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Wei Jianguo
Former Vice Minister of Commerce, People’s Republic of China
Wei Jianguo is currently secretary general at the China Centre for International Economic Exchange, an economic research, communication and consulting agency governed by the National Development and Reform Commission. Wei served as vice minister in China’s ministry of commerce from 2003 to 2008. Prior to this he served at the ministry of commerces’ predecessor, the ministry of international economy and trade, from 2001 to 2003, where he was mainly responsible for economic co-operation and external aid for Western Asian countries and Africa, as well as development and promotion of the electrical technology industry in China. In the past, Wei also worked for the commerce department at the Chinese embassy in Gabon, Tunisia and Morocco.
Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell
Former executive board member, European Central Bank
Dr Gertude Tumpel Gugerell, along with former ECB board chairman Jean-Claude Trichet and former ECB board vice-chairman Lucas Papademos, holds the distinction of being the longest serving member of the powerful six-person European Central Bank executive board. She was also known particularly for leading financial and payments integration for the Euro-zone and playing a key policy role in maintaining the euro's status as a major reserve currency. During her eight year term at the ECB, Dr Tumpel-Gugerell was responsible for ECB market operations, payments operations, human resources, budget and organisation. Previous to that, she was the vice-governor at the Bank of Austria where she also served as the chair of the Banking Advisory Committee at the European Union as well as an IMF governor.
Bert Hofman
Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific, the World Bank
Bert Hofman is the World Bank's chief economist for the East Asia and Pacific region and director of their Singapore office since September 2011. Hofman has 20 years of experience in the World Bank, 14 of which have been in the East Asia region. He was the lead economist in China for three years where he headed a team providing economic policy advice to the government. He has also worked on economic policies for Brazil, South Africa, Mongolia, Zambia, and Namibia in his earlier years with the bank. Prior to that, Hofman worked at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Roland Beck
Principal Economist, International Policy Analysis Division, European Central Bank
Roland Beck is currently principal economist in the International Policy Analysis Division of the European Central Bank (ECB) where he leads the work of the international finance team, working on global financial markets and financial stability, capital flows and the international transmission of financial shocks. Beck is also co-ordinating the ECB’ annual report on the international role of the Euro. His research focuses on topics in international finance including the international role of currencies and international financial stability issues. Before joining the ECB Beck worked at Deutsche Bank Research and the Frankfurt-based Centre for Financial Studies.

Speakers

Alfred Schipke, Senior Resident Representative, China IMF
Alfred Schipke is the IMF senior resident representative for China. Prior to this, Schipke was a division chief in the Asia and Pacific department, where he coordinated the work on fast growing low income countries in South-East Asia (Frontier Economies) and led missions to Vietnam. In the past, Schipke was a division chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department in charge of the Latin Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) divisions. He negotiated a high access stand-by arrangement, which included a debt restructuring and a debt-equity swap for one of the countries in the ECCU, as well as an $800 million precautionary stand-by arrangement for El Salvador. He was also regional resident representative for Central America, Panama, and the Dominican Republic and worked in the IMF European department.
Guocang Huan, CEO, Great China Strategic Capital
Guocang Huan is currently CEO of Great China Strategic Capital (GSC Capital) and Primus Pacific Partners. Prior to setting up GSC Capital, Huan was head of investment banking, Asia, at HSBC, from 2001 to 2005. He held a similar position at Citigroup from 1997 to 2000. Possessing extensive experience in investment banking, as well as capital and financial markets, Huan was also a board member of the Qatar Financial Center, appointed Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the US, and Research Fellow of the Brookings Institution.
Nicolas Mackel, CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
Nicolas Mackel is currently ceo of Luxembourg for Finance (LFF), a public-private partnership aiming to contribute to the sustainable development of Luxembourg as an international financial center. Prior to joining LFF, Mackel spent two years in China as consul general of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Shanghai as well as executive director at the Luxembourg trade and investment office Shanghai. A career diplomat, Mackel has in the past held posts including as deputy chief of mission and permanent representative of Luxembourg to the European Union. Benefitting from Mackel’s experience LFF will in the future seek closer co-operation with the countries’ trade offices and embassies abroad. Under Mackel’s management, LFF aims to analyze further opportunities to develop Luxembourg in a fully-fledged cross-border renminbicenter.
Junming Peng, Chairman, Empire Capital Management
Junming Peng is currently chairman of Empire Capital Management. With considerable experience in foreign exchange reserve and sovereign fund management, Peng was with the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, People’s Bank of China and China Investment Corporation in the field of investment strategies prior to joining Empire Capital Management. He launched China’s first civil military fund and managed several QDII and future funds. As a hedge fund manager with a global perspective, Peng is well-versed in the stock, bonds, foreign exchange and commodities futures markets.
Martin Maurer, Secretary General, Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland
Martin Maurer, CEO of the largest banking group in Switzerland, is managing the Secretariat of the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland. He keeps member institutions informed on regulatory changes and novelties, supports them in the implementation of rules and regulations. Maurer also speaks for the Association in numerous conferences domestically and abroad. In earlier functions Maurer was a senior manager in consulting, specializing in risk policy. He supported banks in implementing interest rate risk management models, both in Swiss retail banks and abroad. Prior to this assignment, Maurer was a member of the directorate of the Swiss Bankers’ Association responsible for prudential supervision.
Clarence Hui, Senior Manager, Financial Infrastructure Development Division, Financial Infrastructure Department, HKMA
Clarence Hui is currently senior manager of the Financial Infrastructure Development Division at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). Since joining in 2006, Hui has worked in a number of divisions including the Deposit Protection Scheme Division, Payment Systems Operation Division and Financial Infrastructure Development Division. His major responsibilities include enhancing and promoting Hong Kong’s payment and settlement infrastructure and exploring cooperation opportunities with overseas central banks and central securities depositories with a view to reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as a regional payment and settlement hub. Prior to this, Hui worked in the corporate banking and credit approval departments of various commercial banks.
Zhengwei Lu, Chief Economist and Head of Financial Market Research Industrial Bank
Zhengwei Lu is currently chief economist and head of financial market research at Industrial Bank. Offering insightful understanding about the macro-economy and financial markets, Lu joined Industrial Bank’s market research team in 2006, and accurately predicted the timing of monetary policy actions from 2010 to 2011. He also successfully anticipated the US subprime mortgage crisis and quantitative easing a year earlier. Lu was awarded as “Pioneer of Shanghai Financial Talents” in December 2010 by Shanghai Financial Work Commission.
Xijun Zhao, Professor and Deputy Dean, School of Finance, Renmin University of China
Xijun Zhao is currently professor and deputy dean of the school of finance at Renmin University of China (RUC). Zhao possesses more than twenty years of experience in university level education, specializing in fields such as international financial markets, financial regulation, monetary policy and Chinese economy. In his career as a university lecturer, Zhao has also spent two years at JPMorgan Beijing as an external consultant and served as a local expert for Asian Development Bank’s “Capacity building of ever bright bank” project.
Carl Wegner, Head of Global Transaction Banking, Greater China, Deutsche Bank
As Deutsche Bank’s Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) for Greater China, Carl Wegner is responsible for driving the strategic growth of the bank’s GTB business across the region. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Wegner was transaction banking country head at Standard Chartered Bank Taiwan. He possesses over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, with prior affiliations covering the Asia Pacific region, including Greater China locations such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei. In addition to a career in banking, Wegner previously run Trade Card’s financial and network services for Asia Pacific.
Ren Jinfeng, Vice General Manager and Head of Risk, Trade Finance, China Minsheng Banking Corporation
Ren Jinfeng is currently vice general manager and head of risk, Trade Finance, at China Minsheng Banking Corporation. With more than 20 years’ experience in the area of trade finance, Ren’sexpertise lies in marketing, operational management and risk management functions. Having joined China Minsheng Banking Corporation in 2006, Ren is responsible for risk management within the bank’s trade finance operational line. Having rebuilt the department’s processes and the way it performs, Ren has created leading trade finance risk management systems.
Wenhao Ma, Head of Trade Product, Global Transaction Services, DBS
Wenhao Ma is currently head of trade product, Global Transaction Services at DBS. Possessing over eighteen years of experience in the banking industry, Ma joined DBS in 2005 and set up a wide range of trade product lines including documentary finance, open account and inventory finance. He has also worked with the bank’s China regional office to build its cross-border supplier chain finance capabilities in order to meet clients’ working capital needs.
Yifan Hu, MD, Chief Economist and Head of Research, Haitong International
Yifan Hu is currently managing director, chief economist and head of research of Haitong International. Based in Hong Kong, Hu leads her team in providing in-depth and timely macro and equity analysis covering Greater China. Her views and columns could be found in leading financial media including Bloomberg, Reuters Finance, CNBC, CCTV, and Phoenix TV. Her team is well recognized and has in the past won numerous awards including “Outstanding Financial Research Diamond Award” by II China in 2013 and “The Best Overseas Research Team” by Hexun in 2012. Prior to joining Haitong International, Hu was Chief Economist for CITIC Securities in HK, head of Asian Economics for Natixis in Paris, and vice president and strategist for Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong.
Denis Noonan, VP, Core Product Management Clearstream Banking
Denis Noonan is vice president of core product management at Clearstream Banking, responsible for cash products. He joined Clearstream in 2005 as a product manager responsible for settlement, banking and issuance and has led several initiatives to extend Clearstream’s global product reach to new asset classes and customer segments. In his current role, Noonan is responsible for executing Clearstream’s global renminbi strategy as well as for developing cash and international issuance services in Asia. Prior to this, Noonan spent most of his career as a business consultant leading international financial services institutions in the strategic planning and positioning of customer and product development.
Hubert Tse, Senior Partner, Boss and Young Attorneys at Law
Hubert Tse is a senior partner at Boss & Young in Shanghai, recognised as a leading authority in asset management and hedge funds in China having been involved in a number of significant transactions in the country since 2007. Tse has extensive experience in acting for Chinese and global managers and hedge funds on the structuring and formation of onshore renminbi funds and investment advisory operations in China. He has assisted Chinese and global asset/fund managers with legal advice on regulatory, compliance and strategic advice in anticipation of government policies and regulatory initiatives. He also advises US and European hedge funds on the Shanghai QDLP programme. Prior to joining Boss and Young, Tse worked at leading international and Chinese law firms and one of the big four accounting firms in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
TieCheng Yang, Foreign Legal Consultant, Clifford Chance
TieCheng Yang is a partner of the Finance Group at Clifford Chance’s Beijing office. Yang has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer and 4 years’ experience in a Chinese non-banking financial institution as a credit officer and in-house counsel. He also has extensive China-related financial services experience, including on Rmb internationalization, funds (RQFII, QFII, QDII and PE funds), banking, derivatives and insurance. In particular, Yang and his team have been at the forefront of the development of the RQFII program by advising several RQFIIs on their licensing and compliance issues and fund formation.
Christopher Balding, Associate Professor Finance and Economics, HSBC Business School of Peking University
Christopher Balding is an associate professor of finance and economics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University Graduate School. As an expert in sovereign wealth funds, Balding recently released a book entitled “Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power”. Balding’s work has been cited by a variety of global media outlets including CNBC and he speaks regularly on the Chinese economy and financial markets. His scholarly work has been published in such leading journals as the Review of International Economics, the International Finance Review, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory on diverse topics including CDS pricing, the WTO, and the economics of adoption and abortion. Balding worked in private equity prior to entering academia.
Qian Aili, Head of Market Risk, China Construction Bank
Qian Aili is currently head of market risk at China Construction Bank’s risk management department. She is responsible for monitoring, analysing, reporting and managing risks in various fields, including financial market and transaction operations. Qian has served in various departments since joining the bank, including funding planning, accounting management, financial market and risk management, getting an overall perspective on the banking industry.
  Yang Zheng, Director, Municipal Financial Office, Shanghai
Yang Zheng is director of the municipal financial office in Shanghai, as well as deputy secretary of the Financial Work Committee in CPC Shanghai. He is experienced in foreign exchange management as well as a known advocate of the internationalization of the renminbi. Prior to joining the municipal financial office, Zheng was vice director in the capital account management department in the State Administration of Foreign Exchange. In the past, Zheng has also been vice governor at the PBoC Shanghai Branch and vice director of PBoC’s Shanghai head office also in charge of the foreign exchange department.
  Eisuke Sakakibara, former Vice Minister, Ministry of Finance, Japan 
Sakakibara is Japan's visionary thinker on issues related to economic multi-lateralism and a more collaborative Asian financial system. As Japan's vice minister of finance, he was known as 'Mr Yen' for the influence of his pronouncements on Japan’s currency. During the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s, he opposed the neoliberal economic reforms advocated by the IMF and US Treasury on ASEAN economies, and proposed an alternative Asian monetary fund that is better suited to act on the interests of Asian nations.The Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralisation Agreement that took effect on 2010 has been seen by some observers as a major step towards the creation of an Asian monetary fund.
   Yong Zhang, Deputy Director General, Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone Administration 
Yong Zhang is currently deputy director general of Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone Administration. He previously worked as deputy director general at the Financial Services Bureau, Pudong New Area between 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, he has been deputy director of the Policy Research Office, Pudong New Area Government and deputy director of the Economic Department, Research Office of the Zhejiang Provincial Government. Zhang has BA, MA and PhD degrees from Fudan University in economics and finance. He was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University and worked with economics Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Schiller.
