Efi Pylarinou is an independent Fintech & Blockchain advisor. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance and is a seasoned Wall Street professional who has grown into a global Fintech influencer. She is No.3 influencer in the finance sector and No.1 woman influencer, by Refinitiv Global Social Media 2019.
Also included in the 2020 Onalytica Top 100 Fintech Influencers & 2019 Onalytica Top 100 Wealth Management Influencer list & 2019 Onalytica Top Women in Finance list & 2019 Onalytica Top Ten Social Amplifiers in Regtech & 2019 Onalytica Top 100 Gender Equality and Diversity Influencers & 2019 Onalytica Top 100 Finserv Environmental Sustainability Influencers, 2019 Thinkers360 Top 50 Thought Leaders & Influencers, 2016 & 2017 Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist, Women in Fintech DACH social ranking, the Global Fintech 80, The Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers.
She is the cofounder and author of Daily Fintech. She has over 184,000+ followers on Linkedin and 8,500 on Twitter. Her domain focus is Digital Wealth Management & Capital Markets.
She is the author of Wiley Fixed income books with Frank Fabozzi. Also a contributing author of the 2018 WealthTech book by Wiley, the 2019 ‘4IR: AI, Blockchain, Fintech – How to Reinvent a Nation?’ by Dinis Guarda , and the 2020 ‘Theories of Change – Change Leadership Tools, Models and Applications for Investing in Sustainable Development’ by Springer.
Efi Pylarinou was born and grew up in Greece and studied study mathematics there. In 1987, right after the economic crash, she switched to Finance and wrote her Ph.D. thesis in 1992 about Stock market returns and Chaos theory.
Efi’s Wall Street career started at Salomon Brothers as a research and structuring person on the fixed income derivatives desk with Myron Scholes. From there, Efi got involved in Emerging markets. She always had an instinct of growth areas and in retrospect and usually moved in at the bottoms and rode the upside when most were walking away. She trained in Emerging market crises and in Wall Street corporate culture; the one that Michael Lewis describes in Liar`s Poker.
Efi left Manhattan and Wall Street right around the turn of the century, when she married a diplomat and had a family. Mrs Pylarinou then worked with a California based hedge fund who was taking advantage of the Asia crisis with distressed debt and equity funds while in Europe (Dalton Investments). She taught part time at McGill, Real estate finance, right as the subprime crisis of 2008 exploded.
It was in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis that she changed and decided to become a self-taught Fintecher while living in Switzerland. Learning by doing.
Now she works as an independent trusted Fintech and Blockchain advisor and oversees media site Daily Fintech.
As an experienced financial professional, Efi has embraced innovation and has become a Fintech thought leader and influencer. Her vision of Finance comes from her heart & brain that combines her love and experience for the financial industry with her decision to embrace innovation. She wears her Wall Street hat and works tirelessly at the beat of her Fintech heart. She set up a new vision for Finance, using Fintech tools and pursuing Sustainable transformation & Capitalism with a Purpose.
“Shaping vision which combines heart & brain to reshape finance with technology. Technology is impacting society and the way the agents and participants in the economy interact. By being part of this. I see myself as one (of several) activists in this transformation. As a strategic advisor and thought leader, I have the influence and the responsibility to move people and businesses in the direction of a vision that combines heart & brain.” – this is the way Efi describes her vision.
Efi Pylarinou has been included in the following lists:
2019 Onalytica Top 100 Wealth Management Influencer list
2019 Onalytica Top 100 Gender Equality and Diversity Influencers
2019 Onalytica Top 100 Finserv Environmental Sustainability Influencers,
2016 & 2017 Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist,
Women in Fintech DACH social ranking,
The Global Fintech 80,
The Planet Compliance Top 50 RegTech Influencers.