Bank Managers Challenge & Convention   |   10 -12 May 2016

Empower your managers with key skills to meet the challenges of 2016 –2017

The Bank Managers Challenge & Convention is a revolutionary format designed to help Asian commercial bankers rehearse in detail the different possible scenarios they will be confronted with in 2016-17 and achieve stronger decision making skills.

The convention is made up of three different sets of activities:

1. Keynote speeches, presentations and onstage dialogues by industry leaders practitioners

2. Three scenario-based simulation-based exercises and discussions on:

  • Bank Models in an Era of Consolidation
  • Portfolio Performance amidst Volatilities
  • Achieving Optimal Capital Efficiency

3. Lunch and dinner presentations by industry leaders and partner organisations

Bank Managers Challenge & Convention is an Interactive Learning Conference

For discussions on the three key areas, sessions are anchored with simulation exercises.

Each delegate is required to bring his or her own laptop. All delegates will be grouped into teams of four, where possible. The teams will be briefed on each simulation exercise and given the parameters of the bank whose balance sheet or operations they will be required to manage.

Teams will be required to enter their responses into a simulation programme, which will then be assessed by the advisors.

After the results are computed, the delegates will discuss the implementation issues they faced and the relationship with real life decisions they have to make.

The advisors will then give their overall assessment, following which there will be a general discussion on the issues.

Objectives of The Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

  • To enhance the ability of your bank’s business lines to work effectively with your risk management function, in order to deliver optimal business performance.
  • To test key scenarios in 2015-2016 with peers from different countries.
  • To learn from global best practice leaders
  • To be mentored by a faculty of the most experienced bank experts from the business and control functions, with global and Asian knowledge in an experiential based learning environment.

More specifically, the programme is designed to sharpen the following skills:

  • Understanding capital allocation from a business, riskmanagement and regulatory perspective
  • Understanding and implementing liquidity strategies and standards
  • Identifying inherent risk in core banking businesses
  • Dealing with regulators
  • Understanding the limits of stress testing into the business model
Bank Managers Challenge & Convention 2016
Agenda – Day 1
Tuesday 10 May 2016
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30

Bank Managers Challenge & Convention – Opening Session

Welcome note

The Road Ahead: Industry Outlook 2016–2017 and the Future of Finance
The session will discuss the macroeconomic forecast for the region amid much volatility in international markets.

Chaired by Michael Ong, ProfessorEmeritus of Finance, Illinois Institute of Technology, former CRO, Credit Agricole Indosuez & Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention
Co-chaired by Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

10:30 - 11:00 Tea/Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30

Introduction to the Bank Management Challenge and Convention Simulations: Creating a Business Model

A summary of the basic rules and assumptions governing the simulation in this programme

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

12:30 - 15:00

For Bank Management Challenge & Convention participating delegates

Working Luncheon and Simulation #1 on credit risks and capital costs: 1st Quarter Challenge

After each team decides on their respective business models, they will participate in the first simulation exercise, which will focus on building a credit portfolio in a competitive setting.

15:00 - 16:00

Dialogue on evolving risk management landscape in the region

How are current market conditions and increased regulatory burden changing the banking business in Asia?

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

Debrief session on Simulation #1

An interactive discussion with Bank Management Challenge & Convention participants based on the aggregated inputs and outcomes from first simulation.

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention
17:00 End of day 1

*speakers are in various stages of confirmation. 
For more information, please contact Essraa Mansi, at emansi@theasianbanker.com

Bank Managers Challenge & Convention 2016
Agenda – Day 2
Wednesday 11 May 2016
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:30

The Asian Banker Summit Opening Keynote Session

Welcome Remarks
Alain Chevalier, Chairman, The Asian Banker Summit
Nghiem Xuan Thanh, Chairman, Vietnam Banks Association

Opening Keynote
Le Minh Hung, Governor, State Bank of Vietnam

Keynote Speech
Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee (2007-2011), United States Congress and co-author of Dodd-Frank Act

Leadership dialogue
Paul Schulte, Chairman and CEO, Schulte Research International

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

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:00

The Impact of Markets on Commercial Banking in Asia today
In this second session, a panel discussion on the impact of markets on the business of commercial banking will take place.

