José Maria Rego
José is the co-founder of Raize, Portugal’s largest peer-to-peer lender, which sources and invests in thousands of national SMEs. Raize currently works with more than 35,000 investors, and is a fully EU-regulated payments institution and crowdfunding platform. Raize has recently IPO’d on the Lisbon Stock Exchange acquiring +1,400 new retail and institutional shareholders.

Previously, José worked at Oliver Wyman in London specialising in bank restructuring and public policy. During this time, he worked on several projects with major financial institutions and authorities across Europe.

As part of José’s engagement with public policy and innovation, he was a member of the "Innovator's Strategic Advisory Board to G7 Leaders”, representing the European Commission and advising on topics related to Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. He is also a regular guest speaker at universities, business conferences and entrepreneurship events.

José currently lives in Lisbon but has worked in London, Paris and Madrid. He speaks fluent Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish.