Digital Finance Advisory Committee
ASIC has established the Digital Finance Advisory Committee (DFAC) to help inform how we focus our efforts and collaborate within the sector.
The members of DFAC are drawn from a cross-section of the fintech community, as well as academia and consumer backgrounds.
Chris Brycki: Founder and CEO, Stockspot
Chris Brycki is the founder and CEO of Stockspot, Australia’s leading automated investment company. He founded Stockspot in 2013 to help more Australians access unbiased and transparent investment advice and portfolio management online.
A highly experienced trader, he spent his early career as a portfolio manager at hedge funds and UBS investing the banks’ capital. During this time Chris saw how traditional industries like retail and media were being disrupted by innovative and fast moving technology companies. He decided to do the same to wealth management.
In 2015, Chris was named in the Top 35 Influencers of Financial Planning by Adviser Ratings. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting/Finance Co-op Scholarship) from the University of NSW.
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Andrew Corbett-Jones: Head, Tyro Fintech Hub
Andrew is the head of one of Australia’s premier spaces for fintech founders, the Tyro Fintech Hub in Sydney. He is a member of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee and an adviser in entrepreneurship to the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.
He has mentored dozens of startups and was a founding mentor of startup accelerator PushStart, brought the UK’s leading ad-tech accelerator, The Bakery, to Australia and co-founded Healthcare at Home Australia.
Andrew has also advised some of Australia’s leading corporations in digital strategy, user-centric design and strategic thinking, including Commonwealth Bank, 2nd Road, Unilever Australia, Telstra Innovation, Hardie Grant Publishing, Sydney Swans Football Club, and NRMA.
Kim Heras: General Partner, 25fifteen
Kim is the co-founder of 25fifteen, a Sydney-based startup studio and corporate venturing firm founded by successful tech entrepreneurs and industry veterans.
He is also the co-founder of TechSydney and founder of the Sydney Tech Startup Meetup and the Sydney FinTech Startup Meetup.
Previously Kim was one of the co-founders of PushStart, a startup accelerator program in Sydney, and Director of Fishburners, Sydney’s premier co-working space. He was also Commercial Manager at Ensyst, an IT Services company acquired by Optus.
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Andrew Lai: Founder, Fintech Melbourne
As a director of his own fintech startup FinancialAsk, Andrew also founded Fintech Melbourne which has gone on to become one of Australia's largest fintech startup communities, helping the local fintech community to connect via a range of events.
In addition to his fintech activities, Andrew also serves as the Accelerator Director of Australia's first agtech accelerator program and co-working space, SproutX, where he coaches and mentors early stage startup companies.
Andrew has 10+ years of experience within the financial services industry with product management, analytics and strategy roles in corporates such as NAB, MLC and most recently Findex.
Deborah Ralston: Professor of Finance, Monash University (DFAC Chair)
Dr Deborah Ralston is Professor of Finance at Monash University. She has held a number of leadership positions in Australian universities, most recently as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS).
Deborah’s research interests include superannuation, innovation, and the regulation, strategy and management of financial institutions. She has published widely in these areas. Deborah has a PhD in finance from Bond University, a Bachelor and Master of Economics from the University of New England, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), the Certified Professional Accountants of Australia (FCPAA), and a Senior Fellow of Finsia (SF Fin).
She has over 20 years experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards and is currently a Director of ASX Listed Mortgage Choice, where she is a member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning. She is also a member of Scale Angels, an angel investor group which focuses on supporting female entrepreneurs.
Alex Scandurra: CEO, Stone and Chalk
Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, which is one of Australia’s leading fintech innovation hubs. Prior to Stone & Chalk, Alex co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched two startup hubs in London and Manchester and was also lead on a major Open Innovation program which saw hundreds of startups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations.
As part of his global career, Alex has spent over seven years living and working extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Prior to his time at Barclays Bank in London, Alex worked for Nokia Networks in the Middle East and Africa, Lend Lease in Australia and was an Officer in the Australian Army.
In his current role as CEO, one of his key focus areas is to help high growth potential startups successfully launch and scale globally. Alex is also the co-founder of Spark Festival which is Australia’s largest startup festival, is a founding director of Fintech Australia and is a member of the advisory board for the NSW Government's Digital Analytics Centre.
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Danielle Szetho: CEO, FinTech Australia
Danielle Szetho is CEO of FinTech Australia, the national fintech industry association. FinTech Australia brings together the fintech community, corporates, regulators and government, building networks across the world to make Australia a top market for fintech innovation and investment.
Danielle joined FinTech Australia from Fairfax Media where she was Industry Head, Banking and Finance. Prior to this, Danielle held management roles in Design, Product, Business Transformation, Data Analytics and Commercial at leading Media brands such as Fairfax, News Ltd and Fox Sports. Danielle holds an MBA (Executive) and a Bachelor of Digital Media degree from UNSW.
Erin Turner: Head of Campaigns and Policy, CHOICE
Erin Turner leads CHOICE’s policy and campaigns team which fights to keep industry and government accountable and achieve real change for Australian consumers. Erin joined CHOICE in 2014 and focuses on finance policy and campaigns.
Erin previously worked in government relations, policy and campaigns roles for non-government organisations, including the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA), the peak body for community radio stations, and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN). Erin has a Master of Politics and Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts.
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