Boon Chye Loh
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Loh Boon Chye joined SGX as CEO on 14 July 2015. He has close to 30 years of experience in the financial industry and has played a key role in the development of Southeast Asia’s capital markets. Prior to SGX, he was Deputy President and Head of Asia Pacific Global Markets, and Country Executive for Singapore and Southeast Asia at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. He spent 17 years in Deutsche Bank where his last role was the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Asia Pacific. He started his career with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York.
Mr Loh currently sits on the boards of GIC, Economic Development Board Singapore and World Federation of Exchanges, and is a council member and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore. He was also previously Chairman of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee, as well as Deputy President of ACI Singapore.
Mr Loh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore.
Chief Risk Officer Asia
BANK JULIUS BAER
Markus Blattmann is currently the Chief Risk Officer for Bank Julius Baer in Asia, a role he has held since 2012. In this role, Markus oversees the legal, compliance and risk management functions covering all business units in Asia.
Markus has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, of which 17 years is in Asia. Prior to joining Julius Baer in 2012, Markus has held senior leadership positions with UBS, including serving as their Chief Risk Officer Wealth Management Europe and Chief Credit Officer Wealth Management Asia-Pacific. Throughout his career, Markus has been involved in mergers and acquisitions, setting up new businesses and “Change the Bank” initiatives.
Markus holds a Master of Law in Legal Studies from the University of Basel.
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.
Chief of Staff, Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo
US COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC)
Mike Gill is Chief of Staff to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and the Chief Operating Officer of the agency. He represents the agency at deputy meetings of the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Stability Oversight Council ("FSOC"), as a senior staff member to the FSOC's crypto-currency works streams, and at IOSCO board meetings. Through a Commission order, Mike has been designated as the Chief Regulatory Reform Officer for the CFTC whereby he is leading an agency-wide review of its rules, regulations, and practices to make them simpler and less burdensome. He is also responsible for coordinating the commission's harmonization work with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Previously, Mike was an attorney with Crowell & Moring, LLP, where the majority of his work was concentrated in the energy and financial service sectors. Mike also has a legislative background having served on the staff of Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) and Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-OH). Mike's pro bono experience includes representing undocumented juveniles through the Kids in Need Defense program before state and federal courts. He also volunteered for the Archdiocesan Legal Network. In 2016, Mike was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser and confirmed by the D.C. city council to a board position at the D.C. Board of Elections. He is a licensed practitioner of both the Washington, D.C., and Maryland Bars. Mike received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Dayton, a Master’s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and his J.D. from The Catholic University of America. Mike, his wife Kristina, and their three children Sean, Brian and Annika live in Washington, D.C.
Dr Martin Kimmig
Chief Risk Officer
Martin Kimmig, Chief Risk Officer, heads AIIB’s risk management. He joined the AIIB from The Rock Creek Group where he held the position of a Managing Director covering emerging market equities. Prior, he spent a 24-year career at the World Bank Group in particular the International Finance Corporation where he held leadership positions in both investment operations and risk management. Martin Kimmig holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Freiburg and a CFA designation.
Director of Research, Capital Market Policy
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION THAILAND
Chatchai Thisadoldilok CFA FRM is the director of research at Securities and Exchange Commission Thailand. His policy research interest includes investment management, corporate finance, and markets. He also serves as a board director of CFA Society Thailand, a member of risk management subcommittee at Social Security Fund Thailand, an advisor to Association of Provident Fund Thailand, and a fund committee member of endowment and pension funds. Previously, he was working for banks and having experiences in investment banking, risk management, and credit product development. He was trained in financial economics research from Norwegian School of Economics. He holds BA and MA in Economics from Thammasat University.
Dr Wang Shengzu
Co-Head of Investment Strategy Group, Asia
GOLDMAN SACHS PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT
Dr. Shengzu Wang is co-head of the Investment Strategy Group Asia at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. He is responsible for China and emerging Asia macro strategies and tactical asset allocation. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he was a senior economist covering China and Hong Kong at Barclays Investment Bank. Shengzu started his economist career in 2009 at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He worked on a number of IMF surveillance and lending programs covering advanced and emerging market economies across the Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe, and was a member of the IMF Greece team in the European Troika in 2014. He also held academic positions at Fudan University and the University of Hong Kong. Shengzu received an MA in Economics from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Economics from McGill University.
Regional Chief Risk Officer
Urban is a Swiss national who graduated from Basel University with a degree in law, then started his banking career as a trainee with Swiss Bank Corp in Basel in 1986. Following various assignments in Basel and Geneva in different areas of credit risk, he became regional head of credit risk control for private banking in Geneva. Following the merger with UBS, Urban was appointed regional head of credit risk control in New York in 2000 and in Singapore 2005. After a "gap year" with UBS in Switzerland in 2009, he was appointed regional chief risk officer for Barclays Wealth Asia in 2010, again based in Singapore covering credit risk, operational risk and governance. Following the sale of Barclays' wealth business in 2016, Urban was recruited as regional chief risk officer for EFG Bank in Singapore in 2017 covering credit, operational and market risk.
