Head of Engagement
Q. Tell everyone a little bit about yourself and your role at Innovate Finance.
A. As Head of Engagement, I’ll be liaising with members and developing programs that overall support the FinTech sector in our complex business and regulatory landscape. I will also be a steady point of contact for our members. Members of IF and the broader FinTech community are welcome to contact me about our upcoming programming, the policies that may impact their business, or just to get a coffee.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time away from work?
A. I’ve picked up a lot of hobbies over the years. I love to cook and to learn about the geopolitics of some of our most common ingredients, like olive oil. Lately I've been exploring various Mediterranean cuisines. I am also lazily studying French, practising my food photography skills, and learning how to skateboard.
Q. What are some of your favourite things about working in FinTech?
A. The FinTech sector is a perfect example of how innovation has revolutionised industry faster than traditional politics can keep up with it. From new regulation to democratising access to capital has fundamentally changed forever. I cannot wait to see how FinTech shapes the big challenges of our time - from the future of work, to immigration, to sustainability.
Q. You can invite any 3 people to your dinner party. Who do you choose and why?
- Yotam Ottolenghi - one of the best things about moving to London was the access to my favourite chef's restaurants. Not only is he the perfect example of where history, culture and politics meet in the kitchen— but he seems like a delightful person to share a bottle of wine with.
- Vettius Valens - Valens was a second century astrologer and teacher from Antioch who was incredibly dedicated to his students and who had a lot of saucy and controversial opinions about almost everything. He'd be very entertaining around a dinner table.
- Viktor Frankl - his book, Man's Search for Meaning, really altered my outlook on life and challenged me to rethink what it meant to live in the present.