What makes FinovateEurope unique?

28 Feb 2024Finovate
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What makes FinovateEurope unique?

28 Feb 2024Finovate
About the speakers
  • Ville Sointu
    Ville Sointu
    Head of Mobile Financial Services Solutions & Strategy at Ericsson
    Ville currently leads Ericsson’s strategy and solutions practice in Mobile Financial Services. As a 20+ year veteran in financial technology and payment space, he is an established expert in development of digital financial services. Before joining Ericsson, he was creating next generation digital services at Nordea Bank as the Head of Emerging Technologies. Ville is also a member of the European Central Bank Digital Euro Market Advisory Group since 2021. In his spare time he co-hosts the Fintech Daydreaming podcast.
  • Nadia Edwards-Dashti co-founded the Harrington Starr Group in 2010, a leading Financial Technology recruitment business with offices in London, New York and Belfast. In 18 years in the financial services technology sector, she has been responsible for helping over 2000 people find jobs and has grown from a trainee to a Chief Customer Officer. She runs the Podcast Series ‘FinTech with Nadia: The DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Discussions’ to story tell the challenges and successes of this industry. Nadia has written a book through Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Fintech Women Walk the Talk: Moving the needle for workplace gender equality in financial Services and beyond’ and within it quotes 100+ of her podcast interviewees. Winner of Investing in Talent 2019 Awards - Most Inspirational Recruitment Leader, Innovate Finance: Women in FinTech Powerlist 2018/2019, FinTech Magazine Top 100 Women in FinTech 2022, Partner to the University of East London: Centre of FinTech
  • Sophie Winwood
    Sophie Winwood
    Operating Partner at Foxe Capital
    Sophie is an Operating Partner at the newly formed Foxe Capital, alongside Ruth Foxe Blader. Her role is to discover, evaluate and execute early stage FinTech and InsurTech investments as well as supporting current portfolio companies. Sophie has been recognised on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist in 2020 & 2021, as one of the 34 rising stars in Venture capital in 2023 by Business Insider and is a regular guest on the 11:FS's FinTech and InsurTech Insider podcast. She was previously spent 5 years at Anthemis, the FinTech focussed fund, for 5 years, leading and supporting investments including Ember, Opply, Twice, Kaiko and Ergo. Sophie is also the CEO & co-founder of WVC:E. Since the founding of the company in April 2022, WVC:E has become a global community promoting inclusion, empowerment and integration of venture capital. Culminating in a 350+ person annual summit (the most recent of which was held in October 2023), WVC seeks to develop highly productive networks to increase the success of diverse investors and founders, partly through frequent local and virtual events, supported by a continuous stream of content and resources. The 750+ member WVC:E community includes GPs, LPs, investors, founders, and women working in tech.
  • Indrek has an entrepreneurial background combined with domain knowledge about Generative AI. He co-founded AlphaChat, a chatbot startup, that was acquired by Zurich Insurance Group in 2021. Currently Indrek is the Head of Conversational AI at Zurich, where he leads activities globally related to Generative AI and chatbots.

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