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The Return to Better conference is now available on demand

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Plenary Sessions

13.30 – 13.55 SGT
15.30 – 15.55 AEST
09.30 – 09.55 GST
Global & Regional Insights: Tackling the Crisis View details

Join Steve Hasker, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters and Jackie Rhodes, Managing Director Asia & Emerging Markets of Thomson Reuters, as they walk through regional and global insights following the health and economic challenges posed by Covid-19.

This session will begin by delving into shared perspectives provided by our key customers and partners, comparing differences between Middle East, Asia and Oceania. It will then move into a preview of some of the headline sessions to look forward to for the conference agenda ahead, before moving into a Q&A with Steve Hasker.

Steve joined Thomson Reuters during the early days of the global crisis, and will share his initial insights into key markets, the future for legal, compliance and tax industries, as well as offering a snapshot of future strategies for Thomson Reuters globally.

Speakers

Steve Hasker

Steve Hasker
President and CEO
Thomson Reuters

Jackie Rhodes

Jackie Rhodes
Managing Director
Asia & Emerging Markets

Thomson Reuters

14.00 – 15.00 SGT
16.00 – 17.00 AEST
10.00 – 11.00 GST
Reuters' Panel Discussion on Economic Outlook View details

This panel will discuss how COVID-19 could affect economies in the Asia-Pacific region, the risks, the expected/desirable policy response and how the unprecedented monetary, fiscal stimulus measures deployed by advanced economies could affect Asian capital flow. It will also talk about structural changes and long-term challenges the region’s economies could face from the virus, intensifying U.S.-China tensions and demographic headwinds. While we may expand on geopolitics, industry break-down of winners/losers in the COVID-19 world, it will be in the context of the macro-economic outlook for the region.

Speakers

Iris Pang

Iris Pang
Chief Economist,
Greater China

ING Bank

Robert Alan Feldman

Robert Alan Feldman
Senior Advisor
Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities Co., Ltd.

Seng Wun Song

Seng Wun Song
Director
CIMB Private Banking

Su-Lin Ong

Su-Lin Ong
Managing Director
Chief Economist & Senior Relationship Manager

RBC Capital Markets

Moderator

Leika Kihara

Leika Kihara
Chief Japan correspondent
Reuters

Topical Sessions

13.00 – 13.50 SGT
15.00 – 15.50 AEST
09.00 – 09.50 GST
VIRTUAL WORKING
The Changing Work Environment and Future Workforce View details

This session will be split up into two segments:

  1. Bernard Salt, one of Australia’s leading demographers and social commentators, will discuss changing trends in the work environment and workforce of the future, including what the opportunities are for the future.
  2. Mary Alice Vuicic, Chief People Officer at Thomson Reuters will discuss how Thomson Reuters is responding to the forced Virtual Working change and the process being undertaken on what the future working environment entails.

Areas of discussion

  • The dramatic shift: There has been a dramatic shift on the type of jobs, how people work and where they live over the last 50 years. How and why has this changed, and what are the opportunities?
  • Future workforce: What will the future hold for the workforce and work environment?
  • Other opportunities: Which businesses are going to fail and which businesses are likely to excel or be created in this upheaval?
  • Learn from others: Thomson Reuters will share the process undertaken on what their future working environment will look like. Can this assist your organisation?

Speakers

Bernard Salt

Bernard Salt
Managing Director
The Demographics Group

Mary Alice Vuicic

Mary Alice Vuicic
Chief People Officer
Thomson Reuters

Moderator

Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay
Head of Proposition
Legal Software Solutions
Thomson Reuters Asia & Emerging Markets

GLOBALISING COMPLIANCE
Tug of War: Balancing Growth and Regulation Through Uncertainty View details

How do corporate regulators around the globe balance delivering on their mandates, while navigating their economies through turbulent waters?

Join Thomson Reuters on 26 August 2020 for an insightful 50-minute panel discussion on Tug of War: Balancing Growth and Regulation Through Uncertainty.

Our panel of international regulators will share their perspectives on global compliance, data-first enforcement strategies, community engagement and thoughts about the uncertainty ahead.

Reasons to join:

  • Compliance - An International Lens: Our panellists will share their perspectives on how regulatory bodies are expanding co-operation in areas such as multi-lateral policy design, information exchange and enforcement activity, against the backdrop of an increasingly borderless and connected global economy.
  • A Data-Forward Approach: How data is re-shaping global regulatory compliance activities? Our panellists discuss anecdotes on how each have effectively leveraged data as a pivotal component of their regulatory toolbox.
  • Engaging With Enterprise: How do you ensure compliance without stifling growth in a turbulent economic climate? Our panellists discuss their approaches toward regulatee and community engagement, as well as the complexities of managing the constant tension between enablement and regulation.
  • The Road Ahead: How will the world emerge a year from now? Two years from now? Each of our panellists will share their thoughts and predictions about the road ahead.

