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Asia Risk Live 2022 | Full agenda for Singapore

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Full agenda for Singapore

Asia Risk Live 2022 | March 30 - 31, 2022 | Singapore

There will be two separate sessions on March 30, namely the morning session covering topics related to risk and regulation and the afternoon session covering non-financial risk topic. The morning session on March 31 will be covering investment-related topics. Check out the full agenda below and register the session you are interested in to unlock the game-changing content that industry experts prepared exclusively for you.


Welcome Remarks

09:00 - 09:10

Aziz Durrani

Capacity Development Expert

ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO)

Aziz has over 20 years of experience in international banking and finance, and in setting, enforcing and providing training on regulatory policies and standards, including climate risk and sustainable finance. At the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research office (AMRO), Aziz is responsible for the provision of capacity development and technical assistance to ASEAN countries and China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea.

Aziz previously worked for 5 years at The SEACEN Centre, providing technical assistance and delivering training programmes to SEACEN’s 35 Central Banks and Regulatory Authority stakeholders across Asia on issues related to Supervision, Financial Stability, Risk Management, Climate Risk 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, undertaking asset quality and Non-Performing Loan reviews globally and managing the wholesale Concurrent Stress Testing programme. Aziz began his career in the Strategy, Finance and Economics practice of Andersen Business Consulting in London, and later worked at Standard Chartered Bank, covering the Origination, Structuring and Syndication of loan products across EMEA markets. He also worked at Lloyds Banking Group in Asset and Liability Management and in Leveraged Finance Loan Restructuring and Workout.

Aziz is a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Nottingham, UK, and also studied for an M.Sc. in Computing for Industry at Imperial College London.



Chief Risk Officer Panel

09:10 - 09:50

  • Redefining operational resilience
  • Responding to changes in risk profiles driven by inflation and Covid-19
  • Evolving regulatory agenda and benchmark reform: best course of action
  • Managing risk induced by digital transformation
Robert Luu

Regional VP of Customer Success, Asia-Pacific


Robert Luu has been a Solutions Advisor and Regional Leader with Galvanize for the past 10 years, architecting strategic governance solutions and integrating technology platforms across global organizations to reduce the cost of risk and compliance, and increase stakeholder confidence and executive visibility.

In this role, he’s worked closely with Galvanize’s customer base to implement all aspects of the HighBond and Robotics platform for Risk, Audit, Compliance, IT/IT Risk, Finance, and Operation functions including data automation and continuous monitoring programs in a variety of industries such as banking, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, retail, oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, education, and the public sector. He also provides advisory and consulting services for GRC professionals embarking on digital transformation supported by his recent achievements in receiving the Certificate in Digital Risk Management. Robert now plays a key role in leading the go-to-market strategies for Galvanize’s innovative solution stack and oversees the overall success of the customers for the Asia-Pacific & Japan region as a Forrester certified Customer Experience Professional.

Chee Wai Fong

Chief risk officer

Cathay United Bank Singapore

Currently, I am the CRO at Cathay United Bank, Singapore which oversee all key risk types - Credit, Market, Liquidity and Operational Risks in a fairly sizeable wholesale banking outfit.

I am an experienced banker with extensive Risk Management and Client Coverage exposure gained through working with multiple client segments (Middle Market, Large Corporate, MNC & FI/NBFI) in varied industrial sectors which include but not limited to manufacturing, telecommunication, aviation & real estate/REIT.

I have covered different products/functions (Commercial Real Estate, Aviation & Capital Markets) across multiple geographies (Middle East, South Asia, ASEAN, Greater China & North East Asia).


Shivkumar Mahadevan

Chief risk officer, corporate, commercial & institutional banking

Standard Chartered Bank

Shiv is currently the Chief Risk Officer, CCIB at Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); with overall risk responsibility for Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking (CCIB) clients across all geographies.

Shiv chair’s SCB's CCIB Risk Committee which oversees all the risks associated with the CCIB business (i.e. both financial and nonfinancial risks) and is also part of the Group Risk Management Team, Remuneration Forum, Underwriting Committee & Investment Committee. He is responsible for risk managing a portfolio of over USD 500 billion spanning across 65 countries, managed via a team of over 500 Risk Officers. Besides exercising direct control responsibility for Credit Risk and Market Risk profile of the Group, he is extensively involved in maintaining alignment with risk appetite by rebalancing risks or controls that may be required in response to internal and external factors.

Prior to this, he was the Regional Chief Risk Officer (RCRO), ASEAN & South Asia, at SCB and responsible for all risk types for the region. Before the RCRO role, Shiv was Senior Regional Credit Officer (SRCO), Asia; providing credit risk oversight for all Corporate, Institutional & Commercial clients across Asia. He has also been the Head of Credit Risk - Specialized Finance, Funds and Traded Products, where he was responsible for providing global credit risk oversight covering all Financial Markets products, Acquisition Finance, Project & Export Finance, Aviation & Shipping Finance and Structured Finance.

Shiv has been in the financial services industry for over 28 years, of which the last 23 years have been with SCB where he has held various senior Risk roles across Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Mumbai – covering multiple geographies around the world. Before joining the financial services industry, Shiv worked for 3 years with Tata Motors, India.

Shiv holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.

He is passionate about mentoring and coaching talent. He also occasionally goes in as a guest speaker at the Singapore Management University and was recently a Panellist at the “RiskMinds” Conference. Shiv is a Member of SCB's Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and leads the initiative for the Risk Function. Corporate Treasurer awarded Shiv for the best approval turnaround times for Cash Management Services for the year CY2014. He was also awarded the Leading Risk Practitioner by the Asian Banker in 2015 and was conferred the IBF Fellow in 2016 by the Institute of Banking & Finance, Singapore.

Jens Toepfer

Head of risk & portfolio management TF&L lending & lending risk management, APAC

Deutsche Bank

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.


LIBOR transition in hindsight – compliance trends for the year forward

09:50 - 10:10

  • What are some more compliance challenges to look at in 2022?
  • What are the potential reputation/conduct risk in LIBOR transition?
  • Understanding the complexities to navigate across different regulatory timelines for APAC countries
Dr Frederick Shen

Senior Advisor, Global Treasury


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 Treasury business for strategic growth in countries we currently operate in and for the future. He also leads the Treasury FinTech strategy employing new and innovative technology solutions to deliver Treasury products to clients and to enhance productivity and efficiencies within the organisation. 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 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 modeling/analytics at Bank of Montreal, and Head of life insurance and asset management risk management at Manulife. Fred has a PhD in Financial Economics.

Henry Vu

Asia IBOR transition program lead


Henry is the Asia IBOR Transition Program Lead at ING, coordinating the transition across wholesale banking, group treasury, lending, as well as IT, compliance, legal, risk, finance and among other divisions.

His role also includes facilitating operational readiness, system enhancements, product approval reviews, client outreach, contract repapering and other workstreams. Henry has more than 10 years of banking experience in project management and project leading roles, covering various types of projects from technology and service re-engineering to business initiatives and regulatory change projects


The Evolution of Collateral Management in Hong Kong: New Opportunities

10:10 - 10:40

  • The implementation of IM regulation, and what are the challenges for different jurisdictions?
  • Best strategies for capital optimisation amidst the volatile market
Jeffrey Duan

Director, Fixed Income & Currencies, Asia, Global Markets

Deutsche Bank

Jeffrey Duan is a trader based in HK responsible for pricing, risk managing and hedging collateralized counterparty risks and the bank’s own funding risk in Asia.  He joined Deutsche Bank London office in 2006 and subsequently worked as quantities credit risk manage and a CVA trader.  Prior to that, he worked in various credit risk and market risk management roles with CIBC and HSBC in North America and China respectively.

Mr. Duan holds a Master degree in Business Administration from University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Fudan University, China.   He is a CFA Charter holder.

Benoit Gourisse

Head of Asia Pacific Public Policy


24 years of work for the Financial industry through associations or banks.

Spécialisations : Public Policy, government affairs in EU and Asia Pacific, investment banking activities (derivatives as well as equity and fixed income and asset management), retail banking


Morning Break

10:40 - 11:00


Basel reform finale: where do we go from here?

11:10 - 11:35

  • Mitigating capital impacts and optimizing capital consumption 
  • Addressing issues surrounding data quality and reliability for Basel compliance 
  • Mitigating measures for capital impacts as efficient use of capital is becoming critical 
  • Using Basel reform to rethink and transform business models in the context of climate risk 
James Ellender


Futurum Asia

James Ellender leads Futurum’s Asia Pacific office and has worked in the risk and intelligence fields since 2000, initially spending 12 years in law enforcement as an accredited specialist detective in a UK police force. He is highly experienced in developing covert and conventional investigation tactics, leading complex financial crime and fraud investigations, and in the design and delivery of training courses.

In the past ten years across Asia and the Middle East James has worked with many diverse organisations, institutes and agencies which include: the Indonesian, Brunei and Qatari Governments, various regulators across both regions, multi-national organisations which include Langham Hotels International, and supporting Deloitte China in ‘Crisis Management and Cyber Risk’ capacity building.

Holding a Master of Science in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester, with his dissertation focused on counter-terrorism techniques which further inspired him to research areas of the evolving landscape of AML, terrorist financing methodology and compliance within banking and financial services.

He has honed his skills observing and assessing behaviours displayed by persons when they are under an elevation of stress. He regularly delivers training and speaking engagements in the areas of behavioural detection, interviewing techniques exploring the behavioural science of interviewees, along with developing intelligence and investigation strategies for organisations in financial crime, risk and compliance.

James helps develop others in making clear critical decisions during times of elevated stress; he draws on his previous experience under time sensitive pressures with limited information, or intelligence whilst as a covert lead on surveillance and undercover operations.

Jerome Mornet

Regional Head of Risk Analytics


Jerome Mornet is Regional Head of Global Risk Analytics, Asia Pacific (GRA ASP) in HSBC’s Risk Department in Hong Kong. Mr Mornet is responsible for the credit risk models covering Wholesale portfolios for regulatory capital, stress testing and IFRS9, Market and Counterparty Credit Risk models, Financial Crime Risk models for HSBC Asia Pacific.

Prior to his current role in HSBC, Mr Mornet was responsible for the Credit Risk models for ANZ Group and also worked for various large international companies including , ING and Accenture. Mr Mornet holds a master of computer science and a master of business administration.

Balakerthy Punyakoti

Head of Asia retail risk models and advanced analytics


Balakerthy is a highly motivated, self-reliant individual with an ability to respond positively to challenges; He has proven management skills with a particular talent for performance improvement and building motivated, sustainable teams; He is adept at managing ambiguity and providing clear leadership and guidance while ensuring flexibility to include and react to new information; Effective communication skills at all levels with a strong track record of proactive change initiation.

Balakerthy has extensive experience in building and managing credit analytics functions for retail and wholesale products across different markets; He is specialized in portfolio credit risk analytics, credit decision modeling, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, pricing, Basel II modeling, Basel III standardized requirements and data compliance, IFRS9 ECL modeling, model governance, regulatory reporting, and Stress Testing. He has led successful interaction with regulators (e.g. HKMA, PRA, APRA, etc.), internal audit, and independent review functions on various credit risk analytics projects.


Climate Risk management for banks for a net-zero economy

11:35 - 11:55

  • Getting prepared for the implementation of regulatory requirements to address climate risk 
  • Building a climate risk framework that encompasses pricing, credit risk, and client-relationship management 
  • The role of stress testing and scenario analysis in climate risk management  
  • How to align climate risk exposure with risk appetite and business and credit strategy?
Stan Ho

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Finance

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Stan is an experienced investment banking and credit rating expert, with equity capital market and corporate finance experience in Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns, where he worked on IPO, ADR listing and convertible bond offering for Non-Japan Asian issuers. Stan also worked as the Head of Non-Japan Asia structured finance group at Fitch Ratings, where he covered securitisation, covered bonds and REIT corporate rating for Non-Japan Asian issuers.

Stan has solid and direct green finance and certification experience. Stan is involved in the rating of green and sustainable bonds issued by various Chinese issuers in the international capital market. Stan is also the Green Finance Certification Scheme Technical Committee Member of Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA), where he is one of the approval members of the HKQAA green certification of the bonds issued, and loans borrowed, by Chinese and Hong Kong corporates and financial institutions. Stan is the Green Finance and Sustainability Subject Advisory Panel Member at Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB).

Stan is the Executive Committee Member of Asia-Pacific Structured Finance Association (APSA), the Admissions, Budgets & Allocations Committee Member of the Community Chest of Hong Kong, the International and Professional Examinations Business Development Advisory Committee Member of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA), and the Examination Moderating Sub-Committee Member of Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB). Stan was the Member of the Mainland Opportunities Committee, the Human Capital Committee and the Talent Strategy Working Group of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) between 2017 and 2021.

Stan is the Professor of Practice (MIBF) of the Department of Economics at Lingnan University (LU), the Adjunct Professor (EMBA) of the College of Business at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the Adjunct Professor of the School of Business at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and the Honorary Institute Associate of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Business at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Stan is also the University Career Development Committee Advisor and the Business Studies Advisory Board Member at LU.

Stan was the only arts student scoring 9As in Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 1989. Stan graduated with BBA in Information Systems at HKUST, MBA from University of Cambridge, and DBA from CityU. Stan completed various executive education courses including Introduction to International Taxation at HKU Faculty of Law, Managerial Psychology in Practice at CEIBS, and Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Efe Cummings

Global Head of Operational Risk


Executive Summary

  • Risk Manager with 15 years global and regional experience in Operational Risk Management, new business risk management and implementing and overseeing strategic and regulatory change initiatives. 
  • Experience in developing, implementing and overseeing global risk management frameworks, including leading several global transformation projects to enhance risk management frameworks, risk culture and governance.
  • Deep understanding of investment banking and wealth management businesses, products and inherent non-financial risks.
  • International experience with work experience US, EMEA and Asia markets and an ability to communicate, operate and influence across countries and cultures.
  • Strong communication skills with senior management, regulators, internal and external stakeholders.  Periodically prepared and deliver reports to Board and Executive level management as well as articulate approach and framework to multiple of regulators.
  • Track-record in establishing and communicating the value proposition and commercial relevance of a strong risk management framework to senior management and as a result drivin improved risk culture, awareness and embedding.                                                                                  

Professional Experience

Nomura Group

Global Head of Operational Risk, 2019 – present

  • Design, implement and oversee the operating effectiveness of the Operational Risk Management Framework in Nomura Group’s global businesses and subsidiaries.
  • Oversee global team of 50 in Japan, Asia, EMEA and Americas.
  • Provide an independent assessment of Operational Risk to Nomura Group Board and senior management, including forward looking view of top and emerging risks.
  • Developed the firm’s strategy and execution of a new Non-Financial Risk Framework.  Oversaw development and implementation of a new Non-Financial Risk Taxonomy, Risk Appetite Framework and roles and responsibilities across 3LOD.
  • Advise and challenge senior management on operational risk exposures in their business and corporate functions.
  • Develop systems, technologies and quantitative methods to improve management of Operational Risk globally.

Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited, Hong Kong

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.  .
  • Oversee regional team of 7.
  • Provide senior management with overview of the Operational Risk profile for AEJ. 
  • Face-off to regional regulators such as HK SFC, Singapore MAS, Korea FSS and others.
  • Oversee and participate in 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.

Head of New Business, Asia ex-Japan, 2018 - 2019

  • Oversaw and managed the implementation of Nomura’s New Business Approval framework in Asia ex-Japan, including new product approval, significant transaction approval and reputational risk committees.
  • Managed team of 6 based in Hong Kong and Singapore.
  • Face-off to heads of business to challenge around key strategic risk and due diligence issues.
  • Managed development of Approved Product List for internal and regulatory use.

Chief Administrative Officer Risk Management, Asia ex-Japan, 2015 – 2019

  • Co-ordination and submission of annual budget and investment plans and monitoring spend against budget throughout the year. 
  • Identification and delivering of cost saving initiatives.
  • Preparation of presentations for AEJ CRO for regional town hall meetings, regulatory interactions and executive management. 
  • Oversaw key change projects including system implementation and remediation of control issues.

