Chris Alba Hamilton

Technology Leader

I deliver complex software projects.
I create and lead high performing teams.
I know a thing or two about Java.

Experienced in IT strategy, people management, cloud computing, big data and web applications.

Committed member of the technology start-up scene in London Tech City.

My Expertise


Proven delivery track record of agile technical leadership across five companies, spanning onshore and offshore project management.

Machine Learning

Architect and product owner of Nexmo's fraud detection application utilising machine learning.


Created e-commerce systems with hands-on payment systems integration of PayPal, Braintree, Adyen, Alipay and Worldpay.

Launched credit card processing at two companies.

Launched Alipay payments at Nexmo.

Investment Banking

Created strategic front-office investment banking applications on predominately Java architectures: Equities; Fixed Income; FX.

High performance handling of big data volumes, utilising messaging and distributed caching.

Developed three deal structuring and ticketing applications, and five market data systems.

My Work Experience

  • Technology Companies
  • Investment Banks
  • Former CTO, Start-Up

My Education

2014 — 2016, part-time

PGCert, Cloud and Data Technologies

Birkbeck, University of London

Award: Distinction

  • Focuses on technologies which underpin solutions to the problems of handling "big data", an area of growing importance in the IT industry.
  • A specialised subset of the MSc Advanced Computing Technologies programme
2009 — 2010, part-time

Oracle Certified Master, Java EE Enterprise Architect


  • Create robust architectures for enterprise Java applications; leverage UML diagrams.
  • Weigh choices of architecture for the client, web, business, integration and data tiers.
  • Decision-making through non-functional qualities, such as scalability and flexibility.
1997 — 2001, full-time

BSc, Computer Science

The University of Edinburgh

Award: 2:1 Honours

Computer Science:
  • Project Manager of 10 student IT start-up company, which finished 2nd out of 11 companies in System Design competition (one month, full-time hours).
  • Leader of the winning 15 student team in the object-oriented & UML SEOC module.
  • 94% for Programming Methodology (a BSc Hons module)
  • 93% for Java (an Msc module called Mobile Computation)
  • "A" grades for all seven of the second year programming assignments
Business School:
  • Behaviour In Organisations
  • Operations Management
  • Industrial Management
Maths n Stuff:
  • Studied Further Mathematics for two years