15-16 March 2017, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
Co-founder and CEO
Aurélien is Founder and CEO of Gatecoin, a regulated online trading platform for cryptocurrency and blockchain assets based in Hong Kong.
He is a well-known member of the global blockchain technology community and is regularly invited to speak at industry events such as Euromoney’s Capital Markets Blockchains Conference (Hong Kong), the Global Conference on Money Laundering and Digital Currencies (Qatar) and the UBS Future of Finance Forum (Hong Kong).
Aurélien is also a guest-lecturer on blockchain and cryptocurrency at universities in Hong Kong and provides regular commentary to major media including the South China Morning Post, Bloomberg News, Reuters, CNBC and Finance Magnates.
Aurélien is a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, which works to raise awareness of blockchain technology applications, such as cryptocurrency, among the regional business community and local regulators.
He began his career as an investment banker, working on M&A and financial deals for major global CIBs in Europe and Hong Kong, including BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole.
Aurélien quit the banking world in 2013 to start Gatecoin, following his discovery and new-found passion for bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Aurélien received a BSc. in Engineering from UPMC, Paris VI and a MSc. in Management from EM Lyon Business School. He is originally from Paris, France.
Bianca is the co-founder for Clare.AI. We empower financial institutions to engage their customers in a natural and reliable way at-scale. We build white label AI chatbots to help them provide a better customer experience. We differentiate by a proprietary Cantonese Natural Language Processing engine together with English and Simplified Chinese capabilities, ability to deploy on premise and cross platforms.
She was formerly business development manager of Zendesk, responsible for their expansion into China market. She worked closely with Zendesk’s executive team on developing and executing the strategy.
She worked in OneSky as their first business development manager. OneSky is a cloud-based translation management platform that simplifies the translation workflow for websites, apps, softwares & documents. Their clients include Airbnb, Sixt and 500 px.
She started her career as an analyst in JP Morgan Private Banking servicing the ultra high net worth clients in Hong Kong.
She previously co-founded Dotkids, a startup aiming to create a children friendly space online by applying for .kids domain name. She is also a active youth advocate in Internet governance, and is selected as one of the youngest members of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (“UNIGF”)
Brian W Tang is a corporate and finance lawyer with extensive experience on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley and in Hong Kong on financing technological, social and environmental innovations to benefit the real economy. Brian is the founder of Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI) (www.asiacmi.com ), with a current fintech focus on RegTech and online capital marketplaces. He has advised on some of Asia’s largest and first-ever financial services and technology capital markets and M&A deals, and project bonds and financings in Latin America, at investment bank Credit Suisse, and at law firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Mallesons.
Carolyn a director and the CEO of The Hong Kong Trust Company Limited a financial services company which specializes in trusts, funds and structures for private clients, intermediaries and corporations. The Hong Kong Trust Company also provides custodial, escrow, private fund establishment and administration and family office services.
Carolyn has been a practitioner in the financial services industry in Australasia for over 25 years. She is past Chairman of the Hong Kong Trustees’ Association and remains on the executive committee. She is a member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute and various other chambers and industry organizations. She has lectured at HKU Space on trustee/director duties. Carolyn holds an MBA with distinction and a Masters of Business Law.
Chaithanya is a Financial Technology leader with a 15 year career in U.S and Asia with Goldman Sachs, UBS and Hedge Funds.
Throughout his career he has developed Analytical systems to automate Equities trading and Risk Management and is passionate about extending the mindset to other segments of Financial Services.
Most recently he was Executive Director, Head of Delta One Technology at UBS. He took the plunge this year to join the FinTech scene and is working as an independent consultant with FinTech incumbents and startups on product development strategies.
Chaithanya holds a M.S. in Financial Mathematics from University of Chicago and M.S. in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion
Invest Hong Kong
Charles Ng was appointed as an Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) in July 2007. He heads up one of two sector-focused divisions that is responsible for helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. His teams are responsible for Financial Services, Innovation and Technology, Information and Communications Technology, Startups and Research & Knowledge Management.
Mr Ng leads the StartmeupHK programme which aims to promote Hong Kong as a premier startup destination in Asia, attract overseas entrepreneurs to the city and help to build it into a leading destination and hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.
