On February 25-26, as many as 500 financial industry practitioners across the region are expected to converge in Singapore for the 6th Asian Financial Services (AFS) Congress. This year's Congress, which takes on the theme "Prescriptions for the Upturn - What Next?", is based around lessons learned from the recent financial crisis and how banks should set themselves up for the return of less turbulent times.
Hot topics that will be featured in the Congress include: where value can be build in the period of uncertainty; how Asia's institutions should create and rebuild their franchise; what technology investments have been pushed to the top of the agenda; and, where the opportunities for business transformation and operational innovation lie.
Here are a selection of presentations lined-up for the AFS Congress:
Weathering the Perfect Storm: Sustaining Growth During Market Turmoil
by Ray Ferguson, Regional CEO, Singapore and SEA, Standard Chartered Bank
The financial tsunami has resulted in the decline of revenue or even the failure of some institutions worldwide. While some may have failed, others are showing signs of turnaround. How do you sustain growth during the crisis and more importantly, gear your processes and resources to capitalize on the recovery? Standard Chartered Bank will share the lessons learnt from the financial crisis and how they managed to perform well during the turbulent period.
Tomorrow's Retail Bank: A Path of Transformation
by Michael Lor, Group CEO, EON Bank Group
Amid the financial crisis and dip in global consumer spending, Asia remains profitable and offers an avenue for growth. How can financial institutions leverage on the opportunities presented during this crisis? EON Bank will be sharing their journey of transformation and insights on the potential pitfalls.
The Top 10 Strategic Initiatives for Asia/Pacific Banks in 2010 - Investing for the Comeback
by IDC Financial Insights' regional team of analysts
This session highlights the business and technology issues that will be relevant to the recovery of Asia/Pacific's financial institutions, and how these priorities bear on the plans of technology providers that serve the banking industry.
At the break-out sessions, hear from other industry thought-leaders as they share their views on:
- Next generation of banking
- Establishing a customer centric framework for financial institutions
- Retail payment and transaction banking of the new world
- Optimizing technology to enhance services and infrastructure
- Evolution of outsourcing/shared services beyond cost arbitrage
- What are the issues of compliance for the emerging Asia and how can the firms work with the regulators?
- Post-Crisis regulatory implications on Asia/Pacific – what is the impact for financial services industries across Asia/Pacific?
- Effective approach for shaping the risk management framework
This is definitely an event not to be missed for executives in the financial services industry.
For a full description of the agenda and speakers, you can visit AFS Congress 2010 or register here
I look forward to see you there!