Agenda

DAY 1 – PRE-FORUM MASTERCLASS

 
9:00 – 12:30 Masterclass A: Implementing and Scaling RPA for Enterprise Wide Adoption

Designed to perform on a vast range of complex processes, enterprise-wide RPA delivers ever more powerful outcomes at unlimited scale, helping companies become digital businesses faster and gain a valuable advantage on their path to AI. By the end of this program, participants will be able to acknowledge the internal processes for enterprise-wide deployment of RPA, develop a governance structure suitable to their organization’s maturity level and achieve business success.

13:30 – 17:30 Masterclass B: Identifying Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth Opportunities Through Advanced Analytics
Workshop B

The power of analytics to unearth quick insights from huge volumes of disparate data makes a perfect fit for the challenges facing today’s companies. Utilizing advanced finance analytics, organizations can act on fresh data as it arrives, instead of having to wait until it becomes too old to be used for decision-making. In this program, participants will learn some of the benefits of these actions, spanning cost reduction opportunities, new avenues for revenue growth, hidden shareholder value, and early warnings on customer churn and credit risk, and more.

vihang-shah-112x128 Vihang Shah
Head – Centre of Excellence, Digital Productivity
Electrolux
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DAY 2 – MAIN FORUM AGENDA

 
     
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
Preparing for Transformation: Understanding the Road Ahead
09:15 am Keynote: Building a Business Case for the Digital Automation Disruption of Finance and Accounting
With the growing focus on transparency by way of initiatives such as Justified Trust and BEPS, Australian companies will spend more than $40 billion a year on tax compliance reporting. This comes on top of the need to gather, analyze and understand data and processes across a host of functional areas. While onerous, these also create a golden opportunity.

Technology such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) helps meet the requirements of this new era of compliance by enabling improved control, flexibility to scale, process speed, data accuracy and much more – while at the same time laying the groundwork for sustainable growth.

Robotic Process Automation: The Key to a High-Impact Finance and Accounting Team
09:45 am From Scorekeeper to Strategic Partner: How Technology and Digital Automation Can Transform the Finance Function
43% of senior finance executives surveyed in North America and Europe believe effective use of automation can take finance teams beyond simply improving the bottom line, and enable them to deliver new business insights. This session will cover the potential of RPA to not just optimize routine finance tasks, but reimagine the finance function entirely.
10:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 am Interactive Roundtables: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Automation of Finance and Accounting Processes
  • Accounts payable process/accounts receivable (AP/AR)
  • Audit documentation
  • Procurement and purchasing
  • Monthly close process
  • Invoicing
  • Financial report generation
  • Data entry
  • Credit management
  • Financial reporting
  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Profitability analysis
James-Lee-112x128 James Lee 
Director of Finance
Sofitel
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11:30 am Panel Insights: RPA as a Driver for Strategic Transformation of Finance
This session will offer insights from global organizations on RPA adoption for finance, and examine the challenges and opportunities attending a change as significant as this.

Topics covered include the challenges of stakeholder and change management, and the opportunity for finance teams to extend themselves to value-added operations that require professional judgment, decision-making and customer interactions.

Fran-112x128 Fran Hernández
Regional CFO
Nestle Professional
12:00 pm How Data and Analytics are Optimizing Finance Transformation at SingPost
12:30 pm Networking Lunch
13:30 pm Building a Governance Framework for RPA in Accounting and Finance  
This session will outline the essential elements for governing RPA in the accounting and finance functions:

  • COMPONENTS. Aligning business strategy, organizational structure, roles, mechanism, business case and value
  • KEY DIFFERENCES. Non-human components, overlapping IT and business domains, evolving technologies, security and privacy
  • DRIVERS. Strategic and operational risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, knowledge management, vendor management, escalation management
  • FACTORS TO CONSIDER. Centralized or decentralized, ownership or sponsorship, target operating model (outsourced vs in-house), controlling and reporting, change management
  • KEY PILLARS. Clear ownership, data protection, deployment policies, dual control, replicated execution control, right screen controls, access control and audit trails, BCP, operational risk impact, regulatory consideration
Musdalifa-Abdullah-112x128 Musdalifa Abdullah
Chief Fnancial Officer
Dnata
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Improving Accuracy of Financial Forecasting and Budgeting with Real Time Data and Machine Learning
 14:00 pm
How to Use Real-Time Financial Data to Improve Accuracy Your Financial Forecasting and Budgeting
Chetan-112x128 Chetan Deshmukh
CFO
3M Malaysia
 14:30 pm
Grab Case Study: Transforming Financial Forecasting with Data Science and Machine Learning
Wilson Koh
Group Treasurer
Grab
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15:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
Delivering Financial and Business Transformation Through Analytical Insights
 15:30 pm How Predictive Analytics Helps CFOs and Financial Leaders Improve Visibility in Revenue Growth and Growth Profile
Srinivasan Venkita 
President and Global Head of Finance
Olam International
 16:00 pm Advanced Finance Analytics: Unearthing Cost Reduction Opportunities and Hidden Shareholder Value
This session will cover the use of advanced finance analytics to identify cost reduction opportunities, growth opportunities and hidden shareholder value. Topics covered include pricing and SKU optimization, resource utilization tracking, predictive modeling for early warning on customer churn or credit risk, and more.
Andrew Chew 
Chief Financial Offer
GuocoLand
Guocoland
16:30 pm Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting
Lack of buy-in from senior management is one of the main reasons finance transformations fail, so making sure they are on board is critical. This session will outline major steps that can be taken to increase that probability: identifying key stakeholders and their needs and requirements, engaging them with a “head, heart, and hands” approach, seeking the involvement and support of leadership, and setting up robust feedback loops for progress tracking and measuring.
James Zi Chen Qiu
Head of Finance/Regional CFO – Southest Asia/Japan/Israel
eBay
17:00 pm
Business Partnering and creating value through Finance Automation
Prakash-Iyengar-112x128 Prakesh Iyengar
Chief Financial Officer 
Panamex Group
Panamex Group
Why RPA fails in finance Automation and the lessons learnt from the failed robotic process implementation
Mitsu Doshi
CFO APAC
Foodpanda
17:30 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:35 pm Champagne Networking Session
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Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

