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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (9 AM - 6 PM)

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Ybhg Datuk Syed Zaid Albar (Chairman at Securities Commission Malaysia)

Ybhg Datuk Syed Zaid Albar

Chairman at Securities Commission Malaysia

Datuk Syed Zaid Albar was appointed the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) on 1 November 2018. He was previously the Managing Partner of Albar & Partners. Before joining the SC, Datuk Syed Zaid Albar has relinquished all his interest in Albar & Partners.

A lawyer by training, Datuk Syed Zaid has over 38 years’ experience in legal practice predominantly in the fields of corporate law, capital market, conventional banking and Islamic finance.

He has been recognised for his contribution and achievements in the legal practice through numerous domestic and international awards. Among them are ‘Leading Individual’ in the area of Banking and Finance by The Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2003 – 2013), ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ (2014 – 2016) and ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ (2014-2015 and 2017) at the ALB Malaysia Law Awards.

With his experience in finance and law, Datuk Syed Zaid has served on the Islamic Law Review Committee of Bank Negara Malaysia and the Appeals Committee of Bursa Malaysia Bhd. He has also served on the boards of several public-listed companies in Malaysia, and as Secretary to the Perdana Leadership Foundation and the Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

Datuk Syed Zaid has a degree in law from the United Kingdom. He is a Barrister at Law of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK and an Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

Angelia Chin-Sharpe (Treasurer at Malaysian Association of Asset Managers)

Angelia Chin-Sharpe

Treasurer at Malaysian Association of Asset Managers

Angelia Chin-Sharpe is the CEO and Country Head for Malaysia and Brunei for BNP Paribas Asset Management.

She has over 20 years of experience in banking, capital markets and asset management. Angelia joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2007 and was responsible for the successful set up of our businesses in Malaysia and Brunei. She was also Head of SEA Institutional Sales while posted in Singapore in 2010 before moving back to Malaysia in 2012.

Angelia holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia.She has completed her Chartered Islamic Finance Professional exams with INCEIF and is registered as a Chartered Professional in Islamic Finance (CPIF) with The Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals.

Angelia was ranked 34th most influential women in Islamic banking and finance in the WOMANi2018 report. She was also awarded Community Achievement Award 2017 by the Malaysia Australian Alumni Council for her social work at The Lost Food Project.

She also serves the following role with the following organizations :
•President of The Parents’ International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur, a NGO responsible for The Lost Towel Project and The Lost Food Project
•Treasurer with the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers (MAAM).
•A member of the Reviewing Committee for the Continuing Professional Certification with the Securities Industry Development Corporation

Gerald Ambrose (Chief Executive Officer at Aberdeen Standard Investments)

Gerald Ambrose

Chief Executive Officer at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Gerald Ambrose is the Chief Executive Officer of Aberdeen Standard Islamic Investments (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the group's Islamic fund management hub at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Gerald joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2005 after the company was selected to be the first licensed foreign-owned fund manager under the government's Special Scheme. Previously, Gerald was an institutional sales director covering ASEAN equities at Kim Eng Securities in Singapore, HSBC James Capel in London and BNP Paribas Securities London, the latter sending him to set up the institutional broking operations of its associate, Mohaiyani Securities Sdn Bhd, in 1990. Before that, Gerald served as a submarine officer in the Royal Navy 1980 - 1987.

Gerald Ambrose graduated with an MA (Hons) degree in Land Economy from Pembroke College, Cambridge University.

Azrina Azmel (Deputy General Manager - Digital at Securities Commission Malaysia)

Azrina Azmel

Deputy General Manager - Digital at Securities Commission Malaysia

Azrina currently heads the Digital Department which is part of the Innovation, Digital & Strategy Business Group of the Securities Commission Malaysia. In particular, she has led the development of the Digital Investment Management regulatory framework which was launched in May 2017.

Azrina has more than 18 years of experience in capital market regulatory and policy work. Her previous portfolios include leading capital market negotiations in international, regional and bilateral free trade agreements. She was also involved in the development of policies relating to equity crowdfunding, P2P financing, venture capital, private equity, investment banking and Islamic banking frameworks. Prior to her involvement in policy work, her earlier portfolios include advisory work on capital market regulations and law reform involving the Parliamentary process. She holds an LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Michael Chang (Chief Investment Officer - Fixed Income at RHB Asset Management Malaysia)

Michael Chang

Chief Investment Officer - Fixed Income at RHB Asset Management Malaysia

Michael Chang Wai Sing joined RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd in March 2017 as the Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) – Fixed Income (Malaysia). As CIO of Fixed Income, Michael sets the strategic direction and leads the fixed income investment team in Malaysia and regional offices comprising fixed income fund managers and analysts where RHB Group Asset Management operates.

