Meet the Malayali woman who heads a leading fintech company


Fintech or financial technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchains have taken over papers and pens in banks and other financial corporations. Thiruvananthapuram native Devie Mohan is one of the leading fintech analysts in the world. She is one of the founders of Burnmark, an independent research company focusing on trends in financial technology industry.

There are hardly any banks in the world which haven't sought the expert opinion of Burnmark in their financial matters. It is Devie's company which provides Turkey with the technical support as the country gears up to execute its dream project of becoming a currency-less economy by 2020. Devie launched Burnmark, in 2016, after leaving the high profile job of the head of fintech department of the renowned media house, Thomson Reuters. Until now, leading media companies like the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Nasdaq have relied on the reports of Gartner, a prominent financial consultant.

However, now these media houses rely on Burnmark for data related to fintech. The foreign affairs committee of the UK parliament seeks fintech advices from Burnmark regarding their investments in India. It was based on the reports provided by Burnmark that Turkey installed video tellers in rural areas. Ralf Hammers, the CEO of the noted Dutch banking network, ING Group turned to Devie's company to learn more about the latest technological advancements in the banking sector.

In Inida, Burnmark gives fintech consultation to Yes Bank as well.

Devie is the granddaughter of Kerala Congress (B) chairman R Balakrishna Pillai. She is the daughter of former shipping secretary K Mohandas and Usha Mohandas. Her husband Deepu works at the Barclays Bank in London.

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