Awards Announcement Series

Awards Announcement Series 2020

Celebrating the Asia Risk Awards winners with a week of in-depth content led by the Asia Risk editorial team

Asia Risk will be celebrating the 2021 awards with a series of webinars on the week of September 27th 2021, featuring insights from some of our most prolific contributors and a look at the latest in risk management, regulation and portfolio optimisation. 

  • September 27 - Risk Management
  • September 28 - Investment
  • September 29 - Digitalisation
  • September 30 - Derivatives

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Asia Risk Awards Announcement Program 2021

*All timings in SGT.


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.  

Blake Evans-Pritchard

Bureau chief, Asia

Blake Evans-Pritchard is bureau chief, Asia, for, based in Hong Kong.

Before taking on his current role, he spent five years covering regulatory issues across Asia for, including implementation of Basel III and other international standards in regional jurisdictions.

Previously, Blake 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.

During his 16-year journalistic career, he has also reported from Sudan, Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana and Portugal.

Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Aston in Birmingham.


Recovery pace of major APAC countries and the next risk factors
Economy outlook

10:05 - 10:25

  • Status quo on capital flows and credit conditions 
  • Key drivers for economic recovery  
Steve Cochrane

Chief APAC Economist, Economics and Business Analytics

Moody’s Analytics

Steven G. Cochrane, PhD, is Chief APAC Economist with Moody’s Analytics. He leads the Asia economic analysis and forecasting activities of the Moody’s Analytics research team, as well as the continual expansion of the company’s international, national and subnational forecast models. In addition, Steve directs consulting projects for clients to help them understand the effect of regional economic developments on their business under baseline forecasts and alternative scenarios. Steve’s expertise lies in providing clear insights into an area’s or region’s strengths, weaknesses and comparative advantages, relative to macro or global economic trends.

A highly-regarded speaker, Dr. Cochrane has provided economic insights at hundreds of engagements over the past 20 years and has been featured on CNBC, CNA, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Radio, and the PBS News Hour. Through his research and presentations, Steve dissects how various components of the macro and regional economies shape patterns of growth. His extensive expertise on U.S. and global economic issues makes also him a popular speaker at client conferences and executive briefings.

Steve holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar. He also holds a master's degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Cochrane is based out of Moody’s Analytics Singapore office.

Selena Ling

Head of Treasury Research and Strategy


Selena is the Chief Economist for OCBC Bank. As Head of Treasury Research & Strategy, she leads a research team that is responsible for Treasury market research, forecasts and trading recommendations for the bank, covering fixed income, interest rates, corporate credit, foreign exchange and macroeconomic commentary.

She is a member of the OCBC Wealth Panel for Singapore and Malaysia, as well as a council member for the Economic Society of Singapore. She was conferred the IBF Fellow Award in Financial Markets in 2017. The IBF Fellow award recognises industry veterans who have demonstrated mastery of a profession and exemplify thought leadership and commitment to industry development. Her research writings has been extensively quoted and published by prominent media across print, television and radio.

Under her leadership, OCBC’s research capabilities have been greatly valued by customers and highly ranked in surveys for interest rate research, FX research, market coverage and Asian macroeconomic research in various forums including the AsiaMoney Fixed Income and FX polls, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters polls, amongst others.

Prior to joining OCBC in August 2000, Selena was with the Fiscal Policy Unit under the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Economics Department in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). She received her Bachelors of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and also her Masters in Applied Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Michael Spencer

Chief Economist and Head of Research, Asia Pacific

Deutsche Bank

The economics team, which I took over in 2000 and have expanded over the years, has been, I believe, the most successful in Asia when judged across both the equities and fixed income businesses and achieved #1 ranking in the Institutional Investor broker poll in 2012. I have had a number of different managerial roles in addition to Chief Economist over the years, but have recently taken on responsibility for managing all research in Asia Pacific, which includes emerging Asia (mostly HK and Singapore-based analysts) and also Japan and Australia.

Raymond Yeung

Chief Economist Greater China


Raymond leads an award-winning China research team based in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The team has been recognised by KangaNews as the #1 Asian Research Pool in 2021, 2020, 2018 and 2017, and #2 Best Team for Asian Macroeconomic Research in 2016 by Asiamoney. He is the author of China’s Trump Card Cryptocurrency and its Game-Changing Role in Sino-US Trade published by John Wiley & Son (ISBN: 978-1-119-69912-5).

Raymond has covered China’s economy for more than 25 years. His provocative ideas and non-consensus market calls have garnered a strong following among ANZ’s clients, including central banks, corporate treasurers and portfolio managers. He presents at international conferences regularly and shares his view on Bloomberg, CNBC and CBN. He is often invited to participate in consultative meetings with governments and supranational organisations. He serves on the steering committee of China Chief Economist Forum.

Raymond earned a Ph.D. in economics at Queen’s University, Canada, and is a holder of Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He started his career in 1997. Prior to joining ANZ, he was Deputy Head of Asia Economic Research at Swiss Re.


Winners announcement

10:25 - 10:30

  • Derivatives house of the year Japan
  • Derivatives house of the year Asia ex-Japan  
  • RMB house of the year 
  • Interest rate derivatives house of the year 
  • Credit derivatives house of the year 
  • Equity derivatives house of the year 
  • Currency derivatives house of the year 
  • Derivatives exchange of the year 


Exclusive interviews

11:23 - 11:33


Effective collateral management operations
Panel discussion

10:40 - 11:10

  • How has Covid-19 impacted the UMR implementation? 
  • Mitigating regulatory and reputational risks by determining the insourcing and outsourcing of IM calculation with historical data 
  • How to overcome complication in IM calculation in view of the increased usage of OTC derivatives and diversified portfolios 
  • What are the key considerations in implementing consistent models for the valuation and sensitivities calculations across all asset classes? 
  • How does the calculation of pre-trade margin requirements help identify the cheapest way to trade? 
John Feeney | Moderator


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. Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Feeney has worked for Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Citi in Sydney and London and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Over this time he has traded and managed interest rate derivative, foreign exchange, traded credit, commodities and funding businesses.

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.

Brendan Byrne

Head of Collateral Management & Liquidity

Suncorp Bank

Brendan has been working in financial markets, with a particular focus on Collateral Management for over 22 years. Starting in London with UBS in 1998, Brendan helped develop UBS’s in-house OTC derivatives collateral management solution “COMA” before becoming a Collateral Manager himself and working across the OTC and Stock Lending portfolios. Later, Brendan transferred to Sydney to establish a collateral management presence in Australia before setting up and managing the Australian Prime Brokerage operation supporting the UBS Hedge Fund Services business.

Following a move to Brisbane in 2006, Brendan joined Suncorp where he established their OTC Collateral Management function as well as the Banks’s Repo business. Currently, Brendan has combined responsibility for Suncorp’s Cash and Collateral Management with a primary focus over the last few years on delivering to the OTC Regulations around reporting, UMR and Central Clearing.

Sophie Marnhier-Foy

Director, Product Management – Margin & Risk


Sophie Marnhier Foy is the Director of Product Management for Margin and Risk at Calypso Technology. In her role, she designs the Calypso margin solutions to meet the various regulatory margin and clearing requirements. Currently, she is working very closely with Calypso clients implementing ISDA-SIMM to ensure that their compliance with the Uncleared Margin Rules for September 2019 and 2020 will be successful.

Ms. Marnhier-Foy is also in charge of Calypso Risk solutions including the regulatory, CCP, and counterparty risk offerings. Prior to this role, she held the position of Principal Product Manager for Calypso Middle Office solutions.

Before joining Calypso, Ms. Marnhier-Foy worked for Calyon (now Crédit Agricole CIB) in New York and Paris, working on Risk Management and Front Office project management. Prior to Calyon, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in Paris as a Bank Auditor.

Robert Fievez

Consultant – Derivatives and Investments

Resolution Life

Robert Fievez is Melbourne based with 15 years’ experience in Government and Financial Markets specialising in broad scope regulatory change. His experience has focused on helping firms, large and small, to match the regulatory requirement against the underlying portfolio impact and make the transition to new operating and business models. Mr. Fievez has also led engagement with local (APRA and RBA) and overseas (US Federal Reserve, Japanese Financial Services Agency, etc.) regulators across a range of reform issues.

Mr. Fievez is currently with Resolution Life, Australia within the Investment Strategy team overseeing implementation of derivatives business strategies for execution, risk management, compliance and collateral management.

Paul Wylie

Head of Risk, Asia-Pacific


Paul Wylie is Head of Risk, Asia Pacific for LCH Ltd.  In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the various LCH risk functions and benchmark reform for the APAC region.

Before joining LCH in March 2019, Paul headed Structured Products and managed fixed income portfolio mandates at Mason Stevens.  Prior to that, Paul held senior front office trading roles both in Australia and overseas, including running Strategic Trading, CVA Trading, and Credit Solutions for Lloyds bank PLC in London.

Paul holds degrees in Actuarial Studies and Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Australia.


The State of Asia’s Clearing and Collateral Management: What you need to know
Strategy talk

10:40 - 10:55

  • Overview of the Regulatory Framework for OTC Clearing
  • How has the APAC landscape evolved with adopting Clearing
  • What are the impact from UMR and funding cost consideration?
  • Forward-looking perspective: challenges, complexities and how clients can cope and drive operational efficiency?
Praveen Vijay

Executive Director

J.P. Morgan

Praveen Vijay is part of the Global Clearing business at J.P. Morgan, based in Singapore.  In his role, Praveen manages a team that is responsible for not only overseeing the product P/L for Clearing, but also acting as Account Managers for clients .

