Get to know Benedetta Arese Lucini, CEO, Oval Money

IFGS Speaker Q&A: Benedetta Arese Lucini, CEO, Oval Money

Benedetta Arese Lucini 33 years old, graduated in Economics at Bocconi University and received an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and has over 9 years of experience in the digital industry and within startups, with diverse experiences across Europe, US and South East Asia. She returns to Italy as Uber General Manager to lead the expansion in the country and today is co-founder of her own startup Oval Money, where she wants to tackle another highly regulated industry and build a product that allows everyone to access financial products, usually open to a few, by adapting these to user habits, through the use of behaviour data.


In the Next 5 Years What Do You Think Will Be the Next Big Disruption or Technology Development in Fintech/financial Services ?

We are just starting to understand the benefits of Blockchain and I think in 5 years it will reshape many products in Fintech as well as machine learning bringing a growing number of personalisation to financial products and services.


What Individuals Inspire You and Why?

I am inspired every day by the most divers set of people. I am lucky that I have a column on an important Italian national newspaper where I can then write about these talents I meet, and about how they have transformed their life over the years.


Name one of your biggest milestones that you are proud of?

I am proud of having finally decided to become an entrepreneur and to start a company with amazing co-founders. I always dreamed it but doing it is so much more rewarding!


Name your go to read at the moment

I read the news every morning and obviously Techcrunch and a few other Tech blogs, but I get inspired when I get the time to sit down with a great novel that takes me places.


What key takeaway from your career would you like to pass on to others?

I think Type-A people want to always plan ahead to feel they are in control. But what I have learned is that sometimes things come your way and it is ok to jump take a career step that you didn’t expect. I thought I would never move back to Italy to work, but then Uber recruited me and I moved back. I had the most amazing career experience as country manager in a hyper growth company that when I joined had less than 20 cities on its platform and when I left over 450. This gave me the right set of skills and confidence to believe I could launch my own startup.