Team

Gerben Visser

Gerben is a Co-Founder of FinTech Consortium which includes the platforms: BlockOn (Reengineering Finance), InsurByte (Reimagining Insurance) and RegPac (Redefining Regulations).

He is also a Committee member of the Singapore FinTech Association.

He is also a Co-Founder of IncubAsia Ventures (early stage venture capital firm) and an advisor to a number of early stage technology companies.

He has gained over 12 years of international experience in private equity, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance at RBS, Bank of America and Citigroup in Amsterdam, New York and London.

He received a Masters degree in Business (Finance & Economics) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and dual Masters degree in Business (Finance & Economics) from SKEMA, a Grande Ecole Superieure de Commerce in France.

Gerben is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and has been a registered Securities & Regulations, Corporate Finance Advisor with the Financial Services Authority in the UK.

  • Co-Founder, FinTech Consortium.
  • Managing Partner, IncubAsia Ventures.
  • Board Member, BANSEA.
  • Director, RBS.
  • Vice President, Bank of America Merrily Lynch.
  • Associate, Citigroup.

Hans De Back

Hans is a Co-Founder of FinTech Consortium.

Hans has over 13 years of international entrepreneurial experience across multiple high-tech industries including mobile, e-commerce and social media.

His operational experience spans all stages of a start-up: he held positions ranging from founder and investor to senior executive for operations.

He created global businesses and took various companies from an early stage to IPO or ‘exit’.

Hans currently holds various board positions in both private as well public listed companies.

Besides being the Managing Partner of IncubAsia Ventures, Hans is also a mentor and angel investor for multiple technology start-ups in Europe and Asia Pacific.

Previously, he worked worked as a Corporate Lawyer, Mergers & Acquisitions, for 5 years in New York and Netherlands for Allen & Overy.

  • Co-Founder, FinTech Consortium.
  • Board Member at Moko Social Media (NASDAQ & ASX), Pocket Media, Fusion Payments and LendLink.
  • Managing Partner at IncubAsia Ventures.
  • Founder CLIQ Digital, TMG and Telitas.
  • Corporate Lawyer, Allen & Overy.

Prakash Somosundram

Prakash is a Co-Founder at FinTech Consortium.

Prakash is a 15 year veteran from the Digital and Social Media industry. He was the founder of Yolk a Digital agency based in Singapore with offices around ASEAN. Clients that he has proudly served includes Microsoft SEA, Singapore International Foundation, BMW Asia, Canon SEA, Sharp Vietnam, Ministry of Information Community and Arts and Media Development Authority.

He was part of the team that lead the acquisition of Yolk by WPP in late 2010 and the integration with Grey APAC. Prakash exited the business in March 2014.

Prakash has started and lead teams in Social Media Marketing, Community Management, Corporate Communications and Crisis Communications.

Prakash was one of the co-founders of Inconvenient Questions, a Singaporean focused Socio-political website that aims to serve as website for Singaporeans who want direct answers for important questions. Concurrently he was also serving as the Global CMO for a start up called Start Up Crowdfunding based in UK and part of the Grow VC Group.

Currently he is also serving as a Business Advisor to Sourceguru a newly launched marketplace based in Singapore with an office in Chennai.

Heavily involved with Start Up promotion and Youth related causes in Singapore he serves as the Vice Chairman of Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) as well as a Board Member of SCAPE with a focus on Youth and Entrepreneurship. He is also a District Councillor with North East CDC serving his second term in the Children and Youth Committee

  • Co-Founder, FinTech Consortium.
  • Founder, Yolk (Acquired by WPP).
  • Co-Founder, Inconvenient Questions.
  • Business Advisor, Sourceguru.
  • Vice Chairman, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE).
  • Board Member, SCAPE.

Mona Zoet

Mona is a Partner at FinTech Consortium and Co-Founder of RegPac as well as Co-Creator of BlockOn and InsurByte conferences.

She is also the Founder of her own company ThinkMola that is specialized in Training, AML/KYC compliance and risk management advisory serves.

Prior to this Mona has been a Partner at CPI Asia, Risk, Governance and Finance boutique consultancy firm.

