President & Chairman, The KlickEx Group
Robert is an avid enthusiast for technology, finance, energy and human services. He has twice been the New Zealand Hi-Tech Young Achiever of the Year (2012, 2013), and twice as one of the top executives to watch in Banking, by US based Bank Innovation magazine (2013, 2014). In 2013 he was named the Community Banking Innovator of the Year, by the Royal Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, at an age of 31, and in 2014, he was listed as one of New Zealand’s most inspirational innovators.
Robert has worked in Yachting, Farming, Electric Car Design, and more recently in Banking (@HSBC), and as an Energy Trader on the NZX. Robert also founded the real time payments network “KlickEx” aimed at reducing banks and central banks FX risks, launched during the Global Financial Crisis. Since 2010, KlickEx has become one of the world’s most successful per capita enablers of” cross border mobile money systems for low liquidity countries.
In 2011 he moved to Europe to head KlickEx’s various non-New Zealand business units; and in 2013, intent on improving banking globally, he became Chairman of the KlickEx Group, where he has lead the company’s organic growth, partnerships, and acqusition units. In 2013, SWIFT named KlickEx the FinTech startup of the Year.
Robert holds undergraduate degrees in Finance & Quantitative Analysis, and Economics with Politics from the University of Otago, and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Advanced Financial & Quantitative Engineering program.
Robert is an advocate of technology and businesses serving long term community interests, and is a keen sailor and environmentalist. He is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club (London) and spends time with his wife at their home in Patras, and is predominantly based in the UK.