Simone Koo Ishikawa

Fintech Advisor / Investor - ex. OakNorth, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs

About Simone

Simone Koo Ishikawa is an angel investor and an advisor to a number of impact and fintech start-ups globally. She has a wide network across angels, VCs, investment banks, asset management, family offices, private banks, institutional investors and corporates through years of experience in financial services. She is passionate about changing the banking industry through education, diversity and creativity and look for founders who can deliver this mission.

Most recently, she was Director of Customer Success at OakNorth – NextGen credit platform for SME lenders globally. OakNorth has a number of investors including Softbank and was the only profitable fintech unicorn in Europe in 2019. Her job was to delight customers through product innovation and to keep them happy and engaged through consultative approach.

Before this, she spent 15 years in asset management and investment banking trading floors at JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. She worked as an ETF Sales Strategist, Chief Operating Officer in charge of divisions with over 2000+ people and +$10bn of revenues, Head of Strategy, Structurer and Trader. She has Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

She is a frequent speaker in fintech, banking, and women’s circles in London. She also lectures at Cambridge Judge Business school and is an associate at Imperial College Business School Gandhi Centre for Inclusive Innovation. Simone is joining Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab as a mentor in 2020 and is looking forward to making a big dent.
She is Korean by background and fluent in the language. She’s married to a Japanese-British man and is a mother to 3 children.