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Ajay Biyani

Ajay Biyani

Ajay is Managing Director - ASEAN, at ForgeRock, where he leads the team’s digital identity management implementation and operation across the wider ASEAN region. Prior to this, Ajay was a Senior Account Director at Verizon Solutions. He is based in Singapore. 

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28/02/20 | Virtual banking: ‘Unbanked' citizens a catalyst for economic reform in Indonesia 492 views

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Ajit Rochlani and Angat Sandhu

Ajit Rochlani and Angat Sandhu

Ajit Rochlani is a senior engagement manager at Oliver Wyman and leads sales force effectiveness in insurance-related topics in the Asia Pacific Insurance Practice.

Angat Sandhu is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services Practice and leads their Australian Insurance and Wealth Management practice. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Sandhu worked at Macquarie Group and Towers Watson. He is an actuary, a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and the Financial Risk Manager designation.

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10/03/20 | Bancassurance in Asia 616 views

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Alicia Garcia Herrero and Gary Ng

Alicia Garcia Herrero and Gary Ng

Alicia Garcia Herrero is Chief Economist for Asia Pacific at NATIXIS. She also serves as Senior Fellow at European think-tank BRUEGEL and research fellow at Real Instituto El Cano. Alicia is currently adjunct professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). She holds a PhD in Economics at George Washington University.

Gary joined Natixis as Economist for Asia Pacific in 2015. He brings his rich experience in sectorial research, with a specific focus on the banking industry. He holds a Bachelor’s of Economics and Engineering with a major in international trade and finance from the University of Queensland.

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11/11/19 | Upbeat outlook from Chinese banks' profits masks growing problems for small banks 118 views

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Anne Karumo

Anne Karumo

Anne Karumo is the Client Partner, Asia at Superson. She is responsible for building out Superson’s fintech and sustainability expertise. Prior to joining Superson, Anne was Senior Director for Marketing at Visa, in charge of partnerships in Asia Pacific. She brings deep experience working with fintech companies both on client and agency side, including Bloomberg, Wall Street Systems, Cognito and OANDA, across various markets in APAC, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

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03/02/20 | Can Fintech Firms Afford To Ignore The Importance Of Marketing? 198 views

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Brendan Carney

Brendan Carney

Brendan Carney is the CEO of Citibank Singapore Limited and the Global Consumer Banking (GCB) ASEAN Cluster Head.

Based in Singapore, Brendan manages the Consumer Business for Citibank Singapore and is responsible for the leadership of the consumer franchise in the ASEAN cluster, comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, excluding Citi’s International Personal Bank. He is a member of Citi’s GCB Regional Leadership Team and the ASEAN Management Team.

Prior to this appointment, Brendan was the Consumer Business Manager (CBM) for South Korea, a role he took on in July 2015. During his tenure, he led a successful turnaround of the Korea consumer business, launching award-winning new digital platforms, doubling mobile banking usage, increasing digital acquisitions, introducing state-of-the-art wealth management centres and transforming its branch network.

Since joining Citi in 2002 as Country Business Manager for Portugal, Brendan has held various senior positions across the globe. He was appointed Consumer Business Manager and Vice President of the Management Board for Citi Handlowy in Poland in 2012, and CCO and Country Business Manager for Belgium in 2010, where he steered the consumer business to profitability within two years before leading its successful sale to Credit Mutuel Nord Europe in 2012. Prior to starting his banking career with Citi, Brendan held several key roles in consulting and general management of start-up companies.

Brendan serves as a Director of Citibank Singapore Limited, Chairperson of Singapore’s Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) Consumer Banking Industry Workgroup, a member of IBF’s Standards Committee, and Singapore’s Digital Readiness Network. Brendan holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.
 

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12/05/20 | The Digital Way Forward for Banking in Singapore 348 views

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Brett Hodge

Brett Hodge

Brett joined Fenergo in 2014 as VP of Sales for APAC to build out Fenergo’s footprint across Asia Pacific. With over 25 years’ experience in the fintech industry, Brett brings extensive experience to the role having worked as Manager of Asia for Avox for seven years and Regional Director of Algorithmics for nine years previous. Brett studied Marketing & Finance in Charles Sturt University and Applied Finance & Investment with FINSIA – the Securities Institute of Australia.

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02/07/20 | Singapore banks set to fast-track digital transformation due to COVID-19 616 views

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    Clarence Koo, Anirudh Singh, and Jayant Raman

    Clarence Koo, Anirudh Singh, and Jayant Raman

    Clarence Koo is a partner at Oliver Wyman Retail & Business Banking Practice. He founded Oliver Wyman’s Singapore office in 1996. Clarence has led consulting projects for leading banks and financial institutions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Australia.

    Anirudh Singh is a partner at Oliver Wyman. He is also the Head of Malaysia office.

    Jayant Raman is a partner in Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services Practice. He is also the Head of APAC Anti-financial Crime.

    Marc Entwistle is a principal of Digital Financial Services at Oliver Wyman. He is also a founding board member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.

    Tanishq Goyal is an engagement manager at Oliver Wyman Singapore office.

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    19/03/20 | Partnering to build the next digital bank in Malaysia 211 views

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      Eiichiro Yanagawa

      Eiichiro Yanagawa

      Eiichiro Yanagawa is a senior analyst with Celent's Asian Financial Services group and is based in the firm’s Tokyo office. His research focuses on IT strategy issues in the Japanese and Asian banking and financial industries.

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      13/08/20 | Adapting to the New Normal: A Response to COVID-19 238 views

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      Frederic Bertholon-Lampiris and Nadège Grennepois

      Frederic Bertholon-Lampiris and Nadège Grennepois

      Frederic is an Executive Director within Deloitte Southeast Asia’s Financial Services Industry practice, leading risk management and Basel advisory services and covering more than 40 banks in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 

      Nadège is Partner and intrapreneur in Deloitte’s French Risk Advisory practice, in charge of Credit Risk Advisory services including: Rating methodologies, Stress testing, IFRS9 methodologies and models, Credit scoring, Pricing models, NPL strategies, Model Risk management, Advanced modelling and Climate risk scenario analysis. 

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      05/11/19 | Building a robust model risk management framework in financial institutions 376 views

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      Gavin Smith

      Gavin Smith

      Prior to founding the firm, Panxora CEO Gavin Smith’s most recent role was managing global risk hedging for the metals division at Trafigura. He has since transferred his extensive knowledge of risk and the financial markets to running the firm. Gavin became involved in cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech in 2014, first founding Panxora, which offers treasury management services to help new tokens protect their subscription capital, as well as a digital asset exchange and an investment division.

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      23/01/20 | Why rebranding as an STO won't be enough to win back trust 158 views

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        Grace Chia

        Grace Chia

        Grace is a Senior Analyst – Services & Payments at Euromonitor International. She previously served as Assistant Research Manager at RFi Group where she led a team in quantitative and qualitative analysis of primary and secondary research across 12 Asian markets on Retail, SME and Commercial Banking.

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        05/12/19 | The future of consumer credit is in AI 354 views

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        Indra Utoyo

        Indra Utoyo

        Indra Utoyo is the Managing Director of Digital Banking and IT at Bank BRI, the largest microfinance institution in the world and Indonesia’s first digital bank. Prior to joining Bank BRI in March 2017, Indra served for more than 30 years at Telkom Indonesia, the country’s largest telecommunications company, where he helped pioneer and lead the group’s corporate digital transformation agenda via IT strategy, startup investments, innovation management, and more.  

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        19/12/19 | Why digital banks are the future of financial inclusion in emerging markets 650 views

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        Jidong Chen

        Jidong Chen

        Dr. Jidong Chen is General Manager of ZOLOZ, the Trusted Identity Platform of Ant Group, where he is responsible for research and development, as well as application of biometric identification.

        Dr. Chen leads a team at Ant Group that applied biometric technology to the identity and authentication use cases for hundreds of millions of Alipay and MYbank users. He also led a team that applied “Smile to Pay” technology to the KFC chain of restaurants, a project which was selected as one of 2017’s breakthrough technology in MIT Technology Review.

        Before joining Ant Group, Dr Chen was Chief Data Scientist at Renren Games and the head of data analytics at EMC Labs China, where he was responsible for research and advanced development projects in data management and analytics.

        Latest Post:
        14/07/20 | Opening a new chapter in Asia's digital banking boom with e-KYC 269 views

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        Joon Kim and Arnon Goldstein

        Joon Kim and Arnon Goldstein

        Joon Kim is Global Head of Trade Finance Product and Portfolio Management at BNY Mellon Treasury Services.

        Arnon Goldstein is Regional Head of Relationship Management APAC, at BNY Mellon Treasury Services. 

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        11/11/19 | Coordination, cooperation, collaboration: Closing the trade finance gap together 187 views

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        Joseph Alfred

        Joseph Alfred

        Joseph Alfred is the Head of Policy and Technical of ACCA – the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Singapore.

        In this role, he is responsible for the formulation of policies as well as development and implementation of Professional Insights initiatives to drive ACCA’s public value mission and brand objectives, ensuring that ACCA members, regulators and other stakeholders are updated on ACCA’s global technical policies.

        He also works closely with stakeholders and organisations to identify opportunities where ACCA can contribute to the agenda in relation to accounting and business in Singapore and in ASEAN.

        Joseph has been with ACCA since 2004. He is currently a Fellow member of ACCA, Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore. He holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde.

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        13/11/19 | The machine learning challenge: Why does it matter to banks in Singapore? 149 views

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          Kaspar Situmorang

          Kaspar Situmorang

          Kaspar Situmorang is the Executive Vice President of Bank BRI, the largest microfinance institution in the world, with four floating banks and a satellite-supported agent network.

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          14/02/20 | Accelerating Indonesian microfinance with high tech and high touch 121 views

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          Kenneth Bok

          Kenneth Bok

          Kenneth Bok is the Head of Growth and Strategy at Zilliqa. With over a decade of cross-disciplinary experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, finance, and deep technology, Kenneth is responsible for driving the enterprise adoption of Zilliqa’s blockchain platform.

          In 2017, Kenneth founded Blocks Pte Ltd, a distributed ledger technology research firm specialising in blockchain market assessment. Having been involved in the space since the initial Ethereum crowdsale in 2014, Kenneth has accumulated a wealth of industry knowledge on crypto-fund strategies, research and analysis, crypto regulations, and market investments. With his keen instinct of business opportunities, Kenneth has also been a seed-stage and angel investor in numerous notable blockchain projects, and is a regular speaker and writer across prominent industry platforms.

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          05/02/20 | A License to Digitise: Embracing a Customer-First Approach in Singapore's Digital Banking Race 181 views

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            Liew Nam Soon

            Liew Nam Soon

            Liew Nam Soon is responsible for business performance and client service at EY ASEAN across Advisory, Assurance, Tax & Transactions. Board Advisor. He has over 20 years of consulting and industry experience in business transformation and implementation of technology and operations. He has worked in industries including retail, private and investment banking, asset management, corporate banking and life insurance.

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            04/02/20 | Why winning in financial services requires ecosystem thinking 277 views

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            Md. Touhidul Alam Khan

            Md. Touhidul Alam Khan

            Md. Touhidul Alam Khan is the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Business Officer of Prime Bank Limited, Bangladesh. He is Fellow Member of Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) and first Certified Sustainability Reporting Assurer (CSRA) in Bangladesh.

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            09/01/20 | What you must know about sustainable banking activities in Bangladesh 353 views

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            Nick Lord

            Nick Lord

            Nick Lord covers ASEAN banks and is the Director of Research for the ASEAN Research Department. He is based in Singapore. Nick is an experienced analyst and since 1995 has covered a variety of banks in the UK and Europe (including HSBC and Standard Chartered), Hong Kong, China, and now ASEAN. From 1998-2003, Nick was part of the highly rated UK and European banks team at Citigroup in London, and between 2003 and 2005 he was at Deutsche Bank, where he co-headed the European banks team. In early 2006, Nick transferred to Macquarie Securities in Hong Kong, where he headed the Asian banks team and focused on covering Hong Kong and China banking.

            At Morgan Stanley, Nick has been part of the top three Institutional Investor rated Asian banks team for the past four years. Nick has a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Leeds and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge.

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            20/02/20 | Bank managements should take advantage of increased certainty and use dividends as a tool to manage returns 76 views

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            Nicko Widjaja

            Nicko Widjaja

            Nicko Widjaja is the CEO of BRI Ventures, a US$250m+ corporate venture capital arm of Bank BRI, the largest microfinance institution in the world and Indonesia’s first digital bank.

            Latest Post:
            05/03/20 | Consolidating the payments game is just step one in Southeast Asia 539 views

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              Nikhil Palli

              Nikhil Palli

              Nikhil Palli is a Partner, Palli Law Firm. Palli Law Firm is a member of IR Global, a multi-disciplinary professional services network that provides advice to companies and individuals across 155+ jurisdictions.

              Latest Post:
              05/11/19 | Non-Performing Assets in India: An analysis over the years 1384 views

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              Patrick O'Neill

              Patrick O\'Neill

              Patrick O’Neill is Head of Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions in Thailand and Market Manager for Citi’s Non-presence countries of Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos. He has held both these roles since September 2014. Patrick has been with Citi for 20 years, holding roles with increasing responsibilities in Dublin, London, Mumbai, Moscow, Kiev, Delaware and New York. Prior to his current roles, Patrick was part of the Treasury and Trade Solutions Liquidity and Investment Sales unit based in New York.

