Max Liu

CEO & Co Founder EMQ

Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ.

A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years

across Asia and the United States.


Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society,

particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over

time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a

critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max

to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs

of the overseas workers. Founded in 2014, EMQ is the leading financial settlement

network across Asia that provides an infrastructure to accelerate the economic

development in the region while supporting the financial inclusion initiatives in the

underserved region.


Leveraging a strong partner ecosystem of financial institutions, telco

providers, messaging platforms and payment processors, the company offers individuals

and businesses a seamless cross-border remittance experience with immediate access

to thousands of distribution points across North and Southeast Asia.


Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations

Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26

billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that

sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure.

Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York

and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served

as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group.

Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School

at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by

the World Economic Forum.


DX Connect: Digital Re-Engineering 2019

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