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!
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.
Ir. Dr. Karl Ng
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.
Aaron Gerard Sankar
SAC Siti Zakiah Che Man
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
Datuk Dr Sotimin Muhalip
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.
Siti Norliza Mohd Sahar
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.
Eulis Rachmatiah Iskandar
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
Dr. Bruno Gagliardo
Ong Kian Yew
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.
Dr. Mohd Pauze Bin Mohamad Taha
Datin Norelan Ismail
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
Lee Tuck Heng
Francis Xaviour Joe
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
Sharifah Raudhah AlQudsy
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
Prof Dato' Dr Mohd Azmi Omar
Mohamed Saifudin Ariff
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
Marzida Mohd Noor
Datuk Noripah binti Kamso
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
Siew Kar Wai
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.
Lee Han Ther
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
Khoo Hsu Chuang
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
Dr. Anthony Dass
Tan Hooi Beng
16:30 - 18:00
Gary Guller single-handedly broke down the barriers blocking his dreams, and so can you! After losing his arm in an alpine climbing accident, Gary went on to become the first one-armed man to summit Mount Everest and successfully completed the gruelling 6-day 250 km Marathon de Sables set in the Sahara, which CNN calls the “hardest stage race in the world.” Gary is one of the world’s most sought-after keynote speakers, helping people, teams and organisations challenge their own fears and obstacles to become extraordinary in their own right.
All the way from the US, Gary will make his first appearance in Malaysia at the MIA International Accountants Conference 2019. Come listen to Gary’s story, and be inspired to craft your own compelling journey for you and your organisation, making the impossible possible!
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