The 2021 independent judging panels for the UK, European, US and Asia FinTech Awards have been confirmed.
The news comes with a week to go until the entry deadline of 26 February. Remember, all that is required to enter is a written submission of between 250 and 1,000 words, or a three-minute video.
Judges for all four events will meet virtually on 12 March, following the entry deadline. Each group will be led by a chair, who will spearhead discussions on entries, scoring, the shortlist and winners.
Phil Vidler, chief executive officer of digital engagement platform FinTech Alliance, is chairing the UK FinTech Awards 2021 judging panel.
He will be joined by Dr Naseem Naqvi (British Blockchain Association), Jana Mackintosh (UK Finance), James York (Insurtech UK), Stephen Ingledew (FinTech Scotland), Will Thorne, Sarah Williams-Gardener (FinTech Wales), and Hugo Rousseau (techUK).
The winners for the UK FinTech Awards 2021 will be announced during an in-person ceremony on 20 May at Leonardo Royal London St Paul’s.
Maria Staszkiewicz, president of the European Digital Finance Association, an independent industry body that represents the digital finance community, will oversee judging for the European FinTech Awards 2021.
Her fellow judges include some of the continent’s best experts in fintech and financial services.
They are Robrecht Vandormael (Payments Europe), Louise Grabo (Swedish Fintech Association), Thaer Sabri (Electronic Money Association), Anders Norlin (Findec), Gunnlaugur Jónsson (Icelandic Fintech Cluster), Thomas Krogh Jensen (Copenhagen FinTech), Wim Mijs (European Banking Federation), and Rodrigo Garcia de la Cruz (Spanish Association of FinTech & InsurTech).
Michelle Tran, co-founder of NYC FinTech Women, is chairing the US FinTech Awards 2021 judging panel.
Her organisation, NYC FinTech Women, is a 6k+ community of leading females in fintech.
Tran will be joined by a panel of technology and financial experts from across the US, with fintech hubs in multiple cities and states represented.
They are Lisa Iagatta (ISITC), Maria Gotsch (Partnership Fund for New York City), Todd Thibodeaux (CompTIA), Kelly Fryer (FinTech Sandbox), David Gritz (InsurTech NY), and George Vukotich (FinTank).
Chairing the Asia FinTech Awards 2021 judging panel is Helene Li, general manager of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.
Li is a seasoned management consultant and finance industry professional, who is a known influencer and key opinion leader in fintech and digital transformation.
Joining Li on the judging panel are experts from across the region, including Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz (FinTech Association of Malaysia), Chia Hock Lai (Singapore FinTech Association), Rajkumar Kanagasingam (FinTech Association of Sri Lanka), Rebecca Schot-Guppy (FinTech Australia), Chih-Shan Luo (FinTechSpace Taiwan), and Norbert Gehrke (Tokyo FinTech).
The European, US and Asia FinTech Awards will be broadcast online at the end of April 2021, with a view to becoming in-person events in 2022.
The entry deadline for all four events is 26 February 2021. All that is required to enter is a written submission of between 250 and 1,000 words, or a three-minute video.
Twenty-five categories will recognise the full spectrum of fintech products, services and solutions, as well as company achievements and the innovation and commitment of leading individuals.