We work today in a highly disruptive environment where change truly is the only constant. Lifelong learning and unceasing transformation are vital if accountants and finance professionals are to deliver value and relevant advice to their organisations and stakeholders. As the largest and most popular accountancy conference in Malaysia, the MIA International Accountants Conference updates you on the latest and most pertinent developments in a compact, comfortable and enriching 2-day package featuring top speakers from Malaysia, the region and the world.
Don’t miss this chance to be part of one of the largest gatherings of accountants in the region, and network with the best!
current business and regulatory developments and their impacts on the profession
and strengthen your skillsets to future-proof yourself
insights from acclaimed thought and business leaders
relevant technologies and the digital economy
an onsite exhibition featuring the latest innovations and solutions geared to the profession
future risks and opportunities arising in the digital economy
with finance leaders, corporate captains, senior government officials and thought leaders
mindsets to become successful leaders, influencers and decision-makers
Download the MIA International Accountants Conference 2019 brochure here.
09:05 - 10:15
Embracing technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics and blockchain can help organisations balance impacts on people, planet and profit with the creation of long-term sustainable business value. Discover how accountants can advocate and lead tech-enabled sustainability measures to gain and sustain hard-earned trust in a world where reputations are arduous to mend yet easy to destroy.
Dr Nurmazilah Dato' Mahzan
As the Government cracks down on corruption, businesses too will be deeply affected by rigorous new governance protocols, specifically MACC’s new Guidelines on Adequate Procedures. The Guidelines’ effective date of 1 June 2020 means commercial organisations have a short timeframe for implementation. This critical session will help you get ready for the Guidelines by explaining the specifics practices and procedures needed to prevent corrupt practices as well as the expected impacts of the Guidelines.
14:45 - 16:00
AI is augmenting human capabilities and competencies across multiple disciplines. Although people naturally fear tech-driven job obsolescence, the conjunction of tech and humanity is creating unprecedented roles, such as drone pilots, AR/VR content creators, crypto miners, and data science analysts, the latter of which is a natural fit for accountants. How do we chart new directions in an AI-augmented workplace?
Dr. Ong Hong Hoe
Guided by the Malaysia Tax Reform Committee, Malaysia has embarked on a mission to implement a more transparent and user-friendly taxation system that can address tax leakages, diversify revenue sources, and introduce targeted new taxes and incentives to ensure the country’s financial stability and enable sustainable growth. Follow the latest developments on the global and regional tax front and gain insights into current tax challenges and compliance issues.
Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh
Prof Yeah Kim Leng
Mohd Nakhafi Bin Hassan
14:45 - 16:00
Sustainability is a growing business minefield as unrestrained production and our throwaway culture worsen global health and environmental risks. Without urgent action, global waste will increase by 70 percent on current levels by 2050, according to the World Bank’s What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 report. Fortunately, tech innovations enable more sustainable business and waste management strategies. Explore the skillsets accountants need to advocate for greener, kinder business practices.
Michael Teoh Su Lim
14:45 - 16:00
Trust and security concerns are among the biggest hurdles to data governance. Growing regulatory divergence is also impeding data flows and efficiency, which could stymie global development and innovation, dampen digital literacy and widen digital gaps. Get up-to-speed on the latest developments, standards and frameworks in data governance to enable informed compliance and derive maximum value from data.
16:45 - 18:00
While all businesses are encouraged to become digitally enabled, different entities require customised data analytics solutions to fit their individual footprints and current stage of growth. In this session, we analyse a real case study to observe how data analytics strategies can be used to achieve desired business outcomes, and debate how businesses should ideally manage big data deluge to boost business performance.
Dato' Vimmy Yap
Dr. Keeratpal Singh
16:45 - 18:00
Apart from articulating one’s vision and value creation outcomes, an effective Integrated Report <IR> can help companies process and communicate their sustainability agenda, thought processes and initiatives and how these materially impact their stakeholders. This session seeks to help preparers use the <IR> as a medium to build and sustain trust, by transparently demonstrating integrity, accountability and good governance.
Simon Tay Pit Eu
Wan Ahmad Ikram Wan Ahmad Lotfi
Datuk Zaiton Mohd Hassan
The global crisis of plastic waste - especially marine debris - has led many governments to regulate plastic use and ban single-use plastics. However, recycling and waste management cannot keep up with accelerating plastics production; hence, businesses must take action to de-plasticise supply chains. Accountants can be effective anti-plastic crusaders by engaging stakeholders on plastic waste, and advocating circular economy strategies.
IFAC defines Extended External Reporting (EER) as encapsulating many different forms of reporting, including, but not limited to, integrated reporting, sustainability reporting and other reporting by entities about environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. EER is increasingly ubiquitous, pushing demand for EER-related assurance. This session discusses the IAASB’s proposed guidance on EER assurance engagements, its purported benefits, and the skillsets needed by assurance practitioners.
Note: End of Day 1
Dr. Gary Pflugrath
Ong Chee Wai
09:00 - 10:15
Hyped as a life- and game-changing technology, blockchain’s frothy potential might be validated in 2019 as real use cases prove its utility, whether in traceability for food safety standards (Walmart), crypto-investing offering (Goldman Sachs), and as a defence against cyber-attacks. Track the latest developments in blockchain tech and applications in this session, and determine if your enterprise might benefit from deploying blockchain.
Vincent Lee Hong Fay
Siti Rohana Hj Mohamed Amin
Learning quotient will be a critical competency. All of us when we were growing up made a linear progression from learning at schools to working. We will now have to move to a continuum of lifelong learning, which means we have to be lifelong learners. You have to learn to learn, learn to unlearn and learn to re-learn.
Learn to increase your brain’s creativity, energy and focus. Discover how to become a higher brain performer and habits to keep your brain fit at any age. What the greatest Leaders Possess is Intellect Thinking. Intellect Thinking is about how much mental capacity and cognitive flexibility we possess. Learn how much we can process combinations of verbal height, quantitative width and spatial depth with decisiveness, direction and speed.
V S Ravi
In parallel with the global sustainability movement, current Islamic social finance developments leverage on technology to drive shariah-compliant platforms such as waqf, sadaqah, and zakat that enables fundraise for social good. Come explore the latest innovations in Islamic social finance, including sukuk for sustainability, global crowdfunding waqf and blockchain-enabled projects, and chart the way forward.
Matthew J. Martin
Mohd Muazzam Mohamed
How can companies narrow the trust gap in a climate of prevailing scepticism and mistrust? The finance function is central to earning trust, by enhancing transparency and accountability around numbers and finances. Beyond getting the numbers right, the finance function led by perceptive CFOs can help strengthen internal and external trust by setting an example for process excellence, and bringing risk-aware strategic guidance to business planning.
Jeffrey C. Thomson
Women have made strides in gender parity, thanks in part to affirmative action quotas and diversity policies. Yet board and c-suite positions remain elusive due to biases such as the “mommy penalty” and the “male marriage premium”. This session targets the institutional policies and technologies that companies can embed to create a women-friendly culture, as well as the traits that aspiring women leaders need to penetrate “old boy networks” and influence change.
Raj Kumar Paramanathan
Dato' Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar
Intangibles today represent approximately 80% of assets on corporate balance sheets, especially as items like intellectual capital, research and development spending, and services dominate the digital economy. Yet, conventional accounting methods don’t measure intangible capitals as effectively as tangible capitals. How can we fix accounting and reporting systems to accurately tell the story of modern business and value creation?
Dato' Wong Wing Seong
11:00 - 12:15
Cybercriminals are using ever more advanced and scalable tools to breach user privacy, from advanced phishing kits to remote access attacks to attacks via smartphone and malicious AI. According to the WEF, two billion data records were compromised in 2017, and more than 4.5 billion records were breached in the first half of 2018 alone. This session predicts the most pressing trends in cybercrime and proposes strategies for prevention and mitigation.
Ubaid Mustafa Qadiri
According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the physical and financial impacts of global warming are accelerating. The WMO’s latest State of the Climate report noted that most of the natural hazards that affected nearly 62 million people in 2018 were associated with extreme weather and climate events. This session tracks the climate change crisis, and guides the profession on policies and tech-enabled sustainability strategies that can shrink organisation’s environmental footprint.
Dr Renard Siew
Datin Seri Sunita Rajakumar
This Plenary explores the policies and implications of the proposed 2020 Budget themed Shared Prosperity: Sustainable And Inclusive Growth Towards High Income Economy. Join our expert speakers as they analyse the Budget’s measures and impacts on business and the profession, arising from the policy shift towards heightened collaboration and inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation - driven by the ideal 4P partnership of the public sector, private sector, professionals and people.
