Pre-Conference Workshops: Sunday, 19 April 2020


9:00 am - 10:30 am WORKSHOP A: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND YOU: What Are The Implications Of Machine Learning & Cognitive In The Future Facing Finance Function?

Mathew Georg - CFO, Jumbo Group, UAE
Viewed by many as the next significant advance in finance, AI encompasses a wide range of technological advances. The potential benefits to CFOs who invest in AI are vast, and there are a myriad of opportunities to apply AI in finance.

Just how far can AI take your business?

In this session:
  • What do we mean when we talk about AI within finance?
  • Are there missing opportunities within finance that AI could help with?
  • What can chatbots do for your finance function? Digitalising data capture and resolving errors
  • Supporting the wave: Does finance need a completely new skillset to compute this information? Should your next hire be a data scientist?

Mathew Georg

Jumbo Group, UAE

10:30 am - 11:00 am MORNING TEA BREAK

11:00 am - 12:30 pm WORKSHOP B: Getting Your Finance Transformation Strategy Right! From When You Get Started To Delivering Exceptional ROI

This workshop will deep dive into how you create success from IA implementation whether you are new to IA or looking to re-invigorate your IA journey.

In this session:
  • Where to get started and how to select the right partner?
  • 1-0-1 guide to establishing a proven intelligent automation methodology
  • Avoiding roadblocks: Looking out for signs that can derail your intelligent automation programme

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm WORKSHOP C: CHANGE MANAGEMENT AND CULTURE CREATION: Creating An Adaptable, Proactive Function For Future Finance Success

Becky Pearce - Finance Director, Unilever Gulf, UAE
Change is inevitable, and yet too often business leaders fail to adequately prepare for the factor that will have the greatest impact on whether a transformation project is successful or not – it’s people.

In this session:
  • Learn how to communicate a business transformation to your team. What will this mean for them?
  • Senior stakeholder buy-in: Do you have the support of an internal sponsor for your transformation? Who do you need 'on-side'?
  • Top-down or bottom-up? How to enact change?
  • Dealing with 'transformation fatigue'. Inspiring and impacting real change

Becky Pearce

Finance Director
Unilever Gulf, UAE

3:00 pm - 3:00 pm CLOSE OF WORKSHOP DAY