SSF 2022 gearing to be the best one yet

Singapore. This year’s Singapore Fintech Festival or SFF will be returning this year as an in-person event for the first time since the pandemic. This year’s theme is “Building Resilient Business Models amid Volatility and Change.”

This event is organised by Elevandi and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, in partnership with Constellar, and in collaboration with the Association of Banks in Singapore.

The event will have a total of 23 international pavilions that will showcase the upcoming and most in-demand fintech companies from countries such as France, Philippines, Taiwan, UAE, UK, Denmark, Hungary, and many more.

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Now that the event is only a few days away, here’s a quick guide to the most anticipated sessions you shouldn’t miss.

Day 1

Stick, Twist or Fold

11:0AM– 11:55AM, Global Plenary, Hall 1

Moderator: Manisha Tank

This session will focus on how organisations can navigate the current market conditions, and the implications for various business models. Speakers will also discuss what makes a resilient business model in the modern market.

The Half-Century Sprint: Fintech’s Role in the Net Zero Transition

1:15PM-1:45PM, Knowledge Plenary (ESG & Sustainable Finance), Hall 3


Manjula Lee, Founder & CEO, World Wide Generation

Jonathan Larsen, Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group, Chairman & CEO of Ping An Global Voyager Fund, Ping An Group

Maya Hari, CEO, Terrascope Pte Ltd

Helge Muenkel, Chief Sustainability Officer, DBS Bank

Moderator: Sang Shin, Director, Digital Innovation, Temasek

This will focus on how multiple countries and companies set 2050 as a goal when they will become carbon neutral. Speakers will also discuss how the fintech sector is supporting these efforts. It will also touch on crypto coin mining and other activities.

Redefining Existences: Living Sustainably Through Tech and Finance

1:45PM-2:25PM, Knowledge Plenary (ESG & Sustainable Finance), Hall 3


Lesly Goh, Former Chief Technology Officer, World Bank Group

Gitanjali JB, Co-founder, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives

Stephanie Davis, Vice President, Google Southeast Asia, Google

Rachel Freeman, Chief Growth Officer, Tyme

Moderator: Corrado Forcellati, Managing Director, Paia Consulting

This session will explore how to adapt to the models of living and working to decrease harm in damaged ecosystems.

Applying and Adapting IOSCO Principles to Digital Assets Markets

2:10PM-2:50PM, Knowledge Plenary (Digital Assets & Web3), Hall 2


Lim Tuang Lee, Assistant Managing Director (Capital Markets), Monetary Authority of Singapore

Matthew Long, Director — Payments & Digital Assets, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority

Valerie Szczepanik, Director, US SEC FinHub, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Moderator: Damien Shanahan, Senior Advisor, Head of Emerging Regulatory Issues, International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)

In this session, policymakers and regulators from MAS, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will discuss different regulatory treatments for digital assets and crypto.

Programmable Money in SG

2:50PM-3:30PM, Knowledge Plenary (Digital Assets & Web3), Hall 2


Adrian Ong, Managing Director and Group Head of Cash Management Sales, United Overseas Bank

Talitha Rui Ling Chin, Senior Product Manager, Open Government Products

Ng Peng Khim, Head of Institutional Banking Group & Future Ready Technology (Technology & Operations), DBS Bank

Melvyn Low, Head Global Transaction Banking, OCBC Bank

Wong Wenbin, Head of GrabFin Singapore, Grab

Moderator: Alan Lim, Head, Fintech Infrastructure Office, Monetary Authority of Singapore

This session will explore the potential of programmable money, as well as the infrastructure needed to support it.

Achieving Universal Financial Inclusion with Interoperable, Instant Payment Systems

4:30PM-5:00PM, Knowledge Plenary (ESG & Sustainable Finance), Hall 3


Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Andrew McCormack, Centre Head, Bank of International Settlement Innovation Hub — Singapore Centre

Konstantin Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Moderator: Paula Hunter, Executive Director, Mojaloop Foundation

This session will focus on how interoperability and open source can greatly help central banks advance financial inclusion to make way for affordable and instant payments using a mobile phone.

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Day 2:

Policy Dialogue: Directing ESG Governance for the Financial Industry

11:45AM-12:25PM, Global Plenary, Hall 1


Nikhil Rathi, Chief Executive, U.K. Financial Conduct Authority

Dr Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

Shri Injeti Srinivas, Chairperson, International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA)

Moderator: Jo Ann Barefoot, Co-founder & CEO, Alliance for Innovative Regulation

During this dialogue session, the speakers will discuss what effective and robust governance looks like, as well as the operational challenges that come with implementing it.

Regulators Coffee Chat — The Need for New Credit Models for Lending to SMEs

2:10PM-02:40PM, Knowledge Plenary (Banking for Business), Hall 2


Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari, First Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana

Dr Mihály Patai, Deputy Governor, the Central Bank of Hungary

Bernadette Puyat, Deputy Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Moderator: Jo Ann Barefoot, Co-founder & CEO, Alliance for Innovative Regulation

This is a great session to attend for businesses who are looking for a different approach to assessing their financing ability. The panel will focus on discussing alternative credit models for SMEs.