Nomura International plc, London, UK

Global New Business Division COO, 2012 – 2014

  • Developed 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, 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.

Rodney Gollo

Head of Risk

Bupa Asia Limited

Rodney Gollo is Head of Risk for Bupa Asia Limited, a division of the international healthcare and insurance company Bupa. Where he leads the risk management function, overseeing financial and non-financial risks for a portfolio of insurance and health provision businesses.

He specialises in emerging and frontier markets, and has international experience working in healthcare, insurance, consultancy and social enterprises. He has particular interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG), blended finance, impact investing and the megatrends shaping the global economy.

He also acts as a Judge for two awards programmes: the Asia Risk Technology Awards, awarding companies leading technology and risk innovation in Asia. As well as the UK’s Better Society Awards, awarding companies helping create a better, more ethical and sustainable world.

Katriona Ho

Head of Market Development for Credit Analytics in Asia-Pacific

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Katriona Ho is the Head of Market Development for Credit Analytics in Asia-Pacific for S&P Global Market Intelligence - Credit & Risk Solutions. Based in Hong Kong, she manages the Credit Analytics products across APAC, including Climate-Linked and ESG Credit Solutions.  Prior to her Head of Market Development role, she was a Director in Credit & Risk Solutions and a Senior Credit Product Specialist to provide credit risk solutions, and she continues to work closely with credit risk professionals spanned across financial and non-financial corporations to design credit workflow. She is a former S&P Global Ratings Primary Credit Analyst in Financial Services Ratings Group, and she was accountable for the credit surveillances of the rated issuers and issuances in the Insurance sector.


Welcome Remarks

14:00 - 14:05

Grishma Kewada

Regional Head of Risk Management Asia Pacific Region


A senior leader in the financial services industry with over 15 years of experience in covering Asia Pacific Region, local regulated entities and with direct working experience in Singapore, China and Thailand. Currently as the Regional Head of Risk Management at Coface, her role covers Enterprise Risk Management across 13 entities. Prior to this she was the Head of Financial and Operational Risk in a leading insurance company in Singapore, with previous experience in leading investment banks.

Directly she has been involved in developing teams across the Region and has supported the development of risk management practices, in Life, Non-Life and Trade Credit Insurance from governance, identification, reporting, monitoring, stress testing, regulatory submissions such as ORSA and risk transformation.   Furthermore, a key focus has been to enhance risk culture in view of the ever changing economic, regulatory and risk landscapes.  


Driving your ORM and ERM strategy towards long-term sustainability and resiliency

14:00 - 14:40

  • How to integrate operational resilience into risk management?
  • How to incorporate ESG consideration in a ORM/ERM framework?
  • How to quantify reputational risk? 
  • Different ways for financial institutional to enhance their approach to operational resilience and to better prepare for severe but plausible scenarios
Carola Selvakumar

Head of Operational Risk Management, Asia-Pacific

Wellington Management

Carola joined Wellington Management in September 2021 as the firm’s Asia-Pac Operational Risk Manager, located in Singapore. She is responsible for the evolvement of the operational risk framework in the region and has joined the Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore Risk Committees.

Prior to joining Wellington, Carola held various 1st and 2nd line enterprise risk management roles at M&G Investment Management (2019-2021), Schroders Investment Management (2013-2019) and Deutsche Bank Group (2003-2013).

Carola holds a Degree for Business Administrator (equivalent of MBA) from Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Jed Khoo

Group head of process & conduct risk


Jed Khoo is Group Head of Process & Conduct Risk at OCBC, where he oversees the Group’s process controls and risk assessment regime and manages conduct-related risk matters.

He has over 25 years of experience in financial services across 1LOD, 2LOD, 3LOD and external audit. These diverse roles were in UBS, BNP Paribas Wealth Management and PwC. Just prior to OCBC, Jed ran his own risk consulting practice. He has also spoken at Singapore Management University and adjunct-lectured at the Singapore Institute of Technology on risk and internal audit.

Jed studied at Yale School of Management, Singapore Management University (MSc. in Wealth Management) and Nanyang Technological University (Ba. Accountancy) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Geethy Panicker

Head of Enterprise Risk

HSBC Singapore

I am a 'Change Maker and Happiness Agent', who loves to spread optimism and confidence in people's lives, enabling them to achieve their potential.

I am a 'Public Banker', with 18 years of experience in Corporate banking and Risk management across leading public, private and foreign banks. As the Head of Enterprise Risk, HSBC Bank Singapore and COO for Risk Function, I drive initiatives for aggregating risks, unlocking human potential, process efficiencies, innovation, Business Analytics and digitalisation. Employee and Community Engagement are my twin focus areas, to ensure a ' Safe and Great Place to Work'.

I champion equal opportunities at work by actively volunteering for HSBC Employee Resource Group (ERG) on Balance and PRIDE, besides working with NGOs.

I have extensive experience in team management, credit risk management, such as sourcing, approvals, policy making, portfolio analytics, capital management, stress testing, modelling, due diligence, compliance, assurance, Internal controls, Audit, Governance and digitalisation of lending. I have led best practices in Operational Risk, ERM, Climate Risk, Resilience risk management, Project Management. Led strategic & Regulatory projects such as Basel, IFRS, BCBS, Enterprise Risk, Climate Risk, Portfolio Analytics, Streamlining & Digitalisation.

