Speakers

Finnotec 2017 will be delivered by an outstanding line-up of thought leaders who have been secured to present their views on each of their respective areas of expertise.

True to its style, the event is obsessed with finding the best people to deliver on cutting-edge issues - those who can instigate debate and discussion and provide attendees with enough to contemplate on how emerging trends may impact their businesses.

This year, Finnotec 2017 features a range of international speakers including from Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, US, Latin America, Australia etc.

Rob Everett CEO, Financial Markets Authority Before taking up his role as Chief Executive in February 2014, Rob spent his career in investment banking, legal and risk management. After 17 years at Merrill Lynch in London, Hong Kong and New York in a variety of senior roles (including General Counsel and COO for Europe), he spent a year with regulatory consultants Promontory before moving to New Zealand at the end of 2013. His depth and wealth of experience means Rob brings a truly global perspective to his leadership of FMA. Rob qualified as a lawyer in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in Law from Cambridge University.

Rob Everett

CEO, Financial Markets Authority

Before taking up his role as Chief Executive in February 2014, Rob spent his career in investment banking, legal and risk management.

After 17 years at Merrill Lynch in London, Hong Kong and New York in a variety of senior roles (including General Counsel and COO for Europe), he spent a year with regulatory consultants Promontory before moving to New Zealand at the end of 2013.

His depth and wealth of experience means Rob brings a truly global perspective to his leadership of FMA.

Rob qualified as a lawyer in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree and a Master of Arts in Law from Cambridge University.

Andrew Barnes CEO, Perpetual Guardian Besides leading Perpetual Guardian as CEO, Andrew is also the director of Coulthard Barnes (CB). Within this, CB Capital oversees Kowhiri, which owns digital assets such as ‪ewills.co.nz and ‪willtolive.co.nz. CB Ventures, based on Andrew’s Australian venture cap experience, will invest/ support emerging fintech businesses. Andrew was CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based firm, leading the sale to private capital, and was MD of Australian Wealth Management, a major wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO. Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School

Andrew Barnes

CEO, Perpetual Guardian

Besides leading Perpetual Guardian as CEO, Andrew is also the director of Coulthard Barnes (CB). Within this, CB Capital oversees Kowhiri, which owns digital assets such as ‪ewills.co.nz and ‪willtolive.co.nz. CB Ventures, based on Andrew’s Australian venture cap experience, will invest/ support emerging fintech businesses.

Andrew was CEO of Bestinvest, a US$5.7billion, UK-based firm, leading the sale to private capital, and was MD of Australian Wealth Management, a major wealth management and trustee business that he led to IPO.

Andrew holds an MA from Selwyn College, Cambridge and an ACIB (UK), and has attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School

 
Peter Dingle Entrepreneur, Investor, Consultant Peter Dingle has spent the last 20 years as a High Tech Entrepreneur. He is currently an Angel Investor and CEO Consultant working in AI, Health tech and Fintech sectors out of a Hong Kong office. He specialises in managing and growing multi-billion dollar product and brand businesses across Asia and working in global markets.  He is focused on bringing his expertise to new audiences to help the next generation of young founders avoid the mistakes that historical businesses have made.  Over the last two decades, he has developed, launched and managed multiple 100M+ Technology Hardware and software products in Asia. His Innovation Accelerators in Hong Kong and Singapore have helped nearly a 100 Startups raise over ~USD50M+ in seed funding. 

Peter Dingle

Entrepreneur, Investor, Consultant

Peter Dingle has spent the last 20 years as a High Tech Entrepreneur. He is currently an Angel Investor and CEO Consultant working in AI, Health tech and Fintech sectors out of a Hong Kong office.

He specialises in managing and growing multi-billion dollar product and brand businesses across Asia and working in global markets.  He is focused on bringing his expertise to new audiences to help the next generation of young founders avoid the mistakes that historical businesses have made. 

Over the last two decades, he has developed, launched and managed multiple 100M+ Technology Hardware and software products in Asia. His Innovation Accelerators in Hong Kong and Singapore have helped nearly a 100 Startups raise over ~USD50M+ in seed funding. 

Lisa Jacobs CEO, Anthony Harper Lisa Jacobs is the CEO of Anthony Harper, a leading national law firm. This role has combined her experience in accountancy/finance with her background in law, enabling her to shape the firm's strategy to great effect. Under her guidance the firm has grown over 100%. Previously, Lisa spent 14 years in the funds management industry, being heavily involved in development of the PIE tax regime, from initial lobbying for a law change to working with both IRD and Treasury on its implementation. Lisa held the role of General Counsel for a financial services firm during the GFC and continues to maintain her interest in the industry. She currently sits on the board of a not-for-profit organisation. In 2016, Lisa entered an elite alumni as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. 

