Rewiring the
DNA in Banking

Who we are
SC Ventures is a unique ecosystem of innovators, banking experts and business builders that are leading the future of banking. The diversity of our team fuels a unique approach to innovation and venture building.
How we do it
We bring expertise and perspectives from the world’s most dynamic markets, to take concepts to new business models at scale.

Our Story

Being a force for good by fulfilling society’s expectation of banking & finance

Society is evolving at a pace which banking is struggling to match:
  • Complex structures, multiple protocols, risk aversion (owing in part to multiple remediations)
  • Resulting in potentially fractured relationship between banking & society
Banking & finance have a really important role to play in society:
  • Facilitating world trade which is more important now than ever, but supply chains are dislocated, and SMEs are individually suffering from lack of access
  • Helping emerging markets grow
  • Increasing welfare and wellbeing of individuals, serving clients very differently and integrating sustainability in the business model
SC Ventures aims to rewire DNA in banking by:
  • Promoting innovation
  • Investing in disruptive financial technology
  • Creating alternative business models in financial services

Our Team

Board

Adam Popat

Member
Expertise: M&A / Corporate Development, Investments, Finance, Governance, Wholesale Banking Career: Previously Group Corporate Development / M&A, CFO Vietnam, Head Group CFO Office (Standard Chartered)
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Agnieszka Verlet

Member (Legal)
Expertise: Corporate Law, Digital Transformation, Finance Systems, Product & Operations Career: Previously Senior Legal Counsel (Standard Chartered), HSBC, DLA Piper
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Alex Manson

Heads SC Ventures
Expertise: Fixed Income Origination and Structuring, Investment Banking Advisory and Capital Raising, Commercial and Corporate Banking Career: Previously Head of Transaction Banking (Standard Chartered), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse
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Charlotte Stewart

Member (HR)
Expertise: HR Business Partnering, Transformation, Learning & Talent Management, Coach & Facilitator Career: Previously APAC HR Director and Head of Learning & Development (Expedia Group), Royal Bank of Scotland
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Chris Flanagan

Member (Operations)
Expertise: Cross Banking Infrastructure, Financial Markets Business Establishment and Wind-downs Career: Previously Barclays, Nomura, Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse, American Express, KPMG
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Dominic Maffei

Member
Expertise: Capital Markets, Prime Brokerage, Corporate Law, Human Centred Design Career: Previously Head of Sales West for SCB Prime Services, Chief of Staff to Global COO, Syndicate Banker, US Corporate Lawyer
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Esme Hodson

Member (Compliance)
Expertise: Compliance & Risk, Digital Assets, Global Fintech Career: Previously Director, Compliance (Block.one), Commonwealth Bank, Financial Services Authority
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Gakim Solomons

Member
Expertise: Private Equity, Alternative Finance , Fundraising, Deal Structuring , Fund Management, Corporate Advisory Career: Previously Foundry Partners, Sanlam Investments
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Gautam Jain

Member
Expertise: Intersection of Business and Technology, Investing & Fundraising, Payments and Cash Management, Trade Finance Career: Previously Head of Digitization and Client Access (Standard Chartered), Barclays, HSBC, Citi
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Gurdeep Singh Kohli

Member
Expertise: Venture Building, Strategy, Governance, Client Engagement Career: Previously MD Group Strategy (Standard Chartered), Credit Suisse, McKinsey
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Gwenda Phillips

Member (Risk)
Expertise: Risk Management - Fintechs and Digital Assets, Venture Capital, Sales Execution, Corporate Banking Career: Previously Chief Risk Officer (Acting) (ANZ), ANZi Investments / Ventures, TechReady for Non-Tech Female Founders, SheStarts Accelerator
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Harald Eltvedt

Member
Expertise: Digital Transformation, Technology, Venture building Career: Entrepreneur, Founder from inception to exit (WebMD, Pentalog, Havas)
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Jason Wiggin

Member
Expertise: Intrapreneur Program, Talent and Talent Management, Team/Project Management, Change Management, Venture Building Career: Previously HR (resourcing, HRBP, Comp), Program Management
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Jiten Arora

Member
Expertise: Product Innovation, Cash, Trade and Supply Chains, Ventures Management Career: Previously Head, Commercial Banking, Head, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Sales Head, Transaction Banking (Standard Chartered)
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John Harvie

Member (Finance)
Expertise: Corporate Finance, Chartered Accountant, Audit & Tax Career: Previously MD Finance & Operations (GFI Group), Man FRM, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Ernst & Young
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Kennedy Mubita

Member
Expertise: Deal Origination, Product Structuring, Client engagement, Financial Services, Audit & Operational Control Career: Previously Transaction Banking Head, East & West Africa, Standard Chartered, Treasury & Trade Solutions Head, Central & West Africa
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Priya Venkat

Member (Brand, Marketing, Communications)
Expertise: Brand marketing, Digital & Performance Marketing, Strategy & Business Transformation Career: Previously Head of Regional Marketing (Citi APAC), Uber, Visa, PepsiCo
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Simon Figures

Member (Brand, Marketing, Communications)
Expertise: Intelligent Data and Analytics, Privacy Preserving Computing, Responsible AI, Operational Automation, Metaverse, Institutional Crypto and DeFi Career: Previously Chief of Staff to CIB CIO, Business Analyst
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Simran Gill

Member
Expertise: Partnerships, Strategy, Operations, People Career: Previously Chief of Staff, SC Ventures, Relationship Manager, Standard Chartered, Regional Head of Research, Saudi Aramco
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Thorsten Neumann

Member (Technology)
Expertise: System Architecture, Scalable Platforms and Integration, Technology and Ecosystems Career: Previously CTO (SmartPesa), Tecity Group, Banro Corporation
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Wea Meng Chang

Member
Expertise: Transformation, Data Analytics, Financial Services Consulting, Audit Career: Previously Head of Data Analytics Enablement, Strategic Information Management (Standard Chartered), Price Waterhouse, Banque Paribas
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Investment Committee

Alex Manson

ALEX MANSON

Heads SC Ventures
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David Churchman

David Churchman

Global Head, Corporate Development, Standard Chartered Bank
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Jason Forrester

Jason Forrester

Global Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Deputy CRO, Standard Chartered Bank
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Mike Sigal

Mike Sigal

Independent Advisor
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Other Advisors

Aalishaan Zaidi

Aalishaan Zaidi

Global Head, Personal Banking at Standard Chartered Bank
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Alex Manson

ALEX MANSON

Heads SC Ventures
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Claudia Zeisberger

Claudia Zeisberger

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise at INSEAD
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David Churchman

David Churchman

Global Head, Corporate Development, Standard Chartered Bank
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Harald Eltvedt

Harald Eltvedt

SC Ventures
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Pete Burrill

Pete Burrill

Group Head, Central Finance and Deputy CFO at Standard Chartered Bank
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Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard

CEO of Singularity University and founding CEO of SGInnovate
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Yuval Illuz

Yuval Illuz

SC Ventures (CISO)
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OUR PRESENCE

Global Locations

Singapore

Singapore

MBFC Tower 1, Marina Blvd, Level 17, Singapore, 018981

London

London

Standard Chartered Bank, HQ, Level 5, 1 Basinghall Avenue, London, EC2V 5DD, United Kingdom

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Standard Chartered Bank Building, Level 2, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

Kenya

Kenya

Standard Chartered Chiromo, Level 4, 48 Westlands Road, Nairobi, Kenya

Shanghai

Shanghai

Standard Chartered Tower, Level 16, 201 Century Avenue, Pudong, Shanghai, 200120

San Francisco

San Francisco

575 Market Street, Suite 3000 San Francisco, CA, 94105, USA