Ahmad Shukri Abdul Rahman
Chief Risk Officer
BANK RAKYAT MALAYSIA
Ahmad Shukri bin Abdul Rahman is the Chief Risk Officer of Malaysia’s Bank Raykat. He has 26 years of experience in Banking out of which 17 years in local and Foreign Islamic Banks.
He is one of the pioneer members in setting up the Alrajhi Bank Malaysia in 2006, before joining OCBC Bank in 2008 to be part of the team in setting up its Islamic subsidiary OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad. His last position with OCBC Al-Amin Bank was as Head of Risk Management prior to Joining Bank Rakyat as the Chief Risk Officer in August 2016
Ahmad Shukri bin Abdul Rahman graduated in Bachelor In Business Administration (Finance) from Texas A&M University at Commerce and Master (Executive) In Islamic Banking & Finance from Asia E University.
Sean Chanho Ahn
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
Mr Sean Chanho Ahn is an Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), private sector investment arm of the World Bank Group. At IFC, he has led equity and debt transactions in India, Indonesia, China, and the Pacific, primarily focusing on agribusiness and manufacturing sectors.
Prior to joining IFC, Mr Ahn was consultant with Bain and Company in San Francisco and Singapore.
Mr Ahn holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Former Vice President
BARCLAYS INVESTMENT BANK
Liz Bell has been within the financial industry for 28 years, working with leading companies such as Aegon and Barclays, and possesses experience in building and leading award winning international distribution channels. Constantly working within tough regulated environments has meant keeping on top of regulation, risks and controls within the business. This has provided her the opportunity to deliver innovative ways to ensure effective controls, such as voice biometrics. Currently Liz is working within Barclays Investment Bank Chief Controls Office, specializing in conduct risk and looking at best practices in line with existing and new regulatory requirements.
Alexandre Bon is a Senior Manager at Murex. Based in Singapore, he advises Murex customers on solutions design and deployment approaches, and looks after the positioning and go-to-market strategy of Murex solutions for APAC.
Since joining Murex in 2000, Alexandre has held product consulting and client management roles with a focus on Market and Credit risk, last serving as Head of the Risk Control practice and General Manager for Murex Ireland, where he drove the development of the MX.III XVA management module and Credit risk simulation engine.
Alexandre holds a “Grande Ecole” Master in Management and Finance from HEC Paris.
Director Asia Pacific Markets
David has over 20 years’ experience in the Global financial markets working in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
David has held roles across a wide spectrum of products including Securities Lending, Repo, OTC derivatives and prime brokerage. Working at a range of Global Investment banks such as Barclays, JPMorgan, UBS and West LB.
David joined BNY Mellon Hong Kong in 2009 as business manager for tri-party collateral management and OTC derivatives services. He relocated to Singapore in 2013 to focus on SE Asia and Australia markets. David is currently responsible for collateral business development across Asia ex japan.
Regional Head Financial Crime Assurance (APAC)
Richard in his current capacity with Barclays Bank PLC is responsible for Financial Crime 2nd line of defence Assurance ensuring that Barclay’s Asian businesses, (Corporate & Investment Banking, Wealth & Investment Banking), are in compliance with FCA and local regulatory requirements and to ensure that Asian business are updated in line with industry’s best practices. He is also responsible for the Financial Crime Intelligence Unit in APAC.
Initiatives undertaken include Big Data Analytics, Continuous Control Monitoring and Emerging Risks Scanning.
He has 20 years’ experience covering a broad range of Compliance based roles for banks and consultancy services across Toronto, New York, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Singapore. Areas covered include Sanctions, AML, KYC, Fraud, Bribery, Corruption advisory, target operating models, data analytics, systems selection, regulatory compliance health checks, and programme implementation.
Education includes: BA Psychology (Canada), MBA (UK), MSc Marketing (New York)
Director, Credit Solutions
S&P GLOBAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE
Michelle P. Cheong is Head of CreditPro® Product, Credit Solutions, where she owns product development, quality assurance, strategy, go to market, thought leadership and customer experience globally. Prior to joining S&P Global Market Intelligence, Michelle was a portfolio manager in Barclays Global Investors, State Street Global Advisors and Goldman Sachs Asset Management with responsibility of AUM up to USD 1bn; where she focused on alpha, portfolio construction and risk research.
Michelle has a Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics (with Distinction) and Masters in Financial Engineering from Cornell University. She has also completed the All But Dissertation at the Ph.D. program in Finance at Nanyang Business School, Singapore.