Praveen has been with J.P. Morgan for 15 years and has worked in a variety of roles including trading desk assistant, risk management and cross-asset pricing. Praveen has been with the Global Clearing business for over 8 years. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Praveen worked at Deloitte as part of  their Securitization group covering Structured Products.

Praveen holds a Masters in Economics degree from New York University.


Winners announcement

10:55 - 11:00

  • Asia structured products house of the year 
  • Collateral manager of the year 
  • Securities house of the year 
  • Clearing house of the year 
  • OTC trading platform of the year 
  • Market maker of the year 
  • Derivatives law firm of the year 
  • Clearing bank of the year


Exclusive interviews

11:00 - 11:10


End of Awards Announcement 2021

11:20 - 11:21


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.  

Blake Evans-Pritchard

Bureau chief, Asia

Blake Evans-Pritchard is bureau chief, Asia, for, based in Hong Kong.

Before taking on his current role, he spent five years covering regulatory issues across Asia for, including implementation of Basel III and other international standards in regional jurisdictions.

Previously, Blake 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.

During his 16-year journalistic career, he has also reported from Sudan, Italy, the Netherlands, Ghana and Portugal.

Blake holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Aston in Birmingham.


Top risks keeping CROs up at night
CRO Spitfire

10:05 - 10:12

  • Taper Tantrum, financial conditions and vulnerabilities
  • Cybersecurity and Work-from-Anywhere Technology 
  • Environmental Risk and ESG
Efe Cummings

Global Head of Operational Risk


WORK Experience

Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited, Hong Kong

Global Head of Operational Risk, Asia-ex-Japan, 2019 – present

  • Oversee and manage the implementation of Nomura’s global Operational Risk Framework.
  • Manage a global team of 50 globally.
  • Develop the firm’s risk appetite.
  • Report to the Nomura Board top and emerging risks.

Head of Operational Risk Management, Asia ex-Japan, 2015 – present

  • Oversee and manage the implementation of Nomura’s global Operational Risk Framework in Asia-ex Japan.  The Operational Risk Management framework covers regional Wholesale, Wealth, Retail Brokerage and Asset Management businesses in over 8 countries.
  • Manage team of 7.
  • Provide senior management with overview of the Operational Risk profile for AEJ, highlighting top operational risks and emerging risk.  Developed new methodology for identifying and reporting on Top Risk for the region that has improved regional management engagement.
  • Face-off to the firm’s regulators including HK SFC, Singapore MAS as well as regulators in branch countries (India, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, and Thailand).  Provide details on the firm’s operational risk profile and assurance around robustness of the operational risk framework.
  • Oversee and participate in high profile internal investigations as member of the Internal Investigation Committee.  Conduct forensic deep-dives and interviews on varied cases such as potential fraud, whistle blowing, client complaints and market abuse.
  • Lead global projects on Key Risk Indicators, Risk Taxonomy and Control Framework.

Head of New Business, Asia ex-Japan, 2018 - present

  • Oversee and manage the implementation of Nomura’s New Business Approval framework in Asia ex-Japan.  This includes the new product approval, significant transaction approval and reputational risk committees.
  • Manage team of 6 (4 Vice-Presidents and 2 Associates).
  • New Business Group ensures appropriate control, governance and challenge around new business initiatives.  Team reviews feasibility of new product and transactions proposals, challenges front office around key risks and mitigants, financial resource usage, reputational risk and quality of due diligence.
  • Face-off to heads of business to challenge around key strategic risk and due diligence issues.
  • Manage development of Approved Product List for internal and regulatory use.

Chief Administrative Officer Risk Management, Asia ex-Japan, 2015 – present

  • Co-ordinate and manage annual budget submissions and investment plans and monitor spend against budget.  Identify areas of cost savings.
  • Manage team of 2 (1 Executive Director and 1 Associate).
  • Prepare presentations for AEJ CRO for bi-annual town hall meetings, regulatory interactions and executive management presentations. 
  • Oversee key change projects, FinTech initiatives and remediation of control issues.


Nomura International plc, London, UK

Global New Business Division COO, 2012 – 2014

  • Drafted the Group New Business Approval Policy covering Wholesale, Asset Management and Retail Divisions by working with group company executives such as Global CFO, CLO, CRO and business division management.   The policy was approved by the group Board and was the first group wide policy for new business approval for the firm.
  • Developed a new product and complex transaction approval process for the Global Wholesale business by working with business leadership in Global Markets and Investment Banking.  Created procedures, led IT development of a workflow tool and an approved product database and developed global training.  Resulted in a globally consistent approach to new product approval and increased efficiency in approval of cross-border business.

EMEA Head of New Business, 2011 – 2014

  • Implemented new product and transaction approval in the EMEA business by managing a team of 7 (1 ED, 3 VPs, 3 Associates).  Improved efficiency and control around the approval processes by documenting procedures and reducing bureaucracy as measured by improved turn-around times, positive feedback from business lines and reduction in operational risk events or errors as a result of new product launches.
  • Led interaction with and managed regulatory audits conducted by Bank of England (PRA), UK Financial Conduct Authority, Bank of Japan and JFSA.  Successfully provided assurance to regulators of the robustness of new product approval process as measured by limited remediation points during a period when regulators were requesting external audits on all focus areas.
  • Improved oversight of risk and returns of new and complex products by developing product back-testing, whereby revenue generated by products were assessed after one year.  Presented findings to regional Board and business leadership, resulting in certain non-performing businesses lines being discontinued or altered.  As a result, management was provided assurance that business lines were accountable for introducing new products, processes and operational risks to the firm. 

Senior Risk Manager, Operational Risk Management, 2009 – 2011

  • Implemented the Operational Risk Framework in Global Markets and Investment Banking following acquisition of Lehman Brothers EMEA business. Worked with business line COOs and managed operational risk team of 3 individuals to develop the risk and control self-assessments by desk, implement key risk indicators and operational risk event investigation and reporting.  Operational Risk Framework was rolled-out to the businesses lines within 6 months of integration. 
  • Initiated and developed reporting for monthly risk and control meetings by regional business line which reviewed the operational risk profile front to back with representatives from all corporate departments, resulting in improved ownership of operational risk.  Expanded regional meetings to global product lines by working with Global Heads of Trading and corporate departments, coordinating with regional ORM and developing a cross-regional aggregated risk profile.  Meetings were led by head of business, demonstrating ownership of Operational Risk by first line of defense.
  • Created front-to-back trade process maps by aggregating information between IT, Operations, and trading.  Documented key controls and manual processes, which provided senior management with detailed view on infrastructure requirements.

Deloitte & Touche, London, UK

Manager, Financial Services Advisory, 2006 - 2009             

  • Advised clients on implementation of credit, market and operational risk management frameworks; advised clients on implementation of Basel II and CRD requirements.  Clients included leading universal banks, investment banks, asset managers, hedge funds and regulators.  
  • Advised on the integration of the operational risk management function with corporate security and technology risk for a leading European universal bank. Assisted in integrating Sarbanes-Oxley procedures into operational risk functions.  
  • Developed credit risk policies and procedures for a US bank starting a new deposit taking and lending institution in the UK.
  • Project managed implementation of transaction reporting tool for a leading Swiss investment bank.
  • Assisted a European brokerage in developing counterparty, operational and credit risk management around its margin lending business.
  • Developed and implemented the internal capital adequacy assessment process (ICAAP) for more than 10 banks, investment managers, securities brokers and asset managers.
  • Developed a post-merger target operating model and project plan for the integration of global Compliance functions of two leading banking groups.
  • Clients included UBS, Lloyds, ING, Barclays, RBS and various investment managers.

Export-Import Bank of the United States, Washington, DC, USA

International Business Development Office, 2002 - 2004                                                    

  • Conducted marketing and sales activities to increase Ex-Im Bank financing in southeast Europe.  Oversaw an increase in business activity by 90% and 75% in 2002 and 2003, year on year.
  • Arranged and structured and trade finance with banks, private companies, and governments.  Arranged balance sheet loans, letters of credit, secured lending, and project financing.
  • Analyzed financial statements and cash flow projections to determine creditworthiness of counterparties and projects.
  • Organized and implemented various marketing events, including Ex-Im Bank’s “Southeast and Central Europe Regional Conference” in Bled, Slovenia, which drew 250 attendees from regional governments, central banks, businesses and financial institutions.

Martin Kimmig

Chief Risk Officer


Martin Kimmig is a Chief Risk Officer who 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.

Gilbert Kohnke

Group Chief Risk Officer


Gilbert Kohnke is the Group Chief Risk Officer CRO and a Member of Executive Committee of Maybank Group since 1 November 2017. He has Group oversight responsibility for the full spectrum of risk. He also leads an expert networking group as the Chairman of the Chief Risk Officers' Forum established by the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) to ensure continuous dialogue with key stakeholders and enhance professional banking competencies. Prior to joining Maybank, he was the Group CRO of Danske Bank in Denmark, from 2015 to 2017, where he had similar risk oversight responsibilities. During his time as the CRO of OCBC from 2005 to 2014, OCBC was rated the "Safest Bank in the World" in the post global financial crisis period.

He has over 30 years of broad-based, global banking experience, working in Asia, Europe, North America, and Scandinavia, alternating between front office and risk control function roles. Gilbert is considered as a "Thought-leader" in digital transformations of risk functions and towards customer-centric financial services. He has a proven record of implementing organization-wide risk transformations in response to the emergence of non-traditional players, increasing regulations such as raising capital requirements, and the imperative to move towards a digital ecosystem. In Maybank, he continues the mission of Maybank becoming 'The Best Risk House Across Asia' with a new focus on value creation and innovation to address digital transformations, superior customer experience and regulatory requirements.

