Designed by people who are highly experienced in selling to banks, Matchi brings the best minds in banking and the world's brilliant innovators together.
David Milligan - CEO
David has an extensive background in innovation management within banking, as well as strategy consulting. In his banking career, he headed a number innovation and new ventures business units for over 10 years, as well as heading up strategy development in both commercial and private banking divisions. David led teams responsible for the launch of new-to-market technology and also new lines of business within banking. Prior to that he was a strategy consultant for Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). David is passionate about "bringing new ideas to the discipline of the market" - which is true innovation.
Warren Bond - Co-Founder
Matchi was started as a direct result of a problem encountered by its founder, a need for a global innovation platform for banks and innovators. In 2013, Warren set out to fix the problem with co-founding sponsor FNB at the helm and Matchi was born.
No newbie to global and regional innovation firsts for the banking world, Warren co-founded Luminous and has - as its CEO - steered this firebrand to deliver a number of innovations that contributed to FNB winning the title of most innovative bank in the world in 2012.
With established relationships across banks, FI's and SI's in the UK, Europe, Africa, Middle East, India and North America, Warren has laid the foundation for the launch of Matchi - the matchmaker for the best minds in banking and the world's independent innovators.
Gerrit Hoekstra - CTO
Gerrit drives the technical agenda of Matchi from London. With 25 years of designing and delivering embedded, mobile and strategic, big-data solutions, Gerrit has put his engineering background through its paces to deliver innovative technologies at all levels. His hands-on passion is flexed through the architectural system design and data integration that he specialises in - for businesses ranging from manufacturing to banking.
Catherine Miller - Head of Marketing
As Matchi’s savvy brand stewardess, Catherine is primarily responsible for the planning, development, implementation and leveraging of Matchi’s global marketing strategies, marketing communications, public relations and social media activities. Catherine brings over 10 years of international management experience to her role of positioning Matchi in the global financial technology markets. She is passionate about collaboration, storytelling and harnessing the power of technology for social good.
Freda Gray - COO
Enthusiastic and optimistic with a keen eye for spotting opportunities, Freda is a lateral thinker who is able to see the bigger picture. Her background is predominantly in the fields of marketing, strategy and innovation where she has refined her skills working with brands such as MTN, SA Breweries, Nissan and 3M. Connecting people within and to Matchi, her responsibilities include sales and operations management. Freda is also a qualified life coach who is passionate about assisting entrepreneurs and start-ups realise their full potential.
Graham Seel - Head of Business, North America
Graham has 30 years of varied in-depth banking industry experience. He has worked in executive management and leadership roles for several banks, across Technology, Operations, Product Management, Risk, and Compliance. He is an expert in wholesale banking, encompassing payments, foreign exchange, deposits, loans, trade finance and cash management.
Executives throughout the banking industry know Graham for a deep and broad knowledge of the industry. He is broadly recognized as a thought leader in the areas of bank innovation and FinTech partnerships with banks.
Graham excels in making connections others don’t see and arriving at creative, strategic, and practical solutions to very complex problems. He has a long track record of strategic problem solving through innovation, from concept to implementation.
Terence Singh - Key Account Manager
Terence is a two career person having been a scientist for 10 years and a banker for a further twelve. In between, he was a strategy consultant for Monitor (now part of Deloitte). He worked in M&A and deal origination as well as heading the strategy team in an investment bank. He created several roles using rigorous research as a basis for deal origination and client qualification. He is a passionate supporter of charitable causes in social welfare.
Sashreka Pillay - Connector
Sashreka studied investment management at the University of Pretoria before joining the graduate programme at South Africa’s most innovative bank, FNB. She completed short internships across transactional banking, client analytics, private banking and stock broking before being offered a full-time position as a trader. Sashreka developed a strong knowledge of listed companies and tradable products on the trading desk. Keen to explore the advisory side of stockbroking she moved into the Johannesburg team of stockbrokers to support operations and trading in this branch. Her passion for innovation and global collaboration has led her to Matchi where she hopes to create sustainable value.
Swati Jindal - Head of Sales, Asia
Swati is the face of Asia and India specifically. While she has a technical background, her real passion lies in sales. Swati is responsible for enhancing the Matchi brand in the region while attracting fintech innovators, banks and insurance providers to join the Matchi community. A deep appreciation and understanding of banking helps her in making engaging conversations with FI’s and innovators alike. An avid reader and an occasional blogger, Swati likes to believe that she will be part of a change that will sweep Asia in the coming years.
Linda Swart - Matchi Ambassador
Linda Swart is an innovation and entrepreneurship enthusiast with a passion for trends and technology. She is a member of the Innovation Capability Team at Standard Bank and currently manages the Standard Bank Incubator that includes fintech acceleration programmes in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Linda is a regular panel member at entrepreneurship pitching initiatives including GIBS Festival of Ideas, LifeCo Unlimited and Seedstarsworld. She is a Psychology graduate with a keen interest in the human condition.
Liesel Teversham - BA & Tester
Liesel works with small businesses to enhance and greatly improve fulfillment and happiness. Amongst others, she works with the Gallup StrengthsFinder, coaching and short team workshops to create happy, productive, effective teams who love their work and are energized by it.
Grant Ralph - Business Development & Legal
Grant is a hard-working and contentious professional with a passion for business, innovation and leadership. Grant is a part of Matchi's Innovation Challenge team and enjoys nothing more than to collaborate with Financial Institutions who are embracing what the world of Fintech has to offer. Grant is also our 'legal' guy and is passionate about making all of our legal documents easy to navigate, fair and in sync with the digital marketplace.
Ricardo Tavares - Developer
Ricardo is our awesome full-time developer who brings specialist knowledge of web technologies such as PHP, MySQL, AJAX and JQuery to the team. Before joining Matchi, he created industry buzz through developing multiple systems for large engineering firms and financial institutions including Liberty Group. His passion for powerful, well-crafted cars reflects in his work as he consistently delivers clean, reliable and reusable code that makes the end-user’s life easier.