FinTech Australia has appointed former federal government adviser Nick Kavass as its first policy leader.
Kavass brings nearly a decade of experience across government agencies including The Commonwealth Treasury and ASIC to the role. He most recently served as political adviser to former assistant treasurer and housing minister Michael Sukkar.
The new role will coordinate with political partners and members to help formulate and advance FinTech Australia’s political agenda. This includes: payment policy, the ongoing roll-out of CDR, regulation of Buy Now, pay later companies, regulation of cryptocurrencies and public support for the fintech environment during turbulence in venture capital
FinTech Australia General Manager Rehan D’Almedia said: “This is an exciting and key appointment for the organization. With a new government in power, we want to increase the rigor of our political support to our members and build on the comprehensive foundation the organization has laid. last years.”
“Nick’s experience of two key agencies interacting with the ecosystem – Treasury and ASIC – makes him invaluable in helping us formulate our political agenda.
FinTechAustralia’s incoming policy leader Nick Kavass said: “It is an honor to take on this new role at FinTech Australia. I have interacted with the top body over the years on political issues, and it has served as a key voice in shaping the government’s position on important regulatory issues. “
“I look forward to working with Rehan and the wider fintech community to navigate what is becoming a complex regulatory framework for the sector. I suspect that I will meet many of our members at Intersekt in September, who will set the political agenda for our work over the next 12 months. “
Kavass’ appointment follows the launch of tickets to FinTech Australia’s annual Intersect conference. The sale started two months before the event in anticipation of sold out, which we saw during last year’s event.
With the international borders open again this year, Intersekt will have delegations from Singapore, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The event will feature over 40 panels, featuring speakers from Treasury, ASIC, Mastercard, Visa, Reinventure, X15, Austrade, Worldline, Trade Ledger, Frollo, Basiq, Envestnet Yodlee, FrankieOne, Shaype, Monoova, Novatti, Experian and many more.
Intersect will be held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on 7 September and 8 September. Early bird tickets can be purchased on Intersekt’s website.