- Sagar Sarbhai
Head of Regulatory Relations – APAC & Middle East, Ripple
Sagar Sarbhai is the head of regulatory relations for APAC and Middle East at Ripple, a payment technology company named one of the 50 Smartest Companies by MIT and the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Award. He manages s relations with central banks and policy-makers across APAC and Middle East, focusing on payment innovation and virtual currency policy. Prior to Ripple, he spent 9+ years in the banking industry across multiple functions including technology, strategy, risk and government affairs. He holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School, where he founded and presided over the INSEAD Fintech Club. He was recognized as one of India’s top young business leaders by The Economic Times, India’s largest selling financial daily.
2. Ari Sarker
Co-President, Asia Pacific, Mastercard
Ari Sarker is the Co-President for Asia Pacific at Mastercard where leads the South East Asia and South Asia region, overseeing all of the company’s activities in these regions including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationships with card issuers, public policy, governments, merchants and merchant acquirers. He also sits on the company’s Global Management Committee. Previously, as Head of Network Processing for AP & MEA, he developed significant engagement across the markets of AP & MEA on various partnership discussions with domestic switches and regulators on building an open vibrant payment market environment. Prior to joining Mastercard, he spent over 12 years with GE in a variety of senior roles in accounting, audit, corporate finance, and private equity across several key markets in the Americas, Europe, & Asia Pacific
3. Kai Schmitz
FinTech Investment Lead, Latin America, International Finance Corporation
Kai Schmitz is Investment Lead for the Global FinTech Investment Group of IFC, the largest Fintech investor in emerging markets. He is responsible for equity and debt investments in emerging market Fintech companies, with focus on Payments and Online Lenders. He worked on Fintech investments in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Mexio, and Uruguay. He is a Board member/advisor at different FinTech and financial services companies in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the US, including companies in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. He worked at the Payment Systems Development Group of the World Bank, advising central banks, other government agencies and multilateral organizations such as the G20 DWG on payment market regulation. Previously he was co-founder and Executive Vice President/COO of MFIC, a financial services platform in the US targeted at immigrants from Latin America and co-founded a remittance company in London called Money Systems. Originally a lawyer, he worked at law firms in London and Hamburg.
4. Lotte Schou-Zibell
Chief of Finance Sector Group Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank
Lotte Schou-Zibell provides technical leadership on inclusive finance, finance sector development and infrastructure finance; and in developing sector policies, strategies, operational plans and directional papers. She is leading innovative pilot projects using digital financial technologies. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation and also a member of the Women’s World Banking’s South East Asia Advisory Council.
5. Yuko Kawai
Head of FinTech Center, Bank of Japan
Yuko Kawai is the Head of FinTech center for Bank of Japan. The center aims to work as the information facilitation hub amongst practitioners, researchers and other related parties both outside of and within the Bank for FinTech and its associated subjects. She served as the Kochi branch manager, Head of Foreign Exchange Division, Chief Representative in Hong Kong and also took roles in the Financial Markets and in the Financial System and Bank Examination Department. She also worked in JPMorgan/Chase/Chemical bank group taking on roles in the financial market division and was also a Director at RPTech.
6. Niki Luhur
Chairman, Indonesian FinTech Association
Niki Luhur is the founder and chairman of Kartuku, the leading independent and integrated end-to-end payment infrastructure platform in Indonesia. He was selected as Indonesia’s first Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur in 2012, awarded as Endeavor’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 and listed as Tech-In Asia’s Southeast Asia Top 30 Tech Founders 2015. He was appointed as Chairman of the Indonesian FinTech Association where under his leadership is looking at a strategic industrial capacity building, a sound policy making process and an integrated public campaign. Through the Association, he is determined to drive financial inclusion by developing a collaborative fintech ecosystem in Indonesia.
7. Sopnendu Mohanty
Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Sopnendu Mohanty is the Chief Financial Technology (Fintech) Officer of Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He 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, he 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. He 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 as well as Japan’s Citibank’s Retail Business Development head. He has co-authored various patented work in area of retail distribution of financial sector.
8. Julia Walker
Head of Market Development, Asia Pacific, Thomson Reuters
Julia Walker specialises in Risk and Regulatory Technology solutions with a emphasis on digital transformation using emerging technology. She is currently Vice Chair, Asia Pac for the International RegTech Association.
9. Anna Wallace
Head of Innovate, FCA UK
Anna Wallace is the Head of Innovate at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and had previously been the Senior Manager of the FCA’s Innovation Hub. Previously, she worked at the FCA and its predecessor, Policy where, amongst other things, she led the FCA’s approach to pay day lending and smarter communications. She was also Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Director of Authorisations at the FSA. She also worked for the Scottish Government, served roles such as a Private Secretary to the First Minister of Scotland, Press Officer at the European Commission and Chamber Clerk at the Scottish Parliament.
10. Samantha Clarke
CEO and Co-Founder- Advice RegTech
Samantha Clarke is CEO and Co-Founder of Advice RegTech, a regulatory technology company bringing scale benefits and turning traditional financial services compliance on its head. Samantha has been recognised in Money Management’s Women in Financial Services Awards for IT Innovation, as well as Industry Advocacy. Advice RegTech’s SAMI solution was a Compliance Innovator of the Year finalist in the Fintech Business Awards and was also showcased in ASIC’s inaugural RegTech event. Underpinned by predictive, prescriptive analytics and subjective logic, solutions use machine learning AI technology. Advice RegTech is a member of both the RegTech Association as well as FinTech Australia.