ACCA Virtual Conference 2021
18 May 2021, Tuesday | 9.00AM - 4.00PM
6 CPD Units (Others)
Reshaping Finance: Digitally Enabled, Sustainability-Focused
Leading Change, Emerging Stronger
A renewed optimism about the future, post-COVID-19, is establishing itself – led by the growth of the Digital Economy. Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has introduced several ground-breaking initiatives to promote Green Finance. There have also been significant developments in AI and intelligent automation; and the launch of 5G networks in Singapore, that will further transform the way finance functions will operate in future. While these are primarily Singapore examples, they can serve to showcase trends and best practice in the Asia-Pacific region.
This Conference is guided by three themes: Shaping a Green & Sustainable Future, Shaping an Ecosystem for Innovation, and Shaping the Future of Your Firm. It will open with a strategic plenary session to set the common dynamic context, before being followed by three interactive tracks to provide you with targeted knowledge on specific areas of developments relevant to you, to enable you to respond to these evolving but dramatic changes to the economy.
Tuesday, 18 May 2021
The Great Response: Finance & Accountancy & its Relevance
Shaping a New Post-Pandemic Vision, Emerging Stronger
Green Finance Revolution
Enabling an Innovative Finance Ecosystem for the Digital Economy
Future of Professional Services in the Asia-Pacific
Poised to Reset and Respond: From Digital Adoption to Green Finance
Shaping the Future of Sustainable Finance – Green Finance Innovations and Governance
Shaping an Ecosystem for Innovation – Intangible Assets, Digital (AI, RPA) and eTrade Networks
Shaping the Future of Your Firm – AccTech and the Digital Firm
Finance Function of the Future: Digitally-Enabled, Sustainability-Focused
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Ms Grace Fu
Minister for Sustainability and the Environment
Ms Grace Fu is the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment and is a member of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s Action Party and holds the appointment of Organising Secretary.
Ms Fu graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours), and subsequently obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. She began her career in 1985 with the Overseas Union Bank, and later with the Haw Par Group, in the areas of corporate planning, financial controls and business development.
Ms Fu joined the PSA Corporation in 1995, and took on different responsibilities in finance and marketing. She held the position of Chief Executive Officer, PSA South East Asia and Japan, where she was responsible for the business performance of PSA’s flagship terminals in Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Japan.
Ms Fu was elected as a Member of Parliament in June 2006 for the Group Representation Constituency of Jurong, Yuhua Division. She contested and won her seat in the Yuhua Single Member Constituency in the 2011, 2015 and 2020 General Elections.
Mr Joseph Alfred FCCA
Head of Policy - Singapore, Australia, NZ and Oceania
Mr Joseph Alfred is the Head of Policy - Singapore, Australia, NZ and Oceania at ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Singapore. In this role, he is responsible for the formulation of policies, development and implementation of Professional Insights initiatives to drive ACCA’s public value mission and brand objectives; and ensure ACCA members, regulators and other stakeholders are updated on ACCA’s global technical policies. He works closely with stakeholders and organisations to identify opportunities where ACCA can contribute to the agenda in relation to accounting and business in Singapore, as well as ASEAN. He is a Fellow of ACCA, Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore; and holds an MBA from the University of Strathclye.
Ms Esther An
Chief Sustainability Officer
City Developments Limited
An active advocate for green building and sustainability for over two decades, Ms Esther An has been instrumental in establishing CDL’s leadership in sustainability. It is ranked top real estate company on the 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World and is also the only CDP A-List company for climate strategy and water security in SE Asia. Key ESG initiatives she has spearheaded include publishing the first sustainability report using GRI standards in Singapore in 2008; issuing the first green bond by a Singaporean company in 2017 and pioneering an SDG Innovation Loan in Singapore in 2019. A forerunner in embracing the UN SDGs, Ms An was conferred 2018 SDG Pioneer for Green Infrastructure and A Low Carbon Economy by the UN Global Compact. An active advocate, she serves many civic appointments including World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board member; Chairperson of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association’s Sustainability and ESG Committee; Co-Chair of Urban Land Institute Singapore’s Sustainability Product Council and Vice Chair of Singapore Institute of Directors Sustainability Committee.
Mr Christian Antono
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Asia
Mr Christian Antono (Chris) joined Xero as early as 2016 and is one of Xero Singapore’s pioneering team members. In his time at Xero, Chris has helped numerous accounting practices across Asia embrace digital transformation, adopt cloud, and maximise the benefits of being a digitally-enabled practice.
Now, Chris looks after Xero's strategic and ecosystem partners, helping accounting firms and SMEs adopt cloud apps that help make their businesses more successful.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and prior to joining Xero, specialised in tax in Ernst & Young
Ms Helen Brand OBE
Ms Helen Brand is chief executive of ACCA, the global body for professional accountants, a post she has held since 2008.
