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IMPORTANT NOTICE

In view of the current worsening situation relating to the CoVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia and recent government’s advice to postpone all mass gatherings that include conferences as an effort to minimize the spread of CoVid-19, the CXOCIETY team, organizer of the FutureCFO Conference series, is postponing our upcoming FutureCFO Conference Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur originally scheduled to be held on 22 April 2020 to a later date.

In the meantime, CXOCIETY will continue monitoring the outbreak situation in Malaysia closely and provide updates again on the new event date once that is firmed up and once official clearance has been given by the government.

Stay tuned to our website for updates. Thank you everyone for all your support during this period!

WELCOME NOTE

Malaysian government recognizes that digital adoption is, at its heart, about economic development. As such, the current Malaysian government is greatly committed to accelerate the country’s digital economy to new heights by announcing several initiatives that include making Malaysia a global test bed for emerging technologies and innovation as well as developing Malaysian tech talents.

Driving economic growth in the new economy and digital era and investing in Malaysians are two of the key highlights in Malaysian government’s budget and top agenda this year.

The country’s Finance Minister has recently announced various initiatives and incentives for the development of ‘digital applications, digital company and digital Malaysians’ that include grants and tax deductions to incentivise businesses to automate and digitalize their business. Additionally, the Malaysian government aims to level up the human capital in Malaysia by creating better employment opportunities for youth and women, reducing our over-dependence on low skilled foreign workers and increasing the minimum wage rates effective 2020.

Amidst the current national developments, growing Middle-East geopolitical tensions, US-China Trade Deal fiasco, CoVID-19 outbreak and constantly evolving technologies, how should CFOs, who also act as their company’s strategic business partner and catalyst successfully adapt to the changes, mitigate risks and challenges in 2020?

Also, with the cost of doing business likely to rise in Malaysia, what are the strategies to ensure corporate growth in 2020 and onward? How can CFOs in Malaysia tap into the current government’s initiatives and incentives to successfully drive the company’s digital transformation? How can CFOs reimagine finance functions and their organizations to survive and thrive in today’s fast-paced and digitally driven landscape?

FutureCFO Conference Kuala Lumpur will address many of the latest macroeconomic and policy updates in Malaysia. The by invitation only conference will also cover cutting-edge technologies that CFOs need to keep abreast and practical strategies in creating value and driving successful finance transformation in Malaysia.

This event will gather over 120 senior finance professionals from multiple industries in Malaysia for a day of insightful presentations, real business case studies, best practices and incisive panel discussions to answer some of the most pertinent questions and challenges facing the finance function in the country this year.

We look forward to having you at this exciting event!

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.

AGENDA

08:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Conference Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

09:15

OPENING KEYNOTE: Making Malaysia Great through Digital Economy
  • Roadmaps of Malaysia’s digital transformation for businesses
  • Getting the most out of digital economy in Malaysia
  • Digital economy initiatives and incentives as per Budget 2020
  • Looking to the future: Future proofing and opportunities

09:45

EXECUTIVE DIALOGUE: Malaysia’s CFO Agenda and Priorities for 2020

In view of the worsening Middle-East geopolitical tensions, US-China trade deal as well as weaker private investments and export growth in Q3 2019, the World Bank predicts Malaysia’s GDP growth to be at 4.5% in 2020. On top of this outlook, recent events and new policies in the Malaysia may affect businesses in Malaysia.

  • The latest developments on macroeconomic landscape and new policies that affect the financial systems and businesses in Malaysia
  • How should CFOs adapt to the changes and potential rise of business costs in 2020?
  • What will be the risks and opportunities for doing business in Malaysia 2020?
  • How can CFOs create new business streams and ensure growth in today’s business landscape?

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

10:15

KEYNOTE: Updates on the Malaysia’s Tax Laws and Their Business Implications
  • The latest corporate taxation landscape in the Malaysia
  • How will the new tax reforms affect finance functions and overall business models in 2020?
  • Who will be the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers’ in the new tax bill?
  • What are the business risks and opportunities arising from the new tax laws?

Senior Representative, ANAPLAN

10:45

KEYNOTE: Accelerating Finance Transformation through Automation
  • The pathway to build the digital finance of the future
  • How to make the change in modernizing finance function
  • Collaborating with IT and other functions across departments (where inputs are triggered) for finance transformation success
  • The use of spreadsheets – why fix something that is “not” broken? Is there a future for spreadsheets in digital finance?

