Investors & Advisors

Professor David W Mills Professor David W Mills Professor of Practice of Law, Stanford Law School and Partner and Advisor to Chairman of Fortress Investment Group

Professor David Mills has a distinguished career in law and investments. Mr Mills is a Professor of Practice of Law at Stanford Law School. He is the Founder and the first director of the Stanford Law School clinical program which provides legal services to people who cannot afford traditional representation. Professor Mills is also the Co-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, America's premiere legal organization fighting for racial justice. It is a leadership position he has held for over ten years. Professor Mills has had a life-long dedication to social justice issues. Three years ago Professor Mills received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Mills has also had a lengthy legal career representing a range of well-known white-collar crime defendants as well as driving the strategy for a number of well-known investment firms in various civil and regulatory matters. In addition, he has had a successful career in the business and investment realm. He is currently a partner at Fortress Investment Group and advisor to its chairman and a partner at Divco West ( a real estate investment and development firm) and other high profile investment-related organizations.

Professor Mills graduated Rutgers Law School in 1973 magna cum laude. Following Law School, he joined the law firm of Lowenstein, Sandler, a major law firm where he eventually became a senior tax partner. He was also Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers University, Chairman of the Partnership Tax Section of the American Bar Association and Chairman of the Tax Section of the New Jersey Bar Association. In 1986 Professor Mills moved to Los Angeles to work at Cambrent Financial Group, in association with the firm of Victor, Sandler and Cogut. In 1988 he founded Mills & Lynn enterprises for the purposes of undertaking personal financial transactions. He still holds that position but the name has changed to Mills Family Enterprises. In 1991 he became the chief executive and sole shareholder of Harbourton General Corporation, the General Partner of Harbourton Holdings, LP. He resigned from Harbourton in 2016.

Prior to Law School, Professor Mills went to Rutgers University where he graduated in 1969. Following graduation from University, Professor Mills undertook Rabbinical Studies, first at the Jewish Theological Seminary and then at the Reconstructionist Rabbical College in Jerusalem. David resides in the San Francisco Bay area.

Anne Devereux-Mills Anne Devereux-Mills Founder, Parlay House

Anne Devereux-Mills spent the first half of her career building and running advertising agencies in NYC as Chairman and CEO. When hit with the triple threat of progressing cancer, an empty nest and an unexpected job loss, she took time to reassess her career trajectory and hierarchy of needs. In 2012, long before the #MeToo movement, she founded Parlay House, a salon-style series of gatherings which now includes over 5,000 women across the US, Europe and the Middle East. Parlay House’s objective is to provide thought-provoking content and a safe space for women to have intimate and authentic conversations that don’t happen in other aspects of their lives, and to connect with women outside their traditional social, demographic and career-influenced circles.

Her commitment to issues related to inclusion and empowerment run deep. Beyond Parlay House, Anne is a mentor for SHE-CAN, an organization supporting and grooming the next generation of female world leaders coming from post-genocide countries. An activist on issues related to social justice, Anne was a key member of the team that helped pass California's Proposition 36, which brought fair sentencing to thousands of non-violent inmates as part of California's Three Strikes reform. Following that victory, she was the Executive Director for the Emmy-nominated documentary film entitled, The Return and is currently Executive Directing two additional films, Mississippi Red and The Green Dress. Anne supported Stanford University by serving as the Executive Director of Healthy Body Image Programs.

Prior to her philanthropic ventures, Anne was Chief Integration Officer at BBDO and Managing Director of their highly successful healthcare unit. She then became Chairman and CEO of LLNS and TBWA/WorldHealth. She also served as CEO of Consumer Healthworks, a division of Merkley and Partners, as well as President of Harrison & Star. Anne also helped launch the iHUG Foundation, a not-for-profit school in Uganda supporting some of that nation's most needy children.

A 2003 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Anne has been honored by a range of organizations including SHE-CAN, Advertising Women of New York, The All-Stars Foundation, Project Kesher and Worldwide Women.

Matthew c. Le Merle Matthew C. Le Merle

Matthew Le Merle is co-founder and Managing Partner of Fifth Era and of Keiretsu Capital - the most active early stage venture investors backing almost 200 companies a year. Matthew is a manager of Blockchain Coinvestors, the world’s leading blockchain venture fund of funds. He is also Chairman of CAH and Securitize (Europe), Vice Chairman SFOX and an advisor at Warburg Pincus.

Blockchain Coinvestors has a strategy of being an investor in the leading Blockchain venture firms including 1Confirmation, 1kx, Ventures, Blockchain Capital, Castle Island, Digital Currency Group, Fabric, Future\Perfect, IDEO and Pantera.

