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Howard Chao (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Howard Chao

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Howard Chao is an investor, lawyer and counselor to entrepreneurs. He began his work life as a corporate lawyer with O'Melveny & Myers and for many years was the Chair of the Firm's Asia Practice. He helped establish the firm's offices in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing, and practiced for many years as a cross-border investment specialist based in Asia. Since 2001 Howard has been based in Silicon Valley, but continued to dedicate substantial time covering the Asia markets.

In recent years Howard has moved to the principal side of investing and deal-making. Howard actively makes angel and other VC investments in earlier stage companies through his personal vehicle, Doon Capital, usually in collaboration with other investors. He maintains close working relationships with various VC and PE funds. Howard invests primarily in startups located in the Silicon Valley and China. Because of Howard's extensive experience with Asia, many of his deals have an Asian (particularly Chinese) nexus.

Howard also maintains an active strategic consulting practice. Howard's extensive experience with investment and financing transactions in both the US and China leads him to advise and assist various clients in both places. His transactions span many different sectors, and include multinationals, financial investors and startup companies.

Nick Sramek (Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights)

Nick Sramek

Host and Managing Director of Doon Insights

Nick Sramek is a Managing Director of Doon Insights, leading workshop development, content creation, and outreach. Nick has extensive experience assisting organizations in preparing for a world not yet visible. An exceptional communicator of complex issues to diverse stakeholders, Nick has focused expertise in understanding and communicating global macroeconomic, technological, and geopolitical trends, as well as the importance of the economies of the Asia-Pacific region.

Previously, Nick served as the Director of International Relations of Silicon Valley Forum, a Silicon Valley organization that focuses on startup mentorship, corporate digitization, and government innovation strategies. Prior to that, he was the Program and Knowledge Director for the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, a non-profit educational organization based out of San Francisco that assists corporations, pension funds and financial institutions in carrying out their responsibilities in respect to the Asia-Pacific. Through research fellowships, he has also developed a passion for understanding the role of technology in society, particularly in developing economies.

Nick received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and History from Trinity University (Texas), and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s school of Global Policy and Strategy. He is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

Alex Acree (Founder of Takoma Group)

Alex Acree

Founder of Takoma Group

Alex Acree is founder of the Takoma Group and partner at Mitchell Sandler LLP, a boutique financial services-focused law firm. He has spent his career at the intersection of technology, finance, and law as an advisor, entrepreneur, and investor in financial services and other regulated industries. Alex previously served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Fenway Summer Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, where he served on the investment committee and invested in and advised fintech and regtech companies. Alex is based in Washington DC and a graduate of Yale Law School and Yale School of Management.

Matthew Beecher (CEO of Neocova)

Matthew Beecher

CEO of Neocova

Matt Beecher, CEO of Neocova, is an entrepreneur, business-builder, and investor with a 30-year track record of success in both public and private markets. From founding and driving growth and scale in fintech and financial services to leading companies that have realized returns of $1 billion.

As CEO, Matt is responsible for establishing and guiding Neocova’s strategic vision and direction including the development and growth of Neocova’s market leading products: Fineuron, Groundswell, and Spotlight. He previously served as President and COO of Neocova.

Prior to Neocova, Beecher served as CEO of Austin-based fintech, Vault, which, under his leadership, grew by over 200% annually and transformed into the market leading student debt management platform.

Before Vault, Beecher was co-founder and President of Redstar Ventures, a venture capital firm that pioneered the venture studio model by taking business ideas from conception through early-stages of funding.

Beecher also co-founded and served as managing director of SCS Financial, a Boston-based wealth management firm that grew from a nascent startup to the leading independent wealth management company in the U.S., managing close to $20B in assets before being acquired by Focus Financial (Nasdaq:FOCS).

Matt began his fintech career in Silicon Valley as part of the initial product team at myCFO, a KPCB-backed digital financial management platform which grew to $20B AUM before being acquired by BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO).

Matt attended Northeastern University in Boston.

Lucas Bianchi (Co-Founder & Promoter of Namaste Credit)

Lucas Bianchi

Co-Founder & Promoter of Namaste Credit

Passionate about research, analytics, innovation, and the financial markets, he is now focused on building Namaste Credit an exciting new financial technology platform for SMEs loan financing across the emerging markets. Starting in India, Namaste Credit has been developed as a technology-driven marketplace focused on streamlining and democratizing the credit distribution process. As a co-founder, he is excited to be working with a great team at Namaste Credit to help connect interested lenders to a wide range of business owners in a simple, effective and efficient manner.

