Thank you fiji 19 – 20 september


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.

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Thursday 19 September

7.30AM - 9.20AM
Register at Congress Secretariat
9.20AM - 9.30AM
Address by President, CPA Australia Fiji Branch
9.30AM - 10.15AM
Trends and business impacts
To be announced
10.15AM - 10.45AM
Morning tea
10.45AM - 11.45AM
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
  • Shara Evans
    Technology Futurist, CEO and Media Commentator Shara Evans shows organisations how to take advantage of the opportunities underpinned by emerging technologies. As one of the world’s top female futurists, Shara is one of those rare individuals who merge incredible technical skills with an innate understanding of the social and economic impact of new technologies.

    Regarded as a leading expert on emerging technologies, cyber security, digital privacy and the future of health, humanity and work, Shara is regularly featured on broadcast television. She’s appeared on ABC’s Q&A, The Project, Sky News, Weekend Sunrise, Lateline, and more and is routinely interviewed by radio, print and online media.

    An accomplished entrepreneur Shara is the founder and CEO of leading technology analyst firm Market Clarity and previously founded Telsyte, a strategic telecommunications and technology consulting group.

    As a keynote speaker, Shara Evans weaves a narrative of a near future radically different from our current world… but clearly recognisable as the result of today’s newest technological leaps. By contextualising and humanising the research and technology that will shape the next 10-20 years, Shara assists organisations to create and commercialise the products and services of tomorrow.
11.45AM - 11.55AM
Major Sponsors Presentation – Asco Motors
11.55AM - 12.55PM
Global Economy: Things that will matter to Pacific most in the next few…
  • John Hewson
    Former Liberal Party Leader, financial and economic expert, experienced Company Director and author

    Throughout various careers in academia, business, politics, and the media, John Hewson has been a climate activist since the early 90s. He has campaigned for the science, for recognition of the need for faster and more decisive action on emissions reductions and an effective Climate Action Plan, and developed a range of new businesses (including in renewables, garbage recycling, energy efficient light bulbs, green data centres, bio-fuels and bio-energy, and solar thermal and storage) demonstrating the “business case” for the many business opportunities that flow from an effective transition to a low-carbon society. He also Chaired, globally, the Asset Owners Disclosure Project that surveyed, rated, and ranked the world’s top 500 asset owners on their management of climate risk, that has underwritten the FSB/Bloomberg Taskforce process that is leading to compulsory disclosure, and a focus on pathway management.

    He has supported various Stop Adani campaigns and ran a campaign in the recent Wentworth by-election as a referendum on climate policy. He is Chair Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, Chairman, BioEnergy Austraalia, Member SteerCo Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap, and a Patron of the Smart Energy Council.

    John is currently finishing two books - ‘ Public Policy Book’ and another as a Collection of major public policy columns and speeches etc. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at Crawford School, Australian National University and Professor and Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School. John is an adjunct Professor at UTS Business School; Adjunct BCEC Professorial Fellow Curtin University; Professorial Fellow, Thinker-in-Residence, and Member Advisory Board, Institute of Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra. He is currently a director at The Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at ANU.

    His career can be divided into five parts, sometimes overlapping economist and academic, business, politics, charitable, not for profit and community activities, media, as a columnist and commentator.

    In economics, he has worked for the Treasury, the RBA, the IMF, the UN, and as a Professor and Head of
    School at UNSW, and as Dean, Macquarie Graduate School of Management. In business he is best known as a Founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN AMRO Australia and as Chairman/Director of a host of public/private companies and charities. In politics, he was Chief of Staff/Advisor to the Prime Minister and Treasurer in the Fraser Government, and as a Member of the federal Parliament he became Leader of the Liberal Party and the Federal Opposition. In the media, he has written regularly for the BRW, the AFR and comments regularly on radio and television.

    He has written columns, given hundreds of speeches/lectures at conferences around the world, and appeared regularly as a radio and television commentator for nearly 35 years.

    Major media activities: Economics Consultant and Author, The Economist Column, Business Review Weekly, 1983-87 Editorial Advisor, Member Advisory Board and Columnist Triple A magazine Australian Correspondent for International Reports (a Financial Times subsidiary based in New York)

    Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia (FASSA)
    Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
    Fellow, Finance and Treasury Association (FFTP(Hon))
    Affiliate, The Securities Institute of Australia (ASIA)
    Fellow, The Hong Kong Management Association
    Member in the Order of Australia
    Centenary Medal
    Woodrow Wilson Fellow
    Lifetime Achievement Award University of Regina, November 2009
    Order of Merit, Australian Olympic Committee May 2010

    John has spoken and lectured widely at academic, economic and business conferences as an economist, worldwide over the last 40 years.

