AsianInvestor has undertaken a research project to find the 25 most influential women in asset management across Asia Pacific. It comes after International Women's Day on March 8.

The selection process was conducted by AsianInvestor's editorial staff, in consultation with senior industry practioners. We received numerous nominations from around the region, in addition to our own ideas about who should feature. Our ‘short’ list ended up with over 100 candidates.

This is our second list of this kind, after we published our inaugural top 25 women in Asian asset management list in May 2011. To see our initial list from 2011, please click here

Where our list differed this year was we did not try to ensure representation of markets where there are very few women at the top decision-making level. We also sought to focus on women who were either managing money or running asset management businesses, meaning we excluded distributors and service providers.

We did include one regulator, Alexa Lam of the Securities and Futures Commission, who is driving Hong Kong-China mutual fund recognition, a scheme that could become the cornerstone of a regional funds passport.

To celebrate, AsianInvestor will host a lunch to congratulate all the winners and present them with an award in recognition of their achievements and industry standing. The lunch will take place on Tuesday, May 20 at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong.

This will be staged in conjunction with AsianInvestor’s inaugural Women in Asset Management Forum www.womeninam.com, which will be held on the same day. Through this event we intend to explore a number of topics, including how womens’ participation in Asia’s asset management industry can be deepened.

For tickets or sponsorship enquiries for our Ladies' Long Lunch or Women in Asset Management Forum, please email akina.tse@asianinvestor.net or rebekka.kristin@asianinvestor.net or call on +852 2122 5203 before the deadline of Thursday, April 10.

Each winner will be profiled in the May edition of AsianInvestor magazine, with our list published in full below. You can also click here to view a photo gallery of our top 25 from 2011.

We accept this is a subjective list and that there will be success stories around the region that we have not included. Please email us at AIEditors2@haymarketasia.com if you would like to express your view.

Our thanks to everyone who supported this project. See you at the long lunch!

The 25 most influential women in asset management (in alphabetical order by surname)

Dai Jingjiao, deputy general manager and investment director, Harvest Fund Management

Guo Tehua, CEO and director, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management

Archana Hingorani, co-founder and CEO, IL&FS Investment Managers

Ho Ching, CEO, Temasek Holdings

Hua Fan, managing director and head of fixed income, CIC

Lakshmi Iyer, CIO, Kotak Mahindra Asset Management

Munirah Khairuddin, CEO, CIMB-Principal Asset Management

Alexa Lam, deputy CEO, Securities and Futures Commission

Vicky Li, head of dealing desk, State Administration of Foreign Exchange

Liew Tzu Mi, head of global macro, fixed income, GIC

Liu Li-Ju, vice-chairperson, Labour Pension Fund Supervisory Committee, Taiwan

Louisa Lo, deputy head of Asia ex-Japan equities, Schroder Investment Management

Mary Ma, partner, Boyu Capital

Maria Theresa Marcial-Javier, senior vice-president and group head, BPI Asset Management

Judy Marlinski, president of Fidelity Japan

Joanna Munro, CEO Asia Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Management

Sheila Patel, CEO of GSAM International

Renuka Ramnath, founder, Multiples Alternative Asset Management

Ramona Gertrudes Santiago, assistant governor, treasury department, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Hisae Sato, CIO, Nissan Motor pension fund

Jotika Savanananda, president, SCB Asset Management

Shen Xiaonan, vice-chairperson, National Council of Social Security Fund

Treesna Wilda Suparyono, executive director of reserves management, Bank Indonesia

Jo Townsend, general manager of investments, Rest Industry Super

Shemara Wikramanayake, head of Macquarie Funds Group, Macquarie