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Managing Director, Anthemis

Ali Geramian

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Ali Geramian

Ali Geramian is a Managing Director at Anthemis. Based in the US, Ali oversees Anthemis’ strategic partnership success program, where he is responsible for driving mutual value creation, collaboration, and partnership opportunities across Anthemis’ global base of strategic investors.

Ali brings deep experience across the insurance, corporate innovation, and start-up ecosystem. Prior to joining Anthemis, Ali was the national leader for the KPMG US Innovation Lab, where he oversaw strategy, business development, and client delivery initiatives for KPMG’s innovation practice. As part of this role, Ali also led KPMG’s national insurtech program where he worked closely with insurtech start-ups, venture investors, and corporate innovation leaders. In addition, Ali’s experience also includes working in the US individual business group at MetLife, as well as a founder in the insurance and financial services sectors.

Amy Nauiokas
Co-Founder of Anthemis

Amy Nauiokas

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Amy Nauiokas

Amy Nauiokas lives and leads with fearless conviction. As a CEO, CIO, creator, and investor, Amy is an unwavering champion of change. Amy is fueled by a mission to break down barriers and create a more equitable society. With a prestigious career spanning multiple industries, Amy doesn’t accept the status quo. She shatters it.

As Co-Founder, Co-CIO and Co-Chair of Anthemis, the leading fintech investment platform, Amy is forging a more forward-thinking, strategic, and diverse financial system. Additionally, she is the CEO and Chair of  Anthemis Digital Acquisitions, a 100% female-led and ESG-focused special purpose acquisition corporation (SPAC). Equally passionate about transforming the media landscape, she is the founder and CEO of award-winning production company Archer Gray, which promotes and amplifies a wide array of underrepresented voices and stories.

Amy has earned a number of notable accolades for her groundbreaking work. She was recognized as one of 100 Powerful Women in leadership by Entrepreneur Magazine and named among finance’s most powerful dealmakers in Institutional Investor’s Fintech Finance 40. She has also appeared on Variety’s Dealmakers Elite New York, Variety’s Women of Impact, The Memo’s 16 Pioneering Women Shaking Up Digital Finance, Financial News’ Top 100 Rising Stars, Forbes’ 40 Under Forty: Ones to Watch, Global Finance’s Top 20 Women in Wealth Management, and Venture Capital Journal’s 10 Women of Influence: VC Making Strides on Diversity from Within.

As a mission-driven venture capitalist, Amy strategically identifies and invests in best-in-class, high-growth companies that disrupt and innovate media, financial services, and marketplaces. Her investments include Betterment, Currencycloud, and HappyMoney. Her exits include Flo Technologies, Fidor Bank, Simple, The Climate Corporation, and Zoopla.

Before Anthemis, Amy was CEO and managing director of Barclays Stockbrokers and head of Barclays Capital’s global e-commerce business, where she spearheaded the international expansion of the firm’s electronic products and markets. Her leadership boosted revenue by 40% in under two years and accelerated Barclays’ transformation into a renowned global financial services portal.

Amy’s impressive credentials also include serving as senior managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, where she was instrumental in digitizing its brokerage business and successfully launching eSpeed, Inc., (which later sold to NASDAQ for $750M). When Cantor suffered devastating losses on September 11, Amy worked tirelessly to mobilize rebuilding efforts and secure a meaningful, lasting legacy for victims and their families.

Amy displays the same passion and perseverance in her career at Archer Gray. She created the media company with a mission to do things differently: to identify and empower the people, voices, and stories that have been traditionally ignored by the industry. Her work is built on the belief that powerful storytelling will inspire meaningful dialogue, shed light on critical issues, and shift cultural tides.

Key projects include the 2018 Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Can You Ever Forgive Me?; 2017 Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee 20th Century Women; 2015 Independent Spirit Award-winner The Diary of A Teenage Girl; 2014 critically acclaimed film Mr. Holmes; 2013 Sundance favorite The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete; and the eight-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical Once.

A recognized leader in board governance and strategy, Amy is dedicated to making a difference wherever she can. She is currently serving as a board member of Trōv, Matic, Arthena, Koffie Labs, EasyHealth, and Inked Brands, along with her service on the Dickinson College Board of Trustees. She was previously the Board Chair of Make-A-Wish® International, on the board of Worldwide Orphans and Edible Schoolyard NYC, and a member of the Fast Company Impact Council.

Amy earned a B.A. in international studies from Dickinson College and an M.A. in international business from Columbia University, where she previously served as an adjunct professor.

Female Founder: Ana Mahony
Founder & CEO, Addition Wealth

Ana Mahony

Ana Mahony

Ana Mahony is the Founder and CEO of Addition Wealth, a company dedicated to making personalized financial expertise inclusive and accessible for all employees. Working with forward-thinking companies, Addition provides employees with digital tools and access to financial professionals so that employees can navigate financial decisions with confidence.

Ana built her career in consumer finance, working in the private sector as well as at the CFPB, before joining Uber in 2014. Ana spent 6 years at Uber in the Rides and Eats businesses, most recently leading the Eats US Cities team.

Ana is passionate about consumer finance, technology and building diverse teams. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Co-Founder and CEO, Elevate

Brian Cosgray

Brian Cosgray

Brian is a visionary, leading Elevate in leveraging the latest financial technology that makes consumer directed benefits easier to understand and use for employees and their families. Prior to founding Elevate, Brian led the team at Businessolver that developed and launched a proprietary, in-house consumer directed benefits solution for Fortune 100, state government, and mid-sized business clients.

Founder and CEO, Acretrader

Carter Malloy

Carter Malloy

Carter Malloy, Founder & CEO of AcreTrader, has led the company to exponential growth this past year. AcreTrader has successfully raised over $60 million in Series B funding and grown from 20 employees to 120 employees across the company’s two business divisions, which include AcreTrader and Acres, a comprehensive land analysis and mapping tool. AcreTrader has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, and Barron’s and named as one of “13 Financial Fintechs to Watch” by Business Insider.

Co-Founder and CEO, Atomic

David Dindi

David Dindi

David is the Chief Executive Office of Atomic, a fintech infrastructure company that provides white-labeled wealth management and brokerage services to fintechs, banks and credit unions. David received his BSc and MSc in Chemical and Computational Engineering from Stanford University.

Executive Director of the Collaborative for Frontier Finance

Drew von Glahn

Drew von Glahn

Drew is the founding Executive Director of the Collaborative for Frontier Finance, a multi-stakeholder initiative to address the gap in access to finance for small and growing businesses in emerging markets. His career spans the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Drew has been a Senior Advisor to the World Bank and several global philanthropic organizations. His focus is on impact investing, private enterprise solutions for development, and the role of catalytic capital in addressing global social, economic and environmental challenges. Along with being a member of Calvert Impact Capital’s Credit Committee, Drew is a member of the investment committees of the Nyala Ventures and the Nordic Development Fund’s Catalyst Facility.

Drew is a 20-year veteran of Wall Street and has led over $30 billion in capital transactions across the globe, including a number of “first-of-kind” financings across emerging and developed markets. He has been a member of a tech VC fund, as well as Managing Director for Technology, Communications and Media at ING. Drew built and managed investment banking operations at such global firms as Credit Suisse and the predecessor firms to J.P. Morgan. He was an advisor to closed-end equity and debt funds and various private equity investment vehicles. Drew led the World Bank’s venture philanthropy program, a portfolio that consisted of enterprises across a range of services such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture, education, health, financial inclusion, water/sanitation, and gender rights/equity.

He was an early architect on such collaborative initiatives as the Boost Africa program (an EIB/AfDB/EU fund of funds for SMEs), the MacArthur Foundation’s Catalytic Capital Continuum, Co-Impact (a multi-stakeholder initiative investing in system change opportunities) and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Green Utilities 2.0. On the climate front, Drew has advised Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nordic Development Fund on innovative approaches to driving scaled capital solutions. He was the former CEO of a global social enterprise and EVP Finance & Strategy for a start-up online finance company. He has been a board member of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Drew was the Co-founder of Third Sector Capital, a leading US advisor on impact financings and Pay-For-Success mechanisms. As a researcher and author his focus has been on innovative SME finance and performance-based financing mechanisms. Drew provides pro bono advisory services to such transformative non-profits such as Last Mile Health, Roca, Inc., and Splash.

