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Asset Servicing Expert

William Mak

Head of Asia Pacific

William Mak is President of the Asia Pacific Region for Northern Trust. In this role, he is responsible for the growth and development of the asset servicing and asset management businesses that serve institutional clients across central banks, sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, government agencies, investment management firms, insurance companies and other large sophisticated global institutions. William has executive responsibilities on operational functions across the region, in particular operating centres in India and Philippines that support clients worldwide.

Prior to joining Northern Trust, William Mak was with Bank of New York Mellon. He was the Managing Director of Bank of New York Mellon Asset Management business in South East Asia from 2008 – 2010. Before joining the Asset Management business, William was the General Manager Asia of Bank of New York Mellon Asset Servicing B.V. from 2006 to 2008.

Prior to that, he was Managing Director at ABN Amro, managing client relationships and business development with Central Banks, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Government Institutions in Asia Pacific. William also spent a short stint at BNP Paribas in 2004 as Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group, South East Asia.

William started his career at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and held various roles during his 16 year tenure in the monetary and reserve management area. He was based in Singapore and also spent 3 years working at the MAS New York Office. William’s last held position at the MAS was Director and Head, Foreign Exchange, Liquidity and Gold in the Reserve and Monetary Management Department. He was part of the MAS senior management in deciding the strategic asset allocations in the foreign reserve of MAS.

William is an economist by training, and graduated with Honors from the National University of Singapore.