23-25 April 2013 | Jakarta, Indonesia



The International Banking Conference at The Asian Banker Summit has become the largest annual meeting for FIs in the region. It brings together the most senior executives in the financial institutions, correspondent banking and transaction banking businesses for incisive and practical conversations on critical issues affecting their fields today. 

Asia’s financial services industry has come to a point where it has to answer a question it cannot afford to ignore anymore: the question of integrating the infrastructure, capital markets, payments and financial services industries within the region. 

However, greater financial integration will create winners and losers; the challenge is in creating the transition from a highly fragmented to a highly consolidated and competitive market place.

The skills in transaction banking have to rise to meet these challenges. Regulations such as CVA charge and Basel III are just two of the technical issues that we have to face today. Tactical responses are also important. It raises the question to Asian financial institutions: take the share of the bigger world, or focus on the emerging region? 

Key working sessions in this year’s International Banking Conference include:

  • Is Europe's loss, Asia's gain as regional banks start to fill in the gaps
  • Dealing with US banking system under Dodd Frank and FATCA regulations
  • The ASEAN financial integration forum
  • Key trends and challenges in economic and trade flow shiping transactional banking
  • Transaction and liquidity management in Asian banks
  • Taking corporate banking mobile
  • Defining financial supply chain and financing supply chain today
  • Rmb internationalisation-Has rmb become the reference currency for Asia

The International Banking Conference is designed for:

  • CEOs and senior executives who want to track recent trends in transactional banking at global and regional levels.
  • Heads and senior executives of correspondent banking and financial institutions who want to be updated on their counterparties at global and regional levels.
  • Heads and senior executives of transaction banking (cash, payments and trade finance) and corporate banking who want to know how to expand to include transactional banking services.
  • Regulators, the impact of regulation on global trade and transactions that have strong implications for overall banking operations.
  • Consultants and partners providing enterprise risk solutions to financial institutions.

The Format:

The sessions will be highly experiential with Opening and Closing Keynotes, Plenary sessions, Pre-conference workshops and other engaging formats so as to keep the learning highly interactive.

Speakers, Moderators & advisers

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 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 sectors including corporate banking and finance and institutional banking.

Mathew Welch, former global head of banks, Standard Chartered
Mathew has 24 years of senior executive experience in financial markets in Asia, having conducted business and led teams, transactions and projects in most major Asian countries. Prior to starting his own firm, Mathew was Managing Director & Head of Banks, Asia (ex-Japan) at Daiwa Securities Capital Markets, Managing Director and Head Financial Institutions, Asia at ING Investment Banking, Managing Director, Investments at Temasek Holdings and Global Head of Banks at Standard Chartered. He has a MBA degree from Harvard Business School
Alexander Escucha, first vice president, China Banking Corporation, The Philippines
Alex Escucha is responsible for strategic planning, investor relations, marketing services, public relations, strategic marketing and customer aspects of IT in China Banking Corp, the first privately owned bank in the Philippines. With over 25 years of banking experience across multiple disciplines, he has management expertise ranging from strategy formulation to project implementation. He has also served as chairman of the Federation of ASEAN Economic Associations.

Chris Skinner, chairman, Financial Services Club
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004.  He is the author of nine books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the creditcrisis to the future of banking and is a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Bloomberg about banking issues.

Jean-Luc Schneider, deputy director, economics department, OECD
Jean-Luc Schneideris deputy director of the policy studies branch at the Economics Department, OECD. Schneider studied mathematics andeconomics in Paris and London. Before joining the OECD in 2007, he held various positions in France in the Forecasting Directorate and the Treasury where he dealt with structural policies, public finance and macroeconomic policy. Schneider also spent several years at the IMF, where he worked in various countries in the fiscal affairs department.

Peter Zhang, deputy director general, Shanghai Bureau of CBRC
Peter Zhang is deputy director general at the Shanghai Bureau, China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC). Before joining CBRC, Zhang served as manager and vice president in various financial institutions, including the New York branch of Union Bank of Switzerland, Chemical Bank in New York and Chase Manhattan Bank, Tokyo. He then broadened his expertise to financial law at Harvard Law School. He is an experienced financial expert with many articles and books published both inEnglish and Chinese.

Zhihong Lin, board member & president of trade finance department (strategic business unit)
Mr Lin has over 20 years of experience in financial industry. Prior to his current roles, he served as vice president and general manager of both international and banking departments in CMBC Dalian Branch, assistant manager of Dalian branch of Bank of Tokyo, and deputy manager and assistant president of Dalian branch of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. In 2008, Mr. Lin was selected the 50 Most Promising Young Bankers in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions by The Asian Banker and was also awarded National Labor Financial Medal by National Financial Trade Unions.
Abraham J. Adriaansz, member, executive committee, Asian Payment Network
Mr Adriaansz was a major driver in introducing the payment industry good governance principles through managing the national NSICCS project management office, consisted of Central Bank, banks, principals, international consultants and vendors in Indonesia. He has years of experience in business strategy, financial risk management and change management. He played an instrumental role in developing the recapitalization plan, performance contract and monitoring framework for major banks during the 1998 – 1999 financial crises.
Marcus Sehr, global head of FI product, global transaction banking, Deutsche Bank
Marcus Sehr is global head of FI product—cash management financial institutions within global transaction banking at Deutsche Bank. Before that, he held various positions such as global COO, global head of wholesale solution and business manager. He was senior product manager for euro and US dollar money transfer products, with responsibilities that included product management for financial institutions for the Asia Pacific region as well as strategic euro clearinginfrastructure projects.
Mahadir Manap, global head, trade and supply chain financing, Maybank
Mahadir is responsible for the strategic direction and management of domestic and global trade and supply chain financing, structured trade and commodity financing. His clients cover various sectors of the economy across Malaysia, ASEAN and Greater China. Prior to joining Maybank, he was senior vice president, trade and supply chain at HSBC Malaysia involved in forming strategic plans for trade finance and working closely with sales, operations, technology, controllers, legal and credit to get high level buy-in of proforma financials.
  Loo Eng Hock, global head, cash management, Maybank
With more than 20 years of banking experience, Loo is Maybank’s global head for cash management overseeing 12 ASEAN countries. Since joining Maybank in October 2010, Loo has doubled the revenue and is on his way in making Maybank the leading cash management provider by 2015 in ASEAN. He has successfully launched Maybank2E-Regional Cash, a regional cash management platform in Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines which will soon be available to major ASEAN countries by 2014. Besides that, Loo also made Maybank the first bank in the world to launch a corporate mobile banking application on Windows Phone 8.

Donghyun Park, principal economist of economics and research, ADB
Donghyun Park is currently principal economist at the Economics and Research Department of the Asian Development Bank which he joined in April 2007. Prior to that, he was a tenured associate professor of economics at the Nanyang TechnologicalUniversity in Singapore. Park has a PhD in economics from UCLA, and his main research fields are international finance, international trade and development economics. His research, which has been published extensively in journals and books, revolves around policy-oriented topics relevant for Asia's long-term development.

Brian Lo, head, market & liquidity risk management, DBS Bank
Brian is currently responsible for risk measurement, pricing model validation and risk model development for market and liquidity risk. Widely recognised as one of Asia’s leading quantitative risk experts, Brian has been heading market risk for DBS for over a decade. Prior to DBS, Dr Lo was with BNP Paribas, specialising in equity and credit derivatives, convertible bonds and exotic derivatives in Asia. Before that, he was head of regional risk analytics for Citibank in Hong Kong. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at the Singapore Management University.