12.55PM - 1.55PM
Buffet Lunch
1.55PM - 2.05PM
Personal development
The first steps towards a successful business venture: a true story
  • Adelene Tutu
    Recipient of Fiji Government’s Young Entrepreneurship Scheme, Founder of Get Lean Fiji Adelene Tutu is a 28-year-old mother of two and fitness entrepreneur. She is the founder of Get Lean Fiji, a personal fitness and nutrition business based in Suva Fiji.  In a little over one year, Get Lean Fiji has grown from training a few women in Adelene’s backyard at home to training up to 60 clients a week at her newly opened Get Lean HIIT Lab; providing a calorie counted meal prep service; developing Fiji’s first fitness app; selling her own line of fitness apparel; and host of a TV based exercise program, ‘Move Fiji’, on FBC TV.

    In 2018 Adelene was one of three inaugural recipients of the Fiji government’s Young Entrepreneur Scheme which she used to help develop her fitness app. In May 2019, Adelene was one of the 30 honourees in the inaugural “30 Under 30: The Faces of Fiji’s Future” at the Asia Development Bank (ADB) seminar held at Denarau.
2.05PM - 3.05PM
Operational transformation
Resilience & Inspiration
  • Sam Cawthorn
    Young Australian of the Year, CEO and Founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe Sam Cawthorn is the CEO and Founder of Speakers Institute and Speakers Tribe. Author of 7 books including 2 International Best Sellers, he is both the Young Australian Of The Year and the Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2006 Sam’s life changed forever when he was involved in a major car accident which left him with an amputated right arm and a permanent disability in his right leg. Sam went on to become one of the worlds most in demand global professional speakers.  In 2013 Sam became an entrepreneur and built his training company which runs events globally teaching how to master communication for influence.
3.05PM - 3.30PM
Afternoon tea
3.30PM - 4.30PM
Panel discussion
4.30PM - 5.00PM
CPA Graduation Certification
6.30PM - 7.30PM
Cocktail Function
7.30PM - 9.00PM
Buffet Dinner

Day 2

Friday 20 September

9.00AM - 10.00AM
The digital world is fast moving ahead: The risks of falling behind
  • Stephen Scheeler
    The Digital CEO, Former CEO of Facebook in Australia & NZ

    The world has gone digital, but Australian business risk falling behind. As advisor, mentor and speaker, Stephen Scheeler partners with Australia's business leaders to help them master digital strategy, culture & leadership, and build innovative, global, billion-dollar businesses.

    As a speaker, Stephen has a unique ability to excite audiences on the power of technology, the future of business and the new paradigm of 21st-century leadership.

    He is an inspiring personality on the highest-profile stages – including TEDx, the Australian Governance Summit and AMP Amplify – and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Knowledge Nation 100, top innovation leaders in Australia.

    Stephen is the founder of global advisory The Digital CEO, Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and Executive-in-Residence at Asia-Pacific’s leading business school, the Australian Graduate School of Management – he partners with the senior leaders of some of the world’s leading companies to help them build world-beating strategies, capabilities, culture and leadership, including Qantas, nab, Westpac, Macquarie Bank, ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, IAG, Suncorp, Telstra, Wesfarmers, AMP, CUB, Brambles, Google, DellEMC, Lenovo, Seven West Media, MCN, QBE, Hollard, BAT, JB Hi-Fi, Bunnings, Flight Centre, Mirvac and the Australian Government.

    Facebook: Stephen is the former Facebook CEO for Australia and New Zealand, where he guided Facebook’s unprecedented rise from quirky Silicon Valley start up to media and technology titan.

    Working with Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Facebook’s Silicon Valley leaders, his tenure at Facebook saw the Australia and New Zealand business – including Instagram, Messenger, Whatsapp and Oculus – grow to become one of the most successful Facebook markets in the world.

    Stephen is a seasoned business leader, with a career spanning over 25 years across consumer products, retail, ecommerce, automotive, financial services, media and technology. He has served in senior executive roles at global leaders Westfield and Inchcape, and at Australian consumer products giant, Lion.

10.00AM - 10.30AM
Morning tea and networking break
10.30AM - 11.30AM
Communication & Influence
  • Amy Scott
    Communication Expert, Speaker, Mentor & Trainer

    Amy Scott has risen to being one of Australasia’s most sought after professional speakers with her dynamic delivery on the art of communication. Described by audiences around the world as being “down to earth, entertaining and real”, her ability to genuinely engage people whilst offering practical solutions is second to none!