Brian Brooks (Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency)

Brian Brooks

Former Acting Comptroller of the Currency

Brian Brooks is a globally recognized leader in financial technology and financial services. He most recently served as Acting U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, where he was the administrator of the federal banking system and the chief executive of the 3,500-employee federal agency responsible for chartering and supervising banks comprising 70 percent of all banking activity in the United States. Mr. Brooks was often referred to as the “first fintech Comptroller” and “CryptoComptroller” for his focus on financial innovation. Recognized by Crunchbase as one of the top 10 influencers globally, Mr. Brooks was called "the most transformative Comptroller in recent history" (Consumer Bankers Association), a "forward-looking visionary" (CoinDesk), and "one of the most creative thinkers ever to lead a regulatory agency" (LendIt Academy).

Mr. Brooks’s background before leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency included serving as Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase, the largest digital asset exchange in the United States; executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Fannie Mae, the $3.2 trillion housing finance giant; vice chairman of OneWest Bank, the turnaround vehicle organized by then-future Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to acquire Indymac Bank and other financial crisis-era bank failures; and Washington, D.C. managing partner of global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Mr. Brooks’s board experience includes service on the boards of directors of Fannie Mae; Avant, Inc., a major marketplace lending platform; and Spring Labs, a blockchain-enabled digital credit bureau; and numerous nonprofit boards. He has also been an advisor to and/or early stage investor in EarnUp, TextIQ, FlyHomes, and other technology companies. He holds an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago.

Dustin Byington (CEO of TWO12)

Dustin Byington

CEO of TWO12

Dustin Byington is a 3x fintech entrepreneur who started his career at Goldman Sachs and has two unicorns on his mantle. He is a founder's founder and passionate about solving systemic problems in the startup ecosystem.

Hero Choudhary (Managing Partner at Beenext)

Hero Choudhary

Managing Partner at Beenext

Hero Choudhary is a Managing Partner at BEENEXT. He was in the hedge fund industry on Wall Street for over 14 years leading many multi-bagger investments in consumer internet and FinTech growth companies in public markets. He holds B.Tech. from IIT Bombay (India), M.S. from Washington University in St. Louis (U.S.A.), and is a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2010. At BEENEXT, he partners with exceptional founders in building and scaling next generation digital economy companies in big addressable markets. Hero enjoys sailing and mountain hiking in his free time.

Nuno Correia (Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Utrust)

Nuno Correia

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Utrust

Nuno is the co-Founder of Utrust, a digital currency payment platform, and HOLD, a cryptocurrency wallet with branded VISA card. He currently serves as CSO, leading the company in the core blockchain strategy.

He is an entrepreneur with prior background in Law and Marketing and an MIT Sloan Specialization in Blockchain Technologies for Business. He was an early cryptocurrency investor and has been deeply involved in digital currency markets and community since late 2012. He is passionate about sci-fi and the transformative future of digital payments.

Robert Curtis (Co-Founder & CEO of Daylight)

Robert Curtis

Co-Founder & CEO of Daylight

Rob Curtis has a background in financial services where he delivered technology projects across insurance and banking clients. In the latter part of his career, Rob has been leading LGBT+ consumer businesses. He was previously Managing Director of Gaydar, a dating and social networking platform with over 2m LGBT+ members worldwide, where he led on brand and customer acquisition and his last start-up, Helsa, connects LGBT+ clients to expert mental health professionals.

Chris Dean (CEO of Treasury Prime)

Chris Dean

CEO of Treasury Prime

Chris Dean is the CEO and co-founder of Treasury Prime. Based in San Francisco, Treasury Prime connects banks and fintechs using our powerful APIs. Previously, Chris ran the API Banking group at Silicon Valley Bank, the back-end to many successful fintechs, including Stripe Atlas. Chris has founded multiple successful startups, including Merced Systems, which exited for $200m. In a previous career, he was a Machine Learning researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab.

