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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 558 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 752 views

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Andrew Yeong

Andrew Yeong

Andrew Yeong is Vice President and Head of Sales for the APAC region at Tata Communications. In his role, Andrew Yeong is responsible for the growth of Tata Communications’ business across all industry verticals, focusing on providing digital transformation services to corporations in the region. He also supports the company’s strategic efforts in growing and maintaining its leadership position in the network infrastructure market, as well as in building deeper penetration with its mobility, IOT, cloud enablement and cyber security solutions.

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06/01/21 | Financial services sector transformation gathers pace with COVID-19 110 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? 208 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 366 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-19 713 views

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      Christopher Yap

      Christopher Yap

      Christopher Yap is the Regional Head of ASEAN and Hong Kong at BioCatch. As a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Christopher has over 15 years of experience working with financial institutions to improve their fraud detection processes. In his current role, Christopher is responsible for driving sales and partnerships in ASEAN and Hong Kong, enabling customers of BioCatch to detect fraudulent account openings and account takeover attacks, as well as safeguard users against social engineering scams.

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      07/01/21 | Protecting consumer banking in a mobile era 90 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 229 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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          02/12/20 | LIBOR transition: A trigger for re-thinking IT platforms 142 views

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          Erich Gerber

          Erich Gerber

          An experienced senior executive with over 25 years in the information technology industry, Erich Gerber is responsible for TIBCO Software’s business across international markets, which consist of Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

          Erich has wide experience covering global markets, direct and indirect sales, as well as Infrastructure and BI software. Having led various organisations in senior leadership positions with American- and German-driven company structures, Erich is an adept and adaptable leader with a keen focus on developing global customer relationships and bringing to market timely solutions that deliver value.

          With his extensive experience and track record for overachievement, Erich has built teams that have delivered significant growth by fine-tuning business operations and successfully managing profitability.

          Having joined TIBCO Software in 2009 as the Regional Vice President for the Central and Eastern European, and Nordics region, Erich doubled the licensing revenue for the markets under his purview between the financial years of 2009 and 2012. Under his stewardship, the total revenue of these markets had also increased by 75%, which constituted approximately 10% of the company’s overall revenue.

          In late 2014, Erich was appointed as the Vice President for Global Sales Operations at TIBCO Software’s headquarters in Palo Alto, US, where he spearheaded the company’s transformation initiatives, in addition to his global revenue and sales responsibilities.

          Erich then continued the journey as the General Manager for Asia Pacific Japan in 2016 where he led the sales function by executing a strategic go-to-market plan that fosters deeper customer engagements, strengthens partnerships, and builds a greater network of alliances in the region.

          Prior to TIBCO Software, Erich was the Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) at WebGain and the Vice President for EMEA Operations at BEA Systems, subsequently acquired by Oracle.

          Erich has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from BPIH, Switzerland and a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Swiss Federal Institute.

           He is married, a father of two, and is a sports and fitness enthusiast who engages in skiing, as well as cycling, in his spare time.

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          27/11/20 | Banking services in Asia's burgeoning mobile-first society 137 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 396 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.

            Latest Post:
            14/02/20 | Accelerating Indonesian microfinance with high tech and high touch 127 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 184 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 297 views

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              Malcolm Gomes, Prateek Bhargava, Raj Binani, Tengfei Ma

              Malcolm Gomes, Prateek Bhargava, Raj Binani, Tengfei Ma

              Malcolm Gomes is a partner at McKinsey & Company based in Bangalore. Prateek Bhargava and Raj Binani are associate partners based respectively in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, and Tengfei Ma is an engagement manager based in Singapore.

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              27/10/20 | Agent banking: “New” channel for the new normal 306 views

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                Md. Touhidul Alam Khan

                Md. Touhidul Alam Khan

                Md. Touhidul Alam Khan is the Additional Managing Director of Standard 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. He is also post graduate diploma in Islamic Banking & Insurance from Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance (IIBI), United Kingdom.

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                18/11/20 | Why is good corporate governance a must to operate Shari'ah based Banking in Bangladesh? 252 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.

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                05/03/20 | Consolidating the payments game is just step one in Southeast Asia 579 views

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                  Olivier Carcy and Brenda Lau

                  Olivier Carcy and Brenda Lau

                  Olivier Carcy is the Global Head of Asset Management at Indosuez Wealth Management. He began his career in Paris with Paribas (now BNP Paribas) before moving to Rothschild. He joined the Crédit Agricole Group in 1997, where he worked in structured asset financing, a role that took him from Paris to Singapore, then to Jakarta. He relocated to Geneva in 2000, where he set up a dedicated private equity asset management platform, making Indosuez one of the first private banks to incorporate this specific asset class into wealth management. Until 2019, he was heading the private equity business line across all entities of the Group Indosuez.

                  Brenda Lau is the Head of Private Equity, Asia, at Indosuez Wealth Management.
                   

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                  27/10/20 | Private Equity in a post-COVID 19 world 112 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 180 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? 273 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 496 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 304 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 2059 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 192 views

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                                Vihang Patel

                                Vihang Patel

                                Patel is the Co-Founder and CEO of Finaxar, a Singapore-based fintech startup that is focused on changing the way small business financing is done using technology. He is passionate about working with startups and technology ecosystem.

                                Leveraging over 15 years of entrepreneurial, corporate and management consulting experience in Asia and Europe, he combines his deep expertise in financial services and enterprise software at Finaxar.

                                A veteran in the startup scene with strong expertise in technology, Patel founded data management firm Avagam. Post its acquisition, he joined big data and AI firm Crayon Data as the first technology-focused pioneer, to drive the building of the product and its development. He was also instrumental in driving early revenues which facilitated in raising several rounds of funding.  Patel was the Chief Technology Officer of Dragon Wealth Asia, developing marketing solutions for financial advisors before he founded Finaxar. Previously, Patel was at Deloitte developing solutions for large banks including ING and State Bank of India. He has advised or provided services to companies like Google, PayPal, GLH, Mastercard, CGI, etc.

                                Other than his role at Finaxar, he is currently an operating advisor of Monk’s Hill Ventures and part of the Investment Committee advising on key investments.

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                                18/01/21 | Even with the arrival of the digital Banks, don't write off the incumbents 96 views

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