Jess Houlgrave

Chief of Staff,

Jess Houlgrave is Chief of Staff at, a global fintech company with over 1,000 employees and 18 offices around the world. works with some of the world’s most innovative companies and established global brands to simplify financial complexities, drive innovation and unlock growth by providing solutions to complex digital payment problems. Its most recent fundraising round valued the company at over $15bn, making it the UK’s most valuable venture-backed business.

Jess is passionate about making fintech and the wider tech ecosystem more accessible to a wider range of people. She is a co-founder of sheOS, and founder and trustee of the Foundation for Art and Blockchain. She has a multidisciplinary background across banking, private equity, and more recently as a blockchain entrepreneur. Her focus is on organisational effectiveness and developing strong systems and processes to support scaling businesses. She has an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art.

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