Highlights from the 2017 Milken Institute Asia Summit
By Carmen Knoll, Director of Client Engagement and Marketing, Markets and Securities Services, Citi September 27, 2017 10:00 AM
The theme of the 2017 Milken Institute Asia Summit, held in Singapore, was “A 20/20 Perspective.” The program took stock of lessons learned over the last 20 years, and then explored and examined where Asia is headed over the next 20 years. The region is a global economic center of gravity that is currently responsible for nearly two-thirds of the world’s growth. Asia-based innovations in health, artificial intelligence and finance continue to roll out at a breathtaking pace.
As a strategic partner of the Milken Institute, Citi proudly contributed to a panel discussion on China’s ambitious “One Belt, One Road” initiative. Gerald Keefe, Managing Director and Head of Asia-Pacific Corporate Banking at Citi, discussed and debated the various ways that global banks and multi-lateral agencies can help Asia tap into infrastructure development capital in a region where capital markets continue to evolve and mature.Women Leaders’ Summit
This year’s conference also marked a milestone for women in leadership roles, with the inaugural Milken Institute Women Leaders’ Summit. Held on September 13th, the event assembled established leaders and rising stars from the worlds of finance, business and government for a stimulating discussion of the most important challenges facing the region. Citi was honored to take part in this important dialogue, which was intended to inspire collective and innovative action.
On the Summit panel “Navigating Challenges in an Uncertain World,” Citi’s Chief Global Political Analyst, Tina Fordham, debated with her fellow panelists the increasing importance of geopolitical and “vox populi” risks for companies and investors globally, as well as the disruptive impact such pressures often exert on the international financial and political systems. Ms. Fordham noted that Citi is one of many business, government and academic leaders working with UN Women to put women’s economic empowerment at the top of the international agenda. This Citi initiative serves as a guide for corporations to increase procurement from women-owned businesses and participation in the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Finally, in a leadership letter to participants of the Women Leaders’ Summit, Julia Raiskin, APAC Head of Investor Sales and Relationship Management at Citi, noted how Citi is fully embracing the challenge of driving and leading significant transformation in the financial industry. Ms. Raiskin maintained that this requires listening to clients, embracing change even if it is radical, and leading world-class teams.
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