5 October 2021
ICC Sydney
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Welcome

The pressure of the pandemic forged a deep resilience at the core of many businesses. Now, as the national economy begins to unlock, businesses must once again mobilise, shaping dynamic but considered responses to unlock new, often unexpected, pathways to progress. While the challenge of charting this course falls on all business leaders, CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead from the helm and see through the uncertainty that so often obscures opportunity.

 

The 7th Annual CFO Forum is dedicated to this pursuit. Over 200 leading financial executives will unite for a powerful day of case-based exploration and vision, converging from key industries to unlock opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Why Attend

  • We consistently secure the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask them the questions that matter to you.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the event. We dive deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes-focussed agenda, and balance the programme with dedicated networking opportunities.

Gain Access

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Eight exclusive keynotes
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Four interactive panel discussions, featuring over 16 visionary speakers
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Access to select presentation and exclusive, speaker-generated post-event insights.
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Dedicated networking opportunities for a curated audience of 200 financial executives
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2021 Speakers

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Vanessa Hudson
Group Chief Financial Officer

Qantas
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Vanessa Hudson
Group Chief Financial Officer

Qantas
Vanessa Hudson has been Qantas Group Chief Financial Officer since 2019. She oversees financial planning and analysis, treasury, procurement and investor relations. With the onset of COVID, Vanessa has had a pivotal role in navigating the enormous impact of what has been an unprecedented crisis for global aviation on the national carrier’s balance sheet. This has included an equity raising, tapping debt markets and an increasing focus on recovery as domestic travel normalises.

Since joining the airline in 1994 she has held a number of roles across network planning, sales, and product and service.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Business and has been a Chartered Accountant for almost 30 years.
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Anthony Gianotti
Chief Financial Officer

Wesfarmers
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Anthony Gianotti
Chief Financial Officer

Wesfarmers
Anthony was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Wesfarmers in November 2017 following his appointment as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in July 2017. Prior to this, he was Deputy Managing Director of the Industrials division from February 2017 and Finance Director from August 2015. Anthony started with Wesfarmers in January 2004 as a Business Development Manager and in 2005 was appointed Manager, Investor Relations and Business Projects. He was appointed Head of Business Development and Strategy of Wesfarmers Insurance in December 2006, and became Finance Director of that division and an Executive Director of a number of subsidiary boards in April 2009. Anthony was appointed Managing Director of Wesfarmers Insurance in July 2013. Anthony began his career with Ernst & Young in business services and corporate finance and then held senior corporate finance roles advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate strategy with Hambros Bank and Société Générale in Sydney, London and Melbourne. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a director of the Western Australian Opera Company Incorporated and a director of a number of Wesfarmers Group subsidiaries.
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Senator Jane Hume
Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy & Minister for Women’s Economic Security

Parliament of Australia
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Senator Jane Hume
Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy & Minister for Women’s Economic Security

Parliament of Australia
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Jonathan D. Ostry
Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific

International Monetary Fund (USA)
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Jonathan D. Ostry
Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific

International Monetary Fund (USA)
Jonathan D. Ostry has served as Acting Director of the Asia and Pacific Department and Deputy Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. He is also a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. His recent responsibilities at the IMF include leading staff teams on: IMF-FSB Early Warning Exercises on global systemic macrofinancial risks; vulnerabilities exercises for advanced and emerging market countries; multilateral exchange rate surveillance; international financial architecture and reform of the IMF's lending toolkit; capital account management (capital controls and prudential tools to manage capital inflows) and financial globalization issues; fiscal sustainability issues; and the nexus between income inequality and economic growth. Past positions include leading the division that produces the IMF's flagship multilateral surveillance publication, the World Economic Outlook, and leading country teams on Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore. Mr. Ostry is the author of a number of books on international macro policy issues, including, Taming the Tide of Capital Flows (MIT Press, 2017), and Confronting Inequality (Columbia University Press, 2018) and numerous articles in scholarly journals. His work has been widely cited in print and electronic media, including the BBC, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Business Week, and National Public Radio. His work on inequality and unsustainable growth has also been cited in remarks made by President Barack Obama. He earned his B.A. (with distinction) from Queen's University (Canada) at age 18, and went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University (Balliol College), and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (M.Sc., 1984) and the University of Chicago (PhD, 1988). He is listed in Who's Who in Economics (2003).
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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Woodside Energy
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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Woodside Energy
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Aswath Damodaran
Professor of Finance

NYU Stern School of Business (USA)
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Aswath Damodaran
Professor of Finance

NYU Stern School of Business (USA)
Aswath Damodaran holds the Kerschner Family Chair in Finance Education and is Professor of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before coming to Stern, he also lectured in Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Damodaran's contributions to the field of Finance have been recognised many times over. He has been the recipient of Giblin, Glucksman, and Heyman Fellowships, a David Margolis Teaching Excellence Fellowship, and the Richard L. Rosenthal Award for Innovation in Investment Management and Corporate Finance. His skill and enthusiasm in the classroom garnered him the Schools of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, and the Distinguished Teaching award from NYU in 1990. His student accolades are no less impressive: he has been voted "Professor of the Year" by the graduating M.B.A. class five times during his career at NYU.
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Christine Liu
Chief Financial Officer

Tourism Australia
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Christine Liu
Chief Financial Officer

Tourism Australia
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Michael Gabriel
Group Chief Financial Officer

NRMA
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Michael Gabriel
Group Chief Financial Officer

NRMA
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Narelle Devine
Chief Information Security Officer

Telstra
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Narelle Devine
Chief Information Security Officer

Telstra
As Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer Asia Pacific, Narelle is responsible for the company’s cyber security operations, intelligence, risk, governance, compliance, development and engagement. Narelle balances these responsibilities with raising her five year old daughter and one year old son (with help from her husband, Michael).

Narelle began her career as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, eventually assuming the role of the Navy’s first Director Cyber Warfare. In 2016, Narelle left the Navy to pursue her next chapter in the public service and was appointed the Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Human Services. In this role, she transformed the cyber organisation, building a new state of the art Cyber Security Operations Centre and uplifting the capability from 25 to 250 personnel.

Narelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems and English, a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Systems Engineering. In addition to her love of cyber operations she is passionate about workplace culture, diversity, training and recruitment and is a current member of the RSAC Advisory Board and the AISA Executive Advisory Board.

Narelle was a finalist in the 2019 CSO AWSN inaugural Women in Security awards in the Security Champion category. In 2018 she received the CISO Lens Industry Leadership Acknowledgment; and in 2016 was on the Australia Day Honours List, being awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in recognition of meritorious achievement as the Deputy Director – Cyber (Maritime) in Joint Capability Coordination Division.
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Louise Higgins
Chief Financial Officer (Technology)

ANZ
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Louise Higgins
Chief Financial Officer (Technology)

ANZ
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Ian Wells
Chief Financial Officer

Fortescue Metals Group
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Ian Wells
Chief Financial Officer

Fortescue Metals Group
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Severine Yerriah
Chief Financial Officer

Unilever
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Severine Yerriah
Chief Financial Officer

Unilever
With strong global FMCG and consulting experience with PwC, Caltex, Bacardi, Coca Cola Amatil, Severine joined Unilever in 2015 as the Customer Development Finance Director then moved to Singapore to lead performance management of South East Asia and Australasia. Returning home to Australian shores with her young family, Severine took on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Unilever Australia and New Zealand in 2018.

With a strong belief that sustainable and equitable growth is the only way to create long-term value for all Unilever’s stakeholders, Severine is passionate about the business case for sustainability. A lateral thinker and collaborative leader, Severine thrives on finding innovative solutions which contribute to the strategic orientation of the business she supports.

