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FT-EY Global CFO Forum: Emerging Markets

Innovate, Adapt, Succeed

Dubai, Middle East |  - 
Speakers include:
His Excellency Hani R. Al Hamli

His Excellency Hani R. Al Hamli

Dubai Economic Council

Prof Ian Goldin

Prof Ian Goldin

University of Oxford

Johanna  Mukoki

Johanna Mukoki

Travel with Flair

Overview

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Financial Times and EY will again gather some 80 CFOs, as well academics and thought leaders, for an exclusive executive forum that will tackle today's most pressing issues. The objective is to better equip CFOs – including those at companies headquartered in emerging markets and those selling into the emerging markets – to address the dynamic future of their enterprises, regions and industries.

2015 was an extremely difficult year for emerging markets and no one felt its challenges more acutely than the CFO. Already a far cry from just the corporate financial gatekeeper, the CFO role is expanding once again. It has become critical for CFOs in emerging markets to learn to live with economic volatility, where access to capital comes and goes at short intervals. They need to interpret data in real time in order to inform strategy decisions and mitigate major risks. And CFOs are expected to interface regularly with myriad internal and external stakeholders from investors and regulators to the CEO and the board of directors.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 05/10/2016 18:30:0005/12/2016 14:30:00trueFT-EY Global CFO Forum: Emerging Markets Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Financial Times and EY will again gather some 80 CFOs, as well academics and thought leaders, for an exclusive executive forum that will tackle today's most pressing issues. The objective is to better equip CFOs – including those at companies headquartered in emerging markets and those selling into the emerging markets – to address the dynamic future of their enterprises, regions and industries.2015 was an extremely difficult year for emerging markets and no one felt its challenges more acutely than the CFO. Already a far cry from just the corporate financial gatekeeper, the CFO role is expanding once again. It has become critical for CFOs in emerging markets to learn to live with economic volatility, where access to capital comes and goes at short intervals. They need to interpret data in real time in order to inform strategy decisions and mitigate major risks. And CFOs are expected to interface regularly with myriad internal and external stakeholders from investors and regulators to the CEO and the board of directors.FT-EY-Global-CFO-Forum:-Emerging-Markets-bb93dca9bbe557d4bd27f640741f49b3MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (43)

His Excellency Hani R. Al Hamli

His Excellency Hani R. Al Hamli

Secretary General
Dubai Economic Council

His Excellency Hani Rashid Al Hamli has been secretary general of the Dubai Economic Council (DEC) since 2006. The Council acts as the strategic partner for the Government of Dubai in economic decision making, providing policy recommendations and initiatives that enhance the sustainable economic development in the Emirate of Dubai. Major initiatives under Mr Al Hamli’s management include the establishment of Dubai Competitiveness Center in 2008; the “clusters development” and “macroeconomic modelling” for Dubai’s economy; the restructuring of the DEC Secretariat and establishment of two affiliates that together form the think tank of the Council; and the creation of “Driving Innovation Spirit for Dubai” in partnership with Royal Philips. Prior to his service at DEC, Mr Al Hamli held a number of senior positions in government and private entities including the Executive Council-Government of Dubai, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Investment & Development Authority, and Emirates Bank Group.

Mr Al Hamli has been a member of many forums including the American Economic Association, World Competitiveness Forum (Spain), World Economic Forum, Economic Research Forum (Egypt), Trustees of the Kuwait Centre for Knowledge Economy, the Annual Investment Meeting (UAE), and Young Arab Leaders (UAE) to name a few. He is a director of the Oman Insurance Company, Kuwait Center for Knowledge Economy and The Competitiveness Institute in Finland.

Mr Al Hamli holds a degree in business administration from the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. He has also trained at the London School of Economics, IMD, Harvard, INSEAD and Dubai School of Government.

Prof Ian Goldin

Prof Ian Goldin

Director, Oxford Martin School
University of Oxford

Prof Ian Goldin is the founding director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and the University Professor of Globalisation and Development. Until 2006, Prof Goldin was VP of the World Bank. Prior to 2001, he was chief executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. At this time, Prof Goldin also served as economic adviser to President Nelson Mandela, accompanying him on major international trips. Previously, he was principal economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and head of the trade and environment programs at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.   

Prof Goldin has a BA(Hons) and BSc from University of Cape Town, an MSc from London School of Economics, an MA and Doctorate from University of Oxford and an AMP from INSEAD. The latest of his 20 books are “Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance” (Bloomsbury and St Martin’s Press, 2016) and “The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas” (Oxford University Press, 2016). Prof Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.  

Johanna  Mukoki

Johanna Mukoki

Group CEO
Travel with Flair

Johanna Mukoki is the co-founder of Travel with Flair, a company she started 20 years ago with two partners. She started with only three employees and one office in Pretoria. Currently her company employs over 700 staff country wide and they have offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

Ms Mukoki is the first person from the African continent to sit on the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), where she represented the Middle East and Africa. ACTE has members in over 86 countries and includes senior executives involved in the purchase and supply of travel with 200 billion euros business travel spent from Fortune 500 companies.  

Ms Mukoki has been blessed with many business accolades including “Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Tourism” and the Ernst & Young Emerging World Entrepreneur of the Year. Recently she has been awarded with a certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business – July 2014.  She has also been awarded with an Exceptional Commitment Award from the ASATA Diners Club Awards. She was elected vice-president of the ASATA board for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. She is also a board member of the Salvation Army and assists them with fundraising for childrens shelters. Ms Mukoki is an accountant and B.Comm graduate from Rhodes University.

Alok  Agarwal

Alok Agarwal

Group CFO
Reliance Industries

Alok Agarwal has been chief financial officer of Reliance Industries Limited since 2005. He is also a member of the Executive Committee, with oversight on all group investments, earnings and growth initiatives. Mr Agarwal has been with the group for over 22 years, having commenced his career as Treasurer, directly responsible for capital market transactions, resources, financial risk management banking relationships and investor relations. Mr Agarwal graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1979 and then from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1981. 

Dr Ali Al Sadik

Dr Ali Al Sadik

Senior Economist and Project Manager
Dubai Economic Council

Dr Ali Tawfik Al Sadik joined the Dubai Economic Council in 2007 as a senior economist and project manager. He worked at the Arab Monetary Fund for almost a quarter of a century where he held leading roles in research and management, most recently as director of the Economic Policy Institute. Dr Al Sadik has published over 45 papers and edited 9 books on various economic and finance topics, authored a book on Arab Economic Integration and published more than 100 articles in Al-Hayat and AL Khaleej newspapers. Dr Al Sadik holds a PhD from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science degree from the American University of Beirut.

