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Speaker Series Seminars

In the Speaker Series, we invite industry professionals to be guest speakers for selected lectures, talks and seminars.

These sessions are particularly valuable, as they give students special insight into the field of real-world Financial Engineering, how the theoretical directly impacts reality. The first-hand industry experiences of the speakers also offer students a glimpse of what the industry is like and what to expect, so that they are better prepared for the industry.​


Past Seminars

Speaker: Murli Ravi
Date: 27 February 2017
​​Speaker Profile:

​Murli Ravi is Co-founder at Unicorn Venture Capital, a private investment vehicle. He is also an independent strategic advisor to businesses at various inflection points.

He has previously overseen venture capital investments in over 20 ventures across India, Singapore, Silicon Valley, New York and Australia, from deal sourcing through to exit. His portfolio has spanned several industries while his primary focus has been digital media, enterprise software and analytics, having been a board member of 9 early-stage start-ups across these sectors.

Prior to venture capital, Murli was an investment professional at Temasek Holdings and conducted research at INSEAD. 

He has been quoted by media and conferences including Business Today, dmexco, Inc Magazine, Private Equity SE Asia, Startup Asia, Techcircle, Techventure, Terrapinn, Yourstory and others.

Murli has been on the Internet since the early 90s and is a self-taught Perl programmer. He also has some data science experience early in his career, including coding a complex multi-dimensional artificial neural network predictive model. 

He has lived in Singapore, India, Taiwan, Malaysia and the US, and speaks and reads some Mandarin Chinese. Follow him at twitter.com/murli184.

"Black 76: 40 Years Later​"
Speaker: dr. suiunbek ibraev
head, market risk quant, oCBC
Date: 30 november 2016
​​Speaker Profile:

Dr. Ibraev has more than 15 years of investment banking experience. He worked in Frankfurt, London and Singapore as a front office quant in Dresdner Kleinwort, Commerzbank, VTB Capital, ANZ specialising in interest rates and foreign exchange exotics. Models developed by Dr. Ibraev had been used for real time pricing, hedging and risk management.

He currently heads market risk management analytics team at OCBC Bank. Dr. Ibraev oversees model validation and risk methodologies, e.g. VaR and CRE. He holds PhD in Global Optimisation from University of Wuppertal, Germany.


"Risk Management"
Speaker: mike lim
Date: 25 November 2016

"Securitisation From A Practitioner's Perspective"
Speaker: colin chen
managing director and head, structured debt solution, DBS Bank
Date: 27 septermber 2016
​​Speaker Profile:

​Colin has more than 21 years of Investment Banking and Structured Capital Markets experience.  He is currently Head of Structured Debt Solutions in the Treasury and Markets Division at DBS Bank Ltd. and is responsible for building and expanding DBS’ push to provide its clients structured fund raising solutions.

He was previously the Head of Securitization and Financial Engineering at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ., Ltd where he successfully expanded the firm’s presence in non-Japan Asia.  He started his career at the Union Bank of Switzerland in 1995 and was involved in establishing and building out the Asian Asset Backed Finance business for Asia and has held similar senior positions at CIBC World Markets and Bank of America.

Colin has worked in the public, private and asset backed CP markets and has transaction experience in auto receivables, mortgages, credit cards, consumer loans, trade receivables, leases and collateralized loan and bond obligations.

He is currently serving as the Association of Banks in Singapore’s Chairman of the Standing Committee on Covered Bonds and elected as the European Covered Bond Council’s Chairman of the Global Issues Working Group.  Colin also chairs the Structured Credit Committee at the Asian Securities and Financial Markets Association and sits on the board of the China Securitisation Forum.

Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from the University of Canberra and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.


"Trades Gone Wrong"
Speaker: christopher peck, partner, maiora asset management
Date: 5 march 2016

"Innovation In Financial Services"
Speaker: Anju
Date: 22 january 2016

"The Changing Drivers Of Asian Debt Markets"
Speaker: mangal goswami
deputy director, iMF - singpoare regional training institute
Date: 14 november 2015

"Risk Management"
Speaker: mike lim
Date: 16 october 2015

"Forces Shaping The Evolution Of The Financial Technology Market"
Speaker: david Toh, director at nTUitive
Date: 10 october 2015

"Market Risk Management For Last 2 Decades And New Challenges"
Speaker: dr. brian lo
Date: 6 march 2015

"Fixed Income Securities: Sales & Trading, And Lifestyle Of The Professionals"
Speaker: Dr. Josiah chan shui king
Date: 17 january 2015

"Operation Risk Managment"
Speaker: Mike Lim
Date: 14 november 2014

"​​How does a bank work"
Speaker: Manoj Thulasidas
Date: 3 October 2014


​​"The Math Works"
Speaker: Dan Owen
Date: 26 November 2013
​​Speaker Profile:

Dan Owen is Industry Manager for Financial Applications for The MathWorks in Asia-Pacific. He worked in The MathWorks in the UK supporting their financial customers across Europe before joining an algorithmic trading group in Dresdner Kleinwort in Singapore.

He worked for Fidelity Investments, a small boutique trading firm, always using MATLAB as his core development tool. Dan rejoined The MathWorks at the start of 2013.
 
Speaker: Vincent Kok​
Delphi Capital Management
Date: 20 November 2013
​Speaker Profile:

Vincent is Chief Investment Officer of Delphi Capital Management. He joined Delphi in 2010 from Fisher Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW), where he was Head of Global Bonds, Portfolio Management.Vincent has more than 20 years’ experience investing in bonds, derivatives and currencies of both emerging and developed markets. In addition to being an investment manager, he has built and led large portfolio management teams and businesses, and has had the opportunity to work and live in 4 different cities – Singapore, Utrecht in Holland, London and now New York.Vincent graduated from the Nanyang Technological University (1st Class Honors) in 1991, under a scholarship from the MAS. He has also earned a Masters of Science in Financial Management from the University of London, and is a CFA charter-holder.
 
​Speaker: Mike Lim
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date: 8 November 2013
​Speaker Profile:

Mr. Mike Lim is the Regional Operational Risk manager for the Integrated Supply and Trading-Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd, since Oct 2005. Prior to joining BP Singapore, Mike spent more than 5 years with the Group Operational Risk team and Risk Capital management team in DBS Bank, helping to formulate and implement operational risk management framework and risk capital management framework in the banking group to meet the Basel II operational risk and Pillar 2 requirements. Both his current and previous roles, provided him the interesting (& challenging!) opportunity to implement operational risk management in different countries and diverse cultures.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU in 1996, Mike is a non practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
 
​Speaker: Thierry Mezeret
Date: 8 October 2013
​Speaker Profile:​

Thierry has a Master Degree from Rouen Business School (France) and the Executive Program at INSEAD. He comes with more than 25 years of banking experience spanning Treasury, Risk Management, Commercial and Investment Banking.

He has spent 20 years in KBC Bank (Belgium), with assignments in France, Belgium, Hong Kong and Singapore, out of which 10 years in Singapore as the Asia Pacific Regional General Manager, managing branches in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Labuan and Singapore.

Since then, he decided to continue his career in Asia and recently became CEO of Cana Securities which is part of Canadia Bank ,the largest bank in Cambodia, based in Phnom Penh.

Thierry is also an associate professor of finance at UniSIM – Singapore. He will be speaking on “Banking in Singapore”

• What are financial institutions really doing ? (overview of different types of financial intermediaries : commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions, investment companies)​
• Investment banks: from disintermediation champions to global capital market players
• 150 banks in Singapore ! Why are foreign banks coming to Asia and how do they cope?
 
​Speaker: Hiroyuki Moriya
​Date: 7 February 2013
​Speaker Profile:

"Should we Price with Stochastic Spreads?"

Hiroyuki has more than 20 years experience in the development of Trading and Risk management systems, management and development of new financial products as well as the management of the credit risk and the operational risk. He is also well versed in the management of currency overlay operations and managed futures investments.

His vast experience includes Sumisho Capital Asset Management, African Development Bank, Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Investment Institutions in Japan and as a Derivative Trader with First Interstate Bank, Tokyo.

He currently serves as Director at Quasars22, Singapore where he develops the trading and risk management system as well as trade currencies, commodities and financial futures. Hiroyuki is also the President at Oxford Financial Education, where he trades and invests in international capital markets, consults management of currency overlay and dynamic asset allocation trading strategies. At the same time, he is a Part-time lecturer with Chuo University, Tokyo.

Hiroyuki received his MSc in Financial Economics from The University of London. He also has two MBAs from Heriot-Watt University and the University of Strathclyde.

He has published papers like “Review of the Bank’s Currency Management”, “Insights from Tick Data” and “Prediction in Financial market: The State Space Approach”.
 
​Speaker: Shawn Lim
Murex Singapore
Date: 22 January 2013
​Outline of talk:

"Should we Price with Stochastic Spreads?"

  • Are basis spreads stochastic on the market, and if yes since when?

  • ​​​To what extent is a deterministic spread approach viable as far as pricing is concerned?

  • What is the impact of taking stochastic spreads into account in the pricing of common derivatives?​
 
​Speaker: Manoj Thulasidas 
Standard Chartered Bank
​Date: 27 November 2012
​Speaker Profile:

Manoj Thulasidas was born in Munnar in south India. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Guided by his affinity for physics, he joined the Physics Department of Syracuse University before going on to study fundamental particles and interactions at the CLEO collaboration at Cornell University.

After receiving his Ph.D in 1993, the author moved to Marseilles, France and continued his research with the ALEPH collaboration at CERN, Geneva. During his 10-year career as a research scientist in the field of high energy physics, he co-authored over 190 publications. 

Always inquisitive about the interplay between mind and matter, perception and philosophy and their implications in physics, Manoj joined the Kent Ridge Digital Labs in Singapore to study and develop various human body-based measurements and systems. His work resulted in four invention disclosures, two of which have been filed for patent, and numerous academic papers. Later on, he was involved in the NeuroInformatics group, focusing on Brain Machine Interface and neural signal acquisition and processing, which gave him the perfect opportunity to further understand and appreciate the role of perception in physics. The outcome of the author’s professional research career and his philosophical bend of mind is his first book, The Unreal Universe.

In 2005, Manoj switched to quantitative finance, heading the quantitative analyst team at OCBC. This middle office job, involving risk management and curtailing ebullient traders, gave him a thorough overview of pricing models and a perfect understanding of the conflict-driven implementation of the risk appetite of the bank. He moved on to Standard Chartered Bank, taking care of their in-house trading platform, which further enhanced his “big picture” outlook and inspired him to write Principles of Quantitative Development.
 
​Speaker: Mike Lim
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date: 8 November 2012
​Speaker Profile:

Mr. Mike Lim is the Regional Operational Risk manager for the Integrated Supply and Trading-Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd, since Oct 2005. Prior to joining BP Singapore, Mike spent more than 5 years with the Group Operational Risk team and Risk Capital management team in DBS Bank, helping to formulate and implement operational risk management framework and risk capital management framework in the banking group to meet the Basel II operational risk and Pillar 2 requirements. Both his current and previous roles, provided him the interesting (& challenging!) opportunity to implement operational risk management in different countries and diverse cultures.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU in 1996, Mike is a non practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).​​
 
​​​"Risk Management Conundrums in this Changing Times"
Speaker: Simon Goo
United Overseas Bank Limited
Date: 16 October 2012
​Excerpt:

Are we in the beginning of the end of a crisis? Or are we nearer to the End of the beginning of another crisis? Risk managing has grown to be more challenging and complex post 2008/2009.

What had happened and is happening has shaken global mega economies and financial industry titans. So what are some challenges facing risk managers in these changing economic, regulatory and risk management landscape?

We will discuss what are some risk management conundrums, and 'navigation' strategy to consider in this changing time.
 
​​"FX Options - from a Market and Vendor's Perspective"
Murex Singapore
Date: 14 March 2012
​Outline of talk: 

Part 1:  FXO trading desk organization
Part 2:  FXO market conventions 
Part 3: Murex in the context of the above:

- How it can help users to process information
- How can it handle market conventions 
 
​"Applied Portfolio Management"
Speaker: Pathik Gupta
​Credit Suisse Singapore
Date: 18 October 2011
​Speaker Profile: 

Pathik has over 8 years of experience across Financial Services and Consulting industry. He currently works for Advisory, Coverage & Sales at Credit Suisse Private Banking. In his role, he develops multi-asset class tactical trading ideas, portfolio quality standards and asset allocation principles for the clients. He also works with the Head of Products to define strategic initiatives that improve the overall quality of advice the Bank provides to its clients. Prior to Credit Suisse, Pathik worked for The Boston Consulting Group with focus on Financial Services.

Pathik graduated with Bachelor of Applied Science (First class honors) in Computer Engineering from NTU in 2001 and went on to pursue his M.S. from Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA). He holds an MBA from INSEAD and is currently a CFA Level 3 candidate.
 
​​"Pricing and hedging of commodity structured products: theory and practice"
Speaker: Guo Xiaoqiang
Murex Singapore
Date: 16 March 2011
​Speaker Profile:

Mr Guo Xiaoqiang is currently head of commodities in Singapore at Murex, a leading financial software provider. Prior to the current post, he had worked at Goldman Sachs for 4 years, with 2 years as a commodity strategist and 2 years as head trader on commodity structured products.

He graduated from the pioneer batch of MFE from NUS and is a CFA charter holder.
 
​​"Model Risk"
Speaker: Simon Goo 
United Overseas Bank Limited
Date: 23 March 2011
​Speaker Profile: 

Simon has over 10 years of corporate and banking experiences. He joined UOB as Head of Group Risk Analytics Division in Risk Management The division provides validation over a wide range of risk models and measurements i.e. credit, market, operational and asset & liability models include the developing areas of advance enterprise - wide risk management methodologies.

Prior to joining UOB, Simon held several corporate positions in technology and finance related companies where his areas of involvement included strategic corporate and private equity investments, M&As and formulated pre - and post - trade STP solutions.

Simon's research and development experience was in the field of decision control system. Particularly in the development of innovative concepts applied in on-line fault detection and diagnosis using hybrids of multivariate statistics and Artificial Intelligence methodologies. He was awarded a prize for his research at the IChemE 1997 Jubilee research event in Nottingham.

Simon holds a PhD in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was a recipient of the overseas research scholarships administered by Universities UK and his research was partly funded by a European Consortium for Quality Control. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor's degree (First Class Honours) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Simon is currently involved in the PRMIA Singapore Local Chapter as a steering committee member.
​​​"Operation Risk Training"
Speaker: Mr Mike Lim
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date: 29 March 2011
​Speaker Profile:

Mr. Mike Lim is the Global Operational Risk Functional Lead and Head of Operational Risk for Integrated Supply and Trading- Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd, since Oct 2005. Prior to joining BP Singapore, Mike spent more than 5 years with the Group Operational Risk team and Risk Capital management team in DBS Bank, helping to formulate and implement operational risk management framework and risk capital management framework in the banking group to meet the Basel II operational risk and Pillar 2 requirements. Both his current and previous roles, provided him the interesting (& challenging!) opportunity to implement operational risk management in different countries and diverse cultures.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU in 1996 and Mike is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
 
​"Corporate Financial Risk Management "
Speaker: Mr Eric Sim
ANZ
Date: 26 November 2010​
​Speaker Profile:

Eric Sim is currently Acting Head of Corporate Sales Asia, Global Markets with ANZ. Before joining ANZ in July 2009, he ran the North Asia Capital Market Derivatives business for Citi based in Hong Kong where he was responsible for originating, marketing and structuring financing-led derivatives business. Prior to this, his other roles in Citi include running the China derivatives structuring business based out of Shanghai, as well as heading the Asia Risk Advisory team based out of Singapore. From 1994 to 2001, he worked in Standard Chartered Bank and DBS in the capacity of senior risk manager and corporate dealer respectively.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Professional Risk Manager (PRM), Eric graduated with an MSc in Finance from Lancaster University (UK) in 1997 and a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Singapore in 1994.
 
​“Commodity derivatives - introduction to market practices & modeling for agricultural commodities, precious metals and base metals”
Speaker: Mr Patrice Meunier
Murex South East Asia
Date: 30 March 2010​
​Speaker Profile:

Patrice Meunier is managing the Commodities and Equities client services teams in Asia (ex-Japan) at Murex, a leading provider of software solutions for trading, risk management and processing.

In this role, he is managing a Singapore-based team of consultants in charge of the implementation and support of Murex Commodities and Equities modules for Asian customers, coordinating with other Murex offices on development of new software functionalities and software production processes (QA, release management). He is also closely involved in pre-sales and business development efforts. Clients covered are financial institutions (banks, hedge funds, asset managers) and large corporations in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Thailand, South Korea, China and Taiwan.

In his 8 years career at Murex, he was also involved in client services roles on other Murex modules (FX Options, Interest Rate derivatives, Value at Risk, Distribution), in Murex’s Paris and Singapore offices.

Patrice graduated in 2002 with a Master of science in Mathematics & Physics from Ecole Centrale Paris, a leading French engineering school, and a Master of science in financial Mathematics from Paris Dauphine university.
 
