Chief Financial Officer Programme

Learn how to be an effective growth driven CFO with the 4 Pillars of Financial Leadership.

1st of its kind programme in APAC. Campus Experience and Networking events at SMU Campus**, Online + Some Live Lectures by SMU faculty. Eligible for SMU Executive Development Alumni Status.

Work Experience

Please note that the programme duration includes a break week for Christmas from 24 Dec 2023 to 07 Jan 2024, and for Chinese New Year from 09 Feb 2024 to 15 Feb 2024.

Early Registration Benefit

Upcoming Round Application Deadline: 5 December, 2023 | Application Fee: US$350

Apply before December 5, 2023 to avail an early bird tuition assistance of USD1300 on program fees.

Programme Overview

Singapore : The Financial Hub of Asia

In 2023, CFOs are playing an increasingly important role in the business world. They are no longer just responsible for the financial health of their companies but are also expected to be strategic partners to the CEO and other senior executives. CFOs are now involved in a wide range of decisions, from setting corporate strategy to managing risk.

Curated with a strong emphasis on financial leadership, how to leverage technologies and how to utilise CFO as a growth lever, the Chief Financial Officer programme offered by Singapore Management University will develop you as a financial leader with vision, purpose, and passion.

You will be endowed with four key pillars of being a memorable and effective CFO and a strategic partner to your CEO and organisation as you steer towards the world of digital transformation, high paced growth and global pressures.

Programme Highlights

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Comprehensive programme design, 22 Core Courses organised according to 4 pillars of Financial Leadership

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Pre-Recorded Video Lectures* from SMU faculty for self-paced learning interspersed with live lectures and fireside chats by renowned SMU faculty and industry practitioners

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Curated case studies and application-based examples for real-world applications

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Access to Success Coach To drive engagement and clarity

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Connect and network with high-achieving global professionals and leaders from across industries

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Eligibility for SMU Executive Development Alumni status and benefits upon successful completion of the CFO programme and subject to further qualification criteria

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Certificate of completion from SMU Executive Development

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Campus experience and networking events at SMU campus


  • The programme highlights mentioned above are subject to change based on faculty availability and the desired outcomes of the programme.

  • *This programme is primarily self-paced online with some live sessions conducted by programme faculty. The availability of post-session video recordings is at the discretion of the faculty members, and Emeritus or the institute cannot guarantee their availability. We have a curated panel of distinguished industry practitioners who will conduct weekly live doubt-clearing sessions.

Who Should Attend?

The programme is designed for finance leaders with 10 or more years of experience.

  • New and evolving CFOs: Lead new and existing financial strategies for competitive advantage and augment business value

  • Senior finance professionals: Take charge of the CFO role and other financial leadership roles in the future

  • Business heads, CXO's, and financial leaders: Become a future-ready CFO and lead financial decision-making to drive business growth

Some Key Designations include: Head of Finance, Vice President Finance, Corporate Controller, Executive VP, Finance Director, President, Senior VP, Senior Director of finance.

What You Will Learn in the Programme?

  • Strategic Financial Prowess: Acquire expertise in strategic financial leadership and innovation to catalyse value creation within organizations, showcasing strategic financial mastery.

  • Proficiency in Financial Governance: Excel in financial planning, governance, and responsible investing to ensure ethical financial practices.

  • Tech-Forward Finance: Adopt cutting-edge technologies such as AI, blockchain, and big data to inform data-centric financial decision-making.

  • Leadership Excellence: Cultivate leadership attributes, forge influential connections, and navigate the dynamic finance and workplace landscape.

  • Holistic Financial Expertise: Attain a thorough comprehension of financial strategies, encompassing the alignment of corporate objectives with long-term planning and banking relationships.

Programme Modules

Campus experience and networking events at SMU campus

Participants will be invited to attend a 2-days campus experience and networking events at SMU campus ceremony at the end of the 9-month journey at SMU campus. During this event, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellow global financial leaders and interact with programme faculty/director.

Participant Pathway

Over the course of nine months, the CFO programme will inform you through a combination of in-depth core modules—to gain knowledge and applications specific to your career and organisational goals. The core modules will focus on key areas, such as Big Data in Finance, Digital Transformation, and Qualities of a Financial Leader. After completing the core modules, you will get a chance to attend a Two-day Campus Experience and Networking Events where you can connect with other like-minded, high-achieving financial leaders.


Practitioner Stream
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Participants will be invited to engage with executive-level practitioners, who will share their personal and professional stories as they journeyed to the top. Our speakers will provide you with various perspectives and insights, based on their own experiences, as to how they had navigated personal and business challenges.

Project Stream
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The success coach will drive programme engagement and clarity for the participants throughout the programme, addressing participant questions or concerns for assignments during the core programme, and coaching participants to apply the ideas to their own experience.

Community Stream
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A series of engagement sessions for participants to set them up for personal and professional success. Opportunities within the session to learn, interact and collaborate with programme peers from various industries and regions.

SMU Associate Alumni Network

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Appropriate discount and exemptions based on course content in the Masters programs at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business is available to successful applicants.

Entry to the respective programme is subject to meeting the selection criteria.

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Up to 20% discount* on SMU Executive Development Open Enrolment programmes

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Privileges and discounts by selected SMU merchant partners

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Invites to professional networking events, workshops and webinars

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Access to Alumni Virtual Community Network

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Quarterly alumni newsletter, SMU CIRCLE

  • *For selected programmes only. One discount applicable per registration. Multiple or combined discounts are not accepted.

  • All benefits are subject to change at the discretion of SMU.

Key Programme Faculty


Business Advisor, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD


Innovation Consultant, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD


Associate Dean and Professor of Finance (Education)


Co-Founder and CFO of Jobseeker Company and Palimala Ventures, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD


Associate Professor of Finance


Associate Professor of Finance (Education)


Academic Director of MSc in Innovation and Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship


Principal Lecturer of Finance


Chief Executive Officer, Alionova Consulting, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD

SMU-CFO - David Lee

Co-Chair Blockchain Security Alliance, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD


Wealth Management Consultant, Affiliate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD

SMU-CFO - Amitava Guharoy
Amitava Guharoy

Board Director, ex-PWC Partner


Regional CFO/COO Associate Faculty, Singapore Management University ExD


Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources

Success Coach

SMU-CFO - James O’Brien
James O’Brien

Experienced Chief Financial Officer & C-Suite Leader, Executive Mentor & Coach

James O’Brien is a professional, dynamic C-suite leader with over 25 years commercial P&L leadership across Asia and Australia.  As a CFO with a laser focus on operational ex...

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Program Certificate

Program Certificate

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a verified digital certificate by Singapore Management University.

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

Complimentary Annual Digital WSJ Membership

As a participant in the programme, you can enjoy a complimentary annual digital membership to The Wall Street Journal, giving you unlimited access to award-winning journalism across any device. From business and world news, to technology and life and arts, WSJ provides ambitious and fact-based reporting that readers can trust.

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WhatsApp: +6531382485

Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!

Flexible payment options available.

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