FINANCE TRANSFORMATION

The CFO of today is facing a rapidly changing environment, increasingly due to technological development. Previously, the CFO’s responsibility was within the finance function alone, but as times are changing, the CFO now has the opportunity to deliver an entirely new value proposition. To remain at the top, CFOs have to act and capture the full potential of new technologies and implement them through inspiring leadership.

Three Main Topics will guide the conference: Sustainable Finance, The Impact of Technology and Transforming The CFO Role. 

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

The first main topic will address how companies need to incorporate a sustainable and green focus on their strategies and business models. The topic will touch upon investment in ESG, the challenges of sustainable development, and how this development impact companies financially.

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THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY

The second main topic will focus on how using technology can create more value and lead to better business decisions. The topic will touch upon robotic process automation, software services, data management, advanced analytics, AI, and how technology has changed the role of the modern CFO.

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TRANSFORMING THE CFO ROLE

The third main topic will provide insights into what the future of finance will be and how CFOs and finance executives can chart a course through all the changes to the organizational structure, talent-building, technology, strate and process needed to reach the future vision and strategy of finance.

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PREPARE TO BE INSPIRED

Networking break
Grab yourself a breakfast while networking with more than 900 other CFOs and future finance leaders.

Introduction
Official welcome and remarks to CFO Insights 2020.

Keynote
To be announced

Panel discussion
Prior, the CFO was in the world of finance and accounting, whereas the modern CFO is a cross-functional leader involved with everything from strategy to customer acquisition. The CFO’s focus remains on finance, but the overall perspective is on the business in total. As the role of the CFO is increasing in complexity, the necessary skills required to excel are changing, which raises the questions: How can a modern CFO manage this complex and demanding role?

Panel discussion
Today, technological advancement mandates that we learn to re-invent our business model and the mindset of our organizations. For the same reason, middlemen are threatened as customers go directly to manufacturers – a good example is Amazon disrupting retail among others. This means that established business models and legacy brands are under severe pressure and therefore required to act.

Panel discussion
The world is changing rapidly, and people are becoming more socially aware. This has not only had a significant impact on the world in terms of politics but also the world of investments. The environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are gaining momentum in decision-making to account for long-term value creation and risk of investors.

Panel discussion
As sustainability is becoming a strategic goal for companies, the decision-making process is changing. Whether managing downside risk, creating business value by incorporating sustainable solutions, or identifying innovative ways to finance sustainability, the private sector is becoming the engine of competitive solutions to sustainability. How can financial solutions address sustainability challenges in the years ahead?

Solo session
To be announced

Network
Network smartly with +900 other CFOs and future finance leaders through the networking app.

Keynote
To be announced

Network
Grab yourself a lunch and network smartly with +900 other CFOs and future finance leaders through the networking app.

Panel discussion
A CFO should continuously evolve their role and their influence regarding the business. As a result, more and more CFO’s are becoming CEO’s and/or board members at various enterprises and thereby utilizing their knowledge while gaining valuable experience. What are the advantages and disadvantages of CFO’s taken non-executive directorships at other companies and becoming CEO’s, and what is best practice when a CFO wants to become a board member or CEO?

Panel discussion
The company’s financial management system is a critical factor when it comes to success. Still, many companies operate on fragmented and outdated platforms. Cloud- and SaaS-solutions are here to stay, and they will enable a company to create functional systems across the company, making it possible for the CFO’s to make decisions much closer to real-time and focus more heavily on more strategic matters. But what are the key merits and the risks of these solutions, and what impact will it have on the financial department?

Panel discussion
Artificial Intelligence is one of the most intriguing technological evolutions of our time, but how is it affecting the daily work of the CFO and the financial department? What are the benefits and what are the risks? How can it be used to streamline processes and expand services?

 

Panel discussion
Four major forces are reshaping the landscape: Digital, Data, Risk and Stakeholder Scrutiny. For CFO’s to meet the challenges of a changing world, they must not only re-evaluate their competencies but also equip their function with the right tools and the right team. How can a CFO utilize new technology to make the right decisions, and how will it impact the skills required in the financial department.

 

Panel discussion
The CFO is expected to lead in strategy development and drive corporate initiatives to realize the desired business performance. Digital transformation is really the key in driving these initiatives and enabling better performance, but as the innovation cycle is shortening, how do we adapt our policies and ensure that we are focusing on the right tools, in order to secure a higher success rate in regards to digital transformation?

Panel discussion
The volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is at the highest in many years, putting M&A at the top of the agenda for many professionals. Yet, despite the high activity, far from all M&A deals are successful, as challenges tied to a M&A process are many.

 

Keynote
To be announced

Network
Network smartly with +900 other CFOs and future finance leaders through the networking app.

Panel discussion
The modern CFO is required to achieve excellence across different fields, and it is becoming more common for CFO’s to switch positions and/or industries throughout their career. What are the characteristics of the modern CFO that enables them to be successful across different industries and positions, and what are the challenges when hiring a new CFO?

Panel discussion
In the modern world, technological improvements have become a game-changer in terms of finance departments. Not only has it changed the way CFO’s and their employees work, but it has also changed the skills needed to become successful within the industry. Not only does this set new requirements for the employees to develop their skills, but this also means that we could see a new group of candidates entering the jobs within finance. 

Panel discussion
Businesses are increasingly pressured to consider the impact of their decisions while looking togrow their business, thereby striving for a healthy future for both the firm and the environment. How can companies create long-term financial sustainability, and what role does the CFO have to play when it comes to sustainable growth? How does the CFO balance the focus on both long-term sustainable development while reaching short-term financial deliverables, and how do they make sure that the trade-off is in line with the objectives of the company and the industry they are operating in. 

Keynote
To be announced

Outroduction
Official thank you from and final remarks to CFO Insights 2020.

Networking
Enjoy drinks and network with more than 900 CFOs and future finance leaders at the official CFO Insights 2020 post-conference drinks & networking.