Asia Risk Awards Announcement

Asia Risk Awards Announcement 2021

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Welcome to the 2022 Asia Risk Awards Winners Announcement. Watch our live broadcast on this page and use the links below read the announcement agenda and winners' articles.

September 26-29, starting at 10AM SGT/HKT each day.

 

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Asia Risk Awards Announcement Program 2022

10:0010:04

Welcome remarks

10:00 - 10:05

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

Chris Davis

Senior Markets Reporter and Asia Editor

Asia Risk

10:0410:17

Economy Overview: Geopolitical Risk and Inflation Pressures

10:05 - 10:20

Taimur Baig

DBS

Managing Director and Chief Economist

Taimur Baig, Ph.D., heads economics as well as macro strategy for interest rate, credit, currency, and equities at DBS Group Research. He also advises the bank on risk management and investment strategy.

Prior to joining DBS, Dr. Baig was a Principal Economist in the Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Earlier he spent nine years at Deutsche Bank’s Singapore office, where his last position was Managing Director and Chief Economist, Asia. Before Deutsche Bank, he was based in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist.

Dr. Baig has published extensively for both specialists and a general audience, on areas including monetary policy in a deflationary environment, exchange rate regime determination, demographics, energy sector, frontier markets, fiscal policy efficacy, and financial market contagion.

Dr. Baig sits as a council member for the Asian Financial Think Tank, Economic Society of Singapore, and Women’s World Banking.

Dr. Baig holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended London School of Economics and Wabash College for his B.A. in Economics.

10:1710:18

Winners Announcement: Country Categories

10:20 - 10:25

  • China house of the year
  • Hong Kong house of the year
  • Indonesia house of the year
  • Singapore house of the year
  • Malaysia house of the year

10:1810:32

Climate Risk Spotlight: Are Asia Pacific banks ready to implement climate risk management?

10:30 - 10:50

Kalpana Seethepalli

Director of ESG – Asia Pacific

Deutsche Bank

Kalpana Seethepalli is the Director of ESG for Asia Pacific and leads the work on results frameworks, measurement, monitoring and sustainable finance taxonomies for ESG transactions.

Dr. Seethepalli brings 20 years of sustainable finance experience across 15 countries from the multilateral and private equity markets. She is a global expert in design, measurement and reporting frameworks to achieve positive ESG impact through commercially viable investments.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Dr. Seethepalli was Managing Director, Sustainability & Impact for Infra-Tech Capital, an impact fund investing in companies utilizing technology to provide infrastructure services and achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She joined Infra-Tech Capital after a long career with the World Bank Group focusing on sustainable development and investment policy, blended finance and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). She has $2 billion in direct investment experience in sustainable finance, and led complex World Bank advisory mandates in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, South Africa, Poland, Timor Leste, Kenya and Ghana.

Dr. Seethepalli led the World Bank Group’s dialogue with APEC, ASEAN, G20 Finance Ministers, multilaterals and development partners, and is a frequent speaker participant on sustainable financing at global fora, such as the World Economic Forum, convening private investors, advisors and thought leaders. She has also strengthened dialogue with NGOs and global civil society on ESG issues on live investments.

Dr. Seethepalli has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management & Public Policy focusing on infrastructure privatization in emerging markets from the George Washington University, USA.

10:3210:33

Winners Announcement: Speciality & Technology Categories

10:50 - 10:55

  • Best deal of the year
  • Best XVA solution of the year
  • Best IFRS 9 solution of the year
  • Best LIBOR solution of the year
  • Best counterparty risk solution of the year
  • Best liquidity risk solution of the year
  • Best credit risk management solution of the year
  • Best FRTB management solution of the year
  • Best risk management consultant of the year

10:3310:36

Winners interview

10:55 - 11:00

10:3610:51

The importance of risk culture

11:00 - 11:15

Rahoul Chowdry

Non Executive Director and Former Senior Partner

Rahoul was appointed to the AMP Limited Board as a non-executive director in January 2020. He is a member of the Remuneration, Nomination, Audit and Risk Committees and was appointed as Chairman of the Risk Committee in May 2020. At the same time, he was appointed to the AMP Bank Board and is a member of its Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Risk Committee.

Experience

Rahoul has over 40 years’ experience in professional services, advising complex multinational organisations in Australia and overseas.

