Daniel Liebau

Founding Director & Affiliate Faculty, Lightbulb Capital & Singapore Management University


Daniel (Dan) is the founder of Singapore & Hong Kong based Lightbulb Capital.

Dan is also appointed affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University. He is also a lecturer at Rotterdam School of Management's Executive Education arm in Erasmus University. Previously, he was a visiting professor at IE business school in its top-ranked Master in Finance program, where he received the teaching excellence award for his fintech business models class. Dan teaches courses on 1) fintech & innovation in finance as well as on 2) blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital assets. More recently, he started researching and publishing on 3) data science and AI in financial markets. Also, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on blockchain and innovation in financial services. 

Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO), board member and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited, a MAS capital markets services license holder for dealing in financial products. He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC's investment bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 20 years of investment banking technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.
He is also working towards his PhD within the Finance department of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, where he researches blockchain and AI, and its effects on financial markets. Previously he graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and holds a Master in Finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain.