FinTech is fast taking over the financial services sector across the world. It is seen by some as a disruptive force that is leaving a huge impact on the lives of consumers. In the second chapter of the Singapore Fintech Festival, many women experts, female founders and leaders will be sharing their wisdom and experience in the field.

Titled “Leaders Dialogue: Re-Defining Digital Leadership”, this is the first panel to kick-start the entire conference. It is also one of the most important sessions of the festival. And the better news is, it is an all-female panel consisting of five game-changers in the international FinTech landscape.

Here, we have compiled a list of the speakers of the panel:

Adrienne A. Harris

Adrienne comes from the United States of America, where she is the Chief Business Development Officer and General Counsel of States Title, Inc., a San Francisco-based, insur-tech start-up. Previously, she served as Special Assistant for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council at the White House during President Obama’s administration.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., Adrienne was an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York. Her responsibilities included representing financial institutions and other corporations in regulatory enforcement proceedings and matters relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University, J.D. from Columbia University Law School and M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Adrienne is currently on the Board of Directors for the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and the Bank Director FinXTech Advisory Board. She is also a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations.


Singapore FinTech Festival 2017: Female Leaders Take the Stage
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Heather Cox

Heather Cox is the first chief technology and digital officer of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a Texas-based financial services group of companies where she manages a workforce of 10,000 employees. Before joining USAA, she was the Chief Executive at Citigroup’s FinTech department.

Heather was also the Head of Card Operations at Capital One Financial Corporation before she moved to Citigroup. There, she built, led and delivered a comprehensive customer experience strategy, leveraging digital innovations and customer data insights for further growth, customer engagement, and operating efficiency.

She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was named “One of the Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker in 2015.  She has also received numerous other accolades. Besides that, Heather is also an active advocate of social causes. She is a board member of LIFT which is a non-profit organisation aiming towards permanent poverty alleviation.


Jessica Tan

Jessica is an MIT-graduate with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics with a 5.0/5.0 GPA. She kicked off her career with McKinsey & Company in 2000, working with global and Asian leading financial companies and regulatory authorities in 15 countries. She focused on strategy, innovation, operations and technology.

At present, Jessica is the CEO, COO, CIO and Chairwoman of Ping An Group Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. She oversees ten internet and platform businesses under the group. She is also a member of on the board of directors for more than ten subsidiaries of Ping An.


Janet Young

Janet is part of the senior leadership team at UOB Group. She serves as the Managing Director of Group Channels and Digitalisation. She was previously the International Business Head for subsidiaries of multinational corporations of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Commercial Bank. With over 25 years of experience in corporate and banking, Janet works with Business and Technology partners internally and Fintech and ecosystem players externally. She was also the Director of Info-communications of Development Authority of Singapore until October 1, 2016.

Janet earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Nanyang Technological University.


Singapore FinTech Festival 2017: Female Leaders Take the Stage
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Haslinda Amin

Haslinda is the moderator of the panel. After graduating from NUS with majors in International Politics and the English Language, Haslinda began her career as a Markets Reporter with Bloomberg Television. She then moved on to cover Southeast Asian (SEA) and South Asian politics. She is currently the Chief International Correspondent for SEA, and the Host and Executive Producer of ‘High Flyers’, a talk show featuring the elite of Asia’s business.

Not only that, she also has experience reporting on financial and political developments including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forums, the bloody anti-government clashes in Thailand, developments in Pakistan as well as President Barack Obama’s first visit to Asia. Haslinda has previously interviewed world leaders such as founding father Lee Kuan Yew and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.


Other Female Speakers

Many other female speakers will be participating in the conference. They include:

Anju Patwardhan

She is the Managing Director of CreditEase China for its global Fintech Investment Fund and Fund of Funds. She was also a 2016 Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University. Anju has over 25 years of experience in banking.



Laura Noonan 

Laura Noonan is the investment banking correspondent at the Financial Times. She reports on the world’s biggest banks and trends across the global industry, from Europe, the US and Asia. Laura holds a degree in journalism from Dublin City University.


Viola Llewellyn

Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of award-winning Ovamba Solutions, Inc. It is Africa’s first “FinTech” company which creates technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia-compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services. She stands amongst the top 200 “Women in FinTech Powerlist 2016”.


Singapore FinTech Festival 2017 is set to happen from November 13 to 17. Read more to know why you should attend it.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva