Thank you, outgoing Chairman Pawan and Good evening to all members present at today’s AGM.
I accept this responsibility with deep gratitude and shall work towards taking the Chapter forward in 2022-23. This Chapter has been built over the past decade with a lot of passion and hard work of Past Chairpersons, Patrons, Committee Members and Members & Volunteers, many of whom are present today. I thank them for their contribution and continued support. My aim will be to take over the baton and work towards making ICAI Singapore Chapter more recognised and respected in Singapore that benefits all members.
2022 has opened up a bright new era for Singapore Chapter post the tight COVID regulations. We plan to create energy, warmth and camaraderie via Speaker Events, Special Gala get-togethers, Networking, Knowledge Sharing & having Fun together!
As in the past, we have structured six Sub-Committees, including one new, in the following areas:
1) Formal Events & Knowledge Series; 2) Social Events; 3) Membership; 4) Sponsorship; 5) Social Media; and 6) Election (this is a newly formed sub-committee)
These Sub – Committees will be led jointly by a MC member and a Volunteer member and supported by interested multiple Volunteers. We have also already received expression of interest from certain members which I duly acknowledge & appreciate. I would like to call out a few names to recognise them – Kushal Jaju, Arvind Ramaswamy, Aayush Yagnik, Nipun Agarwal, Pranita Murarka, Srivatsan Rajamani. I am sure we will have more interested members joining in. We need your support to improve our execution bandwidth. I wish to highlight a few more points on the various sub committees:
1) Formal Events & Knowledge Series – Host & interact with eminent external speakers, and a good platform for members to showcase their skills & expertise.
2) Social Events – Improves social interaction with members and brings our families together.
3) Membership – Help connect with other members & improve the membership base of the Chapter. Each member should us help expand the member base.
4) Sponsorship – Spread Chapter awareness, networking for members with corporates and fundraise to support Chapter events & initiatives.
5) Social Media – Members to be updated about Chapter information & initiatives, bring awareness of Chapter in the external virtual environment and for all of us to be socially connected in a meaningful & fun way.
6) Election – This is a new sub-committee that we will set up to develop the Election framework for ICAI Singapore Chapter’s future elections. This was already announced in the Mar 16th meeting.
Three key themes that I shall continue to focus on are Transparency, Trust & Value Add to Members. A few learnings from the past year in the Chapter has taught us the need to be even more transparent about Governance, Professionalism and creating a platform to share ideas and suggestions. It’s a continuous improvement journey and we are all committed.
Our parent body ICAI India is hosting the World Congress of Accountants in Mumbai in Nov 2022 (held globally once in 4 years) and is looking to their International Chapters to participate actively. We had a video conference yesterday with ICAI India President Mr. Debashis Mitra & Vice President Mr. Aniket Talati, and Mr. Mudit yesterday and they are keen to support & work closely with the Singapore Chapter in multiple areas.
I welcome all ICAI Singapore Chapter Members to come forward and engage more with the Chapter activities, participate in the Formal & Social Events, Knowledge Series, etc. There are enough opportunities to share your skills and learn. The main Goal for 2022 should be “To Network, To Learn & To Contribute”!!
At this juncture, I am pleased to share details of the ICAI Singapore Chapter’s Office Bearers for 2022-23 supporting me. Let me start with:
a) Somnath Adak as Vice-Chairman – Somnath is a senior finance leader and has worked for listed entities across telecommunications, financial services and manufacturing industries. He is currently the CFO of a listed entity in Singapore. He is passionate about giving back to the society and is actively involved with a number of not for profit organisations. I’m sure many of the members are familiar with him.
b) Nishant Kumar Surana takes over the New Secretary – Nishant has served in senior level roles across many industries like Shipping, Consumer Goods, Automobiles and Financial Services. He is also a Company Secretary by qualification and is currently heading finance for a shipping SME in Singapore. He is passionate about Mental health and has co-founded a Mental Health startup – Circle of Hope which is active in the space of Child Mental health. As past president of local Toastmasters club for Bedok and a part time poet, he loves to interact with people and always approachable.
c) Anuradha Shroff takes over as Treasurer – Anu has been a corporate finance professional with tech companies like Oracle, SAP and Sungard. She has been an active volunteer and has led IWA Singapore as it Chairwoman. She is currently a director with a disruptive start up and continues to volunteer with mental health organisations and pursue her studies as a psychotherapist.
Please join me in welcoming our new office bearers. All four of us have been in the Committee and have good experience & learnings. We shall work hard to serve the members.
In conclusion, each one of us in the audience as well as other members who are not in our midst today are flag bearers of our parent body ICAI India. We must all shine as Professionals, continue to do our best to enhance our personal brand equity as well as the brand image of the CA Institute.
Let’s continue to contribute to fellow members and to the larger community in Singapore.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the ICAI Singapore Chapter.