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Driving New Digital Bank Profitability — Comprehensive SME Banking

2:40PM-3:20PM, Knowledge Plenary (Banking for Business), Hall 2


Manish Bhai, Founder & CEO, UNO Digital Bank

Darren Buckley, Chief Retail Banking Group Officer, Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank)

Toh Su Mei, CEO, ANEXT Bank

Chew Seow Chien, Senior Partner, Bain & Company Inc

Kharim Siregar, President Director, PT Bank Jago Tbk

Moderator: Saurav Bhattacharyya, CEO, Proxtera Pte Ltd

This panel will discuss the essential products for profitability that are offered by digital banks, and how they have adjusted these to fit the local operating context.

A Stocktake — Has AI Failed to Deliver in Banking?

4:00PM-4:40PM, Knowledge Plenary (Banking for Business), Hall 2


Manohar Chadalavada, Global Head, Ecosystems and Open Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Charmaine Wong, Head of Group BI & Analytics, Group Head of ESG Data & Analytics, HSBC

Dong Shou, CEO,

Moderator: Lee Joon-Seong, Managing Director — Accenture Applied Intelligence SEA Lead, Accenture

This session will highlight the advancements in AI and how it can help in banking.

Day 3:

Balancing Act: Seeing through turbulent times and the Web3 shift

1:15PM-1:45PM, Global Plenary, Hall 1


Tony Fernandes, Co-founder, AirAsia

Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm

Moderator: Tanvir Gill, Anchor, CNBC International

Industry giants will discuss how they are balancing making tough choices and responding to the current market volatility, all while preparing for the technological shift from Web2 to Web3.

FX and Liquidity Management in Multi-CBDC Networks

1:30PM-2:05PM, Knowledge Plenary (FinTech Regulation), Hall 3


Alan Lim, Head, Fintech Infrastructure Office, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Dr Alexander Wehrli, Senior Adviser for FX Trading Strategy and Technology, Swiss National Bank

Claudine Hurman, Director of Infrastructures, Innovation and Payments, Banque de France

Moderator: Andrew McCormack, Centre Head, Bank of International Settlement Innovation Hub — Singapore Centre

This panel will explore the priorities of central banks in wholesale CBDC, and will also discuss liquidity management, automated market makers, and interoperability in different CBDC networks.

Venture Capital Investments in Growth Markets — An Asia Focus

2:15PM-2:55PM, Knowledge Plenary (International Growth Markets), Hall 2


Jussi Salovaara, Co-founder & Managing Partner Asia, Antler

Deng Chao, CEO, HashKey Capital

Jinesh Patel, Managing Partner, Integra Partners

Wei Hopeman, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures

Moderator: Arvind Sankaran, On Secondment by SG Gov (MoF), Asian Development Bank

This is an incredible session for startups since it will cover how securing venture capital can be a huge step for growth. It will also discuss how to negotiate deals with investors.

Is Doubling Down on Cyber and Fraud Regulation Enough?

2:40PM-3:15PM, Knowledge Plenary (Fintech Regulation), Hall 3


Teresa Walsh, Global Head of Intelligence, FS-ISAC

Phil Rodrigues, Head of Security, APJ Commercial, Amazon Web Services

Namrata Jolly, General Manager, APAC, Callsign

Thierry Bedoin, Chief Information Officer & Director General Information System, Banque de France

Moderator: Julian Gordon, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Open Source Security Foundation, Linux Foundation APA.

For this session, experts will cover the international cyber threat landscape, and how companies can achieve resilience and develop anti-fraud measures and tools.

Spotlight on Fintech Founders from Emerging Markets

2:55PM-3:35PM, Knowledge Plenary (International Growth Markets), Hall 2


Ladi Delano, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Moove

Amrish Rau, CEO, Pine Labs

Dhirendra Mahyavanshi, Co-founder & CEO, Turtlemint

Tessa Wijaya, Co-founder & COO, Xendit

Moderator: Ben Gilbey, Senior Vice President, Digital Consumer Solutions, Asia Pacific, Mastercard

This session will discuss success stories of several companies, headed by top executives. The speakers will also discuss the challenges they faced along the way.

Are Financial Institutions Ready for ESG Regulation?

3:50PM-4:25PM, Knowledge Plenary (Fintech Regulation), Hall 3


Zbigniew Wiliński, Director of Fintech Department, Polish Financial Supervision Authority

Dr Ben Caldecott, Director, Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and the Lombard Odier Associate Professor of Sustainable Finance; Director, U.K. Centre for Greening Finance & Investment, University of Oxford

Sacha Sadan, Director of Environmental, Social and Governance, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Jane Ho, Head of Stewardship, APAC, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Moderator: Pauline Wray, Head of New Ventures, Stealth Start-Up

This session will focus on the transition to Net Zero, as well as greenwashing, ESG standards and disclosures, macroeconomic risks, and many more.

Building a Bank from Scratch: Is There a Path to Profitability?

4:25PM-5:00PM, Knowledge Plenary (Fintech Regulation), Hall 3


Simon Loong, Founder & Group CEO, WeLab

Pranav Seth, Chief Digital Officer, Techcombank

Dwaipayan Sadhu, CEO, Trust Bank

Sheyantha Abeykoon, Group CEO, Boost

Moderator: Elizabeth Neo, Presenter, CNA (Mediacorp)

For this session, top executives will converse on the introduction of digital license frameworks, as well as the key differences between challenger banks and incumbent banks. Attendees of this session will also be treated to success stories, insights, and different learnings from the speakers.

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