To ChildFund New Zealand, Binu brings over 20 years experience in commercialisation, innovation and governance skills. His background in technology gives him good stead to look at emerging opportunities for exploring new strategic avenues to make the ChildFund even more influential in terms of service to children.
He has had an extensive career in the financial services and technology sectors in New Zealand and currently works as the specialist lead for fintech at the Financial Markets Authority. Previously he has held chief executive and head of strategy roles in investment management and research businesses. In addition to these roles, he has established a number of start-ups in the financial services sector.
Binu believes that it is critical that charitable activities (not-for-profits) have to be financially sustainable too. He has previously been a member of a school board but also have extensively consulted to boards of charitable entities on financial and governance matters, where his focus has been on investment management matters and setting strategic direction.
He joined the ChildFund Board in 2019 and it gives him the opportunity to confront new challenges as well as the intellectual stimulation with regard to setting the direction for the initiative into the future. He feels a sense of fulfilment that he is able to give back and that he can contribute to a legacy he hopes to one day leave behind. He is passionate about connecting people and building ecosystems that enable innovation.
Binu founded and organises FINNOTEC, New Zealand's longest running annual financial technology conference and he likes to follow developments in technology and management thinking. He is also a founding member of the industry association Fintech NZ.