1 March 2016
Kuala Lumpur

SWIFT Business Forum Malaysia 2016


All morning sessions will take place in the Grand Ballroom (Level 2)

Tuesday, 1st March 2016

8:30 – 9:00 am

Registration and Morning Reception

Ballroom Foyer

  Master of Ceremony:  Simon Soo Hu, Country Manager, Commercial Division, Malaysia, SWIFT

9:00 – 9:25 am 

SWIFT Welcome Address


  • Alain Raes, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific and EMEA, SWIFT
  • Christophe Michel, Head of Corporate Services Centre, Kuala Lumpur, SWIFT

9:25 – 9:45 am

Keynote Address


Provide an update on the latest developments of Malaysia’s payments market infrastructure, financial inclusion, and ASEAN integration


  • Dato' Muhammad Ibrahim, Deputy Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia

9:45 – 10:30 am

Trends and Developments in Malaysia’s Payments System


Payments systems modernization needs are driving evolution in payments and settlement systems across countries in the Asia Pacific. In Malaysia, as part of ongoing efforts by the central bank to improve the efficiency of the financial sector by encouraging the use of electronic payment and settlement technology, MyClear has partnered with SWIFT as an access channel for implementing RENTAS (Real-Time Electronic Transfer of Funds and Securities System).  In this session, we will discuss how this new national payment system will enhance the efficiency of payment and fund flow of the financial sector, and how that will help the development of the Malaysian financial markets. We will also review a payments modernization case study with the National Payments Platform (NPP), being implemented as the real time payments system in Australia.



  • Michael Moon, Head of Payments Markets, Asia Pacific, SWIFT


  • Susan Bray, Executive General Counsel, Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA)
  • Tay Gim Soon, Chief Operating Officer, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation (MyClear)
  • Fairuz Radi, Executive Director, Global Head, Products and Channels, Transaction Banking, Maybank

10:30 – 11:00 am

Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 am

Fintech Evolution in the ASEAN Community


The Securities Commission Malaysia has high hopes that a new generation of fintech companies will turn Malaysia into a regional Silicon Valley.  The emphasis put onto fintech aims to spur new growth for the Malaysian financial markets, tying finance and technology together as an enabler to expand business growth.

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  • Foo Lee Mei, Executive Director and General Counsel, Securities Commission Malaysia


  • Philippe Dirckx, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, SWIFT


  • ST Chua, Chief Marketing Officer, Perfectsen
  • Chris Leong, Chief Strategy Officer, Soft Space

11:45 – 12:30 pm

Gearing Up for Growth in Malaysia’s Securities Market


What are the current hot topics on the minds of securities players across the ASEAN region?  How do SWIFT and the standardisation processes contribute to these initiatives, and what progress has been made?  What role does the Bursa play in further strengthening and developing the securities market? This session will provide an update on the securities landscape globally, regionally and in Malaysia, as well as some insights on what the next steps might be.



  • Alexandre Kech, Head of Securities Markets & Standards, Asia Pacific,


  • Benedict Ler, Securities Country Manager, Citibank Berhad, Malaysia
  • Tony Lewis, Head of Securities Services, HSBC
  • Ariya Ng, Head of Securities Services, Malaysian Electronic Clearing Corporation (MyClear)
  • Chua Kong Khai, Chief Market Operations Officer, Bursa Malaysia

12:30 – 1:45 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:45 – 2:30 pm

The Growing Importance of SME Financing


The SME sector represents a substantial portion of all economic activity in the country, accounting for 60% of total employment and contributing 33% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 19% of its exports. As it is the primary driver for job creation and GDP growth, it is important that there is sufficient support for this sector through SME banking. With the government’s efforts to lift Malaysia’s status to that of a high-income nation by 2020, SMEs will continue to be one of the pillars of the country’s economic development.

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  • Peter Ware, Director, The SWIFT Institute



  • Dr Asad Ata, Assistant Professor, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI),  Research, Affiliate Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Mohd Zaini Aris, Executive Vice President, Head of SME Banking, Maybank
  • Victor Khor Eng Swee, Executive Vice President, Head, Group Transaction and SME Banking, Alliance Bank Malaysia Berhad
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Alleviating Compliance Pressures for the Community


Grand Ballroom


An update on SWIFT’s community-based solutions to maximise the effectiveness and reduce the cost of financial crime compliance, including Sanctions Screening and KYC Registry, as well as updates on regulatory challenges and requirements for the Malaysia market.


  • Joyce Foo, Director, Compliance Services, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
  • Ang Swee Leong, Regional Head, IT and AML Compliance, CIMB Bank Berhad
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Trends in Treasury Management and SWIFT for Corporates in Malaysia


Bunga Raya Room


*Co-hosted by CIMB. By invitation only


An update on trends in treasury management operations,  challenges of multi-banking, evaluation of the solutions vendors bring to support corporates, and latest developments in SWIFT’s solutions for corporates, including insights for corporates on standards and market practice


  • Thomas Tan Kok Kiong,  Group Head, Transaction Banking, CIMB Bank Berhad
  • Mohd Nizuaisham Bin Mohd Sanif, Head, Governance, Compliance & Business Support / Information Technology, Malaysia Airlines
2:30 – 4:00 pm

SWIFT Payment Innovation Initiatives


Ballroom 3


An update on a couple of key topics in SWIFT’s payments innovation agenda - SWIFT’s Global Payments Innovation Initiative (GPII) and Real Time Payments Systems (RTPS). GPII is SWIFT’s latest initiative to enable banks around the world to deliver enhanced cross-border payments services to their customers.  Based on a collaborative industry-wide approach, the initiative will enable banks to proactively respond to evolving customer demands for greater speed, transparency and predictability of cost and time in cross-border payments. SWIFT is actively engaged in the global move towards Real Time Payments through our support for innovative RTPS implementations like the New Payments Platform (NPP) in Australia, as well as engagement with the banking community on key trends and innovation related to RTPS.


  • Qinwen Xiao, Director, Payments Markets, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
  • Rahul Bhargava, Director, Payments Markets Initiatives, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
  • Susan Bray, Executive General Counsel, Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA)
2:30 – 4:00 pm

Business and Technology Solutions


Orchid & Dahlia Rooms


An update on the end to end solution approach on how a bank can efficiently onboard corporates and extend services; intro on package solution targeted to smaller banks to reduce costs related to incorrect payments, risk of compliance issues and technical resilience; how banks can use SWIFT traffic data to grow their business.


  • Tom Alaerts, Head of Business Solutions, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
  • Saqib Sheikh, Head of Sales Services, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
4:00 – 4:10 pm

Close of Conference


  • Sharon Toh, Head of ASEAN, SWIFT
4:10 pm Coffee and Refreshments