Samarth Shekhar is the Founder and Managing Director of TechFluence, Co-Founder of FinTech Forum, the first and largest hub for fintech in Continental Europe, and author of the Study of FinTech series.
Named to the Wall Street Journal “40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance“ / Financial News FinTech 40: “40 leaders in fintech” in 2014.
Samarth has been invited to speak at leading financial services and FinTech events, including:
- SIBOS / Innotribe (Sep. 2016, Geneva and Oct. 2014, Boston)
- Money20/20 Europe, (Apr. 2016, Copenhagen)
- Innovate Finance Global Summit (Apr. 2016, London)
- Financial News / WSJ.D FinTech Events "Bank of the Future" (Nov. 2014) and "Asset Manager of the Future" (Apr. 2015, London)
- DVFA FinTech Events (Oct. 2016 and Mar. 2015, Frankfurt )
- FinTechStage (Apr. 2015, Milan)
- NextBank Europe (Sep. 2014, Barcelona)
He was nominated a judge of the BBVA OpenTalent startup competition and SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge in 2014 and drives FinTech Forum's mentoring program since 2014.
Prior to founding TechFluence, Samarth worked in sales and business development roles - of which the last 11 years in Europe - at Capgemini Deutschland, HCL Tech / Deutsche Software (a Deutsche Bank JV), OrbiTech (Citigroup tech spin-off) and PwC India (E-Business and BI Consulting divisions).
Samarth has degrees in Computer Science (BIT Mesra) and MBA (Strategy & Marketing, IIM Calcutta) and is fluent in German and English.
Michael Mellinghoff is Managing Director at TechFluence and a Senior Advisor and Mentor at FinTech Forum. He is a seasoned investment professional with over 15 years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking and fintech world.
Michael’s career covers a 10+ years span in traditional banking, where he held a variety of managerial positions in asset management and investment banking in Germany and abroad, including management board and supervisory board appointments in Commerzbank Asset Management and DZ Bank Group.
Since 2010, Michael has been working in the Fintech area, including a 3+ years experience as Managing Director with German Fintech pioneer sharewise.com, a stock centric community for investors,
Michael’s experience gives him unique insights into the financial markets scene and ability to scout new trends in the financial sector.
At TechFluence Michael heads the firms activities in the UK as well as spearheading the initiatives in digital investment management globally. He acts as a mentor to several startups as well as FinTech accelerators (Startupbootcamp Fintech and Level39). He launched the FTF On Tour | InvestTech event (London, Sep. 2015) and the FTF On Tour | Robo Advice (Berlin, June 2016) as well as co-initiated the DVFA FinTech Forum series of the German Association of Investment Professionals. His focus areas are startups in InvestTech & digital assets.
Michael has a degree in business administration at University of Bayreuth.
@Mellinghoff is author of various articles on #Fintech related topics, speaker and contributes regularly to conferences, awards and publications.
Michael is an author of @TheFINTECHBook and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Digital Banking.
Pankhuri Srivastava heads Research & Business Support at TechFluence. She was among the first employees of TechFluence, setting up the research and market intelligence function focused on FinTech in Continental Europe.
In 2014 she launched FinTech Forum’s weekly newsletter focused on the FinTech startup scene in Germany / Continental Europe, and continues to curate the newsletter as well as the European FinTech Deal Map tracking funding rounds, M&A and deals in Europe.
She helped organise our inaugural FinTech Forum event (Nov. 2013) and continues to support our FinTech Forum | On Tour events.
Prior to TechFluence, she has worked in the Learning and Development department for various companies in India and Germany.
She has a degree in business administration from ICFAI University , India.
Catrin Moehwald is Senior Advisor at TechFluence. She has more than 11 years experience in International Business
Development and Marketing. She worked with a number of financial and technology start-ups to set up Marketing and Sales strategies and has a strong background in PR as well as event management work.
Among other events, she organised an ATP Tennis tournament. She started her career at UBS in the Management Support of the CFO and brings along deep knowledge of research and analysis methods.
As Senior Advisor at TechFluence she consults start-ups on marketing and sales strategies.
She has a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Marketing from the University of South Florida and is a board of member of the German Olympic Society.
Dr Joo Hee Lee is Senior Advisor at TechFluence. She is a seasoned asset manager in the field of global multi-asset investment solutions. Past 10 years have seen her building and heading Solutions Design Team at Fidelity International while managing ~$5bn of institutional clients assets. She is recognised for developing systematic asset allocation strategies for large institutions such as pension funds and sovereign wealth managements, and notably credited for creating robust, cost-efficient and client-specific solutions with a strong performance track record.
Joo Hee is highly regarded by clients as a knowledgeable and trusted advisor with her near two decade industry experience spanning equity, fixed income and currencies followed by the multi-asset investment solutions design. Coupled with her interdisciplinary science training with degrees in physics, chemistry and statistics, she is well-versed in academic literature and financial theory with published papers. Joo Hee holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Cambridge, and a MSc from University of London, in addition to CFA and CQF charters.
Bringing her global, quantitative and cross-asset management experiences to TechFluence, she is now focused on creating and managing bespoke portfolio solutions for the digital wealth management participants.
Axel Apfelbacher is Senior Advisor at TechFluence. He is a digital banking strategist with a keen interest in disruptive business models. His specialty are FinTech models, evaluating new technologies and business models and their impact on existing market structures, with a specific focus on blockchain. He can review any strategy and business model and provide feedback on optimisation potential.
Axel is also a seasoned M&A professional and due diligence / valuation expert and can help in all corporate finance related situations, incl. investment cases and M&A transactions.
He is one of the final authors of the first crowd-sourced FinTechBook and a panellist, moderator and workshop organiser for multiple conference formats in Germany.