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According to IMF, the Philippines is expected to remain as one of the strongest performers in the region in 2023 although it may deal with adversities arising from a looming global economic slowdown. The ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) reported that the Philippines’ economy is also expected to expand at a faster pace compared to the ASEAN region, which growth for next year is projected to be at 4.9%.

Due to heightened energy crisis, tightening monetary policy, sharper slowdown in China, the United States and Europe, more Covid-19 variants and escalating geopolitical tensions, economies are projected to be weaker next year. Given the current developments, how should finance leaders in the Philippines be prepared to face intensifying fears of recession in 2023?

In addition, macroeconomic uncertainty and on-going disruptions are continuing to drive finance leaders to accelerate technology adoption. In the race to innovate, automate and transform, and against the continuing uncertainty, how should finance leaders prioritise the many priorities on the roadmap of growth and recovery?

Themed “Forging Strategic Partnerships with Business 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 March 2023, the 3rd Annual FutureCFO Philippines Conference will gather over 120 senior finance professionals from multiple industries in the Philippines. This event will delve into addressing the latest macroeconomic updates, business risks and opportunities, CFO’s top action plans to drive change and recover growth in the Philippines. 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 the country 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 AI 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

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

09:00

Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

09:05

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Continuing the Pace of Change: Unlocking Growth Opportunities and Tackling Challenges in 2023

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 are changing rapidly locally and globally, exacerbated by slowing growth, planning for 2023 is certainly not an easy task for finance leaders in the Philippines. CFOs are required to 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?
  • Areas to raise and cut spending in 2023
  • Ensuring long-term sustainable growth post-pandemic
  • Project financing in 2023: Maximising access to capital amidst potential storm


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

09:45

KEYNOTE I: Moving beyond Automation and into Autonomous Finance

Finance functions want to close faster, cheaper and with fewer errors. According to recent Gartner’s survey, 55% of finance functions aim for a touchless close by 2025.

The pandemic, including social and operational restrictions it imposed, rising needs of the stakeholders and macro-economic pressures are creating impetus for a touchless close. However, to achieve a touchless close, it will require finance leaders and controllers to move beyond automation and into autonomous finance.

  • Shifting from process automation to intelligent automation
  • Autonomous finance for augmented real-time insights, effortless compliance and greater flexibility in financial strategy
  • Narrowing the financial close and aiming to make it touch-less
  • Accelerating back-and-middle-office finance operations to ensure digital maturity
  • Operationalising AI to move an autonomous, touchless financial close

10:10

PANEL DISCUSSION II: 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
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  • Keeping up with digital acceleration while ensuring employee’s continuous engagement
  • Lesson learnt from 2022: What can be done differently in 2023?

 

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

10:50

MORNING COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

11:20

KEYNOTE II: CFO Playbook for Debt Management on 2023 Budget
  • The weight of debt on CFO’s 2023 budget
  • Debt refinancing vs. restructuring to strengthen company’s financial outlook in 2023
  • Maintaining strong balance sheet and tight watch on credit risks and liquidity against imminent recession

11:50

FIRESIDE CHAT I: Monetising ESG: Measuring the Value of ESG Investments

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

  • Stepping up enterprise’s ESG initiatives in a digital world
  • 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

12:15

PANEL DISCUSSION III: 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
  • Up-skilling the finance team to leverage fully on digitalisation and better partner the business

Moderator:

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

13:00

NETWORKING LUNCH

14:00

KEYNOTE III: Driving Organisational Speed and Agility with Self-Service Data and Analytics

A Gartner survey reveals that companies that invest in productivity and efficiency to fight inflation will outperform those who just increase prices. Instead of just passing on inflationary costs to customers, improving efficiency, productivity and quick data-driven decision making is a better bet for the business’s long-term competitive advantage.