12:00 - 13:00

For Bank Management Challenge & Convention participating delegates

Overview of Simulation #2  on Volatility, Market Risk and Funds Transfer Pricing: 2nd Quarter Challenge
In this second simulation-based session, teams will be tested on their response to different treasury market risks that will affect the liquidity and cost of funding of their businesses.

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

13:00 - 14:00 Working lunch and Simulation #2on Volatility, Market Risk and Funds Transfer Pricing: 2nd Quarter Challenge
14:00 - 15:00

Technological Infrastructure and What Bankers Should Know about Fintech Competitors
In this session, there will be presentations and onstage dialogues with experts on how banks should think about their technology architecture and rally the support and working relationship of business owners.

15:00 - 15:30 Tea/Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30

A Customer-Centric Business Model
In this third discussion session, the focus will be on the different business models of customer-level strategies which ultimately serve customer better and manage risk

16:30 - 17:00

Debrief session on Simulation #2

An interactive discussion with Bank Management Challenge & Convention participants based on the aggregated inputs and outcomes from first simulation.

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

17:00 End of Day 2

*speakers are in various stages of confirmation. 
For more information, please contact Essraa Mansi, at emansi@theasianbanker.com

Bank Managers Challenge & Convention 2016
Agenda – Day 3
Thursday 12 May 2016
08:30 - 9:00 Registration
09:00 - 10:00

Between Regulation, Risk and Corporate Compliance

In this opening discussion session, there will be presentations from experts on the regulatory challenges facing the industry today and how banks are coping with building a compliance and governance centric culture. 

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30

For Bank Management Challenge & Convention participating delegates
Simulation #3 on Infrastructure, Channels and People Cost Considerations: 3rd Quarter Challenge

In this third simulation, the focus will be on the impact of the banks’ internal costs—ranging from technology investment, and more.

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

12:30 - 13:30 Working Lunch: Debrief session on Simulation #3
13:30 - 15:00

Simulation #4 on Market Share Wars: 4th Quarter Challenge
In this final simulation, the focus will be on achieving overall performance in the face of market share wars on specific products while remaining true to the team’s stated strategy, safeguarding the franchise and maintaining profitability.

Facilitated by Andre Thibeault, Emeritus Professor of Finance and Banking, Vlerick Business School & Co-Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

15:00 - 16:00

Organisational Structure, Teamwork and People

Discussion on people-related issues within the organisation with the goal of discovering the best models in building multi-dimensional teams within the organisation to achieve common goals.

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break – Debrief session on Simulation #4

16:30 – 17:30

The Asian Banker Summit Closing Keynote Session

Regulatory Sandbox
Fintech disruptors spearhead innovative developments today and create whole ecosystems of alternative financial services. However, to become mainstream applications, common standards, protocols and regulations have to be developed in order to guaranty the safety of businesses and customers. What are the most promising cutting-edge technologies with potential application to the financial industry? Which regulatory policies can be put in place to ensure a safe and yet thriving and vibrant banking landscape?

Invited speakers/panellists:
Neal Cross, Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank, Singapore
Janos Barberis
, Founder, FinTech HK

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


End of the Summit

*speakers are in various stages of confirmation. 
For more information, please contact Essraa Mansi, at emansi@theasianbanker.com

A team comprising delegates with complementary or aligned functions will find this programme immensely meaningful.

  • CEOs and board members
  • Chief Finance Officers and teams
  • Strategic Planning departments
  • Heads of business lines and management executives
  • Chief Risk Officers and teams
  • In-house risk management teams
  • Bank Treasury teams
  • Derivative Trading Book Participants

The programme assumes that the CEO, CFO, CRO and treasury teams work in concert with each other. No balance sheet experience is required.

Faculty & Speakers


Michael Ong, Chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

Michael Ong was a professor of finance at the Illinois Institute of Technology up till 2014, and author of books on Basel, credit risk modelling and capital allocation that are widely read in the financial services industry. Previously, he was EVP and CRO of Credit Agricole Indosuez, where he held enterprise-wide responsibility for all risk management functions for corporate banking, merchant banking, asset management, capital markets activities, and the Carr Futures Group.

