13 OCTOBER 2022
AMORA HOTEL JAMISON SYDNEY
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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 8th 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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2022 Speakers

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Anthony Gianotti
Group CFO

Wesfarmers
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Anthony Gianotti
Group CFO

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. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand 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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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Newcrest Mining
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Sherry Duhe
Chief Financial Officer

Newcrest Mining
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Heather Cotching
Chief Economist

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
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Heather Cotching
Chief Economist

Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Heather Cotching is the Chief Economist at Austrade. Heather is responsible for providing economic analysis to Austrade clients and senior executives, with a focus on the outlook for global trade and investment. She also manages a data science team responsible for integrating machine learning techniques and policy evaluation within Austrade. She has worked across five different government agencies in economics roles including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Treasury, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. She has an Economics Degree from the University of Tasmania.
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David Burroughs
Chief Mental Health Officer

Westpac
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David Burroughs
Chief Mental Health Officer

Westpac
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Françoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
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Françoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
Françoise Merit is a seasoned CFO and executive with over 20 years’ experience in the engineering, infrastructure and defence sectors encompassing finance, risk management, project performance, commercial and contractual negotiations. She joined Endeavour Energy as its first female Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2020 and plays a pivotal role in transforming the company’s financial operations, regulatory protocols and culture as it evolves from a traditional ‘poles and wires’ electricity distribution network to a modern grid, connecting over 1 million homes and businesses across Sydney’s Greater West, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Illawarra and the South Coast of NSW. Françoise enjoys building strong relationships and engaging her teams with fun and enthusiasm. Her coaching and leadership inspire her teams to be confident decision makers and respected business partners. She drives success through emphasising the strategic partnership model, automation, and adoption of new technologies. Françoise is also passionate about increasing Diversity & Inclusion and driving the organisational rewards associated with it. She is regularly invited to speak at leadership forums to share her experience and strategies to lead the change and increase value creation. Prior to joining Endeavour Energy, Françoise held executive and senior management roles at Transfield Services Group, Australia Defence Industries, Thales and Aurecon.
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Severine Yerriah
Regional Finance Director APAC

James Hardie
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Severine Yerriah
Regional Finance Director APAC

James Hardie
Severine joined James Hardie in July 2022 as the Finance Director for APAC. Prior to that Severine was the CFO for Unilever Australia and New Zealand where she spent four years leading her team and business through a large-scale transformation. Severine has had cross market experience across Southeast Asia and the UK and has deep expertise in the FMCG industry working for brands such as Coca Cola, Russian Standard Vodka and Bacardi. With a strong belief that sustainable and equitable growth is the only way to create long-term value for all stakeholders, Severine is passionate about a fully integrated ESG agenda. A lateral thinker and collaborative leader, Severine thrives on finding innovative solutions which adds and protects the value of the business.
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Dr Derek Bopping
First Assistant Director-General of Partnerships, Engagement and Programs

ACSC
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Dr Derek Bopping
First Assistant Director-General of Partnerships, Engagement and Programs

ACSC
Derek Bopping leads the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Partnerships and Engagement Division. He was formerly the Deputy Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, overseeing the design and implementation of Australia’s federal counter-terrorism laws, and has worked as an independent consultant focusing on the insurance and business interruption implications of cyber risk. Between 2015 and 2019, Derek led the Department of Home Affairs’ engagement with the US government on terrorism, immigration and border management policy from Washington, D.C. He served as senior liaison to the Hon. Scott Morrison MP while the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and to General Angus Campbell during Operation Sovereign Borders. He holds a PhD in social psychology from the Australian National University.
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Richard Gardham
Chief Financial Officer

National Rugby League
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Richard Gardham
Chief Financial Officer

