Meet Your Classmates | Oxford Fintech Programme

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The Oxford Fintech Programme is a 10-week, online learning experience designed to give you the tools to not only adapt to, but also benefit from the advances in financial technology.

Designed by global fintech authorities and subject-matter specialists, the programme features insights, advice, and experiences shared by over 60 global experts – shared through video lectures and interviews.

Learning and collaborating with like-minded professionals around the globe, online, you’ll also build your international business network as you learn from industry leaders.

Find out more about the participants of the Oxford Fintech Programme below:

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Martin Mills LinkedIN logo image

Enterprise Agile Coach, Royal Bank of Canada

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Built a start-up that failed, then went back to school, I now work for a big bank.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Maybe another start-up, maybe disruption-proofing.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

My Peers.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Don’t listen to unsolicited advice.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Too many things to list.


Marek Cieszko LinkedIN logo image

CFO, Adiuvo Investment S.A.

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Successful coordination of the IPO process of three biomedical companies.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I am transitioning from biomedical to fintech or the e-commerce sector in December 2018.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

My current knowledge related to fintech is based on my own research. I would like take a deep-dive into the industry and get to know it from both financial and non-financial angles.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Let’s work together during the course and let’s stay connected afterwards.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Professional: support a non-profit or an NGO with my financial knowledge and experience. Personal: a motorcycle trip to Africa.


Claudia Anton LinkedIN logo image

Chartered Banker, MBA | Financial Services- IT Advisory, EY

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Having attained with Merit the new Chartered Banker MBA programme in its first offering from the Chartered Banker Institute; that since 1875 has prepared people for the highest standards of customer-focused ethical professionalism in banking, I am a fan of helping organisations on their road to innovation.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Throughout my over 14 years banking experience with global Swiss, French, Luxembourg and Canadian banks and National banks, I’ve had a keen interest and experience with different roadmaps and strategies to create from greenfield or change and innovate.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

I’m looking to gain from the Oxford Fintech programme, a mix of perspectives on innovation – roadmap approaches that I can apply in my thinking with various organisations. I had the interesting experience of working with banks and regulators ( in UK and Germany) through the process of new banking license applications, but quite a few with a purely digital approach, so I’m keen to gain a view from this programme how a FinTech innovation roadmap would shape.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I believe that by making a regular advancement of knowledge, one becomes a better self that influences positivity around the world.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

My business travels also led me to the Financial district in Luxembourg, which is marked by “The Tall Banker” statue; a tall man typically dressed in a suit with his journal and umbrella, a serious and also amusing picture. I took a photograph beside it and thought of -“The Big Banker (8m high) and the one I’m aspiring to grow” – I’m continuously shaping myself, knowledge and career-wise. From a personal perspective, on my list there are more travels and people and places to discover.


Oli Cavanagh LinkedIN logo image

Founder, Flender Peer to Peer Finance

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I founded one of Ireland’s fastest growing fintech ventures.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I want to learn more from my peers.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Engaging with successful Fintech founders.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

It was the best thing I did this year.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

IPO in 2022


Augusto Ramiro Baptista LinkedIN logo image

Deputy CEO, Banco Millennium Atlantico

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

To be part of the digital banking transformation process in Africa.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

To learn more about the new digital frontier.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

To be qualified for better service to our clients.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

To stay connected.


Jonathan Camilleri Bowman LinkedIN logo image

Group CTO, Akce Group

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I have built up fintech companies in the past, sold them and am attempting to build-up another world class solutions company with the same aim in two to -three years.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I chose this programme as I would like to learn and achieve recognition for my efforts.


Declan Whiteford LinkedIN logo image

Actuary, Pramerica

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I chose to take this programme as I believe it will equip me with the skills and knowledge to better appreciate the evolving world of fintech.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

I hope that the course will provide me with the ability to identify opportunities for disruption in the financial services sector so that I can then bring back into my day-to-day role..


Rory Collins LinkedIN logo image

Global Head of Regulatory Reporting, PayPal

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

My ACCA and CFA qualifications, and that I have led a global team at PayPal for four and a half years now.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

To broaden my knowledge of fintech beyond regulations,regulatory reporting and related compliance. I’m more interested in general management, driving business growth, and understanding as well as involving myself in the innovation.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Really getting a thorough understanding of parts of fintech I’m currently unfamiliar with. I’m also looking forward to meeting like-minded students who (I’m hoping) have a good knowledge of fintech already.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I’m hardworking,energetic and really keen to learn. I give 110% and I’m looking forward to meeting new like-minded people.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

To lead a fintech company at CEO or MD level.


Murambwa Clever Haparari linkedin logo image

Divisional Director – Group IT & MIS Division, FBC Holdings Ltd.

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Breaking away from my normal work schedule to lead projects that have introduced new products and new ways of working (e.g. The MasterCard Products, Internet Banking), steering my bank to achieve the highest transaction success rate on the local switch – hence offering superior customer experience in the market that we serve.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I need to understand more how I can be the leading light in exploring the opportunities that come with fintechs, as well as how I can approach the building of a financial services platform, leveraging on digital and exponential technologies.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Fully grasping the various concepts of various exponential technologies and to be able to apply them in a business to create value.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Let’s connect to take the world to the next level of Financial Services Excellence for our customers and stakeholders alike.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Lead the launch and lead a fully digital financial service platform that is purely digital, i.e. utilising exponential technologies to offer unparalleled experience to customers at a lower cost to serve, i.e. create a business of the future for my organisation.


Jim Kaye linkedin logo image

Managing Director, Head of EMEA Equities Product Development, Bank of America Merrill Lynch  

Why did you choose to take this programme?

To learn about the threats and opportunities posed by new technologies in finance, and to deal with the threats and take advantage of the opportunities.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Challenge everything to understand better.


Thomas Chalk linkedin logo image

Senior Digital Strategist, Ember Services

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Aside from my PhD in medicine, I have played integrally in digital and data transformation programmes for the Department for Education and Homes England.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I now work a lot in digital and data strategy in the financial sector. Having the thinking behind fintech brought under one roof will help me understand its applicability to my clients.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Learning about new technologies and their ability to deliver value to the industry.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Hello! Looking forward to working with you. Hope we get a chance to get to know each other and share some knowledge.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Travel the world. Although I travel a lot for work, it never seems to be outside the UK. There’s so much to see on our little planet and such a finite time to see it in. I want to find time to go to as many places and meet as many people as possible.


Andrew Lovett linkedin logo image

Director, LOVETTS

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Operating my boutique accounting advisory firm.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I have a fintech idea that I would like to develop.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Learning how to develop and commercial that and other fintech ideas.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Hi to future classmates and support network.


Javier Romo Vargas linkedin logo image

Regional & Company Controller (Colombia, Ecuador & Venezuela), BASF

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

My crowning achievement, still a work-in-progress but so far, all round finance professional with a broad skill set and breadth of experience across different industries performing for multinational companies (Insurance, Consultancy, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical). Demonstrated commercial, financial and marketing acumen focused on Latin American Markets such as Mexico, Panama, Peru, Argentina, and Colombia.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I have chosen the programme to be much more aware and comfortable with current disruption and become an attractive member of the Global Finance Community by gathering new capabilities, skills, and strategic knowledge about the future of the finance industry. Also by joining an elite group of students at a globally highly-recognized University, I expect to experience motivating yet challenging discussions and bounce some ideas, while enhancing my personal and professional network.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

To feel much more comfortable and confident with the current fintech disruption and get more grip on my professional career; and why not to explore and implement new business models?

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Anyone else willing to meet at Oxford? Or just shout if you are in Bogotá.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Backpacking in Asia or Europe (for the second time).


Oxford Fintech Naghma

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Financial Performance Manager – Commercial Services, CAO, Royal Bank of Scotland, United Kingdom

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Being nominated by business for Prince’s Trust talent programme for 2018. I have been lucky enough to be entrusted with challenging and exciting roles every 12-18 months which keeps me super excited and forever growing.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Future skilling myself as this opens my mind to future explorations to pursue further studies in Fintech domain.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Hands-on, in-depth know-how of Fintech as it embraces exponential change in the environment in which it operates. Also to see how can I draw out some key learning to add value to the business for my employer.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Be open to diverse and emerging arenas not only to cater to your insatiable inquisitiveness but also get a competitive edge when this emerging phenomenon becomes more of everyday reality. You can spearhead this change for your organisation.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Embrace the pace of change being ahead of the curve – professionally. Spend more quality time as well as prove to be a worthwhile role model for my 6-year-old daughter, Alesha.


