Keynote Speakers

  • Paul SarbanesSenator Paul Sarbanes
    Author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and former Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

    At the beginning of the 21st century, corporate scandals involving Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, and many other firms rocked the American business landscape, ruined the lives of many workers and stockholders, and caused the world to lose confidence in American business. In order to regain investor confidence and monitor corporations and their activities, Paul Sarbanes, Maryland’s senior senator, led the charge to reform the business world. His work in creating the Sarbanes- Oxley Act has transformed the business world and restored public confidence in Wall Street by making companies liable for unethical actions.

  • Kasper VilligerMr Kaspar Villiger
    Former President and former Finance Minister of Switzerland and current Director, Swiss Re

    Kaspar Villiger was the former President of Switzerland and former Chairman of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting. As the current director of Swiss Re, he has been at the forefront of the subprime crisis that began to unfold in the U.S. during the latter part of 2007. He also previously served on the Swiss Federal Council from 1989 – 2003. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich with a degree in mechanical engineering.

  • Kasper VilligerMr Nguyen Van Giau
    Governor, State Bank of Vietnam

    Nguyen Van Giau is the governor of the State Bank of Vietnam. The former chief executive officer of the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Nguyen brings more than twenty years of banking experience and five years as a senior Communist Party official to his current position. He holds a doctorate in economics.

  • Mr Ross Jones
    Deputy Chairman, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, Australia

    Ross Jones was appointed Deputy Chairman and Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) effective 1 July 2003. He is responsible for superannuation and chairs APRA’s Enforcement Committee. He is vice chairman of the OECD Working Party on Private Pensions, a member of the Singapore Central Provident Fund Advisory Panel and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors. Previously he was a commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and a former chairman of the International Air Services Commission.

Forum Chairs and Advisors

The Risk Management & Governance Conference

(incorporating The Bank – Regulation Dialogue)
  • Dr Michael Ong
    Stuart Graduate School of Business, Chicago, Illinois

    Michael Ong is one of the world’s leading experts on risk management within financial institutions and author of several leading bestsellers on risk. A prolific writer of many articles and books, Professor Ong recently published Risk Management Measurement – A Modern Perspective. He is also the author of Internal Credit Risk Models – Capital Allocation and Performance and The Basel Handbook, A Guide for Financial Practitioners.

  • Dr Gunter Dunkel
    Deputy Chairman, Managing Board, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

    Gunter Dunkel is the deputy chairman of the managing board of Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Hanover. He is responsible for corporate and structured finance as well as ship and aircraft financing for the northeast business in Europe. Dr Dunkel is also the president of the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and president of Braunschweigischer Hochschulbund e.V., Braunschweig and chairman for the Foreign Investors Council in Latvia (FICIL).

  • Mr V. Vaidyanathan
    Executive Director, ICICI Bank

    At 38 Mr V. Vaidyanathan is an executive director of the board at ICICI Bank. He sits on the boards of ICICI Home Finance, ICICI Lombard Limited (general insurance) and ICICI Securities Limited. In 2000, he was the managing director of ICICI PFS Ltd and the head ICICI’s retail banking business. In October 2007, he headed the rural banking business. He has built a strong consumer business franchise, worked out the credit philosophies and led the business to market leadership with an asset base of $30 billion (Mar 07), 25 million customers, and over 9 million credit card customers.

  • Professor Jayanth Varma
    Director, Axis Bank, and Dean, IIM-Ahmedabad

    Professor Jayanth Varma is the dean of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, a best-selling author and internationally renowned expert on risk management and banking reform. He is currently chairman of the risk management group of the Forward Markets Commission and was a former member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and a former director of the Punjab National.

  • Mr Donald H. Mackenzie
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, Kookmin Bank

    Donald MacKenzie has led the development and implementation of comprehensive risk management systems at Kookmin Bank including those related to Basel II, and upgrades to the models used to manage market risk. Mr MacKenzie was also involved in extensive reviews of the bank’s systems of internal controls, IT infrastructure review and the development of the rating and scoring systems covering all corporate, retail and card businesses.

  • Mr Andrew Carriline
    Chief Risk Officer, Westpac Banking Corporation

    Since joining Westpac Banking Corporation in 1996, Andrew Carriline has played a key role in the bank’s extensive outsourcing and M&A agenda, including the sale of AGC and acquisition of BT and Rothschild. Since 2002, Andrew has held various senior roles in the risk and sourcing areas of Westpac. Andrew’s current responsibilities include group risk, group operational risk and compliance, group secretariat and general counsel in the public sector at the Commonwealth attorney general’s department and in private practice at Freehills.

  • Mr Michael Hamar
    Group Chief Risk Officer, National Australia Bank Group

    Michael Hamar is the group chief risk officer of the National Australia Bank Group with overall responsibility for all risk management within the group. He joined the bank in December 2004 from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) where he managed the institutional and business services’ risk management function. Prior to joining CBA, Michael was chief credit officer for Chase Manhattan Bank for Greater China and the Philippines and managing director in the emerging markets division.

