APB Virtual Summit

APB Virtual Summit
2-3 December 2020

Overwhelming demand from the region’s private wealth management community for the industry’s favourite annual meeting has helped us create an unprecedented gathering of the biggest names in global private wealth management this December.

Day One – 2 December 2020

8:55am Introduction and Briefing
9:00am Private Banking Leader Insights
Philipp Rickenbacher
Chief Executive Officer, Julius Baer
9:30am

Product Insights: Finding bright spots: the fixed income essential playbook for 2021

The trend of ultra-low yields in developed market fixed-income is likely to persist into 2021. Such sub-zero interest levels and a paucity of avenues for income beg the question: where should investors be looking in their search for enhanced yield?

Active fixed income investors can pull on several levers such as interest rate management, asset allocation and scrutinized security selection to achieve attractive returns despite low entry yields. At this session, Hayden Briscoe, Head of Fixed Income Asia Pacific, will navigate through the fixed income landscape and identify bright spots for fixed income investing in 2021.

UBS Asset Management
Hayden Briscoe, Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific, Managing Director, UBS Asset Management
10:05am

Panel Session
Building a best-in-class advisory offering – 2021-2026 the crucial five-year plan

Long gone are the halcyon days of the 1990s for private banks in Asia when personalised services for differentiated client segments were enough to justify higher fees for high net worth clients. Accelerated fee compression, digital disruption and integrated institutional benefits have forced incumbents to examine not only what they offer HNWI clients, but how they define and deliver the advisory promise.

Savvy clients now demand greater personalisation, a faster delivery of relevant ideas and best-in-class execution. If this were not enough, private banks contend with ever increasing regulatory requirements and burgeoning costs of digitalisation.

Asian Private Banker’s AUM league tables indicate over US$2 trillion worth of clients’ assets (a YoY CAGR of 10% over the last decade) are up for grabs for the smartest, most innovative and efficient advisory offering.

What will define advisory for the future?

Garth Bregman, Head of Investment Services, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Wealth Management
10:40am

Product Insights: Outlook and Opportunities in China: The World’s Best Consumption Story in 2021?

With the coronavirus largely under control in China, investors now have an opportunity to consider what the post-COVID investment environment there might look like in 2021. Can domestic consumption in China continue to support the country’s growth – and will we continue to see a V-shape recovery in China’s economy? What will be the likely impact of a Trump/Biden Presidency to U.S.-China relations over the next few years? What are some of the investment themes that are emerging in China today?

Join Winnie Chwang, Matthews Asia; Laura Wang, Morgan Stanley and Philip Wyatt, UBS Global Wealth management for a panel discussion on these topics and more, as they discuss China’s macro-economic outlook, investment opportunities, and risks, that investors should be mindful of in 2021.

Matthews Asia
Winnie Chwang, Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia
Laura Wang, Chief China Equity Strategist, Morgan Stanley
Philip Wyatt, APAC Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office
11:15am Private Banking Leader Insights
Bahren Shaari
Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Singapore
11:45am

Product Insights: Balancing Act: How gold can protect and grow portfolios

It’s been a dramatic end to the year in global markets, with huge swings in the equity markets relating to US election news, and successful preliminary vaccine trials. For long-term investors though, interest rates remain on the floor and the lower for longer mantra is expected well into 2022. For advisors and investors, this low rate environment is necessitating a review in a portfolio asset allocation and the search for income and growth has never been stronger.

Step forward Gold. Often seen as the traditional safe haven, gold investments are now increasingly on the radar of investors. Yet there remains uncertainty on how to use gold intelligently within a strategic asset allocation. How it can be used to hedge efficiently. And most importantly, how it can help generate yield for investors going forward, rather than being a defensive play.

Join us for this illuminating panel discussion where we look at both the supply and demand characteristics for gold as an asset class, and look at the outlook for the precious metal in investors’ portfolios in 2021 and beyond.

World Gold Council
Jaspar Crawley, CAIA , Head of Distribution APAC, World Gold Council
Jean-Louis Nakamura, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, Lombard Odier
Paras Gupta, Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management Asia, Union Bancaire Privée
12:20pm Regulatory Insights
Jacqueline Loh
Deputy Managing Director (Markets Development and Corporate Development), Monetary Authority of Singapore
12:50pm

Product Insights: The Future of Fixed Income Investing and the rise of Indexing and ETFs

Fixed income index and ETF products have played a critical role in the search for yield this past year, as a low interest rate environment impacted income levels within investors’ traditional credit portfolios. The behaviour of fixed income ETFs in particular during the liquidity sell-off and volatility in March demonstrated that intelligently constructed portfolios using ETFs helped both mitigate risk, and position investors successfully for the longer-term.

This session looks at how the events of 2020 shaped the fixed income indexing landscape, affirming the role of ETFs in modernizing the bond market, and satisfying multiple use cases, particularly in sustainable investing and new markets like China bonds.

iShares by BlackRock
Georgina Mitchell, iShares specialist, Asia ex-Japan Wealth Distribution, BlackRock
Hui Sien Koay, CFA, Product Strategist, Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group Asia Pacific, BlackRock
1:20pm Close of Day One

Day Two – 3 December 2020

1:55pm Introduction and Briefing
2:00pm Private Banking Leader Insights
Annabel Spring
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Private Banking
2:30pm Product Insights

Re-imagining private banking – execution efficiency meets alpha generation
3:05pm Private Banking Leader Insights
Vincent Lecomte
Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Wealth Management
3:35pm

Product Insights: Global Fixed Income: being opportunistic in an uncertain world

What should we expect from Fixed Income markets next year and beyond? The global pandemic has tested the lower bound for interest rates, whilst government spending programmes provide an inflationary risk to bond prices in future. Meanwhile risky assets face uncertainty in the face of economic lock-downs, with many sectors facing profitability challenges.

Allianz Global Opportunistic Bond strategy is designed with a high degree of flexibility, to help navigate this complex market environment. The strategy makes use of return drivers across duration, currencies, curve, inflation and spread premia – so that it can target healthy income through the cycle – with an “all-weather” approach.

We explore how the strategy has positioned through the COVID pandemic so far, highlighting the toolkit needed to benefit from volatile markets. We also present our outlook for 2021, including our expected strategy and key themes in the portfolio.

Allianz Global Investors
Luke Copley, CFA, Director, Senior Product Specialist, Global Fixed Income, Allianz Global Investors
4:10pm Private Banking Leader Insights
Claudio De Sanctis
Chief Executive Officer EMEA, Head of International Private Bank, Deutsche Bank; Member of the Deutsche Bank Group Management Committee
4:40pm

Product Insights: Disinterest in Interest (rates)?

We can almost see light at the end of the tunnel, with the two major macro uncertainties of the US Presidential election and successful vaccine now on the cusp of finding some form of resolution. Economic activity however, remains weak as many economies continue or even begin to enter their second lockdown. Governments globally have used massive tools of ample liquidity and lower interest rates in response to credit contagion and a potential financial crisis. With interest rates at or past the floor, and credit stress still looking ominous, what levers can investors pull to continue to generate returns in fixed income?

Alasdair Ross, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Head of Investment Grade Credit, together with Yassar Ali, HSBC Private Banking’s Head of Fixed Income Funds, will be discussing the importance of credit selection as a key contributor of fixed income returns and key considerations for Asia based clients for Global credits.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Alasdair Ross, Head of Investment Grade Credit, EMEA, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Yassar Ali, Head of Fixed Income Funds, HSBC Private Banking
5:15pm

Panel Session
What will be the legacy of COVID-19 on private banking operations in Asia-Pacific

The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing restrictions imposed by governments worldwide have affected many industries, including the private banking sector in Asia. But what has been the full degree of impact experienced by banks of different sizes and operational models?

Existing guidelines and policies have in most cases been generally adequate to deal with the challenges of 2020, but some gaps were discovered in remote record-keeping and trading functions to enable traders and client advisors to work from home (WFH). And to what extent did those WFH requirements impact RMs’ productivity, beyond the obvious restrictions on not being able to meet clients face to face?

COVID has certainly accelerated digital transformation across every private bank, not just regionally but also globally and there still remains a need to understand clients through data rather than face to face interaction whilst global restrictions remain in place.

Will the practice of serving clients remotely via data analytics become the legacy of the pandemic on private banking operations in Asia Pacific?

Patrick Dreyfuss, Chief Operating Officer, Wealth Management Group, DBS Bank
Wiwi Gutmannsbauer, Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific, Operating Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific, UBS Global Wealth Management
5:45pm Close of Day Two

In addition to receiving market-leading insights from our keynote speakers, attendees will:

  • Hear from selected private banking gatekeepers and investment specialists on key themes their firms will focus on in 2021
  • Gain insights into investment opportunities from product providers with panel discussions dissecting the most important current themes
  • Network with fellow attendees using our virtual meeting room and meeting planner

Attendance to the virtual summit is free for representatives of private banks, wealth managers, and family offices.

Featuring VIP Speakers

Set across two half days using an easy-to-access online platform, keynote speakers already confirmed to present market leading insights include:

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Contact Us

For all enquiries, please email events@asianprivatebanker.com

Philipp Rickenbacher
Chief Executive Officer, Julius Baer

Since 1 September 2019, Philipp Rickenbacher has been CEO of Julius Baer Group Ltd. and Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.Philipp Rickenbacher joined Julius Baer in 2004 and subsequently held various senior leadership roles, including the responsibility for the Structured Products area. In 2016, he was appointed to the Bank’s Executive Board and became Head Advisory Solutions. From January until the end of August 2019, he was Head Intermediaries & Global Custody and Member of the Bank’s Executive Board.

Before joining Julius Baer, he was employed with McKinsey & Company in Zurich and London from 1997 to 2004, amongst others as Associate Principal.

Philipp Rickenbacher holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Swiss Finance Institute and of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He is father of two children.

Bahren Shaari
Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Singapore

Bahren Shaari was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Singapore on 1 February 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the Senior Managing Director and Global Market Head of Southeast Asia. He has more than 30 years of banking experience. In 2016, he was conferred the Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance Distinguished Fellow award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the financial industry and outstanding leadership capabilities.Bahren has been a non-executive and independent director of Singapore Press Holdings since April 2012. He serves as a board member of the Institute of Systems Science at the National University of Singapore. Bahren is also a member of the Council of Presidential Advisers and served as an alternate member from April 2017 to January 2020.

Bahren was conferred the Public Service Star Medal in 2018. He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2008.

Bahren is married with three children and graduated with an accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore.

Annabel Spring
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Private Banking

Annabel Spring was appointed CEO of HSBC Private Banking in September 2020. She plays a critical role in accelerating the growth of the division as it continues to invest in its offering, technology and products.Annabel joined HSBC in 2019 as Group Head of Customers and Products, Wealth and Personal Banking. Previously, she spent nine years with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, most recently as Group Executive for Wealth Management. Annabel also held a number of senior roles at Morgan Stanley, including Global Head of Firm Strategy and Execution, with postings in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney.

An Australian national, Annabel has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sidney and an MBA from Harvard University.

Vincent Lecomte
Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Wealth Management SA

Vincent Lecomte is CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management. He was most recently Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management and prior to that post he served as its Chief Operating Officer.He joined Paribas’ Securities Services business in France in 1992. In 2005, Lecomte became Deputy Head of the Personal Investors business line and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Cortal Consors, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas. He also spent three years in Germany as Head of the Securities Services business. He held several positions in the consulting field at the beginning of his career.

Lecomte is a graduate of ESCP Europe.

