Top 63 FinTech Influencers You Need To Know in Asia

As one of the fastest growing industries in the world, the FinTech industry has been the go-to industry for many of the top talents around the world. Since gaining popularity, the FinTech industry has attracted traditional powerhouses, disruptive upstarts and plenty of investors. We looked into the FinTech talents to come up with a list of top FinTech influencers that all FinTech hustlers, investors and incumbents need to know about.

We ranked the top FinTech influencers based on their Klout score, i.e. their social media influence. Klout score is an indicator of influence and presence that is calculated using social media data from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and many other online sources. Similar to how Google’s search engine ranks the relevance of every web page, Klout ranks the influence of every person online.

So here are the Top 63 FinTech influencers you need to know in Asia.

Top 63 FinTech Influencers You Need To Know in Asia (Last Update : 28 Jan 17)


1. Vijay Shekhar Sharma
(@vijayshekhar)
Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the Founder of Paytm Mobile Solutions Private Limited and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Vijay is known as the man who broke the conventional concepts of cashflow with his founding of Paytm Mobile Solutions.

Twitter Followers: 94,500

Klout Score: 78

2. Paul Ark
(@paul_ark)
Paul Ark is an active startup mentor and angel investor, having made investments in early stage companies in the United States, China, and Thailand. He currently manages the FinTech venture capital fund for Siam Commercial Bank’s Digital Ventures group.

Twitter Followers: 501

Klout Score: 70

3. Lim Jung Wook
(@estima7)
Lim Jung Wook is the managing director of Startup Alliance, a non-profit organisation founded in 2013 to foster South Korea’s startup scene, connecting entrepreneurs, startups, tech companies, and the government.

Twitter Followers: 342,000

Klout Score: 67

4. Joe SeungHyun Cho
(@joeseunghyuncho)
Joe Seunghyun Cho is the CEO of LATTICE80 and Co-founder/Chairman of Marvelstone Group.

Twitter Followers: 3,159

Klout Score: 64

5. The New Savvy
(@thenewsavvyinc)
THENEWSAVVY.COM is Asia’s leading financial & career platform for women (founded by Anna Vanessa Haotanto). The New Savvy help to empower women by demystifying finance through meaningful content.

Twitter Followers: 2,233

Klout Score: 64

6. Prakash Somosundram
(@prakashsomo)
Prakash Somosundram is a serial Entrepreneur. Prakash is currently the Co-Founder & Director at The Singapore FinTech Consortium. He wants to shape The Singapore FinTech Consortium into a platform to facilitate Fund Raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnerships and Exits in an effective manner.

Twitter Followers: 282

Klout Score: 63

7. Anson Zeall
(@AnsonZeall)
Anson Zeall is a Co-founder and CEO of CoinPip.

Twitter Followers: 2,290

Klout Score: 63

8. Neal Cross
(@Neal_X)
Neal Cross is the Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank and a strong advocate for innovation thinking and culture. He has been recognized as the most disruptive Chief Innovation Officer (CIO)/ Chief Technology Officer (CTO) globally by panel which consists of prominent business innovators including Apple co-Founder Steve Wozniak and Virgin Group Founder, Sir Richard Branson.

Twitter Followers: 2,354

Klout Score: 62

9. Aman Narain
(@amanwhotweets)
Aman Narain is the CEO of BankBazaar International, India’s leading Financial Marketplace. Aman is looking to bring BankBazaar into Asia. Aman was the former Global Head of Digital Banking for Standard Chartered where he had responsibility for all direct to consumer channels, including Online, Mobile & ATM’s. He also managed all internal digital channels and social media.

Twitter Followers: 1,389

Klout Score: 61

10. Amit Goel
(@amitTwitr)
Amit is the Co-Founder & Chief Curator of Let’s Talk Payments. His strength lies in strategy and market analysis and has advised several amazing companies in the payments, commerce and technology space.

Twitter Followers: 10,600

Klout Score: 61

11. Slava Solodkiy
(@slavasolodkiy)
Vladislav (Slava) Solodkiy founded Life.SREDA VC, a fintech-only fund 3 years ago. Slava is also an evangelist of Singapore as international fintech hub. He was recently highlighted by Institutional Investor, UK magazine, as one of TOP35 most influential fintech-persons in the world.