CEDT-Enterprise Risk, Digital Risk, Third party Risk and Climate Risk are my special interests, with their evolving kaleidoscope of hues. I strongly believe in Climate Risk Centric Decision making, embedding conservation in design.My articles, speeches and leadership initiatives are for thought leadership for ensuring resilience in the financial system.

As a futurist, my mission is to reimagine and lead digital transformation in banking to empower customers. But I am equally passionate and vocal about the ethics of technological usage for the long term benefit of mankind.I am a technophile, who believes in combined intelligence(CI) and a block chain of community, with coexisting nodes of machines & humans.

As an author, poet, international speaker, I have dedicated life to upskill children, youth & women for an inclusive future. My co-authored Amazon Best seller book ' Revive and Thrive (Vol 2) shares my story of personal resilience to inspire people, particularly single women to thrive in a complex world. I believe in Servant Leadershipand Stakeholder Capitalism, serving and marching towards collective success of community, touching a million lives by 2030

Philip Woo


Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore

Philip Woo is the Chief Risk Officer and oversees corporate governance and risk management in Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore (TMLS). He has over 26 years of experience in the financial sector, and began his career at MAS before joining the insurance industry. Over the period, he has played leadership roles in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity & Crisis Management, Outsourcing/Vendor Risk Management and Technology Risk Management (TRM). He currently chairs the Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee (GRCC) at TMLS, and oversees the managing of operational, financial and strategic risks in the company. In addition to risk management, Philip has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, financial technology and payment system matters.


Thought leadership showcase: Managing risks induced by digital transformation

14:40 - 15:00

  • What have risk managers overlooked as digital transformation accelerates over Covid-19?
  • Customers now want faster delivery - how to balance their expectations and risks? 
  • Tackling data security risks, especially when the moving customer data across different jurisdictions
  • Drawing from experience of digital banks
Rochak Agrawal

Executive director


Passionate about technology driven businesses and applications in areas of social sharing, cloud services, web and mobile. Experienced in managing corporate scale projects to improve end user experience, drive business growth and profits. Rich know-how and knowledge of business frameworks, software and technology.

Baljin Singh

Account Executive



From cyber security to cyber resilience: what needs to be done?

16:20 - 16:40

  • What’s the difference between cyber security and cyber resilience?
  • How have cyber fraud, data breaches and ransomware attacks evolved over the last 24 months?
  • Developing a resilience framework and enterprise-wide incident response strategy
  • The role of the framework in preventing cyber risk from evolving into systemic risk
Frankie Shuai

APAC regional information security officer

DWS Group

Frankie is an award-winning Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in Financial Industry with two decades experience in Cyber security, risk management,  digital transformation and pre-sales consulting.

Based in Singapore, currently he is APAC Regional Information Security Officer in one of global largest Asset Managers in Financial Industry. He was head of cyber & technology Risk (Singapore, Australia and New Zealand) in UBS bank.

He is a frequent keynote speaker about Cybersecurity & Technology in industry forums and perspective on Cybersecurity & Technology has been featured by international media. He is also a digital transformation and innovation catalyst with patent about next generation wireless networking filed as USA patent office as sole inventor.

He is a winner of industry leadership awards including Global Top 100 leaders in Infosec, World CIO 200 Master, CSO30 ASEAN, CIO 100 ASEAN, Asia 200 Digital Leader and ETCIO Transformative CIO.

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.

Tobias Gondrom

Group Chief Information Security Officer

United Overseas Bank

Mr Tobias Gondrom joined UOB in 2018 and is the Group Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible for ensuring the end-to-end information security in UOB and implementing all cyber security initiatives across the Bank.

Tobias has more than 20 years of experience in information security, software development, application security, cryptography, electronic signatures and global standardisation strategies. He has held various roles in independent software vendors and large global corporations in the technology, financial and government sectors. Prior to joining UOB, Tobias was the Chief Technology Officer (Security) at Huawei.

He holds a London Business School Sloan Masters degree in Leadership and Strategy.

From 2014 to 2018, Tobias was a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the chair of the IETF Trust. From 2004 to 2018, he was also the chair of multiple IETF workings groups in the security domain, the latest one being the chair of the DDoS Open Threat Signaling (DOTS) working group and a member of the IETF security directorate until 2018.

Since 2007, Tobias has also held leadership roles for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a global not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving software security, including as a member of the board from 2014 to 2017 and former global chairman. In addition, Tobias is former a board member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Hong Kong and Macau Chapter and a former member of the NIS Platform of the European Commission, where he advised the European Union on Cyber Security and Risk Management.


Afternoon Break

15:30 - 15:50


ESG assurance through the lens of NFR

15:50 - 16:20

  • Assessing ESG profile of clients – diversity, governance, and benefits to society
  • Codes on code of governance and business ethics
  • Ad hoc adaptation plans for natural disaster risks
  • Making employment standards and safety practical and compliant
  • Reputational risks
Sanchit Maini

Chief financial and operational risk officer

Prudential plc

Sanchit is an actuary and risk manager having worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years across various firms and actuarial consulting. His experience covers risk management, financial management and reporting, product development and propositions, business planning and market entry. His work experience spans various markets across Asia, Africa, the UK, US and France.

Sanchit is currently Chief Financial and Operational Risk Officer covering risk management for Prudential’s Asia and Africa businesses.

Sanchit is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, India and Singapore (FIAA, FIAI, FSAS) and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA). He holds the Qualified Risk Director designation from the DCRO Institute.