Helen has built her career within professional bodies and has considerable experience and knowledge of the 176 markets in which ACCA currently operates. She is a founding member of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and now serves as a co-Vice-Chair of the IIRC Board. A member of the UK’s government’s Professional and Business Service Council, she was also appointed to the UK DIT’s Trade Advisory Group on Professional Advisory Services in August 2020.
One of the few women to lead a global professional body, Helen is a regular media commentator on the role ethics and the delivery of public value play in business and society. In 2011, ACCA became the first international professional body to publish an integrated report on its performance and Helen remains a strong advocate for the power of wider corporate reporting. She has also driven ACCA’s pioneering work in supporting the development of the profession across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Helen holds a BA in Politics from the University of Exeter. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2011 for services to accountancy and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter in December 2017.
Mr Tyler Capson
Managing Director – Asia
Mr Tyler Capson is Managing Director – Asia for EverEdge. He leads the company’s intangible asset valuations team, as well as heading up finance and operations. In 2017, Tyler was instrumental in developing an alliance with IPOS International, a subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, which helped establish EverEdge’s on-the-ground presence in the market.
Since this time, EverEdge’s local presence has grown significantly, with Tyler working with leading Singapore and international companies such as Singtel, Danone, Singapore Power, ST Aerospace (and more), to help them find ways to better leverage and value their intangible assets.
Prior to joining EverEdge, Tyler worked in New York for Deloitte and Goldman Sachs, advising Wall Street banks and financial institutions and working on a number of high-profile transactions including the Facebook IPO and the Apple Bond Offering.
Tyler is a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA) and a Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (CVA). He also holds an MBA from the University of Utah.
Mr Chiew Chun Wee
Regional Head of Policy, ASEAN ANZ
Mr Chiew Chun Wee is the regional head of policy for ACCA, tasked with supporting its professional insights, advocacy and policy work across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He works with key stakeholders to identify and drive new research initiatives that provide evidence-based policy and thinking impacting the business community and profession, demonstrating ACCA’s regional and global reach and public values. He is a regular speaker and panel chair on topics ranging from talent strategy, integrated thinking, the evolving role of finance professionals to the value and quality of audit.
Chun Wee is a board member on the IAASB and serves as taskforce member on a variety of key projects including the audits of less complex entities. Chun Wee has also served and continue to serve on various committees with organisations like the IIRC, MIA, AFA and CAPA.
Prior to joining ACCA, Chun Wee was a key member of the Professional Practice Department of a Big Four accounting practice, where he focused on audit methodology and regularly delivered internal and external trainings on auditing and quality management matters. He has more than a decade of experience in public accounting and has worked in audits of and special assignments for multinationals and local listed companies.
Mr Sunil Golecha
CFO, Asia Pacific & Emerging Markets
Mr Sunil Golecha is the CFO of Asia Pacific & Emerging Markets at Thomson Reuters, based in Singapore. He heads FP&A, operational planning, business partnering and decision support, and plays a vital role in driving growth strategy, M&A and partnerships. He also provides regional leadership for the APAC Finance community, which provides global business services, automation and analytics support to Thomson Reuters globally from dedicated centers of excellence.
During his 13 years with Thomson Reuters, he has held various leadership roles across North America, Europe and APAC.
Before joining Thomson Reuters, Sunil worked as a consultant for Fortune 100 companies in the US healthcare industry. He also founded and ran several family businesses before moving to the corporate world.
Sunil holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Madras University (India), and received his MBA with Honors from Emory University (USA).
Mr Prempal Singh Hundal (Prem) FCCA
Regional Control Manager
Mr Prempal Singh Hundal (Prem) is a decisive Senior Finance Executive & Business Partner with a track record of financial control, business intelligence, profit optimisation as well as analysis, treasury compliance, accounting, transformation, systems implementation, risk, governance and internal audit – seven years of which was spent in England, Egypt, Tunisia and Nigeria. He is a culturally intelligent cross functional leader with low power distance and hands on experience working with clients/stakeholders in England, Egypt, Tunisia, South East Asia, India, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
Prem is a high performing professional pragmatic Chartered Accountant – ACCA Fellow (FCCA) with international experience equipped with an Executive MBA from the Nanyang Business School as well as executive programmes from the Wharton Business School and UC Berkeley – Haas Business School.
He is multi-lingual, fluent in English, Malay, conversational Mandarin and Hokkien in addition to Hindi, Punjabi and Bahasa.
Mr Evan Law
Singapore Accountancy Commission
Mr Evan Law is the Chief Executive of the Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC). SAC is a statutory board under the Ministry of Finance that spearheads the development of Singapore’s accountancy sector with the vision of developing Singapore into a leading global accountancy hub. SAC is working to achieve this by deepening the skills of the accountancy talent pool through professional qualification programmes; developing the industry by helping to build business capabilities to capture growth opportunities; and creating a hub and exchange by building Singapore into a centre for thought leadership.
He has more than 20 years of experience having held positions including Deputy Chairman of PSB Academy, and Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Oregon as well as a Master in Business Administration from Portland State University.
Mr Lim Yeong Seng
Mr Lim Yeong Seng is the founder and Managing Partner of KLP LLP. Yeong Seng started the firm in 1999 and is today a 40-staff strong Audit and Accounting firm in Singapore.
With more than 30 years of experience in audit, corporate recovery, tax, secretarial, finance and administration, Yeong Seng has cross-functional skills which enable him to assist clients in various ways. These include consultancy relating to financial management and enterprise risk management. His experience in judicial management, liquidation and litigation support also invaluable in helping clients in cases of financial difficulties.
Additionally, Yeong Seng has been appointed the Chairman of TASK International, a member of the Forum of Firms and sister organization to Abacus Worldwide. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Abacus Worldwide. Yeong Seng regularly attends regional and international audit and accounting conferences and the Forum of Firms meetings. His presence in these conferences and organizations help enhance information and feedback to the Committee as to the development of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), and other matters in the industry.
Prior to starting the firm in year 1999, Yeong Seng was with a Big 4 firm for 7 years and a Japanese multinational company for 4 years. Having worked in the big public accounting firm, Yeong Seng has extensive experience in the audit of medium to large companies, including those listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore and Australia.
Prof Lawrence Loh
Director, Centre for Governance and Sustainability
NUS Business School
National University of Singapore
Prof Lawrence Loh is Director, Centre for Governance and Sustainability (CGS) at the NUS Business School, National University of Singapore, where he is Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy.
Prof Loh received a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis on technology governance was awarded first prize in the worldwide doctoral dissertation competition in the field of management information systems.
At CGS, Prof Loh leads the sustainability initiatives for ASEAN and Singapore. He also steers the Singapore Governance and Transparency Index and the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard projects. In addition, Prof Loh heads various studies on business integrity and workplace diversity.
Prof Loh is a regular commentator on governance and sustainability for many leading global and local media. He conducts various executive development programs in governance, sustainability and strategy for board directors, senior management and business professionals.
Prof Loh is a recipient of the NUS Business School Teaching Excellence Award.
Ms Ngiam Kim Fong FCCA
APAC CFO, System Business
Ms Ngiam Kim Fong is currently the APAC CFO for Systems Business in IBM and has 24 years of working experience of which 17 years in managerial/leadership roles. This spans across business units which includes Systems, Software, Strategic Outsourcing and Business Consulting Services. Prior to this role, Kim Fong was the APAC Consolidation Manager, ASEAN CFO for Global Technology Services, ASEAN Pricing Leader, etc. In her current role, she partners actively with APAC Technology GM and the leadership team on offering strategy and portfolio mix to drive profitable revenue growth. As financial stewards, she focuses her team on data automation and AI to drive business insights, predictive metrics, and recommended solutions to enable business success. She also provides leadership to her team to drive finance transformation and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) relentlessly, through leveraging on Tools and simplifying Process to do things more effectively, efficiently and consistently across APAC. This has proven results with finance team reorganising themselves as squad to better share experience and support the business team.
Mr Mun Siong Yoong FCCA
Founder and CEO
Mr Mun Siong Yoong is a business owner who helps businesses acquire, grow and separate. He is a SGD1.5 billion deal adviser, and has advised the Singapore government on deals, as well as disputes as a Supreme Court expert witness.
His advisory roles include:
- Standards and Technical Committee, Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore
- Financial Reporting Surveillance Programme, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority; and
- Investigation and Disciplinary Panel, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
He has advised government, private sector and not-for-profit Boards and Management across Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Greece, Netherlands and the United States of America.
Siong Yoong is a registered Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (CVA) with the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS), a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a Bachelor's of Engineering degree from Nanyang Technological University.
Mr Joseph Owolabi FCCA
Mr Joseph Owolabi is CEO at Rubicola Consulting – a green finance advisory firm. His previous senior management roles are as director at Deloitte Asia Pacific, senior manager at PwC Australia, and leader of EY West Africa’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services. Before his election to Council in 2015, he was a member of the ACCA International Assembly.
He has made significant contributions to the profession as a champion for the implementation of International Financial reporting Standards (IFRS) across Africa and pioneer advisor for global adoption of non-financial reporting (sustainability and integrated reporting). He assisted in the issuance of the first Sovereign Green Bond from an emerging market.
Joseph holds a Masters of Arts degree from the York St. John University, U.K., he has attended executive programmes at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor.
Mr Henry Tan
Group CEO & Chief Innovation Officer
Nexia TS Group
Mr Henry Tan obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Accountancy with First Class Honours from National University of Singapore. He is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, an ASEAN CPA, a fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, Chartered Valuer and Appraiser (CVA) and member of Mensa.
Mr Tan, Group CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Nexia TS Group, has been serving as advisor to clients in Singapore and the region. As Group CEO, he manages the firm and grows its footprint to a major player in the market. His previous roles include Asia Pacific Chairman and Board member of Nexia International. Mr Tan sits on the boards of YHI International Limited, BH Global Corporation Limited, China New Town Development Limited, Asia Vets Holdings Ltd and Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee for most of the Boards he sits on.
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