​"Model Risk in Risk Management"
Speaker: Dr David Zhang
Vice President, Barclays Capital Singapore​
Date: 26 March 2010
​Speaker Profile:

Dr. Zhang has over 10 years of experience in Financial Modeling, Quantitative Analysis, Risk Management and Valuation Control. He holds a PhD in Finance and an MEng degree in Systems Engineering.

Currently, Dr Zhang is a Vice President at Barclays Capital Singapore, where he is responsible for valuation control and market data functions.  Before that, he was working in quantitative analytics and risk management functions with various international investment banks where his roles covered valuation model validation, market risk limit

set-up and monitoring, trades approval and risk management models and decisions.

Early in his career, Dr. Zhang taught and conducted research in various academic  institutions including Monash University and the National University of Singapore in the areas of information technology and financial engineering.
 
​"Operation Risk Management"
Speaker: Mr Mike Lim
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date: 24 March 2010​
​Speaker Profile:

Mr. Mike Lim is the Regional Operational Risk manager for Integrated Supply and Trading- Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd, since Oct 2005. Prior to joining BP Singapore, Mike spent more than 5 years with the Group Operational Risk team and Risk Capital management team in DBS Bank, helping to formulate and implement operational risk management framework and risk capital management framework in the banking group to meet the Basel II operational risk and Pillar 2 requirements. Both his current and previous roles, provided him the interesting (& challenging!) opportunity to implement operational risk management in different countries and diverse cultures.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU in 1996 and Mike is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
 
​"Hedge Fund Replication Methods"
Speaker: Professor Bruno Rémillard​
HEC Montréal
Date: 18 March 2010
​Speaker Profile:

Bruno Rémillard is a Full Professor in Financial Engineering at HEC Montréal since 2001. After completing a Ph.D. in Probability at Carleton University, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, before being a professor of Statistics at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

Professor Rémillar is the author or co-author of more than fifty research articles in Probability, Statistics and Financial Engineering. He is also a consultant in the Research and Development group at Innocap since 2007, an alternative investment firm located in Montreal, owned in part by BNP-Paribas and National Bank of Canada, where he mainly helps developing and implanting new quantitative methods for alternative and traditional portfolios.​​
 
​"Future Evolution in Risk Management - Lessons from the Subprime Contagion & Financial Crisis and looking forward"
Speaker: Dr Khoo Guan Seng
Director, Risk Management
Temasek Holdings
Date: 12 March 2010
Venue: One Raffles Quay, Thomson Reuters
​Speaker Profile:

Dr Khoo has over 25 years of data-mining and startup work-experience, focusing on risk, stress-testing and hedge fund analytics. He has just joined Temasek Holdings from Standard Chartered Bank, where he led a team which performed all global risk models validation for Basel 2 and BIPRU compliance. He holds a PhD in Physics from the National University of Singapore under the co-supervision of Nagoya University, Japan and has done post-doctoral research at MSI (Molecular Simulations Inc.) research centers in Caltech (Pasadena), Boston, and Tokyo (Teijin-MSI), as well as at the University of Minnesota at Prof John H Weaver’s lab focusing on molecular simulations in materials science (nanotechnology) & computer-aided drug design.

As a scientist, he has published over 70 papers in internationally renowned journals like Physical Review and Surface Science. He has also published on Enterprise Risk Management in Operational Risk 2.0 and spoken at major risk management conferences, in N America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He has also served as a business and technology advisor to several startup companies in Silicon Valley and BC, Canada.  

During his career, Dr Khoo has been Head, Innovation Unit at the Singapore Exchange, Group Chief Risk Officer of RHB Capital, Malaysia as well as Deputy Director, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Center for Financial Engineering till 2000. He’s currently a Board Member of the Risk Management Association (RMA, S’pore Chapter) and co-founding member of GARP (S’pore) in 1996 and PRMIA (S’pore) in 2000. 
 
​"Application of Derivatives in Financing"
Speaker: Mr Eric Sim
ANZ
Date: 6 November 2009​
​Speaker Profile:

Eric Sim is currently Head of Strategic Execution Group with ANZ where he is responsible for corporate derivatives transactions within Asia including Japan. Before joining ANZ in July 2009, he ran the North Asia Capital Market Derivatives business for Citi based in Hong Kong where he was responsible for originating, marketing and structuring financing-led derivatives business. Prior to this, his other roles in Citi include running the China derivatives structuring business based out of Shanghai, as well as heading the Asia Risk Advisory team based out of Singapore. From 1994 to 2001, he worked in Standard Chartered Bank and DBS in the capacity of senior risk manager and corporate dealer respectively.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Professional Risk Manager (PRM), Eric graduated with an MSc in Finance from Lancaster University (UK) in 1997 and a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Singapore in 1994.
 
