20-22 May 2014 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Supply Chain and Financial Performance Conference


Driving business performance through a combination of technology and finance

Trade flows are changing. Suppliers are buying from non-traditional sources. Commodities flows are creating new trade channels where they didn’t exist before. The value add in logistics is being recreated dramatically even as prices are being slashed and competition increases. Supply chain is gaining attention within the business community and more people today, than ever before, would acknowledge that a company’s success or failure depends on the performance of the supply chain. Implementing and searching for the most suitable financing infrastructure for a sustainable supply chain is a challenge for today’s corporates.

The financial supply chain supporting these developments is still in its early stages. Banks would like to be end-to-end providers of capital and cash flow but this is more easily said than done. Most corporates which want banks to show them how to sweat their assets, enhance or unlock shareholder value, improve their working capital and ease the supply chain.  What they tend to get is product sales focused bank relationship managers, who focus upon the bank’s needs rather than the customers.

The China factor in the evolution of supply chain continues to move into a new dimension as cost of production increases and the process is re-distributed to other countries. Even more exciting is the fact that the most advanced companies have moved from an operations understanding of supply chain to a strategic understanding of supply chain. But, what makes a good supply chain?

This event examines the financial aspect of the supply chain industry in clear detail. It consciously avoids the banking-based approach where the emphasis is on transactional services and focuses instead on the practical issues that financial controllers and CFO’s are concerned with in day to day operations.

Key working sessions include:

  • Financing the global supply chain
  • Impact of e-commerce in shaping new disciplines in the industry
  • Impact of  policy driven price distortions
  • To what extent are we able to monetize our analytics
  • Role of relationship managers in holding critical processes together
  • Risks within the extended value chains and dealing with unpredictable surges in supply and demand

The Supply Chain Conference is designed for:

  • CFOs and treasurers who want to track recent trends in supply chain management at global and regional levels.
  • Chief Supply Chain Officers and other Senior IT and Operations Executives
  • Supply Chain Strategy Executives
  • Senior executives from sourcing, procurement and customer services
  • Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation Executives
  • Consultants and financial institutions providing supply chain management solutions to the corporates

Who should attend

The Supply Chain and Finnancial Performance Conference is designed for:

  • CFOs and treasurers who want to track recent trends in supply chain management at global and regional levels.
  • Chief Supply Chain Officers and other Senior IT and Operations Executives
  • Supply Chain Strategy Executives
  • Senior executives from sourcing, procurement and customer services
  • Supply Chain Transformation and Innovation Executives
  • Consultants and financial institutions providing supply chain management solutions to the corporates

Executives from the following industries

  • Oil and gas
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • 3PLs
  • Warehousing
  • Strategy and planning
  • Financial institutions
  • Insurance

Day 1

The Supply Chain and Financial Performance Conference – Agenda

Day 1 - 21 May 2014, Wednesday

08:00 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

Streamlining processes to benefit from globalization

Globalization and complexity have brought its own challenges and opportunities to the supply chain. The top business pressures facing the discrete segment are the impact of increasing supply chain complexity as well as rising supply chain management costs.

  • New ways of maximizing intra-regional trade through the regional supply chain
  • What are the key drivers for focusing on improving visibility in the whole supply chain process
  • Treasurers and CFOs to more carefully scrutinize working capital, fixed assets, revenues and costs to unearth enhancements for long term competitiveness and sustainable growth
  • Increasing liquidity in a constrained environment
  • Are corporates and banks aligned for centralization of treasury functions?

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Mark Holloway,  SEA Head of Supply Chain, Diageo
  • Saurish Nandi, Global Head of Procurement, Rickmers Ship Management
  • Deborah Elms, Head at Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade and Negotiations
Session chaired by Mathew Welch, Partner at Asia Capital & Advisors

10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

The Supply Chain Conference Opening Keynote Session
Delivered by Robert Yap, Chairman and CEO, YCH Group

Welcome Note

Leadership Dialogue on Global supply chain challenges

The need to cope with a whole range of supply challenges is putting greater pressure than ever on supply chain executives.

  • Increasing volatility of customer demand.
  • Securing growth requires truly global customer and supplier networks
  • Market dynamics demand regional, cost-optimized configurations.
  • Risk management involves the end-to-end process.
  • Existing supply chain organizations not truly integrated and empowered.
  • Cash flows stretching the ability of suppliers to meet orders with input costs and competition increasing
  • Investing in the digital supply chain – the integration of 3-D printing can enable a new design of the supply chain.

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Raymon Krishnan, President of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Society, Singapore
  • Lionel Choong, Board Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio Corp. & CFO of Global Regency Ltd.
  • Chung Chee Kai,  Global Head, Trade & Supply Chain Financing, Transaction Banking, Maybank
Session chaired by Mathew Welch, Partner at Asia Capital & Advisors

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

To what extent are we able to monetize our supply chain analytics?

Just in time analytics itself can be source of funding and cash flow management. But to what extent is this been met. Most of the companies are working on improving supply chain performance by using different digital channels. These channels become a huge source of data. In this regard, understanding of supply chain as a complex system and the effective use of data is a must. Corporates need to understand that analytics is something beyond reporting.

  • Making intelligent use of data generated from different channels
  • The evolution of analytics for visualization, pattern recognition, unstructured text mining and parallel processing are converging to drive a new form of supply chain
  • Connect and converge financial data into existing physical supply chain data to make real time decisions
  • Discover how to stay in control with advanced planning and scheduling system

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Keith Carter,   Visiting Senior Fellow of Decision Sciences at the NUS Business School, Singapore
  • Tobie Gordon, VP Supply Chain, Starbucks China
15:00 – 15:30 Tea/Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30

New Models of Supply Chains Evolving in Asia and their Impact

Supply chains are becoming ever more complex, geographic footprints and sourcing patters are rapidly changing, new concepts such as “virtual manufacturing” and “floating inventory” are changing sourcing and product distribution patterns, and the old models for planning, procurement and replenishment are being partially disintermediated as new technologies and execution strategies become more dynamic. The changing uses and designs of logistics infrastructure will also create new financing opportunities. How companies respond will have a direct impact on their future profitability.

  • Real-time transparent supply chain visibility across the network
  • Improved alignment of demand forecasting and supply planning
  • Leveraging opportunities across the financial flow to impact working capital
  • “Regional hubbing” and dynamic product distribution
  • Taking it a step forward, including Knowledge Centers and “Virtual Manufacturing” opportunities
Featuring Paul Bradley, CEO & Chairman, Caprica International

16:30 – 17:30

The changing face of how trade finance is supporting supply chain

Trade and supply chain finance are going through a phase of innovation and potential but at the same time it faces unprecedented regulations. In recovering economic conditions there is also a continued pressure on margins and input costs. At the same time, availability of working capital is a common challenge. The dynamics currently shaping international commerce, and the requirements of importers and exporters, and other parties to the trade value chain, will increasingly influence the evolution of the business of trade finance.

  • Have companies witnessed a movement back towards letters of credit as a way of increasing payment certainty? What other alternatives are available?
  • Improving supply chain finance experience through BPO
  • What’s that exporter and importer would want: speed, visibility of transaction, security and exceptions processing
  • Reducing risk and transaction cost with supply chain finance
  • Impact of regulations on trade finance
  • SMEs suffering from the lack of liquidity and high cost of financing.

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Steven Beck, Head of Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank
  • Noritoshi Murakami, General Manager, Asian Transaction Banking Office, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Tod Burwell, CEO, BAFT
Session chaired by Bob Blower, Head of FI, Trade and Supply Chain Product Management, Standard Bank
  End of Conference Day 1

Please note that the speakers and panelists are in various stages of confirmation and will be updated accordingly.

For more information please contact:
Alexander Gevanno, Program Manager
Email: agevanno@theasianbanker.com
Tel: +86 10 5869 3492

Day 2

The Supply Chain and Financial Performance Conference  Conference – Agenda

Day 2 - 22 May 2014, Thursday

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 10:00


Ecommerce remodeling trends in supply chain

As technology, e-commerce and globalization become more intertwined, buyers and sellers are increasing their connectivity and the speed with which they conduct sales transactions. Asia has seen an incredible growth in ecommerce market and as consumers have become increasingly familiar with omni-channels, it has become critical for the supply chains to adapt to the unique needs of channels. It will help them to deliver compelling customer service experiences and to gain competitive advantage and minimize the role of middleman.

