Monday, 25 January 2021

The Awards Programme is managed by a highly professional team of research analysts in Asian Banker Research, with an outstanding expertise of the retail banking industry in Asia. Their work will be supervised and verified by our distinguished Panel of International Referees, consisting of prominent and highly respected individuals in the financial services industry.

     Mr Philippe Paillart(Chairman)

Mr Philippe Paillart was formerly vice chairman and CEO of DBS Bank and a pioneer in the retail banking industry in the Asia Pacific region, having served at senior management levels at Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank. Prior to his appointment with DBS, Paillart was Chairman, President and CEO of Ford Motor Credit Company, and President of Ford Financial Services Group.

     Mr Varun Sabhlok (Vice Chairman)

Mr. Sabhlok is an expert in relationship management, financial management, and risk management in financial services industries. Mr. Sabhlok's experience has been honed over 11 years as South Asia regional audit director with Citibank in its global consumer banking division in Asia, country credit director in Thailand, and as CFO of the Singapore business.

     Mr Wilson Chia

Wilson Chia is a highly seasoned banker with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was the Regional Head of Consumer Banking for South East Asia with Standard Chartered Bank. Wilson joined Standard Chartered in a number of senior positions in Cards, Marketing & Sales, Distribution, Product Management, SME and Premier Banking.

     Mr David Gyori

Mr. David Gyori is a globally renowned fintech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is the chief exefcutive officer of Banking Reports based in London and is a founding member of the World FinTech Association. Gyori is a faculty member of the Retail Banking Academy, one of the most prestigious banker-training facilities.

     Mr Chris Skinner 

Mr. Chris Skinner is known worldwide as a leading commentator and strategist on the financial markets, and is a well-known blogger through He works full-time as chief executive of think tank Balatro, as well as chairman of the Financial Services Club and a co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow.

     Mr Richard Hartung 

Mr. Richard Hartung has over 20 years of experience in the payments & consumer financial services industry. He has held senior roles for financial institutions including Citibank, Mastercard International, and OCBC Cards. Mr Hartung holds position as consultant in the areas of retail banking, cards and payment products to financial institutions, service providers, and software companies throughout the Asia Pacific region.

     Mr. Andrew McRobert 

Mr. Andrew McRobert is a credit and risk management specialist in development, commercial and SME banking. He currently runs a training and consulting firm in SME and small business banking. He started his banking career in Citicorp and has also held various positions in  commercial banking. Andrew had also worked in corporate finance at Price Waterhouse in Jakarta, Indonesia and has undertaken credit, problem loans and risk management assignments for the Asian Development Bank, IFC, African Development Bank and others. He has designed, written and presented financial markets seminars in nearly 30 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and African markets.