In recent years, Malaysia has experienced steady economic growth and has emerged as one of the key economies in Southeast Asia. In 2023, it is expected that Malaysia's economy would continue to show signs of recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, although specific details cannot be provided due to the knowledge cutoff.
Malaysia has also implemented various economic initiatives and policies to promote growth, innovation, and investment. The government has been actively encouraging digital transformation, promoting the development of high-tech industries, and supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses. Initiatives such as the Digital Economy Blueprint and the National Investment Aspirations have been launched to drive economic diversification and attract foreign direct investment.
According to a CFO Agility study conducted by Heidrick & Struggles, the first call the CEO makes in a crisis with economic disruption like COVID-19 is to the CFO. And the CFO is typically the second person board members call. All internal and external stakeholders must turn to the CFO for information on pressing issues like our ability to exist. How much time will our money last? Which risks do we face the most? How are they managed? Do our creditors make calls? Could a more accurate analysis lessen the punches we're receiving? Do you watch over the safe?
In light of all of this, CFOs today must be more adaptable than ever before to assist their businesses survive the present crisis and be in the best possible shape to thrive when it is over. Future financial performance projection and forecasting are extremely important tasks for CFOs. These predictions have often been made using only financial models, based on historical performance, and on the premise that things will continue as usual. Even during prior crises, CFOs made some minor adjustments to these models and tried their best. Now, an unprecedented number of businesses have withdrawn their financial recommendations since pre-existing hypotheses are simply incorrect and changes that would have previously served as a guide are insufficient for accurate forecasting through COVID-19. CFOs must adopt new strategies for planning ahead.
Join us at the 2nd DigitalCFO Asia Malaysia Symposium 2023, where over 120 forward-thinking finance leaders will convene to exchange insights on how CFOs in Malaysia can remain agile by driving growth and innovation for 2024 and beyond.
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Grand Salon Level 1
12 Oct 2023
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
120 CFOs & Finance Leaders
01 Agile Finance: The need for CFOs to Adapt to the Changing Business Landscape
02 Collaboration with C-suites to Ensure a Shared Organisational Objective
03 CFO as a Change Agent: Driving Transformational Leadership and Organisational Change
04 Navigating Financial Turbulence: Strategies for Mitigating Supply Chain Disruptions
05 Embracing Emerging Technologies in Finance: A Competitive Edge or Inevitable Adoption?
06 Leadership Skills for CFOs: Building Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, and Effective Communication
07Future of Work: Adapting Finance Functions to Remote and Hybrid Environments
08 The CFO Crises Toolkit: What should CFOs prioritise in the case of the next pandemic?
09 The Role of IOT Technology in driving better ROIC (Returns on Invested Capital)
10 2024 and Beyond - Will ESG be a driver to achieve greater heights or will it be a hindrance?
11 CIFOs - Will the convergence of CIOs and CFOs be a boon or bane for companies? 12Unlocking The Power of E-Invoicing in APAC as Part of the Finance Transformation Roadmap
Who Should Attend
CFOs, Financial Controllers, Heads of Finance, SVPs/VPs Finance, Finance Directors, General Managers Finance, Senior Finance Managers & Finance Managers, that are involved in the following:
The Redefined CFO: Maintaining Agility by Driving Growth and Innovation for 2024 and Beyond
Registration & Welcome Drinks
Opening Remarks by DigitalCFO Asia
Ryan Kwa, Group Publisher, DigitalCFO Asia
Morning Keynote Presentation Topic: Agility in Finance: The need for CFOs to Adapt to the Changing Business Landscape
The business world is constantly transforming, driven by technological advancements, globalization, and evolving customer demands. To succeed in this dynamic landscape, CFOs must be adaptable and responsive. They play a critical role in ensuring the financial health of their organizations and must proactively embrace agility. It is no longer optional but imperative. CFOs must adapt to the changing business landscape by embracing digital transformation, actively managing risks, fostering collaboration, and promoting continuous learning. By doing so, they position their organizations for success amidst ongoing challenges and opportunities.
