ASEAN FinTech Panel: could FinTech impact more lives than ever before?

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ASEAN FinTech Panel: could FinTech impact more lives than ever before?

Calling FinTech players and enthusiast, this is one panel discussion you mustn't miss out on. With both FinTech ecosystem players from Thailand (Thai FinTech Club) and Singapore (The FinLab) here in Kuala Lumpur with Next Money KL as the community partner in collaboration with the KL Venture Club, this event is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the top regional authorities in one place. Find out how FinTech is gradually changing the way we live, better, faster, convenient and secure. RSVP as spaces are limited!

1. Mr Korn Chatikavanij, President of The Thai FinTech Club (TFTC)
2. Dr Karndee Leopairote, Vice President of TFTC
3. Mr Felix, Managing Director The FinLab, Singapore
4. Mr Rickson Yap, CFO of Oojibo

Moderator: Jason Lee, Protem Secretary for the FinTech Association of Malaysia and Next Money KL


Mr Korn Chatikavanij, President of The Thai FinTech Club (TFTC)

Mr. Korn Chatikavanij has been Finance Minister at Ministry Of Finance, Thailand since December 20, 2008. Mr. Chatikavanij served as President of J.P. Morgan (Thailand) Limited from 2000 to 2004; President of JF Thanakom Securities Limited from 1985 to 2000 and worked at S.G. Warburg & Co. London, England from 1982 to 1985. He served as Chairman of Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives until August 8, 2011. He served as a Director of Thai Insurance Public Co. until November 1, 2005. He served as Member of Board of Governors Thailand of Asian Development Bank until August 2011. Mr. Chatikavanij studied at Patumwan Demonstration School, Srinakharinwirot University and Winchester College. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics (Second Class Honor) from Oxford University, UK.

Dr Karndee Leopairote, Vice President of TFTC

As a Managing Director of C asean, Karndee Leopairote aims to build a networking platform for collaboration among startups and future generations. Karndee Leopairote is an assistant professor at the Department of Operations Management, Thammasat Business School. She holds BEng in Industrial Engineering fromSirindhornInternational Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, MS and PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. Her areas of research interest include ASEAN business movement and development, creative economy, social enterprise, and service operations and innovation. She has published a number of books and articles and contributed to a leading newspaper in Thailand about ASEAN integration, ASEAN business movement and impact, and the development of creative industries and businesses.

Mr Felix Tan, Managing Director The FinLab, Singapore

Mr Felix Tan is the Managing Director of The Finlab, Singapore’s 1st corporate fintech accelerator, and a Joint Venture company between United Overseas Bank (UOB) and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL). Felix is also no stranger to the startup scene, having founded Singapore’s 1st internet company, SilkRoute Holdings in 1995; and a subsidiary, ECNet, in 1996. Both companies attracted venture funds totaling US$72.5 million. He also helped to raise a US$20 million e-commerce fund under SilkRoute Capital to invest into B2B startups in 1999.
Felix, as a mentor at NTU Ventures, also helped startups refine their ideas and strategies to qualify for funding from Spring Singapore. He was also a full-time volunteer for Fencing Singapore, a National Sports Association, where he formulated and laid the foundation for the sport’s future success by growing funding levels from S$60K per annum in 1999 to over S$750K in 2005.

Mr Rickson Yap, CFO of Oojibo

Mr. Yap Rickson was a former Investment Banker who have signigficant experience in banking and financial matters. Prior to joining OOjiBO, Mr. Yap headed the South East Asia Investment team of a family office based out of Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Yap started his career with Ernst & Young Corporate Finance and Restructuring team in Malaysia which was incharge of Danaharta accounts. Later he moved on to Singapore in treasury and corporate finance of a leading Singapore Bank before eventually joining and heading up the South East Asian Investment team of a family office based in Kuala Lumpur. After exiting the family office Mr. Yap acted as advisor for Takaful Brunei in expanding collaboration in other SEA countries, Kazakhstan and Turkey. During his tenor in the family office, he have successfully acquired and exited 3 business based in Indonesia in the sector of Oil and Gas and financial services. He have also spent significant time in Vietnam establishing contacts and deal flow for the family office. Whilst in Takaful Brunei, Mr. Yap have successfully expanded the cababilities of Takaful Brunei in international collaboration and expanded their treasury functions. Currently, Mr. Yap also acts as an advisor to a fast growing Malaysian outdoor digitl media startup on international expansion and financial matters. Mr. Yap graduated with a dual degree in Accounting and Economics from The University of Queensland and a Masters degree in Finance and Technology from University of New South Wales

Jason Lee, Global Chapters Director for Next Money

Jason is currently the Global Chapters Director for Next Money, the biggest, broadest and fastest growing FinTech (Financial Technology) community, present in more than 45 cities with over 10,000 members. He is responsible for the on-boarding and growth of new city chapters across the globe. Before this role, Jason was the Asia-Pacific Lead and Chapter Lead for Next Money Kuala Lumpur. He is also a director at Finnext Capital which runs an a Smart City Implementation Accelerator Programme at Cyberjaya. He is also the Protem Secretary for the FinTech Association of Malaysia. He and his team developed Next Money Kuala Lumpur in October 2015 and in a short span of a few months, grew the community to more than 2,600 members. Jason's thoughts on FinTech has been featured on Bloomberg TV Malaysia and various mainstream and online media publications. He is familiar with working with the private and public sector including startups, regulators and incubator/accelerator programmes. Jason has also been a mentor with StartupBootcamp FinTech programmes and the SecondStartup IoT and FinTech accelerator. He is also a director of Consortio, a commercialisation consultancy to bridge businesses, build capacity and birth ecosystems globally through management consulting support for these businesses. Prior to joining Next Money, Jason came from the banking industry with Standard Chartered Bank and had work experience with the CEO’s office, Group Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Branch Distribution alongside having business exposure in Singapore, Dubai, Philippines and Brunei. He started through the bank’s International Graduate programme and was in a cohort of 150 graduates from 27 countries as part of a programme for high potential employees.

Jason is passionate about building strategic partnerships to develop an all-win situation for everyone. Apart from this, he is also interested in ideas which not just solves a problem but adds value to society and he is a regular seminar speaker on financial literacy and social impact. He has spoken in different capacities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, India and various parts of Malaysia. He completed his Masters of International Business and Law Degree in Australia and had attended executive programmes with the Cambridge Judge Business School. Further details:

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Note of thanks to Maybank Innovation Center for being the venue host!