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Our technology teams combine outstanding academic credentials
with extensive experience of developing innovative blockchain solutions. 

The Executive Team includes experienced C-suite professionals with expertise ranging across payment systems, money remittance, foreign exchange, cybersecurity and cross-border capital markets regulation.

 

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Peter McNulty
Chief Executive Officer

Peter has over 30 years of banking experience across Australia, Asia, the UK, Russia, and Europe, and has held CEO, COO, and CFO positions across a number of blue chip banks spanning his career, predominantly in Emerging Markets.  Peter is a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australia New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He also holds an MBA (Exec) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Peter trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in Dublin before emigrating to Australia where he quickly moved into banking with Credit Suisse First Boston (now Credit Suisse) in 1988.  He worked predominantly in Finance and took on roles in Australia, Singapore and London, leaving in 2002 to join Barclays Capital in Hong Kong as its Asia Pacific regional CFO.  In that role Peter was a key member of the Executive team which grew the business from £100m in revenues per year to just under a £1billion in 6 years.

Subsequently he moved to Moscow to the Renaissance Group where he was a Partner, COO, and CFO for the Group which traded, managed and invested in assets across Russia CIS, The UK, the US, Hong Kong, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Peter McNulty
Chief Executive Officer

Highly experienced C-suite professional having held CFO, COO and CEO positions across multiple banks during the last 30 years...

Alexander Lubin
CTO & COO

Alexander Charles Lubin is an expert in payment systems. Starting out in the City of London in 1999 he spent several years working in a number of different sectors in investment banking before moving into corporate finance and private clients at Williams de Broe.

He later moved into the payments arena specialising in acquiring processing, mobile payments and white label prepaid debit card programmes and helped launch the first contactless payments debit card programme in Europe in conjunction with Manchester City FC.

Focussing for several years in this space he later joined the Hertford International Group PLC and was instrumental in its’ listing on the Alternative Investment Market on the London Stock Exchange. 

Working with the board of Directors Alex focused mainly on Mergers and Acquisitions for the company identifying strategic acquisitions in order to cross sell products and services as well as enhance back office, risk and compliance functions.

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Alexander Lubin
CTO & COO

Alexander Lubin has over 15 years payments industry experience specialising in acquiring, mobile payments and money transfer systems...

Pritesh Pankhania
Chief Financial Officer

Pritesh has worked in the banking and financial sector for the past 25 years.  Pritesh is a highly experienced C-suite individual having held CFO, COO and senior control positions across global banking and financial institutions. Typically, Pritesh has been deployed into areas of strategic importance positioned for future growth or major transformations of business models.

After qualifying as an ACA at KPMG, Pritesh moved to Barclays Capital, where he spent 17 years. At Barclays Capital, Pritesh gained broad experience within the Finance function, holding a number of senior control positions including CFO Barclays Americas, Global Head of Credit Product Control, UK Head of Financial Reporting and Global Head of Finance Projects. In 2008, Pritesh moved to the front office, where he was the global COO for the Structuring Division. In addition to Pritesh’s broad Finance background, he was significantly involved in supporting the Structuring Division in defining and executing its business strategy since 2008.

After leaving Barclays, Pritesh has been consulting and has successfully managed significant transformation programmes at Lloyds Bank (Treasury Finance transformation), Centrica Plc (Build out of a Product Control function for its energy trading business) and Jefferies Investment Bank (Integration Programme Lead for the bank’s data transformation initiative). Recently Pritesh has been providing Compliance, Risk and Regulatory consultancy services to a broad range of organisations, including HSBC Canada (KYC Remediation Project) and a number of fintech start up businesses.

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Pritesh Pankhania
Chief Financial Officer

Pritesh is a highly experienced C-suite individual having held CFO, COO and senior control positions across global banking and financial institutions...

Nicholas Lubin
Executive Communications Director

Nicholas Maximilian Lubin has extensive experience within the finance sector, having started his career in finance in 2000 within the payments industry. During this period, Nicholas specialised in acquiring processing, mobile payments and the prepaid debit card space.

