39th ABA General Meeting and Conference

November 9-10, 2023The Soaltee Hotel Kathmandu, Nepal
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About the Conference

This year's 39th ABA General Meeting and Conference of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) is scheduled to take place on November 9-10, 2023 in Kathmandu, Nepal, which will be hosted by the Nepal Bankers’ Association (NBA). This annual conference is doubly significant since not only is it the first face-to-face gathering that ABA members will have since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, but it will also be the first time that the ABA will be holding its Annual Conference in Nepal.

Nepal is a landlocked country situated in South Asia. It is bordered by China to the north and India to the east, west and south. Nepal is home to diverse landscapes ranging from the breathtaking peaks of the Himalayas to the fertile plains of the Terai region. Nepal holds a significant place in the world as it is home to Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth, attracting mountaineers and adventurers from around the globe. Nepal is also known as the birth place of Buddha and the country is renowned for its ancient cities, temples, and monasteries, including Kathmandu, the capital city, which is a vibrant hub of art, architecture, and spirituality. Its incredible biodiversity and natural beauty stunning landscapes, and cultural treasures make it an enchanting destination for travelers.

The two-day event is designed to provide another valuable platform for ABA members to meet and network with each other, as well as to exchange views with invited experts on: (a) current trends and developments in the regional and global markets that are expected to have a significant impact on the banking and financial sector of the region, and (b) how industry players can address the challenges - and take full advantage of the opportunities - presented by these developments.

The theme of this year’s Conference is


and will address the following topics:

Global Market Trends

Shaping the Future
of Banking.

Digital Transformation:

Enabling Digital Trust
& Adoption of AI.

ESG Banking Strategy:

Integrating Policy,
Principle & Profit.

CEO Forum:

Managing in Uncertainty
& Changing Environment.

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Our Valued Sponsors & Partners


Expected participants


Hours of Conference






The event will feature a lineup of esteemed speakers who are leaders in their respective fields. Prepare to be enlightened and inspired as these distinguished experts share their knowledge, expertise, and unique perspectives. Stay updated to discover the incredible speakers who will be joining us.

Mr. Abdul Abiad

Asian Development Bank

Mrs. Negin Tootoonchian

Bank Pasargad

Ms. Neda Zendehdel

Bank Pasargad

Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah


Mr. Daniel Wu

ABA Advisory Council

Mr. Sujeev Shakya

Beed Management

Ms. Heidi Tavakoli

British Embassy

Mr. Dilshan Rodrigo

Hatton National Bank

Mr. Raphaël Goué

Euracific Strategies

Mr. Dorji Kadin

Bank of Bhutan

Mr. Eugene S. Acevedo

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Hon. Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat


Mr. Sunil KC

Nepal Bankers’ Association

Mr. John Berry


Mr. Kuo Chan Tseng


Dr. Sandip Shah

Pashupati Renewables Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Ashoke SJB Rana

Himalayan Bank Ltd

Mr. Ramesh Kumar Hamal

Securities Board of Nepal

Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikari

Nepal Rastra Bank

Dr. Le Xia


Mr. Mostafa Beheshti Rouy

Bank Pasargad

Mr. Rajan Narayan

Cyberbeat Pte. Ltd.

Mr Paul Bosbach

Erste Group Bank AG

Mr. Pekka Dare

International Compliance Association (ICA)


  • Day 01

    9 November, 2023

  • Day 02

    10 November, 2023

  • Day 03

    11 November, 2023

08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony

[ Megha-Malhar ]

Welcome Remarks: Mr. Sunil KC, President, Nepal Bankers’ Association

Special Address: Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikari, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank

Keynote Address: Hon. Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, Finance Minister, GoN

 Closing Remarks: Mr. Eugene S. Acevedo, Chairman, Asian Bankers Association


10:00 - 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:30

Host Bank Session organized by Nepal Bankers' Association

[ Megha-Malhar ]

“Reimagining Nepal’s Economic Growth” 
Session Chair   
-    Mr. Maha Prasad Adhikari, Governor, Nepal Rastra Bank
Invited Speakers:
-    Mr. Babacar S. Faye Country Representative for IFC in Nepal, World Bank Group
-    Ms. Heidi Tavakoli, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kathmandu 
-    Mr. Ramesh Kumar Hamal, Chairman, Securities Board of Nepal
-    Mr. Sunil KC, President, Nepal Bankers’ Association