              In his role as Treasury and Trade Solutions Head for Thailand, Patrick supports multinational corporations, financial institutions, top-tier local corporates and public sector organizations, providing award-winning integrated cash management and trade solutions. He holds a BSc. Honors Degree in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin and a Certificate in Business Studies from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

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              10/03/20 | How Real-time Payments Can Fuel Emerging Business Models 171 views

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                Peiying Chua

                Peiying Chua

                Peiying is Financial Regulation Partner at Linklaters, Singapore. She is widely regarded as a leading financial regulatory lawyer, advising clients in Singapore and internationally on all issues associated with financial regulation. She leads the firm's Singapore financial regulatory practice, and advises banks, investment managers, broker-dealers, market operators, commodity houses, insurance companies and intermediaries, as well as technology and other companies expanding into the fintech sector. She has advised on various innovative fintech initiatives, such as Asia-based digital securities offerings and partnership arrangements between banks and fintech firms.

                Latest Post:
                02/04/20 | Will open banking be the next wave of digital transformation in Asia's financial industry? 260 views

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                  Riddhi Dutta

                  Riddhi Dutta

                  Riddhi Dutta is the Regional Director for Asia at Backbase.

                  Riddhi oversees Backbase' go-to-market success for his territory in Asia Pacific. He helps financial institutions turn their digital ambitions into reality, helping them with designing digital transformation initiatives which are feasible, tailored, and creative with instant business value.

                  Riddhi has an excellent track record of championing legacy modernisation initiatives in several banks across the region, where he consulted and helped banks move to open banking platforms, including modern core banking and treasury solutions. Prior to joining Backbase, Riddhi held several senior roles at Infosys Finacle, Fintellix Solutions and ITC Infotech.

                  Riddhi earned a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing and Systems from the University of Delhi.

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                  28/05/20 | The future of Asian banking in the digital age 402 views

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                    Rohit Bammi

                    Rohit Bammi

                    Rohit Bammi is the Global Head of Institution Business at Nium. A seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in fintech, banking and the financial services industry, Rohit has a deep knowledge of financial services and banking products. In his role, Rohit is responsible for driving Nium’s business strategy, sales and partnerships with banks and financial institutions to encourage the digitisation of financial services by incumbent and new financial players.

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                    27/08/20 | Standing Out with Invisible Payments: The Banking-as-a-Service Paradox 244 views

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                      Rupert Naylor

                      Rupert Naylor

                      Based in Singapore, Rupert Naylor is Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific at Mastercard where he oversees Data & Services, the professional services arm of Mastercard that encompasses the company’s offerings beyond the transaction. Data & Services harnesses the power of Mastercard’s real-time, anonymized and aggregated transaction data, powerful software platforms and wealth of expertise, to unlock a holistic view of consumer behavior, distill actionable insights and help banks, governments, retailers, travel companies and more to make better data-driven decisions that address their pain points and drive efficiency and value.

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                      22/01/20 | The New Normal: how digital forces will upend banking in Asia 664 views

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                      Sandeep Aggarwal

                      Sandeep Aggarwal

                      Sandeep Aggarwal is a banker based in New Delhi.

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                      20/04/20 | Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Banks in the Near-Term 1990 views

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                        Saurabh Bhalerao

                        Saurabh Bhalerao

                        Saurabh Bhalerao is an Associate Director and manages the Industry Research team at CARE Ratings. Saurabh currently writes on multiple perspectives around the Indian BFSI industry. He has close to 15 years of experience in managing research services and has familiarity in dealing with global teams consisting of analysts with different cultural backgrounds.

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                        05/11/19 | Indian Banking: Rappelling down the NPA wall 147 views

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                        Shuang Yang

                        Shuang Yang

                        Dr. Shuang is a Senior Director and the Head of Machine Learning at Ant Group. He's dedicated to build the machine learning technologies that enable Ant to provide a wide spectrum of financial services (payment, banking, credit, loan, insurance, wealth management) to 1.2 billion users around the world.

                        Before joining Ant, Dr. Shuang was the Cofounder and Chief Scientist of Operator Inc. (2014-2017), where he created the world's very first conversational bot for e-commerce (shopping concierge). Prior to that, he was the Lead Scientist and a Staff Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter, where he led Twitter's machine learning infrastructure, content understanding, personalization and recommendation (2012-2015).

                        Dr. Shuang earned his Ph.D from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the recipient of multiple awards including Best Paper Awards from ACM SIGIR (2011), UAI (finalist, 2010), PAKDD (2008) and CCAI (2008), a Facebook Fellowship (finalist, 2011), a Yahoo! Key Scientific Award (2011), and the President's Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008).

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                        03/08/20 | Harnessing the power of AI to accelerate financial inclusion 177 views

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