An interview with Benjamin Melia, Managing Director, physiSECURE22/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: What is your promise to everyday Australians? Melia: At physiSECURE, we provide a solution which allows people to be more of themselves. The company was founded on a belief of simplifying our access to goods and services by recognising...
An interview with Sanjeev Mehra, Managing Director and Global Head of Product Development, Global Consumer Technology, Citi19/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: What is the ‘holy grail’ that is yet to be delivered in financial services? Mehra: The holy grail in financial services has transformed over the years from being a bank that simply manages a customer’s finances to all about a...
An interview with Tim Tez, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, MetLife12/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Tez: The life insurance industry is under heavy regulatory scrutiny and there is a lot of change that is coming over the horizon for our industry. Despite that, we need to do a...
An interview with Shefali Gupta, Senior Vice President, DBS Improvement Program, DBS Bank08/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: How successful has DBS’ Improvement Program been to date? Gupta: The DBS Improvement Program has been underway since 2009. Over the last few years, we have made significant progress but if you ask any of the senior executive team, they...
An interview with Simon Clarke, Head of Digital Banking and Physical Interactions, Suncorp02/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: What is next for Suncorp in the coming 12 to 18 months? Clarke: Our core banking overhaul is in full motion and we are hitting the final leg of that overhaul in the next 12 months. Our big focus in that project is to consider how we...
An interview with Sandeep Khera, Chief Information Officer, XAC Bank01/02/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: Having joined XAC Bank in November last year, what are your key priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Khera: XAC Bank is a very fast growing medium-sized bank with 97 branches in the country. The senior management wanted a CIO with...
An interview with Piggy's Mario Hasanakos and Alex Badran, Founders of Piggy27/01/2016 Who’s Who
Piggy helps parents teach kids about money using prepaid debit cards and a simple app that lets parents pay an allowance, track spending and encourage saving among their children. Most recently, its founders Mario Hasanakos and Alex Badran, won FST...
An interview with Yew Jin Kang, Chief Information Officer, Hong Leong Bank22/01/2016 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your key IT priorities in the next 12-18 months? Kang: My biggest IT priorities will all be centred around virtualisation. Whilst I have implemented a traditional, physical-to-virtual initiative virtualising close to 600...
An interview with Greg Symons, Founder Clearmatch, and Co-founder, SocietyOne15/12/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your key priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Symons: Our priorities are two-fold: firstly, we need to keep educating the market about the advantages of marketplace lending as a real financial alternative to banking. This...
An interview with Abhijit Singh, Head of Retail Bank Technology, ICICI Bank15/12/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What technology or innovation will be the single biggest game changer for retail banking in the year ahead? Singh: In an ever-evolving technology space, identifying a single biggest game changer is a tough task, as today’s game...
An interview with Mark Fordree, Chief Executive Officer, Ignition Wealth08/12/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your key priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Fordree: Our priorities are to build the Ignition Wealth brand with the key attributes of trust, smart technology, value and service. What we are doing now is looking at the...
An interview with Arthur Wong, Head of IT, China Construction Bank07/12/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your key priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Wong: We have three IT priorities in the next 12 to 18 months for CCB Asia. Firstly, developing a new breed of applications to facilitate the growth of cross-border business...
An interview with Gerben Visser, Co-founder of The Singapore Fintech Consortium27/11/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What was your vision behind The Singapore Fintech Consortium and how did it first begin? Visser: We saw a clear disconnect between the large legacy players and what was happening in the domain of grassroots startups, so we wanted to...
An interview with Dave Curran, Group Chief Information Officer, Westpac23/11/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What are your IT investment priorities for the next 12 to 18 months? Curran: First of all, may I start by saying how excited I am to have a CEO who is so tech-savvy and who, from his first day on the job, has recognised the importance...
An interview with Janos Barberis, Janos Barberis, founder of Fintech HK and the SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator24/11/2015 Who’s Who
FST Media: What was your vision behind The SuperCharger Fintech Accelerator Program? Barberis: The SuperCharger stands for a vision and a belief. The current fintech industry emerged out of the 2008 financial crisis and whilst “fintech” is a new...