Simon Chantry | Advisor
Through Visionary Future LLC, we work to shape and build a better tomorrow. We create innovative solutions to big problems in domains such as fintech (financial technology), digital identity, and cybersecurity. Our advisory portfolio includes government and corporate clients who seek greater proficiency with future trends. We also create, fund, and build new enterprises.
Adele Jashari | Advisor
Maureen Branley | Advisor
David Shrier | Managing Member
Maureen Branley is an experienced corporate strategist with a 15-year history of advising C-level executives on strategic challenges facing their organizations. She has led a range of successful strategy projects for major companies across the UK, US and Europe in Financial Services, Energy, Media and Technology. Her strength is working closely with client executive teams to facilitate complex organizational efforts and delivering actionable insights and measurable results to CEOs and Boards of Directors.
Along with strategic planning, Maureen has deep expertise in supporting both organic and inorganic corporate growth initiatives, navigating regulatory challenges and guiding investor relations efforts. She spearheaded the investor communication strategy that successfully defended a top U.S. energy company from the largest hostile takeover attempt in utility industry history.
After earning her MBA from Columbia Business School in Finance and Economics, Maureen joined Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, where she worked on global strategy projects in the Technology space. Following roles in Corporate Development at Hercules (now Ashland Chemical) and as Director of Corporate Strategy at Dun & Bradstreet, she co-founded the New York office of NeoFocus Strategy Consultants, a boutique strategy consultancy headquartered in Paris. Since 2012, Maureen has worked independently for her own firm, RBP Associates, LLC.
Maureen also holds a B.A. Hons. in History of Art from University College London and an M.A. in Art History from San Francisco State University.
Adele Jashari is a fintech consultant and startup advisor with a keen interest in the applications of new technologies to the financial services industry.
She spent the first 10 years of her career in Financial Services, starting as a Financial Analyst with NYSE Euronext in 2018, then moving into Capital Management at Goldman Sachs, Investment Banking at Nomura and concluding with circa 6 years in Prime Brokerage at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise of financial services having experienced first hand some of the most challenging and testing years the financial sector has undergone.
Adele is no stranger to the C-suite, she has worked closely with COOs and CEOs of large and small institutions, from Tech Startups, to Tier 1 Investment Banks, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers. She has also worked with the public sector and recently completed a Fintech Toolkit project for The Commonwealth Secretariat.
Adele graduated with a First Class BSc Honors degree in Economics and Accountancy from CASS Business School, City University London, has studied fintech with the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and is also a Chartered Management Accountant and an FCA CF30 approved person.
David Shrier is a futurist and innovation catalyst with expertise in artificial intelligence, data/analytics, fintech, digital identity, cybersecurity, and collaborative innovation. He is the CEO of Esme Learning Solutions, an AI-enabled digital learning company that works with top universities like MIT and University of Oxford, and Adit EdTech (NYSE: ADEX.U), a 'blank check' company (SPAC) focused on education technology, education-related services, training, and other education opportunities. David is also on the board of Copper Technologies (UK) Ltd, a markets infrastructure provider for institutional crypto trading.
David holds an appointment as Professor of Practice, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London. He previously was an Associate Fellow with Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a Lecturer & Futurist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also held positions as Managing Director, Connection Science and New Ventures Officer, MIT Sloan. David specializes in helping established organizations to build new revenue and new markets. Notable engagements include Kyriba, Dun & Bradstreet, Wolters Kluwer, Ernst & Young, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, GE/NBC, The Walt Disney Company, AOL Verizon, and Starwood, as well as private equity funds. He has led a number of private equity and venture capital-backed companies as CEO, CFO or COO, in either interim or full-time capacities, and has cofounded four AI-enabled MIT spinouts.
David sits on the European Parliament's advisory committee for artificial intelligence, as well as the European Commission-affiliated High Level Group on citizenship innovation. David is a member of the FinTech Industry Committee for FINRA, the U.S. securities industry's self-regulatory body; advisor to the European Parliament on artificial intelligence applications and policy; a senior advisor to Revenue & Customs (UK HMRC), and on the Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board for the Department of International Trade. He also informally engages with OECD, Bank of England, FCA, SEC, US Treasury, and FDIC on innovation, cybersecurity, digital identity, blockchain, and AI. David is on the advisory board of WorldQuant University, a program offering a totally-free, accredited, online Master’s degree in financial engineering.
David has previously counseled the Commonwealth of Nations (the 53 countries formerly comprising the British Empire) on fintech and innovation policy, having served as principal author on their 2020 Commonwealth Fintech Toolkit; Millennium Advisors, a middle market credit liquidity provider, on founder succession, growth strategy, corporate culture, and technology trends; the Government of Dubai on blockchain and digital identity; the OECD, on blockchain policy and standards; and the European Commission on commercializing innovation.
David and MIT Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland have published books including Trusted Data (MIT Press), Frontiers of Financial Technology, New Solutions for Cybersecurity (MIT Press), and Trust::Data. David’s most recent book, Basic Blockchain, was published in January 2020 from Little Brown, who will also publish his next book in 2021 Augmenting Your Career: How to Win at Work in the Age of AI. David’s writing has appeared in Forbes.com, Newsweek.com, Coindesk.com and CNBC.com, and he also co-edits, together with Professor Pentland, the Connection Science imprint of MIT Press. He was named 2018 Global Fintech Person of the Year by Fintech Galaxy, a Refinitiv Top 100 Social Influencer in Financial Technology, and listed on One World Identity’s Top 100 People for both 2017 and 2019.
David Shrier was granted an Sc.B. from Brown University in Biology and Theatre, and worked professionally as a dramaturg and director after college.