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Rajeev Peshawaria

CEO of the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre, author of the Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller Open Source Leadership (McGraw Hill 2017), Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster 2011), co-author of Be the Change (McGraw Hill 2014) and a regular writer for Forbes, Rajeev is an out-of-the-box thought leader on leadership, management and corporate governance.  He has extensive global experience in leadership and organizational consulting, with a particular focus on uncovering personal and organizational “leadership energy.”

 

Rajeev’s professional roots are in industry. He has been Chief Learning Officer of both Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley, and has formerly held senior positions at American Express and Goldman Sachs. At Goldman, Rajeev helped found Pine Street - the firm’s acclaimed leadership academy - and headed Pine Street for Europe and Asia. In his early career he was a banker and currency trader.

 

He has provided speaking, coaching, consulting and advisory services globally. His clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Mitsubishi, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, The World Bank, US Treasury, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Indian Railways, Sinarmas Indonesia, Allianz, Permata Bank Indonesia, PwC, Nestle, Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government Dubai, Prudential, Maybank, Great Eastern, Citibank and many more. He also serves as guest faculty at leading business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.

 

Rajeev is a sought after international speaker and has been widely featured in international media platforms such as Bloomberg TV & Radio, CNN, Knowledge@Wharton, European Financial Review, National Public Radio (NPR), Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Fast Company, Leader to Leader, American Management Association (AMA) magazine, Leadership Excellence magazine, The Times of India, The National Dubai, Mint-Wall Street Journal and the Conference Board.

 

In 2014 and 2017 he was named one of Top 100 Global Thought Leaders for Trustworthy Business by ‘Trust Across America.’  Rajeev and his family have lived in fourteen cities in eight countries.

 

 

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Rajeev Peshawaria

  

Nabil N. El-Hage

Nabil N. El-Hage is Chairman of Academy of Executive Education and a faculty member for Malaysia’s ICLIF, where he teaches in the Financial Institutions Directors’ Education Program (FIDE). Mr. El-Hage recently served as Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he also held various other positions, including Senior Associate Dean for External Relations. At Harvard, he taught courses in corporate finance, private equity, and corporate governance, for eight years.

 

Mr. El-Hage is a practitioner as well as an academic, having served as Chairman and CEO of Jeepers! Inc, a private equity-financed national chain of indoor theme parks, for nearly 10 years. He also has operating experience in private equity and venture capital with TA Associates and Advent International, and as CFO of Back Bay Restaurant Group, a listed restaurant holding company.

 

Mr. El-Hage has taught and consulted extensively for central banks, financial institutions, multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, and family businesses. Representative clients include the Central Bank of Bahrain, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, The Carlyle Group, and Saudi Arabia Economic and Development Holding Co.

 

Mr. El-Hage currently serves on four boards of directors, including a multinational Property and Casualty insurance company and a $25 billion MassMutual Life Insurance Company-affiliated mutual fund complex.

 

 

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Nabil N. El-Hage

 

William Song

William Song is the regional actuary of MSIG Asia, based in Singapore. He has over sixteen years of experience from working in different insurance markets around Asia-Pacific. His experience includes insurance liability valuation, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), mergers and acquisitions, insurance analytics and technical premium rating. In particular, William has been heavily involved in the development and implementation of ERM framework for MSIG Asia over the last four years.

 

William earned his bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and an MBA at the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. When not working, William enjoys travelling to different countries with his family.

 

 

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William Song

 

 

Sridharan Nair

Sridharan Nair (or Sri as he is commonly known) is currently PwC Malaysia's Managing Partner, with primary responsibility for overseeing the Assurance, Tax and Advisory practice of the firm. He is also the Territory Senior Partner for the PwC SEAPEN Region, which comprises Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

 

Over the years, he has worked on a portfolio of large listed client engagements in Malaysia across various industries including financial institutions and a number of cross border financial due diligence assignments. He has a deep understanding of the insurance industry, initially gained from working with clients in the London insurance market and for the last 19 years, with Malaysian life, general and takaful players. Sri also has experience in providing advisory services to insurers locally in areas such as enterprise risk management, market entry assessment, systems implementation and valuation. He has also been a regular speaker at various insurance and takaful conferences in the past.

 

 

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Sridharan Nair

 

 

Dr David S Bobker MA

Dr David Bobker is Head of Risk Management at the Asian Institute of Finance in Kuala Lumpur where he carries out research in risk management and designs and delivers training programmes on strategic risk management and risk governance. During 2009 and 2010 he designed and delivered the core risk management module for Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Institutions Directors’ Education programme (FIDE). He has been a conference presenter, author and trainer for over 20 years.

 

David Bobker is a qualified UK ICAEW chartered accountant, a GARP qualified FRM and holds a DPhil in Mathematics from Oxford University. Over a thirty year career he has worked as an external auditor and consultant with KPMG and Deloitte, was a head of internal audit for two UK FTSE100 financial institutions and he was a supervisor and policy maker at the UK Building Societies Commission. Prior to moving to Malaysia in 2010 he ran his own risk consulting and training firm for over 10 years.

 

David’s varied career spans more than three decades. He has worked for blue chip, successful organisations and failed organisations with many fascinating issues worthy of study. He is therefore in a unique position to share much valuable life experience during his training programmes which balance hard technical aspects with equal emphasis on the realities of corporate life.

 

 

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Dr David S Bobker MA

 

 

Jonathan Addis

Jonathan Addis served as an International Manager with HSBC from 1981 to 2011, most recently as Executive Director and Deputy CEO of HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad. During his time with HSBC he lived and worked in a number of countries, including Qatar, UAE, Thailand, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, USA, UK and Malaysia. His banking experience is very broad based and includes positions in Commercial Lending and Trade Finance, as well as more recent assignments in the Asia Pacific region as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Internal Audit.

 

From 2001 to 2005 he was the Head of the HSBC Group’s Financial Training Faculty based in the UK. In addition to his banking experience, he has served on a number of boards and faculties that reflect his interest in both business and environmental issues, including being Chairman of The British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Harbour Business Forum, Hong Kong. He now lives in Hong Kong and pursues a number of interests including training and independent non-executive director roles.

 

 

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Jonathan Addis

 

 

David Brearley

David Brearley is the Founder of Technology Connexion UK (Ltd) and has over 40 years of experience in Information Technology (IT). He spent the early days of his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in the financial services group based in London.

 

From 1982 until 1998, David held CIO positions at a large Lloyds insurance broker, the capital markets subsidiary of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) and Standard Chartered Bank which he joined in 1988 as one of the new management team recruited to ‘rescue the bank’ from its poor state.

 

After 10 years working for Standard Chartered, David decided to retire from corporate life and spend more time in advising bank CEOs and CIOs on how to use technology better and ensure that technology investments deliver improved business performance.

 

Living in Asia for the last 12 years, he has also consulted with a number of institutions in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand and is a frequent speaker at industry technology events.

 

 

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David Brearley

 

Ng Ngai Kin

Ng Ngai Kin is Managing Director of Stamford Advisory, a boutique management advisory and consultancy specializing in financial and risk management, retail and private banking.

 

He brings close to two decades of experience in Finance, Markets and Risk Management as a researcher, practitioner and consultant, to his work addressing the finance and risk management issues. Most recently he was a Partner and Director at Oliver Wyman Financial Services, based in Singapore office, focusing on Finance & Risk Management.

 

Ngai Kin is a frequent speaker at various financial industry conferences and meetings organised by the Risk Management Association (RMA), the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), and the Taiwan Bank Association. He is also adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University lecturing in financial and risk management.

 

 

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Ng Ngai Kin

 

 

SW Chan

SW Chan, a former senior journalist, is a media strategy consultant and a specialist trainer in media-handling skills and media crisis management. He has 12 years of experience in his field, having media-trained corporate executives (including those in senior management and board of directors) and government officers since year 2000. Apart from this, he has provided expert media guidance on consulting basis to major companies.

 

In 2003, he was appointed media-training consultant to oil and gas company Shell, and has since been regularly conducting media crisis management training for Shell group of companies’ senior management and their emergency response teams.

 

He also conducts media skills training for Malaysian and foreign diplomats, and other government officers in diplomatic courses organised by the Institute of Diplomacy & Foreign Relations (IDFR) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The training he conducts is in-depth, and the media-handling skills he presents are applicable in dealing with the local, foreign as well as the international news media in any country. There is not a shred theory in his training, for he knows too well the thinking and workings of journalists and the news media.

 

Chan was a journalist himself in both newspaper and TV journalism for 18 years, prior to becoming Media Strategy Consultant/Trainer in year 2000. He was a reporter and an editor in three leading news organisations – The Star, for 11 years, before he joined another newspaper The Sun, and then a TV broadcasting station, ntv7.

 

He held the positions of Reporter, Correspondent, Senior Writer and Sub-Editor while in The Star, Senior Editor in The Sun, and Managing Editor, News, in ntv7. He was a pioneer editor in The Sun and ntv7 where he helped to set up the newspaper in 1993 and the TV station’s News Department in 1998 respectively.

 

 

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SW Chan

 

 

Datuk Yvonne Chia

Datuk Yvonne Chia, a veteran CEO, Banker and Transformational leader, has over 30 years’ experience of leading large banking organisations through periods of internal and external change including organic and in-organic growth phases. She is known for her energetic inspiration for change, communication and learning values that drives her personal and organisational success. Yvonne started her career with an American bank, where she served for over 15 years and later joined the local banking scene as Group MD and Chief Executive of RHB Bank (1996 to 2002) and Hong Leong Bank (2003-2013). She led both banks expansion to top tier ranking and high performing banks in Malaysia and the region. She has also played a distinctive role in shaping the Malaysian Banking scene with the M&As she led and is highly feted by the banking industry and media.

 

A strong believer in 'sweating the right stuff" as key differentiation in leading teams to focus and execute for high performance. She sees Risk and the Changing Landscape as opportunities for building blocks for a sustainable profitable agenda". She currently serves on Pemandu Corporation as a Board of Trustee and also serves as director of several listed companies. She is also an Honorary Professor at the School of Economics, Nottingham University Malaysia Campus.

 

 

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Datuk Yvonne Chia

 

 

Philip Tan Puay Koon

Philip Tan Puay Koon is a Treasury and Professional Training Consultant with close to three decades of experience in banking and finance, principally in the areas of Treasury and Risk Management.

 

Philip has served in various regional and local leadership roles as a Managing Director in Citigroup. He was a mid-career hire at Citibank Berhad, Malaysia where he served as the Financial Markets Head and Country Treasurer of Citibank Berhad as well as Director of Citibank (L) Limited. In 2001, Philip joined the Citigroup Regional Office in Singapore as Director of Asia-Pacific Risk Treasury before being appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Asia-Pacific Emerging Market (EM) Sales & Trading of Citibank NA in 2004.

 

Prior to 1995, Philip spent 14 years with the MUI Group in Malaysia where he served in various senior management capacities in MUI Bank and MUI Finance.

 

He currently serves as Independent Director of Cagamas Berhad and Citibank Berhad. His other previous directorships include board experience in Danajamin Nasional Berhad, which he helped establish in 2009 and MIDF Amanah Investment Bank Berhad .

 

Philip also serves as an Independent Director of SP Setia Berhad, Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd and China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park (GuangXi) Development Co. Ltd. He is presently the Chairman of Malaysian Electronic Payment System Sdn Bhd (MEPS) and MEPS Currency Management Sdn Bhd (MEPS MCM). In addition, Philip has been a member since 2009, of the Corporate Debt Restructuring Committee (CDRC), established by Bank Negara Malaysia.

 

Philip holds a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (CNAA) in Business Studies (Accounting and Finance) from North-East London Polytechnic, United Kingdom. Philip was a pioneering member of the Technical Committee of Persatuan Pasaran Kewangan Malaysia (PPKM), and also served on the Capital Markets Committee of the Association of Banks in Malaysia. He previously lectured at the Asian Banking School and has taught the professional treasury traders’ certification programme under the PKMC Programme. He is presently an adjunct faculty member of The Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre and teaches in the Financial Institutions Directors’ Education Programme.

 

At the invitation of the financial community and central banks such as Bank Negara Malaysia, Bank Indonesia and the State Bank of Vietnam, Philip has shared his wealth of knowledge and experience through public seminars and lectures as well as in-house bespoke programs.

 

 

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Philip Tan Puay Koon

 

 

Rick Bender

Rick Bender is a former international insurance executive with more than 40 years in the industry, 23 with AIG and the past 12 years in the Asia Pacific region.   His experience is very broad covering all aspects of senior company, regional and distribution management.

 

From 2012 through 2015, Rick was a Vice President of AIG and Chief Agency Officer for AIG, Asia Pacific. During this period, Rick also served as Chairman, AIG P&C, Taiwan and was a board member of AIG, P&C China.

 

From 2010 to 2011, Rick was President, CEO and director of Nan Shan Life Insurance Company Ltd. in Taiwan.

 

From 2004 to 2010 Rick was with the AIA Group Ltd in their Malaysia and Hong Kong offices. He was Executive Vice President and Chief Agency Officer of AIA Group Ltd. (2009 - 2010) and Executive Vice President and COO for China, Taiwan and India (2007 to 2009). Prior to that, he was EVP and General Manager, Malaysia.

 

Prior to moving to Asia, Rick was President and CEO of American General Life and Accident (2001 – 2004) after holding various senior positions with the AIG Life Companies, U.S. from 1992 to 2001 and Great-West Life from 1972 to 1992.

 

 

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Rick Bender

 

 

Prof. Mak Yuen Teen

Prof. Mak Yuen Teen is an associate professor at the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, where he specialises in corporate governance. He was a former Vice Dean responsible for finance and administration at the school. He has also held Singapore and regional heads of research positions at major international consulting firms.

 

Prof Mak has served on key corporate governance committees in Singapore and is a member of the Corporate Governance Council set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reviewing the Code in 2017 and the Corporate Govenance Advisory Committee that was formed following the release of the new Code. He has also been involved in developing several corporate governance ratings and scorecards in Singapore and the region.

 

Prof. Mak has published reports on topics such as corporate governance of banks and insurance companies, board diversity, governance of company groups, annual general meetings, and executive and director remuneration. He is regularly engaged to teach/ facilitate workshops for directors, regulators and other industry professionals. He has also led governance reviews of listed companies, private companies and charities, and also a review of banks’ compliance with a consumer banking code.

 

Prof. Mak has served on boards of several large not-for-profit organisations in Singapore, including as Chairman and Deputy Chairman, and served consecutive six-year terms on the audit advisory committees of two UN agencies in New York. He was an independent director of the financial industry dispute resolution company set  up by the financial industry and supported by MAS, and currently serves on the oversight committee of the benchmarks administration company set up by The Association of Banks in Singapore. Prof Mak was a member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors from 2000-2005. 

 

 

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Prof. Mak Yuen Teen

 

 

 

Gabe Shawn Varges

Gabe Shawn Varges is Senior Partner in the Zurich offices of HCM, an international consulting firm, and a member of the faculty of the University of St. Gallen Executive School in Switzerland. He works around the world with boards of directors; CEOs; and heads of companies, state entities, regulators, and international organizations on the more strategic and challenging aspects of corporate governance, compensation, compliance, regulation, and supervision. An experienced executive, senior regulator, and board member, he also works with organizations to upgrade and make their approaches in the above areas more sustainable, also in the context of market changes and digitization. 

 

Earlier, Varges served as Head of Governance of the Swiss financial services regulator where he supervised banks and insurers; and represented the authority on international bodies such as the OECD, Financial Stability Board, International Association of Insurance Regulators, and Basel Committee on Bank Supervision. He has led or contributed to multiple cross-border taskforces, helping in the development of key governance instruments following the financial crisis. Previously, he was Group Chief Compliance Officer of the financial services and insurance multinational, the Zurich Insurance Group.

 

Varges is former President of the Association of Corporate Counsel Europe and is currently Chairman of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group.  He also serves on monitor teams overseeing governance, compensation, and compliance at companies under remediation. A Juris Doctor graduate of Harvard, Varges is a regular speaker and moderator at international events. His latest publications include “Governing Remuneration,” “Compensation and Conduct Risk,” “Subsidiary Governance,” “Internal Governance,” “Do Boards Need their Own Budget and Resources?”, and “The New Generations Within Boardrooms”.-2005. 

 

 

Gabe Shawn Varges