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WELCOME NOTE

In view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Singapore and in consideration of the health and safety of all participants of the event, CXOCIETY will be rescheduling the upcoming C-Engage Convention originally happening on 7th October 2021 to 11th November 2021.

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The unprecedented on-going pandemic has undoubtedly presented bountiful lessons to business executives and forced organisations to evolve. Staying calm, act quickly, adapt, be flexible and pursue digital developments were common learnings across industries globally.

However, the prolonged pandemic has thrown larger challenges for companies’ core leadership to come up with strategies to weather uncertainties while keeping business operations running under the current trying circumstances. COVID-19 related disruptions, lack of quality talent, resource constraints relative to business needs, lack of innovation culture and changing regulations are some of the obstacles for corporate leaders face this year and potentially next year too.

Embracing fast and furious digital transformation and innovation is no longer a competitive edge to stay nimble but the only way to stay in business and ensure resiliency in times of mandated restricted activities. Therefore, it is imperative for the two business leaders in the organisation, the CIO and CFO, to work even more closely for a successful digital transformation. CIO and CFO should foster stronger collaboration to fine-tune their functional agendas in support of the overarching goal of revenue growth especially during uncertainties

CXOCIETY is pleased to launch our flagship C-Engage Convention 2021 under the theme “Realising Your Transformation against Persistent Uncertainties”.

Taking place in Singapore on 11 November 2021, this in-person event will co-locate the FutureCFO and FutureCIO conferences, each gathering over 100 senior finance and 100 IT decision makers from multiple industries for a day of insightful presentations, real business case studies, best practices and incisive panel discussion.

The early morning shared plenary session will bring together CEOs, Finance and IT leaders from enterprises to discuss challenges and lessons learned they face in their business.

Rest assured, we comply with a comprehensive COVID-19 safe management plan and adhere strictly to the latest related Government guidelines and protocols for in-person events. Find out more about our in-person event safe management measures here.

We look forward to having you at this exciting event!

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

C-Engage Convention aims to give insights on driving technological transformation and on addressing pressing concerns to optimize digital investments and business performance to over 300 senior IT and finance leaders from multiple industries in the region.

This one-day event offers the best opportunity to hear from the industry’s leading professionals, contribute questions from the floor, engage in panel discussions, attend hands-on workshops on harnessing the power of disruptive technologies, and witness first-hand best practices in deploying the right technology and strategy to be successful in moving to the next phase of digital transformation and managing the change.

High-Level Industry Speakers

We gather 30+ industry speakers and experts from leading organizations for keynote presentations and incisive discussions so you can tap on their invaluable insights and best practices to your digital transformation journey.

Interactive Discussions

Be part of our interactive panel discussions that address the current hot topics, share ideas and experiences and get the answers to your pressing questions from prominent business leaders on stage.

Networking Opportunities

Meet new business partners, engage and forge new connections with our business leaders, end users, solution providers and many more at our event through luncheons, coffee breaks, one-to-one meetings and informal introductions.

Targeted In-Depth Sessions

8 hours of learning and networking opportunities packed into 10 in-depth sessions. Listen to corporate-driven best practices and case studies sharing that are targeted to your profession through the personalized conferences we crafted for you - FutureCIO and FutureCFO conferences.

AGENDA

08:15

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00

Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

09:05

OPENING KEYNOTE: CEO’s New Agenda and Priorities in 2021 and Beyond: Redefining Digital Transformation in Your Organisation

Once a buzzword, digital transformation is now reshaping businesses globally. With the changes wrought by the prolonged pandemic, accelerating digital transformation is critical. As the top leader of your organisation, how should CEO reevaluate transformation initiatives to succeed in today’s ever-changing economies and political dynamics with restricted resource availability?

  • Leveraging digital ecosystems to adapt and develop sustainable revenue
  • Latest key technology issues that CEOs should pay attention to
  • Roadmap to lead successful digital transformation
  • Is your C-Suite equipped to lead a digital transformation in this new business ecosystem?