Campbell Nicoll

Chief Risk Officer

Regional Australia Bank

Campbell Nicoll is the chief risk officer at Regional Australia Bank, having over 15 years of experience in both credit risk management and operational risk management. Campbell brings a balanced approach to risk management given his background in both risk management and corporate banking. Prior to his role at Regional Australia Bank, Campbell's roles within the financial sector includes general manager positions at ASB Bank (New Zealand) and the CRO role at the Bank of South Pacific (Fiji).


Winners announcement – Country categories

10:19 - 10:24

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


Major regulations that are impacting the risk desk in 2022
Regulatory Reform Expert Spitfire

10:12 - 10:19

  • LIBOR and the associated regulatory risk
  • ESG and Data
Catherine Simmons

Managing Director Head, Asia Pacific Government Affairs


Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine works closely with senior management, business heads, and Citi Country Officers on policy and regulatory issues impacting the firm by engaging with policymakers and industry groups. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Citi Government Affairs representatives in the region.

Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust as Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific. Before that Catherine was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy Beijing, a research fellow in the Faculty of Law and Politics at Keio University Japan and a policy advisor in the Australian Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade on political, strategic and trade issues.

Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the U.S. National Centre for APEC (Board Member), US-ASEAN Business Council (Financial Services Committee and Chairman Council), Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Public Policy Committee Member and former Alternate Board Member), the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (former Financial Services Committee Head and former Board Member), Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers (Member of Chairman’s Circle) and the Asia Business Trade Association (Member). Catherine has also been active in the APEC Business Advisory Council, Advisory Group on APEC Financial System Capacity Building and the APEC Asia Pacific Financial Forum and the World Economic Forum Digital ASEAN Initiative.

Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.

Virginie Duval

Head of Legal APAC Regulatory Advisory

BNP Paribas

Regulatory expert and manager covering legal and regulatory developments impacting the banking activities, market activities and post trade activities.


Winners announcement

10:48 - 10:53

  • Risk management consultant of the year 
  • Counterparty risk solution of the year  
  • Cyber risk solution of the year  
  • LIBOR solution of the year 
  • Risk data repository of the year  
  • Liquidity risk solution of the year  
  • Credit risk management solution of the year  
  • AML/Fraud solution of the year 


Exclusive interviews

10:53 - 11:03


Trends on the banking fraud landscape and best strategies
AML/Fraud Spotlight

10:41 - 10:48

  • New forms of financial crimes
  • What are banks fighting against those and how technologies can assist 
Rashmi Dubier

Managing Director, APAC Head of AML


Shaun Mathieson

Managing Director, Asia Pacific



Operational Resilience for Banks
Fireside chat

11:03 - 11:18

  • Business Continuity Planning - what has the current crises taught us? 
  • How can we successfully address issues surrounding remote working in the changing world of work? 
  • How can we reduce operational risks and the costs of disruption? 
  • A blueprint to delivering consistent approach to operational resilience across an enterprise 
Nina Atimah | Moderator

Regional Head of Risk Management, CMB & GBM


Nina is currently HSBC’s Head of Risk Management for CMB and GBM in Asia.   She moved to Hong Kong five years ago after joining the Group in London. She has extensive knowledge in risk management, framework design and implementation, across multiple strands. She has experience in engaging internal and external  C-Suite stakeholders across Europe and Asia and is keenly exploring risk management in a digital age.

Since moving to HK, she has been instrumental in driving high-profile change initiatives across HSBC in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She currently co-chairs the ethnicity resource group for the Bank globally, and is working to connect other organizations to drive the equity and inclusion agenda.


Prasoon Agarwal

Co-head Credit Risk, Asia-Pac (ex- Japan)

Goldman Sachs

Prasoon Agarwal is co-head of Asia ex Japan Credit Risk at Goldman Sachs. He has spent past 15 years in credit risk managing risk across various business stripes including global markets, investing & lending and asset management. Some of his areas of focus have been managing portfolio level risks, use of technology & data for enhanced decision making and maintain a people focused approach for effective risk management organization.

Soon Kit Tham

Enterprise Resilience Officer

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 currently 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.


End of Awards Announcement Day One

11:18 - 11:19


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.  


Asset class spotlight: Equities

10:05 - 10:12

James White

Chief Investment Officer

Eminence Asset Management HK

The Fund works on the basis that the world is enjoying a period of substantial productivity growth as the consequences of technology, a changing policy environment and faster capital accumulation improve global living standards. But as with all great productivity shifts, this era is characterised by rapid change that destroys capital and impacts people's lives. Such an age needs an investment approach that can harness these trends.

My Global Opportunities Fund at Colonial First State Global Asset Management was open for 18 months. It returned 38.04% from inception. In relative terms it beat its benchmark (MSCI ACWI) by 15.53%.

Lessep Investment Management is an Australian-based Global Equity Investment firm. Eminence Asset Management HK is a Hong Kong based investment firm.


