BDO Digital Transformation Forum 2023

Date: 08 February 2023
Time: 09:30 - 17:30

Meeting Room S221
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, , Hong Kong  
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  • Summary


There are survey results showing that companies were increasing the pace of digitalisation during the period of COVID. This global trend has not stopped at there, the transformation to digital economy is even the most important engine of innovation, competitiveness and economic growth in the world. The world of digitalisation is evolving rapidly and new technologies and platforms are introduced from time to time across industries, in particular, in the financial sector.  

This physical forum aims at bringing you most up-to-date development in technology and related practices from renowned experts and professionals on: 

  • Latest regulatory update on technology
  • Latest digital transformation trend and use cases
  • Data analytics solutions
  • Workflow and process automation
  • Fraud detection management tool
  • Data privacy management tool 


Forum rundown

9:30 - 9:35      Opening remarks
                        Johnson Kong, Managing Director of Non Assurance, BDO in Hong Kong

9:35 - 10:05     Recent regulatory development relating to technology in the financial sector 
                        Speaker: Pokit Lok, Principal of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

10:05 - 10:35   Digital Transformation: From cloud computing to cybersecurity and geo-politics
                        Speaker: Welland Chu, Alliance Director, APAC at Thales

10:35 - 11:05   Application of data analytics in financial sector
                        Speaker: Simon Ma, Senior Manager of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

11:05 - 11:20   15-minute break

11:20 - 11:50   The Road to Digital Transformation
                        Speaker: Kevin Young, Vice President, Technology Solutions, CSOP Asset Management

11:50 - 12:20   The power of API – A showcase of SaaS base mini-ERP
                        Speaker: Andrew Yung, Senior Manager of Digital Transformation Services, BDO in Hong Kong

12:20 - 13:50   Lunch time 

13:50 - 14:20   Journey of cost-effective digital transformation
                        Speakers: Pokit Lok, Principal of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong
                                        Philip Fung, Chief Information Officer, BDO in Hong Kong

14:20 - 14:50   Digitalisation and Process Automation
                        Speaker: Philip Fung, Chief Information Officer, BDO in Hong Kong

14:50 - 15:05    15-minute break

15:05 - 16:05   Enhancing your fraud detection with Themis
                        Speakers:  Nevellan Moodley, Head of Financial Services Technology and FSD, BDO in South Africa
                                         Jaco Cromhout, Chief Operating Officer and Founder, Converge Solutions
                                         Lynn Davidson, Head of Risk and Compliance, Converge Solutions
                                         Sargon Lunderstedt, Head of Forensics, Converge Solutions

16:05 - 16:35   Online approach to evaluation
                        Speaker: Eric Pat, Director of Specialist Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

16:35 - 17:20   Achieving holistic compliance using straight forward technology
                        Speakers: Damon Greber, Director, Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Jersey
                                         Kimberley Lockley, ROBUS Product Manager, BDO in Jersey

17:20 - 17:25   Closing remarks
                        Speaker: Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong


ANDREW YUNG, Senior Manager of Digital Transformation Services, BDO in Hong Kong

Andrew's accounting career began in 2008 as an auditor and joined a leading multinational bank in 2010. He delivered several process optimisation projects in the area of Equity Trading Operation and Fund Administration. To promote the accounting profession, Andrew led the Hong Kong Business Development team for CPA Australia before joining an Australia listed cloud accounting software company. Prior to BDO, Andrew was the lead consultant at the Australia listed cloud accounting software company helping accounting firms deliver cloud implementation projects using the latest cloud software and applications.

Andrew is a proactive council member of HKICPA, a member of CPA Australia, and sits in numerous Fintech association committees. He also has a passion for helping startups and is an advisor for the Pan-Asia Venture Development Platform (PAVD), where he assists innovative ventures in fundraising.

DAMON GREBER, Director, Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Jersey

Damon leads BDO Jersey's Advisory practice, with over 20 years experience in professional services he has supported clients from a diverse range of industries in all risk related matters. 

He is a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Member of the Business Continuity Institute. Damon acts as outsourced Data Protection Officer for a number of organisations and leads the Jersey Privacy team, he also sits on BDO's Global Privacy Working Group to support global privacy delivery teams.

ERIC PAT, Director of Specialist Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

Eric has extensive experience in providing valuation services, serving both privately-held and listed companies in Hong Kong and China.

He leads a team that specialises in the valuation of businesses, financial instruments and intangible assets for the purposes of financial reporting, transaction support, and litigation support.

Qualifications and professional affiliations

  • CFA Charterholder
  • Hong Kong Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Professional Accountant of Canada
  • Chartered Surveyor (RICS)
  • Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute
  • Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

JACO CROMHOUT, Chief Operating Officer and Founder, Converge Solutions

Jaco has been co-founder and COO of Converge Solutions since its inception in 2018.

Jaco is a seasoned professional with extensive experience across several industries, regions, and technologies.

Education & qualifications

  • Rand Afrikaans University. Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy)
  • Stellenbosch University. Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS): Diploma: Leadership Development Programme (LDP)


  • T-Systems Team of the year: Aids Conference Barcelona
  • T-Systems Employee of the year: EHHC SAP Hospital Implementation
  • T-Systems Most Valued Leader: Maximo Project Team- Programme Management and Leadership team
  • T-Systems International: Member of Top Performance Club- Programme Manager for Letsema Programme (Maximo)

KEVIN YOUNG, Vice President, Technology Solutions, CSOP Asset Management

Kevin is a fintech professional with over 11 years of diversified experience in project management, data management and data analysis. Top performer that consistently meets or exceeds the expectation of supervisors. A highly responsible team player with positive thinking and helpful personality.

Industrial skills

  • Project Management (Waterfall/Agile)
  • Data Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Machine Learning
  • Interdepartmental Coordination
  • Indexes and ETFs
  • Software (Python, R, SQL, SAS)


KIMBERLEY LOCKLEY, ROBUS Product Manager, BDO in Jersey

Kimberley is a high impact Data Protection service design and delivery specialist with 10+ years experience in supporting C-suite stakeholders shape and refine their organisations compliance programmes. Kimberley is a certified DPO, CMI qualified Change Manager and PRINCE2 Practitioner, her primary expertise is in applied data protection and data security technical implementation.

LYNN DAVIDSON, Head of Risk and Compliance, Converge Solutions

Combined business qualifications coupled with fraud, risk management, compliance, and corporate
Governance knowledge. Extensive experience, at the senior management level, across a broad spectrum of the Financial Services industry encompassing retail, business, international, corporate, and merchant banking in areas such as risk and governance, sales and sales enablement, international trade finance, operations management, and corporate client solutions.

Experienced in Banking Operations, Governance, Controls, Risk, Assurance, and people management. Strategic and analytical thinker, deadline-driven, and able to mobilize high-performing teams under pressure. A multifaceted approach to customer, colleague, and group best practices.

NQF level 9 with 10+ years in Technical/Professional/ Business and banking control roles. Extensive Information Technology, Technology, Governance, and Risk Management experience. Ambitious goals and business enablement drive an innovative leader.

Education & qualifications

  • Master's in Business Administration (MBA) - Oxford Brookes University, UK. - 2007
  • Thesis: An analysis of Nano-technology: The Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and its Impact on Banking (A South African Perspective)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Governance - University of Johannesburg - 2013
  • Organizational Change and Transformation: From Ordinary to Beyondness, presented by The Kobus Neethling Group - 2015
  • International Business Programme through UNISA. Sponsored by Deloitte - 1997
  • Distinction Student of the Year for 1996 and 1997
  • Distinctions in Global Corporate Strategy, International Financial Instruments, and Global Megatrends
  • Recipient of the 1996 Deloitte International Business Award of the Year

NEVELLAN MOODLEY, Head of Financial Services Technology and FSD, BDO in South Africa

Nevellan has 13 years of experience in the financial services industry and completed his articles at one of the Big Four audit firms. Moodley is highly sought-after for his expertise in IT audits and executing on related IT assurance and advisory projects. He is a leading market commentator in the emerging technology arena, Fintech market and focusing on how these technologies and challenger brands impact the Financial Services industry and how to manage these associated risks. Nevellan has completed auditing and consulting assignments all over Africa, including in South Africa. He has worked on projects all throughout the world. Fintech matchmaking, General information technology controls, application controls, crypto audits (internal and external),Platform due diligence, Emerging Technology Risk, Digital Transformation, IoT, Metaverse Risk, crypto due diligence, robotic process automation, blockchain, data migrations, and business process analysis are some of his primary specialisations..

While a master of many talents, his focus area lies in Fintech’s, from Fintech matchmaking for clients or for the industry, to partnering with Fintech's to keep up with our clients needs within the financial services industry.

Nevellan participates in the BDO Global working groups for Fintechs, cryptocurrencies and offers support and assistance to the BDO Global network in these areas. He is also the Head of the Digital arm of the businesses, focused on improving efficiencies and consistency across professional services processes through digitisation.

PHILIP FUNG, Chief Information Officer, BDO in Hong Kong

With over 30 years of experience in the IT industries, Philip possesses exceptional skills in the implementation of technology systems providing business solutions which increase operational efficiencies and management information effectiveness to deliver bottom-line results. Prior to joining BDO, he served as the Area CIO for the Far East Area for one of the international CPA firms leading the technology and support services for 10 countries in the region. In addition to managing the internal support services for BDO, Philip also provides IT consultancy service to external clients in planning, design, security, implementation and execution of solutions to reduce operating costs for clients.

POKIT LOK, Principal of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

Pokit possesses over 20 years of extensive experience in IT Audit & Risk Advisory and Enterprise Applications (eg RPA, S&OP, PLM, CRM and ERP) Implementation gained in sizable organisations and business technology consultancy firms. He specialises in providing IT related advisory services including IT Governance, IT General Controls & IT Application Controls and business process re-engineering for various types of clients.

In professional area, he has been a CRISC RM SME Reviewer of ISACA and a public course instructor of Hong Kong Productivity Council and Vocational Training Council. 

Currently, he provides the consultancy services, such as:  ITGC / ITAC review, System Risk Assessment and Audit, Information Security Management Assessment (based on ISO27001, C-RAF and etc), Privacy Impact Assessment, IT system Vulnerability Scan, Advisory on IT Governance, Policies and Procedures, Advisory on Data Management and Analysis and Advisory on Digital Transformation.

Pokit is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Lead Forensic Examiner, Certified in Production and Inventory Management, Automation Anywhere Certified Advanced RPA Professional (V11), UiPath RPA Developer Foundation and Solution Architect and SAP Certified Development Associate (ABAP). He also has SAP Consultant Certification (FI/CO) and Certificate in Business Accounting.

RICKY CHENG, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

Ricky specialises in assisting clients in managing their internal audit function and meeting corporate governance requirements in both China and Hong Kong.

Ricky has 20 years of risk and assurance experience. He worked for large international accounting firms and had commercial internal audit experience. His expertise covers various services such as Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance, risk management assessment, compliance assistance, corporate governance compliance review, internal audit assistance, business process review, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) readiness and reporting support services review, stored value facilities (SVF) licence independent assessment review, etc. 

The portfolio of clients managed by Ricky comes from various industries including transportation, property development and construction, gaming and entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, gold and minerals mining, fast moving consumer goods, retailing and department chain stores, financial institutions such as brokerage houses and derivative products companies. 

Ricky is a frequent event speaker of related topics for professional body organisations and training for listed and non-listed companies.  

Qualifications and professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Certified Internal Auditor

SARGON LUNDERSTEDT, Head of Forensics, Converge Solutions

Sargon is a highly experienced forensic expert, prominent data specialist, and technologist with a logical and methodical approach to forensic and big data projects.

Sargon is a specialist with diverse technical skills and experience in Data, Systems, and Analytics covering various technologies.

Sargon is the architect, developer, and senior lead for Themis, an end-to-end fraud management platform.

Sargon is highly skilled, competent, and experienced, with 20+ years of experience in banking, insurance, medical insurance, and other sectors.

  • SQL Programming, Machine learning, and AI
  • Oracle, Netezza, Teradata, SQL Server
  • DBA Various technologies
  • MS Azure Cloud
  • AWS Cloud
  • Hyperion
  • Watson/SPSS
  • Analytics
  • Python and other Dev languages
  • Power BI
  • Forensics
  • Fraud Management

SIMON MA, Senior Manager of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong

Simon Ma specialises in assisting financial institution clients on Banking, Fintech, Crypto, Block chain and other virtual assets in their risk management function and meeting regulatory requirements and relevant policies and procedures.

Simon has over 10 years' experience in Europe and China, he is experienced in risk control data model development, verification and optimization, with rich risk control digital transformation program capabilities. Familiar with common machine learning algorithms such as decision tree, clustering, logistic regression, boosting and other theories and model evaluation systems (ROC/Gini/KS/lift), proficient in R/VBA/SQL/Python and other analytical languages, PowerBI / Tableau and other tools.

The portfolio of clients managed by Simon comes from various industries including crypto asset management, banking, financial technology, automotive, manufacturing, telecommunication, retailing and energy.

Qualifications and professional affiliations

  • Master of Financial Mathematics
  • Candidate of FRM (Financial Risk Management)
  • Candidate of CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

WELLAND CHU, Alliance Director, APAC at Thales

Welland Chu is the Alliance Director, APAC at Thales, the world leader in advanced data security solutions and services. He also serves as the Vice President and Secretary at the China Hong Kong Chapter of ISACA, a global non-profit organisation focusing on IT Governance and Cyber Security. Welland represents the APAC region for the Thales' highly successful technology alliance program "Accelerate". Together with our "Accelerate" partners, Thales develops and implements industry proven security solutions for the benefits of the public and private sectors. Over his 29 years in the security industry, Welland has been leading teams of security professionals in implementing security solutions for or providing independent security assessments on:

  • Fintech & traditional payment
  • Personal data privacy
  • IOT, Cloud and on-premise security

Welland is a regular speaker at IT security conferences in Asia. He received his Doctorate Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from King’s College of the University of London. Welland is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Details are as follows:

Date : Wednesday, 8 Feburary 2023
Time : 9:30 – 17:30
Language : English
Fee : Free of charge
CPD Units* : 8 hours (*The recognition of CPD hours by your professional organisations is subject to their CPD policies.)
Remarks : 1. For any enquiries, please contact contact Ida Cheung at +852 2218 3714 or [email protected] 
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