As the world emerges from the shadow of COVID-19, questions are being asked about how the world’s economy should be ‘built back better’. Should we seek to rebuild our economic and financial systems that drove growth and development before the pandemic, or should we build something new?
To this end, policymakers, financial centre leaders, regulators, and financial services providers need to work together to create the bridges for collaborative action. Additionally, IFCs play vital leadership roles in pushing innovation, regulation standards and benchmarking.
At this webinar held on Thursday, 15 July 2021 at 9am BST, we launched research findings from a report jointly issued by Labuan IBFC and Z/Yen Group entitled “International Financial Centres: Facilitating Financial Inclusion Via Digitalisation”, and discussed the opportunities and challenges for financial players as IFCs move cohesively towards financial inclusion.
Andrew has had 25 years’ experience in the futures industry and more recently in fintech and FX prime broking. He is currently the CEO of GSX Asia, based in Singapore. Recently, he has specialised in advising the Finance-Blockchain Complex: exchanges, banks and financial institutions on regional expansion, liquidity provision, membership access to listing regulated securities and settling such securities on new technologies to effect efficiency and revenue.
He previously advised a leading multi-asset brokerage and prime services provider on enhancing their Greater China client offering. Prior to this, he advised Shanghai International Energy on their now launched RMB denominated crude oil future. This is a "One Belt, One Road" initiative to utilise listed derivatives (futures) as official commodities benchmarks.
His experience is grounded in various management, sales and technology roles at UBS over a 20-year period in Singapore and Sydney, including that of CEO UBS Futures Singapore.
Andrew holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Arts from the University of Sydney.
Farah is the Chief Executive Officer of Labuan IBFC Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Labuan Financial Services Authority, the statutory Regulatory Authority for Labuan International Business and Financial Centre, operating under the purview of Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Labuan IBFC Incorporated serves as the jurisdiction’s official market development agency.
A seasoned strategic communication, market development and financial services professional, she brings with her experience spanning more than 25 years in wholesale financial services, putting her in good stead to develop Labuan IBFC as Asia’s go-to mid-shore wholesale financial intermediation centre.
Formerly attached to the Asian Institute of Finance and Bursa Malaysia (Malaysia’s national stock exchange), Farah has served in numerous senior market development and strategic communications roles.
She has also represented the Association of Stock Broking Companies Malaysia, a nationwide industry led lobby group representing Malaysian stockbrokers during the demutualisation exercise of the national exchange, allowing her a unique hands-on experience surrounding high strategic level issues relating to multiple stakeholder management, eco-system curation and long-term strategic business strategy.
Passionate about equality, financial inclusion and win-win partnerships, she strongly believes that “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Farah has an LLB (Hons) from Sheffield University, United Kingdom.
Dr Nina Seega is a Research Director for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). At CISL, she leads a broad portfolio of engagements across a variety of sustainable finance themes, including nature-related finance.
Nina has worked with De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) on the financial impact of disruptive energy transition, collaborated with the South African National Treasury and Banco de Mexico on embedding environmental scenarios into financial risk frameworks and was the knowledge partner for the G20 Green Finance Study Group in 2016 and 2017. Previously, Nina was the Head of the London Traded Products Desk for Dresdner Kleinwort, where she was responsible for credit risk management of traded products.
In addition to her role at University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Nina is an academic visitor at the Bank of England, as well as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board on Sustainable Finance at the British Standards Institute, the Sustainable Finance Scientific Council at S&P Ratings and the Board of Directors at the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance.
Nina has defended her PhD on strategic practices that drive resilience in finance at the University of Cambridge. She also holds an MPhil in Innovation, Strategy and Organisation from University of Cambridge, an MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in Mathematical Methods in Economics from the State University of Management in Moscow.