Fixed Income & FX Leader Summit APAC 2021

28 - 30 September, 2021

The Westin, Singapore

Past Speakers (2018)

Buy Side Speakers

Praveen Jagwani CFA
Chief Executive Officer
UTI International
Praveen has 24 years of experience in financial services and has been with UTI International since 2009. He started his career with ANZ Grindlays Bank and worked with them in India, Australia and Bahrain across Credit, Consumer Finance, Systems & Private Banking. He later joined Standard Chartered Bank and built the Wealth Management and Investment Advisory business in the Middle East as the Chief Investment Officer for Middle East & South Asia. He then joined Merrill Lynch and worked with them in London and Dubai leading their Hedge Fund & Private Equity Advisory business for EMEA.
Ken Hui
Chief Operating Officer
Fullgoal Asset Management
Thomas Wu
Team Head Fixed Income, Asia
Pictet Wealth Management
Kheng Siang Ng
Asia Pacific Head of Fixed Income
State Street Global Advisors

Kheng Siang is the Asia Pacific Head of Fixed Income at State Street Global Advisors, based in Singapore. He is responsible for leading the Asia Pacific fixed income teams managing global and local fixed income mandates as well as driving the regional effort to provide innovative fixed income solutions to clients in the region. Prior to joining SSGA in 2005, Kheng Siang was a portfolio manager at ABN AMRO Asset Management where he managed global fixed income portfolios. Kheng Siang started his career as a Portfolio Manager at Bank Negara Malaysia where he managed fixed income portfolios of the foreign reserves and held the position of Head of the Financial Market Analysis Section.

Nic Yiu
Senior Fixed Income Trader
Allianz Global Investors
Ambarish Ray
Fixed Income Trader
T Rowe Price
Sanjay Guglani
Silverdale Funds

Sanjay Guglani is the Founder and CIO of Silverdale Funds, and heads Silverdale Capital Pte. Ltd, which is licensed by Monetary Authority of Singapore for fund management company – accredited investors (AILFMC).

Sanjay manages over a dozen funds, inter alia: Silverdale Bond Fund which is a rare internally leveraged bond fund in the world. It invests into Investment Grade USD short duration bonds fund, returning 8%-9% per annum, making it Top Percentile bond fund, winning several accolades from HFM, Eurekahedge, AI Hedge Funds, Wealth & Finance, Investors’ Choice, etc. and being ranked by Bloomberg amongst Top-5 Asian Funds. Silverdale Fund of Indian Equity Funds is a pioneer fund of native Indian equity funds, which has outperformed the Index by over 50%. And several bespoke funds.

Earlier, as Managing Director of Silverdale UK, his firm channelized over US$ 4 billion of investments into emerging markets, as well as US$ 250 million of controlling stake investments in Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India, etc. in joint venture with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Bros, Morgan Stanley, etc. He was instrumental in creating offshore equity and credit derivatives market for mid-cap Indian corporates. His firm was consistently ranked amongst the Top 3 by Bloomberg, Reuters, Dealogic, etc.

Manu George
Senior Investment Director, Fixed Income
Schroders Investment Management
Alexandre Bouchardy
Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Asia and AM Singapore
Credit Suisse Asset Management

Alexandre Bouchardy (MSc, CFA), Managing Director, is Head of Fixed Income Asia and Head of Asset Management Singapore. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Investment Group. Alexandre joined Credit Suisse Asset Management in 2002 as a Global Fixed Income Portfolio Manager for institutional clients. From 2005 to 2012, he was responsible for inflation-linked solutions and won several Lipper Fund Awards in various European countries. In addition, he managed currency overlay portfolios and advised institutional clients on currency-hedging strategies.

Tariq Dennison
Investment Adviser, Portfolio Manager, ETF Expert
GFM Asset Management

Tariq Dennison CFP manages discretionary portfolios of global stocks, bonds and ETFs for Asia and US-based pension plans and HNWIs at GFM Asset Management in Hong Kong.  His niche is understanding how to put together assets and ETFs across multiple markets and exchanges.  Tariq is a frequent writer and authoritative speaker on ETFs and presenter at the HKSFA, CFA Singapore, is a lecturer at ESSEC Business School, and has done educational webinars on ETFs and futures with Singapore Exchange.  Mr. Dennison has worked at Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan, CIBC, and Societe Generale and holds a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier
Head of Fixed Income Trading, Asia
Pictet Asset Management

Pierre-Emmanuel Charlier joined Pictet Asset Management in 2007 and is the Head of Fixed Income Trading in Singapore. Prior to his current role which he started in February 2017, he was the Head of Fixed Income Trading in London for 4 years, and was a trader in Geneva for Pictet Am for 5 years.

Before joining Pictet, he worked for five years on the Execution Desk at CDC Ixis Asset Management in Paris, trading corporate bonds, credit defaults swaps and asset-backed securities for portfolios.

Daniel Lau
Portfolio Manager

Mr. Lau is a senior vice president and portfolio manager in the Singapore office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2017, he was with Norges Bank Investment Management, where he managed the trading of Asian fixed income and FX and was part of the investment team overseeing these portfolios. He was previously a vice president at Barclays, responsible for market-making and taking positions in Asian emerging market credits. Mr. Lau began his career at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, where he initially crafted and implemented monetary and debt management policies and later managed global FX overlay portfolios. He has 12 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a master’s degree in financial mathematics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Shui Wei Ho
Head of Money Market, Fixed Income & Foreign Exchange
Bank of Singapore

Ho Shui Wei is the Head of Money Market, Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange at Bank of Singapore. Her teams manage the balance sheet of the Bank and provide advisory and execution services in Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange. She has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, spanning portfolio management and wealth management. She began her career at the Monetary Authority of Singapore where she held various roles with the last senior role managing foreign exchange and gold reserves. After leaving the public sector in 2006, she joined UBS both in the investment bank and wealth management entities and was instrumental in building the Foreign Exchange advisory platform in APAC.

Tuck Meng Yee
JRT Partners
Tuck Meng has over 20 years experience in investment management, research, product marketing, and fund administration especially in funds and alternative investments. He is with JRT Partners, a family office and fund services group where he manages a multi asset portfolio including startups and alternative funds. His experience in designing, analysing, marketing, managing and supporting fund investments and structured products for leading institutions like Citi Private Bank, ABN Amro Private Bank, JP Morgan, UBS, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Asia Pacific gives him a keen sense of what investments suit which types of investors, and the support they typically need, including with startups and venture capital investments.
Brad Gibson
Head of Portfolio Management - Fixed Income
AB Global

Brad Gibson is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at AB, focusing on regional Asian and global fixed-income portfolios. He is a member of the Global Fixed Income and Emerging Market Debt teams and is Head of Asia-Pacific Fixed Income portfolio management. Prior to joining AB in 2012, Gibson was the head of Rates Strategies at ING Investment Management Australia, where he was responsible for the management of a range of domestic, international, diversified, nominal and inflation-linked bond portfolios.

Binay Chandgothia
Managing Director - Portfolio Manager, Principal Portfolio Strategies
Principal Global Investors

Binay is a Hong-Kong based Portfolio Manager for Principal Portfolio Strategies, the multi-asset allocation boutique of Principal Global Investors. His entire career spanning 24 years has been in portfolio management, encompassing asset allocation, fixed income and equities. Prior to his current role, he served as Chief Investment Officer for Principal Global Investors (Hong Kong) and Principal Asset Management (Asia) where he was responsible for overseeing investments in the Hong Kong region.

Leonard Kwan
CFA, Senior Fixed Income Trader
T Rowe Price

Leonard trades all the Asian Fixed Income, Rates and FX for T Rowe Price. He has 18 years of market experience, across DM & EM, across Europe and Asia, and across local Rates, FX and Credit.

Eric Liu
Portfolio Manager

Eric is the portfolio manager at Blackrock responsible for managing China bond fund as well as leading China credit investment team.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Eric was a PM and researcher at Aberdeen Asset Management in Singapore, responsible for co-managing their Asia Credit Funds and conducting investment analysis on Asia credits. Previously, he held a variety of positions covering public debt, private debt, private equity as well as structured finance product.

Yezdi Chinoy
Regional CIO Asia
Generali Asia

Yezdi is responsible for the development of investment strategies, as well as optimizing the investment performance of Generali’s Asian insurance operations. Prior to joining Generali, he was with Allianz Global Investors, Prudential Property Investment Management and JPMorgan Chase.

