IMAS Digital Summit 2022

Shangri-La Singapore. Tower A

Digitalisation in Asset Management: How far have we come?

The world has not only re-emerged from the pandemic, but the momentum in 2021 across digital innovation has only further accelerated as our industry continued to evolve into a digital-centric model.

With the significant number of FinTechs and fund-raising addressing every part of the value chain, what is the measurable progress the asset management industry has made towards the digital future?

How do we take stock of the advances in AI, DeFi, machine learning, blockchain, data analytics, and what challenges have come our way towards this progress?

In our 2nd Digital Summit in Asia, IMAS brings to you a retrospective glance at progress made, and a look forward into the next wave of the evolution in a digitized asset management world.

Programme Timeline

Welcome Speech by IMAS Chairman



  • Susan Soh, Chairman of IMAS Executive Committee, Singapore
    Head of Asia Pacific, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Ltd
Opening Address by Guest of Honour


  • Loh Boon Chye, Chief Executive Officer, SGX Group
Has Investment Management Risen to Embrace its own Changing Game?


Advances in AI, machine learning, data analytics, unstructured or alternative data analysis, has meant that research analysts and portfolio managers today have more tools, information sources, and WMAs (Weapons of Mass Analysis) at their disposal. How have asset managers risen to the challenge? Has there been a sea-change in the way asset managers have conducted their core investment processes? We explore in this session not only some of the innovative technologies at hand, but how they are being implemented and used by asset managers.


  • Nicole Bodack, Managing Director, Accenture


  • Dr Arman Sahovic, APAC Head of Quantitative Analytics, LSEG
  • Chris Pham, SVP, Investment Management Chief Data Officer, Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Marcus Hackett, Head of Technology and Change, APAC, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Limited

Break & Networking


"To B2B or to B2C": Competitive outlook for Digital Wealth Management in APAC


As next-gen digital advisors have made a "splash" in terms of scale, marketing outreach, as well as fund-raising, it leaves the question of how traditional intermediaries are responding to the opportunities and challenges in the digital wealth arena. Who is winning the minds and hearts of the mass retail, mass affluent, and even the high net-worth investor? How do asset managers respond in this time of opportunity as well as competitive challenges? What marketing and distribution techniques are required to adapt in this new world? And who will come out on top - a winner take all, or room for everyone? And more importantly… what’s next?


  • Samuel Rhee, Chairman & Chief Investment Officer, Endowus


  • Evy Theunis, Managing Director, Regional Head Customer Segment & Customer Science, DBS Consumer Banking Group
  • Ivan Chang, Regional Head of Institutional Business, Saxo Markets APAC
  • Ned Phillips, Founder & CEO, Bambu
  • Philip Tso, Head of Institutional Business Asia Pacific Managing Director, Allianz Global Investors 
Launch of "Let's Invest Together! (LIT)" game

12:30 pm

LIT is the latest mobile investment game prototype using real data to simulate actual investment outcomes that can help investors better manage their investment portfolios. The result of cross-industry collaboration between fintechs, asset management firms represented by IMAS' Gamification Working Group, with inputs from SGX Group, MoneySense and CPF Board through the Digital Accelerator Program, this game is available on iOS and Play Store.


  • Carmen Wee, Chief Executive Officer, Investment Management Association of Singapore


  • Karen Lim, Managing Director, Retail Sales Head, SEA, AllianceBernstein (Singapore) Ltd 
  • Mark Yuen, Chief Business Development Officer, Fullerton Fund Management
  • Oh Sok Keng, Sales & Marketing Director, Optimai Pte Ltd 
  • Sachin Mahajan, Executive Director, Head Business Development, Aditya Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company Pte Ltd

Lunch & Networking Reception

1:00 pm

Digital Assets, Decentralized Finance, Tokenization: Unshackling the Blockchain


In our first digital summit, we explored the rise of blockchain and the state of affairs for digital asset tokenization, and what lay in the future. This year, we revisit how far we've come in a year's time, and the challenges ahead. How should asset managers be preparing for the inevitable implications of blockchain across their core processes? Where should asset managers be focused on as a first step, regardless of their size? If the technology is so compelling, why has it not leap-frogged ahead in terms of disruption and adoption? What are the challenges facing both the providers and the consumers of a distributed ledger. Where are we with the tokenization of funds and stocks and ETFs, and other financial instruments?


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


  • Benjamin Soh, Managing Director, STACS
  • Damien Pang, Deputy Chief FinTech Officer and Executive Director for Data and Technology Architecture, Monetary Authority of Singapore 
  • Emma Pecenicic, Head of Digital Propositions and Partnerships, Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) Distribution, Fidelity International
  • Matthew Lovatt, Director, Financial Services Tax, Deloitte Singapore

Winning Fintech Ideas in Asset Management



  • John Fahey, Programme Manager, Fidelity International


  • Chwee Chua, Global Head, Cognitive Science and Automation, Operations Innovation, Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Limited 
  • Danny Goh, Founder & CEO, Nexus FrontierTech
  • Florian Dumas, Executive Director, U-Reg Pte. Ltd.
  • Kenneth Lim, Joint Global Head of Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Asia ex-Japan Nikko Asset Management Asia Limited
  • Paul Joseph, Founder and Managing Partner, Stradegi
  • Tricia Feng, Chair of Legal Committee, Investment Management Association of Singapore;
    Chief Counsel, Wealth and Asset Management, Asia, Manulife Investment Management

Break & Networking


ESG Impact Monitoring Within the Asset Management Space


The industry came under fire in 2021 for claims of greenwashing of ESG-themed funds. How can the industry take the challenge and improve transparency and reporting of what ESG impact scores actually mean, and how both regulators, institutions, and investors can easily comprehend the value of impact investing. In this panel, we look at how asset managers, and fintech providers are working jointly to address a critical area of need for ensuring that ESG reporting, and transparency can be reliable, dependable, and comparable in the future.


  • Michelle Loi, Vice President, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF-Singapore


  • Prof. Dave G. Fernandez, Director, Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics, Singapore Management University
  • David Smith, Senior Investment Director, abrdn Asia Limited
  • Helena Fung, Head of Sustainable Investment, APAC, FTSE Russell
  • Nadim Jouhid, Head of Investment Solutions, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Closing Remarks



  • Christina Fernandes, Vice Chairperson of Digital Innovation Committee, Investment Management Association of Singapore;
    Chief Operating Officer Singapore and Chief Control Officer Asia Pacific, DWS Investment GmbH

End of Digital Summit


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