Board of Directors

EZIO MARIA SIMONELLI

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Ezio was in 2017 acting as president of the Lega Serie A (governing body that runs the major professional soccer tournament in Italy). Ezio’s experience is in accounting and auditing and he is managing partner at Simonelli Associati. Ezio is also on the BoD of Fondazione Banca Popolare Milano; a Member of Statutory Auditors at Mondadori SpA and Recordati SpA; and a Chairman of Statutory Auditors at Sisal Group SpA, Vortice SpA and Mediaset Italia. Ezio is also the author and co-author of several corporate finance books.

IAN CLOWES

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ian is an experienced  CEO and NED.  Ian has 10+ years of experience working in the fintech sector and has served on the board of several fintech companies supplying their services to the Financial, Retail and Travel  sectors. Formerly,  Ian was the founder and CEO of Payment Cloud Technologies (PCT) – a digital payment solutions company, Director of Unisys Corporation and  held the role of Director,  Group Payments at Abbey Bank (now Santander). – Ian is Chairman of Paynetics UK (an FCA regulated card issuer).

GRAHAM LEASK

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Graham trained as an accountant at Baker Tilley and has been a CFO for 15 years working in fintech, telecom, residential and commercial development and hospitality. He is the former CFO of Swiiper Technologies Limited (an airline payment technology company). Graham has experience bringing start-ups to the AiM market as well as raising funds and restructuring of AiM listed companies and of executing exits for investors. Graham has had a range or senior leadership roles including Managing partner at Edwards & Co (now Mazars). He is a chartered accountant and tax adviser amongst other professional qualifications.

ERNESTO PAOLILLO

DIRECTOR

Ernesto is a former CEO of Banca Popolare di Milano; from 2005-2012, CEO of Inter Football Club Since 2012, Ernesto has been teaching Economics and Management of Sports Enterprises at the “Università Cattaneo – LIUC” in Castellanza, Italy. Ernesto is a member of the “Association for the Development of Banking and Stock Exchange Studies”, the “Pier Lombardo Foundation” and the “Emergency Foundation”. He is also honorary President of the “Forex Club”.

PROF. FRANCESCO DE LEO

DIRECTOR

Francesco is an active member of the UN Global Sustainability Index Institute, presenting in Davos at the WEF, since 2012. He is Executive Chairman of Kaufmann & Partners (K&P), a financial advisory company with offices in Madrid, focused on telco, media and corporate finance. Francesco served as an Executive Director at IFIL (now Exor) controlling FCA (Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, Ferrari, Worms, Partner-Re, and Juventus F.C.). He was MD of Telecom Italia, on the Board of TIM and a Director of Wind Telecom and of Graviton (La Jolla, California), a wireless sensory networks (M2M communication) company, backed by Qualcomm. He has a BA in Economics from Bocconi, Milan, and a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organisation from UCLA.

PROF. VINCENZO VESPRI

NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vincenzo is a Professor of Mathematics at The University of Florence. Vincenzo specialises in mathematical economics, finance and new technology, including blockchain. Vincenzo has recently been appointed by the Italian Ministry of University and Research as its representative at the G7 scientific institution of the Carnegie Group.

BASIL PETRIDES

INDEPENDENT NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Basil is a Banking and Finance professional and a Chartered Member of the UK’s CISI. He has extensive experience in capital markets and business. He has participated in numerous IPOs and secondary placements and held various NED roles. As a capital markets professional in broking and advisory, Basil has worked at HSBC Group, LME member Gerald, ADM a Fortune 500 company, Goldenberg Heymeyer & Co., Stockbroker Hartmann Capital and Beaufort Securities, an AiM specialist. He is active in financial markets commentary through leading media, including the BBC, Reuters and USA Today. Outside of the markets, Basil volunteers at London’s Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead RFH Charity