FINANCE INDABA PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

16 October 2019

12:00

Main Stage - Entertainment

12:00 - 12:30

16:00

Main Stage - Entertainment

16:00 - 16:45

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08:45

Charterquest CFO Competition Semi-Finalist Announcement

08:45 - 09:15

Announcement by: Valentine Nti

 

The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is an annual, open-entry, and global multi-stage business strategy and leadership-focused case study competition, organised by The CharterQuest Institute South Africa. It challenges university students around the world & high school students in Africa to prove they can compete at the highest level: by solving a set of complex and integrated finance, operational, strategic and ethical problems that beset a real-world global business in the emerging markets.

13:00

The secret to becoming Unstoppable

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Alex Granger, Chief Purpose Officer, Twice Blue

 

We all have this continued desire for success and achievement. Some call it legacy, others call it purpose. Others go as far as wanting to win at all costs. But being UNSTOPPABLE is nothing like you have ever experienced before. Join us for this session and discover the secret behind being unstoppable.

14:00

Fast tracking your finance career - first hand advice from the ones who made it.

14:00 - 14:45

Speakers: Gideon Joubert, CFO FirstRand, Nakedi Ramaphakela, CFO Masimong Group Holdings, Rui Morais, CFO Dischem Pharmacies, Umar Banda, CFO City of Tshwane

 

What does it take to become a celebrated Award winning CFO? What does it take to reach the boardroom of a large corporation? One thing is sure. It is not a walk in the park! Four top CFOs under 40 share there personal and professional experience and explain the choices they made in their careers. Join this session to get first hand advise from the ones that lived to tell the tale.

10:00

Our duty to making the world a better place

10:00 - 10:45

Speakers: Bothwell Mazarura, CFO Kumba Iron Ore, Craig Sumption, FD Hatch Africa, Brett Trop, CFO Discovery Health

 

You don’t need to look to far to find a negative piece of media or publicity about South Africa. We know about all of the wrong doings, we’re familiar with the faults. What are we doing to transform Business, Communities, South Africa and our Continent. Learn about some of the changes these Finance Leaders have implemented on a small scale and be prepared to walk away motivated and inspired about changes you can make today.

11:00

The "REAL" CFO

11:00 - 11:45

Speakers: Zaf Mahomed, CFO Cell C, Jo-Ann Pohl, CFO Bowmans

 

During this session we’ll be discussing the journey and what it means to be a “REAL” CFO. Many finance professionals have aspirations of joining the C Suite and climbing the corporate ladder to becoming a CFO. Find out in this gripping session, what university and corporate South Africa experience have NOT prepared you for. You’ll get a first hand view of collecting and connecting the dots as finance professionals and business leaders, the importance of corporate governance underpinned by sound ethics and integrity in our uncertain times and the value of being influential for and towards your stakeholders.

13:00

From CFO to CEO

13:00 - 13:45

Speakers: Osman Arbee, CEO Motus, Melt Hamman, CEO Attacq, Waseem Carrim, CEO National Youth Development Agency

 

Climbing the Corporate ladder is not for the feint hearted. There are several trials and tribulations along the way. Several finance proffessionals have aspirations of leading the organisation, and becoming CEO, yet very few make it. Learn about the journey these CFOs embarked on, to make it to the top.

15:00

The entrepreneurial CFO

15:00 - 15:45

Speakers: Brett Tromp, CFO Discovery Health, Liaan Kretzschmar, CFO Jaguar Land Rover

 

The ratings agencies have not been kind to SA, we are on the verge of a recession and Economic conditions have been more challenging recently then ever before. In order for business’ to succeed we need to be more agile, and adaptable. More importantly we need to adapt to new trends and foster a culture of entrepreneurship if we are to grow through these turbulent times. Listen how these CFOs have got it right.

13:00

Coffee with Mr Murphy

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: York Zucchi, Co-Founder SME Movement

 

Becoming an entrepreneur is possibly one of the hardest decisions you will make in your life. Even the stats are against you. Yet there are increasingly big numbers of people pursuing this route. You’ll learn top tips from the Companies that survived and thrived amongst all of the chaos, and how to gain access to markets.

15:00

Small businesses are failing... Avoid the most common pitfalls

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Allon Raiz, CEO Raizcorp

 

Find out about 12 of the most common mistakes that cause small businesses to fail… Learn about the six mistakes entrepreneurs and small business owners are likely to make… Discover four ways to prevent the failure of your small business

14:00

Artificial Intelligence in South Africa: An outlook for 2019 and beyond

14:00 - 14:45

Speaker: Brian Lewkowicz, Partner EY

 

While the hype of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential role as a driver of transformational change to businesses and industries is pervasive, there are limited insights into what companies are actually doing to reap its benefits. This talk aims at getting a deeper understanding of how companies currently manage their AI activities, and how they address the current challenges and opportunities ahead.

15:00

The CFO of the Future

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Colin Isles, Executive Adviser

 

During this session, you will be challenged to think radically differently about the new drivers of business success, in a world where the development and deployment of new technologies have shifted from linear to exponential. Find out about the steps businesses must take if they want to survive and thrive in an exponential world, and what those implications are for todays finance teams. They are a critical component of any organisation, so if the business must transform, then presumably the finance function will have to as well?

You’ll discover:

Why rapid technological development is changing the business landscape?
What common attributes Exponential Organisations (exo’s) demonstrate?
What factors typically prevent ’traditional’ organisations from becoming ExO’s? How your organisations can shift from linear to exponential outcomes? What role finance ‘must’ play in helping your organisation transform? Why if finance doesn’t change, the organisation will fail.

10:00

Data Analytics: The What, The Why and The How

10:00 - 10:45

Speakers: Anton Bouwer, Regional Director RSM, Thilen Pillay, Regional Director, RSM

 

Data analytics offer tremendous opportunities to transform traditional business processes for strategy, operations as well as risk management and compliance. They provide unique insights into the operational landscape of businesses and what is going on under the hood. They can dramatically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of compliance and assurance activities. They can also be used to continuously monitor business and financial transactions, highlighting issues before they escalate into damaging problems. But achieving all the potential benefits of data analytics has proved challenging for many organisations, no matter their size or industry.

In this session we take a look at the core of data analytics and how it can be harnessed by business to take advantage of the insights which it renders both from an operational and risk management standpoint.

11:00

How 10 years of work led to an overnight success

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Steven Auf, Director Quick Consols

 

During this session, you’ll hear about the hardships and lessons during your Finance journey. Learn about the transition from being a big fish in a small bowl, to being a small fish in a big ocean. Hear about what they don’t tell you at school or work.

10:00

Why your spreadsheets don’t make the grade for VAT assurance

10:00 - 10:45

Speaker: Dominic Nel, Chief Revenue Officer VATSure

 

Many finance professionals will easily spend hundreds of hours a year on tax spreadsheets; it takes endless collaboration with several people, setting up data connections, writing macros, version control consideration, backup processes, refreshing data, updating templates, fixing formulas… the list goes on. It can be quite impressive to see what the finance team can do in Excel. But, when more technology-based solutions exist out there, one must ask if you could be spending their time on other value-adding activities for the business and rather than spreadsheet building and maintenance.

11:00

Own your time

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Lori Milner, Director Beyond The Dress

 

What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?

Effective time management is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at your highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.

The reality is you can’t manage time, all you can do is manage the decisions about how you’re going to spend your day and what you’re going to do. This engaging workshop will provide participants with a full toolkit enabling them to take control of their days and not feel like their days are controlling them. They leave feeling empowered, with a sense of ownership that helps to eliminate stress and distraction, and increase productivity.

10:00

Streamlining Financial Statements on the cloud

10:00 - 10:45

Speaker: Christiaan Brink, Product Executive AdaptIT

 

The demands on Finance professionals are ever increasing. We are expected to do more with less, in a shorter space of time. Financial statements are one of the most critical and time consuming functions that keep finance professionals up at night. So how do finance professionals streamline financial statements? Join this live demo to experience how cloud based software empowers the practitioner of tomorrow, today.

11:00

YES 4 Youth! How to create 1 000 000 work opportunities.

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Tashmia Ismail-Saville, CEO YES 4 Youth

 

The South African unemployment rate is currently sitting at 38%. Companies are downsizing and people are losing their jobs on a daily basis? So how do we win with the odds stacked against us? How do we boost the Economy, initiate job creation, and radically transform our employment issues? Tashmia Ismail CEO @ Youth Employment Services, is at the forefront of building partnerships and experiments to address the unemployment crisis.