Illustrious Speakers 2019

Max Levchin

Founder & CEO

Affirm

Max Levchin is the founder and CEO of Affirm, a financial services tech company, co-founder and Chairman of Glow, a data-driven fertility company, and co-founder and general partner at SciFi VC, a private venture capital firm. All three companies were created and launched from his San Francisco based innovation lab, HVF (Hard, Valuable, Fun). Max is a co-founder of PayPal, where he served as the CTO until its acquisition by eBay in 2002.

In 2002, Max was named to Technology Review’s TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators globallyas well as Innovator of the Year. In 2004, he founded Slide, a personal media-sharing service for social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook, which he sold to Google in August 2010. Also in 2004, he helped start Yelp, where he was the first investor in and Chairman of the Board from 2004 until 2015. He has served on several boards such as Yahoo!, Yelp, and Evernote. Max is a serial entrepreneur, computer scientist, philanthropist and active investor in more than 100 startups.

Founder & CEO

Affirm

Sandeep Bhandari

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Risk Officer

Affirm

Sandeep is the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Risk Officer at Affirm. In his role, Sandeep is responsible for the overall credit and fraud risk management at Affirm, and for helping the company expand it’s lending offerings.

Prior to Affirm, Sandeep was the Chief Credit Officer for Lending Club, where he helped the company strengthen its decisioning algorithms and pricing policies; introduce new product features and onboard diverse investors to the platform.

Sandeep spent over 15 years at Capital One, where he was the Assistant Chief Credit Officer for Auto and Home Lending and a partner at Capital One Growth Ventures. Sandeep also held a variety of roles in strategy development, credit risk management,
marketing, product development, and underwriting across consumer credit cards and small business cards.

Sandeep holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Risk Officer

Affirm

Marc Andreessen

Co-Founder & General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Marc Andreessen is a cofounder and general partner of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is an innovator and creator, one of the few to pioneer a software category used by more than a billion people and one of the few to establish
multiple billion-dollar companies.

Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic Internet browser and co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $4.2 billion. He also co-founded Loudcloud, which as Opsware, sold to Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. He later served on the board of
Hewlett-Packard from 2008 to 2018.

Marc holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Marc serves on the board of the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio companies: Applied Intuition, Dialpad, Honor, OpenGov, and Samsara. He is also on the board of Facebook.

Co-Founder & General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Alex Rampell

General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Alex Rampell is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on investments in financial services and serves on the boards of Branch, Descript, Divvy, Earnin, FlyHomes, PeerStreet, Point, Quantopian, Transferwise, & Very Good Security.

Prior to joining a16z, he was the CEO and cofounder of TrialPay, a leading transactional advertising and payments company serving digital goods and e-commerce clients such as Facebook, Zynga, and Gap, with 100 employees and over $300M in cumulative revenue since inception. TrialPay was acquired by Visa in 2015. TrialPay also spun out another company, Yub, the first offline affiliate network, where Alex simultaneously served as CEO through its acquisition in late 2013 by Coupons.com. He also co-founded three other companies: TXN, a survey and transactional data company; Point, a real
estate marketplace; and Affirm, with Max Levchin.

Alex also co-founded FraudEliminator, the first consumer anti-phishing company, which merged into SiteAdvisor and was acquired by McAfee for $75M in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Alex had been an active angel investor (Pinterest, Bloomreach, SiftScience, Wooga, and Twice, among many others) and served as an advisor to the SV Angel fund.

Alex holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University.

General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Angela Strange

General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Angela Strange is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she focuses on investments in financial services including insurance, real estate & increasing inclusivity. She is currently a board observer for the following Andreessen Horowitz portfolio
companies: Branch, Earnin, HealthIQ, Mayvenn, PeerStreet, and Point. Angela joined the firm in 2014.

Prior to joining a16z, Angela was a product manager at Google where she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into two of Google’s most successful mobile products. Previously, she was the director of product management and business development at Ruba.com (acquired by Google) and a senior associate partner at Bay Partners where she focused on the consumer internet sector. Prior to that, Angela was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto.

Angela is a proud Canadian and served as co-chair of the C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley, and on the Canadian Finance Minister Morneau’s Economic Growth Council. Angela has a Mechanical Engineering degree
from Queen’s University, in Canada, and an MBA from Stanford. Angela is a world-class athlete and spent two years training professionally as a runner; she has won several marathons and achieved a seventh place national ranking in Canada.

General Partner

Andreessen Horowitz

Rob Goldstein

Chief Operating Officer

BlackRock

Robert Goldstein, Senior Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Chief Operating Officer and the Head of its BlackRock Solutions business. He is a member of the Global Executive Committee and co-chair of the Global Operating Committee.

As COO, Mr. Goldstein helps oversee the day-to-day global business of the firm and ensures that the organization, including its investment, client, risk and technology functions, have the necessary connectivity, coordination and operating processes.

Mr. Goldstein also leads the BlackRock Solutions business, which leverages the firm’s unique risk analytics capabilities and capital markets insights to deliver unbiased advice and expertise to companies, organizations and public institutions.

Prior to assuming the COO role in 2014, Mr. Goldstein headed the firm’s Institutional Client Business. In this role, Mr. Goldstein managed BlackRock’s institutional relationships across the globe, drove business development efforts and helped clients craft innovative solutions to meet their investment objectives.

He began his career in 1994 as an analyst in BlackRock’s Portfolio Analytics Group and later worked as a risk advisor to mortgage and insurance clients. In his more than 20 years at the firm, Mr. Goldstein has been instrumental in developing many of BlackRock’s foundational processes and capabilities, including its risk management platform and client service operation.

Mr. Goldstein was twice-named to Fortune’s “40 under 40” list and, for the past five years, he has been identified as one of the top technology entrepreneurs in the financial services industry by Institutional Investor’s “Tech 50” list. He co-authored “Nonagency Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities” in the eighth edition of The Handbook of Fixed Income Securities and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and meetings. Mr. Goldstein serves on the Board of Trustees for the Battery Conservancy in New York and the Board of Advisors for the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Mr. Goldstein earned a BS degree, magna cum laude, in economics from Binghamton University in 1994.

Chief Operating Officer

BlackRock

Henrique Dubugras

CEO

Brex

Henrique Dubugras is Co-Founder & CEO of Brex — the first of its kind corporate card for startups. A Brazilian entrepreneur, Henrique built payments company Pagar.me — the Stripe of Brazil — when he was sixteen years old. In just three years, Pagar.me
grew to $1.5 billion in volume of transactions processed. In the fall of 2016, Henrique sold Pagar.me and enrolled at Stanford University. After eight months, he left school and founded Brex, which raised $215 million in funding across three rounds in its first 18 months and was the fastest U.S. business-to-business company to be valued at over $1 billion.

CEO

Brex

Cos Nicolaescu

VP, Engineering

Brex

Ray Dalio

Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Bridgewater Associates

Ray Dalio is the Founder, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm and the world’s largest hedge fund. Ray is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Principles: Life & Work, which shares the unique principles behind his and Bridgewater’s success.

Ray started Bridgewater over 40 years ago out of his two-bedroom apartment in New York and has been a global macro investor for nearly 50 years.

While at Bridgewater his industry-changing approaches to investing — which include the invention of risk parity, currency overlay, portable alpha and global inflation indexed bond management — prompted Chief Investment Officer magazine to write an article entitled “Is Ray Dalio the Steve Jobs of Investing?,” which compared his industry-changing inventions to those of the Apple founder. According to an industry study, Bridgewater’s hedge fund has made more money for its investors than any other hedge fund ever — an estimated $49.7 billion. Bridgewater Associates has received numerous awards, including over twenty “Manager of the Year” awards from every major financial publication, and Ray has received three “Lifetime Achievement” awards. Additionally, a long list of economic policymakers actively seek his advice, which prompted Time Magazine in 2012 to name him “One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Ray is an active philanthropist with a particular interest in oceanographic research and conservation. He is a participant in The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give more than half of his wealth to charity.

Ray believes that reality works like a machine and that principles for dealing with reality are required to be successful.

Founder, Co-Chairman & Co-Chief Investment Officer

Bridgewater Associates

Jonathan Levin

Co-Founder & COO

Chainalysis

Jonathan Levin is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Chainalysis, the leading provider of anti-money laundering solutions for cryptocurrency businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies. In his role as COO, he leads the global commercial, product, and marketing functions. Jonathan is regularly called upon to testify for the U.S. Congress and other government hearings on the emerging risks and opportunities in cryptocurrencies.

Prior to Chainalysis, he was the CEO of Coinometrics, which provided the first dashboard of blockchain intelligence. He was also a postgraduate economist at the University of Oxford, where he researched virtual currencies and created one of the first statistical models of Bitcoin transaction fees.

Jonathan holds a BSc in Economics from Bristol University and Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford. He lives in New York.

Co-Founder & COO

Chainalysis

Asiff Hirji

President & COO

Coinbase

Asiff Hirji is President and Chief Operating Officer of Coinbase. Mr. Hirji runs Coinbase day-to-day and is focused on scaling current businesses and launching new ones. Prior to Coinbase, Mr. Hirji was a Private Equity & Venture Capital Investor and Advisor. As an Operating Advisor with Andreessen Horowitz he focused on helping its highest potential portfolio companies scale faster. As a Senior Advisor with Bain Capital he helped drive its technology investment efforts.

Mr. Hirji was Chief Restructuring Officer of HP reporting to CEO Meg Whitman from 2014-2016. He co-led the turnaround of HPE Services and then its sale to CSC for $8.5B and the sale of HP Software for $8.8B. From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Hirji was a Partner with TPG Capital and helped lead their investing efforts in financial services, technology, media and e¬commerce, and he invested well over $3 billion with good returns. While at TD Ameritrade from 2003-2007, he served first as the CIO, then COO (where he led Operations, Technology and Business Development) and then President overseeing all businesses and a member of the Office of the Chief Executive that ran the company. Here, Mr. Hirji led a $3B, 3,000 employee business and helped drive a 600% increase in accounts, assets and market cap, which helped grow the company into the largest online broker in the world.

Mr. Hirji serves on the boards of Saxo Bank, RentPath, TES Global and Eze Software. Mr. Hirji is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business, Berkeley where he teaches a highly rated and over-subscribed second year MBA course on private equity. Mr. Hirji received an MBA with honors from Canada’s best business school, The University of Western Ontario, and his Bachelor’s of Computer Science from The University of Calgary.

President & COO

Coinbase

Nicole Eagan

CEO

Darktrace

As Chief Executive Officer of Darktrace, Nicole Eagan has established the company as the global leader of AI cyber defense. Her extensive career spans 25 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies. Named ‘AI Leader of the Year’ in 2017, Nicole has introduced disruptive machine learning to enterprises of all sizes. Today, Darktrace has a valuation of $1.65 billion and counts Insight, KKR, Summit Partners, and Samsung among its investors. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won more than 100 awards and the company has been named one of WSJ’s Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.

CEO

Darktrace

Chng Kai Fong

Managing Director

EDB

Mr Chng was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 1 October 2017.

He was the Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the Prime Minister (PM) from 1 September 2014 to 30 September 2017.

Before his appointment as PPS to the PM, Mr Chng served various roles in the Public Service. He was Director of Communications Group at the Prime Minister’s Office, where he oversaw strategic communications and coordinated communications strategy across Government agencies. He was also Director of Resource Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he coordinated the Government’s efforts to drive productivity growth, and Director of the Institute of Public Sector Leadership,
which runs leadership development programmes for public sector leaders. Mr Chng also served in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Communications and Information. Mr Chng was also seconded from 2008 to 2010 as a Senior Management
Consultant to Shell in its Downstream Strategy Division.

Mr Chng graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master in Engineering in 2001, specialising in signal processing. In 2011, Mr Chng was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship. He is also a Sloan Fellow with a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr Chng is married with two daughters and a son. In his younger days, he freelanced as a Euphonium player and an amateur conductor. These days, he waves his hands when classical music is playing on the radio, to the bewilderment of his children.

Managing Director

EDB

Eyal Shinar

Founder & CEO

Fundbox

Eyal is an expert in financial services and technology management. Prior to his current position as CEO and Founder of Fundbox, he served as a Vice President at Battery Ventures where he led many projects and investments in the areas of finance, machine learning, SMBs, and SaaS. Eyal earned his MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Founder & CEO

Fundbox

Reid Hoffman

Partner

Greylock Partners

An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer
behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses, as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive, “blitzscale” growth. Ranging from LinkedIn to PayPal, from Airbnb to Convoy to Facebook, he invests in businesses with network effects and collaborates on building their product ecosystems.

Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 500 million members around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising, and software
licensing. He led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer. In 2016 LinkedIn was acquired by Microsoft, and he became a board member of Microsoft.

Prior to LinkedIn, Hoffman served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was also a founding board member.

Hoffman joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He focuses on building products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. He currently serves on the boards of Airbnb, Apollo Fusion, Aurora, Coda, Convoy, Entrepreneur First, Gixo, Microsoft, Nauto, Xapo, and a few early stage companies still in stealth. In addition, he serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including Kiva, Endeavor, CZI Biohub, Do Something, Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Initiative, and the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change. Prior to joining Greylock, he angel invested in many influential Internet companies, including Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, and Zynga.

Hoffman is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling books: The Start-up of You and The Alliance. He is also the co-author, with Chris Yeh, of the new book Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies, based on his Stanford course of the same name. Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale, an original podcast series and the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for featured guests.

Hoffman earned a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University. In 2010 he was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute. In 2012, he was honored by the Martin Luther King center’s Salute to Greatness Award. Also in 2012, he received the David Packard Medal of Achievement from TechAmerica and an honorary doctor of law from Babson University. In 2017, he was appointed as a CBE by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Partner

Greylock Partners

James Manyika

Senior Partner and Chairman

McKinsey Global Institute

Valentin Stalf

Co-Founder & CEO

N26

Valentin Stalf is co-founder and CEO of N26. In 2013 he founded N26 with his longtime friend Maximilian Tayenthal. Back then already, both shared a vision of building a bank that the world loves to use.

Since the initial product launch in 2015, N26 has grown to include more than 2.5 million customers across 24 European markets — with plans to enter the US in 2019. The firm has raised more than USD 500 million from some of the world’s most well-known
investors, including Insight Venture Partners, Tencent, Allianz X, Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Earlybird Venture Capital, Battery Ventures, in addition to members of the Zalando management board, and Redalpine Ventures. N26 has more than 800 employees based in in Berlin, New York and Barcelona, who are concentrated on reinventing the banking experience for the digital generation. With its full banking license, state-of-the-art technology and no branch network, N26 is redesigning banking for the 21st century. Before N26, Valentin was an Entrepreneur in Residence for Rocket Internet, an incubator and investor in online startups. There he helped to develop several companies in the mobile payments industry, including payleven and Paymill GmbH. Moreover, he worked in strategy consulting and investment banking.

Valentin has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management and a master’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of St. Gallen. He is currently a member of the advisory board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Co-Founder & CEO

N26

Mauro D'Ancona

Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations

Nubank

Rishi Khosla

Co-founder & CEO

OakNorth

Rishi is the co-founder of OakNorth Holdings, a multibillion-dollar fintech firm focused on unlocking the potential in customised lending to SMEs globally.

Prior to this, Rishi was the co-founder and Chairman of Copal Amba, a financial research firm which was scaled to 3,000 employees and sold to Moody’s Corporation in 2014.

He is also an early stage investor in several businesses, including Paypal and Indiabulls, and has an MSc in Accounting & Finance from LSE and a BSc in Economics from University College London.

Co-founder & CEO

OakNorth

Fred Ehrsam

Co-Founder

Coinbase & Paradigm

Fred founded Coinbase, the largest U.S. crypto-currency exchange, in 2012 and served as president of the company until 2017.

During that time the service grew to 13 million customers. Fred has now started a cryptocurrency investment firm with Matt Huang called Paradigm. It will be the largest fund launch in the history of the space.

Co-Founder

Coinbase & Paradigm

Doug Leone

Global Managing Partner

Sequoia

Sir Michael Moritz

Partner

Sequoia

Michael Moritz is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 1986. He has helped Sequoia adjust to the profound changes in global technology and was one of the co-founders of its business in China and India as well as Sequoia Global Growth, a global technology fund; Sequoia Heritage, the firm’s single pool of globally diversified, long-term assets; and Sequoia Capital Global Equities, a public market fund. Michael has represented Sequoia on the boards of a number of companies including Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, LinkedIn, and Kayak; and younger businesses such as Berkeley Lights, Charlotte Tilbury, Instacart, Klarna and Stripe. Prior to joining Sequoia, Michael co-founded Technologic Partners and was a correspondent for Time, where he was the San Francisco bureau chief.

He is the author of several books including Return to the Little Kingdom, the first major book about Apple published in 1984, and more recently LEADING with Sir Alex Ferguson, the longtime Manager of Manchester United. Michael graduated from Christ Church, Oxford in 1976 with a MA in History and is an Honorary Student of the College. Together with his wife, Harriet Heyman, he has made a series of major donations to educational causes. He received a knighthood from the Queen of England in 2013.

Partner

Sequoia

Heng Swee Keat

Minister of Finance

Republic of Singapore

Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore’s next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore’s research, innovation and enterprise strategies.

Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore’s future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.

Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the “Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific” Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.

Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Minister of Finance

Republic of Singapore

Patrick Collison

Co-Founder & CEO

Stripe

Gaurav Bhargav

VP Credit & Data

Tala

A senior leader in consumer financial services, Gaurav Bhargava leads Tala’s global credit and data science teams and strategy. Under his leadership, millions have borrowed through Tala’s smartphone app, which provides instant, personalized credit to customers in East Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

Gaurav has vast experience leading global consumer financial products and services
spanning the entire life cycle of the customer, including credit cards, mortgages, personal loans and consumer banking.

Prior to joining Tala in 2017, Gaurav led analytical and product teams at Capital One to develop cutting edge digital banking infrastructure. He holds a B. Tech from IIT, a Masters in Operations Research from North Carolina State University, and an MBA from Wharton.

VP Credit & Data

Tala

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