About the event
As investors prepare for the new year ahead, they are understandably eager to put the worst of 2020 behind them. The uncertainties from COVID-19 will not dissipate with the end of the calendar year. For investors, 2021 offers a welcome change in the narrative and an opportunity for The Great Reset.
What will the post-crisis playbook look like, as we emerge from the worst shock to the global economy since the Great Depression? How will innovation and new emerging technologies re-shape the way we invest for the future? What will the strengthening global policy response to climate change mean for investors?
Our flagship conference, Beyond 2021: The Great Reset sought to address these questions as our expert speakers shared insights on their outlook for the global economies and what the future has in store as these megatrends play out before us.
About our speakers
Dr Adam Posen
Dr Adam S. Posen has been president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2013. Over his career, he has contributed to research and public policy regarding monetary and fiscal policies in the G-20, the challenges of European integration since the adoption of the euro, China-US economic relations, and developing new approaches to financial recovery and stability. He was one of the first economists to seriously address the political foundations of central bank independence and analyze Japan's Great Recession as a failure of macroeconomic policy. While at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during 1994–97, he co-authored Inflation Targeting: Lessons from the International Experience with Ben Bernanke, Thomas Laubach, and Frederic Mishkin.
During Dr Posen's presidency, the Peterson Institute has won global recognition as the leading independent think tank in international economics, including repeated top rankings from the Prospect Think Tank Awards and the Global Go To Think Tank Index. Under his leadership, PIIE has expanded to include 42 world-renowned resident and non-resident fellows and increased its endowment by 50 percent. Since 2013, PIIE has developed high-level recognition and research partnerships in the People's Republic of China, while deepening longstanding ties with policymakers in other East Asian, European, and North American capitals. The Institute also has broken new ground in providing accessible economic analysis to the general public.
In September 2009, Dr Posen was appointed by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to serve a three-year term as an external voting member of the Bank of England's rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). During this critical period for the world economy, Dr Posen advocated an activist policy response to the financial crisis, led the MPC into quantitative easing, and accurately forecast global inflation developments. The Atlantic named him in its line-up of global "Superstar Central Bankers" in 2012. He also consulted for the UK Cabinet Office for the successful London G-20 summit of 2009 during the global financial crisis. He was made an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 for his services to British economic policy.
Dr Posen has been the recipient of major grants and research fellowships from the American Academy in Berlin, the Brookings Institution, the Bank of England, the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the US National Science Foundation. In November 2018, he gave the inaugural Adam Smith Distinguished Lecture at the University of Glasgow. In January 2019, he was named a CEPR Distinguished Fellow. He served seven terms as a member of the Panel of Economic Advisers to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office from 2005 to 2019. Dr Posen received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. Dr Posen has been widely cited and published commentary in leading news and policy publications, including the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun, Handelsblatt, Die Welt, Harvard Business Review, and The International Economy. He appears frequently on Bloomberg television and radio, among other media programming.
Chatri Sityodtong is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship (ONE), Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a broadcast to 2.7 billion potential viewers across 150+ countries around the world. ONE is a celebration of Asia's greatest cultural phenomena, martial arts and esports. Through the magic of storytelling and the power of media, ONE is on a mission to unleash real-life superheroes, celebrate values, ignite dreams, inspire nations, and change the world.
Chatri is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and other major media. Forbes recently selected Chatri as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times, and Asia's 2nd Most Powerful Person in Sports by FOX Sports. He is also the star of the Asian edition of The Apprentice, the award-winning, global reality TV show.
Inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame in 2019, Chatri has over 35+ years of martial arts experience. He is a certified senior Muay Thai instructor under the legendary Kru Yodtong Senanan. He also holds a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Master Renzo Gracie.
Chatri holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
As Head of APAC ESG, Chitra Hepburn is responsible for all of MSCI’s ESG commercial activities in this diverse region. Chitra was based in Shanghai until very recently and has now relocated to Singapore. Previously, Chitra was a Managing Director at ESG Global, responsible for working with issuers to create and implement their ESG metrics in preparation for investor roadshows. Prior to this, Chitra worked with multi-national corporates heading up Strategy and Sustainability for Greater China and also with Cleantech Public-Private Partnerships. The bulk of Chitra’s career was spent in numerous Investment Banking roles, and among others financing green energy projects across Asia. Chitra is fluent in a number of European and Asian languages and holds an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics.
