NUS EXECUTIVE EDUCATION

Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI)

Overview

Developing Asia's Extraordinary Leaders Leadership INTAKE 2

Acquire 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 epitomizes thought leadership, experiential learning and inspirational exposure.

The programme begins 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 with senior public and industry leaders, including site visits to financial institutions in global cities for experiential learning and networking. In addition, you will be expected to work in small teams on personalised and structured projects.

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 is delivered in five segments across 9 months in the following cities:

  • Singapore: May 08 – 12, 2017 (5 days)
  • Beijing: July 24 – 26, 2017 (3 days)
  • Mumbai: September 25 & 26, 2017 (2 days)
  • New York: November 27 – 30, 2017 (4 days)
  • Singapore: January 18 & 19, 2018 (2 days)

Total: 16 days
Programme Fees: USD 29,000 (USD 31,030 incl. GST)
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

    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

  • 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 the 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. (Read full profile)

Joseph Cherian

Joseph Cherian

Professor (Practice), Finance;

Director, CAMRI

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Professor Joseph Cherian is Practice Professor of Finance and Director of the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments at NUS Business School. 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. (Read full profile)

Programme Director

Jai Arya

Jai Arya

Advisor to the Dean, 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. (Read full profile)

Other Teaching Faculty

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Sumit Agarwal

Professor, Finance

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Sumit Agarwal is a Visiting Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School where he lectures regularly. He currently serves as the Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously, he was the Vice-Dean (PhD and Research) and Low Tuck Kwong Professor at the School of Business and Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate at the National University of Singapore. (Read full profile)

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.(Read full profile)

Michael Frese

Duan Jin-Chuan

Cycle & Carriage Professor of Finance

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Duan is the Cycle & Carriage Professor of Finance in the Business School of National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously, he served as the Director of the NUS Risk Management Institute from July 2007 to June 2014. During that tenure, he pioneered the “public good” Credit Research Initiative (CRI) in March 2009 and continues to lead the CRI team of 40 strong to this day.(Read full profile)

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. (Read full profile)

Hsieh Tsun-Yan

Hsieh Tsun-Yan

Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice)
NUS Business School and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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Tsun-yan Hsieh is the Chairman and Lead Counselor of LinHart Group, a Leadership services firm specialized in Advising boards and Counseling CEOs throughout Asia on issues of succession and leadership effectiveness at the top. He is an Independent Director of Manulife Financial and Singapore Airlines and has served on the Boards of Bharti Airtel and Sony. He holds joint appointment as Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) at the NUS Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. (Read full profile)

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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). (Read full profile)

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. (Read full profile)

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Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood

Associate Professor, Strategy and Policy

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Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood is an Associate Professor at the NUS Business School where he studies and works with multinational and indigenous companies on their emerging market strategies. He joined the NUS faculty in 1999, after obtaining an economics degree from Oberlin College (1992) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1999), and an interim stint as a management consultant in Chicago. (Read full profile)

Anthony Neoh

Anthony Neoh

Dean's Visiting Professor; QC, SC, JP, Hong Kong Bar

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. (Read full profile)

Ivan Png

Ivan Png

Distinguished Professor,
Professor of Strategy and Policy, Economics, and Information Systems

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Dr Png is Distinguished Professor in the School of Business and Department of Economics at the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on the economics of innovation and productivity. He is the author of Managerial Economics, which has been published in multiple editions. He received the NUS-UCLA Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2008 and 2011. Dr Png was a nominated MP (10th Parliament of Singapore), 2005-06, and member of the Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, Microsoft Corporation, 2006-10.

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David Mitchell Reeb

Mr & Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professor in Banking and Finance;
Director of Business Doctoral Programmes

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David Mitchell Reeb 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. (Read full profile)

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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, and Deputy Dean 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, including 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. (Read full profile)

Duvvuri Subbarao

Duvvuri Subbarao

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Finance
Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies
Former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Duvvuri Subbarao is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at NUS Business School, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at 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. (Read full profile)

David Reeb

David Mitchell Reeb 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 has generated 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

Kulwant is a Professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy, and Deputy Dean 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, including 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. Kulwant has delivered executive programmes for many firms, including in the finance industry, Deutche Bank, Mizuho Bank, Manulife and SDI Life. 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.

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Sumit Agarwal

Sumit Agarwal is a Visiting Professor of Finance at the NUS Business School where he lectures regularly. He currently serves as the Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously, he was the Vice-Dean (PhD and Research) and Low Tuck Kwong Professor at the School of Business and Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate at the National University of Singapore.

Before that he was a senior financial economist in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and prior to joining the Chicago Fed, he was a senior vice president and credit risk management executive in the Small Business Risk Solutions Group of Bank of America. He is also the co-editor of Real Estate Economics and association editor at Management Science and Journal of Financial Services Research. Dr. Agarwal has been invited to present his research at many renowned universities and has consulted with the World Bank, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, OCC, the Reserve Bank of India and Bank of America

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Liew Mun Leong

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.

