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This list showcases the top Hong Kong based CEO’ operating in the Payments space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Co-founder and CEO of TymeBank
Coen Jonker is the co-founder and CEO of Tyme. Coen Jonker was previously the Group Executive, International Financial Services (IFS), responsible for the Group’s offshore retail banking, digital banking and life insurance businesses outside Australia and New Zealand. With financial inclusion at its core, Coen leads a team focused on increasing access to, and awareness of, financial services through digital innovation for underserved consumers and small businesses. With more than 23 years’ experience in legal, financial and professional services, Coen began his career in law and became the CEO for Edward Nathan, Africa’s largest law firm, in 2000. He has also served as the Executive Committee of Nedcor Investment Bank, and as the Director of Inclusive Banking at Standard Bank in South Africa. Coen holds an MBA and two law degrees with honours. He has held multiple Board positions, including eBank Namibia, TYME, Edward Nathan and more recently Vietnam International Bank (VIB). Coen’s other contributions include his role as Advisor to the Gates Foundation on Poverty Alleviation, and a lecturer in Corporate Governance & Ethics and Emerging Markets at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. Prior to joining the Group, Coen was the co-founder and CEO of TYME (Take Your Money Everywhere) – a South African FinTech start-up which CBA acquired in 2015. Before commencing as Group Executive IFS, Coen was the Executive General Manager responsible for the digital banking strategy across IFS.
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About Commonwealth Bank of Australia, TymeBank: TymeBank is a South African fully black-owned and controlled investment company.
Co-Founder and CEO of XanPool
Jeffery Liu is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chief Executive Officer at XanPool.
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About XanPool: XanPool is a fintech firm that offers a software solution for exchanges, wallets, and other cryptocurrency businesses.
Co-Founder and CEO of Bitspark
Founder at Bitspark
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About Bitspark: Bitspark is a web and mobile platform that has built products and services that make it easier to buy, exchange and sell crypto with cash.
Co-Founder & CEO of Shopline
Tony is an experienced System Architect in web and app development. He has extensive experience in media industry working at TVB.com, Next Media and fashion startup Viss. Tony is looking to continue to develop apps to solve old-world problems with new-world technologies and modern design. His multicultural background is a valuable asset, born and raised in South America, Canada, Singapore, and HK. Tony is our hacker and technology guru. Besides coding, Tony is constantly thinking in ways of improving a product and adding new features.
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About Shopline: Shopline is a global smart commerce enabler providing a true omni-channel platform.
CEO of Currenxie
Riccardo has extensive experience in investment banking and asset management. He has held senior roles at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, Goldman Sachs and quantitative hedge fund JCH Capital. Riccardo is also a Responsible Officer under the HK SFC for Types 1, 4 and 9 regulated activities. He grew up in Hong Kong and holds a B.Eng in Aeronautical Engineering from City, University of London.
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About Currenxie: Currenxie is a fintech company that offers business accounts, bank and card payments, and currency exchange for the borderless economy.
CEO and co-founder of TiENPAY
William Tien have more than 12 years global knowledge in delivery of varies financial payment methods through telecommunication network via SMS. TiENPAY is developed with the working with varies advance financial transaction technology platform including using Blockchain security transaction in their backoffice. TiENPAY’s next generation hybrid mobile wallet technology, it will make it easy and convenient for their customers to manage their financial needs.”
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About T8 EXCHANGE PTY LTD, TiENPAY: TiENPAY is a blockchain based digital banking ecosystem software platform for wallet, digital exchange and digital assets.
CEO of TiENPAY
Jonathan holds an MBA from East Carolina University and has 17 years of experience as a marketer and digital content creator, producing engaging, informative and entertaining media for a variety of companies in both the US and Asia.
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About TiENPAY: TiENPAY is a blockchain based digital banking ecosystem software platform for wallet, digital exchange and digital assets.
Founder and Group CEO of TNG FinTech Group
Alex Kong is the Founder and Chairman of TNG FinTech Group, which offers the next generation financial services to the 1.2 billion unbanked population in Asia through its various e-wallet platforms under the Global E-Wallet Alliance, including TNG Wallet, PhiliPurse, INDompet, XIN Wallet and others. In Alex’s leadership, TNG Wallet has recorded rapid development in both user base and transaction volumes, with transactions exceeding USD1 billion in the first two years of launch. Alex’s vision and mission is to provide financial inclusion to the unbanked populations around the world.
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About TNG FinTech Group, TNG Wallet: TNG Fintech Group is an investment holding company focused on impact investment in companies that provides financial and digital inclusion.
Co-founder and CEO of Neat
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About Neat: Neat offers an alternative to a bank account for individuals, startups & SMEs. Open a Neat Account online in 10 minutes.
CEO of Geoswift
Founder and CEO of Geoswift Limited, a payment technology company providing customized one-stop cross-border payment solutions between China and the rest of the world. Under his leadership, Geoswift provides cross-border collection & settlement, remittances, foreign currency exchange, and e-Wallet solutions to and from China. With 20+ years of management experience, Raymond has built Geoswift from humble beginnings to a leading provider of cross-border payment solutions by forming strategic partnerships, driving state-of-the-art technology development, and recruiting key executives from McKinsey, Citibank, MasterCard, PayPal, Visa, PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC, China Mingsheng Bank, Travelex, China UnionPay, Global Collection, Electronic Arts and other major financial institutions globally. Prior to founding Geoswift, Raymond held management positions at leading Chinese banks. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Raymond invested in business opportunities united by a vision to make international payments more efficient. This passion and expertise led him to be an integral part of the original team in 1998 that would become Geoswift, which he formally founded in 2010. Ultimately, Raymond envisions transforming the world into one that people pay without paper notes. Raymond is currently an appointed senior adviser to Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and a senior adviser of the Finance Research Institute of the State Council Development Research Center of China and member of Forbes Finance Council. He holds an MBA degree from the Saunders School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with a concentration on studies of digital currency. Media Speaking Engagements: Money20/20 Asia 2018 – Unlocking Borderless Payments into and out of China: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUiM_u_d84M Interview with CNBC Squawk Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQPiRsr1IME Exclusive interview on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland® https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTOgTo744nY
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About Geoswift: Geoswift is an innovative globalized payment technology company connecting each region, with a niche in China cross-border payments.
Founder & CEO of KeyChain Pay
Lawrence Lau is Founder KeyChain Pay. IT, Risk and Compliance experience from Deloitte, HSBC and SCB
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About KeyChain Pay: Smart Rental Payment Platform. Our AI evaluates KYC, AML and credit. Smart Contracts secure the rents in advance.
CEO & Founder of Alipay
Jennifer Tan serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Alipay HK.
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About Alipay: Alipay offers a mobile and online payments platform that evolves from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler.
Founder & CEO of Tappy
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About Tappy: Tappy is specializes in IoT payment products and services.
President & CEO of BBPOS
Alex Choi manages business strategies and operations as BBPOS works to keep pace with an industry that is growing at almost 8% per year, and is expected to generate $3.5 billion within a year. This dynamic growth takes someone who evaluates both short- and long-term opportunities; Alex manages for today’s markets and customer needs as well as predicts what will happen in the industry three, five, and ten years out. Alex has a unique understanding of technology, the payments industry, and the nuances that drive success in this highly competitive market. “Their corporate strategy is based on their strengths: innovation, design, and service. These strengths keep their products on the leading-edge of the mobile payments industry, and keep their customers ahead of their competition.”
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About BBPOS: BBPOS is an mPOS solution provider and payment transaction industry for developing systems and services ahead of technology trends.
Co-Founder & CEO of EMQ
A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States. Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs of the overseas workers. EMQ was launched in 2014 and offers remittance services between two countries at a fraction of the price of conventional banks by utilizing aggregation and netting. With a strong presence across Asia, the company partners with financial institutions and other strategic partners in each country to enable and settle cross-border remittance via banks and various modes for top-up and cash pickup. Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26 billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure. Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group. Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
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About EMQ: EMQ is a financial settlement network.
Co-Founder and CEO of Get
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About Get: Get is an online platform that teaches young people how to manage money.
CEO of Holdex
Russian, raised in Saint Petersburg, but born in Kazakhstan, URSS, in 1988. Vadim studied Telco Engineering and Economics and worked in tech both back in Russia and in Hong Kong, where he moved in 2014. With experiences ranging from Product Owner and Tech Lead to co-founder/CEO in early-stage, technology-driven companies, he thrives creating and working in fast-paced environments with people that take ownership and never stop learning. Like Holdex. After bringing mobile apps to featured spots in the App Store, he entered the blockchain world with the same team by starting the Pitchday.io project. That marked a new exciting chapter in his professional career, leading his several months later to found Holdex Limited with co-founders Giorgia Pellizzari and Mark Curchin.
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About Amplify Protocol, Holdex, MiQ Limited: CPA Network for the Cryptoasset industry
CEO of FAS | Fintech Advisory Services
Elena Obukhova is an entrepreneur and business strategist. She is a founder & CEO at FAS, an advisory firm that helps SMBs to apply blockchain and fintech technologies as well as assists startups with venture building and facilitates their fundraising journey. Elena is also a founder of MakeAvent, an e-meetup platform with networking experience.
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About FAS | Fintech Advisory Services, makeAvent: Fintech Advisory Services is a consulting company that bridges blockchain and fintech experts.
Chairman & CEO of EFT Solutions
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About EFT Solutions: EFT Solutions is an electronic fund transfer at point-of-sale solution provider.
Co-Founder and CEO of PassKit
Paul Tomes, is the co-founder and CEO of PassKit®; a mobile engagement technology leader that helps some of the world’s biggest brands acquire, engage and deepen relationships throughout the customer lifecycle. Since the introduction of the mobile wallet and beacon technology, Paul and his team have been at the forefront of applying these technologies to drive engagement, loyalty and convenience across a broad range of industries. PassKit was born out of innovation when Paul, and his business partner, saw application for their carrier-grade finance cloud infrastructure to power Apple® Passbook®. In 2015, PassKit was included as one of the only software solutions in Intel’s IoT Solution Alliance and in 2016 Hong Kong Business named PassKit as one of the hottest start-ups. Today, PassKit is powering millions of mobile experiences on behalf of clients all over the world; including Best Western, DFS, Azul Airways, JetStar, Resorts World, Uber, and AIA. Prior to PassKit, Paul spent ten years in financial services, where he served on the board of directors at Credit Suisse Business Analytics, and designed and implemented HSBCnet for HSBC. Paul’s career began in the automotive industry where he was instrumental in the introduction of lean process engineering for many of today’s Ford vehicles. Paul holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southampton and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK. He has lived in five countries around the world with the last eleven years spent in Hong Kong, where he lives with his wife, four children and two cats.
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About PassKit: PassKit enables businesses of any size to easily integrate and benefit from mobile wallet applications and beacon technology.
Founder and CEO of AsiaPay
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About AsiaPay: AsiaPay is a digital payment solution and technology vendor.
Founder & CEO of Yuan2Pay
Frazer is recognised as a visionary in the payments industry and for his strategic foresight, creative solutions to complex challenges and positive energy. He has been influential in driving blockchain development in Asia in addition to successfully bridging Asian and western financial technology. Frazer has over 15 years of financial services experience in Asia and the UK. Previously, Frazer was Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Bank, Foreign Exchange Derivatives Trading in Hong Kong. During his time in Asia he has developed unique relationships with some of the largest payments companies in China and has a global network of industry professionals at the most senior level. Mark has over 25 years of extensive financial services experience, covering Greater China, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Professionally trained with KPMG London, through to Partnership and Head of Corporate Finance at KPMG Hong Kong, his experience covers IPOs, M&A;, financial advisory, valuation and due diligence, working across the APAC region. Mark is a UK-qualified Fellow Chartered Accountant and CPA, operating with integrity and the highest level of professionalism and ethics. He also has a successful track record in asset management and is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor.
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About Yuan2Pay: Y2P Technologies is a service provider in merchant payments and foreign exchange services.
Co-Founder & CEO of DigBids
Alonzo Tang is a pragmatic yet entrepreneurial professional who has the strong background in app store ecosystems, such as app monetization, operation, and distribution. He has more than 10 years outstanding experiences in operation management and overall project management. He is proficient in cross-cultural communication, teams building, and motivation.
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About DigBids: Digbids is a mobile monetization and mobile payments solution provider.