About us

Asia’s largest and best-connected bureau of journalists and researchers delivering independent, authoritative and indispensable intelligence, data and connections solely focused on Asia’s rapidly growing private wealth management communities.

Management

Editorial

Research

Our Team

Andrew Shale
Chief Executive Officer

 

Andrew Shale is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asian Private Banker.

A graduate in Modern Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds, Andrew has lived and worked in Asia since 1989. A former investment banker at Shenyin Wanguo International, W.I. Carr and CLSA Securities, Andrew has worked in financial publishing and events since the late 1990s.

Andrew speaks Putonghua, is married and has three children.

Paris Shepherd
Managing Director

 

Paris joined Asian Private Banker at the beginning of 2015, having spent almost a decade at Euromoney Institutional Investor plc building their conference division throughout Asia. He has been based in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China since 2003, and has done business in almost every functional market in Asia, including a few years in Dalian, Shenyang to improve his Putonghua fluency.

Paris graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and was heavily involved in AIESEC, the world’s largest youth run NGO during his university years.

He is an avid scuba diver, lonely Port Power (Aussie football) fan and global adventurer in his (limited!) spare time.

Madhuri Chatterjee
Director Europe

 

Madhuri joined Asian Private Banker in 2010. She joined as the Director of Business Development mapping the private banking, investment banking and asset management landscape in Asia. Prior to this, she was in India in a variety of industrial marketing roles with her last stint with the country’s biggest engineering firm, Larsen and Toubro.

Result-oriented and fun-loving, Madhuri holds a Bachelor of Engineering from one of India’s premier engineering colleges and an MBA in marketing from NMIMS. She is married and has two lovely children.

Sonia Lam
Head of Sales and Relationship Management

 

Sonia joined Asian Private Banker in 2013 as an integral part of the business development team. Prior to this, Sonia held various Marketing roles in wholesale, media and fashion industries.

Sonia studied Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney before studying Business Administration at Swinburne University of Technology, specialising in Business, Management, and Marketing.

In her spare time, Sonia sits on the Hong Kong Netball Association Committee Board and maintains an active interested in various animal charities, volunteering for Life Long Animal Protection, as well as the Heart Foundation.

Sam Chan
Head of Content Solutions

 

Sam joined Asian Private Banker in 2013 as an Events Manager and became its Head of Content Solutions in 2016. He is responsible for the overall develop of business for Asian Private Banker‘s subscription product and relationship management for its corporate subscription clients. Prior to joining, Sam was planning and executing projects for youth in Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

Sam graduated from City University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Studies. Outside of Asian Private Banker, Sam volunteers for the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong and conducts first aid courses in Hong Kong Red Cross. In his spare time, Sam enjoys jogging, jamming on his guitar and swimming.

Tristan Watkins
Digital Consultant

 

Tristan joined Asian Private Banker in July 2015 as its first-ever digital director. Over the last 10 years he’s worked in banking, retail, NGO and publishing industries in Europe and Asia Pacific. He has advanced skills in digital advertising and sales, including social media, content marketing and CRM systems.

Tristan has degrees in commerce and arts with specialisations in marketing, management and history from the University of Melbourne.

Shunta Kamba
Researcher

 

Shunta joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 as an Events Associate and joined the Research Department shortly after as a Researcher.

Originally from Japan, Shunta graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, minoring in Chinese Studies.

Alice Wong
Web Developer & Webmaster

 

Alice joined Asian Private Banker in 2015. Ever since she taught herself HTML in order to create her very first web site, she got seriously involved with the internet and the rest is history. When she’s not working in front of the computer fixing various things or managing some servers, she enjoys swimming, watching scary movies and drawing from life models.

Alice graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in Fine Arts.

Karman Wu
Head of Finance & Operations

 

Karman Wu is the Head of Finance & Operations of Asian Private Banker. She holds a Bachelor in Economics from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and a Master of Business Administration jointly run by University of Sydney & University of New South Wales.

Karman is a qualified accountant with HKICPA & ACCA and has extensive work experience in MNC startups and CRM & HRM systems design and implementation.

In her leisure time, she loves traveling, hiking and playing badminton.

Nick Hedley
Reporter

 

Nick joined Asian Private Banker in 2017.

Martina Ngai
Administration & Recruitment Officer

 

Martina joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant and is enthusiastic about supporting and looking out for her team. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a Bachelor of Arts in English for International Corporate Communication.

Prior to joining, Martina was the Sales Assistant in a Japanese-based trading company. She is a certified Diving Coach in Aquatic & Land Training from The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association and loves to interact with students.

For leisure, she enjoys practicing yoga and travelling.

Simon Parry
Branded Content Specialist

 

Simon Parry is a Hong Kong-based journalist and a foreign correspondent whose stories and features have appeared in major newspapers and magazines worldwide including the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail in the UK as well as the New York Daily News and The Australian.

Before moving to Asia, he was one of the youngest news desk executives on to work on a national newspaper in London and went on to serve as news editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. As a foreign correspondent, Simon has written stories and features from more than 20 countries including China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and North Korea. He has been shortlisted as Foreign Reporter of the Year in the UK Press Awards.

Sebastian Enberg
Editor

 

Sebastian Enberg is the Editor of Asian Private Banker. His background is in international politics, and Chinese foreign policy and security.

Sebastian graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Master of Strategic Studies majoring in Strategic Intelligence, and more recently, from the City University of Hong Kong with a Master of Arts. In 2012, Sebastian was awarded the university’s Top Scholar Prize for his cohort.

Charlene Cong, CFA
Senior Reporter, Head of Investments Coverage

 

Charlene is an experienced, multi-lingual journalist covering global financial markets from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives. With an in-depth understanding of different asset classes and investment solutions, she is responsible for the coverage of capital markets, funds and structured products for the region’s private wealth management industry.

Charlene has an established track record of generating exclusive and impactful financial features and has been a contributor to various functions, hosting and moderating panels with C-suite leaders of the investment community.

She holds a master’s degree from the University of Hong Kong and is currently a CFA Level III candidate. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Ben Yang
Deputy Editor

 

Ben joined Asian Private Banker in 2011 as a Business Development Manager before becoming its Head of Operations shortly after. Since then, Ben has joined the editorial team as the Editorial Director.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Ben graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications Design.

Alice So
Senior Reporter

 

Alice joined Asian Private Banker in 2017. As a passionate journalist and local Hong Konger, Alice previously worked at Ming Pao as an investment page reporter and Asia Television Limited as a reporter in feature news program. She received the Best New Comers (Chinese Publication) State Street Institutional Press Award in 2016.

Alice graduated with First Class Honours from the Shue Yan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications. As a Christian, she is enthusiastic in church activities and youth mentorship in her spare time, as she believes the future lies in the hands of youth.

Rebecca Isjwara
Reporter

 

Rebecca joined Asian Private Banker in 2018 after interning with the editorial and research teams in the summer of 2017. She covers technology, learning and development, and other areas.

Rebecca currently serves as the co-vice president for the Asian American Journalists Association – Asia (AAJA-Asia), where she champions journalism through workshops, events, and annual conferences. She also volunteers as the marketing manager for TEDxWanChai and events coordinator for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival.

Rebecca graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a BBA in Global Business and Finance. In her free time, she loves to brew a good cup of coffee and delve into third culture literary works.

Patricia Jover
Digital Marketing Executive

 

Patricia joined Asian Private Banker in November 2018. Prior to joining, she started her career at a local community magazine dedicated to Lantau residents, where she gained experience in editorial, digital and sales. Fascinated by the endless opportunities to engage with people, brands and businesses, she decided to embark on a more specialised role in marketing.

Patricia graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, majoring in English Studies for the Professions (First Class Honours). In her spare time, she likes catching the latest films, going on food adventures, and exploring new cultures.

Jacqueline Kwok
Head of Design

 

Jacqueline joined Asian Private Banker in 2017. With over ten years of experience creating compelling campaigns, Jacqueline leads Asian Private Banker’s company branding and design strategy. She brings unique concepts and a fresh perspective to the table, having managed design teams for companies like Galaxy Entertainment Group, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, and Fluid Design and Marketing.

