Chief Executive Officer
Asia Pacific Exchange
Eugene Zhu Yuchen is the founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asia Pacific Exchange (APEX), which is headquartered in Singapore. Approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore as the third derivatives exchange, APEX commenced operations in May 2018 offering both commodity and financial derivatives products. Having successfully listed a physically-deliverable RBD Palm Olein contract and a weekly USD/CNH currency contract, APEX will continue to augment its product suite with contracts in energy and metals.
With over 30 years of experience, Zhu is a pioneer of China’s futures industry and had played pivotal roles during the industry’s development. After starting his career with the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China (MOFCOM), Zhu spent the next 4 years (from 1992 to 1996) to establish and manage one of China’s largest futures brokerage at the time - China International Futures Co. Ltd. (CIFCO). From 1996 to 2006, he served as the CEO of Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) and spearheaded DCE’s phenomenal growth to become China’s largest commodity futures exchange and the world’s second largest agricultural exchange during his tenure. From 2006 to 2012, Zhu was appointed as the CEO of China’s first financial derivatives exchange - China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX), where he successfully launched the country’s first stock index futures contract (i.e. CSI 300 Index futures contract). In 2012, Mr Zhu went on to serve as the Vice Chairman and CEO of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, the largest bank in Shanghai.
Mr. Zhu was elected as a delegate to the 10th and 11th National People's Congress (NPC) and as a delegate to the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).