Speaker

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Our expert speakers are what makes Asia Risk Congress the most detailed, in-depth event on risk and investment management for the APAC region. Take a look at this year's speakers and head back to the agenda page to check out what they'll be discussing.

Jamil Ahmed

Chief Compliance Officer

HSBC Singapore

Jamil Ahmed is the current Chief Compliance Officer at HSBC Singapore. He is a member of various industry taskforces and initiatives across Singapore focusing on anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, sanctions and fraud. Jamil is a Steering Group member of Singapore’s AML/CFT Industry Partnership (ACIP) and other taskforces/working groups established through the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) covering various financial crime themes.

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Henrik Andersson

Chief Investment Officer

Apollo Capital

Henrik is the co-founder and CIO of Apollo Capital, Australia’s premier crypto fund. Henrik has over 17 years of experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales. Henrik holds a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in business administration and economics from Stockholm University. He is a CFA charterholder.

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Olivier D'Assier

Head of applied research, APAC

Qontigo

Olivier d’Assier is Head of Applied Research, APAC for Qontigo, responsible for generating unique regional insights into risk trends by leveraging and analyzing Axioma's vast data on market and portfolio risk. d’Assier’s research helps clients and prospects better understand and adapt to the evolving risk environment in Asia Pacific. The author of periodic special reports, d’Assier produces regional and global research on market and portfolio risk.

Previously Managing Director of APAC, Olivier was responsible for the performance, strategy, and commercial success of Axioma’s operations in Asia Pacific. Upon joining in 2006, d’Assier brought Axioma’s key innovations to the Asia Pacific marketplace via the development of Asian-centric products.

Prior to joining Qontigo, d’Assier spent seven years at Barra Inc. as VP for Asia Pacific and President of Barra Japan before servings as Executive Director for Asia Pacific for MSCIBarra.

In addition to his experience managing quantitative solutions, d’Assier spent nine years in investment banking as a sales trader in Europe and Asia for Nikko Securities and SMI Securities. He is a sought-out public speaker and regular guest on business and financial news programs with CNBC and Bl oomberg TV, providing expert commentary on investment performance, risk management, and industry challenges.

d’Assier has lived in Asia since 1996 and has worked in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Jessica Bartlett

Global Head of Financial Crime Legal

Barclays

Jessica Bartlett is the Director of Financial Crime Legal – APAC at Barclays and is based in Hong Kong.  Jessica advises compliance and legal teams, business lines and senior management across the APAC region on financial crime issues including economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, fraud, and anti-corruption.   


Jessica relocated from New York to Hong Kong in 2015.  Before joining Barclays in 2018, Jessica was an associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  Jessica clerked for the Honorable Sidney H. Stein, District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Jessica holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois, Master of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University, and two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Art History and Political Science from Southern Methodist University.  Jessica is Chairman of the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong. 

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Michael Blayney

Head of Multi Asset

Pendal Group

Michael has over 20 years’ investment management and consulting experience and joined BTIM from First State Super, where he was Head of Investment Strategy since January 2014. In this role, Michael was responsible for the establishment of an active asset allocation process and led the Fund’s Investment Strategy Team. Prior to this appointment, Michael was Head of Diversified Strategies at Perpetual for over five years, with portfolio management responsibilities for the manager’s range of diversified funds. Michael’s prior experience includes over 10 years in consulting roles at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and NSP Buck.

Edris Boey

Head of ESG Research

Maitri Asset Management

I am a passionate sustainability professional who believes successful organisations of the future will be those who embrace ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) principles. Throughout my career, I have seen the numerous benefits that flow to organisations who embrace their role as caretakers for future generations and embed sustainability into their business practices.

Working for a big four professional services firm followed by a large industrial and manufacturing business helped develop my skills as an ESG leader and enabled me to understand how applying an ESG lens to business practices and decisions not only has an altruistic purpose but importantly, also directly impacts the bottom line.

In my current role at Maitri, I work closely with the investment team to examine the ESG processes of potential investment prospects so we can better understand their future sustainability and growth potential.

Goh Gek Choo

Executive Director, Banking Department II

Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Gek Choo heads the Banking Department II in MAS.  She oversees the supervision of a mix of retail and wholesale banks and finance companies and also heads a team of financial risk specialists within the department, who are responsible for the supervision of credit, market, liquidity and environmental risks in key regulated banks in Singapore. 

