The Global FinTech Awards – Meet the Esteemed Judges

With submissions closing 17 June 2024, meet the judges who will be conducting the final judging for The Global FinTech Awards for 2024

Launching at FinTech LIVE London at the end of Day 1, The Global FinTech Awards will debut at the Convene 155 Bishopsgate on 22 October 2024. 

The comprehensive programme will acknowledge companies, professionals and projects that have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and strategic thinking. 

The Global FinTech Awards will serve as a prestigious platform to showcase innovative solutions in the finance and insurance technology industry, honouring companies, startups and individuals demonstrating exceptional creativity, technological advancements and industry leadership.

To enter the awards, you will need to register and pay the registration fee, which will give you access to the official submission form to enter as many categories as you like. 

To enter The Global FinTech Awards, click here.

Meet the judges for 2024

Stephen Roche, CEO and Founder of Saphyre

With over 20 years of experience in business development, Stephen Roche specialises in IT solutions and infrastructure, fintech and regtech. With extensive experience working with both Fortune 1000 companies and startups, Stephen is experienced in B2B deal-making experience and is currently the CEO and Founder of Saphyre. Stephen is also a graduate of Seton Hall University with a degree in Marketing.

Daniel Yubi, CEO and Founder of Payable

With extensive experience working in payment solutions and law, Daniel Yubi specialises in technological startups, data, mobile apps, product development, banking, cloud, P2P, and marketplaces. 

Before founding Payable, Daniel worked for On Deck,, Curve, Noble, Paybook, and PayClip to name a few. 

Georgios Samakovitis, Professor of FinTech at the University of Greenwich

With an MEng in Computer Engineering, an MSc in Data Networks, and an MBA, Georgios Samakovitis, is currently a Professor of FinTech at the University of Greenwich. 

Dedicating his early research to AI for 3D medical image processing and reconstruction, Georgios then dedicated his PhD at the University of Edinburgh to banking technology investment decisions in the boom. 

Today, Georgios’ most recent work focuses on banking and payment systems technology, investigating the uses of AI in anti-money laundering and financial transaction fraud assessment, the investigation into developments in cryptocurrency markets, and supervising two PhD projects on anti-money laundering in blockchain-based transaction ecosystems, knowledge management in healthcare and mobile governance. 

The Global FinTech Awards 2024 Judges

Nick Levy, Partner at IBM Consulting

A driven leader with extensive experience in financial and service organisations, Nick Levy harnesses his ability to deliver from strategy through to execution to provide outstanding business results as a Partner at IBM Consulting. 

A solution strategist, architect, and implementer, Nick is a people-facing technologist, specialising in IT strategy, enterprise architecture, and business and technology transformation. 

Jaideep Pawar, Director and CEO of GRAMePAY and Pay10

With over 205 years of experience in digital payments and financial inclusion, Jaideep Pawar has led and managed initiatives to enable access and affordability of financial services for the underserved segments.

As the CEO and Founder of GRAMePAY and Pay10, Jaideep is on a mission to empower rural and semi-urban merchants with digital payment solutions and financial literacy. 

Passionate about mentoring and advising entrepreneurs, especially in the fintech and social impact sectors, Jaideep is a certified independent director by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, bringing strategic vision, governance, and compliance to the boards of several organisations and startups. He is also an investor in multiple ventures. 

Steve Suarez, External Advisor at Bain & Company

With over 30 years of experience in consulting, telecommunications, and financial services, Steve Suarez is an External Advisor at Bain & Company. In his role, Steve helps enterprises identify and execute new innovative business models and opportunities, leveraging his expertise in innovation, transformation, human-centric design, risk management, and data analysis. 

Steve is also the Founder and CEO of HorizonX Consulting, a strategic innovation consultancy that fuels growth through strategic innovation.

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