KEYNOTE SPEAKERS


Mr. Mark Billington
FCA, Regional Director, ICAEW South East Asia
Mark has been the Regional Director, South East Asia since 2009. He leads all ICAEW activities across ASEAN and is focused on building out the brand across all markets in the region. After qualifying as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant in 1990, Mark worked in a variety of industry verticals in the Telecoms sector for multi-national, national and start-up companies.

From 2003-2007 Mark was the CEO of O2 (Asia Pacific & Middle East) based in Singapore where he was responsible for the creation of a premium brand in Asia as well as dealing with the supply chain of O2 into Greater China valued at over US$500m. Prior to this Mark was the COO and SVP for O2 (Netherlands) and oversaw one of the largest outsourcing telecoms deals in Europe during that period valued at €1bn. Before joining O2 Mark held a variety of roles in British Telecom plc including responsibility for strategic investments in France valued at over £4bn.

Mark has over twenty years of experience in evaluating and managing large, complex deals and organizations, and is a frequent speaker and commentator in the region. He currently sits on the Singapore Accountancy Commission’s Productivity Advisory Committee having previously sat on the Research Centre and Development Fund Committee.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. El’fred Boo
Nanyang Technological University

El’fred, Associate Professor at Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) and Chartered Accountant (Australia and New Zealand). He is also a member of the American Accounting Association and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors (FSID).
His core expertise is within the areas of corporate governance, risk management, assurance and ethics. He has taught at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and was a winner of the Teaching Excellence Award in the Accounting Division. He has published in many reputable international journals, including the Abacus, Accounting & Business Research, Accounting & Finance, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Corporate Governance, Journal of Business Ethics and Strategic RISK. El’fred is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and an ad hoc reviewer for several refereed journals. His views and opinions are also sought after by the press, including The Business Times, The Edge, The Financial Times, The Straits Times and TODAY.
 
El'fred’s current and past professional contributions include serving as a Judging Panel Member of the Best Annual Report Award, a Member of the Best Managed Board Award Core Committee, the ISCA Auditing and Assurance Standards Committee, the ISCA Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee, the ISCA Ethics Committee, and the SID Audit Committee Chapter Publications Sub-Committee. He has also served as an Inspector and Technical Reviewer for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Singapore Qualification Programme (SQP).  He is a member of the Audit Committee of SCELSE (Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering).


 


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