There’s been no shortage of exciting Fintech news coming out of Australia over the last 12 months – from Square’s acquisition of Afterpay to Reinveture’s Coinbase exit to the launch of the Consumer Data Right; our Fintechs, investors and policy makers are at the forefront of global fintech trends.
To unpack what these changes mean for the future of Fintech, AWS and Fintech Australia are excited to present a webinar with Australia’s very best fintech minds, including Rebecca Schott-Guppy – CEO at Fintech Australia; Brian Hartzer – ex-CEO at Westpac and Chairman at Beforepay; Danny Gilligan – Founder at Reinventure and Alan Tsen – Founder at Fintech Radar.
Alan Tsen: By day, Alan works in global expansion at Chipper Cash. On nights and weekends, he’s an investor in early stage fintech startups and the author of the Fintech Radar Newsletter. He is currently deputy chairperson of FinTech Australia and a former member of the Federal Government’s Fintech Advisory Group and a current member of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee. Alan was the founding GM of Stone & Chalk, Melbourne and formerly an international tax lawyer a PwC.
Danny Gilligan: As both a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Danny Gilligan is at the forefront of driving disruptive innovation in Australia’s financial services sector. Co-founded with Simon Cant in 2013, Reinventure Group is a Founder-First Corporate Venture Fund with $150 million under management across 3 funds. To date Reinventure has invested in over 30 companies and is focused on backing proven entrepreneurs leading disruptive technology ventures which are primarily focused on Fintech and adjacent areas. Danny was also Co-founder and CEO of Data Republic until recently when it was acquired by IXUP. Data Republic is a trusted platform for secure data sharing between companies that aims to lead the transition to a data driven economy. Danny has involvement with various government and regulatory organisations including: Future Economy Council of Singapore (FEC), Treasurers Fintech Advisory Group (FTAG), and Fintech Australia. Danny was also a Founding Director of Stone & Chalk, an independent not-for-profit Fintech hub whose overarching objective is to help foster and accelerate the development of world-leading Fintech start-ups in Australia.
Brian Hartzer: Brian Hartzer is an experienced executive, leadership mentor and investor who served as CEO of the Westpac Banking Group from 2015 to 2019. Prior to his time as Westpac’s CEO, Brian spent 15 years in senior executive roles at major banks in Australia and the UK. These roles included CEO at Westpac and divisional chief executive roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and ANZ Banking Group. He has also served as Chairman of the Australian Banking Association and of the Retail Banking Committee of the British Bankers Association. Prior to joining ANZ, Brian spent ten years as a financial services strategy consultant at First Manhattan Consulting Group in New York, Melbourne, and San Francisco. Brian currently works as a senior advisor to both Sayers, a Melbourne-based investment and advisory firm, and to Quantium, a Sydney-based data science company. He is also an angel investor in and advisor to several Fintech and technology start-ups. Outside of commercial life, Brian serves as a Trustee of the Australian Museum and as Chairman of the Australian Museum Foundation Trust. He has previously served as Chairman of Save the Children Australia, Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children, and Chair of the Business Advisory Committee of the Australian National University. He graduated with a degree in European History from Princeton University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Brian holds dual US and Australian citizenship and lives in Sydney.
David Engel: David is a business development & channel partnerships executive, growth strategist, fintech expert, entrepreneur, and start-up advisor, with deep experience in SaaS, API & online marketplace businesses. David currently is Fintech BDM for Amazon Web Services, helping to accelerate the growth of ANZ Fintech and the ANZ Fintech ecosystem. With over 10 years of commercial and product leadership experience across tech and Financial Services, David brings a wealth of in-depth experience and energy to his work.
Rebecca Schot-Guppy: Rebecca is the CEO of peak fintech group FinTech Australia. FinTech Australia represents over 300 companies in Australia on key policy issues and supports the local fintech ecosystem with events and partnerships. It also works to grow Australian fintech sector’s influence abroad. Before working at FinTech Australia, Rebecca was head of community at fintech startup hub Stone & Chalk. She also practised as a corporate lawyer at Hall & Willcox.