​"Risk Management - What's next? An energy industry practitioner's view"
Speaker: Mr Mike Lim Kwang Wee
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date: 25 March 2009
​Speaker Profile:

Mr. Mike Lim is the Regional Operational Risk manager for Integrated Supply and Trading- Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd, since Oct 2005. Prior to joining BP Singapore, Mike spent more than 5 years with the Group Operational Risk team and Risk Capital management team in DBS Bank, helping to formulate and implement operational risk management framework and risk capital management framework in the banking group to meet the Basel II operational risk and Pillar 2 requirements. Both his current and previous roles, provided him the interesting (& challenging!) opportunity to implement operational risk management in different countries and diverse cultures.

In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Accountancy from NTU in 1996 and Mike is a non-practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).​
 
​"The Credit Rating Industry: Upheaval and Evolution"
Speaker: Dr. Yuval D. Bar-Or
The Light Brigade Corporation
Date: 14 October 2008​
​Speaker Profile:

Dr. Yuval D. Bar-Or is the founder and President of The Light Brigade Corporation, which owns and operates the CreditSolutionsDemystified.com site. The Light Brigade assists corporate and government entities in selecting and developing credit risk management solutions.

Prior to launching The Light Brigade, Dr. Bar-Or held senior strategy and operations roles with some of the world's leading credit risk management firms. Most recently, Dr. Bar-Or headed the credit model and credit data units of Algorithmics. Prior to joining Algorithmics, he served as Global Practice Leader of Product Management for the Risk Solutions unit of Standard & Poor's. Before joining S&P, Dr. Bar-Or held various positions for KMV and later Moody's KMV. His experiences include leading numerous consulting engagements in which credit portfolio performance was comprehensively and quantitatively examined. Dr. Bar-Or has also lectured extensively in academic and professional settings on the subject of credit risk management best practices.

Dr. Bar-Or holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a M.A. and B.A.(summa cum laude) in economics, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Canada's McMaster University. His primary interests include credit risk, corporate distress, as well as leadership & risk management.
 
​"Managing Derivatives: trends, opportunities and challenges in Asia"
Speaker: Mehdi Miri
Murex South East Asia
Date : 12 February 2008
​Speaker Profile:

Mr Mehdi MIRI heads the Front Office practice of Murex South East Asia. The team specializes in derivatives and cash products across multiple asset classes and is in charge of implementing Murex pricing, structuring and risk management solutions and providing support and consulting services to leading banks and financial institutions in the region.

Mehdi has been with Murex for more than 12 years, and is based in Singapore since 2003. Prior to this role, he was running the FX Derivatives consulting team in Paris. He has a Master of Engineering in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ensimag, France (1995) and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics (1995).​
 
​​"Introduction to Derivatives & Structuring Products Industry"​
Speaker : Erdem Özgül
Vice President, NumeriX APAC
Date: 23 March 2007
​Speaker Profile:

As the NumeriX Vice President, APAC, Erdem Özgül runs sales for the Asia Pacific region. Prior to joining NumeriX, Mr. Özgül worked for Reuters Asia as Regional Product Business Director - Trade & Risk Management Practice. He has held several senior level positions in Reuters from 1998-2005.

Mr. Özgül holds a MBA degree in Financial Engineering from ESSEC in Paris and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul.
 
"Trading Strategies and the Hedge Fund Industry"
Speaker : Mr Koong ​Chee Seng
Founder and Managing Director, Phoenix Systems LLC
Date : 14 November 2006​
​Speaker Profile:

Mr Koong Chee Seng is the founder and Managing Director of Phoenix Systems LLC. Prior to forming Phoenix Systems LLC, Chee Seng spent 5 years as an investment consultant, specialising in quantitative investment strategies and portfolio
construction, serving portfolio managers and commodity trading advisors in the US.

Chee Seng has a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from NUS and a MSc in Financial Engineering from NTU.
 

