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International Advisory Council


Philippe Paillart
Former Vice Chairman, CEO of DBS

Philippe Paillart was formerly vice chairman and CEO of DBS Bank and a pioneer in the retail banking industry in the Asia Pacific region, having served at senior management levels at Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank. Prior to his appointment with DBS, Paillart was Chairman, President and CEO of Ford Motor Credit Company, and President of Ford Financial Services Group.


Varun Sabhlok
Regional Audit Director, Citibank Global Consumer Banking Division (Asia Pacific) and current director, AVS Asia Ventures

Sabhlok is an expert in relationship management, financial management, and risk management in financial services industries. Mr. Sabhlok's experience has been honed over 11 years as South Asia regional audit director with Citibank in its global consumer banking division in Asia, country credit director in Thailand, and as CFO of the Singapore business.


Wilson Chia
Advisor, The Excellence in Retail Financial Services Advisory Council

Wilson Chia is a highly seasoned banker with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the Regional Head of Consumer Banking for South East Asia with Standard Chartered Bank. Wilson joined Standard Chartered in a number of senior positions in Cards, Marketing & Sales, Distribution, Product Management, SME and Premier Banking. He was appointed as Country Head, Consumer Banking, Singapore in 1997. In 2004, he was awarded the Best Retail Banker of the Year 2003 by The Asian Banker.


Gai McGrath
Member of the Council, State Library of New South Wales

McGrath is currently one of the council members for the State Library of New South Wales. With a career spanning three decades, McGrath has been a senior executive in the financial services sector, a senior risk and governance professional and lawyer. McGrath spent 12 years with the Westpac Group, where most recently, she was general manager, retail banking for Westpac’s retail business. McGrath previously held the positions at BT Financial Group where she was general manager for customer service and general manager for risk solutions.


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