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 Teams

The Team

Agnieszka Verlet

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

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

Apurv Suri

Member (Clients)
Expertise: Partnerships, Corporate Banking, Treasury, Sales, Metaverse, Web 3 Career: Previously Group Product Trade Finance, Business Planning Management, Group Head Transaction Banking, Regional Global Subsidiary Sales for Transaction Banking Cash

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

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

Esme Hodson

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

Gautam Jain

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

Gurdeep Singh Kohli

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

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

Harald Eltvedt

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

Jiten Arora

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)

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

Santosh Patel

Member (Fintech Engagement)
Expertise: Digital Assets, Digital Transformation, Data Analytics & Commercialisation, Corporate and Investment Banking Technologies Career: Previously Head of Client Engagement, Mobile platforms - Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, CLSA, UBS, Lehman Brothers based in USA, Tokyo and Singapore

Simran Gill

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

Thorsten Neumann

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

Yuval Illuz

Member (CISO iR & Israel)
Expertise: Venture Building, Capital Raise, Strategy, Technology, Cyber Security, Data Resilience, Start-ups Career: Standard Chartered, CBA, PlayTech

External Advisors

Claudia Zeisberger

Professor at INSEAD

Mike Sigal

Independent Advisor

Steve Leonard

Independent Advisor

Yen Yen Tan

Independent Advisor


Global Locations



21 Collyer Quay, Level 10 Singapore, 049320



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



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



WeWork ToHa, 11th Floor, Yigal Alon St 114, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 6744320, Israel