ABA Board of Directors

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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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Mr. Mohamed Shareef

Deputy CEO & Director of Operations

Bank of Maldives
(Maldives)

cv4Mr. 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. Pema Namgyel Nadik

Chief Executive Officer

Bank of Bhutan Ltd.
(Bhutan)

cv13Mr. Pema N. Nadik is the CEO of the Bank of Bhutan Limited (BOBL), Bhutan’s oldest and largest commercial bank. He joined the Bank as the Deputy CEO (Business Development) in 2010, and became the CEO on 1st April 2013.

Under Mr. Nadik, the Bank of Bhutan has become the industry leader in the promotion and use of digital financial platforms. BOBL was the first bank to launch mobile and agency banking services, M-BoB and BOB Connect.

Mr. Nadik has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from Sherubtse College, Kanglung. He has worked 17 years in Druk Air in various positions including Administration Officer (Finance), Assistant Finance Manager, Country Manager (Bangkok), Manager, Marketing and Sales, Manager, Administration and Personnel, and Manager, Ground Operations, in flight Service and Airline Security before his resignation in 2007 to be self-employed.

He also served as the Board Director in Bank of Bhutan Ltd., Druk Air Corporation Ltd., Bhutan Ferro Alloys Ltd., Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan Ltd., Credit Information Bureau, and Financial Institutions Training Institute.

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Dr. David K. P. Li

Chairman & Chief Executive

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

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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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. Mahmoud Reza Asadi Motlagh

Director General of International Affairs

EN Bank
(Iran)

19 EN BankMr. Asadi began his banking career in 1995, joining Bank Melli Iran, the largest state-owned commercial bank in Iran, assuming various positions until 2017. By then, he had already been appointed as the Director of International Department of the bank, supervising nearly most of the bank’s activities in the international domain. His next professional step was in EN Bank where he became Director General for International Affairs in 2017.

Amongst his other occupations might be named membership of the Board of Supervisors to Arian Bank of Kabul. He is also a member of the Iranian Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. He has also been teaching various Finance and International banking courses.

Mr. Asadi holds a Ph.D. in General Linguistics from Tehran University of Iran.

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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. Takayoshi Futae

Senior Managing Executive Officer, Regional Executive for Asia

MUFG Bank, Ltd.
(Japan)

cv14A seasoned banker with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Takayoshi Futae began his career in 1983 at The Sanwa Bank, Ltd., which was a predecessor of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. He worked in the United States for more than 10 years, in its Chicago and New York branches before returning to Japan to take on more senior roles in structured finance, project and asset based finance, and corporate restructuring.

By 2006, Mr. Futae was holding the position of Chief Manager, Credit & Advisory Division of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. The following year he was promoted to General Manager of the same division. In June 2010 he assumed the position of General Manager, Global Corporate Banking Division and eventually became the Executive Officer and General Manager of the same division.

From 2011 to early 2014, Mr. Futae held the position of Executive Officer and General Manager of the Corporate Banking Credit Division.

From 2014 to 2016, as Managing Executive Officer in charge of Japanese Corporate Credit, he was instrumental in initiating two key business functions for the bank – the Project & Asset-based Financing Division, which today is part of the Structured Finance Division, and the Global Corporate Banking Division, serving the MNCs and the non-Japanese corporates.

Over the years, Mr. Futae has also been involved in corporate banking, credit and corporate advisory.

Starting in May 2016 he was Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Asia & Oceania region, responsible for the bank’s business lines across 15 countries in the region.

Then in May 2017 he was promoted to Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Executive Officer for Asia & Oceania, and was also appointed a Director on the Board of Security Bank Corporation, one of the leading banks in the Philippines, of which MUFG has a 20% stake since April 2016. He was also appointed Vice-Chairman of the Board of Bank of Ayudhya Plc (Krungsri), Thailand’s fifth largest bank in which MUFG has a 77% majority stake in.

In April of 2018, as The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. changed its name to MUFG Bank, Ltd., Mr. Futae was able to maintain his responsibilities. Yet, in July 2018, Mr. Futae was once again promoted, this time to his current position of Senior Managing Executive Officer, Regional Executive for Asia.

Mr. Futae graduated with an economics degree from Osaka University in Osaka, Japan in 1983, and obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, USA in 1988.

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Mr. Takahiko Yasuhara

Managing Executive Officer

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
(Japan)

5Mr. Yasuhara joined the Mizuho Bank in 1986 and has held a diverse set of valuable positions domestically and overseas throughout this premier Japanese banking organization.

By 2002, he was Deputy General Manager at the Hong Kong Branch. Two years later in 2004 he was promoted to Deputy General Manager of the Overseas Japanese Business Promotion Division. And in 2007 he became Deputy General Manager of the Human Resources Management Department.

In 2011 he was sent overseas again as General Manager of the Seoul Branch of Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.

Few years later in 2014 he was appointed Executive Officer & General Manager of the International Coordination Division, Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.

Since 2016 Mr. Yasuhara has been the Managing Executive Officer, Head of East Asia at the Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. for Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Mr. Yasuhara holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Waseda University (1986)

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Mr. Kenichi Hosomi

Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Banking Unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
(Japan)

2018 0703 SMBC logo 150 x 253Kenichi Hosomi is a Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Business Unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). He is also a Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Banking Unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG).

Mr. Hosomi joined The Sumitomo Bank, Ltd. (a predecessor bank of SMBC) in 1985. After spending a number of years at Umeda Branch and Corporate Banking Department in Osaka, he was transferred to Japanese Corporate Banking Department, New York Branch in 1993. He was promoted to Head of Marketing Group, San Francisco Branch in 1996. He returned to New York in 1999 as Head of Corporate Banking Department-I, covering all clients across the U.S., and managed over US$ 7 billion in assets and a staff of more than 20 employees.

After returning to Tokyo, Japan in 2005, Mr. Hosomi was appointed Deputy General Manager of Tokyo Corporate Banking Department-IV, where he mainly served global companies in the transportation industry.

His six-year career in London started in 2009, when he was appointed General Manager of Corporate Banking Department-I of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited (“SMBCE”). He managed businesses with Japanese and Asian clients in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”), overseeing a variety of financial services including credit products, deposit and cash management services and a staff of 50 employees across the region.

In 2012, he was appointed Director, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of Planning Department, SMBCE and General Manager of Planning Department, EMEA Division, SMBC. He implemented corporate strategies, and supervised, managed and assessed the performance of SMBCE, other SMBC’s subsidiaries and SMBC’s branches in the EMEA region. He was also a Board and Risk Committee Member of SMBCE. In 2014, he was promoted to Director and General Manager of Planning Department, EMEA Division, SMBC. He was also Non-executive Director at JSC Sumitomo Mitsui Rus Bank, SMBC Nikko Capital Markets Limited, SMBC Derivative Products Limited, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance Dublin Limited.

In April 2015, Mr. Hosomi was appointed as General Manager of Global Business Planning Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Director and General Manager of Planning Department, International Banking Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. In April 2016, he was promoted to Managing Director and General Manager, Planning Department, International Banking Unit, SMBC.

In April 2017, Mr. Hosomi assumed his current position as Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Business Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Managing Executive Officer, Deputy Head of International Banking Unit, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan in 1963, Mr. Hosomi holds a B.A. in Economics from the Kwansei Gakuin University (Hyogo Japan) and an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from The George Washington University (Washington D.C. the U.S.A.).  He is married, with two children. His interests are travel and golfing.

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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. Chinbishrelt Ariunbold

Member of the Board of Directors

Capital Bank of Mongolia
(Mongolia)

14Upon his return from Japan, Mr. Chinbishrelt started his banking career in 2012 as Specialist at the Development Bank of Mongolia where he worked for several years. Then in 2014, he was designated Board Member of the Capital Bank.