He has extensive experience in the private sector, having worked for companies in the manufacturing and trading sectors, as well as for multinationals in the financial services and banking sectors in Mauritius, Canada and Hong Kong. He also has experience setting up and managing his own business and running a major international chamber of commerce in Hong Kong.
Mr Ng speaks English, French, Cantonese, Putonghua, Hakka and Creole, and holds an MBA degree awarded jointly by the Business School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.
Charles Wong is the co-founder and CEO of the Privé Holdings Limited, overseeing the business development process of Privé. Charles ensures the optimal performance of the organisation through effective strategy formulation and execution.
Prior to founding Privé, he served as the Managing Director at JP Morgan where he was responsible for running the Asian structured products desk. In addition, Charles was the Executive Director of TVM Capital China.
Charles graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Connell O’Neill is a corporate lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial transactions with a particular focus on the information technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors. He regularly advises emerging and established businesses on major transformative transactions in relation to the challenges presented by contemporary laws on the disruptive business models of the future. Connell has been a key advisor on many major transactions in the Asia Pacific region and has provided strategic and commercially sensitive advice to clients on a range of complex and emerging topics. Connell’s clients value his commercial and analytical approach to solving problems and his technical background in computer science. He regularly presents to clients and in forums on the opportunities and challenges in Fintech in the Asia Pacific region, including on key market trends in the areas of distributed ledger technology, cybersecurity, robotic process automation, robo advice, privacy and data management and the ongoing transformation of financial services businesses in Asia in response to technological developments. Clients benefit from Connell’s unique insights and deep understanding of the key risks and challenges associated with the rapidly changing landscape as a result of the extensive transactional work he is engaged in across the TMT sectors in Asia, and in particular in the emerging area of Fintech.
Daphne notably spent close to 10 years in the corporate banking sector, starting from SME lending in the early years and then for most part of her banking career specializing in supply chain finance, receivables finance and trade credit insurance for large corporates and global MNCs. Trade finance is a subject matter close to her heart as she believes more companies can benefit from innovative solutions leveraged on important supply chain relationships. Currently, she is the Founder & CEO of JEDTrade – a digital trade finance solution; and Managing Director of Good Tree Partners – a training and management advisory firm. Daphne is a regular speaker at various trade and industry events, and a trade finance module partner and trainer for institutions and corporates. Daphne graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Business Administration and has a professional accreditation in Structured Trade & Commodity Finance.
Drew has over a decade of experience of starting, running and scaling technology companies across Asia and is applying that experience to Standard Chartered Bank as Director of Fintech Strategy and Engagement. With a deep knowledge of the cultural, technical and human elements that make startups successful, he is leading the Bank’s strategy with accelerators, incubators and the FinTech community globally. He believes that often the only difference between bravery and insanity is success and enjoys nothing more than helping brave and insane founders.
Florian is a broadly experienced entrepreneur and FinTech practitioner.
A Ph.D. in Political Economics by education, his corporate background ranges from strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group to developing the digital strategy for Credit Suisse, where he was also executing large-scale global delivery projects.
With his first company started as a student, Florian has seen both failure and success as a founder across different industries. He knows the emotionally taxing struggle of building and growing a company first-hand and what it requires to bring an idea from possibility into reality.
His work in FinTech has been focused on Digital Wealth Management and Mobile Banking, aiming to unlock unique client experiences by leveraging technology.
Today he aims to be a driver of change, bringing his experience to established companies and startups as an advisor and mentor, along with running his own ventures.
Fellow, Singapore Computer Society. MSc. BSc. (Computer Science) University of Texas at Austin, Dip (Electronics and Communications Eng.) Singapore Polytechnic
Sew Bun is the Global Head of Retail Digital Transformation (Technology & Operations) for Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for agile digital transformation of operations and legacy to provide differentiating banking services. Prior to Standard Chartered, Sew Bun was with IBM from 2000- Sep 2016 where he started as the first Software Architect for IBM India and South Asia, and eventually became the first in IBM Asia Pacific and first Singaporean to be recognized as an IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2007/2008 and Chief Technology Officer for his sustained track record of technical leadership and innovations. As a former IBM executive, Sew Bun led top clients of IBM and IBM technical community as the Chief Technology Officer for ASEAN and Singapore, Lead Cloud Advisor in the global IBM Cloud Advisor leadership team, Chairman of the IBM Growth Market Unit Distinguished Engineers Board. He served on top global IBM technical councils including the corporate Technology Team Advisory Council, IBM Academy of Technology Leadership Team and the S&D Technical Leadership Team. Prior to IBM, Sew Bun spent 10 years in IT industry with healthcare, banks, university, and led design and implementation of top secret fighter craft simulators for defence. Sew Bun was an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore from 2008-2013 and an Adjunct Professor since 2014. He is also serving on the Keppel Corporation Technology Advisory Panel since 2016.
Passionate with giving back to the IT Industry, serves in several major government and industry committees, including the Services and Digital Economy R&D Executive Committee with National Research Foundation and Ministry of Communications and Infocomm, member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants CFO Committee, Singapore Polytechnic Department of Electrical and Electronics Advisory Committee, former Chairman and Senior Advisor of the National Infocomm Competency Framework Steering Committee.
In 2016, Sew Bun was deeply honoured to receive the IT Professional of the Year Award in the Annual IT Leaders Award conferred by the Singapore Computer Society, and was one of the 50 Singaporeans featured in the “SG50 – A Nation of Skilled Talents”.
Armed with a financial background from EDHEC business school, with 12 years+ of experience in the banking/insurance industry, either in commercial, business developments or organisation functions, Guillaume Huet participated to several efficiency enhancement projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. As a self learner, he developped skills in Machine learning / Data science programs from Stanford and John Hopkins University. He is a versed follower of the evolution of AI technologies and their applications for intra- and entre-preneurs.
Janos Barberis is a Millennial in FinTech, recognized as a top-35 global FinTech leader. His expertise, developed within his PhD at HKU, is focused on the new regulatory considerations raised by the development of FinTech. He sits on the FinTech advisory boards of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) and the Securities & Futures Commission (SFC). He founded 3 ventures to date: SuperCharger (Accelerator), FinTech Book (Publication) and FinTech HK (Research).
Previously, Janos was the first hire at a prospective UK challenger bank, Lintel, helping it to secure a banking license from the PRA & FCA. This role followed a specialist interest developed over 7 years, in financial systems and their stability. Notably, in 2012 Janos proposed to reform the Chinese shadow banking sector by developing P2P lending channels. He also introduced the framework of developing real-time and dynamic regulatory supervision models for financial networks, paving the way towards what is now regarded as RegTech.
Janos holds an LLM in Corporate and Financial Law (HKU) as well as a BSc in Economics & Finance and LLB in Law (UK). He has been awarded a Research Postgraduate Scholarship from Hong Kong University Law School where he is a PhD Candidate. He co-authored the academic paper, “The Evolution of FinTech” which is acamedia most downloaded paper on FinTech and ranked within the Top 10 of SSRN globally.
Jason is the Sydney Managing Partner of Allen & Overy and is a leading financial services lawyer who specialises in structuring and provision of a wide range of financial products. Allen & Overy is one of a small group of firms working across all financial services markets around the globe and working with clients across the value chain, from big banks to smaller start-ups and fintech players. Jason is focused on financial services regulation as it applies to innovative technologies and emerging business models. He has been a key advisor on many major transactions in the Asia Pacific region and recent work highlights include advising Tullett Prebon, one of the world’s leading interdealer brokers, on its proposed acquisition of the global hybrid voice broking and information business of ICAP. Jason is recognised in several leading legal directories and is ranked as a Band 1 practitioner in Chambers & Partners. Clients describe him as a “commercial and pragmatic lawyer who has a deep understanding of the industry.” (Chambers & Partners, Financial Services Regulation, 2017)
Jehan Chu is a partner at Jen Advisors, a Hong Kong based early-stage Blockchain VC firm. He has been a Blockchain evangelist since 2013, is the founder of the Ethereum HK meetup, Hyperledger HK meetup, and a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. Jehan is a Advisor to Melonport, a Google EYE Program Mentor, Vice Chairman of Para Site, Board Member of Design Trust, and Technology Committee of the Asia Art Archive.