Speakers

Rebecca Saint

Rebecca Saint
Deputy Commissioner - Public Groups
Australian Taxation Office

Glenn Seah

Glenn Seah
Head legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretariat
Singapore Exchange

Moderator

Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek Sharma
Senior Counsel, India and MENA
Thomson Reuters

TRANSFORMATION
Future-proofing your Organisation: Trends, Transformation & Regulatory Changes View details

Join an expert panel discussing organisational transformation, industry trends and regulatory change. Learn how organisations can ‘pivot for the pandemic’, adapt to innovation and digital trends and manage privacy, data protection and cybersecurity issues to future-proof themselves throughout COVID-19 and beyond.

Key Reasons to Join:

  • Gain a wholistic view from our eclectic selection of panellists with a variety of backgrounds across commercial, legal, technology and organisational industries.
  • Understand the impacts and changes in business risk management, cybersecurity, innovation and technology across the APAC region and globally.
  • Receive practical tips and tricks to overcome organisational silos, learn how to navigate interdepartmentally to break down barriers to create a unified vision.
  • Develop a greater understanding of business continuity planning to ensure you and your company are best prepared to respond to unforeseen risks in the future with organisational flexibility.

Speakers

Anthony Mitchell

Anthony Mitchell
Chairman and Chief Potential Officer
Bendelta

Alec Christie

Alec Christie
Partner
Mills Oakley

Duncan Hewett

Duncan Hewett
Senior Vice President & GM, Asia Pacific & Japan
VMWare

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson
Virtual Office Managing Partner
Deloitte

Moderator

Nathan Lynch

Nathan Lynch
Manager, Regulatory Intelligence, Asia-Pacific
Thomson Reuters

10 minute virtual break
14.00 – 14.50 SGT
16.00 – 16.50 AEST
10.00 – 10.50 GST
VIRTUAL WORKING
How to Work from Home – Adjusting to the New Normal View details

Join a panel of fellow colleagues and professionals as they share how they adapted to working from home whilst still meeting work obligations and remain connected to fellow team members. Panellists will discuss best practices for working virtually, and how their employers have been supporting them whilst working from home.

Areas of discussion

  • Working from Home – How are other people adjusting to this new normal?
  • How are people working collaboratively in the current environment to ensure deadlines and obligations are still being met?
  • Best practices for working virtually
  • How are companies supporting employees through virtual working?

Speakers

Joe Al-Khayat

Joe Al-Khayat
Co-Founder
Resolve Disputes Online

Justine Woodford

Justine Woodford
Head of Knowledge
Allens

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts
Group Tax Manager
Cochlear

Kevin Luo

Kevin Luo
Assistant General Counsel
GM, Asia-Pacific R&D Group Legal

Microsoft

Moderator

Ranajit Dam

Ranajit Dam
Managing Editor, Legal Media Group
Thomson Reuters

GLOBALISING COMPLIANCE
The Good, The Bad and the Completely Fraudulent: Inside the largest accounting scandals View details

Over the past two decades, economic and financial crisis have created the perfect breeding ground for financial crime. From Parmalat, to Patisserie Valarie, to Luckin Coffee and now a global fintech. What has the industry learned from these financial crimes, and what will the regulatory impact be if we have learned nothing at all?

Areas of Discussion:

  • How this economic crisis may lead to an increase in financial crime
  • How your industry can be equipped for future risks and what will happen if it isn’t
  • How are the regulators responding and what is the prediction for response to future crisis/financial fraud?
  • The role of technology in detecting and preventing financial crime

Speakers

Bill Majcher

Bill Majcher
Money Laundering, Financial Crime and Cyber Threat

Brian Fox

Brian Fox
MD & Founder of Confirmation
Thomson Reuters

Victor Pineiro

Victor Pineiro
APAC Sales Leader, Confirmation
Thomson Reuters

Moderator

Nathan Lynch

Nathan Lynch
Manager, Regulatory Intelligence, Asia-Pacific
Thomson Reuters

TRANSFORMATION
Change Management & Technology – future trends, expert advice and tips on how to transition business operations View details

A sneak peek into Thomson Reuters’ Innovation Lab – future trends, key learnings and customer case studies.

Join the panel of experts while they deep dive into Supply Chain and Manufacturing – from challenges faced to technological innovation and managing change in a dynamic environment.

