The Kaia Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for senior finance leaders of multinational firms in Singapore

Hosted by Savills, the evening was set up to offer a relaxed and intimate forum in which to meet and network with other senior leaders. We brought together a group of 15-20 senior business leaders and finance executives from multinational firms for good food, fine wine and a topical discussion amongst senior peers.

Discussions were very much inclusive and involving all the wealth of experience from the senior peers in the room. Attendance is by invitation only.

You can find some pictures and videos from past events on our Instagram: All discussion abide strictly by Chatham House Rules.

Reassessing financial leadership in light of global trends

The role of the CFO has broadened over the past decade. Beyond the traditional core responsibilities of financial reporting, audit and compliance, financial planning and treasury, most CFOs are playing key roles in asset/liability management and capital allocation as well as having a prime seat at the table when it comes to defining institutional strategies.

Clearly, things are changing but how can the modern CFO adapt and transform their financial organization to remain relevant to the newly emerging expectations?

We will be discussing topical issues relevant for CFOs of prominent firms based in Singapore. Topics will include:

  • The changing perception of the role of the modern CFO
  • The CFO as a technology evangelist
  • The slowdown in emerging markets (particularly in Asia) and the role of the CFO
  • The importance of macro-economic management
6:30pm: Arrival of guests and reception
7:00pm: Introduction by The Ortus Club
7:10pm: Discussion is instigated by the chairman and continued by the group
8:00pm: Dinner is served and the discussion is brought to a close
9:00pm: Networking: Change of seats before dessert

The Whitegrass Restaurant

#01-26/27 Chijmes, 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996

Tuesday, 3rd of October

Whitegrass Restaurant, Singapore

Attended by:

CFO at General Electric

Regional Finance Director – APAC at Pfizer Asia Manufacturing

CFO at Lexmark International

Head of Financial Institutions – Asia Pacific at Toronto Dominion Bank Group

General Manager at Finance and Accounting of Hitachi Asia

Senior Managing Director at EFG Bank

General Manager of Finance and Planning Asia Pacific Region at Chevron

Head of Business Finance and Global Corporate Finance at Standard Chartered Bank

CFO at Rolls-Royce Power Systems

Regional Finance Director at Karcher

CFO at Portek International

Regional Finance Controller at ABB Singapore

Head of Department at Fuji Xerox Singapore

Finance Director at NEC Corporation

CFO at Nokia

Managing Director at WeWork

Finance Director at Roche Singapore

Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at BDO Singapore

Finance Controller at Golden-Agri Resources

Director of Financial Services at KPMG

CFO at Sompo Insurance

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