Chief Strategy Officer, Blend Network
Roxana is Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member at Blend Network. She is responsible for the platform’s growth and strategic partnership alliances. Prior to that, she spent eight years in the City as a Vice President of commodities at Morgan Stanley and Barclays responsible for the design and implementation of fundamental-based and tactical trade
ideas advising institutional investors and pension funds.
Roxana is a regular columnist in tech and entrepreneur magazines, speaker at industry events, sits on the advisory board for Women in Finance London 2020 and was selected on Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2019.
What is it about FinTech that excites you?
What most excited me about FinTech is actually the people who work in the sector and the very vibrant community. The London FinTech ecosystem attracts a hugely talented and diverse group of individuals who make up the bestFinTech has to offer.
What do you envisage being the biggest development in FinTech in the next 5 years?
I think the biggest developments in FinTech in the next 5 years will be: 1) more integration between alternative finance and traditional finance as part of one unique ecosystem, 2) greater use of AI to detect fraud as well as for regulatory, compliance and audit, and 3) increased use of blockchain in digital identity management, payment infrastructure and syndication in lending.
What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
In the little time I spend away from work….I enjoy spending time with my family.
What is the biggest change that you have witnessed in the sector over the past 12 months?
The UK tech and FinTech ecosystem has evolved very fast over the past decade. Over the past 12 months we have seen confidence return into the sector following what had been a rather painful Brexit process that created much uncertainty.
Who would be your top 3 dinner party guests and why?
- Winston Churchill because I would love to hear what he thinks of Brexit.
- Daniel Craig because I have a real weakness for 007’s British charm.
- The homeless man outside Green Park tube station I see every morning because I’d love to hear his story of how he got there and see what we can do to take him off the streets.