Head - Data & Tech Innovation Asia,
Managing Director, Strategy, Financial Services
Ross is a Managing Director in Strategy within the Financial Services division and with specific focus on changes to market structure, regulation and new technology. Ross is a member of the global benchmark reform program at IHS Markit and is also Global Head of Term Risk Free Rates (TRFR).
Previously, Ross served as Head of Financial Markets APAC and was responsible for leading and growing the IHS Markit Financial Markets business across Asia-Pacific. Ross has an accounting and OTC derivatives background and has worked extensively on regulatory impact to develop innovative products to meet regulatory change. Ross has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry covering cash, derivatives and alternative assets markets across a variety of roles. Ross has worked in London, Singapore and currently based in Sydney and spent the last decade focusing on Asia-Pacific market development.
AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION
Cathie Armour is one of the Commissioners of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"). Cathie began as a Commissioner on 3 June 2013 and her term continues until June 2022.
The Commission is responsible for ASIC's performance as Australia's integrated corporate, financial markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.
Cathie is the chair of ASIC's Regulatory Issues Committee. Cathie works closely with the ASIC teams responsible for regulating market infrastructure, market surveillance, supervision of market intermediaries and the enforcement of laws relating to market integrity.
Cathie's experience before ASIC was in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. She was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York.
Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
Head of Governance & Risk
Varsha Bipinchandra is a founding member of Singapore Life, with Walter De Oude, the Founder and CEO. Singapore Life has achieved what many thought was an impossible task – starting a life insurance company from scratch. Varsha has extensive insurance experience in Singapore in a broad range of areas including finance, risk management, operations, investments, governance and audit. She is currently the Chief Finance and Risk Officer of Singapore Life, and her previous roles included CFO, COO for HSBC Insurance Singapore as well as Head of Operational Risk for HSBC Insurance Asia Pacific. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Head of Asia Pacific
Kate Birchall is Head of Asia Pacific for LCH Ltd. In her role, she is responsible for LCH’s business in the region, including the CCP’s existing OTC derivatives clearing operations in Sydney and Tokyo.
Prior to joining LCH in October 2018, Kate was Head of Portfolio Optimisation and Collateral at National Australia Bank. She has also held senior roles in Structuring, Portfolio Management and Credit Research in Australia and London.
Kate holds an EMBA from the London Business School and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Queensland.
Director, Credit Analytics
S&P GLOBAL MARKET INTELLIGENCE
Based in Singapore, Paul is the lead for Credit Analytics products in APAC. He has experience as a Product Manager in the credit and counterparty risk space, and was previously the Product Manager for ratings and credit content in EMEA, based in London. Prior to this, Paul focused on market strategy, covering Investment and Commercial Banks, private equity and credit markets. Before working at S&P Global, he was a private equity analyst, concentrating on the infrastructure asset class.
General Manager Risk Management
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA
Rajeev Bhatnagar has been in International Banking for over 26 years with experience of managing teams in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and USA - making him uniquely experienced at working in challenging situations in diverse geographies and cultures. Rajeev has worked with Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) for over 5 years and prior to that with Citigroup for 21 years.
Rajeev has over 16 years of experience in risk management in CRO roles at country / regional / global levels. In his most recent role, Rajeev was the Chief Risk Officer International for CBA’s branches outside of Australia. Prior to that he has been Asia CRO for Citi’s Transaction Banking, Country Risk Manager for Citi’s operations in Egypt & Bangladesh and Risk Director for Citibank Handlowy Poland. Rajeev has been a pioneer in developing product risk discipline and providing end to end risk oversight across risk categories.
Rajeev has broad based banking & risk management experience spanning Corporates & Financial Institutions, Business Banking and Retail Banking. He has managed teams across all risk categories including credit, operational risk, market risk and compliance.
Rajeev is an Engineer by background and holds an MBA from one of the leading business schools in India & Asia Pacific (IIM Ahmedabad). He is currently based in Hong Kong.
CROSSINVEST (ASIA) PTE LTD
Rohit has over 30 years’ experience across eight key markets globally with extensive knowledge in asset management, investment banking, private banking and wealth management. He has worked with the Macquarie group for over 22 years in various capacities and geographies including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, Hong Kong and India. Prior to joining Macquarie, he worked in the UK and New Zealand.
Rohit has held senior leadership and strategic roles over the past 14 years, spanning multiple layers and levels of accountability: from that of a Chief Executive to board representation. Rohit is currently the CEO of Crossinvest (Asia) Pte Limited. Crossinvest is an award-winning independent private wealth management company, which has been operating in Asia since 2005 and in Switzerland since 1985.
Head of Marketing & Strategy, Asia Pacific, Murex
Alexandre looks after the definition, positioning and go-to-market strategy of Murex product solutions with a focus on Risk Management and Regulatory Transformation. His most recent work centers on the implementation of the bilateral Initial Margin and Basel III capital reforms, and on XVA desks operating models. Alexandre also co-heads the Murex task force on the Interest Rates Benchmark Reform.