Oxford Fintech Jared

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 Director, Equity Sales, Arqaam Capital, South Africa

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Being appointed as a Director at Arqaam Capital, responsible for Equity Sales in our Capital Markets team.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

The world is changing rapidly and we need to embrace it or risk becoming obsolete. This is a good opportunity to reinvent and understand the changes in our industry.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Gaining new insights and understanding of fintech while identifying opportunities in my field of expertise.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice” – Brian Herbert

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Complete the Comrades Ultramarathon.


Oxford Fintech Peter

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 Principal Solution Consultant, Finastra Ltd, United Kingdom

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I am one of maybe 3-4 people in the company who has been able to bridge the gap between Business and Technology. An example – understanding the technical and business impacts of blockchain/ledgers in trade finance.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

It was recommended by a Senior Director to further advance my knowledge.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

The opportunity to hear from some of the experts and guests outside of the normal, formal experience I receive when working with customers.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Commit to train, go the distance, and win!

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I’m running the “Race to the King” next month – 54 miles across the south downs hills. Then I’m looking perhaps at something over multiple days (but perhaps less extreme than the “Marathon des Sables”). Work wise, I’m looking to formalise the “cross solution principal lead” role I’m already performing.


Oxford Fintech Sergio

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 Former Head of Product Development Buy Side OMS, Bloomberg LP, USA

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Professional growth and intellectual curiosity.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

The overall vision more than the nitty-gritty details.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Never stop listening and learning. There is so much to learn out there, I wish I had 100 lives to do it.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Being recognised as somebody who made a difference.


Oxford Fintech Salman

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Head of Market Risk, Operational Risk and Strategy, Bank Nizwa, Canada

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I started my career in banking as a Risk Manager and I established a department from scratch. I worked on all the spectrum of banking and now I am heading major risk units in the bank, and at the same time I am also double hatting as Head of Business Strategy. One of my major achievements is devising strategy for five years for a start-up bank and today because of a robust and well-defined strategy, the bank is at faster pace of growth and has achieve profit well before the target time.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

As I have mentioned above, I am heading strategy and we believe that Fintech is our top priority as technology can give the bank exponential growth.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

I am expecting from this program I will not only get an insight of Fintech domain but will also be able to network with professionals. This will give me practical information including challenges.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

At this stage, I would like to say that Fintech is a game changer and this threat needs to be converted into opportunity by way of collaboration between Fintech companies and banks and Fintech companies should not only be related to banking. The scope could be much wide. This programme is an opportunity for all of us to interact more and network so we can share ideas and we never know when we can take this relationship to the next level where we can benefit each other.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Self-development and learning are currently at the top of my bucket list.


Oxford Fintech Bhupinder

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 IAM Consultant, Tejas Infotech Ltd., United Kingdom

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Successfully implementing Identity Access Management projects to multiple organisations and securing their systems and data. Delivering in CTO capacity for a startup and assisted in multi-million sale.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Networking and breaking into the Fintech world of entrepreneurship.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Meeting interesting people and explore Fintech ideas.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Really excited to meet classmates and connect with them.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Blockchain enabled use cases for Fintech.


Oxford Fintech Muthu

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 Head of Non-Functional Architecture, TEMENOS UK Ltd, United Kingdom

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I’ve been consistently named start performer for about eight years and I’ve been with the same company for 18 years that I am working for. Isn’t that an achievement?

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I chose to enrol in this programme mainly to network with like-minded people and also learn the details of FinTech from prestigious institutions.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

I’m looking forward to collaborating with people from different experiences and cultural backgrounds.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

I want to achieve a healthy and happy work-life balance and that’s top on my bucket list.


Oxford Fintech Wendell

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 Managing Director, Covert Investigation Pte Ltd, Singapore

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I have always had a love of tech, and 15 years ago, after watching countless episodes of CSI, decided to jump blindly into the world’s second oldest profession – Private Investigation. I grew my company to the leading firm in Singapore applying countless technologies. As I was never from the police force, my mind was never conditioned with “standard methodologies”. I developed creative solutions that other firms began to emulate.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

I hope the programme can set me correctly towards the right path of achieving Fintech knowledge, rather than googling my way into fintech with no substance.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

It’s an honour to learn together.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Creating something BIG.


Oxford Fintech Olinka

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Treasury Project Analyst, Halliburton, USA 

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Over the last two years, working within a centralised global treasury operations, I observed the need for faster and more secure payments when it comes to cross border transactions. There is an imperative and growing demand for faster, secure, cheaper and transparent dealings when it comes to payments, cross border transfers, banking service agreements, asset management and internal operations processes. I decided I want to take this programme because I want to transition my career into Fintech, learn about Fintech trends and developments, applications and how this new industry use technology to make financial systems more efficient.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

As a Treasury specialist, with broad experience in liquidity management, I want to use this knowledge to help corporations transition their treasury operations into a digital model by leveraging financial technology and applications that will help in reducing fraud, easing payment process, automating daily tasks, saving money, and improving asset management.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Excited to participate in this innovative, one of a kind programme with Oxford University. Looking forward to working together and learning from a worldwide group of leaders and experts in their fields. I’m passionate about a good cup of coffee. I grew up in a coffee plantation and love trying coffee samples from all over the world.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Relocating to Boston, MA in the summer of 2018 to pursue a graduate programme in Project Management at Northeastern University. Planning to see my family in Venezuela in 2019.


Oxford Fintech Mark

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 Relationship Director, Lloyds Bank Private Clients, United Kingdom

Why did you choose to take this programme?

Having worked in Investment Management and Private Banking for the last 18 years, and currently heading up a Private Client team in the South West, I acknowledge that the landscape is changing materially though technological development. I anticipate that this programme will provide insight and understanding of the new landscape, while developing skills and expertise that will be required in the transition, or indeed developing new opportunities.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

In terms of a message to future classmates and support networks – I look forward to working with you – being inspired, educated and challenged by you all and hope that I can do likewise.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

Top of my bucket list personally would be to travel (it’s a long list), while professionally, due to the shift in the landscape, I would like to become involved in developing the future in Investment Management and Private Banking, which I believe has the potential to change materially over the coming years.


Oxford Fintech Pamela

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Student, University of Reading, United Kingdom

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

I am currently finishing my LLM in Banking Law and Financial Regulation.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

I have some business ideas, and I am here to learn techniques and tools how to materialise them.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

To obtain cutting-edge skills in Fintech.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Knowledge is an advantage, decide wisely and take your opportunity to do the best out of you.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

To be HAPPY with my professional career as well as with my personal life.


Oxford Fintech Brodie

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 Co-Founder of WLTH, Australia

What would you say are your most interesting or noteworthy achievements, professionally?

Successfully turning an idea into a reality with our fintech/proptech startup company ‘WLTH’ after identifying a need in the space.

Why did you choose to take this programme?

To increase my knowledge in the global space.

What are you looking forward to most about this programme?

Meeting and learning with like-minded people.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

There is always one positive thing you can learn from every person.

What’s at the top of your bucket list?

To solve financial solutions for consumers. All about the small wins to make managing finances more efficient. Watch Lebron win one more ring!


Oxford Fintech Louis

Louis Raymond Bisang linkedin logo image

Head of Business Development Switzerland, Turicum Private Bank, Gibraltar

What motivated you to take the programme?

It’s a hot topic and it seems like this programme is a reasonable opportunity to get even deeper in it.

What excites you most about the programme?

Meeting Ajay Bhalla, even if it’s online.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Always do what you like and do it with a smile.


Oxford Fintech Abdul

Abdul Qureshi linkedin logo image

Director, Mortgages, Barclays Bank, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

My professional career aim is to build global social-fintech startups, and I’m hoping that this programme will help me in refining my currently in development projects and incubate other ideas in collaboration with like minded individuals.

What excites you most about the programme?

I’m very much looking forward to exchanging thoughts and ideas for mutual learning with the high calibre professionals and entrepreneurs participating in the programme.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

We are lucky to have the exciting opportunity to connect via this amazing learning programme, so i look forward to engaging in exciting and thought provoking exchange of ideas in the next few weeks.


