We are a network of subject matter experts, practitioners and associates who have years of experience growing digital businesses, deploying digital solutions and leading digital organisations.
All our faculty members have international experience and are skilled at tailoring consultancy and training programmes to local and regional market conditions.
Originally a Commercial Banker, Helene is an experienced FinTech ‘sherpa’, programme director, exited entrepreneur, educator and author. The CEO of New Financial Laboratory, she takes community banks to the digital future by connecting them to the FinTech of the present.
The former MD of the global Rainmaking Colab FinTech Programme, a world-first, post-accelerator programme for Series A+ FinTechs and Tier 1s, Helene was also responsible for the Inaugural Programme of Education/ Events for Innovate Finance. As Director of the FinTech Programme for the LIBF Digital Banking Centre, Lead Fellow and creator on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, and co-creator and delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Exec Ed Programme, she is passionate about education.
Specialist subject areas are Digital Banking and Alternative Finance (SME/Bs). A regular judge, speaker, and moderator for the banking and FinTech awards and conferences, Helene was a BSI FinTech representative for the UK in Brussels and has been named on the Computer Weekly ‘100 Women in Tech’ list 2018-19 and Innovate Finance ‘Women in FinTech Power List’ 2019. Her new book is Reinventing banking and finance: frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation (Kogan, Sept 2020).
Renier is the LIBF Visiting Professor of Fintech and Innovation and Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance.
He is a Venture Partner with DN Capital focusing on Fintech and also serves as Chairman of TransferGo, Divido, Mojo Mortgages, and Hostmaker. He is a non-executive director at Arion Bank and recently served as board member of Revolut.
In the past, Renier served as CEO of PayPal EMEA and was COO of Barclays International Retail and Commercial Banking. Renier was previously an officer of GE Capital where he served as Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank, and SVP Business Development for the Americas. Renier was a partner with McKinsey & Company in London, New Delhi, and San Francisco. He holds an MSc with distinction in Computer Science and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France.
Roman Matousek is Professor of Finance and Director of the Global Centre for Banking and Financial Innovation (GCBFI) at Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham.
Roman is also a member of the prestigious Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) International Committee. Roman served as Head of Research and Director of the Research Centre for EMEA Banking, Finance and Economics. Before joining Nottingham University, Roman held an appointment as Deputy Head of Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK.
Rob is a digital marketing strategist and trainer specialising in digital transformation, digital banking, customer journey mapping, website and app user experience, ecommerce and mobile marketing.
He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Burn the Sky – a digital strategy and training business that works with over 20 financial services clients. These include American Express, Aviva, Barclays, CVC Capital Partners, Commercial Bank Qatar, Coventry Building Society, Danske Bank, Deutsche Bank, Faysal Bank, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Mashreq Bank, Santander and UOB.
Richard is an Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance. He is a consultant and advisor to a range of financial services and investment businesses on the impacts of digital disruption.
In the past, Richard led Strategy, Propositions and Investor Relations at Monitise, an international mobile banking software business, Previously, Richard held a number of positions at NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland including Head of Strategy for the Retail Bank and Head of Internet and Telephony.
He holds an MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, London and a BA in Mathematics from Oxford University. Richard is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers.
Sabrina Del Prete
Sabrina Del Prete
Sabrina is the founder and CEO of Kore, a financial technology company. She has over 25 years experience in financial markets, business transformation and application of new technologies in banking.
Over her career, Sabrina has held senior roles at JP Morgan Chase, Barclays, Coutts and RBS. She is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community, both as a Board adviser for Fintech companies and as a mentor. She currently sits on the Board of Governors of the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
Sabrina holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Turin. She has won a number of innovation awards for her work and she has been included in the Timetric Power 50 list of the most influential digital innovators in Europe.
Associate Director of the Centre for Digital Banking and Finance, Richard Johnson, discusses key the banking and finance sectors being targeted by challengers and fintechs.
Richard explains why and how competition is hotting up in these areas and asses the relative strengths of the participants.