Matthew is an advisor and/or investor at a number of Blockchain projects including BitBull, Bitwise, Codex, Hadron, Liquineq, and Spark.

Matthew’s career has spanned being a global strategy advisor, professional services firm leader, corporate operating executive, private equity and venture capital investor, and board director. He spent 21 years as a strategy, operations and corporate finance advisor with McKinsey & Company, and as a practice leader with A.T. Kearney and Monitor Group where he led both firms’ West Coast practices and at Booz & Company. He was also a corporate executive at Gap Inc. where he was SVP strategy and corporate development and SVP global marketing.

Matthew is an adjunct professor at Singularity University, bestselling author (Blockchain Competitive Advantage, Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era, Build your Fortune in the Fifth Era and Second Chance) and keynote speaker. He received a B.A. (Double First) and Master’s from Christ Church, Oxford, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was born in London, UK, and is now a dual US/UK citizen and lives in San Francisco and London, UK with his wife, Alison Davis. They have five adult children.

Kyle Williams Kyle Williams

Kyle is head of the EMEA Corporate, Finance and Consumer Banking Legal Group within the Legal Department. He is a member of the Structured Investment Products Committee and the Deposit Pricing and Acquisition Subcommittee, and serves as counsel to the Goldman Sachs International (GSI) Asset and Liability Committee and the GSI Bank Asset and Liability Committee. Kyle is also co-chair of the Firmwide Black Network in Europe. Prior to moving to London, he worked in Treasury Legal in New York for four years. Kyle joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Kyle worked for the law firm Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City in the capital markets and structured products practice groups.

Kyle is a member of the National Council for Washington University School of Law and serves on the Advisory Board for the New Silk Road Forum in London.

Kyle earned a BA in Finance from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1996 and a JD from Washington University Law School in 2001.

Michael Barrell< Michael Barrell

Michael has founded several businesses all centred on enabling the growth of digital business, and invested and acted on advisory boards with particular focus on helping companies achieve international growth within the area of complex B2B and digital enablement.

Michael had his initial career in IBM, which culminated in growing and running a $200m business until focused on software solutions within the telecom sector. This experience formed the basis for the businesses he has subsequently been a founder in.

Businesses where Michael has a significant investment and active role include Juliet Media, MBR Partners, WeCode, and Tokeny. Juliet Media is a full service B2B marketing company, and includes Juliet Summits which runs events focused on the leading edge areas of Fintech and Telecoms. MBR Partners is one of the best-known executive search names in telecom and complex B2B solutions. WeCode provides high growth tech businesses with a way to rapidly extend their agile development teams working from a base in Poland. Tokeny is the leading FinTech platform for digitization of securities and assets.

Although currently resident in London, Michael was born and educated in New Zealand where he initially studied engineering as well as a business and marketing degree at Victoria University.

Shelley Bays Shelley Bays

Shelley Bays is a founding partner at SAYJ Global Partners, an international firm committed to supporting startups to achieve their investment / strategic growth goals and to provide investors with customized investment opportunities. Shelley also founded the Paris chapter of Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investing network, and is now President of both the Paris and London chapters. These groups have funded and supported companies from multiple countries within Europe.

Prior to these activities, Shelley held senior and executive management positions in a variety of industries (consulting, food and beverage, paper manufacturing). Her primary concentration, however, was in financial services where she focused on starting up and growing businesses, both within the US and overseas.

Her specific financial services experience includes Manufacturers Hanover Trust, Bank of America and Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. She was SVP/Chief Administrative Officer for the Retail Division of Schwab during a time of rapid growth and had responsibility for branch and call center expansion, finance, technology and customer service quality. Later as head of the Exchange Trading Division of Schwab Capital Markets, Shelley was responsible for all listed equity and options trading in the US and led an organization of over 250 people. She then moved on to be CEO of Schwab’s and TD Waterhouse’s joint venture in London. Shelley has held Director positions on the Boards of the Boston and Pacific Stock Exchanges, as well as advisory roles for pan-European financial services initiatives. She was also named a winner of the Women in Private Equity Award.

Shelley has a BA from Warwick University (UK) and an MSc from University College London. She also has an MBA from Fordham University in New York.

Jeffrey Sweeney Jeffrey Sweeney Chairman and CEO of US Capital Global

Jeffrey is a lifelong entrepreneur with extensive experience in leading firms with a forward-thinking approach. Currently Chairman and CEO of US Capital Global, a full-service private financial services group headquartered in San Francisco, Jeffrey is a keen supporter of technological innovations that can help to improve and grow the finance sector.

