Global Speakers

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Nick Sutherland

Deputy CFO

Broadspectrum

Nick joined Broadspectrum (previously Transfield Services) in 2011 and his current role is Deputy CFO, responsible for the Group’s financial controllership, governance, reporting & governance, the divisional & site finance teams, payroll and financial shared services, business improvement and treasury. Over his years at Broadspectrum, Nick has also managed the Group’s tax, investor relations, risk and internal audit functions.

Immediately prior to Broadspectrum, Nick spent 4 years with Goodman Fielder Limited as Director, Tax and Treasury, and previously with a number of other large Australian corporates, including the Westfield Group, Origin Energy Limited and CSR Limited. Nick has also worked at SBC Warburg (now UBS) in financial accounting and as an auditor with a chartered accounting firm.

Topic:

From Scorekeeper to Strategic Partner: How Technology and Digital Automation Can Transform the Finance Function

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David Upton

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, Asia Pacific

Jedox

David has more than 20 years of diverse business experience in IT and data management practice. His expertise in analytics and enterprise performance management led him to co-found and grow a business intelligence implementation firm, which was acquired by Jedox.

As the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Alliances for Asia Pacific, David is responsible for guiding strategic partner relationships including solution development, enablement and certification. Leveraging his expertise, he also drives further development of relationships with key alliance partners and deepens our industry vertical practices.

Since joining Jedox, David has served in multiple leadership positions including Vice President of Operations for the APAC region.

Topics:

  • Augmenting Business Planning With Predictive Forecasting & AI Helps Finance Deliver Higher Efficiency And Continuous Foresight
  • Interactive Roundtable: How CFOs Can Deliver Greater Return On Invested Capital By Embedding Predictive Forecasting Within Value-Driver Based Planning

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Amit Doshi

CFO

Sony Australia & New Zealand

Topic:

How to Use Real-time Financial Data to Improve Accuracy For Your Financial Forecasting and Budgeting

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Rohan Liyanage

CFO

Signify (Philips Lighting)

Rohan Liyanage is the Chief Financial Officer for Signify (Philips Lighting) for the Pacific region.

Rohan Joined Philips in Sydney in 2013 as the CFO of Royal Philips, which is the leading Healthcare Company in Pacific, then moved to Philips Lighting in 2016. Prior to that he spent 2 years in Boral Plasterboard, heading FP&A.

Rohan started his career in chartered practice in London. Then he moved to Amsterdam to join Philips global HQ in group finance. Later he joined Philips Consumer Electronics Business where he held number of leadership positions in Business partnering, Operations, Marketing transformation and in Treasury across Europe, US and Asia.

Rohan is a member of CPA Australia, CIMA UK and holds a MBA from University of Lincoln UK.

Topic:

How Predictive Analytics Helps CFOs and Financial Leaders Improve Visibility in Revenue Growth and Growth Profile

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Jocelyn Webb

Finance Director

NSW Property

Jocelyn is a Finance Director for the Housing & Property portfolio in the NSW Government Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Jocelyn has over 20 years experience working with or leading finance functions focusing on business analytics & performance, process improvement including optimisation of technology, and transforming finance functions and, with her teams, a trusted business partner.  With a  background in Chartered Accounting, Jocelyn has held senior finance positions within FMCG, Banking (retail and investment), Property, Sport, Fintech start up, the not for profit and Government sectors.  Her breadth of experience across functions and sectors has enabled her bring different perspectives to analytics and decision making.  She holds an MBA and has completed the Governance Institute’s Graduate Diploma.

Topics:

  • Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting
  • Interactive Roundtable: Advanced Financial Analytics

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Niluka Perera

Group Financial Controller

Scope

Niluka is commercially focused, dynamic leader with proven record of establishing cross-functional partnerships to deliver favourable outcomes. She has extensive experience across a wide range of disciplines including Finance Transformation, Shared Services & Business Process Outsourcing, Change Management, Business Systems & Process design, implementation and support, Financial Reporting, Budgeting & Forecasting, Business modelling within high volume complex & matrix environments. She has a strong focus on the on-going delivery of continuous improvement within organizations and the development of individuals and teams through relationship management and clear, open communication.

Topics:

  • Roundtable: Gaining Competitive Advantage Through Automation of Finance and Accounting Processes – Planning, budgeting, and forecasting
  • Panel Insights: RPA as a Driver for Strategic Transformation of Finance
  • Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting

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Saj Molaee

Head of Financial Planning & Analysis

AstraZeneca

Saj has over 15 years of experience in a broad range of finance roles most of which was with top global FMCG companies Nestle and Coca Cola and more recently in Pharma industry with AstraZeneca.

Being a seasoned finance professional and with a keen interest on process improvement and automation Saj has led a number of transformation/automation projects during his career.

More recently these projects involved incorporation of AI and robotics into day to day business processes, analysis of big data and he was involved as Finance lead in a number of cross functional project leading to significant process improvement and automation.

Topic:

Unlocking the Power of Advanced Analytics by Combining Finance and Non-financial Data to Drive Strategic Data-driven Decision-making

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Cher Mitchell-Vialle

Head of Corporate Finance and Finance Transformation

Veolia ANZ

Cher is an experienced Finance Professional with focus on finance transformation, Big4 background and demonstrated history of working in professional services and various industries.

She is Head of Corporate Finance ANZ for Veolia, a French listed multinational, who is a global leader in optimized resource management of water, waste and energy solutions that contribute to a sustainable environment.

Cher is also responsible for the finance transformation of the ANZ region and will be leading a global working group to co-define what the future of finance roles will look like in Veolia and co create a Veolia Finance Talent Framework that identifies the future skills requirements for the Veolia Finance Community.

Topic:

Panel: Achieving Stakeholder Buy-In for Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting

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Ben Jiang CA CISA

Director - Data Analytics

Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Topics:

  • Using Data And Analytics To Enhance Our Audits Of Financial Reports Through Process Automation, Process Mining, Risk Identification, And Other Analytical Techniques
  • Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise

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Mike Khan, CPA (Chairperson)

Executive Director, Business Transformation Team

Mike has over thirty years of senior management experience in the Australian Public Service. He has worked for Australian Bureau of Statistics, Department of Industry, Science and Technology and presently works as an Executive Director, Business Transformation Team, Client Engagement Group for Australian Taxation Office.

Mike is an accomplished leader in organisational transformation through development and implementation of innovative client service, organisational review and development, business transformation, planning and reporting, staff capability development, knowledge development, change management, performance improvement, compliance management, revenue performance and risk management strategies. He has postgraduate qualifications in economics and accounting from University of NSW and University of Sydney and is a CPA.

Technology is developing exponentially creating new opportunities to reach and connect customers, and generating opportunities for considerable cost savings and efficiencies. Digital technologies today are swiftly disrupting the existing business models. Digital transformation remains a major issue for private and public sector organisations globally. With this in mind, Mike continues to ensure that learnings and best practice from private and public sector transformation journeys are identified to assist the ATO to redefine value add, become more client centric and make it easier to transform the organisation.

Mike has taken up to become a prolific thought provoking writer on LinkedIn to share the expertise and knowledge he gained from his extensive career. He has covered topics such as Change Management and Transformation, Digital Transformation of the Public Sector, Customer Centric Transformation, Digital Transformation, How organisations are leveraging from RPA technology, Agile Leadership in the Digital Age, Navigating Digital Disruption, Talent Management in the Public Sector, Effective Succession Planning, Successful Employee Empowerment Strategy and Measuring Public Sector Output in the Digital Economy.

Topics:

  • Keynote: Digital Disruption And Transformation Challenges For The Finance And Accounting Sector
  • The Imperative of Digital Transformation for the Finance and Accounting Sector
  • How RPAs Can Be Used To Modernise Financial Compliance Regulatory Requirements

 

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Michael Henegan

Director

CALUMO

Michael holds an Honours Degree in Financial Accounting and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  He has spent over 30 years as a Finance Professional, and the last 20 years in the Business Intelligence Industry.  He has worked with hundreds of organisations of various sizes and industries and developed a deep understanding of how Business Intelligence can improve and support the business.

