Who Is Involved

Jessica Shearer – Head of Digital Strategy & Propositions, APAC, Schroder Investment Management

Jessica joined Schroders early 2018 and is responsible for driving the strategic digital agenda across Asia Pacific. She is focused on leveraging digital to collaborate with clients on differentiated retail investor experiences and innovative service offerings. Prior to joining Schroders, the majority of Jessica’s career was spent working for both HSBC and ANZ bank across wealth and retail banking leading large-scale digital programs. Jessica has a combination of digital, consulting, strategy, marketing and technology experience and has also worked on transformation programs in other industries like energy, grocery and FMCG.

Jessica is the current Chairperson for the Digital Innovation Group at the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS). She holds a Bachelor of Psychology & Business from Monash University, Australia, is a certified SAFe Agilist and practices Human Centred Design.

Allwyn Barreto, Partner, KPMG Singapore

Allwyn is currently a Partner at KPMG Singapore’s Financial Services Consulting team, with a special focus on growing the Commercial Banking and Asset Management consulting portfolio. He has over 20 years of financial services sector experience, 10 of which with KPMG. At KPMG, Allwyn has overseen business strategy and transformation projects for financial institutions including commercial banks, asset managers, insurers and the regulators in the region.

Prior to KPMG, Allwyn was the Regional Sales Director in Asia for a large Asset Management house where he developed the institution-level sales and operational framework to service clients in Asia and worked alongside the fund teams to offer customised global equity and fixed income solutions to institutional clients.

Christina Fernandes – CAO APAC, DWS

Christina joined DWS (Deutsche Bank’s asset management business) in 2013 as part of the asset and wealth management COO office. As CAO for APAC and part of the regional COO Office, her role requires her to manage efficiency, cost and governance of the operational platform while enabling business to convert opportunities for growth and expansion in the region. She has over 13 years of experience across financial services and previously led the set-up of ICICI’s advisory and fund management desk in New York.

Christina sits on the IMAS Executive Committee. She in an Economics graduate and holds an MBA from XLRI.

Darrell Wright, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Cognito

Darrell brings with him more than 15 years of experience in communications, including a decade spent in-house in Asia at some of the world’s largest financial institutions – J.P. Morgan, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland. He also brings recent experience in running public relations firms in Asia and extensive knowledge of doing business in the region, where he has lived and worked for more than 30 years. During that time, he has spent extended periods in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. His role at Cognito includes assisting a wide range of Financial Services, Fintech and Technology companies raise their profile, build reputation and launch key products and services across the Asia Pacific region.

Evelyn Lum, Head, Human Resources, Asia ex-Japan, Nikko AM Asia Limited

Evelyn Lum oversees Human Resources at Nikko Asset Management in Singapore and she is responsible for developing human resource strategies and executing tactical plans to achieve strategic objectives for the region, specifically Singapore and Hong Kong. Her duties include ensuring an effective organization structure and building the capability to attract, recruit and retain professional and competent employees to meet business objectives. In addition, Evelyn has responsibilities in the assessment of compensation and benefits competitiveness, employee relations and payroll. Evelyn has 24 years of experience in managing human resources including 5 years in the area of industrial relations and union negotiations/relations.

She joined the firm in April 2011 when it was known as DBS Asset Management Ltd prior to its acquisition by the Nikko Asset Management Group. Her initial challenges were to set up the human resource department and to integrate and harmonise benefits and HR policies between the two entities. Previously, Evelyn was the Vice President, Country Human Resources Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she spent 11 years of her career. She took a lead role in the alignment of human resources in the merger between Bank of America N.A. and Merrill Lynch. Evelyn spent the initial years of her career with Standard Chartered Bank and Mobil Oil (now known as Exxon Mobil Corporation). In 1999, she had her first hands-on experience at transitioning human resource functions when Mobil Oil merged with Exxon.

Evelyn holds a Bachelor of Business and Business Administration with a specialisation in Human Resources Management and a Masters in Human Capital Management.

Jan Reinmueller, Partner, Head of Digital Village, KPMG Singapore

Jan is the head of Digital Village in Singapore and also the global co-lead for KPMG Innovate. He is helping organisations to transform through innovation, building new business models or optimising cost using emerging technologies.

Jan brings international experience and knowledge of markets in US, Europe, India and ASEAN.

Jinesh Patel – Partner, Dymon Asia Ventures (part of Dymon Asia Capital)

Jinesh Patel is the Partner of Dymon Asia Ventures (DAV), the venture capital arm of Dymon Asia Capital. Jinesh started his career within the investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs and UBS, prior to moving into public and private investment management in 2006. In his 20+ years in Asia Pacific, Jinesh has built an extensive network of connections with government agencies, senior executives at some of the largest regional TMT companies as well as various early stage companies across Asia Pacific and Europe. Having launched DAV in 2015 with an early stage fintech-focussed mandate, the Fund is now expanding into the tangential areas of insuretech and digital health. Jinesh graduated with a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Exeter.

Kenneth Tang, Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko AM Asia Limited

Kenneth Tang is a senior portfolio manager at Nikko Asset Management based in Singapore. He is responsible for managing Singapore, ASEAN and Balanced portfolios. Kenneth brings to Nikko AM more than 20 years of investment experience in equity long only and equity long short capacities as well as extensive commodity research experience. Prior to joining Nikko AM, Kenneth was the lead portfolio manager for PineBridge Investments in Singapore Equity and Balanced portfolios. Before PineBridge Investments, Kenneth was managing director and portfolio manager at Black River Asset Management focusing on Asian industrial and agricultural commodities.

Between 1996 and 2007, Kenneth served as a research analyst and portfolio manager for Credit Agricole Asset Management (CAAM, now Amundi Asset Management). During his time in CAAM, Kenneth was lead manager for CAAM’s country funds in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as a senior portfolio manager for CAAM’s discretionary equity mandates. Kenneth helped CAAM attain the best performing fund (Asian Investor) in the Singapore Equity category during the period from 2004 to 2006. Kenneth graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charterholder.

Nicolas Huras – Head of Sales & Relationship Management APAC, UBS Asset Management

Nicolas, currently responsible for APAC business development activities of UBS Asset Management in Singapore, has commenced his carrier at UBS as Head of Alternative Fund Structures in Zurich later to assume a EMEA regional role. Prior to joining UBS, Nicolas worked as Head of Business Development at a niche fund administration company and a hedge fund manager where he joined from an offshore wealth management adviser. Nicolas started his career in financial industry in 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland from where he transferred to Zurich and later Singapore. Experienced governance, entrepreneurial leader in Disruptive Technologies, FinTech and Private Equity investor, serves as mentor and advisor to various companies and professional bodies in Europe and Asia. Holds MBA, MIR as well as various Executive diplomas from Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge and INSEAD.

Peter Shen, Head of Technology Strategy and Innovation, Singapore Exchange

Peter is responsible for driving innovation programmes to advance the enterprise value of technology.  A pioneer of SGX’s successful Co-location business, Peter led several industry-first initiatives, including one of the first cloud-based applications in financial services, and also architected the current derivatives pre-trade risk management system and market connectivity models.  A member of the ISO Technical Committee TC307 on Blockchain, Peter is one of the key architects of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Project Ubin, a central bank vanguard initiative to explore the use of DLT in Capital Markets.  He also leads SGX’s collaboration with Stanford University’s Platform Lab.

Prior to SGX, Peter was an IBM campus hire where he joined as a software engineer, working on assignments in Singapore, the United States and Europe.  Peter holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and is active in the startup community as a sponsor and an advisor.

Rajeev De Mello, Development Committee Chairman, Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS)

Rajeev De Mello is the Chairman of the IMAS Development Committee. He is the Chief Investment Officer at Bank of Singapore, where he oversees the research and investment strategy teams. Previously, as the head of Asian Fixed Income at Schroders Investment Management in Singapore, he led a team which invested in Asian credit, local bonds and currencies across Asia and the Middle East. He has been investing in Asia since 2005. Before that, he managed European fixed income for Pictet Asset Management. During the 1990s, Rajeev worked as head trading for UBS in various locations including Hong Kong. Earlier on he was a management consultant for McKinsey. He started his career in gold and currency options shortly before the 1987 crash.

Richard Green, Head of Product Management, APAC, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Richard Green is Head of Product Management – Asia Pacific, for Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”): a part of the Standard Life Aberdeen Group. He has been based in the APAC region for the past six years, originally moving to Singapore to build the Product function. He has also been a member of the Group’s Innovation Panel/Committee since its inception in 2014. As part of this, he has assessed startups, lead a global internal Hackathon for the business, and also worked on Group innovation strategy. He and his team are responsible for the growth and ongoing success of ASI’s funds and proposition business, across ten countries within the APAC region. Richard was previously based in Luxembourg and London. He started his career with Aberdeen Asset Management in London in 2010.

Before his career in Financial Services. Richard previously worked in the Legal sector for Eversheds Sutherland, and is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales. He graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics.

Sanjeev Malik – Managing Director APAC Head of Technology and Operations, BlackRock

Mr. Malik’s service with the firm dates back to 2006, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in San Francisco, which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to the current role, he was the Country Head of BlackRock India. At BGI, Mr. Malik was head of Market Data Management Technology. Prior to joining BGI, Mr. Malik was the Regional Head of Credit Risk Implementation Services at Moody’s KMV Asia Pacific. In this role he was responsible for delivering Default Probability Solutions.

Mr. Malik is a member of BlackRock APAC Executive Committee, Global Operating Committee, Human Capital Committee as well as the Global Tech and Ops Executive Committee. Mr. Malik earned a BS degree in physics and mathematics and a post graduate in Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology from Bombay University, India.

Wijaya Elham, Chief Operating Officer, UOB Asset Management

As Chief Operating Officer, Wijaya is responsible for the overall functions of Middle Office and Governance, Digitalization and Data Management as well as the Operations of UOBAM. He joined UOBAM in August 2015 and has more than 20 years of extensive operational experience, principally in investment custody operations, fund accounting and new business consulting. Prior to joining UOBAM, he was Head of Operations with Northern Trust Company.

Wijaya was educated at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.