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Enhanced Partnership | Trusted Data Corridor | FinTech | Inclusion | Innovation


8.00am – 8.30am – Registration

8.30am – 10.30am – New Zealand – Singapore Enhanced Partnership segment

10.30am – 5.20pm – FinTech & Digital Economy Innovation segment with focus on Global FinTech opportunities, Singapore FinTech Festival Roadshow and the APIX (a World Bank programme to spur global FinTech Innovation)

5.30pm – 7.00pm – Cocktail Reception Hosted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and HE Singapore High Commissioner to New Zealand


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New Zealand and Singapore, two nations that punch way above their weight, have enjoyed a strong and enduring friendship through 54 years of diplomatic relations. Both nations have set great examples over the years of building sustainable and diverse societies with a strong focus on driving economic growth through innovation.

On the 17th of May, 2019, New Zealand and Singapore formally elevated their bilateral relationship by concluding a new Enhanced Partnership. The Enhanced Partnership provides a framework to support bilateral cooperation in the following areas:

  • Trade and Economics
  • Security and Defence
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • People-to-People links.

Developing an enhanced science, technology and innovation partnership to support long-term economic, environmental and social outcomes is among the key focus areas for the two nations. Strengthening people-to-people ties in support of tourism, business and learning is a key component of the Enhanced Partnership.

The event will open with a section focusing on this enhanced partnership: the context, the Enhanced Partnership’s objectives, how it will work, and the opportunities it creates for the private sector and citizens in both Singapore and New Zealand.

This event will attract 80-100 leaders and attendees from government, reserve banks, financial institutions, technology companies, FinTech providers and the wider public sector. It is targeted at those involved in driving business opportunities and creating more inclusive, sustainable and ethical business practices, and will bring together key stakeholders from Singapore and New Zealand with the aim of increasing and encouraging both innovation and the flow of data between the two partner nations.

Event Objectives

The opening segment will focus on opportunities to collaborate, with a particular focus on the Digital Economy and FinTech as well as discussing global issues that can be addressed through joint innovation.

  • Driving greater joint innovation outcomes through stronger People to People Links and Industry Collaboration.
  • Creating a more sustainable future for generations ahead.
  • Discussing the importance of financial inclusion and its positive impact on societies.
  • Highlighting DeepTech Innovation from New Zealand and Singapore.
  • Showcasing API Exchange (APIX) Platform – an initiative of the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) , a not-for-profit entity that was jointly formed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the ASEAN Bankers Association. It is a global, open-architecture platform that supports financial innovation and inclusion in ASEAN and around the world.

The event will then deep dive into the Enhanced Partnership between New Zealand and Singapore followed by a cocktail reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Highlighting objectives, opportunities, and outcomes through the Enhanced Partnership to the citizens and broader business communities in both, New Zealand and Singapore.
  • Creating exponential socio-economic impact through stronger collaboration between New Zealand and Singapore.







Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa
55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand Venue Directions
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HE Jo Tyndall
New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore
Sopnendu Mohanty
Chief Fintech Officer,
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Dr. David Hardoon
Special Advisor (Artificial Intelligence), Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
Hayley Horan
New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore
Aisha Ross
Director Innovation and Business Development,
Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Amit Gupta
Andy Coon
Cove Insurance
Bernard Del Rey
Co-Founder & Group CEO,
Capital Preferences
Brett Holland
GM Innovation Services,
Brooke Roberts
Dave Morgan
Founder & Managing Director,
Emilie Fetscher
Co-Founder & Director, Stratamap
Gerald Mackenzie
Head of Innovation, Business Transformation, Credit Suisse
Graeme Muller
Ching Hui Wen
Regional Director,
Enterprise Singapore
Ian Pollard
Delta Insurance
James Brown
Jannat Maqbool
Principal Advisor,
Kaye Maree Dunn
Co-founder, Ahau
Kevin Whitmore
Business Innovation Advisor,
Callaghan Innovation
Larissa Vaughan
Acting CEO,
Kiwibank Insurance
Michael Lovegrove
Mitchell Pham
Chairman, Augen Software Group & FinTechNZ
Navin Suri
Founder & CEO,
Pete Weaver
Aider International
Serge van Dam
Shailesh Naik
Founder & CEO,
Stanley Wang
Managing Director,
Steve Wiggins
Chief Executive,
Payments NZ

As Chief Executive of Payments NZ and the newly launched Payments NZ API Centre™, Steve is responsible for ensuring the New Zealand payments industry remains innovative, progressive, interoperable and self-governing. He came to the role with extensive experience in senior executive roles through a career spanning more than three decades in industries as diverse as finance, energy, and consultancy services.
Steve is responsible for leading Payments NZ in working with the industry to understand and explore innovation and capabilities that future-proof and improve New Zealand’s payments system. Most recently, he led the organisation in working with the industry to pave the way for open banking in New Zealand. This was achieved through the development of common standards for payment-related APIs and the establishment of an API Centre, both crucial building blocks towards a more open future in payments.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University of Wellington and is experienced in all aspects of business management, marketing and sales, and technology development and transfer.
Ullrich Loeffler
Chief Operating Officer,

Ullrich is responsible for developing new business models around Ecosystm’s research platform, as well as expanding its network of independent analysts to ensure users only get the most in-depth, expert insights available. A passionate advocate of disruptive technologies and innovation, Ullrich is a regular speaker at conference and in the media, talking about technology enabled business transformation.

Prior to joining Ecosystm, Ullrich spent over 10 years at research firm, IDC. Starting his career as an analyst, he climbed the ranks to become Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand in 2014, overseeing all sales, research and consulting activities.

Ullrich holds a Master’s degree in Business & Economics, with majors in Industrial Economics, Industrial Management and Marketing. He is a converted rugby fan and keen kitesurfer.


Monetary Authority of Singapore
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator. As a central bank, MAS promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and liquidity in the banking sector. As an integrated financial supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound conduct, and investor education. MAS also works with the financial industry to promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of skills in the financial industry.
The Association of Banks in Singapore
The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) is a non-profit organisation that represents the interests of the commercial and investment banking community. As at 31 Jan 2016, our membership comprised 154 local and foreign banks/institutions and representative offices operating in Singapore
NZTech's vision is a prosperous New Zealand underpinned by technology.
NZTech is creating a prosperous New Zealand, led by a vibrant technology industry, Supporting business growth and export capabilities, Growing skills and talent for a strong future, and Creating a vibrant future with government
The New Zealand Financial Innovation & Technology Association (FinTechNZ) helps companies connect, promote and advance the trends shaping the FinTech ecosystem.
FintechNZ's aim is to help New Zealand FinTech businesses succeed by providing a collaborative voice, creating connections, promoting FinTech to sector members, government, public and international community. In supporting international growth FintechNZ endeavour to advocate, attract and develop talent, with a view to increase export opportunities. FinTechNZ also provides thought leadership for the FinTech sector.
New Zealand Bankers Association
Established in 1891, the New Zealand Bankers' Association is the industry's voice and promotes policy outcomes which contribute to a strong and stable banking system that benefits New Zealanders and the New Zealand economy.

The Association provides a forum for member banks to work together on non-competitive industry issues.

It is a non-profit unincorporated Association funded by member banks through subscriptions. Membership of the Association is open to any bank registered under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989. Currently fourteen registered banks are members of the Association.

The governing body of the Association is the Council, comprising the Chief Executive of each member bank.
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) represents New Zealand in formal communications with other countries and their governments. By building connections and influence in other countries, MFAT works to secure outcomes that matter to New Zealand.

MFAT also monitors and interprets changes in international political, diplomatic and trade situations. Based on this information, it provides the Government with advice, and then acts to promote and protect New Zealand’s interests.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise purpose is to grow companies internationally – bigger, better, faster – for the benefit of New Zealand. This means they work to increase New Zealand companies’ international success, by helping them boost their global reach and build capability.