Dianna Enlund
Senior Product Specialist Investment
Allianz Global Investors

Dianna is a Senior Product Specialist with Allianz Global Investors, based in Singapore. She joined the firm in 2013 and is responsible for Asian fixed income and global fixed income strategies. She works directly with the investment teams to represent fixed income products and strategies to clients. Before joining Allianz Global Investors, Dianna worked at Schroder Investment Management in Singapore for 10 years as a Product Manager in Asian fixed income for eight years and prior to that, in an Institutional Marketing role.

Sylvain Baude
Executive Director, Chief Investment Officer
Oclaner Asset Management

Sylvain Baude joined Oclaner Asset Management in 2010 as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to Oclaner, Mr. Baude worked for Renalco SA., an independent asset management company based in Switzerland, where he headed the portfolio management team. From 2002 to 2008, Sylvain was with at BNP Paribas Private Bank in France and Monaco where he managed discretionary portfolios and co-founded the Quantitative Research Team.

Shiva Iyer
Senior Global Trader
Eaton Vance Management
Vivek Sharma
Head – SEA and Middle East, Global Asset Management
Edelweiss Financial Services

Vivek Sharma is responsible for building the distribution and business for the Global Asset Management Group at Edelweiss. Asset Management capabilities include Credit strategies, hedge fund solutions, long only products, including ETF's and structured product expertise

Arun Singhal
Head of Fixed Income

Arun Singhal - Portfolio manager with track record of generating uncorrelated returns for 10+ years. Specialties: Macro trading,Emerging markets, Asia, Distressed debt, Credit, Credit derivatives, Option analysis, Hedge Funds, Strategy

Shantanu Shukla
VP, Global Markets
State Bank of India

Shantanu manages the proprietary, treasury Investment portfolio at State Bank of India, Singapore. His expertise lies in local currency and hard currency mandates across Asian fixed income and rates. Prior to joining SBI in 2010, Shantanu co-founded and managed i-alpha - the first student run fund at the Indian School of Business focusing on Indian equities. He started his career in the satellite and aerospace industry before foraying into investment management. Shantanu was awarded merit-based, SIA-NOL undergraduate full scholarship to pursue Bachelor of Engineering degree at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and he subsequently completed his Masters of Engineering from the same university. He has an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and is a CFA charterholder.    

Pankaj Nagrath
Chief Business Advisor & Investment Counselor, GSAM
Bank of Singapore

Pankaj Nagrath is a trading and investment professional with around 25 years of experience across multiple asset classes and markets.

He is currently Chief Business Advisor & Investment Counselor with the Global South Asian and Middle-East (GSAM) market of Bank of Singapore, having joined in 2016 from Barclays Wealth in Singapore, where he was an Investment Advisor and Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) Sales for Asia for around 2 years.

Prior to joining Barclays, Pankaj was responsible for over USD 1 billion of AUM as the CEO and Head-Investments for Reliance Asset Management (Singapore) – the offshore asset management arm of India’s largest asset manager. Over his more than 8 years with the firm, he set up a global investment platform; structured, raised capital for and managed two absolute return hedge funds involving Indian and global equity, credit, FX and commodity markets; and also structured and managed a number of India centric long only funds and structured investment funds.

Arvind Chari
Head - Fixed Income & Alternatives

Arvind Chari has 14 years of experience in the Indian fixed income markets as a dealer, analyst, and portfolio manager. Arvind joined Quantum as a Research Analyst to build the fixed income and macroeconomic research function and to help develop fixed income products for the Quantum Mutual Fund. He was appointed Fund Manager in 2007. Prior to joining Quantum, Arvind gained two year’s experience at Tower Capital and KJMC Capital Markets as a dealer in the Indian government bond markets.

Gareth Nicholson
Head Fixed Income Portfolio Management
Bank of Singapore

Gareth is the head of Fixed income for all the DPM portfolios, accounting for over 6billion AUM. He has over 14 years of investment management experience, situated in both London and Singapore, with two of the largest European asset managers Deutsche Bank asset Management and Standard Life/Aberdeen Asset Management. His responsibilities included helping steer one of the biggest derivative books in London though the Lehman’s collapse, restructure the risk framework for the European Fixed Income Funds during the European crisis and most recently help build the Asian Fixed income business here in Singapore.