-    Mr. Sujeev Shakya, CEO, Beed Management

11:30 - 12:00

Press Conference

[ Malshree ]

11:30 - 12:00

Host Bank Session on Climate Risk

[ Megha-Malhar ]

 “Climate Risk and Opportunities for Financial Institution in Nepal and Asia Region”
-    Ms. Amal-Lee Amin, Managing Director and Head of Climate, Diversity and Advisory, British International Investment

12:00 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00

Special Session on “Connecting and Exploring Opportunities with ABA”

[ Megha-Malhar ]

Brief country presentations by selected ABA member banks on the economy and the financial markets in their respective countries, or on special programs, projects, products or services that have benefited their customer base or the community they serve and may be adapted by member banks from other countries.
Country Presenters:
-    Hatton National Bank
-    Bank Pasargad
-    Bank of Maldives

14:30 - 15:30

Election Committee Meeting

[ Board Room ]

(Open only to members of the ABA Election Committee)

15:30 - 16:30

ABA Policy Advocacy Committee Meeting

[ Malshree ]

- Hatton National Bank
- Banks Association of Turkiye
- Bank of East Asia
- Fintelekt Advisory Services

15:30 - 16:15

ABA Advisory Council Meeting

[ Board Room ]

(Open only to members of the ABA Advisory Council)

16:30 - 18:00

B2B / Networking Session

[ Marva ]

16:45 - 18:15

61st ABA Board of Directors’ Meeting

[ Malshree ]

18:30 - 18:50

Cultural Show

18:50 - 21:00

Welcome Cocktails Dinner


A combination of well-established forces and recent developments is reshaping banking. The global economy is becoming increasingly digitalised, and some of the emerging technologies have the potential to be truly transformative, even as they pose new challenges. At the same time, fintech innovators have emerged into the scene, equipped with capital and chasing scale ahead of financial returns, while new consumer trends continue to re-shape the evolving role of banks. Industry leaders recognize they need to accelerate change—not only to compete but to find new paths to growth – as they see the importance of developing and improving the resilience of the banking system. The Conference this year aims to provide ABA members the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on how various emerging challenges and trends they are facing today are coming together to influence the future of banking.

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:30

Plenary Session 1: Global Market Trends Shaping the Future of Banking

[ Megha-Malhar]

This session will examine the macroeconomic trends impacting the banking system and its future development. Invited speakers will share their perspectives on how to leverage on banking disruptors, the need for developing the right talent for the current market environment, the challenges posed by geopolitical risks, the impact of inflation and how rising interest rates are catalyzing product innovation, the renewed focus on branches, the new world of possibilities opened up by metaverse, the growing demand for the right talents in the banking sector, and emerging risks particularly in the wake of bank closures in the West.

Invited Speakers:

- Dr. Le Xia, Chief Economist for Asia, BBVA

- Mr. Abdul Abiad, Director, Macroeconomics Research Division, Asian Development Bank

- Mrs. Negin Tootoonchian, Head, Risk Management Department, Bank Pasargad

- Mr. Pekka Dare, President, International Compliance Association (ICA)


- Mr. Paul Bosbach, Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance and Home Markets Desk Asia, Erste Group Bank AG

10:30 - 11:30

Plenary Session 2: Digital Transformation: Enabling Digital Trust and Adoption of AI

[ Megha-Malhar]

Digital technologies are driving innovation and change in the banking industry, which is undergoing significant transformation. Mobile banking, artificial intelligence and chatbots, open banking, and cryptocurrency are just a few of the digital banking trends reshaping the industry. As digital banking grows in popularity, cybersecurity will become even more important. To protect customer data and prevent cyberattacks, banks will need to invest in advanced cybersecurity measures. For instance, to identify and prevent fraud, advanced technologies, such as biometric authentication, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, will be used. This session will examine the need for banks to implement digital trust to prevent customer account takeover and credential thefts and how they can gain customer confidence with convenient digital trust solutions and services.  
Invited Speakers:
-    Mr. Rajan Narayan, CEO, Cyberbeat Pte. Ltd.
-    Mr. Dilshan Rodrigo, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Hatton National Bank
-    Mr. KuoChan Tseng, COO, Authme
-    Ms. Neda Zendehdel. Head, Information Security Department, Bank Pasargad

