Executive Committee

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is charged with the duty to oversee and supervise the activities of the Association and exercises full powers to ensure the proper administration and management of the Association. The Management Committee, comprising office bearers from the Executive Committee, provides guidance to the IMAS Secretariat on the day-to-day administration of the Association’s affairs.

CHAIRMAN
Susan Soh
Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Ltd
Susan Soh
Chairman

Susan Soh is Co-Head of Asia Pacific for Schroders. She is also a member of Schroders’ Group Management Committee. She has almost 30 years of financial industry experience, spanning across different areas of investment banking before specialising in asset management. 

Susan currently sits on the Executive Committee of Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS), serving as Chair since April 2019. She also serves as Council Member of Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF), and as a Member of the Singapore Green Finance Centre Advisory Board. In 2021, Susan was appointed to the Board of Trustee of the Wealth Management Institute. 

Susan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from National University of Singapore.

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
Eleanor Seet
Nikko Asset Management Asia Limited
Eleanor Seet
Deputy Chairman

Eleanor Seet is the President of Nikko Asset Management Asia. She is also the Head of Asia ex-Japan with oversight of Nikko AM’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices and joint venture relationships in China and Malaysia. 

Active in the industry, Ms Seet currently serves as vice-chairman on the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) and chairs the Institute of Banking and Finance Fund Management Workgroup.  She is a founding member of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy-side Network.  

Ms Seet is a pioneer in the asset management industry with over 20 years of experience. In her previous roles, she led the distribution efforts for iShares in wealth segments across Asia ex Japan, and was responsible for the overall strategy and execution of AllianceBernstein’s product offerings in South East Asia via intermediaries.

In 2017, Ms Seet was conferred the IBF Fellow distinction by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore.

HONORARY TREASURER
Jenny Sofian
Fullerton Fund Management Company Limited
Jenny Sofian
Honorary Treasurer

Ms. Jenny Sofian is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fullerton Fund Management. As CEO, she is responsible for the strategic development and management of the firm.

Prior to joining Fullerton in 2017, Jenny spent more than 20 years at Amundi Singapore, where she was CEO and Head of South Asia. Earlier in her career, she managed various insurance funds for the Insurance Corporation of Singapore investing across asset classes.

Jenny is a member of the MAS Financial Centre Advisory Panel, and serves on the IMAS Executive Committee. She is a member of the IBF Fund Management Working Group, and was conferred the IBF Fellow award in 2020. Jenny also sits on the advisory board of the Singapore Green Finance Centre. 

Jenny graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration (major in Finance) Summa Cum Laude.

HONORARY SECRETARY
Ian Macdonald
Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Limited
Ian Macdonald
Honorary Secretary

Ian Macdonald is the Chief of Staff, Deputy Head of Asia Pacific and Head of Hong Kong at Aberdeen Standard Investments.  Ian works closely with René Buehlmann (CEO of Asia Pacific) to support the continued development of our business in the region. His direct reports include the regional heads of Product, Human Resources, Operations, and Transformation. Ian joined ASI in 2013.

In 1998 Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before joining Lazard as an M&A banker. In 2005 he moved to Hong Kong to head HSBC’s Asia Pacific private equity coverage team. Since 2008, Ian has been based in Singapore and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the emerging markets equities fund management firm, Arisaig Partners.

Ian graduated with a first class undergraduate degree in Ancient History from the University of London and is an alumnus of IMD (Program for Executive Development), Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program) and INSEAD (International Directors Programme).

Qualifications

BA Hons First Class Ancient History (London University)
Chartered Accountant (ICAEW)

Susan Soh
Chairman
Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Ltd

Susan Soh is Co-Head of Asia Pacific for Schroders. She is also a member of Schroders’ Group Management Committee. She has almost 30 years of financial industry experience, spanning across different areas of investment banking before specialising in asset management. 

Susan currently sits on the Executive Committee of Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS), serving as Chair since April 2019. She also serves as Council Member of Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF), and as a Member of the Singapore Green Finance Centre Advisory Board. In 2021, Susan was appointed to the Board of Trustee of the Wealth Management Institute. 

