2019 Speakers

2019 Speakers

Jakub Zakrzewski

General Manager, APAC


Jakub Zakrzewski is a General Manager at Revolut, currently responsible for launching its operations across Asian markets.

Before Revolut, Jakub was Head of Growth at Easyship, a 500 Startups VC portfolio company that won Hong Kong’s Technology Company of the Year Award in 2017, joining as one of its early employees in 2015.

Prior to joining Easyship, Jakub worked at Lazada (Rocket Internet’s most successful venture up to date, acquired by Alibaba for $1bn+ in 2016) as a first employee in Singapore, where he established business intelligence and online marketing departments at the company. He holds a Master of Science in Finance degree, awarded from ESADE Business School in Barcelona where he wrote his master thesis on "Cases of Angel Investing in Europe".

Juliana Chua

Head of Digital Transformation

NTUC Income

Juliana Chua is Head of Digital Transformation at NTUC Income (INCOME), Singapore’s largest composite insurer serving the protection, savings and investment needs of more than 2 million customers and a total assets of over $36 billion.

Juliana has a background in International Business Management (INSEAD), IP Law (NUS Law), Computer Science (Loughborough, UK) and leads the programme to digitise INCOME’s core businesses by adoption of design thinking and agile methodology. Juliana worked across continents in the US, China, Japan, India, UK, Singapore and is inventor to 6 patents/applications and designs for upstream innovation.

Prior INCOME, Juliana is Director of the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International where she forayed into US, China, Japan and Singapore markets for strategic partnerships. INCOME is Juliana’s 8th company in her career, where she previously served the World #1 innovation leader – IBM UK, Asia leading IP law firm – Spruson & Ferguson, Singapore’s largest technology office – Exploit Technologies of A*STAR, Japan MNC – Nitto Denko, as well as launched 2 startups into markets worldwide.

Abhinav Mishra

Independent Quantitative Research & Artificial Intelligence

New York University

Abhinav has 12+ years of industry experience working with major investment banks across US, UK, EU and Asia markets. His key areas of focus
have been trading, risk management, quantitative financial modelling, artificial intelligence and data analytics. His work has received multiple
CTO Platinum awards and recognition in the US Bankers’ magazine. 

Prior to Value3, Abhinav was Vice President for Financial Markets at a leading international investment bank based in Singapore. He was also
Singapore Chair of NextGen Business Resource Group and Board member of Singapore Diversity Council.
He is also active in developing the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as mentor and advisor for multiple startup incubators. He
is an active key note speaker at various international conference on the topics of credit risk, artificial intelligence, model development and
validation, algo based systems and the future of financial markets.

Abhinav holds a MS in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Mumbai.

Zennon Kapron

Founder and Director


Zennon is the Founder and Director of Kapronasia, one of Asia’s leading providers of consulting services focusing on the FinTech industry. Zennon has been involved in financial technology for over 20 years and covers all topics FinTech and blockchain. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel-based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. Zennon has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on issues of China FinTech and is the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Dan Liebau


Lightbulb Capital

Daniel (Dan) is the Founder of Singapore based Lightbulb Capital. The firm was founded in 2014 in Hong Kong to help realize the potential of innovation and novel technologies to transform financial services. Today the company is a corporate finance boutique with a focus on FinTech and blockchain. Dan is appointed affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University for Innovation in Finance, FinTech, Blockchain, and digital assets. He is also a visiting professor at IE business school in its top-ranked Master in Finance program. He is also a Review Editor for Frontiers Financial Blockchain academic journal and works on research projects. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on Blockchain and Innovation in Financial Services. Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited.

He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC’s Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 19 years of Investment Banking Technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate within the Finance department of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University where he researches Blockchain and AI and it effects on Finance. Previously he graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and holds a Master in Finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain.

Johnson Poh

Executive Director - Head, Group Enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI)


Johnson Poh has been a Data Scientist with experience spanning across the finance, consulting and government sectors for the past decade. His present and past professional appointments include being Executive Director & Head Enterprise Artificial Intelligence for UOB Group, Head Data Science/Practice Lead at DBS Bank, Chief Data Scientist, ASEAN at Booz Allen Hamilton as well as Principal Data Scientist at Ministry of Defence, Singapore respectively.

Johnson also serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Singapore Management University (SMU) where his focus areas include applied statistical computing, machine learning as well as big data tools and techniques. He completed his bachelor’s degree at University of California, Berkeley, majoring in the subjects of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Economics. He received his postgraduate degree in Statistics at Yale University.

Prakash Somosundram

Founder and CEO


Julie Armstrong



As key evangelist for the ChartIQ suite of products, Armstrong supports ChartIQ’s mission to deliver solutions to evolve finance world technologies. Throughout her career, Armstrong has remained committed to evolving the financial marketplace with new solutions, while remaining loyal to customers and teammates. With over two decades of experience in the financial marketplace, Armstrong has held leadership roles at Townsend Analytics and CME Group. In 2017, she won a Markets Media Women in Finance award.

Shailesh Naik

Founder and CEO


Alan Jones

Business Solutions Director APAC


Alan Jones is responsible for Business Development across Asia Pacific at SmartStream and works with financial institutions in the region to improve their operational efficiency. Alan has been with the company for 16 years and, prior to moving to APAC, was the Product Manager for the SmartStream’s TLM Corporate Actions solution. Alan has more than 25 years’ industry experience within the financial services industry. Before joining SmartStream, he managed the Corporate Actions, Income Processing and Tax Departments for American Express Private Investment Bank. Whilst at American Express, Alan managed several significant projects dealing with the inception of new tax rules, implementation of new systems, procedures and business transformation initiatives.

Abhinav Mishra

Independent Quantitative Research & Artificial Intelligence

New York University

Abhinav has 12+ years of industry experience working with major investment banks across US, UK, EU and Asia markets. His key areas of focus
have been trading, risk management, quantitative financial modelling, artificial intelligence and data analytics. His work has received multiple
CTO Platinum awards and recognition in the US Bankers’ magazine. 

Prior to Value3, Abhinav was Vice President for Financial Markets at a leading international investment bank based in Singapore. He was also
Singapore Chair of NextGen Business Resource Group and Board member of Singapore Diversity Council.
He is also active in developing the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as mentor and advisor for multiple startup incubators. He
is an active key note speaker at various international conference on the topics of credit risk, artificial intelligence, model development and
validation, algo based systems and the future of financial markets.

Abhinav holds a MS in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Mumbai.

Victor Alexiev

Director, Head of Programs and Strategic Partnerships for Citi Ventures APAC


Victor heads Citi Ventures’ Programs and Strategic Partnerships across APAC. His focus is on developing the infrastructure, networks and talent necessary for the continuous origination of impactful ideas and experiments that have the potential to transform the financial industry.

Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker focused on business model innovation and advanced decision automation. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology ventures across the globe.

Jamie Vachon

Former Global Head of Technology

Eastspring Investments

Jamie was responsible for all of technology functions for Eastspring Investments, across 13 countries. Eastspring Investments is a leading asset manager in Asia that manages over USD180 billion assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. Eastspring Investments is the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc.

Jamie has extensive experience in driving business value through technology, both within the context of large change programs and also through operational excellence. His work spans multiple industry verticals and organisations as well as international geographies. He excels at building high performing teams and solid stakeholder relationships through strong communication, perseverance, empathy and focus.

Jamie has played a wide variety of roles, from Head of Technology, where he is responsible for strategy definition and operational stability/improvement to Principal Consultant, where he led a number of significant programs of work. He brings expertise in the complete project lifecycle from business case development and requirements capture, to complex plan and budget preparations, vendor selection/management, configuration, testing, and implementation. As well, his strong technical background allows him to fully understand the challenges his teams face and to provide oversight and validation of technical solutions (including internal, external, and vendor resources).

Rick Lakhiani

Director of Regulatory Reform Implementation


Rick Lakhiani manages the implementation of the major regulatory reform initiatives in Asia Pacific region for Citi's Markets and Securities Services business. This includes the regional implementation of Dodd-Frank, EMIR, MiFID2 and derivative regulatory reforms being implemented in individual Asian jurisdictions. Mr. Lakhiani has spent nearly 15 years at Citigroup and has over 20 years capital markets experience. He has worked in variety of roles in functions across the bank that has included Sales, Business Management, Financial Control & Compliance. Mr. Lakhiani holds a MA in Law from Oxford and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005

Sarath Madakayil

Senior Business Consultant Apac

SmartStream Technologies

Rainer Michael Preiss

Portfolio Strategist

Taurus Family Office

Currently serves as Portfolio Strategist at Taurus Family Office.   Taurus is Multi Family Office based in Singapore which advised on USD 2.1 billion in Assets under Advise.

Previously, Chief Equity Strategist at Standard Chartered Bank and a member of the bank’s Global Investment Council where he was responsible for the” house-view” on Equities.  

Mr. Preiss has 25 years experience in global financial markets have worked in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Middle East and Africa and Singapore in various investment and research functions.

Mr. Preiss is a graduate of the European Business School with a major in Finance and international economics, having studied at the schools centers in London, Paris and Bologna, Italy in the respective local languages. In addition he studied in Japan, Korea, and China.

Mr. Preiss has taught extensively on Finance and Wealth Management in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

He has also been a guest lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he taught on Technical Analysis as well as a course on Banking & Financial Institutions with a focus on China's Financial System. In Singapore he taught a course on Credit Derivatives at SMU (Singapore Management University)

Mr. Preiss has also been invited to teach and has designed courses for The Graduate School of The People's Bank of China, China's Central Bank and is currently an Adjunct Researcher at Singapore’s  NTU – Nanyang Technology University Centre of African Studies.  The mandate of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS) is to develop awareness of Africa as an investment destination, and to develop thought leadership and capacity for doing business in Africa.

Previously he was advisor and founding member of the Asian Bond Market Forum an initiative by the Thai Ministry of Finance. In Singapore he is the co-founder of the Blockchain and Crypto Association of Singapore.

Mr. Preiss is also a frequent contributor to International media like CNBC and Bloomberg TV and a Columnist for FORBES Magazine global edition www.forbes.com as well as local editions in Indonesia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.  In Vietnam he is a columnist and editorial adviser to The Manager Magazine, http://nhaquanly.vn/


Stanley Park

Managing Director & Head of Legal APAC


Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal - Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014.

Stanley graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1985 and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Stanley has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1994.

Jason Lee

Managing Director and Associate General Counsel

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Jason is a leader in JPMorgan’s APAC Legal Team. Among his different responsibilities, Jason leads Technology and Data Legal for JPMorgan in APAC. In this capacity Jason has advised internal clients on wide-ranging technology-centered matters, including end-to-end entity and tech build-out across APAC, cloud and cyber regulations, DLT, crypto, data localization, alternative messaging apps and client-facing redesign and delivery programs to drive increased customer acquisition. Beyond data and technology, Jason has also led transactions involving structured finance, securitizations and commodities for a variety of clients including financial institutions, sovereigns and buy-side investors. Jason has worked in London, Sydney and Singapore in private practice and for financial institutions and is qualified in four different jurisdictions.

Kurt Eldridge

Managing Director, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific


Kurt Eldridge is the Head of Sales for Asia Pacific at Broadridge, based in Singapore. He has over 20 years of experience in senior client facing roles in the financial industry across Asia Pacific and North America, most recently as EVP Global Sales Director at SmartStream Technologies. Kurt is responsible for driving growth across the region by helping clients to reduce the complexity of their operations.

Celine Le Cotonnec

Chief Data Officer


Celine Le Cotonnec is Chief Data Officer of AXA Insurance Singapore, handling Business Intelligence, Big Data/Analytics, and Innovation. Prior to AXA, she was Head of China connected services, digital marketing & mobility at car manufacturer, PSA Peugeot Citroen China where she lived for the past 12 years. She is currently leading the transformation projects within AXA Insurance Singapore on Data Science, Platform Architecture, Data Management and Business Intelligence as well as setting up partnerships with startups, fintech, and major tech companies to develop innovative insurance products and services for the sharing economy and new mobility.

Suresh Neelakantan

Director, Digital Transformation


Accomplished digital transformation veteran, driving creative thinking and a results across Private Banking and Wealth Management spectrum. Driven and managed process, systems, people across boundaries and cultures. Executed various business and digital transformation initiatives across Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Passion to drive fintech evolution present, and keen on development of new partnerships, incubators and accelerators, facilitated by the human touch.

Namita Bhide

Managing Director & Founder

Denim Consulting

Namita Bhide is Managing Director & Founder of Denim Consulting is a boutique creative banking consulting offering advisory services to Corporates, FinTech & RegTech firms. A seasoned financial services leader "FinTech before it was FinTech” with over 20 years experience in Innovation, Payments, Digital Transformation, Risk & Compliance, across buy and sell-side business lines. She has held several global & regional roles at Deutsche Bank, UBS, Standard Chartered Bank and consulting firms. At Deutsche Bank, Namita helped setup four Retail Banks in emerging markets. Most recently, she was the global lead for Innovation for Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank. She is an advocate for gender equity and believes in the strength of diverse, inclusive teams to create better innovative solutions.

Edmund Situmorang

Chief Technology Officer

PT Teknologi Tujuh Asia

Over 15 years management experience with passion in Marketing Strategy, Information Technology, and Human Capital Development with a motto of “Invest on People”.  Has been a speaker and Community Resource on Data Scientist and Artificial Intelligence. And has been invited to many Asia & International Leaders’ Summit to speak on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Project Management and Digital Marketing.

Has been studying abroad since early teens, graduated High School in the Philippines and finished his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and took on Master’s in Business at the age of 17.

Krishna Atkuru

Head of Engineering, Payments

Grab Financial Group

Krishna Atkuru is part of the Grab Financial Group(GFG)’s management team and holds the position of Head of Engineering, Payments. In his current role, he is responsible for the core payments as well as Rewards, Fraud and Data engineering teams across the SEA region. He has also helped incubate multiple joint ventures within GFG such as Lending and Insurance.

Most recently before Grab, Krishna was part of the CDO organisation in Standard Chartered and built out their Big Data engineering practise across KL, Singapore and Chennai. Prior to Standard Chartered, Krishna worked with Goldman Sachs, Apple and Google in various technical leadership roles in India, US and UK. He has a Bachelors of Engineering degree from BITS, Pilani, India.

Nisha Paramjothi



Nisha currently heads up strategic investments & fundraising initiatives at MatchMove.

Prior to joining MatchMove, she spent 12+ years at CIMB focusing on new market expansion, strategic investments, as well as business transformation initiatives across the region. She has been actively involved in CIMB’s expansion strategy, including regional M&A deals and joint ventures.

As part of CIMB’s digital journey, she drove the set up of CIMB Fintech, built strategic partnerships with leading Fintech players as well as led forays into new markets via digital attacker propositions

Before life at CIMB, Nisha began her career in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions.

Nisha holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Degree from the London School of Economics

Anshul Rajput

Solutions Architect Lead, Apac


Anshul has over 10 years of professional experience in requirement engineering on post-trade services. He specializes in implementation of Corporate Action solutions, and has a verifiable track record in revamping and automating complex business processes for major financial services entities across the globe including asset managers, global custodians, investment banks, private banks and stock exchanges.

Anshul is very experienced in conducting solution design workshops and user trainings, capturing and elaborating business requirements, designing the target operational and interface models for automation solution implementation.

Anshul holds the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) issued by Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI – UK), and has an Engineering degree in Computer Sciences.


Neeraj Sundarajoo (Raj)

CEO and Co-Founder


Neeraj Sundarajoo (Raj) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zeemart, a Food Services e-Marketplace founded with the sole purpose of helping F&B operators and suppliers achieve operational excellence through digital transformation. Founded in 2017, Raj spearheaded Zeemart’s fund raising and has raised S$10 million from investors. Through his leadership the Zeemart team has grown to be 70 man strong with a regional presence. In 2018, Raj was one of 3 Entrepreneurs from Singapore selected to participate in the EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs Program, a global program for start-ups with cutting edge ideas.

Driven towards helping restaurants better manage their procurement and improve savings, Zeemart was recently selected as one of the 20 hottest start-ups by Singapore Business Review.

Prior to Zeemart, Raj co-founded Comwerks in 2002, a digital agency that was successfully acquired by WPP in 2010. Post-acquisition Raj served as the Group Managing Director handling WPP’s largest digital businesses including Wunderman, Enfatico, AdPeople and Comwerks.

In 2013 in recognition of his achievements, he was awarded the DBS/SICCI Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as the OCBC/ASME Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. An avid cricket player, Raj has played and managed Singapore’s National Indoor Cricket Team.

Manoj Bhardwaj

Project Director


Manoj has been helping financial institutions in mastering enterprise data landscape for years. Key areas have been enhancing data quality controls, reducing operational risk, establishing data governance & streamlining end-end processes from data sourcing to export.

Dr. Guan Seng Khoo

Changi Airports International & Investment Firms

Former Head of ERM/GRC, AIMCo

Dr GS Khoo has over 28 years of data-mining, corporate and startup work-experience, focusing on risk and fund analytics. He joined Temasek Holdings in 2009 from Standard Chartered Bank, where he was the Global Head, Group Risk Analytics, heading the global team performing all global risk models validation for Basel & BIPRU compliance, and liaised with all the financial regulators in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including the FSA (UK), the FSS (Korea), CBRC, HKMA and MAS (Singapore). At Temasek Holdings, he focused on developing novel investment performance and portfolio risk management metrics, applicable across the whole spectrum of investment asset classes and horizons. He resigned from Temasek in Dec 2010 to relocate to Canada and joined Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCO), based in Edmonton in 2011, as the Head of ERM/GRC. Subsequently, he returned to Singapore in early 2016 to head the ERM function at Changi Airports International, the global investment arm of Changi Airport Group.

In his other previous roles, he designed and managed an AI-based algorithmic hedge fund at Man Investment Products (Man Group plc.) in the 90s, was Head of Innovation (Strategy & Business Devt.) at the Singapore Exchange, was Group Chief Risk Officer at a SE Asian conglomerate (RHB Capital, Malaysia) and was based in Chicago and Denver in 2001-02, providing investment and trading analytics to clients trading on the ECNs in N America and in the Asia-Pacific. He also provided advisory services to the regulators, family offices, research institutes, global and Asian banks in Malaysia, Thailand, India, Singapore, China, HK, Indonesia and Indo-China. In addition, he has also advised startup companies in S'pore, Silicon Valley and Vancouver.

