Conference Day One: Monday, 20 April 2020

8:30 am - 9:30 am REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

Please proceed to EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM A and EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM B

9:30 am - 10:00 am SPEED NETWORKING AND TRANSITION TO CONFERENCE ROOM

10:00 am - 10:10 am CHAIRMAN’S DAY ONE OPENING REMARKS

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED – TODAYS’ CFO AMIDST ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTIES

Dealing With The Unprecedented: Unravelling The Risks And Opportunities For CFOs In Complex Business Environments

  • $17 trillion question to bond or not to bond in a negative yield environment.
  • Protecting your business amidst low and declining inflations, low economic growth, low business investment – the need for safe investment vehicles with no risk of capital loss
  • The Taxation Dilemma - changes in the GCCs taxation system and their impact on businesses
  • Risk forces attacking organisations and what you do about it
  • And then there was automation – how does the CFO become the hybrid of a CFO and CIO?
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Ken Ajinkya

CFO
Rolls Royce Power Systems, Asia & Middle East, Singapore

The current trade climate within the U.S. and its volatility has had businesses globally on edge due to the ripple effect that it can create. This has formed an environment in which trade disputes are causing volatile markets as trade deals are being re-examined in order to find a balance of supporting domestic production while still outsourcing to other countries in fields which they hold a comparative advantage. Examining the economic implications of these policies can help better understand what strategies need to be enacted in order to keep businesses afloat through turbulent waters

This session will delve into:
  • Examining the impact of current trade laws
  • Implementing measures and solutions to navigate the trade climate
  • Forecasting and staying ahead of potential disruptions
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Timothy Fox

Chief Economist
Emirates NBD, UAE

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Francois Oberholzer

CFO
Flydubai, UAE

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Ken Ajinkya

CFO
Rolls Royce Power Systems, Asia & Middle East, Singapore

CREATING A ROADMAP FOR SUCCESS
54% of finance leaders support changing the current systems to automation to meet the needs for productivity and greater agility with innovation (*Oracle, Modern Finance: Driving Transformation from Within). Digital finance has advanced as the wave of transformation, what does it mean for the CFO and how does it help in effective growth?

This session puts spotlight on finance transformation strategy and how finance is supporting business-wide transformations.

Discover:
  • How the organisation has chosen to reorganise its operation and setting up a shared service operation
  • How this movement ties into a cohesive strategy for broader-scale finance transformation, surrounding the transformation of the organisation’s forecasting, technology and people
  • The importance to control the “bigger picture” when it comes to finance transformation, and to link this back to the wider strategic vision – how will this transformation enable them to deliver greater support back to its business?
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Adnan Anwar

CFO
National Bank of Fujairah, UAE

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Adham Gasser

Head of Finance
Majid Al Futtaim, UAE

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Joachim Muller

CFO
Abu Dhabi Financial Group, UAE

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Amreen Siddiqi

Regional Finance Director
Sephora, UAE

CEOs globally have stated that the importance of a CFO will appreciate exponentially over the next 3 years *(KPMG International, Forbes Insights ‘18). The new age CFOs have updated themselves to be tech-savvy, digitally-analytical, with a focus on strategic resource management. This opening keynote throws light on the opportunities of further growth that lie ahead for a CFO.

Key Questions:
  • Is the analytical, strategic and technical know-how as important as financial skills?
  • Unveil the main trends redefining finance in the digital age
  • How can you align your strategy to achieve business transformation?
  • What are the best practices as a CFO to drive company growth in today’s changing climate?
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Muhammad Saad Anwar Begawala

Director - Finance and Strategic Planning
Sadara Chemical Company, Saudi Arabia

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Bobby Varghese

Vice President Financial Strategy
Abu Dhabi Ports, UAE

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Vicky Bhatia

CFO
Noor Bank, UAE

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Paolo Lomonaco

CFO
Chalhoub Group, UAE

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm MORNING NETWORKING BREAK, DEMO DRIVE, SHOW & TELL

STRATEGY DEEP DIVE
Attendees will need to pre-select the Deep Dive sessions they would like to join. Everyone will rotate between two choices, in back-to-back 30-minute intervals. There will be a ten (10) minute transitional break in-between sessions. All conference attendees must pre-register for the two (2) Deep Dive session upon registering for the event. Registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. If you do not preregister for your Deep Dives, we’ll have to assign seating based upon demand and availability.