Gek Choo is involved in international discussions on environmental risk management.  She is leading the Workstream on Micro-Prudential and Supervisory Practices under the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), which objective is to identify leading practices and issue guidance for global supervisors on how to incorporate climate and environmental risk within their supervisory framework.  She is also a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Risks (TFCR) under the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Prior to her current role, Gek Choo headed the Risk Management Department and oversaw the management of MAS’ enterprise risks and financial risks relating to the management of MAS’ reserves. Gek Choo also served in the International Department and the Reserves Management Department. 

Gek Choo holds a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Financial Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Sadiq Currimbhoy

Head of Sustainability

Vulpes Investment Management

Evolved from an Institutional Investor magazine-ranked Investment Strategist to Head of Sustainability at Vulpes, a Family Office-backed investment management firm. I have a passion for integrating sustainability into the investment process to achieve necessary and impactful environmental, societal and financial outcomes.

My shift to Sustainability accelerated in recent years, including designing and developing research approaches and shaping corporate strategy. My prior role was as the first Head of Sustainability at Maybank Kim Eng and member of the parent Maybank’s first Group Sustainability Council.

My investment approach is to incorporate both macro and micro factors with emphasis on data and rigorous process. I have built and managed ranked sell-side research teams across multiple countries.

This buy- and sell-side investment experience, across all asset classes and geographies, has provided a unique foundation for my current role. In the past, I have been Merrill Lynch’s Global Sector Strategist, the Global investment strategist at NewSmith’s macro hedge fund and also completed a consulting project on sub-Saharan Africa for Standard Bank.

I have worked in New York, London, Hong Kong (where I grew up) and am now based in Singapore.

Benjamin Deng

Group Chief Investment Officer

China Pacific Insurance (Group) Ltd.

Mr. Benjamin Deng is Group Chief Investment Officer of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Ltd. and Chief Investment Officer of China Pacific Insurance Hong Kong Ltd. He also serves as a Board Member of four CPIC subsidiaries, CPIC Life, CPIC Asset Management, CPIC Capital, and Pacific Health Insurance. He is Vice Chairman of the Investment Research Committee and Vice Chairman of the Asset-Liability Management Committee of the Insurance Asset Management Association of China (IAMAC).

Before joining CPIC, Mr. Deng spent eighteen years with AIG in New York and later AIA in Hong Kong. His latest position at AIA Group was Head of Group Investment Solutions & Derivatives.  He was the main architect for AIA’s Strategic Asset Allocation, multi-asset investment strategies, ALM solutions, derivatives strategies, and investment quantitative analysis.  Before this position, he took various senior positions including AIA’s Head of Group Investment Derivatives & Analytics, AIA’s Head of Group Market Risk Management, and AIG’s Head of ERM Middle Office.

Mr. Deng is an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of City University of Hong Kong. He also taught Financial Risk Management at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He graduated from Baruch College with MBA in Finance and MS in Quantitative Method & Modelling, and the University of International Business & Economics (UIBE) with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business.

Ben Dunn

Head of quantitative strategies

Eastspring Investments

Ben Dunn is the Head of Quantitative Strategies (QS). He is also responsible for research and development of quantitative signals and strategies. Ben joined Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Limited in June 2014.

Prior to joining our Firm, Ben had been a Quantitative Equity Portfolio Manager at Ankura Capital (a BNY Mellon subsidiary) for over 10 years managing both Australian and Japanese portfolios. He previously held various roles spanning quantitative research, equity trading and software engineering at Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC). Ben has more than 24 years of investment industry experience.

Ben holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia. He is also a CFA charterholder.

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Markus Georgi

Asia Head, Fixed Income Derivatives, Funding & Financing Sales

EUREX

Markus Georgi joined Eurex as the Head of the Hong Kong Representative Office in April 2013. Markus is responsible for Fixed Income, OTC Clearing and Repo/SecLending Sales and Business Development in Asia.

He has 18 years of experience in the financial industry. Markus started his career at Eurex Product Development in Frankfurt in 2001 and then moved to Chicago to take on a role as Lead Business Analyst at Eurex US. In 2008 Markus joined RTS Realtime Systems in Singapore as Head of Product Management for Asia Pacific where he was responsible for the regional trading support desks in Singapore and Australia. Early 2011 Markus moved to Newedge Financial Singapore, a brokerage firm, where he managed the PTG key accounts for Singapore and India. Markus holds a Master of Finance degree from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany.

Sanjay Guglani

Founder & Chief Investment Officer

Silverdale

Sanjay is Founder and CIO of Silverdale Funds, managing over a billion dollars in Silverdale Fund VCC (Singapore) and Silverdale Fund SPC (Cayman). His awards-winning Silverdale Bond Fund has returned over 7% compound return over past decade.

Sanjay has presented papers at several forums, including the United Nations (UNCTAD). He is a highly sought after guest lecturer at various Business Schools such as Singapore Management University (SMU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Earlier, as Founder-Managing Director of Silverdale UK, his firm channelized over US$ 4 billion of investments in emerging markets, including in joint venture with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros, and Morgan Stanley.

By qualification, Sanjay is a Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant, Company Secretary, and Sloan Fellow of Management from London Business School (as British Chevening Scholar).

Ankita Gupta

Head, IFRS9 and Model Risk Management Technology, ERM

Standard Chartered Bank

Responsible for leadership, innovation, and managing platforms to identify, evaluate, mitigate, and monitor the company's enterprise risk.
Ensure the model risk management are in compliance with applicable regulations, rating agency standards and strategic imperatives of the organization by enabling Standard chartered with the necessary platforms and solutions . The key is continuous innovation that comes with agility.

Driving and inspiring teams to build and run platform that enable the Functions to provide faster time to market solutions and at the same time stabilise what is in place.

Shuichi Hayashida

Head of Japan & Vice Head of Southeast Asia

World Bank Group, MIGA

Shuichi Hayashida is Head of Japan and Head of Southeast Asia for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group.

Hayashida works out of Tokyo office to further the World Bank Group’s mission of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity through collaboration with Japanese investors and their partners. To that end, MIGA supports investments in regions where capital is most scarce. MIGA is now the leading political risk insurance provider in fragile and conflict affected countries.

Previously he worked for MUFG Bank (formerly The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ) out of Singapore, London, Tokyo with focus on project finance transactions in his capacity as both financial advisor and lender covering energy sector globally. He also worked on large scale-acquisitions, merger and divestment projects in Asia.

Hayashida has a Master of Laws from University of London, Master of Science in Finance from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. He is also a US-certified CPA and a Japanese CMA (chartered member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan).

Daryl Ho

Executive Director (Banking Policy)

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Mr. Ho has been appointed as Executive Director (Banking Policy) of Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in April 2017.  His key responsibilities include implementing international regulatory standards and banking policy making, including policy on green and sustainable banking.

An economist by training, Mr. Ho joined the Research Department of HKMA in 2001.  

Before taking up his present role, he had worked in various functional areas including monetary operations, market development, and financial stability surveillance. Before joining HKMA, Mr. Ho served in the investment banking industry as an economist between 1993 and 2000.

John Zizhuo Huang

Chief Investment Officer

LiZen Asset Management

Michael Fiechtner

Head of Group Technology Risk

AIA

Mike is the accountable executive to lead the development and execution of the Technology Risk Management practice for AIA Group and all of its Business Units who owns and implements Technology Governance across the Group to ensure Technology risks are well understood and managed appropriately. Responsible for the overall AIA Technology Risk Management approach and guidelines.
 

Satoshi Ikeda

Chief Sustainable Finance Officer

Financial Services Agency, the Government of Japan

In March 2019, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) decided to create the position of Chief Sustainable Finance Officer (CSFO), to plan and coordinate on promotion of sustainable finance internally and globally. Upon its creation he was appointed, and has been serving, as the first CSFO.

In this capacity, he covers a wide range of issues concerning sustainable finance which include, among other things, aligning private finance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), promoting TCFD disclosures by business corporations and financial institutions alike, acting as Vice-chair of the Impact Investing Roundtable co-organized by GSG National Advisory Board of Japan and JFSA, and serving as Co-chair of the Work Stream on ESG Data and Ratings of the IOSCO Sustainability Taskforce as well as Co-chair of the Work Stream on Climate Disclosures of the FSB.

