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Program

The Singapore program contains a Business and Technical track running concurrently in the afternoon. Select your preferred session track at checkout.

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keynote and plenaries

8.00am - 8.45am
Registration and arrival refreshments
8.45am - 8.55am
Welcome remarks
Speaker
  • Yeoh Oon Jin FCPA (Aust.)
    Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore and Divisional President – Singapore, CPA Australia
    • Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore  
    • Member of the PwC Executive Board for the CaTSH firm, which comprises the PwC firms in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
    • Been with PwC for more than 30 years. He has been a key member of the firm’s Leadership Team for more than 10 years, and has led the firm through key growth milestones.
    • Has considerable experience working with a wide range of clients on corporatisations, initial public listings, due diligence and transaction support work
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8.55am - 9.05am
Keynote: Guest of honour
Speaker
  • Heng Chee How
    Deputy Secretary-General, NTUC and Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office
    • Mr Heng Chee How has been the Deputy Secretary-General of NTUC since 1999. He is also NTUC Union-Centric Director and Supervising Lead for the Labour Movement’s Electronics and Precision and Machinery Engineering Cluster.
    • Within the Labour Movement, Mr Heng Chee How sits in various NTUC councils and committees in the areas of industrial relations and union leadership development.
    • Mr Heng Chee How is also a Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and a Member of Parliament for the Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency.
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9.05am - 10.15am
Game changers – Super-charge your digital innovation strategy
Innovation and technology could be the biggest business game changers in coming years. Successfully integrating digitalisation and innovation into an organisation’s growth strategy will be critical to stand out from the competition. A leading bank shares innovative ideas that have put the power of banking and transactions at consumers’ fingertips. How will such technologies and possibilities change the face of tomorrow’s businesses? How can companies shape their digital strategy for future innovation and transactions? Top business leaders share their insights.
Speakers
  • Neal Cross (Keynote Speaker)
    Chief Innovation Officer, DBS Bank
    • Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank
    • Drives the bank’s innovation agenda regionally, as DBS moves to shape the future of banking, to enhance customer experience and better engage customers in the digital landscape
    • Has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, innovation and financial services
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  • Kiren Kumar
    Assistant Managing Director, Economic Development Board
    • Kiren Kumar is the Assistant Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
    • He oversees the Infocomms & Media industry cluster, Marketing & Communications division, Customer Experience Management & Singapore Welcome Centre for Corporates.
    • Since joining the EDB in 2001, Kiren has worked on various portfolios including economic policies formulation and industry development in sectors including: Infocomms & Media, Electronics and Precision Engineering.
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  • Prof Annie Koh
    Vice President for Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University
    • Annie Koh is Vice President for Office of Business Development, Singapore Management University (SMU).
    • A Practice Professor of Finance, Annie also holds the position of Academic Director for two university level institutes - the Business Families Institute (BFI) and International Trading Institute (ITI).
    • Annie serves on a number of councils, advisory boards and steering committees of corporate, government and academic institutions.
    • Annie is a recipient of the prestigious Singapore Public Administration Medal, Bronze in 2010 and Silver in 2016, for her contributions to education and public sector.
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  • Samba Natarajan
    Chief Executive Officer, Group Digital Life, Singtel
    • Samba’s area of focus is Singtel’s growth businesses in digital marketing, over-the-top video on demand, big data analytics, as well as its corporate venture capital fund.
    • He joined Singtel in May 2014 as Managing Director of Digital Enterprise, leading a team focused on identifying and executing on growth opportunities from emerging technology trends.
    • Samba has more than 25 years of corporate and consulting experience across a wide range of senior roles in the areas of strategy, business development and finance.
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  • Yeoh Oon Jin FCPA (Aust.)
    Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore and Divisional President – Singapore, CPA Australia
    • Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore  
    • Member of the PwC Executive Board for the CaTSH firm, which comprises the PwC firms in Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
    • Been with PwC for more than 30 years. He has been a key member of the firm’s Leadership Team for more than 10 years, and has led the firm through key growth milestones.
    • Has considerable experience working with a wide range of clients on corporatisations, initial public listings, due diligence and transaction support work
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10.15am - 10.45am
Game changers – Future-proof your finance capability
Structural shifts in the external environment and technological changes have caused significant business disruptions, raising concerns that current accounting and finance skillsets may not keep up with future business needs. What are the gaps between current capabilities and future finance needs? How are leading global and local organisations building their future workforce? A pioneering study shares insights and best practices.
Speaker
  • Vincent Toong FCPA (Aust.)
    Partner, Assurance Services, EY Singapore
    • Has more than 20 years of audit experience in Australia and Singapore. 
    • Expertise includes due diligence reviews, audit investigations, corporate restructures and valuations.
    • Managed several public issues on the Singapore Exchange and the sale of debt securities of overseas companies in Singapore.
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10.45am - 11.15am
Coffee break
11.15am - 12.00pm
Global mobility – The future of work in the gig economy
The gig economy is changing how people work. Fixed-term contracts and short-term work are in vogue, especially with millennials. What is the future of work as talent shift across borders, and, coupled with smart technologies, what is the shape of your future work force? How can organisations break out of old ways for the new “future of work”? Experts share their viewpoints.
Speakers
  • Clarence Tan
    Senior Vice-President, New Hotels AMEA, Intercontinental Hotels Group
    • Clarence Tan is the Senior Vice President New Hotels, AMEA based in Singapore and leads the efforts in hotel openings for all IHG brands across key markets in Asia, the Middle East & Africa.
    • Prior to this, he was the Chief Development Officer, AMEA from the end of 2014 to 2016.
    • Clarence has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and joined the company in 2004.
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  • Patrick Tay
    Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC
    • Patrick Tay is Assistant Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). 
    • He is Director of NTUC’s Legal Services Department, and Future Jobs, Skills & Training Department.
    • Representing the labour movement, Patrick has been involved in labour legislation reviews and changes.
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  • Donna Purdy
    Head of HR, Southeast Asia and Singapore, ABB
    • Donna has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources across a number of industries and countries. 
    • She has been with ABB for over 9 years. 
    • She is currently head of HR for Southeast Asia and Singapore, looking after Human Resources in this dynamic region, leading stakeholder engagement and people management strategies.
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  • Ong Pang Thye FCPA (Aust.)
    Divisional Deputy President – Singapore, CPA Australia and Managing Partner, KPMG Singapore
    • More than 20 years’ experience providing audit and advisory services 
    • Former Head of Audit, KPMG Singapore 
    • Council Member, CPA Australia, Singapore Division
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  • Philip Yuen FCPA (Aust.)
    CEO, Deloitte Singapore and Southeast Asia
    • Philip Yuen is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Southeast Asia & Singapore. 
    • He has over 30 years of public accounting experience in the United Kingdom and Singapore.
    • Prior to his election as CEO on 1 June 2016, Mr Yuen held various key leadership positions in Deloitte Southeast Asia and Singapore.
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12.00pm - 12.30pm
Global strategy – Outclass the protectionist era
Protectionist tendencies around the world are rising, threatening organisations and economies that thrive on free trade. What is the state of play with current trends and how should they shape your business strategy to outclass the era of protectionism? Identify the global opportunities for your business, even as some markets turn inward, and understand how you can avoid the pitfalls.
Speaker
  • Callum Henderson
    Managing Director, Global Markets, Asia Pacific, Eurasia Group
    • Callum Henderson is Managing Director, Global Markets, Asia Pacific for Eurasia Group.
    • He is responsible for the Singapore office and Asian investor business strategy.
    • Prior to this role, Callum was Director of Global Markets Research based in London. 
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12.30pm - 1.30pm
Lunch

