Speakers List - Asia Risk Congress 2017

Welcome Remarks

As President, Muthukrishnan Ramaswami (Ramu) oversees SGX's Membership & International Coverage and Market Data & Connectivity businesses, and the Operations & Technology functions supporting both the Derivatives and the Equities & Fixed Income businesses, and providing exchange-wide support on technology services.

Mr Ramaswami joined SGX from Citigroup where he held senior positions across Operations, Technology and Transaction Banking in various locations including Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, London and New York.

Mr Ramaswami serves on the board of the Infocomm Development Authority (Singapore) and is Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also on the board of the Energy Market Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SGX. In April 2016, Ramu was appointed to the Board of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), the national regulator of business entities and public accountants in Singapore.

Mr Ramaswami holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics (Honours) from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Masters in Business Administration) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.


Keynote Speaker

Eric Pan

Director, Office of International Affairs


Eric J. Pan is the Director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In this role he oversees the CFTC's international regulatory initiatives, provides guidance regarding international issues raised in Commission matters, and represents the CFTC in various international bodies, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), and in dialogues with China, Europe, India and Japan. He is responsible for the CFTC's engagement with non-US regulatory counterparts and involved in the development and governance of multilateral and bilateral workstreams involving the CFTC. Eric currently is the chair of IOSCO Committee on Derivatives, staff chair of the OTC Derivatives Regulators Group, and co-chair of the FSB Working Group on UTI and UPI Governance. Before joining the CFTC, Eric was Associate Director for International Regulatory Policy at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Before entering the government, Eric was a law professor, director of a center on corporate governance, and lawyer in private practice in New York and Washington. He received his A.B. in Economics from Harvard College, M.Sc. in European and International Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and J.D. from the Harvard Law School.


Michelle Cheong

Director, Credit Solutions


Michelle Cheong works in S&P Capital IQ as Director of Business Development in Credit Solutions. Within S&P Capital IQ, Michelle has worked on business development, custom solutions on credit risk for large corporations and financial institutions; market development; thought leadership and staff training. She is based in Singapore and has been with S&P Capital IQ since June 2012. Prior to joining S&P Capital IQ, Michelle worked as a quantitative portfolio manager in Barclays Global Investors (Blackrock) and State Street Global Advisors, where she specialized in risk management and portfolio research. Michelle has a Masters in Financial Engineering and Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics, both from Cornell University.

Brijesh Chopra

Managing Director, Investment Risk Management, Capital Markets


Brijesh Chopra is Managing Director of Risk Management at OMERS Capital Markets. He oversees the investment risk and analytics functions, with primary focus on market, credit, counterparty, liquidity, and trading risk management. Providing governance and oversight, Brijesh's team is integrated within the investment and portfolio management framework. Brijesh serves as a member of the Portfolio Management Committee, and chairs the Trade Management Oversight Committee. He joined OMERS in 2014.
With 20 years of experience in diverse financial roles, Brijesh brings broad and deep experience in capital markets, risk management and operational risk aspects of OMERS business.
Prior to joining OMERS, Brijesh's banking career included major global banks such as Royal Bank of Canada, BMO Capital Markets and Toronto Dominion Bank, where he held leadership roles in Risk Management, Middle Office and worked in North America and Asia.
Brijesh holds a BA in Mathematics from York University, and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Brijesh is also a Chartered Director, Board Governance program.

Benjamin Deng

Head of Group Investment Solutions & Derivatives, Group Investment


Benjamin Deng is Head of Group Investment Solutions & Derivatives of AIA. He is the main architect for AIA's ALM strategies & solutions, and derivatives strategies. Prior to this, he was AIA's Head of Group Investment Analytics and Group Head of Market Risk Management. He is an Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong Business School and was an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Financial Engineer program at Baruch College in New York.

