Past Sessions

The Asian Banker aims to promote the development of the finance industry in Asia by bringing together interested players to examine and discuss the most critical issues of the moment, without having to take time out from their crowded schedule or leave the comfort of their own desks!!

View a list of our past teleconsultations below-

01 January 1970

Nordea’s Zekkar: 2020 is the year of geographical expansion
Patrik Zekkar, global head of trade finance and working capital management at Nordea, shares his views on the overall business in the trade finance area, and the bank’s plans to scale-up and expand towards Asia.
01 January 1970

ANZ’s Michael Lim in working with disruptors: An opportunity to cover all bases
Michael Lim and Mark Evans, ANZ Institutional executives, discuss the opportunities made available in collaborating with fintechs and how these can be beneficial for both ends.
01 January 1970

Bank of America : “The value of data will correspond to the quality of service”
Paul Taylor, head of Global Financial Institution Sales for GTS at Bank of America, talks about the massive increase in the importance of data and how this will help FIs.
01 January 1970

FreeCom’s AlAshraf: “My idea was to create an alternative method of communication during disasters”
Abdul Rahman AlAshraf, founder of FreeCom, shares how his idea of communicating without the use of internet or mobile network came about. He also explains how the prototype works, its potentials and how it will keep people connected during disasters.
01 January 1970

State Bank of India’s Kumar: “We will use technology to drive social economic transformation in India”
Rajnish Kumar, chairman, State Bank of India (SBI) discusses how SBI, as the largest bank in India, will play a crucial role in unlocking the economic potential through financial and technological inclusion
01 January 1970

Fudan University’s Zhang: “China’s economy is liberalised, driven by entrepreneurial business and personal thinking”
In the midst of the US-China trade war, Fudan University Dean of Economics Professor Zhang Jun, provides a clearer picture of what goes on inside the world’s second-largest economy and the factors affecting its growth.
01 January 1970

Verhofstadt: “The European Union needs to be deeply reformed as fast as possible”
Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, admits that the European Union is still a weak organisation. And in a future that heralds a “world of empires”, it is necessary for the EU to abandon the unanimity rule and move forward with federalism, which holds the key to the survival of Europe in the modern world. As the chief European Parliament coordinator in the Brexit negotiations, he considers Brexit as a failure of the EU and believes that Europeans are stronger when they work together.
01 January 1970

Ping An Group’s Larsen: “We’re constantly looking at new businesses that can create value”
Veteran banker Jonathan Larsen, who ran Citibank’s global retail bank and mortgages, came out of retirement to head Ping An Group’s chief innovation office. He is now on the lookout for innovative fintech business models that are complementary to Ping An’s core businesses in insurance, banking and investment
01 January 1970

Wells Fargo’s Amin: “Asia remains a great growth story”
Jafar Amin, Asia Pacific regional president and head of corporate and investment banking at Wells Fargo, discusses the challenges that financial institutions and global markets face such as the US-China trade war, Brexit and the emergence of new tech players in the financial space.
01 January 1970

Hong Leong’s Tan: “Developing a closeness with your client is still needed in today’s world”
Tan Kong Khoon, the president and CEO of Hong Leong Financial Group, shares his views with The Asian Banker regarding the company’s plans for the long term, the challenges facing the financial industry, and providing solutions for customers’ needs.
01 January 1970

Mizuho Bank’s Das: “Digitalisation is transformation”
Devashis Das, deputy head of Global Transaction Banking, Asia Oceania at Mizuho Bank discusses the latest financial technologies and the opportunities they create for the banking industry.
01 January 1970

Twitter and Square investor Gregg Kidd: “Identity as a public good, but who is going to own it?”
Greg Kidd, the serial startup investor who helped found Square and Twitter and is currently investor in GlobaliD, a opens up in this wide-ranging and open-ended interview about his career in identifying and helping found innovative startups. He shares his insights on the relationship between globalisation and localisation and how these relate to innovation
01 January 1970

Qatar Islamic Bank’s Gamal: “Investment in technology pays off”
In an interview with The Asian Banker, Bassel Gamal, Qatar Islamic Bank’s group CEO, makes known that the bank is not resting on its laurels after having achieved financial achievements over the years. Rather, it is continuously trying to improve its position by staying competitive and relevant.
01 January 1970

Cybersecurity regulatory framework: The need to improve data privacy and security regulation - an enforcement perspective
Roeland van Zeijst, global cybersecurity strategist, RovaZ.com and former digital crime officer, Interpol, discussed cybersecurity landscape and the steps taken by regulators and financial institutions to enhance industry resilience, integrity and stability
01 January 1970

"The new Pearl River Delta as an accidental financial center"
Emmanuel Daniel, in a speech to the Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences(GZASS) and the Guangzhou Urban Strategy Institute(GZUSI) on 18 November 2018 said that the railway and road infrastructure that brings Pearl River Delta together is like bringing New York and San Francisco together. He spoke of the 4 areas of people, information, capital and trade to make the megalopolis a success. He also outlined how there was a potential for a deeper financial market which is not based on Hong Kong's capital market alone, but on deeper liquidity serving small businesses. Also that some of the opportunities come almost by accident. He encouraged Guangdong to embrace diversity and capture the imagination of the world in making the belt and road initiative a success.
01 January 1970

Cybersecurity regulatory framework: The need to improve data privacy and security regulation - an institutional perspective
Stephane Nappo, global chief information security officer, Societe General, spoke about cybersecurity best practices and how financial institutions can effectively protect the information entrusted to them by customers
01 January 1970

Ripple’s Treacher: “The banking world’s kind of lost pace with the rest of commerce and society which is moving onto a much more real-time globally-connected environment”
Marcus Treacher, Senior Vice President of Customer Success at Ripple, discusses challenges in expediting payment processes from a clarity, visibility, and reliability perspective and talks about Ripple’s solutions focused on the open internet model.
01 January 1970

ANZ’s Vasic and Huse: “Corporates who historically may have used one of the ‘globals’, now also need a strong local bank for support”
ANZ’s Vasic and Huse speak about the greater transactional business needs of Australian clients expanding into Asia and also discuss the shake up the payments landscape in Australia, once open banking legislation comes into play in 2019
01 January 1970

HNB’s Alles: Vision 2020 is all about achieving qualitative goals
In a candid interview with Emmanuel Daniel, the bank CEO looks back at the company’s transformation, talks about plans for digitalisation and shares the legacy he wants to leave behind
01 January 1970

Spiros Margaris: "I only invest in startups with compelling stories"
Spiros Margaris, renowned fintech investor, tells Emmanuel Daniel he must like the managers of the start ups he invests in on behalf of family offices and other investors, and they must have a compelling story