David G.W. Birch

David G.W. Birch

Author. Advisor and Commentator on Digital Financial Services.
David G.W Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is a Global Ambassador for the the secure electronic transactions consultancy Consult Hyperion, Technology Fellow at the London-based think tank the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. Before helping to found Consult Hyperion in 1986, he spent several years working as a consultant in Europe, the Far East and North America. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.Sc (Hons.) in Physics.

Dave was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information (Wired magazine) and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking (Financial Brand); was found to be one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson (PR Daily); was ranked in the top three most influential people in Londons FinTech community (City A.M.), was voted one of the European Top 40 people in digital financial services (Financial News), was listed of the worlds top 100 most influential FinTech leaders (Hot Topics) and rated Europes most influential commentator on emerging payments (Total Payments).

Described at the Oxford Internet Institute as one of Britains most acute observers of the internet and social networks, in The Telegraph as one of the worlds leading experts on digital money, in The Independent as a "grade-A geek", and by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation as "one of the most user-friendly of the UK's uber-techies" and in Financial World as "mad", he has lectured to MBA level on the impact of new information and communications technologies.

His most recent book Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understands us was published in June 2017 with a foreword by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England. The London Review of Books called his 2014 book Identity is the New Money fresh, original, wide-ranging and the best book on general issues around new forms of money.
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Keynotes

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Artificial Intelligence

Copenhagen 2017, Money2020. I was given the unexpected opportunity to chair the panel on Artificial Intelligence, which was very educational, and I also held a fireside chat with Gerardo Capiel from Google.
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Open Banking

The Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017 and the Guildhall in London had an international line-up and a great agenda. I was asked to chair the panel on Open Banking, which I was very happy to do.
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The Blockchain

The CityChain17 event held at IBM South Bank in London was an opportunity to check in on some of the leading-edge thinking in the blockchain space. For my presentation, I chose to focus on blockchain as a regtech rather than as fintech.
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Future of Money

TEDxWoking (January 2015). My home town TEDx and I chose the future of money for a general audience.
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Wired Identity

Wired Money, London (July 2014). "Social capital, and social memory, is more important than [physical IDs]," David Birch, global ambassador at technical and strategic consultancy Consult Hyperion, says. "And that's why the future society will function on it."
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Digital Currency

New Finance, Sydney (June 2016). A talk for the New Finance group in Sydney Australia exploring what digital currency is and who might issue it in the future.
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Crime Pays

BCS London (November 2012). A presentation at the British Computer Society (BCS) on the new Light and Dark payment system. With compliments to the originator of the idea, my friend the amazing future of money artist Austin Houldsworth.

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