FINANCE INDABA PROGRAMME

    DAY ONE

     16 October 2019

09:15

Rule-breaking 101

09:15 - 09:45

Speaker: Marnus Broodryk Entrepreneur | Optimist | Author, SME Africa

 

There are lessons and rules we all ‘know’ to follow. But how many of the insights we’ve heard, read about or absorbed from others are still relevant? And how much of this ‘conventional wisdom’ is holding us back, rather than holding us up? Worse yet, how much of the knowledge we take for granted was given to us by people who have never actually built or run a business of their own? Brought forth from his own experiences as an actual entrepreneur and successful business owner, Marnus’ new talk is here to get you to challenge your own accepted rules. To question what you hold as sacrosanct. To shake the tree a bit. To put to bed a few of the worse entrepreneurial errors of our age.

12:00

Main Stage - Entertainment

12:00 - 12:30

16:00

What can finance do when machines do everything?

16:00 - 16:30

Speakers: Michael Cook, Senior Manager – Center for the Future of Work, EMEA, Cognizant

 

We all know that technologies like AI and machine learning are already rapidly changing the business ecosystem. But what will the future of work really look like? Will it dehumanise finance? And how do you as a finance professional prepare for this future? Some say it will turn into a worker’s nightmare and a jobless era. Others are more optimistic.
Join Michael Cook – Center for the Future of Work – and learn from his original research and analysis which scenarios are the most likely to unfold.

Ballroom 2 - Learn from the C-Suite

10:00

Our duty to make the world a better place

10:00 - 10:45

Speakers: Bothwell Mazarura, CFO Kumba Iron Ore, Craig Sumption, FD Hatch Africa, Brett Tromp, CFO Discovery Health, Walter Leonhardt, FD  Coca-Cola Beverages

 

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. So what are we doing to transform business, communities, South Africa and our continent? Learn about some of the changes these finance leaders have implemented in their sphere of influence and be prepared to walk away motivated and inspired about what you can do to make a change.

11:00

The Real CFO

11:00 - 11:45

Speakers: Jo Pohl, Group CFO Bowmans, Zaf Mahomed, CFO Cell C

 

The “REAL” CFO

During this session we’ll be discussing what it means to be a “”REAL”” CFO, and the journey to get you there. 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 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 your stakeholders.”

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

From CFO to CEO

13:00 - 13:45

Speakers: Joe Ndala, MD AECOM, Dineo Molefe, MD T-Systems

 

Climbing the corporate ladder is not for the feint hearted. There are many trials and tribulations along the way. Several finance professionals 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.

14:00

Forget scorecards, embrace real transformation

14:00 - 14:45

Speakers: Walter Leonhardt, FD Coca-Cola Beverages, Hanness Boonzaaier, CFO AfroCentric, Zaf Mahomed, CFO Cell C 

 

South Africa is in its 25th year of democracy, transformation is no longer about ticking boxes and meeting minimum requirements. For South Africa to grow and overcome past injustices, it is our responsibility to embrace real and meaningful change. Discover how these finance executives created meaningful change within their organisations.

15:00

The entrepreneurial CFO

15:00 - 15:45

Speakers: Brett Tromp, CFO Discovery Health, Liaan Kretzschmar, CFO Jaguar Land Rover, Sizwe Nkosi, CFO Phembani Group

 

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. 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.

Ballroom 3 - Discover your inner maverick

08:45

Charterquest CFO Competition Semi-Finalist Announcement

08:45 - 09:15

Speaker: Valentine Nti Founding Chief Executive, CharterQuest

 

The CFO 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 and 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.

10:00

Future proof your business: Make young people part of the solutions

10:00 - 10:45

Speaker: Neliswa Fente, Leader & Co Founder Springage

 

By 2020 Millennials will make up 50 percent of the workforce. Their natural ability to come up with disruptive, bold ideas makes them a valuable resource for your organisation when trying to compete in today’s changing times. They are digital natives who naturally, consider the future in their thinking. With a little bit of understanding, millennials could be the differentiator in achieving your company’s strategic objectives. How? Join dynamic young leader Neliswa Fente – Leader and Co-Founder of Springage by Deloitte – and discover how to get ready for the growing millennial workforce and millennial customers.

11:00

Turning a test into Africas largest gifting platform (Netflorist)

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Ryan Bacher, MD Netflorist

 

During this insightful session, you’ll hear from Netflorist MD Ryan Bacher, about how he took the business from idea, to implementation, to incredibly successful business. Learn some incredible lessons like: customer acquisition at zero cost, recognising opportunities as they arise and using a/b testing to find your optimal price point.

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

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 increasing numbers of people pursuing this route. In this session, you’ll learn top tips from the companies that survived and thrived amid all of the chaos, and how to gain access to markets.

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 their personal and professional experience and explain the choices they made in their careers. Join this session to get first-hand advice from the ones that lived to tell the tale.

15:00

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

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Allon Raiz, CEO Raizcorp

 

Find out about 6 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.

Ballroom 4 - Discover the future today

10:00

Stress vs. your bottom line: future-proof your productivity

10:00 - 10:45

Speakers: Alexandra Hadfield, COO Meditation for Business, Barbara Parker, CEO Meditation for Business

 

Your finance team is becoming less productive and efficient due to stress and stress-related illnesses. And make no mistake: 21st century stress is not only gnawing on your employees, but eating away at your bottom-line. How can you future-proof your profitability by investing in your team’s productivity? Join Stress Executives Barbara Parker and Alexandra Hadfield to explore the neuroscience of stress, and how you can future-proof your profitability by investing in your – and your staff’s – productivity. Learn how you and your staff can cultivate your own resilience skills and tools, to turn stress into opportunities and go from coping to thriving!

11:00

Being a finance leader in tough times

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Lee Naik, CEO TransUnion

 

Lee Naik, a seasoned digital transformation expert and the CEO of TransUnion Africa, will discuss how finance leaders drive their relevance in tough times. Lee will bring a unique CEO perspective on the current business and economic context facing South Africa and the broader continent, discuss some of the key imperatives for business survival and growth, and outline what this means for the finance professional. Lee will provide practical recommendations for how to remain relevant in this 4IR era, as well as examples of strategies that finance professionals can drive to help their organisations drive growth amidst the current constraints.

This session is brought to you by SAP Concur.

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

The secret to becoming Unstoppable

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Alex Granger, Chief Purpose Officer, Twice Blue

 

We all have a 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 becoming unstoppable.

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 in 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 challenges and opportunities ahead.

15:00

Is your finance team bot ready?

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Rudolph Janse van Rensburg”Head of Technology & RPA, TreasuryOne

 

Is manual capturing of invoices taking up a lot of your finance team’s valuable time? Experience first hand the lessons learned and productivity gains from our robotic process automation project. Bring your automation questions to the session for an interactive workshop and see how you can build a bot in just a few minutes. Find out how to remove mundane tasks and repetitive work, saving you several hours each day. Go from concept to production in just two weeks.

Boardroom Sessions - Grow your mind, knowledge, and skills

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 various 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 advanced technology-based solutions exist out there, you should ask if your team could be spending their time on other value-adding activities for the business rather than spreadsheet building and maintenance.

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 you’ll experience and lessons you’ll learn 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.

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

The mindset of a champion

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Mariska McKenzie, UJ senior accountancy lecturer

 

“Have you ever wondered what it takes to develop the mindset of a champion? Ever wondered how to stay focused in spite of the challenges and chaos unfolding around you? Do you struggle to stay motivated?  Mariska McKenzie, UJ senior accountancy lecturer, will share the incredible journey that took to win the 2018 World Championship title for deadlifting 142.5kg while breaking the Commonwealth, African and South African record. The story does not end there. You’ll also learn about maintaining the mindset of a champion and overcoming some incredibly challenging trials and tribulations all while keeping a big smile on your face. Prepare to be amazed. “

14:00

Can auditors still add value?

14:00 - 14:45

Speaker: Ilana de Klerk Director AKA Africa

 

In the current climate in which the audit industry has been under intense scrutiny and auditors are tightly regulated, can auditors still be seen as trusted business advisors without compromising themselves?