Focusing on technology, Nicholas concentrated on project management and implementation of money remittance and Foreign Exchange based pre-paid debit cards.

Nicholas focused on integration of back office systems and departments across client groups of companies identifying areas of cost reduction and cross-selling opportunities of products and services throughout the clients’ customer databases.

Nicholas has been instrumental in the architecture and development of proprietary technology and blockchain based financial reconciliation and core banking systems.

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Nicholas Lubin
Executive Communications Director

Nicholas Lubin has extensive experience within the finance sector, having started his career in 2000 within the payments industry...

Timothy Hailes FKC
General Counsel

Timothy Hailes FKC is a multi-award winning international capital markets lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in derivatives, securities and wholesale markets. He is an Alderman of The City of London and served as Sheriff in 2017/18 making him one of the few people now eligible for election as Lord Mayor of the City of London, the international ambassador for the UK's financial and professional services sector. His commitment to public service started in 1988 when he was Parliamentary Assistant to two cabinet ministers at aged just 20.

Tim graduated from Kings College London with a B.A. (Hons) degree in History and earned a Jelf Medal (1990), before spending six years in private practice, qualifying as a solicitor in1995 with a city law firm and subsequently practising with a Wall Street law firm in their London office during which he was seconded to the trading floors of NatWest Financial Products plc and Union Bank of Switzerland.

In 1999 Tim joined JP Morgan, rising through the ranks to roles including co-head of the Global Equities & Global Regulatory Reform Practice Groups of the Corporate and Investment Bank Legal Department, senior lawyer in the EMEA region for regulatory modernisation and Managing Director and Associate General Counsel in the Investment Banking Division. Tim has served on a number of derivatives industry committees (including co-chairing the International Swaps and Derivatives Association fund derivatives committee) and contributes to publications, particularly on developments in the equities markets and structured products sold to retail investors. He acted as a technical expert to the UK FSA 2009 Lehman review and has appeared before IOSCO standing committees, the European Commission, the Chinese Banking and Regulatory Commission and numerous other regulatory authorities on behalf of the financial services industry.

Tim is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers, International Bankers, Solicitors, Firefighters and Paviors (Honorary). He is also Magistrate on the Central London bench and a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

In October 2014 Tim was recognised by the Legal 500 UK and announced the in-house finance lawyer of the year, in the same month he was included in the top 100 FT out and proud heroes of the business world. Other awards include European Regulatory Lawyer (Financial Services) of the Year (Global Counsel Awards, Association of Corporate Counsel – 2017) and Legal 500 UK In House Counsel, Lifetime Achievement Award / Services (The Legal 500 – 2018).

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Timothy Hailes FKC
General Counsel

Timothy Hailes FKC is a multi-award winning international capital markets lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in derivatives, securities and wholesale markets....

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Richard S Oliver OBE
Non-Executive Chairman

Richard S Oliver OBE has been in the Financial Services industry since 1980, working across many aspects of banking, stockbroking and finance.

Working at Board level since 1989, when he became Operations Director of Greenwell Montagu, a large stockbroking company in the UK, he spent much of his career in HSBC Group, starting in the UK and working through Germany, Austria, Russia, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where he became Vice-Chairman in 2013, with primary responsibility for Investment and Corporate Banking.

He was head-hunted from there to become Regional CEO, Middle East & Africa for the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the largest commercial bank in the MENA region, running the largest regional network of any regional bank.

Extensive leadership experience in the UK, the Middle East, Africa and Central Europe has been complemented by transactional leadership, with responsibility for well over 100 transactions globally. With a first class degree in PPE from the University of Oxford and a further top-placed masters degree in Business Administration, majoring in finance, from City University, he left NBAD in 2016 to focus on HNWI family investment banking business, largely in the UK and the United Arab Emirates.

Created an OBE by Her Royal Majesty the Queen in 2019 for services to British Business and the British Community, Richard joined the company as Chairman in March, 2019. He became a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute in 2001 and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1988.

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Richard S Oliver OBE
Non-Executive Chairman

Richard S Oliver OBE has been in the Financial Services industry since 1980, working across many aspects of banking, stockbroking and finance...

Lupo Maltzahn
Non-Executive Director

Lupo is a senior business leader of advisory and investment businesses with over 25 years of experience.  He has built and run a number of large businesses most notably as a senior partner at Accenture. As a thought leader he has presented and written on a wide range of topics related to financial services, transformation and governance for publications such as the FT, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Television and many others.

Lupo grew up in Germany and came to the UK to study history at Oxford University. After Oxford he joined Andersen Consulting’s UK Financial Services practice, where he rose through the ranks learning how to shape and successfully lead complex transformation in investment banking and exchanges.  At the end of the 1990s Lupo took this experience to private equity and activist investing.

Following a severe accident in 2002 and a lengthy period of recovery, Lupo returned to consulting first part time and then by re-joining Accenture.  In his time there held a number of senior leadership roles including global head of wealth and asset management, head of UK capital markets management consulting, as well as head of the UK FS and overall strategy consulting business.

Over his career, Lupo has built extensive experience of formulating and executing strategies, working closely with incumbent clients, new entrants, technology disruptors and regulators in many countries.  He has deep understanding of the processes involved in disruptive growth, transformation, new operating models, merger integration, design thinking, and regulatory negotiation and approval.  Since leaving Accenture, Lupo has brought his skills and experience to a growing portfolio of advisory, non-executive and executive roles at a number of start-ups in the fintech and investment management sector.

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Lupo Maltzahn
Non-Executive Director

Lupo Maltzahn is a senior business leader of advisory and investment businesses with over 25 years of experience.  He has built and run a number of large businesses...

Stephen Head
SIRO

Prior to Stephen’s appointment as the company’s Senior Information Risk Officer, he enjoyed a career spanning 15 years with the City of London Police achieving the rank of Commander and having been the first police officer appointed with national responsibility for coordinating the country’s combined approach to combatting Economic Crime. During this time, he became internationally recognised as one of the world’s leaders in this field.

Stephen was instrumental in building up the UK’s understanding of the true impact of cyber-technology on crime, bringing a depth of operational experience in fraud, Cyber-Crime, Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Corruption to bear, in transforming national policy and creating the first UK cross-sector strategy for the prevention of economic crime; in addition to routinely advising government, heads of policing and other security agencies across the UK and abroad.

This led to the creation and management of the first specialist Intellectual Property Crime unit, a joint team with policing, private sector partners, UK government and international technology companies where Stephen fulfilled the role of the UK’s first ever EU SPoC(Single Point of Contact) for European Union related fraud and economic crimes.

Stephen is also acknowledged for having established UK policing’s most extensive network of national and international policing experts, including expertise in physical security protection, anti-corruption, anti-money-laundering and counter-fraud practitioners, along with other subject-matter experts through his role as National Coordinator.

He created the UK’s first formally recognised Economic Crime Protect and Prevent network to coordinate cybercrime and crime-prevention activities across policing, government agencies, national regulators, and many private sector organisations.

Most recently, as Chief Security Officer at Virgin Money, Stephen had responsibility for all Cyber and information, Physical, Executive and Intellectual Property Security. Stephen can be credited for the development and implementation of Virgin Money's first fully integrated Security Strategy, approved by the board in 2017, along with a rolling three-year investment and technical plan to modernise and strengthen the Bank's combined security defences.

Stephen Head
SIRO

Prior to Stephen’s appointment as the company’s Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO), he enjoyed a career spanning 15 years with the City of London Police...

Keith Wyness
Non-Executive Director

Keith Wyness has been Chief Executive Officer of three premier league football clubs and has had a long career association with top flight sport.