He has over 19 years of fund management experience specializing in fixed income investments for insurers and asset management companies. Prior to joining RHB, Michael headed the Fixed Income department of MCIS Insurance Berhad, where MCIS was part of the Zurich financial group of Switzerland, one of renown global insurers.

Michael’s Investment acumen in fixed income Michael has earned him many awards. He is “The Most Astute Investor in Asian Local Currency Bonds Ranked No. 1 in Malaysia” for 4 consecutive years from 2014 to 2017. His firm, RHB Asset Management Sdn Bhd, has also been voted as the Top 3 Fund House for Malaysia for 2017 and 2018 consecutively.

In terms of professional accreditation, Michael is a member of the ACI-Malaysia, officially known as the Financial Markets Association (or Persatuan Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia – “PPKM”). His membership requires him to pass the Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia Certificate (“PKMC”) where he has obtained overall distinctions and even succeeded in being an award recipient for top marks in this certification. He currently holds a Capital Market Services Representative’s License from the Securities Commission of Malaysia to practice fund management.

Ben Dunn (Head of Quantitative Strategies at Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Ltd)

Ben Dunn

Head of Quantitative Strategies at Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Ltd

Ben Dunn is the Chief Investment Officer for the Quantitative Strategies team at Eastspring Investments based in Singapore. The team manages over $2b USD across several Global and Asian strategies, including Eastspring’s Low Volatility and Multi Factor equity strategies. He has been at Eastspring since 2014 and prior to that had held various quantitative portfolio management, research, trading and technology roles within Australia and Japan. Ben is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology.

Nigel Gnoh (Associate Director, Business Development – Southeast Asia of DTCC)

Nigel Gnoh

Associate Director, Business Development – Southeast Asia of DTCC

Nigel Gnoh is Associate Director, Business Development for Southeast Asia at DTCC. In his current role, Nigel is responsible for building and expanding DTCC’s business in Institutional Trade Processing across South East Asian countries. Currently based in Singapore, his scope also includes spearheading new business initiatives to extend DTCC’s coverage in new asset classes.

Prior to joining DTCC, Nigel was looking after regional sales at Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), covering market data, private equity and reconciliation solutions.

A top performer, Nigel graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Singapore Management University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management.

Munirah Khairuddin (Chief Executive Officer at Principal Asset Management Malaysia)

Munirah Khairuddin

Chief Executive Officer at Principal Asset Management Malaysia

Munirah joined Principal Asset Management Berhad (formerly known as CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad) in November 2006 and was later appointed as Deputy CEO in November 2008. Then, Munirah was responsible for the development of institutional, corporate and international business opportunities and institutional sales. She also served as the Director of CIMB-Principal and Commissioner of PT CIMB-Principal Asset Management in Indonesia. She previously worked as a G7 Economist and strategist for a Fortune 500 multinational oil and gas company. Prior to that, she was a fixed income portfolio manager for emerging markets at Rothschild Asset Management in London.

Munirah was appointed as CEO in August 2013. She has been instrumental in helping the company to grow its Assets Under Management (AUM), deepening its retail leadership with new focus in private retirement space, and maintaining consistent risk management and investment performance. Munirah also played an integral part in the strategic business development initiatives of CWA, an agency force of more than 8,000 unit trust consulatants nationwide. Munirah also oversees both the retail and corporate businesses for Singapore.

She was also named as the CEO of the Year, Malaysia in the Asia Asset Management’s 2015 Best of the Best Awards for the second year in a row. Munirah was also selected as one of the recipients for the "Top 25 Women of Asset Management" award by AsianInvestor in 2014.

Shern-Ling Koh (Portfolio Manager at Principal Real Estate Investors)

Shern-Ling Koh

Portfolio Manager at Principal Real Estate Investors

Shern-Ling Koh is a portfolio manager for Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate unit of Principal Global Investors. He is responsible for researching Asian Pacific listed property securities for the team’s global real estate strategies. Shern joined the firm in early 2014. He was previously the CEO/CIO at OSK International Asset Management where he managed all investment mandates for their public and private equity business in Singapore. He served as an investment analyst at Fidelity International Ltd from 2007 to 2011 where he was responsible for identifying publicly listed real estate securities investment opportunities for Fidelity’s global funds. Shern received his bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and speaks Mandarin and French.

Robin Lee (Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HelloGold Sdn Bhd)

Robin Lee

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HelloGold Sdn Bhd

Robin Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of HelloGold, an ASEAN fintech focused on creating financial products for the underserved and the unbanked in emerging markets. HelloGold launched its platform in Malaysia in April 2017 with gold as its first financial product with a minimum transaction size of 25 cents. As at December 2018, it has more than 90,000 customers in Malaysia and Thailand. HelloGold is now preparing for 1) market expansion beyond Malaysia and Thailand into rest of Asia and MENA and 2) extension into other asset classes

Robin is the former CFO of the World Gold Council. He has also been a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, and a regulator with the Securities Commission Malaysia. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and is a graduate from Oxford University.

Julian Liu (Chairman at Yuanta Securities Investment Trust Co.)

Julian Liu

Chairman at Yuanta Securities Investment Trust Co.

Julian Liu, Chairman of Yuanta SITC, is the pioneer of Taiwan’s ETF Market and also the innovator of asset management industry. Under Julian’s leadership, Yuanta SITC became the ETF market leader and most profitable asset manager in Taiwan, entered into the global market and became one of the important players in the Asia Market.

Starting with introducing Taiwan’s first ETF in 2003, followed by Greater China ETF cross-listing Julian has lead the industry with innovation and unprecedented foresight. In 2014 and 2015, Julian continued to surprise the market with Leveraged/Inverse ETF and Commodities Futures ETF in the following year. With years of ETF experiences, Julian shared and helped off-shore regulators and asset manager to issue ETF in Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, thus allow Yuanta SITC to become the rule setter for ETF in Asia. Julian was recognized as the best CEO in Taiwan and Asia by numerous renowned magazines such as Asia Asset Magazine and The Asset.

As innovator and first mover, Julian established numerous milestones: REITs Fund in 2006 (Golden Goblet Award – Financial Innovation); industry’s first internal independent risk management system in 2008 (two times winner of Golden Goblet Award – Risk Management). Starting in 2017, Julian shifted his focus to Fintech and created “Fin-salary” and “Money-market connect” platform and received 8 patents from Taiwan Intellectual Property Office. In 2018, Julian set “AI” as the company’s long term development goal while aim to become the first AI Asset Management Company in Asia.

Ben McCarron (Special Consultant & Managing Director of ACGA & Asia Research & Engagement)

Ben McCarron

Special Consultant & Managing Director of ACGA & Asia Research & Engagement

Ben is a specialist consultant with the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), covering Malaysia and Thailand. Ben is also the Founder and Managing Director of Singapore-based Asia Research & Engagement (ARE), which he set up to address the gap in high quality investor oriented research on sustainability issues in Asia. Focus areas include energy transition, sustainable protein, the development of responsible investment and sustainable finance in Asia, and sustainable real estate. Ben was a fund manager early in his career, managing public equities in the UK. He graduated with joint honours in Maths and Philosophy from University College, Oxford.

Radha Pendyala (Data Scientist at Refinitiv)

Radha Pendyala

Data Scientist at Refinitiv

Radha works as a Data Scientist at Refinitiv. His work involves applying machine learning and quantitative financial modeling techniques to large datasets in order to solve specific problems in the financial and risk domain. Prior to Refinitiv, he has worked as a portfolio manager and as a dealer at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He has more than a decade of experience in building financial and statistical models. He has also conducted Machine Learning workshops organized by, Strata and other quant conferences in the APAC region.

Richard Piliero (Head of Private Equity, South East Asia at Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity)

Richard Piliero

Head of Private Equity, South East Asia at Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity

Richard A. Piliero is head of private equity with research responsibilities for companies and structuring investments in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2001, Mr. Piliero was with Investor Growth Capital in New York (the Private Equity Division of Investor AB of Sweden) and Bears Stearns & Co., in the Investment Banking Department. He was also co-founder of Aigis Ventures LLC, a seed-stage venture capital company in the United States. He entered the financial services industry in 1996.

Mr. Piliero holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in business economics and international relations from Brown University. He also spent a year at Oxford University, Worcester College, in the politics, philosophy and economics programme. Mr. Piliero speaks English and French and has basic knowledge of Mandarin and Italian.

Mezhgan Qabool (Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Eurex Exchange)

Mezhgan Qabool

Senior Vice President of Sales & Business Development at Eurex Exchange

Mezhgan Qabool is a Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Eurex Exchange, one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges, based in Singapore.

Mezhgan began her career at Eurex in Singapore where she contributed to the establishment of the Exchange’s branch office, working closely with the market participants and regulators to expand the Exchange’s derivatives offering in the Asia Pacific region.

Subsequently, Mezhgan spent 4 years in New York spearheading the sales and business development of Eurex products and services in East Coast and Canada region, working closely with the sell-side and buy-side firms, before moving back to Singapore in 2017 as Head of Singapore Branch Office and Head of Asia Equity and Index Sales.

Prior to Eurex, Mezhgan was with the United Nations Women, Singapore Chapter, where she was involved in projects that focused on the development and advancement of women and children in Southeast Asia.

Mezhgan holds a Bachelor of Law from Queen Mary University of London.

David Quah (Co-Managing Director of Value Partners)

David Quah

Co-Managing Director of Value Partners

David is Co-Managing Director of Quantitative Investment Solutions of Value Partners. He leads the quantitative investment solutions team which is responsible for driving the firm’s exchange traded fund (“ETF”) business, big data application, as well as the development of quantitative products. David joined Value Partners in August 2017. Prior to that, he was most recently Head of ETF at Mirae Asset Global Investments (HK). Earlier, he spent almost 20 years at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (“HKEX”), mainly responsible for ETF development, the Growth Enterprise Market and Callable Bull/Bear Contracts in various departments. He was Vice President of Market Infrastructure and Products, Cash Trading at HKEX. He also had worked briefly with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. David holds a MBA degree from the International University of Japan and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Malaya in Malaysia.

Rejina Rahim (Country Head and Managing Director of Nomura Asset Management Malaysia)

Rejina Rahim

Country Head and Managing Director of Nomura Asset Management Malaysia

Rejina is the Country Head and Managing Director of Nomura Asset Management Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. and has been responsible for driving the firm’s business in the country since it was set up in December 2006.

She is Nomura Asset Management’s first woman and non-Japanese national to head an overseas branch.

Prior to Nomura, Rejina was at CIMB-Principal Asset Management for over eight years where she worked in multiple roles across compliance, legal, risk management, product development, marketing and client servicing. She started her career as a legal officer with a stock broking house in Malaysia.

Rejina has actively contributed to the development of unit trusts and the asset management industry in the country through her work with industry associations and the Securities Commission Malaysia. She holds a Capital Markets Services Representative’s License and is Secretary of the Malaysian Association of Asset Managers.

She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales. She also holds an Islamic Finance qualification from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, UK.

Hasan Rauf (Executive Director / Head of Business Development – Asia Pacific at DTCC)

Hasan Rauf

Executive Director / Head of Business Development – Asia Pacific at DTCC

Hasan Rauf is Executive Director and Head of Business Development for Asia Pacific at DTCC, a global leader in the financial services industry. Hasan’s current role is to manage and drive business growth for the company’s portfolio of leading-edge solutions in Asia Pacific, covering institutional trade matching (Omgeo Central Trade Manager®), data services (Omgeo ALERT® and Omgeo BenchmarksSM), and collateral management (Margin Transit Utility). In this capacity, Hasan is responsible for leading and overseeing the company’s sales and business development teams in Asia Pacific. His responsibilities also include providing strategic direction to expand DTCC’s coverage in Asia Pacific by assessing and penetrating new markets, building alliances with key partners, managing P&L for the company’s sales and business development unit, and presenting at industry and trade conferences to evangelize the importance of creating solutions to mitigate risks, reduce costs and create market efficiencies.

Hasan’s current position follows previous senior sales roles at Omgeo – now acquired by DTCC – focusing on markets in South Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Omgeo, Hasan held various business development positions in Australia with CommSec, St George Bank, National Australia bank and Westpac. His vast experiences in the financial services span various sectors, from Cash Management, Institutional Business Development to Global Markets.

Hasan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Deakin University, a diploma in Financial Markets from the Australian Financial Markets Association and several post-graduate certifications. His achievements at Omgeo included holding the title of leading sales associate in cash management, corporate banking and financial market and steering his team to consistently overachieve revenue targets for the region.

Paul Sandhu (Head of Multi-Assets Quant Solutions and Client Advisory, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management)

Paul Sandhu

Head of Multi-Assets Quant Solutions and Client Advisory, Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas Asset Management

Paul Sandhu is the Head of Multi-Assets Quant Solutions (MAQS) and Client Advisory Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he leads the region’s MAQS business to further deepen the firm’s existing broad range of investment capabilities in this space; and is responsible for the development and implementation of customized investment strategies and solutions for institutional investors and distribution channels in the region.

Paul’s remit also includes developing and managing multi-asset quantitative strategies utilizing cutting edge investment science in their portfolio construction, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. He will manage a team of investment professionals, solution structurers and quantitative analysts to build customized investment solutions aligned with client objectives and adhering to local requirements.

Prior to joining BNPP AM, he was Head Investment Solutions at a global asset manager and responsible for expanding the firms business in Asia Pacific. Utilizing a solutions oriented approach Paul led the company to expansion in markets such as Japan, China, Australia, as well as South East Asia.

Paul graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. with a specialization in Theoretical Physics, he focused his research on the theory of black holes, where he created and analyzed simulations of a stars evolution by solving Einstein’s equations using numerical techniques. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries.

Avinash Satwalekar (Country Head and Chief Executive Officer at Franklin Templeton Asset Management Malaysia)

Avinash Satwalekar

Country Head and Chief Executive Officer at Franklin Templeton Asset Management Malaysia

Avinash Satwalekar is the Country Head of Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Franklin Templeton Asset Management (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and is responsible for leading the firm's retail and institutional distribution efforts across Malaysia. Aside from his responsibilities in Malaysia, Mr. Satwalekar continues to serve as Chairman of Vietcombank Fund Management (VCBF), a joint venture between Franklin Templeton and Vietcombank in Vietnam.

Mr. Satwalekar was previously the CEO and CIO for VCBF based in Ho Chi Minh City. He oversaw the combined business and investment activities of the group and under his leadership, Franklin Templeton was one of the first asset managers to launch an open-ended retail fund in Vietnam in 2013. Prior to his role in Vietnam, Mr. Satwalekar was a vice president, portfolio manager and research analyst for Franklin Portfolio Advisors (FPA), a division of FTPA. He was a member of the Franklin Small Cap Growth portfolio management team and was the lead manager for the private small cap accounts for FPA. Before that, Mr. Satwalekar was a vice president and research analyst for Franklin Equity Group. He specialized in research analysis of the computer software industries and IT service companies.

Mr. Satwalekar joined Franklin Templeton in 1996 as a management trainee working on Franklin Convertible Securities Fund from March 1997 to June 1998. Prior to Franklin, he worked for DSP Merrill Lynch in the Debt Origination Group.
Mr. Satwalekar received a bachelor of commerce from the University of Bombay, India and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco (CFASF).

David Smith (Head of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen Standard Investments)

David Smith

Head of Corporate Governance at Aberdeen Standard Investments

David Smith is Head of Corporate Governance, a role in which he supports Aberdeen’s Asian Equities and Fixed Income Teams through research and engagement. David joined Aberdeen in 2011 from ISS, where he was Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Research.

David has a PhD in corporate governance and an MA in Corporate Strategy and Governance from the University of Nottingham and a BSc in Business Economics from the University of Wales. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Bakhtiar Talhah (Chief Operations Officer at Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)

Bakhtiar Talhah

Chief Operations Officer at Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

Bakhtiar joined the RSPO Secretariat as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2017. He holds degrees from Princeton University in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, and from Université Paris-Sorbonne.
Prior to RSPO, he was the Regional Director at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) based in Kuala Lumpur. He has also worked with various international advisory firms such as PFC Energy and Nexant specialising in downstream oil, after having started his career in Petronas.
Bakhtiar actively works on public health issues in Malaysia, and currently serves in the Malaysian AIDS Council and several grassroots NGOs.

Alan Tan (Head of Research and Chief Economist at Affin Hwang Capital)

Alan Tan

Head of Research and Chief Economist at Affin Hwang Capital

Alan Tan is the Chief Economist of Affin Investment Bank. He joined the organisation in 2008, where his main responsibility is to provide regular strategic and economics research reports, as well as frequent presentations on the global and Malaysian economy for the bank’s institutional clients. Over the years, in his role as Chief Economist at the bank, he has been ranked regularly by Asiamoney Polls for Macroeconomic research on Malaysia.

