Who is captured: the state or business? SA's best speakers boost Finance Indaba

The high quality of the speakers at the Finance Indaba Africa 2018 will make it difficult for finance professionals to choose which session to attend.

Are you captured? South African business leaders cannot be naive about the reach and impact of illicit conduct across the private and public sector and this session will challenge you to think more critically around the role of corporate governance. Corporate Governance expert, Professor Peter Goss, will share practical approaches to moving your organisation forward. If you're a finance leader who is serious about the state of business and South Africa you simply have to make this session part of your Finance Indaba learning.

On 3 and 4 October, over 5,000 finance professionals will have the opportunity to explore a wealth of resources, know-how and inspiration during an expo that offers learning and networking opportunities as well as 100+ free CPD seminars, and an exhibition that showcases 100s of new solutions for finance teams.

The list of top speakers who will be taking the stage during two days of Finance Indaba Africa is simply astounding and includes:

  • Vusi Thembekwayo, SA's best business speaker
  • Marnus Broodryk, SA's best finance entrpreneur
  • Richard Sutton, SA's best mental coach for sports stars
  • Mqondisi Gumede, SA's most visionary storyteller
  • Marlon Parker, SA's best advocate of hope and innovation

Here's what your colleagues are lining up for:

3 October 2018 | Bill Gallagher Room | Sandton Convention Centre

09:15 - 09:45: The rockstar of public speaking with Vusi Thembekwayo

10:00 - 10:45: Not in the Cloud? Your business is going backwards and here's why...  with Dave Sohigian, CTO EMEA Workday
Cloud technology has developed quickly and moved from hype to reality over the last decade. There are countless advantages to moving to the Cloud, the transformation that it entails is more than just technology. In this session with Dave Sohigian, CTO Workday EMEA, you will learn how the most successful companies moved to the Cloud with their core applications and are redefining the future of work and business. Don't miss your chance to hear from one of the world's leading professionals and learn all you need to know about a transition for your business.

11:00 - 11:45: Train your brain: secrets from a coach of global sports champions with Richard Sutton, Global Health Coach Sutton Health
How did coach Richard Sutton help champions like Kevin Anderson, Martina Navratilova or Ryk Neethling deal with stress? How can you can train your brain and make sure your staff doesn't lose valuable time due to stress, depression or other mental health issues? Richard Sutton is a clinically trained neurovascular practitioner, with a background in bio-kinesiology and has worked with five former world number one tennis players, Springbok rugby captains and Olympic gold medalists.

12:00 - 12:45: I know not of this land, give them cake with Mqondisi Gumede, Knowledge Merchant
Uncommon sense is needed if you want to successfully navigate a complex nonlinear world. In this thought-provoking session with thought leader and master of uncommon sense Mqondisi Gumede, you'll get a whole new take on how we might blend our economic ingredients and factors of production to create the Sweetest economic deal for South Africa. If you're looking for a new way of imagining South Africa be sure to catch this session!

13:00 - 13:45: The economic value of digital disruption: Hype or reality with Brian Armstrong
There is much talk about digital disruption and the 4th Industrial Revolution. But some skepticism remains regarding the extent to which non-tech industries are affected and how they should respond to the clamour for digital transformation. This talk explores how different industries are affected by digital disruption, the views of the sceptics versus the believers, the optimists versus the pessimists. It unpacks the dimensions of digital disruption, its link to business strategy, and examines hard economic data to assess whether there is real business value in digital transformation, both at the level of the firm, as well as the broader economy. It then unpacks some of the key challenges confronting organisations as they seek to transform and suggests some practical approaches to embarking on digital transformation journeys.

14:00 - 14:45:  Business capture? State Capture! Lessons for the CFO with Peter Goss
Are you captured? South African business leaders cannot be naive about the reach and impact of illicit conduct across the private and public sector and this session will challenge you to think more critically around the role of corporate governance. Corporate Governance expert, Professor Peter Goss, will share practical approaches to moving your organisation forward. If you're a finance leader who is serious about the state of business and South Africa you simply have to make this session part of your Finance Indaba learning.

15:00 - 15:45: How to unlock your true potential - A lifehackers guide to boost your personal development with Martijn Aslander
As an expert for many years, Martijn will give you a lifehackers guide to boost your personal development. He will elaborate on the importance of social capital to get access to knowledge, explain and demonstrate why the lack of focus on digital skills is one of the worst things a professional can do, and why reading books is key in becoming successful. And why becoming successful is overrated. In his model Trinity of Dynamics, he will tell about the connection between people, information and ideas. If you want to really ride the waves of this network- and information age, Martijn is the go-to guide...

4 October 2018 | Bill Gallagher Room | Sandton Convention Centre

09:15 - 09:45: Shoot the messenger: the lies of money and life! with Marnus Broodryk CEO, Founder The Beancounter, Entrepreneur and best-selling author
The world has created a warped perception of entrepreneurs and their lifestyles: success, money, cars, happiness, freedom. The reality is rather different. Marnus shares his successes and failures to expose the lies that corrupted our thinking and made us discontent chasers.

10:00 - 10:45: I know not of this land, give them cake with Mqondisi Gumede, Knowledge Merchant
Uncommon sense is needed if you want to successfully navigate a complex nonlinear world. In this thought-provoking session with thought leader and master of uncommon sense Mqondisi Gumede, you'll get a whole new take on how we might blend our economic ingredients and factors of production to create the Sweetest economic deal for South Africa. If you're looking for a new way of imagining South Africa be sure to catch this session!

11:00 - 11:45: Value creation and innovation - starts with hope! with Marlon Parker, R Labs
Marlon Parker is a man that will challenge your views on innovation and value creation. He is the founder of RLabs and recently hosted top CFOs from across South Africa looking for answers around value creation and innovation. If you want to learn how to unleash innovation in your organisation and, ultimately, create value then this session will take you on a journey like no other and reveal the underlying behaviours and systems you need to make your organisation successful. Don't miss out.

12:00 - 12:30: CFO case study Winners announcements with Charterquest

13:00 - 13:45: You have the Right to be treated fairly by SARS with Jack Malatji, Tax Ombudsman
Taxpayer Rights and obligations vs SARS powers and responsibilities. 

14:00 - 14:45: The Finance Function - Innovation Catalyst or Unwitting Destroyers of Future Value? with Colin Iles, The Equinox Innovation Centre
Could it be that the very acts that lead to accurate, transparent and efficiently managed balance sheets are in fact creating a set of negative and unseen externalities that ultimately are eroding, not creating organisational value? And if that’s true, what will happen as we move in to world where the rate of technological development is exponential. Colin Iles explores whether finance should focus less on the health of today’s balance sheet and more on how they can become the catalyst for radical innovation.