Key Sessions

Colin Iles

Finance is killing your business: think differently and act now

ABSA

Noel Tagoe

Opportunity and risk: the roadmap to modern finance

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Christian Ayiku

How to access and analyse Big Data for greater decision-making and performance management

Consumer Bank Group at Ecobank

Till Streichert

How to move the finance function into the 21st Century

Vodacom

Nov 13
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07:00 - 08:00 60 mins
Registration and morning coffee
08:00 - 08:10 10 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
08:10 - 08:50 40 mins
Info
Finance is killing your business: think differently and act now
  • Colin Iles - Futurist & Disruption Strategist and MD, ABSA
  • The world is changing: how technology is revolutionising the way business and finance operate
  • The necessary evolution of the CFO and finance to keep pace in a digital world
  • Unlocking the potential for your organization
  • How to position yourself in the best way to embrace opportunity
08:50 - 09:35 45 mins
Info
Opportunity and risk: the roadmap to modern finance
  • Noel Tagoe - EVP Management Accounting, Research and Curricula, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • The world is changing: how technology is revolutionising the way business and finance operate
  • The necessary evolution of the CFO and finance to keep pace in a digital world
    • embedding the tools and techniques to ensure you keep up, react quickly, remain agile and ride the wave
  • Rethinking the relationship between humans and machines
    • machine vs. human vs. hybrid
    • how to bring the best out of each other
  • How to position yourself in the best way to embrace opportunity
09:35 - 10:15 40 mins
Info
Defining tomorrow’s business DNA
  • How business is reinventing itself in the age of digital
  • Emerging business models for a sustainable, profitable future
  • Opportunities, challenges, labor and more
  • Working with customers to provide innovative experiences
  • Creating a more connected organization
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins
Info
Achieving the vision for future-state finance
  • The role of finance in supporting the modern business model
  • Building blocks to enable closer alignment and engagement
  • Embracing technology disruption in the finance function
  • Transforming skillets of the finance professional to meet a new mandate
10:45 - 11:15 30 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
11:15 - 11:55 40 mins
Info
Profiling the future CFO
  • Alvin Liew - Finance Director, Laureate South Africa & Acting CFO, Monash South Africa
  • Today’s CFO vs. tomorrow’s CFO
  • How strategic thinking, relationship management and communication are as important as technical finance skills and data utilisation
  • How CFOs must look beyond their traditional recruitment strategies to source multi-disciplinary talent
  • Establishing a winning mix of skills and expertise to support future business requirements
11:55 - 12:35 40 mins
Info
How technology is modernizing business and the finance operating model
  • Matone Ditlhake - CEO, Corridor Africa Technologies
  • Pinpointing value-add and how finance can embrace and drive the transformation
    • scalability
    • removing legacy
    • increased security
    • agility
  • Mobilizing all lines of business:
    • engaging key stakeholders to deliver the programme
  • Action steps on technology transformation:
    • design, launch and execution
12:35 - 13:35 60 mins
Lunch
13:35 - 14:15 40 mins
How to access and analyse Big Data for greater decision-making and performance management
  • Christian Ayiku - CFO, Consumer Bank Group at Ecobank
14:15 - 15:00 45 mins
Rolling out next generation cognitive to accelerate process and efficiencies
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
How technology is changing your business
  • Bonface Ndawala - Vice President Finance and Board Secretary East Africa, Frontier Agri Solutions and Training
15:30 - 15:50 20 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
15:50 - 16:20 30 mins
Info
The Blockchain revolution and what’s in it for finance!
  • How banks, regulators and governments are experimenting with tools, based upon Blockchains to fundamentally change banking and the corporate tax landscape
  • Using Blockchain to gain direct access into organizations’ future financial ledgers:
  • the future implications this could have on Corporate Reporting
  • Understanding how Blockchain can accelerate transaction recognition with increased efficiency
  • Integrating Blockchain with Cognitive (the ability to reason and infer trends and patterns in data), for infinite potential
16:20 - 16:50 30 mins
Info
Presenting the business case for technology investment
  • How technology is disrupting the finance function:
    • integrating ‘extreme’ automation using Blockchain, Cloud, robotics, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and mobile
    • unlocking tech potential / creating an end-to-end vision
  • The impact of these tools individually and in combination
  • How automation is transforming the skills requirement of the finance professional
  • Who has to do what, where, when
  • The role of finance in using IT solutions to achieve financial outcomes
  • Seeing the business case and ensuring benefits are achieved
16:50 - 17:30 40 mins
How to move the finance function into the 21st Century
  • Till Streichert - CFO, Vodacom
17:30 - 17:35 5 mins
Chairman’s close of day one
17:35 - 18:35 60 mins
Networking drinks reception