Abdulaziz	 Al-Sowailim

Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim

Chairman and Regional Managing Partner, MENA
EY

Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim has been chairman and regional managing partner of EY Middle East and North Africa since 2010. He is also a member of the Board of Management of EY’s Europe, Middle East, India and Africa area. Mr Al-Sowailim’s diverse knowledge and experience gained over more than 25 years includes delivering a broad range of integrated professional services across assurance, tax and business advisory service lines to national priority accounts in financial services, energy and petrochemicals, manufacturing, trading, family groups and services companies, as well as providing advice to a number of government institutions. Mr Al-Sowailim is also actively involved in EY's business development and community training activities, including the firm’s National Training Programme, which is directed towards the enhancement of basic business skills for young Saudi nationals joining the work place.

Mr Al-Sowailim joined EY’s Riyadh office after graduating from King Saud University in 1986 and went on to accept increasing responsibilities as managing partner of the AlKhobar and Riyadh offices and later managing partner of the Saudi practice. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Saudi Organization of Certified Public Accountants and has served as vice chairman of the Saudi Accounting Association.

Rajiv			 Bansal

Rajiv Bansal

CFO
Ola

Rajiv Bansal has been chief financial officer of Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd) since January 2016. He served as an advisor to the CEO of Infosys until December 2015. Mr Bansal served as CFO of Infosys from 2012 to October 2015 and previously served as the company's VP of finance. Prior to joining Infosys, Mr Bansal served as manager of finance at Tata Technologies, assistant manager of finance at Cable & Wireless and financial controller at ABB. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Calcutta University in India.

Dev  Bhattacharya

Dev Bhattacharya

Group Executive President, Corporate Stategy and Business Development
Aditya Birla Group

Dev Bhattacharya is of Aditya Birla Group’s  group executive president of corporate strategy and business development and also business head of solar power business. In this capacity he oversees future direction for the $40 billion multinational conglomerate, including M&A and strategic initiatives in existing and new businesses. He also oversees Aditya Birla Group’s e-commerce initiatives and payment bank. He also sits on the board of media companies under Living Media India. Since joining the Aditya Birla Group in 1996 as VP, Mr Bhattacharya has played a pivotal role in acquisitions and joint ventures that have significantly broadened the portfolio. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award of the Aditya Birla Group in 2005.

Mr Bhattacharya’s previous experience includes successful stints as an executive, entrepreneur, management consultant and media producer during his career.  He earned a bachelor of technology from NIT, Rourkela and a post-graduate degree in industrial engineering from NITIE, Mumbai. Mr Bhattacharya has worked with Action Aid and supports several social initiatives in India including Project Crayon, Empowered Mumbai, Vatsalya and Shishu Prem Samaj.  

Andy Brogan

Andy Brogan

Global Oil & Gas Transactions Leader
EY

Andy Brogan is EY's global oil & gas transactions leader. Over a 25-year career with EY, Mr Brogan has advised oil and gas companies on a variety of public and private transactions covering both upstream and downstream operations in more than 30 countries. Clients have ranged from large global enterprises to independent resource companies. He has also worked for various governments in connection with transactions in the oil and gas industry. Mr Brogan has a BSc in biochemistry from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London and is a UK Chartered Accountant.

Adrian  Burns

Adrian Burns

Growth Markets BD Leader, MENA
EY

Adrian Burns is leading EY’s focus on Middle Market clients in the Middle East & North Africa, working predominantly with family-owned businesses, PE-backed businesses, and entrepreneurs looking for accelerated growth. As part of the business development team, Mr Burns is able to deliver insights to EY’s clients by utilizing the full extent of the EY network and ensuring that businesses have access to the skills and knowledge most applicable to their needs. He has extensive experience facilitating strategic sessions with the C-suite of organizations looking to expand into new geographies and those looking to achieve sustainable growth.

Prior to joining EY, Mr Burns was a self-employed consultant to SMEs in the UK, helping them with branding, marketing and sales strategies. He has an MBA specializing in leadership within cross-cultural teams.

Dan	 Cobley

Dan Cobley

CEO
Brightbridge Ventures

Dan Cobley is an entrepreneur and investor in innovative tech startup businesses, focusing on financial services. He is CEO of Brightbridge Ventures, a FinTech-focused venture builder, which is part of Blenheim Chalcot. In this role he has co-founded and now chairs three fast-growth FinTech companies; SalaryFinance, BusinessFinanceCompared and ClearScore. He also sits on the boards of Liberis, Modulr and Onfido.

Until late 2014, Mr Cobley spent over eight years at Google, most recently as managing director, UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending. He was promoted to this role after serving as Google’s first as marketing director, UK, Ireland and Benelux and then as VP marketing, EMEA. Previously, Mr Cobley was VP of brand and marketing for Capital One Europe, marketing director for Ask Jeeves, and marketing director at Pepsi/Walkers.

Mr Cobley is a regular keynote speaker at conferences, speaking on the disruptive power of FinTech, technology, innovation, and Google’s unique approach to business. He has shared his thoughts on physics and marketing at the TED conference and with over a million people online. He was named as number three in Wired UK top 100 list 2012 and number two in Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential Londoners; Digital Innovators, 2012. He appeared on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World as a technology commentator and helped Alan Sugar choose his 2014 Apprentice. Mr Cobley has a first class degree in physics from Oxford and a masters in management from Cambridge. He is a trustee of the charity Technology Trust, and is an informal advisor to the CEO and board of Santander UK on all things FinTech.

Francois	 Conradie

Francois Conradie

Head of Research
NKC African Economics

François Conradie is head of Research at NKC African Economics, a South African specialist research firm that investigates and interprets the sovereign risk, and political and macroeconomic conditions of 30 African countries to caution against pitfalls and guide investors towards opportunities. Since joining in 2011, Mr Conradie’s work with NKC has mainly dealt with political risks to the business and investment environment in the countries that NKC covers, and the impact on the economy of fiscal dynamics.

Mr Conradie earned a BA in politics, philosophy and economics and an MPhil in futures studies at the University of Stellenbosch. After teaching languages in Cape Town for a year Mr Conradie began his career in marketing. In 2007 he moved to Tunisia where he worked as a stockbroker on the local market, and in 2008 he moved to Morocco to launch the international trading desk for Integra Bourse, a regional financial services company.  

Zubin	 Dubash

Zubin Dubash

Executive President
Alliance Tire Group

As Executive President of Alliance Tire Group, Zubin Dubash has been responsible for all of the company’s support functions since 2010. From 2007 to 2009, Mr Dubash was managing director and head of India, Global Private Equity at DSP Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for all of the firm’s private equity investments in India. From 2004 to 2007, he was Group CFO at WNS Holdings, a NYSE-listed company and from 1999 to 2004, he was executive director at Indian Hotel Company. Earlier in his career, Mr Dubash was in executive roles at Tata Financial Services, Fibreglass Pilkington, and Corning International Division. He was a summer intern at the World Bank in Washington, DC in 1985 and a senior accountant at Ernst and Young in London from 1980 to 1984.

Mr Dubash holds a bachelor of commerce (Hons) from Bombay University’s Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics and an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is also a chartered accountant.

Raman Garg

Raman Garg

Head of Portfolio Finance
Sequoia Capital

Raman Garg has served as head of Portfolio Finance at Sequoia Capital India Advisors since 2012, where he works closely with CEOs and CFOs of over 100 Sequoia portfolio companies as a “player/coach,” to drive improvements in key strategic and financial metrics. He plays a key role in the pre-and-post diligence processes around these companies.

Previously, Mr Garg was an entrepreneur at India Shelter Finance, a low-cost housing finance start-up venture. He spent his earlier years in companies including Akzo Nobel, ITC, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola and Max New York Life Insurance. At Max Life, he was a founder member and served as deputy CFO, director of finance and chief business support officer – strategic projects. He was instrumental in helping the business grow by 40 percent compound annual growth rate across a decade.

Scott	 Gelber

Scott Gelber

EMEIA Cyber Security Leader
EY

Scott Gelber is a partner in the EMEIA Advisory Center at EY, where he leads a global team focused on the integration of EY cybersecurity resources, methodologies, capabilities and managed services. His work has spanned the global private, non-profit, and education sectors across industries with a focus on developing strong and relevant enterprise technology and security strategies, models, and frameworks. Mr Gelber develops strong partnerships with leadership and business teams to drive the alignment of technology architecture and security programs with business goals to mitigate risks, enhance compliance, and enable continued competitive growth. He is also working to establish EY Centers of Excellence for cybersecurity services. Mr Gelber has previously served as a CISSP Lead Instructor and holds a host of professional certifications including Project Management Professional, Certified in Governance of Information Technology, PCI Qualified Security Assessor, Certified Information Security Manager and Certified Information Security Auditor.

Michael Goemans

Michael Goemans

CFO
Old Mutual South Africa

As CFO for Old Mutual South Africa, Michael Goemans is accountable for the P&L for a number of large diverse financial services businesses and is helping underpin Old Mutual’s emerging markets strategic growth path. He was previously CFO of the one of the largest customer segment business of Old Mutual in South Africa. He has worked in a variety of roles and locations over the last 15 years covering finance, risk-based capital (both group and world-wide), investment product management, business development & marketing and product development, mainly for Old Mutual but also for a stint in London in the consulting world. Mr Goemans has a business science (hons) degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as an actuary through the Institute of Actuaries in Oxford in the UK.

Sanjay Jain

Sanjay Jain

Group CFO
Future Group India

At present, Sanjay Jain is working with Future Group as group chief financial officer, where he is part of the core leadership team pursuing the company's transformation agenda. Mr Jain was previously group CFO at Zee Group and CFO of international operations at Avantha Group, where he had a stint in Belgium and spearheaded six cross border M & A transactions. H was also with Eicher Group earlier in his career. A gold medallist during graduation, Mr Jain has a masters in finance & control and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. 

Rahul  Khosla

Rahul Khosla

President
Max Group

Rahul Khosla is currently president of Max Group and executive president of Max Financial Services. In addition, he is chairman of Max India, Max Life Insurance and Max Healthcare. He also serves on the boards of Max Bupa Health Insurance and Antara Senior Living. As group president, Mr Khosla is responsible for group strategy, overall management of group capital, performance, human capital, partnerships, governance, policies, brand, reputation and external representation, while deepening the Group’s framework of core values.

Until January 2016, Mr Khosla was managing director of the erstwhile consolidated Max India Limited for four years. Before joining Max, he spent 11 years in Singapore as group head of products at Visa across Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. This was preceded by his role as COO of Visa for the Asia Pacific region. Previously, he was country head at ANZ Grindlays’ consumer banking businesses in India; head of retail assets, strategy, finance and legal at Bank of America and CFO for the American Express TRS businesses for India and South Asia, eventually setting up a pioneering in-house global processing facility for American Express.

Mr Khosla also serves as president, NatHealth, India’s leading multi-stakeholder platform for healthcare organisations, and co-chairman of the CII National Committee on Healthcare. In addition, he serves on the executive board of the Indian School of Business.

Ankur Kothari

Ankur Kothari

Co­Founder and Chief Revenue Officer
Automation Anywhere

Ankur Kothari, in his role of chief revenue officer, heads Automation Anywhere’s global revenue generation and customer operations, which includes sales, services, support, channel management. As a co-founder, he has been a key driving force from the company’s inception, playing critical leadership roles in determining and implementing the company’s vision and strategy, as well as in the engineering, product, services, and support divisions.

Mr Kothari is a computer science graduate of University of Wisconsin–Madison with more than 15 years’ experience in the software industry, including at Siebel Systems. He has developed a unique business perspective on globally extending the value of automation to new markets. He is passionate about transforming entire industries by introducing them to a digital workforce and human–robot partnerships that can help them scale efficiently and create a culture of automation. He collaborates with key executives worldwide, translating the business impact of automation to large enterprises, service providers, system integrators, advisors, shared services, and GICs. Mr Kothari’s extensive experience also includes building successful teams from scratch in multiple different geographies.

Tobias		 Lintvelt

Tobias Lintvelt

Partner, Transaction Tax and International Tax, MENA
EY

Tobias Lintvelt has had a 32 year career with EY. He has been based in the UAE since 2010, where he  focuses on sovereign wealth funds, private equity and other funds, as well as MENA-based corporations in support of their structuring of cross border transactions. Mr Lintvelt was based in Japan from 1995 to 2010, after having been part of EY in London and the Netherlands.

Mr Lintvelt advises financial institutions and corporations on their transactions and coordinates the EY tax services for a number of large MENA-based SWF clients. His transaction experience includes structuring of funds, cross-border transaction structuring, tax structuring of private equity and real estate investments, transaction tax and post deal structuring and tax due diligence/acquisition structuring. Mr Lintvelt holds master degrees in Netherlands civil law and tax law.

Ross		 Maclean

Ross Maclean

Partner and Digital, Innovation and Customer Advisory Leader, MENA
EY

Ross Maclean is a partner in EY’s advisory business, where he leads the digital and innovation agenda and customer advisory practice for the firm in the MENA region. He also leads the global customer experience capability for EY and sits on the advisory management team. Mr Maclean has led the incubation and build out of the largest dedicated customer advisory practice in MENA, serving clients through 20 offices in 17 countries. He joined EY in 2007 as the firm was restarting its consulting business and has been with the advisory practice as it has grown from 25 people in the UK to over 40,000 staff globally in 2016. Previously, Mr Maclean worked within a start up environment at BT Ventures, launching Europe’s first commercial digital TV and radio services on mobile. He spent his formative years with Accenture in the comms and high tech practice, focusing on large-scale CRM transformations.

Karim Malik

Karim Malik

Senior Manager, Operational Transactions Services, MENA
EY

Karim Malik had over 14 years’ experience in industry prior to joining EY, where he advises clients on post-merger integration and other transaction-related events such as buy-side mergers, operating model design, joint venture establishment and optimisation, sell-side carve-outs / divestments, transaction management, and start-up operations setup. With a primary focus on the energy sector, Mr Malik has also worked on projects in aviation, industrial real estate, commodities, and in the commercial public sector. He has a track record of successful management of projects in over 10 countries in North America, Europe, India, and the Middle East. Mr Malik advises on leading organizational change and bridging culture gaps, working with executives to manage reorganizations and new ventures in order to maximise value capture for the shareholders faster, and with minimum disruption to output and workforce.  

Tshediso Matona

Tshediso Matona

Head of National Planning Commission Secretariat and Acting D-G
Dept of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Government of the Republic of South Africa

Tshediso Matona is currently head of National Planning Commission Secretariat and acting director-general of the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He was CEO of Eskom from October 2014 until May 2015, after being the director- general of the Department of Public Enterprises since 2011. He served as D-G of the Department of Trade and Industry from 2006 to 2010, where he was responsible for the shareholder oversight of State Owned Companies in the sectors of energy, transport, defense, mining and broadband.

Mr Matona also served as a trade diplomat at the SA Embassy to United Nations and World Trade Organisation from 1996 to 1998. He was instrumental in key trade negotiations including the Free Trade Agreement with European Union, and agreements with the US, Southern African Customs Union and Southern African Development Community. He also served as a member of an experts panel of the World Health Organisation on Intellectual Property Rights and Public Health from 2004 to 2006. He currently a member of the Chartered Secretaries South Africa and a board member of Alexkor, the state-owned diamond mining company. He holds a bachelors from University of Cape Town, a masters from University of East Anglia (UK), and a certificate in infrastructure development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jon Matonis

Jon Matonis

Founding Board Director
Bitcoin Foundation

Jon Matonis is a founding board director of the Bitcoin Foundation. His career has included senior influential posts at VISA International, VeriSign, Sumitomo Bank, and Hushmail. An economist and e-Money researcher focused on expanding the circulation of nonpolitical digital currencies, Mr Matonis also serves as an independent board director to companies in the Bitcoin, blockchain, mobile payments, and iGaming sectors. A prominent fintech columnist with Forbes Magazine, American Banker, and CoinDesk, he recently joined the editorial board for the cryptocurrency journal Ledger. His early work on digital cash systems and financial cryptography has been published by Dow Jones and the London School of Economics.

Mr Matonis has presented worldwide on the topic of Bitcoin and its disruptive economic implications to a wide variety of audiences, including members of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank, SWIFT, IRS, DOJ, retail payment networks, major financial institutions, financial regulatory bodies, mobile money issuers, iGaming operators, information security firms, hedge funds, gold investors, and family offices.

Matthew Mealey

Matthew Mealey

Partner and Leader, Internation Tax Services, EMEIA
EY

Mat Mealey is the partner leading EY’s International Tax Services practice in the EMEIA region, providing tax consultancy services including strategies for multinationals in response to the OECD BEPS initiative. He is a leading authority on the UK controlled foreign company rules and has a policy role on international tax matters at EY, having worked closely with UK Government on the UK tax reform, the OECD BEPS initiative and their consequences. Mr Mealey has led numerous inward investment transactions including innovative inversion and intellectual property hubco projects and negotiated a number of ground-breaking APAs and other clearances in the course of these transactions. He has a special interest in mitigating tax controversy linked to the BEPS initiative and has created a global team to match the focus of the E6 countries on certain perceived high-risk business models.

Mr Mealey is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and Chartered Institute of Taxation. He has a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Econometrics and was a multiple national prize-winner in his professional exams. Since 2012, he has been recognised by International Tax Review as a leading adviser in his field.

Rajiv  Memani

Rajiv Memani

Chairman, India and Global Emerging Markets Committee Chairman
EY

Rajiv Memani is chairman of EY India, a member of EY’s Global Executive Board and chairman of EY’s Global Emerging Markets Committee. Mr Memani joined EY in the mid-1980s and after working in assurance and tax, started the organisation’s market-leading corporate finance practice. He became CEO of EY India in 2004. EY has consistently been recognised as India’s leading professional services organisation.

Mr Memani is active with many clients, principally fast-growing Indian multinationals and private equity funds. He is affiliated with a number of prominent business and industry associations, including the World Economic Forum’s New Asian Leaders and the International Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry, in addition to being the chairman of its National Committee on Taxation. He has been instrumental in creating the EY Foundation in India and continues to be the driving force behind its wide-ranging programs in the areas of education, environment, rural empowerment and micro-entrepreneurship for women.

Raisibe		 Morathi

Raisibe Morathi

CFO
Nedbank Group

Raisibe Morathi was appointed chief financial officer and an executive director of Nedbank Group, one of the big four banking groups in South Africa, in 2009. During this time, she has led a number of business transformation programmes including implementation of the ERP system affecting finance, HR and procurement. Her responsibilities also include running a multi-functional shared services centre. Under Mrs Morathi’s leadership, Nedbank has won a number of financial reporting awards, reflecting the transparency and simplicity of communicating business strategy and performance through its integrated reporting. Prior to Nedbank, she was an executive director of Sanlam Limited responsible for group services. Mrs Morathi also held several executive positions at the Industrial Development Corporation of SA, the last being chief operating officer. She Morathi is a chartered accountant in South Africa and holds a certificate in advanced management from INSEAD and a higher diploma in taxation from Wits University.

