The Redefined CFO: Leading Finance Through Innovation

and Capitalizing on Emerging Opportunities

14 September 2023 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | W
Hong Kong


About the Symposium

In 2023, Hong Kong's economy is likely to continue its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The government's stimulus measures, coupled with global economic growth, are expected to drive a rebound in trade, tourism, and investment. The city's financial sector is expected to remain a key driver of growth, supported by a robust regulatory framework and the implementation of new technologies.

Despite the overall positive outlook, Hong Kong's economy may face some challenges in 2023. Ongoing geopolitical tensions, particularly between the US and China, could impact the city's trade and investment flows. Rising inflation, as well as supply chain disruptions, could also affect consumer confidence and business operations.

According to a study conducted by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), while Hong Kong's economy is facing challenges in the short-term due to the pandemic and global uncertainties, the city's strong fundamentals and continued commitment to innovation and internationalization will support long-term growth and resilience. It emphasizes the importance of digital transformation in supporting Hong Kong's economic recovery and competitiveness. CFOs can leverage this insight to identify areas where digital transformation can enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and improve customer experiences. The study highlights areas such as green finance, e-commerce, and fintech as potential growth areas for Hong Kong's economy. 

With the ongoing potential impacts of global geopolitical developments on Hong Kong's economy, CFOs can use this as the driver to assess the potential risks to their businesses, identify opportunities for diversification, and develop contingency plans to mitigate risks.

Join us at DigitalCFO Asia Hong Kong Symposium 2023, where over 120 forward-thinking finance leaders will convene to exchange insights on how CFOs can lead finance through innovation and capitalize on emerging opportunities. 

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Great Room
7th Floor
W Hong Kong
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station
Kowloon, Hong Kong


14 Sep 2023

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


120 CFOs & Finance Leaders from Hong Kong

Discussion Points

01 Navigating Economic Uncertainties - Hong Kong’s Economic Outlook for 2023 and Beyond

02 Digital Transformation and the Future of Finance in Hong Kong

03 Predictions for the Role of Chief Financial Officers in Hong Kong

Maximizing Shareholder Value through Effective Financial Management

Developing a Talent Pipeline for Finance Leadership

06 Capitalizing on Emerging Opportunities: CFOs as Key Changemakers

07 Finance and Procurement Evolution

08 Hong Kong's Fintech Evolution: From Financial Hub to Innovation Center

What Comes Next after Adoption of Technology for Finance Processes

Future of Payments - AI & Automation

Who Should Attend

Group CFOs, CFOs, CEOs, Managing Directors, Founders, Financial Controllers, Heads of Finance, SVPs/VPs Finance, Finance Directors, General Managers Finance, Finance Business Partners, Senior Finance Managers & Finance Managers, that are involved in the following:


  • Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)
  • Strategic Planning & Forecasting
  • Costing & Budgeting
  • Treasury Operations
  • Project Financing
  • Financial & Management Accounting
  • Merger & Acquisition (M&A)
  • Investment / Portfolio Management
  • Auditing & Internal Control
  • Tax Governance, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC)
  • Statutory & Regulatory Reporting
  • Fiscal Policy Planning
  • Financial Technology Solutions
  • Digital & Finance Transformation

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Event Agenda

The Redefined CFO: Leading Finance Through Innovation and Capitalizing on

Emerging Opportunities

8:30 AM

Registration & Welcome Drinks

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks by DigitalCFO Asia

Speaker: Ryan Kwa, Group Publisher, DigitalCFO Asia

9:10 AM

Opening Keynote Presentation
Topic: Digital transformation and the future of finance in Hong Kong

Digital transformation is rapidly changing the finance industry in Hong Kong, as companies seek to leverage technology to streamline operations, enhance customer experiences, and drive growth. This transformation is being driven by a range of technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, and the Internet of Things. At the heart of digital transformation is data. Finance leaders must be able to collect, analyze, and act on data in real-time to make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition. This requires a fundamental shift in mindset and a willingness to embrace new technologies and business models.


