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IFGS 2017: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

by | Apr 24, 2017 | Influencer Lists, ,

Now in its third year, the Innovate Finance Global Summit has become one of the most important global FinTech events to attend in London. This year, the conference gained a second day, dedicated to partner and sponsor breakout sessions, office hours and its brand new startup event, Pitch 360. 24 Startups under 8 categories presented their products and services to the main stage audience in a 6 minute pitch format. Meanwhile, the first day, was primarily busy with keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, roundtables and workshops around the hottest topics in FinTech, such as RegTech, Digital Identity, Blockchain, InsurTech. They also discussed the latest policy and regulation news and whether London will remain as the best city in the world for FinTech after the Brexit negotiations.

Sessions across the Great Hall and Livery Hall were hosted by a list of well known and experienced FinTech professionals such as Dave Birch, Director of Consult Hyperion, Ruth Wandhofer, Global Head of Regulatory at Citi, Mike Blalock, General Manager of Intel FSI, Poppy Gustafsson, EMEA CEO of Darktrace, Paul Taylor, CEO of Thought Machine, and Kosta Peric,  Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


We were interested in seeing which topics were spoken of the most at IFGS17, so we analysed 8,224 tweets and blogs from the top 100 influencers and brands between 10th – 13th April 2017 and counted the number of times various topics were mentioned to create a topic share of voice pie chart:

Onalytica - Innovate Finance Summit 2017 - Top 100 Influencers and Brands - Top 10 topics SoVThe most popular topic mentioned in tweets and blogs by the top Innovate Finance Global Summit influencers is Brexit with a 21% share of voice, illustrating how most of the influencers think Brexit will largely impact the FinTech industry. Regulation and Policy comes second with 16% of all Tweet and Blog posts, reflecting how the Financial Services Industry spends annually millions in Regulatory Compliance and other Policy tasks and how the sector is putting efforts to invest in bringing down the costs by automating it with the goal to to know better their customers. Artificial Intelligence and Fintech is third, mainly thanks to the innovation effort the whole industry is making to “transform banks’ finance function within the next decade – if not sooner“.

2017 has unveiled RegTech, the fifth topic in our list, as one of the main trends, as many predict the beginning of fundamental, tech-enabled transformation of the middle and back office. Blockchain was the sixth largest conversation driver during the IFGS2017 due to the large efforts big banking corporations are putting into developing a blockchain based solutions to change the way International Finance is made. Pitch360 is the main event for the second day of IFGS2017, in which many innovative Startups, the sixth topic in our chart, had the chance to pitch their projects under eight categories in a six minute format.

FinTech and London is the seventh most discussed topic during the event because after Britain voted to exit the European Union, with many experts and corporations discussing the possibility of London continuing as the best city for FinTech in the world or, on the other side, its throne being overtaken by other European or Asian city, like Hong Kong, Singapore or Berlin. FinTech Hubs is another hot topic, and gains the eight most vocal category because of its importance as key organisations for the growth and the sector consolidation.

The ninth most vocal theme, InsurTech, is another FinTech success story for 2017  along with RegTech. The general Media and some influencers announce how “insurers are going to spend $185B on technology in 2017” with the objective of automating and digitalising the industry. The tenth most vocal topic was Digital Identity and Inclusion, one of the topics most discussed during IFGS2017, because, on the first day, a Keynote Conference on this topic was hosted.


We were very interested in seeing which brand and individuals were leading the discussion at #IFGS17, so we analysed over 390K tweets mentioning the key words: “Innovate Finance Global Summit 2017” OR #IFGS2017 OR #IFGS17 from 10th – 13th April 2017. We then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter. What we discovered was a very engaged community, with much discussion between individuals and brands. Below you can see a network map of the #IFGS17 conversation with the number 1 influencer Chris Gledhill at the centre. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). Be sure to click on the map to enjoy the full size network diagram in greater detail.

Onalytica - IFGS Top 100 Influencers and Brands Network Map Chris Gledhill

Below you can see another network map created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) showing the number 1 brand Innovate Finance at the centre and all the #IFGS17  conversations to and from the influencers in their field. If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!

