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CFO Live 2023 – Navigating economic uncertainty

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Crown Melbourne | Tuesday November 28, 2023

In a slowing economy, pressure continues to mount on CFOs to reduce costs, boost productivity and manage risk in an atmosphere of ongoing uncertainties and inflationary pressure. But the nation’s top finance chiefs are still finding ways to cut through these complex business conditions and set their organisations on a path to sustainable growth.

The Financial Review’s fifth annual CFO Live summit offers an unparalleled platform for the nation’s top finance chiefs to discuss dealing with financial, operational, and regulatory risks. The summit will also highlight how today’s CFOs are at the forefront of strategic decision-making, driving innovation and unlocking future opportunities for growth.

In person, virtual and enterprise passes available.


Speakers

The Hon Andrew Leigh

Minster for Competition, Charities and Treasury

Charlie Elias

CFO
Coles Group

Costa Saroukos

Global CFO
Takeda

Joanne Spillane

Global Head of Private Capital Markets
Macquarie Capital

Jeremy Hirschhorn

Second Commissioner, Client Engagement
Australian Taxation Office

Garrick Rollason

Incoming CFO
APA Group

Sandy Sibenaler

CFO
South32

Brendan Hargreaves

CFO
Officeworks

Inder Singh

Group CFO, QBE Insurance Group Deputy Chair, Group of 100

Greg Yanco

Executive Director, Regulation and Supervision
Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Simon Grant

Group Executive Advocacy and International Development
Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Sonya Sawmill-Rickson

Chief Investment Officer
HESTA


Agenda

TIME SESSION PRESENTER
7:00 am Registration open 
8:20 am Opening remarks  Cosima Marriner, Managing Editor, The Australian Financial Review
8:30 am Panel | The big picture: Organisational agility in a challenging set of market conditions  Keir Barnes, CFO, Dexus
Race Strauss, CFO, Virgin Australia
Charlie Elias, CFO, Coles Group
9:15 am Keynote | Competition and business dynamics  The Hon Andrew Leigh, Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury
9:40 am In conversation | Global headwinds, markets and influences  Costa Saroukos, Global CFO, Takeda
James Thomson, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
10:00 am Morning break 
10:30 am In conversation 
10:55 am Panel | Shaping the M&A deals and capital raising landscape  Joanne Spillane, Global Head of Private Capital Markets, Macquarie Capital
Anthony MacDonald, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review 
11:35 am Keynote  Jeremy Hirschhorn, Second Commissioner, Client Engagement, Australian Taxation Office
12:00 pm Networking lunch 
12:50 pm In conversation | Emerging greenwashing and greenhushing regulatory risks 
1:15 pm Panel | Driving value through investing in ESG and net zero transition  Garrick Rollason, Incoming CFO, APA Group
Brendan Hargreaves, CFO, Officeworks
Francoise Merit, CFO, Endeavour Energy
Amanda Taylor, MD, Head of Large Corporates and Sustainable Finance, HSBC Australia
1:55 pm In conversation | Cybersecurity obligations, following new regulations  Cameron Whittfield, Partner, Head of APAC Cyber Security, Herbert Smith Freehills
2:20 pm Afternoon break 
2:45 pm Panel | Finance using AI to enhance productivity, reduce costs, boost profits  Inder Singh, Group CFO, QBE Insurance Group, Deputy Chair, Group of 100
3:25 pm Panel | Audit governance, transparency and working with consulting partners  Sandy Sibenaler, CFO, South32
Greg Yanco, Executive Director, Regulation and Supervision, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Simon Grant, Group Executive Advocacy and International Development, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
Ronald Mizen, Senior Reporter, The Australian Financial Review
4:05 pm Panel | Proxy firm and institutional investor priorities  Sonya Sawtell-Rickson, Chief Investment Officer, HESTA
Ed John, Executive Manager, Stewardship, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Philip Foo, VP APAC Research and Engagement, CGI Glass Lewis
Hannah Wootton, Reporter, The Australian Financial Review
4:45 pm Closing remarks | Networking drinks  Ronald Mizen, Senior Reporter, The Australian Financial Review

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