FX Markets Asia
FX Markets Asia is the only annual gathering of senior investors working in FX Markets to learn about the best and latest innovation, practices.
Senior FX professionals from government, bank and institutional investors across Asia
Meet the top decision-makers in the FX space
World class line-up featuring regulators and industry leaders
The past year has shown the volatility of the FX market and highlighted new investment strategies, as firms are adjusting to the current economic environment. Many of 2023’s trends will continue, but there is a growing concern about returns.
The conference will address the trading desk challenges, market structures and the economic outlook , and how to utilize technology within FX.
Key themes include:
- Smart Analytics and Automation within FX
- TCA and Data Aggregation
- FX Trading Ecosystem
- AI and Electronic Trading
- Trading Strategy Technology
- Counterparties and Trade Execution
- FX Market Infrastructure and Liquidity Pools
- FX Global Code Review
Kevin focuses on valuation anomalies and believes in detailed research and analysis and works with a group of like minded professionals within his investment ecosystem that lead up to investment decisions. Kevin was a volunteer with CFAS - UIRC, an advisor to CFA Institute China-India strategy team and was a Board Member of CFA Singapore and Secretary. Kevin has spoken for CFAI across the region (Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, HCMC, Hanoi) and has conducted lectures in Beijing Normal University, Zhongshan University-Lingnan College, National University of Singapore, HKUSpace and the Wealth Management Institute. Kevin is also a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore - Commercial Affairs Department Panel of Experts on Securities Offenses and also serves as a senior advisor to GoDigitalediaGroup (a leading media company focused on intellectual property rights management. GDMG is transforming how music networks and brands, senior advisor to AlteredVerse (a Geo spatial spinoff building digital twins in the Metaverse), CIO to Smobler Labs (an Animoca and The Facebook investee company, focused on the Metaverse - builds, GameFi and Phygital), and founder of Being Human Capital.
Kevin brings with him more than 30 years of investment experience and was the Head of Greater China Property Research with Yuanta Securities (Hong Kong) with responsibilities ranging from research coverage and analysis, marketing, assisting in primary and secondary equity issues, PE and funds. Prior to Yuanta, Kevin was the SVP with Pacific Star Financial (a subsidiary of Pacific Star Group) and was engaged in fund creation, structuring, documentation, marketing, fund raising and investment. Kevin was also the Chief Operating Officer of CITIC Securities (formerly known as CITIC Frontier China Research), Managing Director of Matrix Venture Capital, Director of Matrix Venture Catalyst, Director of Kleinwort Benson Securities Asia, Head of Regional Property and Singapore Country research. Prior to his senior management appointments, Kevin was a regional special situations analyst with Barclays de Zoette Wedd, a quantitative analyst with BZW Australia (both part of Credit Suisse), Assistant Manager (FX) with Chase Manhattan Bank Singapore and a Japanese equity salesman with Nikko Merchant Bank Singapore.
Kevin graduated with an MBA from New York Stern School of Business/Australian Graduate School of Management in 1992 and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Hon's) from the University of Melbourne in 1986. Kevin was awarded the Australian Post Graduate Scholarship Award and an AGSM scholarship and was conferred the Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1992.
Head of FX & EM macro strategy, Asia
Based out of Singapore, Mitul Kotecha was a TD Securities Senior Emerging Markets Strategist with a wealth of experience. His career as a strategist and economist extends over 25 years and across offices in London, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Prior to joining TD Securities, Mitul held the position of Head of FX and Rates Strategy for Asia-Pacific at Barclays, and prior to that, served as Head of Global FX Strategy and Head of Asia Research at Credit Agricole CIB.
Mitul has developed strong client relationships across the region focusing on Asian macro strategy and global emerging markets. His coverage of financial products spans bonds, interest rates, equities, and foreign exchange. Mitul has been highly ranked in various FX research and forecasting polls including FX Week, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Asiamoney.
He is a frequent speaker at various economic and financial global conferences, is regularly consulted by the media for views on markets and economies, has given a TEDX talk, and authored the book “Chronology Of A Crisis.” Mitul has appeared on business channels such as CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is regularly quoted in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press, and Dow Jones.
Mitul holds a Masters of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick and an Honours Degree in Economics.
President and CEO
Alpha Bright Asset Management Company Limited
Mr. Lui is the C.E.O of Alpha Bright Asset Management Company Limited, an asset management advisory licensed corporation under Type 4 (Advising in Securities) and Type 9 (Asset Management) Regulated Activity licensure issued by the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the daily management and investment strategies of the firm. He represented the firm as part of the Hong Kong delegation to showcase investment technology at the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong.
Hugo previously was employed at the Citigroup Global Headquarters. He performed analysis regarding stock shares, and Index option valuation, and managed Citibank's global technology transformation projects of the Equity Management system. Prior to joining Citi, Hugo worked in the CFO Office of the Dreyfus Mutual Funds that was part of the Global Asset Management Department at the Bank of New York Mellon Financial Corporation in New York. In addition, he worked for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Wall Street office. Previously, he created a digital analysis portal for US investors in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and market analysis. He has experience in investment, investment technology and digital transformation for over 15 years.
In New York and in Hong Kong, entrepreneurs and young professionals alike came to him for investing advice. But he often couldn’t recommend the services he used because the minimums and fees were too high — especially for students. He saw a need to democratize access to sophisticated investment products. And he decided to do something about it. And so he realized software could make investing easier and better for more people. So he created the fintech investment platform ETFCOOL.com!
Hugo was educated in the United States. He attended the University of Chicago in Chicago USA and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Policy and Business Economics. Additionally, he completed his Master degree in International Economics at the University of Chicago.
Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer
呂靄華 (Laura) 擁有豐富指數、量化投資及資本市場經驗。加入睿亞資產之前， Laura 是工銀瑞信資產管理（國際）的指數及量化投資團隊負責人，以香港為基地創立公司中國境外的指數及量化投資業務，包括在香港及歐洲交易所掛牌的ETF產品。在此之前，Laura 曾是未來資產環球投資（香港）的ETF及指數部門主管，負責未來資產韓國以外ETF業務發展，包括與美國Horizon的ETF合作項目。Laura 早期於蘇格蘭皇家銀行及摩根大通任職ETF流通量提供者及交易員，因此對亞洲股票、多元資產衍生工具及其他上市產品以及買賣雙方資本市場交易運作有豐富深入的實戰經驗。 Laura 畢業於多倫多大學的精算科學及統計學學系，並於紐約大學及香港科技大學修畢環球金融碩士課程。
Laura Lui, Partner & Co-Chief Investment Officer
Laura Lui is a Partner and co-Chief Investment Officer of Premia Partners. Laura has over 12 years of experience in the financial industry with rich experience in index and quantitative investments and capital markets development. Prior to Premia Partners, Laura led the Index and Quantitative Investment team at ICBC Credit Suisse International and was responsible for all aspects of the firm's index and quantitative investment business. Before that, Laura was the Head of ETF and Index Team at Mirae Asset Global Investments (HK). Earlier in her career, Laura has also gained extensive trading experience on Asian Equities, multi-asset derivatives and other listed products including as ETF liquidity providers and participating dealers from her previous roles with RBS and JPMorgan Chase Bank. Laura has an Honours BSc degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the University of Toronto, and a MS degree in Global Finance from New York University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Senior portfolio manager
Maybank Asset Management
- Rachana, as the Regional Co-Head of Fixed Income, is responsible for all Asia local and hard currency fixed income investments, including Islamic flagship Bluewaterz total return bond fund. She has over 25 years of experience managing Asian government and corporate bonds and foreign exchange. Rachana spent nine years at Cargill Singapore where she was Head of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rates. Most recently, she was Head of Asia and Emerging Markets Fixed Income at DBS Asset Management.
- Rachana graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science with a Masters in Management Studies (Finance). She holds an MBA (with distinction) from University of South Carolina, Columbia and is a CFA charterholder.
Eric SayWei Neo
Eric is a senior business leader, advocate & trusted advisor with over 22 years combined experiences comprising Capital Mkts., FinTech, Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship & VUCA Leadership.
Eric is an ardent technologist, enthused by new innovations. Prior to the leap into Entrepreneurship, he was part of the APAC senior leadership in BT Group, UOB Kay Hian, CMC Markets, RTS Realtime Systems (acquired by Bloomberg) & FlexTrade Systems.
Most recently, Eric was appointed as Advisory Board Member of iConnections – the largest capital introduction platform, Investment Committee Member of SAFRA National Service Association overseeing minimum Assets Under Management (“AUM”) of $100M, Board Director of Medway Investments – a private single-family office investment management company with minimum AUM of $100M established since 1980, & former President of Alta Exchange (formerly Hg Exchange) – a digital securities exchange awarded Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") Recognised Market Operator in 2021.
Eric is also Co-Founder & Board Director of RF International Holdings established since 2018 with a $3M venture capital investment in 2019 alongside Heliconia Capital Management - a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, & SGX into ADDX (formerly iSTOX) regulated by MAS, & RF Fund Management established since 2020 - a MAS Registered Fund Management Company. Through his beliefs in servant leadership & stewardship, he was awarded Executive of the Year, Financial Services at SBR Mgmt. Excellence Awards 2020 & also Singapore Total Defence Awards (“TDA”) 2021.
Concurrently, Eric is Founder & Chairman of Neo & Partners Global (“NPG”) established since 2014, a FinTech Certified company by Singapore FinTech Association in serving the Capital Markets. Notably, he led NPG to win Business Resilience & Innovation Award at ASEAN Young Entrepreneur Awards 2022, Best Infrastructure Provider at WatersTechnology Asia Awards 2020 & Singapore TDA 2017 & 2020.
Voluntarily, Eric contributes in Singapore Armed Forces (“SAF”) National Service ("NS") since 1999 serving with rank of Major & S3 of a Singapore Infantry Brigade. In recognition of his Command & Leadership, he was awarded SAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.
On lifelong learning, Eric is a 20th Command & Staff Course (NS) graduate from the Goh Keng Swee Command & Staff College at SAFTI Military Institute in 2019. Currently, he's attending the 6th Asian Financial Leaders Programme, flagship programme of MAS.
Eric is also a select member of various strategic leadership networks notably the Singapore Financial Leaders Network supported by MAS, SG Leaders Network supported by Singapore Economic Development Board ("EDB"), Global-Asia Family Office Circle supported by EDB & MAS, & Young Business Leaders Network of Singapore Business Federation.
Chief investment officer and head of discretionary portfolio management (DPM), international wealth management
Gareth Nicholson joined Nomura in July 2021 as Chief Investment Officer and Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management for International Wealth Management. He is based in Singapore.
Gareth works closely with Nomura’s Global Markets and Investment Banking businesses to expand the firm’s product offerings and spearhead a streamlined, solutions-driven coverage effort for high-net-worth clients, external asset managers and family offices. With a strong institutional investment background, he creates and manages DPM strategies for fixed income, equity and multi-asset portfolios, while providing risk management support.
Gareth has over 16 years of experience in financial markets. Prior to Nomura, he was Head of Fixed Income DPM at Bank of Singapore, where he was also a member of its investment committee. Before that, he was with Aberdeen Standard Investments for almost 10 years as a fixed income trader and an Asian credit portfolio manager. He began working in finance in 2004 as a derivatives specialist with Deutsche Asset Management after an early career as a mathematics teacher.
Gareth holds a BSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Johannesburg. He was born and raised in East London, South Africa.
Head of FX and rates trading
Leo Tay is Managing Director and Head of FX, Rates, and Derivatives Trading in ING Bank NV, based in Singapore. He manages a diverse and inclusive trading team across Asia, and is also responsible for eTrading and digital asset initiatives. In a broader capacity he is the Lead of Sustainability FM Products, championing the integration of ESG principles into financial market offerings. Leo holds an MSc In Financial Mathematics from the Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany and BS/BA from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Regional Sales Director
Asia event content lead, Asia Risk/FX Markets/Risk Learning
Senior marketing executive, Asia-Pacific