Yong Meng was a veteran banker with a distinguished career spanning over 30 years. He started his career in commercial banking with UOB, before moving on to head up trade and commodity finance desks for European banks such as AMRO Bank, Rabobank and Fortis. He rejoined UOB in 2002, and was instrumental in building up the bank’s lead among the local banks in structured trade and commodity finance business. He retired from banking in 2008, but remains actively engaged in providing consultancy services to banks and trading houses.
Mr Yong has been an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore Management University since 2008. Besides sharing his wealth of knowledge with the undergraduates, he is actively engaged in facilitating professional training on structured trade and commodity finance.
Bernadette was involved in structuring and financing of commodity trade transactions since 1987. In a banking career that spanned over 20 years, she held various senior management and advisory positions for European banks such as Natixis Banque, Rabobank, Fortis and Credit Agricole Indosuez. She has extensive experience in setting up structured trade desks in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as structuring cross border and syndicated deals in Asia.
Bernadette has her own trade finance consultancy firm, providing advisory services on structured trade finance. She has been engaged in professional training since 2003, conducting workshops and in-house training in Jakarta, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Mumbai, Shanghai and Hong Kong.