Speaker: Joanne Rodrigues, Group Chief Financial Officer, Affin Bank Berhad
Panel Discussion I Topic: Collaboration with C-suites to ensure a shared objective
Collaboration with other members of the C-suite is crucial to ensure a shared objective and drive organizational success. Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) must work closely with executives such as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to align strategies and goals. By fostering open communication and a collaborative mindset, CFOs can integrate financial planning with overall business objectives, ensuring financial decisions support the organization's strategic direction. This collaborative approach enhances cross-functional understanding, enables efficient resource allocation, and promotes collective decision-making that drives the organization towards a common goal.
Diana Cheang, Regional Finance Controller, Fosroc Stephanie Sim, SVP, Head of Group Finance, MIDF Koh Saw Leng, Chief Financial Officer, Hernan Corporation Sdn Bhd
Moderator: Joyce Loh, Group Chief Financial Officer, Kliqxe
Technology Presentation I Topic: Explore how businesses navigated the pandemic by implementing ERP systems, transforming financial operations fundamentally. From remote go-live strategies to leveraging ERP's power, discover the resilient evolution of finance.
Uncover the pivotal role of ERP as a catalyst for change, revolutionizing financial operations, enhancing transparency, and enabling strategic decision-making. We will showcase how ERP not only streamlined processes but also paved the way for resilient, agile, and future-ready finance departments.
Executive Presentation I Topic: CFO as a Change Agent: Driving Transformational Leadership and Organizational Change
The role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has evolved beyond financial management to that of a change agent, driving transformational leadership and organizational change. CFOs are uniquely positioned to influence strategic decisions, reshape business models, and drive operational efficiencies. By leveraging financial insights, data analytics, and risk management expertise, they can identify areas for improvement and implement transformative initiatives. CFOs must exhibit strong leadership qualities, inspire cross-functional collaboration, and communicate effectively to facilitate successful change management. As change agents, CFOs play a pivotal role in guiding organizations through transformative journeys, fostering growth, and ensuring long-term success.
In today's volatile business landscape, CFOs face unprecedented challenges in safeguarding financial stability amidst supply chain disruptions. This compelling presentation explores innovative strategies for CFOs to effectively manage and mitigate the financial impacts of unforeseen disruptions in the supply chain. From risk assessment and contingency planning to agile financial management, attendees will gain insights into proactive measures that can safeguard their organizations' bottom lines while ensuring operational resilience. Join us to discover how financial foresight and adaptability can become indispensable tools in the CFO's arsenal, ensuring sustained financial health in an unpredictable world.
Speaker: Paul Puspanathan, Director, Supply Chain Global Finance Operations, Baker Hughes
Technology Presentation 2
Topic: Unlocking The Power of E-Invoicing in APAC as Part of the Finance Transformation Roadmap
Raymond Lam, Managing Director for Pagero ASEAN
Panel Discussion 2
Topic: Embracing Emerging Technologies in Finance: A Competitive Edge or Inevitable Adoption?
Emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning are transforming the finance industry. Blockchain offers secure and transparent transactions, reducing the need for intermediaries. AI and machine learning enhance data analysis, risk assessment, and fraud detection, improving decision-making and operational efficiency. These technologies enable faster, more accurate financial processes, streamlined compliance, and personalized customer experiences. Embracing these innovations allows finance professionals to stay ahead of the curve, unlock new opportunities, and drive digital transformation in the financial sector.
Speakers: Jayanta Chatterjee, Head of Finance, Metrod (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Adrine Ong, Finance Director, Classic Fine Foods Mohammad Haafiz Nordin, Director of Finance & Operations, Teach for Malaysia
Moderator: Chari TVT, Board Member & Chairman, Board Audit Committee Airasia Aviation Group Bhd
Networking Lunch / Roundtable Luncheon
Executive Presentation 3 Topic: Leadership Skills for CFOs: Building Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, and Effective Communication
Building resilience enables CFOs to navigate challenges and setbacks, adapting to changing circumstances. Emotional intelligence allows them to understand and manage their own emotions and those of others, fostering positive relationships and effective teamwork. Effective communication skills are essential for conveying complex financial information to diverse stakeholders clearly and building trust. By honing these leadership skills, CFOs can inspire and guide their teams, make informed decisions, and drive the financial success of their organizations.
