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Dr Simon Troup MEng, PhD

Principal Enterprise Fellow

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Simon is a member of the enterprise team within the Business School with a focus on banking and finance. His experience spans fintech platforms, data architecture, quantitative research and planning for scale.

As a member of the enterprise team Simon is excited to have returned to the University of his PhD (Civil Engineering, 1999) to share 20+ years of fintech experiences. His circular path started as with Barclays Capital in 1998 before joining a series of financial firms as a freelance data consultant, including Janus Henderson, BP Oil Trading and ABN-AMRO’s portfolio trading team.

In 2006, looking for new experiences, Simon joined Marble Bar Asset Management, a mid-size hedge fund pioneering ‘quantamental’ stock picking processes later moving to Orbis Investment Management whose contrarian fundamental approaches presented unique financial data challenges. Finally, prior to joining SBS, he was a Director within Blackrock’s Aladdin Product Group, first leading the integration of ESG data, latterly leading API strategy for Aladdin Studio, an API, data and cloud compute capability with a focus on citizen developers.

During his tenure at Blackrock Simon was the Diversity Equity and Inclusion champion for EMEA gaining insight into the difficulties of building diverse, equitable and purpose driven cultures in large financial organisations.

Simon is also an active angel investor and mentor of founders with current investments in workspace optimisation and alternative data intelligence and a supporter of the Future Worlds incubator.

Primary Research Centre

Centre for Digital Finance (CDF)

Affiliated research group

Centre for Empirical Research in Finance and Banking (CERFIB)


Research interests

Enterprise interests include:

Fintech Platforming
Exploring unbundling of large financial technology enterprises to improve resilience, open new markets, improve competition and to unlock scale and innovation. Exploring the value of open source and open data initiatives in fintech (and other industries!!), including the use of open-source to deliver improved financial inclusion outcomes.

Talent Strategies in BIG-Finance
Enterprise research interests include exploring the enablement of leadership to orchestrate and cascade strong EDI outcomes whilst overcoming the challenges of building purpose driven cultures in large organisations.

Holding investors to account in ESG investing activities. Areas of interest include greenwashed and/or biased portfolio simulations and the limitations and bias of ESG data sets.

Financial Inclusion
Exploring equitable fee structures and financial products including the role of asymmetric fees. Identifying demographics or regions that risk being abandoned by financial firms due to high regulatory hurdles and/or insufficient addressable market.


As an advocate of open source and open data I work with FinOS and others to accelerate applications in finance, sustainable investing and energy markets.

I actively partner with founders and remain open to sharing my experiences to support early-stage businesses. Please contact me via the Future Worlds incubator. Open investments include:

Opensensors – “We provide advanced evidence based solutions for workplace optimisation
We believe data driven, evidence based decision making, is the foundation for the future of work and a requirement for bringing people back to the office safely, with wellbeing in front of mind.”

Neudata – “Neudata is the only objective and neutral data scouting FinTech firm that is dedicated to finding alternative data for leading global organisations.

Dr Simon Troup
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number : 2/2/4075/4041

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