Tuesday, 26 January 2021

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.


  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.


David Gyori

David Gyori, CEO of Banking Reports London is currently a globally renowned fintech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is a founding member of the World FinTech Association and faculty member of the Retail Banking Academy (London), one of the most prestigious banker-training facilities globally. He serves on the advisory of multiple fintech companies in the United Kingdom. Also, he is co-author of The FINTECH Book and WealthTech Book.



Dr. Michael Ong

Dr. Ong is a professor of finance at the Illinois Institute of Technology and author of books on Basel, credit risk modelling and capital allocation that are widely read in the financial services industry. Previously, he was EVP and CRO of Credit Agricole Indosuez, where he held enterprise-wide responsibility for all risk management functions for corporate banking, merchant banking, asset management, capital markets activities, and the Carr Futures Group.


Mr. Edwin Yuen

Edwin Yuen has 13 years of senior management experience in the financial service industry. He served as chairman of the Basel Implementation Committee of the Hong Kong Bankers Association in 2011. Prior to his current position, Edwin was head of risk analytics for Standard Chartered Bank based in Singapore, responsible for the successful global implementation of its Basel II Program with the UK FSA for the wholesale banking division. He held various senior positions in Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Toronto, Canada and United Overseas Bank in Singapore.


Ms. Rona Morgan

Rona Morgan was the former group head of risk strategy at ANZ Bank until 2013, and before that, the head of risk strategy at HSBC Asia Pacific. She was responsible for Basel II implementation for HSBC, leading a large team to successfully adopt the most advanced approaches in one of the world's largest banking group. Her extensive knowledge in risk management is strengthened with a previous background as a commercial banker and a belief in strong regulatory engagement. She attended INSEAD and the London Business School.


Bill Chua

Bill Chua was former Managing Director and Head of Global Financial Institution of UOB. Possessing rich experience in the financial services industry, he has held various director level, independent positions at various organisations, and currently serves as an Independent Director at Sunseap Group, Singapore’s largest clean energy provider. In his 34 years of experience in the financial services industry, he has covered institutional wholesale and consumer banking in the front, middle and back offices. Prior to joining UOB in 2000, Chua was with Citibank for 20 years. He serves as a director for several UOB-owned companies and/or joint ventures, and is also an active member of the financial and education communities in Singapore.


James Cullen

James Cullen is a career banker with over 30 years of regional and international experience in the financial services industry. His banking career began and concluded with Wells Fargo, and in between included two decades of holding executive positions with Bank of America and US Bancorporation’s international banking division 1995-1999. James is the co-founder for JD Cullen & Co, a corporate advisory consulting company and also chairs audit committee of CD Stimson, a REIT company.


Mathew Welch

Mathew Welch has over 25 years of senior executive experience in financial markets in Asia, with strong track record in building and leading various financial services businesses throughout the region. He is currently a Board Member at XacBank, a community development bank in Mangolia. Prior to starting his own firm, Mathew was Managing Director & Head of Banks, Asia (ex-Japan) at Daiwa Securities Capital Markets, Managing Director and Head Financial Institutions, Asia at ING Investment Banking, Managing Director, Investments at Temasek Holdings and Global Head of Banks at Standard Chartered. He holds a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.