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EVENT OVERVIEW

The FutureCFO Conference Series seeks to bring to the fore strategies, process transformation and technology innovations that aim to do just that – make finance, and the CFO, an even better strategic partner to business.

Taking place on 23 October 2024, the 4th Annual FutureCFO Hong Kong Conference will gather over 120 senior finance professionals from multiple industries in Hong Kong. This by-invitation executive gathering will also discuss strategies to confront challenges facing finance function post-digitalisation, stay agile and drive business forward amidst continuing uncertainty and new challenges.

At this year’s in-person event, we will bring together some of the leading minds in finance in Hong Kong to solve real-world business problems today and seek to present use cases to answer critical challenges facing the various finance functions such as:

  • Managing the margin pressures in an inflationary environment
  • Making FP&A more predictive and agile
  • Automation to drive down cost
  • Narrowing the financial close and aiming to make it touch-less
  • Closing the talent hole and managing the future of finance generation

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

CFOs, MDs, VPs, Directors, Heads, GMs, and Senior Managers, involved in:

  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Strategic Planning & Forecasting
  • Costing & Budgeting
  • Treasury Operations
  • Project Financing
  • Accounting and Reporting
  • Merger & Acquisition (M&A)
  • Investment / Portfolio Management 
  • Auditing & Internal Control
  • Tax Governance
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)
  • Statutory & Regulatory Reporting
  • Fiscal Policy Planning
  • Financial Technology Solutions

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.

FUTURECFO CONFERENCE SERIES

2023 AGENDA

09:00

Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

09:15

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Continuing the Pace of Change: Unlocking Growth Opportunities and Tackling Challenges in 2024

The confluence of rising inflation and interest rate, tensions in geopolitical, regulatory changes, energy security, foreign exchange volatility, supply chain disruptions as well as climate change risk had reshaped CFO’s responsibilities in magnitudes. With things changing rapidly locally and globally, exacerbated by slowing growth, planning for 2024 is certainly not an easy task for finance leaders in Hong Kong. CFOs are required to drive the necessary transformations, be agile and flexible to capture new opportunities especially with the potential shrinking in customer demands as the world is likely or already in recession.

  • Doing more with less in the growing volatility, uncertainty complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) environment
  • Managing the margin pressures: How can finance leaders help accelerate recovery and ensure long-term sustainable growth post-pandemic?
  • Areas to raise and cut spending in 2024
  • Keeping pace with sustainable financing and ESG efforts in 2024
  • Navigating the changing tax landscape in 2024-2025

 

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

Panelists:
Calvin Lim, Group Finance & Administration Director, AMAZON PAPYRUS CHEMICALS LIMITED
Ronald Ede, Executive Director & CFO, INNOVENT BIOLOGIC INC.
Dr. Yanir Landenberg, CFO, GOLDSTAR LINE
Sundararaman Venkateswaran, CFO & Group Finance Director, MASON GLOBAL LIMITED

09:55

KEYNOTE I: Embracing AI and ML to Accelerate Finance’s Role as Value Creator

AI and ML are no longer an option when modernizing the finance IT ecosystem—it’s a requirement. Modern finance is fully digital and intelligently automated, embracing AI and ML to process high-volume transactions faster with increased precision and greater accuracy. This session will share an up-close look at practical use cases for AI and ML applications and how to accelerate finance’s role as value creator.


Sammy Yeung, Regional Finance Lead, WORKDAY

10:20

FIRESIDE CHAT I: Digital Transformation and Reality Gap: What’s Next Post Digitalisation?

Digital transformation has saved many businesses when the pandemic struck. However, in reality, almost no organisation has finished their digitalisation journey. While most organisations are now more digitally mature and they are in the better position to thrive in the post-pandemic era, what businesses are asking for constantly evolves.

  • Advancing digitalisation initiatives vs. traditional work environments
  • Capitalising on digitalisation investment to stay resilient, flexible and efficient amidst escalating costs
  • Keeping up with digital acceleration while ensuring employee’s continuous engagement
  • Lesson learnt from 2022-2023: What can be done differently in 2024?
  • Setting finance’s technology strategy and roadmap for 2024

 

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

Interviewees:
Dr. Darron Sun, Fellow Member, CIMA
Steve Tsang, CFO, Asia Pacific, SSP GROUP

10:50

MORNING COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

11:20

FIRESIDE CHAT II: Aligning Business, IT, Finance and Operational Strategies for Effective Planning and Decision Making
  • How to successfully align finance with operational plans, people and data
  • Deploying advanced technologies to support finance strategies and enhance FP&A amidst uncertainty
  • Best practices and lessons learned

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

Interviewee:
Jitendra Singhal, SVP Group Finance, EPIC GROUP

11:45

PANEL DISCUSSION II: More than Turnover and Profits: Making Finance a Better Strategic Partner to Business

This session will unfold the new expectations for finance role as strategic business partner and how to transform finance function into strategic business-partner, capable of providing critical supports and insights to deliver sustained profitable growth and seamless operational excellence.

  • Rewriting and solidifying finance function’s roles as the most trusted strategic business partner to capture new opportunities
  • Evolving transactional finance to value creation and become enterprise’s critical enablers
  • Communicating and engaging with the Board
  • Up-skilling the finance team to leverage fully on digitalisation and better partner the business

 

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

Panelists:
Dennis Ip, CFO and Company Secretary, IMPRO PRECISION
Dr. William Chen, CFO, QUASAR ENGINEERING & Hong Kong SAR Area Committee Member, CIMA
Sunny Cheng, Group CFO, UCP GROUP
Elaine Ong, Services Lead, WOLTERS KLUWER

12:25

NETWORKING LUNCH

13:30

FIRESIDE CHAT III: Architecting Trade Risk Management Strategies for Sustainability

Business risks are inevitable parts of doing business and can arise from a variety of sources. For companies operating in Hong Kong, understanding and managing business risks is crucial for success and continuity. Balancing short-term and long-term priorities for the business, keeping tabs on emerging risks, debt and liquidity levels as well as compliance are all imperative for today’s CFOs in Hong Kong.