​"A Hedge Fund Strategy for Asia: Case Study of Alphadyne Asset Management"
Speaker : Dr Bart J. Broadman
Managing Director, Alphadyne Asset Management Pte Ltd
Date : 15 March 2006​

Bart J. Broadman is Managing Partner of Alphadyne Asset Management based in Singapore.

Prior to forming Alphadyne, Dr. Broadman spent 14 years in Asia for J.P. Morgan, most recently as Vice Chairman of Asia and head of Markets (Credit, Rates, and Equities) in Asia. He was a member of the Global Management Committee of the Investment Bank. He served as Japan Chairman (2000-2003). While Japan Chairman, he served on the Board of Directors of Sony Bank. Prior to the JPMorgan Chase merger, Dr. Broadman served as Chairman of the J.P. Morgan Asia Pacific Management Committee and Global Head of Interest Rate Derivatives for J.P. Morgan. Dr. Broadman joined J.P. Morgan (New York) in 1989 and moved to Asia in 1991.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Dr. Broadman was Assistant Professor of Finance at Arizona State University. A citizen of the United States, Dr. Broadman earned his MBA and PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Southern California. 


"Commodity Structuring, Financing and Risk Management"
Speaker : Dr Steve Leppard
Head of BP RiskManager's Global Structured Products Group
Date : 23 November 2005​
​Outline : 

Commodity derivatives are used extensively by energy producers, consumers and transformers to hedge their exposures or to release the value of future commodity deliveries for financing purposes. The rigorous analysis of such transactions requires a strong appreciation of the various risk management "themes" such derivatives users must consider, and a corporate-wide view of the risks inherent in these transactions. In this talk a survey of energy derivatives instruments and themes is conducted, followed by some structuring studies which show how financial engineering must be combined with broader risk analysis to ensure a rigorous "mapping" process.

Speaker Profile:

Dr Steve Leppard is Head of bpriskmanager's Global Structured Products Group, with global responsibility for the origination and structuring of novel cross-commodity and hybrid derivatives products for bpriskmanager's clients. Steve's prior roles include working for Societe Generale in Paris, where he was the Senior Strategist for the Gaselys JV with Gaz de France, and head of the quantitative analysis groups for Enron Europe and BP. Dr Leppard publishes and speaks regularly on the subjects of structuring, risk management and derivatives pricing in the energy industry, and is author of the soon-to-be-published "Energy Risk Management" from Risk Books. Steve has a PhD in mathematical physics from King's College London
 


​"The Energy Market and Risk Management – an Industry Perspective"
Speaker : Mr Philippe Cote
Risk Manager, Supply & Trading - Eastern Hemisphere
BP Singapore Pte Ltd
Date : February / March 2005​
Speaker Profile:

Philippe is the Risk Manager for Integrated Supply & Trading - Eastern Hemisphere, of BP Singapore Pte Ltd. Besides managing the risk management team (market, credit and operation risk) for the Eastern Hemisphere regional business, he has strong involvement in the development of new trading businesses and structured transactions. Prior to his relocation to Singapore, Philippe worked for the Bank of England and Royal Bank of Canada, in various areas, such as trading risk policy, interest rate products, market risk analysis, money markets, treasury management and foreign exchange. In addition to the MSc in Finance that he obtained from University of Sherbrooke in 1992, Philippe is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM).
 

​"Career in the Financial Industry: A Practitioner's Guide"
Speaker : Mr Eric Sim
Head, Risk Advisory and Analytics
(Emerging Markets Sales and Trading, Asia Pacific), Citigroup​
​Speaker Profile:

Eric Sim is the Head of Risk Advisory and Analytics with the Emerging Markets Sales and Trading Division of Citigroup. In addition to assisting corporations in Asia Paicifc on debt risk management, he advises clients on their interest rate, foreign exchange, commodity exposures using analytical and portfolio-based methodologies.

Before joining Citibank in 2001, Eric worked for Standard Chartered Bank in derivatives market risk management and for DBS Bank in treasury sales.

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Professional Risk Manager (PRM), he also holds an MSc in Finance with Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Eric graduated from the the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor degree in Engineering in 1994.
 
Value-at-Risk and its Application in the Real World"
Speaker : Mr Siva Elambooranan
Assistant Vice President of Treasury Analytics​​
(EM AP Sales and Structuring of Citigroup)
Date : 4 November 2004
 
​ "Applications of Quantitative Tools in Credit Risk Management"
Speaker : Mr Edward Chin
Chief Credit Officer, OCBC Bank
Date : 26 October 2004​
  
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