Event Information

2023 remains a challenging year for organizations, dealing with difficult macroeconomic factors and geopolitical tensions. Boards are expected to be responsive and agile in responding to these challenges, prepared to switch gears when necessary. In addition, ESG continues to be at the forefront of boards' agenda, driving changes and initiatives in the short to medium term.

The webinar intends to delve into these discussions, highlighting what boards will need to prioritize and embed into their organizations.

  • What are the top priorities for boards in 2023 and beyond? How are boards keeping pace and examining the business' performance and governance practices to position their organizations for a sustainable future? 
  • What impact will the rising geopolitical tensions have on the big issues facing society? How will geopolitical tensions impact companies operating in the Asia Pacific region — the challenges and opportunities and opportunities it present?
  • How has ESG reporting evolved to cater to stakeholder interests? What are important climate-related risks that boards should consider and plan for? How does the process of decarbonization impact businesses?


6 July 2023


10:00am – 12:10pm (Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur)

09:00am – 11:10am (Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta)


On-line panel discussion (Cisco WebEx)
Log-in details will be provided to registrants in a confirmation email.

Please note that the session will be recorded.


Board members, Audit Committee Members and "C-level" executives.

By invitation only.

Registration will be closed on Tuesday, 4 July 2023.


Untitled Document

(SGT time)


Panelists / Moderators

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Opening remarks

All BLC Leaders

10:15 AM - 10:35 AM

2023 Board priorities overview

Irving Low

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM

Geopolitics overview:
- Risk management: root-cause & consequences
- Impact on corporations and region (leverage Eurasia report)

Dr. Brendan Rynne (Chief Economist)

11:05 AM - 12:05 PM

Panel: Evolution of ESG reporting, Climate-related risk considerations & Operationalising Decarbonisation

Moderator: Cherine Fok


  • To be announced

12:05 PM - 12:10 PM

Closing remarks

Presenters biography

BLC Leaders

Panel | Evolution of ESG reporting, Climate-related risk considerations & Operationalising Decarbonisation

BLC Country Representative

Ma. Gracia C. Diaz

Partner, Risk Management
KPMG in the Philippines.

Ma. Gracia “Monette” Diaz is the Head of Department of Professional Practice, and the Risk Management Partner of R.G. Manabat & Co., KPMG in the Philippines. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Firm. She has been in a lead role in KPMG Asia Pacific Board Leadership Centre Audit Workstream group since 2014. This is included in her more than 20 years of professional experience in financial reporting, audit, regulatory compliance and corporate governance, being the former General Accountant of the Philippine SEC. She is the Chairperson of the Committee of the Sustainability & Integrated Reporting of the Philippine Institute of CPAs (PICPA) and is a member of the Philippine Interpretations Committee under the Financial Reporting Standards Council, and the PICPA Ethics Committee. Also, she serves as the Executive Director of the Capital Market Development Council, a joint public sector and private sector advocacy group.

Kristine I. Aguirre

Partner, Risk Consulting, Advisory Services
KPMG in the Philippines.

Kristine I Aguirre (KIA) currently serves as the Risk Consulting Services Partner at KPMG in the Philippines. Her experiences include more than 17 years in External Audit, Internal Audit, Internal Control over Financial Reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley Assistance Services, Enterprise Risk Management, Board Advisory, Forensic and Sustainability Services. She graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) with a degree in BS Accounting. KIA then went on to become a Certificate Public Accountant both in the Philippines and USA. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor. Her representative clients include universal and commercial banks, multi-lateral banks, real estate, telecom and insurance organizations.

Contact us

Join us for this lively and informative webinar. For questions regarding the event, please contact the KPMG PH BLC team.

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