Finance Indaba programme: the Future of 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: the Future of Finance, a two-day programme moderated by corporate trainer Dave Stevens.

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Location: Ballroom 4 (220 pax)

13 October 2016

10.30 - 11.15 Tomorrow's World Today: The disruptive forces shaping the world right now, and how we should respond
We're not just living a time of turbulent change - we are actually experiencing an era shift in history. The rules for success and failure are being rewritten, and there's no 'business as usual' anymore. This is true in every industry and every market. In this environment, the task of the leader must change. The best leaders today are those people who know what to do when nobody knows what to do, and are able to navigate confidently through uncertainty and paradox.

To be successful in a time of such turbulence requires insights into the disruptive forces that are changing our world, and a new toolkit of skills for the leaders who must navigate the changes. This presentation provides a compelling picture of the near future, proving that we are living through an era shift in history, and provides a toolkit for future-focused leaders to use to navigate deeply disruptive change.
By: Graeme Codrington (Expert on the future of work)
Hosted by: FutureSense

11.30 - 12.15 Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation: A positive point of view
The recent announcement by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) that it will begin a process to implement Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation (MAFR) in South Africa in an effort to strengthen auditor independence has been met with resistance from many stakeholders, including auditing firms. While MAFR is non-existent in the listed sector, it is indirectly implemented, in some respects, within the public sector, as most large state-owned entities go out on tender every five years, with a standard clause that the auditor's appointment is subject to the annual approval of shareholders. What then, can listed companies learn from their public sector counterparts, and what tangible benefits can MAFR bring?
By: Mitesh Patel (Managing Partner at Nkonki)
Hosted by: Nkonki

Also read: Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation is a good thing

12.30 - 13.15 Risks that really matter in a retirement fund
The focus of investors (including retirement fund trustees) is often on volatility, especially during tough economic conditions such as what the world is currently facing. However, this really isn't the most important risk facing members of defined contribution funds. Risks like living longer, failing to beat inflation by a wide margin, insufficient contributions and other behavioural pitfalls can do much more damage. This talk focusses on the risks that really matter in a defined contribution fund and what you as a CFO or finance professional can do to assist your company's fund.
By: Andrew Davison (Head of Investment Consulting at Old Mutual Corporate Consultants)
Hosted by: Old Mutual

Also read: Is your retirement scheme targeting good outcomes?

13.30 - 14.15 Five tech trends that you need to embrace in 2017
Technology is changing how we live, work and play. It is also impacting the office of the CFO. KPMG talks about five key tech trends that will shape our future. In this session, Frank Rizzo, Technology Sector Leader at KPMG, will expand on these key technology trends and how they could impact today's CFO. Key among these trends is artificial intelligence/cognitive computing - where data & analytics is taken to the next level. The CFO needs to move from descriptive and predictive analytics to full cognitive computing. But how does today's CFO embrace these changes and understand the impact they will have on their team and their business? In this presentation we will show you what is possible and how you can make the most of this technology trend.
By: Frank Rizzo (Technology Sector Leader at KPMG) and Marius van der Westhuizen (CEO at BusinessOptics)
Hosted by: KPMG

Also read: Five top trends in finance and technology

14.30 - 15.15 The modern CFO has evolved, have you?
In this session, Valter Adão, Deloitte Digital Africa Leader, will share his insight on the evolution of the modern CFO in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution. As a CFO, learning to innovate is critical if you want to deliver sustainable business outcomes. This requires an appreciation of the changing nature of work, digital disruption and the interconnected nature of a global economy. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to evolve your thinking.
By: Valter Adão (Digital & Innovation leader & LSHC leader at Deloitte)
Hosted by: Deloitte

15.30 - 16.15 Surviving in an age of radical uncertainty
As the true impact of technology starts to make itself felt, the world is changing in unimaginable ways. And, as we enter the fourth industrial revolution, so we enter the age of radical uncertainty. Over the last 40 years, the concept of jobs for life has become an anachronism. Making sense of and surviving in today's world is no longer a straightforward process. As business writer Tom Peters says: "Perhaps the best approach to survival is to assume you're about to be laid off, permanently." In this session we will discuss what the future may hold, and the risks that we, as individuals, may face, including the prospect of jobless growth. Join us as we share our views on the best ways to mitigate these risks in order to survive.
By: Terry Moore (Business Expert)
Hosted by: SAICA

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14 October 2016

10.30 - 11.15 Getting ahead by cutting back: Using zero-based budgeting to fuel growth
By: Madeleine Joubert (Lead Finance and Enterprise Performance Accenture)
Hosted by: Accenture

11.30 - 12.15 The new standard: Unlocking value through responsible investment
This presentation will cover why sustainability matters and the global context to responsible investment. It will also analyse what the evidence shows around the consideration of ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. It will talk about Old Mutual Investment Group's application of responsible investment and suggest how the CFO should respond to these important issues.
By: Robert Lewenson (Head of ESG Engagement, Responsible Investment at Old Mutual Investment Group)
Hosted by: Old Mutual

12.30 - 13.15 Regulatory change - Strategic friend or compliance foe?
Bring effective regulatory change debates and decision-making to your organisation. Regulatory change is considered a top strategic business risk by big and small organisations alike, regardless of industry or sector. It changes rapidly, can be incredibly complex, and non-compliance often leads to big fines, reputation damage and dramatic loss of shareholder value. But a sustainable competitive advantage can be gained by ensuring that effective regulatory change debates and decision-making happen across your organisation, all the way into the boardroom. In this session, Tim Bashall talks with a panel of experts and finance leaders about turning regulatory change into competitive advantage.
By: Tim Bashall (Partner, Leader, Regulatory Centre of Excellence at KPMG)
Hosted by: KPMG

13.30 - 14.15 The inconvenient truth about cybersecurity - Find it, fix it, manage it
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for organisations. As technology evolves, so will the nature and prevalence of cyber threats. The prevalence of cyber threats is forcing companies to make tough decisions and quickly so, otherwise they stand to lose direct control of information assets. Much like taxes and death, cybersecurity has become a part of our day-to-day lives and can have a negative impact on both individuals and organisations. We will explore and unpack what businesses need to be aware of going into 2017.
By: Nathan Desfontaines (Cyber Security Manager at KPMG)
Hosted by: KPMG

Also read: Beware the cyber threat

14.30 - 15.15 The new economics of Africa and what this means for your business
Dr Martyn Davies shares his insights on the rapidly changing economic landscape of the African continent. As African states face the challenge of having to shake off tired ideologies, invest in human capital and navigate difficult structural reform paths, so your business must be responsive. The rapidly changing global economy requires Africa's frontier economies to move from resource-driven to ideas-driven. These are vastly different environments from the old economics of Africa, and things are happening faster than most of us can appreciate.
By: Dr. Martyn Davies (Managing Director Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte)
Hosted by: Deloitte

15.30 - 16.15 Global Management Accounting Principles (GMAPs)
Quality decision-making has never been more important - or more difficult. New innovations and innovators daily disrupt the status quo. The volume and velocity of unstructured data is increasing in complexity. The Global Management Accounting Principles© were created for this era of business. Prepared by the AICPA and CIMA, the Principles help the public and private sectors to make better decisions, respond appropriately to the risks they face, and protect the value they generate.
By: Badibanga Promesse (Regional Vice President Africa at CIMA)
Hosted by: CIMA

Also read: Badibanga Promesse new CIMA Regional Director Africa