Asian Financial Leaders Programme

Asian Financial Leaders Programme

Expanding Horizons
Executive Summary

You’re already a senior-level talent in Asia’s financial sector. Follow in the steps of many finance industry leaders across Asia with the Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP), the Ministry of Finance awarded flagship programme and lay the groundwork for your next leadership challenge. 

During the programme you’ll:

  • Interact in discussions with world-class academics, global thought leaders, leading financiers and regulators
  • Benefit from the strong design and execution expertise of TMS and SMU plus their network of global partners resulting in an impactful learning journey to both emerging and developed markets
  • Learn from highly customised content with a strong focus on the high-growth financial markets in China and ASEAN, vetted by eminent business leaders
  • Earn certification from all participating institutions on completion of programme
  • Acquire critical insights - with a global and regional perspective - to strengthen your ability to understand the changing regional and global economic landscapes plus the regulatory and legal environments
  • Take part in immersive and exclusive, high-performance company visits
  • Network with peers from across geographies and industries within the financial sector.
Programme Details

A leadership journey spanning 22 days over a ten-month period, you'll gain knowledge and insights at world-renowned institutions across Europe, the United States, China and Southeast Asia like IMD, The Wharton School, Tsinghua School of Economics and Management. Nor will it merely be a passive education: you'll be interacting with world-class faculty, global thought leaders, eminent practitioners and regulators across all of these regions.

Furthermore, you’ll receive Certificates from TMS-SMU, IMD and Wharton on completion.

Dates for the 2018/2019 run:

  • Module 1 (Singapore) TBC
  • Module 2 (USA & Switzerland) TBC
  • Module 3 (Indonesia & China) TBC
  • Module 4 (Singapore) TBC
AFLP Heritage

The Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP) was developed by Temasek Management Services Academy (TMSA) and Singapore Management University (SMU) when jointly awarded the mandate by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).

This flagship programme for developing senior-level talent in Asia's financial sector launched in June 2015 at the Association of Banks in Singapore's annual dinner with the announcement by guest of honour Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugarathnam:

"This programme will take advantage of Singapore's strong and expanding linkages in the region, including ASEAN, China and India, and aim to strengthen those links through leadership development. The AFLP is aimed at equipping finance professionals aspiring to C-suite roles with the knowledge and capabilities to operate effectively across diverse business, regulatory, and legal environments. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn from and interact with top policy-makers from the region and to also build networks with fellow financial sector leaders".

Mr. Tharman continued by saying the efforts to develop professional talent and skills in the financial industry include developing a strong core of Singaporean leaders in the sector to help define Singapore's continued success as a financial centre. 

Today, AFLP is managed by Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), the result of the TMSA and HCLI merger to form the integrated leadership development arm and subsidiary of Temasek Management Services (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited). 

Who Should Attend

Senior Asian financial leaders, including CEOs and C-1, C-2 executives on the path to leadership of Financial Institutions (FIs) in banking, insurance, investments, policy, regulatory and private equity.

When & Where
13 Nov 2017
22 Days
Six modules
Your Facilitators
Audrey Lim
Audrey Lim

Senior Vice President, Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI)
Executive Director, Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP)
Programme Director (AFLP Modules 1 & 2)

Neo Boon Siong, Canon Professor of Business, Nanyang Business School
Neo Boon Siong

Canon Professor of Business
Dean, Nanyang Business School
Director, Asia Business Case Centre
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Joseph A. Grundfest, Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School
Joseph A. Grundfest

W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School
Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance 
Stanford University

Dan Siciliano, Associate Dean, Stanford Law School
Dan Siciliano

Professor, Associate Dean, Stanford Law School
Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Stanford University 

Arturo Bris
Arturo Bris

Director, IMD World Competitiveness Center
Professor of Finance

Tawfik Jelassi
Tawfik Jelassi

Professor of Strategy and Technology Management 

Salvatore Cantale
Salvatore Cantale

Professor of Finance

Sean Meehan
Sean Meehan

Martin Hilti Professor of Marketing and Change Management

John Sequeira
John Sequeira

Associate Professor of Finance (Practice)
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Academic Director, Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP)
Programme Director (AFLP Modules 3 & 4)

This takes advantage of Singapore's strong and expanding linkages in the region...and aims to strengthen them through leadership development. AFLP is aimed at equipping finance professionals...with the knowledge and capabilities to operate effectively across diverse environments. Participants are given the opportunity to learn from and interact with top policy-makers from the region and to also build networks with fellow financial sector leaders.

Mr Tharman Shanmugarathnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister

We want to create a pipeline of Asian finance leaders who understand Asia and can lead Asian financial institutions. AFLP will equip finance professionals aspiring to take on C-suite roles with the knowledge to navigate the business, regulatory, and legal environments in the region. Combining academic rigour with industry insights, it will cover key issues in finance from a global and Asian perspective. We look forward to the launch of the AFLP.

Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS

We are honoured to have been awarded this mandate by MAS jointly with SMU, and to have the opportunity to create a meaningful impact on the future of the Asian financial sector. 

Dr Tan Chin Nam, Chairman of TMS

Given our growing trade and financial networks within ASEAN, and with China and India, Singapore is in a unique position to develop deep pools of knowledge of these regions. 

Professor Arnoud De Meyer, President of SMU

The discussion on Fintech, banking regulation and industry landscape through the various company visits provided me with many engaging moments of discovery, discussion and now, follow through in practice.

David Lim, Vice Chairman, South East Asia, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.

Our connections and bonding together was the mainstay of this batch of cohorts, together with both the TMS and SMU staff who did a superb job keeping our journey exciting and alive. We thank them deeply. I know that with the kind of training and learning provided, Singapore will survive strongly as an innovative financial hub.

Ravi Manchanda, Chief Executive Singapore, Westpac Banking Corporation

The inaugural AFLP curriculum was well structured and provided an outstanding learning experience with world-class faculty and exercises. The quality of the speakers and their generosity in sharing their knowledge and experience is highly appreciated. The depth of experience and expertise that they bring from different parts of the financial sector created a truly diverse and engaging learning environment for the class. I look forward to applying what I learned from this programme and share relevant lessons learned with my team. Last but not least, the opportunity to be able to network and work together with a group of people is priceless.

Gary Chan, Managing Director Head of Corporate Banking, CitiBank Singapore

It has indeed been a privilege to be part of the first batch of AFLP participants. The diversity of participants from the various segments of the financial industry is one key strength of the programme. I doubt there is another programme that offers the same level of diversity, experience and intensity. As it grows and matures, I am confident that it will play a significant role in helping to develop Asian financial leaders who are global in thinking and local in expertise.

Johnny Heng, Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management, Asia ex-Japan Nomura Singapore Limited

This is a program which really widened my perspective with exposures to better understand the latest trends in Europe, US, North Asia and South East Asia. It has been very rich in learning and worth my time investment. I greatly appreciate the MAS sponsorship for 90% of the programme costs as I know this is unprecedented and an investment of the government in developing Singaporean talent.

Philip Lim, Head of Retail Banking Singapore, ANZ Banking Group Limited

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to network and share ideas, and challenge my mindset, together with some of the best and brightest from the financial industry in Singapore, and some of the best minds in academia from around the world.

Lim Leong Guan, Managing Director Head, Investment Products and Services, Singapore and APAC Hub UBS AG

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