The Board

Anson Zeall

Anson Zeall

Chairman of the Board

Anson is the Chairman of ACCESS, Singapore’s Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Industry Association (access-sg.org), one of Asia’s most influential blockchain associations in the world. He is the executive director of IDAXA (idaxa.org), the global voice for the world’s virtual asset associations and service providers, formed during the 2019 G20 Summit. Under IDAXA, Anson launched the openvasp.org initiative and the Joint Working Group to form the InterVASP Messaging Standard to compy with FATF’s travel rule. In 2020, Anson was appointed to the OECD’s Blockchain Expert Policy Advisory Board (BEPAB). He is also an entrepreneur in the blockchain space, including Zeall and Company (zeallnco.com), TZA, Merkle Trees, and CoinPip. Anson is an alumnus of the University of New South Wales and Columbia Business School.
 
Jarrod Luo

Jarrod Luo

Secretary General

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.

  

Zann Kwan

Zann Kwan

Treasurer

Zann Kwan brings with her over twenty years of professional experience in finance and investments, of which the last seven were spent in cryptocurrency.

Ms Kwan is the co-founder of Bitcoin Exchange Pte Ltd, a cryptocurrency pioneer that launched the first public bitcoin machine in Asia in early 2014. Her team also developed Itsybit, making it easier and cheaper to buy small amount of cryptocurrency.

Ms Kwan has been on the board of ACCESS since 2015. She is also a fellow of the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), providing support for and advice on their FinTech education and research activities. Being one of the first accounting-trained entrepreneurs in the cryptocurrency space, Zann has played an instrumental role in the development of tax regulations of digital tokens in Singapore. She has been called the “The Crypto Queen” by The Accounting and Business Magazine in 2019 for her contribution in the space.

As a frequent speaker on FinTech and blockchain technology, Ms Kwan has been invited to speak in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and China, and has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Channel News Asia, The Straits Times and The Business Times, among others. She has also been a keynote speaker at various cryptocurrency and blockchain conferences and events organised by leading universities, societies and financial institutions in the region.

Ms Kwan was previously a vice-president in real estate investment with GIC, one of the world’s largest global investors. She started her career in 1998 in financial auditing with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in Singapore and the United States. Subsequently, she worked in real estate investments in New York City, covering assets in hospitality, retail, office, industrial and mixed-used developments. She has led teams on a range of operations, such as fund-raising, deal sourcing, due diligence, asset management and disposition.

Ms Kwan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, Chartered Accountant (CA, Singapore) and a Fellow of Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA). She is also a proud mother to two young children, whom she is raising to be digital citizens.

 

Aga Manhao

Aga Manhao

Board Member

Aga is the founder and CEO of Futuris Solution, a Data Innovation company that helps corporates and start-ups navigate through their digital transformation journey. He is an experienced finance and technology executive who started his career as an Accountant in Australia. He has experience running global multinational businesses in technology, sales and operations in Japan, Singapore, Australia, London and Switzerland. Aga has extensive experience in growing and listing companies in Singapore and Australia, having completed three to date, the last two back to back.

Aga is also the Corporate Advisor to Caleb & Brown, a Fintech start up award winner and a member of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisors Association, Australia. Caleb & Brown is a financial services firm specialising in Asset Management of cyrptocurrencies based in Australia and recently launched in Singapore. As part of his role he is responsible for working with the Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS) and ACCESS to help navigate and apply for the new Payment Services Act licence which includes the provision of digital payment token services and a Capital Markets Service licence which will allow Caleb & Brown to provide fund management and investment advice in Singapore.

Prior to that, Aga was the founding CEO of HomeStay Care Pte Ltd (ASX:HSC). He was instrumental in building HomeStay’s business in Australia and Singapore and developing their IoT platform that is currently used in Australia and Asia. The technology was nominated for an Innovation in Aged Care award by the Aging Asia Council as well as nomination for the first ever technology driven platform built to be used in disability housing in Australia.

 

Chiew Yu Sarn

Chiew Yu Sarn

Board Member

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).

 

Grace Chong

Grace Chong

Board Member

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.

 

Katherine Ng

Katherine Ng

Board Member

Katherine was the Head of Global Marketing for Liquid, the world’s first global cryptocurrency platform regulated in Japan, that provides high performance trading and exchange services for digital currencies. She served as the Co-Head of the Digital Currencies Subcommittee for ACCESS from 2017-2019.

Katherine was the Commercial Director at Luxola Indonesia (acquired by Sephora-LVMH). Katherine spearheaded commercial initiatives across data-driven digital marketing channels to drive revenue across email, onsite, social media, paid ads, and partnerships.

Previously, Katherine was the Head of Marketing at GrabTaxi and GrabCar Indonesia (now known as Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride hailing app).