Claudio de Sanctis
CEO EMEA, Head of International Private Bank, Deutsche Bank; Member, Deutsche Bank Group Management Committee

Claudio de Sanctis is a Member of the Deutsche Bank Group Management Committee, CEO EMEA and the Head of International Private Bank at Deutsche Bank.He joined the bank in December 2018 as Head of Wealth Management Europe. From February to December 2019, de Sanctis was CEO of Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) Ltd and Chief Country Officer for Switzerland. Subsequently, he was appointed as Global Head of Wealth Management for Deutsche Bank until the launch of the International Private Bank in June 2020, which brought together Deutsche Bank’s Private & Commercial Bank International (PCBI) unit with Wealth Management.

De Sanctis joined Deutsche Bank from Credit Suisse where he was Head of Private Banking Europe, reporting to the Executive Board, and, previously, Market Area Head of Private Banking Southeast Asia. Before, he spent seven years at UBS Wealth Management Europe, lastly as Market Head Iberia and Nordics. Earlier in his career, de Sanctis worked in the wealth management units of Barclays and Merrill Lynch.

De Sanctis earned a BA degree in Philosophy at La Sapienza University of Rome.

Jacqueline Loh
Deputy Managing Director
Markets & Development
Corporate Development
Monetary Authority Of Singapore

Ms Jacqueline Loh Wai Yin is the Deputy Managing Director for Markets & Development as well as Corporate Development in MAS. She oversees the Markets and Investment, Development and International, as well as the FinTech and Innovation Groups. Ms Loh also oversees the Organisation & People Development, Technology, and Finance, Risk & Currency Groups.Jacqueline joined the MAS in 1987, after graduating with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. She has experience in several functions across MAS, including as Assistant Managing Director in charge of the Prudential Policy, Macroprudential Surveillance and Specialist Risk Supervision Group. Between 1990 and 1994, Jacqueline worked in MAS’ New York Office.

Jacqueline is a Member of the Executive Committee of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office and the Institute of Banking & Finance Council. She serves on the HDB Board and the Board of Trustees at the Wealth Management Institute. Jacqueline is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of pension savings schemes in a couple of Ministries, and is the Chairperson of the Singapore Clearing House Association.

Jacqueline was awarded the Public Administration (Silver) Medal in August 2010 and Public Administration (Gold) Medal in 2018.

Hayden Briscoe
Head of Fixed Income, Asia Pacific, Managing Director, UBS Asset Management

Hayden Briscoe has overall responsibility for all Asia Pacific fixed income activities at UBS Asset Management. This includes fixed income investment capabilities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, and China. He is also a member of the Global Fixed Income Management Team and Global Fixed Income Investment Forum.Prior to joining UBS Asset Management, Hayden was a Senior Vice President and Director of Asia Pacific Fixed Income at Alliance Bernstein. In this role he was instrumental in building out their Asian fixed income platform and responsible for regional and country portfolios as well as having input in global aggregate strategies.

Hayden previously worked at Schroders Investment Management, Colonial First State and Bankers Trust, where he fulfilled fund management, portfolio management, and trader roles.

Winnie Chwang
Portfolio Manager, Matthews Asia

Winnie Chwang is a Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia and manages the firm’s China Small Strategy and co-manages the China and Asia ESG Strategies. She joined the firm in 2004 and has built her investment career at the firm. Winnie earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business and received her B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin and conversational in Cantonese.

Jaspar Crawley, CAIA
Head of Distribution APAC

Jaspar Crawley is Head of Distribution APAC, having joined the World Gold Council in August 2018. Jaspar is responsible for building long-term relationships with banks, wealth managers, family offices, and institutional gold investors.

Jaspar has over 10 years’ experience in the gold industry and related fields, working as a precious metals sales trader at UBS and Deutsche Bank. Formerly a Captain in the British Army, Jaspar holds a degree in History (BA Hons) from Newcastle University, the STA Diploma in Technical Analysis and is a CAIA charterholder.

Christophe Roupie
Chief Executive Officer of EMEA and APAC, MarketAxess

Christophe Roupie joined MarketAxess in March 2017 as CEO of EMEA and APAC. In this role, Christophe is responsible for the international growth of the trading, data, and post-trade business groups at MarketAxess, including driving the firm’s global expansion into new and emerging markets.

He was previously Global Head of Trading and Securities Financing for AXA Investment Managers. While at AXA, he managed trading teams in Paris, London, Hong Kong and Greenwich, CT across equities, fixed income, FX, derivatives, repo and stock lending. Prior to this, Christophe was the Global Head of Fixed Income Trading at Natixis Asset Management.

Christophe started his career as an inter-dealer broker with Tradition. Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for electronic trading and market transparency as critical components of competitive, efficient and liquid fixed income markets globally.

Erik Tham
Head of Private Banking Product, MarketAxess

Erik Tham is a senior executive and expert in financial markets, securities trading and electronic trading technology with over 20 years of industry experience. Erik started his career in 1999 as business consultant at Accenture, where he was involved in numerous projects related to securities exchanges and trading technology. Following this position, between 2006 and 2018, he covered various senior roles in fixed income e-trading at leading firms such as UBS Investment Bank and UBS Wealth Management in Zurich (Switzerland), including head of desk and market & technology expert.

In November 2018, Erik joined MarketAxess as Head of Private Banking Product with the objective to help trading desks at global private banks and wealth managers to combine highest execution performance with maximum efficiency.

Erik holds a master’s degree in Physics (M.Sc.) and is based in Zurich.

Jean-Louis Nakamura
Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, Lombard Odier

Jean-Louis Nakamura is the Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong and Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific for Lombard Odier group.Jean-Louis joined Lombard Odier in March 2008 to head the executive board of the Paris office. In late 2008, he was transferred to Lombard Odier’s head office in Geneva to become Head of the Quantitative & Overlay Management Team. He was appointed Deputy Global CIO of LOIM in June 2012; CIO, Asia Pacific in January 2014; and CEO, Hong Kong in July 2017.

Prior to joining Lombard Odier, Jean-Louis was CEO of the French Civil Service Pension Fund (ERAFP), having spent five years as CIO of the French Pensions Reserve Fund (FRR), where he was in charge of strategy, tactical allocation and the selection of managers for a portfolio valued at EUR34 billion. Previously, he was Head of International Forecasting and Macro Analysis at the Ministry of Economy & Finance, France from 2001-2003. He also served as a financial expert covering euro-related issues and the banking and insurance sectors for the European Council from 1999-2001.

Jean-Louis began his career in 1995 as an economist, specialising in macroeconomics and the banking industry at the French Ministry of Finance. Jean-Louis graduated from France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration in 1995 and from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in 1991.

Laura Wang
Chief China Equity Strategist, Morgan Stanley

Laura Wang is an Executive Director in the Morgan Stanley Research Asia/Global Emerging Markets equity strategy team, in which she serves as Chief China Equity Strategist, providing Chinese equity related investment strategy research and services to global institutional clients. Laura joined the Firm in 2012. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Laura worked as a strategy consultant at Boston Consulting Group in its New York office. Laura has an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Luke Copley, CFA
Director, Senior Product Specialist, Global Fixed Income, Allianz Global Investors

Luke Copley joined Rogge Global Partners (now Allianz Global Investors) in 2013. Luke is responsible for the Global Fixed Income platform’s Sovereign & Aggregate Product Specialist team, incorporating a range of core strategies totaling c.USD 97bn1 Assets Under Management.

Luke works closely with the platform’s CIOs and senior portfolio managers to serve as an advocate for Sovereign & Aggregate strategies. Luke is engaged with clients for portfolio review activities and discussion on the team’s outlook and investment strategy, in addition to being responsible for product design, and for customised mandate solutions for institutional investors.

Prior to the role, Luke served as a Fixed Income Product Specialist covering Global Credit, Emerging Market Debt and High Yield strategies, and was formerly a Generalist Portfolio Manager at Rogge. Previously Luke spent time as an Investment Consultant at Towers Watson, and before joining the industry was a Research Scientist in the field of Organic Chemistry, holding a Chemistry Master’s degree (MSci) and an Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS). Luke is also a Member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society UK.

