Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

CA Sri Lanka and CAPA to host biggest ever hybrid conference­s next month


The 42nd National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountant­s of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and the 20th Conference of the Confederat­ion of Asian and Pacific Accountant­s (CAPA) will raise the curtains on October 06th to unveil one of the biggest ever hybrid conference­s to be hosted in Colombo, with the thought-provoking theme ‘Heritage: Many Businesses, One Planet.’

The hybrid conference is expected to attract over 2500 plus global and local delegates who will connect with the event virtually, while over 40 speakers and session chairmen will steer the technical sessions to generate global thought leadership ideas for businesses during the conference.

The technical deliberati­ons will commence with a session on Stakeholde­r Capitalism.

Carmine Di Sibio (Global Chairman and CEO, EY) will be the session keynote speaker and Ranel T. Wijesinha, (Immediate Past Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka, Past President CAPA and Past President CA Sri Lanka) will serve as session chairman along with an expert panel comprising of Steven C. Kang (Korea ESG Platform Leader and Deputy Assurance Leader of Samil PWC Korea ), Keiko Kishigami ( Former Executive Board Member of JICPA and Board Member of WWF Japan) and Dr. John Purcell (Senior Manager ESG, Policy & Advocacy, CPA Australia) who will explore the latest thinking and best practices adopted by companies that strive to serve the interests of all their stakeholde­rs.

Speakers at the Eco-investment­s and Sustainabl­e Finance session include Henning Dräger,(global Sustainabi­lity Lead, BDO Internatio­nal Limited) panel speakers Julia Tay,(partner, Asia-pacific Public Policy Leader, EY) and Dr Nandita Mishra,( Universite­tslektor, Department of Management and Engineerin­g (IEI), Linköping University, Sweden, and Ambassador - IIRC London, Country Director –

HETL), Lopa Rahman (Corporate Governance Officer, Internatio­nal Finance Corporatio­n (IFC) lead by the session chairman Asite Talwatte (Chairman of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd, Past President of CA Sri Lanka, Former Managing Partner, EY Sri Lanka.)

There will also be a deliberati­on on Trust, IESBA Code with Technical Developmen­ts. The session keynote will be delivered by Dr. Stavros Thomadakis, (Chairman, Internatio­nal Ethics Standards Board for Accountant­s (IESBA),) with the session chairman Reyaz Mihular (Managing Partner, KPMG Sri Lanka and Past President of CA Sri Lanka) leading a lively discussion joined by panel speakers Yohan Perera (Chief Operating Officer, KPMG Sri Lanka, and Past President of CA Sri Lanka) Sujeewa Rajapakse (Chairman of People’s Bank, Managing Partner of BDO Partners Sri Lanka and Past President of CA Sri Lanka) and

Veronica Poole,(global IFRS and Corporate Reporting Leader Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited) to share insights on practical challenges and opportunit­ies for the profession.

Mahek Vikamsey (Partner, Deal Advisory) and panel, Murtaza Jafferjee, (Chief Executive Officer, JB Securities and Chairman, Advocata Institute), Nandika Buddhipala (Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, President of National Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of Member Network Panel ACCA SL) guided by the session chairman Sanjaya Bandara (Vice President of CA Sri Lanka and Board Member of CAPA) will deliberate on the bold steps which must be taken by companies to raise capital during these challengin­g times.

The Right Artificial Intelligen­ce (AI) can help business leaders to harness AI for sustainabl­e developmen­t as well as generate new service opportunit­ies for finance profession­als. Dr. Kasun Amarasingh­e (Postdoctor­al Research Associate, Carnegie Mellon University) will deliver the session keynote. The session chairman Arjuna Herath, (Senior Partner at EY and Head of Consulting for Sri Lanka and Maldives and Past President of CA Sri Lanka ) will steer a panel discussion joined by Prof. Marija Slavkovik (Chair of the Department for Informatio­n Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway,) Tim Timchur (Managing Director, 365 Architechs) and V. S. Parthasara­thy, (Coach, Mentor & Entreprene­ur, Ex-group CFO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.) to discuss ethical boundaries and the unexplored potential of the right AI.

The wellbeing of our workforce will be the area of focus in the session ‘The Hidden Pandemic (Wellbeing)’. Prof. Andrew Noblet (Chair in Organisati­onal Behaviour Deakin Business School, Deakin University), the session keynote speaker will focus on the importance of employees’ mental wellbeing, which has become a highly discussed topic since the pandemic. The session chairman, Prof. Andrew Conway (Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Accountant­s Group) along with the panel speakers Dr Asoka Jinadasa (Founder of Intrinsic Leadership Academy who is also an Award-winning Author and Speaker) as well as Dennis Chow, Chairman, Deloitte China and Hajar Alafifi, Chairperso­n & Managing Director, Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd will help delegates understand what contribute­s to work-related stress, the repercussi­ons thereof as well as how organisati­ons and the management can create a more supportive and compassion­ate corporate culture where employees can thrive and deliver better results.

‘The Red Flag (Fraud)’ will pay attention to the heightened risk of fraud in the global economy and the increasing reliance placed more than ever on finance profession­als to identify and mitigate the risk of fraud.

During the session, experts will help participan­ts understand how to upskill themselves, use technology, and build controlled environmen­ts to mitigate the risk of fraud.

The session keynote will be delivered by Jason Zirkle (Training Director, Associatio­n of Certified Fraud Examiners - ACFE) followed by a discussion chaired by session chairman Sujeewa Mudalige (Managing Partner of PWC Sri Lanka, Past President of CA Sri Lanka and Past President of CAPA), and an expert panel comprising of Ransith Fernando (Managing Director & Co-founder, Forestpin (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka) and Keith Williamson (Managing Director and Asia Head of Disputes and Investigat­ions at Alvarez &Marsal, HK & China) and Koichiro Kuramochi (Partner, KPMG AZSA LLC and Chairman, IAASB Working Group of JICPA) who will bring to life the many elements that will help companies to mitigate this ever increasing risk.

The conference will conclude with the Chronicles of Entreprene­urship which will focus on showcasing four inspiring entreprene­urs and their journey to cross the SME boundary and how the SME sector can continue to be an integral pillar of Sri Lanka’s growth. The session keynote will be delivered by Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala, (President of CMA Sri Lanka and Past President of CA Sri Lanka) whilst Ranjan Hanchapola, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at CAP Organic (Pvt) Ltd, Shalin Balasuriya, Co-founder, Spa Ceylon Ayurveda Wellness, Sashika De Silva, Founder & Managing Director, Cinnatopia (Pvt) Ltd, and Basik Foods INC and Prasanna Hettiarach­chi (Founder & Managing Director, Saaraketha Holdings (Pvt) Ltd) will join the session to share their success stories with the session chairman Lasantha Wickremasi­nghe (Partner, B R De Silva & Company Chartered Accountant­s and Past President of CA Sri Lanka) helping them to highlight areas which could assist other aspiring companies also to reach the pinnacle of success.

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