Marina Bay Sands, July 13


Peter Seah

Chairman, DBS Group Holdings

Mr Peter Seah joined the Board of Directors of DBS Group Holdings Ltd and DBS Bank Ltd on 16 November 2009 and assumed the role of Chairman on 1 May 2010. He is Chairman of the Compensation and Management Development Committee, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee, as well as a member of the Audit Committee and Board Risk Management Committee. In addition, he is Chairman of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited and also chairs its Board Risk Management Committee.

Peter is the present Chairman of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd and LaSalle College of the Arts Limited. Peter was a banker for 33 years before retiring as Vice Chairman and CEO of the former Overseas Union Bank in 2001.

Peter is a member of the Temasek Holdings Advisory Panel. He also serves on the boards of CapitaLand Limited, Starhub Ltd, STATS ChipPAC Ltd and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Private Limited. Amongst other appointments, he is also a board member of the Defence Science and Technology Agency.

Programme Involved:

  • Closing Remarks

Piyush Gupta

Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings

Mr. Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group.

Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup's Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He is also the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore and Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).

Piyush was named Singapore Business Awards' Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. In 2014, he was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC and in 2013, he was accorded the CEO Leadership Achievement Award for Singapore and Asia Pacific by The Asian Banker.

Programme Involved:

  • Welcome Address

  • Disruptive Digital and the Transformation of Large Organisations

  • DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

Heng Swee Keat

Minister for Finance, Republic of Singapore

Mr Heng Swee Keat is the Minister for Finance and Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC. The Ministry of Finance manages the national budget, oversees corporate governance regulations, and supervises the prudent investment and utilisation of public funds and government reserves. Mr Heng co-chaired the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE), which charted the strategies for Singapore’s next phase of growth. He chairs the tripartite Future Economy Council, which oversees the implementation of national strategies in areas such as skills and capabilities development, innovation and productivity, and industry transformation. He is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation, which sets the direction for Singapore’s research, innovation and enterprise strategies. Before this, Mr Heng served as Minister for Education from 2011 to 2015. He drove programmes for a student-centric, values-driven education system, emphasising the holistic development of students and multiple educational pathways. While at MOE, Mr Heng also led Our Singapore Conversation, a national consultation exercise that reached out to close to 50,000 Singaporeans on their aspirations for Singapore’s future. In 2015, he chaired the Singapore 50 (SG50) Steering Committee leading the celebrations for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. Prior to entering politics in May 2011, Mr Heng was the Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), where he received the “Central Bank Governor of the Year in Asia-Pacific” Award by the British magazine The Banker. He has served in various other public service positions, including appointments in the Singapore Police Force, as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trade Development Board, and as the Principal Private Secretary to then-Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew from 1997 to 2000. In 2001, Mr Heng was awarded the Gold Medal in Public Administration, and the Meritorious Medal in 2010 for his contribution to the public service in Singapore.

Mr Heng has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Programme Involved:

  • Keynote Address

Yuval Noah Harari

Author of International Bestsellers 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' and 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow'

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is the author of international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, as well as the forthcoming 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (out September 2018).

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Harari originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history. His current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded?

Prof. Harari is a two-time winner of the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, which he was awarded in 2009 and 2012. In 2011 he won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles on military history. In 2017 Homo Deus won Handelsblatt’s German Economic Book Award for the most thoughtful and influential economic book of the year. In 2018 Prof. Harari gave a keynote speech on the future of humanity on the Congress Hall stage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Published in 2014, Prof. Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international hit and is published in nearly 50 languages worldwide. It was listed on the Sunday Times bestseller list for over six months in paperback, and was a New York Times top 10 bestseller. The book was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

In 2016 Prof. Harari returned with Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, a critically acclaimed book that examines the big future projects facing humanity in the 21st century.

September 2018 will see the publication of Yuval Noah Harari’s next book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. After exploring deep into the past and then the future in his previous two books, here Harari stops to take the pulse of our current global climate, focusing on the biggest questions of the present moment: What is really happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? Prof. Harari regularly lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books and articles, and has written for newspapers such as the Guardian, Financial Times, The Times, Nature magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

He also offers his knowledge and time to various organizations and audiences on a voluntary basis.

Programme Involved:

  • DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

Amin Toufani

CEO of T Labs & Chair, Finance & Economics at the Singularity University

Amin is the CEO of T Labs. He was formerly the director of strategy and Vice President of Strategic Relations at Singularity University. He brings a unique set of technological, entrepreneurial and policy perspectives to the dialogue of innovation on campus.

Before Singularity, Amin founded for-profit and social impact organizations in a range of domains including: artificial intelligence, peer to peer lending, bitcoin, human rights, international development, carbon offsetting, and solar energy.

Google Search ranks him as the world’s best guitar player – a title he readily rejects. In addition to his work at Singularity, he is building the World’s first hedge fund for the poor, as well as Reversopedia – a reverse encyclopedia composed of things we know we don’t know.

Amin has a degree in artificial intelligence from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from Stanford, and an MPA in economic policy from Harvard. He attended Harvard and Stanford concurrently and graduated an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Programme Involved:

  • Opening Plenary: Reimagining Asia 2030

  • Digitise Disrupt - Reimagining Business and Technology – Big and Small

Anthony Tan

Group CEO and Co-Founder, Grab

Anthony Tan is Group CEO and Co-Founder of Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile technology company. He and his team are pushing innovation boundaries to ensure every Southeast Asian can access affordable transport, mobile payments and financial services. By focusing on a hyperlocal business strategy and building strategic partnerships, Mr Tan and his team transformed Grab from a taxi booking app to the market leading O2O consumer app in Southeast Asia.

Under his leadership, the company has expanded into eight countries across Southeast Asia. It provides the everyday services that matter most to consumers, including the most diversified portfolio of transport services, food and package delivery, mobile payments and financial services in the region.

Anthony’s roots in the automotive industry run deep – his great grandfather was a taxi driver. Before founding Grab, Anthony was the Head of Supply Chain and Marketing at Tan Chong Group, where he drove logistics and created brand affinity for the automotive brands under the group.

Anthony graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Chicago and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with Honors from Harvard Business School.

Anthony has a hands-on leadership style and travels extensively between all markets Grab operates in to understand local market nuances, as well as inspire and problem solve with his teammates on the ground.

Programme Involved:

  • Disruptive Digital and the Transformation of Large Organisations

Ari Sarker

Co-President, Asia Pacific, Mastercard

In his capacity as Co-President for Asia Pacific at Mastercard, Ari Sarker leads the South East Asia and South Asia region, overseeing all of the company’s activities in these regions including sales, business development, business strategy, and relationships with card issuers, public policy, governments, merchants and merchant acquirers. He is also a member of the company’s Global Management Committee.

Ari has been with Mastercard for 7 years and until June ’15 was Mastercard’s Division President for South Asia and Country Corporate Officer, India. Ari provided leadership to the South Asia team to drive core business growth and executing on the nascent but fast rising emerging payments opportunities.

In his initial role in Mastercard as Head of Network Processing for AP & MEA, Ari developed significant engagement across the markets of AP & MEA on various partnership discussions with domestic switches and regulators on building an open vibrant payment market environment. In addition, he has played an active role in leading, managing and identifying new equity investment opportunities covering switch acquisitions to acquisition / partnership in other areas of the business including bill payment, pre-paid and transit across the region.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Ari spent over 12 years with GE in a variety of senior roles in accounting, audit, corporate finance, and private equity across several key markets in the Americas, Europe, & Asia Pacific. In his last role prior to Mastercard, Ari led the GE Private Equity business in India. His first role after university was working in the financial services group of Price Waterhouse in their London office.

Ari is an independent board director with the following companies: (1) Airtel Payments Bank Limited (India); (2) Cuscal Limited (Australia); (3) Analec Singapore Pte Limited (A fintech company).

He is on the Advisory Board of the Singapore Management University Lee Kong Chian School of Business (SMU-LKCSB); He is also on the Board of the US-ASEAN Business Council (USABC).

Ari is a B.Com (Hons) graduate from Delhi University, an MBA from Cardiff University, and is a qualified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Programme Involved:

  • Digitalisation, Banking and Central Banking

Arjun Shetty

Portfolio Manager, Astignes Capital

Arjun Shetty is a portfolio manager with Astignes Capital – a macro fund focused on investment opportunities in Asia pacific, with USD1.2bn in asset under management. Prior to this, Arjun worked with UBS Global Asset Management, managing the firm’s local currency mandates in Asia. His previous roles also include 5 years as a macro strategist in Deutsche Bank, advising institutional clients on fixed income and currency investments in the region. Arjun has a BTech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Programme Involved:

  • G3 and Asia – Macro, Currency and Rates Outlook

Carol Wu

Head of Research, China and Hong Kong, DBS Vickers (Hong Kong)

Ms Carol Wu is a Managing Director and Head of Research for Hong Kong & Mainland China of DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) Limited. She joined DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) as an Equity Analyst in November 2007.

Over the past ten years, she helped to raise the profile of the Greater China equity and property research for DBS. DBS Vickers was ranked consistently within Top 3 in the coverage of small mid cap, property and telecommunication services from 2015 to 2017 in the Asiamoney Broker Poll. Carol is also personally ranked No. 1 Best Regional Real Estate Analyst in the Asia (ex-Japan) region and Hong Kong in 2016 in the same Poll, and No. 1 best analyst in Hong Kong in 2013 by Wall Street Journal Asia. Prior to DBS Vickers, Carol worked as a strategist for LaSalle Investment Management, a property fund under Jones Lang LaSalle, to set the investment direction for the fund.

Carol received her MBA from the University of Texas in Austin and B.A. in International Relations from the National Taiwan University.

Programme Involved:

  • Asian Real Estate Outlook

Chris Leung

Executive Director and Chief China Economist, DBS Bank, Hong Kong SAR

Mr Chris Leung is DBS Bank’s Executive Director and Chief China Economist, who joined in January 2002. Mr Leung is responsible for monitoring the macroeconomic conditions of the Greater China region. He frequently conducts economic/investment seminars across Asia.

Prior to joining DBS Bank, Mr Leung was an economist at Citibank and Chase Bank. As an expert on the Chinese economy, he appears regularly on Bloomberg, Cable TV, ATV, TVB, CNBC, CNN and various print media, providing his professional views on financial and economic issues. His insights have been published in the Financial Times (Chinese version) and a book published by China Economic Publishing House. Mr Leung is frequently invited to attend various economic meetings convened by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Mr Leung graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Statistics from Columbia University, a Master’s Degree in Economics from New York University, and an Advanced Diploma in Managing Economic Crisis and Reform from the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Programme Involved:

  • China – BRI, Automation and the Evolving Supply Chain

Danielle Wang

Senior Research Director, China Property, DBS Vickers (Hong Kong)

Danielle Wang is a Senior Research Director and China Property Analyst of DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) Limited. She joined DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) as an Equity Analyst in November 2009.

Over the years, she has helped raise the profile of the Greater China property research franchise. She was recognised by StarMine Top Stock Pickers in 2010, Top 10 Asiamoney Best Real Estate Analyst (H-share) in 2017, and StarMine Top Earning Estimate in 2015 and 2016. Prior to joining DBS Vickers (Hong Kong), Danielle worked as an Equity Analyst for Taifook Securities Limited (currently Haitong International Securities) covering Hong Kong listed China property stocks.

Danielle received her Master of Economics degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Xiamen University in China.

Programme Involved:

  • Asian Real Estate Outlook

David Skilling

Founding Director, Landfall Strategy Group

David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, a Singapore-based economic advisory firm that provides insights on global economic, political, and policy developments to governments, firms and financial institutions. David serves clients in Australasia, Asia and Europe, bringing distinctive perspectives on the changing global economic and political environment – with a particular focus on how these developments impact on small advanced economies.

David also writes regularly on global economic and political issues, including in the Straits Times, the Wall Street Journal, Project Syndicate, The Times, Foreign Affairs, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and the Nikkei Asian Review.

David has recently served as Senior Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand. Prior to founding Landfall Strategy Group in 2011, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute. Before joining McKinsey, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately-funded, non-partisan think-tank. Until 2003, David was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury.

David has a Ph.D. in Public Policy, and a Master in Public Policy degree, from Harvard University, as well as a Master of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of Auckland. David was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008.

Programme Involved:

  • Asia 2030 and Singapore 2030

Derek Tan

Senior Vice President and Head of Property Research, Singapore, DBS Bank

Derek Tan is a Senior Vice President and Head of Property Research for Singapore at DBS Group Research and have covered the Singapore property sector for over 10 years. DBS Group Research was frequently ranked amongst the top research houses in Singapore over the years and regularly ranked as the top 3

Programme Involved:

  • Asian Real Estate Outlook

Eugene Leow

Rates Strategist, DBS Bank

Eugene Leow is responsible for Rates Research in DBS bank, covering G3 and Asia rates.

He is best recognized for flagging policy limitations faced by major central banks in mid-2016 and calling the turn in global interest rates. In 2017, he called the carry environment and in 2018 predicted the continued rise in USD interest rates. His research has been quoted in print and on television, including CNBC, Bloomberg and Reuters.

His timely research and insightful analysis is highly valued by external clients, such as corporates and investment funds in their risk hedging, treasury planning and investing decision process. He has particular expertise in evaluating and identifying macro imbalances, monetary policy and the impact on the financial markets.

Prior to joining DBS bank in 2011, he worked as an analyst covering economics, politics and financial markets in Southeast Asia.

Eugene has a Master in Finance from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Singapore Management University (SMU). He was also a scholar under the Financial Scholarship Program (FSP) administered by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Programme Involved:

  • G3 and Asia - Macro, Currency and Rates Outlook

Geert Peeters

Executive Director and CFO, CLP Holdings

Geert Peeters joined CLP Holdings as Group Director & CFO in April 2014. He was appointed Executive Director and CFO in January 2016 with additional responsibility for Group business development oversight. Mr Peeters has over 25 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to CLP, he was with GDF SUEZ from 1997 to 2013, serving senior financial and operational roles in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

Programme Involved:

  • Meeting Future Energy Demand in Asia

Hou Wey Fook

Chief Investment Officer, DBS Consumer Banking and Wealth Management

As DBS’s Chief Investment Officer, Wey Fook is responsible for the bank’s investment strategies, including global strategic and tactical asset allocations for clients. He leads a team of investment strategists and communications specialists within the Chief Investment Office (CIO), to establish and curate DBS’ recommended investment strategies, asset allocation calls, as well as thematic trading ideas across the asset classes of equities, bonds, and currencies.

Wey Fook has 30 years of fund management experience, and was most recently at Bank of Singapore where he held various senior management roles including Chief Investment Officer, Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) and Funds. During Wey Fook’s tenure as DPM head, assets under management grew substantially to SGD9b and was voted as the best in DPM by Asiamoney Private Banking Poll 2016. He started his career at Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) followed by OCBC Asset Management, before joining ING Asia Private Bank, later renamed Bank of Singapore.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Hong Teck Khiam

Managing Director, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank

Teck Khiam is a senior industry banker covering healthcare & pharmaceuticals, energy and utilities.. Prior to joining DBS in late 2004, he was an industry / client coverage banker with ANZ Bank in the utilities & infrastructure, media & telecom and hospitality segments. He started his career with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Thereafter, he had several years of regional project finance experience with Sumitomo Bank & Barclays Capital.

Teck Khiam graduated with Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from NUS. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore and Certified Public Accountant of Australia.

Programme Involved:

  • Meeting Future Energy Demand in Asia

Irvin Seah

Senior Economist, Economics and Currency Research, DBS Bank

Irvin Seah is the Senior Vice President and Senior Economist for Economics and Currency Research at DBS Bank in Singapore. He joined DBS in 2006 and he is currently in charge of the macroeconomic coverage of Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. Apart from supporting the bank’s investment strategies and advising DBS clients on macroeconomic issues, his opinions on the economy are often featured in the media.

Mr Seah began his career in the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, Economics Division, as a government economist under the Economist Service Scheme. In his career with the Ministry, Mr Seah was deeply involved in a wide range of government initiatives. He was also a trade economist as well as a trade negotiator in MTI. Apart from trade related research work, he was also involved in the WTO and several FTA negotiations.

Fluent in Mandarin, Mr Seah holds a Master of Business (Applied Economics) degree from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Programme Involved:

  • Asia 2030 and Singapore 2030

Janice Chua

Managing Director and Head of Research, ASEAN, DBS Bank

Janice Chua, Equity Strategist for Singapore, has been ranked consistently as top Strategist by Asiamoney Polls in recent years. As Head of ASEAN, she oversees a team of 36 equity analysts with coverage of more than 350 stocks across four offices in ASEAN. Backed by more than 20 years of experience in equities research, she has covered a broad range of sectors including Conglomerates, shipyards, oil and gas, banks, transport and construction. She was appointed Head Of Research for Singapore in DBS Vickers Securities in 2006. Under her leadership, the DBS Research team in Singapore has been voted Number 1 for overall research in the last 3 years and dominated the Asiamoney awards for sector coverage by clinching the top 3 positions in almost every sector. According to the Greenwich survey, the Singapore research team has also been ranked no 1 by Asian clients in 2017.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Jason Low

Senior Investment Strategist, DBS Bank

Jason Low, CFA, is Senior Investment Strategist at the Chief Investment Office, DBS Group Wealth Management. Jason is responsible for providing thought leadership on DBS's investment strategy and formulating the bank's global equity and market strategies for approximately USD 150bn AUM.

Jason regularly contributes in the international media including Bloomberg and CNBC.

He joined DBS in 2011 from Morgan Stanley, where he was managing and advising on cross-asset investments. Jason was also a Contributing Writer to The Business Times in Singapore from 2006 to 2009

Outside of work, Jason currently serves on the board of Autism Association (Singapore) as Honorary Treasurer.

Jason graduated with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological university. Jason is a CFA® charterholder.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Jeff Yau

Senior Research Director, Equity Research, DBS Vickers (Hong Kong)

Jeff has more than 20 years experience in equity research. He was ranked by Thomson Reuters as No. 1 analyst (stock picking) in both REITs and Real Estate management and Development in Asia in 2017, Starmine as No.1 analyst (earnings estimates) ‐ Real Estate (Including REITs) as well as No. 4 analyst for overall earnings estimator industry in 2012 and No.3 analyst (earnings estimates) ‐ Real Estate & Construction in 2014.

Prior to joining DBS Vickers in 2006, Jeff worked in Kim Eng Securities HK as a research analyst from 2005 to 2006. He also worked in South China Securities from 2000 and 2005, and Sun Hung Kai Securities from 1997 to 2000, where he was responsible for equity research of property sector.

He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Philosophy in Economics degree. He received a post‐graduate diploma in Surveying (Real estate development) from the HKU SPACE.

Programme Involved:

  • Asian Real Estate Outlook

Joanne Goh

Regional Equity Strategist, DBS Vickers

Ms Joanne Goh joined DBS Bank as Regional equity strategist in 2006. She is in charge of equity strategy and asset allocation in Asia markets including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, India, Hong Kong and China, servicing institutional fund managers as well as retail clients in the region. She also oversees Global ETF Research at DBS in her added role since 2014.

Prior to joining DBS, she had worked with top ranking equity strategy teams in other foreign investment banks in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Her current accolades include number 1 Singapore equity strategy team by Asiamoney polls, and Best ETF broker in Singapore by Triple A Asset in the past two years, where Joanne is part of the respective teams.

Joanne has a bachelor of business administration with the National University of Singapore.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Kenneth Akintewe

Head of Asian Sovereign Debt, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Kenneth Akintewe is Head of Asian Sovereign Debt for Aberdeen Standard Investments, based in Singapore, responsible for managing and coordinating the Asian fixed income team’s Asian interest rate and FX strategies. He is also a Vice President and Officer for the Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Aberdeen Global Income Fund and Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited fund and primary portfolio manager for strategies like the Aberdeen Global Indian Bond Fund and Asian Local Currency Short Duration Bond Fund. Kenneth joined the company’s global fixed income team in London in 2003 before moving to Singapore in 2004 to focus on Asian bond markets. He holds an MA in Economics and an MSc in International Banking and Finance from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK.

Programme Involved:

  • G3 and Asia – Macro, Currency and Rates Outlook

Laurence Kwan

Vice President, Energy, Sunseap Group of Companies

An experienced individual with proven leadership qualities and management styles in both public and private sectors, Laurence is Sunseap Group’s subject matter expert in the areas of electricity and integration to Electricity Market in Singapore and Asia Pacific. He has amassed years of managerial experience in a variety of corporate sectors across a wide industry spectrum. In addition to being a subject matter expert, Laurence also develops and oversees business development strategy, and risk management at the Group level.

Programme Involved:

  • Meeting Future Energy Demand in Asia

Leslie Teo

Chief Economist and Director of Economics & Investment Strategy, GIC Private Limited

Dr Leslie Teo is the Director of the Economics and Investment Strategy Department and Chief Economist at GIC Private Limited. He oversees the economics and investment strategy team at GIC. The team is responsible for asset allocation, total portfolio construction and identification of key long-term trends that would impact GIC's portfolio.

Leslie holds a BA from the University of Chicago and PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester. In addition, he is a certified Financial Risk Manager and a CFA charterholder.

Prior to joining GIC, Leslie was at the International Monetary Fund. During his Fund career, he worked in the Asia Pacific, Monetary and Financial Systems, Policy Development and Review, and European II Departments.

Leslie was also Head of the Financial Surveillance Division at the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Programme Involved:

  • China – BRI, Automation and the Evolving Supply Chain

Ma Tie Ying

Regional Economist, DBS Bank

Ma Tieying is a regional economist with DBS Bank in Singapore. She joined DBS in July 2005 as a management trainee in Hong Kong, before relocating to Singapore in August 2006.

Tieying has more than ten years of experience as an economist specialising in Asia. Her current responsibilities include covering the economies of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. She works closely with DBS’s business units to coordinate the development of the bank’s overall investment strategy and asset allocation guidelines.

In addition, she also provides comments to media on economic data, fiscal/monetary policy and other issues on a regular basis.

Programme Involved:

  • China – BRI, Automation and the Evolving Supply Chain

Martin Soong

Anchor, CNBC

Martin Soong is the co-anchor of CNBC's Street Signs, based in Singapore. The programme follows the day's biggest moves to provide viewers with actionable, real-time insights. From the anchor desk to the trading desk, the show helps you to capitalize on the plays of the day.