Twitter Followers: 1,621

Klout Score: 60

12. Matt Dooley
(@mattlddley)
Matt Dooley is a thought leader, speaker and trainer on financial services marketing, digital customer experience and innovation. He is currently a mentor and advisor at Startupbootcamp, specializing in strategic Consulting, including business proposition, business plan & sales strategy development, financial services trends and landscape.

Twitter Followers: 14,000

Klout Score: 60

13. Suvodeep Das
(@suvodeep)
Suvodeep Das is currently the VP Marketing at Sodexo SVC India where he runs marketing, & communication, launch new products & anchor the brand’s Digital transformation. Before his stint at Sodexo, he led Greenlight Planet’s marketing, communication, channel expansion and global innovation.

Twitter Followers: 7,173

Klout Score: 59

14. Faisal Khan
(@babushka99)
Faisal Khan is a Pakistan-based consultant and blogger specializing in banking, payments and fintech. He covers cutting-edged technologies and explains how specific innovations work. From time to time, he also conducts market analysis, product reviews and report summaries.

Twitter Followers: 8,208

Klout Score: 59

15. Fintech Singapore
(@FintechSIN)
Fintech Singapore (fintechnews.sg) curates Fintech News from Singapore and Southeast Asia for a wide range of readers from investors to startup founders.

Twitter Followers: 5,171

Klout Score: 58

16. Adrianna Tan
(@skinnylatte)
Adrianna Tan founded Wobe in 2014, an innovative take on financial services for the low income segment of Southeast Asia. Previously, Adrianna works on the intersection of tech, content and social. From founding and growing tech startups in Southeast Asia to starting and running non-profits in India, she believes strongly that technology and social good can and should go together.

Twitter Followers: 31,100

Klout Score: 57

17. Varun Mittal
(@analogVarun)
Fintech APAC at EY. Previously, Varun served as a Regional Head – Operations & Merchant Product at HelloPay

Twitter Followers: 860

Klout Score: 57

18. Singapore Fintech Consortium
(@SGFintech)
Singapore FinTech Consortium (founded by Gerben Visser) is a FinTech Incubator, co-incubating in partnership insightful, sustainable fintech initiatives.

Twitter Followers: 3,914

Klout Score: 56

19. Scott Bales
(@scottebales)
Scott Bales is the founder of Metlife’s Innovation Centre. He now runs Innovation Labs Asia in Singapore. He’s also a founding member of Next Bank and the vice president of The Mobile Alliance Singapore.

Twitter Followers: 66,338

Klout Score: 56

20. Wynthia Goh
(@scottebales)
As the Chief Digital Officer in Asia, Wyn has responsibility for the Aviva digital agenda in the region. She oversees initiatives to improve the digital customer experience, drive digital innovation in the business and build digital capabilities in markets. She is a digital native who had held regional and global roles in product management, business development, venture investment, digital strategy and marketing. She had led regional digital teams for Nokia, eBay, Avaya and SAP.

Twitter Followers: 1,025

Klout Score: 56

21. Brad Jones
(@bradjoz)
Brad Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Wave Money, an experienced executive specializing in digital finance, mobile money and business transformation in developing markets, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Twitter Followers: 2,864

Klout Score: 55

22. Stefano Covolan
(@stefano3323)
Stefano Covolan was the Ex-CEO of Yourp. Stefano is currently working on the Dragon Wealth fintech startup to create the Dragon Wealth app, Upefy platform for Financial Advisors, and Red Dot Financial website. Stefano’s passion lies in bridging the gap between financial advisors and prospects/clients in Singapore and Vietnam

Twitter Followers: 5,199

Klout Score: 54

23. David Moskowitz – SG
(@david_mosk)
David Moskowitz founded Coin Republic to help educate the public about Bitcoin and create a platform to help them buy and sell Bitcoin easily.

Twitter Followers: 410

Klout Score: 54

24. James Lloyd
(@jamesplloyd)
James Lloyd is a part of the EY Asia-Pacific Financial Services Organization (FSO), a fully dedicated and integrated entity with a unique approach focused exclusively on servicing the needs of EY’s clients in the financial services industry.

Twitter Followers: 1,562

Klout Score: 54

25. George Kesselman
(@mr_insurtech)
George Kesselman, co-founder of InsurTechAsia, is a passionate individual who wants to bring change to the under-digitalized insurance industry. He wants to reshape it to fulfill purpose of doing good for people.

Twitter Followers: 1,562

Klout Score: 54

26. Antony Lewis
(@antony_btc)
Antony Lewis is the Director of the R3’s Lab & Research Centre in Singapore. R3 is an innovation firm focused on building and empowering the next generation of global financial services technology.

Twitter Followers: 1,148

Klout Score: 52

27. Rob Findlay
(@robfindlay)
Founder of Next Money. Findlay has served as a mentor for startups in the IBM Watson New Venture Challenge and Startupbootcamp FinTech in Singapore. He currently holds a consulting role on developing and leading a customer experience design practice at DBS as a senior vice president.

Twitter Followers: 5,020

Klout Score: 52

28. Chris Doerfler
(@cmdoerfler)
Chris Doerfler has been actively involved in the Fintech industry as a cybersecurity, Blockchain and Fintech advisor. He has previously run the cybersecurity, compliance & expansion initiatives for the fintech /global payments arm of Tadley Asia. He is now the co-founder of Ramps.io to redefine Fintech business use-case solution design & advisory.

Twitter Followers: 2,226

Klout Score: 52

29. Shwetank Verma
(@shwetankv)
Shwetank Verma is a start-up specialist. His focus is on bringing new concepts to market and setting them up to scale by combining the concepts of design thinking and lean entrepreneurship. He is currently an innovator at MetLife, in charge of driving forward new revenue opportunities and broadly focused on being an intrapreneur within the larger organization, with a focus on application of new technologies (VR/AI) in fintech and digital health.

Twitter Followers: 2,226

Klout Score: 52

30. Jessica Ellerm
(@JessicaEllerm)
Jessica Ellerm is the Banking Business Development Manager for Tyro Payments, Australia’s most successful fintech start-up. She has been with Tyro in a business development capacity since 2009 and now heads up the banking team. She works closely with the internal product and existing sales team to integrate the new deposit and lending solutions into the sales cycle, as well as develop cornerstone accounting integration relationships with cloud accounting providers. Alongside Tyro, Jessica is an active Australian and global fintech commentator, writing for her own blog and a number of global publications including Daily Fintech and BankNXT. She is the Australian correspondent for Brett King’s Breaking Banks radio show on Voice America.

Twitter Followers: 1,839

Klout Score: 52

31. Augustus Loi
(@augustusloi)
Augustus Loi is a venture capitalist at Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd, a venture capital arm of Singapore Infocomm Development Authority. He looks at technology start-ups that are: suitable for direct investment (seed stage to pre-IPO) and suitable for support given national strategic and/or Smart Nation relevance.

Twitter Followers: 9,748

Klout Score: 51

32. Simone McCallum
(@simonemccallum)
Simone McCallum is currently working for NZ’s ASB Bank and is responsible for the award winning Virtual Branch on Facebook and social media teams. She has over 10 years experience in the financial services industry, and passionate about all things digital and social.

Twitter Followers: 9,748

Klout Score: 51

33. Steve Leonard
(@steveleonardSG)
Steve Leonard is the founding CEO of SGInnovate in Singapore and vice-chair of SG Govtech agency.

Twitter Followers: 2,492

Klout Score: 50

34. Daniel Liebau
(@liebauda)
Dan Liebau is the founder of Lightbulb Capital and has a passion for Innovation, Finance and Technology. Before starting Lightbulb Capital Dan was COO and on the board of HSBC Securities

Twitter Followers: 499

Klout Score: 50

35. Singapore FinTech Festival
(@sgfintechfest)
Singapore FinTech Festival aims to bring together the global financial community in a week-long celebration of FinTech. The Singapore FinTech Festival is organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in partnership with The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) and is the largest Fintech event in the world.

Twitter Followers: 1,193

Klout Score: 49

36. Henri Arslanian
(@HenriArslanian)
Henri Arslanian is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hong Kong University where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech university course in Asia. He previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong and started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer. A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle and with over 70,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri is a regular speaker on the topic of FinTech to various audiences, ranging from TEDx to Fortune 500 management teams. He also sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society and FinTech related boards and advisory committees including the HKSFA FinTech Committee and the FSDC Fintech Advisory Team.

Twitter Followers: 971

Klout Score: 49

37. Balasubramaniam GD
(@GDBALA)
With over 24 years of experience in Banking & Financial Services industry, Balasubramaniam currently sits as the senior vice president of DBS Risk Management Group. He is working on collaboration with Fin-tech Partners, Innovation Hubs and Model Building for Digital Verticals for payment products, loans and SME offerings.