Melissa Moi

Executive Director

United Overseas Bank

Melissa Moi is the Head of Sustainable Business in the Corporate Sustainability Office at UOB. In her role, she supports the delivery of a sustainable business strategy across UOB’s footprint including the management and mitigation of ESG risk, development of sustainable business strategies and frameworks, supporting sustainable product innovation, and driving the bank’s leadership in sustainable finance.

Prior to joining UOB, Melissa spent a decade at Bank of America where she led the firm’s ESG efforts in Asia Pacific. Her role included client facing advisory on sustainability, driving a sustainable finance strategy in the region as well as the implementation of corporate ESG initiatives across risk, social investment and environmental footprint.

Melissa has also spent a decade in the NGO sector in the education and healthcare sectors in Canada and Asia in both program implementation and organizational leadership roles.

Melissa is a member of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Medical Foundation, a charity focused on improving healthcare for newborn babies in rural China. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa.

Gerald Tan

Head of Reputational Risk, Asia-Pacific

Credit Suisse

Gerald Tan is the APAC Head of Reputational Risk for Credit Suisse.  He has 25 years of experience in legal private practice, banking and risk management.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Gerald was Head of Legal, Asia, at ICBC Standard Bank; and before that with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Director and Head of Asia Commodities Legal. Before joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Gerald worked as an in-house counsel in the financial services industry, as well as in legal private practice.  He has previously served as the Co-Chair of the ISDA Asia-Pacific Commodities Committee (2015-2020).   Outside of work , Gerald is active in the not-for-profit community, and currently serves on the Board of the National Parks Board and on the Advisory Board of the National Museum of Singapore.


Future proofing Third-party risk management (TPRM)

16:20 - 16:50

  • What has been done as financial institutions are increasingly reliant on vendors to perform business-critical activities? Are they effective? 
  • The challenges of managing increasing complex supply chain 
  • A TPRM program that can effectively identify, report, and mitigate concentration risk 
  • The importance of having accessible, accurate and up-to date vendor inventories  
  • How TPRM can be most effectively automated?
Huzefa Goawala

Regional Business Director


Huzefa Goawala is GRC Specialist, SEA for Archer, based in Singapore. He is responsible for leading Archer’s GRC business in the region. He has an overall working experience of 20+ years. Huzefa has been focused on Information Security and GRC domains for 12 years.

Huzefa has an extensive experience of working across technologies and driving regional businesses in organizations such as Oracle, Sun Microsystems etc. He led the Security Solutions business for Oracle, while at Sun Microsystems he was responsible for the Software business.   

Jaishankar Srinivasan

Managing Director, Group COO

Deutsche Bank Singapore

Experienced Managing Director with over two decades in financial services industry across Asia.

Key thought leader in Innovation, Culture and Change leadership.

Strong professional skilled in Business Relationship Management, Financial & Operational Risk Management, Governance and Banking & Capital Markets.

Board member to various entities overseeing the Bank, across APAC and various industry associations.

Reagan Thomas

Executive Director, APAC Head of Third Party Risk Management


15 years of experience as a leader and change champion across multiple industries (Information Technology and Finance) and geographies (India, China and Singapore). I am a curious, analytical and client/outcome focused person. Strong managerial background with senior level global experience and cross functional / divisional exposure. Self driven, sets targets and leads by example, collaborative approach with good interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change.


C-Suite Insight: Next-gen People Strategies and Operating Models

16:40 - 17:10

  • How to weight people strategies in your BAU initiatives 
  • Balancing the pace of change with risk mitigation 
  • Upskilling your workforce from technology and business perspective 
Mohit Tandon

Global Head of Technology Operations

Prudential Corporation Asia

Transformation leader with proven track record of streamlining business operations & driving change across countries, cultures and organisations. Bring comprehensive domain knowledge and fresh thinking to rapidly evolving fields of digital, operating model design and risk management.

Hands-on experience in executing new target operating model redesign (TOM), creating digital platforms & leading re-engineering programs to improve cycle time, customer acquisition and service capability.

Wide exposure and expertise in Asian regional markets with both broad and deep understanding of this region's complex regulatory, business and cultural operating environments, gained through regional and country roles in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and India.

An effective communicator with successful track record of leading multi-cultural teams covering Operations, Technology, Process Re-engineering, Compliance and Risk Management. 

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.

David Sharratt

Global head data product monetization

Standard Chartered Bank

David has unique experience spanning the full trade lifecycle, execution to ledger. An experienced C-suite executive, David has significant exposure reporting to and working alongside CEOs and other C-suite focussing on strategic direction and operation of firms.

His geographic experience spans London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Moscow and Johannesburg having held senior executive positions in ask these locations. His experience spans established and emerging markets.

Currently based in Singapore he is looking at opportunities to work with businesses focussed on growth and geographical expansion where his strategy and build experience can be leveraged.

Colin Wan

Chief Operating Officer, Group Internal Audit

Standard Chartered

Colin is responsible for the execution and delivery of the GIA Functional strategy with the aim of building the audit practice and auditor of the future, embedding agile auditing, audit analytics, automation and continuous auditing in the function. Colin also oversees Audit Operations, including Governance, Delivery, Methodology, People and Training, Data Management, Systems, Business Intelligence, Resource Planning and Global Business Services.

Colin has about 20 years of experience in Technology Audit, Audit Transformation and Data Analytics in the Banking Industry. Externally, Colin has been involved in the establishment of the Audit Analytics Roundtable with other Banks and speaking at Audit Conferences and Universities.

