David G.W Birch is Director of Innovation at Consult Hyperion, the secure electronic transactions consultancy, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. He is an internationally-recognised thought leader in digital identity and digital money; was named one of the global top 15 favourite sources of business information by Wired magazine and one of the top ten most influential voices in banking by Financial Brand; was honored by PR Daily as one of the top ten Twitter accounts followed by innovators, along with Bill Gates and Richard Branson; was ranked in the top three most influential people in London’s FinTech community by City A.M.; was listed by Hot Topics as one of the world’s top 100 most influential FinTech leaders; and was rated Europe’s most influential commentator on emerging payments by Total Payments.

In the London Review of Books his “Identity is the New Money” was called fresh, original, wide-ranging and “the best book on general issues around new forms of money.” His new book “Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From money we understand to money that understand us” will be published later this year.