Mary Dent (Founder of DCIQ)

Mary Dent

Founder of DCIQ

Mary Dent is an experienced executive and corporate Board member who has spent more than 30 years in the financial services and technology sectors. Mary has worked with companies ranging in size from early stage startups to large, publicly traded global enterprises based in the United States and Europe. Mary currently serves on the Boards of Woodruff Sawyer (an insurance brokerage) and several non-profit entities. In addition, she coaches emerging executives and provides consulting services to a variety of banks and financial technology companies. Previously, Mary served on the Boards of Green Dot Corp./Green Dot Bank (which pioneered Banking-as-a-Service) and Aspiration Partners (which provides environmentally conscious consumer financial services). Her executive roles include CEO of Green Dot Bank and General Counsel of SVB Financial Group/Silicon Valley Bank, Insikt, and New Skies Satellites. Earlier in her career, Mary worked in DC on the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committees and as an attorney advising telecommunications, Internet, and technology companies.

Jon Dobson (Co-Founder & CEO of PayRecs)

Jon Dobson

Co-Founder & CEO of PayRecs

Jon is the co-founder and CEO of B2B international payment FinTech company, PayRecs. Prior to PayRecs, he spent 14 years in banking as a Foreign Exchange specialist, advising large corporate and middle market companies on identifying and managing currency risk, as well as moving money efficiently around the world. He has extensive experience with international payments, treasury and currency risk management.

Christopher Ewing (President & CEO of One Inc)

Christopher Ewing

President & CEO of One Inc

Leveraging previous roles, including as a CEO, founder of several successful companies, and a securities attorney, Chris began his insurance industry career in 2003 as the President and CEO of Keenan Holdings.

He also served as the CTO and General Counsel of Cost-U- Less Insurance Center, growing the company from 32 locations to more than 100. After increasing the written premium to over $500M, he spearheaded the sale of the company. Chris was the Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Stonewood Insurance Services and drove written premium per employee to $2M before orchestrating the company's sale. He was also Co-Founder and CTO of ClearSide General Insurance Services and Co-Founder, General Counsel, and Executive VP of GreenPath Insurance Company.

Based on these experiences, Chris founded One Inc with a goal of helping other insurance companies grow their business by transforming the way they interact with their customers.

Chris received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, and his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Ryan Falvey (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Finventures Studio)

Ryan Falvey

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Finventures Studio

Ryan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Financial Venture Studio. He has spent the last 15 years identifying, supporting and leading market-changing innovations in technology. Since 2015, he's invested in 40 early-stage fintech firms, which have grown to represent approximately $3 billion in aggregate equity value. Prior to founding Venture Studio, Ryan led the development of the Financial Solutions Lab, a partnership between JPMorgan Chase and the Financial Health Network. Before managing the Lab, Ryan worked with leading tech firms to develop payment solutions at Silicon Valley Bank. He also served as Strategy Group Lead at Enclude Solutions, overseeing global strategy consulting work around mobile-enabled financial products.

Leandra Fishman (CRO at Intercom)

Leandra Fishman

CRO at Intercom

Leandra is a highly motivated and accomplished executive with over 25+ years experience in both direct and indirect selling models for Hardware, Software and Services companies. Her strong understanding of Enterprise and Consumer markets has resulted in delivering outstanding results in both domestic and international markets.

As a CRO Go-To-Market leader, her responsibilities span sales, customer success, professional services and revenue operations teams. Leandra has a demonstrated proven track record leading field and inside sales organizations through rapid growth, turnaround performance and acquisition integration.

As an executive consultant, Leandra's projects have ranged from developing sales and marketing strategies for several start up companies to creating business plans and being in an advisory role for venture capital firms and board members. She is passionate about coaching, mentoring and leading global revenue organizations with revenue execution of over $500Mil annual revenue and 200+ quota carrying account executives.

Melissa Frakman (Managing Partner at Emphasis Ventures)

Melissa Frakman

Managing Partner at Emphasis Ventures

Melissa Frakman is Managing Partner of Emphasis Ventures (EMVC), a venture capital firm that backs breakthrough early-stage financial technology in India to scale locally and internationalize in partnership with top global businesses and funds. With over a decade in India, Frakman has led Asia investments, new market strategy, and partnerships worth over $1 billion for Fortune 500 companies and top pension funds, including building products in digital banking, payments, and insurance.