Harry Harrison
Head of Growth, Anthemis

Harry Harrison

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Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison is the Vice Chair, responsible for the firm’s later-stage investments, merger and acquisition, and portfolio divestment strategy. He is a senior Financial Services executive with an established reputation in Investment Banking, Markets and Private Equity. He has built, managed, invested in and sold businesses across a broad range of global investment, corporate, retail, wealth, card and insurance products and markets. He has a long and successful track record of reengineering and driving businesses through technological innovation.

Most recently, as Head of the Non-Core division of Barclays Bank, Harry was responsible for the divestiture of £100 billion in risk weighted assets and the sale of 19 businesses across the globe. Prior to that, Harry was Co-Head of the Securities division of Barclays Investment Bank with direct oversight and responsibility for the Rates, FX, Commodities, Mortgages, Municipals, Prime Services and Global Portfolio and Risk Management businesses. He has represented Barclays as a member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) board of directors and served as Barclays’ representative on the board of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA). Additionally, he was the Executive Sponsor for the Barclays Women’s Initiative and the Parents and Family Network.

Harry has a BSc (Hons) in Economics from Warwick University, and an MPhil in Finance from Jesus College, Cambridge.

Co-Founder and CEO, Get Amplify

Hanna Wu

Hanna Wu

Hanna grew up in the life insurance industry as both her parents were life insurance agents. She founded a financial planning agency in 2014 focused on helping affluent families and businesses build tax efficient assets and protect their legacies. She and her team placed over $2B of life insurance coverage, mostly through life insurance wealth accumulation policies. Realizing how misaligned and intransparent the existing products were and how disconnected the industry was from the modern consumer, she founded Amplify in 2019 with the mission of building the first digital and customer-centric life insurance platform focused on helping customers build and access tax efficient wealth through transparent and low cost life insurance savings and investment plans.

Co-Founder and CEO, Koffie Labs

Ian White

Ian White

Ian is cofounder and CEO of Koffie Financial, a modern-day insurer focusing on trucking and transportation. He is an entrepreneurial leader at the intersection of data, enterprise markets and geospatial analysis.

Previously Ian served as founder/CEO of Urban Mapping, a web-based mapping platform he sold to Pitney Bowes in 2015. Customers included Tableau Software, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Kayak, IAC, CoStar Group.

He has also served in a senior role in the financial services industry where he focused on using alternative data to generate alpha for hedge fund clients.

Ian has an MBA from Babson College, BA from McGill University and attended high school in Ireland and France. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.

Managing Director, Corporate Development, Webster Bank

James Jurewicz

James Jurewicz

Mr. James Jurewicz currently serves as Head of Corporate Development and Venture Investment at Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank, National Association since February 1, 2022, as of the completion of the merger of equals between Webster Bank and Sterling National Bank. His core responsibilities include managing the end-to-end process relating to all strategic acquisitions, mergers, and divestitures across the enterprise including deal project management, sourcing and pipeline management, due diligence, transaction modeling, pricing and deal negotiation, legal agreements, closing, and integration. Additionally, Mr. Jurewicz is responsible for managing the Corporation’s venture investment of debt and equity into individual companies and Volcker qualified venture capital funds. Prior to this, Mr. Jurewicz served as Managing Director of Corporate Development at Sterling National Bank since March 2018, having reported to the Chief Corporate Development Officer with a scope of responsibilities that spanned M&A, DFAST/Capital Stress Testing, Strategic Planning, Financial Forecasting, and Annual Budgeting. Mr. Jurewicz holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, having graduated in May 2011

Co-Founder, Clutch

James Kouzinas

James Kouzinas

James is an innovative and dynamic leader with over 16 years of experience in financial services, specializing in Web 3 and Fintech. His extensive background includes 11 years at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he honed his skills in corporate finance and foreign exchange markets. At NAB, James collaborated with top-tier corporate professionals to develop intricate solutions for leading businesses across various industries, such as mining, resources, professional services, and technology.

A pioneer in the field, James was the first banker in Australia to onboard a cryptocurrency client in 2013 and successfully navigated clients’ currency exposures during the Brexit vote and the 2016 US elections. In September 2018, he embarked on an entrepreneurial journey to focus on product development and design in the rapidly evolving world of Web 3.

