Chairman of the Board
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 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.
Chiew Yu Sarn
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 heads the Financial Regulatory practice of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Singapore. The practice was recently named Law Firm of the Year at the 5th Regulation Asia Awards for Excellence 2022. Grace was named Fintech and Digital Assets Lawyer of the Year at the Law.com Asia Legal Awards 2023.
Grace has extensive experience advising on cross-border and complex regulatory matters, including licensing and conduct of business requirements, regulatory investigations, and regulatory change. A former in-house counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), she 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. Grace also brings a strategic outlook from an in-house perspective having previously been a counsel in the Global Internal Investigations Group at the Hong Kong headquarters of a large leading multinational bank.
She is a certified cybersecurity GIAC GLEG, IAPP CIPP/A/E and IAPP CIPM professional, and regularly conducts cybersecurity assessments and investigations in Asia. In addition, she is an International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Fellow of Information Privacy and is part of the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Board. She was named as a Global Data Review’s Top 40 Data Lawyers for 2021, and was awarded “Privacy and Data Protection Lawyer of the Year” by Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards 2021.
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).