Sub Committee

Education Sub-Committee

Jarrod Luo
Board Liaison to Education Sub-Committee

Jarrod is a communications and operations professional bringing with him over 10 years of experience in organisational management in a variety of human endeavours, both commercial and non-profit.

He is deeply passionate about global sustainability issues such as economic inclusion, food supply sustainability, renewable energy and youth empowerment. In line with these passions, Jarrod co-founded Tembusu Systems, an ACCESS founding member company that built Singapore’s first Bitcoin vending machine and pioneered TRUST, a distributed ledger solution system inspired by and that builds upon the innovations pioneered by cryptocurrency technologies. He was also the Founding Secretary-General of ACCESS and presently still continues to serve on our board. He also recently co-founded the Mini-Telco Initiative, a de-centralised telecommunications project powered by blockchain technologies aimed at serving the underserved market segment in emerging economies.

Due to his depth and breadth of experience as a serial entrepreneur and organisation builder, he is a regionally sought after speaker, trainer and consultant. He graduated from the University of Queensland, Australia with a Bachelor of Science and double majors in Biomedical Science and Microbiology. He was also notably tasked with managing the Online Communications Desk of a Presidential Candidate during the 2011 Singapore Presidential Elections.

Events Sub-Committee

Eric Alexandre Ceret
Head of Events Sub-Committee

Eric is a Creative Director with more than 15 years of design and creative experience spanning TV, print, multimedia and web for some of the world’s leading brands.

Combining innovation with practicality, creativity with marketability, and an unswerving focus on business results, Eric is a high-energy outstanding presenter with great communication and cross-cultural team management skills. He has successfully implemented the production and campaigns of a client portfolio that includes global  brands like Samsung, Panasonic, Volkswagen, Elite Models, BMW, JVC and Daikin amongst others. 

Having worked on the production of shows such as Elite Model Look World (as well as the China and Singapore shows), Eric has also organised concerts and beach parties for international artists the likes of Iyaz, Kevin Little, Black Eyed Peas official DJ Motiv8 and the super club. Amnesia, amongst others.

In 2014 Eric discovered Bitcoin and shifted his creative agency IKON Media to cater to this innovative industry. Since then IKON has been supporting many start-ups with their branding and creative alignments and has organised blockchain fundrasing events, official receptions and after-parties in Singapore and across Asia for ACCESS Singapore, Blockshow, Consensus, Invest Asia, World Blockchain Summit, Formula-1 after parties and many more. Bringing together industry experts, investors, and cutting-edge blockchain start-ups, IKON produces bespoke networking events at signature locations. 

ACCESS Digital Asset Management Subcommittee (ADAMS)

Nicholas Dimitiou
Co-Chairman of ADAMS Subcommittee 

Nick is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Great South Gate Asset Management. Prior to joining GSG, Nick obtained over 11 years of private practice experience from several international top-tier law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ashurst, Hogan Lovells and, most recently, Jones Day. During this time, Nick represented cryptocurrency and blockchain related projects and enterprises, technology companies, financial institutions, retailers and energy companies and advised on mergers and acquisitions, PE transactions, joint venture arrangements and corporate restructuring projects and transactions. Nick currently sits as co-chair of the ACCESS Digital Asset Management Sub-Committee in Singapore, is a member of the AIMA Digital Asset Regulatory Committee and has also contributed to a number of publications on the subject of digital assets, including a book published by the American Bar Association entitled 'Blockchain for Business Lawyers'.

Hagen Rooke
Co-Chairman of ADAMS Subcommittee 

Hagen has extensive experience advising on financial regulatory matters. His practice covers a broad range of areas, including financial services licensing and approvals, conduct of business and regulatory change projects. His clients include banks, payment services firms, digital asset exchanges and dealers, capital markets intermediaries, funds and fund managers, exchanges, proprietary trading houses and commodity groups.

Hagen is dual qualified in England & Wales and Singapore. With extensive experience of engaging with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and other regulators, and of practising in Asia and Europe, Hagen provides strategically valuable advice and has a unique understanding of the international issues and synergies that are relevant to clients.

Leading a practice in Singapore that has a particular focus on FinTech, payment services and digital assets, Hagen has a wealth of experience in matters relating to digital asset exchanges, dealers and custodians, e-money issuance, money transfer and remittance services, merchant acquisition and payment systems. He is a sought-after adviser, speaker and writer on matters relating to distributed ledger technology, blockchain platforms, tokenisation and DeFi (decentralised finance).

Collaboration & Innovation Sub-Committee

Yu Sarn

Chiew Yu Sarn
Board Liaison for Collaboration & Innovation Sub-Committee (Regional)

Chiew Yu Sarn is the Co-managing Partner of Yusarn Audrey, a specialised IP strategy and law firm which he founded in 1999. Yu Sarn’s areas of practice include corporate law, intellectual property (IP) law, and technology law, with a particular focus on financial technology. He advises on ICOs, blockchain- and crytocurrency-related matters, IP-based mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, IP strategic planning and IP governance and policy, and helps his clients enhance their in-house IP management capabilities through training and coaching. He also advises companies on raising capital and financing using their IP. In recognition of his experience and expertise in the field of IP licensing and commercialisation, Yu Sarn was accredited as a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). Yu Sarn served as the President of Licensing Executives Society (LES) Singapore from 2009 to 2010, and is currently serving as the Co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI).

Regulatory Task Force

Grace Chong 

Grace Chong
Board Liaison for Regulatory Sub-committee

Grace is an Of-Counsel from Simmons & Simmons JWS. Grace has over a decade of experience in advising banks, asset managers and corporates on regulatory and fintech matters in Singapore and Hong Kong. A former in-house counsel at MAS, Grace regularly interacts with key regulators, is closely involved in regional regulatory reform initiatives and has led discussions with regulators on behalf of the financial services industry. She leads Simmons & Simmons JWS’s regulatory fintech initiatives in Singapore in relation to licensing and payments services regulations, fintech, virtual banking, and outsourcing.

Grace regularly advises a number of digital asset exchanges, brokers, issuers and other players in Asia on regulatory issues such as licensing, AML compliance, regulatory investigations, data privacy and security. She is a member of the AML Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, and a certified cybersecurity (GLEG), CIPP/A/E, CIPM professional. She is also a IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy and is a member of the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Board. She has also worked with ASIFMA to draft best practices for the development of fintech and for digital asset exchanges, and is a member of the GDF AML Working Group and the OTC Derivatives Working Group in AIMA.