18 - 20 September, 2018
Sheraton Towers, Singapore
65 6722 9455
Buy Side Speakers
Chief Executive Officer
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.
VP and Portfolio Manager
Shashwat Nanda manages US$ 2.5 Billion for Trust Capital. His investment portfolio is held across Rates, and Investment Grade/ High Yield / Special Situation credits investing in Asian Countries. Debt fund is an absolute returns fund with focus on creating long term returns for Trust’s Institutional Clients. Prior to that, Shashwat was based out of London and worked with Private Equity Fund, 3i Group, investing through its £2.4 Billion Infrastructure fund. He started his career working with Singapore PricewaterhouseCoopers covering Asian clients. He has Bachelor’s in Economics from London School of Economics and MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Founder and CEO
Rajat Bhatia, Founder & CEO, Neural Capital – International investment banker& derivatives trader turned entrepreneur, investor and advisor to startups, early stage and Small, Medium Enterprises (SMEs). He comes with more than 27 years cumulative global experience in New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Mumbai, Dubai and Florida. His work experience spans a very wide range of areas including Investing in and Advising start ups,early stage companies and SMEs, Capital raising from VCs and PE funds, Investment Banking, Corporate Finance, M&A, Debt Capital Markets, Exchange Traded and OTC Derivatives, Proprietary Trading and Market Making, Structured Derivative for Institutional Investors and for Liability Management and Alternative Investments – Hedge Funds.
S.E.A Asset Management
Alex has more than 20 years of industry experience in investment as well as in private banking. He has previously worked with Robertson Stephens & Co, Morgan Stanley in Zurich, UBS Investment Bank in Frankfurt/Germany, as well as Credit Suisse Private Bank and Bank Julius Baer in Singapore. During his stay in Singapore Alex has gained more than 10 years of investing experience in equities, fixed income and currencies in the wider Asian Pacific region.
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.
Senior Fixed Income Trader
Lion Global Investors
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.
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.
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.
Experienced Portfolio Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the investment management industry. Skilled in Currency, Asset Management, Investment Banking, Credit, and Fixed Income. Strong finance professional with a MSc focused in Financial Mathematics from The University of Chicago.
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.
Head of Portfolio Management - Fixed Income
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.
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.
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 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.
Chief Economist, Asia, ex-Japan
Amundi Asset Management
Mo JI joins Amundi Asset Management in April 2015, as Chief Economist for Asia ex Japan, based in Hong Kong. Previously she works at Azentus Capital Management (prior Goldman Sachs Principle Strategies), as Global Chief Economist from April 2011. Prior to that, Mo has worked at Deutsche Bank from July 2009, as China economist, with Jun MA who is former Chief Economist of China’s central bank PBOC.
Academically, Mo has studied her Ph.D. at Columbia University in NYC, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz, the 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, and has helped Prof. Stiglitz in advising the Chinese government in the past 12 consecutive years (2005-2017). Mo also holds M.A. from Peking University and B.A. from Renmin University in China, both in International Economics.
Regional CIO 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.
Quantitative Portfolio Manager
Allianz Global Investors
Wesley is a quantitative portfolio manager of multi-asset investment team at Allianz Global Investors (AGI) in Taiwan and currently manages a quantitative factor driven balanced fund which across many asset classes, including ETFs, bond portfolio, stock baskets. He is particularly familiar with applying various derivatives (futures, options, swaps) composition strategies to dynamically reshape the portfolio risk as a more structured return style.
Before joining AGI in 2016, Wesley served as the head of fixed income department in Taiwan Cooperative Securities Investment Trust Co. He was responsible for a global high yield bond portfolio management. Moreover, he was actively involved in various quantitative strategies development, especially focus on arbitrage trading of FICC and volatility index (VIX) markets. Meanwhile, He is also a lecturer of fixed income derivatives at CFFEX and EUREX Exchange.
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.
Head of Trading
Allianz Global Investors
Kent is the Head of Regional Asia Pacific Trading for Allianz Global Investors which have assets under management in excess of EUR 291billion. He has over twenty years investment experience and is best suited to lead a roundtable discussion exclusive to heads of trading from the buy side to discuss day to day challenges and solutions. He will also be presenting a summary of the discussions on the morning of day two.
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.