Since joining Murex in 2000, Alexandre has held both senior client-facing and product management positions, last serving as global head of the Risk Control practice and general manager for Murex Ireland, where he drove the development of the MX.III XVA management solution and Credit Risk simulation engine.
Alexandre holds a « Grande École » MSc in Management and Finance from HEC Paris.
Head of Portfolio Solutions
UOB Asset Management
Quantitative Finance Editor
Mauro Cesa, Quantitative Finance Editor, RISK.NET
Mauro Cesa is quantitative finance editor for Risk.net, based in London. He leads the team responsible for the publication of quantitative research across all brands of the division. The section of Risk.net he manages, Cutting Edge, publishes peer-reviewed papers on derivatives, asset and risk management, and commodities.
Mauro holds a degree in economics from the university of Trieste and a masters in quant finance from the University of Brescia.
Karen LM Chan
Chief Risk Officer
Karen LM Chan is the Chief Risk Officer of DWS Investments (p.k.a. Deutsche Asset Management) for Asia Pacific. She is based in Singapore and has been a Director of DWS since 2014 when she joined as the Chief Operating Officer of the DWS Alternatives & Fund Solutions (AFS) team in Singapore. In addition to her role as CRO, Karen is the APAC Chief Control Officer overseeing the Legal, Compliance, Risk and Anti-Financial Crime teams to bring greater collaboration across functions.
Prior to joining DWS, Karen was the Head of Sales & Distribution Compliance for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in Singapore covering the Asia-Pacific region. She spent 5 years at Goldman Sachs in London holding various leadership positions in Compliance Asset Management and as the Chief Supervisory Officer in Private Wealth Management. Karen was also previously the Head of Compliance at EFG Private Bank in London.
Karen has an MBA from Henley Business School in the UK and a LLB (Hons) Law from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. She sits on the board of the Jazz Association of Singapore and is a strong advocate and supporter of various women and girls’ charities.
General Manager, APAC
Symphony Communication Services
Queenie Chan is the General Manager of Asia Pacific for Symphony Communication Services, leading the teams across Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Australia, etc.
Queenie joined Symphony in 2016 and was responsible for pioneering the launch of Symphony across 20+ countries in the APAC region.
Prior to joining Symphony, Queenie was in leading positions at Goldman Sachs, Barclays and CLSA.
Managing Director and head of Asia Pacific Cross Valuation Adjustment (XVA) Trading
BANK OF AMERICA
Feng Chang is a Managing Director and head of Asia Pacific Cross Valuation Adjustment (XVA) Trading at Bank of America. She is based in Hong Kong.
In this role, she leads the team that is responsible for all aspects of pricing and dynamically hedging counterparty credit risk and the bank’s funding risk. She also advises on capital allocation efficiency for the OTC derivatives business in the region. In addition to her responsibility for generating P&L and managing risk, she is at the forefront of bank’s evolution in the derivative business and the Regulatory changes the industry has been confronted with.
Feng has propelled large-scale, multifunctional strategic initiatives to advance analytical capabilities to integrate xVA across asset classes, improve the efficiency of xVA analysis, optimize internal resources to enhance competitive advantages, and improve return per dollar of resource used.
Feng has more than 15 years’ experience in the rates, foreign exchange and credit derivatives trading business. More recently, she has focused on risk reduction and capital and collateral optimization for OTC derivatives across global markets businesses.
Feng is also very active in participating and leading inter-bank xVA Working Committee, CCP committee, contributing ideas and raising issues related to counterparty credit and funding risk.
She has worked in both London and Hong Kong.
Feng holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Finance from Imperial College, London.
HSBC Private Banking
Chief Market Strategist, Southeast Asia
James Cheo is Chief Market Strategist, Southeast Asia, for HSBC Private Banking. He provides thought leadership for investment strategy and thematic investments. James is a member of the HSBC Private Banking’s Global Investment Committee and Asia Regional Investment Committee.
James has more than 15 years of portfolio strategy, asset allocation and economic research experience. Prior to re-joining HSBC, James was Senior Investment Strategist at Bank of Singapore, responsible for asset allocation and thematic research. James previously held Investment Strategist roles at HSBC Private Banking and Barclays Wealth Asia.
James started his career as a Senior Economist at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, where he was part of the team that prescribed policy actions for Singapore during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
James has a strong media profile, his investment views are frequently sought after by leading TV channels including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNA, Channel 8 Chinese News; and print media 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.
TAURUS FAMILY OFFICE
Nirman has over 10 years of experience in financial services industry.
He started as a Management Associate in Citibank Delhi in Global Transaction Services business. He also worked with Institutional Markets business in Citibank Mumbai.
He then moved with Citibank Singapore specializing in fixed income asset class for the Private Bank and Retail Bank businesses.
He was part of the investment team helping to formulate Fixed Income and Credit Investment Strategy for the Wealth Business.
At Taurus, Nirman is actively involved in managing client portfolios and formulating investment strategies. His expertise lies in fixed income and equities. He takes a fundamental approach to analysing investments. He has also developed systematic strategies which complement fundamental analysis.
Nirman graduated from Univ. of Mumbai with a degree in Computer Sc. Engineering. He attained further degree in Business (Finance) from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
Head of Digital Transformation
Juliana Chua is Head of Digital Transformation at NTUC Income (INCOME), Singapore’s largest composite insurer serving the protection, savings and investment needs of more than 2 million customers and a total assets of over $36 billion.
Juliana has a background in International Business Management (INSEAD), IP Law (NUS Law), Computer Science (Loughborough, UK) and leads the programme to digitise INCOME’s core businesses by adoption of design thinking and agile methodology. Juliana worked across continents in the US, China, Japan, India, UK, Singapore and is inventor to 6 patents/applications and designs for upstream innovation.
Prior INCOME, Juliana is Director of the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) International where she forayed into US, China, Japan and Singapore markets for strategic partnerships. INCOME is Juliana’s 8th company in her career, where she previously served the World #1 innovation leader – IBM UK, Asia leading IP law firm – Spruson & Ferguson, Singapore’s largest technology office – Exploit Technologies of A*STAR, Japan MNC – Nitto Denko, as well as launched 2 startups into markets worldwide.
MD and COO, Treasury & Markets
Valerian Crasto is the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Treasury & Markets (T&M) business at DBS Bank which is headquartered in Singapore. He joined the T&M business in Jan 2009. As the COO for the business, he is responsible for establishing the systems of governance and controls for the end-to-end process. He is also responsible for business planning and strategy oversight (including business responses to regulatory reform), product & customer management support and operational risk management. The T&M business includes Trading & Sales across cash and derivative products for FX, Rates, Fixed Income, Equities; Debt Capital Markets (origination & distribution); Treasury Investments and Treasury Liquidity Management (TLM).
Valerian was with DBS Bank in Group Internal Audit from Jan 2007 until Dec 2008 leading the Audit teams for the following businesses: Treasury & Markets, Global Treasury Services (GTS) and DBS Vickers Securities. In addition, in Internal Audit he also led teams covering the following Global Support Unit functions: Group Finance, Group Risk Management & Group Compliance.
Prior to working with DBS, Valerian worked with Bank of America at their head office in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA from Feb 2001 to June 2005. He held leadership roles in Group Internal Audit and Operational Risk Management covering various businesses from Investment Banking, Sales & Trading, Securities Broker-Dealer, Consumer Products, Retail Banking and Corporate Treasury & Finance.
From June 1997 to Feb 2001, Valerian worked with CIBC in Toronto, Canada in various roles in Internal Audit covering mainly the CIBC World Markets, Financial Products Group (FPG) and Treasury & Balance Sheet Management function. He later re-joined CIBC and worked from July 2005 to Jan 2007 as Senior Director, Policy & Advisory for Group Finance.
He also worked with the Ontario Pension Board and Bank of Montreal in Toronto, Canada from 1995 to 1997 and with Nomura International, International Bank for Commerce and Ernst & Young in Bahrain from 1986 to 1994 covering finance, operations, treasury and audit of financial services.
Valerian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) from Canada, qualifying as a Certified General Accountant (CGA) from Ontario in 1998 and is currently a member of the CPA of British Columbia (CPABC).
Chief Investment Officer, Quantitative Strategies
Senior Financial Sector Specialist
The SEACEN Centre
Aziz has over 18 years of experience in international banking and finance, and in setting, enforcing and providing training on regulatory policies and standards. He joined the SEACEN Centre in August 2016 on a sponsored career break from the Bank of England. Aziz is responsible for providing technical assistance, capacity building and delivering training programmes to SEACEN’s 35 member and associate member Central Banks and Regulatory Authorities on issues related to Supervision, Financial Stability, Risk Management and Financial Market Infrastructures.
Before joining SEACEN, Aziz spent 7 years working as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Bank of England / Prudential Regulation Authority. He was originally recruited as the Lead Supervisor of RBS’ Non-Core Bank, following RBS’ collapse in 2009. Aziz was responsible for supervising the management, workout and sell-off of RBS’ assets and portfolios, and its eventual wind-down. Aziz then joined the Risk Specialists Directorate and over several years led the stress testing of Wholesale banking book exposures for all the major UK banks, eventually as part of the Bank of England’s Concurrent Stress Test. He also had responsibility for leading the on-site Asset Quality and Provision Adequacy reviews across Wholesale loan portfolios of major banks, both in the UK and globally. During this time, Aziz was also seconded to the Markets Division within the Bank of England, where he led a team that managed the widening of the BoE’s Funding for Lending Scheme to include a variety of new Wholesale asset classes.
Head of IBM Risk Analytics Pre-Sales, Asia Pacific
IBM ASIA PACIFIC
Stephen leads IBM’s Risk Analytics pre sales team in Asia Pacific. His team manage the pre-sales activities for the financial and non financial risk solutions of the IBM portfolio. Stephen is an experienced risk and IT professional with over 15 years industry experience. He has a deep knowledge of the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) domain with a strong focus on Operational Risk and Compliance. Stephen has worked for both software vendor and client, which has given him a unique first hand experience of the challenges and business benefits of implementing risk solutions. Stephen has performed numerous risk engagements across South East Asia within Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Prior to joining IBM, Stephen was an Executive Risk Manager at Australia’s largest bank, CBA, where he supported the banks AMA accredited Operational Risk Model, Analytics framework and OpenPages implementation.
Asia Head, Fixed Income Derivatives, Funding & Financing Sales
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.
Jing Gu is a Senior Counsel at ISDA. Prior to joining ISDA, Ms. Gu was a Director in the Legal and Compliance Department of Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited where she specialized in OTC derivative products and structured finance with a geographical emphasis on Greater China. Before joining Credit Suisse, she was an associate at Allen & Overy Hong Kong Office where she advised a number of international banks and Chinese banks on derivative transactions and ISDA documentation.
Ms. Gu holds a Master of Laws degree from Peking University, an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree from Kyushu University in Japan. Ms. Gu holds the lawyer qualification certificate in China, is qualified in the State of New York and is also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong. Ms. Gu has been working for ISDA since 2008.
Chief Investment Officer
Chief Risk Officer, Asia
MUFG SECURITIES ASIA
Mark Henderson joined MUFG Securities Asia in Hong Kong in 2012 as Chief Risk Officer, Asia. His role encompasses risk on a holistic basis and for business conducted Asia-wide. He is a member of the Executive Committee with responsibilities for the strategic risk of the firm in the region. Prior to this, he was Head of Credit Risk Management for MUFG Securities in London. He also held various risk roles at ANZ Banking Group in Australia.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.
Director, Head of Strategic Investment
Prudential Hong Kong Limited
Fanda leads the Strategic Investment team in Prudential Hong Kong’s investment function and is responsible for optimising and implementing Strategic Asset Allocation and Portfolio Hedging. She also designs the investment and operational structures for efficiently managing derivatives and other investment strategies.
Prior to joining Prudential HK, Fanda was the Client Solutions Director with Aviva Investors in London. Before that, she was the Senior Portfolio Manager of Annuity Funds with Prudential Portfolio Management Group (PPMG) in the UK. Fanda is a CFA Charterholder and possesses BSc Actuarial Science from London School of Economics and MPhil Finance from University of Cambridge.
Head, Legal, Financial Markets
John Ho is the Global Head of Legal, Financial Markets for Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), overseeing and providing legal advisory, transactional and documentation support for Financial Markets (FM) business globally for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), its branches and affiliates. Mr. Ho is also the co-chair of the ISDA South East Asia Legal and Regulatory Committee.
Mr. Ho plays an active role in implementing changes within SCB to conform to applicable OTC regulatory reforms impacting FM business. He has been involved in fostering closer working relationship and rapport with industry groups and regulators on key global and regional regulatory reform changes, including MIFID II/MIFIR, Financial Benchmarks, Dodd Frank, EMIR, CRDIV, FATCA, CCPs and Margin Reforms for Uncleared Derivatives.
In addition, Mr. Ho has supported digitisation in SCB and adoption of new or innovative technology initiatives such as blockchain, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts. He is an active participant in the industry’s Fintech events and has shared insights on the legal and regulatory framework relating to the development of Fintech. Mr Ho is the chair of the FIA Fintech and Digital Asset Study Group.
Prior to joining SCB, Mr. Ho was the Managing Director Principal in the legal department of Bear Stearns (Japan), Ltd (“Bear Stearns”) where he supported the Asia franchise (including Tokyo, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea, India and South-east Asia) from January 2003 to August 2008 covering various structured products and derivatives including equity derivatives, credit derivatives, fixed income and commodities.
Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Mr. Ho worked as Asia equity counsel for Lehman Brothers in Tokyo with experience dealing in convertibles, options, warrants, delta one products and other types of equity derivatives transactions, equity finance and equity capital markets.
He is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore since 1995 and he received his law degree from the National University of Singapore.
Beacon Platform K.K.
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.
Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
Johan is now the managing director at Purple Investments. Before this role, Johan was the managing director and chief investment officer for Bank of Singapore, which he joined after more than 20 years in the fund and wealth management industry in South Africa and the UK. In previous roles, Johan has been responsible for multi-asset investment research and fund management. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Johannesburg.
Director, Global Distribution
LEGG MASON GLOBAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
Chief Risk Officer
Ms Agnes Koh was appointed Chief Risk Officer of SGX from January 2014. She is responsible for championing and leading enterprise risk management activities across the organisation, formulating the risk framework and assessments for new products and business strategies, and managing the clearing risk of SGX’s securities and derivatives clearing houses. Since September 2015, Ms Koh oversees the business continuity management of SGX. She is also appointed as Chairman of Energy Market Company (EMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of SGX which operates Singapore’s wholesale electricity market from 1st October 2018. She is an Executive Committee member of CCP12, a global association for central counterparties that work together on issues of mutual interest and benefit to minimise global systemic risk and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of international markets.
Ms Koh joined SGX on 1 December 2005 as Vice President in Risk Management and has worked through various roles within risk management. Prior to joining SGX, she had more than 11 years of experience in managing the foreign reserves of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and was also an auditor with a public accountancy firm.
