• BlockFin Asia 2016

    HCM City


    Exploring FinTech Possibilities

  • Speakers

    An incredible lineup

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    Diep Nguyen

    Executive Vice Chairman, MoMo

    MoMo is Vietnam's leading mobile commerce ecosystem that allows financial institutions to provide micropayments and microsavings to low-income families.


    Diep previously served as deputy director of the Sales and Marketing Division of VNPT Ho Chi Minh City.

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    Nathan Lane

    Economic Section Chief, U.S. Consulate General, Ho Chi Minh City

    Nathan Lane heads the Economic Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.


    Prior to Vietnamese training, he served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary Robert Hormats.


    Previous assignments include the Office of Multilateral Trade Affairs, Minsk, the Operations Center, Moscow and Monterrey. He holds an M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. from the University of Nebraska.

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    Tom Moyes

    Project Director & Senior Access to Finance Advisor—Mekong Business Initiative, Asian Development Bank

    Tom Moyes is Project Director of the Mekong Business Initiative—MBI—a project of the Asian Development Bank supported by Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


    Prior to joining MBI, Tom spent seven years with the World Bank Group, serving as Senior Technical Advisor to the AgriFin Program, and before that as IFC's Access to Finance Program Manager in Indonesia.


    Tom started his career as a commercial bank loan officer for Swiss Bank Corporation in New York City. He has a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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    Sean Preston

    Country Manager (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos), Visa

    Sean Preston is Visa’s Country Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, responsible for all aspects of Visa’s business in these fast-growing emerging economies.


    Sean has had a diverse international career with more than 20 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry covering credit card portfolio development and management, loyalty, marketing, sales, operations, project management, process reengineering and vendor management.


    A New Zealander, Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, a postgraduate Diploma in Banking from Massey University, and is a Fellow of the Financial
    Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

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    Warren Cammack

    Head of Innovation, Vietnam International Bank & General Manager, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

    Warren is responsible for designing and executing the roadmap that will lead to VIB becoming Viet Nam’s most innovative and customer-centric bank. In the last 12 months, VIB released the country’s finest native mobile app, the first Apple Watch app in Vietnam, social media recruitment programs, instant account opening and a richer customer experience website. All designed from the ground up using customer-centric design methods.


    Warren has more than 15 years experience working in digital roles, 11 of which were in financial services. His career combines positions in large corporations and responsibilities in public sector, SME and start-up organisations.

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    Sandeep Deobhakta

    Head of Retail Banking, VP Bank

    Sandeep is Head of Retail Banking at VP Bank. He has been in this position since May 2015. Previously, Sandeep lived and worked in numerous countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US.


    His prior roles include consumer banking, wealth management and transformation roles at various international financial institutions starting with Citibank, Standard Bank, Barclays and AIA Group. He also served as Head of Retail at Shinsei Bank in Japan, one of the earliest, digitally-enabled banks in Japan, which was launched in 2001.


    Sandeep is a Sloan Fellow and has an MBA from MIT, Sloan School of Management.

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    Maxime de Guillebon

    Head of Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam

    Maxime has worked in the payment and cash management space for 12 years across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Since coming to Vietnam in 2012, his focus has been applying the latest trends in digital payments and collection to the local market. Maxime led Standard Chartered initiatives in Vietnam that cover mobile money for corporate, MPOS, online gateway, mobile e-commerce and digital supply chains.

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    Yee Chung Seck

    Partner, Baker & McKenzie (Vietnam)

    Chung leads the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions, IT/C, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare practices in Vietnam assisting companies such as eBay, Kirin, Valeant, Navis Capital, Diageo and Shiseido with acquisitions.


    He was ranked as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Asia, IFLR1000, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global as well as a Recommended Lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal and PLC Which Lawyer?.


    Chung serves as vice president for Singapore Business Group as well as a member of Hong Kong Business Association Vietnam, American Chamber of Commerce, Law Society of Singapore and British Business Group Vietnam.

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    Anson Zeall

    CEO & Co-founder, CoinPip

    Anson is CEO and co-founder of CoinPip, a Blockchain-based fund transfer service headquartered in Singapore. He is also Chairman of ACCESS, an industry advocacy group.