Asset class spotlight: FX

10:12 - 10:19

James Cheo

Chief Investment Officer, Southeast Asia

HSBC Private Banking and Wealth Management

James Cheo is Chief Investment Officer, Southeast Asia for Private Banking and Wealth Management at HSBC. Mr. Cheo is a member of the Global Investment Committee for Private Banking and Wealth Management and also a member of the Regional Investment Committee in Asia. In his role, he spearheads the development of investment strategies across all asset classes for private banking and wealth management clients in Southeast Asia. Prior to re-joining HSBC Private Banking, James was Senior Investment Strategist at Bank of Singapore, where he was responsible for asset allocation and thematic research. Before that, James assumed Investment Strategist roles at Barclays Wealth Asia. From 2004 to 2009, James served as Senior Economist at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, where he was part of the team that formulated policy actions for Singapore during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. With his knowledge and wealth of experience, his investment views are frequently sought after. He has established a strong media profile, with appearances on notable financial media including Bloomberg, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Channel 8 Mandarin News; and printed publications such as the Financial Times, Straits Times, Business Times. James graduated with First Class Honours in Finance from Nanyang Technological University. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 2007.


Winners announcement – Country categories

10:19 - 10:24

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


Exclusive interviews

10:24 - 10:29


Asset class spotlight: Fixed income

10:29 - 10:36

Fanda Ho

Head of Investment

Prudential Hong Kong

Fanda leads the Investment team in Prudential Hong Kong and is responsible for Strategic Asset Allocation and Portfolio Hedging to enhance the return and risk management for the products in order to meet the long term investment target. She is also responsible for overseeing the selection and performance of underlying managers. She works with key partners within Prudential group to design investment and operational framework for efficiently managing the entire portfolios, including tactical asset allocation, derivatives and other investment strategies (such as ESG and Alternatives). She also drives new product ideas from an investment initiative and supports investment related matters for marketing.

Fanda has over 14 years of experience in asset management and liability hedging for global insurance companies. Prior to joining Prudential Hong Kong in 2017, Fanda was the Client Solutions Director with Aviva Investors in London where she provided asset related solutions to internal and external clients. Before that she was the Senior Portfolio Manager overseeing the investment strategy of ₤50 bn annuity funds and also leading the hedging strategy of ₤100bn With-Profits funds in Prudential UK. Fanda is a CFA Charterholder and possesses BSc Actuarial Science from London School of Economics and MPhil Finance from University of Cambridge.


Asset class spotlight: Commodities

10:36 - 10:43

Chris Whiteley is a Partner of our Finance Group. 

Chris specialises in structured finance, particularly "OTC" derivative transactions. He advises in relation to traditional hedging and trading activities and complex strategic and funding transactions, together with related credit support arrangements. He also has extensive experience of central clearing and other credit risk mitigants. He also advises in relation to the regulatory aspects of financial markets, especially wholesale markets.

Chris has previously worked as a lawyer in London and Paris, as well as with JP Morgan in London where he worked in the credit portfolio group and corporate derivatives group.

Errol Bong

Head of North Asia and Managing Director

D2 Legal Technology

Errol has worked as Global Head of Compliance & Legal Counsel, APAC Head of Compliance & Legal and Legal Director at top tier investment banks, securities brokers, fund managers and listed blue chip corporates in Hong Kong. Prior to working at financial institutions, Errol worked at magic circle law firms in London and Sydney. Errol has managed Compliance teams, partnered with Chief Operating Officers to successfully execute MIFIDII & Brexit Compliance programs, addressed MAS & ASIC inspections, conducted internal anti-bribery investigations, established KYC, AML & anti-bribery policies and delivered IT solutions to implement AML & KYC programs. He has also organised the media strategy for responding to bribery allegations. He is a leading speaker at conferences organised by Asia Risk & International Financial Law Review and asked for his views in GC Magazine - The Legal 500. Errol is currently advising and leading Uncleared Margin Projects impacting OTC derivatives documented under ISDA terms at leading Australian funds"

Errol is a qualified lawyer who is licensed to practice in Hong Kong, Australia, England and New York. 

Amelia Xiao Fu

Head of Global Commodities Strategy


Amelia Xiao Fu is the head of Commodity Markets Strategy at Bank of China International. Her team covers all commodity sectors ranging from energy, base metals, precious metals and agriculture. The team’s focus is to combine top-down global macro / financial drivers with fundamental analysis to provide investment advice. In 2019, BOCI won ‘Commodities Research House of the Year’ Award by Energy Risk.

She speaks regularly at global conferences and is frequently quoted by media including Bloomberg, Reuters, the FT and the Wall Street Journal.

Before joining BOCI, Xiao worked as a commodity strategist at Deutsche Bank in London. She studied Economics at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.


