2019 Speakers

2019 Speakers

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Jakub Zakrzewski

General Manager, APAC

Revolut

Jakub Zakrzewski is a General Manager at Revolut, currently responsible for launching its operations across Asian markets.

Before Revolut, Jakub was Head of Growth at Easyship, a 500 Startups VC portfolio company that won Hong Kong’s Technology Company of the Year Award in 2017, joining as one of its early employees in 2015.

Prior to joining Easyship, Jakub worked at Lazada (Rocket Internet’s most successful venture up to date, acquired by Alibaba for $1bn+ in 2016) as a first employee in Singapore, where he established business intelligence and online marketing departments at the company. He holds a Master of Science in Finance degree, awarded from ESADE Business School in Barcelona where he wrote his master thesis on "Cases of Angel Investing in Europe".

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Juliana Chua

Head of Digital Transformation

NTUC Income

Juliana Chua is Head of Digital Transformation at NTUC Income (INCOME), Singapore’s largest composite insurer serving the protection, savings and investment needs of more than 2 million customers and a total assets of over $36 billion.

Juliana has a background in International Business Management (INSEAD), IP Law (NUS Law), Computer Science (Loughborough, UK) and leads the programme to digitise INCOME’s core businesses by adoption of design thinking and agile methodology. Juliana worked across continents in the US, China, Japan, India, UK, Singapore and is inventor to 6 patents/applications and designs for upstream innovation.

Prior INCOME, Juliana is Director of the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International where she forayed into US, China, Japan and Singapore markets for strategic partnerships. INCOME is Juliana’s 8th company in her career, where she previously served the World #1 innovation leader – IBM UK, Asia leading IP law firm – Spruson & Ferguson, Singapore’s largest technology office – Exploit Technologies of A*STAR, Japan MNC – Nitto Denko, as well as launched 2 startups into markets worldwide.

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Xuchun Li

Head of AI Development Office

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

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Dilip Krishnan

Vice President, Digital Transformation

OCBC BANK

Dilip Krishnan is currently spearheading the overall Open Banking strategy, API business management, Fintech ecosystem partnerships and conversational banking initiatives for OCBC Bank GCFS (Group Consumer Financial Services) division across its key markets.

As an accomplished Digital Innovation leader and ‘Go-To-Market’ Strategy professional, Dilip has co-created award winning digital products alongside customers, led large scale business / digital transformation efforts resulting in quadrupling digital usage, cost saves and has created new revenue models (cross-sell / up-sell opportunities). He has also established region-wide Fintech / e-commerce merchant partnerships pivoting to growth in areas of digital acquisitions, engagement and emerging payments across multiple geographies (Asia, EMEA, US).

Passionately collaborative in approach, he possesses a strong track record of forming and leading ‘self-governing’ teams sharing a common vision to achieve exponential impact. Dilip graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore and a Master of Business Administration (PGDM) from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad in India.

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Zennon Kapron

Founder and Director

Kapronasia

Zennon is the Founder and Director of Kapronasia, one of Asia’s leading providers of consulting services focusing on the FinTech industry. Zennon has been involved in financial technology for over 20 years and covers all topics FinTech and blockchain. 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. Zennon has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on issues of China FinTech and is the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Dan Liebau

Founder

Lightbulb Capital

Daniel (Dan) is the Founder of Singapore based Lightbulb Capital. The firm was founded in 2014 in Hong Kong to help realize the potential of innovation and novel technologies to transform financial services. Today the company is a corporate finance boutique with a focus on FinTech and blockchain. Dan is appointed affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University for Innovation in Finance, FinTech, Blockchain, and digital assets. He is also a visiting professor at IE business school in its top-ranked Master in Finance program. He is also a Review Editor for Frontiers Financial Blockchain academic journal and works on research projects. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on Blockchain and Innovation in Financial Services. Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited.