Ng Choon Peng
Choon co-founded ImmunoScape in 2016 and serves as CEO and Chairperson. ImmunoScape, focused on immunotherapy, is a venture-backed growth stage company, headquartered in Singapore with expanding operations in the US. Choon also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board of the Rogel Cancer Center, University of Michigan.
Previously, Choon was the Senior Director of the PharmBio cluster in A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) responsible for formulating Singapore’s Biomedical Research strategy. Prior to this, he was CEO Asia for LEO Pharma, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Denmark. He doubled the business of LEO in 15 Asian countries by breaking new ground in key countries and pushing for professionalism in key functional areas. Choon started his career in the biopharmaceutical industry at GSK, USA; and later at Scios Inc (Fremont, CA), a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson J&J. He rose through the ranks in J&J to become Country Manager of Janssen-Cilag Singapore, another J&J subsidiary. Choon’s first career was with the Singapore Armed Forces as a combat officer and he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired).
Choon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan's Ross Business School and completed Executive Education at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He graduated with a BSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics under a scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces.
Dwight Scott is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone Credit. Dwight oversees the management of Blackstone Credit and sits on the investment committees for Blackstone Credit’s energy funds, performing credit funds and distressed funds. Prior to his current role, Dwight managed the energy investing activity at Blackstone Credit, where he remains active. Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2005, Dwight was an Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of El Paso Corporation. Prior to joining El Paso, Dwight served as a Managing Director in the energy investment banking practice of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Dwight graduated from the University of North Carolina and the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.
Erick Müller joined Muzinich in 2015. His responsibilities cover macro and fixed income markets strategy and product management as well as client relationships across institutions, global distribution platforms and global private banks. Erick joined Muzinich from JP Morgan AM, where he spent nearly four years as a Senior Client Portfolio Manager. Prior to that, he spent over four years as Head of Fixed Income Product Management at Fidelity Worldwide Investment and before that was Global Head of Capital Market Research at Crédit Agricole CIB for eight years. Erick started his career in finance as a European economist at SG Warburg in France. He then worked as a Senior Economist at HSBC and UBS with a particular focus on the eurozone preparation and creation. Erick has an MBA in Finance – Marketing from the ESLSCA Business School and a degree in Economics from the Université Panthéon-Assas.
An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Esther has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SE Asia. Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019. A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Esther was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. She sits on the boards or advisory platforms of several organisations, including World Green Building Council, Global Reporting Initiative, GRESB Asian Real Estate Benchmark Committee and UNEP FI Real Estate Work Group. She chairs the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability and ESG Committee and Co-Chairs the Urban Land Institute Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council.
Florian Reuter has been with Volocopter GmbH since 2015, which is when he took up his role as CEO and employee number five. By now, Volocopter has grown to over 200 people that, among others, are located in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company focuses on offering sustainable and safe urban air taxi services as well as drone logistics services to address the challenges of increasing urbanization. With Volocopter, he wants to contribute to a future that is both attractive and sustainable.
The CEO’s strong leadership has won the company many successes over the years. In 2016 for example, Volocopter received the first substantial flight permit from German authorities. In 2017, the company’s aircraft completed its first autonomous test flight in Dubai. Moreover, Volocopter received the important Design Organisation Approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2019. However, arguably one of the most exciting achievements was the piloted flight of our vehicle over Singapore’s Marina Bay, which became the basis for the recent announcement to launch commercial services in the city within the next three years.
Florian’s ability to continuously generate tangible results while bringing commercial launch of air taxi services closer everyday rests on his profound experience of working with innovative start-ups. Before focusing on Urban Air Mobility, he worked as a management consultant and was responsible for the development of technology start-ups as Venture Manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich. There, he was able to hone his skills in guiding technology start-ups from the drawing board to commercial success.
Dr Nathan Furr
Nathan Furr is a professor of strategy and innovation at INSEAD in Paris and a recognized expert in the fields of innovation and technology strategy. Professor Furr earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he studied how innovators commercialize their ideas. His bestselling books include The Innovator’s Method (Harvard Business School Press, 2014); Leading Transformation (Harvard Business School Press, 2018); and Innovation Capital (Harvard Business School Press, 2019). He has published broadly in Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Forbes, Inc, and academic journals. He is an Innosight Fellow, has been nominated for the Thinkers 50 Innovation Award, and works with leading companies such as Google, Microsoft, Citi, ING, Philips, Solvay and others.
Dr Raghuram Rajan
Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth. He was the 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India between September 2013 and September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, Dr Rajan was the Chief Economist and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund.
