About Us

Around The Coin started as a way to get Brian and Faisal on the microphone to discuss all things payments, while it was moderated by Mike.

In our fourth year now, we have slowly built our reputation and made our audience grow. With an estimated 22,000 listeners per week, it is truly one of the few shows with a difference.

If you wish to learn and enjoy a meaningful conversation about all things banking, payments, the blockchain, crypto, money, economics, entrepreneurship and everything in between, give us a listen.

The Team

Faisal Khan

Co-Host

Faisal Khan is a banking/payments consultant specializing in cross-border payment systems and a crypto money evangelist. He is the co-host of Around the Coin, a weekly podcast on Payments & Fintech with over 22,000+ listeners. Mr. Khan is a talent scout for Series A & B financing for various fintech VCs/funds. He is also a frequent contributor to popular Q&A site Quora where he has been a Top Writer for 6 consecutive years. His official website is at www.faisalkhan.com. When not traveling, Faisal calls Istanbul home.

Mike Townsend

Co-Host

Mike Townsend is a serial entrepreneur, founder of Harvey – a telehealth platform for integrative medicine using video consultations with doctors and advanced in-home lab testing.
Mike has an extensive background in healthcare and payments.
Previously, Mike was the founder of Flowtab, a mobile payment app for the nightlife industry in 2011, and also the founder of Zing, one of the first web-based POS systems in 2010 (acquired by BigCommerce). He’s written hundreds of answers on Quora on payments and has been featured in many payment publications.

Mike was also the founder of HomeHero which raised $23M and in 2016, Mike was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list in Healthcare and LA Business Journal’s “20 in their 20s”. He has appeared in Fortune, Forbes, CNBC, USA Today, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Biz, is a contributing writer at TechCrunch and actively speaks at healthcare and technology events worldwide.

Brian Roemmele

Co-Host

Brian Roemmele started off studying Quantum Physics and Astro Physics in college.  He quickly realized his technical abilities could provide a huge advantage when Visa and Mastercard first began distributing their payment terminals and merchant accounts. Brian started his own Independent Sales Organization and grew it to over 800 people.

Over the years Brian developed a love and appreciation for the hard-working merchants. Brian now devotes a majority of his time bridging the knowledge gap between technology companies and the practical and pragmatic local merchant.  He is an expert payment industry strategist and a true historian to the business lessons of the past.

Malini Kannan

Co-Host

Malini Kannan is a cross-border payment and money transfer enthusiast. Currently based in Singapore, she manages Business Strategy and Operations at TransferTo (by day).

Nako Mbelle

Co-Host

Nako Mbelle has over 15 years of experience in the technology sector and has held roles in Business Development, Strategy, Sales, Marketing Analytics and Recruiting.

She is the Founder and CEO of FinTech Recruiters, a global recruitment firm that she started in 2014; to meet the growing worldwide demand for experienced Fintech and Blockchain talent. She brings a deep understanding of the emerging trends in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space and is passionate about bringing cutting-edge ideas and technologies to a mainstream audience.

Mara Wesseling, Ph.D.

Co-Host

Dr. Mara Wesseling is a financial crime researcher and AML/CFT consultant with a particular and persistent (10+ years) interest in combating terrorism financing. She helps governments and private companies to understand AML/CFT effectiveness, to implement and assess risk-based policies and to define their actions based on critical thinking and evidence-based research. She testified during hearings on AML/CFT before the Dutch and the European Parliament. Her natural habitat: Amsterdam – Paris – London triangle. Weak spot: independent bookstores.