Prior to entering the BI space in 2000, Michael worked for a number of years in the corporate world holding a variety of senior financial roles, including Deputy CEO of the South African Futures Exchange,  Financial Risk Manager of Investec Merchant Bank, and as CFO and Finance Director of Leisure, Hospitality and Wholesale and Distribution companies.

Michael is a co-founder and Director of the CALUMO Group.

Topics:

  • Practical Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in Finance Teams
  • Interactive Roundtable: Integrated Financial Reporting & Report Generation

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Greg Smart

Head of Finance Transformation

Coca-Cola Amatil

Topic:

Unlocking Value Creation Through Finance Transformation

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Genevieve Hutcheson

Former Project Director, Finance & Operational Transformation

Landcom

Genevieve is an expert on all things finance, property and systems. As Finance and Operational Transformation Project Director at Landcom, she redesigned end of life financial and operational process and reporting structure to fit into a new SaaS ERP and EPM solution to provide project financial management, procurement, corporate and operational forecasting and reporting to the business.

Topic:

The Journey To The Cloud For ERP And EPM In Finance And Accounting

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Joni Pirovich

Lawyer

Hall & Wilcox

Joni leads the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Tax team at Hall & Wilcox and is also responsible for maximising Hall & Wilcox’s connection with start-ups and scale-ups (and the technology they are working on) through relationships with the likes of RMIT, Stone & Chalk, Fintech Australia and Blockchain Australia. Joni was recently recognised as a thought leader in the legal space, being named a finalist in the 2018 Lawyers Weekly Awards.

Over the last few years, Joni has mentored students undertaking RMIT Online’s Blockchain Business Strategy course and regularly presents on blockchain and cryptocurrencies at accounting, legal and industry events such as those convened by The Tax Institute, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and CPA Australia.

Topic:

Key Benefits And Risks Of Incorporating Blockchain Technology Into Your Accounting And Auditing Processes

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Probir Geoffrey Dutt

Automation Evangelist Group Technology

IAG

Probir Geoffrey Dutt is a seasoned BPO leader and customer experience strategist as well as multi-instrumentalist songwriter, composer and screen writer. He has a reputation for relentlessly and passionately innovating solutions that push the boundaries of customer experience. His current focus is around designing and building robotic (RPA) and cognitive (AI) solutions for the world’s most difficult challenges, consulting with Australia’s leading brands whilst continuously learning and sharing expertise to collaboratively take BPO to the next stage of the revolution… He has composed scores for 13 films, played on 19, acted in 5, written numerous shorts and 3 feature films and directed 3 including the first Australian neo-realist feature film with an Indian in a lead role ‘The Three Ages of Sasha’ that screened in festivals around Australia and globally.

Topics:

  • Automating Accounting Through RPA: How The Rise Of Computer Vision, OCR, Automatic Document Analysis And Machine Learning To Autonomously Process Documents Streamlines Accounting Operations
  • Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise

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Gavin Levinsohn

Chief Marketing Officer

Eftsure

After completing a B.Bus.Sci with Honours in Finance from the University of Cape Town, Gavin realised he wanted to work at the intersection of commerce and creativity and promptly ventured into the world of marketing communications. During his 21 year career in marketing and advertising, Gavin worked across almost every category and discipline. From 2008–2013 he was Managing Director of Ogilvy’s storied Cape Town office and a Director of Ogilvy South Africa; the country’s largest marketing communications group. In 2013 Gavin emigrated to Australia where he worked for Ogilvy’s parent company,  WPP AUNZ, leading a group of businesses covering branding and design, digital marketing, advertising and internal communications. In 2015 Gavin was hired by Publicis Australia (formerly Publicis Mojo) to lead their offices in Sydney and Brisbane. In 2018, reconnecting with his long held passion for all things digital, and after serving as a Non-Executive Director of two Tech Start-Ups, Gavin decided to go ‘all-in’ as Chief Marketing Officer of eftsure. eftsure is an Australian FinTech business that provides a unique payments protection service for CFOs.

Topic:

Close The Gaps Before They Do: A Primer On Current Cyber Scams Targeting CFOs And What To Do About Them

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Stuart Drysdale

Managing Director & President

Objectif Lune Asia Pty Ltd

Stuart serves as Managing Director of Objectif Lune Asia Pty at Objectif Lune Inc.

