Daju Gu, Yeqi He, Houben Huang, Joe Lu, Ti Wang, Xiaobo Wang, Yanan Wu, Hong Xie, Steven Wang, Dianna Zhang
The Biography of the CCFA Board of Directors
Dianna is currently the Vice President of Economic Capital and Capital Efficiency in Global Risk Management group in Scotia Bank (a multi-national Canadian bank). She leads a team responsible for pro-actively improving Economic, ICAAP and Regulatory Capital models, and conducting counterparty credit, market and credit capital stress testing.
Dianna holds MBA and CFA designations with over 15 years of financial analytics experience across enterprise risk, capital management and stress testing. Her extensive leadership experience in the enterprise risk management covers all risk types including counterparty credit risk, market risk, credit risk, operational risk, asset liability management and liquidity risk.
As a member of the BOD of CCFA, Dianna has been actively involved in various management of the association in the past years, and she is currently president of CCFA.
Houben Huang is a Vice President of Bank of Montreal, responsible for enterprise wide model risk management framework, governance and model validation. Prior to joining BMO in January 2006, Dr. Huang worked in TD Bank taking increasing roles starting from May 1996 and being promoted to TD executive in 1999 as a Vice President, Quantitative Analysis. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Huang worked as global head of Front Office Quantitative Analytics in TD Securities in charging of Front Office model development for structuring, pricing, valuation and hedging. Dr. Huang was also a co-founder and first President of the CCFA. He is CCFA President Emeritus. Dr. Huang holds a PhD in Mathematics and a Master Degree in Quantitative Finance both from University of Waterloo.
Hong Xie is Vice president and head of Models & analytics North American portfolio management at investment division at Manulife Financial. His key mandates includes developing models/analytics and the relevant tools to support portfolio managers , sharing best practices and achieve a consistent risk and performance measurement methodology globally; and minimizing costs spent on developments and maintenances of systems and applications. Prior to current position, he worked as Vice president of Models and systems, global variable annuity hedge at Manulife financial and director of model risk and vetting at BMO. Hong holds a Ph.D degree in applied mathematics from University of Alberta. He is currently an adjunct professor at both York University in Toronto and Xiamen University in China. He recently co-authored a book “Measure, Probability, and Mathematical Finance” published by Wiley.
Joe Lu is currently the president of a private company focusing on turning small owner-managed enterprises into investable assets managed by professionals. Joe Lu has more than 20 years of combined experience as private investor, entrepreneur and finance professional. Joe Lu was a founding member of the CCFA and serves as the vice-president of the association. Joe Lu is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He has many years of experience in financial industry. He used to be Vice President, counterparty credit risk in BMO. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an MMF degree and from Simon Fraser University with an MA degree in Economics.
Graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ti came to Canada in 1985. He got his Ph.D from the University of Toronto in pure mathematics. In 1994, Ti joined the Bank of Montreal as a quant in risk management. In 1996, he moved to Royal Bank of Canada as a front-office derivatives quant.
Ti is now the head of Canadian fixed-income quant team, and is the head of the global cash analytics team for RBC Capital Markets. As a founding member of the CCFA, Ti has served as CCFA’s secretary general and president in the past.
Xiaobo Wang is the Chief Risk Officer at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Canada). As a member of the senior management team, Xiaobo is responsible for ICBC (Canada)’s enterprise risk management and oversees the Risk Management Department. Prior to that, Xiaobo worked at Scotiabank for about twelve years, covering risk management, internal audit and treasury functions. His specialties include liquidity management, credit risk management, auditing, hedge fund risk management, structured transactions, Basel implementation, model development and validation, etc.
Xiaobo is a committee member of Global Association of Risk Professionals (“GARP”) Toronto Chapter as well as a member of External Relations & Advocacy committee at CFA Toronto Chapter. He has also served as the Secretary General of Canadian Chinese Finance Association since 2008. Xiaobo holds a Ph.D. degree from Boston University and an MBA degree from Schulich Business School. He is a CFA charter holder and holds the FRM designation.
Yeqi (Ritchie) is currently director of Enterprise Model risk Management at RBC Royal Bank of Canada. He has more than 16 years of experience in the risk management and capital markets, and has worked at RBC since 1998.
Yeqi holds Master in Applied Math, PhD in Engineering, Master in Quantitative Finance from University of Waterloo, and he is FRM title holder. Yeqi has been a member board of directors since the founding of CCFA
Daju Gu has over 20 years of international experience servicing financial institutions including banks, insurance companies and exchanges. He has deep knowledge of China as well as international regulatory framework, and abundant experience in financial risk management, infrastructure development and implementations of regulatory compliance programs. He has successfully led implementations of Basel II, Market Risk Adjustment (MRA), Incremental Risk Charge (IRC) and Basel III for Tier 1 banks such as TD Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal. In recent years, Daju’s team has been working with major Chinese financial institutions on projects such as setup of OTC derivate clearance, implementation of Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures(PFMI) , trading platform development and risk management training.
Yanan Wu, Chairman of Zhengrongbao. Zhengrongbao is a one-stop asset management platform servicing over 2 million users with cumulative traded volume of 30 billion RMB. Zheng Rong Bao dedicates to provide transparent, diversified, ease-of-mind, mobile-based portfolio management solution to general public. Prior to Zhengrongbao, Mr. Wu has over 19 years of investment management experience in China and overseas. He used to be Head of Quantitative Investment, Senior Portfolio Manager of Jiachen Asset Management, managing structural products and hedging strategies of over 20 billion RMB. He also worked for TD Asset Management in Canada as VP and Senior Portfolio Manager, managing over 30 billion Canadian dollars. Mr. Wu has solid expertise in investment innovations using financial derivatives such as portable alpha, liability-driven investments and securitization. He has experience managing assets for institutional investors such as enterprise, pension, endowments and high-net-worth private clients. Mr. Wu is a Chartered Financial Analyst(CFA), and received degree of PhD in physics from University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is technology and innovation expert of Zhongguancun Science Park, executive board member of China Quantitative Investment Association, Absolute Return Investment Management Association of China, Chief Economic Consultant of Finance Club of Guangdong Technology Business Association, Chunhui scholar, editor of Quantitative Investment and Hedge Fund, and on organizing committee of Shanghai Financial Innovation and Investment Forum.
Mr. Steven Wang is a professional investor across several asset classes. He has been a Portfolio Manager between 2009 and 2018 at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), Canada's largest institutional investor, managing 4 market neutral equity long/short portfolios; then he managed the funding portfolios of CPPIB Private Infrastructure and Private Real Estate investments. He's also involved in the active asset allocation and control of the total fund.
Before CPPIB, he worked for Barclays Global Investors Inc (BGI) as a Portfolio Manager, managing in total $2.4 billion long only and long/short Active Canadian Equity portfolios. Before BGI, Steven worked for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund (OTPP), CIBC, BMO and Ontario Power Generation on contract basis, respectively.
Before he came to Canada, Steven has worked for 10 years with companies in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, including a publicly traded company, one of Fortune 500 companies, private investment and trust companies, and a government organization, respectively.
He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Schulich School of Business, York University; a Master’s degree in Quantitative Economics and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Jilin University, China.
Steven has been a CFA Charter Holder since 2006, and passed Commodity Futures (Series 3) Exam in the U.S.