  Jochen Metzger, Head of the Department Payments and Settlement Systems, Deutsche Bundesbank
Since 2006 Jochen Metzger is head of the department payments and settlement systems at the Deutsche Bundesbank. At the Eurosystem level, He is a member of the TARGET2-Securities Board. He also represents the Bundesbank in the G20-Committee on Payments and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and is responsible senior officer for cooperative oversight of CLS. Since November 2013 Metzger chairs the working group “Establishment of an RMB Clearing House”, part of the “Renminbi-Initiative Frankfurt”. He was also involved in the negotiation between the People’s Bank of China and the Deutsche Bundesbank on the issue.
   Johannes Gräb, Economist, International Policy Analysis Division, European Central Bank
Johannes Gräb is an economist in the international policy analysis division in the directorate international and European relations at the European Central Bank (ECB). His work and research interest primarily focusses on foreign exchange rates, international capital flows and the international monetary system. Gräb is also co-writing the ECB’ annual report on the International Role of the Euro. Before joining the ECB, Johannes worked in the Economics Department of the Deutsche Bundesbank.
   Tong Wang, Deputy General Manager, Global Markets, Bank of China(Hong Kong)
Tong Wang is deputy general manager of global market in Bank of China (Hong Kong ). He has been working with Bank of China for more than 20 years. Wang is deeply involved in the onshore and offshore RMB bond market development. He has led his team in arranging several important deals which are used as benchmarks, such as the first RMB Corporate CP in China inter-bank market, the first RMB Treasury Bond in Hong Kong market, the first offshore RMB corporate bond and the first offshore RMB bond issued by supranational agency.
   Guocang Huan, CEO, Great China Strategic Capital & Primus Pacific Partners
Guocang Huan is the CEO of Great China Strategic Capital (GSC Capital) and Primus Pacific Partners. Prior to current positions, Huan was head of investment banking Asia at HSBC from 2001 to 2005, and held similar position at Citigroup from 1997 to 2000. He has done many land mark transactions in China and other Asian countries. He was also a board member of the Qatar Financial Center, senior fellow of the Atlantic Council of the US.
   Sam Ahmed, Managing Director and Founder, Deriv Asia
Sam Ahmed is the managing director and founder of Deriv Asia, a management consultancy firm specializing in delivering collateral, clearing and post trade solutions based out of Singapore. Prior to opening Deriv Asia, Ahmed was Citi’s head of collateral services sales for the Asia Pacific region. Ahmed’s career spans 18 years in Asia across top tier international banks. He started off at Westpac Sydney as a management associate then took many difference positions at Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
  Anne Marion-Bouchacourt, Chairman, Societe Generale (China) Limited
Anne Marion-Bouchacourt has been the chairman of Societe Generale (China) since the Bank's local incorporation in 2008. She was appointed group chief country officer for China in July 2012. She joined Societe Generale in 2004 as head of human resources of corporate & investment banking (SG CIB) and soon became head of group human resources. Marion-Bouchacourt started her career as a consultant. She has in the past worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gemini Consulting.
   Henry Yung, Senior Manager, Financial Infrastructure Development, HKMA
Henry Yung has nearly 20 years of experience in central banking and is currently senior manager, financial infrastruture development at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. He is responsible for the development of the regulatory regime for the stored valued facilities and retail payment systems in Hong Kong. From 2008 to 2010, Yung was seconded as an advisor to the office of the executive director for China in the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.
   Luc Decker, Consul General of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Shanghai, Executive Director of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Shanghai
Since July 2013, Luc Decker has been consul general of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Before being appointed as Consul General, Decker was in charge of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Offices in China and the United States at the Ministry of Economy and Foreign Trade. In that role, which he held from 2007 to 2013, he assisted Chinese and American investors and companies to set up base in Luxembourg as their gateway to the European market. Prior to this, he was in charge of press relations for the Minister of the Economy and Foreign Trade from 2005 to 2007.
   Andrew Pal, Executive Director, Prime Services, UBS AG and CEO, UBS Futures Singapore
Andrew Pal is a member of the futures and options sales team with UBS Futures Singapore. As investment banks meet the challenge of increasing regulation and market re-structure, Pal is now focusing on leading the banks’ regional Over-The-Counter clearing (OTC) initiative to offer clients a total solution encompassing listed derivatives and OTC derivative products. Prior to this, Andrew held various roles including managing client direct execution risk; futures sales and execution and IT project management.
Gaetan Gosset, Head of Product Management, APAC, Euroclear
Gaetan Gosset has spent 18 years with Euroclear Bank and is currently heading product management in the Asia Pacific region. His responsibilities cover all products and services offered by Euroclear Bank, including settlement and custody of fixed-income securities and equities, collateral management and fund processing. Gosset represents Euroclear in various market working groups and committees such as SWIFT, ASIFMA and ABMF.
