Fintech Asia Forum 2017

Wed, January 25, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM SGT

80 Robinson Road #08-01
Singapore, 068898


After three successful events in Korea, Indonesia and Singapore, FinTech Asia Forum is back. This time around, we will be focusing on FinTech trends and developments in emerging markets across Asia, through an interactive panel session with industry players.

Asia is a fragmented region made up of many countries with varying levels of regulatory requirements, customer needs, habits, customs, languages and more. Besides that, Asia consists of strong developed markets, such as the 4 Asian Tigers – Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, as well as emerging markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and more. It is interesting to see how completely different markets, with different stages of technology, innovation and acceptance rates interact within the ecosystem.


There are different opportunities in both developed and emerging markets, and we will be comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences of both markets during our FinTech Asia Panel.

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7:00-8:00 PM Understanding and unfolding: Singapore and beyond


Gina Heng, Gina Heng is the co-founder and CEO of Marvelstone Group.

An entrepreneur at heart, Gina has recently founded a women-focused robo-advisory financial services platform, The venture is aimed at serving the financial needs of modern women in Asia.

Prior to founding Marvelstone Group, she was a venture partner at Yozma Ventures (Korea) and co-founded asset management firms, One Asia Investment Partners and Leonie Hill Capital in Singapore.

Gina previously worked at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and Cerulli Associates, where she covered sectors such as asset management, telecommunications, commodities and infrastructure, in Southeast Asia, China, India and Australia.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Teochew (Chinese dialect).


Michele Ferrario is the Co-Founder and CEO of StashAway; Michele is also the “Customer Experience Officer”, making sure that StashAway will always be recognized as the most customer-centric wealth manager in the region.
Prior to founding StashAway, Michele spent the first part of his career in and around the financial industry, and the second part of his career focusing on using internet to provide customers with better services.
Michele was until recently the Group CEO of ZALORA, South East Asia’s largest fashion e-commerce platform, leading a team of 1,500 people across 8 countries. With Michele at the helm, in 4 years ZALORA grew 15x and became the undisputed leader in the market. Before ZALORA, Michele founded the Italian and Pakistani operations of Rocket Internet, launching 5 companies in these 2 countries.
From 2004 to 2012, Michele worked in the financial industry, first as a consultant at McKinsey (Milan and New York offices) where he served primarily Financial Institutions, then in Milan-based Private Equity Fund Manager Synergo. At McKinsey, he advised several World-class financial institutions on a variety of topics, including the largest Italian retail bank, one of the largest life insurers in the World, one of the largest retail Banks in the World and one of the largest retail brokerages in the World. He then leveraged this experience after joining Synergo as an investment manager, evaluating potential private equity deals and sitting on the Board of Directors of portfolio companies.
Michele earned his MBA at Columbia Business School and his Bachelor of Science in Finance at Bocconi University in Italy. Michele has been invited by Singapore’s Minister of Finance to be a member of the Committee for the Future of the Economy.


Ned Phillips is the founder and CEO of Bambu, a B2B Robo-Advisory firm that offers financial and consumer brands the ability to integrate user-friendly investment offering into product range. He has been based in Asia for the past 25 years and his involvement in Fintech started since 1999 with E*TRADE as one of the very first online brokers; and soared to become Managing Director for Asia up until 2007. In 2008, Ned was then part of the transformation of the stock exchange where he helped build two pan Asian exchange, one of which was in conjunction with SGX and Chi-X. Ned has always been active in this recent wave of FinTech development and even experienced the first dot com boom with one of the original Fintech companies. Sharing his passion, Ned was appointed consultant to 8 Securities as they launched the first Robo advisor in Asia. After gaining an insightful exposure and development over the years, he realized that the biggest demand for robo was in B2B space, and that influenced him to start Bambu.

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