Mona started her career in banking and for over a decade she worked in challenging positions within Legal, Financial Crime Compliance and Risk Management, she worked and lived around the globe; started with ABN AMRO in the Netherlands, JP Morgan in Hong Kong, Lloyds Banking group in New York as well as State Street in Boston MA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore to name a few.

She furthermore is Director of Risk Management and Special Projects with ACCESS: Association of Cryptocurrecies and Start-Up Enterprises Singapore and works together with the Global Blockchain Forum (GBF) to establish best practices guidelines around Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. She is a strong advocate of regulation Technology (RegTech) and is the Co-Founder of RegTech Connect.

She has a Masters degree in Law from University Maastricht (Netherlands) which includes a 6thMonths exchange program with the University of Glasgow in Scotland and she is a Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) recognized Worldwide.

  • Co-Founder FinTech Consortium, Founder ThinkMola.
  • Partner CPI Risk, Governance and Finance.
  • Senior Vice President Lloyds Banking group.
  • Vice President Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
  • Manager JP Morgan.
  • Associate ABN AMRO.

Matthias de Ferrieres

Economist with a business & legal background (Chicago University – Chicago Booth, Sydney University – Faculty of Law), he has over 16 years of experience in P&C insurance in South-East Asia.

Matthias spent 15 years in AXA Asia where he started as an actuary in 2001 before covering different management positions focusing in transforming the fast-growing organization.

Regional CMO and Head of digital for the General Insurance side in ASIA, Matthias leaves the insurance giant in December 2014 to spearhead a series of local start-ups under the umbrella Stark Group Private Limited.

He sets up Insurance Republic in January 2017. Both Stark Group and Insurance Republic deliver disruptive yet easy to operate digital insurance base solutions.

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium
  • CEO & Founder of Insurance Republic
  • CEO of Stark Group Private Limited
  • CMO AXA ASIA P&C
  • Head of Digital AXA ASIA P&C

Leo Shimada

Leo is an Advisor to FinTech Consortium.

Leo Shimada is the Co-Founder and CEO of Crowdo, a Fintech Startup offering a full portfolio of Equity Crowdfunding and P2P Lending solutions, as well as Partner at Crowdonomic Media PLT.

He is an experienced professional with over 15 years track record in the areas of finance, strategy and technology across multiple Asia markets including Japan, Malaysia, India, China and other parts of SE. Asia.  He has held senior positions both at a top professional firm as well as a Fortune 500 company.

Leo established Crowdo (CWD) in Singapore, and has since rapidly become the largest and fastest growing platform in the region on a membership basis. Leo’s key focus has been on strategy setting; regulatory engagement in multiple markets; talent management; performance management; and market expansion.

Prior to Crowdo, Leo joined Diageo in 2007 as a Strategy Lead for its 10+ markets in the Asia Pacific Region. Leo was responsible for strategy development and implementation supervision both regionally and for major markets.  He also played a key role for investments and setting up JVs in addition to participating in other M&A deals. During this time, he built up extensive experience in target assessment and due diligence.

Leo started his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company’s Tokyo office and later transferred to their SE Asia complex.  During his time at McKinsey & Company, he focused on assist global clients in their Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) activities, and secondly to assist clients launch new products and services in the technology space.

Leo obtained his MBA from INSEAD, and has a BA in Law from Keio University in Japan

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium.
  • Co-Founder/CEO, Crowdo.
  • Partner, Crowdonomic Media PLT.
  • Head of Strategy, Diageo.
  • Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company (SEA).

Ned Phillips

Ned Phillips is an Advisor to FinTech Consortium.

Ned has over 24 years of experience in Asia focusing on agency and electronic equity trading – in particular, on growing the alternative crossing network community. He has extensive experience in providing consultancy and project management for incumbent exchanges, alternative exchanges, brokers, regulators and vendors who are facing the changing realities of equity trading in Asia.

Ned was the Chief Executive Officer of Chi-East Pte Ltd, a sell-side Asian dark pool which was jointly owned by Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) and Chi-X Global. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer of BlocSec, an electronic crossing network for the Asian markets which was wholly owned by CLSA.

