Rajeev De Mello is an experienced investor, having traded and invested in financial markets since the 1987 crash. During the 1990s, he worked for McKinsey in Zurich and UBS in Geneva and Zurich and Hong Kong during the Asian financial crisis. Rajeev has been head of investment teams for various asset management firms in Switzerland and Singapore. Until 2020, he was Chief Investment Officer of Bank of Singapore. He now advises GAMA, a Swiss asset manager based in Geneva, on asset allocation.
Rajeev is a frequent market commentator on regional and international media.
Hartmut Issel is Managing Director, Head of APAC Equities, UBS Global Wealth Management. He started his career at UBS in 1998 as a buy side analyst for Germany (including responsibility for the country equity portfolio) and Scandinavian countries, and later assumed coverage of the IT and telecom sectors. Since 1999 he has been in charge of the global IT sector. In 2005-2006, he lead the North American research unit of WMR in the United States, focusing on stock markets and general financial market outlook presentations for clients. Starting 2007, he built up and was heading WMR India. In July 2009 he joined UBS Singapore as WMR Head for the location and deputy head of APAC. From May 2012 to February 2014, he was the Head of CIO WM Research for the APAC region.
Hartmut studied finance with a concentration on statistics at the Technical University of Berlin and received a Masters degree. He is a CFA® charter holder since 2001.
Marco Huwiler studied Economics & Business Administration at University of Basel, Switzerland, where he received a PhD in Economics.
He joined the SNB in 1998 and has worked in various positions:
- Senior Economist, Economic Affairs division
- Senior Portfolio Manager, Asset Management division
- Head of Financial Market Analysis unit
- Since February 2019: Head of Singapore branch
Prior to moving to Singapore, Marco was seconded to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2017/2018. While seconded to the New York Fed, he held a position as policy advisor in the Markets Group. Marco also worked for almost two years as an investment strategist with a Swiss private wealth management bank
Mark Matthews is Head of Research Asia Pacific for Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd., an appointment he has held since June 2011. His research coverage comprises single stock, sector and select country analysis. In addition, he is a member of the Bank’s investment committee, which determines asset allocation recommendations to clients.
Mark has a wealth of experience in advising private clients and institutional investors through his 27-year banking and finance career. He has held senior positions managing the research and equity sales functions at financial institutions, including ING Barings Securities, Standard & Poor’s and Merrill Lynch in Asia.
Currently based in Singapore, he has lived and worked in Asia for most of his life, including in Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan.
He is often quoted in the media and invited regularly by CNBC Asia and Bloomberg TV to appear on their programmes.
Mark holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance Major) from the Schulich School of Business, York University and a Bachelor of Arts (History Major) from Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada. He is fluent in French and Chinese.
Georg von Wattenwyl is a financial industry veteran with over 20 years of experience with leading firms in the banking and finance sector. He brings with him a wide breadth of corporate and association experience, having been appointed as Managing Director and Head EAM Asia and Global Head Family Offices at Vontobel in 2019. Bolstering his association credentials, von Wattenwyl has been serving as Chairman of the Swiss Structured Products Association (SSPA) since 2014. On August 1, 2019, von Wattenwyl was appointed Chairman of the board of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Singapore, succeeding his predecessor Dr Tom Ludescher. With more than 200 active members, SwissCham represents the diversity of the Swiss Business Community in Singapore.