Niresh Rajah

Managing Director, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Role: Investigator

Site: CDL-Oxford

Stream: FinTech

Niresh is an executive leader in Financial Services and Consulting with 20 years of experience focused on Data, Regulation, Automation, Innovation and Transformation. Niresh is Managing Director at Grant Thornton leading the Data, RegTech & Digital Assurance Practice. He is also a Board Advisor and Non-Executive Director for FinTech’s and Reg-Techs.


Niresh led a number of capabilities with a Tier 1 Universal Bank as Deputy Chief Data Officer, covering Regulatory Change Developments, Regulatory Change Execution, Chief Data Office (Data Management & Governance), Data Driven Solutions (data analytics, and data science), Automation of Controls and the Reg-Tech capability (Innovation Hub).


He has led major complex regulatory and data programmes at Board level including Brexit changes and GDPR.


He also has extensive experience working with regulators across Europe on complex topics such as Data Management, Data Privacy & Data protection, Conduct and Prudential regulations. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford. He is an advisory board member of a number of FinTech & Reg-Tech judging panels evaluating scale-up and start-up companies. He regularly speaks at conferences on Data, Regulation and Financial Services/FinTech.
His past experience spans Oil & Gas, Mining, FMCG, Central Government working at Deloitte and Ernst & Young with client projects including BP, Shell, De Beers, Allied Irish Bank, London Olympics , Saudi Aramaco, Unilever and Marks & Spencer’s. He has extensive experience working across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


He is also a Board Member of two UK registered charities providing strategy, funding and partnership expertise.