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Cesar Virata is regarded to be amongst the most progressive political and financial leaders
from the Philippines, serving as minister for finance from 1970-1986 and prime minister from
1981-1986. Known for his tough economic policies and a clean international reputation, it was
during Virata’s time as minister for finance that the Philippines became economically strong
through healthy trade and budgetary surpluses. Returning to private enterprise and serving as the president of the Bankers’ Association of the Philippines, he has been involved in strengthening the Philippines’ money exchanges. Prior to government service, Virata was chairman of the development committee of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund from 1976 to 1980 and chairman of the board of governors of the Asian Development Bank.
Bindu N Lohani, Vice President – Finance and Administration, Asian Development Bank
As the vice president of finance and administration at the ADB and as member of the bank’s management team, Bindu Lohani is responsible for the functional areas of treasury, controllership, information technology, budget and human resources amidst others. Before his term at ADB began in 1985, Lohani had also worked with the Government of Nepal and was division chairman at the Asian Institute of Technology. Most of Lohani’s professional experience was in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development which is underscored in his pioneering works for project investments in Asia-Pacific. Under his leadership, the Bank has broken new ground in its lending and development activities in the region.
Emmanuel Daniel, President and CEO, The Asian Banker
Emmanuel Daniel is the founder of The Asian Banker, the most respected provider of consulting and intelligence in the financial services industry in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions with a strong reputation worldwide. Some of his interviews are captured in The Banking Conversation, a repository of profile interviews with leading personalities from around the world. He has also served in various government advisory committees on the financial services industry, and as a member of Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance in Singapore. He served as a non-accountant in the Ethics Sub-committee of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore.