After the events of the last 12 months, choosing the
elite private banking performers for 2009 was one of the most
difficult tasks for years. PBI drew on the experience of a
10-strong judging panel with experience from across the global
industry to choose this year’s wealth management

Titien Ahmad, head of Asia-Pacific editorial, VRL Financial

Titien brings a wealth of experience within the financial services
industry to the panel. She has delivered numerous executive
briefings, meetings for research clients and industry conferences
and is regularly quoted print, radio and television news services
on developments in the Asia-Pacific financial services

Zahir Bokhari, partner, financial services,

Zahir is a partner in Deloitte’s Financial Services Industry
practice working with listed clients in the retail banking and
investment banking sectors, experienced in IFRS and US GAAP. He is
currently the lead client service partner and the lead audit
partner for ABN AMRO Holdings NV, one of Deloitte’s largest
financial services audit clients. Prior to this, Zahir was the lead
partner for Abbey/Santander UK business for six years. At present,
Zahir is based in Amsterdam, Holland on a two year secondment where
he leads the ABN AMRO team. Zahir is a fellow member of the
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Will Cain, editor, Private Banker

Will Cain was appointed editor of Private Banker International in
2008. Prior to taking the editorship, he was senior reporter on
Retail Banker International for two years, another of VRL Financial
News’ publications. 

He is a qualified NCTJ journalist and has experience in the
national and local UK press. He is also a regular speaker at PBI’s
conferences and round table events.

Seb Dovey, managing director, Scorpio

Sebastian is a founding partner of Scorpio Partnership. As a vocal
advocate of innovation through listening to the client and the
advisor when developing business strategies, Seb’s driving passion
is to help chart the future vision of the wealth management
industry. Among his recent projects is The Futurewealth Report,
which is the world’s pre-eminent exploration of the demands of the
next wave of clients coming to the industry.

John Evans, editor-at-large, Private Banker

John Evans is editor-at-large of Private Banker International. He
is a former editor of Reuters’ Money section, founder of a capital
markets publication and capital markets editor of the Financial
Times. He has specialised in the private banking sphere for the
last 10 years as editor, commentator and moderator of PBI and its
wealth conferences.

Francis Koh, professor of finance, Singapore Management

Francis Koh is Professor of Finance Practice at the Singapore
Management University. He is concurrently an Associate Dean at the
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, and Director of the MSc in
Wealth Management Programme. Prior to joining SMU, he worked for
several years at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

David Maude, independent consultant

David Maude is an independent consultant, interim executive and
training professional focusing on wealth management. Formerly a
consultant in McKinsey’s global financial services practice, David
serves a range of financial institutions around the

David is the author of the highly acclaimed book Global Private
Banking and Wealth Management, published by Wiley.

Alois Pirker, research director, Celent

Alois Pirker is a senior analyst at Aite Group, LLC, specialising
in trends in the wealth management market. Before joining Aite
Group, Alois was an analyst within Celent’s Securities &
Investments Group where he published several studies and advised
clients on new strategic technologies in the financial services

Bruce Weatherill, independent consultant

Bruce is a chartered accountant, and following 33 years as a
partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers he formed his own consultancy
practice in 2008. He provides a wide range of consulting services
to boards and senior executives of wealth managers around the
world, from initial strategy work, market entry, the formation of
new businesses to advice on product development and is a recognised
subject matter expert. 

Ian Woodhouse, independent consultant

Ian Woodhouse is an experienced independent consultant. He is known
for both his industry knowledge, his insight into business problems
and his practicality in working with client executive teams to
resolve them. Before becoming independent, he worked for
PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM and Ernst and Young.