Speakers

Alex Capri

Senior Fellow & Lecturer at National University of Singapore, Business School

Alex Capri is a Senior Fellow and full-time lecturer in the Business School at the National University of Singapore. Alex also lectures in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. From 2007-2012, Alex was the Partner and Regional Leader of KPMG’s International Trade & Customs Practice in Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. Alex has over 20 years of business experience, both as an academic and a professional consultant. He has advised and educated clients in more than 40 countries regarding business start-up dynamics, innovation and transformation, and global value chain planning. He has worked in some of the most challenging business environments in the world. He has worked extensively in emerging economies on projects involving micro and small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), particularly with the aim of developing and enabling entrepreneurs in local export markets (both products and services). Alex has assisted MSMEs with mobile financial services, peer-to-peer lending scenarios, AI and e-commerce strategies. Alex has been a panellist and workshop leader for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, on the topic of inclusive capitalism and SMEs in emerging economies. He writes a column in Forbes magazine, Nikkei Asian Review and is a frequent guest on global television networks. He holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, in International Political Economy. He holds a B.Sc. in International Relations, from the University of Southern California.

Daniel Kok

General Manager at ICC Academy

Daniel Kok is the general manager of ICC Academy and responsible for company strategies as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. His responsibilities include enabling business development, production of market-leading e-learning programmes, development of partnerships as well as leveraging on its technology platform to better serve its customers. Kok was the MD of Fitch Learning APAC operations since 2014. His business management experience help him to deliver the company’s overall performances which included strategy planning, revenue generation, product innovations and developing new partnerships. Prior to Fitch Learning, Daniel had 8 years of management experience with Thomson Reuters. Daniel started his career working in financial markets with global banks such as BNP, Chase, ABN Amro & Citibank. He has 16 years’ experience trading in FX ranging from G7 to emerging markets. His expertise includes market making, sales, advisory and liquidity management. His last role in Treasury was as a currency proprietary trader, trading in cash, forward and option markets.

Denise Ang

Managing Director at NUFIN Data Pte Ltd

Denise Ang is the Managing Director at Nufin Data with over 10 years of experience in the finance and banking sectors. Prior to Nufin Data, Denise served as a Finance Business Partner at various organisations including NOL, driving business performance of Asia Europe and Transatlantic Trades. In NOL, she also played a key role in driving various organisation restructuring, cost efficiency initiatives as well as setting up of global shares services business. In addition to various FP&A roles in other global organisation, Denise was an entrepreneur as well as was part of DBS Investment Banking, involved in the structuring of financing deals for the conglomerates, transport and logistics sectors. She graduated from NTU with an accountancy degree and is a Chartered Accountant with ISCA Singapore, as well as a Chartered Management Accountant with CIMA.

Gerald Sun

VP Business Development Trade & Industry, Asia Pacific at Mastercard Worldwide

Gerald supports Mastercard’s commercial engagements with the public sector. He is responsible for partnering with both the public and private sectors to leverage advances in digital technology to enhance quality of lives, work and play, while also improving efficiencies for all participants. He has 20 years of experience in helping large organizations digitize their processes; for example, he pioneered Singapore Airlines eCommerce business. He has held various sales, marketing and product roles across Finance, Manufacturing & Travel. Gerald has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.

Jack Yao

Secretary General at China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Commercial Sub-council

Mr. Xin YAO (Jack YAO) is the Secretary General of CCPIT Commercial Sub-council, and Secretary General of CAS Trade in Services Branch. He was elected as the 2nd Vice President of Asia Marketing Federation (AMF) in September 2018. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional training and member of Experts Committee of China National Occupational Classification. In the past 10 years, he launched “China University Business Elite Challenge (CUBEC)”, which has now become the largest event and platform in China to cultivate future business elites. In 2017, he introduced the ICC Academy's Export/Import Certificate (EIC), Ethical Marketing & Advertising (EMA) and Global Trade Certificate (GTC) programs onto the higher educational field in China. He also has 12 years’ experience in service standardization. An expert member of ISO/PC280(Management consultancy), ISO/TC309(Governance of organizations), SAC/TC83(Digital business), SAC/TC343(Project management), SAC/TC532(Brand evaluation), SAC/TC563(E-commerce quality management), he has participated in developing over 40 International Standards, National Standards, Sector Standards and Association Standards in recent years.

John Bugeja

Co-Founder and Managing Director at Trade Advisory Network Ltd

John Bugeja is a highly experienced trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 40 years’ experience in senior leadership roles with HSBC, NatWest, RBS, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, an advisory network specialising in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance. Trade Advisory Network Limited works with financial organisations, corporates and industry bodies to ensure optimal benefits realisation. Key areas of expertise include origination, risk and governance, product management and development, business development, organisation design, change management, process facilitation, training and management development. John is passionate about promoting the development of supply chain finance in all its forms and was a member of the drafting group that wrote the ICC rules for the Bank Payment Obligation (URBPO).

John Vong

Co-Founder at BaliPay

Jolyon Ellwood-Russell

Partner, Financial Markets at Simmons & Simmons

Jolyon is a Partner at Simmons & Simmons based in Hong Kong and a finance lawyer with a wide variety of experience in banking and finance transactions and in particular is a specialist in Trade, Receivables and Commodity Finance. He works on products such as trade receivables, trade finance, asset backed and supply chain finance across Asia covering a diverse portfolio of underlying soft and hard commodities across the supply chain. Most recently he has also been recognised as a leading adviser in Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML), and Fintech for Trade Finance (Tradetech). Jolyon is author of Structures & Solutions in Trade Finance which is a guide to over 90 different Trade Finance techniques and products. Simmons & Simmons was named Best Trade Finance Law Firm in Asia Pacific by Global Trade Review.

Kah Chye Tan

Chairman at CCR Manager

Mr Tan Kah Chye serves as an independent board member and advisor for a select number of global organisations including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Academy, Markham Rae LLP, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Most recently, Kah Chye was the Chairman of the ICC Banking Commission, the leading industry body for the establishment of Trade Finance standards and policies. Under his leadership, ICC introduced the ICC Trade Finance Register to assist the industry in formulating the right Basel III capital adequacy policy. Kah Chye also co-founded the ICC Academy to provide industry leading business education. With over 20 years of banking and asset management experience in Singapore, Frankfurt and London, Kah Chye’s career has included global P&L responsibilities at institutions including JPM Chase, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Mr Tan also notably led the successful development of the world’s first synthetic securitisation of trade finance assets.

Lee Kheng Leong

Asia Chapter Director at Factors Chain International (FCI)

Lee Kheng Leong is the Asia Chapter Director of FCI. His role is to promote factoring, receivable financing and supply chain financing in Asia. As part of this role he has been travelling to various countries in Asia to speak at workshop, seminar and conferences organized by FCI, IFC, ADB, World Bank and regional associations. He acquired his factoring knowledge through training attachment with factoring companies in the US and UK in the early 1980s. He was involved in providing factoring to companies ranging from MSME to large corporates. Prior to becoming the Asia Chapter director, he was the head of DBS regional factoring and subsequently Managing Director of Bibby Financial Services Singapore. FCI has recently launched a supply chain program called the FCIreverse which enable bank and factoring companies to go into international supply chain financing.

Lionel Taylor

Managing Director at Trade Advisory Network Ltd

Lionel Taylor is a trade, supply chain and invoice finance specialist with more than 30 years experience in senior leadership roles with major financial institutions including RBS, Rabobank, Citibank and Lloyds Banking Group and with non-bank independents. Now Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network Limited, which specialises in the strategic development of global supply chain, trade and invoice finance with a client base of regional banks independent finance providers, fintechs and technology providers, his key areas of expertise include new business strategy, turnaround, organisation design, new product design, product management, marketing, origination, credit, team building and training. He has extensive experience of operating in Asia where he led the cooperation on trade and supply chain finance between RBS and Bank of China, established an independent finance company facilitating trade between Asian and Western SMEs and assisted in the development of the Chinese factoring industry. Today, he continues his close involvement in the region, working with government agencies, banks, independent funders, investors and others who are looking to promote and extend trade and supply chain finance in the region.

Olivier Paul

Head of Policy at ICC Banking Commission

Olivier started his career in the banking industry more than 30 years ago with BNP Paribas. After 10 years in corporate banking, he joined the export finance business line where he spent 15 years, becoming the global head of the activity during 6 years until end-2012. He then moved to trade finance for the last 4 years, where he was Head of the Trade Finance Competence Center, in charge of strategy, product development, product policy and regulation for the global activity at group level. Olivier has been a member of the ICC Banking Commission, its Advisory Board, and an active contributor to the work of ICC France. Beside, Olivier is member of the Business Finance Committee of the European Banking Federation and is “Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France” (CCE) Joining ICC last December, Olivier will lead the Banking Commission in the Department of Policy and Business Practices

Qamar Saleem

Global Technical Lead - SME Banking Practice at International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Qamar Saleem is Global Lead SME Banking Practice at IFC, World Bank Group. In this role, Qamar heads SME Banking Advisory Services business supporting IFC’s financial institutions globally in building and scaling up their SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance businesses. Prior to joining IFC, Qamar was associated with reputed international organizations like HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank as well as large regional banks while serving in several emerging markets. Qamar has 25 years of diverse commercial banking and business transformation consulting experience. He is a recognized SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance expert and has played leadership roles in driving up SME businesses for various banks in Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Qamar is also steering global innovations in the areas of domestic supply chain finance, very small enterprise finance, non-financial services, banking on women, and Islamic SME banking. He has also been a featured speaker, thought leader and trainer at numerous SME knowledge sharing forums across the world and has steered partnerships with various private and public-sector entities in helping augment support mechanism for increasing financial inclusion of the small and medium enterprises. Qamar holds a Master degree in Business Administration and carries several certifications in the areas of Strategy, Corporate Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Treasury, Sales, Transaction Banking and Product Management.

Satvinder Singh

Assistant Chief Executive Officer at Enterprise Singapore

Mr Satvinder Singh has been Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore since 1 November 2013. Enterprise Singapore, formerly International Enterprise Singapore and SPRING Singapore, is the government agency championing enterprise development. The agency works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. It also supports the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. Mr Singh currently oversees Enterprise Singapore’s Trade, Connectivity & Business Services. He is a Director of SEL Holdings Incorporation Ltd of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Mr Singh also sits on Ministry of Education’s Innovation & Enterprise Office Committee as the Co-Chairman and on International Chamber Commerce (ICC) Academy Board of Directors. He is a member of the National Trade and Logistics Inter-Agency Steering Committee and also a member of Nanyang Business School’s Nanyang MBA Industry Advisory Council since November 2013 and previously sat on SPRING’s Board of Directors.

Shirish Garg

Director- Head of Supply Chain Finance Sales & Client Delivery Transaction Banking Office for Asia at MUFG Bank

Shirish is currently working with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) as Director Head of Supply Chain Finance Sales & Client Delivery for Asia . His responsibilities at MUFG include origination & structuring of Open Account Trade and Supply Chain Finance transactions from multinational corporations, Japanese corporates and large local corporate clients of the bank. He has over 16 years of banking experience covering clients across North America, Europe and Asia with Citi and Standard Chartered Bank in India, Malaysia and Singapore. He has done several international assignments at Citi where he looked after trade services and cash management businesses for clients in North America, Latin America and Asia. Prior to joining BTMU, Shirish spent 9 years with Standard Chartered Bank at its global office in Singapore. He covered a variety of roles including Portfolio Management, RWA optimisation, Trade finance securitisation, Risk distribution and trade product management. He was global product manager for Supply Chain Finance at Standard Chartered Bank prior to joining MUFG. Shirish has been living in Singapore for over 10 years and holds a masters’ degree in International Business and Marketing from Symbiosis University, India. He is also a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist (CDCS), recognized worldwide as a benchmark of competence for international trade practitioners.

Yaseen Anwar

Former Governor at State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank)

Mr. Yaseen Anwar's international banking and regulatory experience spans 40 years and in 2014, he retired as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank) where he spent seven years. At the Central Bank he negotiated and signed the country's first Currency Swap Agreements with China and Turkey and in 2012 became only the 7th Central Bank to sign an Agency Agreement with the Peoples Bank of China to invest in local Government Bonds. As Governor, he had oversight of over 40 banks, impacted Monetary Policy, and elevated the Branch-less Banking model/ strategy for Financial Inclusion, the success of which was recognized globally. As Governor, he also served on the Bank for International Settlement (BIS) Financial Stability Board (FSB) for Asia. Aside from his current responsibilities with ICBC and IMI, he has been an active Keynote speaker and Panelist at global Forums promoting the internationalization of the RMB in the SDR basket of Reserve Currencies and the One Belt One Road initiative. Prior to the Central Bank, he worked in New York, London, Paris, and Egypt with JPMorganChase, Bank of America, and Merrill Lynch in various senior capacities. While currently serving on the Advisory Boards of the prestigious International Monetary Institute (IMI) of Renmin University, Beijing and the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) in the U.K., his various past Board appointments include Chairman of Eco Trade Development Bank, Turkey, the American Turkish Society New York, American Middle East Association, U.S. Pakistan Economic Council, United National Bank Ltd. U.K., and member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.