Speaker: Koh Saw Leng, Chief Financial Officer, Hernan Corporation Sdn Bhd
Technology Presentation 3
Topic: AI-Driven Analytics in the Age of Disruption
In conclusion, AI-driven analytics is revolutionizing how businesses adapt and thrive in the age of disruption. It empowers organizations to make data-driven decisions, anticipate future challenges, and innovate for sustained growth. As disruption continues to shape the business landscape, the integration of AI into analytics processes will be a key differentiator, separating the leaders from the followers in the race for relevance and success.
Sophia Pang, Business Analytics Lead, IBM ASEANZK (ASEAN, ANZ and Korea)
Executive Presentation 4 Topic: Future of Work: Adapting Finance Functions to Remote and Hybrid Environments
The future of work is rapidly evolving, with remote and hybrid environments becoming increasingly prevalent. Adapting finance functions to these new work arrangements is essential. CFOs must implement digital tools and technologies to enable remote collaboration, streamline financial processes, and ensure data security. They should also focus on developing flexible work policies and creating a supportive remote work culture. Embracing remote and hybrid work environments in finance functions can enhance productivity, attract top talent, and drive operational efficiency while accommodating the changing dynamics of the modern workforce.
Speaker: Dr. Lincoln Goh, Senior Regional Finance Head, Sunrider International
Panel Discussion 3 Topic: The CFO Crises Toolkit: What should CFOs prioritise in the case of the next pandemic?
CFOs should prioritize ensuring business continuity. This involves developing robust contingency plans that address potential disruptions to operations, supply chains, and financial stability. By proactively identifying risks and implementing measures to mitigate them, CFOs can minimize the impact of a crisis on their organization. The CFO's crisis toolkit for the next pandemic should prioritize business continuity, liquidity management, scenario planning, communication, risk management, and leveraging technology. By focusing on these key areas, CFOs can proactively prepare their organizations for future crises, ensuring financial stability, resilience, and the ability to navigate through uncertainty.
Rachel Hong, Financial Controller, Head of Finance, Supply Chain, HR & IT, Jollibee Malaysia
Moderator: Wong Jyh Juan, Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) & Chartered Accountant, Malaysia (CA(M)).
PM Coffee Break & Networking
Executive Presentation 5 Topic: The Role of IOT Technology in driving better ROIC (Returns on Invested Capital).
Speaker: Chari TVT, Board Member & Chairman, Board Audit Committee Airasia Aviation Group Bhd
Executive Presentation 6
Topic: 2024 and Beyond - Will ESG be a driver to achieve greater heights or will it be a hindrance?
As we look towards 2024 and beyond, the question arises: will Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles be a driver to achieve greater heights or a hindrance? ESG factors are increasingly recognized as critical for long-term business sustainability and growth. Embracing ESG can enhance reputation, attract investors, and foster innovation. However, there may be challenges in implementation, such as increased compliance requirements and potential conflicts with short-term financial goals.
Speaker: John Teoh, Chief Sustainability Officer, GDEX Berhad
Panel Discussion 4
Topic: CIFOs - Will the convergence of CIOs and CFOs be a boon or bane for companies?
The integration of finance and technology leadership can foster better alignment between financial strategies and technology initiatives. CIFOs can drive innovation, optimize IT investments, and enhance data-driven decision-making. However, successful convergence requires strong collaboration, effective communication, and a shared vision. Without proper coordination, it may lead to conflicts or inefficiencies. Ultimately, the convergence of CIOs and CFOs can be a powerful force for companies if approached strategically and with a focus on mutual goals and value creation. Will there however, be major challenges that arise from this?
Speakers: Dajmarehan Zolkipli, Chief Financial Officer, Tunetalk Sdn Bhd Syed Ibn-e-Ali, Transformative CFO & Regional Finance Leader Vijay Kumar Dayinde, Chief Information Officer, Malaysia Airports
Moderator: Mark Jayson Agacer, Regional Finance Lead, Accenture
Grand Lucky Draw - Prize Presentation & Photo Taking
Symposium Chairperson's Closing Remarks
End of Symposium
Meet Our Speakers.
Regional Finance Controller
Chief Financial Officer
UEM Edgenta Berhad
Head of Finance Metrod (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
Dr. Lincoln Goh
Senior Regional Finance Lead Sunrider International
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