Chief Investment Strategist & Portfolio Manager
Lombard Odier Investment Managers
Salman Ahmed is chief investment strategist at Lombard Odier Investment Managers. He joined the company in January 2013. Prior to joining, Salman was head of global macro at EDF Trading (trading arm of EDF Group). Before that, he was a global macro economist at Goldman Sachs International from 2006 to 2009. Previously, he was an active equity research associate at Barclays Global Investors from 2005 to 2006, as well as at Goldman Sachs, where he completed an internship in 2004. He began his career as an investment analyst at Watson & Wyatt LLP in 2001
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
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
Head of Asian Fixed Income
Bryan Collins is the Head of Asian Fixed Income and Portfolio manager, based in Hong Kong. He manages the Asian High Yield Fund, China High Yield Fund, the RMB Bond Franchise, the Hong Kong Bond Fund as well as the Asian cash funds. Bryan also co-manages the Asian Bond and Asian Total Return Bond Funds. Bryan has over 17 years of investment experience and joined Fidelity International in 2006 as a Fixed Income Trader. In 2009, Bryan became Portfolio Manager and in 2018 become the Head of Asian Fixed Income. He is currently responsible for directly managing over US$6 billion in assets on behalf of our clients. Prior to joining Fidelity International, Bryan was at Credit Suisse Asset Management based in Sydney, Australia. Bryan is a CFA charter holder and completed a Masters of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales.
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.
Robeco Hong Kong
Victoria Mio is co-Head Asia Pacific Equities and CIO China at Robeco. She is the lead fund manager of the Chinese equities and Chinese A-Shares equities funds at Robeco. She has been part of the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific equities investment team since 2008. Prior to this, she spent 2 years in the emerging markets team in Robeco’s head office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and in 2007 she started managing the Robeco Chinese Equities fund. Victoria Mio holds various professional designations, such as Chartered Financial Analyst, Certified Public Accountant (US) and a Financial Risk Manager. Before joining Robeco in 2006, Victoria Mio worked for seven years in the US and five years in China and held senior positions in several financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Asterion Capital LLC, and Banco Nacional Ultramarino SA. Victoria Mio started her career in 1992 and has over 20 years of experience in financial service industry. Victoria Mio obtained an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Victoria Mio also holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Macau.
Co-Head Regional Fixed Income
Maybank Asset Management Singapore
Judy is responsible for all Asia local and hard currency fixed income investments, including Islamic Sukuk at Maybank Asset Management. She has had 18 years of investment experience. Judy started managing Singapore bonds and Asian Asset Backed portfolios in 2002, followed by Asian USD credit in 2005 and Asian local currency credit from 2009. Prior to a career in fixed income portfolio management, Judy was working as an equity analyst and a structured credit analyst. Her previous employers included BNP Paribas Investment Partners, FFTW, and Deutsche Bank AG.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Investment Officer
Mountain Pacific Group
Eric Busay, comes with over 20 years currency trading, foreign fixed income, sales and portfolio management experience. He has worked as a portfolio manager at CaIPERS for 17.5 years, which is considered as the nation's largest public pension fund with investments in both domestic and international markets and the largest private equity investors in the world.
Managing Director, Global Head of Emerging Markets Corporates
Brigitte Posch is Head of Barings’ Emerging Markets Corporate Group. Brigitte is the lead portfolio manager for this strategy, as well as the Emerging Markets Debt Short Duration strategy. Brigitte has worked in the industry since 1992 and her experience has encompassed emerging markets structured credit, investment grade and high yield corporate bonds and loans. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, she was an executive vice president portfolio manager – head of emerging markets corporates at PIMCO. Before PIMCO, she was a managing director and head of Latin America securitization and trading at Deutsche Bank.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Pan Asia Fixed income
UBS Asset Management
Ashley Perrott is Head of Pan Asia fixed income within UBS AM and has over 30 years experience in fixed income markets. He and his team are responsible for the portfolio management of all Asia fixed income funds and mandates, covering both hard and local currency strategies. This also includes country specific portfolios, such as onshore China fixed income investments.
Ashley joined UBS AM in 2004 in the Sydney office, before moving to Singapore in 2008. He took on his current role in May 2012. Prior to joining UBS, Ashley gained extensive fund management experience covering a wide variety of investment markets and clients.
He was Head of Fixed Income at Westpac Investment Management for 5 years where his team was responsible for the management of all cash and fixed interest funds. Ashley has also previously worked as Head of Fixed Income at Barclays Global Investors (Australia) for 3 years and as a senior portfolio manager with AMP Investments for over 10 years, both in Australia and London.
Regulatory Bodies and Association Speakers
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.
Management Consultant, Wholesale and Institutional Financial Services
Parijat covers banks across Asia Pacific and is a specialist in our Markets sector. He has 9+ years of experience working with wholesale financial services institutions across APAC and the Middle East. Prior to joining Greenwich Associates, Parijat worked with Oliver Wyman in their Corporate and Institutional Banking practice, focusing on advising wholesale/Institutional businesses. Parijat has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and a Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Executive Director, Fixed Income
Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)
Vijay Chander is focused on working with the various fixed income committees and playing a significant role in standardising credit markets across to allow greater cross-border flows to improve liquidity and keep Asian savings in the region. He also helps address other initiatives in the tax and compliance areas.
