SPEAKERS

FinTech's Finest Orators

 

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.

CHRIS WEI

Global Chairman, Aviva Digital | Executive Chairman, Aviva Asia & Friends Provident International

Chris is currently the Global Chairman for Aviva Digital and Executive Chairman for Aviva Asia and Friends Provident International (FPI). Chris leads the Aviva Group’s global drive in digital, and has transformed the 321-year-old insurer into a leading InsurTech disruptor. He also works closely with senior leaders on setting strategic directions and managing the operations of Aviva and FPI across Asia.

Before joining Aviva in October 2014, Chris held key management positions at various leading financial institutions including Great Eastern, AIA, AIG, ING Canada and Allstate Canada.
 

 

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.,

 
 

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.

 

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).

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.

 
 

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).

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.

 

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 BankingTeam, 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.

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.

 
 

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.

ALEXANDRE GAILLARD

CEO and Founder, InvestGlass (Switzerland)

CEO and Founder of InvestGlass 

VP and Co Founder of Swissfinte.ch national association gathering 2500 fintech members in Switzerland. 

Secretary General Swiss Chinese Business Chamber Association. 

Previously 

Union Bancaire Privée, Bank of China, LCM, China Construction
Behavioural Finance Research Master IAE Sorbonne HEC, Maitrise Finance Paris IX Dauphine  

 
 

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.

 

HUI CHI KWONG, LUCAS

Founder and Honorary Director, CISC (HK)

Ir Dr Hui is the founder and Honorary Director of the Center for Information Security & Cryptography, and concurrently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Hui received his BSc and MPhil degrees in computer science from The University of Hong Kong, and his MSc and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of California, Davis. He has published more than one hundred research papers in international journals and conferences, has been invited to be keynote speaker of international conference, and has obtained more than 20 million Hong Kong dollars (more than 2.5 million US dollars) research grants including several industrial collaboration projects. The technology developed in those project had been used by various government and commercial organizations. He also provides consultancy services for security evaluation of software systems and e-payment systems, including the e-cheque initiative by the Hong Kong government.

His research interests include Information Security, Cryptographic Systems, Internet of Things Security, Electronic Commerce Security, Cyber-Physical System Security and Computer Forensics. He is a member of HKIE and a senior member of IEEE.

HARRY WONG

Governing Committee Member, Chairman of FinTech Task Force - The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers

Mr. Wong has more than 35 years of insurance experience and is the Director & General Manager of Hong Leong Insurance (Asia) Limited.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the overall management and development of the company operation in Hong Kong. In the meantime, he also provides support to the Group Companies in the development of other business initiatives within the Asian Pacific region, such as Singapore and China.

In respect of services for the industry, he is a member of the Governing Committee of The Hong Kong Federation of Insurers and the Chairman of the FinTech Taskforce for the General Insurance Council as well as the Chairman of the Task Force on Review of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. In addition, he is a member of The Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation Advisory Board and the Chairman of the Audit Committee. 
 

 

MEIKEI IEONG

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.

 

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.

 
 

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.

 

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.

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.

 
 

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.

JENNY SUTTON

Co-Founder Galileo Platforms Limited

Jenny Sutton has 30 years’ consulting and industry experience, primarily in life insurance. She has held leadership positions in large corporate and consulting firms and small businesses/startups, including Partner at Deloitte Consulting, and responsibility for Partnership Distribution at Manulife Asia. Her work experience has addressed business strategy; technology and operations design and implementation; distribution strategy and execution. She is a Co-Founder of Galileo Platforms, an InsurTech startup with the purpose of enabling the insurance ecosystem to reach Asia’s digital citizens. She has B Com, MBA and LLM degrees. She is obsessed by the possibilities that are enabled as new technologies emerge and mature.

 
 

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.

 

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. 

 
 

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.

VADIM SOBOLEVSKI

Co-founder, FutureFlow

Vadim co-founded FutureFlow in the summer of 2016 with the vision of capturing the behavior of money in the financial system.

Previously, Vadim had spent 9 years analyzing macroeconomic trends and financial systems around the world, most recently as Portfolio Manager at the hedge fund Finisterre Capital in London.

Prior to business school, Vadim had worked for 8 years as a self-taught software engineer, most recently at the Fixed Income desk of Barclays Capital in New York City.

Vadim is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Business School.

 

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.

 

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.

JEREMY NG

CEO & Head of Sales - Asia, Leonteq (Switzerland)

Joined Leonteq in May 2015 after spending 8 years in Goldman Sachs and was most recently Head of Third Party Distribution in Hong Kong and Singapore, having built up the business from scratch in 2010. Jeremy Ng also spent 4 years in Deutsche Bank Equity Derivative Sales and 4years in Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

 
 

THOMAS PUSCHMANN

Founder and Director, Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab (Switzerland)

Thomas Puschmann is founder and director of the Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab at the University of Zurich, co-founder and executive director of the association Swiss FinTech Innovations and member of the Swiss Innovation Council Innosuisse. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of St. Gallen and a master in management and information sciences. Before his current position he was qualifying as a professor (habilitation) at the Universities of St. Gallen and Leipzig, a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a member of the board at ESPRiT Consulting and The Information Management Group.

 

ELLA QIANG

Director of Partnerships, Stellar Development Foundation (USA)

Ella Qiang is director of partnerships at Stellar Development Foundation. She leads strategic partnerships in East Asia, facilitating collaboration with institutions and businesses utilizing Stellar’s open-source distributed ledger.

Prior to Stellar, Ella worked in renewable energy and banking. At China Development Bank, she managed a project finance portfolio of Chinese and international infrastructure assets. Ella holds an MBA degree from UCLA Anderson, and Bachelor’s in Finance from Indiana University.

 

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

 

PAUL SCIBETTA

CEO, PacificBridge Capital (USA)

Former CEO JPMorgan Private Bank in Asia. New York City returnee & whiteboard addict. CEO, PacificBridge Capital, an investor in East-West startups. Erstwhile lawyer @ JPMorgan, Cleary Gottlieb. CEO, Quiet Revolution, a mission-based lifestyle company. Big idea: Introverts are the secret weapon of the workplace.

 

PAUL SCHULTE

Founder and editor, Schulte Research (HK)

Paul Schulte is the founder and editor of Schulte Research, a company does research on banks, financial technology, bank algorithms and credit algorithms. He is currently teaching a course in machine learning at the Engineering Dept. at HKUST. He is a senior fellow at Tufts University, HKUST and SUSS in Singapore. His clients include some of the largest hedge funds globally. He works with several banks and insurance companies in Asia as well as two of the sovereign wealth funds. He has a 25 year career in looking at financials. He is an advisor to IOSCO, the HKMA, the Malaysian SFC as well as the Thai SEC. He recently conducted a one week seminar for 55 Asian regulators on financial technology through the Asian Development Bank. His latest book is: "The Next Revolution in our Credit-Driven Economy: The Advent of Financial Technology." His upcoming book is " Cryptocurrency, FinTech, InsurTech, and Regulation ", in conjunction with SUSS. He focuses on research on the internet of things in China as well as Insurtech in China.

 

NATHAN STEVENSON

Founder and CEO, Forwardlane (USA)

Nathan Stevenson is founder and CEO of Forwardlane. Forwardlane is a B2B cognitive finance company that powers smarter conversations and supercharges digital advisory and distribution in wealth management, asset management and insurance. The API platform for Augmented Intelligence synthesizes and organizes vast quantities of the firm and market data, marries AI and risk analytics to provide personalized insights, smart Q&A and insights-as-a-service.Nathan is a serial-entrepreneur with a 15 years experience in quantitative finance, trading technology and artificial intelligence. He was a quantitative strategist at CQS, a top 5 global alternative asset manager, in fixed income credit at BNP Paribas and served as an enterprise architect in a major exchange, having worked with NYSE, Nasdaq, CME Group on large scale trading technology projects. As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded three startups, in travel and entertainment with leading industry executives. Forwardlane was recently featured in the CB Insights “AI in Fintech” market map, Barclays Techstars London and the Fintech Innovation Labs New York and counts Thomson Reuters as an investor. 

 

PIERRE TRECOURT

Co-Founder, PremiaLab (HK)

With over 18 years of experience in investment banking, Pierre has in-depth knowledge of the financial landscape, specifically focusing on financial engineering relating to multiple asset classes. His expertise includes developing and delivering cutting edge financial solutions to institutional clients that suit their needs, whilst adapting to changing market conditions.

 

Pierre holds a diploma of Engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in France which was supplemented with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Probability and Finance from University PARIS VI.

 

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

 

MARTIN ROGERS

Partner, Davis Polk (HK)

Martin Rogers is a partner in Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, based in Hong Kong. He is regarded as one of the market’s leading litigation and financial services regulatory lawyers with over 25 years’ experience in Asia, advising on complex litigation, arbitration, regulatory and white collar crime matters, with extensive experience advising leading corporates, the financial services industry and government bodies. Mr. Rogers’ global enforcement and litigation practice focuses on complex regulatory matters, particularly within the financial services and investment banking industry and advises major international and Asian financial institutions and corporations, as well as regulators (including the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange, the Hong Kong Futures Exchange and the Securities and Futures Commission). Mr. Rogers is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by the foremost legal directories, including Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000, Financial Times and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

 

ANDREW WAT

Director in Security and Data Sciences, ASTRI (HK)

Andrew has over 20 years of experience in ICT operation, development, strategy and adoption. He collaborates with industry partners/customers to formulate applied research projects to fill the gap they are facing. He is currently Director in Security and Data Sciences in ASTRI. His group applies and develops analytics and machine learning algorithms and systems for cyber-security analysis. Besides big data analytics and cybersecurity, he has great interest in algo-trading and robo-advisor, technology adoption and Internet business model. He also served as a mentor in ASTRI Innovation Runway, an incubation programme for university students. His mentees won several pitching competitions during the programme and has founded their start-up working in retail big data solution.

 

SEBASTIAAN VAN DEN BERG

Chief Investment Officer & Head of the Principal Investments - Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited (CN)

Mr. Van Den Berg is the Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Principal Investments business of the Company. He has an in-depth experience in private equity funds management and investment, and was previously the managing director of HarbourVest Partners (Asia) Limited, a leading global private equity fund-of- funds manager.

 

Prior to that, Mr. Van Den Berg held various senior positions with H&Q Asia Pacific, Hong Kong, AlpInvest Partners N.V., Netherlands and Goldman Sachs in both London and Hong Kong. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Doctorandus Degree in International Financial Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

 

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.

 

PRITESH PATEL

SVP & Chief Operating Officer - GIA (Gemological Institute of America)

Results oriented business executive with over 20 years of experience in C-level Leadership, business & digital Transformation, Strategic Development, Operational Excellence, Product Development, Continuos Improvement, Cyber Security, Risk Management, Compliance, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Project Management (PMO), Team Development, Network Architecture, IT Infrastructure, Business & Systems Integration, E-Commerce, Outsourcing (Off-Shoring) and Large ERP Systems Implementation in Aerospace, Industrial & High Tech Manufacturing, MRO & Gems and Jewelry Businesses.

Partner with executive leadership team in planning and executing business strategies, Margin Improvements and Global Initiatives – business & system integration, common back office processes & Infrastructure, improved process efficiency by 25%.

 

Build and led global cross functional teams of 50+ business, IT & consulting professionals.

 

Multiple ERP, Business intelligence, Data Warehouse, CRM systems implementations at multiple global sites & businesses.

 

IR PETER YEUNG

Head ICT & Green Technology Clusters, HKSTP (HK)

Ir Yeung, is responsible for the cluster development and market strategy of electronics, information and communications industry development, and the overall development of the Smart City platform.

A Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and served as the Chairman of the Electronics Division (2009-2010 Session) of the Institution, Ir Yeung has over 25 years of experience in business management and technology development.

Peter holds a Bachelor degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the Oregon State University and a Master degree in Business Administration from the York University of Toronto. Peter is also a member of IEEE and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.

 

BEI ZHOU

Co-Founder & COO, Valoot (HK)

Bei, a finance veteran of fourteen years, started her career at UBS where she performed various banking functions, including the FX Trading desk in USA. She later transferred to Hong Kong where she had posts in Lighthorse Asset Management, UBS Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank Wealth Management. She was General Manager of the Hong Kong office of Sandler Training, conducting extensive training and development programs. In October 2016, Bei joined Hong Kong based Fintech company Valoot Technologies Limited as co-founder & Chief Operating Officer. Here she played a central role for deploying WeChat Pay in the UK – an industry first. She continues to be the point person for rolling out WeChat Pay in other countries where this service does not yet exist (e.g. Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Fiji etc). She successfully led the Valoot team for the creation of a patented solution that allows mass transit cards (such as Octopus in Hong Kong, Oyster in London etc.) to be attached to metallic smartphones.

 

NINA ZHOU

Partner, Creditease FinTech Fund (HK)

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

 

VINOTH SIVAM

Assistant General Manager – Technology ICICI Bank (IN)

Mr. Vinoth Sivam joined ICICI Bank as an Assistant Genera Manager - Technology in Juy 2015. Currently, he is leading technology & engineering for enterprise mobility across business verticals, Digital Payments in mobile apps, Devops, Digital Transformation & program implementation, innovation specific to mobile - Bots, AI & Machine Learning, New generation payments and mCommerce integrations

 

MARIA SIT

Chief Client Experience & Digital Officer - Sun Life Hong Kong (HK)

Maria has over 20 years of corporate and consulting experience in digital transformation and marketing management. She is passionate about creating human centered digital services and culture for businesses where client experience is a strategic core priority.

Maria spent 10 years at HeathWallace, a leading international digital design and marketing firm, where she founded in 2006 their user experience design business for Asia Pacific. She worked with a number of financial services firms across Asia and Australia to help them deliver on their brand promise and pursue sustainable growth through market-leading digital engagement platforms. Prior to joining HeathWallace, Maria spent six years at AXA Investment Managers in London, Paris and Hong Kong where she was responsible for developing the asset manager'ss global online strategy and marketing capabilities as their Head of Change Management for Global Marketing & eBusiness. Maria began her career developing client acquisition and retention programs for global consumer banks in Hong Kong.

VOLODYMYR PANCHENKO

Founder and CEO - DMarket (Ukraine)

CEO of DMarket. He is the #1 private merchant of computer games, with more than 15 million copies sold via eBay, G2A, and Kinguin in the past five years. He is also the founder of Skins.Cash, the second largest marketplace for in-game item trading (more than 12 million items sold in 2016). He is also the co-founder of DreamTeam, the first eSports and gaming recruitment and management platform based on blockchain and smart contracts.

 
 

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.

 

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

 

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.

ROSS MILWARD

Chief Technology Officer & Co-Founder of Quantifeed (HK)

Ross Milward leads Quantifeed’s technology and engineering efforts to deliver innovative digital wealth management solutions. Before co-founding Quantifeed, he spent more than 15 years in investment banking, holding senior positions in equity and equity derivatives technology. His expertise is in developing and managing large-scale enterprise-level global trading and risk systems.

A former managing director, Ross has worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. He has held multiple global and regional leadership roles, most recently as head of equities technology in Asia. He has worked in Hong Kong, Sydney and London.

Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Honours and is a Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia. He likes pushing his limits through long distance triathlon races.

 
 

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.

 

DR. PAUL SIN

Consulting Partner & FinTech leader - Deloitte China (HK)

Dr. Paul Sin is a consulting partner and FinTech leader in Deloitte China, based in Hong Kong. He also leads the Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab in Deloitte.  


He has over 20 years of IT management and consulting experience focusing on the financial services sector. Prior to joining Deloitte, Paul had served as the CEO of a Fintech, CIO and IT Director for financial institutes in the region, as well as a practice leader for EY, PwC, and IBM, specializing in emerging technologies including AI/RPA, Blockchain, Cloud, and Digital.

 

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.

 

PAUL DU LONG

Managing Director - Otonomos (Hong Kong) Limited

Paul lived in Singapore for almost two years prior to relocating to Hong Kong at the beginning of 2017. Paul first traveled to Asia after completing his Masters in Finance at Nyenrode Business University, and quickly fell in love with the culture and business potential in Asia. His current mission is to setup the Hong Kong branch of Otonomos - originally founded in Singapore in 2015. Paul started several start-ups in the Netherlands mostly combining his passion for business, blockchain and technology. His objective is to make blockchain technology commercially applicable and use this brave new technology to solve real business issues.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

WON BEOM KIM

CEO & Founder - Blocko (South Korea)

Won-beom Kim is a founder and CEO of Blocko. He has worked on developing database and file system for his career before founding Blocko. His expertise in database system includes distributed database, relational database, and so on. He has studied computer science at Boston University.

 

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 insurance game as it makes it a lot easier to ignore the old ways of doing things.

CHIPPER BOULAS

 

Co-Founder - Demetr Ventures (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.

 

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.

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.

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.

 

CYNTHIA SZE

AIG - Head of Financial Lines for Greater China

Cynthia Sze is the head of financial lines for Greater China at AIG Insurance Hong Kong. She has more than 17 years of underwriting experience in the industry, specialising in professional indemnity, directors and officers liability, cyber liability and crime and portfolio management. She has been with AIG for more than seven years, focusing on the design and implementation of insurance programmes for large and multinational clients. Before joining AIG, Cynthia was the head of financial lines of a major international insurance company and had worked in various business operations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the Asia-Pacific regional office. Cynthia is ACII accredited, holds a B.A. in business administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received a Graduate Diploma in English and Hong Kong law from Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

JASON CHARLES KELLY

Head of Liability & Financial Lines - AIG 

Jason Kelly is an insurance professional with almost 20 years’ experience across the globe. Joining AIG in 1999 in New York, Jason has worked extensively across a variety of portfolios under Financial Services including the technology D&O portfolio in the AIG San Francisco office and International D&O based in London. Moving to Asia in 2009, Jason currently manages all Liability and Financial Lines products in Greater China, Australasia and S. Korea including cyber liability, professional indemnity and general liability. Jason brings a wealth of knowledge from the developed markets of the United States, Europe,
developed Asia and Australia/New Zealand to the developing markets of South East Asia. He is considered an expert speaker across the Financial Lines portfolio and is often asked to provide his insights throughout Asia on various trending issues including the Internet of Things and Cyber Risk.

 

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.

 

BRIAN WILSON

Partner - KPMG Forensic (CN)

Brian is a Partner in the KPMG Forensic practice based in Shanghai, China. He leads our Forensic Technology and Compliance Risk Management solutions for China and Hong Kong. Brian has 20 years supporting organizations with reviewing and enhancing compliance programs to mitigate risk across their operations. He specialises in technology solutions designed to support internal, external, and regulatory investigations and corporate compliance programs. Brian also has extensive experience with respect to domestic and international investigations involving fraud, misconduct, earnings management, bribery, and corruption.

Brian has led domestic, multi-jurisdictional, and cross-border investigations in relation to policy violations; alleged fraud, misconduct, and earnings management; potential regulatory concerns such as market abuse, insider trading, sanctions violations, and bribery and corruption; and digital investigations in relation to data breaches and exfiltration, intellectual property theft, and corporate network intrusions and use of malware. Brian has designed and assisted with the implementation of forensic and compliance data analytics and reporting solutions to monitor compliance with program objectives, identify emerging compliance trends, and to provide compliance, legal, and management with personalized compliance dashboards enabling quicker decision making, reduced overall compliance costs, and enhanced regulatory compliance. Areas of expertise: Advisory Anti- Bribery and Corruption Services Forensic Technology Services Investigations Risk Consulting.

 

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.

 

NOAH SILVERMAN

Founder - Helios.ai (HK)

Noah Silverman holds a PhD in statistics from UCLA, and has worked with data and technology for over 20 years. The focus of Dr. Silverman’s work is on developing probabilistic models for complex and stochastic system. Dr. Silverman’s specialties include: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Hierarchical Bayesian Models, classifiers, support vector machines, and textual analysis.  He has authored several papers on mathematical modeling of complex data systems with innovative analysis methods.  In addition, he has developed successful solutions for a large number of clients in Finance, Digital Advertising, Sports Betting, Crypto-currency, Education, Medical, and other industries. Prior to consulting, he conceptualized and founded several technology firms including webclipping.com and trademarktracker.com. Dr. Silverman currently runs a consulting firm in Hong Kong, Helios.ai

 

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.

 

MATEJ MICHALKO

Founder & CEO - DECENT (CN)

Matej Michalko is a Blockchain Pioneer and Entrepreneur, with 6+ years of Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency experience.

Matej founded and serves as CEO of DECENT: Blockchain Content Distribution Network.

He founded and served as CEO of China’s first international Bitcoin Conference taking place in 2014. Starting in 2013, Matej  founded and led many Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency conferences in Austria, China, Belgium, UK (BitcoinExpo, Central European Bitcoin Expo, BTC2B Congress) and more.

Matej founded world’s first Bitcoin Marketing agency in the world. He also founded the first Cryptocurrency e-Gaming Consulting Firm and served as a consultant in the Isle of Man. Matej is a regular speaker at major conferences about the immense potential and vertical integration of Blockchain Technologies into various industries.

Matej’s interest in online privacy was fueled first while studying Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne where he completed a project implementing privacy protection for mobile devices at Nokia Research Center. Since 2011 he became extensively involved with Bitcoin. Mining at his own laptop in the beginning, later switching to GPUs and ASICs.

 

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.

 

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. 

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. 

 

WILLIAM MICHAEL GENOVESE

Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Research and Planning – Banking, Financial Markets and IT Services at Huawei Technologies (CN)

William (Bill) is Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Research and Planning – Banking, FinancialMarkets and IT Services at Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen, China. Bill’s responsibilities include the further development of Huawei’s Financial Services Industry Strategy with research and formulation of new solutions encompassing technology and business architectures, emerging technologies, and evolving business models in the FinTech / RegTech era across the financial services sector.

 

Actively involved in developing cloud-based ‘as-a-Service’ solution offerings Bill is a leader in research for Huawei with Open APIs in banking, blockchain, distributed ledger technology/ smart contracts across banking and financial markets and IoT.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2016, Bill was a CIO and CTO for a Blockchain Strategy and Technology company in the US, and a Principal Advisor for a CIO Advisory Consulting firm. Bill has spent most of his career with IBM, KPMG, and Wells Fargo Bank, stationed in Europe, Americas, and Asia Pacific regions working holding various senior management roles such as CIO, CTO, Principal Advisor and Executive Architect. 

Bill has a proven track record over 24 years comprised of leadership through consulting design, and implementation of Enterprise IT system on an enterprise scale for global corporations. His passion includes raising architectural maturity for organizations by aligning business and technical strategy, and leading and inspiring people to deliver outcomes and drive increased performance. Bill has a high level of expertise including business engagement and technical leadership with a proven ability to partner, execute, and deliver cross-enterprise portfolio-level initiatives focused on the convergence of data and analytics, digitalization, and cloud computing through Enterprise Architecture.

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.

 

Managing Director - Asia Capital Markets Institute (HK)

BRIAN W TANG

Brian W Tang is founder of Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI), an inclusive platform for global thought leadership, industry-wide consensus-building and transformational technology, educational and policy solutions that reinforce professionalism, efficiency and innovation to foster trust and integrity. ACMI’s fintechcfocus includes Online Capital Marketplaces, RegTech and Artificial Intelligence. Brian is the Fintech Association of Hong Kong’s RegTech Committee co-chairman and has contributed chapters to The FinTech Book, Reconceptualising Global Finance and Its Regulation and the upcoming The RegTech Book on AI Responsibility Frameworks.

 

As a corporate finance lawyer who has worked on some of the world’s largest financial services and technology fundraisings, Brian was previously at global investment bank Credit Suisse in Hong Kong, and law firms Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Silicon Valley, and Mallesons in Perth, Australia.

Brian is also founder of educational social enterprise Young Makers & ChangeMakers.

 
 

GIANLUCA PIZZITUTI

CEO & Co-Founder - VeloTrade (HK)

Started his career in the Equity Derivatives group at Dresdner Kleinwort in London. Then, Gianluca moved to Singapore in 2009 where he founded and managed his proprietary trading company, engaging in high-frequency equity and currency derivatives. Involved in Velotrade in Hong Kong since 2014.

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).

GARVIN CHEN

Head of Products - KapitalWise (USA)

 
 

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.

 

MAGGIE NG

Founder & CEO, FinEx Asia (HK)

Maggie has close to 20 years of banking experience and held various senior positions in both business and risk management at Citibank. In 2017, she co-founded FinEX Asia, the first global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with global high quality and low volatility asset classes. Maggie most recently served as the Asia and EMEA Head of Unsecured Lending at Citibank N.A. Prior to that, she headed credit card and unsecured lending businesses at Citibank Hong Kong. In addition to a broad geographic business experience, Maggie also gained extensive risk management knowledge as Chief Risk Officer for Citibank Hong Kong. Prior to Citibank, Maggie held senior positions at Ernst & Young (Australia) and Broken Hill Proprietary (HK) Ltd.

 

MARY MCHALE

Business Development Director, Financial Services, Asia-Pacific – Equinix 

With more than 25 years of experience in sales and market development, Mary McHale is a passionate business leader. At Equinix she is responsible for building new relationships and creating interconnection opportunities across multiple industry verticals to develop the Equinix Digital Commerce Ecosystem.

In this role, Ms. McHale coordinates and builds on Equinix’s existing community of banks, payment providers, payment gateways, card associations, and mobile wallet providers across the region. She also works to create new relationships with other key players in the ecosystem including FinTech start-ups, regulators and professional organizations focused on advancing the opportunities for companies to accelerate their business potential.

Prior to joining Equinix, Ms. McHale was Vice President, Senior Engagement Manager Financial Services at Nielsen where she co-led the development of a new vertical for the company that supported the sale of consumer research and insights to financial services companies. She also spent more than a decade with Citigroup where she held a variety of roles overseeing regional strategy, cross-border payments and wealth management growth for 17 markets.

 

Ms. McHale holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from DePaul University – Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Marquette University.

 

MAAIKE STEINEBACH

Chief Executive Hong Kong, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Maaike is currently Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Branch and Managing Director of the Institutional Banking & Markets Business for Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Hong Kong.

 

Maaike has been in banking for 20 years having worked across multiple jurisdictions and financial institutions including ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank. Since 2003 she is based in Asia having worked in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. 

 

At CBA HK she provides oversight for the Institutional Banking and Markets and Private Wealth business, supports the bank’s business development in China and is the executive sponsor of the Innovation Lab that opened in January 2016, driving corporate innovation for CBA across the region.

 

Maaike is founding board member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and sits on the board of the Australian Chamber of Commerce to Hong Kong & Macau. She is passionate about technology and inclusive leadership and actively coaches and mentors companies and individuals around change and innovation. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.

 

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.

 

GAURAV MEHTA

Head of Business Development & Sales - WeInvest

Gaurav is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working across financial services, technology and media. Gaurav is Skilled in Business Development, Digital Strategy, Marketing Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, and Sales. Strong engineering professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Strategy, Finance and Marketing from The University of Hong Kong and London Business School. 
 

He has worked with leading global brands across the media space like Disney & Viacom across the globe and post his MBA he became a private banker focussed on Ultra High Networth Individuals . He now is a part of the Fintech Startup ecosystem and is the Head of Sales for WeInvest - Asia’s First B2B2C Robo Advisory platform as a service. WeInvest is Live in Asia with OCBC bank and a boutique family offices and are in the process of launching operations in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Dubai e. Gaurav is Skilled in Business Development, Digital Strategy, Marketing Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, and Sales. Strong engineering professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Strategy, Finance and Marketing from The University of Hong Kong and London Business School. 

 

JEFF PARKER

Managing Director - Asia Pacific, WorldFirst

Jeff joined World First in April 2017 as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific with responsibility for driving World First’s expanding operations in the region. Before joining World First, Jeff was on the executive board at OFX – formerly OzForex – most recently in the role of Chief Enterprise Officer with responsibility for growing the B2B business globally. He also gained considerable financial services experience as a director at Macquarie Bank, a Senior Manager at Accenture and various roles at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Jeff is also an ACMA qualified management accountant.

 

KETAN SAMANI

Managing Director, Chief Digital Officer, Wealth Management APAC - UBS

Jeff joined World First in April 2017 as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific with responsibility for driving World First’s expanding operations in the region. Before joining World First, Jeff was on the executive board at OFX – formerly OzForex – most recently in the role of Chief Enterprise Officer with responsibility for growing the B2B business globally. He also gained considerable financial services experience as a director at Macquarie Bank, a Senior Manager at Accenture and various roles at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Jeff is also an ACMA qualified management accountant.

 

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.

