Celebrating Asia’s best FinTech talent, leaders & community builders

The FinTech Asia 100 are the people shaping finance across the Asian region in 2016 and beyond. We salute these inspirational leaders and innovators!

#FinTechAsia100

From Seoul to Sydney, Mumbai to Manila, and everywhere in between, there are great people in every kind of market making a difference.

We’ve scoured the region and our network for those people currently making a huge dent in the industry – transforming their bank, or building a new disruptive customer experience; investing in the best new FinTech ideas or bringing people together. Whatever they do, they have the passion, drive and vision to make Asia the most exciting FinTech region on the planet.

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You’ll meet many of these leaders at the 2017 FinTech Finals Conference in Hong Kong, on January 18-19. Book your tickets today!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

COLLATED BY

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Rob Findlay
Co-Founder & CEO
NEXT MONEY & FF17
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Markus Gnirck
Co-Founder & Managing Director
TRYB CAPITAL
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JUDGING BY

Varun Mittal
Regional Head – Operations & Merchant Product
HELLOPAY
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Maaike Steinebach
Chief Executive Hong Kong Branch and MD Institutional Banking & Markets Hong Kong
CBA
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Jon-Tzen Ng
Head, Strategy & Design at Ping An Technology
PING AN, CHINA
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Natalie Fleming
Director
PAYONEER
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David Lynch
CEO
CPT GLOBAL
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Khemera Ros
Regional Access to Finance Manager
ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
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Sukhoon Eun
CEO
SUPERSTRING
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HOW WE MADE THE LIST

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We started by creating our own pool of people we saw doing impactful and important fintech work across the region

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We the put a call to the community to nominate their favorite FinTech people across Asia – who inspires them, shows us all the way.

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We then asked 9 judges, representing different countries and sectors, to rate each entry on 3 clear criteria
15
Countries
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From India alone
38
Entrepreneurs
41
CEOs
26
Inspring Women
100
Incredible FinTech Leaders

IN CATEGORY & ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY SURNAME

COMMUNITY & THOUGHT LEADERS

Henri Arslanian

Adjunct Associate Professor
Hong Kong University

HONG KONG

Henri Arslanian is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hong Kong University where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia. He previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong and started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer. A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and with over 70,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri is a regular speaker on the topic of FinTech to various audiences, ranging from TEDx to Fortune 500 management teams. He also sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society and FinTech related boards and advisory committees including the HKSFA FinTech Committee and the FSDC Fintech Advisory Team.

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Janos Barberis

Founder
FinTech HK
HONG KONG

Janos Barberis is a Millennial in FinTech who is recognised as a top-35 global FinTech leader. He founded FinTech HK, a thought leadership platform, and the SuperCharger – a FinTech Accelerator that strategically leverages on Hong Kong as a gateway to Asia. In parallel, he sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s FinTech Committee and is a PhD Candidate at Hong Kong University Law School. Previously, Janos was the first hire at a prospective UK challenger bank, Lintel, helping it to secure a banking license from the PRA & FCA. This role followed a specialist interest developed over 7 years, in financial systems and their stability. He also introduced the framework of developing real-time and dynamic regulatory supervision models for financial networks.

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Renu Bhatia

Founding Parnter
SuperCharger
HONG KONG

Renu Bhatia is one of the Founding Partners and Managing Director of SuperCharger a dedicated Fintech accelerator in Hong Kong. She is also Co-founder of Asia Fintech Angels and President of Prospect Ventures, an angel investment group based in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in investment banking, asset management and private investments, having worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and HSBC in Hong Kong. Renu is well versed in start-ups having started ChinaMD, and Tancho Investments, a realestate company developing residential and commercial real-estate in Hokkaido, Japan. Renu is an advisor to FintechHk, and is currently involved with several startups here in HK. Renu has an MBBS from the University of London and an MBA from Yale University.

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Jayne Chan

Head of StartmeupHK
InvestHK
HONG KONG

Jayne is Head of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, the government department responsible for attracting and retaining Foreign Direct Investment into Hong Kong. StartmeupHK is InvestHK’s initiative aimed at helping founders of innovative and scalable startups and related community from overseas to set up or expand in Hong Kong. Prior to joining InvestHK, Jayne was Executive Director at the HK chapter of TiE, a global non-profit network focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the markets in which they operate, and management roles at digital agencies, e-business integrators and startup incubator.

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Matt Dooley

CEO
Connected Thinking
HONG KONG

Matt is a thought leader, speaker and trainer on financial services marketing, digital customer experience and innovation. Also he is a strategic experience and marketing expert specializing in digital, with over 20 years experience working in the complex global corporate environment of two of the World’s leading banks, he worked for HSBC, where he was global head of Internet strategy and head of digital experience for their global commercial banking division. In 2011, He founded Connected Thinking, providing digital strategy, marketing, and training to banks and insurers. He has spent the last two years consulting, focused on exciting and engaging customer solutions that are disrupting and transforming the financial services industry.

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Amit Goel

Co-Founder and MD
LTP
INDIA

Amit is the Co-Founder & Chief Curator of Let’s Talk Payments. He has a strong background in strategy and market analysis and has advised several amazing companies in the payments, commerce and technology space (ranging from startups to Fortune 1000). He is bringing to LTP content, the same level of analytical rigor that analysts put into their work and combining it with Content 2.0 technology to offer unparalleled satisfaction for readers in this space. Amit is also the CEO and Founder of a 6 year old consulting practice, called GrowthPraxis, that focuses on Payments and Commerce space. He has had an illustrious career in the field of advisory and business research before becoming an entrepreneur.

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Yu-Shin Jeong

Chairman
The Fintech Center
KOREA

Yu-Shin, is the chairman of the Fintech Center and the head of KoChi Economy and Finance Lab in South Korea. Hi is leading Fintech Center’s contribution to provide a pivotal channel of support and cooperation amongst fintech companies, financial industry, and the government. He is a professor at Sogang University Business School, where he teaches graduate courses on financial markets and fintech. Yu-Shin, started his career at Daewoo securities and his career path includes CEO of Standard Charted Securities Korea and CEO of Korea Venture Investment Corp. He has greatly influenced the fintech industry in Korea and is the author of a book “Fintech, seize the opportunity”.

Zennon Kapron

CEO
Kapronasia
CHINA

Zennon Kapron is Founder and Manager at Kapronasia and Consultant at Finish Line Research. He has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline industry publications and is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He earned his BS in Computer Science at Syracuse University in 1998. He earned his MBA at INSEAD in 2004.

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Fasial Khan

Banking & Payments Consultant
Fasial Khan & Company
PAKISTAN

Faisal Khan is an Advisor to the Digital Finance Institute and is a well-respected and prominent global Banking & Payments Consultant with his own firm, Faisal Khan based in Pakistan. Through his firm, Faisal provides advice on international banking, payments, money movements, remittances, digital finance and FinTech. Faisal works in all areas of payments and remittances and banking including credit and debit card payment processing, open and closed loop systems, payment facilitation, value transfers with digital currencies, P2P systems, mobile payments, branchless banking, payment aggregators, global payment processing and gateways. In addition to running a consulting firm, Faisal also runs the popular podcast “Around the Coin” and is a frequent writer and contributor on payments, banking and FinTech.

