Found & Editor in Chief
Ali founded Fintech Finance back in 2015 in his kitchen with Jordan, his brother in law., Ali has enjoyed sailing across the Atlantic and climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro. His entrepreneurial spirit, experience in film production and passion for Fintech led him to pursue creation of a media company synonymous with the fast evolving industry itself.
Banks with: EVERYONE
Favorite City: Valletta
Series Producer & Deputy Creative Editor
Doug travels the world and shoots banks, on-camera... His passions include getting the window seat on a plane, digital crate digging and supping on a cold beverage in the Sun. Born in east London and raised in west Kent he enjoys both the city and the country. After living in France where he ran a bar that unfortunately only managed to attract Brits he moved to China where he saw his first fintech flashes, he’s now settled back in 'The Big Smoke.' His fintech objectives are to make financial services equal and whatever makes paying a round of drinks easier.
Banks with: Monzo, RBS, Santander, Starling, Metro, Revolut
Favourite City: London
As an executive producer for The Fintech Show, Chloe builds relationships and knowledge of Fintechs from all over the world. Working closely with the video production team, she ensures the client message is delivered through our content clearly. Chloe embodies the international culture of Fintech Finance, clocking up plenty of miles attending conferences and visiting clients - keeping us on board with all the trends and gossip. Known as the planner of the team, Chloe is famed for her organisation in all things work and leisure. An after-work beer can on occasion be squeezed in, if you book in advance... It's fair to say that Chloe can be described as slightly gullible - having been convinced for many months that Worldpay's chairman, Ron Khalifa is Wiz's Dad!
Banks with: Monzo
Favourite City: Amsterdam
Is a producer at Fintech Finance, Tom works with clients building relationships to create the best episodes and get potatoes on the plate. Tom works hard to expand his knowledge of the Fintech industry when attending conferences, as well as being no stranger to the social element of the job (enjoying a beer) After a hard day at the office he often treats himself to a mouth watering battered sausage, accompanied by a pot of mushy peas. Tom has been known to quote Chul Matek, a student from Palau, when saying; 'You can make the worlds best pecan pie, but if you don't like Pecan Pie, it's still sh*t' You'll often find him in Hastings, in the south east of England or buoyant somewhere along the coast line.
Banks with: Monzo, RBS
Favourite City: Geneva
Head of Video Production
Jordan (the tattooed camera man with a top knot) heads up video production. This involves stitching a copious amount of footage together to create our finished videos. Jordan cut his teeth covering events here at Fintech Finance, and has moved on to deliver all video content, working directly with clients and Ali, whether it's The Payments Race, or an episode of The Fintech Show. Jordan is into CrossFit in a way that can only be described as BigTime, earning the title 'Jordy Turbo Flex', which he has 'reluctantly' accepted. If you're ever keen to learn more about Andre the Giant, ask Jordan - he knows his stuff... Jordan's husky, Kobi sits just behind him in the office, keeping the production team in line.
Banks with: Monzo
Favourite City: Vancouver
Videographer & Editor
There's only one Lewis Averillo-Singh... literally and metaphorically. Lewis's rap career is on the back burner while he's on the video team at Fintech Finance. It's fair to say, with the amount of content Lewis has edited here, he probably has the knowledge to open a challenger bank. Lewis's favourite snack is a Bombay Bad Boy, which he strangely claims has medicinal properties. He's a man of leisure, with a team of chauffeurs to enable the fulfilment of his lifestyle without a driving licence. Lewis doesn't only spit fire in the booth - he's also known to take fire to the tooth - famously winning chilli eating contests in his youth.
Banks with: Monzo, McLEAR, HSBC, Commonwealth
Favourite City: Adelaide
Videographer & Editor
Laimis has a pet hedgehog called Kinder... that's something we can all get on board with... Apparently, Pugs and hedgehogs get on pretty well, who knew? Laimis is on the video team at Fintech Finance, which means he's an accomplished editor, cameraman and paranormal investigator. Laimis can hear the colour blue, but doesn't often speak about it. You can spot Laimis at an event from his Vans hat and dark wardrobe. He gets the job done with an agreeable calm thrown in absolutely free of charge.
Banks with: Monzo, Starling, Tandem and Barclays
Favourite City: Toronto
Not your Typical Karen.
Being the youngest of the Fintech Finance Team Karen likes to work hard, play hard. She is working on expanding her Knowledge of the Fintech World (as we all are).
