Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP)

Registration for the second run has closed. We are now taking registration for the third run. Dates for the modules will be announced shortly.

    Programme for the AFLP run one is as follows:
  • Module 1: 13 – 16 November 2016, Singapore
  • Module 2a: 21 – 24 March 2017, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Module 2b: 27 – 29 March 2017, Stanford University, California, USA
  • Module 3a: 17 – 19 May 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Module 3b: 22 – 24 May 2017, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Beijing, China
  • Module 4: 28 – 31 August 2017, Singapore
  • Certificates from TMS-SMU, IMD and Stanford on completion
  • Fee: S$46,000 (before GST) per participant
  • Fee for Singapore citizens, who are employees of Financial Institutions and are sponsored by their organisations, is only S$4,600 (before GST) per participant after a 90% subsidy from The Financial Sector Development Fund (FSDF)
Senior-level Asian financial leaders: C minus 1 or C minus 2 executives who are on the path to leading financial institutions in a variety of sectors including banking, insurance, investments, policy, regulatory and private equity.

AFLP Faculty Leads

Neo Boon Siong
Module 1 Academic Lead

Neo Boon Siong is the Canon Professor of Business, Dean of the Nanyang Business School and Director of the Asia Business Case Centre at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Boon Siong is a leading expert in public sector governance, business strategy, process management and organisational change. He has advised many major corporations, facilitated strategy workshops, and led management development programs for government leaders and global enterprises. He has conducted well-received executive programmes, facilitated strategic planning workshops, and advised senior managers of many organisations, including Citibank, UBS, AXA, MayBank, China Construction Bank, Temasek Holdings, DBS Bank, UOB, OCBC Bank, Hanjin Group (Korea), Great Eastern Life Insurance, Economic Development Board, Trade Development Board, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He has served on the Boards and councils of many distinguished institutions including Public Accountants Board, Securities Industry Council, ICPAS, EDB's Enterprise Development Council, and Singapore College of Insurance.

Arturo Bris
Module 2a Academic Lead

Arturo Bris is the Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Professor of Finance at IMD. He is an expert in corporate governance, financial regulation and banking strategy. He led IMD's Advanced Strategic Management open enrollment program from 2009-2014. Prior to joining IMD, he was a professor at the Yale School of Management where he twice received the best teaching award. He holds a PhD from INSEAD.

Arturo's consulting activities focus on the international aspects of financial regulation, and in particular on the effects of bankruptcy, short sales, insider trading and merger laws. As Director of the World Competitiveness Center, Arturo directs the publication of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook and is currently strengthening and developing other research and benchmarking services for the center. The top journals in finance—Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Business—have published his work.

Salvatore Cantale
Module 2a Academic Lead

Salvatore Cantale is Professor of Finance at IMD. His major research and consulting interests are in value creation, valuation, and the way in which corporations structure liabilities and choose financing options. Additionally, he is interested in the relation between finance and leadership, and in the leadership role of the finance function.

He has published in international double-refereed journals. One of his research papers, "Bank Capital Requirements and Managerial Self-Interests," was nominated for an Outstanding Paper Award at the Southern Finance Association.

Before joining IMD, Salvatore was an analyst with a large investment bank in London, Faculty Director of the Master in Finance and Master in Risk Management at Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business, a member of the Yale International Institute for Finance, and a Research Fellow at New York University. He currently serves as advisor on the Board of the Goldring Institute of International Business at Tulane University. Salvatore holds a BA in Economics and Finance from Universita' di Catania, Italy, and a Master's Degree in Management and a PhD in Finance from INSEAD.

Evan Epstein
Module 2b Academic Lead

Evan Epstein is the Executive Director of the Rock Center for Coporate Governance, a joint initiative between Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is also the Co-Founder of the Stanford Directors' College for Venture-Backed Company Directors (VCDC), the Stanford CYBER DAY: Cybersecurity for Directors and C-Level Executives program; and is the Co-Chair of the Rock Center International Advisory Council. In addition to being the senior academic staff member at the Rock Center, he lectures on corporate governance, venture capital and deals in Latin America. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on corporate governance topics, and has written expert opinion reports for litigation cases primarily in Latin America. He spent the early part of his career as a corporate attorney in Chile and is licensed to practice law both in California and Chile.

John Sequeira
Module 3 and 4 Academic Lead

John Sequeira was appointed as the Academic Director of Asian Financial Leaders Programme (AFLP) in November 2016.  He is a seasoned academic who joined SMU in 2016 after spending several years at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

Prior to joining the private sector, John spent several years as a finance academic at the University of New South Wales (Asia), the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the University of Melbourne.  His last appointment was with MAS where he headed the Modelling Division.  John has a PhD in financial econometrics from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Economics from NUS.  His research interests include portfolio strategies, corporate finance, and financial econometrics, and he has published widely in leading international journals that include the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Corporate Finance, amongst others. Over the years, John has consulted, and trained executives in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. He was also previously Director of the General Management Programme at NUS, and board member of the MAS-NUS Term Professorship Committee and Centre for Financial Econometrics at SMU.