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7 years exp

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ASIFMA, which represents the interests of the region’s leading financial institutions to regulators, policymakers, and other stakeholders throughout Asia, seeks an Executive Director/Managing Director, Head of Policy and Sustainable Finance to lead the association’s activities related to global and regional regulation and policy, working closely with the ASIFMA’s Public Policy Committee and its working groups as well as the Sustainable Finance Committee. The role reports directly to the CEO. The successful candidate will join a growing team of 30 in Hong Kong and Singapore.
ASIFMA Objectives Include:
  • Advocate the views of ASIFMA’s members at national, regional and global levels;
  • Develop relationships and build a constructive dialogue with policymakers, regulators and other relevant stakeholders on capital market and regulatory policies;
  • Apply technical expertise to promote the growth and development of Asian financial markets;
  • Advocate for transparent regulations that are applied fairly and consistently;
  • Promote the harmonization of Asian market regulation with global standards and best practices;
  • Identify new members and enhance services to and relationships with existing members.
The Director’s main responsibilities are to set, execute and manage the ASIFMA’s strategy for broad policy and regulatory issues throughout the region as well as run the activities of the Public Policy and Sustainable Finance Committees, and their working groups and any specific initiatives. The Director will collaborate extensively with a wide stakeholder group to achieve consensus and results for the organisation, our members and global alliance partners (AFME, GFMA and SIFMA).
The scope of the role would cover, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Advocate the views of ASIFMA’s members at national, regional and global levels on a range of complex cross-market issues ranging from regulatory fragmentation to cross-border data regulation, sustainable finance and post-GFC banking regulation, as well as other key industry issues as they arise;
  • Work and coordinate closely with members and ASIFMA’s global alliance partners, whilst developing relationships and building constructive dialogue with policymakers, regulators and other relevant stakeholders in the region on these issues;
  • Apply a mix of skills in policy analysis, government and regulatory affairs with a knowledge and aptitude for related market development and commercial issues, in order to speak with authority on related issues as well as lead multiple industry responses to regulatory consultations;
  • Demonstrate deftness in managing a broad cross-section of members, regulatory and other industry stakeholders (e.g. central banks, think tanks, academics, media, other industry associations), as well as working across cultures in the Asian region;
  • Be a team player, working collaboratively with other senior Directors and teams within ASIFMA, as well as identifying new members and thinking strategically about how to enhance ASIFMA’s services and relationships with existing members;
  • Organise roundtables and other meetings to provide opportunity for members to meet with regulators and policy makers, and to facilitate meaningful public/private sector dialogue;
  • Regularly brief the ASIFMA Board, CEO and ASIFMA Committees on policy and sustainable finance initiatives and broad trends related to those areas;
  • Lead and facilitate member meetings and related working groups, including setting the agenda and co-facilitating discussions along with Chairs and Co-chairs;
  • Regularly scan the horizon for developments in the regulatory environment, including announcements, speeches, policy research reports, and other documents to stay apprised of developments in core policy and sustainable finance, and update our members including through reports and channels such as the monthly Asia Regulatory Review published by the Policy and Sustainable Finance team;
  • Work and coordinate with the ASIFMA events and communications teams to represent the industry on panels and at conferences, as well as though media op-eds, interviews and strategic publication of industry papers in order to drive members’ policy and regulatory agenda;
  • Actively participate as a member of the senior management team of ASIFMA, whilst leading and coaching junior staff reporting into this role as well as being available to mentor other junior staff.
Key Competencies:
  • Educated to advanced degree level (Masters, MBA,JD or above), preferably in finance, economics, public policy, international relations, law or a related field;
  • Knowledge of (and preferably 7-8 years’ experience in) financial regulation, capital markets or relevant research, legal or public policy areas;
  • Knowledge of (and preferably 3-4 years’ experience in) ESG or sustainable finance.
  • Strategic acumen, sound organisational ability and comfort prioritising multiple projects and priorities, and proven ability to drive consensus decision making in a complex and dynamic stakeholder environment;
  • Track record of managing and running a team would be preferred.
  • Comfortable working and interacting with high-level regulators, government officials, and senior (C-suite) ASIFMA members.
  • Excellent writing/business communication and analytic skills to effectively and simply communicate the legal and regulatory issues affecting the industry and the development of the capital markets.
  • A strong understanding of and interest in capital markets regulation, global financial marketsand related public policy issues, as well as the developmentof standardized market practices.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, including the ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills suitable for business and advocacy purposes.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for regulator meetings, conferences, sometimes on short notice
  • Fluency in English is required; business proficiency in an Asian language would be a strong advantage.
To Apply:
ASIFMA offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with experience, including the possibility of an annual discretionary bonus based on performance.
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to Ms. Wyman Wong at ***** The closing date for application is 21 March 2022.

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