Now in its twentieth year, US Capital Global has established itself as a FinTech investment bank through deploying a successful strategy that leverages technological innovation (FinTech) and regulatory developments (RegTech). The group is a leading provider of sophisticated financing solutions and investment opportunities for lower middle market businesses. Under Jeffrey’s leadership, the group consistently fulfils its commitment to doing well by doing good through facilitating profitable economic development that also has a positive social and environmental impact.

Prior to being a financier, Jeffrey served as a principal and CEO of Machine Works Corporation, a lower middle market aerospace manufacturing company. His experience leading a business in the highly-regulated aerospace manufacturing industry has led to his appreciation of the need to work closely with regulators while adopting technological solutions to innovate in the sector. This successful approach has been brought over to US Capital Global, where leveraging innovation and regulatory developments has been a key driver in the firm’s growth as a FinTech investment bank.

Peter Hewlett Peter Hewlett Partner at A.T.Kearney

Peter is a Partner with global strategy consultancy A.T.Kearney, where he leads their Banking and Payments practice in Silicon Valley. His 25 year career has seen him work with retail banks and payment firms from around the world, including a significant focus on the UK and European market.

Prior to consulting, Peter worked with Barclays Bank, launching their first online banking proposition, way back in 2001. He spent many years building, developing and streamlining the customer experience as Barclays, and frankly the market in general, started to learn about how consumers wanted to operate digitally and the opportunities that this could bring through new business models and relationships.

As an advisor, Peter has supported the launch of two new banks into the UK market and so learned many of the lessons as to how to be successful, and sometimes how not to be, when attempting to disrupt an incumbent market.

Today, Peter spends much of his time working with the large banks and payment firms as they look to transform their legacy businesses - often through building partnerships with the FinTech community; with retailers both in Europe and internationally who are looking to take advantage of the changing payments landscape to better serve their customers; and with the FinTechs themselves to support their drive to scale and engagement with the incumbent players.

Craig Hollingworth Craig Hollingworth Business Development Officer

Craig is Co-Founder and CDO of Concirrus, an enterprise software platform for Insurance, using machine learning and AI to disrupt underwriting for Marine and Motor lines, leveraging his years of experience as a mobile and Internet of Things specialist.

With over 20 years of experience, having held senior board positions in O2, Telefonica, France Telecom and Masternaut. Craig also founded Red Squirrel, a consultancy practice that handles mergers and acquisitions within the IOT and technology space.

More recently, he has been a lead advisor to a number of large corporations, private equity firms, venture capitalists and emerging technology companies, which have benefitted from his technology know-how and strategic acumen. Working with clients such as Securitas, Cloudview and Trimble, he advised them and many other high-profile clients on strategic growth acquisitions.

He is passionate about using his innovative and business focused acumen. For Craig, Concirrus is the epitome of his years of knowledge, experience and hard work.

Anthony Woolley Anthony Woolley Head of Innovation for the UK, Societe Generale

Anthony Woolley was appointed Head of Innovation for the UK, Societe Generale in September 2017. He previously served for 4 years as the UK Chief Information Officer for the bank and has over 20 years of management experience delivering technology solutions to the Corporate and Investment Banking Industry.

Anthony joined Societe Generale in July 2010 as the Head of IT for the UK Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities business. Prior to this, he worked for HSBC where he was Global Head of FX pricing and e-commerce technology. He held the same position at Citigroup where he worked for nine years and was employed by Salomon Smith Barney and Schroders in various capital markets technology roles. He graduated from Warwick University with an Honours degree in Computer Systems Engineering.

Lawrence Wintermeyer Lawrence Wintermeyer

Lawrence is a globally recognised digital financial advocate and has over 25 years’ experience as an advisor, executive and board member working with companies from start-ups to global brands in the financial services, TMT and energy sectors. He is the former CEO of Innovate Finance, the UK FinTech members association, and a Co-founder of Global Digital Finance, a not for-profit promoting fair and transparent markets for digital and crypto assets.

He is experienced in the alternative asset management sector with a focus on systematic investment management strategies, big data analytics, machine learning, and distributed ledger technologies. Based in London, he is the Principal of Elipses, a digital advisory and investment management firm, has an MBA, and sits on several commercial, not-for-profit and charity boards. Lawrence promotes ethical and sustainable finance policies for a transparent, secure and quality digital future for everyone, and is a regular Forbes contributor.

Tom Graham Tom Graham Accenture and FinTech Innovation Labs

Tom Graham is a Managing Director in Accenture’s UK Banking consulting practice, helping clients deliver change and innovate. He also sponsors the successful FinTech Innovation Labs in London, which, partnered with 30+ banks and insurers, takes 20 startups a year through a rapid accelerator for growth and partnership.


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