Oxford Fintech Kevin

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CEO and Founder, AWS International Business Development Ltd, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

This programme sits exactly in my present focus of business and covers the disruptive technologies of the future.

What excites you most about the programme?

The programme should provide much useful information as well as links to many interesting and like minded people.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Fintech is without doubt the future and those that do not understand it fully will be left behind.


Oxford Fintech Bongiwe

Bongiwe Primrose Shongwe

Exchange Control Officer, Central Bank of Swaziland, Swaziland

What motivated you to take the programme?

The financial industry landscape is changing drastically – technological advancements have made money so fluid. Understanding the new terrain is crucial in ensuring that economies grow in a sustainable manner. I chose to take this programme so that my contribution to the economy is not that of a dinosaur in a spaceship.

What excites you most about the programme?

Understanding the fintech platform and how that can be applied to my work.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Whoever we are, wherever we are from, whatever we know, interacting with other people (sharing what we know and learning from them) can only enhance our own effectiveness in our different environments. Collaboration yields better results than conflict.


Oxford Fintech Leo

Leo Armel Tchoudjang Nzoutchoum linkedin logo image

CIO, AB Microfinance Bank Nigeria, Nigeria

What motivated you to take the programme?

I would like to learn from global fintech experts and explore how banks can leverage some of the lessons learned.

What excites you most about the programme?

Knowledge, networking, and debate.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Knowledge is power. However, innovation success is more about timing than innovation itself.


Oxford Fintech Javier

Javier Tamariz Alonso linkedin logo image

Chief Innovation Officer, Bas Solutions SA DE CV, Netherlands

What motivated you to take the programme?

I think the future of every transaction (even interactions) – B2B, B2C or P2P – lay in fintech.

What excites you most about the programme?

To understand in depth what fintech is, how it’s changing and will change the world, and being able to apply it to thirty-party projects, including creating my own.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

This is the future of education and the future of money. Use it to change the world by making it better, more practical and accessible to everyone.


Oxford Fintech Ashley

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Director – Financial Risk Advisory, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Japan

What motivated you to take the programme?

Personal interest in technology and digitalisation of finance.

What excites you most about the programme?

Updating my skills and learning a vision that can help in my career over the next 20 years.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.


Oxford Fintech Cesar

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Project Manager, Euroyen Group, Spain

What motivated you to take the programme?

I am choosing the fintech programme because it will be totally aligned with my career goals. I want to understand the changes in human political, economic and social processes as a result of the technology, and the impact of fintech within the post-Brexit business arena.

What excites you most about the programme?

Knowledge, being able to get involved with one of the most prestigious worldwide universities, to acquire learning that can be applied automatically to the venture that I am currently developing, networking, technical tools and competitive advantage and finally to open new potential opportunities.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Good luck, thank you very much and let the knowledge guide us in this challenging and exciting time.


Oxford Fintech Su

Su Dinh Khanh linkedin logo image

Business Development Manager – AirPay, SEA Group, Singapore

What motivated you to take the programme?

I am leading a fintech company in Vietnam, AirPay e-wallet, under Sea Group. Therefore, I want to take a further step to enhance my knowledge in fintech.

What excites you most about the programme?

New knowledge and networking opportunities to share insights.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Let’s have fun and enjoy the course, build a long-lasting friendship too.


Oxford Fintech Muhammad

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Senior Manager Product Delivery – Financial Services, TPS Pakistan Pvt Ltd, Pakistan

What motivated you to take the programme?

The main reason behind choosing this program is to move ahead with latest industry trends in fintech and how I could make the most of it for my career growth. Secondly, but just as desired, I’ve always wanted to be enrolled at the world’s best university.

What excites you most about the programme?

I am part of the fintech domain, so understanding the latest trends about blockchain, AI, and crypto will definitely help me achieve my goals.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I am sure enough that I will meet big fintech industry players in my class, and would like to learn from them too. So this class going to provide another learning opportunity from experienced people.


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Find out more about the participants of the November 2017 cohort of the Oxford Fintech Programme below:

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Karen Jones linkedin logo image

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Jones Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

I want to be up to speed with fintech.

What excites you most about the programme?

I’m looking forward to the thinking from Saïd Business School which is original and personifies thought leadership.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

The learning will advance you in your life and hopefully your career.


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Director and Information Architect at Minhakkal Ltd, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

My interest is in the area of “information architecture” and, over the years, I have felt a compelling need for a re-examination of how data is constructed, stored, used and governed, with particular emphasis on usefulness and security of data. The search for answers and, more importantly, keenness to learn about technological changes in the financial services industry have been the reasons to join the fintech programme.

What excites you most about the programme?

The breadth of experience and diversity of the students in the programme is remarkable and facilitates discussion on critical topics with varied points of view. The programme offers a platform to learn, share ideas and work collaboratively with fellow students in the programme.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I would recommend the programme to anyone who is open-minded and genuinely interested in learning about fintech. I find the subject relevant to individuals who have previously worked in business roles as well as in more technical roles. It is a great platform to learn the subject from experts that invigorates individuals to do more research and share ideas. An element of “personal commitment” during the programme can greatly help the learning process. The programme is supported by an excellent team to help and guide throughout the programme.


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Risk Manager at HSBC Holdings, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

I chose this programme because I wanted to expand my horizon on the fintech world to be able to shape the future of banking.

What excites you most about the programme?

I am looking forward to the discussions with insiders on the role of technologies in banking.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Let’s build something together!


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Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Spout Entertainment Group, Taiwan

What motivated you to take the programme?

I’ve always wanted to study at Oxford, and this course allows me to do so at the convenience of being able to run my company at the same time. Also, I am interested to learn more about how fintech will affect my gaming industry and possible opportunities to adopt these technologies like blockchain and ICO.

What excites you most about the programme?

I  am very interested to do an ICO this year.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

If you’re interested in startups, Southeast Asia or exports, feel free to hit me up! I love chatting with people who are also as passionate about their interests.


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Internal Control Assistant Manager at The Yillion Bank, China

What motivated you to take the programme?

I bought one Bitcoin in May of 2017, and I sold it when I earned double. After that, I read some books about Bitcoin, and then I became interested in Fintech. At the same time, I am working in a bank. I think if I could learn something about fintech it is good for my career.

What excites you most about the programme?

I hope I can learn new ideas about how technology changed the world in the banking area. At the same time, I really want to meet people from different culture, and working in the different area. It must be fun, isn’t it? Let’s make knowledge work.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I think we will have a good time.


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India

What motivated you to take the programme?

In my view, fintech is and will continue to rapidly change the Banking and Financial Services Industry. I want to up-skill myself in this area and ensure that I can continue to contribute and lead the organisations I work with more effectively by leveraging the underline change happening in the industry.

What excites you most about the programme?

A deep dive, engaged learning experience and to connect and co-learn with other participants.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I am joining the course without any background in fintech, so I can be called as a clean slate. I would recommend people working in financial services or banks to use this program as an opportunity to up-skill themselves irrespective of their current role and learn and then leverage the new opportunities that are emerging due to technological advancements.


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Director, Digital Demand Centre at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, United Kingdom

What motivated you to take the programme?

Organisations large or small are looking for ways to transition from analogue to digital and/or to identify the most appropriate paths to jump-start growth, as technology continues to reshape and reconfigure the value chain.  Application of technology is increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.  After 20 years working with high tech vendors, I am taking this course to further my understanding of tech application and future businesses opportunities in Fintech.

What excites you most about the programme?

This course provides me with a flexible learning framework to obtain up-to-date knowledge in key areas of development in Fintech.  Combining online learning with a structural schedule helps ensure continuous engagement and maintain a good pace of learning. It’s exciting to have the opportunities to study with professionals from diverse backgrounds.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I would like to see a long-term learning partnership in which we exchange ideas, thought leadership and offer each other ongoing support in our chosen career paths.


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CEO at Vall Banc, Andorra

What motivated you to take the programme?

Learning new developments and innovation in my professional sector. Knowing new people, opinions and the experience of the programme.

What excites you most about the programme?

Topics quite new to me. Also the opportunity to learn from an international, top-reputed school.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Exciting times in finance. Let’s enjoy the ride together!


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F&A and JV Product Interface at UniCredit SpA, Italy

What motivated you to take the programme?

Improve my understanding regarding the fintech world; essential nowadays if you work in the financial sector.

What excites you most about the programme?

