FX Markets Asia Awards
FX Markets Asia Awards 2022 submissions and voting are now open! The awards recognise, promote and celebrate the Asia-Pacific based FX industry, submit your entry and vote today.
FX Markets Asia Awards 2022
The third annual FX Markets Asia Awards recognise the best banks, dealers, brokers and currency managers in the Asia-Pacific region. While the foreign exchange markets faced disruption from the coronavirus pandemic, its impact has varied in regional centres. For this year’s awards, our panel of judges will review entries across 32 categories and will be looking for firms that developed unique and innovative ways to respond to industry needs.
We wish you the best of luck with the 2022 FX Markets Asia Awards!
Head of FX
Atlantic Partners Asia
Tobias has 9 years experience working within Foreign Exchange markets, specializing in Cross Currency payments & transactions, FX Hedging and more recently named IBAN account issuance.
Experience working in two major financial hubs, London and Singapore, he has an in depth knowledge of both FCA, MAS and MSO licensing regulation as well as strong MPI banking relationships.
Head of eFX trading, global markets
Bank of China (HK)
Eva is the head of eFX trading at Bank of China (HK) Ltd. Eva is responsible for setting the strategic vision and drive innovative electronic trading development. Her team also looks after the CNH Futures business.
Prior to joining Bank of China (HK) Ltd in 2016, Eva was with RBS where she was the e-commerce salesperson covering North East Asia across all client sectors. Before that, Eva was with HSBC where she started her career in the banking industry.
Invenio Asset Management
Trading & Execution Manager
Andrew Fielding joined Australian Super in 2018 where helped lead the Fund's efforts to internalise the execution of their global FICC trading activities. Andrew now works out of the Funds’ London office building out the execution capabilities in the European and US times zone. Under Andrew's broader remit, he is also responsible for the Fund's 'Best Execution' and TCA responsibilities as well as counterparty exposure management. Prior to joining the Fund, Andrew spent 11yrs working at QIC; largely in a cross asset trading capacity.
Bill Goodbody Jr
Chief operating officer
Bill Goodbody, Jr. is the Chief Operating Officer and advisor to the Board of AE Capital. Bill is responsible for Risk & Compliance, Investor Relations and all day-to-day operations of the business.
Bill has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and joined AE Capital in November 2017.
Prior to joining AE Capital, Bill was Senior Vice President & Head of Foreign Exchange at Bats Global Markets, Inc. in New York. Bill joined Bats in March 2015 as part of its acquisition of the Hotspot FX business from KCG Holdings, a business that Bill led since 2008. Before Hotspot, Bill spent more than 15 years in senior leadership roles within the Equities businesses of KCG Holdings, Knight Capital Group and Jefferies & Company.
Bill was a founding member and Secretary of the Foreign Exchange Professionals Association (FXPA), an organisation which represents the interests of FX industry participants. Bill has also previously served as a director on the boards of NSX Holdings, Inc., and the National Stock Exchange, Inc., an electronic stock exchange in the United States.
Bill has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.
Fund Manager, Global Currency Fund
Salzworth Asset Management
An award winning fund, Salzworth Global Currency Fund trades the G10-currency universe, capturing global price action opportunities. The Fund runs a conservative technical strategy that seeks stable capital appreciation in the mid to long term, with a low-correlation to the performance of traditional asset classes.
Salzworth Global Currency Fund has won the Singapore Young Entrepreneurs Award 2021 under Innovative Industrialisation and the Fund was also ranked as Top 10 Currency Trader by Barclayhedge in 2021.
Ashli manages the Global Currency Fund with her FX team at Salzworth Asset Management. Prior to joining Salzworth, she served as the COO for a FX prop desk and a FX brokerage. Ashli started her career in investment banking in Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Singapore and ANZ Bank in Hong Kong. With her wealth of experience, Ashli is focused on expanding Salzworth’s corporate and institutional partnerships.
Heidrick and Struggles
Head of Global Markets China and Head of IndirectFX and StreetFX
State Street Bank and Trust, Asia Pacific
Shen is the Head of Global Markets China and Head of IndirectFX and StreetFX for State Street Bank and Trust, Asia Pacific. His expertise is in Asia Emerging Markets trading and operations. As an example, Shen was extensively engaged in setting up Stock Connect, Bond Connect, CIBM Direct related RMB-FX settlement and hedging solutions.
Prior to his current position, Shen held eFX and FX Options trading roles in Boston, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He has a Master degree in Quantitative Finance from Bentley College, and is currently studying through part-time EMBA program from The University of Chicago.
Chief Investment Officer
Experienced and effective executive in Insurance industry. Passionate in promoting asset management career and female leadership in the financial services industry. Specialise in asset-liability management and investment management.
Liu has worked and lived in New York, Hong Kong and now Singapore with extensive experiences in multi-national insurance and financial service companies. Inspired by cultivating talents and building effective teams with a collaborative culture. Especially with the current global public health crisis, she believes the true value of the company depends on the people and the adaptability to the new way of working.
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.
Head of FX Linear & Emerging Markets Trading, Hong Kong
Credit Agricole CIB
John Luk is Head of FX Linear & Emerging Markets Trading for Credit Agricole CIB Hong Kong. He is responsible for the banks’ EM Asia FX & Rates franchise and G10 FX franchise in Hong Kong.
Mr. Luk has spent the past 14 years trading Asia FX and Rates products in CACIB. Prior to this, he was an Asia FX trader in Standard Chartered Bank.
Mr. Luk holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong and Masters of Science in Investment Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Mine Superannuation Fund
Mine Superannuation Fund (Mine Super) is a profit to members, public offer super fund dedicated to serving the retirement needs of all Australians. Its enduring purpose is to deliver an exceptional retirement for members which achieves peace of mind along the way. Mine Super employs 200 staff and manages over $12.5 billion in funds for approximately 55,000 members. In addition to superannuation and pension products, Mine Super offers its members insurance and access to financial advice.
Vasyl Nair is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Mine Super (prior to this, Vasyl was employed with Mine Super in the roles of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Strategy Officer). Vasyl has a background in law and corporate finance, having also held roles across operations, strategy, marketing and risk related functions at some of Australia’s largest financial services institutions (including Westpac Banking Corporation and the Commonwealth Bank). Vasyl holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hon), Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and an Executive Master of Business Administration. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a solicitor, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has achieved a Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. He is also a director of Recreo Financial, an Australian financial technology company, specialising in superannuation and investment administration.
Associate Director, FX Algorithmic Trading
Salzworth Asset Management
Raphael started his career as a Graduate Analyst at Credit Suisse SG, before moving to StashAway to be the Product Manager of their robo-advisor wealth platform, building up a diverse range of skill-sets from managing infrastructure systems to auditing investment algorithms.
Born in Hong Kong, and having worked in Zurich, UK and Wroclaw offices during his time in Credit Suisse, Raphael has accumulated a wide network of professionals globally which he seeks to tap on to develop business opportunities for Salzworth.
Since 2013, Raphael has been researching and developing scalable FX Algorithmic Trading strategies that matched global FX liquidity pools. Raphael holds a Master of Computing – Infocomm Security Specialisation at the National University of Singapore (NUS) funded by the National Cybersecurity Postgraduate Scholarship from the Singapore government and graduated with a Magna Cum Laude in BSc Information Systems Management from the Singapore Management University.
Leveraging on his Technology and Finance background, Raphael seeks to present a robust set of algorithm trading offerings for Salzworth Global Currency Fund and to provide relevant connections to benefit clients and partners of Salzworth.
Sim Yew Ng
Head of Wealth and Investment Solutions
Azimut Investment Management Singapore Ltd.
Chief Investment Officer
Peter Pontikis is a Fintech and Treasury Investment Management professional has close to 40 years’ buy and sell side experience in Australian, Indian & SE Asian financial markets.
With the first three decades focused on investment, corporate dealing, trading and research experience in currencies and global financial markets. Until 2005 he also ran a consultancy advising Asian central banks and fund managers. Aside from several degrees in Finance and Economics, he is a Fellow of CPA Australia and Senior Fellow of FINSIA and has authored several books on foreign exchange and trading in financial markets as well as producing training material on Chinese Financial Markets.
The focus of the most recent decade+ of his ongoing career has been in the private wealth management space including as Investment director (and investor) in a Mid-Cap Indian equity and adviser to several high/Ultra high net worth clients and their family offices.
Head of eFX
Paul is the Head eFX, he is responsible for maximising trading across all electronic FX products, including spot, forwards, non-deliverable forwards and client algo offerings.
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in Financial markets, which includes being a Senior FX Trader for National Australia bank, before moving to Kaiser Trading as Head of Trading and establishing their execution trading team.
In 2007 Paul moved to Singapore to join Dresdner, where he spent 10 years, initially as Head of eFX Trading for Asia. As part of the Commerzbank merger, Paul was then promoted and spent the next 8 years as Global the Head of Spot Foreign Exchange and e-Trading.
Prior to Paul joining ANZ, he was a financial market and e-trading consultant, and an advisory board member at Spark Systems in Singapore for almost two years. Paul holds an MBA from the Australia Graduate School of Management (AGSM) 2005.
