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Chief Executive Officer
DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with a growing presence in Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Headquartered in Singapore, the bank has been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been conferred "Asia's Best Bank" by The Banker and Euromoney, and "Asian Bank of the Year" by IFR Asia. The bank has also been named "Safest Bank in Asia" by Global Finance for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017.
DBS is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, and has been named "World's Best Digital Bank" by Euromoney.
Prior to joining DBS, Piyush was Citigroup's Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Piyush began his career with Citibank in India in 1982 and over the years, held various senior management roles across Citi's corporate and consumer banking businesses, including Head of Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets and Regional Director for Global Transaction Services for Asia Pacific. He has also served as Citi's Country Officer for Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore respectively.
Piyush is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, The Institute of Banking and Finance, Dr. Goh Keng Swee Scholarship Fund and National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office. He is also the Chairman of The Association of Banks in Singapore and Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board, and a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).
Piyush has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Piyush was named Singapore Business Awards' Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016. In 2014, he was named as the Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC and in 2013, he was accorded the CEO Leadership Achievement Award for Singapore and Asia Pacific by The Asian Banker.
Head of Global Finance & Head of Sustainable and Positive Impact Finance
Pierre Palmieri has been appointed Head of Global Finance as of 3 January 2012. He was previously Deputy Head of Global Finance (formerly Capital Raising and Financing) since April 2008. Prior to that, he was Global co-Head of Natural Resources and Energy Financing.
Pierre Palmieri began his career at Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking in 1987 in the Export Finance department. Then he took the responsibility for a finance engineering team. In 1994 he joined the commodities finance team and was appointed Global Head of Structured Commodity finance in 2001. His responsibilities were broadened in 2003 to include the mining sector and again in 2005 to include trade finance activities. Pierre is a member of Societe Generale Group Management Committee since January 2011.
Pierre Palmieri is a graduate of Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Tours.
Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Associate Professor Simon Tay is Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is concurrently a tenured Associate Professor, teaching international law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is also Senior Consultant at WongPartnership.
His book, Asia Alone: the Dangerous Post Crisis Divide from America (Wiley 2010) was well reviewed in the Economist, Financial Times and regional media. His commentaries feature regularly in regional newspapers. Professor Tay is also a prize winning author with five books of stories and poems. In 2010, his novel City of Small Blessings was awarded the Singapore Literature Prize. He recently published a collection of short stories titled “Middle and First”.
From 1992 to 2008, he served in a number of public appointments for Singapore. These included serving as Chairman of Singapore’s National Environment Agency; and as an independent Nominated Member of Parliament (1997-2001). In 2006, Professor Tay received a National Day Award.
Head of Export Finance
Hacina Py was appointed Global Head of Export Finance in October 2015.
She was previously Head of the Scarce Resources team for the Global Finance and Coverage and Investment banking divisions since 2012. She joined Societe Generale in 1995 as a credit risk officer and has held various positions both in commercial and transversal roles, in Paris and abroad in the Global Finance division.
She joined the shipping finance team in 1998, then moved to Brussels in real estate finance in 2002, before transferring to Madrid in the asset based team.
Back in Paris in 2007, she was appointed Deputy Head of the Asset Based Finance team and then took the lead of the Exposure Monitoring team in 2009.
Hacina graduated from the EM Strasbourg business school and studied finance at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
Head of QIS, Asia
Head of Debt Capital Markets, Asia Pacific
Senior capital markets professional, with 20+ years experience in Asia and Europe; successful track record in DCM and Credit Research at Goldman Sachs, UBS, Nomura and Societe Generale.
Established a solid reputation in the origination and execution of bond mandates for Financials, Corporates and Sovereigns.
Entrepreneurial leadership and management style; proven ability to create, develop and lead new franchises & teams, and generate profitable business in various roles and organizations.
Culturally-aware team player with the highest standards of integrity and corporate citizenship.
Asia Funding Representative
Thierry de Longuemar
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Mr. Thierry de Longuemar is the Vice President (Finance and Risk Management) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since January 2013 after having served as Vice President (Finance and Administration), a position he assumed in November 2011.
Mr. de Longuemar has more than 28 years of experience in both multilateral financial institutions and private banking.
Mr. de Longuemar served twice as ADB Treasurer (2002-2004 and 2010-2011) and, in between, was Vice President Finance at the African Development Bank (2004-2010), an institution where he had also served as Treasurer (1996-2001).
In investment banks, Mr. de Longuemar held the positions of Global Head of Central Banks and Supranationals at ABN Amro Bank; Head of Capital Markets at Banque de Gestion Privée (Crédit Agricole Group) and at Banque Régionale de l’Ouest; and several Treasury positions at Banque de Marchés et d’Arbitrage and Companie Bancaire of the Paribas Group.
Mr. de Longuemar is a French national and has a Master in Business Administration from ESSEC in Paris.
After two years in the French Navy (1978-1980), Mr. de Longuemar started his career with Total Gas Division (1980-1984), then its Refinery and Distribution Division (1984-1985).
He is married to Corinne and they have a daughter and a son.
Mr. de Longuemar is an active abstract painter.
Ambassador of France to Singapore
Marc Marc Abensour is a career diplomat. He was appointed Ambassador of France to the Republic of Singapore by decree of the President of the Republic of France on 18 November 2016. His professional experience mainly covers Asian Affairs and politico-military issues.
He has served as an Inspector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since July 2014. Previously, he was Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Defense in 2014 and Director for International, Strategic and Technological Affairs of the General Secretariat for Defense and National Security (Prime Minister’s Office) in 2012 and 2013. From 2008 to 2012, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), where he contributed to a process whereby France has regained its rank within the organisation. He was previously Deputy Director of Industrial and Sustainable Export Issues from 2005 to 2008 and Deputy Director of the Far East from 2003 to 2005. He was successively serving as First Secretary at the French Embassy in China from 1996 to 2000 and at the French Embassy in the United States from 2000 to 2002.
Marc Abensour is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure from which he graduated as Associate Professor in Philosophy. He was an exchange student in the Department of East Asian Studies at Harvard University in 1993/1994.
He is married to Veronica Abensour-Nilsson. They have two children.
Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, Global Markets
Isabelle Millat is Head of Sustainable Investment Solutions, Global Markets since February 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in the financial markets and derivatives products in particular.
She joined Societe Generale in 2006 and has held various roles within markets activities, notably as Chief Operating Officer for the Cross Asset Structured Products activity in New-York.
Since 2014, she has been a Financial Product Engineer in charge of developing cross asset investment strategies and index structuring for the Societe Generale Index franchise (SGI). Isabelle started her career in 2001 at Capgemini Consulting.
Isabelle Millat is a graduate of the ESSEC business school in France.
Head of Positive Impact Finance
Denis Childs began his career at Societe Generale in 1978.
In 1981, he moved to Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking to develop Export Credit Department. In 1993, he created the Commodity and Trade Finance worldwide Business line and integrated mining oil & gas and power project finance. During that period, he created the “Global Commodity Fund” (“Debt Fund”) and “Agrofinanzas,” a “Sofol” in Mexico (“Farmer Financing”).
End of 2008 he started a new challenge heading both the emerging and sustainable development department of the CIB and Group project aiming at integrating E&S as a financial subject in all activities of the bank (CIB, French and international retail). He is now in charge of all CIB ‘Positive Impact Finance including Environmental and Social Advisory. He is also a leader in the “Positive Impact Finance Initiative of UNEP-FI (United Nation Environmental Program Financial Initiative).
His main focuses today are to develop:
- Impact based finance to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in such areas as Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Mobility, Food Security, Healthcare and Social inclusion.
- A Positive Impact Market Place and associated Services
On January 2015 Denis Childs joined the Board of the UNEP-FI Banking Commission.
He holds a Master in Law from Paris I and an MBA from IV Universities.
Chief Executive Officer
Credit Guarantee & Investment Facility
Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets
Stéphane Marciel, formerly Head of sovereigns, Local authorities for CEEMEA, is Head of Sustainable Bonds, Debt Capital Markets and is be based in Paris.
He works closely with the Environmental and Social Advisory and Positive Impact Finance teams in order to further develop the Bank’s sustainable financing capabilities.
Senior ESG Analyst
Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking
Yannick Ouaknine joined Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking SRI team as Senior Marketing Analyst in March 2007.
After completing an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Gestion de Paris, Yannick joined BNP Paribas Asset Management in August 2000 as an RFP Analyst before moving on to become a buy-side SRI Analyst until he joined Societe Generale.