Alan started his career as Economist at RHB Research Institute Sdn Bhd, before joining Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Berhad, the national asset management company (AMC), for its unique mission in handling and resolving non-performing loans (NPLs) acquired from financial institutions after the Asian Financial Crisis. His responsibility at Danaharta was to provide macro and sectors research especially on property, manufacturing and other major industries. He later joined Prokhas Sdn Bhd, a private limited company wholly-owned by MOF Incorporated, and seconded to the Tax Review Panel of Ministry of Finance to conduct macro research on the economic effects of the country’s proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. Alan is a graduate from University of Memphis, Tennessee, United States, with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Economics.

Kok-Lin Teoh (Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singular Asset Management)

Kok-Lin Teoh

Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singular Asset Management

Teoh Kok Lin is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Singular Asset Management - a boutique Asian equity fund management company based in Malaysia and Singapore that caters to institutional investors and high net worth individuals.

Kok Lin is an independent director of Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Berhad (CGC), a subsidiary of Bank Negara Malaysia, which facilitates small and medium-sized enterprises to obtain bank financing. He is also the Chairman of CGC’s Board Investment Committee where he guides CGC’s fixed income investments, amongst others.

Kok Lin is the Chairman of working committees of several Chambers that actively engage with policymakers and other stakeholders to promote business and trade in Malaysia and overseas. He is an Alternate Member of the General Council of National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (NCCIM). He is also the Chairman of the Digital Economy Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Associated Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) Socio-Economic Research Consultative Committee. He was the Past President of CFA Society Malaysia.

Kok Lin graduated top of his class obtaining a Master of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA equivalent) from Purdue University in the United States. Prior to that, he earned first class (Honours) double degree in Electrical Engineering and Commerce (Finance).

Kok Lin has a wealth of experience, accumulated over 30 years in the financial markets. Prior to founding Singular Asset Management, Kok Lin held senior positions in top institutions including Citicorp Citibank, ING Barings, HSBC Research and UOB Kay Hian.

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad (Independent Director of Nomura Islamic Asset Management Malaysia)

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad

Independent Director of Nomura Islamic Asset Management Malaysia

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of KWAP effective May 2, 2013 until October 31st 2018. He previously served as the General Manager, Treasury Department of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) since October 2007.

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman started his working career with Malayan Banking Berhad since 1981, mostly in Treasury Department with two overseas postings at Hamburg, Germany as Chief Dealer and London, United Kingdom as Treasury Manager. After leaving Maybank in 1994, he served as CEO and Director with several companies within the Affin Group until 2005. He then briefly served Kemuncak Facilities Management Sdn Bhd and Izoma (M) Sdn Bhd, both as Executive Director of Finance until 2007.

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman is a Board Member of Valuecap Sdn Bhd and Malakoff Corporation Bhd as well as the Director of Prima Ekuiti (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of KWAP.

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman was appointed as the first Chairman of the Institutional Investors Council which was established in 2015 to represent the interest of institutional investors in Malaysia. He is also a member of the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee (based in London) since September 2015. His business acumen and talent in the industry had earned him a special recognition award from MSWG for contribution towards enhancing corporate governance practices in Malaysia. He also became a member of the Institute of Integrity Malaysia, corporate member of International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) and Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) in 2015.

Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman holds a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Analytical Economic (Hons) from the University of Malaya.

John Wu (Associate Director for Business Development – North Asia/Australia and New Zealand of DTCC)

John Wu

Associate Director for Business Development – North Asia/Australia and New Zealand of DTCC

John Wu is Associate Director, Business Development based in Hong Kong. In his current role, John is responsible for providing strategic direction to expand DTCC’s business in Institutional Trade Processing and Data Services in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. John spent six years managing South-East Asian markets based in DTCC Singapore before moving to Hong Kong in the summer of 2014 to assume his current role where his remit later expanded to include first Taiwan and later, Australia and New Zealand. John joined Omgeo, now DTCC, as part of Omgeo’s inaugural Future Talent Program in 2008.John Wu is Associate Director, Business Development based in Hong Kong. In his current role, John is responsible for providing strategic direction to expand DTCC’s business in Institutional Trade Processing and Data Services in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. John spent six years managing South-East Asian markets based in DTCC Singapore before moving to Hong Kong in the summer of 2014 to assume his current role where his remit later expanded to include first Taiwan and later, Australia and New Zealand. John joined Omgeo, now DTCC, as part of Omgeo’s inaugural Future Talent Program in 2008.

Prior to DTCC, John was holding client facing roles at Thomson Reuters where he was among the top 5% selected to attend Thomson Reuters Presidents’ Club in 2013 – for overachieving business target.

A consistent over-achiever, John holds a Bachelor of Computing (Honours) degree in Electronic-Commerce from the National University of Singapore.