Previously, Frakman was Vice President of ecommerce unicorn Zomato, India Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, Financial Services Director of the US-India Business Council, and manager with first-mover microfinance institutions. Frakman has been a product advisor to companies including Amazon, Principal Financial, and Remitly and has served as inerlocoteur between industry and the Indian Ministry of Finance, U.S. Treasury Department, and regulators to advance bilateral collaboration in digital identity, insurance, and fintech. Previously a guest lecturer on fintech at Harvard Business School, Cornell, and Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, Frakman is a recipient of the FT Innovation Asia Awards, Colin Powell Leadership Fellowship, Ward Medal for Economics, Global Women in Fintech Powerlist, and mentor to Techstars and the Government of India's Atal Innovation Mission.

James Freis (Founder of Market Integrity Solutions LLC)

James Freis

Founder of Market Integrity Solutions LLC

James H. Freis, Jr. leads Market Integrity Solutions, a consulting firm providing executive advice on global financial regulation, good governance, and innovative technology solutions.

In June 2020, he was brought into the executive team of Germany’s leading FinTech, Wirecard, to professionalize the global digital payments provider. On his first day, he disclosed internal fraud, was named CEO, and initiated a global restructuring, before eventually handing over into insolvency what had been a blue chip company with market capitalization in excess of $25 billion.

From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Freis was Director (CEO) of the United States Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the lead U.S. Government official for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, and head of the country's financial intelligence unit (FIU). From 2014 through 2020 he was Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer, and Group Anti-Money Laundering Officer for the Deutsche Börse Group in Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for overseeing regulatory requirements and engaging with financial supervisors for Group entities on a global basis for this provider of financial market infrastructures. His career as an attorney began at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, followed by seven years in Basel, Switzerland at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Mr Freis is a graduate of Georgetown University, earned his Juris Doctor from Harvard University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Amy Friend (Senior Advisor at FS Vector LLC)

Amy Friend

Senior Advisor at FS Vector LLC

Amy Friend is a Senior Advisor at FS Vector LLC, a strategic advisory firm offering a broad range of services to innovative financial institutions; a member of the board of directors at Varo Bank; and chair of the board at FinRegLab, a nonprofit innovation center that tests new technologies and data to inform public policy related to financial services.

From 2013-2017, Amy was Senior Deputy Comptroller and Chief Counsel at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), where she served on the agency’s executive committee and oversaw all of the agency’s legal activities and licensing functions. Prior to the OCC, Amy was a Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group.

Amy holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amias Gerety (Partner at QED Investors)

Amias Gerety

Partner at QED Investors

Amias joined QED as a Partner in 2017 focusing on supporting the portfolio and finding new investment opportunities with a focus on back office technologies and infrastructure companies.

Amias brings a deep background in financial markets, compliance, and strategy to the QED team. Most recently, Amias served as the President’s nominee and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that role, he was the lead advisor to the Secretary on policies affecting financial institutions. He also oversaw a number of programs focused on supporting small business lending and community development. He previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Financial Stability Oversight Council, an interagency group of financial regulators charged with monitoring and mitigating potential threats to financial stability. Prior to Treasury, Amias was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. He also served in a number of policy roles and worked in East Africa for Save the Children. Amias is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton award, the Treasury’s highest honor.

Amias graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a BA in Social Studies.

Andres Gomez (Co-Founder of NanoBanco)

Andres Gomez

Co-Founder of NanoBanco

With the clear objective to improve issues identified, Andres works hard every day seeking innovative solutions that help people do things more efficiently.

After graduating in Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Colombia, Andres completed an MBA in 2011.

Andres has more than 10 years of professional experience and five years building business models of startups with 100% digital-based from scratch, understanding consumer needs in different industries (Food, Parkings, and Fintech-Blockchain), and has led developing the business models through building strong and strategic partnerships with government entities within Fintech´s ecosystem, integrating several players in the financial industry related with Banking as a Service (BaaS), Open Banking, Blockchain technology, and the amazing crypto assets world. Andres has been responsible to lead strategy, set the agenda for the short and long term looking for exponential and organic growth of the business in Colombia and other markets in Latam.

Adres' interests
Build efficient solutions / Innovation / Electric vehicles / Sustainable Systems / Art Passionate / Travel Lover

Cindy Gong (Executive Director of Jeneration Capital)

Cindy Gong

Executive Director of Jeneration Capital
Sean Harper (Co-Founder & CEO of Kin Insurance)

Sean Harper

Co-Founder & CEO of Kin Insurance

Sean Harper is the CEO and co-founder of Kin Insurance, the only direct-to-consumer technology company focused on homeowners insurance. Sean is a serial entrepreneur who previously founded TSS-Radio (ranked #94 on Inc. 500 in 2009) and FeeFighters (sold to Groupon in 2012). Sean ran the payments business at Groupon after FeeFighters' acquisition. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Sean was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group with a focus on the financial services industry. He was also a board member at Accion USA until its merger with Opportunity Fund in 2020. He holds an AB from the University of Chicago, where he studied economics and computer science, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rija Javed (Engineering Leader at Facebook Pay)

Rija Javed

Engineering Leader at Facebook Pay

Rija is a technology leader who has led teams across London, Silicon Valley and Toronto with extensive experience in fintech. Currently she's at Facebook focussing on commerce. In the past, she was at MarketFinance as their CTO heading up engineering, product, data and design. Prior to that, she was Senior Director of Engineering at Wealthfront leading their core business area including the company's pivot from investment management into the financial advisory space.

Sanja Kon (CEO of Utrust)

Sanja Kon

CEO of Utrust

Sanja is a digital executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in delivering sustainable revenue growth in multinationals and startups within the eCommerce and Fintech industry.

As the CEO of Utrust, Sanja's main focus is to partner with key international players to improve the accessibility of digital assets.

Prior to Utrust, Sanja headed cross-functional teams in Fortune 500 companies such as Vodafone, eBay, and PayPal. Fascinated by how technological innovation impacts our life, Sanja is an active advisor to startups, as well as a speaker at international conferences.

Sanja is deeply involved in diversity and inclusion topics, being a mentor to women in their accelerated leader's path.

Tiana Laurence (General Partner at Laurence Innovation)

Tiana Laurence

General Partner at Laurence Innovation

Tiana is the general partner at Laurence Innovation, a seed stage venture fund that invests in emerging technology, women, and minorities. She is also the author of two books, Blockchain for Dummies and Introduction to Blockchain Technology. If your company is raising capital please apply to https://www.laurence.capital/apply

Rafael Meruane (Co-Founder of NanoBanco)

Rafael Meruane

Co-Founder of NanoBanco

With a deep conviction that a better society is possible, Rafael works day by day to make a change.

After graduating in Software Engineering from the University of Chile, Rafael completed a master's degree in computer science in 2014 with Highest Honors. During his master's degree, he participated in three scientific publications in indexed journals on improved algorithms for the 3D partial matching and recovery problem. Additionally, Rafael built a reference collection of partial 3D objects to evaluate state-of-the-art algorithms with a self-made Structured Light 3D Scanner.

Rafael has five years on software development projects and has led projects in the cloud, mobile applications, and business process improvements. After knowing the potential of Blockchain technology, Rafael has been dedicated to developing solutions on it to exploit its benefits.

Rafael's interests
Build systems / Paragliding pilot / Electric Unicycle Rider / Nature Lover

Andrea Mitchell (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Mitchell Sandler)

Andrea Mitchell

Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Mitchell Sandler

Andrea Mitchell is the Managing Partner and a founding member of Mitchell Sandler LLC. Andrea is a nationally recognized adviser to banks, financial service companies and third-party service providers on enforcement and regulatory compliance matters. She represents clients throughout the country on fair lending, fair servicing, and responsible banking issues and frequently advises clients on board governance and bank regulatory issues.

Prior to Mitchell Sandler LLC, Andrea was a partner at Buckley Sandler LLP, a Counsel at the Federal Reserve Board, and an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Andrea holds a J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law, summa cum laude, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ayo Omojola (VP of Product at Carbon Health)

Ayo Omojola

VP of Product at Carbon Health

Ayo leads the product team at Carbon, using technology and design thinking to find innovative solutions to increase access to healthcare. Before joining Carbon, Ayo ran Banking at Cash App at Square, helping scale one of the fastest growing banking programs in history. Ayo also angel invests in wildly ambitious teams shooting for positive, generation scale changes.

Troy Paredes (Founder of Paredes Strategies)

Troy Paredes

Founder of Paredes Strategies

Troy A. Paredes is the founder of Paredes Strategies LLC. From 2008-2013, Troy was an SEC Commissioner.

Troy advises on financial regulation, compliance, risk management, corporate governance, and regulatory strategy. He also serves as an expert and advisor in regulatory enforcement investigations and in private litigation involving securities law and corporate law.

Troy was a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis before joining the SEC. He also has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at NYU School of Law, and a Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Troy co-hosts a podcast on fintech called “Appetite for Disruption: The Business and Regulation of Fintech.”

