Agenda

Agenda

Risk Live Hong Kong 2024 agenda

09:0009:10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:10

Shinichi Yoshiya

Executive director and head of regulatory affairs Asia

Morgan Stanley

Shinichi Yoshiya is the Head of Regulatory Affairs for Asia in the Legal Division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Yoshiya covers a broad range of complex cross-border financial regulatory matters for Morgan Stanley’s Asia region. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Yoshiya was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advising on financial regulatory matters. Mr. Yoshiya has held academic appointments at Duke University Law School as Visiting Professor and currently teaches global financial regulations at Meiji University Law School. Duke University, Law School (LL.M.), Aoyama Gakuin University, Business School (M.B.A.), Sophia University (LL.B.). Mr. Yoshiya is admitted to the bar of the state of New York.ew York.

09:1009:25

China connectivity and opportunities
Keynote presentation

09:10 - 09:25

The evolving Chinese economy, global supply chain and geopolitical landscape are presenting new challenges and opportunities to investors and financial institutions operating in the region. This presentation will explore how investors and financial institutions can navigate the changes, seize the opportunities, and manage the risks, as well as Hong Kong's role in this continuously shifting environment.

Kenneth Hui

Executive director

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Kenneth Hui is the Executive Director (External) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), responsible for promoting the development of Hong Kong as an international financial centre, advancing Mainland-Hong Kong financial cooperation, and overseeing the HKMA's participation in international forums and organisations.


Mr Hui joined the HKMA as Senior Manager (Market Development) in February 2017 and took up the role of Head (Market Development) in March2020 with responsibilities in the formulation and implementation of various initiatives to promote the development of Hong Kong's financial sector.


Prior to joining the HKMA, Mr Hui was a Senior Manager in Investment Products Division of the Securities and Futures Commission, where he specialised in regulatory policies on retail funds and innovative retail investment products.

09:2509:55

Navigating risk in 2024: a critical look into key drivers of risk management
Keynote panel

21:25 - 21:55

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  • The intricate landscape of risk management in 2024
  • The shifting view of managing risk in current times
  • Developments within environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors
  • How markets will respond to interest rate rises and volatility, and drivers of liquidity risk
  • Technological innovation in risk management
Norbert Wong

Chief risk officer Hong Kong, and cluster chief risk officer, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau

Standard Chartered Bank

Norbert Wong is the Chief Risk Officer, Hong Kong & Cluster Chief Risk Officer, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau.  He is responsible for leading the Risk functions for Hong Kong with Risk oversight for Taiwan and Macau.

Norbert has over 25 years of risk management experience across various credit cycles in Asia Pacific countries at both country and head/regional office level.   He joined Standard Chartered Bank Vietnam as Country Chief Risk Officer and Country Credit Head (Retail) in July 2017.  In addition, he had risk governance and oversight for Thailand, Philippines and Australia.

Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, he held various risk roles with HSBC, Citibank, and ANZ at both country and regional/global level.

Norbert obtained Master of Management (Banking) from Massey University and BCom/LLB from University of Auckland.

Donna Chang

Independent non-executive director

Bank of America

Current Independent Non-Executive Director and Board Audit Committee Chair of Bank of America (Malaysia) Berhad.  Donna is also a Board Member of Merrill Lynch Malaysian Advisory Sdn Bhd.  

A veteran banker with vast experience in Investment Banking, Treasury, Risk Management and Corporate Governance in Malaysian and Global financial institutions based in Asia Pacific region.  Donna’s last executive position was Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer & Alternate Chief Executive of Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft, Hong Kong SAR.

Graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia with Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree and holder of Diploma in Management from Malaysian Institute of Management.  Alumni member of Harvard Business School - ASEAN Senior Management Development Programme, INSEAD - Deutsche Bank Women Global Leadership program, and Stanford University USA - Executive Program for Women Leaders.  Awarded the Banking & Finance Achievement Award (2019) by the Australia China Alumni Association (ACAA) in Beijing.

A staunch supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion, and very passionate about environment sustainability and social community activities. 

Amar Laddha

Asia-pacific head of technology product management

Wolters Kluwer

Amar has accumulated more than 17 years of experience in risk management covering Credit risk, Market risk, Liquidity risk etc through his tenure with Credit Suisse and HSBC banks. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer, Amar was a consultant and project manager at Moody’s Analytics.

His experience working with banks was instrumental in the successful implementation of Basel 3 and reform for credit risk, large exposure, leverage ratio, market risk, LCR, NSFR, regulatory reporting for Pillar 1 and Pillar 3 disclosure, etc for European and Asian banks.

Sonford Yuen

Chief risk officer

ZA Bank

Sonford Yuen is Chief Risk Officer of ZA Bank. He brings over 20 years of experience in banking and financial institutions.


Prior to joining ZA Bank, Sonford was Chief Risk Officer of Ping An OneConnect Bank Hong Kong, where he led and managed the risk management department and directly oversaw all aspects of risk functions. 

Sonford also served as senior management in various financial institutions including DBS Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and HSBC.

09:5510:20

From crisis to opportunity: resilient and sustainable risk management in an age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Presentation

13:00 - 14:00

Terisa Roberts

Global solution lead, risk modelling and decisioning

SAS

Terisa Roberts is the global solution lead for risk modelling and decisioning at SAS, and has two decades of experience in quantitative risk management and advanced analytics. She has helped companies in financial services, telecommunications, government, energy and retail derive business value and make better decisions using risk analytics. Roberts has experience in regulatory compliance, IFRS 9, BCBS 239, model risk management and enterprise stress-testing. She advises banks and regulators on industry best practices in artificial intelligence (AI), automation and digitalisation related to risk modelling and decisioning, and in the responsible use of AI and machine learning. Roberts regularly speaks at international risk conferences on innovation in risk management.

10:2010:50

Networking break

10:25 - 11:00

10:5011:35

Digital transformation in risk: the role of AI in risk and compliance
Panel discussion

11:00 - 11:25

Sumsub
  • How AI is developing risk and compliance functions
  • How data can offset risk in AI usage
  • Real use-cases of AI in risk modelling
  • Incorporating AI into stress-testing for more comprehensive analytics
  • Ethical considerations of AI use in risk and compliance
Alexandra Gordon

Managing director and chief risk officer Asia-pacific

BNY Mellon

Alexandra Gordon is based in Hong Kong and is the APAC Head of Risk covering Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan,
China and Australia, as well as having oversight of risk in other Asian entities including representative offices, licensed and
unlicensed entities.


Alexandra leads a specialized team of risk employees who are responsible for risk coverage in all areas of risk management for the
region. This includes being primarily responsible for the ongoing management/maintenance of the risk management strategy and
framework including risk identification, risk appetite, stress testing, risk-based capital assessment, risk aggregation and enterprisewide
risk management reporting. Alexandra also provides a conduit path for the escalation of regional and branch issues to senior
management including regulatory and emerging risks and chairs the Regional Risk and Controls Council. Alexandra’s coverage
includes all risk disciplines: Credit Risk, Business Risk, Operational Risk, Technology Risk, and Market Risk.


Born in Australia, Alexandra has over 18 years of international experience within the banking industry. Alexandra currently holds the
IAC, s72b/RISMA responsible officer roles in Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively. Alexandra has spent 11 years of her banking
career in APAC with a further 6 years spent in the United Kingdom. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in April 2022, she held senior roles at
Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ Singapore, Deutsche Bank London, Macquarie Bank UK and Macquarie Bank Australia.
Alexandra is a qualified engineer having worked in the field before she began her banking career. In addition to her Engineering
degree Alexandra also has a degree in Computer Science and takes a keen interest in the developments in DeFi and Blockchain

Millie Pau

Alternative chief executive and chief compliance officer

WeLab Bank

Millie is the Chief Compliance Officer for WeLab Bank, a virtual bank licensed by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. WeLab Bank operates under WeLab, a leading fintech company in Asia. 

Leveraging on her 20 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, Millie has acquired hand-on knowledge in implementing laws and regulations and embedding corresponding controls in large organisations. Through her active participation in industry forums of banks, Millie has also gained considerable insights in respect of fraud monitoring and regtech development. 

Prior to joining WeLab Bank, Millie had been holding various senior executive roles in Standard Chartered (Hong Kong) Limited and HSBC. Millie holds a master’s degree in laws and is a qualified solicitor (2002-2012) and barrister (since 2013) in Hong Kong.

KF Lam

Head of compliance & anti-money laundering division

Fubon Bank (Hong Kong)

KF Lam, Senior Vice President, Head of Compliance and AML Division, Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

KF is the Head of Compliance and AML Division of Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, overseeing AML/CFT, sanctions, fraud risk management, regulatory compliance and data protection matters.  Before joining Fubon Bank, KF was the Chief Compliance Officer of Airstar Bank where he had the opportunity to set up and manage the Legal & Compliance Department to handle the various compliance challenges faced by a virtual bank.  Prior to joining Airstar Bank, KF held senior management roles in different Asian / HK based banking groups managing AML/CFT/sanctions and regulatory compliance matters of Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Commercial and Corporate Banking, Treasury and Financial Institutions businesses.  Prior to his career in compliance, KF was an audit manager in one of the leading local banks in Hong Kong.  KF is a trainer for the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers’ Enhanced Competency Framework on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing training programme since 2017.

James Lee

Legal director Asia-pacific

Sumsub

James Lee serves as the Legal Director for the Asia-Pacific region at Sumsub, a leading global technology company renowned for its comprehensive verification solutions in Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Financing of Terrorism (CFT), transaction monitoring, and fraud prevention.

In his prior roles, James served as the Global Legal Director at Ebang Group, a Nasdaq-listed entity (Ticker: EBON), and as Senior Manager and Global Counsel at Huobi Global, a preeminent cryptocurrency exchange. With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, he has established himself as an expert corporate counsel within the Blockchain and Fintech industries. His areas of proficiency include providing legal counsel, ensuring regulatory compliance, assessing AML systems, and engaging with regulatory bodies in both the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

James’ educational background is characterized by a dedication to lifelong learning and professional growth. He is an alumnus of the University of London, where he obtained his LL.B (Hons), and the University of Melbourne, from which he received an MBA. Additionally, he qualified his chartered accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom. This diverse educational foundation has provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the legal and financial complexities prevalent in the tech industry.

11:3512:10

A critical look at the renminbi in a globalised market
Panel discussion

11:25 - 11:55

  • Recent developments in renminbi internationalisation versus de-dollarisation
  • The implications of regulatory restrictions impact the movement of CNH/CNH
  • Opportunities within renminbi currency pairs
  • What is needed for a growth in renminbi usage across the market
  • The impact of the Connect scheme initiatives in 2024
Cindy Chen

Deputy chief executive and global client management

BNY Mellon

Cindy is the Deputy Chief Executive and Client Executive of BNY Mellon Hong Kong. She is responsible for deepening strategic relationships with senior executives at top tier financial institutions and promote cross-border China investment flow services.


