Judges Round 1

Mo Harvey

Head of FinTech & Financial Services, APAC, Enterprise Ireland

Rachel Freeman

Chief Growth Officer, Tyme

Melissa Sassi

Chief Penguin of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator & Student Experience, IBM


Syed Musheer Ahmad

Founder & Managing Director, Finstep Asia

Karyl Akilian Momjian

Director, Marketing and Peer Learning, Financial Alliance for Women


Mentors from various financial institutions – banking, wealth, insurance and payments – will be sharing their expertise and assisting the participating teams in creating impactful solutions.

Agrim Singh

Hacker-in-Residence, Citi, Citi Ventures

Agrim is a Hacker-in-Residence with the Citi Ventures D10X team in APAC where he focuses on rapid prototyping and product management for early-stage products. In his previous life, he built or worked extensively with startups across domains such as facial recognition, augmented reality or, more recently, the creator economy in the music industry (where he was being supported by Pitbull and Woz). Agrim holds a Bachelors from the Singapore University of Technology and Design in Computer Science. He spends most of his time outside work nerding about vintage whisky, electronic music and football and, prior to the world shutting down, found himself at a music festival at least once every other month. Nowadays he makes do with DJing at socially-responsible house parties and preparing for the summer which seems further every day.

Anna Gincherman

Partner, ConsumerCentriX

Anna Gincherman is a partner at ConsumerCentrix (CCX), a Geneva-based strategy consulting firm working with a wide range of financial service providers and regulators translating consumer insights into winning business strategies and policies to reach the unserved and underserved. Prior to CCX, Anna was an executive with Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit dedicated to giving low-income women access to the financial products and services they need to achieve security and prosperity. As a VP of Strategic Partnerships and the Chief Product Development Officer, Anna was responsible for the identification, development and roll-out of innovative financial products, including savings, health insurance, digital financial services, and credit for low-income women.

Li Lian Ng

Head of Business Banking, HSBC

Ng Li Lian is the head of Business Banking for HSBC Singapore since 2013 where her focus is to grow the Bank’s SME franchise and help achieve the aspirations of Singapore SMEs, in particular those expanding and trading internationally. Li Lian has worked in banking for more than 20 years with extensive experience in corporate recovery, credit risk management and both core corporate banking products and global capital finance products such as syndicated finance, equity and debt capital markets and mezzanine capital. In her last appointment, she was leading the International Corporates team, working with HSBC offices globally to deliver a coordinated and consistent proposition for corporate clients operating internationally. Li Lian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Marketing.

Mathieu Francois 

Senior Product Manager in D10X, Citi, Citi Ventures

Mathieu is a Senior Product Manager in D10X (“Discover 10x”), the internal incubator from Citi Ventures. He overviews both the strategic roadmap and the day-to-day development and launch of the D10X portfolio in APAC. He consistently ensures that the voices of the clients are conveyed at all the steps of the product lifecycle. He also collaborates closely with Citi tech teams and fintech partners to improve the agility of delivery and thus the Time to Market. He is by heart a problem-solver, making the ambition and scale of the Citi Ventures program deeply appealing to him.
Mathieu holds an MSc in geology (France) and a double MBA from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Waseda (Japan). After 10 years on a traditional IT path with BNP Paribas and Vodafone France, he moved to Singapore in 2010 to pursue his entrepreneurial journey. He was the Director of Technology of Savant Degrees, an innovation agency, where he led multiple products (e.g., Telkom Indonesia and SingPost) and open innovation initiatives (P&G). He then joined Epigami, an online education startup, and co-founded his own venture in HR Tech.
Beyond work, Mathieu is a black belt Aikido instructor. Before the DeepMind era, he also used to intensively play the game Go, and even spent two months in Beijing for a Go study trip.

Monica Jasuja

Vice President, Comviva

Monica Jasuja is a Vice President at Comviva and heads the Product Management for the company’s flagship Mobile Financial Solutions division. She and her team are deeply involved in building next-generation digital financial platforms that delivers exceptional scale and value to the payments industry. Monica brings to the table multiple years of extensive work experience across four geographies. A consumer-focused product management professional with techno-commercial proficiency, she has efficaciously designed, developed and launched products that delivered remarkable value. Armed with excellent team building capabilities, she has been successful in growing and scaling high-performance teams and leading several cross functional units, including Product Management, Business Development, UX Design and Experience, Engineering, Marketing, Legal and Operations, spanning Fortune-500 companies and emerging start-ups.

Rachael McKenzie

National Manager, Business Initiatives,  SME Banking, Westpac, Australia

From 2010-2016 Rachael was National Manager, Women’s Markets. In this role Rachael’s key responsibilities were to drive the segment growth in terms of revenue, footings, wealth, average products per customer and net promoter score through the development and execution of the Women’s Markets program to position Westpac as the Bank of Choice for Women. Currently working in the SME business co-ordinating all projects that impact bankers and customers, Rachael continues to drive the Women’s Markets agenda across Business Banking. Rachael is Deputy Chair of Women of Westpac Employee Action Group and was recently awarded Runner up in the 2018 Westpac Group CEO Women of Influence Award.

Regina Lee

Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC

Ms. Lee is responsible for the Commercial Banking business in Singapore, providing products and services across cash management, FX, lending, liquidity management, trade finance and receivables finance for a wide range of businesses from SMEs to large local and multinational corporates.
Ms. Lee brings over 20 years of diverse coverage experience spanning corporate and commercial banking, having joined HSBC in 1997. Prior to being appointed to her current role, Ms. Lee was Managing Director, Corporate Banking at HSBC Hong Kong where, since 2018, she led the coverage team for TMT, Consumer and Retail and Commodities.
Alongside her coverage experience, Ms. Lee brings strong operational and risk management expertise having spent three years as Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking at HSBC Hong Kong. Prior roles include managing the Commercial Bank’s operational risk and control division across Asia Pacific, leading business development for HSBC Hong Kong’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance business and the commercial banking business in Macau.

Victor Alexiev

Head of Programs and Strategic Partnerships, APAC, Citi, Citi Ventures

Victor heads Citi Ventures’ Programs and Strategic Partnerships in APAC. His focus is on building out Citi’s innovation infrastructure, managing a portfolio of high-impact projects, and providing connectivity to the regional ecosystem of innovators.
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

Yvonne Greeves

Director of Women in Business, NatWest Group

As Director of Women in Business for NatWest Group, Yvonne is responsible for designing and implementing the Women in Business Strategy working with key stakeholders both internally and externally across the UK. With over 600 WIB specialists she is also responsible for supporting this network to collaborate, build relationships and influence senior stakeholders, strategic partners and external organisations across the UK to drive the WIB proposition for NatWest Group. Yvonne has an integral role with the Interventions for the Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship which seeks to address the £250 billion economic opportunity to the UK Economy if women set up and scaled in business at the same rate as men. Yvonne is an experienced Non-Executive Director and holds a number of external Board positions, she is a trustee of Firstport, an organisation that supports Social Enterprises; Non-Executive Director, of the Growth Company Business Finance, an organisation that provides alternative business finance options for growing businesses. She is also a member of two Scottish Government Boards focusing on female equality. Yvonne actively mentors and provides training to Women in Business across the country and is keen to inspire more women to set up and scale their business.

Elissa Crowther-Pal

Head of Global Investment Services, Private Wealth, Westpac, Australia