NUS-Chicago Booth Emerging CFOs for Asia Programme


A collaboration between NUS Business School & The University of Chicago Booth School of Business for emerging Chief Financial Officers

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Never before has the role of a CFO been more complex. As strategic business partner and advisor to the CEO, today's CFOs are required to juggle multiple portfolios: strategic leader, investor relations manager, moral conscience and risk manager. In Asia, where family firms and government organisations dominate, conducting business also presents its own unique challenges and opportunities. With this dynamic environment in mind, NUS Business School and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business have assembled an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the fields of economics, finance, accounting, strategy and leadership to create the NUS–Chicago Booth Emerging CFOs for Asia Programme.

Drawing upon NUS and Chicago Booth's global expertise in finance and economics research, the Emerging CFOs for Asia Programme will help senior finance executives in Asia strengthen their leadership and analytical skills, effectively manage stakeholder relations, and drive strategic direction to lead enterprise transformation. The curriculum will take into account Asia's unique dominant shareholder environment, in contrast to diffused ownership structures in the West. The course also includes keynotes from distinguished practitioners who will describe how they have managed strategic challenges in their organisations.

Emerging CFOs for Asia is the first programme in the Asia Executive Series.

Held in Singapore

Who Should Attend

This programme is designed for CFOs, deputy CFOs, treasurers, senior VPs and finance directors whose goals are to become strategic financial leaders.

Applicants should have significant experience in upper-level management or finance.

Dates and Fees

Dates Venue Fees Excl. GST (USD) With GST (USD) Registration
Dates 1
31 Oct - 04 Nov 2016 Mochtar Riady Building, Level 5, 15 Kent Ridge Drive, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119245 9,900.00 10,593.00 Apply Now

Note: GST applies to individuals and Singapore registered companies. 2016 dates are tentative and subject to change.

Application Deadline

  • Participants are strongly advised to apply at least 2 months in advance
  • Applications received after the deadline will be considered based on space availability
Savings for NUS and University of Chicago Alumni

Enjoy 10% savings on this programme if you are:

  • An NUS or University of Chicago alumnus
  • A past participant of an NUS or Chicago Booth Exec Ed programme

When applying, please state the enrolment code NUSBOOTHCFO2016 and provide details of your relevant education qualification in "Remarks" to help us identify you.

Core Focus

    • Strategic risk management, financial fragility and regulation
    • Asian economic environment
    • Managing financial crisis
    • Strategic communications management
    • Critical issues in financial reporting
    • Strategies for business success in Asia
    • Challenges and opportunities for debt financing in Asia
    • Risk management through hedging financial and non-financial risks
    • Innovations in raising equity in Asia
    • Opportunities and pitfalls in acquisitions
    • Developing financial leadership skills
    • Managing board relations

Key Benefits

  • Learn to analyse the sources of financial fragility and the regulatory responses that fundamentally reshape financial markets
  • Through mini case presentations, understand the impact of financial crises on firms and be better prepared for future events
  • Discover key changes in the macroeconomic and policy front – both globally and within Asia
  • Learn to inspire and motivate teams to achieve higher levels of performance and commitment to strategic goals
  • Learn how to add value by applying active hedging strategies to help manage risk and improve the competitiveness of the core business
  • Gain insights on debt financing and equity raising in the Asian context
  • Through practical examples and case studies, learn about the primary opportunities and pitfalls to look out for when dealing with acquisitions
  • Learn about recent changes in International Financial Reporting Standards and the implications on investment and asset valuation
  • Learn how to manage and improve communications with the board


  • A great programme packed with relevant materials, info, topics and lunch talks run by 'superstar' professors as well as guest speakers. Definitely in my top three courses I have ever attended.

    Thet Hnin Yi, Singapore
    Cordlife Groupt

    A very comprehensive and insightful programme leveraging on a very knowledgeable team of individuals from their specific areas of expertise.

    Ivone Hodiny, Singapore
    Managing Director

    The course offered great insights across a broad range of issues that a CFO today needs to address.

    Nicholas Walters, Japan
    Vice President, Japan Controller

  • An enlightening programme blending theories and practices delivered by world-class professors, and offering insights from elite business leaders.

    Arthur Tam, Hong Kong
    Head of Business Improvement
    Royal Bank of Scotland

    This course was excellent. The professors gave us a detailed case study to learn that was informative and thought-provoking. The lecturers gave us real-life examples of how to be effective CFOs.

    Christopher Speers, Hong Kong
    Regional Controller, Asia     

  • Excellent programme for CFOs to come together, connect, share and bond.

    Kester Chua, Singapore
    Head, Financial Control
    First Gulf Bank PJSC

    Highly recommended for potential C-suite candidates.

    Tan May Hoon, Singapore
    Senior Finance Manager
    Tecity Group

Programme Co-Directors

NUS Business School


Chua Kim Chiu

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore

Senior Advisor, PwC Hong Kong and China

Kim Chiu becomes Professor of Accounting (Practice) at NUS Business School with effect from July 2016 upon relinquishing his positions as Partner at PwC Singapore and Senior Advisor at PwC Hong Kong and China. At PwC Singapore, he held various leadership positions including Head of Banking & Capital Markets, Head of China Desk, and Member of the Leadership Team heading the firm's quality and risk management function. He was involved in the audit of Singapore's Big Three banks and a number of large foreign banks. As an expert in accounting for financial instruments, he led many projects advising banks for the implementation of IAS 39. He currently chairs the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, where he was formerly Chairman of the Banking & Finance Committee. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee of Jurong Health Services and Member of the Audit & Risk Committee of MOH Holdings, and was previously Member of the Accounting Standards Council, Singapore. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant Singapore, Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK, and Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand.