In Standard Chartered Bank, Colin had previously headed Global Audit Services, Analytics and Operations and was responsible for the establishment of the Audit Function in Global Business Services and Audit Analytics globally. Colin had also been the Head of Audit for a variety of technology and operations audit portfolios including Group Digital Banking, Retail, Private Banking and Wealth Management Technology, Group Functions & Risk Technology and Third Parties Audit Teams globally. He has also worked in Technology Infrastructure, CCIB Technology and Consumer Banking Operations Audit Teams.

Prior to joining the group, Colin spent four years as a Manager in the IT Risk Advisory Services practice in KPMG Singapore where he was primarily responsible for providing IT Governance, IT security, IT audit, business process reviews, business continuity and IT advisory services for clients in the Banking and Finance industry.


Welcome Remarks

09:00 - 09:05

Su Yen Chia

Co-founder & CEO

Asia Crypto Alliance

Su Yen collaborates with Asian regulators to craft a responsible regulatory eco-system for the Asia crypto industry and serves as the spokesperson for the Alliance’s membership body.

Su Yen was previously with Euroclear Bank where she served as Deputy CEO and authorized bank officer for the HK Branch. She actively engaged with government authorities to promote Euroclear’s platform as an enabler of a secure cost-efficient solution for cross-border capital flows to Asia’s financial markets. Su Yen also served as the Head of Government Relations, Asia Pacific, for Barclays Bank and Vice-President of Public Policy for Credit Suisse AG.

A graduate of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs who underwent an attachment with UNDP-NY office, she is passionate about leveraging technology to promote inclusive societies and financial diversity.


Investment Outlook 2022: Trends in Institutional Trading and Products

09:05 - 09:20

Charles Firth

Managing Director

Credit Suisse




Institutionalising the Crypto Markets: offering market access tradfi-style

09:20 - 09:40

  • Market infrastructure and shortcomings from an institutional perspective 
  • Liquidity provision - what does this really mean? 
  • Strong demand for 'new' products to gain/hedge exposure to crypto eg. options, NDFs, DCIs  
  • A look ahead at a very different market, as institutions shift from exchange trading to OTC trading, reflecting FX market evolution 

Phil is Co-CEO of B2C2, the counterparty of choice in the institutional crypto market. He joined the firm in 2018 to lead expansion in Asia, successfully securing B2C2’s position as the number one foreign crypto liquidity provider in Japan. In 2020, B2C2 was acquired by Japanese financial group SBI.

Previously, Phil worked at Goldman Sachs where he oversaw the FX G10 business and commodities trading for EMEA, as part of the systematic market making team. Prior to that, he was an FX voice and systematic trader at Barclays and JPMorgan.

Phil holds a BSc in Industrial and System Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSc in Financial Engineering from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Su Yen Chia

Co-founder & CEO

Asia Crypto Alliance

Su Yen collaborates with Asian regulators to craft a responsible regulatory eco-system for the Asia crypto industry and serves as the spokesperson for the Alliance’s membership body.

Su Yen was previously with Euroclear Bank where she served as Deputy CEO and authorized bank officer for the HK Branch. She actively engaged with government authorities to promote Euroclear’s platform as an enabler of a secure cost-efficient solution for cross-border capital flows to Asia’s financial markets. Su Yen also served as the Head of Government Relations, Asia Pacific, for Barclays Bank and Vice-President of Public Policy for Credit Suisse AG.

A graduate of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs who underwent an attachment with UNDP-NY office, she is passionate about leveraging technology to promote inclusive societies and financial diversity.


Investment Trends to Watch for 2022
Investor Roulette

10:50 - 11:20

  • Equities
  • Fixed Income 
  • FX 
  • Private Asset 
  • ESG investing 
James Cheo

Chief Investment Officer, Southeast Asia for Global Private Banking and Wealth


James Cheo is Chief Investment Officer, Southeast Asia for Global Private Banking and Wealth 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.

Gareth Nicholson

Chief investment officer and head of discretionary portfolio management, international wealth management


Gareth Nicholson joined Nomura in July 2021 as Chief Investment Officer and Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management for International Wealth Management. He is based in Singapore.

Gareth works closely with Nomura’s Global Markets and Investment Banking businesses to expand the firm’s product offerings and spearhead a streamlined, solutions-driven coverage effort for high-net-worth clients, external asset managers and family offices. With a strong institutional investment background, he creates and manages DPM strategies for fixed income, equity and multi-asset portfolios, while providing risk management support.

Gareth has over 16 years of experience in financial markets. Prior to Nomura, he was Head of Fixed Income DPM at Bank of Singapore, where he was also a member of its investment committee. Before that, he was with Aberdeen Standard Investments for almost 10 years as a fixed income trader and an Asian credit portfolio manager. He began working in finance in 2004 as a derivatives specialist with Deutsche Asset Management after an early career as a mathematics teacher.

Gareth holds a BSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Johannesburg. He was born and raised in East London, South Africa.

Ashli Koe

Fund Manager, Global Currency Fund

Salzworth Asset Management

An award winning fund, Salzworth Global Currency Fund trades the G10-currency universe, capturing global price action opportunities. The Fund runs a conservative technical strategy that seeks stable capital appreciation in the mid to long term, with a low-correlation to the performance of traditional asset classes.

Salzworth Global Currency Fund has won the Singapore Young Entrepreneurs Award 2021 under Innovative Industrialisation and the Fund was also ranked as Top 10 Currency Trader by Barclayhedge in 2021.

