Jungle Innovation

Neal Cross, Managing Director, Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : October 04, 2017

Time : 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the Financial Services and ICT Committees


A social enterprise journey that ended up defining the innovation strategy of DBS Bank


Through his journey, Neal distinguishes lessons that were efficacious in achieving the establishment of an amazing boutique hotel in a remote Sumatran jungle and links these lessons back to the current corporate world. With infectious determination, Neal engages the audience with stories and examples of how to apply innovation, whether in the thumping heart of a city or the deep tranquil of a rainforest.


About the Speaker

Neal Cross

Managing Director

Chief Innovation Officer

DBS Bank

Neal Cross is Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank and a strong advocate for innovation thinking and culture.


Cross is driving the bank’s innovation agenda regionally, as DBS moves to shape the future of banking, to enhance customer experience and better engage customers in the digital landscape. Cross has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, innovation and financial services.


Working with internal stakeholders and external collaborators, he charts the innovation roadmap for DBS to enhance customer experience and better engage the bank’s customers in the digital landscape.


On the back of our recent “World’s Best Digital Bank” accolade, Neal won the “Most Disruptive” CIO global award by impressing judges Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson at the finals of the Talent Unleashed Awards 2016.


Previous to DBS, Cross was at MasterCard, where he was responsible for driving innovation as Vice President of MasterCard Labs in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions.  Cross started working in the Asia time zone at Microsoft in Australia and later in Singapore as the financial services industry director.


On his weekends Neal lives in the Sumatran jungle where he has founded Hotel Orangutan, a social enterprise to help save the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan and to give local villagers employment and education.

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