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Searching for Mana at Fintech Week London: Fintech for the Public Good | Lord Holmes, MBE

This week, Lord Holmes, MBE joins Lloyd Wahed in this special episode, recorded within Fintech Week London 2021, for an enlightening chat about fintech, financial inclusion, crypto and so much more. Lord Holmes is the Vice-Chair of Parliamentary Groups on Fintech, AI, Blockchain and 4IR.

He is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology and has co-authored Lords Select Committee reports on: Digital Skills, Social Mobility, Financial Inclusion, AI, Intergenerational Fairness and Democracy and Digital Technologies. He has also authored a report on ‘Distributed Ledger Technology for public good: leadership, collaboration, innovation.’

An ex-Paralympic swimmer, Chris won nine gold, five silvers and one bronze Olympic medal across four Games, including a record haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.

Touching on everything from the importance of community building in fintech, UK financial landscape potential, Chris and Lloyd talk everything fintech and crypto has to offer. Then they dig into Chris’ career to provide inspiring advice: how to win gold medals, how to take feedback effectively, the importance of teamwork and other valuable lessons!

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Episode Highlights:

02:15: Passing financial services bills 

09:35: Why should fintech IPO in the UK?

13:38: The UK fintech talent pipeline

16:36: Chris’ passion for tech

20:08: Winning Olympic gold medals

33:59: Predictions for the crypto space

48:50: Chris’ Mana



  • Gina is a fintech journalist (BA, MA) who works across broadcast and print. She has written for most national newspapers and started her career in BBC local radio.

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