Winners announcement

10:43 - 10:48

  • Deal of the year 
  • Buy-side trading system of the year 
  • Best structured products support system  
  • ESG data vendor of the year 


Exclusive interviews

10:48 - 10:53


How to incorporate ESG in your portfolio?
ESG Focus

10:53 - 11:03

  • ESG portfolio and taxonomy: key lessons learnt to help you through 2021 
  • Constructing an optimised portfolio that avoids bias and looks for a specific result 
Jenn-Hui Tan

Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing

Fidelity International

Jenn-Hui Tan was appointed to the role of Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing in July 2019.

Previously Head of Capital Markets and Corporate Governance for Asia Pacific at Fidelity International, Jenn-Hui is responsible for providing external and internal leadership for Fidelity’s sustainable investing activities globally, including strategy and policies on engagement, voting and ESG integration.

Jenn-Hui has been with Fidelity International for 12 years, having joined as Senior Legal Counsel in 2007, and was previously a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright in London. Jenn-Hui is based in Singapore and will be responsible for Fidelity’s ESG teams based in Europe and Asia.

Sangeeta Venkatesen

Non-Executive Director & Investment Committee Member


End of Awards Announcement Day Two

11:03 - 11:04


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.  


Change management in financial services
Transformation expert spitfire

10:34 - 10:41

Benedicte Nolens

Head of BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong Centre

Bank for International

Bénédicte is the Head of the BIS Innovation Hub, Hong Kong Centre. Prior to this appointment, she was a managing director at SC Ventures, the innovation arm of Standard Chartered Bank that leads a series of new ventures across digital banking, banking as a service, SME finance and blockchain. From 2018-2019, she was the Vice President of International Government Relations at Circle, involved in the evolution of blockchain and digital assets. From 2012-2018, she was the Head of Risk & Strategy of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), and in that capacity also acting as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Emerging Risks and the Fintech research lead for the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). From 2007-2012, she was a managing director at Credit Suisse and before that from 1997-2007 she was an associate and executive director at Goldman Sachs. Originally from Belgium, she holds LL.M. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Leuven. She is admitted to the New York Bar since 1999. In 2016, she was a recipient of the China Daily Asian Women Leadership Awards for her efforts related to entrepreneurship, innovation and charity. She remains closely engaged in these topics, most recently through her involvement in the Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK) and Women in Finance Asia (WiFA.) 

Nags Sankaranarayanan

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer


Nagarajan (Nags) Sankaranarayanan is Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for Asia ex-Japan currently based in Singapore. He has regional responsibility for over 600 professionals across 12 countries, overseeing Operations, IT, Finance, Corporate Real Estate and Services, Data Management and Security, Corporate Transformation and Fin-Tech projects as well as Business Continuity Management. He also sits on the board of various Nomura’s companies.

Nags has 25 plus years of work experience in various leadership roles across both business and broad corporate/support areas in investment banks and start-up hedge fund. Prior to joining Nomura, he worked at Goldman Sachs, LionRock Capital (hedge fund) and JP Morgan in capacities as Equity Sales Trader, COO, and in the CFO office. Nags also has extensive experience in setting up and managing businesses, M&A, risk management, business strategy, global project and cost management programs, offshoring and managing large teams. Over his career, he has lived and worked across multiple Asian countries, including India, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Nags is also passionate about technology and finance, as well as a keen supporter of entrepreneurship. He has invested in and actively advises and mentors technology and finance-related startups.

Nags holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.


Winners announcement – Technology categories

10:12 - 10:17

  • XVA solution of the year 
  • IFRS 9 solution of the year 
  • ALM solution of the year 
  • Market data vendor of the year 
  • Cloud solution provider of the year 
  • Collateral management solution of the year 


Exclusive interviews

10:17 - 10:27


Buy-side perspective: How are risk landscape and business priorities shifting in the post COVID environment?
Strategy talk

10:27 - 10:34

Dominic Wu

Director, Head of Risk Management

BCT Group

Dominic Wu is the Director & Head of Risk Management at BCT Group.  He has 20+ years of experience in banking, securities, assets management, pension fund 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.


Winners announcement – Technology categories

10:34 - 10:39

  • Margining solution of the year
  • IFRS 17 solution of the year 
  • FRTB management solution of the year 
  • Best AI or machine learning innovation 
  • Pricing and trading system of the year 


Exclusive interviews

10:39 - 10:49


Must do’s for digital transformation
Strategy talk

10:49 - 10:56

Reuben Athaide

Head, Business Cloud Enablement

Standard Chartered Bank

A senior leader in financial services with over ten years of progressive experience and achievement in building and managing teams, program management and organizational process improvement. A seasoned problem solver with a proven track record in overseeing and delivering multi-million dollar projects, post-acquisition integrations and turning around troubled projects. A focused achiever excelling in envisioning the big picture and carrying a project/vision through from infancy to fruition. Also managed Capital Markets development teams covering Equities, Prime Brokerage, Structured Notes, FX & MM delivering solutions for Front, Middle and Back-office. As well as managed programs and projects for Oil, Gas, Base Metals, Power, Structured Notes, NDF, FX Forwards, FX Options and Interest Rate Swaps.


