Exco – Brian ZHENG

Honorary General Secretary - Brian ZHENG

Honorary General Secretary - Brian ZHENG

Brian Zheng

Term: 2015/2016

Title: Honorary General Secretary

 

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am best described as an informal yet practical person, who lives by the motto of “if you never try, how would you know it cannot be done”

What is it about Fintech that draws you in?

The financial industry centres about information exchange that facilitates transactions and investments.  I believe that innovation in the financial sector is more likely to revolutionise the structure of the industry and create significant social and economic impact. This is all in alignment with my long-term aspiration to be in something that contributes to the society.

Why did you decide on becoming the secretary of SMU Fintech?

That’s simply because it’s a match with my character; I’m meticulous, love to be part of operations, and hands-on execution gives me a sense of satisfaction like no other!

What are your current involvements in the Fintech industry (SMU Fintech or otherwise)?

Besides playing an active role in SMU Fintech, I’m currently a developer intern at a Fintech start-up, CashForce (alumnus of the 2015 Barclays Accelerator in New York). The company’s platform provides accurate cash flow forecasting by processing data from banking systems & ERP systems.

I am also actively searching for other opportunities in the Fintech area, including Fintech-related projects for my final year project.

How do you see Fintech playing out in the Singapore and global economy?

Regulators have showed strong support in making Singapore the gateway to Southeast Asia and the hub of financial institutions. With this keen interest and excitement, I am confident that Fintech will continue to flourish in this little red dot.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?

I would love to be a venture capitalist. Instead of getting locked down in developing an idea as an entrepreneur, being a venture capitalist will allow me to concurrently fund an array of ideas that I believe have the potential to change the world. That being said, I would still crave for a more hands-on job upon graduation before settling into my ideal job!

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