    He is a Blockchain 101 instructor at General Assembly Singapore and taught Blockchain 101 at INSEAD.


    Prior to CoinPip, Anson ran a private family office in Singapore managing various asset classes, equities, derivatives and real estate.

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    Duc Tran

    Head of Funds, FPT Ventures

    FPT Ventures is the venture arm of FPT Corporation, the leading ICT corporation in Vietnam. It supports startups by providing access to FPT's customer base, technology infrastructure, media and marketing resources. Launched in May 2015, the fund invests up to USD 1 million in early-stage Vietnam startups.

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    Roger Ver

    Angel Investor

    As an early Blockchain adopter, Roger has provided seed capital to numerous FinTech startups including Blockchain.info, Ripple and BitPay. Roger travels the world as an advocate of distributed ledger technologies.

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    Eddie Thai

    Venture Partner, 500 Startups

    500 Startups is an early-stage venture capital firm and accelerator.


    Eddie focuses on startups targeting or entering the Vietnamese market and leveraging Vietnamese talent.


    He previously served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for CJ CGV Vietnam, and as Senior Analyst at Dean & Company Strategy Consultants.

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    Simon Dixon

    CEO & Co-founder, BnkToTheFuture.com

    Simon is also a fund manager and author of the book, ‘Bank to the Future.’


    BankToTheFuture.com is an investment platform that accepts Blockchain-based payments. It opens the market for investing in private businesses including FinTech and Blockchain companies as well as other alternative financial products.


    The service offers a new method to raise capital that no longer excludes small businesses that can not afford the costs and upfront fees.

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    Pavel Kravchenko

    Co-founder, Distributed Lab

    DistributedLab is a research lab involved in the development of cutting-egde blockchain projects.


    Pavel is a decentralized systems expert, university lecturer and public speaker. He serves as Vice Chancellor for Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics.


    Previously, he served as chief cryptographer for Tembusu Terminals Pte Ltd, and as cryptographer for Stellar Development Foundation.

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    Hieu Vo

    Associate Director, Dragon Capital

    Hieu is an Associate Director of Private Capital at Dragon Capital Group Ltd. He a supervisory board member for VietFund Management and curates the Fintech Club Vietnam forum.


    Before Dragon Capital, Hieu was an assistant chief representative at Raiffeisen Bank International AG.

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    Luis Buenaventura

    CTO, BloomSolutions

    Luis started working in the Blockchain remittance space in early 2014 and built one of the most recognizable brands. He popularized the term 'rebittance'​ to describe the token-to-cash solution that many similar young businesses around the world are currently offering.


    His writing on the Blockchain and its impact on remittances and mobile money has been featured on Techcrunch, The Next Web, Tech in Asia and Rappler.


    In 2015, Luis presented on these topics at the International Money Transfer Conference (IMTC) in Las Vegas and Miami, at the Brookings Blum Roundtable in Aspen, and at an industry conference in SIngapore.

    Luis has been building tech startups in the Philippines for nearly a decade. He blogs at medium.com/@cryptonight

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    Phil Trinh

    Co-founder, Bitcoin Vietnam

    Phil is a co-founder of Bitcoin Vietnam with responsibility for the company's IT infrastructure.


    He has prior working experience in various industries including high frequency trading, e-commerce and software services at IBM, Susquehanna International Group and ZALORA.

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    Dave Chapman

    COO & Co-founder, ANX International

    Dave Chapman is the Chief Operating Officer of ANX International, a financial technology company specialising in Blockchain technologies, digital assets and payment solutions. Supporting more than 1 million customers and employing over 100 staff, it is one of the largest technology companies in the world focused on Blockchain initiatives.


    Prior to cofounding ANX International, Dave spent 12 years in investment banking and technology roles specialising in the analysis of low-latency pre-trade risk and order management systems. Throughout his banking career, Dave has been responsible for the design and implementation of a wide-ranging suite of trading platforms. He has managed large, global teams at HSBC, Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital, ABN Amro, Bear Stearns and other institutions.


