Torino Forum

Closing interviews


Meet the speakers of the closing interviews of SEI Torino Forum



Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and Chairman of TransferWise. TransferWise is a new kind of financial company for people and businesses that travel, live and work internationally. It is the fairest, easiest way to manage money across borders. With a simple money transfer platform and Borderless accounts, it makes managing your money quick, easy and painless. TransferWise customers send £2bn every month using the platform, and has already attracted $397m from investors such as world’s largest VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and Sir Richard Branson.

Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was Skype’s Director of Strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers, Taavet has acted as an adviser to the former Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda. He is also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Cleo.



Demet Mutlu is the Founder and CEO of, the largest fashion e-commerce company in Turkey and the MENA region selling more than 80 million items per year. Trendyol serves over 16 million customers, has 90 million monthly visits and is the fastest growing e-commerce company in the region. Founded in 2010, Trendyol is also the biggest internet employer in Turkey with a team of 2000+ people. Investors include Kleiner Perkins, Tiger Global and EBRD. Demet is also an investor of Peak Games, one of the leading mobile gaming companies in the world.

She has been selected as a YGL- Young Global Leader from WEF, Fortune 40 Under 40, BoF 500, Fortune’s Global 10 most powerful women entrepreneurs. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School, prior to which she graduated from New York University.



Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist. Previously she was the Business Affairs editor, responsible for the newspaper’s coverage of business, finance and science.

Prior to this role, she was The Economist’s Economics editor, overseeing the newspaper’s global economics coverage from her base in Washington DC.

Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she worked on macroeconomic adjustment programmes in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe. Before joining the IMF, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University.

Ms Minton Beddoes is a regular television and radio commentator on BBC, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, CNN and CNBC. She holds degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.

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