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Jennifer Johnson-Calari


Central bank and sovereign investments

Ms. Johnson-Calari created and led the World Bank's Reserves Advisory and Management Program (RAMP), which is one of the world's leading providers of consulting and capacity building services to public sector asset managers. In this capacity, she worked globally with central banks, national pension funds and sovereign wealth funds in strengthening governance and building investment management capacity. She contributed to setting global standards of best practice for the management of sovereign assets and liabilities working with the IMF on the Reserves Management Guidelines and the ISWF's "Santiago Principles". Ms. Johnson-Calari has contributed to several books on the topic of portfolio and risk management and was a contributing author and editor of Sovereign Wealth Management, London: Central Banking Publications, 2008. She is a well-known expert on issues relating to central bank reserves management and portfolio management and has spoken widely at international conferences in both official and private sector fora.

She began her career with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in banking supervision with a focus on commercial bank asset/liability and risk management issues. She has earned advanced degrees from the Harvard Business School (GMP, 2004) the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) (MA, 1981) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). She currently serves as a consultant to several international financial institutions.

Aniq Aziz

Director, International Markets & Investment

State Bank of Pakistan

Aniq Aziz is currently working as Director of International Markets & Investment Department; the department he is heading for the last 5 years. He is responsible for investment of overall foreign Exchange Reserves of Central Bank. He is member of Bank’s Investment Committee. He also serves as visiting faculty of State Bank’s training institute. He regularly participates in Reserve Management related roundtables/meetings to represent Central Bank.

With a Central Banking career spanning over eighteen years, he worked as focal point in transforming Central Banks’ Reserve Management operations on modern lines His vast experience in Reserve Management area span well over a decade.

He holds a Master's degree with major in economics and finance.

Aziz Durrani

Senior Financial Sector Specialist, Financial Stability and Supervision and Payment & Settlement Systems


Aziz is a Senior Financial Sector Specialist at The South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre (The SEACEN Centre), based in Kuala Lumpur. He joined in August 2016 on a sponsored career break from the Bank of England, and is responsible for delivering training programmes, risk advice and technical assistance to 20+ SEACEN member Central Banks and Regulatory authorities across Asia.

Before joining The SEACEN Centre, Aziz had spent the past 7 years working as a Senior Technical Specialist at the Bank of England. He was responsible for Stress Testing Wholesale banking book exposures and assessing the adequacy of stress testing frameworks as part of the concurrent stress testing of the major financial institutions based in the UK, including HSBC, Barclays, Santander, RBS, Lloyds and Standard Chartered Bank. In addition, he was responsible for undertaking on-site Asset Quality, Provision Adequacy and Technical Risk Reviews across a range of Wholesale asset classes and product types, both in the UK and globally.

Aziz, a graduate in Economics and Philosophy from The University of Nottingham, UK, began his career in London in the Strategy, Finance and Economics practice of Andersen Business Consulting. He later worked at Standard Chartered Bank, covering the Origination, Structuring and Syndication of Debt Capital Market facilities across the UK, Europe, South Asia and Africa. Aziz also worked at Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in Leveraged Finance Loan Restructuring and Workouts, and in Liquidity and Funding Risk.


Chi Lo

Senior Economist, Greater China

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Chi Lo is the Senior Economist for Greater China of BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) based in Hong Kong.  He joined BNPP AM in 2010. His role involves conducting macroeconomic research on China in the context of global markets for providing inputs to in-house investment teams, official institution clients, external institutional and wealth management/private banking clients, support Institutional sales, Greater China Business Development and represent BNPP AM in the international investment community, forums, media, regulatory and government circles

Before joining BNPP, he was Head of Overseas Investment at Ping An of China Asset Management (HK) Ltd. Chi’s other positions in Asia included Asia Research Head for the British private property fund Grosvenor, chief economist and strategist for Asia at Standard Chartered Bank and research director for Greater China at HSBC in Hong Kong. He was listed on the International Who’s Who Professionals in 2000 and 2011 and has many years of international research experience in economics, financial markets and public policy & standards development, covering regional economies. 

Before working in Asia, Chi was an economic advisor to the Canadian Treasury in Canada.  His other experience includes international research firms in North America, regulatory bodies for securities trading in Toronto and London, and blue-chip international investment banks in North America, England and Asia.

Chi is the author of eleven books on Chinese and Asian economic development and markets.  He has published research work in international periodicals and newspapers, and has appeared as a commentator on international media and speaker at international seminars, such as the World Economic Forum, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, House of Lords of the British Parliament, the European Commission and central bank conferences. Chi’s latest book is “Demystifying China’s Mega Trends: The Driving Forces That Will Shake Up China and the World” (2017). 

Chi did his economics graduate work at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in England and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada.

Guan Seng Khoo

Adjunct Lecturer

Singapore Management University

Former Head of ERM/ GRC, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
Former Senior Director, Risk Management, Temasek Holdings

Mr Guan Seng Khoo has over 28 years’ of experience in the design and implementation of enterprise wide investment and risk management models, systems and processes. He gained deep practical insights from a career spanning across financial institutions in the US, Canada, UK and Singapore, including the Man Group where he was the Principal Scientist, designing and running an algorithmic hedge fund, at American Bourses Corporation which provided robo-based analytical solutions and financial info-utilities to traders and investors in the US and N Asia, at ATOS Origin, RHB Capital, Singapore Exchange, Standard Chartered Bank, Temasek Holdings, Alberta Investment Management Corporation and CAI, the global airport investment arm of Changi Airport Group (CAG). Mr Khoo holds a PhD in Computational Physics (Material Science) from the National University of Singapore, with post-doc R&D in AI-based data mining and applications in Japan and America.

Johanna Lasker

Head of Central Banks and Official Institutions

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Johanna Lasker is the Head of Central Banks and Official Institutions for BNP Paribas Asset Management. She is responsible for managing and growing our official institutions business globally, which includes developing business, servicing clients and ensuring we are meeting the needs of this client segment. She originally joined FFTW, a predecessor of BNP Paribas Asset Management, in 1997. She then left the firm in 2000 and rejoined in 2004. She is based in New York.

In addition to working for BNP Paribas Asset Management and FFTW, Johanna worked in the Corporate Finance division at UBS for two years, where she was an Associate Director in the Consumer Products Group in New York. She later transferred to the Global Industrial Group in Japan where she lived for a year.

Johanna has 20 years of investment experience. She earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Kevin Anderson

Senior Managing Director and Head of Investments, Asia Pacific Region

State Street Global Advisors

Kevin Anderson is a Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors and Head of Investments in the Asia Pacific region. He is responsible for overseeing investment activities in the region and ensuring that we maintain consistently high standards in our investment process, research and trading. Additionally, he works closely with regional colleagues to ensure that our products and solutions meet the evolving needs of our clients.

Prior to commencing his current role, Kevin was the Global CIO of Fixed Income and Currency, responsible for all fixed income and currency strategies. Previously as Head of Fixed Income Beta Solutions, Kevin had responsibility for State Street Global Advisors' global range of indexed fixed income strategies and under his leadership developed several fixed income smart beta strategies. When Kevin joined the firm in 2001, he was an investment manager, managing both active and index fixed income portfolios. He also worked extensively in the area of risk budgeting during that time. Before joining, Kevin was responsible for fixed income risk management and development of quantitative strategies at Schroders, having joined the industry in 1998.

Kevin holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Southampton and he graduated with a BSc Honours degree in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 1994.

Nafis Alam

Associate Professor in Finance

Henley Business School, University of Reading Malaysia

Nafis Alam is a research affiliate of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and contributes regularly to a global industry report on Fintech and Financial regulations. His research is focused on Fintech, banking regulation and financial markets. As a frequent traveler, he has given lectures on finance and Fintech across the world, including Harvard Islamic Finance forum at Harvard Law School; a Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge, UK; Seoul International Finance Conference (SIFIC) & World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).  Nafis has been ranked among top 100 global social media influencers in Fintech by Refinitiv. He was featured as a Professor of the Month by Financial Times (FT) in 2014 and received an award for Upcoming Personality in Islamic Finance in 2016 presented by GIFA and hosted by the Indonesian government. He holds a PhD in Banking and Finance from Monash University.

Nikolaj Schmidt

Chief International Economist, Fixed Income Division

T. Rowe Price

Nikolaj Schmidt is the chief international economist in the Fixed Income Division of T. Rowe Price.