Sectors

  • 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.

Sorry, there is no session available in your chosen stream.

Business track

1.30pm - 2.15pm
A1
Data unleashed – In data you trust?
Data and analytics represent the most powerful change catalyst and competitive value for organisations. Protecting the data treasure is every staff’s priority as cyber thieves get more sophisticated and different regions have different privacy rules. So, what are the hottest new trends in cybersecurity and data privacy, and how can you build a DNA of trust in the value of data?
Speakers
  • Gerry Chng
    ASEAN Cyber Security Leader, EY
    • Gerry Chng is a Partner in the EY Advisory Services practice, managing the Cybersecurity services for the ASEAN region.
    • With 20 years of Information Security experience, he is a trusted advisor to clients on their cybersecurity concerns.
    • His areas of experience range from security and risk governance, security policies and operations, risk management and cyber risk management. 
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  • Christophe Durand
    Head of Strategy and Outreach, Interpol
    • A Police Senior Superintendent, seconded from the French Judicial Police to INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI), Singapore. 
    • Responsible for obtaining and evaluating information about trends of cybercrime in order to fine tune the strategy. 
    • Has accumulated over 20 years of experience at the confluence of organised crime especially through financial approach and IT issues.
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  • John Lee
    President, ISACA Singapore Chapter
    • John Lee has over 20 years of information systems and security management experience working with service providers and end users.
    • His experience spans a wide range of functions including infrastructure & security service delivery, consulting, training, application management, project management office and business CIO office.
    • John is currently an independent consultant and trainer.
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  • Viktor Pozgay
    Chief Information Security Officer, Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific
    • Responsible for strategic leadership of Avaloq’s Cyber security program in Asia Pacific.
    • Previously led the Information Risk and Security Delivery Management for HP’s Enterprise Services, across its Asia Pacific and Japan region.
    • Has 15 years of experience in information risk, security and service management across multiple industries. 
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2.15pm - 3.00pm
A2
Data unleashed – Harnessing the power
Artificial intelligence, digital identities and blockchain, among other new data technologies, are having a deep impact on people, processes and technical approaches for real-time monitoring and reporting. Data agility creates vital new business intelligence and separates winners and losers. Get practical tips on successfully harnessing and maximising the value of data as a major competitive differentiator and innovative business enabler.
Speaker
  • Dr Lim Woo Lip
    Vice President, Data Analytics & Cyber Security, StarHub
    • Dr Lim Woo Lip is the Vice President of SmartHub, StarHub’s analytics arm where he leads the development of the analytics and cyber security capabilities.
    • He is responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with government agencies, institutes of higher learning and companies for collaborations in the analytics and cyber security domains.
    • Dr Lim worked in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for 25 years during which he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) and the Long Service Medal in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
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3.00pm - 3.30pm
Coffee Break
3.30pm - 4.15pm
A3
Top tips to manage your operational risks in a VUCA world
Slowing export markets, changes in business models, regulatory reforms and geopolitical concerns are among many issues that create new operational risks for organisations. The need to mitigate the risks is even stronger in an uncertain environment and every staff member needs to appreciate the practical issues. This session shares top tips to help you better manage the risks facing your business.
Speaker
  • Irving Low FCPA (Aust.)
    Partner and Head of Risk Consulting, KPMG Singapore
    • Heads the Risk Consulting Practice at KPMG in both Singapore and Indonesia
    • More than 23 years’ experience at KPMG in both the London and Singapore offices
    • Also the Head of Markets in Singapore and a member of the firm’s Senior Management Executive Committee
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4.15pm - 5.00pm
A4
Design thinking – Engineer a solution-based approach to solving operati…
Design thinking is fast taking root as an innovative means for companies to solve complex problems in creative ways. It draws on logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning to create products or services that better match customers’ expectations. This session shares insights on how this solution-focused and action-oriented approach can give your organisation a competitive edge in a disruptive future.
Speaker
  • Agnes Kwek
    Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council
    • As Executive Director of the DesignSingapore Council, Agnes Kwek leads the Council to chart and implement national policies on design to make Singapore an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city by design.
    • She has 15 years of public service under her belt, in portfolios spanning defence diplomacy, economic manpower policy, community organisation and social welfare, and public service transformation.
    • Prior to DSC, Agnes helmed the transformation effort towards a commuter-centric land transport system.
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Sectors

  • 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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Technical Track

1.30pm - 3.00pm
B1
Masterclass: Practical tips for IFRS 9 credit losses for non-financial …

The new expected credit loss model for impairment under IFRS 9, effective 1 January 2018, will affect any company with loans, amongst other financial assets. The standard’s improvements will fundamentally change current practice and will significantly impact implementation and systems. This Masterclass will share practical advice and examples on how finance teams may handle the implementation issues in their operations.

Speakers
  • Tay Boon Suan
    Partner, Deloitte Singapore
    • Tay Boon Suan is a Partner with Deloitte Singapore, leading the firm’s IAS 39/IFRS 9 advisory team.
    • He has extensive experience in the audits of local and multinational companies, with focus on the financial services industry, particularly the compliance, credit, deposit, treasury and front office operations.
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  • Aylwin How
    Partner, Deloitte Southeast Asia
    • Aylwin How is a Partner in Deloitte Southeast Asia.
    • Aylwin specialises in providing assurance and advisory services to financial institutions, and has extensive IFRS 9 and financial instruments accounting experience.
    • He is part of the Deloitte SEA IFRS Centre of Excellence technical team, focusing on financial instruments accounting.
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3.00pm - 3.30pm
Coffee Break
3.30pm - 5.00pm
B2
Masterclass: Practical tips for IFRS 15 Revenue Recognition implementat…
The new IFRS 15 revenue recognition standard kicks in on 1 January 2018. Following extensive feedback, standards setters have clarified issues like identifying performance obligations, defining a principal or agent, and practical expedients to transition requirements. Certain industry groups will see greater impact than others. This Masterclass shares practical tips for efficient and effective implementation of the new standard.
Speaker
  • Kok Moi Lre FCPA (Aust.)
    Partner, PwC Singapore
    • Moi Lre has over 20 years of professional experience in auditing.  
    • She is currently a partner in PwC Singapore’s Assurance practice, serving clients primarily in the real estate and transportation sectors. 
    • Moi Lre has been the firm's lead Accounting Technical Partner since 2007 and she champions high quality financial reporting as one of the accredited IFRS specialists within the PwC global network.  
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Sectors

  • 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.