Q&A with some of our 2019 Speakers

Why did you agree to devote your time to a speaking engagement at the ACI Anti-Corruption Conference in Singapore? To share my knowledge and experience on the subject matters and also to network with fellow practitioners.

What are new, key anti-corruption and AML risks and challenges that should be on every APAC legal and compliance officer’s mind? AC risks are majorly pertaining to third-party transactions, use of marketing development funds, permits, and licensing funds, interface with govt agencies as influencer and lobbying. For the company’s internal controls focus should be on maintenance of accurate books and records, rebates and discounts, gift/meal/entertainment/travel spends. In addition, focus on company culture, through effective training and communication- not just to set “tone from the top” but also to create “buzz in the middle” and overall collaboration.

Why did you agree to devote your time to a speaking engagement at the ACI Anti-Corruption Conference in Singapore? To share best practices and understand better optimum standards. Doing how much is good enough? With resource constrain, every organization faces what are the top priority items and where to focus energies on.

Could you provide us with a quick preview of important takeaways and best practices to be discussed during your conference session? Past ACI conferences have given me ample opportunities to connect and interact with industry experts and understand their focus areas. Creative and innovative ways of conducting training and use of tools, platforms, and technology to mitigate compliance risk.

Why is in-person networking and compliance benchmarking so critical for professionals in the region? Recall value is high, inter-personal connections offer an opportunity to help with staying connected and share views and opinions even post the conference and helps in creating a strong network of professionals to stay connected, doing the critical and pioneering role that they do in such a risky landscape of SEA.

Mekhla Basu Regional Counsel, South East Asia Intel (India) Conference Co-Chair


Why did you agree to devote your time to a speaking engagement at the ACI Anti-Corruption Conference in Singapore? To share my knowledge and experience on the subject matters and also to network with fellow practitioners.

Why is in-person networking and compliance benchmarking so critical for professionals in the region? To ensure that we are up-to-date on the latest issues and trending that are affecting our countries and businesses.

P. KALIVANN PALANIVELU Chief Integrity Development Officer Integrity Department Tenaga National Berhad (Malaysia)