 

YAN-YAN LI

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

Yan-Yan is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer responsible for legal and compliance, operational matters, as well as overseeing operational due diligence at SAIL Advisors Limited.  Yan-Yan has over 23 years of experience in the financial industry.  She joined SAIL in April 2007 from State Street Global Advisors Asia Limited where she was the Head of Legal & Compliance for Asia ex-Japan for seven years.  Prior to SSgA, Yan-Yan was an Assistant Director at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as part of the Legal and Compliance Team, the Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer at Peregrine Asset Management Limited and a legal adviser at Bermuda Trust (Hong Kong) Limited.  She started her career in Vancouver, British Columbia and moved to Hong Kong in 1990 to join a Canadian law firm.  Yan-Yan holds a law degree from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia and is admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia, Canada; Law Society of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom and Law Society of Hong Kong. She is a member of 100 Women in Finance - Education Committee and is a board director of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation in Hong Kong.

 

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)

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.

 
 

LUCY WERNER

Head of Sales Finance and Fintech partnerships - Google

Lucy Werner joined Google in January 2015. She oversees the Finance business at Google and is focused on educating companies and agencies to make the best use of digital marketing to reach and engage new customers.

Prior to Google, Lucy has over 10 years of experience in online and advertising industries in San Francisco, London and Hong Kong. She has started her own company and worked for multi-national companies such as JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Deloitte.

 

Lucy received her Bachelor of Commerce and CPA from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 

JOHN ROBSON

Chief Commercial Officer - Quantifeed

John Robson drives Quantifeed’s client partnerships. He works with financial institutions to assist them in developing their digital wealth management future.
 
Based in Hong Kong for over 20 years, he has held regional leadership roles at JP Morgan, Nomura and Merrill Lynch managing teams which serviced the region’s consumer and private banks. His career has been focused on the development of investment platforms and products. He has been instrumental in introducing significant product innovation to wealth management platforms in Hong Kong, London and Tokyo.
 
John has been a board member of several private and public listed companies.

 

EMILY RANDALL

Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific - Edge Technology Group

As Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for Edge Technology Group, Emily Randall oversees the region’s day-to-day operations, business development, and growth strategy. Now in its 11th year, Edge has become partner to over 300 funds delivering only the highest caliber of talent with in-depth industry knowledge, expertise and a passion for excellence in the areas of IT strategy, cyber security, and private cloud hosting services. Emily joined the Edge team in 2015 to expand the Singapore office and establish the Hong Kong office. Under her leadership, Edge has quickly distinguished itself as the premier IT partner for Asia-based hedge funds, with over twenty-five employees supporting many of the largest funds in the region. Based in Hong Kong since 2010, Emily uses her local expertise and understanding of regional requirements to ensure the Edge platform consistently meets the unique needs of each of her clients. Before joining Edge, Emily held several leadership roles with Eze Software Group and served as COO for Messer Financial Software.

URSZULA McCORMACK

Partner – King & Wood Mallesons

Urszula McCormack is a financial regulatory specialist based in Hong Kong, focussing on financial technology and financial crime.  Key areas of her expertise include:

Digital currency and blockchain-based tokens (including ICOs);
Online banking, trading and advisory services; and
Peer-to-Peer lending platforms;
New payment systems; and
Stored value facilities.
 
In the financial crime arena, Urszula has had a pivotal role in developing the Hong Kong AML/CTF framework, through her work as lead lawyer for The Hong Kong Association of Banks.  Urszula is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist with ACAMS.  She is also an Editorial Board member for the Lexis© Practical Guidance Financial Services series and author of its Anti-Bribery and Corruption and UK Modern Slavery series. 
 
Urszula is admitted to practise law in Hong Kong, England & Wales and New South Wales (Australia). She speaks fluent English, Polish and French.”

 
 

BIN TANG

Head of IT - Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited

Mr. Tang joined ICBC head offce in 2005 and moved to ICBC(Asia) in 2014.

Mr. Tang has extensive experience of information system construction and promotion in banking, insurance, investment and leasing field, such as ICBC overseas core-banking system(FOVA), ICBC-AXA Life Insurance System, ICBC International Holdings Investment banking system, ICBC Leasing System.

During the FOVA system transformation and promotion, Mr. Tang made a great contribution for more than 20 overseas institutions of ICBC Group.

 

Mr. Tang also lead the Fintech innovation in ICBC(Asia) by applying latest FinTech trend to company’s projects to meet business challenges, such as block chain, big data, AI, biometric recognition,etc.

 

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.