FWA Male Champions

The Financial Women’s Association of Singapore is a champion of gender diversity & inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. We engage individuals and organisations to recognize the contribution women have been making to the economy, the multiple hats women wear as care-givers and workers, and the importance of unbiased, fair and flexible work practices that support the advancement of women in their careers.

As part of our journey of promoting D&I, the objective of FWA’s male champion’s initiative is to engage men: men who understand the demands of work and family that women face and are supportive of their pursuit of success on both fronts.

FWA’s Male Champions were announced on March 2015 at FWA’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Our Male Champions are men in senior leadership positions who champion and support women seeking success on both the professional and personal fronts, can effect change in their organisations and be firm supporters of gender D&I in their workplaces and society at large.

Our Male Champions commit to the following:

  • To support and promote gender diversity in their workplace through events in partnership with FWA e.g. lunchtime talks and networking events. This could be by way of being a host, a speaker, a guest and engaging with our members at such events
  • To provide voluntary mentorship via the FWA mentoring program
  • To consider corporate sponsorship of FWA activities that promote gender diversity and the development of female talent

 

We are honoured and delighted to have the following accomplished men share our journey of continuous engagement and empowerment of women in achieving greater success in the workplace and in their personal lives. Your support, guidance and mentorship is very appreciated as we continue to engage greater numbers of men to support FWA’s work and mission.

ADRIAN STEWART

ADRIAN STEWART

Executive Vice President
Head of Client Management for Asia-Pacific ex Japan
PIMCO

Mr. Stewart is an executive vice president in the Sydney office and head of client management for Asia-Pacific ex Japan. He oversees servicing of PIMCO’s institutional and global wealth management clients in the region. Previously, he was head of PIMCO Australia and New Zealand. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2014, Mr. Stewart was with Macquarie Bank in Australia for nearly seven years, most recently as head of wholesale distribution and of the Macquarie Professional Series, responsible for distribution, marketing, and product management. Earlier roles at Macquarie spanned banking and financial services. Previously, Mr. Stewart held senior roles at Challenger Financial Services Group and ASGARD Capital Management Ltd. He has 27 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New England, and he has also completed the PLD at Harvard University.

 

ALEX LEE

ALEX LEE

Managing Partner
Axiom Asia Private Capital

Alex Lee is a Managing Partner at Axiom Asia Private Capital, a private equity funds-of-funds manager with US$3.5BN of assets under management. Alex leads Axiom's private equity secondary investments across Asia and is also involved in primary fund investments and co‐investments across Asia, with a particular focus on Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Axiom Asia in 2009, Alex spent six years at global secondaries firm Coller Capital, first in London and later in Singapore. Alex also worked for Temasek linked companies, first as an engineer with Sembcorp Industries, then as an investment manager with venture capital firm Vertex, where he was active in both direct and fund investments. Alex has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from INSEAD, and an MSc in Applied Finance from the National University of Singapore. 

ALVIN LEE

ALVIN LEE

Head, Regional Wealth Management
Maybank

Alvin Lee has 23 years of banking experience across wealth management, corporate and consumer banking and treasury, with specialisations in product and risk management, as well as business development. Alvin has worked in different geographies across Asia, Europe, Africa and Middle East in various global and regional roles. Past employers include JP Morgan, Citibank, Barclays in London and Burgan Bank in Middle East. His current role in Maybank is Head of Wealth Management for Maybank group and he sits on the Singapore Management Committee amongst other leadership committees including Asset Liability Committee and Group Community Financial Services Committee. Outside of work, Alvin is Honorary Treasurer of Singapore Rugby Union, a board member on Singapore Rugby Pte Ltd and President of Raffles Rugby Union. Alvin also serves in Singapore Armed Forces as a Lieutenant Colonel.

AMOL GUPTE

AMOL GUPTE

Head of ASEAN & Citi Country Officer, Singapore
Citi

Amol Gupte is the Head of ASEAN and Citi Country Officer (CCO) for Singapore.

Based in Singapore Amol is responsible for the leadership of Citi's ASEAN markets of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. As CCO for Singapore, he is responsible for all of Citi's businesses and operations in the country.

ASEAN is an important growth area for Citi having been in region since 1902. As one of the oldest financial institutions in this region, Citi is deeply embedded in the markets' financial services sector with representation in nearly every asset class and business, including Corporate and Investment Banking. Treasury and Trade Solutions, Global Markets and Securities Services, Commercial Banking, Private Banking and Consumer Banking. In Singapore, Citi is one of the largest financial services businesses in the country, providing employment to more than 9,000 people.

Amol is a 28-year Citi veteran, and has held a number of senior positions globally. Prior to moving to Singapore from Hong Kong, he was Region Head for the Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) business in Asia Pacific from 2012-16. He was based in New York from 2007-12 as the Region Head of TTS, North America and was based in London from 2003-07 as the Head of Payments for Europe. Prior to moving to EMEA, he was the Head of Transaction Services business for the Indian sub- continent. Before joining Transaction Services, Amol was with Citi's Consumer Business in India where he held roles in sales, product management and treasury. 

Amol holds a Master's of Business Administration from Bombay University 


 

ANDREW CHIA

ANDREW CHIA

Head of Retail Banking, Singapore
Standard Chartered Bank

Andrew’s career spans more than two decades in the financial services industry. He started out as a FX and Corporate dealer with DBS Bank in 1994. In 1997, he moved to Citibank where he held various wealth management positions, spanning investment, treasury, insurance and mortgage products. His last appointment at Citibank was Managing Director, Head of Investment and Treasury Services at the International Personal Bank. 

Andrew joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2010 as Regional Head of Wealth Management, Singapore and Southeast Asia, and subsequently also oversaw the Priority & International Banking segment. In December 2013, Andrew was appointed the Head of Retail Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in Taiwan, with responsibility for Priority, Personal, and Business Banking segments, including strategy, business growth, products, distribution, and service. 

In July 2015, Andrew relocated back to Singapore and took on the role of Global Head, Managed Investments. In this role, he oversaw the global strategy, management and development of Managed Investment products. Most recently, Andrew was appointed the Head of Retail Banking for Standard Chartered Bank Singapore in November 2015, with responsibilities similar to that in Taiwan. In 2017, Andrew was named Trailblazer of the Year (Individual) in Asia by Retail Banking International. 

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Honours) from Nanyang Technological University and also has a Master of Business Administration in Finance (Distinction) from Leeds University. His interests include soccer, tennis and music.

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