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An Interview with Kirsi Larkiala

by | Nov 17, 2021 | Interviews,

Kirsi Larkiala

Kirsi Larkiala

CEO, Co-Founder at FFE Fintech Ecosystem Ltd

Key Topics:Financial Services, Fintech, Banking, Funding, Strategic Leadership
Location:Helsinki - Stockholm
Bio:

Kirsi is a dynamic and highly respected Financial Services, Banking, and Fintech senior executive with market-leading results in increasingly more complex leadership and client advisory positions.

Kirsi has over 30 years of experience in Financial Services: Corporate, Institutions &Transaction Banking, Liquidity& Risk Management banking, Retail banking and Financial technology (Fintech), and how to build Fintech ecosystems.

She is known as a thought leader in Transaction Banking (Cash Management, short-term funding, Trade Finance, Liquidity Management, Custody, Transaction Banking technology) Fintech disruption to traditional players including Tech players, digitalization disruption, innovation & change management as well as client advisory in the financial industry. Kirsi led two leading Nordic banks and one Fintech platform (large corporate & institutions customer segment) to exceptional market visibility and share gains and reputation growth in Finland within Transaction Banking and in the Nordic market.

Kirsi has built long-term professional relationships with leading institutional and corporate clients at C-level & Group Treasury in the Nordics. She is a driven and effective senior executive with restructuring & team-building experience and long-term high-performance results.

Kirsi gained extensive credit structures experience within Large Corporates and the SME sector (long term, short term, trade finance, invoice financing, guarantees, European Investment Bank, and European Investment Fund).

Kirsi is also an Advisory Board member for Barclays FT Cambridge initiative and an Advisory Board member for Swedish Fintech company Enigio Ab.

Kirsi ranked Global FinTech& Regtech Top100 Influencer/ No1 in the Nordic& Finland by Onalytica, and she was recently featured in Top100 Global Women in Tech influencers by Oanalytica.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

See my bio, I have a comprehensive career within financial services.

What sub-topics are you most passionate about?

Fintech, tech, transformation, and innovation of financial services.

What do you think the future holds in this space?

Legacy systems are a big challenge for the financial services players, everybody needs to do something together with tech and fintech in collaboration.

What brands are leading the way in this space?

Nordic players are rising stars. Especially within the Trade Finance arena players like Enigio from Sweden will change the game through digital documents. There is also great innovation for corporate banking like Treasury Delta, which streamlines the currently very manual RFP process for both financial services players and large corporates.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

Open for all options.

What are your passions outside of work?

Books, food, and traveling; I can travel only because of great restaurant visits.

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

By email.

 


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