Ms Koh was conferred the Distinguished Fellow award by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore (IBF) in 2016. The IBF Distinguished Fellow is a significant role model who serves as a beacon of excellence for the financial industry. She is a Certified Public Accountant from Institute of CPA and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) from National University of Singapore.
Paul Landless is a partner in our Singapore office who specialises in structured finance, derivatives and financial markets products, including securitisations, repackagings, structured notes, securities lending and repo. He leads the financial markets team in Singapore and South East Asia. He also has extensive experience in various types of structured transactions, including in relation to commodities trading, and he regularly advises on global and local financial market regulatory developments and financial market infrastructure. He is also a member of the firm's Brexit Markets Group and recently has been very active with FinTech developments in Singapore.
Paul has worked in our London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices and helps lead the FinTech Practice, ASEAN Focus Group, Philippines Focus Group.
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.
Guan Yi Low
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
Guan Yi Low joined Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, in August 2007.
As CIO of the Fixed Income team, Guan Yi is responsible for overseeing the management of the firm’s fixed income strategies. She is also the lead Portfolio Manager for Eastspring’s Asian local currency and total return bond funds.
Prior to joining Eastspring Investments, Guan Yi was managing Asian local currency and credit portfolios at Bank Pictet et Cie Asia Ltd, Fullerton Fund Management Company and Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. Guan Yi has 20 years of investment experience.
Guan Yi holds a Bachelor of Business from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also a CFA charterholder
Chief Investment Officer
XUAN HONG FINANCIAL GROUP
Applied Math Ph.D of Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences，CFA，FRM，PRM; , former Head of Market Risk, Asset Liability Management, Interest Rate Risk, Counter-party Credit Risk Management for PwC, Deloitte HK; Conducted Market Risk Management, Liquidity Risk Management Training for the State Bank of Southeast Asia Sponsored by Germany GIZ and World Bank for 2 Years
Visiting MBA professor of Harvard Business Psychology(BPSY), EMBA Professor of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, SAIF; Adjunct Professor of the University of Hong Kong , SPACE ICB；Executive Director of Risk Management Research Centre, Asian Institute of Investors；Visiting Honorary Fellow of MF Tsinghua University & Macquarie University
Led PA Pioneer Capital to become one of the first 9 Chinese Alternative Investment firms
Led PA Pioneer Capital to win 4th place in 2015 PE Star Contest with a mananged AUM 11 billions
Take the Leadership in Risk Management Due Diligence Work for China’s COFCO to pay $1.5 billion for stake in Noble's Agriculture Business
Lead the Basel II Risk Management Project for one of the largest Southeast Asian Banks, Won the Prestigious Asia Risk Consultant of the Year 2013 Award of Asian Risk Magazine
As One of 3 Invited Overseas Trading Risk Management Experts to Sit on the Advisory Committee for guiding EVERBRIGHT Securities on its Shocking ETF Arb Trading Error Incident
Jacky Mak has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and consulting. His roles have included chief financial officer of the Hong Kong and Taiwan branch of Societe Generale's corporate and investment banking unit and director, OTC product development of HSBC's global banking and markets group in Hong Kong. Before joining HKEX, he was a Hong Kong-based director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's global markets division.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Mr Mak has an MBA and a Master's degree in investment management from HKUST. He also has completed the advanced management programme of French graduate business school INSEAD.
Dr Matthew McCarten
Lead Spatial Finance
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Matthew is the spatial finance lead at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He is responsible for carrying out research at the intersection of sustainable finance and data science, with a particular focus on the integration of earth observation and machine learning into traditional financial analyses. He holds a Doctorate in Finance from the University of Otago.
Global Chief Economist
Standard Chartered Bank
Chief Investment Offier, Asia Pacific & Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong
Jean-Louis Nakamura is the Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong for Lombard Odier group.
Jean-Louis joined Lombard Odier in March 2008 to head the executive board of the Paris office. In late 2008, he was transferred to Geneva as Head of Quantitative & Overlay Management Team. He was appointed Deputy Global CIO in June 2012 and CIO, Asia Pacific in January 2014.
Prior to joining Lombard Odier, Jean-Louis was CEO of the French Civil Service Pension Fund (ERAFP) after having spent five years as CIO of the French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR). Previously, he was Head of International Forecast and Macro Analysis at Ministry of Economy & Finance, France from 2001-2003 and as a financial expert covering euro related issues and banking and insurance industry for the European Council from 1999-2001. Jean-Louis began his career in 1995 as an economist at the French Ministry of Finance.
Jean-Louis graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1995 and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1991.
Pedro Duarte Neves
Former Vice-Governor Banco de Portugal, Senior Advisor of the Board
BANCO DE PORTUGAL
Pedro Duarte Neves was Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal from June 2006 to September 2017. During that period, he also chaired the Board of the Deposit Guarantee Fund, the Board of the Resolution Fund and the Board of the National Council for Audit Supervision. As of September 2017 he acts as Adviser for the Board of Directors of Banco de Portugal.
