17 OCTOBER 2024
SYDNEY
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HARNESSING INNOVATION. NAVIGATING COMPLEXITY

The CFO Forum returns on the 17th October 2024, welcoming over 150 leading financial executives for a powerful day of case-based discussion, insight, and connection.

Pressures of continuous economic headwinds have prompted change for many organisations. While the challenge of charting this journey falls on all business leaders, CFOs are uniquely positioned to lead from the helm, moving through the uncertainty that so often obscures opportunity.

The 10th annual CFO Forum is dedicated to this pursuit. This event presents an integral opportunity for senior financial leaders, converging from key industries, to connect, combat shared challenges and cultivate critical discussion.

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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7 Exclusive Keynotes
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Interactive Panel Discussions
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Executive Learning Agenda
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5-Star Networking Environment
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Past Speakers

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Professor Toby Walsh
Chief Scientist, Laureate Fellow & Scientia Professor of AI

UNSW's AI Institute
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Professor Toby Walsh
Chief Scientist, Laureate Fellow & Scientia Professor of AI

UNSW's AI Institute
Toby Walsh is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor of AI at UNSW and CSIRO Data61, and adjunct professor at QUT. He is a strong advocate for limits to ensure AI is used to improve our lives, having spoken at the UN, and to heads of state, parliamentary bodies, company boards and many other bodies on this topic. He is a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science, and was named on the international "Who's Who in AI" list of influencers. He appears regularly on TV and radio, has been profiled by the New York Times and has authored four books on AI for a general audience, the most recent ones entitled "Machines Behaving Badly” and "Faking It: Artificial Intelligence in a Human World" (to be published in Fall 2023).
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The Hon. Courtenay Houssos
Minister for Finance

NSW Government
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The Hon. Courtenay Houssos
Minister for Finance

NSW Government
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The Hon Andrew Leigh
Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury

Australian Government
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The Hon Andrew Leigh
Minister for Competition, Charities & Treasury

Australian Government
Andrew Leigh is the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Arts and Law. Andrew is a past recipient of the Economic Society of Australia's Young Economist Award and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017), Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018), Innovation + Equality: How to Create a Future That Is More Star Trek Than Terminator (with Joshua Gans) (2019), Reconnected: A Community Builder's Handbook (with Nick Terrell) (2020), What's the Worst That Could Happen? Existential Risk and Extreme Politics (2021) and Fair Game: Lessons From Sport for a Fairer Society & a Stronger Economy (2022). Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.
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Christine Christmas
Assistant Director-General National Partnerships

ACSC
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Christine Christmas
Assistant Director-General National Partnerships

ACSC
Christine Christmas leads ASD’s, Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) National Partnerships Branch, which coordinates the ACSC’s strategy and relations with industry and government through the ACSC Partnership Program. Christine was formerly the Assistant Director-General for Ministerial, Media and Communications coordinating the Australian Signals Directorate’s public communications and relations with Media and Ministers and prior to this was Advisor to the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Between 2016 and 2019, Christine led the Department of Home Affairs’ engagement with the Philippines on immigration and border management policy from Manila. Christine served as departmental liaison to two successive Federal Ministers for Immigration and Border Protection. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.
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Dr Claire Naughtin
Senior Research Consultant & Team Leader, Digital Futures

CSIRO’s Data61
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Dr Claire Naughtin
Senior Research Consultant & Team Leader, Digital Futures

CSIRO’s Data61
Dr Claire Naughtin is a Senior Research Consultant at CSIRO’s Data61 and she leads the Digital Futures team. She is passionate about bridging the gap between research and application and supporting leaders in making better long-term decisions. Claire specialises in future-focused, strategic foresight projects for government and industry clients, covering topics such as the future of employment, healthcare, transport, the public sector workforce and emerging industries. Most recently, Claire co-led the delivery of CSIRO’s once-in-a-decade Our Future World report, which identified seven emerging megatrends that will shape the next 20 years for Australia.
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Brendan Hargreaves
Chief Financial Officer

Officeworks
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Brendan Hargreaves
Chief Financial Officer