Vijay has over twenty-five years’ experience on both the buy and the sell sides of the fixed income and credit universe, having worked at Citibank, Lehman Brothers, the Prudential, BNP Paribas, Bear Stearns and most recently at Standard Chartered where he was the global head of credit strategy, before joining ASIFMA. Vijay’s career has been largely focused on Asia. He has worked in a variety of capacities, which include foreign exchange and credit trading/ structuring, risk management and credit portfolio management, analysis and strategy.
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.
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.
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.
International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA
Jing Gu is Senior Counsel at ISDA. Prior to joining ISDA, Ms. Gu was a senior lawyer in the Legal and Compliance Department of Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited where she specialized in OTC derivative products and structured finance with a geographical emphasis on the Greater China region. Before joining Credit Suisse, she was an associate at Allen & Overy Hong Kong Office where she advised a number of international banks and Chinese banks on derivative transactions and ISDA documentation. Ms. Gu holds a Master of Laws degree from Peking University, an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws degree from Kyushu University in Japan. Ms. Gu is qualified in the State of New York, China and is also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong.
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.
Acting Deputy Treasurer & Head Syndications ‐ Asia Pacific
International Finance Corporation
John Groesbeek is the IFC Acting Deputy Treasurer in Singapore and in this role oversees all IFC Treasury activities for the Asia Pacific region. This includes the liquid asset portfolio, funding program, cash management, treasury client solutions, syndications and quantitative analyses. John is also IFC Head Syndications Asia. Further to the B loan program mainly used with commercial banks, the team works with DFIs/multilaterals and local lenders, and through the new MCPP program with institutional investors. John started his career at ABNAMRO in 1993 where he worked in the Debt Capital Markets team in Amsterdam, Singapore and New York. In 2001 he moved to IFC Treasury and worked on IFC’s bond funding program and investor marketing globally. Amongst others he was responsible for the opening of the domestic bond markets for foreign entities in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Morocco. Subsequently he moved to Syndications where he managed the Latin America team before moving to Asia in 2012. John holds a degree in Banking and Finance from the Amsterdam Academy, an advanced RBA degree in Portfolio Management and he participated in the YMP program at INSEAD.
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.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Interest Rate Derivatives, Hedge Funds, Investment Banking, and Credit. Strong business development professional with a BSc focused in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.
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.
Head of Business Development
Sonia started her career in financial services at Credit Suisse in New York in equity derivatives and structured products where she was responsible for product innovation and sales to private banking clients. At CS, Sonia served as Co-Chair of the Next Generation Network, an initiative focused on career development and mentorship within the bank. In 2013, Sonia joined CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the US, as a portfolio manager. At CalPERS, Sonia managed over $3 billion of emerging markets equities. After moving to Singapore in 2015, Sonia shifted focus to the financial technology sector, joining Singapore based startup Smartkarma to head business development. Sonia is responsible for building the business’s global footprint, leading a team of highly experienced investment professionals.
She is a member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle.
Industry Expert Speakers
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.
Managing Director, Global Markets, Asia Pacific
Callum Henderson manages the Singapore office of Eurasia Group, targeting institutional investor clients across the Asia Pacific region. His research focuses on political-economy strategy for investors and corporates, and is reflected in Global Strategy publications such as GIS.
Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific
Sam Ahmed is the Managing Director of Deriv Asia, a lead technical consultancy focusing on credit risk, collateral management, liquidity solutions and CVA. Sam held a number of roles across Asia Pac Rim in his 18 year career in banking. Sam started off in Westpac Sydney as a management trainee in 1994. In 1997, at Lehman Brothers Japan, Sam was an FX Derivatives Trader and held a number of other roles in Fixed Income Derivatives. At Merrill Lynch Japan, Sam headed the Rates, Credit & FX Trading Desk Support Teams. In 2008, Sam was posted to Singapore’s Merrill Lynch Private Bank where he managed both the Collateral management & Derivatives Client Services team. Finally, his last role was at Citi Sg, where he was head of Collateral Services for the APAC region from 2011 to 2014.
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
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.
Founder of Chainstarter, Author, Blockchain Writer
Nick Ayton is not only a Blockchain Architect, Ethereum Believer and ICO Advisor, but also a filmmaker, who is creating a new film project that is revolutionising the way films are produced and financed. Having worked in technology for 35 years, Nick has 9 Fintech starts ups behind him and was named as a Fintech Top 100 Influencer for 2017 and number 21 at the rise blockchain Top 100.
Sell Side and Technology Expert Speakers
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.
Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading
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.
Head of Institutional ETF Trading
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.
Head of APAC Sales
Kem has over 15 years of capital market experience and has just joined AxeTrading to lead sales in the APAC region. Over the last 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 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 sellside 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.
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.
Head of ETF Advisory
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.
Managing Director, Fixed Income ETF Product Strategy
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.
We're always looking ahead to book a roster of inspiring speakers. Contact us today to reserve your spot.
Want to see who spoke previously? Check out the link below.View 2017 Speakers