CPA Congress 2018 Signature Sponsor - Sunway Universtiy


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Thursday 6 September

8.00am - 8.45am
8.45am - 9.00am
Welcome address
9.00am - 9.45am
Masterclass: Redefining the relationship between man and machine
Technologies make it possible to augment human performance in physical, emotional and cognitive areas. It is imperative to look beyond the narrow perspective of machines and computers replacing humans to a future, enabled by technologies, that help machines and humans better understand each other.
So, for the informed accountant, it’s not about replacing the human workforce, but about access to more efficient accounting solutions by putting artificial intelligence (AI) to work in your industry, business or profession. AI can take over the more menial tasks and allow employees to focus on more innovative and dynamic tasks, in order to turn organisation to the enterprise of the future.
  • Freddy Lee
    Chief Technology Officer, IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd

    Freddy graduated from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia, with a degree in Computer Technology and a post-grad diploma in Computer Science. He joined IBM in 1992.
    Freddy is very passionate about artificial intelligence and currently leads the technical team in IBM Malaysia’s Centre of Digital Excellence, a cradle of collaboration and innovation for the startup and developer community, to catalyse the transformation of the country’s digital economy. Freddy is a Design Thinking practitioner and believes it's the key in creating superior customer experiences.
    For leisure, he composes songs, plays quite a bit of tennis, and dabbles in photography.

9.45am - 10.45am
Plenary 1: How technology is impacting segments of industries
Over the last two decades, technological innovation has changed the way we consume goods and services. The implications of digital technology or the Fourth Industrial Revolution are on a monumental scale from the way humans interact with each other to how business is done.

The news industry is in flux, the established order of value exchange in the finance industry has been crushed; healthcare has been turned on its head; classroom education is history; and automotive technology has changed the way we interact with our vehicles and has enhanced safety on the road. And, that’s just scratching the surface of how technology is reshaping the global economy.

  • Umapagan Ampikaipakan (Moderator)
    Producer and presenter, BFM 89.9 Umapagan is one of our foremost literary voices. His long running radio show, Bookmark on BFM89.9, is Malaysia’s pre-eminent broadcast on all things books. He is also a film critic, a pop-culture columnist, and the co-host of BFM89.9’s The Evening Edition and the literary director of The Cooler Lumpur Festival. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/speaker-images/umapagan_ampikaipakan.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Devabalan Theyventheran
    Senior Managing Director, Innovation Lab, CIMB FinTech, CIMB Bank Bhd Devabalan assumed the role of Head of Innovation in CIMB Fintech in 2017. Prior to this, he was Head of Group Information Services which was responsible for enterprise architecture and solutioning, IT strategy blueprint, executing the Group’s IT strategic transformation programmes, and managing regional IT shared service centres across the region.   
    A certified internal auditor, Devabalan held various positions in CIMB Group over 16 years including Deputy CEO of iCIMB, Head of Strategic Information Services Department (SIS) in CIMB Investment Bank, and Assistant General Manager for Strategic Risk and Compliance. He graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University, USA and has a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance and Banking) with honours.
  • Matt A Chandran
    Founder Director, iGene London Ltd Matt is an entrepreneur with interest in Management, Biotechnology and Informatics. Founded INFOVALLEY in 2000, he has since held the position of Chief Executive Officer of INFOVALLEY Group, focusing on incubating a number of highly innovative technologies in Life Sciences.
    iGene, an initiative born out of INFOVALLEY, has offices in Malaysia, United Kingdom and Australia. iGene Global is structured with Management Headquarter in Kuala Lumpur and Global Business Office in Sheffield. It has broad interest in forensic medical sciences and technologies, continuously generating new ideas and translating it into meaningful technologies and services with high impact applications.
    His current passion is finding a framework that will bring the best of management, science and technology in innovation and business value creation.
  • Sashi Ambi
    Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia Sashi Ambi is responsible for the overall communications and stakeholder relations initiatives for the BMW Group in Malaysia, representing the brands BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad.
    He is also the subject matter expert in the specialised areas of innovation, sustainability and connected communications, driving the premium automaker’s BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW Connected strategies in the country.
10.45am - 11.15am
Morning tea and networking break
11.15am - 11.30am
Sponsors appreciation
11.30am - 12.30pm
In conversation: Leveraging CSR budgets to support medical research

In a business world that increasingly prioritises good corporate citizenship, many companies still fall short when it comes to budgeting for CSR purposes, what more medical research.
Despite funding remaining a challenge, the team at Cancer Research Malaysia led by Professor Dr Teo Soo Hwang is putting Malaysia in the forefront, as they help inform studies, that underpin the development of Precision Medicine towards improving the diagnosis and treatment for a variety of cancers. Professor Teo propounds that companies should include medical research as part of their CSR commitment towards building a strong and prosperous economy.

  • Dato' Feizal Mustapha FCPA (Aust.) (Facilitator)
    Chairman and Executive Director, Advisory, BDO Malaysia Prior to joining BDO, Dato’ Feizal served with the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) for 19 years in various capacities.
    His last post at the SC was as Senior General Manager and Head, Market Development, where he was responsible for leading works, related to enhancing standards of corporate governance, facilitating the introduction of new capital market products, expanding the venture capital industry, and aligning linkages and capital market opportunities between Malaysia and ASEAN, as well as other countries.
    As Chairman, Dato’ Feizal oversees the implementation of BDO Malaysia’s strategic vision and development plans. His core focus area is on capital market transactions, advising at the strategic, tactical and operational levels to clients, wishing to undertake IPOs and list on stock exchanges, raising funds from capital markets, issuances of securities and engagement in merger and acquisition activities.
  • Professor Dr Teo Soo Hwang OBE
    Chief Executive, Cancer Research Malaysia Prof Teo Soo-Hwang is Chief Executive of Cancer Research Malaysia. Her team works with global teams to ensure that the fight against cancer doesn’t exclude Asians.
    Prof Teo has won prestigious grants from the Wellcome Trust and the Newton Fund to develop Precision Medicine for Asians, and recently became the first Malaysian in recent years to receive an Honorary OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for her contributions to medical research.
12.30pm - 1.45pm
1.45pm - 2.45pm
Plenary 2: Blockchain redefines the global economy
Rumour is blockchain will go mainstream in 2018. However, many only have the faintest idea or a vague understanding that it is a peer-to-peer network, that cuts out intermediaries. Others only associate it with cryptocurrencies. Which blockchain network goes public and which stays private for confidentiality reasons?

How secure is such a chain from manipulation, attack or damage? What about the regulatory ecosystem to support blockchain’s application? And, the question on every accountant’s mind, when will blockchain represent a perfect record of ownership and a near-frictionless method of value transfer, what role does the accountant play?

