Events - 09.02.2023
Organised by Luxembourg for Finance
09 February 2023
Date & Time
Thursday, 09 February 2023
from 11:30 to 14:00
18 Robinson Road
Luxembourg for Finance has the pleasure of inviting you to its Singapore networking reception at the Social Lab.
Thursday, 09 February 2023
11:30 – 14:00 SGT
We are delighted to be joined by HE Yuriko Backes, Minister of Finance for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, who will open the event.
Attendance to the event is free of charge and will include a networking lunch.
Please note that the event will take place in English. We would like to thank the Honorary Consulate in Singapore for kindly providing us with the location.
Please note that space is limited and therefore admission is granted on a first come first served basis.
Following our event, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) will organise a roadshow in Singapore. For more details, please click here.
We look forward to you joining us.
For any questions regarding the event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Aurélie Zambeaux
Chris Hollifield, Head of Business Development, Luxembourg for Finance
HE Yuriko Backes, Minister of Finance of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
HE Yuriko Backes
Luxembourg Minister of Finance
After graduating with an International Baccalaureate from the Canadian Academy International School in Kobe in 1989, Yuriko Backes obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1992. She then attended the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where she successfully completed a master’s degree in Japanese studies in 1993. Yuriko Backes obtained a second master’s degree in European political and administrative studies from the College of Europe in Bruges in 1994.
On 5 January 2022, following the resignation of Pierre Gramegna, Yuriko Backes joined the coalition government between the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and the Green Party (déi gréng) as Minister of Finance.
Yuriko Backes began her professional career in 1994 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has held various positions, including at the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the United Nations in New York, the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the Western European Union in Brussels, and the Luxembourg Embassy in Japan.
As attaché at the Directorate of European Affairs and International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, she was sworn in as a civil servant in 2001.
The career diplomat was then assigned to the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union in Brussels from 2001 to 2006.
She continued her diplomatic career as deputy head of mission at the Luxembourg Embassy in Japan from 2006 to 2008 and as deputy head of the Directorate for International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg from 2008 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2016, Yuriko Backes was the diplomatic adviser and sherpa to Luxembourg Prime Ministers Jean-Claude Juncker and Xavier Bettel.
She was the representative of the European Commission in Luxembourg from 2016 to 2020.
From June 2020 until her appointment to the government, she served as marshal of the Grand-Ducal Court.
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.