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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.
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.
// 6+ Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 30+ industry speakers
// 150+ executives
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Peter Coles is the Head Economist at Airbnb, where he has worked since November 2015. Previously he was Head Economist and Director of Global Strategy at eBay, and before that a professor at Harvard Business School.
Peter’s expertise is in the fields of Market Design, Data, Strategy and Public Policy. He has written several papers related to reducing frictions in marketplaces, and he helped design a “Signaling Mechanism” used by the American Economic Association to match students with jobs. Peter has written numerous Harvard case studies on marketplace strategy, including studies on prediction markets at Google, advertising platform strategy at Microsoft, monetization at Zillow, pricing at TheLadders, and others. He is passionate about putting Market Design principles into practice!
Peter received his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University and his PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Reserve Bank of Australia
Guy Debelle commenced as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on 18 September 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Chair of the Reserve Bank’s Risk Management Committee.
Dr Debelle is also Chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee. Until May 2017, he was Chair of the BIS Foreign Exchange Working Group, which developed the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market.
Prior to his current role, Dr Debelle was the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets). In that role, he had oversight of the Bank’s operations in the domestic and global financial markets, including the management of Australia’s foreign reserves. He briefed the Reserve Bank Board on developments in financial markets at the monthly Board meetings.
Dr Debelle also worked at the International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and as a visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honours degree in economics and gained his PhD in economics at MIT under Stanley Fischer and Rudi Dornbusch.
Dr Debelle is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.
Peter Harris AO|
Peter Harris is Chairman of the Productivity Commission. Mr Harris has previously served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and the Victorian Government agencies responsible for Sustainability and the Environment; Primary Industries; and Public Transport.
He has worked for the Ansett-Air New Zealand aviation group and as a consultant on transport policy. He has also worked in Canada on exchange with the Privy Council Office (1993-1994). His career with the government started in 1976 with the Department of Overseas Trade and included periods with the Treasury; Finance; the Prime Minister’s Department and Transport; and he worked for two years in the Prime Minister’s Office on secondment from the Prime Minister’s Department as a member of then Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s personal staff.
In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for distinguished service to public administration through leadership and policy reform roles in the areas of telecommunications, the environment, primary industry and transport’.
He has a degree in Economics from the University of Queensland (1975) and is married with two children.
Dr Nariman Behravesh|
IHS Markit (USA)
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS Markit and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets. He oversees the work of over 400 professionals, located in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa who cover economic, financial, and political developments in over 200 countries.
Behravesh and his team were ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics for their 2013 predictions for the United States, China, Australia and Estonia and for their 2014 projections for Canada, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine. Behravesh is also a “Bloomberg Best” and ranked as one of Bloomberg’s Top Forecasters for 2009, 2010 and 2011. MarketWatch designated IHS Markit “Forecaster of the Year” in 2009 and has bestowed several Forecaster of the Month accolades since. He and his team were designated #1 in USA Today’s 2004 ranking of top economic forecasters, and in Reuters’ 2004 survey of major currency exchange rate forecasters. In 2008, he was ranked #2 by USA Today. In The Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of U.S. forecasters, Behravesh was ranked #3 (out of 56) for 2006, and was the only forecaster to place in the top six for 2003, 2004 and 2006. As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS Markit,
Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the U.S. and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises. He is cited frequently in leading business publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The Boston Globe, Business Week, Newsweek, Fortune, Forbes and U.S. News and World Report. He also regularly appears on national radio and television programs including BBC World Business Report, NBC Nightly News, CNN Headline News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Radio, and All Things Considered and Market Place on National Public Radio.
Behravesh was the host of the PBS television series “Inside the Global Economy.” In addition to his recent book, he has authored numerous articles in such publications as European Affairs and Credit Week, co-authored two books—Economics U$A (now in its 8th edition) and Microcomputers, Corporate Planning and Decision Support Systems—and was a contributing author to a book on scenario analysis, entitled Learning From the Future. His Op-Ed pieces have also appeared in the Financial Times, Newsweek International, London Times and the Boston Globe.
Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERA Week and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Before joining IHS Markit, Behravesh was chief economist for Global Insight (now an IHS Markit company). Prior to that, he was chief international economist for Standard & Poor’s. Early in his career Behravesh worked at the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve. He has been covering the global economy for over 40 years.
Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founder & Executive Chairman
Integrated Research, The Charitable Foundation
Institute for Economics and Peace
Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace.
Steve founded Integrated Research Ltd (IR), an Australian publicly-listed company with a 25-year heritage of providing performance management and payments software for business-critical computing and Unified Communications environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and now as Chairman, IR has built an impressive, world-class customer base to make it one of Australia’s leading software companies. Steve was recognized as AIIA Australian Exporter of the Year in 1998 and 2003, amongst numerous other business awards.
Steve has always had a strong passion for sustainable development, and in 2000 established The Charitable Foundation (TCF), which specialises in working with the poorest communities of the world. TCF is one of the largest private overseas aid organizations in Australia. It aims to provide life-changing interventions reaching as many people as possible with special emphasis on targeting the poorest of the poor. TCF is active in East and Central Africa and parts of Asia and has substantially impacted the lives of over 2.3 million people.
In 2007 Steve founded the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), an international think tank dedicated to building a greater understanding of the interconnection between business, peace and economics with particular emphasis on the economic benefits of peace. IEP’s ground-breaking research includes the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of peacefulness. Steve’s founding of IEP was recognized as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.
Steve currently serves on a number of influential Company Boards, Advisory Boards and President Councils. In 2010 he was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the global peace movement and the provision of humanitarian aid to the developing world. In 2013 Steve was nominated one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.
Michael Andrew AO|
Black Economy Taskforce
Mr Andrew is Chairman of the Black Economy Taskforce and Chairman of the Board of Taxation. He was previously Chair of the B20 Anti-Corruption taskforce.
Mr Andrew was Chairman and CEO, KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014. He is the first Australian CEO of one of the “big four” accounting firms and the first to be based in the Asia-Pacific region. A partner in KPMG since 1988, Michael practiced in Tax Law and was Partner in Charge of KPMG Tax Practice 1995-2000 and was Partner in Charge of KPMG International Tax Centre in Amsterdam from 1992-1994. Michael was Chairman of KPMG Asia-Pacific and Chairman, KPMG Australia from 2007 until 2011.
Mr Andrew is a former member of the Business Council of Australia and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Andrew has a degree in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University. He is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University and an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by Melbourne University and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016.
Business Council of Australia
The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments.
She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources. From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation. Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics. Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.
Dr. Craig Emerson|
Craig Emerson Economics
Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist with 35 years’ experience in public policy, politics and public service. He is Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics Pty Ltd, providing professional services to governments and the business community. He is an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business and a columnist with The Australian Financial Review. He is also President of the Australia China Business Council NSW Branch.
Dr Emerson was Australia’s Minister for Trade and Competitiveness in the Gillard Government. He was also Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy.
In 2012, Dr Emerson revived the stalled negotiations between Australia and China for a free trade agreement, contributing to its successful conclusion in 2015. He was also instrumental in gaining bipartisan support for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
As Australia’s Trade Minister, Dr Emerson worked with his counterpart at that time, China’s Commerce Minister Chen Deming, in producing a major Australia-China report identifying opportunities for Chinese investment in Australian agriculture.
Dr Emerson accompanied Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr to China in March 2013 for historic meetings with China’s president Xi Jinping and Premier Le Keqiang, when the two countries agreed to establish a strategic partnership.
During the period 2007-2010, Dr Emerson was Minister for Small Business and the Service Economy and Minister for Competition Policy. He worked closely with SMEs and developed instant asset depreciation policies for small business and support for SMEs through a national network of Business Enterprise Centres. Dr Emerson developed R&D incentives for SMEs that remain in place to this day.
After leaving Parliament in 2013, Dr Emerson prepared the background paper for the highly successful Australia-China Food Summit convened in mid-2014 by ACBC.
Dr Emerson organised the successful National Reform Summit, held in August 2015, bringing together representatives of the business community, trade unions and community organisations to produce an agreed statement on policy responses to Australia’s economic challenges.
Dr Emerson was a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke. He has been a senior public servant, heading the Queensland Environment Department and the Southeast Queensland Transit Authority.
Dr Emerson’s early career was as Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Economic Adviser to Finance Minister Peter Walsh, and an Economic Analyst at the United Nations.
Dr Emerson has a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University.
Helen Moore FCPA|
General Manager Finance
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation
In this role since 2012, Helen lead the establishment of organisational capability for GOLDOC, with oversight and responsibility for the finance, workforce, technology, procurement and legal departments. She has more than 20 years’ professional accounting and senior leadership experience within the semi-government sector, including as Director of Organisational Services for the City of Gold Coast and Executive Director of Corporate Services for Tourism Queensland.
Chief Financial Officer
Mia Barry is an experienced and dynamic business leader with over 20 years experience working in a variety of Senior Finance roles in Australia and internationally. Currently CFO at THE ICONIC, Mia is part of a team leading the way for online fashion and sportswear retail in Australia. THE ICONIC’s unique customer focus has catapulted the company to being the #1 online retailer across Australia and New Zealand, with its shopping experience admired worldwide.