Prior to entering the football industry, his employers included British Airways, Radisson and the Olympic Club. Keith joined British Airways on its graduate scheme and worked in the press office / sales promotion/ marketing /sales areas prior to being appointed the youngest vice-president in the airline's history, which included responsibilities such as the marketing of Concorde. He was also instrumental in the development of the BA "Executive Club" frequent flyer programme.

Keith moved to Miami in 1984 and co-founded Radisson Diamond (now Regent Seven Seas Cruises). He sat on the Board of Landry & Kling Group; the largest corporate cruise ship charter company in the world. He was subsequently the founder and later the Managing Director of The Olympic Club, a worldwide marketing programme set up to promote Olympic sports and aided the marketing of the Millenium Summer Olympic Games XXVII in Sydney.

In 2010, Keith became Chief Executive Officer of Insite Consulting Ltd. Insite was instrumental in securing the IFAB approvals for the 9.15m vanishing spray which was used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup with great success and will continue with that companies development. Insite has covered sports and industrial related projects in Oman and Saudi Arabia as well as the USA and Canada; this has included reorganising football in those countries and the potential for introducing T20 cricket to the USA. For seven years he was a Director of the SECC in Glasgow and was responsible for the development of "Hydro Arena" now the third busiest in the world.

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Keith Wyness
Non-Executive Director

Keith Wyness has been Chief Executive Officer of three premier league football clubs and has had a long career association with top flight sport....

MIDDLE EAST

Dr. Hamed Al Suwaidi
Managing Director - FiveIQ Ltd

Dr. Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi was born in Abu Dhabi in 1983 into an eminent, culture and arts oriented, Emirati family with profound influence in the development and growth of the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Al Suwaidi holds a bachelor and master’s degrees from Regents University London and theUniversity of Portsmouth, where he also gained a PhD in Economics & Finance. In 2014, he received the Freedom of The City of London and became a liveryman of The City of London Corporation. In 2019, he became a liveryman to the Society of Arts Scholars and a Governor to the Royal Humane Society.

Following 3 years as the Regional CEO, Middle East & Africa of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (First Abu Dhabi Bank), Dr. Al Suwaidi is currently the Chairman of AES Limited Abu Dhabi - a company with UK representation focused on trade, education and arts.

Dr. Al Suwaidi holds fellowships of The Institute of Leadership and Management of London, Institute of Directors, Institute of Administrative Management, Royal Statistical Society, Geological Society of London, Royal Society of Arts, and The Institute of Travel & Tourism.

Dr Al Suwaidi's passion for the arts and culture led him to found The Abu Dhabi Arts Society which housed unique projects including the creation of the first-ever Emirati tartan. In addition, being a member of a family with long history of culture and arts, Dr. Al Suwaidi established the Al Suwaidi Foundation and Ousha Bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi (Fatat Al Arab) Foundation which will witness outstanding works and projects with focus on the UAE culture. Dr. Al Suwaidi is also the patron of the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Official Patron of the Arts at The British School Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Hamed Al Suwaidi
Managing Director - FiveIQ Ltd

Dr. Hamed Bin Mohamed Khalifa Al Suwaidi holds a bachelor and master’s degrees from Regents University London and the University of Portsmouth, where he also gained a PhD in Economics & Fina...

Jamal Al Ramahi
Executive Director - FiveIQ Ltd

Jamal brings Five Islands Capital 25 years’ experience at senior executive level in a number of Abu Dhabi’s most significant institutions. Senior appointments include the Supreme Petroleum Council, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Borouge, the Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Senaat.

A UAE national, Jamal has strong educational and commercial ties to the United States and Asia. He is the Managing Partner, founder and CEO of Sage Capital Partners, Chicago, and a partner at an Abu Dhabi consulting firm providing services to multinational clients. Jamal is a graduate of Indiana State University.⁣

Jamal Al Ramahi
Executive Director - FiveIQ Ltd

Jamal brings Five Islands Capital 25 years’ experience at senior executive level in a number of Abu Dhabi’s most significant institutions. Senior appointments include the Supreme Petroleum Council, th...
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