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    Evelyn Hae Kyung Chung

    Director of Marketing & Business Development, Coinplug

    Evelyn is developing the Blockchain technology ecosystem in Korea through marketing and by building partnerships with existing finance/IT/FinTech industry stakeholders.


    She previously worked in online marketing where Evelyn managed the licensing of games to local partners and marketing agencies.

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    Jerry David Chan

    Co-founder, Bittoku

    Jerry is a financial technologist who has worked on Wall Street trading desks at Goldman Sachs and J. P. Morgan for a total of 14 years.


    Experienced in derivative risk pricing systems and big bank politics, Jerry has turned to the field of financial monetary reform. He sees technology as a way to evolve the current monetary systems to one that is more fair and sustainable for the betterment of the under-served and the global economy.


    Jerry is author of the monetary reformist blog WallStreetTechnologist.com and works on various blockchain-related projects in Asia. The most recent venture, Satoricoin.jp, is the first customizable physical Blockchain token aimed at the mass market.

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    Jason Park

    CTO, Korbit

    Korbit is a leading Korean provider of blockchain-related services.  The company recently launched Hyphen, an aggregator for cross-border payouts with distributed ledger settlement.


    Prior to joining Korbit, Jason co-founded two mobile-based startups in South Korea.  He also worked at Accenture as a consultant for several years in the U.S, specializing in delivering custom IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies.

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    Neil Woodfine

    Co-founder, Remitsy

    Remitsy is building a next-generation payments platform for international trade. It offers a solution for lower-cost cross-border payments to China.

    Prior to starting Remitsy, Neil managed business development at the largest Blockchain exchange operator in China. He has a diverse background in manufacturing, logistics, and international trade.


    Neil is a prominent member of China's FinTech community. He is fluent in Mandarin, having lived and worked in China since 2004.

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    Tone Vays

    Head of Research, BraveNewCoin

    Tone, a 10-year Wall Street veteran, started as a risk analyst at Bear Stearns. Later moving to JPMorgan Chase as Vice President, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, his expertise is in Economic Trends, Trading and Risk Analysis.


    He is the Head of Research at BraveNewCoin where you can find his latest work.


    Tone holds a Masters Degree in Financial Engineering from Florida State University and Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and geology.

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    Mona Zoet

    Partner, ThinkMola

    Mona is an accomplished AML/KYC subject matter expert. She is the Director of Risk Management and Special Projects for ACCESS. Her work includes working with the Global Blockchain Forum to establish best practices and practical guidelines for consumers and businesses in this domain.

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    David Watson

    General Director, Future.Travel

    David founded his first company while teaching marketing and management at a university in Australia. The company went on to be listed as one of Australia's top 10 fastest growing companies by BRW for several years. After selling that enterprise, his focus shifted to Asia and Vietnam markets.


    With a history of building successful businesses, David is now working on a global scale with Future.Travel being directly marketed in 14 countries worldwide.

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    Ham Tran

    Vilcek Award Winning Writer & Director of Sieu Trom (Blockchain Heist)

    As director, Ham's credits include 'The Anniversary,' 'Journey From the Fall,' 'How to Fight in Six Inch Heels' and 'Hollow.'


    Ham has produced and worked on numerous films, most notably: 'Owl and the Sparrow,' 'Oh, Saigon' and 'The Rebel.'

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    Junya Yamamoto

    COO, Cardano Labo Vietnam

    Junya established Cardano Labo Vietnam in September 2015 with 1 million USD of seed funding. The company is based in Ho Chi Minh City with a mandate to research and develop financial technology initiatives, including blockchains. Today, the company has 30 employees from 10 countries who build gaming ecosystem products and service.


    Prior to this, Junya worked in fund management operations in Japan, helping to grow a technology venture capital fund to 100 people.

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    Nicole Nguyen

    Marketing Team Leader, Cardano Labo Vietnam

    Nicole leads Cardano Labo's product marketing team and serves as the community outreach manager. She brings a wealth of experience from prior roles in both finance and consumer goods. Through her NGO project development work for Asian Development Bank and World Bank, Nicole brings in-depth domain knowledge of IT, financial technology and the local startup community.

