Course Detail(PAIB2021 : Sustainability & Trust: Taking Centre-Stage in a New Era of Business)

PAIB2021 : Sustainability & Trust: Taking Centre-Stage in a New Era of Business NEW

5.00 CPE Hours (Category 1, Others)
Live Webinar

Highlights of 2020 PAIB Conference

Programme Objective

With a more exciting line-up featuring the industry hot topics, ISCA is back with our flagship conference for Professional Accountants in Business from both the public and private sectors. 

Taking a leaf from Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, this year’s virtual conference aims to shine the spotlight on accountants who will take centre-stage in the new era of business, especially in Sustainability and Trust. The virtual conference will feature keynote speakers who will dispel any misconceptions that sustainability is a distant aspiration and explain the roles that finance professionals need to play to empower businesses to capitalise sustainability opportunities. 

With 2 break-out tracks focusing on Financial Forensics and Intelligent Automation, delegates will be spoilt for choice in the half-day virtual conference. Hear from esteemed speakers and panellists from both the public and private sector as they shed light on how organisations can fortify business trust through combatting white-collar crime and effective risk management or discover how intelligent automation opens new doors for the finance function. Join us as we delve into lively discussions and presentations on the hot topics that will spearhead the accountancy profession.
 
We have enhanced the platform this year to give our delegates a better user experience and the flexibility to hop between the 2 breakout tracks on the event day. No prior track selection is required.

Programme Outline

 
TimePlenary
12.30pmRegistration
1.00pmWelcome Address by ISCA
1.15pm

Keynote by Guest of Honour

Ms Grace Fu, Minister of Sustainability and the Environment 

1.30pm

Sustainability and Climate Change: Taking Centre-Stage in a New Era of Business Climate Change and the Accountant do MEET Through TCFD

Sustainability and climate change are now business imperatives – a catalyst for businesses to evolve their strategies and stay viable into the future. From electric vehicles to plant-based meats, from safe working environments to respecting human rights, businesses with a sustainability compass are now shaking up age-old industries. These developments and trends raise serious questions about what they mean for both businesses and accountants to remain ahead of the curve.

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have galvanised global action towards providing more effective climate-related disclosures that promote better understanding of the financial implications of climate change. In Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) are looking into mandating climate-related financial disclosures based on the TCFD recommendations.

Ms Yeo Lian Sim, Vice Chair of the TCFD and Member of ISCA’s Sustainability and Climate Change Committee, will provide insights into the business implications of sustainability and climate change, as well as an insider perspective into the work behind the scenes of the TCFD. In short, businesses and accountants must capitalise on sustainability and climate-related opportunities NOW or risk trailing behind.

Speaker: Ms Yeo Lian Sim, Vice Chair of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Member of ISCA’s Sustainability and Climate Change Committee

2.00pm

Panel Discussion: 
Accountants: Spearheading Business Change… and now, Sustainability

As ESG, green finance and climate change dawn on businesses, so too will accountants of the future galvanise organisations towards the adoption of green initiatives and quality sustainability reporting.
 
As stewards of capital, the accountant must ensure that the business’s financial resources are allocated wisely and utilised efficiently. In building business resilience, these decisions need to be made with an eye on mitigating non-financial risks and converting them into opportunities instead. The accountant has the potential to play an indispensable role in helping the business achieve its sustainable development ambitions.

The accountant’s role is reaffirmed by recent developments within the IFRS Foundation to set IFRS sustainability standards to harmonise and streamline sustainability reporting.

This panel discussion drives home the role of the accountant in spearheading sustainability within their organisations and the importance for accountants to equip and position themselves now with the future in clear sight.

Moderator: Ms Fang Eu-Lin, Chairperson, ISCA Sustainability Excellence Sub-Committee

Panelists:

  1. Mr Goh Yin Shian, Finance Director, Teckwah Industrial Corporation Pte Ltd
  2. Mr Ian Hong, Chairman, ISCA SR Quality Sub-Committee
  3. Mr Rishi Kalra, Managing Director and CFO, Olam Food Ingredients
  4. Mr Michael Tang, Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission, Singapore Exchange Regulation
3.00pmScreen Break - 15mins

Track 1 – Financial Forensics :

Fortify Business Trust

Track 2 – Intelligent Automation: 

A New Dawn for Business

3.15pm

Sustaining Business Trust Through Curbing Corruption

In the business world, reputation and trust are important levers for success in the local as well as international arena. It is crucial for businesses to understand that the detrimental impact of corruption outweighs short-term monetary gains and brings irreversible reputational and financial losses for its stakeholders and the society as a whole. Having good awareness of the industry’s corruption risks and adopting a robust anti-corruption framework will sustain a successful business model.

As an anti-corruption enforcer, CPIB will be sharing insights on Singapore’s corruption situation, the financial costs of corruption, and how businesses can meet ethical and societal expectations by adopting good corporate governance models. A fair and competitive business environment will be achieved and sustained, making Singapore a conducive place for investments and investors. Real-life cases will illustrate how businesses can identify red flags and curb corruption effectively to protect their interests, and safeguard Singapore’s reputation as a trustworthy and business-friendly country.
For companies who have limited resources or lack sophisticated compliance systems, having to implement and enforce such framework may seem to be an uphill task. With the use of case studies, CPIB will share how companies can detect red flags of employee wrongdoings, uncover the root cause of such incidents, and most importantly be more guarded moving forward.

Mr Lam Seow Kin,

Deputy Director, Investigations Department, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB)

3.15pm

State of Play of Intelligent Automation in the Finance Function

Digital transformation has been the name of the game during the pandemic. Like many different facets of businesses, the finance function has been impacted by technology adoption. But what has changed? What needs to evolve? Is a finance function augmented by intelligent automation a cornerstone of a trusted and sustainable business?
In this presentation, ISCA delves into the current state of how the finance function has changed arising from the adoption of intelligent automation, uncovering the related risks and challenges.

Dr. Hanny Kusnadi

Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, NUS Business School

3.35pm

Plug and Play, Low-cost Solutions for Intelligent Automation in Finance and Accounting:

In this new age of digitization, how do you leverage intelligent automation to gain a competitive advantage? Join our speaker from AI Singapore as he provides an overview of the digital transformation strategies around intelligent automation, and describes how AISG's free RPA toolset can help you to quickly and cheaply automate ad-hoc workflows. This presentation will also contain an overview of the AISG programs you can tap to accelerate your organization's digital transformation and use of AI, and the AI Readiness Index framework that you can use to determine your organization's readiness to adopt AI solutions.

Mr John Ang

Assistance Head (AI Advisory), AI Singapore

3.50pm

Combatting Syndicated Tax Crime –

How Can Companies Safeguard Themselves?

In Singapore, a current focus area of our tax authority’s investigation efforts is on Missing Trader Fraud (MTF) arrangements – a form of fraud by syndicates that exploits the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to defraud tax authorities. When an MTF arrangement is exposed, the unassuming legitimate businesses interposed by the syndicate will be implicated.
Against the backdrop of today’s transnational business landscape, it is commonplace for businesses to operate across international boundaries and work with stakeholders from different countries. How can businesses ensure they are not involved in any fraudulent arrangement and safeguard themselves? In this session, IRAS will advise businesses on what they can look out for to pick up red flags of MTF as well as other syndicated tax crimes based on their past investigations.

Mr Pek Zhiyu, Zander

Director, Goods and Services Tax Division, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

3.50pm

Intelligent Automation: 

The Next Game Changer 

Technological adoption and disruption are par for the course in any industry now. The finance function has also had to transform itself rapidly, where mundane tasks are now performed by automated solutions. But how can finance personnel evolve to stay abreast of the latest developments? Do tried and tested ways still work in the current technological environment, or do managers need to create new methods of ensuring meaningful employee engagement? Does the trusted and sustainable business of the future have roots in a finance function augmented by intelligent automation?
To find out more, ISCA has convened a panel of experts to discuss these questions and share their insights.

Moderator:

Prof Emeritus Steven Miller

Professor Emeritus of Information Systems,

Singapore Management University

Panellist:

  1. Chiang Hai Yin, Group Director, Finance Transformation, Accountant-General’s Department
  2. Kenneth Leong, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Axiom Asia Private Capital Pte Ltd
  3. Liaw Chun Huan, CFO, KTC Group
  4. Cyndi Pei, Head of Finance, Singtel Enterprise Business, Singapore Telecommunication Limited 
4.25pm

Panel Discussion:

Managing Third-Party Cyber Risks Effectively

Synopsis: No industry is fully immune to the rising numbers and scale of cyberattacks in Singapore – which is a clear indication of a changing cyber threat landscape. Many businesses these days have to rely on third party service providers for their daily operations. If businesses do not manage these third-party cyber risks effectively, it may open doors to a plethora of cybersecurity attacks such as data breaches or syndicated payment systems fraud.

During the discussion, panellists will delve deeper into the topic of integrated risk management and examine the key considerations when putting together a third-party cyber risk management programme. The discussion will also explore what companies can do to assess and monitor the security and privacy practices of third parties and create a culture that makes mitigating third-party cyber risks everyone’s responsibility.

Moderator:

Mr Daryl Pereira

Head of Cyber, Advisory, KPMG Singapore

Panellists:

  1. Ms Veronica Tan, Director, Safer Cyberspace, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore
  2. Mr Leon Chang, Assistant Chief Executive, Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office, Integrated Health Information Systems
  3. Mr Phoram Mehta, APAC CISO, PayPal Pte Ltd
  4. Mr Murari Kalyanaramani, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Singapore, UOB 
4.35pm

From Crisis to Recovery:

Public Sector Priorities to Support COVID-19 Recovery

The concept of ‘doing more with less’ has been the mantra for the public sector, but COVID-19 has pushed this notion to a new level. With reduced tax revenues, emergency spending, the need to cut costs, and increasingly higher demand for services, public sector entities must think fundamentally differently about how services are delivered and how to ensure public sector finances are more resilient going forward. To explore key strategic issues for the public sector and its finance leaders, IFAC convened a roundtable from across the globe. This session will highlight the salient points from the roundtable and share priority areas that professional accountants in the public sector need to know.

Ms Cat Little

Director General, Public Spending, and Head of the Government Finance Function, Her Majesty’s Treasury, United Kingdom

5.15pm

Panel - Interim Financial Reporting:

Navigating the Journey to Quality Financial Reporting

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) Guidance Note Accounting Standards for Financial Statements issued on 4 May 2020 clarifies SGX’s expectations on the application of accounting standards for issuers’ announcement of interim and full-year financial statements. The Listing Rules require issuers to prepare their financial statements in accordance with Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (International) ("SFRS(I)"), International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), or US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("US GAAP"). This will take effect for issuers’ financial statements for any interim financial period (i.e., the first, second or third quarters of the financial year) or for any financial year ending on or after 30 June 2021.

For interim and full year financial statements, issuers are required to apply SFRS(I) 1-34 (equivalent to IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting) or the broader set of accounting requirements that apply to annual financial statements under the SFRS(I), IFRS and US GAAP. The application of SFRS(I)s, or specifically SFRS(I) 1-34 (or IAS 34), provides a good framework for comprehensive disclosures and enhances comparability of issuers’ interim financial statements on an international level.

ISCA, through its Financial Reporting Committee, have developed Financial Reporting Guidance 3 Preparation of Interim Financial Statements under SFRS(I) 1-34 Interim Financial Reporting (in compliance with the SGX Listing Rule 705(3A)) (“FRG 3”) to aid issuers in understanding the implications of the Listing Rule 705(3A) to their interim financial statements and to highlight the key areas to take note of when preparing a set of interim financial statements under SFRS(I) 1-34.

This panel discussion, comprising stakeholders in the financial reporting eco-system, will discuss and share the challenges faced and how this impact issuers’ reporting to SGX, whilst at the same time, meeting the expectations of relevant stakeholders.

Moderator: Mr Chen Voon Hoe, Deputy Chairman, ISCA Financial Reporting Committee; Partner, PwC Risk Services Pte Ltd

Panelists: 

  1. Mr Lim Kai Ching, Group Chief Financial Officer, Uni-Asia Group Limited
  2. Mr Ng Kian Hui, Audit Partner, Head of Audit and Assurance, BDO LLP
  3. Ms Eliza Tan, Vice President, Singapore Exchange Regulation
  4. Ms Tan Yong Choo, Vice President (Group Finance), Singtel
5.15pm

Fair Valuation in Times of Uncertainty

Insights to Valuation and SFRS(I) 13

In recent times of uncertainty, fair valuation has gained prominence and importance in financial reporting, garnering attention from both auditors and regulators. This segment will provide key insights into the pertinent role played by management in the valuation process. Being the intended user of valuation reports, management (including Board of Directors) has the ultimate responsibility over the provision of various inputs or assumptions used in valuation and the appropriate valuation methods permitted under SFRS(I) 13/ FRS 113 Fair Value Measurement. One commonly valued asset is real estate i.e. land and buildings where valuation is usually performed for financial reporting at least annually. To facilitate the valuation process, ISCA has previously issued a guidance on real estate valuation for financial reporting which serves as a useful reference for engagements with valuers.

Speaker: Mr Keoy Soo Earn, Regional Managing Partner, SEA Financial Advisory Southeast Asia, Deloitte; Past Chairman, FRC Valuation Sub-Committee (2012 – 2018)

Sharing of Practical Application Issues for Valuation

ACRA collaborates with the Institute of Valuers & Appraisers Singapore (IVAS) to review valuation issues arising from ACRA’s review of financial statements. In this segment, we will share on the common pitfalls relating to valuation that we have encountered during the reviews. With the challenging business environment, fair value measurement and impairment of assets are expected to be challenging. We will also share on the key valuation issues to look out for when preparing the 2021 financial statements and how you can address them.

Speaker 1: Ms Lau Kangli, Principal Compliance Manager, Financial Reporting Surveillance Department, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)

Speaker 2: Mr Andre Toh, Chairman of IVAS Standards and Technical Working Group; Partner, Strategy and Transactions, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP

6.00pmEnd of Conference

*Programme is subject to changes without further notice

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Early Bird till 19th July 2021

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Member: $171.20
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Intended For

Professional Accountants in Business (Private and Public Sector) in Singapore and the ASEAN region

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Category 1 = 0.75 Hours
Others = 4.25 Hours

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Date & Time

19 Aug 2021 (1:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

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Programme Facilitator(s)

Team of Professional (PAIB2021)

Testimonial

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Programme Facilitator(s)


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John Ang
Assistant Head (AI Advisory), AI Singapore


John is a Product Manager at AI Singapore, where he works on the TagUI product.

In addition to his work on TagUI, he is the face of AI Singapore’s AI for Everyone programme, and is one of the main architects for the AI for Industry programme. John has also instructed for the Data Analytics program at NUS Business School and NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE).

John has a background in finance, as well as in the startup industry. Over his professional career, John has planned and executed multiple data-driven projects across Finance, Healthcare and Education.

Prior to his role as Product Manager, John was an AI Engineer and Principal Consultant in AI Singapore, where he worked across industry verticals to scope AI projects for the 100 Experiments programme.

Before joining AI Singapore, he was responsible for leading and setting up the business development and analytics team at a biotech startup. Prior to that, he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance team at Barclays Capital in New York.

He has a BSc. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.

 
Leon Chang
Assistant Chief Executive, Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS)
 
Leon Chang is the Assistant Chief Executive in charge of Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office for Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS). IHiS is the technology agency for Singapore’s public healthcare sector which aims to improve the Singapore population's health and health administration by integrating intelligent, highly resilient, and cost effective technologies with process and people.
 
Leon works closely with the Ministry of Health and Public Healthcare Institutions to uplift cyber defences across the sector. Specifically, he oversees the public healthcare’s cyber defence strategy, policy, governance, risk management and policy compliance, as well as the operation of public healthcare’s cyber defence capabilities in identifying, preventing, detecting, responding to and recovering from threats and incidents. Heading the Chief Risk Office, Leon is responsible for IHiS’ Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Management.
 
Prior to joining IHiS, he was with Deutsche Bank with Asia Pacific responsibilities for the effective management of non-financial risks including cyber security, business continuity, technology and vendor risk management. He was also a former financial regulator with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, responsible for the supervision of financial institutions’ Business Resilience and Continuity programmes.
 
Chiang Hai Yin
Group Director, Finance Transformation, Accountant-General’s Department
 
Hai Yin helms the Finance Transformation Directorate in the Accountant-General’s Department (AGD), leading the initiative to harmonise financial processes and standardising financial data on a common platform across statutory boards. Prior to AGD, she has held the positions of CFO and CCO in the Singapore Tourism Board, overseeing the Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Legal functions. Hai Yin graduated from NTU with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and more recently, was awarded Dean’s List upon completing the Master of Science in Accounting (Data and Analytics).
 
Tobias Gondrom
Group Chief Information Security Officer, United Overseas Bank Limited
 
Mr Tobias Gondrom joined UOB in 2018 and is the Group Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible for ensuring the end-to-end information security in UOB and implementing all cyber security initiatives across the Bank.
 
Tobias has more than 20 years of experience in information security, software development, application security, cryptography, electronic signatures and global standardisation strategies. He has held various roles in independent software vendors and large global corporations in the technology, financial and government sectors. Prior to joining UOB, Tobias was the Chief Technology Officer (Security) at Huawei.
 
He holds a London Business School Sloan Masters degree in Leadership and Strategy. From 2014 to 2018, Tobias was a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the chair of the IETF Trust.
 
From 2004 to 2018, he was also the chair of multiple IETF workings groups in the security domain, the latest one being the chair of the DDoS Open Threat Signaling (DOTS) working group and a member of the IETF security directorate until 2018.
 
Since 2007, Tobias has also held leadership roles for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a global not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving software security, including as a member of the board from 2014 to 2017 and former global chairman. In addition, Tobias is former a board member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Hong Kong and Macau Chapter and a former member of the NIS Platform of the European Commission, where he advised the European Union on Cyber Security and Risk Management.
 
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Hanny Kusnadi
Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Dr. Hanny KUSNADI is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Accounting at NUS Business School. She obtained her PhD in Accounting from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Her research examines the accounting drivers of firm innovation, and she is broadly interested in issues of firm valuation, innovation, and corporate governance. She is a highly rated teacher in Accounting at NUS, and formerly at HKUST and Stanford University. Prior to joining academia, Hanny worked in the industry for many years, including as a tax accountant at a boutique CPA firm in Silicon Valley, and as a Finance Controller in Singapore. She is a licensed CPA in California and obtained her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

 

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Lam Seow Kin

Deputy Director, Investigations Department, CPIB


Mr Lam Seow Kin is a Deputy Director with the Investigations Department at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). In his current capacity, he oversees corruption investigations with an expertise in financial forensics and money laundering investigations.