He is currently a Senior Advisor at Minter Ellison and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the firm’s Partnership Board. Between January 2018 and June 2021 he was Partner and National Leader of Minter Ellison’s financial services practice in Australia and leader of the risk consulting practice. Prior to this, Rahoul was a Senior Partner at PwC for almost 30 years, where he undertook a number of leadership roles, delivering audit, assurance, and risk consulting services to major financial institutions in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Directorships of other ASX listed companies: None

Government and community involvement

  • Member, Reserve Bank of Australia, Audit Committee (appointed February 2018)

10:5110:52

Closing remarks

11:15 - 11:20

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

10:0010:02

Welcome remarks

10:00 - 10:05

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

10:0210:06

RegTech Adoption: Trends and Opportunities

10:05 - 10:20

Irene Lee

Board of Directors

Fintech Association of Hong Kong

Irene brings a wealth of expertise and leads in various areas such as regulatory technology, wealth management, product compliance, family office compliance & regulatory change governance. She is a talented and seasoned executive with over 14 years of extensive compliance experience in financial sectors including private bank, commercial bank and insurance company. Ms Lee has spearheaded compliance efforts in the bank’s digitalization and regtech initiatives. Ms Lee’s primary interests lie in the application of regtech solutions in the Greater Bay Area to build the ecosystem for the digital transformation.

10:0610:07

Winners Announcement: Technology Categories

10:20 - 10:25

  • Best cloud solution provider of the year
  • Best AI or machine learning innovation
  • Best pricing and trading system of the year
  • Best risk data repository of the year
  • Best structured products support system
  • Best market data vendor of the year 

10:0710:11

Winners interview

10:25 - 10:30

10:1110:18

Best strategies to drive operational resilience

10:30 - 10:45

Soon Kit Tham

Enterprise Resilience Officer

Former BNY Mellon

An internationally recognized financial services expert, Soon Kit offers deep and wide experience accumulated over 15 years in the financial services sector. Bringing a global perspective enriched with grounded experience, he is formerly Enterprise Resilience Officer at BNY Mellon assuring the firm broad business and operational resilience across multiple lines of business.

Prior to this, he was Risk Vice President of Fullerton Fund Management and Wolters Kluwer’s Asia-Pacific Risk Practice Director guiding regional risk and financial practices for its software clients. At OCBC Bank Group, Soon Kit was managing the risk of Global Treasury, Investment Banking, OCBC Securities and Bank of Singapore. He complements his expertise with international advisory experience garnered at financial software firm Misys / Finastra where he led the risk management teams to solve broader subjects of banking risk with financial firms, banks, regulators in Europe and Asia. Prior to this, Soon Kit provided consulting at Moody’s Analytics.

Recognized for his practical expertise by regional banking conferences and professional media, Soon Kit has contributed many live and case interviews to breaking news developments and industry best practice conferences. 

Graduating with honors in Quantitative Finance from the National University of Singapore, he is also a certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and an Energy Risk Professional.

10:1810:20

Winners Announcement: Technology Categories

10:45 - 10:50

  • Best cyber risk solution of the year
  • Best governance, risk and compliance solution of the year
  • Best operations and back office solution
  • Best operational risk solution of the year 
  • Best AML solution of the year
  • Best vendor for system support and implementation of the year
  • Best technology vendor of the year
  • Best fraud prevention solution of the year

10:2010:36

The changing face of AML amidst post-COVID digital transformation

10:55 - 11:15

Rick Boost

Commercial Editor

Risk.net

Jawad Ali Latif

Senior Manager, Financial Crime Risk

Macquarie Group

Jawad is a Compliance and Anti Financial Crime Subject matter expert with a decade of experience in the second and third line of defence advising tier one financial institutions on strengthening internal control environments and remediation exercises.

10:3610:37

Closing remarks

11:15 - 11:20

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

10:0010:03

Welcome remarks

10:00 - 10:05

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

Chris Davis

Senior Markets Reporter and Asia Editor

Asia Risk

10:0310:11

Derivatives Trading: What are the New Opportunities and Priorities?

10:05 - 10:20

Leo Tay

Head of FX and Rates Trading

ING Bank

Leo Tay is Managing Director and Head of FX, Rates and Derivatives Trading in ING, based in Singapore. He leads a team of traders across five locations, and is responsible for the electronification of the FX Rates trading business. He is also the digital asset champion for the bank, sponsoring the development of digital asset ecosystem in Asia.

Leo holds an M.Sc. in Financial Mathematics from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern in Germany, and is a guest lecturer in Financial Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University.

10:1110:12

Winners Announcement: House of the year

10:20 - 10:25

  • Best derivatives house of the year Asia ex-Japan
  • Best derivatives house of the year Japan
  • Best interest rate derivatives house of the year
  • Best equity derivatives house of the year
  • Best credit derivatives house of the year
  • Best currency derivatives house of the year
  • Best structured products house of the year
  • Best RMB house of the year

10:1210:22

Carbon Derivatives Spotlight: How Does That Fit in Your Firm’s Sustainability Goal

10:30 - 10:40

Felix Tse

General Counsel

Pavilion Energy

Mr. Felix Tse is the General Counsel at Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd, a global energy merchant wholly owned by Temasek. Felix also serves as Company Secretary and is a member of the Management Committee.  He leads a team of lawyers and compliance professionals in Singapore and Madrid, Spain. 

