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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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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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Woodside Energy
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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Woodside Energy
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Narelle Devine
CISO

Telstra
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Narelle Devine
CISO

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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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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Ruth Martin
Group CFO

St Vincent’s Health Australia
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Ruth Martin
Group CFO

St Vincent’s Health Australia
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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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Moazam Shah
Group Chief Financial Officer

Aspen Medical
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Moazam Shah
Group Chief Financial Officer

Aspen Medical
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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.

sessions


  • 08.10 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 08.40 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 08.45 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 09.00 am
    Opening Keynote
  • 09.20 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.

  • 10.10 am
    Keynote
  • 10.30 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11.00 am
    Event Partner Keynote
  • 11.30 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.

  • 12.10 pm
    Keynote
  • 12.30 pm
    Keynote
  • 12.50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12.55 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 02.00 pm
    Diamond Keynote
  • 02.25 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.

  • 03.05 pm
    Keynote
  • 03.25 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 04.00 pm
    Keynote
  • 04.20 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.

  • 05.00 pm
    Global Keynote
  • 05.20 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 05.25 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 05.30 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 06.30 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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