Steven Chan, Regional Head of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, PayPal
Steven Xavier Chan is the senior director and regional head of government relations, Asia-Pacific, for Paypal Inc. Based in Singapore, he leads government advocacy, strategy and outreach efforts in the region. Steven has more than 20 years of combined government and industry experience in international trade and public policy. Prior to joining Paypal, he served in Hong Kong for five years as the managing director and regional head of regulatory, industry and government affairs for State Street’s businesses in Asia Pacific. Steven also served as Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He previously held various positions in the US government as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State with overseas and domestic assignments in Mexico, China and Washington D.C., and as Deputy Director for China and Mongolia Affairs with the Department of Commerce. He also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting supporting change management and enterprise transformation projects for large organizations.
Steven is the founding board member of the Emerging Payments Association, Asia and serves on the Board of the National Center for APEC. He earned a Master of Arts in international economics and China studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs and economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Carolyn Breeze, General Manager Australia and New Zealand, GoCardless
Carolyn is an experienced leader with more than 20 years in the technology sector, including extensive international experience within the fintech, e-commerce, and telecommunications sectors.
For more than 20 years, she has been actively supporting brands to amplify their presence in relevant markets, elevate their customer experience, and form long-term partnerships. Carolyn’s work within Braintree a PayPal Service, eBay, Vodafone, and Telstra has seen her sharpen her sales, marketing, and leadership expertise, as well as her knowledge in conversion, payments, and digital transformation.
Carolyn’s effervescent personality has naturally enabled her to become a sought-after keynote speaker locally and internationally. She is passionate about creating opportunities for businesses in the region, within areas such as the future of payments and automation. She’s an advocate for workplace diversity and is focused on creating an inclusive working environment. Her primary goal is to empower organisations to drive inclusion and equality through technology and choice.
Her astute leadership and professionalism have resulted in Carolyn being awarded one of CEO Magazine’s IT and Telecommunications Executives of the Year in 2018, recognised as one of Business Insider's top 20 Women in Fintech and receiving the prestigious 'Advocate for Woman' award at the 2019 Woman in Payments symposium.
Lisa Robbins, Global Head, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Lisa Robins is Global Head of Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered and a member of Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking Management Team based in Singapore. She is responsible for the bank’s transaction banking activities including cash management, trade finance, and securities services.
Lisa’s international business career spans 38 years across Asia, Europe and the US. Before joining Standard Chartered, she was Head of Global Transaction Banking and Vice Chair of Corporate & Investment Bank for Asia Pacific in Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Lisa was based in Beijing overseeing JP Morgan’s Treasury and Securities Services businesses. In her 23 years with JP Morgan, she covered roles ranging from Treasury Product Management in Hong Kong to Trade Finance Sales in Paris, as well as Head of Strategy and Global Deposits in the US. She started her career running a subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus in Beijing.
Lisa holds a master of Arts from Stanford University and graduated with honours in Asian Studies and History from Tufts University. In 2014, she was awarded ‘Transaction Banker of the Year Award’ by The Asset’s Triple A awards and also by The Asian Banker in 2013. In 2014, she was named in Hall of Fame - Legend by the Global Custodian Magazine. In 2016, Lisa was conferred the IBF Fellow award by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore which recognises industry veterans who exemplify thought leadership and commitment to industry development.
Lisa is active on various non-profit organisations. In 1986, she is the co-founder of CHIFRASIE in Paris which focused on providing seminars and training on doing business in China. She is also a board member of OH!, a Singapore-based non-profit art organisation that provides alternative ways to experience art, outside of museums and galleries. In 2018, she joined the board of APLMA as a board director. APLMA is an affiliation of Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030. She is also on the Clearstream Group Advisory Board.
Brad Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Wave Money
Brad Jones is the Chief Executive Officer of Wave Money. Brad is an experienced executive specializing in digital finance, mobile money and business transformation in developing markets, including Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Previously Brad headed mobile money and innovation for Visa in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, North & West Africa and Pakistan. He has also been a retail payments and mobile money consultant to World Bank Group and Grameen Foundation, working in a variety of markets including the Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh and China. Prior to Visa, Brad was the founding Managing Director of Wing Cambodia, the first bank-led mobile money deployment in Asia. Brad has worked in financial services for fifteen years, and is well known in the emerging payments and mobile money industry as a delivery focused executive.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University in Australia, and post-graduate business qualifications from the University of Queensland.