Digital Innovation Committee

Digital Innovation Committee


The Digital Innovation Committee (DIC) advocates and promotes the adoption of digital technology and innovation within the asset management industry. One of the key programmes that DIC undertakes is the Digital Accelerator Programme (DAP), a platform which provides technology firms an opportunity to be mentored and rapidly commercialise their business ventures by working closely with leading fund houses and gain great exposure across the asset management industry.


To pave the way forward for industry-wide digitalisation, the Committee seeks to forge partnerships with global key fintech centres to foster cross border collaborations; create a one-stop platform and digital ecosystem for fintechs and corporates to interact; showcase and identify technology solutions; and introduce curated digital skills training programmes to upskill the workforce.

 



Vice-Chairperson
Christina Fernandes
Chief Operating Officer Singapore, Chief Analytics Officer & Control Officer Asia Pacific, DWS Investment GmbH
Christina Fernandes
Chief Operating Officer Singapore, Chief Analytics Officer & Control Officer Asia Pacific, DWS Investment GmbH

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
Lew Keen Lung
Director, Head of Finance Operations Asia Pacific, Allianz Global Investors Singapore Limited
Lew Keen Lung
Director, Head of Finance Operations Asia Pacific, Allianz Global Investors Singapore Limited

Lew Keen Lung is Director, Head of Finance Operations Asia Pacific of Allianz Global Investors Singapore Limited.

Member
Eddy Kwong
Director, Head of Digital Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Allianz Global Investors
Eddy Kwong
Director, Head of Digital Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Allianz Global Investors

Eddy Kwong is Director, and Head of Digital Marketing for Asia Pacific at Allianz Global Investors, leading both global and regional digital initiatives across the APAC region. Starting in 2019, his role has been expanded to include AI transformation for sales/ distribution as well as digital wealth management. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, eCommerce, customer experience and CRM in the financial industry. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors, he has held positions at Visa and Fidelity International, and been stationed in San Francisco, Singapore and now Hong Kong.

With his interest in bringing digital solutions for wider use, he actively drives the fintech agenda in the investment industry through initiatives such as the Digital Accelerator Programme in the APAC region. Eddy has also served as a mentor and judging panel member of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator Programme in the Singapore Fintech Festival.

Member
Marko Milek
Head of Aladdin Product Group Asia Pacific, BlackRock (Singapore) Limited
Marko Milek
Head of Aladdin Product Group Asia Pacific, BlackRock (Singapore) Limited

Christina Fernandes
Chief Operating Officer Singapore, Chief Analytics Officer & Control Officer Asia Pacific, DWS Investment GmbH

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.

Lew Keen Lung
Director, Head of Finance Operations Asia Pacific, Allianz Global Investors Singapore Limited

Lew Keen Lung is Director, Head of Finance Operations Asia Pacific of Allianz Global Investors Singapore Limited.

Eddy Kwong
Director, Head of Digital Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Allianz Global Investors

Eddy Kwong is Director, and Head of Digital Marketing for Asia Pacific at Allianz Global Investors, leading both global and regional digital initiatives across the APAC region. Starting in 2019, his role has been expanded to include AI transformation for sales/ distribution as well as digital wealth management. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, eCommerce, customer experience and CRM in the financial industry. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors, he has held positions at Visa and Fidelity International, and been stationed in San Francisco, Singapore and now Hong Kong.

With his interest in bringing digital solutions for wider use, he actively drives the fintech agenda in the investment industry through initiatives such as the Digital Accelerator Programme in the APAC region. Eddy has also served as a mentor and judging panel member of the Global Fintech Hackcelerator Programme in the Singapore Fintech Festival.

Marko Milek
Head of Aladdin Product Group Asia Pacific, BlackRock (Singapore) Limited

Member
David Ng
Deputy CEO, CSOP Asset Management Limited (Singapore)
David Ng
Deputy CEO, CSOP Asset Management Limited (Singapore)

David joined CSOP Asset Management Limited as COO in 2017 and oversees Trading, Client Solutions, Risk Management, Operations, Technology and ETF Strategy for the firm. He is responsible for designing and driving the infrastructure strategy of CSOP to support its business growth and development and is also currently leading the digital transformation initiative for CSOP.

