Mark Austen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Securities Industry
& Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA).
Since joining ASIFMA in 2012, he has led the expansion of the
association to encompass Equities, Compliance, Post-Trade and Asset Management
in addition to its original division for Fixed Income, and its membership has
grown to over 80 firms.
Mark is also the CEO of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA),
which represents the common interests of the world's leading financial and
capital market participants, and speaks for the industry on the most important
global market issues. GFMA brings
together three of the world's leading financial trade associations to address
the increasingly important global regulatory agenda and to promote coordinated
advocacy efforts. GFMA comprises ASIFMA based in Hong Kong, The Association for
Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in London and Brussels and the Securities
Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in New York and Washington.
Mark’s key objectives at ASIFMA are to expand its product divisions, continue
to build a broad membership base and further strengthen its ability to act as a
collective voice for the industry.
Mark was formerly with AFME as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he
was AFME’s head of the Capital Markets Division and served as its Acting Chief
Executive from December 2009 to September 2010. Mark helped facilitate the
successful merger of the London Investment Bankers Association and SIFMA Europe
to create AFME in November 2009 and steered the newly formed association
through its first year of operation. Mark joined AFME (then called The Bond
Market Association or TBMA) in 2005 to head up the European Primary Dealers
Association (EPDA), which addressed issues of specific interest to government
bond markets. He was instrumental in the formation of the Global Rates
Division, the Credit Division, and the Covered Bond Division, and also managed the negotiation and integration of
the European Securities Forum (ESF), which became the Post Trade Division, into
what was then known as SIFMA Europe. More recently, Mark was the driving force behind the establishment of the
Global FX Division and the creation of the AFME Equities Board. In addition to his other duties at
AFME, he headed up the Advocacy Division and held overall responsibility for
AFME’s financial matters and membership.
Prior to joining AFME, Mark worked for MTS Group, the European trading
platform for fixed income securities, where he was head of Legal and Compliance. Before
his work at MTS, Mark spent three years as head of an international environmental web
Mark has stepped down from his positions on the board of the
International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA), the European Capital
Markets Institute (ECMI) at the Centre of European Policy Studies (CEPS), and
the Advisory Board of Quorum 15 in order to concentrate fully on his work at
ASIFMA. He was a member of the Ontario Bar and holds an LL.M. from the London
School of Economics and an LL.B. from Osgoode Law School in Toronto.
Managing Director - Head of Equities
Managing Director - Head of Equities
Ronalds is Managing Director of ASIFMA's Equity Division and works closely with
ASIFMA's Equities Committee and Post Trade
Committee to address ASIFMA initiatives involving secondary equity markets and post-trade issues in Asia.
Nick joined ASIFMA from consultancy RhoFinancial where he worked with clients
seeking to develop their presence in Asia’s exchange-traded derivatives
markets. One of his major projects was to create
the Asian affiliate for the Futures Industry Association, FIA Asia, and to lead
it to become the leading voice for the exchange-traded derivatives industry in
the Asian region.
Prior to RhoFinancial Nick held roles in the industry such as Managing Director
of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange's (CME) Asia office and Senior Vice
President, Global Markets for exchange-traded derivatives at ABN AMRO
Securities. In his role heading CME's Asia office he negotiated with Japan's
Ministry of Finance for approval of GLOBEX, the first-ever offshore electronic
trading system permitted in Japan. He began his career in the product
development division of the CME and subsequently as Chicago Operations Manager
of the CME Clearing House. Nick is a CFA Charter holder and has written
articles for publications ranging from International
Financing Review and Futures
Magazine to Nihon
Shoken Shimbun, Caixin,
and The Wall Street
Journal. He co-authored the Chapter on Chinese futures markets for
The Intelligent Commodity Investor (Risk Books, 2007).
Analyst - Equities
Managing Director - Head of Fixed Income and Compliance
Patrick Pang covers ASIFMA’s cross markets initiatives, including tax and compliance, and also works closely with various fixed income committees with a primary responsibility for government securities and funding/repo.
He joined ASIFMA from Credit Suisse in November 2012 with more than 20 years of industry experience and has a wide range of banking experience in structured finance products, including aircraft financing, capital structuring, single stock illiquid financing, direct principal investments, and other bespoke financing solutions. Additionally, Patrick possesses a wealth of experience in tax, accounting, legal documentation, transaction execution, and KYC/AML.
Patrick has held roles in the industry such as Director at Merrill Lynch, heading up the APAC Structured Equity Finance & Trading desk; Director at Deutsche Bank and part of the Strategic Equity Transactions Group; and Director at Citigroup, heading up the APAC Global Structured Solutions Desk. Prior to his career in banking, Patrick was a tax professional employed at Price Waterhouse and also a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Tax. He has spent time in the mining industry as well, consulting for a mining company in China.
A Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Patrick also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Bahasa Malaysia and Indonesia.
Executive Director - Fixed Income
Vijay Chander is focused on working with the various fixed income committees and playing a significant role in standardising credit markets across to allow greater cross-border flows to improve liquidity and keep Asian savings in the region. He also helps address other initiatives in the tax and compliance areas.
Vijay has over twenty-five years’ experience on both the buy and the sell sides of the fixed income and credit universe, having worked at Citibank, Lehman Brothers, the Prudential, BNP Paribas, Bear Stearns and most recently at Standard Chartered where he was the global head of credit strategy, before joining ASIFMA. Vijay’s career has been largely focused on Asia. He has worked in a variety of capacities, which include foreign exchange and credit trading/ structuring, risk management and credit portfolio management, analysis and strategy.
Vijay has an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University in the US and a B.Commerce degree from the Vivekananda College, University of Madras in India. He speaks English, French and Mandarin Chinese.
Associate - Fixed Income
Associate – Fixed Income
Executive Director - Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Wayne Arnold heads policy and
regulatory affairs at the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets
Association in Hong Kong. A former journalist with 25 years
of experience in Asia, Wayne was previously senior columnist at investment magazine Barron's Asia, which launched in 2014 in Hong Kong. From 1999 to 2008,
he served as the Singapore-based, Southeast Asia business and finance
correspondent for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
In 2008, Wayne helped launch a
daily newspaper in Abu Dhabi, The National, where he chronicled Dubai’s
financial meltdown as its economics columnist. He returned to Hong Kong in 2011
to join Thomson Reuters’ commentary service Breakingviews as Asia strategist.
He was then Reuters' editor in charge of Asia economics and markets from 2012
until 2014 before joining the Wall Street Journal as Asia Economics
Wayne has written columns for the
Asian Wall Street Journal in Singapore and for Bloomberg in Tokyo, with
coverage ranging financial markets and economics to aviation and technology.
Since first arriving in Asia in 1990, he has covered Japan’s financial collapse
in 1991, the global economic crisis and, most recently, China's economic
slowdown. He holds a degree in history from Harvard College in Cambridge,
Manager - Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Analyst- Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Managing Director - Head of Asset Management Group
Eugenie Shen was appointed Managing Director, Head of ASIMFA’s Asset Management Group (AAMG) in January 2014. In her role, Eugenie will expand AAMG’s membership across Asia, gain a deeper understanding of members' issues and concerns in the region, undertake projects that will promote and advance the common interests and concerns of members, and develop closer working relationships with regulators and local associations throughout the region.
Eugenie is a U.S. trained lawyer with more than 30 years of private practice and in-house legal experience across a wide range of institutions, industries and jurisdictions spanning Asia, the United States, Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining ASIFMA, Eugenie was managing director and chief legal officer of PineBridge Investments (the former AIG Investments) in Asia ex-Japan where she had legal and compliance responsibilities for multiple licensed and unlicensed entities/offices in Asia ex-Japan and interacted regularly with such regulators as China’s CSRC, Hong Kong SFC, India’s SEBI, Korea’s FSC, Malaysia’s SC, Philippines’ SEC, Singapore’s MAS and Taiwan’s SFB/FSC .
