Ahsan Ali

Ahsan Ali

Ahsan is responsible for our global Islamic origination business. He joined Standard Chartered in 2004 from Citigroup. Ahsan has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, of which the last 12 years have been in Islamic banking. At Standard Chartered, he has led all of our Islamic project and structured finance, corporate finance and advisory, syndications and capital market transactions across multiple geographies and products, including several landmark and industry-first deals. Ahsan holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


Alexis Calla

Alexis Calla

Alexis is Global Head of Investment and Strategy, having joined us in November 2010. Alexis is based in Singapore and is responsible for defining and delivering our fund offering and advisory proposition to clients in both the Private and Priority segments. Before joining Standard Chartered, Alexis was global head of investment products and advice for Citibank’s retail bank in New York. He has a post-master degree (DESS) in finance from the University Paris 9 Dauphine.


Aman Narain

Aman Narain

Aman is our Global Head of Digital Banking. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for all direct-to-consumer channels (Online, Mobile & ATMs) globally. Aman joined the Bank’s Corporate Banking team in London in 1999 and has since held roles in Investor Relations, Strategy, Corporate Development and Technology & Operations. A frequent speaker on design, banking and technology, Aman is also an avid blogger on amanwhoblogs.com. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in International Relations from Ohio Wesleyan University in the US. He is a member of the Customer Advisory Board for Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, MA.


Benjamin Hung

Benjamin Hung

Ben is our Chief Executive Officer for Greater China, and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for Hong Kong. He joined Standard Chartered in 1992 and has held a number of senior management positions spanning corporate, commercial and retail banking. Ben is Chairman of the Hong Kong Interbank Clearing Limited, and a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. He is a member of the Financial Services Development Council, and a board member and Chairman of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Hong Kong Airport Authority. Ben also sits on the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee and is a member of the Council for Sustainable Development as well as Council Member of the University of Hong Kong. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Financial Services Advisory Committee, as well as Chairman of the Steering Committee of Asian Financial Forum, and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration.


Carmen Ling

Carmen Ling

Carmen is a Managing Director and Global Head RMB Solutions for Corporate and Institutional Clients at Standard Chartered. She has 20 years of banking experience across client coverage, transaction banking, RMB and network strategy. Before joining us, Carmen held a variety of key client-facing roles at Citi, including head of global transaction services, head of corporate client coverage, and head of real estate for Citi in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the banking industry, she had a number of years of hotel development experience, covering China, Taiwan and Japan for a US hotel management company. Carmen holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California and a BA in Social Science from the University of Hong Kong.


Clive Haswell

Clive Haswell

Clive is our Chief Information Officer for Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan. Based in Dubai, he leads a team of 500 responsible for all our banking operations and technology across the region. Previously, Clive was Chief Executive Officer for Standard Chartered Sri Lanka. He has been with Standard Chartered for 20 years, during which time he has led a number of areas within our Group Technology and Operations function, in particular the building of a Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management department and the development of a global IT infrastructure. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Clive worked in the UK, including a 10-year period with British Telecom. He holds a BSc Hons degree in Pure Mathematics.


Daniel Tenengauzer

Daniel Tenengauzer

Daniel was Head of Regional Research, Americas, from 2013 to 2014.


David Mann

David Mann

As Regional Head of Research, Asia, David oversees our macroeconomic views for the region. Prior to his current role, he was based in New York as Head of Research for the Americas. In 2001, David was awarded the Rybczynski Young Economist Prize for work on the Malaysian ringgit Barometer. He holds a BSc in economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in finance from the University of London.


Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Edward runs Standard Chartered’s South East Asia economic research team, providing macroeconomic analysis and on-the-ground views on major economic issues. Edward is regularly featured on Bloomberg, Reuters, Dow Jones and in the local news media. Previously Head of Asian Rates Strategy, Edward joined the Group's Global Research team in 2000 after graduating from the National University of Singapore with an honours degree in chemical engineering. He obtained a master’s degree in applied economics (Dean’s List) from the Singapore Management University.


Gautam Jain

Gautam Jain

Gautam is Managing Director and Global Head of Client Access, Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for providing market access to clients across the globe through best in class electronic channels, and an international network of branches, subsidiaries and alliances. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Gautam was the head of IT for Global Commercial Products at Barclays in London, following various leadership positions in HSBC and Citibank. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Aerospace Engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology.


