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Financial technology expert Devie Mohan has been ranked the sixth most influential voice in the sector in the list of 100 FinTech influencers released by UK-based retail data firm, GlobalData Financial Services.
The list names Jim Marous, Spiros Margaris, Chris Gledhill, Sebastien Meunier and Andreas Taub as the top five fintech influencers.
Mohan is the only Indian-origin woman in the top 50 people included in the list. “Having grown up and educated entirely in India, I feel proud at having found a place in the tough, male-dominated industry of global banking and financial services. I am honoured to be able to advise some of the world’s largest banks, governments and academic institutions on FinTech,” Mohan said.
A writer, speaker and commentator on FinTech, Mohan has lived in London, Stockholm, Washington DC, New York and Mumbai. She has been listed among the top 10 global influencers in the sector by several groups, such as SWIFT-Innotribe, CityAM newspaper and JAX Finance.
She is the co-founder and CEO of Burnmark, a research company in the financial technology space. The idea behind Burnmark, she told the website, FinLeap, came because there was “a huge hype around what Fintech does and what it can do, and expectations are surpassing reality”. Mohan, who holds executive degrees from IMD Lausanne, University of California Berkeley and Boston University School of Management, earlier worked as a fintech marketing strategy and research professional for firms like Goldman Sachs, Thomson Reuters, Ericsson, IBM and USAID.
Burnmark is a research company that brings together insights and data accumulated from banks, Fintechs, accelerators, enterprises, and investors to help people make better decisions.
However, according to KPMG, investments in the global fintech industry seem to have gone down, with global investments pegged at $2.3 billion in the first quarter of 2017. This is less when compared to the spike in same period last year.