Agenda


9.15am - 9.30am

Welcome Address

By: Piyush Gupta
Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings

9.30am - 10.00am

Plenary 1: Global growth – Where did it go? And where will it be tomorrow?

The world remains obsessed with “slow” growth. But on careful inspection, things are not as bad as it seems, especially if one looks at Asia, a region which is growing four times faster than the G3.

Presenter: David Carbon
Chief Economist, DBS Bank

10.00am - 11.00am

Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

While Singapore’s average growth of 7.6% per year has lifted per-capita GDP to one of the world’s highest, that expansion has dropped to half that over the past five years. What will the new Singapore look like and what needs to happen for this vision to become reality?

Presenter: Irvin Seah
Senior Economist, DBS Bank

Moderator: Tan Su Shan
Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank

Panellists:
Professor Ilian Mihov
Dean, INSEAD
Gautam Banerjee
Vice Chairman, Singapore Business Federation
Anthony Tan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Harish Manwani
Main Committee Member, Committee on the Future Economy

11.00am - 11.30am

Break

11.30am - 12.15pm

Plenary 3: Asian Economic Integration – Risks, Realities and Opportunities

The proliferation of regional initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Community, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and various bilateral agreements has created a confusing framework for regional integration. How do businesses make sense of it, and how would these initiatives benefit Asia and the global economy?

Moderator: Sri Jegarajah
Anchor, CNBC

Panellists:
Axel Pannes
Managing Director, BMW Group Asia
Professor Tommy Koh
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Dr. Mari Pangestu
Former Trade Minister, Indonesia

12.15pm - 2.00pm

Lunch

2.00pm - 3.30pm

DBS Expert Clinics

Clinic 1: Is Innovation Delivering?

Conventional industry wisdom tells us that innovation is vital to survival in our complex, globalised marketplace. Our experts across diverse industry verticals will focus on the practical realities of embedding strategic innovation, leading disruption and cultural change within their industry and beyond.

Moderator: Neal Cross
Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank

Speakers:
Dr. Rainer Feurer
Senior Vice President, Sales Development & Customer Relations, BMW Group
Dr Tan Sze
Managing Director, Nestlé R&D Centre Singapore
Jenny Lee
Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Clinic 2: Regional Property Outlook

Home to some of the world’s most expensive real estate, is there still room for growth for Asia’s property market?

Moderator: Lim Say Boon
Chief Investment Officer, Consumer Banking Group & Wealth Management, DBS Bank

Speakers:
Derek Tan
Head of Property Research, Singapore, DBS Vickers Ltd
Carol Wu
Head of Research for Greater China, DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) Ltd
Dr. Megan Walters
Head of Research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets, JLL Asia Pacific

Clinic 3: Brexit, Fed hikes and China – Different directions, different pace

Where are interest rates headed? What impact will the latest policies and economic developments, have on Asian currencies?

Speakers:
Philip Wee
Senior Currency Economist, DBS Bank
Nathan Chow
Economist, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd
Eugene Leow
Economist, DBS Bank

Clinic 4: The China-Singapore Connection

This panel will take a critical look at the successes and failures of government-to-government projects, such as the Chongqing-Singapore Initiative, and analyse the impact they have had on Singapore-China linkages.

Moderator: Tan Teck Long
Group Head of Large Corporates & Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank

Speakers:
Anthony Tan
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Limited
Lye Liang Fook
Assistant Director, East Asian Institute
Neil Ge
Chief Executive Officer, DBS Bank (China) Limited
Liane Ong
Group Director, China Group, International Enterprise Singapore

Clinic 5: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

The next generation in Asia has grown up connected and is facing great opportunities for social change. Hear some personal stories about how innovation and social entrepreneurship have influenced their philanthropy.

Moderator: Patsian Low
Head of DBS Foundation, DBS Bank

Speakers:
Irvan Kolonas
Founder, Vasham, Indonesia
Professor Annie Koh
Academic Director, Business Families Institute, Singapore Management University
Melissa Kwee
Chief Executive Office, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre
Ami Doshi
Founder, Milaap USA
Frank Phuan
Founder and Director of Sunseap Group Pte Ltd
Mieke Kolonas
Meek Nusantara Foundation

3:30pm - 4.10pm

Break

4.10pm - 5.15pm

DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

By: Benigno S. Aquino III
15th President of The Philippines

Hosted By: Piyush Gupta
Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings

5.15pm - 5.20pm

Closing Address

By: Peter Seah
Chairman, DBS Group Holdings

5.20pm - 6.30pm

Evening Cocktails

* Programme overview may be subject to change

Benigno S. Aquino III

15th President of The Philippines

Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III served as the 15th President of the Philippines. He is an economist by training and a public official by profession. He was elected to the House of Representatives as representative of the 2nd District of Tarlac from 1998 to 2007, and to the Philippine Senate from May 2007 to June 2010.

