Delegates at Congress 2019 were captivated with content from acclaimed thought leaders who are leading the way with artificial intelligence, digital money and the future of finance. You will find details on the quality 2019 program below. CPA Congress will be back in 2020 with another engaging program.
Tané is a big-data scientist, cancer researcher and bioinformatician. He's a co-founder of Future Crunch, as well as data analytics startup, Lighthouse.
He holds a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases using by analysing DNA with data-mining and machine learning.
He believes that cognitive code can help solve some of the biggest problems in finance, business and science. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them using artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He's also a former US mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.
Prabhu Sivabalan is a Professor of Management Accounting. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Prabhu was a cadet analyst in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
Prabhu's research interests are broadly in the application of core accounting concepts such as budgeting and costing to innovative and far-reaching contexts not usually associated to accounting, such as healthcare, entrepreneurship and high innovation environments. He leads the Financial and Performance Transformation in Healthcare Group, a collaboration between NSW Health and the UTS Business School.
With four generations at work – the next generation of talent will comprise of 50-75% of working population – driving value, productivity, and changing nature of business environments.
Fostering conversation, understanding attitudes & behaviour, empathy and inclusive leadership is critical for conducive motivation towards optimal engagement, performance & intergenerational cohesion.
- Better understanding of generations – beating stereotypes
- Closing the Generational Gap – socio-economic perspective
- Dealing with differing expectations, behaviours & values
- Identity, influence, personality & group dynamic.
- Fostering intergenerational communication & empathy
- Development needs and situational leadership solutions
Embarking on your automation journey can be daunting, whether you are already outsourcing or offshoring parts of your finance operations, automating your finance operations under the right governance model can create efficiencies only just being realised. UiPath is leading an evolution in finance and accounting process automation around the world, demonstrating that 44% of finance and accounting processes can now be automated.
Anne La Fontaine FCPA, former finance executive at Hewlett Packard will share client stories, investigating unique governance models and implementation strategies that have led to successes and failures that will help you make effective decisions and preparations for your own automation projects.
At a time of seemingly relentless change and disruption, the CFO faces ever increasing challenges in developing and retaining diverse talent.
How do you baseline and assess your talent development and diversity needs?
What are the market leading practices for attracting, developing and retaining talent?
How do you measure the impact of talent development and diversity strategies?
How do you use diversity and inclusion to drive high performance?
This session provides an overview of CIPFA’s Financial Management Code of Practice.
The Code is designed and developed to support good practice in financial management and to assist public bodies in demonstrating their financial sustainability.
The last 2 decades has seen a continuous stream of innovation in public and private sector asset ownership and service delivery. It is necessary for the accounting profession to understand the risks and opportunities, so we can help our companies and governments to work together and thrive.
This session will cover:
- How can the public sector maintain productive and collaborative stakeholder relationships with business and community groups?
- What can finance leaders working in the public sector do to improve stakeholder communication?
- What techniques can be deployed to balance competing priorities and interests of stakeholders?
In this presentation Professor McKibbin will give an overview of the state of the global economy and the implication for the Australian economy. As the world economy undergoes a major transition driven by trends in economic integration, demographic change, technological disruption and declining productivity growth, policy makers are designing policy responses for cyclical adjustment rather than deep structural change. Excessive private and public debt, low interest rates, low inflation and weak investment are leading policymakers in many countries into unchartered territory.
The global financial crisis of a decade ago was not an isolated event but part of a larger adjustment of the global economy and part of a major continuing transformation.
This presentation will explore the key global risks and the opportunities in the global economy and the implications for Australia in the coming decades.
Ignite 1: Return to Tribe: How Community and Connection Drive Innovation
- Understand the research revealing ‘belonging’ as being critical within creative and resilient teams
- Learn the emerging trends redefining workplace culture
- Insights into leadership micro-skills that will propel you as a leader in the emerging economy
Ignite 2: ish: The problem with our pursuit for perfection
Excellence, quality and continuous improvement are important - but the pursuit of perfection …not so much. Our drive to make things look or seem perfect is dangerously on the rise and has dire consequences for how we feel about ourselves, how we live and work and how we collaborate with others.
But there is a way out of and beyond perfection. Lynne Cazaly shares the latest thinking on being more ‘ish’.
Ignite 3: A thousand little light bulbs
Every company is looking for that light bulb moment. That elusive spark of genius. But instead of waiting for lightning to strike on that one big idea, what if you were part of an organisation where there were 1000 little lightbulbs going off all the time? Why not tap into an existing network of innovators and leverage the 1000 little lightbulbs that are already part of your organisation?
Innovators see things that other people miss. Opportunities and lightbulb moments exist everywhere if we only open our eyes and encourage ideas to develop and grow, which is at the heart of market leading thinking, constant innovation and outstanding results.
Al Jeffery is an integrative performance facilitator and international speaker. He works with leaders and teams creating cultures of connectedness. Having been listed in Australia’s Top 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs twice in a row, nominated for Young Australian of the Year and worked with Apple, Google Australia, Telstra, AusPost and many more, Al merges his experience in business and wellbeing to support those creating our future.
Organisational culture is increasingly being attributed to the success or failure of organisations. It can be one of the most powerful influences on whether a company’s strategy successfully unfolds, its reputation is maintained, and clients remain loyal.
This session will cover:
- Why do we audit culture?
- Who should do a culture audit?
- How do we audit culture?
In the age of disruption, constant re-invention and the call to be creative, what role does the more-than-rational play? In our attempt to boost efficiency, have we left behind something that may be our golden bullet in this time?
We’ll explore the context we are now living and working within, and what this might ask of us as leaders and stellar performers. We’ll debunk some stories and ideas that may be stopping us from giving our full selves to our work and lives.
With today’s staggering advances in technology, many new possibilities are emerging which almost seem to have come straight out of the realms of sci-fi fantasy. When we connect some of the dots between various cutting-edge fields, the innovations become even more intriguing.
In this presentation, biomedical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen will raise an incredibly interesting conversation around links drawn between such fields as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, new techniques in 3D human scanning, neuroscience, and robotics. These are impacting the way we work and the way we live moving into a new future. A future we have the opportunity to shape into a positive one, but we all have a role to play in this, and the first step is opening our minds to the emerging possibilities headed our way. How can we embrace, adapt, and even thrive in these times of rapid change?
Join Damian for an engaging, informative and interactive session where he will help you understand the challenges, risks and new legislation related to cybersecurity, cyber-attacks and data breaches.
If you’re a leader wanting to thrive, innovate and lead a dynamic team, it’s essential to cultivate curiosity, embrace diversity and lead like an innovator.
Yet, what does that look like?
How do you create an environment where people can thrive and be the unique, dynamic self you need them to be? Importantly, how do you keep your own imagination fresh?
In this session, you’ll discover the keys to helping you do exactly that.
• Understand how to create an innovation environment for everyone, every day, everywhere,
• Commit to nurturing an environment where diversity and originality thrives
• Understand the 3 essential hacks to inspiring others to use their innately creative human skills
• Become an expert in the key steps to developing empathy – the secret superpower that drives innovation
The best compliance processes and initiatives in the world can prove ineffective if they not reflected in staff practices. As such it is of vital importance to integrate compliance into your basic staff training, and to make it a core capability of all roles within your organisation. By ingraining compliance in your staff from day one, you avoid the pitfalls of compliance being viewed as an extraneous obligation, and significantly reduce the risks of compliance breaches.
This session will focus on the importance of integrating compliance into all staff training, as well as methods to do so.
- How staff perception of compliance procedures can directly reduce your organisation’s risk of regulatory breaches
- The importance of organisation-wide education to ensure compliance
- Making compliance a core capability of your staff
John Wanna is Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University and at Griffith University. He is a leading expert in public policy and administration and has published over 50 books in an academic career spanning back to the 1970s.
He was editor of the Australian Journal of Public Administration for almost 20 years from late 1995 to 2015, and as national director of research at the Australia & New Zealand School of Government was the series editor for the ANZSOG-ANU Press series on public administration, which has produced almost 60 volumes to date on challenges to governments in delivering public policy. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a National Fellow of IPAA.
Stale canapés and warm wine. That’s the image conjured up for many people when they think of networking. But the game has changed – there are now multiple ways in which you can build, grow and leverage your network – and do it in a way that suits YOU. Join Fiona to explore the who, what and why of networking for success – now and in the future.
Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.
Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.
Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.
Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.
Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.
Understand shifts in the domestic and global economy, the regulatory environment, the latest fraudulent activities, and consumer and competitive markets to build risk mitigation strategies.
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