LEE Wai Fai
Wai Fai is Chairman of UOBAM and the Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of UOBAM's parent, United Overseas Bank (UOB). He leads the banking group's financial and management accounting, investor relations and corporate services divisions.
Wai Fai joined UOB in 1989 and has held senior positions in the UOB group, including being head of international branches and regional banking subsidiaries, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of UOB Radanasin Bank Public Company Limited, Head of Finance as well as Head of Policy and Planning of UOB.
He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration degree in Banking and Finance from the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University. Wai Fai has more than 25 years of experience in the banking sector.
Boon Kiat has close to 30 years of investment management experience, and has served as the Group CEO of UOB Asset Management (UOBAM) since 2011. Under his leadership, UOBAM has established itself as a leading regional player in the asset management industry, receiving significant industry recognition in Singapore and the region.
In 2020, UOBAM was awarded double honours, winning the regional marquee award - the prestigious "Best Asia Fund House" at both Asia Asset Management Best of Best Awards and AsianInvestor Asset Management Awards (second consecutive year). UOBAM's advance in harnessing technology was recognised with the "Best in Fintech in Asset Management (Singapore)" award from Asia Asset Management Best of Best Awards 2020 and "Best Wealth Management Platform (Thailand)" the previous year.
Over the years, UOBAM has won over 200 top awards from prestigious organisations and publications such as Morningstar, Refinitive and The Asset Benchmark Research across the region.
For his contributions to UOBAM, Boon Kiat was recognised as "CEO of the Year in Asia" for two consecutive years by Asia Asset Management Best of Best Awards 2015 and 2014. He was also conferred the "IBF Fellow" title by the Institute of Banking and Finance in 2015.
A passionate advocate of digitalisation, Boon Kiat has been spearheading UOBAM's digital transformation initiative, driving the adoption of emerging technology, enhancement of infrastructure and establishment of strategic partnerships across the organisation with a view to solidifying UOBAM's position as a digital leader in asset management in Asia.
He strongly believes that there is an optimal balance and point of convergence between man and machine in many areas, including asset management; that AI should be more "Augmented Intelligence" than "Artificial Intelligence". This philosophy has already borne tangible fruit in the form of UOBAM Invest, Singapore's first robo-advisory app launched by an established asset manager in 2020. UOBAM was also the first in Singapore to pioneer a corporate platform version in 2018 and subsequently rolled out to corporate clients in Malaysia a year later.
Boon Kiat has also championed the cause for sustainable investing in Asia. A firm believer in "Investing for Purpose and Profit", he has led UOBAM to become one of the first regional asset managers in Singapore to sign on the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. This is on top of also being a signatory to the Singapore Stewardship Principles for Responsible Investors, underlining the firm’s commitment to making sustainable investing a key tenet.
CHONG Jiun Yeh
As Chief Investment Officer of UOB Asset Management, Jiun Yeh leads the investment team in developing the firm’s long-term investment strategy and in managing asset allocation with the objective to maximise the value of investments in assets for our investors. He has oversight for the teams managing Equities, Fixed Income, Multi-Asset, including spearheading the firm’s strategic thrusts in sustainable investing and investment technology.
Under Jiun Yeh’s leadership, UOBAM was ranked as one of the top investment houses in Asian G3 bonds, and Asian local currency bonds in Singapore and Thailand respectively at The Asset 2019 Benchmark Research Awards. Over the years, UOBAM has won prestigious awards such as ‘Best Asia Fixed Income House Singapore 2018’ from International Finance Awards and ‘Best Fixed Income Fund House’ at the Morningstar Awards 2017.
Prior to joining UOBAM in 2008, Jiun Yeh was the Managing Director (Fund Management) and Co-Head of Portfolio Management for ST Asset Management (STAM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. Before that, he was Head of Fixed Income and Currencies at OUB Asset Management. He has vast experience in managing equities, fixed income and structured investment portfolios, including emerging market local currencies debts, G7 FX overlays as well as Asia-Pacific equities.
Jiun Yeh graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) (Second Upper Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore.
As Chief Operating Officer, Wijaya is responsible for the overall functions of Middle Office and Governance, System and Data Management as well as the Operations of UOBAM.
He joined UOBAM in August 2015 and has more than 19 years of extensive operational experience, principally in investment custody operations, fund accounting and new business consulting. Prior to joining UOBAM, he was Head of Operations with Northern Trust Company.
Wijaya was educated at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Faizal leads the business development initiatives of the firm, heading the Retail and Institutional Sales teams, and strategising on Product Development and Marketing. His responsibilities include the creation of products and services that meet the needs of retail and institutional investors across the region.
Faizal is a UOBAM stalwart, having joined the business development team in 1996 and rising through the ranks to head regional business development in 2007. He was instrumental in initiating and strategising the expansion of UOBAM into the regional Asia markets with the establishment of UOBAM (Brunei), UOBAM (Japan), OSK-UOB Islamic Fund Management Berhad joint venture in Malaysia and the formation of strategic alliances with major third-party fund managers.
He is currently one of the directors of UOBAM (Japan) and sits on the board of UOBAM (Brunei). In Singapore, he is a member of the UOBAM Management Committee and is also a voting member of the Regional Investment, Risk and Product Committees.
Previously, Faizal represented UOBAM as the alternate director to UOBAM Managing Director on the board of OSK/UOB Islamic Fund Management Berhad in Malaysia. From July 2008 to February 2010 he was also appointed as a board director of UOB Philippines. In January 2011, he was appointed Head of Business Development and in January 2015 he assumed the role of Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining UOBAM, Faizal worked with Citibank in the Singapore and regional office, which oversaw the Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan markets, contributing in the areas of client service and product development for the unit trusts/mutual funds business.
He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the National University of Singapore.