Ned also served as the Managing Director for E*TRADE Asia and was responsible for the entire regional institutional equity business. He was also Head of Sales with Investment Technology Group (ITG) and established its Singapore office. Currently, Ned is a director of Alt Ex Advisory and 8Securities.

Ned graduated with an honours degree in Economics from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh in 1990.

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium.
  • Director, Alt Ex Advisory.
  • Director, 8Securities.
  • CEO,Chi-East Pte Ltd.
  • CEO, BlocSec.
  • Managing Director, E*TRADE Asia.
  • Head of Sales, Investment Technology Group.

Henri Guedeney

Henri is an Advisor to FinTech Consortium.

Henri boasts a wealth of experience in the Innovation and Financial Services Sector. He joined A.T. Kearney in 2011 and has worked as a Partner in the Financial Institutions Practice for 4 years.

In this position, he re-established the regional practice in Southeast Asia, in areas such as insurance and banking. He has also led the development of a novel digital banking consumer/SME model, which was identified as an important Firm  Innovation and broadly syndicated to clients across the world.

Throughout his career, Henri has achieved senior positions in McKinsey & Company Financial Institutions Practice, Booz Allen and Hamilton as well as BNP Paribas, reaching Associate Principal, Senior Associate and Senior Auditor respectively. He has also worked in several countries such as Indonesia, France and Guinea. Overall, he holds 24 years of experience.

Henri currently sits on the Board of two startups, Second Life Networks and Ventes. He is also an Advisor for Bak2 Group and DTCA.

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium.
  • Partner, A.T. Kearney.
  • Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company.
  • Senior Associate, Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Sander Swinkels

Sander is an Advisor to FinTech Consortium.

Sander is an expert on National Security, Defense and Policing. He also has gained over 20 years of general management experience, driving major business transformations as well as building businesses, teams and organisations from scratch in Netherlands, Singapore and London.

Sander was the General Manager of the SEA region for Palantir Technologies, Inc. which is a private American software and services company, specializing in data analysis. Founded in 2004, Palantir’s original clients were federal agencies of the United States Intelligence Community. It has since expanded its customer base to serve state and local governments, as well as private companies in the financial and healthcare industries. While working for Palantir, Sander was heavily involved in establishing and growing the SEA division across the entire spectrum of business from scratch. Prior to that, Sander worked for Capgemini as Principal Public security for the Global Public sector. During then, he was the principal consultant and led many successful sales efforts in both Europe and in South East Asia.

He also was the Chief Intelligence Officer on a National level in the Dutch National Police (Royal Marechaussee). During his tenure as the Chief Intelligence Officer, he led the transition to Intelligence Led Policing on a National level, improving multi agency collaboration and led many projects and investigations within the Counter Terrorism, Serious Organized Crime and Border Management domains.

Sander received a Masters degree in Science (Economics & Information Management) from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and is a Dutch Royal Military Academy graduate.

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium.
  • General Manager, Palantir Technologies SEA.
  • Principal Public Security, Capgemini.
  • Chief Intelligence (National Level), Royal Dutch Marechaussee.

Ian Myles

Ian is an Advisor to FinTech Consortium.

Ian is well versed in the mobile industry, spending the last 15 years in mobile, including running an advanced concept studio for Motorola, and the last 5 over years has been in payments.

He was Head of Payments, Group Digital Life in Singapore Telecommunications Pte Ltd (Singtel) where he was in charge or regional mobile money. He was also VP Technology Director, JP Morgan Chase, dealing with NFC technologies to next generation of payment UX.

Currently, Ian is a collaborator with carbon12 creative, advisor for Navdy and Co-founder & CEO of area 51. With a background in Design / Mobile & Payments, Area 51 is where Ian brings user entered experiences to payments, wear-ables and biometrics.

  • Advisor, FinTech Consortium.
  • Collaborator, Carbon12 Creative.
  • Co-founder & CEO, Area 51.
  • Advisory & Scout, Navdy.
  • Head of Payments, Group Digital Life, SingTel
  • VP Technology Director, JP Morgan Chase.
  • Founder & CEO, Meep.
  • VP, Astrostudios.

