AGENDA &Speakers


2:30 – 3:00 – Registration


3:00 – 3:10 – Opening Remarks - Anu Sahai, Founding Director, ASEAN Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (ASEANPEVCA)


3:10 – 3:25 – Keynote Address - Su Shan Tan, Group Head – Consumer Banking & Wealth Management, DBS Bank


3:25 – 4:50 – “Will investors in ASEAN experience better returns in private equity vs

public equity over the next decade?”

                        Debate moderated by Anu Sahai, ASEANPEVCA


                     For Public Equity:  Catherine Tan, CEO & CIO, Saga Tree Capital &             Jonathan Reoch, Director, BlackRock

                        For Private Equity: Anil Ahuja, CIO, IPEplus & Asia Star Funds, IIFL Capital & Bruce Merivale-Austin, Principal, DM 


4:50 – 5:00 – Closing comments


5:00 – 6:00 – Cocktails & Networking hour




Speaker Bios

Tan Su Shan

Managing Director & Group Head - Consumer Banking/Wealth Management

Ms Tan Su Shan joined DBS in June 2010 and is currently Group Head of Consumer Banking & Wealth Management. She also serves as the President Commissioner for PT Bank DBS Indonesia. In June 2013, Su Shan was named “Outstanding Private Banker of the Year” by Private Banker International, the first time an Asian has won this global award since its inception 20 years ago. In October 2014, Su Shan became the first Singaporean to be recognised as the world’s “Best Leader in Private Banking” by PWM and The Banker, a leading wealth publication by the Financial Times Group. In August 2015, Su Shan was recognised as “Private Banker of the Year, Singapore” by The Asset.


 Prior to joining DBS, Su Shan was Morgan Stanley's Head of Private Wealth Management for Southeast Asia. Before re-joining Morgan Stanley in May 2008, she was Regional Head for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei for Citi Private Bank. She was responsible for the private bank's overall business and sat on the board of directors for Citi Trust Singapore. Su Shan was also its Singapore Investment Centre Head.


From 1997 to 2005, Su Shan was Executive Director with Morgan Stanley in Singapore, serving as investment adviser to high net worth families, corporates and institutions in the region. Su Shan spent eight years in ING Baring Securities in institutional equity sales, working in the key financial hubs of London, Tokyo and Hong Kong before she joined Morgan Stanley the first time.


She is the founder and past president of the Financial Women's Association in Singapore, and a board member of Aetos Security Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. She also sits on the investment committee of the Ministry of Health Holdings. In addition, Su Shan is a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore Private Banking Advisory Group.​


Married with two children, Su Shan is actively involved in fund-raising for various Singaporean charities and sits on the board of Singapore's KK Hospital Health Endowment Fund, which provides financial support to needy patients. She was a past board member of the National Museum and a member of the International Women's Foundation and the Young Presidents Organisation. She is an advisor to the prestigious Raffles Girls Primary School and SJI International School.


Su Shan has a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. In 2006, she was selected by Citi Private Bank to participate in the Senior Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. In May 2012, she was awarded the Distinguished Financial Industry Competent Professional (FICP) title, which is the highest certification mark for a financial practitioner in Singapore, by the Institute of Banking and Finance.

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Anil Ahuja

CIO - IPEplus & Asia Star Funds, IIFL Capital Pte Ltd

Anil manages the investments of IPEplus Fund 1 since its inception in October 2013. IPEplus adopts a Dynamic Asset Allocation strategy with an objective to generate superior risk adjusted returns. The fund has a sharp focus on Capital Preservation, Portfolio Liquidity and Cost to Investor.


Anil has 30 years of International Financial Services experience and over 20 years of Asian investing experience. He has previously held positions of Head of Asia for 3i Asia Limited until 2013, CEO of JP Morgan Partners Advisors Pte Ltd until 2005 and various positions with Citibank from 1986 until 1997.


Anil is recognised as one of the earliest and longest serving Private Equity investors in the region. Anil was instrumental in establishing the US dollar 1.2 billion 3i India Infrastructure Fund which remains one of the largest India funds ever raised. Anil has been associated with various highly rated deals and funds. 


Anil serves on the board of Adani Enterprises Limited and has previously served on various boards including HDFC Bank, HDFC Securities and Jubilant Foodworks. He holds a B Tech from IIT Delhi and a PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad.

Bruce Merivale-Austin

DM Partners Asia Pte Ltd

Bruce is the Principal family member and Managing Partner of DM Partners Asia Pte. Ltd., a multi-generational Single Family Office based in Singapore since 2004. DMP runs a multi-asset class investment strategy with a global macro overlay, a proprietary in house technology research capability, private equity/venture capital investments and international property management.


Prior to relocating DMP to Singapore, Bruce served as Senior Managing Director and head of Bear Stearns’ Structured Products Sales in Europe and Board member of Tricadia Capital Management, a New York based multi-strategy and CDO collateral manager with an AUM in excess of $3.7B.


Bruce is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM 47), holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from the University of Buckingham, is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as 1st lieutenant and tank commander with The Blues and Royals Regiment of the British Army in Germany.

Catherine Tan

Founder, Saga Tree Capital Advisors Pte Ltd

Catherine Tan founded Saga Tree Capital Advisors in 2012. She was one of the two founding partners of Tree Line Investment Management in 2006 and co-portfolio manager of the Tree Line Asia Fund, which peaked at approximately US$3 Billion under management, and its predecessor fund, the Lloyd George Asian Plus Fund, one of the older Asian dedicated long short funds. She joined Lloyd George Investment Management in Hong Kong in 1998, having caught the fund management bug in DBS Asset Management in Singapore in 1995.


Catherine Tan graduated from the London School of Economics in Business and Industrial Economics with Honours and completed her legal training at the College of Law, Guildford where she passed her Common Professional Exams (Llb equivalent) and Legal Practice Course with Distinction.

Jonathan Reoch

Director, Blackrock

Jonathan Reoch, Director, is the lead Product Strategist for the Asian Equities team in the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock's Alpha Strategies Group.  Mr Reoch is responsible for providing a link between the investment team and account managers. A key part of this role is developing strategic plans around the Asian team franchise which includes business development, product development and working with the global sales teams.


Before joining BlackRock in June 2014, Mr. Reoch was Head of Asian Equities at AMP Capital in Hong Kong and Sydney and has spent a total of 19 years investing in Asia Pacific markets. Prior to joining AMP Capital in 2008, Mr Reoch was an Asia Pacific regional financial analyst at Maple-Brown Abbott in Sydney. From 2003 to 2006 Mr Reoch was the lead Australian Banks analyst for ABN AMRO in Sydney.  He first started his investment career with Martin Currie Investment Management in Edinburgh in 1994 helping to manage Asia Pacific equity portfolios.


Mr. Reoch earned a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from Glasgow University, Scotland, in 1990. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

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Anu Sahai

Founding Director, ASEAN Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Anu Sahai is a Founding Director of the ASEAN Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, an industry network of investors that are interested in investing in the ASEAN region. From 2010 until 2013, she was the CEO and Director of Aditya Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company in Singapore, where she was responsible for building the international business footprint for Birla Sun Life Asset Management, a $15 billion Indian asset manager. She is an accomplished professional with over two decades of global investment experience across alternative and traditional asset classes in the US and Asia.  She was also the founder of Anew Capital Management LLC and Portfolio Manager of a multi-strategy hedge fund, for which she received a Rising Hedge Fund Stars of 2008 award from Institutional Investor. Anu has had a successful career in the financial services industry, including previously with ING Investment Management Americas, where she managed equities, high yield and convertible bond portfolios.
Ms Sahai is part of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Singapore American School and a member of the Indian Business-leaders Roundtable in Singapore. She is also actively engaged with the Women Corporate Directors, BoardAgender and the Financial Women's Association. She was previously on the Asian-American Advisory Council to the former Arizona State Governor Janet Napolitano, a director on the board of the Arizona Foundation for Women and a member of the CFA Institute.

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