Prior to her current role, Cindy was the Head of Post Trade Business Development at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) and
responsible for developing DLT and client-focused post trade solutions.Cindy has over 22 years of experience in the banking and securities services industry and started her career with Citigroup in New York. She has worked in various businesses and functions such as strategy, product management, finance, operations, and advanced technology. She started in the Advanced Technology group building ecommerce platforms for institutional customers. She worked in foreign exchange business to setup processes for the launch of the new euro currency in 1999. She joined the transaction banking business in 2001 and headed the Strategic Development and Planning for Securities Services (SS) globally before moving to Hong Kong in 2006. Prior to joining HKEX, Cindy was the Head of Citi Hong Kong Securities Services business covering direct custody, third-party clearing, global custody, securities lending and borrowing, fund administrations, transfer agency, trustee services, agency and trust, and depositary receipts. She contributed and influenced key developments such as Stock Connect, RQFII/QFII, Mutual Recognition of Funds between Mainland and Hong Kong, offshore RMB market and
internationalization of RMB. She was also responsible for leading the build-out and commercialization of Citi’s China Connect solutions

Cindy graduated from the Cornell Graduate School of Engineering with a Master’s Degree in Operation Research and Industry Engineering, a Financial Engineering Certification from Cornell Johnson Management School of Business and a Bachelor‘s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Cindy became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder in 2003.

Gary Lo

Head of offshore RMB trading

Credit Agricole CIB

Gary Lo is the Head of Offshore China Trading at Crédit Agricole CIB. Based in Hong Kong, he is responsible for the Bank’s offshore China FX, rates, government bond, Swap Connect and Bond Connect programs. Mr. Lo has spent the past 6 years trading offshore China FX and Rates products in Crédit Agricole CIB. Prior to joining the Bank, he was an CNH rates trader in DBS Bank Hong Kong for 7 years. Mr Lo holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Hong Kong and a member of Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tristan Zhuo

Chief economist

China CITIC Bank International Limited

Tristan Zhuo is Chief Economist at China CITIC Bank International. Tristan has over 15 years of professional experience in the financial services industry, specializing in macroeconomics, monetary policy, and financial markets. He was previously Head of Economic Research at Nanyang Commercial Bank and a Senior Economist at Bank of China (Hong Kong). He was awarded best China macro forecaster both by Consensus Economics 2018 and Focus Economics 2019. Tristan studied at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the University of Chicago. He has a master’s degree in economics and an MBA.

 

James Fok

Chief commercial officer, Central Moneymarkets Unit

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

James Fok is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Central Moneymarkets Unit of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. Previously, he served for a decade as a senior executive at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (SEHK: 388), where he played a major role in a number of landmark Chinese capital market internationalisation initiatives, including the launch of the Shanghai- Hong Kong Stock Connect programme (2014), Bond Connect (2017) and the Hong Kong market's Listing Reforms (2018). In his earlier career, he worked as an investment banker in both Europe and Asia, specialising in the financial services sector.


James has written and spoken extensively about market structure issues and the intersection between geopolitics and international finance. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC), an Executive Board Member of the International Securities Services Association, and a Distinguished Nonresident Fellow of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre on Contemporary China and the World. He has also previously served on the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s Fintech Advisory Group (2023-24), as an International Member of Ireland for Finance's Industry Advisory Committee (2021-23), and on the Financial Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (2014-21).

12:1513:15

Lunch

11:55 - 13:00

12:1513:45

SAS lunch
Exclusive luncheon

12:15 - 13:45

Afternoon sessions

13:2013:45

Emerging trends in model risk management for financial institutions
Panel discussion

13:00 - 13:30

  • How the current economic environment has affected approaches to models
  • How successful firms can leverage regulatory change to drive incremental competitive advantage by moving beyond a focus on minimum compliance
  • Building a robust model to withstand stress environments
  • Detecting earlier and quicker credit deterioration to prevent substantial losses
Hua Xiang

Head of model validation

Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Hua is currently the Head of Model Validation at BOCHK where she manages both model risk management and model validation functions. Hua has worked in modeling, analytics, risk management areas for about two decades and built her expertise on model risk management in her role at HSBC Asia Pacific covering all models underpinning the bank’s operation and decision making for 10 years.

Hua also has decent experiences in both risk management and asset management. Previously, as Head of Development and Commercialization at the Lab for AI-powered FinTech, the only FinTech lab sponsored by HK government, she has built a team and successfully delivered securities analytics tools covering valuation and risk measures, as well as algorithmic trading strategies by combining traditional valuation approaches for financial products with AI techniques to utilize big data. The analytical solutions carry her passion to put return, risk, liquidity, and compliance perspectives in one analytical tool package for asset management.

Hua holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with specialization in optimization techniques for profit making, with the constraints of operation and cost efficiency. She has established rapport and credibility with diverse stakeholders to drive business growth, enhance risk capabilities, and promote strategy efficiency through her career in the financial industry.

Juyoung Lim

Asia-Pacific model risk officer

Bank of America

Juyoung Lim is responsible for Model Risk Management of the subsidiaries of Bank of America in Asia Pacific.