He has a PhD in Physics, and has done post-doctoral work at Nagoya University, MSI's (Molecular Simulations Inc.) research centers at Caltech (Pasadena, California), Boston and at Teijin-MSI in Tokyo, Japan on computer-aided drug design and AI-based data mining. In academia, he published over 30 journal papers on financial engineering, artificial intelligence (AI) applications in financial markets and materials science. He has also published chapters on enterprise risk management for financial institutions in "Operational Risk 2.0", (Riskbooks/Incisive Media, 2007), investment management in "Sovereign Asset Management for a post-crisis World", (Riskbooks, 2011). Other publications included articles in Investment & Pensions Asia (IPA) magazine (Sept/Oct issue, 2010) where he demonstrated a deficient frontier outcome (instead of efficient frontier), entitled, "Rethinking Investment Decision-making post-GFC (Global Financial Crisis)" as well as on "Strategic Risk Allocation" in IPA Magazine (Sept/Oct 2011 issue). He has also been a speaker and panelist on "Long-term Investing" & "Hedge Fund Investing" at the 2012 Asia & Middle East Govt. Funds Roundtable, (Institutional Investors, Nov, 2012) and on "Emerging Markets and FX Risks" at the Asian Pension Funds Roundtables (Pacific Pension Institute, 2010-2012) and also presented a paper on "Valuation & Risk Issues in Illiquid Investments", in Seoul, S. Korea for Korea's pension fund association in 2012. He recently spoke at the 8th World Pensions Forum in Brussels (May 23-24, 2019) on “AI applications in Investment Management and Late Stage Venture Investing”. Currently, he also advises and teaches on Digital Risk Management, encompassing infosecurity, data lifecycle and governance, incl. data loss prevention, privacy and other related op risk areas, to banks, asset management firms and governments in SE Asia.

Ashish Bajaj


DSP Mutual Fund

Lionel Bruchez


UBS AG | Hong Kong

Lionel Bruchez is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Hong Kong and deputy CISO APAC, covering regulatory and governmental engagements across Asia Pacific and the cybersecurity program, capabilities and cyber defense for 25,000 staff members in Asia across 13 countries. In addition, Lionel is key committee member of the global Cyber Threat Management board and the strategy and governance lead for the bank’s Cyber Threat Intelligence service.

In his role, Lionel focuses on generating a business context for the cyberdefense capabilities and providing strategic and tactical awareness to the key decision makers. The wide array of issues he pursues include Geopolitical Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Threat Modeling, Security Monitoring, Security Reporting and Analytics, Compliance Monitoring, Cryptography, Signal Processing or System Security. 

Peili Chang

CDO and P&C chief actuary

AXA Philippines

Peili is a multi-lingual (hyper-polyglot) and inter-culturally experienced senior executive in the insurance industry. He is currently the Chief Data Officer of AXA Philippines but also Chief Actuary for their P&C Business, in charge to lead the data driven transformation of the company while leading the actuarial functions.

Prior to that, Peili was Chief Technical Officer / Chief Actuary & Underwriting in AXA Philippines (2016-2017) and AXA Indonesia (2012-2015), with supervision on actuarial & data analytics, product development, underwriting and claims management at different time. He managed various teams with very different profiles: geographically, culturally and functionally.

Peili started his career in France as Life Actuary in Allianz (internships) and AXA, before moving to P&C insurance as reinsurance Actuary. In total, he has a 15 year experience mainly in operational roles across mature and emerging markets, serving both Retail and Corporate customer segments with life and non-life insurance.

Peili was born in China, raised up there before migrating to France at the age of 13 to join his parents. He is a typical economic migrant from grassroots, worked outside school time in his parents' restaurant and McDonald's to support the family. As such, he is a highly adaptable leader with skills and experience on Data Analytics & Visualizations, Financial Modelling, Digital Innovation and People Management.

His accomplishments in the past includes the launch of first reverse mortgage insurance and first index based insurance in France (2008), the set-up of a bancassurance joint-venture in Indonesia (2012-2015) with positive P&L after 3 years, the initiation of an organizational and digital transformation of a half century old claims organization in the Philippines (2016-2017).

Sandeep Deobhakta

Chief bancassurance officer

Manulife Financial Asia

Sandeep is the Chief Bancassurance Officer at Manulife Financial Asia. Prior to his current role, Sandeep has over 25 years of banking experience in nine countries. He started his banking career with Citibank and was part of the leadership team that built Shinsei Bank, Japan’s award-winning retail bank.

Sandeep is a keen observer and commentator on financial services and believes that financial services must work harder to improve the customer experience and the service and contribution to the customer and the community.

Sandeep is a Sloan Fellow and has an MBA from MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology], Sloan School of Management.

Tinku Gupta



Ms Tinku Gupta is the Chief Technology Officer and a member of the SGX Executive Management Committee, where she is responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of the company’s technology-related strategies and initiatives, as well as operations of SGX Technology environment.

Tinku joined SGX in 1996, and over the past 20 years she successfully led Technology, Programme Management and Business functions, implementing trading and clearing platforms while driving operational resilience and innovation programmes. Tinku has also led Market Data and Connectivity business at SGX establishing new business lines like the co-location services and the index business.

Tinku holds a Masters’ degree in Engineering.

