NUS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI)

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Duration: 16 days split into 5 segments over 10 months

Next Run: 08 May 2017

Venue: Singapore, Mumbai, Beijing, New York

Fees: USD 29,000.00 (excl. GST) | 31,030.00 (incl. GST)

Overview

Developing Asia's Extraordinary Leaders Leadership INTAKE 2

Gain new perspectives on financial leadership through the lens of global business leaders and policymakers. Developed by NUS Business School in partnership with industry leaders, the Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI) programme provides a curriculum that is based on thought leadership, experiential learning and inspirational exposure.

The programme will begin in Singapore with several days of intensive learning through discussions, lectures, case studies, simulations, role playing and exercises on financial leadership. These will be interspersed with dialogue sessions and site visits with senior public and industry leaders. In addition, there will be visits to financial institutions in global cities for experiential learning and networking with successful finance leaders. You will be expected to complete an on-the-job assignment in finance as well as a capstone team project, personalised and structured for small teams.

Who Should Attend

Ideal candidates include members of top management identified as future leaders of organisations – senior directors, executive vice presidents, and managing directors from:

  • Financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, asset managers, asset owners)
  • Financial regulatory agencies
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Other forms of financial industry organisations

Training future financial leaders

  • The Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions programme, pioneered by NUS Business School, aims to develop leaders in finance who know Asia. Bringing together top academics, leading global CEOs, and prominent policy makers, ALFI will offer new perspectives on leadership, market trends, technology and regulatory developments for aspiring finance leaders. It will help position Singapore as a Global-Asian thought leader in financial services and contribute towards MAS' effort to build a pipeline of Singaporean leaders in finance.

    Ravi Menon
    Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

  • The financial sector is becoming increasingly complex, and competition forces institutions and management to stretch the boundaries of business innovation and ethical framework. Management leaders in the sector require deeper skills, expertise and a clear sense of what is good for the institution, economy and society. ALFI will certainly help establish future leaders who are able to navigate and build financial institutions that will be relevant in the years ahead.

    S. Dhanabalan
    Chairman, NUS Business School Management Advisory Board;
    Honorary Advisor to Temasek Holdings

Dates and Fees

This programme costs USD 29,000 (USD 31,030 incl. GST) and is delivered in five segments across 10 months in the following cities:

  • Singapore: May 08 – 12, 2017 (5 days)
  • Beijing: July 17 – 19, 2017 (3 days)
  • Mumbai: September 25 & 26, 2017 (2 days)
  • New York: December 4 – 7, 2017 (4 days)
  • Singapore: January 18 & 19, 2018 (2 days)

Total: 16 days
Note: GST applies to individuals and Singapore registered companies.

Application Deadline

  • Participants are strongly advised to apply at least 2 months in advance
  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered based on space availability

MAS Asian Financial Leaders Scheme

Financial institutions that sponsor Singaporean staff to ALFI will be eligible for 50% MAS funding support under the Asian Financial Leaders Scheme (AFLS). For more information or to apply for the AFLS, please contact the MAS Financial Sector Development Fund (FSDF) secretariat at fsdf@mas.gov.sg.

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Core Focus

  • Macro leadership

    • Central banking and policies
    • Asian economies
    • Shadow banking
    • Doing business in ASEAN

    Global Asia markets

    • Global financial crisis
    • Consumer behaviour in financial markets
    • Retirement finance and the ageing population
    • Liquidity, transparency and financial risk management

    Executive leadership training

    • Charismatic leadership
    • Pragmatic leadership
    • Leadership and change management in turbulent times
    • Transformation service innovations
    • Navigating the matrix to deliver client solutions

    Corporate governance, risk management and compliance

    • Comparative corporate governance
    • Comparative accounting standards, financial regulations and internal compliance
    • Principles of legal ethics in a global financial environment
    • Role of the COO and CEO
    • Managing risk: Developing a strong risk culture

    Technology in financial services

    • Technology to speed, streamline and improve services
    • Communications and information technology in the public sector
    • Managing and delivering cutting-edge financial technology at a global investments company
    • Clouds, cyber connections and end users

Key Benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of the financial and business landscape in Asia, in connection with the global environment
  • Engage with speakers who range from CEOs of top financial institutions to former central bank governors
  • Be part of a lifetime, high-level network of global financial leaders in the business, public and academic arenas

Testimonials

  • It was a programme rich in context, with great balance between the technical inputs from faculty as well as practical insights from captains of the industry.

    Edmund Wong, Singapore
    Head, Operational Risk Management
    GIC

    First class faculty, top-notch business leaders and a highly motivated class group.

    Philip Fernandez, Singapore
    Corporate Treasurer
    DBS Bank

    Good learning experience. I gained lots of new, practical ideas that are implementable in my job and function from sharing by the faculty, visiting lecturers and senior executives.

    Roy Arman Arfandy, Indonesia
    President Director
    PT Bank Permata Tbk

  • ALFI by NUS Biz School is a unique and valuable course for senior bankers in Singapore and Asia. The content, speakers and senior faculty engagement across key financial centres around APAC make this a special course. I personally gained the following from the course:

    1. Deeper understanding of financial markets and economic development of the cities we visited, all of whom have great impact on banking in Asia.
    2. A better introspection of my leadership style through the sharings from the faculty lectures and the external speakers
    3. Inspiration to make a difference through banking from the luminaries of the banking world who you arranged to speak to us and engage us in dialogue.
    4. A stronger network of Asian bankers across 8 countries who attended the course.


    Melvyn Low, Singapore
    Managing Director, Head ASEAN and Singapore, Treasury and Trade Solutions
    Citibank N.A.

    I have been through many executive programmes throughout my 20-year career in the insurance industry, but what I found fascinating in ALFI is the seminar speakers it has been able to attract, in addition to NUS Business School’s faculty. We were very fortunate to have at least an hour and a half with leaders of some very big corporations, whom we have gained a lot from.

    Ramzi Albert Toubassy, Malaysia
    Chief Executive Officer
    AmMetLife Insurance Berhad

Teaching Faculty

Programme Co-Chairs

Bernard Yeung

Bernard Yeung

Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor

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Bernard Yeung is Dean and Stephen Riady Distinguished Professor in Finance and Strategic Management at NUS Business School. Before joining NUS in June 2008, he was the Abraham Krasnoff Professor in Global Business, Economics and Management at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business. He is currently a member of the 3rd Advisory Board of Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University; the Research Advisory Council of the Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning (CAFRAL), Reserve Bank of India; the Advisory Council of the Economics and Management School of Wuhan University; and the International Academic Panel at Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). He has also served as the Director of the NYU China House, and the honorary co-chair of the Strategy Department of Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. From 1988 to 1999, he taught at the University of Michigan, and at the University of Alberta from 1983 to 1988. He obtained a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Joseph Cherian

Joseph Cherian

Professor (Practice), Finance;

Director, CAMRI

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Joe was formerly an Executive-in-Residence at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he remains a two-term member of the Johnson Dean’s Advisory Council. Prior to that, he was Managing Director, Global Head, and CIO of the Quantitative Strategies Group within Credit Suisse Alternative Investments in New York, where he had direct responsibility for over US$67 billion in client assets managed to a quantitative discipline. While at Credit Suisse, he also served on the Global Executive Committee, as well as various senior management, investments, and risk committees of the Asset Management division. He joined Credit Suisse in 2004 from Banc of America Capital Management, also in New York, where he was Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager of their asset allocation funds. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Finance at Boston University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Finance from Cornell University.

Programme Director

Jai Arya

Jai Arya

Advisor to the Dean (Corporate Outreach);

Head, Executive Education, NUS Business School

Jai Arya is an Advisor to the Dean (Corporate Outreach) and Head of Executive Education at NUS Business School. He is also a member of the Board of the UK-based research consultancy, the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). In addition, he is a Senior Advisor for Asian Banking to a leading global consultancy firm, and has also consulted on a project basis with the Asian Development Bank. Prior to this, he worked for Bank of New York Mellon for 27 years and Bank of America for ten years, in various Asian locations. Before leaving BNY Mellon in April 2014, he was an Executive Vice President and Global Head of their business with sovereign institutions, as well as a member of the bank’s Global Operating Committee and Asia Executive Committee. Earlier roles include Head of Asia client relationships and Asian country offices. He holds an MBA from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Honours) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, India.

Other Teaching Faculty

Sumit Agarwal

Sumit Agarwal

Low Tuck Kwong Professor of Finance;

Professor and Deputy Head (Research), Real Estate

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Sumit is the Low Tuck Kwong Professor of Finance at NUS Business School, and Professor and Deputy Head (Research) of Real Estate at the NUS School of Design and Architecture. He is also Research Director at CAMRI, where he spearheads the CAMRI Life-Cycle Saving and Investing in Asia Research Series. He previously was a senior financial economist in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Before that he was a senior vice president and credit risk management executive in the Small Business Risk Solutions Group of Bank of America. He obtained a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

Christopher Chia

Christopher Chia

Professor (Practice), Decision Sciences

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Chris is Professor of Transformation Practice at NUS Business School. Prior to the NUS appointment, he was Senior Advisor to the National Trades Union Congress and Senior Advisor, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Before that, he was CEO of the Media Development Authority, responsible for the development and regulation of the media sector in Singapore. He was the founding CEO of Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) and had introduced cutting-edge innovation and business processes, transforming it into a lifestyle destination for half the population. He has been invited to present more than 60 keynotes to senior management in the public and private sectors internationally. In 2015, he was inducted into the Singapore Computer Society's IT Leader Awards "Hall of Fame" for his contributions to the development of the infocomm industry in Singapore. He holds a Master of Science and a PhD in Computation from the University of Manchester.

Michael Frese

Michael Frese

Professor, Management and Organisation

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Michael is Professor of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. He has been selected as a Fellow at the Academy of Management (AOM). The fellowship recognises and honours members of the AOM who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. He has authored more than 300 articles in influential journals, and is editor/author of more than 25 books and special issues. He was elected Fellow or Member of several learned societies, including the German Academy of Sciences. He is Germany’s and Singapore’s most frequently cited organisational behaviour researcher, and one of Europe’s most frequently cited (with citation counts above 17,000 via Google Scholar; H-index = 70). He has presented more than 40 invited keynote addresses, for instance, at International Congresses in San Francisco (1998), Stockholm (2000), Athens (2006), Melbourne (2010) and Paris (2014). He obtained a PhD from Technical University of Berlin.

Kim Sun Bae

Kim Sun Bae

Professor (Practice), Strategy and Policy

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Sun Bae is Professor of Economics (Practice) in the Department of Strategy and Policy at NUS Business School. Prior to joining NUS, he served as the Chief Asia Economist and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he led a team of economists in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore and Mumbai, serving clients across all major assets classes (equity, fixed income, currency, commodities). He also served as an economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where he provided senior bank management policy analysis, with an emphasis on monetary and financial market issues in Pacific Basin economies. He obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. From 1983 to 1987, he was a Japanese government scholar (Mombusho) and research fellow (Japan Foundation) at the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in Japan.

Liew Mun Leong

Liew Mun Leong

Provost Chair Professor (Practice), Management and Organisation

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Liew Mun Leong is the Provost Chair Professor (Practice) at NUS Business School and Faculty of Engineering. He was President and CEO of CapitaLand Group, a public-listed group in Singapore which invests, develops, operates and manages a complete value chain of real estate businesses in more than 110 cities in over 20 countries in Asia Pacific and Europe. He led CapitaLand with more than 12,000 staff since its formation in year 2000, until stepping down in 2012. In 2006, he was named Outstanding CEO of the Year at the Singapore Business Awards. In 2011, he was named Best CEO in Singapore by FinanceAsia. Presently, he serves as Chairman of Changi Airport Group and Director of Singapore Stock Exchange. He is a board member of Singapore China Foundation, and Human Capital Leadership Institute. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Singapore.

Randall Morck

Randall Morck

James Riady Professor

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Randall served as the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Term Professor in Economics and Finance at NUS Business School, where he remains a frequent visiting Professor of Finance and Economics, and serves as the Stephen A. Jarislowsky Distinguished Chair in Finance and University Professor at Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta. He has a wealth of experience, having served as a consultant to the Canadian and United States governments, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. He is currently Director of the Canadian Corporate Governance Institute. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program (Senior Associate), and the European Corporate Governance Institute. His research work includes more than 70 published articles in top-tier academic journals. He has also held short-term visiting positions at Harvard University, Yale University, University of Michigan and Arizona State University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts from Yale University, and Doctor in Philosophy in Economics from Harvard University.

David Mitchell Reeb

David Mitchell Reeb

Mr & Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professor in Banking and Finance;

Director of Business Doctoral Programmes

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David is a Professor of Finance and holds the Mr and Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professorship in Banking and Finance at NUS. He also serves as Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies, a Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER), and as the Director of Business Doctoral Programmes at NUS Business School. His research focuses on corporate finance but also encompasses financial disclosure choices and delves into international business. Over the past several years, his work has appeared in the most influential academic journals in accounting, finance, law and management. This research generates thousands of citations and makes him one of the most prominent scholars in the world on family-controlled firms. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Inc., SmartMoney, MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and several other major newspapers and business magazines in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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Kulwant Singh

Professor, Strategy and Policy

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Kulwant is a Professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy at NUS Business School. His research focuses on firm adaptation to exogenous shocks, particularly in the context of firm alliances, and strategy in the Asia Pacific region. He has won several scholarly awards and honours for academic excellence. He was conferred the Research Achievement Award in 1997 and the Outstanding Educator Award in 2005, both by NUS. He has won the Teaching Excellence Award several times for his EMBA and MBA teaching at NUS Business School. He was also the winner of the Glueck Best Paper Award (1996) in Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and Best Paper Award (1991) in the Policy Division of Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Norwegian School of Economics; the Executive Committees of EPAS of the European Foundation for Management Development, and The Case Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) and an MBA from National University of Singapore, as well as a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Last Year's Guest Lecturers and Keynote Speakers

David G. Booth

David G. Booth
Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer,
Dimensional Fund Advisors
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David G. Booth

Gao Xiqing
Former President and Chief Investment Officer,
China Investment Corporation
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David Gledhill

David Gledhill
Group Executive and Head of Group Technology and Operations,
DBS Bank
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Euleen Goh

Euleen Goh
Board Member of Royal Dutch Shell, CapitaLand and DBS Group Holdings;
Rector of Cinnamon College, NUS
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Gopalakrishnan

R. Gopalakrishnan
Director,
Tata Sons Limited
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Piyush Gupta

Piyush Gupta
Chief Executive Officer
DBS Group
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Gerald L. Hassell

Gerald L. Hassell
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
BNY Mellon
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 Hsieh Fu Hua

Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman,
UOB
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Huang Haizhou

Huang Haizhou
Deputy CEO, Managing Director, and Management Committee Member,
China International Capital Corporation
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Khoong Hock Yun

Khoong Hock Yun
Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Development) and Chief Data Officer,
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
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Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,
ICICI Bank
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Edmund Koh

Edmund Koh
Head of Wealth Management (South East Asia and Asia Pacific Hub) and Singapore Country Head,
UBS
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Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak
Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director,
Kotak Mahindra Bank
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Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger
Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs,
Princeton University
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Ajay Kumar

Ajay Kumar
Director General, National Informatics Centre; Additional Secretary,
Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India
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Li Jiange

Li Jiange
Chairman, Sun Yefang Economic Science Foundation
Former Chairman, China International Capital Corporation Limited
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Lim Chow Kiat

Lim Chow Kiat
Group Chief Investment Officer,
GIC
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Lim Siong Guan

Lim Siong Guan
Group President,
GIC
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Asheet Mehta

Asheet Mehta
Director,
McKinsey & Company
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Ravi Menon

Ravi Menon
Managing Director,
Monetary Authority of Singapore
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Navtej S. Nandra

Navtej S. Nandra
Former President,
E*TRADE Financial Corporation
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Anthony Neoh

Anthony Neoh
Dean's Visiting Professor;
QC, SC, JP, Hong Kong Bar
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Fredric S. Newman

Fredric S. Newman
Founding Partner,
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP
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Ng Kok Song

Ng Kok Song
Chairman, Avanda Investment Management
Former Group Chief Investment Officer, GIC
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Raghuram Rajan

Raghuram Rajan
Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
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Peter Seah Lim Huat

Peter Seah Lim Huat
Chairman,
DBS Group Holdings and DBS Bank
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Shikha Sharma

Shikha Sharma
Managing Director and CEO,
Axis Bank Limited
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Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Finance;
Former Governor of the Bank of Japan
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Duvvuri Subbarao

Duvvuri Subbarao
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Finance;
Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
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Owen D. Thomas

Owen D. Thomas
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Boston Properties Inc.;
Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, CAMRI
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T. S. Vijayan

T. S. Vijayan
Chairman,
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India
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Axel A. Weber

Axel A. Weber
Chairman of the Board of Directors,
UBS Group AG
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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.

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Gao Xiqing

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.

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David Gledhill

David Gledhill is Group Executive and Head of Group Technology and Operations at DBS Bank. He has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has spent over 20 years in Asia. Prior to DBS, he held progressively senior positions with regional responsibilities in JP Morgan, where he was involved with several mergers, off-shoring, as well as the regionalisation of the bank's operations. He last held the position of Head of Investment Bank Operations, Asia at JP Morgan.

As Head of Group Technology and Operations at DBS, he manages over 7,000 staff 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 drive Asian service, insights and innovation, he spearheads several transformation initiatives, including customer experience and process innovation. His portfolio also includes responsibility for the group's procurement and real estate initiatives.

He oversees the execution of the bank's multi-year, multi-market strategic occupancy programme. The programme also involves creating a workplace that fosters ideation and collaboration with the bank's move to its new headquarters and major operating hubs across the region. He is a Director of Singapore Clearing House and a member of IBM Advisory Board. He is also Board Advisor to Singapore Management University's School of Information Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Electronics from the University of Durham.

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Euleen Goh

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.

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R. Gopalakrishnan

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.

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Piyush Gupta

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank's capital position, as well as "AA-" and "Aa1" credit ratings, is among the highest in Asia-Pacific. DBS has been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been named “Asia’s Best Bank” by The Banker, a member of the Financial Times group, and “Best Bank in Asia-Pacific” by Global Finance. The bank has also been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015.

Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup’s Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Piyush’s external appointments include serving as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore and on the boards of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the Institute of International Finance, Washington, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund, and the MasterCard Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Regional Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, a council member of The Association of Banks in Singapore, the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, and Managing Council member of Indian Business-leaders’ Roundtable (under SINDA).

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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.

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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.

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Huang Haizhou

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.

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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.

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Chanda Kochhar

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.

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Edmund Koh

Edmund Koh is Group Managing Director, Head of UBS Wealth Management South East Asia and Asia Pacific Hub, and Country Head of UBS Singapore. He is also a member of the UBS Global Wealth Management Executive Committee. His distinguished career in Asia's financial services industry spans more than 20 years, during which he garnered a deep understanding of Asian markets and developed a strong track record in leading and building successful businesses in Asia. Most recently, he helped turned around Ta Chong Bank in Taiwan as President and Director. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director and Regional Head of the Consumer Banking Group, DBS Bank in Singapore. He was also CEO of Prudential Assurance and Customer Franchise Director of Citibank. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto, Canada.

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Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak is the Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. In 1985, he started Kotak Capital Management Finance, which later became Kotak Mahindra Finance. In 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance became the first non-banking financial company in India's corporate history to be converted into a bank. Today, Kotak Mahindra Bank is regarded as one of the most efficient and high performing banks in India, built on the principles of simplicity and prudence. Kotak Mahindra Group, a first generation enterprise with a global presence and revenues of US$2.8 billion, is recognised as one of the topmost employers in India with over 30,000 employees.

Among the many awards to his credit are CNBC TV18's Innovator of the Year Award in 2006 and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. He was featured as one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum's annual meet at Davos in 1996. He was also featured among the Top Financial Leaders for the 21st Century by Euromoney. In 2008, he was named as CNBC TV18's India Business Leader of the Year, and as Most Valued CEO by BusinessWorld in 2010. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

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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.

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Ajay Kumar

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.

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Li Jiange

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.

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Lim Chow Kiat

Lim Chow Kiat has been GIC’s Group Chief Investment Officer since 2013. After graduating with first class honours in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, he joined GIC in 1993 as a portfolio manager. He developed GIC’s investment capability in corporate bonds, and was appointed Head of the fixed income, currency and commodities department and Deputy President of GIC Asset Management in 2008. He was appointed President (Europe) in 2009, overseeing GIC’s investments and relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before his appointment as President of GIC Asset Management in 2011.

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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.

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Asheet Mehta

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.

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Ravi Menon

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.

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Anthony Neoh

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.

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Fred Newman

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.

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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).

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Raghuram Rajan

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.

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Peter Seah

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.

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Shikha Sharma

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.

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Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at NUS Business School and has been a Special Visitor under the MAS Eminent Visitor Programme. He was the 30th Governor of Bank of Japan (BOJ) from 2008 to 2013. He assumed the position of Governor after a term as Professor at the Kyoto University School of Government (2006–2008). He was also concurrently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (2011–2013) at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He joined BIS in 1972 and during his time there, held several other key positions in monetary policy and financial stability. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tokyo and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Chicago.

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Duvvuri Subbarao

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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