Speakers

Speakers 2020:

Michael Salmony
Executive Adviser, Frankfurt
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Michael Salmony
Dr Michael Salmony is Executive Adviser to the Board at equens World line SE, Europe’s leader in financial processing and transactional services, which processes over 17 trillion Euro per year. He is an internationally recognized leader on strategy of business innovations in digital and financial services.He is board-level adviser to major European banks, industry associations and European finance bodies.He regularly helps shape future directions in European decision making bodies e.g. European Commission, EPC, ERPB, and further national and international boards. His views are much in demand as keynote speaker at international events and he appears on TV/Radio/all electronic media on advances in finance and is quoted extensively (e.g. Financial Times, Harvard Business Manager, New Scientist, The Economist and by business schools and governments from Ghana to Malaysia). He has published much own original work which has been translated into many languages including German, Italian, Dutch, Finnish, Polish, Danish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Previous positions include Director Business Development of leading national central bank (Bank of the Year, Best Innovator Award). Before entering the world of finance,he was instrumental in setting up IBM’s European Network Centre for the convergence of IT, telecommunications and media and helped transform companies and business models in many industries (publishing, TV/radio, utilities, national rail, etc.) as IBM's Director of Market Development Media and Communications Technologies. He studied at the University of Cambridge and is married with two millennial children
Harry Smorenberg
Founder / CEO and Strategist, Amsterdam
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Harry Smorenberg
Harry is Founder & CEO of SCC and is an international positioning strategist. He previously worked at Banque Paribas and ABNAMRO and was a director at two leading international strategic consultants. He is a leading contributor to innovation in both the retail and corporate payments and transaction space. He has a solid background in Cash- & Treasury Management. With that he is actively involved with repositioning the finance functions and the role of (new) technology. He is also expert in retirement management (pension scheme development and ageing issues). Harry is Founder and Chairman of AgingFinance.com.Next to that he is working actively on improving financial literacy and financial inclusion (a.o. solutions in areas like communication & education /budgeting/ personal financial planning solutions / pension planning). He also is very much involved withthe‘next generation developments of the way we will work and contribute to society’ (rebalancing work & income / working longer) and thus 'social innovation'. Harry is Founder of WorldPensionSummit and the GlobalPaymentSummits (EMEA, ASIA, Oceania). Harry’s latest initiative as founder and chair is the Transaction Innovation Forum in Japan. He is also a columnist and guest speaker, sits on several advisory boards (such as GFLEC- Washington / NIBUD - Netherlands / CAFF50.net - Beijing / P&I – New York) and regularly publishes in leading international media. Contact: harry@smorenberg.nl
Jame DiBiasio
Co-founder & Editor of DigFin Group, Hong Kong
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Jame DiBiasio
Jame DiBiasio is founder and editor of DigFin, the news website covering digital finance and fintech, based in Hong Kong. He also serves as co-chair of the wealthtech committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. He is an award-winning journalist who has been covering Asia-Pacific financial services and markets since 1997. He is the founding editor of AsianInvestor and has also led FinanceAsia and Corporate Treasurer. Jame is the published author of thrillers and books on history, and his new book on the history of money is due out late 2019.
Michael Moon
Managing Director, Payments, Trade & Communications, Asia Pacific
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Michael Moon
Michael Moon joined SWIFT’s Singapore office in 2012 and leads its payments, trade and communications functions in Asia Pacific. In this role, he partners with the payments and banking industry to deliver next-generation payment and settlement solutions. Michael manages SWIFT’s strategic initiatives in Asia Pacific, many of which are reshaping the payments landscape globally. These include SWIFT gpi for cross-border payments and SWIFT’s instant payment system solutions in Asia Pacific (including the New Payments Platform in Australia for domestic real time payments). Michael’s career in the financial services and payments industry spans 20 years, and has seen him hold positions in business development, product management, strategy and marketing functions, across China, India, the US, Australia, Singapore and South East Asia. He joined SWIFT from American Express, where he led group strategy and business development for its network, merchant and B2B businesses in Asia Pacific. Prior to American Express Michael worked in the Australian banking industry with Citi and Commonwealth Bank. Michael has lived and worked in Singapore since 2007 and has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.
Dimitrios Salampasis
Dr. Dimitrios Salampasis is the Director, Master of Financial Technologies
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Dimitrios Salampasis
Dr. Dimitrios Salampasis is the Director, Master of Financial Technologies (MFinTech) within the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Financial Technologies Innovation Research Program Leader at the Swinburne Data Science Research Institute, Senior Associate, Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology. Prior joining academia, Dimitrios worked in the management consulting industries being involved in global advisory and consulting activities on emerging market investing assisting companies in developing long-term strategic focus and sustainable market business strategies. Dimitrios has published in international peer-reviewed academic journals and books and his work has been presented in major international conferences and invited keynote speeches and lectures around the world. His research interests revolve around the organizational, human, technological and societal sides of innovation and open innovation in financial services and FinTech innovation. He is particularly interested in algorithmic and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled financial advice, tech-enabled business models, data-driven and distributed models of consensus and trust, as well as, FinTech education and FinTech entrepreneurship.
Wendy Sun
Senior Director at Tencent, China
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Wendy Sun
Wendy Sun is the Senior Director of Tencent Financial Technology Group. She leads the strategic partnership development, key account management in overseas payment markets. She and her team are devoting to bringing Tencent’s financial technology experience and solution to partners worldwide. Wendy also look after the international expansion and in-depth partnership opportunities for Tencent. Prior to joining Tencent, Wendy served as the Managing Director and Head of Business Development for Grab Financial Group. She oversaw business strategic planning and generated Go-To-Market plans for various markets across Southeast Asia. She also built up and led the merchant develop team for SG, MY, ID markets, and secured the KA merchants across the region. Prior to Grab Financial Group, Wendy served as Head of Business Development for Alipay International Business in the Southeast Asia region, with a focus on Southeast Asia Business Development. In this role, Wendy was responsible for building up the merchant acceptance network and developing innovative and localized payment products and services catering to consumers in the APAC region by working with strategic partners. Prior to Alipay, Wendy served as Business Development Director for UnionPay International in the Southeast Asia region. Wendy holds a master’s degree in economics from Fudan University. She also serves as honorary advisor (strategic partnerships) for AI Singapore.
Stella Lim
Head of Corporates and Asset Manager Business, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
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Stella Lim
Stella Lim is Head of Corporates and Asset Manager Business, Asia Pacific, SWIFT. As Head of Corporates and Asset Manager Business, Stella is responsible for the Corporates and Asset Manager commercial businesses and leads the segments commercial activities of SWIFT in the region. Stella is also responsible for driving the execution of SWIFT’s corporate strategies and planning in Asia Pacific region. Prior to this role, Stella was Commercial Director, Asia Pacific, responsible for recruiting all segments of new customers in the ASEAN region. Stella joined SWIFT Singapore in March 2008 as Country Manager for Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand. Stella has over 20 years of working experiences with information technology, banking and corporates. Before joining SWIFT, Stella worked with a number of financial software houses, including Smart Stream Technologies, Internet Security Systems, Netik.com, Deloitte, with responsibilities for pre-sales, account management, consultancy services and project management.
Toshio Taki
Director of Board, Head of Fintech Institute Money Forward, Inc.
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Toshio Taki
Toshio Taki co-founded Money Forward, a leading Fintech venture with over 8 million users and currently serves as Board of Director as well as Head of Fintech Institute. He is also member of “Panel of Experts on FinTech Start-ups” at Financial Services Agency. Before Money Forward, he worked at CEO Office of Nomura Holdings and prior to that as a researcher at Nomura Institute of Capital Markets Research. He received MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Martin Reeves
Global Director, BCG Henderson Institute and Senior Partner and Managing Director, BCG
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Martin Reeves
​Martin Reeves is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in the San Francisco office of BCG and Global Director of the BCG Henderson Institute, BCG’s think tank on business strategy. ​​Mr. Reeves is currently leading research on winning the '20s, advantage in adversity, competing on imagination, corporate vitality, myths of ecosystems, strategy and artificial intelligence, diversity and performance, innovation strategy, and the humanity of corporations. ​​Mr. Reeves is also author of Your Strategy Needs a Strategy (HBR Press), which deals with choosing and executing the right approach in today’s complex and dynamic business environment. Mr. Reeves holds a triple first class MA degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. ​​He also studied Japanese at Osaka University of Foreign Studies and biophysics at the University of Tokyo.
Piet Mallekoote
CEO of Dutch Payments Association
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Piet Mallekoote
Piet has a degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. After his study Piet joined the Dutch Central Bank, in which he held several senior management positions in economic research, economic and monetary policy and payments, lastly as a member of the Payments and Settlement Committee of the Eurosystem. In 2004 Piet joined Currence, the then newly established Dutch entity for ownership of the Dutch collective payment schemes, including iDEAL. He became its CEO in 2006. In 2011 Piet became CEO of the newly founded Dutch Payments Association whose members are payment banks and payments institutions in the Netherlands, combining the two CEO positions. Piet chairs several steering and stakeholder groups on innovative payments in the Netherlands. For example the, recently finished, Instant Payments programme, iDEAL innovations and the national digital banking identification and authentication programme (iDIN). In his capacity as CEO he is also involved in other innovations in Dutch Payments landscape and participates in a lot of national and international meetings on payments
Ruth Wandhofer
Former Global Head of Regulatory Affairs Citi and Honorary Professor at the Institute of Banking & Finance, London
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Ruth Wandhofer
Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer is an expert in the field of banking and one of the foremost authorities on transaction banking regulatory and innovation in financial technology matters. After a distinguished career of over a decade with Citi, Ruth is now an i-NED on the boards of the London Stock Exchange Group, Permanent TSB and Pendo Systems Inc. She is also a Partner at Gauss Ventures, Senior Adviser at KPMG’s UK Banking Practice and Adviser at Coinfirm. She continues to focus on her passion of bringing the financial industry and the emerging financial digital ecosystem together. Ruth was named as one of 2010s ‘Rising Stars’ by Financial News; named in Management Today’s 2011 ‘35 Women under 35’ list of women to watch and identified as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance 2012 by the Treasury Risk Magazine. She received the ‘Women in Banking and Finance Award for Achievement’ in 2015 and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 she was named on the global ‘Women in Fintech Powerlist’ of Innovate Finance. In 2018 she became one of the Top 10 Global Fintech Influencers (Fintech Power 50).  She speaks five languages, has completed studies in Financial Economics (MA, UK), International Politics (MA, FR), an LLM in International Economic Law (UK) and a PhD in Finance (UK/NL). She published two books: “EU Payments Integration” (2010) and “Transaction Banking and the Impact of Regulatory Change” (2014), is an Honorary Professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance and also lectures at Queen Mary London School of Law.
Erin McCune
Partner at Glenbrook, Washington
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Erin McCune
Erin is a Partner at Glenbrook. Her consulting practice focuses on client engagements in business payments, cross-border transactions, bill payment, and the intersection of corporate finance, banking, and ERP/accounting. She is an advocate for billers, small and medium sized businesses, and governments, segments often poorly served by the payments industry. Recent projects have involved anticipating how ‘faster payments’ will transform B2B and bill pay within the United States and identifying possible winners and losers, payment-enabling eGovernment in the U.S., and the implementation of modern, low cost payment infrastructure as a means to electronify government collections/disbursements and increase financial inclusion in developing markets. Erin has nearly twenty years of experience leading increasingly complex payment initiatives for corporate clients and advising financial institutions and payment technologists on the development of their payment capabilities. Before joining Glenbrook, Erin was the founder of Forte Financial, a consulting firm focused on corporate finance efficiency, technology, and process improvement. Erin holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis, and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She is a past president of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco and also a two-term past president of the San Francisco Treasury Management Association.
Sakiko Suzuki
Director for Payments Markets at SWIFT, Tokyo
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Sakiko Suzuki
Sakiko Suzuki is a Director for Payments Markets Japan. Her main focus is on SWIFT’s strategic payments initiatives related to new Payment Technology, GPI/API, Immediate payments and Internationalization of Japanese financial institutions & intermediaries. Sakiko has undertaken various positions in the IT industries providing multiple services to Finance & Corporates markets. Prior to join SWIFT, she was the Head of Sales (Merchant, PSP and Acquirer), Global Sales at ACI Japan K.K. Her main focus was on the new payment scheme development to disrupt Japanese market payment infrastructure to assist the adaption of global standard for Japanese Corporates & New Payment Service Providers to grow in global markets. Previously, Sakiko worked for SAP as global account manager to engage with Japanese Mega banks to connect payments with SAP’s corporate customers globally to grow both business together. Before SAP, Sakiko took various roles in IBM & Oracle, starting as software developer, and move to product planning having responsibility of product owner for health industry. Then move to be sales manager in each industry, public, distribution and banking. Also playing industry expert role for wireless network to create various services across the multi industries.
Masashi Nakajima
Ph.D. - Professor at Reitaku University, Tokyo, Japan
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Masashi Nakajima
Born in 1958. Ph.D.(Economics). He is a professor of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Reitaku University, Japan. He had a long career at the Bank of Japan (BOJ). During his career at the central bank, 1981-2006, he gained a wide range of experience holding senior positions in various departments. He also had experience working for the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Switzerland during 2003-2005. He distinguishes himself as an author of Payment System Technologies and Functions (2011) (in English) and a coauthor of All about Payment Systems (2013)(in Japanese). These books cover a wide-range of payment and settlement system issues and are regarded as must-read books in this field. He also wrote a book about CLS Bank in 2016. The title of the book is “FX Settlement and CLS Bank” (in Japanese). This is most likely the first book in the world which explained the mechanisms of CLS Bank in depth. The book covers a wide range of topics such as, FX settlement risk, the reason why CLS Bank was established, the procedures and risk management of CLS settlements, the role of CLS Bank at the Leman crisis, the promotion of introduction of CLS settlement by the authorities. His latest book, After Bitcoin, which discusses the issue of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and blockchain technology, sold more than 50,000 copies and became a bestseller in Japan. As a key figure in the payment and cryptocurrency arena, he has worked actively as a member of advisory committees for public institutions, which include the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan, and Japanese Banks’ Payment Clearing Network (Zengin-net).
Toshihisa Hirano
Managing Director & Partner Boston Consulting Group, Tokyo
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Toshihisa Hirano
Toshihisa Hirano joined Boston Consulting Group in January 2010. He is a core member of the firm’s Financial Institutions, Insurance, and technology advantage practices. Through BCG’s Ambassador Program, Toshihisa has spent time working in the firm’s Paris office. Toshihisa works extensively with leading financial service companies with a special focus on banking, investment banking, and insurance. His recent work includes formulating and implementing new business strategy using technology, global business strategy, and retail business strategy; as well as IT optimization and cost reduction. Before joining BCG, Toshihisa worked for the Bank of Japan.
Chintan Shah
Managing Director, Head of Cash Products & Client Connectivity, Asia Pacific Global Transaction Banking Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore.
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Chintan Shah
Based in Singapore, Chintan Shah is the Regional Head for Deutsche Bank’s Cash Products & Client Connectivity, Asia Pacific with responsibility for the development and execution of the bank’s product strategy based on emerging corporate needs in light of technology and regulatory developments. Chintan is also responsible in driving the front-to-back risk mitigation and cost efficiencies for the cash products business for the region. Prior to this, Chintan has held multiple roles across various geographies, in the APAC region. Chintan was responsible for our Trade Finance and Cash Management, Corporates business in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. In this role, he was responsible for the development and execution of our business strategy, P&L, costs and efficiency topics for the trade finance and cash management business in the respective countries. Chintan also was responsible for the cash management business in India, based out of Mumbai, primarily responsible for building the cash products capability and commercialization. Chintan has more than 15 years of experience in cash management with Deutsche Bank and holds a Chartered Accountants degree from India.
Robert E. Prigge
CEO, Jumio, USA
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Robert E. Prigge
Robert E. Prigge serves as Jumio’s Chief Executive Officer where he is responsible for all aspects of Jumio’s business and strategy. Specializing in security and enterprise business, he held C-level or senior management positions at Infrascale, Secure Computing, McAfee, Quest Software, Sterling Commerce and IBM. An expert in global business, he is fluent in Japanese and has lived overseas for nearly 15 years.
Takeshi Kito
Vice-Chairman, Fintech Association Japan, Tokyo
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Takeshi Kito
Takeshi Kito is a board member of the Fintech Association of Japan and leads Capital Markets Committee and RegTech & SupTech Committee. He is also the founder & CEO of P2P real estate equity crowdfunding marketplace, Crowd Realty. In addition, he sits on an advisory committee for the Government of Japan's Regulatory Sandbox. Prior to establishing Crowd Realty, he worked for Merrill Lynch as an investment banker and has 5 years of experience in capital markets. Before joining Merrill Lynch, he worked at Boston Consulting Group. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the University of Tokyo.
Hiromi Yamaoka
Member of the Board, Future Corporation Head, Future Institute of Research
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Hiromi Yamaoka
Hiromi Yamaoka Member of the Board, Future Corporation Head, Future Institute of Research 1986 LL.B. University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law,

