Finance Indaba programme: Skills and knowhow for finance - #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: Skills and knowhow for finance, which will take place on 13 October 2016 and features one the the world's most inspiring accountants!

Other programme highlights:

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Boardroom 3

13 October 2016 ONLY

10.15 - 11.00 Can your team look beyond the general ledger?
Finance has always been a people-centred business, with the focus on making informed and effective decisions that promote the goals of the business. Some will argue that technology enables you to drastically improve the finance function, however, in the end, it is the professional in your team who makes this happen. CFOs are looking for savvy finance and accounting professionals with a holistic view on the business, who can look beyond the general ledger and the quantitative information presented in the financial reports. Are today's finance and accounting graduates ready to take on that role? In this workshop, hear from Prof Rashied Small about how you can build a finance team for the 21st century.
By: Prof. Rashied Small
Hosted by: SAIPA

11.15 - 12.00 Joining the dots: Decision-making for a new era
High-quality decision-making has never been more important or more difficult. Senior business leaders are striving to position their organisations to thrive in the short, medium and long term, but are having to do so in an operating environment that is volatile and uncertain. Our research has found a number of major flaws in companies' decision-making, which is costing them dearly. A survey of 300 C-suite executives at major organisations around the world suggests that decision-making in many businesses could be fundamentally improved.
By: Malcolm Furber (FCMA, CGMA, Past President at CIMA)
Hosted by: CIMA

12.15 - 13.00 How to become the world's most inspiring accountant
We have always believed passionately in the role accountants play in creating a better world by helping to make businesses more successful, creating jobs and generating wealth. Coenraad 'Coenie' Middel, whose firm Middel & Partners has been named one of the most inspiring accountancy practices in the world, talks about what it takes to be an inspiring accountant, how to go beyond tax, auditing and accounting, and the approach young finance professionals should take.
By: Coenraad Middel (Chairman at Middel & Partners)
Hosted by: CFO South Africa

13.15 - 14.00 CFO(SA) - an international designation for South African CFOs
Internationally, financial executives are accredited based on their achievements as leaders, strategists and financial specialists. Being accredited refers to the process in which certification of competency is awarded by a recognised authority. The international CFO designation is now also available to Southern African executives. Finance executives may now obtain a designation, reflecting their status as a leader in finance, namely the acclaimed Certified Financial Officer (SA), abbreviated as CFO(SA)™. In association with the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI), the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) offer international accreditation to Southern African executives.
By: Nicolaas van Wyk ((CEO at Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) and Board member of IAFEI)
Hosted by: SAIBA | SAAA

14.15 - 15.00 Digital Darwinism: Thriving in the face of technology change
We live in an age of "Digital Darwinism", a time where technology is evolving faster than many organisations can adapt. As trusted advisers to business, finance professionals are expected to lead rather than follow, and be open to the changes created by big data, cloud, mobile, and social platforms. This talk will offer key insights that will help accountants and business to prepare for this new world of possibilities.
Hosted by: ACCA

15.15 - 16.00 What keeps finance professionals up at night?
Does your company have the right financial skills and qualifications to meet your short to medium-term business objectives and save you time and money? Without a productive finance team, this is nearly impossible to achieve. Your CFOs and senior financial professionals have no time for errors. They need to focus on financial management while their teams do the work. But how do you ensure this happens? Join Nadine Kater, AAT(SA) Senior Executive, as she offers practical tools and templates to help you develop your financial teams. Maximise your company's return on investment and earn vital B-BBEE skills development points, too.
By: Nadine Kater (Senior Executive at AAT SA)
Hosted by: AAT