Julian Schillinger is the Co-Founder and CTO of the Privé Holdings Limited and is responsible for the technological infrastructure and business development of the organization. Julian is the key design and implementation engineer of an evolutionary algorithm program, which is a discipline of artificial intelligence, that powers part of the Privé platform.
Prior to founding Privé , he worked at J.P. Morgan Asia as a Vice President and the Head of the Index Structuring Team, where he led product development for quantitative indices and gained in-depth experience in product placement of alternative investment products. Prior to that, Julian was the founder and CEO of a company specializing in software development.
Julian graduated from the University of Regensburg with a degree in Business Computer Science. He also serves as a Type 1 Responsible Officer at Privé. He is also the inventor of the patented vFunds architectural system offered on the Privé platform.
Lapman Lee is a Managing Director with a focus on Compliance & Regulatory Consulting (CRC) and has been working with banking, capital markets, and insurance clients over eighteen years, of which ten years in Hong Kong.
He serves both as a Financial Markets Committee (FMC) member at the British Chamber of Commerce responsible for Fintech, and as a Financial Services Business Council member (FSBC) at the European Chamber of Commerce, where he is part of a think tank tasked with formulating recommendations to the European Commission to encourage European Fintech firms to expand into Hong Kong.
Lapman is a frequent speaker on FinTech, InsurTech and RegTech and is working closely with financial services regulators, including the FCA.
Lukas is SVP Group Strategy at HKEX, the parent company of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. His role includes originating and incubating business opportunities, such as new products and services, corporate acquisitions and partnerships with the public and private sectors. He also leads HKEX’s FinTech initiatives to further the ongoing modernisation of Hong Kong’s financial markets.
Before joining HKEX, Lukas spent five years as a Financial Institutions banker at Rothschild, during which time he worked on some of the major bank bailouts of the global financial crisis.
Maxine Ryan is a Hong Kong entrepreneur and co-founder of Bitspark, the world’s first cash-in cash-out blockchain remittance software for Money Transfer Agents which leverages Blockchain technology via platform and mobile to send money cheaper, quicker. Her company has the largest product offering and the largest selection of destination countries for senders (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia ,Vietnam, Pakistan and Nigeria). In three years, Bitspark has won a number of international awards for its innovation in remittances and is redeemed as one of the pioneers of the bitcoin/blockchain remittance space. Maxine is an advocate for Blockchain technology having consulted and strategised with Fortune 500 companies, F.I’s, Telcos and Startups in the use case of this game changing technology. Maxine is also an international speaker on the topic as well as a mentor to financial technology startups.
Ned Phillips is the founder and CEO of Bambu, a B2B Robo-Advisory firm that offers financial and consumer brands the ability to integrate user-friendly investment offering into product range. He has been based in Asia for the past 25 years and his involvement in Fintech started since 1999 with E*TRADE as one of the very first online brokers; and soared to become Managing Director for Asia up until 2007. In 2008, Ned was then part of the transformation of the stock exchange where he helped build two pan Asian exchange, one of which was in conjunction with SGX and Chi-X.
Ned has always been active in this recent wave of FinTech development and even experienced the first dot com boom with one of the original Fintech companies. Sharing his passion, Ned was appointed consultant to 8 Securities as they launched the first Robo advisor in Asia.
After gaining an insightful exposure and development over the years, he realized that the biggest demand for robo was in B2B space, and that influenced him to start Bambu.
As a multi-national Business Development Executive with experience working in Germany, Eastern Europe, MENA, Asia and Pacific, Nikola is the go-to person for Strategy, Business Development and New Market Entry. He has developed and consulted numerous international projects for almost a decade and has recently been introduced to the unlimited possibilities of blockchain technologies.
Douglas W. Arner is a Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law, and a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.
Douglas specialises in economic and financial law, regulation and development. He is author, co-author or editor of thirteen books, including Finance in Asia: Institutions, Regulation and Policy (Routledge 2013), From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial Crisis and Regulatory Failure (Kluwer 2011), Financial Stability, Economic Growth and the Role of Law (Cambridge University Press 2007) and Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press 2006), and the author or co-author of more than 100 articles, chapters and reports on related subjects.
Rajah is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader with 15+ years in corporate finance and financial technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Paycelerate, a working capital technology company that provides a marketplace for accelerated payments of invoices.
Rajah has also co-founded and led ChinaScope Financial, one of the foremost financial data and analytics companies in China that includes Moody’s and JD.com as investors. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for 10 years with Deutsche Bank and Renaissance Capital focused on corporate finance advisory in Asia Pacific in the financial services and natural resources sectors. When not working, Rajah enjoys playing golf, skiing and enjoying good food and wine across the world.
Rogers Chan, Senior Manager, Risk and Strategy, CEO's Office
Securities and Futures Commission
Rogers is the founding member of the SFC Fintech Contact Point, which is established to enhance communication with businesses involved in the development and application of financial technology in Hong Kong. He is also the ex-officio member of the SFC Fintech Advisory Group and the Future Task Force of the Insurance Industry of Hong Kong Insurance Authority. He is responsible for several Fintech and Regtech initiatives, including SFC Risk Data Strategy and Analytics, cybersecurity and cryptocurrency / blockchain study.
Rogers joined the SFC in 2012, before which he was the Associate Director (Executive Management) of Societe Generale and the Chief Of Staff in the front office of its Asia private banking. Previously, he was the Senior Risk Model Validation Manager of Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Vice President at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He also worked for the HKSAR government in the e-Police Division of the HKPF, JFIU and HKMA.
Romain Rouquier is the Data Management Practice Manager at Maltem in Hong Kong, a consulting firm operating in 5 countries across Europe and Asia with over 750 collaborators. He focus on helping corporates to convert raw data into valuable assets, establishing Data Strategies, creating innovative products, reducing operational cost and mitigating risks.
Graduated from two master degrees in Computer Science (Data Infrastructure and Data Science) and in Financial Engineering, he worked over 6 years in Financial Institutions where he acquired both technical and business knowledge, enabling him to understand the specific constraints of the industry (regulations, compliance, risks, …) and find adapted solutions to its clients challenges.
Chief Data Officer; Global Head: Data, Architecture and Innovation
Standard Chartered Bank
Shameek Kundu is Chief Data Officer (CDO) for Standard Chartered Bank globally. He is based in Singapore and is part of SCB’s global Leadership Team, and IT/ Operations Management team.
As CDO, Shameek is responsible for building the technology underpinning data and analytics (including Hadoop/ big data, traditional data warehouses and BI/ analytics) and the governance of data quality. The CDO team plays a key role in incubating and/ or enabling analytics initiatives in different parts of the business.
Since May 2016, Shameek has also taken on the additional role of Global Head, Architecture and Innovation. In this expanded role, Shameek is responsible for the bank’s ‘eXellerator’ lab in Singapore. The eXellerator acts as a platform to speed up the development and testing of ideas, through design thinking and rapid proto-typing.
Prior to joining SCB in 2009, Shameek was an Associate Partner in McKinsey & Company in their London office. Shameek holds an engineering degree from NIT Warangal and an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
Specializing in digital wealth management and investment products for retail customers, she has over 8 years experience of working in the finance industry, mostly in global and regional roles within digital product management, and consulting on digital strategy for private banking, regulatory compliance and risk management. Recently she was leading the in-house build and integration of a stock trading mobile app and a structured products buying journey for HSBC, before joining SuperCharger to help run the most successful FinTech accelerator in Asia
William has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from the San Francisco State University. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant as well as a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he obtains a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Manchester Business School (MBS) of the University of Manchester.
He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, auditing, investment project evaluation, corporate finance, business development, treasury and tax planning. Prior to holding his current position as the Head of Finance & Procurement of the New World Property Management Company Limited, he had worked for Deloitte and had held senior finance positions in the Press Room Group, Miramar Group, Sheraton Kong Kong Hotel & Towers, Shangri-la Hotels & Resorts, etc.