As a co-founder of Clutch, James is driven by a passion for leveraging decentralized technology to revolutionize the financial landscape. He envisions a future where these groundbreaking innovations empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, fostering financial inclusion and providing unprecedented opportunities for personal and professional growth.

James’ expertise in design systems and data-driven decision-making enables him to create user-centric products that not only cater to the needs of their users but also exemplify the transformative potential of Web 3 technologies.

Co-Founder and CEO, Raincoat

Jonathan Gonzalez

Jonathan Gonzalez

Jonathan is an experienced serial entrepreneur and computer engineer with a strong focus on climate insurance technologies. In response to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Maria on his home country of Puerto Rico, Jonathan co-founded Raincoat, a venture-backed insurtech company dedicated to developing fully automated climate insurance products on a large scale. Raincoat counts with some of the top investors in the insurtech category, including Anthemis, SoftBank, TwoSigma Ventures, and Mundi Ventures, among others. Raincoat’s mission is to protect everyone from the financial disruption caused by catastrophic events.

Founder and CEO, GuruHotel

Josue Gio

Josue Gio

Katie Palencsar
Head of Venture Studio, Anthemis

Katie Palencsar

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Katie Palencsar

Katie Palencsar currently leads the Female Innovators Lab in partnership with Barclays that invests in early stage female founded fintech businesses. Previously, she founded and led data SaaS company, Unbound Concepts from ideation to exit. The company’s data services, which were used by global distributors as well as privately owned and publicly traded publishers in addition to providing free software tools to over 40,000+ educators. Upon acquisition she served on the executive team and led Solutioning for Certica Solutions which was acquired by Instructure.

Katie lives in the world of idea to execution. Her work has led to new businesses, products, programs, teams, initiatives, revenue streams and funds within a myriad of industries: from fintech to edtech and data to brand partnerships and managing retired athletes’ business portfolios, just to name a few.

A first generation college graduate, she is committed to mentorship of diverse talent in investment and technology; she continues to be driven by her former colleagues and mentees who continue their professional growth and hold leadership positions in a variety of technology companies. Katie advised on Maryland State legislation for investment in female and minority-owned businesses that was successfully passed in 2019.

Head of US Principal Investments, Barclays Investment Bank

Kester Keating

Kester Keating

Founder and CEO, District Cover

Patrick Girouard

Patrick Girouard

Kathryn Judge

Kathryn Judge

Kathryn Judge is an expert on banking, financial innovation, financial crises and regulatory architecture. In her book Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source (HarperBusiness), she uses the insights she gained from years of studying financial intermediation to explain broader shifts in the structure of the economy, the increasing power of intermediaries across numerous domains, and how these changes have contributed to new sources of fragility and undermined accountability.

Kathryn regularly presents her work to audiences in the United States and abroad, allowing her to engage with an array of policy makers, academics and industry leaders. Her academic work has received accolades from academic peers and industry. Her book Direct was on the longlist for the Financial Times Business book of the Year, among other accolades.

Kathryn currently serves as an editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation and a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. She previously served on the Financial Stability Task Force co-sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Chicago Booth School of Business as well as the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the Office of Financial Regulation. While serving on FRAC, she co-chaired the working group on financial innovation and the working group on the LIBOR transition.

Kathryn is currently the Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Columbia Law School, she clerked for Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court. She also worked as a corporate associate with Latham & Watkins LLP. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School (J.D. with Distinction, 2004), where she earned the Urban A. Sontheimer Honor (second in class), and Wesleyan University (B.A. with High Honors, 1999).

Head of Americas, UBS Next

Krista Carr

Krista Carr

Krista Carr is a founding member of UBS Next, the Group’s venture and innovation unit.​ They enable UBS to innovate its business model and leverage the latest technology in order to remain relevant in a digitally disruptive age. ​Their impact focus is 3 years and beyond and they drive this through their horizon themes. ​
As a member of Group Technology representing Next in the Americas, she works closely with Business Sponsors across all divisions to understand their interests and strategic initiatives create a pipeline of emerging technologies and start-ups that may benefit their use cases. Krista is also responsible for further developing UBS’s relationships with Venture Capital and Private Equity firms to utilize the technologies in their portfolios to better serve the business' needs. She is also focused on Accelerators, Startups, and University Engagements and how these relationships may positively impact the firm.

