Markets Media and GlobalTrading are pleased to present Markets Choice Awards Asia: Women in Finance event, which will take place in Hong Kong in May 2019 around the FIX Trading Summit Asia.

Markets Media Group has been hosting Women in Finance Awards in New York since 2015. This highly regarded event has quadrupled from about 100 attendees in 2015 to more than 400 last year. The market reception reflects the fact that women are an indomitable force in the financial sector, and their influence and stature will only expand in the future. We believe same holds in Asia. With your support we would like to recreate this industry event for the Asian market to recognize and promote the female talent in the region.

WIF program recognizes the most talented and accomplished women in multiple categories across the business of finance. WIF nominees may come from buy-side and sell- side trading desks, institutional investors, wealth managers, securities exchanges, technology providers, corporate finance, venture capital firms, start-ups — really any area within the financial sector.

Nominees will be first put forth by readers of GlobalTrading Journal and MarketsMedia.com, and shortlists and winners are determined by the editorial staffs of the two platforms, in conjunction with the WIF Advisory Board. As with our six- year-old Markets Choice Awards franchise, our methodology in selecting nominees and then winners for Women in Finance is simple yet thorough, and keeps the focus on the important opinions: those of market participants, not ours. Categories include Excellence in Leadership, Fixed Income Trader of the Year, Rising Star, Trailblazer, Disruptor of the Year, CEO of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement to name a few.

Please join us in May 2019 as we recognize and celebrate the best of the best among women in Asian financial markets.



Ms Azila Abdul Aziz, is Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director & Head of Listed Derivatives at Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd, a Listed Derivatives Brokerage Company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Azila has been with company for more than 18 years and from the year 2012, she serves as the CEO. An accomplished Executive equipped with leadership, management and entrepreneurship & intraprenuership capabilities. Azila currently leads the overall running of the Listed Derivatives Broking Company that includes both in-bound & out-bound businesses overseeing the entire Front Office Sales to Back Office Operations. She sits on the Board of Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd as an Executive Director, an appointed member of Senior Management Team for the Group Executive Committee and a member of several other committees within the Kenanga Group. Prior to joining Kenanga Futures Sdn Bhd, Azila held the position of Institutional Sales at RHB Securities Sdn Bhd from 1996 - 2000. She was involved in sales role for both regional equities and futures markets with clientele base includes international institutions, banks, global hedge funds, domestic institutions, state funds and various asset management companies.

Azila holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Finance and a Diploma in Investment Analysis from Malaysia’s MARA University of Technology (UiTM). In addition to her present role in the company, Azila has diverse industrial participation where she has been appointed for various roles: President of Malaysia Futures Brokers’ Association (MFBA), Member on the FTSE Russell Bursa Malaysia Index Advisory Committee, Member of the Market Participants Committee (MPC), Principal Representative of the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Advisory Group, Committee member of the task force for Professional Certificate Investment and Finance (PCIF) program developed by PNB Investment Institute Sdn Bhd (PNBI/I) and an Associate Member of Palm Oil Refiners’ Association of Malaysia (PORAM).


Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Exchanges and Regulatory Subcommittee, FIX Trading Community, and
Execution Services Sales Asia, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

Execution Services Sales considers the product, strategies and content needed to effectively execute a trade. Jessica has a background in market structure for the region having moved to Hong Kong in 2011. She continues to track developments and publish content on the macro trading environment with regards to regulation, technology and explicit costs.

Through data analytics, the impact of such changes on the microstructure are researched to see where the character of liquidity is impacted. Where impact is observed, these findings are fed back into the Morgan Stanley service offering helping clients minimise implicit costs and maximise volume capture be it through the Sales Trading, Electronic or Programme Trading teams.

Jessica re-joined Morgan Stanley in November 2017 having originally worked in the London Compliance team from 2006-2009. Between those dates, Jessica ran the Deutsche Bank Market Structure team in Hong Kong. Jessica holds a MA in Law from Cambridge University.


Ms. Carrie Cheung is currently Head of Electronic Trading, Equity Cash Asia Pacific, Global Markets, BNP Paribas. Carrie is leading the development of BNP Paribas algorithm, DMA and program trading business.

Carrie joined BNP Paribas in 2013 from J.P. Morgan where she was responsible for the sales and marketing of the prime DMA platform. Prior to that, she has worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Japan for 11 years. In her last capacity as Head of Electronic Trading, Carrie was instrumental in building out the equity trading platform and electronic business in the region.

Carrie comes with a diversify culture, worked in multiple locations in Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

She is the first female and foreigner co-chair of FPL(FIX Protocol Limited) Japan, which is one of the leading industrial organization for finance, particular in electronic trading.

Carrie majored in computer science and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Emma Quinn
Global Co-Head of Equity Trading

Emma Quinn was appointed Global Co-Head of Equity Trading in October 2014. Previously, she was Head of Asia Pacific Trading from 2011. Before that she was Head of Asia Pacific Fixed Income and Australia Equities Trading from 2010, and Head of Trading for Australia and New Zealand from 2009. Quinn joined the firm in 2001 as a senior trader. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein she worked as an equity trader at AMP Henderson Global Investors. Quinn holds a BBus in finance and law from the University of Technology, Sydney. She was Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Regional Committee and is currently a Director of FIX Trading Community.


Market Development Director, Buyside Trading, Asia

Ms. Ryan became part of Refinitiv in October 2018 focused on the growth of the exchange traded business across Asia Pacific. Formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters, Refinitiv is a new company built on a unique open platform, high performance products and best-in-class data.

Laura joined Thomson Reuters as the Sales Director of Buyside, Asia Pacific. She has over 15 years of experience in global financial technology supporting Asia’s Asset Managers, Hedge Funds and Family Offices.  Laura was previously Head of APAC Sales at Eze Software Group & Tora Trading. Her career began at Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners where she focused on FX interdealer brokerage and fixed income trading platforms. Laura holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Bucknell University.


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