IIC – SIDC Governance Convention 2019

18
Nov 2019

8:00 am - 5:15 pm

Tamingsari Grand Ballroom, Ground Floor, Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur, 5 Jalan Conlay 50450 Kuala Lumpur

10 CPE

1 day pass (per pax)

MYR 1250

2 days pass (per pax)

MYR 2000

Group of 3 or more (per pax)

MYR 1700

Group of 10 or more (per pax)

MYR 1600

IIC – SIDC Governance Convention 2019: Rising Beyond Principles And Policies

 

As economies face challenges of unsettling international trade disputes, geopolitical nationalism, disruptive technologies and climate change corporate leaders seek out strategic collaborative partnerships to ensure future resilience, business change adaptability and long-term sustainability. Most corporate leaders know that taking this approach requires a forward looking mind-set to invest with cautious optimism in future-growth businesses that has strong performance potential and sound governance practices.

Institutional investors in capital markets are committed in their role to influence the standard of good governance practices among investee businesses. Active stewardship ensures investee businesses develop and observe the best governance principles, policies, processes and practices. Institutional investors help to ensure capital markets function as economic future-growth engines. They help improve price discovery, liquidity, allocative efficiency, transparency and most importantly corporate accountability.

However, like all investors, institutional investors also depend on the assurance of a level playing field, access to timely, reliable information, and the ability to exercise their rights as shareowners. For the proper functioning of our capital markets, both corporate leaders and institutional investors themselves realise the need to step up the manner in which they discharge their stewardship roles and rise beyond principles and policies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Consider and determine the parallel expectations of public and corporate governance
  • Discuss the linkage between corporate governance and business performance
  • Recognise and analyse global investment trends in sustainable business practices
  • Appraise the role of institutional institutions as influences of good governance practices
  • Highlight the role of institutional investors in promoting ESG businesses
  • Consider corporate responsiveness in a fast changing business landscapes and customer behaviours
  • Appraise the rising need for digital conversant boards
  • Gain insights and evaluate the optimism surrounding emerging digital technology businesses
  • Review and evaluate the global rise of shareholder activism
  • Recognise and address board governance and sustainability reporting challenges

ICF Competencies Covered

  • Core: Ethics and Integrity, Corporate Governance (Level 4)
  • Product: Capital Market Environment, Capital Market Fundamentals (Level 4)
  • Organisation Leadership: Strategic Thinking, Business Acumen, Stakeholder Management (Level 4)

Day 1: Institutional Investors Day
Date: 18 November 2019 (Monday)

8.00 am Registration and Networking
9.00 am WELCOME ADDRESS
Dato’ Mohamad Nasir Ab. Latif, Chairman, Institutional Investors Council Malaysia
9.15 am SPECIAL ADDRESS
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz
9.45 am SPECIAL DIALOGUE SESSION WITH TAN SRI RAFIDAH AZIZ
TOPIC: SETTING THE RIGHT TONE FROM THE TOP – IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRITY IN LEADERSHIP
10.15 am Coffee Break
10.45 am PANEL SESSION ONE : 
TOPIC: CORPORATE AND PUBLIC GOVERNANCE – HAVE WE DONE ENOUGH?The opening session will compare and contrast public and corporate governance practices and how it delivers expectations to a community of stakeholders.

  • What does it take to build and uphold a sound global market reputation?
  • Commonality of what investors and the public want
  • Prerequisites for governance and accountability principles to work successfully 
  • Rising beyond principles and policies- Have we done enough?
  • What the action plans moving forward?

Moderator:  Mr Premesh Chandran, CEO & Co-Founder, Malaysiakini

Panelists:

  • Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, Special Advisor Media and Communication to the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
  • Mr Jamie Allen, Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
  • Dato’ Rauf Rashid, Malaysia Managing Partner, Ernst & Young (EY) and EY Asean Assurance Managing Partner
11.45 AM
PANEL SESSION TWO : 
TOPIC: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE vs PERFORMANCE – SHOULD IT BE A ‘TRADE-OFF’?In this session we ask if there is a clear correlation between corporate governance and business performance 

  • Global trends in CG, and what can we expect next?
  • Board expectations – What CEOs cannot compromise
  • Prioritising long-term goals over short-term performance gains – Pros and cons  
  • Should CG be questioned only when business performance weakens?
  • Governance, risk and compliance – Holistic approach challenges

Moderator:  Dato’ Dr Suzana Idayu Wati bt Osman, CIO, Social Security Organisation (SOCSO)

Panelists:

  • Dato’ Mohamad Nasir Ab. Latif, Deputy CEO (Investment), Employees Provident Fund (EPF)
  • Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam Abdullah, Group Managing Director, Westports Holdings Berhad
  • Ms Foo Lee Mei, Chief Regulatory Officer, Securities Commission Malaysia (SC)
  • Associate Professor Mak Yuen Teen, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
1.00 pm Networking Lunch
02.15 pm PANEL SESSION THREE : 
TOPIC: GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS IN STEWARDSHIP CODES & ROLE OF INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORSThis discussion will focus on how stewardship codes are used in various jurisdictions to encourage institutional investors to be more involved and responsible shareholders 

  • Types, nature, purpose and benefits of stewardship codes
  • How are the codes used? Best known practices
  • Challenges of enforcing stewardship codes
  • Challenges of monitoring alignment to the code
  • Measuring effectiveness of codes

Speaker: Mr Jamie Allen, Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) (20 mins)

Moderator:  Dato’ Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, President, Malaysian Institute of Corporate Governance (MICG)

Panelists:

  • En Jalil Rasheed, President & Group Chief Executive, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)
  • Mr Jamie Allen, Secretary General, Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
  • En Nik Mohamed Sharifidin Nik Mohamed Din, Director of Strategic Management, Khazanah Nasional Berhad
3.15 pm CONCURRRENT SESSION A: 
TOPIC: ESG AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTThis session will discuss the business case for institutional investors to promote sustainable, responsible impact businesses for the wellbeing of our planet

  • Rising trend of sustainable, responsible impact investing (SRI)
  • ESG funds vs conventional fund performances
  • Institutional investors role in climate change and green technologies
  • Value proposition of Shariah compliant businesses

Speaker: Mr Blake Goud, CEO, Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Foundation
(20 mins)

Moderator:  Mr Benjamin McCarron, Special Consultant (ACGA) / Managing Director, Asia Research & Engagement Pte. Ltd. (ARE)

Panelists:

  • Mr Blake Goud, CEO, Responsible Finance & Investment (RFI) Foundation
  • Pn Tursina Yaacob, Head of Research Department, Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP)
  • Mr David A. Smith, Head of ESG (Asia), Aberdeen Standard Investments
CONCURRENT SESSION B : 
TOPIC: INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS ROLE TOWARDS GREEN ECONOMYThis session will deliberate on roles of institutional investors towards green economy

  • What role do institutional investors play?
  • Why are institutional investors important?
  • Effectiveness of institutional investors in shaping green economy
  • Can institutional investors be a rock of stability in turbulent times?

Speaker: Dr Keith Lee, Senior Manager, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF
(20 mins)

Moderator:  Pn Suhana Dewi Selamat, Chief Risk Officer, Khazanah Nasional Berhad

Panelists:

  • Dr Keith Lee, Senior Manager, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF
  • Ms Elaine Chan, Director, Group Sustainability, CIMB
  • Pn Zalina Shamsudin, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Capital Markets Malaysia, Securities Commission Malaysia
04.15 pm Coffee Break
04.30 pm SPECIAL SESSION WITH PN LATHEEFA BEEBI KOYA
Chief Commissioner, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)TOPIC: A REFORM FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA
05.15 pm END of DAY 1 SESSION

Day 2: Corporates/ Other Stakeholders Day
Date: 19 November 2019 (Tuesday)

8.00 am Registration
9.00 am SPECIAL SESSION WITH PROFESSOR DR EDMUND TERENCE GOMEZ
Professor, Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Malaya (UM)TOPIC:  TRANSPARENCY & ACCOUNTABILITY FOR REFORMS
10.00 am Coffee Break
10.30 am PANEL SESSION ONE : 
TOPIC: SHAREHOLDER ACTIVISM – WHERE ARE WE? NOT ENOUGH OR TOO MUCH?Activism influences change when shareholders feel management has not maximised business potential. They raise governance, transparency and conflict of interest concerns and urge action. Their voices cannot be sidelined and ignored.

  • Rise of shareholder activism globally
  • Shareholders acting in concert – Implication to Boards
  • Shareholder voting guidelines – Have we got this right?
  • Proxy advisors and proxy voting – Its influence and impact on CG
  • Retail vs institutional investor activism – Could there be a balance?

Moderator:  Pn Lya Rahman, Adviser/Council Member, Institutional Investors Council Malaysia (IIC)
Panelists:

  • Mr Devanesan Evanson, CEO, Minority Shareholders Watch Group (MSWG)
  • Pn Nik Amlizan Mohamed, Chief Executive, Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera
  • Associate Professor Mak Yuen Teen, NUS Business School, National University of Singapore
  • Ms Hetal Dalal, Chief Operating Officer, Institutional Investor Advisory Services India Limited (IIAS)
11.45 am PANEL SESSION TWO : 
TOPIC: BOARD GOVERNANCE – FORM VS SUBSTANCEToo often, we have seen board governance taking a back seat, leading to companies imploding.  This begs the question whether the board of directors, especially independent directors, perform their duties diligently and in the interest of minority shareholders. 

  • Are independent directors really independent or are they subservient independent directors?
  • Independent directors’ role in managing stakeholder expectations

Moderator:  En Salleh Hassan, Director, Corporate Services, SIDC

Panelists:

  • Dato’ Dr Nik Ramlah Mahmood, Board Member, SIDC
  • Datuk Noripah Kamso,  Independent Director, Top Glove Corporation Berhad
  • Mr John Lim, Chairman, Boustead Projects Ltd and Past Chairman, Singapore Institute of Directors
12.45 pm Networking Lunch
1.45 PM
PANEL SESSION THREE : 
SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING – WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS?Sustainability reporting has become a very important part of Integrated Reporting, which combines financial and non-financial aspects where companies must consider the impact on sustainability issues and be transparent on the risks and opportunities. This session aims to discuss the challenges faced by corporates in preparating the reports and what are the investors’ expectations.Speaker: Ms Yew Yee Tee, Chief Regulatory Officer, Bursa Malaysia
Findings of assessment of PLCs on sustainability reporting (20 mins)Moderator:  Mr Gerald Ambrose, CEO, Aberdeen Standard InvestmentsPanelists:

  • Ms Yew Yee Tee, Chief Regulatory Officer, Bursa Malaysia
  • Ms Pauline Ho, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) PLT
  • Dr Simon Lord, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
02.45 pm PANEL SESSION FOUR : 
DISRUPTIVE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND THE IMPACT TO INVESTORSThis session will discuss why more institutional investors are engaging in new digital assets despite limited track records, uncertain fundamentals and regulation

  • Growth of crypto sector – Institutional participation in digital assets and fintech 
  • Investing in fast growing small new businesses with enormous scalability potential
  • The clear and present danger to traditional businesses and jobs
  • What’s up next in the digital-tech revolution?

Moderator:  Pn Roslina Abdul Rahman, Group CEO, Valuecap Sdn Bhd
Panelists:

  • En Al-Ishsal Ishak, Chairman, MCMC
  • Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, Chief Executive Officer, Bursa Malaysia Berhad
  • Datuk Dr Hamzah Kassim, Co-Founder, The IA Group Sdn Bhd
03.45 pm Coffee Break
04.00 pm SPECIAL SESSION WITH TAN SRI ABU KASSIM MOHAMED
Ketua Pengarah, Pusat Integriti dan Anti-Rasuah Nasional (GIACC)TOPIC:  CORRUPTION AND INTEGRITY – WHERE ARE WE NOW? ARE WE PREPARED TO SAY THE TRUTH AND HEAR THE TRUTH?
04.30 pm PANEL SESSION FIVE : 
INTEGRITY VS CORRUPTION – THE BATTLE CONTINUESThe interaction between integrity and corruption continues to play out throughout history and into the 21st century. How can we address corruption if integrity is a personal choice?

  • The realities of installing anti-corruption practices and building a culture of integrity 
  • Will more rules, stricter compliance and tougher enforcement work for us?
  • Corruption, bribery, breach and personal liabilities of directors  
  • When self-discipline fails – What will be the impact?

Moderator:  Dr Mohd Nizam Mohd Ali, Senior Director, The Centre for Knowledge, Institute  Integrity Malaysia

Panelists:

  • Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, Ketua Pengarah, Pusat Integriti dan Anti-Rasuah Nasional (GIACC)
  • En Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Lembaga Tabung Haji
 05.15 pm END of DAY 2

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