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FEATURED SPEAKER

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Puneet Gupta

Director, Global Business Services Asia Pacific
Kimberly-Clark

Puneet Gupta, currently leads Kimberly-Clark’s Global Business Services team for APAC based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has been in this role for close to 3 years now.

Kimberly-Clark’s brands which include Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Kimberly-Clark’s GBS unit in KL provides services to 13 countries and the scope of services include Finance & Accounting, Procurement Operations, Regional Treasury Operations, Tax and Travel and Expenses.

 

Prior to joining Kimberly Clark, Puneet worked with HSBC for over 18 years with leadership roles in 5 different countries.

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Arno Kamm

General Manager
Roche Services and Solutions, APAC

Arno Kamm is currently the General Manager, Roche Services and Solutions, APAC effective 1 January 2021. 

 

Arno’s appointment will play a critical role in leading RSS APAC’s continuous growth strategy as the organisation expands to support Roche affiliates throughout the Asia Pacific region with its growing portfolio of services covering IT, Finance, Procurement and HR services.

 

Having worked for Roche for more than 19 years, Arno brings solid experience and skills from various roles held in Pharma Finance supporting Research, Global Product Development, Manufacturing and Partnering Functions. Arno moved to his current position in RSS APAC after building up and leading Business Process Management Transactional Finance Pharma for almost two years as Global Business Process Owner and leading a Global key transformational Program to move end-to-end activities and accountability to RSS locations. Arno was based in Basel, Switzerland.

 

Armed with a master’s degree from the University of Applied Science in Pforzheim, Germany, Arno is an avid mountain biker and a passionate cook who enjoys all types of cuisine

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Mohd Zulkeflee Ab Wahab

Product Manager
Procure-to-Pay & Order-to-Cash

Zul has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Mara University of Technology (UiTM) with over 29 years of working experience in the field of Accounting which includes 17 years in Procure to Pay (P2P).

 

Zul started his career with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company back in 1992. He joined his first Shared Service Centre (SSC) Company BASF Asia-Pacific Service Centre in 2004 as a pioneer before moving and setup Asia-Pacific SSC for Hitachi Data Systems in 2009. He then joined AstraZeneca Asia-Pacific Business Services in 2012 as a Global Process Expert for P2P. He leads the P2P work stream in designing and documenting the P2P global “To-Be” processes which is standardize, simple, globally aligned processes with end-to-end ownership under the Global Finance Process Transformation umbrella.

 

Zul is now with Worley as their Product Manager for P2P and O2C. He is also leading the Finance Robotic Process Automation (RPA) for their SSC. Prior joining Worley, Zul was with Roche Services (Asia-Pacific) as a Head of P2P. His key achievements include setting up P2P services for Roche Services & Solutions APAC Centre in KL.

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Laurel Farrer

CEO
Distribute Consulting

As the Founder and CEO of Distribute, a virtual organizational development think tank and consulting firm, Laurel Farrer is an internationally-renowned thought leader on the topic of remote work. For the past 15 years, she has been unlocking the power of distributed workforces to create impact in corporate and socioeconomic infrastructures.

 

She and her team of fellow experts collaborate with the world's leading businesses and governments on three primary topics: how to convert business operations from physical to virtual, how to build products and content for the remote work market, and how to leverage workplace flexibility to solve global concerns. In addition to being a regular Forbes contributor, Laurel’s subject matter expertise has also been showcased by brands like Zoom, VMware, Gallup, NPR, Logitech, BBC, New York Times, Office Depot, Abbott, Vistaprint, Fast Company, and Upwork.

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Akhil Kapoor

Head of Customer & Technology Solutions
Novartis Global Service Center - Kuala Lumpur

Akhil Kapoor currently leads as the Head of Novartis Global Service Centre Kuala Lumpur (NGSC KL) in Malaysia, a position he assumed in early 2021. He has more than ten years of tenure in Novartis, spanning various leadership roles in different Novartis entities and geographies including India, South Africa and most recently in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to his role as CTS NGSC Head, Akhil also holds the role of Head of Procurement in Kuala Lumpur.

 

The Novartis Global Service Centre in Kuala Lumpur (NGSC KL) is one of the five hubs worldwide, which is a key enabler in providing services that supports our healthcare divisions.

With over 500 employees delivering high quality expertise, our scope of services covers domains like Procurement, Technology Transformation, Talent & People Solutions (HR), Real Estate & Facilities, Financial Report & Accounting and scientific & commercial services (CONEXTS) to the Novartis Divisions and organizations worldwide.

Under the leadership of Akhil, Novartis Malaysia has been certified as a Top Employer in 2021 in the Asia Recruitment Awards in Malaysia, which is our second consecutive win.

Our aspiration is to deliver best in class services by investing in Technology and Talent who are passionate to “Reimagine Medicine”.

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EDSIL PEEJAY DAGAT

Director
Shared Services Center at Dover Business Services LLC

Edsil Peejay Dagat leads the Finance Operations team of Dover Shared Services Centre. The team comprises of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivables, General Ledger, Finance Hub, and Site Admin and Facilities. The key focus of the centre is to drive its shared services towards world-class capabilities – process standardisation, robust controls, continuous improvement culture and consistent achievement of KPIs. Prior to taking this role, Edsil has held various senior positions in human resources.

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SYED HUSSAIN TAHA

Director
Shell Business Operations KL

SYED HUSSAIN TAHA General Manager of Shell Business Operations KL Syed is currently the General Manager of Shell Business Operations Kuala Lumpur. In his current capacity, Syed is accountable for delivering an efficient and flexible platform of infrastructure and people management structures that enable the delivery of global operations to the Shell Group. He is also a member of Shell Malaysia Country Coordination Team.

 

Spanning 31 years in Shell, Syed brings with him a diverse experience working with various Upstream and Integrated Gas businesses. He started his Shell journey in 1990 and worked in several technical roles in Malaysia. In 1997, he took on an assignment with Petroleum Development Oman and returned to Malaysia in 2001 to join Shell Gas & Power as a tecno-commercial professional supporting the governance of She for equity in the Malaysia LNG Dua and Tiga joint ventures. Syed moved to Japan as General Manager LNG & Strategy in 2008, supporting Shell's LNG marketing initiatives and business development activities with Japanese customers and partners. From 2013 to 2017, Syed was appointed as General Manager Market Access based in Jakarta, Indonesia to oversee the gas/LNG market development activities. Upon returning to Malaysia, Syed became the Advisor of Shell Malaysia/Sarawak Shell where he was responsible for the overall Shell's PETRONAS stakeholder management and PSC Management Office.

 

Syed has a Bachelor of Science (High Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland USA. On the personal front, Syed is married to Sharifah Salwa and has three children. His hobbies includes travel and music. He is also a "catdaddy" and his 11 cats have nearly half a million followers on TikTok.

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Bharat Kumar

Managing Director

GBS Schlumberger Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Bharat Kumar, is currently the Managing Director of GBS Schlumberger Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. He has been in this role for close to 2 years now. Bharat’s key focus is leading GBS Transformation strategy through digital enablement – RPA, BOT, AI.
 

Bharat has spent 17 years in various leadership roles within Schlumberger across Far East, Australasia and America. He has taken the roles of VP Finance, Engineering & Manufacturing Controller & Finance Business Process Manager.

 

Bharat is a certified software engineer and chartered account. He also has a solid background in data analytics and machine learning.

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Ives Barcelli

Head of Corporate Finance & Global Process Lead R2R

British American Tobacco, GBS APME

Ives Barcelli has 17 years of professional experience across all regions and functions, most notably, Trade Marketing, Commercial Finance and Corporate Finance. He has working experience in many countries including Peru, Brazil, UK, Costa Rica, Mexico and Malaysia.

Being an Industrial Engineer, Ives is passionate about process improvement and productivity drive and this is where he has devoted most of his energy throughout his career, proud to have been part of and have led high performing teams, responsible for delivering across the years GBP100mn+ in COGS productivity, GBP 50mn+ working capital improvements, as well as sustainable revenue management initiatives in several countries.

His current role is Head of Corporate Finance for GBS APME in BAT, as well as Global Process Lead for R2R, where GBS is having a leading role in the overall transformational agenda in BAT. Over the past years, BAT has been consistently migrating it’s middle office to GBS centres in KL, Bucharest and Costa Rica, and is in the midst of the most crucial time of this journey to land the right structures, a high functioning team with fit-for-future capabilities, and a drive for efficiency that goes beyond the realms of GBS, into becoming a true business partner and solution provider for our internal customers.

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Joon Teoh

CEO and Founder
AGOS ASIA

Joon Teoh is a Global Business Services (GBS) and Finance expert, and she is currently the CEO of AGOS ASIA, a firm specialising in assisting companies jump start the set up & implementation of  Shared Services and in automation, Robotics Process Automation and analytics.  In addition, she provides strategic mentoring & coaching to senior leaders within the shared services industry. Her team also focuses on FSS talent competency assessment and training & development to upskill finance shared services professionals.

Joon is a speaker for Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), CFO Forums and organizes the annual AGOS GBS Summit since 2018.

