David G.W. Birch

David G.W. Birch is principal at 15Mb and an author, adviser, and commentator on digital financial services. He is global ambassador for Consult Hyperion (the secure electronic transactions consultancy he helped found), technology fellow at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, and a visiting professor at the University of Surrey Business School. Previously, Mr. Birch spent several years as a consultant in Europe, the Far East, and North America. He is an internationally recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money. Mr. Birch was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the 10 most influential voices in banking by the Financial Brand. He was also recognised as Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments and Contributor of the Year by the Emerging Payments Association. Mr. Birch is an editorial board member for Payments & Fintech Lawyer and a columnist for Financial World. He also wrote a column in the Guardian for many years and is author of Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin and Identity Is the New Money. Mr. Birch graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (hons.) in physics.

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