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Valentina Kristensen

Director, Growth & Communications, Oak North

Category: Marketers & Communicators

Valentina was OakNorth’s first marketing communications hire and has been working directly with its co-founders, Rishi Khosla and Joel Perlman, since June 2015 before its launch through to its current position as a global fintech business with a $2.8bn valuation.

She is a passionate advocate for improving the female talent pipeline and closing the gender pay gap in financial services, sitting on the Steering Committee for FinTECHTalents, which is working to address this.

She regularly appears on Fintech Insider – the number one business podcast for fintech innovators and influencers – and speaks at various fintech events throughout the year, including: Finovate, Money 20/20, and Fintech Connect Live. Last year, she participated in the Money 20/20 Europe Payments Race where she travelled from Istanbul to Amsterdam using only wearable payments technology – no cash or cards.

She recently joined Tech London Advocates’ Fintech Working Group leadership team which aims to work with other organisations to strengthen the UK’s fintech ecosystem, and is currently completing an eight-week coding course with Code First: Girls.