Olivier Spoor
Portfolio Manager
Oclaner Asset Management
Michael Chang
Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income
RHB Asset Management

Michael Chang Wai Sing is the Chief Investment Officer – Fixed Income for RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd and has more than 17 years of fund management experience specializing in fixed income investments for insurers and asset management companies. Prior to joining RHB Asset, he was with MCIS Insurance Bhd for 8 years managing both life and general insurance portfolios. As CIO of Fixed Income, Michael’s primary role is to set the strategic direction for the fixed income investment team in Malaysia and RHB Asset’s regional offices covering both fund managers and credit analysts. His strong investment acumen is recognized by the market and has been awarded as the “Most Astute Investor in Asian Local Currency Bonds for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Malaysia Rank #1 for four consecutive years. This win for the award, led by the Asset Benchmark Research, placed him at the top of the Top 10 Astute Investors in Malaysia successively for the past four years.

Eric Busay
SROL Consulting

Mr. Eric Busay, CFA, is a foreign exchange/ currency/fixed income professional. He is the founder of SROL consulting. Previously he was a Senior Investment Officer at Mountain Pacific Group, working on International Investments, Global Macroeconomics and currency (Jan 2016-March 2018). He has been very involved with adapting to the new compliance environment. He directed the automation of various functions, streamlining the processes reducing repetitive tasks while increasing accuracy using straight through processing techniques, linking databases to platforms and/or portfolio management systems. He served as a Portfolio Manager at CalPERS (July 1998- Dec. 2015), most familiar with investing internationally, benchmarking currencies, (on an execution, TCA and snapshot basis), electronic platforms, portfolio management systems and OTC products. He interfaced with all CalPERS asset classes helped groups create beta tilts, hedge and how to create them synthetically or in their own portfolios. He has been involved from concept to portfolio construction, often part of a team that would consider the macro asset allocation decision within the Board set parameters for all asset classes. Specialties include currency, fixed income, equity and derivatives strategies. He has worked at a bank, a quasi-hedge fund, a plan sponsor, and an asset manager seeing this market from many perspectives. 

Isa Eamon Keaveny
Efsol Asset Management
Rachana Mehta
Co-Head Regional Investments - Fixed Income
Maybank Asset Management Singapore

Rachana is responsible for all Asia local and hard currency fixed income investments, including Islamic Sukuk at Maybank Asset Management. She has over 23 years of experience managing Asian government and corporate bonds and foreign exchange. Rachana spent nine years at Cargill Singapore where she was Head of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rates. Prior to Maybank Asset Management, she was Head of Asia and Emerging Markets Fixed Income at DBS Asset Management.

Patrick Leung
Head of Fixed Income Trading, APAC

Patrick Leung, CFA, Director, is head of Fixed Income and FX trading for APAC within BlackRock’s Trading and Liquidity Strategies Group. He is responsible for overseeing fixed income and FX trading activity in the region.

Shamit Chokshi
Head - Offshore Fund Investments
ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company

Shamit Chokshi joined ICICI Prudential AMC in February 2016, and he spearheads the International Business Division. Shamit brings a rich and diverse asset management industry experience across investments and research, products, structuring, asset raising and strategy.

He is instrumental for developing investment themes, exporting our India equity and fixed income capabilities to foreign clients, strategically growing the firm's global business, and also overlooks the investment advisory process for this division.

Samy Lounis
Fixed Income Product Specilist
Allianz Global Investors
Gary Zhou
Director of Fixed Income Investments
China Securities International Asset Management
Alexander Bouzalis
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Alexander is a trader on the Global Fixed Income team. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2007 and has 22 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm , Alexander worked as an FX trader at Bankers Trust and NatWest Bank. Previously, Alexander was the head of Equity and Listed Derivative Trading for Emporiki Invesment Bank. He received a B.S. in finance from Northeastern University and M.B.A. from Duke University.
Rajeev De Mello
Bank of Singapore
Eric Neo
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Information Officer
Neo & Partners Global

Neo Say Wei (Eric) founded Neo & Partners Global in 2014, Asia Pacific's 1st of its kind TRADING-ATRIUM (Hub). He was featured in various media; Automated Trader, Business Times, Channel NewsAsia, Financial Times, Funds Global Asia, TheEdge Markets & TODAY, including 938LIVE Radio interview with Andre Ahchak & Howie Lim.

