International Technology Advisory Panel

Formed in August 2016, the International Technology Advisory Panel (ITAP) comprises chief innovation and science officers in major financial institutions, Fintech business leaders, venture capitalists, and thought leaders in technology and innovation.

About the panel

The panel advises the MAS on international developments in FinTech and how Singapore can harness new technologies to enhance the provision of financial services. The MAS ITAP presently comprises the following members:

Adrienne A. Harris

Chief Business Development Officer, States Title

Adrienne Harris is the Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel of insure-tech company States Title, Inc.
She previously served as Special Assistant for Economic Policy to President Obama at the White House National Economic Council, focusing on issues including financial reform, financial technology, and housing finance reform. Harris also served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary in the U.S. Department of Treasury, and represented financial institutions and other corporations as an Associate at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Harris brings deep experience in financial reform, financial technology, cybersecurity, consumer protection, and housing finance reform to her board role at CFSI. She also sits on the Advisory Board of Fin/Tech and was appointed by President Obama for a four-year term to the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Andreas Braun

Managing Director, Accenture Technology

Dr Braun brings the perspective of an insider in the insurance industry, and the direct expertise on data analytics usage within the industry to help us sort between fanciful problem statements from the industry relevant ones.
At Allianz, Andreas and his teams delivered more than 130 use cases in advanced analytics and Al, ranging as broadly as from productivity, compliance, to new digital business models and products.

Bob Contri

Global Financial Services Industry Leader, Deloitte

Bob is the global financial services industry leader for DTTL, with responsibility for overseeing Deloitte Global's four financial services sectors: Banking & Securities, Insurance, Investment Management, and Real Estate.
He is charged with setting the overall strategic direction and go-to-market strategy for the practice, including helping financial services clients to respond to the myriad regulatory, growth, technology, and innovation challenges present in today's competitive marketplace. Bob currently serves on Deloitte's US Board of Directors.

David Gurle

Chief Executive Officer, Symphony

Author, inventor and leader, David's ideas have influenced the major trends in enterprise communications over the last 15 years.
He defined Microsoft's unified communications strategy (Skype for Business) and as head of collaboration services at Thomson Reuters introduced federated communications to the financial services industry. Before founding Perzo/Symphony, he was VP and GM of Skype's Enterprise Business.

David Rutter

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, R3

With over 30 years of experience leading some of Wall Street's top institutions, David is a longtime creative thought leader in financial markets and innovation and has played a significant role in the adoption of electronic trading in the global OTC derivatives industry.
David served for ten years as the CEO of Electronic Broking at ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, where he led the BrokerTec fixed income and EBS foreign exchange platforms. Prior to ICAP, David was co-owner and CEO (Americas) of Prebon Yamane. 

Geoff Jiang

Vice President, Ant Financial

Dr. Geoff Jiang (a.k.a Guofei Jiang) is the Vice President of solution technology at NEC Laboratories America (NECLA) in Princeton, New Jersey, assisting the transformation of NEC's technology competence toward solutions and services, and incubating new business lines for NEC business units with new technologies.
Concurrently he also leads a large division with many dozens of technical staffs from the global network of NEC R&D units at US, Europe and Asia. His group builds disruptive new products and solutions in the areas of Internet of Things(IoT), Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Distributed Systems and Cloud Platforms, Computer Security, and Software-defined Networking.

Johnathan Larsen

Chief Innovation Officer, Ping An

Jonathan Larsen is now Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group and Chairman and CEO of the Ping An Global Voyager Fund.
Jonathan spent 18 years at Citigroup where he was most recently Global Head of the firm's Retail Banking and Mortgage businesses, generating $12Bn in Revenues and spanning 19 countries. He has been at the leading edge of the financial services industry for the last 29 years across the Asia Pacific region and globally. He brings a unique blend of strategic vision, operational depth, and understanding of the new technology landscape. He has led multiple large-scale, successful businesses across a wide range of markets and has extensive experience in negotiating and managing partnerships and M&A transactions.

Mark Gazit

Chief Executive Officer, ThetaRay

Mark Gazit has over two decades of experience in the high tech industry, with a track record of maximizing revenue, net earnings, and shareholder value for startup, turnaround, and rapid growth global organizations in emerging markets and economies.

Before joining ThetaRay as CEO, Mr. Gazit served as a Managing Director of Nice Cyber & Intelligence Solutions, an autonomous division of Nice Systems Ltd. That provides software and hardware solutions to government agencies worldwide in the areas of Information Intelligence, Cyber and Safe Cities. He transformed this division into a fast growing, profitable revenue generator.

Between 2002 and 2010, Mr. Gazit served as Group President & CEO of SkyVision, a global telecommunications company that he took from the start‐up stage to an international company serving over 50 countries worldwide and operation centers on three continents. He has also held pivotal roles in leading companies such as Deltathree, NetVision, NetMedia and Widecom. Mr. Gazit Gazit took Computer Science and Mathematics courses at Hebrew University and studied Senior Business Administration at Tel Aviv University. He also attended an Executive Management seminars at Harvard Business School.

