Director & Chief Operating Officer
Previous: IBM, Cognitive AI, Superloop
Experienced board member, start-up advisor, and senior software industry executive. Former IBM executive across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East/Africa and Central Europe, leading the transition to IBM solutions based on Cloud, IOT and Data Analytics, with 25 years in financial services.
Executive role of General Manager, Sales and Marketing at telecommunications network provider Superloop Pty Ltd, driving growth across Asia Pacific. President of Artificial Intelligence software company Cognitive Software Group and active member of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and AICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Director, Co-founder & Business Development
Previous: Microsoft, Currenex, J.P. Morgan
I spent my career at the juncture of financial services and technology because I always believed that simple and fair access to financial benefit can extend to everyone given the right product and the right technology.
Over 10 years Institutional Asset Management (primarily J.P. Morgan), raised $500M+. A founder of the first web-based institutional forex platform (Currenex), grew the service from zero to $1.8 billion in daily transactions, sold to State Street Bank after 7 years.
Special Participant, European Central Bank Working Group on Electronic Currency Trading Systems. Over 10 years in senior Financial Services roles for Microsoft Corporation, conceived and built one of Microsoft’s largest global payments initiatives reporting directly to Microsoft’s Head of Corporate Strategy.
Previous: The Project Factory, nineMSN, HWW
Internationally-recognised and awarded deep specialisation in mobile, apps, web, games and social media, focussing on story and play to engage and grow audiences.
Held executive roles such as Managing Director at HWW and Head of Innovation at nineMSN. Executive Director for 10 years at The Project Factory (TPF), a multi-national digital solutions provider, where she established partnerships with Amazon, Apple, and Tencent and clients Downton Abbey, Home and Away, Sherlock: The Network, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, the BBC and in Australia, Channel 7, CSIRO, HCF, Network Ten, ABC and Australian Radio Network.
Over 20 years leadership in the global online, mobile and digital sector, building successful start-ups and holding non-executive positions both in the UK and Australia.
Chief Technology Officer
Previous: Bank of America, nabtrade, Merrill Lynch
I believe that instant peer-to-peer transfers are the future of FinTech. Basing those transactions on gold makes them real and globally recognised. Over 15 years of experience delivering technology for the Financial Markets covering Clearing and Settlement, Custody Operations and International Trading.
Former Head of Equity Technology at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. A specialist in using agile methods to deliver zero-defect technology solutions, his team captured the first trade on the CHI-X Australia exchange with no significant defects weeks later.
As solution architect, Alan helped deliver the Nabtrade international trading platform and has worked with startups in the Clearing and Wealth Management spaces.
Chief Information Security Officer
Previous: U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, U.S. National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
I am passionate about security. And simplicity is a big part of security. Unlike cryptocurrency, physical gold is simple to understand, simple to use, simple to secure. Recognized global expert in cybersecurity in financial services.
Active member of numerous cybersecurity committees and industry programs, including U.S. National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, the American Bar Association, Standards Australia Information Security Committee, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology program. Regular writer/commentator on all aspects of identity, privacy and risk management, including with SWIFT, Harvard Law School, IEEE, Nature, Science, MIT, and Online Banking Review.
Consulted to Westpac, Australia Post, Australian Stock Exchange, Standard Chartered Bank Singapore, New Zealand Bankers Association, and the Hong Kong Certificate Authority Regulator. Nine patents for identity management technology.
Lead Software Engineer
Previous: Perpetual Limited
I have been immersed in technology all my life. Building a technology that helps people and the planet is a natural goal for me.
Over twenty five years experience within the software development industry from application and database development to systems architecture, working within financial services and a wide range of other industry sectors and client profiles from start-ups to corporate environments such as Perpetual Limited.
Brings deep knowledge of all aspects of application architecture, design and implementation, specialising in database design, software systems, gateways and customised software projects.
Social Marketing Manager
Previous: General Electric, Selerity Australia
I have a passion for technology, developing the human potential, and small businesses. Over 15 years experience as a senior marketing professional in Australia, the UK and the US. Skilled in the full gamut of digital marketing, with focus on brand strategy, campaign creation and optimisation, and revenue generation.
Exited two startups and increased the revenue of my third startup from zero to several million, which was acquired by GE. B.Sc., first-class, Electrical and Electronics Engineering from UCL, MBA from Edith Cowan University.
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Network 10
Previous: Nine Network Australia, Macquarie Radio Network
Stuart is a corporate and commercial lawyer, with deep experience in the Australian media and digital sectors, providing independent, strategic legal counsel and transaction services.
Currently General Counsel of Network Ten, responsible for the provision of commercial and dispute resolution legal services to the TEN network of television stations. Acted in the roles of Director Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary at Macquarie Radio Network (owner of Sydney radio stations 2GB and 2CH) and as General Counsel of Nine Network.
Former Parnter of Gilbert & Tobin in the corporate and commercial division. Stuart is an admitted and practising legal practitioner in NSW.
Chief Customer Officer, Australian Ethical Investment
Previous: Volt Bank, Society One, OFX, Virgin
I am passionate about using technology to differentiate customer experiences, and I want to shake up financial services and help people be better off.
Fintech leader, heading up Volt Bank’s direct to customer business as Chief Customer Officer, and previous roles as Chief Marketing officer at SocietyOne and OFX. Awarded Marketing Professional of the Year in Women in Finance awards 2018 and Finnies ‘Best Marketing and Branding Initiative’ 2018.
Held senior marketing roles at AMP and Optus and experience with business development experience, setting up new business ventures globally at Virgin Management in London. Loves coaching teams to make magic happen.
Director, SCS Consulting, Newport Capital
Previous: Kinzu Brands, Sol Sana, Grant Thorton
A Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and finance professional with deep expertise in international trade, consumer brands and M&A transactions.
Co-founder of international footwear brands Sol Sana and St Sana, and fashion accessory brand From St. Xavier expanding the brands into 22 countries.
Currently through SCS Consulting Pty Ltd, he manages a family office portfolio and provides clients with commercial and residential property research and services to enable them to invest in real estate.
A passionate believer and BUIDLR in DeFi (Decentralised Finance), Clinton believes that money and TradFi are ripe for disruption—and great financial products should be easily accessible for the benefit of everyone.
Clinton’s 20+ years of leadership roles in software development have combined both FinTech and product development experience as the foundation leading into the development of Web3 smart contracts and DApps (Decentralised Apps).
Leading the Engineering team at Synthetix, Clinton delivered one of DeFi’s “BlueChip” protocols, amassing up to 3 Billion in TVL (Total Value Locked) in smart contracts and executed a Billion Dollar transaction.
Clinton and his team at Synthetix created smart contract products for crypto staking, derivatives trading, shorting, collateralised lending, and a new DeFi primitive, Liquidity Mining; kicking off a 14+ BN boom in yield farming with their open–source smart contract.
The tokenomics created at Synthetix became some of the most widely adopted tokenomics in crypto. DeFi Bluechips like AAVE, Compound Finance credited their tokenomics to Synthetix.
A former JP Morgan Investment Banking Sales and Trading Architect Lead in NYC, Clinton also ran his own development consultancy with clients such as Lexus and T.A.B. Clinton also has a wealth of experience with automakers Ford, GM, and Toyota from rolling out the cloud subscription products he built across the globe.
Head of Commodity Sales Australia, ANZ Bank
Previous: Glencore International AG, Credit Suisse, BHP Billiton
Luke has more than 25 years of experience in mining and commodities markets, having held senior roles in the world’s largest commodities trading firm, Glencore International in Europe, and the world’s largest miner, BHP Billiton, before embarking on a career in banking in 2007.
Currently Head of Commodity Sales, Australia at ANZ, Luke originates and structures transactions in the mining space and, with the physical precious metals trading team, services refiners and bank clients internationally.
Previous: Insurance Australia Group, G Squared Capital LLP
Dr Gareth W Shepherd
Having been at the forefront of innovations shaping the future of finance, I believe technology can help democratise investing—making it personal, sustainable, and a genuine force for good.
An engineer by training, I helped pioneer the movement to apply machine learning to real-world problems, including epidemiology, risk management, and responsible investing.
I was awarded a United Nations Assoc. triple-bottom-line award in 2005 followed by a coveted Global Leadership Fellowship from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2006, and was an Australian Leadership Awardee in 2009.
Gareth held senior finance roles in Sydney, Geneva, London, and New York before ultimately co-founding and selling a leading investment management business (transaction with a Fortune 500 asset manager in the United States).
Gareth earned his PhD under a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship from UNSW (Sydney) and completed a WEF sponsored Executive Masters (INSEAD, London Business School, and Columbia University). He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has addressed audiences at the World Economic Forum (Davos, Dubai, India, China), World Bank (Washington DC), CFA Institute (London), Crisis and Risk Network (Switzerland), Australian Leadership Retreat, Risk Management Institute, SALT (New York), and the UN PRI (Paris) and has been interviewed on CNBC, Al Jazeera, and the BBC.
Austrian Business Leader, Innovator and Entrepreneur
Previous: Dolezal Ag Industrial Adhesives, Ring Holding
I am passionate about excellence. Having taken over our family company producing industrial adhesives since 1935 at an early age of 21, I always tried to learn from the very best and developed the company to become market leader in our field of activities in CEE.
Gernot is passionate about Excellency, and is an International Certified Trainer and Coach, with 19 of his processes in the field accepted by an advisory board of the League of extraordinary companies (www.ldau.eu).
Gernot sold his company to the market leader in Europe, where he continued as a Director on the Board and as later a Consultant for many years.
Further as the responsible CEO of an Industrial Holding Company (Ring Holding), Gernot successfully carried out a Buy and Build concept in the European industrial coating industry creating a group which became one of Europe’s top 10 manufacturers.
For the past years he’s been an active investor globally and in consulting corporations on the decisive levers to further enhance their businesses (such as Wienerberger- global leader as bricks manufacturer or Bank Gutmann – a leading and award-winning private bank in the 5 German speaking countries or ATP – market leader with more than 1000 architects and engineers in integrative planning of constructions).
Loretta is a public policy influencer and globally recognised as an authority in digital asset regulation and blockchain technology. She is also a highly skilled banking, financial, and consulting professional with over 30 years in financial markets and related sectors.
Loretta is a lifetime fellow of the advisory board of ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) and holds various advisory positions for multiple tech, biotech, and cybersecurity companies.
Loretta champions the cause for responsible blockchain adoption with global governments, regulators, and industry players. She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia, ”FinTech Leader of 2017″, “Female leader of 2016” and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016 for Social impact.
Previous: Head of Strategic Delivery, Capital Markets, ASX,
Head of Debt Capital Markets, ASX
Over 30 years across banking, finance and trading with particular emphasis on creating and launching innovative investment products. Implemented complex projects involving technology, marketing and operational processes and has a detailed understanding of macro and micro market structures across a wide range of asset classes.
Career began in as Arbitrage Dealer for Commonwealth Bank. As Director of Australian Gilt Securities Ltd he served as Reserve Bank Official Dealer and later as Managing Director of RMB Australia, one of the largest fixed income and derivatives market participants. Over 12 years senior-level positions with the Australian Securities Exchange. As ASX General Manager, Strategy Development, led strategy and new market development.
Currently ASX Head of Debt Capital Markets, responsible for debt and hybrid securities markets and leads ASX initiatives aimed at broadening the ASX investment product offering.
Head of Investment Strategy at Euclidean Capital
Previous: Wilshire Funds Management, Caxton Associates, NYC
Senior Vice President responsible for investment strategy and investment process at Euclidean Capital, a New York based family office. Former Managing Director and Head of Alternatives Strategy at Wilshire Associates, responsible for the strategic development of the firm’s alternative investment business.
Held senior positions in the hedge fund industry including Director and Division Head at Caxton Associates, a multi-billion dollar New York based hedge fund and COO at WR Platform Advisors, a managed account platform and risk analytics provider for institutional investors.
MBA from New York University in Finance and Economics and a BS in Finance from Syracuse University. Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Quantitative Finance, member of the Board of Trustees at the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics, and an NSF Math Institute at UCLA. Published several articles and white papers on financial topics.
Partner at ACH Investments
Previous: CEO of HSBC James Capel Singapore
Co-founded ACH, a corporate and financial advisor to both corporates and leading Asian families, in 1998. Together with its partners and shareholders, ACH has completed over US$19 billion in transactions.
Former CEO of HSBC James Capel (now known as HSBC Securities) Singapore, an executive director of Kay Hian James Capel (now UOB Kay Hian), and a multi award analyst. Serves as audit committee chairman and/or independent director of 5 public companies listed on the Australian and Singapore stock exchanges and has previously served on the boards of companies listed on the Australia, Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Singapore exchanges.
Adviser to many Asian families and some governments in countries ranging from Indonesia in the south to Japan in the north. Mr. Chong is also on a panel providing securities advice to the Commercial Affairs Department of Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission.
Christopher also sat on the advisory board of Temasek’s Institute of Corporate Governance and Stewardship. BSc (1st) Econ from the University College of Wales, a MBA from the London Business School and was on the Dean’s Honor List during his special secondment to the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago. Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, a fellow of: the Hong Kong Institute of CPAs; the Australian Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Australian Institute of Company Directors & the Singapore Institute of Directors; and a Master Stockbroker of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association of Australia.
Our rewards program clients look to us for innovative and simple-to-manage rewards options that can generate excitement and appreciation by their millions of members, and when we were introduced to Rush Gold we immediately saw a potential fit. The fact they had their Gold-as-a-Service APIs meant we could easily integrate their offer with our existing systems.
Made my 2nd purchase today, so over 13,152 mg. I hold physical gold and silver also, so a digital version is a super cool way to liquidate when I need to. Is the new app available yet? Super keen to see it. Cheers.
I really like the fact that Rush Gold has been built to an institutional standard. It is approved by the appropriate regulators, is AML and KYC compliant and has been developed by some of the world’s best security experts. As the regulation in “crypto” catches up to securities regulation, they will not be caught out.
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