CFO Innovation Shanghai Forum

In 2015, China’s growth rate fell to 6.9%, the lowest in almost a quarter of the century. In the past decades, the country relied heavily on its debt-fuelled growth model in infrastructure, housing and heavy industries in particular for a double-digit growth figure. Now China is entering a new stage of development with the growth rate slowing down. As Chinese President Xi Jinping has called this phase of growth the “new normal”, China’s economy is reconstructing and rebalancing towards consumer spending and technological innovation.

 

CFOs in China today are concerned about maintaining the profit margin and earning performance during the economic transition. In such a transition, with the growth rate widely expected at a slower pace, how should the financial planning for the next few years be done?

 

The 5th CFO Innovation Shanghai Forum will focus on identifying the possible challenges and new risks posted to our CFOs, as well as looking for opportunities and change in their strategic business planning to adapt to the economic transition. The speaker presentations and panel discussions aim to harvest the answers CFOs look for to survive and thrive through China’s economic transition. The issues to be addressed include:

  • The possible challenges and opportunities to arise from the change of the economic climate
  • The CFOs’ approach to the debt-growing environment facing extended risk
  • response to the liberalization of the Chinese currency
  • the innovative financing methods in China
  • technological innovation within the financial function
  • impacts of disruptive technologies in business
  • E-commerce as a new growth driver
  • Skillsets CFOs in China require to thrive in the economic transition   

This closed-door forum will provide CFOs, financial controllers, treasurers and other finance executives the opportunity to spend one day immersed in a productive environment with peers from large enterprises and multinationals, as well as business specialists and other experts.

An impressive panel of A-list CFOs coming from both Multi-National Companies and top national companies in Shanghai will gather to have peer-to-peer discussions and share insights to help CFOs risk-proof their business and gain a better understanding of today’s economic environment, industry issues and future market outlook.

Testimonials
  • This forum is beneficial to update finance professionals with new knowledge, information and technology trends

    Dharma Wijaya, Director of Finance
    The Legian Bali, Shanghai
  • This event linked finance professions across Industries and functions. To me, it is like a big reunion where I met my ex-colleagues from other companies. This forum offers a full learning experience and nice social gathering for finance family

    Kurnia Ariawan, CFO
    Petrosea, Shanghai
  • The forum provided good learning and networking opportunity with other finance leaders from different industries

    Lioe Cu Ling, Director for Finance and Accounting
    Indoprima, Shanghai
AGENDA
08:30
Registration and Refreshments
09:00
Chairman’s Introductory Remarks
Cesar Bacani
Editor-in-Chief,
CFO INNOVATION
Chen Wu
Former Editor,
CFO CHINA
09:15
Opening Keynote: China’s Economic Outlook for 2016

With the overcapacity problem, sluggish global demand, reports of the ever growing debt and a fragile banking system, investment and manufacturing (the traditional sources of growth) in China are faltering. China is shifting into a new stage of economic development with a lower, arguably healthier growth rate, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has called this next phase of growth the “New Normal”. How is the 2016-2020 Five Year Plan cementing the transition? What are the implications of the New Normal? What is the role of the “One belt, One road” initiative in reshaping the geo-economical era?

Raphael Lam
Resident Representative,
IMF
09:45
Executive Dialogue: A CFO’s response to the re-balancing of China’s economy

China’s economy is going through a transition from relying on heavy industry and debt to one driven by consumption and services. During the transition, CFOs must acknowledge the heightened uncertainty and risk of slower growth generally in the traditional industries.

  • How do CFOs from different sectors respond to this? What are the challenges faced by CFOs?
  • What new opportunities arise during the transition?
  • How to maintain the earning performance?
  • Should CFOs execute more conservative strategic planning or deploy resources upon new opportunities?

 

Interviewed by:
Cesar Bacani
Editor-in-Chief,
CFO INNOVATION
Interviewees:
Raphael Lam
Resident Representative,
IMF
Jack Zhu
CFO,
XINGYE COPPER INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED
10:15
Networking Morning Coffee
10:50
Executive Discussion: A CFO’s approach in the Credit Risk Rising Environment

Corporate debt and private-sector debt escalated the growth in China for the past decades. With the outstanding loans for companies and households stood at a record of 207% of GDP at the end of June 2015, the rise in private-sector indebtedness is becoming an alarming issue.  Adding credence to this, non-performing loans climbed by a record 140 billion yuan in the first quarter of 2015. Further we have seen some corporates default already, showing that China is more willing to let firms fail.

  • Is this going to become a systemic risk?
  • How do CFOs position themselves to maintain agility?
  • What are the impacts to the corporates and their clients?
  • What avenues are available to offset or benefit from the potential impacts?
Moderator:
Cesar Bacani
Editor-in-Chief,
CFO INNOVATION
Panelists:
Helen Hung
Financial Controller for China & Hong Kong,
BOLLORE LOGISTICS
11:30
Executive Discussion: Empowering Modern Finance – CFOs as Technology Evangelist in Finance Management

This session will explore how emerging technologies adoption within finance function will enable new capabilities, enhance value across institution and transform the role of finance. CFOs today are not only keeping the score but taking the lead in business transformation and growth strategies.

  • What are the key strategies to successfully designing and executing transformative innovations in financial management
  • How do CFOs adopt to new technologies to achieve higher efficiency?
  • What are the challenges CFOs face when implementing technological innovations?
  • How do CFOs measure the effectiveness using technology in their financial planning?
Moderator:
Chen Wu
Former Editor,
CFO CHINA
Panelists:
Donald Xie
Head of PM Controlling,
MERCK HOLDING (CHINA)
Jie Zhou
CFO,
JHJ INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CO. LTD
Weilian Ge
CFO APAC,
VAN HESSEN (SHANGHAI) COMMERCIAL & TRADING
12:00
Networking Lunch
13:00
Speed Networking – Maximizing Your Conference Experience and Expand Your Professional Network!
13:30
Executive Discussion: Innovative Financing Methods – Potentials, Challenges, and Risks

The Chinese banking system traditionally favors lending in overcapacity sectors such as property development, coal mining and manufacturing, leaving private-sector businesses starved of funding. This session will evaluate the growing trend in innovations of financing methods that are emerging to fulfill these funding needs.

  • What are the new financing methods available? P2P Lending, Crowd Funding, etc?
  • What are the impacts of these financing methods to CFOs?
  • How do CFOs look at these financing methods as a new way of funding?
  • How are these financing methods a potential to businesses?
  • What are the challenges and what are the associated risks?
Moderator:
Chen Wu
Former Editor,
CFO CHINA
Panelists:
Ken Ren
CFO,
CHINA ACM
Mr Wang Jianying, MPA / FFA
partner ,
HEHENG & GJT INC
Gang Yu
CFO,
LORD FUND
Hai Yang Zheng
Assistant GM,
ROADOOR.COM
14:10
Executive Discussion: E-commerce – Time to Change the Business Model?

As the most important sector to the Government’s “Internet Plus” plan, e-commerce market in China grew by more than 30% last year reaching over USD2.5trillion in market value, in which retail e-commerce with over 500 million online shoppers accounted for some USD670 billion. Is e-commerce the ultimate solution to the changing economic climate in China? What is the CFOs’ approach to changing the business model?

  • What is the core competitiveness of e-commerce?
  • Cost structure: e-commerce vs traditional showroom
  • Some say e-commerce is simply a price-war. Is it hurting the profit margin or is it bringing in more sales? 
  • What are the new business strategies for e-commerce? 
  • How can traditional industries utilize the internet and produce profits?
  • Is cross-border e-commerce the next step?
Moderator:
Chen Wu
Former Editor,
CFO CHINA
Panelists:
Betty Yang
BU Finance Director,
ROYAL DSM (China)
15:00
Networking Afternoon Coffee
15:30
Executive Dialogue: Maintaining a Productive CFO and CIO Collaboration in Times of Economic Uncertainties

With projected local and global uncertainties for the year 2016, has it become more pressing than ever for CFOs and CIOs to have lengthy collaborations that will lead to efficiency and innovative practices that will translate to optimum business performance. 
 

Interviewed by:
Chen Wu
Former Editor,
CFO CHINA
Interviewee:
Alvin Wang
CIO,
GE POWER SERVICES APAC & POWER GENERATION CHINA
Johnny Wu
Asia CFO,
NEXEO SOLUTIONS CHEMICAL
16:00
Executive Discussion: The CFOs in China Today

The rapid socio-economic shift is complicating the jobs of CFOs in China. CFOs in China now are not only responsible for the analysis and reporting. Beyond their financial acumen, the CFOs have to acknowledge the strategic issues around the business model, be sensitive to the fast-pace of change in rules and regulations, and to identify and evaluate new opportunities during the economic transition in China. Apart from these the CFOs in China also have to be highly “digital”, up to date with technological advances in finance.

  • What are the key enablers of success of the CFOs in China?   
  • How do the CFOs cope with the changing nature of their role?
  • What are the unique skillsets that CFOs need to thrive in the economic transition?
  • How do CFOs in China develop their unique skillset?
Moderator:
Cesar Bacani
Editor-in-Chief,
CFO INNOVATION
Panelists:
Yvonne Wang
COO,
HEARST
Johnny Wu
Asia CFO,
NEXEO SOLUTIONS CHEMICAL
17:00
End of Conference
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