She is a senior leader in Model Risk Management with expertise in governance, regulations and end-to-end Model Risk Management. Her past experiences include quant roles in Model Validation, Front Office and Academia covering Equity, Credit, and Rates in New York, Seoul and Hong Kong.

She has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University and a B.S in Mathematics from Seoul National University.

Rian Li

Alternate chief executive and chief risk officer

Ant Bank (Hong Kong)

Rian is the Chief Risk Officer of Ant Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a licensed virtual bank in Hong Kong. 

With over 15 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry, Rian has expertise across an extensive range of risk management areas, including credit, market, capital, and liquidity, as well as overall risk management frameworks. 

Prior to joining Ant Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Rian worked at Airwallex, Airstar Bank, HSBC, and KPMG.

 

Balakerthy Punyakoti

Head of Asia retail risk models and advanced analytics

HSBC

Balakerthy is a highly motivated, self-reliant individual with an ability to respond positively to challenges; He has proven management skills with a particular talent for performance improvement and building motivated, sustainable teams; He is adept at managing ambiguity and providing clear leadership and guidance while ensuring flexibility to include and react to new information; Effective communication skills at all levels with a strong track record of proactive change initiation.

Balakerthy has extensive experience in building and managing credit analytics functions for retail and wholesale products across different markets; He is specialized in portfolio credit risk analytics, credit decision modeling, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, pricing, Basel II modeling, Basel III standardized requirements and data compliance, IFRS9 ECL modeling, model governance, regulatory reporting, and Stress Testing. He has led successful interaction with regulators (e.g. HKMA, PRA, APRA, etc.), internal audit, and independent review functions on various credit risk analytics projects.

13:4514:15

A renewed focus on operational risk: mitigating new risks while deriving a competitive advantage
Panel discussion

15:05 - 15:35

  • Regulatory mandates around operational resilience
  • Factors to consider when thinking about operational resilience
  • How technology has helped or hindered paths towards operational resilience
  • Case study: examples of baking operational resilience into an organisation
Daniel Wong

Head of operational risk

Standard Chartered Bank

Daniel Wong is Managing Director, Head of Operational Risk, Asia and Hong Kong at Standard Chartered Bank. Daniel began his career as an auditor in Australia and moved to Hong Kong in 2006. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in risk management.

Tom Huang

Head of technology and operational risk

livi Bank

Tom has extensive experience in financial service industry, with expertise in risk management particular in technology, cybersecurity, cloud and AI. Tom currently works as the Head of Technology and Operational Risk Management in Livi Bank, focusing on the risk management of innovative solutions that enhance customer experience in day-to-day banking. Prior to Livi Bank, Tom worked in global financial services companies.

Welcome Chan

Head of information technology security and network

Chong Hing Bank Limited

Welcome holds an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science Technology, and a Bachelor Degree of Electronic and Communications Engineering from The University of Hong Kong.  Welcome is also a qualification holder of CISA, CISM, CISSP, CSSLP, CGEIT, CRISC, CCNP, CREST CPSA, CRT and IRCA ISO27001 ISMS and ISO20000 ITSMS Principal Auditor.

Wien Lam

Head of technology and operational risk

Airstar Bank

Wien is currently the Head of Technology and Operational Risk with Airstar Bank. He holds an MBA and Bachelor degree in Information Technology & Telecommunication Engineering from University of South Australia and University of Adelaide respectively. His experience including hand-on experience in IT Service Management, Technology and Operational Risk and Auditing. Prior to Airstar. He has worked in different lead roles in financial sectors with virtual banks and insurance firm. He also works in various consulting firms and has been helping multiple industry sectors to establish appropriate framework (in both IT and business operation) to meet the organisation and regulatory requirements.

Wien has more than 15 years of experience and he is an expertise in conducting security risk assessment, controls governance framework, operational resilience framework and vulnerability management. With deep knowledge include IT controls governance, cybersecurity framework, IT risk assessment, vendor management, technology compliance review, application and data security, web application penetration test, network security assessment, database / operating system / network device security reviews and data loss prevention services.

14:1514:45

Enhancing credit risk decisioning through robust data-use
Panel discussion

14:00 - 14:30

  • Market factors shaping credit risk management
  • Navigating credit decisioning with unknown factors
  • How credit decisioning can be developed through access to alternative data
Luc Froehlich

Chief commercial officer

Synnax

Steven Claxton

Head of treasury & risk vertical Asia-pacific

FIS

Steven has a 20+ years accomplished Banking (risk management, valuations, and regulation) career across Asia Pacific and the United Arab Emirates.

His responsibility at FIS is leading Treasury and Risk (Market Specialist) in Asia Pacific, which sees him working directly with Banking clients to adapt FIS’ solutions to their strategic priorities.

Steven has worked for systemically important banks such as Standard Chartered Bank and as consultant with KPMG. His experience stretches across value propositions such as capital measurement & planning (ICAAP, Enterprise-Wide Stress Testing), prudential regulation (Basel III, Recovery & Resolution Planning), and behavioural modelling (credit (IFRS9), counterparty credit (xVA), operational, balance sheet (IRRBB) & liquidity).

Steven currently sits on the International Actuarial Association’s (IAA’s) Artificial Intelligence Task Force (AITF), where he is leading a work stream on how AI is changing the Actuaries role across the financial sector.

Balakerthy Punyakoti

Head of Asia retail risk models and advanced analytics

HSBC

Balakerthy is a highly motivated, self-reliant individual with an ability to respond positively to challenges; He has proven management skills with a particular talent for performance improvement and building motivated, sustainable teams; He is adept at managing ambiguity and providing clear leadership and guidance while ensuring flexibility to include and react to new information; Effective communication skills at all levels with a strong track record of proactive change initiation.

Balakerthy has extensive experience in building and managing credit analytics functions for retail and wholesale products across different markets; He is specialized in portfolio credit risk analytics, credit decision modeling, artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, pricing, Basel II modeling, Basel III standardized requirements and data compliance, IFRS9 ECL modeling, model governance, regulatory reporting, and Stress Testing. He has led successful interaction with regulators (e.g. HKMA, PRA, APRA, etc.), internal audit, and independent review functions on various credit risk analytics projects.

14:4515:15

Networking break

14:30 - 15:05

15:1515:45

New horizons in fraud and anti-money laundering (FRAML)
Financial crime spotlight

15:55 - 16:25

  • Recent developments in cyber risk and how markets need to respond
  • How financial institutions address movements in fraud and anti-money laundering
  • How financial institutions can leverage unified FRAML
  • The implications of data analytics and AI in cyber risk management
Francis Choi

Head of Financial Crime Compliance

Bank of China Group Insurance Company Limited

Francis has over 23 years of experience working on Compliance, Financial Crime Investigation in China, Hong Kong and Asia Pacific.  She has experienced of active AML/ Fraud change management in technology and project enhancement of banking and insurance industries.  Led AML Institutional Risk Assessment for local banks and investment banks.  Provided AML/ Fraud Risk management trainings across Asia Pacific.

Karen Kwok

Head of financial crime compliance

livi bank

Karen joined Livi Bank in 2020 as the Head of Financial Crime Compliance, responsible for AML and Fraud Risk Management.

She has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Prior to joining Livi, Karen was the Head of AML Compliance at another virtual bank. Throughout her career in the Financial Crime Compliance area,  she has been dedicated to the use of Regtech and data analytics in the prevention and detection of financial crimes.

Karen is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia (BSc) and a master's degree from the University of Hull (EMBA).

Henry Yu

Chief compliance officer

Airstar Bank

15:4516:10

A critical look at the emerging risks for investment portfolios
Chief investment officer panel

13:00 - 14:00

  • What are the top emerging risks for investment portfolios? 
  • How to put different risk weights on certain risks to move forward in confidence? 
  • Are there technologies that help to categorise and analyse risks for investments? 
  • Which themes should be continually watched headed into the next year? 
Robert Cheung

Chief executive officer and co-founder

Assured Asset Management

Robert Cheung is the CEO and Co-Founder of Assured Asset Management (“Assured”), an asset management company headquartered in Hong Kong which connects investors to alternative assets globally; and the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Valt Network Inc. (“Valt”), an enterprise software company which provides an integrated digital infrastructure and network for institutional private market participants.

Robert has over 20 years of financial industry experience in building global operations and financial platforms. As a fintech entrepreneur and fintech enthusiast, Robert is also an advisor to TrueNorth, a global fintech software development company.

Prior to co-founding Assured and Valt, Robert spent more than 3 years at asset management firm Redwood Peak as Partner, COO spearheading the firm’s spin-off from Chilton Investment Company. Prior to Redwood Peak, he spent 10 years with Barclays across London, New York, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong developing Barclays' multi-asset Prime Services platform. Robert has extensive risk management experience most recently as Head of Asia Prime Services Risk at Barclays. He also worked at PwC in the Investment Funds Group before joining Barclays.

Robert received a Master of Engineering degree from Imperial College London specialising in Aerospace Materials Engineering and an Executive M.B.A. from Kellogg-HKUST.

Dr. Henry Hau

Convenor and founding member

Hong Kong Family Office Foundation

Henry Hau is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Kingkey Asset Management. He is also the convenor and founding member of the Hong Kong Family Office Foundation representing over 50 single family offices in Asia. Henry has over 19 years of finance experience in Investment Banking, Corporate Banking and Private Banking, having worked in a range of financial institutions including the Standard Chartered Bank, DBS, Credit Suisse etc.

Anthony Siau

Founding partner

Kairos Capital Group

A self-driven and highly motivated person, I'm driven by the need to add value to everything I do, I'm motivated by the ability to empower and develop the people I work with, and I strived to be a source of inspiration and encouragement to the community and society that I live in. I am a highly sought-after speaker at various regional and local conferences, as well as a regular contributor to news media on current affairs.

At the professional front, I have more than 22 years of international experience primarily in the areas of consultancy / advisory, asset / investment management and capital market. Currently, I serve as the Founding Partner of Kairos Capital Group, providing advisory and consultancy services focusing primarily in capital market and asset management industries covering the Asia Pacific region.

I am also the Founding CEO of Ericsenz Capital based in Singapore, a MAS-licensed fund management company focusing on Private Equity and Venture Capital, bridging between Silicon Valley and South East Asia. I am also a Committee Member on the Investment Advisory Committee of Ericsenz-K2 Unicorn Fund and Ericsenz-K2 Unicorn Fund 2.