He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC’s Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 19 years of Investment Banking Technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate within the Finance department of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University where he researches Blockchain and AI and it effects on Finance. Previously he graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and holds a Master in Finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain.

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Johnson Poh

Executive Director - Head, Group Enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI)

UOB

Johnson Poh has been a Data Scientist with experience spanning across the finance, consulting and government sectors for the past decade. His present and past professional appointments include being Executive Director & Head Enterprise Artificial Intelligence for UOB Group, Head Data Science/Practice Lead at DBS Bank, Chief Data Scientist, ASEAN at Booz Allen Hamilton as well as Principal Data Scientist at Ministry of Defence, Singapore respectively.

Johnson also serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Singapore Management University (SMU) where his focus areas include applied statistical computing, machine learning as well as big data tools and techniques. He completed his bachelor’s degree at University of California, Berkeley, majoring in the subjects of Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Economics. He received his postgraduate degree in Statistics at Yale University.

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Prakash Somosundram

Founder and CEO

Pealo PTE LTD

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Julie Armstrong

CCO

ChartIQ

As key evangelist for the ChartIQ suite of products, Armstrong supports ChartIQ’s mission to deliver solutions to evolve finance world technologies. Throughout her career, Armstrong has remained committed to evolving the financial marketplace with new solutions, while remaining loyal to customers and teammates. With over two decades of experience in the financial marketplace, Armstrong has held leadership roles at Townsend Analytics and CME Group. In 2017, she won a Markets Media Women in Finance award.

Shailesh Naik

Founder and CEO

MatchMove

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Alan Jones

Business Solutions Director APAC

SMARTSTREAM

Alan Jones is responsible for Business Development across Asia Pacific at SmartStream and works with financial institutions in the region to improve their operational efficiency. Alan has been with the company for 16 years and, prior to moving to APAC, was the Product Manager for the SmartStream’s TLM Corporate Actions solution. Alan has more than 25 years’ industry experience within the financial services industry. Before joining SmartStream, he managed the Corporate Actions, Income Processing and Tax Departments for American Express Private Investment Bank. Whilst at American Express, Alan managed several significant projects dealing with the inception of new tax rules, implementation of new systems, procedures and business transformation initiatives.

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Abhinav Mishra

Independent Quantitative Research & Artificial Intelligence

New York University

Abhinav has 12+ years of industry experience working with major investment banks across US, UK, EU and Asia markets. His key areas of focus
have been trading, risk management, quantitative financial modelling, artificial intelligence and data analytics. His work has received multiple
CTO Platinum awards and recognition in the US Bankers’ magazine. 

Prior to Value3, Abhinav was Vice President for Financial Markets at a leading international investment bank based in Singapore. He was also
Singapore Chair of NextGen Business Resource Group and Board member of Singapore Diversity Council.
He is also active in developing the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as mentor and advisor for multiple startup incubators. He
is an active key note speaker at various international conference on the topics of credit risk, artificial intelligence, model development and
validation, algo based systems and the future of financial markets.

Abhinav holds a MS in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Mumbai.

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Victor Alexiev

Head of Incubation (D10X) for APAC, Citi Ventures

Citibank

Victor heads the rollout of Citi Ventures’ D10X program in APAC. His focus is on building the infrastructure necessary for the continuous origination of ideas and teams, and delivering the support necessary for their lasting success.

Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker focused on business model innovation and automated decision support systems. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology startups across the globe. His venture involvements range from intelligent content curation and discovery through forestry tokenization to HR automation and talent analytics.

He holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, a double MS in System Dynamics Modelling from the University of Bergen in Norway and Radboud in the Netherlands, and a BSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School. Outside of Citi, he is also a co-founder and board member of Talent Data Labs, Hacker.Works, and Innovator.sg, as well as a board advisor at Ekofolio. When he is not building ventures, Victor spends quality time with his family or his PlayStation.

