Key Sessions

Colin Iles

Is finance fit for purpose in an exponential world?

The Equinox Leadership and Innovation Centre

Noel Tagoe

Opportunity and risk: the roadmap to modern finance

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Markos Davias

Talk a new language – how finance can embrace the digital economy

Rand Merchant Bank

Christian Ayiku

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

Consumer Bank Group at Ecobank

Nov 13
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07:30 - 08:30 60 mins
Registration and morning coffee
08:30 - 08:40 10 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
  • Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi - Chair and Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, American University of Nigeria
08:40 - 09:35 55 mins
Info
Is finance fit for purpose in an exponential world?
  • Colin Iles - Managing Director, Absa & CEO, The Equinox Leadership and Innovation Centre

In this opening address, Colin will explore the risks to finance, and the organisations they support, of failing to adapt to a world that’s gone exponential.

  • Is finance configured for a linear world?
  • What are the implications if the world is exponential?
  • How can finance teams adapt to build organisations that survive and thrive in an exponential world?


FOS: Finance (F)

09:35 - 10:30 55 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


FOS: Finance (F)

10:30 - 11:10 40 mins
Info
Talk a new language – how finance can embrace the digital economy
  • Markos Davias - CFO, Rand Merchant Bank
  • Storme McDonald - Corporate Banking CFO, Rand Merchant Bank
  • The world is shifting, how can finance do its job better?
    • learning how to embrace and use technology
    • getting finance to think differently
  • Supporting the modern business model through enhancing what we already have at our disposal
  • Transforming skillets of the finance professional to meet a new mandate


FOS: Information Technology (IT)

11:10 - 11:50 40 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
11:50 - 12:30 40 mins
Info
Executing a well-defined change management strategy
  • Lauren Odell - CFO, Eqstra Fleet Management & Logistics
  • Becoming change fit in an ever moving environment
  • Embracing technology to achieve process and operational optimization
  • Encouraging the best behaviours and culture to move your staff in the right direction
  • The CA (SA) degree – antique or obsolete?
  • Learnings from the coal face


FOS: Management Services (MS)

12:30 - 13:30 60 mins
Lunch
13:30 - 14:10 40 mins
Info
How to access and analyse Big Data for greater decision-making and performance management
  • Christian Ayiku - CFO, Consumer Bank Group at Ecobank
  • Mining Big Data to identify performance improvements and profitable opportunities
  • The requirement of rich internal and external data to solve future questions / scenarios
  • Using data and analytics to understand and wield potential disruptors – both financial and non-financial data
  • How to lead strategy by using data to drive deeper prescriptive insights
  • Employing advanced analytic tools to greatly improve the effectiveness of planning and forecasting:
    • how this leads to deeper business insight and better predictive modelling of business outcomes
  • Finance’s role in joining the dots of big data and analytics across the business
  • Blurring the boundaries between data scientist and management accountant
  • Equipping finance teams with the right tools, skills and capabilities to provide leading insights and analytics:
    • moving beyond descriptive and diagnostic analysis to predictive and prescriptive analysis
  • Becoming a data-driven decision-center, able to quickly derive insights from large volumes of data and communicate those insights to internal and external stakeholders


FOS: Finance (F)

14:10 - 14:50 40 mins
Info
Rolling out next generation cognitive to accelerate process and efficiencies
  • Neil Fouche - Business Analyst, Standard Bank Group
  • Legobole Mapheto - Group CFO, Lucrative Ventures Group
  • Moderator Sarah George - ERP SaaS Development and Product Strategy Leader for ZA & SADC, Oracle

Hear quick-fire case examples of the application of the latest cognitive tools in business and gain a better understanding of how finance can benefit from cognitive implementation. The short, sharp case studies will be followed by an informative Q&A session where delegates are invited to ask questions and share experiences.

  • RPA / AI
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing


FOS: Information Technology (IT)

14:50 - 15:20 30 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
15:20 - 16:00 40 mins
Info
Embracing agile to shape a culture and mindset of continuous self-improvement
  • Sean Berrington - CFO - Group IT, Standard Bank Group
  • How to succeed in an unprecedented, disruptive environment
  • Building trust across the business and empowering employees
  • Embedding an agile culture to innovate, simplify and deliver future solutions
  • Changing the mind-set of employees from efficiency to growth
16:00 - 16:45 45 mins
Info
How do you encourage and support finance to be better innovators?
  • Bikash Prasad - CFO, Olam International
  • Dumisani Dlamini - CFO, South Africa National Parks
  • Bonface Ndawala - Vice President Finance and Board Secretary East Africa, Frontier Agri Solutions and Training
  • Moderator Matone Ditlhake - CEO, Corridor Africa Technologies
  • Discussing innovation as crucial tool to the continuing success of any organization. Looking briefly on how innovation has changed our world in the last 15 years e.g.
  • What you must do to take advantage of a disruptive market
  • How process automation is critical to efficiency and competitive advantage
  • Looking at some of biggest SA Government innovators
  • Barriers to innovation


FOS: Management Services (MS)

16:45 - 16:50 5 mins
Chairman’s close of day one
  • Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi - Chair and Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance, American University of Nigeria
16:50 - 17:50 60 mins
Networking drinks reception