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Kwang-hyun Kim

Managing Director
D.Camp
KOREA

Kwang-Hyun, is currently the head of D.Camp in Seoul, South Korea. D.Camp was established by the Bank Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs and it is Korea’s first integrated entrepreneurship hub. He has been dedicating to create new opportunities for the fintech startup ecosystem by combining the elements of investment, workspace, networking and mentoring. He constantly tries to enhance cooperation between major established firms and fintech startups.

Antony Lewis

Director of Research, R3
R3 CEV
SINGAPORE

Antony Lewis is positioned at R3 as the Director of the firm’s Lab & Research Centre in Singapore. Earlier he was formerly the director for business development in Asia at Singaporean bitcoin exchange itBit that recently rebranded itself under the Paxos brand. A bitcoin enthusiast, Lewis quit his job at Swiss bank Credit Suisse in 2013, before spending two years at the bitcoin exchange. In 2015, Lewis left itBit to become an independent blockchain researcher and consultant, before assuming his new role as director at R3’s research lab in Singapore.

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Jungwook Lim 

Managing Director
Startup Alliance
KOREA

Jungwook Lim is the managing director of Startup Alliance, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to foster South Korea’s startup scene, connecting entrepreneurs, startups, tech companies, and the government. He spent time in Silicon Valley as a consultant for Daum and as CEO of Lycos. Today he helms Startup Alliance, drawing on his tech background and experience abroad to help the local startup ecosystem.

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James Lloyd

FinTech Leader APAC
EY
HONG KONG

James Lloyd is a part of the EY Asia-Pacific Financial Services Organization (FSO), a fully dedicated and integrated entity with a unique approach focused exclusively on servicing the needs of EY’s clients in the financial services industry. Based in Hong Kong, James Lloyd will be responsible for advising EY clients on how best to identify and harness the opportunities presented by the application of new and emerging technologies to product and service delivery in the financial services industry. Previously, James worked with start-ups and fintechs across Asia and Europe and also with traditional financial institutions to transform their processes in order to better serve small businesses.

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Ian Pollari  

Partner
KPMG
AUSTRALIA

Ian Pollari is a partner in KPMG’s Financial Services practice and has over 14 years experience servicing clients in the banking industry. He is currently KPMG’s National Banking Sector Leader, leading the firm’s banking expertise across Audit, Tax and Advisory in Australia. Ian brings knowledge and insights into the experiences of local and international banks in Australia and Asia in areas such as strategy development, Fintech, innovation, market entry, bank licensing, governance, regulatory and risk management practices.

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Alex Scandurra

CEO
Stone & Chalk
AUSTRALIA

Alex has a really interesting background, born in Australia he spent his early career in the army and with Lend Lease, then worked locally and overseas with Nokia in the Middle East and for the last 3 years with Barclays in Londons Canary Wharf running key parts of their innovation agenda and most notably creating their Startup Accelerator program which has now also opened in New York. This program was so successful, that it drew attention from Australian companies and VC’s who were in the process of replicating the model here in Sydney. With Stone and Chalk finally in place, Alex and his Australian wife returned to Sydney as the new CEO.

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ENTREPRENEURS

Mikaal Abdulla

CEO
8 Securities
HONG KONG

Mikaal is the Co-Founder & CEO of 8 Securities, Asia’s first robo-advisor and $0 commission trading service. 8 Securities has licensed offices in Hong Kong and Tokyo and holds US$700M in customer assets. The business and has raised over US$30M in venture capital. Prior to starting 8 Securities, Mikaal was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Asia at E*TRADE. Mikaal began his career as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in the United States. Mikaal has extensive international experience having launched and managed successful businesses and online consumer products across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, India and the North America. Mikaal holds a M.B.A from both Columbia University and the London Business School.

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Teguh Ariwibowo

Co-Founder
Pinjam Indonesia
INDONESIA

Teguh Ariwibowo is the CEO and Co-founder of Pinjam. Started bussines experience with Voila ( www.voila.co.id ) continue the journey at financial technology start up called pinjam ( www.pinjam.co.id ) as digital lending platform. His  passion is about entrepreneurship. At 2013, just awarded as the most promising entrepreneur from Asia pacific entrepreneurship award by enterprise Asia.

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Abhijit Bose 

Founder & CEO
Ezetap
INDIA

Mr. Abhijit Bose is Co-Founder of Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bose served as a Vice President of ngpay and Head of Product for Intuit’s small and medium business offering. He moved to Bangalore in 2005 as Siebel Systems’ Director for the Telecommunications market in Asia Pacific. He has a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and MBA from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was working in Siebel Systems in San Francisco and worked there for about five years before moving to India in 2005 to handle an Asia-Pacific responsibility. During this time Oracle bought Siebel. Bose left Oracle soon after the acquisition and joined ngpay.

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Lizzie Chapman  

Co-Founder & CEO
Zest Money
INDIA

Ms. Elizabeth Lucy Chapman, also known as Lizzie is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Zest Money along with the other two co-founders, Priya Sharma and Ashish Anantharaman Lizzie and the other two co-founders, were colleagues at a UK-based finance company called Wonga, She is now based out of Bengaluru is in charge of marketing and acquisitions at ZestMoney. She has also served as the executive director of DBS Digital Bank, and was the first woman to be appointed a director on the board of IndiaMART, the online marketplace for SME players. She finds it so much easier to do business in the financial sector here in India than in London and according to her, in the financial sector in India, women do definitely rule.

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Paul Chapman

Chief Executive & Co-Founder
Moneytree
JAPAN

Paul is a graduate of Business, Banking & Finance at Monash University. He is the Founder and CTO at Thomson Reuters cvMail (acquired 2007), and IT Director at en japan subsidiary, en world (Tokyo). In 2009, Also he co-founded Long Weekend LLC, a software development company focused on creating apps for mobile devices. In 2012, Paul co-founded Moneytree KK with Ross Sharrott and Mark Makdad.

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Simon Costello  

Co-Founder & Managing Director
HaloMoney.co.id
INDONESIA

Costello is based in Indonesia, as co-founder and managing director of financial comparison site HaloMoney. His resume reads like a someone made it up to demonstrate what a venture capitalist might look for in the biography of a promising entrepreneur-to-be: several years as a financial consultant in London under his belt. He has 8 years banking experience across Australia and the UK.

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Jun Dong

Co-Founder & CEO
Jimubox
CHINA

Jun Dong is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of online lending start-up Jimubox.com.

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Richard Eldridge  

CEO
Lenddo
PHILLIPINES

Mr. Richard Eldridge serves as Executive Officer and Director of Lenddo International. He is responsible for the success of Lenddo across Asia as well as developing the long-term strategic direction across the world. Previously he has more than 6 years turn-around management consultancy experience across various industries, business functions and cultures in 8 countries with Renoir consulting and since 2001 been one of the pioneers in the outsourcing industry in the Philippines, having successfully set up, ran and grown 2 outsourcing companies, Summersault and Infinit-O. He received his BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from Warwick University, UK.

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JP Ellis

CEO, Chairman
C88 Financial Technologies, FinTech Association Indonesia
INDONESIA

J. P. Ellis co-founded and is currently leading the Compare88 Group, Southeast Asia’s largest financial comparison e-commerce group. Previously, J. P. was a private equity executive as well as the founder of two award-winning maptechcompanies: Mapiary.com and Harpoen (which pitched at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2012 and won the World Summit Awards in 2013). Currently, J. P. is one of the initiators of FinTech Indonesia, the Indonesian financial services technology association. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University in New York City, has over a decade of experience in Southeast Asia, and is fluent in several Asian languages.

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Barry Freeman

Founder
Pintec
CHINA

Barry Freeman is a Co-Founder of PINTEC, a leading Chinese fintech marketplace. PINTEC is an intelligent financial services technology platform that uses big data and digital technologies to provide effective financial solutions for consumers and small businesses. Prior to co-founding PINTEC, Mr. Freeman was CFO and Executive Director of Credit Heng, a non-bank financial lender based in Yunnan Province, China. Previously, Mr. Freeman was a founder of Huasong Capital Ltd., a Kunming; China based investment management firm, and a vice president at Knight Capital Americas, L.P, an equity trading and investment-banking firm in New York. Mr. Freeman received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA in May 2001. Barry is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

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Yosha Gupta  

CEO & Founder
Lafalafa
HONG KONG & INDIA

Yosha is the Founder & CEO of LafaLafa, a leading coupon and cashback website in India rewarding customers for online shopping with extra cashback. LafaLafa has 800K+ downloads in India, backed by 500 Startups & Vectr Ventures and FBStart programme. She has spent 10 years in FinTech sector and worked across Asia with her most recent role being a Financial Inclusion Consultant in World Bank Group. Startup Grind Hong Kong.

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Judah Hirsch

CEO
Salarium
PHILIPPINES

Judah Hirsch is the Founder and CEO at SALarium. Winning the Seedstars event in Manila, Judah will join them in Geneva to present his startup, Salarium. Judah managed 1,500 employee BPO, founded and managed Triple i Consulting, a leading business process service provider in the Philippines. At Salarium, Judah is responsible for Business Development, Sales, and ultimately everything.

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Ron Hose  

CEO
Coins.ph
PHILIPPINES

In 2013, Hose and fellow Silicon Valley entrepreneur Runar Petursson founded Coins.ph, an avenue for Filipinos to buy and sell bitcoins. It even allows the purchase of fractional bitcoins, which means there’s no minimum amount for a bitcoin purchase. Hose says he sees people buying stakes in bitcoins for as little as Php 200 (US$4). For him, it’s working for the market because this is where it’s starting to cater to a mass audience to use Bitcoins. Hose declined to reveal the transaction volume or any user-base numbers on Coins.ph, but he says the exchange is seeing double growth in month-on-month transactions. Through its automated trading process, Coins.ph lets users get bitcoins the next business day after the confirmation of payment.

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Soul Htite

Co-Founder & CEO
Dianrong
CHINA

Mr. Soulaiman Htite, also known as Soul, is a Co-Founder of Lending Club Corporation. Mr. Htite is a Co-Founder of Shanghai DianRong Financial Services Co., Ltd. and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He served as Vice President of Engineering at LendingClub Corporation since February 2007. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Htite served as Senior Development Manager for Oracle Corporation. Mr. Htite has spent most of his professional career building enterprise-level software with Oracle Corporation. He focused on real-time online services and system design for high availability. He held a senior product development position in the Oracle core server technologies team, and lead research projects focusing on diagnosability and online system management services.

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Sony Joy  

CEO
Chillr
INDIA

Sony Joy is currently CEO of Chillr, a FinTech venture he started up in December 2013 with an ambitious target of revolutionising the mobile banking space in India by creating India’s 1st Multi-Bank Mobile Banking App. Sony Joy, is an alumnus of College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, who was inspired by the entrepreneurial paths of Steve Jobs and Richard Branson, tells Onmanorama the story behind Chillr, its unique selling proposition and what it means to associate with Sequoia, which has worked with some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups across the world including Google, Apple, Airbnb and LinkedIn

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Satyen Kothari

Founder & Managing Director
Citrus Payments
INDIA

Mr. Satyen V. Kothari founded of Citrus Payment Solutions Private Limited and serves as its Managing Director. He  leads the overall strategy and product roadmap for Citrus. His passion is in building companies and products that are innovative in design and positioning, and focused on adding simplicity and value while creating an emotional connect with their users. He has spent the last 18 years in Silicon Valley and India, and has started companies in the areas of marketing automation, social e-commerce, and strategy/design consulting. His career has included stints with several start-ups and larger companies such as Intuit, First Data, Cisco, AOL, Yahoo, frog design & Apple. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director at Symphony Limited since August 2014.

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Simon Loong

Founder
WeLab
CHINA

Mr. Simon Loong co-founded WeLab Holdings Limited in 2013 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. He spent over 15 years in the banking sector. He has held a variety of senior positions at both Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank. He served as Standard Chartered’s Regional Head of Northeast Asia, where he managed the personal loan and credit card businesses, transforming it into one of the largest and most profitable businesses of its kind in Greater China. He also served on Standard Chartered’s Consumer Bank Management committee in Hong Kong. Mr. Loong is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Alex Medana

CEO
FinFabrik
HONG KONG

Alex is the CEO of FInFabrik. With a career spanning 18 years in FinServ and Fintech spent in the trenches of various Global Tier 1 financial institutions doing and managing others, zeroing in his delivery on the client both internal and external across various business lines, markets and asset classes. His plain-talking ways of simplifying complex issues and technologies make him a sought after public speaker and advisor particularly for debunking the blockchain hype and pushing the agenda for real innovation. His work in Fintech is at the forefront of the next wave of banking, using technology to improve the customer journey. With a team of FinFab rockstars, he is now focusing on creating the fabric of banking block by block.

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Tejasvi Mohanram

Founder & CEO
RupeePower
INDIA

Tejasvi is the founder & CEO of RupeePower, the consumer credit platform backed by Snapdeal. He has led RupeePower through INR 7,000 crores (USD 1bn+) in credit disbursals & believes algorithms built on digital footprints will revolutionize lending.

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Abhishant Pant

Founder
Cashless Journey
INDIA

Abhishant Pant is the Founder of  Cashless Journey.

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Mikko Perez

Founder & CEO
Ayannah
PHILIPPINES

Mikko Perez has a successful track record investing in and operating innovative technology, new media and telecom-related ventures. Prior to leading Ayannah, he was Director of Finance & Business Development at Chikka and helped steer Chikka to profitability. He also spearheaded the company’s expansion into China, Japan and the US prior to its acquisition by PLDT (NYSE: PHI). Prior to this, he was an investment manager at Next Century Partners where he managed private equity on behalf of Soros Fund Management, LLC and several institutional investors. He was also an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase (Hambrecht & Quist) in San Francisco where he advised technology, media and telecom ventures.

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Piyush Peshwani

Co-Founder & CEO
OnGrid
INDIA

Piyush is Co-Founder of OnGrid which is an Aadhaar-enabled trust bureau, that leverages the unique and lifelong nature of the Aadhaar number (India’s UID) and digital technologies to make data and documents inter-operable and portable. OnGrid reduces the cost and turnaround time for ID establishment, KYC, reputation establishment, and background verification, and increases trust and accountability.

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Charlotte Petris

Founder & CEO
Timelio
AUSTRALIA

Charlotte founded Timelio, Australia’s leading peer-to-peer invoice finance platform, after experiencing first-hand how difficult it was for businesses to raise finance. A Chartered Accountant and corporate financier with 20 years of experience advising and helping businesses access capital, she understands the constraints many people face trying to grow a business without access to finance. Having lived and worked in NZ, UK, Singapore and Australia, working in some of the world’s largest banks, she sees Timelio as an opportunity to “do it different” in the world of finance. Charlotte is Vice President of FinTech Australia. She is a 2015 alumna of the US founded Springboard Enterprises Program for female entrepreneurs building high growth technology companies.

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Thanh Duc Pham

CEO
M_Service
VIETNAM

 

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Deepti Sanghi

Vice President
MoneyTap
INDIA

 

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Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Founder & CEO
Paytm
INDIA

Mr. Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the Founder of Paytm Mobile Solutions Private Limited and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sharma Founded One97 Communications Ltd in 2000 and serves as its Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He is an Advisor of Socialblood.org. He serves as an Investment Advisor at One97 Communications Limited; Investment Arm. Mr. Sharma has more than 10 years of experience in the telecom and new media industries, having founded his first venture XS Corps while he was at college, which he sold to Lotus Interworks LLC, New Jersey in 1999.

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Adhil Shetty

Co-Founder & CEO
BankBazaar.com (A&A Financial Services Private Limited)
INDIA

Adhil Shetty serves as the CEO of BankBazaar.com. Also the Founder of the company, he has set for himself an incisive vision – that of making BankBazaar.com the go-to brand for investors and loan aspirants – that is bound to shift the contours of how loans, cards and insurance products are bought by individuals. BankBazaar.com itself was born in 2008 as the result of a frustrating personal search for a loan. Thus, they conceptualized a marketplace which made the process of taking financial products much more transparent and simple. Frustration turned into a multimillion enterprise in the seven years that BankBazaar.com has been in existence.

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Leo Shimada

CEO
Crowdo
SINGAPORE

Leo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crowdo. Crowdo is a Regional Fintech Startup offering a full suite of Equity Crowdfunding and P2P Lending solutions. Established in 2013, Crowdo is now one of SE. Asia’s largest and fastest growing crowdfunding operators with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Leo was previously a snr consultant with McKinsey & Co, and Strategy Lead for a Fortune 500 Co. Crowdo is licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and registered with the Securities Commission of Malaysia (SCM). Leo is a Capital Market Service License Representative with the MAS and Responsible Person (RP) registered with the SCM.

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Mehedi Hasan Sumon

Founder & CEO
MyCash Online (Bkash Fintech Malaysia Sdn Bhd)
AUSTRALIA

Mehedi Hasan is currently the Founder & CEO of MyCash Online, a FinTech solution provider for the un-bankable people in South & South East Asia. He is also Managing Partner of LYL Technology , a Malaysia based Technology & Digital Entertainment startup. Born to a family of educators in Bangladesh, Mehedi started his career as Software & Mobile Application Developer. He started his first startup in 2014 and made the company self sustainable. He has a degree in Computing from University of Greenwich and currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mehedi is passionate about democratizing technology to enhance and impact the life of millions of across Asia.

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Matt Symons

CEO
Society One
AUSTRALIA

Matt graduated with a law degree from the University of Melbourne and has worked as an attorney for both Korea’s largest law firm, Kim & Chang, and one of Australia’s largest law firms, Minter Ellison. Matt has more than 20 years experience in building, operating and investing in technology-based businesses. Matt has spent most of his life living in three amazing cities Melbourne, Sydney and San Francisco. After returning to Sydney in 2011 Matt co-founded SocietyOne (Australias first marketplace lender) and GetCreditScore (Australias largest free credit score service). Matt is currently engaged in several machine learning and artificial intelligence projects including Red Marker, an Australian RegTech pioneer. Red Marker has developed Artemis an automated compliance solution for regulated entities.

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Mio Takaoka

Executive Director
Monex
JAPAN

Mio Takaoka has been General Manager of New Business Planning Office and Executive Director at Monex Group, Inc. since February 2014. Mio Takaoka served as Manager, GMC Office; Manager, Strategic Planning Office; and Manager, Chief Executive Officer Office at Monex Group.

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Adrianna Tan

Founder & CEO
Wobe
SINGAPORE

Adrianna works on the intersection of tech, content and social. From founding and growing tech startups in Southeast Asia to starting and running non-profits in India, she believes strongly that technology and social good can and should go together. In 2014, she founded Wobe, an innovative take on financial services for the low income segment of Southeast Asia. Headquartered in Jakarta and Singapore, Wobe will put the power of micro-entrepreneurship into the hands of millions, with the support of one of the largest telcos in the region. In 2015, she was named “Power Women in FinTech”, as well as “Top Female Entrepreneur 2015”. She also helped Silicon Straits, a Singapore-based innovation tribe, start and grow companies.

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Vincent Turner

Founder & CEO
Uno
AUSTRALIA

Vincent Turner is a San Francisco based software entrepreneur, currently CEO and Founder planwise (www.planwise.com) Previously he was General Manager of Pisces, a mortgage software company he started as a university student in Australia in 1999.

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Yosuke Tsuji

CEO
Money Forward
JAPAN

Yosuke Tsuji serves as CEO since the establishment of Money Forward. From 2001 to 2004, he was in Sony finance department. After Sony, he worked at Monex Securities, one of the largest online brokerage firms in Japan, and engaged in marketing and business development from 2004 to 2012. He also served as Chief of Marketing Department. Yosuke graduated from Kyoto University in 2001 and Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA) in 2011.

Zane Wang

CEO
China Rapid Finance
CHINA

Dr. Zhengyu (Zane) Wang, founded China Rapid Finance and holds the positions of chairman and chief executive officer. In addition to his position at China Rapid Finance, Dr. Wang also advised the People’s Bank Of China on the creation of the National Credit Bureau from 2003 to 2005. Before founding China Rapid Finance, Dr. Wang was the Head of Analytics at Sears Credit from 1995 to 2000, where he oversaw the creation of a credit data warehouse, developed credit scoring models using credit bureau data, and implemented analytically driven consumer credit borrower acquisitions and portfolio management strategies. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Illinois, and his master of science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Hai Yin

CEO
Zhong An Online
CHINA

Mr. Hai Yin, also known as Henry, is the Chief Executive Officer at Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd.