Amran Hassan

Head of innovation and CIO


Martin Granell

GM data services and platforms

National Australia Bank

Martin is GM for Data Services and Platforms at NAB, where he is responsible for the bank’s data warehouses and modern cloud-based intelligence platforms.  He was previously the CTO for AGL Energy, as well as Head of Customer Decisioning at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has been a consultant, start-up owner, general manager, solution architect and data analyst. He has worked across industries such as energy, finance, travel & media, driving the adoption of technology and data-driven capability to further business strategy. He has spoken on topics ranging from software factories to next best action marketing and is passionate about technology enabling businesses to engage with their customers in a deeper and more sustainable manner.

Eiichi Kashiwagi

Executive Officer, Member of the Board

Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management

Parag Kulkarni

Senior director, operational excellence, Hong Kong & GCNA (Greater China and North Asia) Region

Standard Chartered Hong Kong

IBM certified Lean Master, Six Sigma Black Belt Certified from Indian Statistical Institute, Human Centered Design Thinking Practitioner recognized by LUMA Institute, SCB Dynamic Work Design Thinking Facilitator and SCB A3 Coach

15 years of overall experience in Lean Six Sigma Business Process and Strategy Consulting, Program Management (Regional Portfolio), Process Automation, Digital Transformation (STP & API focused), Process Outsourcing, Vendor Engagement & Management, IT Delivery Management, SAP Consulting catering to global clients across Banking, IT, Pharmaceutical & Energy industries

Global experience in working with Clients Business Groups and Operations in UK, Europe, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, SE Asia & India

Scott Lam

Head, data governance

Standard Chartered Bank

Michael Leung

Group CEO

BOA International Financial Group

As the Group CEO of the BOA International Financial Group, Mr Leung is leading his teams to build and grow the first digital platform providing financial services to clients around the world.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr Leung was Chief Information & Operations Officer of China CITIC Bank International since December 2013. As a C-suite executive, he managed the Bank’s IT, Operations, Corporate Services, and the FinTech Innovation Center which built the first non-face-to-face remote account opening App in HK. Concurrently he was a member of the Board as well as Audit Committee and Compliance Committee of CITIC Bank International (China) Ltd.

Earlier on Mr Leung spent 14 years with Bank of America (Asia) and China Construction Bank (Asia), reaching the position of Deputy Chief Executive. His banking career also includes Standard Chartered Bank and Dao Heng Bank (now DBS).

Mr Leung graduated from CUHK in 1978 and is an Engineering Faculty Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. He received the prestigious Philips Scholarship to pursue Master’s degree study in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, followed by a Graduate Diploma (1st honour) in Retail Bank Management from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, USA. Since then he worked in Philips, IBM, Computer Science of Australia and Price Waterhouse, residing in Holland, Sweden, US and Australia before returning to Hong Kong in 1997.

The many public duties Mr Leung has served include President of HK Computer Society, Exco Member and FinTech Committee Chair of HK Institute of Bankers, Adjunct Professor and Information Systems Departmental Advisory Committee Chair of City University, Panel Member of the Research Assessment Exercise of University Grants Committee, Industry Specialist and Panel Chair of HK Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, Chairman of HK Down Syndrome Association, among others.  In 2016 Mr Leung received a Medal of Honour (MH) in recognition of his contribution to the society.

Patrick Liu


Fusion Bank

Patrick Liu has more than 20 years of IT and Security experience including security operation, risk and control and IT audit within top tier financial institutions. As an experience security practitioner, Patrick has been responsible for performing and managing a wide range of security consulting, risk and threat assessment, security training, cyber crisis management planning program. Patrick is currently the CISO of Fusion Bank. He was awarded the Hong Kong Cyber Security Professionals Awards in 2017 in recognition of his commitment in the cyber security field.

Patrick Liu acquired several professional certifications including CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CIA and ABCP.

Micky Lo

Managing director, chief information risk officer APAC

The Bank of New York Mellon

Micky Lo joined BNY Mellon in July 2013 as Chief Technology Risk Officer APAC. He is leading the regional team with the mission to enable business solutions while proactively protecting BNY Mellon from information risks in a balanced control environment. He oversees and govern the implementation of the bank wide information risk roadmap in the region with particular focus on IT regulatory compliance

He has over 30 years of IT experience in Financial Service Industry that spans across a diversified IT management disciplines including regional and location management, IT and security architecture, distributed computing engineering, technology infrastructure operation, outsourcing/in-sourcing management, IT risk management and technology audit.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Micky was the Head of IT Security APAC and Head of Technology Greater China for Deutsche Bank. Micky has held various management positions in IT management, IT Security/Risk management and Audit with JPMorgan and Citibank.

Micky serves as an industry advisor of the Bachelor of Management Science and Information Management Programme of Hang Seng University.

