Blockchain Beyond the Hype: Corporate and Banking Case Studies

Breakfast talk
Banking & Finance
Date and Time: 
18 Oct 2018
08:15 to 10:45
Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 08:15 to 10:45
AXA Tower, Outram room, 8 Shenton Way, Level 26 AXA Tower, Singapore 068811
Registration Dates: 
07 Sep 2018
17 Oct 2018

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Over the past 2 years, blockchain has been a buzzword in technology. More than half a million new publications and 3.7 million Google searches resulted from blockchain. Venture-capital funding for blockchain start-ups consistently grew and were up to $1 billion in 2017. A World Economic Forum survey suggested that 10% of global GDP will be stored on blockchain by 2027…


While blockchain technology is not quite ready for primetime, some academic hypotheses of five years ago are steadily becoming a reality.

Come and join us to learn on tangible use cases and practical business applications and explore with some blockchain specialists whether or not the sky is the limit!




8.15am Registration & Networking
8.35 - 8.45am:

Short Introduction to Enterprise Blockchains and How They Might Be Used in Business

Antony Lewis, Director of Research, R3


8.45 – 9.45am

Tangible Applications and Use Cases with:

Blockchain and smart contracts enabling Insurance 2.0

Tomasz Kurczyk, Digital Transformation Director, Axa Insurance

Blockchain and smart contracts are technologies accelerating the move into insurance 2.0 era, where smart contracts will drive significant efficiencies and help to solve the industry problems of trust.

Dual layer protocol to solve scalability and privacy concerns in financial industry

Val Ji-hsuan Yap, Founder & CEO, PAL Network and PolicyPal Singapore

Contrary to general belief, public blockchains are not fully anonymous and with increasing number of transactions, frequent network congestion and higher transaction latency are often presented. How these two issues can be better addressed through dual layer protocol?

The Blockchain Adoption Challenge: It Takes Two to Tango, it takes Ten to Crypto

Jordane Rollin, Head Digital Transformation, Trade Finance, Standard Chartered 

Innovators in the financial industry have been playing with blockchain PoCs for a few years. While DLT and smart-contracts use cases are well known and proven, what’s the industry plan to drive the adoption of identified blockchain based solutions ?


The challenges and opportunities of implementing real-world supply chain and cash management solutions for corporates using blockchain

Henry Roxas, Associate Director, Global Trade Partner Solution, R3

Corporates are increasingly global and interconnected with their banking partners.  Payment and cash management processes can be complex and interconnected.  What is the onramp for corporate adoption of blockchain technology, what are the benefits and what are the hurdles to getting there? 

Blockchainified Degrees

Faeez M. Noor, Co-Founder & CFO, Luxtag
In Malaysia, fake degrees can be bought for as low as RM 2,000, with Masters and Ph.D. forged scroll and transcripts from legitimate universities are even available for purchase. Some of these fake degree websites offer "extra protection" which allows buyer's information to appear in the university's graduate database by only paying additional charges. Learn how LuxTag targets to combat counterfeiting while also building an R&D private blockchain for a consortium of universities.

Blockchain for a Better Identity System
Jérémi Joslin, CTO & Director, Newlogic

In a world where 1.1 billion people lack verifiable form of identification, how can Self-Sovereign Identity enable vulnerable people, particularly refugees, to gain control over their information, access services and benefit from international protection?


9.45- 10.30am

Panel/Debate with AXA Insurance, Standard Chartered, Luxtag, R3, Newlogic and PolicyPal moderated by Antony Lewis onIs blockchain success dependent on collaboration between traditional players and start-ups?"



Questions from the audience


About the speakers:

  • Faeez M. Noor, Co-Founder & CFO, Luxtag

Faeez M. Noor is the Co-Founder & CFO of LuxTag, a blockchain startup that focuses on creating digital certificates for physical products to be on the blockchain, mainly for product authentication, proof-of-ownership, track & trace, transparency and business insights. He was previously the Vice President of NEM Malaysia Association. NEM is a blockchain platform that allows quick and easy development of smart assets on the blockchain and one of the top 20 largest cryptocurrency in the world. In a professional corporate background, he was previously working in the financial services industry mainly in banking, financial advisory, strategy and digital innovation.He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading and Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from UKM. He has 4 years’ experience in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, starting as a miner in 2013, subsequently a researcher, trader, advocate and now a startup founder”.

  • Jérémi Joslin, CTO & Director, Newlogic

Jeremi is the co-founder and CTO of Newlogic where he is leading the ID PASS project which aims to provide an open source solution for humanitarian organizations and governments to deliver identity to vulnerable people (addressing United Nation Sustainable Development Goals 16.9).

  • Tomasz Kurczyk, Digital Transformation Director, Axa Insurance

Seasoned Senior Digital Business leader driving revenue and accelerating organization future-proofing and transformation. Focusing on Digital Commerce, Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, FinTech, Innovation and Technology. Characterized by strong entrepreneurial aptitude, complemented by 13 years of hands-on expertise in business and technology aspects of digital, partnerships, business & customer strategies across multiple industries and geographies.Tomasz is a geek at heart passionate about technology, driving impact through innovation and building high performing and multidisciplinary teams at scale.

  • Antony Lewis, Director of Research, R3

Antony is a former FX trader at Barclays Capital, banking technologist at Credit Suisse, and jumped into bitcoin in 2013.  He helped to build Singapore’s first venture capital backed bitcoin exchange itBit, and has independently consulted on this topic to law firms, banks, and a big 4 consultancy.He joined enterprise blockchain firm R3 as Director of Research in 2015. In this role he researches and explains the evolving concepts, technologies and vendors in the distributed ledger technology landscape for R3’s financial services clients, policymakers, and the wider Singapore and APAC community.  He leads R3’s blockchain initiatives for central banks. 

  • Jordane Rollin, Head Digital Transformation, Trade Finance, Standard Chartered

Jordane Rollin has 15 years experience in technology, business development and product management roles in financial services, including 4 years in China and 7 years in ASEAN Region. 

He started his career in consumer finance heading the development of web-based B2B platforms and online payment portals, before opening the Chinese subsidiary of Oney Banque Accord in China.

He then joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 and is now heading Digital Transformation for Global Trade Finance Products at Standard Chartered Bank.

  • Henry Roxas, Associate Director, Global Trade Partner Solution, R3

As part of his role, Henry is responsible for ecosystem development for supply chain and trade finance solutions on Corda, R3’s enterprise blockchain technology.Henry works with banks, corporates, logistics firms, insurers and partners to design, commercialize and grow the ecosystem of end users for blockchain-enabled trade solutions.Henry's brings with him over eight years of transaction banking technology delivery within cash management and trade finance, working at a number of financial institutions including ANZ, Bank of America and Credit Suisse. Henry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Management from Singapore Management University.


  • Val Ji-hsuan Yap, Founder and CEO, PAL Network and PolicyPal Singapore

Before founding PolicyPal, Val Yap worked as the Assistant Vice President at OCBC Bank in Singapore, where she headed a wide range of digital initiatives and campaigns,working closely with wealth and marketing to drive innovations. Previous to this position, Val served as Risk Assurance Associate at PwC in London. Former sales broker at Allianz, Val feels passionately about making insurance protection simple and accessible to everyone. Val who was recently named to Forbes “30 Under 30” list for Finance and Venture Capital and Fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences, is a post-graduate with MSc Business Management at Imperial College London and BA Digital Media at University of the Arts London.






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