Sponsors & Partners


Our Team


Donald Lawrence

Chairman & Founder

Donald Lawrence is a visiting professor and SME in capital markets and risk management and an advisor in the wholesale financial markets, working for financials, multinationals and public sector institutions on projects related to capital management, strategy, implementation of operational and technology process re-engineering and change management. DL maintains active affiliations with global academic institutions, regularly presenting guest speaker sessions at various industry forums.


Eddie Litonjua


Eddie works as a project manager in UCL and is in charge of liaising with companies for proof of concept student projects focussed on machine learning, big data in the financial sector. He ensures that the students are well resourced to complete the projects and is also in charge of delivery assurance. He has a degree in Mathematics from Cambridge and a degree in Computer Science from UCL.


Hirsh Pithadia


Hirsh is a PhD student at UCL, his research focuses on blockchain technologies. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from UCL. He brings a range of technical expertise to the team.


Ashu Savani

Events Director

I’m a second year computer science student and i’m the events director at UCL FIndS. I’m charge of sourcing speakers for fintech related topics and organising the aforementioned talk, along with career talks. Further to this, I also help logistically organise events.I've always been curious about finance and technology, and joining this society gave me the option to explore the intersection between the two.


Chris Hammond


I am a second year Computer Science at University College, London. My interest areas span from IoT and Embedded to Desktop development to servers and networking. I look forward to helping UCL FIndS work closely with our sponsors to deliver great content and head-starts to our unilaterally intellectual membership base.


Matt Policane

Socials Director

My name is Matt Policane and I am a second year Computer Science student at UCL. My role in FINDS is Socials Officer meaning I will be organising all of the social events going on throughout the year. I have interests in many areas of Computer Science with software and web development being two of the areas I like to work in.


Maya Afshar


My name is Maya Afshar and I am a second year Computer Science student at UCL.I enjoyed my experience as a developer for financial firms. I hope I can make a good community of people interested in FinTech and connect them to each other. In my spare time I do photography and ice skating.


Sidharth Sikka

Marketing Head

Hi my name is Sidharth Sikka i am currently a second year student at UCL pursuing my bachelors in Computer Science. Within the society i hold the position as a marketing director which encompasses taking care of all the social media platforms and bringing the society to a wider audience by catering our events to your preferences. After having done an internship in a small fintech startup previously i have realized this is where my interest lie. Outside of the society i spend my time playing squash or golf recreationally with a couple of my friends.


Niranjan Bhardwaj

Head of Client Relations

My name is Niranjan. I am an Economics student at UCL and am in charge of managing relations with clients and speakers. I bring in a range of client acquisition and public relations expertise, and have experiences in both the FinTech and Financial Services industries.

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