Events - 12.10.2021
Focus on South-East Asia
Organised by Luxembourg for Finance
12 October 2021
Focus on South-East Asia
Date & Time
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
from 09:00 to 10:30
- Digital Event
Luxembourg for Finance invites you to join our livestream session:
FOCUS ON SOUTH-EAST ASIA
Connecting South-East Asian businesses and investors with global markets
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
9:00-10:30 am Luxembourg time | 3:00-4:30 pm Singapore time
ASEAN markets are poised for rapid growth, especially given large growth opportunities relating to sustainable finance and global investors search for yield and long-term growth. With strong ties with various South-East Asian markets, built over many years, Luxembourg offers an ideal platform for financial firms in South-East Asia looking to do business in Europe.
Our Focus on South-East Asia will explore this connection, with two panels delving into financing sustainable projects and taking South-East Asian finance to the world via digitalisation. For these panels, we’ll be joined by a number of financial experts from both Luxembourg and various South-East Asian markets.
We’re also joined by Mr Jean-Paul Senninger, Ambassador of Luxembourg to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar. Mr Senninger will close the event with an overview of the strong and multifaceted relations which underpin the strategic partnership between Europe and South-East Asia.
Programme and speakers’ details below.
Contact person: Caroline Hoeltgen.
Europe's financial landscape after Brexit
Chris Hollifield,Head of Business Development, Luxembourg for Finance
Raising money for sustainable projects
Moderator: Philipp von Restorff,Deputy CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
Laetitia Hamon,Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Rejina Rahim,Managing Director and Country Head, Nomura Asset Management Malaysia
Anthony Simcic,CEO, BOS Wealth Management Europe
From ASEAN to the world: Internationalisation of finance through digitalisation
Moderator: Alex Panican,Head of Partnerships and Ecosystem, The LHoFT
Anuj Jain,Co-Founder & CEO, Startup-O
Zennon Kapron,Managing Director, Kapronasia
Erik Wilgenhof Plante,Chief Compliance Officer, PingPong
Europe and South-East Asia: strong ties in a long distance relationship
Jean-Paul Senninger,Ambassador, Embassy of Luxembourg in Bangkok
End of livestream
Ambassador of Luxembourg to Thailand
Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Premier Conseiller de Gouvernement in 1999 after having worked as Senior Officer and Head of Unit at the European Investment Bank.
He later served as Ambassador to Turkey, Spain and the United States before being appointed Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012 and Secretary General of the Government in October 2013. Since 2019 he is based in Bangkok as ambassador to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
Ambassador Senninger holds a Degree in Political Science and Literature from the University of Freiburg and a Master in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.
Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Laetitia Hamon has been Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) since July 2020. She is responsible for the exchange’s sustainable finance strategy and related projects, and leads the expert team at LuxSE’s UN-awarded platform for sustainable finance, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX).
As a pioneer in sustainable finance, Laetitia started her career as an ESG analyst for an extra-financial rating agency in 2008. Passionate about the topic, Laetitia decided to dedicate her career to sustainable finance and has built in-depth expertise on the matter for the past 13 years. After gaining experience from the investment fund industry through different positions at Thomson Reuters and ALFI – the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, she spent 8 years managing and then leading the Sustainable Finance audit and advisory practice at KPMG in Luxembourg.
Laetitia has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion (ISEG) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Paris XII.
Head of Business Development, Luxembourg for Finance
Chris Hollifield is head of business development at Luxembourg for Finance, where his work involves advising FinTech and financial companies looking to develop cross-border activity through Luxembourg-based platforms. He also advises on the development of the ecosystem in Luxembourg and on synergy creation with other key financial centres, with a focus on East Asia.
Prior to working at Luxembourg for Finance, Chris worked in the strategy department of Clearstream Banking SA, an International Central Securities Depository that facilitates the settlement of interbank transactions in over 50 markets worldwide. Here, his work focused particularly on strategic projects concerning distributed ledger technology and other FinTech topics.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Startup-O
Anuj Jain is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Startup-O, is a global venture platform for startup discovery, investments and scaling. Anuj specialises in engineering growth & enabling entrepreneurs. He has over 20 years of experience in ‘go-to-market strategy & commercial roles with FMCG majors like Procter & Gamble, Glaxo SmithKline Beecham, Wipro & BIC.
He reinvented himself in the startup economy in 2013, with a successful expansion of a SaaS platform and leading a series of structured boot camps training over 200+ startup founders. Since then he has developed a strong connection with various nodes of the global startup community. He is an active contributor, speaker & mentor at various tech forums. Anuj lives with his family in Singapore since 2002.
Zennon Kapron is the Founder and Director of Kapronasia, a leading financial industry research and advisory firm with offices across Asia. Zennon has been involved in the financial industry for over 20 years and is a recognised expert on the development of fintech in China and its impact on the financial industry.
Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Director for Intel and before Intel, the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. Zennon is also the co-founder of China Fintech and the author of Chomping at the Bitcoin: The Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin in China. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Deputy CEO, Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (The LHoFT)
Alex Panican is a serial entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience in Business Strategy, Digital Transformation and Innovation. He’s the Deputy CEO of the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (The LHoFT), where he’s supporting the innovation partnerships between the fintechs and the financial actors.
Alex is also a professor in Business Strategy and Digital Marketing. He holds an MBA in Strategy from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada. The LHoFT aims to drive digitalisation and innovation in the Luxembourg financial industry and build a collaborative ecosystem of innovators across all sectors of the domestic and international community, including fintech, traditional financial services firms, government, regulators, universities, and investors.
Managing Director and Country Head, Nomura Asset Management Malaysia
Rejina is currently the Managing Director and Country Head for Nomura Asset Management’s Malaysian businesses. She is Nomura Asset Management Group’s first woman and foreigner to head their overseas branch.
A mother of two, she loves reading and running for her mental health. She was recently nominated for the Kindness & Leadership, Leading Lights Award Asia Pacific 2021 and is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.
She is also the Honorary Consul for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Malaysia and sits on a few Boards including that of a well known NGO. Rejina also coaches and mentors on the side as a means of paying it forward
Chief Executive Officer, BOS Wealth Management Europe
Since early 2018 Anthony is the CEO of Bank of Singapore (BOS) Wealth Management Europe S.A, Europe’s fully owned investment subsidiary of Bank of Singapore, the private banking brand of Singapore’s OCBC Group. BOS WME runs European Operations out of Luxembourg and has a branch in London.
Anthony overseas all Luxembourg and London operations as well as a large team of European bankers in Singapore. Bank of Singapore is managing 125 billion in assets worldwide, with about 10% of these being from UK, EEA and broader European clients. BOS WME tailors for the needs of UHNWIs and Family offices exclusively and specializes in the fields of sophisticated Investment Advisory and Discretionary Portfolio Management.
Anthony has also been named Chairman of the BOS International Fund Sicav (BOSIF), the Group’s flagship UCITS vehicle, in 2020.
Prior to joining BOS, Anthony held the role of CEO of HSBC Private Bank Luxembourg SA until November 2017, an institution where he spent over 12 years (in Paris and Luxembourg) and which technically was his employer until February 2018.
Prior to that he held senior Asset Management roles in London and Luxembourg.
Anthony holds a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. He is the proud father of two.
Anthony is an Italian national married to a French Lady and was born and raised in Luxembourg.
Philipp von Restorff
Deputy CEO, Luxembourg for Finance
Philipp von Restorff currently is Deputy CEO at Luxembourg for Finance (LFF), the agency for the development of the Luxembourg financial centre.
Prior to his appointment at LFF, he was serving as Head of Communication of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), where he also held the position of Secretary of the Board of Directors. Philipp has been Chairman of the European Banking Federation’s Communication and CSR Steering Committee from 2014-2018. Before joining the ABBL he worked for the Luxembourg Information and Press Services of the Luxembourg Ministry of State.
He is elected member of the Board of Directors of LuxFLAG, the Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency, as well as of the Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative. Philipp is lecturer at the Luxembourg House of Training and financial education volunteer at “Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg”, a branch of the Junior Achievement Network (JA).
Erik Wilgenhof Plante
Chief Compliance Officer, PingPong
Erik began his international banking career in 1996 in the Netherlands. He was a member of the team that created the first payment and investment website of ABN AMRO and was a compliance executive for major banks in Singapore as well as PayPal for more than 10 years. In 2014 he became the Chief Compliance Officer of a regulated bitcoin stock exchange in New York after which he worked in the crypto industry in senior compliance roles in the UK.
He was a FinTech and crypto regulator in Abu Dhabi and is currently Chief Compliance Officer of PingPong Europe S.A., an international payments service provider based in Luxembourg.
Erik studied law at Amsterdam University and holds an MBA degree from St Louis Webster University. He was a founding member of the Singapore chapter of the Association with Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a member of the International Compliance Association (ICA).