In the past few years, there has been an upsurge in the number of FinTech Companies established in Europe to influence the way people carry out their financial and business transactions.
These startups help financial agencies, companies, and even individuals manage all economic aspects of their business, using new software, applications, business models, and processes.
FinTech firms in Europe and the United Kingdom have been subjected to some interesting development. While the significant effect of the “Brexit” law is yet to be seen in London as the central hub of European FinTech, the City of London Corporation has already worked out policies and regulations that can maintain the flow of talents and funding to this sector.
Studies by Her Majesty Treasury in December 2017, shows that only the Financial Technology Sector employs more than 60,000 people in 1600 firms and contributes at least £6.6 billion annually to the UK economy.
Other cities in Europe such as Dublin, Berlin, Stockholm with vibrant technology have also attracted a significant amount of funding and growth. Also, the European Union recently introduced a new directive for regulation and compliance in the region.
This is targeted at shifting the monopoly at consumer data irrespective of the previous costs, thereby enabling innovations that will benefit the consumers.
As Financial Technology influencers try to adapt to this new policies, an opportunity is already springing up for those who support change through security and compliance solutions.
In this article, we have put together a list of the top 10 FinTech influencers in Europe; our ranking is measured using the social media influence on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook amongst others conditions.
These influencers are well respected and trusted individuals within the financial institution who share high-quality information on emerging FinTech trends, they also have a large community of loyal followers on the social media.
Appointed in March 2011 as the Executive Director of the European Banking Authority, Adam Farkas holds a doctorate degree in Finance from the University of Budapest with an M.Sc from Sunderland University. He started his career as an Assistant Professor at Budapest University of Economic Sciences and has served as the chairman of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority. He is currently in charge of the Management of the Authority and prepares the work of the board. He also implements the EBA annual work programme under the control of the management board and guidance of the Board of supervisors.
Is an investor and a technology entrepreneur; he is currently the Chairman and Co-founder of Yoyo Wallet which is UK’s most large multi-retailer mobile wallet, founded in London. Through its unique omnichannel point-of-sale acceptance rails, Yoyo delivers a seamless mobile payment and loyalty experience to its customers while providing retailers the opportunity to engage better, reward and retain their clients. In 2000, Alain co-founded and ran OB10, the world’s most extensive electronic invoicing network that floated on the London AIM stock market as Tungsten Corporation Plc. With successful startups such as BuyVip sold to Amazon in 2010, he was also the former Senior Vice President at Visa International.
Is the founder and CEO of Kreditech a global financial technology company leveraging big data and machine learning to create technology for enabling modern consumer finance across the world, 100% automatized and scaleable. He also co-founded and sold the prediction market engine. Alexandar believes that algorithms and Statistical Data are the critical building blocks for the Industrial Revolution of the future.
Is the CEO and co-founder of InvestGlass-SA which is the inside sales CRM-CMS of choice for financial advisors, sales and family office. He formerly worked as head of equity sales, an advisor at Union Bancaire Privee, the portfolio manager at Levitt Capital Management and the senior private banker at the Bank of China. He is also the co-founder and Vice President of the Swissfintech National Association. Alexandra is so much interested in sharing his experiences with new
Known as a consultant in Marketing and Pricing Policies, Smart Data, Digitalization, Electronic Computer Interfaces and Behavioral Change, Andreas Staub is a graduate of the University of Zurich and has more than fifteen years management experience in the banking sector. He is the Chief Communication, managing partner and a Business Development Officer at Fehr Advice & Partners AG.
Is the CEO of Starling Bank and a member of its Board of Directors. Anne founded Starling in 2014 and now oversees the Executive Leadership Team and focuses its vision on building the best possible customer experience. Previously, Anne was COO of Allied Irish Banks Plc and Head of EMEA, Global Transaction Banking across 34 countries for RBS and ABN AMRO. Anne’s vision for Starling Bank is to build the best bank account in the world.
Is the co-founder and CEO of Early Metrics, which is the first rating agency for innovative SMEs and start-ups. He holds an M.SC in Life Science and graduated from AgroParisTech, which is France leading institute of Life Sciences. Antoine publishes articles regularly on FinTech, retail, and Insurtech.
Is a British Business Executive and the Chief Executive Officer of 10x Future Technologies a startup aimed at redefining how banks engage and operate with customers. He was initially the Group CEO of Barclays until 2015. Anthony is passionate about the transformative power of technology.
Is a management consultant, entrepreneur and the founder of Qard -an e-financier which specializes in providing working capital loans for SMEs. Qard is based in Zurich and Paris. Azzeddine is also an active member of the Swiss Fintech scene through various associations.
Benoît started his career at Bruxelles Lambert as an investment Banker, in 1994 before it changed to ING Belgium. He joined the group again a few years later after creating his own company in retail distribution. In 2015, he became the global head of FinTech of ING, and in 2018, he was appointed the Chief Innovation officer of ING group and CEO for ING ventures.
Finally, the FinTech Influencers listed above have made a lot of impact on their followers using their various social media platforms. One beautiful thing about following any of them is that they spread great and informative ideas, which keeps you informed of the latest news and trends.