The world of fintech has expanded exponentially over the last few years. Innovations and digital transformations have expanded fintech into areas that were, in the not-so-distant past, unheard of. LinkedIn’s new algorithm has ensured that those who were not visible as influencers are now at the forefront because of their extensive knowledge-sharing activity on the platform. To ensure you stay at the forefront of fintech, it is becoming increasingly impotrat to stay in touch with its influencers.

The world of fintech has expanded and developed new branches that are each a specialisation and a major part of fintech. Artificial Intelligence, lendtech, wealthtech, insurtech, crypto/blockchain, and paytech are some of these specialised areas. These new areas of specialisation have led to new types of conversations, new influencers, and more discussion on this professional platform.

Why it’s necessary to follow influencers and key individuals

An industry does not just take off on its own. It grows and expands with the help of certain key individuals. These individuals are not afraid to push the limits, explore uncharted territories and bring new inventions to the forefront of an industry. Here is a list of influencers and key individuals who have changed fintech forever – for the better.

Fintech influencers and key individual to follow in 2019

To help you stay updated with fintech, we encourage you to follow these people on LinkedIn:

1.    Lex Sokolin Director of fintech strategy (global), Autonomous Research

Lex Sokolin is one of the most well-known fintech experts on LinkedIn. He gives more clarity to fintech issues such as AI, future innovation, and cryptocurrencies. Finance executives and entrepreneurs gain valuable insight from him.

2.    Nilly Essaides, senior director of finance, The Hackett Group

Nilly Essaides is known to take on some of the toughest tax and finance issues. She believes in taking a holistic as well as a futuristic approach to issues concerning corporate finance. She is also known to have a very broad understanding of global corporate finance issues.

3.    Larsa Melnychuk, MD, FP&A Trends Group

Larysa Melnychuk is the founder of FP&A. She is widely referred to as a thought leader of corporate finance. She has a very realistic and forward-thinking view on the life of senior executives in the finance industry, and how fintech practitioners impact the industry’s best practice developments across global brands and corporations.

4.    Christopher Argent, planning and strategy manager, Vodafone

Christopher Argent is also the group owner of “Generation CFO,” a LinkedIn group that has a whopping 70,000 members, making him a thought leader. Christopher has some interesting takes on what makes fintech professionals tic, as well as trends and challenges they must get ready to face soon.

5.    Edward Yardeni, chief investment strategist and president, Yardeni Research

Institutional investors depend on Yardeni’s posts for solid advice that can be put into practice in the real world. He is the author of “Predict the Markets,” which is often referred to on LinkedIn fintech posts. For concrete information and advice on the implication of global financial crises and various Federal Reserve policies, he is the one to follow.

6.    Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor, Allianz

PIMCO’s former CEO is well-known on LinkedIn for his well-penned articles on finance and global trade. Two of his most recent articles are titled, “Seven Things to Keep in Mind About Turkey” and “Why China Shouldn’t Wait Out Trade Feud with U.S.”

7.    Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Chief economist (APAC region), NATIXIS

Alicia works out of Hong Kong. She is a force to reckon with when it comes to expertise in China and where it is headed, both geopolitically and economically. Her articles are a must-read for every global company that wants to get a foot into China and the rest of Asia. Her specialties are import, currency, and trade issues.

Apart from these fintech influencers, here is a list of key individuals who are worth following on LinkedIn.

Fintech influencers ranked by Insider Score

Chris Gledhill, co-founder, and CEO at Secco.

Jim Marous, financial industry publisher, adviser and global speaker, co-publisher at The Financial Brand.

David M. Brear, CEO at 11:FS.

Brett King, international bestselling author, speaker, founder, Radio, and Media personality.

Fintech influencers ranked by Network Centrality

Rebecca Lynn, co-founder and general partner at Canvas Ventures.

Bradley Leimer, co-founder, unconventional ventures, startup advisor and investor, writer, and speaker.

These are just some of the several hundreds of people to follow on LinkedIn. Following these influencers will ensure you also get seen and heard by others in the fintech space. With their attention and respect, you also build more valuable relationships. The influence of these influencers is a powerful tool that you simply can’t afford to ignore.

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