Jess Houlgrave

I lead Crypto Strategy and GTM at, a global fintech company with over 2,000 employees and 19 offices around the world. We work with some of the world’s most innovative companies and established global brands to simplify financial complexities, drive innovation and unlock growth by providing solutions to complex digital payment problems. With a multidisciplinary background across finance, private equity and blockchain technology, I spent 2 years as Checkout's Chief of Staff from 2020 - 2022. I have an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art. I am a member of the Bank of England CBDC Engagement Forum and am a founder and trustee of the Foundation for Art and Blockchain. I am passionate about crypto, social impact and DEIB in technology.

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