Heng Koon How, CAIA
Head of Markets Strategy, Executive Director
Global Economics and Markets Research
United Overseas Bank (UOB)
Koon How is the Head of Markets Strategy, Global Economics and Markets Research at UOB, where he leads the in-house team to formulate forecasts and house views for Foreign Exchange (FX), commodities and interest rates. Koon How focuses on advising key clients across Wholesale Banking, Global Markets, Corporate and Financial Institution segments throughout the ASEAN region. In addition to his main role, Koon How is concurrently a member of UOB’s Blockchain and Digital Asset (BCDA) taskforce, focusing on research in the fast evolving blockchain and digital assets space, including asset tokenization as well as Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC).
He has more than 25 years of financial markets experience across the key asset classes. Fluent in English and Mandarin, Koon How actively participates in various investment seminars across the Asia Pacific region and is a regular commentator in key local and international print and broadcast media. Prior to joining UOB in 2017, Koon How has worked in various global financial institutions and private banks in areas such as FX strategy, FX options sales, derivatives advisory and commodities structuring.
Koon How graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering. In 2009, he was awarded the Financial Sector Development Fund postgraduate scholarship from the Monetary Authority of Singapore to attend the Yale-Singapore Management University Masters of Science in Wealth Management programme. Koon How is also a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. In 2020, Koon How attended the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and in 2021, Koon How completed the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.