About us

Asia’s largest and best-connected bureau of journalists and researchers delivering independent, authoritative and indispensable commentary solely focused on Asia’s rapidly growing private banking, family office, and wealth management communities.



Our Team

  • Sonia Lam
    Director of Relationship Management
  • Sam Chan
    Head of Content Solutions
  • Stacey Wong
    Content Solutions Manager
  • Eldar Gainutdinov
    Business Development Manager
  • Olaide Ogungbesan
    Business Development Manager
  • Kale Law
    Business Development Manager
  • Joanne Tse
    Programme Manager
  • Koye Sun
    Event Manager
  • Samuel Chen
    Customer Service Associate

Meet the rest of the team

Shruti Advani

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

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
Senior Reporter

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
Senior Reporter

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

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
Head of Sales

Madhuri joined Asian Private Banker in 2010. She is 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
Director of 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.

Stacey Wong
Content Solutions Manager

Stacey joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as the Customer Service Manager. She graduated from Coventry University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Hospitality and Tourism.
Stacey loves travelling in her spare time and she has visited more than 20 countries.

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.

Eldar Gainutdinov
Business Development Manager

Eldar joined the Asian Private Banker team in autumn of 2016 as a Business Development Manager.

Originally from Russia, he graduated from Omsk State Transport University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics & Management.
Prior to joining Asian Private Banker, Eldar started his career developing partner relationships and organising events for AIESEC, the world’s largest body for youth development.

Joanne Tse
Programme Manager

Joanne joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 and currently is its Programme 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
Digital Marketing Associate

Cécile joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as a Digital Marketing Manager and has 5 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, America, Australia, and Asia) and is currently enjoying discovering Hong Kong and all of its hidden gems with her husband and 2 children.

Gloria Fan
Public Relations and Community Liaison

Gloria joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 as Public Relations & Community Liaison and has an international background in corporate communications, politics, marketing and entrepreneurship. She previously worked with the U.S. Congress and the House of Representatives in New York and Washington D.C. after spending time at the University of Oxford, Lancaster University and City University of Hong Kong. Prior to relocating back to Hong Kong, she worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign with the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) and organised rallies for President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama with the Florida Democratic Party as a senior communications fellow. Gloria has also published a literary journal in Hong Kong and co-published two papers to the UK Literacy Association.

Wilfred Lam
Digital Advertising Associate

Wilfred joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 as Digital Advertising Associate, after returning to Hong Kong. He previously worked in London for MEC, the fifth largest media buying agency in the world. He is a graduate of London School of Economics (LSE), where he studied Economics. Wilfred is an expert in the field of advertising, having completing MEC’s Rotational Graduate Programme, and having been an account executive for General Electric’s paid digital advertising.

Benjamin Yang
Head of Operations

Benjamin joined Asian Private banker in 2011 as the Business Development Manager before moving to be Head of Operations shortly after.

Benjamin graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications Design.

Koye Sun
Event Manager

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).

Jessie Cheng
Operations Manager

Jessie joined Asian Private Banker in 2016 as an Operations Manager. Previously, Jessie was a sales executive for an international garments and textiles merchandising company.

Jessie was an honourary secretary for the Board of Directors of JCI Sha Tin, a global leadership development organisation, as well as a Membership Affairs Director. Jessie graduated from Oxford Brooks University with a BSc in Information Systems.

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.

Jacqueline Lau
Graphic Designer

Jacqueline graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications, having discovered her love for art and design while living in Australia.

In her spare time, Jacqueline enjoys going to art galleries and exploring the city in search of hidden urban design gems.

Kale Law
Business Development Manager

Kale joined Asian Private Banker at the beginning of 2017 as a Business Development Manager. Prior to joining, Kale was working at The Economist Group as Sales Support for their Integrated Solutions Team shortly after his graduation.
Kale graduated from the University of Toronto with a Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History with two minors in American Studies and African Studies. While in university, Kale was heavily involved in AIESEC, the world’s largest youth run NGO.
In his spare time, Kale enjoys exploring the great outdoors, fitness, playing guitar and taking snapshots of life with his limited photography skills.

Samuel Chen
Customer Service Associate

Samuel joined Asian Private Banker in 2017 as a Customer Service Associate. Prior to this, he worked in the fashion industry holding various roles, most notably founding his own label.
Samuel studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, graduating with a double major in Modern History and Music before going to fashion school to study design and marketing.
Born in London, raised in Sydney, with familial roots in Hong Kong, in his spare time Samuel’s interests include Arsenal Football Club, the NBA, music and culture.

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 art-house movies and drawing from life models.
Alice graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a degree in Fine Arts.

Alice So

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

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.

Monthly Magazine

With a print circulation of 3,675 and a readership of 10,200, our Monthly Magazine is an invaluable source of information, commentary and illumination for everyone who works with, or within, the private banking industry in Asia.

Issue 103

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.

Two of 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 8th 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 500 private bankers and family offices professionals joined these summits in 2016.


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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