  • Presenters

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    Rick Yvanovich

    Founder & CEO, TRG International

    Rick has worked for 30 years across broad industries in the UK, China, Singapore, Switzerland and Vietnam.


    In 1994, he founded TRG, a technology company with a vision of making businesses shine by providing IT equipment that outperforms.


    Rick is probably the longest Vietnam-domiciled Brit in the country.

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    Huong Nguyen

    Co-founder, Viet Youth Entrepreneurs

    Huong was named to the Forbes Vietnam '30 Under 30' list this year for her inspirational work with Viet Youth Entrepreneurs.


    Founded in 2011, VYE is the first and only entrepreneurship movement in Vietnam that is by the youth and for the youth. With technology entrepreneurship at its core, the organisation develops aspiring talent through education, mentorship and collaboration.

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    Tomo Huynh

    Technologist & entrepreneur

    Tomo is a technologist and entrepreneur with a 9-year track record in Vietnam and additional startup experience in the US.


    As a fixture in the local startup and tech community since its early days, Tomo organised numerous events like BarCamp Saigon. He is a SHIELD (Startup Hub for Investment, Education, and Leadership Development) board member and a popular mentor at hackathons and startup events.

  • FinTech Talks

    Relevant, concise and inspiring

    [download schedule]

    MoMo—Mobile Money for Financial Inclusion in Vietnam

    Diep Nguyen, MoMo

    Emerging Regulatory Approaches to FinTech: Spotlight on P2P Lending

    Tom Moyes and Tobias Fischer, Asian Development Bank

    Reinventing Remittances with the Blockchain

    Luis Buenaventura, BloomSolutions​

    Applications of Blockchain: Ukraine Case Study

    Pavel Kravchenko, Distributed Lab

    (THE) Blockchain

    Jerry David Chan, Bittoku

    Blockchain Analysis for Detecting Illicit Activity

    Mona Zoet, ThinkMola

  • FinTech Panels

    Get the big picture

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    Regulation panel: Hurdles to adoption

    • Yee Chung Seck, Baker & McKenzie
    • Warren Cammack, Vietnam International Bank
    • Diep Nguyen, Momo
    • Tobias Fischer, Asian Development Bank

    Investor panel: Strategies to promote investment in FinTech

    • Hieu Vo, Dragon Capital
    • Simon Dixon, BnkToTheFuture.com
    • Eddie Thai, 500 Startups
    • Duc Tran, FPT Ventures

    Digital payments panel: The impact of new technologies

    • Sean Preston, Visa
    • Sandeep Deobhakta, VP Bank
    • Maxime de Guillebon, Standard Chartered Bank
    • Jason Park, Korbit
    • David Watson, Future.Travel

    Asia Panel: On the frontier of change

    • Phil Trinh, Vietnam, VBTC
    • Evelyn Hae Kyung Chung, Korea, Coinplug
    • Dave Chapman, Hong Kong, ANX International
    • Neil Woodfine, China, Remitsy
  • Blockchain Talks

    All about Blockchain

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    The current state of Blockchain

    Roger Ver, Angel Investor

    Technology’s new role in investment and financial markets

    Simon Dixon, BnkToTheFuture.com

    Disrupting international transfer services

    Anson Zeall, CoinPip

    The decentralized future

    Junya Yamamoto and Nicole Nguyen, Cardano Labo Vietnam​

    Wall Street technical analysis applied to Blockchain-based asset trading

    Tone Vays, BraveNewCoin

    The making of ‘Bitcoin Heist’

    Ham Tran, Film Director

  • Sponsors

    Cardano Labo
    ANX International
  • Partners

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  • Media

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  • Venues

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    Duxton Hotel Saigon

    FinTech Conference

    16th June

    63 Nguyen Hue Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


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    Hard Rock Cafe

    Blockchain Talks

    15th June

    Kumho Asiana Plaza, 39 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


  • Core Organizers

    With thanks to Linh Hoang, Christopher Day, Jonathan Brown and many others

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    Robert Vong

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    Dominik Weil

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    Phuong Nguyen

  • Questions

    Join us on the new frontier