Finance Indaba programme: Careers on the couch - #findaba16

The Finance Indaba Africa 2016 is almost upon us and it is time to start looking at what exactly lies ahead at the Sandton Convention Centre on 13 and 14 October 2016. Every day until the event, we will shine a light on the parts of the amazing programme. Today: Careers on the couch, a two-day programme about building an exciting career in finance.

Other programme highlights:

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Location: Bill Gallagher Room

13 October 2016

10.15 - 10.45 CFO interview: Building a career in public service
Public Sector CFO of the Year Dumisani Dlamini from the National Arts Council and CFO Clifford Appel from the Department of Social Development have a wealth of experience in public financial management. They are the unseen and unheard giants of public finance. Why did they choose a career in public finance? Does working for the government give them a sense of higher purpose? Hear why a role in the public sector could give your career the boost it needs!
By: Dumisani Dlamini (CFO at National Arts Council of South Africa), Clifford Appel (CFO at Department of Social Development).
Interviewed by: Roy Clark (Managing Director at ClarkHouse Human Capital)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read: Dumisani Dlamini - 5 ways public sector CFOs can get a clean audit

11.00 - 11.45 Maximising the ROI of a postgraduate education: From the classroom to the boardroom
Are you looking to embark on a postgraduate education to take your career to the next level of growth? Are you wondering how such a decision can bring you real return on investment? Join Alvin Liew (CFO Monash South Africa) as he shares insight into how to stand out in a crowded, competitive workplace environment. Alvin will advise on the best timing and methods to invest in a postgraduate education and share his personal experience in building a successful international career.
By: Alwin Liew (CFO at Monash South Africa)
Hosted by: Monash South Africa

12.00 - 12.30 CFO interview: The value of international experience
Why should you seek out international assignments? How could your career benefit from a new and unfamiliar country? Bikash Prasad and Wayne Beifus share their insights, gleaned from more than 40 years of combined experience working in different countries. What they have learnt, why did they do it and what can you do to boost your own career?
By: Wayne Beifus (Head of Finance at BAT South Africa), Bikash Prasad (Senior Vice President and CFO Africa & Middle East at Olam International Limited)
Interviewed by: Roy Clark (Managing Director at ClarkHouse Human Capital)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read: Bikash Prasad: Africa can feed the world

12.45 - 13.30 From final hurdles to winning the race - What you must know to secure your dream role
Every recruitment process is different but there are some critical elements that remain unchanged and which you need to be prepared for in order to be successful. In this candid discussion, Georgina Barrack, MD of Cassel & Co, shares her experience, covering the journey from first contact with a head-hunter to understanding and interviewing with your prospective employer. This session is an absolute must if you want to land your dream role.
By: Georgina Barrick (Managing Director at Cassel & Co)
Hosted by: Cassel & Co

13.45 - 14.15 CFO interview: Woman and success
Women hold the key to fundamentally shifting our businesses and the growth and development of women in the workplace should be high priority. In this interview with Jo Pohl and Mary Vilikazi you will hear their views on how to drive change in your business that ensures it capitalises on the enormous pool of talent and expertise among women in Africa.
By: Jo-Ann Pohl (CFO at Telesure Group Services) and Mary Vilakazi (CFO at MMI Holdings)
Interviewed by: Roy Clark (Managing Director at ClarkHouse Human Capital)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read: From Alexandra to the boardroom: MMI CFO Mary Vilakazi

15.30 - 16.15 You should lead your industry!
Are you experiencing the full force of disruptive innovation in the financial and technology industries? Do you need to become better at adapting to and leading changes in your business environment? Learn how to build agile and resilient organisations, and achieve and sustain high performance in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Come explore how to "lead the change".
By: Dumisani Ntombela (Academic Director and Sessional Lecturer at WorldsView Academy), Christo van Staden (Leadership & Team Development Interventions at WorldsView Academy)
Hosted by: WorldsView Academy

16.30 - 17.15 Maximising the ROI of a postgraduate education - From the classroom to the boardroom
Are you looking to embark on a postgraduate education to take your career to the next level of growth? Are you wondering how such a decision can bring you real return on investment? Join Alvin Liew (CFO Monash South Africa) as he shares insight into how to stand out in a crowded, competitive workplace environment. Alvin will advise on the best timing and methods to invest in a postgraduate education and share his personal experience in building a successful international career.
By: Alwin Liew (CFO at Monash South Africa)
Hosted by: Monash South Africa

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14 October 2016

10.15 - 10.45 CFO interview: The Chief Value Officer
Who is in charge of value in your business and do you have a clearly defined notion of what that means? In this exclusive conversation, Aarti Takoordeen, CFO at JSE Limited, interviews Professor Mervyn King about the role of a Chief Value Officer, what this role means to a business and why your organisation should consider it.
By: Mervyn King (Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa), Aarti Takoordeen (CFO at JSE Limited)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read: Mervyn King: "CFOs critical for integrated thinking"

11.00 - 11.45 Future-focussed finance teams - 2025 and beyond
Is your business ready for what the future holds? Is your finance team future-focussed enough to tackle what's in store? In this powerful session we share the insights of over 30 top CFOs in South Africa and discover what will help businesses and finance teams to truly capitalise on what the future holds. We share our research and unpack how this can benefit your finance teams and ultimately your business.
Hosted by: ClarkHouse

12.00 - 12.30 CFO Interview | The Power of Diversity - what you can bring to the table
You know that diversity is a non-negotiable for your talent strategy and your organisation is working hard to execute this idea. But just how far can you take the idea of diversity and what can you learn from organisations that are already benefiting from effective diversity strategies? Brett Tromp and Aarti Takoordeen share their passion for diversity and how they look to make a personal contribution to the agenda.
By: Brett Tromp (CFO at Discovery Health), Aarti Takoordeen (CFO at JSE Limited)
Interviewed by: Auguste Coetzer (Executive Search Director at Talent Africa)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read: Gatekeeper and brand ambassador - Discovery Health CFO Brett Tromp

12.45 - 13.30 Building effective finance teams
When there is a balance of natural energy around a boardroom table, in an executive or management group, or across the operational or frontline team, there is a much more effective flow and, in turn, results - results for the directors, team members and business as a whole. Natural energy refers to the way that you naturally think and operate. Identifying, creating and sustaining your value, which you then leverage, is the cornerstone of working effectively with your natural energy. A company focussed on maximising its growth opportunities should commit to consciously understanding and bringing into balance the natural energies of its board, team and key functions.
By: Belinda Doveston (Managing Director at Sirdar Global Operations)
Hosted by: SAICA

13.45 - 14.15 What it takes to be a successful finance leader in an emerging market and a Fortune 500 company
During this presentation, Auguste 'Gusti' Coetzer, Executive Search Director at Talent Africa, will weigh up the relevant factors to answer the question of whether it is tougher to be a CFO in an emerging market or a Fortune 500 company. Do emerging markets face similar or different challenges to those facing Fortune 500 companies? In order to reach a conclusion, Auguste will analyse the competencies required for both markets, bearing in mind they do business in equally difficult and highly competitive environments.
By: Auguste (Gusti) Coetzer (Executive Search Director at Talent Africa)
Hosted by: Talent Africa

14.30 - 15.15 You should lead your industry!
Are you experiencing the full force of disruptive innovation in the financial and technology industries? Do you need to become better at adapting to and leading changes in your business environment? Learn how to build agile and resilient organisations, and to achieve and sustain high performance in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Come explore how to "lead the change".
By: Dumisani Ntombela (Academic Director and Sessional Lecturer at WorldsView Academy), Christo van Staden (Leadership & Team Development Interventions at WorldsView Academy)
Hosted by: WorldsView Academy

15.30 - 16.15 Hiring in an age of Robotics, AI and Bean Bags
Business must change to survive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. Your real competitors are Google, Amazon, Uber and Facebook, yet you still hire and implement HR practices predicated on an industrial age mindset with annual feedback, antiquated hiring practices and bureaucratic culture. Don't miss Amazon #1 best seller, futurist and former marketing SME head of Google discuss how organisations should transform their hiring and HR practices for the 4th Industrial age.
By: Craig Wing (FutureWorld International)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

Also read other insightful contributions by Craig Wing