John James 詹斯正
John is the CEO of BetaSmartz. Passionate about giving people the tools to make smart decisions about their money, John founded BetaSmartz in 2015. Previously, John spent his career developing financial products, platforms, and investment strategies for large financial institutions and startups, including his own successful investment management firm that he founded in 2005. He has in-depth knowledge of global markets, investing, risk management and running successful businesses.
He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (F Fin). John holds a MA from the University of Oxford with additional studies at the University of London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business.
Zak is Chief Commercial Officer of BetaSmartz and is an expert in wealth and asset management. He has had a global financial services career spanning over 20 years. Having started life as a professional musician, Zak first moved into the world of financial services as an equities trader in the City of London in 1997. He was latterly a co-founder of a global alternative investment firm and spent several years in executive search and advisory, focusing exclusively on the asset and wealth management sector. In recent years Zak was Head of Asia for Tardis Group, and also ran the firm’s asset and wealth management practice globally. Zak is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and a Member of the Royal Geographical Society.
Michael is Chief Technology Officer of BetaSmartz. He is a senior IT professional and was most recently Director, Product Manager at Manulife Wealth and Asset Management (Asia). His extensive career has seen him work with a number of the largest insurance and financial institutions across Asia and the US including KPMG, Merrill Lynch and ING Life with roles in software development, process engineering, production support, enterprise implementation, Head of Solution Delivery and PMO transformation. Michael holds an Associate Degree in Aircraft Design Technology from Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation, and Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Jade is the Senior Finance Manager. She is an experienced finance professional with experience in project finance, accounting tax and compliance in large financial institutions and startups. She has previously worked as a senior project finance manager at Westpac, CBA and Bankwest. She began her career as a tax accountant for Brentnalls.
Jade holds a Bachelors in business and accounting from Edith Cowan University and is a CPA Australia.
Tim is a highly experienced private wealth and investment management specialist. He started his career as a stockbroker, with senior management roles at Vickers da Costa, Salomon Brothers and RHB Group. Latterly he was Head of the Client Group at Coutts, Director of Private Wealth at Deutsche Bank (UK) and Head of Key Clients at Lloyds Bank Private Banking. Tim is a founding partner and Chief Risk Officer of a specialist corporate finance, advisory and investment management business. Tim holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Oxford.
David is an adviser to BetaSmartz and is a C-Suite executive and entrepreneur with global experience in technology as a digital transformation leader, thought leader and practitioner. He was Global Industry Lead - Services at Microsoft, launching and growing their global business consulting practice across FSI, retail, manufacturing, government, healthcare and education. He is a Microsoft veteran of 16 years (roles from FS and banking to enterprise sales and business turnaround). He is a board member of the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN).
David is a PhD candidate in business strategy at Macquarie University, holds an MBA from UT Sydney and has completed executive education at Harvard. He is a member of the AICD.
Ian is an adviser to BetaSmartz and has extensive experience in digital transformation and financial services. He is currently a Partner of Grant Thornton Australia, head of technology advisory, and has also held industry roles in banking. Previously with IBM, Ian was a global thought leader for the application of emerging technologies including cloud, analytics, cognitive, social and distributed ledger particularly implementing new go to market innovations in the banking, financial markets and retail sectors.
Ian holds an MBA from the University of Sydney with further studies at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the CAIA.
Listed as one of the world's top 100 "most innovative WealthTech companies that every leader in wealth and asset management industries needs to know about"
2019 & 2020
Listed in Asia's top 19 WealthTech companies:
"Asia is home to the world's largest wealth management market..."
FinTech adoption among consumers has nearly doubled over the past 18 months, and the "adoption rate is growing faster than anticipated"
EY Global FinTech Adoption Index