1. As at 30 September 2020

Philip Wyatt
APAC Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management Chief Investment Office

Philip Wyatt is the APAC economist at UBS Chief Investment Office GWM where he is responsible for researching and setting the macro view for investing in the pan-Asia region – from China through to India. In CIO, he advises on various regional and global investment committees alongside asset allocation and emerging market experts.Before UBS CIO, Philip worked for UBS Investment Bank in its top-related macro team in HK advising the Bank and Institutional funds on macro strategy across asset classes for Asia with specialization in South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Prior to this, Philip worked in Foreign Exchange Rates strategy at SBC Warburg. Throughout the 1990s, Philip worked at GT Asset Management and Invesco where he helped the CIO with asset allocation for China and the Asia region. He has studied monetary policy, economic development and the history of the region in some depth through the prism of investing.

Philip holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Warwick University, England and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Econometrics from Sheffield University, UK.

Garth Bregman
Head of Investment Services, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Garth is the Head of Investment Services, Asia Pacific for BNP Paribas Wealth Management, responsible for the regional investment services platform.Before taking on his current position, Garth was Head of Managed Assets, Asia, leading the regional Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) and Contractual Advisory teams. Garth has been based in Singapore since 2012, when he joined as Head of DPM, Asia.

He was previously Head of DPM and Head of Investment Advisory, Wealth Management in London. Prior to this he was Head of DPM, Wealth Management in The Netherlands, where he was responsible for discretionary investments for HNW, UHNW and institutional clients, as well as a range of asset management funds for both retail and institutional investors. He has significant asset management and wealth management investment experience across multiple asset classes.

Garth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science, is a CFA charter holder, and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, where he graduated with distinction. He also holds a Master’s degree in Comparative East-West Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.

Alasdair Ross
Head of Investment Grade Credit, EMEA, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Alasdair Ross is Head of Investment Grade Credit, EMEA, with responsibility for our UK and European investment grade corporate credit teams based in London. Alasdair is lead portfolio manager across various global, euro and UK corporate credit portfolios including Threadneedle (Lux) Global Corporate Bond Fund, Threadneedle European Corporate Bond Fund, Threadneedle UK Corporate Bond Fund and is also deputy portfolio manager on the Threadneedle Credit Opportunities Fund.Alasdair’s investment background is as a fundamental, bottom-up, investment grade credit analyst. Between joining the company in 2003 and becoming a portfolio manager in 2007, he had responsibility for covering the TMT, utility and energy sectors, as well as the sterling whole business securitisation sector.

Prior to joining the company, Alasdair worked at BP plc in a rotation of commercial roles. Alasdair has a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford.He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Yassar Ali
Head of Fixed Income Funds, HSBC Private Banking

Yassar Ali is Head of Fixed Income Funds at HSBC Private Banking, based in London.Yassar joined HSBC Private Banking in September 2018, and is responsible for fixed income fund selection globally as well as providing support to the distribution of fixed income funds across the Private Bank.

Yassar was previously at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was a Senior Fixed Income Specialist for the fixed income business covering both emerging and developed market asset classes. He has 19 years’ experience within fixed income markets, including time as a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg. He has experience managing Money Market portfolios.

Yassar holds a degree in Engineering in Aerospace Systems, a Masters in Engineering and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Anthony Arthur
Head of iShares Wealth Asia ex-Japan Distribution, BlackRock

Anthony Arthur, Director, is Head of AxJ Wealth, APAC iShares, covering iShares ETF distribution to global private banks. Before taking on this role, Anthony was a member of the APAC corporate communications team, leading media relations for the ETF and indexed business across the region, TLS and SPM. Prior to joining BlackRock in August 2013, Mr Arthur was a Senior Director at FTI Consulting, Hong Kong in strategic communications, where he worked since July 2012 advising financial services companies on their communications strategies. Previously, Mr Arthur worked for MHP Consulting (and its founding agency, The Hogarth Partnership) in London for seven years, advising on media relations for financial services companies such as Lazard, Rabobank, Robeco and Record Currency Management, as well as capital markets communications for listed corporates, including M&A and fundraising.

Georgina Mitchell
iShares specialist, Asia ex-Japan Wealth Distribution, BlackRock

Georgina Mitchell is a member of the iShares Asia ex Japan Wealth Distribution team, covering iShares ETF distribution to global private banks. Previously, Georgina worked at BlackRock in London where she was responsible for relationships with global private banks, wealth managers & private investment offices, including distribution of iShares ETFs and BlackRock Index Mutual Funds. Georgina holds a Bachelor degree with honours in Geography with proficiency in French from the University of Exeter. She is also a member of BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network.

Hui Sien Koay, CFA
Product Strategist, Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group Asia Pacific, BlackRock

Hui Sien Koay, CFA, Vice President, is a member of the Product Strategy Team within BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income (GFI) Portfolio Management Group. She currently focuses on the commercialisation, narratives and development of the Firm’s Fixed Income Index and ETF business in APAC. Ms. Koay was previously a product strategist in London, representing fixed income ETF strategies to clients across EMEA. She joined Blackrock in 2015, from Barclays’ Risk Analytics and Index Solutions group, where she was responsible for delivering benchmark bond indices and custom index solutions, as well as fixed income performance attribution and portfolio risk models to UK institutional clients. Ms. Koay holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Patrick Dreyfuss
Chief Operating Officer, Wealth Management, DBS Bank

Mr Patrick Dreyfuss joined DBS Bank in October 2014 as Chief Operating Officer of the Wealth Management Group upon the successful acquisition of the Asian private banking business of Societe Generale.He joined Societe Generale Private Banking Asia (SGPB Asia) in 2004, where he was responsible for the successful spin-off of the private banking operations into a new legal entity – Societe Generale Bank & Trust (Singapore branch), and the set-up of a regional hub dedicated to private banking in Singapore. Prior to joining DBS, Patrick was Regional COO of SGPB Asia and was also Deputy Regional CEO since March 2011. He also acted as Project Director for Societe Generale when DBS announced its plans to acquire the French bank’s private banking franchise in Asia.

Prior to his appointments in Asia, he was with the Société Générale Group in Paris, France where he worked in the inspection department, responsible for high level audit & consulting assignments worldwide. Patrick has over 20 years of experience working in the financial sector, mainly in France, Luxembourg and Singapore.

Patrick is a French national and holds a degree from SUPELEC, a renowned engineering school in France.

Wiwi Gutmannsbauer
Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific, Operating Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific, UBS Global Wealth Management

Wiwi Gutmannsbauer joined UBS AG in 1998 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer Asia Pacific and Operating Head, Wealth Management Asia Pacific on 1 January 2018. Prior to this, he served as a member of the Executive Board of UBS Switzerland AG and Joint Chief Operating Officer UBS Switzerland AG. He was Operating Head Wealth Management Global Emerging Markets from 2010 to 2015 and was appointed Head WM Omnichannel Management in 2016.Wiwi has 20 years of experience working at UBS in various senior management roles. He was COO Business Unit Northern Europe from 2009 to 2010 and Regional Market Manager Austria International from 2007 to 2009.

Wiwi graduated with a Diploma in Earth Sciences from the University of Basel in 1993. From the same university three years later, he obtained a Ph.D. in Condensed Mater Physics / Mineralogy.

Paras Gupta
Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management Asia, Union Bancaire Privée

Paras Gupta is Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) for the Private Bank in Asia.

In this role, Paras is responsible for leading the DPM teams in Singapore and Hong Kong in managing discretionary portfolios for ultra-high net worth clients and tailored portfolios across asset classes to clients in the region.

Paras has over 15 years of experience in banking and wealth management, and has spent the recent decade managing discretionary portfolios for high net worth individuals in Asia. He previously held senior positions at BSI in Hong Kong and Coutts in Singapore, and had also held roles in HSBC and Merrill Lynch in Singapore.

Paras holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi, India. He is also a CFA charter holder and a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).