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Marko Milek

Managing Director Head of Global Exchange for Asia Pacific

State Street

Marko Milek is a managing director and head of State Street Global Exchange for Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for managing and developing Global Exchange’s business functions – data, analytics, research and advisory – in the region. He believes analytics and data-driven decision making will improve investment outcomes.

Dr. Milek has significant experience in academia, technology industry and financial services – in areas including data and analytics, research, product and project management, business development and general management. He held various technical and management roles in the United States, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong and Singapore over the past 20 years.

He earned multiple degrees in physics and computer science from California Institute of Technology in the United States, McGill University in Canada and University of Zagreb in Croatia.

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Jamie Vachon

Former Global Head of Technology

Eastspring Investments

Jamie was responsible for all of technology functions for Eastspring Investments, across 13 countries. Eastspring Investments is a leading asset manager in Asia that manages over USD180 billion assets on behalf of institutional and retail clients. Eastspring Investments is the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc.

Jamie has extensive experience in driving business value through technology, both within the context of large change programs and also through operational excellence. His work spans multiple industry verticals and organisations as well as international geographies. He excels at building high performing teams and solid stakeholder relationships through strong communication, perseverance, empathy and focus.

Jamie has played a wide variety of roles, from Head of Technology, where he is responsible for strategy definition and operational stability/improvement to Principal Consultant, where he led a number of significant programs of work. He brings expertise in the complete project lifecycle from business case development and requirements capture, to complex plan and budget preparations, vendor selection/management, configuration, testing, and implementation. As well, his strong technical background allows him to fully understand the challenges his teams face and to provide oversight and validation of technical solutions (including internal, external, and vendor resources).

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Rick Lakhiani

Director of Regulatory Reform Implementation

CITI

Rick Lakhiani manages the implementation of the major regulatory reform initiatives in Asia Pacific region for Citi's Markets and Securities Services business. This includes the regional implementation of Dodd-Frank, EMIR, MiFID2 and derivative regulatory reforms being implemented in individual Asian jurisdictions. Mr. Lakhiani has spent nearly 15 years at Citigroup and has over 20 years capital markets experience. He has worked in variety of roles in functions across the bank that has included Sales, Business Management, Financial Control & Compliance. Mr. Lakhiani holds a MA in Law from Oxford and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005

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Sarath Madakayil

Senior Business Consultant Apac

SmartStream Technologies

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Rainer Michael Preiss

Portfolio Strategist

Taurus Family Office

Currently serves as Portfolio Strategist at Taurus Family Office.   Taurus is Multi Family Office based in Singapore which advised on USD 2.1 billion in Assets under Advise.

Previously, Chief Equity Strategist at Standard Chartered Bank and a member of the bank’s Global Investment Council where he was responsible for the” house-view” on Equities.  

Mr. Preiss has 25 years experience in global financial markets have worked in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Middle East and Africa and Singapore in various investment and research functions.

Mr. Preiss is a graduate of the European Business School with a major in Finance and international economics, having studied at the schools centers in London, Paris and Bologna, Italy in the respective local languages. In addition he studied in Japan, Korea, and China.

Mr. Preiss has taught extensively on Finance and Wealth Management in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

He has also been a guest lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he taught on Technical Analysis as well as a course on Banking & Financial Institutions with a focus on China's Financial System. In Singapore he taught a course on Credit Derivatives at SMU (Singapore Management University)

Mr. Preiss has also been invited to teach and has designed courses for The Graduate School of The People's Bank of China, China's Central Bank and is currently an Adjunct Researcher at Singapore’s  NTU – Nanyang Technology University Centre of African Studies.  The mandate of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS) is to develop awareness of Africa as an investment destination, and to develop thought leadership and capacity for doing business in Africa.

Previously he was advisor and founding member of the Asian Bond Market Forum an initiative by the Thai Ministry of Finance. In Singapore he is the co-founder of the Blockchain and Crypto Association of Singapore.

