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EVENT OVERVIEW

How should CIOs in Hong Kong plan, execute their game-changing technology strategy and manage transformation initiatives? On 24 October 2024 at the 2nd Annual FutureCIO Hong Kong Conference, leading IT practitioners from multiple industries in Hong Kong will converge to reveal, discuss and share observations and strategies for the year ahead, including:

  • The future of cloud
  • The future of work
  • The future of IT

 

This event also aims to address CIOs’ pressing concerns and business priorities in 2024, best-in-class IT leadership to scale growth as well as emerging technological and innovation trends to be agile, transformative and resilient amidst the rapidly evolving business landscapes.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

CIOs, CTOs, Directors, Heads, MDs, SVPs, VPs, Leads, involved in:

  • Information Technology
  • IT Operations
  • Enterprise Architecture and Strategy
  • ITSM
  • IT Infrastructure
  • IT Application
  • Big Data/Analytics
  • Cloud Management
  • IT Security and Technology Risk 
  • Privacy/Data Protection

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

The FutureCFO Conference aims to give CFOs, who also act as their company’s strategic business partner and catalyst, insights on ensuring corporate growth and successfully mitigating risks and challenges amidst the current economic and political uncertainties in their countries. The conference will also address strategies and best practices on how CFOs can reimagine finance functions and their organizations to survive and thrive in today’s fast-paced and digitally driven landscape.

This by-invitation only one-day event will gather over 120 senior finance leaders from multiple industries and offers the best opportunity to hear from the industry’s leading professionals, contribute questions from the floor, engage in incisive panel discussions that discuss real-life business cases, updates and strategies to meet the most pertinent challenges facing the finance function in 2020.

High-Level Industry Speakers

We gather 20+ industry speakers and experts from leading organizations for keynote presentations and incisive discussions so you can tap on their invaluable insights and best practices important to your finance function management and transformation.

Interactive Discussions

Be part of our interactive panel discussions that address the current hot topics, share ideas and experiences and get the answers to your pressing questions from prominent finance leaders on stage.

Networking Opportunities

Meet new business partners, engage and forge new connections with fellow finance and treasury leaders in the region, solution providers and many more at our event through luncheons, coffee breaks, one-to-one meetings and informal introductions.

Targeted In-Depth Sessions

8 hours of learning and networking opportunities packed into 10 in depth sessions. Listen to corporate-driven best practices and case studies sharing that are targeted to your profession through the personalized country-specific conferences we crafted for you - FutureCFO Conferences.

2023 AGENDA

09:00

Welcome Remarks

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

09:15

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Building Business Resilience through Technology

The recent developments on economic and geo-political landscapes have transformed the objectives of digital investments.  Therefore, it is imperative for CIOs to understand the types of financial and business impacts and time frame that other key business leaders from the organisation expect from IT to deliver. This session will investigate the evolution of CIO’s role, leadership, organisational and technology priorities that IT leaders need to lead today and tomorrow.

  • How IT should be run in the future in the face of volatile markets and unstable geo-politics situation
  • Supporting business growth target through business and digital transformation
  • Improving quality of IT projects execution and lead time to deliver core IT services
  • Fostering strong relationships with key partners across the business
  • Measuring and communicating the value of IT investments to the business

 

Moderator:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Panelists:
Michael Mok, Director- Head of Infrastructure and Operations, ANGLO-EASTERN
Dr. Crystal Fok, Head of STP Platform, HONG KONG SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARKS CORPORATION (HKSTP)
Xingyu Chen, Head of IT & Business Information Security Leader, P&G HONG KONG & TAIWAN

09:50

KEYNOTE I: Digital-First Business Transformation in Today’s Challenging Times

While there is no doubt that every business is going through a digital IT transformation agenda, we are also in a period of disruption owing to a perfect storm of macro and micro challenges facing organisations. In this session, we will explore how fast and effectively you can transform, whilst continuing to deliver on the day to day needs of the business, including every day operational goals and long-term sustainability targets.

  • Digital-first is the new focus
  • New consumption models are emerging
  • Companies are collaborating across ecosystems
  • Digital infrastructure is a key competitive differentiator
  • Sustainability is now a key goal


Mary McHale, Director, Strategic Accounts, EQUINIX ASIA-PACIFIC

10:15

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW I: Transformational IT Leadership
  • The changing role of IT in Hong Kong
  • Biggest challenges in managing the journey towards modernisation
  • CIO’s leadership in delivering transformation projects
  • SaaS vs. customised applications: What really matters to a CIO?
  • Lessons learned managing stakeholders and orchestrating company-wide transformation


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewee:
Ravel Lai, CIO, UNI-CHINA GROUP

10:35

Morning Coffee Break & Networking

11:00

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW II: CIO’s Guide on Technology Business Management (TBM) for Greater Transparency and Accountability

According to IDC, ICT spending grew in 2021 by more than 7.1% in APAC to US$ 950 billion, and is expected to reach US$ 1.1 trillion by 2025. Also, Gartner indicates that only 1.8% increase of the global spend will occur in Southeast Asia. This session will highlight the importance of TBM for IT leaders to do more with less and manage the challenges that many have around budgets and financial transparency with the business.

  • The fiscal responsibility of an IT leader
  • TBM as a tool to track IT fiscal performance and minimize redundancy/duplications in IT spends
  • The KPIs in TBM
  • Deploying TBM to mature IT portfolio management programs in 2024-2025
  • Creating technology investments framework to better understand business
  • Leveraging data-driven insights for CIO’s decision making and build solid base to drive growth


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewee:
Steve Dodd, Executive Manager IT Enterprise Applications, THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

11:20

PANEL DISCUSSION II: Fast-Tracking Application Modernisation and Embracing Agility in Digital Enterprise

Dealing with legacy systems and technology today and in the coming years is complicated and finding the necessary expertise to deal with legacy technology can be challenging. Enterprises with a lot of legacy technology find that legacy systems are a major inhibitor to stay agile and accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. This session will discuss insights into modernisation drivers, challenges, and best practices.

  • The state of legacy systems in 2024
  • Application modernisation in the context of digital acceleration
  • Accelerating application modernisation with platform engineering
  • Roadblocks facing enterprises in Hong Kong working to modernise legacy systems into their digital infrastructure
  • Roadmap for application modernisation for digital enterprise


Moderator:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Panelists:
Dave Chen, Vice President (Cutting-Edge Technologies), HONG KONG COMPUTER SOCIETY
Sean Zhou, Regional IT Head, APAC, PRADA GROUP
Dr. Peter Wong, CTO, PRENETICS
Ash Shah, Head of IT, Asia, RGA REINSURANCE GROUP

11:55

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW III: Building A Cyber-Ready Workforce: Can We Stop Attacks Before They Start?

At the World Economic Forum 2023, cybersecurity was named a top concern as there are acute shortages of IT security professionals who are able to tackle the cyber security issues.

On top of this, every employee of companies in today’s digital economy inherently comes with risks and security concerns. Therefore, other than the organisation’s IT and IT security personnel, they are key in keeping the organisation’s safe from digital threats.

  • Building a positive security culture
  • How to get people to care about security and risk
  • Blueprint to ensure organisation’s workforce actually mitigates risk while improving the bottom line
  • Navigating today’s cybersecurity talent crisis in Hong Kong


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewee:
Fuller Yu, CISO, HOSPITAL AUTHORITY HONG KONG

12:20

Networking Lunch

13:20

KEYNOTE II: The New Age of Incidents Recovery Plans amid the Shifting Threats

There is one thing in common between cyber security resources and breaches: Both cost money. However, recovering from the latter can be extremely stressful, challenging and costly for businesses. Lack of preparation in a response plan, if incidents were to occur, leaves organisation at risk of being unable to handle an attack effectively and even being vulnerable to further attacks.

  • Key factors that determine the cost of security breaches
  • Measures to response to an incident
  • Designing effective threat management and incident response strategies
  • Implementing successful incident response plans, policies and recovery plans
  • Scaling up response plan to remain resilient and recover quickly after an attack


Antoine Yang, Country Manager, SYNOLOGY

13:45

KEYNOTE III: The Rise of AI: Is It Good or Evil for Cybersecurity?
The rise of generative AI enables machines to exhibit a level of creativity and innovation that was previously associated only with human beings. Unfortunately, it is the same for the hackers. This session will share the tactics and procedures on how hackers are making use of AI for gaining access to the companies. And on the bright side, how we can combat AI with AI.


Paul Tsang, Cybersecurity Architect – Greater China, CISCO SYSTEMS (HK)

14:10

FIRESIDE CHAT II: AI for Business in 2024: Strategies, Areas of Interests and Concerns

IDC predicts that by 2026, 75% of large Asia Pacific enterprises will reply on AI-infused processes to enhance asset efficiency, streamline supply chains and improve product quality across diverse and distributed environments. Also, Lavanya Jindal, Market Analyst, Customer Experience and Enterprise Applications at IDC Asia Pacific notes that Gen AI holds immense potential for Customer Experience (CX). Experimenting with this technology will also help determine which use cases – customer facing or employee facing constitute the greatest value for a specific business model.

This session discusses how AI will reshape businesses in 2024 and how best business leaders should leverage AI for the future of work or operations, digital innovations and customer experience.