Mr. Schmidt has 18 years of investment experience. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, he worked as a director of Economic Research at Pharo Management. Mr. Schmidt also held a position at Goldman Sachs and the Danish Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Schmidt earned a master's degree and a Ph.D in finance and economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nguyen Thi Nhung

Director, Foreign Reserves Management Division

State Bank of Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Nhung has been working for The State Bank of Vietnam since April 1993 in different divisions such as capital account division, current account division, Exchange rate and foreign market division and foreign reserves division. She is currently the Director of foreign reserves division. Mrs Nhung also the assistant of the SBV’s Board on foreign reserves management. Mrs Nhung haf a bachelor’s degree in foreign trade from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi and has completed her Master of Art on development of economics from ISS (Institute of Social Studies) of Netherland. In addition, Mrs Nhung has taught many courses on macroeconomics, exchange rate, foreign exchange, foreign reserves management, risks management for new staffs, officials, high level leaders of SBVas well as staffs of commercial banks in Vietnam. Recently, she has been recognized as an expert of SBV on foreign exchange and foreign reserves with lectures for the central bank of Lao, Etopia.  Last year, she was a speaker for Central Banking conference on foreign reserves management.  

Salomo Posmauli Matondang

Senior Financial Analyst

Bank Indonesia

Salomo P. Matondang has been a Senior Financial Analyst within the Reserve Management Department since early 2018. He began his career at the Bank Indonesia in 2007. Since 2013, he’s been serving with the Reserve Management Department in various roles, first as a Market Analyst and then as a Financial Analyst. Prior to this, he served as a Staff to the Deputy Governor since 2012, right after obtaining his postgraduate degree. Mr. Matondang was awarded the Accountant degree from the University of Indonesia in 2009, and since 2012 has also been awarded the Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2016 and FRM certified since 2010.

Talal Al-Humoud

Director, Reserves Management Department

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)

Talal Al-Humoud is Director of the Reserves Management Department at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA). He previously held the positions of Head of External Fixed Income and Acting Head of Fixed Income & Alternatives. Currently, his work focus includes reserve management and the implementation of monetary policy decisions at SAMA. Mr. Al-Humoud holds a BA in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a BBA in Finance from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Alexander Sirotin

Critical Infrastructure Program Manager


Alexander Sirotin has over 20 years of management experience in the financial technology area, having represented such companies as Moody's Analytics, HP Security, WKFS/FRSGlobal, SunGard, Apama, Algorithmics, Temenos, SCO, and SCALA - serving the financial markets and focusing primarily on the security, financial risk management and regulatory compliance space, with a career and reputation built in the Emerging Markets of EMEA. Alexander holds an MBA in International Management and MIS from Case Western University, and an MA in Russian & East European Studies from The George Washington University.

Alan Rai

Senior Economist and Industry Fellow

Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and University of Technology Sydney

Alan Rai is a Senior Economist at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and has led various projects including the integration of renewables into the grid, emissions reduction policies, and reforms to Australia’s retail energy markets. He is also an Industry Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to the AEMC, Alan was at CSIRO, at Macquarie University as an Assistant Professor, and at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Alan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics (1st Class Honours) from Macquarie University.

Victor Andrei

Director of the Market Operations Department

National Bank of Romania

Victor Andrei is Director of the Market Operations Department at the National Bank of Romania, in charge with monetary policy operations, foreign reserves management & agent for the Government securities primary market & foreign currency payments.

More than twenty-five years Financial markets experience having held senior positions in both public (Central Bank) and private (Citibank Romania and Private equity) companies.

Pralhad Gir

Deputy Director

Nepal Rastra Bank

Pralhad Giri is the deputy director at Nepal Rastra Bank (Central Bank of Nepal) and has over 20 years of experience in central banking primarily in economic research, financial market analysis, anti-money laundering and CFT bank compliances, internal audit and financial crime research. Recently, Pralhad Giri has led research on electronic banking fraud in Nepal.

Currency, Mr. Giri is at Nepal Rastra Bank’s Janakpur office and is responsible for the economic research and other central banking activities. He was earlier, a specialized Trainer at Bankers' Training Centre of Nepal Rastra Bank and closely supervises, plans, design and develop training programs on financial reporting, AML/CFT, public relations of Banks/FIs, payment & settlement.