Seminar 3: Are CFOs reinventing their roles or their roles are reinventing the CFOs?   
17 May 2017, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm

David Chan
Managing Partner, Tax Hong Kong & Macau; Head of Transaction Tax, Greater China


Mr David Chan is the managing partner, tax Hong Kong & Macau and head of transaction tax, Greater China of EY. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he was a partner with another Big 4 firm in charge of the Southern China Tax Practice. He was appointed as EY’s head of transaction tax, Greater China in 2010. 

Mr Chan has extensive experiences in providing PRC tax and business advisory services to clients, including establishing joint-ventures and effective structure for businesses in China, obtaining special tax preferential treatments, transfer pricing audit / APA etc. He also involves heavily in transaction tax services.

Mr Chan has been providing his clients (private equities and corporates) with assistance in deal structuring, tax due diligence, acquisition negotiations, and post-deal integrations since 1996.

He has also been involved in tax work associated with structuring investments into a wide range of businesses tax issues and exposures taking into account identified and the specific tax.

NiQ Lai
Chief Operating Officer
Hong Kong Broadband Limited

Mr NiQ Lai is the chief operating officer of Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited. He joined HKBN in 2004 and has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to becoming the coo of the company, he was the chief talent and financial officer.

Previously, Mr Lai was a highly rated analyst taking up the roles as director and head of Asia telecom research for Credit Suisse and was involved in numerous global fund raisings for Asian carriers. He was awarded “Champion of Human Resources” by the HRM Awards in 2009, “Top 50 CFOs in the industry to watch” by Global Telecom Business Magazine and “Hong Kong CFO of the Year” by Asset Magazine in 2013. Mr Lai holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and an eMBA from Kellogg-HKUST. 

Ruben Stappers
Chief Financial Officer

As the cfo of ZALORA Group, Mr Ruben Stappers is responsible for all aspects of the group’s finance function and business intelligence. He is a key member of the finance leadership team of the Global Fashion Group, ZALORA’s parent company.

Prior to ZALORA, Mr Stappers was the cfo of Gibson Innovations, the former Philips lifestyle entertainment business, headquartered in Hong Kong. Before that he spent a twelve-year professional career at Royal Philips, a Dutch conglomerate, in finance, human resources and project management roles across the consumer lifestyle, lighting and corporate sectors.

Mr Stappers holds an Master of Arts degree in business economics from the University of Amsterdam and an Executive Master in finance and control from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Shaun Tan
Vice President and Head of Finance Transformation, Asia
Manulife Financial Asia Limited

Mr Shaun Tan leads Manulife’s Finance Transformation initiatives in Asia, and has 25 years of experience in leading large, complex transformational initiatives. He has also developed and executed business strategies for financial institutions and consumer products companies, in both Asia and Europe. Mr Tan has previously planned and established a Shared Services/Center of Excellence for AIA, and an operations and technology Center of Excellence in Singapore for Barclays Bank Plc.  He has also served in front-office capacities with Barclays Bank Plc, GE Capital and AT Kearney in China, UK, Europe and the USA.

Mr Tan graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a degree in Accounting & Information Systems, and went on to earn an MBA from INSEAD.

Wilkie Wong
Managing Director of Global Sourcing, Information Technology and Logistics
Esquel Group

Mr Wilkie Wong is the managing director of global sourcing, information technology and logistics of the Esquel Group. Established in 1978, Esquel has grown to become vertically integrated, with operations spanning from cotton farming, yarn spinning, fabric, apparel and accessories production, research and development to design and merchandising services.

Mr Wong was the group’s chief financial officer until March 2017 where he oversaw the accounting, planning and treasury functions, as well as providing strategic advisory and business partnership to top management and business unit leaders.

Prior to joining Esquel, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising senior executives in leading companies in Greater China, with a focus on the consumer goods and retail sector. He has extensive consulting experience in strategy and business development, M & A advisory, organisational restructuring and operational improvements. 

Mr Wong received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and his Masters of Science degree in operations research from Columbia University in New York.  He also held an Masters degree in Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shirley Yam (Moderator)
, South China Morning Post

Ms Shirley Yam is an award-winning financial journalist.  She started writing about China's economic reform since the listing of the first H share company in Hong Kong, Tsingtao Brewery, in Hong Kong in 1993..

Shirley left her last managerial post as the deputy chief editor of the Hong Kong Economic Times to become a mother. Her weekly column to the South China Morning Post began from 2006 where she looks behind government policies and corporate moves. 

She is currently the vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association and has been serving the independent union since 2009, promoting press freedom and professional financial training for her peers.

Her alma mater is The University of Hong Kong. She was awarded a Chevening Scholar to complete a master's degree in the London School of Economics and Political Science.