Sino-German Controlling Forum

The Sino-German Controlling Salon has been taking place since 2012 and has covered an entire series of events every year. It focuses on finance and controlling topics relevant to financial and business management in the Sino-German business community. Organizers are Shanghai De Chen Enterprise Management Consulting Co. Ltd in cooperation with partners such as the ICV, the Controller Akademie and the WHU Otto Beisheim Schoof of Management. The goal is to create a platform for the community members of the Sino-German Controlling Forum, who also want to continue learning offline, gain experience and network.

The official website for event information and registration for events at the Foreign Trade Chamber (AHK) Shanghai, which is also co-organizer:

https://germanchambershanghai.eventbank.cn/event/17490/


Successful Event of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum on “Controlling 4.0: Efficiency & Digitilization”

Nearly 120 finance & controlling managers and professionals as well as controlling-minded non-financial executives coming from the Sino-German business community participated in the 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum in Suzhou on September 20th, 2019. With this year’s number of participants, the Forum belongs to the best visited Forum events since its foundation in 2013. 

The motto of this years' Forum was "Controlling 4.0: Efficiency & Digitilization". It provided a good platform for information, communication and experience sharing among controllers and non-controllers, who are interested in the question how to improve controlling and business efficiency in a time of increasing market uncertainties on the one hand and fast penetration of digital technology on the other hand in China. 

After the Keynote speakers six different workshops followed in the mornign and afternoon session of the Forum, which enabeld the forum participants to have detailed discussion and experience sharing in the field of controlling, efficiency improvement and digitilization.

The 7th installment of the Sino-German Controlling Forum was jointly organized by Shanghai De Chen Enterprise Management Consulting Co. Ltd.and German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai. It was supported by the International Association of Controllers (ICV) and CA Controller Akademie from Germany as well as by Taicang Round Table TRTDUSA European Association SuzhouChangzhou International Managers Forum, and Wuxi International Chamber of Commerce

Part of VIP Speakers and Moderators of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum. From left to right: Mr. Chaoting Chen (Schaeffler Greater China), Mr. Oliver Buergstein (ruhlamat Suzhou), Dr. Zhen Huang (Shanghai De Chen), Mr. Alexander Prautzsch (PwC China), Ms. Lily Wu (ruhlamat Suzhou), Ms. Helen Xie (SAP Lab China), Ms. Dr. Sigrid Winkler (German Chamber Shanghai); Mr. Steve Froese (PwC China), Ms. Ling Chen (PwC China), Ms. Jian Guo (WAGO Tianjin), Mr. Mason Liu (Kern-Liebers Taicang), Mr. Christian Keitel (PwC Hongkong), Ms. Andrea Keller (Trumpf China).
Not in the picture are the VIP speakers Mr. Eric Yang and Ms. Song Yang (both from Bosch China) and Ms. Yunfang Liu (Schaeffler Greater China). Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum
Panel discussion in the afternoon hours. From left to right: Dr. Zhen Huang (Shanghai De Chen), Ms. Jian Guo (WAGO Tianjin), Ms. Andrea Keller (Trumpf China), Ms. Christian Keitel (PwC Hongkong), Mr. Eric Yang (Bosch China), Mr. Mason Liu (Kern-Liebers China), and Mr. Alexander Prautzsch (PwC)
Keynote Speaker Ms. Helen Xie from SAP Lab China. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

The first keynote speaker was Ms. Helen Xie, Chief Operation Officer from SAP Lab China who highlighted the very importance of digital transformation of business and finance for sustainable competitive advantages in the changing world of finance & risk management. 

Mr. Mason Liu from Kern-Liebers China in the workshop “Advanced Profitability Analysis in Times of Digitization”. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “Advanced Profitability Analysis in Times of Digitization”, Mr. Mason Liu, Controlling Manager of Kern-Liebers Group (China), introduced the audience into the current practice and tool of multi-dimensional profitability analysis at Kern-Liebers China. 

The CEO and CFO of ruhlamat China, Mr. Oliver Buergsteinand Ms. Lily Wu presented in the second keynote speech their practice of and their vision on controlling in the environment of SME. ruhlamat China is a leading automation solution provider in Suzhou which belongs to a German family-owend business group. 

Keynote Speaker from ruhlamat Suzhou, Mr. Oliver Buergstein
Keynote Speaker from ruhlamat Suzhou, Mr. Oliver Buergstein and Ms. Lily Wu. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “Digital Automation”, Mr. Christian Keitel, Manager in Risk Assurance of PwC Hongkong, and Ms. Ling Chen, Partner in Risk Assurance of PwC China, showed latest development trends in the field of Robotic Process Automation(RPA) and the impact of RPA and AI on future finance & controlling activities, such as planning and budgeting. 

Ms. Ling Chen. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum
Mr. Christian Keitel. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “The Way to Digitization”, Mr. Eric Yang, Vice President Finance & Controlling in Bosch China, and Ms. Song Yang, Senior Manager at Accounting Center of Excellence Asia Pacifice of Bosch, delivered an introduction into current practice of digitization in Bosch Group and showed some highlights, such as in the field of macro-economical analysis and forecast, controlling and finance. 

Mr. Eric Yang from Bosch China. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum
Ms. Song Yang from Bosch China. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “Lean Management in Finance”, Mr. Chaoting Chen (Ted), Senior Director of Financial Shared Service Center (FSSC) of Schaeffler Greater China, and Ms. Yunfang Liu (Rebecca), Controlling Manager at Schaeffler Friction Suzhou, delivered an interesting report on how to implement lean thinking and practice in finance function and how to build lean culture for sustainable performance improvement in the field of finance & controlling.  

Mr. Chaoting Chen. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum
Ms. Yunfang Liu. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum
Ms. Andreas Keller from Trumpf China in the workshop “Sales Controlling”. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “Sales Controlling”, Ms. Andrea Keller, CFO of the Chinese subsidiary of the leading German machine tool and laser technology supplier Trumpf, delivered an interesting report on their effort to enhance sales controlling practice and to start IT-supported transformation of sales organization from a gut feeling to fact-based planning and steering of sales activities. 

Ms. Jian Guo from WAGO Tianjin in the workshop “Industry 4.0 and Production Controlling”. Source: Organizational team of 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum

In the workshop “Industry 4.0 and Production Controlling”, Ms. Jian GUO, Costing and Production Controlling Manager at WAGO Electronic (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. shared her insights and practical experience with production controlling in the context of industry 4.0 and digitization. 


2018 Sino German Controlling Forum with focus on controlling for sustainability

From left to right: Sigrid Wikler(AHK Shanghai), Dr. Zhen Huang (Shanghai De Chen Consulting), Sahra Oemmelen (PwC), Alexander Prautzsch (PwC), Chazy Zhou (Weidmueller China), Alexander Tobert (Kern-Liebers China), Lu Wang (Bayer China), Annie Xue (Rui Bai Law Firm), Oliver Diehm (Brose China), Hui Xu (Schaeffler Greater China), Francesco Ingarsia (Schaeffler Greater China), River Yu (Schaeffler Greater China), Ramesh Moosa (PwC), Peter Corne (Dorsey & Witney LLP), Keven Chen (Weidmueller China). Source: 2018 Sino-German Controlling Forum

More than 80 managers and experts in finance & controlling as well as interested non-controllers in senior management positions in the Sino-German economy attended the Sino German Controlling Forum in Suzhou near Shanghai on September 7, 2018. The motto of this year's forum was "Controlling for Sustainability". The event provided a good platform for sharing knowledge, information and experiences between controllers and non-controllers interested in how to combine economic, environmental and social aspects of corporate governance in China.

The keynote speakers were Mr. Carsten Arntz, Head of Finance at SAIC Volkswagen and Mr. Alexander Tobert, CFO of Kern Liebers China. Six separate workshops offered the participants the opportunity to discuss the issues of sustainable corporate governance and controlling. In addition to some workshops on classical topics of controlling, such as production / project / cost controlling and planning & budgeting, there were also workshops on specific issues, such as environmental compliance and Cyber Security Law in China. In the afternoon, Mr. Francesco Ingarsia, CFO of Schaeffler Greater China and head of the ICV Work Group East China, presented the audience some results from the ICV studies on Green Controlling in German-speaking countries and gave some ideas for the further development of controlling for sustainability in China.

The 6th edition of the Chinese-German Controlling Forum was jointly organized by Shanghai De Chen Enterprise Management Consulting Co. Ltd. and the German Foreign Trade Chamber Shanghai. It was supported by the International Association of Controllers (ICV) and CA Controller Akademie of Germany as well as the Taicang Round Table TRT, DUSA European Association Suzhou and Changzhou International Manager Forum. Schaaffler Greater China, Kern Liebers China and Dorsey & Whitney LLP were official sponsoring partners of the event.