Mar 2017

Huawei's Past and Future – A Dialogue with Tian Tao

This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC) & PhD & Research
Speaker: Mr Tian Tao (Advisor, Huawei International Advisory Council)
Time: 12.00pm (Lunch, RSVP*); 12.30pm to 2.00pm
Venue: BIZ1-0204  (Mochtar Riady Building)

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has grown from a small switch agent to the largest equipment manufacturer in the communications industry over the past three decades. Its business has been expanded from China to more than 170 other countries and regions. Huawei is a major equipment supplier to telecommunication operators. It also provides business solutions services and produces smartphones. In this seminar, Mr. Tian Tao will introduce his past ten years of observation and research on Huawei, share his views and thoughts about Huawei's past and future, and interact with the audience on topics that they are interested in.

About The Speaker
Mr. Tian Tao is an Advisor of Huawei International Advisory Council, Senior Management Consultant and Visiting Professor of Huawei University. He is the co-president of Ruihua Innovation Management Institute of Zhejiang University. He is the Chief Editor of Top Capital Magazine. He is the Director of Beijing Hill stone Technology Co. Ltd. and Director of Beijing Umessage Technology Co., Ltd. He is a veteran in the investment and consulting related to the ICT industry. He has been tracking Huawei and other representative Chinese enterprises over the past ten years. He has served as a Huawei consultant for 18 years and has accumulated nearly 8 million words of the first-hand materials. In particular, his interviews with 136 executives in Huawei provide him the freshest and the most abundant original information. Recorded in more than 3 million words, these interview materials are the most authoritative and valuable documents for the study of Chinese enterprises.

Feb 2017

The Evolution of Corporate Reporting

This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Mr Uantchern Loh (Black Sun, Singapore)
Time: 12.00pm (Lunch, *RSVP); 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Venue: BIZ1 #03-02 (Mochtar Riady Building, Lim Chin Seminar Room)

In addition to existing listing rules requirements for SGX listed companies to issue annual reports, the SGX introduced requirements for sustainability reports from 2018 onwards.  To add to the mix, in January 2017, the International Federation of Accountants issued a policy statement to strongly support the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the implementation of the International Integrated Reporting (<IR>) Framework. The IFAC went on to say that "the integrated report can be used as an “umbrella” report for an organization’s broad suite of reports and communications, enabling greater interconnectedness between different reports and recognizing that there is a range of different frameworks and regulations available and under development." Will we see a consolidation of corporate reports or will more specialist reports be required? This brown bag session will explore how companies handle the annual reporting process, the impact of the upcoming sustainability report and whether Integrated Reporting will bring everything together.

About The Speaker

Mr Uantchern is currently the CEO, Asia Pacific for Black Sun, a stakeholder communications company. Prior to joining Black Sun, he was the founding Chief Executive of the Singapore Accountancy Commission, a statutory body under the Ministry of Finance. He is an adjunct Associate Professor at the NUS Business School where he teaches risk management. Uantchern blogs at

Reading Materials

Nov 2016

City Brain: An exploration of precision urban management using big data analytics

This event is organised by Asia Accounting Research Centre (AARC)
Speaker: Dr Wang Zhenyu

Using big data analytics to manage big cities has been a hot topic among researchers and public policy makers. Dr. Wang Zhenyu, the President of Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology at Wenzhou, China, discussed his institute’s ongoing research on how to exploit the power of big data to facilitate a local government’s precision urban management. Dr. Wang introduced several research projects at his institute, including (1) building real time statistical and monitoring system of e-commerce in China, based on data continuously crawled from the most popular e-commerce platforms in China, (2) using the GPS data of city cabs to analyze congestion problems, and (3) utilizing big data to solve public security problems. Dr. Wang used vivid real examples to show how big data and technologies can be used to help enhance urban management.

About the speaker

Dr. Wang is the President of the Wenzhou Newford Research Institute of Advanced Technology. He graduated from the East China Normal University with a Bachelor’s degree. He received his Master’s degree in Natural Computation from the University of Birmingham and obtained his PhD from the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Wenzhou CPPCC, a member of the Zhejiang Intellectual Association, and one of the “Wenzhou Outstanding Overseas Talents”. He was awarded as a “World’s Outstanding Youth Leader” by the UN Department of Public Information in 2005. He was a member of the Industry Liaison Committee of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2014, and became a member of the first Big Data Committee of Chinese Association of Authority and a distinguished professor at Wenzhou University in 2016. In 2016, he was also recognized as one of the Top 20 Influential People at the World Congress of Wenzhou.

Sep 2016

Inside a Big 4 Accounting Firm – it’s human capital and other practices

Jointly organised with NUS Accounting Department
Speaker: Professor Chua Kim Chiu

The Big 4 firms are the pillars of the auditing profession that builds trust in financial information provided by listed entities. It provides an institutional environment for graduates to learn the practical aspects of accounting and auditing beyond what is taught in textbooks and functions as an incubator to develop partners for the firms and other business leaders. Until now, there have been limited publications devoted to a comprehensive study of how Big 4 firms are organised and managed and how they develop their human capital. Most of the knowledge about Big 4 is limited to what their alumni have been able to gather and experience when they were staff in the firms. Yet this knowledge becomes out of date soon after they leave the firm due to rapid evolution of the Big 4 businesses or incomplete due to a lack of access to higher level information to appreciate its nuances. This session provides an opportunity for a former senior practitioner to share his perspectives through a short talk, to be followed by a dialogue in response to questions of the participants.

About the speaker

Mr Chua Kim Chiu is currently professor (practice) with the Department of Accounting of NUS. Before moving to academia in July this year, he was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore for more than 20 years and was a senior advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong and China for four years. The firm has more than 100 partners with more than 2000 staff in Singapore. He was a member of the leadership team (comprising eight partners) overall responsible for the firm’s risk and quality management function for seven years. He was also a member of the firm’s governance board. Prior to that he held senior positions in the firm as the head of the financial services industry practice group and the head of China desk. Among his client experience, he led the audit of two of the Big 3 banks in Singapore and acted as the quality review partner on the third one. He also acted as the auditor of SGX for five years. He is currently chairman of the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and was formerly a member of the Accounting Standards Council Singapore. He writes regularly to International Accounting Standards Boards with his personal comments on exposure drafts of accounting standards.

Sep 2016

China’s Stock Market Development (the new third board)

Conducted in Mandarin, jointly organised with NUS Accounting Department
Speaker: Mr. Zhou Lei (China Securities Regulatory Commission)