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FUTURE OF WORK in FINANCIAL SERVICES
“We’re at the beginning of a fourth industrial revolution, characterised by the fusion of technologies and the convergence of the physical, digital and biological spheres. Its effects are already being felt in financial services, with the advent of robo-advisers in wealth management, online-only banks and peer-to-peer funding.” (Willis Towers Watson)
The fourth industrial revolution is transforming financial services in a pace so rapid that financial institutions prefer to call themselves tech companies, blurring the lines across sectors and industries. New players call themselves fintech, insurtech and regtech companies. These technological advances ranging from artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain are upending the way financial institutions interact with customers, and how work gets done.
Korn Ferry estimates that by 2030, there could be a labour skills shortage of 10.7 million workers and unrealized output of $1.3 trillion. According to Willis Towers Watson, over the next 20 years, more jobs in the financial services industry are considered at high risk of automation than in any other skilled industry.
In this instructive dialogue, FWA has put together a diverse group of FWA Male Champions to share their thoughts and insights on a topic of significant importance to anyone who wants to forge a career in financial services.
Registration, lunch & networking
Opening addresses by DBS & FWA
Panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Lewis, Managing Director and Head of Communications, GIC
Panelists: Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Group
Ian MacDonald, Deputy Head Asia Pacific, Aberdeen
Lim Chow Kiat, CEO, GIC
Jason Moo, CEO, Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte
Hian Goh, Founding Partner, Openspace Ventures
Wilf Blackburn, CEO, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
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Gift Presentation & Close of Event
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Piyush Gupta is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group.
Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup's Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Piyush began his career with Citibank in India in 1982 and over the years, held various senior management roles across Citi's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including Head of Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets and Regional Director for Global Transaction Services for Asia Pacific. He has also served as Citi's Country Officer for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore respectively.
Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He is also the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore and Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).
Piyush has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Piyush was named Singapore Business Awards' Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. In 2014, he was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC.
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore
Wilf Blackburn assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Prudential Singapore) with effect from 4 October 2016.
Wilf is an industry veteran with close to three decades of diverse experience, having worked in seven countries in Asia.
Wilf joined Prudential in 2012 and led new market initiatives prior to his appointment as CEO of Prudential Vietnam in July 2014. His work included overseeing the launch of Prudential's business operations in Cambodia and the establishment of Prudential’s representative office in Myanmar and Laos.
Prior to joining Prudential, Wilf was with Allianz, during which his roles included Regional GM, Life & Health Insurance for Asia and CEO of their joint venture companies in China, Thailand and the Philippines. Before Allianz, Wilf worked in the United Kingdom for three life insurers and a firm of consulting actuaries.
Wilf, a British national, qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA) in 1995. He has an MBA from the University of Bath and a BSc (Mathematics - 1st Class Hons.) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (his home town) and has been a postgraduate student at both the City University (now CASS) and Harvard Business School.
Wilf and his wife, Judith, have five children.
Hian Goh is a Founding Partner of Openspace Ventures, a Series A venture capital fund focused on Technology and Internet companies in South East Asia. The fund has invested into 8 companies including Gojek, Redmart, Chope and Zimplistic, the makers of Rotimatic.
Openspace’s inaugural fund launched in 2014 is ranked by Prequin as the 3rd best performing VC fund in Asia for its vintage. Of the 15 investments in the fund 1 portfolio, 12 have completed substantial follow on funding of over 2.2 billion dollars. The portfolio includes Gojek where NSI was the first institutional investor, Singapore fast fashion e-commerce player Love Bonito, as well as Indonesian consumer loan company Finaccel.
Prior to Openspace Ventures, Hian was the Founder of the Asian Food Channel (AFC), a 24Hour food and lifestyle Pay TV network, which was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2013.
Hian began his career as an investment banker and was a founding member of the Salomon Smith Barney Technology investment banking practice in Asia, (now part of Citigroup) in 1999.
Hian graduated with a degree in Jurisprudence (Law) from Trinity College, Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD. He is also a Reserve Officer with the Singapore Navy and is a Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre.
Lim Chow Kiat, CFA
Lim Chow Kiat was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2017. He was previously Group Chief Investment Officer of GIC and Deputy Group President. He joined GIC as a portfolio manager upon graduation in 1993 and subsequently rose to head the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Department. He was President, Europe in 2009, overseeing investments and relationships in Europe, Africa and the Middle East before his appointment as President of GIC Asset Management in 2011. Mr Lim is the Chairman of Wealth Management Institute and serves on the boards of Nanyang Technological University, National Research Foundation, Enterprise Singapore and FCLT Global. He is also a member of Agence France Trésor’s Strategic Committee and International Advisory Council of Mizuho Financial Group.
Mr Lim holds a First Class Honours degree in Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Deputy Head of Asia Pacific
Ian Macdonald joined Aberdeen in 2013. As the firm’s Deputy Head of Asia Pacific, he works closely with Hugh Young to support the continued development of our business in the region. His direct reports include Aberdeen’s nine Country Heads as well as the regional Heads of Product, Human Resources, Business Risk, Compliance and Legal.
In 1998 Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before joining Lazard as an M&A banker. In 2005 he moved to Hong Kong to head HSBC’s Asia Pacific private equity coverage team. Since 2008, Ian has been based in Singapore and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the emerging markets equities fund management firm, Arisaig Partners. Ian is an alumnus of both IMD (Program for Executive Development) and Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program).
Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte
Jason is chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte and regional manager for Private Wealth Management (PWM) in South East Asia and Australia.
In this role, he is responsible for oversight of the various divisions within Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte and PWM client and market coverage in the region. Jason is also chair of the Singapore Leadership Group.
Previously Jason was head of the Market Solutions Group and head of Alternative Capital Markets in Asia. Prior to that, he also worked in the Equities Merchandising Group in New York. Jason joined Goldman Sachs in PWM in Singapore as a financial analyst in 1998 and was named managing director in 2007.
Jason serves on the Board of Directors of Orbis Southeast Asia and the Board of Governors of Raffles Institution.
Jason earned a BA in Economics and East Asia Studies, with focus on Japan, from Brown University in 1997.
Managing Director & Head of Communication
Ms Jennifer Lewis is responsible for the strategic management of GIC’s internal and external communications activities. She joined the sovereign wealth fund in 2007 after more than twenty years as a journalist with television, print and online experience. She was the founding Editor of both Straits Times TV, Singapore’s first television news organisation owned by a newspaper, as well as STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a news website that leveraged online tools to change the way news was received and distributed in Singapore. Jennifer serves on the board of the Singapore International Foundation and has been a Governor since 20007.
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