His public service is founded on the democratic ideals championed by his parents, former Senator and martyr Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino.

Following the death and funeral of his mother, public clamor arose for him to seek the presidency. He answered the call of the people and campaigned on the core message, “Kung Walang Corrupt Walang Mahirap” (Where there is no corruption, there will be no poverty).

On May 10, 2010 he was elected with the largest plurality under the 1987 Constitution. On June 30, 2010 he was inaugurated into office.

As President of the Philippines, Aquino aggressively pursued programs anchored on clean, honest, and effective governance, in fulfillment of his Social Contract with the Filipino people. The reforms under his watch led to unprecedented social development, the resurgence of the economy, and the restoration of confidence in the Philippines.

Programme involved:

  • DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

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 Address

Piyush Gupta

Chief Executive Officer, DBS Group Holdings

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

DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with more than 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered in Singapore, DBS is the market leader in the country with over four million customers and with a growing presence in Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. DBS is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, and has been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. The bank has also been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been conferred “Asia’s Best Bank” by The Banker and Euromoney, and “Asian Bank of the Year” by IFR Asia. The bank has also been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for seven consecutive years from 2009 to 2015.

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

Piyush’s external appointments include serving as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING Singapore and on the boards of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, the Institute of International Finance, Washington, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund, and the MasterCard Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa Regional Advisory Board. He is also Chairman of Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, a council member of The Association of Banks in Singapore, the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research, Managing Council member of Indian Business-leaders’ Roundtable (under SINDA), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society.

Programmes involved:

  • Welcome Address
  • DBS Asia Leadership Dialogue

Neil Ge

Chief Executive Officer, DBS Bank (China) Limited

Neil Ge is the Chief Executive Officer of DBS Bank (China) Limited and a member of the DBS Group Management Committee. China is a key market for DBS, and Neil is responsible for bringing this franchise to the next level, as the bank executes against strategy to become a leading bank in Asia.

Neil joined DBS in June 2012. A seasoned international banker, he has over 20 years of banking experience spanning Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. Neil is highly experienced in trading, institutional banking, equities, derivatives and fixed income businesses across Asian markets.

Formerly a Managing Director at Credit Suisse’s Shanghai office, Neil played an instrumental role in building up the joint venture between Credit Suisse and Founder Securities and provided strong leadership since its inception. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee at BOC International Holdings Limited (BOCI), where he was credited for successfully setting up BOCI’s institutional businesses in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Neil was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and was educated in China and the United States. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computational Mathematics from the Shanghai University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Science in Operation Research from Columbia University, USA.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: The China-Singapore Connection

Dr. Mari Pangestu

Former Trade Minister, Indonesia

Mari Pangestu is the Former Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries for the Republic of Indonesia. She is the first female Chinese Indonesian to hold a cabinet position in Indonesia. She is also a member of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, the UNCTAD Secretary General’s Panel of Eminent Persons, the Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Forum (WEF), and the Network of Global Agenda Councils.

Born in Jakarta, Pangestu obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Australian National University, and her Doctorate in economics from the University of California at Davis, United States, in 1986. She served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011. Prior to this she was active in various trade forums such as PECC and is one of the foremost economics experts in Indonesia. She was an instructor in the Faculty of Economics in the University of Indonesia.

As an economist, she is widely published in the Indonesian and international media. She serves on the Board of External Editors of the Asian Journal of Business (University of Michigan) and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (Australian National University). She has also served as the co-coordinator of the Task Force on Poverty and Development for the United Nations Millennium Project from 2002 to 2004.

Programme Involved:

  • Plenary 3: Asian Economic Integration – Risks, Realities, and Opportunities

Professor Tommy Koh

Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

Tommy Koh is currently Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Special Adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies; and Chairman of the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel of the Asia Research Institute (NUS) and Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Master’s Degree on Environmental Management (NUS). He is also the Co-chairman of the Asian Development Bank’s Advisory Committee on Water and Sanitation. He is Rector of the Tembusu College, at NUS, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SymAsia Foundation of Credit Suisse.

He had served as Dean of the Faculty of Law of NUS, Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador to the United States of America, High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Mexico. He was President of the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for and the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development. He was the founding Chairman of the National Arts Council, founding Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation and former Chairman of the National Heritage Board. He was also Singapore’s Chief Negotiator for the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. He acted as Singapore’s Agent in two legal disputes with Malaysia. He chaired two dispute panels for the WTO. He is the co chairman of the China Singapore Forum, the Japan-Singapore Symposium and the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue.

In 2006, Prof Koh received the Champion of the Earth Award from UNEP, the inaugural President’s Award for the Environment from Singapore, and the Build A Better World Award by CH2MHill. He was conferred the Watermark Honorary Award by the Public Utilities Board, Singapore, in 2007. He was conferred with honorary doctoral degrees in law by Yale and Monash Universities. Harvard University has conferred on him the Great Negotiator Award.

Programme Involved:

  • Plenary 3: Asian Economic Integration – Risks, Realities, and Opportunities

Dr. Rainer Feurer

Senior Vice President, Sales Development & Customer Relations, BMW Group

Dr. Rainer Feurer (born 1966) holds both a German and English degree in European Business Administration, a degree in Marketing, an MBA and a PhD in Strategic Management.

He joined BMW in 1999 as a project leader for the vehicle process Online Ordering. Between 2002 and 2004, Dr. Feurer had the role of Vice President Technology Management Group Logistics, Programme Planning and Ordering before he became Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Planning, Environment in 2007. Since April 2013 he is responsible for Sales Development, Customer Relations. Dr. Feurer is also a member of the Board of Directors of BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd., the BMW JV in China.

Programme involved:

  • Specialist Clinic: Is Innovation delivering?

Tan Su Shan

Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank

Ms Tan Su Shan joined DBS in June 2010.

She is currently Group Head, Consumer Banking & Wealth Management. She also serves as the President Commissioner for PT Bank DBS Indonesia.

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. She was responsible for the private bank’s overall business and a board director of Citi Trust Singapore. Su Shan was also the Singapore Investment Centre Head.

Prior to that, she was an Executive Director with Morgan Stanley in Singapore, serving from 1997 to 2005 as an investment adviser to high net worth families, corporates and institutions in the region.

Before joining Morgan Stanley, Su Shan spent eight years in ING Baring Securities in institutional equity sales, working in key financial hubs in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Su Shan was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore between February 2012 and August 2014. She was the founder and past president of the Financial Women’s Association in Singapore, and a board member of Aetos Security Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. She also sits on the investment committee of Ministry of Health Holdings. In addition, Su Shan is co-chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Private Banking Advisory Group.

Married with two children, Su Shan is actively involved in fund-raising for various Singaporean charities and sits on the board of Singapore’s KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund, which provides financial support to needy patients. She was a past board member of the National Museum and a member of the International Women’s Foundation and the Young Presidents Organisation. On the education front, she is an advisor to Hwa Chong Institution, SJI International School and Lincoln College, Oxford University.

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. In June 2013, Su Shan was named “Outstanding Private Banker of the Year” by Private Banker International – the first time an Asian has won this global award since its inception 20 years ago. In October 2014, Su Shan became the first Singaporean to be recognised as the world’s “Best Leader in Private Banking” by PWM and The Banker, leading wealth publications by the Financial Times Group.

Programme involved:

  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

Melissa Kwee

Chief Executive Office, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre

Melissa Kwee is the third Chief Executive Officer of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). As the spokesperson for a wide range of causes, she has been involved in mobilising resources and people to aid in community development. She has assumed roles as the Chairman of Halogen Foundation, a youth leadership organisation and President of UN Women Singapore (formerly known as Unifem Singapore), where she tackled trafficking issues and initiated various community campaigns to engage and empower youth as advocates.

She received the Singapore Youth Award in 2007 and Asean Youth Award 2008 for her leadership and service. To help teenage girls on probation reintegrate into society, she set up Beautiful People, a programme of Beyond Social Services, which pairs mentors with teenage girls to offer guidance, life skills, and friendship.

Upon returning to Singapore, she started Project Access — a values-based leadership education initiative to inspire and equip girls and young women to be role models for positive change.

Her career has spanned the public, private and community sectors as anthropologist, researcher, educational programme designer, social innovator and most recently as a catalyst in the private sector. She has served on many public service and community boards to advance the mission of causes she believes in including the National Arts Council, the Singapore Repertory Theatre, the ITE Board of Governors and Prison Fellowship International She is currently on the boards of Crest Secondary, a specialised school for technical education in Singapore; 70×7, an initiative by the Prison Fellowship Singapore, Pontiac Land Group and Honestbee

She holds a degree in anthropology from Harvard College and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnic-based community leadership in Nepal.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Anthony Tan

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Press Holdings Limited

Mr Tan studied in Maris Stella High School and Victoria Junior College. He graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science degree (First Class Honours in Political Science) from the National University of Singapore in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in Management at Stanford University in the United States, in 2005.

