Our People

 

Asia 🇸🇬


Youtap is headquartered in Singapore, the emerging hub for global fintech innovation, enabling regulation, and motivated investment serving its large customers and capitalising on the enormous new e-money opportunities in this vibrant economy.

Africa 🇰🇪 🇺🇬 🇷🇼 🇿🇦 🇨🇮 🇬🇭


The dynamic Youtap Africa sales and support team hubs out of Johannesburg, South Africa, with an English and French presence in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Cote de Ivoire, and Ghana.

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, Youtap has mobile operator group customers, payment service provider customers, and several strategic payment, banking, and supply chain initiatives underway.

New Zealand 🇳🇿


Youtap’s R&D takes place in beautiful New Zealand, a contrast to the hustle and bustle of its Asia and Africa locations!

The talented and experienced team in Auckland – a day ahead of the rest of the world – is responsible for Youtap’s core engineering, product development, and marketing.

Management


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Chris Jones

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


CEO and Founder of Youtap; previously CEO of Argent and Telemedia; over 25 years of experience in the global telecommunications and financial software sectors; served on the boards of Phitek Ltd and Pioneer Capital Ltd; the Government of Botswana’s Honorary Consul General to New Zealand.



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Dr Mike Johnston

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER


Over 25 years of experience in worldwide telecom and IT industries; PhD in nuclear physics; experience in medical physics and breast cancer research; developed leading financial software for international bond, swaps and futures trading at Softbridge Capital Markets in London; provisioned Citibank, Lehman Brothers, Nomura and Goldman Sachs.



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Peter Meredith

CHIEF MARKETING & STRATEGY OFFICER


Over 25 years of experience in senior marketing and operational roles in publicly held and private companies in the telecom and financial services industries. Previously Head of Product Development for Telecom New Zealand, Chief Marketing Officer for Argent Networks and Executive Vice President of Marketing for Telemedia. Post Graduate Degree in Finance and Accounting and an MBA from Auckland University.


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Jason Stark

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER


A wealth of UK and US experience as CFO across fundraising, corporate finance, GAAP, public equity and debt raising, M&A, due-diligence, tax planning, treasury and legal in high growth international businesses. Previously served as European Finance Director of Versata Inc, a NASDAQ listed software and in senior financial positions with Danka Business Systems PLC. A qualified Chartered Accountant from Deloitte & Touche.



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Grant McGough

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


Over 35 years of experience in the ICT industry in senior operational, business development and leadership roles in entrepreneurial start-ups to publicly listed companies. Previously GM of UCG-NZ, GM of Zintel Enterprise NZ, and CIO, COO and Acting CEO of SamoaTel. Experience includes modernisation, turn-around, and startup-to-maturity of emerging market telco, unified communication business, and an IT infrastructure services company.



 

Board


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Ray Ferguson

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD


Ray has a wealth of experience in the finance sector in Asia and the Middle East. He spent almost 20 years in senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank including CEO in Taiwan, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Americas and Singapore. He was also Group Chief Banking Officer at Arab Banking Corporation in Bahrain.



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Chris Jones

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE


Chris is the founder and CEO of Youtap. Chris has substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions and capital raising activity, including the IPO of Telemedia Limited. Chris has been the CEO of Argent Networks a developer and marketer of billing and value added services (VAS) solutions.



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Mark Backhaus

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Mark has extensive experience in the food & beverage industry in the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Mark is the former co-owner and Director of Development of Burger King New Zealand (TPF Restaurants Ltd). Mark brings substantial management, marketing and business development skills to Youtap, with a significant international background.


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Chris de Boer

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Chris has extensive experience in investment banking, takeover regulation, private equity, venture capital and consulting in London, Hong Kong and Australasia.

Chris has been an adviser to Cable & Wireless plc, a Director of Optus Communications, Chairman of the Hong Kong Takeovers Panel, Advisor to the Securities & Futures Commission in Hong Kong, and Chairman of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund, Chairman of Phitek Systems Ltd and Chairman of Sonar6 Ltd.