Judging panel

Judging panel


The Awards will be judged by a panel a panel of industry experts and former central bankers over a week in July. Winners will then be notified by the Central Banking team before the event in Singapore.

To see information on this year's judges please click on their pictures below:
 

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Liz Lumley

Liz Lumley is a global specialist commentator on global financial technology. She has spent over 20 years working in the financial technology space, most recently as Managing Director at Startupbootcamp FinTech London and as an editor at financial services and technology newswire, Finextra.

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Daniel Heller

Visiting Fellow, former Head of Financial Stability

Swiss National Bank

Daniel Heller is a financial sector expert and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL).  He also advises the World Bank and several start-up companies in the area of Fintech and digital currencies. In 2017, he was a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington where he published widely on impact of emerging digital technologies such as blockchain on the financial sector, financial stability, and central banking. Before joining the Institute, he was head of financial stability at the Swiss National Bank, head of the Secretariat of the Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems at the Bank for International Settlements. 
 

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Vivek Bajaj

Vivek is the global vice president of Solutions for IBM Financial Services. He leads a worldwide team of experienced Sales, Technical Sales and Industry consultants who work with major financial institutions to deliver pre-built industry specific solutions in the areas of risk & compliance, client insight, payments & counter fraud.
 

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Eugéne Etsebeth

Eugéne Etsebeth is currently the business unit head for Central Banks, ACH and Payments at Sybrin. He previously worked at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) as a senior business analyst for the National Payment Systems Department. He was the founding chair of the Virtual Currencies and Distributed Ledger Technology working group at the SARB.
 

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Richard Heckinger

Richard Heckinger is a financial markets management professional.  He retired in 2015 as vice president and senior policy advisor of the Financial Markets Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He started his career in financial markets at the Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1973, with subsequent executive positions at the Montreal (Stock) Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as Clearing House Manager. He has also worked as Chief Operating Officer of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and eventually Chief Executive and Board Member of its subsidiary, the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Corporation.  
 

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Devie Mohan

Devie Mohan is an influential writer, speaker and commentator on fintech, and is the co-founder and chief executive of Burnmark, a fintech research company which supplies research and data to all players of the fintech ecosystem. She is also a proponent of a fintech ecosystem where banks and startups collaborate to drive innovation. She is a panel member on the ING Group Think Forward initiative on better financial decision making. 
 

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Victor Anderson

Editor in chief

Victor Anderson is editor-in-chief of Waters magazine and WatersTechnology. He joined the Risk Waters Group (now part of Infopro Digital) in 2001 and has covered the capital markets and financial technology industries across various titles and brands since then. His specific areas of interest include anything to do with start-ups operating in the capital markets, especially early-stage firms grappling with scalability issues and converting good ideas into sustainable businesses; the Agile development methodology; vendor-client relationships; and technologies that offer new solutions to existing challenges. 

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David Birch

David Birch is an author, advisor and commentator on digital financial services. He is Global Ambassador for secure electronic transactions consultancy Consult Hyperion, Technology Fellow at London-based think tank the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI) and Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey Business School. He is also principal at 15Mb, his own advisory company. Dave is one of the most influential voices within the fintech community. 

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Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is an independent consultant and author. He chairs the Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovate, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of various firms including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund.