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The International Transaction Banking Convention   |   15-16 April 2015

Exploring the rise of the regional players

The increased pace in cross-border expansion of Asian businesses and corporates are fuelling the rise of regional transaction banks. To help corporates in their efforts to spread their operations across borders, domestic banks have been scaling up capabilities and expanding their coverage beyond their own shores. They are building up competencies and finding niche areas to serve their customers’ needs in new markets abroad.

The larger of these banks are enhancing regional services, often time by collaborating, and sometimes by competing with their global counterparts in inbound and outbound services. Asian banks that are well capitalised and have sufficient liquidity to meet new regulatory norms have made the transaction banking business much more broad based. They are drawing even the multinationals and large corporates to spread their relationships away from traditional global players to a number of larger Asian banks. A trend abetted by the new regulatory regime which is forcing large global banks to relook their basic operating models and ability to serve diverse markets and customers across a wide geographical expanse.

However, aspiring regional players have to beat a cautious path as they navigate the unfamiliar waters of regional operations with its attendant challenges of investing and maintaining a resilient regional technology platform, understanding and managing risks in new markets and businesses as well as ensuring a robust and compliant operational culture. Clearly, it has not been and will not be a smooth journey for all.

The International Transaction Banking Convention at The Asian Banker Summit has become the largest annual meeting for financial institutions in the Asia region. It provides a platform for the most senior practitioners in financial institutions, correspondent banking and transaction banking businesses to maintain a continuous and interactive relationship with regulators, potential clients and peers, and to catch up with emerging opportunities whilst learning about the latest developments and identifying ways to progress their institutions to the next level.

Key topics covered:

  • World economic outlook and its impact on transaction banking landscape;
  • How are global players responding to the rise of regional players?
  • Operational risk in transaction banking business
  • Hong Kong as the leading offshore renminbi hub
  • Nurturing the middle market
  • Innovation in payments
  • Risks and opportunities in new liberalising markets
  • Multiple asset infrastructures
  • Guarding against financial crimes
  • Evolving electronic transaction banking platforms
The International Transaction Banking Convention 2015 Agenda
15 April 2015, Wednesday
07:30 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 10:30

The Asian Banker Summit Opening Keynote Session

Welcome Notes
Alain Chevalier, Chairman, The Asian Banker Summit 
Helen Wong, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Association of Banks


Opening Keynote
Norman Chan
, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

International Keynote 
Hans Eichel, co-founder of the G20 and former Finance Minister, Germany


With comments from
Gary Stern, former president, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Session Dialogue traditionally co-chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker and Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

10:30 - 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 The International Transaction Banking Convention Opening Keynote Session


Opening speech
given by Yue Yi, Vice Chairman & Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Opening Dialogue

Increasing complexity: Changes in the transaction banking arena
Geopolitics, falling commodity prices and Europe QE are expected to put uncertainties in the global economy in the coming years.Many Asian countries are undergoing structural reforms aiming to benefit economic growth. China is believed to slow down further to put its economy into a more sustainable track. Transaction banking business ties up closely with every aspect of the economy. The session will discuss how banks should position themselves to capitalize on these themes.

  • World economic outlook and its impact on Asia trade flows
  • Effects of the fall in the Euroon other currencies
  • Rising interest rate raises all boats: True or false?
  • What are the new opportunities, challenges and competition?

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Yumesaku Ishigaki, Global Head of Transaction Banking, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
Lisa Robins, Regional Head of Global Transaction Banking, Asia Pacific, Deutsche Bank
Tod Burwell, President &Chief Executive Officer, BAFT
Gil Gadot, Co-founder and President of Asia-Pacific, Fundtech

Session chaired by Mathew Welch, Partner, Asia Capital & Advisors

12:30 - 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 - 15:00 The rise of the regional players at what cost

Domestic banks are becoming more international, and serving their clients as increasing their business outside their borders. What will it cost these banks to build a world-trust transaction banking infrastructure? How should the global players reposition themselves to be engaged in the changing marketplace?

  • Good practices in cash and trade business in the regional market
  • Defining the ideal network
  • How can we benefit from an electronic transaction banking platform?
  • Supporting supply chain financing in the region

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Songpol Chevapanyaroj, SEVP & MD, Global Transaction Banking Group, Krung Thai Bank
Hendra Lembong, Chief Transaction Banking Officer, PT. Bank CIMB Niaga, Tbk
Samuel So, Deputy General Manager, Head of Cash Management, Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Daragh O’Byrne, Global Head of Marketing & Alliances, Nucleus Software

Session chaired by Bill Chua, former MD and Head of Global Financial Institutions Group, UOB

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break
15:30 - 16:30 Operational risk challenges in transaction banking business

Operational risk is complexin the transaction banking business, because it resides beyond the banks’ own employee and systems and with its vendors, clients and counterparties. Itgets even more significant when the volumes are so high and the number of clients and counterparties are so diverse.It is vital for the management to have a deep understanding the operational risk inherent in the business.

  • Taking a proactive approach: Ensuring connections with all relevant parties in the transaction chain and all processes from front to back
  • Bolstering due diligence process and KYC standards for new clients and existing clients in new markets-How to deal with inefficiency
  • Industries and client types that having greater operational risk than others-Do the clients know their own clients?
  • Using monitoring system to track the performance of clients’ activities
  • Operational risk from counterparties in securities world –Responding to the reduction of settlement cycles length
  • Countering compliance costs

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Bob Blower, Trade Services, Cash Management and Payments Professional
Alex Medana, Director, Compliance Services, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
Loo Eng Hock, Director, Head of Transaction Banking Malaysia, Global Banking, Maybank
Swaminathan Janakiraman, Deputy GM, Global Trade Services, State Bank of India (To be confirmed)

Session chaired by David Millar, Owner, DXL (Risk Management)Partners

16:30 - 17:30 Leveraging Hong Kong’s position as a leading offshore renminbi hub

The renminbi overtook the euro to become the second most used currency in global trade finance in late 2013, and joined top five most-usedglobal payment currencies in early 2015.How can we benefit from renminbiopportunities in Hong Kong, which is known as the largest offshore renminbi hub? As the interconnectivity between Hong Kong and mainland markets deepening, what will be the long-term role of Hong Kong in the renminbi liberalisation, and China’s financial reforms?

  • A brief on the latest renminbi policies in Hong Kong
  • Developments inrenminbi-denominated trade finance
  • Who will be the winners in the arena for cross-border renminbi business: Chinese banks or global banks?
  • Hong Kong as part of renminbi strategies

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
E Zhihuan, Deputy General Manager and Head of Economic Research, Economics and Strategic Planning Department, Bank of China(Hong Kong)
Evan Goldstein, Global Head of Renminbi Solutions, Deutsche Bank
Feifei Xia, Executive Vice President, Wing Lung Bank

Session chaired by David Millar, Owner, DXL(Risk Management) Partners

16:30 - 17:30 End of Day-1


For further details please contact:
Programme Manager: Stephanie Ma
Email: sma@theasianbanker.com

The International Transaction Banking Convention 2015 Agenda
16 April 2015, Thursday
08:00 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00 Building future-proof models for the increasingly competitive middle market

A middle market war is approaching. Global banks are shifting increasing attention from multinationals to SMEs in the region. At the same time, domestic banks still control the local customer base despite lack of advanced services and a global network. What are the different requirements for different customer types? What should be an ideal business model? How can we balance between flexibility and cost? What kinds of collaborative efforts can help banks achieve optimal results?

  • How can we better nurture the regional middle market?
  • Realizing scale effects in the middle market
  • Designing an ideal partnership between global banks and local Financial Institutions
  • Different electronic platforms required by different customer types
  • Is it necessary to achieve undifferentiated coverage?

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Hendra Lembong, Chief Transaction Banking Officer, PT. Bank CIMB Niaga
Songpol Chevapanyaroj
, SEVP & MD, Global Transaction Banking Group, Krung Thai Bank
Nick Gardiner, Partner & Managing Director, BCG
Akshaya Kapoor, Chief Solution Architect, Revenue Management and Billing, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit

Session chaired by James Cullen, former SVP, International Financial Services, Wells Fargo

10:00 - 10:30 Tea/Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Getting payment innovations work for the business

Banks keep bringing out new initiatives on their own or with their partners to follow the transformation of payment, aiming to meet the ever-growing requirements of clients.Technology,particularly the digitization of the customer experience, and thenew channels and competitors, represents both anopportunity for and a threat to legacy functionality.

  • Ways of improving AML and KYC practices
  • Handling non-integrated infrastructures-Developing new collaboration and partnerships
  • Moving towards a customer centric model
  • Addressing near real time payment systems in different countries
  • The rise of digital currency and its usage in money transfer

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Marcus Sehr, Global Head of Institutional Cash and Regional Head of Institutional Cash & Securities Services, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
David Chance, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Dovetail
Nagarajan Rao, Senior Vice President, Transpay

Session chaired by Tod Burwell, President & Chief Executive Officer, BAFT

11:30 - 12:30 Risks and opportunities in liberalising markets

Emerging markets are increasingly becoming primary markets. To achieve optimal growth in transaction banking, financial institutions need to hitch their cart to the world’s fastest growing economies. A great deal of deregulation has been seen and yet more will be announced by authoritiesinChina and India. Under-developed markets like Myanmar, Vietnam, Mongolia and Central Asian Republics are also opening great opportunities for banks to expand their business.

  • What are some of the opportunities in these markets?
  • Building a roadmap for a sustainable business model
  • How do we deal with interbank credit?
  • Are we over-exposed to Chinese corporates?

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Yumesaku Ishigaki, Global Head of Transaction Banking, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
Mahadir Manap,Global Head of Products, Cash & Trade, Transaction Banking, Global Banking, Maybank
Shekhar Ganapathy, General Manager – South Asia, ACI Worldwide

Session chaired by Bill Chua, former MD and Head of Global Financial Institutions Group, UOB

12:30 - 14:00 Luncheon
14:00 - 15:00 Multiple-asset infrastructure as a value-add to the FI customers

As more and more clients are requesting customized solutions, banks start incorporating multiple asset classes under their transaction banking products and services, trying to cover from cash management to financial market services in one infrastructure. Is this necessary and viable? Is this a proactive or reactive strategy? How can we build a “one stop store”?

  • What's the value-add on asset servicing services?
  • What are the costs to both the service provider and the recipients?
  • What are good examples?
  • Transaction banking products as “cross-selling tools”

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Andrew Gordon, Managing Director, Asia, RBC Investor and Treasury Services
Sam Ahmed
, Managing Director, Deriv Asia

Session chaired by James Cullen, former SVP, International Financial Services, Wells Fargo

15:00 - 16:00 Guarding against financial crimes: Lessons learned from the Qingdao metal scam

China's third-largest terminal Qingdao Port International was embroiled in an alleged financing scam. Faced with tough borrowing restrictions at home, many firms have turned to using commodities imports, particularly metals, as a way to secure an array of cheaper financing options. The metal financing scam has forced global banks to suspend trade financing activities, in turn causing a sharp drop in China's copper imports.

  • Brief on the Qingdao metal scam and pitfalls involved
  • Underlying causes of the scam and how we can learn from the case
  • Bringing in new controls on lending requirements
  • What check and balances can be put in place?
  • Commodity financingdeleveraging

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Normand Girard, Director, Trade Finance Operations, BMO Financial Group
Shaun Wu, Principal, Kobre& Kim LLP

Session chaired by Colin Savage, Head of Research, The Asian Banker

16:00 - 16:30 Tea/Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30

The Asian Banker Summit 2015 Closing Keynote Session

Fintech and Banking – Competition and Collaboration
The last 24 months saw major financial institutions shift from defensiveness towards disruptive financial technology to a pro-active approach in investing in transformative innovation and collaborating with new challengers armed with disruptive technology. As technology changes our lives, it will also change banking. What are the latest examples of successful alliances between financial institutions and disruptive challengers and how do these alliances deal with issues of control and access to critical data? We are joined in this session by the CEO of Behalf, a startup for small business lending backed by the same venture capital legends behind Apple, Google, Whatsapp, Square, Linkedin and Dropbox.

With Benjy Feinberg, CEO, Behalf

Discussion chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker and Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

  End of Day-2

For further details please contact:
Programme Manager: Stephanie Ma
Email: sma@theasianbanker.com

The program is designed for: 

  • CEOs and senior executives who wish to track recent trends in transaction banking at global and regional levels
  • Heads and senior executives of transaction banking (cash, payments and trade, etc.) and corporate banking who wish to know how to expand to include transaction banking services
  • Heads and senior executives of correspondent banking and financial institutions who wish to be updated on their counterparties at global and regional levels
  • Regulators who have strong implications for overall banking operations
  • Consultants and partners providing cash, payment and trade solutions to financial institutions

Keynote Speaker

Yue Yi, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Yue Yi is Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of BOC Hong Kong(Holdings) Limited and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (“BOCHK”).A veteran banker with 35 years of experience, hehas held a variety ofsenior management positions at the domestic and foreign institutions of BOC Group, in areas such aspersonal and corporate banking, financial markets, investment banking and risk management, and is committed to driving innovation. When he was with BOC Beijing Branch, he was deeply involved in the launch of the BOC Great Wall International Credit Card. At BOC Seoul Branch, he participated in the development of the first global unified credit approval business when working. During his tenure at the head office of BOC, he led the establishment ofthe first private bank in China and promoted the development of the cross-border RMB business and the overseas business of BOC. He was named the Retail Banker of the Year in China by Asian Banker in 2008


Speakers

Yumesaku Ishigaki, Global Head of Transaction Banking, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
Yumesaku Ishigaki was assigned as general manager of transaction banking division in 2013, in charge of the transaction (cash, trade, payments and custody business) business with corporate clients including global mandate. Before that, he was in Tokyo-Mitsubishi International (UK) as managing director, covering sales and trading of fixed income products and structured business, establishing their hedge fund credit policy and financing to hedge funds as well as managed trading and sales activities. Ishigaki has been a board member of SWIFT since July 2011.


Lisa Robins, Regional Head of Global Transaction Banking, AP Deutsche Bank
Lisa Robins is managing director at Deutsche Bank and the head of global transaction banking, Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the bank’s commercial banking activities including cash management, trade finance, securities and trust services in the region. Robins’ international banking career spans over 25 years, working across Europe, United States and Asia. Before joining Deutsche Bank, she was managing director, vice chairman for treasury and security services for JPMorgan China. Prior to that, she ran a subsidiary of the Louis Dreyfus Corporation in Beijing that focused on consulting and trading.


Songpol Chevapanyaroj, SEVP-Managing Director, Global Transaction Banking Group, Krung Thai Bank
Songpol Chevapanyaroj has spent around 20 years in corporate banking and currently he is advisor to the president in Krung Thai Bank. Previously, he served in Kasikorn Bank as executive vice president and has held other positions including head of global business division and head of corporate and SME products division. He integrated the bank’s corporate product suite, leading to an increased overall market share of over 20% and achieved a revenue increase of more than 40% per year and tripled volume within four years. In 2008, he was named one of Top 50 Promising Young Bankers by The Asian Banker.


Hendra Lembong, Chief Transaction Banking Officer, PT. Bank CIMB Niaga, Tbk
Hendra Lembong has been chief transaction banking officer in PT. Bank CIMB Niaga, Tbk since August 2013. Before joining CIMB Niaga, Lembong was managing director and regional head of cash management, Asia Pacific at JPMorgan Chase Treasury Services, covering core cash and liquidity management. Having more than 20 years of global banking experience, Lembong also held a variety of assignments in other global banks like Deutsche Bank and Citi.


Evan Goldstein, Managing Director, Global Head of Renminbi Solutions, Deutsche Bank
Based in Hong Kong, Evan Goldstein is global head of Renminbi solutions at Deutsche Bank AG. Evan is responsible for overseeing all the RMB-related corporate and commercial banking activities of Deutsche Bank AG and for ensuring their alignment with the Bank’s strategic imperatives, product development initiatives and client-focused objectives.Evan joined Deutsche Bank from Standard Chartered Bank where he was Managing Director, Financial Institutions Product Management, Asia for their Transaction Banking division. Evan has over eighteen years of banking experience in Asia, Europe and the United States.


Andrew Gordon, Managing Director, Asia, RBC Investor & Treasury Services
Andrew Gordon joined RBC Investor & Treasury Services in 2013 and is currently responsible for providing strategic oversight to the bank’s activities in Asia. He has considerable experience of the funds industry and investor services in the Far East, most recently at BNY Mellon where he was executive vice president and head of alternative & broker dealer services, Asia Pacific. Before that, he was responsible for the Asia Pacific securities services businesses of the Bank of New York. Gordon has over 20 years of experience in Hong Kong and Tokyo.


Nick Gardiner, Partner & Managing Director, BCG
Nick Gardiner is a partner and managing director in BCG's Hong Kong office and leads BCG's capital markets segment in Asia Pacific, serving regional and global clients. He has been with BCG for over fifteen years and previously worked in the firm's London and Moscow offices. For the past decade, he has specialized in financial institutions, mainly concentrated on wholesale banking (including investment banking, securities trading and corporate/transaction banking) and asset management businesses. Prior to joining BCG, Nick worked as political and security risk consultant.


David Millar, Owner, DXL (Risk Management) Partners
David Millar is a risk management trainer, journalist and consultant with 40 years’ experience in international banking and financial markets who has worked for banks, financial utilities and central authorities on strategy, processes, change and risk management, research and outsourcing. He was an operational risk manager at a global British bank and subsequently Chief Operating Officer at the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, PRMIA, a trade association focused on improving financial risk management. He is also an International Resource Director at the Asian Banker.


Gil Gadot, Co-founder and President of Asia-Pacific, Fundtech
Gil Gadot is a co-founder of Fundtech and has been with the company since its inception in 1993. He is currently President, Fundtech Asia-Pacific. Previous positions held by Gil at Fundtech include as CTO, general manager of international operations, managing director of global settlements, cash management and as the company’s first head of research and development. Before joining Fundtech, Gil was a senior development manager for DSSI.


Marcus Sehr, Global Head of Institutional Cash and Regional Head of Institutional Cash and Securities Services, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
Marcus Sehr is global head of institutional cash and regional head of insitutional cash & securities services, EMEA at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this appointment he held various positions within Cash Management Financial Institutions (CMFI), including as global COO, global head of wholesale solution and business manager. Between 2003 and April 2007, Sehr was senior product manager for euro and US dollar money transfer products. His responsibilities included product management for financial institutions for the Asia Pacific region as well as strategic euro clearing infrastructure projects. In this context he represented Deutsche Bank at several external committees including the German Bankers Association, the European Banking Association and Deutsche Bundesbank.


Sam Ahmed, Managing Director, Deriv Asia
Sam Ahmed is the managing director and founder of Deriv Asia, a technical management consultancy firm focusing on credit risk modelling, collateral management architecture, OTC regulatory implementation, Basel 3 liquidity solutions, CVA methodology and enterprise risk management. 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 such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch where he worked across various faculties from derivatives trading, risk management to middle office.


Mahadir Manap, Global Head of Products, Cash & Trade, Transaction Banking, Global Banking, Maybank
Mahadir Manap is responsible for managing and delivering products and services that support client propositions for cash management and trade finance line of business. His role is integral to the development of Maybank cash & trade business locally and across the region.Prior to this appointment,Manap was the global head of cash management and was responsible for the strategy and management of the domestic and global cash management business across Malaysia, ASEAN and Greater China. He has more than 19 years of banking experiences including audit, offshore banking, corporate and commercial banking, trade finance products and operations.


Daragh O’Byrne, Global Head of Marketing and Alliances, Nucleus Software
Daragh O’Byrne is presently the global head - marketing & alliances at Nucleus Software where he is responsible for driving business transformation through integrated and strategic marketing initiatives for delivering tangible value to the bottom line. O’Byrne brings with him over two decades of experience in strategic marketing, business planning, marketing automation & dashboards, competitive analysis and lead generation. He has been instrumental in formulating new organisation structures to accelerate output between marketing and the sales organisation for global banking technology companies like Misys and BPC Banking Technology.


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. He has been in charge of the bank’s Renminbi-denominated trade finance and corporate finance business. 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.


David Chance, Senior Vice President, Product Strategy, Dovetail
David Chance joined Dovetail in 2008. He has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry and product management. Chance spent the 18 years prior to joining Dovetail at eFunds where he focused on corporate cash management and middleware solutions. He was at the forefront of eFunds Faster Payments initiatives, helping both UK and European Financial Institutions understand the implications of the UK Faster Payments Scheme. Chance represents Dovetail on many local and international taskforces and standards bodies including SWIFT, IPFA and NACHA Global Payments.


Nagarajan Rao, Senior Vice President, Transpay
Nagarajan Rao is senior vice president and head of product and strategy at Transpay. He specialises in the high-volume, low-value payments industry and is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy and execution at the company. Rao spearheaded the development of a robust, end-to-end cross-border payments platform, creating a technology infrastructure capable of moving large volumes of funds in a secure and compliant manner. This technology is enabled through direct relationships with major banks in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East regions. He began his career within the financial services industry, working closely with banks while managing foreign exchange risk on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.


Alex Medana, Director, Compliance Services, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
Alex Medana is director of compliance services for the Asia Pacific region at SWIFT, based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the KYC Registry and sanctions screening strategy to drive the adoption of both products in the region. Previously he was the director of securities markets for the Asia Pacific region where he was responsible for the post-trade strategy (buy and sell sides). He also played a key role in promoting Rmbinternationalisation within the global securities community. With more than 15 years’ experience in the securities industry, he held several key positions at SWIFT, Deutsche Bank, DrKW, Merrill Lynch, Exane and Credit Agricole Indosuez.


Normand Girard, Director, Trade Finance Operations, BMO Financial Group
Normand Girard is responsible for the bank’s processing of all trade finance products in Canada and the United States. Girard has over twenty-five years of experience in trade finance operations at BMO Financial Group. During his career with the bank, he has covered every role in Import, Export, Standby Letters of Credit and Collections as well as integral operations leadership roles throughout the evolution of BMO’s trade finance business. Normand is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist and an associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.


Samuel So , Deputy General Manager, Head of Cash Management, Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Samuel So is responsible for the bank’s product development, sales and implementation of cash management related solutions for both corporate and financial institutions. Before joining BOCHK, he had been serving as the managing director, head of cash management products &client delivery for Citibank Hong Kong for eight years, in charge of the development of cash management products as well as transaction banking client delivery team. Prior to joining the transaction banking business, he held various financial management positions at Citibank, covering financial accounting, accounting policy advisory & regional management accounting.


Bob Blower, Trade Services, Cash Management and Payments Professional
Bob Blower currently advises National Bank of Abu Dhabi on trade platform strategy. He is an internationally experienced business and technology leader with an extensive understanding of financial services. His experience includes policy making, consulting managing infrastructure for derivatives settlements and overseeing transaction services technology, operations and product management in quite a few leading organizations. Blower’s previous have been as head of FI, trade and supply chain product management in Standard Bank, and global head of GTB trade and supply chain IT in HSBC.


Shekhar Ganapathy, General Manager – South Asia, ACI Worldwide
Shekhar Ganapathy joined ACI as a general manager for the South Asia region in 2009 and has built the sales and services capabilities in the region from the ground up. Over the last 5 years, he has grown the ACI India business 10 fold from $ 2 Million to $20 Million. Prior to joining ACI, Ganapathy worked with erstwhile S1 Corporation for 5 years and had set up their delivery center, and built a 300+ Software delivery organisation that worked on engineering, services and Maintenance for a wide suite of products. Prior to that, Ganapathy was a co-founder of a Infrasoft Technologies (Core Banking and Financial Services) and built a $10M business over a period of 10 years.


E Zhihuan, Deputy General Manager and Head of Economic Research, Economics and Strategic Planning Department, Bank of China (Hong Kong)
E Zhihuan has been in charge of economic analysis and policy research, since April 2013. Her major research focuses are internationalisation of RMB and global financial markets. For more than 20 years, she has been engaged in strategic planning and research management in Bank of China Head Office and New York Branch. Possessing in-depth knowledge and research experience in China’s macroeconomy, financial policies and RMB exchange rate reform, Dr E presided over and completed key projects on the financial reform and over 200 research reports on the banking industry of China, with the publication of nearly 100 research papers and a number of academic works.