16:1016:40

Climate change as the pillar of ESG: what needs to be on your radar
Panel discussion

13:30 - 14:00

  • General overview of the current state of climate risk management
  • Practical challenges and solutions in climate risk management
  • Recent trends and developments in ESG disclosure
  • Impact of ESG disclosure to climate risk management and sustainable investment
Shinichi Yoshiya

Executive director and head of regulatory affairs Asia

Morgan Stanley

Shinichi Yoshiya is the Head of Regulatory Affairs for Asia in the Legal Division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Yoshiya covers a broad range of complex cross-border financial regulatory matters for Morgan Stanley’s Asia region. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Yoshiya was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advising on financial regulatory matters. Mr. Yoshiya has held academic appointments at Duke University Law School as Visiting Professor and currently teaches global financial regulations at Meiji University Law School. Duke University, Law School (LL.M.), Aoyama Gakuin University, Business School (M.B.A.), Sophia University (LL.B.). Mr. Yoshiya is admitted to the bar of the state of New York.ew York.

Chui Fong Lee

Chief operating officer, finance

DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Chui Fong LEE is an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Finance with DBS Bank Hong Kong. As part of the senior Finance management team, Chui Fong provides leadership in the Finance transformation journey, driving collaboration and the building of a strong risk and control culture, enabling Finance to deliver strategic value to its stakeholders.

After spending over three decades in the financial services industry across geographical locations for multiple global banks including UBS and Barclays, Chui Fong has experience with what truly drives transformation and the challenges they come with. The transformation covers beyond processes and technology changes across finance functions. It is also in managing the change in mindset to enable people to embrace changes and doing things in different ways, amid the rapid development in technology, market and regulatory environment.

Chui Fong holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. She is also a member of the National Center For Sustainability Reporting with certified training on sustainability reporting, and the author of the research report “Green Finance Opportunities in ASEAN” jointly published by DBS and UN Environment Inquiry in November 2017.

Entela Benz

Chief executive officer and adjunct associate professor

Intensel Limited, HKUST School of Business & Management

Dr. Benz is the CEO and Founder of Intensel Limited, a global award-winning AI-powered climate science for predicting financial risk related to weather extremes and climate change. Her company consults some of the largest corporations in Asia such as Jardine Matheson Group, Hang Lung Properties, ING Bank SG etc on the financial and operational impact of climate risk for the real estate sector and infrastructure.

Besides, since 2008, she serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Finance, HKUST Business School, teaching a variety of courses such as Fixed Income Securities and Derivatives, Investment Analysis, ESG/Sustainable Investing (since 2014) mainly for Master level. For more than 15years, Dr. Benz has been acting as consultant/advisor/executive trainer on ESG and Impact Investing for various institutions such as Citibank, JP Morgan, DBS, CLSA, Robecco, San Paolo Intensa, Morgan Stanley, Tencent etc. She has held executive seminars for IMD Institute, Switzerland, NY Stern, Kellog University and is a frequent speaker in large scale conferences such as The Economist, and the like. Previously, she worked for UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong, and a Fund of Hedge Funds in Geneva, Switzerland etc.

Currently, she sits on the board of VEIL Fund (LSE listed) of Dragon Capital Group Limited, the Board of Advisors of International Care Ministries (ICM), as well as the Friend of Earth NGO Advisory Board.

Her publications and Harvard Business Review cases studies are on ESG integration, physical and transitional climate risk impact on company performance in general, China A-Shares, Asia-based companies etc. Previous academic research is on Portfolio Optimization with Credit Default Risk, as well as Venture Capitalist contract pricing using numerical simulations techniques.

She graduated with a PhD in Financial Asset Management and Engineering (FAME /Swiss Finance Institute) from HEC – University of Lausanne, Switzerland, also holds an MPhil in International Economics from HEI- Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland and a Finance Certificate postgraduate degree from Linacre College, Oxford University. 

Angus Tsang

Chief risk officer

OCBC Bank

Mr Angus Tsang is an accomplished banking professional with extensive experience in risk management in Greater China. He was appointed as the Chief Risk Officer of OCBC Hong Kong in January 2023 overseeing risk management of the group’s full suite banking services in the region.

Pivoted in Greater China, Mr Angus Tsang has diverse and on-the-ground experience ranging from senior banking coverage, risk management to leading transformational project. Prior to joining OCBC, he held a number of leadership roles in Guangdong, China promoting collaboration and connectivity in the Greater Bay Area for HSBC. He was also the Global Head of RMB Internationalisation for HSBC Group pioneering the setup of global market infrastructure on RMB offshore centres. More recently, Mr Angus Tsang was the Chief Risk Officer for HSBC Taiwan. 

16:4016:45

Chairperson’s closing remarks

16:25 - 16:30

Shinichi Yoshiya

Executive director and head of regulatory affairs Asia

Morgan Stanley

Shinichi Yoshiya is the Head of Regulatory Affairs for Asia in the Legal Division of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Yoshiya covers a broad range of complex cross-border financial regulatory matters for Morgan Stanley’s Asia region. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Yoshiya was an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP advising on financial regulatory matters. Mr. Yoshiya has held academic appointments at Duke University Law School as Visiting Professor and currently teaches global financial regulations at Meiji University Law School. Duke University, Law School (LL.M.), Aoyama Gakuin University, Business School (M.B.A.), Sophia University (LL.B.). Mr. Yoshiya is admitted to the bar of the state of New York.ew York.

13:2013:50

Accessing the derivatives markets across Asia
Panel discussion

13:00 - 13:30

  • Emerging trends in derivatives
  • Analysing current dynamics of emerging market regimes in derivative trading 
  • How the market has embraced the secured overnight financing rate
  • Navigating non-mandated instruments  
  • Diversifying trading portfolios across Asia-Pacific to generate returns
Chris Davis

Senior markets reporter and Asia editor

Asia Risk

Paul Chan

Executive director and rates & FX linear

Natixis

Paul CHAN is currently an Executive Director, Rates & FX Linear at Natixis.  He joined the firm in 2011.  Prior to Natixis, he traded derivatives for National Australia Bank.  Before that, he worked at various trading positions in Hong Kong, Korea, and Japan for Standard Chartered Bank.  He has over 25 years of market experience in Asia.

