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Chris Thomas

Saltire Fellow 2015/16 @ Saltire Foundation/ Entrepreneurial Scotland

Investor & Partner - (Fin)Tech Startups and Scaleups at Black House PE

London, United Kingdom

Ranked #1,013 out of 20,260 for Saltire Fellow 2015/16 in United States

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Saltire Foundation/ Entrepreneurial Scotland

Saltire Fellow 2015/16

August 2015 to Present

Greater Boston Area

TawiPay

Co-founder

February 2013 to Present

Lausanne Area, Switzerland

Thomas Wellbeing Ltd

Entrepreneur

January 2013 to Present

Chris Thomas's Education

University of Strathclyde

Masters Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management Undergraduate Masters

1996 to 2001

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Saltire Foundation/ Entrepreneurial Scotland

Currently involved with the prestigious Saltire Fellowship programme –a world-class entrepreneurial leadership programme designed to grow and connect Scotland’s talents by learning through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. It involves 13 weeks at Babson College, Boston (consistently no.1 in the world for Entrepreneurship), during which time we undertake two 6 week group projects, approx. 100 case studies, and...

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About Chris Thomas

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10 Yrs - Interest Rates & FX, Front & Middle Office, London and Switzerland 6 Yrs- Serial Entrepreneur - Creating and Running Startups , managed from Switzerland 10 years experience in Trading, Sales, Broking and Middle Office. Trade for value using controlled risks, establish and develop positive relations with institutional clients, and understand banking processes. A strong, positive networker, establishing many genuine connections globally in the financial markets and entrepreneurial circuits. Created several successful startups (B2B & B2C), bootstrapping from very little initial capital investment taking monthly revenues to several times that of the initial investment capital. I negotiate with global suppliers and customers to create profitable wholesale deals, and actively control the group FX exposures through FX spot and FX Forward management. Business Development with Geneva-based Data Centre company & European IT Security company to increase awareness and increase client bases. Manage global teams to run the operational aspects, such as online marketing (website updates, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), blogs, etc) and outsourcing daily admin-style tasks to ensure the continued success of the businesses. Solid understanding of the banking business model. Fixed Income/ Rates products (Swaps -Vanilla, Basis, Xccy, Futures, Options, FRA’s, FX Spot & Forwards and deposits), exchange-traded and OTC products in both the G8 and Emerging Markets. President of Nyon International Toastmasters Club (2014/15) - organise, motivate & drive our club's enthusiasm and desire to improve public speaking and leadership skills amongst our 30+ members. Improved the structural processes at the club to improve the overall experience for all members. Successfully organised and hosted the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce's first Younger Professionals event in Geneva (June 2015) www.christhomas.chSaltire Fellow 2015/16 @ Currently involved with the prestigious Saltire Fellowship programme –a world-class entrepreneurial leadership programme designed to grow and connect Scotland’s talents by learning through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. It involves 13 weeks at Babson College, Boston (consistently no.1 in the world for Entrepreneurship), during which time we undertake two 6 week group projects, approx. 100 case studies, and many group learning discussions. As well as Babson College, we spend time in Silicon Valley and Shanghai, exploring and understanding the dynamics of High Growth Companies, then undertaking three month high-growth placements in early 2016. From August 2015 to Present (5 months) Greater Boston AreaCo-founder @ TawiPay.com is a comparison website for money transfer services, providing clear, transparent and complete information to help them find the best service for their needs - be it the cheapest, fastest or most convenient www.tawipay.com From February 2013 to Present (2 years 11 months) Lausanne Area, SwitzerlandEntrepreneur @ Parent Company created for my IT and Investment projects. - Internet based Entrepreneur – creating online businesses, exploring, testing the markets. Increasing my understanding of several product areas, using variety of online marketing techniques, learning to succeed or fail, fast. - IT Data Centre and IT Security Business Development. - Consulting with Avsidya SA - Swiss-based tax and business improvements projects. - Project with an Asian Hedge Fund to