FinTechNI, the independent, not-for-profit industry association representing Northern Ireland’s financial technology community, has appointed Andrew Jenkins and Bo Brustkern to its board of directors.
LendIt co-founder Brustkern has 20 years’ experience in fintech and financial services. In 2006 he co-founded Arcstone Valuation, in 2010 Arcstone Equity Research and in 2013 NSR Invest.
Previously, he was a venture capitalist at Rustic Canyon Partners in Silicon Valley and a private equity investor at BACE Industries in Denver, Colorado.
Meanwhile, Jenkins possess over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, including financial services.
In 2019 he was appointed as UK government fintech envoy for Northern Ireland, a position he has used to promote collaboration between the region’s large companies and start-ups, engaging with local government to drive the development of the fintech sector in Northern Ireland.
Jenkins is a director at Arity, a mobility data and analytics company founded by Allstate.
“We are delighted to welcome Bo and Andrew to the FinTechNI board,” said Alex Lee, chairman at FinTechNI.
“As the UK government appointed fintech envoy for Northern Ireland, Andrew has been working very closely with us over the last couple of years, and so we are delighted to formally recognise that in this appointment.
“Bo has also been a great supporter of FinTechNI since our inception back in 2018, and he brings a wealth of experience and connections to help us promote Northern Ireland’s fintech ecosystem on a global stage.”
“My current passion lies in working with and connecting fintech communities around the world,” said Brustkern.
“It is an honour to join the FinTechNI board.
“With the prominence of fintech propelled by the pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to collaborate and connect with other communities across the globe, driving the dialogue on financial services technology and ensuring Northern Ireland is at the centre of those conversations.”
“In my role as fintech envoy, I have had the pleasure of working with FinTechNI for a number of years and have seen the huge value the organisation has brought to the local fintech community,” said Jenkins.
“I’m very pleased to join the board in an official capacity and look forward to consolidating Northern Ireland’s reputation as a world class destination for fintechs.”
The recently published Kalifa Review identified Northern Ireland as one of the top 10 fintech clusters in the UK.