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Agnes Chew
Director of Training / Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School
Agnes Chew has over 30 years of banking experience working with global financial institutions in various capacities as Credit Manager, Relationship Manager, Private Banker, Global Transaction Banking Sales and Corporate Banking officer. She began as an Assistant Representative with the largest bank in Japan, given her ability to speak Japanese, in 1984 responsible for government loan syndication origination. This was followed by a long stint of 17 years with Bank of America where she obtained solid training and exposure in risk management and relationship management. She progressed to be the segment head for some of the world’s largest international banks namely Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro Bank and Standard Chartered Bank in private banking and financial institutions portfolios promoting transaction banking products and services with primary responsibility to drive revenues and business targets. Her career span enabled her to expand her banking coverage with financial institutions in the regional markets especially in Indonesia and Brunei.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (Honours) majoring in Management. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Distinction) with double majors in Marketing and International Business from the University of Malaya.

Agnes likes hiking and had scaled Mount Kinabalu in 2010. She is also committed to serving part time as a mission worker to participate in hospital visitations to counsel patients during weekends and in mission fields to help spiritually people in need.
Dr Paramsothy Vijayan
Director of Graduate Training & FSTEP / Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School
Dr Vijay started his career working in one of the big 8 Chartered Accountants and Management Consultancy firms in the UK. He has over 20 years of banking experience working in local and foreign banks up to a senior management level, ranging over a diverse range of disciplines. He is currently involved in structuring bespoke technical and soft skill programmes for banks. In addition, he is involved in the curriculum working committee for professional qualification programmes such as the Chartered Banker and Bank Risk Management. He is also a designated Chartered Banker trainer, bringing a fresh approach to self-directed learning using mind-mapping techniques, case studies and problem-based learning. Dr Vijay has published banking and finance related text books and journal articles internationally, including, "Success Factors for the Implementation of Entrepreneurial Knowledge Management in Malaysian Banks" (Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, 2013).
  
He holds an Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance from Scotland, a Master of Science Degree in Multimedia Technology (Banking), a Doctor of Business Administration (Banking Strategy and Marketing) from Australia, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Knowledge Management in Banking) from Malaysia. He is also a Certified Training Professional (ARTDO).

Vijay is a sports car enthusiast and spends his weekends driving his sports car on the LEKAS Highway, which cuts across some beautiful scenic views of the mountains. His life’s motto – Success is not a destiny but a journey. 
Cheah Wee Leong
Head of Investment Banking Training
Asian Banking School
Cheah Wee Leong has over 20 years’ experience working in the banking industry with local and foreign banks in various roles and capacities. He started his career at Citicorp Trade Services Malaysia as a Management Associate before joining US management consultancy firm, Accenture in 1997. At Accenture, he was involved in leading and managing large, complex bank merger-integration, process-reengineering and transformation projects. As a management consultant, he has worked in various countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius and Saudi Arabia.

In 2003, Wee Leong joined CIMB Investment Bank as its Head of Operational Risk Management. Subsequently, he assumed various roles in Regional Transaction Banking and in the Corporate Banking, Treasury and Markets division in CIMB. His last role at CIMB was as Director, Group Strategy.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the USA. He obtained further training from Citibank Asia Pacific Banking Institute in Singapore in 1995. He is presently completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and the UK’s Chartered Banker.

Wee Leong is an active committee member of his local residents’ association in Petaling Jaya, and enjoys reading, jogging and travelling in his free time.
Lim Guan Chye
Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School
Lim Guan Chye has 35 years of working experience in the banking industry as well as at senior management levels in commercial organizations.
  
Over a 25-year period, he has worked at Malayan Banking Bhd. (Maybank), The Pacific Bank (now acquired by Maybank) and EON Bank (now under Hong Leong Bank Berhad) where he held senior positions including Regional Manager – Northern Region, as well as United Overseas Bank (UOB) as Vice President with in depth knowledge and exposure to credit processing, banking operations and branch management. After his stint in banking, he joined the commercial sector and worked for 10 years with various companies in areas involving finance, human resources, marketing, risk and general management. He then ventured on his own and prior to joining ABS, was a Management and Financial Consultant assisting companies in developing their businesses, human resource competence and strategic planning activities.

Guan Chye was an invited speaker to the 1st Borneo Summit in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in 2013 and authored a book in 2015 entitled “What Every Entrepreneur Ought to Know About Business and Banking”. The book was translated in Bahasa Malaysia in 2016.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Analytical Economics (2nd Upper Honours) from the University of Malaya and is a holder of the Certified Credit Professional Certification awarded by the Institute of Bankers Malaysia (now known as Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers). He is also a certified HRDF trainer.

He is an avid golfer and badminton player, and is a contributor to Ipoh Echo – a bi-monthly community newsletter.
Lew Taw Fong
Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School
Lew Taw Fong holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Majoring in Management from the University of Ottawa, Kansas, US. He is also a certified Manager Trainer from the Singapore Institute of Management. He is also a certified HRDF trainer.

He started his banking career with Maybank where he worked for 32 years holding various key positions including Branch Manager, Regional Trainer and Facilitator, Head of Trade Finance and Chief Operating Officer based in Maybank Hong Kong.

Upon his retirement, Lew then went on to be a Group Organisational Trainer for the Maybank Training Academy. His areas of training programme expertise during the five years there include Branch Banking Operations, Introduction to Trade Financing, AMLA/CTF, Central Credit Reference Information Search (CCRIS), Fraud Detection and Prevention, Covenants and /credit Support, Security and Loan administration, Introduction to Credit for Consumer Sales Executive, Line and Middle Managers and System Work flow for Mortgage and Investment Loans. 
He was also the Master Trainer for the Microfinance Training for Practitioners 2017 jointly organized with Bank Negara and World Bank Group.

Lew was a former footballer for the national team during the Malaysia Cup in the late 70s and early 80s. His favourite hobbies are reading, singing, doing charity work, swimming, jogging, tennis and badminton.


K. Balasingam
Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School

K. Balasingam has more than 30 years of banking experience. He has worked in Wholesale Banking and Risk Management holding senior positions in financial institutions that includes both international as well as local banks. He has a deep understanding of relationship management, bank credit and risk management besides having a passion for training and development.

Bala was at Standard Chartered Bank in Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia in various client relationship management roles in Corporate and Commercial Banking, Global Clients, Sales and Credit Services, Transaction Banking, and Institutional Banking, before moving on to bank credit risk management roles as Senior Credit Officer and Country Chief Risk Officer at Standard Chartered Bank in Philippines and Indonesia. 
He was also the Risk Management Director of Danajamin Nasional Malaysia Berhad and was responsible for implementing and overseeing Credit Risk Management, Underwriting Corporate Bonds and Credit Administration, and establishing the Enterprise Risk Management, Business Continuity Planning Framework and Risk Management policies and procedures. 

Bala has played a significant role in strategic planning and implementation in the younger markets like Mongolia at Khan Bank as their Wholesale Banking Advisor, and is also well versed in the Vietnam banking environment having served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Wholesale Banking in Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank), one of the largest joint stock commercial banks in Vietnam by equity.

Bala obtained his post graduate qualifications in banking and finance, and is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers as well as a Certified Omega Trainer. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Hull, England, and carries the designation of Certified Financial Planner awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. USA.

Bala is an avid golfer, and enjoys reading and travelling during his free time besides being involved in community service projects. 

Lynette Kwek
Senior Consultant
Asian Banking School

Lynette Kwek started her career as an internal auditor working in the financial services sector prior to joining the public accounting practices. During her tenure as an internal auditor, she gained wide exposure to the review of financial and operational business processes in the banking environment. She led process walkthrough and reviews of revenue processes, assessment of systems and manual controls for revenue cycles, general ledger interfaces as well as data analytics for the bank and its subsidiaries in the unit trust, asset management and insurance businesses. Besides her industry experience, she also specialised in the reviews of various IT systems environments in the areas of IT governance, information security management, data management and MIS framework, change management, IT system operations, and implementation of IT projects. 

Upon joining the public accounting practice in 2003, she went on to lead and manage a portfolio of audit engagements and risk assurance related projects, which involved sizeable financial services organisations based in and outside of Malaysia. She also led several Sarbanes-Oxley related engagements, IT due diligence, third party assurance reviews, regulatory compliance and outsourced service provider reviews for several local and foreign banks. She was also part of a major IT advisory project for a major bank in the UK when she was attached to one of the big 4 audit firms in London.

Lynette Kwek holds a Master’s Degree (with Distinction) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK, a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member of ISACA.

Lynette enjoys reading and practising pilates in her free time. She also loves to travel with her family and friends to experience the culture and food of different cities.

Shahrul Adzuan Ahmad
Consultant
Asian Banking School
Shahrul Adzuan Ahmad has 27 years of working experience in the banking sector, with 24 of those years in training and development at several banking institutions. He started his career in banking in 1990 as a Branch Officer when he joined Maybank Finance Berhad. 

He then went on to join EON Finance Bhd in 1993 as a Training Officer, which then marked the start of his training and development career. In 2004, he became a trainer at EON Bank Bhd where he conducted technical and non-technical programmes. His last position prior to joining the Asian Banking School was with United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Berhad where he was involved in numerous bank-wide training initiatives and programmes, with Foreign Exchange Administration (FEA) Rules being one of the key training programmes he conducted. Other training programmes delivered during his years with the banks include Exchange Control Notices of Malaysia (ECM), AML/CFT related programmes, credit-related programmes, Leadership Development and soft-skills programmes. He also developed new training programmes and reviewed training content for improvement and enhancement, as well as coordinated and administered the internal AML/CFT e-learning programmes.
 
Shahrul holds a Diploma in Banking Studies from Institut Teknologi Mara (now known as Universiti Teknologi Mara) and a Bachelor’s Degree (Sc.) in Human Resource Development from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also a Certified Training Professional (CTP) and DiSC - Certified Behavioural Consultant (CBC).

Travelling, photography and exploring nature are some of his interests, apart from his favourite sport activities that include jogging, football, futsal and cycling.
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