Mr Tan has worked in many public sector organisations throughout his career, including Ministries of Home Affairs, Finance and Manpower and the People’s Association. Mr Tan was also concurrently the Special Assistant to Mr Lee Kuan Yew from 2011 till Oct 2014. He has also been actively involved in statutory and private organisations like IDA International, Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism Ltd and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Programmes involved:

  • Expert Clinic: The China-Singapore Connection
  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

David Carbon

Chief Economist, DBS Bank

David Carbon is Managing Director of Economic and Currency Research at DBS Bank in Singapore. He joined DBS in October 2005, bringing with him 14 years of research experience covering the economies and markets of Asia and the G10 from Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

David began his banking career in Asia in 1994 with JP Morgan and was a partner and market strategist at Pacific Asset Management. Between 1996 and 2000, he was a Singapore-based fixed income investment manager. In 2000, David joined WestLB A.G. to cover the economies of North Asia but was soon seconded to London to head WestLB’s economic & currency research of the G10 for three years.

Prior to his career in investment banking, David taught international trade and finance for two years at universities in China and conducted research on trade policy as a Fellow at the Korea Development Institute in Seoul.

David, who is fluent in Mandarin, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin and holds a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Yale University.

Programme Involved:

  • Plenary 1: Global growth -Where did it go? And where will it be tomorrow?

Neal Cross

Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank

Neal Cross is Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank and a strong advocate for innovation thinking and culture.

Cross is driving the bank’s innovation agenda regionally, as DBS moves to shape the future of banking, to enhance customer experience and better engage customers in the digital landscape. Cross has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, innovation and financial services.

Working with internal stakeholders and external collaborators, he charts the innovation roadmap for DBS to enhance customer experience and better engage the bank’s customers in the digital landscape.

Previous to DBS, Cross was at MasterCard, where he was responsible for driving innovation as Vice President of MasterCard Labs in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Cross started working in the Asia time zone at Microsoft in Australia and later in Singapore as the financial services industry director.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Is Innovation delivering?

Sri Jegarajah

Anchor, CNBC

Based in Singapore, Sri is the co-anchor of CNBC’s Capital Connection and an experienced business and financial markets correspondent. Specializing in commodities since 1997, Sri follows global energy developments closely.

Covering financial markets for more than 15 years, Sri has reported on major global events including the 2008 financial crisis, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami disaster from Tokyo. He twice received the Bronze Medal in 2009 and 2013 for Best News Correspondent by the New York Festivals International TV & Films Awards.

Prior to joining CNBC in 2005, Sri was an energy reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg News in Singapore.

Programme involved:

  • Plenary 3: Asian Economic Integration – Risks, Realities, and Opportunities

Mieke Kolonas

Meek Nusantara Foundation

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Gautam Banerjee

Vice Chairman, Singapore Business Federation

Gautam’s non‐executive corporate roles outside of Blackstone include serving as an independent director of Singapore Airlines, GIC (Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund), The Indian Hotels Company and Piramal Enterprises. He also serves as a vice chairman of the Singapore Business Federation, member of the Singapore Legal Service Commission and Chairman of raiSE, the Centre for Social Enterprise in Singapore. Gautam’s other roles in the “not for profit sector” include being a term trustee of SINDA and a member of the governing Board of Yale NUS College.

Previously, Gautam served as Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for nine years until his retirement in December 2012. He spent over 30 years with the firm in various leadership roles in Singapore, India and East Asia. His previous non‐executive appointments have included serving as a member of the Economic Development Board and the National Heritage Board.

Gautam is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and the Singapore Institute of Directors. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from Warwick University in 1977 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the same University in 2014.

Gautam was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and a member of the Singapore Economic Strategies Committee (2009/2010). He was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2014.

Programme involved:

  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

Lim Say Boon

Chief Investment Officer, Consumer Banking Group & Wealth Management, DBS Bank

Lim Say Boon is the Chief Investment Officer for DBS, Consumer Banking Group & Wealth Management. In a career spanning 30 years, Say Boon has held senior positions in both banking/finance and the financial media internationally.

Prior to joining DBS, Say Boon was the Chief Investment Strategist for Standard Chartered Bank, Group Wealth Management and Private Banking. Over the years, Say Boon has also worked as Director of Research for Standard Chartered Indonesia; Research Manager for Standard Chartered Securities Singapore; Regional Research Manager for Societe Generale-Crosby Securities; Head of Investment Research for the Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC); Director of Portfolio Counseling for Citigroup Private Bank.

