There is so much innovation and digital transformation happening in the payments industry, it can get challenging to stay up-to-date with the latest developments.
And one of the best ways to keep ourselves informed is by following the right people on social media.
Here are some of our favorite Payments and FinTech influencers to follow this year (in alphabetical order):
Alex Jiménez is a Senior Strategist at Zions Bancorp, where he leads the overall technology investment planning process for the office of the CIO. Prior to his current role, he was a Principal Consultant at AJ & Associates advising Financial Services organizations and those that work with them in the areas of digital banking, payments, innovation and general strategy.
His other recent experience includes developing and managing Digital Banking and Payments Strategy at Rockland Trust, a community bank in Eastern Massachusetts.
Bill Sullivan is the Vice President – Global Head of Financial Services Market Intelligence at Capgemini. He’s a globally-recognized FinTech influencer, with regular speaking appearances at leading industry conferences and lots of interviews with tier 1 and trade media.
Bradley Leimer is Co-Founder of Unconventional Ventures, which connects founders to funders, provides mentorship to entrepreneurs, advisory to corporates, and broadens opportunities for diversity within the ecosystem. Bradley writes and speaks about banking and technology trends, and advises corporates, startups, accelerators and key industry conferences in the financial services space.
Brett King is a world-renowned futurist and speaker, an International Bestselling Author, and a media personality who covers the future of business, technology and society. He has spoken in over 50 countries, at TED conferences, given opening keynotes for Wired, Techsauce, Singularity University, Web Summit, The Economist, IBM’s World of Watson, CES, SIBOS and many more.
He has appeared as a commentator on CNBC, BBC, ABC, Fox, and Bloomberg. He previously advised the Obama administration on Fintech policy and advises regulators and bank boards around the world on technology transformation.
Christopher Danvers has worked with Credit Unions with a focus on payments, digital transformation, and financial technology for over 15 years. He’s a regular speaker at industry events, a contributor of editorial content to industry publications, and is considered an innovator and thought leader. He is currently responsible for digital transformation and payments at American Airlines Federal Credit Union.
Chris Gledhill regularly ranks as #1 top global FinTech influencer and often speaks and writes about FinTech, Banking and the future of financial services. Chris was lead mobile architect and led the disruptive innovation labs at Lloyds Banking Group before becoming CEO and Co-Founder of FinTech startup Secco.
Chris has both a technical & business background with expertise spanning a wide range of disruptive technologies including Blockchain, AI, API, Big Data, Deep Learning, Virtual Reality, CryptoCurrencies, Biometrics, Mobile & Wearables.
Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human. In his day job, he is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club, Chair of Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.
Devie is a fintech marketing strategy and research professional with years of experience working with industry giants and startups. She has worked in strategy, marketing and analysis roles in firms like Goldman Sachs, Thomson Reuters, Ericsson, IBM, USAID, and SunTec.
She is a consultant and researcher for several fintech startups, banking innovation groups, and investors with a keen understanding of the trends and activities of startups, banks and investors in the space.
Florian is a VC investor at astoryaVC investing in early-stage startups in Europe with a focus on technologies that could build the next insurance generation. He is an engineering graduate from Telecom ParisTech and business school graduate from HEC Paris. Florian regularly writes and tweets about InsurTech, AI and startups.
Jim Marous is considered one of the top 5 most influential people in banking and also one of the best keynote speakers at industry and corporate events. Known for his understanding of the disruption in the banking industry, Marous is the co-publisher of The Financial Brand, and owner and publisher of the Digital Banking Report. Jim speaks on innovation, digital transformation, customer experience, marketing strategies, channel distribution, payments and change management.
JP Nicols is a trusted advisor to companies ranging from startups to the Fortune 500, a popular writer, and a top rated speaker.
He is the co-founder of FinTech Forge, which helps financial institutions build and leverage their innovation capacity internally and through strategic fintech partnerships and investments. He is often quoted in the media, and his name regularly appears on multiple lists as an influential thought leader, but what really drives him is helping people turn ideas into results.
Karen Webster is one of the world’s leading experts on emerging payments and a strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of multinational players in the payments and commerce space. As the CEO of Market Platform Dynamics, she works extensively with the most innovative players in the payments, financial services, mobile, B2B, digital media and technology sectors to identify, ignite and monetize innovation.
Karen serves on the boards of a number of emerging companies, helping innovators develop and implement business strategies that drive market adoption for their products and services. She’s also the founder of PYMNTS.com, the industry’s leading B2B marketing platform.
Neira Jones has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and technology. She is regularly invited to advise organizations of all sizes on payments, cyber-crime, crypto-currency and Blockchain, information security, regulations (e.g. PSD2, GDPR, etc.) and on digital innovation, where she strives to demystify the hype surrounding technology today.
Nick Bilodeau is a financial services executive and a recognized industry influencer with over 20 years of leadership experience. His work has included heading marketing and product development across the payments, banking, insurance and wealth management industries. In his current role as Head of Marketing for Insurance at American Express in Canada, Nick is responsible for activities across the insurance business and credit/charge card coverages.
Oliver Bussmann is a Senior Technology Executive with 30+ years of influential leadership in different industries (High Tech and Financial Service) with UBS, SAP, Allianz, Deutsche Bank, and IBM.
Oliver is a thought leader in FinTech, Blockchain, Enterprise Mobility, and Cloud Computing. A pioneer in spotting trends and employing business-building social media strategies from the CXO role.
Patty Hines has over 20 years of experience in financial services across business, technology, and operations. Her areas of expertise include corporate-to-bank integration, online cash management, delivery channels, and customer relationship management along with end-to-end commercial and small business lending.
Sebastien is a strategy consultant and expert in the management of global transformations in financial institutions. His two key areas of focus are business efficiency and innovation in Finance: he helps banks to transform their businesses, be more efficient at every level and adapt to the Fintech boom.
Simon Taylor is the Co-Founder and Blockchain Practice Lead at 11:FS. Simon has been immersed in the technology of financial services for as long as he’s been working and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in Banking, Insurance, and Fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies.
Venture capitalist and advisor, Spiros Margaris, is the founder of MARGARIS ADVISORY. He is one of the foremost global thought leaders and experts in the fields of fintech and insurtech. He is the first international influencer to achieve ‘The Triple Crown’ of influencer rankings by being ranked the global No. 1 FinTech, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain influencer by Onalytica in 2018.
Having launched two startups in New York, including a pioneer in what would now be termed fintech, Margaris believes that his banking, money management and entrepreneurial experience help him better understand the challenges that the financial industry faces and thus devise and support innovative solutions for them. Margaris is a frequent speaker at international fintech and insurtech conferences, and he publishes articles on his innovation proposals, inspirations and thought leadership.
Todd Ablowitz is a recognized and respected industry leader with nearly 15 years of experience working for the acquiring and payments industry’s top brands. As Founder and President of Double Diamond Group LLC, Ablowitz leverages his unique skills, expertise, and industry relationships to ensure clients achieve their business goals.
Which other experts are you following? Let us know in the comments below!