In a career spanning 9 years, Seow Kin has dealt with transnational corruption investigations and worked closely with foreign law enforcement agencies. He also has experience serving in the capacity of a regulator, having spent some time working in the Anti-Money Laundering Department of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and supervising the banks in the area of anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). Having spent several years specialising in financial investigations, he also develops training materials and conducts training for financial investigation courses.

A Chartered Accountant of Singapore, Seow Kin has extensive experience working in the audit and assurance department of a Big 4 accounting firm prior to joining the Civil Service. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner as well as a Financial Forensic Professional with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

 

Kenneth Leong
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Office, Axiom Asia Private Capital Pte Lt

Kenneth joined Axiom in 2017. He was previously a Senior Vice President of Corporate Accounting at GIC, leading the company’s statutory and management reporting function and overseeing the day-to-day operations of its finance department across 10 countries. In his 14 years at GIC, Kenneth was promoted through a variety of finance roles, gaining exposure to different asset classes including private equity.

 

Liaw Chun Huan 
CFO, KTC Group
 
Chun Huan is the CFO of KTC group, a diverse civil engineering and construction group. He oversees the overall financial management of the group covering financial reporting, treasury, cash management and financial performance measurement. Prior to joining KTC, Mr. Liaw was the Chief Financial Officer of Fu Yu Corporation Limited, a main board listed company in Singapore. Mr. Liaw has a Master of Business Administration (Mandarin) from The National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
 
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Cat Little
Director General Public Spending, HM Treasury


Cat started her career at the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), dedicated to Government and Public Sector finances, mainly working in assurance roles. Over more than a decade, Cat worked with clients across Health, Local Government, Higher Education and Central Government sectors.

Cat joined the Civil Service in 2013 first at the Legal Aid Agency and then went on to become the Group Finance Director at the Ministry of Justice. In 2017, Cat joined the Board of the Ministry of Defence as Director General Finance.

Cat joined HM Treasury in 2020 as Director General Public Spending and Head of Government Finance Function. Cat is a chartered public finance accountant and represents the UK as a member of IFAC, PAIB and is also a co-opted member of CIPFA Council. Outside of work Cat lives in the Kent North Downs, enjoys running, cycling and walking the dog with her wife Ruth.

 

 

Phoram Mehta
APAC CISO, PayPal Pte Ltd
 
Mr. Phoram Mehta is the CISO for PayPal's Asia-Pacific region. A seasoned professional and technical leader with over two decades in Information Security, Mr. Mehta has been instrumental in building secure technology solutions for multiple companies across a spectrum of sectors including financial services, healthcare, telecommunication, and government in North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
 
Mr. Mehta also oversees PayPal's Global Tech Risk Mgmt and Infosec Research and Outreach initiatives. He currently serves as the President of ISACA Singapore and advises cybersecurity startups in Singapore, India and US. Mr. Mehta is an active participant in Cybersecurity forums across Asia-Pacific and North America.

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Prof Emeritus Steven Miller
Professor Emeritus of Information Systems, SMU


Prof Emeritus Steven Miller has recently been doing case studies of people working with Smart Machines in real-world business settings. He is co-authoring a book with Tom Davenport about people collaborating with Smart Machines that will be published by MIT Press in the 2nd half of 2022. He is working with SMU’s Centre for Management Practice to create teaching cases based on some of these examples. He does consulting work for IHiS, Singapore’s national HealthTech agency, serving as Senior Mentor & Architect for their forthcoming internal Academy for learning and training. He is appointed to URA’s AI Technology Advisory Panel and also advises URA’s Digital Planning Lab. He is also an advisor to One Connect Financial Technology Singapore, and previously served as a consultant to Changi Airport Group’s Corporate IT Division.

He was a faculty member at SMU for nearly 18 years. He served as Founding Dean of SMU’s School of Information Systems (recently renamed to School of Computing and Information Systems) for over 13 years. He also served as SMU’s Vice Provost for Research for 8 years. He has a Bachelors in Systems Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Statistics as well as a PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He was also a faculty member at CMU for 6 years. Prior to joining SMU, he spent 13 years in industry with Fujitsu Ltd., IBM, and other organisations.


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Pek Zhiyu, Zander
Director, Goods and Services Tax Division, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Zander is a director in the Goods and Services Tax Division in Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). He has been in the public service for the past 10 years and currently oversees a department responsible for end-to-end tax administration of the wholesale trade sector on GST matters. Zander holds an MSC in Business Analytics from National University of Singapore.

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Daryl Pereira
Partner & Head of Cyber, KPMG Singapore


Daryl is Partner and Head of the Cyber Security Consulting practice at KPMG in Singapore. He leads a team of over 100 professionals focusing on cyber security, IT risk, outsourcing governance, business continuity, privacy, cyber incident response, and implementation of security architecture. He has over 25 years of consultancy and industry experience helping clients with their strategic change and operations by working at the intersection of business and technology. Before joining KPMG, Daryl spent 9 years in investment banking in Australia and Singapore where he led various global and regional functions including information security governance. In his last role in Deutsche Bank, Daryl was the global lead for Program Management Office overseeing $3 billion of projects. Prior roles include COO Business Manager for Investment Banking IT, and Regional APAC Head of IT Audit.

Before moving to Singapore in 2004, Daryl was the Head of IT Audit at Westpac Australia, where he re-established the IT Audit function which had been previously outsourced. He commenced his career as an IT Consultant with Big 4 firms in Australia. Daryl is the Past President of ISACA Singapore, the international professional association for cyber security and IT risk professionals. He is certified as a CISM, CISA, CRISC, and CPA (Australia), and holds a MBA from Manchester Business School and a Master of Information Technology from the University of Canberra.

Veronica Tan
Director, Safer Cyberspace, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Veronica is driving the Safer Cyberspace portfolio in the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA). Her areas of focus include leveraging national-level infrastructure for the delivery of baseline security controls, as well as developing broad-based and targeted programmes to raise awareness and adoption of good cybersecurity in enterprises.

Veronica has a strong interest in technology. Prior to this, she was developing emerging technology programmes such as blockchain in IMDA. Before joining the public sector, Veronica was in a network engineering role in a leading ISP. Outside of work, Veronica also finds time to participate in university mentorship programmes to help students unlock their potential and progress in their professional development.

 

Highlights of 2020 PAIB Conference

Programme Objective

With a more exciting line-up featuring the industry hot topics, ISCA is back with our flagship conference for Professional Accountants in Business from both the public and private sectors. 

Taking a leaf from Singapore’s Green Plan 2030, this year’s virtual conference aims to shine the spotlight on accountants who will take centre-stage in the new era of business, especially in Sustainability and Trust. The virtual conference will feature keynote speakers who will dispel any misconceptions that sustainability is a distant aspiration and explain the roles that finance professionals need to play to empower businesses to capitalise sustainability opportunities. 

With 2 break-out tracks focusing on Financial Forensics and Intelligent Automation, delegates will be spoilt for choice in the half-day virtual conference. Hear from esteemed speakers and panellists from both the public and private sector as they shed light on how organisations can fortify business trust through combatting white-collar crime and effective risk management or discover how intelligent automation opens new doors for the finance function. Join us as we delve into lively discussions and presentations on the hot topics that will spearhead the accountancy profession.
 
We have enhanced the platform this year to give our delegates a better user experience and the flexibility to hop between the 2 breakout tracks on the event day. No prior track selection is required.

Programme Outline

 
TimePlenary
12.30pmRegistration
1.00pmWelcome Address by ISCA
1.15pm

Keynote by Guest of Honour

Ms Grace Fu, Minister of Sustainability and the Environment 

1.30pm

Sustainability and Climate Change: Taking Centre-Stage in a New Era of Business Climate Change and the Accountant do MEET Through TCFD

Sustainability and climate change are now business imperatives – a catalyst for businesses to evolve their strategies and stay viable into the future. From electric vehicles to plant-based meats, from safe working environments to respecting human rights, businesses with a sustainability compass are now shaking up age-old industries. These developments and trends raise serious questions about what they mean for both businesses and accountants to remain ahead of the curve.

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have galvanised global action towards providing more effective climate-related disclosures that promote better understanding of the financial implications of climate change. In Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) are looking into mandating climate-related financial disclosures based on the TCFD recommendations.

Ms Yeo Lian Sim, Vice Chair of the TCFD and Member of ISCA’s Sustainability and Climate Change Committee, will provide insights into the business implications of sustainability and climate change, as well as an insider perspective into the work behind the scenes of the TCFD. In short, businesses and accountants must capitalise on sustainability and climate-related opportunities NOW or risk trailing behind.

Speaker: Ms Yeo Lian Sim, Vice Chair of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Member of ISCA’s Sustainability and Climate Change Committee

2.00pm

Panel Discussion: 
Accountants: Spearheading Business Change… and now, Sustainability

As ESG, green finance and climate change dawn on businesses, so too will accountants of the future galvanise organisations towards the adoption of green initiatives and quality sustainability reporting.
 
As stewards of capital, the accountant must ensure that the business’s financial resources are allocated wisely and utilised efficiently. In building business resilience, these decisions need to be made with an eye on mitigating non-financial risks and converting them into opportunities instead. The accountant has the potential to play an indispensable role in helping the business achieve its sustainable development ambitions.

The accountant’s role is reaffirmed by recent developments within the IFRS Foundation to set IFRS sustainability standards to harmonise and streamline sustainability reporting.

This panel discussion drives home the role of the accountant in spearheading sustainability within their organisations and the importance for accountants to equip and position themselves now with the future in clear sight.

Moderator: Ms Fang Eu-Lin, Chairperson, ISCA Sustainability Excellence Sub-Committee

Panelists:

  1. Mr Goh Yin Shian, Finance Director, Teckwah Industrial Corporation Pte Ltd
  2. Mr Ian Hong, Chairman, ISCA SR Quality Sub-Committee
  3. Mr Rishi Kalra, Managing Director and CFO, Olam Food Ingredients
  4. Mr Michael Tang, Head, Listing Policy & Product Admission, Singapore Exchange Regulation
3.00pmScreen Break - 15mins

Track 1 – Financial Forensics :

Fortify Business Trust

Track 2 – Intelligent Automation: 

A New Dawn for Business

3.15pm

Sustaining Business Trust Through Curbing Corruption

In the business world, reputation and trust are important levers for success in the local as well as international arena. It is crucial for businesses to understand that the detrimental impact of corruption outweighs short-term monetary gains and brings irreversible reputational and financial losses for its stakeholders and the society as a whole. Having good awareness of the industry’s corruption risks and adopting a robust anti-corruption framework will sustain a successful business model.

As an anti-corruption enforcer, CPIB will be sharing insights on Singapore’s corruption situation, the financial costs of corruption, and how businesses can meet ethical and societal expectations by adopting good corporate governance models. A fair and competitive business environment will be achieved and sustained, making Singapore a conducive place for investments and investors. Real-life cases will illustrate how businesses can identify red flags and curb corruption effectively to protect their interests, and safeguard Singapore’s reputation as a trustworthy and business-friendly country.
For companies who have limited resources or lack sophisticated compliance systems, having to implement and enforce such framework may seem to be an uphill task. With the use of case studies, CPIB will share how companies can detect red flags of employee wrongdoings, uncover the root cause of such incidents, and most importantly be more guarded moving forward.

Mr Lam Seow Kin,

Deputy Director, Investigations Department, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB)

3.15pm

State of Play of Intelligent Automation in the Finance Function

Digital transformation has been the name of the game during the pandemic. Like many different facets of businesses, the finance function has been impacted by technology adoption. But what has changed? What needs to evolve? Is a finance function augmented by intelligent automation a cornerstone of a trusted and sustainable business?
In this presentation, ISCA delves into the current state of how the finance function has changed arising from the adoption of intelligent automation, uncovering the related risks and challenges.

Dr. Hanny Kusnadi

Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting, NUS Business School

3.35pm

Plug and Play, Low-cost Solutions for Intelligent Automation in Finance and Accounting:

In this new age of digitization, how do you leverage intelligent automation to gain a competitive advantage? Join our speaker from AI Singapore as he provides an overview of the digital transformation strategies around intelligent automation, and describes how AISG's free RPA toolset can help you to quickly and cheaply automate ad-hoc workflows. This presentation will also contain an overview of the AISG programs you can tap to accelerate your organization's digital transformation and use of AI, and the AI Readiness Index framework that you can use to determine your organization's readiness to adopt AI solutions.

Mr John Ang

Assistance Head (AI Advisory), AI Singapore

3.50pm

Combatting Syndicated Tax Crime –

How Can Companies Safeguard Themselves?

In Singapore, a current focus area of our tax authority’s investigation efforts is on Missing Trader Fraud (MTF) arrangements – a form of fraud by syndicates that exploits the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to defraud tax authorities. When an MTF arrangement is exposed, the unassuming legitimate businesses interposed by the syndicate will be implicated.
Against the backdrop of today’s transnational business landscape, it is commonplace for businesses to operate across international boundaries and work with stakeholders from different countries. How can businesses ensure they are not involved in any fraudulent arrangement and safeguard themselves? In this session, IRAS will advise businesses on what they can look out for to pick up red flags of MTF as well as other syndicated tax crimes based on their past investigations.

Mr Pek Zhiyu, Zander

Director, Goods and Services Tax Division, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

3.50pm

Intelligent Automation: 

The Next Game Changer 

Technological adoption and disruption are par for the course in any industry now. The finance function has also had to transform itself rapidly, where mundane tasks are now performed by automated solutions. But how can finance personnel evolve to stay abreast of the latest developments? Do tried and tested ways still work in the current technological environment, or do managers need to create new methods of ensuring meaningful employee engagement? Does the trusted and sustainable business of the future have roots in a finance function augmented by intelligent automation?
To find out more, ISCA has convened a panel of experts to discuss these questions and share their insights.

Moderator:

Prof Emeritus Steven Miller

Professor Emeritus of Information Systems,

Singapore Management University

Panellist:

  1. Chiang Hai Yin, Group Director, Finance Transformation, Accountant-General’s Department
  2. Kenneth Leong, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, Axiom Asia Private Capital Pte Ltd
  3. Liaw Chun Huan, CFO, KTC Group
  4. Cyndi Pei, Head of Finance, Singtel Enterprise Business, Singapore Telecommunication Limited 
4.25pm

Panel Discussion:

Managing Third-Party Cyber Risks Effectively

Synopsis: No industry is fully immune to the rising numbers and scale of cyberattacks in Singapore – which is a clear indication of a changing cyber threat landscape. Many businesses these days have to rely on third party service providers for their daily operations. If businesses do not manage these third-party cyber risks effectively, it may open doors to a plethora of cybersecurity attacks such as data breaches or syndicated payment systems fraud.

During the discussion, panellists will delve deeper into the topic of integrated risk management and examine the key considerations when putting together a third-party cyber risk management programme. The discussion will also explore what companies can do to assess and monitor the security and privacy practices of third parties and create a culture that makes mitigating third-party cyber risks everyone’s responsibility.

Moderator:

Mr Daryl Pereira

Head of Cyber, Advisory, KPMG Singapore

Panellists:

  1. Ms Veronica Tan, Director, Safer Cyberspace, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore
  2. Mr Leon Chang, Assistant Chief Executive, Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office, Integrated Health Information Systems
  3. Mr Phoram Mehta, APAC CISO, PayPal Pte Ltd
  4. Mr Murari Kalyanaramani, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Singapore, UOB 
4.35pm

From Crisis to Recovery:

Public Sector Priorities to Support COVID-19 Recovery

The concept of ‘doing more with less’ has been the mantra for the public sector, but COVID-19 has pushed this notion to a new level. With reduced tax revenues, emergency spending, the need to cut costs, and increasingly higher demand for services, public sector entities must think fundamentally differently about how services are delivered and how to ensure public sector finances are more resilient going forward. To explore key strategic issues for the public sector and its finance leaders, IFAC convened a roundtable from across the globe. This session will highlight the salient points from the roundtable and share priority areas that professional accountants in the public sector need to know.

Ms Cat Little

Director General, Public Spending, and Head of the Government Finance Function, Her Majesty’s Treasury, United Kingdom

5.15pm

Panel - Interim Financial Reporting:

Navigating the Journey to Quality Financial Reporting

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) Guidance Note Accounting Standards for Financial Statements issued on 4 May 2020 clarifies SGX’s expectations on the application of accounting standards for issuers’ announcement of interim and full-year financial statements. The Listing Rules require issuers to prepare their financial statements in accordance with Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (International) ("SFRS(I)"), International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), or US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("US GAAP"). This will take effect for issuers’ financial statements for any interim financial period (i.e., the first, second or third quarters of the financial year) or for any financial year ending on or after 30 June 2021.

For interim and full year financial statements, issuers are required to apply SFRS(I) 1-34 (equivalent to IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting) or the broader set of accounting requirements that apply to annual financial statements under the SFRS(I), IFRS and US GAAP. The application of SFRS(I)s, or specifically SFRS(I) 1-34 (or IAS 34), provides a good framework for comprehensive disclosures and enhances comparability of issuers’ interim financial statements on an international level.

ISCA, through its Financial Reporting Committee, have developed Financial Reporting Guidance 3 Preparation of Interim Financial Statements under SFRS(I) 1-34 Interim Financial Reporting (in compliance with the SGX Listing Rule 705(3A)) (“FRG 3”) to aid issuers in understanding the implications of the Listing Rule 705(3A) to their interim financial statements and to highlight the key areas to take note of when preparing a set of interim financial statements under SFRS(I) 1-34.

This panel discussion, comprising stakeholders in the financial reporting eco-system, will discuss and share the challenges faced and how this impact issuers’ reporting to SGX, whilst at the same time, meeting the expectations of relevant stakeholders.

Moderator: Mr Chen Voon Hoe, Deputy Chairman, ISCA Financial Reporting Committee; Partner, PwC Risk Services Pte Ltd

Panelists: 

  1. Mr Lim Kai Ching, Group Chief Financial Officer, Uni-Asia Group Limited
  2. Mr Ng Kian Hui, Audit Partner, Head of Audit and Assurance, BDO LLP
  3. Ms Eliza Tan, Vice President, Singapore Exchange Regulation
  4. Ms Tan Yong Choo, Vice President (Group Finance), Singtel
5.15pm

Fair Valuation in Times of Uncertainty

Insights to Valuation and SFRS(I) 13

In recent times of uncertainty, fair valuation has gained prominence and importance in financial reporting, garnering attention from both auditors and regulators. This segment will provide key insights into the pertinent role played by management in the valuation process. Being the intended user of valuation reports, management (including Board of Directors) has the ultimate responsibility over the provision of various inputs or assumptions used in valuation and the appropriate valuation methods permitted under SFRS(I) 13/ FRS 113 Fair Value Measurement. One commonly valued asset is real estate i.e. land and buildings where valuation is usually performed for financial reporting at least annually. To facilitate the valuation process, ISCA has previously issued a guidance on real estate valuation for financial reporting which serves as a useful reference for engagements with valuers.

