Advisory board

Advisory board

Sylvie Davidson

Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer APAC


Sylvie Davidson is a Managing Director and CRO APAC for UBS Asia Pacific. Sylvie has worked in Asia since 1994 and has over 28 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to joining UBS she was COO of Barclays in Asia Pacific for Equities, supporting the business in achieving its strategic goals at a regional and divisional level. Before Barclays Sylvie held senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank and Merrill Lynch. Sylvie has extensive experience in trading, sales, structuring, risk management and project management.

Dr Simon Goo

Executive Director, Head of Group Risk Analytics Division


Simon Goo leads a multi-disciplinary risk analytics team that oversees enterprise-wide risk management models at United Overseas Bank. The team validates a wide range of risks and measurement models. Those models can be used to assess and manage credit, market, operational and asset and liability risks across the bank's global business.

Prior to joining the bank, Simon held senior corporate positions in technology and finance related companies in areas such as strategic planning, private equity investments and mergers and acquisitions. He has also worked with promising enterprises to assess the potential of their technologies for product commercialization and strategic investment.

Alexandre Lofti

Managing Director, Global Chief Risk Officer


Alex Lofti is a French national who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University Paris XII and a Master in Management from ICN Business School (French Grandes Ecoles). He is a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA) from the French Society of Financial Analysts.

Alex has more than 17 years of banking experience in Risk Management matters across Investment Banks and Private Banks.  Following several senior roles at Natixis Corporate & Investment Bank in Paris and London, Alex joined the Wealth Management division of Barclays Bank PLC in 2010 and later was appointed as Head of Credit Risk Asia Pacific based in Singapore.

In November 2016, Alex joined Bank of Singapore as Managing Director and Global Chief Risk Officer. Alex is responsible for Credit, Market and Operational Risk Management functions.  


Mark McKeown

Group General Manager, Chief Risk Officer, Asia Pacific


Mark McKeown is Group General Manager and Chief Risk Officer, Asia-Pacific of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.  He has worked for HSBC Group for 40 years, starting his career with Midland Bank in his home city of Liverpool before moving to London in 1986. He has held senior roles across a range of Global Businesses and Functions. Mark moved to Hong Kong in 2010 as Head of Wholesale Credit & Market Risk and was appointed Chief Risk Officer, Asia-Pacific in January 2015.  He serves on the boards of HSBC Bank (Taiwan) Limited and PT Bank Ekonomi Raharja, Tbk., Indonesia.

Dr Anthony Neoh

Former Chief Adviser


Anthony Neoh QC, SC, JP (梁定邦资深大律师) is a senior member of the Hong Kong Bar, active in civil appellate and international litigation and arbitration cases. He is a Chinese National and a permanent resident of the HKSAR, born 9 November 1946. He has no political affiliations. He was a civil servant in the Hong Kong Government from 1966 – 1979. In 1979, he commenced private legal practice at the Hong Kong Bar. He returned to public office from 1995 – 2004. In 2003 (by agreement with the CSRC), he resumed private legal practice, which remains his principal profession to date. His working languages in his professional and public work are English, Cantonese and Putonghua, in all three of which he has native fluency.

Public and Company Board Service
He was Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) from September 1998 to June 2004 at the personal invitation of former Premier Zhu Rongji. He remains a member of the International Advisory Board of the CSRC. He was Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission from 1995 to 1998. He was the first Asian to be elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, in which position he served from 1996 - 1998. Prior to his appointment to the chair of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, he was in private legal practice, which he began in 1979, after 13 years in the Hong Kong Civil Service. In the Civil Service, he served in a wide range of management positions, including City District Commissioner for Kowloon. His last appointment with the Hong Kong Government (1976-1979) was as an Assistant Director of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, serving as a member of the senior management team during the early developmental stages of the institution. He was one of the founding members of the International Law Society of Hong Kong and has lectured on public international law and international financial regulatory issues in many universities in the world. He has judged many Regional Jessup and Red Cross International Law Finals. Over the years he has kept up a long friendship and contact with international law practitioners such as International Court Justice the late Ni Zheng Yu and International Law Commissioner Huang Jiahua.

From 1991 to 1994, he was a member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Council and its Listing Committee, and chaired its Disciplinary Committee and Debt Securities Group, and the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong and China Listing Working Group. He was chief architect of the legal structure which made possible the listing of Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong from 1993. He also served on many public boards and committees and was a leading board member of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. In 1986, he was appointed an Unofficial Justice of the Peace for Hong Kong. From 2004 to 2008, he was Chairman of the Planning Committee established to set up the Law School (now Faculty of Law) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is presently a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty and an Executive Committee Member of the Council of the Chinese University, as well as a Council Member of the Shenzhen Chinese University. He was Chairman of the Law Reform Commission Sub-Committee on Class Actions which in 2013 published its Final Report, after a five-year study of class actions worldwide and a lengthy consultation following publication of its Consultation Paper. From 1 July 1997 to 30 June 2008, he was a member of the Hong Kong SAR Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. In this capacity, he has participated in many fundamental interpretations of the Basic Law of Hong Kong. He is appointed Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Shenzhen International Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Jinan Arbitration Commission and Hon. Legal Advisor to the Shenzhen Municipal Government, and Senior Economic Advisor to the Fujian Provincial (personally appointed by Governor Xi Jin Ping, as he then was) and Tianjin City Governments. From October 2001 to December 2005, he was Senior Advisor to the Bank of China Hong Kong (BOCHK) Board, which is a non-executive position. During this time, he chaired the Shanghai Land Loan Special Committee, in which the activities of former Chief Executive Liu Jin Bao and Zhou Zhengyi (a Shanghai Developer) were investigated. His report was published resulting in re-establishment of the reputation and integrity of the management processes of BOCHK. On 4 July 2015, he was elected to the Standing Committee of the Chinese Institute for Judicial Studies, an institution under the People’s Supreme Court. Until October, 2013, he was Independent Non Executive Director (INED) of the Bank of China (in which position he chairs the Risk Policy Committee of the Board). In his position as Chair of the Risk Policy Committee of the Bank of China, he oversees for the Board, the Basel II and III Project for the Bank, which is now designated by the Financial Stability Board of the G20 Group of Countries, as a Globally Significant International Financial Institution.

He has also previously served as INED of the Link Real Estate Investment Trust, the first REIT listed in the HK Stock Exchange, Non Executive Director and founding Chairman of the Board of Global Digital Creations Limited (listed in the GEM Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange) and INED of China Shenhua Energy Holdings Limited (listed in the HK and Shanghai Stock Exchanges). He presently serves as INED of China life Limited, CITIC Limited, and ICBC. In both China Life and ICBC, he is Chairman of the Risk Committee.

Carmela Pama

Chief Risk Officer


Carmela "Carlette" Leticia A. Pama serves as the chief risk officer (CRO), head of the risk management group and first senior vice president at Philippine National Bank (PNB) since 2006. Further to her role as CRO, she also coordinates the ICAAP implementation of the PNB group to ensure the group continually reviews its level of risk and ensures the adequacy of capital commensurate to its risk taking abilities. She started her banking career with Citibank Philippines and held various positions there from 1983 to 1995. She served as vice president of Banco Santander from 1995 to 1996 and transferred back to Citibank following that. Pama is a certified public accountant and has also served as the practice manager of Oracle Philippines in the past.

Professor Setsuya Sato

Former Member of the Investment Advisory Committee

Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF)

Setsuya Sato is currently a Professor, Department of Global Innovation Studies, Faculty of Global and Regional Studies, at Toyo University, in Tokyo, Japan. He has spent most of his career in global businesses including General Electric (2009-2014), UBS Securities (2007-2009) and the Bank of Japan (1975-2002). He also has extensive work experiences overseas at multi-national financial institutions such as the Bank for International Settlements (1999-2002) and the World Bank (1993-1997).

He holds B.A. in Economics from Tokyo University (1975) and M. Phil. in Economics from Oxford University (1980). He is also a U.S. Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. His research interests include globalization, banking and financial markets, pension management, payment and clearing systems, electronic money and e-finance and he has authored numerous books and articles in both English and Japanese. He was born in Tokyo in 1952.