ROUND A: DIGITAL TAXATION AND INTERNAL AUDIT

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm AUTOMATING TAXATION AND INTERNAL AUDIT
Mohamed Imthiaz - Vice President, Finance Emirates National Copper Factory
  • Auto-extracting process knowledge from videos and logs is one of the top priorities for IA companies
  • Empowering RPA developers through process modelling videos to enable them to get clear insights of the process they are programming and subsequently getting rid of onerous process manuals.
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Mohamed Imthiaz

Vice President
Finance Emirates National Copper Factory

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm PREDICTIVE MODELLING ASSITING THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Yasir Ghani - Group Head of Risk and Audit, Abu Dhabi Capital Group, UAE
Future audit planning will be driven by predictive analytics, with AI providing the intelligence and analytics to make it a real-time plan. Automating routine audits provides CFOs/auditors time to evaluate strategic risks. Predictive analytic models can demonstrate audit impact before it has begun. The key question to ask is how do you do it?

What platforms offer user case scenarios to give you the confidence to work with them?

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Yasir Ghani

Group Head of Risk and Audit
Abu Dhabi Capital Group, UAE

  • Internal audit’s real-time access to systems and data drives the engagement. Auditors are armed with the information they need to drill down to root causes and can more effectively prioritise work on the areas that need the most attention.
  • Internal audit’s broad view of the organisation and its data allows it to more effectively connect the dots for management and the board. Skilled in AI and RPA, internal auditors are programming on the fly, building models and process intelligence tools to be shared across the organisation.
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Arif Zaman

Head of Internal Audit - Alternative Investments & Infrastructure
Emaar Industries and Investments, UAE

12:40 pm - 1:10 pm AUTOMATING TRANSACTIONAL PROCESSES
Automating workflow and transactional processes is one of the vital area to realise benefits. Leveraging automation, organisations can reduce costs, errors and enhance accuracy and communication. As such, how do you maximise ROI from transactional process and workflow automation?

1:10 pm - 1:20 pm 10-MINUTE TRANSITION BREAK

ROUND B: DIGITAL TREASURY

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm DIGITAL TREASURY AT THE HEART OF BUSINESS INFORMATION ECOSYSTEM
A truly digital treasury drives the strategy and insights in a business, enhancing decision making, not just around the core treasury mandate but also ensuring assets and liabilities are optimised. So, what is the vision for a Digital Treasury – improving cash flow, strengthening the process for cash transactions or managing financial risks through real-time insights.

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm AUTOMATING TREASURY - STAKEHOLDER & CUSTOMER BUY-IN TO ENSURE TREASURY DIGITISATION PROGRAM SUCCESS
  • Ensuring effective strategic alliances with various business departments
  • Communication and programme initiatives that convey their business worth to your digitisation programmes and how they will indeed remain an integral player in your organisation

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm TOP TIPS ON API ROLL OUT IN TREASURY
APIs assist treasury to generate powerful insights from data sourced from the bank and its partners. It is a game changer and a digital transformation waiting to happen in the Middle East. This session explores the risks, opportunities and process improvements it brings from enterprise risk management, cash flow forecast to deciphering business undercurrents.

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm TREASURY TECH BUSINESS CASE – GETTING THE BUDGET AND DERIVING BENEFITS FROM TMS
How can treasury quantify the benefits of new treasury tech? Addressing key concerns around budget, business disruption, process complexity when implementing TMS.

  • Traditional and cloud-based systems
  • On-demand models and Fintech solutions
  • Leveraging a metrics to draw parallels and measurable improvements

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

Dig deeper into the matters that interest and concern you most by networking with like-minded executives.

FUNCTIONAL TRACKS
Choose from one (1) of the below three (3) tracks.

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm DIGITAL TREASURY MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY: DEFINING DIGITAL, THE TREASURY WAY
Treasury breathes data – all the way from cloud to data storage to process transformation – digitisation and embracing emerging tech is at the forefront of every treasury executive's mind.

  • How to best integrate or replace legacy systems
  • Real-time insights through process transformation
  • Robotics, analytics, blockchain and machine learning – delivering the next level of efficiency and insight
So, you’ve transformed your business operations and now have an army of bots and IA at your service. And with it layers of data. So, what happens next?

