About me

I am an author, journalist and financial hacker exploring the intersections between money systems, finance and digital technology. In 2013 I published The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money with Pluto Press. It was a guide to the world of high finance and the emergent forms of alternative finance, alternative currencies and economic activism that are challenging it. I have a new book forthcoming with Bodley Head (PenguinRandomhouse) and Ecco (HarperCollins).

I've spoken at over 250 events in 30 countries, including major events such as the World Congress of Accountants and Financial Times Festival of Finance. I've occasionally produced reports for institutions like UNRISD (United Nations Research Institute for Social Development) and UNPRI (UN Principles for Responsible Investment) on blockchain technology, have provided input into UNEP and UN­OCHA reports on sustainable finance and fintech, and have presented on financial inclusion at EU Parliament, EU Commission and IMF events. I've written for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, Huffington Post, Wired Magazine and CNN.com, and have appeared in a wide range of TV shows, radio broadcasts and documentaries, including BBC World News and Sky News.

I did a degree in anthropology in South Africa and a Masters in international development at Cambridge University (UK), and worked in the world of financial derivatives in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then I have worked on financial reform campaigns and alternative finance projects with a wide range of groups. This has included teaching at Singularity University in Silicon Valley, undertaking residencies at the MIT Media Lab, and being financial artist-­in-residence at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna. I am a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab (UK), an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking (Germany), and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound local currency. I was also a winner of the 2016/2017 Ethics and Trust in Finance Global Prize. I tweet as @suitpossum.