Dates: Monthly, starting from January 2021, ending December 2021

Location: Webinar via Zoom (supported by exclusive access to the Series on our website login)

Enrollment Fees:

  • $120 USD (Non-members, original at $180)
  • $100 USD (ASIFMA member firms and Partner Associations, original at $150)



This exciting training program comprises a Series of monthly interactive educational training sessions on key emerging topics relevant to the financial industry in Asia, delivered by expert trainers drawn from our extensive global and regional network. By curating relevant, up to date information together into one Series, with the active support of our wide industry network, various expert committees and education working group, participants will be confident they are learning from a source accredited by the industry that utilizes expert trainers from leading institutions globally and regionally.

Monthly Virtual Training Session Format:

Each virtual one-hour training session will provide a basic introduction to the topic in a dynamic format to encourage interaction including use of polling and opportunity for Q&A. The program is aimed at getting junior and intermediate staff up to speed on these emerging areas in finance within Asia. In addition to the live training sessions, every participant will have exclusive access to an online repository containing numerous educational resources, including an outline of the topic, the related session presentation provided by the expert trainer, as well as background material on each topic, pre and post-training session surveys, suggested persons or organisations to follow for ongoing learning and on-demand videos of each event.  The training sessions and supporting materials will be in English


Our eighth monthly session (on Diversity in Capital Markets) will be held on 19 August 2021.  Our full list of topics is below (although these are subject to change if more relevant topics emerge over the year).

  • China Financial Markets Explained (28 January 2021)
  • Sustainable Finance/ESG in Asia (23 February 2021)
  • AI, Big Data (23 March 2021)
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) (13 April 2021)
  • Cybersecurity (6 May 2021)
  • India Financial Markets Explained (8 June 2021)
  • Data, Privacy Policy and the Cloud (15 July 2021)
  • Diversity in Capital Markets (19 August 2021, 12nn-1pm HKT/SGT)
  • Operational Resilience of Firms (28 September 2021, 4pm-5pm HKT/SGT)
  • Conduct and Individual Accountability (12 October 2021, 12nn-1pm HKT/SGT)
  • Greater Bay Area Development
  • Tokenised Securities 

Trainer Profile:

Global and Asian industry experts and senior representatives from our network of sell-side, buy-side, law firms, infrastructure providers and consultancies who have been specifically selected for their knowledge and skills by our staff and related member committees.

At ASIFMA, we are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion in our workplace and this policy is applied in all areas of our business including speaker roles at our events and conferences.

Session 1 – China Financial Markets Explained 

  • Stephen Davison, Management Director, Head of China Strategy and Chief of Staff, JPMorgan
  • Arthur Luk, EM Asia Local Markets Strategist, JPMorgan
  • Mark Austen, CEO, ASIFMA
  • Lyndon Chao, Managing Director – Head of Equities and Post Trade, ASIFMA
  • Philippe Dirckx, Managing Director – Head of Fixed Income, ASIFMA
  • Eugenie Shen, Managing Director – Head of Asset Management Group, ASIFMA

Session 2 – Sustainable Finance/ESG in Asia 

  • Jaideep Panwar, Senior Manager, Global Responsible Investment & Governance, APG Asset Management 
  • Helena Fung, Head of Sustainable Investment, APAC, FTSE Russell 
  • Jonathan Drew, Managing Director, ESG Solutions, Global Banking, HSBC 

Session 3 – AI, Big Data

  • Annabel Lee, Public Policy Lead for Data, APAC, Amazon Web Services 
  • Boon-Hiong Chan, Head of Securities Market and Technology Advocacy, Securities Services, Corporate Bank, Deutsche Bank AG Singapore
  • Shameek Kundu, Head of Financial Services and Chief Strategy Officer, Truera

Topic 4: Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)

  • Helen Qiao, Managing Director, Chief Economist for Greater China and Head of Asia Economics Research, Bank of American Merrill Lynch
  • Bénédicte Nolens, Head of BIS Innovation Hub Hong Kong
  • Henri Arslanian, Global Crypto Leader, PwC Hong Kong

Topic 5: Cybersecurity 

  • Scott Flower (PhD), Global Intelligence Officer (APAC), FS-ISAC
  • David Leach, Managing Director, Chief Information Security Officer, J.P. Morgan
  • Susan Lo, Senior Manager, Risk Assurance, PwC

Topic 6: India Financial Markets

  • Arbind Maheswari, Managing Director and Head of India Equities, BofA Securities
  • Rajesh Gandhi, Partner – Global Business Tax, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP
  • Utkarsh Sharma, Head of Trading, Deutsche Bank
  • Hiren Sanghvi, Head of FX Trading, HSBC India
  • Balaji Balasubramanian, Partner, Tax & Regulatory Services – Financial Services, PwC India

Topic 7: Data, Privacy Policy and the Cloud

  • Mak Judge, Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Policy, Barclays
  • Chester Chua, Head of Google Cloud, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific, Google
  • Sandra Liu, Head of Privacy Asia, London Stock Exchange Group

Topic 8: Diversity in Capital Markets

  • Benno Jaeggi, Consultant, Financial Services and Fintech Practices, Egon Zehnder
  • Elizabeth Bradford, Head of Asia Pacific Strategy & Chief of Staff, Commercial Banking, HSBC
  • Vincent Kasbi, Head of Asia, SIA Partners

Topic 9: Operational Resilience of Firms

  • Jean-Remi Lopez, Director of Government Relations – Asia Pacific, DTCC
  • Hannah Cassidy, Partner, Financial Services Regulatory, Hong Kong, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Nicky Russell, Senior Operational Resilience SME, HSBC

Series Fees, Certificates, Accreditation:

$120 USD non-members for the entire Series (original at $180); $100 USD for ASIFMA member firms and Partner Associations (original at $150).

Access is not transferrable between individuals and will be monitored both during the webinars and on the website.  Those who attend a designated number of live webinar sessions as well as complete the requisite number of surveys will be issued with a certificate of completion of the event.

Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) Continuous Professional Training (CPT) points will be granted for those located in Hong Kong for sessions attended. Similar accreditation is being sought in other jurisdictions.

ASIFMA Contact:

Michelle Cheung, Senior Manager – Education & Training (

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