Dr Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role finance plays in it. The books he has written include The Third Pillar: How the State and Markets are leaving Communities Behind 2019, I do What I do: On Reform, Rhetoric, and Resolve, 2017, and Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, for which he was awarded the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs prize for best business book in 2010.
Dr Rajan is a member of the Group of Thirty. He was the President of the American Finance Association in 2011 and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In January 2003, the American Finance Association awarded Dr Rajan the inaugural Fischer Black Prize for the best finance researcher under the age of 40. The other awards he has received include the Infosys prize for the Economic Sciences in 2012, the Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics in 2013, Euromoney Central Banker Governor of the Year 2014, and Banker Magazine (FT Group) Central Bank Governor of the Year 2016.
Spencer is Partner and Head of Research of G Squared. He is a member of both the G Squared Executive Team and the firm’s Investment Committee. During his involvement with G Squared, Spencer has co-led several of the firm's major investments, including Asana, Brex, Coursera, Fast, Flexport, Impossible Foods, Instacart, Lyft, Pinterest, Postmates, Snap, Spotify, and Toast, among others.
Prior to joining G Squared, Spencer worked as both an Analyst at GSV Ventures and an Associate at SuRo Capital [NASDAQ: SSSS], the world’s first publicly traded venture capital fund. Prior to joining GSV, Spencer spent time in the early part of his career with Merrill Lynch.
Spencer is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied Global Economics (ISF) with an emphasis on Business, Economics, and Political Economics / Theory. Spencer also minored in Public Policy through the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Stephen Attenborough is at the forefront of space tourism. He is the Commercial Director for Virgin Galactic, a company wholly owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group which is on track to become the world’s first passenger carrying commercial spaceline. Stephen joined Virgin Galactic as the company’s first full time employee in 2004 he now leads a team in London that covers sales, marketing, customer care, PR and communications for the space tourism business which has attracted over 380 future astronauts and more than $50m in deposits.
Stephen is also responsible for workstreams that are investigating the non tourism applications for the new space vehicles, particularly science research. During 2009 and 2010 he was a part of the deal team which secured Virgin Galactic’s first external equity partnership with a sale of 32% of the company to Abu Dhabi’s AABAR Investments PJSC for $280m, valuing Virgin Galactic at around $900m. Stephen joined Virgin Galactic having escaped a career in investment management in the City of London.
Prior to joining Virgin Galactic, Stephen worked for Gartmore Investment Management, a major London-based investment management firm, where he performed a number of management and senior management activities for more than 15 years. At Gartmore, his roles focused on the company’s relationship with sophisticated institutional and high net worth clients and prospective clients.
Stephen explains to audiences the impact new technologies have on businesses and focuses on how to drive business innovation and growth through the right combination of innovative people and technology. Stephen also entertains his audiences with the enthralling Virgin Galactic Story. Immensely entertaining and highly enjoyable, Stephen’s presentations are a perfect mix of new ideas and sound business know-how.
Host and Former CNA Presenter
Yvonne Chan is a multi-hyphenate – a versatile presenter who has taken on a gamut of roles during her career at CNA; these include helming the prime time morning belt, First Look Asia, and business news bulletins, among others. Beyond her role as a news presenter, Yvonne also fronted CNA’s Lifestyle programme, LuxeAsia, - she is a natural in front of the camera, witty and eloquent and is comfortable hosting in both Mandarin and English, often being able to adlib on the spot.
With a decade of news writing and critical thinking skills honed in the newsroom, Yvonne brings to the table a wealth of experience and is adept at moderating and hosting a wide variety of live and virtual events, ranging from ministerial forums, health or finance seminars to luxury events. She has been described as a lively and engaging host, someone who is quick on her feet and reacts fast to circumstances around her, this very much attributed to her 18 years of hosting experience.
Yvonne handles live interviews with aplomb and has a knack for bringing out the best in her interviewees and panellists, with her sunny and easy banter. Prior to joining Channel NewsAsia, Yvonne was a management associate at HSBC Singapore, before moving on to work at HSBC London. She graduated with a degree in Economics (Hons) from the National University of Singapore.
Bahren Shaari was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Singapore on 1 February 2015. He was previously the Senior Managing Director and Global Market Head of South East Asia. He has more than 30 years of banking experience and is an executive committee member of Singapore’s Private Banking Industry Group which shapes the private banking competency standards of the wealth management sector.
In 2016, he was conferred the Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance Distinguished Fellow award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the financial industry and outstanding leadership capabilities. Prior to joining Bank of Singapore, Bahren served as the Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management, responsible for the South East Asian and Australian Markets. Bahren is an alternate member of the Council of Presidential Advisers. He has been a non-executive and independent director of Singapore Press Holdings since April 2012.
