Finance & accounting Professionals International leadership conference Gathering  of future finance  leaders Sep 20-23 dubai

Speakers will discuss and share insights on today’s most pressing issues, challenges and opportunities of Finance and accounting Professionals. It is one of the largest gathering of Finance and accounting Professionals in the world!

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OVERVIEW

WHICH SKILLS DOES THE FUTURE FINANCE LEADERS NEED TO POSSESS?



Experience in risk management was identified by current CFOs as the third most important area in which future financial leaders need to gain experience and risk management challenges were identified as the second most important factor.


The role of the Financial Profession has evolved considerably over recent years. For finance and accounting professionals the move from specialist to strategist, from ledger to leader, is far from straight-forward. Accountants need to adapt to the changing environment as their work and that of auditors is changing enormously.


Technical expertise provides a solid career footing, but leadership demands a dynamic and finely-tuned set of skills shaping a first-rate communicator, influencer and strategic business partner. Recent years have seen a greater evolution of the traditional control responsibilities of finance functions, with leaders operating in and as agents of organisational change, improving business efficiencies, agility and culture.


Don’t miss this life changing conference. And learn how Financial Professionals of today have to be accountable for more than just accounting.  Speakers will be discussing and sharing insights on today’s most pressing issues, challenges and opportunities of finance and accounting professionals

 You will be able to;


Join other accounting and financial professionals from all over the world who are attending this conference to expand their knowledge and career potential while enhancing their organization’s performance. It is also an opportunity to share your insights and experiences.

WHO WILL ATTEND

PROGRAM OUTLINE

DAY ONE

What does companies seek in a potential Financial Leader- companies typically require the following traits in potential financial leaders, you should be able to:


Where is your climb going? CFO explain what it takes to reach the top




Risk Management for Finance and Accounting Professionals


Experience in risk management was identified by current CFOs as the third most important area in which future financial leaders need to gain experience and risk management challenges were identified as the second most important factor.

Evaluating and improving risk management and internal control is among the core competencies of many professional accountants and, within organizations, many are partnering with other functions to design, plan, implement, execute, and monitor. In addition, professional accountants are often responsible for providing objective, accurate, and timely information and analyses to support all of these activities.

We look at how to factor risk exposure into the decision making process around operational and investment decisions and the extent of financial risks in the organisation.


New Skills You Will Learn:



Understanding of Stakeholder Management

It is important to regularly remind ourselves why stakeholder management is an important foundation for a Finance function to master. Too often Finance team members get stuck behind their computers and cannot break an invisible umbilical cord to get out and interact with the rest of the business. This is the business that they support! Remember that the most accurate, reliable and value-adding financial information accounts for little if it is not in the hands of the right individuals. They are the stakeholders or clients of Finance.

And even if the right individuals are identified, the value of the information to be provided may be diluted if Finance is unable to engage a stakeholder positively. Learn how to deal with those prickly key decision makers and then engage them regularly.


  1. Who are the primary stakeholders of Finance and your team? Who are the Key Decision Makers?
  2. What information do they require that is key to their decision making?
  3. How often does the team interact with them?
  4. What are key skills of Effective stakeholder Management


DAY TWO

Thinking strategically defines the changing role of the Future Finance Leader  - Finance Professional as a Strategic Thinker

A rapid pace of change now urges our companies to constantly reinvent their operating models, shift business plans and redesign processes or controls. These changes should be aimed at reducing cost and increasing productivity.

To fulfil the above, strategic thinking is the missing link for the business to thrive and develop. Strategic thinking involves understanding and prioritising a range of issues. The issues and priorities that CFOs of the future must focus on include regulation, globalisation, risk, transformation and stakeholder management.


Why Strategy Is Essential for Success



Are you a Strategic Thinker?



Strategic Analysis and Review



Setting Strategic Direction



Leadership Role when dealing with change, Turbulence, Competition, Innovation and Globalisation.


Organisations are subject to rapid change, which sometimes results in turbulence and the very survival of an organization being threatened. Some of the key drivers of change are globalization, innovation and competition. When organisations are confronted with change, the finance professional is often in the center turbulence and has to give expert advice and guidance to the leadership team. The presenter intends empowering delegates to participate in the leadership role by introducing them to proven highly effective methodologies and concepts, as follows:



DAY THREE

Corporate Governance and the Future of the Accounting Function


Corporate governance deals with the mechanism by which stakeholders of a company exercise control over corporate managers and provide overall direction to the firm, such that stakeholders’ interests are protected. In such a situation, the firm operates more responsibly and profitably, relations are enhanced between the firm and all stakeholders - shareholders, policyholders, employees, suppliers and society at large - the quality of executive and non-executive directors is improved, the firm thinks long-term, information needs of all stakeholders are satisfied, and executive management is monitored properly in the interest of shareholders. The role of the accountant in this setting, is to maintain proper balance between the components of the system, ensure that the audit and accounting tools are playing proper governance roles, and that the pillars of good governance procedures are well in place.




The Role of the Accountant in Corporate Governance

The primary task of the accountant is to ensure that there is a checklist of good corporate governance practices. It is not enough to define in theory the roles of the different components of the governance structure; more importantly, those components must be seen to operate efficiently in design and effectively in operation.



It is part of the accountant’s duties to ensure that companies:


DAY FOUR

There are a number of skills which grow Finance team member’s personal effectiveness. They include interpersonal communication, presentation skills and thinking on your feet, time management, change management and working with difficult personalities – conflict management.

“HOW YOU PRESENT YOURSELF EACH DAY, HOW YOU INTERACT WITH COLLEAGUES, HANDLE A DISCUSSION, DEAL WITH PROBLEMS, AND MANAGE YOUR TIME, ALL CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR SUCCESS AS AN ACCOUNTANT. SOFT SKILLS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF YOUR ARMOURY.”

Interpersonal skills for Accounting Professionals


  1. Structure your working week
  2. Implement the 4-D rule – Drop, Do, Delegate or Defer
  3. Learn to delegate effectively


Interactive session with the Facilitators, Networking and Learning from others

In this afternoon session; the facilitators will be asking the delegates to reflects and share some of the experiences, problems and insights. They will also share some information with the delegates on international trends regarding how accounting professionals can improve their chances of becoming leaders and will also share some insights on the barriers and opportunities for financial professionals moving up the corporate ladder.


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