WOMEN FINANCE LEADERS ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE AND AWARDS 2024

Saturday - July 27, 2024 (10AM - 4PM UK Time)
Central london, United Kingdom
(Physical in-Person)

Women finance leaders roundtable conference and awards 2024, a signature event gathering of finance leaders, the opportunity to network and learn with best-in-class financial and business leaders. From talent matters to innovation strategies, ESG disclosures to cross-functional teams, hear how finance leader are forceful leaders for their organizations and industries. Today’s finance leader make decisions, convey those decisions with confidence, and manage with certainty, plan the ways the financial market has evolved, including the role of technology, the evolution of shareholders, and hard decisions, manage internal cyber security procedures and external data threats, shape strategies on how to manage with commitment and maintain calm through times of volatility, bearing the impact of strategic financial decisions.

PREMIUM BREAKOUTS

FOCUS ON CFO DEVELOPMENT

Identify appropriate metrics for the CFO’s performance evaluation – resources &value additions alone or authenticity and how to grow into the future. Discuss challenges facing CFO’s as it supports ways to overcome.

CFO INNOVATION

Identify solutions for CFO based on innovations that will support success as entrepreneurs.

CREATING CFO OPPORTUNITIES

We bring opportunities in the market for CFO to give them business ideas and practical business plans required to get success.

CFO TRAINING, CONSULTING AND ADVISORY

Recognize CFO skills, identify area of improvements, learning opportunities to provide Women with comprehensive solutions.

FINANCE TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP

Learn how to create a cohesive and tailored technology roadmap across the finance function based on latest market innovations.

FINANCE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE

Design a future finance operating model that supports growth and innovation.

CFO DIALOGUE AND CONNECTIVITY

Facilitate dialogue between technology innovators, Consultants and regulators to unlock the keys to widespread adoption. Facilitate a two-way interaction to map out future needs and areas where technology has yet to offer a solution.

BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING

Facilitate dialogue between technology innovators, Consultants and regulators to unlock the keys to widespread adoption. Facilitate a two-way interaction to map out future needs and areas where technology has yet to offer a solution.

AUTONOMOUS FINANCE

CFOs will learn how to advance digital leadership to prepare for the future of the finance function where data and technology support real-time decision making.

DATA AND ANALYTICS

Discover the latest tools, techniques and technology innovations to unlock more value from data and analytics.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Utilize AI to unlock more value from finance data and processes.

DIGITAL GROWTH

Uncover how technology and digital will impact organizations going forward and how to align strategic growth goals to meet the board’s expectations.

TOPICS YOU WANT TO HEAR ABOUT, ISSUES AND CHALLENGES, & UNFORGETTABLE TAKEAWAYS.

This is an initiative of Berkeley Middle East which aims at the CFO learning and development; so they can create a difference in the world and contribute towards the society by utilizing their skills with lot of networking and relationship building opportunities.

Keynotes

Our keynotes will provide you access to the most impactful and powerful thought leaders on the program. Hear from high-profile thought leaders and Business Executives as they cover key business trends that are driving the future of work.

Breakfast Briefings

Our breakfast briefings are sessions which give you a chance to get a deeper perspective on a topic and also get the chance to get into debate on the topic. We’ve designed them to provide the chance for open and frank discussions about the current trends and challenges impacting the profession whilst enjoying delicious food in the company of industry colleagues.

Workshops

Choose from workshops; Transform which are carefully designed to provide tangible takeaways and practical toolkits that deliver value and impact in the post-pandemic world.

CoLabs

Our CoLabs focus on a key business challenge. You will be guided through the process in small peer groups using design thinking or agile learning methods. Get to the heart of the issue and develop deeper insights, reach conclusions and formulate recommendations for the future. Our CoLabs give you tangible takeaways to be able to implement immediately into your organisation.

Lightning Talks

Illuminate us but make it quick! True to its name a lightning talk is a very short presentation on a current topic in a quick, insightful and clear manner.

Thought Exchange Roundtables

Sharing experiences and knowledge are key elements. These roundtable discussions with small groups of peers give you the chance to share perspectives on hot topics and key challenges facing the profession. Have your say on the topics you want to discuss on the day!

InFocus Panels

Our expert panel made up of business thought leaders and executives will share their insights and pioneering research around the future of women. This interactive session looks beyond re-imaging how things are and towards innovating the endless possibilities of what they could be.

Exclusive Masterclass

A masterclass is a means to present a real-world account on a particular topic, situation or event. Led by a speaker with expert knowledge or skills in a particular area these sessions often provide best-practice advice or insight into new or innovative solutions that are forging new paths.

Awards, Certificates & Digital Badges

An exclusive, glamorous affair, where the winner will be recognised for their outstanding contributions.

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PARTNERS

CAIA Association

KNOWLEDGE PARTNER

HOSTED BY

Voice of Global Women

PAST CFO CONFERENCE

First-ever Women CFO Conference & Awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre on 25th November 2023. Women CFO Conference and Awards is a signature event gathering of Finance leaders, the opportunity to network and learn with best-in-class financial and business leaders. From talent matters to innovation strategies, ESG disclosures to cross-functional teams, hear how CFOs are forceful leaders for their organizations and industries. Today’s CFOs make decisions, convey those decisions with confidence, and manage with certainty, plan the ways the financial market has evolved, including the role of technology, the evolution of shareholders, and hard decisions, manage internal cyber security procedures and external data threats, shape strategies on how to manage with commitment and maintain calm through times of volatility, bearing the impact of strategic financial decisions.

WE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR THE CONFERENCE & AWARDS

Musa Shaikh

  • Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Berkeley & Lords Group
  • Royal Family Investment Advisor
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women – Founding Director

Salma Al Qubaisi

  • President – Al Qubaisi Holding Abu Dhabi
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women Abu Dhabi – President
  • The Investors Club – Board Member
  • Government of Abu Dhabi – IT Planning & Strategy
Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Berkeley & Lords Group

H.E. Aarefa Al Falahi

  • Board Member, RAK Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of RAK Insurance Company
  • Board Member of Emirates Sports & Cultrual club
  • Member of Board of RAK SME Association
  • Chairman, RAK Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Committee​

09:00 AM – 09:55 AM (UK Time)

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

09:55 AM – 10:00 AM (UK Time)

Sponsor

Berkeleyme Investors Club
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10:00 AM – 10:15 AM (UK Time):

OPENING REMARKS & INTRODUCTION

Host

Musa Shaikh

Musa Shaikh
Berkeley Middle East Holding

Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

  • Royal Family Investment Advisor
  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women – Founding Director

Shaikh is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, and a CGMA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, an Associate member of the Institute of Financial Accountants, a fellow member of International Accountants. He is a Certified Internal Auditor from the Institue of Internal Audit, Florida, USA, a Certified Information System Auditor, and a Fellow Member of Securities and Investments from CISI, United Kingdom. He is a double graduate in law and business, LLB (Hons) from Buckinghamshire New University UK, a Master in Law from Kings College London, a Master in Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, a Master in Public Administration from Chichester University, He is a Certified Project Management Professional from PMI, USA. He has amazing capabilities to innovate, equipped with deep knowledge of Artificial intelligence, system architecture, and data sciences. He is a certified Amazon AWS Data Analytics and certified Solutions Architecture Professional. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading financial strategies, planning & budgeting, corporate governance, FP&A, VC, Corporate finance, strategies for turnaround, Risk and compliance management, acquisitions for startups & large projects, financial modeling, due diligence, and advise on leading key business complex matters on a global scale.

