R2A Competitions Panel of Judges

Mexico Judges

Philippines Judges


Ken Miller
Ex-PayPal Executive

One of the original employees at PayPal (#22) who pioneered early internet anti-fraud systems. Deep expertise and comfort from running large organizations and scaling businesses, to building companies and testing and launching new products.


Leisa Reichelt
Head of Research and Insights at Atlassian

Built and led teams who transformed public services with user centered service design with the Australian government and UK Government at the Government Digital Service (GOV.UK).


Louis de Koker
Professor at La Trobe Law School

His research focuses on financial profiling data and on managing the relationship between financial inclusion and anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing objectives. He has undertaken research engagements with the World Bank, USAID, CGAP and AFI financial integrity working group.

Sharmista Appaya
Acting Head of FinTech Accelerator at the Bank of England

Oversees FinTech and Technology related development, including blockchain, big data, robo-advisory, digital payments and capital markets technology at the Bank.


Shamir Karkal
EX- Open APIs Head at BBVA and CFO & Co-Founder at Simple Finance

Experienced executive, entrepreneur, and consultant in financial services and information technology. Currently, invests and work at the intersection of banking, payments, and technology.  Previously led the development of Open APIs at BBVA and Co-Founded Simple Finance, an online replacement for traditional checking accounts.


Ben Lyon
Entrepreneur in Residence – Caribou Digital DFS Lab

Co-founded Kopo Kopo, the 1st merchant acquirer and merchant cash advance provider for mobile money issuers globally. Currently, focuses on investing and incubating FinTech startups in emerging markets.


Karim Meghji
Chief Product Officer at Remitly

A product and technology leader with expertise in product, User Interface & User Experience Management, technical operations management, online subscription-based businesses and e-Commerce.


Nick Cook
Head of RegTech and Advanced Analytics at FCA

Leads the FCA’S RegTech initiatives and the creation of an Analytics Centre of Excellence to drive the organization’s use of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence.


Himanshu Nagpal
Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

In his role as the Emerging Technologies Lead for the team, Himanshu is focused on finding ways to accelerate adoption of new technologies and techniques to address the barriers that exist in providing better financial services to the poor.