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.

13:30 – 17:30 Masterclass B: Identifying Cost Reduction and Revenue Growth Opportunities Through Advanced Analytics
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.

vihang-shah-112x128 Vihang Shah
Head – Centre of Excellence
Electrolux APAC
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DAY 2 – MAIN FORUM AGENDA

 
     
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
Preparing for Transformation: Understanding the Road Ahead
09:15 am Keynote: Building a Business Case for the Digital Automation Disruption of Finance and Accounting
With the growing focus on transparency by way of initiatives such as Justified Trust and BEPS, Australian companies will spend more than $40 billion a year on tax compliance reporting. This comes on top of the need to gather, analyze and understand data and processes across a host of functional areas. While onerous, these also create a golden opportunity.

Technology such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) helps meet the requirements of this new era of compliance by enabling improved control, flexibility to scale, process speed, data accuracy and much more – while at the same time laying the groundwork for sustainable growth.

Robotic Process Automation: The Key to a High-Impact Finance and Accounting Team
09:45 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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10:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 am Interactive Roundtables: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Automation of Finance and Accounting Processes
  • Accounts payable process/accounts receivable (AP/AR)
  • Audit documentation
  • Procurement and purchasing
  • Monthly close process
  • Invoicing
  • Financial report generation
  • Data entry
  • Credit management
  • Financial reporting
  • Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
Niluka-112x128 Niluka Perera
Group Financial Controller
Scope
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  • Profitability analysis
11:30 am Panel Insights: RPA as a Driver for Strategic Transformation of Finance
This session will offer insights from global organizations on RPA adoption for finance, and examine the challenges and opportunities attending a change as significant as this.

Topics covered include the challenges of stakeholder and change management, and the opportunity for finance teams to extend themselves to value-added operations that require professional judgment, decision-making and customer interactions.

Niluka-112x128 Niluka Perera
Group Financial Controller
Scope
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vihang-shah-112x128 Vihang Shah
Head – Centre of Excellence
Electrolux APAC
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12:00 pm How New Zealand Post Implemented a Successful Transformation Strategy to Ensure Its Future Financial
Dene-Green-112x128 Dene Green
General Manager Strategy and Partnerships
New Zealand Post
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12:30 pm Networking Lunch
13:30 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
Rajat-112x128 Rajat Grover
Senior Business Analyst/Process Configurer – Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
Improving Accuracy of Financial Forecasting and Budgeting with Real Time Data and Machine Learning
 14:00 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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 14:30 pm
The Imperative of Digital Transformation for the Finance and Accounting Sector
Khan-112x128 Mike Khan, CPA
Executive Director, Business Transformation Team
15:15 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
Delivering Financial and Business Transformation Through Analytical Insights
 15:30 pm How Predictive Analytics Helps CFOs and Financial Leaders Improve Visibility in Revenue Growth and Growth Profile
Rohan-112x128 Rohan Liyanage
Chief Financial Officer
Signify (formerly Philips Lighting)
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 16:00 pm Advanced Finance Analytics: Unearthing Cost Reduction Opportunities and Hidden Shareholder Value
This session will cover the use of advanced finance analytics to identify cost reduction opportunities, growth opportunities and hidden shareholder value. Topics covered include pricing and SKU optimization, resource utilization tracking, predictive modeling for early warning on customer churn or credit risk, and more.
16:30 pm 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.
Jocelyn-Webb-112x128 Jocelyn Webb
CFO
Fitness Australia
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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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17:00 pm
Worldwide Review of Cutting-edge Business Intelligence Case Studies Which Can Demonstrate Possibilities for Re-application Across Industries in Finance
Marios-Pasas-112x128 Marios Pasas
CFO
Boral Australia
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17:30 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:35 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

 
Accounting Automation and Transformation
09:00 am Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 am How Blockchain Streamlines Accounting Operations By Reducing Costs of Maintaining Costly Ledgers While Providing Absolute Certainty of Financial Transactions and Ownership Of Assets
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.
Victoria-Whitby-112x128 Victoria Whitby
Global Head of Finance, Group IT
Lendlease
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09:45 am How Cloud Accounting Helps Accountants Improve Financial Accuracy, Eliminate of Duplicate Entries, Secure User Access, Infrastructure Security and 24/7 Access Control
This session will dive into five major benefits of cloud accounting:

  • AUTOMATION of manual business processes, allowing finance and accounting to empower the rest of their organization to execute critical operations with access to better, more timely data.
  • ELIMINATION of duplicate entries through built-in business rules, preventing errors and increasing data accuracy.
  • SECURE user access and controls with streamlined approval processes, protecting both hierarchical and overall financial integrity.
  • HIGHEST standards of system and infrastructure security, with disaster recovery backup at a secure, failsafe location.
  • 24/7 ACCESS for control and collaboration, on any device, anywhere
10:15 am Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
10:30 am How Automated Bookkeeping Streamlines Business Operations and Reduce Costs
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.
11:00 am Interactive Roundtables
  • Automating Finance and Accounting Through RPA
Rajat-112x128 Rajat Grover
Senior Business Analyst/Process Configurer – Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
  • Blockchain in Accounting
  • Cloud Accounting
  • Automated Bookkeeping
  • Advanced Financial Analytics
Jocelyn-Webb-112x128 Jocelyn Webb
CFO
Fitness Australia
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  • Audit Analytics
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
12:00 pm Automating Accounting Through RPA: How The Rise of Computer Vision, OCR, Automatic Document Analysis and Machine Learning to Autonomously Process Documents Streamlines Accounting Operations
Masiur-112x128 Masiur Rahman
APAC Finance Transformation Lead
DHL
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12:30 pm Networking Lunch
Auditing and Accounting Analytics With AI
13:30 pm How Big Data Analytics Enhances Audit Automation While Improving Financial Controls and Keeping Tabs on Potential Frauds  
AI and machine learning can analyze billions of data points in milliseconds, to see what humans can’t, and to apply judgment to detect anomalies in the general ledger and auditing. In addition, data analytics can also enhance the execution of audits – providing quick and effective monitoring of continuous controls, keeping watch for indications of fraud (which cost Asia Pacific firms alone over $5 billion last year), recognizing patterns to anticipate future risks, and control simulation.
 14:00 pm
Audit Analytics on Risk Profiling: How Audit Analytics and Machine Learning Helps Paypal Transform its Compliance and Fight Fraud
 14:30 pm
Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise
As of 2018, Uber’s ridesharing business operates in more than 600 cities, while the Uber Eats food delivery business has expanded to more than 250 cities worldwide. With such a rapidly growing business, there’s no way for the company to rely on annual budgeting and forecasting. Hence, the company turned to machine learning, applying data science to continuously improve financial forecasting based on real time insights.
Rajat-112x128 Rajat Grover
Senior Business Analyst/Process Configurer – Robotics Process Automation (RPA)
Amelia-Evans-112x128 Amelia Evans
CFO
Queensland Airports Limited
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15:00 pm Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
Advanced Analytics in Decision Making
 15:30 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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 16:00 pm Improving Financial Reporting: How Ceradyne Improved Financial Reporting Through Real-Time Fnancial Insights and Data Visualization
This session will look at how multinational technical ceramics manufacturer Ceradyne employed data visualization to keep an eye on approximately 300 departments, all with their own budgets and trends. Notably, data visualization enabled the organization to use data for decision-making directly instead of recalculating numbers into intelligence first – it gave a wide range of stakeholders with varying skills quick, intuitive understanding of what was going on and what needed changing.
16:30 pm Accelerating Decision Making with Connected Planning
Overview of the importance of introducing integrated, business driven, planning processes to better anticipate and respond more quickly to market change across multiple divisions and geographies. Connecting People, Data and Process that ultimately enables Finance to partner with the business, providing analysis and insight to drive sustained profitability in a dynamic market.
Morag-Leith-112x128 Morag Leith
Head of Corporate Finance
Holcim Australia and New Zealand
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17:00 pm Scaling and Acceleration of RPA, How to Sustain Your Automations and Optimising Your Digital Workforce in Finance
17:30 pm Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman