Blockchain2Business: Speakers' Info


Mariana Gomez de la Villa

Mariana Gomez de la Villa (1979, Mexican nationality) has joined ING in 2015 and is currently the global head of ING’s Blockchain program, with overall responsibility for driving research and development of Distributed Ledger Technology as well as capitalizing on its potential in order to unlock mass-scale value.
Under Mariana’s leadership, the Blockchain program has delivered over 30 proofs of concept in collaboration with the following business areas: payments, trade finance and working capital solutions, financial markets, post-trade, bank treasury, lending, compliance and identity.
Mariana is also responsible for setting up long-term purpose and vision, including the governance of the program within the organization. Mariana is an active leader in global consortia, outlining the strategy and envisioning market landscapes.
Mariana’s accountabilities include the definition of products, services and business models, as well as foresight to business, technology, leadership communities and international stakeholders, including regulators.

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Arnoud Star Busmann

Arnoud Star Busmann has been leading transformation programs and new business startups at ING Wholesale Banking since 2010, and focused mainly on ING’s commodity trade finance business. Prior to that, he held similar positions at financial institutions and a series of startups in New Zealand, Australia and South-East Asia.
He has led ING’s Easy Trading Connect initiative from its inception that aims to transform commodity trading and financing market operations through digitalization on blockchains. The initiative includes the benchmark experiment with Mercuria in February 2017, which led to the construction of the Oil Consortium late 2017. It also includes the blockchain powered soybean trade with Louis Dreyfus in December 2017. Arnoud is now leading the initiative into its next stage – developing the proposition towards market readiness, and developing the digital markets themselves on blockchain-powered industry platforms.

Arnoud holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.


Yvonne Zhang

Yvonne is the co-founder and CEO of Aquifer Institute, a not-for-profit public company that is developing cutting-edge technology solutions and protocols for alternative financing and proactive risk management in the commodities space.

Yvonne has spent 12 years in the commodities markets, trading physical and derivatives at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Societe Generale and Morgan Stanley. She lead the launch of Metals Products in Asia at Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, she contributed to the development of new markets and securities linked to blockchain and cryptocurrency as a member of the Digitalisation group.

Knowledge sharing and serving the community at large through teaching is a consistently important part of her life, she’s a fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences and speaks at professional conferences on matters addressing trading, fintech, governance and
social impact. Prior to entering the commodities world, she worked in the legal industry and was a board member at the non-profit Redfern Legal Centre in Australia.

Yvonne holds a BCom/LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Law, Finance and Marketing) from the University of Sydney.


Lynn Ng

Naturally curious, hungry for improvement, idealistic but with healthy dose of pragmatism.

Started as a management trainee with Standard Chartered Bank in 1993, and after 3.5 years there, I joined Rabobank where I learnt more about Commodity Finance in the Food & Agri space. Followed my manager to Fortis, and subsequently left in 2003 to build a new and fairly successful TCF/SMEF business at HSH Nordbank covering the full Commodity spectrum. Whilst there, I caught ING’s attention as the Commodity Clients were raving about the small but effective HSH Nordbank team, and was invited to join ING in 2007 as Head of the TCF team in Singapore. Been in ING now for a little over 10 years, and now responsible as Global Head for the Commodities, Food & Agri.

Proudest achievement: Being part of a Global Top 3 Commodity Finance Bank!

MSc in Financial Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2001.


Max Kantelia

Max Kantelia is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience of building technology product and services companies in Europe, the US and Asia for the financial services industry. 

He was selected by EY as one of Asia’s Top 100 FinTech contributors in 2016.

Based in Singapore since 2010, Max is a co-founder/CEO at Anquan Capital and a co-founder at Zilliqa Research Pte Ltd.   Anquan is a deep technology company that is building scalable private blockchains for global marketplaces and has built a hardware rooted security data vault product suite.  Zilliqa is a high throughput public blockchain and crypto currency platform that completed a TGE in January 2018.

Other fast growth companies that Max has helped to launch and accelerate include:

-Dexecure, a Singapore based website optimization company that was awarded a Y-Combinator Fellowship in 2016;

-Aeriandi, an award winning Oxford based company which provides voice technology for security and compliance;

-untapt, a New York based disruptive AI/deep learning platform for recruitment which is a winner of the 2015 Amazon Web Services ‘most likely company to grow exponentially’.

Max is an electronics engineer by background having started his career in radar systems design with GEC Marconi.  He holds a degree in Engineering Science and was part of the London Business School Enterprise 100.   He is a mentor on the London Mayor’s International Business Programme which helps fast growing Fintech companies with their international expansion strategy.

Max enjoys fine food & wine, anything automotive and tennis.