Say Boon has also held senior positions in the financial media in the 1980s when he was Finance Editor for The Herald-Sun and the Sunday Herald newspapers in Australia. The Herald-Sun was the largest circulation newspaper in Australia. Say Boon still writes finance columns for regional newspapers. He is also a regular guest host on CNBC Asia’s popular morning show Squawk Box. Say Boon is an economist by training, with a degree from Australia’s Monash University. He is an Australian citizen and is married to a Japanese. They have a 5-year old child.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Regional Property Outlook

Nathan Chow

Economist, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd

Mr Nathan Chow is DBS Bank’s Economist and he joined the bank 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.

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, Cable TV and various print media, like Asiamoney, 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:

  • Expert Clinic: Brexit, Fed hikes and China – Different directions, different pace

Ami Doshi

Founder, Milaap USA

Ami Doshi is the Founder of Milaap USA, a US based non profit organization, whose mission is to elevate challenges faced by the working poor through affordable microloans. Ami’s interest in identifying innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the financially excluded is what drives her associations with both social enterprises and non-profit organizations; with a focus on financial empowerment through access to information and low cost capital. Prior to Milaap USA, she was the Director of Global Outreach at Milaap Social Ventures, (Singapore based tech social enterprise) a crowd-funded microlending platform for India. Ami co-founded ProPoor, a portal that provides information, resources, and news about the development sector in South Asia. Ami is also a founding member of the Mahila group, helping redefine the future of women in India through financial empowerment.

Ami serves as an advisor to a number of boards, steering committees of academic institutions and community based organizations in Dallas, TX. She is a regular speaker with the Dallas Fort Worth World Affairs Council and an Advisory Board Member of Level Up Village, a US based social enterprise striving to inspire young global citizenship through shared STEM learning. She is also a Board Member of the Academy of Global Studies, and a Mentor at the Leadership Institute, at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, TX.

Prior to her work in social finance and development, Ami was a Fixed Income Analyst in Emerging Markets (Asia/Latin America) for UBS Warburg in the USA and Singapore. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) – focused on Economic Development/Microfinance in India. She was recently awarded the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award (2016) for her advocacy of the immigrant community in Dallas, TX.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Lye Liang Fook

Assistant Director, East Asian Institute

Lye Liang Fook is Research Fellow and Assistant Director at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests cover China’s foreign policy, China’s One Road, One Belt initiative, China-ASEAN relations and China-Singapore relations. He was part of a team that completed a review of the Suzhou Industrial Park, the first flagship project between China and Singapore, to distill lessons from this collaboration. His research interests extend into other government-to-government projects between the two countries such as the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city project and the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity. His publications have appeared in Routledge, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, Eastern Universities Press, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Publishing, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Publishing, World Scientific Publishing, and China: An International.

Programme involved:

  • Expert Clinic: The China-Singapore Connection

Professor Annie Koh

Academic Director, Business Families Institute, Singapore Management University

Professor Annie Koh is the Vice President for Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University (SMU). A Practice Professor of Finance, Annie holds various positions including that of Academic Director of the Business Families Institute. She also received the prestigious Singapore Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2010.

Annie serves on a number of councils, advisory boards and steering committees of regional and local corporate, government and academic institutions, which is testament to her strong linkages to businesses and industry. A notable conference speaker, panel moderator and commentator, Annie serves as an advisor to a number of family businesses.

Annie is a Fulbright scholar and she earned her PhD in International Finance from Stern School of Business, New York University in 1988. Her research interests are in Family Office and Family Business Research, Investor Behaviour, Alternative Investments, and Enterprise Risk Management. She co-authored Financial Management: Theory and Practice, An Asia Edition (2014), and Financing Internationalisation – Growth Strategies for Successful Companies (2004).

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Jenny Lee

Managing Partner, GGV Capital

Jenny Lee is a managing partner at GGV Capital. Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up operations in China. Jenny invests in consumer internet and SaaS companies, especially those in the mobile, social, IoT, finance, and education sectors. Jenny led GGV’s investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY (NASDAQ: YY), and UCWeb (acquired by Alibaba). Jenny currently serves on the board of eHang Technology, Zepp, Chukong Technologies, Kingsoft WPS, Yingying Finance, 51zhangdan, and Xiaozhan Jenny gained operating and finance experience with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley, and JAFCO Asia. She holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Jenny has been recognized by Forbes magazine for the last six years on the Global Top 100 VC Midas List, ranking #10 in 2015 to become the highest-ranking woman of all time.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Is Innovation delivering?