  • Matt Armitage (Moderator)
    Founder, Kulturpop Matt Armitage is a broadcaster, writer and consultant living in Malaysia. He is the founder of Kulturpop, a strategic communications consultancy and hosts Mattsplained, a technology and culture radio show and podcast, on BFM89.9. He is not afraid of the future. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/matt-armitage.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Professor Mahendhiran Nair FCPA (Aust.)
    Vice President (Research & Development), Monash University Malaysia Professor Mahendhiran Nair is the Vice President (Research & Development) at Monash University Malaysia and Chief Executive Officer of Monash Malaysia R&D Company.
    He has extensive experience in international education, where he has taught in Canada and the Asia-Pacific region. He has held senior leadership roles in tertiary institutions, developing strategies to promote education and research excellence in the ASEAN region. In his current roles at Monash University Malaysia, he is leading the development of multi-disciplinary research and education platforms that contribute to nation-building in the ASEAN region. Professor Mahendhiran has been a subject matter expert for government agencies, public policy organisations and ‘think-tanks’ in Malaysia and the Middle East.
  • Mohd Zikry Kholil
    Co-founder and Chief Communications Officer, Incitement Since co-founding Incitement in 2011, his work in creating impact has led to wide recognitions such as Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2016, Top 100 Worlds Visionary Leader 2016 alongside notable figures like Malala, and voted as Top 10 Malaysia's Most Innovative Entrepreneurs. He is arguably one of the most significant upcoming thought leaders in the social industry and is internationally sought after to deliver keynotes at high-level industry conferences. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/mohd_zikry_kholil.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Shah Mohammad Ali
    Head, Fintech and Islamic Markets, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Fin-tech enthusiast with many years of experience in leading positions at governmental and private organisations in multiple countries. His portfolio includes involvement in number of consultancy projects in South East Asia and the Gulf Region. He is an advocate of ‘Smart Partnerships’ between technology developers and FSI through thought leadership and advisory.  
2.45pm - 3.45pm
Rapid-fire: Getting the digital age organisational culture right
In the age of digital disruption, a strong digital strategy is essential for a company’s continued survival. However, without a corporate culture that supports its execution, company objectives may not be satisfactorily met. It is said companies need to take a quantum leap to establish an environment that encourages employee empowerment to shape new values.
So, what does a thriving organisational culture looks like in the digital age? Do you need to dismantle control hierarchies and give way to collaborative ones? What are the cultural elements, deemed as major impediments to digital success and, more importantly, what are the distinct challenges to bridging company culture with the digital age?
  • Shankar R Santhiram (Moderator)
    Lead Trainer & Principal Consultant, EQTD Consulting Sdn Bhd Shankar R. Santhiram is an Executive Leadership Coach. In 2002, he founded EQTD Consulting, a boutique training and management consulting outfit. Currently, he consults and conducts leadership training programmes for some of Malaysia’s best known corporate entities, including Khazanah Nasional, Media Prima Berhad, CIMB Group, AM Bank Berhad, Siemens Malaysia, Sunway Group and Astra Zeneca. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/shankar-santhiram.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Lee Soo Fern CPA (Aust.)
    Partner and Malaysia Talent Leader, Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd, EY Asean Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader Soo Fern began her career as an auditor and her professional accounting career spanned 10 years, including a five-year term with EY in Singapore. Her unique experience, having been in both the service line and talent management function, puts her in good stead to accelerate EY’s Diversity and inclusiveness efforts. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/lee-soo-fern.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Molly Wong
    Partner and Operations Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers Associates Sdn Bhd As COO of PwC Malaysia, she orchestrates the services of IT, Finance, Admin and Practice Management to support the business. She also supports the leadership team in driving the overall agenda and strategic priorities. She has integrated her experiences in audit and tax into her current role. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/molly-wong.jpg?h=180&w=180
  • Monsy Siew
    Executive Director – People, Performance and Culture, KPMG in Malaysia As the Executive Director for People, Performance & Culture in KPMG, Monsy leads the team managing Talent Acquisition and Branding, Talent Engagement and Communication, Talent Performance and Rewards, Systems and Analytics & Talent Mobility and Government Relations.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, USA. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/monsy-siew.jpg?h=180&w=180
3.45pm - 4.15pm
Afternoon tea and networking break
4.15pm - 5.15pm
Special session: Societal impact of data – will humanity remain in cont…
Unlike anything humanity has ever experienced, the data revolution has taken us to a whole new level. All this data is being recorded and stored and there are powerful data-driven tools that help address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, from health to hunger to even influencing an electorate. So, what does the future hold for mankind with the perils and promises of this unstoppable force?
  • Kamarul Bahrin (Facilitator)
    Vice President, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, BM News and Current Affairs, Astro Awani

    Kamarul Bahrin Bin Haron is a multiple award-winning TV journalist, editor and anchor in Malaysia with 23 years of experience in reporting and producing news and current affairs content. This bachelor of broadcasting graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang goes live on prime time TV and web streaming every Monday to Friday, discussing the latest and most relevant issues of the day in the evening prime talk show called Agenda Awani. His staple focus areas include civil society, political and government transformation, globalisation, sustainability, innovation, social empowerment, inclusiveness, disruptions and entrepreneurship. Kamarul is currently on a mission to find and build new ways and partnerships to leverage on big data driven journalism for the channel. This ranges from data dashboards and real time data to fake news verification to user generated content and citizen journalism integration.

  • Premesh Chandran
    Chief Executive Officer, Premesh is also the co-founder of, which reaches over 6 million readers in multi-language. He holds a degree in Physics and a Masters degree in International Studies. He is TED Fellow, a recipient of Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tan Fellowship and was the Media Personality of the Year in 2012. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/premesh-chandran.jpeg?h=180&w=180
  • Rafizi Ramli
    Founder, INVOKE Malaysia Rafizi Ramli founded INVOKE as a data analytics firm to reach out to Malaysians towards the 14th GE. INVOKE-backed candidates won in 42 out of 44 seats, showcasing the power of data to influence the public. INVOKE is the only organisation that correctly predicted the outcome of the election. /~/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/rafizi-ramli.jpg?h=180&w=180


  • 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.

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