The ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN) today announced the appointment of Neil Parekh as an Advisor to its Board.
Neil will contribute his valuable knowledge and experience in business, regulatory and governance matters to advance and improve AFIN and its flagship product, API Exchange. APIX is a global cloud-based platform that enables financial institutions and FinTechs to discover one another on a curated global marketplace, design experiments collaboratively in the sandbox and deploy innovative solutions rapidly at a lower cost.
Neil is a Partner and Head of Asia, Australia & New Zealand at Tikehau Capital. He was previously General Manager, Asia for National Australia Bank (NAB) and has held senior roles with Bank of America, Société Générale and DBS. Passionate about all matters related to Fintech, Neil contributes his time as a board of director of AMTD Digital. He is also the chairman of the International Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Singapore and a member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors. Neil previously served as a member of the Governing Council of The Association of Banks in Singapore and as a board director of Nautilus Insurance.
A Singapore citizen, Neil has more than 30 years of global experience in the financial services industry in the Asia Pacific region, US and Europe and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a Master’s degree in Finance and an MBA in International Business.
“We are delighted to have Neil join as an Advisor. He brings along decades of thought leadership in key areas that are vital, and would accelerate the growth of APIX. We look forward to tapping into his deep experiences and perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy and operations to be the best in class.” shared by Paul Gwee, Board Director of AFIN and Secretary General of ASEAN Bankers Association, Singapore.
“As we look forward to achieving greater heights for APIX, having Neil join the AFIN team as an Advisor to the Board could not have come at a better time. Neil’s valuable experience in the financial sector will help AFIN chart the strategic growth of APIX as the premier go-to platform to create a more collaborative and inclusive global financial ecosystem.”, added Damien Pang, Board Director of AFIN and Deputy Chief FinTech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Neil also shared his support for AFIN and enthusiasm for his new role, “In a relatively short period of time AFIN, through its flagship product the API Exchange, has created a high quality innovative platform for digital transformation and collaboration between financial institutions and FinTechs. I look forward to contributing to the development of this unique all ASEAN ecosystem.”