Twitter Followers: 3,728

Klout Score: 48

38. Bert-Jan van Essen
(@bertjanarosa)
Bert-Jan van Essen used to be the CIO of UBS before leaving UBS to start his own fintech company Dragon Wealth with Steven Covolan. Dragon Wealth has evolved into a major fintech company. It has developed Upefy, an all-in- one automated software that works like a very efficient assistant, keeping tabs on your website and clients like a hawk.

Twitter Followers: 734

Klout Score: 48

39. Tejasvi Mohanram
(@tejasvimohanram)
Tejasvi Mohanram is the founder & CEO of RupeePower. RupeePower is a leading consumer & retail credit platform in India with INR 9,000 crore (USD 1.3 bn) in credit disbursals to customers, suiting their individual need for speed, price and ease, while generating concrete business results for some of the largest Indian and global banks.

 

Twitter Followers: 348

Klout Score: 48

40. Gina Heng
(@ginaheng80)
Gina Heng is the co-founder and CEO of Marvelstone Group, Founding Partner of LATTICE80 and Founder of Miss Kaya.

Twitter Followers: 112

Klout Score: 48

41. Sopnendu Mohanty
(@sopnendu)
As the new Chief Fintech Officer at MAS, Sopnendu 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”.

Twitter Followers: 880

Klout Score: 47

42. Guillermo Musumeci
(@gmusumeci)
Guillermo Musumeci is the Chief Technology Officer at Ballr.com with 20 years of international experience. Ballr is a free gaming platform for fans to connect, compete and communicate during real-time sporting events. Apart from Ballr, Guillermo is also the founder of KopiCloud, which develops Multi-Cloud Automation Tools for Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Twitter Followers: 287

Klout Score: 47

43. Mikaal Abdulla
(@mikaalabdulla)
Mikaal Abdulla is the Co-Founder & CEO of 8 Securities, Asia’s first robo-advisor and $0 commission trading service.

Twitter Followers: 839

Klout Score: 47

44. JP Ellis
(@jpellis)
J. P. Ellis, who was previously a private equity executive, co-founded the Compare88 Group, Southeast Asia’s largest financial comparison e-commerce group.

Twitter Followers: 663

Klout Score: 47

45. Matt Symons
(@msymons)
Matt is currently engaged in several machine learning and artificial intelligence projects including Red Marker, an Australian RegTech pioneer. Red Marker has developed Artemis an automated compliance solution for regulated entities.

Twitter Followers: 428

Klout Score: 47

46. Toby Heap
(@tob)
Toby Heap is a Founding Partner of H2 Ventures. He has vast amount of experience founding, leading and investing in high growth startup companies.

Twitter Followers: 428

Klout Score: 47

47. Samuel Hall
(@samalhall )
Sam is the Program Director at Startupbootcamp Fintech Singapore

Twitter Followers: 606

Klout Score: 47

48. Markus Gnirck
(@mgnirck)
Markus Gnirck was named the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 in 2016 in Venture Capital & Finance. He is currently the Managing Director of tryb Capital. tryb Capital invests in growth stage infrastrucuture technology and platforms transforming financial services in ASEAN

Twitter Followers: 3,241

Klout Score: 46

49. Richard Elridge
(@richardeldridge)
Richard Eldridge serves as Executive Officer and Director of Lenddo International. He is responsible for Lenddo operation across Asia as well as developing the long-term strategic direction across the world.

Twitter Followers: 329

Klout Score: 46

50. Roy Teo
(@royfintech )
Director, FinTech & Innovation Group at Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Twitter Followers: 1,012

Klout Score: 46

51. Paul Chapman
(@pchap10k)
Paul Chapman is the Founder and CTO at Thomson Reuters cvMail (acquired 2007), and IT Director at en japan subsidiary, en world (Tokyo). In 2012, Paul co-founded Moneytree KK with Ross Sharrott and Mark Makdad.

Twitter Followers: 436

Klout Score: 45

52. Alex Campbell
(@alexjcampbell)
Alex Campbell is the founding managing director of Xero Asia. Xero Asia aims to bring efficient accounting software to small businesses in 40+ countries across Asia.