2017: Neo & Partners Global was awarded a National-Level Accreditation; NS MARK (GOLD), by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Chairman, Advisory Council for Community Relations in Defence; Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman + Recipient of the Prestigious & Highest Accolade Total Defence Awards; NS Advocate Award (SMEs) 2017!

2018: Eric further expanded his Entrepreneurship as Venture Partner; Golden Horse Fund Management, a Registered Fund Management Company with Monetary Authority of Singapore.

He has over 15+ yrs of experiences in Financial Services Industry.

Derek Mok
Chief Investment Officer
Fubon Convoy Asset Management

Regulatory Bodies and Association Speakers

Oualid Ammar
Senior Financial Officer
International Finance Corporation
Rahul Advani
Director Public Policy
International Swaps and Derivatives Association
Michael Preiss
Blockchain Association of Singapore
Mushtaq Kapasi
Chief Representative, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Mushtaq Kapasi is ICMA’s Chief Representative for the Asia-Pacific region. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2002, engaged in senior strategy, capital market and legal roles covering the region at international banks active in Asia. He has worked as a lawyer in debt capital markets and derivatives, a structurer in equities and fixed income, a manager of complex trades with regulatory and accounting considerations, and an adviser to top executives on emerging market strategy. He has also served as a consultant on financial structures of renewable energy projects in frontier markets. He is a member of the New York State Bar, and studied mathematics at the University of Texas and law at Yale University.

Craig Beevers
Senior Technical Advisor
FICC Markets Standards Board

Craig has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets, on both the buyside and the wholesale sell side. He has experience trading a variety of interest rate products and structuring a range of interest rate derivatives and other structured products, both as a trader and on the buy side for several major private equity funds. In addition, Craig has spent over 10 years of his career in risk management, including as head of global risk for Nikko Europe (now part of Citigroup). Craig has provided a range of advisory and consultancy services to fund investors and expert testimony on several high profile commercial disputes in the financial markets.

David McClean
Senior Technical Advisor
FICC Markets Standards Board

David McClean has worked in the wholesale financial markets for over thirty years in London, New York and Tokyo. He has held senior trading roles in fixed income and treasury at various investment banks, including Nomura from 1999 to 2005, and UBS from 2005 to 2008; from 2009 to 2014 he worked in investment management, including being a partner at Ruffer LLP. He is a CFA charterholder and has provided expert opinion and consultancy services in several commercial disputes in the financial sector.

Erryan Abdul Samad
Assistant General Counsel
International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA

Erryan Abdul Samad is the Assistant General Counsel based in Singapore. Prior to joining ISDA, he was global treasury counsel at Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited. He was a partner in KhattarWong and also previously practiced at Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons respectively in their London offices, and Allen & Gledhill in Singapore. He was also a part-time tutor at the National University of Singapore, teaching company and securities law as well as corporate finance law and practice.

Jason Valoti
Simmons & Simmons

Jason Valoti is a recognised leading practitioner in the Singapore and Hong Kong Legal markets and acts fro leading international investment banks in relation to structured and OTC derivate transactions and related regulatory matters. He has a particular focus on highly structures equity, credit and fund-linked transactions and has developed bespoke product solutions and platforms for a number of clients. Valoti also acts for fund and asset managers in respect of their transactional and trading requirements, including prime Brokerage, ISDA and other documentation.

Ricco Zhang
Director, Asia Pacific
International Capital Market Association (ICMA)

Ricco Zhang is Director, Asia Pacific of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) based in Hong Kong. Mr Zhang is responsible for ICMA’s development in Greater China and works very closely with regulators, financial institutions and other organizations who are active at the capital markets in the region to promote and maintain the best market practice.

He has previously worked for international law firms, investment banks and other financial institutions engaged in capital market transactions and mergers and acquisitions in Asia and has extensive experience as a market practitioner. Mr Zhang graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong.

FINTECH Speakers

Rahul Banerjee
Vincent Caldeira
CTO & Co-founder
Steve Toland

Steve is Founder of TransFICC an eTrading technology company offering solutions to Banks and Asset Managers who trade in the Fixed Income and Derivatives Markets. TransFICC’s “One API for eTrading” addresses issues of market data throughput, fragmentation and proving best execution. Steve has over 25 years experience working in the global capital markets. In a previous role he was Head of LMAX Interbank, where he met his technology colleagues. He has also led global sales for MarketFactory, and held the positions of Head of FX Sales for EMEA and America at ICAP, and Head of Sales for Americas at Thomson Reuters.

