Tuesday, May 30 2023, 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
SME Centre@SICCI Appreciation Night: Surviving and Thriving: The Keys to Business Resilience (BAs)

Event Introduction:
To show appreciation to our SME clients, we have specially curated a wonderful night of insightful sharing sessions led by industry experts and lively conversations and connections over food and drinks, just for you!

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Hosted by: MC



4.15pm – 5.00pm Registration
5.00pm – 5.05pm Welcome Address
5.05pm – 5.15pm Opening Address
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
5.10pm – 5.45pm Keynote Speech – Opportunities & Risks in 2H2023
Mr Song Seng Wun
Economist, Private Banking
CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore
5.45pm – 6.15pm How to Build Business Resilience through HR Digitalisation
Mr Albert Liew
Managing Director, Singapore and Indochina
6.15pm – 6.45pm Bridging the Financial Gaps for SMEs
Mr Danny Phua, Director
Head, Small Business Commercial Banking
CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore
6.45pm – 8.00pm Networking Dinner


Speakers’ Profiles:

Mr Song Seng Wun, Economist, Private Banking (CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore)

Mr Song holds a Master of Arts in Econometrics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He started his career in 1985 as an economist in Malayan Banking Bhd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He moved to Singapore in 1990, and worked as a Regional Economist with various major multi-national financial institutions such as Merrill Lynch; Warburg Dillon Read as well as ABN Amro. With over three decades of working experience, covering three regional and global recessions, Mr Song’s areas of focus are in the economies of ASEAN-5. He is a familiar icon in South-East Asia’s news media as he has greatly contributed his professional views on the regional financial markets. Mr Song has another unique tool of tracking the pulse of the local economy: bellynomics. To get an on-the-ground (or in-the-tummy) view of how the economy is faring, Mr Song traipses around Singapore almost daily, eating at different establishments. But, each quest is for more than just nutritional sustenance; he uses his excursions to compare costs, track rentals, and even the hourly wages of workers. “To me, that’s getting the pulse of the economy through my mouth. It’s a practical thing, really – that’s my excuse anyway,” Mr Song shares.

Mr Albert Liew, Managing Director, Singapore & Indochina (BIPO)

Albert is an accomplished business leader with a proven track record in driving commercial success and leading teams. He joined BIPO, the region’s leading payroll and people solutions provider, in 2017 as a pioneer team member in Singapore.

As Managing Director of Singapore and Indochina at BIPO, Albert is instrumental in driving the team’s growth and expansion in the region. He spearheads the direct sales, channel partners, and full-service implementation teams, including strategic partnerships and alliances. With a leadership DNA characterised by proactive and collaborative management, he has an unwavering focus on employee empowerment. His commitment to empowering key talents and improving diversity awareness throughout BIPO has led to an exceptional track record of sustained performance. A graduate of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Albert holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Before joining BIPO, he held senior management roles in various industries.

Mr Danny Phua, Director, Head, Small Business Commercial Banking (CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore)

Experienced Banker in Sales & Product Management with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Portfolio Management, Financial Services, Risk Management, Sales Management, and Banking. Strong product management professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Banking and Finance from the University of London.