September 2016 saw the graduation of the inaugural batch of TMS Academy's Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP). Developed in partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU), which was jointly awarded the mandate by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the AFLP aims to create a pipeline of Asian finance leaders who understand Asia and can lead Asian financial institutions. Furthermore, it strives to prepare senior-level talent in Asia's financial sector including banking, insurance, investments and private equity, to handle the growing complexity of Asia's financial institutions.
Launched in November 2015 and spanning 22 days over a ten-month period, the AFLP leveraged the strong design and execution expertise of TMS Academy and SMU, and that of an external network of top-tier global partners who took participants through an impactful learning journey to both developed and emerging markets. Besides Singapore, participants attended sessions in China, Indonesia, Switzerland and the United States, at world-renowned institutions, including IMD business school, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, where they had the opportunity to interact with global thought leaders, eminent practitioners and regulators. Upon completion of the programme, each graduate was presented with five certificates – from TMS-SMU, IMD, The Wharton School, Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, and Prasetiya Mulya Executive Learning Institute.
Ms Foo Mee Har, CEO of TMS Academy, awarded the certificates to the 40 new graduates at the graduation dinner held on September 29, 2016 at SMU. Ms Foo reaffirmed TMS Academy's mission to develop global leaders with a strong understanding of Asia, as well as Asian business leaders capable of leading on the global stage. She stated, "Since 1985, TMS Academy has been engaged in diverse leadership development programmes for the most senior leaders in Asia, built networks in the key industries including the financial sector, as well as established strong partnerships with many world top leadership development institutions. We are honoured to have been awarded the mandate by MAS, and to have the opportunity to create a meaningful impact on the future of the Asian financial sector with AFLP."
Some of the themes covered were Macro Trends in Asia, Leadership & Technology; Global Trends, Corporate Governance & Wealth Management; Growth Strategies, Risk & Alternative Investments; Technology, Leadership & Service Excellence for Growth. A distinct feature of the AFLP is the integrated pedagogical component, which includes site visits as well as discussions with regulators, leading financiers, think-tanks and thought leaders in both emerging and developed markets. The second intake of AFLP participants began in November 2016, and will include a revamped US module, which will integrate a new partnership with the Rock Center of Corporate Governance at Stanford University, in place of Wharton. Registration for the third cohort of the AFLP will be open shortly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
"The combination of the European and US segments which provide a diversity of key management concepts whilst also tackling some of the key current topics in the financial market place including the discussion on Fintech, banking regulation and the industry landscape through the various company visits provided me with many engaging moments of discovery, discussion and now, follow through in practice." - David Lim, Vice-Chairman, South East Asia, Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd
Singapore citizens, who are employees of Financial Institutions and are sponsored by their organisations may apply for a 90% fee subsidy from The Financial Sector Development Fund (FSDF).