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Welcome

Consumers, technology, populations, and politics are moving on a global scale, upsetting traditional business models whilst creating new opportunities for transformation.

With digital advances, rapid market fluctuations and demands for agile business practices, CFOs are presented with a new mandate for change – and fresh opportunities for financial leadership.

Combined with improved data-led insight, superior analysis and effective collaboration, CFOs are facing new heights of accountability and shareholder expectation. Navigating this complex, dynamic business environment demands a well informed and forward thinking approach to decision making.

Celebrating its 5th year, the CFO Forum is the most senior and significant gathering of CFOs and finance executives in Australia. Held in the week following the 2018-2019 Federal Budget, the CFO Forum gathers the best financial minds from Australia’s leading companies.

It is the ideal platform from which to formulate strategies to successfully overcome the challenges of the future and enhance financial performance today.

Why attend?

This event features an ambitious, case-study driven agenda with over 40 frontline perspectives from the highest levels of financial management in Australia. In a closed, invitation-only format, delegates will benefit by interacting and learning directly from some of the world’s foremost companies.

  • Gain first hand insights from the world’s most influential organisations
  • Be Inspired by the most distinguished CFOs and financial minds in Australia
  • Learn the lessons of best practice from CFOs and understand how you can apply them
  • Understand what the future holds for finance departments, technologies and processes
  • Explore topical insights into the strategy, leadership and innovation shaping the success of today’s CFO
  • Network with a premium audience of your peers at dedicated breaks in a five-star environment

Gain Access

// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 30+ industry speakers
// 150+ executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Speakers


speaker
Peter Coles
Head Economist
Airbnb (USA)
speaker
Guy Debelle
Deputy Governor
Reserve Bank of Australia
speaker
Peter Harris AO
Chairman
Productivity Commission
speaker
Dr Nariman Behravesh
Chief Economist
IHS Markit (USA)
Author
Spin-Free Economics
speaker
Steve Killelea
Founder & Executive Chairman
Integrated Research, The Charitable Foundation
Institute for Economics and Peace
speaker
Michael Andrew AO
Chairman
Black Economy Taskforce
speaker
Jennifer Westacott
Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia
speaker
Dr. Craig Emerson
Managing Director
Craig Emerson Economics
speaker
Helen Moore FCPA
General Manager Finance
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
speaker
Mia Barry
Chief Financial Officer
THE ICONIC
speaker
Stephen Rue
Chief Financial Officer
NBN Co
speaker
Richard Richards
Chief Financial Officer
Seven Group Holdings
speaker
Ramy Aziz
Chief Financial Officer
ASX Limited
speaker
Travis Wild
Chief Financial Officer
Chobani Australia
speaker
Andrew Townend
Chief Financial Officer
PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand
speaker
Janelle Hopkins
Group Chief Financial Officer
Australia Post
speaker
Anita Hoskins
Chief Financial Officer
Carnival Australia
speaker
Tony Crawford
Chief Financial Officer
NRL
speaker
Julie Toth
Chief Economist
Australian Industry Group
speaker
James Marsh
Chief Financial Officer
Vodafone Hutchison Australia
speaker
Nathan Arundell
General Manager Finance
Sportsbet
speaker
Sally Bateman
Finance and Administration Director ANZ
Miele
speaker
Phil Wallace
Chief Financial Officer
Diageo Australasia
speaker
Anne Hayes
Executive Director Finance & Business Services
Sydney Trains
speaker
David Jenkins
Regional Manager - Oceania Acquisition Strategy
CPA Australia
speaker
Tim Fawaz
Chief Financial Officer
Specialty Fashion Group
speaker
Rohan Liyanage
Chief Financial Officer
Philips Lighting ANZ
speaker
Ayten Saridas
Chief Executive Officer
Orient Energy
speaker
Carole Campbell
Non Executive Director
The Sydney Film Festival
speaker
Kevin Jones
Chief Financial Officer
Sydney Water
speaker
Teresa Clauson
Partner
PwC
speaker
Adnan Ghani
Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance
Westpac Institutional Bank
speaker
Jennifer Scott-Gray
Global Head of Trade Finance Sales
Westpac Institutional Bank
speaker
Brenden Russell
Regional Sales Manager
Cortell Australia
speaker
Senior Representative
LeasePlan
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Sessions

