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Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI)

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Developing Asia's Extraordinary Leaders

Acquire new perspectives on financial leadership through the lens of global business leaders and policymakers. Developed by NUS Business School in partnership with industry leaders, the Asia Leaders in Financial Institutions (ALFI) programme epitomizes thought leadership, experiential learning and inspirational exposure.

The programme begins in Singapore with several days of intensive learning through discussions, lectures, case studies, simulations, role-playing and exercises on financial leadership. These will be interspersed with dialogue sessions with senior public and industry leaders, including site visits to financial institutions in global cities for experiential learning and networking. In addition, you will be expected to work in small teams on personalised and structured projects.

Core Focus

Macro leadership

  • Central banking and policies
  • Asian economies
  • Shadow banking
  • Doing business in ASEAN

Global Asia markets

  • Global financial crisis
  • Consumer behaviour in financial markets
  • Retirement finance and the ageing population
  • Liquidity, transparency and financial risk management

Executive leadership training

  • Charismatic leadership
  • Pragmatic leadership
  • Leadership and change management in turbulent times
  • Transformation service innovations
  • Navigating the matrix to deliver client solutions

Corporate governance, risk management and compliance

  • Comparative corporate governance
  • Comparative accounting standards, financial regulations and internal compliance
  • Principles of legal ethics in a global financial environment
  • Role of the COO and CEO
  • Managing risk: Developing a strong risk culture

Technology in financial services

  • Technology to speed, streamline and improve services
  • Communications and information technology in the public sector
  • Managing and delivering cutting-edge financial technology at a global investments company
  • Clouds, cyber connections and end users

Key Benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of the financial and business landscape in Asia, in connection with the global environment
  • Engage with speakers who range from CEOs of top financial institutions to former central bank governors
  • Be part of a lifetime, high-level network of global financial leaders in the business, public and academic arenas

Who should attend

Ideal candidates include members of top management identified as future leaders of organisations – senior directors, executive vice presidents, and managing directors from:

  • Financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, asset managers, asset owners)
  • Financial regulatory agencies
  • Sovereign wealth funds
  • Other forms of financial industry organisations


David Reeb is a Professor of Finance and holds the Mr. and Mrs. Lin Jo Yan Professorship in Banking and Finance in the Department of Finance at National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. Dr. Reeb also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABF...
Education Qualifications Ph.D., The University of Michigan, USA, 1993 MBA, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1989 BBA (Honours, First Class), National University of Singapore, Singapore, 1982 Research Interest Interfirm Collaboration And Competition Strategy In Rapidly Changing E...
Joe Cherian is a teaching professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame, and chair of the undergraduate curriculum committee in the department. He received his PhD from University of Texas at Austin in 1986, after receiving a masters in engineering management and one in mechanical engine...


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