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CoDE Asia 2019

The speed at which technology has accelerated changes in our everyday life, and by extension the financial services industry, has required everyone to step up and embrace holistic digital transformation. Join the inaugural CoDE Asia 2019, which will explore these digital ecosystems, through discussions centered on trends and issues arising from the convergence of digital innovations.

Mark your calendar and join us on 12 December 2019 in Kuala Lumpur to explore challenges and opportunities brought about by digital innovation, while listening to regional trailblazing experts in the field discuss:
• Industry 4.0: Trends, opportunities and challenges
• How to create a sustainable ecosystem between conventional and digital finance
• Their respective start-ups, the change they are looking to initiate and the experience so far
• Full proof strategies essential in attracting venture investors to your start-up!


    Danial is the Director-General of Labuan FSA, the regulatory agency of Labuan International Business and Financial Centre. Danial assumed the position of Director-General with effect from 3 October 2017. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director-General of Labuan FSA, a position he held since 2007. He has worked in Labuan FSA since the early years of the establishment and had held various positions in the organisation. Danial is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM), Financial Stability Committee as well as Board member of the IIFM, Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn Bhd, LabuanFSA Incorporated Sdn Bhd and Pristine Era Sdn Bhd.

    Danial is a Chartered Accountant registered with the Malaysia Institute of Accountants and also an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers Malaysia. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Malaya and a Masters in Business Administration (with Distinction) from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom.


    CTO at yojee.com. Entrepreneur, IT professional with 15 years of experience. Blockchain and smart contract specialist. Lecturer and Fellow of Singapore University of Social Sciences.


    Andrew has had 25 years’ experience in the futures industry and more recently in fintech and FX prime broking. He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of the Gibraltar Stock Exchange Group, based in Singapore. Recently, he has specialised in advising the Finance-Blockchain Complex: exchanges, banks and financial institutions on regional expansion, liquidity provision, membership access to listing regulated securities and settling such securities on new technologies to effect efficiency and revenue.

    He previously advised a leading multi-asset brokerage and prime services provider on enhancing their Greater China client offering. Prior to this, he advised Shanghai International Energy on their now launched RMB denominated crude oil future. This is a "One Belt, One Road" initiative to utilise listed derivatives (futures) as official commodities benchmarks.

    His experience is grounded in various management, sales and technology roles at UBS over a 20-year period in Singapore and Sydney, including that of CEO UBS Futures Singapore.

    Andrew holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Arts from the University of Sydney.


    Chia Hock Lai is the CEO of Switchnovate, a FinTech consultancy firm that provides financial blockchain solutions, and has close to 2 decades of experience in the financial and technology industry. He has previously worked in organisations like Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and NTUC Income. He is also an alumnus of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

    Besides being the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association and chairman of the Singapore Blockchain Association, he is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, member of the IBF Technology & Operations (T&O) Industry Workgroup, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry panel of Nanyang Polytechnic, and advisor to start-ups. He also speaks frequently on topics related to FinTech and Blockchain at international events and universities.

    Under his leadership, the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) has grown its membership base to more than 350 corporate members, with an extensive international partnership network in 35 countries. NTUC conferred the prestigious "Partner of Labour Movement" award to SFA and him in 2018 and 2019 respectively, in recognition of their work in helping workers to re-skill and up-skill into FinTech. In January 2019, SFA made history by becoming the first NTUC U Associates to become an affiliated association of NTUC. NTUC. In addition, he was amongst the LinkedIn Power Profiles for Finance in 2018, for his active contribution as a key opinion leader in the
    professional FinTech and Blockchain community.

    Hock Lai is passionate about how technology is transforming the way financial services are being delivered to consumers and businesses, and in the process making the financial system more efficient and inclusive.


    Chua Wei Min is a Director of ZICO Insights Law LLC and ZICO Trust Labuan. She specialises in cross border corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions and private equity, and regulatory compliance. 

    She has extensive experience in advising on legal and compliance issues in foreign direct investments in all sectors and works closely with clients on practical solutions. Wei Min is also experienced in private client work involving trusts and foundations (family and philanthropic). 

    She advises on the use of such structures for commercial and restructuring purposes.

    Farah Jaafar-Crossby is the Chief Executive Officer of Labuan IBFC Incorporated Sdn Bhd (LIBFC Inc.), the official promotion and marketing agency for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) since January 2018. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and the wholesale financial services sector, putting her in good stead to promote Labuan IBFC as the preferred midshore jurisdiction in Asia Pacific.

    Farah was formerly attached to the Asian Institute of Finance and Bursa Malaysia, where she was involved in senior market development and strategic communications roles. She also managed the Association of Stock Broking Companies Malaysia, the industry lobby group representing Malaysian stockbrokers, allowing her a unique insight and hands on experience with issues surrounding multiple stakeholder management. Farah has a LLB (Hons) from Sheffield University, United Kingdom.

    As the Chief Executive Officer of HWGG Capital P.L.C (HWGG Capital), Gavin Lim implements the company’s business strategy while ensuring smooth and efficient progress of the operations, development, and marketing of the company’s blockchain project. He is committed to delivering the latest blockchain payment solutions and services to Asian market through HWGG Capital while expanding the global exposure of the company’s brand.

    Lim holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Finance and Investment Management from the University of Northumbria, United Kingdom. At the age of 28, he was appointed as the Director of Ho Wah Genting Group Sdn Bhd in 2016. Apart from running the first licensed blockchain payment company, Gavin also holds numerous positions in other top corporations including Executive Director of Ho Wah Genting Holiday Sdn Bhd.


    George Kesselman is Co-Founder and CEO of Anapi, a growth-stage startup that applies machine learning and deep technology to manage risks for businesses. A recognised expert in insurance and technology, George is a president of InsurTech Asia Association and was previously COO of AIG Insurance and head of special projects at AXA Insurance. 

    He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering.


    Gopal brings unique expertise of cards and payments, mortgages, wallets, general insurance, capital markets, loyalty on the domain side, along with business strategy, innovation consulting, digital transformation, IT advisory on the competency side. In his current role, he is leading multiple FinTech initiatives in ASEAN and supporting teams in Russia, Poland, Middle East and North Africa. He is an MBA graduate from the premier business school of USA (HULT International Business School) with an electrical engineering background.

    He is an active speaker in the region, having spoken in over 90 conferences on diversified forums and topics. His recent presentations subjects include financial inclusion strategies, open API and platform based business models, blockchain, AI, banking innovations and Islamic fintech, regulations. He is among the incumbent fintech members in ASEAN and an architect of multiple fintech solutions that have been successful in going to marke. 

    Gopal has represented Ernst & Young on multiple digital and fintech forums and very proactive in establishing relationships with industry ecosystem (central banks, FIs, fintech start-ups, VCs, etc) and managing alliances to the firm.


    Henry Chong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Fusang Group. At Fusang, Henry is responsible for the group’s overall strategic direction & mission. Fusang builds financial infrastructure for Asian institutional investors so that they can access the digital asset economy in a way that is secure, compliant, and convenient.

    Fusang is focused on two main areas: Fusang Exchange, which is Asia's first fully-licensed securities exchange focusing on the public listing and trading of digital assets and securities; and Fusang Vault, our custodian and digital asset servicing platform. Henry works closely with global institutional investors and financial regulators to bring professionalism and structure to the industry, and is a regular keynote speaker on the subject of digital assets. He is also a member of the University of Oxford’s research group on digital assets law and regulation.


    Jimmy has spent his professional years with RHB Investment Bank Bhd undertaking various corporate finance exercises and more recently, as the Senior Vice President of OSK Ventures International Bhd. In his current role at OSK, Jimmy works closely with startup founders and stakeholders in coordinating and providing support for both venture growth as well as fundraising.


    Jonathan Lim is a corporate partner at Zaid Ibrahim & Co. with considerable experience in areas such as Fintech, venture capital, blockchain technology, payment systems, digital remittance, and initial coin offerings. His involvement in the Fintech sector also extends to advising clients on compliance matters relating to regulatory developments in the industry as set out by the Malaysian central bank (Bank Negara Malaysia) and the Malaysian Securities Commission. 

    Jonathan is also well versed in advising both local and foreign clients on corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, initial public offerings, takeovers as well as private funds, and has been involved in several landmark corporate transactions. Jonathan also has experience in advising start-ups and venture capital corporations on matters ranging from compliance to funding agreements.


    Lina Lim is Managing Director & Co-founder of Tempus Adventus Advisory, a boutique strategic advisory consulting and ventures company that focuses on promoting and implementing emerging technologies, such as Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology in the capital and financial market, and sustainable finance.

    Lina has over 20 years’ experience as Technology Executive leading business and technology transformation projects in global and international capital and financial market infrastructures and participants, including Nasdaq, Macquarie Bank, and National Stock Exchange of Australia, where she was recognised by CIO50 Australia as a rising star on "CIO50 2017 – Ones to Watch" for her leadership role and achievements in the industry. She holds Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering from Monash University Australia and studies Global Management program, Executive Education at INSEAD. She is a fellow and contributor of Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) for Social Investment, and a co-organiser for Women in Blockchain meetup in Sydney.


    Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz has 20 years of commercially-driven regulatory, compliance and technology experience in Malaysia and Asia Pacific. Currently, he is President of the Fintech Association of Malaysia (FAOM).

    Prior to his appointment as CEO of Sedania As-Salam, a patented fintech solutions provider that utilises mobile airtime as one of the commodities for Islamic funding with over 23 financial institutions in Malaysia, Ridzuan was Co-Founder and Director of RHT Compliance Solutions, Southeast Asia's leading and largest standalone compliance consultancy based in Singapore.

    In his spare time, Ridzuan trains secondary students in Malaysia and Singapore about financial literacy and basic living skills, including entrepreneurship. He graduated from the University Of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1997 with Bsc Economics, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He then obtained an MBA in Management Information Systems from the International Islamic University Malaysia in 2005.


    Robert is a strategic technology executive with a history of delivering complex global business solutions in the banking and insurance industry in the last 25 years. He was an advisor to CXOs in more than 20 countries deploying technology assets to achieve growth, lower risk, and achieve maximum value. 

    In DXC, he is responsible of bringing technology to bear on digital transformation efforts for and in partnership with clients, by working side by side with the clients in an outside-in approach and helping them identify the appropriate technology approaches to resolving real business problems.


    Wei Zhu is an accomplished leader in the technology space with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and CEO of Axinan, a full-stack Insurtech company based out of Singapore. Prior to Axinan, Wei served as the Chief Technology Officer of Grab, the largest ride-hailing company in Southeast Asia. 

    Wei was also one of the first 100 engineers of Facebook where he spent six years after an eight-year-stint with Microsoft in the U.S. Wei received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington

Date :
12 December 2019  Thursday

Time :
8:30AM - 4:30PM 

Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
Auditorium Room
Bangunan Sulaiman,
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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