In 2020, Felix advised on the first of its kind long-term LNG supply agreements requiring parties to measure GHG emissions for LNG cargoes from well-head to discharge port.

Prior to joining Pavilion Energy, Felix began his career in Sydney, Australia as a tipstaff to Justice David Kirby in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, before training with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He then moved to London, firstly with Clifford Chance and subsequently, in-house with Gazprom M&T. He spent almost a decade with Gazprom (in London and Singapore) where he developed expertise for emissions trading and carbon offset projects.

10:2210:24

Winners Announcement: Speciality and Technology Categories

10:40 - 10:45

  • Best derivatives exchange of the year
  • Best collateral manager of the year
  • Best securities house of the year
  • Best clearing house of the year 
  • Best OTC trading platform of the year
  • Best derivatives law firm of the year
  • Best clearing bank of the year
  • Best collateral management solution of the year
  • Best portfolio optimization solution
  • Best margining solution of the year

10:2410:59

Achieving credit and capital efficiency through OTC central clearing

10:50 - 11:15

John Feeney

Partner

Martialis Consulting

John Feeney manages Martialis Consulting working on financial markets product and infrastructure. He has been in financial markets for over 30 years in trading and management roles across most asset classes. Mr. Feeney has worked for National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Citibank in Sydney and London and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Over this time he has traded and managed interest rate derivates, foreign exchange, traded credit, commodities and funding businesses. Most recently, he has been focussing on LIBOR and other IBOR transition issues as well as the broader practice areas of Martialis Consulting.

Recently, Mr. Feeney has been an ISDA Board Member and Vice-Chairman and an AFMA Board member.

Mr. Feeney has a PhD and BSc (Hons) from University of Sydney.

Mike Duncan

Senior Investment Officer

Singlife with Aviva

Mike has over 25 years of experience in financial markets across structuring, trading, portfolio management and risk management in Asia and Europe.

He is currently a Senior Investment Officer with the Investment Office at Singlife with Aviva in Singapore. His responsibilities cover investments, derivatives, and structuring.

Previously he was a Derivative Specialist with AIA’s Derivatives Centre of Excellence, expanding their derivatives capabilities.

Before this, he was a member of RBS’ Capital Resolution team, managing the close-out and wind-down of non-core OTC derivative and fixed income portfolios in Asia.

Mike has also held senior roles in the United Kingdom 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.

 

 

Sam Edwards

APAC Head of Collateral

State Street

Sam Edwards is Head of Collateral Management for Asia Pacific at State Street. Based in Hong Kong, Edwards has two decades of experience in securities finance, and liquidity and financial resource management. Currently he leads the delivery of the Collateral+ solution, enabling clients across Asia Pacific in devising a well-executed collateral strategy. Edwards joined State Street from Credit Suisse, where he established secured financing in APAC and established equity financing capabilities in EMEA, during his 12-year tenure with the firm. His most recent role at Credit Suisse was as head of Asia Pacific Central Collateral Desk. Prior to Credit Suisse, Edwards spent eight years at Lehman Brothers on the Equity & Fixed Income Secured Financing Desk.

10:5911:00

Closing remarks

11:15 - 11:20

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

10:0010:01

Welcome remarks

10:00 - 10:05

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

10:0110:21

Investment Priorities in the Next Three Years

10:05 - 10:25

Manish Singhai

Former CIO

Manish Singhai is a seasoned investor, having joined the industry in 1993. Since 2003, he has held Asian CIO and CEO roles at global asset managers AllianceBernstein, Aviva Investors, Lazard AM, and Tokio Marine AM.

Manish is an early thought leader in the ESG space, and an active proponent of DEI. At AllianceBernstein as early as in 2000, he pioneered an inhouse Corporate Governance (CG) assessment framework, much before CG and SRI eventually morphed into ESG. In all investment processes he has since designed and led, he has ensured that ESG considerations are central but, in a pragmatic, and not pedantic manner.

Manish has also engaged continuously with corporate managements on ESG issues over more than two decades. In the early 2000s, he worked closely with a Korea University think-tank and other institutional investors to get truly independent directors elected to the boards of leading Korean corporates.

Manish was a member of the Equity Advisory Group, International Institute of Finance, Inc., and a leader/member of their Corporate Governance Task Forces on Indonesia, Malaysia, China and India. He has presented white-papers on ESG-related topics at prestigious forums such as the Fourth OECD roundtable in Asia and the Council of Institutional Investors (cii.org) plenary session in Washington DC. Very recently, Manish has created https://esg-matters.today to post periodic thought pieces on the E, S and G challenges encountered as an investor, and as a repository of ESG resources

Manish holds a B Tech from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, an MBA Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, and is a CFA charterholder.

10:2110:22

Winners Announcement: Country Categories

10:25 - 10:30

  • Taiwan house of the year 
  • Vietnam house of the year
  • Thailand house of the year
  • India house of the year
  • Australia house of the year

10:2210:27

Winners interview

10:55 - 11:00

10:2710:37

Alternative Investment Spotlight: Real Estate Investment Strategies & ESG Initiatives

10:35 - 10:50

Eiki Tamama

Chief Investment Officer

PROFITZ

  • In February 2020 Mr. Tamama joined a real estate investment advisory start-up in Tokyo, PROFITZ K.K. as Chief Investment Officer. PROFITZ is an established development and asset management company focused on residential and office assets in Japan with total AUM of approx. US$200 mn.
  • Prior to joining PROFITZ in February 2022, Mr. Tamama worked for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority from 2013 to 2022, and managed its real estate portfolio as a senior management in the Asia Pacific team. He primarily covered the Japan, Korea and India markets and managed US$4 bn GAV assets on average during his tenor.
  • From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Tamama worked for LaSalle Investment Management and Shinsei Bank. He sourced and made investments for LaSalle Asia Opportunity Fund I & II and acquired US$750 mn GAV assets. He also took fund management role for LaSalle Japan Logistics Fund I & II, and managed US$ 2.5 bn portfolio and led divestment of JLF I portfolio. At Shinsei Bank, Mr. Tamama led sourcing, structuring, pricing, and execution of property backed non-recourse loans. He financed approximately 100 real estate transactions and provided US$8 bn loans over five years.
  • Prior to 2005, Mr. Tamama was engaged in investment in non-performing loans (NPLs) at Daiwa SMBC Principal Investments.
  • Mr. Tamama received a BA from Keio University (Faculty of Economics) and a MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. He finished a general management program (GMP) at Harvard Business School. Mr. Tamama is a member of both the CFA Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

10:3710:38

Winners Announcement: Speciality and Technology

10:50 - 10:55

  • Best quant house of the year
  • Best investment house of the year
  • Best buy-side trading system of the year 
  • Best ALM solution of the year
  • Best IFRS 17 solution of the year
  • Best ESG data vendor of the year

10:3811:00

FX Market Highlights: The current trends and outlook of the FX markets

11:00 - 11:20

  • What will be the result of the geopolitical tensions on the markets? 
  • How will the rest of 2022 play out in the markets as uncertainties loom? 
Peter Pontikis

Board Member

Avenue Capital

Peter Pontikis is a Fintech and Treasury Investment Management professional has close to 40 years’ buy and sell side experience in Australian, Indian & SE Asian financial markets.

With the first three decades focused on investment, corporate dealing, trading and research experience in currencies and global financial markets. Until 2005 he also ran a consultancy advising Asian central banks and fund managers. Aside from several degrees in Finance and Economics, he is a Fellow of CPA Australia and Senior Fellow of FINSIA and has authored several books on foreign exchange and trading in financial markets as well as producing training material on Chinese Financial Markets.

The focus of the most recent decade+ of his ongoing career has been in the private wealth management space including as Investment director (and investor) in a Mid-Cap Indian equity and adviser to several high/Ultra high net worth clients and their family offices.

Kurt Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Revenue-Share Capital

I am an innovative and creative leader who has changed Treasury, Insurance and Corporate Finance businesses from transactional cost centres to centres of strategic value-add, delivering over $550M in value-add in seven years. I develop and implement strategies for sourcing, structuring and allocating capital that support the Board's corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value.

I have driven successful transformational change by building and leading high performing teams that deliver strong business outcomes. I have built, lead and developed teams of 3-18 professionals.

I held senior and executive positions in financial markets for over 25 years. In addition to leading Corporate Treasury, Corporate Finance and Insurance businesses, I have also been the Head of Derivative Trading at the Bank of Western Australia, a Director in two international FinTech start-ups developing and commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the Investment Strategist at GESB fund management.

11:0011:01

Closing remarks

11:20 - 11:25

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

Steve Coats

Emcee and host

Asia Risk

Steve Coats is an instructional leader and presenter who is at his best when teaching, team building, facilitating meetings, and corporate training, in person and online.  Based in Hong Kong, Steve has worked internationally, collaborating with clients to shape, program, and bring events to life.  

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Chris Davis

Senior Markets Reporter and Asia Editor

Asia Risk