Global Panel of Speakers

Keynote Speakers


 


Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua
Minister in the Prime Minister?? Office,
Second Minister for Finance and Transport, Singapore

 

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua was appointed Minister of State for Finance and Transport on 12 August 2004. She was promoted to Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport on 1 April 2008. On 1 April 2009, she was promoted to Minister in the Prime Minister?? Office and appointed concurrently as Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Transport.

Lim was elected Member of Parliament for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency and appointed Adviser to the Serangoon grassroots organisations in both 1996 and 2001. Between April 2002 and August 2004, she was the Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. In May 2006, Lim was re-elected as a Member of Parliament for the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency. Lim began her career as an Administrative Officer in the Ministries of Finance, Education and Law. In 1989, she joined Swiss Bank Corporation as an investment analyst and moved on to Jardine Fleming in 1992, where she served as Head of Research and Director of Business Development. In August 2000, she joined Temasek Holdings first as Managing Director of Corporate Stewardship and later, Managing Director of Strategic Relations.


 


Mr. Zubaid Ahmad
Vice Chairman ?� Institutional Clients Group and Global Co-Head ?� Public Sector Group, Citi


As part of his responsibilities, Zubaid Ahmad also serves as Global Head of the firm?? Sovereign Wealth Fund coverage efforts and, as a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group, is also involved with the firm?? cross-border M&A initiatives. Ahmad brings a 25-year global corporate and investment banking experience having completed a large number of transactions, for both US and emerging market clients, spanning mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity capital markets, privatisations, project and trade financings. Ahmad?? client relationships include leading corporations, private equity and sovereign wealth funds. He has also served on a number of private and public company boards over the years.

 

 

Professor Hiroko Ota
Vice President ?� Public Finance Policy, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies
former Minister of State for Economics and Fiscal Policy, Japan

 

In her current role as Vice President and Professor at the GRIPS, Hiroko Ota has authored and delivered several thought leadership papers and presentations for the global public policy community. Prior to this, from 2002-2005 Ota served as Director, Deputy Director General, and Director General for the Economic Research Bureau at the Cabinet Office (the Koizumi Cabinet). In 2006 she was appointed as Minister of State for Economics and Fiscal Policy for the Abe Cabinet, then for the Fukuda Cabinet in 2007. Her main duties as Minister were managing macro economics and Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (CEFP).

 

Mr. Jean-Luc Schneider
Deputy Director ?� Policy Studies Branch, OECD

 


Jean-Luc Schneider is presently the Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch, at the Economics Department of the OECD. Schneider was educated in mathematics and economics in Paris and London. Before joining the OECD in 2007, he held various positions in France, in the Forecasting Directorate, the French statistical institute, and the Treasury, where he dealt with structural policies, public finance, and macroeconomic policy. Schneider also spent several years at the IMF, where he worked on various countries in the Fiscal Affairs Department.

 Speakers
   

Dr. Bindu N Lohani
Vice President ?� Finance and Administration, Asian Development Bank

In his current role at the ADB and as member of the Bank?? management team, Bindu Lohani is responsible for the functional areas of treasury, controllership, information technology, budget and
human resources amidst others. Before his term at ADB began in 1985, Lohani had also worked with the Government of Nepal and was Division Chairman at the Asian Institute of Technology. Most of Lohani?? professional experience was in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development which is underscored in his pioneering works for project investments in Asia-Pacific.Under his leadership, the Bank has broken new ground in its lending and development activities in the region.

   
   
Mr. Kamran Khan
Program Director, World Bank-Singapore Urban Hub

Aside from his current role in Singapore, Kamran Khan also leads the World Bank?? Infrastructure
Finance Practice Group in East Asia, and is a member of the World Bank?? Global Expert Team on Public-Private-Partnerships and Infrastructure Finance. Khan?? experience includes investment banking, project finance, and management of infrastructure projects. He specialises in leading complex financial transactions as well as implementation of institutional development programs. Prior to the World Bank, Khan spent over eight years in the private sector focusing on investment banking and advisory services with Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and LEK Consulting. Khan has handled transactions involving municipal bonds, asset securitisation, project finance, privatisation, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs and private equity investments.
   
   
Mr. Gabriel Makhlouf
Deputy Chief Executive, New Zealand Treasury

Having joined the New Zealand Treasury in March this year, Gabriel Makhlouf is responsible for these main portfolios including the National Infrastructure Unit, Financial Operations, Debt Management Office and Strategy and Performance. Prior to this, Makhlouf was a UK civil servant whose career has been in HM Inland Revenue, HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). He has chaired the tax rule-making body at the OECD, was Principal Private Secretary to former Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, and led one of HMRC?? biggest operational directorates.
   