Irvan Kolonas

Founder, Vasham, Indonesia

In high school, the first book to change Irvan’s worldview was “Banker to the Poor” by Muhammad Yunus.  He loved Yunus’s idea of what a social business is: an organisation that sells a product/service that has direct social impact not for free but for a price, to create sustainability and scale. It was also surprising for Irvan to learn that individuals facing life-threatening situations borne out of extreme poverty were often more financially credible with lower default rates than middle-class Americans. Today micro-finance is well established, however thirteen years ago that concept was revolutionary. Once he understood the social and financial truths about lending to the poor, he knew it was to be his life purpose. Coming from a big business family, it has been a tough decision to decide to run a social enterprise, but he knows that Vasham is one large step towards the fulfilment of his greater purpose.

Vasham is a social enterprise that focuses on helping smallholder staple crop farmers. We are proud to be a social enterprise, and we are committed to creating sustainable impact for our farmers. This means that we measure and are accountable and responsible to improve impact in a sustainable way.

We are focusing solely on corn right now, and since 2013 we have now touched the lives of 5000 farmers and more, covering 4000 ha in Lampung. We are now expanding into Central Java as well. Our model is very simple: we provide an end to end solution for farmers. We provide 100% financing in the form of Farm Inputs and Cash for their operational expenses, training and monitoring, and the most important guaranteed fair market access.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Eugene Leow

Economist, DBS Bank

Eugene Leow is a Rates Strategist with DBS Bank in Singapore. He started out as a Southeast Asia economist when he joined the bank in June 2011. Prior to DBS, 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 from Singapore Management University. He is also a post-graduate scholar under the Financial Scholarship Program (FSP) administered by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Brexit, Fed hikes and China – Different directions, different pace

Tan Teck Long

Group Head of Large Corporates & Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank

Tan Teck Long is the Group Chief Operating Officer for Institutional Banking Group. Concurrently, he is the Group Head of Large Corporates and is responsible for the bank’s large and mid-cap corporate customers globally.

Teck Long comes with a wealth of banking experience with more than 2 decades spanning the whole banking spectrum from Corporate Banking to Investment Banking and Risk Management. Teck Long’s previous key responsibilities included Global Head of DBS’ Real Estate Advisory and Lending Business, Senior Credit Approver with the Corporate Credit Group, Head of Special Assets Management with specific responsibilities in managing and restructuring Non-Performing Loans as well as Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration which plans and runs DBS’ real estate portfolio.

Prior to his current appointments, Teck Long was the Head of Institutional Banking Group, China. In this role, Teck Long was based in China for almost 5 years.

Teck Long holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (First Class Honours) from the National University of Singapore and a MBA from Manchester Business School. Teck Long is also a CFA charter holder as well as a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore.

Teck Long received the “Top 8 Shanghai Financial Innovation Industry Leader Award” in 2014 by Xinhua News Agency with the support of the Shanghai Municipal Government.

Programme involved:

  • Expert Clinic: The China-Singapore Connection

Patsian Low

Head of DBS Foundation, DBS Bank

Patsian was the former Director of the Philanthropy division in the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) to provide programmes that promote and engage philanthropy from different donor sectors in Singapore. Some initiatives include the online philanthropy platform – SG Gives, independent charity analyst reports from the ICAn programme, bi-yearly Philanthropy In Asia Summit in 2012 and 2014 Funders Roundtable, among others. Patsian regularly facilitated a module on Assessing Social Impact in the executive course for non-profit leaders, iLEAP, at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation.

Earlier to NVPC, she conducted independent research and consultation in microfinance and social finance, worked on white papers on Microfinance in Asia, Non-Profit Media Strategies, Social Finance, Venture Philanthropy, among others. As a mentor/trainer for the UNITAR Afghan Fellowship Programme, she contributed her bit to Afghanistan’s post-war redevelopment. She is also accredited United Nations Capital Development Fund/Asian Development Bank Institute Microfinance Trainer of Trainers.

Patsian sits on the Boards of Social Venture Partners (Singapore), a venture philanthropy society, the Microfinance Society (Singapore), Singapore’s first microfinance interest group, Forum for the Future SE Asia and was previously a Governor with Banking with the Poor Network.

Patsian has senior-level financial sector experience in U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore within various global institutions like Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and State Street. She holds an MBA (Marketing) from New York University’s Leonard N Stern School of Business, and a B.Sc. in Finance from Binghamton University (State University of New York).

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Harish Manwani

Main Committee Member, Committee on the Future Economy

Harish Manwani retired at the end of 2014 from Unilever (Turnover approx. Euro 50 bln) as their Chief Operating Officer responsible for managing the P&L across all of Unilever’s global markets.  He is currently the Global Executive Advisor to Blackstone Private Equity group and also serves as Director on several international boards.

Harish joined Unilever in India in 1976 as a management trainee in Marketing.  Through his career, he has worked in different parts of the world and has held various general management positions in the company.  In 2000, he moved to the UK as Senior Vice President, Global Hair Care and Oral Care.   In 2001, he was appointed President, Latin America (Home & Personal Care). He also served as Chairman of Unilever’s Latin America Advisory Council.

In 2004, he was appointed President of the North America Business Group (Home & Personal Care) and, in 2005, joined the Unilever Executive Board as President, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the region was later extended to include Central and Eastern Europe.  In 2011, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Unilever.

Harish serves on the Board of Directors of Nielsen Holdings plc, Qualcomm Incorporated, Pearson plc, Whirlpool Corporation, Economic Development Board (EDB) of Singapore and Indian School of Business.  He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Limited.

In 2008, he received the CNBC Asia Business Leader of the Year Award.   As part of the Singapore National Day Awards 2012, Harish was conferred the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) by the Singapore Government.

Harish Manwani is an Honours graduate from Bombay University and holds a Masters degree in management studies. He has also attended the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School.

He is married and has two daughters. He spends his leisure time with his family and enjoys playing golf, travelling and an occasional game of bridge.\\

Programme involved:

  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

Professor Ilian Mihov

Dean, INSEAD

Professor Ilian Mihov was appointed Dean of INSEAD on October 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Professor Mihov served as Interim Dean and as Deputy Dean for Faculty and Research.

Professor Mihov joined the INSEAD economics area in 1996. He has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and many executive education programmes as well as in the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programmes and has won the Outstanding Teacher Award multiple times.

His research is on topics related to monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth. He is also a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK) and a vice president of the Asian Bureau for Finance and Economics Research (ABFER). He was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Banque de France’s Research Foundation (2002- 2010) and of the Advisory Board of the Bulgarian National Bank. In 2010/11 and 2011/12 he served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Fiscal Crises.

Professor Mihov’s papers have appeared in many academic journals including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has given interviews for BBC, CNBC Asia, Agence France Presse, Dow Jones Newswire and many other newspapers and magazines. Professor Mihov is a regular keynote speaker, lecturer and panellist at events organised by the PwC, WEF, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Bloomberg, Swiss Re, Alstom, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and other companies. He holds a PhD degree from Princeton University and a B.S. in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina where, in 2006, he was recognised as a Distinguished Young Alumnus.

Programme Involved:

  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

Liane Ong

Group Director, China Group, International Enterprise Singapore

Ms Liane Ong was appointed as Group Director based out of Singapore from 1 Nov 2015. Formerly Regional Director (East China), Liane was based in Shanghai for six years from 2009. In Shanghai, she was concurrently Consul (Commercial) for the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Shanghai; and Advisor to the Singapore-Shanghai Business Association.

As the government agency driving Singapore’s external economy, IE Singapore spearheads the overseas growth of Singapore-based enterprises and promotes international trade. IE has a global network in over 35 locations covering developed and emerging markets. In China, IE has presence in nine cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Dalian, Qingdao and Wuhan.

In January 2014, Singapore became China’s largest foreign investor for the first time with US$7.3 billion worth of investments in 2013. Apart from the three state-led projects in the Suzhou Industrial Park, the Tianjin Eco City and the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative, IE Singapore has worked closely together with Singapore firms to drive multiple development projects with China including the Guangzhou Knowledge City, the Jilin Food Zone, the Jinan Smart City, the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park and the Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island.

Singapore has bilateral councils with seven provinces in China, where IE Singapore is the Secretariat: Shandong, Sichuan, Tianjin, Liaoning, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Guangdong.

Before joining IE Singapore (formerly Trade Development Board) in 2000, Liane was with the National Registration Department, Singapore Immigration & Registration and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: The China-Singapore Connection

Axel Pannes

Managing Director, BMW Group Asia

As the Managing Director of BMW Group Asia, Mr. Axel Pannes oversees the East Asia region which includes 13 markets: Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Bangladesh, Guam, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

Mr. Pannes has been working with the BMW Group since 2002. Mr. Pannes has served in various functions in the BMW Group headquarters in Munich, Germany, as well as in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars head office in Goodwood, United Kingdom. His work experience includes Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Sales Channel Strategy, as well as Retail Development – with his last held position as the Vice President of Retail Development for the BMW Group.