Speaker: Mr Keoy Soo Earn, Regional Managing Partner, SEA Financial Advisory Southeast Asia, Deloitte; Past Chairman, FRC Valuation Sub-Committee (2012 – 2018)

Sharing of Practical Application Issues for Valuation

ACRA collaborates with the Institute of Valuers & Appraisers Singapore (IVAS) to review valuation issues arising from ACRA’s review of financial statements. In this segment, we will share on the common pitfalls relating to valuation that we have encountered during the reviews. With the challenging business environment, fair value measurement and impairment of assets are expected to be challenging. We will also share on the key valuation issues to look out for when preparing the 2021 financial statements and how you can address them.

Speaker 1: Ms Lau Kangli, Principal Compliance Manager, Financial Reporting Surveillance Department, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)

Speaker 2: Mr Andre Toh, Chairman of IVAS Standards and Technical Working Group; Partner, Strategy and Transactions, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP

6.00pmEnd of Conference

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Programme Facilitator(s)

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John Ang
Assistant Head (AI Advisory), AI Singapore


John is a Product Manager at AI Singapore, where he works on the TagUI product.

In addition to his work on TagUI, he is the face of AI Singapore’s AI for Everyone programme, and is one of the main architects for the AI for Industry programme. John has also instructed for the Data Analytics program at NUS Business School and NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE).

John has a background in finance, as well as in the startup industry. Over his professional career, John has planned and executed multiple data-driven projects across Finance, Healthcare and Education.

Prior to his role as Product Manager, John was an AI Engineer and Principal Consultant in AI Singapore, where he worked across industry verticals to scope AI projects for the 100 Experiments programme.

Before joining AI Singapore, he was responsible for leading and setting up the business development and analytics team at a biotech startup. Prior to that, he worked in the M&A and Leveraged Finance team at Barclays Capital in New York.

He has a BSc. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business.

 
Leon Chang
Assistant Chief Executive, Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS)
 
Leon Chang is the Assistant Chief Executive in charge of Cyber Defence Group & Chief Risk Office for Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS). IHiS is the technology agency for Singapore’s public healthcare sector which aims to improve the Singapore population's health and health administration by integrating intelligent, highly resilient, and cost effective technologies with process and people.
 
Leon works closely with the Ministry of Health and Public Healthcare Institutions to uplift cyber defences across the sector. Specifically, he oversees the public healthcare’s cyber defence strategy, policy, governance, risk management and policy compliance, as well as the operation of public healthcare’s cyber defence capabilities in identifying, preventing, detecting, responding to and recovering from threats and incidents. Heading the Chief Risk Office, Leon is responsible for IHiS’ Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Management.
 
Prior to joining IHiS, he was with Deutsche Bank with Asia Pacific responsibilities for the effective management of non-financial risks including cyber security, business continuity, technology and vendor risk management. He was also a former financial regulator with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, responsible for the supervision of financial institutions’ Business Resilience and Continuity programmes.
 
Chiang Hai Yin
Group Director, Finance Transformation, Accountant-General’s Department
 
Hai Yin helms the Finance Transformation Directorate in the Accountant-General’s Department (AGD), leading the initiative to harmonise financial processes and standardising financial data on a common platform across statutory boards. Prior to AGD, she has held the positions of CFO and CCO in the Singapore Tourism Board, overseeing the Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Legal functions. Hai Yin graduated from NTU with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and more recently, was awarded Dean’s List upon completing the Master of Science in Accounting (Data and Analytics).
 
Tobias Gondrom
Group Chief Information Security Officer, United Overseas Bank Limited
 
Mr Tobias Gondrom joined UOB in 2018 and is the Group Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible for ensuring the end-to-end information security in UOB and implementing all cyber security initiatives across the Bank.
 
Tobias has more than 20 years of experience in information security, software development, application security, cryptography, electronic signatures and global standardisation strategies. He has held various roles in independent software vendors and large global corporations in the technology, financial and government sectors. Prior to joining UOB, Tobias was the Chief Technology Officer (Security) at Huawei.
 
He holds a London Business School Sloan Masters degree in Leadership and Strategy. From 2014 to 2018, Tobias was a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Administrative Oversight Committee (IAOC) and the chair of the IETF Trust.
 
From 2004 to 2018, he was also the chair of multiple IETF workings groups in the security domain, the latest one being the chair of the DDoS Open Threat Signaling (DOTS) working group and a member of the IETF security directorate until 2018.
 
Since 2007, Tobias has also held leadership roles for the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), a global not-for-profit organisation aimed at improving software security, including as a member of the board from 2014 to 2017 and former global chairman. In addition, Tobias is former a board member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Hong Kong and Macau Chapter and a former member of the NIS Platform of the European Commission, where he advised the European Union on Cyber Security and Risk Management.
 
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Hanny Kusnadi
Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore

Dr. Hanny KUSNADI is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Accounting at NUS Business School. She obtained her PhD in Accounting from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). Her research examines the accounting drivers of firm innovation, and she is broadly interested in issues of firm valuation, innovation, and corporate governance. She is a highly rated teacher in Accounting at NUS, and formerly at HKUST and Stanford University. Prior to joining academia, Hanny worked in the industry for many years, including as a tax accountant at a boutique CPA firm in Silicon Valley, and as a Finance Controller in Singapore. She is a licensed CPA in California and obtained her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

 

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Lam Seow Kin

Deputy Director, Investigations Department, CPIB


Mr Lam Seow Kin is a Deputy Director with the Investigations Department at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). In his current capacity, he oversees corruption investigations with an expertise in financial forensics and money laundering investigations.

