Agenda Day 1

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9:00

Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Cesar Bacani, Editor-in-Chief, CFO INNOVATION

9:20

Economic Outlook: Global Recovery, ASEAN and the Economic Headwinds

The storm clouds that have been hanging over the global economy appear to be gradually receding as growth prospects improve for the United States, European Union and Japan, although the slowing Chinese economy present challenges. Amidst this generally positive if still uncertain outlook, what is in store for finance leaders in Singapore and the region as Southeast Asia looks to the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015?

How is the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community likely to fare relative to other developments affecting Singapore and the region, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership?

Dr Jayant Menon, Lead Economist, Office for Regional Economic Integration, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)

09:50

Executive Dialogue: The ASEAN Economic Community and What it Means for Business

The AEC aims to make ASEAN a more dynamic and competitive economic bloc by making it a single market and production base governed by open, outward-looking, inclusive and market-driven policies.

  • What happens in ASEAN after 1 January 2015
  • Goods and services where barriers will be eliminated or lowered
  • The domestic consumption story
  • Sectors and industries likely to reap immediate dividends
  • What companies should do now to prepare for the AEC

Dr Jayant Menon, Lead Economist, Office for Regional Economic Integration, ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB)
Vincent Liew, Global CFO, AEDAS GROUP

Interview by Cesar Bacani, Editor-in-Chief, CFO INNOVATION

10:30

Networking Morning Coffee

11:00

Partner Keynote: Malaysia as a Regional Business Center for ASEAN and Asia

Lau Kin Pong, Managing Director, BASF ASIA PACIFIC SERVICE CENTRE

11:30

Panel Discussion: The CFO’s Role – Staying Relevant in the Era of the AEC

As business strategists requiring a broad range of skills, CFOs must evolve to respond to changing expectations and adjust to new technology tools, particularly as ASEAN becomes a common market.

  • CFO’s evolving role as strategic partners of the business
  • Self-service tools, departmental analytics and the risk that finance will be marginalized
  • The rise of the CFTO and the CFRO

Panelists:
Peter Gammon, CFO, ABACUS INTERNATIONAL
Jose Luis Azevedo, Vice President Finance, JANSSEN ASIA PACIFIC
John Teo, CFO, SINGAPORE POOLS

Amos Ng, , FCA, FCCA, CFO, STRACO CORPORATION LIMITED

Moderated by Hugo Walkinshaw, Executive Director and CFO Program Leader, DELOITTE SOUTHEAST ASIA

12:10

Using Analytics to Reduce Total Cost of Risk

The use of data analytics in risk management has changed the way companies approach risk management and insurance decisions. CFOs can now evaluate the effectiveness and identify optimal solutions to reduce total cost of risk through dynamic risk tolerance testing, loss modeling, and risk-transfer program alternatives, using their own company data.

Nicholas Durant, Managing Director, MARSH

12:40

Networking Lunch

14:00

Presentation by SAP

14:30

Panel Discussion: Strategies to Optimize Working Capital Post AEC

With business activity picking up as the global economic recovery story continues and in anticipation of the AEC, how can companies optimize working capital through strategies such as regional cash optimization, freeing trapped cash and reducing idle assets? What new banking services and technologies can help?

Panelists:
Vivek Batra, Global Head of Sales, DBS GLOBAL TRANSACTION SERVICES
Choon Kong Koh, Group Finance Director, EATON HOUSE INTERNATIONAL
William Tan, CFO, METAL COMPONENT ENGINEERING
Stella Lim, Head of Corporate Sales, Asia Pacific, SWIFT
Nina Tan, Chief Financial Officer, TRAX TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Moderated by Cesar Bacani, Editor-in-Chief, CFO INNOVATION

15:10

Networking Afternoon Coffee

15:50

Panel Discussion: Building New Insights into Finance

Many CFOs recognize the importance of predictive analytics and insight, but they also know that the investment required can be prohibitive in terms of infrastructure and specialist skills. Can cloud computing, Software-as-a-Service, self-service tools and departmental analytics help? What impact analytics and dashboards are having on “info on demand”?

Panelists:
Alice Tan, Group Director Finance, LAND TRANSPORT AUTHORITY
Fatima Leung, Regional Finance Controller, LEVI STRAUSS & CO
David Hewitt, International Business Engagement Director, UNIT4
Lavinia Koh, Head of Finance, Asia & Africa, VODAFONE GROUP ENTERPRISE

Moderated by Cesar Bacani, Editor-in-Chief, CFO INNOVATION

16:30

Case Study: Ahead of the Curve – A CFO’s Adventure With Integrated Reporting

Vincent Liew, Global CFO, AEDAS GROUP

17:00

Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Networking Cocktail Reception