Winners announcement – Technology categories

10:56 - 11:01

  • Vendor for system support and implementation of the year 
  • Technology vendor of the year 
  • Governance, risk and compliance solution of the year 
  • Best operations or back office solution 
  • Operational risk solution of the year


Exclusive interviews

11:01 - 11:11


Buy-side perspective: How to drive operational shared services in the new hybrid working environment?
Strategy talk

11:11 - 11:18

Mark Morris

Global Head of Business Development, Managed Services

SmartStream Technologies

I have over 30 years experience in Investment Banking Operations, spanning all aspects of the Trade Life Cycle.
I am highly motivated and I am comfortable in either Transformation or Service Delivery roles.
I have a proven track record of delivery at a varied array of Organisations.


Digitalisation and innovation of the financial market

11:33 - 12:01

  • Who are the industry disruptors in the financial market today? 
  • How digital transformation is mainstream, what next?
  • The use of alternative data for credit scoring and machine learning 
  • In a post digital transformation world how does risk management need to adapt
Sidharth Kamani

Senior Professional

New Development Bank

Sidharth is an FRM certified Risk professional with over ten years of total experience - three years as an Engineer and the last seven years as a risk analyst across Market risk, Liquidity risk (Treasury) and Credit risk functions.

He currently works for a multilateral development bank founded by the Governments of the BRICS countries. Prior to this he worked for Goldman Sachs as a risk associate in the Market risk and Treasury divisions.

He has knowledge of advanced risk concepts such as debt sustainability analysis, country risk, macroeconomic scenario analysis, stress testing, capital planning, credit risk pricing, sensitivity analysis and VaR, among others. He has hands-on experience in various risk regulations such as CCAR, FDSF, LCR and NSFR.

Sidharth has strong analytical and quantitative skills, excellent communication skills, and has working proficiency with Bloomberg, Tableau, Excel, VBA and Financial Modelling.

His interests lie in the areas of international finance, sovereign risk analysis, macroeconomics, financial development, infrastructure financing and the evolving landscape of digital finance.

Alex Twigg

CIO and Co-Founder

Judo Bank

Alex Twigg is Founder and CEO of digital transformation advisory firm Shift Happens Group, Co-Founder and Executive Chair of experience-as-a service platform, an Independant Non Executive Chair of fintech, Cape and an Independent Non Executive Director of netbank, Alex Bank. Previously, he was CEO of UBank, co-founder and CIO of Judo Bank, and an Independant Non Executive Director of Eftpos. 

Fintech Asia placed Alex among Asia’s 100 most influential Fintech leaders and he was named in CIO Magazines top 50 Australian CIO in 2019. Alex is also a member of the Australian Chartered Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a member of the University of Queensland Business School’s Service Innovation Alliance. 

Micky Lo

Managing Director, Chief Technology Risk Officer APAC

The Bank of New York Mellon

Micky Lo joined BNY Mellon in July 2013 as Chief Technology Risk Officer APAC. He is leading the regional team with the mission to enable business solutions while proactively protecting BNY Mellon from information risks in a balanced control environment. He oversees and govern the implementation of the bank wide information risk roadmap in the region with particular focus on IT regulatory compliance. 

He has over 30 years of IT experience in Financial Service Industry that spans across a diversified IT management disciplines including regional and location management, IT and security architecture, distributed computing engineering, technology infrastructure operation, outsourcing/in-sourcing management, IT risk management and technology audit.

Before joining BNY Mellon, Micky was the Head of IT Security APAC and Head of Technology Greater China for Deutsche Bank. Micky has held various management positions in IT management, IT Security/Risk management and Audit with JPMorgan and Citibank.

Micky received a Bachelor of Mathematic degree from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from University of Western Ontario (Canada).

Moses Maigurira

Client Director

Galvanize Australia

I manage the Australian and New Zealand operations at Galvanize with a mandate to develop the market for our market leading software. I am also responsible for strategic initiatives around business development and customer success. I have extensive hands on experience implementing projects for large organisations across a range of industries and institutions including Coca Cola Amatil, Flight Centre, NSW Education, City of Melbourne and WorkSafe Victoria.

My experience is in IRM, GRC, ORM and ERM SaaS solutions with a particular focus on automation and data analysis. I have coupled this with risk and assurance subject matter expertise gained at consulting firms Ernst and Young in San Francisco and Deloitte in Sydney to develop robust sustainable solutions for organisations.

With over 20 years of experience in roles including financial analysis, external and internal audit I have a deep understanding of business processes, financial systems, regulatory environments and effective risk management. I have the passion and drive to identify and develop ways for technology to enhance and develop business capability. I strongly believe that successful management is achieved by effective use of data and automation and a deep understanding of the business, its environment, governance and stakeholders.

Sangeeta Venkatesan

Non-Executive Director & Investment Committee Member


End of Awards Announcement Day Three

12:01 - 12:02