Valerie Lau is Head Southeast Asia and Singapore for the APAC Sustainable Finance Office where she is responsible for driving Sustainable Finance business initiatives across the firm in APAC. Her focus is on client engagement, staff and client education, and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. She represents UBS on the Sustainability Forum and on the Philanthropy Workgroup of the Private Banking Industry Group. She is also a member of the ESG Advisory Panel in SGListCo, an association of SGX listed companies. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Singapore Green Finance Centre.

Prior to this role, she led a team of bankers in Global Wealth Management and advised High Net Worth clients in growing their wealth. She also headed the Office of the Divisional Vice Chairman, where she advised Ultra High Net Worth clients and pioneered UBS Second Generation Organization program for top billionaire successor clients in SE Asia. Valerie has advised both bankers and regulators on developing the wealth management industry. She led a UBS team to advise an institutional Chinese banking client on starting its private banking business. She also advised the China Banking Regulatory Commission, at their invitation, on developing Chinese private banking. A versatile leader and veteran communicator, Valerie spent a decade in the leading financial and economic agencies of the Singapore government. Her last role was Division Head, Debt Capital Market and Treasury division at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She started her career as an Economist with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. During her time, she was speechwriter for all sitting Prime Ministers of Singapore on many economic policy addresses.

She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she was a Singapore Public Service Commission scholar, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst holder and a holder of the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing. She is Treasurer on the School Advisory Committee of Cedar Girls’ Secondary School.