• Adrienne A. Harris

    States Title

    Adrienne A. Harris
    Adrienne Harris is the Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel of States Title, Inc., a San Francisco-based, insur-tech start-up. Before joining States Title, Adrienne was Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council in the Obama White House, where her portfolio included financial reform, financial technology, cyber security, consumer protection, and housing finance reform. She came to the White House from the U.S. Department of Treasury where she served as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Adrienne was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where her practice included representing financial institutions and other corporations in regulatory enforcement proceedings and matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. While at the firm, Adrienne was tapped to serve as an advisor to Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign and, prior to that, as Deputy Campaign Manager for his mayoral reelection bid in 2010. That same year, she served as Executive Director of the Transition for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Adrienne worked as a Press Secretary in Pennsylvania on President Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. From 2007 to 2008, she was a Judicial Clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Stephen C. Robinson. Adrienne earned her M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business with specializations in Economics and Management, her J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review, and her B.A. from Georgetown University, where she was a John Carroll Scholar and graduated with honors. Adrienne currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), the Bank Director FinXTech Advisory Board, and as a Term Member on the Council of Foreign Relations. In December 2016, President Obama appointed her to a four-year term on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
  • Bill Ready


    Bill Ready
    Bill Ready brings to PayPal in-depth knowledge of the payments and technology space as both an engineer and business leader. As PayPal’s Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for product, technology and engineering at PayPal, as well as the end-to-end customer experiences for PayPal’s consumer, merchant, Braintree, Venmo, Paydiant and Xoom businesses. In addition, Bill is a senior member of PayPal’s executive team responsible for delivering on revenue and profit goals and key operational objectives for the company globally. Previously, Bill ran global product and engineering at PayPal, where he led the PayPal, Braintree, Venmo and Paydiant teams responsible for end-to-end customer experiences such as PayPal One Touch, the most rapidly adopted product in PayPal’s history; Pay with Venmo; the completely redesigned PayPal mobile app; PayPal Commerce and the expansion of Braintree’s global reach and payment methods to be the broadest in the industry. A serial entrepreneur who has helped build and sell five startups, Bill joined PayPal in 2013 as CEO of Braintree and Venmo, which PayPal acquired for $800 million. He and his team have fueled the mobile commerce revolution by building two of the most innovative and influential startups in the payments industry, Braintree and Venmo. Many of the world’s most disruptive businesses, including Uber, Airbnb, and Jet.com, choose Braintree to power their payments. Venmo is one of the most widely used apps of the millennial generation and sees more than a billion dollars in payment volume per month. Consumers love the brand so much that it has become a verb: “Just Venmo me.” Prior to Braintree, Bill was Executive in Residence at Accel Partners, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital and growth equity firm. A veteran of the payments industry, Bill also served as president of iPay Technologies and as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he advised leading financial technology companies, and was an early engineer at two other successful start-ups: emphesys (merged with Humana in 2001) and Netzee (IPO November 1999). Bill holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was an honors recipient and a bachelor's degree in information systems and finance from the University of Louisville. He serves on the board of ADP, a global provider of cloud-based Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions.
  • Bob Contri

    Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL)

    Bob Contri
    Bob Contri is the Global Financial Services Leader for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). In this role Bob is responsible for overseeing DTTL’s four global financial services sector groups–banking and securities, insurance, real estate, and investment management–across all of DTTL’s businesses and member firms. He is charged with developing and executing the industry’s overall strategic direction and go-to-market strategy for the group which includes over 45,000 people in more than 40 countries. In addition, Bob sits on the board of the Deloitte US firm. In addition, he leads the global Deloitte relationship for a major financial institution. Bob has nearly 30 years of experience at Deloitte and has extensive global experience working with large clients. Prior to his current role, Bob served as the Deloitte US Financial Services Industry leader. Throughout Bob’s career, he has helped clients in the financial services industry address a range of issues, including strategy, restructuring, regulatory, and culture. His clients have included large regional and multinational organizations. Bob is a frequent presenter at financial services conferences and client events and has been featured in industry publications offering his views on industry trends and regulation. Bob has an MBA from Rutgers University and a BA from Gettysburg College. He is based in New York City and is married with three children.
  • Brad Garlinghouse


    Brad Garlinghouse
    Brad is the CEO of Ripple and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Ripple, Brad served as the CEO of file collaboration service Hightail. Previously, he was President of Consumer Applications at AOL from 2009 to 2012 and held various positions at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2009, including Senior Vice President. Brad formerly served as CEO of Dialpad Communications, held management positions at SBC Communications and @Home Network and was an advisor to Silverlake Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Animoto and OutMatch and has held board positions at Ancestry.com and Tonic Health.
  • Brian Behlendorf

    Hyperledger Project

    Brian Behlendorf
    Brian Behlendorf is the Executive Director of Hyperledger Project. Behlendorf was a primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Mozilla Foundation since 2003 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2013. He was the founding CTO of CollabNet and CTO of the World Economic Forum. Most recently, Behlendorf was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm. Twitter handle: @brianbehlendorf
  • Charles Blauner


    Charles Blauner
    Charles Blauner is the Global Head of Information Security for Citi. Charles joined Citi in February 2005 as the Head of Information Security for the North America Consumer organization. As the Global Consumer Group was formed, Charles took on the broader responsibilities for the Consumer business globally. In early 2010 Charles was asked to take on the role of Citi Global Head of Information Security. In this role, Charles sets Citi’s Information Security strategy and is accountable for Citi’s Information Security posture across all lines of businesses, functions and regions. Charles started his Information Security career at Bell Communications Research in 1986. In 1994, Charles joined JP Morgan as the lead Information Security architect and in between 1994 and 2001 Charles held various roles including Chief Information Risk Officer for JP Morgan and Investment Banker. In 2001, Charles joined Deutsche Bank as the Chief Information Risk Officer. After assignments in both NY and London; Charles left Deutsche Bank in 2004 to form AbsoSecurity, an Information Security Risk Management consulting company working with major financial services firms in NY and London, before being recruited to join Citi in 2005. Charles has held numerous industry positions including: Chair of the American Bankers Association E-Commerce Policy Committee, Chair of the OpenGroup Security Program Group, Chair of the FIX Security Working Group, Founding Director of the FS/ISAC. Charles is also the former Chairman of the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) - which works on critical infrastructure protection issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security – which began in July of 2012. Charles earned a BS degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982 and earned a MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 1986.
  • Cheri F. McGuire

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Cheri F. McGuire
    Ms. McGuire serves as Group Chief Information Security Officer at Standard Chartered Bank. Joining in June of 2016 and based in London, she is responsible for information and cyber security governance, strategy, third party risk management, regulatory engagement, policy development, vulnerability assessments, training and awareness, and industry partnerships. With more than 25 years of industry and government experience, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Council on the Future of Cybersecurity, and on the boards of The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and the UK Cyber Defence Alliance. Ms. McGuire is a frequent presenter at international conferences on cyber risk management and resilience, information sharing, and cybercrime, and has testified numerous times as an invited expert witness before the US Congress. From 2010 to 2012, she served as Chair of the US IT Sector Coordinating Council – one of 16 critical sectors identified by the President and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the government on critical infrastructure protection (CIP) and cybersecurity. She is a past board member of the IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and a former member of the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bank, she served for six years as Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Cybersecurity Policy at Symantec. Prior to this she held senior cybersecurity roles at Microsoft, the US Department of Homeland Security Cyber Division/US-CERT, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Ms. McGuire holds an MBA from The George Washington University and a BA from the University of California at Riverside.
  • Chris Giancarlo


    Chris Giancarlo
    J. Christopher “Chris” Giancarlo was nominated by President Obama on August 1, 2013 and confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate on June 3, 2014.  On June 16, 2014, he was sworn in as a CFTC Commissioner for a term expiring in April 2019.  Mr. Giancarlo was designated as Acting Chairman of the Commission on January 20, 2017. Before entering public service, Mr. Giancarlo served as the Executive Vice President of GFI Group Inc., a financial services firm. Prior to joining GFI, Mr. Giancarlo was Executive Vice President and U.S. Legal Counsel of Fenics Software and was a corporate partner in the New York law firm of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner. Mr. Giancarlo joined Brown Raysman from Giancarlo & Gleiberman, a law practice founded by Mr. Giancarlo in 1992 following his return from several years in London with the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Mr. Giancarlo was also a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of eSecurities, Trading and Regulation on the Internet (Leader Publications).  In addition, Mr. Giancarlo has testified three times before Congress regarding the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and has written and spoken extensively on public policy, legal and other matters involving technology and the financial markets. Mr. Giancarlo was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He attended Skidmore College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Government Department Honors.  Mr. Giancarlo received his law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was an associate research editor at the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and President of the Law School’s International Law Society.
  • Clarence Ti 

