Advocacy Talking Points 28 June 2021
SRI Integration into Investment Decision Making
Webinar presented by CFA Society Malaysia and the World Bank Group Inclusive Growth & Sustainable Finance Hub in Malaysia.
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This webinar is the second in the series on sustainable and responsible investment organized in partnership with World Bank Group and CFA Society Malaysia. It focuses on the framework of integrating SRI in various aspects of the investment decision-making process. It presents real-life case studies to help investors better understand how leading investment practitioners are integrating SRI factors into their analysis and the investment process.
- Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO of Bursa Malaysia
- Lutfey Siddiqi, CFA, Managing Director of Regions and Society Relations at CFA Institute
- Mary Leung, CFA, Head of Advocacy for Asia Pacific at CFA Institute
- Jim McCafferty, Joint Head of APAC Equity Research at Nomura
- Rizal Mohamed Ali, Vice president of Responsible Investment at KWAP
- Zhikai Chen, CFA, Head of Asian Equities at BNP Paribas Asset Management
- Dr. Adam Ng, CFA Institute ARX Society Engagement Committee, Malaysia Representative
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Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift is the Chief Executive Officer of Bursa Malaysia Berhad. He is also the director of all subsidiary companies within Bursa Malaysia Group and serves as a Chairman of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives and Clearing.
Datuk Umar has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of banking and financial services. He was also the CEO of Gas Malaysia and Head of Enterprise Financial Services Group of Maybank. Prior to helming the Exchange, he was the Chief Executive Officer/ Group Managing Director of MAA GroupBerhad, where he also assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Assurance Alliance Berhad (now known as Zurich Insurance Malaysia Berhad).
Datuk Umar sits on the Board of the Securities Industry Development Corporation and is an appointed member of ‘Anugerah Kecemerlangan Industri’. He is also a member of the Financial Reporting Foundation and a Board member of the Capital Market Development Fund, both appointed by the Ministry of Finance
Datuk Umar holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University, Australia, and is a fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a member of CPA Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser of TheTax Institute of Australia, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) in Australia. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Registered Financial Planner.
Lutfey Siddiqi leads the organization’s engagement, liaison, and partnership with members and stakeholders, including industry and academia. His regional and society relations teams around the world are charged with relationship management, representing the voice of the customer, and delivering on the CFA Institute mission in alignment with local market contexts.
Lutfey is a Visiting Professor-in-Practice at the London School of Economics (IDEAS) and an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore (Risk Management Institute). He is a member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Fiscal & Monetary Policy, having previously served on the councils for the future of financing and long-term investing.
His industry experience includes stints at Deutsche Bank, Barclays and latterly UBS Investment Bank where he was Global Head of Emerging Markets for FX, Rates and Credit, and founding head of UBS Knowledge Network.
Lutfey was born in Bangladesh, went to school in the UAE, Namibia and Wales, university in England, and has worked in London, Zurich, and Singapore, mostly in multi-regional, client-facing roles.
Mary is the Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute. She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders 6o advance the wider CFA Institute mission.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory, and fund management. She joined Coutts & Co, where she was director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was executive director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high-net-worth individuals.
Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks English, Putonghua, and Cantonese.
Adam Ng is a sustainable Finance Expert at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia, specializes in developing sustainable finance policies, products and solutions for the financial sector in Malaysia.
He was formerly Deputy Director (Research Management Centre) and Associate Professor at the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), Fellow at the London-based Royal Society of Arts (2014-2017), Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Global Economic Governance Programme (2015-2016) and Securities Commission Malaysia-Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence in Islamic Finance (2014-2015) in the UK.
During his service at the Central Bank of Malaysia, he contributed to strategic initiatives in Islamic financial infrastructure development and central banking collaboration, principally the establishment of International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation (IILM) by 11 central banks and Islamic Development Bank Group in 2010. He served in the management team of IILM and laid the foundation for the issuance of the world’s first A-1 rated USD short-term sukuk.
He has published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Sustainable Development, Energy Economics, Economic Modelling and the Asian Institute of Chartered Banker. He received his PhD in Islamic Finance from INCEIF and Bachelor of Civil Law from University of Oxford.
Jim joined Nomura in July 2015 after five years with RBS/CIMB in Hong Kong where, he was head of Asia Pacific Research. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2010, Jim has been a top-ranked telecoms analyst and Head of Research in London with senior roles at ABN AMRO, Societe Generale and Seymour Pierce. He was named Financial Times AIM analyst of the year in 2008. In 2012 he published “UK Fund Managers and Institutional attitudes towards Japanese Equities” in the journal The Japanese Economy. Jim has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics from Heriot-Watt University and a MSc degree in Political Economy of East Asia from the University of Sheffield.
Rizal has over 20 years experience in legal and ESG related work. He was previously a legal officer for DRB-HICOM Berhad, a public listed conglomerate prior to joining KWAP over 10 years ago. He presently heads the Responsible Investment Section at Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP), which was set up to manage ESG-related initiatives at KWAP. He currently serves as a Member of PRI Investor Working Group on Palm Oil. He is also a Working Group Committee Member of Institutional Investors Council Malaysia
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Honours) from Brunel University in London. He is also a Member of Chartered Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals (CIFP).
Zhikai Chen is Head of Asian Equities and responsible for further strengthening BNPP AM’s regional franchise in this asset class; with the aim of generating strong, sustainable investment performance for clients in the region. He currently leads the seven-member Asian equities investment team based out of Hong Kong and Malaysia. Zhikai is armed with more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He brings a wealth of experience, from the Monetary Authority of Singapore to Putnam Investments, with a focus on Emerging and Asia ex-Japan. Prior to BNPP AM, Zhikai oversaw the Asia ex-Japan Equities team for Lombard Odiersince 2012. He graduated from the University of Michigan in the USA (Bachelor of Business Administration) and the National University of Singapore (Master of Social Science, Applied Economics). He is a CFA charterholder. Zhikai is also a Citywire AAA-rated fund manager.