Loo Eng Hock, Director, Head of Transaction Banking Malaysia, Global Banking, Maybank
Loo Eng Hock is responsible for driving the transaction banking business in Malaysia, which covers cash management, trade and supply chain financing, securities services, financial institutions and non-banking financial institutions.Prior to this appointment, Loo was the head of Maybank cash management. He has been central to Maybank’s regionalisation strategy and has overseen the successful launch of Maybank2E-Regional Cash, the award-winning regional cash management platform for Maybank Group.


Shaun Wu, Principal, Kobre & Kim
Shaun Wu is an experienced attorney who focuses on international litigation and arbitration, regulatory and internal investigations, and the enforcement of high-value awards and judgments in complex, cross-border cases. He has particularly in-depth experience working with Asia-based clients, and especially on China-related matters. Mr. Wu has acted in a range of international disputes involving governments, state-owned enterprises, multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals, including litigation and arbitration under the major arbitral rules. In addition, he also has experience managing court litigations across Asian jurisdictions as well as assisting clients in conducting internal investigations and compliance reviews.


Akshaya Kapoor, Chief Solution Architect, Revenue Management and Billing, Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit
Akshaya Kapoor leads the solution architecture for pricing and billing solutions at Oracle Financial Services Global Business Unit, the financial services vertical business of Oracle. In this capacity he and his team engage with banks and financial institutions on how they can modernize their pricing and billing processes for maximizing revenue and reducing leakage. He has led efforts to build this business for Oracle among large banks such as Citibank. Kapoor has more than 17 years of experience in managing pricing & billing for banks.


Colin Savage, Head of Research, The Asian Banker
Colin Savage has nearly twenty years’ experience in research, analysis and strategic planning in Asia and Europe. While he oversees all aspects of The Asian Banker’s research team and efforts – from developing innovative methodologies and metrics to producing reports and consulting – he is particularly focused on leading the company’s research work into and ranking of vendor selection and management (for banks) and vendor evaluation (for vendors). Prior to joining the Asian Banker, Colin led the global research and strategy of a major Japanese life insurance group. He is a telecoms and mobile technology thought leader and a risk consultant.

 


Advisory Council

Tod Burwell, President & Chief Executive Officer, BAFT
Tod Burwell is president and chief executive officer 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 joining BAFT, he was a managing director at JPMorgan Chase. Burwell has over 25 years of trade, supply chain and cash management experience as a banking practitioner, as well as serving as a consultant to global corporations and suppliers of strategically integrated trade solutions.


James Cullen, former Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
James Cullen was senior vice president in Wells Fargo’s global financial institutions group, with specific focus on Asia. He has 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.


Bill Chua, Former MD and head of global financial institutions group, UOB
Bill Chua was former MD and head of global financial institutions group, UOB, managing relationships with banks, non-bank financial institutions, supra-nationals, sovereigns and sovereign entities. In his 34 years of experience in the financial services industry, he has covered institutional wholesale and consumer banking in the front, middle and back offices. Prior to joining OUB in 2000, Chua was with Citibank for 20 years. He serves as a director for several UOB-owned companies and/or joint ventures, and is also an active member of the financial and education communities in Singapore.


Mathew Welch, Partner, Asia Capital & Advisors
Mathew Welch has spent over 25 years in financial services in Asia. His experience covers a wide range of areas including investment / wholesale banking, asset management and PE investments. Previously, Welch worked as managing director and head of financial institutions group Asia at ING, and as global head of banks & financial institutions head of Asia for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). Working in SCB, he grew the FI revenues of the bank for more than fivefold in a four year period, adding more than US$1bln to revenues and creating one of Asia’s largest FI businesses.


Damian Glendinning, Vice President and Group Treasurer, Lenovo
Damian Glendinning has over 26 years’ experience in the field of finance, accounting and treasury. He is currently vice president and group treasurer at Lenovo, which he joined in 2005 after 21 years with IBM. Prior to this, Glendinning was IBM’s Asia Pacific treasurer from 2001 to 2005. He was also director of their global treasury operations in New York. Glendinning also served in a variety of corporate finance roles at IBM, including accounting and internal audit.

Programme Manager
Stephanie Ma
sma@theasianbanker.com

Delegate Registrations & Sponsorships
Janice Chua
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