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Anthony Watson
Former CIO & Founder, Chairman & CEO
Nike Inc & Uphold Bank
Anthony is one of Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneurs. Anthony started his career in technology at AOL, First-e Bancorp, Microsoft, Citi and Wells Fargo. He was poached by Barclays in 2009 to be their Managing Director & Chief Information Officer of Europe, Middle East & Global Operations and then later in 2014 by Nike to be Chief Information Officer.

In April 2015, Anthony was hired as CEO by Uphold, a growing financial technology business. Under his stewardship, Uphold (renamed from its original name, Bitreserve), grew from a simple bitcoin exchange with less than 3000 users across a handful of countries into one of the fastest-growing FinTech payment companies in the world, operating across 186 countries, servicing over 121,000 users who transacted over $109 billion in less than 14 months on the platform. Anthony remains a member of Uphold’s Board of Directors and an equity shareholder.

Anthony is in the process of setting up a new next-generation, technology-led global payments bank, UpholdBank, as its Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. In November 2016 UpholdBank entered formal discussions with the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to become an authorised, licensed and regulated bank in the United Kingdom.

Anthony is involved with several charitable endeavours as well as LGBT and progressive activism.