As we enter 2023, Thailand's economy has been slowly recovering from rising tourism activities brought on by the reopening of borders, which has led to stronger private consumption and increased investments in infrastructure projects. Both the IMF and Bank of Thailand forecast a 3.7% GDP growth from 2022, according to Deloitte's Economic Outlook Report for 4Q2022. Geo-political fragmentations (Russia-Ukraine war, USA-China tensions), inflation, increasing interest rates, and ongoing supply chain disruptions continue to be major risks and problems.
The digital landscape in Thailand continues to grow in tandem with the economy. In a post-pandemic world where business practices and consumer trends have largely shifted toward digitalization, firms can no longer afford to ignore the need for digital transformation. Those who do so run the risk of being left behind or rendered obsolete. ESG is becoming more significant as well. Companies are paying more attention to ESG and sustainability as investors and shareholders place more emphasis on ESG objectives. According to Deloitte's Thailand ESG & Sustainability Survey Report 2022, 34% of respondents have already established an ESG committee to guide and advance ESG in their firms.
The role of the CFO has evolved in this new, unsettling post-pandemic era. CFOs are no longer just crunching numbers and cutting costs. The new redefined CFO are now strategic leaders who must accelerate technology adoption for finance function excellence, manage finance talents and drive business growth, while ensuring ESG goals of the company are met. They must be ready to respond quickly, pivot, and occasionally re-pivot while utilizing data to provide value for their stakeholders and shareholders.
Join us at DigitalCFO Asia Thailand Symposium 2023, where over 120 forward-thinking finance leaders will convene to exchange insights on how Thailand CFOs can navigate the digital landscape in 2023 for companies to succeed in this new normal.
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W Bangkok Thailand
8 Jun 2023
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
120 CFOs & Finance Leaders
01 Navigating Uncertainty: Redefining the CFO's Role in a Post-Pandemic World 02 Predictions for the Role of Finance Function in Thailand - 2023 and Beyond
03 Unlocking Future Productivity with Complete Finance Digitisation
04 Managing Costs in Today’s High-Interest, High-Inflation Climate
05 How the role of CFOs and CIOs are converging today
06 Avoiding Setbacks on Digital Transformation Efforts by Bridging Digital Skills Gaps in Finance
07 Leveraging on Technology to Drive Finance Transformation
08 Tying in Finance with The Future of Work: What can finance leaders expect from the hybrid working model?
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:
The Redefined CFO: Navigating the Digital Landscape to Succeed in Thailand’s New Normal.
Registration & Welcome Drinks
Opening Remarks by DigitalCFO Asia
Ryan Kwa, Group Publisher, DigitalCFO Asia
Opening Keynote Presentation Topic: Navigating Uncertainty: Redefining the CFO's Role in a Post-Pandemic World
COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty for businesses around the world, forcing them to rethink their strategies and operations. The role of CFO has become more critical than ever in navigating this uncertainty. In a post-pandemic world, CFOs will need to redefine their role and adopt a more proactive approach in managing risk, driving innovation, and leveraging technology to support their organizations' growth. This requires a deep understanding of the changing business landscape and the ability to make informed decisions based on data-driven insights. CFOs who can successfully navigate this new reality will be instrumental in helping their organizations emerge stronger and more resilient than before.
Wayne Williams, Chief Financial Officer, Minor Hotels
Panel Discussion I Topic: Managing Costs in Today’s High-Interest, High-Inflation Climate In a high-interest rate environment, managing costs becomes crucial for businesses to remain competitive and profitable. By managing costs effectively, CFOs can optimize resource allocation and make better financial decisions, leading to improved financial performance, increased profitability, and better long-term sustainability. Cost management can also free up cash flow, providing businesses with more flexibility to invest in new opportunities, pay off debt, or return capital to shareholders.
Key Discussion Points:
- Reviewing and analyzing expenses - Negotiate with suppliers - Increase productivity - Consider outsourcing
Wuthivet Vetchabutsakorn, SVP, Group Head of Finance, ONYX Hospitality Group
Rajeev Chawla, Area Finance Director, Virbac Asia Pacific Co Ltd
Technology Presentation I Topic: Exploring the state of People, Process, and Technologies priorities in Finance
Recent research shows that 90% of finance leaders indicated that financial and business processes have become more challenging and complex in the last two years.
The new normal for finance is managing constant disruption and updating technology. Aligning finance and operations and extending planning and analysis tools across the organization will be the critical next steps in the new elevated role for Office of Finance. In this session, we will uncover: Changes in expectations in the Office of Finance Preparations by leaders in view of the anticipated future disruptions Common technology gaps Key priorities in the new role for the Office of Finance
Pat – Pacharawipa T., Country Sales Manager – CCH Tagetik Thailand, Wolters Kluwer
AM Coffee Break & Networking
Executive Presentation I Topic: Unlocking Future Productivity with Complete Finance Digitisation Due to economic demand and shifting consumer trends toward greater digital behavior, digital transformation is no longer a choice for businesses. According to recent trend articles, organizations are significantly impacted by evolving technology in terms of challenges and opportunity. The modernization of fundamental business systems and processes, the expansion of business capability, and even the reimagining of business models must all be balanced by executives when they undertake digital transformation programs.
Giovanni Colella, Head of Finance Control, Outpost
Executive Presentation 2 Topic: From Growth to Profitability: A Finance Leader’s Perspective
After implementing finance transformation, organizations should evaluate the effectiveness of the changes made and identify any gaps that need to be addressed. They should also focus on optimizing finance processes further, investing in talent development, and maintaining momentum to drive continuous improvement. By doing so, organizations can ensure that they realize the full benefits of finance transformation and position themselves for long-term success.
Topic: Using Digital Twins to supercharge your Mergers and Acquisitions
Jay Boyle, Managing Director, Decision Critical
Panel Discussion 2
Topic: How the role of technology will further impact finance function in Thailand - What should CFOs be prepared for in 2023 and beyond?
CFOs in Thailand should be prepared for a rapidly changing business environment, where new technologies, regulations, and sustainability considerations are reshaping the role of the finance function. By staying informed, investing in technology and talent, and embracing new opportunities, how can CFOs help their organizations navigate these changes and achieve sustainable growth in the years ahead?
Steven Siew, Group Chief Financial Officer, KWI Public Company Limited
Saowaluck Limsila, Head of Accounting and Finance, Digital Asset Company Limited
Athikom Kanchanavibhu, Executive Vice President - Digital & Technology Transformation, Mitr Phol Group
Executive Presentation 3 Topic: Stakeholder Management - Addressing the Needs and Demands of other Company Leaders CFOs often face pressure from other company leaders, such as the CEO or board of directors, who may have different priorities or expectations. CFOs can effectively manage pressure from other company leaders by aligning financial goals with the company's strategic objectives, communicating financial information transparently, managing expectations proactively, focusing on value creation, and building strong relationships with other leaders. How can they work collaboratively with other leaders to help drive financial success and improve overall business performance?
Ryuji Wolf, Chief Financial Officer, Sunday Ins
Executive Presentation 4 Topic: Avoiding Setbacks on Digital Transformation Efforts by Bridging Digital Skills Gaps in Finance
Digital transformation efforts in finance can be hindered by the digital skills gap that exists within the industry. To avoid setbacks, it is important to bridge this gap by providing opportunities for training and upskilling. This panel discusses how bridging the digital skills gap in finance can avoid setbacks in your digital transformation efforts and ensure that your team is equipped with the necessary skills to support your digital initiatives.
Panel Discussion 3 Topic: How the role of CFOs and CIOs are converging today
The roles of CFOs and CIOs are converging today due to the increasing importance of technology in finance and the need for financial expertise in technology decisions. Technology is now an essential part of the finance function, and CFOs are increasingly relying on CIOs to provide them with the right tools and systems to manage financial operations. The CIO's role is to ensure that the technology solutions are aligned with the organization's financial strategy, and the CFO's role is to ensure that these solutions are financially sound and support the organization's goals.
Alex Konnaris, Group CIO, RMA Group
Kritin Yaroojjanont, GM, Finance Accounting & IT/Finance Director at MSA
Ratiporn Ratcharoen, Chief Financial Officer, East-West Seed, International Limited
Executive Presentation 5 Topic: Tying in Finance with The Future of Work: What can finance leaders expect in the new hybrid working model
The Thailand government recently adopted a new Work From Home Bill to provide remote workers equal employment rights as on-premise workers, highlighting the importance of flexible work arrangements in the post-pandemic world. CFOs have to ensure that productivity and efficiency are not compromised with remote work policy. The presentation will discuss how this bill will affect CFOs and finance leaders.
Speaker: Pathidta Asanasen, Country Lead, CEO Class
Executive Presentation 6
Topic: Supporting the Company’s Long-Term Growth by Prioritising Sustainable Investment Strategies
CFOs should prioritize sustainable investment strategies that align with the company's values and support long-term growth. This involves identifying opportunities to invest in sustainable technologies, products, and services that support environmental and social sustainability. How can finance leaders identify ways to support social and environmental causes within the company?
Dr. Zaw Win Thein, Chief Financial Officer, CB Life Insurance Company Ltd
Panel Discussion 4 Topic: How will AI change the role of CFOs in the coming years?
AI is likely to play an increasingly important role in the work of CFOs in the coming years. By automating routine tasks, improving financial forecasting, enhancing risk management, increasing efficiency, improving decision-making, improving fraud detection, and providing better customer insights, AI can help CFOs to become more strategic, data-driven, and effective in their roles. How can CFOs take advantage of these changes in their day-to-day operations?
Alvin Liew Voon Siong, CFO, OCS Group UK
Geert Warlop, Chief Data Officer and Chief Technology Officer, BTS Group Thailand Arindam Mukherjee, Founder & CEO, Talent Intellect
Moderator: Sanpetch Tangsawapark, Finance Director, Executives Office, Siam Motor Group
Grand Lucky Draw - Prize Presentation
Symposium Chairperson Closing Remarks & End of Symposium
Meet Our Speakers.
Group Head of Finance
ONYX Hospitality Group
Alvin Liew Voon Siong
Chief Financial Officer
PCS Security and Facilities Services Ltd. Thailand
Chief Financial Officer Sunday Ins
Group Chief Information Officer
Head of Accounting and Finance
Digital Asset Company Limited
Chief Financial Officer
East-West Seed, International Limited
Chief Financial Officer
Siemens Mobility Limited Thailand
Group Chief Financial Officer
General Manager, Finance Accounting & IT/Finance Director
Apollo Tyres Thailand Ltd
Head of Finance Control
Chief Financial Officer
Jardine Schindler Thai
Executive Vice President - Digital & Technology Transformation
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