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Man Juttijudata

Assistant Secretary General

Government Pension Fund Of Thailand

Dr. Man Juttijudata has a background in Engineering. He got his Bachelor from Chulalongkorn University and continued his path for the Master from Columbia University in New York, USA. He also received a scholarship to pursue Ph.D. from the George Washington University in DC. After gained some experiences in the US, he returned to Thailand. He joined TISCO as specialist in Economic and financial modeling covering Equity, Fixed Income and Currency. Later on he moved to Kasikorn Asset Management as Risk Manager. He also involved not only in Risk and Performance Measurement but also in Derivatives and Structured Funds. Finally, he joined Government Pension Fund in the same field of Risk Management. Then he moved to the head of Investment Strategy Department responsible for long-term Strategic Asset Allocation and short-term Tactical Asset Allocation. He was also a member of Asset Allocation team, Fund Manager Selection team, and Member Investment Choice team. Due to his exemplary performance, he was promoted as Assistant Secretary-General responsible for Strategic Management and Business Development, Corporate Consulting Group. At present, he is Chief Risk Officer responsible for Investment Risk Management, Corporate Compliance, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Khang Nie Lee

Singapore Chief Risk Officer

Credit Suisse

LEE Khang Nie is the Head of Non Financial Risk Management for Asia Pacific (APAC). She is additionally the Chief Risk Officer for Credit Suisse AG Singapore Branch.
She has over 20 years of Financial Services experience in risk, audit and consulting.
She is a Singapore Chartered Accountant and holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University.
 

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Patrick Liu

Chief Information Security Officer

Fusion Bank

Patrick Liu has more than 20 years of IT and Security experience including security operation, risk and control and IT audit within top tier financial institutions. As an experience security practitioner, Patrick has been responsible for performing and managing a wide range of security consulting, risk and threat assessment, security training, cyber crisis management planning program. Patrick is currently the CISO of Fusion Bank. He was awarded the Hong Kong Cyber Security Professionals Awards in 2017 in recognition of his commitment in the cyber security field.

Patrick Liu acquired several professional certifications including CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CIA and ABCP.

Anurag Maheshwari

Head, Operational Resilience

Standard Chartered Bank

Husband-Father-Accidental Banker

I have been in Banking & Financial Services industry for more than 20 years in variety of roles ranging from finance, project management, operations and risk management. I graduated as a Chartered Accountant starting my career in audit and consulting before moving to Standard Chartered Bank which has been my home since.

It has been a long and highly satisfying professional experience.

I have honed my skills facing on-the-ground challenges through working in country/regional roles and have also led global teams setting out policies and processes. I have led high impact programs improving client service propositions and risk management.

I am an avid traveller and have had the great fortune to work in different countries allowing me to explore the world.

When I’m not keeping busy, you can find me hiking the mountains or a remote country road exploring nature at its best.

Karla Angelleen Dalisay-Menorca

Chief Risk Officer

Chang Hwa Commercial Bank

10 years experience in banking, with focus on enterprise risk management, stress testing, and risk-based capital adequacy assessment. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master in Applied Mathematics major in Mathematical Finance from Ateneo de Manila University. Worked several years with HSBC - - both in its Philippine and Hong Kong offices, followed by a few years as Planning and Risk Officer for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation - Manila Branch. Now serving as the Chief Risk Officer of a Taiwanese bank in the Philippines. Currently residing in Metro Manila with husband and son.

David Ng

Chief Operating Officer

CSOP Asset Management

David joined CSOP Asset Management Limited as COO in 2017 and oversees Trading, Client Solutions, Risk Management, Operations, Technology and ETF Operations for the firm. He is responsible for designing and driving the infrastructure strategy of CSOP to support its business growth and development and is also currently leading the digital transformation initiative for CSOP.

Prior to joining CSOP as COO, David was the Head of Business Controls and Management for South East Asia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for the governance and business management of the Global Banking and Markets Businesses in the region. David is also part of the local management committees of Merrill Lynch Singapore, Bank of America Singapore Branch and Bank of America Securities Limited

Previously, David had worked in a number of large financial institutions such as Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley in a variety of roles covering operations, middle office and finance. David started his career in Deloitte as an auditor in Australia.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a Master of Applied Commerce(Accounting) and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne.

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Andrew Ng

Group Executive, Managing Director and Head of Treasury and Markets

DBS

Mr Andrew Ng is Group Executive of DBS & Head of Treasury and Markets. He joined DBS in 2000 and was named Managing Director and Regional Head of Trading in 2005.

Since 2006, Andrew has been instrumental in leading DBS Treasury and Market’s expansion in the region. In addition, he helped build a pan-Asia trading platform on different asset classes and established a region-wide local currencies derivative capability for the bank. He has also expanded DBS’ capabilities in generic and exotic derivatives.

Andrew has worked in the treasury business for over 32 years. Prior to joining DBS, he was Executive Director at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce from 1995 to 1999. In that role, he set up CIBC’s trading platform and derivative capabilities on Asian currencies. Between 1986 and 1995, Andrew was Head of North Asia Trading and Treasurer of Chase Manhattan Bank in Taipei.

 

Sharon Pamplona

Head of Financial Crime and MLRO, Hong Kong

ANZ

Sharon has over 13 years of experience in banking and finance throughout Asia. She has been based in the Philippines, in Cambodia leading the Financial Crime and Compliance team there and providing advisory counsel for Indonesia and China, and most recently in Hong Kong. She is continuing her prolific career with ANZ Banking Group as the HK Head of Financial Crime and MLRO. Sharon has a degree in Consular and Diplomatic affairs and finished a specialized course on International Development Studies.

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Ravi Pandit

Executive director interest rate & FX products

CME GROUP

Ravi Pandit serves as Executive Director, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Products, Asia Pacific, for CME Group, based in Singapore. He is responsible for expanding CME Group’s existing FX and interest rate business and developing new opportunities across the region. Pandit joined CME Group in August 2015, and he has 25 years of experience in the financial markets.  Prior to joining CME Group, Pandit was a consultant to Singapore Exchange, where he provided strategic advice and project management for its launch of listed FX futures.  Before that, Pandit worked for 12 years in Dresdner Bank and subsequently Commerzbank post-merger, where he headed up the local markets trading team, and helped build up its Asian presence in interest rate and FX derivatives trading.  Pandit also worked in various trading roles at Barclays Bank, across Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and in operations & technology at Citibank, across Hong Kong and Mumbai. Pandit holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

Iris Pang

Chief Economist, Greater China

ING Bank

Iris Pang joined ING in June 2017 as economist for Greater China. She is responsible for research on the macro-economic and industry trends in the Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Research reports from Iris are shared with ING clients on a regular basis. She is also often interviewed by the media and invited to contribute regular commentary.  

Before joining ING, Iris held a similar position at Natixis between January 2016 and June 2017. Prior to that, she was with OCBC Wing Hang Bank in a similar role for almost a decade.

Iris holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Masters in Commerce (first class honours) from the University of Auckland, and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of New South Wales.

Iris was an instructor at the Summer School for Applied Econometric of HKUST and taught distance learning programme on Modern China Economy at the Open University of Hong Kong.

Gaël Robert

Head of Risk Analytics

Mizuho

I am currently heading the Global Risk Analytics function at Mizuho.


I have started my career at Societe Generale's Economic Research Department focusing on the Eurozone. I have then worked on Counterparty Credit Risk modelling for Societe Generale, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank International in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, putting in place centralised Monte Carlo frameworks, developing targeted solutions for wrong-way risk and non-vanilla transactions.


I hold a M.Sc. in Statistics & Economics from ParisTech ENSAE and a Master’s Degree from Sciences-Po Paris. I am a CQF and GARP FRM alumni.

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Manish Singhai

Chief Investment Officer

TOKIO MARINE ASSET MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL

Manish Singhai is the Chief Investment Officer at Tokio Marine Asset Management International. Over a 25-year career in the investment industry, Manish has previously led Asian investment teams at AllianceBernstein, Lazard Asset Management, and Aviva Investors. He also founded and managed Arjava Capital, a hedge-fund seeded by Citigroup. Manish holds an engineering degree from the IIT Delhi, is a management graduate from the IIM Calcutta, and a CFA charterholder. Manish has been very active in the area of ESG since 2000; besides regular presentations at regional and global forums, he was a key member of the Equity Advisory Group under the International Institute of Finance.

Vaibhav Thirani

Regional Head of Model Risk Governance, Asia-Pacific

HSBC

Jens Toepfer

Chief Risk Officer, Asia

Lloyds Banking Group

Jens joined Lloyds Banking Corporate Markets in July 2019 as Chief Risk Officer for Asia, overseeing Credit, Conduct, Compliance & Operational Risk. He has over 20 years of experience in banking primarily in Risk & Portfolio Management roles. After completing his banking apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank in Germany in 1996, he started as a Relationship Manager in SME Banking before switching to a role as Credit Officer in Austria. Having transferred to London in 2002, Jens was involved in various global projects ranging from risk policies to automated sanctioning systems. In 2004, he relocated to New York to assume a position as Senior Credit Analyst covering a portfolio of Corporates and FIs in Latin America. After returning to London in 2006 to help establishing a new credit portfolio management function, Jens ultimately became Regional Head of Portfolio Management Europe, where he was responsible for credit portfolio strategy and risk appetite adherence across all asset classes.
Having subsequently worked at Royal Bank of Scotland as Senior Credit Underwriter covering Risk Solutions & Structured Derivatives CEEMEA, Jens re-joined Deutsche Bank in 2012 as Head of Risk & Portfolio Management, Transaction Banking for Asia Pacific, and relocated to Singapore.
There he was responsible to optimise balance sheet resources ensuring adequate risk & return metrics across Trade Finance, Lending and Cash Management. Jens is a CFA® charterholder and Certified FRM. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish.

