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FEATURED SPEAKERS

andras brueckner

Managing Director, Asia Pacific Service Center
BASF

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Andras oversees the services provided to BASF companies across the Asia Pacific region in the areas of Finance, Controlling, Human Resources, Real Estate Management, Communications, Environmental, Health and Safety, Procurement, Import-Export Order Management, and Information Services.

 

With over 16 years of international work experience, Andras has garnered expertise in the areas of Finance, Banking, Oil & Gas and Chemical Manufacturing. Andras began his career in banking specializing in credit default risk management. In 2008, he joined the Corporate Finance team at Wintershall Holding GmbH, an oil and gas subsidiary of BASF. He then moved and spent seven years in Hong Kong, where he was Head of Planning, Controlling, Strategic Projects and Business Processes for the regional business unit.

 

Andras holds a degree in Business Administration from Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.

Penny weller,
Ph.D., CMA, ADGBS 

Program Manager, North American Global Business Services Advisory 

The Hackett Group

A Motorola-certified six sigma black belt and certified master trainer, Dr. Weller has a wealth of experience in global business services. She provides advice to clients through empirical research and experienced insights.

 

Before joining The Hackett Group, Penny was a senior executive in Finance Shared Services at Pfizer Inc. In addition to F&A service delivery, she managed multiple large-scale mergers and system migrations and developed their performance management and continuous improvement programs.

 

Penny served in numerous board positions as an avid supporter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). In addition, she is the content expert supporting The Hackett Institute’s Certification in GBS. 

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Mohd Zulkeflee Ab Wahab

Head of Global P2P & O2C
Worley

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 was previously with Worley as their Product Manager for P2P and O2C but has now taken the role of Head of 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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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).

etienne bonnancy

Finance Transformation Director, APAC
Kering Group 

Etienne Bonnancy is currently managing the Finance Transformation Programme of the Kering group in APAC, aiming to streamline the organization, the processes and the systems of the Finance Shared Services. He is based in Kuala Lumpur since 2021. He is as well the Worldwide Business Owner of the SAP Finance and Controlling solution, making sure that it remains efficient and consistent across geographies and organizations. He graduated a MBA in 2011 and joined the group in 2016, with a strong focus on the Finance Shared Services set-up and optimization.

 

Prior to joining Kering, Etienne has worked 10 year for KWS, a German listed company specialized in bio-technologies, as Controlling and Reporting Manager. He also worked 4 years as a consultant in management for BearingPoint, helping various clients in Organization, Process design and System implementations.

 

Kering is a global Luxury group, managing the development of a series of renowned Houses in Fashion, Leather Goods and Jewelry: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear.

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Raymond Siva

Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Investment Officer
MDEC

Ray has more than 23 years of experience in strategic communications, investor strategy and promotion, crisis and issues response. He is a sought-after Strategist for International brands, local conglomerates and CEOs. Ray has conducted over 100 spokesperson and crisis trainings, investor and corporate messaging workshops and talks in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. 

Ray assumed leadership of Edelman Malaysia in 2010, growing it to be the largest Communications consultancy firm in Malaysia with over 60 consultants, leading the financial communications and stakeholder engagement strategy for various multinational and government-linked companies. Ray moved to lead the Edelman Indonesia team at the tail end of 2015, leading over 100 consultants in the Jakarta office. Prior to joining the Edelman network in 2010, Raymond was General Manager at Grey PR, a multinational firm for over three years, growing the team to build competencies across corporate, consumer, technology and sports marketing public relations. 

 

Ray is recognized for his financial communications, investor relations and CEO/Leadership positioning. He had led various IPOs in Malaysia and Indonesia, including the world’s second largest IPO and the biggest in Asia in 2012. 

He is recognized as one of the few Malaysians with deep knowledge of the government and international affairs, with extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and management. He is also the only strategic consultant from Malaysia who has successfully led Investor Promotion engagements for both private and public sector at the World Economic Forum at Davos for 5 years. 

Ray was appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) in October 2019. He assumed the Digital Investment portfolio as the Senior Vice President (SVP), Digital Investment Division of MDEC in December 2020. 

He holds an LLB from the University of London and a Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Institute of Public Relations Malaysia. 

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TOMASZ KLIMEK

Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
IAG GBS

Tomasz is a Finance professional with almost 30 years of experience in large multinational companies including DuPont, Coca-cola, British-American Tobacco, Tesco, Akzo Nobel, IAG, SAB Miller, CHEP.

 

Most of his roles undertaken were in the area of Management Accounting, FP&A, Business Partner. Tomasz has an extensive experience with implementation of ERP, BI, FP&A software


Tomasz is also CIMA qualified, with a master’s degree in International Trade.

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SYED HUSSAIN TAHA

General Manager
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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Jodie rogers

Founder and Managing Director
Symbia

For nearly 20 years it’s been Jodie’s business to understand what makes people tick, and to use that learning to help them be more engaged, feel more empowered and become more productive for the business they’re in. 

As a human behaviour consultant, learning expert, and facilitator with a background in psychology and interpersonal communications, Jodie founded her company Symbia with a specific focus on helping build dynamic teams of emotionally and socially intelligent individuals who are pro active problem solvers and agile in the face of change.

 

Symbia is a leadership and professional development company which focuses on working closely with global corporates like Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Barclays and L’Oréal at individual, team and leadership levels to them unlock performance and recognise ‘Mental Fitness’ as a catalyst for growth.

Jodie is also the author of ‘The Hidden Edge – why mental fitness is the only advantage that matters in business’ (an Amazon #1 bestseller)

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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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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.

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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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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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General Manager
Jebsen & Jessen Group
Services, Malaysia

Michelle Anne Pereira is a General Manager at Jebsen & Jessen Business Services in Malaysia where she helps to build and lead Jebsen & Jessen's new Group-wide Shared Services Centre, called the HUB.

 

Michelle has close to two decades of working experience. She started her career at the Shell Shared Service Centre Kuala Lumpur and has also held positions in BASF Asia Pacific Service Centre, Accenture Solutions and British American Shared Services. Most recently, she led the Ausenco Business Services Kuala Lumpur to deliver shared finance and HR/payroll services for the APAC/African and North American markets.

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Mah Chun Wai

Director & Team Leader 

– Asia & Oceania

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.

Nathan Vaidyanathan

Asia Pacific Head - Financial Reporting & Accounting; Regional AGS Head

Alcon

Nathan is a Senior Finance / IT / Program Leader with many years of varied international experience in the areas of finance, business transformation, information technology, management consulting, process improvement and people development. He has demonstrated business acumen in managing the finance operations and navigating the business with value addition.

- Pharma industry knowledge from various perspectives with holistic approach
- Leadership roles in Controlling, Corporate Finance, IT and Business Process (Strategic Operating Models)
- Technical Operations Financials – inter-company profit elimination, Supply Chain and Business Plan
- Business transformation in Europe with new harmonised business processes and shared service center
- Business Carve-out and Integration – Pharma OTC; Genentech (US); Diabetes Care (ongoing)
- Lead Negotiations with distributors and third party logistics partners in India
- Finance Director roles in complex markets (Singapore and India)
- SAP / ERP Projects Lead in Australia and Switzerland
- Due diligence and issue of Euro bonds, shares and other forms of financing in India
- Long term projections for World Bank agencies to secure financing for power projects
- Pricing Lead to ensure sustainable revenue in regulated environments
- Treasury and Banking relationship for high volume commodity trading
- Statutory and Tax Audits – lead and management
- Financial and Business Compliance to align growth strategies with laws and ethics

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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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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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Dr Sumitra Nair

Senior Vice President 

Strategy & Policy

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.