Monday Minute Chat Series
Asia's Post‑Pandemic Future
October 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM, EDT
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This Monday Minute live chat will bring together GIC’s Kevin Bong and Wellington’s Dáire Dunne as they talk to us about China, Asia and the fallout from the COVID‑19 pandemic. As the world grapples with the social and economic impacts of the virus, how are Asian countries managing — and how have they shown resilience and adaptability?

In the last several months, has China’s role grown or changed both in the region and globally? And what does this mean for pension investors and their portfolios?
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Kevin Bong
Kevin Bong
Managing Director Director, Economics and Investment Strategy, GIC, Singapore
About Kevin
Daire Dunne
Dáire Dunne
Director, Multi‑Asset Strategies, APAC Portfolio Manager, Wellington
About Daire
Marlene Puffer
Marlene Puffer
CEO and President, CN Investment Division
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Kevin Bong
Managing Director, Director, Economics and Investment Strategy  |  GIC
Kevin is Director of the Economics and Investment Strategy department (EIS), and a Managing Director of GIC. He leads EIS in articulating GIC’s strategic outlook, determining asset exposures and benchmarks, and targeting optimal capital allocation for the GIC Portfolio. Kevin is a member of the Investment Management Committee.

Before re-joining GIC, Kevin was Portfolio Manager for External Public Investments & Credit at OPTrust in Toronto, where he and his team pioneered the allocation to multi‑asset and hedge funds, and advanced the transformation of the Trust’s investment policies and portfolio. He had previously been Vice President and Portfolio Manager in GIC’s External Managers department in New York, where he oversaw the North American equity and hedge fund book. Prior to that, Kevin had been Vice President in GIC’s Investment Policy & Strategy department in Singapore, where he analyzed investment strategies and asset classes, refined optimization techniques, and advised the government on its long‑term investment needs and risk tolerance.

Kevin is a Board Director of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute, and an International Advisory Board Member for EDHEC-Risk Institute. He is also a Co‑opted Investment Committee Member for the National University of Singapore Board of Trustees.

Kevin holds degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Management Science (Finance) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a CFA charter holder.
Daire Dunne
Director, Multi-Asset Strategies, APAC; and Portfolio Manager  |  Wellington Management
Dáire Dunne is Director, Multi-Asset Strategies, APAC; and Portfolio Manager. Dáire leads Wellington Management’s Multi‑Asset and Thematic investment efforts for the Asia Pacific region. He and his team conduct research and manage portfolios focused on long‑term structural themes influencing capital markets.

He is the author of research papers on sustainable economic development, strategic asset allocation, thematic portfolio construction, and alternative approaches to investing in emerging markets, among others. Dáire manages dynamic multi-asset solutions and thematic strategies on behalf of our clients. He is a member of the WM Singapore Board, the WM Singapore Management Committee, and the WM Japan Board, and is based in our Singapore office.

Prior to joining Wellington Management, Dáire was a portfolio manager at JPMorgan Asset Management in both London and New York, where he managed Total Return, Portable Alpha, and Global Balanced portfolios. His role covered both the strategic construction of portfolio solutions and the active management of GTAA overlays across a variety of asset classes.

Dáire earned his MSc from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP) and his BA in economics from Trinity College Dublin. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP).
Wellington Management
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