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Pan Pacific Suzhou


259 Xinshi Rd, Suzhou
苏州市新市路 259 号

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Event Details
Event Details

7th Sino-German Controlling Forum

"Controlling 4.0: Efficiency & Digitalization"

China business is entering a new era: On the one hand, business environment has been changing in uncertain direction: Geopolitical tension and lasting China-US trade war produce their shadow on future business development. Companies have to become more lean and agile to cope with the increasing risks in domestic and international markets. On the other hand, digitization of the economy is continuing its path of growth also in this second largest economy of the world, which brings new opportunities for companies to increase efficiency and achieve more competitive advantage in a smart way.

The 2019 Sino-German Controlling Forum has the leading motto: "Controlling 4.0: Efficiency and Digitalization". It aims to provide a platform of information, communication, and experience sharing among both business decision makers and controllers who would like to improve efficiency of their businesses and controlling practice in a world of increasing uncertainties. Besides interesting keynote speeches by representatives coming from large business groups and small-to-medium-sized companies, participants of this year's Forum will have the opportunity to visit the following 6 workshops:

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Registration with Coffee and Snack

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Opening Remarks

Dr. Sigrid Winkler | Executive Chamber Manager, German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai

9:40 AM - 10:20 AM Key Note Speech I: Empower Intelligent Decision in Digitalized Era

Ms. Helen Xie | Chief Operation Officer, SAP Labs China 

  • Increasing importance of controlling in time of uncertainty
  • Digitalized controlling versus traditional controlling: Key rationales for transformation
  • Automation and efficiency improvement in controlling
  • New opportunities arising from latest machine learning technology
  • Using strong analytics tool for business performance improvement

10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Key Note Speech II: Controlling in Changing Business Environment: Experience and Vision in ruhlamat

Mr. Oliver Buergstein | Managing Director, ruhlamat Automation Technologies (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

Mrs. Lily Wu | Chief Finance Officer, ruhlamat Automation Technologies (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.

  • ruhlamat Suzhou: Who we are and what we do
  • Growth in the past and challenges in a changing business environment
  • Changing role of and increasing requirements on finance & controlling
  • How we have tried to enhance controlling a small-to-medium sized company
  • Key success factors and our lessons learnt

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Coffee Break & Networking

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM Workshop Breakout Session 1

Workshop (A): Sales Controlling for Performance Improvement

Mrs. Andrea Keller | Chief Financial Officer, TRUMPF China

  • Roles and responsibilities in sales funnel management
  • Standard processes as necessary basis for digitalization – data maintenance / data quality
  • Digital tools and efficiency
  • Challenges and key success factors for sales funnel management
  • Open issues and future outlook

Workshop (B): Digital Automation - Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Planning & Budgeting Technologies 

Ms. Claire Qian | Partner in Risk Assurance, PwC

Mr. Christian Keitel | Manager in Risk Assurance, PwC Hong Kong

  • Evolution of automation - the wave of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Navigating future of finance
  • Artificial Intelligence enabled RPA solutions to enhance corporate governance by re-enforcing 3 lines of defense
  • New planning & budgeting technologies
  • Selected case studies
  • Practical challenges and considerations

Workshop (C): Advanced Profitability Analysis in Times of Digitization

Mr. Mason Liu | Controlling Manager, Kern-Liebers Group (China) 

  • Increasing volume of business data in time of digitization
  • Opportunity for improved data pooling for controlling
  • Multi-dimensional profitability analysis based on data pooling
  • Key success factors and implication for efficiency improvement

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Workshop Breakout Session 2

Workshop (D): Bosch: The Way to Digitization

Mr. Eric Yang | Vice President Finance & Controlling, Bosch

Ms. Yang Song | Senior Manager, Accounting Center of Excellence Asia Pacific, Bosch

  • The transformation journey of Bosch Finance
  • Starting point and challenges
  • Examples from predictive forecasting, shared service center efficiency and cost center controlling
  • What comes next

Workshop (E): Lean Management in Finance

Mr. Chaoting Chen (Ted) | Senior Director, FSSC Schaeffler Greater China

Ms. Yunfang Liu (Rebecca) | Controlling Manager, Schaeffler Friction Suzhou

  • What are the key elements of Lean Management in Schaeffler Group?
  • How was the introduction journey of Lean management in Finance?
  • Sharing of successful lean projects in Finance
  • How to build up and maintain a Lean Management culture?

Workshop (F): Industry 4.0 and Production Controlling

Ms. Guo Jian | Costing and Production Controlling Manager, WAGO Electronic (Tianjin) Co. Ltd

  • Industry 4.0 in WAGO
  • Production controlling at WAGO
  • Complexity analysis in production controlling
  • Continuous improvement in production supported by controlling

3:30 PM - 3:50 PM Coffee Break

3:50 PM - 4:10 PM Survey Results 

Dr. Zhen Huang | Managing Consultant & Trainer, Shanghai De Chen Enterprise Management Consulting

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM Closing Presentation

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks

Dr. Sigrid Winkler | Executive Chamber Manager, German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Networking

We would like to welcome everyone interested in future-oriented controlling and business practice in China to join the largest annual controlling event of Sino-German business community in China. Don't miss the opportunity to exchange your viewpoints and experience with old and new friends in Suzhou on September 20th, 2019! We are awaiting your attendance!


About the Sino-German Controlling Forum

In its seventh year, the Sino-German Controlling Forum is a unique platform for finance and controlling professionals from the Sino-German business & industry community. It gives companies the extraordinary opportunity to share and exchange their knowledge about how their company's controlling performance can be improved. Carefully selected, highly qualified speakers attract a unique target group of approx. 100 participants, with the majority of attendees being of the senior management level. Past years speakers include Tun Sen Loo, General Manager of Fissler China, Jing Tang, Finance Risk Manager of Porsche, Carsten Arntz, Head of Finance of SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd, and Alexander Tobert, Chief Financial Officer of Kern-Liebers, etc.


  • Dr. Zhen Huang | Managing Consultant & Trainer, Shanghai De Chen Enterprise Management Consulting
  • Mr. Alexander Prautzsch | Director at Tax Services - China Tax & Business Advisory Services, PwC
  • Mr. Steve Froese | International Tax & Transfer Pricing Expert, PwC

     Among the speakers for the 7th Sino-German Controlling Forum are:

  • Ms. Helen Xie | Chief Operation Officer, SAP Labs China 
  • Mr. Oliver Buergstein | Managing Director, ruhlamat Asia Group
  • Mrs. Lily Wu | Chief Finance Officer, ruhlamat Asia Group
  • Mrs. Andrea Keller | Chief Financial Officer, TRUMPF China
  • Ms. Claire Qian | Partner in Risk Assurance, PwC
  • Mr. Christian Keitel | Manager in Risk Assurance, PwC Hong Kong
  • Mr. Mason Liu | Controlling Manager, Kern-Liebers Group (China) 
  • Mr. Eric Yang | Vice President Finance & Controlling, Bosch
  • Ms. Yang Song Senior Manager, Accounting Center of Excellence Asia Pacific, Bosch
  • Mr. Chaoting Chen (Ted) | Senior Director, FSSC Schaeffler Greater China
  • Ms. Yunfang Liu (Rebecca) Controlling Manager, Schaeffler Friction Suzhou
  • Ms. Guo Jian | Costing and Production Controlling Manager, WAGO Electronic (Tianjin) Co. Ltd

     Overview of the Sino-German Controlling Forum Series: 

  • 1st Sino-German Controlling Forum 2013: "Controlling and Controller"
  • 2nd Sino-German Controlling Forum 2014: "Controlling for Growth"
  • 3rd Sino-German Controlling Forum 2015: "Controlling for More Efficiency"
  • 4th Sino-German Controlling Forum 2016: "Controlling for Local Excellence"
  • 5th Sino-German Controlling Forum 2017: "Controlling in Times of Uncertainty"
  • 6th Sino-German Controlling Forum 2018: "Controlling for Sustainability"
Hotel Reservation
  • Rate Deluxe Room King RMB 580 net (incl. 1 breakfast per room per night)
  • Rate Deluxe Room Twin RMB 580 net (incl. 2 breakfast per room per night)

Please contact Ms. Ruby Jiang:

T: +86 512 6510 3388 ext. 8807 | M: +86 136 1627 1522 to book your hotel room with this discounted price (limited contingent)

Become a Partner

Become a Partner of the Sino-German Controlling Forum and actively:

Engage with industry experts in the Sino-German business community

Raise the awareness for the role your company plays in the controlling business

Impact the Sino-German controlling community in China with your controlling expertise

Support the improvement of controlling practices in China

Increase professional exchange & networking

Please contact Ms. Jessica Qi: | T: +86 5081 2266 ext.1650

Click here for more detailed information about the conference partnership opportunities. We would be very happy to welcome you as our partner for this year's forum!

Terms & Conditions
  • Payment Method: To be paid on site by WeChat, Alipay, Credit Card or Cash. 
  • Walk-in Policy: Please note that participants who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged a walk-in fee of RMB 200 if spaces are still available.
  • Events have limited seating, so to ensure your attendance we encourage you to register in advance. We cannot guarantee entry to those that have not pre-registered. If you registered for an event but can not attend, please do let us know in advance. No-shows who fail to cancel 24 hours before the event will be charged with the full price.
  • Please note the views expressed in this event are those of our guest speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai. All our events follow the Chatham House Rule unless otherwise stated. The posting of presentation materials is at the speakers' discretion. We reserve the right to use any photograph/video taken at any of our events.