Uncertainty always threatens to obscure opportunity. Businesses that can effectively combine dynamic responses with considered foresight will unlock new, often unexpected, pathways to progress. While the challenge of charting this course through uncertainty falls on all business leaders, CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead the way.
The 6th Annual CFO Forum is dedicated to this pursuit. Over 100 leading financial executives will unite in Sydney for a powerful day of case-based exploration and vision. Converging from all sectors of the national economy, we will combat precise challenges with tangible responses that help reinforce business resilience.
// Eight exclusive keynotes
// Four interactive panel discussions, featuring over 16 visionary speakers
// Dedicated networking opportunities for a curated audience of 100 financial executives
// Access to select presentation and exclusive, speaker-generated post-event insights.
World Trade Organization (CH)
Robert Koopman is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization. In this post Bob provides the Secretariat and Member Countries with analysis and information that promotes a deeper understanding of trade and trade policy’s role in economic growth and development. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the United States International Trade Commission. Bob oversaw the Commission’s trade policy research and negotiation assistance to the President, the U.S. Trade Representative, and Congress; antidumping, countervailing duty,and safeguard; investigations; intellectual property investigations; maintenance and analysis of the Harmonized Tariff System, as well as the agency’s strategic planning and performance measurement initiatives. He also previously served as Chief Economist at the USITC, and various leadership positions at the Economic Research Service of USDA. He is also currently a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Fmr Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Fortsecue Metals Group
Mr Wells joined Fortescue in 2010 and has held multiple senior executive roles in the Finance team, including funding, treasury, planning and analysis as well as Company Secretary. He commenced as Chief Financial Officer in February 2018. Mr Wells’ prior experience includes financing Fortescue’s US$10 billion major iron ore project development to 155 million tonnes per annum, and successfully undertaking multi-billion dollar capital raising and refinancing transactions in domestic and international capital markets. Most recently, he has held the position of Group Manager Corporate Finance, leading Fortescue’s capital management strategy with group responsibility for Treasury and Funding. With more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in leading ASX listed and private companies in the mining, energy infrastructure and healthcare industries, Mr Wells’ prior positions include Chief Financial Officer of Singapore Power subsidiary Jemena Limited and Acting Chief Financial Officer of Alinta Limited. Mr Wells holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Wells is Chairman of The Salvation Army Business Committee.
Fmr Opposition Leader & Professor
Crawford School ANU
Dr Hewson has had several careers in academia, bureaucracy, business, politics, and the media. He is currently a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin, UTS, Canberra and Griffith Universities, having been Professor and Head of the School of Economics at UNSW, and Professor of Management and Dean Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University. He has worked for The Australian Treasury (Census and Statistics), the IMF, the Reserve Bank, the UN (UNESCAP), and the ADB, and often advises senior public servants. In Business, he was a Founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN Amro Australia, and Chair/Director of a host of public and private companies, with current positions in insurance broking, renewable energy, and funds management and investment banking. He is Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, Chair, BioEnergy Australia, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council and the Ocean Nourishment Foundation. In Politics he has served as Advisor/Chief of Staff to two Federal Treasurers and Prime Minister, as Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, and Leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Federal Coalition in Opposition. In the media, he has been a regular Columnist since the early 80s for a range of domestic and international newspapers (presently Nine Media and Fairfax Regionals) and publications, a Sky News Contributor, and comments widely on economics and politics on TV, radio, in print, and on line, here and overseas. Dr Hewson has also been active in charities and not-for-profits, main positions currently, Chair of Osteoporosis Australia and KidsXpress, Investment Advisory Committee of the Australian Olympic Foundation, Northern Metropolitan Cemeteries Land Manager, and as Member, SteerCo Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap, National Standing Committee for Energy and the Environment, and as an Ambassador Women for Election Australia
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
rt Health Fund Ltd
Ramy is currently a non-executive director and chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for rt Health Fund Limited, a private health insurer, and a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee for WSU Enterprises Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Western Sydney University. He has also been a director of The Group of 100, a member based organisation advocating for better business environments through financial leadership. Prior to his non-executive career Ramy most recently was the Chief Financial Officer of ASX Ltd, the leading securities exchange in Australia providing a range of services in both the equities and debt markets across both physical securities and derivative instruments. With over 10 years at ASX Ramy lead and transformed the finance function, and as part of the executive team helped navigate through significant change in the industry including regulatory, technological and competitive challenges. Ramy brings more than 30 years’ of governance and financial experience primarily within the financial services sector as well as more recently education and insurance. Prior to ASX, Ramy worked within the financial services sector at SFE Corporation, the operator of the Sydney Futures exchange before it merged with ASX and Chase Manhattan Bank. Along with leadership skills, Ramy has developed strong functional skills in finance, audit, strategy, treasury, corporate finance, risk and governance, as well as strong general board skills and commercial acumen. Ramy has also been active in mentoring finance executives from a range of industries.
Finance Director, Australia & New Zealand
Procter & Gamble
Kuhelika Sinha is Finance Director for Procter & Gamble Australia & New Zealand, based in Sydney. She started her career with P&G and has been in the company for 11 years. Kuhelika graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Over the first 8 years, she worked across P&G’s Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney offices assuming roles within the Finance & Accounting function. She has worked across multiple commercial and corporate roles including Forecasting, Sales, Supply Chain, and Corporate Transformation. In 2017, Kuhelika moved to the Asia Pacific Headquarters leading Corporate Strategy for the region. In this capacity, she was responsible for growing P&G’s businesses working directly with APAC C-suite and external partners including the Economic Development Board, Singapore. In 2019, Kuhelika was appointed Finance Director for P&G’s Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) market operations and is responsible for leading strategic growth priorities of ANZ and driving the right stewardship and governance.
Chief Financial Officer
Sydney Opera House
Qualifications: BBus (Kuring-gai CAE), Member Institute Chartered Accountants
Jon joined Sydney Opera House in the role of Chief Financial Officer in November 2017 and was appointed Executive Director Corporate Services in September 2018. He is responsible for the finance and technology teams delivering corporate services across the Opera House, as well as the partnerships and philanthropy teams who raise private funding to help support additional Opera House initiatives. Jon has over 30 years global experience in the financial, property and professional services sectors. After starting his career at Price Waterhouse and reaching senior manager level he moved into financial services with senior roles at Macquarie Bank for 10 years and later CFO for Lloyds Bank businesses in Asia for 5 years. Prior to joining the Opera House he was the global CFO at Unispace, a family owned global design and build services business.
Host and Moderator
Sue is an executive and leadership coach, passionate about empowering professionals to become courageous and compassionate leaders, leading purpose-driven organisations. She specialises in working with CFOs seeking to develop their capacity for authentic leadership, enabling them to become exceptional leaders who are influential and impactful. Sue provides the sounding board, honest mirror and accountability buddy to her clients, supporting them to navigate their life and career obstacles and challenging them to explore the narratives underlying their beliefs and assumptions so that they can achieve both personal and professional growth. Sue is an accredited executive coach, as well as a Chartered Accountant with many years experience in senior finance roles in both private and publicly listed companies so she has a deep understanding of the challenges facing leaders in the complex corporate world of the 21st century.
Frm Chief Financial Officer
Matt Croasdaile is the CFO of Dimeo Cleaning Services, a leading commercial cleaning business based in Sydney. Prior to joining Dimeo in September, Matt was the CFO of RM Williams where he oversaw a doubling of earnings over his tenure and during his final 6 months successfully managed the business through COVID, a period where the business experienced a four-fold increase in liquidity as a result of the implementation of key initiatives. Matt joined the CFO ranks after a successful career at Macquarie Group where he held roles across Principal Investments, Investment Banking and Risk Management.
Chief Data Scientist
Dr. Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service. He is also an Industry Professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). From 2015 to 2019, Ian was also the CEO of the NSW Data Analytics Center (DAC). Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is a Fellow and President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.
Chief Financial Officer
Nick joined Broadspectrum (previously Transfield Services) in 2011 and has been CFO since 2019. Nick’s responsibilities include the Group’s strategy and M&A, procurement, financial controllership, reporting & governance, divisional & site finance teams, property, plant & equipment, payroll and financial shared services, business improvement and treasury. Over his years at Broadspectrum, Nick has also managed the Group’s tax, investor relations, risk and internal audit functions. Immediately prior to Broadspectrum, Nick spent 4 years with Goodman Fielder Limited as Director, Tax and Treasury, and previously with a number of other large Australian corporates, including the Westfield Group, Origin Energy Limited and CSR Limited. Nick has also worked at SBC Warburg (now UBS) in financial accounting and as an auditor with a chartered accounting firm.
Chief Financial Officer
SAP Australia and New Zealand
Gina McNamara is the Chief Financial Officer for SAP Australia and New Zealand. Gina studied a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University, Masters of Tax Law at UNSW and is a CA.
She commenced her career in public practice as an undergraduate in 1997 and went on to work in firms such as PKF Chartered Accountants in Sydney.
Gina transitioned to finance in the IT industry in 2003 at Lexmark International, where she was well known as the Finance Manager for her work around simplifying and streamlining transactional operations in Australia and New Zealand to Shared Services.
In 2007 Gina was approached by Business Objects to streamline the quote to cash process. This was shortly followed by working within the Asia Pacific Financial Planning and Analysis team.
SAP acquired Business Objects in 2007 and Gina was integral in assisting with integration particularly around Financial Planning and Analysis and the quote to cash processes.
At SAP, Gina has been widely regarded for her support to the sales and consulting teams around Revenue Recognition and Commercial Finance Business Support where she was instrumental in designing the new Deal Support and Commercial Finance function.
Gina is the Executive Sponsor of the SAP Business Women’s Network and the Business Continuity Team which managed the process and policy changes for Australia and New Zealand as part of COVID-19.
She is a huge advocate for demonstrating how SAP runs SAP and technology improvements around moving from an on-premise environment to the cloud.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CALUMO is a leading provider of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management solutions for enterprise-wide Business Analytics, Reporting, Budgeting, Planning and Statutory Reporting.
For over a decade, CALUMO has been instrumental in helping its customers digitally transform their finance department through the process of automation.
SAP Concur solutions integrate travel and expense management, closing data and workflow gaps that increase costs and reduce compliance, so you can actively manage spending.
Booking and corporate card charges flow automatically into expense reports, eliminating error-prone and time-consuming data entry and feeds, while AI and machine learning automatically apply spend controls.
Plus, with every expense captured in one place, you can see what’s working and where to improve, and use innovative apps and intelligent tech to get rid of paper and extra steps for employees.
It’s an easy way to bring more control and compliance to spending and more savings to the business.
The CFO Forum is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with 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.
This event was sold out in 2019
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New South Wales 2000, Australia
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