Key Sessions

Dr. Noel Tagoe

Opportunity and risk: the roadmap to modern finance

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Stuart Pemble

Augmented Intelligence, time to think before we act

Thomson Reuters

Christopher Argent

Defining the CFO's innovation journey, how soon is tomorrow?


Professor Joe Peppard

Presenting the business case for technology investment

MIT Sloan School of Management

Nov 19
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08:00 - 09:00 60 mins
Registration and morning coffee
09:00 - 09:05 5 mins
Chairman’s opening remarks
09:05 - 09:45 40 mins
Opportunity and risk: the roadmap to modern finance
  • Dr. 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
09:45 - 10:15 30 mins
Augmented Intelligence, time to think before we act
  • Stuart Pemble - VP Global Finance, Thomson Reuters
  • Automation, robotics, real-time data, predictive modeling and machine learning – where is it all naturally leading us to?
  • In a world of great uncertainty through generational shifts in social, political and economical landscape – what can we do to steer a safe course?
  • As CFO’s what lens do we need to bring? How do we need to act and how do we need our organizations to behave?
  • In this session, Stuart will walk us through a pragmatic discussion of the key topics at hand to set our minds thinking of today’s world of “Augmented Intelligence”.
10:15 - 10:45 30 mins
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, labour and more
  • Working with customers to provide innovative experiences
  • Creating a more connected organisation
10:45 - 11:15 30 mins
DNA of the future CFO
  • Moderator Mike Faull - Partner, Interim CFO and Finance Transformation, Savannah Group
  • Today’s CFO vs. tomorrow’s CFO
  • Why CFOs need to think more strategically
  • Identifying the resources, tools and training required to drive change
  • Harnessing the finance function to drive business performance
11:15 - 11:45 30 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
11:45 - 12:15 30 mins
Defining the CFO's innovation journey, how soon is tomorrow?
  • Christopher Argent - BI and Analytics Programme Lead, Vodafone
  • How digital disruption is shifting the core finance competency and skills sets in a new direction
  • How digital operations will unlock business value creation and a new role for finance
  • How to overcome existing barriers to success in these new areas considering:
    • capacity
    • competence
    • credibility
    • creativity
    • communication
    • change management
12:15 - 12:45 30 mins
Adopting Cloud ERP to drive step-change in performance and capability
  • Will James - Director of UK Global Business Services (GBS), Ultra Electronics
  • How Cloud is modernising the finance operating model
  • 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 Cloud transformation:
    • design, launch and execution
  • Hard work still needed around data, stakeholder management, embedding and exploiting the investment!
12:45 - 13:15 30 mins
How to access and analyse Big Data for greater decision-making and performance management
  • 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
  • Managing new risks:
    • cybersecurity
  • 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-centre, able to quickly derive insights from large volumes of data and communicate those insights to internal and external stakeholders
13:15 - 14:15 60 mins
14:15 - 14:45 30 mins
The art of visualisation: embrace data visualisation to support and augment business decision-making
  • How data visualisation helps finance tell better stories:
    • turning traditional spreadsheet metrics into pictures and infographics for easier understanding for the wider business
  • Using technology to turn increasing amounts of raw data into accessible insight
  • Speeding up processes when using data and exploring for prototyping and scenario planning
  • The role of visualization in data exploration:
    • identifying potential correlations
14:45 - 15:25 40 mins
Rolling out next generation cognitive to accelerate process and efficiencies
  • Moderator Armand Angeli - Chairman Shared Services, RPA & Outsourcing Committee Board Member & President, DFCG International
  • Chris Garner Smith - SSC Europe Operations Director, Essilor
  • Philip Green - CFO & NED, former CFO, Deliveroo
  • David Wray - Global Accounting & Reporting Senior Director, Huawei

Hear three 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
15:25 - 15:55 30 mins
Speed dating
15:55 - 16:10 15 mins
Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall
16:10 - 16:50 40 mins
Presenting the business case for technology investment
  • Professor Joe Peppard - Center for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • 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
CFOs/Finance must spend more time looking at business transformation. Discuss.
  • Moderator Doug Bonthrone - Former Director, Global Services Strategy & CFO, Bottling Investments, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Nigel Beck - Managing Director, Optimum Value Solutions
  • Professor Joe Peppard - Center for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Transforming the CFO from gatekeeper to business guide over the short and longer terms

o how to become and stay relevant as a business partner
o how to balance the right business choices for the short and longer term
o how to create a change-supportive environment in the business
o are there significantly different answers to the above questions for public, private and not-for-profit companies

  • Should one leapfrog from evolution to revolution

    o strategic implications
    o operational implications
    o risk management implications
    o Finance function implications

  • Latest thinking on how to future-proof the Finance function to enhance execution of both its functional and business responsibilities to move the finance function into the 21st century
17:30 - 17:35 5 mins
Chairman’s close of day one
17:35 - 18:35 60 mins
AICPA & CIMA drinks reception