David G. Booth
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer,
Dimensional Fund Advisors
Former President and Chief Investment Officer,
China Investment Corporation
Group Chief Information Officer
Group Executive, Managing Director and Head,
Group Technology and Operations
DBS Bank Ltd
Board Member of Royal Dutch Shell, CapitaLand and DBS Group Holdings;
Rector of Cinnamon College, NUS
Tata Sons Limited
Chief Executive Officer
Gerald L. Hassell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Hsieh Fu Hua
Deputy CEO, Managing Director, and Management Committee Member,
China International Capital Corporation
Khoong Hock Yun
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Development) and Chief Data Officer,
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,
Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific,
Country Head Singapore,
Global Head of Affluent,
Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director,
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Alan B. Krueger
Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs,
Director General, National Informatics Centre; Additional Secretary,
Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India
Chairman, Sun Yefang Economic Science Foundation
Former Chairman, China International Capital Corporation Limited
Lim Chow Kiat
Chief Executive Officer,
Lim Siong Guan
McKinsey & Company
Monetary Authority of Singapore
Navtej S. Nandra
E*TRADE Financial Corporation
Dean's Visiting Professor;
QC, SC, JP, Hong Kong Bar
Fredric S. Newman
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP
Ng Kok Song
Chairman, Avanda Investment Management
Former Group Chief Investment Officer, GIC
Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
Peter Seah Lim Huat
DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank
Managing Director and CEO,
Axis Bank Limited
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Finance;
Former Governor of the Bank of Japan
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Finance;
Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
Owen D. Thomas
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Boston Properties Inc.;
Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, CAMRI
David G. Booth
The core conceptualist and philosophical leader of the firm, David G. Booth founded Dimensional Fund Advisors in 1981 and continues to focus on the firm's key corporate initiatives and strategic long-range planning as Chairman and Co-CEO. Many of his original concepts underpin Dimensional's overall strategy, and his problem-solving innovations for clients set the firm apart from its competitors.
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business was named in honour of him, where he also serves as a lifetime member of the school’s business advisory council. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. He also holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas.
Gao Xiqing was the President and Chief Investment Officer of China Investment Corporation (CIC). He was Vice-Chairman of National Council for Social Security Fund of China between February 2003 and 2007, and Vice-Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) between 1999 and February 2003. He currently holds adjunct positions at School of Law, Tsinghua University, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), and Duke University School of Law. From 1986 to 1988, he practiced law with a major Wall Street firm before returning to China.
As a co-founder of Stock Exchange Executive Council, he was instrumental in the founding of CSRC and the establishment of Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges in the early 1990s. As one of the founding members of CSRC, he served as its General Counsel and Director of Public Offerings from 1992 to 1995. From 1997 to July 1999, he served as Vice-Chairman and CEO of BOC International, the investment banking arm of Bank of China in Hong Kong. He received his Bachelor of Arts equivalent in 1978 and Master of Laws in 1981, both from UIBE. As a Richard Nixon Scholar, he attended Duke University School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1986.
David Gledhill is Group Chief Information Officer, as well as Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank and “World’s Best Digital Bank”.
David brings with him over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry and has spent over 20 years in Asia. Prior to joining DBS in 2008, he worked 20 years at JP Morgan, holding senior regional positions in Technology & Operations.
As Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS, David manages about 10,000 professionals across the region and is focused on strengthening the bank’s technology and infrastructure platform to drive greater resilience, organisational flexibility and innovation. Executing against DBS’ strategy to be at the forefront of digital transformation, David also plays a lead role in driving the bank’s innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile methodology, data analytics, fintech partnerships, hackathons etc.
David’s portfolio also includes responsibility for the group’s operations, which is focused on reimagining customer journeys and the way business is supported, so as to make banking simpler and more effortless for customers. He also oversees procurement and real estate initiatives.
David is a Director of Singapore Clearing House Pte Ltd and a member of IBM Advisory Board, as well as a member of National Super Computing Centre Steering Committee. He is also Board Advisor to Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Information Systems. A British citizen, David holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computing and Electronics, from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.