Severine is an advocate of building a gender balanced and inclusive organisation, where everyone feels empowered to bring their full selves to work and has equal opportunity to thrive in their personal and professional lives. A mother to Zaiden and Elodie, Severine and her husband Stephen love spending time in the great outdoors, particularly being near the water.
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Ruth Martin
Group Chief Financial Officer

St Vincent’s Health Australia
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Ruth Martin
Group Chief Financial Officer

St Vincent’s Health Australia
Ruth Martin is the Group CFO St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA). Ruth joined SVHA in 2015 and has responsibility for leading the financial strategy of the Group. She is also responsible for leading the group’s digital and technology strategy. Ruth is a highly qualified CFO with more than 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a diverse range of industries and organisations including Ruralco Holdings Ltd, Microsoft Australia, Stockland and Sydney Airport Corporation. She is a Chartered Accountant and spent the first part of her career with Ernst & Young.
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Richard Gardham
Chief Financial Officer

NRL
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Richard Gardham
Chief Financial Officer

NRL
Richard is currently the Chief Financial Officer at the National Rugby League (NRL) with responsibility for finance, IT, procurement, facilities, strategy and salary cap. He began in the role as the 2020 NRL season was suspended having previously been the Salary Cap Auditor and part of the NRL Clubs and State Services Team.

Prior to working at the NRL Richard worked for Deloitte UK and Deloitte Australia as a management consultant within their Finance, Strategy and Operations Division. He is a member of the Charter Institute of Management Accountants.
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Francoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
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Francoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
Francoise Merit is a seasoned CFO and executive who thrives to make the complex simple. She has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering, infrastructure and defence sectors encompassing finance, risk management, project performance, commercial and contractual negotiations in organisations such as Transfield Services Group, Australia Defence Industries, Thales and Aurecon.

As an authentic and inspirational leader, she enjoys building, developing, inspiring and retaining high performing teams through coaching, mentoring and development ensuring talent is identified and nurtured.

In addition to her strong operational understanding, Francoise has demonstrated success in transforming finance functions with emphasis on automation, standardisation and developing the strategic partnership model. She is well respected and recognised as a valued business partner contributing to improve profitability of specific projects and overall business.

Francoise is also passionate about increasing female leadership in senior and executive roles and regularly speaks at leadership forums such as the CFO Summit, the Royal Australian Navy leadership development program, Workday global conference and French Foreign Trade advisory Board about her experience and strategies to reap the organisational rewards associated with increased diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

Francoise is a fellow of CPA Australia and holds a Masters in Business Administration from ESSCA Business School in France. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She joined the French Foreign Trade Advisory board in 2018 and was appointed Chair in January 2020.
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Jason Aquilina
Chief Financial Officer

Cabrini Health
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Jason Aquilina
Chief Financial Officer

Cabrini Health
Jason Aquilina joined Cabrini in 2011 as Director of Finance and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2017. In this role, he has executive responsibility for Cabrini’s patient accounts, payroll, accounts payable, management accounting, procurement, enterprise risk management, finance and treasury functions. Before Cabrini, Jason worked in transport and logistics, where he held multiple finance roles including leading the accounting teams for various large infrastructure and information technology projects. Jason is a certified practising accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in accounting and economics.
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Matt Young
Chief Financial Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
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Matt Young
Chief Financial Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
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Alyson Tong
Chief Financial Officer Australasia

Arup
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Alyson Tong
Chief Financial Officer Australasia

Arup
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Kieran Donovan
Chief Financial Officer

Vinomofo
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Kieran Donovan
Chief Financial Officer

Vinomofo
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Duncan Webster
Chief Financial officer

Mars Wrigley
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Duncan Webster
Chief Financial officer

Mars Wrigley
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Moazam Shah
Group Chief Financial Officer

Aspen Medical
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Moazam Shah
Group Chief Financial Officer

Aspen Medical

sessions


  • 8:10 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 8:40 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 8:45 am
    Opening Ministerial Address

    Thinking Beyond a Crisis to Plan for a New Economic Reality

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    Senator Jane Hume
    Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy & Minister for Women’s Economic Security

    Parliament of Australia
  • 9:00 am
    International Keynote

    The Global and Regional Economic Outlook – Forging a Pathway for Growth

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    Jonathan D. Ostry
    Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific

    International Monetary Fund (USA)
  • 9:20 am
    Respond Session

    Adversity, Resilience and Opportunity

    The national economy has been under incredible strain; businesses are dislocated, global supply chains are divided, consumers are isolated, and uncertainty is prevalent. An adaptive finance function empowers businesses to mobilise and stabilise, charting a course through an uncertain corporate landscape to protect and create value. This Session provides an honest, case-based exploration of the strategies CFOs have adopted to sustain through crisis; illuminating vital lessons learned, identifying persisting challenges, and forecasting valuable opportunities that lie ahead.

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    Michael Gabriel
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    NRMA
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    Louise Higgins
    Chief Financial Officer (Technology)

    ANZ
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    Jason Aquilina
    Chief Financial Officer

    Cabrini Health
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    Christine Liu
    Chief Financial Officer

    Tourism Australia
  • 10:15 am
    International Keynote

    Dealing with Uncertainty and Disruption – With a Crisis Twist

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    Aswath Damodaran
    Professor of Finance

    NYU Stern School of Business (USA)
  • 10:40 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:10 am
    Event Partner Keynote
  • 11:40 am
    Lead Session

    Decisive Approaches in Dynamic Times

    As strategies and systems evolve, so do the relationships built around them. With the insights and influence they wield, CFOs 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. This Session explores how CFOs can inspire and demonstrate leadership throughout the corporate hierarchy, with a keen focus on communication and connection to embed resilience throughout the business.

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    Ian Wells
    Chief Financial Officer

    Fortescue Metals Group
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    Richard Gardham
    Chief Financial Officer

    NRL
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    Matt Young
    Chief Financial Officer

    Treasury Wine Estates
  • 12:20 pm
    In conversation with Anthony Gianotti

    Working beyond the numbers – becoming a strategic CFO

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    Anthony Gianotti
    Chief Financial Officer

    Wesfarmers
  • 12:45 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Diamond Keynote
  • 2:25 pm
    Discover Session

    Designing and Leveraging Digital Drivers

    A digital driven, interconnected world and the business transformations it promises is a call-to-arms for forward thinking CFOs. Analytics is a mindset, a top-down behaviour that must be embedded across the entire value chain to realise a confident digital future. This Session considers how CFOs can collaborate across the business in pursuit of an automated, innovation-led finance function, as well as exploring the opportunities heralded by shared services and A.I.

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    Francoise Merit
    Chief Financial Officer

    Endeavour Energy
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    Moazam Shah
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Aspen Medical
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    Kieran Donovan
    Chief Financial Officer

    Vinomofo
  • 3:05 pm
    Keynote

    The best things in cyber security are free

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    Narelle Devine
    Chief Information Security Officer

    Telstra
  • 3:25 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 4:00 pm
    Keynote
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    Sherry Duhe
    Chief Financial Officer

    Woodside Energy
  • 4:20 pm
    Create Session

    Power in Balance: Priming Business for Value Creation

    Our understanding of value is evolving from a purist play for profit into a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of value creation. With a blue-print of an organisation at their disposal, CFOs are perfectly positioned to trigger this shift in perspective, creating change momentum behind a broader growth mindset. This Session considers how CFOs are both leveraging external opportunities and identifying, developing and creating new internal sources of lasting value across the entire enterprise.

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    Ruth Martin
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    St Vincent’s Health Australia
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    Alyson Tong
    Chief Financial Officer Australasia

    Arup
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    Duncan Webster
    Chief Financial officer

    Mars Wrigley
  • 5:00 pm
    Locknote Interview

    Resilience in the face of adversity – a CFO Perspective

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    Vanessa Hudson
    Group Chief Financial Officer

    Qantas
  • 5:15 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 5:25 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:30 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:30 pm
    Close of Summit
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Why Get Involved

The CFO Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with leading financial executives, the CFO Forum offers unrivalled cut-through.

Venue

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 23/07/2021)
$595 + GST
$1,785 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 24/07/2021)
$795 + GST
$2,385 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to commerce professionals, please email jackm@connectmedia.com to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence.

We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact team@connectmedia.com.

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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