create a Sharia Compliant Special Purposes Vehicle (SPV) From January 2013 to Present (3 years) Owner @ Superior Wellbeing Ltd is the holding company for various online startups, all started with personal capital and all bootstrapped to several times their initial size. - Built several internet-based startups in a variety of fields. - Manage teams of sub-contractors in different time zones to ensure the development and expansion of the projects. - Developing new advertising strategies through social media channels of the business model. - Establishing each brand in their local markets through traditional and social media, - Expanded into wholesale in June 2012, delivering palleted goods throughout Europe. - Liaise with suppliers and wholesalers to establish and maintain high-quality relationships. - Manage and hedge all fx risks encountered through our Import/ Export models - Manage company Financial Reports, anticipate possible business problems and provide solutions. - From January 2009 to Present (7 years) Emerging Market Sales @ Sales of Emerging markets Interest Rates and FX products to Investment Banks in London, Budapest and Moscow. Developed strong relationships with fellow team members and support staff as well as clients. Regular client trips to London and Budapest to meet and greet. From February 2009 to February 2011 (2 years 1 month) SwitzerlandCommittee member Institute of Financial Services, London @ Committee member of the IFS London Branch for 6 years during which time I established the London-based "High Flyers" networking events, for 100 to 150 professionals to listen to advice from 1-3 top business leader(s) then network over a glass of wine. High Flyers Events were held every 6-12 months. From 2004 to 2010 (6 years) Emerging Markets Broker @ Hungarian and Eastern European FX and Interest Rates. Set up the RON desk just before the "Lehman crisis" killed liquidity and less established brokerage teams. From 2008 to 2009 (1 year) London, United KingdomCentral Bank Sales @ Interest Rates Sales team focusing on sales to Central Bank and Real Money accounts. Regularly liaising with the Economics and Strategy teams to find the most suitable products for the clients, as well as Middle and Back Office teams to settle any queries/ address issues. From 2007 to 2008 (1 year) London, United KingdomTreasurer/ Committee member, Swaps Ball @ Treasurer of the Swaps Ball committee. The primary aim was to raise awareness and (a significant amount of) money for a nominated charity. The Swaps Ball was primarily for those involved with Interest Rate Swaps Sales and Trading. www.swapsball.com From 2005 to 2008 (3 years) London, United KingdomETD Sales Desk @ Temporary position initially to cover for a month, and contract was repeatedly renewed for nine months, supporting Sales Traders for Exchange-Traded Fixed Income, Commodity and Equity Derivatives execution desk. Supported a sales team of 30, addressing any issues, whether Sales related, IT, etc. Strong understanding of internal UBS systems, such as Swisskey, as well as the Bloomberg Middle Office functions. From 2006 to 2007 (1 year) London, United KingdomJunior Rates Trader @ Junior Trader on the Sterling and Scandi Interest Rates desks. Traded FX Forwards and Deposits covering the banks positions on a daily basis. Liaised with middle office teams, as well as brokers and other front office teams. Good systems knowledge from Bloomberg, Reuters 3000 and Reuters Dealer as well as MS Excel (Macros) and internal SocGen Systems. From 2005 to 2006 (1 year) London, United KingdomCity Fund Management @ Proprietary Trading of German Bund Options on a relative value basis. Interest Rate Futures - Bund, Bobl, Schatz, US T Notes, Eurodollar, Short Sterling and Euribor, as outrights, or as spreads. Given the size of CFM, I worked closely with the Middle and Back Office teams to solve any problems, the Risk Manager (to pass on any required position information), and the IT team - regularly helped with hands on hardware and software "fixes". Regular use of Bloomberg, J-Trader, TT and internal risk systems. 2003-2005, CFM AUM $200m www.cityfund.co.uk From March 2003 to February 2005 (2 years) London, United KingdomGraduate @ Graduate scheme until Man Group took over GNI and closed the scheme. Time spent in the IT teams working on systems projects, Risk team - monitoring client positions, and the Futures dealing desks. From 2002 to 2003 (1 year) London, United KingdomMasters, Mechanical Engineering with Financial Management, Undergraduate Masters @ University of Strathclyde From 1996 to 2001 Chris Thomas is skilled in: Fixed Income, Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Financial Markets, Start-up Ventures, Investments, FX Options, Emerging Markets, Outsourcing, Interest Rate Derivatives, Options, Finance, FX trading, Internet Entrepreneur, Toastmasters


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