Teresita Herbosa



As the Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Teresita J. Herbosa applies over three decades of private law practice experience to execute and administer policies, decisions, orders, and resolutions involving the registration and monitoring of companies, and the regulation of the securities and capital markets.
Chairperson Teresita J. Herbosa has implemented significant projects namely: the automation and simplification of public services and internal operations of the SEC for, among others, faster company registration; the promotion of good corporate governance; the acquisition of a market surveillance system for improved investor protection and elimination of fraudulent practices; and the improvement of securities registration and financial reporting rules.
She proposed amendments to the Corporation Code which are pending in Congress; opened five satellite offices in Metro Manila to improve public service access; and, participated in ASEAN initiatives. She is also the Chairperson of the Microfinance NGOs Regulatory Council, and Credit Information Corporation (CIC). By law, she is a member of Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). Under her leadership, the SEC was ranked No. 1 in a nationwide SWS survey on sincerity in the fight against corruption for two consecutive years (2015-2016).



Edouard Hoepffner

Head of Investment Services



Head of Investment Services Asia, Union Bancaire Privée
Based in Singapore, Edouard heads Investment Services in Asia, with teams based in Singapore and Hong Kong. He leads a team of specialists in Equities, Fixed Income, Funds, Alternatives, Derivatives, Advisory and Discretionary Portfolio Management.
Edouard has worked for the last 15 years in investment management, investment banking and wealth management. Prior to UBP, he was a Managing Director at Daiwa Capital Markets based in Hong Kong where he was responsible for setting up the derivative structuring team in Asia ex-Japan across all asset classes. He has also worked for Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and SG Asset Management in Hong Kong, Singapore and Paris.

Nick Horn

Senior Investment Risk Analyst


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.



Sailesh Jha

Senior Advisor


Tomasz Kurcyzk

Digital Transformation Director


David Lai

Partner and co-Chief Investment Officer


David Lai is a Partner and co-Chief Investment Officer of Premia Partners. Prior to Premia Partners, David was Executive Director and Responsible Officer at China Asset Management (HK) Limited where he supervised the company's investment activities and led the build-out of the company's ETF platform in Hong Kong, including launching the world's first cross-border RQFII-based ETF with over US$2 billion in AuM. Before that, David had been a portfolio manager since 2002 at Hang Seng Bank, Mirae Asset Global Investments, and Citic Securities International. David has demonstrated proven investment track record in both active and passive strategies, recognized by numerous industry awards. David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and a Master of Science degree in Investment Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is a CFA charterholder.

Fabio Mercurio

Global Head of Quantitative Analytics


Fabio is global head of Quantitative Analytics at Bloomberg LP, New York. His team is responsible for the research on and implementation of cross-asset analytics for derivatives pricing, XVA valuations and credit and market risk. Fabio is also adjunct professor at NYU, and a former CME risk committee member. He has jointly authored the book 'Interest rate models: theory and practice' and published extensively in books and international journals, including 16 cutting-edge articles in Risk Magazine. Fabio holds a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Padua, Italy, and a PhD in Mathematical Finance from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Victoria Mio

Chief Investment Officer, Fund Manager


Victoria Mio is co-Head Asia Pacific Equities and CIO China at Robeco.
She is the lead fund manager of the Chinese equities and Chinese A-Shares equities funds at Robeco. She has been part of the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific equities investment team since 2008. Prior to this, she spent 2 years in the emerging markets team in Robeco's head office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in 2007 she started managing the Robeco Chinese Equities fund.
Victoria Mio holds various professional designations, such as Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant (US) and a Financial Risk Manager.
Before joining Robeco in 2006, Victoria Mio worked for seven years in the US and five years in China and held senior positions in several financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Asterion Capital LLC, and Banco Nacional Ultramarino SA. Victoria Mio started her career in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in financial service industry.
Victoria Mio obtained an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Victoria Mio also holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Macau.

Stanley Park

Managing Director, Head of Legal, Asia-Pacific


Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal,  Asia-Pacific for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014. 

Farid Rahba

Head of Product Management for Collateral Management


Farid Rahba is Head of Product Management for Collateral Management at Murex.

Farid has been with the company since 2007, first leading the credit and fixed income expertise for a portfolio of clients across Europe, then focusing on collateral management. Farid has been an instrumental part of the overhaul of Murex's collateral management solution, leading strategic marketing, business development and evangelization activities. Working with a diverse, global client base, covering both buy-and sell-side firms, Farid has gained in-depth experience and knowledge of regulatory change, collateral transformation and optimization challenges.
This experience equipped Farid for his current position, where he oversees product decisions for the collateral management solution.
Farid also worked as a consultant for a major strategy consulting firm, where he led strategic studies for private equity, telecom and pharmaceutical companies.


Robert Samson

Senior Portfolio Manager


Filippo Santilli

Managing Director, APAC Head of Sales and Relationship Management, Global Collateral Services




  • Laurea in Economics, LUISS University Rome, Italy
  • Master of Science in International Business and Finance, European Academic Consortium, Netherlands and France
  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Luxembourg Sept 1999 - March 2005 as Head of Client Services
  • Moved to London and joined Lehman Brothers Asset Management in its start up Liquidity Funds business, eventually spearheading efforts in Asia by moving to HK in Jan 07
  • Joined BNY Mellon as Head of Global Liquidity Services for APAC in August 2009, expanding the Liquidity DIRECT business across the region. Currently Head of Sales and Relationship Management for Global Collateral Services, covering margin segregation, tri-party repo, securities lending, collateralized loans, and collateral upgrades



Jochen Markus Schmitmann

Resident Representative, Singapore


Jochen M. Schmittmann is the head of the IMF's resident representative office in Singapore. Before coming to Singapore, Jochen worked in the IMF's Asia and Pacific, Western Hemisphere, Finance, and Capital Markets departments. He also worked as part of the team managing the IMF's investments. Jochen has published on a range of topics in finance and macroeconomics, including behavioral finance, currency hedging, and the economic impact of demographic change in Asia. Jochen holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Manish Singhai

Head-Asian Equities


Manish has been working in the investment industry since 1993, and is currently the Head of Asian Equities at Tokio Marine Asset Management International. Prior to TMAMI, he led the Asia ex-Japan Equities teams at Lazard Asset Management, and Aviva Investors, respectively. Before Aviva, Manish established and managed Arjava Capital, a hedge-fund seeded by Citi Alternative Investments. Manish also had a 10-year stint at AllianceBernstein, the latter five of which were as the CIO for Asia ex-Japan equities. Manish holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, is a management graduate from the Institute of Management in Calcutta and a CFA charterholder. Manish has been active in the area of ESG since 2000, having presented papers at many prominent regional and global forums as well as participating and leading several task forces under the Equity Advisory Group of the International Institute of Finance.

Joe Streeter

Core Collateral Management Product Manager


Joseph Streeter, Core Collateral Management, Core Product

Joseph is a Product Manager at Bloomberg L.P. responsible for developing a collateral management and optimization platform to be integrated within the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL service. With 15 years' experience in operations and technology divisions at global investment and custody banks, Joseph began his career at Citigroup as a programmer analyst in the securities services department. Joseph next moved into operations at Citigroup as a business analyst in derivatives margin where he eventually became the section manager for day to day operations.
After Citigroup, Joseph joined HSBC as a collateral project manager and Jefferies LLC as a Senior Vice President in collateral and derivative operations. Most recently, Joseph was a Vice President and global product manager for State Street Global Services.
Joseph earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Hofstra University.

Toshio Tsuiki

Deputy Secretary General


Toshio Tsuiki
Deputy Secretary General
Basel Committee on Banking Supervision

Mr Tsuiki became Deputy Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in April 2017. He first served on the Basel Committee Secretariat from 2008-2012 when he contributed to the development of the Basel Committee's response to the global financial crisis.
Mr Tsuiki has had a long career with the Bank of Japan holding various positions including Deputy Director General and Head of International Division of the Financial System and Bank Examination Department, Private Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Head of Market Research Group, and Representative in Europe located in London.
Mr Tsuiki holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo.

Jamie Vachon

Head of Information Technology,


Jamie Vachon joined Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, as Head of Information Technology (IT), in February 2016.
He is responsibility for the technology agenda, including delivery and strategy across the Eastspring group. He also plays a lead role in the transformation program currently underway in the firm.

Vachon joins Eastspring from AMP Australia, where he held a number of senior IT roles including head of technology for insurance and head of technology for AMP Capital. Previously he worked at Infosys where he led a number of significant work programmes. 