Troy holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Kareem Saleh (Founder & CEO of FairPlay)

Kareem Saleh

Founder & CEO of FairPlay

Kareem Saleh is the founder and CEO of FairPlay, the world's first Fairness-as-a-Service company. FairPlay automates fair lending compliance for financial institutions and increases the fairness of their marketing, underwriting and collections models. Previously Kareem served as Executive Vice President at Zest.ai, where he led go-to-market strategy for the company’s AI-powered underwriting platform and negotiated software licensing, partnership, financing and other commercial deals. Prior to Zest.ai, Kareem served as an executive at SoftCard, a mobile payments startup that was acquired by Google. Kareem also served in the Obama Administration, first as Chief of Staff to the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, where he helped manage the 50-person team that negotiated the Paris Climate Agreement, then as Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where he helped direct the U.S. Government’s $30B portfolio of emerging market investments with responsibility for transaction teams in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Kareem is a Forbes contributor and a frequent speaker on the application of AI to financial services. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and an honors graduate of the University of Chicago.

Stephen Scott (Founder & CEO of Starling)

Stephen Scott

Founder & CEO of Starling

Stephen is Founder & CEO at Starling, a globally recognized pioneer in the RegTech space. Starling’s Predictive Behavioral Analytics platform allows firms to measure and mitigate culture and conduct related risks, and to identify opportunities for performance improvement across business lines and functions.

Stephen spent a 25-year career in risk management and corporate intelligence, serving clients when they were: entering new markets, ventures, or commercial relationships; conducting pre-investment due diligence or testing an investment thesis; carrying out investigations into fraud or corruption; pursuing redress through litigation, arbitration, or government inquiry; and when seeking to advance their interests before government and regulatory agencies. He has led successful investigative inquiries in over 50 countries, and has lived and worked in New York, Washington, London, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Shanghai.
Stephen holds degrees from Cornell University, the London School of Economics, the Columbia Graduate School of Business, and the London Business School.

Henny Sender (Managing Director of Blackrock)

Henny Sender

Managing Director of Blackrock

Henny Sender, Managing Director, is a Senior Advisor to the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) and advises the firm on opportunities in APAC.

The BII leverages BlackRock's expertise and produces proprietary research to provide insights on the global economy, markets, geopolitics and long-term asset allocation
- all to help clients and portfolio managers navigate financial markets.

Most recently Chief Correspondent for International Finance with The Financial Times, Henny has decades of experience covering finance and economics in Asia. She engages BlackRock’s clients in the region, including sovereign wealth funds, central banks and pension funds, and leverages her contacts with leading venture capitalists to focus on China, sustainability and private markets.

Henny was with the Financial Times for the past 13 years, spending her time between New York and Hong Kong. For the
15 years prior to that, she was at Wall Street Journal as a Senior Special Writer in the Money and Investing section and the Far Eastern Economic Review (which was also owned by Dow Jones). Henny was based in Tokyo for five years as Asian Bureau Chief for Institutional Investor before that.

Henny completed a PhD in Indian History at the University of Wisconsin, detailing Hindu-Muslim relations in the period before Partition. Her work was then the basis of a book published by Oxford University Press. She had studied Chinese at Wisconsin but switched her focus to South Asia as it was difficult then to study on the mainland, whereas India offered ample opportunity for onsite research. She also earned a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University.

While in New York, she was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Adam Shapiro (Partner & Co-Founder of Klaros Group)

Adam Shapiro

Partner & Co-Founder of Klaros Group

Adam Shapiro is a Partner and Co-Founder of Klaros Group, an advisory and investment business focused on the future of financial services and delivering solutions that meet both regulatory and business objectives. He is also an Adviser to Core Innovation Capital, a VC firm focused on investing in companies that deliver financial products that save people time and money, create upward mobility, and scale broadly.


Before co-founding Klaros, Adam was Head of Strategy for the development of BBVA’s open banking platforms in the US and Spain. Previously, he led Promontory Financial Group’s fintech practice, working with innovators in areas such as cryptocurrency, marketplace lending, digital payments, cloud computing, and machine learning to develop approaches that supported responsible financial innovation. Prior to moving to the US, he worked for the UK’s Financial Services Authority where among other roles he led the Consumer Risk team, was Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Chairman, and developed UK regulatory policy on hedge funds.

