talking about the future of finance for a long time.
It has never been a better time to consider a career in fintech, but if you want to stand out in this competitive industry you need to stay abreast of the latest movements and trends.
One of the best ways to stay informed about the world of fintech is to follow those thought leaders online. Want to know where to start? We’ve got you covered.
Tim Hynes (@AIBIreland)
As AIB’s CIO, Tim Hynes has become a major voice in the fintech space. Under his IT leadership, AIB became the first Irish financial institution to launch industry-standard open application programming interfaces (APIs). Hynes also has 30 years’ experience working in both regional and global roles at notable blue-chip organisations.
With 95% of engagement with customers now through digital channels, our CIO Tim Hynes spoke with @siliconrepublic on the changes that have led to this shift. Tim will speak at #Inspirefest – an international event celebrating science, technology & arts https://t.co/afjA7yxvD6
— AIB (@AIBIreland) May 15, 2019
Sharon Walsh (@Fidelity)
Sharon Walsh is Fidelity Investments Ireland’s vice-president of technology management and part of the Fidelity Brokerage Technology division, which supports multiple products including a financial risk platform. Walsh is a strong advocate for women and earlier this year she won the Digital Woman Award at the ITAG Awards.
— FidelityJobs (@FidelityJobs) April 6, 2019
Andy O’Sullivan (@LeMarquisOfAndy)
Andy is part of the Incubator at Liberty IT, an innovation lab, and is passionate about the future of technology. An experienced engineer and innovator, O’Sullivan has previously been part of the innovation team at AIB and lectures in app development. He is also a member of Tech For Good Dublin.
— Andy O'Sullivan (@LeMarquisOfAndy) May 10, 2019
Liz Lumley (@LizLum)
Liz Lumley is a global specialist commentator on fintech, with more than 20 years working in the sector. An internationally recognised speaker in the world of fintech, Lumley has contributed to a number of well-known podcasts and is currently the director of the content and fintech ecosystem at VC Innovations.
I once had a dressing down by a VC (while on stage) after I commented on the low rate of funding investors give female-led businesses. 'Liz, VCs are dealing with A LOT of risk' <==Of course they are sweetie, all that risk from over funding men & underfunding women! https://t.co/AC4EfjLBic
— Liz Lumley (@LizLum) May 3, 2019
Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris)
Spiros Margaris has been ranked the number one global fintech influencer and number two global insurtech influencer by Onalytica. He regularly examines how AI and machine learning can impact the the financial industry. Margaris is also a senior adviser to the Fintech Forum and has previous experience in banking and hedge fund money management.
Welcoming disruption amid the rise of #fintech
via @PitchBook & @WellsFargo https://t.co/fqDLR4WmRu #VC #insurtech @JimMarous @psb_dc @Xbond49 @BarkowConsult @DavidBundiRisk @jblefevre60 @FintechCH @efipm @Visible_Banking @helene_wpli @UrsBolt @TheRudinGroup pic.twitter.com/OPmZy8fXfb
— Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris) May 15, 2019
Anna Scally (@annascally_kpmg)
KPMG Ireland’s Anna Scally is a fintech leader, international tax partner, and head of the company’s technology and media practice, and centre of excellence for innovative start-ups. Scally advises many Irish and international fintech companies, as well as early-stage start-ups. She is also the founding director of the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland.
Delighted to contribute to @TechIreland #InnovationNation2019 report and podcast covering all aspects of Ireland’s thriving #fintech ecosystem, #financing, opportunities and challenges, #regtech, regions and more! Listen here https://t.co/g2wOwjqTY3
— Anna Scally (@annascally_kpmg) April 8, 2019
Peter Oakes (@Oakeslaw)
Peter Oakes founded Fintech Ireland in 2014 to give a unique identity to the promotion and facilitation of the fintech scene in Ireland. Oakes is a non-executive director of TransferMate and Susquehanna International Group, and is also an international speaker and commentator on regulatory risk and fintech.
"Boring banking is exciting again in the US" Get ready then for more #fintech B2B – ie not 'business to business' but rather 'back to banking'.
👉 As investment banking and capital markets operations stumbled, retail units pushed profits higher.
— Peter Oakes (@Oakeslaw) April 17, 2019
Theodora Lau (@psb_dc)
Theodora Lau is the founder of Unconventional Ventures, which focuses on developing and growing an ecosystem of financial institutions, corporations, start-ups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and accelerators. Lau has a keen interest in women and minority founders. She has been ranked number two in the top fintech influencers by Onalytica.
— Theo (@psb_dc) May 13, 2019
Paul Byrne (@CurrencyFair)
As the CEO of CurrencyFair, Paul Byrne is a major player in the fintech space. Last year, the Irish money transfer company revealed a major expansion into the Asian market as part of a €20m investment drive. As well as being appointed CEO in 2016, Byrne is also a mentor for virtual incubator FasterCapital.
'You can't understand the market unless you are there' – Paul Byrne CEO of @CurrencyFair discusses the importance of having boots on the ground when entering international markets at Enterprise Ireland's Start-Up Showcase 2019 #GlobalAmbition pic.twitter.com/lxnL9TMGQ0
— Enterprise Ireland (@Entirl) February 14, 2019
Melinda Roylett (@roylett)
Melinda Roylett has been leading the European business at credit card processing firm Square for almost a year. Her previous financial experience includes a number of years at Lloyds Bank and a near 10-year stint in PayPal, first as head of business solutions and then as the head of small and medium business. Roylett is also an investor in a number of start-ups.
— Melinda Roylett (@roylett) April 29, 2019