Speakers

Dr. Tony Makin

keynote Speaker

Professor (Economics), Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University

Tony Makin is a Professor of Economics at Griffith University, Australia, who has served with the International Monetary Fund, as Director of Griffith’s APEC Study Centre and in the Australian departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Treasury. He has published widely on Asia-Pacific economic issues, and is a member of the National Economic Panel of the Economic Society of Australia.

Dr. Steven Cochrane

keynote Speaker

Chief APAC Economist, Moody’s Analytics

Steven G. Cochrane, PhD, is Chief APAC Economist with Moody’s Analytics. He leads the Asia economic analysis and forecasting activities of the Moody’s Analytics research team, as well as the continual expansion of the company’s international, national and subnational forecast models. In addition, Steve directs consulting projects for clients to help them understand the effect of regional economic developments on their business under baseline forecasts and alternative scenarios. Steve’s expertise lies in providing clear insights into an area’s or region’s strengths, weaknesses and comparative advantages, relative to macro or global economic trends. A highly-regarded speaker, Dr. Cochrane has provided economic insights at hundreds of engagements over the past 20 years and has been featured on Wall Street Radio, the PBS News Hour, C-SPAN and CNBC. Through his research and presentations, Steve dissects how various components of the macro and regional economies shape patterns of growth.
Steve holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar. He also holds master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis. Currently based in North America, Steve travels extensively and will continue his distinguished career from Moody’s Analytics Singapore office starting in August 2018.

Dr. Kai-Hong Tee

keynote Speaker

Senior Lecturer in Finance, Loughborough University

Kai-Hong Tee is currently Senior Lecturer in Finance at Loughborough University School of Business and Economics in the United Kingdom. He has worked previously as a Lecturer in Finance at the University of Aberdeen and as a Property Investment Marketing Consultant on both residential and commercial sectors in the international properties markets based in Singapore. His research interests include the application of asymmetric risk measures on portfolio optimization, the study of liquidity risks, and efficient performance of managed futures and hedge funds. Other interests include exploring the hedging effectiveness of derivatives and the effectiveness of currency (portfolio) strategy for conditional hedging purposes. Dr. Tee’s research has been published in the European Journal of Operational Research, International Review of Financial Analysis, Applied Financial Economics, European Financial Management, Journal of Investment Strategies and Journal of Multinational Financial Management. He has a BA in Economics and Mathematics from the National University of Singapore, an MBA (with distinction) in finance from the Leeds University Business School, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.Steve holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Penn Institute for Urban Research Scholar. He also holds master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis. Currently based in North America, Steve travels extensively and will continue his distinguished career from Moody’s Analytics Singapore office starting in August 2018.

Dr. Evan Lau

Conference Chair

Associate Professor, UNIMAS 

  • Associate Professor and Managing Editor of International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS)
  • His journal articles publications stand at 94 and he has 60 post-graduate students under his supervision while successfully examining 47 postgraduate thesis.
  • Evan been invited to speak at numerous international conferences (Indonesia, Italy, UAE, Sri Lanka, Singapore) and also an active workshop instructor.
  • Listed as Top 10% economists in Malaysia since 2008 and Top 12% in Asia since 2012 by the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) database. He was also cited as Top 10 Most Productive Malaysian Based Authors in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the year from 2001 to 2010 by Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC).
  • Biography was selected to be listed in the 29th Edition of Who’s Who in the world for 2012.

Dr. Tan Jing Hee

General Chair

Executive Director & Chairman of its Academic Board of East Asia Institute of Management

Dr. Tan Jing Hee is an Executive Director of East Asia Institute of Management as well as the Chairman of its Academic Board. He started work as a Retail Manager in a family business dealing with pharmaceutical products, toiletries and film development and processing. Dr Tan went on to become Senior Science Master of a government secondary school. After five years, he re-joined the private sector as a Merchandising Manager of Robinsons Departmental Store, with responsibilities over 6 departments in Menswear Division. In 1973, he joined the Singapore Institute of Management, initially as Information, Publications and Research officer before moving into management development responsibilities. During his 25 years stay in the institute, he helped to build it into the premier HRD organisation in the region. While in SIM, Dr Tan was also involved in establishing enterprise-wide MBO systems in six medium and large organisations in Singapore. In 1987, he co-edited a book on Developing Managers In Asia, published by Addison-Wesley. Dr Tan was the Chief Operating Officer of SIM before leaving it to pursue other interests. In 1994, he wrote doctoral thesis on Developing A Factor Model of Management Work in Singapore, for which he was awarded his Ph.D from Henley Mangement College/Brunel University.