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

NDB’s Seneviratne sees opportunities in Sri Lanka amid economic challenges
Dimantha Seneviratne, the chief executive of Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank, discusses the challenges that the country has been facing as well as the opportunities he sees for the Sri Lankan economy.
01 January 1970

MAS’ Hardoon: “Doing AI for the sake of AI doesn't make much sense”
David Hardoon, special advisor on artificial intelligence for the Monetary Authority of Singapore, offers his insights on AI, from operationalising it to making it relevant to people and businesses.
01 January 1970

JP Morgan estimates worse to come for countries hit by COVID-19
A predictive model estimates the lifecycle of the coronavirus pandemic in affected countries, from its current stage to future infection trends.
01 January 1970

Michael Owen: Giving back to grassroots fosters a culture of excellence
Former footballer Michael Owen talks about his desire to give back to the community, the values he shares with his family and his career in sports and business.
01 January 1970

People’s Bank’s Gunawardana: “Digitalisation is imperative to survive in the next century”
Rasitha Gunawardana, CEO and general manager of People’s Bank, summarises the decade-long process of technologically upgrading the largest state-owned bank in Sri Lanka. He talks about the risks and challenges encountered along the way and how the institution’s evolution coincided with his own journey to the top of the career ladder.
01 January 1970

Aurigin’s Jayawickrama: “We want to create transparency and visibility in investment banking”
Romesh Jayawickrama, the founder of Aurigin, formerly known as BankerBay, shares how the platform manages to connect deals and capital investors globally. He also talks about his role as a deal maker as well as the company’s business model, how it started and how it plans to grow through partnerships.
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

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

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

Microsoft’s Hazou: “A digital revolution is not only about technology”
Peter Hazou, director of business strategy for worldwide financial services at Microsoft, elaborates how the changing role of banks, habits of consumers and needs of clients take part in digital revolution.
01 January 1970

Fiserv’s Chance: “Information is the cornerstone that’s driving fintech”
David Chance, Fiserv’s vice president of payments strategy and innovation, talks about how payment systems are shaking up the industry as well as the crucial role of information in helping financial institutions provide better services to their customers.
01 January 1970

UniCredit’s Corsini: “We want to be the bridge between Asia and Europe”
Luca Corsini, the head of global transaction banking at UniCredit, talks about the new regulation requiring banks to open up their data to third parties.
01 January 1970

INTL FCStone’s McDonald: “The ability to track payments is the next step to full transparency”
Clayton McDonald, head of sales for the global payments division at INTL FCStone, discusses how SWIFT's gpi initiative enables end-to-end tracking, making payment transactions more transparent to customers.
01 January 1970

Deutsche Bank’s Scott-Gray: “We’re removing all complexities to create a more efficient platform”
Jennifer Scott-Gray, head of corporate bank, Australia at Deutsche Bank, speaks about building out a cash management branch in Australia and expanding the bank’s current offerings.
01 January 1970

SmartStream’s Tripathy: “Solving use cases with AI is the way forward”
Santosh Tripathy, practice lead for digital payments at SmartStream, shares his understanding of artificial intelligence, its functions, benefits and importance to banks in solving use cases.
01 January 1970

SAP’s Rieker: “What we will see in the future are the new arising ecosystems”
Falk Rieker, Global Vice President and Global Head of IBU Banking at SAP, highlights the importance for banks to take a more collaborative and proactive approach to drive connectivity with the ecosystems that their customers operate in.
01 January 1970

Westpac’s Correa: “A strong, effective payment system will allow innovation to occur”
Michael Correa, general manager of Westpac for Asia Pacific, talks about the payment developments in Asia and the role Australia played in achieving this growth in the region.
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.