Finance Indaba programme: Finance for Africa - #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: Finance for Africa, a two-day programme moderated by Didi Sehume, Treasury and Securities Services associate at JP Morgan.

Other programme highlights:

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Location: Ballroom 3 (220 pax)

13 October 2016

10.15 - 10.30 Opening Finance for Africa Track
South Africa's Auditor-General Thembekile Kimi Makwetu opens the Finance for Africa programme and shares his vision on the importance of finance and how the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) is enabling oversight, accountability and governance in the public sector.
By: Thembekile Kimi Makwetu (South Africa's Auditor-General)

10.30 - 11.15 Do you want to be successful in Africa?
There are as many economic and commercial outlooks for Africa as there are inhabitants, and you end up trying to figure out whether Africa is rising or whether the bubble has burst. This session will explore the critical decision-making factors that leading finance professionals made as they entered and exited African markets. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about some of the most critical business decisions of our time, why they were made and whether or not they were successful.
By: Grant Talbot (CFO CIB Rest of Africa at Standard Bank Group), Victor Williams (Head CIB Rest of Africa at Standard Bank Group)
Hosted by: Standard Bank

11.30 - 12.15 Embracing transformation: Head, heart and hands
Is transformation a difficult agenda item or something your organisation has made part of its DNA? During this tell-all session, Peter Walsh, Group CFO at Servest, talks about why transformation must become part of all South African businesses' DNA, arguing that the fact that it is nearly 23 years since the first democratic elections is irrelevant. Guests Mbonisi Danisa, Director Investments at KTH, and Thabo Phokane, Board Member at Servest, will join Peter to offer their perspectives.
By: Peter Walsh (Group CFO at Servest), Mbonisi Danisa (Director Investments at Kagiso Tiso Holdings), Thabo Phokane (Board Member at Servest)
Hosted by: Servest

12.30 - 13.15 Are you accessing the right liquidity? Smart African financing
You're trying to figure out how best to access funding, which markets to consider and how to manage risk as your business moves into the African continent. Its complex and requires considerable focus if you're going to get it right. This discussion with leading experts will explore the future of finance in Africa, drawing on experience in trade finance, debt and equity capital markets and loan financing across the continent.
By: Paul Burgoyne (Treasurer South Africa at Standard Bank Group) and Bikash Prasad (CFO Africa Olam International)
Hosted by: Standard Bank

13.30 - 14.15 How you can help develop South Africa: A look into successful supplier development
Successful supplier development (SD) is not about compliance with the rules; it is about aligning your strategy with a higher purpose. But how? In this session we share our experiences and best practices with SD programmes and how you can create a win-win-win situation. Specialists from KPMG will bring you up to date in a lively session about opportunities and transformation.
By: Jill Nash (Senior Manager at KPMG Project Management), Andile Skosana (Associate Director Infrastructure & Major Projects at KPMG), John Saker (Partner & Supplier Development, Sales & Markets at KPMG), Berenice Katz (Transformation Manager at KPMG)
Hosted by: KPMG

14.30 - 15.15 Producing entrepreneurs in a tough economic climate
All great entrepreneurs are products of problems. Full of problems, South Africa is perfectly suited for the emergence of a new breed of 21st century entrepreneurs. What we need is a different way of thinking about our challenges. This panel will tackle Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) as an opportunity for South Africa to prove that tough economic conditions can produce innovation in new business development. You cannot afford to miss these ground-breaking ideas.
By: Thandeka Zondi (Director of Strategy and Business Development at SekelaXabiso)
Hosted by: SekelaXabiso

15.30 - 16.15 Neanderthal or Modern Man? The evolution of P2P maturity and Working Capital Optimization
Hosted by: Intellection

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14 October 2016

10.30 - 11.15 Forget ownership, attitude is the key to exponential growth in the 21st century
Many JSE-listed businesses that are part of South Africa's economic fabric will not be around within the next few decades. Fasten your seatbelts for a thought-provoking session with renowned Dutch lifehacker, author and boardroom sparring partner, Martijn Aslander. Martijn revels in confusing his (international) audiences but is also one of the most inspirational speakers when it comes to doing business in an age of disruption. Along with a panel of business leaders, Martijn will discuss why it is no longer about what you own or what you know, but about your attitude and your ability to adapt.
By: Martijn Aslander (Co-founder at Amsterdam-Connected). Panel: Matteo Rizzi, Jeremy Hurter
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

11.30 - 12.15 How to ensure Africa doesn't just survive but THRIVES
The prosperity of our country and our communities is highly dependent on the success of our businesses - in particular our Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs have been identified as productive drivers of inclusive economic growth and development in South Africa and around the world. Researchers estimate that in South Africa, SMEs comprise 91% of formalised businesses and provide employment to 60% of the labour force. In order to sustainably survive, start-ups and SMEs need more than just incubation - they require ongoing support, an environment for innovation, and funding. While the rest of the "Enterprise Development" market focusses on one aspect, My Growth Fund has vertically integrated all of the above so that our SMEs move beyond survive to thrive, adding critical mass to our nation's economy.
By: Boitumelo Mofikoe (Managing Director at My Growth Fund)
Hosted by: My Growth Fund

12.30 - 13.15 Forget ownership, attitude is the key to exponential growth in the 21st century
Many JSE-listed businesses that are part of South Africa's economic fabric will not be around within the next few decades. Fasten your seatbelts for a thought-provoking session with renowned Dutch lifehacker, author and boardroom sparring partner, Martijn Aslander. Martijn revels in confusing his (international) audiences but is also one of the most inspirational speakers when it comes to doing business in an age of disruption. Along with a panel of business leaders, Martijn will discuss why it is no longer about what you own or what you know, but about your attitude and your ability to adapt.
By: Martijn Aslander (Co-founder at Amsterdam-Connected)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

13.30 - 14.15 Build the Future Now: Our changing expectations of work in a world of digital integration
The new digital companies that have become household brands in just the last decade have tapped into some core values of the digital age. Learn how every company can - and must - do the same in order to be successful in the future.

The companies that are shaping the digital world in which we now live are growing at unprecedented rates and have an extraordinary influence on our lives and work. Apple, Samsung, Google, Facebook, Uber, PayPal, Airbnb, Amazon, Netflix and many others are integrating themselves into our lives, and at the same time changing our expectations of how the world around us should work. To be successful and get ahead of your competitors, you need to integrate these new expectations into your customer - and staff - experiences. This is not just about finding ways to disrupt your industry, as these companies have all done, but rather focusing on what we can learn from way these digital world companies have connected with the values of this new era. These include such key factors as personalisation, ease of use, constant upgrading, automation, gamification and social sharing.
By: Graeme Codrington (Expert on the future of work)
Hosted by: FutureSense

14.30 - 15.15 Work smarter, not harder
Are you overloaded with information and unnecessary distractions every day? Do you finally want to get to grips with stress and procrastination; create time and focus to do your real work? It this workshop we share nine tips to help you work smarter and faster. These and dozens of other tips, tools and tricks that help you become super productive are brought to you by the number one European productivity trainer Marcel van den Berg.
By: Marcel van den Berg (Director Western Europe at Think Productive)
Hosted by: Think Productive

15.30 - 16.15 Forget ownership, attitude is the key to exponential growth in the 21st century
Many JSE-listed businesses that are part of South Africa's economic fabric will not be around within the next few decades. Fasten your seatbelts for a thought-provoking session with renowned Dutch lifehacker, author and boardroom sparring partner, Martijn Aslander. Martijn revels in confusing his (international) audiences but is also one of the most inspirational speakers when it comes to doing business in an age of disruption. Along with a panel of business leaders, Martijn will discuss why it is no longer about what you own or what you know, but about your attitude and your ability to adapt.
By: Martijn Aslander (Co-founder at Amsterdam-Connected)