IoD City: ‘Success in FinTech: The highs & lows of the rise of a CEO’

David Stringer-Lamarre, MD of FortisCL, within his role as Chairman of the Institute of Directors (IoD), London Region was pleased to deliver the closing remarks at this excellent event, organised by the Young Directors Group of IoD City of London.

The most talked-about (and most funded) fintech startups share the same characteristic: they are designed to be a threat to, challenge, and eventually usurp entrenched traditional financial services providers by being more nimble, serving an underserved segment or providing faster and/or better service. The panel were asked what it has been like to be part of it all so far, and how they individually got there.


Antton Peña, Founder, Flockcover

Antton Peña is the Founder and Product Lead of Flockcover, a London-based startup working to make the world a smarter and safer place by providing innovative insurance products.

Massimo Shayegan, Principal CEO, Discovrus

Massimo Shayegan is a tech entrepreneur who helps businesses of all sizes through a more hyperlocal network, that is called Discovrus, to allow businesses and customers explore their local surroundings.

Elizabeth Diaferia, Board Member, Finito

Elizabeth Diaferia is a Board member of Finito. After a distinguished and extensive career in international financial markets and politics, Elizabeth has her own consultancy working in tech, creative industries, public affairs and with entrepreneurs.

Irina Velkova, Moderator, Grant Thornton Fintech Irina Velkova works in Grant Thornton’s Fintech practice and advises Fintech businesses on a number of matters, including facilitating the connection and bridging with large financial service institutions.