Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 21 April 2020

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

Head to EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM A and EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM B

9:30 am - 9:40 am CHAIRMAN’S DAY ONE RECAP & DAY TWO OPENING REMARKS

The CFO or Finance Executive has always had an essential role in policy creation and enforcement as well as risk and liability management. However going forward, the CFO will be called upon to lead innovation and strategic planning for the rest of the enterprise, and in some cases, function like a “Mini-CEO”. Successful CFOs who undergo this role expansion and transformation will learn to master non-financial KPIs in other departments, leverage automation technologies, understand customer experience and satisfaction and retain top employee talent.

In this session, you’ll takeaway:
  • How to leverage automation technologies
  • How to reskill and upskill for increased scope of work
  • How to add value across the enterprise
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Tamer Kadry

CFO
Mars-Wrigley Global Emerging Markets, UAE

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Vishnu Katara

Director Finance
noon.com, UAE

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Ramesh Subramanian

CFO
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez), UAE

10:10 am - 10:40 am FINANCE UNLEASHED: Enabling Modern Finance With CPM 2.0 Platforms

The future of finance is now. Over the last decade, finance teams have continued their transformation from backward to forward-looking and have been navigating their firms through digital disruption. Today, many face new demands to address risks and compliance, the war for talent and to reshape business models. Further, transformative technologies like blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA) and machine learning are forcing finance leaders to think differently about how they will transact, report and analyse their business in the future. Still, despite billions of dollars invested into ERP and first-generation corporate performance management (CPM 1.0) solutions – almost 50% of CFO's do not believe they are prepared to meet the demands of the strategic priorities of their business.

Forward-thinking finance leaders are thinking bigger to address business demands – and are creating a new foundation for change with CPM 2.0 platforms. Designed to address the same business challenges as CPM 1.0, CPM 2.0 platforms provide a modern approach that aligns to today’s most sophisticated processes, leverages new technologies and provides increased business agility. Learn how leading organisations are innovating with CPM 2.0 platforms to transform processes, increase collaboration with operations and unleash the true value of finance as a strategic business partner across the enterprise.

10:40 am - 11:20 am MORNING NETWORKING BREAK & DEMO DRIVE

11:20 am - 11:50 am Removing Paper From The Payables Process

Mary Karadsheh - Head of Finance and Commercial Controlling, Virgin Mobile, UAE
Blue chip companies and government agencies are under pressure from shareholders and tax payers to improve efficiency. New cases of invoice fraud appear daily, while big companies are publically chastised for increased payment terms and delayed payments to suppliers. SMEs are struggling to access the finance they require to grow, and in some cases, stay afloat. During this session you will hear how e-invoicing can transform the way an organisation processes, validates and pays its invoices and has sparked a new phase of innovation from P2P functions, with service providers offering greater value to buyers and suppliers through spend analytics and early payment financing.

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Mary Karadsheh

Head of Finance and Commercial Controlling
Virgin Mobile, UAE

The possibility of an economic slowdown is always in the back of business leaders and investors’ minds. Current predictions among economists put an economic slowdown sometime in 2020 and yet, among polled CFOs, a slowdown could easily be occurring by the year’s end. As such, now is the time for companies to start taking preventative measures and tightening their budgets in order to prepare for a possible downturn. Trade unease in domestic, as well as, global markets has created volatility and led to decreased growth. The Great Recession taught us that no business is too big to fail and as the current business landscape starts to show warning signs, leaders need to take heed.

In this session, find out more about:
  • Proactive, instead of reactive, solutions to navigate the current economic landscape
  • Developing flexibility with trade finance
  • Diversifying funding and suppliers
  • Assessing implications of current regulatory measures on the global economy
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Bobby Varghese

Vice President Financial Strategy
Abu Dhabi Ports, UAE

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Sufiyan Wattoo

Head of Group Financial Planning and Analysis
DXB Entertainment, UAE

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Nauman Asif Mian

CFO
bayt.com, UAE

As a CFO, are you confident that you will meet your demand planning goals? Do you have a good sense for how external factors will impact your business?

The role of the CFO is evolving as fast as the world is changing. The CFO that has visibility to performance risks ahead of the competition gains a competitive advantage. One of the most promising applications of Predictive Economic Intelligence is to quickly assist in determining the most relevant external drivers of business performance. By mimicking the methodology of economists, machine learning-based solutions can rapidly discover and monitor economic and consumer behaviour leading indicators specific to their business or industry.

This session will explore the value in identifying key leading indicators that provide on-demand view of future performance. See how specific economic indicators impact future planning and how combining the world’s data with machine learning can empower today's CFO with Predictive Economic Intelligence.

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Mohamed Imthiaz

Vice President
Finance Emirates National Copper Factory

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Ajai Thomas

CFO
Kuwait International Bank, Kuwait

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Nassif Bazouzi

CFO
Dubai Refreshments Company, UAE

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Martin Bradley

CFO
Dulsco, UAE

12:50 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Building Shared Services Of The Future

Khalid Al Sukhon - CFO, National Bonds, UAE
Every organisation is looking to transform their operating model using disruptive technologies, but many companies are not able to scale beyond disjointed proof of concept efforts.

Regardless of where you are in your journey, the ability to understand and actively manage the disruptive change will be crucial for organisations to succeed in their transformation journey.

During this interactive session, attendees will:
  • Discuss the common challenges faced by shared service leaders to keep pace with the rapid, technology-led disruption to organisational operating models
  • Explore practical applications and latest practices to stay competitive
  • Receive trends and examples in leapfrogging shared services using digital technologies
  • Discuss the changes needed in shared services operating model and effective leadership of shared services
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Khalid Al Sukhon

CFO
National Bonds, UAE

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MASTERCLASS: Workflow Automation And Its Applications

Workflow automation is one of the most integral areas in which companies can now create strides within their business. Using automation software, companies can begin to: reduce errors, improve communication, reduce costs and have access to real-time reports.

All of these resources allow a business to focus their energy on more productive tasks as some repetitive actions are automated. This helps free up human capital as well as reduce the errors associated with workers.

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON AND CLOSE OF CONFERENCE DAY