International Fund Forum 2017
12 January 2017, Conference Hall, Securities Commission Malaysia

 Thursday, 12 January 2017


*Guests to be seated by 9:15am


Welcome Remarks by Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Ranjit Ajit Singh Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia


Keynote Address by Yang Amat Berhormat Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia
(Speech will be delivered by Yang Berbahagia Datuk Johari bin Abdul Ghani, Minister of Finance II representing the Prime Minister of Malaysia)


Panel Session 1: Global Economic & Market Outlook 2017 Synopsis:

The global outlook of the economy and financial markets is becoming less predictable with geo-political shifts including Trump’s New America, EU’s failure in integrating the European market, improving growth in Europe and Japan versus slowing growth in China, as well as the prolonged uncertainty in the commodities market. Is the global economy slipping into the low-growth trap? Would the global debt markets or property bubbles pose domino effects? What could possibly be major policy changes that could tilt the economic balance to a particular region? Against this backdrop, the panel will discuss what are the key global challenges and opportunities for 2017-18.


  • Jose Isidro N. (Lito) Camacho, Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse Asia Pacific


  • Dr Mark Konyn, Group Chief Investment Officer, AIA Group Limited
  • Chi Lo, Senior Economist for Greater China, BNP Paribas Investment Partners
  • Jonathan Reoch, Director, Lead Product Strategist for the Asian Equities Team, BlackRock
  • Nurhisham Hussein, Head of Economics and Capital Markets, Employees Provident Fund, Malaysia


Panel Session 2: Growing the Islamic Fund and Wealth Management IndustrySynopsis:

The number of affluent and high net worth Muslims is expected to rise to approximately 12 million by 2030. There are also growing efforts to firmly establish the convergence between Islamic investing and SRI which will potentially broaden the market for Islamic fund and wealth management services. The panel will discuss how these factors will influence the development of Islamic fund and wealth management, and what other critical elements are required to meet the needs of these target investors. How will Malaysia’s Islamic Fund and Wealth Management Blueprint facilitate in promoting these segments?


  • Dato’ Mohammad Faiz Azmi, Executive Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Malaysia


  • Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Managing Director, Development & Islamic Markets, Securities Commission Malaysia
  • Datuk Dr Mohd Daud Bakar, Founder and Executive Chairman, Amanie Group
  • Sandeep Singh, Country Head – Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer, Franklin Templeton GSC Asset Management (Islamic Fund Manager)
  • Monem Salam, President, Saturna (Islamic Fund Manager)




Panel Session 3: Impact of Shifts in Global Wealth Trends on the Investment Management IndustrySynopsis:

Discussion on global wealth trends including the expanding middle class, rapid growth of new millionaires and rising affluence in Asia. With the demographic change, rise of millennials and the ageing population, fund and wealth managers will have to anticipate investors’ different investment needs in the future. The panel will also evaluate the types of fund and wealth management products and services likely to be sought by these new classes of investors, including venture capital, private equity, private retirement solutions, etc.


  • Raymond Tang, Chief Executive Officer, Eastspring Investments, Malaysia


  • Donald Amstad, Asia Business Development Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Limited
  • Rex Auyeung, Chairman, Principal Financial Group (Asia)
  • Mark Wightman, Partner, Wealth & Asset Management Advisory, Ernst & Young


Panel Session 4: Investing in Values – The Rise of Sustainable and Responsible InvestingSynopsis:

Discussion on global efforts in sustainability development such as United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and Paris’ COP21* as well as mobilisation of private capital to meet the funding needs. The panel will also discuss the future of values investing, i.e. providing financial as well as social returns and development of the Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)/ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ecosystem.* COP21 is also known as 2015 Paris Climate Conference


  • Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Fund (Incorporated), Malaysia


  • Jessica Robinson, Head of Asia, Principles for Responsible Investment (UN-PRI)
  • Emily Chew, Global Head of ESG, Manulife Asset Management
  • Alexandra Solnik, Executive Director, Business Development, BNP Paribas Investment Partners Najmah Malaysia
  • Patrick Drum, Portfolio Manager, Saturna Capital


End of Forum
Refreshment is served

For more information, email the Secretariat at iiff@seccom.com.my

* This programme is subject to change. Updated as of 10 January 2017.