Have a deep dive in Proptech and Regtech while creating a fintech-business idea with my classmates.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Before working in the financial sector, I had the opportunity to work for different startups around the world. I see more and more of the importance to have a merge of knowledge between these two sectors to create constant future value.


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Head, Cards at First City Monument Bank, Nigeria

What motivated you to take the programme?

The idea of gaining insight into the future of technology as it relates to my industry – banking. This will give me an added advantage in my chosen field.

What excites you most about the programme?

The ability to learn in the comfort of my own privacy, convenience, and pace.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Looking forward to meeting a diverse set of people from whom I can learn and form long-lasting beneficial and professional relationships.


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Associate Financial Planner and Advisor at Ameriprise Financials Pvt. Ltd, India

What motivated you to take the programme?

As this is an upcoming format and is quite intriguing, I decided to enroll for it.

What excites you most about the programme?

Everything. The curriculum, the format, the opportunities and the ideas one can develop post having proper learning and exposure through this programme excited and motivated me to enroll for this programme.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Go ahead, try to pick up new learning and venture into the unknown because it’s really exciting to explore into the unknown.


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Business Development Manager at Vall Banc, Andorra

What motivated you to take the programme?

We are involved in a digital transformation plan in my firm.

What excites you most about the programme?

To be aware of new techniques and technologies.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Be ready for continuous change.


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Co-Founder at Goodwan, Russian Federation

What motivated you to take the programme?

This programme is very relevant. I hope that the knowledge gained here will allow my business to grow.

What excites you most about the programme?

Application of theoretical knowledge in practice.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

GoodWAN offers best in the world LPWAN solutions for the Internet of Things. Our technology simultaneously combined the advantages of FHSS and DSSS modulation methods for spectrum extension. We are producing LPWAN base stations and build wireless networks to connect low-energy objects such as electricity and water meters, VOC sensors, GPS location trackers etc. All mentioned solutions can be used and combined with Fintech technologies. We are opened for partnership.


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Vice President, Cards and Electronic Banking Group at First City Monument Bank, Nigeria

What motivated you to take the programme?

The handshake between banks (especially my world) and the fintech community is growing by the day and the need to enhance my understanding of that space has become critical for success.

What excites you most about the programme?

The programme is being offered by a prestigious institution and is designed to allow executives with busy schedules to participate.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

I look forward to commencing this programme and encourage classmates to look forward to an enriching programme that will enhance our ability to seamlessly handshake with the fintech community and gain a deeper understanding of the new normal.


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Principal Country Economist at the African Development Bank, Mozambique

What motivated you to take the programme?

I am considering launching a startup on social finance, and want to have a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of the Fintech ecosystem, as well as the latest trends.

What excites you most about the programme?

Being exposed to the forefront of what is being developed and the possibility of networking with peers from many areas.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Finance is a cornerstone of our societies, but it is a tool, not an end. Its role should assist in improving society.


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Independent Non-Executive Director, Luxembourg

What motivated you to take the programme?

I have spent a mostly hands-on, 30+ years career in various finance sectors (Banking, Investment Management and Risk in various positions and countries). I am now a professional non-executive director. I realize technology innovation is the major change driver for that industry. Fundamental transformation is already on its way and, at times I feel that I have difficulties to catch up.

What excites you most about the programme?

I am particularly excited by the programme for 1) it covers topics that are relevant to my activity as a professional director 2) the outstanding quality of the faculty. I expect to better understand some of those disruptive technologies such as Blockchain. In addition, I am interested in learning how to facilitate change with a strategic perspective.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

Beyond my inclination to learning continuously, I believe that I could help Fintech companies with their governance in general as well as ensure Boards good practice. I’ll be happy to share my pre-fintech experience and discuss issues related to business transformation.


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Director at Vida, Guernsey

What motivated you to take the programme?

We have developed a technology for investing via risk parity methods and wish to understand how this can fit into the wider market.

What excites you most about the programme?

Understanding more facets of technology in finance and equipping ourselves for future developments while being at the forefront of some and developing this further.

What message would you like to give to your future classmates and support network?

The wealth management industry has been very slow to embrace new technology but we think this will now start to gather pace. As I have signed up for the programme, I feel this is the right time to be conversant with changes in the wider sector and how they will interact with my business. Best of luck!


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