FinTech Association Of Hong Kong Appoints Its First Board Of Directors

jumpstart magazineHong Kong, 28 March 2018 | The FinTech Association of Hong Kong has appointed its first board of directors with Mr. Henri Arslanian appointed as its Chairman. This comes as the Association expands its activities in representing the Hong Kong FinTech community at home and overseas.

The Association had been run by a temporary board of volunteers since its launch in June 2017. The new board members will serve for a two-year term, renewable once.  They come from across the local community, representing the diversity of FinTech in Hong Kong in gender, stakeholder grouping and background.  Together, they will guide the development of the Association and oversee the activities of its committees.

Since its launch, the Association has attracted over 800 members from more than 150 firms, and over 1,500 people have attended one of its events.  Its 12 committees have held over 60 meetings, resulting in activities including the publication of a paper on Best Practices in Token Sales and participating in HKMA’s New Era of Smart Banking initiative.  The Association has also been a supporting partner at over 15 external events, including Hong Kong FinTech Week and the ASIFMA Annual Conference.

Henri Arslanian, newly appointed Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, said, “Hong Kong has tremendous FinTech potential and the FinTech Association of Hong Kong is fully committed to bringing together the various elements of the ecosystem to ensure we not only achieve our goals but also surpass them.”

Over the course of 2018, it plans to continue organising activities that link to its three main goals:

  • Advocate – create the unified voice for the Hong Kong FinTech ecosystem
  • Collaborate – bring together the diverse parts of the community
  • Educate – learn from existing leaders and nurture the next generation of talent

These will include launching a blockchain knowledge club, publishing a white paper on privacy and security concerns in payments, and making a formal response to HKMA’s Open API initiative. The Association will also be adding two new committees, (a) China Greater Bay Fintech Committee & (b) Cybersecurity Committee

The board members are:

Henri Arslanian (chairman) – PwC
Matt Dooley – Connected Thinking
Marc Entwistle – EY
Karen C Farzam – Whub
Veronica Fung – Societe Generale
Lawrence Li – TNG
Simon Loong – WeLab
Alex Medana – FinFabrik
Benedicte Nolens – Ex-SFC, Hong Kong
Benjamin Quinlan – Quinlan & Associates
Maaike Steinebach – Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Amanda Tung – ANX International

About the FinTech Association of Hong Kong
The FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) is an independent, not-for-profit, member-driven organisation that is the voice of the FinTech community in Hong Kong.  Members range from promising startups and passionate individuals to global financial institutions and service providers. FTAHK is currently led by a volunteer group of board members from the FinTech community who care about the future of FinTech in Hong Kong, greater China and Asia.  The Association’s three initial goals are to:

  • Advocate – create the unified voice for the Hong Kong FinTech ecosystem
  • Collaborate – bring together the diverse parts of the community
  • Educate – learn from existing leaders and nurture the next generation of talent

The Association is organised and led by the community for the community through a series of committees which will initially focus on the following areas of FinTech:

●        Artificial Intelligence ●        InsurTech
●        Big Data ●        Payments
●        Blockchain ●        Policy/Advocacy
●        Design & Experience ●        RegTech
●        Digital Banking ●        Talent & Diversity
●        Financial Literacy & Inclusion ●        WealthTech

For more information about the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and how you can join, go to: http://hkfintech.org/

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