    Ngee Ann Polytechnic

    Clarence Ti 
    Clarence was appointed as the Principal of Ngee Ann Polytechnic in May 2014. The polytechnic has an enrolment of over 15,000 students and has over 2000 staff. In this role, he leads the polytechnic in developing future ready graduates and has been promoting entrepreneurship, service-learning, emerging skills and overseas internships. He has worked in the Singapore Economic Development Board, where he served in various capacities including as Head of Strategic Planning and Director of the San Francisco Centre, the Singapore Land Authority where he was Director of Land Business Management, the Ministry of Law where he was Director for Strategic Planning and the Ministry of Finance, where he served as Chief Executive of its Shared Services department, Vital. He graduated with a MSc and BSc (with High Honours) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA and has a MBA with Distinction from INSEAD. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He currently sits on the Board of ACE (Action Community for Entrepreneurship) and the School of Science and Technology (SST). He also serves on the Future Economy Council.
  • David E Rutter


    David E Rutter
    With over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street’s top institutions, David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial markets and innovation and has played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives industry. David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane.
  • David Lee Kuo Chuen


    David Lee Kuo Chuen
    Prof David LEE Kuo Chuen, founder of several companies including Left Coast (左岸), LiBai (李白)and Ferrell (富怡资产)Group. He is the founding investor in ZCash, Qtum and a few other blockchain (区块链)companies and cryptocurrency (加密货币). He is currently a professor in SIM University and is the 2015 Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. He is a mentor to China Wanxiang’s Chainlab Accelerator (万向区块链新链加速器), an advisor to Blockchain organisations, and was the Director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at Singapore Management University. He graduated with BSc, MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a non executive director of two listed companies. He was the Group Managing Director of OUE and Auric Pacific. His operation and managing experience includes F&B, manufacturing, hospitality, hedge funds, stockbrokering, property management, property development, REITs, medical plastic components, listing and de-listing of companies, start-ups and multinationals. He is the editor and an author of the American Library Association Outstanding Award Reference Book titled “Digital Currency” by Elsevier and the LASIC model for scalable technology companies.  He has been nominated by Internal Consulting Group as a Global Thought Leader for Fintech and Blockchain.
  • Deepak Ramanathan

    SAS - Asia Pacific

    Deepak Ramanathan
    Deepak in his role as Chief Technology Officer has been advising customers across the region on their analytical strategies. Now in his 13th year at SAS, Deepak works with customers across industries in identifying business issues which could benefit from an analytical outlook and helps these organizations in rolling out these analytical solutions. Deepak also serves as an analytical evangelist, familiarizing customers with analytical lifecycles, support structures for deploying, maintaining these initiatives and developing an ecosystem which would sustain the analytics framework. Deepak current area of focus is around High Performance Analytics and Big Data Analytics, working with clients to build use cases and deploying it within the organization. He has been working with customers in Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail and Loyalty Optimization and Communications industries to identify and build the appropriate business cases. Deepak is based in Singapore and has been working with customers across the Asia Pacific region for the last 8 years in what has been a thoroughly enjoyable and learning experience.
  • Diana Parades


    Diana Parades
    Diana Paredes is the CEO and Co-Founder of Suade, a software platform that enables financial institutions to understand and deliver their regulatory requirements. Prior to founding Suade, Diana had a successful career in investment banking, covering all asset classes at Barclays and Merrill Lynch, across sales, trading & structuring. Whilst working in the industry, she saw an opportunity to innovate and launch her current Fintech/Regtech startup. She believes that a data-driven approach to regulation is the key to preventing the next financial crisis.
  • Diego Molano Vega


    Diego Molano Vega
    Diego Molano Vega is an international consultant on Digital Transformation of Companies and Governments. He was the Minister of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) of Colombia from 2010 to 2015. He transformed his Country with his policy plan “Vive Digital”, which aims to reduce poverty and create jobs using technology. During his tenure, Colombia expanded all the elements of the digital ecosystem, not only infrastructure, but also, services, applications and users. Internet coverage extended to low-income homes and rural areas. 4G-LTE, Fiber optics and high-speed networks expanded to all municipalities, even those in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Education, health, financial and government services were transformed with ICT, increasing their availability, reach and efficiency. Mr. Molano has a long career in the technology industry in more than 20 countries, including high level executive positions in multinational companies such as BellSouth (now AT&T) in the US, and Telefonica in Spain. He is currently Senior Advisor to Davivienda, a leading bank in Colombia and Central America, to the Inter-American Development Bank, and to McKinsey &Co. in Washington DC, and member of the Advisory Committee of the New Economy to the OECD in Paris. His leadership and expertise in innovation policies have been recognized worldwide by major organization such as the Mobile World Congress, the United Nations, the Organization of American States and publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He is a regular speaker at international venues such as the World Economic Forum. Mr. Molano is an electronics engineer and economist from the Xavier University in Colombia and holds an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.
  • Donald MacDonald

    OCBC Bank

    Donald MacDonald
    Donald leads OCBC Group's big data analytics, data-driven marketing and overall CRM architecture across Asia. His role has overall responsibility for driving business value from data by providing actionable insights to segment, channel and product managers across all geographies, business divisions & external partnerships. He manages a large Marketing Analytics Centre of Excellence supporting all OCBC Group companies including Banking, Insurance, Share Trading, Private Banking, Fintech and external 3rd parties. Capabilities within the CoE include Data Science, Campaign Decisioning, Self-Service Analytics, Operational CRM and HR Analytics. Donald also manages OCBC's Operational CRM platform and implemented the bank's award winning, next generation unified sales desktop (ROME). Donald has over 20 years of international experience in Analytics helping companies to generate actionable insights and increase revenues. Prior to joining OCBC, he worked at IBM & PwC Consulting delivering data driven solutions globally. He began his career at Standard Life Group in the UK building and leading their Data Mining team.
  • Dr David Hardoon

    Monetary Authority Of Singapore (MAS)

    Dr David Hardoon
    Dr David Hardoon is the Chief Data Officer and Head of the Data Analytics Group (DAG) at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) The DAG leads MAS’ efforts to harness the power of data analytics to unlock insights, enhance the supervision of financial institutions, and make regulatory compliance more efficient for financial institutions. Prior to his current engagement, Dr Hardoon was co-founder and Executive Director at Azendian Solutions Pte. Ltd. where he was responsible for the advanced analytics practice and the positioning of business analytics advisory and services to clients across different business sectors across the region. Dr Hardoon received a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with first class honors at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2002 and a PhD in Computer Science in the field of Machine Learning from the University of Southampton 2006. He is currently an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Computational Statistics & Machine Learning, University College London.
  • Dr Leda Glyptis

    QNB Group

    Dr Leda Glyptis
    Dr Leda Glyptis is the Chief Innovation Officer of QNB Group, the biggest Bank in MENA. As the first CIO in the Group, Leda is responsible for setting up the innovation department, bringing design thinking capabilities to employee-led ideation and mobilization while also opening the gates for market-led ecosystem engagement and innovation. Leda joined QNB in January 2017 from Sapient, where she was a Director in the Global Markets business, providing digital business transformation consulting services. Her work spanned advising clients on business transformation and change management as well as fintech, digital value chains and the emerging business and technology ecosystem. Leda previously was head of Innovation for BNY Mellon in EMEA. Leda set up the innovation function in-region, developed the BNY Mellon FinTech village and built the EMEA Innovation Centre focusing on co-creation with clients and startups to generate new value. Prior to that, Leda worked in change management across the Bank’s investment services businesses. Before joining BNY Mellon, Leda served as Head of Services Development for FinTech startup Great East London Software Company. Leda holds an MA from King’s College, Cambridge; an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Georg Bednorz


    Georg Bednorz
    Born on May 16, 1950, in Neuenkirchen, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany 1976 M.S. Crystallography, University of Munster, Germany 1982 Ph.D. Solid State Physics, Laboratory of Solid State Physics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Since 1982: IBM Research GmbH, 8803 Rueschlikon, Switzerland Prizes and Honors: Nobel Prize in Physics 1987 (with K. Alex Müller) for the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity in a new class of compounds Distinguished Order of Merit with Star and Shoulder Band of the German Federal Republic Marcel-Benoist-Prize, Switzerland 13th Fritz London Memorial Award, University of California, Los Angeles Dannie Heinemann Prize, Academy of Sciences, Göttingen, Germany Robert Wichard-Pohl Prize, German Physical Society Viktor Moritz Goldschmidt Prize, German Mineralogical Society Otto-Klung Prize, Free University, Berlin, Germany The Ross Coffin Purdy Award, American Ceramic Society Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize APS International Prize for New Materials Research, American Physical Society Minnie Rosen Award, Ross University, New York Distinguished Member of the Academy of Ceramics Aldo Villa Prize , Italian Ceramic Society Fellow of the American Physical Society Honorary Member of the American Ceramic Society Honorary Member of the Swiss Physical Society Honorary Fellow of the Fudan University, Shanghai, China Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Singapore Dr. honoris causa:
    • University of Regensburg, Germany
    • University of Salzburg, Austria
    • University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
    • University of Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Ghela Boskovich


