Ali Niknam (Founder and CEO of bunq) is one of the speakers at CapitalFest. bunq is an IT company operating under a full Dutch banking license since November 2015 and is thought leader in developing new ways of banking.
Ali is a visionary and well-known speaker in the Dutch media. Born in Canada but from Iranian descent, he eventually settled down in the Netherlands. At 16 years old, he set up his first company. In his early twenties he founded TransIP, which grew to be the biggest domain name and web hosting provider of the Netherlands.
As the CEO of bunq, he is realizing his dream to change the traditional banking system. A change that was deemed impossible not too long ago.
bunq was built from scratch in Amsterdam by a talented team of only 80 people from all over the world, with an average age of 27. bunq commits itself to a fundamentally different approach to banking by simplifying every moment that people use their money, wherever they are, while at the same time making it a special experience. All you need is the app on your phone. Customer satisfaction and customer loyalty are top priorities.
Besides the awesome product and the distinctive service, bunq believes in doing business fairly. They do not do any risky investments nor do they invest in shady businesses. At bunq everyone is convinced that a profit maximization strategy that traditional banks use does not contribute to a healthy financial system. bunq, bank of the free for those who like to be independent.