The people, technology and innovations that are transforming the Finance Function

How Finance and Accounting leaders are preparing their Function for the Future.

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Finance Innovation & Tech Fest

The world is transforming. Businesses are facing relentless change. New technologies are emerging. Traditional financial and accounting processes are being disrupted and the pressure is on for CFOs, finance leaders and their finance teams to drive new digitally enabled business models. Technology is the essential tool and enabler of this shift, which is why we are hosting Finance Innovation & Tech Fest.

 

 

 

Meet the first 5 speakers

 
  • Ken Goldam

    Ken Goldman

    CFO, Yahoo (USA)
     
    How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform High Tech Companies

    In this session Ken Goldman will explore how the role of the CFO has evolved over a 40-year career, serving as CFO as well as participating on numerous boards of directors, including taking 3 companies public and helping 10 companies go public from a board seat. He will also explore in a deep dive the accomplishments and disappointments in creating...

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  • Geoffrey Guilly

    Geoffrey Guilly

    CFO, Systra Asia Pacific
     
    Creating a Framework to Benefit from the Potential of Artificial Intelligence on the Finance Function and the Overall Business

    The rise of artificial intelligence capability brings new benefits as well as challenges for CFOs and for businesses. The impacts of AI on specific financial functions like accounting, tax and audits are incredibly high, meaning the modern CFO has to revamp the way they currently work to adjust to this disruptive change. In this case study, Geoffrey will go through...

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  • Adam Campbell

    Adam Campbell

    CFO, Flight Centre Travel Group
     
    The Incredible Journey of Finance Transformation at The Flight Centre Group

    The Flight Centre Travel Group is on the path to incredible changes in the finance function and beyond. The key to this whole journey has been the creation of a "north star" vision for the organisation, aimed at binding the finance and operational communities together on the journey. Hear how they have established "Project Zero", implementing structural and process changes...

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  • Sigal Pilli

    Sigal Pilli

    CFO, Envato
     
    Lessons from Creating a Finance Function in a Fast Paced and Ever Changing Environment

    Tech companies are fast moving and keep changing. All of them begin as startups but only some are lucky (or smart) enough to grow in a sustainable way. Finance departments of such companies need to evolve according to the phase the company is in, in order to add value. Sigal will review the last 5 years at Envato and share...

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  • Matthew Thomson

    Matthew Thomson

    Head of Finance Transformation, Australia Post
     
    The Changing Role of Finance in a Digital World

    Technology is no longer merely an enabler for Finance functions to improve the way they do business. Technology should now be viewed as a disruptor which will fundamentally alter the service traditionally provided by Finance functions. Matthew will explore the evolution of Finance functions over the past 20 years, focusing on the shift away from stewardship and reporting towards analytics...

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  • John Dwyer

    "I know the mechanics of “what” you guys do, but there is a spark in your “how” that is just impossible to bolt down. It is in the essence of every one of your people - you do it just so well!"

    John Dwyer - Principal Consultant, Vesta Asia Pacific
     
  • Marcus Gibson

    "Coming from an academic background I really like the research approach - the roundtable discussions. The program is built by the community, for the community, and it's the issues we are facing today."

    Dr Marcus Gibson - Manager of Performance Metrics, AGL Energy
     
  • Julie Prater

    "THOUGHT PROVOKING, INSPIRATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL AND EXTREMELY WELL CONNECTED WITH FUTURE BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES."

    Julie Prater - Senior Director - Corporate Services, ATO
     
 
 

Sponsors

 
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    Workday
     
    Foundation Partner
     
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    Financial Force
     
    Transformation Partner
     
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    Blackline
     
    Transformation Partner
     
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    Oracle
     
    Interaction Partner
     
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    CALUMO
     
    Exhibitor
     

How Technology is Enabling the CFO to Build and Transform High Tech Companies

In this session Ken Goldman will explore how the role of the CFO has evolved over a 40-year career, serving as CFO as well as participating on numerous boards of directors, including taking 3 companies public and helping 10 companies go public from a board seat. He will also explore in a deep dive the accomplishments and disappointments in creating shareholder value for Yahoo, transforming the CFO function over the past 5 years.

  • The evolution of the CFO role at Yahoo
  • The Yahoo transformation and creating shareholder value
  • Lessons learned over a 40-year career
  • Advice and counsel from a Silicon Valley CFO veteran

Creating a Framework to Benefit from the Potential of Artificial Intelligence on the Finance Function and the Overall Business

The rise of artificial intelligence capability brings new benefits as well as challenges for CFOs and for businesses. The impacts of AI on specific financial functions like accounting, tax and audits are incredibly high, meaning the modern CFO has to revamp the way they currently work to adjust to this disruptive change. In this case study, Geoffrey will go through the implementation of an artificial intelligence tool, see its impact on the risk management and the organisation chart, and identify a framework to get the organisation prepared for the disruptive wave of artificial intelligence

  • Artificial intelligence, where Systra stands
  • A study on how it has impacted their organisation
  • Define a common framework to help the modern CFO to be prepared for the future of this technology
Three key take-away points:
  1. A practical study of how AI has been implemented on the Finance function
  2. How to become aware of the transformational impact of artificial intelligence
  3. Hold a framework you can apply to your business

The Incredible Journey of Finance Transformation at The Flight Centre Group

The Flight Centre Travel Group is on the path to incredible changes in the finance function and beyond. The key to this whole journey has been the creation of a "north star" vision for the organisation, aimed at binding the finance and operational communities together on the journey. Hear how they have established "Project Zero", implementing structural and process changes across the 800-person finance function in advance of significant system transformation. Transforming the risk and audit function from a traditional compliance based function to a smaller, centralised risk-based team that uses data and trend analysis to identify potential areas of investigation. Learn too of the system’s journey - moving from being a company that has multiple sources of data globally and systems that don't integrate or talk to each other. This includes retiring multiple systems and replacing them with single risk, mid-office and back-office systems globally. It also includes the establishment of a data strategy - what makes sense for our businesses, including global, regional and business-specific needs. And finally learn how to use transformational successes within the finance function to drive similar transformation throughout the rest of the organisation. Learn the key success factors for driving positive changes.

  • The global transformation journey of the Flight Centre Group
  • Driving engagement through the communication of a clear strategy
  • Obtaining significant engagement through the power of story-telling
  • Managing systems integration for reducing risks and enhancing data analysis
  • The finance function as a key change enabler for the overall organisation
Three key take-away points:
  1. How to engage your teams and more globally the overall organisation
  2. Creation of a single source of truth for data management
  3. How to use transformational successes within the finance to drive similar changes throughout the rest of the organisation

Lessons from Creating a Finance Function in a Fast Paced and Ever Changing Environment

Tech companies are fast moving and keep changing. All of them begin as startups but only some are lucky (or smart) enough to grow in a sustainable way. Finance departments of such companies need to evolve according to the phase the company is in, in order to add value. Sigal will review the last 5 years at Envato and share learnings from creating our finance function. Transforming a department from one that serves a US$12M net turnover company to one serving a close to a US$100M business

  • Rise of tech companies in Australia
  • About Sigal and Envato and why she is sharing these learnings
  • How to set priorities when building a finance function
  • What is the scope and breadth of a finance function at different stages
  • General key learnings
Three key take-away points:
  1. How to grow finance in line with company needs
  2. Better tool set when assessing their own finance area
  3. Tips on building a highly efficient, happy and stable finance team

The Changing Role of Finance in a Digital World

Technology is no longer merely an enabler for Finance functions to improve the way they do business. Technology should now be viewed as a disruptor which will fundamentally alter the service traditionally provided by Finance functions. Matthew will explore the evolution of Finance functions over the past 20 years, focusing on the shift away from stewardship and reporting towards analytics and insight generation. I will also discuss the role technology has played in that shift and what role it is likely to continue to play over the next 20 years.

  • Skillsets and capabilities required to succeed in a future Finance function
  • How Finance can create a unique value proposition through technology enabled insights
  • Lessons learnt during the 3-year Finance Transformation journey at Australia Post
  • Why ‘standing still’ is not an option
  • What’s next?
Three key take-away points:
  1. How to embrace the opportunities created by the digitization of Finance
  2. What is Finance Transformation? And what is it not?
  3. How to position yourself as a change leader during a time of significant change