Wednesday, September 21 2022, 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Financing for Business in an Uncertain and Volatile Market


Event Introduction:

In an environment with rising interest rates and increasing trade wars, it is important for each business to review their financing framework to ensure resilience and long term sustainability.

While this may be daunting to start, there is an ecosystem of help available from various government support schemes to institutional partners who are ready to support businesses through this journey.


Programme: Hosted by: SMECentre@SICCI


Event Speaker
1800 – 1900 Hrs Guest Registration / Dinner / Networking
1900 – 1910 Hrs Opening Address by Chairman, SICCI Mr. Neil Parekh
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
1910 – 1935 Hrs Economic Outlook by UOB Global Economics and Market Research

Mr. Heng Koon How
Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director
Global Economics and Market Research
United Overseas Bank

1935 – 2000Hrs Current Financing Ecosystem Support from Enterprise SG Financing Ecosystem Division
2000 – 2010 Hrs Break
2010 – 2035 Hrs Climate Change and Sustainable Financing Solutions for SMEs, by UOB Sector Solutions Group 

Mr. Samuel Tan
Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Solutions
United Overseas Bank

2035 – 2100 Hrs Alternative Financing for your expansionary plans

Mr. Anthony Poh
Product Manager
Funding Societies Singapore

2100 – 2130 Hrs Panel Discussion + Q&A Session

Moderator: Mr. Paul Chong

Mr. Heng Koon How, UOB
Mr. Samuel Tan, UOB
Mr. Anthony Poh, Funding Societies
FED, EnterpriseSG

Key highlights: 

  • Gain insights on the current macro-economic conditions and how that affects overall business outlook
  • Learn how financial management plays a part in a business’ overall strategic planning
  • Explore various financing options that would be suitable for your business needs


Speakers’ Profile

Heng Koon How, CAIA

Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director

Global Economics and Markets Research

United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Koon How is the Head of Markets Strategy in the Global Economics and Markets Research Team at UOB, where he formulates forecasts and market views for foreign exchange (FX), commodities and interest rates.

In addition to traditional FICC related research, Koon How has also focused increasingly on research and updates in the fast evolving digital assets space, including cryptocurrencies, various tokens as well as central bank digital currencies.

He has more than 25 years of financial markets experience across the key asset classes. Fluent in English and Mandarin, Koon How actively participates in various investment seminars across the Asia Pacific region and is a regular commentator in key local and international print and broadcast media.

Prior to joining UOB in 2017, Koon How was a senior FX strategist at a Swiss private bank covering the Asia Pacific region. He also worked in various global financial institutions in areas such as FX options sales, derivatives advisory and commodities structuring.

Koon How graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering. In 2009, he was awarded the Financial Sector Development Fund postgraduate scholarship from the Monetary Authority of Singapore to attend the Yale-Singapore Management University Masters of Science in Wealth Management programme. Koon How is also a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. In 2020, Koon How attended the Cryptocurrency on-line course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in 2021, Koon How completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Samuel Tan 


Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Solutions | Sector Solutions Group

United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Samuel Tan is Vice-President for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Solutions at United Overseas Bank (UOB), where he partners coverage, product and industry teams to build ESG capabilities, drive insights, and structure credible sustainable financing solutions.

Prior, Samuel spent six years in management consulting at Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services, advising clients on sustainability and decarbonisation strategies, impact and outcomes measurement, sustainability reporting, and more.

He was also lead auditor of various sustainability assurance engagements and provided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions verification for clients’ carbon tax liabilities. Samuel co-developed and facilitated sustainability training for learners at all levels – from working teams to Board Directors.

These include internal capability-building workshops and external programmes such as the SEAS GHG Management Specialist Programme and SMU-GCNS Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business. Samuel also guest-lectured at NUS, where he was recently conferred the Master of Science (Environmental Management), and presently serves on an Advisory Committee at ISCA.

Anthony Poh

Product Manager 

Funding Societies

Anthony has 10 years of experience in the Financial Services industry and FinTech space. He is well-equipped with strong skills in communications, strategy, influencing and stakeholder management as well as having an analytical and logical mindset.

Currently in product management, Anthony is responsible for developing product roadmaps and growing the product through various stages of its lifecycle with his keen understanding of the market situation and needs. He has a demonstrated track record of identifying market problems, product roll-out and continuous improvement of product features.

Khaled Mattar

Senior Development Partner

Financing Ecosystem Division, Enterprise Singapore