GlobalData research has found the top influencers in fintech based on their performance and engagement online. Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Retail Banker International has named the most influential people in fintech on Twitter during Q3 2020.

Biggest influencers in fintech: The top ten in Q3 2020

1. Spiros Margaris (@SpirosMargaris)

Spiros Margaris is the venture capitalist and advisor at Margaris Ventures, a venture capital and private equity firm. He is also a speaker and advisor specialising in sectors such as fintech, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain.

Margaris is also the board member for mediastalker, a provider of content security solutions, and serves as senior advisor for various firms including Germany-based fintech companies, Kapilendo AG and moneymeets.

Twitter followers: 103,150

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Marc R Gagné (@OttLegalRebels)

Marc R Gagné is a technologist specialising in areas such as data privacy, data governance and protection, and information management. He is a contributing writer for Irish Tech News, an online technology information platform and serves as a data protection officer at the financial services firm, Interfirma.

Gagné is also an arbitrator for the Telos Network, a governed blockchain network.

Twitter followers: 74,476

GlobalData influencer score: 72

3. Saeed Valadbaygi (@SaeedBaygi)

Saeed Valadbaygi is a technologist specialising in political economy, democratic institute-building, and technologies. He currently serves as the executive director of the Global Centre of for Risk Innovation (GCIR), a financial services company.

Valadbaygi is also the director of EziFund, a financial services company, and serves as advisory board member of the AI Forum, a research and information forum for the AI community.

Twitter followers: 14,505

GlobalData influencer score: 70

4. Andreas Staub (@andi_staub)

Andreas Staub is a fintech expert who has over 15 years of experience in banking and management. He currently serves as head of corporate development and digital transformation at Raiffeisen Switzerland, a banking group based out of Switzerland.

Staub also serves as the managing partner and chief communication and business development officer at FehrAdvice & Partner AG, a management consulting firm.

Twitter followers: 59,394

GlobalData influencer score: 67

5. Theodora Lau (@psb_dc)

Theodora Lau is a fintech expert specialising in offering advice to financial and healthcare start-ups. She founded Unconventional Ventures, which provides consultancy services for banking clients, technology firms, and fintech start-ups.

Lau also co-hosts a fintech and innovation podcast called the One Vision, and runs the FinTech Prose, a weekly newsletter on innovation, emerging technology, fintech, and inclusion. She is also the advisor of BOND.AI, an information and technology services company.

Twitter followers: 48,231

GlobalData influencer score: 60

6. Enrico Molinari (@enricomolinari)

Enrico Molinari is an economics professor and journalist with the Ordine Nazionale Dei Giornalisti, an Italian publication. He is also the innovation manager and digital transformation leader for the Italian government’s Riviere di Liguria Chamber of Commerce.

Molinari has been associated with many Italian companies and start-ups, adding value to sectors such as banking, financial services, automotive, and information and communications technology.

Twitter followers: 29,460

GlobalData influencer score: 60

7. Chris Gledhill (@cgledhill)

Chris Gledhill is an independent fintech consultant, advisor, blogger and writer specialising in emerging technologies such as blockchain, wearables, AI, big data, virtual reality, and deep learning.

Gledhill previously served as the CEO of Secco Aura, a banking company, and as an innovation technologist for the Lloyds Banking Group, a financial services company. He has also served with leading companies including Shell, an oil and gas company, and Accenture, a professional services company.

Twitter followers: 75,109

GlobalData influencer score: 58

8. Bradley Leimer (@leimer)

Bradley Leimer is a fintech expert specialising in areas such as business consulting, non-profit consulting, brand consulting, marketing consulting, and more. He currently serves as the co-founder of Unconventional Ventures, a financial services company providing niche consulting services.

Leimar speaks and writes about technology and banking trends. He also co-hosts the One Vision Rhetoric podcast that focuses on innovation and how emerging world fares in the innovation space.

Twitter followers: 57,989

GlobalData influencer score: 55

9. Sally Eaves (@sallyeaves)

Sally Eaves is the senior policy advisor of Global Foundation for Cyber Studies and Research, an independent non-profit that focuses on cyber policy challenges and technology issues.

Eaves is also an official member of the Forbes Technology Council that comprises leaders and executives handpicked by the Council’s committee. As a member, she contributes to Forbes on various topics including fintech, technology, leadership and more.

Twitter followers: 111,917

GlobalData influencer score: 53

10. Sebastien Meunier (@sbmeunier)

Sebastien Meunier is a fintech expert and director of Chappuis Halder & Co., an independent management consulting firm. He specialises in business strategies focused on driving growth and competence in the financial sector by bridging the gaps between business and technology.

Meunier is also associated with the Boston Consulting Group, as a project leader where he handles business development and corporate strategy for the consulting firm.

Twitter followers: 52,897

GlobalData influencer score: 52


GlobalData’s influencer identification framework identifies influencers based on relevance; size of network, connections and followers; engagement levels with their content and analysis and input from sector experts. Influencers are then evaluated on a series of specific topic-related keywords used over the period and weighted by engagement metrics.