Michael Rothlin

Co-founder and managing director

White Elk Partners

Michael Rothlin is the Co-Founder, Managing Director of the 2023 launch White Elk Macro Hedge Fund, based in Hong Kong.

Michael has 25 years markets experience, most of which leading various trading teams across the Asia region with focus on FX and Rates products. He has extensive knowledge and experience running both significant client flow businesses and discretionary risk-taking businesses across G10 and EM markets.

Prior to the new Hedge Fund launch, Michael was most recently at HSBC based in Hong Kong where he was Regional Head of G10 FX and Short End Rates Trading.

In addition, also held prior roles across the region at Société Generale, Barclays, ABN Amro and NM Rothschild.

13:5014:15

The evolution of digital structured products and embedded financial solutions
Fireside chat

13:45 - 14:15

  • The evolution of electronic financial solutions in financial ecosystems
  • Outlook on the current and future utility of digital structured products
Wei-Shen Wong

Asia Editor

WatersTechnology

Wei-Shen Wong joined Waters Technology in June 2016. She heads the publication's Asia coverage. She covers both the buy side and sell side, overseeing issues related to advancements in technology, new regulations and how firms are managing their data.

David Sharratt

Global head data product monetization

Standard Chartered Bank

David has unique experience spanning the full trade lifecycle, execution to ledger. An experienced C-suite executive, David has significant exposure reporting to and working alongside CEOs and other C-suite focusing on strategic direction and operation of firms.

His geographic experience spans London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Moscow and Johannesburg having held senior executive positions in ask these locations. His experience spans established and emerging markets.

Currently based in Singapore he is looking at opportunities to work with businesses focused on growth and geographical expansion where his strategy and build experience can be leveraged.

14:1514:45

Clearing and collateral management spotlight: new regulatory requirements
Panel discussion

14:00 - 14:30

  • Navigating risks around counterparty relationships and liquidity
  • Evaluating clearing solutions for the long term for various products
  • Optimising collateral within the current market conditions
  • New opportunities in the regulatory environment
Ken Leung

Managing director, chief operating officer

China Renaissance

As the Chief Operating Officer of China Renaissance International, Ken heads strategic development and business operation of China Renaissance’s investment banking and equities businesses in major global financial hubs. Prior to that, he worked at BNP Paribas as Asia Head of Product Development and Deputy Head of Execution, driving firm’s equities product strategy and providing best execution for institutional clients. He had also held key roles driving electronic and algorithmic trading product innovation in JP Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 

Ken is a CFA charterholder and holds a bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering.

Benoit Gourisse

Head of Asia-pacific public policy

ISDA

Benoît Gourisse has worked for ISDA for 13 years. He has served as Senior director, European Public Policy, then Deputy Head, European Public Policy and was appointed Head of Asia Pacific in April 2021.

He headed European ISDA work streams on MiFID 2/ MiFIR framework, Commodities, Non-cleared margin rules, Recovery and resolution framework for CCPs, CCP supervision, Market Abuse and was the ISDA primary contact to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

He now heads ISDA public policy workstreams in Asia Pacific, covering the whole region except Japan.

Prior to ISDA, Mr. Gourisse spent five years at the French Banking Federation in Paris, where he was deputy director of Corporate and Investment bank activities. In this role he advised the executive management of French banks in every issue relating to financial markets, corporate services, custodian activities, asset management and distribution of financial instruments to retail investors.

He also worked for the French Savings banks as head of legal department in the Savings Banks of Brittany, and for Société Générale as compliance officer.

Mr. Gourisse has a Masters Degree in Tax and Business Law from Paris XI University.

Emily Li

Co-head of Asia-pacific collateral management

J.P. Morgan

Emily Li, Vice President, APAC Collateral Services Product Manager, Securities Services, J.P. Morgan

Emily is based in Hong Kong and is co-Head of the APAC Collateral Management business. She is responsible for executing the business strategy and developing collateral solutions for buyside clients trading OTC derivatives, bilateral repos, and securities financing.

Emily joined J.P. Morgan in 2019 as a Custody Network Manager before her current Product Manager role in Collateral Management. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Emily spent 7 years as a Project Manager at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited where she supported various business initiatives across OTC derivatives, exchange-traded derivatives and securities clearing.

In addition to her current responsibilities, Emily is the founder of Book Club as well as the Chair of Arts & Culture for J.P. Morgan Club Hong Kong.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Laws in Corporate and Financial Law from the University of Hong Kong.