Mia is a passionate people leader proven to be effective at managing, influencing, recruiting and developing high quality finance team in dynamic environments whilst maintaining and increasing team motivation. Mia recognises that the success of a company is a result of the empowerment and motivation of its people.
Prior to joining THE ICONIC, Mia successfully led the commercial function for the retail division of Coca-Cola Amatil (the company’s largest division) during a time of significant challenges and complexity, including delivering growth for topline sales within a shrinking category. Mia has held prior leadership roles working at Gate Gourmet, thetrainline.com, Weber Shandwick and KPMG.
In addition to a successful career in Finance, Mia has also competed internationally in World Championships for both Road Cycle racing and Half Ironman. Outside of her CFO duties, Mia is currently studying a Masters in Functional Medicine and has a keen interest in Health and Wellbeing.
Chief Financial Officer
Stephen Rue is responsible for the financial management of NBN Co’s business activities, business planning, financial reporting, financial control, management reporting, taxation and treasury, as well as procurement and supply.
Mr Rue joined NBN Co in July 2014 as a member of the Executive Committee, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in financial management and high profile company transformation.
Prior to joining NBN Co, Mr Rue spent 17 years in various leadership roles at News Corp Australia including a decade as Chief Financial Officer. He also served as a Director on a number of associated boards including Foxtel, Fox Sports, REA Group and Australian Associated Press, as well as Chairman of the Communication Newspaper Group in Perth and Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club.
Mr Rue is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and a Diploma in Professional Accounting.
Chief Financial Officer
Seven Group Holdings
ichard Richards is Chief Financial Officer of Seven Group Holdings Limited (SGH) (since October 2013) and Director of Beach Energy Limited. He is responsible for Finance across diversified conglomerate (equipment manufacture, sales and service, equipment hire, investments, property, media and oil and gas) and is a member of the Board of Directors of WesTrac Australia, SGH Energy; and is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Coates Hire; as well as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Beach Energy Ltd.
Mr Richards joined SGH from the diverse industrial group, Downer EDI, where he was Deputy Chief Financial Officer responsible for group finance across the company for three years. Prior to joining Downer EDI, Mr Richards was CFO for the Family Operations of LFG, the private investment and philanthropic vehicle of the Lowy Family for two years. Prior to LFG, Mr Richards held senior finance roles at Qantas for over 10 years.
Mr Richards has a Bachelor of Commerce/ Laws (Hons) from Bond University, a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University; and is both a Chartered Accountant and admitted Solicitor in NSW.
Mr Richards is also a Director and the Chair of Audit and Risk Management Committee of KU; established in 1895 as the Kindergarten Union of New South Wales; KU is one of the most respected child care providers in Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Ramy Aziz has been Chief Financial Officer of ASX since July 2010. He is responsible for ASX’s Finance, Investor Relations and Facilities functions.
From April 2000 until his appointment as Chief Financial Officer, Ramy was Group Financial Controller at SFE Corporation and continued in this role at ASX following the successful merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and SFE Corporation (SFE).
Ramy has held various senior positions within the finance industry. He was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Austrapay Limited, and held numerous positions at The Chase Manhattan Bank (now known as JP Morgan) covering financial control, financial accounting and management reporting within the wholesale banking division and central finance department.
Chief Financial Officer
Travis Wild is the Chief Financial Officer of Chobani Australia, a position he was appointed to in January 2017. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Chobani Australia, his focus is on the financial management of the business to deliver shareholder value and support the company’s growth ambitions.
His direct responsibilities include corporate finance, treasury, financial reporting, accounting, tax, legal affairs and information technology as well as providing business partnering support to all areas of Chobani Australia’s operations. Prior to his appointment with Chobani, Travis was the Chief Financial Officer at Heritage Seeds and held numerous senior finance positions with General Motors.
Between 1996 and 2007 Travis worked for PwC in Melbourne in Audit and Business Advisory Services. Travis holds a MBA Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Information Management (SoSci) from the University of Melbourne. Based in Melbourne, Travis’ interests include cycling and spending time with his young family.
Chief Financial Officer
PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand
Andrew Townend is Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand. Since 2011, he has held strategy, M&A, and finance leadership roles at PepsiCo across North America, Europe, and ANZ.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Andrew was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). At BCG, Andrew advised corporate and private equity clients in the Americas and Europe as a leader of the firm’s Corporate Development, Consumer, and Energy & Environment practices.
Andrew started his career at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. working in the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions group.
Andrew earned his MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Economics and Finance. He holds a BBA, summa cum laude in Honour Studies, from Texas Tech University with a major in Finance and minor in German.
Andrew is a member of CIMA, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, CPA Australia, and the International CFO Forum.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Janelle Hopkins is Group Chief Financial Officer at Australia Post. She’s helped lead the reinvention of the iconic business as it responds to digital disruption and changing customer needs. A highly respected finance executive, Janelle started her career at Deloitte as an 18 year old cadet and went on to hold senior finance roles across NAB and MLC in Melbourne and Sydney.
She is passionate about developing talent and supporting people to reach their full leadership potential. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Alumni Leader of the University of NSW, member of the Chief Executive Women (CEW), and National Executive of G100. She is also Director of the Finance Executives Institute (FEI) and Aramex Global Solutions (joint venture of Australia Post).
Chief Financial Officer
Anita Hoskins was appointed to the role of CFO of Carnival Australia in January 2017 and is responsible for all local finance, treasury and supply chain functions for Carnival Australia, which includes P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Cruise Lines. In this role Anita is a key member of the Executive Team focussed on continuing to strategically leverage the exceptional growth that the cruise industry has had over the last 5 years.
Anita has worked in accounting and finance roles for over 18 years and has significant international and commercial experience within ASX and SEC listed companies. Anita has a proven track record of performance within organisations driving fundamental operating and organisational change.
Prior to joining Carnival Australia, Anita held senior finance roles locally and globally with Broadspectrum Limited, Brookfield Australia and EY. In 2016 Anita participated in the Chief Executive Women Leaders Program.
Anita holds a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and is a Certified Public Accountant in the US.
Chief Financial Officer
Tony Crawford is the Chief Financial Officer, as well as the Head of Club and State Services, for the National Rugby League (NRL). The NRL runs the world’s premier Rugby League competition comprising 16 teams (15 from Australia and one from New Zealand). The NRL Telstra Premiership attracts about three million people to its matches each year with more than 100 million viewers on television. Tony joined the NRL in 2013 in the Club and State Services role before taking on the CFO responsibilities in 2016. Tony comes from a non-traditional background for a CFO, having spent a large part of his career in the insolvency and restructuring sector.
Australian Industry Group
Julie heads the Australian Industry Group’s economics team, producing economics research, comment and policy advice for Ai Group and its members. She is also: Adjunct Professor of Economics and advisory board member at Deakin University; panel member of the Melbourne Economic Forum at the University of Melbourne; and a member of the National Economic Policy Panel of the Economics Society of Australia.
Julie has over two decades of experience in Australian economic policy and research, working across the public and private sectors. She holds a Masters degree in Labour Economics and Honours degrees in Economics and the Arts.
Chief Financial Officer
Vodafone Hutchison Australia
James Marsh joined VHA as Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Before VHA, he was CFO at Vodafone New Zealand from 2006. James has worked within the Vodafone Group since February 2000. He has held a number of financial reporting and analysis roles in Group, including overseeing financial operations in Spain, and as Head of Reporting and Analysis across the wider European Region. From 1995 to 2000, James was a Senior Auditor and Audit Manager for Arthur Anderson in England. James started his career in the finance industry as an auditor in 1992, after achieving joint honours in mathematics and economics at the University of Nottingham.
General Manager Finance
Nathan has 20 years’ experience working in Finance. He has spent the last 10 years working for Sportsbet in various roles with the last 4 years being General Manager of Finance. During this time, the company has experienced many years of exponential growth and evolved into one of the leading ECommerce businesses in Australia. In Nathan’s current role he is responsible for all streams of the Finance function consisting of Financial Accounting, Taxation, Financial Planning & Analysis, Procurement and Credit. Nathan’s passion is working in fast paced and dynamic environments and creating highly engaged and high performing teams.
Finance and Administration Director ANZ
Sally Bateman is Finance and Administration Director at Miele Australia Pty Ltd (incorporating management of Miele New Zealand Limited), the Pacific arm of an independent family-owned German company engaged in creating premium domestic appliances and delightful experiences for its consumer.
Sally sits on the Leadership Team Board of Directors and is responsible for the functions of Finance, Facilities Management, Procurement, Information Technology and Special Projects.
Although from a Finance background, Sally leads with a commercial focus and is very connected to the execution of the business’s operational and strategic plan. In her previous role as Finance Director at Nike Pacific, Sally joined the Australian Sporting Goods Association Board (ASGA) as a Non-Executive Director (NED). She currently holds a NED position in the education sector.
Sally has a Bachelor of Business Degree (Accounting), memberships with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) and the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Chief Financial Officer
Executive Director Finance & Business Services
Regional Manager - Oceania Acquisition Strategy
As the Oceania Strategic Acquisition Manager for CPA Australia, David has overall responsibility for sales across Australia, New Zealand and the wider South Pacific. Prior to this role he was the Country Head for New Zealand with CPA Australia and commenced his professional career with Mckinsey & Company and PwC as a management consultant,
David currently resides on Community of Finance Professionals Board (NSW, Australia) and completed his Executive MBA at the University of Auckland in 2014. He was made a Fellow of FINSIA in 2013 and completed his Bachelor degree from the University of London and postgraduate degree from Oxford University.
Chief Financial Officer
Specialty Fashion Group
Chief Financial Officer
Philips Lighting ANZ
Rohan Liyanage is the Chief Financial Officer for Philips Lighting for the Pacific region. Philips Lighting in AU and NZ has a strong Consumer segment across retail, a B2B professional Lighting segment and a service business focusing on Lighting Systems and Services.
Rohan Joined Philips in Sydney in 2013 as the CFO of Royal Philips which is the leading Healthcare company in Pacific, then moved to Philips Lighting in 2016. Prior to that he spent 2 years in Boral, heading FP&A.
Rohan started his career in chartered practice in London. Then he moved to Amsterdam to join Philips global HQ where he served at Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. Later he moved to Consumer Electronics Business where he held Leadership positions in Business partnering, Operations and in Treasury across Europe, US and Asia.
Rohan is a FCMA and CPA and holds a MBA from University of Lincoln.
Chief Executive Officer
Non Executive Director
The Sydney Film Festival
Carole Campbell has 25+ years experience in senior finance roles (Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer) in a diverse range of industries including professional services, banking, media, mining & industrial services and hospitality. Carole commenced her career with KPMG and has worked for Macquarie Group, Westpac, Seven West Media and Bis Industries. Her most recent executive role was as Group Business and Finance Director of Merivale where her responsibilities included technology.
Carole is now focused on building her portfolio of Non Executive appointments. She is a Non Executive Director of The Sydney Film Festival and a Council Member of the Australian Film Television & Radio School. Carole also consults to a number of emerging technology and high growth companies in the education, hospitality and for-purpose sectors.
Carole is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Chief Financial Officer
Since arriving in Australia in 2007 Kevin has held senior finance roles within the water sector, at the Water Corporation of WA and, most recently, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Yarra Valley Water, the largest of Melbourne’s three water retail and distribution companies, serving 1.8m people in Melbourne’s northern and eastern suburbs. Prior to this, Kevin held a number of diverse roles in the UK, covering many industries and sectors, latterly as Financial Controller of the National Health Service in Wales.
Kevin is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and holds qualifications in Humanities and Music Performance. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director, Head of Trade Finance
Westpac Institutional Bank
Adnan has over 27 years of experience delivering trade and corporate banking solutions to clients across the globe.
In his current role as Head of Trade Finance, he is responsible for sales, product, risk and collateral management globally. Prior to Westpac, Adnan worked as Head of Trade Products for Commonwealth Bank.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2013, Adnan was Transaction Banking Sales Head for Royal Bank of Scotland for UK and Ireland.
As Head of Trade for the merged RBS/ABN AMRO, he was accountable for the Bank’s range of trade solutions and services for corporate and financial institutions.
Before moving to Transaction Banking in 2006, Adnan held various senior roles in Corporate Banking, Global Markets within ABN AMRO Turkey and Pakistan.
He is a member of Global Trade and Industry Council for BAFT and was a member of the expert’s panel on Trade for World Trade Organisation.
Global Head of Trade Finance Sales
Westpac Institutional Bank
Jennifer is a Director with close to 20 years’ experience in the Debt Capital Markets and has held various positions with leading global and domestic banks with a focus on Trade and Receivables Financing.
Jennifer heads up the global Trade Finance sales team that managing risk and working capital in supply chain markets, covering Natural Resources, Agri, Property, Consumer, Corporate, Industrials, Media and Tele-communications with a particular focus in the Institutional market.
Under Jennifer’s guidance, the global Trade Finance sales team provides services and tailored solutions around traditional trade, open account trade and structured trade fiancé solutions including, working capital finance for commodities, inventory, receivables and payables finance.
Jennifer commenced her career as a Banking and Finance lawyer focusing her attention in the debt capital markets, with a particular focus on securitisation.
Jennifer has conducted numerous public speaking engagements and brings a wealth of experience to the client experience.
Jennifer holds a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney.
Regional Sales Manager
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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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.
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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
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|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|
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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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.