Jumana Zahalka

Senior Lecturer, Finance

Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic)

Jumana holds a PhD in Finance, an MBA, a JD and a BSc in Accounting. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is called to the Bar of Ontario. Prior to joining academia, Jumana practiced law at a large Canadian law firm as well as worked as a corporate finance consultant for both Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her areas of interest include corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity.

Chicago Booth


Randall S. Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

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Randall served as a Governor of the United States' Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. During his time as a member of the Federal Reserve Board, he chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. In these capacities, he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure, including rules related to home mortgages and credit cards, and was director of NeighborWorks America. He represented the Federal Reserve Board on the Financial Stability Forum and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Other Teaching Faculty

NUS Business School


Michael Frese

Professor, Management and Organisation

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Michael is Professor of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School. He has been selected as a Fellow at the Academy of Management (AOM). The fellowship recognises and honours members of the AOM who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management. He has authored more than 300 articles in influential journals, and is editor/author of more than 25 books and special issues. He was elected Fellow or Member of several learned societies, including the German Academy of Sciences. He is Germany’s and Singapore’s most frequently cited organisational behaviour researcher, and one of Europe’s most frequently cited (with citation counts above 17,000 via Google Scholar; H-index = 70). He has presented more than 40 invited keynote addresses, for instance, at International Congresses in San Francisco (1998), Stockholm (2000), Athens (2006), Melbourne (2010) and Paris (2014). He obtained a PhD from Technical University of Berlin.


Emir Hrnjic

Director of Education & Outreach, CAMRI;

Visiting Senior Fellow

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Emir is Director for Education and Outreach at CAMRI, NUS Business School. He has published a number of case studies with a unique Asian perspective, such as Alibaba's IPO (China), Thomas Cook (India), OCBC (Singapore), and Emirates Airlines' Sukuk Issue (UAE). These case studies are widely used at leading MBA programmes. He frequently receives invitations to speak on TV (BBC, Bloomberg TV, Channel News Asia) and provide expert comment in the business press (Reuters, Business Times, IFR Asia). In addition to media appearances, he is often invited to give keynote speeches at industry and academic forums. He obtained a PhD in Finance from Tulane University.


David Mitchell Reeb

Mr & Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professor in Banking and Finance;

Director of Business Doctoral Programmes

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David is the Mr and Mrs Lin Jo Yan Professor in Banking and Finance at NUS. He also serves as Editor at the Journal of International Business Studies, a Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER), and as Director of Business Doctoral Programmes at NUS Business School. His research focuses on corporate finance but also encompasses financial disclosure choices and delves into international business. His work has appeared in the most influential academic journals in accounting, finance, law and management. This research generates thousands of citations and makes him one of the most prominent scholars in the world on family-controlled firms. His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Inc., SmartMoney, MSNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV.


Kulwant Singh

Professor, Strategy and Policy

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Kulwant is a Professor in the Department of Strategy and Policy at NUS Business School. His research focuses on firm adaptation to exogenous shocks, particularly in the context of firm alliances, and strategy in the Asia Pacific region. He has won several scholarly awards and honours for academic excellence. He was conferred the Research Achievement Award in 1997 and the Outstanding Educator Award in 2005, both by NUS. He has won the Teaching Excellence Award several times for his EMBA and MBA teaching at NUS Business School. He was also the winner of the Glueck Best Paper Award (1996) in Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management, and Best Paper Award (1991) in the Policy Division of Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. He is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Norwegian School of Economics; the Executive Committees of EPAS of the European Foundation for Management Development, and The Case Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honours) and an MBA from National University of Singapore, as well as a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Chicago Booth


Douglas J. Skinner

Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting

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Doug is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. His research addresses topics such as the causes and capital market effects of managers' corporate disclosure choices (especially forward-looking information such as earnings forecasts, earnings pre-announcements, and guidance, corporate conference calls, etc.); how the legal and regulatory environment affects managers' corporate disclosure practices; managers' incentives to use their discretion in the financial accounting and reporting process to manage reported earnings ("earnings management"); how stock prices respond to earning releases, especially for high growth companies ("earnings torpedoes"); and the determinants of firms' payout policies, including whether and how much firms should pay out, the form of payout (dividends versus stock repurchases), etc. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with first class honours in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a Master's degree and PhD in Applied Economics: Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester. He has been a tenured full professor at Chicago Booth since 2005.

About Chicago Booth

About The University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Established in 1898, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive Education creates programmes with cutting-edge content, taught by world-class faculty who define the way the world does business. Chicago Booth’s Executive Education programmes have been consistently ranked in the top five US and worldwide for Open Enrolment Executive Education 2015 by Financial Times. The "Chicago Approach" to business education meshes a firm grounding in academic disciplines and hands-on business problem solving. Participants leave with career-enhancing knowledge that influences future ways of doing business.


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