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Tuesday 15th May 2018
  • 08:30Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:45Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Ayten Saridas
    Chief Executive Officer
    Orient Energy
  • 08:50Ministerial Welcome

  • 09:00Opening Keynote

    Remarks from the Reserve Bank of Australia
    Guy Debelle
    Deputy Governor
    Reserve Bank of Australia
  • 09:35Outlook Session

    Forward-Thinking Finance – Finding Certainty in Strategic Planning

    A volatile, interconnected world and the business transformations it promises is a call-to-arms for forward thinking Chief Financial Officers. The pressures of regulatory change, technology and data upheaval, cyber security threats and modest economic growth demand a globally-minded approach to financial management. What economic and financial trends will impact Australian CFOs in the coming year? How can the 2018-2019 Federal Budget inform financial planning? What can Australian CFOs expect from international markets and disruptors? In a changing world, should CFOs be considering new key performance indicators? How can they be leveraged?

    Julie Toth
    Chief Economist
    Australian Industry Group
    Dr. Craig Emerson
    Managing Director
    Craig Emerson Economics
    Ramy Aziz
    Chief Financial Officer
    ASX Limited
  • 10:25Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:00Partner Keynote

    Teresa Clauson
    Partner
    PwC
  • 11:30Leadership Session

    Inspiring Initiative – Decisive Approaches to Changing Industry Demands

    With a blue-print of an organisation at their disposal, CFOs are increasingly required to advise on matters outside of the role’s traditional focuses. In order to transform an organisation’s financial function, a CFO’s leadership must become influential, consequential and multifaceted. What qualities and practices are employed by the world’s leading CFOs? In uncertain climates, how best are CFOs positioned to contribute to executive management teams? How will the changing role of the CFO impact talent management? In what ways can financial teams address digital disruption that other teams cannot, and how can a CFO best position their teams to succeed?

    Richard Richards
    Chief Financial Officer
    Seven Group Holdings
    Tony Crawford
    Chief Financial Officer
    NRL
    Sally Bateman
    Finance and Administration Director ANZ
    Miele
    David Jenkins
    Regional Manager - Oceania Acquisition Strategy
    CPA Australia
  • 12:15National Keynote

    The Black Economy Taskforce – What CFOs Need to Know
    Michael Andrew AO
    Chairman
    Black Economy Taskforce
  • 12:40Lunch & Networking

  • 13:40National Keynote

    Reputation at a Premium: Certainty, Stability and International Investor Relations
    Jennifer Westacott
    Chief Executive
    Business Council of Australia
  • 14:05Strategy Session

    Embedded Financial Management - Methods, Measurement and Implementation

    With their fingers on the pulse of a wealth of information, a modern and agile CFO can budget, forecast and anticipate opportunities like never before. In what ways can CFOs be leading enterprise-wide overhaul to drive nimbleness, flexibility and customer-orientated strategies? How should a CFO adjust their responsibilities to ensure they concentrate on the bigger strategic picture? What benefits can automation offer financial teams, and how should a CFO seek to implement it? How best can a financial team’s understanding of business models and market dynamics be leveraged to become reliable guidance systems for the board and executive leadership?

    James Marsh
    Chief Financial Officer
    Vodafone Hutchison Australia
    Janelle Hopkins
    Group Chief Financial Officer
    Australia Post
    Anita Hoskins
    Chief Financial Officer
    Carnival Australia
    Brenden Russell
    Regional Sales Manager
    Cortell Australia
  • 14:50Headline Keynote

    Interconnected Finance: Realising the Economic Benefits of Peace
    Steve Killelea
    Founder & Executive Chairman
    Integrated Research, The Charitable Foundation
    Institute for Economics and Peace
  • 15:15Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:45Industry Keynote

    The Co-ordinated Economy: Financing a Nation Building Project
    Stephen Rue
    Chief Financial Officer
    NBN Co
  • 16:05Technology Session

    Refreshing Financial Functions - Delivering and Leveraging Digital Drivers

    The efficiencies driven by smart contracts, bank connectivity, blockchain-based technologies and fast, flexible, and powerful new cloud-computing systems reveal unprecedented insights to CFOs who leverage them correctly. What are the most impactful technological shifts impacting Australian CFOs and their teams? How should CFOs manage the heightened demand for quick, accurate decision making enabled by technologies? Are there risks in embracing a financial strategy that is too digitally focused? How should a CFO approach the coexistence between people and technology in creating an automated, innovation-led finance function?

    Nathan Arundell
    General Manager Finance
    Sportsbet
    Rohan Liyanage
    Chief Financial Officer
    Philips Lighting ANZ
    Stephen Rue
    Chief Financial Officer
    NBN Co
    Jennifer Scott-Gray
    Global Head of Trade Finance Sales
    Westpac Institutional Bank
  • 16:50Global Keynote

    Democratising Travel: Data and Research in the Sharing Economy
    Peter Coles
    Head Economist
    Airbnb (USA)
  • 17:25Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Ayten Saridas
    Chief Executive Officer
    Orient Energy
  • 17:30Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:30Close of Day One

Wednesday 16th May 2018
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Ayten Saridas
    Chief Executive Officer
    Orient Energy
  • 09:05Keynote

    The Growth of the Consumer - Emerging Market Opportunities
    Dr Nariman Behravesh
    Chief Economist
    IHS Markit (USA) Author
    Spin-Free Economics
  • 09:40Stakeholder Session

    Path to Productivity - Empowering Resilient Partnerships to Unlock Performance

    As strategies and systems evolve, so do the relationships built around them. With the insights and influence they wield, Chief Financial Officers impart ongoing governance on a company’s culture, reputation, engagement and direction, and as such, have become crucial partners in the shared successes of internal and external stakeholders. What key partnerships should financial teams prioritise? How can financial executives help equip business partners with more precise, real-time information on performance and profitability drivers? How has customer-centric models moved the benchmark in managing investor relations and shareholder activism? How should CFOs ensure confidentiality whilst simultaneously seeking increased transparency with partners?

    Phil Wallace
    Chief Financial Officer
    Diageo Australasia
    Helen Moore FCPA
    General Manager Finance
    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
    Kevin Jones
    Chief Financial Officer
    Sydney Water
  • 10:30Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:10Platinum Keynote

    Adnan Ghani
    Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance
    Westpac Institutional Bank
  • 11:35Data and Security Session

    Decoding Complexity: Controlling the Power of Data

    As visual discovery platforms mature, and with cloud and streaming analytics evolving, businesses are better equipped to weaponise data before it amasses. But protecting the integrity of an asset infused with the core of the business is a complex, expensive, and perpetual objective. How is a unified view of data illuminating real business opportunities? What analytic capabilities are Australia’s leading CFOs leveraging? Should the CIO report directly to the CFO, and how is this relationship evolving strategically? What role should CFOs play in assessing the risk in data systems and developing measures to prevent breaches?

    Mia Barry
    Chief Financial Officer
    THE ICONIC
    Carole Campbell
    Non Executive Director
    The Sydney Film Festival
    Tim Fawaz
    Chief Financial Officer
    Specialty Fashion Group
  • 12:25Keynote Interview

    Helen Moore FCPA
    General Manager Finance
    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
  • 12:50Lunch Welcome Remarks

    Senior Representative

    LeasePlan
  • 12:55Lunch & Networking sponsored by LeasePlan

  • 13:50National Keynote

    Interrogating Political Interference: The Pursuit of Transparency and Accountability
    Peter Harris AO
    Chairman
    Productivity Commission
  • 14:25Future Session

    The CFO Reimagined – Priming Business for a Finance-Focussed Future

    As technological and socio-political trends revolutionise the CFO role today, so will unknown and unforeseen factors do the same in the near future. Finance executives must anticipate various degrees of market uncertainty in order to secure the longevity or their organisations. Does the institutional visibility unlocked by data and technology make future planning more or less difficult? How can CFOs ensure they are prepared for when business is bullish and bearish, but also be skilled in turnaround management if required? In what ways is the CFO role set to change, what trends will shape it and which of its functions will be unrecognisable?

    Travis Wild
    Chief Financial Officer
    Chobani Australia
    Anne Hayes
    Executive Director Finance & Business Services
    Sydney Trains
    Andrew Townend
    Chief Financial Officer
    PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand
  • 15:20Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Ayten Saridas
    Chief Executive Officer
    Orient Energy
  • 15:30Close of Forum

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Sponsorship

www.pwc.com.au

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

www.westpac.com.au/corporate-banking

Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) delivers a broad range of financial services to Commercial, Corporate, Institutional and Public Sector customers with connections to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and USA markets. We take a supply chain perspective of our customer’s business, providing innovative risk and financing solutions designed to add value to our customers’ and their strategic trade counterparts business.

www.cpaaustralia.com.au

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with more than 160,000 members globally.

www.cortell.com.au

Cortell helps drive efficiencies throughout your financial and operational planning, reporting and analytical processes. We help deliver the right information to the right people, reducing risk and improving insight. Cortell is a multi-awarded IBM Platinum Business Partner.

www.leaseplan.com.au

LeasePlan is the world leading vehicle leasing and management company, with operations in 32 countries and more than 1.5 million vehicles under management. A proven partner to Australian businesses, LeasePlan provides effective cost controls and best practice management of your essential business vehicles.

Celebrating its 5th year, the CFO Forum is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

From knowledge sharing, to brand exposure and lead generation, sponsors have an effective platform to engage this decision-making audience, before, during and after the event.

As marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with CFOs and senior finance professionals the CFO Forum offers unrivalled cut-through

This event was sold out in 2017

Tim Lockwood – Commercial Manager
Tel: 02 8004 3172
Email: timl@cmgroup.com.au

Venue

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
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Accommodation
To receive a discount on accommodation, contact reservations directly on +61 (2) 9238 8870 or groups.sydney@swissotel.com and quote CONN0818_002

Packages Standard Price Per Delegate
Finance Professional: 1-2 Delegates $2200 + GST
Finance Professional: 3-5 Delegates $1980 + GST
Finance Professional: 6-9 Delegates $1760 + GST
Finance Professional: 10+ Delegates $1540 + GST

*Please note if you are a Service Provider to finance professionals, email timl@cmgroup.com.au to register.

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  • Terms & Conditions

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    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    All prices quoted are in AUD. Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. Group discounts will only be applied on the original order – added delegates will not receive a discount once registration in processed. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media Group endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media Group reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Media Group reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video

    Connect Media Group may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media Group in any medium to any part of the world.  By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media Group in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@cmgroup.com.au

    Cancellation Policy:
    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email team@cmgroup.com.au To view our full privacy policy please visit: http://www.connectmediagroup.com.au/privacy-policy/

  • FAQ

    What’s included in my delegate pass? A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount? Yes – when you book 3 delegates a 4th attends for free. The group booking discount will be calculated by reducing the individual cost of each pass by deducting the free pass from the total booking amount. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact team@cmgroup.com.au

    Can I transfer my pass? A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to team@cmgroup.com.au

    How do I receive my delegate pass? Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    What is a Service Provider? A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of Finance Professionals. Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Is media registration available? No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Will there be a delegate list available? No, Connect Events does not provide delegate lists to attendees.