CEO and Co-CIO
Taaffeite Capital Management LLC (TCM)
Howard Siow is CEO and Co-CIO of Taaffeite Capital Management (TCM), LLC
TCM systematically allocates to leading 100-200 opportunities across global equities, fixed income, commodities and currencies. This quant macro portfolio is re-balanced in real time to ensure it is always positioned optimally to reduce volatility and optimize returns on a risk adjusted basis. Whilst the portfolio may experience short-term drawdowns from a coordinated systemic sell-off of all asset classes, the portfolio is intentionally risk neutral.
Chief Financial Officer
As the former treasury and insurance manager at Western Power, Kurt changed the treasury and insurance business from a transactional cost centre to a centre of strategic value-add. He develops and implements financial risk management, capital management and financeability strategies to support the board's corporate strategy, improve financial performance and increase long-term enterprise value. He leads and manages a team of five treasury and six insurance professionals.
Prior to Western Power, Kurt held executive positions in financial markets for approximately 20 years. He was the head of derivative trading at the Bank of Western Australia, a director in two international fintech start-ups developing and commercialising option pricing and risk management technology, and the investment strategist at GESB fund management.
Kurt has published research on exotic FX options (international financial engineering journal and international patent) and has presented research at banking and treasury conferences in the USA, Europe and Australia.
He was awarded a Ph.D (Finance) from UWA and a Master of Philosophy (Finance) with Distinction from the University of Cambridge. He is a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and is WA State Chair of the Finance and Treasury Association. He is also the Treasurer for the Special Olympics Australia (Perth).
Head of Trading FX, Asia
Leo Tay is a managing director and head of FX trading, Asia with ING Bank in Singapore. He leads a team of FX, swaps, NDFs and options traders based in five locations, and he also oversees Asian trading activities in London. He is also responsible for eFX trading and the electronification of the Asian FX business.
Leo holds an MSc in financial mathematics from Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany and BSc/BA in management engineering and economics honours from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.
Head, Futures & FX
Keeve has been with OCBC since 2018 and is currently the Head of Futures, FX & CFD for OCBC Securities. He looks after more than 30 people over the three business lines, where he oversees the growth and development of the cleared Futures, OTC FX and Contract for Differences (CFD) businesses.
Prior to joining OCBC, he was most recently the Director of Sales at UOB Global Markets, looking after the global Business Development of listed derivatives and OTC clearing for UOB. Keeve was before that, a trader in proprietary trading firms, heading market-making desks and algorithmic trading desks. His buy-side experience coupled with his current role in the sell-side gives him a wholesome view of the industry and its developments.
Keeve is married and has a daughter. He holds a BSc with honors from the Nanyang Technological University and graduated with an MBA on the Dean's List from the Singapore Management University. He has also completed his Executive Education at INSEAD.
Global head of eFX liquidity, head of Asia eFX trading
Bank of America
Ping Tan is a Managing Director at Bank of America (BofA). She heads the Asia EFX trading team based out of Hong Kong, with global oversight of the principal EFX traders managing risks for the electronic franchise. Besides her trading risk mandate, she is also heavily involved in product development to expand the BofA electronic offering as well as overseeing all regulatory and governance-related matters for the global EFX business.
Ping joined BofA Singapore office in 2004 as an Emerging Markets FX trader, and relocated to the London office in 2006 before moving to EFX trading in 2007 to expand the offering beyond G10 FX Spot to add Emerging Markets FX Spot and Precious Metal OTC Spot. Post her relocation to Hong Kong in end 2015, she has been focusing on Emerging Markets product initiatives like NDFs and Onshore FX. Beyond her day job, Ping is also heavily involved in all firm wide D&I initiatives and currently sits on the bank’s Hong Kong Philanthropic Board.
Ping graduated from Nanyang Technological University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy.
Global Head, FX/Pm Options Trading
Standard Chartered Bank
Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Market Risk, Leading Teams, Electronic trading , Foreign Exchange and Interest Rates, Management, Helping Clients Succeed and Trading. Strong business development professional with a Master's degree focused in Mathematics from University of Cambridge.
Head of FX Sales & Trading APAC
Senior Portfolio Manager
Plato Investment Management
Simon has more than 25 years financial markets experience and has held roles specialising in quantitative and fundamental portfolio management and execution, risk management, system development, product and solution development.
Prior to working at Plato, Simon was Head of Portfolio Management at Omega which included oversight of portfolio management activities at Omega. He had hands on involvement in portfolio construction and management, system and risk model design and development, attribution analysis, and strategy research. Prior to this, Simon was a Senior Portfolio Manager at IFM Investors in the Debt Investments Team and previously Head of the front office quantitative services at Treasury Corporation of Victoria and before that held roles in International Equities/Asset Allocation at AXA Investment Management and in Fixed Income Sales at Westpac Institutional Bank.
He has a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering, with an Honours in Economics. He holds a Masters in Financial Management from the University of Melbourne, is a CFA charter holder and on the advisory board for Bloomberg AusBond Index Advisory Council.
Sangeeta Venkatesan is the Chairman of FairVine Super, a superannuation fund designed for women, and CEO and Co-founder of Applegrove Capital, a capital advisory firm focused on sustainable investment including renewable energy, healthcare and agriculture. She is a highly sought-after speaker, media commentator, judge for awards functions and thought leader across banking and finance, superannuation, fin-tech, sustainable investing and gender equality. She is no stranger to breaking through the glass ceiling. Thus far she is the only female who has been the CEO of a stockbroking firm (APP Securities) in Australia. She also serves as a Board Member of Women in Banking and Finance, and Treasurer of Australia-India Business Council NSW. Having worked in the banking and finance sector for more than 23 years, Sangeeta’s experience spans several continents including London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, at some of the most prominent and globally recognised firms, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers/ Nomura, KPMG, and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (‘CBA’). Whist at CBA Sangeeta represented the bank at various government led Australia-China financial collaboration dialogues and co-authored a book titled “The Renminbi – from the Peoples’ Money to a Global Currency” focusing on the evolving Chinese economy and financial liberalisation, and opportunities for both Australian and Chinese companies that trade or invest across the corridor. She played a significant role in integrating the erstwhile Lehman Bothers’ business into Nomura and represented the firm at The International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Committee and Association for Financial Markets in Europe’s (AFME) Credit Board. Sangeeta won the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award at Money Management and Super Review’s Women in Financial Services Awards 2019.
Managing Director, Head of FX Linear and Emerging Markets Trading, Asia
Credit Agricole CIB
Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited ("BOCHK") is a leading listed commercial banking group (Stock Code: 2388) and one of the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong. BOCHK celebrated its 100th Anniversary for serving Hong Kong in 2017. BOCHK offers a comprehensive range of financial products and advisory services to central banks, supranational institutions, sovereign funds, financial institutions, corporate and personal clients. With its distinct market position, BOCHK has been enjoying favorable credit ratings and stable outlook by international rating agencies. BOCHK is named the Bank of the Year in Hong Kong by The Banker in 2013, 2015 & 2017. It is also nominated as the Strongest Bank in Asia Pacific and Hong Kong by The Asian Banker for 6 years (2014-18, 2020), in recognition of its solid financial performance and ability to continuously increase profitability. BOCHK is the sole RMB Clearing Bank in Hong Kong appointed by the People's Bank of China since 2003, the first overseas CIPS Direct Participant since June 2016, and the largest RMB Clearing Bank in terms of settlement volumes and values – handling more than 75% worldwide cross-border RMB payments and support for a daily clearing value up to CNY2.5 trillion. Leveraging its professional expertise, comprehensive RMB product mix, and close tie with the parent bank, Bank of China, in the Mainland, BOCHK strives to become the best choice for all RMB needs of its customers. To implement the overseas development strategy of Bank of China Group, BOCHK branches and subsidiaries have been extended to Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei during 2017-19, with the provision of professional and high-quality financial services. Firmly rooted in Hong Kong since 1917, BOCHK is expediting its development into a top-class, full-service and internationalized regional bank.
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About CIMB Group
CIMB Group is one of ASEAN's leading universal banking groups and is Malaysia's second largest financial services provider, by assets. It offers consumer banking, commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in nine out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, Korea, the US and UK.
CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It had a market capitalisation of approximately RM 60.3 billion as at 31 December 2017. The Group has around 38,000 employees located in 15 countries.
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As a global investor, by partnering with us you'll benefit from HSBC's local knowledge in over 60 countries, balanced by our understanding of global economics.
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Singapore Exchange is Asia’s leading and trusted securities and derivatives market infrastructure, operating equity, fixed income, currency and commodity markets to the highest regulatory standards. It also operates a multi-asset sustainability platform, SGX FIRST or Future in Reshaping Sustainability Together (sgx.com/first).
SGX is committed to facilitating economic growth in a sustainable manner leveraging its roles as a key player in the ecosystem, a business, regulator and listed company. With climate action as a key priority, SGX aims to be a leading sustainable and transition financing and trading hub offering trusted, quality, end-to-end products and solutions.
As Asia’s most international, multi-asset exchange, SGX provides listing, trading, clearing, settlement, depository and data services, with about 40% of listed companies and over 80% of listed bonds originating outside of Singapore. SGX is the world’s most liquid international market for the benchmark equity indices of China, India, Japan and ASEAN. Headquartered in AAA-rated Singapore, SGX is globally recognised for its risk management and clearing capabilities. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com.
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