2024 Agenda

2024 Agenda

FX Markets Asia 2024 agenda

Times are in HKT/SGT
March 21, 2024 | Main conference

08:3009:00

Registration open

08:30 - 21:00

09:0009:10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:10

Peter Young

Head of event content Asia-pacific

FX Markets

09:1009:30

Keynote address
Presentation

09:10 - 09:30

Natalia Novikova

Resident representative in Singapore

International Monetary Fund

Ms. Natalia Novikova is the IMF Resident Representative in Singapore covering macro-financial developments in ASEAN. Natalia has extensive experience in designing macroeconomic policies in a range of advanced and emerging economies, including in the context of development and implementation of the IMF-supported programs. Prior to joining the IMF in 2013, Natalia was an Economist at Citigroup and worked at the Monetary operations department of the Central Bank of Russia, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Her research interests and publications include the analysis of sovereign debt sustainability, monetary policy, modelling of inflation and exchange rates.

09:3010:00

Keynote panel: adapting to the trends shaping foreign exchange (FX) markets
Panel discussion

09:30 - 10:00

  • The current macroeconomic landscape in Asia-Pacific and its implications for traders 
  • How monetary policy developments will affect trading 
  • Forecasting the US Federal Reserve rate and exchange rates 
  • Where global fixed income, currency and commodities (Ficc) markets are heading in 2024 and beyond
  • Hedging trends in 2024 and identifying possible substitutes 
Kevin Ho

Partner and chief operating officer

Pilgrim Partners Asia (Pte.) Ltd.

Kevin is Partner & COO of Pilgrim Partners Asia (Pte.) Ltd and approaches nearly 3 decades of experience in Banking & Finance.

He was former Head of Asian Sovereign Wealth in ABN AMRO Asset Management, SVP-Head of Wealth Management Advisory at HSBC, and operated quantitative strategies in a sub-billion-dollar AUM middle eastern family office.  A former SIMEX Nikkei 225 Floor trader, he started his trading career in Citibank N.A. Treasury Services.

He has taught portfolio, wealth, AML and treasury management courses in SMU, TABF (Taiwan), Shanghai Jiao Tong, Beijing Tsinghua and Chiangmai University. He has also appeared in MoneyFM 89.3 radio and has been a regular conference speaker on investment strategies, portfolio management and AML/terrorist funding typologies.

Today he continues to serve in various Executive or Board roles in a Singapore private hospital, a healthcare fund, a non-profit cybersecurity institute and is responsible for 300,000 lives as Head of the security & safety council of a large religious organisation, amongst other roles.

He has an MSc in Finance from CUNY (Zicklin) and is a Doctoral candidate in International Political Economy at Rangsit University, Thailand.

Frances Cheung

Managing director and head of fx and rates strategy

OCBC Bank

Frances joined OCBC Global Treasury in January 2021, responsible for interest rates research. She has over 20 years of experience as an economist, rates and FX strategist. Prior to OCBC, she was Head of Asia
Macro Strategy with Westpac, Head of Rates Strategy Asia ex Japan with Societe Generale , and Head of Asian Rates Strategy with Credit Agricole.

Frances was named as No.1 of Best for Overall Interest Rate Research Analyst in Asiamoney Fixed Income Poll 2012, 2013 and 2014; No.1 as Best Local Currency Analyst in FinanceAsia Fixed Income Research Poll 2012 and 2013; No.3 of Best for Overall FX Research Analyst in Asiamoney FX Poll 2012 and 2014; and No.1 as Best Analyst in FinanceAsia Fixed Income
Research Poll 2011.

She received her Master of Philosophy (Economics) and Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also a CFA charterholder .

Stefanie Holtze‑Jen

Chief investment officer Asia Pacific

Deutsche Bank Private Bank

Matthew McCalman

Principal and head of investments

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Matthew McCalman joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in March 2022 in Beijing as Principal, Head of Investments, responsible for managing approximately $US 28 Billion in liquidity portfolios. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets across asset management, trading, and balance sheet management.

Prior to his role at the AIIB, he held fixed income trading and balance sheet management roles with Toronto Dominion Bank in Singapore. He was also a portfolio manager with Alliance Bernstein in Australia, and he started his career as an economist with the Australian Treasury.

Matthew holds a M.Sc from the K.U.Leuven in Belgium and B.Ec from the Australian National University. 

10:0010:30

Electronification of trading desks: capitalising on tools accelerating e-trading capabilities
Panel discussion

10:00 - 10:30

  • The latest offerings in electronic trading
  • New tools for gaining access to wider liquidity pools and improving price discovery processes 
  • Analysis of electronic trading and data tools in execution, pricing and assisting lifecycle events 
  • How generative artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can increase the efficiency of FX trading desks
  • Use cases of AI integration
Joe Parsons

Global markets deputy editor

FX Markets

Joe Parsons is deputy editor on the global markets desk. He was formerly deputy editor at Global Custodian, and prior to that he was at The Trade.

Paul Buttenmueller

Global head of efx trading

UBS AG

Simon Campbell

Group head of trading

CMC Markets

Simon joined CMC Markets in 2006 and has been in his current position as Group Head of Trading since 2018.

He is responsible for the global quantitative trading teams in London, Frankfurt and Sydney, which also includes quantitative analysis and front office developers.

At present, Simon is focused on expanding the company’s institutional offering, covering FX liquidity provision and multi-asset execution services globally.

Prior to his current CMC appointment, Simon was Head of Quant Analysis, where he designed and executed the development of in-house pricing and risk systems from the ground up.

He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Durham, United Kingdom.

Mike Pun

Head of global intermediary services Asia-pacific

HSBC

Mike Pun is the Head of Global Intermediary Services (GIS) in Asia Pacific under the FX, EM Rates & Commodities business in HSBC. The focus of the GIS business is to create and provide innovative solutions and services to satisfy clients’ needs of executing FX, EM rates and Commodities trades in developed and emerging markets.

Mike is based in HK and he has worked in various roles in the Markets and Securities Services businesses in HSBC covering FX and Asset Servicing in Asia and the Middle East.

Stephen Totten

Director of quantitative analysis

oneZero

10:3011:00

Networking break

10:30 - 11:00

11:0011:30

A critical look at the future of renminbi internationalisation
Panel discussion

11:00 - 11:30

  • Recent developments in renminbi internationalisation versus de-dollarisation
  • Whether renminbi currency pairs see greater liquidity
  • Requirements for growth in renminbi use across Ficc markets
  • Trends and usage of CHY/CNH options and structured products 
  • Yuan: emerging market or Group of 10/11? 
Saurabh Tandon

Global head of fx and 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.

Arjen Gaasbeek

Managing director

Verition Fund Management LLC

Arjen Gaasbeek is Managing Director of for Verition Advisors (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., and member of the Arbitrage team. Verition is a US headquartered multi-strategy, multi-manager hedge fund with more than USD 7.5billion under management.  Previously Arjen was Managing Director for Flow Traders Asia and has also worked for Celera family office, Ingensoma, ABN Amro and Optiver. Verition focuses on global investment strategies including global credit, global convertible arbitrage, volatility and capital structure arbitrage, event driven investing, equity long/short  and capital markets trading as well as quantitative trading

Maximillian Lin

Executive director

CIBC

Maximillian Lin is a FICC strategist based in Singapore with coverage responsibility for Asia macro and currency strategy at CIBC. In this capacity, he works in collaboration with the global sales and trading teams to develop market insights, trade ideas and analytical models to assist CIBC's corporate and institutional clients with their macroeconomic investment decisions.

Prior to joining CIBC, Maximillian was an Asian currency and rates strategist at Credit Suisse, NatWest Markets and UBS. Earlier in his career he worked in M&A advisory at Lehman Brothers and The Gores Group, a US private equity firm. Maximillian received an MBA with honours from the University of Chicago, as well as an MSc and BSc in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA.

Christopher Wong

Managing director and currency strategist

OCBC

Chris is responsible for FX research and strategy at OCBC Global Treasury. He has over 15 years of experience in FX trading, research, and banking ops. Prior to OCBC, he was SVP, Senior FX Strategist with Malayan Banking Berhad, covering both G7 majors and Asian FX, an Economist with Capitaland’s Group Planning unit and an Asian NDF trader at ANZ Bank.

He has been nominated as Finalist for Best Emerging Markets Research & Strategy at the Technical Analyst Awards in London from 2016 – 18 and 2020. He has also been regularly quoted on newswires, media, including Bloomberg, Reuters, The Edge, etc.

