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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 and services innovations
  • Leadership in the digital age

Corporate governance, risk management and compliance

  • Comparative corporate governance
  • Managing across diverse and changing regulatory regimes
  • Principles of legal ethics in a global financial environment
  • Managing risk: Developing a strong risk culture
  • Sustainability for growth

Technology in financial services

  • Harnessing the power of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Fintech – challenges and opportunities
  • Impact of technology on the future of financial services
  • Digital transformation and cyber security

Key Benefits

  • Deepen your understanding of the financial and business landscape in Asia, framed by the dynamics of the global environment
  • Engage with speakers who range from CEOs of top financial institutions to central bank governors
  • Become part of a high-level network of global financial leaders and enjoy NUS Business School Executive Education alumni status recognition.

Who should attend

Ideal candidates would typically include members of senior management from financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, financial regulatory agencies, asset managers, asset owners, central banks and sovereign wealth funds.


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...
Sumit Agarwal is Professor of Finance at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Previously, he was the Vice-Dean of Research and the Low Tuck Kwong Professor at the School of Business and a Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate at the National Univ...
Current National University of Singapore Jardine Cycle & Carriage Professor of Finance (formerly Cycle & Carriage Professor), NUS Business School (June 1, 2008 – Present) Professor of Economics, Department of Economics (March 1, 2013 – Present) Director, Risk Management Institute (July 1,...
Education Qualifications Ph.D, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, 1978 Diplom (Dipl.-Psych.), Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1976 Vordiplom, University of Regensburg, Germany, 1971 Research Interest Basic And Applied Topics Of Organizational Behavior Entrepreneurship Innovation S...
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY August 2012 – Present Professor (Practice), Department of Strategy and Policy, National University of Singapore Business School Courses Taught (all at MBA level)  Macroeconomics and the Global Economy  Macroeconomics and Finance: Perspectives from Asia  Macroeconomics and Fi...
Ishtiaq Pasha Mahmood is a Professor at the NUS Business School where he studies and works with multinational and indigenous companies on their emerging market strategies. He joined the NUS faculty in 1999, after obtaining an economics degree from Oberlin College (1992) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (...
Chris is Professor of Transformation Practice at NUS Business School. Prior to the NUS appointment, he was Senior Advisor to the National Trades Union Congress and Senior Advisor, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. Before that, he was CEO of the Media Development Authority, res...
Education Qualifications PhD, Finance, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago, III, 1984 MBA, Finance, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago, III, 1981 B.A (Hon), Economics and Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, 1979 ...


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