09:00 – 10:00
The ascent of digital and the future CFO organisation
Digital disruption is reshaping the global economy and driving significant industry change. But what are the implications for the CFO organisation in response? How will the familiar role of finance as we know it today be reshaped in the future so that the function can thrive in this new world? What are both the opportunities for finance leaders as well as the significant challenges they will need to overcome? With technology evolving at an ever faster pace, what impact will emerging technologies have on the role of finance and how it delivers.? And what are the implications for talent: how do aspiring finance professionals need to manage their careers in the face of these developments? Join this session to hear from leading advisors and CFOs who will share their thoughts on the ascent of digital and the implications for tomorrow’s finance enterprise.
10:00 – 11:00
Enterprise performance management: a new era of CFO opportunity
Enterprise performance management continues to gain traction as a hot topic for finance directors. Better planning and forecasting processes, more effective reporting on performance and deeper insights into the true costs and profitability of products, services, channels and customers are key to helping achieve an organisation’s strategy. With emerging developments in technology, and the opportunities presented by big data, opportunities for the CFO function to deliver more value to the business have never been greater. So what’s holding finance back, and what can CFOs do to improve enterprise performance management processes? Join this session to hear the common challenges and pitfalls facing organisations, as well as key insights from leading businesses on how this critical activity can be improved.
10:30 – 11:15
Fighting corruption in Africa and the role of corporate governance
In this session, we review the realities of corruption today, its impact on development and governance, and national and regional commitment in tackling the problem, particularly focusing on Africa. We will complement the overview with international development in anti-corruption efforts. We then review the role of boards and governance, followed by discussion on the role of professional accountants. The last part of the session provides listeners with the opportunity to ask the panellists questions.
11:30 – 12:30
Is it a bird? Is it a blockchain? How mutual distributed ledgers could change the role of accountants
Mutual distributed ledger (MDLs, aka blockchain) technology has been around for two decades, but the public interest surrounding Bitcoin’s blockchain has created a frenzy of interest in applying the underlying ledger technology. Professor Mainelli argues that this technology is as much about changing the organisation of central third party relationships - which validate, safeguard and preserve transactions among a community - as it is about technological implementation. He will explore how MDL technology may enduringly change the role of accountants.
13:00 – 14:00
SME special: Google Garage's advice on reaching new customers online
Learn how to make your business more visible online to help new customers find you through search optimisation, local listings and search engine marketing. The Digital Garage from Google is a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online. During this session, Ade Bamgbala will explore what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever-changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions, too. This session is relevant to all business-focused professional accountants who wish to sharpen their digital skills and help their business gain new customers.
14:00 – 15:00
The future of financial reporting: insider views
Leading players from the financial reporting world give their views on how they see things developing in the future and how accountants can influence that journey. Featuring respected commentators from organisations such as the International Accounting Standards Board, International Federation of Accountants and ACCA alliance partner Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, this session tackles a range of topical financial reporting issues from a variety of perspectives and is highly relevant to all professional accountants involved in financial reporting. Topics include International Financial Reporting Standards, the rise of digital technologies, shifts in economic power and the move away from historical financial reporting towards more integrated outputs.
15:00 – 15:45
The future of corporate reporting
This roundtable discussion will focus on developments and trends in corporate reporting, including integrated reporting.
16:00 – 17:00
Tackling implementation of IFRS 16, 'Leases'
Alan Texeira will give some background to the IFRS 16 project and talk about the key requirements; Stephen Bowen will discuss some of the practical implementation issues. This is presented in live audio webinar format and attendees are invited to ask questions.
17:00 – 18:00
Update from the IASB - the year ahead
In this update from the IASB, we focus on the board's pipeline over the next 12 months, looking at the significant projects, the key issues and their likely timings.