Helene Panzarino

Managing Director 'i-am' United Kingdom

Originally a Commercial Banker, Helene is a highly experienced FinTech Programme Director, exited entrepreneur, educator and author. Her most recent programme role was MD of the global Rainmaking Colab FinTech Programme, a world-first, post-accelerator programme for Series A+ FinTechs and Tier 1 financial institutions. Responsible for the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for Innovate Finance, Helene is also an Associate Director of the LIBF Digital Banking Centre, the Lead Fellow and creator on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree for UCL, and co-creator and lead delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Executive Education Programme. Her specialist subject areas are Digital Banking and Alternative Finance (SMEs). She is also the Chief Ecosystem Officere of the Tribal FS, enabling community banks and communities to engage with the global FinTech community. Board roles include the digital identity scale up, Biid and advisor to financial safeguarding RegTech, Kalgera.  A regular judge, speaker and moderator for the banking and FinTech awards and conferences, Helene was a BSI FinTech representative for the UK in Brussels, named on the Computer Weekly 100 Women in Tech Award 2018-20 and on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Power List. She is also part of the FCA 2020 Data Spring on SME Lending. Having assisted over 20,000 SMEs on their funding journey, Helene is the author of ‘Business Funding for Dummies’ (Wiley, 2016). Her new book ‘Reinventing Banking & Finance: Frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation’ (Kogan) comes out in November 2020.