Geopolitical Risks in the Investment Landscape

About This Course

Geopolitical analysis is an essential component of a sound investment strategy. Shifts in the global balance of power away from the U.S., Ukraine-Russian, US-China and the Korean peninsula tensions, growing demands for populist policies in Anglo-Saxon economies, the ‘crisis of expectations’ among EM middle classes and the shift towards green energy as a result of climate change reinforce the view that geopolitical risk to investment portfolios is not a fad. This introductory course will provide participants with a risk management approach to assessing geopolitical risk, its drivers and general approaches to mitigate geopolitical risk with case studies.

Who Should Attend

  • Private Bankers
  • Financial Advisors
  • Retail/Priority Relationship Managers
  • Investment Professionals

Learning Outcomes

  • Why geopolitical risk matters
  • Strategies to manage geopolitical risk
  • Maximising the opportunities created by geopolitical risk
  • Using geopolitical risk management strategies to competitive advantage

Introduction & Rationale

  • Landscape
  • Definition

Geopolitics in the Past and Present

  • 19th - 20th Century Theories & Beliefs
  • Emerging & Current Beliefs

Geopolitical Risk in the Asian Context

  • Overview of Key Risks Today

Geopolitical Risk in Investing

  • Perspective from the Investment Lifecycle: Pre-Investment Due Diligence incl. KYC/KYP, Post-Investment Monitoring and Exit or Divestment Strategy
  • Emerging Perspective from Climate Change and Transition Risk
  • Hedging Geopolitical Risk: Overview of Approaches and Limitations

Geopolitical Risk from the Operational Perspective

  • Emerging Operational Risk and Financial Impact on Investment Outcome

Managing Geopolitical Risk within the Organization

  • Travel Safety Framework: Personnel/Employee Operational Risk Management
  • Contingency, BCP and DRP Framework: Investment Risk Management
  • Concluding Remarks and Q&A

Dr Khoo Guan Seng

PhD in Computational Physics (NUS)

GS Khoo has over 30 years of AI, data-mining, management and startup global work-experience, focusing on risk and hedge fund analytics. He joined CAI in Feb 2016, after relocating back from Canada, where he was the Head of ERM with one of the largest Canadian pension fund managers, AIMCo, which he joined in 2011.

Prior to AIMCo, He was with Temasek Holdings, which he joined in 2009 from Standard Chartered Bank, where he was the Global Head/MD, Group Risk Analytics, heading the global team performing all global risk models validation for Basel & BIPRU compliance, and liaised with all the financial regulators in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, including the FSA (UK), the FSS (Korea), CBRC, HKMA and MAS (Singapore). At Temasek Holdings, he focused on developing novel investment performance and portfolio risk management metrics, applicable across the whole spectrum of investment asset classes and horizons.

In his other previous roles, he designed and managed an algorithmic hedge fund at Man Investment Products (Man Group plc.) in the 90s, was Head of Innovation (Strategy & Business Devt.) at the Singapore Exchange, was Group Chief Risk Officer at a SE Asian conglomerate (RHB Capital, Malaysia) and was based in Chicago and Denver in 2001-02 at American Bourses Corp (ABC, spun off from the Man Group), providing AI-based investment and trading analytics to clients trading on the ECNs in N America and in the Asia-Pacific. At ABC, he managed the launch and production of the financial portals of SPH, and zaobaofinance. com in 2000.

He also provided advisory services to the regulators, family offices, research institutes, global and Asian banks in the Asia-Pacific region on data-mining, ERM, Basel 2 and 3. In addition, he has also advised startup and IT companies in S’pore, Silicon Valley and Vancouver, B.C in BigData, FinTech, and Energy Farming using renewable energy.

GS Khoo holds a PhD in Physics, and has done post-doctoral work at Nagoya University, MSI’s (Molecular Simulations Inc.) research centers at Caltech (Pasadena, California), Boston and at Teijin-MSI in Tokyo, Japan on AI-based data mining and computer-aided drug design. He also speaks regularly at international banking conferences and published articles relating to holistic ecosystem enterprise risk management, AI, operational resiliency, ESG investing and sovereign investing, and published over 30 journal papers on financial engineering, artificial intelligence (AI) applications in financial markets, environmental and materials science.

He is a Board Adviser of the Global-SWF Corporation, Singapore Economic Forum, an affiliate organization of the Paris-based ESG Summit G7 Pension and World Pension Council.

The Financial Training Scheme (“FTS”)

The Salmon Thrust CPD Series is aimed at raising the competencies of Covered Persons. This course is recognised under the IBF Financial Training Scheme. Completion of this course can be counted towards the fulfilment of the non-STS portion for CACS CPD.

The Financial Training Scheme (“FTS”) is a training incentive scheme supported by the Financial Sector Development Fund (FSDF). The scheme supports financial sector-specific training programmes that raise the competency of the financial sector.

All our programmes are approved for listing on the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) Programme Directory and are eligible for FTS claims, subject to all eligibility criteria being met. For latest development on the Funding Support for IBF FTS, please visit the Financial Training Scheme site.

Early Bird Discount

Enjoy 10% early bird discount when you register one (1) month before the course commencement date.

Geopolitical Risks in the Investment Landscape


S$ 650

Course Features
  • Duration
    1/2 Day
  • CPD
    4 Hours
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