    Having come from a farming community in Ranfurly, Central Otago, you would think Amy would be a specialist in drafting sheep, not taking the world stage as a professional speaker – something that she is first to point out. “I cannot drive tractors, but I can certainly talk!” Now infamously regarded as “The Human Dynamo from Central Otago”, Amy is firmly recognised as an authority in the art of communication.

    She is fully accredited in the New Zealand made “Dots” Communication model. “Communication is the grass roots of everything,” she affirms. “I feel privileged to be able to work with such a diverse range of people from so many different backgrounds.” It is through her passion for life and valuable insight that has led to the creation of new courses and her exciting new mentoring programme “Operation Kick-Ass”. “Looking Forward” is on strategic planning and decision making, while “Snooze Button” focuses on motivation; revealing the power to influence yourself and others.

    Operation Kick-Ass combines the artful discovery of clarity, agility, effective communication and implementing action! It’s not for the faint hearted. What began as a young person’s desire to help individuals transform the quality of their lives through communication, has grown into a lifelong crusade. “I’m passionate about people playing to their full potential and tapping into the potential of those around them. Life is far too short for unnecessary stress!” Through her public speaking engagements, training, facilitating writing, coaching and mentoring, Amy has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in over seven countries. Her courses are designed to both entertain and inspire, while helping people to take action.

11.30AM - 11.40AM
Major Sponsors Presentation – Vodafone
11.40AM - 12.00PM
Digital Agenda & Reforms
  • Visvanath Das
    CEO Fiji Revenue Customs Services

    The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service is a statutory body headed by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The office of the CEO is appointed by and reports directly to a Board of Directors. The Board is appointed by the Minister for Economy. The CEO also holds the positions of Controller of Customs, Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Commissioner of Stamp.

    Mr. Das brings considerable strategic and operational leadership experience to the role. Over the past 20 years he has held a number of senior positions in FRCS.  He took up the position in October 2017.

    Prior to this, he oversaw the operations of the then Taxation Division of FRCS in his role as General Manager Taxation. He brings considerable knowledge and experience of taxation and revenue activities, and more recently, through his leadership both at national and international levels in the following portfolios:
    - Current Chairman for the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) Management committee in London from the year 2018 – 2021
    - Board Director for Investment Fiji , Fiji
    - Board Director for Government Tender Board, Fiji
    - Former World Customs Organization, Asia Pacific Regional Vice-Chair from the year 2016 – 2018

    Mr. Das holds a number of qualifications and is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific. He also holds an IMF accreditation as TADAT Trained Assessor.

    Work Experience
    1. Chief Executive Officer
    2. Acting Chief Executive: December 2015 until 4 October 2016
    3. General Manager Tax: April 2015 – Dec 2015
    4. National Manager Debt, Lodgement Enforcement & Risk Profiling: March 2011 – April 2015
    5. Acting National Manager Audit Compliance: January 2011
    6. Acting Chief Auditor – Team Leader Large/International Audit &Compliance: January 2011 – March 2011
    7. Acting Principal Auditor – Team Leader Small & Medium Audit &Compliance: Oct 2009 – Nov 2010
    8. Acting Principal Auditor – Audit Compliance Special Project: July 2008 –April 2009; Dec 2007 –
    March 2008; March 2007 – June 2007; Oct 2006 –Nov 2006
    9. Senior Auditor – Large & International Traders Audit Unit – IRS IntegratedCompliance Section: Feb 2005 – April 2006
    10. Team Leader – Small & Medium Traders Audit Unit – IRS Integrated Compliance Section: Sept 2003 – Feb 2005
    11. Auditor/Assessor – IRS Compliance: Sept 1997 – Sept 2003
    12. Internal Auditor – TSD: Ministry of Finance: July 1996 – Feb 1997
    2016 TADAT Trained Assessor (IMF, ATO Canberra)
    2014 Certificate (NZAid/NZ Customs Services: Pacific Leadership Program)
    Certificate (OECD/WCO: Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation)
    Certificate (World Bank Group; Introduction to International Tax Issues)
    Certificate PFTAC/PITAA: Managing A Modern Tax Administration
    2012 Associate Members ATI: Tax Institute of Australia
    2011 Certificate (LHDNM-OECD: Audit of Small & Medium Enterprises)
    2009 Certificate (5S: Basic Housekeeping Program)
    2008 Certificate (Middle Management Development Program)
    2005 Certificate (CATA-LHDNM: Taxation of International Transactions)
    Certificate (Mediation Course)
    Certificate (International Transfer Pricing)
    1996 Bachelor of Arts (Accounting & Financial Management & Eco) USP

12.00PM - 1.00PM
Buffet Lunch
1.00PM - 2.00PM
Personal development
Life Beyond Fear
  • Mark Mathews
    Cultural architect and integrative performance facilitator As a world class big wave surfer, Red Bull Athlete and Surf Contest Director Mark Mathews has become obsessed with the relationship between personal growth, high performance and fulfilment. Winner of an unprecedented 3 back to back Oakley Big Wave Awards, Mark has cemented himself as one of the best big wave surfers in the world.

    As a highly sought after international speaker, Mathews’ surfer chill vibe and magnetic charisma, has graced the stages of leading companies worldwide.
    From Google, Sony, Intel, to MasterCard, he instantly captures audiences with his epic tales and spectacular big wave surf vision. His compelling story offers game changing tips to adapt to stress, harness resilience and perform when it counts. He has deconstructed, fine-tuned, and personalised emotional resilience techniques to successfully strengthen ones mindset and sustain long term performance.

    Recent Career Highlights: 
    • 2009 - 2011 Winner of 3 consecutive Oakley Big Wave Awards
    • 2011 - Starred in and co-produced 2 x AFI Award Winning Feature Documentary Fighting Fear.
    • 2012 - 2016 Starred in and co-produced ch9 TV series ‘The Crew’
    • 2014 - Creator, Director and Winner of the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear event.
    • 2016 - Directed Red Bull Cape Fear - “The Scariest Surfing event in History” - Kelly Slater
    • 2017- Present CMO Mick Fanning Soft Boards
    • 2017 - Winner Brandon Hall Award For most innovative Leadership Program.

2.00PM - 3.00PM
Artificial Intelligence: Service through lifelike digital human
  • Liam Malone
    Paralympic Gold Medalist and accomplished Artificial Intelligence technology specialist

    Liam Malone is nothing short of inspiring and truly knows how to WOW an audience. The retired blade-running Paralympian has followed his passion for technology and innovation to work with Auckland-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Soul Machines, known for their cutting edge, world leading AI technology.

    From technology for shopping assistants to customer service agents, Soul Machines creates life-like digital humans for business to employ to humanise online self-service — it’s a concept Air New Zealand, and among others have already trialled.

    Liam is widely known as the world number one bladerunner – hitting the headlines when after less than three short years in the sport he broke the previous Paralympic records held by Oscar Pistorius. His story of hitting rock bottom while at university to turning it all around and receiving two golds and a silver medal at the 2016  Paralympic Games is nothing short of incredible. His times on the track make him New Zealand’s second fastest 400m sprinter ever – legs or not!

    Awards: Liam’s awards also include the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Athletics, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the 54th Halberg Awards, and winner of the Sovereign Insurance ‘Make a Difference’ start up competition in 2015.

    Liam speaks on the fascinating movements in AI, digital disruption, innovation and more. Unlike many futurists, Liam is working with these technologies and seeing their advances daily, thereby offering a unique insight into the industry, what’s ahead and what it means for doing business as we know it. Liam continues to create and chase dreams, moving to the UK to practise Stand Up Comedy, while beginning training for an Ironman, recording a podcast series and working for New Zealand company Soul Machines.

    After completing his first marathon with no training in 2018, Liam has set his sights on an Ironman in 2019 under the mentoring of New Zealand's inspirational Iron Woman LouiseCorbett. This challenge not only requires Liam to achieve the physical abilities to complete the Ironman but also overcome significant technological challenges as he has to design new prosthetics for the Swim, Bike and Run as his current blades and legs won't meet the demands of the event. Liam's latest journey reflects on the emotional challenges from going from the top as a world class athlete with opportunities knocking to an aspiring comic that no one knows, but all the while holding true to the principles and values that got him to the top in first place. 

    Well received among all audiences, Liam’s story will surprise and delight - an authentic and vulnerable delivery covering everything from overcoming adversity to AI.

3.00PM - 3.30PM
Afternoon tea
3.30PM - 4.30PM
Panel Discussion
4.30PM - 5.00PM
Closing formalities
6.30PM - 7.30PM
Cocktail Function
7.30PM - 9.00PM
Gala Dinner


  • Economy, regulation and business

  • Finance fundamentals

    Enhance your core accounting and finance skills in the areas of tax, audit and assurance, compliance, financial planning, analysis and reporting.

  • Operational transformation

    Find out how to transform your business using improved processes and management skills, the latest technologies and shared services.

  • Personal development

    Refine your skills and become a highly productive, effective and well-rounded individual.

  • Sector in focus

    Hear the latest trends and opportunities specific to your sector, including corporate, SME, not for profit and public sector.

  • Strategy and leadership

    Become an outstanding finance leader by enhancing the power of innovation, successfully managing change and driving a high-performance culture.

  • Trends and business impacts

    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.


Yanuca Island, Coral Coast, Fiji