FinServ 25: The Most Influential Voices In Banking

Determining the most influential people in banking is not just about social media scores. With this in mind, more than 100 global leaders in the financial services industry were asked to identify the top 'influencers' who are leading the charge in an industry being disrupted. The influencers selected are considered thought leaders on critical topics such as mobile and online delivery, digital transformation, innovation, payments, customer experience and and multichannel marketing.

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6. David Birch
birch_david_0Dave Birch is a founding director of of innovation at Consult Hyperion, an independent strategic and technical consultancy, based in the UK and US, specialising in secure electronic transactions. Birch provides specialist consultancy support to clients around the world and is the author of the Tomorrow’s Transactions blog. Birch also a sought out speaker on the topic of new currencies.

Identity is the new money

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7. JP Nicols
JP NicolsAs the president/COO of Innosect and co-founder of the Bank Innovators Council, JP Nicols is recognized as a leading voice for innovation, strategy and leadership, and has previously been named to multiple international lists as a top financial services industry influencer and thought leader. JP posts regularly on his own blog and is constantly traveling the globe providing the guidance to organizations hoping to support an innovative culture.

Most financial institutions are ill-equipped to innovate, and fewer still are prepared to address their cultural barriers and their own ‘business prevention departments’.

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8. Rob Findlay
rob findlayRob Findlay is SVP of experience design at the Singapore-based DBS Bank and the founder of Next Bank, an independent, open and collaborative community driving change for the better in financial services through design, innovation and entrepreneurship. Rob is also a mentor for the StartupBootcamp FinTech accelerator and regular contributor to the Next Bank blog.

Starting with what the customer wants, and how they interact with money is not just the best way, its the ONLY way.

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9. Sam Maule
Sam Maule_90As co-leader of Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group‘s Emerging Payments Practice, Sam Maule focuses on alternative payments, P2P payments, and cryptocurrency as each relate to current and prospective clients. He is a highly sought after speaker and is the Chief Inspirational Officer at the Digital Finance Institute. His well thought out and highly visual presentations are some of the best in the industry.

FinTech, generally speaking, doesn’t give near enough attention to those who simply get $h*t done. The art of delivery and actual execution is highly under rated in our industry.

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10. Matteo Rizzi
Matteo-Rizzi-pic-90Matteo Rizzi co­-founded Innotribe, the innovation arm of SWIFT in 2008. This is where Matteo launched the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the first global challenge for FinTech entrepreneurs. In 2013, Matteo became a Partner in SBT Venture Capital, one of the first funds solely dedicated to FinTech investment. He regularly writes on FinTech and innovation on his personal blog.

The next generation of Financial Services will be fundamentally different. Our duty is not to fight the disruption, but to embrace it. The journey to fairer, faster, ubiquitous and global access to value has just begun.

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  1. Thank you! It’s quite an honor to be included on this list. I have spent time with so many of these people over the past five or six years and can genuinely say these are not only brilliant thinkers and practitioners of the future of financial services, these are incredible human beings. It’s a fantastic time to be working within this space – banking, fintech, payments – we are helping the industry evolve at just the right time. Thank you for helping drive this revolution with us.

  2. The one problem with lists – they are a finite number. Here’s a few of my additions: Dominic Venturo from US Bank, Neff Hudson from USAA, Simon Taylor Barclays, Faisal Khan – Mike Townsend – Brian Roemmele from ‘Around the Coin’, Jason Del Rey from Recode, James Wester from IDC, Erin McCune from Glenbrook, Claire Calmejane Lloyds, Phil Allen Lloyds, and a heck of a lot more out there.

  3. Jim Marous Jim Marous says:

    Great additions Sam. You will notice that we did include Neff on the list because of special mentions of him and Christophe Langlois by the panel. In addition, every one of the people you mention received votes in the process.

    Interestingly, 60% of the ballots included 3+ of the recognized influencers and 80%+ of the ballots had at least 2 leaders that ended up on the #FinServ25 list. With over 80 people receiving votes, there was a natural break in number of votes at #5, #10 and #25. Not going into the process knowing how many we would include, the tally actually set the thresholds for inclusion.

    I agree that all of the people you mention should be followed. They are all making a dramatic impact on the future of banking.

  4. I think deserving of being in the list, if not in the top ten, is Jeffry Pilcher (the creator of this site). And I wouldn’t have thought it self-aggrandizing if his name had appeared here in any way. It would make perfect sense considering the daily contributions from this site we all enjoy. Couple that along with the Forum conference that is now gaining wide notoriety and it would put him squarely near the top of the list. This is just my opinion, but I am sure it is shared by many others.

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