Micky received a Bachelor of Mathematic degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Ewan McAllan

Head of business design and innovation | GBM ASP CDO

HSBC Global Banking and Markets

Currently working as Head of Business Design and Innovation in HSBC GBM, developing practical solutions to support business growth and improvement, and also leading the GBM ASP Chief Data Office. The solutions lean on past experiences that have involved Data Management and Strategy, Data Quality, Change Management, MI and Analytics, and Risk Analytics.

I started life working as a musician which fed a lifelong interest in team interactions and dynamics, leadership, and culture.

Daisuke Nakao

Chief advisor, global financial crime division


Nakao is the Chief Advisor for the Global Financial Crimes Division Financial Crimes Office for Japan, at MUFG Bank.  He joined the Bank of Tokyo in 1987 after graduating from the International Christian University. He has been in the AML field since 2009.

He has contributed articles to professional journals and has co-written two books on AML/CFT and Economic Sanctions.  He is a frequent speaker at the ACAMS Tokyo Conference and was awarded the ACAMS Al Gillum Volunteer of the Year in 2017.

Takehiro Nakayama

Executive officer, CDO

MetLife Insurance

Takehiro Nakayama, Executive Officer & Chief Data Officer, has been with MetLife Japan since 2018. He is responsible for driving the data roadmap and prioritization of applying analytics, enforcing data governance, and adoption of strategic data implementation.

Before joining MetLife, he was a Chief Data Officer & Head of Smart Data at AXA Life Insurance. He set up a cross-functional data team that engaged in data platform development, data management, and data analytics. Prior to that, he was a director of Big Data Group at NTT DOCOMO, where he was responsible for the development and operation of its data analytics platform. He was also responsible for deriving business value from one of the largest data repositories in the world. He started his career as a researcher at Fuji Xerox and FX Palo Alto Laboratory, where he developed techniques for web data mining. He also worked on several research projects related to information retrieval, natural language processing, data analytics, and mobile terminal architecture.

Masahiro Ono

Assistant general manager

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company

Masahiro is an Assistant General Manager of International Department, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance (MSI), where he joined in 2000, after more than ten years carrier in Japanese banking sector.  Masahiro has been engaged mainly in legal and documentation (including ISDA) for international business (mainly cross border M&As) and financial solutions business, including Alternative Risk Transfer (eg. Weather Derivatives)

Kirill Petropavlov

Director, AI innovation

Bank of Singapore

Yutaka Sakurai


AI Finance Application Research Institute

Yutaka Sakurai is data science and AI expert with a strong background in Financial theory and practice. After more than twenty years' experience of fund manager, trader and quant in Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Sony Bank, he became a managing director of Research and Pricing Technology Inc.  in 2010. He started AI Finance Application Research Institute in 2017. He published a number of books on Finance and AI.

Amit Saxena

Deputy CTO

State Bank of India

Global Deputy Chief Technology Officer with over 22 years plus of experience in Strategy formation, Short and Long term goals planning, Application development, Implementation, Stakeholder Management, product development and Business management

Leader in transforming digital banking, innovations introducer for customer centric journeys .

Excellent leader with exposure in conceptualizing and architecting very complex and big strategic transformation technical projects and influencing stakeholder views on acceptable investment.

Extensive experience in developing strategy and implementation plans, SOP for overall management, supervision and management of programs across domains and verticals

Extensive consulting experience with stakeholders, demonstrative effective relationship with them.

Shared focus with cross functional teams – business, horizontals, partners

Adept at handling day to day administrative activities in coordination with external and internal departments.

Strong communicator with ability to ensure execution of time bound deliverables.

Adam Singer

Managing director, head of core compliance and operational risk, Asia Pacific

J.P. Morgan

Adam Singer, Managing Director, is the Head of Core Compliance and Operational Risk for Asia Pacific and based in Hong Kong.  Adam is responsible for operationalizing the independent risk management framework across Asia Pacific with a strong focus on ensuring global best practices are applied locally. As a function of his role, Adam is directly responsible for Operational Risk, Compliance Practices, Employee Compliance, Corporate Functions Compliance, Controls, Data Privacy and Anti-Bribery and Corruption.

Prior to taking on his current role, Adam was business manager for the Asia Pacific Equities Sales & Research business and earlier in his career Adam was global head of Research Technology and Distribution based in New York.

Adam speaks English and French and is familiar with Mandarin. Adam holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Mathematics from McGill University.

Medhy Souidi

Head of fintech & startup Xchange


Medhy Souidi is the Head of FinTech and  the Startup Xchange programme of DBS Hong Kong. Medhy is co-chair of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong’s Blockchain committee, and was named by global FinTech hub LATTICE80 as one of 50 top FinTech influencers, and by Whub as one of the Startup and FinTech influencers.

Prior to joining DBS, Medhy was a Senior Project Manager at Privé Technologies. He has also held senior positions at financial and technology companies and institutions in France, Canada and Hong Kong.

Kelvin Tan

Innovation for treasury & markets, technology & operations

DBS Bank

I am currently leading Innovation for Treasury & Markets at DBS Bank, Technology & Operations group.