Single handedly keeping the Bars and Restaurants going.
Banks with: Monzo, Santander
Favourite City: New York City
US Producer & Media Correspondent
Shortly after graduating from University of Maryland, Jacob moved to NYC to work for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. After making enough cold calls to star in the movie Boiler Room, he left traditional banking for the Fintech world and the rest was history. Ex Money20/20 and Plug and Play Fintech Loves working with founders and revenue leaders to create go-to-market strategies. Has a passion for corporate innovation and how startups and banks can work together. The most extraverted attendee at Money20/20 (besides Ali) Loves hiking, biking, and The New York Yankees. Doesn't use cash unless he has to =)
Grew up in Hull, first in my family to go to Uni (Birmingham), followed by two years teaching in China while deciding what to do with my life. Managed to write 'Letter from China' features for my local paper the Hull Daily Mail and got a foot in the door when I came back for a journalism apprenticeship which led me, four years later, to the position of Content Editor. Introduced to the wonderful world of FS, as Corporate Communications Manager for Scarborough Building Society then, post merger, as Head of Communications for Skipton Building Society. Needless to say, the 2008 financial crisis was a defining moment in my career. I set up my own freelance PR and Journalism company in 2015 and now have the pleasure of working for businesses as diverse as an industrial electrician based in Hull, one of the UK's smallest building societies and - of course - Fintech Finance.
Banks with: Nationwide & Santander
Favourite City: Hull. Seriously.
Get out of here, I'm not writing a Bio
Banks with: Monzo, Barclays, Revolut
Favourite City: London
HR & EA
Lauren went from writing about all things beauty, fashion and food before arriving in the world of technology (that’s a natural career progression, right?). Before that, Lauren studied photojournalism for 3 years and developed a passion for documenting London’s live music circuits. Despite having a love of museums, galleries and culture, Lauren’s guilty pleasures in life are Love Island, endlessly scrolling TikTok and fish finger butties.
Outside of work, and when she’s not thinking about her next interior design project, wondering what series to binge watch next on Netflix or her Fred Perry purchase, you can find Lauren at her local beer cafe sampling the beery delights on offer.
Banks with: Monzo
Favourite city: Amsterdam
With over 10 years financial services and fintech experience, James is a freelance writer and communications consultant. He has previously worked at leading consultancies in Hong Kong and London, as well as in-house at P2P platform RateSetter. Now settled in York, James spends his free time travelling, attempting to play cricket and catering for the needs of a toddler.
Banks with: HSBC (and entrusts PensionBee with his later life needs)
Favourite city: Hong Kong
Hannah is a freelance writer who helps out with articles and interviews. Creating her own company in 2019, she was either brave or stupid to walk away from Senior Management roles in the City and become a freelancer. We’ll go with brave. Hannah has a tattoo of the Welsh dragon on one ankle and her pet bunny, Einstein on the other. After studying French Law for four gruelling years in Exeter and the North of France, she took the well-trodden path of writing pitch books for wealth managers in German-speaking Switzerland. Hannah partied hard in Zurich (that was a joke) for five years and changed her hair colour no less than seven times before deciding to relocate to luscious London, where she’s currently loving life. She’s nuts about pensions (yep), fintech and sustainable investing. She has more master’s degrees than necessary, which makes her sometimes question life choices and only finished studying last year … for now!
Banks with: Nationwide, Monzo, Revolut and Tide
Invests with: Nutmeg and Wealthify
Favourite city: Ubud, Bal
Swati Sanyal Tarafdar
Economics, environment, arts, culture and food, psychology, space and technology – Swati wanted a career in these and more. That’s how she got into writing. A Masters in Economics and Diploma in Mass Communication later, she explored print and TV journalism, PR, and instructional designing (e-learning) and earned skills in audience analysis, cognitive theories, and effective content. Across remote locations, she interviews experts and common folks and writes around fintech and quantum theories, public health and social justice, PSLV and remote sensing, Hungarian goulash and ginger ice creams for global publications.
Banks with: State Bank of India
Favourite city: Kolkata
Martin Heminway is a jjournalist with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to his freelance career, Martin worked for newspapers around the country, with the vast majority of his time spent running busy newsdesks. He has been directly involved in covering some of the biggest breaking news events of our times, including being in New York on 9/11 to be among the first reporters to interview World Trade Center survivors. Outside of work, the father-of-three is a passionate cyclist and a lifelong supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
Banks with: Intrepid challengers
Favourite city: Perth