A well-functioning financial system is essential to achieving sustainable economic growth and development. Financial innovation is key to foster growth and improvements in the financial system. To significantly drive financial innovation, it is pertinent to have an understanding of finance science, advances in technology and economic needs.

The next Leadership Dialogue Series will delve into past examples, current scenarios and future directions in finance science and financial innovation including:

  • notable case studies like the Leipzig gas pipeline in the 1990s and global diversification with capital controls and other policy constraints in 2010s
  • financial innovation in the present, assessing the opportunities from global aging and longer-life demographics, to the major expansion in GDP in Asia
  • financial and technological “Silicon Valley” innovation in the future that presents growth opportunities and challenges for financial-service providers
When & Where
  Wednesday, 25 October 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
(Registration starts at 1:00 pm)

Due to overwhelming response, venue has been changed to: NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House
Guild Hall, 9 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119421

Dress code: Office attire

Register early as limited seats are available!

Don’t miss the talk as Professor Robert C. Merton, Nobel laureate in Economics, shares his insights on financial innovations, and how trust will continue to be the innovation-implementation global financial-services model of the future. Professor Joseph Cherian, Director of Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) will moderate the Q&A Session.
About the Speaker

Robert C. Merton is the School of Management Distinguished Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. He was the George Fisher Baker Professor of Business Administration (1988-98) and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor (1998-2010) at Harvard Business School. He is currently Resident Scientist at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where he is the developer of Managed DC, an integrated retirement-funding solution system with global application that addresses the deficiencies associated with traditional defined-benefit and defined-contribution pension plans.

Merton received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1997 for a new method to determine the value of derivatives. His research focuses on finance theory including lifecycle finance, optimal intertemporal portfolio selection, capital asset pricing, pricing of options, risky corporate debt, loan guarantees, and other complex derivative securities. Merton’s current academic interests include retirement finance, financial innovation and dynamics of institutional change, controlling the propagation of macro financial risk, and improving methods of measuring and managing sovereign risk. He is the author of, Continuous-Time Finance, and a co- author of Cases in Financial Engineering: Applied Studies of Financial Innovation; The Global Financial System: A Functional Perspective; Finance; and Financial Economics.

Merton received the inaugural Financial Engineer of the Year Award from the International Association of Financial Engineers, which also elected him a Senior Fellow. He received the 2011 CME Group Fred Arditti Innovation Award. A Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (‘Q Group’) and a Fellow of the Financial Management Association, Merton received the Nicholas Molodovsky Award from the CFA Institute. Derivatives Strategy magazine named him to its Derivatives Hall of Fame as did Risk magazine to its Risk Hall of Fame. He also received Risk’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of risk management.

Merton received a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from Columbia University, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Chicago, Claremont Graduate University, and eight foreign universities.

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