Neeraj SinghalChief Financial Officer - Asia Pacific
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Strengthening Competitiveness through Agile Finance Transformation
Today’s complex global markets demand exceptional level of agility, accuracy and cost efficiency beyond what the normal human workforces could provide. Allowing finance functions to shrink operating costs, shore up decreasing margins, improve faster-to-market solutions and effectively focus on incrementing the value creation.
What this means is an effective integration of technologies into finance function and unlearning the conventional operating models.
The debate on the utility of hybrid cloud, AI and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and cognitive automation is now settled and the next two years will be a consolidating period for Singapore’s financial community to integrate these technologies in a broader perspective.
The opportunities created are expected to radically simplify current processes and free up redeployable human resource. More business-facing analysis, exception-based investigations, proactive support or expert advice on strategic interventions are a few key financial functions human expertise could turn their focus onto.
This correlates to Deloitte’s prediction of 2025 headcount which states that operational finance (order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, transactional accounting, etc.) will be reduced and support for business finance (business partnering, reporting, planning, budgeting, forecasting, etc.) and specialised finance (tax, treasury, IR, etc.) will continue to grow.
CFOs in Singapore and in the region will look towards improving competitiveness of their finance function through ideal integration of technologies and learn from cross industries on how resources including workforce can be sustainably redeployed.
The 10th CFO Innovation Asia Forum, the region’s largest and longest running industry gathering, in April 2019, will cover these trends extensively with more than 50 cross-industry finance experts sharing their expertise.
Key Topics at CFO Innovation Asia Forum 2019:
What is New at the 10th annual Event?
Who Should Attend?
A case study presentation on how a CFO at a large global producer/manufacturer is looking:
More than 80% of finance professionals across Asia-Pacific believe that CFOs should expand their roles beyond the finance function. However, they are currently behind on providing advice on key areas such as digitalization and cyber security. Existing tools, systems and technology will need to be improved to stimulate and drive the expansion of CFO roles or they risk being left behind. These include moving finance systems to the cloud, with the majority of companies intending to do so within the next six months, and 33.8% thinking that it’s a priority.
An exclusive peek of a brand new Workday Asia Pacific survey that explores the ever-evolving role of finance leaders and the finance functions within organisations, the perceived challenges and priorities, the significance of this department, as well as the appropriate tools and resources to drive business performance are presented.
Development & Optimization of Resources for Revitalized Finance Function
Building Optimal Resilience & Business Continuity Strategies
Talent Acquisition and On-boarding Management: Rebooting to Effectively Build Teams for Future
Building Adequate Business Resilience through Choosing Ideal Technology and Partnerships
AFP Mindshift: Emerging Technologies and the Potential for Finance
Finance Transformation to Modernization: The Business Value of Financial Transformation Platform to the Office of the Finance
TECH CFOs’ PANEL DISCUSSION: Business Blockchain: Creating a Fundamental Shift in Enterprise Finance
Learning from Recent Financial Reporting Failures: Identifying the Early Warning Symptoms and Creating Checks and Balances
Returning Trust to Finance & Accounting with Your Fintech Investments
Do you trust spreadsheet reports? Or, has the chef hidden a technically deficient process. A macro, a pivot, a formula; and, you’ve baked in a material misstatement. Control is a concern, but risk is now in the recipe. The C-level are making decisions on inaccurate ingredients. Blackline enables a process for continuous evolution and automation, scalable for your complex close. Along the way, your team grows, serving up analysis that supports ongoing business decisions. Leverage your upgrade cycles and automate!
Pitfalls to avoid for a successful Budgeting, Planning & Forecasting Implementation Project
Smart business strategies aren’t developed in a vacuum. To achieve a company’s true potential, planning should be business-oriented and not a separate execution exercise in the finance function. When the Planning, Budgeting & Finance process is integrated with both the strategy & operational planning, businesses will achieve end-to-end visibility on company performance.
Join our session as we share examples of how some of our key customers are able to eliminate pitfalls to successfully implement budgeting, planning & forecasting projects to help finance leaders make even smarter decisions about where to take their businesses.
The CFOs guide to Fraud Control in Procurement and Accounts Payable
Sustainability Reporting and Unravelling the Capital Benefits
Transforming your balance sheet with Intelligent Automation
Sustainability Reporting and Unravelling the Capital Benefits
For most companies, T&E investment is the 2nd or 3rd largest controllable expense and represents a cost of up to 2-8% of a company’s revenue. With rising concerns for data security and traveler’s expectations for a simplified digital travel experience, can you really afford not to have full visibility of your travel program? In this session, learn how a digitalized travel program will help you reduce cost, risks and improve productivity plus the travel strategies companies deploy to position their business for success.
The role of finance professionals are evolving from mere Rear-View Reactive ‘Bean Counters’ to Forward Looking Proactive Business Navigators and Drivers.
Is your current Finance Technology Strategy enabling the evolving role and complexity of business? Meaningful technology is one that adds Real Value, not technology for technology sake
The question, “Did you enjoy your trip?” may not be top of mind for senior finance and procurement managers, but it should. Traveller satisfaction is often overlooked in a travel program when it comes to savings, even though it plays a striking, if indirect, role in business outcomes.
