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Shane Akeroyd is executive vice president, global head of account management, and the regional head of Asia Pacific at IHS Markit. He joined Markit in 2008. Shane has over 25 years of sales experience, and previously worked at RBC Capital Markets where he was head of global debt markets distribution and a member of the executive management team. Prior to RBC, Shane spent ten years at TD Securities, most recently serving as vice chair, capital market sales for Europe, Asia and Australia. He worked at Bear Stearns as a managing director for three years before joining TD Securities, and began his financial career with seven years at Bank of America, most recently as a vice president of derivative sales. Shane holds a BSc (Honours) in Economics from University College London.
Masashi Shindo is currently Executive Officer, General Manager of the Global Business Bureau at Nikkei Inc. After joining Nikkei in 1984, Masahshi has held various editorial positions such as a writer in Tokyo, correspondent in Vienna, Milan, Paris and editor in London. He was Managing Director (London) at Nikkei Europe Ltd. from 2013 to 2015. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Arts from Tokyo University, Japan.
Based in Singapore, Ding Li is the Asia-Pacific Head of Research for Upstream Cost & Technology. He also leads the research team for yards and fabrication. In this capacity, Ding Li has supported oil and gas companies in assessing yard capability worldwide for offshore platform and onshore module fabrication projects. He has also contributed to several operators risks (delays and cost overruns) identification and evaluation exercises for major offshore EPC projects. Prior to IHS Markit, Ding Li was a strategy manager specializing in petroleum economics and served as an investment analyst at a corporate finance firm, evaluating the economics of natural resource development projects.
Kent Chaplin is Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market. In this role he is responsible for driving Lloyd’s strategy in the Asia Pacific region and leading Lloyd’s operations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore and Malaysia. Kent joined Lloyd’s of London in October 2004 as the Head of Claims where he was responsible for defining and implementing Lloyd’s claims management strategy and providing leadership on market-wide claims and major loss issues. He successfully led the Claims Transformation Project and Talent Programmes for the Lloyd’s market. Appointed Head of Asia Pacific and Managing Director of Lloyd’s Asia in January 2011, Kent has been responsible for Lloyd’s strategy and operations across Asia Pacific, including management of the Lloyd’s Asia platform in Singapore and Asia Pacific office network, ensuring compliance with Lloyd’s standards and regulatory requirements and supporting Lloyd’s business development in new and existing markets across the region. Previously Kent worked as a solicitor in insurance and commercial litigation in New Zealand and with a leading London law firm specialising in mass tort litigation, products liability disputes and general commercial litigation. In 1999 he was appointed Claims and Account Director at Aon Limited’s Professional Risks division, specialising in Professional Indemnity, Directors and Officers and Blanket Bankers Bond liability.
Johnson Chng has over 24 years of experience in all sub-segments of the financial services sector consulting numerous clients in North America, Europe and more than 10 countries in Asia. His clients include governments, large SOEs, financial services institutions, stock exchanges, regulators, consumer and retail companies, mining companies etc. Johnson’s advisory expertise ranges from the development and implementation of strategy, risk management, organisation design, M&A, PMI, business process re-engineering, turnaround and transformation, due diligence and more.
Audra Low is a founding member of the Clifford Capital management team, with overall responsibility for client coverage and transaction execution. Since joining Clifford Capital in 2012, Ms. Low has overseen the successful completion of over $1.5bn of financing across the infrastructure, offshore marine and shipping sectors globally. Prior to that, she spent 12 years in project finance with HSBC, playing a key role in the origination and financing of numerous award-winning projects in South East Asia, both as financial advisor and lead arranger. She brings with her a wealth of experience of working with Singapore-based companies on infrastructure projects both locally and overseas. Ms. Low has an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University.
Alok Sinha is a Managing Director & Head of Greater Asia Energy & Natural Resources Group, Corporate and Institutional Bank. He is currently responsible for coverage of the Energy and Resources companies operating in Asia Pacific region. Previously he was responsible for coverage of Oil & Gas companies in Asia and MENA regions. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Alok was an Executive Director, Head of Energy & Resources for South and S.E Asia at ABN AMRO.
Jakob Bergholdt is CFO of BW Group. He has over 20 years of international finance, shipping and logistics experience across various industries and in both listed and private businesses.
Prior to BW Group, Mr. Bergholdt was Chief Financial Officer, Asia at Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN in 2012 before he was promoted to Group Vice President and CEO of NORDEN Singapore after a year. He has also held CFO and other senior management roles with Cognita and the AP Møller-Mǽrsk Group. Mr Bergholdt began his finance and shipping career at AP Møller-Mǽrsk in 1993, where he progressed over the years to become the regional Chief Financial Officer, Asia Pacific Region for DAMCO.
Mr. Bergholdt holds an MBA (Hons) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a HD Degree (Financial and Management Accounting Degree) from the Copenhagen Business School, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Business, also from the Copenhagen Business School.