Jaspal Bindra

Jaspal Bindra

A Group Executive Director and member of Standard Chartered’s Board, Jaspal is based in Hong Kong as CEO of Asia. He joined Standard Chartered in 1998 and has since held numerous senior positions, such as Global Head of Client Relationship for Wholesale Banking and CEO, India. Before joining us, Jaspal was with UBS Investment Banking, having begun his career with Bank of America in 1984. A qualified chartered accountant with an MBA, he sits on the board of governors of XLRI Business School and is a board director of the US-India Business Council.


Jerry Zhang

Jerry Zhang

Jerry is Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank China. Prior to this role, she held a variety of senior roles at the Bank in China, including Deputy CEO, China and CEO, North China as well as General Manager of the Beijing Branch. Jerry joined Standard Chartered in 1994, and has accumulated a rich experience within our wholesale banking business, successfully establishing a non-banking financial institutions business in China for the Bank. In 2009, she left Standard Chartered for a short duration, taking up a role as Chief Representative of the Fidelity International Asset Management Co. Beijing Representative Office. Jerry has an MBA from Lancaster University in the UK.


Jiten Arora

Jiten Arora

Jiten is Managing Director and Global Head of Sales, Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered. Based in Singapore, he is responsible for the bank’s cash management, trade finance and securities services sales globally. Jiten joined Standard Chartered in 2002, managing product development for Cash Management, and was heading Transaction Banking Sales for Southern Asia up to December 2010. Before joining Standard Chartered, he headed the consulting division at Nucleus Software Consultancy in India. Jiten holds a master’s degree in finance from the Institute of Management Technology, India.


John Calverley

John Calverley

John is responsible for our global macroeconomic research. The author of several books (including When Bubbles Burst: Surviving the Financial Fallout), he frequently speaks at conferences and appears as a commentator in print media and on TV. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, John was chief economist and strategist at American Express Bank in London, following roles at The Economist Intelligence Unit and HM Treasury. He attended Cambridge University and Washington University (St. Louis) and is a CFA Institute consultant.


Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen

Based in Singapore, Joshua is the Global Head of Liability and Risk-Weighted Assets Management for Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered. He leads our transaction banking balance sheet and asset management teams with global responsibility for liquidity, risk distribution, capital and liability management. Joshua joined the Group in London in 2008 with responsibility for syndicated loan distribution. Prior to that, he was deputy head of specialised finance for Nedbank in London.


Kelvin Lau

Kelvin Lau

A Senior Economist, Kelvin covers Greater China, specialising in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. His key research areas include the structural and cyclical performance of Hong Kong and the PRD, the Hong Kong dollar regime, Hong Kong-China integration, and the internationalisation of the renminbi. He also explores the outlook for Asian inflation, monetary policy, external trade and politics. Kelvin regularly appears on TV, and his views are quoted in international and local media. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was an auditor with KPMG. Kelvin graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Lenny Feder

Lenny Feder

Lenny was Group Head of Financial Markets at Standard Chartered from 2007 to 2014, responsible for our markets-related activities, including Foreign Exchange, Rates, Credit, Commodities, Equities and Capital Markets, in addition to Asset & Liability Management for the Group.


Madhur Jha

Madhur Jha

As a Senior Global Economist, Madhur is responsible for providing a comprehensive and thematic overview of key macroeconomic developments globally. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Madhur worked at HSBC in London for six years, primarily as a global economist, but also covering European economics, particularly Spain. She also gained experience in emerging-market economics research from her stints as an economist at a leading research consultancy in London and as a foreign exchange economist at ICICI Bank in India, where she also worked in foreign exchange derivative sales. Madhur holds a Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, India.


Marios Maratheftis

Marios Maratheftis

Marios is our Global Head of Macro Research and an expert on the regional economy, foreign exchange strategy and financial markets. His career has taken him across our markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has also authored several financial and academic articles, and appears regularly in the international media. Previously, Marios was an econometrician in Cyprus, advising the central bank on foreign exchange-related issues. He has a BSc and an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick.


Michael Benz

Michael Benz

Michael is Global Head of Private Banking Clients, Standard Chartered Private Bank, having joined us in February 2014. Michael is based in Hong Kong and is responsible for developing, driving and executing the Private Bank’s strategy to capture the growth opportunities presented by our footprint markets. Before joining us, Michael was the Designated Chairman for Asia at Julius Baer. His career spans more than 20 years in treasury, asset management and private banking. Prior to his role at Julius Baer, he was the CEO, Wealth Management (Asia-Pacific) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Michael has also held various roles at UBS and Swiss Banking Corporation. He holds a master’s degree in business from St Gallen Business School and a PhD in financial economics from the University of St Gallen.


Michael Vrontamitis

Michael Vrontamitis

Michael heads up Trade Product Management, Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered. Michael is also the chairperson of SWIFT Offshore CNY Best Practice Working Group – Cash & Trade Group. He joined Standard Chartered in 1995 and has worked in Hong Kong, London and Singapore across a number of businesses, including Corporate Relationship Management; Cash Management and Trade Product Sales; Investor Relations; Business Planning and Strategy for the CEO of Consumer Banking; Customer Segmentation and Branding and Customer Experience Management.


Mike Rees

Mike Rees

Mike was appointed to the Board of Standard Chartered in 2009. Based in London, he was CEO of Wholesale Banking from 2002 to 2014, and is now Deputy Group Chief Executive. Mike first joined Standard Chartered in 1990 as the CFO for Global Treasury and was subsequently Regional Treasurer in Singapore. He graduated in 1978 from the University of Aston, Birmingham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Whinney Murray, before joining JP Morgan in 1980. Mike is a member of the International Advisory Board of Mauritius, the International Advisory Board Roma, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the UK Institute of Directors.


Payal Dalal

Payal Dalal

Payal is our Head of Education and Girls Programmes. She oversees all programmes related to financial education, financial inclusion, and workforce development. She also manages our Goal programme, which engages and empowers adolescent girls through sport. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as Head of Public Affairs for the Americas. With a background in international philanthropy and politics, Payal has worked for a wide range of public sector organisations, including the World Affairs Council, the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Payal also worked on foreign policy for the Office of President William J. Clinton and remains involved with the work of the Clinton Global Initiative. A Texas native, Payal has an AB with honours from Stanford University and an MBA and an MPA from New York University.


Peter Sands

Peter Sands

Peter joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Finance Director in May 2002 and was appointed Group Chief Executive in November 2006. He is also lead non-executive director of the board of the Department of Health. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Peter was a Director with worldwide consultants McKinsey & Co. He has also worked for the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Peter grew up in Asia and graduated from Oxford University. He holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow.


Prashant Thakker

Prashant Thakker

Prashant is our Global Business Head of Microfinance and Regional Head, Development Organisations, Asia. Based in Mumbai, he has held a variety of previous roles at Standard Chartered, including in operations, finance, project management, strategy, governance, and corporate and institutional banking. Prior to joining the bank 15 years ago, he worked for RPG Group, with positions in the finance and treasury division. Prashant is a Wharton Fellow and has an MBA from Mumbai.


Rajesh Malkani

Rajesh Malkani

Based in Singapore, Rajesh runs our Private Bank operations in South East and North East Asia. Prior to taking up this role in 2010, he was Head of Private Banking, Singapore and South East Asia, with strategic oversight of sales, business, and franchise development and operations. Before joining Standard Chartered, Rajesh was head of marketing, South East Asia for BNP Paribas Private Bank and held senior positions for UBS in Hong Kong. Rajesh started his career as a management trainee with ANZ Grindlays Bank in India in 1987, after completing his MBA.


Razia Khan

Razia Khan

Razia is Standard Chartered’s Head of Africa Research and a well-known commentator on African markets. Razia advises the Bank’s clients on Africa strategy and provides regular updates to African central banks, finance ministries and multilateral institutions. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in economics and an MSc (Econ) in development, including monetary economics and international trade law, from the London School of Economics.


Richard Meddings

Richard Meddings

Richard was Group Finance Director of Standard Chartered from 2006 until 2014. He was also Chairman of ‘Seeing is Believing’, Standard Chartered’s flagship community investment project, which aims to eliminate avoidable blindness across the developing world.


Sarah Hewin

Sarah Hewin

Sarah leads our research on European economies, including Western and emerging Europe. She has many years of experience covering G7 and emerging-market macroeconomic, investment and country-risk issues. Based in London, she frequently appears as a commentator on TV for the BBC, Sky, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on radio for the BBC and Bloomberg. Before joining Standard Chartered, Sarah worked at American Express Bank (with secondments in New York and Hong Kong), Lloyds Bank and the European Commission in Brussels. She read economics at Girton College, Cambridge, specialising in international economics.


Shayne Nelson

Shayne Nelson

Having first joined the Bank in 1997, Shayne was CEO of Standard Chartered’s Private Bank from July 2010 until August 2013.


Standard Chartered Dataviz

Standard Chartered Dataviz

Our series of data visualisations and infographics are designed to help you look beyond the headlines about the global economy. Explore the real data behind topical stories such as the shift in economic power from West to East, rising debt in Asia or the international march of the renminbi. We will keep thinking of new visualisations you might be interested in, but if there’s an area you’d really like explored, please leave a comment on one of our posts. We want your views.


Standard Chartered Explains

Standard Chartered Explains

‘Standard Chartered Explains’ is a new series of short videos aiming to explain, inform or just help get you started on a number of different issues and concepts in banking – from what banks do to the impact of technology and innovation on banks and their customers. Our experts will also give their views on some of our major markets, whether it be the economic prospects for Greater China or the growing importance of ASEAN (the Association of South East Asian Nations) to the global economy. We’ll keep thinking of topics you might be interested in, but if there’s an area you’d really like to hear from us on please leave us a comment on one of our posts. We want your views.


Stephen Green

Stephen Green

Stephen heads Standard Chartered’s Greater China research team in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. His fourth book, '大国经济之路' (The Challenges of China’s Economy), was published in 2010. Stephen has a PhD from the Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science, and a first class honours degree from Cambridge University. He was head of the Asia Programme at London’s Chatham House, and deputy editor of The Economist's The World in... magazine. He has worked in rural Kenya and Mozambique, doing relief work, as well as teaching.


Steve Bertamini

Steve Bertamini

Steve was Group Executive Director and CEO Consumer Banking at Standard Chartered from 2008 to 2014.


Steve Brice

Steve Brice

Steve is an expert on the world economy and global markets, and Standard Chartered’s Chief Investment Strategist. Steve has over fifteen years financial markets experience in senior positions. His previous roles for the bank include Head of Global Markets (Southern Africa), Head of Research (Middle East and South Asia) and Chief Economist (SE Asia). Steve started his career at I.D.E.A. Ltd., a financial consultancy in London. He has a Masters from the University of Liverpool. While Steve is based in Singapore, he travels frequently around Asia and to the Middle East to share his views with both clients and the media. Steve is originally from the UK, but has lived in Asia, Africa and the Middle East for the past 15 years.

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Tim Hinton

Tim Hinton

Tim was Global Head of SME Banking at Standard Chartered from February 2012 until September 2013.


V Shankar

V Shankar

Shankar is Group Executive Director and a member of the Board of Standard Chartered PLC. Based in Dubai, he is the CEO of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas. Before joining Standard Chartered in 2001, Shankar was with Bank of America in Asia and the US for 19 years. His last position was as managing director, head of Asia-Pacific investment banking and CEO of BA Asia Limited based in Hong Kong. Shankar is a member of the board of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and the board of trustees of SINDA. He is also a member of the Singapore government’s National Integration Council and non-executive director of Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC.


Vasuki Shastry

Vasuki Shastry

Vasuki is Group Head of Public Affairs at Standard Chartered. He is responsible for co-ordinating our policies and positioning on all matters political and regulatory. Vasuki previously worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington for 14 years, most recently as global head, public affairs. During this time he also held roles in media relations (Asia-Pacific spokesman) and internal communications, and once took leave of absence from the IMF to head the communications department of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Prior to his work at the IMF, Vasuki worked as a financial journalist for a number of publications in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia.


Wasim Saifi

Wasim Saifi

Wasim rejoined Standard Chartered in 2011 as Global Head of Islamic Banking for Consumer Banking, tasked with managing the growth of our Islamic Consumer Banking business in South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. In 2012, he was appointed CEO of Standard Chartered Saadiq Berhad, a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad. Previously, he worked for 17 years in numerous roles for the Group in Mumbai, Dubai and Colombo, the most recent being CEO in Sri Lanka. Wasim was born and brought up in Mumbai, and holds an MBA from Rutgers University in the US.


Will Oswald

Will Oswald

Based in Singapore, Will oversees our research and strategy in the fixed income, currencies and commodities markets. His team's research ranges from in-depth analysis across products to trade recommendations for clients. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 2010, he was with J.P. Morgan (London), ranking first in Institutional Investor’s European EM Strategy poll throughout his time there. He ran the bank’s global EM quantitative strategy team and strategy on Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Will previously covered EM at Deutsche Bank. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University.