With the pressure of creating savings within travel, finance leaders often default to tightening policies which lead to unhappy travellers. Learn how travellers’ satisfactions affect your company’s bottom line and the tactics you can apply to your travel program to create extra savings without impacting traveller satisfaction.
IBM Global Financing
Rolls Royce Power Systems
De Heus Asia Pacific
Association for Financial Professionals
BOARD Asia Pacific
BP Asia Pacific
Bureau van Dijk
IBM Global Financing LLC
New Innovation Management
Take-Two Interactive Software
Wolters Kluwer | CCH Tagetik
Yeo Hiap Seng
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Neeraj leads the finance organization in Asia Pacific and also the senior member of regional leadership team. He works closely with markets, global and regional functional teams to drive profitable business growth in the region. Together with his finance teams in the respective markets, he oversees the various aspects of Finance, Accounting & Compliance, including budgeting and forecasting process, Mergers & Acquisition, FP&A, cash management and ensures robust control environment over the financial and operational accounting processes.
Before joining BCD Travel in 2013, Neeraj worked with American Express in finance shared service centre in India, and in Singapore as the director of business planning and financial analysis. Prior to these roles, he was an auditor with KPMG Peat Marwick with responsibility for various internal and statutory audit assignments.
Presently, I work as CFO APAC for foodpanda, a Delivery Hero company. Essentially, I am a business partner to the CEO providing commercial insights to driving strategies in order to build sustainable business models. Before foodpanda, I worked for over a decade in the financial crime space with the big 4 and boutique firms based in Asia. Back then, I helped organizations deal with cross border fraud investigations, forensic accounting, anti money laundering and anti-corruption compliance work across the globe. I have worked with over 100 companies in multiple geographies of Asia to help them design and implement robust business practices for safe and secure business operations. Have investigated several cases involving corruption, misappropriation of assets, inappropriate award of contracts, malpractices, financial improprieties and fraudulent transactions, embezzlement of funds, employee fraud and non- compliance.
Daniel Berenbaum is VP Finance and Asia/Pacific CFO at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the #2 semiconductor foundry. In this role he is responsible for the financial performance of assets including GF’s Singapore
manufacturing operations, its India shared services center, and GF’s joint venture in ChengDu, China. Previously at GF, Dan was the Chief of Staff to the CEO, where he helped to set priorities for the organization, and assisted the senior leadership team in driving timely and optimized business decisions.
Dan has also held roles as the Head of Global Capital Equipment, where he managed GF’s multi-billion dollar capital spending and maintenance budget, and as the division CFO for GF’s Singapore operations.
Dan has also served as a Board member for several GF joint ventures and subsidiaries. Prior to GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dan was a Managing Director at MKM Partners, where he was responsible for the firm’s semiconductor equity research coverage. All told, Dan spent a decade on Wall Street in analyst and leadership roles. He has extensive investment experience across the semiconductor space and was the founding Director of Research for a startup broker/dealer.
Trisha Teah is currently the CFO of IBM Global Financing, Asia Pacific. In her 22 years with IBM, she played numerous leadership roles in finance & planning, accounting and treasury; working with different business units in IBM and with cross border working experiences in Asia including Japan, Thailand and Australia.
Prior to her current role, Trisha was running a Planning and Pricing Center of Excellence (CoE) based in Kuala Lumpur. In her 5 years tenure in the CoE, she led a team of close to 400 finance professionals that provide planning and pricing services across all the Asia Pacific region in IBM.
Philippe has been working for international MNCs for the past 20 years, both in Corporate Functions in HQ and as Business Partner with Regional/Local operations.
He joined the Asia Pacific region in 2013 as Regional CFO for Veolia Water Technologies where he led the transformation of the organization with the creation of a Regional Shared Services Center.
Passionate about new technologies and new business models, he created SHAFT Ph Consulting in Singapore in order to assist start-ups to mid-cap companies with the digital transformation of their Finance & Admin functions providing consulting and outsourced services.
Currently working as CFO APAC for SOCOMEC, an Industrial MNC specialized in the availability, control and safety of low voltage electrical networks, having an industrial footprint in India and China.
Varthini Larue, a French national, is a finance professional with 30 years of experience out of which 20 years within Air Liquide Group with various experiences from accounting, ERP implementation, head of Group Consolidation. Working overseas for the last 12 years as country CFO in Argentina and Taiwan, she is currently Regional CFO is SEA and has driven the transformation of Finance in the region by setting up a financial shared service center in KL in 2017.
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.
Ken Ajinkya is the Regional Head of Finance for Rolls-Royce Power Systems & CFO for MTU Asia, Singapore. In his role, Ken is responsible for Regional Operational Finance, Treasury, Tax, Internal Controls, Regional Financial footprint and mentoring and leading young leaders.
Ken started his career with Rolls-Royce Power Systems in 2009 and has worked in various Group positions in Singapore, Germany and Dubai. He is currently leading the “Digital First” Finance initiative to future-proof the organization and embracing newer technologies of machine learning, AI and robotics for finance operations.
Prior to Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Mr. Ajinkya worked with GE Capital and C.R Bard in various Finance roles. He is on the Dean’s Honor role for an MBA from University of Queensland, Australia and also provides formal mentoring for Bachelor and Masters Students at his alma mater.
Mr. Ajinkya is actively engaged with external stakeholders like the EDB, JTC and is an active committee member for Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) and the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Gabriel is currently the VP – M&A Projects and Business Transformation (Asia) for Weidmuller.
In these roles, Gabriel has clocked up 22 years of senior management experience leading and transforming organisations by focusing on strengthening the company's legal structure, identifying growth potential, building processes and investing significant amount of effort building teams and developing leadership potential.
Prior to this, he held roles as the Head of Shared Services APAC for HR & Accounting in the GEA Group, with Asian turnover of over Eur 1 billion and 70 legal entities and as the CFO (South East Asia) of GEA Westfalia Separator (S.E.A). Gabriel was also the CFO of Eu Yan Sang and played an integral part in the acquisition of a Hong Kong listed company, and the subsequent integration of this entity into the group.
Gabriel is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the region, and a member of ACCA’s “Global forum for SME” and sits on the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICC) Digitalisation subcommittee.
Rajesh Shroff as its CFO for Singapore heads multi country finance & commercial team and partners the business to drive growth without diluting focus on risk management and working capital optimization.
Rajesh, a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary by profession, has a passion for developing high performance finance teams to support new projects, business expansions and acquisitions integration.
In a career spanning 25 years Rajesh has worked as Head of Corporate Affairs in Olam International Singapore, Whole time Director for Olam’s India region, Controller & Company Secretary of Wilmar’s agri commodities JV, Commercial Manager in Birla Group Company and in assurance practice under umbrella of EY India.
Adani Group, with topline in excess of US$ 14 bn., is a multinational with conglomerate diversified businesses including logistics & port infrastructure, thermal power & renewable energy generation, power transmission & gas distribution, coal trading /mining, agri commodities trading/processing/warehousing etc. Its business span covers India, China, South East Asia, Middle East, Australia, North & South America, South Africa etc.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, Jeroen Roomer is CFO Asia at de Heus. De Heus is a Dutch top-15 animal feed supplier with activities in more than 50 countries. With a growing world population and a growing standard of living, agricultural activity and food production will need to increase rapidly. It is De Heus’ belief that an improved availability of cost price efficiently, sustainably produced food products is essential for the increase of prosperity worldwide. Prior to De Heus, Jeroen holds various important roles in finance and IT throughout Europe and Africa, with leading organizations such as LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods firm which owns brands like Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon, Dior, Fendi, Hennessy. Jeroen holds a master’s degree in business economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and post graduated as chartered treasurer from the VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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.
William Tan Kwang Hwee is CFO of SGX Mainboard-listed EnGro Corporation, a leading provider of building materials across Asia with diversified business interests.
An MBA, Qualified Accountant and Engineer by training, he was named Executive of the Year - Construction & Materials at the Singapore Business Review Management Excellence Awards 2016 for his role in the successful S$120 million corporate restructuring exercise of Ley Choon Group. William’s previous roles include AVP - Finance, Casino Accounting & Credit of Resorts World Sentosa, CFO of SGX-listed Ley Choon Group, CFO of SGX-listed Metal Component Engineering, and auditor with KPMG. He began his career with SGX-listed Liang Huat Group, and played a key role in its successful S$140 million corporate restructuring exercise.
William graduated with Honours with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from National University of Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (First Class Honours) from Oxford Brookes University, UK and a Master of Business Administration from Manchester Business School, UK. A CA (Singapore) and FCCA, UK, William was also ACCA Prizewinner, Top 30 Affiliate, and served as member of ACCA SME Finance Transformation Sub-Committee.
Rayson has 20+ years’ experience in Finance Industry with 7 years in NetSuite, where he is the key member of the Evaluation Committee, Seleted NetSuite and Steering Committee, Implemented NetSuite. He has successfully completed 5 audits using NetSuite.
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.,
Hwee Sun is currently into her 4th year with Pfizer Commercial office. She has also worked for Pfizer Manufacturing for 5 years. All in all 9 years in Pfizer. Hwee Sun’s experience ranges from regional controller role, credit & treasury, planning, heading COE as well as manufacturing Finance. Last year she was also selected as the Chair for Pfizer Women Council to help the younger colleagues in their career choices, dealing with challenges and development.
David Chong has over 25 years working experience in medium and large private and publicly listed manufacturing companies. Familiar with navigating China, US, Europe, Singapore and other capital markets, his expertise includes international financial management, operations, auditing, funding, business development, internal control maintenance, corporate governance and investor relations. He has qualifications in professional accountancy studies from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Mr. Chong was China Financial Controller for Amtek Engineering Ltd (SGX: Amtek Engineering) from 1991 to 2006. From 2007 to 2010 he was Strategic Advisor to both Yan Zhi Hong Shoe Manufacturer Ltd as well as China Recycling Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: GREG), and later in 2010 become CREG's Investor Relationship Director prior to assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to mid-2015, and reverting to Strategic Advisor till May 2016. From March 2016 to December 2016, he acted as Treasurer/lnterim President of Nutrastar International. Mr. Chong became board advisor to NexG in November 2016 and was subsequently appointed as Chief Financial Officer of NexG in January 2017 till April 2018, and Chief Financial Officer of Qourier since April 2018
Dennis oversees StarHub's financial health, develops and executes strategies through financial management and ensures that business decisions are financially sound. He is also responsible for driving merger and acquisition activities as well as procurement, supply chain and enterprise risk management.
Prior to joining StarHub, Dennis was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of STATS ChipPAC (Worldwide), a leading provider of advanced semiconductor packaging and test services. He was also with Lear Corporation as its Vice President of Finance, Asia Pacific Operations and CFO of Behringer Corporation and Frontline Technologies Corporation.
Dennis is a Chartered Accountant and currently a council member with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
Krishna Prasad is the General Manager, Finance with Agrocorp International Pte Ltd, the Leading International Commodity Trading Company in Singapore. Agrocorp International has annual business revenues exceeding USD3Billion. Prior to joining Agrocorp in 1997, Prasad worked with Singer India Limited, the Indian arm of the US MNC in their Internal Audit Division. Prasad holds a Master Degree in International Finance from University College Dublin, Ireland. Prasad has extensive experience in International Commodity Trade Finance and is well connected with leading trade finance institutions in Singapore. He also manages the finance for all the International subsidiaries and group companies of Agrocorp International in India, Canada, Indonesia, Middle East, Myanmar, Africa, Turkey, China and Australia. Prasad has been in the Panel of Speakers of the Seminar conducted by the ACRA (Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority of Singapore) in the year 2011 and also in the panel of Speakers on Commodity Trade & Finance World Asia since 2012.
Sanjay Mathur joined ANZ as the Chief Economist for South East Asia and India in 2017. He was most recently the Head of Economics Research (Asia ex-Japan) at the Royal Bank of Scotland where he led research teams across economics, foreign exchange, rates and credit. Prior to this he held senior economic roles at Barclays and UBS.
Sanjay has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Economics and Finance from the University of Rochester, New York.
Jim Kaitz is President and CEO of AFP, an association that represents over 16,000 treasury and financial professionals globally. The organization established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional® and Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional® credentials, setting standards of excellence in finance. The AFP Annual Conference is the largest networking event for corporate finance professionals. He was formerly EVP and COO of Financial Executives Institute, a professional association of over 14,000 senior financial executives representing 8,000 companies in the United States.
Prior to joining FEI in 1988 as the VP of Government Relations, he was Manager, Trade and Business Affairs at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He was Director, Government Relations for the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and joined FEI’s Washington Office in 1983. He was legislative assistant to the Honorable James Shannon (D-MA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
He is a 1978 graduate of Georgetown University.
Saurabh is an enterprising and motivated professional with over 14 years of experience in Analytics, Enterprise Performance Management & Finance Transformation Solutions. He has worked with leading Big 4 consulting, software services and product companies in key roles.
Ed Levine, PMP Certified, is a product expert, who has implemented BlackLine at large global and public organization. Ed has 30 years of experience in Finance Transformation and held roles in Controllership and Project Management. He is heavily involved in helping organizations through the shared-service journey. He graduated from Cornell University’s SC Johnson School of Business.
Edmund is a Senior Solution Architect for BOARD Asia Pacific where he heads the Presales & Solution Consulting function. With a combined more than 12 years experience in BOARD, Edmund’s main responsibilities include presales consulting, project management and business planning.
Santosh is a finance and commercial professional with deep cultural knowledge in diverse geographies and a wide spectrum of interface management experience. He has over 20 years’ of international experience in financial planning/performance management, economic/investment evaluation, strategy, enterprise risk management, transformation/change management, accounting/reporting/control, organisational design, corporate governance/JVs and business process outsourcing.
His experience is mainly in Asia including Middle East and also in the UK and ANZ. He has extensive prior experience in audit, tax, management consulting, corporate finance & equity research, real estate and electronics manufacturing.
He currently works for BP Asia Pacific based in Singapore (regional HQ) in their downstream business (Castrol Lubricants) double hatting as Head of Finance for growth markets & as Regional Transformation Director, A&P.
Benny is the Head of Risk Solutions - APAC at Bureau van Dijk, a Moody's Analytics company. He is responsible for strategy, human capital development and overall revenue in the credit and procurement risk space across corporate and financial institutions.
Prior to this, he led the sales function of a custom software solution in New York for the North America market. He is a frequent speaker at credit and procurement events and a member of the Australian Institute of Credit Management.
Benny graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Engineering (EEE).
A sought after global speaker in business Blockchain, digital transformation, dltledgers logistics Apps, Business model innovation for industry transformations. He has built two platforms for transforming global trade and extended supply chain in Blockchain. Over 22 years of building mature and sustainable business models in APAC, Orchestrating hybrid solution skills across disruptive digital business platforms, Blockchain apps for early adoption in large enterprise. Initiating and driving these transformation models into business for industry level leaderships. He has consulted with more than 100 + global fortune companies and 300+ Asian conglomerates. Start up enthuse, advisory, entrepreneurial approach, problem solving mind-set, attitude and ability to build cross functional teams and execute. Proven track record in building several business from conception to maturity. Apart from his day job as Founder/CEO of the most acclaimed business Blockchain company in Singapore, he is researching and speaking on Industry specific business model innovations and "Next Gen disruptions" in block chains, network concepts in extended supply chains, business modelling.
