A robust risk management culture
The ADB’s goal is to foster economic growth and cooperation in one of the world’s poorest regions. It provid loans, grants, technical assistance and equity investments for infrastructure projects such as energy, water, transport and urban development. The ADB’s remit also includes agriculture, education, climate change and disaster risk management, health, social development and poverty projects, and PPPs.
FT is very data-driven and drives interesting points on what’s happening to companies and markets. It frames my investment appraisals and is a window into the environment.Senior Risk Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Senior Risk Management Specialist, Haroun Ahmed Khawaja, supports of the Head of the Office of Risk Management, who sits on the investment committee board of the ADB. The risk management department is responsible for investment appraisal - identifying, measuring, monitoring and managing all credit, market and operational risks.
Maintaining and curating a current knowledge of best practices
It is essential for Haroun Ahmed Khawaja to ensure that his team sustains their knowledge of emerging best practices in risk management. He conducts risk-training, promotes a risk culture at the ADB and safeguards their on-going learning.
Haroun Ahmed Khawaja and his team also identify and monitor risks in Treasury, investment and funding portfolios.
Everything must be conducted with a thorough, up-to- date knowledge of current and trending credit, market and operational risks.
FT is very objective, thorough and succinct. It prioritises what I’m thinking about. We read it outside of office hours while we’re on the go. It’s so good, digitally. Being able to access it on smartphones and tablets helps us to be more productive during office time.Senior Risk Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Standing on the front line of new investments
With a need to stay abreast of the marketplace, company operations and new product launches Haroun Ahmed Khawaja turns to the FT to find out where equity markets, debt markets and interest rates are leading and trending. Access provides ADB staff a very good macroview of the global economy, also moulding what the global imperatives are on that particular day or week.
After recognising the benefits of the digital platform, ADB staff now have access to both the FT print edition and an FT Group Subscription.
An FT Group Subscription has a flexible pricing plan that includes options for engagement-based pricing, volume discounts and a one-time payment for access across multiple platforms, which was instrumental for giving ADB staff access, whenever and wherever.
Benefits for ADB staff:
- FT’s premium market intelligence and analysis
- Useful tools that help to drive commercial awareness
- Guidance in making informed decisions
Reading the FT is part of my morning routine, I spend about 30 minutes reading it using the app on my smartphone and tablet. The fact I can digest it out-of-office frees up my time during working hours and allows me to get more done, armed with the knowledge I glean from the FT.Senior Risk Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank
With 24/7 access, this is what enables Haroun and his team to have optimum productivity. Whether digesting the FT for breakfast or after-work consumption, it keeps them informed at the right times.
Premium insights and a one-stop shop for increased productivity
As a Group Subscriptions customer with Premium FT.com access, the ADB also has exclusive access to other enhanced features including:
- Commentary and analysis from FT Instant Insights of the day
- FT Confidential research that combines FT proprietary data with on-the-ground research in China and Southeast Asia, to give predictive investment insights
“I find the FT very objective, I don’t see as much bias as I see in other sources. It’s a great one-stop shop that has the brevity (such as in the daily briefings), and the depth (the Big Read), that helps my team be a lot more productive,” says Haroun Ahmed Khawaja.
The enhanced premium features such as FT Confidential are useful research tools for investments in whichever country they are working on, and the portfolio function combined with the daily briefings help them meet their business goals. “If I’m working on a specific country, I use FT Confidential as it is a useful research for that area or country, looking into their trends and investment profile”.