Euleen Goh is the Rector of Cinnamon College, NUS. She is a non-executive board member of Royal Dutch Shell, CapitaLand, SATS, DBS Group Holdings, DBS Bank, Singapore Health Services, and a Trustee of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Endowment Fund. She also chairs the Board of her alma mater, Singapore Chinese Girls' School and the Board of Governors of NorthLight School, as well as DBS Foundation. She is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and holds professional qualifications in banking and taxation. She is also a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors. She has held various senior management positions in Standard Chartered Bank, and retired in 2006 after 21 years with the bank. Among her various roles with the bank, she was Group Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking Sales, and subsequently, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore.
She has also held non-executive appointments on various boards including Singapore Airlines, Aviva, Singapore Exchange, MediaCorp, Standard Chartered Bank Thai, and Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad. She is the former Chairman of Singapore International Foundation, International Enterprise Singapore and Accounting Standards Council, Singapore, as well as a former member of the Management Advisory Board of NUS Business School. She was named Woman of the Year by Her World in 2005, awarded a Public Service Medal for her contributions to the financial services sector in the same year, and received a Public Service Star for her work with the Accounting Standards Council in 2012. In 2013, she was appointed a Justice of the Peace. She has also been inducted into Singapore Women's Hall of Fame for her many remarkable contributions.
R. Gopalakrishnan is Non-Executive Director of Tata Sons, the Tata group promoter holding company, and several Tata companies. He also serves as Independent Director at Akzo Nobel India, Castrol India, and Hemas Sri Lanka. He has been a professional manager from 1967, with 31 years in Unilever, then 17 years in Tata. Over the last 25 years, he has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia in Jeddah; as Managing Director of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever in Bangalore; and as Executive Director of Tata Sons in Mumbai. He retired from his executive positions in Tata in 2011. He currently advises companies and mentors leaders as President of Mindworks. He also speaks extensively and writes thought leadership pieces. He is a past president of the All India Management Association. He studied Physics at St Xavier's Kolkata, Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.×
Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group. Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington and a member of the Board of Trustees of Asia Society. In addition, he serves as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore and sits on the boards of The Institute of Banking and Finance and Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund. He is also Chairman of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a council member of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research.×
Gerald L. Hassell
Gerald L. Hassell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a global investments company dedicated to helping institutions, corporations and individual investors manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. He spent his entire career with BNY Mellon, beginning in The Bank of New York's management development programme. He has had direct management responsibility for the company's broad range of investment services businesses, including asset servicing and issuer, broker-dealer, treasury and clearing services, as well as operations and technology. He was named to The Bank of New York's executive committee in 1994, and named President and elected to its Board of Directors in 1998.
In 2011, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon. He is also on the Board of Directors of Comcast Corporation. Until recently, he chaired the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and now serves on the Board of Trustees of Duke University. In addition, he is on the Board of Visitors of Columbia University Medical Center and the boards of the New York Philharmonic, the Economic Club of New York and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
He is also a member of The Financial Services Roundtable and Financial Services Forum, and is Vice Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. He holds an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University.
Hsieh Fu Hua
Hsieh Fu Hua is the Chairman of UOB and its subsidiary Far Eastern Bank. An independent and non-executive director, he is a member of the Executive, Nominating, Remuneration and Board Risk Management Committees. Currently an adviser to PrimePartners Group which he co-founded, he is also a director of GIC and Chairman of Tiger Airways Holdings. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Singapore Exchange, and as a member of the Temasek Holdings board. Active in the community, he also serves on the boards of several non-profit organisations and chairs National Gallery Singapore, National Council of Social Service, and Stewardship and Corporate Governance Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the University of Singapore.×
Huang Haizhou is Deputy CEO, Managing Director, and Management Committee Member at China International Capital Corporation (CICC). He joined CICC in 2007 as Managing Director, and has served as Co-Head of Sales and Trading; Executive Chairman of the Capital Market Committee; Chief Strategist, Co-Head of Research; and Executive Chairman of the Research Coordination Committee. He is presently Head of Sales and Trading. He has over 20 years of experience in serving clients in the financial industry and governments; as well as economics, finance and policy research. He was Head of Greater China Research at Barclays Capital from 2005 to 2007. From 1998 to 2005, he was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, and prior to that, taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the London School of Economics.
As a Special Term Professor of Finance, he has taught at Tsinghua University's School of Economics and Management (2002–2005), and since 2014, at PBC School of Finance. He is a Vice President of the China Society of World Economics, a Member of the China Finance 40 Group (CF40), a Member of the Expert Committee of China's 13th Five-Year Plan, a Member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, and a Member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum. He holds a PhD in Business from Indiana University, USA, as well as Master and Bachelor degrees in Engineering from China.
Khoong Hock Yun
Khoong Hock Yun is Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Development) and Chief Data Officer of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). He joined IDA's senior management team in 2000 around the time of its founding, and is responsible for IDA's 'Build' agenda: to generate economic growth for Singapore. This includes developing and building the infocomm industry, infocomm manpower, and critical national infocomm infrastructure, such as the Nationwide Broadband Network (NBN). He also oversees IDA's strategic and corporate planning, enablement of industry sectors with infocomm, as well as the mandate to develop the Smart Nation Platform (SNP).
Other transformational initiatives led by him include Wireless@SG, National Authentication Framework, National Cloud Computing Office, Singapore Internet Exchange, an upcoming Data Centre Park, and Singapore's first cloud-based infrastructure implementation for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. He previously served at the Ministry of Defence as Programme Director, developing simulation systems, as well as command, control and communications systems. He brings with him deep industry experience, having spent over 11 years at Mentor Graphics Corporation, where he was Strategic Business Group Director responsible for areas such as R&D, product engineering, consulting services, and the management of product development organisations in Singapore, Europe and the United States. A Harvard Business School alumnus, he has Master Degrees in both Engineering and Business Administration.
Chanda Kochhar is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank. She is widely recognised for her role in shaping India's retail banking sector, her leadership of ICICI Group, as well as her contributions to various forums in India and globally. She began her career with ICICI in 1984 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of ICICI Bank in 2001. She was instrumental in establishing ICICI Bank in the 1990s, and subsequently headed the infrastructure finance and corporate banking business in ICICI. In 2000, she took on the challenge of building the nascent retail business, focusing on technology, innovation, process reengineering and expansion of distribution and scale. From 2006 to 2007, she successfully led the Bank's corporate and international banking businesses. From 2007 to 2009, she became Joint Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. She currently chairs the boards of the Bank's principal subsidiaries, which include India's leading private sector life and general insurance companies. In addition to her responsibilities at ICICI Group, she is a member of the India–Japan Business Leaders Forum and the US–India CEO Forum.
She is also President of the International Monetary Conference, an organisation that annually brings together chief executives of approximately 70 of the world's largest financial institutions, along with officials from government institutions. She is Deputy Chairperson of the Indian Banks' Association, and is on the boards of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and Institute of International Finance. She has been a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Trade & Industry, the Board of Trade and High-Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure. She was also co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in 2011. She holds an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, Canada. In 2011, she was conferred the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honours.
Edmund Koh was appointed Head of Wealth Management Asia Pacific on 1 January 2016, a business which manages invested assets of over CHF 260 billion across the region. He joined UBS in February 2012 as Group Managing Director, heading the UBS Wealth Management South East Asia and Asia Pacific Hub. Edmund, a Singaporean, is also a member of the UBS Global Wealth Management Executive Committee and Global Head of Affluent, as well as Country Head of UBS in Singapore.
Edmund's distinguished career in Asia's financial services industry spans more than 20 years, during which time he garnered a deep understanding of Asian markets and developed a strong track record in leading and building successful businesses in Asia. Prior to joining UBS, Koh was President and Director of Ta Chong Bank and before that was Managing Director and Regional Head of the Consumer Banking Group at DBS Bank.
Edmund has always been committed to talent development and training. He spearheaded the UBS Youth Finance Academy in 2015 to commemorate both the 50th anniversary of UBS in Asia, and Singapore's 50th anniversary. Additionally, Edmund also supports the various UBS community investments in education and social entrepreneurship such as mentoring programs for youths that are focused on communication, leadership and resilience as well as performing and visual arts programs for special needs children. He also encourages skill-based volunteering initiatives aimed at providing capacity building support to UBS's community partners.
Edmund holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada.