  • Assessing critical challenges and opportunities for supply chain efficiencies in e-commerce.
  • Integrating e-invoicing into existing workflows to create real-time communication between buyers and suppliers
  • Supply chain managers to develop strategies for dealing with the rapid swings that can result from increasing use of e-commerce in a globalized market.

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Keith Carter, Visiting Senior Fellow of Decision Sciences at the NUS Business School, Singapore
  • Eckart Dutz,  General Director, Rapi B2B Office Solutions
  • Paul Bradley, CEO & Chairman, Caprica International
10:00 – 10:30 Tea/Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30

Evolution of procurement

When enterprise information systems are installed by companies they tend to leave the procurement functionality to be an afterthought.  The evolution of the procurement function in the industry is facing tremendous changes. The crucial question of should you “make or buy" are faced by more companies now than ever before.  Naturally the evolution of procurement function includes a financial side as companies are putting in place some consolidating payment systems that reduce the costs and risks associated with the usual disputes.

  • The understanding of the risk associated and how to control it?
  • How to effectively integrate financial and procurement data?
  • Identify best practices designed to promote successful integration?
  • The ability to leverage the integrated information to better see spending trends, identify strategic opportunities to aggregate requirements

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Saurish Nandi, Global Head of Procurement, Rickmers Ship Management
  • Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan,  Global Head - Finance & Head Corporate Planning Dept., Olam International, Invenio Holdings Pte Limited, Singapore
  • Peter Woon, Vice President of Procurement & Supply Chain at Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd.
Session chaired by James Cullen, former SVP of Wells Fargo

11:30 – 12:30

Role of Relationship Manager in holding critical processes together

Complex, global, time-sensitive supply chains and their increasing strategic importance have raised the bar for supply chain executives everywhere. Along with conferring a broader range of responsibilities, the SC executives need to possess a wider variety of competencies than before. Corporates are best served by embedding proficient supply chain management professionals in various business units.

  • Correctly staffing the supply chain organisation is vital to success
  • Understanding how the new dynamic of direct customer communication with suppliers is changing the time frames for business processes
  • Empowering supply chain executives to drive positive outcomes through improved visibility and communication
  • Cultural savvy and a strong international perspective – supply chain leaders need to be agile and flexible in the way they think and execute

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Troy Shortell, EVP, CEVA Logistics
  • Kobu Kotaraju, Chief Procurement Advisor, SMM Global Sourcing
  • Eckart Dutz,  General Director, Rapi B2B Office Solutions

Session chaired by Farrah Brake, Senior Researcher, The Asian Banker

12:30 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Unpredictability and surges in supply chain in a highly competitive market place

Supply chain disruptions are a common occurrence that companies face on a daily basis. Significant disruptions may not be as frequent, but can have dramatic financial consequences for a corporate. At the same time, new product innovations are constantly being introduced without any indication of whether they will be successful or not. How to leverage and profit from it is critical for corporates.

A case study based dialogue on separating the parameters suppliers and distributors can control versus factors they cannot control and the financial as well as hedging tools they

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Lionel Choong, Board Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio Corp. & CFO of Global Regency Ltd.
  • Peter Woon, Vice President of Procurement & Supply Chain at Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd.

Session chaired by Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

15:00 – 16:00

Trends in acquiring working capital and liquidity in Asia

Sources of liquidity and capital have been one of challenges for corporates with the market has little in available solutions. The invoicing market in Asia is still at its developing stage which is due to the lack of regulatory framework.  The capability of being able to easily predict cash flows is important and crucial to a company’s financing and that is why companies now are being more open towards the development of factoring and invoice discounting.

  • Growth of open account trade through factoring and the similarities of the open account products
  • Impact of external bodies ruling on receivables finance
  • Opportunities for banks to diversify on their product portfolio
  • Other non-traditional sources of funding
  • Optimizing liquidity and working capital through e-invoicing via invoice status updates

Speakers/Panelists include:

  • Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan,  Global Head - Finance & Head Corporate Planning Dept., Olam International, Invenio Holdings Pte Limited, Singapore
  • Zamri Sanip,  Head, Trade & Supply Chain Financing, Malaysia, Transaction Banking, Maybank

Session chaired by James Cullen, former SVP of Wells Fargo

16:00 – 16:30 Tea/Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30

The Asian Banker Summit Closing Keynote Session

Thinking about the innovations that are redefining the industry
The on slot of peer-to-peer activity on social media and new technology based breakthroughs are threatening to redefine the industry as we knowing today. As controversy continues to play out around the emergence of anonymous payments, this discussion will explore whether these innovations are a flash in the pan or a genuine megatrend with the potential to drastically impact the face of modern banking. The session would feature discussions around the following key points:

  • Does virtual currency has a real place in today’s economy
  • How the bitcoin community is being influenced by the regulatory environment in different geographies?
  • Non FIs and banking – competition or cooperation
  • How do we think about the traditional banks’ response to these innovations?
  • What are some of the leading indicators which we need to track to understand how to incorporate these innovations into the traditional institutions.

With comments from

  • Bobby Lee, CEO, BTC China
  • Jimmy Gurule, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame & former Undersecretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Anatoliy Knyazev, Executive Director & Co-founder, EXANTE
  • Matthew Symons, CEO & Co-founder, Society One, Australia

Session chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, president & CEO, The Asian Banker and Gordian Gaeta, international resource director, The Asian Banker

For more information please contact:

Alexander Gevanno, Program Manager
Email: agevanno@theasianbanker.com
Tel: +86 10 5869 3492

Speakers & Moderators


Robert Yap, Chairman and CEO, YCH Group
Robert Yap is chairman and CEO of YCH Group. He is also vice chairman at Singapore Business Federation and vice president at Singapore National Employers Federation, as well as a board member at International Enterprise Singapore and Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, and advises the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, ASEAN SME advisory board and SMU School of Information Systems. In 2013 Yap was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) by the World Chinese Economic Forum. He was also conferred the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003 and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007.

Raymon Krishnan, President of The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society, Director of Asia Pacific Logistics & Trade Compliance for W R Grace Inc. 
Raymon Krishnan is currently director of Asia Pacific logistics & trade compliance for W R Grace. He has over twenty years experience in the logistics industry as an end user and service provider at senior management level in a variety of international companies and institutions based in Asia, US, Europe and Australia. His experience covers the full logistics spectrum, from raw material procurement to physical distribution, customer service and care, quality and Six Sigma.

Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan, Senior Vice President of Olam International Limited & Finance Head-Products & Geographies
Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan is the senior vice president of Olam International Limited & finance head-products & geographies. He also heads and drives worldwide corporate planning department, capital investment and review committee and sustained cost management initiative, along with being CFO of Invenio, a subsidiary of Olam. Venkita has more than 22 years of extensive experience in leadership areas, including oversight on multiple subsidiaries & product verticals, risk control & management, processes reviews, and more.
Lionel Choong, Board Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio Corp. & CFO of Global Regency Ltd.
Lionel Choong is independent vice chairman of the board of Emerson Radio, currently acting CFO for Global Regency, a partner for large retailers handling annual FOB turnover exceeding US$150m. He has a wide range of experience in a variety of senior financial positions with companies in Hong Kong, the PRC and London. His experience encompasses logistics, branded apparel, consumer and lifestyle, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, building businesses, and corporate finance.
Paul W. Bradley, Chairman and CEO, Caprica International
Paul Bradley chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Asian advisory board member for the Avista-Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank joint venture, vice chairman of Supply Chain Asia, strategic advisor to the CEO’s of several Asian companies and is also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. He has been involved in the successful launch of two IPO’s. He previously served as president of Arshiya International, a leading Indian multinational company focusing on supply chain management, FTWZ logistics parks and rail operations. In the past, Bradley also served as MD of IDS International, a part of the Li & Fung group of companies. He was selected as a “New Asian Leader” by the World Economic Forum and “Asian Supply Chain Manager of the Year” by Lloyds Publications.
Troy Shortell, Executive Vice President, CEVA Logistics
Troy Shortell currently holds the position of executive vice president at CEVA Logistics, the Asia Pacific board member and P&L head for the countries that comprise East Asia. He has more than 20 years of professional experience and industry knowledge in commercial management and supply chain strategy. Prior to joining CEVA, Troy ran the Greater China business for cold chain specialist HAVI Logistics and its largest customer McDonald's. Troy also held board level roles during a 15-year career at DHL and its affiliates in China and the Asia-Pacific Region.
Mark J. Holloway, Head of South East Asia Supply Chain, Diageo
Mark Holloway is presently working with Diageo as head of supply, Southeast Asia, responsible for end to end supply chain. His prior roles include “knowledge engineering” for Unilever Research and a number of foods factories in the UK, working on production efficiencies in the UK, transferring best practice for manufacturing automation in Europe as well as leading IT developments and operations. Mark joined Unilever and led some process & customer service improvement programs and re-organisations, then increasingly assumed regional responsibility for logistics and customer service.
Peter Woon, Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd
Peter Woon is currently vice president, procurement and supply chain for Marina Bay Sands, managing the team in the procurement of all goods and services. He also leads the supply chain operations team for the receiving, warehousing and distribution of goods property wide across the various diverse business operations at the integrated resort. He is a senior management executive with more than 20 years of diverse professional experiences in global procurement , sourcing and supply chain leadership roles in the high technology and services industry.
Tobie Gordon, Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Starbucks China
Tobie Gordon is the vice president, supply chain operations of Starbucks China. The position has exposed Gordon to retail supply chain as well as expanded her scope, adding commercialization, sourcing and co-manufacturing. In 2008, after observing the challenges of providing good customer service in an un-integrated supply chain, she led the creation of Nestle’s integrated China supply chain. The newly integrated organization included demand and supply planning, customer service, logistics and data management serving ten business units for Nestle’s Greater China region . The new supply chain delivered transparency and significant improvements in working capital control, end to end cost management, and service levels.
Anupam Jain, Finance Director, Mondelez Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Anupam Jain is the finance director of Mondelez Sales Malaysia, a CFO position which involves managing a business of $250m with a finance team of 55 people and complex business including three manufacturing units, five legal entities and 40 brands operating in seven categories. Prior this Anupam was VP, financial planning & analysis at Kraft Foods India. His role involved managing financial analysis, strategic planning & commercial operations for India and export markets. Anupam also held several key positions in Procter & Gamble Singapore and India.
Eckart Dutz, General Director, Rapi B2B Office Solutions
Eckart Dutz is general director of Rapi B2B Office Solutions, as well as general manager of Pacific Partners, a sourcing company specialized in fast moving consumer goods. He is co-founder of Vietnam Supply Chain and has in the past served on the board of advisors of the Vietnam Supply Chain Council as well as been an advisor to the Sourcing & Purchasing Club Vietnam. In the past, Dutz has worked for Unilever in Vietnam, Thailand, Netherlands, Germany in various supply chain positions, most recently as regional supply chain manager for Ice Cream for South East Asia.
Kobu Kotaraju, Chief Procurement Advisor, SMM Global Sourcing
Kobu Kotaraju is presently chief procurement advisor at SMM Global Sourcing. He was recently global category leader - Capex at Rio Tinto. Kotaraju has 30 years of procurement & supply chain experience and has held senior procurement leadership position within global organization such as CH2M HILL & Keppel Seghers. He specialises in capital projects procurement for EPC, EPCM & as owner's representatives.

Saurish Nandi, Global Head of Procurement, Rickmers Ship Management
Saurish Nandi is currently global head of procurement for Rickmers Ship Management. He has more than 11 years of experience in global procurement, spend management, optimizing supply chain networks and e-commerce implementation. Nandi is a Certified ISO 9001 lead auditor and his theory on value chain optimization in the marine procurement field is a trendsetter. His vision in bringing marine procurement and supply chain function at par with other industries like automobile and aerospace industry has led to various companies endorsing his supply chain optimizing model.

Chung Chee Kai, Global Head Of Trade And Supply Chain Financing, Maybank
Chung Chee Kai is currently responsible for the strategic direction and management of global trade and supply chain financing for the Maybank Group. He plays an integral role in defining and refining business strategies and collaborates with the various countries’ trade finance heads to execute these strategies in their respective markets. Prior to his current appointment, he was Maybank’s head of transaction banking China and successfully led the roll out of regional cash and trade platforms for this market. His 27 years of experience has seen Chung largely involved in developing new and enhanced cash management, trade and FI solutions for the organisations he served across Asia.