Other previous roles in Eugenie’s extensive career include: global general counsel of TTE Corporation, the television joint venture between China’s TCL Corporation and France’s Thomson group, which was among the first mainland Chinese companies to go global; general counsel of Morningside Technologies, Inc., a private investment firm which was one of the earliest foreign private equity investors in China; assistant director and head of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s China Listing Unit which oversaw the pioneer listing of Chinese H-share companies in Hong Kong; vice president and senior associate counsel at the New York head office of Chase Manhattan Bank; and associate at Shearman & Sterling’s New York and Hong Kong offices.
Eugenie is a member of the New York Bar and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She is a founder of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association and served as a member of the Cornell University Council and the Cornell President’s Council of Cornell Women. She is a President’s Circle member of the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and serves as its pro bono legal advisor.
Analyst- Asset Management Group
Junior Analyst- Asset Management Group and Communications
Managing Director - Global FX Division - Asia Pacific, GFMA
John Ball is Managing Director of the GFMA’s Foreign Exchange Division and is closely associated with ASIFMA in Hong Kong. He has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the industry in a number of different roles associated with FX and other derivative asset classes.
John joined the Global FX Division from Barclays Bank in August 2015. He was at Barclays in London for over 5 years where he was part of the FICC COO team with a focus on FX and covered a number of areas but focused on the regulatory agenda in the US, EU and Asia and its impact on the business. During this time he was actively involved in advocacy and responding to proposed regulation as well as designing and implementing solutions to meet new requirements.
Prior to Barclays, John was a Managing Director at Citigroup in London where he worked as the Regional Head of Global Markets Operations, EMEA, and spent 10 years with Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore where his last role was as Head of Wholesale Bank Operations covering both financial markets and transactional banking products.
John began his working career as a graduate engineer for British Steel before moving to Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Birmingham in the UK.
Executive Director – Head of Communications
In her role as Executive Director, Head of Communications, Corliss is responsible for communications across all of ASIFMA’s key constituencies, including member organizations, media outlets, strategic partners and the broader financial community. Her scope includes media relations, member communications, branding and marketing, and conferences and events.
Corliss brings with her almost 20 years of corporate and financial communications experience in Asia. She joins ASIFMA from Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, where she was Regional Director, Financial Communications, Asia Pacific for the past 12 years. At Edelman, Corliss led a team of financial communications professionals focusing on primarily large-scale, multi-market clients covering a wide range of clients within the financial sector such as Legg Mason, National Australia Bank, Carlyle and Scottish Development International. Her clients were leading firms spanning the financial sector including investment banking, asset management, corporate banking, insurance, wealth management, professional services and private equity.
Prior to Edelman, Corliss was Group Communications Manager at J.P. Morgan (initially Jardine Fleming) where she covered all areas of the business on a region-wide basis. Before this, she was Regional Brand and Communications Senior Executive at Prudential’s Asia headquarters.
Corliss has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in Canada.
Senior Manager – Head of Events and Conferences
Michelle Cheung manages all ASIFMA events and coordinates various programs for the association, including large-scale conferences and seminars, specialized meetings with policy makers and regulators and networking social functions featuring industry experts held both within and outside of Asia. She also collaborates with different trade associations and event organizers for co-hosted and endorsed industry events.
Michelle started her career at the Catering and Conference Services Department of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, followed by HSBC Global Banking and Markets Division's Conference, Roadshow and Event Management team. She performed the role of Roadshow Coordinator at Morgan Stanley's Fixed Income Capital Markets Division prior to joining ASIFMA in April 2013.
Michelle studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where she received a Master of Social Science degree in Corporate Communication and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hotel and Tourism Management. She was also an exchange student at the School of Hotel Administration of Cornell University. She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.