CAMRI Roundtable & Appreciation Evening 

Capital Market Developments - Is Singapore at the Cross-roads of Opportunity?

Monday, 17 October 2011

NUS Museum 
50 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119279

 By invitation only

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It was an evening of panel discussions, networking, dinner and music, mainly to thank our CAMRI Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and Friends of CAMRI and the NUS Business School for their services to and support of CAMRI since our formal launch in April 2010.  

Two commodity derivatives specialists from the industry kicked-off the Roundtable with a panel discussion moderated by a CAMRI Advisory Council member on the importance of commodities and derivatives in the corporate and institutional contexts, especially with respect to investments and risk management. This was followed by an invited talk on the US economy by Mr Owen Thomas, the former CEO of Morgan Stanley Asia. Finally, there was a second panel discussion on the future trajectory of Singapore’s exchanges with two very senior executives from our local exchanges, moderated by a finance faculty member. The evening moved on to a sumptuous dinner and networking session, museum tours, and classical music performance in our NUS Museum’s ST Lee Atrium.  


5.00 - 5.50pm

NUS Museum – Lee Kong Chian Gallery
Roundtable  1: Commodities and Derivatives

Before the 21st century it was rare to find a dedicated commodity allocation in an investor's portfolio. A combination of reasons in the early years of this century saw investment in the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (now S&P GSCI) soar from below $10 billion at the turn of the century to more than $140 billion before the global financial crisis of 2008. Commodities have become a strategic allocation in more institutional investors’ and private investors’ portfolio now than ever before. What are investors and corporations doing in this volatile new asset class? Are Asian investors and corporations' appetite different? How has the recent financial market volatility affected participants? The speakers will answer some of these questions and also provide perspective through the development in investment products over the last decade.

5.50 - 6.00pm

6.00 – 6:20pm Invited Talk: “The US Economy: That Sliding Feeling...”
Mr Owen Thomas
former Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley Asia
6.20 – 7.10pm  

Roundtable 2: Exchanges

Asia, as a region, has established itself as the new global growth centre and capital flow destination. As the region develops, all its players within – developed, emerging and frontier – increasingly recognize the need to coordinate and collaborate in both national and regional levels. In the face of the new Asia, what would some of the opportunities and challenges be for exchanges, particularly exchanges within Singapore? What are some of the trends developing in Singapore exchanges? Mega-mergers, a trend that had only a very short pause at the peak of the financial crisis, is currently back with a vengeance. Is size the most important competitive determinant for exchanges? Are there non-merger aspects that can be capitalized on in Singapore? Would there be a place for small or local players? These are some of the issues that the panelists would help shed some light on.  

7.10pm onwards NUS Museum – ST Lee Atrium
Dinner and Museum Tour

Roundtable  1: Commodities and Derivatives


Mr Chew Loy Cheow
CAMRI Advisory Council and
former Head, Commodities & Gold/FXDGovernment of Singapore Investment Corporation


Mr Chris C. Lee
Managing Director and Head of
Asia-Pacific Commodity Investors Business
Société Générale 


Mr Benno Meier
Executive Director and Commodity Strategist
Morgan Stanley

Invited Speaker

Mr Owen Thomas
former Chief Executive Officer
Morgan Stanley Asia

Roundtable 2: Exchanges 


Dr Yeo Wee Yong
Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean
NUS Business School


Mr Gan Seow Ann
Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)


Mr V. Hariharan
Chief Executive Officer
Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX)

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