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Responsible investing


09:50 - 15:50 HKT (Hong Kong Time) UTC +8 hours | Friday 29th October 2021

09:50 - 15:50 HKT (Hong Kong Time) UTC +8 hours | Friday 29th October 2021

Morning session: 09:50 - 12:40 HKT

In April this year, AXA reaffirmed their commitment to being a responsible insurer, investor and an exemplary company through the launch of the AXA for Progress Index which will monitor and assess the impact of their sustainability strategy.

The Asia Responsible Investing Forum will explore how we, as AXA Group companies, can align on responsible investing themes, with a focus on the ESG context for Unit Linked, and identify the opportunities and challenges we face as an industry in the move to net-zero.

We have created an exciting agenda which we believe will inspire, encourage debate and idea generation. We will be joined by speakers from Architas, AXA Group, AXA IM, other leading asset managers and industry experts.

Architas is now using BrightTALK

To improve our webinar experience Architas have partnered with BrightTALK for all webinars and on demand presentations going forward.

On the day the webinar session will be available as indicated below. If you have a BrightTALK account already, you can simply enter your login to access the event. If you're new to BrightTALK you will be able register for your account and access the event simultaneously. The onboarding is very quick (less than 2 minutes), simple to use and will only have to be completed once.

The Architas Asia Responsible Investing Forum is split into 2 sessions. Once you have logged into the first session please follow the instructions in the agenda and join the next session after lunch.


Gordon Watson, CEO of AXA Asia & Africa

Panel discussion hosted by Zaid Alrifai, Head of Architas Asia and featuring speakers Mark Twigg, Executive Director at Cicero, Arnout van Rijn, Chief Investment Officer Asia Pacific at Robeco and Kasia Zatorska, Sustainable Investment Consulting at Ogier Global.

Aidan Yao, Senior Emerging Asia Economist, AXA Investment Managers

Rahul Hora, President And CEO, AXA Philippines

Boris Moutier, AXA Life Japan and Asia Chief Investment Officer

Presentation will be available shortly.

Dr Mai Khanh Vo, Chief Investment Officer at Architas Asia and Thomas Vogl, Senior Investment Analyst at Architas

Freda Amir, Head of Propositions Asia at Architas and Mark Rodrigues, Head of Product Management at AXA Investment Managers Asia.

Zaid Alrifai, Head of Architas Asia and Nicholas Deschamps, Head of Client Group, Architas

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Our Speakers

Alfred Rinaldi Triestanto

Director of Sales and Marketing, PT Architas Asset Management Indonesia

Alfred Rinaldi Triestanto holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and also a Master of Advance Finance from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. He started his career in multinational banking for 13 years including Citibank, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.

Alfred expanded his experience into the financial services industry, namely Investment Management, by serving as Head of Business Partnership at PT Eastspring Investments Indonesia and then joining PT Architas Asset Management Indonesia since August 2018. Alfred also obtained Investment Manager Deputy permit from OJK no. KEP-115/PM.211/WMI/2014.

Alfred hosted the day’s proceedings and introduced the discussions on the day of the forum.

Gordon Watson

CEO of AXA Asia & Africa

Gordon is CEO of AXA Asia & Africa, covering key markets across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as AXA Emerging Customers, our business focused on closing the protection gap of low income to mass market customers.

Gordon is also a member of the AXA Group Management Committee. Before joining AXA, Gordon was the Regional Chief Executive responsible for AIA Group's operations in Asia as well as the Corporate Solutions, Health, Partnership and AIA Vitality businesses.

Gordon has lived and worked all over the world and namely US, Africa, Dubai, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.

As founding Chair of Shared Value Initiative Hong Kong, a non-profit membership organization, Gordon works with private companies to address social-economic issues with economic value. He is also a strong advocate to mental health in Asia and keen to create mentally healthy workplace.

Thomas Cahn

Financial Controller, Architas Asia

Thomas Cahn is the Financial Controller for Architas Asia Limited. He heads its finance department, manages the company’s governance framework and supports its strategic growth initiatives, of which ESG and Responsible Investing is a major component.

Thomas began his career under AXA UK’s graduate programme and trained to become a Chartered Accountant. He then joined the Finance department of Architas UK. He moved to Hong Kong to support the set-up and growth of Architas Asia Limited prior to becoming its Financial Controller.

Mark Twigg

Executive Director, Cicero/amo

Mark is an Executive Director at Cicero/amo where he oversees the firm’s campaigns and research business. He has delivered campaigns in over 50 countries worldwide with clients including Aegon, Accenture, Novartis, Canada Pension Plan, World Gold Council, Legal & General, BlackRock, Columbia Threadneedle, HSBC, and AXA. The team focus on cross-cutting business themes including technology, sustainability, demographics, trade, and political risk.

With a background in public affairs, Mark also remains active in government relations dealing with international financial regulation, tax policy and retail financial services. He is an active campaigner on diversity and inclusion. He leads Cicero/amo's and Havas UK's work on promoting mental health and disability workplace access, as well as supporting the UK’s Inclusive Economy Partnership and the DWP Disability Access to Insurance working group.

Previously, Mark worked for the UK Labour Government between 1997-1999 for both the Rt. Hon Nick Brown MP and the Rt. Hon John Reid MP. He also worked as an adviser to the UK Treasury-sponsored Bischoff Review. He worked as Head of Government Relations at Direct Line Group, lobbying across the RBS insurance brands, during which time he also served on several ABI and CEA (Insurance Europe) Committees.

Mark has lived and worked in London, Brussels, and Washington DC.

Arnout van Rijn

Chief Investment Officer Asia Pacific, Robeco

Arnout van Rijn is CIO Asia Pacific as well as Fund Manager of Rabern Asia-Pacific Equities and Rabern Asian Stars Equities.

Arnout started his career in the investment industry in 1990 and has over 25 years of experience in the asset management industry. From 2003 to 2007, he was Fund Manager of Rolinco, Robeco's flagship global growth equity fund.

From 2000 to 2002, Arnout worked in Hong Kong as the Head of the Fund Desk at Rabo Investment Management. From inception in 1994 until 2000, he was Fund Manager of Rabern Emerging Markets Equities. Arnout held several positions in Robeco's Equities Investments Department covering European, Asian and American markets and was Fund Manager of Rabern North American Equities. Arnout holds a masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is registered with the Dutch Securities Institute.

Arnout is currently a member of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong listing committee.

Kasia Zatorska

Sustainable Investment Consulting, Ogier Global

Kasia Zatorska is a senior manager within Ogier Global's Sustainable Investment Consulting team and brings more than 14 years of experience working with asset managers, asset owners and hedge funds to the role. Prior to joining Ogier, Kasia led Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Hong Kong office and oversaw the firm’s wider Asia-ex Japan portfolio. At ISS, Kasia deepened her knowledge of ESG metrics, reporting standards and stewardship codes. Prior to her time at ISS, Kasia was at Legal and General Investment Management in London; where she gained first-hand experience on how to design and implement ESG thematic frameworks. 

Aidan Yao

Senior Emerging Asia Economist, AXA Investment Managers

Aidan joined AXAIM in December 2013 as an Emerging Asia Economist, with a particular focus on the Chinese economy.

Prior to joining AXA IM, Aidan was a senior financial market analyst at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority for two years, covering financial market research and analysis for US, Europe and China.

Aidan started his career at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 2007, serving as an economist and later senior financial market analyst until late 2011.

Aidan holds a master degree with distinction in Finance (2006) from the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Rahul Hora

President & CEO, AXA Philippines

Rahul Hora is the President and CEO of AXA Philippines. His accomplished work experience spans 23 years, including four years in the FMCG industry and more than 19 years in insurance. Upon joining AXA Philippines, he led part of the sales team as Chief Agency Officer beginning 2009 and then also served as a member of the Board of Directors in 2012. In 2015, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and led the organization towards being a more customer-centric company, with key focus on digital transformation. Prior to working at AXA Philippines, he has served as the Regional Head of Distribution in AXA Asia Life based in Hong Kong; and the Senior Vice President and Head of Sales Development of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.

He also has notable experience starting in the Indian insurance industry, serving as the Sales Manager of ICICI Prudential in Delhi, right from its inception, and later becoming a member of its Senior Management team as ICICI expanded. He earned his undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College in Delhi University, after which he attended the Centre of Management Development and received his Masters Degree in Marketing.

Boris Moutier

Japan and Asia Chief Investment Officer AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Boris Moutier is Japan and Asia Chief Investment Officer of AXA, based in Japan.

Boris is directly in charge of investments and Asset and Liability Management (ALM) at AXA Japan and overseeing such activities of the Life and GI entities in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Korea. He was CIO of Hong Kong and Asia (ex Japan) until April 2021.

Prior to this, Boris was until April 2015 Director, Client Group and head of relationships with AXA Group, Asia and Japan at AXA Investment Managers Asia for 2 years, also based in Hong Kong.

Boris joined AXA Investment Managers in 2002 and has held several positions in Paris and Tokyo as Financial Engineer (with a focus on Variable Annuities) and as a Derivatives Trader till 2010.

Before moving to Hong Kong, Boris was in charge of AXA IM’s relationship with its largest client, AXA France.

Boris graduated from E.N.S.A.E., one of the leading French Institutions of higher learning in the fields of statistics, economics, finance and actuarial science.

Dr Mai Khanh Vo

Chief Investment Officer, Architas Asia

Mai Khanh is the Chief Investment Officer of Architas Asia. Prior to working at Architas, she was the Head of Investment at AXA Asia in Hong Kong.

Mai relocated to Hong Kong from Paris in 2017, where she was the Head of Fund Selection and Advisory at Amundi, and also held Portfolio Management responsibilities at the firm. She began her career at Sinopia as a quantitative analyst.

She holds a PhD in Fields, Particles and Matter from University of Paris 7 and an Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon. She is a CFA Charterholder.

Thomas Vogl

Senior Investment Analyst, Architas Asia

Thomas started his career as an Investment Strategist at a German insurance company. After that he had different Portfolio Management roles at Tecta Invest in Munich, the Asset Management arm of a bigger German insurance company. He covered Alternative Investments, Equities and was responsible for the Overlay Management.

Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2021, Thomas worked at Ethenea Independent Investors in Luxembourg, where he was the responsible Portfolio Manager for several Multi Asset fund of funds.

Thomas holds a degree in business administration from University of Regensburg, Germany. He is both a CFA and FRM Charterholder.

Mark Rodrigues

Head of Product Management, Asia AXA Investment Managers

Mark Rodrigues joined AXA IM in 2014 as the Head of Product Management for Asia Pacific (ex-Japan). He has 2 decades of experience in Finance working in the US, Singapore, and Hong Kong. For the last 15 years, He has been based in Hong Kong with top tier Global Asset Managers. In his current role, he is responsible for product development and range management across AXA IM’s range of Bond and Equity products. He works closely with Asian and European sales and investment teams to deliver innovative solutions for new products and enhance existing funds.

Prior to AXA IM, Mark was with BlackRock, North Asia’s first Asian Strategic Product team where he developed BlackRock’s range of Asia products and local domiciled funds at the height of its product expansion. Before that, he worked for BNP Paribas Investment Managers, Asia in a similar Product function and developed the first China Access products and other successful Asian offerings. He has held an SFC Type 1 & 4 license for the last decade and a half.

Mark began his career in the US with UBS Paine Webber, Private Banking before moving to Singapore to work for Citibank Singapore, APAC Consumer Banking Treasury trading Bonds and Structured Products.

He graduated in 2001 and holds two degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has a Finance degree from Leeds School of Business Administration and a Philosophy degree from the School of Arts and Science.

Freda Amir

Head of Propositions Asia

Ms. Amir is the Head of Propositions, Asia for Architas where she focuses on developing leading propositions for AXA entities in the region.

Prior to joining Architas in 2020, Ms. Amir was Director at BNY Mellon, where she led the firm’s marketing efforts for the Investment Management division in the Asia Pacific region. Ms. Amir has over 20 years of international experience working with leading investment managers such as BlackRock and Goldman Sachs overseeing marketing, business development and RFP teams for their Institutional, Intermediary and Wealth Divisions in New York, London and Tokyo.

Ms. Amir has a postgraduate degree in Digital Disruption from Said School of Business, Oxford University, a Masters of Science In Public Policy and International Business from the George Mason School of Public Policy and International Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from American University in Washington D.C.

Zaid Alrifai

Head of Architas Asia

Zaid holds the role of Head of Architas Asia, and has been an Executive Director of the Company since April 2019.

He originally joined Architas UK in January 2011 as the investment lead for Global Emerging Market Equities & Global Fixed Income, before taking a number of roles across the firm including General Secretary to the Architas Global CEO, and Chief Operating Officer for the UK Funds business line. He has been based in Hong Kong since 2017. Prior to his roles at Architas, Zaid has worked for AXA across both governance and business development roles. Zaid is an honours graduate from the University of Manchester, in Aerospace Engineering, and a CFA Charterholder.


Nicolas Deschamps

Head of Client Group, Architas

Nicolas joined Architas in January 2015 to lead the Client Group. He is in charge of developing and promoting investment solutions to AXA entities and Institutional Clients globally and managing relationships with the major asset management groups working with AXA.  Nicolas is also in charge of Marketing functions and Innovation globally, as well as driving our international development agenda in Asia. Nicolas manages 50 members of the Client Group Team based in London, Paris, Brussels and Asia.

Nicolas started his career as an M&A analyst with Lazard in Paris in 1999. He joined AXA Group in 2001 as a project manager in the corporate finance team, and participated in various acquisition processes. Nicolas then joined AXA Investment Managers in 2005, and helped building the Product Specialist Unit. In this role, he promoted structured products to global institutional investors. He was subsequently appointed a sales manager in the French Financial Institutions group within AXA Investment Managers in 2007, and promoted to Head of French Retail Distribution in 2009. Nicolas joined AXA France as Head of Life Products Sales & Marketing in 2010 before then joining Architas.

Nicolas is a graduate from Essec Business School in Paris and has an MBA in Finance.

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