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Mr. Dorji Kadin

Chief Executive Officer

Bank of Bhutan Ltd.
(Bhutan)

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Mr. Dorji Kadin is the new Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Bhutan. Mr. Kadin holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Asian Institute of Management, Post Graduate Diploma in International Business from Flinders University of South Australia, and B.Com (Hons.) from Sherubtse College.

He has worked 17 plus years in various business functions of Bhutan Telecom. He joined the Bank in 2013 where he has held positions from Chief, Corporate Strategy Department to Director, Corporate Services, until he was appointed as CEO of the Bank of Bhutan.

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Mr. Adrian David Li Man-Kiu

Co-Chief Executive

The Bank of East Asia, Ltd.
(Hong Kong)

Mr. Li is Co-Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia (“BEA”), a leading financial services group with over a century of operations in Hong Kong and Mainland China, and a presence in Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Mr. Li has been at the forefront of developing the banking industry in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, The Bank of East Asia has pursued a digital transformation of its operations, introducing a number of market-leading innovations including a comprehensive mobile application and a fully digital branch network.

Mr. Li has represented the banking sector in various aspects over the past two decades.  He is a member of the Finance Subsector of the Election Committee for the election of the Chief Executive and Legislative Council members of the HKSAR.  He is Chairman of The Chinese Banks’ Association and the Bank’s representative to The Hong Kong Association of Banks with BEA being a key member of these associations.  Mr. Li is also a member of the MPF Industry Schemes Committee of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers’ Council and a member of Mastercard’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board.

Mr. Li holds a Master of Management Degree from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in the US, and a Master of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge in Britain. He is a Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance and has been conferred as an Honorary Certified Banker by The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.

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Mr. Shrirang Prabhakar Ketkar

Country Head & CEO

State Bank of India, HK Branch
(India)

11 State Bank of India1Shrirang Ketkar is a career banker who joined SBI in 1994 as junior management grade officer. Prior to his posting to Hong Kong he led several posting in India, many of which were related to Credit and Foreign Exchange Operations.

He has done several assignments as Branch Manager, and as a Relationship Manager in Mid-Corporate Branches in important industrial centres in India, like Mumbai, Pune and Indore.

In his last posting before his Hong Kong posting, he was Deputy General Manager, Commercial Branch in Indore, dealing in mid-size industrial credit.

In Hong Kong, he overseas the entire operations on the bank in Hong Kong.

Shrirang Ketkar is married and has one daughter.

He holds a Master Degree in Mathematics fro Nagpur University and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai.

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Mr. Mostafa Beheshti Rouy

Member of Board of Director & Executive Board Member

Bank Pasargad
(Iran)

01Mr. Beheshtirouy has 38 years of service and experience in banking affairs. In his career, he has served in the following capacities: Member of the Board of Directors & Member of the Executive Committee, Bank Pasargad; Chief of the Dubai Islamic Bank Representative Office in Iran; Deputy Managing Director, Bank Parsian; Deputy Managing Director, Nargan Engineering & Construction Company; CEO, Bank Mellat, Turkey; Director General, International Affairs, Bank Mellat; CEO & Deputy Chairman of the Board, Mellat Investment Company, Plc.; General Manager, Planning & Organization Division, Bank Mellat; and General Manager-Central Branch Bank Mellat.

In addition, the following are some of his other professional experience highlights: Member of Iranian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Management Committee of Iran Overseas Investment Bank in UK; Advisor to the Supervisory Board of Europisch-Iranisch Handels Bank AG, Hamburg, Germany; and Board Member in several industrial and IT corporations.

In addition to his international professional experiences in USA, UK, Germany and Turkey, Mr. Beheshtirouy has engaged in lecturing various courses in the field of monetary studies, FX and Trade Finance and principles of banking.

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Mr. Frederic Cabay

Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Financial Institutions

MUFG Bank, Ltd.
(Japan)

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Mr. Frederic Cabay is currently Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Financial Institutions, Global Corporate Banking Division, Asia MUFG Bank, Ltd., and a member of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

He joined MUFG Bank on 27 April 2015, and is the regional head for the bank’s Financial Institution (FI) unit, with coverage across 13 markets in Asia & Oceania region.

Mr. Cabay is an experienced banker who has held senior regional roles in both Corporate Banking and Global Treasury Services. Prior to joining the banking entity under the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), he was Managing Director, Treasury Services, at JPMorgan, where he was in charge of NBFI (non-bank financial institutions) sales for the APAC region as well as being the head of sales for banks in ASEAN.

Mr. Cabay worked in the ING Group from 1996 to 2010 where his most recent position was Head of Relationship Management for South and South-East Asia.

Before joining ING, Mr. Cabay practiced law in Brussels as a member of the Brussels Bar.

Mr. Cabay earned his Law degree from the Catholic University in Louvain La Neuve Belgium, and has a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from University of London, England. He also received a Certificate of General Management from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.

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Tetsuro Imaeda

Senior Managing Executive Officer, Co-Head of Global Banking Unit, SMBC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
(Japan)

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On April 2022, Mr. Tetsuro Imaeda was appointed Senior Managing Executive Officer, Co-Head of Global Banking Unit (Head Office Departments (Global Banking Unit), The Asia Pacific Division, East Asia Division at SMBC; as well as Senior Managing Executive Officer, Co-Head of Global Business Unit (Head Office Departments (Global Business Unit), Asia Pacific Division, East Asia Division) at SMFG after more than 36 years of professional experience in banking in this prominent Japanese banking institution.

Mr. Imaeda started his career at The Sumitomo Bank, Ltd. in 1986 and gradually climbed through the ranks achieving his first prominent assignment in 2009 as General Manager in the Corporate Banking Department, Americas Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

By 2014, Mr. Imaeda was working in Singapore as Executive Officer and General Manager of the Singapore branch and in 2016 he was appointed Managing Executive Officer and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division; and  CEO of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited.

One year later, in 2017 Mr. Imaeda took the position of Managing Executive Officer and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division, SMBC; CEO of SMBC Europe Limited; and Managing Executive Officer and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division at the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) until 2019, which also included the responsibility of being the General Manager of the SMBC London branch in 2018.

Then in April 2020, Mr. Imaeda was further promoted as Senior Managing Executive Officer and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division, SMBC; CEO of SMBC Europe Limited; and Senior Managing Executive Officer and Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa Division at the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG).

Just one month later in May 2020, he was also appointed Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Compliance Department at SMBC; and Senior Managing Executive Officer at the Group CCO Compliance Department at SMFG where he worked for two more years until he was appointed to his current position in April 2022.

Mr. Tetsuro Imaeda graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1986 with a Bachelor of Law.

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Mr. Masayuki Sugawara

Managing Executive Officer

Head of East Asia
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
(Japan)

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Mr. Masayuki Sugawara is the Managing Executive Officer and CEO for East Asia of Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. and Chairman of Mizuho Bank (China), Ltd. since 2019.

Having more than 30 years of experience in the banking sector, Mr. Sugawara was assigned as General Manager of Sendai Corporate Banking Division in 2012. After that he has concurrently served as General Manager of Corporate Banking Division No. 7 in Head Office, Tokyo and Corporate Coverage Division No.4 of Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. in 2014. Prior to his current position he was Executive Officer and General Manager of Bangkok Branch of Mizuho Bank, Ltd. in 2017.

Mr. Sugawara has been also appointed Vice Chairman of the Japanese Chamber Commerce and Industry in China and he makes efforts to promote interaction and collaboration of companies, financial institutions and government agencies between Japan and China.

As a representative of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc., Mr. Sugawara has given several lectures on the promotion of Japan-China financial and economic partnerships.

Mr. Sugawara graduated from School of Law, Hokkaido University in 1988.

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Michael Foong Seong Yew

Group Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Executive Officer, International

Malayan Banking Berhad
(Malaysia)

02Michael Foong leads the Office of the Group President and CEO, which is responsible for driving the Group’s agenda on regionalisation, digital, business development, transformation and productivity programmes across the region, and developing the group’s long-term strategy. He oversees the Group Corporate Development & Innovation unit, as well as Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Strategic Marketing and Customer Experience Management. Michael also strategises, leads and transforms Maybank Group’s International operations covering 13 countries (excluding Singapore and Indonesia) by building greater synergies and accelerating profitability for long term growth.

Prior to joining Maybank Group, Michael was the Senior Managing Director of Accenture’s management consulting practice in Malaysia. He spent 17 years serving financial services clients throughout Asia, primarily banks but also including insurance companies and stock exchanges. His track record includes Group-wide corporate planning, devising group and business sector strategies, operating models, business process reengineering, performance management frameworks, and ICT strategies. Between 2004 and 2011, he focused on architecting and implementing large-scale multi-year transformation programmes for banks in Malaysia and Singapore.

Michael has held various management positions in Accenture. He co-managed Accenture’s Asia-Pacific Technology Ventures unit from 2000 to 2002, and after that Accenture’s Asia-Pacific Corporate Development office. Michael has worked in locations throughout Asia Pacific and spent seven years seconded as a leader into Accenture’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Jakarta.

Master of Arts in Economics and Management Studies, Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Advanced Business Management Program, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA.

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Mr. Timothy Sawyer

Chief Executive Officer

Bank of Maldives
(Maldives)

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Mr. Timothy Sawyer is the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Maldives. He has over 30 years of international experience in financial services, including 20 years at Executive and Board level. Prior to joining Bank of Maldives, he as the Chief Investment Officer at Innovate UK, the investment arm of the UK Government.

Prior to Innovate UK, Mr. Sawyer was the CEO of Start Up Loans, where for his services to the UK industry in developing small businesses and entrepreneurs, was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth.

Mr. Sawyer has also had the honor of leading several financial institutions including Cahoot and Kent Reliance, and was the Chairman at Banque Dubois of Switzerland as well as Folk2Folk, a lending organization based in UK.

Mr. Sawyer holds first class honors in Master of Arts in History from the University of Oxford, UK. He is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Mr. Sawyer is a member of Bank’s Board Credit Committee.

Mohamed Shareef joined the Bank in 1995. Shareef is currently Deputy CEO and Director of Operations.

Prior to his current position, Shareef served as the Bank’s Retail Banking Director where he successfully led the development of the Bank’s business in this sector. He has also held the roles of Operations Director, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Card Centre.

Shareef holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) degree from University of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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Mr. Eugene S. Acevedo

President & Chief Executive Officer

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.
(Philippines)

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Mr. Acevedo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation or RCBC.

Prior to joining the Bank, he has held senior leadership positions in five banks. He was President and CEO of Philippine National Bank where he led the bank’s rebranding and re-launch of key businesses, resulting into a three-fold rise in the bank’s share price. As SEVP in UnionBank, he transformed retail and corporate banking into major income contributors in three years. He grew the mass market and microfinance businesses through the acquisition of three thrift banks, two rural banks and a remittance company adding over 600 offices to the bank’s network.

He joined Citibank as an Executive Trainee in 1987, and worked across the Asian region in various capacities. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2005 and was Country Treasurer for the Philippines and, later, Hong Kong. In his last post with Citibank, he led the Hong Kong/Taiwan/Macau Global Markets Cluster, and was Treasurer of Citicorp International Ltd.

He graduated BS Physics, magna cum laude, from the University of San Carlos. He took his Masters in Business Management at Asian Institute of Management, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Acevedo is keenly interested in banking innovation and transformation. He is a Digital Marketing Professional certified by The Wharton School. He has User Experience accreditation from the British Computer Society Chartered Institute of IT.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Trustee of De La Salle John Bosco College and the Chairman of the FINEX Financial Inclusion Committee.

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Mr. Ng Sier Han

Global Head

Financial Institutions Group (FIG), Institutional Banking Group DBS Bank
(Singapore)

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Ng Sier Han is currently the Global Head for the Financial Institutions Group in Institutional Banking Group.

In 2017, Sier Han set up Strategic Products and Solutions (SPS) as part of the bank’s efforts to focus on cross border, cross asset class solutions for institutional clients. DBS operates in a heterogeneous region, with a multitude of national interests, varying legal jurisdictions and differing monetary regimes. The team aims to leverage Singapore’s stability to create sustainable financial solutions that facilitate the flow of capital in the countries that DBS operates in.

Previously, he led Credit Structured Products at Treasury and Markets, DBS Bank, which creates credit derivative solutions for the firm’s clients. These products include both asset side yield enhancement solutions for the growing Asian savings and liability solutions that help bridge the financing gaps between different financial institutions around the world in the face of stricter regulatory requirements.

Sier Han received a B.S in Computer Science from Cornell University and a M.S. in Financial Engineering from Columbia University.

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Mr. Antonio Jonathan Alles

Managing Director & CEO

Hatton National Bank
(Sri Lanka)

26Mr. Jonathan Alles is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC., Sri Lanka since July 2013. In fact, Mr. Alles has held several important positions at the bank since 2010. Upon his return from the UAE, he was appointed Chief Operation Officer from 2010 to 2011, Deputy CEO from 2011 to 2013 and Acting CEO & Executive Director early in 2013.

He counts over 25 years of extensive banking experience having served international banks and HSBC, Sri Lanka, and also at Hatton National Bank during the period September 2002 to June 2005.

He has also served as a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC., HNB Assurance PLC., Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd., Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd., Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd., Lanka Ventures PLC., Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd. and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd..

Mr. Alles holds a MBA in Finance from the University of Stirling, UK and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka.

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Dr. Shing-Shiang Ou

Senior Executive Vice President

Taiwan Financial Holdings
(Taiwan)

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Dr. Shing-Shiang Ou is currently Senior Executive Vice President at Taiwan Financial Holdings and General Manager of the Department of Economic Research of Bank of Taiwan. Dr. Ou specializes in economic research and banking regulations.

Dr. Ou has an extensive career in banking as Supervisor at China Development Financial Holding Corporation (2001-April 2004); holding currently also the position of Director at China Development Financial Holding Corporation (2004-2007, 2008-2011 & 2015-2019.) He has also held many other positions in the Bank of Taiwan such as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Department of Auditing, Board of Directors, at the Bank of Taiwan (2010-2014); Senior Vice President & General Manager of Department of Credit Analysis at the Bank of Taiwan (2008-2010); and Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Department of Economic Research at the Bank of Taiwan (2001-2008.)

Dr. Ou started his professional career as Deputy Chief Representative of The Central Bank of China (1994-1997) at the London Representative Office and later was promoted to the Research Economist position of the Department of Economic Research at The Central Bank of China (1997-2001.)

Dr. Ou holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University and a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan University.

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Mr. Daniel Wu

President

CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd.
(Taiwan)

08With over 30 years’ experience of developing and expanding business in Asia for international financial institutes in U.S., Hong Kong and Taiwan, Daniel Wu currently serves as President & CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of CTBC Financial Holding.

He currently held the positions of President, CTBC Financial Holding; Chairman and Commissioner of Standing Committee, the Executive Committee of CTBC Financial Holding; CEO, CTBC Insurance Business and Spokesman, CTBC Financial Holding.

Prior to joining CTBC, Daniel held senior management roles with Bankers Trust, Goldman Sachs Asia and CIBC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.

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Mr. Chao-Shun Chang

Chairman

Mega International Commercial Bank
(Taiwan)

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Mr. Chao-Shun Chang has been Chairman of Mega Financial Holding Co., Ltd. and serves as its Director since September 2, 2016.

Mr. Chang was Vice Chairman of Polaris Financial Group, Chairman of Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Chairman of Franklin Templeton SinoAm Securities Investment Management Inc., Chairman of Taiwan Business Bank, Supervisor of First Financial Holding Co., Ltd., Resident Supervisor of First Commercial Bank and Chairman of First Financial Holding Co., Ltd. & First Commercial Bank.

He also held other positions as Chairman of Mega International Commercial Bank, Chairman of Mega Charity Foundation, Chairman of The Int’l Commercial Bank of China Cultural and Educational Foundation, Director of National Credit Card Center of R.O.C., and Director of Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation.

Mr. Chang is a CPA holder and earned a M.A. in Public Finance from National Cheng-Chi University.

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Mr. Paul C. D. Lei

Chairman

Taiwan Cooperative Bank
(Taiwan)

Taiwan cooperative bank 150 x 105aDr. Paul C.D. Lei is the Chairman of both Taiwan Cooperative Financial Holding Co. Ltd. and its subsidiary Taiwan Cooperative Bank (TCB), which is one of the largest bank in Taiwan and has nearly 300 domestic and overseas branches.

Currently, Dr. Lei is also one of the Executive Directors of Central Bank and the Chairman of Trust Association of Taiwan. He was selected as one of Taiwan’s Top 100 CEOs in the global Traditional Chinese version of the 2020 Harvard Business Review.

Prior to joining the TCB, Dr. Lei was an Executive Director of Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), Director General of the Finance Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government, Chairman of Central Deposit Insurance Corporation, and advisor of International Cooperation and Development Fund.

Dr. Lei holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the Cornell University. He also attended National Chengchi University for his M.A. in International Trade.

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Mr. Chaiyarit Anuchitworawong

Senior Executive Vice President & Co-Head of International Banking Group

Bangkok Bank PCL
(Thailand)

CV10Mr. Chaiyarit Anuchitworawong is the Senior Executive Vice President and Co-Head of International Banking Group at Bangkok Bank and he is also currently responsible for Investor Relations.

His previous responsibilities at the Bank included being the Manager of the Office of the President and the General Manager of the Bank’s Hong Kong Branch.

He graduated with a Master of Art in Banking and Finance from University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management (honors) from Assumption University, Thailand.

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Mr. Alisher Mirsoatov

Chairman

National Bank for Uzbekistan
(Uzbekistan)

Bank of uzbekistan 150 x 10501Mr. Alisher Mirsoatov is the Chairman of the Board of the JSC “National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity of the Republic of Uzbekistan” (NBU), one of the leading financial organizations in Central Asia.

His career has begun in 1996 through holding various positions at the Monetary and Economic Department of NBU till 2003. During the next few years Mr. Mirsoatov served as the Deputy Head of the Chief Department for work coordination with Corporate Clients of NBU, Deputy Director and Director of the Center for Management of Bank’s Branches of NBU.

Having more than 13 years of experience in banking sector in 2009 Mr. Mirsoatov was assigned to the position of the Deputy Chairman of the Board of NBU and held this position until 2016.

In 2016 he was promoted to the position of the Chairman of JSCB “Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank” and one year later he was appointed as the Chairman of NBU.

Mr. Mirsoatov graduated from Tashkent State Technical University Economics and Management in Mechanical Engineering, holds Master’s degree of the Academy of Public Administration under President of the Republic of Uzbekistan as well as of Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands) in Business Administration.

Moreover, due to his contribution as a scholar in sciences of Economics and Finance in 2021 Mr. Mirsoatov earned his PhD in Economics.

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Mr. Pham Duc An

Chairman

Vietnam Bank of Agriculture & Rural Development
(Vietnam)

2021 1029 Agribank 02 logo 150 x 105Mr. Pham Duc An became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) on May 1st of 2020 and Chairman of Vietnam Banks Association (VNBA) for the term 2020-2024 on December 2020 after more than 25 years of extensive experience in the banking sector, holding key positions in different important banks in the Vietnam market.

Mr. Pham Duc An started his banking career in 1994 as Officer of the Legal Department at the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

Then he was promoted to Deputy Head of the Legal Department (2000-2001), and Acting Deputy Head of the Legal Department (2001-2004) until he finally became the Head of the Legal Department from 2006 to 2009.

He was then transferred to become Director of BIDV at the Hung Yen Branch (2009-2011) and Deputy General Director of BIDV until he was appointed General Director of the Vietnam-Russian Joint Venture Bank in 2012.

His tenure at the Vietnam-Russian Joint Venture Bank did not last long because he was rapidly promoted to the important position of Deputy General Director of BIDV, where he managed strategic banking functions until June 2014.

In mid 2014, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank), position that he held until the end of 2018.

From early 2019 until May 2020, Mr. Pham Duc An was the Director General of the State Bank of Vietnam’s Office, just prior to his current appointment as Chairman of Agribank.

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Mr Oliver Hoffmann

Managing Director, Head of Asia

Erste Group Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch
(Austria)

16Oliver joined Erste Group Bank AG in January 2016 as Managing Director & Head of Asia, based in Hong Kong. He started his banking career in 1987 with Deutsche Bank AG in his native Germany and in 1989 moved to Bayerische Vereinsbank AG which became Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG and later – after the take-over by UniCredit SpA in 2005 – UniCredit Bank AG.

Oliver was posted in Hong Kong in March 1997 and has been a permanent resident in the city ever since. In his career, he held various senior positions in UniCredit Bank AG and its predecessor institutions, including Team Head for Syndications & Structured Lending, Trade Finance, and Corporate Finance. He also held directorships in various of the bank’s subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwan. From 2006 on, he served as Chief Executive of the bank’s Hong Kong Branch and as Regional Head of the Financial Institutions Group Asia-Pacific. He was made a member of UniCredit’s Global FIG Executive Committee in 2013.

Oliver holds a degree in Banking and in Business Administration & Economics by the Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie, Munich, and is an alumni of The Pacific Rim Bankers Program. He is married and has two children.

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Mr. Antonio Jonathan Alles

Managing Director & CEO

Hatton National Bank
(Sri Lanka)

Mr. Jonathan Alles is former Chairman of the Asian Bankers Association, serving during the term 2019-2021.

Mr. Jonathan Alles is currently the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC., Sri Lanka since July 2013. In fact, Mr. Alles has held several important positions at the bank since 2010. Upon his return from the UAE, he was appointed Chief Operation Officer from 2010 to 2011, Deputy CEO from 2011 to 2013 and Acting CEO & Executive Director early in 2013.

He counts over 25 years of extensive banking experience having served international banks and HSBC, Sri Lanka, and also at Hatton National Bank during the period September 2002 to June 2005.

He has also served as a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC., HNB Assurance PLC., Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd., Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd., Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd., Lanka Ventures PLC., Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd. and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd..

Mr. Alles holds a MBA in Finance from the University of Stirling, UK and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka.

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Mr. Daniel Wu

President

CTBC Financial Holding Co., Ltd.

Mr. Daniel Wu is former Chairman of the Asian Bankers Association, serving during the term 2014-2018.

With over 30 years’ experience of developing and expanding business in Asia for international financial institutes in U.S., Hong Kong and Taiwan, Daniel Wu currently serves as President & CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of CTBC Financial Holding.

He currently holds the positions of President of CTBC Financial Holding; Chairman and Commissioner of Standing Committee, the Executive Committee of CTBC Financial Holding; CEO, CTBC Insurance Business and Spokesman, CTBC Financial Holding.

Prior to joining CTBC, Daniel held senior management roles with Bankers Trust, Goldman Sachs Asia and CIBC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.

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Mr. Lorenzo V. Tan

Managing Director

Primeiro Partners

Banker Lorenzo Villanueva Tan is currently Managing Director of Primeiro Partners, an independent investment bank with operations in Manila since 2017.

Mr. Lorenzo Villanueva Tan was Chief Executive Officer and President of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. from 2007 to 2016.

Mr. Tan served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. from July 2005 to 2007.

Mr. Tan has had extensive experience in banking both in the Philippines and abroad. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Philippine National Bank from April 10, 2002 to April 10, 2005. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of United Coconut Planters Bank. Mr. Tan also held various positions in Citibank N.A. and Citibank Singapore from 1987 to 1995.

He served as Director of Regional Financial Advisory of Citibank Singapore from 1993 to 1995, Vice President of Global Finance of Citibank Los Angeles, USA from 1991 to 1993 and Assistant Vice President of Citicorp Real Estate of Citibank, New York from 1987 to 1991.

In addition, Mr. Tan has served in 37 Boards of four different organizations across five different industries.

Mr. Tan is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania, USA and in the Philippines. Mr. Tan graduated from De La Salle University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and holds a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois, USA.

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Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah

Managing Director & CEO | Former Managing Director & CEO

Cargills Bank Limited | Hatton National Bank

Rajendra Theagarajah is currently Managing Director & CEO of Cargills Bank Limited and Member of the Board of Directors at Carson Cumberbatch.

He is the former Managing Director and CEO of Hatton National Bank; and also held the position of CEO at National Development Bank in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Theagarajah is an Alumni of Price Waterhouse Coopers Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.

Having obtained an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, UK, he joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in London and obtained extensive experience in Internal Control Systems, Branch operations, Global Custody and Treasury management within the bank’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region.

He returned to Sri Lanka in 1992 and joined the Colombo Branch of Banque Indosuez and served as its Deputy General Manager and continued as a member of HNB’s Corporate management team after the takeover of Indosuez Colombo by HNB in 1997.

Mr. Theagarajah is a Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers in Sri Lanka and served as the current chairman of Sri Lanka Banks Association.

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Ms. Susan S. Chang

Advisor | Former Chairperson

The Bankers Association of the Republic of China | Bank of Taiwan

Mrs. Susan S. Chang was Chairperson of Bank of Taiwan. She was Chairperson of the Bankers Association of the Republic of China (ROC). Before her appointment to her position in Bank of Taiwan in July 2008, Mrs. Chang was Administrative Vice Chairperson of the Financial Supervisory Commission. Prior to that, she was Deputy Director of the Economic Research Department at the Council for Economic Planning and Development.

She also served at the Ministry of Finance in various capacities, the last one being Deputy Director of the Department of Monetary Affairs.

Mrs. Chang holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the National Taiwan University.

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Mr. McKinney Y. T. Tsai

Former Chairman of the Board

Mega International Commercial Bank

Mr. McKinney Y. T. Tsai was Chairman of the Mega International Commercial Bank. Prior to joining ICBC, Mr. Tsai was President of the Taiwan Cooperative Bank, and before that, he was Executive Vice President of Chiao Tung Bank.

Mr. Tsai also served the government in various capacities. He was with the Bureau of Monetary Affairs under the Ministry of Finance, as Director of the International Banking Division; Director of the Domestic Banking Division, Director of the Planning and Regulation Division, and eventually Deputy Director General of the Bureau.

He was also Assistant Director at the Department of Control and Evaluation Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of the Executive Yuan.

Mr. Tsai obtained his MA from the Department of Public Finance at the National Chengchi University.

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Mr. Dong-Soo Choi

Former Advisor to the CEO

Shinhan Bank

Mr. Dong-Soo Choi is former Chairman of the Asian Bankers Association, serving during the term 2004-2006.

Mr. Choi has had extensive experience in general management, international banking, wholesale corporate banking, investment banking and asset and liability management through his various postings not only in Korea but overseas as well.

He worked with The Chase Manhattan Bank in Seoul, Hong Kong and New York (1969-1985); with Westpac Banking Corporation in Seoul and Sydney (1985-1994); and with the LG Group in Seoul, Lodz (Poland) and Seattle (1994-1998.)

He served as Director and Deputy President of Chohung Bank from August 1998 to February 2001. Mr. Choi moved to the academy in March 2001 when he joined Hanyang University in Seoul as Lecturer at the Graduate School of International Finance. One year later, he was appointed Deputy President & CFO of Hanssem Co. Ltd. in Seoul, and assumed added duty as President and CEO of the company’s Beijing office in January 2003.

Mr. Choi was elected President and CEO of Chohung Bank in August 2003 and served in that capacity until March 2006. He was appointed Advisor to the CEO of Shinhan Bank following the merger of Chohung Bank and Shinhan Bank in April 2006, and occupied that position until March 2008.

Mr. Choi is now Director of Hansae Co. Ltd, manufacturer and exporter of garments, and concurrently Senior Advisor to Hanwha Group, the 10th largest business group in Korea.

Mr. Choi graduated from Seoul National University majoring in Business Administration. He attended the Graduate School of Foreign Trade at Sung Kyun Kwan University and the Executive Management Program of the School of Business Administration at the University of Washington.

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Dr. Yung-San Lee

Former Chairman

International Commercial Bank of China | Chang Hwa Commercial Bank, Ltd.

Dr. Yung-san Lee was former Minister of Finance of the Republic of China, and was Chairman of GreTai Securities Market. He served as ROC Finance Minister from January to October 2002. Prior to his appointment to the Finance Ministry, Dr. Lee was chairman of the International Commercial Bank of China, one of Taiwan’s largest commercial banks.

He also worked as chairman of the Taipei-based Farmers Bank of China from 1994 to 1998. Before that, he was general manager of the Chiao Tung Bank and director at the Institute of Economics of the Academia Sinica. Dr.Lee served as Chairman of the Bankers Association of Taipei.

Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in the United States, and has taught economics at National Taiwan University between 1970 and 1994.

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YBhg Senator Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz

Chairman | Former President & CEO

Themed attractions and Sdn Bhd | Malayan Banking Berhad

Datuk Amirsham Aziz was former President and CEO of Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank). He later became Chairman of Themed attractions and Sdn Bhd.

He joined Maybank in 1997 after a four-year stint with Hanafiah Rasian Mohamad, a public accounting firm. He started as a loan manager for Maybank Finance Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maybank. In May 1982, he was transferred to Maybank as Assistant General Manager, Domestic Banking Division.

After three years, he was seconded to Asiavest Merchants Bankers to help reconstruct the bank. Six months later, he moved back to Maybank as Asst. General Manager of the Treasury Division, and later promoted as General Manager, Finance.

He assumed higher positions over the next few years, culminating in his appointment to President and CEO of Maybank in 1994. Aside from being Managing Director of Maybank, Datuk Amirsham also served on the boards of numerous Maybank Group subsidiaries and other leading organizations.

He was also a Cabinet Minister, Prime Minister’s Department, Government of Malaysia from March 2008 to April 2009, heading the Economic Planning Unit and Department of Statistics. He served on Advisory Panel to Bank Negara Malaysia and was also the Chairman of the Malaysian National Economic Advisory Council from 2009 to 2011.

He was the Chairman at Malaysian Industrial Development Authority in 2012. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of CapitaMalls Asia Limited from 2011 to 2014.

He is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA). He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree, majoring in Accounting from the University of Malaya in 1973.

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Hon. Peter B. Favila

Monetary Board Member | Former President

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas | PNB

Mr. Peter B. Favila was Chairman of the ABA from 1996 to 1998. He was then President of the state-owned Philippine National Bank (PNB). At that time, he was one of the youngest bank presidents in the country. Before joining the PNB in June 1995, Mr. Favila was president of Security Bank Corp..

Prior to that, he was director of treasury of Exchange Capital Corp., an affiliate of Jardine Fleming of Hong Kong. From 1974 to 1980, he was senior vice president of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. In 1967, he was a foreign clerk and money market trader at Citibank N.A. His first job was messenger, clearing clerk and bookkeeper at the now defunct Merchants Banking Corp.

After his term as ABA Chairman ended, Mr. Favila became President of Allied Banking, and later President of the Philippine Stock Exchange. He then became the Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Mr. Favila graduated with a banking and finance degree from the University of Sto. Tomas. He also took the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School of Finance.

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Dr. David K. P. Li

Chairman & Chief Executive

The Bank of East Asia, Ltd.

Dr. David K. P. Li is Chairman and Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia, Ltd., which was established in Hong Kong in 1918. He is member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, Banking Advisory Committee, and Hong Kong Association of Banks, and Chairman of the Chinese Banks’ Association.

Dr Li was Member of The Preparatory Committee for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a Hong Kong Affairs Adviser to the People’s Republic of China, and Vice-Chairman of the Basic Law Drafting Committee which laid the groundwork for the laws of Hong Kong after June 30, 1997 when sovereignty over Hong Kong reverted from Britain to China.

Dr. Li serves on the international advisory boards of several organizations, holds directorships in a number of prestigious companies, and is chairman or member of high-level committees or Boards of various associations. Dr. Li is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers, of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

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Dr. Mochtar Riady

Chairman

Lippo Group & Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology

Dr. Mochtar Riady is former Chairman of PT LippoBank Tbk in Indonesia and former Chairman of Lippo Group in Hong Kong. Lippo is a multinational group of companies spanning the Pacific Basin with interests in commercial banking, investment banking, insurance, urban development, information technology, and a variety of industrial activities.

Dr. Riady is Chairman or Member of the Board of various educational institutions, including the University of California USA and the Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences of the University of Arkansas USA, as well as professional associations, such as the Indonesian Banking Federation.

Dr. Riady graduated from the Southeast University in Nanking, China, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, USA.

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Dr. Amnuay Viravan

Chairman | Former Chairman & Executive of the Board

Saha-Union Public Co., Ltd. | Bangkok Bank PCL

Dr. Amnuay Viravan was actively involved in public affairs of Thailand until his resignation from the Cabinet and retirement from politics in June 1997.

From 1992 to 1997, Dr. Amnuay was appointed to three different Cabinet positions, namely, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Finance Minister. He was also leader of the Nam Thai Political Party from 1994 to 1996.

Dr. Amnuay started his career in government in 1958 and rose to the ranks of department heads or higher, including the posts of Secretary General of the Board of Investment, Director General of Customs and Permanent Secretary for Finance.

Upon his retirement from the civil services in 1997 when he was 45, Dr. Amnuay joined a number of business organizations first as Chairman of Saha-Union Corporation, a diversified industrial group, and later as Executive Chairman of Bangkok Bank Ltd. Dr. Amnuay currently takes the positions as Chairman of Saha-Union Public Co., Ltd., Chairman of Asia Cement Public Co. Ltd, and Chairman of Bangkok Grand Pacific Lease PLC.

Secretariat

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Mr. David Hsu

Secretary-Treasurer

Asian Bankers Association

In terms of international trade and SME development experience, Mr. Hsu was Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan (2013 – 2018), and Director of the Bureau of Foreign Trade at Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan (2008 – 2009), position which was preceded by a two-year tenure as Director of Small & Medium Enterprises Administration at the same ministry.

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Mr. Amador Honrado

Deputy Secretary

Asian Bankers Association

Amador R. Honrado, Jr. has been the Deputy Director of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) since 1996 where he has been managing the association’ day-to-day activities at the Secretariat.

Simultaneously, Mr. Honrado has been the Deputy Director-General of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) since 1996 where he is also in charge of operating and planning the organization’s activities that cover the whole Asia Pacific region.

From 1994 to 1996, he worked as Senior Officer and Directors’ Assistant in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat in Jakarta. Years earlier he functioned as Management Specialist at the Center for Research and Communications (CRC) (now called the University of Asia and the Pacific) in Manila from 1990 to 1991 and had an extended tenure as Manager in SGV & Co. – Manila, from 1981 to 1989.

He started his extensive career in 1979 as Economics Specialist at the Private Development Corporation of the Philippines (PDCP) in Manila where he worked until 1981.

Mr. Honrado holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City and Masters of Arts in Economics (Academic Units) from the University of the Philippines and in Business Administration (Academic Units) from the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School.

He also participated in seminars on Transfer of Technology (INSEAD, Kuala Lumpur) and Management Consulting (Andersen Consulting, Chicago)

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