  • Leveraging big data and self-service analytics to drive innovation, higher productivity, growth and revenue
  • Empowering finance teams to take on the leadership role with deep, trustworthy and data-driven insights while reducing risks and costs
  • Enabling finance teams to turn data into insights independently with self-service data analytics capabilities
  • Creating secure collaboration for quick data-driven decision making with autonomous, self-service, cloud data warehouse
  • Ensuring data governance and security in self-service data analytics

Moderator:

Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

14:30

PANEL DISCUSSION IV: Ensuring Financial Resiliency in the Face of a Potential Economic Downturn

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 FP&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

15:10

FIRESIDE CHAT II: Fighting Fraud from the CFO’s Seat

According to a report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organisations lose an estimated of 5% revenue due to fraud every year and 12% typical fraud cases occurred in the finance function or accounting department.

The permanence of hybrid work model and growing use of cloud have increased the occurrence and severity of fraudulent activities, thus added a new dimension to CFO’s overall risk and fraud management strategy within their organisation and possibly in their finance department as well.

  • CFO’s role in mitigating organisation’s risk related to unethical conduct
  • Using financial rations to investigate fraud
  • Auditing company policies, procedures and internal control for weaknesses and bad actors
  • Creating a secure environment for all cash transactions regardless of the payment channel
  • Cultivating a corporate culture that fights unethical conducts
  • Investing in cyber security to prevent fraud and protect sensitive data


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

15:35

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

16:00

KEYNOTE IV: Tax Updates for 2023: What’s Important for CFO and More

The rapidly changing tax environment presents both new challenges and opportunities for CFOs. This session will address the latest updates on taxation regulations in the Philippines and how this will impact finance leaders in creating appropriate tax defense strategy and improve tax compliance for better risk management approach.

  • Adapting to the new set of rulings: The latest tax measures and regulations for businesses in the Philippines
  • Getting ready for the implementation of Global Minimum Corporate Tax: Key considerations and implications for CFOs
  • Addressing transfer pricing challenges in 2023
  • How to stay compliant: Common tax issues for finance leaders in the Philippines and how to avoid pitfalls

16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION V: 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 and grow into an AI-driven finance function, CFOs will need to assemble a squad of finance employees that speak data and even write in Python.

  • The future of AI-driven finance organisation
  • Determining the needs and skills beyond accounting
  • Developing AI 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 the Philippines


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

17:10

CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS

17:15

END OF CONFERENCE

2022 SPEAKERS

Albert Leong

Managing Director, ESKER ASIA

Alex Jee

Director – Finance Transformation, ERPM Strategy and Business Development, ORACLE

Allan Tan

Group Editor-in-Chief
CXOCIETY

Amit Verma

Regional Head – Office of CFO Solutions, Asia Pacific & Japan

SAP

Annacel A. Natividad

CFO, PILMICO FOODS CORPORATION

Bhavik Vashi

Area Vice President, Asia, ANAPLAN

Daniel Viertel

Business Director, New Entry Market, CCH TAGETIK APAC

WOLTERS KLUWER

Danny Cuya

Finance Controller – PH, INTERNATIONAL FLAVORS & FRAGRANCES (PHILS.)

Dexter R. Moya

AVP for Finance, TRAVELLERS INTERNATIONAL HOTEL GROUP

Elmer Sarmiento

Director, Finance and Accounting Outsourcing, PERSONIV

Janel Bea

CFO, ACE ENDEVOR INC.

Jef Lacson

Group Deputy CFO – Regional, PACIFIC CROSS INTERNATIONAL

Joselito Diga

Senior Vice President for Finance and Group CFO, UNITED LABORATORIES

Joweehlyn Liao

Finance Director and Head of Business Transformation, WATSONS PERSONAL CARE STORES (PHILIPPINES)

June Cabal-Revilla

EVP, CFO and Chief Sustainability Officer, METRO PACIFIC INVESTMENTS CORPORATION

Lee Bing Yi

Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PWC SINGAPORE

Leo Rosales

Director Finance, PAYMAYA PHILIPPINES

Leopoldo De Castro, Jr.

Director of Finance, FOODPANDA

Loudie Falguera

Vice President & Head of Finance, WILCON DEPOT

Rafael Jose Consing, Jr.

SVP & CFO, Head of Compliance and Governance, INTERNATIONAL CONTAINTER TERMINAL SERVICES, INC. (ICTSI)

Tan Chin Shiang

Pre-Sales Director

KYRIBA ASIA PACIFIC

Timothy Ho

Executive Director, Finance Transformation, DELOITTE

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