Sangeeta Venkatesen

Executive Chairman

FairVine Super

Sangeeta Venkatesan is the co founder and chairman of FairVine Super, an independent and solutions focused superannuation fund, and the co founder of Applegrove Capital, a capital advisory and investment management firm focused on sustainable investment including renewable energy, healthcare and food security with an emphasis on regional Australia She has recently been appointed as the non e xecutive chairman of IBA Novatti, a subsidiary of the ASX listed Novatti Group Ltd.

She also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of Women in Banking and Finance (Treasurer of Australia India Business Council NSW Advisory Board M ember of JC Happiness Charity Foundation (Hong Kong), in partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation and Advisory Board Member of Risk Australia.

Having worked in the banking and finance sector for close to 2 5 years, Sangeeta’s experience spans the globe including London, Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong a nd Sydney, at some of the most prominent and globally recognised firms such as KPMG, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers/Nomura, and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (‘Before commencing her journey in entrepreneurship she was the CEO of an Australian stock broking firm where she grew its reven ue by 30% in under 18 months.

Whist at CBA Sangeeta represented the bank at various government led Australia China financial collaboration dialogues and co authored a book titled “The Renminbi from the Peoples’ Money to a
Global Currency” focusing on the evolving Chinese economy and financial liberalisation.

She played a significant role in integrating the erstwhile Lehman Bothers’ business into Nomura and represented the firm at ISDA Credit Derivatives Committee and AFME Credit Board.

She is a highly sought after speaker and thought leader across the banking and finance sector covering a variety of topics including fintech, sustainability and equality and diversity.

Sangeeta won the Innovator of the Year award at Money Management and Super Review’s Women in Financial Services Awards 2019 and was featured in the CEO Magazine for her contribution to women in business.

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Benjamin Wong

Managing Director, Group Finance / Head of ECL Accounting & Analytics

DBS BANK

Benjamin Wong joined DBS Bank in July 2017 as Managing Director of Group Finance.  With his role as Head of ECL Accounting & Analytics, Benjamin is responsible for managing the group wide implementation of IFRS9.  Benjamin has over 25 years of international experience in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Toronto in the areas of credit risk management, risk rating system, and credit & market risk analytic modeling.

 

Previously he was the Global Head of Wholesale Risk Analytics in HSBC London responsible for leading the end-to-end development, implementation and management of global analytics and modelling systems for Wholesale Credit risk used for risk management, pricing, stress testing, IFRS9 provisioning, economic capital and regulatory RWA reporting.  Prior to this role he was the Asia Pacific Regional Head of Global Risk Analytics in HSBC Hong Kong.  He has held similar roles before in credit risk analytics in Singapore and Toronto, though he started his banking career in credit risk management in Citibank Hong Kong.

 

Benjamin holds Master’s degrees in Financial Engineering and Business Administration, and the designations of CFA, FRM, CPA and CGA.

 

Kirsten Wymer

Head of Risk Strategies and Research

BT Financial

Kirsten Wymer is Head of Risk Strategies and Research at BT Investment Solutions (BTIS), specialising in risk allocation, member analysis and asset allocation modelling techniques for multi-asset portfolios. Kirsten is a published author with papers appearing in 'The Journal of Retirement' among others. Prior to joining BTIS, she spent 15 years as a sell-side derivatives trader and quantitative researcher in a career spanning electricity, rates and equities asset classes. 
In addition to quantitative research and modelling for BTIS, Kirsten’s team also manages 10bln in cash and fixed income on behalf of BT – part of the Westpac Group.

Michael Yap

Head of Model Validation

Maybank

Michael heads up the Model Risk Management function within Maybank Banking Group and is responsible for model risk and the validation of the bank risk models.  In this role had responsibility for the ongoing identification, risk rating, inventory and monitoring of model risk across all business units and for the validation of bank risk and provision models. Prior to joining Maybank he was Senior Manager at international and regional banks where he dealt with various aspects of Credit Risk in the Banking Industry.

Michael reads Mathematics and holds a PhD in finance (University of Putra).