Speakers 2020

Speakers 2020

Andrew Abir

Deputy Governor

Bank of Israel

Andrew Abir is the director of the Market Operations Department and a member of the management board of the Bank of Israel.

The Market Operations Department has three main functions: implementing monetary policy; managing the foreign exchange reserves of the State; implementing foreign exchange policy and supporting the orderly activity of foreign exchange trading in Israel. The Department is responsible for all the operations of the central bank in the financial markets, both domestic and international.

Mr. Abir has been at the central bank since 1987, initially in the Office of the Governor and then moving to the Foreign Exchange Department in 1992. He also serves as an external director of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and a MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Nita Kusumowardhani

Head of investment management group

Bank of Indonesia

Aniq Aziz

Director, International Markets and Investments

State Bank of Pakistan

Vanessa Rayner

Head of Financial Markets

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Carl Melendres

Chief Reserve Management Officer for Reserves Management Department II

Central Bank of Philippines

Carl currently heads the BSP's Reserves Management Department I, the team managing the Bank's internally-managed portfolios, which includes fixed income, foreign exchange and gold.  Prior to this, he headed the external funds management team of the Bank.  He joined the BSP in 2008 as part of the research team under the then Treasury Department.

Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy.  He has been awarded the CFA and FRM designations, and has passed the CMT examinations.  

Dr Laurel Ho

Deputy Director General, Department of Foreign Exchange

Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

Dr. Laurel, Lan-chih Ho is Assistant Director General of the Department of Foreign Exchange in the Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan). She has been assigned for overseeing the foreign reserve management since January 2012. She is also monitoring the performance of external asset managers. Before assigned with this position, she was doing research on asset allocation strategies, fixed-income investment strategies, currency overlay strategies etc.

She joined the CBC at February 2004. Prior to that, she was Assistant Professor of the Department of Finance at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan. She has a number of research papers published in academic journals, such as Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting (2011), Review of Financial Economics (2009), Journal of Asset Management (2008), Financial Management (2007), Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies (2005).

Grace Lau

Executive Director (Risk and Compliance)/ Chief Risk Officer (Exchange fund investment office)

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Grace Lau is responsible for the oversight of investment risks and other risk-generating activities across the HKMA. Ms Lau joined the HKMA as Manager in 1994 and was promoted to the rank of Division Head in 2000
She worked in various functional areas of the HKMA including monetary policy, economic and market research, market systems policy, banking development and securities enforcement before taking up the present position in January 2015.

Rita Soares

Head of Divisoin - Payments Innovation and Policy Division

Bank of Portugal

Raivo Vanags

Board Member and Head of Market Operations

Bank of Latvia