Mr. Chinbishrelt did his secondary education in Japan and finished his bachelor degree in Business Management at Takushoku University in Japan.

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Mr. Jose Arnulfo “Wick” A. Veloso

President & CEO

Philippine National Bank
(Philippines)

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Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso is the newly appointed President and CEO of Philippine National Bank. Prior to his current position, he was President and CEO of HSBC Philippines from December 2012, the first Filipino CEO in its 140 years of operations in the country. Under his watch, HSBC Philippines was named by The Asset as 2018’s best global bank in the country.

Mr. Veloso has 32 years of banking and capital markets experience of which 24 years were with HSBC. He joined HSBC in December 1994 as Head of Interest Rate Trading in the Philippines before transferring to the Group’s Asian headquarters in Hong Kong in July 2000 to take on dual roles, first as Head of Asian Local Currency Debt Trading, then as Head of Credit Derivatives for Asia Pacific concurrently.

Mr. Veloso assumed responsibility for HSBC Philippines’ Treasury and Global Markets business upon his return to the country in June 2003. In October 2010, he was promoted to Managing Director and was appointed Head of Global Banking and Markets in August 2012. Under his leadership, HSBC Philippines garnered various industry recognitions for its successful capital market transactions.

Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Veloso worked for other local and foreign banks. As a seasoned banker, Mr. Veloso is also actively involved in several industry organizations. Presently, he is a Director and Chairperson of the Open Market Committee of the Bankers Association of the Philippines.

He is also a Director of the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corporation and Philippine Securities Settlement Corporation. He was formerly Chairman of the Council of Trustees of the British School Manila, President of the Money Market Association of the Philippines, member of ACI (Assosacion Cambiste Internationale) Philippines, Director of the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and Director of the European Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Veloso obtained his degree in Marketing Management from the De La Salle University in the Philippines in 1986. He is married with four children.

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Mr. Gil A. Buenaventura

President & Chief Executive Officer

Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.
(Philippines)

cv17Mr. Buenaventura, a seasoned banker, is the new president and chief executive officer of RCBC effective July 1, 2016. He is also representing RCBC in the ABA Board of Directors.

Prior to leading RCBC, Mr. Buenaventura steered DBP (Development Bank of the Philippines) to unprecedented growth in terms of income and total resources. DBP is among the top 10 banks in the country.

DBP is the Philippine’s seventh largest bank in terms of assets with 508.46 billion pesos and 10th in terms of capital with 37.66 billion pesos by 2015.

Mr. Buenaventura was a former senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and president and chief executive officer of Prudential Bank when it was acquired by BPI.

At BPI, he was in charge of the bank’s major revenue-generating businesses and was either chairman or a member of the board of directors of BPI’s various subsidiaries.

He also managed the bank’s special business units and several subsidiaries, and exercised direct oversight over non-revenue areas including information systems, human resources, and central operations.

He also served as executive vice president of Citytrust Banking Corp. and a Citibanker for 18 years where he started as chief of staff to the country head and rose to become vice president, group head and senior credit officer.

Mr. Buenaventura obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of San Francisco and his MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin.

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Mr. Soh Kian Tiong

Managing Director, Head of Financial Institutions

Government Linked Institutions, Institutional Banking Group DBS Bank
(Singapore)

CV7Soh Kian Tiong is the Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions and Government Linked Corporations within DBS Group. He oversees the overall relationship management to financial institutions, institutional investors and government linked companies. He also has oversight over debt rehabilitation of companies.

Kian Tiong has more than 18 years of experience in Banking and Finance. He started his career in marketing and credit approving positions in Institutional Banking Group in DBS Group. Prior to the current role, he was the Head of Credit Risk, Risk Management Group where he oversees the overall credit risk management within the Group including credit approval, credit supervision and monitoring, credit risk measurement, modeling and credit control.

Kian Tiong holds a MSc from Carnegie Mellon University and MBA from University of Chicago.

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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. Tsan-Chang Liao

Chairman

The First Commercial Bank
(Taiwan)

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Mr. Tsan-Chang Liao, current Chairman of First Commercial Bank, has also successfully led the chairmanship of many other financial institutions in Taiwan.

Mr. Liao was the Chairman of Taiwan Cooperative Financial Holding Co., Ltd. and of the Taiwan Cooperative Bank Co., Ltd.

He also held several key positions in the Taiwan Business Bank Co., Ltd. where he developed an extended banking career first as Chief Auditor. Later he was promoted to the Executive Vice-President position and eventually became President and Chairman of the bank.

Mr. Liao holds a Master Degree in Business Management from the Institute of Business and Management at National Chiao Tung University.

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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. 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. Nghiem, Xuan Thanh

Chairman of the Board

Joint-stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank)
(Vietnam)

CV11Mr. Nghiem Xuan Thanh currently serves as Chairman of Board of Directors of the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank), one of the four largest commercial banks in Vietnam with majority State-ownership (the “Big Four”.)

Mr. Thanh began his career at Vietcombank in July 2013 as Chief Executive Officer. He then assumed the Chairmanship in November 2014.

Before joining Vietcombank, he was Chief of the Executive Office of State Bank of Vietnam (the central bank), where he was in charge of administrative tasks and providing senior advisory assistance to the Governor and Deputy Governors.

Prior to these jobs, he has been through various positions at the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), another of the “Big Four” leading Vietnamese banks. These positions included:

  • Deputy CEO of VietinBank (01/2012-06/2012)
  • General Manager of VietinBank, Dong Da Branch (2010-2011)
  • General Manager of VietinBank, Thanh Xuan Branch (2008-2010)
  • Director of Debt Handling Department, VietinBank H.O. (2006-2008)
  • Director of Risk Management & Debt Handling Department, VietinBank H.O. (2003-2006)
  • Director of the Board of Directors’ Secretariat, VietinBank H.O. (2002-2003)
  • Deputy Director of the Board of Management’s Office and Assistant to CEO, VietinBank H.O. (1999-2002)
  • Officer at Human Resources Department, VietinBank H.O. (1997-1999)
  • Head of Accounting Department at Phuc Yen sub-branch under VietinBank Vinh Phu Branch (1994-1997)
  • Officer at VietinBank, Vinh Phu Branch (1988-1994)

He has received many awards, including the Vietnamese government’s Labor Order of Third-rank in 2007, and previously the Certificate of Merit by the Prime Minister in 2005.

Mr. Nghiem Xuan Thanh earned the Masters degree in Economics (2001) majoring in banking and finance, at the Banking Academy under the State Bank of Vietnam.

He also holds an advanced degree in politics from the National Academy of Politics (2009).

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Mr. Trinh Ngoc Khanh

Chairman

Vietnam Bank of Agriculture & Rural Development
(Vietnam)

135 Vietnam Bank Agriculture 01 150 x 70Mr. Trinh Ngoc Khanh serves as the Chairman of the Board of Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and served as its General Director and Member of Management Board.

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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. 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 current 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.

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Mr. Ernest Lin

Secretary-Treasurer

Asian Bankers Association

Ernest (Chi-Song) Lin is the current Secretary and Treasurer of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) and Director General of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) while holding the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Office of the Chairman in CTBC Bank.

Prior to taking charge of the ABA’s Secretariat, Mr. Lin held different important positions in the banking and chambers/associations’ areas. For instance, he was Section Chief of the Secretariat Department and  Assistant Vice President of International Affairs in CTBC Bank, formerly known as Chinatrust Commercial Bank.

In the area of chambers and associations, Mr. Lin held the position of Director of International Affairs and as well as that of Deputy Secretary-General at the Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC.)

Mr. Lin holds a Bachelor Degree in Western Languages and Literature from National Chengchi University.

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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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