Lisa Jacobs

CEO, Anthony Harper

Lisa Jacobs is the CEO of Anthony Harper, a leading national law firm. This role has combined her experience in accountancy/finance with her background in law, enabling her to shape the firm's strategy to great effect. Under her guidance the firm has grown over 100%.

Previously, Lisa spent 14 years in the funds management industry, being heavily involved in development of the PIE tax regime, from initial lobbying for a law change to working with both IRD and Treasury on its implementation. Lisa held the role of General Counsel for a financial services firm during the GFC and continues to maintain her interest in the industry.

She currently sits on the board of a not-for-profit organisation. In 2016, Lisa entered an elite alumni as a finalist in the Women of Influence Awards. 

Richard Dellabarca CEO, NZ Venture Investment Fund Since 2003 Richard has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America. Prior to that he was an Investment Banker, working in Australia and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, and NZ Post. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. 

Richard Dellabarca

CEO, NZ Venture Investment Fund

Since 2003 Richard has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America.

Prior to that he was an Investment Banker, working in Australia and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets.

He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, and NZ Post.

He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. 

 
Steven.C.Sereboff Partner, SoCal IP Law Group LLP Steve Sereboff is an expert relied upon by multibillion-dollar multinationals, medium-sized public and private companies, and growth-oriented start-ups. His practice focuses on how business can best leverage patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. Steve and his team help clients manage IP risks, mitigate and resolve IP disputes, secure IP rights throughout the world, and get IP deals done. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association.

Steven.C.Sereboff

Partner, SoCal IP Law Group LLP

Steve Sereboff is an expert relied upon by multibillion-dollar multinationals, medium-sized public and private companies, and growth-oriented start-ups. His practice focuses on how business can best leverage patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.

Steve and his team help clients manage IP risks, mitigate and resolve IP disputes, secure IP rights throughout the world, and get IP deals done.

He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and had seven years of experience in the computer software business before earning his law degree from Boston University. While at Boston University, Mr. Sereboff founded Boston University’s Technology, Science and Law Association.

Claire Denison Partner, Kerridge & Partners Claire Denison leads the Kerridge & Partners Governance Practice, managing board appointments and board advisory assignments. She has worked with an extensive selection of NZ businesses, evaluating the boards of listed companies, private businesses, investment companies, not-for-profits, co-operatives industry organisations etc.  Her interest in company strategy and board dynamics, and her observations from assessing boards and interviewing directors and senior managers gives her a depth of understanding which is insightful and practical in nature. Claire is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham (UK) and an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK).

Claire Denison

Partner, Kerridge & Partners

Claire Denison leads the Kerridge & Partners Governance Practice, managing board appointments and board advisory assignments. She has worked with an extensive selection of NZ businesses, evaluating the boards of listed companies, private businesses, investment companies, not-for-profits, co-operatives industry organisations etc. 

Her interest in company strategy and board dynamics, and her observations from assessing boards and interviewing directors and senior managers gives her a depth of understanding which is insightful and practical in nature.

Claire is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham (UK) and an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK).

Mike O'Donnell NonExec Director, Kiwibank Mike "MOD" O'Donnell is also the Chief Commercial Officer of the cloud-based mobile workforce platform vWork.  He is also chairman of online booking company Timely, and a director of online global music company Serato, software company Raygun, tourism marketing agency Tourism New Zealand and IP marketing company G2G Knowhow. MOD is an independent weekly business columnist for Fairfax Media.  He was previously chief operating officer of Trade Me, head of wholesale investment at Gareth Morgan Investments and head of distribution at AMP Capital Investors.

Mike O'Donnell

NonExec Director, Kiwibank

Mike "MOD" O'Donnell is also the Chief Commercial Officer of the cloud-based mobile workforce platform vWork. 

He is also chairman of online booking company Timely, and a director of online global music company Serato, software company Raygun, tourism marketing agency Tourism New Zealand and IP marketing company G2G Knowhow. MOD is an independent weekly business columnist for Fairfax Media. 

He was previously chief operating officer of Trade Me, head of wholesale investment at Gareth Morgan Investments and head of distribution at AMP Capital Investors.

 
Kendall Flutey CEO & Founder, Banqer Kendall Flutey is an ex-accountant turned software developer who now leads Banqer, the financial education software for schools. At the crossroad of her passions and professions, Banqer has found its way into over 1,300 classrooms worldwide, being used by more than 35,000 students. 

Kendall Flutey

CEO & Founder, Banqer

Kendall Flutey is an ex-accountant turned software developer who now leads Banqer, the financial education software for schools.

At the crossroad of her passions and professions, Banqer has found its way into over 1,300 classrooms worldwide, being used by more than 35,000 students. 

Julian Fenwick CEO, Better (US) Incorporated Julian is also the MD and founder of Governance Risk & Compliance Solutions which has operations in Australia, Singapore & New York and is Chair of The RegTech Association, Vice-Chair IRTA.  Julian moved into the regulatory compliance industry in October 2000. Since that time he has been instrumental in the development of the online compliance training industry in the APAC region.  Lately he has been working on adaptive eLearning technology to streamline mandatory compliance training. He has also been influential in the design of several other compliance technology platforms. Julian holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sydney and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the GRC Institute.

Julian Fenwick

CEO, Better (US) Incorporated

Julian is also the MD and founder of Governance Risk & Compliance Solutions which has operations in Australia, Singapore & New York and is Chair of The RegTech Association, Vice-Chair IRTA. 

Julian moved into the regulatory compliance industry in October 2000. Since that time he has been instrumental in the development of the online compliance training industry in the APAC region.  Lately he has been working on adaptive eLearning technology to streamline mandatory compliance training. He has also been influential in the design of several other compliance technology platforms.

Julian holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Sydney and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the GRC Institute.

Neil Roberts Founder & Joint CEO, Harmoney Harmoney is Australasia’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform and the first company to receive a P2P lending licence in New Zealand. Educated in Wales, Neil is a financial services business leader with an impressive record of growing businesses. He launched Pacific Retail Finance Direct in 2001, achieving $100 million in profit over 5 years. Heading the business as GM, Neil was responsible for over 400 staff and a balance sheet of $750m in assets. He then joined financial solutions business FlexiGroup, as Head of Sales and Business Development. In the role he led a team of more than 80 with $30m profit and $200 million sales responsibility. Neil has a passion for digital disruption and the use of tech to drive frictionless customer experience. He is regarded as an industry leader for P2P in Australasia.

Neil Roberts

Founder & Joint CEO, Harmoney

Harmoney is Australasia’s largest peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform and the first company to receive a P2P lending licence in New Zealand. Educated in Wales, Neil is a financial services business leader with an impressive record of growing businesses.

He launched Pacific Retail Finance Direct in 2001, achieving $100 million in profit over 5 years. Heading the business as GM, Neil was responsible for over 400 staff and a balance sheet of $750m in assets. He then joined financial solutions business FlexiGroup, as Head of Sales and Business Development. In the role he led a team of more than 80 with $30m profit and $200 million sales responsibility.

Neil has a passion for digital disruption and the use of tech to drive frictionless customer experience. He is regarded as an industry leader for P2P in Australasia.

 
Alexia Hilbertidou CEO & Founder GirlBoss New Zealand Alexia (18) founded GirlBoss NZ to address issues of gender inequality - such as a lack of women in STEM and C-suite positions - and to encourage young women into male-dominated fields. GirlBoss focuses on developing the leadership potential of young women aged 13-18, educating and inspiring them via conferences, in school workshops, an online magazine, and social media advocacy. GirlBoss has 8000 members and over 1900 GirlBoss Ambassadors across NZ.  The former intern at New Zealand Treasury and 2016 winner of Westpac's Women of Influence Award was also selected by NASA to take part in its Strategic Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) project through her involvement with GirlBoss and empowering women in technology.

Alexia Hilbertidou

CEO & Founder GirlBoss New Zealand

Alexia (18) founded GirlBoss NZ to address issues of gender inequality - such as a lack of women in STEM and C-suite positions - and to encourage young women into male-dominated fields.

GirlBoss focuses on developing the leadership potential of young women aged 13-18, educating and inspiring them via conferences, in school workshops, an online magazine, and social media advocacy. GirlBoss has 8000 members and over 1900 GirlBoss Ambassadors across NZ. 

The former intern at New Zealand Treasury and 2016 winner of Westpac's Women of Influence Award was also selected by NASA to take part in its Strategic Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) project through her involvement with GirlBoss and empowering women in technology.

Pavel Bains CEO, Bluzelle Pavel Bains is the CEO of Bluzelle, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. Bluzelle is a platform that makes it easier for business to leverage the blockchain. Bluzelle works with British Telecom, TEMENOS, AIA and many other banks and insurers. In addition to fintech, Pavel is an expert in digital media having worked with Disney, Microsoft, Warners Bros, DreamWorks. Pavel is also a frequent contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, writing articles in the areas of finance and digital media. 

Pavel Bains

CEO, Bluzelle

Pavel Bains is the CEO of Bluzelle, a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer.

Bluzelle is a platform that makes it easier for business to leverage the blockchain. Bluzelle works with British Telecom, TEMENOS, AIA and many other banks and insurers.

In addition to fintech, Pavel is an expert in digital media having worked with Disney, Microsoft, Warners Bros, DreamWorks.

Pavel is also a frequent contributor to Forbes, Huffington Post and Fast Company, writing articles in the areas of finance and digital media. 

