the Director of Growth & Communications at ACORN OakNorth, a fintech firm
focused on unlocking the potential in bespoke lending to SMEs globally using
its data and technology platform, ACORN machine. In the UK, the firm operates as
OakNorth - a challenger bank launched in 2015 that has to date, lent over
£1.25bn to UK businesses without a single default.
She regularly appears on Fintech Insider - the number one business podcast for fintech innovators and influencers – and is the Chair and a Founding Editorial Board Member of INFLUENCE, an award-winning quarterly publication that has featured high-profile interviews with: George Osborne, Arianna Huffington and Laszlo Bock, amongst others.
She is a passionate advocate for improving the female talent pipeline in fintech, as well as closing the gender pay gap in financial services.
Valentina speaks at various fintech events throughout the year which have in the past included: Fintech Connect Live 2017, Finovate Europe 2018, Finovate Spring 2018, The London Fintech Conference 2018, and the CASS Fintech Conference 2018. She also ran the Money 2020 Europe Payments Race where she went from Istanbul to Amsterdam using only wearable tech payments.