Nina Zhou

Managing Director, Head of Offshore Product Development
CreditEase
CHINA

Ms. Nina Zhou joined CreditEase as the Partner of its Fintech Fund in November 2015. Ms. Zhou is responsible for managing the entire investment cycle: deal sourcing, investment, portfolio management and exit. Before her tenure with CreditEase, Ms Zhou spent over fifteen years as an Investment Banker focused on the financial institutions sector with Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Standard Chartered, in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and China. She has extensive experience in the banking, insurance, asset management and specialty finance sectors. Ms. Zhou holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Finance from New York University. She is also an avid marathon runner having completed 13 marathons with best time of 3 hours and 2 minutes.

Aidil Zulkifli

CEO
UangTeman.com
INDONESIA

Aidil is a technoprenuer with a great interest in the Fintech sector. In late 2014, together with his co-founder, he founded UangTeman.com, the first online short-term loan service provider in Indonesia with a quick, transparent and reliable process. UangTeman helps Indonesians to access small, short-term loans for individuals to meet their needs such as medical bills, school fees and more. Before the founding of UangTeman, Aidil founded and built up Kreditaja.com (a financial product comparison portal) where he constantly received feedback from people who failed to obtain loans due to the specific, inflexible and stringent requirements that banks and financial institutions impose.

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INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

Manish Agarwal

Innovation
Kotak Mahindra
INDIA

Manish Agarwal joined Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2007 as Vice President Interactive & Innovation. His responsibilities are to provide Direction & Strategy for using the ever changing interactive channel ( Internet & Mobile ) and leverage the same for every aspect of the business and create visible differentiation in the mind of consumers. Manish is a sough- after speaker on IT, social media, new age technology & embracing the next generation. As a national speaker on IT issues, he has spread the message of innovation with thought-provoking insights into the future of web technology and the shape of things to come. He holds a Master in Business Administration and Bachelor degree in Economics.

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Tiziana Bianco

Head of Innovation 
Commonwealth Bank
AUSTRALIA

Tiziana Bianco heads up the Innovation Lab at the Commonwealth Bank. Tiziana’s role is to best position the Group’s innovative capability, products and services for consumer, business and institutional clients. Since joining the Commonwealth Bank in 2008, Tiziana has held a variety of roles and has contributed to strategic initiatives, projects, product development and launches across the organisation. Previously, Tiziana was a management consultant at Capgemini Australia, with primary expertise in large scale transformational programmes, from strategy through to implementation within the financial services, retail and telecommunication sectors. Prior to moving to Australia, Tiziana spent time at ING DIRECT, Canada with a predominate focus on customer experience initiatives.

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Ericson Chan

Head of Ping An Technology
Ping An Group
CHINA

Determine to drive performance through digital solutions, service & product differentiation, and operational productivity. Passionate about all aspects of Customer Experience and anything on the online world. A true believer in simplicity and efficiency. A financial services professional and leader with proven track record across online business, innovation, technology, operations, sourcing, payments, alliances, regulatory compliance and risk governance. Dynamic management approach with broad range of functional experience across Asia and in the U.S.

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Fangfang Chen

Senior Vice President
State Street
HONG KONG

Fangfang Chen attended school in China and then came to the United States to earn her MBA at Yale. She planned to stay for only a few years, she ended up staying for 13, embarking on a consulting career and then moving into financial services with AIG and Fidelity Investments before joining State Street in 2007 with the global strategy and new venture group in Boston. Chen spent a year in Hong Kong running strategy, and was put up for promotion to senior vice president seven months after she took on this role. When her company opened a bank branch in China, she said she was pleased that her manager had the confidence to move her to Beijing to become deputy general manager.

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Neal Cross

Chief Innovation Officer
DBS Bank Ltd
SINGAPORE

Mr. Neal Cross has been Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of Technology & Operations Team at DBS Bank Ltd. since April 2014. Previously, Mr. Cross served as Vice President of MasterCard Labs in its Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Prior to joining MasterCard, he served as the financial services industry director for Microsoft in Asia, providing banking and financial services expertise to strategic partners and enterprise customers in the region. Working with internal stakeholders and external collaborators, he charts the innovation roadmap for DBS to enhance customer experience and better engage the bank’s customers in the digital landscape. On his weekends Neal lives in the Sumatran jungle where he has founded Hotel Orangutan, a social enterprise to help save the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan and to give local villagers employment and education.

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Suvodeep Das

Vice President Marketing
Sodexo BRS India
INDIA

Suvodeep Das is currently the VP Marketing at Sodexo SVC India. His mandate is to run marketing, & communication, launch new products & anchor the brand’s Digital transformation. He has worked as the Marketing Director at Greenlight Planet Inc. where he managed Marketing, advertising and communication for the brand across 40 countries. Prior to that, he was the Marketing Director of Reliance Brands Limited. In various parts of his career, he has worked at Kaya Skin Clinic, Marico Ltd, Western Union Financial Services and Hindustan Unilever. Amongst his various accolades, he was featured amongst the “Young Marketers of the Year” in Brand Equity (Economic Times) in 2005.

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Marj Demmer

Apple Pay
Apple
AUSTRALIA

Marj is a values-driven leader with more than 15 years experience running financial services businesses. She has a track record of building strong teams that deliver step-change commercial results and innovative propositions for customers. Over the past 8 years she has developed deep cards & payments domain expertise, and has led change at both an organization and industry level. Her signature strength is her strategic approach and ability to translate strategy into actions that deliver compelling business outcomes across the value chain. Marj is passionate about putting customers and staff at the heart of commercial decision making to create sustainable enterprise value. She has a thirst for knowledge, and thrives on change and complexity.

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Matt Dill

SVP, Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships
Visa
SINGAPORE

Matt Dill is the senior vice president in head of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa, Dill has held a variety of strategic development and operating roles in the financial services, consumer technology & media fields throughout his twenty year career. Dill oversees the commerce & payments sector for Visa spanning key client relationships with large scale brands including Apple, Google, PayPal, Amazon, Square, among others. Prior to Visa, Dill led the formation of Western Union’s digital practice in early 2007 and is responsible for the development and commercialization of a Mobile Money Transfer system connecting Western Union agents, Mobile Operators and Banks in more than 200 countries.

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Jessica Ellerm

Business Development
Tyro
AUSTRALIA

Jessica Ellerm is the Banking Business Development Manager for Tyro Payments, Australia’s most successful fintech start-up. She has been with Tyro in a business development capacity since 2009 and now heads up the banking team. She works closely with the internal product and existing sales team to integrate the new deposit and lending solutions into the sales cycle, as well as develop cornerstone accounting integration relationships with cloud accounting providers. Alongside Tyro, Jessica is an active Australian and global fintech commentator, writing for her own blog and a number of global publications including Daily Fintech and BankNXT. She is the Australian correspondent for Brett King’s Breaking Banks radio show on Voice America.

