Lions Not Dogs Founder
Phil Gray
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Phil is a frequent keynote speaker, expert panelist, Master of Ceremonies and facilitator, working predomiately in the Asia Pacific region as well as globally.


Phil has an eclectic and diverse background that has shifted between corporate and entrepreneurial.  He was born and raised in Sydney, Australia but relocated to the UK to further his career in learning & development with NatWest Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland. 

At age 28 he left behind the safety net of corporate life to pursue his entrepreneurial passions – founding two start-ups, one of which was recognised as the overall winner of the prestigious KPMG European Business Award for Innovation in 2000 and subsequently raised GBP3.8m in venture funding in 2001. 


Both businesses work extensively involved in major IT transformation programs with clients including; BP, Tesco, The NHS, PwC, Pfizer, Royal Bank of Scotland, the Ministry of Defence, Royal Mail, CSC, HBoS and Fujitsu and the BBC

He returned to the corporate world in 2009 and led the Organisational Change Management Practice for the Westpac Group, supporting the major transformation programs across retail, wealth, business, commercial and institutional banking.

His experience in both technology and organisation transformation came together as he founded two of the best known corporate innovation functions.


In 2014, Phil launched ‘The Garage’ – Westpac’s internal Digital Accelerator and Innovation aimed at helping Australia’s first company think and act like a 200-year-old start-up. As well as introducing human centred design, lean start-up and agile principles to the bank, he also worked to identify FinTech start-ups that could help solve business problems and developed a platform for rapidly integrating their solutions at an enterprise scale.


The success of ‘The Garage’ earned him a place in the ‘Top 10 Rising Stars in Financial Services’ in the Who’s Who – Financial Services Asia Pacific 2015/2016.

In late 2015, he was asked by Standard Charted Bank to replicate the success of ‘The Garage’ on a global scale. He recruited a world-class team of specialist and embedded capability across the bank. Part of his role was managing the bank’s engagement with the FinTech community, including their first start-up accelerator program out of Hong Kong. Additional he was responsible strengthening the bank’s understanding of emerging technology, leading an innovation lab based in Silicon Valley. 

He has a strong technical background having been involved in major IT & Digital transformation programs over the last 25 years but describes himself as being ‘bi-lingual’, having the ability to explain complex technology to a broad set of business stakeholders. Apart from strong interest in AI, he is also very interested in IoT, RegTech and CyberSecurity.


However his passion and intellectual curiosity is in how all of these emerging technologies will combine together, what new business models they will create and most importantly understanding the difference they will make to businesses, consumers and society.

Phil is recognised as a highly accomplished facilitator (awarded lifetime Fellowship to the Learning & Performance Institute for innovation), and innovation and transformation thought leader and a regularly requested international keynote speaker. 

Phil lives in Singapore with his wife Kate, their two children Grace & Michael and of course a lion.



Recent Media and Speaking Engagements

FutureTech Enterprise Asia 2018


Learning Technologies Asia 2017

6th Annual ASEAN Technology & Innovation – the Future of Banking &

Financial Services 2015


How Innovation Labs are teaching organisations to ‘think like start-ups’


Future of Banking, Indonesia 2015


Next Generation Lending 2015


Future of Banking, Hong Kong 2016


Connected Government Leadership Summit, Bhutan 2016


Interview with FST Media


Global Trade Review – Banks open to FinTechs

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