   

Mr. Jerry Davis,
Chairman & CEO, New Orleans Employees' Retirement System

Andre Proite joined the Brazilian National Treasury in 2004, and in his current role at the Public Debt Strategic Planning Department, is responsible for managing the relationship with credit rating agencies. His academic background puts him in good stead in applied quantitative methods to measure decision-making-units efficiency. Prior to joining the treasury, he was a Microeconomics and Calculus professor. Most of his professional experience entails analysing the indicators provided by credit rating agencies to consider how sovereign financial assets amongst other can be better captured toward policymaking.

   
   

Mr. Andre Proite,
Manager of Investor Relations Office, Brazilian National Treasury

Mr. Proite joined the Brazilian National Treasury in 2004, and in his current role at the Public Debt Strategic Planning Department, is responsible for managing the relationship with credit rating agencies. His academic background puts him in good stead in applied quantitative methods to measure decision-making-units efficiency. Prior to joining the treasury, he was a Microeconomics and Calculus professor.

Most of his professional experience entails analysing the indicators provided by credit rating agencies to consider how sovereign financial assets amongst other can be better captured toward policymaking.

   
   

Mr. Kao Chia Nung
Executive Secretary ?� Private Participation Unit, Public Construction Commission, Taiwan

Kao Chia Nung has more than 25 years of experience in implementing and promoting PPPs. Prior
to his tenure at the PCC, he was the Director of Joint Development Division for the Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government. More than 70 MRT station PPP projects had been
carried out under his supervision. Currently, he is responsible for the relevant policy and regulation issues in order to accelerate the PPP developments in Taiwan. Kao also has extensive knowledge of transport, urban and finance planning. He is not only the professional engineer of traffic engineering and urban planning, but also a qualified real estate appraisers/broker and professional land agent.

   
   

Mr. Pratyaya Amrit
Secretary ?� Road Construction Department, Government of Bihar

Pratyaya Amrit has held key administrative positions in the Government of Bihar since 2009. In his
previous role as Chairman of Bihar State Bridge Corporation from 2006-9 Amrit was instrumental in bringing about a turnaround in the fortunes of the organisation seeing losses. As Special Commissioner at the Disaster Management Department (May 2008-August 2009) he handled the worst ever floods in Bihar in 2008. In his current assignment with the Road Construction Department, he is responsible for development and maintenance of almost 11,000km of roads and bridges. Amrit was also nominated for Indian of the Year Award in Public Administration category for handling of Kosi Flood Disaster 2008.

   
   

Mr. Kotaro Tamura
Chief Executive Officer ?� Strategic Initiative Corporation of Economy and Management for Japan

Temporarily out of politics, Kotaro Tamura, former Senator, former vice minister of fiscal and economic policy making and of financial affairs, is actively engaged in promoting Japan?? businesses. Tamura is currently leading the initiative to set up a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) mirroring the best models provided by countries like Norway and Singapore. This is aimed at effectively managing government assets, foreign reserves, public pension funds, government-owned property and resources. Tamura was also Chairman of Japan?? Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In this, he has developed policies introducing technologies like intelligent transportation systems, disaster prevention and solutions to manage road traffic. Recently, he was also involved in the technology transfer of the building of highways to Asian, Middle East and African countries.

   
   

Mr. Zubaid Ahmad
Vice Chairman ?� Institutional Clients Group and Global Co-Head ?� Public Sector Group, Citi

As part of his responsibilities, Zubaid Ahmad also serves as Global Head of the firm?? Sovereign Wealth Fund coverage efforts and, as a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group, is also involved with the firm?? cross-border M&A initiatives. Ahmad brings a 25-year global corporate and investment banking experience having completed a large number of transactions, for both US and
emerging market clients, spanning mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, debt and equity
capital markets, privatisations, project and trade financings. Ahmad?? client relationships include leading corporations, private equity and sovereign wealth funds. He has also served on a number of private and public company boards over the years.

   
   

Dr. Pham Huy Hung,
Chairman, ASEAN Bankers?� Association, Vietnam Banks?� Association and VietinBank

Dr Pham was elected as the current Chairman of the ASEAN Bankers?� Association in November 2009. He also leads the Board of Directors for the Vietnam Banks?� Association and Vietinbank.

   
   

Ms. Elena Okorotchenko,
Managing Director, Standard and Poor?? Ratings

As Managing Director, Elena Okorotchenko heads the Sovereign and International Public Finance ratings team in Asia including Japan and Korea. Her areas of expertise include sovereigns, local and regional governments and public finance entities. Prior to joining Standard & Poor?? in May 1998, Okorotchenko was an Assistant Vice President and deputy head of Risk Management department at Credit Suisse First Boston in Moscow and an analyst with the Project Finance team in London. Her responsibilities included credit analysis of Russian corporations in various sectors and risk assessment of transactions and instruments.