Azzim Gulamhussen, Professor of Financial Institutions, Vlerick Business School and Co-chair, Bank Managers Challenge & Convention

Professor Azzim joined Vlerick from ISCTE where he was dean of the business school, and he was also previously visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the Helsinki School of Economics. He obtained his doctorate in economics (finance) from the Henley Business School, and conducted his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University as a Fulbright/ U.S. Department of State Scholar. His banking research focuses on globalization, regulation and governance and he has published widely in a number of leading academic journals.

Paul Schulte, CEO and Chairman, Schulte Research International

Paul Schulte is currently chairman of Schulte Research, an independent research company that advises private funds, sovereign wealth funds, consulting firms, and banks on developments in GEMS banks. A policy analyst and consultant to private equity firms, Schulte is also an advisor to governments on the new field of financial technology. His last post was as Head of Global Strategy for CCB International Securities. A professor and author of several books, he created the Far East Research for Credit Suisse in 1992. He was head of the Asian strategy and banks team for Lehman Brothers in 2005, and Nomura after it acquired Lehman in 2008. He has worked for the US House of Representatives, the White House, International Trade Commission, National Security Council, Indonesian Ministry of Finance, and the Government of China.

Michael Lor, Director, Canadia Bank & former head of consumer banking, RHB

Michael has led Canadia Bank's senior management team since 2011, successfully transforming the institution from a local bank into a regional financial services group. Under his leadership, Canadia successfully developed and launched a new partnership in micro finance with Fullerton Financial Holdings Singapore in 2013, and a new venture in life insurance with Muang Thai Life Assurance Thailand in early 2016. Prior to Canadia, he was group CEO of Eon Bank, leading Eon to consistent double-digit growth in PBT, total revenue, gross loans & financing and customer deposits. Before that, Michael held positions as head of consumer banking for RHB Bank and managing director of DBS Bank as part of his three decades long track record as a senior banker working across the Southeast Asia.

John Lee, Group Chief Risk Officer, Maybank Group

Dr. Lee is group chief risk officer and a member of the group executive committee of Maybank, responsible for credit and risk management across the Group. He was previously with Amanah Merchant Bank and the Kuala Lumpur Options and Financial Futures Exchange (KLOFFE). Prior to his appointment in Maybank, he served in financial services consulting and advisory as a partner with KPMG Business Advisory for 13 years. He has a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from Monash University and was awarded ‘Risk Manager of the Year 2014’ by The Asian Banker.

Do Khoa Hiep, Chief Risk Officer, Asia Commercial Bank

Mr. Do Khoa Hiep is the chief risk officer of Asia Commercial Bank, Vietnam's largest private bank as measured by assets. He joined the bank in February 2012 as head of operational risk management, and was appointed as CRO on August 2015. He has extensive regional experience in various Southeast Asian countries in the fields of strategy, operations, financial modeling, change management and business process re-engineering. Prior to Asia Commercial Bank, he was a consultant with Renoir Consulting, KPMG Vietnam and KXIOP. An engineer by training, Mr Do Khoa Hiep received his masters in management from the Audencia Business School in Nantes, France.

Dmitriy Kolechko, Chief Risk Officer, VPBank

Dmitriy Kolechko was appointed chief risk officer of VPBank in April 2015, with responsibilities over all key pillars of credit, operational and market risks, collections, fraud prevention and Basel 2 implementation. After starting his career as a on-site bank inspector with the National Bank of Ukraine, Dmitry's two decades long career in risk management included holding positions as the chief risk officer for Raiffeisen Bank in Ukraine and then Alfa Bank in Ukraine, followed by heading retail, market and operational risk for Raiffeisen Bank Aval, and most recently as chief risk officer for Hypo Alpe-Adria Bank in Bosnia and Herzogovina.

Tim Ledingham, Treasurer, Bank of Queensland

Tim is currently Treasurer at Bank of Queensland a position he has held since March 2009 (7 years). Prior to that, he held various senior Treasury roles at Bank of Queensland including Head of Treasury & Head of Financial Markets. Tim has been employed by Bank of Queensland since 1994 (22 years). Tim started his career in Treasury with SBT Bank in Tasmania in 1989. In his current role at Bank of Queensland Tim is responsible for the following functions: Capital Execution, Securitisation (including the REDS Program), Debt Capital Markets, Trading & Market Risk Management, Portfolio Management, Balance Sheet Risk Management and Liquidity Risk Management. Tim is a voting member of the Banks Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO).

Ashish Agarwal, Senior Group President and Chief Risk Officer, YES Bank

He is responsible for the overall Risk Governance and Supervision to ensure an effective implementation of an enterprise wide risk management framework and risk culture through various risk policies, processes, thresholds and controls that would enable prompt risk identification, accurate risk measurement and effective risk mitigation. Ashish has over 17 years of experience in commercial and investment banking spanning across structured and project finance, syndications and underwriting, high yield and distress asset investments, credit ratings, credit research and risk management. Prior to joining YES Bank, he has worked with various organizations such as CRISIL, Citibank, Rabo India and Lehman Brothers.

Valerian Crasto, MD & COO, Treasury & Markets, DBS

Valerian Crasto is a seasoned banking professional with over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining DBS in 2007, Crasto held key positions at BoA, CIBC, BMO, the Ontario Pension Board in Canada, Ernst & Young and Nomura Investment Bank in the Middle East. He has diverse experience in audit, finance, risk management, back and front office having worked in key roles in all the three lines of defence. He has also been chairing the Asia pacific committee of International Capital Market Association (ICMA) since January 2015.

Shivkumar Mahadevan, Regional CRO, ASEAN & South Asia, Standard Chartered

In his 23-year career, Shivkumar Mahadevan has held various key senior risk roles in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Mumbai, covering all geographical regions. In his present position, he assumes overall accountability for risk within the ASEAN and South Asia region. Besides governance and managing relationships with the local regulators, Mahadevan is actively involved in performance development and management of the risk approver and risk control teams, including management of costs and capacity plans.

Sanjay Kalra, Senior Economist & Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

Sanjay Kalra is Deputy Division Chief at the International Monetary Fund. He is currently in the Secretary’s Department which supports the Office of the Managing Director and Executive Board of the IMF. Prior to this, Dr Kalra was the IMF Resident Representative for Vietnam and Lao PDR based in Hanoi, Vietnam from October 2011 to July 2015. He joined the IMF in 1994, and has worked on a range of countries in the Asia and Pacific Department (Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam) and European Department (Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Albania, Iceland, Luxembourg). During 2010-11, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and at Columbia University Business School, NY. He holds degrees in Economics from Columbia University, New York, (M Phil. and PhD), Delhi School of Economics (MA) and Delhi University (BA). He has published extensively on macroeconomic and international trade and policy issues.

Andrew Koh, Deputy Chief Manager, Risk Management, China Construction Bank

Andrew has over 25 years of experience in banking, finance, cards and payments. His risk management background includes credit, market, operational, regulatory, sovereign, portfolio and integrated risk management roles, along with cross-functional roles in audit, compliance, fraud and technology risk management. He is actively involved in Singapore fin-tech start-ups a.k.a. new "Silicon Valley" and has written a series of articles on Rethinking Enterprise Risk Management for an award winning risk magazine, StrategicRisk. Andrew holds an M.Sc. in Risk Management from the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Andrew Fuller, Head of Market Risk, Bank of Queensland

Andrew is currently head of market risk at the Bank of Queensland and has been with the organisation for five years. Prior to joining the Bank of Queensland, he worked for 13 years at Credit Suisse in various roles in London, Zurich, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The last position he held with Credit Suisse was as Asia Head of Fixed Income Product Control. Andrew started his career with seven years as an auditor with Price Waterhouse Coopers, after receiving his education at Macquarie University and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

Tham Ming Soong, Meister Inc. & former group chief risk officer, UOB Bank

Ming Soong spent 30 years as a banker and regulator in Canada and Singapore. He was UOB's CRO from 2005-2012, providing strategic risk management directions and overseeing credit, market, liquidity and operation risks for UOB's banking, fund management and insurance businesses. Until the end 2010 he chaired the Association of Banks of Singapore's risk management standing committee. Before UOB, he headed the financial risk supervision department of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He is now a trainer and consultant, with special interests in enterprise risk management, big data, and high performance computing and analytics.

Tsuyoshi Oyama, Partner, financial industries group, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Tsuyoshi Oyama is a partner of financial industries group at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Tokyo and mainly engaged in risk management and regulatory advisory services for large Japanese and Asian financial institutions. Oyama joined in May, 2010 after worked 23 years at the Bank of Japan, most recently as deputy director-general in Financial System and Bank Examination Department. At the BoJ, he conducted several projects to deal with Japanese banks' NPL problem, on-site examinations for Japanese major banks, and recently to lead Basel II implementation in Japan.

David T. Hamilton, Managing Director, Head of Stress Testing and Credit Risk Analytics, Asia-Pacific, Moody's Analytics

Dr. Hamilton has been with Moody's for 18 years and has held various senior positions in both Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics. Over his career with Moody's, Dr. Hamilton has done research on various aspects of credit risk in a variety of sectors, including corporate, sovereign, municipal, and structured finance. Prior to joining Moody's in 1997, he worked in the Regional Economics group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Credit Risk, and has lectured on credit risk topics at such universities as the Columbia Business School and The International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Lock Kwee Yoong, Risk Practice Lead, ASEAN, SAS

Kwee Yoong has more than 20 years of experience in banking, management and IT consulting, driving risk solution initiatives and helping financial institutions optimise risk and returns. Currently leading the risk practice for SAS in ASEAN, he was previously head of financial services and risk intelligence for SAS Singapore for over six years. Prior to SAS, Kwee Yoong was the director of Oracle Financial Global Business Unit (FSGBU) analytical applications group, covering JAPAC region, where he anchored the strategic and complex Banking transformation programme that covers risk, customer and finance for large banks. Kwee Yoong is a member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Pierre Gaudin, Senior Director, Enterprise Risk Solutions, Moody’s Analytics

Pierre is in charge of strategic initiatives in Asia-Pacific for Risk Appetite Management, Stress Testing and Origination at Moody's Analytics, assisting with subject matter expertise, clients requirement analysis, and use case illustrations. He joined Moody's Analytics via Fermat in 2004, and has led several Basel RWA implementations in Europe and Asia. He also developed Fermat Education services, designing and delivering regulatory compliance and AML training to clients and system integrators worldwide. He has 15 years experience delivering software implementation services for capital markets and risk management solutions at major commercial banks in Paris, Bruxelles, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Gordian Gaeta, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker

Gordian Gaeta has been a banking consultant for some 25 years. He has advised and served many of the leading financial services organisations across Asia and close to half of the top 100 banks worldwide. He specialises in developing and implementing analytical solutions for complex strategic issues in financial services-related industries undergoing significant change or being exposed to intricate risk issues.

Dinh Thi Thai, Deputy CEO Vietcombank

Mrs. Dinh was appointed executive DCEO of Vietcombank in charge of risk management since June 2015. She joined Vietcombank in 1999 and since then, has held the positions of head of project finance and head of credit risk management in the bank. From June 2014 to June 2015, she was deputy CEO of Agribank. She has won a number of awards for her contributions to Vietcombank's success in risk management and holds a masters degree in banking and finance.


Delegate Registration Fees

The fee to participate in the 3-day Bank Managers Challenge & Convention is as follows:




Individual Conference Pass (10-12 May 2016)



Participate as a Team of 4  (10-12 May 2016)


The fees cover:
• Use of the highly tested simulation programmes
• All course material used over the 3 days
• Lunch & coffee during the 3 days
• Certificate of Participation issued by The Asian Banker

Contact us now to find out more information on group discounts.

Register early to benefit from the informative pre-conference briefings and consultations.

To register, please contact Valerie Toh at vtoh@theasianbanker.com or tel: +65 6236 6506

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