FinTech Panel Event

Issued: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:00:00 GMT

Technology now permeates every aspect of our lives, from shopping to socialising, and smartphone technology, in particular, is transforming the way that we interact with day-to-day services. The now well-established tech 'start-ups' of the past few decades have more recently been joined by a new cadre of tech-savvy innovators focusing their energies on disrupting and improving the financial services sector.

Fintech, or financial technology, describes the activities of a wide range of companies who use software to provide financial services and whose potential to disrupt existing financial models and corporations has been widely reported. Between 2010-2015 investment in global fintech companies rose tenfold to its current level of over $20 billion.

In association with our new Adam Smith Business School 'Creative and Disruptive Technologies in Contemporary Environment' course, the Glasgow University Trading and Investment Club, the Glasgow University FinTech Society and CoSS Employability, we brought together a panel of Fintech start-up founders, innovators and investors to discuss the potential for this new industry to revolutionise the way we access financial services and to transform the financial services sector itself. Our speakers shared their personal stories of building and mentoring new fintech companies and discuss the challenges of achieving market share and growth.

This event was chaired by Ramona Blanes from the Adam Smith Business School and provided students with opportunities to ask their own questions about our speakers' previous career paths, career challenges, and the opportunities that may exist for current students interested working in this emerging industry. Following the panel discussion, there was be a networking session, complete with complimentary refreshments, providing you with the chance to personally meet our speakers and other attendees.


Dino Lauria Ubatuba de Faria
Dino has over 12 years of experience working in the financial markets, firstly by investing his own money, and advising clients on how to invest their assets. Founded his company 10 years ago, when he was just 21, with two partners, after finishing buying his partners shares, became sole owner of his company. Today his company is responsible for over 22MM Pounds of around 100 clients distributed in 4 different regions of Brazil, Uruguay, USA and New Zealand. Throughout his career, also helped develop courses and training sections for beginner investors as well as organized events for investors in his city. He is also a partner and a member of the board of two real estate investment companies, and has founded his fourth company on the end of 2017, in order to provide currency exchange, life insurance and private retirement plans for his clients. Today along with these activities, he is studying a degree in business economics at the University of Glasgow, as well as being a co-founder of Bifröst along with six partners, a financial start-up that has just being started and promises to develop a new platform to connect investors and wealth managers.

Dug Campbell
Dug Campbell was originally a lawyer, getting his LLB(Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice from Glasgow Uni somewhere in the mists of time (1998). After a decade working with a range of investors and tech startups for over a decade, he got tired of watching everyone else having more fun and decided to strike out on his own. Following an MBA at Edinburgh University, he because a digital strategy consultant, working with a number of startups, culminating in an inspiring year with soon-to-be unicorns Skyscanner in 2013-2014. Heavily involved in Bitcoin, in 2014 he set up the Scottish Bitcoin Meetup (now renamed the Scottish Blockchain Meetup), the first and largest group of its kind in Scotland; set up the Scottish Bitcoin Conference; ran the first Ethereum Meetups in Scotland; and gave a well-received TEDx talk on Bitcoin in 2014. He then joined The IDCo, a fintech startup with both B2B and B2C products. After three years, he has now joined MaidSafe (,
one of the oldest projects in the crypto world, based out of Ayr. They're building the world's first autonomous data network (the SAFE Network) - in effect a new, decentralised internet, powered by SafeCoin. You can reach him on Twitter at @dugcampbell and take part in the project at

Jak Muir
Jak is a senior consultant within the Ernst & Young Advisory group working in IT Risk Assurance. He joined EY in August of 2015 as a part of the Advisory Consultant Programme and is based in Glasgow. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2015, having studied a Bacc (hons) in Accounting & Finance with First Class honours.

Jordan Stodart
Jordan is the co-founder of Orca ( a leading research and investment service for the peer to peer lending (P2P) industry. He has several years marketing alternative investment products and specialises in strategy, marketing and sales. Jordan and co-founder Iain established Orca with a view to supporting the mainstream adoption of the alternative asset class, P2P lending. Orca has just launched an investment platform enabling investors to diversify funds across multiple P2P investment opportunities from one place.