Agenda

DAY 1 – PRE-FORUM MASTERCLASS

 
9:00 – 12:30 Masterclass A: Implementing and Scaling RPA for Enterprise Wide Adoption

Workshop A

Designed to perform on a vast range of complex processes, enterprise-wide RPA delivers ever more powerful outcomes at unlimited scale, helping companies become digital businesses faster and gain a valuable advantage on their path to AI. By the end of this program, participants will be able to acknowledge the internal processes for enterprise-wide deployment of RPA, develop a governance structure suitable to their organization’s maturity level and achieve business success.

Eric-Nguyen-112x128 Eric Nguyen
Robotics and Automation Lead
Telstra
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13:30 – 17:00 Masterclass B: Identifying Opportunities In Finance Through RPA And AI
Workshop B

The power of analytics to unearth quick insights from huge volumes of disparate data makes a perfect fit for the challenges facing today’s companies. Utilizing advanced finance analytics, organizations can act on fresh data as it arrives, instead of having to wait until it becomes too old to be used for decision-making. In this program, participants will learn some of the benefits of these actions, spanning cost reduction opportunities, new avenues for revenue growth, hidden shareholder value, and early warnings on customer churn and credit risk, and more.

Pavel_112x128 Pavel Gimelberg
Director, Head of Intelligent Automation Practice APAC
EPAM Systems
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DAY 2 – MAIN FORUM AGENDA

 
     
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 am Keynote: Digital Disruption And Transformation Challenges For The Finance And Accounting Sector
Khan-112x128 Mike Khan
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team
09:45 am Augmenting Business Planning With Predictive Forecasting & AI Helps Finance Deliver Higher Efficiency And Continuous Foresight
Many industries are experiencing swift disruption from market competition, regulator actions, and changes in organization cultures. A key challenge for FP&A and CFOs is to be part of this disruption dialogue, and to ensure businesses continue to operate with financial foresight. However, if FP&A and CFOs are constantly bogged down by mundane traditional finance areas, how can they drive business value and ditch their old outfit for a strategic advisor outfit? Predictive forecasting is making finance more valuable to the business. It presents an opportunity to fundamentally transform how business thinks and plans the future, but not if you do it wrong. Jedox will be sharing how share how we work with organizations to streamline their integrated business planning on a single source of truth (data); embark on scenario planning and predictive forecasting to drive efficiencies and higher value activities.
David-Upton-112x128 David Upton
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Asia Pacific
Jedox
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10:15 am Speed Networking
10:30 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
 10:45 am From Scorekeeper to Strategic Partner: How Technology and Digital Automation Can Transform the Finance Function
43% of senior finance executives surveyed in North America and Europe believe effective use of automation can take finance teams beyond simply improving the bottom line, and enable them to deliver new business insights. This session will cover the potential of RPA to not just optimize routine finance tasks, but reimagine the finance function entirely.
Nick-Sutherland-112x128 Nick Sutherland
Deputy CFO
Broadspectrum
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11:15 am Practical Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in Finance Teams
“Stop transforming and start succeeding” – KPMG 2019. How to achieve effective transformation and realise the benefits of AI without spending a fortune.
Mike-Henegan-112x128 Michael Henegan
Director
CALUMO
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11:45 am Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting
Lack of buy-in from senior management is one of the main reasons finance transformations fail, so making sure they are on board is critical. This session will outline major steps that can be taken to increase that probability: identifying key stakeholders and their needs and requirements, engaging them with a “head, heart, and hands” approach, seeking the involvement and support of leadership, and setting up robust feedback loops for progress tracking and measuring.
Khan-112x128 Moderator:

Mike Khan
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team

Panelists:
Jocelyn-Webb-112x128 Jocelyn Webb
Finance Director
NSW Property
NSW property
Niluka-112x128 Niluka Perera
Group Financial Controller
Scope
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Cher-Mitchell-Vialle-112x128 Cher Mitchell-Vialle
Head of Corporate Finance and Finance Transformation
Veolia ANZ
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12:30 pm Networking Lunch
 13:30 pm The Imperative of Digital Transformation for the Finance and Accounting Sector
Khan-112x128 Mike Khan, CPA
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team
 
 14:10 pm Building a Governance Framework for RPA in Accounting and Finance
This session will outline the essential elements for governing RPA in the accounting and finance functions:

  • COMPONENTS. Aligning business strategy, organizational structure, roles, mechanism, business case and value
  • KEY DIFFERENCES. Non-human components, overlapping IT and business domains, evolving technologies, security and privacy
  • DRIVERS. Strategic and operational risk mitigation, regulatory compliance, knowledge management, vendor management, escalation management
  • FACTORS TO CONSIDER. Centralized or decentralized, ownership or sponsorship, target operating model (outsourced vs in-house), controlling and reporting, change management
  • KEY PILLARS. Clear ownership, data protection, deployment policies, dual control, replicated execution control, right screen controls, access control and audit trails, BCP, operational risk impact, regulatory consideration
Eric-Nguyen-112x128 Eric Nguyen
Robotics and Automation Lead
Telstra
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14:40 pm Transforming Processes through Automated Business Communication
Stuart-Drysdale-112x128 Stuart Drysdale
Managing Director & President
Objectif Lune Asia Pty Ltd
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 15:00 pm
How to Use Real-Time Financial Data to Improve Accuracy Your Financial Forecasting and Budgeting
Amit-Doshi-112x128 Amit Doshi
CFO
Sony Australia & New Zealand
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15:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
 16:00 pm Achieving Intelligent Automation for your Financial Processes
Ned-Harrison-112x128 Ned Harrison
Sales Manager
Kofax Australia
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 16:20 pm Interactive Roundtables: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Automation of Finance and Accounting Processes
  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
Niluka-112x128 Niluka Perera
Group Financial Controller
Scope
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  • Advanced Financial Analytics
Jocelyn-Webb-112x128 Jocelyn Webb
Finance Director
NSW Property
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  • How CFOs Can Deliver Greater Return On Invested Capital By Embedding Predictive Forecasting Within Value-Driver Based Planning
In the era of swift disruption and new shiny toys (AI, RPA, IoT, regulations, etc), a primary fundament remains, i.e. the value creation to business. How do you get your Finance house in order before adopting these shiny new toys? How can you ensure that AI and these shiny new technologies will not change the fundamentals of good business planning? Why adding predictive forecast to your value-driver based planning and budgeting helps Finance deliver greater value to the business? How predictive forecasting and AI gives Finance the opportunity to orient the business around value-creation in the planning cycle. Let’s walk out of this discussion with a plan to have continuous foresight and provide more efficiency and automation to your planning process & business.
David-Upton-112x128 David Upton
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Asia Pacific
Jedox
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  • Integrated financial reporting & report generation
Mike-Henegan-112x128 Michael Henegan
Director
CALUMO
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  • Opportunities for Intelligent Automation in Financial Processes
Gregory-Davis-112x128 Greg Crowl
Director of Sales Engineering
Kofax Australia
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17:20 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:30 pm Champagne Networking Session
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Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

 

DAY 3 – MAIN FORUM AGENDA

 
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 am How Predictive Analytics Helps CFOs and Financial Leaders Improve Visibility in Revenue Growth and Growth Profile
Blockchain could reduce the need to maintain bookkeeping functions because the platform will maintain and track transactions on a real-time basis. That would free CPAs to work on other important tasks, such as valuation and planning that can provide more business opportunities for companies. The structure of blockchain makes modifying recorded transactions difficult. Blockchain offers the assurance that underlying transactions are valid, exist, and are accurate and complete.
Rohan-112x128 Rohan Liyanage
Chief Financial Officer
Signify (Philips Lighting)
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09:45 am Automating Accounting Through RPA: How The Rise Of Computer Vision, OCR, Automatic Document Analysis And Machine Learning To Autonomously Process Documents Streamlines Accounting Operations
Probir-112x128 Probir Geoffrey Dutt
Automation Evangelist Group Technology
IAG
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10:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 am Worldwide Review Of Cutting-Edge Business Intelligence Case Studies Which Can Demonstrate Possibilities For Re-Application Across Industries In Finance
This session will cover automated bookkeeping and how it eliminates human error, saves money, reduces risk of succumbing to cyberattacks, promotes compliance, and allows unlimited, speedy and secure access to financial information on the go.
Marios-Pasas-112x128 Marios Pasas
Former CFO
Boral Australia
11:00 am Close The Gaps Before They Do: A Primer On Current Cyber Scams Targeting CFOs And What To Do About Them
Gavin-Levinsohn-112x128 Gavin Levinsohn
Chief Marketing Officer
Eftsure
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11:20 am
The Journey To The Cloud For ERP And EPM In Finance And Accounting
Genevieve-112x128 Genevieve Hutcheson
Formerly Project Director, Finance & Operational Transformation
Landcom
 11:50 am How RPAs Can Be Used To Modernise Financial Compliance Regulatory Requirements
Khan-112x128 Mike Khan
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team
12:30 pm Networking Lunch
13:30 pm Using Data And Analytics To Enhance Our Audits Of Financial Reports Through Process Automation, Process Mining, Risk Identification, And Other Analytical Techniques
 
Ben-Jiang-112x128 Ben Jiang CA CISA
Director – Data Analytics
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office
14:00 pm
Key Benefits And Risks Of Incorporating Blockchain Technology Into Your Accounting And Auditing Processes
Joni-Pirovich-112x128 Joni Pirovich
Lawyer
Hall & Wilcox
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 14:20 pm
Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise
Moderator:
Khan-112x128 Mike Khan
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team
Panelists:
Probir-112x128 Probir Geoffrey Dutt
Automation Evangelist Group Technology
IAG
IAG
Ben-Jiang-112x128 Ben Jiang CA CISA
Director – Data Analytics
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office​
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office
Alex-Dunne-112x128 Alex Dunne
GM – Finance
Solgen Energy Group
Solgen
15:15 pm Lucky Draw
15:30 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
 15:45 pm Unlocking the Power of Advanced Analytics by Combining Finance and Non-financial Data to Drive Strategic Data-driven Decision-making
This session will examine the power of advanced finance analytics to provide a more holistic view of businesses through bringing together data from various fields and disciplines. Non-finance data could include data on customers, points of sale, insurance claims or even weather – which is highly relevant for sectors where demand is affected by meteorological conditions. United under advanced analytics, these can enable continuous monitoring, more accurate forecasting, and improved decision-making.

Also covered are several finance business processes where advanced analytics is gaining the most traction.

Saj-112x128 Saj Molaee
Head of Financial Planning &Analysis
AstraZeneca
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 16:15 pm Advanced Analytics: Accelerating Decision-Making in Planning, Budgeting and Profitability Analysis
Jocelyn-Webb-112x128 Jocelyn Webb
Finance Director
NSW Property
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16:45 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman