Global Speakers

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David Upton

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Asia Pacific

Jedox

Topics: 

  • Augmenting Business Planning With Predictive Forecasting & AI Helps Finance Deliver Higher Efficiency And Continuous Foresight
  • Interactive Roundtable: How CFOs Can Deliver Greater Return On Invested Capital By Embedding Predictive Forecasting Within Value-Driver Based Planning

David has more than 20 years of diverse business experience in IT and data management practice. His expertise in analytics and enterprise performance management led him to co-found and grow a business intelligence implementation firm, which was acquired by Jedox.

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for Asia Pacific, David is responsible for guiding strategic partner relationships including solution development, enablement and certification. Leveraging his expertise, he also drives further development of relationships with key alliance partners and deepens our industry vertical practices.

Since joining Jedox, David has served in multiple leadership positions including Vice President of Operations for the APAC region.

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Mavis Chuah

Enterprise Sales Lead

Automation Anywhere

Topic: The Digital Workforce & The Future of Finance 

Mavis have 8+ years hands on experience in disruptive technology, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS and growing enterprises through thought leadership around Industry 4.0. No stranger to the Technology and World of Disruption, Mavis most recently spent close to 5 years with Amazon Wed Services (AWS), leading a sales team with responsibilities for driving the full sales cycle methodology, both to driving expanded cloud adoption across all verticals including enterprise and startups. She worked closely with Marketing, Solution Architecture, and the Partner teams to support campaigns and drive initiatives to achieve revenue performance. Prior to her time at AWS, she was part of the Groupon Key Account team.

Mavis strongly believe in, and evangelizes about the power of disruptive technology and what it brings to businesses. Currently, in Automation Anywhere, Mavis has the responsibilities to grow the Enterprise segment, to adopt RPA and Intelligent Automation, thus reducing mundane repetitive work done by humans and working with the Digital Workforce to augment the work humans work.

When she isn’t working she loves to travel the World and dining, experiencing taste, sights, & sounds of the places she visit.

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Stuart Drysdale

Managing Director & President

Objectif Lune Asia Pty Ltd

Topic: Transforming Processes through Automated Business Communication

Stuart serves as Managing Director of Objectif Lune Asia Pty at Objectif Lune Inc.

Born in Scotland, he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s and has held a number of Asia based regional Director Roles.

Stuart has been a key driving force behind the expansion and integration of a number of Japanese, European and US based companies wanting to expand into the Asia region. His focus is on technology and how these advances serve as a ‘game-changer’ to our daily lives.

His experience in business and championing the importance of the customer experience journey make him a key driving force behind Objectif Lune’s solutions portfolio globally.

Part of his business strategy is to increase engagement & revenue while decreasing operating expenses ─ a major factor that drives business engagement from a variety of industries across the region.

Stuart is married and enjoys competition dressage at a National Level with his own horses.

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Alex Dunne

General Manager- Finance

Solgen Energy Group

Topic: How Cloud Accounting Helps Accountants Improve Financial Accuracy, Eliminate of Duplicate Entries, Secure User Access, Infrastructure Security and 24/7 Access Control

Alex Dunne is the General Manager of Finance at Solgen Energy Group, a Private Equity owned high growth investment in the Australian Renewable Energy sector. Prior to Soglen Energy Group Alex has worked in a variety of senior finance roles at top Australian organisations, in industries including, Financial Services, FMCG, Rail & Logistics, Consulting, and Engineering. Recently as a senior finance member at Macquarie Groups’ Banking and Financial Services division. During his tenure, Alex was instrumental in developing the cloud computing and IT capabilities of the group, including several leading enhancements to financial management reporting and enhancing automation.

Alex thrives in high change and ambiguous environments due to his problem solving skills and entrepreneurial thinking. He has also founded a number of businesses including Yippee Pay, Vivo Entertainment Agency, and Innovationist, and is a qualified Aircraft Engineer.

Alex is a member of Charted Accountants ANZ and received his MBA from the University of Technology Sydney.

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Wong Mei Wai

Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Change Catalyst

APAC Global Advisory

Chairperson & Moderator

Mei Wai is a leading marketing and business leader turned entrepreneur who has led change iconic global, regional and local brands within the FMCG, retail and service industries, including personal care, food & beverage, luxury/ jewellery, hospitality, IT, building infrastructure, property, healthcare and banking within complex change and competitive environments. She brings in-depth experience of the Asia Pacific and Global markets, where she has led multi-cultural teams to disrupt and drive change as well as in brand innovation for more than 20 years in Unilever, Heineken, Fraser & Neave, Citibank and Aspial. She is passionate about growing and turning around businesses and brands in Asia to build legacies for the next generation– essentially preparing and transforming brand businesses to embed change through an end-to-end brand business advisory focusing on Change Architecture, Change Marketing, Executive Search for Change Leaders, Family Business Succession Planning and Change Services. She has a BSc (Hon) Economics, MSc International Marketing, Executive MBA, Advanced Management from INSEAD Business School and currently Executive Masters in Consulting & Coaching for Change.

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Rick Teng

Assistant Director and Lead Specialist (Data Analytics Unit)

MOH Holdings Pte Ltd

Topic: How Big Data Analytics Enhances Audit Automation While Improving Financial Controls and Keeping Tabs on Potential Frauds

Rick is currently the Team Lead for one of the Singapore Healthcare Clusters, leading a Team of more than 10 Auditors to support 4 Audit Committees covering 13 Healthcare Institutions. He also spearheads the Data Analytics (DA) Unit in Group Internal Audit, building data based audits and continuous monitoring.

He led the FY17 Group wide DA Task Force reviews for Procurement of Pharmacy Drugs and Inventory Management of Pharmacy Items, which cuts across the 3 healthcare clusters. In FY18, he also led the reviews of Controlled Drugs management at Operating Theatres and Group wide DA reviews for HR FSS-AP and Claims and Allowances.

  • Rick has vast experience in Internal Audit, SOX, internal controls, ERM, fraud investigations, corporate governance, control self-assessment and project management.
  • He started his career with the Risk and Compliance practice in KPMG and was also the Business Risk Services Manager in Grant Thornton Advisory. His clients included companies listed in Singapore, London and New York Stock Exchanges as well as Singapore public sector entities.
  • Rick continued his career with MNCs which are world leaders in their respective industry. One of his key contribution was to roll out the Control Self-Assessment and follow-up tool for Asia Pacific. He also led fraud investigations for MNCs in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
  • Most recently, Rick was the Head of Audit, APAC of an E-Commerce Group where he successfully implemented an Audit Data Analytics Tool, Continuous Auditing and rolled out Internal Controls and ITGCs Framework. He was also Process Compliance Lead for the Company’s Finance Shared Service Centre.
  • He was a panelist for the 2016 Governance Risk and Compliance Leader Conference to share how data is driving audit trends in the market; and also shared on “From Disruption to Transformation” to an MOE Junior College for Auditors.
  • Rick holds a Degree of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and he is a Chartered Accountant (CA) in Singapore, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is also an Advisory Council Member with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

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Mitsu Doshi

CFO APAC

Foodpanda

Topic: Embracing disruption to drive transformation in the age of agility

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.

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Ferhad Ismail

Senior IT Manager - Customer Engagement, Commercials and Transformation

Toll Group

Topic: From Scorekeeper to Strategic Partner: How RPA can transform the Finance Function

Ferhad is snior It Manager at Toll Group. He is Part of TOLL’s new Digital Transformation team, driving a new level of customer focus and engagement on the front end, whilst aligning and renewing the technology capabilities to support the Asian business.Prior joining Toll group, Ferhad was the General Manager and Head of Transportation, Freight and RPA systems at CEVA. At CEVA, he set up the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) COE from inception to a steady state self-governing entity. He then spearheaded the productivity drive in CEVA Asia Pacific, implementing a combination of RPA initiatives with data analytics to help streamline several processes.

Ferhad also serves as the Vice President for the Singapore Computer Society, Supply Chain Management (SCM) Chapter, organizing several forums and initiatives to grow digital supply chain maturity. He is currently in the process of transitioning to a new role at TOLL Group.

Prior to joining CEVA, Ferhad was managing the global multi modal transportation systems team for American President Lines (APL). He started his career as a Graduate Trainee consultant at IBM Singapore. Ferhad hold a Masters (Master of Technology) and Bachelor’s Degree (Computer Engineering) from the National University of Singapore(NUS).

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Pavel Gimelberg

Principal, Head of Intelligent Automation Practice APAC

EPAM Systems

Topic: Identifying Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth Opportunities Through Intelligent Automation

Pavel is RPA and AI Evangelist with deep and broad experience in the business process automation field across different industries. He believes in profound changes that will happen in our business environment during the next few years and makes these changes real. Pavel known for his background in Agile practices and bringing them into RPA development model. Pavel is the founder and one of the leaders of Robotic Process Automation community in Australia.

EPAM

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Josh Yeoh

Regional Finance Associate Director

Zimmer Biomet Dental

Topic: How Automated Bookkeeping Streamlines Business Operations and Reduce Costs

Josh is an experienced Regional Finance Director with a demonstrated history of working in the medical technology and IT software industry. Skilled in US GAAP, FP&A, strategic business planning, cost management, internal controls, financial reporting, transfer pricing, taxation, process improvement and M&A. He has strong multilingual finance professional and a certified accountant (CPA).

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KL Teh

Former Chief Information Officer

Great Eastern Life

Topic: Introduction to blockchain and its potential impact on Finance and Accounting

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.

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Mahantesh Patil

Chief Digital and Agile Transformation Office

Allianz

Topic: Keynote: Building a Business Case for the Digital Automation Disruption of Finance and Accounting

Mahan Patil has 23 years of Business and IT Transformation Leadership experience in domains like Insurance and Financial Services across US, EU and APAC. He has driven the Enterprise and Digital Transformation initiatives focused on Customer Experience to bring a greater convergence of Physical world with Digital Space along with the transformation of ways of working thru’ Agile-DevOps-Lean frameworks for a 10x Amplified Business Impact. He is driving the Business to 100% Digital Transformation through Human Centred Design and Services Design at Allianz.

Though the digital technologies has been his passion, he has been preaching more of a “whole brain” approach to any complex problem or enterprise vision bringing in the Design Doing across Products, Target Operating Models, Operational Excellence, Service Design and most importantly Experience to deliver a sustained Customer Delight in the era of Disruptive Technologies.

He is an Engineer and MBA by profession, certified on Design Thinking and Digital Transformation by the accredited agencies in USA. Creating an “agility” has been core responsibility in all these endeavours leading to more nimble enterprises leveraging DevOps, Lean and Automation-AI.

He learns Pottery, to leverage right brain as a hobby of focus.

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Musdalifa Abdullah

CFO

Dnata

Topic: How to Use Real-Time Financial Data to Improve Accuracy Your Financial Forecasting and Budgeting

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.

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Keyur Shah

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.

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Duygu Prigent

Global Finance Director

Unilever

Topic: Accelerating Decision Making with Connected Planning

Dynamic Finance Director with 12+ years of combined experience driving financials across diverse units of industry-giant Unilever. Accomplished business partner and performance manager with proven success establishing robust controls, structures, and best practices to optimise resource allocation. Equipped with versatile background spearheading accounting, reporting, strategic planning, and financial shared service centre operations.

Orchestrated big picture transformation, planning, standardisation, simplification of financial platforms, and smooth implementation of process changes with focus on continuous improvements.

Duygu is leading finance at Unilever to make deeper connections with the business and will talk to transformation journey, building a business acumen, and supporting finance teams with underlying capabilities like data and analysis.

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Eric Nguyen

Former Robotics and Automation Lead

Telstra

Topic: 

  • Building a Governance Framework for RPA in Accounting and Finance
  • Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting

Starting Robotic Process Automation journey since 2017, Eric has delivered values to Business Operations through his duties as Business Lead and Developer across various scales (Enterprise, Program of Works to Business Development) in Telecom Customer Services, Project Management, and IT Consulting & Services. With Internal and Business partners, he solves business problems via Automation, Data Insights and Agile ways of work. Over his 15 years in Managed Customer Services space, serving customers from Enterprises, Goverment agencies SME, Eric knows what drives: Customer time reduction, Consistent Customer Advocacy, Practical Cost saving. Eric holds a Master of Business Information Systems from Australia National University.

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Wilson Koh

Group Treasurer

Grab

Topic: Data Science & Machine Learning : Delivering insights to Finance

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Prakash Iyengar

Chief Financial Officer

Panamex Group

Topic: Business Partnering and creating value through Finance Automation

Prakash is a seasoned Senior Finance Professional with an established record of success in growing enterprise value. He has extensive “Hands-on and People Leadership” experience in various aspects of Finance/ Accounts, Business partnering and Corporate Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions in a Multi-country multicultural environment. His career spanned across successful companies with Diverse Finance Leadership experiences gained across Scale dimensions, Geographies and Industries.

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Gaurav Suman

General Manager

Daimler South East Asia

Topic: Automating Accounting through Intelligent Automation: How the Rise of Computer Vision, OCR, Automatic Document Analysis and Machine Learning to Autonomously Process Documents Streamlines Accounting Operations

18+ years of global experience in various techno-functional domains, managed multiple roles & projects across LATAM, NAFTA, East Europe incl. Russia, Asia, Africa, and Australia, initiated and established regional functions for these regions.

I am passionate about technology and specifically emerging technologies, future mobility and sustainability and its impact on businesses, life and sustainability. I Co-founded South East Asia’s FIRST automotive first accelerator program “StartupAutoBahn Singapore”, in Singapore to boost Startup’s, established this with close cooperation with National University of Singapore Enterprise. I along with team member “co-innovate” cash app an application uses machine learning to automate bank clearance.

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Jenny Aw

CFO

Gemz Corporate Services Pte Ltd (affiliate to Opal Law)

Topic: Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting

Ms Aw Hui Mien, Jenny (“Jenny Aw’) is heading the financial and corporate services in the corporate service industry. Prior to this, Jenny is the Chief Financial Officer for various public listed companies listed in Singapore Stock Exchange as well as in private firm. She plays a vital role in leading the merger and acquisitions activities in Singapore and overseas in the corporations that she joined. She has vast experience in financial reporting, tax planning, fund raising, treasury management and risk management functions. Hence understand the importance of digital transformation in the finance and accounting functions. Jenny also supports the business operation functions, internal controls, procedures and processes to ensure good corporate governance practices for the Group. She also plays an important role as a liaison person with all stakeholders. Ms Jenny Aw started her career with KPMG and has joined a public listed Group since 1995. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in finance, operations as well as the understanding she has from the shareholders’ perspective which helps to drive performance in digital transformation in Finance and accounting. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and member of Singapore Institute of Director and SCCCI. She is also an EXCO member in 365 Cancer Prevention Society.