11:3011:55

A regulatory outlook: how regulatory development is shaping the FX environment
Panel discussion

11:30 - 11:55

  • The impact of regulatory change and reform have on access to liquidity  
  • Implications of industry-wide FX clearing and margining optimisation 
  • The projected impact of the uncleared margin rules and the standardised approach to counterparty credit risk on pricing and liquidity 
  • New regulatory requirements and non-compliance risks 
Abdullah Khan

Managing director and head of global markets Asia-pacific

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Masters of Business Administration, Australian Institution of Business.

Abdullah is currently Managing Director, Head of Global Markets APAC for First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and is responsible for delivering the APAC Global Markets strategy. As a member of the Global Markets Executive Committee, Abdullah leads a team of senior Global Markets professionals across the APAC network and footprint. He is also responsible for the delivery and oversight of the governance, regulatory and compliance framework for APAC Global Markets, as well as a member of the Singapore Exco Management Team. Abdullah began his career in Financial Services 28 years ago in a variety of roles covering commercial to institutional banking before joining Global Markets 23 years ago. Through his leadership he has been responsible for cross-asset Sales, Trading and Liquidity Management businesses in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. His leadership around customer solutions has cultivated high performance cultures in businesses has led over the years. Prior to joining FAB, Abdullah was with Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) both across Australia and Asia, where he held the most recent position as Co-Head of Financial Markets and Head of Corporate Solutions, Asia. His leadership credentials extended to representing Westpac on the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), as a board member. Abdullah holds an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Institute of Business.

Michael Rothlin

Co-founder and managing director

White Elk Partners

Michael Rothlin is the Co-Founder, Managing Director of the new 2023 White Elk Macro Hedge Fund launch, 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.

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 focussing 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 focussed on growth and geographical expansion where his strategy and build experience can be leveraged.

11:5512:20

Settlement spotlight: moving towards a more transparent, secure and efficient FX settlement environment
Panel discussion

15:00 - 15:30

  • Best practices: effective adoption of FX settlement mitigation tools 
  • The future of settlement operations, and whether settlement risk can be mitigated
  • The implications of a T+1 trading environment 
  • Whether industry collaboration can facilitate transparency in FX settlement
  • The pros and cons of incentives to reduce FX settlement risk
Randall Duran

Senior lecturer

Singapore Management University

Randall E. Duran is a senior lecturer at Singapore Management University and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He was formerly CEO of Catena Technologies, a Fintech company that he founded and was acquired by IHS Markit. For over three decades, Randall has worked with banks and stock exchanges across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Randall is the author of the textbook "Financial Services Technology: Processes, Architecture, and Solutions" and co-author of "Regulation of Fintech in Asia-Pacific".

Wendy Chew

Managing director and head of treasury operations, group operations & technology

OCBC Bank

Wendy is the Head of Treasury Operations for OCBC. She leads 10 treasury operations locations globally and is responsible for 13 OCBC Group entities treasury operational support. Prior to this appointment, Wendy held various operations roles and programme management in Investment and Custody banks.


Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the Operations space, partnering the Business to support new business opportunities, improve efficiencies, and reduce operational risks in the trade lifecycle from inception to settlement.
Wendy was part of the pioneer batch of graduates from Singapore Management University, holding a Bachelor degree in Business Management majoring in Finance and Marketing.

Shen Li

Head of global markets China and head of indirectFX and streetFX

State Street Bank and Trust, Asia Pacific

Shen Li is a Managing Director based in State Street Bank Hong Kong office. He heads up State Street Global Markets China and oversees IndirectFX and StreetFX businesses for State Street Bank and Trust, Asia Pacific. Shen’s expertise sits in Emerging Markets trading and operations. He was extensively engaged in setting up China Stock Connect, Bond Connect, CIBM Direct related RMB-FX settlement and hedging solutions. He also set up the FX Sales & Trading business in China for State Street Global Markets in 2021. Shen took the lead in growing State Street’s FX market access in Korea, Taiwan, India, and Vietnam.
Prior to his current position, Shen has held eFX, FX Options trading, and FX research roles in Boston, London, Sydney, and Hong Kong. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The University of Chicago, and a Mater Degree in Quantitative Finance from Bentley University.

12:2013:20

Lunch

12:30 - 13:30

13:2513:50

The Fic products allowing access to high-quality liquidity
Poll-driven panel discussion

11:50 - 12:30

  • The market depth of the non-deliverable forward (NDF) market
  • Using FX derivatives to hedge exposure, enhance returns and diversify portfolios 
  • Whether environmental, social and governance (ESG) derivatives will shift the market
  • Trends and usage of CHY/CNH options and structured products 
Yogiraj A Nadgauda

Head of single family office

RDA Investments Singapore

Suprita Vohra

Managing director

Barclays

Suprita Vohra is a Managing Director at Barclays Bank, based in Singapore, heading their Risk Solutions Group for South East Asia & Australia.

She has spent two exciting decades in financial markets, helping global corporates and institutions navigate their FX & Rates hedging needs.

Having spent her early years with HSBC and Citi, she has called Barclays home for 16 years, building and leading several businesses across Markets and Banking.

Being passionate about continuous learning, she completed her PhD in Finance in 2019 while working, and has published two behavioral finance papers co-authored with Dr. Frank J. Fabozzi, in Journal of International Money and Finance, and Journal of Derivatives.  

Diwakar Vijayvergia

Senior portfolio manager

AllianceBernstein

13:5014:10

Data as core: creating data-driven trading desks
Panel discussion

14:00 - 14:30

  • Feedback loops, performance monitoring and agile adaption in automated trading capabilities   
  • Improving data analytics for pre-trade decision-making  
  • Tools to streamline and standardise pre-trade workflows 
  • Using of third-party transaction cost analysis
Gaurav Malhotra

Head of eFX trading, APAC

Barclays Investment Bank

He re-joined Barclays in 2018, having previously worked at Barclays between 2005 and 2011 as part of the regional eFX trading team. In his current role, he is responsible for the electronic markets making desk based in Singapore which prices G10, EM & NDF currencies to clients via multiple channels. He focuses on algorithmic price generation, low market impact hedging, order execution strategies and intelligent analytics. Gaurav is a recognized industry expert and has represented Barclays on multiple occasions at industry conferences, sharing his views on FX strategies and market outlook. He holds a BE (Hons) in Software Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Arjun Chib

Managing director

Standard Chartered

Christopher Torrington

Global head of eFX trading

Nomura

Christopher joined Nomura in 2022 as Global Head of eFX Trading, overseeing the trading, quant and technology teams behind Nomura’s electronic FX business, based in Singapore. He is helping to drive Nomura’s aggressive growth plans for the breadth of its electronic offering.

He has been working in the eFX space since its infancy in 2005, spending time in London and Singapore with industry leaders Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Citi. Prior to joining Nomura his focus had been on building electronic businesses in largely voice traded products like NDFs and restricted currencies.

Christopher holds a MA from the University of Cambridge, where he read mathematics.

14:1014:35

Accessing emerging markets: the outlook for Asia Pacific emerging market FX trading
Panel discussion

14:00 - 14:30

  • Strategies for entering emerging Ficc markets in Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries
  • Adapting business models to cater for different market dynamics 
  • Analysing the current dynamics of emerging markets
  • Long-term trends for Apac economies and currency pairs   
Diwakar Verma

Director and investment counsellor

Bank of Singapore

Diwakar Verma is based in Hong Kong and currently holds the position of Director, Investment Advisory at Bank of Singapore. Diwakar has been actively involved in multi asset classes advisory and investment solution generation for Non–resident Indian and International Private Banking segment spread across the globe. Diwakar has held Senior Investment Advisory positions in Private Banking organizations like Union Bancaire Privee, RBS Coutts and Citibank in various locations like Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Diwakar is a CFA charterholder ( awarded  by CFA institute, USA).  Diwakar has also obtained MBA qualification from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University (India) and Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi University (India). 

Gareth Nicholson

Chief investment officer and head of discretionary portfolio management, international wealth management

Nomura

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.

Rachana Mehta

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.

Abhishek Chaudhary

Portfolio manager

Millennium

14:3515:05

Networking break

10:10 - 10:25

15:0515:30

A critical look at digital assets in trading portfolios
Panel discussion

15:30 - 16:00

  • Whether blockchain can transform asset access to offer greater liquidity
  • The impact of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) on the financial market 
  • The importance of digital assets in future-proofing portfolios
  • Integrating digital assets into trading portfolios
  • The implications of digital currencies in hedging 
Angelina Kwan

Chief executive

Stratford Finance

Angelina is Senior Advisor to IMC Asia Pacific, a leading global market making and proprietary trading firm. She has previously held Senior Management and Directorate positions with international digital asset exchanges, HKEX, Cantor Fitzgerald, the SFC, and other global financial services companies. She is also the Managing Director of Stratford Finance Limited, a consulting company focused on dealing with regulatory and operational issues in the financial services and digital assets sectors and advises brokerages, fund managers, and technology providers.

