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.
Alastair Lukies CBE is a UK businessman and entrepreneur best known as a pioneer and champion for the UK’s globally FinTech industry. Alastair has been at the forefront of the UK’s Financial Technology industry, working with financial institutions, investors and regulators to promote collaboration and mutual benefit across the ecosystem. In January 2014, Alastair was appointed as a Business Ambassador to the Prime Minister for the financial services industry by the UK Government, and remained so until 2019 when he moved across to join the Prime Minister’s Business Council. As well as his role of driving UK Fintech, Alastair was instrumental as a government advisor in forming the Fintech Bridge with Australia, working closely with Scott Morrison, then Treasurer now Prime Minister.
Alastair is Founder & CEO of Pollinate International. Pollinate was created in 2017 to turn the tide for the world's largest and most complex financial services institutions. Working with banks and their legacy platforms, Pollinate helps launch new services that reinvent the payments and financial services sector.
Alastair is Chair of the Fintech Alliance, a government backed multifaceted digital engagement platform launched in 2019 which aims to bring the global FinTech ecosystem together in one easily accessible digital marketplace. In September 2015, Alastair was part of the founding team of Motive Partners, an investment firm based in London and New York focused on investing in and building the next generation of financial technology. Alastair remains the Vice-Chairman of the Global Advisory Council at Motive Partners, alongside John Thompson (Chairman, Microsoft) and Larry Summers (Former Secretary of the US Treasury). Alastair was the inaugural Non-Executive Chairman of FinTech industry body, Innovate Finance, from its launch in August 2014 until 2017.
In 2003, Alastair founded Monitise. Three years later Monitise was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE’s AIM market. During his time as CEO, Monitise grew to a market cap of $2 billion, employing 1700 staff on four continents. Alastair was awarded a CBE for services to mobile banking and charity in June 2014 and was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.
Prior to conceiving, financing and successfully building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.
In this electrifying talk, technologist and entrepreneur Byron Reese moves past the glitzy headlines about AI and robots, instead focusing on how these technologies are transforming enterprises today.
After painting an exciting and optimistic picture of how these technologies are transforming the world, Reese will quickly dive into what business leaders need to understand today to make the most of these technologies, focusing primarily on their impact to the financials of a company.
How will these technologies change the supply chain? Inventory management? Hiring? Legal compliance? What will be tax implications? The impact on staffing? And all the rest. In this 45 walk through the near future, you will get a real glimpse of the world to come, and how it will affect your company.
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? CPA Australia and LinkedIn will produce a leading future skills research report, to identify the skill gaps starting to appear, across each region, between professional qualifications and employer needs.
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.
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.
We are frequently taught how to “manage” or “lead” from a top down perspective. What about from a bottom up? How do we establish a great working relationship with our boss, and maybe our boss’s boss?
In this session author and workplace productivity expert, Donna McGeorge will share what it takes to establish trust, credibility and confidence between you and your manager, and why it’s important. Take a non-political approach to handling workplace politics.
Donna McGeorge makes work work.
She is passionate about enhancing the large amount of time we spend in our workplace (too much, for many) to ensure it is effective and productive, as well as enjoyable.
Donna has worked with managers and leaders throughout Australia and the Asia-–Pacific for over 20 years. She delivers practical skills, training, workshops and facilitation to corporates — such as Nissan Motor Company, Jetstar, Medibank Private and Ford Motor Company — so they learn to manage their people well and produce great performance and results.
She also knows that when we decide to be intentional, we can surprise ourselves with what we can achieve. Donna has authored 6 books and her CV includes: Manager of Theatre, Sports & Concert Tours for the UK-based Keith Prowse; Asia–Pacific Organisational Development Manager for Ford Motor Company in Shanghai, China; as well as roles at Telstra, Qantas & Ernst & Young.
With more than two billion people in Asia connected to the internet, digital solutions are transforming the delivery of financial, health and wellness services, enriching the customer experience, expanding customer inclusion, while dramatically reducing costs along the value chain.
The session will explore the role of the CFO in:
- Executing digital solutions
- Curating customer offers
- Pricing for financial return
- Innovating through uncertainty and complexity
- Meaningfully measuring progress
John Spence is the Regional Head, M&A and Strategy, Generali Asia and is responsible for formulating, originating and executing mergers and acquisitions transactions; fostering strategic alliances; crafting digital ecosystems partnerships; curating impactful and executable business strategies and leading regional corporate development initiatives to achieve Generali’s ambitious growth targets in Asia.
Mr Spence has been based on Hong Kong since 2000, and prior to joining Generali, provided independent strategic advisory services for Asian cross border insurance and asset management transactions at Asian Capital Advisors and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). At Macquarie Funds Group, he had responsibility for Asian acquisitions and led a Korean asset management joint venture. At Manulife Financial, his region-wide responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and wealth management.
Mr Spence has held senior executive roles in Canada with Manulife Financial and in Australia with National Australia Bank and AMP.
John is a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) holds a Masters of Business Administration from Australian Graduate School of Management, Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, is a Certified Financial Planner and a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. He is a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, Governance Institute of Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Paul Chivers is a risk advisor for some of the most dangerous events and TV shows in the world. He will share his journey of risk management highlighting the relevant and effective risk management practices that are critical in achieving objectives, no matter what the industry.
With increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in business today, good risk management is on the radar of most organisations — the big question is why do so many get it wrong? You can have the best systems and processes in the world, but if no one users them, you have nothing! Paul explores the concept of due diligence and that it doesn’t need to come at the cost of creativity, opportunity and success even in the most demanding and dynamic environments.
In this session Paul will cover:
*Dynamic risk in a fast-moving and disruptive environment
*Case studies of operational risk practice
*Risk based processes to make informed decisions
*Practical tools and techniques to document risk management
*The importance of continuous monitoring and review of effectiveness
Paul Chivers is the founding director of Riskfacilitator and has over 22 years’ experience in developing, implementing and introducing risk management frameworks, programs and systems worldwide. Paul’s heuristic approach is focused on risk intent, process and practice.
His simple but effective techniques focus around the concept that people change because they are shown a truth that influences their feelings, not because they were given endless amounts of logical data. He has worked in a range of industries internationally, which include project and event management, TV and film, inquests, aviation, education, sport & recreation, healthcare and defence.
Paul has authored risk management graduate courses, research papers and reports, and lectures for a number of industry and tertiary bodies. Paul’s unique knowledge and experience of risk management has allowed him to become a sought-after facilitator and presenter, with unique and fascinating experiences, including TV producing for multiple versions of the Emmy Award winning “The Amazing Race”, as well as risk & safety oversight for one of the most demanding TV shows in the world, “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here”.
Paul currently has the privilege of travelling the world, helping people manage risk with a level due diligence that is practical yet defensible. Paul is considered a subject matter expert in his field; with an energising approach to the way we take risk.
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, currently working as the Region Commercial Finance Director for Asia Pacific, and formerly 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
As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer - Department of the Environment and Energy, Shane has responsibility for the financial management of the Parks Australia Division. Parks Australia Division supports the Director of National Parks who has responsibility under federal environment law for six Commonwealth national parks, the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Australian Marine Parks. Australia’s Commonwealth National parks range from Christmas Island and Pulu Keeling far out in the Indian Ocean to Norfolk Island in the Pacific, Booderee on the NSW south coast and World Heritage-listed Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks in the Northern Territory.
Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, Kakadu and Booderee National Parks are owned by Aboriginal people and leased to the Director of National Parks. These three parks are managed in cooperative arrangements between the Director and the traditional owners.
Previously Shane was the Chief Financial Officer to the newly formed Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council responsible for resourcing of $1.4 billion of roads, buildings, parks, water/sewer and plant assets. Key part of the role was to ensure the new council was financially sustainable with appropriate levels of revenues and debt funding for the renewal of assets and maintaining assets to a serviceable standard.
If you want to shift your culture and create a workplace where innovation thrives, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results, you don’t have to look far. All the ingredients to kick start innovation exists right in front of you. It’s you. It’s your team. It’s people.
An innovative culture is an intensely human experience. It’s minds rubbing on minds. People drive innovation yet can be the most under-resourced tool organisations have in their innovation toolkit. Let’s get ready to change that.
Discover how curiosity and innovation are absolutely normal for people. We have been innovating since day one.
*Explore key workforce trends and how to build 21st century skills of curiosity, imagination and creativity into your organisation
*Learn how to cut through the ‘data storm’ and put information in a way our 21st century brains understands
*Craft an engaging and powerful strategy story in three easy steps
*Recognise common innovation handbrakes and how to fix them (without spending a cent)
*Build a culture where people and innovation thrive, along with brilliant ideas, market-leading thinking, products and results
*Enable your team to upskill and fulfill their innovation potential so they see more possibilities than ever before
This session will cover the complex problems of changing the methodology of how NSW Government plan to manage the budget in the future. The session also deals with performance reporting and the impacts of Machinery of Government and internal structural changes.
It will cover:
• Identifying the key objectives, deliverables and actions to make outcomes tangible, measurable and achievable
• The challenges in establishing a solution and how this has been achieved to date
• The Roadmap for the future in this space.
Technological disruption, increased competition and internationalisation represent major challenges to organisational survival.
However, the greatest threats to firm performance may not be commercial issues but instead, social issues.
Professor Williamson will talk about the link between social issues and organisational performance and how leaders can harness the opportunities created by major social challenges and help their organisations and communities thrive.
Fuelled by rapid technological innovation, the profession is facing significant and inevitable change. Increasingly sophisticated and smart technologies present exciting opportunities for value-adding transformation in accounting work, but fully appreciating the impact of these transformations can daunting and unsettling. This year’s Birkett lecture will make technological disruption in the profession easier to understand by outlining the ‘ABCDEs of accounting’ that will form the foundation of everything we do as accountants in the future. A focus will be placed on the many opportunities and challenges that accounting’s ABCDEs present to the profession, and providing positive examples of how the ABCDEs are already being embraced in business world.
Rachel Grimes is currently Chief Financial Officer, Group Technology, Finance Strategy, Transformation and Programs at Westpac Group. Previous to this, she was Director, Mergers and Acquisitions at Westpac, where she was the co-lead on the Westpac and St.George merger for Westpac. Rachel has more than 25 years of experience across the Financial Services sector, working with Westpac, BT Financial Group and PwC.
She was elected President of IFAC in November 2016 and served IFAC Board member from 2011 to 2018 and is now the immediate past President.
Rachel is a proud member of the three Australian accounting bodies, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.She has also now joined the Accountant Professional and Ethical Standards Board Limited.
Rachel joined the ICAA in Australia in 1994 and advanced to Fellowship in 2002, before being appointed as a Director in 2006. She was appointed President of ICAA in 2011. She also held the Office of ICAA State Chair of the New South Wales Regional Council in 2004. Rachel has served on numerous charitable institutions including the Salvation Army, Loreto Education Council and currently chairs the Finance and Risk Committee for Surfing Australia.
Ignite 1: 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’.
‘ish'—which means somewhat, more or less, to some extent—is a more flexible, helpful and effective way to think and work. We can go for iteration and incremental performance rather than perfection more often … and we’ll find that ‘good enough’ is absolutely good enough!
Ignite 2: A thousand little light bulbs
Every company is looking for that light bulb moment. That elusive spark of genius. 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.
Ignite 3: How to use accounting skills to change the world
Meet a young accountant using accounting to protect human rights and empower communities. Hear the inspirational story from Shelley Cable, whose work in financial literacy took her to the United Nations and is now working to unlock the potential of accounting through Indigenous participation.
Shelley Cable is a Wilman-Nyoongar woman from Perth, passionate about financial literacy and inclusion, particularly amongst young people, women, and Indigenous Australians.
Shelley believes that accountants – especially young accountants - can change the world. In 2017, Shelley put this to the test when she presented to the United Nations on the role of financial literacy in protecting human rights, and ultimately had her recommendations officially endorsed by the UN.
For her leadership and advocacy work, Shelley has been named:
- Curtin University’s Young Alumna of the year
- Winner of the WA Young Achiever Award (Leadership Category)
- Finalist in the Western Australian of the Year Awards, both 2017 and 2018.
Shelley is also a member of the Murdoch University Advisory Board, Chair of the CPA Young Professionals Committee in Canberra, and is in her final semester of the CPA program.
This session will cover the latest developments in financial reporting, including an update on the AASB project to remove special purpose financial statements and thoughts on the 30 June 2019 reporting season.
Business success today is now 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 fulfill 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 will include:
*The changing role of Finance
*Finance talent of the future - high performing business partners
*How to build a top performing Finance team
*Supporting the business strategy, decision making and driving innovation
A presentation on major emerging policy issues that have the potential to impact members in business and practice. The presentation will provide an overview of:
• CPA Australia’s work on technology and the future of the accounting profession
• Proposed changes to taxation laws
• The Hayne Royal Commission and the retirement savings inquiry.
Have you ever wondered whether accounting can serve a higher purpose? Can accountants really change the world?
Join Shelley in this leadership session to unleash your inner change-maker, and explore how to use accounting to help shift the dial on some of the world's most wicked problems, like climate change, mental health and human rights.
Discover some compelling reasons and insights for why leaders need to embrace storytelling to connect, engage and inspire. You will experience first-hand the power of sharing personal stories to communicate business messages. In addition, gain valuable insights on what makes a story a story and how to avoid the most common mistakes when sharing stories in business.
The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is facing uncertain times against a backdrop of falling income streams, more competition, and with increasing demand for the vital services they provide. The sector is ripe for a more commercial approach and new business models to re-shape operations.
With a background in the commercial sector, Sturt has been able to turn around the performance of Diabetes NSW & QLD creating a ‘profitable’ NFP.
Join him as he explores how he has diversified income streams, increased productivity through LEAN methodologies and implemented a customer-centric, commercial approach to the organisation.
With a multidisciplinary commercial career spanning some three plus decades, Sturt has a wealth of national and international governance experience. He has held executive appointments in a variety of technology, marketing, M&A, strategy and executive management domains, including Director South Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa for Telstra.
Sturt holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Economics) and a Master of Business Administration and has held numerous board positions including the Australian Diabetes Council, Life for a Child, Diabetes Qualified, Kordia and multiple international Telstra and REACH entities.
Many of us appreciate the benefits of broadening our professional network, yet most of us would likely admit at times it’s just a dutiful necessity and at worse can be just plain awkward. In this fun and engaging session designed to get you to really engage and connect in with people, Jen takes you through the fine artistry of good networking.
Learn how you can:
- expertly move in and out of groups and better remember people’s names
- read and deliver handshakes
- be more at ease when networking across hierarchical divisions
- be more strategic with networking and enhance your personal brand
You can then take these skills to the networking drinks where you will have the opportunity to put all this into practice and connect beyond just ‘work stuff’.
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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