Author and Commentator
Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology. He is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, which is updated daily and as a best-selling author. His latest book (seventeenth!) is Digital for Good, focusing upon how technology and finance can work together to address the environmental and social issues we face today and make a better world. His previous books include Doing Digital, which shared the lessons of how to do digital transformation through interviews with leading global banks such as BBVA, China Merchants Bank, DBS, ING and JPMorgan Chase; Digital Human, which showed how digitalisation how is a revolution that allows everyone from the plains of Africa to the mountains of Tibet to be included and served by the network; and Digital Bank that provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete.
In his day job, he is CEO of the Finanser Ltd, a research and media firm focused upon FinTech and the future of finance. He is also Chair of Nordic Future Innovation, a Non-Executive Director of the FinTech consultancy firm 11:FS and on the advisory boards of many FinTech and financial firms. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), one of the Top 5 most influential people on BankInfoSecurity’s list of information security leaders, as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters.
He has recently been voted Game Changer of the Year and Financial Markets Advisor of the Year by Finance Monthly, CEO of the Year by CV Magazine, FinTech Speaker of the Year by TMT Global and has been an advisor to the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
Described by Seth Wheeler, Brookings Guest Scholar and Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, as “one of the most authoritative voices on Fintech anywhere”, Chris has previously written many books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking. His new book is a sister to his last book, Digital Bank. ValueWeb describes the impact of Fintech and how mobile and blockchain technologies are changing the face of finance in building an internet of value. As a result of the emerging internet of value, banks have to become digitalised, and Digital Bank provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete.
Mr. Skinner is a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg about banking he is on the Advisory Boards of including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund; and is a Judge on many awards programs including the Asian Banker’s Retail Excellence Awards, as well as having worked closely with leading banks such as HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank and Société Générale, as well as the World Economic Forum.
Chris is known for speaking and keynote presentations at leading industry forums. Through these keynotes, he has presented alongside many other leading world figures including Jack Dorsey, Will.i.am, Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Bill Gates and Sir Clive Woodward.
Prior to founding the Finanser, Chris was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services and Strategy Director with NCR Financial Services. These roles sparked Chris’s specialisation in the future of financial services after he created the Global Future Forum in Unisys and the Knowledge Lab in NCR.
He studied at Loughborough University in the UK, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences
alongside a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.
Chris is also a successful children’s author with a series focused upon Captain Cake and the Candy Crew, a Mom’s Choice Gold Category winner, being released in 2021 as well as being co-founder of the Portrait Foundation.
More can be discovered about Chris Skinner at thefinanser.com.