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Key Sessions

Hanna Raftell

Guest Speaker: Female empowerment, diversity and inclusion: impact on profitability

OPTI

Azran Osman-Rani

Innovation from Frontline Obsession

AirAsia X

08:00 - 08:40

Registration

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Showing of Streams
10:10 - 10:40

Networking Break

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Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
13:10 - 14:15
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Networking Lunch PLUS Off the record with Azran Osman-Rani, ex-CEO, AIRASIA X

  • Azran Osman-Rani - ex-CEO, AirAsia X
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Showing of Streams
Showing of Streams
17:00 - 17:10

Chairman’s Summary and Close of Day

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08:00 - 08:40 40 mins
Registration
08:40 - 08:45 5 mins
Grand Plenary
Chairman’s Opening Address
08:45 - 09:05 20 mins
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Grand Plenary
The Psychology Driving Asian Asset Prices
  • Richard Peterson - CEO, MarketPsych Group

Dr. Peterson demonstrates how information flow drives price patterns in Asian equity and currency markets (China, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong) utilizing a proprietary data set. Positive news leads to strong monthly and yearly stock price momentum in Asian stocks. Media sentiment typically turns down before major bear markets begin, giving investors time to exit in advance of the selloffs. Learn the themes driving asset prices in Asian markets.

09:05 - 09:25 20 mins
Grand Plenary
Using Google, Wikipedia, Flickr and Twitter to analyse and predict human behaviour
  • Tobias Preis - Professor of Behavioural Science and Finance Co-Director, Data Science Lab, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
09:25 - 10:10 45 mins
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Grand Plenary
CEO digital disruption panel
  • Ashwin Mehta - Chairman, Nomura Asset Management Taiwan
  • Damien Mooney - Managing Director, Head of Digital Wealth, APAC, Blackrock
  • Mostapha Tahiri - Head of Institutional Investors & Head of Digital Transformation, Asia-Pacific, BNP Paribas Securities Services
  • Jing Ulrich - Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific, JP Morgan Chase
  • Eleanor Wan - Chief Executive Officer, BEA Union Investment
  • What does the future of the Asian asset & wealth management businesses look like in 2025?
  • What will determine success from failure?
  • What are the key dimensions around talent, business models and product & service offering going to be?
10:10 - 10:40 30 mins
Networking Break
10:40 - 11:10 30 mins
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Business Leaders Forum
Appealing to the younger generation of investor
  • Mathias Helleu - CEO, 8Securities
  • Ned Phillips - Founder and CEO, Bambu
  • Maggie Ng - Founder & CEO, FinEX Asia
  • Successfully using social media to generate investment ideas, service clients and promote products?
  • How can robo-advisory create a new distribution channel to target millennials?
10:40 - 11:10 30 mins
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Fund Buyers Solutions
Portfolio Construction 2.0: Investment panel
  • Moderator Malik Sarwar - CEO, K2 Leaders, Recent Global Head of Sales Management/Wealth Development, HSBC
  • Antony John - Principal, Ilex Associates
  • John McGinley - Partner, USAID Green Invest Asia and Mekong Strategic Partners
  • Charis Wong - Head of Funds & ETFs, Hong Kong, Credit Suisse Private Banking & Wealth Management

This session will look at innovative solutions that offer a better way of identifying winning asset classes & funds. This will be followed by in-depth roundtable discussions on a range of asset classes.

11:10 - 11:40 30 mins
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Business Leaders Forum
What will the winning service, fee and collaboration model look like?
  • Marc Lansonneur - Managing Director, Head of Managed Solutions and Investment Governance, DBS

With people moving to lower fees, shifting away from active, how does the industry add value to the customer and justify the cost?

11:10 - 12:10 60 mins
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Fund Buyers Solutions
In-depth roundtable discussions on portfolio construction:
  • Moderator John McGinley - Partner, USAID Green Invest Asia and Mekong Strategic Partners

Table One hosted by USAID Green Invest Asia: Thematic investing in sustainable agriculture and forestry in Asia

What are emerging risks, investment opportunities, and strategies in managing and sharing risks and rewards in agriculture and forestry in Asia?

Moderator: John McGinley, Partner, USAID Green Invest Asia and Mekong Strategic Partners

Table Two: Private Equity

Antony John, Principal, ILEX Associates

Table Three: ETFsWhat’s the opportunity? 

Are ETFs becoming too complicated and risky?

Charis Wong, VP, Head of Fund and ETFs HK, Private Banking APAC, CREDIT SUISSE 

Circulate between our 3 roundtable session with 20 minutes on each round. 

11:40 - 12:05 25 mins
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Business Leaders Forum
Connecting clients with technology…Learning from the best.
  • Scarlett Chen - Director of Strategic Investments, Prudential
  • Steve Monaghan - Reginal Director, AIA
  • How does the insurance industry see wealth management in the context of what is being offered?
  • What can financial services take away from successful implementation of technology?
12:05 - 12:30 25 mins
Business Leaders Forum
Guest Speaker: Female empowerment, diversity and inclusion: impact on profitability
  • Hanna Raftell - Chief Client Officer, Head of Wealth Management, OPTI
12:30 - 13:10 40 mins
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Grand Plenary
Innovation from Frontline Obsession
  • Azran Osman-Rani - ex-CEO, AirAsia X

Traditional strategic planning and budgeting is outdated.