  • How will AI change the face of business in 2024?
  • Rethinking customer engagement and experience with AI: Applications of Gen AI
  • Should you build or buy AI?
  • Scaling AI’s use in the enterprise
  • Meeting the challenges in AI adoption


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewees:
Henry Leung, Head of Data Management, NEW WORLD GROUP (NEW WORLD CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED)
Prof. Andy Chun, Regional Director, Technology Innovation, PRUDENTIAL

14:35

FIRESIDE CHAT III: Data Privacy and AI Governance: Challenges and Solutions
  • Transforming real-time data governance with AI
  • How AI governance and data privacy go hand in hand
  • How to better align data, AI, governance and business goals
  • Challenges in achieving data and AI governance
  • Creating framework to preserve privacy without losing data’s usefulness in AI applications


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewees:
Allan Wong, Director of Information Technology, HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Keith Ip, CTO, LI & FUNG

15:00

Afternoon Coffee Break & Networking

15:25

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW IV: Making the Most of Sustainable Technology

A 2022’s IDC survey found that 83% of respondents agree sustainability is the most important criteria in IT buying decisions. As technology continues to take a larger role in corporate sustainability practices, purpose-driven CIOs need to create and implement a comprehensive sustainable technology strategy.

  • Driving an environmentally sustainable tech agenda 2024
  • Opportunities for sustainable technology in Hong Kong
  • Sustainable future in the cloud
  • Creating framework of sustainable technology deployments
  • Scaling digitalisation technology initiatives with ESG goals
  • Investing on technology that will drive enterprise’s sustainability, improve financial results, optimize IT resources and customer operations


Interviewer:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Interviewee:
Patrick Stewart-Blacker, Technology Project Director, AIA

15:45

PANEL DISCUSSION III: Optimising Work Everywhere: The Future of Work in the Era of Flexibility

Workplaces in 2024 will be more diverse, flexible and distributed than ever before. As enterprises in Asia adapt to the new way of working, to cater the shifting employees’ expectations, IT leaders in Hong Kong need to find ways to ensure productivity across organization while keeping employees happy and engaged in the hybrid working world.

  • CIO’s changing role in managing the next generation of work
  • Workforce and operations issues in the future enterprise
  • The rise of metaverse and how it affects the future of work
  • Fundamentals in making hybrid-first strategy work
  • Maximising employee engagement with automation and digital intelligence
  • Empowering workforce to work seamlessly with digital labours


Moderator:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Panelists:
Kelvin Chan, IT Director, Asia, CREE LED
Kent Lam, CTO, DECATHLON HONG KONG
Ken Shum, Head of Technical Services, MyTV SUPER LIMITED

16:20

CLOSING ANALYST KEYNOTE: Navigating Transformation and Growth in 2024

This session delves into three critical predictions that will shape your technology strategy in 2024. These insights will guide tech leaders in navigating the ever-evolving landscape, ensuring their organisations thrive in the year ahead.

  • Discover the strategies for sustainable growth
  • Explore the potential for creativity in your IT organisation
  • Unlock the transformative power of generative AI

Frederic Giron, VP, Senior Research Director, FORRESTER

16:45

Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

17:00

End of Conference

2023 SPEAKERS

Allan Tan

Group Editor-in-Chief

CXOCIETY

Allan Wong

Director of Information Technology

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

Antoine Yang

Country Manager

SYNOLOGY

Ash Shah

Head of IT, Asia

RGA REINSURANCE GROUP

Dave Chen

Vice President (Cutting-Edge Technologies)
HONG KONG COMPUTER SOCIETY

Dr. Crystal Fok

Head of STP Platform

HONG KONG SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PARKS CORPORATION (HKSTP)

Dr. Peter Wong

CTO

PRENETICS

Frederic Giron

VP, Senior Research Director

FORRESTER

Fuller Yu

CISO

HOSPITAL AUTHORITY HONG KONG

Henry Leung

Head of Data Management

NEW WORLD GROUP (NEW WORLD CORPORATE SERVICES LIMITED)

Keith Ip

CTO

LI & FUNG

Kelvin Chan

IT Director, Asia

CREE LED

Ken Shum

Head of Technical Services

MyTV SUPER LIMITED

Kent Lam

CTO

DECATHLON HONG KONG

Mary McHale

Director, Strategic Accounts

EQUINIX ASIA-PACIFIC

Michael Mok

Director- Head of Infrastructure and Operations

ANGLO-EASTERN

Patrick Stewart-Blacker

Technology Project Director

AIA

Paul Tsang

Cybersecurity Architect – Greater China

CISCO SYSTEMS (HK)

Prof. Andy Chun

Regional Director, Technology Innovation

PRUDENTIAL

Ravel Lai

CIO

UNI-CHINA GROUP

Sean Zhou

Regional IT Head, APAC

PRADA GROUP

Steve Dodd

Executive Manager IT Enterprise Applications

THE HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB

Xingyu Chen

Head of IT & Business Information Security Leader

P&G HONG KONG & TAIWAN

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