Deborah Elms, Head, Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations
Deborah Elms is head of Singapore’s Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations and senior fellow of international political economy at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University. She is also a senior fellow in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry’s trade academy. Dr. Elms’ research interests are in negotiations and decision making, particularly in trade. Her current research topic is the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiation. She also conducts a range of teaching and training for government officials from around Asia, for members of parliament, for business leaders, and for graduate students.

Keith Carter, Visiting Senior Fellow of Decision Sciences at the NUS Business School, Singapore
Keith Carter is visiting senior fellow of decision sciences at the National University of Singapore Business School. He has established and led global supply chain initiatives including: supply chain intelligence, knowledge management, transformation governance, and data management. Keith worked for the Estee Lauder Companies tasked to lead the strategic and tactical supply chain operations of global multi-plants to improve the overall performance of the company.

Zamri bin Sanip, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Financing, Transaction Banking, Maybank, Malaysia
Zamri bin Sanip is currently heading the trade & supply chain finance (TSCF) business for Maybank, Malaysia. His main role is managing the strategic direction and growing TSCF business in Malaysia as well as factoring and structured trade & commodity financing. He has more than 18 years of banking experience covering both retail and commercial banking area. Prior to joining Maybank, Zamri worked for 15 years with HSBC in various positions. He spent most of his career in the areas of lending and trade finance.
Tod Burwell, President and CEO, BAFT
Tod Burwell is president and CEO of Bankers' Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT). He is responsible for leading the association in its mission to provide advocacy, education and training, and a common industry voice for the global transaction banking community. Prior to being promoted to CEO, Burwell served as senior vice president of trade products with oversight of all trade-related initiatives including the Global Trade Industry Council, Trade Committees, and other strategic initiatives of the organization. Prior to joining BAFT, he was managing director at JPMorgan Chase. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, and has served as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions.

Noritoshi Murakami, General Manager, Asian Transaction Banking Office, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Noritoshi Murakami is general manager of the trade service department, Asian transaction banking office at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BoT-MUFJ). His career began in 1990 when he joined Sanwa Bank of Tokyo. In 1999, he moved to BoT-MUFJ assuming the role of manager for the payment strategies and solutions division. Prior to this, he was the chief manager for corporate advisory department, eBusiness & IT initiatives division in Tokyo, Japan.

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 sector including corporate banking and finance and institutional banking.
Bob Blower, Head of FI, Trade and Supply Chain Product Management, Standard Bank
Bob Blower is currently head of FI, trade and supply chain product management at Standard Bank. His experience includes policy making, consulting managing infrastructure for derivatives settlements and overseeing transaction services technology, operations and product management in both HSBC and Standard Bank Group. Blower has in the past also implemented supply chain finance solutions with Hewlett Packard, while also serving on the management teams of billion dollar businesses.
Mathew Welch, Partner, Asia Capital & Advisors
Mathew Welch has over 25 years of financial services experience in Asia. He has a strong track record of building and leading various financial institutions businesses throughout the region. Previously, Welch was global head of banks for Standard Chartered. He began his career at SCB as FI Head of Asia, and in that capacity from 2003, grew the FI revenues of Standard Chartered more than fivefold in a four year period. Welch worked at Merrill Lynch FIG Investment Banking in the early 2000’s and in that capacity was involved in transactions such as the NYSE ADR listing of HDFC Bank of India, and the privatization of Bank Central Asia in Indonesia.

Steven Beck, Banking Commission Senior Advisor, Head of Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Steven Beck currently heads trade and supply chain finance at Asian Development Bank (ADB), spearheading an exponential growth of ADB's trade finance business and implementing its first supply chain finance business. Steven initiated and implemented the International Chamber of Commerce’s trade finance register, which compiles the only industry wide statistics on trade finance default and loss rates. In 2013, Steven led a study released by ADB that, first the first time, quantified trade finance market gaps and their impact on economic growth and jobs.

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