Diederick Van Thiel

Diederick Van Thiel

Visionary Board Member | CEO | NED at AdviceRobo | Ecology Innovations | IKANO | Channel
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Bio Diederick van Thiel is an experienced board member, data-tech investor, and writer who is recognized as one of Europe's fintech pioneers. All of his fintech companies were listed in the European Fintech Fifty, and he was awarded London Fintech CEO of the Year in 2018. Diederick is the founder and CEO of AdviceRobo and E-cology Innovations, and serves as a non-executive director at the neo-bank Ikano (IKEA) and Channel Capital. He previously served on the boards of ING and KPN Mobile. Career History Diederick is driven by a sense of purpose in his work. One of his main purposes is to support financial inclusion through AdviceRobo's alternative credit decision-making platform. He also serves as the Chairman of the sustainability committee at Ikano Bank, with a focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Additionally, he is passionate about leveraging data technologies to improve the net-zero performance of smart buildings. In his academic pursuits, Diederick's PhD work focuses on understanding the impact of advanced technologies on the evolution of (neo) banking. His research interests extend beyond his PhD work and lie at the intersection of behavioral science, neuroscience, and digital sciences.


Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services

Unlocking Embedded Finance: Dynamic Data and AI Leading the Way

31 May 2023

Embedded Finance: Redefining Financial Services Small businesses starting today may never interact with a conventional bank. By logging into their e-commerce or accounting platform, they can open a deposit account, order a debit card, and meet most of their financing needs. The operators of these platforms are not usually banks. Rather, they are s...

Artificial Intelligence and Financial Services

Harnessing The Power of AI: Navigating Macro-Economic Instability

10 May 2023

INSPIRATION FROM RESPONSIBLE AI-USE CASES IN FINANCIAL SERVICES AND RETAIL Pause or accelerate AI-development? Some of the biggest names in tech are calling for artificial intelligence labs to stop the training of the most powerful AI systems for at least six months, citing “profound risks to society and humanity.” Elon Musk was among the dozens of...

Banking Strategy, Digital and Transformation

War of the Titans: Tech Banks Lock Horns in the Battle for Customers through Open Banking

19 Apr 2023

Unlocking the Future of Finance: The Bold New World of Open Finance We are moving towards an open finance world in which customers decide who they share their data with. Open finance refers to a transformative movement in the financial industry that enables secure and regulated access to financial data and services through open APIs, fostering inn...

Banking Strategy, Digital and Transformation

Urgently Resetting Banks' Growth Strategy in the Current Climate

05 Apr 2023

The current banking climate is facing a lot of changes and challenges that banks need to address urgently. Credit Suisse was recently acquired by UBS for $2 billion, while Silicon Valley Bank was split over First Citizens and HSBC. Additionally, the FED and ECB have raised interest rates, and the global workforce is shifting towards being mostly m...