Emmanuel Daniel

A Singapore-based entrepreneur and writer


Emmanuel Daniel is a Singapore-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded The Asian Banker in Singapore in September 1996. It became an influential company publishing research and benchmarking, and events catering to the financial services industry.

Daniel was awarded the Citibank Excellence in Journalism Award in February 1999. This was in recognition of his commitment to determining the impact of the Internet on banking.


Emmanuel Daniel started his career as a a lawyer, after he graduated from the National University of Singapore and the University of London, and attended a course on economics at Columbia University in New York.

In 1996, Emmanuel founded the Asian Banker, a global research and consulting house on the financial services industry that now operates across the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and in Africa. He set up bankquality.com in 2014 as a “trip-advisor for the financial services industry” worldwide. He founded Wealth and Society in 2018 as a London-based programme that tracks impact investments, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and social or environmental initiatives around the world.

As an entrepreneur, he was once a member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO), a prestigious grouping of young business owners worldwide. He previously served as a member of the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance (CCDG) in Singapore. He also served as a non-accountant member in the Ethics Sub-committee of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) of Singapore. He was an associate member of The Asia Society. He has served or is serving in advisory or consulting roles for various governments and institutions at any time, and is a well regarded confidante in leadership circles.

He is a well regarded global speaker on a variety of topics in the financial services industry, and the development and future of Asia. He is working on his first book on the future of the financial services industry. He is interviewed regularly on BBC, Bloomberg and CNBC.


Emmanuel won the Citibank Excellence in Business Journalism for Asia in 1999 for his work on the internet in banking. “The Asian Banker Summit” won the best finance conference from the Asian Conference and Summit Awards in 2012.