As a young 26-year old entrepreneur in 1985, Uday Kotak started Kotak Capital Management Finance Ltd. (which later became Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd). On 22nd March 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd. became the first non-banking financial company (NBFC) in India’s corporate history to be converted into a bank. Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. (KMBL) is regarded as one of the most efficient and high performing banks in India, built on the principles of simplicity and prudence.
Uday remains unfazed by market euphoria and his ‘basics of banking’ approach has ensured that the loan book is of high quality and the bank is well-capitalised. In a journey spanning nearly three decades, Uday has not only helped the company grow to this scale but also earn respect.
Uday has a strong focus on community development and inclusive growth, and feels strongly that education is key to the alleviation of the social malaise afflicting India's under-privileged. In a bid to address this issue, he has established the Kotak Education Foundation that focuses on the educational needs of underprivileged children.
Uday holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Alan B. Krueger
Alan Krueger has published widely on the economics of education, terrorism, unemployment, labour demand, income distribution, social insurance, labour market regulation and environmental economics. Since 1987 he has held a joint appointment in the Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He is the founding Director of the Princeton University Survey Research Center. He served as Chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and a Member of his Cabinet from November 2011 to August 2013. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 2009–10, and as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor in 1994–95.
He is the author of What Makes a Terrorist: Economics and the Roots of Terrorism and Education Matters: A Selection of Essays on Education, co-author of Myth and Measurement: The New Economics of the Minimum Wage, and co-author of Inequality in America: What Role for Human Capital Policies? He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Russell Sage Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, and the American Institutes for Research, as well as a member of the editorial board of Science (2001–09), editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives (1996–2002) and co-editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association (2003–05).
He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association (2005–07) and International Economic Association, and Chief Economist for the National Council on Economic Education (2003–09). He was named a Sloan Fellow in Economics in 1992 and an NBER Olin Fellow in 1989–90. He was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society in 1996, and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2005. He was awarded the Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy and Management in 1997 and the Mahalanobis Memorial Medal by the Indian Econometric Society in 2001. In 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2003 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics with David Card in 2006. From 2000 to 2006 he was a regular contributor to the "Economic Scene" column in the New York Times. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) from Cornell University's School of Industrial & Labor Relations, as well as an AM and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.
Ajay Kumar is the Director General of the National Informatics Centre (NIC). NIC is the premier e-governance service provider for the Indian government with presence in all Ministries of Central Government, all State Governments and Union Territories, and all District Administrations. NIC provides core e-governance infrastructure in the country, including cloud, data centre, networks and email.
It also runs thousands of applications for various government departments and organisations. As Additional Secretary to the Government of India, he also coordinates the promotion of the Electronic Design and Manufacturing industry in India, and has initiated several programmes to develop and promote innovation in the Electronics and ICT sector.
Li Jiange is Vice Chairman of Central Huijin Investment Co., Ltd., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sun Yefang Foundation and Co-Head of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research. He was Chairman of ShenYin & WanGuo Securities Co., Ltd., Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC), Vice President of Development Research Centre of the State Council, Vice Minister of the State Council Office for Restructuring the Economic System, Vice Chairman and then Executive Vice Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission, and Chief of Staff of the Securities Commission of the State Council. He was previously the Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office of the State Planning Commission, followed by Deputy Director General and then Director General of the Department of Policy and Regulation of the State Economic and Trade Commission.
He is concurrently Professor and Supervisor for PhD students at the Graduate Schools of both Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the People's Bank of China. He is also Professor at Management School and Taiwan Institute of Tsinghua University. He won the Sun Yefang Prize for Economics in 1991, 1997 and 2001, and has been trustee of Sun Yefang Foundation of Economics and Member of its Awarding Committee since 2002. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation in 2009.
Lim Chow Kiat
Mr LIM Chow-Kiat is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of GIC. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr LIM holds the responsibility for the overall performance and capabilities of GIC. He joined GIC in 1993 as a portfolio manager. He has held various leadership roles, including most recently as Group Chief Investment Officer, and previously as President of Public Markets, President of Europe and Director of Fixed Income Currency and Commodity.
Mr LIM is a member of the Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy (CFE). In addition, he is a trustee of Nanyang Technological University, Deputy Chairman of Wealth Management Institute, member of Strategic Committee of Agence France Tresor and board member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term Global. He is also Chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Lee Kuan Yew Education Fund as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism.
Mr. Lim graduated with first-class honors in accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
Lim Siong Guan
Lim Siong Guan has been Group President of GIC since 2007. GIC manages Singapore's foreign financial reserves. He was the Chairman of Singapore's Economic Development Board from 2006 to 2009. A former head of the Singapore Civil Service, he was Permanent Secretary in the ministries of Defence, Education and Finance and in the Prime Minister's Office, and led various major government agencies. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, instructing on leadership and change management in the public sector. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College, a member of the International Board of the Stars Foundation of Switzerland, and a member of the Advisory Panel of SwissRe. He is the author of the bestselling book on leadership and governance, The Leader, The Teacher & You.×
Asheet Mehta is a Director in McKinsey & Company's New York office, where he has served a broad range of players across the financial services industry and the public sector. He leads the Financial Services Practice in the Americas and co-leads the Financial Services Practice globally. He has deep expertise in financial services, having served clients that include universal banks, wholesale and retail banks, insurance and credit card companies, as well as wealth and asset managers.
Client engagement topics include corporate strategy, organisation, marketing, operations, technology, as well as risk and regulation across the full range of wholesale and consumer financial products and services. He is the former President and current board member of Partnership with Children, a not-for-profit that serves at-risk children in New York City's Public Schools. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA with High Honours in Finance and Production Management from the University of Chicago.
Ravi Menon is Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He was previously Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI) and Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Finance (MOF). He began his career at MAS in 1987. During his 16 years at MAS, he was involved in monetary policy; econometric forecasting; organisational development; banking regulation and liberalisation; and integrated supervision of complex financial institutions.
He spent a year at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, as a member of the secretariat to the Financial Stability Forum. A recipient of the Public Administration Medal (Gold), he has served on a variety of boards in the public, private and people sectors in Singapore. On the international front, he is a member of the Financial Stability Board Steering Committee and chairs the International Monetary and Financial Committee Deputies process. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Anthony Neoh is Dean's Visiting Professor at NUS Business School and a senior member of the Hong Kong Bar, active in civil appellate, international litigation and arbitration cases. He was a civil servant in the Hong Kong Government from 1966 to 1979. In 1979, he commenced private legal practice at the Hong Kong Bar. He returned to public office from 1995 to 2004. He was Chief Advisor to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) from 1998 to 2004 at the personal invitation of former Premier Zhu Rongji. In 2003 (by agreement with CSRC) he resumed private legal practice. He remains a member of the International Advisory Board of CSRC. He was Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (1995–1998). He was also the first Asian to be elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (1996–1998).
He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990. A law graduate of London University, he was called to the English Bar by Gray's Inn in 1976. He was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School (1990–1991) and was later Visiting Professor from Practice (2001–2002). In 2004, he was appointed Nomura Visiting Professor of International Finance from Practice by Harvard Law School, a position he was eventually unable to take up. He was awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the Chinese University in 2003.
Fred Newman is a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, a commercial litigation firm in Manhattan, New York. He is a legal generalist with decades of experience in commercial litigation, business advice, corporate transactions, employment counselling and alternative dispute resolution. He was named a "Leading Lawyer" for general commercial litigation in New York, one of only 76 individuals so honoured, in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009). As a counsellor, he advises corporate owners, senior executives and entrepreneurs on business and personal issues. In addition, he has served on the board of directors of a private reinsurance company. He was appointed CEO of a public company in dissolution by its major creditor, and was the general counsel and secretary of a public reporting subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on Professional Responsibility, Legal Ethics in Civil Litigation. In 2009, he was a Visiting Professor of Arbitration at a law faculty in Latvia. He has lectured and been published on a variety of legal topics, most recently as the author of a section of Moskin/Rossman on Commercial Contracts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Harvard College and Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. He also received an EMBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.
Ng Kok Song
Ng Kok Song is Chairman of Singapore-based Avanda Investment Management which manages global and Asian investments for long term institutional clients. He also serves on the board of Makena Capital, a California-based investment company. He is also on the global advisory board of PIMCO.
He was Chief Investment Officer of GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) until 2013 when he completed a 42-year career in the investment of Singapore’s foreign reserves. Before joining GIC in 1986, Mr Ng was at the Ministry of Finance (1970-71) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (1972-1986). The Singapore Government awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal in 2012. In 2013, the CFA Institute conferred on him the Thomas L. Hansberger Award for Leadership in the global investment profession. Mr. Ng was a member of the Strategic Committee of Agency France Tresor from 2001 to 2012 for which the Government of France conferred on him the award of “La Croix de Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur” in 2004.
Kok Song was founder Chairman of SIMEX in 1984, now the derivatives arm of the Singapore Exchange SGX, where he is presently a Board director. Kok Song has also been the founder Chairman of Wealth Management Institute (WMI) since 2004.
Kok Song graduated in Physics from the University of Singapore (1970) and in Management from Stanford University (1980).
Raghuram Rajan is the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Prior to that, he was Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India and the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was also Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (2003–2006). His work spans a broad range of areas in financial economics, ranging from the role of banks in creating liquidity to the nature of corporations and their financing. He co-authored Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists with Luigi Zingales in 2003. He then wrote Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, for which he was awarded the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010. He is a member of the Group of Thirty.
He was the President of the American Finance Association in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he was awarded the inaugural Fischer Black Prize by American Finance Association for the best finance researcher under the age of 40. Other awards he has received include: Global Indian of the Year award from NASSCOM (2011), the Infosys prize for Economic Sciences (2012), the Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics (2013), and the Central Bank Governor of the Year Award by EuroMoney (2014). In 2015, he was named Governor of the Year by Central Banking Publications. He holds a Bachelor of Technology (Electrical) degree from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Peter Seah is Chairman of DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank. He is also Chairman of the Compensation and Management Development Committee, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee, as well as a member of the Audit Committee and Board Risk Management Committee. In addition, he is Chairman of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) and also chairs its Board Risk Management Committee. He is the present Chairman of Singapore Health Services, LaSalle College of the Arts and National Wages Council.
He was a banker for 33 years before retiring as Vice Chairman and CEO of the former Overseas Union Bank in 2001. He serves on the boards of StarHub, STATS ChipPAC, GIC, Level 3 Communications Inc., Asia Mobile Holdings, Fullerton Financial Holdings and STT Communications.
Shikha Sharma is Managing Director and CEO of Axis Bank Limited, India's third-largest private sector bank, and the eight-largest bank in terms of total assets. Prior to joining Axis Bank in 2009, she was with ICICI Group, where she started her career, and worked across various verticals like Project Finance, Retail Banking and Investment Banking. Her last assignment in ICICI Group was as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, a leading life insurance company in the private sector.
She is a recipient of many business awards, including having been named one of India's Most Valuable CEOs by Businessworld and India's Best Woman CEO by Business Today, both in 2013. She has also been listed in prominent publications, such as Forbes' Asia's 50 Power Businesswomen list in 2012 and 2013; Fortune magazine's global list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2011; Financial Times' list of the Top 50 Women in World Business in 2011; and FinanceAsia magazine's Top 20 Women in Finance in 2011.
Masaaki Shirakawa was previously Governor of the Bank of Japan. He was appointed as Governor in April 2008, and left the Bank in March 2013. He was also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) between January 2011 and March 2013. Currently, he is professor at Aoyama-Gakuin University and a member of the Group of Thirty—a private, non-profit, international body composed of senior policymakers from central banks, supervisory agencies, the financial sector, and academia.
Masaaki Shirakawa joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. At the Bank, he held various key positions, including Executive Director in charge of monetary policy. Other professional experiences include professorship at the Kyoto University School of Government from July 2006 to March 2008.
Masaaki Shirakawa was born in September 1949. He studied economics at the University of Tokyo (B.A.) and at the University of Chicago (M.A.).
Duvvuri Subbarao is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at NUS Business School and the Institute of South Asian Studies, and a Special Visitor under the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Eminent Visitor Programme. He served as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for five years (2008–2013). Prior to that, he was Finance Secretary to the Government of India and Secretary to the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has rich hands-on experience in public finance management. As Lead Economist in the World Bank (1999–2004), he advised developing countries on public finance management and fiscal decentralisation. He has written and spoken extensively on issues in macroeconomic management, public finance and financial sector reforms. During his tenure at RBI, he was recognised as a leading exponent of central banking issues from an emerging market perspective. He obtained his Master of Science in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Master of Science in Economics from Ohio State University, and PhD in Economics from Andhra University. He was a Humphrey Fellow in Public Finance at MIT.
Owen D. Thomas
Owen D. Thomas formerly served as Board Member at CAMRI, NUS Business School, where he still serves as Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow. He joined Boston Properties Inc. as Chief Executive Officer and Director in 2013. Boston Properties, a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust, is one of the largest owners, managers and developers of first-class office properties in the United States. He was appointed Chairman of Lehman Brothers Holdings from 2012 until 2013 and continues to serve as a Director.
Prior to Lehman, he was with Morgan Stanley for 24 years serving in a number of different roles, business units and locations, including Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley Asia, President of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Head of Morgan Stanley Real Estate, and Chairman of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities. He also served on Morgan Stanley's Management Committee from 2005 until 2011. He is a Director of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, a Director and Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a Trustee of Woodberry Forest School, a member of the NAREIT Executive Board and is a former Chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
T. S. Vijayan
T. S. Vijayan is Chairman of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA). He plays a key role in various initiatives for enhancing insurance awareness and making insurance affordable to all sections of the population. He has also taken various measures for optimum utilisation of technology in the insurance space. He represents the Asian region on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), apart from being a member of its Technical and Implementation committees. Prior to joining IRDA, he worked in various capacities in the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), established under a statute of the Parliament of India while nationalising the life insurance business in 1956. LIC was the sole life insurance provider in the country prior to the opening up of the sector in 1999. He finally took over as Chairman of LIC of India in 2006, and was in that position for five years. He holds a special graduate degree from Kerala University.×
Axel A. Weber
Axel A. Weber is Chairman of the Board of Directors at UBS. He was President of the German Bundesbank from 2004 to 2011, during which time he also served as a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German Governor of the International Monetary Fund, and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors. He was a member of the steering committees of the European Systemic Risk Board (2011) and the Financial Stability Board (2010–2011).
He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2011–2012) and a member of the German Council of Economic Experts (2002–2004). He was a Professor of International Economics and Director of the Centre for Financial Research at the University of Cologne (2001–2004); and a Professor of Monetary Economics and Director of the Centre for Financial Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt (1998–2001). He was a Professor of Economic Theory at the University of Bonn (1994–1998). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Siegen, where he also received his habilitation. He graduated with a Master's degree in Economics at the University of Constance and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Constance.
Dr Michael Goodwin
Dr Michael Goodwin is a Non-Executive Director of Partner Re Asia and was the CEO Asia Pacific for QBE Insurance International Ltd from 2007 to 2012. He was the Vice-President of the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) from 2006 until 2012 and was the Chairman of the GIA Regional Development Committee. He was a member of the MAS Financial Sector Development Fund Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2012 and the MAS Financial Research Council from 2010 to 2012.
He practiced as a Veterinary Surgeon in Australia from 1983 to 1992. after receiving a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 1983. He became a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia in 1995 and was conferred as an inaugural IBF Distinguished Fellow in Singapore in 2007.
Stanley Loh has been Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the People’s Republic of China since 12 March 2012. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibilities for ASEAN, Northeast Asia, Europe, International Organisations, International Economics, Technical Cooperation and Public Affairs.
Mr Loh was Head of Mission in Taipei, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister and later Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC, Director-General for Middle East and Counsellor in the Singapore High Commission to Malaysia.
Ambassador Loh is a member of the Lien Ying Chow Fellowship Council and Patron of the Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (SingCham).
Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.
In his current role as Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate, wholly owned by the Singapore government, under the purview of the National Research Foundation, Mr Leonard has been chartered to build an organisation that helps entrepreneurs utilise some of the science and technology R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners.
SGInnovate, as a part of the robust startup ecosystem in Singapore, will work with technical founders to imagine, start and scale globally-relevant early-stage companies using science and technology-based research originated in Singapore.
Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Mr Leonard continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IMDA at the request of the Minister.
Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore.