Risk Management in the Digital Era

Roshan Kapoor, Senior Vice President – IT, Olam International Limited

Enterprise risk landscape is changing at a rapid pace. Trade-wars emanating from backlash against free-trade and globalization, uncertainty surrounding political leadership at national and global stage, growing terrorism threats, heightened cyber-security risks coupled with rapid speed of disruptive innovations and/or technologies are some of the key drivers of uncertainty which impact global business outlook. Corporations in all industries and countries are subjected to this increasingly risky global landscape. Identification and investment in right digital technologies are essential for organizations to survive and thrive in this uncertain scenario.

During this presentation, Roshan Kapoor discussed key digital technology trends which can be considered by organizations for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of business operational and financial risk management.


Roshan works as the Senior Vice President at Olam International Limited. He is currently responsible as the Global Head of Trading and Risk Management Systems. His other responsibilities include CIO APAC and Global Head of Business – IT Engagement.

He has 18 years’ experience in multiple technologies working in various parts of the world. His areas of expertise include formulation of IT strategy and roadmap, managing trading and risk management systems, leading IT setup for business acquisitions as well as development, implementation and support of ERP and bespoke systems.

He is a Chartered Accountant, has done EPGM from MIT Sloan and is an ACE certificate holder in Management, Innovation and Technology from MIT Sloan.

The CIO Role in a Post-Digital World

Arvind Mathur, Chief Information Officer, Prudential

CIOs have historically played a translator and an insulator role – understanding what the business really needs and protecting them from the complexities of technology.

Will this still be needed when business leaders are digital natives, and have a comfort and command on technologies that impact their business? What should CIOs do TODAY to drive this change in their business leaders and in themselves to continue to be relevant in the Post-Digital future.


Arvind is on a mission to create future-ready businesses for a digital world. As CIO at Prudential Assurance Company Singapore Limited, Arvind has delivered transformative change in end-to-end customer experiences through cross-functional, collaborative teams, supported by robust technology delivery organizations. Prior to this, Arvind held several regional and global digital & technology leadership roles at Procter & Gamble Company, including Global CIO for Baby Care and Personal Health Care, and Global Cyber Security Leader for Manufacturing & R&D.

Arvind is an MBA in Finance and an Industrial Engineer, and has lived and worked in India, the Philippines, US and Singapore. He has been named among “Top 100 Fintech Southeast Asia Influencers 2019” by Lattice80.

Arvind runs a Maker Lab at home with his kids, where he can often be caught tinkering with 3D Printers, Raspberry PIs, Micro:bits, Robots, Home Automation, Cloud Services, TensorFlow, Audio/Video equipment, Cameras, Telescopes and various combinations of the above.

Taking Advantage of Technology to Gain a Competitive Edge and Create New Revenue Streams

Chakib Abi-Saab, Group Chief Technology Officer, OSM Maritime Group

This workshop provided an insightful explanation on how to create a business focused IT department for competitive advantages, and how to monetize the technology.



Chakib is a business leader and technologist with 20+ years of experience aligning technology with operational goals. Chakib has led significant global projects in multinational environments and has played several key roles in global organizations like Baker Hughes Inc. and Bumi Armada Berhad. Since 2017, Chakib is the Chief Technology Officer of OSM Maritime Group.

Chakib’s main focus is always on the utilization of technology as a driver to optimize costs, improve productivity, increase returns, reduce risks, and create new revenue streams. His technology expertise is in connected assets, analytics, automation, and predictive environments. He is also experienced leading complex multinational digital transformations. His educational achievements include an M.B.A., International Business and a B.B.M., Business Management. Chakib has also been a member of the Gartner Research Board, and he is a frequent contributor and speaker at conferences related to leadership and digitalization.

Leading Organisations into a New Reality: The Role of Tech Leaders Over the Next Decade

Harish Shah, Futurist, Stratserv Consultancy


The next decade will witness an unprecedented reconfiguration of our world reality, as the ongoing technological evolution, culminates into the Extended Reality (XR) era, characterised by AI Assistance, Datafication, Hyperconnected Environment (Internet-of-Everything), Mass-Automation, Pervasive Digitalisation and Ubiquity. To keep up, Organisations in this period will need their Tech Leaders, whether CIOs or CISOs, to internally play a Central & Strategic Role, to:

  • Lead Organisational Adaptation to External Changes
  • Promote Appreciation of Technology
  • Collaboratively Shape Strategies beyond IT
  • Guide Innovation
  • Provide Strategic Foresight & Long-Term Direction


An autodidact and a polymath, Harish is Singapore’s first local born Professional Futurist. A critical reference point today for other Professional Futurists worldwide in the area of Technological Evolution & Foresight, he is endearingly referred to most commonly as “The Singapore Futurist”, apart from also being referred to as “The Asian Futurist” and “The Millennial Futurist”. He has been invited to contribute to international research studies and projects, such as the study on “Technological Innovations for the Physical Domain” by the Council for Environment and Infrastructure, of the Netherlands.
In 2017, Harish was interviewed, regarding the future of the Brain Computer Interface Technology, on an episode of Scitech Voyager, a series exploring emerging technologies, aired on Turkey’s English Language international cable channel, TRT World.

Cybersecurity in a Multi-Cloud World

Andrew Milroy, Head of Advisory Services APAC, OVUM

Commonly, enterprises have cybersecurity solutions for individual clouds, but often fail to take a connected and holistic approach to cybersecurity. Multi-cloud environments require greater visibility of technology assets, particularly data moving between.

This session discussed the cybersecurity challenges posed by multi-cloud environments and how cybersecurity postures need to adapt to multi-cloud environments and the key cybersecurity solutions required.


Ovum is a market-leading dataresearch and consulting business focused on helping digital service providerstechnology companies and enterprise decision-makers thrive in the connected digital economy. They create business advantage for our customers by providing actionable insight to support their business planning, product development and go-to-market initiatives.

Technology Intelligence is the Future of Software Asset Management

Laxman Dhamsam, Managing Director, Snow Software ASEAN and India

During this roundtable session, Snow Software unveiled their single integrated platform for technology insight and manageability across on-premise and cloud environments.

Taking a technology intelligence approach recognises that traditional software is only one part of the equation within the increasingly complex IT landscape.


Snow’s mission is to provide complete insight and manageability across all technology. They offer the platform and support you need to transform your business, from discovering assets to driving action.


Digital Disruption Within

Sarat Mohanty, Head, Global Trade Finance Client Implementation, Standard Chartered

Whilst digital disruption is moving in a much faster pace externally, internal disruption within the organisation is also becoming a sought-after skill for future survival within the organisation.

Technology function that owned and led the digital space for the last 4-5 decades, will have to disrupt itself in the coming years. How will technology function lead the way internally by not losing its pole position when it comes to digitisation?

This workshop shared a perspective & open discussion on how the future technology function will thrive in the age of digital disruption that is happening internally.


Standard Chartered offers banking services that help people and companies to succeed, creating wealth and growth across our markets. Their heritage and values are expressed in their brand promise – Here for good.

With more than 86,000 employees and a presence in 60 markets, their network serves customers in close to 150 markets worldwide. They’re listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

BP’s Digital Transformation Journey: Preparing Ourselves for the Next Generation

Kurt Bergmans, Head of Global IT Service Operations, BP PLC

Our industry is changing faster than at any time in our lifetime. New digital business models are the principal reason why over half of the names of companies on the Fortune 500 have disappeared since the year 2000; and yet, we are only at the beginning of the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Successful companies recognise the opportunity to do things differently.

In this case study Kurt shared Vision 2020, which defines the identity, purpose and ambition of BP’s global IT organisation to modernise IT and be at the heart of BP’s Digital Transformation.

“We are currently on a journey to transform our processes, tools and most importantly our people to stay relevant and become more agile in an environment where change is constant and predictability a thing of the past.”



• Senior executive with over 20 years in international IT management, with roles ranging from COO to global programme director and currently Head of global IT Service Operations at BP.
• Successful track record in managing global clients with a revenue of over €80 million annually
• Vast experience in service delivery, service management and service improvement for large international companies/multinationals
• Excellent client relationship skills with a good understanding of client needs and ability to translate these needs into solutions
• Proven people management skills with a focus on team building and motivating employees
• Excellent vendor and partner management skills
• Strong focus on building and managing cross-geographic and cross-cultural teams and programs
• Proven track record in reducing costs of running international programs as well as increasing program revenues
• In-depth knowledge of budgeting, pricing, planning, implementing and managing remote and onsite IT services for MNCs
• Vast experience in managing multi-million euro IT contracts for international clients including Shell, ExxonMobil, Baker Hughes, Merck, Malaysia Airlines, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Johnson &Johnson, BASF, and Dell.

There’s a Better Way to Work Together than Email

Arturo Arrarte, Head of Growth for APAC, Slack,
Brian D’souza, Solution Engineer, APAC, Slack

“As leaders, we acknowledge the fundamental challenge common to all organisations is one of coordination: the creation and maintenance of alignment over time. Email is the default coordinating point for communications and information, but inside a company it works so poorly.”

Slack offers a new choice, a better way to work together, by replacing email inside your company.

During this keynote presentation, the team from Slack, demonstrated how Slack solves the fundamental challenge of coordinating and aligning teams by moving from email to a collaboration tool.  They demonstrated how to:

  • Improve alignment with team-first channel-based communication
  • Maximise the ROI of your existing software by integrating apps into Slack
  • Improve employee engagement and productivity



Slack is the collaboration hub that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done. From Fortune 100 companies to corner markets, millions of people around the world use Slack to connect their teams, unify their systems, and drive their business forward.

The Modern Digital Workplace

Moderator: Richard Wong, Vice President Head of ICT, APAC, Frost & Sullivan


Mikael Larsson, Vice President IT, Volvo Group

Chakib Abi-Saab, Group Chief Technology Officer, OSM Maritime Group

Vivienne Tan, Enterprise IT Director, Nanyang Technological University

This panel discussion explored how technology is changing the landscape of our businesses and daily life.




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