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‍2. Alex Jiménez.
3. April Rudin.
4. Vikaas Sachdeva.
5. Anna Maj.
6. Steve Tunstall.
7. Matteo Rizzi.
8. Namrata Jolly.
9. Michael Berns.
10. David M. Brear"

Top 10 Fintech Innovators you need to follow in 2021

Engati Team
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Top 10 Fintech Innovators you need to follow in 2021

If you’re looking for FinTech insights and inspiration, this is the article for you.

We compiled this list of the most innovative FinTech influencers from our Engati CX Community to help keep you up to date on the latest trends.

These are respected thought leaders who are founders, CEOs, and senior executives of FinTech companies and financial institutions. 

This list also comprises top tech and finance reporters, analysts, and industry experts you should follow.

Engati CX is proud to present this list of remarkable Fintech Innovators.

Follow them, reach out to them, and see how they can guide you through the  Fintech revolution!


1. Dinis Guarda

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Dinis Guarda is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur, and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation, and Blockchain. 

With over two decades of experience in international business, C-level positions, and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, driven ICOs, regulation, compliance, and international legal processes.

He has even created a bank and has been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.

On Engati CX Dinis talks about The Next Big Tech


2. Alex Jiménez

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Alex is the Chief Strategy Officer at Extractable, a digital strategy, design, and data analytics consultancy focused on the future of financial services.  

Extractable consults exclusively with financial service clients, helping companies in banking, investment management, and insurance accelerate their digital transformation to provide the experiences that their customers deserve.

Catch Alex talk about AI in Fintech on Engati CX

3. April Rudin

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Founder and President of The Rudin Group, April J. Rudin has built a reputation as a thought leader in financial-services and wealth-management.

According to April, people are more comfortable with asking questions face-to-face before investing or making any transactions, which is where Conversational AI comes in. AI has the ability to incorporate behavior and language to converse.

She works exclusively with financial services firms and enterprise firms that serve them. The Rudin Group offers highly differentiated messaging, positioning, compliant content creation, and consults with firms/financial services institutions on strategy while helping to execute tactically.


April talks about Fintech moving from legacy to innovation on Engati CX

4. Vikaas Sachdeva

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Vikaas M Sachdeva is the CEO of EMKAY Investment Managers Limited. EMKAY is a leader in the financial services sector, pursuing wealth creation opportunities for investors in the Indian capital market. 

According to Vikaas, what we need to do better is changing the mindset. We need to look at technology as an enabler.  

Check Vikaas’ interview about legacy from Finserv to Fintech on Engati CX.

5. Anna Maj

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Anna Maj is the Senior Advisor for Truffle Capital. She’s an expert at the European Innovation Council. 

Previously a FinTech leader at PwC, Anna has 20 years of experience in the European banking and payments industries, focusing on CEE (PwC, Citigroup, T-Mobile, PayTel, mBank). 

She holds expertise in innovative payment solutions, digitally enabled financial products like open banking and conversational AI, acquired in the strategy, innovation, product management roles. 

Anna introduced one of the first online payment gateways in the CEMEA region and the first digital wallet and mobile payment platform.

Catch Anna’s Engati CX interview about the secret sauce of CX

6. Steve Tunstall

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Steve is the CEO & co-founder of Inzsure Pte Ltd, an Insurtech platform transforming the commercial insurance experience for SME customers. 

He is an Insurtech, Insurance & Risk champion with 30 years of experience and  15 years of  P&L responsibility. Steve has also been a contributor to an Amazon bestseller, The Insurtech Book. 

Steve has held the post of CEO, Managing Director, or equivalent in six companies across four countries. With global experience in over 100 countries, Steve brings a broad-based and pragmatic approach to the leadership of Insurance, Risk, and Opportunities.

Steve helps us understand how AI can shape Risk Assessment on Engati CX.

7. Matteo Rizzi

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Matteo co-founded FinTechStage.com, a platform for investors, innovators, and start-ups to foster FinTech innovation globally.

Matteo is an entrepreneur and an author with two decades of experience in Financial Services. 

He also founded the Timepledge.org initiative, a global program helping African entrepreneurs in several domains of their businesses, from product to strategy to channels management to investors pitching.

Watch Matteo talk about Survival Tech for Start-ups on Enagti CX

8. Namrata Jolly


Namrata is a highly inclusive, culturally aware, and accomplished senior leader who has run, coached and mentored large teams in the Financial Services industry, across organizations such as Credit Suisse, Citibank, and Prudential. 

Namrata has extensive experience across asset management, retail banking, trust banking, and insurance in Digital Engagement & Marketing, Digital Customer Experience,Customer Segmentation, Customer Journey Mapping, Operations & Technology.

She brings her strong networking skills to the table. She is also a Senior Advisor to the only global digital micro pension tech- working with governments, regulators, the private sector, and academia focused on “Saving the next billion from old-age poverty.”

Catch her talking about driving digital transformation across banking on Engati CX

9. Michael Berns

LinkedIn | Twitter

Michael Berns is the Director of AI and Fintech at PwC. He is a thought leader & expert in innovation, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and Fintech. 

Michael has a broad background across blue-chip names such as Morgan Stanley & Moody's and a range of smaller innovative AI Firms.
As a well-known expert in his field, Michael is a keynote speaker at international conferences and a guest lecturer at London Business School with a focus on AI & FinTech.

Michael walks us through Responsible AI on Engati CX

10. David M. Brear

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David is the Group CEO of 11:FS. He also hosts shows revolving around FinTech and InsurTech.

Having pitched, established, and run billion-pound transformations for some of the biggest FS companies on the planet, the realization that digital banking is only 1% finished has spurred his desire to establish an organization that can make it happen. 

Most recently, David has led the creation and market establishment of the challenger business bank Mettle for Natwest in the UK and, as its CEO, proves that the big banks can fight back against the fintech threat.

David talks about the tech in fintech on Engati CX


Who did we miss?

740 million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and 55 million registered companies are active on LinkedIn. 

With 1 billion interactions every month there’s a lot of useful information swirling around the platform. We could have missed someone that deserves to be on this list.

That’s where you come into the picture.

Let us know who you think should be included in our list and we’ll shoot them a message right away!

Note: The influencers in this list are selected based on their research work, social media influence & followership, achievements, and association with the innovation in the AI domain. This article is not intended to convey any form of ranking amongst the influencers listed here.

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