About Ali Niknam – CEO Bunq

Born in Canada to Iranian parents in 1981, Ali moved to the Netherlands as a child. He founded his first company at the age of 16 but had already been investing in the stock market since 12 and started coding at 9. While studying computer science at the Technical University of Delft, he founded the technology company TransIP in 2003, which has evolved into one of the largest web hosting companies in the Netherlands.His flagship project was born in 2012: the neobank bunq, ‘bank of The Free’, was made possible after Ali secured the first new European banking permit in more than 35 years from the Central Bank of the Netherlands. A fully mobile bank, bunq started with a team of 15 people and has today grown to nearly 300. 

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