From 2000 to 2012, Bahren served on the board of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. In 2008, Bahren was conferred the Public Service Medal, and in 2018, he received the Public Service Star Medal. Born in 1962, Bahren is married with three children and graduated with an accountancy degree from the National University of Singapore.
Eli Lee is Head of Investment Strategy at Bank of Singapore and he plays a central role in developing asset allocation and thematic strategies across global asset classes for the Bank.
He is a key member of Bank of Singapore’s investment committee, which determines the Group’s overall investment strategy and direction, and serves as a member of the OCBC Group Wealth Panel. He also previously led the Special Situations Research team at OCBC Investment Research. As an investment thought leader, Eli’s independent perspectives are often sought after by international media, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and CNBC.
With close to two decades of industry experience, Eli began his investment career at the Wellington Management Company in Boston. He graduated from Harvard University with an MA in statistics.
Gareth is the Head of Fixed income for all the Discretionary Portfolio Management, accounting for over 8 billion USD AUM as well as a director on the Bank of Singapore International SICAV Board. He has over 15 years of investment management experience, situated in both London and Singapore, with two of the largest European asset managers Deutsche Bank asset Management and Standard Life/Aberdeen Asset Management. His responsibilities included helping steer one of the biggest derivative books in London though the Lehman’s collapse, restructure the risk framework for the European Fixed Income Funds during the European crisis and most recently help build the Asian Fixed income business here in Singapore.
He holds a BSC degree in Financial Mathematics from University of Johannesburg and numerous Data Science specializations from Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington and UCLA. He has a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, and how the combination with ever increasing data will change our industry.
As Head of PMRO, Jean Chia is responsible for formulating Bank of Singapore’s house views, including its investment strategy for FX, equity and fixed income research, as well as Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) and Advisory Portfolio Management (APM). She has over 20 years’ experience in Private Banking and Asset Management.
She was previously Head of Equities Advisory and Sales at the Bank, and Head of Client Advisory Services for Equities, Investment Products and Services at UBS Wealth Management, Singapore.
Prior to UBS, she was Vice President at Allianz Dresdner Asset Management (now known as Allianz Global Investors).
Jean graduated with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University of Oxford, UK. Jean also serves as a member of the SGX Advisory Committee.
Mohi-uddin is a macroeconomist and financial market strategist with two decades of experience covering institutional investors around the world. Mansoor speaks to policymakers and central bankers and maintains links with think-tanks in Washington and Beijing. He appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, his work features in The Economist and he has written for the Financial Times.
Mansoor was most recently at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s investment arm, NatWest Markets, where he was the Asia region's Macro Strategist and previously the bank’s Global Head of FX Strategy. Prior to joining RBS, Mansoor spent 17 years at UBS in London, Zurich and Singapore where he was also Global Head of FX Strategy from 2002 to 2014. Mansoor holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
He was tutored by Professor Charles Goodhart, a former Chief Adviser at the Bank of England.
Todd Schubert is the Head of Fixed Income Research for Bank of Singapore. He joined the Bank’s predecessor ING Asia Private Bank in 2008. Prior to that, he was Head of Asian Fixed Income Research at Deutsche Bank as well as a Global Credit Portfolio Manager with the Government of Singapore Investment Corp.
With more than 30 years of investment experience, Todd has also worked with several major U.S. Financial Institutions including USAA and GE Asset Management.
Todd has an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA.
Keynote Address: Globalisation 2.0
The Covid-19 pandemic has turbo-charged many of the key trends of the past decades including the role of technology, China’s emergence, growing inequality and the increasing need for monetary and fiscal stimulus to support growth. Join us to hear Dr Rajan discuss the impact of the pandemic, the rise of technology, sustainability, green investment and the outlook for India, China and emerging markets over the next decade.
Dr Raghuram Rajan
2021 Outlook – The Great Reset
The Economic Playbook for 2021
Dr Adam Posen
The Future is Now – Disrupt or Be Disrupted
BREAKOUT PLENARIES AVAILABLE
|Launches at 5:45pm||
(1) Opportunities in Credit – Public vs Private Markets
Where are the opportunities in credit today – in public or private markets? What are the key risks? Hear our industry experts share their insights on finding opportunities that reward the risk manager, and how to achieve the correct balance of risk and reward for credit investors.
(2) ESG – Greening the Recovery
(3) Mission Possible - Innovating Our Way Back to Growth