Paul Navratil

Paul Navratil

Partner, Global Emerging Markets Oil & Gas Leader

Paul Navratil is EY’s global emerging markets oil & gas leader, based in the Middle East. He specialises in the development and implementation of capital and portfolio management strategies, as well as integrated value chain optimisation programmes in global oil & gas companies. During his 22-year career, Mr Navratil has assisted clients across Europe and the Middle East in driving corporate transformation and change programmes, specialising in developing industry-led approaches to strategy and enterprise value management.  

Mark Otty

Mark Otty

Area Managing Partner, EMEIA
EY

Mark Otty was appointed managing partner of EMEIA – a diverse area spanning Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa – in 2008 when the area was first integrated and began serving cross border clients. Since that time, Mr Otty and his leadership team have built people, quality, and client initiatives spanning the established UK market to the rapidly growing India practice. Across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the continuing integration of operations has strengthened EY's ability to service clients across borders.

Having originally joined EY as an audit trainee in South Africa, Mr Otty has also worked with clients in the fields of corporate finance and tax in South Africa, Canada and the UK. He has a particular focus on helping EY's people bring the firm's values to life in their dealings with clients and each other. A South African chartered accountant, Mr Otty graduated from the Witwatersrand University with degrees in accounting and commerce.

Khudusela Pitje

Khudusela Pitje

CEO
New GX Capital

Khudu Pitje founded New GX Capital in 2005 with assistance of Absa Capital (Barclays Africa) to invest in owner-managed businesses in telecoms and energy sectors. The business now has U$290 million assets under management and employs over 1500 people across four sectors including waste, renewable energy, telecoms, logistics and IT.

Mr Pitje’s first job at 19 years old was at Lindsay Saker in 1994 where he enrolled as a commercial trainee while studying for an accounting degree. He completed his articles in 2001 followed by a secondment through JPMorgan Investment Banking South Africa to the UK, where he worked within the public sector and core M&A groups involved in some high profile transactions including Telkom SA IPO, Ibedrola/Galp Energia and Together For Leather. He attended the Fannie Mae Securitization Seminar at Cambridge University to bolster his understanding of housing securitisation market. He left JPMorgan in 2004 to form a company focused on SMME development. Mr Pitje was a finalist in 2009 and winner in 2015 of the EY Global Entrepreneur award. Together with his mother he has established the HM Pitje Foundation to assist schools and scholars in select South African townships and to foster the adoption of children and schools in townships.

Prof Eswar Prasad

Prof Eswar Prasad

Nandlal P. Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy
Cornell University

Eswar Prasad is the Tolani senior professor of trade policy and professor of economics at Cornell University. He is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof Prasad is a former head of the IMF's China Division and author of The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance (Princeton University Press, February 2014). His previous book, Emerging Markets: Resilience and Growth Amid Global Turmoil, was published in December 2010 (with M. Ayhan Kose; Brookings Institution Press). His new book, Gaining Currency: The Rise of the Renminbi, will be published by Oxford University Press in October 2016. He has co-authored and edited numerous other books and monographs, including on financial regulation and on China and India. His extensive publication record includes articles in numerous collected volumes as well as top academic journals.

 

Prof Prasad has testified before the Senate Finance Committee, the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He serves on an Advisory Committee to India's Finance Minister and is the Lead Academic for the DFID-LSE International Growth Center's India Growth Research Program. He is the creator of the Brookings-Financial Times world index (TIGER: Tracking Indices for the Global Economic Recovery; www.ft.com/tiger). His op-ed articles have been published in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Tri Pham

Tri Pham

Chief Strategy Officer
Tata Communications

Tri Pham is responsible for formulation, execution and management of all major strategic initiatives at Tata Communications, including growth plans, entry into new markets and mergers and acquisitions. He has over 18 years of experience in the investment banking industry, focusing on the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) industries in Asia. He has advised many of the world’s leading IT and telecommunications companies and executed some of the largest mergers and acquisitions in the region.

Prior to joining Tata, Mr Pham ran his own consultancy. From from 2008 to 2011, he served as managing director at HSBC looking after TMT in Asia Pacific. Prior to this, he was an executive director at ABN AMRO Bank from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he was co-head of TMT, Asia Pacific. He was a director at Merrill Lynch International from 1994 to 2003, where he was head of South East Asia TMT. Mr Pham holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the John Hopkins University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Raghu  Raman

Raghu Raman

President of Risk, Security and New Ventures
Reliance Industries

Raghu Raman is president of Risk, Security and New Ventures at Reliance Industries, bringing technology industry leadership, security expertise and executive management experience to his role with the company. He is the former founding CEO of National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), GoI. In his earlier avatars, he has led Mahindra First Choice, Mahindra Special Services Group and Mahindra-British Aerospace joint venture as the CEO.

Mr Raman started his career with the Indian Army. During his stint, he was in active combat in Punjab battling terrorists and in Siachen Glacier facing Pakistani troops. He has served as a UN peacekeeper, as well as been an instructor teaching leadership and strategy to officers at the prestigious School of Armoured Warfare. After leaving the Indian Army, Mr Raghu joined the Mahindra Group in 1998 and helped set up Mahindra United World College. Over the next 10 years he led various companies, including First Choice, Mahindra SSG and finally DLSI, a Mahindra joint venture with British Aerospace before being handpicked to create and head the NATGRID, Ministry of Home Affairs in the Government of India.

Imran		 Saleem

Imran Saleem

Financial Services Practice Leader
Egon Zehnder

Imran Saleem is a consultant with Egon Zehnder, based in Dubai. He has been in the Middle East region since 2006, where he is head of the financial services practice as well as the financial officers practice for the region and has extensive functional experience in Human Resources. Mr Saleem's broad set of clients includes financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, real estate, family office, and strategy consultants. He has been involved in a number of senior level searches both for the business as well as for various functions including: CEO, CFO, COO, chief investment officers, group head of HR, senior investment specialists (buy-side, sell-side, and investor coverage), Investment bankers, and board members across industry sectors.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mr Saleem worked in North America, Europe, and Asia and held a number of senior level positions including associate partner in financial services at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Toronto, London and Dubai; associate partner in financial services at IBM in Toronto; and engagement director at Everest Group in Toronto. Mr Saleem is a chartered accountant from the ICAEW (UK) and the ICAO (Canada). He holds a BA from Lewis & Clark College in the USA.