    Ghela Boskovich
    Ghela is active in the fintech industry, having spent the last ten years focused on business development for core insurance and banking system solutions, the last half of which has centered on financial services pricing governance functionality. Ghela also founded FemTechGlobal to bridge the gender gap in fintech and the financial services industry and was named one of Brummell Magazine’s 2016 ‘30 Inspirational Women Innovators’, and included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech Powerlist 2016. She is a regular contributor to fintech publications and discussions, specializing in dynamic pricing and customer centricity. Ghela is Head of Fintech/Regtech Partnerships at Rainmaking, home of Startupbootcamp.
  • Heather Cox


    Heather Cox
    Heather Cox joined USAA in October 2016 as USAA’s first chief technology and digital officer. In this role, she oversees a workforce of 10,000 information technology, digital, data, design, and innovation employees who are responsible for designing and building beautiful end-to-end personalized and digitally enabled experiences for USAA members. Heather joins USAA from Citigroup where she was the Chief Executive of Citigroup’s FinTech unit. At Citi, Heather’s team was responsible for building the first truly mobile bank of tomorrow through a smartphone-phone centric business model that delivers radically simple, connected experiences across the full range of client services. In addition, Heather was focused on driving digital transformation within the Global Consumer Bank by transitioning the business to an agile development methodology, inviting innovation through the Citi Mobile Challenge and FinTech meet up program, and embarking on the evolution to an Application Program Interface (API)-based organization. Before becoming the CEO of Citi FinTech, Heather was the Chief Client Experience, Digital and Marketing Officer for Citi. She also served on the board of Citibank Singapore Limited. Prior to joining Citi in 2014, Heather led Card Operations at Capital One Financial Corporation, where she developed, led and delivered a comprehensive customer experience strategy, leveraging digital innovations and customer data insights to help position it for further growth, customer engagement, and operating efficiency. Prior to Capital One, Heather served as the head of North America Operations at E*TRADE. In 2015, Heather was named one of the 10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking by Bank Innovation, as well as Digital Banker of the Year and One of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker. She was also recognized with the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award in 2013 and was named to American Banker’s Women to Watch list in 2011, 2013 and 2016. Heather currently serves on the board for LIFT, a nonprofit whose mission is to permanently lift people out of poverty. She also serves on the boards of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes schools. Heather graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She and her husband, Chris, are the proud parents of two teenage daughters.
  • Hirofumi Aihara

    The Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ And Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

    Hirofumi Aihara
    Mr. Hirofumi Aihara is responsible for driving innovation and promoting digital transformation in the bank and for the wider MUFG group. Mr. Aihara has 27 years of experience in systems and information technology with the bank. He has held positions in corporate finance and risk management, and implemented several projects to upgrade the bank’s IT infrastructure. Prior to his current appointment, he was General Manager of Asian Systems Office in Singapore, where he was responsible for initiating and implementing several key and critical systems in all of the bank’s offices across 13 markets in Asia and Oceania. He was also a key player in the bank’s efforts to start the proof of concept testing for utilizing blockchain technology for check digitalization in Singapore. Mr. Aihara was previously based in New York in the United States, where he headed the Bank’s IT planning department. He was also a part of the project team in Tokyo that implemented the bank’s management information system (MIS) and re-engineered several IT business processes in corporate planning. Mr. Aihara obtained BA in Engineering from Osaka University (Japan) in 1990.
  • Irene Arias

    International Finance Corporation (IFC)

    Irene Arias

    Irene Arias is the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), overseeing IFC’s investment and advisory Services operations in 34 countries across the region, where IFC has a combined investment portfolio of about $16 billion, representing more than 25% of IFC’s global investment portfolio. 

    In her previous role, she oversaw IFC’s strategy, investments and portfolio of IFC’s global operations in financial markets. IFC’s investments in the financial sector represent about 40 percent of IFC’s global operations and the objective of IFC in this sector is to promote access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises.

    Irene joined IFC in 2001 and since then she has been managing high profile investment projects primarily in the financial sector across the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.  She was part of core IFC group that developed IFC's Asset Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC which manages over $9 billion of capital across six investment funds.

    Irene, a Spanish national, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carlos III University in Madrid, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and an M.A. in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe. She is a CFA Charterholder.

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. For more information, please visit: www.ifc.org

  • Janet Young

    United Overseas Bank Ltd

    Janet Young
    As part of the senior leadership team under UOB Group CEO, Janet leads Delivery Channels and facilitates digitalization initiatives across the Group. She leads her teams to build customer engagement and connectivity across all channels and customer groups to meet UOB Group’s vision to be a premier regional bank in Asia Pacific. Working with Business and Technology partners internally and Fintech and ecosystem players externally, she champions collaborative business models to drive better outcomes for the Bank and its Customers in the transformation of banking in the digital age. Prior to joining to UOB, Janet is International Business Head for subsidiaries of multinational corporations (MNCs) of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Commercial Bank. Her responsibility covered Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America. She has over 25 years of banking and corporate experience. Prior to joining Bank of America, she had led Marketing, e-Business, and Commercial Banking for HSBC Singapore. Before that, she was the China Treasury Director (based in Shanghai) and Asia Pacific Finance & Treasury Director for Philips Electronics. She is a Board Member of IMDA (Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore),  InnoVen -Venture Debt JV between Temasek and UOB, FinLab -Innovation Fintech accelerator JV between UOB and SG Innovate, Accuron Technologies. She also serves on the Growth Committee of Spring Singapore, SAP Asia Pacific-Japan Business Advisory Council, Committee of Future Economy (sub-committee for Future Corporate Capability & Innovation – SMEs, Singapore) and the MBA Advisory Council of Nanyang Business School.
  • Jeremy Anderson


    Jeremy Anderson
    Jeremy has been Chairman of KPMG’s Global Financial Services Practice since 2010, leading KPMG’s 40,000 professionals working with clients in financial services. This covers audit, tax and advisory services across banking, capital markets, asset management and insurance. He advises clients across the globe on how to assess and respond to the changing landscape of Financial Services from regulatory change through to the impact of an increasingly data and digitally driven world. He regularly engages with regulators and policymakers on initiatives designed to improve financial stability, transparency and trust as well as the impact of innovation and Fintech. Jeremy has spent 35 years working with the banking and insurance industry. He has advised in the areas of strategy, risk management, governance, IT, operational transformation, mergers, bank restructuring, regulation and finance. He has worked with clients across Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific. Jeremy is a member of the Productivity Leadership Group in the UK, a past Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and a former Chairman of the UK National Employment Panel. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to employment.
  • Jessica Tan

    Ping An Group

    Jessica Tan
    Executive Vice President, Chief Operation Officer (COO) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. Chairwoman & CEO of Ping An Technology Managing ten of internet and platform businesses under the Group Also serving on the board of directors for over ten subsidiaries of Ping An, including Ping An Bank (also a public company), Ping An Life Insurance and Ping An P&C Insurance. Former Partner with McKinsey & Company (Global Director), head of Financial Services and Business Technology of Southeast Asia McKinsey. Worked for McKinsey for 13 years and worked with global and Asian leading financial companies and regulatory authorities in 15 countries, focusing on strategy, innovation, operations and technology Graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with Masters of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and two bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics with a GPA of 5.0/5.0.
  • Jo Ann S. Barefoot

    Barefoot Innovation Group, LLC

    Jo Ann S. Barefoot
    Jo Ann is CEO of Barefoot Innovation Group, Senior Fellow Emerita at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Business & Government, and Cofounder of Hummingbird Regtech, a startup focused on AML. A noted advocate of “regulation innovation,” Jo Ann is writing a book on financial innovation and regulation. She has been Deputy Comptroller of the Currency, partner at KPMG, Co-Chairman of Treliant Risk Advisors, and staff member at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. She’s an angel investor, serves on the board of Oportun, and advises financial companies and governments in the United States and other counties. She also served on the CFPB’s Consumer Advisory Board and chairs the board of the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Jo Ann hosts the podcast show Barefoot Innovation and has published nearly 200 articles. She is a popular public speaker, addressing thousands of people annually throughout the world.  www.jsbarefoot.com.
  • John P. Watters

    FireEye, Inc.

