SINGAPORE (Nov 19): It was particularly moving as Saqib Shaikh took to the stage at the start of the Singapore FinTech Festival 2018 on Nov 12. The air of anticipation had been thick in the packed hall as the audience eagerly awaited the opening address by Ravi Menon, managing director of organiser Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Instead, up stepped Shaikh — a software engineer at Microsoft, who had lost his sight when he was just seven years old. And if his role was to rally support for Singapore’s dream of becoming a fintech hub, Shaikh did not disappoint.

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