Avtar Sehra
CEO and Chief Product Architect

Avtar has a PhD in Theoretical Physics and research experience in quantitative computational engineering. Since leaving academia Avtar has held leadership positions in investment banking and consulting, specialising in financial engineering, quantitative risk management, structuring and product management. Avtar is now the CEO and chief architect in Nivaura, a financial technology company for managing the full lifecycle of financial asset issuance and administration. Avtar is also a director and advisor for a number of startups in finance and healthcare that leverage quantitative methods/analytics and Bitcoin/blockchain across Europe and Asia.

Industry Expert Speakers

Eiichiro Yanagawa
Senior Analyst

Eiichiro Yanagawa is a senior analyst with Celent’s Banking practice and is based in Tokyo.

Eiichiro's research focuses on IT strategy issues in the Japanese and Asian banking and financial industries. His recent research has included core banking systems, ATMs, and anti-money laundering technology, and focused on the technologies driving disruption in three areas: innovation, digital, and legacy and ecosystem transformation. Eiichiro's consulting experience includes development of bank IT strategies, thin client / desktop virtualization to support business continuity, evaluation of data centers for hosting core systems, and vendor selection of AML, risk management, and other technologies.

Emir Hrnjic
Visiting Senior Research Fellow and Former CEO
CAMRI @ NUS Business School and CIBFM (Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam)
Brett Elvish
Financial Viewpoint

Brett Elvish is the founder of Financial Viewpoint established in 2007 to provide business and operational management advice for multi-manager investors and their service providers. He has more than 30 years’ experience on investment management and consulting. He is the Advisor to some of Australia’s largest asset owners and asset managers over more than 20 years, Chairman of Investment Management Consultants Association Australia, Deputy Chairman, SFA Economics and Investment Policy Council and CFA charterholder, B.Com., MBA. 

Sam Ahmed
Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific
Deriv Asia

Sam has 19 years of experience with top tier banks such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and Citi where he held a number of roles in derivatives trading, risk management and middle office.

Sam is the managing director for Deriv Asia, a technical consultancy firm with offices in Singapore and London which specializes in providing financial markets and derivatives solutions focusing on areas of trading, risk management, custody, clearing, and technology solutions for regional and local banks, central banks, pension funds and exchanges.

Sam also combines his domain knowledge of financial markets with expert level technology knowledge to work on technology transformation projects on trading, risk and post trade where Sam is responsible for architectural design and end to end vendor selection process. Since 2016, Sam has also incorporated blockchain solutions for his clients for certain post trade, collateral and custody solutions. This includes 1. tokenized derivatives instruments for digital infrastructures, smart contract applications for post trade confirmation & reconciliation, and proof of concept using blockchain technology applications for collateral

Brayan Lai
Research Consultant

Brayan is a credit analyst by formal training and is skilled with underwriting both corporate and institutional credit risk. He is a generalist and has spent his career analysing credit from North to South Asia. More recent sectoral focuses have been placed on the commodity-led sectors in Asia, China Property Developers and debt growth and development in China. He practices his skill in the capital markets as an objective opinion maker in research articles and deriving allocation/trading strategies. He is a frequent voice in the financial press. In addition to credit analysis and trading strategies, he has assisted investors in portfolio management as well. He has designed both discretionary/advisory strategies dependent on investor risk/return objectives and tolerance thresholds. He is familiar with the origination process for funds – from construction/back-testing, asset gathering, infrastructure set-up and post-origination monitoring/management.

Big Idea Guest Speakers

Toby Hoenisch
Co-founder & CEO

Toby is a serial entrepreneur and blockchain expert, and is extremely passionate about banking the unbanked by leap frogging today’s legacy finance system and making blockchain & crypto-currencies useable and accessible to anyone. Toby is a frequently invited speaker at global Tech/FinTech events as well as a regular commentator in the media on current blockchain trends, the future of cryptocurrency and best ICO practices.