Ram Sarvepalli

Ram Sarvepalli

Partner, Emerging Markets Center and India Advisory Leader
EY

Ram Sarvepalli is leader of the Advisory Practice in India, as well as partner for the Emerging Markets Centre. A qualified chartered accountant, Mr Sarvepalli manages a number of key relationships for EY India and overseas, where he plays a leading role in advising clients on pressing strategic, operational and risk mandates. He has significant experience in the areas of institutional sectoral reforms in India focusing on financial management. He also facilitates c-suite workshops with the executive management and independent directors. Mr Sarvepalli has been a key note speaker at several forums, including Institute of Internal Auditors, Confederation of Indian Industry and Bombay Stock Exchange on topics related to risk management and governance. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Maged Shawky

Maged Shawky

Vice Chairman
Beltone Financial Holding

Maged Shawky is currently vice chairman of Beltone Financial Holding. Previously, he was an investment advisor and board member of a number of leading private and governmental institutions. From 2005 to 2010, Mr Shawky served as chairman of the Egyptian Stock Exchange after serving as deputy chairman for almost a year. From 2002 to 2004, Mr Shawky represented the regulator - Capital Market Authority - on the board of directors of the Exchange.Mr Shawky chaired the board of an IT joint-venture between the Egyptian Stock Exchange and NASDAQ-OMX named "Egypt for Information Dissemination" and has played an instrumental role since 2002 in promoting corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. In 2003, he established the Egyptian Institute of Directors and held the position of the executive director until his appointment as vice-chairman to the Exchange mid-year 2004. He also co-authored the first Egyptian Code of Corporate Governance in 2004.  

Mr Shawky  held the position of senior assistant to the minister of economy and foreign trade for securities market issues for some 12 years beginning in 1995. In the telecom sector, during the period from 2001 to 2004, he advised the ministry of telecommunications on number of projects. Mr Shawky was previously a board member of the World Federation of Exchanges, Misr for Clearing Depository & Registration, National Post Organization, Egyptian Institute of Directors, and The Egyptian Insurance Supervisory Authority. He was also chairman of the African Securities Exchanges Association for two consecutive periods. Mr. Shawky holds a masters degree in financial economics from Queen Mary, University of London.

Milan	 Sheth

Milan Sheth

Partner and India Technology Sector Leader
EY

Milan Sheth has over 17 years experience in advising IT services, IT enabled services companies, hardware and software product clients in various areas of  growth strategy, performance management, operating model design and  commercial due diligence. He is a partner with advisory services and is the technology industry leader for EY India and leads the firm's efforts in building sector trends and relevant thought leadership publications in India. Mr Sheth also leads EY India’s finance transformation practice supporting leading company CFOs with their business transformation initiatives. Since 2006, he has led a Global In-house Captive forum in India with 30 leading GIC organizations. He is a frequent contributor to leading business media publications as an analyst specializing in technology industry. Mr Sheth earned a postgraduate degree in management science and graduate degree in engineering from University of Mumbai.

Mahendra Siregar

Mahendra Siregar

President - Commissioner
PT Cement Indonesia

Mahendra Siregar has been president-commissioner at PT Cement Indonesia since 2012, president-commissioner at PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia since 2012, and commissioner at PT AKR Corporindo since 2015. He also serves as an independent commissioner at PT Unilever Indonesia and PT Sequislife. In addition, Mr Siregar is a senior advisor for PT AT Kearney Indonesia, board member of Australia-Indonesia Center and advisor for the Indonesia E-commerce Association.

Mr Siregar started his career as a diplomat, joining the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1986.  He was assigned to the Embassy in London as secretary of economic affairs (1992-1995) and Washington DC as consul of information (1998-2001).  He also served as deputy director for planning at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as head of Trade Promotions. He thereafter held other prominent appointments in various government departments including special advisor to the Coordinating Minister of Economy (2001-2004), deputy of International Relations for the Coordinating Minister of Economy (2004-2009), vice minister of Trade (2009-2011), and vice minister of Finance (2011-2013).  He was also chairman of state-owned Indonesian Eximbank and served as the chairman of the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board. Mr Siregar holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Indonesia, Jakarta and an masters degree from Monash University, Australia.

Ajen Sita

Ajen Sita

Africa Managing Partner
EY

Ajen Sita became CEO of EY Africa in 2010, having started with the firm as a trainee accountant in 1993.  He is also part of EY’s Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Board and Global Emerging Markets Forum.  Mr Sita was made an EY partner in 1999 and subsequently held several leadership positions including head of entrepreneurial services, lead audit partner on Telkom and head of assurance.

As a strong believer in Africa’s potential, in 2011 Mr Sita commissioned EY’s first highly acclaimed Africa Attractiveness Survey. This annual report has since become a benchmark in the industry and Mr Sita has become a regular commentator at conferences and in the media on investing in Africa. He is also chairman of the Thuthuka Education Upliftment Fund, which is the body driving the race and gender transformation of the accounting profession in South Africa. In his time as head of assurance, EY achieved a number one position in the final qualifying exam for chartered accountants in South Africa in four out of five years. During this period, the gap between the pass rates of white and black candidates was substantially closed.  

Ramesh	 Swaminathan

Ramesh Swaminathan

CFO
Lupin

Ramesh Swaminathan serves as chief financial officer of Lupin Limited and has been a director of Lupin since 2015. Previously, he served as Lupin’s president of finance and planning since 2007. Before this time, Mr Swaminathan was with Henkel, Germany where he served as regional financial controller for several countries across Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He also served as CFO of Henkel India. Previously, he worked at companies including VST Industries, the SPIC group and Standard Chartered Bank. Mr Swaminathan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, UK and the Institute of Company Secretaries in India.

Robert van der Klauw

Robert van der Klauw

VP and CFO, Middle East and Africa
MetLife

Robert van der Klauw has served as MetLife’s vice president and CFO for the Middle East and Africa since 2013. He is responsible for financial management of MetLife’s life insurance business spanning 10 countries in the region. Prior to joining MetLife, Mr van der Klauw worked for ING where he held CFO positions in banking and insurance in Italy, Japan, South Korea and Romania. He holds a degree in econometrics from the VU University in Amsterdam and a degree in actuarial science from the University of Amsterdam. He is a chartered certified accountant and qualified actuary. He speaks Dutch, German, English, and is conversant in Italian.

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh

Futurist

Mike Walsh is a leading authority on emerging technologies and markets. He helps to prepare business leaders for what's next. Rather than focusing on the distant future, he takes an anthropological approach - scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies. Mr Walsh's expertise is explaining new patterns of consumer behaviour and disruptive technologies in emerging markets. His advisory work and keynote presentations provide unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. A global nomad constantly traveling the world for the best ideas – Mr Walsh distills the most relevant insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to not only understand, but also start to influence the future direction of their industry.

Mr Walsh previously ran the market leading consumer insights house Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, and held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in both the Australian and Asian markets. In his current role at Tomorrow, he has advised the CEOs and senior management teams of companies such as BBC Worldwide, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Globe Telecom, Philips, Merck Pharmaceuticals and HSBC.

Shawn  Zhang

Shawn Zhang

CFO
BlueFocus Communication Group

Shawn Zhang joined BlueFocus Communication Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and has been serving as a director of BlueFocus since September 2014. As CFO he oversees BlueFocus’ M&A, investment, finance and accounting-related activities, and legal matters. Before joining BlueFocus, Mr Zhang worked at a RMB fund affiliated with Hillhouse Capital and led a number of the fund’s investments in various sectors. From 2009 to 2010, he worked as CFO of Lakala Group, a leading Chinese e-payment platform, and helped the company sell its majority stake to Legend Holdings. In 2005, Mr Zhang joined Alliance Bernstein’s equity research team as one of the founding members of the fund’s China office, where he covered Chinese public companies traded on Hong Kong, US and Chinese stock markets. In 2002, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers after PwC’s acquisition of Arthur Andersen’s China practice and was one of the senior members of PwC’s transaction services team where he worked on a number of financial due diligence projects for cross-border M&A transactions. From 1993 to 2002, Mr Zhang worked in Arthur Andersen’s auditing division as audit manager in charge for numerous overseas IPO projects including Netease and other Chinese companies.

 

Mr Zhang holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Economics from Peking University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He became a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1995.

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FT Chair (2)

Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist
Financial Times

Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in 2006. He speaks authoritatively about economics, politics, and globalization as they apply to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and more and writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles. Mr Rachman joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. Mr Rachman’s book, Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in 2010. He was named as foreign-affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He is a regular broadcaster for — amongst others — the BBC, CNN and NPR and also a regular public speaker before both academic and business audiences. Mr Rachman is a graduate of Caius College, Cambridge and has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson school in Princeton University.

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times. He writes an award-winning column on business, with a focus on finance, media and technology, and also contributes editorials and features, including regular Lunch with the FT interviews. Mr Gapper is one of the FT’s most senior and influential writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Between 2005 and 2012, he was based in the FT’s New York office, where he helped to lead its successful expansion in the US. He is the author of a novel, A Fatal Debt, a financial thriller published by Random House (2013), and co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, and is working on a second. The winner of the 2013 Gerald Loeb award for commentary, he has received three annual Best in Business citations for his column from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In the UK, he was named best business columnist in the 2011 Comment Awards and gained the technology writer and best communicator awards in the Business Journalist of the Year awards. Mr Gapper won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Before joining the FT in 1987, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers, working on papers including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

Topics include

  • What the economic slowdown and geopolitical turmoil mean for the emerging markets
  • Effective and innovative strategies to deal with volatility in emerging markets such as currency fluctuations, prolonged commodity price depression and infrastructure challenges 
  • Dealing with regulatory changes and compliance
  • New sources and strategies for raising capital   
  • Specific focus on doing business in India, Africa, China, ASEAN
  • Disruption, innovation and business models of the future
  • Managing cyber risk and enhancing data security
  • Leading from the CFO office in the digital era
  • Talent management from the CFO's perspective
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Agenda - 10th May

  • 6:30pm
    Registration and Welcome Drinks
  • 7:30pm
    Welcome Remarks

    Ajen Sita
    Africa Managing Partner, EY

Agenda - 11th May

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45am
    Welcome and Opening Address

    John Gapper
    Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

    Rajiv Memani
    Chairman, EY India, Chairman of the Global Emerging Markets Committee, EY

  • 9:00am
    Keynote Address: The Role of Government as a Growth Enabler

    His Excellency Hani R. Al Hamli
    Secretary General, Dubai Economic Council

  • 9:30am
    Fireside Chat: Government as an Enabler to Accelerating Economic Growth in Emerging Markets

    A close look at the regulatory landscape and how organisations can align their strategies and work with governments to overcome structural constraints to take advantage of transformational change in the emerging markets

    Panellists:
    Tshediso Matona
    Head of National Planning Commission Secretariat and Acting Director-General,  Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Government of the Republic of South Africa

    Mahendra Siregar

    President-Commissioner, PT Cement Indonesia & Former Deputy Finance Minister of Indonesia and former Head of Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia

    Moderator:
    Gideon Rachman 
    Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Keynote Address: Disrupting for Growth

    Stories about new players who have entered the market and are successfully disrupting traditional business models in both mature and developing economies

    Dan Cobley
    CEO, Brightbridge Ventures

  • 11:00am
    Networking Break
  • 11:20am
    Panel Discussion: Digital Leap-frogging and Industries of the Future

    A look into an ever more digital future where innovations in cloud computing, big data and analytics, robotics, 3-D printing and those yet to be discovered are the new normal

    Panellists:
    Rajiv Bansal
    CFO, Ola 

    Dan Cobley
    CEO, Brightbridge Ventures

    Shawn Zhang
    CFO, BlueFocus Communication Group

    Moderator:
    Ross Maclean
    Partner and Digital, Innovation and Customer Advisory Leader, MENA, EY

  • 12:00pm
    Keynote Address: Frontiers of Change - Age of Discovery

    Prof Ian Goldin
    Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

  • 1:00pm
    Lunch and Book Signing

    Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
    by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna

  • 2:00pm
    Onstage Interview: Strategies for Success in a Disrupted Global Tax Environment

    Overview of global and regional tax regimes, including a review of the final set of BEPS reports issued by OECD in October and their implications for tax planning, transfer pricing, disclosure and reporting, dispute resolution and more

    Interviewees:
    Tobias Lintvelt
    Partner, Transaction Tax and International Tax, MENA, EY

    Matthew Mealey
    Partner and Leader, International Tax Services, EMEIA, EY

    Interviewer:
    John Gapper
    Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:40pm
    Panel Discussion: Robotics and the CFO Office

    An examination of robotic software in the finance function, including prospects for cost and error reduction, inherent risks and the cultural shift required for implementation

    Panellists:
    Ankur Kothari 
    Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer, Automation Anywhere

    Raisibe Morathi
    CFO, Nedbank Group

    Robert van der Klauw
    VP and CFO, Middle East and Africa, MetLife

    Moderator:
    Milan Sheth
    Partner and India Technology Sector Leader, EY

     

  • 3:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Succeeding as an Emerging Market Multinational

