5 Influential women in the FinTech industry
By Joy Dumasia
FinTech refers to software and other modern technologies used by businesses that provide automated and improved financial services. FinTech in our daily life is Mobile Payment apps, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain like Bitcoin and Gemini. In the future, the range of FinTech services is predicted to transform the market even more with A.I. and machine learning and will make FinTech products an integral part of our digitalised life.
FinTech refers to the synergy between finance and technology, enhancing business operations and delivering financial services. FinTech can take the form of software, a service, or a business that provides technologically advanced ways to make financial processes more efficient by disrupting traditional methods.
FinTechs role in society is becoming more vital than ever, mainly due to Covid-19. FinTech can be used anywhere, by anyone meaning it becomes accessible to people who may never have taken advantage of financial services before. Through access to essential financial services such as mobile money and e-wallets, FinTech companies are helping lift people out of poverty and create a more financially inclusive world.
The following are 5 Influential women in the FinTech industry:
- Amy Nauiokas, Anthemis Group
As Co-Founder, Co-CIO and Co-Chair of Anthemis, the leading FinTech investment platform, Amy is forging a more forward-thinking, strategic, and diverse financial system. Additionally, she is the CEO and Chair of Anthemis Digital Acquisitions, a 100% female-led and ESG-focused particular purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC). Equally passionate about transforming the media landscape, she is the founder and CEO of award-winning production company Archer Gray, which promotes and amplifies a wide array of underrepresented voices and stories.
Anthemis cultivates change in financial services by investing in, growing and sustaining businesses committed to improving the world. They are founded on three guiding principles: authentic collaboration, virtuous cycle outcomes, and diversity and inclusivity and the deep understanding of markets and models, passion for emerging technology, and values inspire everything.
- Lupina Iturriaga, Fintonic
Lupina Iturriaga is the Founder and Co-CEO at Fintonic. Fintonic provides a unique access point for customers to all their financial information, organises outgoings into categories and alerts regarding insurance renewals, overdrafts, fees etc. providing them with relevant tailored financial products such as loans (using proprietary credit scoring and machine learning algorithms) that users can contract straight through the app.
- Romina Savova, PensionBee
Romina Savova is the Founder and CEO at PensionBee; the technology platform is designed to make it easy for customers to combine their pensions into one diversified online plan so that they can take the first step towards financial freedom. PensionBee creates pension calculators and retirement forecasting tools to help customers plan, so they can build a clearer picture about what they should be contributing. Then, when they reach the age of 55, they are helped by savers to make on-demand and appropriate withdrawals.
Recently, IBS Intelligence reported that PensionBee announced its integration with Open Banking network and payments platform Plaid to help consumers gain access to and control over all aspects of their financial lives beyond their current accounts.
- Anne Boden, Starling Bank
Anne Boden is the Founder and CEO of Starling Bank, leading the charge to deliver fair and innovative financial services. Starling is an independent, privately-owned company and is not part of any other bank. It is part-owned by CEO and founder Anne Boden, employees and an employee benefits trust set up for employees. Its investors include some of the world’s biggest financial heavyweights.
IBS Intelligence recently reported that S.C. Ventures, the innovation arm of Standard Chartered Bank, announced the launch of Shoal, a new digital platform powered by Starling Banking Services that will give U.K. savers the power to help fund the fight against climate change.
- Vilve Vene, Tuum
Vilve Vene is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Tuum; Vilve’s experience in digitalising and modernising financial institutions spans over two decades, beginning with Hansabank during the 90s, which, at the time, was one of the most digitally advanced banks in the world. With the launch of Tuum, Vilve translated her extensive banking and technology experience into the development of a powerful next-generation platform to enable any business to transform its operations and launch exciting new financial products and services in a matter of weeks.
IBS Intelligence recently reported that SweepBank, a customer-centric digital banking service offered by Ferratum Bank p.l.c., has announced using Tuum’s next-generation core banking platform to deliver what it calls the “Netflix experience” to the banking industry.
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