15:00

The CFO of the Future

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Colin Isles, Executive Adviser, Innovation Catalysts

 

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 the implications are for today’s finance teams. They are a critical component of any organisation, so if the business must transform, then 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 (ExOs) demonstrate? What factors typically prevent ’traditional’ organisations from becoming ExOs? How can your organisations shift from linear to exponential outcomes? What role must finance play in helping your organisation transform? Why, if finance doesn’t change, the organisation will fail.

Breakaway 1 - Grow your competitive edge

10:00

Thriving in an age of technology disruption within your finance teams

10:00 - 10:45

Speaker: Hari Ganesh Kumar, Enterprise Proposition Lead Thomson Reuters

 

Technology is disrupting all industries and functions within an organisation – and tax and finance teams are no exception. With increased focus by regulatory authorities and greater demands for transparency, teams need to review traditional models when complying with government regulations and reporting.

Join Hari Ganesh Kumar for a thought-provoking discussion in which he’ll explore: global and local trends, what to expect from technology, utilising technology to navigate your transformation journey and how to prepare your finance teams for the future.

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 38.5 percent. 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? Hear from Tashmia Ismail, CEO of Youth Employment Services, who is at the forefront of building partnerships and experiments to address the unemployment crisis.

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

Innovate the way you do business today! Adapt or die.

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Audrey Mbuyazi, Business Solution Lead, Oracle

 

Are you wondering how to optimise productivity? Are mundane and repetitive tasks frustrating you? Are you sick and tired of pulling information from multiple sources and compiling it all into Excel to get one version of the truth? Is lack of clarity forcing employees to leave your organisation and causing miscommunications to mount? Have you ever wondered how to simplify, standardise and automate end-to-end processes to increase transaction speed and free up resources? Fear not, we have a solution! In this session you’ll find out how finance professionals are making decisions faster based on data and information transparency powered by AI and assisted with machine learning.

14:00

Governance strategies in times of crisis. Save your business today!

14:00 - 14:45

Speaker: Prof. Peter Goss, Board/Strategy/Business Advisor

 

The Titanic sank due to poor decision making and failure to recognise the inevitable challenges as they arose! The same is true for several organisations across SA. We all know the importance of corporate governance in our organisations, yet many of us have neglected a framework to help navigate the murky waters. So what do we do? Sit back and watch the ship sink, or plug the hole now? Corporate governance and crisis management expert Professor Peter Goss will be sharing top tips and a framework to ensure the success and sustainability of our Organisations. If you miss this session, your Organisation might end up sinking too.

15:00

Evolution of Internal Controls – Smarter processes and controls

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Ashley Smith Partner, Advisory, Pranesh Kara Associate Director: Emerging Technology Risk, KPMG

 

Are you seeking to improve your business processes to compete in today’s digital, disruptive, fast-paced business environment? In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear how automating control activities can significantly reduce your control performance costs thus improving your organisation’s bottom-line results, demonstrating ROI and increased process reliability to the business.

Breakaway 2 - Discover the winning tech of 2020

10:00

Streamlining Financial Statements on the cloud

10:00 - 10:45

Speaker: Michael Mncube Product Manager AdaptIT

 

The demands on finance professionals are ever increasing. You are expected to do more with less, in a shorter space of time. Completing tax returns with due care has never been as important as it is now. In a complex regulatory environment, finance professionals need to automate their process as far as possible. Join this live demo to experience how cloud-based software empowers accountants of tomorrow, today.

11:00

Fraud, fraud, fraud...

11:00 - 11:45

Speaker: Rudolph Janse van Rensburg, Head of Technology & RPA, TreasuryOne

 

Eighty two percent of companies reported an attempted or actual payment fraud in 2018. With fraudsters continuing to innovate hacking methods, it is critical to design policies and to centralise payment processes to offer better protection and to adopt RPA and AI/cognitive technology solutions to combat the rise in attacks. Can you afford to be ignorant?

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

If you are looking to revitalise your ERP and EPM strategy, come and find out how you can avoid drowning in data and sail past your competitors

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Nicholas Gerber Regional Enterprise Account Manager EMEA, InsightSoftware

 

The use of these systems can often be ineffective and outdated. Leading to one-dimensional data that just doesn’t provide the insights and real-time functionality you actually need. Drowning in data is an all too familiar reality for most finance professionals. If you can relate to those frustrations, we have good news for you… During this session you’ll find out how it is possible to enable your reporting staff with applications that give them the ability to provide real-time, actionable insights on your businesses data that will improve the visibility of your KPI’s, and the decisions based on them, making your business a more enjoyable place to work and – as an added bonus can also result in significant cost savings.

14:00

The finance function has evolved… Have you?

14:00 - 14:45

Speaker: Darryl Owen, Vice President and General Manager Middle East Africa, Turkey & India, MicroStrategy

 

“Business has become significantly more complex: regulatory challenges, driving cost reductions, managing exchange rate fluctuations, risk management, data governance and the need to provide operational financial insights to the business in real time. The expectations for finance professionals to integrate realistic and accurate reporting into business operations has never been more crucial or demanding. Too many hours are wasted trying to amalgamate data from multiple sources to provide good real time decisions, leading to missed opportunities or costly mistakes.

Join MicroStrategy to find out how you can transform your organisation today by reducing risk, gaining insights in real time and making better business decisions with the market leading governed data platform, providing one accurate version of the truth.”

15:00

5 best-kept Excel secrets for finance professionals

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Dan Stillerman, Founder Excel Academy

 

Excel Academy has become well known for a uniquely fun, interactive and practical style of presenting. This Excel crash course will reveal 5 of the best-kept secrets you can apply immediately to significantly ramp up your productivity as a finance professional. Best of all? You’re guaranteed to learn something new, regardless of whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned Excel jockey.

Breakaway 3 - Learn beyond your numbers

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 offers tremendous opportunities to transform traditional business processes for strategy, operations and risk management and compliance. It provides unique insights into the operational landscape of businesses and what is going on under the hood. It can dramatically improve the effectiveness and efficiency of compliance and assurance activities. It 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

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.

12:00

Lunch and networking

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

Is your back office ready to support your digital transformation?

13:00 - 13:45

Speaker: Clodagh Swennumson Director Product Management , Financial Control Solutions

 

“The only thing advancing faster than technology is consumer expectations. Eighty nine percent of executives told Gartner this is now their number-one focus with 53 percent focused on innovative ways to improve the customer experience. This customer focus translates to new and faster options and more ways consumers can choose to interact digitally with your business More digitisation means not only a huge increase in transaction volume but also in their complexity – transactions that need to be reconciled faster without additional staff, more spreadsheets or a new box of highlighters. Be part of this informative and thought-provoking session to discuss how the changing landscape driven by your front-office impacts your back-office and how to overcome the restrictions of your back office. “

14:00

The value of information analytics

14:00 - 14:45

Speaker: Prof. Rashied Small, Executive, SAIPA

 

The accounting profession has experienced some radical changes in recent times, there will be several more changes on the horizon too. If you’re feeling apprehensive or concerned about what’s to come, and how this is going to affect your team, this is the session for you. Prof Rashied Small will be taking you through a framework on:
* How to use data more effectively for qualitative and quantitative decision making purposes

* Learning how to identify and manage risks

* Using info to redirect your business model

15:00

Billions have been ploughed into technology that promises to keep cyber threats at bay – but what if this fails?

15:00 - 15:45

Speaker: Kudakwashe Charandura ,Director Cybersecurity  Alfred Sambaza, Director Forensics SNG-Grant Thornton

 

We’re all talking about the power of data and a connected world, but everyone seems to be avoiding the topic of cyber risks and having your data compromised. The question is not if, but more likely when will you be attacked and held ransom by hackers? Do you know the correct steps and procedures to follow once your systems have been hacked or held for ransom? Do you know how to mitigate the risk and contain the attack? Do you have the right monitoring tools in place to minimise the chances of falling victim in the first place? If not, you’d better attend this session to avoid compromising your data and protecting your company’s IP and confidential information today.