Officeworks
Brendan joined Officeworks as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2022. Brendan brings with him a wealth of experience, most recently from The Warehouse Group in New Zealand where he was the Finance Director for more than two years. Prior to that Brendan has held several senior positions in general management, commercial and finance working for Cleanaway, Coles, Village Roadshow and Qantas. As CFO, Brendan has responsibility for Finance, Strategy Development, Strategy Delivery, Legal, Risk & Compliance and ESG & Corporate Affairs. Brendan is a strong people developer and team-oriented leader, with more than 25 years of corporate and management experience gained in retail, food & beverage, tourism, entertainment, manufacturing, construction, waste management and service-oriented industries within large “blue-chip” organisations. Brendan is pleased to bring his passion and years of experience, working in sustainably focussed organisations to his role at Officeworks, where he and the team are focussed on meeting Officeworks’ ESG commitments, by delivering the commercial and broader benefits of the People & Planet Positive 2025 Plan.
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Melissa Azzopardi
General Manager Finance

Australian Football League
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Melissa Azzopardi
General Manager Finance

Australian Football League
Starting her career in ASX listed companies spanning across Insurance, FMCG and Energy, Melissa transitioned into the Sports and Entertainment Industry where she has had the opportunity to build her leadership and commercial capability while driving transformational change and partnering with the business to support the most successful sporting events in Australia.

Melissa stepped into her first CFO role at Tennis Australia in 2018 focused on setting a clear vision to transform the finance function and introduce capability to support the dynamic growth of the organization. Melissa played a key role in risk management and scenario planning that would underpin the delivery of the Australian Open during a pandemic.

Melissa moved to the AFL in 2021 as GM Finance where she oversees the finance activity for the AFL and is charged with driving the strength of the Industry financials, supporting the growth of investment across the game, both at the elite and grass roots levels, and Marvel Stadium.

Melissa’s most rewarding experiences as a Finance leader have focused on the development and leadership of high performing finance and commercials teams and through planning and delivering transformational change has enabled a culture of continuous improvement and true business partnering. Since joining the AFL, Melissa enjoys playing a key role in an industry that ignites so much excitement, inclusion and passion from grass roots community participation through to the elite game of Australian Rules Football.
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David Watkins
Chief Financial Officer

JCDecaux Australia
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David Watkins
Chief Financial Officer

JCDecaux Australia
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Matthew Durbin
Group Chief Financial Officer

Accent Group
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Matthew Durbin
Group Chief Financial Officer

Accent Group
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Francoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
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Francoise Merit
Chief Financial Officer

Endeavour Energy
Françoise joined Endeavour Energy as its first female Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in October 2020 and plays a pivotal role in transforming the company’s financial operations and regulatory protocols. Françoise has over 20 years’ experience in the engineering, infrastructure, and defence sectors, encompassing finance, risk management, commercial performance, and contractual negotiations.

Françoise’s previous roles include ten years in the defense sector, across the Australian Defence Industry and Thales, prior to joining Aurecon as Global Chief Financial Officer.

Françoise’s operational experience and financial background is a key driver in leading Endeavour Energy’s transformation to a modern grid, with a focus on sustainable outcomes through emphasising the strategic partnership model, automation, and adoption of new technologies. Her executive leadership and sponsorship at Endeavour Energy was instrumental leading up to the first sustainability strategy that was approved and executed in 2022. In January 2022, Françoise implemented and drove the inaugural Sustainable Linked Loan, setting an industry benchmark.

Françoise is also passionate about diversity and inclusion and driving the organisational rewards associated with it, with a focus on increasing female leadership in senior and executive roles.
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Cher Mitchell-Vialle
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Veolia Australia & New Zealand
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Cher Mitchell-Vialle
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Veolia Australia & New Zealand
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Nadine Lennie
Chief Financial Officer

Transgrid
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Nadine Lennie
Chief Financial Officer

Transgrid
Nadine Lennie has over 25 years’ experience as a CFO, investment manager and financial adviser. She has extensive knowledge across various infrastructure sectors as well as funds management, IT and project finance.

She has both Australian and international experience in a range of environments, including regulated markets. Most recently Nadine was CFO at Atlas Arteria, a global owner, operator and developer of toll roads. Prior to Altas Arteria, she was CFO at the Afterpay Touch Group, overseeing the successful merger between Touchcorp Ltd and Afterpay Holdings Ltd, and she was the CFO at Australian Pacific Airports Corporation.
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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.

Taya Knights – Account Manager
Tel: 0491 114 348
Email: [email protected]

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 19/07/2024)
$1195 + GST
$3585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 20/07/2024)
$1395 + GST
$4185 + GST

Super Early Bird promotion available until the 8th December. The price will be available for selection during the check-out process.

 

Attendance at the CFO Forum is strictly for in-house CFO’s and financial professionals. If you are a Service Provider, please email [email protected] to discuss your involvement.

Super Early Bird promotion available until the 8th December. The price will be available for selection during the check-out process.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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