1990 LL.M. University of California at Berkeley, School of Law

Attorney at Law in New York State, United States

1986 Entered the Bank of Japan (BOJ)

1994-1996 Representative in Paris, BOJ

1997-1998 Head of Economic Outlook Group, Research and Statistics Dept., BOJ

1998-2005 Senior Economist, Policy Planning Office, BOJ

2006-2007 Head of Large Bank Surveillance, Assistant-Director, Financial System and Bank Examination Dept, BOJ

2007-2010 Alternate Executive Director for Japan, International Monetary Fund

2012-2013 Member of the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision (BCBS)

2013-2015 Director-General, Markets Dept., BOJ, Member of the Markets Committee (MC)

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

2015-2018 Director-General, Payment and Settlement Systems Dept., BOJ, Member of the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), BIS

2019- Current Position

Zennon Kapron
Founder and Director of Kapronasia, Singapore
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Zennon Kapron
Zennon Kapron is the founder and Director of Kapronasia, one of Asia’s leading providers of research and consulting services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Zennon has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 20 years and has been published and mentioned in numerous online and offline publications including the Wall Street Journal, the FT, New York Times, the Economist, Reuters, Bloomberg, Forbes, and the South China Morning Post. He is a regular participant in industry events both in Asia and globally covering all topics financial technology and digital currency and has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on issues of China fintech.

Zennon is also the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai, China and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Philip Glickman
APAC Head of Commercial and Alternative Payments, Mastercard, Singapore
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Philip Glickman
Philip Glickman, based in Singapore, is the Regional Head of Commercialand Alternative Payments for Mastercard in Asia Pacific. He oversees the management of B2B / Small Business solutions and Alternative Payments. He currently manages a business across the region that covers business flows for B2C/B2G, and funds transferswith a specialization in Financial Inclusion in partnership with governments, micro merchants and corporates. Philip started his career in the Supply Chain management field specializing in Power and Energy. After his graduate studies, he joined Citibank in New York within their Consumer & Public Sector business transitioning to their Transaction Banking with a specialization in payments and was based in Hong Kong. Philip received a BA from Hofstra University, an MBA from American University and is fluent in Italian.
Cece Wang
Regional Director WeChat Pay Business Group, Tencent, China
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Cece Wang
Cece Wang is the Regional Director of WeChat Pay Business Group, Tencent. She leads WeChat Pay Business development in Japan and South Korea, which includes strategic partnership development, key account management , user experience and operation strategy and so on. She and her team are devoting to bringing China smart payment and ecosystem into this region. She also look after WeChat Pay partner conferences hold in all overseas regions, including WeChat Pay Growth Scheme, Tencent Soar Plan. They are aimed to build a better official training and communication channel between WeChat Pay team and all the partners.
Samantha J. Pelosi, JD
Samantha Pelosi, SVP BAFT, Payments and Innovations, USA
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Samantha J. Pelosi, JD
Samantha Pelosi joined BAFT in 2016 as a Senior Vice President to define its payments and innovation strategies and increase its visibility in financial crime compliance. Samantha currently focuses on applications for blockchain technology and artificial intelligence in banking, faster payments, and reversing the decline in correspondent accounts worldwide. Samantha came to BAFT from the Federal Reserve Board, where she served first as a senior attorney writing consumer protection regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act and then as manager for retail payments following emerging technology. Before departing for the Federal Reserve, Pelosi was the global head of compliance at Travelex Global Business Payments (now Western Union Business Solutions). Samantha also supported the anti-money laundering mission of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Treasury Department as a senior attorney implementing the USA PATRIOT Act. She began her career in the corporate and project finance departments of the law firm Morrison & Foerster.