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/ Unbundling European Finance report covering.
Samarth was named to the Wall Street Journal “40 Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance“ / Financial News FinTech 40: “40 leaders in fintech” in 2014. He was nominated a judge of the BBVA OpenTalent startup competition (2014), as well as SWIFT’s Innotribe Startup Challenge in 2014 and 2016, and drives FinTech Forum's mentoring program since 2014.
The 250+ startups that have presented at over 15 FinTech Forum / On Tour events so far have gone on to raise €250M+ in funding, and resulted in exits worth €225M+ so far.
Samarth is invited to speak at leading industry events, including:
- SIBOS / Innotribe (Sep. 2016, Geneva and Oct. 2014, Boston)
- Money20/20 Europe, (Apr. 2016 and Jun. 2017, 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)
Prior to founding TechFluence, Samarth worked in sales and business development - of which the last 12 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.
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