INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards Programme is supervised and verified by a distinguished panel of international referees, consisting of prominent and highly respective individuals in the financial services industry.

     Mr Philippe Paillart(Chairman)

Mr Philippe Paillart was formerly vice chairman and CEO of DBS Bank and a pioneer in the retail banking industry in the Asia Pacific region, having served at senior management levels at Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank. Prior to his appointment with DBS, Paillart was Chairman, President and CEO of Ford Motor Credit Company, and President of Ford Financial Services Group.

   
     Mr Varun Sabhlok (Vice Chairman)

Mr. Sabhlok is an expert in relationship management, financial management, and risk management in financial services industries. Mr. Sabhlok's experience has been honed over 11 years as South Asia regional audit director with Citibank in its global consumer banking division in Asia, country credit director in Thailand, and as CFO of the Singapore business.

   
     Mr Wilson Chia

Wilson Chia is a highly seasoned banker with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the Regional Head of Consumer Banking for South East Asia with Standard Chartered Bank. Wilson joined Standard Chartered in a number of senior positions in Cards, Marketing & Sales, Distribution, Product Management, SME and Premier Banking.

   
     Mr David Gyori

Mr. David Gyori is a globally renowned fintech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is the chief exefcutive officer of Banking Reports based in London and is a founding member of the World FinTech Association. Gyori is a faculty member of the Retail Banking Academy, one of the most prestigious banker-training facilities.

   
     Mr Chris Skinner 

Mr. Chris Skinner is known worldwide as a leading commentator and strategist on the financial markets, and is a well-known blogger through thefinanser.com. He works full-time as chief executive of think tank Balatro, as well as chairman of the Financial Services Club and a co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow.

   
     Mr Richard Hartung 

Mr. Richard Hartung has over 20 years of experience in the payments & consumer financial services industry. He has held senior roles for financial institutions including Citibank, Mastercard International, and OCBC Cards. Mr Hartung holds position as consultant in the areas of retail banking, cards and payment products to financial institutions, service providers, and software companies throughout the Asia Pacific region.

International Advisory Council

The Technology Innovation Awards Programme is supervised and verified by a distinguished panel of international referees, consisting of prominent and highly respective individuals in the financial industry.

Anne Weatherston

Anne Weatherston has over 28 years of experience in banking and technology. She was group CIO of ANZ Bank for four years, during which she was responsible for a major transformation of the bank’s technology strategy which resulted in a major turnaround of underlying infrastructure and the design and execution of a new technology roadmap to underpin the bank's super-regional agenda in Asia. Prior to ANZ, Anne was group CIO at Bank of Ireland. She has also played technology leadership roles at Santander, National Australia Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.

 

Andra Sonea

Andra Sonea is former lead solutions architect at Digital Innovation Labs, Lloyd Banking group. A strategic thinker with over fifteen years of international experience in consulting focused on financial services industry, Sonea has led diverse, highly specialised teams on projects ranging from complex systems implementations to new technology evaluations or roadmap advice and gained first-hand experience of the architectural landscapes of some of the leading financial institutions. She has previously worked at Ernst and Young, Deutsche Bank, KPMG and IBM Global services in different roles and is also a mentor at Startupbootcamp Fintech.

 

David Gyori

David Gyori is aglobally renownedfintechconsultant, trainer, authorand keynote speaker. Heisthechiefexecutive officerofBankingReports basedin London and isa foundingmemberof the World FinTech Association.Gyori is afacultymemberof the RetailBankingAcademy, one ofthe mostprestigious banker-trainingfacilities.

 

 

Raymond Leung Chun-Kow

Raymond Leung has over three decades of diverse experience across banking and technology. He was previously group COO of Alliance Bank, Malaysia where he was overseeing the operations, technology and various support functions of the bank, and was instrumental in developing key strategies that encompass all aspects of the bank’s business to drive growth. Prior to joining Alliance Bank, he gained a wealth of experience in Citigroup, with assignments in Hong Kong, Toronto, New York and Singapore. He has held key positions in both country and regional capacities for operations, technology, internal audit and product management.