Director - Global Partnerships & Innovation at American Express
Startupbootcamp FinTech London Mentor
Entrepreneurial executive with background in business development and startups. Santiago is currently Director of Global Partnerships and Innovation at American Express. In this capacity, he is responsible for assessing innovation opportunities for Amex in emerging FinTech spaces and the sourcing and execution of strategic partnerships with technology companies in the payments, B2B commerce, crypto currencies, data & analytics, eProcurement and other related FinTech verticals.
Prior to joining Amex, Santiago spent a number of years as an entrepreneur running diverse businesses including a mobile games development studio, an award-winning restaurant booking service, and a cold-pressed juice business. Prior to his startup ventures, Santiago spent 6 years in financial services; at BlackRock and Bank of America’s investment banking division.
Santiago is passionate about disruptive innovation and technology and advises tech startups in emerging spaces such as drone-aided agriculture, crypto currencies and retail analytics. Santiago holds a BA degree (Magna Cum Laude) with concentrations in Cognitive Science, Visual Studies and Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania.
International work experience in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.