Previously, I was head of FinTech & Data at Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Technology group. In the area of FinTech, I led SGX's efforts in various proof of concepts involving blockchain and machine learning, represented SGX in several of Singapore's SMART nation initiatives such as project Ubin, and drove the internal innovation program. As for Data, I led the successful transformation of SGX into a data-driven organization by executing the enterprise data strategy so as to extract maximum value from SGX's data assets. I re-architected the data infrastructure to centralize all the business data within a high performance data warehouse. I then managed all the data within the data warehouse to ensure data quality and accuracy for downstream applications and consumers. I also introduced new concepts such as integrated applications, data democracy and distributed sandboxes. Finally, I instituted a data science practice to leverage machine learning, quantitative finance, advanced data analytics and real-time data visualization.

Before transferring to technology, I was head of Data & Analytics at SGX Derivatives business unit where I had supported the growth of SGX’s derivatives business by providing the sales and product managers with data insights to make better informed decisions. I also designed and developed a major application to streamline much of a critical business workflow to improve the productivity and efficiency. I also led SGX’s efforts in areas such as data visualisation, gamification, automation, quantitative finance and research in market microstructure and high frequency trading.

Prior to joining the financial industry, I was an engineer in the virtual reality industry. 

Jamie Vachon

Managing Director – Technology


Jamie is Managing Director – Technology with Temasek. He was previously responsible for all of technology functions for Eastspring Investments (Prudential plc’s Asian asset manager, across 13 countries.

Jamie has extensive experience in driving business value through technology, both within the context of large change programs and also through operational excellence. His work spans multiple industry verticals and organisations as well as international geographies.

Wei-Shen Wong

Asia Editor


Wei-Shen Wong joined Waters Technology in June 2016. She heads the publication's Asia coverage. She covers both the buy side and sell side, overseeing issues related to advancements in technology, new regulations and how firms are managing their data.

Philip Woo


Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore

Philip Woo is the Chief Risk Officer and oversees corporate governance and risk management in Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore (TMLS). He has over 26 years of experience in the financial sector, and began his career at MAS before joining the insurance industry. Over the period, he has played leadership roles in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity & Crisis Management, Outsourcing/Vendor Risk Management and Technology Risk Management (TRM). He currently chairs the Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee (GRCC) at TMLS, and oversees the managing of operational, financial and strategic risks in the company. In addition to risk management, Philip has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, financial technology and payment system matters.

Eiichiro Yanagawa

Senior Analyst, Financial Services


Eiichiro Yanagawa is a senior analyst with Celent’s Banking practice and is based in Tokyo.

Eiichiro's research focuses on IT strategy issues in the Japanese and Asian banking and financial industries. His recent research has included core banking systems, ATMs, and anti-money laundering technology, and focused on the technologies driving disruption in three areas: innovation, digital, and legacy and ecosystem transformation. Eiichiro's consulting experience includes development of bank IT strategies, thin client / desktop virtualization to support business continuity, evaluation of data centers for hosting core systems, and vendor selection of AML, risk management, and other technologies.

Eiichiro is widely quoted in the press, including Nikkei, Nikkei BP, ITmedia, The Japan Times, Bloomberg, SNL/ S&P Global, Gtnews, The Trade AsiaAsia Insurance Review, Asia Risk, and Asian Banking & Finance. He is a regular speaker, chairman, and panel moderator at the leading industry events in Japan and Asia.

Prior to joining Celent, Eiichiro was the Chief Manager of the Financial Global Solutions Division and the Regional Bank Financial Solutions Division at NEC Corporation in Tokyo. He was responsible for developing NEC’s core banking system, strategic marketing planning, and consulting on financial institution systems.

Prior to that, Eiichiro was the General Manager of the Financial Services Division at NEC Corporation of America in New York. In this role, he worked on the development of IT strategy and advised clients, mainly Japanese financial institutions, on outsourcing and selection of software packages.

Eiichiro earned his Bachelor of Economics from Shizuoka University and his MBA at Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Commerce and Management.

Gary Yiu

Head of IT audit

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Stephen Young

Head of technology - data ecosystem and advanced analytics


Stephen Young is the Head of Technology, Data Ecosystem and Advanced Analytics, for Australia and New Zealand Bank, based in Chengdu, China.  Stephen is responsible for creating the next generation data ecosystem, unlocking the untapped potential of rich data assets through advanced analytics and insights.

Stephen’s career spans over 20 years in Banking and Finance technology in the UK, Australia, Singapore and China.  At ANZ he his roles include General Manager Data Technology,  Executive Program Director OTC Derivatives, and Program Manager Foreign Exchange specialising in algorithmic trading platforms.  Prior to ANZ Stephen worked for National Australia Bank as Technology Director Business Internet Banking.

Stephen is the chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce, West China.