Who Is Involved

Nicolas Huras (Digital Innovation Committee Chairperson)
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.

Richard Green
Head of Client Technology Solutions, Asia, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Richard Green is Head of Client Technology Solutions – Asia, for Aberdeen Standard Investments (“ASI”): a part of the Standard Life Aberdeen Group (“SLA Group”). He has been based in APAC for the past six and a half years, originally moving to Singapore to build and lead the Product Management function for the region. He has also been a member of the SLA 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 SLA Group innovation strategy. Richard is responsible for the SLA Group’s technology offering for clients and customers in the Asian region: spanning platforms, wealth management, planning and advice, and investment management, to note several key aspects. He was previously based in Luxembourg and London. Richard started his career with Aberdeen Investment 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.

Eddy Kwong
Director, Head of Digital Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Allianz Global Investors

Eddy Kwong is Director, and Head of Digital Marketing for Asia Pacific at Allianz Global Investors, leading both global and regional digital initiatives across the APAC region. Starting in 2019, his role has been expanded to include AI transformation for sales/ distribution as well as digital wealth management. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, eCommerce, customer experience and CRM in the financial industry. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors, he has held positions at Visa and Fidelity International, and been stationed in San Francisco, Singapore and now Hong Kong.

With his interest in bringing digital solutions for wider use, he is currently serving as a member of the digital and innovation committee at the Investment Management Association of Singapore, driving the fintech agenda in the investment industry through initiatives such as the Digital Accelerator Programme in the APAC region. Eddy has also served as a mentor and judging panel member of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator Programme in the Singapore Fintech Festival.

Ian Kitchenham
Chief Operating Officer, Global Credit, Asia-Pacific, BlackRock

Ian Kitchenham, representing IMAS for this challenge, is the Chief Operating Officer for Global Credit in Asia-Pacific at BlackRock, based in Singapore. He is responsible for driving the development and execution of regional strategic priorities for the global credit platform and overseeing platform operations in Asia-Pacific on a day-to-day basis. Prior to his current role, he was Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI) for Asia Pacific.

Ian joined BlackRock in 2006, including his service with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Ian's previous roles at BlackRock in London and Hong Kong include strategic projects, alternatives distribution, two years as Cash Management COO for EMEA and two years in the institutional client business. Prior to joining BlackRock he worked for Barclays Bank from 2004 to 2006 focusing on credit markets and investments.

Ian earned a BSc degree, with honours, in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a Masters degree, with distinction, in International and Public Affairs from the University of Hong Kong, holds a Graduate Diploma in Law, and achieved the IMC certification.

Christina Fernandes

Christina joined DWS (Deutsche Bank’s investment 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.

John Fahey
Programme Manager, Fidelity International

John Fahey is a Programme Manager with Fidelity International, with experience spanning covering many industries & roles. Having joined Fidelity Investments in Ireland during 2012, he was previously focused on rolling out agile practices across teams (holding multiple agile certifications), as well as leading delivery teams. Following his move to Fidelity International, he lead the accelerator engagement in Hong Kong, while continuing to lead delivery & programme management of business initiatives.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, he has extensive work experience across many countries & regions, having been based in Ireland, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore throughout his career.

Kenneth Tang
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko Asset Management

Kenneth Tang is a senior portfolio manager at Nikko Investment 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 Investment Management focusing on Asian industrial and agricultural commodities.

Between 1996 and 2007, Kenneth served as a research analyst and portfolio manager for Credit Agricole Investment Management (CAAM, now Amundi Investment 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.

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.

Andrew Ng
Head of Digital Client Engagement SEA, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore)

Andrew joined Schroders in 2006 and is based in Singapore. His role includes working with Distribution teams to explore digital propositions with existing and potential new business partners,

Prior to this role, Andrew’s responsibilities include product development, client onboarding and business management. He was also part of the Cognitive Science and Automation team which set up the first CSA Center of Excellence outside of the head office in London.

He holds a double degree in Mathematics and Finance from Murdoch University, Perth.

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