  • Mrs Chng Sok Hui
    Managing Director and Head, Group Risk Management, DBS Bank

    Chng Sok Hui serves as the Basel II lead in the DBS Group Basel II Steering Committee. She is a member of the DBS Group Management Committee, and is also the chairperson of the group’s Credit Risk Policy Committee, the Market Risk Management Committee, and the Operational Risk Management Committee. In October 2007, the Institute of Banking and Finance in Singapore certified her as a Financial Industry Certified Professional.

  • Mr Tham Ming Soong
    Head, Risk Management, United Overseas Bank

    Tham Ming Soong is responsible for providing strategic risk management guidance for credit, market, and operational risk for the group’s banking, fund management and insurance businesses. Previously, he was the director of financial risk at The Monetary Authority of Singapore and group head of market risk for the Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation.

  • Mr Johnny Mao
    Chief Risk Officer, Bank of East Asia

    Johnny Mao is the bank’s chief risk officer, responsiblefor overseeing the implementation of the new Basel Capital Accord at the bank. He is also a director of the Risk Management Association (Hong Kong Chapter), a member of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s consultation working group on the new Basel Capital Accord and the standard-setting oversight board of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Mr Jack Niu
    Deputy Group Chief Credit Officer, Standard Chartered Bank

    Jack Niu recently became the deputy group chief after being the chief risk officer of the global consumer bank in Standard Chartered Bank. With a career centered around risk management across major global markets, Jack has also managed M&A, pricing and marketing functions. Within Standard Chartered Bank, Jack is an executive forum member and sits on the SCB (China) board. Jack studied engineering at Tsinghua University, China and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Mr Christopher Page
    Head, Risk – Asia Pacific, ANZ and former Chief Credit Officer, HSBC Asia

    Christopher Page joined ANZ in January 2008 as head of risk for the Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong after spending 32 years at HSBC where he served in a variety of capacities such as managing the bank’s Shanghai branch and undertaking a specialised lending programme including a number of Asian and global loan portfolios. He was also previously HSBC’s chief credit officer for South America and later the Asia Pacific region. Chris’ interests include developing and mentoring the next generation of risk managers and encouraging sound banking practices, travel and informality.

  • Mr Gordian Gaeta
    International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

    Gordian Gaeta has been a banking consultant for some 25 years. He has advised and served many of the leading financial services organisations across Asia and close to half of the top 100 banks worldwide. He specialises in developing and implementing analytical solutions for complex strategic issues in financial services-related industries undergoing significant change or being exposed to intricate risk issues.

  • Mr Mac Kalyan
    International Resource Director, The Asian Banker and member of CME and SGX

    Mac Kalyan has held senior positions in risk management, compliance, Basel II initiatives, capital markets, asset-liability management and treasury management for more than 15 years, with specific expertise in hedge funds compliance and market risk management. He founded Haystack Capital Partners in 1991, a mid-sized hedge fund and a capital markets and risk management advisory firm. The firm was one of the pioneers in using structured products to minimise risk while capitalising on macro capital movements.

  • Mr Bambang Moerwanto
    Banking Business Development, SAP

    Bambang Moerwanto is currently leading the banking business development team at SAP in Asia Pacific Japan. Mr. Moerwanto started his banking career with Citibank and JPMorgan as a member of their risk analytics and business IT strategy teams. He was a banking consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in the U.S. and a senior manager at Price- WaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he was heavily involved in the Basel II and economic capital initiative and managed various Basel II, risk and finance transformation and value-based management projects. Bambang is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Mr Lock Kwee Yoong
    Solution Head, Banking, Risk Intelligence and Customer Intelligence, Singapore and Emerging Markets, SAS

    Lock Kwee Yoong is responsible for driving the strategic development of the risk and CRM solutions in Singapore and the emerging markets. He manages the business development and sales support programmes for these solutions including the solution training programmes, communities of practice, solution launches, customer seminars and workshops. He also provides customer engagement advisory and frontline pre-sales support.

  • Mr Charles A. Richard III
    Co-founder, Senior Vice President, Quantitative Risk Management, Inc.

    Apart from his global marketing duties, Charles A.Richard III contributes to the executive committee that oversees the day-to-day operation of QRM as well as the future direction of the firm. Mr Richard has over 20 years of experience in the field of enterprise risk management, balance sheet management and mortgage banking secondary marketing and is a frequent speaker at industry-related conferences and events.

  • Mr John Foulley
    Head, Enterprise Risk Management Practice

    John is no stranger to implementation and the real life challenges of the implementation of Risk Management solutions to large and small organisation. At SAS, John provides the competitive intelligence for the product range and the market knowledge related to the regulatory development of Basel II and the application of the directive in the Asia Pacific countries. The world of Operational Risk is difficult enough to define. The greatest challenges to the implementation of an effective control environment are numerous and complex. Using real-life example, this presentation will impart valuable lessons learnt from years of Oprisk management implementation.

The Bank-Regulation Dialogue (By Invitation Only)

    (in conjunction with The Risk Management & Governance Conference)
  • Mr (Thomas) Alastair Clark
    Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England

    Alastair Clark is adviser to the governor of the Bank of England, a position he has held since October 2003. As a long-standing employee of the bank, Mr Clark has held numerous senior positions, acting as the U.K.’s alternate executive director at the IMF in Washington and at the European Investment Bank as well as the head of the bank’s Financial Markets and Institutions Division, a position he held until 1993. He was then head of the bank’s European Division between 1993-1994, deputy director between 1994- 1997 and executive director from 1997 until his promotion to his present position in 2003.

  • Mr Tran Minh Tuan
    Deputy Governor, State Bank of Vietnam

    Tran Minh Tuan is the deputy governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, a position which he has held since January 1998. Prior to this role, he has held various senior positions such as deputy director of the State Bank in Ho Chi Minh City and Ben Tre. He was also the director for the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Industrial and Commercial Bank in Ben Tre.

  • Mr William A. Ryback
    Special Advisor, Financial Supervisory Service, Republic of Korea

    Prior to joining the FSS, William A. Ryback was deputy chief executive at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority responsible for banking supervision, policy and development. Before coming to Asia, Mr Ryback worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He is a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and a past chairman of the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas.

  • Mr Stephen M. Hoffman, Jr.
    Senior Vice President, Banking Supervision and Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

    Stephen M. Hoffman, Jr. is the senior vice president of banking supervision and regulation (BS&R) at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He also heads the banking supervision for the twelfth district. Prior to this, Mr Hoffman was the deputy director of BS&R at the Federal Reserve system’s board of governors in Washington, D.C., in charge of the division’s supervision operations function, including the design and implementation of the system’s riskfocused banking supervision programmes.

  • Mr Tsuyoshi Oyama
    Deputy Director-General, Financial Systems and Bank Examination, Bank of Japan

    Tsuyoshi Oyama is in charge of Basel II implementation and assessing major banks’risk management frameworks. Mr Oyama currently works as a member of several meetings related to the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision including AIG, AIGV, AIGOR, PDG and WGBS (Working Group of Bank Supervision) of EMEAP. From 1994 to 1997, Mr Oyama was seconded to the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  • Khoi VinhDr Ishrat Husain
    Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan and current Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms, Prime Minister’s Secretariat

    Ishrat Husain headed the World Bank’s debt and international finance division and contributed to the development of the bank’s strategy that led to its joint participation with the IMF in the Brady Initiative for Debt Reduction. He also served as chief economist for Africa between 1991-94 and later chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific region. In 1997 he was named the country director for Central Asian republics and managed the World Bank’s relations, programmes and policies with these countries.

  • DavidFernendezMr David G Fernandez
    Managing Director and Head, Emerging Asia Research, JPMorgan

    David G. Fernandez is the head of emerging Asia research in JPMorgan. Before joining JPMorgan in January 1998, Mr. Fernandez spent five years as a professor at the Johns Hopkins University International Studies School where he taught international macroeconomics and named Professor of the Year in 1996. Earlier, he served as an economist in the Council of Economic Advisers in the administration of U.S. President George Bush. In 1987, he joined the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in its OECD economic research department and in the foreign exchange intervention group.Mr. Fernandez is also an Adjunct Professor at Singapore Management University’s School of Economics and a member of the school’s advisory board.

The Technology & Operations Council Annual Meeting

  • Mr Venky Krishnakumar
    Senior Advisor, Global Retail and Commercial Banking Group, Barclays Bank PLC, Singapore

    Venky Krishnakumar provides leadership and experience as Barclays Bank rebuilds and transforms its operations, technology infrastructure and processing base to support growth in international business and bring efficiencies to existing businesses in the U.K., Europe and Africa. Mr Krishnakumar was chief operating and chief financial officer at Citibank’s global consumer bank, Asia Pacific , until his retirement in March 2005 after 31 years with the bank.

  • Mr Philip Strause
    International Resource Director, The Asian Banker, former Head, Financial Institutions Practice, Asia Pacific, Deloitte & Touche

    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 Johar Che Mat
    Chief Operating Officer, MayBank Group

    Johar Che Mat has a banking career spanning over 20 years during which he has accumulated extensive experience and broad based knowledge in all aspects of banking, from operations, credit, investment and planning as well as business transformation including process improvement, information technology management and cost management and automation. In addition to being the chief ooperating office of Malaysia’s leading financial group, Johar is also the chairman of the Strategic & Business Committee of Malaysian Electronic Payment System which oversees the strategic development of the electronic payment system in Malaysia.

  • Mr Nick Dean
    Chief Technology Officer, Australia New Zealand Bank

    As CTO, Nick Dean runs the group technology strategy team responsible for enterprise architecture and integration, technology strategy, the technology project management office, and key vendor management . He also facilitates the dialogue on the bank’s technology strategy with the management board and the technology sub-committee of the board. He established formal architectural governance processes across the bank to improve project outcomes, reviews and benchmarks ANZ’s IT costs and system quality.

  • Mr Michael Harte
    Group Executive, Enterprise IT and Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    Michael Harte joined Commonwealth Bank in April 2006 as Group Executive, Enterprise IT. He leads the development of the bank’s group technology function and the implementation of the bank’s IT strategy enterprise-wide. Michael is regarded as a leader in open systems architecture, investment management software and systems development. Previously, Michael was the executive vice president and chief information officer for PNC Financial Services at one of the world’s largest investment fund administrators.

  • Ms Susan Hwee
    Executive Vice President, Information Technology, United Overseas Bank

    Susan Hwee supports and enablesUOB’s growth globally, including spearheading BASEL II systems implementation, creating regional centres of excellence in Singapore for IT systems and back-office processing, post-merger integrationsfor operating efficiencies and risk management, overseeing branch transformation through process re-engineering and a bank-wide customer relationship management programme. Ms Hwee was identified as one of the top 25 influential women in project management by PM Network.

  • Mr Charles Tan
    First Vice President, China Banking Corp.-- Philippines

    Mr Charles Tan is the chief information officer for AmBank Group in Malaysia. He currently looks into the information technology for the commercial banking, investment banking and insurance arm for the Group. Charles has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector across ASEAN, Europe and the United States. For the large part of his career, he was with a global consultancy working on large scale technology and business optimization projects prior to his current role with the Bank. Mr Tan holds a Masters in Management Science.

  • Mr Axel Winter
    Chief Architect, GE Money

    Axel Winter is responsible for GE Money’sapplication technology and strategy worldwide and for providing innovative platforms using Service Oriented Architecture, JEE and mainframe technology to business owners around the globe. He has over 15 years of business and IT experience. He previously worked with Accenture in Asia and Europe, where he provided overall technical and strategic leadership for e-business and largescale system implementation for Fortune 500 companies.

  • Mr A. Rajan
    Country Head, Operations, HDFC Bank Ltd.

    A. Rajan has close to 30 years of experience in all aspects of operations as well as overseeing corporate, retail, treasury, credit cards and custodial operations groups for HDFC Bank. He has contributed significantly in operations integration, new systems implementations, staff training, enhancement in revenue/operational efficiency through radical reengineering of processes and optimal use of technology. Prior to this, Rajan was the Chief Executive Officer of Flexcel International Private Limited (Flexcel), a joint venture between HDFC Bank Ltd. and i-flex Solutions Ltd.

  • Dr Li Lin
    Head of Strategy & Development Department, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

    Li Lin has a Bachelor in Engineering, Master in Economics, and a Ph.D in Management. He worked for a famous state-owned bank for several years before joining Shanghai Pudong Development Bank as the head of its strategy and development department. He specialises in regional and industrial planning, credit and risk management, industrial risk control, value assessment, and strategy and asset management.

  • Mr Alexander C. Escucha
    First Vice President, China Banking Corp.-- Philippines

    Alex Escucha has responsibility for strategic planning, investor relations, marketing services, public relations and the strategic marketing and customer aspects of IT in China Banking Corp., the first privately owned bank in the Philippines. With over 25 years of banking experience across multiple disciplines, he has expertise on various management issues from strategy formulation to project implementation. He has served as president of the Corporate Planning Society of the Philippines, president of the Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines, and president of the Philippine Economic Society while serving as chairman of the Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations (FAEA).

  • Mrs Voranuch Dejakaisaya
    Chief Information Officer, GE Money, Thailand

    Voranuch Dejakaisaya has been the chief information officer of GE Money Thailand since April 2000. She heads the core banking platform setup and manages the IT operation infrastructure to support over three million retail banking customers’ needs for credit cards, personal loans, auto loans and financial products. Prior to this role, she was the director of information technology at GE Capital (Thailand) and vice president of the systems department for Finance One.

  • Mr Patrick Chew
    Head of Delivery, Consumer Financial Services, OCBC Bank, Singapore

    Patrick Chew is responsible for managing and growing the OCBC Bank’s channel business and currently oversees the group’s channel management businesses including ATMs, phone banking, consumer internet banking and mobile banking. He also manages the consumer financial services division’s operational risk and compliance processes to ensure that they are closely aligned with the bank’s business strategy.

  • Mr Andrew Butcher
    Managing Director, Head of Operations and Technology, Asia Pacific, Citi Markets and Banking (CMB)

    Andrew Butcher is responsible for Citi’s operations in 16 countries. He is a member of the CMB Asia Pacific Operating and Management Committees and chairs the Asia Technology Leadership Council. He is also a director and member of the Customer Advisory Council of Citigroup Global Services Ltd, Citigroup’s Indian BPO subsidiary. Previously, he was managing director at Salomon Brothers.

  • Mr David Cook
    General Manager, Operations, New England Credit Union Ltd

    David Cook has close to 20 years of experience in the banking industry, holding various senior positions. He has participated in numerous committees both within the credit union industry and the local community of New England in New South Wales Australia. Some of the more important committee decisions enabled the selection of a host banking product for the credit union industry, and the establishment of a fibre and wireless network within the New England area.

