Advisory Council Members



CHAIRMAN

Mr Philip Strause, Retired Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

Mr Philip Strause has close to 40 years’ experience working with commercial banks, investment banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and other specialised financial institutions on strategy, risk management, profitability management, operations improvement and reengineering assignments and technology implementation. From 1997 – 2003, he was the practice director for Deloitte’s Asia Pacific Africa Financial Institutions Practice based in Hong Kong, heading Deloitte’s consulting practice to financial services firms in the Asia Pacific. He was a key contributor to several of Deloitte’s studies on the future of retail banking.


Mr Philippe Paillart, Former Board Member of Citibank Germany, Standard Chartered Bank, Ford Financial Services and DBS Bank, and current Partner of MOTET, the International Banking Advisory Partnership

Mr Philippe Paillart is chief executive officer and president of SIN RONG, an investment and advisory company based in Singapore, and operating in Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as a partner of MOTET, an international advisory group focusing on financial services. He created Citibank Personal Banking, served on the board of Citibank Germany and Standard Chartered Bank, and was chairman and CEO of Ford Credit and Ford Financial Services. He has also served as CEO and vice chairman of DBS Bank.

Mr Varun Sabhlok, Former Regional Audit Director, Citibank Global Consumer Banking Division (Asia Pacific) and current Director, AVS Asia Ventures

Mr Varun Sabhlok, director of AVS Ventures, has been engaged in banking consulting and advisory in the Asia Pacific region for the last seven years, primarily in the areas of risk assessment and credit risk management, wealth management, relationship management and CRM, strategic business planning, equity investment, and financial restructuring. Mr Sabhlok also spent 11 years with Citibank in its global consumer banking division in Asia as South Asia regional audit director, country credit director in Thailand, and as CFO of the Singapore business.

Professor Brett King, Vice President, International, American Academy of Financial Management

Brett King is the CEO of the American Academy of Financial Management, and an internationally acknowledged expert on wealth management and private banking with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Prof. King is also the founder of User Strategy, a boutique consultancy focused on improving customer interaction for leading financial services companies and businesses. His clients include HSBC, Citigroup, UBS, Standard Chartered, CSFB, and BNP
Paribas.

Mr Chris Skinner, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BALATRO

Mr Chris Skinner, founder and chief executive officer of BALATRO is known as an exceptional speaker. Mr Skinner shares his vision on the future strategies for banks at the world’s leading financial conferences including the BAI in the US, EFMA in Europe, and Financial Times in the UK. Prior to creating BALATRO, Mr Skinner was vice president of marketing and strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services from 1998 to 2002.

SECRETARIAT

Mr Christian Kapfer, Head, The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Programme

Mr Christian Kapfer is the Head of Consumer Banking Research at The Asian Banker and leads the firm’s prestigious Excellence in Retail Financial Services Programme. He monitors key tactical and business issues concerning retail banking and develops the benchmarking practice of The Asian Banker. Christian routinely presents to senior banking industry insiders in the Asia Pacific and is quoted regularly in various media such as BBC, CNBC and regional media.


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Keynote Speakers:

Dr Tarisa Watanagase, Governor, Bank of Thailand

Mr Edmund Koh, President, Ta Chong Bank
Dr Muliaman D. Hadad, Deputy Governor, Bank of Indonesia
Mr Wilson Chia, Regional Head, South East Asia, Consumer Banking Group, Standard Chartered Bank
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The Asian Banker Excellence
in Retail Financial Services Convention 2008

- Chairman -
Mr Philip Strause, Retired Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and International Resource Director, The Asian Banker
- Advisory Council Members -

Mr Philippe Paillart, Former Board Member of Citibank, Standard Chartered, Ford Financial Services and DBS Bank

Mr Varun Sabhlok, Former Regional Audit Director, Citibank Global Consumer Banking and current Director, AVS Asia Ventures

Professor Brett King, Chief Executive Officer, International, American Academy of Financial Management

Mr Chris Skinner, Founder and Chief Executive Offi cer, BALATRO and Chairman of the Financial Services Club

- Secretariat -
Mr Christian Kapfer, Head, The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Programme

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