Who we are
The Emerging Payments Association Asia is a thriving community of payments professionals whose goals are to strengthen and expand the payments industry to benefit all stakeholders.
EPAA Ambassadors are subject matter experts who are supporting the association and its membership base with their expert knowledge and experience from the payments industry.
“We make a difference in the payments industry. Emerging Payments Association Asia provides our members a unique collaboration platform for Asia Payments.”
MD The Initiatives Group
As an EPAA Ambassador, we entrust you with our brand.
- Support us in creating awareness, attention, and desire from new members to join
- Help our current members who want to understand more about the emerging payments and how it works
- Help improve our community’s effectiveness
Dr Brad Pragnell
Principal, 34 South 45 North, Canada/AU
Expertise-Areas of Interest: National Roadmaps/Policy/Regulation/Real Time Payments/Open Banking/CBDC
“For over 20 years, I’ve been deeply involved in the financial services industry providing leadership and delivering meaningful outcomes for member organizations, their stakeholders, and regulators.”
Managing Director,Triniti; iSky Research, Hong Kong SAR
Expertise-Markets: Hong Kong, Asia, Global Trends
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Payment UX/Fintech Venture Building/Stored Value/E-cash/Wallets/Open API’s
Managing Director, Initiatives Group, Australia
Expertise-Markets: Australia,NZ, Asia Pacific
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Payments/Commercial Constructs/Pricing Economics/Cards/Market Strategies
“Experienced management consultant focused on financial services, and particularly payments (such as credit card, debit card, prepaid cards, electronic funds transfer, cash, etc).”
EPA Asia, Ambassador, Hong Kong SAR
Expertise- Markets: Hong Kong, Asia, US
Expertise-Areas of Interest: RTGS/Payment Issues/Resolutions/CBDC
“Fannette is an EPAA Ambassador and the lead on our Cross Borader Payments project. She long carreer in Payments for HSBC, JPM, Santander and Standard Charted in Wholesale/Global Markets, Private Banking/ Retail Banking/Correspondent banking as well as trade finance. She lead the FX and Derivatives working group to produce the SWIFT Offshore Renminbi Best Practices when the Offshore CNY was first introduced.”
Chair, Open Finance Association, UK
Expertise-Markets: UK and EU
Expertise- Areas of Interest: Payments/CBDC/Cryptoassets/Policy/Regulation/Cross Border Payments/Open Banking
“Working with industry, legislators and regulators to ensure the CBDC, crypto assets, open banking and payments ecosystems for financial services that are safe, inclusive and transparent for all users. Member of the EU PSMEG and ECB Digital Euro MAG.
Offering strategic advice on regulatory and policy issues; advising firms and business leaders on how the law, regulation and the decisions and approaches of governments and regulators can impact their strategies. Advising firms and regulators and advocating to governments on policy issues impacting all matters related to payments including CBDC, digital assets, innovation, the impact of fintech, firm authorisations, safeguarding, cross border services, financial inclusion and Open Banking. Providing seminars and training on financial services, CBDC and digital assets, cross border payments and payments legislation (PSD2/SEPA/Interchange Fee) and regulator and legislator consultations.”
Experienced Executive, New Zealand
Expertise-Markets: NZ Australia,EMEA
Expertise- Areas of Interest: Fintech/Wealth/E-commerce/NZ Banking Eco-System/Cross Border Payments/Open Banking
“Experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the financial and technology industries both locally and internationally.”
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Singapore
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Fintech/Digital Banking/Payments(Cards,Real time)/Open Banking/Open API’s/Platforms
“Rajiv a self driven, digital innovation and FinTech leader who has been involved in the Banking and FinTech ecosystem for over 30 years. He has held senior leadership positions with various multinational companies in USA, Europe and Asia Pacific. Rajiv has helped companies like FIS Global, Wipro, ACI Worldwide, Fiserv grow their business in Asia Pacific with innovative tech solutions for the banking industry. Rajiv was involved in the launch of the APIX platform by MAS (Monetary Authority of Singapore), IFC and ASEAN Bankers Association at the Singapore FinTech Festival 2018.”
Senior Advisor,McKinsey & Company, Sweden
Expertise- Areas of Interest: Payments/Fintech/Infrastracture/Crypto/Finance/Digital Banking
Co-CEO & Principal,Suite2go, Australia
Expertise-Markets: Australia, Singapore
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Fintech/Crypto/Tokenisation/Mobile Apps/Loyalty and Rewards Linked to Payments/Data and Open Banking/Payments
“Connector and consultant that helps businesses realise their potential
Experienced financial services professional with a demonstrated history of working in the wealth, and investment management industry.”
Experienced Banker, Australia
Expertise-Markets: Australia, India, Asia, Global
Expertise- Areas of Interest: Fintech/Crypto/Fraud/Cybersecurity/Finance/Digital Banking
“Nikesh is an experienced banker, with a background in technology and finance, he has worked in payments and innovation for many years in fintechs, banks and startups. He has studied postgraduate information technology and finance, is a Chartered Banker and Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, IEEE and Fellow of FINSIA. He is the author of the book “Payments and Banking in Australia: From coins to cryptocurrency”.
General Manager, FAHK, Hong Kong SAR
Expertise-Markets: Hong Kong, Asia, Europe
Expertise-Areas of Interest: RTGS/Fintech/Swift/B2B/Cross-Border Payments
“Raphael serves as General Manager of the FinTech Association Hong Kong (FTAHK). In his role, he is running the association and drives their agenda and executes its strategy. He is an experienced corporate and transaction banker by background, having held various senior roles over a 15 year span, including in the correspondent banking and clearing space, market and client intelligence and corporate treasury advisory, having working closely with FinTechs operating in the blockchain, payments, eCommerce, and fraud detection areas. For years, he has been a speaker, contributor and thought advocate fin the ISO 20022 Migration space.
