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Rajeev Peshawaria

CEO of the Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre in Malaysia, author of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Simon & Schuster 2011) and a regular writer for Forbes and Mint-Wall Street Journal, Rajeev has extensive global experience in leadership development with a particular focus on developing and delivering on business strategy. 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. He has also provided coaching, consulting and advisory services globally. His current research centres around the implications of recent Neuroscience and Quantum Physics discoveries on leadership.

 

Rajeev is a sought after international speaker and has been widely featured in international media platforms such as Bloomberg TV & radio, 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. Rajeev and his family have lived in fourteen cities in eight countries.

 
 
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.

 
 
Nabil N. El-Hage

 

Youssef A Nasr

Mr Youssef A. Nasr joined the HSBC Group in April 1975 and retired in March 2010. During his career in the HSBC Group, he has worked in the New York, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, San Paulo and Dubai offices.

 

His most recent roles were as President and CEO of HSBC Canada from 1997 to 1999. After that, he served as the President and CEO of HSBC USA and North America. In 2003, he was made the President of HSBC Brazil and the Group General Manager of South America. This was a position he held till 2006. In 2007, he became the Chairman and CEO of HSBC Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

 

Besides serving in HSBC, Mr Youssef has chaired and served on boards of numerous cultural, medical, professional and educational associations. He currently serves on the boards of various companies in North America in the areas private equity, infrastructure, bio-technology, electricity generation and real estate. Mr Youssef teaches an Executive MBA Program and does some consulting work.

 
 
Mr Youssef A. Nasr

 

Dato’ Seri Johan Raslan

Until his retirement in mid-2012, Johan Raslan was the Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malaysia. He has 30 years experience in audit and business advisory in Malaysia and the United Kingdom, and has a keen interest in the areas of corporate governance, corporate reporting and sustainability.

 

Johan began his career in London where he spent 10 years working with Messrs Robson Rhodes and Price Waterhouse (PW). In 1992, Johan joined PW (later PwC) Malaysia, and was admitted as a Partner in 1993. Among his early achievements was to form and lead the firm’s Financial Services specialist arm. Johan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is an Eisenhower Fellow.

 

Johan assisted the Securities Commission Malaysia with the roll-out of the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance. He was a member of the SC’s  Corporate Governance Consultative Committee. He was also a member of Bank Negara Malaysia’s Financial Stability Executive Committee, established under the Central Bank of Malaysia Act 2009.

 

Johan is a past:

  • Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority
  • Board member and Audit Committee chairman of Putrajaya Corporation
  • Board member of the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP)
  • Chairman of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility Malaysia
  • Chairman of the Financial Reporting Foundation, Malaysia
  • President of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants
 
 
Dato’ Seri Johan Raslan

 

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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Datuk Yvonne Chia