Arvie, who first joined UnionBank in 2010 as Business Development Director and later on became Corporate Product Management Head, was in 2017 tasked to fan the flames of innovation at the bank by establishing and leading the Fintech Business Group.
In this capacity, Arvie spearheads the key transformation initiatives of UnionBank, particularly in Fintech and Blockchain. The group he leads reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and represents 10% of all external-facing personnel of the bank.
A thought leader in innovative financial services, Arvie has been recognized by international media as being among the Top Fintech Influencers in the Philippines, and has spoken widely on key trends and developments in Fintech, Blockchain and Digital Transformation at high-level global forums organized by the likes of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the State Bank of India, and the Australia Digital Commerce Association (ADCA) to name a few.
Driving a culture of collaboration and co-creation within the organization, Arvie embraces the bank’s agile way of working and is part of a dynamic and passionate UnionBank team that continues to garner global recognition for innovations in banking. His team has received numerous awards in New York, Dubai, Singapore, London, and Hong Kong for corporate payment solutions and more importantly, for financial inclusion projects.
Concurrently, Arvie sits on the Board of the bank’s subsidiaries PETNET Inc. and UBX – the latter being established to build on the bank’s leadership in digital technology. Arvie is also a Founding Member and Vice Chairman of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines whose purpose is to educate, regulate, and innovate on blockchain technology.
Apart from these, Arvie is Co-Founder and Director of Tech-Up Pilipinas – a movement launched at the Singapore Fintech Festival in November 2018 that seeks to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs), individuals, and large corporates benefit from technological advancements in order to “tech up” the Philippines and pave way for inclusive prosperity. He is also Founding Member and Board Director of the Fintech Association of the Philippines which is part of the ASEAN Fintech Association and the Asia Pacific Fintech Network.
Spanning a 20-year career, Arvie has had extensive experience covering banking (Citibank), telecommunications (Globe/Singtel), and broadcast/digital media (TV5/ABC), with roles across product management, sales, finance, strategic planning, and business development.
Though by profession and training, Arvie is a banker with an MBA, he is also a Philosophy graduate and an innately creative thinker at heart.
When not working on smart banking solutions and innovative platforms, Arvie – who lives life on a glass always half-full perspective – is a rockstar husband and father to six very animated children.