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Helene Panzarino

Visiting Professor

Helene is the Director of the FinTech Programme for the LIBF Digital Banking Centre. Originally a commercial banker, Helene is an experienced fintech programme director, exited entrepreneur, educator and author. Leading the Banking and Fintech Partnership at Vacuumlabs, she takes community banks to the digital future by connecting them to the fintech of the present.

She is the former managing director of the global Rainmaking Colab FinTech Programme – a world-first, post-accelerator programme for series A+ fintechs and tier ones. Helene was also responsible for the Inaugural Programme of Education and Events for Innovate Finance.

Passionate about education, in addition to her work at LIBF, Helene is Lead Fellow and creator on a world-first FinTech Pathway in a Masters in Tech Entrepreneurship Degree at University College London (UCL), and co-creator and delivery partner on the Imperial College FinTech Exec Ed Programme.


Digital banking, alternative finance (SME/Bs)


Associate Director, Centre for Digital Banking and Finance, The London Institute of Banking & Finance: 2019 – present

Lead Adjunct Fellow, Masters FinTech Electives & Portfolio Director, FinTech, Imperial College Business School: 2019 – present

Investment Readiness Consultant, Growth Business Adviser and Trainer in SME Access to Finance: 1999 – present

Managing Director, Rainmaking Colab, Rainmaking: 2017–19

Lead Adjunct Fellow, Masters Fintech Electives, UCL School of Management: 2016–19

Consultant Associate, AltFi Advisory: 2016–19

Consultant Associate, MPAC Group of Companies: 2016

Head of Programmes, Innovate Finance: 2014–15

Growth Manager for Growth Accelerator (Access to Finance) Service, Grant Thornton LLP: 2012–14

Business Access to Finance Adviser and Trainer, Leonard Cheshire Disability: 2010–12

Programme and Contracts Manager, Croydon Economic Development Company Limited: 2009–11

Adviser, PBC Exodus Offenders Project: 2007–09

International Business Development Manager, Communicaid: 1997–98

Founder and Director, Business English Language Associates (BELA): 1994–97

Senior EFL Trainer and Materials Developer, Pitman Training Group Ltd: 1993–94

International Recruitment Manager, Daktronics: 1985–92

Electronic Banking Division, Chemical Bank: 1982–85


BA German and International Politics, University of Pennsylvania: 1980 – 1982

BA, German and International Politics, Boston College

Intensive MBA level course in Accounting, Finance, Economics and Risk Analysis, Columbia University in the City of New York (With Chemical Bank)

Diploma, Intensive programme in German language, History and Economics, University of Vienna


Reinventing banking and finance: frameworks to navigate global fintech innovation, Kogan, 2020

Professional activity

BSI FinTech representative for the UK in Brussels


English, British Sign Language (Pre-Level 3), French, German, Italian, Swedish

External recognition

Computer Weekly ‘100 Women in Tech’ list 2018–19

Innovate Finance ‘Women in FinTech Power List’ 2019

Fleishman Hillard Money 20/20 ‘Future is Female’ Influencer

FT/Google EU Digital Pioneer

Maserati 100 Nominated Business Advisor

Named Top 10 Influencer SME Funding

ITV Woman of the Year nominee for Inspiring Women

Olympic Torch Carrier nominated for ‘Inspiring Through Education

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