  • The rising trends of corporate insolvencies and insolvency forecast in 2024-2025
  • Outlook of top export markets of China/Hong Kong
  • Identifying trading risks in Hong Kong and how they impact the business
  • The importance of trade risk management to the book and sustainability of a company

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

Interviewee:
Edmond Lee, CEO, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, ALLIANZ TRADE

14:00

PANEL DISCUSSION III: Smarter F&A for Sustained Financial Resiliency

Pritika Bhattacharjee, Vice President, Research in the Gartner Finance Practice says: “CFOs are telling their FP&A leaders that they need to improve flexibility of budgeting and forecasting, enable faster capital reallocation, and updated financial models to reflect rapidly changing business realities”.

With economic activity slowing down, optimising sales is often a challenge for many businesses. As businesses enter into low-growth and high-cost setting, securing collections has become difficult and cash flows get increasingly difficult to predict.

  • Improving working capital and cash flow amidst high interest rate and squeezing credit to ensure business continuity
  • Transforming cost structures to operate efficiently and balance fluctuations
  • Creating more agile, scalable and flexible F&A
  • Optimising business decisions and cash flows with AI/ML-driven scenario planning
  • Rolling forecasts and scenario planning to protect free cash flows and reserves

 

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

Panelists:
James Liu, Finance Director, IKEA, DFI RETAIL GROUP
Joseph Leung, Group Finance Director, THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (1993) LIMITED
Jemi Lam, Asia Pacific Finance Director, WESTERN DIGITAL

14:40

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

15:10

FIRESIDE CHAT IV: Leading on Sustainability: How CFOs Can Create Value through ESG

Today’s CFOs are often tasked to ensure their organisation’s sustainable initiatives successful. With the myriad and speed of ESG developments, creating further value for the organisation and calculating the value of the return of ESG initiatives are difficult.

  • Leading sustainability from the CFO’s seat
  • Stepping up enterprise’s ESG initiatives
  • Managing the ESG’s values and risks as regulations and standards change
  • Tying the benefits of ESG back to the business’ financial returns and income statement
  • Leveraging technology to improve productivity, customer experience and intertwine these with ESG strategy

 

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

Interviewees:
Dr. Travis Huggins, Finance Director, Asia, CITY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (HKG) LIMITED
Cheng Fai, Regional Treasurer, RGE GROUP

15:40

PANEL DISCUSSION IV: The New Breed of Finance Team: How to Start a Team of Experts for the Future Finance

Gartner predicts that by 2024, 30% of organisation will implement and use AI-enabled processes within their financial management infrastructure. Also, 40% of organisations in service-oriented sectors will consolidate their core financial and operational solutions in a single ERP system.

To prepare for the future of finance function, CFOs will need to assemble a squad of finance employees that speak data and even write in Python.

  • The future of finance organisation
  • Determining the needs and skills beyond accounting
  • Developing the latest digital and data competency in the finance team
  • Finding and retaining digital skills: How to attract business-savvy and tech-savvy finance talents?
  • Managing the new breed of finance talents in Hong Kong

 

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

Panelists:
Angus Tsang, CFO and Company Secretary, CN LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL
Philip Shin, Board Member, JUSTICE WITHOUT BORDERS AND RESOLVE FOUNDATION
Casey Hui, Head of Finance & Accounts, NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

16:20

CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS

16:30

END OF CONFERENCE

2023 SPEAKERS

Allan Tan

Group Editor-in-Chief

CXOCIETY

Angus Tsang

CFO and Company Secretary,

CN LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL

Calvin Lim

Group Finance & Administration Director

AMAZON PAPYRUS CHEMICALS LIMITED

Casey Hui

Head of Finance & Accounts

NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

Cheng Fai

Regional Treasurer

RGE GROUP

Dennis Ip

CFO and Company Secretary

IMPRO PRECISION

Dr. Darron Sun

Fellow Member

CIMA

Dr. Travis Huggins

Finance Director, Asia

CITY FACILITIES MANAGEMENT (HKG) LIMITED

Dr. William Chen

CFO
QUASAR ENGINEERING
& Hong Kong SAR Area Committee Member 
CIMA

Dr. Yanir Landenberg

CFO

GOLDSTAR LINE

Edmond Lee

CEO, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan

ALLIANZ TRADE

Elaine Ong

Services Lead

WOLTERS KLUWER

James Liu

Finance Director, IKEA

DFI RETAIL GROUP

Jemi Lam

Asia Pacific Finance Director

WESTERN DIGITAL

Jitendra Singhal

SVP Group Finance

EPIC GROUP

Joseph Leung

Group Finance Director

THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (1993) LIMITED

Philip Shin

Board Member

JUSTICE WITHOUT BORDERS AND RESOLVE FOUNDATION

Ronnie Ede

Executive Director & CFO

INNOVENT BIOLOGIC INC.

Sammy Yeung

Regional Finance Lead

WORKDAY

Steve Tsang

CFO, Asia Pacific

SSP GROUP

Sundararaman Venkateswaran

CFO & Group Finance Director

MASON GLOBAL LIMITED

Sunny Cheng

Group CFO

UCP GROUP

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