Angelina is currently the Chair of The Women’s Foundation and serves on a number of Hong Kong Government appointed Boards and charities, including the New Business Committee of the Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute, the Ebenezer School for the Blind, the University of Wollongong and is an Honorary Adjunct Professor of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Accounting and Finance. Angelina is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her MBA is from Pepperdine University, LLB from HKU/Manchester Metropolitan University, and LLM from Harvard Law School.

Haiping Choo

Digital assets Asia Pacific lead

Citi

Kevin Gin

Principal

Alpha Capital

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.

Cici Lu

Chief executive officer

Venn Link

Prior to joining the crypto asset management industry, Cici had over 10 years of institutional banking career, specifically in Investment Banking, FI & FX trading across 4 continents.

Cici has been following blockchain technology since 2018 combined with her ESG knowledge from the recent assignment at BNP Paribas in 2021, she has a unique perspective on crypto assets as tools to enable UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She is also an ardent advocate for Blockchain applications in philanthropic management at the Association of Family Office in Asia.

15:3016:15

FX deep-dive discussions
Roundtable discussions

15:30 - 16:15

Topics: 

  • Climate-conscious trading: ESG derivatives in FX trading 
  • FX operations focus: tools to increase efficiency in trading operation 
  • FX technology: traders' dependency on technology 
  • Crypto and CBDCs: bridging the gap between traditional finance and decentralised finance 
  • NDF spotlight: using to access liquidity 
Rachana Mehta

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.

Stefanie Holtze‑Jen

Chief investment officer Asia Pacific

Deutsche Bank Private Bank

Kevin Ho

Partner and chief operating officer

Pilgrim Partners Asia (Pte.) Ltd.

Kevin is Partner & COO of Pilgrim Partners Asia (Pte.) Ltd and approaches nearly 3 decades of experience in Banking & Finance.

He was former Head of Asian Sovereign Wealth in ABN AMRO Asset Management, SVP-Head of Wealth Management Advisory at HSBC, and operated quantitative strategies in a sub-billion-dollar AUM middle eastern family office.  A former SIMEX Nikkei 225 Floor trader, he started his trading career in Citibank N.A. Treasury Services.

He has taught portfolio, wealth, AML and treasury management courses in SMU, TABF (Taiwan), Shanghai Jiao Tong, Beijing Tsinghua and Chiangmai University. He has also appeared in MoneyFM 89.3 radio and has been a regular conference speaker on investment strategies, portfolio management and AML/terrorist funding typologies.

Today he continues to serve in various Executive or Board roles in a Singapore private hospital, a healthcare fund, a non-profit cybersecurity institute and is responsible for 300,000 lives as Head of the security & safety council of a large religious organisation, amongst other roles.

He has an MSc in Finance from CUNY (Zicklin) and is a Doctoral candidate in International Political Economy at Rangsit University, Thailand.

Randall Duran

Senior lecturer

Singapore Management University

Randall E. Duran is a senior lecturer at Singapore Management University and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.). He was formerly CEO of Catena Technologies, a Fintech company that he founded and was acquired by IHS Markit. For over three decades, Randall has worked with banks and stock exchanges across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Randall is the author of the textbook "Financial Services Technology: Processes, Architecture, and Solutions" and co-author of "Regulation of Fintech in Asia-Pacific".

Kevin Gin

Principal

Alpha Capital

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.

Saurabh Tandon

Global head of fx and 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.

Cici Lu

Chief executive officer

Venn Link

Prior to joining the crypto asset management industry, Cici had over 10 years of institutional banking career, specifically in Investment Banking, FI & FX trading across 4 continents.

Cici has been following blockchain technology since 2018 combined with her ESG knowledge from the recent assignment at BNP Paribas in 2021, she has a unique perspective on crypto assets as tools to enable UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She is also an ardent advocate for Blockchain applications in philanthropic management at the Association of Family Office in Asia.

16:1516:45

Roundtable insights

16:15 - 16:30

A panel where roundtable facilitators will share key takeaways from the day's discussions.

16:4516:50

Chairperson’s closing remarks

16:00 - 16:10

Peter Young

Head of event content Asia-pacific

FX Markets

16:5016:50

End of FX Markets Asia 2024

16:10 - 16:15