Part of the CNBC Asia team since 1993, Soong is one of the founding anchors of the network, and has played a key role in helping shape its identity and development.

A 25-year broadcast veteran, Soong has dominated business television in Asia for two decades. He covered the Asian financial crisis, and has also reported widely, from APEC and ASEAN summits, to post-conflict zones like East Timor.

Soong has conducted countless interviews with top business leaders, including Bill Gates, Jeff Immelt, Rex Tillerson, and Carol Bartz, as well as government and political leaders such as Timothy Geithner, Jack Lew, Australian Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Soong speaks regularly at major events including the World Economic Forum.

He is the only 7-time winner of the Asian Television Awards for Best News Anchor, Voted by industry peers.

Programme Involved:

  • DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

Mikkel Larsen

Managing Director, Chief Sustainability, DBS Bank

In recent years, DBS has been strengthening its sustainability agenda in various ways. In July 2017, the Bank was the first financial institution in Singapore to issue a green bond to support the financing of green assets. It was the sole bookrunner of Singapore’s first corporate green bond in April 2017. As an affirmation of its commitment to sustainability, DBS was also the first Singapore bank to be included as an index constituent of the FTSE4Good Global Index in 2017, making it one of 8 Singapore-listed companies to be globally recognised for its Environmental, Social and Governance practices.

Prior to joining DBS, Mikkel was CFO for Asia Pacific in UBS from 2009 to 2012 covering Investment Bank, Wealth Management and Asset Management. He was previously the Asia Pacific Head of Accounting Policy and location controller for Hong Kong at UBS. Mikkel has also worked in Citigroup in London and KPMG in London and Denmark.

Programme Involved:

  • Meeting Future Energy Demand in Asia

Nathan Chow

Senior Economist, DBS Bank

Mr Nathan Chow is DBS Bank’s Senior Economist and he joined us in May 2011.

Mr Chow is responsible for monitoring the market development of offshore RMB businesses and the macroeconomic conditions in Greater China. He conducts economic/ investment seminars on a regular basis for the public and internal staff across Asia, spanning from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei to Shanghai and Beijing. Mr Chow also provides training for internal staff with an aim to support sales programmes. As a guest speaker, he delivers lectures for postgraduates on MBA courses at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining DBS Bank, Mr Chow had stayed with China International Capital Corporation Limited, China Investment Corporation and Hong Kong Monetary Authority as economist and analyst. Mr Chow’s expertise focuses on macroeconomics and financial market research.

Mr Chow speaks regularly to the electronic media such as Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, TVB, NowTV, and Cable TV and various print media, like Financial Times, Asiamoney, and China Daily providing his professional insights on finance and economics. Mr Chow also speaks on economic forums and conferences, such as those convened by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing and Treasury Markets Association.

Mr Chow holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Programme Involved:

  • China – BRI, Automation and the Evolving Supply Chain

Neel Gopalakrishnan

Emerging Markets Credit Strategist, DBS Bank

Neel Gopalakrishnan has been a credit analyst since 2000. During this time, he has performed varied credit roles such as rating analysis, sell side research, private banking research and credit strategy. He joined DBS bank in late 2017, prior to which he worked for Credit Suisse, Standard Chartered Bank, Barclays Capital and CRISIL (S&P India).

Neel focusses on South East Asian and Indian financial and corporate credits and has also experience in non Asian emerging markets such as the Middle East and Turkey.

Neel has an MBA degree from INSEAD and also has a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Noeleen Heyzer

Social Scientist and Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Noeleen Heyzer was an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the highest ranking Singaporean in the United Nations (2007-2014). She was the first woman to serve as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since its founding in 1947. Under her leadership, the commission focused on regional co-operation for a more resilient Asia-Pacific, founded on shared prosperity, social equity, and sustainable development. She was at the forefront of many innovations including for inclusive socio-economic policies, sustainable agriculture and urbanization, regional disaster preparedness, energy security and regional connectivity.

She was the first Executive Director outside of North America to lead the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She was widely recognized for the formulation and implementation of the landmark of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.

Dr. Heyzer was also the UN SG’s Special Adviser for Timor-Leste, working to support peace-building, state-building, and sustainable development. Currently she is a member of the UN SG’s High Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

She holds a BA Hons and MSc from Singapore University, a PhD from Cambridge University, and has received numerous international awards for leadership.

Programme Involved:

  • Panel Discussion on Asia 2030 Scenarios

Peter Ho

Senior Advisor, Centre for Strategic Futures, Republic of Singapore

Peter Ho is the Senior Advisor to the Centre for Strategic Futures, a Senior Fellow in the Civil Service College, and a Visiting Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Peter Ho is Chairman of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA), Chairman of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Chairman of the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Chairman of the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Steering Committee, and Chairman of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) Governing Council. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a board member of the National Research Foundation (NRF), a member of the Board of Governors of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), and of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP).

When he retired from the Singapore Administrative Service in 2010 after a career in the Public Service stretching more than 34 years, he was Head, Civil Service, concurrent with his other appointments of Permanent Secretary (Foreign Affairs), Permanent Secretary (National Security & Intelligence Coordination), and Permanent Secretary (Special Duties) in the Prime Minister’s Office. Before that, he was Permanent Secretary (Defence).

Programme Involved:

  • Panel Discussion on Asia 2030 Scenarios

Philip Wee

Executive Director, Currency Research, DBS Bank

Philip Wee is responsible for currency research at DBS Group Research.

Prior to joining DBS Bank in 2000, he was a Treasury Economist at Standard Chartered Bank, and an Economist at NatWest Markets and HSBC. In all, Philip has more than twenty years in analyzing economic and market trends in G3 and Asian economies.

In 2016, Philip was best remembered as the only economist who correctly predicted Singapore ending its appreciating SGD policy in April. In 2018, Philip defied consensus and believed that relative fundamentals would shift back in favour of the US dollar.

Philip’s key research interests are global imbalances and the integrity of the global financial system, the internationalization of the Chinese yuan and the US Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.

Programme Involved:

  • G3 and Asia – Macro, Currency and Rates Outlook

Poon King Wang

Director, Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Poon King Wang is the Director of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC) at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), where he also heads the Smart Cities Lab and the Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies initiative.

His and his teams’ multi-disciplinary research focus on the human dimensions of smart cities and digital economies, and the impact of digital transformation on the future of work, education, and healthcare, and on society at large. He pays particular attention to how leaders of cities and companies can design strategies and policies to lift the lives of their citizens and workers, with the same technologies that are disrupting work, economy and society.

He draws extensively from his public and private sector experiences. He has served in the Economic Development Board; Ministry of Law; Agency for Science, Technology and Research (including its commercialization arm Exploit Technologies); and the Competition Commission of Singapore. In the private sector, he was head of business analytics at one of Singapore's largest banks, and was a strategy advisor to a mobile local search startup.

He also draws on his other concurrent portfolios as Senior Director of Strategic Planning at SUTD, and Co-Director of the SUTD-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Centre. He is also on the Board of Directors of the BCA Centre for Sustainable Buildings Ltd (a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme and Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority), and on the International Advisory Panel of IoT Asia.

King Wang holds a MSc (Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management) from Stanford University, a BSc (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Rocket Engineering Certificate from Moscow State Technical University.

Programme Involved:

  • Panel Discussion on Asia 2030 Scenarios

Shee Tse Koon

Managing Director and Head of Group Strategy and Planning, DBS Bank

Shee Tse Koon is Managing Director and Head of Group Strategy and Planning.

Tse Koon has 22 years of experience in the banking industry. He started his career at Standard Chartered and has held senior positions in a diverse range of roles across various front and back office functions. He has worked in several countries in Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining DBS, he was the CEO of Standard Chartered in Indonesia. Previous to that, he was Head of Governance (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Americas) and also Senior Executive Officer (Standard Chartered, Dubai International Financial Centre), based in the United Arab Emirates; as well as Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology and Operations for Standard Chartered in Singapore. He has also held the position of Regional Head of Trade, based in Singapore and also the role of the Executive Assistant to one of Standard Chartered’s Group Executive Directors, based in the UK.

Tse Koon has also served as non executive director on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited and Standard Chartered Capital Saudi Arabia.

Tse Koon graduated from National University of Singapore with Bachelor Degree with Merit in Economics and Philosophy.

Programme Involved:

  • Digitise Disrupt - Reimagining Business and Technology – Big and Small

Simon Jong

Head of Credit Research, DBS Bank

Mr Simon Jong joined DBS Bank as a Credit Analyst in 2015. He currently oversees the Credit Research team and is the lead analyst for Singapore corporates. He has been ranked by The Asset at #2 amongst the best local currency bond individuals in research for 2018. Prior to DBS, Simon had worked as a portfolio manager at Lion Global Investors managing fixed income portfolios. In addition, Simon was also formerly a ranked equities analyst and a fixed income institutional salesperson, working in organizations including DNB Bank, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and Morgan Stanley.