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Gregory Gibb

CEO
Lufax
CHINA

Gregory Gibb is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lufax.

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Wynthia Goh

Chief Digital Officer
Aviva
SINGAPORE

As the Chief Digital Officer in Asia, Wyn has responsibility for the Aviva digital agenda in the region. She oversees initiatives to improve the digital customer experience, drive digital innovation in the business and build digital capabilities in markets. She is a digital native who had held regional and global roles in product management, business development, venture investment, digital strategy and marketing. She had led regional digital teams for Nokia, eBay, Avaya and SAP.

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Jun-Seong Han

CFIO (Chief Future Innovation Officer)
Hana Financial Group
KOREA

Jun-Seong Han is executive vice president in Hana Financial Group. In this capacity, he is currently responsible for e-channel innovation and future finance of the entire group. He joined Hana Bank in 1991 as a founding member. Since then, he has been involved in many areas during his career including IT, e-business, strategy, and M&A. With his comprehensive expertise in those fields, He set up and led new business division, in which pursuing innovative ideas into reality since 2007 and has shown remarkable results in product sales increase and customer acquisition as well as brand reputation. Now he is focusing into omni-channel transformation and behavior-driven payments.

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Sriraman Jagannathan

VP Payments
Amazon
INDIA

Sriraman Jagannathan is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi and IIM-Ahmedabad. Formerly the chief digital and data officer at IDFC, and now he will be one of the three vice-presidents within Amazon India. Jagannathan brings with him a rich experience of 27 years. He started his career at Citibank in 1989. He moved from there in March 1992 to join NICL South (joint venture between Citibank and MGF at that time). In July 1997 he was appointed as Treasurer at Citicorp Maruti Finance Limited (Joint Venture Company between Citibank and Maruti Suzuki) a position that he held concurrently with his role as Treasurer.

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Sameer Jaini

CTO
DCB Bank
INDIA

Sameer Jiani serves as CTO at DCB Bank.

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Brad Jones

CEO
Wave Money
MYANMAR

Brad Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Wave Money. He is an experienced executive specializing in digital finance, mobile money and business transformation in developing markets, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Previously Brad headed mobile money and innovation for Visa in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North & West Africa and Pakistan. He has also been a retail payments and mobile money consultant to World Bank Group and Grameen Foundation, working in a variety of markets including the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh and China. Prior to Visa, he was the founding Managing Director of WING During his tenure at WING, the business developed an agent presence in every province of Cambodia, integrated into five mobile operators, and received a number of awards for innovation.

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Chanda Kochhar

CEO & Managing Director
ICICI Bank
INDIA

Chanda Kochhar, CEO at ICICI Bank is a strong headed woman. She has contributed her as much of the time as the job demanded. Her profile unveils the journey of a banker starting from joining as a management trainee, later on becoming the General Manager, then Deputy General Manager, and Managing Director, Finally the chief executive officer of ICICI bank in 2009 for the term of five years. As per Forbes, It’s no wonder then that she has been ranked 20th amongst the most powerful women in business and in the world.

Robin Loh

Chief Digital Officer Asia
Allianz
CHINA

Mr. Robin Loh has been Chief Digital Officer for Asia Pacific at Allianz SE since July 01, 2016. He oversee Allianz Asia Pacific’s advancement toward a digitally-led and customer-oriented business model, which includes growing its digital platforms in the region, exploring new partnerships, as well as digitizing processes and operations. He served as General Manager at Ping An Fintech Company, a subsidiary of insurer Ping An Group, where he spearheaded the creation of their integrated digital financial platform in China, and led successful collaborations with both domestic and international players. Previously, Mr. Loh was Associate Partner at Mckinsey & Co., where he focused on financial services strategy, digital banking, e-commerce and next-generation IT.

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Simone McCallum

Head of Corporate Content & Social Media
ASB Bank
NEW ZEALAND

Simone McCallum is currently working for NZ’s ASB Bank and is responsible for the award winning Virtual Branch on Facebook and social media teams. She has over 10 years experience in the financial services industry, and passionate about all things digital and social.

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Ghiyazuddin Ali Mohammad

Manager – Digital Financial Services
MicroSave
INDONESIA

 

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Sopnendu Mohanty

Chief FinTech Officer
MAS
SINGAPORE

Sopnendu Mohanty is the Chief Financial Technology (Fintech) Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He is responsible for creating development strategies and regulatory policies around technology innovation to “better manage risks, enhance efficiency and strengthen competitiveness in the financial sector”. Prior to joining MAS, Mohanty was with Citibank as their Global Head of the Consumer Lab Network and Programs, which included driving innovation programs and managing innovation labs across multiple geographies globally. He has spent 20 years in the APAC region and held various roles in technology, finance, productivity, and business development. He was Citibank’s APAC regional head of Branch operations along with heading the Consumer Innovation Lab in Singapore.

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Steve Monaghan

Chief Innovation Officer
AIA
HONG KONG

Steve Monaghan is Regional Director, Head of Edge AIA accountable for AIA’s group innovation agenda, a Limited Partner and on the investment committee in True Global Ventures focused on Fintech, a board member of Proximiti and a private investor in AI, Life Sciences, HealthTech and Fintech. Originally a commercial pilot, he has held a number of senior corporate and banking roles in product, marketing, operations and general management. He has worked for leading corporations and financial institutions including Dell, Compaq, Citigroup, OCBC, Shinsei and DBS Bank. Throughout his career, Steve has specialized in introducing new business models, businesses and products in all major markets in Asia and has filed 6 patents.

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Jayne Opperman

GM, Business Integration 
Westpac
AUSTRALIA

Jayne Opperman is general manager of business integration and CIO at Westpac. She has a long experience in technology within the financial sector, spanning stints at the Commonwealth Bank, Lloyd’s in the UK and more recently ANZ Bank. She has also worked at advisory firms KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

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Hemangi Pathrabe

SVP – Digital Banking and Fintech Initiatives
Yes Bank Ltd
INDIA

Hemangi has a strong background in innovative product design & management , business development & strategy across payments industry. She has been a major contributor towards award winning and socially impactful projects like YES MONEY which is a perfect blend of technology + distribution network+ payments.  As a part of fintech initiatives program, she guides/mentors the startups on critical regulatory guidelines/frameworks/solutions – thus fast tracking their journey towards launch.

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Lucy Peng

CEO
Ant Financial
CHINA

Ms. Lei Peng, also known as Lucy, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ant Financial Services at Alibaba Group Holding Limited since March 2013. She served as the Chief People Officer of Alibaba Group Holding Limited since June 2014 until April 20, 2016. Ms. Peng joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of founding team and previously served as its Chief People Officer. From January 2010 to February 2013, she served as chief executive officer of Alipay. She graduated from Hangzhou Institute of Commerce of Zhejiang Gongshang University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and taught at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics for five years after graduation.

Joyce Phillips

CEO Global Wealth Group Managing Director, Marketing and Innovation
ANZ Bank
AUSTRALIA

Joyce Ann Phillips served as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Wealth at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited until March 2016. She served as the Group Executive of Wealth, Marketing & Innovation and Member of Management Board at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Limited from February 1, 2016 to March 2016 and from March 2012 to March 2016 respectively. She was named to the U.S. Banker “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” list in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She has an MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University and is fluent in Japanese.

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Muhammad Hamayun Sajjad

Head of Innovation at United Bank Ltd. (Group Ex. VP)
United Bank Ltd.
PAKISTAN

Muhammad Hamayun Sajjad is the group executive vice president-head of innovation at UBL is Bahria alumni, MBA Marketing. Muhammad has demonstrated how to utilize academic learning into professional life. He has been recognized as Asia’s top 100 Fintech leaders also holds various positions as board member and director at companies across Australia, South East Asia, and Pakistan. He has also worked with Australian, Myanmar, and Pacific government(s) advising on strategy & regulations for Digital Financial Services with special focus on gender equity. Prior to Australian Fintech life he was leading Financial Services in Telenor Group with presence in 13 countries across Europe, Asia, and Middle East.

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Shikha Sharma

CEO
Axis Bank
INDIA

Shikha Sharma started her career with ICICI, India’s largest financial service provider in 1980. She joined ICICI right after graduating from IIM, Ahmadabad. In her 28 year association with ICICI Group, she set up various businesses. In 1992, she set up ICICI Securities which is a joint venture of ICICI and J.P. Morgan. She started setting up various group businesses for ICICI which included investment banking and retail finance. In 1995, she moved to ICICI Securities and was deputed to J.P Morgan. She is the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director of Axis Bank Limited and Chairperson and associate Director of Axis Asset Management company Limited since June 1, 2009.

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Wenchao Shi

CEO
Unionpay
CHINA

Mr. Wenchao Shi serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and President at China Unionpay Co., Ltd.

Harriet Wakelam

Director Human Centred Design
IAG
AUSTRALIA

Harriet Wakelam is a design strategist with experience across financial services, Fintech, insurance and health. Given that titles are meaningless…this means that she likes to design better ways for humans to experience services that improve their lives, and improve the business bottom line. She use design to transform the experiences customers use, using the tools, skill and mindset appropriate to enable organisational alignment and change. She is driven by the development of purposeful services whether in health, financial services or communications through the development of outcomes not outputs.

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Maggie Wu

CFO
Alibaba
CHINA

WU Wei, Maggie, 42, is an executive director and has served as the chief financial officer of Alibaba since 2007. She is also a director of a number of subsidiaries. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wu was an audit partner at KPMG’s Beijing Office. In her 15 years with KPMG, Ms. Wu was the lead audit partner on audits for the initial public offerings and annual audits of several Chinese companies listed overseas and provided audit, accountancy and advisory services to many multinational corporations. She is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Wu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Capital University of Economics and Business

Janet Young

CIO
UOB
SINGAPORE

Ms. Yoke Mun Young, also known as Janet, joined United Overseas Bank Limited in 2014 and serves as its Managing Director of Group Channels & Digitalisation. Ms. Young served as the Managing Director, International Head of MNC-Commercial Corporates, Global Corporate & Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Ms. Young has more than 25 years of banking and corporate experience. She has been a Director of Accuron Technologies Limited since November 7, 2014. Ms. Young served as a Director of Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore until October 1, 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University.

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Michael Yue

Head of Industry, Financial Services
Google
SINGAPORE

Michael leads the banking and financial services practice and is responsible for guiding top financial institutions in developing new integrated advertising strategies and digital business models. Prior to that he led the performance branding vertical in Google Canada which covered a wide range of industries including finance, retail, media, entertainment and startups. Prior to joining Google, Michael began his career at Hewlett-Packard. He’s held positions in finance, marketing, sales, business management and eventually took HP’s largest enterprise product division leading it to record profits, revenues and market share. Outside of his professional life, Michael is an avid golfer and enjoys playing beach/indoor volleyball and hitting the slopes. He’s a graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business but his greatest learning comes from spending time with his wife, family and friends

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Zia Zaman

Chief Innovation Officer
Metlife
SINGAPORE

Zia Zaman heads up the innovation efforts for MetLife in Asia. In this chief innovation officer role, he is responsible for setting up a innovation centre and R&D lab in Singapore. He is a member of the Asia Leadership Group. Previously, Zia served in two roles at SingTel. Most recently he was the Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Emerging Businesses for SingTel’s Group Enterprise. He also co-led the acquisition of US-based Amobee, jumpstarting SingTel’s entry into the mobile advertising market. Prior to arriving in Singapore, Zia was the Chief Strategy Officer for LG Electronics North America. Zia holds a MBA from Stanford’s GSB. He also has an undergraduate bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering and a master’s of science degree in operations research from MIT.

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Xiaolong Zhang

Father of Wechat
Tencent
CHINA

Xiaolong Zhang, also known as Allen, has been the Senior Executive Vice President and President of Weixin Group at Tencent Holdings Limited since May 2014. Mr. Zhang joined Tencent in March, 2005 and served as the General Manager for the Guangzhou R&D division and led the QQ Mail team to be the top mail service provider in China. Later he was promoted to Corporate Vice President and since September 2012, he has been appointed as Senior Vice President in charge of the product and team management of Weixin /Wechat and QQ Mail. Prior to joining Tencent, he developed Foxmail independently in 1997 as the 1st generation of internet software developer in China.

INVESTORS

Paul Ark

Managing Director, Corporate Venture Capital
Digital Ventures
THAILAND

Paul Ark spent the first half of his career as an investment banker, working on IPOs, acquisitions, and private equity deals for global banks Deutsche Bank and Citigroup in Asia and New York, as well as boutique advisories Tonson Capital and Blackwood Ventures in Southeast Asia. He then transitioned to the world of retail by joining Central Retail, working on regional joint ventures and working on the company’s market entry into China and other Asian markets. He spent several years facilitating Apple Retail’s market entry into Asian markets, opening up flagship stores in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, before joining Microsoft and advising on their China retail market entry strategy. Paul is also an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in early stage companies in the United States, China, and Thailand, and currently manages the FinTech venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group. Paul earned his undergraduate business degree at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

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Simon Cant

Co-Founder 
Reinventure Investments
AUSTRALIA

Simon Cant is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Reinventure Group.  He has spent his career working on innovation, both through venture and corporate innovation. As an innovation specialist at CANTT Associates and before that ?WhatIf! Innovation, with a focus on disruptive innovation, he advised clients such Tennis Australia, UBS, NAB, Suncorp, AMP, Fairfax, News Limited, APN News & Media and Transport for NSW.  Prior to that he worked with entrepreneurs in both commercial startups, at TiNSHED Angel Group, and social ventures at Social Ventures Australia. Simon began his career as a solicitor with Allens before joining ninemsn as a founding team member and business manager for the finance and investment sites.