More recently in 2014, he has won the Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award; dubbed "the Oscars of the business school world" by The Financial Times, the award recognises educators who integrate social and environmental issues into their academic research, educational programmes and business ethics. Pasha sits on the faculty advisory boards of the Evian Group, and the recently created SONY Reverse Innovation Community. At NUS, he teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and directs the popular "Business Strategies for Asia" program for senior executives.

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Christopher Chia

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. In 2015, he was inducted into the Singapore Computer Society's "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.

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Duan Jin-Chuan

Duan is the Cycle & Carriage Professor of Finance in the Business School of National University of Singapore (NUS). Previously, he served as the Director of the NUS Risk Management Institute from July 2007 to June 2014. During that tenure, he pioneered the “public good” Credit Research Initiative (CRI) in March 2009 and continues to lead the CRI team of 40 strong to this day. In 2017, Duan co-founded a FinTech startup, CriAT, specializing in deep credit analytics services. Duan was elected in 2008 an Academician of the Academia Sinica for his scholarly contributions, and also became a fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics in 2013.

Duan completed his undergraduate education at the National Taiwan University, an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and a PhD in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Duan’s research expertise is in financial engineering and risk management, and is known for his earlier work on developing the GARCH option pricing model and more recent corporate default research in connection with the CRI.

In addition to numerous scholarly publications on derivative securities and risk management, he has written a book and occasional media commentaries on current financial/economic events. Before joining NUS, Duan held the Manulife Chair Professorship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and also once taught at the Hong Kong University Science and Technology and McGill University.

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Michael Frese

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.

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Kim Sun Bae

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.

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Bernard Yeung

Bernard Yeung is the 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 the president of the Asia Bureau of Finance and Economics Research; an independent Non-executive Director of the Bank of China (BOC) Aviation Limited; member of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in Singapore; 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; and the Advisory Council of the Economics and Management School of Wuhan University.

He was also a member of the Economic Strategies Committee in Singapore in 2009 and 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.

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Joseph Cherian

Professor Joseph Cherian is Practice Professor of Finance and Director of the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments at NUS Business School. 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, Joe 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.

Joe has or had appointments at the Ministry of Manpower's CPF Advisory Panel, the Singapore International Mediation Centre's Panel of Technical Experts, the National Research Foundation's Early Stage Venture Fund Evaluation Panel, the SNEC/SERI Medical Director’s Advisory Council in Singapore, the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index (MMGPI) Steering Committee in Australia, and the Journal of Alternative Investments' Editorial Board in the US.

Joe holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Finance from Cornell University.

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Jai Arya

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, and Chairman of their Sovereign Advisory Board. In addition he was a member of the bank’s Global Operating Committee and Asia Executive Committee.

Earlier roles include head of Asia client management and 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.

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Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood

Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood is an Associate Professor at the NUS Business School where he studies and works with multinational and indigenous companies on their emerging market strategies. He joined the NUS faculty in 1999, after obtaining an economics degree from Oberlin College (1992) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1999), and an interim stint as a management consultant in Chicago. From 2012 to 2014, Pasha was a Professor at IMD Lausanne where he continues to teach in its flagship Orchestrating Winning Performance (OWP) program. He has also taught at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and is a member of the Asian Service Business Research Institute (ASBS) at Waseda University. In 2002, Pasha won the Haynes Prize from the Academy of International Business (AIB) for the most prominent scholar in international business (under 40).

More recently in 2014, he has won the Aspen Faculty Pioneer Award; dubbed "the Oscars of the business school world" by The Financial Times, the award recognises educators who integrate social and environmental issues into their academic research, educational programmes and business ethics. Pasha sits on the faculty advisory boards of the Evian Group, and the recently created SONY Reverse Innovation Community. At NUS, he teaches at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and directs the popular "Business Strategies for Asia" program for senior executives.

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Hsieh Tsun-Yan

Tsun-yan Hsieh is the Chairman and Lead Counselor of LinHart Group, a Leadership services firm specialized in Advising boards and Counseling CEOs throughout Asia on issues of succession and leadership effectiveness at the top.

He is an Independent Director of Manulife Financial and Singapore Airlines and has served on the Boards of Bharti Airtel and Sony. He holds joint appointment as Provost’s Chair Professor (Practice) at the NUS Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He also serves as a special advisor to companies such as Cue Ball (media and technologies) and AppDirect (cloud services). In a career spanning 30 years with McKinsey, he served clients in as many countries and industries in corporate transformation and leader development. He was the first ethnic Chinese consultant admitted and continued the string of firsts through election to Directorship. His leadership positions in McKinsey included Chairman of Professional Development Committee, Managing Director, Canada and ASEAN practices, Chairman of Asia Client Committee, and the Directors Committee till he retired in 2008. He founded McKinsey’s Leadership Services globally to help clients grow more, better leaders faster.

He is an ardent speaker and writer. Heart, Smarts, Guts & Luck – a book he co-authored on building great businesses is a global best seller published by Harvard Business Review.

He contributes to community with board roles current and past including the Singapore Institute of Management, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore International Foundation, the National University of Singapore Business School, the Institute of Policy Studies, the Singapore Symphony, Covenant House Canada and the University Health Network Foundation in Toronto.

Mr. Hsieh is a Harvard MBA who won double gold medals reading Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as a President and Colombo Plan Scholar.

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Duvvuri Subbarao

Duvvuri Subbarao is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow at NUS Business School, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at 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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Guest Lecturers and Keynote Speakers

This year's Speakers
Stephen Bird

Stephen Bird
Chief Executive Officer,
Global Consumer Banking
Citi
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S Dhanabalan

Amitabh Chaudhry
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
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S Dhanabalan

S Dhanabalan
Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers
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Mike Esposito

Mike Esposito
Global Chairman
Financial Institutions Group
Goldman Sachs
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David Gledhill

David Gledhill
Group Chief Information Officer
Group Executive, Managing Director and Head,
Group Technology and Operations
DBS Bank Ltd
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Michael Goodwin

Dr Michael Goodwin
Non-Executive Director,
Partner Re Asia
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Gu Shu

Gu Shu
Vice Chairman, Executive Director,President
ICBC
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faculty piyush gupta

Piyush Gupta
Chief Executive Officer
DBS Group
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 Richard J. Holwell

Richard J. Holwell
Partner,
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP
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 Daniel Hong

Daniel Hong
Deputy General Manager of Financial Technology (FiT),
Tencent
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 Hsieh Fu Hua

Hsieh Fu Hua
Chairman,
UOB
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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 Wealth Management Asia Pacific,
Country Head Singapore,
Global Head of Affluent,
UBS
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Steven E. Koonin

Steven E. Koonin
Founding Director,
NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress
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Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak
Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director,
Kotak Mahindra Bank
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Thierry de Longuemar

Thierry de Longuemar
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
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Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar
Senior Executive Vice President
Chief Information Officer,
BNY Mellon
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Rajiv Lall

Rajiv Lall
Founder MD & CEO,
IDFC Bank
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Esther Lee

Esther Lee
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer,
MetLife
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Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard
Founding CEO,
SGInnovate
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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
Chief Executive Officer,
GIC
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Lim Siong Guan

Lim Siong Guan
Advisor,
GIC
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Stanley Loh

Stanley Loh
Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to the People’s Republic of China
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LV Zhongtao

Lv Zhongtao
General Manager of IT Department
ICBC
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harishmanwani

Harish Manwani
Global Executive Advisor,
Blackstone Private Equity Group
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Navtej S. Nandra

Navtej S. Nandra
Former President,
E*TRADE Financial Corporation
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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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Vikram S. Pandit

Vikram S. Pandit
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Orogen Group
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Leo Puri

Leo Puri
Managing Director,
UTI Asset Management Co. Ltd.
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Helen Qiao

Helen Qiao
Chief Economist for Greater China and Head of Asia Economics Research,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
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Kamal Quadir

Kamal Quadir
CEO
bKash
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Stephen Roach

Stephen S. Roach
Senior Fellow
Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, Yale University
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Steven Scheurmann

Steven Scheurmann
Watson Financial Services Solutions, Asia Pacific
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Chuck Scully

Charles Scully
Managing Director & Chief Investments Officer, Asia
MetLife
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Masaaki Shirakawa

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

N. Ganapathy Subramaniam
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd
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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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Samuel Tsien

Samuel Tsien
Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC)
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David Yermack

David Yermack
Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation and Chairman of the Finance Department
New York University’s Stern School of Business
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Min Zhu

Zhu Min
President,
National Institute of Financial Research, Tsinghua University
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Samuel Tsien

Mr Tsien is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC). He is also Chairman of OCBC Wing Hang Bank (China) Limited and a member of the board of directors of various other companies in the OCBC group. He is a Director of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd and Vice Chairman of the Association of Banks in Singapore and IBF Council. He is also a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Financial Centre Advisory Panel (FCAP) and Payments Council.

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Amitabh Chaudhry

Amitabh Chaudhry is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at HDFC Life. He has been with the company since January 2010. HDFC Life is today recognized as the premium brand in the insurance space and is one of India’s largest private life insurers. Before joining HDFC Life, he was the MD and CEO of Infosys BPO Ltd and was also heading the testing unit of Infosys Technologies Ltd.

He played a critical role in building the BPO from its inception to an extremely profitable business with presence in eleven centers across seven countries. He started his career in 1987 with Bank of America and worked in diverse roles ranging from Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia, Regional Finance Head for Wholesale Banking and Global Markets and Chief Finance Officer of Bank of America (India). He moved to Credit Lyonnais Securities in 2001 where he headed the Investment Banking franchise for South East Asia and Structured Finance practice for Asia before joining Infosys BPO in 2003.

Mr. Chaudhry completed Engineering in 1985 from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and PGDBM in 1987 from IIM, Ahmedabad. He serves on the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Limited, a market leader in corporate and college education in various emerging markets and Shriram Transport Finance Co Ltd, one of the largest non banking auto finance companies in India. He is also an Independent Director with Credila (an HDFC Ltd. Company) India’s first dedicated education loan provider.

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Chuck Scully

Charles Scully is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for MetLife in Asia. Scully was appointed to this position in February of 2011, and in this role he has executive management responsibility for MetLife’s investment efforts in Japan, Korea, China, India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal and Vietnam. The total assets under management in the region are in excess of US$100 billion.

MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers and 90 of the FORTUNE 100® companies as clients, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Scully has 30 years of investment management experience in various roles. In the 10 years prior to his current responsibilities, he was in charge of MetLife’s structured finance business and was the senior portfolio manager for the firm’s US$75 billion structured finance portfolio. In this role he was responsible for MetLife’s investments, both research and trading, in residential mortgage backed securities (agency & non-agency), commercial mortgage backed securities and asset backed securities (public and private).

His other past management responsibilities included launching MetLife’s collateralized debt obligation (CDO) asset management business, sector analysis of global asset backed securities, asset liability management and privately placed debt analysis and origination.

Scully is on the Board of Directors for Sino-US United MetLife, the firm’s joint venture insurance operation in China in partnership with Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd. He is also is on the Board of Directors for MetLife Insurance Company of Korea, Ltd.

He holds a MBA in Finance, Applied Economics and Corporate Accounting from the William E Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, New York.

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Gu Shu

Mr. Gu was appointed as President of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited in October 2016. He joined ICBC in 1998, and has served as General Manager of Finance & Accounting Department, Board Secretary and General Manager of Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations, Head of Shandong Branch, and Vice President of ICBC.

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LV Zhongtao

Mr. Lv has served as Head of Technology Division, Shanghai Branch, General Engineer and General Manager of IT Department and Software Development Center of ICBC. Mr.Lv is the chief architect for the recent two “Three-Year Plan for IT Development Strategy” and head of major projects such as the new infrastructure of “three centers in two cities” and the “IT-Based Banking”.

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Zhu Min

Mr. Zhu Min is currently the President of National Institute of Financial Research. He was a Deputy Managing Director of IMF from July 2011 to July 2016. Previously he served as Special Advisor to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund from 2010 to 2011. Before that, Mr. Zhu was a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, and prior to his service at China’s Central Bank, he served as a Group Executive Vice President of the Bank of China. Mr. Zhu also worked at the World Bank and taught economics at both Johns Hopkins University and Fudan University.

Mr. Zhu received a Ph.D and an M.A. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in economics from Fudan University.

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Vikram S. Pandit

Vikram S. Pandit is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Orogen Group, an operating company he created with Atairos Group that makes control and other strategic investments in financial services companies and related businesses.

Mr. Pandit spent his career in financial services and has been a participant in and a catalyst for some of the tremendous changes the industry has experienced over the last several decades. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1983 and ultimately became President and Chief Operating Officer of the company's institutional securities and investment banking businesses. Mr. Pandit left Morgan Stanley to become a founding member and chairman of the members committee of Old Lane, LP.

When Old Lane was acquired by Citigroup in 2007, Mr. Pandit became Chairman and CEO of Citi Alternative Investments and later led Citi's Institutional Clients Group. He became CEO of Citigroup in December 2007 and led the company during the most challenging economic and financial crisis since the Great Depression, successfully recapitalizing, restructuring and revitalizing the company before he left in October 2012.

Mr. Pandit is a member of the Board of Directors of Virtusa Corporation, Fair Square Financial Holdings, JM Financial Credit Solutions Ltd., and Bombardier Inc. Mr. Pandit is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. Mr. Pandit earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from Columbia University and received his Ph.D. in finance from Columbia in 1986.

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Richard J. Holwell

The Hon. Richard J. Holwell served as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York from 2003–12, before stepping down to found Holwell Shuster & Goldberg.

During his tenure on the federal bench he presided over two of the most significant securities fraud matters to reach trial: the insider trading trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, and a securities class action brought against Vivendi that raised several novel points of law regarding the application of U.S. law to alleged securities fraud involving a foreign plaintiff. Before his confirmation to the federal judiciary by the U.S. Senate, Judge Holwell practiced with Michael Shuster and Daniel Goldberg at White & Case, where he served on the Management Board and as the firm’s Executive Partner for Disputes.

In an illustrious career preceding his time on the bench, he represented clients in highly complex commercial litigation matters involving securities, antitrust, and bankruptcy issues; in numerous investigations undertaken by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Federal Trade Commission; and in a leading appellate practice. In August 2012, he was appointed to the three-member NFL appeals panel, along with retired federal Judge Fern Smith of San Francisco and Georgetown professor James Oldham.

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David Yermack

David Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation and Chairman of the Finance Department at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1994. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the NYU School of Law, Director of the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research law and economics program.

In 2014 Prof. Yermack began teaching a full semester course at NYU on Digital Currency and Blockchains with his Law School colleague Prof. Geoffrey Miller. The course was the first in the world on this topic taught at a major research university, and it now draws more than 100 students annually. NYU Stern launched a FinTech MBA specialization in 2016. and this program will offer more than 10 FinTech courses in an interdisciplinary joint venture between its Finance and Information Systems departments this year.

In addition to his recent research on blockchains and digital currencies, Professor Yermack has published some of the most cited papers in the fields of executive compensation and corporate governance. He has also written papers on such diverse topics as options in baseball player contracts, incentive compensation for clergymen, tobacco litigation, fraudulent charitable contributions, CEOs’ mansions, and the fashion industry. Professor Yermack was awarded AB (1995), MBA (1991), JD (1991), AM (1993) and PhD (1994) degrees, all from Harvard University. He has been appointed as a visiting professor at 12 international universities, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Philadelphia, and has given invited research seminars at more than 100 universities and institutes worldwide.

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Steven E. Koonin

Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the “living laboratory” of New York City.

He previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011.

As the Chief Scientist at BP from 2004 to early 2009, Dr. Koonin developed the long-range technology strategy for alternative and renewable energy sources. Steve joined the California Institute of Technology’s faculty in 1975, was a research fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute during 1976-1977, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow during 1977-1979. He became a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech in 1981 and served as Chairman of the Faculty from 1989-1991.

Dr. Koonin was the seventh provost of Caltech from 1995-2004. In that capacity, he was involved in identifying and recruiting 1/3 of the Institute’s professorial faculty and left an enduring legacy of academic and research initiatives in the biological, physical, earth, and social sciences, as well as the planning and development of the Thirty-Meter Telescope project.

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Stephen Roach

Stephen Roach is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Yale’s School of Management. He was formerly Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm’s Chief Economist for the bulk of his 30-year career at Morgan Stanley, heading up a highly regarded team of economists around the world.

Mr. Roach’s current teaching and research program focuses on the impacts of Asia on the broader global economy. At Yale, he has introduced new courses for undergraduates and graduate students on the “The Next China” and “The Lessons of Japan” and co-teaches the highly acclaimed “Macro Debate.” His writing and research also addresses globalization, trade policy, the US-China economic relationship, and the challenges of post-crisis economic policy strategies.

Stephen Roach has long been one of Wall Street’s most influential economists. His work has appeared in academic journals, books, congressional testimony and has been disseminated widely in the domestic and international media. Roach’s opinions on the global economy have been known to shape the policy debate from Beijing to Washington.

His latest book, Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China (Yale University Press, 2014) examines the challenges, risks, and opportunities of what is likely to be the world’s most important economic relationship of the 21st century. His previous book, The Next Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Globalization (Wiley, 2009), analyzes Asia’s economic imbalances and the dangers of the region’s excess dependence on overextended Western consumers.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1982, Mr. Roach served on the research staff of the Federal Reserve Board and was also a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Mr. Roach is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Investment Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the China Advisory Board of the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Economics Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin.

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Daniel Hong

Mr. Daniel Hong joined Tencent in 2016 and now serves as deputy General Manager of Financial Technology (FiT).

Currently, Mr. Hong is in charge of business analysis function within FiT Business Line, facilitating the collaboration between Tencent FiT and external institutions & invested companies in financial service sector. He is also driving internet-based product innovation in securities and insurance market. Before joining Tencent, Mr. Hong worked with Bain & Company, one of the top 3 global strategy firms, and served leading MNC and local companies in both financial service and consumer product sector. Before that, he worked with Accenture, participating and co-leading the giant project of Shanghai Stock Exchange New Generation Trading System (NGTS) design and implementation.

Mr. Hong has more than 12 years of management and innovation experience in strategy development, merge & acquisition, consumer loyalty & behavior analysis, performance improvement, BPR and organization restructuring, etc. Mr. Hong has in-depth understanding on cross-sector innovation, e.g. “Fintech” .

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Esther Lee

Since joining MetLife in January 2015 as its Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Esther has been driving the transformation of marketing at the nearly 150-year-old company. Through championing a business model that focuses on delivering value to the customer, she is leading MetLife marketing away from “sales support” to a strategic customer-led business driving function. She is also leading the evolution of the MetLife brand in a more modern direction, introducing its first global brand platform, “MetLife. Navigating life together”, in nearly 30 years. Her prior marketing leadership roles have been Senior Vice President, Brand, Marketing and Advertising at AT&T and Senior Vice President, Chief Creative Officer at The Coca-Cola Company.

Her contributions to the industry have been recognized with leadership awards from AWNY, AAF, NAAAP, Asian Women in Business and the Asia Brand Congress for her achievements in the field of business and brand building. In 2012, Lee was named to the “Power Players” category of the Advertising Age list of “100 Most Influential Women,” and the Advertising Club of New York honored her as an “Advertising Person of the Year.”

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Kamal Quadir

Kamal Quadir applies technology to allow people to advance economically, which in its wake bring about social progress. Currently, Kamal is the CEO of bKash, a leading mobile money service owned by BRAC Bank, Money in Motion, IFC and Gates Foundation, which offers millions of unbanked people access to financial services through basic cell phones in Bangladesh.

Earlier he founded CellBazaar, a communications company that has introduced electronic marketplace in Bangladesh. Under Kamal's leadership CellBazaar reached 4.5 million users and won the Best Use of Mobile for Social and Economic Development Award 2008 from GSM Congress and Asia Telecom’s Innovation of the Year 2008 Award.

The initiatives he has worked on are interventional tools for the poor to access state-of-the-art technologies to leapfrog into some form of inclusivity, be that financial access or electronic marketplace.

Kamal is a founding member of Open World Initiatives, a Lausanne, Switzerland based organization of young thinkers. He is involved with Anwarul Quadir Foundation which recognizes innovations in developing countries. He received the Tech Award in 2007 for “Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity.” He is a First Mover Fellow of The Aspen Institute. In 2009 the World Economic Forum and TED have respectively selected him as a Young Global Leader and a TED Fellow. Kamal is an accomplished artist whose work is in the collection of Bangladesh National Museum. He has a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

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Suresh Kumar

Suresh Kumar is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon, where he is leading the Client Technology Solutions organization to become the industry leader in delivering innovative technology solutions that enable our clients and employees to succeed.

Mr. Kumar serves on BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee, the organization’s most senior governing body, as well as the company’s Senior Leadership Team. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of iNautix Technologies, a BNY Mellon Company that provides offshore development services.

Before assuming his current role, Suresh was Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon’s Financial Markets & Treasury Services (FM&&TS) group and Pershing LLC. Prior to his appointment as CIO for Pershing, he served in that role with CSFBdirect and DLJdirect. As part of the team at DLJdirect, Suresh was instrumental in the company’s success in establishing a global presence in Japan, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Dubai, and pioneering the delivery of online brokerage services via the Prodigy Network, America Online and ultimately the World Wide Web.

Suresh is a member of the board of Symphony Communication Services LLC, a secure communication and workflow technology company. He also serves as an advisory board member at Pace University’s Seidenberg School. Suresh has previously served as a member of the HP FSI Advisory Board and the of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and Technology Management Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Suresh is also former Chairman of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Technology Advisory Committee.

Suresh earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology. Suresh was named “CIO of the Year” in 2006 by the New Jersey Technology Council and was named to CIO Insight magazine’s annual list of “Top 100 CIOs” in 2007. Suresh was also named to Computerworld's "Premier 100 IT Leaders" for 2012 and was selected as the 2015 IVI Leader in IT Value by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI). In 2016, CIO magazine inducted Suresh in to the CIO Hall of Fame.

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Helen Qiao

Helen Qiao is a Managing Director who joined the Firm in 2015 as Chief Economist for Greater China and Head of Asia Economics Research, based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Qiao spent more than 6 years at Goldman Sachs as Senior China Economist and 4 years at Morgan Stanley as Chief China Economist. Previously, she worked at the World Bank Group (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in Washington DC and Lehman Brothers in Tokyo.

Qiao has written a wide range of thematic research papers on China. Her work has been published in media and in academic journals, such as The Journal of Policy Modeling. She has been ranked top three in the Institutional Investor research team surveys in 2013 – 2015 consecutively and named Chief Economist of the Year by CBN Financial Value Ranking in 2012 and 2014. Qiao holds a BA degree in international trade from the Renmin University of China, and Master’s Degree and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

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Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan is the Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda and co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd. He is also the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a partner at Unitus Seed Fund and a fund advisor at Kalaari Capital. Ravi serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, and several advisory Boards. He is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review.

Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. Ravi was previously the Chairman of Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune. Ravi has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, AB Volvo, Bunge and Thermax.

Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50 and is one of Linkedin's Top Global Influencers.

Ravi brings a wealth of experience in corporate leadership, globalization, innovation and private sector approaches to social change in addition to a deep understanding of the political economy of India.

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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 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.

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S Dhanabalan

Mr S Dhanabalan is currently a Member of the Council of Presidential Advisers; Member, Presidential Council for Minority Rights; Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Temasek Trust; a Board Director of GIC Private Limited (formerly known as Government of Singapore Investment Corporation); and Chairman of Mandai Park Holdings Pte Ltd.

He was Chairman of Temasek Holdings (1996 – Jul 2013), Chairman of Singapore Airlines (1996-98), Chairman, DBS Group Holdings Ltd (1999-2005) and Director, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Ltd (1981- 2005).

Mr Dhanabalan started his career in the Singapore Civil Service in 1960 and later served, from 1961 – 1968, in the Economic Development Board, the government investment promotion agency. He was part of a small group that established the Development Bank of Singapore where he served from 1968–1978. He entered politics in 1976 and was a Member of Parliament from 1976 to 1996. While a Member of Parliament, he was Minister for Foreign Affairs (1980-88), Minister for National Development (1987-92) and Minister for Trade and Industry (1992-93). During this period, he was also concurrently Minister for Culture (1981-84) and Minister for Community Development (1985-86).

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Steven Scheurmann

With 25 years of experience across Asia Pacific & Japan, Mr. Scheurmann has held senior management, governmental, pre-sales, and project direction positions for large MNCs, a leading finance and banking consultancy firm, and a major ERP software supplier to the mining, oil and gas industry.

Mr. Scheurmann is currently responsible for leading and working with a team of subject-matter experts and business partners that address the challenges associated with: Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating Financing of Terrorists (CFT) and Politically-Exposed Persons (PEP).

His team works with end-customers leveraging deep insights, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, preventing Cyber Crime, real-time fraudulent transactions and the associated challenges of adopting mobile solutions. While one of the objectives is to address the risk and exposure attributable to technology adoption, the team understands the importance of helping organisations leverage technology to grow the business and deliver a truly special customer experience.

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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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Harish Manwani

Mr. Manwani is the Global Executive Advisor to Blackstone Private Equity group and also serves as Director on several international boards. Before joining Blackstone in 2015, Mr. Manwani was the Chief Operating Officer of Unilever responsible for managing the P&L across all of Unilever’s global markets. Mr. Manwani spent almost thirty-eight years with Unilever, holding various senior general management positions in different parts of the world, including overseeing Unilever’s businesses in Latin America, North America, Asia and Africa. Mr. Manwani serves on the Board of Directors of Nielsen Holdings plc, Qualcomm Incorporated, Pearson plc, Whirlpool Corporation and The Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited in India.

In 2008, Mr. Manwani received the CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year Award and in 2012, he was conferred the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government. He has also served on ‘Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy’ (CFE).

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Piyush Gupta

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.

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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 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.

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Uday Kotak

Uday Kotak is the Founder and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak). The Bank has a consolidated net worth of around US$ 7 billion and around 45,000 employees. For Uday, who believes that the true measure of performance is value creation, the scorecard is telling: investors who kept faith with the enterprise over the past 32 years have seen 40% CAGR on their investments over this period.

Today, Kotak is among India’s most efficient, high-performing and trusted banks. Uday’s strategy for growth is defined by quality, simplicity and prudence. This conviction and a respectable distance from market exuberance has ensured that the bank is well capitalized and its asset book is of high quality.

The group’s vision for equitable prosperity extends beyond banking and financial services. The Kotak Education Foundation works with some of India’s most economically depressed communities, attempting to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way through education and livelihood programmes. Uday 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

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).

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Rajiv Lall

Dr. Rajiv B. Lall is Founder MD & CEO of IDFC Bank since 1st Oct 2015. He was the Executive Chairman of IDFC Limited until September 2015. He has about three decades of experience with leading global investment banks, multilateral agencies and in academia. His areas of expertise include project finance, private equity/venture capital, international capital markets, trade, infrastructure and macroeconomic policy issues with a focus on emerging markets including India and China in particular.

Dr. Lall straddles the policy making and finance worlds. He currently chairs the National Committee on Infrastructure Financing of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) a leading business chamber in the country. He is a member of the Managing Committee of ASSOCHAM; the CII National Council on Financial Sector Development and the CII National Committee on Banking.

Internationally, he is a member of the Advisory Board of Columbia Global Centers, South Asia, set up by the Columbia University, New York. He is also on the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania; and a member of the City of London's Advisory Council on India. He was the President of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has chaired the Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure of the World Economic Forum. Dr. Lall was India's representative to the G20 Workgroup on Infrastructure and was also a member of the Planning Commission's Steering Committee on Urban Development Management.

Dr. Lall has a number of publications and articles to his credit. He has been a regular columnist with the Business Standard, a leading financial daily in India. He has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

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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. He was appointed Dean's Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore Business School in March 2011. His research interests are in legal and financial history, and the regulation of financial markets and services.

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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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Stephen Bird

Stephen Bird is Chief Executive Officer of Global Consumer Banking. His global responsibilities include all Consumer and Commercial Banking businesses in 19 countries, including Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Credit Cards, Mortgages and Operations and Technology supporting the business. He is a member of the Citi Operating Committee.

Previously, Mr. Bird was CEO of Asia Pacific, responsible for all of Citi's consumer and institutional businesses across 17 markets in the region. As CEO, he established Citi as Asia's leading bank, pioneered digital innovations and accelerated Citi's expansion in China. In China, Citi doubled its branch network, was the first global bank to issue sole-branded credit cards and was one of the first foreign banks to open a branch in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Under his leadership, Citi was named "Best Bank in Asia" by FinanceAsia for six consecutive years. From 2009 to 2012, he served as joint CEO of Citi Asia Pacific with responsibility for North Asia, served as Head of Consumer Banking in Asia Pacific from 2006 to 2008, responsible more than 30 million customer accounts across the region, and served four years in Citi Japan as CEO of Credit Cards and Consumer Finance. Earlier, he was Head of Operations & Technology for Citi Latin America, covering all of Citi's businesses in 23 countries.

Mr. Bird joined Citi in 1998 in Singapore as the Asia Pacific Head for Operations & Technology. He successfully built Citi's technological and operational capability to deliver outstanding customer service and market-leading Internet and mobile capability. Citi's award-winning e-commerce capabilities continue to win customer and industry recognition. He relocated to Latin America in 2001.

Prior to Citi, Mr. Bird held senior management positions in GE Capital and British Steel in the United Kingdom. At GE Capital, Mr. Bird launched its 6 Sigma program and established a client focus and continual improvement culture in GE Capital Fleet Services before becoming its Director of U.K. Operations. He is a recipient of GE's "Pinnacle Award" for pioneering work in establishing joint commercial ventures between GE Capital's different businesses serving the financial needs of the U.K. automotive sector.

Mr. Bird is an alumnus of Citi's Chairman's Executive Forum and GE's European Advanced Leadership program. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society and the U.S.-China Business Council. He is both a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College Cardiff.

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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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Leo Puri

Mr. Leo Puri is the Managing Director of UTI Asset Management Co. Ltd.

In his career of more than 30 years, Mr. Puri has previously worked as Director with McKinsey & Company and as Managing Director with Warburg Pincus. Mr. Puri has worked in the UK, USA and Asia. Since 1994, he has been based in India.

At McKinsey, he has advised leading financial institutions, conglomerates and investment institutions in strategy and operational issues. He has contributed to the development of knowledge and public policy through advice to regulators and government officials.

At Warburg Pincus, he was responsible for leading and managing investments across industries in India. He also contributed to financial services investments in the international portfolio as a member of the global partnership.

Mr. Puri has a Masters degree in P.P.E. from University of Oxford, and a Masters degree in Law from University of Cambridge.

Mr Puri has held non-executive board positions at Infosys, Bennett Coleman & Co., Max New York Life and Max Bupa Health Insurance.

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Masaaki Shirakawa

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.).

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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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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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Mike Esposito

Michael is global chairman of the Financial Institutions Group within the Investment Banking Division (IBD). He is also a senior coverage banker across all sectors in Financial Institutions. Michael is co-head of the Investment Banking Services Leadership Group; co-chair of the Firmwide Commitments Committee and the IBD Client and Business Standards Committee; and member of the IBD Executive Committee and the IBD Operating Committee.

Michael joined Goldman Sachs in 1992 in New York. From 2002 to 2005, he was based in London and was head of the European Financial Institutions Group. Michael was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. Prior to joining the firm, Michael worked at Salomon Brothers. Michael is vice chairman and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Special Surgery. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Inner-City

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Thierry de Longuemar

Mr. Thierry de Longuemar previously served as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he was responsible for finance, administration and risk management. Mr. de Longuemar has spent more than three decades working in both the multilateral and private sectors, including as Vice President Finance at the African Development Bank between 2004 and 2010 and as Global Head of Central Banks and Supra-nationals at the investment bank ABN Amro. Mr. de Longuemar received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in Paris.

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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 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.

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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

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.

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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 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.

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Uday Kotak

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.

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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

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).

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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 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.).

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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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N. Ganapathy Subramaniam

N. Ganapathy Subramaniam (NGS) is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TCS since February 2017. He is also an Additional Director and Chairman of Tata Elxsi Limited since November, 2014.

Prior to taking over the COO’s role he served as the Executive Vice President and Head of TCS Financial Solutions, a strategic business unit of TCS. In that role, he was responsible for steering TCS Financial Solutions, where he led the company’s efforts in launching a suite of products for Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance domains - TCS BaNCS, many of which have become world-class solutions used by major financial institutions globally.

He has held many key leadership positions in TCS across Client Delivery, Business Development, integration of businesses and Product Development. As head of Banking and Financial Services practice for TCS for close to five years, he was instrumental in consolidating TCS’s knowledge base, calibrating domain centric offerings, and creating opportunities and laid the foundation for its verticalization.

He has been a part of TCS and the Indian IT Industry for the past 35 years. He has played a strategic role in several landmark projects that TCS undertook across geographies. He has in-depth knowledge on technology trends and systems policies of leading corporations. As a thought leader, he has spoken in global conferences and actively interacts and shapes opinion among industry analysts.

NGS joined TCS in 1982 after completing his Masters in Mathematics from University of Madras.

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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.

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Stanley Loh

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).

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Steve Leonard

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.

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