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Expert judging panel appointed for the Support Disruption for Good (SDG) Challenge

By RFI Foundation | 13-Mar-2017

Zurich, Switzerland, March 13, 2017 – The organizers of the Support Disruption for Good (SDG) Challenge are pleased to announce the appointment of a judging panel composed of leaders from across the responsible finance industry to judge the entrants in the Challenge.

In order to ensure the independence and credibility of the SDG Challenge, the judging panel was appointed jointly by the organizers of the Challenge. The judging panel is composed of senior Islamic banking leaders, FinTech innovators, venture capitalists and other experts working in the FinTech ecosystem. The judges will independently review and approve the judging methodology based on a criteria to assess the ability of applicants to scale, their potential to support financial inclusion and contribute to the SDGs, as well as their ability to become financially sustainable.

Blake Goud, CEO of the Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Foundation commented: “With interest in the SDG Challenge coming in from around the globe, it was more important than ever to have a similarly global judging panel. I am confident that the finalists selected by the judging panel will represent the best from across responsible FinTech.”

The members of the judging panel are:

- Sultan Choudhury, CEO, Al Rayan Bank UK
- Ashar Nazim, Partner, EY
- Hussam Sultan, Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Amanah Malaysia Bhd
- Dr. Rob Straw, Director of Education, Swiss Finance Institute & Expert, Global FinTech Association
- Boris Battistini, Partner, Metellus AG
- Dr. Daniel Diemers, Partner, strategy&
- Omar Lahyani, CEO, Spacebyte AG

Entrants are able to submit their existing or pre-launch FinTech businesses to be considered by the judging panel through March 17 by completing the application form at

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