Speakers: Jingdong Hua, Vice President and Treasurer of International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Dr. Arun Muralidhar, CIO of AlphaEngine Global Investment Solution.
Jingdong Hua is Vice President and Treasurer of IFC. He is responsible for managing IFC’s financial position, safeguarding its international triple-A rating and maintaining its standing as a premier issuer in the global capital markets. He oversees liquid assets, market borrowings, and risk-management instruments totaling over US$100 billion. He is also responsible for IFC’s loan syndications and co-investment program, which has mobilized over US$50 billion for private sector development. Mr. Hua oversaw the creation of the IFC Managed Co-Lending Portfolio Program—a landmark program that has mobilized significant funds from sovereign and institutional investors and established a potential model that development institutions could use to raise the trillions of dollars that will be needed each year to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Under Mr. Hua’s leadership, IFC focuses on capital market development in emerging markets, through pioneering transactions such as a first-of-its-kind global Indian rupee program that set a benchmark yield curve for the offshore rupee markets, and market-opening local currency bonds in Armenia, Costa Rica, China, Nigeria, Rwanda, and many other countries.
Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Hua served as Deputy Treasurer at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He previously held a number of positions in the treasury departments of ADB, the United Nations Development Program in New York, and the African Development Bank. Mr. Hua, a Chinese national. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Qingdao University of Science and Technology, an MBA Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University.
Dr. Arun Muralidhar is Founder of Mcube Investment Technologies LLC and CIO of AlphaEngine Global Investment Solutions. His primary focus is on dynamic (intelligent) beta and currency management. Arun has written extensively on pension reform, asset allocation and currency management. His books include A SMART Approach to Portfolio Management (2011), Innovations in Pension Fund Management (2001), andRethinking Pension Reform (2004), co-authored with Franco Modigliani (Nobel Prize winner). He has written many award-winning articles for trade journals and has written a series of Op-Eds with Prof. Robert C. Merton (Nobel Prize winner) on innovations to improve retirement security. His latest book, offering a new approach to retirement reform for uncovered workers and titled, “Fifty States of Grey: An Innovative Approach to the DC Retirement Crisis,” will be published in 2018. Previously, Arun served as Managing Director at FX Concepts Inc, Managing Director/Head of Currency Research at J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management and Head of Research and a member of the Investment Management Committee at The World Bank. He is serving as an Expert Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Retirement Investment Systems Improvement Project. He has been selected to serve on the Strategic Retirement Advisory Council for the Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA) for the Retirement Management Advisor (RMA) designation. He is also adjunct professor of Finance at George Washington University and Academic Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Retirement Initiatives. He holds a PhD in Managerial Economics from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. from Wabash College.