Shwu has celebrated the 11th year working at Expedia group. Shwu’s journey in Expedia started from Expedia Financial Operations team working with hotel partners, followed by Hotel Supply team in Egencia and Account Management. Today she is heading the AM team in SG and HK, managing MNC and global clients
Ms Ila Imani is the CEO of Expenzing. Expenzing is an organization that helps CFO reduce expenses through Digital Transformation. Ila has 25 years of experience in designing software systems and solution for financial controls and risk mitigation. She overlooks the product direction at Expenzing and takes a keen interest in changing technology trends and business requirements of clients. Ila is an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) alumni with a specialization in Systems.
Ila works with clients globally to help them streamline sourcing, procurement and accounts payable functions. She is deeply involved in several social causes, loves to travel and read.
I am an experienced banker with over 26 years of experience with HSBC - across Asia, UK and Middle East, followed by a stint as the CEO of an independent Private Bank in India. Having done a variety of global, regional and country roles, my knowledge of the financial services industry ranges from Commercial & Corporate Banking, Trade & Receivables Finance, Investment banking and FinTech in recent years. My current focus is to help companies - young and established to navigate, bridge and emerge in the new world of Financial Technology.
I am a co-founder of a startup Hektor SG, a Singapore based financial intelligence app aimed at millennials to empower them with financial liberty to achieve their goals. Hektor SG has also recently clinched the first prize for Best Startup International at Geneva WealthTech Forum 2017. I also hold C-level executive positions at B2B & B2B2C FinTech companies across SME Online Lending, Insurtech, SME Global Platform and a Co-working cum incubator in India.
William J. Smith, III (Bill) is the General Manager of IBM Global Financing, the world’s largest captive information technology financier, with a total asset base exceeding $41 billion with customers in 35+ countries. The company provides financing solutions as well as remanufacturing and remarketing operations to clients while effectively managing credit and residual value risks.
Sanjay Sivanandan is the Regional Managing Director of award-winning Financial Technology company, LucaNet AG. With transformational leadership skills, Mr. Sivanandan successfully led intrapreneurial change in global MNCs and SMEs facing highly disruptive markets.
Mr Sivanandan served in various managerial roles in Europe before becoming Regional Franchise Director and Regional Marketing and Sales Director of Mars Asia. He later joined Goodyear in 2002 as Vice President and GM to turnaround its loss-making North American unit, delivering the biggest relaunch in its 140-year history. He has also served as Vice President in HNI International, and was President of RIB Software SE where he supported its successful IPO listing on the German Stock Exchange. His scope of work extends to government bodies, state enterprises and universities throughout South East Asia, China, US, Europe and the Middle East.
A Biotechnology graduate in Molecular Genetics, Lance went boldly ahead to pursue her passion in Talent Management. Since then, she has had the privilege to partner MNCs globally through executive recruitment, talent research and leadership consulting. Through her tenure as Managing Director & Regional Director of Riverchelles International, a French Executive Search Firm with over 45 years of establishment, she was instrumental in crafting Niches within a Niche – Building and connecting talents specifically across International Trade & Private Equity domains. A true demonstration of "Stability increases Capability". Currently with Luxasia Group, she heads the Talent Acquisition function, reporting directly into the C-Suite to create the greatest impact in Talent Strategy & Employer Branding.
K.Mukundan has over two decades of experience working in diverse finance leadership roles in Monsanto. Over the years he has held roles of increasing responsibilities from setting up global Shared Services in Bangalore, leading Credit and Treasury organization in Asia, heading Manufacturing finance organization of multi divisions in Monsanto. More recently he was CFO for Thailand, Finance and Vietnam and led the planning and analysis team. He is currently responsible for Asia Africa Manufacturing finance organization and Commercial Finance organization for South East Asia. He is a great believer in simplification, developing talent, experimentation and power of data making a significant impact on the future finance organization and business.
Frederick has more than 20 years of experience in ERP and has helped many companies in Asia map the correct solution for their company need.
I am CEO of New Innovation Management, a dedicated robotics and AI company with Scandinavian roots. Together with my talented team of developers and consultants we create client value by embracing both state-of-the-art automation technologies as well as time-tested organizational change practices.
Our clients use robotics to free up time for their most precious resource - time that is better spent to enable creativity, improve customer service and raise profitability. Ultimately, we strongly believe that this will contribute to a more compassionate work place and by extension a more human society.
Jonathan is a qualified accountant, with many years of experience enabling companies in Asia in their business transformation journey.
Madanjit Singh is the Managing Director for Southeast Asia and has general management responsibilities for accelerating business growth, building partner ecosystem, and managing client experiences across Southeast Asian countries.
A veteran of the IT industry, Madanjit has over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining SAP Concur, Madanjit had regional P&L experience throughout Asia Pacific & Japan, across diverse business of Cloud services, Enterprise software sales and support, and IT equipment leasing to the financial services sector with Teradata (Big Data Analytics), Citigroup equity ventures (Polaris FT), ING Bank Group, India, and long innings with Hewlett-Packard Company.
In addition to his professional activities, Madanjit is an adjunct faculty member with leading Asian business schools specializing in Business, Information Technology, and Finance. He has been a Trustee and Board Member of the ING Children Foundation, India.
Madanjit holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College, India and an Executive MBA, General Management from University Of South Australia.
Bobby Randhawa has worked for the Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K interactive entertainment publisher Take-Two Interactive for over 16 years. During the course of his career at Take-Two, Bobby has held a variety of Finance related positions covering areas such as FP&A, Financial Reporting, Tax, Systems and Projects. He has operated in the UK, Switzerland and more recently in Singapore, serving as the Head of Finance for Asia.
Sirish Kumar is the CEO and Co-founder of Telr, an international e-payment solution for businesses to easily and securely accept and manage online payments. He was recognised "Entrepreneur of the year" by Enterprise Asia in 2016. In 2017, he featured in list of Top 100 influential people in UAE by Arabian Business.
Prior to co-founding Telr in 2014, Kumar was the CFO for PayPal in ASEAN and India, where he led the growth strategy, geographic expansion, financial planning and analytics, acquisitions and new ventures helming the operations across functions. He also has been an angel investor and led social entrepreneurship initiatives in Singapore and the Philippines.
A seasoned C-suite executive, Kumar is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinguished finance professionals in the industry. With an unstinted focus on emerging markets and SME businesses, Kumar spearheads Telr across Middle East, South Asian economies and in India.
Highly regarded for his expertise in credit finance, financial modelling and evaluation, mergers and acquisitions, commercial negotiations and project management, Kumar believes that what truly defines him is his great team building and inter-personal skills. He has managed large teams of 30+ members in different cultural contexts and has successfully led succession planning.
Kumar began his career with Cargill, and worked in senior leadership roles with Motorola, Nokia Solutions and Network across multiple geographies including the USA, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, India and other emerging markets.
At Telr, Kumar attracted an experienced talented multi-cultural team around core tenets which are summed up as 'SAVE' (Speed of innovation, Alignment, Values and Execution). He played an instrumental role in identifying risks and issues in specific emerging markets by raising funds, developing the governance framework, leading "first in the market" unique revenue sharing deals with acquiring banks in multiple geographies and by signing partnerships with large telecom groups. Kumar is also responsible for articulating the vision for the company and executing it by defining specific key performance indicators.
With the aim to establish Telr as the preferred financial service partner to SMEs, Kumar is committed to grow the businesses in emerging markets through a localised approach.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Kumar has an MBA in General Management from INSEAD. An avid tennis player himself, Kumar is an enthusiastic Roger Federer fan who enjoys catching up with friends across the globe.
Girish Muzumdar is the Solutions Architect & Presales Director for CCH Tagetik covering the Asia-Pacific region. Girish works with the Office of Finance to help develop solution roadmaps for Budgeting, Planning, Forecasting, Statutory Consolidation, Financial and Regulatory Reporting.
Girish has more than a decade of experience in Enterprise Business systems (ERP, BI and CPM) – Solution Consulting, Pre-sales and Project Management. He has consulted numerous clients in Engineering & Construction, Utility, Professional Services, Oil & Gas, and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry in Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle-East.
He takes an active interest in emerging technology trends and their impact on business. Girish has an MBA from the Nanyang Business School (Singapore) with a specialization in Strategy and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from the Mumbai University (India).
Lee Thong is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of Finance leadership experience across listed and privately owned MNCs in various industries. In his last held position as a Group Finance Director with an MNC headquartered in Singapore, Lee Thong led a global Finance team, running a full spectrum of Finance functions. He accomplished major projects including syndicated fund raising, automating financial reporting, and implementing an ERP across Asia Pacific. With a passion in coaching and training, Lee Thong is also a finance trainer for the CLIMB programme run by the SMU Academy, to empower owners and managers of SMEs with critical financial management skills.
Cyndi Pei is the Group Financial Controller of Yeo Hiap Seng Limited, a SGX mainboard-listed F&B Group. Supported by a 100 member team based in various markets, she is responsible for the full spectrum of Finance activities - including Treasury, Tax, M&A and Investor Relations - and also takes care of the Real Estate, Enterprise Risk Management and Sustainability Reporting in the Group.
She works alongside Group CEO in the Group Management Committee to formulate and execute business strategy and is responsible for driving and monitoring profitability while ensuring compliance.
About IBM Services
IBM Finance Services combines industry-specific functional expertise with emerging technologies to co-create custom solutions that help optimize our clients' specific operating models and uncover new sources of value. We accelerate and simplify our clients' digital transformation with our EPIC (Enterprise Process Innovation Continuum) framework to transform both their enterprise finance and back-office operations and managing end-to-end processes, including order-to-cash, procure-to-pay, record-to-report and enterprise performance management.
To know how you can optimize your digital finance strategy, operations and enterprise performance management by integrating automation, AI and blockchain, visit ibm.biz/financeservices.
About IBM Global Financing (IGF)
IBM Global Financing (IGF) is largest captive IT financier in the world - with expertise in structuring and administering strategic technology investments - IGF finances possibilities fueled by technology and innovation.
