Congratulations to Amirreza Sarencheh on winning the “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award at the 2022 Scottish Financial Technology Awards held by DIGIT, “Scotland’s leading technology, media, and events company.”

Amirreza is a PhD student at the Blockchain Technology Lab, University of Edinburgh, working at the intersection of computer science and financial technology, supervised by Prof. Aggelos Kiayias.

Amirreza Sarencheh (centre) at the Scottish Financial Technology Awards

The SFT awards were hosted live at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel and gathered over 250 participants from the Scottish financial services and Fintech industries to honour exceptional companies and individuals.

The award criteria were exceedingly high, with judges “looking for an individual who has excelled in their academic development, made a positive impact to the learners around them, or engaged positively with the Fintech industry and the wider community.”

Amirreza managed to distinguish himself across three main categories:

  1. Achievement: How well has the candidate identified relevant success or achievement within this category?
  2. Substantiation: How effectively has success or achievement been substantiated through explanation, supporting information or tangible evidence?
  3. Differentiation: How well has the candidate distinguished themselves and convinced you that they most deserve to win this award?

Commenting on his win, Amirreza said:

“It is my honour to receive this very prestigious award. First of all, I am grateful to the organising team, DIGIT, for organising this fantastic event. And I really appreciate both of my fantastic PhD supervisors at the University of Edinburgh, Prof. Aggelos Kiayias and Dr. Markulf Kohlweiss, who enormously supported my PhD studies. And last but definitely not least, many thanks to my immediate family and my wife, Fatemeh Semsarieh, who supported me greatly.

Amirreza collecting “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award.
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