Mayank Bharati

Vice President & Head – ALM & FPA

Societe Generale Bank, India

More than 11 years of extensive experience in Treasury, Liquidity and Market Risk Management. Industry expert in various aspects of balance sheet management with a special focus on ALM, Liquidity Risk, Interest rate risk in balance sheet (IRRBB), Concentration Risk, FTP, Money Markets, Wholesale Funding, Balance Sheet Strategies, Reserve Management, implementation of Basel regulations (including LCR & NSFR), Capital Planning & Management.

Engineer from India’ Top Institute IIT, Delhi & MBA from India’s premier institute NITIE, Mumbai with major in Finance and Operation. Published international research paper on quantitative studies in textile technology and measurement of volatility in equity markets.

Currently heading ALM and FPA desk at SOCIETE GENERALE INDIA.

Steven Smallsman

Head of Liquidity Risk Review, Enterprise Risk Management

Standard Chartered Bank

In his role, Steve is responsible for providing the Group Asset & Liability Committee (GALCO) independent assurance liquidity risk management decisions result in prudent and robust balance sheets in each country that Standard Chartered operates. Previously at Standard Chartered, Steve has had responsibility liquidity stress testing, liquidity policy and balance sheet risk methodology.

Steve joined SCB in August 2012 from KPMG in Sydney where he was responsible for KPMG’s bank treasury advisory offering across Australia and acted as a regional expert, working in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

Prior to this, he worked in Group Treasury roles at Allco Finance Group, St. George Bank and Westpac Banking Corp.

Steve is passionate about improving balance sheet risk management practices across the Standard Chartered and mentoring/training junior staff.

Leong Ming Soon

Head, Liquidity Risk Review (IRRBB), Enterprise Risk Management

Standard Chartered Bank

Ming Soon joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2016. He is responsible for providing the Group Asset & Liability Committee (GALCO) with independent assurance that balance sheets in major Standard Chartered locations are managed prudently and effectively. Coverage include country ALCO strategy, balance sheet, funding & liquidity management, IRRBB and FTP. He is the IRRBB lead within the Liquidity Risk Review function.

Prior to SCB, Ming Soon worked in DBS Bank, OCBC Bank and MAS. His career spanned Treasury, Financial Markets and Central Banking. Broad experience in balance sheet, liquidity and IRRBB management. Worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Nicholas Wood

CEO & Founder

FinTorque | Formerly consultant, Money & Capital Markets Division, IMF; Group Treasury, Global Business Head, Standard Chartered Bank

Currently, CEO & Founder of FinTorque providing innovative, customised and affordable finance & treasury solutions for financial service providers in Emerging & Developing Market. Also advising Zensung (insurtech) and Sunpower Renewables (portable solar) start-ups on strategy, partnerships and capital raising. 

Recently, IMF Financial Sector Consultant & Visiting Scholar specialising in changes in the provision of financial services post GFC and regulations.

Earlier, Finance, Risk & Treasury specialist in 4 Global Banks, 36yrs (30 in APAC) reshaping business post GFC & Regulations.

Positions held:

  • Group Treasury Business Head
  • Asia Treasurer & Country Treasurer (Indonesia, India, USA)
  • Global Markets Business Manager; Group Market Risk

Specialist areas:

  • Balance Sheet Optimisation Tools
  • Group FTP Policy
  • Retail Deposit Growth & Securitisation
  • Trading Room Performance & Efficiency
  • Training & Development
Ajay Surana

Managing Director


Ajay Surana has 20 years of professional experience in the financial services, consulting and technology industry. He has managed risk, compliance and performance management practices for large financial technology firms in the APAC region.

He has worked with over 75 financial institutions in APAC, US & Europe on various engagements in the areas of treasury, ALM, balance sheet management, regulatory compliance, Basel II/ III, risk technology transformation and business process re-engineering.

Ajay leads the APAC operations of Acies Consulting, of which he is one of the founder.