Programme Involved:

  • Global Investment Outlook

Taimur Baig

Chief Economist and Managing Director, DBS Group Research

Taimur Baig, Ph.D., heads economics as well as fixed income and currency research at DBS Bank. Prior to joining DBS, Taimur was a Principal Economist in the Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He had previously spent nearly a decade at Deutsche Bank’s Singapore office, where his last position was Managing Director and Chief Economist, Asia. There he managed a team of economists based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Bangalore to analyze and forecast Asia’s 10 largest economies. He also advised the bank’s management and top clients on regional risks and opportunities.

Before Deutsche Bank, Taimur was based in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund, for eight years, where his last position was Senior Economist. Rotating across the Asia-Pacific, Fiscal Affairs, and European Departments, Taimur’s coverage included macro forecasting, fiscal and monetary policy, and exchange rates. He has published extensively for both specialists and a general audience, on areas including monetary policy in a deflationary environment, exchange rate regime determination, demographics, energy sector, frontier markets, fiscal policy efficacy, and financial market contagion.

Taimur holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and attended London School of Economics and Wabash College for his B.A. in Economics.

Programme Involved:

  • Reimagining Asia 2030 – Narrative for the future

  • Digitalisation, Banking and Central Banking

  • G3 and Asia – Macro, Currency and Rates Outlook

Tan Su Shan

Managing Director and Group Head, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management

Ms. Tan Su Shan joined DBS in July 2010 as Managing Director and Group Head of Wealth Management. She was promoted to Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management in April 2013.

Prior to joining DBS, Su Shan was Morgan Stanley’s Head of Private Wealth Management for Southeast Asia. Before re-joining Morgan Stanley in May 2008, she was a Region Head for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei for Citi Private Bank.

Su Shan graduated with a Master of Arts from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. In February 2006, she was selected by Citi Private Bank to participate in the Senior Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. In May 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Financial Industry Competent Professional (FICP) title, which is the highest certification mark for a financial practitioner in Singapore, by the Institute of Banking and Finance.

Programme Involved:

  • Panel Discussion on Asia 2030 Scenarios

Timothy Wong

Managing Director and Regional Head, DBS Group Research

Timothy Wong is Managing Director and Regional Head for DBS Group Research. He is tasked with driving the Asian Insights initiative for DBS which seeks to deliver differentiated value to DBS customers via a collective in-depth understanding of Asian economics, markets and business.

Based in Singapore, he oversees a 88-strong team of Economists, Strategists and Industry Analysts spread across six offices in the Asia. The Macro team covers the “Asia 10” and G3 economies, whilst the strategy team provides analysis on currency, interest rates, equities and asset allocation. These top down views are triangulated with the industry research team, which provides bottom up insights around nine key industry groups. The coverage universe comprises almost 1000 of the largest companies traded publically on stock exchanges across Asia.

Tim was appointed Head of Equities Research for Singapore in 1997 and Regional Head of Equities Research at DBS Vickers Securities following the merger of DBS Securities and Vickers Ballas & Co in 2001. He was promoted to Group Head of Research for DBS in 2008.

Under his leadership, the DBS research team has risen the Asiamoney Broker Polls to be ranked overall 5th in Asian Research in 2017. The team has also dominated its home market of Singapore, to be rated top local broker every year since 2005, and to be ranked #1 for overall research in four out of the last five years. The HK team has also risen to prominence in recent years, ranking number 1 for small caps research between 2013 and 2015, and #1 for real estate research in 2016.

Tim contributes actively to the development of the financial services industry in Singapore, having served as a member of the Capital Markets Committee convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in 2008, and the SingaporeExchange Securities Committee from 2009-2013, and most recently as a member of the MAS FRC Technical Committee on High Frequency Trading research. He was conferred the title of Fellow of the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) for Financial Markets in 2014. Tim is also active in community work, serving on the board of 70x7, a restorative justice initiative of Prison Fellowship Singapore.

Programme Involved:

  • Reimagining Asia 2030 – Narrative for the future

Xie Taojun

Fellow Research, Singapore Management University, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics

Xie Taojun is a research fellow at the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Singapore Management University. He obtained his PhD degree in Economics and BSc degree in Mathematics and Economics from the Nanyang Technological University. His current research areas are monetary policies and policy implications of financial technology. He has conducted consultancy projects for government agencies and non-governmental organisations. His research has been presented in international conferences and policy forums, and published on international refereed journals including the Economic Modelling and the Journal of Asian Economics.

Programme Involved:

  • Digitalisation, Banking and Central Banking