Mr Marco Gercke, Director, Cybercrime Research Institute
Gercke is a global thinker, writer and international expert in the field of cyber security and cybercrime. He has been advising governments, international organisations and large enterprises for more than ten years. He is the director of the Cybercrime Research Institute, an independent global think tank dealing with legal aspects. Gercke was appointed as member of the ITU High Level Expert Group and advised the ITU Secretary General on the development of the Global Cyber security Agenda (GCA).
Mr Soul Htite, Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Htite co-founded Lending Club, the world's largest benchmarking peer-to-peer (P2P) company, received the prestigious Technology Pioneer Award at the 2011 World Economic Forum. He was also Lending Club’s head of technology until 2011. In 2012, Htite came to China and established Dianrong.com that focuses on the online marketplace and banking solution services on the basis of advanced technology. Dianrong.com is now China’s leading internet finance company.
Mr Pascal Bouvier, Venture Partner, Santander InnoVentures
Bouvier is a fintech expert and investor, who has been an operator and investor for large financial institutions, small-sized post revenue companies, and start-ups. He was previously general partner at the fintech investment arm of Route 66 Ventures, which he built into a global 20 fintech Venture Capital investor by the end of 2015. He holds a maximalist view that all participants in the industry have to be fintech companies and behave like tech companies, focusing on data, technology and user experience to deliver relevant services and experiences.
Mr Ron Suber, President, Prosper Marketplace
Suber has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development across the hedge fund, broker dealer, and registered investment advisor industries. As president of Prosper Marketplace, America's first peer-to-peer lending platform with more than two million members and over $4 billion in funded loans, Suber is responsible for the company’s business development, ensuring a balance between institutional as well as retail investors. Since its launch in 2006, Prosper Marketplace has evolved into a personal finance company that offers products and services beyond personal loans to help people get on top of their finances.
Congressman Barney Frank, Former Chairman of House Financial Services Committee, United States Congress
Congressman Barney Frank is the former chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee between the turbulent global financial crisis years of 2007–2011. As one of the sponsors of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank legislation, his efforts at closing the gaps in financial oversight such as creating a financial stability council, finding ways to liquidate systemically important firms, and strengthening the financial system against further shocks, were crucial for the recovery of the US financial services industry. Congressman Frank is also credited with many grassroot initiatives, including creating a low-income housing tax credit in the 1980s. He is widely respected by chairmen and CEOs of banks in the US, regulators, and fellow lawmakers.
Mr Kelvin Teo, Co-founder and Director, Funding Societies
Teo is the co-founder of Funding Societies and Modalku, the first regional peer-to-business (P2B) lending platform in Southeast Asia, with operations in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia, funded by Sequoia Capital India and licensed by the regulators. Prior to this, Teo served as a consulting professional at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, McKinsey and Accenture. He has also been featured in Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and Business Times. Teo graduated from Harvard Business School and National University of Singapore, and is a certified Chartered Accountant.
Mr Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC
Solodkiy was recognised by UK magazine Institutional Investor as one of the TOP35 most influential fintech-persons in the world. He established Life. SREDA four years ago, which has invested in 22 start-ups in US, UK, Germany, CIS, Singapore, Philippines, India and Vietnam, including Simple, Moven, Fidor Bank, SumUp, Anthemis Group, Mobikon, and Lenddo. For the last one and a half years, the company heavily supported the fintech ecosystem in Singapore. It invested in eight companies; launched Inspir Asia co-working space and accelerator; and helped the Monetary Authority of Singapore in promoting Singapore as fintech hub across the world by launching www.BAAS.IS, the first pan-Asian bank-as-a-service-platform
Mr Kanags Surendran, Managing Director & Head, Digital Banking, CIMB Bank Berhad
Mr Surendran is a passionate professional who operates at the confluence of design, business and technology with a broad skill set having operated across strategy, product management, operations and technology functions. Skilled at creative problem solving and in delivering rapid and sustainable impact, has a track record as a leader who thrives on inspiring and developing talent, driving change, and in bringing together cross-functional teams to launch disruptive & innovative solutions.
In the past 2 years at CIMB, Surendran has been driving the transformation of the digital channels and has increased usage of digital channels by more than 30% and mobile by almost 50%. He has been instrumental in launching new capabilities such as CIMB Pay and CIMB Eva that lets customers chat with the bank.
Mr Jeremy Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Group
Mr Bobby Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, BTCC
Bobby Lee is co-founder and chief executive ofﬁcer of BTCC, the leading bitcoin ﬁnancial platform and the longest-running bitcoin exchange worldwide. Headquartered in Shanghai, BTCC serves a global customer base and has become an industry leader for security, risk mitigation, credibility, and technological innovation. BTCC’s mission is to provide the most convenient and trustworthy digital currency services. Lee also serves on the board of Bitcoin Foundation, a non-proﬁt organisation that promotes the global adoption of bitcoin.
Mr Ned Phillips, Founder and CEO, Bambu
Phillips has been involved in fintech since 1999 and has been through the first dot com wave in the early 2000'swith E*TRADE. He was then part of the transformation of stock exchange technology with the SGX and Chi-X. He is the founder of Bambu, a B2B robo advisor based in Singapore that offers digital wealth services to all companies looking to tap into the rapid change of financial technology. Bambu has partnered with world leading companies such as Thomson Reuters to create a cutting edge robo advisory service that is scalable and useable by the customers.
Mr Nicola Castelnuovo, Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer, Crowdo
Castelnuovo is co-founder and chief commercial officer of Crowdo, a leading financial technology company in Asia. Established in 2012, Crowdo offers a full suite of equity crowd funding and P2P lending solutions. It has a strong regional presence with offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and has helped projects across six continents, raising funds from more than 70 countries. Castelnuovo has more than 15 years of experience in financial technology with significant expertise in investment, finance, internet and hi-tech. He spent eight years at Accenture and worked at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore as fixed income trader on Asian financial markets.
Mr Aaron Siwoku, Founder and CEO, TOAST
Siwoku has more than ten years of experience in mobile and cardless payment for digital content. In 2014, he founded Sigma X and started building Cryptosigma, a blockchain-based remittance and currency matching engine. After a successful proof of concept at the beginning of 2015, Siwoku and his development team began building TOAST on top of the Cryptosigma engine. TOAST is a consumer facing application for web and android that allows migrant workers to remit money home, much cheaper than existing banking infrastructure.
Mr Shailesh Naik, Founder and CEO, MatchMove Pay
Naik is the founder and CEO of MatchMove Pay, one of Singapore’s fastest growing fintech company. MatchMove launched its first pan-Asia virtual cloud-based mobile payment card with American Express and MasterCard, enabling millions of uncarded consumers to go online and pay with a secure mobile payment method.The MatchMove Wallet OS, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution is a proprietary cloud-based solution launched to enable any company the ability to operate their own secure mobile wallet and issue secure payment cards to their consumers.
Mr Vidit Agrawal, Strategic Vehicle Partnerships Lead, APAC, Uber
Agrawal is in charge of spearheading the vehicle partnerships of Uber in the region, and is responsible for the growth of the business. He works with various banks, financiers and car manufacturers across the region to help grow Uber's supply by setting up deals for financing Uber drivers. Agrawal has filled multiple roles at Uber in the past including strategic finance manager, general manager for Singapore and Johor Bahru, strategic finance for India and business launcher across the region. Prior to Uber, he worked for UBS in Singapore and at multiple start-ups in Singapore and Silicon Valley.
Mr Charlie O’Flaherty, Partner & Head of Digital Strategy and Distribution, Crossbridge Capital
O’Flaherty is an international banking, finance and capital markets expert with more than 20 years’ experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He is currentlyhead of digital strategy and distribution at Crossbridge Capital, a global wealth management firm which provides independent and tailored investment solutions to private clients.In this role, O’Flaherty works on unifying the firm’s trusted and expert human advisors with the latest technology to meet the needs of the clients and to enhance their investment service offerings. Prior to joining Crossbridge Capital, Charlie spent more than fifteen years building businesses focused on structuring, trading, and distribution of private investor products for the wealth management industry.
Mr Olivier Berthier, Co-Founder and CEO, Moneythor
Berthier is the CEO of Moneythor, a Singapore-based fintech company focusing on digital banking and customer analytics. He is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience in banking technology and entrepreneurship. Berthier started his career at BNP Paribas, where he served as project manager in Europe, North America and Asia.
Mr Constantin Robertz, Managing Director, Zalora Philippines
Robertz is managing director of Zalora Philippines, Asia's leading online fashion destination with localised e-commerce sites across Southeast Asia. The company is part of the Global Fashion Group. Robertz is an entrepreneurial executive with background in building high-growth consumer internet companies with strong combination of results-oriented execution and strategic mindset. He previously worked with Rocket Internet in global venture development, building the company's e-commerce ventures globally in different functions, working with Zalando (Europe's #1 e-commerce company), Lamoda (Russia's leader in fashion e-commerce), and Zalora.
Mr Ron Hose, Co-Founder and CEO, Coins.ph
Hose is the co-founder and CEO of Coins.ph. Before this, he was a founding partner of the early stage venture capital fund Innovation Endeavors and co-founder of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company backed by Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital, Stanford University and some of SiliconValley’s best-known angel investors. The company was later acquired by Telefonica.Hose is also an active investor and adviser to several Silicon Valley start-ups.
Mr Bernard Leong, Head, Post Office Network and Digital Services, Singapore Post Pte Ltd
Leong is the head of post office network and digital services for Singapore Post, where he oversees the company’s post offices network and digital strategy across the organisation, manages the existing portfolio of products and builds the next generation digital products that integrates cross functionally with other business units in the organisation. Before joining Singapore Post, he was a serial entrepreneur in UK and Singapore. Leong is also a connector to the Southeast Asia entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving as an entrepreneur in residence in INSEAD Business School. He is also the founder of Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast focusing on business, technology and media in Asia.
Mr Timo Dreger, Managing Director, Apeiron Investment Group
Dreger is managing director at Apeiron investment Group. He is currently responsible for early-stage tech investments primarily into fintech and insurtech and is consistently ranked as one of the leading fintech and insurtech influencers worldwide. Before joining Apeiron, Dreger served as vice president of insurance at Commerzbank-backed fintech start-up OptioPay. He was previously a digital transformation consultant at JDC Group, Germany´s largest Independent Financial Advisors network, and global head of innovation and new ventures at Varengold Bank in London and Dubai.
Mr Tobias Puehse, Vice President, Innovation Management, Digital Payments & Labs Asia/Pacific
Puehse leads the innovation management of Mastercard Labs Asia Pacific. In this role, he is responsible for activities that help generate unique and innovative ideas for the company. His focus spans ideation through prototyping and business case development, both developing new propositionsand determining which opportunities make the most sense for Mastercard and its partners to pursue and incubate. Most recently, Puehse was named as one of Next Bank’s Top 100 leaders in Asia’s fintech scene.
Mr Kanags Surendran, Managing Director and Head, Digital Banking, CIMB Bank Berhad
Surendran operates at the confluence of design, business and technology with experience in working across strategy, product management, operations and technology functions. Skilled at creative problem solving and in delivering rapid and sustainable impact, has a track record as a leader who thrives on inspiring and developing talent, driving change, and in bringing together cross-functional teams to launch disruptive & innovative solutions.In the past 2 years at CIMB, Surendran has been driving the transformation of CIMB Bank’s digital channels and has increased usage of digital channels by more than 30% and mobile by almost 50%. He has been instrumental in launching new capabilities such as CIMB Pay and CIMB Eva that allows customers to chat with the bank in real time.
Mr Aurélien Menant, Founder and CEO, Gatecoin
Menant is founder and CEO of Gatecoin, a regulated blockchain assets exchange based in Hong Kong. He is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, which works to raise awareness of blockchain applications among local financial institutions and regulators. Menant began his career as an investment banker, working on mergers and acquisitions and financial deals for major global corporate and investment banks in Europe and Hong Kong, including BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole.
Mr Roger Crook, CEO, Capital Springboard
Roger Crook is the CEO of Capital Springboard, Singapore’s leading peer-to-peer invoice financing platform for SMEs. Capital Springboard facilitates trade for SMEs by granting them access to working capital provided by investors which include; accredited investors, institutional investors, HNWIs, IFAs and family offices. Launched in June 2016, the platform has garnered strong interest amongst accredited investors and local SMEs. As of 31st January 2017, the company had crossed SGD 134 million worth of transactions. Roger has over two decades of operational experience across 129 markets; and was formerly a member of the board of management, Deutsche Post AG (DeutschePost DHL) and global CEO of DHL Global Forwarding.
Mr Frankie Phua, Managing Director and Head, Credit and Country Risk Management, UOB
Dr. Frederick Shen, Head Global Treasury Business Management, OCBC Bank
Mr Valerian Castro, Managing Director and COO, Treasury & Markets, DBS
Mr Yves Tomballe, Head of Market & Liquidity Risk Asia Ex-Japan, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
Mr Conor Cunningham, CEO and Founder, ACUO
Mr Graeme Smith, Managing Director and Asia Head of Markets Risk, ING Bank
Mr Yash Mistra, Director, Head of Counterparty Risk, DBS
Mr Geoffrey Heenan, Representative for Singapore and Malaysia, International Monetary Fund
Dr. Alain Chevalier, Professor of Finance, ESCP Europe
Alain Chevalier is a full Professor of Finance at ESCP Europe. He is also a former Vice Dean, a former Vice Director General, a former Academic and International Dean and a former Dean of Faculty at ESCP Europe. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Paris Ouest Nanterre), a Ph.D. in Management (Paris Dauphine) and the French qualification for Ph.D supervision (Habilitation à diriger des Recherches-ESA Lille 2). He created and supervised the Finance concentration at ESCP Europe. He was also Chairman of the Finance Department for several years. Alain Chevalier was also one of the founders of the French Finance Association (AFFI) and is a former President of the European International Business Academy (EIBA). Dr Chevalier is presently a member of the technical committee of the convertible bonds index of NYSE-Euronext and is a board member of several scientific associations in finance, international business and operational research.
Mr Cesar Virata, Former Prime Minister of the Philippines and current corporate vice-chairman, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation
Cesar Virata is regarded to be amongst the most progressive political and financial leaders from the Phillippines, serving as Minister of Finance from 1970-1986 and Prime Minister from 1981-1986. Known for his tough economic policies and a clean international reputation, it was during Mr Virata’s time as Minister of Finance that the Philippines became economically strong through healthy trade and budgetary surpluses. Returning to private enterprise and serving as the president of the Bankers’ Association of the Philippines, he has been involved in strengthening the Philippines’ money exchanges. Mr Virata is now currently corporate vice-chairman of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.
Mr Paul Chow, Former Chief Executive, Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Paul Chow has been a leading architect in the development of Hong Kong's modern securities and derivatives markets. He was former chief executive of the Hong Kong Exchange between 2003 and 2010 and a founding member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute. Previous to this, he was the Chief Executive, Asia Pacific ex-Japan Region of HSBC Asset Management (Hong Kong) from April 1997 to April 2003. Mr Chow has also made significant contributions to the development of global financial markets. He served as Chairman of the East Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation from 1994 to 1995 and was Chairman of the Working Committee of the Federation Internationale des Bourses de Valeurs (FIBV, now known as the World Federation of Exchanges, or WFE) from 1995 to 1996 and an ex-officio member of FIBV's Executive Committee from 1994 to 1996. Mr Chow was Chairman of the WFE Working Committee from 2007 to 2008 and became WFE Vice Chairman in 2009.
Mr William Isaac, Chairman Fifth Third Bancorp
William Isaac is the chairman of Fifth Third Bancorp, a regional US bank with assets under care of $300 billion. He is also the senior managing director of FTI Consulting and global head of FTI’s Financial Institutions group, providing regulatory counselling and risk management services, strategy consulting, expert testimony, and corporate governance consulting for financial institutions, law firms and governments. He is author of ‘Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America’, which provides an inside account of the banking and S&L crises of the 1980s, compares that period to the financial crisis of 2008, and recommends reforms to prevent future crises.
Mr Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker
Founder of The Asian Banker, the most respected provider of consulting and intelligence in the financial services industry in the Asia Pacific region and other emerging markets. Mr Daniel has led it to become a combination of leading industry research, publication and consulting house, with a strong reputation worldwide.