The Asian Banker Summit has always brought political and industry leaders to this the region's largest annual meeting. It is an opportunity to showcase achievements and explain policies to the international community. The Asian Banker Summit features seminal figures in the vein of past speakers such as former US Vice President Al Gore and Former Interim Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Financial Stability and Head of the Office of Financial Stability Neel Kashkari.

A fragment of political and industry leaders who have spoken at the Asian Banker Summit

The Honourable Al Gore
Former Vice President of the United States of America
The highest-ranking and possibly the most influential US politician with authoritative insights into the area of corporate action and corporate responsibility The Honorable Mr. Al Gore, who served as US vice president from 1993 to 2001. During the 24 years he spent as an elected official, Vice President Gore had a front-seat view of rising shareholder activism and legislative responses to the slate of scandals and corporate greed that rocked the business world.
As a leading member of President Bill Clinton's economic team, Mr. Gore played a key role in the creation of America's longest period of sustained economic growth.
Former Senator Paul Sarbanes
Author of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and former Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
At the beginning of the 21st century, corporate scandals involving Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, and many other firms rocked the American business landscape, ruined the lives of many workers and stockholders, and caused the world to lose confidence in American business. In order to regain investor confidence and monitor corporations and their activities, Paul Sarbanes, Maryland’s senior senator, led the charge to reform the business world. His work in creating the Sarbanes- Oxley Act has transformed the business world

Mr Neel Kashkari 
Former Interim Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, Financial Stability and head of the Office of Financial Stability (TARP programme). Currently, Managing Director, PIMCO
At the United States Department of the Treasury, he led the Office of Financial Stability - the office set up to buy troubled financial assets from U.S. financial firms under the $700 billion U.S. Government Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Kashkari joined the Treasury Department in July 2006 as Senior Advisor to US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and was later appointed as the Assistant Secretary for International Economics and Development, a title he held through May 1, 2009. He is one of the key implementers of the economic packages that staved off one of the biggest recessions of our times.
The Hon. Paul Keating
Former Prime Minister of Australia, 1991 – 1996,
As Treasurer [Finance Minister], a position he held until 1991. Mr Keating implement economic reforms that transformed the Australian economy. These included the progressive deregulation of the financial sector, the float of the Australian dollar, extensive tax reform and the dismantling of many protectionist barriers. As Prime Minister he continued his progressive reform programs that addressed Australia’s long-term unemployment problems. Mr Keating took an active role in the development of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and initiated its annual leaders' meeting with its commitment to a regional free trade agenda.

Ms Julie Dickson
Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions
As head of Canada’s Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), Ms Dickson oversees what is regarded as one of the most resilient national regulatory frameworks. Canada’s banks weathered the banking crisis better than most, and had three of the ten largest banks in North America in 2009. Prior to joining OSFI, Ms Dickson served for 15 years with the Department of Finance in the federal government, primarily in areas related to financial institution policy. She is a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada and represents OSFI on the Financial Stability Forum and the Integrated Supervisors Group.
Mr Liu Mingkang
Chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission
Liu Mingkang took office as chairman of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) in March 2003. He has also been serving as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China since then. Before heading the CBRC, Mr. Liu held various top positions in both banking institutions and government agencies, including, among others, chairman and president of Bank of China, chairman of China Everbright Group, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, deputy governor of China Development Bank, deputy governor of Fujian province and the secretary-general of Fujian province

Dr Jeffrey Lacker
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and serves as an alternate voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee.
Dr Lacker’s Richmond jurisdiction forms the largest financial district in the US outside of New York. Dr Lacker was in the thick of the action as the crisis fully broke out in 2008 as Bank of America and Wachovia are in his supervisory jurisdiction. Previously, Dr Lacker had been director of research at the Bank, and before that, a professor of economics at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. He is the author of numerous articles in professional journals on monetary, financial, and payment economics.
Mr Jiang Jianqing
Chairman, China Banking Association & chairman, ICBC Bank
Jiang Jianqing is the current Chairman of ICBC and was the former president of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), ICBC is China's largest financial institution. His plan was to make the bank, unknown outside China, as large as Citibank, which was well known internationally. Despite competition with the older and more established Bank of China, ICBC was the first bank to buy a publicly listed bank outside China. By 2004 ICBC had more than 70 banks worldwide.

Mr Xiang Junbo
Chairman, Agricultural Bank of China
Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), is one of China’s “Big Four” banks. ABC’s branches and sub-branches make it the largest physical banking branch network in the world. He is at the helm of the bank at a pivotal time in its history. Previously, Dr Xiang was a deputy governor at the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and president of the PBOC Shanghai Head Office. He also has extensive experience in auditing and risk control, having overseen China’s auditing regime at the National Audit Office of China, where he was deputy auditor general through 2002.
Mr. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr.,
Former US Congressman and sponsor of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act on  “Unlocking the Value of the Institution in a Global Marketplace.”

Bliley was elected Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, a position he held for six years. In that influential role he was a principal author of several important laws including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and the Financial Modernization Act of 1999, also known as the "Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act”. Mr. Thomas J. Bliley, Jr was one of the principal architects of the legislation that enabled the US financial-services industry. As the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act repealed part of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, opening up the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies.

Dr Ishrat Husain 
Former Governor, State Bank of Pakistan and current Chairman, National Commission for Government Reforms, Prime Minister’s Secretariat

Ishrat Husain headed the World Bank’s debt and international finance division and contributed to the development of the bank’s strategy that led to its joint participation with the IMF in the Brady Initiative for Debt Reduction. He also served as chief economist for Africa between 1991-94 and later chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific region. In 1997 he was named the country director for Central Asian republics and managed the World Bank’s relations, programmes and policies with these countries.
Mr. William Seidman, first Chairman, US Resolution & Trust Corporation,

His defining role began in 1985, with his appointment by President Ronald Reagan to lead the FDIC, the agency that protects bank depositors against loss. The nation's financial system was descending into a crisis caused by ill-considered lending. Hundreds of financial firms would fail, leading Congress to create the Resolution Trust Corp. in 1989 to sell the lenders' assets at the best possible price. Previously, Mr. Seidman was also the key adviser to President Ford on controlling inflation, the defining economic issue of that time

M. Ramaswami
President, Singapore Exchange

Ramaswami is, jointly with the CEO, responsible for steering and growing SGX’s business. In this role, he manages the key functions of operations and technology and further drives the growth of clearing, depository and broker services. Ramaswami is responsible for the transformation of SGX into a post-trade processing hub and the development of ancillary services arising out of its core clearing and trading activities. Prior to joining SGX in July 2007, Ramaswami had worked with Citigroup for almost twenty years holding senior executive positions in operations, technology and transaction banking in their global offices. Ramaswami currently also serves on the board of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.\
José María Roldán
Director General for Banking Regulation of the Banco de España and Chair of the Standards Implementation Group of the Basel Committe

From 2007 to 2009, Roldán was the Chairman of the Accord Implementation Group (AIG). He was also the Chairman of the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) from 2004 to 2005. Prior to that, he was the Chairman of XBRL Spain in 2003 and chaired the Banking Advisory Committee (BAC). Roldán was under-secretary of state and Chief of Staff of the Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Economy and Finance from1996 to 1997.
Following his responsibilities at the Ministry, he was appointed to the Board of the Spanish Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV), in which he was the General Directorate for the coordination of regulation with the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Market activity.

Michael RP Smith,
Chief Executive Officer, ANZ Bank

An international banker with over 30 years experience in banking operations. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at ANZ in 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman, Hang Seng Bank Limited, Global Head of Commercial Banking for the HSBC Group and Chairman, HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. Previously, Mr Smith was Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Argentina Holdings SA.
Mr Smith joined the HSBC Group in 1978 and during his international career held a wide variety of roles in Commercial, Institutional and Investment Banking, Planning and Strategy, Operations and General Management.
Mr Kaspar Villiger
Former President and former Finance Minister of Switzerland and current Chairman of the Board of Directors UBS AG

Former President and former Finance Minister of Switzerland and current Chairman of the Board of Directors UBS AG
Kaspar Villiger was the former President of Switzerland and former Chairman of the IMF-World Bank Annual Meeting. As the former director of Swiss Re, he was at the forefront of the subprime crisis that began to unfold in the U.S. during the latter part of 2007. He also previously served on the Swiss Federal Council from 1989, and served as the Minister of Defense and Head of the Federal Military Department until 1995. Subsequently, he served as Finance Minister and Head of the Federal Department of Finance until he stepped down at the end of 2003.

Jaime Caruana,

General Manager of the BIS on 1 April 2009.
As the Bank's chief executive officer, he carries out the policy determined by the Board of Directors and is responsible to the Board for the management of the Bank.
Previously, Mr Caruana was Financial Counsellor to the Managing Director as well as Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund.
From 2000 to 2006, Mr Caruana was the Governor of the Bank of Spain, Spain's central bank, and in that capacity, served on the Governing Council of the ECB. He was also the Chairman of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision from 2003 to 2006 and has been a member of the Financial Stability Forum (now the Financial Stability Board) since 2003
Dr Malcom Knight

Vice Chairman, Deutsche Bank Global Group
As Vice Chairman, Malcolm is responsible for developing a globally-coherent strategy and coordinating DB Group-wide issues on regulation, supervision and financial stability. He was previously the Bank’s chief operating officer and a member of the Board of Directors at the Bank of Canada. From 1975 to 1999, Malcolm was with the International Monetary Fund, where he held senior positions in both research and operations. He has also taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, University of Toronto and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Ms Jane Diplock 
Securities Exchange Commission, New Zealand

Jane Diplock has been the Chairman of the Securities Commission since 2001. She is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). Jane is a member of the Financial Crisis Advisory Group set up in December 2008. Previously Jane was the National Director, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning, and New South Wales Regional Commissioner with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. She has also held various senior executive positions with Westpac Banking Corporation and was the managing director of the New South Wales Technical and Further Education Commission
Sir Brian Pitman
Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley and former Chairman & CEO,  Lloyds TSB

Sir Brian Pitman was arguably one of today's foremost "creators of value", respected and renowned as a thought leader in the banking and financial services industry.
As CEO and then chairman of Lloyds TSB over a 13-year period, Sir Brian Pitman led the UK bank to become one of the most profitable retail financial institutions in the world. Under his stewardship, Lloyds TSB saw its market capitalisation rise from 1 billion pounds to 20 billion pounds, and its profitability from 500 million pounds in 1990 to almost 2 billion pounds at the time of his retirement.

Sir George Mathewson
Former chairman, the Royal Bank of Scotland & chairman, Toscafund

George Mathewson is rightly considered one of the greatest bankers of his generation following a distinguished 19-year tenure with the Royal Bank of Scotland culminating in the chairmanship of the bank from 2001 until his retirement in April 2006. Sir George initially joined RBS in 1987 as the bank’s director of strategic planning and development. In 1990, he was elevated to deputy group chief executive, and in 1992 he was appointed group chief executive. He became executive deputy chairman in March 2000 before becoming the bank’s chairman in 2001.
Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Prime Minister, Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Congressman Barney Frank
Former Chairman of House Financial Services Committee, United States Congress
Congressman Barney Frank is the former chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee between the turbulent global financial crisis years of 2007–2011. As one of the sponsors of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank legislation, his efforts at closing the gaps in financial oversight such as creating a financial stability council, finding ways to liquidate systemically important firms, and strengthening the financial system against further shocks, were crucial for the recovery of the US financial services industry. Congressman Frank is also credited with many grassroot initiatives, including creating a low-income housing tax credit in the 1980s. He is widely respected by chairmen and CEOs of banks in the US, regulators, and fellow lawmakers.
Gary Stern 
Former Chairman, Financial Services Policy Committee, Federal Reserve System and Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Gary Stern retired as the second longest-serving president in the history of the Federal Reserve System, having spent 24 years as the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In addition to serving as a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee from 1985 to 2009, he also chaired the Federal Reserve System’s Financial Services Policy Committee and oversaw substantial changes to the Federal Reserve’s role in the nation’s payments system as new technologies dictated greater efficiencies for both financial institutions and consumers. He was also a faculty member of Columbia University, New York University and Washington University.

Hans Eichel
Co-founder, G20 & former Finance Minister, Germany
During his term as the second longest serving finance minister of Germany after WWII reconstruction, Hans Eichel was an important figure in two landmark reforms - the far reaching reform of Germany’s economy (also known as Agenda 2010) and the creation of the G-20 to represent the rebalancing of world power. Agenda 2010 helped turn Germany from the ‘sick man of Europe’ into the best performing major Western economy during the global financial crisis. As chairman of the G-7, he co-founded the G-20 in 1999 to give a more influential global role to emerging countries. He hosted the G-20's inaugural meeting in Berlin, and as G-20 chairman in 2004, he pressed for reforming the international financial architecture and establishing a code of conduct for preventing financial crises. Eichel currently leads the expert group on sustainable structural development for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the world’s oldest and largest political foundation.
Jan Peter Balkenende 
four-time Prime Minister of the Netherlands & leading proponent of economic integration
From 2002-2010, Professor Balkenende served four terms as the prime minister of the Netherlands, one of the longest serving political leaders in the history of the largest per capita net contributor country to the European Union budget. In addition to his reputation for coalition building and reforming of the pension and social security system, he played a very active role in European politics and chaired the European Council in 2004. He is currently professor of governance at Erasmus University and a corporate responsibility partner for Ernst & Young.

Thomas M. Hoenig
Vice Chairman, US FDIC
Thomas Hoenig was appointed in 2012 by Barack Obama and the US Senate as vice chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and is expected to serve through 2018. He is also a member of the executive board of the International Association of Deposit Insurers. From 1991 to 2011, Hoenig was president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the powerful Federal Reserve System's Federal Open Market Committee. He leaves a distinguished legacy at the Fed, as its longest serving top policy maker and is often regarded as the most influential regulatory hawk in the US since Paul Volcker. One of the most experienced regulators in the US, Hoenig is a leading critic of 'Too Big to Fail' and Basel III and a formidable thought leader in regulatory policy making. Senior industry insiders interpret Hoenig's appointment to the FDIC as a tremendous boost to the organisation's prestige and powers. He served the Federal Reserve for 38 years, first as an economist and then as a senior officer in banking supervision during the US banking crisis of the 1980s. In 1986, he led the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Division of Bank Supervision and Structure, directing the oversight of more than 1,000 banks and bank holding companies.

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