Jan 2018
26

The Past, Present & Future of China’s Debt Capital Market

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Dr. Gao Jian
Former Vice Governor, China Development Bank
Senior Economist, founder of China’s debt capital market
Time: 11.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Abstract

In this seminar, Dr. Gao Jian will discuss the evolution of China's debt capital market, including central government debt, local government debt and corporate debt over the past few decades. In addition, Dr. Gao will share his views on the future development of China's debt capital market from the perspective of regulators, issuers and investors. Dr. Gao will also be happy to discuss with the audience on related topics of interest on China’s financial market reforms and development.

About The Speaker

Dr. Gao Jian graduated with a Doctorate in Finance from the Institute of Financial Sciences of the Ministry of Finance, and completed post-doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University in 1998. He studied as a visiting scholar in Department of Economics, Harvard University from January 2013 to December 2015.

Dr. Gao Jian was Vice Governor of CDB at Vice-Ministerial level in July 2003 and was named as Vice Governor, Executive Member of the Board of CDB Corporation, and Chairman of CDB Securities in December 2008. He was also the Chairman of Sino African Fund, and Vice Chairman of Mandarin Capital between 2006 and 2008. He has been Senior Advisor of CDB and Chairman of CDB Securities since September 2012.

Oct 2017
27

Overview of China Insurance Market and Risk Audit & Management

This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Mr Mao Liheng
Director of the General Administration (Policy) of China Insurance Regulatory Commission
Time: 11.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Abstract

Over the past period, China's insurance industry has achieved sustained and rapid development. Mr. Mao will introduce the development of China's insurance market, as well as current risk situation from the perspective of the audit. He will also talk about the next step to promote risk supervision and to strengthen the audit work.

About The Speaker

Mr Mao Liheng has engaged in insurance supervision for many years. He is currently the Director of the General Administration (Policy) of China Insurance Regulatory Commission, and is mainly responsible for major risk supervision, handling of major cases, and inspection of policy research.

Oct 2017
09

Disruptions in the accounting profession (in particular Professional Services)

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Dr Janson Yap
Regional Managing Director, Deloitte Asia Pacific & South East Asia (SEA),
Innovation Leader, Deloitte SEA
Time: 11.30 pm to 1.30 pm

Abstract

In this brownbag talk, Dr. Janson Yap will share an insider’s views about how the accounting profession in Singapore and other parts of the world is coping with the disruptions resulting from looming major political, economic, and technological changes. He will discuss what these potentially disruptive mega trends are, how they may affect the world of Accounting, Assurance and Professional Services, and how the accounting profession is responding to these challenges.

About The Speaker

Dr. Janson is the Regional Managing Director of Risk Advisory practice in Deloitte Asia Pacific & South East Asia (SEA). In addition, he serves as Innovation Leader at Deloitte SEA driving programs to embed the innovation culture in the firm.

Dr. Janson has more than 20 years’ experience providing management consulting and advisory services. In his capacity as management consultant, he has led several Business Transformation programs, analysing and developing several go-to-market studies, development of new operating models, human capital programs and technology implementations. This was preceded by another 13 years’ corporate experience in senior management positions. Janson has led numerous engagements in helping Boards and Executive Management on Strategic Risk Issues, Brand & Reputation & Conduct risks concerns in this age of Digital Disruption.

Sep 2017
15

Equity Capital Markets -The Singapore Context for Listings

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Ms Mita Natarajan
Senior Vice President, Head of Services, Equities & Fixed Income at the
Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)
Time: 11.30 am -1.30 pm

Abstract

In this seminar, Ms Natarajan will discuss issues of interest about Singapore’s equity capital markets. She will focus on the key developments about the Singapore equity listings market and future directions. The audience will have an opportunity to dialogue with Ms Natarajan and gain valuable insight into Singapore’s equity capital markets.