Eric Sibbitt (Partner at O'Melveny)

Eric Sibbitt

Partner at O'Melveny

Eric Sibbitt structures and executes initial public offerings and other complex capital-raising transactions for companies and underwriters, including NYSE and NASDAQ listings, registered follow-on offerings, global offerings, PIPEs and other private offerings, and liability management transactions.

Clients turn to Eric for boardroom counsel on SEC and corporate governance matters as well as for his pragmatic approach to navigating the tension between legacy regulations and innovative business models. Eric also frequently advises on cross-border public and private company mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and going private transactions.

Eric has particular expertise advising on transactions for financial services, life science and technology companies ranging from venture companies to multibillion-dollar businesses.

Eric practiced in New York and Tokyo prior to joining O’Melveny’s San Francisco office, and speaks and reads Japanese fluently. Eric also is a member of the Innovation Advisory Council of the Japan Society of Northern California, a director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law.

Eric Sprink (President & CEO of Coastal Community Bank)

Eric Sprink

President & CEO of Coastal Community Bank

Eric M. Sprink serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Community Bank and Coastal Financial Corporation. Coastal prides itself on being “un-bankey” and has organically grown from less than $200 million in assets when Eric joined the bank in 2006, to more than $1.8 billion today in its Community Banking Division - CCB.

Because of the relationships the bank has built with Fintechs, Eric is a frequent speaker and advocate for bank/Fintech partnerships. He has worked closely with a number of regulatory bodies as the banking industry evolves and faces disruption.

In spite of living in the Pacific Northwest, Eric is a Tarheel and will happily share his thoughts on North Carolina sports. Active in community affairs, Eric is a past-chair of the Community Bankers of Washington and is involved with numerous local non-profits.

Zach Stein (Co-Founder of Carbon Collective)

Zach Stein

Co-Founder of Carbon Collective

A sustainability entrepreneur since 2011, Zach began his career literally shoveling shit for a living–launching what became the Bay Area’s largest worm composting farm. Prior to Carbon Collective, Zach and his cofounder raised ~$4m to launch Osmo Systems and enable fish/shrimp farmers to save money on feed/additives by deploying real-time aqueous sensing for the first time.

Charles Svirk (Principal at MassMutual Ventures)

Charles Svirk

Principal at MassMutual Ventures

As a Principal at MassMutual Ventures, Chuck’s charged with sourcing new investment opportunities and the management of the existing investment portfolio. Prior to joining MassMutual Ventures, Chuck served as an Investment Associate at Clear Brook Advisors, advising family offices on illiquid fund investments in venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds. Before Clear Brook Advisors, Chuck co-founded Photos to Photos, Inc., a venture-backed mobile gaming studio located in Boston. Prior to that, Inc., Chuck served as an Associate at Siemens Venture Capital, where he helped support and source investments in Healthcare.

Duy Vo (Founder & CEO of Productfy)

Duy Vo

Founder & CEO of Productfy

Duy started Productfy after seeing the convergence of two huge macro trends: mass adoption of higher abstraction platforms and financial services moving to the edge of service providers. Duy is a product leader, having spent much of his career at FinTechs and InsureTechs. He started his career as a software developer building fraud detection software for CyberSource’s card processing system and eventually running engineering, product, and operations teams for various venture-backed companies. He is deeply passionate about financial services because he believes that the sector has both a huge opportunity and tremendous moral obligation to do societal good, and it’s largely failed our most vulnerable populations. He believes in the democratization of financial products and is committed to changing the way financial products are built… for good! Duy has baccalaureate degrees in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Physics and an MS in Computer Science from San José State University.

Snejina Zacharia (Founder & CEO of Insurify)

Snejina Zacharia

Founder & CEO of Insurify

Snejina Zacharia is the founder and CEO of Insurify, a one-stop-shop comparison platform for car, home, and life insurance. The platform uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to streamline the ordeal of shopping for insurance.

Snejina also holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, which is where she initially set the ball rolling for Insurify. Setting up such a hi-tech platform to address insurance issues needs a lot of hard work, and she has worked with passion, humility, leadership, and a team-centric attitude to achieve this success.

Snejina has over 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, and has worked with several enterprise software and consumer internet companies. Before founding Insurify, Snejina was part of Gartner, where she established and grew three businesses, each of which earned millions in annual revenue across the U.S. and Europe/Middle East/Asia (EMEA).