Our team members are highly experienced banking professionals with an average of 20 years of experience in Asia with top tier international banks such as Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Citi, RBS, ING and UBS.

Sam Ahmed

Sam Ahmed

Managing Director, Lead Consultant, Deriv Asia

Sam Ahmed is a recognized subject matter expert in the Asian markets for areas such as derivatives & Treasury Products, Risk Management, Collateral Management and Custody & Securities Services.  He is also leading projects on driving/designing/impact assessment of blockchain technology solutions for both financial institutions and crypto exchanges.

Sam’s career in banking spans 18 years across top tier banks in the AsiaPac region such as Lehman Brothers in Japan, Merrill Lynch in Japan and Singapore and Citi in Singapore across trading, risk, post trade, collateral mgmt and technical sales specialising in Derivatives Products across FICC, CDO’s & Securitisation products and Custody Services. Prior to launching Deriv Asia, Sam was heading Citi’s Collateral Services Sales for the Asia Pac Rim region.

Sam helps Asian institutions build new businesses, design transformation projects involving front to back enterprise technology change and implement risk, collateral mgmt and regulatory solutions. On a strategic level, Sam has been advising Asian banks on financial market and industry trends that help to reshape their  business strategy in areas of Trading,  Prime Brokerage, Custody & Securities Services.  Sam also works with buyside clients on investment strategy, investment risk, building post trade and middle office support infrastructure and along with performing numerous vendor technology & service provider due diligence with RFP creation to final end to end assessment for risk, collateral, trading and back office technology.

Sam is routinely engaged by major conferences for technical workshops, media interviews and is also a seasoned writer for major publications both globally and in the region.

Andrew Pal

Andrew Pal

Senior Consultant, Clearing, Electronic platforms & Exchanges, Deriv Asia

Andrew has spent 21 years in banking working at various roles at UBS Sydney and Singapore. His last role was Executive Director, Head of UBS Futures Singapore. Over the past 9 years, Andrew has been focusing on developing both UBS’ Listed and OTC Clearing initiatives with various roles as Regional Head of Electronic Trading and Asia Head of Clearing sales.

Since 2009, with the OTC reforms underway, Andrew played an instrumental role in building UBS’ OTC Clearing offering and working with major CCPs to deliver streamlined solutions for their clients. Andrew has unparalleled expertise in Futures, OTC Clearing, trading and execution platforms with deep understanding of execution, clearing and knowledge of CCPs in the region and has delivered solutions for a number of banks, central banks and sovereign wealth funds.

With Deriv Asia, Andrew has worked with Asian exchanges and CCP’s to develop their sales strategy of on boarding offshore clearing members as well as preparing them to attain QCCP status. Andrew has also worked on target operating models of using non cash collateral for CCP’s.

Andrew holds a bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Sydney.

ANDREW PAL HAS LEFT DERIV ASIA IN OCTOBER 2016

Ron Leven

Ron Leven

Director, Fixed Income, Currencies, Indices, Deriv Asia

Ron Leven has been active in the foreign exchange and fixed income markets for over 35 years. He has held senior strategy positions at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan, in New York, Tokyo and Singapore. He also worked at several hedge funds, managing $150 million in a foreign exchange and fixed income leveraged strategy.
His career started as a sovereign risk economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In addition to serving as an FX and Fixed Income strategist at top tier investment banks, Ron has managed a foreign exchange/fixed income hedge find. Over his career he has developed currency indices that were the basis for $500 million in exchange traded products and utilized cross-asset correlations to design unique proxy hedging strategies.
Ron’s last role was at Thomson Reuters where he headed the foreign exchange and economic content division referred to as the Eikon financial service and was successful in generating $100 million of subscriber revenues. Mr. Leven also created and published a Thomson Reuters branded monthly commentary, The FX Market Voice.
Mr. Leven has published extensively, both investment bank research and in independent journals – notably Euromoney and the New York Fed Quarterly Review. He has frequently been quoted in the press and appeared as a regular guest on Bloomberg TV and MSNBC.
Mr. Leven maintains an active adjunct faculty relationship with both Columbia and New York University and regularly teaches a course on investing in emerging markets in Columbia’s School of International Affairs. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University and a B.A. in Economics and Chinese from Washington University

Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant

Managing Director, Market & Credit Risk, InteDelta

Michael Bryant is a Managing Director of InteDelta. He specialises in risk policy, governance and methodology and oversees InteDelta’s client engagements in this area. Michael has strong expertise on both market & credit risk management and has undertaken consulting engagements for banks, asset managers, hedge funds and risk software vendors, working on defining an organisation’s credit risk policy and/or helping them move from a CEM to Standardised approach using PFE calculation or Monte Carlo based methodology.

In Asia, Michael has been working with Sam Ahmed helping clients define their CVA strategy and helping to build CVA framework along with helping banks transform their credit limit management methodology from a current exposure methodology to an advance monte carlo based model.

Prior to InteDelta, Michael was a Managing Director at ING Bank in London where he was globally responsible for financial markets risk measurement.

Nicholas Newport

Nicholas Newport

Managing Director, Enterprise Risk change, InteDelta

Nicholas Newport is a Managing Director of InteDelta and specialises in risk and collateral management with a particular current focus on regulatory driven change. Nicholas is a recognised industry thought leader in these areas and oversees InteDelta’s large-scale enterprise risk implementation such as building centralised collateral architecture for organisations along designing target operational models covering organisational, process and technology change. His consulting engagements include Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, DBS, and HSBC.

Prior to founding InteDelta, Nicholas worked for ING Bank in London, where he was responsible for ING’s global credit risk and collateral management programme for financial markets. Before this, he was a Senior Manager within market risk management at Standard Chartered Bank in London and Singapore.