Manchester MSc Financial Management Insight Session

Responding to COVID-19: What’s next for finance?

The global COVID-19 pandemic has not just disrupted the normal way of work, but has also forced organizations to consider their business continuity. Finance professionals play a huge role in supporting the business during these times of uncertainty. 


On 23rd May, The University of Manchester China Centre, alongside CIMA North Asia and two Manchester Global MBA senior alumni will explore the challenges that digital transformation brings to the finance sector.

How to create the digital future of commercial bank?
With over 15 years’ profound experience in banking, Ms. Sophia Song, Senior VP, Banco Santander will explore with you the right path to  digital transformation of commercial bank.

In the era of post- COVID-19 organizations should use this time to accelerate the digital transformation. But how do we transform ways of working, and develop value-add skills? Mr. Rex Gu, CFO at Maersk Far East Operations will help finance professionals respond to the issues and opportunities the digital revolution presents .

This is also an ideal opportunity for you to find out more about the key features of Alliance Manchester Business School’s MSc Financial Management (Part-time), which is tailored for working professionals who are seeking a career boost in finance sector.


Register for the session TODAY!

Why choose the MSc Financial Management?

  • Two-year part-time MSc you can study online from anywhere in the world while you work
  • Gain the skills you need to change career, boost your skills or take on a management position
  • Meet and network with peers at industry residentials twice a year in Shanghai
  • Taught by one of the world's most experienced accounting and finance teams

Guest Speaker: Mr. Rex Gu, CFO at Maersk Far East Operations



Rex Gu Joined Maersk Group since 2007 as management trainee, Rex has worked in trade & revenue management and finance leadership roles in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Australia, Russia and Baltics. Prior to moving to Shanghai, Rex was the General Manager of Business Finance for Maersk's Asia Pacific Region based in Hong Kong, providing finance business partnering for the region’s senior executives as well as developing & coaching for Finance Business Partners across Greater China, North East Asia, South East Asia, and Oceania areas.


Rex holds an MBA degree with distinction from Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, and he is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Fellow Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Member of CPA Australia, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Guest Speaker: Ms. Sophia Song, Senior VP, Banco Santander



Sophia Song has over 15 years corporate banking experience; worked at DBS Bank for about 10 years and Societe Generale for about 4 years. Now she is working at Banco Santander, the largest bank in Europe in terms of market capitalization, serving MNC corporate clients in China, as Senior Vice President. Sophia holds MBA degree from Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester and plays an active role in China Centre Finance Club.




14:00, Saturday, 23rd May, 2020


14:00 - Welcome Speech by China Centre Director Ms. Sherry Fu
14:05 - Welcome Speech by AICPA Regional VP Ms. Vicky Li
14:10 - Keynote Speech "Digital Transformation of Commercial Bank" by Ms. Sophia Song
14:30 - Keynote Speech "Digital Transformation in Finance: acceleration in the post Covid-19 era" by Mr. Rex Gu &
14:50 - Q&A
15:10 - MSc Financial Management Course Introduction

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