Dr. Veerinderjeet Singh
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Nur Atiqah Abdul JalilBusiness Analyst, Finance Division Pos Aviation Sdn Bhd
The concurrent sessions were so interesting that we had a hard time choosing which ones to attend. We went home feeling relieved knowing that accountants can actually have control over fintech, provided we start to embrace the change now. Wishing you all a continuous success!
Meyyappa ManickamFinance Manager CHEVRON MALAYSIA LIMITED
This was my first accountants’ Conference and it was a great experience. The syllabus was especially commendable, with most of it revolving around digitalisation rather than the usual accounting and auditing standards. I also enjoyed the exclusivity of the Premier Lounge. While it was a positive experience overall, there were some points for improvement in future: swifter rectification of the technical glitches on the slides and screens, selection of professional announcers or Toastmasters members as moderators to add liveliness to the discussions, and inclusivity of topics on youth and the younger generation in the profession to appeal to younger accountants.
Lian-Soon OngPROJECT FINANCE MANAGER SHELL MALAYSIA TRADING SDN. BHD.
Due to work commitments, I have never managed to attend the MIA Conference. This year upon my colleagues’ urging, I decided to attend. My first-ever MIA Conference was a pleasant surprise - it was very well organised and I did not expect so many participants! The booths were great, the venue was great, the app was excellent, and the different sessions were relevant and apt for the present challenges. I especially liked the sessions moderated by the BFM radio announcers; that was a plus point. Syabas!
Koah Soo KwanCHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR THE ICLIF LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE CENTRE
The Conference featured a very enriching 2-day programme presented by talented and distinguished speakers of varied industries and backgrounds, both local and foreign. The programmes’ content covered relevant and pertinent areas of concern faced by accountants, in bracing for the transformation and diversity in the digital landscape and technologies impacting the business and accounting environment. The Conference also provided an excellent platform for information sharing and networking among participants of similar industries, disciplines and practices to enhance their knowledge, in order to add value to their services to customers and employers.
Adi IskandarDIRECTOR FIN/HR MALAYSIAN PALM OIL COUNCIL
Attending the MIA Conference was a professionally rewarding experience as I was able to socialise with like-minded colleagues. The experience was valuable, inspiring and made me aware of what the future would be like for accountants. Even the hallway conversations were quite interesting as delegates came from almost everywhere. Totally and extremely worth it.
Mohd HafifiSENIOR ASSOCIATE TERENGGANU INCORPORATED SDN BHD
The sessions were good, very informative and happening. Perhaps future Conferences could include more topics on audit.
Muhamad Aimran Abdul AzizASSISTANT MANAGER MEDIA PRIMA BERHAD
Overall, the Conference was an exciting experience and I had the chance to connect with friends from different industries and experiences. The Conference topics were relevant to the current issues and highlighted the current economic conditions in the country and around the world. I loved the entertainment on the second day during lunch and the last session - Oh My English - was fun to watch. I hope that MIA will continue organising great conferences in the future. I would love to come again if given the opportunity.
Shaharul HizamAccountant CELCOM TIMUR (SABAH) SDN. BHD.
As usual, the MIA Conference is a yearly awaited event. It is an amazing event as we are able to meet fellow accountants from all over Malaysia - getting to know each other and exchanging views. The MIA Conference is also a sharing session with great speakers, which allows the delegates to increase their knowledge. Topics discussed are up-to-date and in line with the current developments. I'm truly ecstatic this year not only because I had the opportunity to attend the MIA Conference 2018 but I was the luckiest delegate and won the grand prize in the Lucky Draw - a return flight ticket to Tokyo, Japan. Thank you to MIA!
Ummi Sa’adahSenior Manager Finance Ahmad Zaki Resources Berhad
This was my third year attending the MIA conference and I am very grateful to my boss and company for sponsoring me. This Conference was excellent because I can update myself on accounting issues and standards. I appreciated this year’s focus on robotics adoption in recording and managing data in digital wave, as coincidentally, my company just invested millions in a new ERP system. The sessions provided exposure on the challenges faced as well as the drawbacks and solutions in optimising the utilisation of robotics to manage accounting data. Furthermore, I can meet and listen to amazing panel speakers and network with other accountants. The Conference was fruitful as it provided much information and entertainment. I look forward to attending this conference every year.