Areas of Discussion:

  • Showcase TR Innovation Labs – customer use cases and future outlook (Blockchain, AI, deep machine learning)
  • Supply Chain efficiency versus resilience and impact on business relationships
  • Supply demand patterns, local versus global sourcing and future business models
  • Human rights and modern slavery – can technology be a preventative measure?
  • Rapidly evolving regulatory frameworks

Speakers

Omar Bari

Omar Bari
PhD, Sr. Data Scientist
Thomson Reuters Labs

Michael Milnes

Michael Milnes
Senior Manager Practical Law - Competition and Consumer Protection and Principal Lawyer
Thomson Reuters

Sally Gao

Sally Gao
Data Scientist
Thomson Reuters Labs

Zoe Martinez

Zoe Martinez
Proposition Lead, Global Trade
Thomson Reuters

Moderator

Clay Perry

Clay Perry
President
143 Advisory Services LLC

10 minute virtual break
15.00 – 15.50 SGT
17.00 – 17.50 AEST
11.00 – 11.50 GST
VIRTUAL WORKING
Hybrid Workspaces and Virtual Connectivity: The Road to Workplace Wellness? View details

As the global health crisis continues with no end in sight, ‘hybrid’ workplaces and permanent remote working may become increasingly commonplace. One reason for this is not only to keep professionals safe from COVID-19 risk of infection and infecting others, but that WFH has been a positive experience for many during the global health crisis.

Research by Acritas indicates that factors such as hours of sleep, physical activity, and more structure around collaborative work demands are significant factors that contribute to workplace wellness. The remote working environment is conducive to these factors, in comparison to the 9-5 work-day at the office.

Areas of discussion

  • What is the notion of wellness, and how can we measure it? Although wellbeing is associated with mental health, there are many surprising factors that contribute to ‘wellbeing’ including, feeling productive at work, perceived healthy behaviours (so eating better, exercising more) and more collaboration & connectedness.
  • What have remote working experiences been like across the legal, corporates and tax industries over the last six months? Acritas will present some data points which indicate what wellness factors are aligned with virtual workplaces and hybrid working.
  • What can leadership in firms and organisations do to foster health and wellbeing among their teams? Is ‘hybrid’ and ‘flex’ working now the new way forward?

Speakers

Scott Hazard

Scott Hazard
Global Head of Real Estate and Workplace Experience
Atlassian

Dr. Amitabh Deka

Dr. Amitabh Deka
Head of Wellbeing Solutions
South Asia & Aon Care

Genna Stainforth

Genna Stainforth
Senior Account Manager
Acritas

Moderator

Samantha Hilton

Samantha Hilton
Senior Proposition manager - Legal Solutions
Thomson Reuters

GLOBALISING COMPLIANCE
Thriving In The New Normal Of Economic and Regulatory Uncertainty View details

How are businesses navigating through unprecedented uncertainty while keeping on top of shifting regulatory, compliance and reporting regimes?

Our panel of experts will share their perspectives on the current state of play, exchange opinions about the evolving economic and regulatory landscape, and provide pragmatic tips on how each are building resilience into their operating models to weather the uncertainty ahead.

Areas of Discussion:

  • Current State Of Play: Recent global events have dramatically changed the operating playbook for enterprises. Our panellists will share insights on how effectively companies have responded to the rapid changes in the business, economic and regulatory environment.
  • Engaging With Regulators: With each country adopting a raft of distinct, new measures and regulation in rapid succession to prop up their ailing economies while, acting unilaterally with little public and corporate consultation, businesses are faced with ever-growing uncertainty and compliance burdens. Our panellists will discuss how each have evolved their risk management strategies and their approach towards regulatory engagement over the short-to-medium term.
  • Technology - Enabling Agility and Versatility: Amidst unprecedented turmoil, how will technology empower businesses to both flourish and continue to serve as responsible corporate citizens in in the markets they serve? Each of our expert panellists will share distinct, pragmatic advice on leveraging technology to empower your organisation, drawing key lessons from industry case studies.
  • The Road Ahead: How will the world emerge a year from now? Two years from now? Our panellists provide their closing thoughts and predictions for the future, as well as how each of the areas above, if addressed effectively, can build organisational preparedness and resilience to capitalise on emergent opportunities in the years ahead.

Speakers

Tony Fulton

Tony Fulton
Partner
RSM Australia

Wilson Ang

Wilson Ang
Partner
Head of Asia Regulatory Compliance and Investigations Practice
Norton Rose Fulbright

Jaella Parker

Jaella Parker
Chief Operating Officer
for the Office of the General Counsel
Deloitte Asia Pacific

Moderator

Nicholas Wong

Hari Ganesh Kumar
Direct Tax Enterprise Proposition Lead - Corporate
Thomson Reuters Asia & Emerging Markets​

TRANSFORMATION
COVID-19: Reinventing Business View details

Listen to Thomson Reuters customers discuss how COVID-19 has affected their business day to day and what aspects of Transformation within their Revenue, Manufacturing, Resources and Processes have had to become agile to adjust to these unprecedented times.

Areas of Discussion:

  • Agile Business
  • Revenue Shifting
  • Accelerating Transformation
  • Examples of Emerging Trends and Transformation

Speakers

Guruprasad RaoMichael Milnes

Guruprasad Rao
Vice President – Digital and Analytics Practice
HCL

Stuart Fuller

Stuart Fuller
Global Head of Legal Services
KPMG Hong Kong

Jenny Clarke

Jenny Clarke
Regional lead for tax transformation and technology
KPMG Australia 

Moderator

Christine Jacobs

Christine Jacobs
Product Manager
Thomson Reuters