PRE REGISTER FOR THE
SINGAPORE FINTECH FESTIVAL 2023
SFF 2022 in Numbers
SFF 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
Jonathan LarsenChief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group, Chairman & CEO of Ping An Global Voyager Fund Ping An Group
Jonathan Larsen is Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group and Chairman and CEO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund.
He has been at the leading edge of the financial services industry for 31 years and brings a unique blend of strategic vision, operational depth, and understanding of the new technology landscape. 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. 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.
Julian TeickeFounder & CEO wefox
Julian Teicke is the CEO and founder of wefox, which is a full-stack digital insurance company driven by a single purpose: to make insurance 10x better through technology. Since launching wefox in 2015, the company has doubled its revenues every year to reach US$300 million in 2021 and with 1200 employees serving more than one million customers, wefox is Europe’s leading digital insurance company. wefox is on track to double its revenues again and aims to become the first digital insurance company to reach $1bn in revenues.
Mr Kailash SatyarthiNobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
Social reformer Mr. Kailash Satyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his ‘struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education’ in 2014. He has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights globally for over four decades. His fearless and unrelenting policy advocacy efforts towards elimination of violence against children have resulted in path-breaking legislations globally.
Through his organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Mr. Satyarthi has liberated more than 100,000 children from child labour, slavery, trafficking and other forms of exploitation and developed a successful model for their education, rehabilitation and reintegration into the mainstream society. The Global March Against Child Labor, which he led, galvanized support in 103 countries resulting in the adoption of ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, which went on to become the only universally ratified convention in the history of the ILO.
He is also the founding president of the Global Campaign for Education, an exemplar civil society movement working to end the global education crisis. He successfully spearheaded a countrywide movement to make education a Constitutional Provision which subsequently paved the way for the Right to Free and Compulsory Education in India in 2009. Mr Satyarthi is credited for establishing GoodWeave International (previously known as Rugmark), a first of its kind certification and social labelling mechanism for child labour free carpets in South Asia. He has worked to advance ethical business practices, to help businesses liberate their supply chains from child labour.
He has been at the forefront of driving child related agendas into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which resulted in the UN Secretary General appointing him an SDG Advocate in 2021. Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation is ensuring an end to exploitation of children in India and around the world by addressing the inequality, injustice and discrimination that lie at the core of child labour. Mr Satyarthi has dedicated his life to realizing his vision of ending violence against children and building a world where every child is free to be a child.
In 2016, Mr Satyarthi launched Laureates and Leaders for Children, a platform bringing together Nobel Laureates and leaders committed to working together for the world’s most vulnerable children. Alongside former child labourers and students, he also launched the 100 Million campaign in 2016 to inspire and mobilize young people to stand up and act for their own rights and the rights of their peers.
A global thought leader, Mr Satyarthi has been at the forefront of demanding social protection for vulnerable children living in African nations and other low income countries. For him, every minute matters, every child matters and every childhood matters.
Mr Satyarthi has received several prestigious awards including Parliamentarians for Global Action Defender of Democracy Award (2009-USA); Alfonso Comin International Award (2008- Spain); Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Award (1995-USA); Medal of the Italian Senate (2007-Italy); and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Human Rights Award (1999-Germany); Wockhardt Foundation, Lifetime Achievement Award (2019), Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice (2019) among many other accolades. In 2017, he received the Guinness World Record for Largest Child Safe Guarding Lesson.
Kamal QuadirFounder & CEO bKash Limited
Kamal Quadir, a practitioner who focuses his efforts on technology that brings about social progress by enabling people to advance economically. He is the Founder and CEO of bKash, a digital financial service that offers millions of unbanked and underbanked people access to financial services through basic cellphones or smartphones in Bangladesh.
Earlier Kamal founded CellBazaar, a communication company, that has introduced a cellphone based electronic marketplace for developing countries. Kamal is a founding member of Open World Initiatives, a Lausanne, Switzerland based organization of young thinkers. He is involved with Anwarul Quadir Foundation and Shireen Quadir Trust that recognize innovations in developing countries. He received the Tech Award in 2007 for “Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity.” He is a First Mover Fellow of The Aspen Institute. In 2009 the World Economic Forum and TED have respectively selected him as a Young Global Leader and a TED Fellow. He is an accomplished artist whose work is in the collection of Bangladesh National Museum. He has a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Karolina BielawskaMiss World 2021
Karolina Bielawska was born in Łódź, Poland in April 1999. Karolina has a First Class Honors Degree in Business Management, having scored the highest ever mark of any student in Poland. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree.
Karolina has ambitions to be a presenter of Live TV and Entertainment shows, walk the runway at London Paris Milan and New York Fashion weeks, to be the image representative for a major International Brand and to embrace the latest in digital advancements to become a Global influencer and force for good!
Karolina represented Poland at the Miss World Final held at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 16 March 2022, when she became only the second Polish winner of Miss World after Aneta Kręglicka who won the title 33 years earlier!
Karolina wowed the judges in San Juan with her stunning persona and extraordinary public speaking abilities. When this was combined with a ground breaking “Beauty With A Purpose” Project. - Karolina Bielawska was crowned the 70th Miss World!
Karolina revealed that that she has joined “Zupa Na Pietrynie" ,a group of like minded people people with huge hearts and the desire to help others.
