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
30 Oct - 03 Nov 2017 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 NUSBOOTHCFO2017 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


  • This is a fantastic programme that builds network and broadens horizons. Will highly recommend for CFOs.

    Anuj Sinha, Singapore
    Finance Director

    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 Group

    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

  • 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

    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

Professor (Practice), Accounting

Kim Chiu was previously Partner at PwC Singapore and Senior Advisor at PwC Hong Kong and China. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at PwC Singapore, 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 clients, both banks and non-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.

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

Provost’s Chair,
Head of Department, Professor,
Management and Organisation

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Michael is Provost's Chair, Head of Department, and 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

Visiting Senior Research Fellow, CAMRI
Chief Executive Officer, CIBFM, Monetary Authority of Brunei

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Dr Emir is Chief Executive Officer at CIBFM and Visiting Senior Research Fellow 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 Research for the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI)

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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 Research for the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI). 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

Deputy Dean, Professor,
Strategy and Policy

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Kulwant is Deputy Dean, and 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.


Jumana Zahalka

Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Academic),
Senior Lecturer, Finance
Academic Director, MSc (Mgt) & CEMS MIM

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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


Douglas J. Skinner

Interim Dean and 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.

Previous Guest Speakers & Instructors

Chua Sock Koong

Goh Swee Chen

Chairperson, Shell Companies in Singapore

Goh Swee Chen has been Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore since October 2014. Concurrent to her country chair role, Swee Chen is also Vice President, Lubricants – Asia Pacific, a role she undertook since 2011. Swee Chen joined Shell in 2003 and was with Procter & Gamble and IBM before this. A global leader, she has lived and worked in Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Australia, USA, Japan and China. She spent a large part of her career in global roles, leading significant businesses with multinational teams. Swee Chen has a diverse professional background, having spent her career in IT, Real Estate, Business Improvement and running large P&L businesses. Other than chairing the Shell Companies in Singapore, Swee Chen also chairs/sat in the Board of several Shell Joint Venture in China and Saudi Arabia. She is also a Board Member of Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, Advisory member of NUS MEM Program and a Member of the Singapore National Climate Change network. She graduated with a B.Sc. from Victoria University and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

Chua Sock Koong

Seck Wai-Kwong

CEO, Asia Pacific, State Street Bank and Trust Company

Wai-Kwong is Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at State Street Bank and Trust Company. He is also a member of State Street’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy and policy-making team. He has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, management and growth of the Global Services, Global Markets and Global Exchange businesses in Asia Pacific, where State Street operates from seven branches, servicing clients in 17 geographical markets in the region. Prior to joining State Street in September 2011, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Singapore Exchange for eight years. Previously he held senior-level positions in the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Lehman Brothers and DBS Bank. He is a member of the Board Risk Committee at Singapore’s GIC, and Chairman of Investment Committee and Trustee at the Singapore Police Force’s pension fund. In July 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Financial Centre Advisory Panel. He serves on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University in Chicago and the Advisory Committee for the Quantitative Finance Program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In February 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Business School Advisory Council. He earned a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honours from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In October 2015, he was honoured as a Monash Fellow, in recognition of his “professional distinction and outstanding service”.

Chua Sock Koong

James Pritchard

CFO Asia, Union Bancaire Privée

James Pritchard heads the finance team in Asia for Union Bancaire Privée. Based in Singapore, James is responsible for compliance with all regulatory reporting requirements for the Asia offices, driving and monitoring business performance and exercising strategic cost base management. He also provides independent oversight of the Asia Treasury function through Co-Chairmanship of the Asia Asset and Liability Committee. He has over 15 years of experience as a finance professional. Before UBP’s acquisition of Coutts International, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Coutts in Asia. James previously held senior roles in finance and strategy at Nomura in London, Hong Kong and Singapore during the integration of the non-US Lehman acquisition. He was also previously finance business partner to Lloyds Banking Group’s Structured Debt Origination and Asset Management businesses, starting his early career in the energy industry focusing on power generation asset acquisition. James is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Chua Sock Koong

Ho Tuck Chuen

Group CFO, Jurong Town Corporation

Ho Tuck Chuen is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years of extensive and varied financial experience in diverse industries ranging from Real Estate, Electronics, Pharmaceutical and Software, and from Multi-National Corporations to Companies listed on US, the Singapore Stock Exchange and the Singapore Public Sector. He is a Council Member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and sits on the Advisory Committee of Singapore Institute of CFOs (SCFOI) & MOF’s Finance Leadership Programme. He is a Board Member of Singapore Leisure Industries and Audit Committee Member of Bartley Community Care Services (BCCS). Tuck Chuen is also a member of Temasek Polytechnic's School of Business Advisory Committee and the SIM’s Bachelor of Accountancy Programme Advisory Committee (PAC).

About Chicago Booth

About The University of Chicago Booth School of Business


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