Dannyl Danabalan, Country Manager, BLACKLINE

11:15

Morning Networking Coffee Break

11:45

KEYNOTE: CFO as the Leader of Digital Transformation 2.0

The “Chapter One” in the digital revolution is coming to an end. Digital is no longer an add-on to an organization but a core part of any business. What does this change mean for finance leaders?

  • Key trends for CFOs embracing new technologies to drive business-model innovation
  • How CFOs can address the opportunities, enable cultural change and overcome challenges of their firms’ digital transformations
  • Preparing finance team to be the next generation of digitally-driven finance executives
  • Collaborating with IT for success across departments

Rajagopal Ramamoorthy, Senior Vice President, Finance, AXIATA

12:15

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Propelling Finance Functions into the Future with Digital Transformation and Innovation
  • Digital transformation as a key enabler of strategic finance function
  • Adopting RPA and AI to automate cash flow management, payment processes, improve forecasting for budgeting and produce better internal data quality
  • Making smart and rapid investments in digital tools that enhance decision-making and support profitability across multiple dimensions
  • Roles of CFOs as digital “transformation head hunters” to proactively seek innovative solutions in an increasingly complex digitalized marketplace
MODERATOR:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

PANELISTS:
Chu Young Lee, SVP, Group Financial Controller, ASTRO
Alvin Liew Voon Siong, Finance Director, G4S
Wai Yue Kwan, Director – Finance, Legal Compliance and IT, PANASONIC MANUFACTURING MALAYSIA (PMMB)
Yasmin bt. Mohd Ramzi, Head Service Delivery, TNB GLOBAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

13:00

Networking Lunch

14:00

KEYNOTE: Building Finance Function of the Future – Integrating Technology, People and Processes

With the wider scale of operations and increasing complexities of finance activities, in order to improve and deliver effective support function to the organization, finance leaders must create a clear finance transformation blueprint that balances all key priorities.

  • Linking technology, people and processes to business model and challenges
  • Embedding agile work practice, processes excellence and latest digital enablers to accelerate change
  • Achieving the right balance
  • Reimagining the shared services model in today’s digital economy

Chen Theng Aik, Director & Head, Center for Financial Services (CFS), PALL CORPORATION

14:30

KEYNOTE: Leveraging Data Analytics to Transform FP & A
  • Embracing latest technologies for finance function excellence
  • Data and analytics as robust digital strategy
  • Success strategy in driving and implementing successful digital initiatives in GFC: Milestones and lessons learned

Shamsul Bahar B. Ahamad Zainal Badri, Head of Group Financial Controller (GFC), PETRONAS

15:00

PANEL DISCUSSION II: Future Pathways and Value Creations to Finance Leadership in a Changing Business Landscape
Globalization, changing structure of global finance operations as well as fast-paced digital advancements have undoubtedly demanded CFOs to evolve their roles in the new directions.
  • How can CFOs identify opportunity for value creations in finance functions and beyond in today’s changing business environment?
  • What are the skillsets that CFOs need to succeed and stay relevant in the future?
  • Importance of critical thinking to create meaningful value-adds to the organizations
  • Up-skilling and reskilling finance leaders to keep up in digital era
MODERATOR:
Dipesh Patel, Finance Director, VOLVO CAR CORPORATION

PANELISTS:
Ignacio Ballester, Finance Director, BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT)
Ryan Kidd, Director of Eastern Hemisphere Finance Shared Services, SCHLUMBERGER
Ganesh Nadarajah, Executive Director and Group CFO, THE HOLSTEIN MILK COMPANY / FARM FRESH MILK Joost Folkers, CFO, Malaysia & Singapore, UNILEVER
Lee Pei Lu, Finance Director, WARNER MUSIC MALAYSIA

15:40

Afternoon Networking Coffee Break

16:10

KEYNOTE: Insurance as CFO’s Risk Management Strategy in Today’s Volatile Economy

In today’s complex and volatile business environment in the Philippines, CFOs ought to mitigate both economic and political risks. Their ability to identify and manage those risks early is critical. Risk management practice has recently extended beyond risk transfer through insurance of financial exposure or volatility.

  • What enterprise CFOs or senior management need to keep in mind when it comes to selecting their insurance and risk management programs?
  • CFO’s key considerations and shortlist in selecting and structuring insurance programs that fits the business’ needs
  • Criteria for successful business relationships with insurance companies
  • Balancing overall risk management strategies

16:40

PANEL DISCUSSION III: Encouraging Women in Finance to be Leaders/CFOs

Diversity must be part of a company’s strategic plan as diversity engenders better decision-making and a healthier company. However, the attitude and influence begin with the top of the organization. Everyone at that level must buy in and manifests across the workforce and board. This session gathers some finance leaders in Malaysia to share their ideas and experience on how the finance industry in Malaysia can achieve gender parity and encourage more women to be at the helm of the finance industry.

  • Is gender an issue in the finance and accounting profession in general in Asia, specifically in Malaysia? Why or why not?
  • What are the 3 things that can be done by individuals, companies and society to support the movement towards greater gender parity and create more opportunity for women to shine in the finance industry?
  • Leadership perspectives in promoting women in the finance sector
  • What are the qualities needed for female finance & accounting professionals who aspire to become finance leaders?

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

PANELISTS:
Koh Saw Leng, Finance Director, GROUPE SEB

17:20

PANEL DISCUSSION IV: Managing and Attracting Your Next-Generation Finance Talents
Digital technologies advancements and today’s complex business environment have posed a huge challenge for the finance function. Finance functions increasingly find themselves embedded directly into lines of businesses, tasked to provide proactive guidance and strategic insights for decision making processes. To keep up with these demands, not only CFOs are required to develop their current finance teams but also recruit a new generation of finance talents. As digital transformation requires cultural and processes changes as well as faster technological adoption rates, how can CFOs effectively manage these changes to add value to the organization while keeping their best talents in the company?
  • What finance talent is essential in the new digital era?
  • How to find and attract top talents that are fully prepared for the evolving role of finance?
  • Dealing with the millennial finance professionals
  • Shaping the next-gen finance leaders
  • Measuring return on finance people investments
MODERATOR:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

PANELISTS:
Siew Shan Sim, CFO, AIRASIA BERHAD
Madeleine Roach, Head of Global Finance Services Asia-Pacific, ASTRAZENECA
Ryan Gan, Asia Pacific Head of Financial Reporting, BASF
Zulaifah Abdul Ghani, Country Finance Lead – Malaysia & Indonesia, LUXASIA
Hyder Hasan, Global Operations Finance Director, PURECIRCLE

18:00

Conference Chairman’s Closing Remarks
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

18:15

End of Conference

SPEAKERS INVOLVED

Lee Pei Lu

Lee Pei Lu

Finance Director, WARNER MUSIC MALAYSIA

Dipesh Patel

Dipesh Patel

Finance Director, VOLVO CAR CORPORATION

Joost Folkers

Joost Folkers

CFO, Malaysia & Singapore, UNILEVER

Ganesh Nadarajah

Ganesh Nadarajah

Executive Director and Group CFO, THE HOLSTEIN MILK COMPANY / FARM FRESH MILK

Yasmin bt. Mohd Ramzi

Yasmin bt. Mohd Ramzi

Head Service Delivery, TNB GLOBAL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Ryan Kidd

Ryan Kidd

Director of Eastern Hemisphere Finance Shared Services, SCHLUMBERGER

Hyder Hasan

Hyder Hasan

Global Operations Finance Director, PURECIRCLE

Shamsul Bahar B. Ahamad Zainal Badri

Shamsul Bahar B. Ahamad Zainal Badri

Head of Group Financial Controller (GFC), PETRONAS

Wai Yue Kwan

Wai Yue Kwan

Director – Finance, Legal Compliance and IT, PANASONIC MANUFACTURING MALAYSIA (PMMB)

Chen Theng Aik

Chen Theng Aik

Director & Head, Center for Financial Services (CFS), PALL CORPORATION

Zulaifah Abdul Ghani

Zulaifah Abdul Ghani

Country Finance Lead - Malaysia & Indonesia, LUXASIA

Koh Saw Leng

Koh Saw Leng

Finance Director, GROUPE SEB

Alvin Liew Voon Siong

Alvin Liew Voon Siong

Finance Director, G4S

Allan Tan

Allan Tan

Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

Ignacio Ballester

Ignacio Ballester

Finance Director, BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT)

Dannyl Danabalan

Dannyl Danabalan

Country Manager, BLACKLINE

Ryan Gan

Ryan Gan

Asia Pacific Head of Financial Reporting, BASF

Rajagopal Ramamoorthy

Rajagopal Ramamoorthy

Senior Vice President, Finance, AXIATA

Chu Young Lee

Chu Young Lee

SVP, Group Financial Controller, ASTRO

Madeleine Roach

Madeleine Roach

Head of Global Finance Services Asia-Pacific, ASTRAZENECA

Siew Shan Sim

Siew Shan Sim

CFO, AIRASIA BERHAD

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