Dr Frederick Shen Chong
Head Global Treasury Business Management
Dr Frederick Shen is Head of Business Management for Global Treasury (GT) at OCBC Bank. His responsibilities include strengthening and enhancing the infrastructure and processes to tackle the increasing regulatory and risk requirements, while enabling the treasury and markets business for strategic growth across global financial markets. He champions the GT fintech strategy, focusing on new and innovative technologies and fintech solutions to deliver products to clients and to enhance productivity and efficiencies within the organisation. Dr Shen re-joined OCBC in mid-2013 from Emirates NBD, Dubai. Prior to the Middle East assignment, he was with OCBC Bank Market Risk for more than three years.
Dr Shen was a Professor of Finance at the University of Waterloo, before joining Royal Bank of Canada to head the global risk oversight of RBC Capital Markets financial engineering trading group. He has over 25 years of international experience in the financial industry, with leadership positions at various major financial institutions, including Bank of Montreal and Manulife, and encompasses a variety of specialisations, such as structured credit and real-asset securitisations, economic capital, analytics, asset management and life insurance ALM.
Dr Shen earned a PhD in Financial Economics and has published in academic and practitioner finance journals and is cited in various other print media. He is frequently called upon to share his expertise in financial industry forums, workshops and conferences.
Juliana Chua is Head of Digital Transformation at NTUC Income (INCOME), Singapore’s largest composite insurer serving the protection, savings and investment needs of more than 2 million customers and a total assets of over $36 billion.
Juliana has a background in International Business Management (INSEAD), IP Law (NUS Law), Computer Science (Loughborough, UK) and leads the programme to digitise INCOME’s core businesses by adoption of design thinking and agile methodology. Juliana worked across continents in the US, China, Japan, India, UK, Singapore and is inventor to 6 patents/applications and designs for upstream innovation.
Prior INCOME, Juliana is Director of the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International where she forayed into US, China, Japan and Singapore markets for strategic partnerships. INCOME is Juliana’s 8th company in her career, where she previously served the World #1 innovation leader – IBM UK, Asia leading IP law firm – Spruson & Ferguson, Singapore’s largest technology office – Exploit Technologies of A*STAR, Japan MNC – Nitto Denko, as well as launched 2 startups into markets worldwide.
Rajeev De Mello
Chief Investment Officer
BANK OF SINGAPORE
Rajeev De Mello is the Chief Investment Officer of Bank of Singapore.
Since 2005, he has been investing in Asia and heading investment teams in firms such as Schroders Investment Management, Western Asset Management and Pictet. Before that, he managed European fixed income for Pictet Asset Management in Geneva.
During the 1990s, Rajeev led trading teams for UBS in Zurich, Geneva and Hong Kong. Earlier on he was a management consultant for McKinsey. He started his career in gold and currency options shortly before the 1987 crash.
Rajeev has BSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a MBA from Georgetown University.
Senior Financial Sector Specialist
THE SEACEN CENTRE
Aziz joined the SEACEN Centre in August 2016 from the Bank of England. He is responsible for providing technical assistance, research, and delivering training programmes to 35+ SEACEN member Central Banks, Associates and Regulatory Authorities on issues related to Financial Stability, Risk Management. Regulation and Supervision.
Before joining SEACEN, Aziz had spent 7 years working as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Bank of England. He was originally recruited to work as the Lead Supervisor of RBS’ Non-Core Bank, following RBS’ collapse. Aziz was responsible for supervising the management, workout and sell-off of RBS’ assets and portfolios, and its eventual wind-down. He then joined the Risk Specialists Directorate and was responsible for Stress Testing Wholesale banking book losses and assessing the adequacy of stress testing frameworks of all the major UK banks as part of the Bank of England’s Concurrent Stress Testing programme. He had additional responsibility for undertaking on-site Asset Quality and Provision Adequacy Reviews across a range of Wholesale asset classes and product types, both in the UK and globally.
Aziz is a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Nottingham, UK, and also studied for an M.Sc. in Computing for Industry at Imperial College London. He began his career in the Strategy, Finance and Economics practice of Andersen Business Consulting in London, and later worked at Standard Chartered Bank, covering the Origination, Structuring and Syndication of loans across the UK, Europe, South Asia and Africa. Aziz has also worked at Lloyds Banking Group in Leveraged Finance Loan Restructuring and Workout, and in Liquidity and Funding Risk.
Deputy Bureau Chief, Asia
Blake Evans-Pritchard is deputy bureau chief, Asia, for Risk.net based in Hong Kong. Before taking on his current role, he spent three years covering regulatory issues across Asia for Risk.net, including implementation of Basel III and other international standards in regional jurisdictions. Previously, he spent five years in Brussels writing about the European Union’s financial services sector and competition policy and a number of years as Africa editor for a news service covering post-conflict restitution around the world.
Director, Head of Global RMB Development
BMO FINANCIAL GROUP
Jake Fisher is Director and Head of Global RMB Development for BMO Financial Group, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for driving BMO’s East-West cross-border business by providing China market coverage, delivering trade settlement solutions to multinational companies operating in China and by giving guidance to international investors seeking access to China’s onshore market.
China Cross-Border & Foreign Exchange
- Provides weekly China market coverage and economic policy updates to internal sales teams, MNC’s and international investor
- Has advised numerous companies on cross-border transactions including foreign exchange, repatriations and cash management
- Provides subject matter expertise on BMO China’s cross -border products
- Led the development of BMO China’s Fixed Income trading platform (China Interbank Bond Market)
- Presented to numerous hedge funds, pension funds, to China’s bond market
- Regular speaker on China and RMB Internationalization including at the Asian Financial Forum (Hong Kong), Tsinghua University, speaker at COFCO Trust leadership conference, and various events for the Government of Canada (Ministry of Finance) on Canada-China trade relations
- BBA, Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
- PMP Professional Project Management designation
- China Cross-Border
- Foreign Exchange
- Fixed Income
- Corporate Banking
- Global Trade
- RMB Internationalization
RSA Archer GRC Solution Leader, Asia-Pacific & Japan
James Fong is RSA Archer leader who leads the Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) Solution Specialists team across Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region in driving the eGRC business through innovation and solution-based technical advisory.
As a Solution Leader, he provides leadership and coaching abilities for the team to attain set goals and targeted development to drive net new logos and drive incremental business across identified market segments and industries. This requires strong management capability across a wide geography and regional markets spanning different timezones, language, culture and GRC maturity. He also engages senior levels of organisations (Directors & C-suite levels) as well as front-line technologists to drive technology adoption and reference sites for RSA across the GRC space.
He brings with him a wealth of experience having been instrumental in implementing comprehensive governance, risk management & compliance frameworks for top corporations throughout the region for close to 20 years. He has worked with Boards of Directors in addressing corporate-wide issues relating to GRC and advised them on linking risk management and business objectives.
James is also experienced in devising and establishing future risk, compliance and continuity strategies; and in particular, conducting risk-based management and operational auditing for publicly listed companies. He has also been involved in the implementation of Business Continuity Management systems and is familiar with global standards and best practice in this area.
Prior to RSA, he was the SEA Risk & Compliance Solution Lead for Protiviti Singapore, Executive Director of Consulting Services for a regional leading risk management consulting and software firm for 11 years, a Management Consultant / Auditor with a Big 4 consulting firm, and was a Project Manager with a multi-national group driving business and process improvement initiatives.
He is a prominent and regular speaker at local and international thought leadership forums and conferences on risk management, governance, and internal controls.
APAC Lead, Rates and FX Sales and Relationship Management
Catherine Ford is Asia Pacific lead, rates and FX, sales and relationship management at LCH. In this role, she is responsible for building and managing the rates and foreign exchange client network across the region, a position she has held for three years. Prior to joining LCH, Catherine was a business development manager at ASX, where she focused on exchange-traded energy sales and product and business development. Earlier in her career, she was an exchange-traded derivatives broker in the UK and Switzerland.
Director, FX Specialist
Mr Garg joined SGX as Director, FX Specialist in October 2013. He is responsible for the strategic sales and market initiatives for FX Futures and focuses on key strategic accounts for the asset class.
Mr Garg joined SGX from Thomson Reuters, where he held multiple roles in sales and business development over 14 years. He led the Thomson Reuters Financial Benchmarks business in Asia prior to joining SGX.
Mr Garg holds a CAIA charter.
Senior Financial Risk Adviser
Nick Horn joined Suncorp Group in August 2016 as Senior Financial Risk Adviser, providing advice on investment assets, capital and liquidity as it applies to Stress Testing.
Prior to this Mr Horn spent 6 years at QIC, departing as Manager of the Independent Investment Risk & Compliance function. At QIC, he co-led the business response to global derivative reforms. Mr Horn has been an active adviser to regulators & industry associations on the design and impacts of derivative reform.
Mr Horn’s prior roles include Asset & Liability Management Specialist, Fund of Fund Equity Portfolio Manager, Derivatives Trader & Financial Advisor.
CIO & CEO
NR CAPITAL PTE LTD
CIO & CEO, NR CAPITAL PTE LTD and a Partner of SingularityNET
Tom is widely recognised as a leading practitioner in the global Natural Resources market with over 29 years of commercial exposure gained through broad ranging senior roles in trading, investment, advisory, commodity project management & trade finance. Roles which have enabled him to gain a holistic industry perspective, covering a full range of supply chain/operations, derivatives, physical markets, funds management and banking & finance and across many countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific.
As well as having served as a Senior Energy adviser to the United States Department of Defence, Tom is a prolific published writer, documenting his expertise through a series of books and publications with Wiley and Palgrave Macmillan.
Over the years as a serial Commodity Fin-Tech entrepreneur, Tom has combined technology with best practice in order to create innovative industry services & solutions.
In 2007 – 2008, he set up both a commodity trading group and a well-sponsored structured trade finance group embedded within an Asian SWF. After completing these assignments, Tom moved to Singapore to establish both Navitas Resources Pte Ltd in 2009 and a global marine fuel procurement & trading system (NR-X) in 2010. More recently in 2016 he co-founded NR Capital to develop trade finance solutions for the global SME corporates in the physical commodity space working with Regulators, Investors and Financial Institutions in Europe and Asia.
NR Capital signed an MOU with Singularity.Net in Q4-2017 with a focus to integrate AI and Machine Learning systems in to financial risk management and operational risk control processes in its fund management platform.
Dr Khoo Guan Seng
Former Head of ERM/GRC
ALBERTA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (AIMCo)
Guan Seng has over 28 years’ of experience in the design and implementation of enterprise wide investment and risk management models, systems and processes. He gained deep practical insights from a career spanning across financial institutions in the US, Canada, UK and Singapore, including the Man Group where he was the Principal Scientist, designing and running an algorithmic hedge fund, at American Bourses Corporation which provided robo-based analytical solutions and financial info-utilities to traders and investors in the US and N Asia, at ATOS Origin, RHB Capital, Singapore Exchange, Standard Chartered Bank, Temasek Holdings, Alberta Investment Management Corporation and CAI, the global airport investment arm of Changi Airport Group (CAG). Guan Seng holds a PhD in Computational Physics (Material Science) from the National University of Singapore, with post-doc R&D in AI-based data mining and applications in Japan and America. Prior to joining the private sector in 2000, Guan Seng held academic positions with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he co-developed the first post-graduate financial engineering programme (MSc Financial Engineering) in collaboration with Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University and co-founded NTU’s Centre for Financial Engineering while also teaching risk management for the NTU MBA programme. He speaks regularly at international conferences and has published articles related to AI, enterprise risk management, pension and sovereign investing.
Digital Transformation Director
Tomasz Kurczyk is a seasoned senior digital business leader driving revenue and accelerating organization future-proofing and transformation. Focusing on Digital Commerce (online, online-to-offline, partnerships, telemarketing), Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, FinTech, Innovation and Technology. Tomasz is passionate about technology, driving impact through innovative products and building high performing and multidisciplinary teams at scale.
Jawad Ali Latif
Principal Auditor – Compliance & Anti Financial Crime
Jawad is a Compliance and Anti Financial Crime control specialist with 8 years of experience in the second and third line of defense advising tier one financial institutions on strengthening internal control environments and remediation exercises.
Chief Investment Officer & Deputy CEO
RONGTONG GLOBAL INVESTMENT LIMITED
Eddie Lau has over 16 years of investment management and trading experience in Asia and North America. He joined Rongtong Global Investment as CIO and Deputy CEO in April 2018 to lead their international investment efforts in equities, fixed income and multi-managers and cross-border solutions.
He began his career as a convertible bond trader with UBS in the U.S. in 2002. Since 2006, Eddie has managed absolute-return portfolios at Elliott Advisors and Merrill Lynch global proprietary trading group respectively. Eddie co-founded PCA Investment, a multi-strategy hedge fund in Beijing and Hong Kong, and Harmony Advisors, a multi-family office in Hong Kong. He was portfolio manager for absolute-return portfolios and global multi-asset portfolios respectively.
Eddie graduated from the University of Chicago with B.A. in Economics with Honors in 2002.
Head of Sales, Senior Managing Director
Roberto Lazzarotto is Head of Sales at the global index provider STOXX Ltd.
In this role Roberto is responsible for the distribution and promotion of innovative new index concepts across all asset classes branded STOXX and DAX to a variety of institutional clients.
Roberto has spent his career in the capital markets industry, primarily in the investment banking divisions of SBC Warburg and Merrill Lynch, where he held a number of senior positions. Serving an institutional clientele, he has developed expertise in the field of cross assets derivatives and convertible bonds to the benefit of traditional and alternative portfolio management.
He lately served as Global Head of Equity Derivatives Sales at UniCredit Bank AG.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Bernard Lee, PhD, CFA, is Founder and CEO of HedgeSPA, an entity funded initially by the Singaporean Prime Minister's Office. Dr. Lee was an award-winning Managing Director at BlackRock in New York and was responsible globally for recruiting and training its finance-related PhDs as a side responsibility. He built part of BlackRock's highly profitable investment analytics platform, based on which he won a FinTech award from the publisher of Risk Magazine. Dr. Lee was also a finance professor in the US and Singapore, taught/guest-lectured at Stanford Business School, Columbia & MIT-Tsinghua, and authored many journal articles and several books, including his upcoming new title “Investment Analytics”, to be published by World Scientific, the publisher of Nobel lectures. He earned his PhD, MS and BA from Imperial College London, Stanford and Princeton, respectively.
Lee Swee Siong
Swee Siong is a digital strategist and business transformation adviser with more than two decades of experience in financial services, public services and entrepreneurship. Most recently, he held global leadership positions in international banks including OCBC and Standard Chartered, responsible for developing new products and capabilities in corporate banking. He was also involved in numerous industry-wide initiatives with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, including Offshore RMB Market Development, Real-time Payments and Common Addressing Scheme projects.
As a technology entrepreneur, he started an industrial equipment management portal in 2000, and continues to invest in technology start-ups. He is an Oxford-certified Blockchain Business Strategist who believes in the need for greater public education and self-governance in the ICO space. For this reason, he co-founded ICOedge.io, a platform for independent, objective review of ICOs.
Swee Siong is a well-regarded thought-leader in the financial services industry. He was conferred as a Fellow of Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) in 2015 in recognition of his contribution to the industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management from UMIST, UK and is a certified International Cash Management professional (ACT, UK).
Senior Economist, Emerging Asia
Trinh Nguyen is Senior Economist covering Emerging Asia at NATIXIS based in Hong Kong. Trinh joined Natixis in October 2015 - she previously worked at HSBC as an ASEAN economist from August 2011 to October 2015. Trinh was awarded best economist on Vietnam by Asia Money and was a top-ranked regional economist by Asia Money. She was consistently top-ranked for her forecasts and expertise on emerging Asia. Trinh is known to produce forward looking and game-changing insights that serve fixed income, equity, and FX markets.
Prior to HSBC, she was a consultant at the World Bank conducting research on foreign direct investment and indicators for country-specific labor market trends and patterns. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs and International Economics with a specialization on Southeast Asia from Johns Hopkins University.
Trinh is regularly featured in Current Economics, a journal that picks top sell-side research reports, and CNBC as guests as well as key international and local news outlets for her insights on emerging Asia.
Director and Co-Founder
Ville got into cryptocurrencies in 2013, and has been an advisor to several cryptocurrency related companies internationally, including exchanges, brokers and crypto custody providers. Ville became a cryptocurrency fund manager in 2017, with the launch of the Cayman domiciled Cryptocurrency Balanced Large Cap Fund. Ville sees increasing interest in the crypto asset class from institutional investors as infrastructure and regulatory clarity improve, but there are still alarming gaps of knowledge regarding risks related to crypto investing.
Head of SRI Research
SOCIETE GENERALE CORPORATE & INVESTMENT BANKING
Yannick Ouaknine is Senior Sustainability Research Analyst and joined SGCIB in March 2007. Yannick has a deep understanding of investor needs in the area of Sustainability research, having worked for more than 15 years in the field, with global coverage and responsibility (including exercising voting rights). He advises the broad financial community (asset owners, asset managers, hedge funds, corporates and academics) on the integration of sustainability criteria into financial analysis or reporting and is a regular speaker at international events.
Prior to working at SGCIB, Yannick was Product Manager / RFP Analyst at BNP Paribas Asset Management (2000-2002) and Senior ESG analyst at BNP Paribas Investment Partners (2003-2007) in France. During this period, he worked with equity/credit analysts across all sectors to enhance traditional financial modelling by highlighting the impact of environmental, corporate governance and social issues on business performance and/or valuations.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Hons) and a Master of Business Administration degrees from the École Supérieure de Gestion de Paris (ESG), and an executive training certificate in Corporate Finance from INSEAD.
Dr Dimitrios Papanastasiou
Dimitrios Papanastasiou is a Senior Director in Moody’s Analytics, leading the Asia Specialist team that focuses on Risk Analytics, Stress Testing and IFRS 9 solutions. During his time in Moody’s and prior to his move to Asia, Dimitrios he led the efforts on designing and successfully implementing IFRS 9 modelling and software solutions for more than 50 banks in Europe and Middle East.
Prior to joining Moody’s in January 2016, Dimitrios worked as Senior Technical Specialist at the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in London. During that time, he led the internal stress testing model development across the majority of risk types, with a particular focus on wholesale credit risk globally, retail credit risk in the UK and econometric models for key ALM risk metrics. Before joining the PRA, he was part of UBS Group-wide Stress Testing Team where he developed stress testing models for the held to maturity assets of the investment banking arm. Prior to his time at UBS he held various modelling positions at the former Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lloyd’s Banking Group and HBOS.
Dimitrios holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is a certified Professional Risk Manager (PRM) since 2006 and tutored at University of Edinburgh where he has conducted extensive research on credit risk modelling and the interaction between credit risk and the real economy.
Ketan B. Patel
Deputy Group Risk Officer
Ketan is a Managing Director in Group Risk Management. In 2016, he became the Deputy Group Risk Officer. Ketan heads up the HKEX Group Credit and Quantitative Analysis function, and is Chief Risk Officer for OTC Clear. He also oversees for risk policy and risk system development.
He was the Head of Risk Management from January 2015 through January 2016 where he oversaw the ERM function and established governance of HKEX’s Risk Management functions. Prior to that, he was co-head of Clearing Risk Management as well Chief Risk Officer for OTC Clear at HKEX.
Prior to joining HKEX, Mr. Patel worked at the CME Group, where he led quantitative modelling and risk policy efforts - internally known as Risk Research. Ketan’s other risk management roles encompassed exchange traded & OTC FICC products, as well as equity derivative products. This experience incorporates risk managing events such as Refco, the Sentinel Investments collapse, the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy as well the general financial crisis of the prior decade. Before entering the CCP realm, Ketan worked in various trading, research and risk management roles in fixed income and equity financial products.
He earned his MBA, with concentrations in Analytical Finance and Economics, from the University of Chicago. Ketan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management, with concentrations in Finance, International Business and Economics, from Purdue University.
Head of Risk Policy
Prior to SGX, Christer was the Global Head of Financial Market Infrastructure Risk at HSBC, and Head of Quantitative Analytics at LCH-SwapClear. Before moving to the financial industry, Christer started and built his career in the semiconductor industry. He holds a PhD in Physics.
Managing Director, APAC Head of Liquidity and Segregation
BNY MELLON, HONG KONG
Filippo joined BNY Mellon as head of global liquidity services for APAC in August 2009, expanding the Liquidity DIRECT business across the region. This was followed by 4 years as regional head of Sales&RM, Liquidity and Segregation for Markets. As of August 2018 Filippo heads up Liquidity & Segregation in APAC with a strong focus on UMR, derivatives, collateral administration and segregation.
Filippo worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Luxembourg from 1999 to 2005, following which he moved to London and joined Lehman Brothers Asset Management in its start-up liquidity funds business, eventually spearheading efforts in Asia by moving to Hong Kong in 2007.
Filippo has a laurea in economics from LUISS University, Rome, and an MSc in international business and finance from the European Academic Consortium, Netherlands and France.
Head of Innovation and FinTech
UNITED OVERSEAS BANK INDONESIA
Working in the industry for over 15 years, Steve has strong product management professional skills in Retail Banking, Liabilities, Consumer Loans, Sales Management, and Digital Business.
Prior to his prominent role with UOB, Steve was also very well known for his successful online account opening project with other giant banks in the market.
Hong Kong Bureau Chief
Narayanan Somasundaram is the Hong Kong Bureau Chief for Risk.net. He has been a journalist for more than 15 years, with his career spanning news and features for two of the world’s largest news organisations – Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.
Narayanan led coverage of Australian financial services, regulation and the frothy real estate market with a series of features that underscored the build-up of risk in the nation’s property market.
He has also had stints as a mergers and acquisitions reporter both in Mumbai and Sydney and as a foreign exchange and bonds reporter in Sydney, where he kicked off coverage of global markets amid Brexit and the shock US election win for Donald Trump.
Regional Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Banking
Venkatesh Subbaraman is a senior leader with 25 years of financial services experience in transaction banking, operations, credit, and sales. He has developed a reputation as a trusted advisor via a track record of strategic foresight, shaping customer centric solutions and leading teams through complex change.
He is currently the Regional COO for ANZ’s institutional division. His role includes end to end operational management responsibility for all institutional client needs, as well as property and administration for countries across Asia. In this role, Venkatesh has been able to draw on his experience and collaborative work style to strengthen ties with country CEO’s, thereby helping to deliver the strategy, protect the bank, and improve overall performance.
Prior to ANZ, Venkatesh was an executive director with ABN Amro, where he was responsible for the bank’s global service centre in Chennai. Earlier in his career, he held sales and credit roles at GE Capital.
Throughout his career Venky has taken a keen interest in personal and professional development of staff. He assigns challenging opportunities to high potential staff, provides honest feedback, mentors junior staff, presents at training programmes and participates in external speaking engagements.
Frank T. Troise
Managing Partner & CEO
Frank is one of Asia’s leading strategic voices and market commentators. Earning the moniker “The Sage of Singapore” from trading desks for his prescient market calls, Frank is a frequent co-host and commentator on CNBC's The RunDown, Squawk Box, and Street Signs in both Asia and the US. He is the anchor for the online show "Unhedged" which airs monthly with interviews of the leading global portfolio managers.
Frank is the Founder of SoHo Capital LLC a private US investment firm founded in 1997 with offices in Singapore, Montecito, and Incline Village. CEOs worldwide at the apex of finance and technology have retained SoHo’s team as a strategic advisors, operating executives/partners, and investment bankers to help their companies successfully expand in Asia and Europe.