About The Speaker

Ms Mita Natarajan is Senior Vice President, Head of Services, and Equities & Fixed Income at the Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX). She is also an advisory board member of Asia Accounting Research Center (AARC) at NUS Business School. Ms. Natarajan is responsible for the ownership and management of post-listings businesses offered to all SGX's listed companies. During her time at SGX, she has also managed the organization's strategy, business development and M&A portfolios. Prior to joining SGX, Ms Natarajan was part of the founding management team at a technology start-up in Silicon Valley, California. Her career also includes sales and marketing roles with global corporations in Asia and the U.S and functional responsibilities for the development and launch of new products and services. Ms. Natarajan holds a Master Degree from Harvard University, USA.

Aug 2017
31

China’s Healthcare Industry and Big Data - The Xiamen Experience

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Mr Qian Yongyue
Director, Xiamen Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning
Time: 11.30 am- 1.30 pm

Abstract

Within the context of China’s healthcare reform, Mr. Qian Yongyue will discuss the experience of Xiamen in building healthcare big data. Xiamen is one of the earliest pilot cities selected by the Chinese government in developing healthcare big data. In this seminar, Mr. Qian plans to cover the following areas:

  1. A brief overview of China's healthcare industry;
  2. Xiamen’s healthcare big data project: vision, past development, and challenges.

About The Speaker

Mr. Qian Yongyue is the director of Xiamen Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning. He graduated from Shanghai Second Military Medical University with a master degree in clinical medicine. He is a veteran clinical medicine researcher. As a healthcare manager, Mr Qian served as the vice president for First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, deputy director of the Medical Department of Xiamen Municipal Health Bureau, deputy director of the Department of Health, and deputy director of the Municipal Health Office.

Mar 2017
16

Huawei's Past and Future – A Dialogue with Tian Tao

  Jointly organised with Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC) and PhD & Research
Speaker: Mr Tian Tao (Advisor, Huawei International Advisory Council)
Time: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Venue: BIZ1-0204 (Mochtar Riady Building)

Abstract

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has grown from a small switch agent to the largest equipment manufacturer in the communications industry over the past three decades. Its business has been expanded from China to more than 170 other countries and regions. Huawei is a major equipment supplier to telecommunication operators. It also provides business solutions services and produces smartphones. In this seminar, Mr. Tian Tao will introduce his past ten years of observation and research on Huawei, share his views and thoughts about Huawei's past and future, and interact with the audience on topics that they are interested in.

About The Speaker

Mr. Tian Tao is an Advisor of Huawei International Advisory Council, Senior Management Consultant and Visiting Professor of Huawei University. He is the co-president of Ruihua Innovation Management Institute of Zhejiang University. He is the Chief Editor of Top Capital Magazine. He is the Director of Beijing Hill stone Technology Co. Ltd. and Director of Beijing Umessage Technology Co., Ltd. He is a veteran in the investment and consulting related to the ICT industry. He has been tracking Huawei and other representative Chinese enterprises over the past ten years. He has served as a Huawei consultant for 18 years and has accumulated nearly 8 million words of the first-hand materials. In particular, his interviews with 136 executives in Huawei provide him the freshest and the most abundant original information. Recorded in more than 3 million words, these interview materials are the most authoritative and valuable documents for the study of Chinese enterprises.

Feb 2017
20

The Evolution of Corporate Reporting

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Mr Uantchern Loh (Black Sun, Singapore)
Time: 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm
Venue: BIZ1 #03-02 (Mochtar Riady Building, Lim Chin Seminar Room)

Abstract

In addition to existing listing rules requirements for SGX listed companies to issue annual reports, the SGX introduced requirements for sustainability reports from 2018 onwards. To add to the mix, in January 2017, the International Federation of Accountants issued a policy statement to strongly support the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the implementation of the International Integrated Reporting (<IR>) Framework. The IFAC went on to say that "the integrated report can be used as an “umbrella” report for an organization’s broad suite of reports and communications, enabling greater interconnectedness between different reports and recognizing that there is a range of different frameworks and regulations available and under development." Will we see a consolidation of corporate reports or will more specialist reports be required? This brown bag session will explore how companies handle the annual reporting process, the impact of the upcoming sustainability report and whether Integrated Reporting will bring everything together.