 

DAY 3 – MAIN FORUM AGENDA

 
Accounting Automation and Transformation
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 am How Blockchain Streamlines Accounting Operations By Reducing Costs of Maintaining Costly Ledgers While Providing Absolute Certainty of Financial Transactions and Ownership of Assets
Blockchain could reduce the need to maintain bookkeeping functions because the platform will maintain and track transactions on a real-time basis. That would free CPAs to work on other important tasks, such as valuation and planning that can provide more business opportunities for companies. The structure of blockchain makes modifying recorded transactions difficult. Blockchain offers the assurance that underlying transactions are valid, exist, and are accurate and complete.
Teh-Kor-LaK-112x128 KLTeh
CIO
Great Eastern Life
09:45 am How Cloud Accounting Helps Accountants Improve Financial Accuracy, Eliminate of Duplicate Entries, Secure User Access, Infrastructure Security and 24/7 Access Control
This session will dive into five major benefits of cloud accounting:

  • AUTOMATION of manual business processes, allowing finance and accounting to empower the rest of their organization to execute critical operations with access to better, more timely data.
  • ELIMINATION of duplicate entries through built-in business rules, preventing errors and increasing data accuracy.
  • SECURE user access and controls with streamlined approval processes, protecting both hierarchical and overall financial integrity.
  • HIGHEST standards of system and infrastructure security, with disaster recovery backup at a secure, failsafe location.
  • 24/7 ACCESS for control and collaboration, on any device, anywhere
10:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 am How Automated Bookkeeping Streamlines Business Operations and Reduce Costs
This session will cover automated bookkeeping and how it eliminates human error, saves money, reduces risk of succumbing to cyberattacks, promotes compliance, and allows unlimited, speedy and secure access to financial information on the go.
11:00 am Interactive Roundtables
  • Automating Finance and Accounting Through RPA
  • Blockchain in Accounting
  • Cloud Accounting
  • Automated Bookkeeping
  • Advanced Financial Analytics
  • Audit Analytics
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
12:00 pm Automating Accounting Through RPA: How The Rise of Computer Vision, OCR, Automatic Document Analysis and Machine Learning to Autonomously Process Documents Streamlines Accounting Operations
Gaurav Suman
General Manager
Daimler South East Asia Pte. Ltd
12:30 pm Networking Lunch
Auditing and Accounting Analytics With AI
13:30 pm How Big Data Analytics Enhances Audit Automation While Improving Financial Controls and Keeping Tabs on Potential Frauds  
AI and machine learning can analyze billions of data points in milliseconds, to see what humans can’t, and to apply judgment to detect anomalies in the general ledger and auditing. In addition, data analytics can also enhance the execution of audits – providing quick and effective monitoring of continuous controls, keeping watch for indications of fraud (which cost Asia Pacific firms alone over $5 billion last year), recognizing patterns to anticipate future risks, and control simulation.
Tristan Wallaert 
Director, Head of Payment & Finance Operations
Grab
Grab logo
 14:00 pm
Audit Analytics on Risk Profiling: How Audit Analytics and Machine Learning Helps Paypal Transform its Compliance and Fight Fraud
 14:30 pm
Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise
Munish-112x128 Munish Kaushal 
Area Finance Director & CFO
GSK Southeast Asia
GSK
15:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
Advanced Analytics in Decision Making
 15:30 pm Unlocking the Power of Advanced Analytics by Combining Finance and Non-financial Data to Drive Strategic Data-driven Decision-making
This session will examine the power of advanced finance analytics to provide a more holistic view of businesses through bringing together data from various fields and disciplines. Non-finance data could include data on customers, points of sale, insurance claims or even weather – which is highly relevant for sectors where demand is affected by meteorological conditions. United under advanced analytics, these can enable continuous monitoring, more accurate forecasting, and improved decision-making.

Also covered are several finance business processes where advanced analytics is gaining the most traction.

Diana Ong
VP Finance
RMA Group Company Limited
 16:00 pm Improving Financial Reporting: How to Improve Financial Reporting Through Real-Time Fnancial Insights and Data Visualization
Keyur-Shah-112x128 Keyur Shah
Senior Finance Director, Business Support COE, Asia-Pacific
Johnson & Johnson
16:30 pm Advanced Analytics: Accelerating Decision-Making in Planning, Budgeting and Profitability Analysis
This session will cover the use of advanced finance analytics to conduct top-down scenario analysis, develop self-optimizing algorithms for preliminary sales forecasts, and develop demand models to improve working capital and inventory management.
17:00 pm Accelerating Decision Making with Connected Planning

Overview of the importance of introducing integrated, business driven, planning processes to better anticipate and respond more quickly to market change across multiple divisions and geographies. Connecting People, Data and Process that ultimately enables Finance to partner with the business, providing analysis and insight to drive sustained profitability in a dynamic market.

Duygu-Prigent-112x128 Duygu Prigent
Global Finance Director, Cash and Digital Transformation
Unilever
Unilever
17:30 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman