Agenda

Pre-Summit Workshops | Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Workshop A
Advanced Analytics For Finance
9.00am – 12.30pm
L20059 - Workshop A Advanced analytics is used to discover deep insights that help identify business-improving and value-gener­ating actions by leveraging predictive and prescriptive analytics and can also facilitate the automation and prioritization of internal processes to improve efficien­cy and slash costs – goals close to every CEO and CFO’s heart. This session will explore how advanced analytics can be used in finance functions including:

  • Financial reporting
  • Planning, budgeting and forecasting
  • Identifying cost reduction opportunities
  • Risk management
  • Profitability analysis
  • Operational decision making
  • Identifying competitive threats, for example from vertical disruptors
  • Self-service data for business leaders
Dean-Wang-roundedDr Dean Wang
Data Science Lead, Data & Insight
Google
(Former Advanced Analytics Expert at McKinsey & Co.)

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Workshop B
Becoming A Data-Driven CFO: How Data Science And Machine Learning Can Be Incorporated In Financial Forecasting, Planning And Analysis

1.00pm – 4.30pm
L20059 - Workshop B FP&A teams sit at the confluence of transactional data and business strategy. As such, they are uniquely posi­tioned to transform their roles by detecting patterns and confidently leading the effort to address risks and press ahead with strategy. However, a strong finance and ac­counting background is no longer sufficient to make this happen. The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data – and with Big Data comes the need for data science and machine learning, which enable finance pro­fessionals to model, forecast, plan and drive business de­cisions at speeds formerly unheard of. Learn how to tap these tools to dive into previously impossible analyses and unlock new insights in this session.
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Philippe Touati
Partner
Belmond Capital Limited
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Main Summit Day 1 | Thursday, 19 November 2020

 
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Conference Producer
Applying AI And Data Science To Transform FP&A
09:15 How J&J Is Transforming Financial Planning, Forecasting And Analysis With Data Science And Machine Learning
J&J is at the forefront of digital transformation when they implemented their Data Strategy Disruption using state-of-the-art technologies like Cloud, Big Data, IoT and Data Science across its operations to fuel business growth. ERP transformation in the finance systems are key enablers to provide timely data visibility for decision-making, optimizing process efficiency, while driving stronger compliance, information security and resiliency, all of which are critical in today’s environment. Explore J&J’s journey to bring digital transformation in finance into fruition in this session.
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Keyur Shah
Senior Finance Director, FP&A COE, APAC
Johnson & Johnson
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09:45 Digital Financial Transformation In The Post-Covid Era: The Experience Of The World Bank Group And Its Partners/Clients
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Nicolas Marquier

Country Manager
International Finance Corporation
The World Bank Group
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10:30 Future of Finance Networking Breakout Session    
Roundtable Discussion
10:30 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
  • Applying Machine Learning And Data Science To FP&A
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Keyur Shah
Senior Finance Director, FP&A COE, APAC
Johnson & Johnson
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  • Advanced Analytics For Finance & Business Planning
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Devash Singhania
Finance Controller South East Asia
Socomec Group
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  • RPA: Robotics Led Finance And Accounting Function
  • Blockchain And Future Of Finance
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Kevin Lim
Associate Director – Blockchain
Temasek
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  • Cloud Accounting
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Sankar Baskar
Group Finance Director
Carousell Group Singapore
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  • Achieving FP&A Excellence In An Age Of Digital Transformation
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Paul Lennie
Chief Financial Officer, Southeast Asia
Asurion

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11:30 How AI Bots Help Finance Leaders Read Invoices, Review Contracts, Validate Pricing And Even Process Customer Orders
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Mahantesh Patil
Chief-Digital and Agile Transformation Office
Allianz
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12:00 Leveraging AI In Tax Planning, Contract Review, Fraud And Compliance
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Adeel Maqbool
Audit Director
Tetra Laval Group
Tetra Laval Group
12:45 Lunch & Networking    
13:30 Tech Talk Panel Discussion: What New Technologies Are Disrupting The Finance Function?  
Technological development from personal computing to cognitive computing: What has the evolution from hindsight to insight enabled for the finance function?