Susan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from National University of Singapore.

Eleanor Seet
Deputy Chairman
Nikko Asset Management Asia Limited

Eleanor Seet is the President of Nikko Asset Management Asia. She is also the Head of Asia ex-Japan with oversight of Nikko AM’s Singapore and Hong Kong offices and joint venture relationships in China and Malaysia. 

Active in the industry, Ms Seet currently serves as vice-chairman on the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS) and chairs the Institute of Banking and Finance Fund Management Workgroup.  She is a founding member of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy-side Network.  

Ms Seet is a pioneer in the asset management industry with over 20 years of experience. In her previous roles, she led the distribution efforts for iShares in wealth segments across Asia ex Japan, and was responsible for the overall strategy and execution of AllianceBernstein’s product offerings in South East Asia via intermediaries.

In 2017, Ms Seet was conferred the IBF Fellow distinction by the Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore.

Jenny Sofian
Honorary Treasurer
Fullerton Fund Management Company Limited

Ms. Jenny Sofian is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fullerton Fund Management. As CEO, she is responsible for the strategic development and management of the firm.

Prior to joining Fullerton in 2017, Jenny spent more than 20 years at Amundi Singapore, where she was CEO and Head of South Asia. Earlier in her career, she managed various insurance funds for the Insurance Corporation of Singapore investing across asset classes.

Jenny is a member of the MAS Financial Centre Advisory Panel, and serves on the IMAS Executive Committee. She is a member of the IBF Fund Management Working Group, and was conferred the IBF Fellow award in 2020. Jenny also sits on the advisory board of the Singapore Green Finance Centre. 

Jenny graduated from San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration (major in Finance) Summa Cum Laude.

Ian Macdonald
Honorary Secretary
Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Limited

Ian Macdonald is the Chief of Staff, Deputy Head of Asia Pacific and Head of Hong Kong at Aberdeen Standard Investments.  Ian works closely with René Buehlmann (CEO of Asia Pacific) to support the continued development of our business in the region. His direct reports include the regional heads of Product, Human Resources, Operations, and Transformation. Ian joined ASI in 2013.

In 1998 Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before joining Lazard as an M&A banker. In 2005 he moved to Hong Kong to head HSBC’s Asia Pacific private equity coverage team. Since 2008, Ian has been based in Singapore and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the emerging markets equities fund management firm, Arisaig Partners.

Ian graduated with a first class undergraduate degree in Ancient History from the University of London and is an alumnus of IMD (Program for Executive Development), Harvard Business School (Advanced Management Program) and INSEAD (International Directors Programme).

Qualifications

BA Hons First Class Ancient History (London University)
Chartered Accountant (ICAEW)


MEMBER
Deborah Ho
BlackRock (Singapore) Limited
Deborah Ho
Member

Deborah is regional head of the South East Asian business for BlackRock and country head of BlackRock Singapore. BlackRock is one of the world’s leading providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. As of end Q1-2021, BlackRock’s assets under management total US$9.01 trillion across fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies. Singapore is one of the major hubs for Aladdin, which is BlackRock’s operating system for investment professionals that enables every aspect of the investment process.  

Deborah is a member of the Asia Pacific Steering committee and a member of the Asia Pacific Exco. Globally, Deborah represents BlackRock APAC on the human capital committee, which is the most senior leadership group ensuring the implementation of leadership and culture priorities of the firm. Deborah is a recognised champion for gender and cultural diversity both within the firm and in the finance industry. She is a global executive committee member of BlackRock’s global women’s initiative group.

Deborah is passionate about developing leaders in the financial services sector in Asia. She is active in contributing to the development of the financial industry in Singapore. She represents BlackRock on FCAP, MAS’ financial centre advisory panel which consists of the most senior representatives of the top financial institutions in Singapore. She is most recently focused on the development of ESG investing at BlackRock and is a steering committee member of the ESG working group at FCAP.

Deborah has over 25 years of experience in Investment Banking and Asset Management and is on the investment committee of the LKY fund for Bilingualism. She is a Board member of the Singapore Land Transport Authority and sits on the Advisory Board for the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University.

MEMBER
Christina Fernandes
DWS Investments Singapore Limited
Christina Fernandes
Member

Christina joined DWS (Deutsche Bank’s asset management business) in 2013 as part of the asset and wealth management COO office. As COO for Singapore and Regional Control Officer for APAC, she is responsible for the Singapore asset management operations and leads efficiency, cost and governance of the region’s operational platform while enabling business to convert opportunities for growth and expansion. She has over 15 years of experience across financial services and previously led the set up of ICICI’s advisory and fund management desk in New York.

Christina sits on the IMAS Executive Committee and Digital Innovation Committee. She in an Economics graduate and holds an MBA from XLRI.

MEMBER
Lawrence Hanson
FIL Investment Management (Singapore) Limited
Lawrence Hanson
Member

Lawrence Hanson is Head of South East Asia and the Middle East & Africa and Country Head, Singapore and is responsible for all of Fidelity’s distribution activities in these markets.

Lawrence assumed this role in November 2018, expanding his responsibilities from his previous role of Head of Government Institutions Group and South East Asia Institutional Sales. Prior to this Lawrence was Director, Government Institutions Group based in London and was responsible for helping oversee Fidelity’s business with government institutions and supranational organisations across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

Prior to joining Fidelity International in late 2007, Lawrence spent 6 years at UBS Global Asset Management most recently as Executive Director, Middle East & Sovereigns where he was responsible for managing a number of client relationships in the Middle East. Lawrence holds a BSc (Hons) Chemistry from the University of Southampton and is a CFA charterholder.

MEMBER
Lauren Prendiville
First Sentier Investors (Singapore)
Lauren Prendiville
Member

Lauren Prendiville is CEO Singapore and Head of Distribution, Southeast Asia for First Sentier Investors (‘FSI’). 

In her role, Lauren is responsible for leading the business development and driving the business strategy across Southeast Asia.

Lauren has over 20 years of asset management experience. Prior to joining FSI, Lauren was the Executive Director, Institutional Business Development with Goldman Sachs Asset Management based in London and Singapore.

Previously, Lauren worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Investec Asset Management working across multiple client segments including pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and private clients. Lauren began her career in South Africa, after spending 10 years in London she transferred to Singapore in 2009.

Lauren holds an Investment Management Certificate and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.

Deborah Ho
Member
BlackRock (Singapore) Limited

Deborah is regional head of the South East Asian business for BlackRock and country head of BlackRock Singapore. BlackRock is one of the world’s leading providers of investment, advisory and risk management solutions. As of end Q1-2021, BlackRock’s assets under management total US$9.01 trillion across fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies. Singapore is one of the major hubs for Aladdin, which is BlackRock’s operating system for investment professionals that enables every aspect of the investment process.  

Deborah is a member of the Asia Pacific Steering committee and a member of the Asia Pacific Exco. Globally, Deborah represents BlackRock APAC on the human capital committee, which is the most senior leadership group ensuring the implementation of leadership and culture priorities of the firm. Deborah is a recognised champion for gender and cultural diversity both within the firm and in the finance industry. She is a global executive committee member of BlackRock’s global women’s initiative group.

Deborah is passionate about developing leaders in the financial services sector in Asia. She is active in contributing to the development of the financial industry in Singapore. She represents BlackRock on FCAP, MAS’ financial centre advisory panel which consists of the most senior representatives of the top financial institutions in Singapore. She is most recently focused on the development of ESG investing at BlackRock and is a steering committee member of the ESG working group at FCAP.

Deborah has over 25 years of experience in Investment Banking and Asset Management and is on the investment committee of the LKY fund for Bilingualism. She is a Board member of the Singapore Land Transport Authority and sits on the Advisory Board for the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at the Singapore Management University.

Christina Fernandes
Member
DWS Investments Singapore Limited

Christina joined DWS (Deutsche Bank’s asset management business) in 2013 as part of the asset and wealth management COO office. As COO for Singapore and Regional Control Officer for APAC, she is responsible for the Singapore asset management operations and leads efficiency, cost and governance of the region’s operational platform while enabling business to convert opportunities for growth and expansion. She has over 15 years of experience across financial services and previously led the set up of ICICI’s advisory and fund management desk in New York.

Christina sits on the IMAS Executive Committee and Digital Innovation Committee. She in an Economics graduate and holds an MBA from XLRI.

Lawrence Hanson
Member
FIL Investment Management (Singapore) Limited

Lawrence Hanson is Head of South East Asia and the Middle East & Africa and Country Head, Singapore and is responsible for all of Fidelity’s distribution activities in these markets.

Lawrence assumed this role in November 2018, expanding his responsibilities from his previous role of Head of Government Institutions Group and South East Asia Institutional Sales. Prior to this Lawrence was Director, Government Institutions Group based in London and was responsible for helping oversee Fidelity’s business with government institutions and supranational organisations across the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

Prior to joining Fidelity International in late 2007, Lawrence spent 6 years at UBS Global Asset Management most recently as Executive Director, Middle East & Sovereigns where he was responsible for managing a number of client relationships in the Middle East. Lawrence holds a BSc (Hons) Chemistry from the University of Southampton and is a CFA charterholder.

Lauren Prendiville
Member
First Sentier Investors (Singapore)

Lauren Prendiville is CEO Singapore and Head of Distribution, Southeast Asia for First Sentier Investors (‘FSI’). 

In her role, Lauren is responsible for leading the business development and driving the business strategy across Southeast Asia.

Lauren has over 20 years of asset management experience. Prior to joining FSI, Lauren was the Executive Director, Institutional Business Development with Goldman Sachs Asset Management based in London and Singapore.

Previously, Lauren worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Investec Asset Management working across multiple client segments including pension funds, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and private clients. Lauren began her career in South Africa, after spending 10 years in London she transferred to Singapore in 2009.

Lauren holds an Investment Management Certificate and a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD.


MEMBER
Sherene Ban
J.P. Morgan Asset Management (Singapore) Limited
Sherene Ban
Member

Sherene Ban, managing director, is Chief Executive Officer for Singapore and South East Asia for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s asset management business in the region.

Sherene is a trustee director of the JPMorgan U.K. Retirement Plan and she sits on the Investment Committee. In addition, Sherene is on the board of JPMorgan Asset Management (Europe) S.à r.l. and is on the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Sherene worked as a portfolio manager at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). Sherene obtained a B.Sc in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc in Financial Engineering from Princeton University. She is a CFA Charterholder.

MEMBER
Kwok Keng Han
Lion Global Investors Limited
Kwok Keng Han
Member

Kwok Keng Han is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lion Global Investors. He oversees the Business Development Division which consists of the international, institutional and distribution business units.

An accomplished C-Suite executive with over 20 years in senior management roles, Mr. Kwok brings extensive experience in building and growing multi-channel businesses in asset and wealth management across Asia. He has successfully worked with banks, insurance companies and emerging distributors during his stint with Allianz Global Investors and First State Investments.

Keng Han most recently held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Navigator Investment Services where he provided leadership and direction for their platform business.

Keng Han holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Hull. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy.

MEMBER
Goh Keat Jin
Maybank Asset Management Singapore Pte Ltd
Goh Keat Jin
Member

Keat Jin was appointed the CEO of Maybank Asset Management Singapore in 2017.  He has diverse financial industry experience. He started working as an actuarial consultant in Scottish Widows Life & Pension Fund in 1992 before moving to IDEA as a technical analyst for the forex and bond markets in 1994. From 1996, he pursued a career in equities; in research, sales and client relationship management roles with stints at various stockbrokers and investment banks - Kim Eng, GK Goh, Deutsche, UBS and BNP Paribas.

He joined Maybank in 2011 and served at Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) as the Regional Head of Institutional Equities. He was instrumental in the Maybank-Kim Eng integration and the development of MKE’s institutional equities business. He was appointed the Regional Head of International Business in 2015. In this role, he identified new business opportunities and continued to build MKE’s  client base especially in the non-ASEAN markets.

In 2016, Keat Jin joined Maybank’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and was appointed the Managing Director for Non-Bank Financial Institutions. His key duties include the formulation of business strategy and development of FIG client relationships.

Keat Jin holds a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science - First Class Honours) degree from the London School of Economics, UK. He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

MEMBER
Wijaya Elham
UOB Asset Management Ltd
Wijaya Elham
Member

As Chief Operating Officer, Wijaya is responsible for the overall functions of Middle Office and Governance, Digitalization and Data Management as well as the Operations of UOBAM. He joined UOBAM in August 2015 and has more than 20 years of extensive operational experience, principally in investment custody operations, fund accounting and new business consulting. Prior to joining UOBAM, he was Head of Operations with Northern Trust Company.

Wijaya was educated at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Sherene Ban
Member
J.P. Morgan Asset Management (Singapore) Limited

Sherene Ban, managing director, is Chief Executive Officer for Singapore and South East Asia for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s asset management business in the region.

Sherene is a trustee director of the JPMorgan U.K. Retirement Plan and she sits on the Investment Committee. In addition, Sherene is on the board of JPMorgan Asset Management (Europe) S.à r.l. and is on the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 2005, Sherene worked as a portfolio manager at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC). Sherene obtained a B.Sc in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Sc in Financial Engineering from Princeton University. She is a CFA Charterholder.

Kwok Keng Han
Member
Lion Global Investors Limited

Kwok Keng Han is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lion Global Investors. He oversees the Business Development Division which consists of the international, institutional and distribution business units.

An accomplished C-Suite executive with over 20 years in senior management roles, Mr. Kwok brings extensive experience in building and growing multi-channel businesses in asset and wealth management across Asia. He has successfully worked with banks, insurance companies and emerging distributors during his stint with Allianz Global Investors and First State Investments.

Keng Han most recently held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Navigator Investment Services where he provided leadership and direction for their platform business.

Keng Han holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Hull. He is also a graduate of the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Accountancy.

Goh Keat Jin
Member
Maybank Asset Management Singapore Pte Ltd

Keat Jin was appointed the CEO of Maybank Asset Management Singapore in 2017.  He has diverse financial industry experience. He started working as an actuarial consultant in Scottish Widows Life & Pension Fund in 1992 before moving to IDEA as a technical analyst for the forex and bond markets in 1994. From 1996, he pursued a career in equities; in research, sales and client relationship management roles with stints at various stockbrokers and investment banks - Kim Eng, GK Goh, Deutsche, UBS and BNP Paribas.

He joined Maybank in 2011 and served at Maybank Kim Eng (MKE) as the Regional Head of Institutional Equities. He was instrumental in the Maybank-Kim Eng integration and the development of MKE’s institutional equities business. He was appointed the Regional Head of International Business in 2015. In this role, he identified new business opportunities and continued to build MKE’s  client base especially in the non-ASEAN markets.

In 2016, Keat Jin joined Maybank’s Financial Institutions Group (FIG) and was appointed the Managing Director for Non-Bank Financial Institutions. His key duties include the formulation of business strategy and development of FIG client relationships.

Keat Jin holds a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science - First Class Honours) degree from the London School of Economics, UK. He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

Wijaya Elham
Member
UOB Asset Management Ltd

As Chief Operating Officer, Wijaya is responsible for the overall functions of Middle Office and Governance, Digitalization and Data Management as well as the Operations of UOBAM. He joined UOBAM in August 2015 and has more than 20 years of extensive operational experience, principally in investment custody operations, fund accounting and new business consulting. Prior to joining UOBAM, he was Head of Operations with Northern Trust Company.

Wijaya was educated at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.





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