20 - 21 JULY | BANGKOK



8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Breakfast

Morning registration & name-badge collection, then grab some breakfast & coffee/tea.


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Assertive leadership in a risk averse world

Richard Hayler, Group CFO, Nutrition Technologies

Great companies are built because at some point someone made a bold decision that their peers did not.

Today, we live in a risk averse world, driven not only by increasing regulation but also from the increased fear of making mistakes. People have always made mistakes, but in today’s hyper connected ‘real time’ world, mistakes can get out of control at an alarming rate.

Business is inherently a risk-taking activity, and decision paralysis through fear equals a slow corporate death. In these uncertain times it is time for the return of assertive leadership.


9:30 am - 10:00 am

The CFO's role in Digital Transformation

Haider Manasawala, Regional Finance Head, EMEA & SA, Chevron

Going “Digital” is no longer a nice to have, is a need to avoid getting behind, but that is not the only transformation Finance is or will be going through.

We will explore what the key elements are for a successful and continuous transformation of the Finance function, highlighting the CFO’s main focus in driving the digital.


10:00 am - 10:30 am

How to embark on a digital transformation journey

Jasmine Chung, Regional VP Finance, TabSquare

We’ll be exploring the role and evolving expectation of the Finance function.

Jasmine will be going through the steps to be undertaken for the digital transformation journey:

  1. Review of today and targeted finance team structure and skill set
  2. Review of Finance’s priorities in the medium term (3-5 years)
  3. Work with management team on the digitization strategy and assess support level
  4. Set objectives for digital transformation efforts

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Coffee Break


11:00 am - 11:30 am

The role of finance in the digital era

Tanisha Govindarajan, CFO SAPMENA, PPD, L’Oréal

This session will cover how finance has transformed in the digital era, and what the expectations are for a CFO and the finance team in the future.


11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Giving Finance a voice through effective Business Partnering

Neeraj Singhal, CFO APAC, MD, BCD Travel

Many organizations have already begun investing in finance business partnering capabilities, but CFOs must embrace the challenge of translating this capability into benefits for the organization. 

Taking a strategic approach to ensure finance business partners are focussed on key areas of activity will gain trust and buy-in from the business. This session will look at how that will support in delivering value and shaping strategy.


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch Break


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How CFOs can increase business agility

Priya Deepak, Asia Cluster CFO, Pharma, Novartis

Agility is defined as the ability to move quickly and easily. For businesses, it is the ability to move swift, efficiently and effectively without losing momentum towards the end goal.

Join Priya to hear her experiences in optimizing technology, organizational design, processes, and people in order to maximize business agility.


1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Looking to the future of the CFO

Darren NG, MD, CFO, COO, Asia, Taki

To be successful, CFOs of the Future will have to become even more agile and leverage real-time predictive analytics to spot trends and opportunities.

Most importantly, they must have a clear fundamental understanding of how value is created in their business, allocate resources more dynamically to strengthen the business, and innovate at an increasingly rapid pace.

Revelation beats information, and the importance of Finance being able to provide analytical insights cannot be further emphasised.


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Strategic finance in a 10x growth environment

Dinesh Uruthiramoorthy, Head, Corporate Development & FP&A, Multiplier

Strategic finance which broadly covers corporate development, financial planning & analysis, business planning, and corporate strategy can take on a very different flavor in a 10X growth environment, which could be a startup or a high growth tech firm.

This presentation covers some of the key aspects, challenges, and best practices for this function in the context of becoming an entirely different beast from what is typical in large corporations.


2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Future CFOs and the skills required

Alison Bertholon, APAC Finance Director, Volvo Bus
Timothy Mhagama, TE Automotive APAC, TE Connectivity
Chang Zi Xin, Head of Finance, FrieslandCampina
Carlos Patarrana, CFO, Asia Cluster, Sandoz

Finance functions are facing new and ever-changing challenges and their approach to these needs to be different from the past. We see more change, and more swirl than ever before, yet at the same time the fundamentals of a good finance function remain the same.

This includes both what finance functions are doing, their use of technology and the skills required by finance professionals of the future.

Now, more than ever, Finance needs to be ‘In the Business’! A changing landscape also highlights the need for a more inclusive and diverse finance function with the breadth of skills and viewpoints critical to succeeding in the future world.

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Great leaders of organizations run after problems, make their footprint bigger than their foot, and always strive to find the truth — because you have to get to the truth to be excellent.

CFO, Twitter

The primary mandate of the CFO is to be the guardian of shareholder value for the company. Traditionally, this was about managing risk, but today CFOs are expected to balance risk and opportunity. It's become quite a quite multi-dimensional role.


Operating a global business in a fast-changing world, you have to be grounded real-time in the external environment, have complete transparency, be fact-based and working with a great, collaborative team.

CFO, Ford

With an increasingly integrated world economy, be prepared to respond to higher levels of both risk and opportunity. A strong balance sheet is a tremendous asset when managing though periods of volatility.

CFO, Chevron

From an M&A standpoint, the returns on a spreadsheet are interesting, but it is far more important to be comfortable with the people running the business.

CFO, Krogers

Look at what your organization needs and don't be afraid to take chances, but balance risk with success, only increasing the former when the latter goals are being met.

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