Course Name

Corporate Finance Business Forum


December 02, 2023

Schedule via Zoom: 
8:30 am – 12:30 pm


Regular Rate:

Php 1,900

Early Eagle Rate:

Php 1,500

Valid Until:

November 27, 2023

Corporate Finance Business Forum


Learning the fundamental theories and the practical business applications of Corporate Finance is only half the battle. In this time of worldwide financial chaos, arming yourself with insights can clear up the fog of uncertainty; prompting you to make sound financial decisions with higher precision and confidence.

The Corporate Finance Business Online Forum is a great venue to convene with financial veterans whose main goal is to share current trends and real-life stories of what is happening in the field of finance and how businesses today heavily rely on the analytical and methodical decision-making abilities of a corporate finance practitioner.

This half-day online forum will open up your eyes to a wider perspective of how corporate finance once practiced excellently can change the overall business and economic landscape. Acquire a deeper understanding of corporate finance across various sectors and apply best practices to supplement the concepts and applications.

Who should attend

This online forum is recommended for individuals involved in the finance/treasury function across industry lines, stock, investment and financial analysts of stock brokerage firms, and business entrepreneurs who would like to put a better handle on their firms' financial affairs.

Cryptocurrency for Finance Professionals 
Mr. Leo Tay (8:30-10:00 am)

I. Introduction to cryptocurrencies and decentralized networks

II. Elements of Bitcoin

III. Generalization into other crypto assets

IV. Tokenization

V. Bitcoin in the context of recent global financial events and implications on corporate finance

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing 
Mr. Iggy Sison (10:15-11:15 am)

I. Why ESG investing is on the rise

II. ESG investing landscape - ESG funds, ESG rating agencies

III. ESG Index in stock exchanges
- The type of questions our company normally receives pertaining to Environmental. Social and Governance matters. Our company, Del Monte.      Pacific, parent company of Del Monte Philippines, is listed on two stock exchanges, Singapore Exchange and PSE.

- An example of an ESG investor: BlackRock, the largest fund manager in the world with US$8.5 trillion (yes, trillion) assets under management.      Why ESG is important to them (based on public info).

- Why Triple Bottom Line is more holistic vs traditional Bottom Line

Introduction to Sustainable Finance
Ms. Nikki Lizares (11:30am–12:30 pm)

I. Welcome to the Anthropocene ( science of climate change, impact of the Industrial Revolution, living in a world shaped by human activities)

II. Global response to climate crisis (Paris Agreement, UN Sustainable Development Goals)

III. Think globally, act locally (climate vulnerability, Philippine NDCs, other sustainability initiatives)

IV. Role of finance sector in advancing sustainability and transition to a lower carbon economy

Mr. Leo Tay is currently the Managing Director and Head of Trading FX and Rates/Digital Assets Champion of ING Bank NV in Singapore.  He has more than 20 years of markets and macro trading experience, with a decade of managing the Asia FX (and Rates) team and its stakeholders. He is also a lecturer in Financial Economics at Ateneo de Manila University.

He held other posts such as Vice President-Head of FX and Rates Trading, Director of Emerging Markets Trading Asia and Emerging Markets FX Rates Trader at ING Bank NV Manila.

Mr. Tay earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany

Mr. Ignacio Carmelo (Iggy) O. Sison is Del Monte Pacific’s Chief Corporate Officer responsible for sustainability since 2010. He has been with Del Monte since 1999 and was the group’s Chief Financial Officer for nine years until 2015, the first Filipino to hold this position since 1926. Before joining the company, he was CFO of Del Monte’s previous parent company for three years. In 2010, he received the Best CFO Award in the Singapore Corporate Awards. 

In 2021, Del Monte received the Singapore Corporate Governance Award from the Securities Investors Association (Singapore), which included sustainability in the criteria aside from governance. In 2020, Del Monte’s Sustainability Report was a Finalist for Asia’s Best Community Reporting in the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (ASRA) in Singapore, while in 2018 the company’s maiden Sustainability Report was a Finalist for Asia’s Best First Time Sustainability Report. 

In early 2022, he was a panelist at the webinar of the Singapore Exchange and GRI on Sustainability and Corporate Governance while in 2021 he was a panelist at GRI’s Expert Series webinar about Chief Sustainability Officers. In October 2021, he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the Ateneo Institute of Sustainability of Ateneo de Manila University. He was appointed in November 2021 as Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee of the Board of the university. 

Mr. Sison holds an MSc degree in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University; an MA in International Relations, Major in Economics, from the International University of Japan; a BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines; and an International Baccalaureate from Lester B. Pearson United World College in Canada. His earlier education was in Ateneo de Manila grade school and high school.

Ms. Jeanne Nicole Lizares is currently the Head of Sustainability for Security Bank Corporation, working with the organization towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She has experience working with various stakeholders including government, non-government, and community organizations, private companies, schools, women's organizations, and the youth. Prior to her current role, she contributed her expertise as the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Sustainability of Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Ltd. (HSBC) Manila, and as a Senior Specialist of Sustainability at B&M Global Services Manila, Inc. Ms. Lizares’ years of experience enabled her to have a strong background in environmental sciences, climate change, sustainability, environmental education, resource conservation, and the monitoring of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University, and her Master of Education, major in Sustainability from James Cook University.

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