Gazit serves on boards of directors in commercial enterprises and non-profit organization, lectures in leading universities and considered to be an expert in his field. Mark’s background is particularly strong in in technology, growth management and global markets, a field in which he built and led multiple companies, helping them expand globally.

Matthias Kroner

Co-Founder, Fidor

Matthias Kröner is the co-founder of Fidor, a pioneer in open banking.
The group was most recently acquired by BPCE and comprises of Fidor Bank, a community-based digital bank operating in Germany, the UK and France, Fidor Solutions, the tech arm of the group, Fidor Market, a Fintech online store and Fidor Factory an in-house customer engagement and marketing agency. Fidor reflects Matthias Kröner's vision of digital and social banking whereby customers help co-create products while B2B and Fintech partners help co-innovate to drive new value propositions. Prior to founding Fidor, Matthias co-developed the first continental European online broker known as DAB Bank. In 1997 he was recognised as the youngest CEO of Direkt Anlage Bank AG at the age of 32.

Mohandas Pai

Co-Founder, Aarian Capital

Mohan is concurrently the Chairman of Aarin Capital and Chairman of Manipal Global Education.
He is also an Advisor to the Board of Manipal Education and Medical Group, a Member of the Board of Havells India, a Member of the Board of Ascendas Property Fund Trustee, the Trustee-Manager of Ascendas India Trust, Member of the Board of Manipal University and the Institute of Public Enterprises, Chairman of the FICCI Skills Committee, President of the All India Management Association, Chairman of the Regulatory and Financial Technology Committee of the Securities and Exchange Board of India ("SEBI"), Founder-Trustee of the Akshaya Patra Foundation, an Investment Committee Member of the SIDBI India Aspiration Fund and the India Fund of Funds, and a Member of the Board of the National Stock Exchange of India.

Murli Buluswar

Senior Executive Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group

Murli Buluswar is among the first C-Suite leaders to help realize the promise of Data Science and Machine Learning on scale in a large firm in a mature industry.
His passion is to help sculpt and transform traditional business model by infusing curiosity, building high performing teams, and driving change through data driven insights. As the former Chief Science Officer for AIG, his mission was to reshape the intersection of human and machine intelligence by assembling a complementary set of capabilities in: problem structuring, data engineering, data science, and application development.. He began in career at Capital One in 1996 as a statistician. His academic background includes graduate education in Economics & Statistics, and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth.

Pieter Franken

Senior Adviser, Monex Group

Pieter Franken's career spans over 25 years specializing in IT management and software engineering.
He has worked as IT Head of retail bank at Citibank Japan and was responsible for the IT transformation at Shinsei Bank in Japan. He co-authored a book about the engineering and management techniques used to dramatically transform Shinsei Bank into a retail banking power house. He is an affliate researcher with the MIT Media Lab, and works as a Senior Visiting Researcher at Keio University.

Sanjiv Bajaj

Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv

As MD of Bajaj Finserv, Sanjiv's role includes guiding the current businesses and building new ones in the financial services space.
Since 2013, Sanjiv has been the Chairman of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company, and Vice Chairman of Bajaj Finance, the lending arm of Bajaj Finserv. Since 2012, he has been Managing Director of Bajaj Holdings & Investment, where his role includes building the strategy and team, and guiding this investment company, which has almost Rs. 60,000 crore in cash and investments, including a stake of over 30% in Bajaj Auto and around 40% in Bajaj Finserv. Until 2012, he was Executive Director of Bajaj Auto, having headed the Finance & Control, Legal & International Business functions and is currently its Non-executive Director. He has been recognized as Entrepreneur of the year 2017 by Ernst & Young, among a number of other industry accolades.

Sassan Danesh

Chief Executive Officer, ETrading Software

Sassan Danesh has 20 years' experience assisting capital markets institutions to grow their OTC market franchise by optimising the business performance of their technology offerings.
 Sassan's more recent focus is on the role of technology in addressing industry-wide issues. He is passionate about the benefits of industry collaboration in providing technology solutions that optimise inefficiencies in market structure.

Tang Ning

Chief Executive Officer, CreditEase

Tang Ning is the founder and CEO of CreditEase, a global Fintech leader specializing in inclusive finance and wealth management.
He studied mathematics at Peking University and earned a bachelor's degree in economics at the University of the South in the US. During his early career, Tang joined Wall Street investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he worked on IPO, bond issuance and M&A in the areas of financial services, telecommunications, media and technology. In 2006, Tang founded CreditEase in Beijing. Tang serves as Chairman of Beijing Internet Finance Association. CreditEase serves as member of Standing Committee of National Internet Finance Association of China as well as Vice Chairman of China Micro-credit Companies Association.