National Rugby League
Richard joined the NRL in 2014 and having been the NRL Salary Cap Auditor as part of the NRL Integrity Department he became CFO in May 2020. During his two years in the role Richard has had to embark on an extensive cost out program, played a major role in the NRL becoming the first Australian professional league to return to the field in 2020 at the outbreak of Covid, led large elements of the relocation of 13 Clubs to Queensland in the 2021 season and oversaw the return of the NRL to a surplus in 2021, the only major Australian sporting governing body to do so. Richard Gardham began his career in the Deloitte UK Consulting Practice before moving out to Australia in 2010 to take up a role at the Deloitte Sydney office.
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Yogita Nath
Chief Financial Officer

Sanofi
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Yogita Nath
Chief Financial Officer

Sanofi
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Adam Campbell
Chief Financial Officer

Flight Centre Travel Group
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Adam Campbell
Chief Financial Officer

Flight Centre Travel Group
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Geoff Stalley
Chief Financial Officer, Business Executive/Board Director

Booktopia
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Geoff Stalley
Chief Financial Officer, Business Executive/Board Director

Booktopia
Geoff is an entrepreneurial senior executive with consistent success in starting, building, growing and improving the performance of businesses, both as a senior advisor and as a business leader. His expertise spans corporate innovation and growth, business strategy and execution, and major transformational change as well as operational management and people leadership. He has lived in Asia and worked extensively across the Europe, Asia and USA/Canada with substantial Consumer, Retail and Technology industry experience. Geoff joined Booktopia (ASX:BKG) in 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer to lead the IPO and establish the business as a listed entity on the ASX. He was previously the Chief Growth Officer for Serco Asia Pacific, a global public sector services business. Geoff has a long career working for major professional services firms (AT Kearney, Andersen, EY and Deloitte) for global and Australian clients on projects spanning corporate innovation, new business growth, complex transformations and merger integration. His clients have included Telstra, Qantas, AMP, Westpac, Origin, Inchcape, Toyota, GM, FedEx, Brambles, Caterpillar, CSR and Oracle in Australia and globally where he led various market entry strategies, business expansion and major transformation/merger integration projects.. Geoff has a B.Bus (UTS), M.Ec (Macq), is a CA, CPA, GAICD and holds a number of Board positions: NED for iSelect Ltd (ASX:ISU), Chair for Uplifting Australia (NFP), Advisory Chair for Exent (Consulting), Advisory Board member for NSW Public Service Commission and a mentor to a number of start-up/scale-ups at Stone & Chalk.. Geoff grew up in country New South Wales, Australia, and now lives in Sydney with his wife, Liane. They have adult children and two grandchildren.
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Matt Young
Chief Financial Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
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Matt Young
Chief Financial Officer

Treasury Wine Estates
Matt joined Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) in 2014, and commenced as Global CFO in 2018.   As part of his role he leads the global finance, IT and business services teams around the world.   Treasury Wine Estates’ ambition is to the most admired premium wine company.   TWE operates in more than 60 countries with a portfolio of luxury and premium brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, 19 Crimes, Wynns, Stags Leap, Beringer and Beaulieu Vineyard.
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Tejvir Singh
Chief Financial Officer

Accolade Wines
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Tejvir Singh
Chief Financial Officer

Accolade Wines
As the Chief Financial Officer of Accolade Wines, Tej leads a team of 150 finance, legal and I.T professionals driving an execution and partnership-oriented culture across the 20 countries that Accolade operates in. Accolade Wines is a global wine company producing and selling more than 50 iconic brands in more than 130 countries. Accolade Wine’s brands have been awarded more than 8800 awards in the last 10 years alone and Accolade’s portfolio include some of the world’s best known wine brands including Hardy’s, Grant Burge, Petaluma, Mud House, St Hallett, Jam Shed, Houghton, Arras and Banrock Station. Tej has more than 20 years’ experience in consulting and senior executive roles across Australia and Asia with PwC, Unilever, Accenture and AB InBev . Tej’s prior roles include being the Director of Control and Tax at AB InBev for the Asia Pacific S region and the CFO for AB InBev’s South Asia operations. Tej is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy.
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Ducan Webster
Chief Financial Officer