  • Knowing when tradition doesn’t work – migrating away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach in the adoption of new technologies
  • Ensuring that the rise of technology brings proactivity, not reactivity, to changes in the external market and to changes in disruption
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Munish Kaushal
Area Finance Director & CFO – GSK Southeast Asia and Taiwan
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer
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Keyur Shah

Senior Finance Director, FP&A COE, APAC
Johnson & Johnson
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Delwar Hossain
Finance Director
Unilever Asia Pte Ltd
Unilever
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Deric Lau
Head, Business Process Re-engineering
AIA
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Jeremy Cheah

CFO
Agrocorp International Pte Ltd
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Pallav Patni
Chief Financial Officer, ASEAN & Hong Kong
FP&A Director, Asia Pacific Region
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Paul Lennie
Chief Financial Officer, Southeast Asia
Asurion
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14:00
Rolls-Royce Power Systems: Finance Automation And Digitization
  • Automating and enhancing the low-hanging fruit such as procure to pay, reimbursements and expense management
  • Leadership components of digitalisation and where scaling up technology offers opportunities for employee empowerment and benefit in their career digitalised department
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Ken Ajinkya
CFO
Rolls-Royce (Invited)
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Robotic Process Automation: The Key To A High-Impact Finance Team
14:30
How RPA Can Save Finance/Audit Departments Hours Of Work Annually In Financial Reporting/Auditing
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Shanmuganathan Arunachalam

Global IT Audit Director
Avnet
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15:00 Afternoon Refreshment & Networking
15:30 Digital Financial Transformation For Singapore Enterprises Through Effective Open-Source Robotic Process Automation
  • Exemplars of RPA in finance
  • How to get started with RPA
  • Common pitfalls using RPA
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Ken Soh

RPA Expert
AI Singapore
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16:00 Data Science In Treasury Management And Operations: Some Reflections
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Wilson Koh

Group Treasurer
Grab
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16:30 Learning Lessons From An Early Adopter Of Digital Financial Transformation: Unique Challenges In Deploying Digital Financial Transformation In Finance And Accounting
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Louis d’Hotelans
CFO South East Asia
Bollore Logistics
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17:00 Closing Remarks By Conference Chairman
17:05 Champagne Networking Session
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.
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Main Summit Day 1 | Friday, 20 November 2020

 
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Conference Producer
Bringing Data-Driven Innovation & Advanced Analytics To Finance
09:15 Becoming A Data-Driven CFO: How Big Data Are Helping CFOs Acquire New Insights, Trends And Generate Business Growth
  • How could analytics help us to identify drivers of data variance or draw insights we might have missed
  • Embedding analytics into processes and leveraging machine learning
  • Leveraging analytics to extend FP&A
  • Enabling analytics to not only manage and improve finance processes, but to accelerate business decisions on a wider scale
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Jessie Qiu
Group Head of Finance
Grab (Confirming)
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09:45 The Future Of Financial Reporting With Analytics: How Advanced Analytics Are Helping Finance Leaders Improve Their Financial Reporting, Profitability Analysis And Operational Decision Making
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Rick Teng
Senior Assistant Director and Lead Specialist (Data Analytics Unit), Group Internal Audit
MOH Holdings Pte Ltd (Confirming)
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10:15 Morning Refreshments & Networking Session    
10:30 How Advanced Analytics Helps To Improve Financial Planning, Forecasting And Analysis
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Devash Singhania
Finance Controller South East Asia
Socomec Group
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11:00 How Shell’s RPA Bot Automated Finance And Accounting Workflow And Slashed Processing Time By 40%
Shell’s Finance & Data Operations is supporting a transformation programme intended to ensure finance is able to deliver more business impact, enable better commercial decisions, but at a substantially lower cost. The combination of heavily streamlined processes with RPA technologies working together with other automation workflow tools and, (looking forward) more advanced machine learning capabilities to make a significant difference on return. An example of a typical project is an RPA “bot” – built to load the data requests in an automated manner and provides a 24×6 execution capability. The average time taken to complete a request has reduced by 40% with 100% data quality being sustained month on month. Shell_logo
Future Of Finance And Accounting With Blockchain
11:30 How Blockchain And Other Enabling Tech Help Financial Inclusion
CFOs nowadays are interested in financial inclusion and growth. What are new technologies enabling financial institutions to do today and in the future that will increase inclusion?
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Zia Zaman
Managing Partner, Beaver Lake Capital
Board Member
Energy Market Authority
(Former Chief Innovation Officer, MetLife Asia)
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12:00 How Blockchain And Smart Contracts Underpins The Financial Sector’s Financial Transformation
One of the biggest advantage of blockchain in accounting is its ability to make almost negligible errors. Once data is in the chain, smart contracts will make many accounting functions automatic, providing record permanency and clarity while streamlining daily accounting processes and audits. Blockchain also enables many accounting functions to be automated, leading to vastly improved efficiencies, lower fraud and rapid cost savings over conventional accounting systems.
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Kevin Lim
Associate Director – Blockchain
Temasek
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12:30 Lunch & Networking    
Future Of Finance And Accounting With Cloud
13:30 Re-Imagining The Future Of Finance With Cloud: How To Use Cloud To Automate Its Entire Financial Reporting And Accounting Process  
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Sankar Baskar
Group Finance Director
Carousell Group Singapore
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 14:00
How Cloud Platforms Enabled Coca-Cola To Cut 500 Headcounts For Account Reconciliation While Generating Better Clarity And Controls
The Global Finance Operations Division of The Coca-Cola Company manages more than 50,000 general ledger accounts. The reconciliation process used to take 14,000 hours a month with 800 associates due to differences among regions and multiple systems. With the implementation of a cloud-based platform, Coca-Cola managed to reduce the number of employees involved in the process by over 60% to 300 and also achieved an annual saving of $0.6m from increased productivity. Explore in this session how cloud-based platforms can lead to significant savings in manpower requirements while delivering improved controls, standardized process and enhanced transparency throughout the organization. Coca Cola_logo
14:30
Financial Data Management On Cloud: Why A Single Source Of Truth Can Improve The Decision Readiness Of Performance Data
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Nikung Patel
Finance Director APAC
CBRE
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15:00 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session    
Finance Shared Service
15:30 The Future Of Finance Shared Services: From Virtual CFOs To Setting Up Finance Centers Of Excellence
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Tum Soek Mui
AVP Finance (Invited)
CFO Panel
16:00 CFO Panel: Closing The Digital Skills Gap In Finance To Avoid Setbacks On Your Digital Transformation Efforts

Digitization is reshaping the finance talent profile. To get the most out of modernized systems and new tools, finance needs to provide appropriate training, so staff can develop strong data and technology acumen. But how can you help team’s transition to the new digital operating model and how do you make sure they have the skills and competencies to be successful in the future? In this session, you will discuss:

  • Why are so many finance leaders struggling to find top digital talent?
  • Develop a vision for the digital finance organization and build an explicit talent strategy to enable it.
  • Augmenting your strategic workforce-planning capabilities by working closely with HR
  • What are the most popular and most successful upskilling strategies?
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Alexander Joramsa
CFO, Asia Pacific
Alcon
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Jeremy Cheah
CFO
Agrocorp International Pte Ltd
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Ken Ajinkya
CFO
Rolls-Royce (Invited)
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Fran Hernández
Regional CFO/Head of Finance & Control
Nestle Professional Asia, Oceania and Africa
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16:30 Case Study: Coordinating A Global Move Away From Legacy Systems In Finance
  • Setting a clear strategy and taking control to ensure a seamless migration
  • Some of your business processes may need to be amended to match the capabilities of your new platform – where to start?
  • Overcoming resistance and driving the cultural change agenda
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Rita Kale

Finance Head, Asia Pacific
Roche
(Invited)
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17:00 Closing Remarks By Conference Chairman