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Ariel Victoria, One of the Philippines’ Leading Expert on Financial, Business and Digital Transformation

The pandemic has crippled most businesses, the climate of fear and uncertainty seems to be an inevitable outcome as many of us are struggling to cope with the new norms. How should businesses prepare themselves to move forward in the post pandemic world?

The private sector is the engine of growth in the Philippines. To attract new investment opportunities, private sector participants must play an active role in attaining appropriate levels of talent and embrace technology for the economic growth for the country. Leaders should work cohesively to align with the government to achieve its “Digital Philippines” vision – (1) Safer, Protected, and Reliable ICT, (2) ICT-Enabled Government, (3) Greater Public Reach, and (4) ICT Capacity Development (source GOVPH)

“The Digital Transformation Journey and Cyber Security Strategy” should be viewed as a business imperative for any successful business transformation. Innovative leaders will create the “Digital change wave”, thereby staying ahead of its competitors and in turn increasing efficiencies and ultimately increasing the bottom line.

As technology advances, we will see threats and risks on a local, regional, and international level. Legacy systems will no longer be able to support and protect data sovereignty. Sophisticated technologies such as the Next Gen 3.0 DLT for e-governance, e-identity and e-wallet are cutting edge technologies enabling the next generation Society based Cyber solutions, integrated into society 5.0.

“The Philippines with a young tech savvy workforce is in a sweet spot to be among South East Asia’s leader in the next digital revolution. Government and private business alike should embrace technologies such as Next Gen 3.0 DLT to enhance e-governance, protect data sovereignty and eliminate security vulnerabilities.  Innovative leaders in South East Asia should harness the use of technology to pave way towards society 5.0” – Ariel Victoria

About Ariel

Ariel is one of the Philippines’ leading financial, risk and transformation experts with almost 30 years of experience in the areas of risk management, business and digital transformation, mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, strategic planning, audit and project management.

Ariel has spent his career with one of the Philippines’ largest conglomerates, as a CFO of its liquor division for 12 years and its commercial port operations for more than 9 years.  During his stint, he has led these companies’ transformation initiatives which included mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $200 Million and fund raising of more than $170 Million. He also led the team that completed the modernization and development of the country’s largest and busiest domestic port, upgrading its capacity by more than 3 times.  Ariel’s technology experience has a strong base from leading the IT function and digital transformation initiatives of these companies. He has successfully managed the implementation of globally acknowledged systems such as SAP, Microsoft Great Plains and NAVIS Terminal Operating System.

Ariel started his finance and technology journey with one of the Big Four handling large clients in the FMCG, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and insurance sectors.   He has continued to grow and strengthen his skills and expertise by venturing into new fields in finance and technology such as blockchain, AI , Machine Learning and Investment banking.

Ariel has received education from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, completed his Management Development Program from the Asian Institute of Management, and attended Executive programs from both the Stanford University and the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Ariel is currently residing in the Philippines with his family.

Services:  Advisory, Consulting, Project Implementation, Policy Making

Expertise:  Business and Digital Transformation; Technology transformation; Mergers and Acquisitions; Risk Management Framework; Strategic Planning; ERP and System implementations; Project Management; Fund Raising

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