Valerie Osband, who grew up in the United Kingdom and US, is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a master’s degree in public policy at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. She graduated from Imperial College London with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, where she received the Armourers & Brasiers’ Company Award and the City & Guilds College Union Student Activity Award. She is passionate about the benefits financial technology can bring to people, corporations, and the wider global society, and aspires to become the strategic manager of a financial technology company moving toward international expansion. She previously led strategy and business operations at blockchain technology company Luther Systems and was a board member of crowd-funding charity The Funding Network. Prior, she was an associate in the Global Capital Markets division of the small-business lending platform Funding Circle and an analyst at Macquarie Bank. She was also a qualifying athlete in the 2017 Ironman World Championships.