Executive Officer and Head of Investment Banking, Asia Pacific at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Rajeev Kannan is the executive officer and head of investment banking, Asia Pacific of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). In his role, he is responsible for various wholesale and investment banking products including infrastructure & project finance, principal investments, FX/rates, derivatives, loan and debt capital markets, ECA & export finance, asset finance, securitisation and M&A & sponsor finance. Rajeev also sits on the Asia Pacific ALM committee as well as risk committee.
Rajeev has over 25 years of investment banking, emerging market investing and energy & infrastructure sector experience globally. Rajeev also has built strong relationships with government agencies and corporates in various countries in Asia Pacific and Middle East.
Managing Director, South-east Asia of ABB
Johan de Villiers was appointed country managing director of ABB in Singapore on January 1, 2015 and is responsible for leading the business in South-east Asia. He has oversight for ABB operations in Bangladesh, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.
With a strong background in electrical and electronic engineering, Johan started his career on the ground where he gained practical knowledge on all aspects of electrical power generation, transmission and distribution. Since then, he has taken on various roles which have helped him further hone his technical and management related skills. Moving to Singapore in 2011, Johan was first appointed manager of the power systems division in Singapore, before transitioning into a regional role where he led the division in South-east Asia.
Johan first joined ABB in South Africa in 1997, where he began by managing a small team, which eventually grew to a team many times larger. Over the next decade, he managed various teams, departments and divisions, including running two local divisions simultaneously in 2005: process automation and robotics.
In 2007, he was appointed as country manager of ABB in Qatar, where he helped grow business volume by more than 350 percent, expanding the workforce with more than 140 new staff from 29 different countries. Johan has also gotten his feet wet by being directly involves in all large projects, transforming ABB in Qatar into a key supplier of substations in 2010, with orders amounting to more than US$150 million.
Johan has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Johannesburg, as well as an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and is a registered professional engineer.
Director, South-east Asia of Economist Corporate Network
Pamela Qiu is the Network Director of the South-east Asia chapter of The Economist Corporate Network. She advises multinational corporations on the latest economic, political and market developments affecting business in the Asia Pacific region. She regularly chairs Economist events and roundtables, and delivers custom briefings to senior business executives. She joined The Economist in June 2011.
Prior to joining The Economist Group, Pamela worked as a policy analyst and associate at the Singapore Ministry of Finance, where she worked on policies to tackle socio-economic problems such as inequality and unemployment. She also worked on policies that were featured in the Singapore Budget. From 2009 to 2011, she was a researcher for the Center for Public Economics at the Civil Service College, the Singapore government’s core institution for public policy and economics research. Her research areas included the role of government in markets, public private partnerships, privatisation, fiscal policy, and behavioural economics. From 2004 to 2006, Pamela also worked as a market analyst with Prudential Health Insurance, based in London.
Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in development studies, both from the London School of Economics.
Head, Economics Unit at Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Jang Ping is principal economist and head of the economics unit at AIIB. The unit is responsible for economic analysis, which includes macroeconomics monitoring, country and sectoral infrastructure needs, debt sustainability analysis, review of project economics, as well as supporting sector and investment strategies at the bank.
Prior to joining AIIB, Jang Ping was the director responsible for national security and community budgets for the Ministry of Finance, Singapore, overseeing fiscal spending on security, sports, community and telecommunication infrastructure. He was previously the director for economics at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, responsible for macroeconomic analysis, research, policy evaluation, as well as the development of the economist service in Singapore. He was also the head of the Centre of Public Economics at the Civil Service College.
Jang Ping holds a PhD in economics from The London School of Economics.
Principal, Finance and Projects Practice at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Martin David is a principal in the finance and projects practice group at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow and heads the projects practice in Asia and Singapore. Martin is a projects and infrastructure lawyer with particular experience in projects, project finance, energy M&A, general finance, and international construction. He has over 25 years of experience in Asia acting both for sponsors and lenders (including multilateral agencies) on the full range of infrastructure projects and project financings, with particular strengths in power, telecommunications, petrochemicals and roads. He is a former civil engineer and has market leading experience in relation to greenfield IPPs in Asia, particularly in the renewables sector (wind and geothermal).