Managing corporations today is especially challenging with the unpredictable force of change from rapid technological advances, consumer behaviours and demographics, accelerated cross-border movements and political and regulatory upheavals.

 Gain unique insight into how AirAsia X introduced new innovations, which challenged the international conventions of the low-cost airline industry by putting front-line customer interface back under the spotlight and understand how this can be applied to the asset management industry. 

13:10 - 14:15 65 mins
Networking Lunch PLUS Off the record with Azran Osman-Rani, ex-CEO, AIRASIA X
  • Azran Osman-Rani - ex-CEO, AirAsia X
14:15 - 14:45 30 mins
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Grand Plenary
The next growth opportunity: Exploring distribution capabilities in Southeast Asia
  • Steven Billiet - CEO, JP Morgan Asset Management Singapore
  • Lauren Prendiville - Head of Distribution, Southeast Asia, First State Investments
  • Kevin Snowball - Chief Executive Officer, PXP Asset Management
  • Ben Waterhouse - Head of Intermediary Business for Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Fidelity

Spotlight on Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia ex-Singapore

  • How much potential do they have?
  • Will we see regime change across the region?
  • How can international players gain access to become active market participants?
  • Servicing Southeast Asia from Singapore – is this the right model?
14:15 - 14:45 30 mins
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FundForum Ops
COOs Discuss - Cracking China
  • Steve Bryant - COO Greater China, Schroders
  • Ken Hui - Chief Operating Officer, Fullgoal Asset Management (HK) Ltd
  • Jorg Sunderman - COO, APAC, Robeco

Operational considerations: Co-operation, compliance and culture

14:15 - 15:15 60 mins
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Emerging Manager Clinic
Transform Your Fund into a Highly Profitable & Sustainable Business
  • Anric Blatt - Chairman, Global Fund Advisors
  • Lauralouise Blatt - CEO, Global Fund Exchange

Top Strategic and Tactical Advisors, Portfolio Managers, and Investors will walk you through the key steps to transforming your business into a highly profitable and sustainable business that attracts lifelong clients. Learn how to: Create your Compelling Identity and Vision; Get in front of the right clients with the right message, Learn how to Automate your Sales Process and Bullet Proof your business. The session will be followed by one-on-one Q&A where you can get top tier strategic and tactical advice for your business from seasoned allocators, investors and business builders

14:45 - 15:15 30 mins
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Grand Plenary
Japan: The Recovery Story That Shouldn’t be Ignored
  • Taro Ogai - Managing Director, Investments, Asia Pacific, Willis Towers Watson
  • Update on reform
  • Changing demographics
  • Impact on investment culture
  • Where is alpha coming from?
  • Japan’s renewed stewardship code
14:45 - 15:15 30 mins
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FundForum Ops
Building an ETF Asia strategy
  • Adam Choppin - Manager Research – International Equities, FIS Group, Inc.
  • Chen Ding - CEO, CSOP Asset Management
  • Vincent Chen - Head of Index & Quantitative Investment, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management
  • Building an ETF platform
  • Where do you list?
  • Which markets and client segments will growth come from?
  • Making ETFs accessible to the investors
15:15 - 15:45 30 mins
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Grand Plenary
Lightning session: India vs China
  • Moderator Blair Pickerell - Strategic Advisor, CreditEase Wealth Management
  • Sundeep Sikka - Executive Director & CEO, Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Limited
  • G Pradeepkumar - Chief Executive Officer, Union Asset Management

In these fast-paced session key experts will have five minutes to show their work and share their ideas with only 15 seconds per slides the speaker must be concise. Small group discussions will follow.

15:15 - 15:45 30 mins
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FundForum Ops
Capitalising on Cryptocurrency
  • Richard Byworth - Chief Operating Officer, Diginex
  • Jonathan Ha - CEO, RedPulse
  • Brad Maclean - Chief Operating Officer, Gatecoin
  • Ryan Rabaglia - Head Trader, Octagon Strategy

Whether you’re a bitcoin believer or crypto-sceptic, it doesn’t look like the bubble is set to burst any time soon. What will the operational impact of incorporating this new asset class be from a regulatory and operational perspective? How are intermediaries dealing with crypto-assets?

15:45 - 16:00 15 mins
Grand Plenary
Networking Break
15:45 - 17:00 75 mins
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Trade War Games
Trade War Games
  • John Hulsman - Geopolitical Expert, U.S. Council On Foreign Relations

There is a threat that metals tariffs and investment restrictions will lead to a global trade war, which would have a significant impact on producers and consumers. 

What would a trade war look like and what would be the consequences to investors? 

In this scenario-focused war game go to battle to retain your edge in an environment of continued political uncertainty (under Chatham House Rule)

16:00 - 17:00 60 mins
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Grand Plenary
What’s your talent pool got to do with it? Everything.

With skill deficiencies impeding the effectiveness of evolving technologies this session will aim to pivot skill of your talent to keep pace with realities of data and technology (under Chatham House Rule

17:00 - 17:10 10 mins
Chairman’s Summary and Close of Day