Raphael is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree of European and Business Law from the University of Siegen in Germany.”
Natalie Shiori Fleming
Director & Head of Corporate Design Office, Infcurion, Japan
Expertise-Markets: Japan, Asia
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Fintech/Payments/Cross Border Payments/Regulation/Policy/Embedded Finance
“Natalie graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Commerce in 2004 and started her career in the finance industry at Citibank, N.A. and Societe Generale Securities. She obtained her MBA from INSEAD in 2008. She served as International Business Section Manager at Rakuten Bank from 2011 to 2014. She joined Payoneer in 2015, where she was most recently Senior Director of Regulatory & Banking Relations, Asia Pacific at Payoneer, as well as Representative Director of Payoneer Japan Limited, leading APAC regulatory strategy and supporting the launch of new entities and services in Japan and across the APAC region. In 2015, she was a founding director of the Fintech Association of Japan and served as Representative Director & Vice Chairperson from 2017 to 2019. She joined Infcurion in November 2021 and was appointed as Director in 2022. As Head of the Corporate Design Office, she oversees HR and corporate communications strategy along with other key strategic initiatives.”
Head of Money Management, GoTo Financial, Indonesia
Expertise-Markets: India, Asia, Global Trends,Indonesia
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Fintech/Payments/CBDC/Open Banking/Digital Banking/Platforms Economy/Policy/Regulation
“Monica has more than 20 years of job experience in four different continents. She is an expert in product management who places a strong emphasis on the needs of the consumer. She also possesses strong commercial and technological skills. She has successfully conceived, produced, and launched products that have had a significant global impact. She is a well-known thought leader, public speaker who has taken the stage at international fintech and product management conferences, and influential person worldwide.
With her strong team-building skills, she has had success heading numerous cross-functional groups, including Product Management, Business Development, UX Design and Experience, Engineering, Marketing, Legal, and Operations, for Fortune 500 organizations as well as up-and-coming start-ups.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is passionate about promoting workplace diversity outside of the boardroom. She has raised support for a number of causes, including #WomenAtWork, #Girls4Tech, and STEM, with a focus on closing the gender gap in the workplace. She is a well-known online influencer who is listed in the 2022 Onalytica Top 50 Fintech Influencers List and is ranked #15 globally, #10 among Women in Finance Power 100, and #10 among the Fintech Finance GOLD Power List, which honors the top Fintech influencers globally. Besides being named one of the “Top 50 coolest women in Product” by Inc42, Monica has also been named one of the Top 3 Fintech Influencers in Asia and one of Yourstory’s 100 Digital Influencers of 2020.”
Head of Merchant Payments at GoTo Financial, Singapore
Expertise-Markets: India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Payments/Defining Products/POS/Terminal Management/Partner Acquisition
Pratyush is the Head of Merchant Payments at GoTo Financial. He joined Gojek in 2020 and currently oversees GoTo Financial’s suite of merchant payment solutions, primarily their online payment gateway Midtrans and their offline point-of-sale device GoBiz PLUS. With an aim to help more micro, small and medium enterprises in the region digitise and access new opportunities, Pratyush focuses on growing GoTo Financial’s merchant payments solutions, ensuring that they meet the needs of all types of merchants – from enterprise merchants to the smallest sellers.
A seasoned expert in the payments industry, Pratyush was most recently the General Manager of Asia at Poynt, a point-of-sale terminal provider. Based in San Francisco, Singapore and Bangalore, he worked on defining products, point-of-sale applications, terminal management and new partner acquisition across a wide range of markets, covering India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Prior to that, Pratyush was the Vice President (Business and Payments) at Paytm, India’s most widely used payments app. He saw the growth of the Paytm wallet from less than a million users to more than 100 M users. As an early entrant in India’s payment ecosystem, he was involved in the formulation of UPI (India’s realtime payment rails). Earlier in his career, he also worked for a range of other companies, including Xerox PARC and Microsoft.
Pratyush holds a MBA in Finance, Systems and Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Expertise-Markets: Canada, The UAE, Singapore
Expertise-Areas of Interest: (Credit,Debit,Prepaid,Commercial,Virtual)/Acquiring/ Processing / Digital Convergence, Faster payments/Payment Product Manufacturing (Plastics and Chip)
Cary is a Canadian, a Singapore permanent resident, and he has lived and worked in Asia for the past fifteen years,
Mika von Haartman
Director – Digital Payment Support
Krungthai Card Public Company Limited
Expertise-Markets: Thailand, Asia
Expertise-Areas of Interest: Digital Payments, Digital Wallets, Cross Border Payments, QR Code Payments, Faster Payments, Digital Currencies, CBDC
Mika was the driving force behind the creation of Thailand’s inaugural Digital Wallet Cross Border Payment system, establishing connections with Alipay and Wechat Pay. In addition, he has expanded Thai merchant participation by integrating them into the Global Digital Wallet networks and introducing innovative alternative payment solutions. Mika is particularly excited about exploring how Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) could potentially revolutionize global payment networks and make merchant acceptance more cost-effective.
The strategic business environment is challenging industries at an unprecedented pace. This lead to a need for dynamic, innovation and ethical business leadership more than ever,to consistently drive shareholder value, balanced with value to the customers