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Simon Ware,
Associate Director - Innovation

As Associate Director of Innovation, Simon is a FinTech and Innovation specialist, collaborating closely with clients and business partners to identify and solve pressing business needs using the latest innovative solutions, including AI and Blockchain.

Simon maintains close links with the FinTech sector, with external positions mentoring accelerators including StartupBootCamp, Reach (Real Estate) and Techstars, while also contributing to INREV’s Technology Committee, promoting tech adoption in the private real estate sector.

Based in the UK, Simon has a global remit and works across all business areas.

Background and experience

Joining Aztec from Asset Manager Invesco, Simon’s background is focussed on Strategy and Innovation, leading a number of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and wider innovation projects to enhance investment analysis and distribution processes, while simultaneously operating as strategy lead across EMEA and APAC for Investment and Distribution domains.

Following an early career in Marketing, it was a move to Programme Assurance consulting for the aerospace and defence industry where Simon first discovered corporate innovation, challenging and improving ways of working, ahead of a move to financial services.

Qualifications and professional affiliations

Simon has a degree in Business & Management from the University of Exeter, is a member of the INREV Technology committee to promote adoption of innovative technologies in the non-listed Real Estate sector, mentor to a number of FinTech accelerators, and founding member of the ERC3643 Association, to establish and promote tokenisation standards for the future of asset management.

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