Thank you kuala lumpur 24 september


Delegates at Congress 2019 were captivated with content from acclaimed thought leaders who are leading the way with artificial intelligence, digital money and the future of finance. You will find details on the quality 2019 program below. CPA Congress will be back in 2020 with another engaging program.

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Tuesday 24 September

8.00AM - 8.45AM
Registration and arrival
8.45AM - 9.00AM

Speaker: Sharman Arumugam FCPA (Aust.), Divisional President – Malaysia, CPA Australia

9.00AM - 10.00AM
Keynote: Predictions for the tech scene - how China leverages emerging …

No one can deny China’s might as a global leader across various emerging technology classes including AI, cloud computing, mobile payments and facial recognition technologies. All thanks to the Chinese government’s support and investment in encouraging a thriving tech platform.

How are these fast-developing technologies changing people’s everyday lives? In what ways are these technologies re-defining how businesses operate?

Listen to John Lo of social networking giant, Tencent Holdings, share his perspective on China’s experience with relevant use-cases and applications.


  • John Lo FCPA (Aust.)
    Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Tencent Group

    John Shek Hon Lo joined Tencent Group in 2004 and served as the Group’s Financial Controller from 2004 to 2008. He was appointed as Tencent Group’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in May 2012. Prior to joining Tencent Group, John worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as Senior Manager (audit services). He is a Fellow of the CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

    He received a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology and an EMBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and HKUST.

10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea
10.30AM - 11.30AM
Plenary 1: The disruptors – shifting fundamental behaviours

Disrupters create products or services that displace the existing market leaders. Does a disruptor take the market by storm? Or does a disruptive technology slowly creep in, take a foothold in a small segment of the market and slowly drive out the market leader and eventually replace the leader at the helm? Hear from the disruptors who have entirely changed the way we consume products and services.


  • Karamjit Singh (Moderator)
    Founder and CEO, Digital News Asia

    Karamjit founded Digital News Asia (DNA) with a vision to becoming the most credible tech media in Southeast Asia. The tech news site went live on 14 May 2012. In November 2014 it raised RM1 million to fuel its Singapore and Jakarta expansion.

    Aside from its news site, DNA produces a biennial print publication called ‘Digerati50’ and an annual conference, ‘What’s Next: The Business Impact of Digital Disruption’ that focuses on how Brick&Mortar companies are dealing with the digital revolution. Follow him on Twitter @karamjitDNA or @DNewsAsia.

  • Datuk Jake Abdullah
    Managing Director, Fave Malaysia Jake joined Fave Malaysia as Managing Director in July 2019. A veteran media broadcaster, Jake spent 23 years at Astro with the last six years as its CEO where he consolidated its 11 radio stations to pole position across all demographic and vernaculars.

    Jake was also instrumental in setting up several stations for the Mahaka Group in Indonesia; Aamar, Power and Red FM across India; and served for a year as Chairman of The Board for Adrep in China. A sought-after keynote speaker, Jake is a self-confessed health freak and Liverpool Football Club fan. Jake holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and has attended the Advanced Senior Management Program from Harvard.
  • Kevin Lam
    Senior Account Manager, Malaysia, Xero Kevin supports Xero’s accounting partners in Malaysia to embrace a cloud strategy in their practice. He has a strong background in advisory and consulting roles in professional services. Prior to Xero, he held regional positions in cloud-based CRM solution Bullhorn and global career site eFinancialCareers.

    Originally from Penang Malaysia, Kevin has spent the past 25 years in Singapore. He holds a Diploma in Accounting and Taxation from Nanyang Polytechnic, and a degree in Marketing & Organisational Management from The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Shankar Kanabiran
    Partner, Advisory Services Malaysia, EY

    Shankar is a Partner and Financial Services Advisory Leader at Ernst & Young, specialising in digital transformation, large scale banking transformation programmes and post-merger integration.

    Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Shankar was a Managing Director with Accenture Financial Services Operating Group. He was also an Executive Director with Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department, tasked to catalyse the oil and gas services and engineering sector.

    Shankar has a Bachelor’s Degree and an MBA in Computer Science.

11.30AM - 12.00PM
Ignite: Recite, ignite, excite: What’s your story?

We are by large creatures of comfort, averse to risk, preferring the safe route. So, when someone gets an idea and steps away from a secure path on to a risk strewn business venture, what is the trigger point? Where does that courage come from? Does push and pull factors come into play or is an entrepreneur wired differently?

In Malaysia, CPA Australia members are finding opportunities for themselves and are making business in-roads. Come and be inspired by their stories.


  • Karamjit Singh (Moderator)
    Founder and CEO, Digital News Asia

    Karamjit founded Digital News Asia (DNA) with a vision to becoming the most credible tech media in Southeast Asia. The tech news site went live on 14 May 2012. In November 2014 it raised RM1 million to fuel its Singapore and Jakarta expansion.

    Aside from its news site, DNA produces a biennial print publication called ‘Digerati50’ and an annual conference, ‘What’s Next: The Business Impact of Digital Disruption’ that focuses on how Brick&Mortar companies are dealing with the digital revolution. Follow him on Twitter @karamjitDNA or @DNewsAsia.

  • Eddie Chew CPA (Aust.)
    Founder and CEO, Potboy Groceries

    Fund Manager turned e-Com revolutionist with a passion to provide convenient lifestyle to the community. Big supporter for data makes life easier. Strong believer in innovations kill boredom.

    Eddie has extensive knowledge of corporate strategy and has worked for 10 years as a private equity fund manager, in a spectrum of industries including environmental management, manufacturing, retailing, medical, agricultural and education. Eddie holds a Master's Degree in Accountancy. 
  • Everlyn Lau ASA
    Executive Director, Flickpost

    Everlyn is the co-founder of Flickpost, a dynamic e-commerce solutions provider, presenting connections to 200+ countries around the world. From trans-shipment, parcel insurance to warehousing and fulfillment, Flickpost assists e-commerce sellers and SMEs save time and reduce shipping costs up to 80%. 

    Prior to devoting her work fulltime in logistics, Everlyn was an e-commerce seller on Ebay, Shopee and Taobao, while managing projects on web development and search engine optimisation. Everlyn began her career in corporate banking and holds a degree in finance and accounting from the University of Melbourne. 

  • Shaun Gan CPA (Aust.)
    Director, Food Incubator After having accumulated over eight years of audit and consulting experience in KPMG, Shaun has embarked on his own personal venture not just overseeing the finance function for an emerging digital agency serving the likes of tech giants Netflix and Spotify, but also started owning and expanding his food concepts themed "The Food Incubator" (Food Inc).

    Partnering with Little Fat Duck - Malaysia's first Italian Express Gourmet, Food Inc is intending to expand beyond four outlets within a year and aims to work with foodies and grow together
12.00PM - 1.00PM
Feature: Innovation nation - The way forward

According to the Global Innovation Index 2018, innovation, research and development are serious policy ambitions in most developed and developing economies. Malaysia is no exception as it continues to rise up the innovation index. By 2020, the government is expecting the digital economy to form 20% of Malaysia’s GDP.

So, what are some of the innovations driving big industry players to keep the lead by leveraging on technologies? How is the government helping to foster an environment that encourages innovation and how does it keep the momentum going?


  • Sridharan Nair (Moderator)
    Managing Partner, PwC Malaysia

    Sridharan Nair (or Sri as he is commonly known) is PwC Malaysia's Managing Partner and the Territory Senior Partner of the PwC Malaysia-Vietnam firm. He is also a member of PwC’s Asia Pacific Executive Board, Chairman of the Board of its South-East Asia (SEA) Consulting practice and the Board member representing SEA at the broader ASEANZ regional consulting practice. 

    Sri has 30 years' experience in audit and business advisory services, having worked with financial services clients in the UK initially and a wide range of clients across various sectors in Malaysia thereafter. He is a regular speaker, panellist and moderator at conferences and forums in Malaysia on topics such as leadership, corporate governance, current economic issues and human capital. 

  • Amran Hassan
    Head of Innovation, Maybank Amran is responsible for raising the bar on innovation across the Maybank group. He launched the regions first bank-run fintech accelerator program. Keeping an eye on the latest developments in innovation and technology, he continues to engage the eco-system to explore new ways for innovation to strive. He was formally the CIO for international operations at Maybank. Prior to Maybank, he was a Partner at Accenture, leading Technology Consulting in Malaysia and Infrastructure in South East Asia. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/amran-hassan.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=14176c429f3041d29a3d042c6856bdca
  • Gopi Ganesalingam
    Vice President Enterprise Management, MDEC Gopi joined MDEC on the 1 February 2015 as the Vice President of Enterprise Development, a new division that focuses on developing Malaysian tech companies into regional & global players. An accomplished business strategist, and with a degree in Finance, Gopi comes with more than 28 years of experience in various diverse industries across the Asia Pacific region.

    Gopi has held several key industry positions including Country Manager for Deutsche Telecoms Consulting, Commercial Head (Asia Pacific) for Telstra Australia Ltd, Senior Manager at Lucent Technologies Asia Pacific, and Financial Planning at American Express International, before Founding one of Malaysia’s first Cloud Computing consulting & SI companies, Lava Protocols, which went on partnered companies like and Google in the ASEAN region.
  • Liza Mustapha
    Group Financial Controller, PETRONAS Liza is a graduate from The London School of Economics. She has more than 20 years’ experience in PETRONAS. Some of the interesting group-wide initiatives that she has led were the implementation of a Centralised Treasury for PETRONAS Group, the restructuring of PETRONAS’ Upstream Finance & Risk unit comprising 900 people to better support the Upstream Business and more recently the implementation of a centralised reporting unit – a significant milestone in enabling PETRONAS’ Finance Group-wide Transformation. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/liza-mustapha.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=cab87342c4064be0986942ac36895db7
1.00pm - 1.15PM
Sponsor appreciation
1.15pm - 2.15PM
2.15PM - 3.15PM
Plenary 2: Digitalisation and its impact on our identity

The pace of technological changes today is unlike any other era. New technologies are being pushed to market at breakneck speed, increasingly shaping the way we work and live our lives. Amidst digital excitement, we need to step back and ask ourselves if we are spending too much time interacting with technology and too little time interacting with humans.

Do our children flourish in a social setting interacting with other children or are we raising a generation that cannot interact or communicate without being hooked to an electronic appendage? Is the older generation increasingly feeling socially isolated as they struggle to understand the new world order dictated by tech revolutions that have completely changed the way goods and services are consumed?


  • Meera Sivasothy (Moderator)
    General Manager/Health & Living Presenter, BFM 89.9 Meera pursued a degree in Business, majoring in Accounting, from RMIT University in Melbourne. She kicked off her professional career working in investor relations and business development. In 2008, an opportunity arose in the form of the radio station BFM89.9. Starting off working with the news team, she then moved on to produce the Bigger Picture segment, before taking on the role of the segment’s main Anchor Presenter in 2010.

    In 2018, Meera took on the role of General Manager at BFM, while continuing to host the Health and Living radio segment at 4pm on weekdays. Through her career at BFM, Meera has enjoyed a post-graduate crash course in the business of life.
  • Matt Armitage
    Founder, Kulturpop Matt Armitage is a consultant and broadcaster specialising in the impact of technology on society. His podcast, MSP, looks at the world of tomorrow through a consumer-oriented lens. It airs weekly on BFM89.9. Matt’s consulting company, Kulturpop, focuses on strategic and communications services. The company helps brands and start-ups negotiate today’s complex business environments, providing them with a framework to ensure their continued success in the future. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/matt-armitage.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=0d603c6e234a45a3a5e34b08f799ffa4
  • Dr Paul Jambunathan
    Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Paul J Psychology Consultancy & ReGen Rehab Hospital Paul J has worked in area of applied psychology over the last 35 years in the UK, Australia & Malaysia. He initially specialised in children’s behavior and development, adult stress and anxiety disorders. Paul J is a pioneer proponent of Mental Hygiene in Malaysia and is passionate about the prevention of mental and emotional problems.

    He is an active dive master and passionate about ecopsychology. Paul’s professional interests are in parenting, stress, burnout, positive psychology, flourishing, resilience, emotional intelligence, personal development and well-being, and mental health well-being in the workplace. His research interests lie in areas of psychoneuroimmunology, human sexuality, spirituality, death and dying. He is highly sought after for his custom-designed workshops in applied settings.
3.15PM - 4.15PM
Plenary 3: Digital risk, governance and cybersecurity

Emerging digital business practices come with digital risks that may expose organisations to severe threats. Detecting and mitigating these risks require organisations to build resilience into their systems and processes.

As we become increasingly reliant on all things from digital data to digital investment to digital assets, the incidence of breaches also increases exponentially with cyberattacks continuing to result in critical business data being stolen or lost, fueling global anxiety at a palpitating rate. What level of assurance do Malaysian consumers have that adequate digital governance is in place, both organisational and regulatory?


  • Bryan Chung FCPA (Aust.) (Moderator)
    Managing Director, Cadence Venture Capital Bryan is the Managing Director at Cadence VC, a fintech-focus fund backed by European partners. He also sits on the board of a SGX listed company as an independent director and a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He was previously the COO of a SC-licensed equity crowd funding platform operator and a board member of a BNM-licensed e-wallet.

    Prior to that, he was a partner in a regional venture capital firm and a VP of a local corporate advisory firm, managing and executing transactions as well as investments and incubation in the ASEAN region. A graduate of Monash University, he is a Fellow of CPA Australia and CIMA. An advocate for digital adoption by accountants, as the Councillor at CPA Australia, he spearheads the Digital Transformation Committee and is also part of the Digital Technology Implementation Committee at MIA.
  • Ho Siew Kei CPA (Aust.)
    Partner, Risk Advisory – Cyber Risk, Deloitte Malaysia Siew Kei has over 15 years’ experience in risk and controls encompassing IT audit and advisory, security and risk assessments and data analytics services in the financial services industry. He manages vulnerability assessment engagements for financial institutions in Malaysia and Cambodia, and cybersecurity maturity and compliance assessments. He spent seven years in the United Kingdom, in an IT Risk & Compliance role for a major financial institution and in a Big 4 professional services firm. He holds various certifications including Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Practising Accountant and Certificates in Derivatives and Investment Operations. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/ho-siew-kei.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=636a3c2c419f4dad9b3993b13593f7a7
  • Myles Hosford
    Principal Security Architect, Amazon Web Services Myles Hosford leads the Amazon Web Services (AWS) security and compliance team for ASEAN. On a daily basis, Myles works with financial institutions in banking, insurance and capital markets to help them understand the security and regulatory considerations when moving to a public cloud environment. Prior to AWS, Myles was a technology risk lead at JP Morgan Singapore responsible for their equities, futures and options and market data portfolio. Before moving to Singapore Myles was the security lead for UBS Investment Bank wealth management, investment banking and private banking applications /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/myles-hosford.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=3f30a8dd1e174a60bea2fa2835384ddb
  • Lee Han Ther
    Director for Financial Services Cyber Security, KPMG Malaysia Han Ther leads the Cyber Security practice for financial services in the Emerging Tech Risk & Cyber (ETRC) department of KPMG Risk Advisory, Malaysia. He has over 15 years experience in cyber security, risk and resilience serving various capacities and industries during his career. His experience spans from international banks, IT shared services of multinational companies, managed security services providers (MSSPs), and a digital company. Recently, Han Ther has been invited to serve as the cyber security industry advisor for Monash University Malaysia’s Faculty of Information Technology. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/han-ther.png?h=180&w=180&rev=604d5e86120d4b6283138ee3eab526f0
4.15PM - 5.15PM
Special session: Seven incredible values to stay relevant in the age of…

Disruptive technologies, products, services and new business sectors are causing us to re-evaluate the way we work. We keep hearing disruption can be positive if we embrace and allow it to contribute to our success. But, are you finding it increasingly difficult to remain positive and upbeat when emerging technologies keep coming and you are starting to worry if you will be replaced by a machine or robot?

Whilst technology can change rapidly, principles don’t. What you value can determine how you will progress when change hits. Jeevan Sahadevan shares seven values, principles of which, when embraced deeply and applied to your work and life, will stand the test of time.


  • Jeevan Sahadevan
    Founder and CEO, Leverage Lab Jeevan, a winner of multiple Global and Local Awards, and Malaysia’s Number One Business Coach, has had over several hundred thousand business people attend his various programs in the last 19 years. He hasd made companies millions. His radio shows on BRM 89.9 have been running for 10 years now and his TV shows on Astro ran for two years. He has been coaching CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs for 19 years. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/jeevan-sahadevan.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=ec05ee88a1d640148fbfab9b49ad92cf
5.15PM - 6.45PM
Networking, drinks and nibbles


  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.

Disclaimer of liability: CPA Australia reserves the right to alter any part of this program at any time without notice.



Jalan Utara C Petaling Jaya, 46200, Malaysia