About The Speaker

Mr Uantchern is currently the CEO, Asia Pacific for Black Sun, a stakeholder communications company. Prior to joining Black Sun, he was the founding Chief Executive of the Singapore Accountancy Commission, a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS Business School where he teaches risk management. Uantchern blogs at www.basecamp.cafe.

Reading Materials

Nov 2016
29

City Brain: An exploration of precision urban management using big data analytics

  This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Dr Wang Zhenyu
President, Wenzhou Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology

Abstract

Using big data analytics to manage big cities has been a hot topic among researchers and public policy makers. Dr. Wang Zhenyu, the President of Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology at Wenzhou, China, discussed his institute’s ongoing research on how to exploit the power of big data to facilitate a local government’s precision urban management. Dr. Wang introduced several research projects at his institute, including (1) building real time statistical and monitoring system of e-commerce in China, based on data continuously crawled from the most popular e-commerce platforms in China, (2) using the GPS data of city cabs to analyze congestion problems, and (3) utilizing big data to solve public security problems. Dr. Wang used vivid real examples to show how big data and technologies can be used to help enhance urban management.

About the speaker

Dr. Wang is the President of the Wenzhou Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology. He graduated from the East China Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree. He received his Master’s degree in Natural Computation from the University of Birmingham and obtained his PhD from the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Wenzhou CPPCC, a member of the Zhejiang Intellectual Association, and one of the “Wenzhou Outstanding Overseas Talents”. He was awarded as a “World’s Outstanding Youth Leader” by the UN Department of Public Information in 2005. He was a member of the Industry Liaison Committee of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2014, and became a member of the first Big Data Committee of Chinese Association of Authority and a distinguished professor at Wenzhou University in 2016. In 2016, he was also recognized as one of the Top 20 Influential People at the World Congress of Wenzhou.

Sep 2016
29

Inside a Big 4 Accounting Firm – it’s human capital and other practices

  Jointly organised with Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC) and NUS Accounting Department
Speaker: Professor Chua Kim Chiu

Abstract

The Big 4 firms are the pillars of the auditing profession that builds trust in financial information provided by listed entities. It provides an institutional environment for graduates to learn the practical aspects of accounting and auditing beyond what is taught in textbooks and functions as an incubator to develop partners for the firms and other business leaders. Until now, there have been limited publications devoted to a comprehensive study of how Big 4 firms are organised and managed and how they develop their human capital. Most of the knowledge about Big 4 is limited to what their alumni have been able to gather and experience when they were staff in the firms. Yet this knowledge becomes out of date soon after they leave the firm due to rapid evolution of the Big 4 businesses or incomplete due to a lack of access to higher level information to appreciate its nuances. This session provides an opportunity for a former senior practitioner to share his perspectives through a short talk, to be followed by a dialogue in response to questions of the participants.

About the speaker

Mr Chua Kim Chiu is currently professor (practice) with the Department of Accounting of NUS. Before moving to academia in July this year, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for more than 20 years and was a senior advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong and China for four years. The firm has more than 100 partners with more than 2000 staff in Singapore. He was a member of the leadership team (comprising eight partners) overall responsible for the firm’s risk and quality management function for seven years. He was also a member of the firm’s governance board. Prior to that he held senior positions in the firm as the head of the financial services industry practice group and the head of China desk. Among his client experience, he led the audit of two of the Big 3 banks in Singapore and acted as the quality review partner on the third one. He also acted as the auditor of SGX for five years. He is currently chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and was formerly a member of the Accounting Standards Council Singapore. He writes regularly to International Accounting Standards Boards with his personal comments on exposure drafts of accounting standards.

Jan 2018
26

The Past, Present & Future of China’s Debt Capital Market

Jointly organised with Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC) and NUS Accounting Department
Speaker: Mr Zhou Lei
China Securities Regulatory Commission