Riding the next digital wave

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FINEX Folio — By J. Albert Gamboa-125


The Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) will hold its 51st national conference on Oct. 11 at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City with the theme “Riding on the Opportunities of the Next Digital Wave.”

Confirmed as keynote speakers are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno; Bambang Susantono, Asian Development Bank Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development; former Finance Secretary Jose Isidro Camacho, Credit Suisse Asia Pacific Vice Chairman; and Francis Teo, BlackLine Asia Senior Director. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has also been invited to make a presentation on the “Artificial Intelligence Roadmap of the Philippines.”

Mr. Diokno’s speech is about “Financial Inclusion: A Social Mandate” while Mr. Camacho will present “An Overview and Outlook of the Asia Pacific Capital Markets.” Mr. Teo will deliver a talk on “Fusing Finance and Technology for Business Success” and also serve as a panelist in the session on “Fintech and the Financial Executive” to be participated in by Acudeen Technologies, Inc. CEO Magellan Fetalino III and EduCredit Finance Corp. Co-Founder Daniel Jose Georges.

Here are the other plenary sessions with their respective panelists:

• “Technology in the CEO Agenda” — Manila Electric Co. CEO Ray Espinosa; AC Energy Holdings, Inc. CEO John Eric Francia; IBM Philippines Country Managing Director Aileen Judan-Jiao; ING Bank Asia Head of Retail Development Mohamed Keraine.


• “Applying Technology for a More Financially Inclusive Society” — Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran; Land Bank of the Philippines CEO Cecilia Borromeo; BSP Inclusive Finance Advocacy Office Managing Director Pia Bernadette Roman-Tayag; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer Lito Villanueva.

• “Continued Shift of the Global Economic Center” — International Container Terminal Services, Inc. CFO Rafael Consing, Jr.; San Miguel Corp. Group CFO Ferdinand Constantino; Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. COO Roel Refran.

For registration and seat reservation, get in touch with FINEX Executive Director Michael Vinluan at (632) 8811-4052 or email


International Data Corp. (IDC) is hosting the Digital Transformation (DX) Summit 2019 dubbed as the “Race to the Future Enterprise” in key cities across six continents. The Asia-Pacific regional summit is slated for Oct. 23-24 at the Raffles City Convention Centre in Singapore.

National winners from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand will vie for the IDC Asia-Pacific DX Awards. Their transformation projects were selected as part of over 1,000 high quality entries received from end-user organizations in the region.

IDC defines DX as an approach whereby organizations drive changes in their business models and ecosystems. This can be achieved by leveraging so-called third platform digital technologies and competencies such as cloud, big data/analytics, social media, and Internet of Things.

Now on its third year, IDC’s DX Awards honor the achievements of organizations that have successfully digitized one or more areas of their businesses through the application of digital and disruptive technologies. Selection criteria and award categories are aligned to reflect today’s most critical business transformation areas.

Representing our country as finalists in the regional summit are the following winners in their respective categories: Union Bank of the Philippines, digital transformer and operating model master; Angkas transport network, digital disruptor; Philippine Rice Research Institute, information visionary; Philippine Airlines, talent accelerator; AIDE mobile health platform, omni-experience innovator; and Maria Edita Elicano of Insular Life, DX leader.

To learn more about DX strategies, contact IDC Philippines Head of Operations Randy Roberts at or visit


J. Albert Gamboa is CFO of the Asian Center for Legal Excellence and Chairman of the FINEX Golden Jubilee Book Project.