The first EDHEC-Risk Days Asia conference attracts 800 professionals from 28 countries

Written on 24 May 2012.


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EDHEC Business School’s finance research centre, EDHEC-Risk Institute, has been presenting its latest research findings to finance industry professionals through large-sale conferences since 2004. After having established its annual conference in London as a reference in Europe, the Institute held its first conference in Asia on 9 and 10 May this year. The objective with the Asian event was the same, namely to build a bridge between academic research and the business world, by discussing the implications and applications of research results with the financial industry.

Over 800 professionals from 28 countries spread over four continents convened in Singapore for a two-day conference featuring some 20 presentations by EDHEC-Risk Institute research teams based in Singapore, London and Nice, and commented by leading representatives of the Asian financial industry. The programme was rounded out with two round tables arranged in exclusive partnership with CNBC and Dow Jones, and workshops led by the event’s main sponsors, SSgA/SPDR, Deutsche Bank db X-trackers and STOXX.

“EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia’s remit in Asia is to serve as a platform for developing and disseminating scientific solutions to the challenges currently experienced in the long-term investment and risk management spheres, and particularly those of most relevance to investors and institutions operating in Asia”, underlined Fréderic Ducoulombier, Director of the EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia, in his opening address. “With the support of the financial industry, our goal is to be recognised as a top-tier academic institution focused on innovation and on promoting the highest professional standards in Asia and the rest of the world. Whereas we are still to celebrate our second anniversary in Singapore, the opportunity to discuss our Asia-centred research work with such a large number of specialists present at this conference marks an important stage in our development process”, he added.  

“In order to succeed in Asian markets, it is vital for market participants to develop solid skills in managing risks and investments, and to continuously review and upgrade them. (…) Finance research plays a major role in facilitating understanding of the sources of performance and risk in emerging markets in Asia, in supporting innovation and the development of new products and solutions that address the particular needs of Asian investors, and in promoting cutting-edge approaches to managing risks”, underlined Jacqueline Loh, Assistant Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore in charge of policy, risk and supervision, in her opening speech. EDHEC-Risk Institute’s strength stems from its “Research for Business” philosophy which ensures research is focused on practical applications directly linked with industry’s needs. Since the foundation of the EDHEC Risk Institute–Asia in Singapore, EDHEC has made a significant contribution to our financial research ecosystem (…), with the diversity of its activities [research, dialogue with industry, executive education] having promoted improved understanding of markets, systems and risks in Asia”, she concluded.

With the EDHEC-Risk Institute celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, this new conference illustrates EDHEC Business School’s powerful expansion in Asia via its research and executive education activities, as well as via its Master and PhD programmes. The second EDHEC-Risk Days –Asia conference is scheduled for 15 and 16 May 2013.

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