Prior to joining CSOP, David was the Head of Business Controls and Management for South East Asia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for the governance and business management of the Global Banking and Markets Businesses in the region. David is also part of the local management committees of Merrill Lynch Singapore, Bank of America Singapore Branch and Bank of America Securities Limited

Previously, David had worked in a number of large financial institutions such as Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley in a variety of roles covering operations, middle office and finance. David started his career in Deloitte as an auditor in Australia.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a Master of Applied Commerce(Accounting) and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne.

Member
John Fahey
Programme Manager, Fidelity International
John Fahey
Programme Manager, Fidelity International

John Fahey is a Programme Manager with Fidelity International, with experience spanning many industries & roles. Having joined Fidelity Investments in Ireland during 2012, he was previously focused on rolling out agile practices across teams (holding multiple agile certifications), as well as leading delivery teams. Following his move to Fidelity International in 2017, he initially lead the accelerator engagement in Hong Kong, while continuing to lead delivery and programme management of business initiatives. Moving to Singapore in 2019, he continued to lead Fintech engagements, which includes the IMAS Digital Accelerator programme, and is a member of the IMAS Digital Innovation Committee.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, he has extensive work experience across many countries & regions, having been based in Ireland, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore throughout his career.

Member
Chetan Karkhanis
Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation, APAC, Franklin Templeton
Chetan Karkhanis
Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation, APAC, Franklin Templeton

Chetan Karkhanis is a Vice President in the Digital Advisory & Wealth Management group and Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation covering the Asia Pacific Region. Based in Singapore, he is focused on leading the transformation of FT’s business in the region to a digital first, client centric model, translating the needs of our clients and key internal and external partners into the digital space.

Prior to this role, he led product management for various global equity platforms within Franklin Templeton, including the Templeton Global Equity Group, Franklin Global Growth, and Balanced Equity Management (Australia).

Previously, Mr. Karkhanis led the Corporate Strategy function at Franklin Templeton as part of the Financial Strategies group. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2014, he was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management in Strategy and Development, based in New York City. He entered the financial services industry in 1998.

Mr. Karkhanis holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics, and a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Management Sciences and Engineering, both from Stanford University, California.

Member
Glien Tan
Head, Investment Service (Equities), GIC Pte Ltd
Glien Tan
Head, Investment Service (Equities), GIC Pte Ltd

Glien is responsible for the delivery of capabilities in support of public equities investments teams across the firm. He also oversees the deployment of business analytics across public markets to provide businesses with the means to make data-driven decisions and effectively deploy governance requirements.

As a member of the investment services management, he is involved in setting and driving the strategy for both his areas and the broader public markets investment services group.

He is passionate about exploring and adopting digital capabilities and have recently taken on the lead role for the digital office which looks across the public markets investment services.

He has covered FICC, Treasury and Trading in his prior roles and holds a MBA from Chicago Booth and double degrees from the University of New South Wales.

David Ng
Deputy CEO, CSOP Asset Management Limited (Singapore)

David joined CSOP Asset Management Limited as COO in 2017 and oversees Trading, Client Solutions, Risk Management, Operations, Technology and ETF Strategy for the firm. He is responsible for designing and driving the infrastructure strategy of CSOP to support its business growth and development and is also currently leading the digital transformation initiative for CSOP.

Prior to joining CSOP, David was the Head of Business Controls and Management for South East Asia at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for the governance and business management of the Global Banking and Markets Businesses in the region. David is also part of the local management committees of Merrill Lynch Singapore, Bank of America Singapore Branch and Bank of America Securities Limited

Previously, David had worked in a number of large financial institutions such as Barclays Capital and Morgan Stanley in a variety of roles covering operations, middle office and finance. David started his career in Deloitte as an auditor in Australia.

David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business and a Master of Applied Commerce(Accounting) and a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Melbourne.

John Fahey
Programme Manager, Fidelity International

John Fahey is a Programme Manager with Fidelity International, with experience spanning many industries & roles. Having joined Fidelity Investments in Ireland during 2012, he was previously focused on rolling out agile practices across teams (holding multiple agile certifications), as well as leading delivery teams. Following his move to Fidelity International in 2017, he initially lead the accelerator engagement in Hong Kong, while continuing to lead delivery and programme management of business initiatives. Moving to Singapore in 2019, he continued to lead Fintech engagements, which includes the IMAS Digital Accelerator programme, and is a member of the IMAS Digital Innovation Committee.

Holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems from the University of Limerick, he has extensive work experience across many countries & regions, having been based in Ireland, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore throughout his career.

Chetan Karkhanis
Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation, APAC, Franklin Templeton

Chetan Karkhanis is a Vice President in the Digital Advisory & Wealth Management group and Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation covering the Asia Pacific Region. Based in Singapore, he is focused on leading the transformation of FT’s business in the region to a digital first, client centric model, translating the needs of our clients and key internal and external partners into the digital space.

Prior to this role, he led product management for various global equity platforms within Franklin Templeton, including the Templeton Global Equity Group, Franklin Global Growth, and Balanced Equity Management (Australia).

Previously, Mr. Karkhanis led the Corporate Strategy function at Franklin Templeton as part of the Financial Strategies group. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2014, he was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management in Strategy and Development, based in New York City. He entered the financial services industry in 1998.

Mr. Karkhanis holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics, and a Master of Science (M.Sc) degree in Management Sciences and Engineering, both from Stanford University, California.

Glien Tan
Head, Investment Service (Equities), GIC Pte Ltd

Glien is responsible for the delivery of capabilities in support of public equities investments teams across the firm. He also oversees the deployment of business analytics across public markets to provide businesses with the means to make data-driven decisions and effectively deploy governance requirements.

As a member of the investment services management, he is involved in setting and driving the strategy for both his areas and the broader public markets investment services group.

He is passionate about exploring and adopting digital capabilities and have recently taken on the lead role for the digital office which looks across the public markets investment services.

He has covered FICC, Treasury and Trading in his prior roles and holds a MBA from Chicago Booth and double degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Member
Kenneth Tang
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko Asset Management
Kenneth Tang
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko Asset Management

Kenneth Tang is a senior portfolio manager at Nikko Investment Management based in Singapore. He is responsible for managing Singapore, ASEAN and Balanced portfolios. Kenneth brings to Nikko AM more than 20 years of investment experience in equity long only and equity long short capacities as well as extensive commodity research experience. Prior to joining Nikko AM, Kenneth was the lead portfolio manager for PineBridge Investments in Singapore Equity and Balanced portfolios. Before PineBridge Investments, Kenneth was managing director and portfolio manager at Black River Investment Management focusing on Asian industrial and agricultural commodities.

Kenneth graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® Charter holder.

Member
Shadab Taiyabi
Head of Innovation & Fintech Alliance, APAC, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore)
Shadab Taiyabi
Head of Innovation & Fintech Alliance, APAC, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore)

Member
Wijaya Elham
Chief Operating Officer, UOB Asset Management Limited
Wijaya Elham
Chief Operating Officer, UOB Asset Management Limited

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.

Kenneth Tang
Senior Portfolio Manager, Nikko Asset Management

Kenneth Tang is a senior portfolio manager at Nikko Investment Management based in Singapore. He is responsible for managing Singapore, ASEAN and Balanced portfolios. Kenneth brings to Nikko AM more than 20 years of investment experience in equity long only and equity long short capacities as well as extensive commodity research experience. Prior to joining Nikko AM, Kenneth was the lead portfolio manager for PineBridge Investments in Singapore Equity and Balanced portfolios. Before PineBridge Investments, Kenneth was managing director and portfolio manager at Black River Investment Management focusing on Asian industrial and agricultural commodities.

Kenneth graduated from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst® Charter holder.

Shadab Taiyabi
Head of Innovation & Fintech Alliance, APAC, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore)

Wijaya Elham
Chief Operating Officer, UOB Asset Management Limited

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.

1. Digital Acceleration Programme (DAP)
Since 2019, together with the support of the DIC members, Digital Accelerator Programme (DAP) has seen more than 300 innovative solutions submitted in response to the many common challenges that the Investment Management Industry is faced with. Today, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide has caused traditional ways of running businesses to be massively disrupted and many companies to accelerate their digitalisation strategy.

We have seen how corporates and asset managers have benefitted from this programme and if you would like to join as Acceleration Partners for the DAP, do visit our microsite or reach out to us at digital@imas.org.sg.

2. Fintech Jam series
Fintech Jam series is the newest platform that foster sustained regular interaction between tech firms and the buy-side firms in order to harness the power of technology to co-create and accelerate transformative change in the asset management industry in Asia. If you are interested to watch the Fintech Jam, do keep a lookout at this space.

Beside the 2 key initiatives, the Committee hosts discussions on technology issues via webinar such as how to better collaborate with fintechs while working towards a proof-of-concept; government digitalisation initiatives; and the various funding schemes available which allow financial institutions to continue building digital momentum to accelerate transformative change.
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