FORMATION OF THE ASSOCIATIONBefore mid-2015, FinTech was not even a buzzword in Malaysia. It wasn’t until NextMoney (previously NextBank) took the lead in promoting a new wave of financial innovations in the Malaysian financial sector and markets that FinTech became more than just hype. The use of technology in the finance sector is growing and will become the standard. The FinTech Association of Malaysia is here to lead the charge in our country.
ConnectWe are the go-to channel for information on the FinTech industry in Malaysia and we will start conversations to take the industry forward.
CollaborateWe connect FinTech stakeholders with potential partners, as well as regulators in order to support FinTech innovation in Malaysia.
CatalyseWe engage the FinTech community through thought leadership, conferences and other avenues to ensure the continuous development of the industry.
- Mr. Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul AzizPresident
Mr. Mohammad Ridzuan Abdul Aziz Has 20 Years Of Commercially—Driven Regulatory, Compliance and Technology Experience In Malaysia And Asia—Pacific. Currently He Is The President Of The Fintech Association Of Malaysia (FAOM).
Prior to his appointment as CEO of Sedania As-Salam, a patented Financial Technology (FinTech) Solution Provider That Utilizes Mobile Airtime As One Of The Commodities For Islamic Funding With Over 23 Financial Institutions In Malaysia And Also Provides Digital Hub Solution Planorm For Banking Middleware, Ridzuan Was Co—Founder And Director Of RHT Compliance Solutions, Southeast Asia Leading And Largest Standalone Compliance Consultancy Based In Singapore.
In His Spare Time, Ridzuan Trains Secondary Students In Malaysia And Singapore About Financial Literacy And Basic Living Skills, Including Entrepreneurship. He Graduated From The University Of Wales, Aberystwyth In 1997 With Bsc Economics, Majoring In Accounting And Finance And He Then Obtained An MBA In Management Information Systems From The International Islamic University Malaysia In 2005.
- Karen PuahVice President
With over 20 years of advertising and marketing experience in FMCG, Ms. Karen Puah has recently found new love in the FinTech space. What caught her attention was the potential in Islamic finance. She believes that content is the future of marketing and brings hope in the field of digital marketing to this industry. When she is not busy participating in obstacle races, you will find her strategising the next campaign
- Jonathan LimSecretary
- Pc GanTreasurer
As GoBear’s Country Director in Malaysia, Ms. Pooi Chan Gan (she goes by ‘PC’) straddles the fence between GoBear’s users and clients, making sure both get the most out of GoBear.
An accountant by profession, she starts her career in finance at Hewlett Packard Asia Pacific in 2003 and moved to an operations role, running Hewlett Packard’s contact center. In 2008, PC joined migme– a start up delivering VOIP – where she expanded the business to cover across 15 countries within a year. PC took on operations roles at JobStreet and
Living Social in Malaysia, before moving into Group Operations for iCar Asia.
PC progressed up the corporate ladder iCar Asia, moving to Indonesia as General Manager to help them break into that market, and then turning her talents to growing iCar’s Malaysia business as General Manager, where she launched the first ever test drive event, resulting in the sale of more than RM23million worth of cars.
PC Gan is an associate member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a certified accountant and a project management professional (PMP).
- Raja Adam MalikCommittee Member
Avid interest and deep understanding of Alt Finance innovation such as crowdfunding and marketplace lending. Delivered on national equity crowdfunding and P2P financing regulations with Securities Commission Malaysia.
Presently the CFO of MoneyMatch.co, a fintech digital crossborder payments and remittance platform.
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- Wilson BehCommittee Member
Before venturing to entrepreneurship, I worked in Maybank IB in KL and Singapore where I advised leading Chinese and ASEAN conglomerates in multi-billion dollars acquisition financing, cross-border transactions and syndicated loan arrangements. The vast regional banking experience equipped me with strong analytical skills, effective cross-cultural management, strategic thinking and the ability to simplify complex matters involving business and economy.
I enjoy problem solving, connecting the dots, innovating and value creating. In 2016, I saw a gap in the traditional insurance industry and decided to co-found PolicyStreet, a FinTech company which curates, customises and creates the best-in-value insurance for individuals and businesses. The company won the world's largest seed-stage startup competition, Seedstars Global KL, and successfully secured a RM150k government grant and US$500,000 investment from an international VC within 9 months of operation.
As a firm believer of the power of community, I contribute to the FinTech ecosystem as a Founding Member and the Treasurer of FinTech Association of Malaysia, the national Fintech platform of Malaysia. I also advise and support GLCs, international banks and SMEs in their pursuit of digital transformation in the capacity as a Director of Finnext Capital, an innovation enabler and a boutique consulting firm.
- Martin KhuCommittee Member
Mr. Martin Khu has more than 12 years experience in sales, marketing & digital product development, actively helping startup & SME to scale their business to reach other regions, currently, he is the CEO & Founder for Fatberry.com, an online insurance platform from Malaysia. He is a morning person, usually waking up around 5:35AM and sleeps around 12AM plus, that's why he would gain extra few hours compare to my peers. He would use his extra hours to contribute into Association and make our Fintech ecosystem better.
- Kristine NGCommittee Member
Ms. Kristine Ng is a Director and founding CEO of Fundaztic.
Her passion in driving innovation saw her coming up with many industry first movers.
Before her role in Fundaztic, Kristine held the position of Executive Vice President, Business Development at Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC). She revamped the go-to-market structure of the Corporation by coming up with business fronting units that directly deals with various types of clients and succeeded in regaining the confidence of the
commercial banks through process and product improvements.
Kristine was also responsible for the overall supervision of development and implementation of business and marketing
strategies for the Corporation inclusive of the client management model and the Corporation’s network of 16 branches.
The PG model enhanced and the WG model launched during her stewardship not only achieved high business growth but also won international accolades.
- Jenna BehCommittee Member
Currently, building MYMY, an ASEAN-based Fintech focused on digitising payments and financial Inclusion which is
headquartered in Malaysia, Jenna specialises in regulated tech and is a Fintech & Innovation expert. She is also named as one of the Top 14 Fintech Influencer in Malaysia & Top 100 Women in Fintech (Global).
Jenna was from the Fintech team in MDEC (Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation), building the fintech ecosystem in Malaysia working with experts, regulators, financial institutions, accelerator, investors, startups/scaleups and academic institutions. She was an Advocate and Solicitor (Partner) previously with experience of running a law firm such as in the fields of corporate, litigation, human rights and family law.
Currently, Jenna is Director for Tech Law Sdn Bhd and shaping the lawtech ecosystem nationwide, building a robust and sustainable ecosystem. She also has trained lawyers, pupils and students in coding, technology and innovation workshop throughout Malaysia.
- Umar MunshiCommittee Member
Umar Munshi is a social entrepreneur from Singapore. His entrepreneurship journey includes stints in Singapore, Jakarta, Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur. Umar is the founder of Ethis Ventures, which launched its flagship platform Global Sadaqah, an Islamic Social Finance crowdfunding marketplace, in 2018. Ethis Ventures also plans to launch Malaysia’s first Islamic Equity Crowdfunding platform in 2020.
Munshi is also the co-founder of Ethis Indonesia, an award-winning Islamic Property Crowdfunding platform that brings together retail crowd-investors and Islamic institutions to fund Social Housing developments. Its 30,000-strong community has invested in projects to build more than 6,000 homes for needy families.
Munshi is passionate about spreading the appreciation of Islamic Fintech to create socio-economic benefit, and he enjoys speaking at events and webinars.