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X:ED & AAN: FinTech – Payments Transformation Melbourne

5th May 2016


Fintech is beginning to disrupt the financial world as we know it. The financial industry is now more focused than ever on technological innovation than at any other time. It’s so important, Malcolm Turnbull referred to it in his first speech as PM. 

But, for those unfamiliar with the term, here’s a quick explainer.

Put simply, Fintech is financial technology; a digital revolution. It’s about major changes to asset management, business and personal loans, fund raising, money transfers, and the way we invest. Fintech involves disrupting the way all businesses operate, as well as our personal finances. Why pay to see a financial advisor when you can get financial advice online for a much lower price?

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6:00pm – Arrival, networking, food and drinks

6:30pm – Presentations begin

Mark Townley, Senior Vice President (Australia & New Zealand) & Global Financial Services Practice Lead at

Mark has 25 years in a broad range of senior Banking & Finance roles across Asia Pacific, he is now engaged as a co-founder, investor, director and executive in a variety of IT, Digital and Data Start-up companies.

His involvement is now across a range of start-up industries including music and entertainment, professional services and procurement and over the last year a rapid learning journey into the exciting and expanding world of Big Data Analytics and Insights Technologies. 

Appreciating first hand the differences of innovation and agility in both start-ups and large corporations I now apply my experience in building mutually beneficial partnerships. 

Humphrey Laubscher, FinTech Innovation Manager at NAB Labs

Humphrey Laubscher is an Innovation Manager in NAB Labs and is part of the team enabling NAB to embrace the digital disruption that is transforming our business, industry and customers interaction of financial services.

He is a passionate Digital Innovation consultant with a diverse skill set gained over 14 years of professional consulting in  IT architecture, product strategy and agile product development across finance, retail, legal and government sectors.

Humphrey has been at the forefront of digital disruption through his work with Corporate Venture Capital firms, Startup Accelerators, Startup Incubators, Aussie/US Startups and through delivery of Lean Startup Workshops. 

Karune Aurora, Founding Director at Pay24

Karune has over 16 years of experience working in consulting and finance firms. 

Globally experienced he has delivered products, projects and strategic initiatives in Australia, Japan, Singapore, China, India and the United Kingdom.  

Karune has a significant amount of experience understanding how technology can be utilized to enable business strategy and solve for consumer problems.

In between the corporate gigs, Karune has founded multiple start-ups including Pay24, a bill payments platform making bill payments easy for consumers, economical for billers and more profitable for the banks. 

Pay24 is used by tens of thousands of customers a month and enjoys consistently high ratings in the Apple and Android app stores.

Karune is passionate about innovation and using relevant technology to deliver on business strategy whilst ultimately enhancing the customer experience.

Jack Zhang, Co-Founder & CEO at

Jack Zhang is the Co-Founder and CEO of Airwallex, a cross-border payments and foreign exchange platform for businesses and individuals. He has over 8 years of experience in foreign exchange trading and investment banking, having worked in the technology teams at Aviva Plc, National Australia Bank and ANZ. Prior to founding Airwallex, Jack was a foreign exchange solution architect at ANZ, responsible for the overall design and architecture of the company’s FX digital revolution project. He also designed and developed Australia’s first single dealer platform for foreign exchange and fixed income while working at the National Australia Bank. 

Asher Tan, CEO, Co-Founder at CoinJar

Asher has a background in economics, formerly providing analysis to leading business magazines on company financial performance and the wider economy. He leads CoinJar - a successful AngelCube alumnus and Australia’s favourite bitcoin company.

8:45pm – Final Q&A’s and wrap-up

8:50pm – Door prize presentations

9:00pm - Networking and drinks

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