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Michael Kent

Azimo
Founder & CEO
Michael Kent is a serial entrepreneur, who has spent the last decade building businesses in consumer financial services. Recognising the impact emerging mobile and social technology could have on the cross border payments market, Michael founded Azimo to challenge high-transfer costs and drastically speed-up the processing time for consumers sending money abroad. Backed by over $50m in funding, the platform now enables anyone to send cash, bank transfers and mobile money to more than 190 countries, in 70+ different currencies and over social media platforms such as Facebook. The business was recognised as overall winner by the World Bank in its Remittance Technology awards in 2017 and is consistently recognised as one of the fastest growing private technology companies in Europe (Future50, Tech Track 100) growing at 100%+ annually. Alongside Azimo, Michael invests and advises consumer-focused banks and financial services businesses (including Tandem Bank, CorporatePay, Curve, YoYo Wallet, ClarityFX, ComplyAdvantage) and advises institutional investors and blue-chip corporates on their cross-border payment strategy. He founded the Small World Financial Services Group in 2004, growing the company to become Europe’s largest offline money transfer provider and a top ten player globally. Michael previously held senior M&A positions at both WPP and News Corp. He holds a MA from Cambridge University and a MBA from INSEAD.