  Ko Tseng, Managing Director, E Fund Management (HK)
Ko Tseng is currently the managing director of E Fund Management (HK). Prior to that, he was the head of ETF/Index at Mirae Asset Global Investment (Hong Kong) and senior proprietary trader at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (Hong Kong). Tseng is specialized in equity derivatives, alternative investment, and quantitative trading. Tseng is also the holder of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Professional Risk Manager (PRM) designations.
Helen Zhou, Managing Director, Client Solutions Group, CSOP Asset Management
Helen Zhou is head of client solutions group of CSOP Asset Management, leading the firm's product development and investor services efforts. Prior to joining CSOP in 2012, Zhou was an executive director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) responsible for providing multi-asset solutions to the firm's institutional and intermediary clients in the Greater China region. Before that she worked in equity and fund derivatives sales at UBS Investment Bank since 2004.
   Li Lin, GM, Strategy & Development Department, SPD Bank
Li Lin is the general manager of strategy & development department of SPD Bank. Mr. Li has been engaging in commercial bank operation, management and research for years in the fields of strategy management, risk control and macro-economy. He has published articles in major research magazines and has shared research results on the choices of business model and sustainable growth of domestic commercial banks under the new technology development environment. Recently, Mr. Li’s main research focus is information & communication technology development, mobile internet and the internet and its impact on commercial banks. 
   Caesar Ng, Regional Head of Transaction Banking Greater China, Maybank
Caesar Ng is responsible for driving Maybank's transaction banking business in Greater China, covering cash management, trade and supply chain financing as well as financial institutions & non-bank financial institutions. Prior to this he was responsible for the maintenance of the relationship and build-up of the client portfolio in the segment of Hong Kong corporates as well as multinational companies. Ng has also worked in a number of local and multinational banks over the past 20 years including CITIC, ABN AMRO Bank, Natexis Banque as well as Bank of Nova Scotia. 
  

Raymond Wang, Head of RMB Capability Development & Head of Shanghai Free Trade Zone Sub-branche Preparation, Westpac
Raymond Wang is Westpac's head of RMB capability development and also responsible for the setting up of their Shanghai FTZ sub-branch. Wang joined Westpac in 2011 as head of the specialised solution team in trade finance. He has almost 20 year's banking experience largely gained in Australia, covering the areas of project finance, structured finance and trade finance. Prior to joining Westpac, Wang held a number of senior  positions in China Industrial International Trust Limited and National Australia Bank.

 

Feifei Xia, Executive Vice President, Wing Lung Bank
Feifei Xia is executive vice president of commercial banking at Wing Lung Bank, a wholly owned Hong Kong-based subsidiary of China Merchants Bank. Prior to this, Xia had extensive experience at Bank of China and China Merchants Bank. From 2008 to 2010, Xia served as the head of the banking department of China Merchants Bank's New York branch. Xia has published many articles in "International Business Daily" and "International Finance", also winning an award from the China International Finance Society.

 

Alexis Garatti, Assistant Director, Haitong International
Alexis Garatti is an expert of global economics at Haitong International. He has over ten years of experience as an economist, primarily focused on the US, Eurozone and China. Prior to this, Garatti worked in CITIC Securities as a senior economist for over three years and as a senior economist in Natixis for over five years. Garatti holds a PhD in economics and also earned a certification in international fixed income and derivatives from the International Capital Market Association.

  Christopher Balding, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics, HSBC Business School of Peking University
Christopher Balding is an associate professor of finance and economics at the HSBC Business School of Peking University. As an expert in sovereign wealth funds, Balding recently released a book entitled “Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power”. Balding’s work has been cited by a variety of global media outlets including CNBC and he speaks regularly on the Chinese economy and financial markets. Balding worked in private equity prior to entering academia.
  James Cullen, former SVP, Wells Fargo
James Cullen was senior vice president in Wells Fargo’s global financial institutions group with specific focus on Asia. He is a career banker with over four decades of experience in the financial services industry,including posts in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seattle with Wells Fargo, Bank of America and US Bancorporation before venturing on his own in 2010. Prior banking experience includes involvement in a variety of business sectors including corporate banking and finance and institutional banking.
  Foo Boon Ping, Managing Editor, The Asian Banker
Boon Ping manages The Asian Banker publication business and engages practitioners, customers, partners and the media on critical issues that impact the industry. He has more than 19 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, specializing in strategic branding, marketing communications and consumer insight. Prior to The Asian Banker, he was at United Overseas Bank (UOB), covering Singapore and key markets in the region, such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
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