Previously a founding member of the Chief Digital Office and Technology Business Advisory teams with four years of experience on the IT R&D team, she uses her strong understanding of the complexity in bringing these technologies to scale and the importance of garnering a strategic fit to more effectively
engage in a commercial partnership. She is focused on improving our insights into the marketplace, providing direct access to truly innovative technologies, and better positioning UBS to be on the cutting edge of Technology.
Krista has been employed by UBS for 10 years. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for FTV Capital’s Global Partner Network, providing a unique view into needs of the global enterprise and revealing key insights that growing companies can leverage into market leadership opportunities.
Krista has a B.S. in Business and Technology from Stevens Institute of Technology with a minor in Finance and Economics. She enjoys sports and spending time with her husband and two children.

Ruth Foxe Blader
Chief Investment Officer, Anthemis

Ruth Foxe Blader

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Ruth Foxe Blader

Ruth Foxe Blader is a Partner at Anthemis and thought leader in fintech and insurtech. At Anthemis, Ruth leads strategic investment efforts across Europe and North America. Ruth specializes in technology-enabled business models, insurance technology, risk transfer, early stage investing, product strategy and digital transformation.

Prior to joining Anthemis, Ruth worked for Allianz SE, where she spearheaded leading digital innovation efforts. She was a founding member of the AllianzX team, where she led investments in startups including Lemonade, MoneyFarm, Argus Cyber Security and SimpleSurance.

A New Jersey native, Ruth has spent the last decade between New York, London and Paris. In 2018 and 2019, Ruth was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the global financial technology ecosystem and listed among the Women in Fintech Powerlist by Innovate Finance. She currently serves on the boards of Axle, Demex, Hokodo, Hometree, Kaiko, Proportunity and Stable.

CEO, Betterment

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy is the CEO of Betterment, the largest, independent digital investment advisor. She brings over 25 years of brand building, customer loyalty, corporate strategy, and operational excellence to her role, and she has a passion for taking businesses to the next level.
Prior to joining Betterment, Levy was the COO of Viacom Media Networks, where she oversaw global strategy, finance, and operations for the $10Bn division that housed some of Viacom’s iconic brands, including MTV, Comedy Central, and BET. Previously, Levy served as the Chief Operating Officer at Nickelodeon for over a decade and drove expansion of the brand and business both organically and through acquisitions. She spearheaded Nickelodeon’s entry into new segments generating more than $4Bn at retail, including digital gaming, consumer products, resorts, Broadway and theme parks, as well as subscription video on demand.
Levy’s passion for brands and consumer experience is critical in today’s financial services environment where investors have many more choices of where to entrust their resources than they did even a few years ago. Their desire to work with companies that understand them and reflect their values is central to the value proposition that embodies Betterment.
Levy is also a Board Member for The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Inc. (2012 to Present) and Funko, Inc. (2019 to Present). She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

CEO, Branch

Steve Lekas

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Vica Manos
Head of Early Stage Investments, Anthemis

Vica Manos

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Vica Manos

Vica is a Partner at Anthemis Group. A banker turned investor, she is a thought leader in the industry focused on the intersection of Financial Services and adjacent sectors. Vica has extensive experience in working alongside industry incumbents and challengers alike.

At Anthemis, she oversees the global early stage strategy. She also launched Anthemis’ healthcare investing activities and established the first impact investment vehicle alongside Momentum Metropolitan Holdings, investing in to Financial Wellness. Vica serves on the boards of Acre Homes, Apollo Agriculture, Hover, Hurdle, Moonshot Brands, NOW Money, Novoic, Numan, Sentio Solutions (Feel) and YuLife. She previously served on the board at Abaka, Currencycloud, Monese, Patch’d and Wayhome.

Prior to joining Anthemis, Vica was an Investment Banker at Credit Suisse, where she focused on Leveraged Finance. She ran a debt portfolio focused on the media and infrastructure sectors. Vica graduated summa cum laude from Bocconi University and speaks five languages. She is an avid baker and loves to travel.

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