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Charmaine Shangase
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17 - 18 Jul 2024


All Day

CFO Conference 2024

The Evolving Role of Chief Financial Officers: Challenges and Opportunities
17 – 18 July 2024
Marriott Hotel, Melrose arch, Johannesburg

Today’s Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) are increasingly expected to take on new roles and challenges beyond managing their company’s finances and strategies. CFOs have become pivotal in decision-making processes, offering critical financial insights to steer the strategic direction of their companies. As McKinsey recently highlighted, “CFOs have unprecedented opportunities to assume leadership roles—collaborating with C-suite colleagues, line managers, investors, and boards—to concentrate on performance and capabilities, not just the numbers.”

The CFO is now the CEO’s strategic ally in driving value creation. Concurrently, the CFO must also inspire and lead a high-performance financial team.

This two-day, high-level conference will delve into the following meticulously researched topics:

  • The evolving and expanding responsibilities of CFOs and Finance Directors in a rapidly changing, complex, and volatile business environment.
  • The CFO’s contribution to driving corporate growth.
  • Anticipating the unexpected – crafting more dependable budgets and forecasts amidst rapidly shifting scenarios and intense competition.
  • Creating a nimble and adaptable finance department.
  • Cultivating and managing a dynamic, high-performing finance team.
  • Leading in human-centric organisations while exemplifying work-life balance.
  • Enhancing decision-making in capital allocation and investment planning.
  • The CFO’s partnership with the CEO.
  • Progressing to CEO and other advanced leadership positions.

Who should attend?

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • Vice Presidents of Finance
  • Heads of Finance
  • Accountants
  • Finance Team Leaders
  • General Managers of Finance
  • Finance Educators and Researchers


Registration Fees:

Registration fees exclude VAT. Includes speaker slides of the conference

17 – 18 July 2024 • In-Person Conference R9 900.00
Early bird special until 30 April 2024



Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - 17 July 2024

08:30 - 08:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:45 - 09:30
The Socio-Economic and Political Environment: Implications for CFO Decision-making
Arthur Kamp, Chief Economist, Sanlam Investments AND Lukhona Mnguni, Research Director and Founding Member, Rivonia Circle
09:30 - 10:15
Panel Discussion: The Evolving Role of the CFO
Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director, Henley Business School AND Patricia Stock, CEO, SAICA
10:15 - 11:00
Panel Discussion: The CFO's role in unlocking Corporate Growth
Tanya Grota, CFO, Makosi AND Ayanda Vabaza, Owner and Founder, Kwandiso Consulting
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Tea Break
11:30 - 12:15
Navigating Complexity: Proactive Strategies for CFOs
Dr Morne Mostert, International Advisor, Strategic Foresight
12:15 - 13:00
The Synergy of Finance and AI
Greg Serandos, Co-Founder, African Academy of Artificial Intelligence
13:00 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:40
The CFO's Crucial Role in Championing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
14:40 - 15:20
Digitisation and Technological Innovation in Finance
Fritz Dannhauser, Partner, KPMG
15:20 - 15:40
Afternoon Tea Break
15:40 - 16:20
Transitioning to the role of CEO or other high-level leadership positions
Sarah Arnot, Partner Heidrick Consulting, Heidrick & Struggles
16:20 - 16:30
Closing Remarks for Day One

Day 2 - 18 July 2024

08:30 - 08:40
Opening Remarks: Welcome and Introduction by the Chairperson
08:45 - 09:20
Leadership in Human-Centric Organisations
Mark Holtshousen, Head of Human talent, MTN. Author of the best-selling book: Leadership Interrupted
09:20 - 10:00
Embracing Agile Methodologies in Finance
Angelique Herbst, Senior Manager: People and Organisation, PWC AND Grant Searle, Partner: Finance Transformation and Digital Finance Solutions, PwC AND Charlie Kwint, Partner: Finance Transformation & Societal Purpose Ambassador, PwC
10:00 - 10:40
Building and Leading a High-Performance Finance Team
Janko Kotze, CEO: Human Interest - Performance Psychologist - Team Development Expert
10:40 - 11:10
Morning Tea Break
11:10 - 11:50
Effective Communication of Financial Strategy
Pravashni Nirghin, CFO, Hulamin
11:50 - 12:30
The CFO as the CEO’s Strategic Partner
D ‘ Shorne Human, Group CFO, Safcol
12:30 - 13:10
Fostering an Ethical Corporate Culture
Penny Milner-Smyth, Director, Ethicalways
13:10 - 14:00
14:00 - 14:40
Excellence in Financial Reporting and Compliance
Dr. Steven Firer, CEO, FirerForensics
14:40 - 15:20
Managing working capital during times of volatility and uncertainty
15:20 - 15:50
Afternoon Tea Break
15:50 - 16:30
Balancing Resilience and Well-being in the Finance Sector
Navlika Ratangee, Managing Director, Lyra Southern Africa
Conference Conclusion and Final Remarks


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