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Central Banking Series: Singapore

As a global city and financial center, Singapore makes an exceptional location for this next installment of GIC’s Central Banking Series. Join experts such as Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta J. Mester for a world-class conference in this tropical city-state. The second day will feature a private roundtable discussion for the GIC delegation.


Continuing Education

IMCA® has accepted Central Banking Series: Singapore for 4.5 hours of CE credit towards the CIMA®, CIMC®, and CPWA® certifications. You may report CE credit for this program online at www.imca.org/pages/onlinereporting. When reporting online, leave the Provider Name field blank. Enter the Program ID 17GIC002 and the Date Attended.

This program has been accepted by AFCPE® CEU Department for 4.5 CE credits. Upon completion of the approved conference or workshop, each Certificant must complete the Proof of Participation section on the CEU Form.

The CFP Board has approved Central Banking Series: Singapore for 4.50 CE credit hours.


February 20 Public Conference

Marina Mandarin Vanda Ballroom 
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594


8:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.  Welcome

  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading and Investments and GIC Chair

9:15 a.m.  Keynote Speech: View from the Federal Reserve

  • Loretta Mester, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

10:00 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m.  Session I: Investment Outlook–U.S. and Latin America Perspective

  • William Kennedy, Chief Investment Officer, Fieldpoint Private
  • Alexander Ortiz, Chief Investment Officer, Afina International
  • Moderator: Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading and Investments and GIC Chair

11:15 a.m.  Session II: Politics and Populism

  • Diego Estevez, Board Member, BSI Bank Panama – The Macroeconomics of Politics and Populism: Its Consequences
  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading and Investments and GIC Chair
  • Moderator: Don Rissmiller, Chief Economist, Strategas Research Partners and GIC Vice Chair

12:15 p.m.  Lunch

1:45 p.m.  Session III: Regional Investing: Asia and Latin America

  • Tarik Ramirez Fuentes, Director of Investments, SURA Investment Management México
  • Yu-Ming Wang, Global Head of Investment & CIO, International, Nikko Asset Management
  • Moderator: Alexander Ortiz, Chief Investment Officer, Afina International

2:45 p.m.  Session IV: International Trade and Investment Flows

  • Mario Ignacio Artaza, Chief Representative, Hong Kong Representative Office, Banco Security
  • Filippo di Mauro, Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School
  • Moderator: Benjamin Leavenworth, Chief Relationship Officer, Afina International and GIC Board Member

3:45 p.m.  Conclusion

  • Michael Drury, Chief Economist, McVean Trading and Investments and GIC Chairman


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Private roundtable discussion for GIC delegation at the
Nikko Asset Management offices.
9:00 am. – 1:00 p.m.

Event Location

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 City: Marina Mandarin Hotel, Vanda Ballroom Download iCal


Loretta Mester, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

As president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Loretta J. Mester participates on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy, and oversees 950 employees in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh who conduct economic research, supervise banking institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government. She assumed her role as president and CEO in June 2014.

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Mario Ignacio Artaza

Chief Representative of Chile’s only Bank with a Representative Office in Hong Kong, Banco Security 智定銀行.

With a background in Journalism and International Relations, Mario Ignacio Artaza served as a Chilean career diplomat for more than 20 years, specializing in trade negotiations and commerce with Chilean partners in the Asia Pacific region. Was a member or served as coordinator of Chile’s Free Trade Agreement teams during the negotiation processes with Canada; the People´s Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; India; Malaysia; Vietnam as well as during the first set of rounds of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

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Filippo di Mauro

Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore Business School

Filippo di Mauro is Visiting Fellow at the Business School (BIZ) of the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is teaching two macro courses in the MBA program. Professor di Mauro is Chairperson of CompNet, a large research network on competitiveness and productivity among central banks, major international organizations and academic institutes. His present research and teaching includes: 1) Productivity and resource reallocation using firm level data; and 2) Modelling global linkages and business cycle forecast, including global value chains.

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Michael Drury

Chief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments

Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Diego A. Estevez

Member Board of Directors at BSI Bank Panama SA and International Emerging Markets Consultant

Diego A. Estevez was born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is married and has two children. In 1970 he received his high school diploma (“Bachiller”) from the Villa Devoto School (founded in 1908) where he completed elementary and high school studies (University of Cambridge Exams).

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William Kennedy

Chief Investment Officer, Fieldpoint Private

Mr. Kennedy is the Chief Investment Officer for Fieldpoint Private and a member of the bank’s Board of Directors. He is responsible for the firm’s investment philosophy, process and platform including capital market research, asset allocation, portfolio construction and risk management. He chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Mr. Kennedy directly manages discretionary investment portfolios for families and institutions and manages the bank’s fixed income securities portfolio. He is the author of Fieldpoint Private’s market publications “The Point” and “Global Investment Strategy” and makes frequent media appearances including Fox Business News and Bloomberg radio.

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Benjamin Leavenworth

Chief Relationship Officer, Afina International

Mr. Leavenworth has over 20 years of professional experience in Latin America, from governmental roles to entrepreneurial ventures and finance. He is a founding partner of Afina and is primarily focused on managing and developing the firm’s relationships. Mr. Leavenworth also serves as Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia with a jurisdiction that includes the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

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Alexander Ortiz

Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner, Afina International, LLC

Alex has over 20 years of experience in trading and financial markets. He is a founding partner of Afina and leads the development of Afina’s global asset management business.

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Tarik Ramirez

CIO, Sura Investment Management Mexico

Tarik has over 16 years of experience in the Investment management Industry. He started his career as a Research Analyst at Citigroup-Banamex, writing investment strategy comments for the banks main research publications. He also worked at UBS in NY as the person in charge of developing and executing the investment process to manage a $1.5B book of institutional and private clients. He then worked at two of the largest and most prestigious family offices in Mexico, where he headed the Asset Management divisions.

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Donald Rissmiller

Founding Partner of Strategas

Donald Rissmiller is a founding partner of Strategas and has been the firm’s chief economist since 2006, directing its macroeconomic research effort. He oversees Strategas’ high-frequency econometric forecasting and thematic economic research. Mr. Rissmiller’s research has been consistently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine in their annual survey: he was ranked best up and coming economist in 2008, and was third in their 2009 All-America Independent Research Team survey. He is frequently quoted in the financial press.

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Yu-Ming Wang

Deputy President, Global Head of Investment & CIO, International, Nikko Asset Management

Yu-Ming Wang has a wealth of experience in the asset management industry with a notable track record particularly in managing global fixed income. Yu-Ming Wang is responsible for overseeing Nikko Asset Management’s investment teams, comprising more than 200 seasoned professionals spanning four continents and seven locations (Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Auckland, Hong Kong, London and New York) and covering all global markets and asset classes.

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