Kunaal Abhijit Masih, Head of Digital Transformation - Finance, Procurement, GBS, Hyperautomation COE, Cathay Pacific
Charlie Aleman, Finance Transformation Manager, Cathay Pacific

9:40 AM

Panel Discussion I
Topic: Predictions for the Role of Chief Financial Officers in Hong Kong

The role of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in Hong Kong is evolving rapidly in response to a range of factors, including digital transformation, regulatory changes, and shifting economic and business landscapes. As a result, there are several predictions for how the role of CFOs will change in the coming years. One prediction is that CFOs will become increasingly strategic, with a focus on driving growth and innovation rather than simply managing finances. This will require CFOs to have a deep understanding of their organization's business model, market dynamics, and competitive landscape, and to be able to identify and seize opportunities for growth. The panel will discuss more predictions in the years to come.

Dr. Travis Huggins, Finance Director, City Facilities Management

Deric Stephane, Senior Regional Financial Controller, Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific

Angus Tsang, Chief Financial Officer, CN Logistics International Holdings Limited

Guru Balasubramaniam, Country President, Securitas Hong Kong & CIMA HK Committee Member

10:10 AM

Technology Presentation I

Topic: Finance & Procurement Evolution: How to Create the Source-to-Pay Dream Team

The dynamic evolution of the finance and procurement functions and how they can form a formidable Source-to-Pay dream team. CFOs in Hong Kong will gain valuable insights into the collaborative potential between these two critical departments and their combined impact on driving organizational success.

Charlie Cheah, Managing Director, Esker Asia


Jasper Chung, Head of Corporate Development Asia Pacific, The New York Times & CIMA Hong Kong, Committee Member

10:30 AM

AM Coffee Break & Networking

11:00 AM

Executive Presentation I
Topic: Hong Kong's Fintech Evolution - From Financial Hub to Innovation Center

In this session, we will explore the transformation of Hong Kong's financial landscape into a thriving center of fintech innovation, understanding the pivotal elements that propels this transformation - government-driven strategies, regulatory frameworks and dynamic collaborations between established financial entities and agile fintech startups. The session will also touch on compelling case studies across key domains such as payments, digital banking, blockchain technology and wealth management.

Neil Tan, Chairman, Fintech Association Hong Kong & Managing Partner, Tsunami Advisors.

11:20 AM

Fire-Side Chat I
Topic: Developing a talent pipeline for finance leadership

Developing a talent pipeline for finance leadership is critical for organizations to ensure a strong and sustainable future. It involves identifying and nurturing talent within the organization, as well as attracting and developing talent from outside sources. To build a strong talent pipeline, organizations must first define the skills, competencies, and experience required for finance leadership roles. This includes identifying core competencies such as financial acumen, strategic thinking, and leadership skills. This fireside chat discusses the long-term and strategic approach that CFOs should take in doing so.

Philip Shin, Chief Financial Officer - Prudence Foundation, Prudential plc

Nitish Tiwary, Human Resources Lead, APMEA, The Marketing Store Asia

11:40 AM

Technology Presentation 2

Topic: Future-Proofing Finance through Connected Reporting

Organisations today are stretched from a time and human capital perspective. As the architect of business transformation, how can CFOs use technology to automate the mundane and allow their teams to use their skills and experience to drive strategic value for their businesses? Here, we invite CFOs to hear how your teams can deliver timely and accurate, board-trusted data across financial, management and sustainability reporting.


Steven Shiu, Regional Sales Director of Greater China, Workiva

12:00 PM

Panel Discussion 2

Topic: What Comes Next After Adoption of Technology in Finance Processes?

Organizations should assess the success of the changes made after adopting finance transformation and note any gaps that require filling. In order to promote ongoing improvement, they should also concentrate on further streamlining the financial operations, making investments in talent development, and retaining momentum. By doing this, businesses can make sure they get the full rewards of the finance transformation and set themselves up for success in the long run.

Kenny Cheng, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, WeLab Bank
Caroline Djurvall, Regional Finance Director, McLarens
Helen Leung, Finance Director, APAC Leasing, Jones Lang LaSalle

Ray Ng, Group CFO, XB Market Ventures

12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM

Executive Presentation 2
Topic: Maximizing shareholder value through effective financial management

Maximizing shareholder value through effective financial management is a key priority for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and finance teams. It involves taking a strategic approach to financial management, with a focus on optimizing financial performance and creating value for shareholders. To maximize shareholder value, CFOs must first establish a clear understanding of the organization's financial goals and objectives. This includes setting financial targets, developing financial strategies, and implementing effective financial systems and processes.

Calvin Lim, Group Finance & Administration Director, Amazon Papyrus Chemicals Ltd

2:10 PM

Technology Presentation 3 

Topic: Embracing Agility: Key Essentials for CFOs to Thrive in Uncertain Times

In today's rapidly changing global economy, agility is crucial for CFOs. Join us as we explore how embracing agility benefits CFOs and drives success in uncertain times. Discover how agility enables CFOs to:
Embrace an iterative approach to continuously evolve and quickly realize the benefits of strategic initiatives;
Navigate the ever-changing market landscape, making timely, informed decisions to stay ahead of the competition; and
Prioritize investments to ensure ROI realization before making further commitments.

Mr. Andy Wu, an experienced leader in finance transformation projects for Fortune 500 clients, will provide valuable insights into the cornerstones of effective finance transformation, with real-life examples to illustrate these principles.


Andy Wu, Managing Partner, Novus Consulting

2:30 PM

Panel Discussion 3
Topic: Capitalizing on Emerging Opportunities: CFOs as key changemakers

To capitalize on emerging opportunities, CFOs must first identify key trends and changes in the business environment. This includes considering factors such as technological advances, changes in consumer behavior, and shifts in market demand. This panel will address how CFOs can work with other leaders within the organization to develop strategies that capitalize on these emerging opportunities. This can involve developing new products and services, entering new markets, and optimizing existing operations to drive growth.

Stephen Lo, Chief Financial Officer, Prenetics Group
Peter Ying, Chief Financial Officer, ALiA BioTech Group


Jay Boyle, Managing Director, Decision Critical

3:00 PM

PM Coffee Break & Networking

3:20 PM

Technology Presentation 4
Topic: Future of Payments - AI & Automation

How CFOs and Financial Controllers can leverage on AI & automation to streamline financial processes, enhance data accuracy and analysis, improve decision-making, and drive operational efficiency, ultimately enabling them to focus more on strategic initiatives and value-added activities.

Herman Yong, Chief Solutions Architect, One Pacific Limited

3:40 PM

Panel Discussion 4
Topic: How will the role of technology further impact finance functions in Hong Kong - What should CFOs be prepared for in 2024 and beyond?

The role of the finance function is evolving due to new technology, laws, and sustainability considerations, thus CFOs in Hong Kong should be ready for this fast-changing corporate environment. How can CFOs assist their organizations in navigating these changes and achieving sustainable growth in the years to come? By staying informed, making investments in talent and technology, and seizing new opportunities.

K Kwan, Controller, Venturity Financial Partners
Jemi Lam, Finance Director APAC, Western Digital

Leo Tsang, Group Chief Information Officer, Emperor Group

4:10 PM

Grand Lucky Draw - Prize Presentation & Photo Taking

4:25 PM

Closing Remarks by DigitalCFO Asia

4:30 PM

End of Symposium

Meet Our Speakers.

Ray Ng

Group Chief Financial Officer

XB Market Ventures

Deric Stephane

Senior Regional Financial Controller

Rhenus Logistics Asia Pacific

Charlie Cheah

Managing Director

Esker Asia

Jasper Chung

Head of Corporate Development, Asia Pacific

The New York Times

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