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co-founder, president& Chief Strategy officer
Luvleen Sidhu is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer at BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank and America’s largest and fastest-growing mobile-first bank offering checking and savings accounts, personal loans and credit cards. BankMobile, named the Most Innovative Bank by LendIt Fintech in 2019, provides an alternative banking experience to the traditional model. It is focused on technology, innovation, easy-to-use products and education with the mission of being “customer-obsessed” and creating “customers for life.” The disruptive, multi-partner distribution model, known as “Bank-as-a-Service” (Baas), created by the executive team enables BankMobile to acquire customers at higher volumes and substantially lower expense than traditional banks.
Sidhu is also a member of the BankMobile Board of Directors and Director and Founder of the BankMobile Foundation, where she identifies and funds budding entrepreneurs and organizations that promote financial literacy.
Sidhu, along with her father Jay Sidhu, co-authored, “Why Can't Banks Be As Easy As Uber?: BankMobile And The Real Future Of Banking,” which reached #1 International Amazon Best Seller-status and landed the authors on Amazon's Top 100 Authors list in Business and Money in less than 24 hours.
Sidhu has also been recognized in the industry for her accomplishments. She was named the Fintech Woman of the Year by LendIt Fintech for the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards in April 2019; one of Crain’s New York’s 2019 Notable Women in Banking & Finance; a 33 Under 33 Awards 2018 winner, one of CEO Connection’s Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market in both 2018 and 2017 and its 2017 Mid-Market Young Leader; one of Bank Innovation’s top innovators worldwide in June 2017, 2016 and 2015; ‘Most Innovative Woman in Banking - Greater New York’ and ‘Best Women Owned Financial Services Company - New York’ in Corporate America’s 2016 American Businesswoman Elite Awards; one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s ‘Women to Watch in Banking’ in September 2016; the Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence - Woman to Watch Honoree in February 2016; a winner of New York Business Journal's Women of Influence Awards in November 2015; and one of Auto Finance News’ ‘10 Executives to Watch in Auto Finance’ in September 2015.
Sidhu has been featured regularly in the media including on CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, Yahoo Finance, Fox News Radio and in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, American Banker, Crain’s New York, FoxNews.com, among others.
Sidhu is also a national and international speaker at industry conferences and at undergraduate and graduate programs, where she encourages financial innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also on a mission to provide financial advice specifically to her fellow millennials. Previous speaking engagements include: ASEAN EXEC-IT 2018, FinovateFall 2018, LendIt Fintech USA 2018, Singularity University’s Exponential Finance, the Chief Strategy Officer Summit, the Future of Digital Banking in London and Singapore, Bank Innovation Israel, American Banker conferences in the U.S., Harvard Business School, and Wharton Business School, among others.
Additionally, Sidhu is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization. She also serves as a mentor to fintech startups as part of the Techstars accelerator program. She is passionate about serving the fintech community in hopes of empowering entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market in the fintech space and pushing the standard forward in financial services.
Prior to her current role, Sidhu was a management consultant at Booz & Co. in their financial services practice. Before attending business school at Wharton, she worked as the director of corporate development at Customers Bank. While at the company, she introduced several growth projects, including partnering with a New York City-based start-up to improve the banking experience through innovative technology.
Previously, she was an investment analyst at Neuberger Berman in their hedge fund of funds group. Sidhu holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Harvard College.
Personally, Sidhu is involved with several social impact projects that include establishing computer centers in India to educate rural women, and organizing and sponsoring medical camps in underprivileged areas in Punjab. She is also a leader in the Soka Gakkai International Non-Profit, mentoring individuals and providing them with guidance and actionable tips to help them achieve their full potential professionally, personally and spiritually.