    John P. Watters
    John P. Watters was named EVP, Global Services & Intelligence at FireEye January 18, 2017 to merge FireEye services, customer support, Mandiant consulting, and iSIGHT intelligence into one business unit. Mr. Watters was formerly Chairman and CEO (and founder) of iSIGHT Partners. The firm was founded in 2006 and acquired by FireEye in January of 2016 becoming FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence. iSIGHT Partners built a global network of intelligence experts that today extends the reach of FireEye’s threat intelligence capability. Prior to iSIGHT, Mr. Watters was Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of iDEFENSE (2002), which he sold to VeriSign in 2005.  Over the past decade, Mr. Watters has been an active operator and investor in other innovative cyber security companies including TippingPoint Technologies in 2002, Archer Technologies in 2003 (served on the board), and Netwitness in 2006 (Chairman of the Board). Prior to Mr. Watters’ focus in the cyber security industry, he was the founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of EFO Holdings, Inc.; the investment arm of Bill Esping (founder of First Data Resources).  In his various investment, operating and philanthropic capacities, Mr. Watters has served on more than 20 corporate and non-profit boards including the Jesuit Foundation (Dallas,Texas), the STAIRS Program which supports inner-city education (founder and Chairman) and Andromeda FC a U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy (founder and Chairman). Also, Mr. Watters was the 2015 southwest regional winner for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Mr. Watters graduated from Santa Clara University, attended London School of Economics and is married with five children.
  • Joi Ito

    MIT Media Lab

    Joi Ito
    Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016). Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and serves on several other boards, including The New York Times Company, Sony Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation. He is also the former chairman and CEO of Creative Commons, and a former board member of ICANN, The Open Source Initiative, and The Mozilla Foundation. Ito is a serial entrepreneur who helped start and run numerous companies including one of the first web companies in Japan, Digital Garage, and the first commercial Internet service provider in Japan, PSINet Japan/IIKK. He has been an early-stage investor in many companies, including Formlabs, Flickr, Kickstarter, littleBits, and Twitter. Ito has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Golden Plate Award from the Academy of Achievement, and he was inducted into the SXSW Interactive Festival Hall of Fame in 2014. Ito has been awarded honorary doctorates from The New School and Tufts University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ito will be a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Law School from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
  • Jonathan Larsen

    Ping An Insurance Group

    Jonathan Larsen
    Jonathan Larsen is now Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Ltd. and Chairman and CEO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund. Jonathan spent 18 years at Citigroup where he was most recently Global Head of the firm’s Retail Banking and Mortgage businesses, generating ~$12Bn in Revenues and spanning 19 countries. He has been at the leading edge of the financial services industry for the last 29 years across the Asia Pacific region and globally. He brings a unique blend of strategic vision, operational depth, and understanding of the new technology landscape. He has led multiple large-scale, successful businesses across a wide range of markets and has extensive experience in negotiating and managing partnerships and M&A transactions. Prior to Citi, Jonathan was a Principal in the Financial Services Practice of global management consulting firm, Booz Allen & Hamilton where he spent eight years advising large banks and other financial institutions across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and in the United States and Europe. Jonathan is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance, Singapore and was named Retail Banker of the Year in 2011 by Asian Banker magazine. He has been widely quoted in major business publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Economist as well as local media throughout Asia Pacific. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.
  • Joyj Matthew


    Joyj Matthew
    Jojy is Co-Leader of Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Industry (GFSI) Analytics & Information Management Information practice. Jojy has been at the forefront of executing multiple large scale and transformational information management programs often spanning multiple geographies and business entities around such initiatives as Basel RDA (BCBS 239), Basel II & III, Solvency II, Master Data and Reference Data, and Customer Data. He has worked with Global Banks, Insurance Companies, Investment Banks and Regulatory Agencies to successfully deliver end-to-end information management and analytics programs. He has been involved in establishing the Chief Data Office for multiple organizations, establishing Business Intelligence Competency Centers, Analytics and Big Data Shared Services, Data Management Offices and associated services, and is a recognized expert in operationalizing enterprise-wide Data Strategy, Governance and Data Quality programs. Jojy was a reputable investment banker and quant with deep expertise in structuring Mortgage and Asset-Backed Securities, Leveraged Leases and Synthetic Leases, and has developed systems for Banking and Insurance Asset-Liability Management, Investment Accounting, Portfolio Management and Fixed Income Analytics. Jojy has published in multiple books by renowned financial services author-editor Frank Fabozzi, and is recognized as an industry innovator and thought-leader.
  • Justin Lie


    Justin Lie
    As a student, Justin was already an entrepreneur, setting up various e-commerce sites. It was when his sites were attacked by fraudsters that Justin devised his own system of rules on whether to accept or reject a transaction, which would later develop into CashShield: a highly sophisticated system designed with a proprietary high frequency trading algorithm and real time machine learning. CashShield requires no data scientist or fraud analysts at all, and continues to be the only fully machine driven fraud management solution.
  • Kaidi Ruusalepp


    Kaidi Ruusalepp
    Kaidi is former CEO of NASDAQ Tallinn Stock Exchange and of the Central Securities Depository. Co-Founder of Estonian Service Industry Association. Member of Startup Europe Advisory Board at European Commission. A lawyer by training, she co-authored the Estonian Digital Signatures Act of 2000 -- landmark legislation that enables secure digital identities and, in turn, the country’s booming electronic economy. She is the founder of the block chain based global stock exchange Funderbeam.
  • Kevin Lee Ren De

    GIC Labs

    Kevin Lee Ren De
    Kevin Lee leads GIC Labs and Data Science at GIC, where he spearheads GIC's efforts to harness new technology and data science in investment and non-investment activities across the firm. He was previously VP Data at Grab Inc., where he led data, IT and special projects. Before that, he was Head of Asia at Palantir Technologies, where he built out Palantir’s Asia business from the ground up and worked with customers from a wide variety of industries to harness the power of data in their organizations. Kevin started his career in the Singapore Government where he served in the administrative service. He graduated from Stanford University where he majored in Computer Science.
  • Kevin McCarthy


    Kevin McCarthy
    Kevin is Chief Customer Officer at DemystData. In this role, he oversees corporate strategy and development, and is in charge of developing and driving strategic initiatives across product, partnerships, and sales. Previously, Kevin managed the company’s accounts globally. He oversaw the development and growth of a global delivery and execution team of international data scientists and specialists. Prior to joining DemystData, Kevin was a Specialist at McKinsey & Company in the Healthcare Value Analytics Group. Kevin also managed teams and held leadership positions at Risk Metrics Corporation, where he handled data exchange and integration efforts with commercial insurance carriers and information partners, and worked in the alternative investment and equity sales groups at UBS.
  • Korn Chatikavanij

    Thai Fintech Association

    Korn Chatikavanij
    Korn Chatikavanij is currently chairman of Thailand Democrat Party Policy Unit, and chairman of Thai Fintech Association. Korn served as Finance Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand from 2008 to 2011. Previously, he was president and chairman of JP Morgan Securities (Thailand) from 2000 to 2004. Much of Korn Chatikavanij’s career was spent in the finance sector since his early age at SG Warburg, London. He then co-founded JF Thanakom Securities with Jardine Fleming and was its president for 11 years. After the merger of Jardine Fleming and JP Morgan, he became president and subsequently chairman of JP Morgan Securities (Thailand). He left to run for Bangkok Member of Parliament in October 2004. In December 2009, Korn Chatikavanij received “Global Finance Minister of the Year 2010” and “Asia-Pacific Finance Minister of the Year 2010” awards from the Banker (an affiliated publication of the Financial Times). Korn Chatikavanij graduated with BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from St. John’s College, University of Oxford.
  • Mark Adams

    Strategic Intelligence. ASIC

    Mark Adams
    Mark leads ASIC's Strategic Intelligence team that provides specialist strategic risk, research and data analytical advice and support to the Commission and ASIC's business teams. This team includes ASIC's behavioural economics unit. Mark also leads ASIC's internal coordination team that implements ASIC's Innovation Hub initiative. During his time at ASIC, Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators, Regulatory Policy and International teams. In recent years, Mark was seconded to the Financial System Inquiry Secretariat in 2014 as a Principal Adviser and to the Ontario Securities Commission in 2012-13 as Director, Strategy, Research and Risk. Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a national law firm.
  • Mark Jamison

    Visa Inc.

    Mark Jamison
    Mark Jamison leads Visa’s flagship, state-of-the-art, One Market Center in San Francisco. The first in a global network of Visa innovation centers, One Market Center hosts hundreds of clients and partners annually who are looking to learn more about Visa’s innovation agenda and co-create new payment solutions for their customers. Mark manages a team that maintains a focus on “what’s next” in digital commerce and payments platforms including tokenization, the blockchain, human-centered design, and emerging mobile capabilities. Mark is a recognized FinTech pioneer and a proven corporate leader of digital transformation. Prior to his role leading One Market Center, Mark was the head of New Product R&D and Design for Visa Inc. Before joining Visa, Mark was the Global Head of Customer Solution and Digital Transformation for BBVA in Madrid, one of the 10 largest banks in the world. In this role, Mark managed all consumer banking and insurance products across 36 operating countries, established a global design function, and led BBVA’s Big Data and analytics teams. Mark also previously served as the Chief Digital Officer for Capital One Bank and the founding executive leader of Capital One Labs. The Capital One Labs team continues to be recognized as one of the industry’s top applied innovation centers. As a FinTech entrepreneur early in his career, Mark founded and ran MaxMiles, the web’s first online personalized account aggregation service which was acquired by American Express’ venture arm in early 2000. Mark has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School and a B.S. in Business Administration and Religious Philosophy from Indiana University. He has also completed Business Ethics courses at London Business School and has an executive degree in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design. Mark lives in Mill Valley, California and is married to Cory Jamison, a nationally known jazz singer and recording artist. Although Mark believes he is a legitimate jazz pianist, his wife only hires real players for all of her paying gigs.
  • Mark Whitcroft

    Illuminate Financial Management

    Mark Whitcroft
    Mark Whitcroft is a Founding Partner at Illuminate Financial Management, a London-based venture capital firm exclusively focused on capital markets financial technology investment globally. Prior to Illuminate, he was an EIR at StartUpBootCamp FinTech London, on the Industry Advisory Board of ValueStream Labs and a mentor for Deutsche Bank in the Accenture FinTech Innovation Lab in New York. Mark spent eleven years in various capital market roles at HSBC and Deutsche Bank based in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. He has been an early stage FinTech investor since 2010 and is on the Board of Directors of ChartIQ and Privitar.
  • Mark Worthington

    Bell Pottinger Singapore

    Mark Worthington
    Mark is a former BBC news correspondent with over a decade of experience in journalism. A media and communications expert specialising in strategic corporate communications, crisis management, media relations and training, Mark advises regional and international clients across a variety of sectors including financial services, technology, e-commerce and agribusinesses, among others. His clients have included transport disruptors, global digital payment companies and regional e-commerce leaders. He hosts regular Fintech insights sessions with key industry leaders and has mentored a number of tech start-up firms. Mark graduated from University of Oxford with an MA and from City University, London, with a PGDip in Broadcast Journalism.
  • Michael Gorriz

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Michael Gorriz
    Dr Michael Gorriz is Group Chief Information Officer at Standard Chartered Bank. He joined the Bank in July 2015 and is based in Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for the banking operations, systems development and technology infrastructure which underpin the Bank’s client services. He is also instrumental in defining and implementing the Bank’s digital and innovation agenda. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Michael was Vice President and CIO at Daimler AG for 8 years where he was responsible for strategy, planning and development of all IT systems, as well as the operation of the technical infrastructure. He is a physicist and engineer by background. During his time at Daimler, Michael progressed through specialist research and design roles in aerospace to a general management role joining the IT department in the year 2000. Michael enjoys tennis and jogging in his leisure time. He is married and has three daughters.
  • Michael Tang


    Michael Tang
    Michael Tang leads Deloitte’s Global Financial Services Digital Transformation practice. In this role, he works with member firms on strategy and services related to digital transformation, fintech, open banking, and innovation in financial services. In his role as a Partner in Deloitte Canada, Michael works with corporations and senior executives in the areas of business strategy and technology and has particular expertise in growth and cost reduction strategy, large-scale enterprise transformations, digital technology enablement, end-to-end digitization and IT strategy alignment. He began his career with Deloitte in 1997 and has experience working with financial services clients in Canada, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan and South America. Previously Michael was the Chief Strategy Officer and led the Financial Services Industry Practice for Deloitte New Zealand; during that time he was appointed as the Asia Pacific Global Financial Services Consulting Leader. Michael currently sits on the Ontario Securities Commission Fintech Advisory Committee. He is also actively involved in the financial services start-up community and advises FinTech’s, Investors, Global Regulators and Innovations Hubs.
  • Mike Saliter


    Mike Saliter
    Mike Saliter has nearly 20 years of hands on experience in the Business Intelligence and Analytics market. At Qlik, he is head of the Industry Solutions organization which is comprised of global industry experts who lead Qlik’s industry and functional go-to-market initiatives spanning sales, marketing, solutions and partners. Prior to joining Qlik in 2011, Mike spent 3 years as Business Unit Executive for global Industry Solutions within IBM’s Business Analytics division. He also worked 6 years at Cognos in various presales, sales and marketing leadership roles. Prior to Cognos, he consulted for Accenture on various BI related projects. Mike has a BS in Engineering from Virginia Tech and lives in the Washington, DC region.
  • Mirèl Ter Braak

    Netherlands Authority For The Financial Markets

    Mirèl Ter Braak
    Mirèl ter Braak currently holds the position of senior policy advisor within the Programme Team Innovation & Fintech at the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). The AFM supervises the conduct of the entire financial market sector: savings, investment, insurance and loans. By supervising the conduct of the financial markets, the AFM aims to make a contribution to the efficient operation of these markets. The mission of the programme team is to ensure that the AFM accommodates technological innovation in the financial sector to the extent that it contributes to a sustainable financial wellbeing in the Netherlands. This implicates that the team also focuses on the risks related to innovation and fintech. Mirèl’s main tasks and responsibilities include creating an overview of innovative and fintech concepts with an impact on the sector and the AFM, accommodating innovative players by addressing bottlenecks and reducing (unnecessary) barriers and if necessary propose adjustments to the legal framework, either to reduce unnecessary barriers or address associated risks. Further, Mirèl is responsible of the AFM’s international activities and contributions regarding innovation and fintech. Prior to her current job Mirel held the position of senior advisor within the department Strategy, Policy and International Affairs at the AFM. Mirèl holds a Master’s degree in Company Law and Financial law from Tilburg University.
  • Nick Nash


    Nick Nash
    Nick joined Sea (re-branded from Garena) in December 2014 after more than a decade with General Atlantic (GA), most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of GA’s Southeast Asia business. Nick is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Working Group on Local Capital Markets Integration, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, a member of the Singapore Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a member of the sub-Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) and a member of the global Kauffman Society. He was also the former Honorary Secretary and a board member of the Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA), a former board member of the New York Private Equity Network (NYPEN) and a former board member of the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Nick first joined GA in 2002 in New York and moved to Singapore in 2011 to co-found the firm’s ASEAN office. During his time at GA, Nick played a key role in many innovative investments for GA including the firm’s first investment in Southeast Asia (Sea), its most successful investment to-date in India (Genpact, NYSE: G), and its first investment in cloud computing (Quality Technology, NYSE: QTS). Prior to GA, Nick was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. During college and graduate school, he also worked at Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Lenovo, and IBM. He received an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in 2007, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and co-led the MBA exchange program with Tsinghua University in Beijing. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, in 2000. In 1996 he was named a United States Presidential Scholar, one of the nation’s highest academic honors for graduating secondary school students. He and his wife Phalgun are passionate about the power of the non-profit and social enterprise sector to transform society for the better. They are the co-founders of the foundation Morph.org, whose first effort is the global Ramanujan Project to identify and nurture exceptional mathematics talent in emerging markets. He earlier launched an effort in partnership with Harvard University to identify and prioritize the world’s hardest still unsolved problems in the social sciences. He is also a board member of the Manudhane Foundation for Excellence, which is focused on improving the quality of life in India by nurturing the pursuit of individual and organizational excellence as a root cause of positive social change.
  • Nicki Ramsay


    Nicki Ramsay
    Nicki is the CEO of CardUp, a payments company based in Singapore that enables individuals and businesses to use their credit card in new ways, providing access to credit and rewards. A payments professional, Nicki has a background in business development, consumer insight, analytics and marketing having worked for American Express across both Asia Pacific and Europe. During this time she held a variety of leadership roles including Head of Consumer Insight for APAC and Director of International Business Development, where she was responsible for identifying and developing partnerships with technology and fintech companies across the region. Nicki started her career as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, after graduating with a first class degree in Economics.
  • Oki Matsumoto

    Monex Group, Inc. Japan

    Oki Matsumoto
    Born in 1963. BA in Law from the University of Tokyo (1987). Began his career at Salomon Brothers and joined Goldman Sachs in 1990. He was the head of their fixed income and currency business in Asia and became General Partner in 1994 at the age of 30, the youngest ever at that time. In 1999, he founded Monex which was jointly capitalized with Sony. Monex is listed on the 1st section of Tokyo Stock Exchange where he is presently Chairman & CEO. Monex Group, Inc. is a global online financial institution with operations in three major financial centers. Monex, Inc. in Japan, TradeStation Group, Inc. in the United States , and Monex Boom Securities Limited in Hong Kong. The group has about 900 employees worldwide with over half of its staffs located in the United States. He served as Financial Counsel to the Prime Minister and also as outside directors of several companies including Tokyo Stock Exchange from June 2008 to 2013. He presently is an outside director of MasterCard, Incorporated. and UZABASE Inc. He is also a councilor of International House of Japan and a Vice Chair of Human Rights Watch.  
  • Paul Cobban

    DBS Bank Ltd

    Paul Cobban
    Paul Cobban is Chief Data and Transformation Officer and Managing Director for the Technology and Operations group in DBS. Based in Singapore, his portfolio involves strengthening the bank’s data-driven agenda by laying down a strong digital foundation and driving a future ready mindset across the bank. In addition, he spearheads the bank’s improvement and transformation programmes that redefine customer and employee experiences by building a strong culture, reimagining the future of work and driving innovation across the bank. Paul joined DBS in 2009 as Managing Director for business transformation, and was Chief Operating Officer of Technology and Operations in 2013. He has driven a number of bank-wide transformation programmes including driving continuous improvement through process re-engineering and Lean IT. Paul is one of the region’s foremost technology leaders, and is on The Asian Banker’s list of leading practitioners in banking. He chairs the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Future-Enabled Skills Work Group and is an IBF Fellow. He also sits on the FinTech Advisory council for the Institute of International Finance (IIF) and is a fintech mentor. Paul holds a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from Aston University.
  • Paul Nicholas

    Trustworthy Computing, Microsoft

    Paul Nicholas
    Paul has been leading cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection policy for 18 years. He leads the Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy Team which focuses on advancing cybersecurity, cloud computing, and risk management. Paul actively participates in World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Risk and Resilience. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005, Paul spent eight years in the U.S. Government, focusing on emerging threats. During his government career, he served as White House Director of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and a Depart of Defense analyst. Paul earned a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. from Georgetown University.
  • Prof Annie Koh

    Singapore Management University

    Prof Annie Koh
    Prof. Annie Koh is Vice President, office of business development at Singapore Management University. A Practice Professor of Finance, Prof. Annie earned her PhD from Stern school, NYU as a Fulbright scholar. In addition to her VP portfolio, she holds the position of academic director of two university level institutes – Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute. Her previous portfolios include positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive & Professional Education. Currently, Prof. Annie is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Regional Governance and is a board member of the Family Firm Institute and Singapore Central Provident Fund. She also serves as an Independent Director of k1 Ventures Ltd, and Health Management International Ltd. She chairs the Asian Bond Fund 2 Supervisory Committee of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Finance & Investment Committee of the Government Technology Agency (GovTech). Prof. Annie was a recipient of the Singapore Public Administration Medal, Bronze in 2010 and Silver in 2016.
  • Ravi Menon

    Monetary Authority Of Singapore

    Ravi Menon
    Mr Ravi Menon has been Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) since 2011. The MAS conducts monetary policy, manages the official foreign reserves, supervises the financial sector, and develops Singapore as a financial centre. On the international front, Mr Menon is a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Steering Committee. He chaired the FSB Standing Committee on Standards Implementation (2013-2017), the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Deputies Meetings (2011-2015) and the APEC Senior Officials Meetings (2009). Mr Menon was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade & Industry (2007-2011), where he led the ministry’s work in economic strategy; energy policy; research and development; and international trade. Mr Menon was Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Finance (2003-2007), where he was responsible for fiscal policy and government reserves. Mr Menon spent the first 16 years of his career at the MAS, which he joined in 1987. A recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Gold), Mr Menon has served on boards in the public, private, and people sectors. He was Chairman of the Singapore Co-operation Enterprise; Deputy Chairman of the Central Provident Fund Board; and a board member of the Housing and Development Board; Singapore Totalisator Board; Agency for Science, Technology, and Research; Civil Service College; and National Research Foundation. He was also on the board of directors of DBS Bank, the largest bank in Southeast Asia. Mr Menon is currently Chairman of the Institute of Banking and Finance, and he serves on the board of trustees of the Singapore Indian Development Association, a community volunteer group. Mr Menon holds a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics from the National University of Singapore. A two-time winner of the Prime Minister's Book Prize, Mr Menon was a prefect and scout leader at Raffles Institution where he had his secondary education.
  • Renaud Laplanche


    Renaud Laplanche
    Renaud is co-founder and CEO of Upgrade, a consumer credit platform that offers personal loans together with credit monitoring and education, helping consumers better understand and manage their credit and obtain more affordable credit. Prior to co-founding Upgrade, Renaud co-founded and was CEO of Lending Club, America’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. In recent years Renaud received multiple awards and nominations, including being featured on Bloomberg Markets’ 2015 Most Influential List, an annual ranking of the World’s top 50 most influential leaders across technology, finance and politics. He was ranked one of the top CEOs by Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards in 2015 with a 97% approval rate from Lending Club employees, and was named the "best start-up CEO to work for" by Business Insider in 2014. Renaud also won the Economist Innovation Award in 2014 in the Consumer Products category. Renaud also won three world speed sailing records and still holds the Newport-Bermuda course record. Renaud holds an MBA from HEC and London Business School and a JD from Montpellier University.
  • Richard Lowe


    Richard Lowe
    Richard is the Chief Data Officer of UOB. His responsibilities include leading the business data and advanced analytics vision, strategy and transformation for the UOB group and its entities. His focus areas include Data Governance, Big Data Analytics, and End User Self Service Hi-Fidelity Visualizations. Prior to joining UOB, Richard was Head of Business Intelligence and Data for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has spent most career in Sydney, Australia building and leading data and business analytics capabilities in both Financial Services and Telecommunications Sectors.
  • Richard Teng

    Abu Dhabi Global Market

    Richard Teng
    Mr Richard Teng joined Abu Dhabi Global Market in March 2015 as the CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority. He is responsible for the development and administration of the financial services regulatory and supervisory framework of ADGM to promote a fair, open and transparent financial market. Mr Teng also oversees the strategic development of financial services offerings and growth of ADGM as an international financial centre. Under his stewardship, ADGM has become the first jurisdiction in the Middle East and Africa region to develop a Fintech Regulatory Laboratory Framework, becoming a hub to support Fintech stakeholders to develop, test and deploy their product and offerings in am controlled environment. Mr Teng is steering the development of a Fintech ecosystem in Abu Dhabi that fosters financial innovations and supports the needs of Fintech players. With more than two decades of regulatory leadership and capital markets experience in the financial industry, Mr Teng joined ADGM from the Singapore Exchange (“SGX”), where he was the Chief Regulatory Officer. He also held several senior appointments at SGX including Senior Vice President, Head of Issuer Regulation and Chief of Staff for Risk Management and Regulation, and Head of Regulation. Prior to SGX, Mr Teng served as the Director of Corporate Finance Division of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and was in charge of the financial centre development from MAS New York office between 2000 and 2002. Mr Teng holds a Masters (Distinction) in Applied Finance from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Australia, and graduated with First Class Honours in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
  • Rod Drury


    Rod Drury
    Rod Drury is the founder and CEO of Xero, a market leader in cloud accounting that is quickly building momentum across Asia. Rod was 2013 EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, is a member of the New Zealand Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, World Class New Zealander for ICT, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals. With more than one millions subscribers globally, Xero is one of the fastest growing SaaS businesses in the world, ranked No.1 by Forbes as the World's Most Innovative Growth Company two years running, rated Australia's Best Accounting Software in 2015 and 2016 by Canstar Blue, and Technology Provider of the Year for the British Small Business Awards.
  • Rohan Amin, Ph.D.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Rohan Amin, Ph.D.
    Dr. Rohan Amin is the Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for JPMorgan Chase.  In this role, Rohan is responsible for the firm’s global cyber defense strategy, cyber operations and multi-year “cyber uplift” program. This includes ensuring the firm has a fortress foundation in conducting its technology operations, managing Global Cybersecurity Operations Centers, training and exercise programs, and enhancing the company’s data security capabilities.  Rohan is a member of the firm’s Global Technology Operating Committee and is on the board of directors for the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC). Rohan joined JPMorgan Chase in 2014 as Head of Cybersecurity Operations.  He came to JPMorgan Chase from Lockheed Martin, where he led the development of the corporation’s global computer network defense strategy and the creation of the Lockheed Martin Computer Incident Response Team (LM-CIRT), the corporation’s hub for security operations and intelligence.  He also ran Lockheed Martin’s Global Cybersecurity Solutions division that provided advanced cyber and electronic warfare systems and solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and international customers. Rohan was a three-time recipient of Lockheed Martin’s NOVA award, its highest recognition, for establishing the company’s leadership in cybersecurity.  Within the defense industry, he was instrumental in establishing the Defense Security Information Exchange (DSIE), a cyber threat fusion and sharing forum between major defense industrial base partners.  Rohan also co-authored the seminal paper on Intelligence Driven Defense and the Cyber Kill Chain – which introduced the world to new analytical tradecraft for combating Advanced Persistent Threats. Rohan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Telecommunications Engineering and his Master of Science in Telecommunications and Networking from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received his doctoral degree in Information Security from the George Washington University.  He lives with his wife and two sons in New York.
  • Ron Suber

    Prosper Marketplace

    Ron Suber
    Can't create a spreadsheet....needs coffee in the morning. ReWiring. Part entrepreneur, executive, sales, marketing, branding, mentor and coach. Medium IQ, High EQ, High AQ (Adversity Quotient). Enjoys traveling, teaching, yoga, hanging out with friends and family. Shares observations and lessons from experience on Wall Street, fin-tech and online lending in presentations at conferences globally, at emerging companies, at universities and on white boards. History of creating and executing successful strategies, raising debt and equity for fin-tech ventures, collaborating and having fun on winning teams. President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to Prosper, Executive Vice Chairman and member of the board of directors of Credible. Advisory board member to Docusign, Juvo, Unison, Money360 and EOriginal. Married 26 years, two grown children and living in San Francisco.
  • Satyen Kothari


    Satyen Kothari
    Satyen is the founder of Cube, an award winning mobile banking service for the Indian urban professional. Prior to Cube, Satyen founded Citrus Payments, where he led overall strategy, product, UX, and marketing, to drive the company to a $2.5 billion payment processing leader in 4 years. Citrus was acquired in 2016 in the biggest fintech cash deal in India by Naspers. He has spent 15 years in the Silicon Valley starting 3 additional companies in the areas of marketing automation, social e-commerce, and strategy/design consulting. His career has included stints with both start- ups and large companies such as Apple, frog design, Intuit, First Data, Cisco, AOL & Yahoo. He is an active angel investor and has invested in companies in the spaces of marketplaces, fintech, renewable energy, HR, and education. He is also an active member of the Stanford Alumni Association of India and Stanford Angels. Satyen finished a Masters in tech entrepreneurship/HCI/CS from Stanford in 1997, and a BE in CS from Bombay University in 1995. He reads non- fiction & humor, loves driving fast cars, and attempts to kite surfs occasionally.
  • Scott Setrakian

    Applied Predictive Technologies

    Scott Setrakian
    Scott Setrakian, Managing Director of APT, has over 20 years of experience advising many of the world’s largest and most successful companies. His work focuses on the development and implementation of strategies and processes that lead to significant improvements in profitability and corporate value. He has led the work of hundreds of management consultants in engagements in over 20 countries on six continents. Prior to co-founding APT, Mr. Setrakian sat on the Board of Directors of Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting), one of the world’s largest general management consulting firms, where he led the firm’s global Energy and Process Industries practice. Mr. Setrakian currently sits on the Boards of Directors of The Buena Vista Funds, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Saroyan Foundation. Mr. Setrakian holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received an AB in Human Biology from Stanford University, where he also completed the requirements for a degree in Psychology.
  • Shivkumar Bhasin

    State Bank Of India

    Shivkumar Bhasin
    Senior IT executive with more than 22 years of experience working across Fortune 500 Financial Services companies, as a catalyst for the Digital transformation, Customer Experience, Robotics, Applications and Infrastructure Re-Engineering, Large Applications Transformations, Infrastructure Modernisation, an Orchestrator of Enterprise wide Digitisation of business processes, promoting usage of social media technologies, Datawarehouse modernization – introducing extensive usage of Big Data, Data Lake and complex Data Analytics for enhanced customer service, customer social media feedback analytics, and recommendation engines for digital channels . I am Chief Technology Officer at State Bank of India, driving Digital Transformation and IT Innovations agenda, Applications & Infrastructure transformation & rationalization using latest technologies, Design Thinking, Keeping User Experience at the Center of every design decision with stability & robustness of applications & infrastructure. I manage 1 billion USD IT budget for State Bank of India IT, and 4000 IT staff. I am setting up Innovation and Customer Experience Center for leapfrogging of SBI from 45t5 largest Global Bank to Top 10 Digital Bank globally. I worked with Barclays for setting up Barclays Technology Centers across Pune, Singapore, Beijing, Prague, Keeve, Tel Aviv and Lithuania. I led digital technology transformation and IT Change/Run of 21 countries in Emerging Markets business Previously, I worked with Fidelity Investments for transformation of Global Funds Life Cycle Management platform. I had a short stint with Hughes Network Systems a Satellite Communication company in Maryland, USA. I setup Address Change and Logistics portal (www.moversguide.com) for United States Postal Service while relocating within United States. Started my carrier with Parametric Technology Corporation at Boston, Massachusetts, a Computer graphics and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) company for Automobile, Aircraft and Ship building Industries. I am Mechanical Engineer and Postgraduate from IIT Delhi. I live with my 2 beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife in Pune. I love hiking & adventure sports – white water rafting, skiing etc. I am an amateur golfer.
  • Sopnendu Mohanty

    Monetary Authority Of Singapore

    Sopnendu Mohanty
    Mr Sopnendu Mohanty is responsible for creating development strategies and regulatory policies around technology innovation to “better manage risks, enhance efficiency and strengthen competitiveness in the financial sector”. Prior to joining MAS, Mohanty was with Citibank as their Global Head of the Consumer Lab Network and Programs, which included driving innovation programs and managing innovation labs across multiple geographies globally. Mohanty has spent 20 years in the APAC region and held various roles in technology, finance, productivity, and business development. He was Citibank’s APAC regional head of Branch operations along with heading the Consumer Innovation Lab in Singapore. He spent a significant time in Japan, where he was Citibank’s Retail Business Development head and also did leadership stints in various functions within operations and technology. Globally, he played a significant subject matter expert role in driving Citibank’s global smart banking program, to transform bank’s physical network to digital first, smart & innovative, client centric and highly delightful customer engagement center. Mohanty has co-authored various patented work in area of retail distribution of financial sector. He is based in Singapore, loves travelling, reads history and pursues culinary innovation as a hobby. He was in the list of Fintech’s Most Powerful Dealmakers of 2016 by Institutional Investor.
  • Sridhar Muppidi

    IBM Security Systems

    Sridhar Muppidi
    Dr. Sridhar Muppidi is an IBM Fellow and Chief Technology Officer in IBM Security Systems. He leads the technical strategy, architecture and Research for IBM Security, focused on Identity & Access Management, Application & Data, Mobile & Cloud Security. He is a technical leader with about 20 years’ experience in security, software product development and security solutions architecture for several industry verticals. His current responsibilities also include providing secure cross brand security solutions to enterprises, leading work groups in security & privacy and representing IBM in open standards activities. He is an IBM Master inventor with number of patents and publications.
  • Subroto Bagchi

    Odisha Skill Development Authority

    Subroto Bagchi
    Subroto Bagchi is a well-known Indian entrepreneur, business writer and a public servant. As an entrepreneur, he is best known for co-founding Mindtree in 1999. Mindtree is one of India’s most admired software services companies. The company is publicly listed, it employs 16000 professionals and serves leading corporations of the World. At Mindtree, Bagchi held several positions of responsibilities and eventually rose to be its Executive Chairman. In 2016, Bagchi handed over his corporate responsibilities at Mindtree and took up a full- time, pro-bono role as Chairman of the newly set up Odisha Skill Development Authority in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. Odisha is one of India’s progressive states where Bagchi’s charter is to work with young people, mostly school dropouts, to provide them employable skill training. In the course of his long and successful professional career, Bagchi started writing business books and is known as India’s No. 1 business writer. His books have been published by Penguin and Hachette and translated in all major Indian languages as well as in Chinese and Vietnamese. In addition, Subroto Bagchi and his author-wife Susmita support the cause of blindness, mental health and geriatric care with their personal wealth.
  • Susan Hwee


    Susan Hwee
    Ms Susan Hwee is a Group Management Executive Committee member and the Head of Group Technology and Operations at United Overseas Bank Limited ("UOB"). She has more than 30 years of banking experience with an extensive track record in technology and operations. Ms Hwee manages over 4,000 staff across the region. She leads the team that sets the global standards for technology and operations throughout UOB, building a robust and efficient operating platform that is scalable across the region to serve our customers' changing needs. She is also spearheading initiatives to transform the Bank's digital architecture and information security strategy. Ms Hwee is a champion of inclusive employment and led the creation of meaningful employment opportunities at UOB for people with autism. She believes it is a sustainable business practice that benefits the organisation, the employee and society. She continues to make vital industry contributions via her leadership role in a number of key industry initiatives. She chaired the Industry Steering Committee that oversaw the introduction of FAST (Fast and Secure Transfers), a new electronic funds transfer service in Singapore. Ms Hwee was previously the Chairman of Singapore's electronic payments leader, Network for Electronic Transfers Singapore Pte Ltd (NETS). She is currently on the Board of Directors for NETS, Clearing & Payment Services Pte Ltd and Singapore Clearing House Pte Ltd. Susan also serves as a member of the UOB Arts Committee.
  • Taavet Hinrikus


    Taavet Hinrikus
    Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to starting TransferWise, Taavet was director of strategy at Skype, where he’d started as its first employee. One of the World Economic Forum's Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital agenda and one of the European Commission’s High Level Group of Innovators. He’s also a mentor and angel investor; his investments include Tweetdeck, Mendeley, OMGPOP, Property Partner, Sunrise, Improbable and Mapillary.
  • Taizo Son

    Mistletoe Inc.

    Taizo Son
    Taizo is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in investing and incubating IT related venture companies in Asia. He is the Founder & CEO of Mistletoe Inc., as well as board member and advisor to various IT companies around the globe. He founded Gungho Online which is one of the most successful online gaming companies in Japan in 2002, which had its IPO in 2005. With a vision to create Silicon Valley-like venture eco-system in East Asia by year 2030, Taizo founded MOVIDA JAPAN in 2009.  Then he founded Mistletoe, Inc. in 2013 in order to commence comprehensive entrepreneurs support and startup ecosystem development activities. He strongly believes the World could be transformed into better place by nurturing entrepreneurs which would lead the creation of next generation.
  • Teeranun Srihong

    Thai Japanese Association

    Teeranun Srihong
    A top-level executive with a 28-year track record of leading a number of successful transformation programs for KASIKORNBANK PCL, known as the most dynamic and market leader in financial services in Thailand. Teeranun has a broad range of experience in Financial Services from finance, ALM, Trading, Derivatives, Corporate Banking Products, Marketing, Operations and IT. He served as the bank's copresident from March 2013 - April 2017. Now, Teeranun is an independent advisor to board-level executives on organization transformation to embrace technology innovation in their businesses. Also, through his participation in a number of national level committees, he is key instrumental in digital transformation of Thailand and its strategic industries. Outside work, Teeranun is active on Thailand's national competitiveness and public sector reform issues. He is also Executive Director of Thai Japanese Association. A Harvard AMP and Michigan MBA graduate with an engineering bachelor degree, Teeranun has a strong network of senior level contacts in both the government and major businesses in Thailand and ASEAN region.
  • Teo Chin Hock

    Cyber Security Agency Of Singapore

    Teo Chin Hock
    Mr Teo Chin Hock is the Deputy Chief Executive of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) since 1 January 2016, which was set up to provide dedicated and centralised oversight of national cybersecurity’s functions. As the Deputy Chief Executive of CSA, he assists the Chief Executive in executing CSA’s mission, providing leadership, strategic direction, as well as ensuring the effective and efficient management of CSA. Within the first year in CSA, he is instrumental in the development of the first national cybersecurity strategy, and the set up of the ecosystem development group in CSA. His current focus is in creating a safer cyberspace for Singapore, which is the essential underpinning of Singapore as a Smart Nation. This involves cybersecurity education for the public at large, raising the competency level of the cybersecurity talent pool and deepening the capability of the cybersecurity industry. It also includes the legislation of cybersecurity laws to better prepare and protect against cyber threats and attacks. Prior to joining CSA, Chin Hock was the Deputy Chief Executive (Strategic Development) in the Defence Science Technology Agency (DSTA) where he assists the Chief Executive in driving the strategic development of DSTA. He has been the key driving force behind the build-up of the critical command and control systems development capability for the SAF. Chin Hock’s experience spans several critical areas, including the acquisition management of key defence systems as well as the management of national security programmes in support of MHA and other national security agencies.
  • Tony Chew

    V-Key Singapore

    Tony Chew
    Tony was formerly APAC Regional Head of Information Security at Citibank from 2014 – 2017. Concurrently he also served as the Global Head of Cyber Security Regulatory Strategy. Tony began his professional career as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, specializing in financial accounting, computer auditing and information systems consulting. He has held various senior management roles in the public accounting profession, the banking industry and private sector, including the position of Chief Internal Auditor at the Advance Bank, Head of Internal Audit at the State Bank of New South Wales and Financial Controller of a property development company, all in Sydney, Australia. As part of his academic pursuits, he also taught at the National University of Singapore as adjunct associate professor from 2005 - 2009 and at the University of Technology, Sydney as a part-time lecturer in various subjects such as computer auditing, cybersecurity, risk management, practical cryptography, investment analysis and financial accounting at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He joined the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in 1999 to head up the Technology Risk Supervision Division. His responsibilities included the development of strategies, programs, standards and guidelines for the purpose of regulating and supervising financial institutions in respect of technology risk management requirements and information security processes. He managed and led a team of technology risk specialists in carrying out onsite inspections and offsite reviews to monitor the technology risk management capabilities and the effectiveness of information systems security practices prevailing in the financial sector. In addition to accountancy and audit qualifications, Tony has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of New South Wales as well as a graduate diploma in data processing and a master’s degree in business applied finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Vasant Dhar


    Vasant Dhar
    Vasant Dhar is a Data Scientist whose research addresses the following question: when do computers make better decisions than humans? Another form of this question is "when should be trust machines with decisions and when should we not?" The research is grounded in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and data big and small. The major problem areas addressed in the research are finance, healthcare, education, business, and sports. In the financial arena, for example, his major question asks whether you should trust your money to a robot. For example, see: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/big.2015.28999.vda Similar questions apply in the other arenas. For example, could computers make better teachers than humans? Could they offer valuable healthcare advice to us that experts aren’t able to provide? Could they become valuable assistant coaches? As recently as five years ago, it would have seemed preposterous to think that computers might drive cars better than humans in our lifetime yet driverless cars are here already. Computers are making more and more decisions for us, and increasingly so in areas that require human judgment. they are shifting the boundary of human, namely the "automation frontier" between humans and machines. How might we leverage the rapid advances of thia automation frontier driven by machine intelligence in areas such as finance, healthcare, and education? Professor Dhar teaches courses on Trading Strategies, Prediction, Data Science, and Foundations of FinTech. He also writes on IT-driven transformation such as the one currently driving education, and implications for how firms talk to customers and partners and govern data responsibly. He has written over 70 research articles, funded by grants from industry and the National Science Foundation. He pioneered the use of machine learning for predictive modeling on Wall Street across proprietary systematic trading, risk management, and customer and salesforce management. He is a frequent speaker in academic as well as industrial forums. Professor Dhar received his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Vikram S. Pandit

    The Orogen Group

    Vikram S. Pandit
    Vikram S. Pandit is Chairman and CEO of The Orogen Group, an operating company he created with Atairos Group that invests in financial services companies and related businesses. Mr. Pandit spent his career in financial services. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1983 and became President and COO of the company's institutional securities and investment banking businesses. He left Morgan Stanley to become a founding member and chairman of the members committee of Old Lane, LP. When Citigroup acquired Old Lane in 2007, Mr. Pandit became Chairman and CEO of Citi Alternative Investments and later led Citi's Institutional Clients Group. He became CEO of Citigroup in December 2007 and led the company during the recent financial crisis, successfully recapitalizing, restructuring and revitalizing the company before he left in October 2012. Mr. Pandit is a member of the Board of Directors of Virtusa Corporation, Fair Square Financial Holdings, JM Financial Credit Solutions Ltd., and Bombardier Inc. Mr. Pandit is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. Mr. Pandit earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Columbia University and received his Ph.D. in finance from Columbia in 1986.
  • Vita Robert Lempka

    Ayondo Group

    Vita Robert Lempka
    Robert Lempka is the Co-founder and CEO of ayondo Group, a company that offers both a sophisticated online trading platform for experienced individuals investing in CFDs and spread betting, and a leading Social Trading platform. While investing in business models and technologies that were aiming at more efficiency in financial markets, Robert concentrated on developing ayondo into a leading provider of trading and investment services for retail and institutional clients. Robert was CEO of ABN AMRO marketindex, a next generation trading platform, and prior to that he held trading management positions (Managing Director Fixed Income Trading) at Dresdner Kleinwort in Frankfurt and at Goldman Sachs International in London (Executive Director Repo Trading). He graduated from Trier University, and was educated at Dublin City and UCLA. ayondo has offices in Singapore, London, Zug/Switzerland, Madrid and Frankfurt. So, while being a global citizen Robert lives in Koenigstein, near Frankfurt. He is happily married and a father of three amazing boys.
  • Vivek Pathak

    East Asia Pacific

    Vivek Pathak

    Vivek Pathak was appointed IFC Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific in October 2014. He has extensive emerging markets experience in principal investments, restructuring and risk management across all industry sectors. Over the past 18 years at IFC, he has covered Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia in various leadership capacities. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Pathak leads IFC’s advisory and investment operations across 18 countries, which in fiscal year 2017 reached $2.9 billion in long-term investments, including funds mobilized from other investors.

    Previously, he served as IFC Director for Investment and Credit Risk based in Washington, DC, managing a team of seasoned professionals responsible for global coverage of credit risk, investment risk, integrity risk, pricing and credit/equity training. Prior to that, he oversaw IFC’s portfolio in the Middle East and North Africa, and led IFC’s business development efforts in frontier markets like Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran.

    Before joining IFC, Mr. Pathak worked with Bank of America and ABN AMRO Bank in new business and risk management. In his capacity as Head of Risk Management at ABN AMRO Bank Thailand, he was responsible for managing a large and diverse portfolio during the Asian Financial Crisis. Mr. Pathak holds a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mumbai, India.

  • William B. Nelson


    William B. Nelson
    Bill Nelson is the President and CEO of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC).  The FS-ISAC is a non-profit association dedicated to protecting financial services firms from physical and cyber attacks.  FS-ISAC has over 7,000 members worldwide including banks, credit unions, payment processors, broker-dealers, exchanges, third party service providers, and insurance companies. The FS-ISAC fulfills its mission through the dissemination of trusted and timely information regarding physical and cyber security risks to its membership.  In 2013, FS-ISAC received the prestigious RSA Award for Excellence in Information Security. Also in that year, Mr. Nelson was named the fifth most influential person in the field of Financial Information Security by the publication Bank Info Security. Before joining the FS-ISAC, Bill was the Executive Vice President of NACHA, The Electronic Payments Association from 1988 to 2006.  Prior to joining NACHA, Bill held several treasury management and lending positions within the banking industry.


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