Born in Scotland,  he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s and has held a number of Asia based regional Director Roles.

Stuart has been a key driving force behind the expansion and integration of a number of Japanese, European and US based companies wanting to expand into the Asia region. His focus is on technology and how these advances serve as a ‘game-changer’ to our daily lives.

His experience in business and championing the importance of the customer experience journey make him a key driving force behind Objectif Lune’s solutions portfolio globally.

Part of his business strategy is to increase engagement & revenue while decreasing operating expenses ─ a major factor that drives business engagement from a variety of industries across the region.

Stuart is married and enjoys competition dressage at a National Level with his own horses.

Topic:

Transforming Processes through Automated Business Communication

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Eric Nguyen

Robotics and Automation Lead

Telstra

Eric Nguyen is an Automation and Data Insights lead at Telstra. With Internal and Business partners, he solves business problems via Automation, Data Insights and Agile ways of work.

Since Sept 2017, Eric has led the launch and embedding of Robotic Process Automation at different levels of Telstra’s Global Service Delivery, through Project delivery and speaks.

Over his 15 years in Managed Customer Services space, serving customers from Enterprises, Goverment agencies SME, Eric knows what drives:

  • Customer time reduction
  • Consistent Customer Advocacy
  • Practical Cost saving

It is a People business. You would need to Listen to Understand.

Then deliver Real results, though the journey is not a straight line like A to Z.

Eric holds a Master of Business Information Systems from Australia National University.

Topics:

  • Pre-Forum Masterclass A: Implementing And Scaling RPA For Enterprise Wide Adoption
  • Building a Governance Framework for RPA in Accounting and Finance

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Alex Dunne

GM – Finance

Solgen Energy Group

Topic:

Panel: Enabling Interoperability Between Legacy Financial And Accounting systems and New Technologies to Create a Truly Digital Financial and Accounting Enterprise

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Ned Harrison

Sales Manager

Kofax Australia

With over 18 years in IT and business technology domain, Ned combines business acumen with practical hands-on software development experience and system implementations expertise, to quickly dissect and approach any problem while keeping an eye on the big picture. Since joining Kofax, Ned is assisting customers embark on their digital transformation journeys to tackle some of the highly manual processes still in existence across the finance/banking, logistics/supply chain, retail/FMCG and utilities market sectors. Ned holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Microelectronics Engineering and is an avid squash player. You will often find him playing at tournaments and local squash clubs around Sydney or interstate.

Topic:

Achieving Intelligent Automation for your Financial Processes

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Greg Crowl

Director of Sales Engineering

Kofax Australia

Greg is Director of Sales Engineering, ANZ for Kofax. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the practical application of process automation technologies to improve business performance for large and small organisations.

Topic:

Interactive Roundtable: Opportunities for Intelligent Automation in Financial Processes

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Pavel Gimelberg

Director, Head of Intelligent Automation Practice APAC

EPAM Systems

Topic:

Pre-Forum Masterclass B: Identifying Opportunities In Finance Through RPA And AI

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Bernard Fong

Head of Finance

Coca-Cola Amatil

Bernard Fong is the Head of Finance Services, Australian Beverages at Coca Cola Amatil (CCA). He has over 25 years of business and finance experience, spanning many industries and functions.

Bernard has spent the last 10 years with CCA starting as the CFO/ CIO of Neverfail Springwater. He was then Business Unit Partner for the At Work Division covering Vending, Neverfail, and Grinders Coffee business before stepping into his current the Head of Services role for the Australian Business. In his current role, he has worked to implement new policies, best practices and many new systems to drive effectiveness through the finance function. Over the last 4 years, he has delivered large scale structural changes to improve the delivery of service discipline and governance reducing the size of his function from 250 to 90 FTEs; delivering over AUD 10m annual savings to CCA.

Prior to joining CCA, Bernard worked for 8 years as Finance Director for BOC Gases with responsibility for Finance across their Asian Business spanning 14 countries, based out of Singapore. Bernard has also worked in Chartered Accounting, Merchant Banking, Telecommunications and Consulting.

Topic: Unlocking Value Creation Through Finance Transformation

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