  • Dr Steven Miller
    Dean, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University

    Steven Miller is the founding dean of the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University and also serves as Practice Professor of Information Systems. Previously Dr Miller was chief architect executive for the business consulting services unit of IBM global services in Asia Pacific. Dr Miller started as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, conducting research and teaching computer-integrated manufacturing and robotics applications and impacts. He has a a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Dr Neil Katkov
    Managing Director Asia Research, Celent

    Neil Katkov’s, and areas of expertise include the Asian financial services industry, financial services distribution channels and compliance issues including anti-money laundering and business continuity planning. Dr Katkov is based in the firm’s Tokyo office and produces Celent’s popular reports on IT spending trends in the Asian banking, securities and insurance industries and regularly advises leading financial institutions and technology vendors on their business, technology and compliance strategies.

  • Mr Stephen Kowal
    Global Client Director, Global Customer Solutions, Enterprise, CommScope

    Mr Stephen Kowal is responsible for developing, driving and implementing the CommScope global customer solutions strategy in EMEA. Stephen also serves as the corporate liaison between CommScope and Cisco, where he manages the partnership of the two companies to grow market share for both companies through the development and positioning of joint solutions globally. Prior to this, he was the territory sales manager for Lucent Technologies and national account manager for Avaya’s largest business partners in the North America region.

  • Mr Paul Kastner
    Director, Industry Solutions, Asia Pacific & Japan

    As the director of industry solutions, Paul Kastner drives Symantec’s industry vertical strategies, business development, and sales execution across the Asia Pacific region and Japan. Throughout his 20 year career in the financial and IT sectors, he has helped banks, insurers, and other financial institutions improve their customer management, products, distribution, operations, risk management, IT systems and infrastructure. Prior to this role, he held other various positions such partner at PA Consulting Group, director of financial services for Ernst & Young and CIO for Saudi Cairo Bank.

  • Mr Kishore Kapoor
    Chief Executive Officer, i-flex solutions

    Kishore Kapoor oversees the operations of i-flex’s Asia-Pacific subsidiary and is responsible for sales and business development operations in Asia-Pacific including Japan and expanding the products business in North and South America. With more than two decades of experience, Kishore is instrumental in nurturing many sales teams in i-flex. Kishore is currently the president of the Singapore chapter of the IIM-Ahmedabad alumni association.

  • Mr Raghav Sahgal
    Chief Executive Officer, Intense Technologies Limited

    Raghav has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, has served as Comverse’s Chief Business Officer, Global Billing Sales and Field Operations, and was instrumental in spearheading the Kenan Billing Solutions division to market leadership status in the Asia Pacific region. Raghav has held senior positions with major US companies such as CSG Systems, Lucent Technologies and Kenan Systems. He was also the President of Global Field Operations of SunTec Business Solutions. Raghav is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School’s Executive General Program, holds a Masters Degree in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Tulane University, USA.

  • Mr Murray Sargant
    Senior Vice President, Banking Line of Business, SAP Asia Pacific Japan

    Mr Murray Sargant will join a discussion about achieving organisational transformation for banks through business process reengineering. He is based in Hong Kong and oversees all business throughout the Asia Pacific & Japan for the SAP Banking line of business.  

    The BAFT Asia Conference on Cash, Treasury & Trade

  • Mr William A. Ryback
    Special Advisor, Financial Supervisory Service, Republic of Korea

    Prior to joining the FSS, William A. Ryback was deputy chief executive at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority responsible for banking supervision, policy and development. Before coming to Asia, Mr Ryback worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He is a member of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and a past chairman of the Association of Bank Supervisors of the Americas.

  • Mr Tsuyoshi Oyama
    Deputy Director-General, Financial Systems and Bank Examination, Bank of Japan

    Tsuyoshi Oyama is in charge of Basel II implementation and assessing major banks’risk management frameworks. Mr Oyama currently works as a member of several meetings related to the Basel Committee on Bank Supervision including AIG, AIGV, AIGOR, PDG and WGBS (Working Group of Bank Supervision) of EMEAP. From 1994 to 1997, Mr Oyama was seconded to the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  • Dr Zhang Bingxun
    General Manager, Financial Institutions, Bank of China

    Zhang Bingxun joined the bank in 1997 as deputy general manager of the development and planning department, and later served in Hong Kong and London as the general manager of Bank of China International, the investment banking arm of BOC Group. In 2003, Dr Zhang was appointed as the deputy general manager of the restructuring and listing office for BOC IPO and then the deputy general manager of the Board Secretariat responsible for investor relations.

  • Mr Yogan Rasanayakam
    General Manager, Asia, Westpac Banking Corporation

    Yogan Rasanayakam leads the Asian consumer and institutional businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Mr Yogan is responsible for strategic direction and management of business in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In this role, he has regional responsibility for financial markets, capital markets, financing, structured finance, corporate, institutional and SME relationship banking, risk management, Asian wealth, retail and private banking.

  • Mr Craig C. Weeks
    Senior Vice President, Global Trade Finance, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

    Craig Weeks is responsible for global trade finance and logistics sales. Previously he served as assistant treasurer in New York and director of trade finance in Geneva, Switzerland at the Continental Grain Company. as. He has also served as was vice president of correspondent banking at Marine Midland Bank in New York covering parts of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. He is also the president of the Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade and a trustee of Dickinson College.

