The 2016 Women in Treasury Singapore Forum took place on Thursday 14th April at the fabulous venue of The South Beach, Singapore. This annual industry event is firmly established in the diaries of both women and men and was attended by over 130 women and men from throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The event started at noon with a pre-lunch networking reception during which Sophie Jackson, Associate Publisher of Treasury Today Asia, presented the findings of our 2015 Women in Treasury Study. This was followed by lunch during which the panel discussion took place, focusing on four key issues highlighted by the study; gender equality, building a talented team, career progression and the parent trap.
Our superb line-up of industry speakers comprised:
- Vivian Peng, Asia Treasurer & VP of Treasury, Flex
- Pratibha Advani, CFO, Tata Communications
- Lillian Sim, Head of MNC Regional Coverage & Sales, Singapore & Hong Kong, Global Corporate Bank, J.P. Morgan
- Deepali Pendse, Head of Corporate Treasury Sales, Southeast Asia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
A very enthusiastic and lively question and answer session followed the panel discussion, with many valuable insights, experiences and opinions shared. Hearing about the paths these highly successful women had taken and the challenges they had encountered and overcome was truly inspiring.
Singapore 2016 panellists
Asia Treasurer & VP of Treasury: Flex
Adam Smith Awards Asia 2015 – Woman of the Year
Vivian is responsible for the Asia Pacific treasury function. The team led by her has won Top Treasury Team in China and Top Treasury Team in Asia. After graduating from China’s top university: Fu Dan University, she started her career at Bank of China. She has a broad spectrum of experience earned in finance and treasury over 20 years. She has worked with banking, metal, energy, retail and manufacturing industries in China, Hong Kong and Australia, including Duke Energy Walmart. She is the Adam Smith Awards Asia Woman of the Year 2015.
Pratibha K Advani
Chief Financial Officer: Tata Communications
Pratibha is responsible for the strategic financial management of the company, including corporate affairs & investor relations. She has over two decades of experience including financial strategy, project financing, M&A, risk management, and legal and secretarial. Previously, Pratibha was CFO at NIIT Technologies Ltd. Pratibha started her career with ITC Ltd. and was CFO at Barclays Shared Services Pvt. Ltd. and Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer at GE-SBI Cards. She was recently awarded the CNBC TV18 ‘CFO of the Year’ – 2014 award. Other accolades include the Business Today ‘Best Woman CFO Award’ – 2014 and the GE Chairman’s Excellence Award for three successive years (2004-2006). Pratibha was also included in the CFO100 League of Honour – 2015.
Head of MNC Regional Coverage & Sales, Singapore & Hong Kong, Global Corporate Bank: J.P. Morgan
Lillian Sim is Managing Director and Regional Head of MNC Coverage and Sales, Singapore & Hong Kong for Global Corporate Bank. Based in Singapore, Lillian is responsible for developing and executing the overall Corporate Banking strategy and building the treasury services client franchises for J.P. Morgan in Singapore and Hong Kong. She leads the overall sales management for Treasury Services across multinational and local corporate clients in multiple industries. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2006, Lillian was at Standard Chartered Bank where she held various senior roles. Lillian holds a Bachelor of Arts with major in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester.
Head of Corporate Treasury Sales, Southeast Asia: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Deepali is based in Singapore and is responsible for driving business and revenues in the South East Asia corporate segment. She joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in November 2012. Prior to this role, Deepali was Regional Treasurer for the Tata Steel Group in Singapore. Deepali spent 14 years in banking across various functions including transaction and corporate banking roles in Singapore, New York and Mumbai. She is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and is part of the D&I panel for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Asia Pacific. She is the executive sponsor for the Emerging Women in Treasury programme which supports the role of greater equality as core to the future success of the treasury space.
Facilitator – Founder, Managing Director: Coaching Tiger
Jaya is an Executive coach and leadership facilitator. Her coaching expertise builds on a strong foundation of over 20 years in senior management positions in Nokia Treasury, including Head of Global Cash Management and Regional Treasurer for Asia-Pacific. A specialist in leadership coaching, Jaya is keen to support her clients in their search for solutions to leadership challenges. She also has a special interest in developing woman leaders. Jaya holds a Masters in Counselling (Monash University, Australia) and a BA in Economics and Psychology (Bombay University, India). She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.