Twitter Followers: 2,553

Klout Score: 45

53. Bambu
(@bambu_life )
A Singapore based Robo advisor (founded by Ned Phillips) that offers all companies, not just financial ones, the ability to integrate and benefit from the shift in digital wealth.

Twitter Followers: 2,553

Klout Score: 45

54. Lizzie Chapman
(@chapmanlizzie)
Lizzie Chapman is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Zest Money. She is now based out of Bengaluru and is in charge of marketing and acquisitions at ZestMoney.

Twitter Followers: 1,721

Klout Score: 43

55. Manish Agarwal
(@armagarwal)
Manish Agarwal joined Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2007 as Vice President Interactive & Innovation. His role at Mahindra Bank is to provide Direction & Strategy for using the ever changing interactive channel ( Internet & Mobile ) and leverage the same for every aspect of the business and create visible differentiation in the mind of consumers.

Twitter Followers: 380

Klout Score: 43

56. Janos Barberis
(@JNBarberis)
Janos Barberis is a Millennial in FinTech who is recognised as a top-35 global FinTech leader. He founded FinTech HK, a thought leadership platform, and the SuperCharger – a FinTech Accelerator that strategically leverages on Hong Kong as a gateway to Asia. In parallel, he sits on the advisory board of the World Economic Forum’s FinTech Committee and is a PhD Candidate at Hong Kong University Law School. Previously, Janos was the first hire at a prospective UK challenger bank, Lintel, helping it to secure a banking license from the PRA & FCA. This role followed a specialist interest developed over 7 years, in financial systems and their stability. He also introduced the framework of developing real-time and dynamic regulatory supervision models for financial networks.

Twitter Followers: 1,035

Klout Score: 43

57. Mehedi Hasan Sumon
(@mehedi895)
Mehedi Hasan Sumon is the Founder & CEO of MyCash Online, a FinTech solution provider for the un-bankable people in South & South East Asia. He is also Managing Partner of LYL Technology , a Malaysia based Technology & Digital Entertainment startup.

Twitter Followers: 1,491

Klout Score: 42

58. Dusan Stojanovic
(@stojanovicdusan)
Dusan has also contributed to a number of different organizations and entrepreneurs through donations. After his 3 exits in 2012, he donated a portion of his proceeds to save the last Tesla Lab, the Tesla Science Centre on Long Island, New York State. He is also did a smaller donation to the Tesla Statue in Palo Alto. As a distant relative to Nikola Tesla, Dusan is a strong supporter of all things Tesla. In 2015, he had one major exit and some partial exits, One was Prowebce which was sold to Edenred in May. One of the partial exits was when SharesPost sold its interest in NASDAQ Private Market to Nasdaq, Inc.

Twitter Followers: 1,491

Klout Score: 42

59. Yosh Gupta
(@yoshagupta)
Yosha Gupta is the Founder & CEO of LafaLafa, a leading coupon and cashback website in India rewarding customers for online shopping with extra cashback.

Twitter Followers: 1,055

Klout Score: 41

60. LATTICE80
(@LATTICE80)
LATTICE80 (initiated by Marvelstone Group) is a not-for-profit Fintech Hub which opened in Nov 2016. It is the world’s largest Fintech Hub with over 30,000 sqft of work and shared space. LATTICE80 aims to support the emerging Fintech ecosystem in Asia creating a robust bridge to the entire region.

Twitter Followers: 418

Klout Score: 40

61. Mikko Perez
(@mikko_perez)
Mikko Perez has a successful track record investing in and operating innovative technology, new media and telecom-related ventures from his revious experience as an investment banker at JP Morgan Chase specializing in technology, media and telecom ventures

Twitter Followers: 96

Klout Score: 34

62. Cynthia Siantar
(@shejiaxin)
Cynthia Siantar is a Co-founder of Call Levels. Forbes 30 under 30.

Twitter Followers: 163

Klout Score: 32

63. Teguh B Ariwibowo
(@teguhbariwibowo)
Teguh Ariwibowo is the CEO and Co-founder of Pinjam. Started bussines experience with Voila ( www.voila.co.id ) continue the journey at financial technology start up called pinjam ( www.pinjam.co.id ) as digital lending platform. His passion is about entrepreneurship. At 2013, just awarded as the most promising entrepreneur from Asia pacific entrepreneurship award by enterprise Asia.Twitter Followers: 1,321

Klout Score: 31

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