Thank you hobart 28 – 29 October


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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Tuesday 29 October

8.30AM - 9.00AM
Registration and arrival
9.00AM - 9.15AM
Official opening
  • Yvonne Adele
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09.15AM - 10.00AM
KN1: Reimagining the future through the lens of digitisation and automa…

Science and technology are creating a world that is more peaceful, transparent and abundant. Future Crunch will help you to generate optimism and shift perceptions to create new and better ways of doing things in the 21st of century.

  • Tané Hunter
    Cancer Researcher and Big Data Scientist, Future Crunch

    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.

10.00AM - 10.25AM
Morning tea
10.25AM - 11.10AM
KN2: What can human behaviour – and “big data” – tell us about the econ…

In this session we’ll examine economic growth, interest rates, and the housing market data. Some analysis will be provided before exploring how businesses and consumers are thinking and feeling and how this might affect your business going forward.

Join Dean for an economic outlook for both Australia (focus on Tasmania) and the world, with a twist. Learn how intersecting economics, psychology and advanced data analytics can provide a more comprehensive economic perspective.

  • Dean Pearson
    Strategic Speaker on Behavioural & Industry Economics, NAB Dean leads a team of analysts responsible for providing unique insights into consumer and business behaviour by intersecting economics, psychology and advanced data analytics. As a behavioural economist and commentator with almost 30 years’ experience, Dean has worked to debunk the view that humans are rational, clear-thinking beings. Instead, we behave and make choices that are often illogical and based on emotion. And, if we are to truly understand the economy, it is important that we know the underlying emotional state and motives of the people who work and live within it.

11.10AM - 12.00PM
KN3: Future of Finance: Digital Money and Blockchain

Nathana O’Brien Sharma is based out of Silicon Valley and is at the forefront of the virtual currency and blockchain revolution. Finance professionals will need to understand the benefits of virtual currency versus traditional capital raising opportunities.

Digital assets are the main use for blockchain, over $3 Trillion of business value in the future will be generated by Blockchain technology. Nathana will discuss some of the world’s most cutting edge Blockchain uses and pilots to demonstrate how this technology is solving some of the most complex business and finance problems.

  • Nathana O'Brien Sharma
    Faculty, Blockchain, Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University Nathana O'Brien Sharma is a Faculty member at Singularity University, where she writes and speaks for international audiences on the future of technology, law and business. Nathana is also General Counsel at Labelbox, one of the most exciting artificial intelligence startups in the Silicon Valley today.

    Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. While at Gunderson Dettmer, Nathana helped a range of technology companies on data privacy and cyber security strategy. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.

    Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University's 2012 Graduate Studies Program.
12.00PM - 12.45PM
KN3-FS: Future Skills Think Tank

There has been much debate about the future of accounting as a profession. Role automation is leading to employer demand shifting from job title to skill set, but what skills will professional accountants really need?

Join our high-profile group think tank to be part of a live open discussion with our leading thought leaders and CFOs. They will take you into the future jobs and skill sets that will change the way we work and live.

  • Carl Harris
    Managing Partner, Deloitte Tasmania

    Carl is the Managing Partner of Deloitte Tasmania and heads the Hobart Assurance & Advisory practice covering listed entities, government businesses and private companies.  During his 25 year career Carl has worked across many industries but is known for his public sector, energy, agribusiness and consumer products knowledge and experience.

    Carl is passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse work environment and contributes some of his spare time to helping transform education outcomes in Tasmania - whether this be through advocacy, public speaking or his support of the not-for-profit organisations in this space.

  • Dr Simon Eassom
    Executive General Manager, Education, CPA Australia Dr Simon Eassom is a proven thought leader and subject matter expert on the future of learning and the alignment of technology with business strategy for the higher education and corporate education sectors. He has over 30 years’ experience as an academic and a business development executive delivering transformational projects as well as developing, consulting on, and selling innovative digital solutions for education.

    Simon has been a leader in the adoption of AI, predictive analytics, blockchain, and the Internet of Things for the sector and has been instrumental in the creation of digital solutions at the leading edge of the transformation of learning. He has been a senior leader within the university sector, a global industry executive for one of the world's most iconic technology companies and is currently Executive General Manager (Member Education) for the one of the largest professional member organisations for accountants and finance professionals.
  • Nathana O'Brien Sharma
    Faculty, Blockchain, Policy, Law & Ethics, Singularity University Nathana O'Brien Sharma is a Faculty member at Singularity University, where she writes and speaks for international audiences on the future of technology, law and business. Nathana is also General Counsel at Labelbox, one of the most exciting artificial intelligence startups in the Silicon Valley today.

    Nathana worked as an Intellectual Property Associate at Gunderson Dettmer, a leading emerging company and venture capital law firm. While at Gunderson Dettmer, Nathana helped a range of technology companies on data privacy and cyber security strategy. She has also worked at the Israeli Supreme Court and the Center for Creative Technologies.

    Nathana is a JD/MBA graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, as well as Singularity University's 2012 Graduate Studies Program.
  • Prof. Lisa McManus
    Head of School, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania Professor Lisa McManus is a Professor of Accounting and the Head of School (Accounting, Economics and Finance) in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Tasmania.

    Professor McManus holds a PhD from Griffith University in the management accounting area. Specifically, Professor McManus’s main research interests lie in the broad area of performance measurement/management. She has researched and published widely in quality Australian and international refereed academic journals on a number of topics such as customer accounting, strata title issues, accounting education, work-integrated-learning and business ethics.

    Lisa is currently pursuing research on performance measurement of local councils in Australia, a comparative international study of customer accounting and governance issues surrounding statutory boards in Australia.
  • Yvonne Adele
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12.45pm - 2.00PM
Business Lunch: Overcoming adversity to become the best version of your…

Dylan Alcott OAM presents his extraordinary life story with equal measures of wit, intelligence, and emotion. Dylan’s journey so far has been an epic tale punctuated by life-changing lessons, which have helped shape this high-achiever into one of Australia’s biggest sporting success stories. Dylan’s message has been crafted with the humility, resolve, and passion that demonstrates the personal journey he has travelled to confront his disability and to build his identity in the public domain.

The key takeaways from this session will be about buying into team culture, having passion and purpose, giving back, making an impact, seeing life through positive eyes, and being the best version of yourself. The audience will share in those same valuable insights, which have allowed Dylan to emerge from a difficult adolescence where he wrestled with his disability to shaping his career as a Paralympic gold medalist, media personality, philanthropist, business owner, and social advocate.

Dylan Alcott is changing the game for Australians living with disability.

  • Dylan Alcott OAM
    Paralympian gold medallist and Australian Open champion Dylan Alcott OAM is one of Australia’s most successful athletes of all time and happens to be in a wheelchair. The 27-year-old has won three gold medals in two different sports at the Paralympic Games, and in 2018 won his fourth consecutive Australian Open wheelchair quad singles tennis title.

    His athletic achievements earned him the 2016 Newcombe Medal – the highest honour in Australian tennis, and the first ever for a wheelchair tennis athlete. In 2015, he joined the Seven Network’s tennis commentary team. He is now a regular panellist on Channel 10s ‘The Project’, and a member of the Triple J presenter network.

    At the 2018 Australian Open, Dylan taught A-List movie star Will Smith how to play wheelchair tennis – the entertaining exchange dubbed ‘Willin and Dillin’ earned enormous traction on social media. Dylan also went head-to-head with Arnold Schwarzenegger, trading famous movie lines from Predator with the Hollywood heavyweight.
Concurrent sessions
2.00PM - 2.45PM
Trends and business impacts
A1: Australia Post: Developing internal finance RPA capabilities
Australia Post are using RPA technology to drive operational effectiveness, reduce the cost of their finance function and most importantly free up the finance team to focus on high value business critical activities.

Hear from Australia Post on how they are transforming their finance business through RPA adoption. They will share their lessons learnt and the significant impact this change has had on people and skills, including the renewed role the finance function will now play to support.
  • Steven Morris
    Head of Accounting Services, Australia Post Steven Morris is the Head of Accounting Services at Australia Post. He has over 20 years’ experience in Shared Services & Accounting Operations and is passionate about delivering a highly effective & efficient back-end accounting function to the broader Australia Post business. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/steven-morris.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=900bc2023e6345bc9bf0fd141c7fe8ee
  • Praveen Bothra
    Vice President, Products, Mindfields Praveen has 15+ years of experience in Finance, Consulting and Finance transformation. His areas of expertise include leading Finance teams, delivering operational and cost efficiencies and managing change; Ensuring integrity and timeliness of financial performance reporting with sharp focus on development of analytical capabilities to improve insights to the business.

    Praveen most recently held several senior roles at ANZ Bank, where he was responsible for driving successful Finance Transformation initiatives including Intelligent Automation for Finance function. He has previously held leadership positions at Genpact responsible for delivering finance transformation projects to top ASX listed companies.
2.00PM - 2.45PM
A2: Managing generational diversity at the workplace
An age gap of nearly 50 years between the oldest Baby Boomers and youngest in Gen Z can lead to a stark difference in needs and attitudes amongst the workforce. In this engaging session , Nigel Sutton will explore a different mindset that leaders must consider to strategise and balance generational bias. The stories we tell and hear everyday in the workplace contribute to real and perceived generational bias, discover the story you are telling and how it impacts your leadership.
  • Nigel Sutton
    Director, NDS Productions Nigel is an accomplished speaker, trainer and creative consultant. He has worked with a diverse range of industries as a trainer and consultant developing team cultures and translating strategy into operational outcomes. He has international experience in successfully training, developing, and leading multi-generational teams through periods of change and cultural transformation. From sharing the screen with Billy Connolly, working with zookeepers and silverback gorillas, to developing education programs for a slavery museum in Qatar, Nigel’s unique perspectives will bring refreshing insights to managing generational diversity at the workplace. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/nigel-sutton.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=31444249d4de426c83e8b1316e284b55
Concurrent sessions
2.50PM - 3.35PM
Operational transformation
B1: Insights into the Future of Financial Reporting
Financial reporting has long been viewed as the main form of communication with investors on corporate financial performance, however the proliferation of multiple channels of information and the different information demands from stakeholders continues to challenge the status quo.

Join the presenter as they provide their insights on the future of financial reporting and discuss:
• The purpose of the modern corporate annual report
• The effectiveness of financial reporting standards
• Some future developments in financial reporting
• Special purpose reporting and its future
  • Ram Subramanian
    Policy Advisor – Reporting, Policy & Advocacy, CPA Australia Ram Subramanian is a Policy Adviser in Reporting within the Policy & Advocacy team at CPA Australia. Ram leverages his technical expertise to effectively communicate key messages in reporting to finance professionals and others with a stake in business and social enterprises. His key responsibilities include formulating policy positions and commenting on reporting developments, including input to developments in the not-for-profit sector. In his role, Ram is also involved in the provision of technical support to CPA Australia’s membership and other stakeholders, and representing CPA Australia in various forums. Previously, Ram has worked in senior roles within the practice sector in the United Kingdom for a number of years. Ram’s previous role involved managing the technical advisory services of a major professional accounting body in the United Kingdom. /-/media/corporate/allimages/cpa-congress-2019/2019-speakers/ram-subramanian.png?h=180&w=180&rev=b676f218426f4989bdee0d8b789ff70e
2.50PM - 3.35PM
Finance fundamentals
B2: Increasing value through effective finance business partnering
Business success today is reliant on the finance team being a trusted adviser to the executive, through the provision of high-quality insight and advice. With technology now able to fulfil many basic accounting functions, accountants and finance teams have a perfect opportunity to focus more acutely on value-creating activities.

This session explores how modern finance teams can meet key expectations of CFOs, senior executives and cross functional teams, by understanding the business, supporting strategy and decision making, challenging performance, and uncovering new opportunities.

Key topics of this session include:
• making a business partnering approach work for your finance team
• adopting the habits of high-performing business partners
• understanding and knowing your business better
• reporting and focusing on the insights that matter.
  • David Gaetjens
    State Finance Manager, Operations and Property SA/NT, Coles David Gaetjens is the State Finance Manager for Coles Supermarkets in South Australia and the Northern Territory. David actively partners with the State General Manager and operational team to deliver improved commercial performance in the stores and execute key operational strategies. His role includes reviewing and challenging results, delivering insightful analysis on business performance, and influencing subsequent commercial decisions.  David is a qualified accountant with more than 20 years of commercial finance experience gained from both the corporate sector and professional services. /-/media/corporate/allimages/congress-2018/2018-speakers/speaker-images/david-gaetjens.jpg?h=180&w=180&rev=34ce65e789f44d04935f734c6734a8d0
3.35PM - 4.00PM
Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions
4.00PM - 4.45PM
Trends and business impacts
C1: The high cost of ignoring mental health in the workplace

Did you know that people experiencing work-related mental health issues take up to three times longer to return to work than those with physical injuries? With claims of mental health absenteeism on a rise in rapidly changing work environments, increased pressure to meet deadlines and budgets, longer hours and conflict in relationships - leaders can help staff become more resilient and build the scaffolding to support the mental wellbeing of all staff.

But there are other hidden costs, have you thought about presenteeism, workers compensation, new staff recruitment and training and staff morale etc. Apart from moral and ethical reasons to ensure mental health of employees, the financial argument is compelling.

  • Anne Sheehan
    Mental Health First Aid, Australia

    Anne is passionate and committed to the promotion of good mental health and capacity building through community connections. She has worked for various Government agencies for over 25 years, including roles such as policy development, education and training, project management, contracts and corporate governance. In addition, Anne has a wealth of facilitating and training experience, having worked across the public, community and private sectors.

    Anne has formal qualifications in education, corporate governance, professional coaching and as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, in addition to other study in mental health.  She is a firm believer and a committed participant in lifelong learning. Over the past 30 years, Anne has committed 1000’s of volunteer hours to a range of not-for-profit organisations, issues including health, sport and recreation and mental health.  Anne’s consulting and training experience is second to none. She is a dynamic and engaging trainer and facilitator and her facilitation style is inclusive and respectful.

4.00PM - 4.45PM
Strategy and leadership
C2: The human side of Change Management

Long-term structural transformation has four characteristics:
- scale (the change affects all or most of the organisation),
- magnitude (it involves significant alterations of the status quo)
- duration (it lasts for months, if not years) and;
strategic importance

Yet companies will reap the rewards only when change occurs at the level of the individual employee.

  • Nic Stephen
    Associate Director of SRA Corporate Change Nic Stephen is the Associate Director of SRA Corporate Change, leadership coach, facilitator, cultural strategist, teacher and Stroke survivor. He has held positions with private training providers, peak sporting bodies, large franchise operations, recruitment and employment agencies, as well as spending his early career as a school teacher – where the drive to inspire others was born. Nic has worked across the business spectrum, developing a great diversity of skill, experience, knowledge and practice. To Nic, outstanding leaders develop and breathe life into those around them, helping others to believe in themselves and drive transformational change.

    Nic’s strives to grow purposeful and resilient leaders that can spread transformational health throughout the organisations. Helping organisations build cultures worth belonging to and leaders worth following is a compelling vision and one that drives energy and inspiration every day.  Nic delivers inspiring and thought provoking sessions on a variety of topics including; the new workplace manifesto – overcoming the challenges of today’s workplace, creating relational currency in your workplace, leading through volatility, creating more coach-like leadership practices, and purpose crafting when there’s never enough time.
4.50PM - 5.35PM
KN4: Watch this space: Expanding our imaginations and our world onto Ma…

Dr Adriana Marais, physicist, innovator and aspiring extra-terrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in science and technology are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach.

In December 2020, she and her team will depart for an overwinter, off world settlement simulation experiment in Antarctica to demonstrate community living and off grid capabilities from life support to communication systems, in the harshest and most isolated environment on Earth. The expedition is an initiative of #ProudlyHuman: pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a sustainable future on Earth, above and beyond.

  • Dr Adriana Marais
    Founder of #ProudlyHuman, Director - Foundation for Space Development, Former Head of Innovation - SAP South Africa Adriana is the Founder of #ProudlyHuman, as well as Director at the Foundation for Space Development, an initiative of which is Africa2Moon, to inspire the youth of developing nations, in particular Africa, to "Reach for the Moon" through education and science. She is also a member of the South African government advisory task team on the 4th Industrial Revolution, Faculty at the Singularity University and Duke Corporate Education, and an astronaut candidate with the Mars One Project.

    Previously, Adriana was Head of Innovation at SAP Africa between 2017 and 2019. Her career began in academia, and she has authored numerous articles on her research in theoretical quantum physics. Adriana holds an MSc (summa cum laude) in quantum cryptography and a PhD in quantum biology. Her postdoctoral research focused on quantum effects in photosynthesis as well as the origins of prebiotic molecules and life itself. She is currently pursuing a second PhD in economics in resource-constrained environments at the University of Cape Town. Adriana has won numerous awards including the L’Oreal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award in 2015 and the Royal Society of South Africa Meiring Naude Medal in 2016. She is an alumna of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in physics and a Global Women’s Forum Rising Talent, both 2016.
5.35PM - 6.35PM
Connections - Networking Drinks


  • 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.



Tuesday 29 October

1 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000


Monday 28 October

39 Murray Street, Hobart TAS 7010