14:4515:15

Networking break

14:30 - 15:05

15:1515:45

Innovation and electronification of the derivatives market
Panel discussion

15:15 - 15:45

  • Current challenges and opportunities within the Hong Kong derivatives markets
  • How indexing can help build derivatives trading ecosystems
  • The impact of the electronification of derivatives trading
  • Future implications of the electronification of derivatives trading

 

Auberta Lui

Regional head of FX and financing market risk

HSBC

Jim Tsim

Head of Asian NDF trading

Credit Agricole CIB

Jim Tsim is the Head of Asian Non Deliverable Forward ( Trading at Crédit Agricole CIB Based in Hong Kong, he leads the Bank’s Asian NDF business across Hong Kong, London, and New York

Jim is an experienced trader with more than a decade of experience in the Asian NDF market Prior to joining Crédit Agricole CIB Jim worked as an emerging market (EM) trader at State Street and MUFG Bank. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong/

Irene Ol Wong

Founder and chief executive officer

ixFintech

Irene is the Founder and CEO of the award winning IX Fintech Group Limited (“the Group”). The Group produced the first crypto market index- ixCrypto Index in Hong Kong and the first post quantum safe digital asset machine & wallet. Today the index business is running 29 crypto indexes real time 24x7 and with 3 flagship indexes running via Nasdaq exchange and major vendors such as Bloomberg and Reuters to over 50 countries. The indexes obtained ISO/IEC 27001 certification and maintain it governance through the establishment of IX Asia Index Advisory Committee since July 2020 with representation from different industries, including fund management, exchanges, brokerage, financial blockchain experts, crypto service providers, etc.  For consecutive three years, 2022 and 2021, 2022 the Group won the “Start-up of the year” of the Hong Kong Fintech Impetus Award by Metro radio and KPMG. Since 2019, the Group has five platforms which received Fintech awards covering traditional finance and new digital finance. Each platform has its mission which includes promoting financial literacy, nurturing youth, and promoting financial inclusion etc.

Before founding IX Fintech Group, Irene held various positions including senior vice president of Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Head of Hang Seng Indexes Company, senior trader of Alliance Bernstein etc. Some of her projects including HKEX’s Hong Kong stock option revamp and Hang Seng Indexes Company’s H-shares index futures and FTSE/Hang Seng indexes series. Irene started in the finance industry as a futures and floor trader for Morgan Stanley and experienced the financial crises in 1997-1998. Between 2006- 2009, after serving two hedge funds, she was head of Asia trade execution for a global hedge fund-Eton Park, managing Asia trade execution and hedging strategies for a global USD 13bn portfolio.

Graduated from London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Hong Kong. Irene is a US qualified CPA and CGMA and later in her career, she took various financial engineering and executive management courses from Stanford University and Wharton Business School respectively. She spoke on TV, radio and being guest speakers for international conferences such as China International Derivatives Forum and Futures and Options World. She is also a regular columnist on economic and investment topics for Hong Kong Economic Journal other papers and awarded “Journalist of the Year- Highly Commended” (Alternatives, Chinese language category) at the State Street 2018 Institutional Press Award APAC. In 2021, Irene is selected by Amcham Women of Influence-STEM category as final three. She served in the task force for United Nations UNDP ESCAP on Fintech and Regtech areas.

15:4516:30

The future of crypto and central bank digital currencies (CBDC)
Panel discussion

15:30 - 16:00

  • The risks and opportunities in Chinese CBDC
  • Can blockchain transform asset access to provide greater liquidity?
  • Forecasting digital assets in trading portfolios
Gordon Tsui

Managing director and head of fixed income

Ping An of China Asset Management (Hong Kong)

Gordon Tsui is a seasoned bond fund manager with more than two decades of financial market experience. He previously led the fixed income team at Taikang Asset Management (Hong Kong) and managed the USD bond portfolio of Taikang Insurance Group Inc. Prior to this role, Gordon was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Hang Seng Investment Management and Lead Fund Manager of Hang Seng RMB Bond Fund, which won the “Best in Class” award in 2014 for “RMB Bond” category in Hong Kong by Bloomberg Businessweek. Gordon obtained first class honours degree in Economics from the LSE on Sir Edward Youde Scholarship awarded by Hong Kong SAR Government. He stationed in New York as Representative of Hong Kong Monetary Authority between 2001 and 2004.

John Huang

Chief investment officer

LiZen Asset Management

Marco Lim

Managing Partner

MaiCapital

Marco Lim has over 14 years of experience overseeing electronic sales and trading operations in institutional fixed income, commodities, currencies with major financial institutions. Prior to joining MaiCapital, a Hong Kong licensed blockchain-focused asset manager. He was the Head of North Asia Fixed Income, Commodities, Currencies electronic distribution for Goldman Sachs Asia LLC. Mr. Lim is the co-fund manager for Blockchain Opportunity Fund and the fund manager for the Bitcoin Plus Investment Fund.

Esme Pau

Chief executive officer

EmergentX Digitial Asset Insights

Esme is an accomplished investment professional and the CEO of EmergentX, an institutional-grade, insights-driven community that sits at the intersection of digital assets and blockchain technology.  With her extensive background in digital assets, strategic investments, and venture building, coupled with a strong legal foundation, Esme has led the charge in pioneering digital innovation within global investment banks and multinational corporations for over a decade. An award-winning expert and CFA charterholder, her strategic insights have profoundly impacted capital allocation strategies globally.

16:3016:35

Chairperson's closing remarks

16:40 - 16:45

Esme Pau

Chief executive officer

EmergentX Digitial Asset Insights

Esme is an accomplished investment professional and the CEO of EmergentX, an institutional-grade, insights-driven community that sits at the intersection of digital assets and blockchain technology.  With her extensive background in digital assets, strategic investments, and venture building, coupled with a strong legal foundation, Esme has led the charge in pioneering digital innovation within global investment banks and multinational corporations for over a decade. An award-winning expert and CFA charterholder, her strategic insights have profoundly impacted capital allocation strategies globally.