Jamie Vachon holds a Bachelor of Science in Missions from BB College in Springfield, Missouri, USA




Margining workshop

Rick Lakhiani

Regulatory Reform APAC Head


Rick Lakhiani manages the implementation of the major regulatory reform initiatives in Asia Pacific region for Citi's Markets and Securities Services. This includes the regional implementation of Dodd-Frank, EMIR and MiFID 2 as well as specific changes relating to derivatives regulatory reform in the APAC region. Mr. Lakhiani has spent 13 years at Citigroup and has over 20 years capital markets experience with 15 years spent in Asia. He has worked in variety of roles in functions across the bank that have included in the past, Sales, Business Management, Financial Control & Compliance. Mr. Lakhiani holds a MA in Law from Oxford University and was admitted to NY Bar in 2005.

Jeth Lee

Lead Counsel


Jeth Lee is Lead Counsel at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), and is responsible for legal direction on derivatives, risk management and regulatory matters globally. He provides a spectrum of advice across SGX's activities, which span exchange, clearing house, depository services and other business lines.

Jeth specialises in complex regulatory reform and cross-border issues. His varied experience includes charting policy and implementation for Dodd-Frank, EMIR, MiFID II, living wills, trusts and insolvency law.

Prior to joining SGX, Jeth practised securities and corporate law at Allen & Gledhill. He was engaged in equity and debt capital market transactions and advisory work for the firm's key clients, including listed companies, financial institutions and sovereign wealth funds.

Jeth graduated with a law degree from the National University of Singapore, where he was chief editor of the law review. He also holds a master's degree in corporate law from New York University. He is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore.


Yuan Xiaoli Milly

Risk Management Solution Expert


Milly YUAN, Murex

Milly YUAN is a Senior Collateral Expert at Murex, based in Singapore. She leads the collateral practice team which is responsible for the design, delivery and support all the collateral projects for the Murex clients across the APAC region.
Since joining Murex in 2008, she has held senior consultant positions with a focus on credit risk and limit control. Then she moved to operational and finance team, working as Solution Architect for strategic collateral projects before taking up the collateral practice team.
Milly holds Master Degree from NTU Singapore.


FRTB workshop

Albert Chung

Head of Market Risk Analytics, Asia

Standard Chartered Bank

Albert Chung is the Regional Head of Market Risk Analytics team in Standard Chartered, based in Singapore. He is responsible for market risk measurement methodologies (including VaR/ES, RniV, Economic Capital), governance of market risk models and FRTB model development. Albert has 10 years of experience in market risk management and modelling across Asia. He has a PhD and Bachelor (1st honours) in Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Mike Duncan

Industry Expert

(Former Director, Markets, RBS Capital Resolution)

Mike has over 17 years' experience in financial markets, covering areas such as structuring, trading, portfolio management and risk management across Asia Pacific and Europe.
His most recent role was as a Director of Markets for The Royal Bank of Scotland RBS Capital Resolution team, managing the close-out and wind-down of RBS' non-core OTC derivative portfolios in Asia Pacific.
Previously, Mike had senior roles at Audley Capital Advisors, Bluecrest Capital, RBS and WestLB.
Mike has an MBA and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago. He is also a Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

Adolfo Montoro

Director, Risk Methodology

Deutsche Bank AG

Adolfo Montoro FRM, is a Director within Deutsche Bank's Market Risk Management department in London
He currently leads the FRTB Methodology team and represents DB in the ISDA FRTB Working Group supporting elements of the FRTB implementation and advocacy for the Bank over the last three years. Previously he has been in charge of teams ensuring the adequacy of quantitative methodologies used for market risk management and regulatory purposes (Pillar I and II)
Prior joining Deutsche Bank, he was part of the Market Risk Control Department at UBS O'Connor. O'Connor is a key strategic alternative investment provider within the A&Q platform of UBS Global Asset Management
Before relocating to the UK Adolfo was a Market Risk Manager at Banca Del Gottardo (now Banca della Svizzera Italiana BSI) in Lugano, Switzerland. He started his career in the Risk Management Department at FinecoGroup in Milan, Italy
He has earned an MSc in Risk Management from Bocconi University, Italy, and graduated with a degree in economics (with honors) from Universita' della Calabria, Italy. He has earned his Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification in 2005
Adolfo is currently affiliated with the Global Association of Risk Professionals, where he serves both as a Regional Director for the UK Chapter as well as member of the FRM Committee

AML-KYC workshop

Manish Chawda



A seasoned technologist, Manish is passionate about technology and how it can improve the way we work and live, as well as managing risks attributed to the use of technology.
Manish has over 22 years of experience at multi-national companies, and extensive experience developing innovative technical solutions to address complex business issues. Before joining Grant Thornton as a partner, Manish was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led the Technology Risk practice. He is now responsible for advising clients on strategic and tactical solutions for technology regulation, information security, cyber security, governance, risk, and compliance as Head of the Cyber Security Risk practice in Grant Thornton, and also assists government agencies and international law enforcement agencies on cyber security matters.
Manish is currently Co-Founder & Consultant at Pragma Strategy - a specialist information, security strategy and risk consultancy.

Nizam Ismail

Partner, Corporate and Capital Markets/Banking and Finance Practices


Nizam is a Partner of RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. He also spearheads and is a Co-Founder of RHT Compliance Solutions, a dedicated financial services compliance consultancy/solutions provider. He has 25 years of experience and expertise in financial services regulatory compliance and litigation.
He was Executive Director and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia in Morgan Stanley Singapore. Nizam was also formerly Senior Vice President and Head of Compliance for Southeast Asia at Lehman Brothers Singapore, Executive Director (Legal and Compliance) in Nomura Singapore and Senior Legal Counsel of Citigroup (Corporate and Investment Bank). Nizam's area of compliance coverage included markets, investment banking, corporate banking, private banking and asset management. Nizam's product coverage included fixed income, equities, commodities, currency, rates, derivatives, futures, structured deposits.

Nizam spent six years as a regulator at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he was Deputy Director and Head of the Market Conduct Policy Division. There, Nizam worked on various policy reviews relating to the capital markets, including various policy reviews leading to the enactment of the Securities and Futures Act, the Financial Advisers Act, Trust Companies Act and the Business Trust Act. Nizam also conducted a review on the application of competition law on financial services. Nizam also worked with other international financial services regulators on a variety of cross-border regulatory projects.

The policy reviews that Nizam oversaw at MAS included: (1) revamp of regulatory framework on markets/recognized market operators, (2) dual currency investments, (3) credit card solicitation rules, (4) disclosure requirements for investment products, (5) rationalisation of wholesale/retail investors, (6) extra-territorial application, (7) regulation of traded life/endowment policies, (8) civil penalty regime for market misconduct, (9) review of insider trading, (10) licensing and business conduct issues, (11) policies behind regulation capital markets intermediaries, (12) implementation of recommendations of Corporate Law and Regulatory Framework Committee (CLRFC).

At the MAS, Nizam also worked on policy issues relating to corporate governance issues. Issues include: (1) review of corporate governance code, (2) quarterly reporting, (3) disclosure of operating and financial reports by listed companies and (4) drafting of the Code of Corporate Governance for listed companies.

Having graduated from the NUS Law School in 1991 on a Public Service Commission Local Merit Scholarship, Nizam started his legal career as Deputy Public Prosecutor/State Counsel at the Commercial Affairs Department, where he prosecuted high-profile corporate and market misconduct cases including insider trading, market rigging and fraud.


Jawad Latif

Principal Auditor, Anti Financial Crime/Compliance


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.

Mona Zoet



Mona is a Partner at FinTech Consortium and Co-Founder of RegPac as well as Co-Creator of BlockOn and InsurByte conferences.
She also serves as Executive Board Member, Vice Chair of the Singapore Chapter, South East Asia Lead of the International RegTech Association (IRTA), which exists to ease and accelerate the evolution of RegTech through facilitation, integration and collaboration, throughout the entire global RegTech ecosystem.
She is also the Founder of her own company ThinkMola that specializes in Training, AML/KYC compliance and risk management advisory services.
She furthermore is Director of Risk Management and Special Projects with ACCESS: Association of Cryptocurrecies and Start-Up Enterprises Singapore and works together with the Global Blockchain Forum (GBF) to establish best practices guidelines around Bitcoin and Blockchain technology. She is a strong advocate of regulation Technology (RegTech) and is the Co-Founder of RegTech Connect.
Mona started her career in banking and for over a decade she worked in challenging positions within Legal, Financial Crime Compliance and Risk Management around the globe; starting with ABN AMRO in the Netherlands, JP Morgan in Hong Kong, Lloyds Banking Group in New York, State Street in Boston MA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore, to name a few.