MarsWrigley
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Ducan Webster
Chief Financial Officer

MarsWrigley
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Phil Halbish
Chief Financial Officer

Who Gives a Crap
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Phil Halbish
Chief Financial Officer

Who Gives a Crap
Phil joined Who Gives A Crap as Global CFO in 2021.  Phil leads the global finance function partnering with his fellow Executives and teams to help drive the global expansion of the business predominately in the northern hemisphere. Who Gives A Crap sells good looking, forest friendly toilet paper, paper towels and tissues direct-to-consumer and donates 50% of its profits to help build toilets and sanitation facilities for those in need. It is an amazing business doing amazing things in toilet paper, and it's having an impact on the world—since 2013 Who Gives A Crap has donated more than $10 million to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
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Josie Pane
Chief Financial Officer

HVP Plantations
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Josie Pane
Chief Financial Officer

HVP Plantations
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Leanne Allen
Chief Financial Officer

Commercial & General
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Leanne Allen
Chief Financial Officer

Commercial & General
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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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Rafael Pasquet
Director & Chief Financial Officer

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia
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Rafael Pasquet
Director & Chief Financial Officer

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia
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Sue Rosen
Executive Coach, Speaker

CFO Women's Circles
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Sue Rosen
Executive Coach, Speaker

CFO Women's Circles
Sue is an accredited executive coach, with extensive experience coaching finance professionals to be courageous, compassionate, and curious leaders, motivated by purpose, and living fulfilling lives. Prior to her career as a speaker, coach and facilitator, Sue had many years’ experience in senior finance roles, including CFO, 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. Sue holds a post-graduate qualification in Organisational Coaching and Leadership, numerous coaching accreditations and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW).
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Phillip Hobson
Chief Financial Officer

Baiada Poultry
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Phillip Hobson
Chief Financial Officer

Baiada Poultry
Phillip was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of Baiada Poultry in 2021 and leads a team of 60 within finance and IT located at multiple locations across Australia. He joined Baiada in 2003 as the Finance Manager to build a team and work to implement an ERP system that could support the organisations significant future growth plans. As the business grew so did Phillip’s role, becoming the Group Financial Controller. The Baiada business is now over 6 times larger than it was in 2003, as a result of acquisitions, expansion of revenue channels and product growth. Baiada is now one of the country’s leading poultry producers under the Lilydale Free Range and Steggles brands. Phillip has over 25 years’ experience in various senior finance roles across multiple industries including FMCG, Agriculture, Manufacturing and member-based organisations, he is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney

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  • 8:10 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 8:40 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
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    Sue Rosen
    Executive Coach, Speaker

    CFO Women's Circles
  • 8:45 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 9:00 am
    Keynote Interview

    The Strategic CFO – Turning Disruption into Growth

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    Anthony Gianotti
    Group CFO

    Wesfarmers
  • 9:25 am
    Growth Session

    Reframing Finance: A New Approach to Value Creation 

    • Creating an organization that will be lean and competitive in the future
    • Embracing innovation to continue the pace of change so they can capture future opportunities
    • Identifying opportunities early so they can direct operations to adapt quickly
    • Embracing disruption that focusses both on the short-term impact, as well as the long-term, to pilot companies to success
    • Using data to interrogate existing environments, creating new contexts, and revealing customer insights
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    Yogita Nath
    Chief Financial Officer

    Sanofi
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    Adam Campbell
    Chief Financial Officer

    Flight Centre Travel Group
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    Rafael Pasquet
    Director & Chief Financial Officer

    Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Australia
  • 10:15 am
    Keynote Interview
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    Sherry Duhe
    Chief Financial Officer

    Newcrest Mining
  • 10:40 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:10 am
    Partner Keynote
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    Phillip Hobson
    Chief Financial Officer

    Baiada Poultry
  • 11:40 am
    Transformation Session

    Taking Charge: Technology and the Transformative CFO

    • Digitizing workflows across the financial close process, reducing complexity and risk, accelerating the overall process, and driving a greater experience for finance teams
    • Achieving Operational Excellence – embracing technology to fundamentally reengineer and rethink
    • Enabling Digital Intelligence to serve the customer in new ways
    • Forging an open and agile culture to get the most out of new and emerging technologies
    • Investing in data analytics, cloud technologies and automation to help spur growth and improve efficiencies.
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    Geoff Stalley
    Chief Financial Officer, Business Executive/Board Director

    Booktopia
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    Françoise Merit
    Chief Financial Officer

    Endeavour Energy
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    Tejvir Singh
    Chief Financial Officer

    Accolade Wines
  • 12:20 pm
    Keynote

    Economic Headwinds and Implications for Trade and Supply

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    Heather Cotching
    Chief Economist

    Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
  • 12:45 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Diamond Keynote
  • 2:25 pm
    Leadership Session

    Resilience by Design: Business Structures that Support Success

    • Optimising the workforce and improving efficiency
    • Building trust workforce by displaying true leadership, and clearly communicating the vision of their department, what that will entail for the business and what the impact will be on teams
    • Setting up collaborative eco-systems to get agile support from the right people, organisation-wide, and deliver maximum effect, while addressing shifting employee demands
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    Matt Young
    Chief Financial Officer

    Treasury Wine Estates
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    Richard Gardham
    Chief Financial Officer

    National Rugby League
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    Phil Halbish
    Chief Financial Officer

    Who Gives a Crap
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    Severine Yerriah
    Regional Finance Director APAC

    James Hardie
  • 3:05 pm
    Keynote
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    Dr Derek Bopping
    First Assistant Director-General of Partnerships, Engagement and Programs

    ACSC
  • 3:25 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    National Keynote
  • 4:10 pm
    Risk Session

    Future Focussed: Adapting to a Changing World

    • Finding and preventing fraud and investing in cybersecurity
    • Mitigating exposures to financial risks associated with debt, compliance, cash flow, and mergers and acquisitions
    • Tackling operational risks stemming from processes, personnel, and supply chains by adapting to strategic shifts in the market.
    • Utilizing Risk Analytics to Inform Business Decisions
    • Optimizing ESG reporting architecture will be better prepared to tell an authentic and coherent story that establishes your company as a leader in the market
    • Using ESG as a springboard for collaboration with leaders in operations, human resources, tax and risk, as well as with the CEO.
    • Developing accepted standards of accounting and disclosure for ESG performance
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    Josie Pane
    Chief Financial Officer

    HVP Plantations
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    Leanne Allen
    Chief Financial Officer

    Commercial & General
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    Christine Liu
    Chief Financial Officer

    Tourism Australia
  • 4:50 pm
    Keynote
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    David Burroughs
    Chief Mental Health Officer

    Westpac
  • 5:15 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
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    Sue Rosen
    Executive Coach, Speaker

    CFO Women's Circles
  • 5:20 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:25 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:30 pm
    Close of Forum
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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 with the minds shaping business.

Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital brand activations complement survey and live polling options for effective brand positioning and interactivity.

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

Venue/Accommodation

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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison Street, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Accommodation Offer at the Swissotel:

To book, please contact the In-House Reservations Team via email SSY.Reservations@swissotel.com or telephone 02 9238 8888 and quote the following code“CFO131022”. This code will provide a 10% discount off the best available rate at the time of booking. A credit card will need to be provided in order to secure the booking and is subject to a 24 hour cancellation policy.

The In-House Reservations Team is available 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. You can also find accommodation information on their website here. Please note in order to receive the 10% discount the Reservations Team must be contacted.

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 05/08/2022)
$595 + GST
$1785 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 06/08/2022)
$795 + GST
$2385 + GST

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Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

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