IGF provides a versatile, flexible and simple approach to technology financing through a suite of superior and comprehensive offerings - including project specific payment plans, loans, payment deferrals, and asset recovery and buy-back offerings to assist clients in their IT life-cyle management. Offering financial flexibility to clients, IGF helps them to adopt new technologies with speed-to-market; with lower financial investment up front, reduced risk, and improved cash flow.Visit - https://www.ibm.com/sg-en/financing
BackOffice Associates solves the world’s most complex data transformation challenges through our unique combination of data expertise, intelligent software, and solution accelerators, leading to superior business outcomes.
BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting by automating, centralizing and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for organizations. Recognized by Gartner as a Leader in its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions and as a pioneer in the cloud market for enhanced financial control and automation. More than 2,600 companies around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.
Bureau van Dijk, a Moody's Analytics company, captures and treats private company information for better decision making and increased efficiency. Its products combine data from regulatory and other sources, including over 160 information providers, to deliver the richest, most reliable private company information, corporate structures, beneficial ownership and deal information in the market.
Bureau van Dijk's Orbis database provides information on around 300 million private companies in all countries worldwide. Bureau van Dijk standardizes the content so it's easy to compare companies internationally. Orbis also incorporates powerful software and contemporary data visualisation tools to help users interrogate and manipulate the information for a range of research needs.
Bureau van Dijk helps users address specific business challenges via its range of Catalysts. These include:
SAP Concur takes companies of all sizes and stages beyond automation to a completely connected spend management solution encompassing travel, expense, invoice, compliance and risk. Our global expertise, industry-leading innovation and dynamic ecosystem of diverse partners and applications unlock powerful insights that help businesses reduce complexity and see spending clearly, so they can manage it proactively. For more information please visit www.concur.com.sg.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. More than 1,000 organizations, ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises, have selected Workday.
Founded in 1999, LucaNet is now the European and Global market leader in the field of Integrated Real-time One-Source-of-Truth Corporate Performance Management software solution. In line with our motto, "Simply intelligent" LucaNet provides intelligent and intuitive software solutions based on pioneering technology that is built by finance professionals from a finance perspective, in the following fields of Financial Consolidation, Connected Budgeting and forecasting, Reporting and Analysis solution. Beyond a Corporate Performance Management software, we also provide specialised knowledge consulting and expert training to ensure you get the most out of our tools. Our interdisciplinary approach ensures we are always up to date on the latest regulatory requirements and in the best position to liaise with auditors on your behalf.
M.SaaS is a leading cloud Business Application, Implementation and Support service provider. Identified as NetSuite’s preferred partner since 2013, M.SaaS specialises in delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions using NetSuite software as a service model. With first-hand and up-to-date knowledge of the NetSuite system, we are able to implement and apply this fully integrated business management software to help businesses surmount obstacles, overcome challenges and leverage on growth opportunities. As of 2019, M.SaaS has been awarded as a 5-star partner with Oracle Netsuite.
M.SaaS is part of the Singapore Exchange-listed Multi-Chem Group. Incorporated in 1985, Multi-Chem was listed on SESDAQ in January 2000 and upgraded to the Main Board of The Singapore Exchange in November 2000. Multi-Chem Group is also active in the IT arena through the M.Tech Group, which has presence in 32 offices in 16 countries. Headquartered in Singapore, M.SaaS is able to offer both local and regional implementation and support by tapping the capabilities and resources of M.Tech.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society that represents finance executives globally. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. The quarterly AFP Corporate Cash Indicators serve as a bellwether of economic growth. The AFP Annual Conference is the largest networking event for corporate finance professionals in the world.
Founded in 1994, BOARD has enabled more than 3,000 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management applications on a single integrated and programming-free platform, in a fraction of the time or cost required by traditional BI or CPM solutions. BOARD is available for On-premises and On-cloud deployments.
The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.
Businesses around the world rely on Egencia, today's leading business-travel management platform, for personalized experiences, improved compliance, and always-on customer care. As part of Expedia Group, we also provide the world's most relevant travel options. All to help businesses go where they need to go. Connect with us at egencia.com or @egencia.
BCD Travel helps companies make the most of what they spend on travel. For travelers, this means keeping them safe and productive, and equipping them to make good choices on the road. For travel and procurement managers, it means advising them on how to grow the value of their travel program. In short, we help our clients travel smart and achieve more. We make this happen in 109 countries with almost 13,500 creative, committed and experienced people. And it’s how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate (95% over the past 10 years), with 2017 sales of US$25.7 billion. For more information, visit www.bcdtravel.sg.
New Innovation Management is an innovation company focused on intelligent automation, such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Chatbots/Virtual assistants, and Machine Learning/AI. New is headquartered out of Stockholm, Sweden, and has rapidly expanded globally.
We create value by embracing both state-of-the-art automation technologies and time-tested organizational change practices allowing our clients to free up time to spend enabling creativity, providing the best customer service, and raising profitability. New Innovation Management currently addresses automation needs in wide a range of industries worldwide including banking & finance, government, manufacturing, technology, transportation, and more.
Decision Critical is a dynamic, cloud-based business modeling tool that is unique in its comprehensiveness. It is scalable, customizable and fast to implement.
Decision Critical's modeling and budgeting algorithms empower teams with no previous modeling training to leverage their combined knowledge base to produce clear, realistic operational and financial models for use in decision support, strategic planning, budgeting and business optimization.
Find out more at: https://decisioncritical.pro
Expenzing is the global product company offering Source-to-Pay, Travel Expense, and Employee Expense management software solutions. Expenzing is a leading suite of end-to-end spend management solutions and helps client organizations to facilitate, manage and control spend through digital transformation. Expenzing delivers process control software designed to save costs while continuously improving operations. Solutions cover all aspects of expense management transformation: from sourcing software, procurement management system, travel expense management to asset lifecycle management.
PMsquare is a business consulting company specialising in Financial and Operational Performance Management (FOPM) and Business Analytics solutions. PMsquare was established in Sydney in 2008 and expanded to Singapore in 2011, US and Philippines in 2014, Germany in 2015, Thailand in 2016 and Sri Lanka in 2018. PMsquare is a IBM Platinum Business Partner, Solution and Support Provider. In 2016 PMsquare merged with Cornerstone Performance Management, an Australian Information Management and FOPM consultancy.
RGP - Resources Global Professionals - is a Nasdaq listed multinational consulting firm with a unique business model delivering instant agility to clients.
RGP believes in Practical Consulting and helps business leaders execute internal initiatives and drive internal change across all parts of an enterprise.
RGP offers integrated solutions and expertise in the following functional areas:
• CFO Services - finance & accounting; governance, risk & compliance (GRC) services; corporate advisory; information management; and Internal Audit.
• Project & Program Management and Change Management.
• Human capital; supply chain management; and legal and regulatory.
RGP’s consultants are problem solvers with on average 12+ years of hands-on, real-world experience.
Office of the CFO is our focus and RGP’s business model and expertise is particularly well adapted to CFO’s needs and requirements, including RPA but also for shared services & global business services centers in all stages of their life cycle in a cost-effective manner.
RGP was founded in 1996 within a Big Four accounting firm and is headquartered in Irvine, California. RGP has served 87 of the Fortune 100 companies.
At S&P Global Market Intelligence, we know that not all information is important - some of it is vital. Accurate, deep and insightful. We integrate financial and industry data, research and news into tools that help track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, understand competitive and industry dynamics, perform valuation and assess credit risk. Investment professionals, government agencies, corporations and universities globally can gain the intelligence essential to making business and financial decisions with conviction.
S&P Global Market Intelligence is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies and governments to make decisions with confidence
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Tagetik was initially founded in 1986 as a local consultancy based in Lucca, Italy. As the company grew, the founders saw the opportunity to modernize and simplify business processes for the Office of the CFO, not just locally but globally. The Tagetik brand was launched in 2005 and has since earned a reputation for delivering the most trusted, comprehensive, and scalable Corporate Performance Management solutions available.
In 2017, Tagetik was acquired by Wolters Kluwer; a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the finance, health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, and legal sectors. As part of the Wolters Kluwer Corporate Performance Solutions business unit, Tagetik (now known as CCH® Tagetik) continues to be laser-focused on delivering innovative solutions for the Office of the CFO.
CCH® Tagetik is one of the fastest growing global software companies in the industry. A global vendor exclusively focused on simplifying and streamlining business processes for the CFO and the Office of Finance.
Euler Hermes is the global leader in trade credit insurance and a recognized specialist in the areas of bonding, guarantees and collections. With more than 100 years of experience, the company offers business-to-business (B2B) clients financial services to support cash and trade receivables management. Its proprietary intelligence network tracks and analyzes daily changes in corporate solvency among small, medium and multinational companies active in markets representing 92% of global GDP. Headquartered in Paris, the company is present in over 50 countries with 6,000+ employees. Euler Hermes is a subsidiary of Allianz, listed on Euronext Paris (ELE.PA) and rated AA- by Standard & Poor’s and Dagong Europe. The company posted a consolidated turnover of €2.6 billion in 2015 and insured global business transactions for €890 billion in exposure at the end of 2015. Further information: www.eulerhermes.hk.
MUFG Bank, Ltd. is Japan's premier bank, with a global network spanning around 50 countries. Outside of Japan, the bank offers an extensive scope of commercial and investment banking products and services to businesses, governments and individuals worldwide.
MUFG Bank's parent, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG) is one of the world's leading financial groups. Headquartered in Tokyo and with over 360 years of history, MUFG has a global network with over 1,800 locations in more than 50 countries. The Group has over 150,000 employees and offers services including commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group aims to "be the world's most trusted financial group" through close collaboration among our operating companies and flexibly respond to all of the financial needs of our customers, serving society, and fostering shared and sustainable growth for a better world. MUFG's shares trade on the Tokyo, Nagoya, and New York stock exchanges.
On April 1, 2018 the name of MUFG's commercial bank changed from "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd." to "MUFG Bank, Ltd." MUFG's New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol also changed to "MUFG."
For more information, visit https://www.mufg.jp/english
CFO INNOVATION (www.cfoinnovation.com) is an online publication, research provider, and conference organizer that focuses on issues specific to top level finance managers in the corporate sector in Asia and China. Our targeted events across Asia attract hundreds of CFOs from multinationals and other major enterprises every year.