Chia Hock Lai is the CEO of Switchnovate, a FinTech consultancy firm that provides financial blockchain solutions, and has close to 2 decades of experience in the financial and technology industry. He has previously worked in organisations like Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and NTUC Income. He is also an alumnus of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Besides being the founding president of the Singapore FinTech Association and chairman of the Token Economy Association, he is also a Fellow of the Singapore University of Social Science, member of the Banking & Finance and Fund Industry panel of Nanyang Polytechnic and advisor to start-ups.
Under his leadership, the Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) has grown its membership base to more than 300 corporate members, with an extensive international partnership network in more than 30 countries. NTUC conferred the prestigious “Partner of Labour Movement” award to SFA and him in 2018 and 2019 respectively, in recognition of their work in helping workers to re-skill and up-skill into FinTech. In January 2019, SFA made history by becoming the first NTUC U Associates to become an affiliated association of NTUC. In addition, he was amongst the LinkedIn Power Profiles for Finance in 2018, for his active contribution as a key opinion leader in the professional FinTech and Blockchain community.