IMAS-Bloomberg Investment Conference & Masterclass 2023

The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Grand Ballroom

Opportunities in Volatility

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IMAS Conference Programme

Welcome Speech by IMAS Chairman



  • Jenny Sofian, Chairman of IMAS and Chief Executive Officer of Fullerton Fund Management

Opening Address by Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore


  • Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Playbook for late-market cycles


Post pandemic, supply-chain disruptions, the unwinding of central bank balance sheets and geopolitical tensions have resulted in the reduction of cheap capital, unprecedented market dislocation and higher correlation between asset classes. Panel experts will opine on the investment playbook for the late-market economic cycle especially with regards to the re-allocation of capital in potentially a recessionary environment. The panel will further debate the merits of traditional versus alternative assets classes and provide valuable insights on the outlook for global and Asian markets in the coming year.  Key speakers will further analyse the impact of de-globalization on capital markets and how investment strategies could be redefined by continued uncertain US-China relations.


  • Liew Tzu Mi, Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, and Chair of the Sustainability Committee, GIC Pte Ltd
  • Akihiko Yoshida, Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, IMF
  • Robert St Clair, Managing Director, Strategist, Fullerton Fund Management


  • Nitin Jaiswal, Head of Government Affairs & External Relations, Asia Pacific, Bloomberg

Break & Networking


Fireside Chat with Minister Chan Chun Sing


In a world increasingly torn by fractious relations between the big powers, how can Singapore thrive and continue to grow during such uncertain times, amidst the twin pressures of recession and inflation? Join us in this fireside chat as our esteemed speaker shares how Singapore can strategically position itself to best capture the opportunities while navigating the volatility.


  • Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education, Minister-in-charge of Public Service


  • Andrea Tan, Singapore Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News

Closing Remarks by Conference Co-Host



  • Steven Yankelson, Head of Sales, ASEAN, Bloomberg

Lunch & Networking


End of Conference

1:00 pm

IMAS Masterclass


2:00pm - 3:30pm

Masterclass 1 - ESG: Charting Possible Paths to Net Zero (Part 1)

As supply shocks and geopolitical friction fuel volatility in commodities markets, the world remains relentless in charting possible paths towards net zero.  This thematic workshop covers the tools and strategies that investors could draw on to contribute to net zero transition in the real economy and improve the resilience of their portfolio to climate change. These include transition risk integration, company engagement, scaling up transition finance, positioning for green opportunities, stranded asset exclusions, low carbon indices, to possible use of carbon offsets.  It also discusses reputational and regulatory risks given heightened scrutiny over private sectors' net zero commitments.

This masterclass will cover pertinent issues that will help business leaders struggling with (i) how you can commit to a net zero for your investment portfolio, what investment and communication strategies you can adopt to avoid accusations of greenwashing, (ii) what strategies you can adopt to convince your Board to incorporate sustainability considerations into the investment process and (iii) figure out the training you would recommend for your Board members in order to be effective in governing sustainability related issues in the investment organization.

It will also help portfolio managers understand why and how to incorporate sustainability considerations into the investment decision making process, work out why time horizon over which you manage your portfolio matter, and the tools, research and resources you will need to integrate climate change consideration into your investment process. 


  • Rachel Teo, Managing Director, Head of Sustainability & Head of Total Portfolio Sustainable Investing, GIC Pte Ltd
  • Flora Wang, Head of Stewardship, Asia & Portfolio Manager, Fidelity International
  • Isaac Lee, Sustainable Finance Solutions APAC Lead, Bloomberg
  • James Shao, CFA, Index Product Manager, Bloomberg
  • Lucas Bouziat, Business Development Manager Asia, Technology, Amundi
  • Sylvia Chen, Head of ESG, South Asia, Amundi

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Masterclass 2 - Lifting the veil on Private Assets: A fundamentals and practitioner’s perspective (Part 1)

Institutional investors continue to increase their allocation to private market assets and seek out new investment routes and opportunities.  Fuelled by a desire to diversify away from public market investments, lured by illiquidity premium potential, alongside safe harbour protection from rising interest rates and increasing inflation, appetite for private asset investment has never been greater.  Additionally, the increased influence and possibilities for customisation of ESG considerations present a strong pull to investors keen to build tangible paths towards their ESG goals. 

Participants will come away with a solid understanding of the fundamentals and reasons for private assets investing. There will be two interactive private equity case studies by Fullerton’s Alternatives team which will illustrate how private equity due diligence is executed. Seasoned industry experts from Blackstone, KKR, and Asia Partners will also be sharing the nuances between Private Credit, Private Equity, and Venture Growth, expanding further on how they are differentiated.  


  • Aaron Filbeck, Managing Director, Head of UniFi, CAIA Association
  • Jack Wu, Senior Director, CapitaLand Investment Management
  • Joanne Murphy, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, CAIA Association 
  • Tan Huck Khim, Head of Alternatives, Fullerton Fund Management
  • Chong Weihan, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Alternatives, Fullerton Fund Management
  • Mervin Teo, Portfolio Manager, Alternatives, Fullerton Fund Management
  • And a host of seasoned industry experts including Oliver Rippel, Co-founder and Partner, Asia Partners; Roger Zhang, Managing Director, Blackstone Credit; Tan Yong Yi, Director, KKR; and Tan Xin Ru, Portfolio Manager, Alternatives, Fullerton Fund Management.

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Masterclass 3 - Building Organizational Brain Capital to Attract and Maintain Top Talent

Brain capital is the quantification of brain performance in an organization and in the investment management business, human talent is the single most critical competitive advantage. This masterclass will teach leaders in asset management organisations how to harness neuroscience techniques to better understand the mechanisms that underlie cognition, emotional intelligence, mental state and resilience, and how these traits affect individual and organization performance.

Business leaders will learn how to foster positive leadership traits such as empathy, creativity, and resilience in order to lead your investment teams to greater heights. You will gain insights on how to improve both individual and organizational brain performance, and how to systematically develop these traits within your teams and organization to build stronger, more sustainable asset management businesses.

Participants will have the opportunity to complete a neuroscience assessment exercise using Neurowyzer’s proprietary tools before the Masterclass. During the masterclass, trainers will walk you through the report based on the assessment and help you utilise the latest techniques to future proof your organisation.


  • Nav Vij, Chief Digital Neuroscientist, Neurowyzr
  • Sze-Yunn Pang, Chief Executive Officer, Neurowyzr

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3:30pm - 3.45pm

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Masterclass 4 - ESG: Charting Possible Paths to Net Zero (Part 2)

Synopsis as above

Masterclass 5 - Lifting the veil on Private Assets: A fundamentals and practitioner’s perspective (Part 2)

Synopsis as above

Masterclass 6 - Putting Risk at the Heart of Decision Making in Volatile times

As investors around the world grapple with unprecedented levels of market uncertainty, Risk has moved front and centre into the decision-making process. But how to deliver positive performance while balancing the associated risks? What are the main risks facing our industry, now and in the future? And are we prepared to manage these? These questions have never been more pertinent. Join our trainers for an interactive masterclass to learn how we can understand, quantify and manage risk across the enterprise.

In this masterclass, the trainers will provide a deep dive into embedding enterprise-wide risk management within an investment manager. Participants will learn from an actual use case how to integrate risk management effectively into their decision-making process. In addition, participants will gain an appreciation of the different measures used to evaluate risk and how to incorporate risk management in their investment strategies amidst market volatility. The masterclass will also enable participants to understand why appetite for risk management is increasingly being driven across multi-asset classes which requires personnel tasked with risk management to adopt a holistic enterprise view of risk.


  • Anthony Lim, Chief Risk Officer APAC, Aviva Investors Asia Pte Limited
  • Giuseppe Scirica, Senior Product Manager, Market Risk, Bloomberg

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Masterclass 7: Digitalisation - Brought to you by IMAS in collaboration with the Investment Association Engine, UK (online)

In the face of turbulent market conditions, the need for investment managers to create efficiencies and improve client engagement has become more critical than ever. In this masterclass, we seek to help participants understand new innovations and access cutting edge technology in order to unlock new opportunities and chart the path of future growth in investment management.

This masterclass will explore the growing role of tokenisation and the pathway to a DLT-native fund space. It would help leaders understand the importance of investing for the future, deep diving into the space of tokenisation, defi and CBDCs. This masterclass will further explore the tech evolution in wealth and asset management, examine what is the next big thing. Finally, the masterclass will share perspectives on the next generation of artificial intelligence, the impact of ChatGPT and how business leaders can best harness developments in AI to create fresh opportunities for investment management.

This is an interactive masterclass conducted on the digital space in collaboration with the Investment Association, UK and will feature trainers both from financial centres in Singapore and London.


  • Anshuman Asthana, Head of Post-Trade, Marketnode
  • John Allan, Head of Innovation and Operations Unit, Investment Association UK
  • Julia Streets, Founder & CEO, Streets Consulting
  • Kate Rosenshine, Global Technology Director, Digital Natives, Microsoft
  • Martin Pickrodt, Head of Fixed Income & Strategic Business Development, SGX Group

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Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman



  • Sherene Ban, Chairman of Conference Organizing Committee, and Chief Executive Officer for Singapore and South East Asia, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

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