Diana Biggs is a global speaker, author and consultant focused on the transformative power of technology. Working with corporates, governments, startups, and NGOs, Diana develops concrete and comprehensive strategies, designs ventures, products and offerings, and educates executives to harness the power of emerging technologies. She has driven growth and innovation for clients across a range of verticals such as financial services, mobile and e-commerce, IoT, and media.
Diana is a thought leader in blockchain technologies and has been actively involved in the ecosystem since 2013. Her work in blockchain includes venture building, strategic advisory, research and executive education covering a variety of use cases including capital markets, payments, healthcare, identity management and supply chain. She is a 2016/2017 Fellow with Anthemis Group exploring use cases for blockchain in philanthropy, financial inclusion and corporate transparency and is the Industry Engagement Advisor for the University College London’s Centre for Blockchain Technologies. She has spoken on blockchain in Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Her research on blockchain technology for remittances was published in Springer Publishing’s Banking Beyond Banks textbook.
A recognized Fintech expert, Diana has been named one of the top 25 Fintech influencers in the UK by CityAM (2015 and 2016) and on Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016. She has led growth, partnerships and marketing across UK & EMEA for global fintech startups and managed strategic advisory on an SME banking transformation for a European high street bank. Earlier in her career, she spent five years with Oliver Wyman Financial Services advising executives at leading global financial institutions, investment funds, and governments on strategy, growth and risk.
Diana is passionate about the use of technology to empower disenfranchised populations, promote access and transparency, and enable economic and financial inclusion. She is currently a Women's Patron of FINCA, a pro-bono mentor at Gaza Sky Geeks and is a frequent speaker on the use of technologies, such as blockchain and digital currency, for social good. Diana was previously Chief Strategy Officer of venture-backed social enterprise Soko, led operational improvements and partnership development of microfinance institutions in West Africa for Kiva.org, and established and led pro-bono work on financial inclusion during her time at Oliver Wyman Financial Services.