Co-Host

Jackie

Jaqueline Frydman
Alternative Investment Advisor

Jaqueline Frydman is a business professional with a performance in consultancy & advisory for property management and asset acquisition, with experience in project management, relationship management and sales, established in the North American sector for 7yrs with expansion focusing on Real Estate investment and development in the UAE region. Conducted accounts for the Mexican government and established contractual relationships between parties for Financial Institutions amongst the private sector with the entities in the public sector. Passionate in merging cultures for economic growth and adding proficiency in communication between different regions of the world to target international markets.

Berkeleyme & MS (Voice of Global Women) – A Social Enterprise
Berkeleyme & MS (Voice of Global Women) – A Social Enterprise, support women to get their basic rights from parliament, ensuring women have access to FREE education and Healthcare, Justice at the doorstep, physical protection & mental health, child care benefits, along with generating employment opportunities and developing as entrepreneurs.
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10:15 AM – 10:30 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “THE CFO’S ROLE IN A VOLATILE BANKING LANDSCAPE”

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “WOMAN IN THE FINANCE SECTOR”

Speaker:

Aarefa Al falahi

H.E. Aarefa Saleh Al Falahi
RAK Chamber of Commerce

Board Member

  • RAK Insurance Company – Board Member
  • Emirates Sports & Cultural Club – Board Member
  • RAK SME Association – Member of the Board
  • RAK Chamber of Commerce Exhibition Committee​ – Chairman
  • Business Industrial Academic Council Committee HCT, UAE – Member
  • Computer Information Sciences Industrial Advisory Committee in HCT, RAK – Member
  • Women on Board Circle (2020) formed by Sh Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan – Member
  • Senior Branch Manager in one of the leading banks in UAE  with total 20 years experience in 3 main leading banks – Vice President

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING – FUTURISTIC CFO”

Speaker

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban
Berkeley & Lords Group

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Khulood is a philanthropist, a business leader, successful business entrepreneur, and the most influence Arabic women in Gulf region. She is the CFO & CEO of Berkeley Middle East holding an American Emirati Joint venture conglomerate with a diversified portfolio. Khulood career is diversified over several roles including CEO, Director Finance, Financial Controller, & Chief Financial Officer based on decade of experience. Khulood core expertise to manage financial transactions for the whole group and in ongoing projects, arises through Merger or acquisitions, study the fundamental and technical feasibility, evaluate the investment risks by applying high level financial management tools for stakeholders keeping ERP, budgeting, variance reporting aligns with financial strategy of the shareholders. Her strengths are innovative & creativity toward a particular business venture, preparation of business plan, coordination with external auditors, lenders, regulatory authorities, compliances, meeting with investors for arranging of Funds, building a capital Structuring simple and complex, IPO’s securities, active management, & financial decision making.

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “WOMEN IN ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS, GOVERNANCE AND ETHICS, WOMEN ON BOARDS, PRIVATE MARKETS AND ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS IN GENERAL”

Speaker

Laura Merlini

Laura Merlini
CAIA ASSOCIATION

Managing Director, EMEA

Laura Merlini is a senior financial industry professional with a strong interest in education and governance. Laura currently serves as Managing Director for EMEA at the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Association and has 20 years of experience in the European alternative investments industry. During her previous role at Fortis Prime Fund Solutions in Milan, Madrid, and Geneva, Laura advised on the areas of fund set-up, administration, banking, and custody. She earned the CAIA charter in 2007 and has been an active CAIA proponent and member-volunteer, being the co-founder of the CAIA Iberia Chapter (based in Madrid) in 2008 and leading the CAIA Switzerland Chapter in Geneva since 2010. Furthermore, she chaired the 100 Women in Finance Educational Committee in Geneva from 2016 to 2018. Laura earned a BA in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, received the CEMS MIM (Community of European Management Schools) MSc in International Management in 2002 and is a member of the inaugural class (2014) of the Executive Master in Positive Psychology, Leadership, and Strategy form IE in Madrid in 2014. She is a Certified Investment Fund Director by the CIFD Institute, she was a member of the UN PRI HF Advisory Committee, and sits on the board of Agave Advisors, an independent wealth management company in Geneva. Moreover, Laura is a certified sommelier and enjoys travelling to discover new terroirs.

CAIA-SPEAKER

Explore the world of Alternative Investments with CAIA Association passing CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Certification examinations with Berkeleyme School of Management & Sciences

Whether you need a deep, practical understanding of the world of alternative investments, a solid introduction, or data science skills for the future in finance, the CAIA Association offers a program for you.

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “SUCCESSFUL M&A: MANAGING TRANSACTIONS AND MARKET CYCLESS”

Speaker

Salma Al Qubaisi
Al Qubaisi Holding Abu Dhabi

President

  • Berkeleyme & MS Voice of Global Women Abu Dhabi – President
  • The Investors Club – Board Member
  • Government of Abu Dhabi – IT Planning & Strategy

Salma Al Qubaisi born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is an Emirati Technology women leader, serving the Government of Abu Dhabi, the largest government organization in the oil & gas sector She is an innovative and inspiring personality in the field of Business, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain. She is instrumental in delivering value to IT professionals with her creative thoughts and leadership skills. Salma Al Qubaisi is a keen investor in Tech Projects, whether it’s a pre-seed, seed, Stage A, or B venture. She is an expert in Tech acquisition including projects based on SaaS, Robotics, Advanced machine learning, and Platforms of various types. She is having leadership skills, Project Management, Budget Planning and Control, Team Development, Business Plan development, Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Planning, Strategic Acquisition, and Negotiation.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “STEER YOUR FINANCIAL STRATEGY & PLANNING ROADMAP TO ACCELERATE TRANSFORMATION”

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “INTERNAL AUDITING – RISK & CHALLENGES”

Speaker:

Alain Mulder
IMA Institute of Management Accountants

Managing Director, Europe & Central Asia, Senior Director Global Special Projects

Alain Mulder is Managing Director Europe at IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), the global non-profit organization behind the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program. He is heading the Europe region and has extensive experience in finance, business development, operations, marketing, and communications.
Alain drives corporate learning, dedicated to upskilling finance teams within large corporations. Expert in creating empowering connections among business professionals to foster a successful future. Committed to delivering innovative and strategic learning solutions that drive corporate success.
Alain was a finalist in the 2020 Executive Director of the Year awards by the Association of Association Executives (AAE).

Alain is frequently asked to speak at international events, on topics such as the future of finance, the finance transformation, professional development, accounting, DE&I and global economic conditions.

Before joining IMA, Alain worked at the Institute of International Research, where he conducted market research on market developments in accountancy, finance, and IT. He worked for several U.S. organizations in a pan-European business development role, focusing on market and client research and growing the client portfolio. He was also the founder of a startup that puts technology at the forefront, providing more financial transparency to real estate owners.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “Cloud Shared Responsibility Model and Cost Management”

Speaker

Ali Mehroz Khan

Ali Mehroz Khan
Close Brothers Group

Internal Audit Manager

More than ten years of experience in IT Risk and Assurance practice of EY Financial Services. Currently, working as a Group Internal Audit Manager (Technology, Cyber and Change) in one of the leading merchant banks of the United Kingdom.

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP (ISC)
  • AWS – Cloud Computing Practitioner (AWS-CCP) – Amazon
  • CISM, ISACA – Certified Information Security Manager
  • CISA, ISACA – Certified Information System Auditor
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan Chartered Accountant

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “BUSINESS SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS – CHOICE FOR CFO”

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM (UK Time)

TEA BREAK

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (UK Time)

PANEL TOPIC: “FINTECH”

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM (UK Time)

TOPIC: “FINANCIAL AND ITS DEALINGS WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS – ORGANIZATION CHALLENGES”

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (UK Time)

Award Ceremony

3:00 PM (UK Time)

CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban
Berkeley & Lords Group

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Khulood is a philanthropist, a business leader, successful business entrepreneur, and the most influence Arabic women in Gulf region. She is the CFO & CEO of Berkeley Middle East holding an American Emirati Joint venture conglomerate with a diversified portfolio. Khulood career is diversified over several roles including CEO, Director Finance, Financial Controller, & Chief Financial Officer based on decade of experience. Khulood core expertise to manage financial transactions for the whole group and in ongoing projects, arises through Merger or acquisitions, study the fundamental and technical feasibility, evaluate the investment risks by applying high level financial management tools for stakeholders keeping ERP, budgeting, variance reporting aligns with financial strategy of the shareholders. Her strengths are innovative & creativity toward a particular business venture, preparation of business plan, coordination with external auditors, lenders, regulatory authorities, compliances, meeting with investors for arranging of Funds, building a capital Structuring simple and complex, IPO’s securities, active management, & financial decision making.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UK Time)

LUNCH NETWORKING

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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO BE A EXHIBITOR, REGISTER HERE:

WHY PARTICIPATE IN THE AWARDS?

We acknowledge the dynamic individual’s who has made outstanding contribution to nation as well as to business community over the past year. We seek to appreciate the invaluable individuals who work in such high-pressure positions and deliver the best value, and make it prominent how you give benefit of your enterprise. To assist us in our search for the top minds, we invite you to make your voice heard via a nomination, so we can showcase those who strive to promote the growth and deserve to be commended.

RECOGNISE & MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMS

  • Entering the Awards is a way to thank and honour valued employees and to show you care about the future of women development.
  • Your award application helps reflect on the achievements, challenges and areas of improvement which is vital for any developing business.
  • Being nominated, shortlisted or winning an award can help boost staff morale and improve motivation.

CELEBRATE IN STYLE

  • The awards are an excellent opportunity to network virtually with hundreds of professionals, showcase your work and learn from others.
  • Celebrate all the hard work and successes of the industry with awards.

AWARD TITLES

  • Chief Financial Officer of the Year
  • Financial Professional of the Year
  • CFO of the Year | Lifetime Achievement
  • CFO Innovator of the Year
  • Excellence in Business CFO of the Year
  • The Most Active CFO
  • The Most Influential CFO
  • The Most Supportive CFO
  • The Most Networked CFO
  • The Most Creative CFO
  • The Most successful CFO in her industry (Multiple Awards)
  • The Biggest Achiever CFO
  • The Most Engaging CFO
  • The most Empowering CFO
  • The Most Inspiring CFO

AWARD APPLICATION:

VIP Ticket

This ticket entitles you to:

  • VIP Priority front-row seating to enhance your conference experience
  • VIP Exclusive gifts, and a voucher from our event sponsors
  • VIP Golden raffle tickets for our giveaways

Entry to the entire event including:

  • Access to full days of presentations
  • Access to the sponsor’s zone
  • Access to the live demonstration & workshop zone
  • Goodie bag from our event sponsors
  • Refreshments and Lunch included
  • Access to the conference networking

For more details: Send us an email at club@berkeleyme.com with your full name, email address, and direct contact number.

General Ticket

This ticket entitles you to:

  • Ordinary access to the conference is subject to space availability
  • Entry only with a QR code from the organizer.
  • Sitting at the back of the hall.
  • No entry to VIP front-row seating to enhance your conference experience
  • No entry to VIP Exclusive gifts, and a voucher from our event sponsors
  • No entry to VIP Golden raffle tickets for our giveaways
  • No access to the sponsor’s zone
  • No access to the live demonstration & workshop zone
  • No entry to Refreshments and Lunch
  • Not allowed to exchange business cards

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO GET A GENERAL TICKET, REGISTER HERE:

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EVENT TEAM

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

CFO

Imthiyas Hameed

Group Director Operations

Alifiya Bohra

Director – Business Development

Maria Malykh

Director – Business Development

Office: Berkeley & Lords, Kemp House, 152 – 160 City Road, London EC1V 2NX.

Mobile/ Whatsapp: +447306279111

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