Joon holds a BSc Econs in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of ICAEW(Institute of Chartered Accountant England & Wales) and Chartered Accountant of MIA (Malaysian Institute Of Accountants).

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Julie Terrell

Record to Report Global Process Owner

Novartis

Julie is a chartered accountant (CMA, CPA) and has a Bachelor of Commerce from York University in Canada.  Julie is the Head Global Process Owner for R2R in Novartis, with more than 20 years accounting experience.

 

Julie is based in the UK and has worked in Canada, US, and Germany.  Prior to becoming Head Global Process Owner, Julie held roles in FP&A, SAP implementations, and leading the UK/IE Shared Service Centre across 3 divisions in Novartis.

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Mah Chun Wai

Director, Investor Relations – Asia

InvestKL

Poised as a driven and charismatic collaborator with 23 years of proven track record spanning the telecommunications, technology and internet service sectors, Mr Mah has a comprehensive functional experience in business development and strategy planning, including operational execution, business intelligence, brand management and cross-country responsibility for sales and marketing.

Mr Mah started his career as an account manager with Alcatel Malaysia before taking on regional roles within the Alcatel organisation throughout ASEAN. Prior to joining InvestKL, he was the Head of Innovation at TIME dotCom. Since joining InvestKL in 2014 as HOD and Director of Investor Relations (Asia), Mah has successfully assisted renowned multinationals and fast-growing companies from the Asia and Oceania regions in setting up and expanding their regional functions in Greater KL. Some of the companies include SOCAR, Kadokawa Gempak Starz, PersolKelly COE.

Mr Mah possesses in-depth market knowledge on Southeast Asia, Indo-China and the Philippines. He also has a robust sense of business acumen with keen focus in Application, Services and Digital New Media, particularly on ‘Over the Top’ (OTT) delivery business strategy for convergence technologies.

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Aidil Azman

Senior Manager, Investor Relations - Europe
InvestKL

A global footprint having worked and based in 10 countries over 4 continents, Aidil’s experience covers Fintech, Global Equities Investment, Property Investment, Media Planning & Buying and Country Advertorial Reports.

 

Prior to joining InvestKL, Aidil was part of Sime Darby Property’s Vision Valley Malaysia tasked to attract global catalyst investments into components from Logistics & Aviation MRO, International Sports Academy and Themed Parks & Attractions.

 

He was also part of Touch ‘n Go eWallet’s business development team, driving user acquisition through innovative partnership collaborations and campaigns with industry leading brands. Aidil’s early career in Country Advertorial Reports brought him around the world, being posted in the Middle East, Caribbean, East Africa, Central and North America and Western Europe.

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Matthias Eisenack

Corporate Controlling

Bayer

Matthias drives the digital transformation in Controlling at Bayer by combining business acumen, technical knowledge and the ability to drive results. He enjoys providing innovative, digital solutions that make a difference in the work life of decision makers and fellow analysts.

In his current role in Corporate Controlling, he is leading the CFO app project team that created a leap in digitizing the reporting and analytics processes for the Group CFO and senior stakeholders. The solution provides all steering relevant information together in one holistic overview to driving transparency on our major KPIs and beyond. The value created was recognized beyond Bayer by Microsoft writing a customer success story and by presenting on the Microsoft Business Application Summit in May 2021.

Previously he was driving significant efficiencies by leading diverse and interdisciplinary teams to shape and roll-out global standard reporting processes to more than 1.500 active worldwide users. These processes automated management reporting and standard analytical processes and shifted manual work into our remote shared service center locations.

Working in several global and local roles in Controlling and IT, Matthias gained a vast experience in reporting & analytics, content management, community management, business intelligence and integration projects.  

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Tan Chong Ming

Head, Asia Competency Centre

Orange Business Services

Chong Ming is currently heading the Orange Asia Competency Centre (Malaysia) and have been in the Technology industry for over 25 years spending the last 20+ years in Singapore and China (Beijing)  before coming into Malaysia in 2016.

 

Chong Ming expertise is developing and building high performance work teams to support the AsiaPac business in addition to his day to day running the business operations hub and too engaged direct with enterprise customers.

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Wilson Sunny

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Managing Director, General Manager Malaysia and Head of Operations, Asia Pacific, RBC Investor & Treasury Services
Royal Bank of Canada

As Managing Director, Head of Operations, Asia Pacific, Wilson leads a team of 1,300 highly engaged and talented employees in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, providing asset and payment services to corporate investors and financial institutions globally. Wilson is responsible for developing and executing the business strategy for Asia Pacific Operations and the delivery of our global operating model with focus on simplification, standardization and consistency.