Subramaniam P.D.

Subraa is the CTO at FinTech Consortium.

His passion lies in area of mobile development, web development, social media and search engine optimisation.

Subraa holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science, has over 10 years of working experience for MNCs and start-ups.

With his in depth knowledge in the technology, he swiftly spots the specifications and requirements and provides strategic handpicked solution.

As an entrepreneur, he has effectively commenced a web development company and is involved in providing customized market oriented IT solutions which can help business achieve exponential growth rather than incremental growth.

Subraa is keen in making new professional connections. He is always reachable if you want to discuss about technology.

Specialities: Creative design, Operational Management, Web development, Mobile development, Social media.

  • CTO, FinTech Consortium.
  • Director, eSourceIt Technologies.
  • Web Developer & System Administrator, Infantron.
  • Programmer, Maroma.

 

Thai Xiong

Thai Xiong is a Business Development Analyst at FinTech Consortium.

Thai Xiong graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) with BSc (Hons) in Economics with specialization in Monetary and Financial Economics, and Applied and Policy Economics. He interned as a credit analyst in Maybank prior to joining the team. He was actively involved in volunteering services in NUS with several leadership positions held in Logistics, Marketing, and Publicity.

  • Business Development Analyst, FinTech Consortium.
  • BSc (Hons) Economics, Specialization in Monetary and Financial Economics, and Applied and Policy Economics, National University of Singapore (NUS)

 

Victor Tan

Victor is a Business Development Analyst at FinTech Consortium.

Victor graduated from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom with a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Politics, as well as a MSc Business (Marketing). During his free time, he enjoys cooking. He was fortunate enough to intern at The Ledbury, crowned the 14th best restaurant in the world in 2016. With proper time management, he manages to juggle work, cooking as well as frisbee. Currently in the Singapore National Ultimate Frisbee team, he will be heading up to France in June to compete at the World Championship games 2017.

  • Business Development Analyst, FinTech Consortium.
  • MSc Business (Marketing),BSc (Hons) Economics & Politics, University of Warwick.

Sushrut Jindel

Sushrut is a Business Development Intern at FinTech Consortium.

Sushrut is a 4th Year student at Singapore Management University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a major in Marketing. Sushrut was exposed to qualities essential for an effective marketer such as spontaneity, creativity and strategic planning through his internships at The Coca-Cola Company in Singapore and India. He’s passionate about the performing arts and won the Singapore Latin Championship last year in the Amateur Salsa Category. Currently, in the SMU Salsa team, he will be heading to India in July to compete at the India International Dance Congress.

  • Business Development Intern, FinTech Consortium.
  • BBM (Marketing Major), Singapore Management University.

Shreya Agrawal

Shreya is a Business Development Intern at FinTech Consortium.

Shreya is currently pursuing an MBA at IESE Business School, Barcelona. Before the MBA, she worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland for 5 years in Singapore. At RBS, she held several roles including Project Management in the Anti Money Laundering division and Associate in the Transactions Management Group. She has a MSc (Management) degree from the Singapore Management University and a BBA degree from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata. In her free time, Shreya enjoys dancing and cooking. She also loves to travel and is constantly looking for new destinations to explore! At IESE, Shreya is actively involved in several extracurricular activities including Women’s Football, salsa, India Club and the Asia Business Club. She is also blogging about her MBA experiences in her blog – 3daymba.wordpress.com.

  • Business Development Intern, FinTech Consortium.
  • MBA, IESE Business School; MSc Management, Singapore Management University; BBA (Finance), St. Xavier’s College

Cherie Ang

Cherie is a Business Development Intern at FinTech Consortium.

Cherie is currently a penultimate student studying Accounting & Finance at Singapore Institute of Management Global Education.She is excited to join the team as their intern and the prospect of working in the fintech industry. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors and identifies with life as either a daring adventure or nothing at all. With that being said, she aspires to be financially independent before 30.

  • Business Development Intern, FinTech Consortium.
  • BBM (Marketing Major), Singapore Institute of Management Global Education.