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Cindy Chow

Executive Director
Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund
HONG KONG

Cindy Chow joined Alibaba Group in 2007 and has worked in the financial control and planning capacity, most recently as Senior Director of International Finance. Before joining Alibaba, she worked in a number of Hong Kong listed companies, specializing in financing and management reporting and planning. Mrs. Chow is an Associate Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Melissa Guzy

Founder & Managing Partner 
Arbor Ventures
HONG KONG

Melissa Guzy is the Founder and Managing Partner at Arbor Ventures. Ms. Guzy served as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Panda Project, Inc. Prior to that, Melissa served as Managing Partner, Managing Director, and Group Leader, Emerging Markets-Asia at VantagePoint Capital Partners. She joined VantagePoint in 2001. During her time at VantagePoint, she established offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai and invested in early stage technology companies in both Asia and Silicon valley. Ms. Guzy served at Ascendant Solutions Inc. Since November 1997, she served as the Vice President of Strategic Business at Panda Project Inc. From 1991 to August 1995, she served as a Vice President at Prudential Securities, Inc.

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Toby Heap

Co-Founder
H2 Ventures
AUSTRALIA

Toby Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures. He has over 12 years of experience founding, leading and investing in high growth startup companies. Toby was formerly theManaging Director of AWI Ventures, the fintech VC arm of Australasian Wealth Investments Limited where he launched Australia’s first fintech accelerator. Toby holds a degree in Applied Science, a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and a PhD onThermophysiology and Artificial Neural Networks from the University of Sydney, where he was also a Research Fellow. Toby is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Toby is a Non-Executive Director on the boards of, the not-for-profit fintech hub Stone & Chalk, and the equity crowd funding platform Equitise. He is also a Non-Executive Director of The Cancer Council NSW and sits on its Audit & Risk and Investment Committees. Toby is a member of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Digital Finance Advisory Committee.

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Gina Heng

CEO 
Marvelstone Group
SINGAPORE

Ms. Gina Heng is the Co-Founder of Marvelstone and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Heng oversees all of Marvelstone’s portfolio companies and subsidiaries, which include its affiliate accelerator, called 10K. She serves as the Head of Business Development at Yozma Group Asia at The Yozma Group.

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Max Kantelia

Founder & Managing Partner
Anquan Capital, McLaren Global Partners Pte Ltd
SINGAPORE

Max Kantelia is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience of building product and services companies in Europe, the US and Asia for the financial services industry. Based in Singapore since 2010, Max is the Founder of McLaren Global Partners, a specialist advisory firm to financial services institutions, and a board member/investor to a portfolio of global technology companies which includes; Anquan, a Singapore based company building state-of-the-art blockchain and cyber security platforms for financial services; Dexecure, a Singapore based website optimization company that was awarded a Y-Combinator Fellowship in 2016; Aeriandi, an award winning Oxford based company which provides voice technology for security and compliance; untapt, a New York based disruptive resourcing platform which is a winner of the 2015 Amazon Web Services ‘most likely company to grow exponentially’.

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Jimmy Kim

Founder
Sparklabs
KOREA

Mr. James Kim, also known as Jimmy Kim is Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures. He is also a Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs, a startup accelerator in Korea. He is Co-founder and President of N3N, an interactive software company that mixes passion, creativity and technology to create new interactive user experiences and innovative presentation solutions. Previously, Jimmy was CEO of Nexonova, a game development studio of Nexon Corp that specializes in Social Network Games.

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Ron Savino

Founder
Asia Fintech Angels
HONG KONG

Ron is a Financial Services Executive who has held Business Head, COO, CAO and Business Development roles for Global Financial Institutions. Founder of Asia Fintech Angels (“AFTA”), the first Asian Angel Investor Network dedicated to and specialized in Fintech and Financial Innovation.

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Jennifer Zhu Scott

Founding Partner 
Radian Partners
HONG KONG

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the cofounder and principal of Radian Partners, covering FinTech, Blockchain, and AI. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and sold her shares when she was 26 before moving to UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics in Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School. She currently serves as one of the 24 Council Members at the Future of Blockchain Council of World Economic Forum.

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Slava Solodkiy

Managing Partner
Life.SREDA
SINGAPORE

Vladislav (Slava) Solodkiy founded Life.SREDA VC, a fintech-only fund, 3 years ago. Life.SREDA’s first fund was focused on A-round startups from US and EU (Simple, Moven, Fidor, Anthemis, SumUp, Rocketbank, LifePay, etc.) while Life.SREDA II is focusing on B-round startups from Asia (Fastacash, Mobikon, Lenddo, Ayannah, SoftPay, etc.). Life.SREDA has also been a sponsor of Finovate and Money2020 conferences for 2 years, and Slava helps to author the well-known annual fintech-research report: “Money of the future” (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 in Feb’16). Slava is also an evangelist of Singapore as international fintech hub. He was recently highlighted by Institutional Investor, UK magazine, as one of TOP35 most influential fintech-persons in the world.

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Dusan Stojanovic

CEO 
True Global Ventures
SINGAPORE

Dusan has also contributed to a number of different organizations and entrepreneurs through donations. After his 3 exits in 2012, he donated a portion of his proceeds to save the last Tesla Lab, the Tesla Science Centre on Long Island, New York State. He is also did a smaller donation to the Tesla Statue in Palo Alto. As a distant relative to Nikola Tesla, Dusan is a strong supporter of all things Tesla. In 2015, he had one major exit and some partial exits, One was Prowebce which was sold to Edenred in May. One of the partial exits was when SharesPost sold its interest in NASDAQ Private Market to Nasdaq, Inc.

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Gerben Visser

Managing Director
Singapore FinTech Consortium
SINGAPORE

Gerben Visser calls himself a technopreneur! His company, The Singapore FinTech Consortium is a financial technology incubation platform for clients in the region A FinTech Incubator with a Digital FinTech Platform enabling our partners to source and engage with prospective partners, investors, organisations and stakeholders to find solutions to implement and promote best FinTech innovation practices, tools and initiatives in an efficient, cost-effective and scalable manner. The Singapore FinTech Consortium is a FinTech Ecosystem Builder, structured as a commercial venture. We are a platform neutral organization and are designed to facilitate collaboration between participants and stakeholders in the Asian FinTech industry.

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FINTECH ASIA 100 TV

NEAL CROSS
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, DBS BANK

JENNIFER ZHU SCOTT
FOUNDING PARTNER, RADIAN PARTNERS

SHIKA SHARMA
CEO, AXIS BANK

JP ELLIS
CEO, C88

TIZIANA BIANCO
GENERAL MANAGER, INNOVATION LABS, CBA

MIKKO PEREZ
FOUNDER & CEO, AYANNAH

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