Digital Finance Advisory Panel
The Digital Finance Advisory Panel (DFAP) advises ASIC on fintech- and regtech-related matters. Its members are drawn from Australia’s fintech community and have academic and private sector backgrounds.
DFAP and ASIC meet quarterly to discuss local and global developments, including opportunities and risks, in the fintech industry.
Ross Buckley: Scientia Professor, KPMG Law and King & Wood Mallesons Professor of Disruptive Innovation and Law, Professor, UNSW (Panel Chair)
Ross Buckley is Scientia Professor, KPMG Law and King & Wood Mallesons Professor of Disruptive Innovation and Law, Professor, at the University of New South Wales.
His principal field of research is international financial regulation, particularly the regulation of digital financial services. He co-edits the International Banking and Finance Law Series and the Global Trade Law Series of Wolters Kluwer of The Hague.
Ross has consulted to the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Asian Development Bank, the Indonesian Department of Finance, the Vietnamese Department of Commerce and the Australian Taxation Office as well as to banks and finance houses in Australia and abroad. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar and many times a half-bright scholar.
Kim Heras: General Partner, 25fifteen
Kim is the co-founder of 25fifteen, a Sydney startup studio and corporate venturing firm founded by 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.
Jack Quigley: Founder and Managing Director, CrowdfundUP
Jack Quigley is the Founder and Managing Director of CrowdfundUP, Australia’s leading real estate crowd-funding platform, and Founding Director of FinTech Australia, Australia’s industry FinTech body.
Jack has played an influential role in shaping the Australian crowdfunding and alternative finance industry over the past few years and is at the forefront of discussions with the Australian Government, championing the benefits of innovation on the Australian economy. With extensive experience in Australian and China, Jack has become a leader in the crowd-funding space globally, regularly speaking at events and conferences around the world.
With a strong background as an experienced commercial lawyer, Jack has completed over $30 million in corporate transactions, structured international real estate and equity transactions and is responsible for the implementation of startup strategies in the corporate space.
Alex Scandurra: CEO, Stone & Chalk
Alex is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, 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 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, Lendlease 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.
Daniel Foggo: CEO and Co-Founder, RateSetter
Daniel Foggo is the CEO and Co-Founder of RateSetter, Australia's largest technology-led consumer lender, which manages funds on behalf of thousands of Australian investors.
Daniel founded RateSetter with the objective of offering consumers a better way to invest and borrow.
Daniel was named FinTech Leader of the Year at the inaugural Australian Fintech Awards in 2016 and named Fintech Entrepreneur of the Year at the Australian FinTech Business Awards in 2017. Previously he worked in investment banking at Barclays in Sydney and at Rothschild in London. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business in Economics and Finance.
Steve Vallas: CEO, Blockchain Australia
Steve Vallas is the Chief Executive Officer of Blockchain Australia. Australia's peak body representing businesses and business professionals participating in the digital economy through blockchain technology.
Steve is the Deputy Chair of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources National Blockchain Roadmap Steering Committee. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence and mentor at Swinburne University of Technology. An industry coach for Deakin University and a mentor for the Melbourne University Accelerator Program.
Steve is the founder of BlockchainAPAC, which facilitated the development of the Blockchain community ecosystem across Australia. Participants were drawn from the Education, Industry, Startup, Financial Services and Government sector. Steve led the success of the origin conference which brought together 500+ participants in the biggest Enterprise Blockchain Conference staged in Australia. In 2019, Steve also founded Blcokchain2020 and led the development of resources for Government and Industry across the intersection points of Blockchain and emerging technology.
Previously, Steve created and was the Managing Director of Honey Digital, a brand and resource building digital commerce agency. Working across sectors including education, ecommerce, blockchain, hospitality and property.
He brings more than two decades of experience as a qualified lawyer, digital strategist, start-up mentor and technology consultant.
Steve is focused on building value adding relationships with those who seek to advance the development of the Australian Blockchain sector.
Simone Joyce: Chairperson, FinTech Australia
Simone Joyce is the co-founder CEO of Paypa Plane, a payment technology company, she co-founded in September 2017. Paypa Plane provides payment ‘service-layer’ SaaS systems to banks, large enterprises and SMEs- bridging the gap between legacy payment systems and payments of the future whilst helping banks to compete with third-party providers.
Elected to the Fintech Australia Board of Directors 2019 and as Chair in 2020, Simone has had many years’ experience in payment and Fintech-focused companies and has been frequently recognised over the years for this work – most recently winning the Paris Fintech Forum Fintech Award and the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Global Entrepreneur Grant.