Nam Soon Liew, ASEAN Managing Partner, EY

09:25

C-SUITE PANEL DISCUSSION I: Empowering CFO-CIO Collaboration for Digital Transformation Success amidst Persistent Uncertainties
An EY survey in late 2020 shows that nearly a quarter of CFOs feel they either have no effective collaboration or only limited collaboration with the CIO when compared to their other C-suite peers. Under a constantly evolving business climate, CFOs and CIOs are expected to lead more agile and robust finance and IT functions to enable enterprise growth. For this to happen, CFO-CIO collaboration is essential to digitise the business operations with emerging trends.
  • CFO and CIO’s role in reframing the future of the enterprise
  • Aligning CIO-CFO’s digital transformation initiatives to maximise enterprise’s value and minimise risk
  • Realising the value of CFO-CIO working relationship during uncertain business terrains
  • Prioritising IT investments with strong business value
  • Who is tracking IT ROI: The CIO or CFO?
  • Who is really responsible for cyber security the COVID-19 era: The CISO, CIO or CFO?
MODERATOR:
Senior Representative, IBM

PANELISTS:
David Tay, CIO, BEYONICS
Chaitanya Gorrepati, Head of Reliability Engineering (SRE), Platform Stability and Controls, Private Banking Technology, CREDIT SUISSE
Arjun Jolly, General Manager, Finance Operations, Downstream & Trading Reporting & Analysis, SHELL

10:00

KEYNOTE: Integrating Planning and Performance Management in a Shifting Reality
  • EPM as the catalyst of digital transformation efforts
  • Creating agile business planning across the company with modern EPM
  • Staying ahead of the competition with automated planning and continuous forecasting

Deepak Sanadhya, Sales Director Asia, JEDOX

10:25

C-SUITE PANEL DISCUSSION II: Creating Value to Leadership and Winning the Top Talent War in an Ever-Changing Environment
Despite the economic carnage wrought by the pandemic, 2021 sees the ‘war for top talent’ re-emerge. Often overlooked, talent is actually an important piece of successful digital transformation and crucial to business recovery. Along with the adoption of hybrid working arrangement since the pandemic started, sustaining top talents has become more challenging as expectations around remote working and work-life balance have shifted significantly. Whether you are leading IT or Finance function, business leaders are grappling with the increased talent challenges as part of key transformation lever.
  • How should corporate leaders approach leadership differently in the age of digital transformation?
  • Remodeling talent profiles to meet digital needs
  • Understanding what future employees want most in this new business ecosystem
  • Creating inclusive or employee-led innovation culture to thrive in the digital age
  • Identifying the skill sets that IT and Finance leaders require to stay relevant in the new post-COVID-19 world of work

MODERATOR:
Melissa Chua, Editorial Consultant, CXOCIETY

PANELISTS:
Sourabh Chitrachar, Regional VP (Asia) – IT Transformation and Strategy, GRM East Regional IT, LIBERTY INSURANCE
Venkat Padmanabhan, President (Finance) and Global Head, OLAM INTERNATIONAL
Niels Maerkedahl, Global Head of Technology Digital Banking, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Goh Yin Shian, Finance Director, TECKWAH INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION

11:05

Morning Networking Coffee Break
FUTURECIO CONFERENCE

11:25

FutureCIO Conference Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

11:30

KEYNOTE: Keeping Ahead the Latest Digital Trends to Help Create Enterprise’s IT-Enabled Growth
  • Technology trends and areas of focus for 2021/2022
  • Key predictions that will impact CIOs and their strategic IT plans in the next 12 months
  • How should CIOs reformulate IT in this constantly changing digital environment?

12:00

KEYNOTE: Redefining Digital Transformation Strategy with Event-Driven Architecture (EDA)

To unlock the value of data, enterprises need to set their data in motion. Data in motion, or event streams, enable real time applications, microservices , and serverless innovations. Moreover, Data and event streams need to flow from on-prem to multiple clouds and back and also to edge of locations for IoT use cases.

  • Real-time hybrid cloud digital transformation
  • Modernizing applications and setting real-time data in motion as event streams
  • Migrating workloads from multiple cloud using an event mesh
  • Enhancing customer experience and time-to-market with events’ insights and AI/ML
  • Reusing and adopting governance of event streams via and Event Portal

Sumeet Puri, Chief Technology Solutions Officer, SOLACE

12:30

PANEL DISCUSSION I: Rebuilding the Future: Preparing for the Next Wave of Digital Transformation
  • CIO’s top agenda in 2022: Leadership, organisational and technology priorities for long-term agility
  • The future of work for CIO: The evolving role of IT in response to the pandemic-fuelled challenges
  • CIO’s role in leading customer experience strategy in the new world order
  • The new working way for IT and tech teams given that BUs have more autonomy and staff with relevant skillsets are able to go on their own

MODERATOR:
Senior Representative, EY

PANELISTS:
Sandeep Maheswari, Sr. IT Director, Consumer ASPAC, Commercial IT, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Justin Ong, IT General Manager, PANASONIC ASIA PACIFIC

FUTURECFO CONFERENCE

11:25

FutureCFO Conference Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

Jeremy Gray, Editorial Consultant, CXOCIETY

11:30

KEYNOTE: Finance Leaders Outlook for 2022

The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has heightened uncertainties in the economic environment. Most finance leaders’ definition of long-term is now 6 months. With the current fragile external environments, how should CFOs in Singapore reshape their expectations and priorities in the coming months or year as the pandemic risks remain?

  • Singapore’s economic outlook and what to expect in 2022
  • Key insights, risks and opportunities shaping CFO’s agenda in 2021/2022
  • Digital trends to watch in 2022
  • Initiatives to build revenue streams
  • Managing liquidity during tumultuous time

Rajiv Biswas, Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS MARKIT

12:00

KEYNOTE: Driving Digital Finance Footprint with Real-Time Data
  • What does it mean to be a visionary, analytics-savvy CFO in times of uncertainty?
  • Leveraging real-time data across the entire business network to respond faster and capitalise on opportunities in a changing market
  • Revolutionising advanced data analytics and finance function with AI and ML

Senior representative, KYRIBA

12:30

PANEL DISCUSSION I: COVID 19 and the CFO: Forecasting, Budgeting and Planning for Uncertain Future
With the looming uncertainties from COVID-19, things have been fluctuating much and finance leaders are unable to accurately gauge the quantum of the impact to their businesses, thus making planning difficult.
  • Building flexible approach to planning, forecasting and budgeting without compromising target achievement and long term goals
  • Turning the hard lessons into strategy and value
  • Turbo-charging scenario-based financial planning and analysis to counter uncertainty
  • Redefining key business drivers, priorities and finance talents to adapt to a changing economy and accelerate decision making
  • Determining valuable data sources and trends for forecasting and planning
PANELISTS:
Zulaifah Abdul Ghani, CFO APAC, ISS GLOBAL FORWARDING
Rajiv Ramani, Group CFO, LUXASIA
Alexander Joramsa, CFO Asia Pacific, TEVA PHARMACUTICALS

13:10

Networking Lunch

14:10

KEYNOTE: How to Make Enterprise AI Trustworthy?

With automation gaining momentum and more companies are embedding AI into their digital transformation plan, how should they ensure that their use of AI is trustworthy and responsible?

  • AI ethics and governance in Singapore and the region
  • Developing integrity model and measures to protect AI
  • Approaches to deploy and maintain trustworthy AI

14:40

PANEL DISCUSSION II: Elevating Security amidst Digital Revolution
With digital transformation in full swing, new business capabilities acquired but this also adds higher security complexities in enterprise’s IT environment. Also, with more adoption of automation, cloud and use of AI, how should IT leaders stay one step ahead of security threats and move forward with the right cyber security governance?
  • Navigating top cyber security challenges and breaches in the current business landscape
  • Creating modern protection framework for modern applications
  • Securing the expanded attack surface from remote working environment
  • Migrating to a Zero-Trust Application at the lowest cost
  • Integrating AI with cyber security
  • Safeguarding your enterprise data for future readiness
MODERATOR:
Steven Sim, President, ISACA SINGAPORE CHAPTER

PANELISTS:
Leonard Ong, Region CISO, APAC, GE HEALTHCARE
Lim Shih Hsien, Chief Security Officer, SP GROUP
Frankie Shuai, Director of Cyber & Technology Risk, UBS

14:10

KEYNOTE: Leadership in Finance Shared Services in the New Normal

The prolonged pandemic has presented some challenges to businesses across the globe. Many organizations, SSCs included, are continuing to find ways to ensure productivity and increase efficiency.

