James Zi Chen Qiu
Head of Finance/Regional CFO - Southeast Asia/Japan/Israel
Topic: Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting
Mr. Qiu Zichen (James) is Head of Finance for eBay Southeast Asia/Japan/Israel, based in APAC HQ Singapore. He is responsible for all aspects of Finance, from Financial Planning, Business Data Analytics, P/L management to Controllership.
Prior to joining eBay, James had over 10 years of global leadership experience and held a variety of finance and commercial leadership positions of increasing responsibilities at GE, GE Capital, JP Morgan Investment Banking, Singapore TEMASEK Holdings’ portfolio company across 10 + countries in USA UK, Europe and APAC.
James earned his M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), with Alfred P. Sloan, Jr (Former Chairman, CEO of General Motors Corporation) Fellowship. And he received the scholarship for his B.A. degree in Economics with high distinction from the University of Macau.
Topic: Why RPA fails in finance Automation and the lessons learnt from the failed robotic process implementation
Mitsu is the APAC CFO for foodpanda, a Delivery Hero company. She leads financial planning, reporting and overall management of the company’s finances for 8 countries in Asia. She is hands-on embedded into day to day operations of foodpanda and also drives dynamic designing of financial models for new business strategies. She works closely with business functions including Operations, Commercial, Talent Management and IT to drive financially sustainable growth. Mitsu is particularly passionate about innovation in finance and leads digital transformation and process automation drives across APAC markets.
Prior to joining foodpanda, Mitsu led forensic services at various firms in Asia. She helped organisations with cross border fraud investigations, forensic accounting and anti-corruption compliance work across the world. As a forensic consultant, she has advised more than 100 companies in multiple geographies of Asia on design of robust control frameworks for safe and secure business operations.
Mitsu is a ACA, ACMA CGMA and a CFE with over 18 years of experience in building businesses, relationships and services in finance and anti-financial crime space.
Chief Information Officer
Great Eastern Life
Topic: How Blockchain Streamlines Accounting Operations By reducing Costs of maintain Costly Ledgers While providing Absolute Certainty of Financial Transactions and Ownership of assets
K L Teh is currently the Singapore Chief Information Officer of Great Eastern Life Assurance Company Ltd. Great Eastern Life is the leading life insurance company in Singapore and Malaysia.
Just before taking on his current job, he was Head of IT of CIMB Aviva Assurance Berhad, a joint venture between Aviva and CIMB in Malaysia. He has many years of experience as IT Head in a number of industries including payments and healthcare. Besides having held CIO and CTO positions in a number of companies, he was previously on the board of a number of technology start-ups.
Besides end user organizations, K L has many years of experience in vendor companies, including 11 years in IBM, where he started his career. He subsequently took on the role of COO in a IT services company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. As executive director, he was also on the board of a joint venture company with DBS, which developed and operated an online direct debit payment services supported by a number of banks.
K L built his experience in the payment industry beginning with technical product management and chip card products regional implementation in Asia Pacific countries. In addition, he had experience implementing card settlement systems at country levels in his 5 years in Visa International, based in Singapore.
Topic: Building a Governance Framework for RPA in Accounting and Finance
Musdalifa Abdullah is currently the Chief Financial Officer of dnata Singapore. A strategically, commercially and financially focused senior executive with in depth experience and knowledge of Financial Control, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Planning & Analysis, Risk Management and Financial & Commercial due diligence. Also responsible for overseeing and providing direction and leadership to support functions such as Human Capital, IT, Procurement, Risk Management & Commercial. 18 years work experience across a wide section of business and industry segments including 10 years in Singapore and 8 years in the UAE. He has extensive experience on projects and investment appraisals, acquisitions/disposals, business plans, cash flows & treasury issues, policy & procedure implementation, ERP implementation, Corporate Governance and risk management. His finance expertise with a strong business acumen has made him known known to be an excellent collaborator in planning and delivering advisory services to the company’s businesses and has earned himself a reputation as a strong, ‘hands on’ leader. While in Dubai and in Singapore, Musdalifa was instrumental in many organization wide-technology initiatives. Musdalifa holds a Master’s degree in Professional Accountancy.
Senior Finance Director, Business Support COE, Asia-Pacific
Johnson & Johnson
Topic: Improving Financial Reporting: How to Improve Financial Reporting Through Real-Time Financial Insights and Data Visualization
Keyur is Senior Finance Director, Asia Pacific BS COE, and is based in Singapore, since April 2017. In this role, Keyur provides leadership to COE in the areas of Financial Planning, Management Reporting and Analytics for all J&J sectors in APAC. He leads team of 100 Finance professionals including few data scientists.
Keyur in his 18 years with Johnson & Johnson, has worked in significant leadership roles with increasing responsibility across all 3 sectors, geographies, at country, region and global levels. He was, most recently Senior Finance Director, Consumer Supply Chain, APAC. Keyur has co-led transformation on profitability and Cash Flow – AP Supply chain delivered 5%+ Improvement ($150+MM) in GP and $100MM+ in Cash flow. Keyur also created value through strong support and influence with all major projects in the region, including Design-to-Value, Network/Tax Optimization, Flex to Win, World Class Balance Sheet management etc.
RMA Group Company Limited
Topic: Unlocking the Power of Advanced Analytics by Combining Finance and Non-Financial Data to Drive Strategic Data-Driven Decision-Making
Diana Ong has 20 years’ experience as a senior accounting and financial management executive in global multi-billion dollar companies. She previously held the position of General Manager Finance with GITI Tire Pte. Ltd, a global tire manufacturing business with a distribution network over 120 countries. She personally managed the finance and controlling functions of 40 entities throughout Asia, North and South America and Europe from her base in Singapore.
Prior to this, Diana held various senior financial management positions in Singapore and Dubai with Exterran, a natural gas operation services company, Moduslink, Sony Electronics and Du Pont. Her career started with audit experience in KPMG Singapore.
Professionally, Diana is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Internal Auditor.
President and Global Head of Finance
Topic: How Predictive Analytics Helps CFOs and Financial Leaders Improve Visibility in Revenue Growth and Growth Profile
Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan (known as Venkat) is the President of Olam International Limited & Global Head – Finance. He is a senior member of Finance Executive Committee, Finance talent Management committee and member of Operational committee, of Olam.
Venkat has more than 27 years of extensive experience in Leadership areas, oversight on multiple Regions & Business Verticals, Leadership and development of multi-cultural teams, Strategic business partnership and so on so forth.
Venkat is a Fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Associate member of The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, Master of Commerce from Kerala University, India, Competent Toast Master & certified NLP Coach.
Currently he is holding the post of Chairmen of Strategy and Investment sub-committee of Management Development Institute of Singapore Governing Counsel, Vice Chairman of Meyer Neighborhood committee, Asst. Treasurer in Citizens consultative committee (at Mountbatten constituency).
He is also a regular speaker & contributor in professional/industry forums such as CFO Innovation, CFO Show Asia, CFO Thought leadership round table, CFO Asia congress, ISACA, CFO Executive Board, Agricultural Investment Summit, Annual Asian Shared service conference, ACCA, SAC & CFO Connect Symposium, Institute forums, CPA Australia etc.
There were many articles about him got published in magazines and newspapers.
Past Chairman of Meyer Neighborhood Committee, Past chairman of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India – Singapore Chapter, Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (For 4 years) etc.,
Global Finance Director
Director, Head of Payment & Finance Operations
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Daimler South East Asia
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Area Finance director & CFO
GSK Southeast Asia
Head of Finance & Control Nestle Professional Asia, Oceania and Asia