Leading global consultants grace the stage for Singapore Fintech Festival

14 November 2018 Consultancy.asia 4 min. read

The highly anticipated Singapore Fintech Festival has finally rolled around for 2018, with a number of high-profile participants from the consulting realm set to speak across the festival’s three-day conference schedule.

Running from the 12th to the 16th at the Singapore EXPO convention and exhibition centre, the Singapore Fintech festival is the world’s premiere gathering of pundits from the fintech community, with 450 exhibitors and nearly 40,000 attendees expected to flock to the event, including banking and financial industry executives, regulatory authorities, fintech entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, and members of the consultancy domain.

With Deloitte a grand sponsor, and other leading global consultancies including KPMG (platinum sponsor), Milliman (silver sponsor) and Synechron (which will launch a its FinLab concept in Singapore to coincide with the event), providing support, the festival will feature a series of events, including a Global FinTech Hackcelerator Demo Day, an Innovation Lab Crawl, FinTech Awards, and a primary Conference & Exhibition.

Also featuring at the event during the conference are 250 expert, regulatory representative, and business executive speakers from across the globe (alongside dignitaries such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde), drawn from a broad range of leading financial institutions and tech firms, as well as some of the biggest names in the international consulting domain.Global leading consultants grace the stage for Singapore Fintech FestivalBroken into nine primary themes across 70 sessions on five separate stages, including topics on the future of banking and the future of money, AI in Finance, Financial inclusion, InsurTech, and Cybersecurity, TechRisk and RegTech, the schedule includes a number of individual presentations as well as panel discussions – kicked off on the opening day by Ravi Menon, Managing Director of event organiser the Monetary Authority of Singapore.


As to speakers from the consulting domain, event grand sponsor Deloitte will have a number of representatives from the Americas, including US-based Bob Contri, Global Financial Services Industry Leader; Ranjit Bawa, Cloud Leader for Technology in the US; Carlos Orta, Regulatory Risk Leader, Mexico, and; Michael Tang, Partner & Global Financial Services Digital Transformation Leader from Deloitte Canada.

Big Four rivals KPMG meanwhile will be represented by Ian Pollari, Head of Banking, Australia & Co-Head, Global Fintech from KPMG Australia together with Ram Lakshminarayanan, a Partner with the firm’s local branch, while Michal Mazur Management Consulting Partner and Global Head, Drone Powered Solutions (DPS), and Pierre Legrand, Chief Technologist, will take the stage for PwC.

The remaining Big Four member, Ernst & Young – the curator of the Investor Summit’s pre-event start-up/investor match-making platform MATCH, which has to date generated $12 billion in pledged capital – will be represented by Asia Pacific TAS Markets, Accounts & Business Development Leader, Amitava Guharoy (Ernst & Young Solutions) and Brian Thung, a Partner with the firm based in Singapore.

Further speakers from the consulting world include Accenture’s Andreas Braun (Germany) and David Treat (US), respectively Managing Director and Data Business Group lead for Accenture Technology in Europe and Global Blockchain Lead, while the lesser MBB contingent consists of Bain & Company Senior Partner and Asia Head of private Equity Suvir Varma (Singapore) and The Boston Consulting Group’s Senior Executive Advisor Murli Buluswar of the US.