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Women in Treasury Asia Forum 2014

Group photo of the panellists at the WiT Asia Forum 2014

Women in Treasury Asia Forum 2014

The first Women in Treasury Asia Forum took place on Thursday 8th May 2014 at Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Over 130 attendees participated in a lively and thought provoking event.

The panel discussion involved our corporate keynote speakers; Meena Dafesh, Director of Treasury, Asia Pacific & MEA, Ingram Micro and Jeanette Chang, Treasurer, Asia Pacific, IBM together with bank panellists Dianne Challenor, Head of Transaction Services, Asia Pacific, J.P. Morgan and Anne Collard, Global Head of Corporate Product Management, ANZ. The discussion was followed by an open question and answer session, with many questions and comments raised from the floor. This event provided a rare chance for women in our industry to network, share their experiences and hear women in the industry discuss some of the issues highlighted in the Study. It was also good to see a number of men attending to better understand the issues women face.

Singapore 2014 Panellists

Portrait of Meena Dafesh

Meena Dafesh

Director of Treasury, Asia Pacific & MEA

Meena Dafesh has responsibility for the treasury function across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. She has been with Ingram Micro for over eight years and is based in Singapore. Prior to that she held various treasury roles while based in her native Sydney. Meena is Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) (CPA Australia) registered and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Portrait of Jeanette Chang

Jeanette Chang

Treasurer

Jeanette Chang has more than 15 years experience in corporate treasury and cash management in Asia Pacific. She commenced her career with Deloitte & Touche in London and Singapore before joining IBM Singapore. Now as the Asia Pacific treasurer for IBM, her current job responsibilities include treasury operations, balance sheet management, pensions covering all Asia Pacific countries including Japan. She has a B. Accountancy (First Class Honours) from Nanyang Technological University and is a Chartered Accountant, ICAEW.

Portrait of Dianne Challenor

Dianne Challenor

Head of Transaction Services, Asia Pacific

Dianne Challenor is Managing Director and Head of Transaction Services, Asia Pacific, with responsibility for driving the Transaction Services franchise, which includes cash management, liquidity and escrow services. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Dianne spent 13 years at Citi. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) degree from University of Western Sydney (Australia).

Portrait of Anne Collard

Anne Collard

Global Head of Channels & Platforms
within Global Transaction Banking

Anne Collard has over 25 years’ experience in global banking and has held various global leadership positions during her professional career. Today Anne is leveraging her specialist transaction banking experience in both corporate and banking environments to lead the digital channel agenda for International and Institutional Banking. Anne is a member of the Association of Financial Professionals, regularly speaks at industry conferences and is committed to developing people working within treasury and transaction banking environments.

Facilitator

Eleanor Hill

Editorial Director
Portrait of Eleanor Hill

Eleanor Hill

Editorial Director

Eleanor Hill has worked in and written about the financial sector for over a decade. She holds the Investment Management Certificate and the SII Diploma in Regulation and Compliance. Her specialist subjects include supply chain finance, cash and payments, as well as CSR and sustainability. Having lived in Paris, Eleanor is fluent in French.

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