Onalytica - IFGS Top 100 Influencers and Brands Network Map Innovate Finance


We looked at all the individuals engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top influencers at #IFGS17. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Company Influencer Score
1 @cgledhill Chris Gledhill Secco 100
2 @lwintermeyer Lawrence Wintermeyer Innovate Finance 97.62
3 @dgwbirch David G.W. Birch Consult Hyperion 96.22
4 @Gav_in_J Gavin Jackson Amazon Web Services 93.05
5 @brettking Brett King Moven, Breaking Banks Radio 85.81
6 @obussmann Oliver Bussmann Bussmann Advisory 68.13
7 @eileentso Eileen Burbidge Passion Capital 60.88
8 @SpirosMargaris Spiros Margaris Margaris Advisory 57.19
9 @ccalmeja Claire Calmejane Lloyds Banking Group 56.34
10 @JonathanHowePwC Jonathan Howe PWC 54.46
11 @GoncaloTV Goncalo Vasconcelos Syndicate Room 53.11
12 @deamarkova Dea Markova Innovate Finance 48.05
13 @matteorizzi Matteo Rizzi FinTechStage Limited 46.52
14 @London_Lady Lisa Pattenden Team Blockchain 46.13
15 @MarcHochstein Marc Hochstein American Banker 44.70
16 @nigelwalsh Nigel Walsh Deloitte 43.93
17 @TrippBraden Tripp Braden Strategic Performance Partners 43.32
18 @OttLegalRebels Marc R Gagné MAPP 🌐 Gagne Legal Services 41.27
19 @GeorgiaHanias Georgia Hanias Innovate Finance 41.04
20 @jeffseedrs Jeff Lynn Seedrs 40.42
21 @dinisguarda Dinis Guarda humaniq 39.70
22 @Visible_Banking ChristopheLanglois🆑 IBM 37.64
23 @ahatami Alessandro E. Hatami Cashplus 36.70
24 @LizLum Elizabeth Lumley Rainmaking 36.55
25 @nick_giles Nick Giles Seven Hills 35.85
26 @ArunDFernandez Arun Fernandez Innovate Finance 35.10
27 @copernicc Kosta Peric Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 34.66
28 @belimad (((MarianoBelinky))) Santander InnoVentures 33.74
29 @BenBrabyn Ben Brabyn Level39 33.09
30 @jamesvarga James Varga The ID Co 32.10
31 @FGraillot Florian Graillot AXA Ventures 31.74
32 @GhelaBoskovich Ghela Boskovich Startupbootcamp FinTech 31.53
33 @leimer Bradley Leimer Santander US 30.93
34 @OscarWGrut Oscar Williams-Grut Business Insider UK 30.47
35 @JimMarous Jim Marous Digital Banking Report 30.35
36 @thetenthkabir Kabir Kumar Omidyar Network 29.65
37 @AnneBoden Anne Boden Starling Bank 29.62
38 @DavidShrier David L. Shrier MIT 28.60
39 @thekatiederham Katie Derham BBC Radio 3 28.32
40 @daprgio Giovanni Daprà Moneyfarm UK 27.86
41 @PruAshby Pru Ashby London and Partners 27.73
42 @HusaynKassai Husayn Kassai Onfido 27.28
43 @abdulhbasit Abdul Haseeb Basit Innovate Finance 26.62
44 @LockhartAlan Alan Lockhart Royal Bank of Scotland 26.59
45 @JanineJoyHirt Janine Hirt Innovate Finance 25.91
46 @sytaylor Simon Taylor 11:FS 25.06
47 @petervan Peter Vander Auwera Petervan Productions 24.69
48 @jimmychappell James Chappell Digital Shadows 24.37
49 @startupeddy Eddy Travia Coinsilium Group 23.93
50 @jstockwood jstockwood Simply Business 23.55


We also looked at all the brands engaging on Twitter to bring you a list of the top brands talking about Innovate Finance Global summit 2017. Below is the top 50, if you want to see who ranks from 50-100 be sure to download the report to get the full top 100 list, and see who are most the influential brands in #IFGS2017.

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @InnFin Innovate Finance 100
2 @businessinsider Business Insider 27.66
3 @gatesfoundation Gates Foundation 27.49
4 @pitdesi Sheel Mohnot 21.17
5 @fintechna FINTECHNA 20.11
6 @FINTECHCircle FINTECH Circle 14.38
7 @Deloitte Deloitte 13.77
8 @TheFCA FCA 12.84
9 @DeloitteUK_FS Deloitte UK FS 11.57
10 @IKTNorge IKT-Norge 11.19
11 @Onfido Onfido 10.99
12 @cityoflondon City of London 10.24
13 @mangopay MANGOPAY 9.86
14 @Level39CW Level39 9.19
15 @anthemis Anthemis Group 9.15
16 @Seedrs Seedrs 8.64
17 @LuxFinance LuxembourgForFinance 8.10
18 @TechCityUK Tech City UK 7.33
19 @ixaris Ixaris 7.05
20 @FinancialNews Financial News 6.61
21 @currency_cloud Currencycloud 6.44
22 @ThinkRiseLDN Rise London 6.43
23 @Ripple Ripple 6.22
24 @innova_scape InnovaScape 6.01
25 @SyndicateRoom SyndicateRoom 5.91
26 @ibmevents ibmevents 5.69
27 @MonitiseGroup Monitise FINkit 5.68
28 @theGFHF TheGFHF 5.33
29 @ProphetBrand Prophet 5.27
30 @intelligentHQ 5.22
31 @RateSetter RateSetter 5.10
32 @Breakingbanks1 Breaking Bank$ Radio 4.97
33 @ScotDevInt SDI 4.96
34 @moneyfarmUK Moneyfarm UK 4.92
35 @sevenhillsviews Seven Hills 4.88
36 @StarlingBank Starling Bank 4.87
37 @nousinc Nous 4.83
38 @HeyBrolly Brolly 4.80
39 @FTCInnovate FINTECH Innovate 4.76
40 @bhive_eu B-Hive 4.74
41 @WiseCrowdGlobal WiseCrowd 4.73
42 @ScalableCapital Scalable Capital 4.65
43 @EdAid EdAid 4.59
44 @thenutmegteam Nutmeg 4.59
45 @DataRobot DataRobot 4.49
46 @hubculture Hub Culture 4.49
47 @bahrainedb Bahrain EDB 4.28
48 @TheFINTECHBook The FINTECH Book 4.25
49 @wearebankable Bankable 4.19
50 @ComplyAdvantage ComplyAdvantage 4.07


At Onalytica we love building these lists and want to give back to our loyal readers as much as we can. If you’re interested in other topics (such as Virtual Reality, Digital HealthDigital Marketing) be sure to have a gander on our blog or why not propose some topics to us on twitter? We also build some very cool software to manage all of these influencers. Get a free demo today by clicking the button below!


Disclaimer: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands and individuals listed are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion at #IFGS17.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s relevance (number of tweets on topic), reach (number of followers) and reference (how often they appear in Twitter lists). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines influencer identification.





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