Industry elite offer insight
Carrie Leung, chief executive of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB), says this year's HKIB Annual Banking Conference has gathered together an impressively comprehensive list of speakers that reflects the true ecosystem of the industry.
Along with the keynote speakers, this year's conference - which is now in its sixth year - will feature more than 40 speakers from over 31 companies. The range of businesses represented at the conference will include local and overseas banks, consultancy and accounting firms, information technology giants, innovative solutions providers, social media network players, financial associations and research bodies, and more.
"Distinguished speakers from these renowned corporations are mostly high-flyers at directorial level in their own specialist areas," Leung says. "These include private banking, RMB business, anti-money laundering, general management, risk and compliance, and human resources.
"Keynote speeches from the Honourable John Tsang Chun-wah, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR government, and Mr Liu Mingkang from the China Banking Regulatory Commission, will give a strong overview of the banking sectors in Hong Kong and mainland China.
"From there on, topics will echo this year's theme of 'The Paradigm Shift'. Mr Samuel Tsien from OCBC Bank will discuss the evolving role of the bank CEO. Mr Yuan Leiming from Alibaba Group will share the latest developments in internet finance and banking in China. Mr Arthur Yuen of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority will talk about the increasing focus on risk culture.
"These speakers will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring C-level executives from ANZ, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), on the way in which this paradigm shift will be shaping the future for bankers in Hong Kong."
Afternoon sessions of the conference have been grouped into three distinct streams. The first of these, called "Banking Business", will cover retail, commercial and private banking and will look at the evolving macro environment and competitive landscape.
The second stream, "The Transformers", discusses how the banking industry is adapting to the increasing use of digital and mobile technology and the changing needs of customers, while meeting regulatory requirements.
The third stream, "Compliance, Operations and Risk Management", looks at issues such as anti-money laundering, risk culture and compliance. "This stream will fabricate a proactive approach to enhance the awareness of bank practitioners," Leung explains.
"The three streams will cover both immediate and upcoming concerns in a future-friendly approach," she adds. "I am sure that their audiences will find them fruitful."