FINANCE INDABA PROGRAMME

DAY ONE

16 October 2019

09:15

Experimental Success

09:15 - 09:45

Speaker: Marnus Broodryk Entrepreneur | Optimist | Author

 

Marnus Broodryk became a self-made millionaire by 24, and is the founder of one the country’s most profitable auditing firms. Broodryk, who was one of the youngest investors on M-Net’s Shark Tank, shares his five top lessons on how to achieve success in business. What can you learn from his journey and how can you apply these lessons in your organisation? Join us for a roller coaster ride of entrepreneurial lessons learned.

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

 

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.

16:00

Main Stage - Entertainment

16:00 - 16:45

08:45

Charterquest CFO Competition Semi-Finalist Announcement

08:45 - 09:15

Announcement by: Valentine Nti

 

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

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

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

Presentation 3

12:00 - 12:45

13:00

From CFO to CEO

13:00 - 13:45

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

 

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.

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 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

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

SAP Concur

11:00 - 11:45

12:00

Presentation 3

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.

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

Oracle Session

13:00 - 13:45

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

KPMG Session

15:00 - 15:45

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. You 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 you up at night. So how do you streamline them? Join this live demo to experience how cloud-based software empowers the practitioner 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

Insight Software Session

13:00 - 13:45

14:00

Micro Strategy Session

14:00 - 14:45

15:00

Excel Academy Session

15:00 - 15:45

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

MoData Session

13:00 - 13:45

14:00

SAIPA Session

14:00 - 14:45

15:00

SNG-GT Session

15:00 - 15:45

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

 

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.