Programme involved:

  • Plenary 3: Asian Economic Integration – Risks, Realities, and Opportunities

Frank Phuan

Founder and Director of Sunseap Group Pte Ltd

Frank is the Founder and Director of Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, the largest clean energy provider in Singapore, Frank has over 15 years of experience in the solar industry, and possesses an Honours Degree in Applied Science in Materials Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Prior to setting up the company, Frank spent time in his family business, manufacturing solar panels and learning the ins and outs of the business. Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, is the holding company for a trio of entities, namely Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd, Sunseap Energy Pte Ltd and Sunseap International Pte Ltd. Frank together with partner Mr Lawrence Wu conceptualised the solar leasing model that has since taken off in Singapore. The company has since grown in staff strength from a headcount of 2 staff to 60 staff in a span less than 5 years. With an esteemed and ever growing clientele, Sunseap has established itself as the largest clean energy provider in Singapore with a signed contract capacity of over 180 MegaWatt-peak (MWp). An experienced entrepreneur, Frank also spent time delving into advertising, IT and F&B. Frank is also a member on the NTU College of Engineering Advisory Board.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Next Generation Philanthropists and Changemakers

Irvin Seah

Senior Economist, 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:

  • Plenary 2: Future of Singapore’s Economy

Dr Tan Sze

Managing Director, Nestlé R&D Centre Singapore

Dr. Tan Sze is the Managing Director for Nestlé R&D Centre Singapore.

She started her career with Nestlé in 1996, holding several positions in R&D operations and strategic business units in Asia and Switzerland.

Dr Tan is the first Singaporean to be appointed Managing Director of the Nestlé R&D Centre Singapore since its set up in 1984. Since her return to Singapore from Switzerland in 2014, she has set up the research hub at Biopolis, extending Nestlé’s R&D footprint in Singapore. She has also been instrumental to the company’s strategic collaborations with Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Economic Development Board (EDB).

Dr Tan holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Leeds, UK, and an MBA from Simon Graduate School of Business, Rochester University, USA

Programme involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Is Innovation delivering?

Derek Tan

Head of Property Research, Singapore, DBS Vickers Ltd

Mr Derek Tan is a Vice President and Head of Property Research for Singapore at DBS Group Research. He joined DBS Group Research as an Equity Analyst in August 2007.

Over the past nine years, Derek has helped to raise the profile of the Singapore Property Research franchise for DBS and has been involved in various IPOs within the property and REIT space that DBS is involved in. DBS Vickers was frequently ranked amongst the top research houses in Singapore over the years and is recently ranked No. 3 Best Real Estate Team in Singapore in the latest Asiamoney Poll. Derek is also ranked as one of the top 5 Best Real Estate Analyst in Singapore in the Asiamoney Poll.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Regional Property Outlook

Dr. Megan Walters

Head of Research, Asia Pacific Capital Markets, JLL Asia Pacific

Dr Megan Walters heads research for Asia Pacific Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over twenty years’ experience in real estate, having first moved to Asia in 1995. Dr Walters is responsible for the research in the Capital Markets business which last year transacted over USD 20 billion of deals in AP. Megan was an Adjunct Assoc Professor at National University of Singapore and holds a PhD from the University of Hong Kong. Megan sat on International Governing Council from 2009 to 2015, on the research committees of APREA and ANREV, and has presented at the International Monetary Fund training institute on the effects of real estate on financial stability.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Regional Property Outlook

Philip Wee

Senior Currency Economist, DBS Bank

Philip Wee is a Senior Currency Economist at DBS Bank. Prior to joining DBS in 2000, he was a Treasury Economist at Standard Chartered Bank, and an Economist at NatWest Markets and HSBC.

At DBS, Philip oversees the market views for five major currencies and eleven Asian currencies. He works closely with DBS’ many corporate advisory teams in helping Singapore Inc – entities from government-linked companies to small-and-medium enterprises – to manage their exchange rate risks.

Apart from providing currency views, Philip has worked with clients to improve their hedging models and built currency baskets for hedging purposes.

Philip’s goal is to establish DBS as one of the leading houses for currency research in SGD and Asian currencies.

In 2008, Philip was best remembered for going against the market in predicting the rise in USD/SGD above 1.40 to 1.50 in the second half of the year. His SGD NEER (nominal effective exchange rate) model is closely followed by institutional clients, one of many factors that contributed towards DBS Bank winning the Asia Risk House of the Year award in 2009.

Programme Involved:

  • Expert Clinic: Brexit, Fed hikes and China – Different directions, different pace

Carol Wu

Head of Research for Greater China, DBS Vickers (Hong Kong) Ltd

Ms Carol Wu is an Executive 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 nine years, she helped to raise the profile of the Greater China property research franchise for DBS. DBS Vickers was recently ranked as the top Best Real Estate Team in Hong Kong in the latest Asiamoney Poll, and Carol was also personally rated as the No. 1 Real Estate Analyst in Hong Kong and No. 2 Property Analyst in the region in the Poll. She was ranked by Asia Wall Street Journal as the No. 1 analyst in Hong Kong (out of 342 analysts) in 2013.

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:

  • Expert Clinic: Regional Property Outlook