    Insights into the route to expansion and profitability taken by companies that have made their mark despite political uncertainty, economic uncertainty and infrastructure limitations

    Panellists:
    Zubin Dubash
    Executive President, Alliance Tire Group

    Michael Goemans
    CFO, Old Mutual South Africa

    Ramesh Swaminathan
    CFO, Lupin  

    Moderator:
    Mark Otty
    Area Managing Partner, EMEIA, EY

     

  • 4:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:40pm
    Fireside Chat: Dealing with Commodity-price and Currency Volatility in the Emerging Markets

    Panellists:
    Francois Conradie
    Head of Research, NKC African Economics

    Dr. Ali Al Sadik
    Senior Economist and Project Manager, Dubai Economic Council

    Moderator:
    Gideon Rachman
    Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 5:10pm
    Panel Discussion: The Quest for Capital: Alternate Sources of Financing

    A broad look at sources of equity and debt financing available to companies in the current financial climate including private equity, project bonds, foreign direct investment and Islamic Banking

    Rajiv Bansal
    CFO, Ola

    Sanjay Jain
    Group CFO, Future Group

    Khudusela Pitje
    CEO, New GX Capital

    Maged Shawky
    Vice Chairman, Beltone Financial Holding

    Moderator:
    John Gapper
    Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:50pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 6:00pm
    Drinks Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Gala Dinner

    Dinner speaker:
    Mike Walsh
    Futurist

  • 10:00pm
    Drinks at the Bar

Agenda - 12th May

  • 8:00am
    Breakfast Sessions

    Option 1: EY Growth Navigator

    A unique, interactive experience that enables you to assess your company’s capability to deliver your growth plans. Learn about EY 7 Drivers of Growth, the product of years of work with hundreds of dynamic global companies.

    Hosts:
    Adrian Burns
    Growth Markets BD Leader, MENA, EY

    Karim Malik
    Senior Manager, Operational Transactions Services, MENA, EY  

    Option 2: Oil & Gas CFO Roundtable: Financing the oil and gas sector

    Falling oil prices continue to put pressure on the oil and gas sector. This breakfast roundtable will provide a forum to discuss financing options consistent with oil and gas companies’ aggressive capex and cost reductions. Companies, including selected national oil companies, may capitalize on the current climate through funding opportunities presented by financial investors, banks and private equity firms.

    Hosts:
    Andy Brogan
    Partner, Global Oil & Gas Transactions Leader, EY

    Paul Navratil
    Partner, Global Emerging Markets Oil & Gas Leader, EY

    Option 3: Breakfast in EY Connect Lounge 

  • 9:00am
    Keynote address: Emerging Markets Round Up

    An exploration of growth prospects and risks for the emerging markets with a focus on seminal issues related to currencies, capital flows, economic reforms and monetary policy.

    Prof Eswar Prasad
    Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy and Professor of Economics, Cornell University

  • 9:45am
    Panel Discussion: Nurturing Start-ups and Entrepreneurs in a Corporate Set Up

    Lessons learnt from start-ups that thrive and those that flounder, both from within corporate settings and venture-backed models

    Panellists:
    Dev Bhattacharya
    Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Aditya Birla Group

    Raman Garg
    Head of Portfolio Finance, Sequoia Capital

    Johanna Mukoki
    CEO, Travel With Flair

    Tri Pham
    Chief Strategy Officer, Tata Communications

    Moderator:
    John Gapper
    Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor, FT

  • 10:35am
    Networking Break
  • 11:00am
    Keynote Address: The Future of Money and Transactions

    A look at the prospects for digital currencies such as Bitcoin, ground-breaking technologies such as blockchain, and the plethora of new payment systems

    Jon Matonis
    Founding Board Director, Bitcoin Foundation

  • 11:45am
    Fireside Chat: Managing the Complexities of Cyber

    Key insights into the people, processes and policies required to secure a company’s most precious assets and how to prepare to respond responsibly to a breach

    Raghu Raman
    President of Risk, Security and New Ventures, Reliance Industries

    Scott Gelber
    EMEIA Cyber Security Leader, EY

  • 12:35pm
    Panel Discussion: The Road from CFO to CEO: From Financial Custodian to Strategic Business Leader

    A view of what it takes to successfully transition to the top role in a company from a foundation in finance, including inherent advantages and some potential blind spots to be avoided

    Panellists:
    Alok Agarwal
    Group CFO, Reliance Industries

    Rahul Khosla
    President, Max Group

    Imran Saleem
    Financial Services Practice Leader, Egon Zehnder 

    Moderator:
    Ram Sarvepalli
    Partner, Emerging Markets Center and India Advisory Leader, EY

  • 1:20pm
    Closing Summary

    Gideon Rachman
    Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

  • 1:30pm
    Networking Lunch

Benefits of Attending

  • Explore how big data, analytics, social and mobile can enable firms to stay ahead
  • Share ideas and best practices with top CFOs on entering and exiting new markets
  • Join our debate on up-and-coming emerging markets to watch
  • Explore how big data, analytics, social and mobile can enable firms to stay ahead
  • Meet with prominent CFOs from a range of industries in our interactive workshops and varied networking opportunities
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EY Growing Beyond Borders™

Visit the EY Connect Lounge where you will have the opportunity to interact with EY’s Growing Beyond Borders™ booth: this unique tool gives you the insights and fresh perspectives you need to fully understand and address the challenges and opportunities of global markets. It helps you make sense of the world of information, and you can quickly adapt your global business strategy to gain advantage over your competition.

For more information please watch the video or visit us in the EY Connect Lounge for a personalised demonstration.

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Venue

The Ritz-Carlton
Gate Village, DIFC
Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971 4 372 2222
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Travel and Accommodation

Accommodation:  

To book accommodation at the Ritz Carlton DIFC, please contact the reservations team directly on: 

E: groupreservations.dubaidifc@ritzcarlton.comT: +971 4 372 2552

Valet Parking:

This is available free of charge at the Ritz Carlton DIFC

Airport transfers:

Chauffeur service - this is can be arranged through the concierge service at the hotel.

Please contact the concierge directly on: difcconcierge@ritzcarlton.com or call: +971 4 372 2512

Guests are responsible for paying their own transfer costs

A standard car is 300 AED each way and a luxury vehicle is 350 AED.

Taxis are also available outside the airport

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Organisers (2)

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

The EY Emerging Markets Center quickly and effectively connects you to the world’s fastest-growing economies, while actively contributing to building a better working emerging world.

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Info 2015 Forum

For more information on the 2015 event, please visit: live.ft.com/cfoforum

To see the Photo Gallery, please click Here

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