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Elizabeth Diaferia

After a career in international financial markets and politics, Elizabeth has worked more recently advising in tech, media, public affairs and with entrepreneurs. She is Advocacy Director for London Tech Week. She has specialised in international promotion and policy for the government-backed Tech City UK promoting UK digital businesses. She led a delegation of UK digital businesses to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and regularly promotes the UK digital economy and ecosystem via international and local engagement. She is particularly interested in the Edtech, Fintech and Smart cities sectors, having been involved in her own EdTech start up.

Elizabeth was previously Head of New Business for the Conservative Party, and worked closely with senior parliamentarians, SMEs and entrepreneurs. Her first career in investment banking spanned senior positions within major US, UK, Japanese and European banks, specialising in Fixed Income, where she held positions in sales and fund management.

She is a Mentor for Commonwealth First, a programme developed by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of ADA, the National College for Digital Skills, Finito Education and Kuorum. She is a political columnist and regular contributor for The Fintech Times Newspaper, and Disrupts publications, and a frequent and popular speaker on policy issues.