Nowadays, influencers rule the digital sphere. As more and more social network accounts, individually run websites and blogs on digital transformation become our main source for digital transformation trends, it’s important to identify the best resources out there.
Between 2016 and 2021, the global influencer market value surged from 1.7 billion to 13.8 billion USD. In such an expansive industry, an influencer’s success and reach come down to the “ideas, innovation, talent, creativity, originality or the personality of the individual.” While there are many digital transformation experts on the scene that are knowledgeable and gaining popularity, a select few we came across recently stood out as influencers definitely worth following.
Check out some of our top picks for digital transformation influencers right now:
Simon has an extensive background in technology of financial services and is consistently voted one of the most influential people in Banking, Insurance and Fintech by banks, his peers and a number of industry bodies. His digital business transformation specialities include Blockchain, DLT, Crypto Assets, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, FinTech, FinServ, Digital Strategy, Digital Compliance, Digital Operating Models, User Experience Design, Service Design, Mobile Banking, Personal Financial Management tools, eCommerce, and Online Proposition Development, among others.
Previously, Simon led Blockchain Research and Development at Barclays, and is now Co-Founder and Blockchain Practice Lead at 11:FS. He advises Governments, Regulators and some of the worlds largest Banks, Financial Institutions and Corporations on how Blockchain and DLT will impact their business in the short, medium and long term. Simon also acts as co-host for the popular business podcasts Fintech Insider and Blockchain Insider.
With a background in technology sales, marketing and business development, and a social media presence that reaches over 340,000 fans, Ronald is a leading voice on digital transformation trends related to big data, IoT, AI, machine learning, 5G, deep learning, predictive analytics, cloud, edge and data science. He has taken his knowledge, experience and connections and developed the Intelligent World platform. Intelligent World helps tech vendors, service providers, analyst firms and agencies create and produce engaging content with leading minds, influencers, analysts, authors and thought leaders so they can reach and engage with millions of tech lovers and extend their industry leadership. Ronald has been named Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Influencers to follow by several prominent outlets.
Rob is a leading consultant, entrepreneur and author with over 20 years of experience helping companies generate commercial value from technology. He is founder and CEO of the CXO Transform digital education platform, which is geared towards helping modern entrepreneurial professionals acquire and serve new customers through digital and traditional business channels. The CXO Transform platform is a source of education and certification for consultants, managers and leaders who serve some of the world’s best-known companies. Rob’s expertise is trusted by business and technology leaders at Microsoft, SAP, IBM, and Deloitte, among others. He has a significant twitter presence, with many of his followers looking to his content to learn more about practical digital tools & systems.
Edwin is a Fintech entrepreneur with ample experience in Business Intelligence in retail banking. As co-founder and former managing director of the Fintech Association of Colombia, he works to mobilise the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Colombia. Currently, he leads the Colombian operations of Open Vector, a British consulting firm that specialises in Open banking. Open banking is “a practice that provides third-party financial service providers open access to consumer banking, transaction, and other financial data from banks and non-bank financial institutions through APIs.” He is senior advisor to several financial institutions, associations and Fintech companies, and has written for Forbes. Edwin is counted as a top influencer for Latam Fintech.
Anna is a Chief Correspondent at Reuters in London where she covers the financial technology sector and technology related developments at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Her field of expertise includes cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology blockchain, peer-to-peer lending and online investing. Anna was previously team leader for financial companies coverage and Fintech correspondent for Reuters in New York. She joined Reuters in 2016 having previously covered Fintech for several years at Financial News, a Dow Jones newspaper in London, where she played a key role in the publication’s expanded Fintech coverage. Anna’s twitter account has a substantial following and she regularly sends out a Weekly Fintech Roundup to subscribers.
Named one of the top influencers in digital identity by One World Identity-OWI (the largest association for the digital identity industry) and an All-Star in Regtech by Finnovating, Iván holds extensive experience in the e-democracy and electronic identification industries. He is founder and CEO of Electronic Identification (eID), which is creating a new generation of strong Digital Identity services. Most European banks use this technology for end-to-end online customer onboarding through eID. Iván is also founder of Civitana.org, the first and largest social network for Citizenship Participation, legally supported through easy-to-use, remote digital identification, electronic signature and electronic voting. He is a frequent speaker and panelist, participating in some of the industry’s most important conferences internationally.
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*Please note that the biographic information for those featured in this article has been adapted from their public Linkedin profiles or personal websites.