About AFMF

Since the Global Financial Crisis, the financial markets are undergoing fundamental changes and banks and financial institutions are facing increased challenges through digital disruption, new technologies and new capital and regulatory standards amidst revenue and cost pressures.

Since the Global Financial Crisis, the financial markets are undergoing fundamental changes and banks and financial institutions are facing increased challenges through digital disruption, new technologies and new capital and regulatory standards amidst revenue and cost pressures.

This forum, organised by Financial Markets Association of Singapore (FMAS) and co-hosted by Bloomberg, is especially relevant to the treasury and markets function in banks, financial institutions and corporates who face a major challenge in a how to stay ahead of the game. COVID-19 has further accelerated the transition towards a more digital customer base and workforce but has created a world where growth prospects are highly challenged.

Whilst the market volatility seen in 2020 and now 2021 has generally cause much realignment and transformation of the financial markets business, there is an open question about how to align the cost base with revenue drivers for the next phase.

C-suite leaders within our industry, more than ever before, need to carefully navigate their way through this tricky period by making important, strategic investment decisions today about their business, their people and their future. We are keenly aware of these challenges the industry is facing and it is our intention through the Asia Financial Markets Forum that the themes and speakers will bring new insights and thought leadership that’s required to help our leaders of today and nurture the leaders of tomorrow. The topics will showcase the current opportunities and challenges within our business and will deliver content that is thoughtful and unique. These events would provide an opportunity for regional Financial Markets practitioners to come together and will bring them closer to the market leaders and decision-makers in the industry. This is especially relevant to the treasury and markets function in banks, financial institutions and corporates who face a major challenge in how to stay ahead of the game.

We held a virtual Prelude event in January this year which featured a keynote speech by Ms Jacqueline Loh, Deputy Manging Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and many thought leaders in our industry. In October 2021, we are holding a 2-day Hybrid Forum on the 27th & 28th October on the continued theme of “The Asia Financial Markets in the next decade”.

The content will focus on the three important themes that we have identified which are:

  • Post pandemic drivers of financial markets and long-term growth in the Asian capital markets
  • Disruptors of the Financial Markets Business of the Future and the delivery of innovation in the Capital Markets
  • What’s next in driving Sustainability for banks and financial services

Participants attending this forum will be key professionals in the treasury and capital markets ecosystem including banks, regulators, buy side professionals, C-suite leaders of the financial markets community and important intermediaries such as vendors and brokers and platform providers.

Organising Committee

Mr Samuel Koh

Chairperson
AFMF Organising Committee,
Head of Global Treasury Trading,
OCBC Bank

Ms Sneha Sanghvi

Vice Chairperson,
AFMF Organising Committee,
Head of Financial Markets, Asia Westpac Banking Corporation

Ms Clara Chan

Financial Markets Association of Singapore

Ms Eileen Chia

Managing Director,
Head of Global Market Sales, Group Global Markets
UOB

Mr Gavin R Powell

Managing Director, Head of Markets & Securities Services
HSBC

Mr Jacky Tai

Group Head, Global Market (Treasury & Markets), Treasury & Markets,
DBS Bank

Mr Leng Hoe Lon

Head of Financial Markets, Singapore, Australia & Brunei
Head, Macro Trading, ASEAN & South Asia,

Standard Chartered Bank

Mr Mervyn Fong

Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Risk Committee & Member of the Audit Committee,
HSBC Bank (Singapore) Limited

Michael Teo

Michael Teo

Financial Markets Association of Singapore

Mr Orson Oztop

Head of Events - ASEAN, Australia & New Zealand,
Bloomberg L.P.

Mr Ravichandran

Managing Director,
Financial Markets Association of Singapore

Mr Samuel Koh
Chairperson
AFMF Organising 
Committee

Head of Global Treasury Trading
OCBC Bank Ltd

Mr Samuel Koh joined OCBC Bank in April 2013 as a Head of Interest Rate Trading and is currently the Head of Global Treasury Trading. With more than thirty years of experience in the financial market, he has been a thought leader at various stages of the development in the emerging markets in Asia. He started his career with Citibank Singapore in 1990 and has worked in various capacities in Citibank, Pacific Asset Management and OCBC Bank in Singapore, as well as HSBC and Bank of China in Hong Kong.

During the span of his career, he was involved in the development and trading of Asian regional currencies Interest Rate and FX Derivatives. In 1998, he transacted the first interbank Singapore Dollar interest rate option contract. On top of that, he spends time training and mentoring the newer generations of financial market professionals across many countries. 

Mr Koh is currently the Deputy President of The Financial Markets Association (ACI) Singapore.  Within the organisation, he promotes the welfare and education of financial market practitioners in Singapore.  He was the Chairman of the ACI Charity Golf which raises funds for charity organisations in Singapore in 2007, 2008 and 2017. He was awarded the 2019 Institute of Banking and Finance, IBF Fellowship Award, recognising his contribution to the financial industry in Singapore.

Mr Koh holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University Australia.