SPEAKERS

FinTech's Finest Orators

SPEAKERS

FinTech's Finest Orators

 
 

MIKAAL ABDULLA

Co-founder and CEO, 8 Securities (Tokyo & HK)

A member of Asia Fintech 100, Mikaal is the co founder and CEO of 8 Securities, a mobile investing service for Millennials. His journey has taken him through Silicon Valley, New York, London, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. 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 businesses and online consumer products across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, India and the North America. 


Mikaal holds a MBA from both Columbia University and the London Business School. Mikaal is currently a mentor at Chinaccelerator and a guest writer for Tech in Asia.

 

IMAD ABOU-HAIDER

Managing Director, Asia Pacific - Finastra

Imad Abou-Haidar is Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Finastra, the world’s third-largest Fintech company.

Imad is responsible for the go-to- market strategy, partnership development strategy and key pipeline initiatives that drive growth for Finastra across Asia-Pacific. He holds a proven track record of leading businesses providing end-to- end software solutions for retail banking, transaction banking, lending, and treasury and capital markets for financial institutions worldwide.

 

Imad joined Finastra in May 2016, bringing over 25 years’ global financial technology industry expertise in strategy, alliances management, global partnerships and business
development with the world’s top Fintech companies. 

 

Imad is recognised as an influential thought leader through Asia-Pacific and regularly asked to share insights on Fintech innovation and transformation. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from HEC Paris, France, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

CAROLINE ADA

Country Manager, Hong Kong and Macau - PwC

Caroline Ada was appointed Country Manager of Hong Kong and Macau in September 2015. She is responsible for building Visa’s brand and business, as well as overseeing strategic development in Hong Kong and Macau.

Caroline joined Visa as Country Manager in New Zealand and South Pacific in 2012. During her tenure, she led the strategy and successful rollout of Visa payWave across critical merchant segments including deals with the largest supermarket businesses in New Zealand, which included utilization of VisaNet assets.

From 2006 to 2010, Caroline worked in card acceptance and innovation roles at Visa, culminating in the position of Director of Innovation Products for Australasia. During her tenure, Caroline led the successful market implementation of Visa payWave across Australia, drove the accelerated development of EMV in both Australia and New Zealand, and managed the launch of the first Visa direct switch merchant in Asia Pacific.

 

Caroline is a passionate advocate of payment innovation and technology in Hong Kong, focused on digitizing payments with key partners. Key innovations such as Visa Checkout and Tokenisation have successfully rolled out in Hong Kong. Hong Kong now enjoys one of the highest penetration of mobile payments in Asia Pacific, after launching in July 2016.

 

She has a wealth of payments industry experience, having previously held the position of Regional General Manager and Head of Transaction and Savings Products at Suncorp Bank in Brisbane. Caroline gained extensive experience in frontline sales and services where she has held positions as Loyalty Manager at Westpac Australia and in a variety of product and sales roles at Coles Group – one of Australia’s largest retail groups.

 

ZAK ALLOM

Managing Director of Asia and Global Head of Sales & Client Relations at BetaSmartz

After 4 years as a professional musician, Zak began his financial career in late 1997 as an equities trader in the City of London. He went on to co-found Boka Group, an alternative investment firm, and moved into executive search and advisory, focusing exclusively on the asset & wealth management sectors. Zak returned to the investment industry in January 2017, joining BetaSmartz as Head of Asia, based in Hong Kong. He also sits on the investment committee and globally leads sales and client relations.

VINCENZO ANTONETTI

Head of International HUB Network Office @ Innovation Center of Intesa Sanpaolo 

Graduated with honor in Economics from the University of Turin, he also has a master's degree in Banking & Finance at SDA Luigi Bocconi. With a strong banking experience, Vincenzo joined the Innovation Center of Intesa Sanpaolo in 2014. Previously Vincenzo has been involved in different fields spanning from Sales Department (Branch Manager) to pricing analysis (Senior Pricing Analyst) for the Italian Market, from Strategic Marketing Department to Customer Satisfaction and Market Research Division.  With Responsibility of the International HUB Network Office of the Innovation Center, he has the aim to support innovative projects of the Bank creating new business opportunities for international Company Customers, scouting new technologies and generating international collaborations in order to facilitate match-making.

HENRI ARSLANIAN

Fintech & RegTech Lead - PwC (China/HK)

Henri Arslanian is the PwC FinTech & RegTech Lead for China/Hong Kong. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia.

Henri is a TEDx speaker, a published author, and currently sits on several finance, academic, government, civil society, and FinTech/RegTech related boards and advisory boards in Asia and globally. Henri is a member of the Hong Kong regulator’s SFC FinTech Advisory Group and the Hong Kong government’s FSDC Fintech working group. He also sits on the board of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and the board of the International RegTech Association.

 

A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and with over 300,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri has been awarded many industry and academic awards over the years from being named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold
Medal for Academic Excellence.

 

Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong.

 

Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence).

 
 

HARJEET BAURA

Financial Services Consulting Leader - PwC

Harj is a Partner at PwC Hong Kong where he leads the Financial Services Consulting Practice. He brings more than twenty years of experience in advising, and managing relationships with, PwC’s most important global and regional banking clients in London and Hong Kong. 
He has advised clients on complex and large scale transformation across strategy execution, customer experience and performance management. More recently, he has been heavily involved in helping our clients understand the impact of emerging technology to their key businesses and how to embrace FinTech to drive improved customer experience, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance.

JASON BEST

Venture Partner - Vectr Ventures

Currently the Principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). Named 2017's Crowdfunding Person of the Year. Jason & team work with The World Bank, professional investors, governments, development organizations, professional services firms and entrepreneurs globally to create policy and business strategies to fully leverage the power of crowdfund investing. CCA is a Key Parter of the U.S. State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program that works to further diplomacy and stability through building effective entrepreneurial and early-stage funding ecosystems.

One of the three people responsible for creating the CrowdFund Investment Framework used by the President in the Jobs Act, that helped change the laws making crowdfund investing legal in the US. As a founding member of Startup Exemption, Jason worked for 460 days from to change 78 year old securities laws. Their team were honored to be attend the Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House on April 5, 2012 to watch President Obama sign crowdfunding legislation.

An Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UC Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and co-founded the UC Berkeley Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance to study crowdfunding globally. 

Co-founded the two leading global crowdfunding associations: the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and the CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates(CFIRA).

 
 

MARIA GABRIELA BIANCHINI

CEO - Optionality Consulting

Senior executive with deep financial services expertise. Expert in legal and regulatory challenges facing the asset management industry across US, EMEA, and Asia. Cross asset class experience. Entrepreneurial and innovative with successful track record of team building and sustained performance.

CHIPPER BOULAS

Co-Founder - Firestartr (NYC)

Chipper is an experienced internet operator, investor, and advisor currently based in New York. He is a founding partner of demetr ventures, a global fintech fund in formation, focused on accelerating the transformation and reinvention of financial services globally. He also co-founded and is a partner of Firestartr, a London-based seed-stage investment platform helping over 30 of Europe’s most promising entrepreneurs build global leading companies across fintech, marketplaces, new media and cloud/SaaS.

Chipper previously led Corporate Strategy for eBay in Silicon Valley developing their first mobile strategy and spearheading over $3 billion in strategic acquisitions, including Skype. As a partner at McKinsey & Co in Hong Kong, he co-founded McKinsey’s global Mobile Commerce Initiative growing it from scratch to 200 professionals globally. He also co-built Booz-Allen’s Jakarta office and started his career as an R&D engineer in fiber-optic telecommunications with Rockwell.

He has an AB in Physics from Harvard, an Advanced Certificate in Maths from Cambridge, and an MS in Management from MIT. He has split his career across Europe, the US, and Asia, and is fluent in French. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 sons and playing in a rock n roll band, and wish he had more time to play squash and scuba-dive.

MICHAEL BRAENDLE

Principal Cloud Architect, AWS Professional Services Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau

Michael Braendle is a Principal Cloud Architect at Amazon Web Services Professional Services Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. Michael helps large enterprise customers enabling their digital transformation strategies, develop architecture blueprints and migration strategies to accelerate the cloud adoption and optimize time and value.
Before joining AWS, Michael was the CTO for UBS Wealth Management APAC and acted as Lead Architect in various large digitalization and transformation initiatives. Michael brings over 15-years’ experience working in multiple roles in Technology and Financial Services Industry across Europe and APAC.

ANDREW BRANDT

Head of Product and Partner Integrations at HireAthena

Andrew Brandt is the head of product and partner integrations at HireAthena, the leading accounting and HR outsourcing firm for start-ups in the heart of Silicon Valley. HireAthena is helping companies scale quickly by utilizing a tech enabled remote workforce to consolidate back-office functions onto HireAthena's proprietary dashboard. In Andrew's previous role as the head of operations at HireAthena, he worked closely with all services and customers to gain the insights needed to establish long term goals and drive product development.  Prior to HireAthena, Andrew spent six years with the US Federal Government, supporting the development of a robust Business Intelligence and Analysis program designed to streamline operations across large federal contracts.

REBECCA BROSNAN

Director of Finance - Mother's Choice (HK)

Rebecca Brosnan is an angel investor and adviser to technology start-ups around the world. From 2010 to 2016, Brosnan served in various senior roles at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited an owner and operator of three securities and derivatives exchanges and five clearinghouses. In her ultimate role as Managing Director, Head of Product Development, she was responsible for the design of investment products and risk management tools including ETFs, structured products and equity, fixed income, currency and commodity derivatives. This built on her experience on having successfully developed and launched new commodities products 

One of her largest areas of contribution at HKEx was in developing and then executing on the strategy that led HKEx into the global commodities market. Brosnan served as Managing Director, Head of Asia Commodities, responsible for the London Metal Exchange’s business in Asia-Pacific. In this role she managed sales and marketing teams in the Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore offices to covering industrial and mining clients in China, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia while also keeping in sync with the head office of the LME in London. In this role she executed a strategy, which had served as the rationale for the acquisition of the LME, a deal Brosnan had run while Senior Vice President, Head of the Business Development and Strategy. She was responsible for identifying potential strategic opportunities as well as contributing to the long-term strategic plan of HKEx. In this capacity Brosnan developed HKEx’s commodities strategy and lead the team that acquired the LME.

 

Prior to joining HKEx in 2010, Brosnan worked in the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch.  She led the execution and origination of equity, debt, equity-linked and M&A transactions across Asia.  She previously served as a Legal Assistant in the Corporate Finance and Litigation groups of Skadden, Arps in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C.

 

A passionate believer in social engagement, Brosnan currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Mother’s Choice, a leading NGO dedicated to helping pregnant girls in crisis and caring for babies without families in Hong Kong. In this role she is responsible for organization-wide strategy development, front-line services and operations and financial and investment management including audit activities, budgeting process, liquidity management and the investment activities. In addition, Brosnan serves on the Asia- Pacific Regional Board of Room to Read, a global NGO dedicated to education and literacy for children around the world. Brosnan is a member of the Young Leaders Circle of the Milken Institute and the Hong Kong Executive Forum. In 2016, China Daily and the Asia News Network awarded Brosnan the “Asian Women’s Leadership Award” which recognizes dynamic, successful and dedicated Asian women who are agents of change in their societies and those who are role models in entrepreneurship, innovation, charity and the empowerment of women.

 

Brosnan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College, and master’s degree in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School.

ISABELLA CARVALHO SILVA

M&A consultant, start-up mentor / investor and Fintech contributor

Isabella is a M&A consultant, start-up mentor / investor and Fintech contributor at 3 news outlets. She is also part of YET – a UN-supported initiative to foster young entrepreneurship. She worked at Lazada (acquired by Alibaba), and was previously a strategy consultant in LATAM and Europe. She is an Engineer with a Masters in Business (HEC Paris) and speaks Portuguese, French, English and Spanish.

 

ANDY CHAN

Co-Founder at Qupital

Andy Chan is taking the Hong Kong fintech world by storm. As co-founder of Qupital, Andy helps small- and medium-sized enterprises connect with investors to gain access to immediate funding on unpaid invoices. Qupital provides businesses with much-needed cashflow and investors with access to a new type of short-term investment, a win-win-win for all involved.

Since launching Qupital only 1 year ago, Andy and his co-founder have secured funding from both Hong Kong-based MindWorks Ventures and ecommerce juggernaut Alibaba, a first for a fintech startup in Hong Kong.

 

Much like his approach to growing his business, Andy wasted no time launching his entrepreneurial journey and growing as a startup founder. At Brown University Andy took art in a startup accelerator program and immediately left for Denmark following graduation to join a legal technology startup.

JAMES CHANG

Financial Service Leader, PwC China Consulting

James leads PwC’s Financial Service Consulting practice in China with over twenty years of experience in management consulting and investment banking. Prior to relocate to Beijing in 2009, he was a partner in PwC’s New York office focusing on financial risk management consulting. Before that he has worked at JP Morgan & SLK for many years in various roles. James is a frequent speaker to various industry conference, seminars and symposiums. James is also acting (on behalf of PwC) as the knowledge partner to the Financing Growth Task Force (FGTF) for this year's B20 summit in Hangzhou.

 
 

STANLEY CHAO

Head of Data Science - Red Pulse (CN)

Stanley Chao is co-founder and Head of Data Science at Red Pulse. Stanley has 11 years of experience in financial services, primarily as a hedge fund portfolio manager and quantitative trader. Red Pulse combines financial expertise with pioneering technology to solve the problem facing market participants: information overload. Mr. Chao has a Bachelors of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences and a Certificate in Computational Finance, both from the University of Washington. Stanley holds both the CFA and CAIA charters.

 

Dr. TOA CHARM

Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited (HK)

Dr Toa Charm, DBA MA, BSc, MHKCS, CBIP, joined Cyberport Hong Kong as the Chief Public Mission Officer in June 2016. As the CPMO of Cyberport, Dr Charm reports to the CEO of Cyberport and serves as a strategic partner in developing strategies and related initiatives to deliver Cyberport’s public mission.
With more than 25 years of leadership and extensive experience in FinTech, big data, business intelligence, and enterprise solutions, Dr Charm brings with him a wealth of experience from private consultancy, public administration, and academic sectors. He has built strong connections with the tech industry and served on a number of advisory boards of universities, start-up communities, NGOs, and other trade organisations including Hong Kong Computer Society, Tung Wah Hospital Group, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He is the EXCO member and Vice President (Innovation and Technology Application) of Hong Kong Computer Society, Founder and Chairperson of Business Intelligence and Big Data, and Founder and Chairperson of FinTech SIG of Hong Kong Computer Society. Dr Charm also served at widely-recognised tech industry players, such as being the associate partner of IBM Global Business Services Greater China, general manager of Oracle, general manager of Kingdee, and regional head of BI Competence Centre for HSBC Asia Pacific.

 

GARVIN CHEN

Head of Products - KapitalWise (USA)

Garvin Chen is Head of Product, managing the product strategy. Prior to KapitalWise, Garvin lead product development for LearnVest financial planning products and Ray Enterprise (IoT).

CURTIS CHEN

Head of Business Development and Strategy – Aegon Asia

Curtis joined Aegon in March of 2017 as the Head of Business Development and Strategy. This was a newly created role created in order to accelerate the development of new innovative business models and formation of ecosystem partnerships in the region. Curtis is a member of the Asia Executive Team reporting to the CEO of Aegon Asia. Prior to joining Aegon, Curtis served as Managing Director and Head of Strategy for ANZ Bank’s International and Institutional Division, a $7.5 billion business spanning 23 markets in Asia Pacific. There he undertook a major digital disruption initiative for the retail bank, led ANZ entry into Thailand and Myanmar and guided a 300 MM/Year divisional capital allocation process. Curtis has also worked at ABN AMRO Bank both as Head of FIG Coverage and as MD of Strategy and Corporate Development, where he led 2 control acquisitions and formed 3 equity JVs. He started working in Asia in 1996 for Aetna International, Inc as they expanded into ASEAN markets. Prior to that Curtis worked for 7 years in New York for Booz, Allen and Hamilton. Curtis holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 

SIMON CHEONG

Founder & CEO - GATCOIN (HK)

Blockchain entrepreneur and former World Bank lawyer. Founder of GATCOIN, a turn-key blockchain solution for mainstream enterprises. Dedicated to the welfare of asylum seekers and refugees in China. The GAT System is Simon’s brainchild. Ethereum evangelist and former Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. Inventor of GATCOIN's patent-pending Targeted A-DropTM technology.

 
 

BART CHILTON

Commissioner, CFTC (USA)

The Honorable Bart Chilton served as Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (2007-2014) and as the Chair of the Energy and Environmental Markets, and Global Markets Advisory Committees.He has been an ardent and outspoken advocate for consumer protections throughout his 30 years of government service and is the author of Ponzimonium: How Scam Artists Are Ripping Off America. Commissioner Chilton served in senior staff positions in the U.S. government--in the House and Senate and during three presidential administrations. He is currently a policy and political commentator and speaker, and an opinion editorialist who regularly is seen on business television. He's known for exciting, novel and entertaining speeches which mix culture and policy with current events. He is also the world's only financial poet.

NELSON CHOW

Chief Fintech Officer - Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) (HK)

Nelson Chow has been appointed to the present position from 1 September 2016 with responsibilities for facilitating the healthy development of the fintech
ecosystem in Hong Kong and promoting Hong Kong as a fintech hub in Asia.

He joined the HKMA in 2004 and was responsible for the supervision of banks’ technology risk management and business continuity planning as well as the
formulation of related policies and guidelines. He was the Deputy Chief Representative of the New York Office in 2010. After returning to Hong Kong in 2013, he took up responsibilities to supervise banks’ operational risk management and perform macro-prudential data analysis. Prior to joining the
HKMA, Mr Chow was a Vice President of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. responsible for information risk management of the Asia Pacific region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Auckland and a Master of Science degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

 

AVI COHEN

Co-Founder & CEO of The Floor

Avi Cohen, Co-Founder & CEO of The Floor comes with over 7 years of experience in project management & consulting, with a unique network of senior stakeholders. ​He is a former Fintech & Retail-tech Scout for​ the British Government​, and also almuni of the IDF Intelligence Unit.

KAREN CONTET FARZAM

Co-Founder of WHub.io and Member Board of Directors at FinTech Association of Hong Kong

Karen Contet Farzam is passionate about Technology and Startups, co-founder of WHub.io, Hong Kong biggest startup community. 

She is immersed in the Startup Scene as a Founding and Board member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, Community Leader for Techstars, a Front End Web Development instructor, a Mentor for several accelerator programs, speaker at International Conference like JS conference 2015 in Singapore, French Foreign Trade Advisor, FrenchTech Ambasador and Founder of WomenWhoCodeHK. 

Karen has been working in Asia for 13 years, starting in Tokyo as JP Morgan Exotic Equity Derivatives Trader to Software Engineer for an IoT Startup, teaching Front-End Web Development and co-founded and built WHub.io, HK biggest startup community.

 

NICK COWAN

Managing Director - GSX Limited (Gibraltar)

Nick formed GSX as Managing Director in 2012. In November 2014 GSX received its full license and formally opened GSX, Gibraltar’s first Stock Exchange. He is a specialist in investment business with over 30 years experience working in both Japan and Europe.

Born in England, Nick started work in 1984 working in Newton Asset Management in London before moving into investment banking, trading derivatives at Japanese securities company Yamaichi. After being headhunted by Baring Securities he was posted to Tokyo in 1989 as Head of Trading (Managing Director) where he oversaw the transition from an open outcry trading system to screen based OTC. On returning to the UK in 1992, he was hired by Bear Stearns as Head of Trading (Managing Director) in their London office to help establish Bear as a leader in Emerging Markets.

In 1996, Nick joined ING Barings as the Global Head of Equity Trading, managing the global risk of Equities, Derivatives and Convertible Bonds with 250 traders in 24
countries. During his tenure Nick created and implemented globally Trading Practices, a protocol for order execution and risk management. In 1999 Nick became Global Head of Equities (Executive Director) and Member of the Executive Board of ING Barings, overseeing 2,500 employees in 43 countries, revenues in excess of US$1 bln, 40 Stock Exchange memberships and large departments of Derivatives, Convertible Bonds, Prime Brokerage and Futures and Option Clearing in the main global financial centres. Nick was also jointly responsible for Equity Capital Markets. During his tenure Nick oversaw a large number of acquisitions, divestments and restructurings to restore profitability for ING.

JOE CUNNINGHAM

Chief Regional Risk Officer, VISA

Joe Cunningham is the Chief Regional Risk Officer for Visa in Asia Pacific, with responsibility for championing security in the industry and maintaining the integrity of the payments ecosystem. This complex and fast evolving ecosystem includes issuing and acquiring clients, merchants, cardholders, and service providers such as processors, device manufacturers, and payment gateways. Reporting to Visa’s Chief Enterprise Risk Officer, the RRO is also responsible for strategic risk management for the business, credit settlement risk, brand protection, fraud management and data security across Asia Pacific. Joe joined Visa in 2008 with responsibility for all future-focused aspects of Visa’s technology agenda. His accountabilities included defining Visa’s

His accountabilities included defining Visa’s long term technology strategy, chip & mobile payment standards, and Visa’s long-term technology innovation agenda. From 2009 to 2015 Joe represented Visa on the Executive Committee of EMVCo, the global payments industry organization responsible for ensuring interoperability and security of chip-based products;including contact, contactless and mobile-NFC payments. Joe holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is an honors graduate in Applied Mathematics and Computing.

DARIO D’ATRI

Co-founder & CMO - Goonder

Former chief editor at clarin.com, specialized in digital economy. 20+ year experience in project development and online marketing and businesses. Founder of Alto Invest, an Argentinian FinTech. Based in Los Angeles.

 
 

CHARLES D'HAUSSY

Head of FinTech at investHK .gov .hk

Charles d'Haussy is Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for Foreign Direct Investment. 

In 2016, InvestHK has set up a Fintech team to attract leading Fintech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators from Mainland and overseas and support their businesses set up and expansion in Hong Kong. 

The Fintech team is distributed between Hong Kong, London and Silicon Valley. They provide practical support and assistance on setting up offices, facilitating visa and banks accounts, regulators introductions, networking opportunities, guidance in government grants and funding.

 

Mr d'Haussy has 13 years’ experience in Hong Kong private sector, having set up his company and holding a number of entrepreneurial and management roles. Before joining InvestHK, Charles was head of sales and business development with a leading Hong Kong online broker and robo-adviser.

 

Mr d'Haussy held SFC licenses 1 & 4, studied in France at Rennes International Business school, as well as Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

 

He is certified on BlockChain business strategy from Be9 London (cohort #1), CPT Star bronze 2016 award with the HKSI and pursues training on machine learning and Artificial Intelligence

DAVID DAOUD

Managing Director - E-Learn2Grow

Strong of his 17+ years’ of international experience, of which 15+ years in the financial industry, David worked on various international organizational and FinTech projects across Europe and Asia, with a focus on the Global Transaction Banking (including Payments, Cash Management and Trade Finance), Risks & Compliance. He had the opportunity to collaborate with major banks and Insurance as HSBC Insurance, Credit Agricole CIB, BNP Paribas, Le Credit Lyonnais, Societe Generale CIB. 

David is Founder and CEO of E-learn2grow, which aims to support its clients to upgrade their knowledge, and skills to keep up with changing environment. E-learn2grow is providing turnkey and tailor-made eLearning's instructional design and corporate trainings services. EL2G is Supporting its clients in moving existing training content to fit the Digital eLearning model, creating easy to access and engaging courses.

David has also consulting background within Maltem Consulting Group, as Principal Consultant.

ARNAUD DAVOUST

Head of Financial Engineering Japan, Societe Generale Securities Japan Limited

Arnaud Davoust joined Societe Generale in 2006 in Paris as a pricer on exotic equity derivatives. In 2010 he took responsibility of the cross-asset pricing team in Europe, dedicated to wealth management clients. In 2013 he was named Head of the cross-asset pricing for the Americas based in New York. In 2015 he was appointed as Head of Financial Engineering in Japan.  He holds a MSc degree in management from HEC Paris.

DAVID DAY

Managing Director & Head of APAC, Ipreo (HK)

David J. Day has been Head of APAC and Managing Director at Ipreo Holdings LLC since March 2016. David has over 18 years of financial services experience encompassing investment banking, business development and financial technology across Asia and the United States. He served as the Head of Marketing at Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Limited. Previously, David served as a Director of the Strategy & Business Development Group at Merrill Lynch based in Hong Kong. He served as a Vice President in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs based in New York. David earned an MBA from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

FRANK DESVIGNES

Founder of AXA Lab Asia

Leader in #Fintech and #Insurtech, 20 years of experience, Frank Desvignes, Founder of AXA Lab Asia, is connecting the Asian ecosystem of #startups & #Tech players to the #Insurance world to design innovative strategic business models.

#Peoplefirst #TechEnthousiast #BusinessAngel

Frank Desvignes, 46, is a former web entrepreneur. He started his career in digital in 1995 by launching the first French on-line survey tool to collect feedbacks from e-consumers. He created the E-Marketing department and managed the internet and mobile department of retail banking in France at BNP Paribas. He was elected Marketing man of the year 2009 in France.

He joined AXA in 2012 to define and implement the company’s digital transformation strategy being in charge of Global P&C and EMEA LATAM Region. Over the last 4 years he actively led key digital transformation initiatives at group, regional and local levels. He also use to provide on-demand expertise on e-commerce, mobile servicing, social networks and innovation on IOT and connected devices initiatives. He is one of the co-founders of AXA Drive (deployed in 20 countries) and My AXA.

 

Passionate about entrepreneurship and Innovation he moved in China in 2015 to createthe AXA Lab Asia in Shanghai to be closer to the most dynamic ecosystem of Fintech and Insurtech Startups. He is in charge of connecting the Asian ecosystem of Startups and Tech Players to the Insurance world to design and implement innovative Strategic Business Models.

 

He is a board member of the Mobile Marketing Association in France.Member of the Advisory Board of a Chinese peer to peer Insurance startup, P2P Protect Limited.

 
 

JAMES DOLPHIN

CIO - Retail, Private Banking & Wealth Management @ Standard Chartered Bank

James Dolphin is Chief Information Officer, Retail, Private Banking & Wealth Management based in Singapore.

James joined Standard Chartered Bank in March 2016. In this role, he is responsible for developing and delivering the Technology and Operations transformation agenda for the Bank’s Retail, Private Banking and Wealth Management businesses globally, with the aim of bringing market-leading digital experiences to the clients. He plays a critical role in driving change and innovation across Technology and Operations for these businesses.

 

Prior to joining the Bank, James was Chief Information Officer, Retail and Direct Banking at Capital One, based in the United States, where he led the bank’s digital transformation strategy for its retail business by instilling a software development culture as the platform for change.

 

He is an experienced technology leader and innovator having spent the majority of his career in financial services. James started his working life as a police officer in London. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

 

MATTHEW DOOLEY

Founder, Connected Thinking (HK)

Matt is the founder of "Connected Thinking", providing consulting, specialist website intelligence tools and training services to help banks, insurers and other large corporations become aware, and take advantage of digital channels, modern marketing, including search and social media, so as to create sustainable commercial impact.

Matt has over 20 years experience working for global banks. He was the Head of Digital Experience for HSBC's Global Commercial Banking Team, responsible for leading the strategic vision and business development for HSBC leveraging digital channels and differentiating the brand through a better customer experience.

He pioneered HSBC's global Internet design standards as a result of establishing the first Internet banking platform back in 2000 and driving digital marketing campaigns in Asia.

TANUJ DUTT

Senior Portfolio Manager - Multi-Asset, Nikko AM Asia Limited

Tanuj is a senior portfolio manager in the Global Multi-Asset team at Nikko Asset Management. He is responsible for managing the teams’ Global Multi-Asset and Alternative Risk Premium funds. He also leads country research efforts on India and China and the implementation of asset class views within commodities, real estate and other alternatives.  In addition, he supports the broader Multi-Asset capability through the development and oversight of the team’s portfolio construction and risk management processes. He has 19 years of quantitative research and trading experience in global equities and multi-asset strategies.

 

ANDREW ECONOMOS

Senior Advisor @ NexChange

Economos is a finance industry veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in asset management and business leadership in Global, Asia and Emerging Markets roles.

He joins from Capital Group where he served as Head of Strategic Solutions and Head of Asian Distribution. Prior to Capital Group, Economos spent 7 years with J.P. Morgan, where his last role was Managing Director and Head of Sovereign & Institutional Strategy Asia for J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

 

YANNICK EVEN

Director, Head of InsurTech Solutions, Swiss Re Asia (Switzerland)

Yannick is currently the Head of InsurTech Solutions for Swiss Re, driving the ideation, design and delivery of technology, digital and data driven solutions across Asia. Prior to that role, Yannick was leading the delivery of digital innovation solutions for KPMG China Advisory helping insurers to
solve their business pain points, through agile and quick testing of new technology, partnering with selected start-ups. Yannick has led the delivery of multiple corporate innovation programmes, building prototypes and business cases on InsurTech, FinTech, HealthTech, SmartCity and Internet of Things
(IoT). He is regularly invited to share his experience at tech events and is also a mentor and board advisor of IoT and Blockchain tech start-ups across Asia. Yannick has over 15 years of experience delivering Data Analytics and Innovative Tech solutions worldwide and has been based in
Hong Kong since 2010.

CYRUS FAZEL

Founder & CEO - SwissBorg

Cyrus is the founder and CEO of a SwissBorg a unique CyBer Bank powered by Smart Contracts and based on a Swiss meritocratic system. A multicultural FinTech professional with more than a decade of experience in asset management and algorithmic trading, he has applied his analytical skills towards building his Blockchain based banking platform set to launch this fall.

 
 

OLGA FELDMEIER

CEO & Founder - SMART VALOR (Switzerland)

Olga Feldmeier is CEO & founder of SMART VALOR, a Swiss-based blockchain start-up building a decentralized marketplace for tokenized alternative investments.  Prior to that, Olga held the position of Commercial Managing Partner at Xapo, a prominent Bitcoin start-up from Silicon Valley and was responsible for strategic topics and the establishment of the company in Switzerland. In a close collaboration with Swiss authorities and financial regulator she successfully handled licencing process. As the result Xapo became the first Bitcoin custodian to have received a permission to operate in Switzerland without banking license.

Olga’s professional background is in banking: she worked for Barclays Capital in London and UBS in Zurich. At UBS Wealth Management she was Executive Director and the head of Central and Eastern Europe regional distribution. Olga started her career with a 5-year stint at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she focused on strategy projects at financial institutions such as Deutsche Bank, Unicredit and Commerzbank.

DUNCAN FITZGERALD

Partner - PwC, Hong Kong

Duncan is a Financial Services Partner with PwC in Hong Kong with specialization in the areas of Corporate Governance, Internal Control Consulting, IT related controls work, Internal Audit and Regulatory Compliance. He has worked with numerous clients helping establish and/or review their Corporate Governance frameworks, risk management structures, internal audit functions and internal controls. Duncan also leads PwC’s internal controls and governance teams that work on IPOs and ICOs. Issues that Duncan has advised clients on recently in Hong Kong include the assessment and implementation of controls required to comply with various Regulatory Compliance requirements including those related to the HKMA, SFC and other HKEx requirements. He has also advised on implementation of controls to address emerging international regulations. More recently, Duncan has also been advising clients on the Governance requirements and constitution documents applicable to ICOs and the related projects or platforms which are being designed and launched through ICO funding. He has also led reviews and implementations of enterprise wide Risk Management frameworks, the effectiveness of audit committees, the roles and responsibilities of management and board executive committees, and the use and setting up of remuneration and nomination committees.

Duncan is a regular speaker at conferences on risk management, corporate governance and
internal audit. Duncan is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Hong Kong Institute of Directors. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor and a Governor of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Hong Kong Chapter.

 

MICHAEL FITZGERALD

Chief Strategy Officer - DriveWealth

Michael Fitzgerald is DriveWealth’s Chief Strategy Officer and leads the company’s global partnership efforts and corporate strategies relating to DriveWealth’s Digital Brokerage growth.  Mr Fitzgerald believes passionately in the impact of offering high quality digital financial products to the emerging middle class worldwide, in an efficient frictionless manner.  We are helping drive global expansion of digital cloud based retail financial products, which are evening the playing field for everyone, everywhere.  Prior to joining DriveWealth, Mr. Fitzgeraldheld executive positions at several investment banking firms, including CEO and co-Head of Investment Banking for Madison Williams LLC, and Head of M&A for SMH Capital. Prior to SMH Capital, Mr. Fitzgerald was a Founder and Managing Director of Crest Partners, a technology venture capital and advisory firm.  Mr. Fitzgerald started his professional career as an investment banker at Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Fitzgerald received a B.A. from Georgetown University. 

 

FELIMY GREENE

Regional Head, Customer Franchise - Citi Consumer Bank, Asia and EMEA

Felimy Greene is Managing Director and Regional Head of Customer Franchise responsible for digital banking, marketing, customer experience and decision management for Citi’s Consumer Banking business in Asia and EMEA.

He leads a multi-disciplined team focused on delivering remarkable customer experiences across digital and physical channels, as well as leading a high-impact marketing strategy designed around

 

Citi’s customer segments and focused urban presence. Prior to this appointment, Felimy was Asia Pacific Head of Digital Banking, responsible for driving Citi’s online and mobile banking strategy and delivering services for some 15 million customers in 12 countries. Felimy has over 27 years of banking and technology experience, gained in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific, working with banks such as ANZ Bank, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, in addition to a number of venture-backed and early-stage technology start-ups. Felimy is a Graduate of University College Dublin in Ireland.

ANNA GAMVROS

Partner - Norton Rose Fulbright (HK)

Anna is a technology and innovation lawyer based in Hong Kong, and is the Co-Head of the technology and innovation practice for Asia. She advises clients on technology agreements, outsourcing, privacy, cybersecurity, telecommunications and Internet regulatory issues across all industry sectors. She has been in Hong Kong for over 15 years and has assisted clients with Hong Kong and China based projects, as well as having a wealth of experience in global and regional multi-jurisdictional projects, particularly in implementing e-commerce and data management projects in Asia. She is admitted as a solicitor in Queensland, Australia and Hong Kong.

MOHAN GANDHI

CEO  & Co-Founder - Entersoft Security

Leading Entersoft towards its mission of manipulating systems and exposing vulnerabilities to point out the flaws before others can exploit them.

A certified ethical hacker (CEH) and a computer science engineer with a decade of experience in offensive security. 

 

Playing a key role in setting up strategies at Entersoft, responsible for creating a research oriented culture in the organisation that has led to the exposition of various security vulnerabilities in popular product companies such as Microsoft, Dropbox, Yahoo!, Nokia Maps, Uninor, Blackberry and Paypal.

 

Handled product design and management for Entersoft’s patent pending, award winning, world’s first cloud based automated web application security scanner - EnProbe (www.enprobe.io).

 

Authored numerous research papers on security enhancement using IDS, spoofing, virtual
machines, intrusion detection systems and application security with publications being awarded as
the Best Out coming Research Work by Pentagram Research. 

HUGH GRAHAM

Advisor - Coherent, HK

Hugh started his professional life as a swap trader, before taking on various CRO and Finance roles in major insurance companies and banks. He is our Senior Advisor and has been working with various Fintech startups and insurers.

 
 
 

REUBEN GRINBERG

Associate, Davis Polk (HK)

Reuben Grinberg is an associate in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group. His practice focuses on advising financial institutions and industry groups on a wide range of bank regulatory matters, including Dodd-Frank Act regulatory implementation, the preparation of living wills, enhanced prudential standards and intermediate holding company issues, Basel III capital and liquidity issues, and financial institution capital markets and M&A transactions. In addition, Mr. Grinberg provides strategic, transactional and regulatory advice to a wide array of both established and emerging participants on cybersecurity and FinTech issues, including the regulatory treatment of virtual currencies and blockchain. He wrote the first widely read and cited academic paper on bitcoin, and is often cited in the media as an expert on digital currencies. Before joining Davis Polk, Mr. Grinberg programmed trading server software for Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds.

CLAUDE HABERER

Chief Executive Officer, Pictet Wealth Management Asia (HK)

Claude Haberer is CEO Pictet Wealth Management Asia. Prior to joining Pictet Group, Claude held a number of senior management positions within the BNP Paribas Group including CEO, BNP Paribas Private Bank North Asia. Claude Haberer holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Language and Civilisation from the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales of the Université de Paris, and Masters of Business Administration from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes
Commerciales (HEC). A French national, he speaks French, English, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, German and Spanish. Claude is also the Chairman of Paris-based Ricci Association for the Grand Dictionary of the Chinese Language.

 

OFER HALEVI

Director, Credit Suisse APAC division

Ofer Halevi is a Director at Credit Suisse APAC division, based in Hong Kong. He heads the Credit Suisse APAC Platform Strategy and Design team and  represents Credit Suisse in various FinTech engagements. Ofer joined Credit Suisse in 2009 from UBS. Over his 26 years in the software industry, Ofer has worked on a wide array of projects including trading and execution platforms, risk management, advanced visualization and artificial intelligence, online reinsurance trading platforms, mobile applications, and cross-platform software development tools.

 
 

TOMAS HELM

Head of FinTech & Banking Innovation - Department for International Trade (UK)

Tom Helm is the Head of FinTech & Banking Innovation at the Department for International Trade (DIT). He leads the Department’s FinTech strategy; co-ordinates the activity of DIT’s global network to promote FinTech investment into the UK; and, supports UK FinTechs to export their products and services globally. Appointed in July 2017, he joined the team from DIT’s Ministerial Strategy Unit, where he led the Department’s Outward Direct Investment Pilots. Prior to that, he headed up DIT’s Financial Services team in the USA, working across the financial services sector to promote bilateral trade flows between the US & the UK.

ROBBY HILKOWITZ

Investor | CEO - H2 Private & TriAlpha Investment Advisors (Israel)

Robby Hilkowitz is an angel investor who specializes in the financial services industry. He was formerly an Executive Director of the Stonehage Group, a European multi family office business based in London. Robby was Chief Executive Officer of the group’s asset management company, TriAlpha Investment Advisors. In addition to asset management responsibilities, Robby was responsible for conceiving and then managing the Stonehage group’s brand and image management strategy. He joined Stonehage in 1997 after trading forex and derivatives at a private trading house in Tel Aviv.
Since returning to Israel from London in 2009 Robby has built a private portfolio of financial services start up companies. The portfolio incorporates companies in most Fintech verticals including online investment management, banking, payments, card processing and insurance with a specific specialization in online asset management and investment advisory businesses. The portfolio is global with ventures in the USA, UK, Europe, Israel, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and South Africa.
Robby is an advisor and mentor to fintech entrepreneurs and his investment approach is intensely “hands on” with favorable consideration given to companies where value can be added by his expertise and experience in financial services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GWENDA HO

Partner - PwC

Gwenda Ho is a Partner of PwC Hong Kong’s corporate tax practice, specialising in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors.

Gwenda has extensive experience in providing Hong Kong and international tax consulting services to local, regional and multinational clients. She has been actively involved in a number of tax investigations, corporate restructuring, cross-border tax advisory, transfer pricing, tax due diligence and IPO projects. She has broad exposure in Asia Pacific and international taxation and frequently leads assignments involving regional and other overseas taxes.

 

Experienced in advising both overseas MNCs and Chinese companies on investing into Hong Kong as well as using Hong Kong as a platform for outbound investment, in recent years Gwenda is also active in the startup community, eagerly assisting startups with their new business setups. Besides, she is a frequent public speaker on tax-related topics.


Gwenda graduated with a degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto and a degree in Laws from the University of London. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, as well as Honorary Treasurer and Council Member of Association of Women Accountants (Hong Kong). She is also a Certified Tax Adviser (Hong Kong) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

NIGEL HOBLER

Partner - PwC

Nigel has 17 years of experience in tax consulting. Nigel's career in the accounting profession started with five years in Australia and eight years in Hong Kong. After three years subsequently in Indonesia, Nigel sits within PwC's M&A tax practice in Hong Kong. 

Nigel has advised multinational corporations and fund groups with setting their operations and execute their transactions in Asia, leading tax due diligence and tax structuring engagements for both strategic and financial investors investments, often working in country where the investments are made. This has involved Nigel structuring equity, hybrid and distressed debt investments across various industries and sectors, including infrastructure, real estate, agriculture, technology, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer. 

From 2008 to 2011 Nigel was responsible for leading the tax efficient wind-up of the Lehman Brothers entities in Hong Kong and their regional property and investment portfolios. 

Nigel is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

 
 

TOMAS HOLUB

Founder & CEO - CoverGo

Tomas is the CEO and founder of CoverGo, He has insurtech startup experience from Hong Kong and Singapore and also worked at PwC London as a risk consultant. Overall, Tomas worked in 15 countries across 3 continents and obtained 4 master degrees, all in different languages.
Tomas was inspired by his own personal struggles with insurance paperwork to create a digital alternative for managing and optimizing insurance. The potent combination of personal motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong repertoire of experience in risk management and fintech are the driving forces behind the success of his project, CoverGo.

CoverGo is a tech platform that helps insurance agents, brokers and companies digitize and grow their insurance business. CoverGo is part of the prestigious Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab Asia Pacific, Cyberport Incubation Programme, Global Accelerator Programme by the Malaysian government and AppWorks Accelerator in Taiwan.

ANDY HSU

Client Solutions Lead, Finance & Travel, Greater China - FACEBOOK (CN)

Andy leads the Client Solutions team of Facebook's Financial services vertical in Greater China market. His team serves as partners' most trusted solution advisors that accelerate business growth by powering solution consultation and expertise, turning data into actionable insigths and redefining operational excellence.

Before joining Facebook, Andy was Director of Marketing Effectiveness in Nielsen for 11 years in Greater China market, driving client's marketing decisions with insights from consumer surveys, panel, neuroscience, etc.,

 

SOUL HTITE

Founder and CEO of Dianrong

Soul Htite is the founder and CEO of Dianrong, a leader in online marketplace lending in China. 

 

Dianrong, which is our Diamond sponsor at HK Fintech Week, originates US$500 million in monthly assets for 4 million retail lenders in China. Founded in 2012, Dianrong offers loan originations, investment products and marketplace lending solutions. Based in Shanghai, Dianrong has 28 offices across China and employs approximately 5,000 employees, including 600 full-time fintech engineers and hundreds of risk-management professionals.

 

Under Soul's leadership, Dianrong was named in 2016 to the executive directorship of the National Internet Finance Association of China, led by the People's Bank of China.

 

Prior to Dianrong, Soul co-founded Lending Club, the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. He served as the Head of Technology until 2011. Soul led all the design and development efforts of Lending Club's award-winning online lending platform.

 

Soul spent the earlier part of his career building enterprise software at Oracle Corporation. His focus was in real-time online services and system design for high availability and fault tolerance.

 

Soul was named World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in 2011. In 2017 he was named on the Yicai Brilliant 20, which showcases the 20 most successful international entrepreneurs in their respective fields in China.

 

He is a frequent keynote speaker at international technology and financial events.  And he has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN and other major news outlets.

 

Soul holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal.

 
 

CÉDRIC JEANNOT

Founder and CEO, APrivacy (HK)

Dr. Jeannot is a cryptography and security expert, and the founder and CEO of APrivacy, an award-winning company that provides the financial services industry with secure and seamless communications on any platform, any device, anywhere. An expert in the field of cryptography, authentication, and key management, Dr. Jeannot leads the strategic direction, research and development efforts for all APrivacy’s products. He is a frequent speaker at digital security conferences worldwide and has been quoted in a number of global press publications. He was named as a Canadian delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20YES) and his company was selected by Accenture to participate in its prestigious FinTech incubator program in Hong Kong. Over the years, Dr. Jeannot has worked on various key security projects including security tools aimed at diplomatic and government agencies. He is also the inventor of a patented secure architecture for digital content protection in corporate environments.

RICHARD JELBERT

CEO - Inzura (UK)

Richard has enjoyed a long career as a technology entrepreneur with a primary focus on creating disruptive products using mobile technologies and data analytics. He is regarded as an industry expert on the use of telematics and mobile Apps in insurance. Working in the InsurTech market, he has worked closely with insurers and brokers to bring new products to market that address engagement, loyalty, data collection, data analytics and overall profitability. Previously Richard was the Founder and CTO of MyDrive Solutions, a UK based telematics service provider which sold to Generali in 2015.

 

JACLYN JHIN

Managing Director, Chief Legal and Compliance, CITIC CLSA (HK)

Jaclyn  joined CLSA in June 2014 as Managing Director, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer. She currently oversees both Legal and Compliance globally, and is a member of CLSA’s Executive Committee, reporting directly to the CEO and Chairman of CLSA.  She has over 18 years experience working in Asia (primarily in M&A, debt and equity capital markets). Prior to joining CLSA, Jaclyn worked at Morgan Stanley Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong covering the entire Asia-Pacific region. Jaclyn joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 as in-house lawyer in the Legal & Compliance Department in Hong Kong covering GCM/IBD Legal. When she was in LCD, she was awarded Asia Legal Business (ALB) Hong Kong’s in-house Lawyer of the Year in 2009. From 2009 until she left, she was promoted to Managing Director, COO and Chief Risk Officer of Morgan Stanley Global Capital Markets Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) based in Hong Kong.  

As CRO, she was primarily responsible for assessing franchise and non-market risk issues, participating as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Asia commitment committees and formulating Morgan Stanley’s internal policies

As COO,  she was responsible for assisting the two Co-Heads of GCM Asia Pacific in managing the offices in Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, India and Korea)

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Jaclyn was an international corporate lawyer at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy focusing on private M&A and capital markets in Asia Pacific. Jaclyn currently serves as director or advisor in several Nonprofit Organizations, including: YMCA Hong Kong, Light of Hope Asia Foundation in China, SOW Asia,  International Care Ministries in the Philippines and Servant Leadership Training.  She is also a member of AngelInvest Group, which invests in start ups in Asia.

ANNETTE KING

Co-Founder, Galileo Platforms Limited (HK)

Annette King has a career spanning 27 years in the financial services sector. She has a successful track record as a CEO, founder, non-executive director, client experience leader and actuary, in companies such as Manulife, AXA and Mercer.  She leads insurance, wealth management and pension businesses through change and rapid growth. She is a Co-Founder of Galileo Platforms, an insurtech startup with the purpose of enabling the insurance ecosystem to serve Asia’s digital citizens.. She is also an independent non-executive director of FNZ, a wealth management technology company.

 

She was President of the Life Insurance Association for Singapore and a council member for the Singapore Actuarial Society. She holds a Bachelor of Economics, and she is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her passion is making a difference to clients’ lives and growing businesses profitably

MICHAL KACZMARSKI

Fintech Manager - InvestHK (USA)

Michal Kaczmarski is a San Francisco-based Fintech manager at InvestHK, Hong Kong’s governmental organization focusing on cross-border investment promotion and business facilitation. In his role he supports InvestHK’s 6 offices across Northern, Central and Southern America aiming at increasing Fintech-related investments into Hong Kong. Previously, Mr Kaczmarski looked after Polish user operations at Silicon Valley tech giant – Yelp based, and prior to that he worked in London, and then New York bureau of fDi Magazine, Financial Times’s specialist publication focusing on cross-border investments. Mr Kaczmarski holds an MA in international relations with focus on international trade from University of Warsaw and also studied at City University in London and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

 

AKIHIKO KATAYAMA

Director, Emerging Technology Group - PwC

Aki is responsible for PwC's emerging technology group in Hong Kong and China. He has over 20 years experience in strategy and emerging technology, specifically in digital transformations, customer insights, credit risk management, data science and business process automation.

Prior to joining PwC, Aki led the digital practice at AlixPartners, co-founded an analytics start-up, and held various senior risk management positions at HSBC, GE, Citibank and FICO.

 

Aki has an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research from Columbia University

HASSAN KHAN

Co-Founder & CEO - TodaQ

Hassan Khan is the co-founder and CEO at TodaQ Financial, a mobile financial services marketplace powered by the USD-backstopped Toda Note digital currency. The currency is aimed at knowledge-based businesses globally requiring liquidity for growth and transaction efficiency. A serial entrepreneur currently working on the intersection of IP, technology and Money 2.0, Hassan's background in cryptocurrencies and blockchain is rooted in his experience in the Canadian Army. During his time there he created integrated cryptographic capabilities for security and emergency response agencies to cooperate in events like the G8 Summits and BC forest fires. He also developed new software applications platforms to handle increased capacity and virtual training needs for the Canadian forces. Hassan also worked for global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he served the leadership of emerging market companies and countries, helping them achieve growth in their technology related sectors. He helped corporate leaders change their businesses with new technologies (e.g., Big Data, Cloud) across high tech, telecom, finance, healthcare, defense, biotech, and natural resources sectors in over 15 countries and 50 cities. A computer engineering graduate from the Royal Military College of Canada, Hassan currently resides in Toronto

 
 
 

KRISTEN KOH

Co-Founder & Executive Chairwoman - HireAthena | CFO - AngelList (USA)

Kristen Koh Goldstein co-manages the direct private investments for AthenaPartners, her family office. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairwoman of HireAthena and the Acting CFO of AngelList, both portfolio companies. Other investments in the portfolio have included Salesforce, Twitter, Anaplan, Jet.com, Blue Bottle Coffee and many others.

Driven by her own need, Kristen started BackOps (now HireAthena) in 2010 to enable skilled moms to work from home while their young children are at school. In 2013 with institutional backing from several investors including Sherpa Capital, eVentures, Google Ventures, and HVF Labs, the company was able to build the software (Scalus) to scale the business nationally, creating an all-in-one back office solution for SMBs, high-growth startups, and family offices around the globe powered by a distributed workforce of stay-at-home moms supported by a world-class workflow engine to automate process and communication.   HireAthena became one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies in America.

ALEXANDER KOKHANOVSKYY

Co-Founder DreamTeam

Alexander Kokhanovsky is the cofounder of the project, with 17 years of experience in eSports. He is also the founder of Na’Vi (Natus Vincere), one of the most popular and successful eSports teams in the world. In 2016, he became a shareholder of ESForce Holdings, the third largest eSports establishment in the world, with total investments amounting to $100 million. He is the founder and CEO of DreamTeam, the first Esports and gaming recruitment and management platform based on blockchain and smart contracts.

 

ALEX KONG

Founder & Chairman - TNG FinTech Group

Alex Kong is the Founder and Chairman of TNG FinTech Group, which offers the next generation financial services to the 1.2 billion unbanked population in Asia through its various e-wallet platforms under the Global E-Wallet Alliance, including TNG Wallet, PhiliPurse, INDompet, XIN Wallet and others.
 
In Alex’s leadership, TNG Wallet has recorded rapid development in both user base and transaction volumes, with transactions exceeding USD1 billion in the first two years of launch.  
 
Alex's vision and mission is to provide financial inclusion to the unbanked populations around the world.

ALVIN KWOCK

Founder & General Manager, OneDegree (HK)

Alvin Kwock is the Founder & CEO of OneDegree. OneDegree team is a group of strategic thinkers, developers and entrepreneurs who believe in the power of young people and digital age, and share a passion to advance the insurance industry in Asia. Alvin was JPM’s Asia-Pacific Head of Emerging Technology and Taiwan Head of Research. Under Alvin’s leadership, JPM’s Asia Tech Hardware team has been consistently rated in the Institutional Investors Poll, Financial Times/ Starmine and Asiamoney. He drove the Asia tech team to position for emerging tech trends. He co-founded and captained research effort for the inaugural JPM Global TMT Conference in Asia in Nov 2013, the first large scale sell-side Global TMT conference located in Asia. He has been invited to present in a number of advisory boards including ARM Asia Pacific (global IP powerhouse of smartphone/ tablet), mobile app venture capitals, Internet of Things start up, etc, and as a guest lecturer at National Taiwan University. He has co-founded a Augmented Reality start-up and served in the capacity of Chief Business Officer.

 
 

KEAT LAI

Strategy & Principal - Financial Services, PWC

Keat works with clients on strategy, M&A and transformation agendas. He has worked on a variety of digital partnerships across Asia and also advises on ICO sales.

 
 

JUWAN LEE

Founder & CEO - Nexchange (HK)

Juwan Lee is an entrepreneur, VC, fintech and social media influencer, and money manager with 30 years in finance. Founder and CEO of NexChange, a social network for financial services and innovation and CEO of Arrakis Ventures, a technology focused VC. Organiser of Hong Kong Fintech Week. Formerly, the CIO of Shanghai's largest asset manager.  Spent numerous years at JP Morgan from principal investments to heading equity.  Managed technology portfolios for SAC Capital, Rothschilds and Montgomery with early investments in Netscape and Yahoo. 

JADE LEE

Deputy General Manager - Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited

Mr. Jade Lee is responsible for business strategy and analytics of the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group. Mr. Lee has over 20 years of experience in advanced analytics carrying out consulting and business management roles with leading business analytics corporations.

ANDREW LEE

Founder & CEO - YBEX (HK)

Andrew Lee is the founder and CEO of YBEX, a FX marketplace platform where retail and SME clients are matched with money service operators for their remittance and money exchange needs. His vision is to use technology to revolutionise the FX services industry by both optimizing the experience of users and streamlining the operation of the service providers. Prior to starting YBEX, Andrew spent his entire career in finance and technology in different global financial centers. Most recently, he was a FX trader at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong driving the Asian currencies electronic trading business. Before that, he worked as a macro analyst and head of technology solutions at billion-dollar hedge funds in Singapore and Hong Kong. Andrew started his career as a software developer for KPMG in New York after obtaining his computer engineering degree at the University of British Columbia.

JASPER LEE

Managing Director of eToro China

eToro is the leading social trading network in the world offering also Crypto trading and Crypto Fund. Jasper is heading the APAC operation. He previously worked at FXCM as the General Manager in China. Jasper has many years of experience in the finance industry in China, across different areas including trading, education, and institutional solutions.

 
 

LAPMAN LEE

Managing Director - Compliance and Regulatory Consulting, Duff & Phelps China (HK)

Lapman Lee is a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps, where he leads the regulatory consulting practice in Hong Kong. He has advised financial services clients on governance, risk and controls (GRC), and conduct risk and prudential regulation for the past eighteen years in Europe/ U.K. and in Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, Lapman is an advisor and member of the Future Task Force of the newly established Insurance Authority, a member of the Financial Markets Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce, where he co-authored a Hong Kong FinTech positioning paper for the European Commission. In addition, he is an honorary fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) where he speaks on FinTech/ InsurTech/ RegTech.

 

KELVIN LEI

CEO - Magnum Research

Kelvin Lei Chun Ran, currently CEO of Magnum Research, is an investment banking veteran with 8 years of experience in sales and trading. Previously, he held the role of Vice President at Deutsche Bank and helped allocate USD 10 billion worth of capital in global FICC market. Kelvin was able to see through the struggle of traditional wealth management and sense the industry’s urge for disruptive technological breakthroughs. In light of such need, he founded Magnum Research in Nov 2015 and brought the idea of robo-advisor to the Hong Kong market. Kelvin is now leading the financial market team, specializing in business development and strategic planning.

MEIKEI LEONG

Chief Technology Officer, ASTRI (HK)

Dr. Meikei Ieong is Chief Technology Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology
Research Institute (HK ASTRI), responsible for the overall R&D strategy and execution. Prior to this,
he held various leadership positions in leading technology companies, including Vice President of
TSMC Europe B.V., 28nm R&D Director at TSMC, Taiwan, and senior manager of Exploratory
Devices at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. He was adjunct professor at
the Electrical Engineering department of Columbia University, NY. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings and more than 80 patents. His publication has more than 9,000 citations. Dr. Leong was General Chair of the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) (2010) and served in the technical committee in many international conferences such as IEDM, VLSI Technology Symposium, EDTM, VLSI-TSA, IWCE. He serves in the Board of Governor of the IEEE Electronic Devices Society (EDS). He is member of the IEEE EDS Electronic Material committee and publication committee. He is also chair of the IEEE EDS Education award committee (2013-present). Dr, Ieong is an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his leadership and contributions to Complementary Metal-Oxide- Semiconductor (CMOS) Device Technology.

 

MICHAEL LEUNG

Chief Information & Operations Officer - China CITIC Bank International Limited | Ex-President & Life-Time Fellow - Hong Kong Computer Society

Michael Leung was appointed Chief Information & Operations Officer of China CITIC Bank International in December 2013. In this capacity, he manages the Bank’s information technology and banking operations, and at the same time serves as a key member of the Banks management team. Prior to his current position, Mr Leung had worked for over 30 years in leading international vendors, consulting firms and banks. Apart from his prior involvements in HK Computer Society, Michael is also a Fellow of the HK Institute of Directors, an Exco Member of the HK Institute of Bankers, Chair of the IS Departmental Advisory Committee and an Adjunct Professor of City University, Chairman of the HK Down Syndrome Association, amongst others

MICHAEL LEUNG

Chief Information & Operations Officer - China CITIC Bank International Limited | Ex-President & Life-Time Fellow - Hong Kong Computer Society

Michael Leung was appointed Chief Information & Operations Officer of China CITIC Bank International in December 2013. In this capacity, he manages the Bank’s information technology and banking operations, and at the same time serves as a key member of the Banks management team. Prior to his current position, Mr Leung had worked for over 30 years in leading international vendors, consulting firms and banks. Apart from his prior involvements in HK Computer Society, Michael is also a Fellow of the HK Institute of Directors, an Exco Member of the HK Institute of Bankers, Chair of the IS Departmental Advisory Committee and an Adjunct Professor of City University, Chairman of the HK Down Syndrome Association, amongst others

TERENCE LEUNG

Team Lead of Youth Team - Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company 

Terence is currently the team lead of Youth Team of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, taking charge of Cyberport's public mission in nurturing youth.  He is dedicated to promoting digital tech education to local youth and developing talent for fostering the industry, through organising a wide range of tech related programmes and inspirational events for tertiary, secondary, as well as primary school students.  Terence possesses 10+ years working experience in the digital tech industry.  He has extensive experience in business development, business administration and marketing across various business areas of Cyberport, including the launch of digital tech internship programme, incubation of start-ups, digital rights and resources management, digital media production and digital inclusion, etc.    Also, Terence is always invited to be a judge in different industry awards and competitions, such as Hong Kong ICT Awards, Hong Kong Outstanding IT School Award, Hong Kong Youth 3D Animation Competition, and Hong Kong Digital Game Development Competition, etc.

ALEX LEVERINGTON

Adviser, P2P Networking - Golem Factory 

Alex has been involved with Ethereum from a very early stage. He worked at ETHDEV, where he architected and coded devp2p, Ethereum's underlying P2P protocol layer. Alex also made key contributions in Ethereum encryption and security and remains active in the protocol steering group. Alex advises decentralized applications and is developing a decentralized, secure, and authenticated P2P messaging application. 

 
 

HELENE LI

Managing Director, Head of Strategic Planning , Brand and Communications, BNP Paribas

Ms. Helene Li is Head of Strategic Planning, Brand & Communications, Asia Pacific for BNP Paribas’ wealth management division, a role she has held since 2013. A seasoned management consultant and finance industry professional, Helene has held various senior management positions in business strategy, marketing and branding throughout her career which includes tenure at global consulting giant Boston Consulting Group and Towers Watson. 

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Helene held similar roles for J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Swiss wealth management firm Lombard Odier.  In these capacities, she was instrumental in forging a set of value propositions that resonate with the legacy sustaining and wealth preservation needs of Asian family offices. To further advocate these topics, she partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in organizing the “Creative Capitalism” Forum in 2010, which formed a cross-sector platform to debate and deepen the call for action in driving sustainable family legacy and socially meaningful engagements for the ultra-high-net-worth families. A sought-after speaker and moderator at Family Office and Venture Philanthropy forums, Helene graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honors degree in English and Economics. 

 

YAN-YAN LI

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Legal & Compliance at SAIL Advisors Limited

Ms. Helene Li is Head of Strategic Planning, Brand & Communications, Asia Pacific for BNP Paribas’ wealth management division, a role she has held since 2013. A seasoned management consultant and finance industry professional, Helene has held various senior management positions in business strategy, marketing and branding throughout her career which includes tenure at global consulting giant Boston Consulting Group and Towers Watson. 

Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Helene held similar roles for J.P. Morgan Private Bank and Swiss wealth management firm Lombard Odier.  In these capacities, she was instrumental in forging a set of value propositions that resonate with the legacy sustaining and wealth preservation needs of Asian family offices. To further advocate these topics, she partnered with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in organizing the “Creative Capitalism” Forum in 2010, which formed a cross-sector platform to debate and deepen the call for action in driving sustainable family legacy and socially meaningful engagements for the ultra-high-net-worth families. A sought-after speaker and moderator at Family Office and Venture Philanthropy forums, Helene graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a First Class Honors degree in English and Economics. 

SCOTT LIKENS

New Services and Emerging Technologies Leader, US, China and Japan, PwC Consulting

Scott is a Partner in Hong Kong where he leads PwC's Emerging Technologies and New Services across mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and the US for the Consulting practice. 

 

He has over 21 years of experience in emerging technologies including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies and social customer engagement. Scott has helped clients use technology to build a customer experience strategy and use customer analytics to enhance both digital and physical operations. He has applied his deep knowledge of Big Data and analytics to help clients across industries from insurance, transportation to financial services, leveraging advanced algorithms and predictive measures to generate business insights. Scott has worked with some of the biggest multi-national and local companies to transform their business using global digital trends with a local lens. 

 

Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Scott worked in the US leading PwC’s Emerging Technologies Group. 

Scott is a regular speaker at conferences across Asia Pacific on emerging technologies, including Blockchain applications and other disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Recent speaking engagements have included: The World Economic Forum, The AI Summit, Treasury Markets Association, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Macquarie APAC Investors Conference and Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute to name a few. 

 
 

JANE LIPPENCOTT

Co-Founder, Zen Blockchain Foundation

Jane Lippencott is a Co-Founder of Zen Blockchain Foundation, a global nonprofit offering a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency and communications platform.

She is committed to building decentralized, mission-oriented communities around the world, and leads grassroots movements blooming in Asia, Africa, and the United States.

MAX LIU

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EMQ Inc.

Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ. A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States. Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs of the overseas workers. EMQ was launched in 2014 and offers remittance services between two countries at a fraction of the price of conventional banks by utilizing aggregation and netting. With a strong presence across Asia, the company partners with financial institutions and other strategic partners in each country to enable and settle cross-border remittance via banks and various modes for top-up and cash pickup. Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26 billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure. Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group. Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

 
 
 

DR. LIU QIFENG

Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Data Scientist - FDT AI Limited (HK)

Currently Dr. Liu Qifeng is working for FDT AI Limited (FDT-AI) at Hong Kong as co-founder & CEO & Chief Data Scientist. FDT-AI is focusing on intelligent fintech, including: intelligent risk control, intelligent education, intelligent investing, intelligent trading etc.

Dr. Liu got Ph.D from Chinese Academy of Science with the major of pattern recognition and intelligence. He worked for Yahoo! Lab, Samsung Lab and a SoC startup over the past 12+ years. He published 20+ academic papers on IEEE/ACM etc. conferences and 20+ world-wide patents, with experiences over a wild fields of financial trading & investing optimization, artificial intelligence, search engine, personalized recommendation, computing advertisement, computer vision etc. He was the chair of “Intelligent Financial Forum” of “2017 World AI Conference”, the special invited speaker of the “2017 2nd AI Frontier Seminar”, etc.

BERNIE LO

Anchor - CNBC

Bernie Lo is an experienced television host and anchor. Based at CNBC's Hong Kong studios, he anchors Squawk Box, the network's flagship morning program. Squawk Box sets the news agenda in the region every day, bringing viewers all the news and views from the top CEOs, asset managers and newsmakers as Asian markets open for trade.

A 20-year broadcast veteran of Asia-Pacific regional television, Lo has interviewed key political figures such as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Former Philippines President Gloria Arroya, Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, Former British Prime Minister John Major, as well as top business leaders such as Richard Branson, Larry Ellison, Bill Gates, and Meg Whitman.

Prior to rejoining CNBC, he was with Bloomberg television anchoring their prime-time morning business and financial news show Morning Call and hosting its daily regional talk show Asia Confidential with Bernie Lo. Lo also held a variety of on-air positions with Singapore Broadcasting, TVB and ATV.

Lo is the recipient of multiple awards at the Asian Television Awards including "Best News Anchor" in 2013, and "Best Current Affairs Presenter" in 2011.

 
 

KEN LO

Co-Founder & CEO - ANX International

Ken is a successful serial entrepreneur who co-founded ANX International, one of the world’s largest blockchain service providers and backer of openANX.  With over 5 years of experience in blockchain and CEO at ANX International, he has extensive knowledge of running a world-class crypto-assets exchange and providing innovative solutions to many blockchain exchange operators. 

 

Ken has 20 years of experience in the business strategy and execution working MNC’s like BT, Accenture and Verizon.

 

SIMON LOONG

Founder and CEO, WeLab (China)

Simon Loong is the Founder and CEO of WeLab – Asia’s leading internet finance company – which operates Wolaidai (我来贷), one of China’s largest mobile lending platforms and WeLend, Hong Kong’s leading online lending platform. WeLab is reinventing traditional financial services by creating seamless mobile lending experiences. With its proprietary risk management technology, WeLab effectively analyzes unstructured mobile big data within seconds to make credit decisions – serving and benefitting both individual borrowers and traditional financial institutions who utilize WeLab’s technology to offer fintech-enabled solutions to their customers. WeLab’s investors include CK Hutchison’s TOM Group, Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Chinese provincial government fund Guangdong Technology Financial Group, ING Bank and Sequoia Capital. WeLab was named in a KPMG-sponsored report as one of the top 100 fintech companies in the world – #6 in China and #33 globally. Prior to founding WeLab, Simon spent 15 years in retail banking divisions of leading international banks. Most recently, Simon served as the North East Asia Regional Head of Standard Chartered’s Unsecured Lending business. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Citibank within Asia Pacific.

LIONELLO LENESU

CEO and Co-Founder - Enuma Technologies

Tech enthusiast with 20 years of software and hardware experience. Lio career has taken him around the world living in Eindhoven, Bucharest, Beijing, Shanghai, and now Hong Kong. Through this he have accrued broad expertise in areas such as virtual reality, e-commerce, cloud computing, IoT, and blockchains.

 

HENRY MA

Vice President and Chief Information Officer of WeBank

Henry oversees the strategic planning and development of Fintech business at WeBank. 

 

Prior to WeBank, Henry has served as General Manager at Ping An Technology Co., Ltd. and as Vice President at SF Express. Prior to that, Henry had lived and worked in Silicon Valley for more than 10 years. Henry has received his Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. With years of professional studies and working experience, Henry had successfully completed the IT integration and constructed the management system for many well-known enterprises

 

HELMUT MACH

CEO, Arpa FX (Switzerland)

Helmut A. Mach is the CTO of arpaFX GmbH and has developed the world's first Artificial General Intelligence fully autonomous prediction and trading system. Helmut has been focusing his work on the development of autonomous multi-agent based Artificial General Intelligence systems based on cognitive architecture for system identification and prediction for more than 20 years with projects in Europe, USA, Middle and the Far East. As a student at the age of 16 at the Vienna Technology Institute in Telecommunication and Electrical Engineering he designed, developed and built a linear accelerator for protons using high frequency techniques, and subsequently received a distinguished achievement award from the “Kardinal Innitzer Stiftung” to honour contributions to the advancement of science. Helmut is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and holds two patents on digital signal processing algorithms.

ISMAIL MALIK

Founder - The Blockchain Lab | Editor-in-Chief : ICO Crowd Magazine

Ismail Malik Founder of the Blockchain Lab & Editor in Chief  of ICO CROWD magazine, has been an early adopter in both the blockchain and crypto-financing space. His current interests are in blockchain for Autonomous Industrial Application with a  particular focus on leveraging DAO's to increase productivity and creative agility for emerging economies.

HARAGOPAL MANGIPUDI

Founder & CEO - finUNO Technologies India Pvt Ltd.

Haragopal (aka Hara) is the Co-creator of finUNO® , an advanced conversational platform powered by AI that delivers contextual and hyper-personalized financial services to consumers. Hara grew up with Finacle® (at Infosys) for two decades (till October 2014), from its inception to global leadership across six continents, 80+ countries touching the lives of 850+ millions consumers. He was the Global Head of Finacle and was a member of the Executive Council of Infosys.

Hara is a member of the global board of ISPMA (International Software Product Management Association), the global Software Product Management tribe. He is also on the governing board of IIML - SCIFI (Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow)

Hara has been a regular speaker at various global forums. He partnered with Industry forums like BAI (USA), EFMA (EU) and Asian Banker in driving Innovation in Banking. Hara is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016 from the prestigious IIMB (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore)

 

Dr. CHRIS MARSHALL

Risk, Analytics, Cognitive and FinTech Specialist - IBM

Chris is a Risk and Finance Analytivcs SME at IBM's Watson Financial Services division supporting client applications of cognitive technologies in risk, finance and fintech projects globally. His executive experience over more than 20 years, covers some of the most dynamic analytics providers on the planet – IBM, UBS, KPMG, Oracle, and SunGard. These roles all share one common theme: innovative application of technology and analytics to financial services. Projects sold and delivered have ranged from USD 2 -100 million.

 

He has managed teams from 5 to more than 50 people and has advised hundreds of executives in Europe, Asia and USA.

 

He has a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School (IT and Finance), an MBA from the University of Chicago (Finance) and an MA from Cambridge University (Physics).

He is also an active board member and advisor in several organizations in Europe and Asia. 

GREG McCAFFERTY

Co-Founder & CFO - Sherpa (HK)

Greg has helped build and launch over 30 financial products with revenues in $100s millions. He helped launch a hedge fund and is an active tech angel investor. Previously ​Greg was COO at Absolute Return Investments, a subsidiary of China Everbright, and prior to that was Global Head of Equity Finance at Macquarie Group. Greg is originally a lawyer, having gained his LLM from the University of London and has 20+ years’ experience in the UK and Asia. Greg loves being a relative newcomer to the insu