International Advisory Panel

The Awards Programme is managed by a highly professional team of research analysts in Asian Banker Research. The findings will be supervised and verified by our International Council of Advisors, consisting of prominent and highly respected individuals in the financial services industry, with an outstanding track record in their respective domains.

James Cullen

James Cullen is a career banker with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently, he was senior vice president and area manager for Wells Fargo’s global correspondent banking in the Asia Pacific region. He was also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with financial institutions, corporations, governments and multilateral organisations based in the region. Prior to this, James managed U.S. Bancorporation’s international banking division from 1995-1999.

Damian Glendinning

Damian Glendinning has over 26 years’ experience in the field of finance, accounting and treasury. He is currently vice president and group treasurer at Lenovo, which he joined in 2005 after 21 years with IBM. Prior to this, Glendinning was IBM’s Asia Pacific treasurer from 2001 to 2005. He was also director of their global treasury operations in New York. Glendinning also served in a variety of corporate finance roles at IBM, including accounting and internal audit.

Mathew Welch

Mathew has 24 years of senior executive experience in financial markets in Asia, having conducted business and led teams, transactions and projects in most major Asian countries. Prior to starting his own firm, Mathew was Managing Director & Head of Banks, Asia (ex-Japan) at Daiwa Securities Capital Markets, Managing Director and Head Financial Institutions, Asia at ING Investment Banking, Managing Director, Investments at Temasek Holdings and Global Head of Banks at Standard Chartered. He has a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Charles Legrand

Charles is the Founder and CEO of CNL & Associates based in Athens Greece. Charles has spent 40 years in Banking - working in Europe, ME, Africa, India, Asia and Australia. Prior to CNL & Associates, Charles was South Asia Regional Head of SWIFT for 3 years. He spent 11years in Barclays International UAE as a branch accountant, working out of the regional office in MENA. Subsequently, he accumulated another 16 years of experience in Citibank specialising in payments and cash management.


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