Michael Wong, associate professor of finance, City University of Hong Kong
Michael Wong is an associate professor of finance at City University of Hong Kong and founder and chairman of CTRISKS. Before his academic career, he spent seven years on investment banking, heading FX, metals and derivatives trading. He founded CTRISKS in 2007 to develop credit rating services and made it an industry leader in 2011. He served as a founding member of the FRM committee of the Global Association of Risk Professional from 1998 to 2002, helping to develop the FRM examination into a global standard on risk management education.
Venkatesh Somanathan, director, global transaction banking, Deutsche Bank
Venkatesh  is a Director and Regional Head of Trade Finance Product Management, Asia Pacific in the Bank's Global Transaction Banking Division. He is responsible for leading Trade Finance product initiatives and developing and executing the TF product strategy in Asia Pacific. He is also a subject matter expert on RMB and hasbeen instrumental in spearheading RMB related projects for the trade finance business in the region. He has 15 years of experience in Trade Finance.
Pradip Chhadva, Head of treasury, capital markets, FI & transaction banking, Bank Danamon
Pradip has been the business head of treasure, capital markets, financial institution & transaction banking for Danamon since 2009. He started his career with Citibank in 1984 as a treasury manager of Saudi American Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and left the bank as deputy devision head for sales and trading in Citibank International, Miami, Florida. He the continued his career and worked in First Caribbean International Bank in Barbados.
Eric Tan, head of channels & implementation, ANZ
Eric Tan currently heads the channels and implementation of payments and cash management Asia, at ANZ Banking Group based in Singapore. He is responsible for delivery of corporate electronic banking platform development and also heads up a team managing client implementation on transaction banking solution. Earlier in his ca0072eer, Eric delivered a number of payment and receivables solutions integrating with SAP that help improve the productivity and efficiency for his bank’s customers. One of his deals delivered comes with 25000 payments daily, and the integration of e-banking solution with ERP significantly enhanced the operational aspect of the client working capital.
Boon-Hiong Chan, director, global transaction banking, Deutsche Bank
Boon-Hiong Chan is responsible for leading Market Advocacy for global transaction banking product management in Asia Pacific & Middle East, focused in the area of securities services. Other experiences include new market and segment entry, acquisition due diligence, corporate trust, securitization, Islamic finance, equity services and derivatives valuation in Japan, UK/Europe and Middle East. Boon holds a Master's of Science inComputation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, United Kingdom.
Kathik Kumar, of counsel, Jones Day
Karthik is a English qualified banking and infrastructure lawyer with multijurisdictional experience in Singapore, Australia, India and around Southeast Asia.  He specialises in a variety of financing transactions including project finance, acquisition finance, structured finance and cross border restructurings. His practice involves acting for a range of financial institutions including ANZ, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Westpac, IFC, The Royal Bank of Scotland, ICICI Bank, Barclays, BNP Paribas, HSBC and Standard Chartered.

Ittiporn Intravisit, FVP, corporate and SME product division, Kasikornbank
Ittiporn Intravisit is currently the Head of Transaction Banking service and sales network out of Kasikornbank, Bangkok, Thailand. Ittiporn has been leading the development of credit and business solutions focusing on the areas of financial supply chain as well as SME customer segment. He possesses 20 years of corporate and commercial banking experience with various roles in relationship management, risk management and product development. Ittiporn has been a pioneer in the development of Financial Supply Chain business model in Thailand.

Ilhyock Shim, senior economist, Bank for International Settlements
Ilhyock Shim is a senior economist at the BIS representative office for Asia and the Pacific. He is responsible for research on financial regulation, financial markets and financial stability. Before he was assigned to the BIS representative office in 2007, he had worked for the BIS in Basel for three years as economist for the financial institutions and infrastructure unit of the monetary and economic department. Previously, he was deputy director in charge of the deposit insurance system and financial sector restructuring at the Korean ministry of finance and economy. From Dec. 2009 to Nov. 2010, he was seconded from the BIS as an advisor to the G20 Affairs Office.

Erh-Cheng Hwa, chief economist, Baoshang Bank
Erh-Cheng Hwa is currently Chief Economist at Baoshang Bank in Beijing. Prior to this position, Er-Cheng served as Chief Economist at China Construction Bank. His earlier professional career was devoted to research of the U.S. economy at Cornell University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and SRI International. In 1977, he joined the research department of the IMF. He had also worked at the World Bank. He has also served as an advisor for the governor of China's Guangdong province, and taught at several universities including Peking University.

Andrew Suhandinata, head, transaction banking, BII Maybank
Andrew Suhandinata is currently responsible for managing the cash management, trade finance, financial institutions and securities services portfolio at Maybank. Prior to BII Maybank, he was transaction banking product group head & senior corporate executive at Bank OCBC NISP, where he managed and led product strategy in trade finance and cash management across Indonesia. He also had 8 years career in HSBC where he managed different exposure of banking including trade finance, commercial banking, credit recovery, branch banking and financial institutions.

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