  • Mr Jeremy J. Wilson
    Vice Chairman, Barclays Commercial Bank, Barclays Bank PLC

    Jeremy Wilson is responsible for engagement with Barclays’ major corporate and institutional customers in the development of new business and maintenance of key relationships. Previously, he was responsible for the operational banking needs of Barclays’ financial institution and of large corporate clients. Jeremy is also chairman of the Barclays Group Credit Committee; chairman of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC based in Washington, and co-chairman of the European Advisory Council. He sits on the board of the Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade.

  • Mr Carter K. McDowell
    General Counsel, Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade

    In addition to his responsibilities at BAFT, Carter Mc- Dowell is the chief legislative counsel for domestic and international banking issues at the American Bankers Association (ABA). Prior to joining BAFT and ABA, he was chief counsel and policy adviser for chairman Michael Oxley and the Financial Services Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives. Mr. McDowell was also the Washington representative and a senior legal counsel for Bank One.

  • Mr James Benoit
    Chief Executive Officer, AfrAsia Bank

    James Benoit is the chief executive officer for AfrAsia Bank. Mr Benoit has experience in marketing, corporate banking, investments, credit cards, product development and trade finance and has harnessed his skills to develop and manage a wide range of wealth management, corporate banking, trade finance, credit cards and consumer finance businesses in the Asia Pacific region over the last two decades. Prior to starting up AfrAsia Bank Limited, he worked for HSBC in Shanghai, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Middle East and Canada.

  • Mr Howard F. Bascom Jr.
    Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance Services, The Bank of New York Mellon

    Howard Bascom is responsible for the bank’s trade finance activities, including the sales, marketing and delivery of trade processing and trade financing solutions. Mr. Bascom started his career with the bank in 1979, joining the international banking sector in 1983with responsibility for the bank’s correspondent banking business in North AsiaMr. Bascom currently sits on the board of the Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT).

  • Ms Kefei Chang
    Director, Global Transaction Banking - Cash Management, Deutsche Bank

    Ms Kefei Chang holds the regional responsibility for foreign exchange payments in Asia Pacific for the FX- 4Cash initiative. In this role, Kefei is responsible for expanding FX payment services across the global transaction bank and global markets customer base. She joined Deutsche Bank in November 2007, bringing with her six years of experience in global cash and treasury management from CitiBank. She is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) accredited by the Association of Financial Professionals (AFP).

  • Ms Alexandra Holcomb
    General Manager, Working Capital and Trade Solutions, Westpac

    Alex Holcomb focuses on providing an innovative range of payments and trade solutions for the Australian and New Zealand consumer, business banking and corporate and institutional customers. Before joining Westpac, she was a strategy consultant in Booz Allen’s financial services practice. She has worked on Financial Sector Reform in Bangladesh, in Project Finance for Barclays Bank in New York and Banque Indosuez in France. She is a director of the Westpac Staff Superannuation (Pension) plan and the Westpac Foundation and a fellow at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mr Thomas J. McCabe
    Global Head of Product Management and Product Development, Standard Chartered Bank

    Tom McCabe is responsible for business profitability and new product development at Standard Chartered Bank. Previously, he was the chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank in Korea from 2004 to 2006. During his tenure, the bank completed the $3.3 billion acquisition of Korea First Bank in January 2005. He was also the vice-chairman of the European Bankers Association and a member of the Seoul Financial Forum. Previously he was the global product head of the mortgage and auto business and launched the mortgage business in China and India.

  • Mr Subin Subaiah
    Senior Vice President & Head - Asia, Global Product Services, Bank of America

    Subin Subaiah is a senior vice president of Bank of America, heading their global treasury services business across the financial institutions client space in Asia. Prior to joining Bank of America, Subaiah was managing director in charge of FI relationship management for Deutsche Bank and had business line responsibilities for Deutsche’s cash and trade business in South/Southeast Asia & Australia.

  • Mr John K. Ball
    Managing Director, Head of Cash Management, Financial Institutions, Asia Pacific, Global Transaction Banking

    John K. Ball is responsible for overall client relationship management in Asia including Japan. He oversees new business development across the full range of cash management products in the region. John joined Deutsche Bank in June 2000 and assumed the current position as the Asia Pacific head of the cash management - financial institutions in September 2003.

  • Mr Asif Raza
    Managing Director, Head of Trade & Logistics Management,Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Treasury Services

    Asif Raza is responsible for origination, sales, product management, insurance and distribution activities in Asia Pacific. Mr Raza’s team of over 200 trade professionals in 16 countries provide integrated solutions to financial institutions and corporate clients. Previously, Mr Raza was the head of trade sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as for the firm’s global network trade business.

  • Mr Sandeep Batra
    Senior General Manager, Group Compliance Officer and Company Secretary, ICICI Bank

    Sandeep Batra is responsible for compliance in respect to the bank’s operations in India as well as overseas offices, branches and subsidiaries. He later assumed the additional responsibility of company secretary of ICICI Bank in 2007. Previously Mr Batra was working with ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited since its inception in September 2000. As the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the company, he had overall responsibility of finance, risk management, strategic planning, taxation, compliance and administration.

  • Mr James Cullen
    Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

    James Cullen is the senior vice president and area manager for Wells Fargo’s global correspondent banking’s Asia Pacific region and heads the development and relationships with financial institutions, corporations, governments and multilateral organisations based in the region. Prior to this, James managed the U.S. Bancorporation’s international banking division from 1995-1999.

  • Mr Abraham Chacko
    Executive Director, Regional Head Corporate Sales, Asia and Middle East, ABN AMRO

    Abraham Chacko has close to 30 years of experience in corporate and commercial banking. Based in Singapore, Mr Chacko is responsible for the growth of cash management and trade across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He joined ABN AMRO in 1992 in Dubai as head of the corporate bank and later became deputy country manager, UAE. He became the bank’s country manager in Sri Lanka. In 2001, he was appointed regional trade sales head for Asia Pacific and also covered the Middle East and African region.

  • Mr Kenneth K V Leung
    Head of Trade and Loan Services Department, The Bank of East Asia Limited, Hong Kong

    Kenneth Leung leads the trade and loan services department at the Bank of East Asia in Hong Kong, which is one of the most fundamentally sound banks in the Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the Asian Advisory Council for the Washington D.C. based Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade and sits on both the Executive Committee and the Committee on Banking at the International Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

  • Mr T S Shankar
    Senior Vice President, Global Product Solutions, Financial Institutions, Asia South, Bank of America

    T.S. Shankar is is based in Singapore and is responsible for revenue goals across the cash, trade and banknotes product suite targeted towards banks and NBFI’s. A 17 year veteran at Bank of America, Shankar started his career with the bank in Mumbai and has held responsibilities in various businesses including the non resident India (NRI) business, financial institutions relationship management, trade and cash management sales.

  • Ms Gwynne Master
    Managing Director, Regional Manager, ASEAN Region, Global Financial Institutions and Trade Services Group, Wachovia Bank N.A.

    Gwynne Master is responsible for the company’s ASEAN region. She assumed responsibility for Southeast Asia in 1999, and was promoted to managing director in 2005. She currently manages the Wachovia offices in Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Before this, she managed representative offices in Europe, Greece, Cyprus and Israel. Ms Master holds a Masters degree in International Relations from George Washington University.

  • Miss Wendy Miller
    Vice President, Product Management, Global Remittances, The Bank of New York Mellon

    Wendy Miller heads up the bank’s remittance product and is responsible for the overall strategy as well as developing, launching and managing the global wholesale remittance solutions. Wendy joined the bank in 2007 from HSBC where she was global product development manager and developed the bank’s prepaid card offerings, directed its remittance strategy and execution and implemented a microfinance initiative in the Philippines.

  • Mr Gordian Gaeta
    International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

    Gordian Gaeta has been a banking consultant for some 25 years. He has advised and served many of the leading financial services organisations across Asia and close to half of the top 100 banks worldwide. He specialises in developing and implementing analytical solutions for complex strategic issues in financial services-related industries undergoing significant change or being exposed to intricate risk issues.

  • Mr Whitman Knapp
    President, FImetrix

    Whitman Knapp founded the financial institutions group practice at Louis Harris and Associates in New York 17 years ago. That practice has evolved into the firm which today is called FImetrix LLC, the leading provider of competitive insights and intelligence to banks in international payments, trade and supply chain services banking. Mr. Knapp previously spent over 24 years in international banking, holding senior management positions in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He currently serves on the editorial panel of International Payments magazine, and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

  • Mr Sri Kanth Mallya
    Director, Operations & Portfolio Management, Asia Pacific, UPS Capital

    Srikanth Mallya is the Hong Kong-based director of operations and portfolio management for Asia Pacific at UPS Capital Global Trade Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service. He manages the operations and portfolio management teams in the company’s Hong Kong and Taiwan offices. he also works on UPS Capital’s product and strategy development initiatives. He joined the company at its inception and have been instrumental in the growth, consolidation and re-definition of the company’s global supply chain finance business while working in roles across multiple geographic and functional areas.

  • Ms Ceri Rowland
    Commercial Director,

    Ceri Rowland is responsible for business and market development of the product portfolio and management of the relationship with the Wolfsberg Group who is influential in their support of the repository. Previously, she spent 16 years working in the financial services industry including managing a portfolio of banking clients in Holland and the U.K. for First Data International, investment fund management marketing for HSBC, and marketing for Lloyds TSB.

  • Mr John W. Campbell
    AML Practice Leader, Principal, Risk and Regulatory Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    John Campbell advises financial institutions and central banks on bank regulatory and anti-money laundering matters. Previously, Mr. Campbell spent 17 years with the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) in the U.S. Treasury Department. In 1979he was commissioned as a national bank examiner by Secretary Blumenthal and was later promoted to be director of multinational banking. In 1989, Mr. Campbell received the Hugh Mulloch Award, the U.S. Treasury’s highest award for distinguished service.

  • Mr Murray Sargant
    Senior Vice President, Banking Line of Business, SAP Asia Pacific Japan

    Mr Murray Sargant will join a discussion on how banks can improve shareholder value through risk management. He has worked in the IT sector for more than fifteen years and is currently responsible for driving SAP’s business development in the financial-services sector across Japan and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Ms Sheida Hadji-Ashrafi
    Worldwide Industry Manager, Payments, Microsoft

    Sheida Hadji-Ashrafi is responsible for driving the overall payments and financial messaging strategy of Microsoft Corp. and driving Microsoft’s partnership with SWIFT. Previously, Sheida worked as a Microsoft Industry Architect, managing Microsoft’s relationship with a core set of partners and standards bodies, including SWIFT. She provided technical engagement with industry bodies and key independent software vendors (ISVs) throughout the EMEA region.

    Workshop Leaders

  • Mr Vinaya Sharma
    Credit Risk & Capital Management, QRM

    Mr Vinaya Sharma works in QRM’s Credit Risk & Capital Management practice. Prior to joining QRM, Mr. Sharma helped lead and develop the Enterprise Risk Management initiative at Allstate and was active in the Society of Actuaries Risk Management Task Force. Mr. Sharma is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, holds the PRM designation from PRMIA, and a BSBA in Actuarial Science from Drake University.

  • Mr Chris Dunn

    Mr Chris Dunn has over 20 years of experience of industry experience with banking, mortgage bankings, securitization, and balance sheet risk management. Prior to joining QRM, Mr. Dunn served as a Vice President - Mortgage Backed Securities for the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation ("Farmer Mac"). He structured and initiated the first public Agricultural Mortgage Backed Securitization. He previously worked as a Senior Manager for the Asset Securitization Group of KPMG Peat Marwick, involved in securitizations. Mr. Dunn also served as Manager of Structured Transactions for Freddie Mac where he was involved with establishing Freddie Mac's Real Estate Investment Mortgage Conduit ("REMIC") shelf offering that has grown over several trillion dollars of issuances.

Advisory Council 2008

  • David EldonMr David Eldon
    Former Chairman, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and current Chairman, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

    David Eldon commenced a career in banking in 1964. He joined HSBC Bank Middle East, a principal member of the HSBC Group, in 1968. Following a 37-year career with the group, spent entirely in the Middle East and Asia, Mr Eldon retired as chairman of HSBC Asia Pacific and as a director of HSBC Holdings plc in May 2005. Mr Eldon holds a number of directorships and other appointments both in Hong Kong and internationally, including chairmanship of the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority and co-chairmanship of the Korea Transitional National Competitiveness Committee, the first non-Korean to have held such a position. He has received many awards in recognition of his contribution to banking, in particular the Asian Banker Lifetime Achievement award.

  • Sir George Mathewson
    Former Chairman, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Chairman, Toscafund

    George Mathewson is rightly considered one of the greatest bankers of his generation following a distinguished 19-year tenure with the Royal Bank of Scotland culminating in the chairmanship of the bank from 2001 until his retirement in April this year. Sir George initially joined RBS in 1987 as the bank’s director of strategic planning and development. In 1990, he was elevated to deputy group chief executive, and in 1992 he was appointed group chief executive. He became executive deputy chairman in March 2000 before becoming the bank’s chairman in 2001.

  • Cesar VirataMr Cesar Virata
    Former Prime Minister of the Philippines and current Corporate Vice-Chairman, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

    Cesar Virata is regarded to be amongst the most progressive political and financial leaders from the Phillippines, serving as Minister of Finance from 1970-1986 and Prime Minister from 1981-1986. Known for his tough economic policies and a clean international reputation, it was during Mr Virata’s time as Minister of Finance that the Philippines became economically strong through healthy trade and budgetary surpluses. Returning to private enterprise and serving as the president of the Bankers’ Association of the Philippines, he has been involved in strengthening the Philippines’ money exchanges. Mr Virata is now currently corporate vice chairman of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

  • Byung Chui YoonMr Byung Chul Yoon
    Former Chairman of Woori Financial Group and currently Chairman, Financial Planning Standards Board Korea

    Byung-chul Yoon is the chairman of the Financial Planning Standard Board (FPSB) Korea and the Korea Financial Planners Association (KFPA). He later completed the Top Management Course of Seoul National University and Korea University. In 1985, Mr Yoon was appointed president and CEO of Korea Investment Finance Corporation. In 1991 he served as the first CEO of Hana Bank, one of the leading commercial banks in Korea, before becoming president and CEO of Hana Bank in 1997 and Woori Finance Group in 2003. In 1996 Byung-chul Yoon was awarded the prestigious presidential commendation. He was honoured with the Korea Management Award in 1997, the Most Admired Entrepreneur Award in 2003, and is the author of several books.

  • Khoi VinhDr Ishrat Husain
    Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan and current Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms, Prime Minister’s Secretariat

    Ishrat Husain headed the World Bank’s debt and international finance division and contributed to the development of the bank’s strategy that led to its joint participation with the IMF in the Brady Initiative for Debt Reduction. He also served as chief economist for Africa between 1991-94 and later chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific region. In 1997 he was named the country director for Central Asian republics and managed the World Bank’s relations, programmes and policies with these countries.




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