In this session, we will explore:
  • How programmed AI and cognitive technologies can provide powerful data analytics that relate to customer buying behaviour, patient’s medical records, inventory and claims processing, financial reporting etc.
  • Structuring your data to extract real time insights
  • Dashboards – making your intelligence visual and actionable
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Yasir Ghani

Group Head of Risk and Audit
Abu Dhabi Capital Group, UAE

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Arif Zaman

Head of Internal Audit - Alternative Investments & Infrastructure
Emaar Industries and Investments, UAE

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Mohamed Imthiaz

Vice President
Finance Emirates National Copper Factory

Risk management starts with knowing an organisation’s financial data. Knowing the implications of the data allows for managing risks and implementing effective controls. The evolving digital landscape and expanding regulatory environment have expanded the type and a number of business risks. CFOs are seeking ways to improve efficiency and decrease risk while lowering costs. Organisations must make proactive decisions that assess the risk-return trade-off instead of being simply reactive when an incident occurs. In this session, attendees will learn about new ways to adjust approaches to disruption and receive best practices to address all types of risk including financial, operational, IT, geopolitical and catastrophic.

  • Understand the implications of data and implementing effective controls
  • Make proactive decisions for risk-return trade-offs
  • Improve efficiencies and decrease risks while lowering cost
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Wim Kuiper

Vice President, Risk and Compliance
GEMS Education, UAE

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Dr. Yousef Padganeh

Acting Chief Risk Officer
Commercial Bank International, UAE

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Mohammed Hasan Khan

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
RAK Insurance, UAE

CFO EXECUTIVE LOUNGE

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm By Invitation Only: IA BUDGET PERSPECTIVES: Cost & ROI From Future IA Scale Up Models
  • Understanding cost structures of upcoming enterprise IA programmes
  • Business models of growth that reward the best ROI
  • When to scale up, what budgets to allocate and how to measure ROI

FUNCTIONAL TRACKS
Choose from one (1) of the below four (4) tracks

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm TREASURY: THE BACKBONE OF ENTERPRISE DATA PROTECTION
Treasury is an increasingly important role as a central repository for key corporate data that makes it a natural partner for departments across the business.

However ensuring the data is accurate, recent and stored in a form that is usable, is very important. As volumes explode, all too often data pours into the centre in multiple formats and systems reducing visibility instead of enhancing it.

So how does treasury get on top of the data flows it needs to do this? What is the role of core transaction banking partners in this process? And what are the key practical steps on the journey to data nirvana? In this panel, our experts discuss how to harness the power of data to make treasury a key node in firms’ information network.

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm FRAUD PREVENTION SOLUTIONS – INSIGHTS AND ANALYSIS
  • Review of the various fraud prevention solutions available
  • How AI-driven, fraud prevention solutions will deliver bottom line benefits

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm AI REVOLUTIONISING RISK AND COMPLIANCE
Dr. Sadar Abdulrasheed - Financial Risk Manager, Al Ghurair, UAE
Could you afford the negative publicity and costly damage a data breach would bring to your organisation? There have been numerous high profile case studies in this arena. How do you ensure you are not next?

Join us for an informative session where you’ll learn to:

  • Assess your cyber risk factors so that you’re aware of potential vulnerabilities
  • Establish proactive guidelines to protect your data
  • Ensure departmental staff follow data security guidelines
  • Anticipate data security weaknesses and proactively prevent and defend them
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Dr. Sadar Abdulrasheed

Financial Risk Manager
Al Ghurair, UAE

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm THE TRUE COST OF POOR INFORMATION SECURITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Jacqueline Ratcliffe - Group Operational Risk & Resilience, Dubai-based holding and development company
Could your organisation successfully navigate the negative publicity and commercial impacts of a data breach? The number high profile case studies in this arena are increasing and we must learn the lessons. It is a matter of “when”, not “if”, so how do you ensure that your organisation is cyber resilient?  
Join us for an informative session where we’ll discuss: 
·         The financial and non-financial impacts of poor information security
·         Establishing proactive measures to protect your organisation’s data
·         Assessing and communicating cyber risks, incidents and vulnerabilities to the board
·         The role of leadership in cyber resilience and response
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Jacqueline Ratcliffe

Group Operational Risk & Resilience
Dubai-based holding and development company

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm NETWORKING DRINKS AND DEMO DRIVE

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE DAY ONE