In addition, Wilson is General Manager, Head for Malaysia, with overall responsibility to drive the execution of Group strategy across all business services in Malaysia, and leads the development of Malaysia as a global Centre of Excellence for RBC. Wilson is an Executive member and Chairman of the Board.

Wilson has over 17 years of business and technology experience in Global Shared Services Operations with leading organizations, being a pacesetter driving change and growth. Wilson joined RBC in 2008 and has held senior management roles covering Securities Services operations in Malaysia and Global Custody in Canada, prior to his current role.

Wilson has made significant contributions to the set-up of the Malaysia office and has been instrumental in the evolution and growth of RBC in Malaysia, leading and perfecting smart sourcing opportunities from seven geographies to Malaysia, delivering efficiencies and service quality. Wilson has proven success in operational excellence by leveraging on existing and emerging technologies, driving innovations and process improvements.

Wilson is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace through recognition, respect and leveraging of different perspectives to drive growth and performance. Wilson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering (Hons) and Global Executive MBA from INSEAD.

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Laura Minners

Controlling Strategist

Bayer

Laura is very passionate about the topics of organizational change, mindset and culture. She has been driving the implementation of the “Liquid Organization” in her team for the past year, hosting feedback sessions, moderating discussions and monitoring the progress of change. In general, she enjoys open brainstorming with the team, thinking out of the box and pushing for the next step in innovation. Since the beginning of 2021, Laura is doing research on possible post-pandemic remote working models.

In her current role, Laura builds on her experience in project and change management to increase efficiency and effectiveness in Bayer’s finance function by digitizing group planning and reporting processes. She works hands-on with different software and stakeholders from several functions, building scenario and sensitivity analyses for group planning as well as self-service reporting for the CFO. By combining business and process knowledge with tech-savviness, she strives to generate insights, trigger the right questions, encourage data-driven discussions, and ultimately enable better decision making at board level.

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Dr Sumitra Nair

Vice President Digital Skills & Jobs

MDEC

Sumitra is Vice-President & Head of Digital Skills and Jobs at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). She leads MDEC’s digital talent development and inclusion initiatives. To-date her work has impacted more than 2 million Malaysians via digital skills and income opportunities.

She also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Monash University School of Business and Economics. Her past roles include leadership and advisory positions in corporate responsibility and sustainability portfolios at DiGi Telecommunications and Telenor ASA (Norway).

Sumitra holds a PhD in Business & Economics from Monash University Malaysia, a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), an Executive Management Certificate in International Marketing from INSEAD University, as well as a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from University Malaya. Her most important role is being a mother to two digital natives.

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Shahid afzal

Global Head of GBS Finance & General Manager

GBS Kuala Lumpur Hub

B.A.T is a leading, multi-category consumer goods business. Our business includes manufacture and sale of tobacco and nicotine products (traditional cigarettes, vaping products, tobacco heated products, and modern oral products) as well as some non nicotine products. B.A.T is a truly global organization and operates in around 180 countries with around 55,000 employees.

B.A.T has its inhouse shared services team called Global Business Solutions (GBS) which is a part of Digital Business Solutions (DBS) function. GBS currently operates through four hubs located in Asia (Malaysia & Pakistan), Europe (Romania), and South America (Costa Rica). Recently, for a third consecutive year, B.A.T GBS was ranked among the “Top 20 Most Admired SSO 7 GBS in the World” by SSON. GBS team currently offers solutions to B.A.T commercial units in aspects of Controllership (which includes planning, budgeting, and reporting), Product Cost reporting, Record to Report (R2R), Order to Cash (O2C), Procure to Pay (P2P), Transactional Procurement, and Human Resource Shared Services.

GBS is in the process of setting up two new hubs in Poland, and Mexico during 2021 as part of transformational journey to expand into new service and solutions lines e.g. Commercial Finance, Marketing Research and Revenue Growth Management related analytics etc.

Shahid is currently performing the role of General Manager for GBS, Malaysia as well as Global Head of GBS Finance.  He joined BAT in 1997 in Pakistan, and has completed assignments in Nigeria, Senegal, South Korea, Vietnam, Turkey and Indonesia.

In addition to being part of business unit strategy formulation in various leadership roles, he has contributed to many cross functional strategic projects including  business unit integration, M&A opportunity analysis in various markets, effective capital management projects leading to significant savings. Shahid has always strongly driven the talent development in his area, as he strongly believes that people are the most important success factor of any team. In GBS Malaysia he is driving a high focus on laying down foundations of digital capabilities, as part of the global transformational journey of GBS.