Ashli manages the Global Currency Fund with her FX team at Salzworth Asset Management. Prior to joining Salzworth, she served as the COO for a FX prop desk and a FX brokerage. Ashli started her career in investment banking in Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore and ANZ Bank in Hong Kong. With her wealth of experience, Ashli is focused on expanding Salzworth’s corporate and institutional partnerships.

Ram Gopalakrishnan

Director, Private Equity and Global Co-Head of ESG

Affirma Capital

Ram Gopalakrishnan is a Director, Private Equity and Global Co-Head of ESG at Affirma Capital and is responsible for originating and managing private equity investments and for leading Affirma Capital’s ESG initiatives. Prior to joining Affirma Capital, Ram was a Director at Standard Chartered Private Equity, which he joined in 2009, and was based in Singapore, Lagos and Dubai. Ram has been actively involved in over 15 private equity transactions representing over $1bn of investments across various emerging markets.

Ram holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering (First Class Honours) degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.

Edris Boey

Associate director, enterprise risk management (ESG)

Eastspring Investments

As an ESG subject matter expert, I support Eastspring's second line risk and compliance functions by providing guidance on ESG regulations and industry best practices; as well as evaluate Eastspring's enterprise ESG risk exposures and develop mitigating controls.


Morning Break

10:40 - 11:00


Commodities Spotlight and the Hedging Strategies

10:30 - 10:50

  • How/has risk changed structure within the commodities market during 2022 Q1? 
  • What role does (the often understated importance of) the ‘political economy of energy markets’ play in shaping expectations of forward looking volatility? 
  • Will re-calibration of strategic energy policy occur, and might this impact financial strategies for hedging in commodity markets? 
Dr David Broadstock

Senior Research Fellow & Head, Energy Economics Division

National University of Singapore

Dr David Broadstock is an economist with around 15 years of experience, most of which in Asia. He has worked within academia, consulting and strategic policy research (thinktanks) and is specialised in the areas of energy and environmental economics, with recent research concentrating on areas of green and sustainable finance. Topics he researches on include: ESG integration in investment; understanding the trends and determinants of green bond pricing; evaluating commodity price trends and connectivity; and reviewing the effectiveness of carbon pricing and climate finance practices.

David is a Senior Research Fellow with the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) where he also heads the Energy Economics Division, and also a Research Affiliate with the Sustainable and Green Finance Institute (SGFIN), both housed within NUS. Through these roles David regularly interacts with government agencies, research foundations, policy makers and industry leaders to develop and implement strategic research to support sustainable economic development for Singapore.

As an academic David has published in high level journals spanning accounting, finance, management and economics, and enjoys a healthy citation profile. David is Editor for The Energy Journal, and sits on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Management and Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances. David frequently engages with media, and has been interviewed or quoted by CNA (online and TV), Reuters, Straits Times and CGTV, among others.


Inspirational Talk: Explore the Future of Metaverse

09:40 - 10:00

Carney Mak

Head of fintech investment

FXHB Asset Management

Carney leads the investment and portfolio management activities related to fintech, cryptocurrency ventures capital portfolio at FXHB Asset Management,. He has also played his part at the Wealth Management Institute (WMI), founded by Temasek & GIC to provides first-class educational sessions and consultation for family office that would like to venture into crypto-related investments/portfolios.

Prior to these roles, he held regional and leadership positions in banking, payments and fintech firms.

As a strong advocate for fintech and cryptocurrency since 2017, Carney played his part in the early community building for associations in Singapore. He was part of the subcommittee at (ACCESS) Association of Crypto Currency Enterprise and Startups Singapore, a member at (SFA) Singapore Fintech Association, and (BAS) Blockchain Association Singapore. Carney has join the evaluation panel for Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) FSTI Proof-of-Concept Grant in 2023, the scheme aims to provides funding support for the experimentation, development and dissemination of nascent innovative technologies in the financial services sector and also serve as an Industry Advisor for Alibaba Cloud – Singapore Innovation Accelerator.

Carney's insights on cryptocurrencies, Web 3.0, metaverse, NFTs and payments have been featured on several newswires and radio station such as Bloomberg, MoneyFM89.3, Coinlive and Forkast News. Apart from speaking at international events, Carney also volunteers as a guest/adjunct lecturer at local polytechnics & universities. He will be joining the adjunct faculty team at Singapore Management University (SMU) for their Academic Calendar 2023/2024.

Carney is on the advisory board for several cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech projects, assisting their go-to market strategy.


How to Invest under Geopolitical Tensions and Inflation Pressures?

11:20 - 11:45

  • What are the near-term and longer-term implications from the Ukraine crisis? And how do that impact investment environment?
  • The looming COVID-19 crisis: APAC recovery status and implications for investors
  • Fed hikes and how do that impact local markets?
  • The long term impacts with climate change, US-China relationship and inequality
Taimur Baig


Managing Director and Chief Economist

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

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

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

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

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

Cheng Duan Pang

Head of Asset Allocation

NTUC Income

Experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) with a long-term track record in the investment management industry. Investment experience spans across global fixed income and currencies management, global treasury management, external manager mandates, alternative investments, asset allocation, fund-of-funds portfolio management, and with strong interest in ESG investments. Vast experience in setting up start-ups to be fund management companies. Well versed with regulatory compliance, portfolio and enterprise risk management, and back-office operations. A strong business development professional.