Francesco brings 23+ years’ experience addressing strategic challenges, developing and leading strategy teams in open banking and digital including cross-industry ecosystems and in digital retail and corporate payments.

Before his advisory careers, Francesco worked as a Banker (transaction banking and markets) with Midland Bank, later HSBC, and as a Management Consultant. He has a track record of thought leadership, strategy formulation and strategic planning, problem solving, policy development and risk management having worked with organisations ranging from Fintech startups, institutional investors, banks, payments operators, payment schemes, telecoms and mobile payments operators, governments and NGOs, technology providers, issuers and acquirers in 5 continents.

Industry specialist with global reach, brings deep industry knowledge, rigorous analytical skills, commercial acumen and the experience of inspiring large and diverse groups, from board level to the front line. Francesco holds a number of advisory roles with industry think tanks and industry publishing/research organisations. He is a regular speaker at industry events globally.

Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services, Francesco was awards as International Consultant of the Year 2014 by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) and has been recently named among the Startupbootcamp FinTech Best Mentor Awards 2015.