“True success is not a one-off peak achievement. It’s about doing small things, consistently well” Dr Aki Hintsa
I’m truly grateful for the journey, especially over the last five or so years, building stronger foundations, learning, meeting amazing people, and sharing positive experiences that I’ll never forget. And this journey has a long way to go…
I’ve learned so much more about who I really am, what I want to achieve in life, and how I can help others. I now understand my core values, what makes me tick, and the benefits of building positive habits.
Recently, this journey has taken me from Switzerland to Boston, Edinburgh, and onwards back to London, where I spent my twenties. It hasn’t been easy – I’ve made plenty of mistakes in both my personal life and career, sometimes I’ve been too intense – not being able to switch off, step back and just relax.. but this is my journey.. a journey of learning and understanding that is getting better and better with every new day, with every new habit, every new friend, new connection, and every new experience that I can share to help others.
Lately, I’ve been enjoying a deep immersion in the world of innovation, from running the European Innovation Ecosystem for Fidelity Investments, to now, building an Asset Management infrastructure on blockchain. I’m fortunate enough to have built an amazing network over the years, and tapping into it, plus my entrepreneurial and financial services knowledge has created a huge opportunity for me to create a blockchain startup that will positively disrupt the Asset Management industry.
Since 2008 my real priority has been Entrepreneurship – I’m clearly passionate about it. Having built several online businesses – some were successful, some failed, and tried my hand in other areas, I’ve built up a strong understanding for many aspects of business, as well as lots of resilience.
Autumn of 2015 I spent 4 months at Babson College, Massachusetts (consistently no.1 business school in the world for Entrepreneurship), gave me some amazing new insights into running businesses effectively, new approaches to sales and marketing, and Innovation. Additionally, it instilled the American belief system into me, confirming that I can take risks, fail at some projects, BUT learn from them and move on swiftly to try again.
Following Babson (and my experiences of Silicon Valley and Shanghai/ Nanjing), I engaged in a 3 month project at LendingCrowd – a P2P Lender based in Edinburgh – focusing on building their new IFISA (Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account) from zero to an MVP level.
June 2016 onwards (for 6 months) I was with the RBS Innovation team, based in London, working in a design thinking cell (Mobile Payments solution), as well as marketing new blockchain innovations and liaising with Fintech startups, before moving onto running European Innovation at Fidelity through 2017.
The Earlier Years..
Graduating with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management in 2001, I moved into Investment Banking in London. During those eight years I held several positions in Front and Middle Office, mainly working with Interest Rates and FX products, before moving into Emerging Markets Sales for Kepler Capital Markets, Switzerland. During my London years, I served on the Committees of (the Interest Rates) Swaps Ball (Treasurer, www.swapsball.com, 2005-2008) and Institute of Financial Services (London and Home Counties, 2004-2010) – founding the successful “High Flyers” events for the IFS in 2004.
I enjoy sports and outdoors activities – regular user of the gym, but during the summer, you will find me more often outdoors, whether cycling, walking, bbq-ing or just enjoying the fresh air! I’m open to anything positive, always learning, going to networking events to meet new people and existing contacts or just doing something I haven’t done before!
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