Judges Round 1


Syed Musheer Ahmad

Founder & Managing Director, Finstep Asia

Karyl Akilian Momjian

Director, Marketing and Peer Learning, Financial Alliance for Women


Mentors from various financial institutions – banking, wealth, insurance and payments – will be sharing their expertise and assisting the participating teams in creating impactful solutions.

Anna Gincherman

Partner, Consumer Centrix

Anna Gincherman is a partner at ConsumerCentrix (CCX), a Geneva-based strategy consulting firm working with a wide range of financial service providers and regulators translating consumer insights into winning business strategies and policies to reach the unserved and underserved.  Prior to CCX, Anna was an executive with Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit dedicated to giving low-income women access to the financial products and services they need to achieve security and prosperity. As a VP of Strategic Partnerships and the Chief Product Development Officer, Anna was responsible for the identification, development and roll-out of innovative financial products, including savings, health insurance, digital financial services, and credit for low-income women.

Kyla Gineitis of Citi, on 18 January 2018, in London, United Kingdom.

Kyla Gineitis

Head of Impact and MENA Financing SVP, Citi Social Finance

Kyla has been a member of the Citi Social Finance team (previously Citi Inclusive Finance) since 2017. She currently leads on social impact across social finance deals for Citi in emerging economies, as well as financing social finance transactions in the MENA region. She has a background in small to mid-sized corporate banking with the Citi Commercial Bank.

Citi Social Finance is partnering to fund the “S” in ESG across Citi’s emerging market footprint. The team seeks out innovative partnerships with financial institutions, telecommunications and fintech providers, local and national governments, consumer goods companies, community-based organizations and others that have close relationships with the unbanked and the underserved segments of society. Through Citi’s local businesses in 96 markets, Citi Social Finance is harnessing the bank’s global capabilities to provide access to economic markets, goods, and services to the world’s most local communities.

Li Lian Ng

Head of Corporate, HSBC

Ng Li Lian is the head of Business Banking for HSBC Singapore since 2013 where her focus is to grow the Bank’s SME franchise and help achieve the aspirations of Singapore SMEs, in particular those expanding and trading internationally. Li Lian has worked in banking for more than 20 years with extensive experience in corporate recovery, credit risk management and both core corporate banking products and global capital finance products such as syndicated finance, equity and debt capital markets and mezzanine capital. In her last appointment, she was leading the International Corporates team, working with HSBC offices globally to deliver a coordinated and consistent proposition for corporate clients operating internationally. Li Lian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, majoring in Finance and Accounting with a minor in Marketing.

Monica Jajusa

Head of Money Management, Goto Financials

Monica has more than 20 years work experience across four geographies. She is a consumer-focused product management professional with techno-commercial proficiency, she has efficaciously designed, developed and launched products that delivered remarkable value and impact, globally. She is a recognised thought leader, public speaker with appearances in global fintech and product management events and global influencer.

Armed with excellent team building capabilities, she has been successful in growing and scaling high-performance teams and leading several cross functional units, including Product Management, Business Development, UX Design and Experience, Engineering, Marketing, Legal and Operations, spanning Fortune-500 companies and emerging start-ups.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Delhi University and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Outside the boardroom, championing diversity in the workforce is a cause near to her heart. With a sharp emphasis on lessening the gender gap at the workplace, she has rallied around multiple causes such as #WomenAtWork, #Girls4Tech and STEM. She is a well-known online influencer- featured in the 2021 Onalytica Top 100 Fintech Influencers List/top 10 of Women in Finance Power 100 / Fintech Finance GOLD Power List, which recognises top Fintech influencers globally. Monica has also been ranked Top 3 Fintech Influencers in Asia and Yourstory’s 100 Digital Influencers of 2020, apart from being recognised as the “Top 50 coolest women in Product” by Inc42

Maria Lucrecia Monge

Commercial Director for the Business Women Program, Banco G&T Continental

María Lucrecia Monge is the Commercial Director for the Business Women Program at Banco G&T Continental. She is responsible for the design, implementation and roll out of a holistic program, for Women Led SME’s in Guatemala.

María Lucrecia has previously held several demand planning, project coordination and sales related positions. Since 2015 she actively participates as teacher assistant and professor for businesses, entrepreneurship and marketing courses at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

She is passionate about entrepreneurship and business as the engine of the local economy, a marketing enthusiast, an avid reader and life-long learner.

She earned an MBA with an entrepreneurship concentration and holds a Bachelor’s of science degree in Business with a marketing concentration, both from Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

Peter Collingridge

Program director at D10x, Citi’s internal incubator

Peter Collingridge is the program director at D10x, Citi’s internal incubator. He joined CitiVentures in 2017 as an entrepreneur in residence, having enjoyed a successful career in product and founder roles in startups and tech organizations in the UK and California.  

Regina Lee

Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC

Ms. Lee is responsible for the Commercial Banking business in Singapore, providing products and services across cash management, FX, lending, liquidity management, trade finance and receivables finance for a wide range of businesses from SMEs to large local and multinational corporates.
Ms. Lee brings over 20 years of diverse coverage experience spanning corporate and commercial banking, having joined HSBC in 1997. Prior to being appointed to her current role, Ms. Lee was Managing Director, Corporate Banking at HSBC Hong Kong where, since 2018, she led the coverage team for TMT, Consumer and Retail and Commodities.
Alongside her coverage experience, Ms. Lee brings strong operational and risk management expertise having spent three years as Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking at HSBC Hong Kong. Prior roles include managing the Commercial Bank’s operational risk and control division across Asia Pacific, leading business development for HSBC Hong Kong’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance business and the commercial banking business in Macau.

Victor Alexiev

Director, Global Head of Incubation (D10X), Citi

Victor heads Citi’ incubation and venture-building program (D10x) for its Institutional Clients Group (ICG), which takes a client-centric, entrepreneurial, mid-term perspective on growth and disruption of wholesale banking. In his role, Victor strives to provide a unique point of view to Citi’s Leadership, informed by targeted, thematic experimentation and commercially-driven, greenfield product, service, and/or capability development.

Originally from Bulgaria, Victor is a seasoned entrepreneur, global citizen, and systems thinker with keen interests in business model innovation and automated decision support systems. He has over a decade of experience in building and scaling technology startups across the globe. His venture involvements range from intelligent content curation and discovery through forestry tokenization to HR automation and talent analytics.

He holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the London School of Economics, a double MS in System Dynamics Modelling from the University of Bergen in Norway and Radboud in the Netherlands, and a BSc in International Business from the Copenhagen Business School.

Yvonne Greeves

Director of Women in Business, NatWest Group

As Director of Women in Business for NatWest Group, Yvonne is responsible for designing and implementing the Women in Business Strategy working with key stakeholders both internally and externally across the UK. With over 600 WIB specialists she is also responsible for supporting this network to collaborate, build relationships and influence senior stakeholders, strategic partners and external organisations across the UK to drive the WIB proposition for NatWest Group. Yvonne has an integral role with the Interventions for the Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship which seeks to address the £250 billion economic opportunity to the UK Economy if women set up and scaled in business at the same rate as men. Yvonne is an experienced Non-Executive Director and holds a number of external Board positions, she is a trustee of Firstport, an organisation that supports Social Enterprises; Non-Executive Director, of the Growth Company Business Finance, an organisation that provides alternative business finance options for growing businesses. She is also a member of two Scottish Government Boards focusing on female equality. Yvonne actively mentors and provides training to Women in Business across the country and is keen to inspire more women to set up and scale their business.