Speakers

Speakers

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Jakub Zakrzewski

General Manager, APAC

Revolut

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".

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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.

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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.

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Zennon Kapron

Founder and Director

Kapronasia

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.

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Dan Liebau

Founder

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.

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Johnson Poh

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

UOB

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.

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Prakash Somosundram

Founder and CEO

Pealo PTE LTD

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Julie Armstrong

CCO

ChartIQ

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

MatchMove

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Alan Jones

Business Solutions Director APAC

SMARTSTREAM

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.

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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.

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Victor Alexiev

Head of Incubation (D10X) for APAC, Citi Ventures

Citibank

Victor heads the rollout of Citi Ventures’ D10X program in APAC. His focus is on building the infrastructure necessary for the continuous origination of ideas and teams, and delivering the support necessary for their lasting success.

Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker focused on business model innovation and automated decision support systems. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology startups across the globe. His venture involvements range from intelligent content curation and discovery through forestry tokenization to HR automation and talent analytics.

He holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, a double MS in System Dynamics Modelling from the University of Bergen in Norway and Radboud in the Netherlands, and a BSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School. Outside of Citi, he is also a co-founder and board member of Talent Data Labs, Hacker.Works, and Innovator.sg, as well as a board advisor at Ekofolio. When he is not building ventures, Victor spends quality time with his family or his PlayStation.

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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).

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Rick Lakhiani

Director of Regulatory Reform Implementation

CITI

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

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Sarath Madakayil

Senior Business Consultant Apac

SmartStream Technologies

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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/

 

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Stanley Park

Managing Director & Head of Legal APAC

SCOTIABANK

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.

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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.

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Kurt Eldridge

Managing Director, Head of Sales, Asia Pacific

Broadridge

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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nisha Paramjothi

SVP

MatchMove

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

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Anshul Rajput

Solutions Architect Lead, Apac

SmartStream

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.

 

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Neeraj Sundarajoo (Raj)

CEO and Co-Founder

Zeemart

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.

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Manoj Bhardwaj

Project Director

NeoXam

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.

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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.