SoHo's research, work, and op-eds, have been published in The Economist, Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Straits Times, The Sacramento Bee, The Pacific Coast Business Times, Derivatives Weekly, Pension & Investments, and Investment News.
SoHo has consistently been named one of Asia’s top influencers and listed in annual APAC FinTech 100, FinTech 50, and FinTech 30 surveys. SoHo has one of the largest networks of C-level executives and Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Digital Officers, and institutional investors in APAC.
In addition to the above, Frank has over twenty five years of experience managing multi-billion dollar portfolios for corporations, endowments, foundations, and high net worth individuals. He is the market leader in APAC for the introduction of "manager model marketplaces." His domain expertise for global FIS clients includes the selection, on-boarding, monitoring and distribution of platform products, which span SMAs, mutual funds, long only funds, UCITS, alternatives, offshore hedge funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), private equity and real estate offerings.
He received his B.S. in Managerial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA in Finance from New York University.
Ray Wyand is a former Vice President in the Credit Trading division of Citibank where he focused on Structured & Illiquid Credit opportunities. Since leaving Citigroup two years ago he has co-founded gini, a personal financial management app that helps 13,000 people manage $1.5bn of spending.
Director of Legal Consulting & Compliance
CCB PRINCIPAL ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANY
Zhai Feng (Abraham) is currently Director of Compliance, at CCB Principal Asset Management Co., Ltd. overseeing the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance activities. Mr. Zhai joined CCB Principal in 2005 when the company was first established and has worked as Director of Compliance Department since then before he was promoted to his current role in July 2018. Before that Mr. Zhai was Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Yongjia Investment Management Corp. Ltd. from September 2001 to August 2005; Deputy General Manager of Investment Banking Department of Hongyuan Securities Corp. Ltd. from June, 2000 to August, 2001; Deputy Manager of Securities Issuing Department of China CINDA Trust Investment Corp. Ltd. from July, 1995 to May, 2000; Deputy Director of Internal Auditing, Hierro Peru (Shougang) Co., Ltd. from June, 1993 to June, 1995; and journalist for China Daily from July 1990 to May 1993. Mr. Zhai graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai, China in 1990 with a Bachelor of Laws degree, and he also holds a BA degree from Anqing Normal College in Anhui Province, China.
Chris Van Homrigh
Independent Consultant; formerly ASIC’s Regional Commissioner for New South Wales & Head of Investment Banks
Chris Van Homrigh is a banking and financial services consultant specialising in conduct, governance, risk, compliance and regulatory matters.
Chris was formerly ASIC’s Regional Commissioner for New South Wales and head of its Investment Banks team covering investment banks, hedge and private equity funds, retail derivatives, retail structured products, and credit ratings agencies. Chris was a member of ASIC's Audit Committee, and chaired or was a member of a number of ASIC's Project Boards and Steering Committees.
At ASIC amongst other things, Chris initiated and led ASIC’s work on conduct – work which described by the then Chair of the Australian Financial Markets Association as “world leading”.
Prior to joining ASIC, Chris had a wealth of international and domestic experience primarily in debt markets. Chris spent 10 years with Société Générale and was its Managing Director and Head of Securitisation for Asia Pacific. Chris established Société Générale's securitisation business in Canada after having been head of the North Asian business based in Japan.
Chris spent the 10 years prior to Société Générale with Citibank mainly in the securitisation and structured finance markets, and before joining Citi spent 5 years working in chartered accounting firms in Australia and England.
Having worked in in the UK, Japan, Canada and Australia and for Australian, French, and US institutions gives Chris an understanding of the cultural nuisances that may impact conduct.
As such Chris’s experience has put him in a unique position to globally view conduct and culture from a regulator’s perspective, but with the understanding of issues from a banker’s perspective.
Director, Conflicts of Interest & Conduct Monitoring Compliance
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Kate Miller is a Compliance & Risk Manager with focus on Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, Operational & Enterprise Risk Management areas. Her work experience includes various COO & 1st line risk, 2nd line risk & control and I started working life in the Human Resources function. Kate has worked in London, Johannesburg and have been based in Singapore in recent years with both and Asia-Pac and more recently a Global focus to the work.
Managing Director, Senior Risk Manager, APAC
Dominic Wu is the Managing Director and Senior Risk Manager with BNY Mellon for APAC. He has 20+ years of experience in banking, securities, assets management and consultancy. Dominic is a qualified accountant, fraud examiner and professional risk manager and did his MBA from University of Hull, UK. He is sought out speaker in risk management and provides training to the regulators, universities, financial institutions and professional bodies. He is the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Chapter of the Institute of Operational Risk (IOR) and Asia Financial Risk Think Tank.