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Institute of Banking and Finance Annual Conference


(From left) Piyush Gupta, CEO, South East Asia Pacific, Citibank N.A.; Hsieh Fu Hua, CEO, Singapore Exchange Ltd; Heng Swee Keat, Managing Director, MAS; Hugh Young, Managing Director, Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd and Professor Michael Useem at the IBF Annual Conference

The Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) held its 3rd Annual Conference on 24 June 2009. The theme of the conference was "Transformational Leadership in a Changing Financial Landscape". Heng Swee Keat, Managing Director, MAS and Chairman of IBF delivered the opening remarks. The conference was well-received by senior management executives from the financial sector.

The keynote speaker was Professor Michael Useem, William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Useem discussed key leadership capabilities and traits which are vital for the financial industry in 2009 and beyond. Adopting an interactive case-study approach, he highlighted the short and medium term business-critical leadership challenges and opportunities, as well as long-term issues facing senior management in the financial sector.

In conjunction with the conference, IBF also arranged for a Financial Industry Competency Standards (FICS) training fair to showcase the latest FICS programmes offered by IBF's accredited training providers and lead providers.

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