  • How should finance SSC leaders rethink their leadership and operating models to stay effective and succeed in the new normal?
  • Delivering value and maintaining finance SSC’s agility in the new normal
  • Leveraging technologies to optimise finance SSC operations and efficiency in today’s volatile, uncertain and complex economy

Ross Mackay, Group Head of Global Shared Services and Finance Process Optimisation, INTERNATIONAL SOS

14:40

PANEL DISCUSSION II: Reimagining Finance Leadership: Scaling Growth and Building Resilient Finance of the Future
  • Assessing the role of modern CFO in the current economic and marketplace disruption
  • Rethinking costs to drive growth past 2021
  • Streamlining business processes to combat any erosion of revenue streams
  • Building digit-able finance processes and talents
  • Aligning growth, digital transformation and workforce
  • Equipping, motivating and engaging employees in this new working model
MODERATOR:
Ronald Wong, Assurance Partner, EY

PANELISTS:
Rishi Mehra, CFO, Asia, AON
Jasmine Zhong, CFO Asia, ASTRAZENECA
Munish Kaushal, Vice President Finance – Global Categories, Marketing & R&D, GSK
Senior Representative, JEDOX

15:15

Afternoon Networking Coffee Break

15:45

KEYNOTE: Health AI Strategy: A Case Study from Ministry of Health

This session will address how macro trends and business priorities shape and impact Ministry of Health’s AI strategy.

  • The importance of anchoring AI strategy on business priorities
  • Examples of how AI supports the Ministry’s business priorities. (The same techniques can be applied across different industries).
  • How ecosystem enablers help scale impactful use cases across the system

Sutowo Wong, Director, Data Analytics Division, MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH)

16:15

KEYNOTE: Driving Digital Transformation with Hyperautomation
  • The future of hyperautomation
  • Roadmap for enabling hyperautomation
  • Overcoming hyperautomation challenges

16:45

FIRESIDE CHAT: Application Modernisation for Agile and Scalable Business in a Continually Changing Macro-Environment
Achieving digital transformation is generally a smooth task for digital-native organisations. However, it is a staggering task to do for traditional organisations with legacy applications as their current IT stack suddenly needs to work differently to support and enable digital transformation.
  • Modernising legacy technology and architecture to achieve desired digital experiences
  • Determining the right path to modernise applications in the cloud
  • Adopting new IT delivery model to deliver business capabilities quickly, efficiently and securely
  • Executing applications modernisation with minimised disruptions and risks to ensure business continuity
  • Best practice in expediting applications modernisation for agility and better preparedness for unknown crisis in the future
INTERVIEWER:
Allan Tan, Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY

INTERVIEWEE:
Ion Mudreac, Director DevOps and Cloud Development, SINGTEL

17:25

Closing Remarks by Chairman

17:30

End of Conference

15:45

KEYNOTE: Integrating Finance and Sustainability

Once deemed extra-financial, ESG is now seen as both risk and opportunity to an organization. As financial markets evolve, how will sustainability issues change an organization’s finance function and shape investor relations?

  • The role of finance leader in leading and accelerating the implementation of organization’s sustainability strategy
  • Building new capabilities within finance function for ESG reporting
  • Driving the organization’s sustainability agenda while meeting cash flow expectations and profit targets
  • New accounting framework and measures for financial performance reporting

James Lee, Director of Finance, SOFITEL

16:15

KEYNOTE: E-Invoicing: The Game Changer in Finance Ecosystem

E-Invoicing will revolutionise the way businesses transact invoices among each other. Stay on top of your game with e-Invoicing to improve efficiency and facilitate fast-track payment collection.

