CAMRI Roundtable & Appreciation Evening  

Monday, 17 October 2011

NUS Museum 
50 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore 119279


Speakers' Profile

Roundtable  1: Commodities and Derivatives

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

Chew Loy Cheow spent a work career in global financial markets since graduating from the University of Singapore in 1977. Starting in settlements and gold trading at DBS, he went on to work at Wall Street firms in trading, sales, advisory and client management before joining the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). At GIC, he helped set up and headed the Commodities and Gold Group before spending his last year at GIC School, taking charge of GIC’s technical programme curriculum.

He spent a useful 15 months in 1995-96 as an independent consultant to Indonesian state bank, Bank Bumi Daya in reorganizing and implementing their treasury operations.

Upon his retirement from GIC in 2009, Loy Cheow took a sabbatical from financial markets to pursue a postgraduate degree at NTU. Having completed his academic study he is now a freelance consultant, assisting corporations and high net worth individuals with financial market solutions and problem-solving.

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

Chris C. Lee joined Société Générale in January 2010 to head its Asia Pacific Commodity Investors Business for Sales and Structuring. Based in Singapore and Hong Kong, he is responsible for commodity investor products across the spectrum of energy, metals, and softs, and commodity indices. Chris focuses on building and managing a portfolio of Asia-based institutional investors seeking for commodity exposures, as well as working closely with SG’s Cross Asset Solutions Sales Group to promote commodity investor products through the firm’s distribution channels.

Before joining Société Générale, Chris was heading Morgan Stanley’s Asia Pacific Commodity Investors Product Group, where he was responsible for building it’s platform and developing asset based commodity exposures for institutional investors in the region. He also managed relationship with asset managers and distributors seeking commodity related investment products. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Chris was Executive Director of Goldman Sachs’ Commodity Division, in charge of Asia’s corporate and sovereign commodity risk management business and commodity structured products for investors, a position he was appointed to in 2003. Chris also worked as equity sales and equity derivatives trader in the US and Hong Kong for 10 years. He holds Bachelor of Science (Business) from the University of Nevada, and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business School at the University of Southern California.

Mr Benno Meier, Executive Director and Commodity Strategist, Morgan Stanley

Benno Meier is part of Morgan Stanley's Commodities Group, where he is in the Investor Marketing team in London. Benno focuses and leads the investor team in Asia and Europe, and constructs solutions for institutional investors wanting exposure to commodities. Benno has been a strong advocate of commodity investing, and has been a key-note speaker and presented on commodities at numerous conferences over the last few years. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he had been working for Barclays Global Investors for five years, where he was in the Investment Solutions Group, before becoming the Head of Indexed Commodity Strategy in Europe. Benno has a Masters in Finance (Commerce) degree, has an Investment Management Diploma from London Business School, and is a qualified chartered accountant CA (SA).

Invited Speaker

Mr Owen Thomas, former Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley Asia
Owen is a former Managing Director and Asia CEO for Morgan Stanley. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 in the real estate group within the Investment Banking Division and has over 20 years of investment industry experience. Owen began managing the Firm’s real estate investing business in 1994, was named Managing Director in 1995, head of Morgan Stanley Real Estate (investing and banking) in 2000, President of Morgan Stanley Investment Management in 2005, CEO of Morgan Stanley Asia in 2008, reinstated as Chairman of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing in 2009 and appointed Chairman of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in 2010.

Owen is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, the former Chairman of the Pension Real Estate Association, member of WPO, Director of UVIMCO and Trustee of Woodberry Forest School. He received a B.S. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Roundtable 2: Exchanges 

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

Dr. Yeo Wee Yong is the Assistant Dean (Academic) of the Undergraduate Programme and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance of the NUS Business School. Dr. Yeo is presently the Associate Editor of the Asian Case Research Journal. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from Kelley Business School at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dr. Yeo’s area in research and teaching include market microstructure (especially in the area of liquidity and the limit order book), REITs, financial markets and institutions, and investment banking. He has received two outstanding educator awards and an outstanding service award from the Business School.

Mr Gan Seow Ann, President, Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)

Mr Gan is, jointly with the CEO, responsible for steering and growing the businesses of SGX.

Mr Gan drives the growth and development of SGX’s Securities, Derivatives, Commodities and Fixed Income businesses, as well as oversees Sales & Distribution and Market Data & Access. His responsibilities include the development of products, services and market participation to augment SGX’s Asian Gateway position. He also supervises the Listings business which is tasked with attracting companies seeking international capital via equity and bond listings.

Prior to joining SGX on 20 March 2001, Mr Gan held various senior positions in regional capital markets. From 1996 to 2001, he was Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Singapore, where he oversaw the company’s business activities in its South East Asian offices and managed its exchange seats in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. From 1990 to 1996, he was Managing Director of Crosby Securities, responsible for the equities business in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Mr Gan serves on the boards of several organisations, including the Energy Market Authority and National Kidney Foundation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) with Distinction and holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University, Canada.

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

Vaidyalingam Hariharan was appointed as interim chief executive officer of the Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) on June 20, 2011.

Before becoming interim CEO of SMX, Mr Hariharan was chief technology officer for SMX’s parent company, Financial Technologies. He has been a board member of SMX and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMX Clearing Corporation, since their inception.

His 27-year career includes extensive experience working at exchanges and he has held senior roles at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and the Multi Commodity Exchange of India (MCX). He has also served on the boards of various exchanges, and exchange-support companies, giving him a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing enterprises from conceptualisation to full commercial implementation.

At the BSE, he worked as project manager for the BSE’s online trading system, known as BOLT, and was responsible for developing the BSE’s requirements for its new trading services. Those requirements involved moving the BSE from an open-outcry system to a fully digitised hybrid market. At the NSE, he was responsible for managing the exchange’s trade management system.

Starting in December 2000, he held pivotal roles within the Financial Technologies group, which provides trading technology solutions and has created several exchange and support ecosystem ventures in India, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

He was instrumental in setting up several greenfield exchanges for the group, including the MCX, the Indian Energy Exchange and IBS Forex, as well as market data provider TickerPlant.

He has a postgraduate degree in statistics and agricultural statistics from Kerala Agricultural University in India, and is a gold medalist graduate in mathematical statistics from the University of Calicut in Kerala, India.