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Kristy Duncan

Women in Payments, Founder & CEO

Kristy Duncan is founder and CEO of Women in Payments. This growing professional network unites women in payments from around the globe with a shared vision of gender parity. Women in Payments supports women’s career development through conferences, award and mentorship programs, and by hosting a growing online community.

Kristy is an avid supporter of her fellow female trailblazers, as investor and advisor to three women-led fintechs. As a respected leader in the field, she’s judged several accelerators, fintech contests, and global awards programs.

Before founding Women in Payments, Kristy was a leading payments consultant to global financial institutions, payment networks, fintechs, regulators, and other industry leaders. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at a tier one Canadian bank.

Always inspiring and insightful, Kristy is a sought-after speaker, advisor, and mentor. Innovate Finance and Lloyds Bank named Kristy to their Women in Fintech Power List in 2018 and 2017. Lattice 80 named her to their Global 100 Power Women in Fintech List twice. Perhaps her greatest pride comes from inspiring the next generation of female leaders, as she mentors women at all career levels around the world.
Kristy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.

What is it about FinTech that excites you?

Fintech is a hot topic around the world right now, and I’d even call it sexy.

What do you envisage being the biggest development in FinTech in the next 5 years?

I see the biggest development in fintech over the next five years will be multi-faceted, depending on geography. Digital banking licenses will serve to re-shape the Asian market, while digital identity will be a big enabler in Australia, Canada, and India. The UK and EU will continue to move along the open banking path, and AI will thread its way through all markets as we move toward mass customisation of the customer payments journey for both consumer and business payments.

What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?

I love many things- travel, cuisine (both cooking and eating!), dance, paddling, and always good wine.

What is the biggest change that you have witnessed in the sector over the past 12 months?

I’d say one of the hottest markets right now is India. The demonetisation a couple of years ago has spurred a huge migration to digital, and when coupled with the UPI and digital identity. the entire industry has been transformed in a very short time.

Who would be your top 3 dinner party guests and why?

Christine Lagarde, because she has huge insights to the world of finance, financial inclusion, and is a tremendous supporter of women in the financial sector. Richard Branson- because he has a great sense of humour, and uses his influence to do good in the world. Yottam Ottolenghi, because he makes some of the most delicious food in the world and loves to share it through his restaurants and cookbooks.