Pedro Duarte Neves acted as Alternate Chairperson of the EBA from July 2013 to June 2018 and, over the past years, chaired a number of European groups on economic and financial matters in the scope of the Financial Stability Board, the European Banking Authority and the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities. Pedro Duarte Neves was a member of the ECB’s Supervisory Board until September 2014 and a member of the General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board, from its creation to September 2017.
He joined the Research Department of Banco de Portugal in 1994 and served there until July 2004. He chaired the National Communications Authority (ANACOM) from September 2004 to June 2006.
Pedro Duarte Neves holds a PhD in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain and he is Professor at Católica Lisbon – Business and Economics.
Group Executive, Head of Treasury & Markets
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
Founder and Chief Risk Officer
FinEX ASIA INVESTMENT LIMITED
Maggie has close to 20 years of banking experience and held various senior positions in both business and risk management at Citibank. In 2017, she co-founded FinEX Asia, the first global fintech marketplace connecting Asian investors with global high quality and low volatility asset classes. Maggie most recently served as the Asia and EMEA Head of Unsecured Lending at Citibank N.A. Prior to that, she headed credit card and unsecured lending businesses at Citibank Hong Kong. In addition to a broad geographic business experience, Maggie also gained extensive risk management knowledge as Chief Risk Officer for Citibank Hong Kong. Prior to Citibank, Maggie held senior positions at Ernst & Young (Australia) and Broken Hill Proprietary (HK) Ltd.
Duong Minh Ngoc
Chief Risk Officer
Duong Minh Ngoc is Chief Risk Officer of ERGO Insurance in Singapore, a subsidiary of ERGO Group, which is the primary insurance arm of Munich Re Group. With over 15 years in the insurance industry, Ngoc’s expertise is in investment management, asset-liability management and risk management. She previously worked for Allianz in its regional office in Singapore from 2001 to 2017. She was part of the team which set up Allianz Investment Management in Singapore in 2017 and managed Allianz’s insurance assets in Asia, steering Allianz’s investment portfolio in Asia safely through the financial crisis and improving its asset-liability management in an environment of low interest rates. She is a Board member of Global Insurance Corporation, a general insurance company in Vietnam. Ngoc is Vietnamese, has a degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University and is a CFA charterholder.
Jonas Von Oldenskiöld
Director, Asset Management
Executive Director, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Products, Asia Pacific
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.
Head of Risk and Finance Solutions
Dimitrios is a Head of Risk and Finance Solutions in Moody’s Analytics, leading the Asia Specialist team that focuses on Risk Analytics, Stress Testing and IFRS 9 solutions.
During his time in Moody’s and prior to his move to Asia, Dimitrios led the efforts on designing and successfully implementing IFRS 9 modelling and software solutions for more than 50 banks in Europe and Middle East.
Prior to joining Moody’s in January 2016, Dimitrios worked as Senior Technical Specialist at the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in London. During that time, he led the internal stress testing model development across the majority of risk types, with a particular focus on wholesale credit risk globally, retail credit risk in the UK and econometric models for key ALM risk metrics. Before joining the PRA, he was part of UBS Group-wide Stress Testing Team where he developed stress testing models for the held to maturity assets of the investment banking arm. Prior to his time at UBS he held various modelling positions at the former Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lloyd’s Banking Group and HBOS. Dimitrios holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Applied Economics and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is a certified Professional Risk Manager (PRM) since 2006 and tutored at University of Edinburgh where he has conducted extensive research on credit risk modelling and the interaction between credit risk and the real economy.
Group Risk Officer
Bipin PATEL, Group Risk Officer, HKEX (Joined in April 2019)
Japan Securities Clearing Corporation, JPX Group – senior risk advisor (2017-2019)
Deutsche Bank – senior risk consultant (2015-2017)
LCH Clearnet – head of risk, SwapClear listed rates (2014-2015), head of risk, exchanges (equities, commodities, listed rates) (2014), and quantitative risk manager, Forex Clear & Capital SME, LCH Group (2012-2014)
Barclays Capital – quantitative risk manager, global markets (prime services) (2011-2012)
GFT (Rule Financial) – principal consultant, derivatives and risk analytics (2009-2011)
Master of Science in Theoretical Physics (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Bachelor of Science in Physics with Honors (McGill University, Canada), Certificate in Quantitative Finance
Founder & CEO
Ned Phillips, CEO & Founder, Bambu, has been based in Asia for the past 25 years; starting his journey in FinTech since 1999 with E*TRADE as one of the very first online brokers before becoming Managing Director in 2007. He was part of the transformation of the stock exchange where he developed two pan-Asian exchange, one of which is in conjunction with SCX and Chi-X. Ned had the opportunity to experience the first dot-com boom with one of the original FinTech companies as well as become appointed as a consultant to 8 Securities when they launched the first robo-advisor in Asia.
With such an insightful exposure and development over the years, Ned saw an opportunity in the B2B space to build a solution for various sectors that lead to the birth of Bambu.
