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.

Editorial

  • Alice So
    Senior Reporter
  • Ben Yang
    Editorial Director
  • Gigi Lam
    Awards & Public
    Relations Manager

Management

Our Team

  • Sam Chan
    Head of Content Solutions
  • Olaide Ogungbesan
    Business Development Manager
  • Joanne Tse
    Business Development Manager
  • Koye Sun
    Senior Event Manager and Conference Producer
  • Lisa Cheng
    Researcher
  • Shunta Kamba
    Research Assistant
  • Sandy Lau
    Finance Manager
    • Yuki Chan
      Accounts & HR Officer
    • Martina Ngai
      Administrative Assistant
    • Vivian Chong
      Digital Advertising Associate
    • Evy Cheung
      Senior Graphic Designer
    • Jacqueline Kwok
      Senior Graphic Designer
    • Alice Wong
      Web Developer & Webmaster

Shruti Advani
Editor-in-Chief

 

Shruti joined Asian Private banker in 2010 and is the Editor-in-Chief of the publication. Prior to this, Shruti was at Bloomberg as an Associate Stocks Editor.

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.

Richard Otsuki
Deputy Editor & Head of Investment Coverage

 

Richard joined Asian Private banker in 2012, where he covers a multitude of facets in Asia’s private banking industry including asset management, capital markets and recruitment.

Richard graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature with a specific focus on postmodern literary theory. In his spare time, Richard is an avid fan of basketball both as a player and spectator.

Priyanka Boghani
Head of Private Banking Coverage

 

Priyanka joined Asian Private Banker in 2013. Prior to this, Priyanka held various freelance roles in Editorial in London, before moving to Hong Kong as an Associate Producer at CNN International, working with their TV production teams.

Priyanka graduated from the University of Nottingham holding a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters in International Journalism from City University London. In her spare time, Priyanka enjoys photography, particularly mobile photography.

Charlene Cong
Senior Reporter

 

Charlene joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as a Reporter. She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master’s Degree in Journalism with a specific concentration on Business and Financial Journalism.

Charlene loves music in her spare time and has a Grade 10 Certificate from The Music Examination Committee of the Chinese Musicians’ Association. She speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

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.

Ben Yang
Editorial Director

 

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.

Olaide Ogungbesan
Business Development Manager

 

Hailing from Lagos Nigeria, Olaide joined Asian Private Banker as a Business Development Manager in the summer of 2016. Digital-savvy and solution oriented, she is passionate about fostering positive social change through technology innovation.

She previously worked at Co-Creation Hub – a social innovation space – as a project manager, where she empowered tech startups in Nigeria with knowledge & resources to rapidly scale their user base. Having run cycles of accelerator (pre-incubation & incubation) programs in partnership with industry giants, Olaide has made technology her area of expertise.

Olaide graduated from the University of Ilorin with a degree in biochemistry and was previously the Director of Business Development & Global Internships for AIESEC in Ethiopia. In her spare time, she likes to read crime and mystery novels and experience new cultures.

Joanne Tse
Business Development Manager

 

Joanne joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as the Programme Manager and currently is a Business Development Manager. She graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Humanities. She is an outgoing and inquisitive person. Throughout her study period, she participated in various kinds of exchange programme including UK, Australia, Shanghai and Shandong. Joanne’s interests include exploring the world’s different cultures.

Tristan Watkins
Head of Digital

 

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.

Yiyang Zhou
Digital Manager & Data Scientist

 

Yiyang joined Asian Private Banker as Digital Manager and Data Scientist. He is mainly responsible for database management and digital data analysis. Previously, He worked at TNS-opinion in Brussels, managing EU public survey data.

Yiyang has degrees in both statistics and international relations. He obtained his master degree from KU Leuven and his bachelor degree from Zhejiang University. He has joined several research projects in Belgium, Luxembourg and Hong Kong with a strong interest applying quantitative tools in practical business analysis.

Cecile de Buor
Marketing Director

 

Cécile joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as Digital Marketing Manager and is Marketing Director since beginning of 2018. She has over 6 years of experience in digital marketing, social media marketing, and content creation. She graduated in 2010 from HEC Montréal, Canada, with a Bachelor in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing and Communications.

Cécile has lived and worked in 6 cities across 4 continents (Europe, North America, Australia and Asia) and enjoys exploring Hong Kong and all of its hidden gems.

Shunta Kamba
Research Assistant

 

Shunta joined Asian Private Banker in September 2017 as an Events Associate.

Koye Sun
Senior Event Manager and Conference Producer

 

Koye joined Asian Private Banker in February 2016 as Events Manager. Prior to joining, Koye was handling events and sales in Press Room Group.

Koye graduated from University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Linguistics (Communication).

Dennis Luk
Administrative Assistant

 

Dennis joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. Having gained years of customer service and administrative experience in the aviation industry, Dennis utilises his organisational passion to support the Asian Private Banker office.

Dennis is currently pursuing his studies in human resources and plans to specialise in employment law.

Evy Cheung
Senior Graphic Designer

 

Evy joined Asian Private Banker in March 2017.

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 enjoy swimming, watching scarry movies and drawing from life models.

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

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.

Karman Wu
Head of Finance & Operations

 

Nick Hedley
Reporter

 

Nick joined Asian Private Banker in 2017.

Martina Ngai
Administrative Assistant

 

Gigi Lam
Awards & Public Relations Manager

 

Gigi joined Asian Private Banker in April 2017.

Stratos Pourzitakis
Head of Research

 

Stratos Pourzitakis is the Head of Research of Asian Private Banker where he is leading a wide spectrum of research projects on Asia’s private banking and wealth management industry.

In the past, Stratos worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and he led a number of research projects including a research grant offered by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Hong Kong that examined emissions trading in East Asia.

Stratos holds a Bachelor in Accounting and Finance, a Master of International Public Policy from Osaka University. In 2017 he received a PhD in Government and International Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University and his PhD dissertation examined energy hedging in China and the EU. Stratos’ research has been was funded by the European Commission and the Japanese government and it has been published by peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and think-tanks including SIPRI and Carnegie Europe.

Stratos is a member of the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the Green Finance Task Force of Hong Kong and he has conducted research with the Financial Services Business Council of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

Stratos speaks Japanese, French and some Putonghua.

What we do

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 investment advisory community. In their 9th year, the Investment Advisory Summits have grown to attract the upper echelons of talent from all of Asia’s private banks, with regional leaders addressing at each Summit. Over 600 private bankers and family offices professionals joined these summits in 2017.

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, asset managers, structured product providers and fintech providers.

 


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