Jacqueline graduated from Kwantlen University College in Vancouver, Canada, specialising in Graphic and Visual Design. She also holds 2D and 3D design certificates from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Hong Kong behind her film camera lens, attending craft fairs, and burying herself in design and typography books.

Xenia So
Finance Manager

 

Xenia So joined Asian Private Banker in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Professional Accounting from The Open University of Hong Kong and is a qualified accountant with The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is in charge of accounts payable, fixed assets, and month-end journals.

Xenia has a daughter and also takes care of a chinchilla.

Yuki Chan
Accounts Receivable & Human Resources Manager

 

Yuki joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 and is now the company’s Accounts & HR Officer responsible for account receivables and human resources planning. She holds a Bachelor of Professional Accounting from The Open University of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining, Yuki was a part time course coordinator in a kindergarten and a piano teacher. She loves to teach and interact with kids and students, and enjoys music and travelling.

Sanya Amin
Consultant (Global Research Team)

 

Sanya joined Asian Private Banker in 2015 as a Consultant for internal research and is responsible for collecting, analysing, and presenting data. She maintains sophisticated database structures and systems that support data collection and designs research strategies to fulfill the needs of specific research projects.

Before Asian Private Banker, Sanya worked in the internal audit department of K-Electric Pvt Ltd and as a freelancer.

Sanya is a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Karachi. Sanya is also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in her locality. She is an active volunteer and tries to utilise her spare time to give back to the community.

Charis Tse
Sales Administrator

 

Charis joined Asian Private Banker in 2018 as Sales Administrator and undertakes administrative and secretarial work for the sales team.

She studied Administration and Public Management at the City University of Hong Kong and, in her spare time, enjoys sports like badminton and running.

Lisa Cheng
Researcher

 

Lisa joined Asian Private Banker in 2018 as a researcher. She is primarily responsible for conducting research on the fund selection activities of private banks in Asia.

Prior to Asian Private Banker, Lisa worked at a Hong Kong-based multi-family office and was responsible for supporting clients and prospects.

She holds a Bachelor in Economics and Finance from The University of Hong Kong. Lisa loves hiking, running, and travelling in her spare time.

What we do

Overview

Daily Intelligence

We have Asia’s largest bureau of private banking reporters and researchers producing Asia’s definitive daily intelligence and news service on the major trends, people moves, market data, and regulations affecting Asia’s private banking and wealth management industries. Join 8,000+ private banking, family office and investment professionals who rely on Asian Private Banker’s unique intelligence and data.

Print & Digital Magazine

With a print circulation of 4,105 and a readership of 12,300, our Print & Digital Magazine is an invaluable source of information, commentary and illumination for everyone who works with, or within, the private banking industry in Asia.

Definitive Data

Our trusted position within Asia’s private banking community enables us to discover, dissect, and disseminate the benchmark series of data sets for the industry in Asia.

Our flagship annual data sets include:


Leaders Conversations

Small, Elite and often Bespoke. In addition to our Signature Events, we host tailored breakfasts, luncheons, roundtables and small-scale functions that bring together the key decision makers in Asia’s private banking industry. No bespoke function we host is larger than 100 people, with all functions attended by only the “right people”.

For our bespoke functions, so confident are we in our ability – to deliver the “right people” – that we will split any commercial risk with the client and only charge for a function after it has been held, based on the quality and quantity of actual attendees.

Landmark Summits

Each year, we host the only functions in Asia which are designed for the private banking and wealth management industry. Celebrating 10 years, this year’s Asian Private Banker Summit has grown to attract the upper echelons of talent from all of Asia’s private banks, with regional leaders addressing at each Summit. Over 800 private bankers and family office professionals joined these summits in 2018.

Awards

Asian Private Banker’s Signature Awards are the industry’s most prestigious accolades, honouring private banks and their providers for excellence in performance and service. Currently, Asian Private Banker’s awards represent and recognise the best of the following communities: private banks, wealth managers, asset managers, structured product providers and fintech providers.

 


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