Andrew Corbett-Jones Adviser to the UK Department of International Trade Andrew is an adviser in entrepreneurship to the UK government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme; the head of Australia’s first dedicated space for FinTech founders, the Tyro FinTech Hub in Sydney; and founder of Australia’s only incubator programme for FinTech startups. He was a member of the Australian Security and Investments Commission’s inaugural Digital Finance Advisory Committee, a founding mentor of the startup accelerator PushStart, and co-founder of Healthcare at Home Australia. As well as mentoring dozens of startups, he has advised some of Australia’s leading corporations on digital strategy, user-centric design and strategic thinking, including Commonwealth Bank, 2nd Road, Unilever Australia, Telstra Innovation, Hardie Grant Publishing, Sydney Swans Football Club and NRMA.

Andrew Corbett-Jones

Adviser to the UK Department of International Trade

Andrew is an adviser in entrepreneurship to the UK government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme; the head of Australia’s first dedicated space for FinTech founders, the Tyro FinTech Hub in Sydney; and founder of Australia’s only incubator programme for FinTech startups.

He was a member of the Australian Security and Investments Commission’s inaugural Digital Finance Advisory Committee, a founding mentor of the startup accelerator PushStart, and co-founder of Healthcare at Home Australia.

As well as mentoring dozens of startups, he has advised some of Australia’s leading corporations on digital strategy, user-centric design and strategic thinking, including Commonwealth Bank, 2nd Road, Unilever Australia, Telstra Innovation, Hardie Grant Publishing, Sydney Swans Football Club and NRMA.

 
Sebastian Olivera President, Uruguayan Fintech Chamber Sebastian is the brains behind the Uruguayan Fintech Chamber, as well as the founder of the Montevideo Fintech Forum. Over the past fourteen years he has had the opportunity to work in senior roles inover 8 countries and several industry segments. He is passionate about contributing to financial literacy and social inclusion, with aims to empower consumers and democratize access to credit; facilitate the development of the national FinTech ecosystem, helping strengthen the financial system; and to consolidate Uruguay as a business FinTech Hub in the region.

Sebastian Olivera

President, Uruguayan Fintech Chamber

Sebastian is the brains behind the Uruguayan Fintech Chamber, as well as the founder of the Montevideo Fintech Forum.

Over the past fourteen years he has had the opportunity to work in senior roles inover 8 countries and several industry segments.

He is passionate about contributing to financial literacy and social inclusion, with aims to empower consumers and democratize access to credit; facilitate the development of the national FinTech ecosystem, helping strengthen the financial system; and to consolidate Uruguay as a business FinTech Hub in the region.

Lachlan Heussler Managing Director, Spotcap Lachlan is the Managing Director of Spotcap New Zealand and Australia and has worked in financial services for the last 15 years, both in Sydney and New York. For the last 5 years, Lachlan has been at the intersection of finance and technology, helping to bring several smaller start up businesses to market. During this time, Lachlan has witnessed the profound impact that technology can bring to the average consumer of financial services. Prior to that, Lachlan worked in the capital markets businesses of global investment banks Deutsche Bank, UBS and Citigroup as both a salesperson and trader. Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Lachlan Heussler

Managing Director, Spotcap

Lachlan is the Managing Director of Spotcap New Zealand and Australia and has worked in financial services for the last 15 years, both in Sydney and New York. For the last 5 years, Lachlan has been at the intersection of finance and technology, helping to bring several smaller start up businesses to market. During this time, Lachlan has witnessed the profound impact that technology can bring to the average consumer of financial services.

Prior to that, Lachlan worked in the capital markets businesses of global investment banks Deutsche Bank, UBS and Citigroup as both a salesperson and trader. Lachlan holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Binu Paul Founder, SavvyKiwi Binu is an entrepreneur and founder of SavvyKiwi, a pioneering fintech application. Prior to starting up the business, he held a variety of roles in financial services, much of it as chief executive of an asset consulting firm and heading up business strategy for a large NZ based Japanese investment management firm.  Prior to his training in corporate strategy execution at the Wharton business school, Binu gained an MBA and a Bachelor of Technology degree. Binu organizes Finnotec, NZ’s annual fintech event, and is passionate about establishing a FinTech community. He is a founding member and part of the core working group of FintechNZ. Binu is currently working on a second start up idea.

Binu Paul

Founder, SavvyKiwi

Binu is an entrepreneur and founder of SavvyKiwi, a pioneering fintech application. Prior to starting up the business, he held a variety of roles in financial services, much of it as chief executive of an asset consulting firm and heading up business strategy for a large NZ based Japanese investment management firm. 

Prior to his training in corporate strategy execution at the Wharton business school, Binu gained an MBA and a Bachelor of Technology degree. Binu organizes Finnotec, NZ’s annual fintech event, and is passionate about establishing a FinTech community. He is a founding member and part of the core working group of FintechNZ. Binu is currently working on a second start up idea.