Sell Side and Technology Expert Speakers

Dennis Baillon
Director of Sales, Asia Pacific
Charles River Development
Haroon Mufti
Director Financial Markets Compliance
Standard Chartered Bank
Rahul Bhalla
Executive Director & Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific
IHS Markit
Alan Jones
Global Head Corporate Actions
SmartStream RDU
Simon Fasdal
Head of Fixed Income
Saxo Bank
Simon Fasdal joined Saxo Bank in 2011 and is head of fixed income. He focuses on delivering strategies and analyses of the bond markets defined by fundamentals, market sentiment and technical developments. He is also responsible for making Saxo Bank the first online provider of corporate and government bond trading on Saxo Bank’s award-winning platform: saxotradergo. the innovative approach to digitize bond markets was rewarded with the bankers tech award 2017. Simon has 18 years of market experience and has headed several fixed income teams, including the bond trading team at Nykredit Markets, the largest mortgage bank in Denmark.
Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, FIA
Director, Global Marketing

Ganesh Iyer, CAIA, FIA is Director, Global Marketing  at IPC, a technology and service leader that powers financial markets globally. At IPC, Mr. Iyer is responsible for spearheading global marketing initiatives, building brand awareness and growing the business. He has been widely quoted in the press regarding various aspects of the financial markets and has been featured in a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and CIO Review magazine. He has also been a speaker, panelist and delegate at various industry events in the US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Japan, Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the UAE. Mr. Iyer holds an MBA from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in the United States and a BS in Engineering from the Delhi Institute of Technology in India. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Financial Information Associate and a member of the Executive Committee of the Financial Information Services Association of the SIIA. 

Jon George
Managing Director, Global Head of Institutional Services
Howard Hoskin
Managing Director, Head of iSales EMEA & APAC
Steve Murphy
Sales Director Emea and Apac
Smartstream RDU
Michael Paulus
OpenDoor Securities
Jesper Bruun-Olsen
Head of Asia Pacific

Before joining Algomi, Jesper spent eleven years at Tradeweb, most recently as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific from 2001 to 2012. 

Jesper joined as part of the early team that established Tradeweb in Europe. In 2004 he was appointed to head up the company's expansion into APAC, initially based in Japan and later Hong Kong. Most recently, he held the position of Managing Director at OANDA in the region. 

He holds a degree in Commerce and Finance from Copenhagen Business School, and also participates in the European Commission sponsored Executive Training Programme (ETP) focused on conducting business in Japan.

Alan Jones
SVP Product Management and Business Solutions Director Apac

Alan Jones works as Business Solutions Director Asia Pacific at SmartStream and is responsible for working with financial institutions across the region to improve their operational efficiency. Alan has been with the company for 15 years and, prior to this role, he was responsible for the development of SmartStream’s TLM Corporate Actions solution. Alan has more than 25 years’ industry experience within the financial services industry. Before joining SmartStream, he managed the Corporate Actions, Income Processing and Tax Departments for American Express. Whilst at American Express, Alan managed several significant projects dealing with the inception of new tax rules, implementation of new systems, procedures and business transformation initiatives.

Sage Patel
Executive Director & Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific
IHS Markit
Mark Goodman
Managing Director, Global Head of Electronic Execution
UBS Investment Bank

Mark Goodman originally joined SBC Warburg in 1997 and has worked in a variety of Electronic Equity Distribution roles throughout his career with UBS in both London and New York. In 2009 he joined Societe Generale to head their electronic business for Cash Equities and Equity Derivatives. In 2015 Mark re-joined UBS as Global Head of Electronic Trading for agency services across FX, Rates and Credit.

Phil Cichlar
Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading
Jane Street

Phil leads Fixed Income ETF Sales and Trading efforts at Jane Street. He is an expert in electronic bond trading and market structure, acting as Jane Street’s primary point of contact for venues and electronic trading for the corporate bond market. During his 9-year tenure at Jane Street, Phil has played an instrumental role in building out its bond trading desk, in addition to growing its institutional client-facing ETF business. Prior to Jane Street, Phil spent over 5 years as a trader and heading capital management at BlueMountain Capital. He also spent several years at both Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas as a credit and rates middle office manager. Phil holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham Gabelli School of Business in New York.

Viktor Östebo
Head of Institutional ETF Trading
Flow Traders

Viktor Östebo joined Flow Traders in 2011 and relocated to its Asia office in Singapore in 2016. He is heading the firm's Institutional ETF Trading desk that is responsible for the relations with external counterparties and institutional investors across the region. Before relocating from Amsterdam to Singapore he spent the last five years pricing ETFs of all asset classes and from all issuers to institutional investors of all sizes across Europe. Flow Traders is one of the largest ETF market makers in the World. More than 115 traders pride themselves with providing liquidity and highly competitive 2-way risk or NAV markets in more than 5000 ETFs globally. On and off exchange the firm covers ETFs from all major issuers, listed on all relevant exchanges and of all asset classes. Flow Traders has frequently been named ETF Market Maker Asia-Pacific and Europe at the Global ETF Awards.

Kem Husain
Head of Asia Pacific Sales

Kem has over 18 years of capital market experience and joined AxeTrading in late 2017 to head up sales in the Asia Pacific region. Over the previous 8 years he has worked as a senior sales figure in Societe Generale and HSBC’s Fixed Income ecommerce teams. Kem helped to grow the global Rates, Credit and Emerging Markets businesses through his expertise in electronic trading, market structure and execution advisory services.

Kem honed his etrading knowledge with roles at both Bloomberg and Reuters but started his career at Hemscott in the late 90’s. Having worked at both sell-side and vendor institutions, Kem has been able to have unique insight of market structural changes over the last 10 years.

Kem holds a Business Administration degree from the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Richard Schiffman
Head of Open Trading

Richard Schiffman joined MarketAxess from BlackRock Financial Management where he was a Managing Director from August 2010 to August 2013, leading the Aladdin Trading Network (ATN) Open Trading initiative. At MarketAxess Richard is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the firm’s Open Trading efforts. Previously Richard had been with MarketAxess for ten years, having joined the firm at its inception in April 2000. Over that period he held several key roles including Head of New Business Development, Head of Information Services, Investment Grade Trading Product Manager and Chief Technology Officer. Prior to joining MarketAxess, Richard was Vice President and Manager of Fixed Income Research Technology at J.P. Morgan, where he was employed in a variety of positions from March 1992 to April 2000.

Simon McGhee
Head of ETF Advisory
Bluefin Europe

Simon is Head of ETF Advisory at Bluefin Europe. He is responsible for all aspects of sales and business development across EMEA and has over a decade of buy and sell side experience within the ETF industry having held sales and trading roles in London.

Prior to joining Bluefin in April 2014, he worked for BlackRock iShares raising seed capital and spear heading market making and distribution initiatives with clients in the UK, Germany and Switzerland. Simon has also held equity sales and program trading roles at Tradition and Barclays Capital in London.

An associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), Simon is a keen amateur rugby player and fan of English cricket. He Lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and three children.

Jesper Bruun-Olsen
Head of Asia Pacific
Brett Pybus
Managing Director, Fixed Income ETF Product Strategy
BlackRock iShares

Brett Pybus, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of the Product Strategy Team within BlackRock's Global Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group.

Having joined in 2013, he focuses on Model-Based Fixed Income in the UK and leads the iShares EMEA Fixed Income Product Strategy team.

Before joining BlackRock, Mr Pybus worked at UBS Global Asset Management from 2008-2013 as a fixed income investment specialist where he focused on global, currency and high yield strategies. Prior to that he worked for Lehman Brothers Asset Management from 2005-2008 covering the full range of fixed income strategies as a product specialist. Mr Pybus started his career at Morgan Stanley Investment Management as part of the Strategic Planning and Product Development group from 1999-2005.

Mr Pybus holds an MSc in Economics from University College London and a BSc in Economics from the University of Southampton. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Ecaterina Bigos
Vice President
BlackRock iShares
Ecaterina Bigos, Vice President, is a member of the Product Strategy team within BlackRock's Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group. She joined in 2012 as a fixed income strategist focusing on iShares. Before joining BlackRock, Ecaterina worked at UBS and Credit Suisse as a product specialist in global synthetic equity. Prior to that she was at Dresdner Kleinwort where she started in corporate solutions group covering EMEA, then moving on to cross asset financing group focusing on hedge funds. She holds a Master in Finance from Cass Business School and a Bachelor degree from Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
Philipp Sterner
Head of Sales, Asia
Pak Wing Chung
Head of ETF & Indices, APAC
ICE Data Services


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