Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Advisory Board Members

The aim of the Waters Asia 2019 Advisory Board is to provide guidance, expertise and insight into the current key issues and challenges impacting the financial industry. The board was put together to improve the quality of the content provided at the conference - to ensure maximum ROI for the delegates, speakers and sponsors. All board members are experts in the field of data, regulation, innovation & technology and are well placed to provide insight into the priorities of both sides of the industry.

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Daniel Li

Platform & Ecosystem Innovation - Transformation Group

DBS

Daniel leads the platform and ecosystem innovation in DBS Transformation Group. He works closely with business and technology leaders of platform teams to drive ambitious innovation agenda, processes, and outcomes. He also paves the way for developing coherent and differentiated ecosystem strategies with business units, industries, markets, and platforms. He is part of the cross functional team in DBS that executes the platform and ecosystem innovation strategy and roadmap through co-creation, experimentation, and API partnership.

Before joining DBS, Daniel had worked in multiple large technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and DXC, leading the design and delivery of enterprise IT solutions for clients in financial services industry. He was a Certified Enterprise IT Architect by IBM and Open Group, and, obtained his Master’s Degrees of Financial Engineering and High Performance Computing from National University of Singapore.

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Suresh Neelakantan

Director, Digital Transformation

BANK OF SINGAPORE

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.

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Celine Le Cotonnec

Chief Data Officer

AXA INSURANCE SINGAPORE

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.

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Stephen Fisher

Chief Investment Officer

FIRST DEGREE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT

Stephen has twenty five years’ experience as an investment professional with leading investment management groups in the United States, Asia and Australia. Immediately prior to co-founding First Degree in 2011, Stephen was the Head of Global Fixed Income Product – Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Asset Management, and had investment responsibility for the firm’s mandates from Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and some of the largest Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region.

Prior to that role, Stephen held roles with J.P Morgan Investment Management in New York and Australia, including those of Australian Head of Capital Markets Research and Asia Pacific Regional Head of Capital Markets Research. Stephen’s specialist areas of expertise include the quantitative analysis of fixed income, equity and derivative securities and asset allocation techniques. He has advised some of the leading Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds on reserves management practices and his research has been widely published.

Stephen holds a Master of Science (Finance) an a PhD (Finance) from the WE Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, New York, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. Stephen is also a Non-Executive Director of Avation Plc, a commercial aircraft leasing company listed on the Main Board of the London Stock Exchange.

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Frederick Shen

Head Global Treasury Business Management

OCBC

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Mohammed Rahim

Head - Data Governance & Policy

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

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Malikkhan Kotadia

Co-Founder and CEO

FINNOVATION LABS

Malik is a senior global Digital banker, FinTech expert, Futurist and acclaimed author.

In his 18 year long career, he has managed global roles in leading Multinational banks like Citibank and Stanchart, run billion dollar businesses in various markets and driven key innovations in the financial services industry. He spent nearly 14 years at Citibank in varied roles in Digital Banking, E-payments and Innovations, and was last SVP- Global Digital Transformation, based out of Singapore, where his group played a key role in driving a common digital roadmap across Citi’s Consumer businesses in 42 countries and 5 continents.

Before that, he headed Citi’s E-payments business in the Philippines, turning around an ailing billion dollars + business and helping it regain the # 1 foreign Merchant Bank spot.

Prior to that, he headed Digital Marketing for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, India, and the Merchant payments product for Citi India.

Malik is a passionate Fintech evangelist, thought leader and sought-after keynote speaker at leading FinTech, Blockchain and Tech conferences. He has chaired and spoken at 50 marquee events, addressing nearly 10,000+ senior industry professionals all across APAC and Middle East on Digital Banking & Neo Banks, Fintech, Digital Financial Inclusion, Blockchain, A. I. & the 4th Industrial Revolution, Innovation Labs and Digital payments.

Malik is a passionate Fintech ecosystem builder in the region. He heads international relations for the Singapore Blockchain Association (ACCESS), is actively engaged with several Regulators, policy makers, Multi-lateral agencies, banks, Industry captains and Industry associations like the Asia Blockchain Alliance, Taiwan Sandbox initiative, HK Fintech Association, Thailand Fintech Association, India Fintech Forum and the Philippines Fintech Association on Fintech policy, partnerships and ecosystem development.

Malik also dons the hat of a mentor at leading Fintech accelerators in Singapore and APAC. He has been an advisor to exciting global start-ups across FinTech, IOT, A.I, Blockchain, Big Data and EduTech, as well as progressive banks. He advises them on strategic roadmap, market expansion strategy, strategic capital, partnerships etc. He is also an acclaimed and passionate author with global readership. His first book- The New Ages- was loved by readers in a dozen countries. Two more books are in the works. Malik is a passionate community builder and change catalyst. He runs one of the largest impact communities on Social media, with nearly half millions followers in 60 countries, a BILLION impressions and a very high star rating- 4.5.

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Suchanda Mandal

Head of Operations and Business Management

BANK OF SINGAPORE

Top-Tier Banking professional with over nineteen years of work experience in change and transformation, corporate strategy , product management, M&A and business operations across multiple businesses spanning Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Consumer Banking

Work experience and education across US, Europe and Asia including London, New York and Singapore. 

Specialties: Change & Transformation, Product Management, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Business Management, Governance & Control, Financial Planning

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Graeme Greenaway

Group Technology & Operations Managing Director

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK

Graeme Greenaway is the Head of Business Technology and Operations at United Overseas Bank in Singapore. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry spanning business, technology and operations roles, Graeme is responsible for management of Technology and Operations functions for Group Wholesale Banking, Global Markets, Group Risk and Enterprise Services at UOB.

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Gopal Mahadevan

Vice President - Data & Analytics

CITIBANK SINGAPORE

Eric Wong

Principal

AEGIS CAPITAL LLP