Mr. Preiss is also a frequent contributor to International media like CNBC and Bloomberg TV and a Columnist for FORBES Magazine global edition www.forbes.com as well as local editions in Indonesia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan.  In Vietnam he is a columnist and editorial adviser to The Manager Magazine, http://nhaquanly.vn/

 

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Stanley Park

Managing Director & Head of Legal APAC

SCOTIABANK

Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal - Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014.

Stanley graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1985 and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Stanley has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1994.

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Daniel Li

Platform & Ecosystem Innovation - Transformation Group

DBS

Daniel leads the platform and ecosystem innovation in DBS Transformation Group. He works closely with business and technology leaders of platform teams to drive ambitious innovation agenda, processes, and outcomes. He also paves the way for developing coherent and differentiated ecosystem strategies with business units, industries, markets, and platforms. He is part of the cross functional team in DBS that executes the platform and ecosystem innovation strategy and roadmap through co-creation, experimentation, and API partnership.

Before joining DBS, Daniel had worked in multiple large technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and DXC, leading the design and delivery of enterprise IT solutions for clients in financial services industry. He was a Certified Enterprise IT Architect by IBM and Open Group, and, obtained his Master’s Degrees of Financial Engineering and High Performance Computing from National University of Singapore.

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Suresh Neelakantan

Director, Digital Transformation

BANK OF SINGAPORE

Accomplished digital transformation veteran, driving creative thinking and a results across Private Banking and Wealth Management spectrum. Driven and managed process, systems, people across boundaries and cultures. Executed various business and digital transformation initiatives across Western Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Passion to drive fintech evolution present, and keen on development of new partnerships, incubators and accelerators, facilitated by the human touch.

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Celine Le Cotonnec

Chief Data Officer

AXA INSURANCE SINGAPORE

Celine Le Cotonnec is Chief Data Officer of AXA Insurance Singapore, handling Business Intelligence, Big Data/Analytics, and Innovation. Prior to AXA, she was Head of China connected services, digital marketing & mobility at car manufacturer, PSA Peugeot Citroen China where she lived for the past 12 years. She is currently leading the transformation projects within AXA Insurance Singapore on Data Science, Platform Architecture, Data Management and Business Intelligence as well as setting up partnerships with startups, fintech, and major tech companies to develop innovative insurance products and services for the sharing economy and new mobility.

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Stephen Fisher

Chief Investment Officer

FIRST DEGREE GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT

Stephen has twenty five years’ experience as an investment professional with leading investment management groups in the United States, Asia and Australia. Immediately prior to co-founding First Degree in 2011, Stephen was the Head of Global Fixed Income Product – Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Asset Management, and had investment responsibility for the firm’s mandates from Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and some of the largest Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region.

Prior to that role, Stephen held roles with J.P Morgan Investment Management in New York and Australia, including those of Australian Head of Capital Markets Research and Asia Pacific Regional Head of Capital Markets Research. Stephen’s specialist areas of expertise include the quantitative analysis of fixed income, equity and derivative securities and asset allocation techniques. He has advised some of the leading Central Banks and Sovereign Wealth Funds on reserves management practices and his research has been widely published.

Stephen holds a Master of Science (Finance) an a PhD (Finance) from the WE Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, New York, and a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. Stephen is also a Non-Executive Director of Avation Plc, a commercial aircraft leasing company listed on the Main Board of the London Stock Exchange.

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Frederick Shen

Head Global Treasury Business Management

OCBC

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Mohammed Rahim

Head - Data Governance & Policy

STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

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Abhinav Mishra

Independent Quantitative Research & Artificial Intelligence

New York University

Abhinav has 12+ years of industry experience working with major investment banks across US, UK, EU and Asia markets. His key areas of focus
have been trading, risk management, quantitative financial modelling, artificial intelligence and data analytics. His work has received multiple
CTO Platinum awards and recognition in the US Bankers’ magazine. 

Prior to Value3, Abhinav was Vice President for Financial Markets at a leading international investment bank based in Singapore. He was also
Singapore Chair of NextGen Business Resource Group and Board member of Singapore Diversity Council.
He is also active in developing the global innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem as mentor and advisor for multiple startup incubators. He
is an active key note speaker at various international conference on the topics of credit risk, artificial intelligence, model development and
validation, algo based systems and the future of financial markets.

Abhinav holds a MS in Risk Management from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelors of Engineering from University of Mumbai.

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Malikkhan Kotadia

Co-Founder and CEO

FINNOVATION LABS

Malik is a senior global Digital banker, FinTech expert, Futurist and acclaimed author.

In his 18 year long career, he has managed global roles in leading Multinational banks like Citibank and Stanchart, run billion dollar businesses in various markets and driven key innovations in the financial services industry. He spent nearly 14 years at Citibank in varied roles in Digital Banking, E-payments and Innovations, and was last SVP- Global Digital Transformation, based out of Singapore, where his group played a key role in driving a common digital roadmap across Citi’s Consumer businesses in 42 countries and 5 continents.

Before that, he headed Citi’s E-payments business in the Philippines, turning around an ailing billion dollars + business and helping it regain the # 1 foreign Merchant Bank spot.

Prior to that, he headed Digital Marketing for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank, India, and the Merchant payments product for Citi India.

Malik is a passionate Fintech evangelist, thought leader and sought-after keynote speaker at leading FinTech, Blockchain and Tech conferences. He has chaired and spoken at 50 marquee events, addressing nearly 10,000+ senior industry professionals all across APAC and Middle East on Digital Banking & Neo Banks, Fintech, Digital Financial Inclusion, Blockchain, A. I. & the 4th Industrial Revolution, Innovation Labs and Digital payments.

Malik is a passionate Fintech ecosystem builder in the region. He heads international relations for the Singapore Blockchain Association (ACCESS), is actively engaged with several Regulators, policy makers, Multi-lateral agencies, banks, Industry captains and Industry associations like the Asia Blockchain Alliance, Taiwan Sandbox initiative, HK Fintech Association, Thailand Fintech Association, India Fintech Forum and the Philippines Fintech Association on Fintech policy, partnerships and ecosystem development.

Malik also dons the hat of a mentor at leading Fintech accelerators in Singapore and APAC. He has been an advisor to exciting global start-ups across FinTech, IOT, A.I, Blockchain, Big Data and EduTech, as well as progressive banks. He advises them on strategic roadmap, market expansion strategy, strategic capital, partnerships etc. He is also an acclaimed and passionate author with global readership. His first book- The New Ages- was loved by readers in a dozen countries. Two more books are in the works. Malik is a passionate community builder and change catalyst. He runs one of the largest impact communities on Social media, with nearly half millions followers in 60 countries, a BILLION impressions and a very high star rating- 4.5.

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Suchanda Mandal

Head of Operations and Business Management

BANK OF SINGAPORE

Top-Tier Banking professional with over nineteen years of work experience in change and transformation, corporate strategy , product management, M&A and business operations across multiple businesses spanning Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Consumer Banking

Work experience and education across US, Europe and Asia including London, New York and Singapore. 

Specialties: Change & Transformation, Product Management, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Business Management, Governance & Control, Financial Planning

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Graeme Greenaway

Group Technology & Operations Managing Director

UNITED OVERSEAS BANK

Graeme Greenaway is the Head of Business Technology and Operations at United Overseas Bank in Singapore. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry spanning business, technology and operations roles, Graeme is responsible for management of Technology and Operations functions for Group Wholesale Banking, Global Markets, Group Risk and Enterprise Services at UOB.

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Gopal Mahadevan

Vice President - Data & Analytics

CITIBANK SINGAPORE

Eric Wong

Principal

AEGIS CAPITAL LLP