Rainer Michael Preiss
Taurus Family Office
Currently serves as Portfolio Strategist at Taurus Family Office. Taurus is Multi Family Office based in Singapore which advised on USD 2.1 billion in Assets under Advise.
Previously, Chief Equity Strategist at Standard Chartered Bank and a member of the bank’s Global Investment Council where he was responsible for the” house-view” on Equities.
Mr. Preiss has 25 years experience in global financial markets have worked in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Middle East and Africa and Singapore in various investment and research functions.
Mr. Preiss is a graduate of the European Business School with a major in Finance and international economics, having studied at the schools centers in London, Paris and Bologna, Italy in the respective local languages. In addition he studied in Japan, Korea, and China.
Mr. Preiss has taught extensively on Finance and Wealth Management in Asia, Middle East and Africa.
He has also been a guest lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he taught on Technical Analysis as well as a course on Banking & Financial Institutions with a focus on China's Financial System. In Singapore he taught a course on Credit Derivatives at SMU (Singapore Management University)
Mr. Preiss has also been invited to teach and has designed courses for The Graduate School of The People's Bank of China, China's Central Bank and is currently an Adjunct Researcher at Singapore’s NTU – Nanyang Technology University Centre of African Studies. The mandate of the NTU-SBF Centre for African Studies (CAS) is to develop awareness of Africa as an investment destination, and to develop thought leadership and capacity for doing business in Africa.
Previously he was advisor and founding member of the Asian Bond Market Forum an initiative by the Thai Ministry of Finance. In Singapore he is the co-founder of the Blockchain and Crypto Association of Singapore.
Mr. Preiss is also a frequent contributor to International media like CNBC and Bloomberg TV and a Columnist for FORBES Magazine global edition www.forbes.com as well as local editions in Indonesia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan. In Vietnam he is a columnist and editorial adviser to The Manager Magazine, http://nhaquanly.vn/
Deputy Bureau Chief, Asia
Blake Evans-Pritchard is deputy bureau chief, Asia, for Risk.net based in Hong Kong. Before taking on his current role, he spent three years covering regulatory issues across Asia for Risk.net, including implementation of Basel III and other international standards in regional jurisdictions. Previously, he spent five years in Brussels writing about the European Union’s financial services sector and competition policy and a number of years as Africa editor for a news service covering post-conflict restitution around the world.
Ahmad Shukri Abd Rahman
Chief Risk Officer
Ahmad Shukri has over 28 years of experience in banking and finance, focusing on areas of risk management and Islamic Finance. He is at present the Chief Risk Officer of Bank Kerjasama Rakyat Malaysia Berhad. Prior to his current appointment, he was the Head of Risk Management, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad where he served there for about 8 years. Shukri had also served at the following Banks respectively Al-Rajhi Bank Malaysia ,Bank Muamalat Malaysia, the Pacific Bank Berhad and Oriental Finance Berhad.
Shukri is Certified Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) under the Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professional (CIIF). He also holds an Executive Master in Islamic Banking and Finance from Asia E University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from Texas A&M University, Commerce, USA.
TEMPLE GRANGE PARTNERS
Kishore is the head and founding partner of Temple Grange Partners, Asia business. He comes with over 21+ years of industry & consulting experience spanning across multiple continents including Americas, Europe, Asia & Japan. He has advised top-tier U.S., U.K., Swiss, European, Japanese & Chinese banks, Financial Market Infrastructure [FMI] & Buy-side on the “structural” & “operational” implications on global and regional derivative regulations, Basel capital reforms, OTC derivative margin reforms, Volcker reforms, MiFID II, FRTB, front office trading supervision etc. His client engagements span multiple asset classes covering equities, derivatives & fixed income and his body of work includes but not limited to advising clients on booking model and legal entity strategy, margin model approvals, CPMI P-FMI assessments for CCP’s, target operating model design, industry benchmarking exercises covering banks, broker dealers, custodians, exchanges, CCP’s, asset managers, insurance firms. He has several national & international publications to his credit and has worked closely with global & regional regulators, industry associations such as ISDA, ASIFMA, HKSI, AIMA.
Managing Director APAC, Head of Liquidity and Segregation
BNY MELLON, HONG KONG
Filippo joined BNY Mellon as head of global liquidity services for APAC in August 2009, expanding the Liquidity DIRECT business across the region. This was followed by 4 years as regional head of Sales&RM, Liquidity and Segregation for Markets. As of August 2018 Filippo heads up Liquidity & Segregation in APAC with a strong focus on UMR, derivatives, collateral administration and segregation.
Filippo worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Luxembourg from 1999 to 2005, following which he moved to London and joined Lehman Brothers Asset Management in its start-up liquidity funds business, eventually spearheading efforts in Asia by moving to Hong Kong in 2007.
Filippo has a laurea in economics from LUISS University, Rome, and an MSc in international business and finance from the European Academic Consortium, Netherlands and France.
Leader- Financial CrimesInsights, Asia Pacific
IBM ASIA PACIFIC
With more than 25 years of experience across Asia Pacific & Japan, Mr. Scheurmann has held senior management, governmental, pre-sales, and project direction positions for large MNCs, a leading finance and banking consultancy firm, and a major ERP software supplier. Steven is currently responsible for leading and working with a team of subject-matter experts and business partners that address the challenges associated with: Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating Financing of Terrorists (CFT) and Politically-Exposed Persons (PEP). His team works with end-customers leveraging deep insights, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, leveraging Data & AI to determine the risk of a Party being involved in a Financial Crime.
Head Global Treasury Business Management
Dr. Frederick Shen is Senior Vice President and Head of Business Management for Global Treasury, OCBC Bank, leading to strengthen the infrastructure, processes, monitoring and analytics to tackle the increasing regulatory and risk requirements, all the while enabling the markets business for strategic growth in countries we currently operate in while planning for the future. He also leads the Global Treasury FinTech strategy employing new and innovative technology solutions to deliver Treasury products to clients and to enhance productivity and efficiencies within the organisation. Additionally, he is the chair of the OCBC Group iBOR Project Committee leading the organisation though the transition. Fred re-joined OCBC in mid-2013 from Emirates NBD, Dubai, where he headed up the Group Market Risk unit. Prior to the Middle East assignment, he was with OCBC Bank Market Risk for 3+ years, and appointed its Head of Market Risk in 2011.
Fred started his career as a Professor of Finance at the University of Waterloo, Canada, before joining the financial industry, starting with global risk oversight of the financial engineering trading group at RBC Capital Markets. With over 25 years in the financial industry, his extensive experience includes assignments with various global financial institutions and specialisations, including structured credit and real-asset securitizations at a privately held investment bank, Head of bank-wide economic/risk capital and risk modelling/analytics at Bank of Montreal, and Head of life insurance and asset management risk management at Manulife. Fred has a PhD in Financial Economics.
Beacon Platform K.K.
Ryo serves as Representative Director of Beacon Platform K.K. and works closely with Beacon Platform Inc’s current and prospective clients throughout the APAC region.
Prior to Beacon, Ryo spent ten years at Goldman Sachs Asia where he built and headed the APAC Franchise Market Making Desk (Central Risk Book) and led the APAC Equities One Delta Strategies group and co-headed the APAC Algo Strategies group.
Prior to Goldman Sachs Ryo spent five years at The Mathworks, Inc. as a software engineer.
Global Head of Stewardship and Sustainable Investing
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.
Managing Director, Asia Pacific Financial Services
Kiet Tran serves as managing director and heads the Financial Services division for IHS Markit in Asia Pacific.
Previously, he was the firm's global head of Pricing and Reference Data, an award-winning set of services providing independent pricing and market data to help financial institutions manage risk and operations effectively. As a senior leader, Mr. Tran has been involved in multiple acquisitions in the IHS Markit pricing, indices and loans businesses. He had joined Markit in 2005 to run North American credit operations and build the firm's comprehensive services for the syndicated loan market. He started his career as a fixed income analyst at BlackRock. Mr. Tran graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics and business management from Binghamton University in New York, United States.
Founder and Chairman
Scott has more than 20 years of financial markets experience. He founded Noviscient, a next-generation investment manager based in Singapore.
Previously he worked as Chief Risk Officer and Portfolio Manager at an alternative investment firm for four years, as well as eight years heading up a quantitative team within Deutsche Bank’s Asian trading business in Singapore. Before that he worked in venture capital with Macquarie Bank for five years.
Scott has a BEng, an MBA, a Master of Quantitative Finance and he is completing a PhD in Finance with EDHEC.
Managing Director, Client Solution Group, North Asia
Roger holds the position of MD for Numerix leading a Client Solution Group in the North Asia area for the last 12 years. He has worked with more than dozens of financial institutions to help them architecting and deploying derivative related solutions, including pricing with various financial models, portfolio and risk management. He also acts as a key role to understand the latest market trend and channel them back to the research team to shape the future of the company’s product.
Prior to joining Numerix, Roger was the Director, Software Engineering with webMethods Asia region for 7 years.
Roger has received a Master in Finance from University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Philosophy from City University of Hong Kong.
Global Head of Structured Products Trading
Head of Product & Partnerships
HEVEACONNECT PTE LTD
Yvonne is the Head of Product & Partnerships at HeveaConnect Pte Ltd, she is responsible for value creation and ecosystem development for the suite of products and services that makes sustainability good business, namely: HeveaGrow, HeveaPro, HeveaTrace and HeveaConnect platform.
Yvonne brings in more than a decade worth of trading and product structuring experience in the commodities industry, leading the development of new benchmarks and markets for Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale and ANZ Banking Group. As an early adopter of blockchain and innovative payment technologies, she leads the technical committees contributing to the International Standards Organization ISO/TC 307 (Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies) and ISO200022 (Universal financial industry message scheme) working groups.
Knowledge sharing and serving the community at large is an important part of Yvonne’s life, she is a teaching fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences and speaks at professional conferences on sustainability, fintech, trading and social impact. Prior to entering the commodities world, she worked in the legal industry and was a board member at the non-profit Redfern Legal Centre in Australia.
Yvonne holds a BCom/LLB (Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Sydney.