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Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is an award-winning speaker and one of the most influential people in technology, as well as a best-selling author. He is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the, which is updated daily. He helped to found one of the first mobile banks in the world, and has advised CEOs and leaders from every continent of the world including the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

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Advisor, author, commentator & troublemaker

 In 2023 he was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Payments Association, the largest community in payments.

His latest book (eighteenth!) is Intelligent Money, which discusses the implications of Generative Finance as Artificial Intelligence takes over the world, and is released in Spring 2024. His previous books include:

  • Digital for Good, focusing upon how technology and finance can work together to address the environmental and social issues we face today and make a better world;

  • Doing Digital, which shared the lessons of how to do digital transformation through interviews with leading global banks such as BBVA, China Merchants Bank, DBS, ING and JPMorgan Chase;

  • Digital Human, which showed how digitalisation is a revolution that allows everyone from the plains of Africa to the mountains of Tibet to be included and served by the network; and

  • Digital Bank that provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete.

Chris has recently been added to The Mad 33 List for Inspirational change and transformation leaders – making a difference – making the future a reality.

He is a non-executive director of 11:FS and WP Communications and also on the advisory boards of many FinTech and financial firms including WebAccountPlus. Mr. Skinner is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University as well as a TEDx speaker.


In recent years, he has been voted one of the UK’s foremost fintech observers by The Telegraph and one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters.


Chris is also a successful children’s author with a series, focused upon Captain Cake and the Candy Crew. He is also co-founder, with renowned artist Basia Hamilton, of The Portrait Foundation, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts.

Intelligent Money: When Money Thinks For You

The future is where we don't think about money

Digital money will make money personal; individualise currency and its usage; secure it; enable it to automatically grow to meet our personal goals; manage risk automatically; and make life simpler and easier for all.

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