   
   

Mr. Andrew Colquhoun,
Head ?� Asia-Pacific Sovereign Ratings, Fitch Ratings

Andrew Colquhoun joined Fitch Ratings as a director in the Sovereign Group in 2006. He covered
a range of credits on the Emerging Europe team for over three years before transferring to Fitch??
Asia-Pacific Sovereigns team, based in Hong Kong, in 2009. He is currently the Head of Asia Pacific Sovereign Ratings and is the lead analyst for a number of countries in the region. Before joining Fitch, Colquhoun worked at the Bank of England for eight years in a range of roles in the Bank?? monetary analysis, market operations, and financial stability areas.
   
   

Ms. Vanessa Wang
Partner and Retirement, Risk and Finance Consulting Leader- Asia, Mercer

A qualified actuary by training, Vanessa Wang has over 17 years of consulting experience on retirement issues around the world, with deep experience in US and Asia. Her clients include private and SOE companies, pension fund providers, and public and government pension funds. Wang is a frequent speaker in industry conferences in the region and is the Asia advisor to the World Economic Forum studies. Based in Beijing, Wang keeps frequent contact and communications with Chinese regulators regarding the enterprise annuity and investment policies. She has also recently assisted the Chinese government in developing various training programs and surveys related to retirement industry issues.

   
   

Mr. Jean-Luc Schneider,
Deputy Director ?� Policy Studies Branch, OECD

Mr. Jean-Luc Schneider is presently the Deputy Director, Policy Studies Branch, at the Economics Department of the OECD. Mr. Schneider was educated in mathematics and economics in Paris and London. Before joining the OECD in 2007, he held various positions in France, in the Forecasting Directorate, the French statistical institute, and the Treasury, where he dealt with structural policies, public finance, and macroeconomic policy. Mr. Schneider also spent several years at the IMF, where he worked on various countries in the Fiscal Affairs Department.

   
   

Filippo Sabatini,
Managing Director and Global Public Sector Head ?� Global Transaction Services, Citi

In his current role, Filippo Sabatini has the responsibility for global strategy and business execution for Public Sector GTS business. Filippo joined Citi in 1987. From 2006 to 2009 as GTS EMEA Public Sector Head, he was responsible for the GTS client and sales management strategy for the most important public sector clients on EMEA. Previously, Filippo was the GRB senior banker for energy/ power/telecom and municipal finance clients in Italy and the Senior Relationship Manager responsible for a portfolio of branded consumer and general corporate names. In these positions he has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions transactions, acquisition financings, capital structuring, equity co-investments and global transaction banking deals.

   
   

Mr. Sanjeev Jain,
Director and Public Sector Head of Asia-Pacific ?� Global Transaction Services, Citi

Sanjeev Jain is responsible for the development and growth of the transaction banking business with public sector entities in Asia Pacific. His role involves developing strategic partnership with governments and public sector clients and structuring solutions that help them grow revenues, enhance operating efficiencies, improve risk management and reduce costs associated with their
domestic and cross-border transactions. Jain started his banking career with Citi in 1998 in cash management operations and took on several roles in sales. Before taking over the current role, he
was managing the global payments business for corporate and public sector clients for Asia Pacific.

   
   
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Also featuring, Mr. Jaafar Badwan,Deputy Director ?� Treasury, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Mr. Andrew Kinloch, Head of Public-Private Partnerships Advisory Unit, Asian Development Bank, Mr. John Hindmarsh, Chief Executive Officer, Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation*, Mr. Dang Huy Dong, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam, Mr. Gajendra Haldea, Advisor (Infrastructure), Planning Commission of India, Mr. Anggito Abimanyu, Secretary-General of Indonesian Economists Association & Former Head of Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Indonesia, Ms. Prowmatr Huntra, Deputy Director General, Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance, Thailand, Mr. Diwa Guinigundo, Deputy Governor ?� Monetary Stability Sector, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,Dr. Geng Xiao, Professor and Director, Columbia University Global Center in Beijing, People?? Republic of China, Mr. Surinder Kathpalia, Managing Director, Standard & Poor??, Mr. James Harris, Chairman, International Project Finance Association & Managing Partner, Hogan-Lovells Lee & Lee.

* The Asian Banker is inviting global luminaries to speak at the Summit and reserves the rights to amend the list of speakers. A few speakers are pending confirmation. Please visit our website for latest update on speakers.

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