“We provide hot meals, food packages, masks and clothing for homeless and people in need. Every Sunday we try to meet not only their physical needs, but also share a smile, kind word and our time with them. Every one of us is unique and has something to offer that somebody else needs. I wanted to help because I thought I could make a difference in their lives but that moment also helped me and changed my life. I realise now that while sharing what we have with others, we can create those little “miracles” and make the world a better place for everyone, including ourselves.”
In addition, to her dedication to feeding, clothing and counselling the homeless people on the streets in her community, Karolina has played an important part in the building of a communal bathroom and shower block for the people living on the streets in Łódź.
“Once we completed the project - the effect was incredible - the street people felt like human beings again as they were clean and fresh and from this small beginning, they gained the confidence to get further help to improve their lives.”
It’s now Karolina’s hope that other cities will follow the Łódź example.
“I truly believe in the magical story that Julia Morley Miss World Chairman and CEO tells every Miss World Contestant when they arrive for the Final.
On a visit to Singapore in 1972, Julia Morley, looked out from her hotel window and saw an old lady washing and feeding several street children. The old lady continued to do the washing and feeding at the same time every day!
Julia was curious and questioned as to why she did this every day, if the same problem would still be there tomorrow? The old lady simply replied: “Isn’t it better to light one candle in the dark than not to see at all?”
It was a defining moment that became Julia’s inspiration to launch one of the world’s greatest Humanitarian and Community Service programmes.
Julia Morley came home and lit her candle in the dark naming it "Beauty with a Purpose." and soon after Julia implored each and every Miss World contestant to do the same. Now I have lit my “candle in the dark” and hopefully I will inspire many others to do the same”
Since Karolina was crowned in March 2022, she has traveled to nearly half of the 40 countries that she is due to visit during her reign, helping to raise millions of dollars and creating impactful change wherever she travels.
When she hands over her crown Karolina will have broken all records having visited more countries and supported more humanitarian projects than any previous Miss World!
To name but a few of the humanitarian projects undertaken by Karolina since she won the Miss World title
In Vietnam- Raising $300,000 USD in Ho Chi Minh at The Beauty With A Purpose Charity Gala in support of paediatric kidney transplant patients helping their families through financial difficulties and paying hospital costs and treatment fees.
In Malaysia- Leasing the campaign for giving in Kota Kinabalu Sabah by distributing humanitarian funds to great causes such as Childhood Cancer Awareness, Sabah Thalassemia Society and Sabah Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
In Singapore- joining with Miss world Singapore in supporting The Brain Tumour Society of Singapore
In Ecuador- Joining the Miss World Ecuador Beauty With A Purpose program, donating computer tablets in a project that is dedicated to supply a tablet and WiFi package to every disadvantaged young person in the city of Guayaquil.
Support for Ukraine- supporting the volunteers in the White Eagle Club and donating food and funds to the main Humanitarian Aid Centers across Poland and Romania.
Becoming The Ambassador for the Shelter project created by the priests in Ołtarzew - providing sanctuary to the most traumatized women and children coming from Ukraine so that they receive mental health support and a safe area to live in.
A truly remarkable achievement from this very special human being.
Kattiya IndaravijayaCEO Kasikornbank
Kattiya Indaravijaya was appointed CEO of KASIKORNBANK (KBank) in 2020, and became the bank’s first female and first non-family CEO among a top tier bank in South Asia. She has a broad background across almost every function of the bank including credit policy, IT and data analytics, investment banking, marketing, corporate strategy, retail business, finance, and human resources management.
KBank is Thailand’s #2 largest bank in terms of assets, loans, and deposits, with over 31,000 staff in the group and about 830 physical branches. The Bank is known for investing in leading-edge technology to offer greater convenience and more services to existing customers, as well as to enable greater access to banking services by Thailand’s large unbanked and underbanked population to support national development.
KBank’s mobile banking app (K PLUS) is Thailand’s most successful, with of over 19.3 million users and almost 100 million transactions conducted through the app, daily.
Kristo KäärmannCo-founder & CEO Wise
Kristo Käärmann is the co-founder and CEO of Wise.
Wise is a global technology company, building the best way to move money around the world. With the Wise account people and businesses can hold over 50 currencies, move money between countries and spend money abroad. Large companies and banks use Wise technology too; an entirely new cross-border payments network that will one day power money without borders for everyone, everywhere. However you use the platform, Wise is on a mission to make your life easier and save you money.
Wise launched in 2011 under its original name, TransferWise. The company processes £8 billion in cross-border payments every month on behalf of its 13 million customers, saving them £1bn a year in bank fees. It is one of the world’s fastest growing, profitable technology companies and is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker, WISE.
Prior to starting Wise, Kristo was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He worked with European banks and insurers to modernise their processes and systems. Stunned by their inefficiency, he teamed up with Taavet Hinrikus, then Skype's director of strategy, to develop an entirely new system for moving money across borders. Kristo was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2015.
Ladi DelanoCo-founder & Co-CEO Moove
Ladi Delano is a British-born Nigerian entrepreneur and the co-Founder and co-CEO of Moove, a global mobility fintech democratising access to vehicle financing for mobility entrepreneurs. He has previously founded and exited several businesses in Africa and Asia, and holds a Master’s degree from Oxford University and an MPA from the London School of Economics.