  • Adopting e-invoicing as part of your structured digital transformation initiatives
  • Leveraging e-invoicing to improve processes and cash flow

Geok Seong Wah, Director, e-Invoice Project Office, IMDA

16:45

PANEL DISCUSSION III: CFO’s Guide in Realising Digital Finance Function
As organisations pursue digital strategies, CFOs need a digital finance function to match. This session highlights the strategies for CFOs to rev up finance digitalisation.
  • Preparing for the future: Pathways to accelerate digital finance of the future
  • Identifying tech investments that will drive positive business outcomes and enhance employee performance within the new hybrid working models
  • Building an agile finance function in today’s cost-constraint environment
  • Accelerating digital skills within finance functions
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Funding digitalisation
MODERATOR:
Christopher Emslie, Asia Regional Treasurer, GENERAL MILLS

PANELISTS:
Litao Liu, Head of Controlling and Planning Agile Digital Lab & Digital Academy, ABB
Haroon Aslam, Regional Finance Director, GETZ HEALTHCARE

17:25

Closing Remarks by Chairman

17:30

End of Conference

SPEAKERS INVOLVED

Allan Tan

Allan Tan

Group Editor-in-Chief, CXOCIETY
Ross Mackay

Ross Mackay

Group Head of Global Shared Services and Finance Process Optimisation, INTERNATIONAL SOS
Zulaifah Abdul Ghani

Zulaifah Abdul Ghani

CFO APAC, ISS GLOBAL FORWARDING
Sourabh Chitrachar

Sourabh Chitrachar

Regional VP (Asia) – IT Transformation and Strategy, GRM East Regional IT, LIBERTY INSURANCE
Sumeet Puri

Sumeet Puri

Chief Technology Solutions Officer, SOLACE
Sandeep Maheswari

Sandeep Maheswari

Sr. IT Director, Consumer ASPAC, Commercial IT, JOHNSON & JOHNSON
David Tay

David Tay

CIO, BEYONICS
Jasmine Zhong

Jasmine Zhong

CFO Asia, ASTRAZENECA
Chaitanya Gorrepati

Chaitanya Gorrepati

Head of Reliability Engineering (SRE), Platform Stability and Controls, Private Banking Technology, CREDIT SUISSE
Litao Liu

Litao Liu

Head of Controlling and Planning Agile Digital Lab & Digital Academy, ABB
Rishi Mehra

Rishi Mehra

CFO, Asia, AON
Rajiv Ramani

Rajiv Ramani

Group CFO, LUXASIA
Frankie Shuai

Frankie Shuai

Director of Cyber & Technology Risk, UBS
Haroon Aslam

Haroon Aslam

Regional Finance Director, GETZ HEALTHCARE
Rajiv Biswas

Rajiv Biswas

Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist, IHS MARKIT
Ion Mudreac

Ion Mudreac

Director DevOps and Cloud Development, SINGTEL
Arjun Jolly

Arjun Jolly

General Manager, Finance Operations, Downstream & Trading Reporting & Analysis, SHELL
Alexander Joramsa

Alexander Joramsa

CFO Asia Pacific, TEVA PHARMACUTICALS
Lim Shih Hsien

Lim Shih Hsien

Chief Security Officer, SP GROUP
Munish Kaushal

Munish Kaushal

Vice President Finance – Global Categories, Marketing & R&D, GSK
James Lee

James Lee

Director of Finance, SOFITEL
Leonard Ong

Leonard Ong

Region CISO, APAC, GE HEALTHCARE
Ronald Wong

Ronald Wong

Assurance Partner, EY
Nam Soon Liew

Nam Soon Liew

ASEAN Managing Partner, EY
Niels Maerkedahl

Niels Maerkedahl

Global Head of Technology Digital Banking, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK
Deepak Sanadhya

Deepak Sanadhya

Sales Director Asia, JEDOX
Melissa Chua

Melissa Chua

Editorial Consultant, CXOCIETY
Jeremy Gray

Jeremy Gray

Editorial Consultant, CXOCIETY
Christopher Emslie

Christopher Emslie

Asia Regional Treasurer, GENERAL MILLS
Geok Seong Wah

Geok Seong Wah

Director, e-Invoice Project Office, IMDA
Steven Sim

Steven Sim

Vice President, ISACA SINGAPORE CHAPTER
Venkat Padmanabhan

Venkat Padmanabhan

President (Finance) and Global Head, OLAM INTERNATIONAL
Justin Ong

Justin Ong

IT General Manager, PANASONIC ASIA PACIFIC
Goh Yin Shian

Goh Yin Shian

Finance Director, TECKWAH INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION

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