-    Mr. Mostafa Beheshti Rouy, Advisor to the CEO and Board Member, Bank Pasargad 


11:30 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:00

Plenary Session 3: ESG Banking Strategy: Integrating Policy, Principle and Profit

[ Megha-Malhar]

As the world grapples with environmental and social challenges such as climate change, social inequality, and governance failures, the importance of ESG considerations has never been more apparent. For banks, ESG is becoming an increasingly important aspect of doing business, as it can help manage risks, enhance reputation, meet regulatory requirements, drive innovation and increase access to capital. This session will explore the key trends currently driving ESG, how a forward-looking ESG data and technology road map can help banks get ahead of growing regulatory and consumer demands, how banks that prioritize ESG are likely to be better positioned for long-term success as they can help to create a more sustainable and equitable future for all stakeholders

Invited Speakers:
-    Dr. Sandip Shah, Chairman and Managing Director, Pashupati Renewables Pvt. Ltd.
-    Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah, Chairman Emeritus, ABA
-    Ms. Amal-Lee Amin, Managing Director and Head of Climate, Diversity and Advisory, British International Investment 
-    Mr. Ehsanul Azim, Principal Investment Officer and Country Anchor, Financial Institutions Group, IFC 

-    Mr. Eugene S. Acevedo, ABA Chairman and President and CEO, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

14:00 - 15:00

Plenary Session 4: CEO Forum: Managing in Uncertainty and a Changing Environment

[ Megha-Malhar]

The business landscape is becoming more unpredictable than ever due to economic slowdown or disruptions, increasing competition, technological advancements, trade tensions, environmental concerns, political unrest, and social change. Many business leaders agree that it is a tough time to be leading any business right now — including banking. To stand a chance of survival and achieve sustainable profits, they recognize that it is important for companies to prepare for uncertainty. This session will invite CEOs who will share their valuable perspectives on the different kinds of uncertainty a business might face and how to adapt to and overcome the challenges.

Invited Speakers:
-    Mr. John Berry, CEO and Secretary General, Qorus
-    Mr. Raphaël Goué, CEO, Euracific Strategies 
-    Mr. Dorji Kadin, CEO, Bank of Bhutan 
-    Mr. Ashoke SJB Rana, CEO, Himalayan Bank Ltd and Advisor, Nepal Bankers’ Association 

-    Mr. Daniel Wu, Member, ABA Advisory Council


15:00 - 15:30

39th ABA General Meeting Proper

[ Megha-Malhar]

-    ABA Chairman’s Report
-    Report of the Election Committee

15:30 - 15:45

Coffee Break

15:30 - 15:45

62nd ABA Board of Directors’ Meeting: Part One

[ Malshree]

- Election of the New ABA Chairman and New ABA Vice Chairman

15:45 - 16:15

Installation Ceremony

[ Megha-Malhar]

- Valedictory Address of Outgoing Chairman
- Oath-taking of Incoming Chairman and Vice-Chairman
- Handover Ceremony
- Acceptance Speech of Incoming Chairman
- Presentation of Distinguished Service Plaque to Outgoing Chairman and
Outgoing Vice Chairman

16:30 - 17:30

B2B / Networking Session

[ Marva]

16:30 - 17:30

62nd ABA Board of Directors’ Meeting: Part Two

[ Malshree]

17:30 - 18:30

Program Closure

18:30 - 21:00

Foreign Delegates to gather at Hotel Lobby


Optional Tour Program / Departure of DelegatesView Full Travel Itinerary


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Registration Fee

The registration fee covers access to conference sessions, conference materials, networking events, and refreshments throughout the event. However, it doesn’t cover hotel accommodation.

General Fee

$ 600

  • ABA Members
Group of 5

Group Discount

$ 500 Per Person

  • ABA Members

General Fee

$ 800

  • Non-ABA Members
Group of 5

Group Discount

$ 600 Per Person

  • Non-ABA Members

* Spouse of the participants may also join the Reception/Gala Dinner.
Pre-registration is required and a small fee is applicable.

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