In a career spanning 9 years, Seow Kin has dealt with transnational corruption investigations and worked closely with foreign law enforcement agencies. He also has experience serving in the capacity of a regulator, having spent some time working in the Anti-Money Laundering Department of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and supervising the banks in the area of anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT). Having spent several years specialising in financial investigations, he also develops training materials and conducts training for financial investigation courses.

A Chartered Accountant of Singapore, Seow Kin has extensive experience working in the audit and assurance department of a Big 4 accounting firm prior to joining the Civil Service. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner as well as a Financial Forensic Professional with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants

 

Kenneth Leong
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Office, Axiom Asia Private Capital Pte Lt

Kenneth joined Axiom in 2017. He was previously a Senior Vice President of Corporate Accounting at GIC, leading the company’s statutory and management reporting function and overseeing the day-to-day operations of its finance department across 10 countries. In his 14 years at GIC, Kenneth was promoted through a variety of finance roles, gaining exposure to different asset classes including private equity.

 

Liaw Chun Huan 
CFO, KTC Group
 
Chun Huan is the CFO of KTC group, a diverse civil engineering and construction group. He oversees the overall financial management of the group covering financial reporting, treasury, cash management and financial performance measurement. Prior to joining KTC, Mr. Liaw was the Chief Financial Officer of Fu Yu Corporation Limited, a main board listed company in Singapore. Mr. Liaw has a Master of Business Administration (Mandarin) from The National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University. He is a fellow of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
 
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Cat Little
Director General Public Spending, HM Treasury


Cat started her career at the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), dedicated to Government and Public Sector finances, mainly working in assurance roles. Over more than a decade, Cat worked with clients across Health, Local Government, Higher Education and Central Government sectors.

Cat joined the Civil Service in 2013 first at the Legal Aid Agency and then went on to become the Group Finance Director at the Ministry of Justice. In 2017, Cat joined the Board of the Ministry of Defence as Director General Finance.

Cat joined HM Treasury in 2020 as Director General Public Spending and Head of Government Finance Function. Cat is a chartered public finance accountant and represents the UK as a member of IFAC, PAIB and is also a co-opted member of CIPFA Council. Outside of work Cat lives in the Kent North Downs, enjoys running, cycling and walking the dog with her wife Ruth.

 

 

Phoram Mehta
APAC CISO, PayPal Pte Ltd
 
Mr. Phoram Mehta is the CISO for PayPal's Asia-Pacific region. A seasoned professional and technical leader with over two decades in Information Security, Mr. Mehta has been instrumental in building secure technology solutions for multiple companies across a spectrum of sectors including financial services, healthcare, telecommunication, and government in North America and Asia-Pacific regions.
 
Mr. Mehta also oversees PayPal's Global Tech Risk Mgmt and Infosec Research and Outreach initiatives. He currently serves as the President of ISACA Singapore and advises cybersecurity startups in Singapore, India and US. Mr. Mehta is an active participant in Cybersecurity forums across Asia-Pacific and North America.

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Prof Emeritus Steven Miller
Professor Emeritus of Information Systems, SMU


Prof Emeritus Steven Miller has recently been doing case studies of people working with Smart Machines in real-world business settings. He is co-authoring a book with Tom Davenport about people collaborating with Smart Machines that will be published by MIT Press in the 2nd half of 2022. He is working with SMU’s Centre for Management Practice to create teaching cases based on some of these examples. He does consulting work for IHiS, Singapore’s national HealthTech agency, serving as Senior Mentor & Architect for their forthcoming internal Academy for learning and training. He is appointed to URA’s AI Technology Advisory Panel and also advises URA’s Digital Planning Lab. He is also an advisor to One Connect Financial Technology Singapore, and previously served as a consultant to Changi Airport Group’s Corporate IT Division.

He was a faculty member at SMU for nearly 18 years. He served as Founding Dean of SMU’s School of Information Systems (recently renamed to School of Computing and Information Systems) for over 13 years. He also served as SMU’s Vice Provost for Research for 8 years. He has a Bachelors in Systems Science & Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Statistics as well as a PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He was also a faculty member at CMU for 6 years. Prior to joining SMU, he spent 13 years in industry with Fujitsu Ltd., IBM, and other organisations.


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Pek Zhiyu, Zander
Director, Goods and Services Tax Division, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Zander is a director in the Goods and Services Tax Division in Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). He has been in the public service for the past 10 years and currently oversees a department responsible for end-to-end tax administration of the wholesale trade sector on GST matters. Zander holds an MSC in Business Analytics from National University of Singapore.

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Daryl Pereira
Partner & Head of Cyber, KPMG Singapore


Daryl is Partner and Head of the Cyber Security Consulting practice at KPMG in Singapore. He leads a team of over 100 professionals focusing on cyber security, IT risk, outsourcing governance, business continuity, privacy, cyber incident response, and implementation of security architecture. He has over 25 years of consultancy and industry experience helping clients with their strategic change and operations by working at the intersection of business and technology. Before joining KPMG, Daryl spent 9 years in investment banking in Australia and Singapore where he led various global and regional functions including information security governance. In his last role in Deutsche Bank, Daryl was the global lead for Program Management Office overseeing $3 billion of projects. Prior roles include COO Business Manager for Investment Banking IT, and Regional APAC Head of IT Audit.

Before moving to Singapore in 2004, Daryl was the Head of IT Audit at Westpac Australia, where he re-established the IT Audit function which had been previously outsourced. He commenced his career as an IT Consultant with Big 4 firms in Australia. Daryl is the Past President of ISACA Singapore, the international professional association for cyber security and IT risk professionals. He is certified as a CISM, CISA, CRISC, and CPA (Australia), and holds a MBA from Manchester Business School and a Master of Information Technology from the University of Canberra.

Veronica Tan
Director, Safer Cyberspace, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore

Veronica is driving the Safer Cyberspace portfolio in the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA). Her areas of focus include leveraging national-level infrastructure for the delivery of baseline security controls, as well as developing broad-based and targeted programmes to raise awareness and adoption of good cybersecurity in enterprises.

Veronica has a strong interest in technology. Prior to this, she was developing emerging technology programmes such as blockchain in IMDA. Before joining the public sector, Veronica was in a network engineering role in a leading ISP. Outside of work, Veronica also finds time to participate in university mentorship programmes to help students unlock their potential and progress in their professional development.

 


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19 Aug 2021 (1:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

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