WOMEN CFO ROUNDTABLE CONFERENCE AND AWARDS 2023

Saturday - Nov 25, 2023 (9AM - 5PM UAE Time)
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates
Physical in-Person

Women CFO Conference and Awards 2023, 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.

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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HOSTED BY

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

Musa Shaikh

Musa Shaikh

  • Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Berkeley Middle East Holding
  • 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
Mirza Farrukh

Mirza Farrukh Baig

  • Managing Director Taxation – Lynchpin Group

Imran Zamir Sheikh

  • Founding Partner – Imran Zamir Financing Brokers
  • Partner – H.Y.K. & Co, Chartered Accountants
Aarefa Al falahi

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​
Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Berkeley & Lords

09:00 AM – 09:55 AM (UAE Time)

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

09:55 AM – 10:00 AM (UAE Time)

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10:00 AM – 10:15 AM (UAE Time):

OPENING REMARKS & INTRODUCTION

Host

Musa Shaikh

Dr. 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

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.

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10:15 AM – 10:30 AM (UAE Time)

AN EMIRATI WOMAN IN THE FINANCE WORLD

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

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM (UAE Time)

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

Speaker:

Salim Awan

Salim Awan
Magnati (Payments Subsidiary of First Abu Dhabi Bank)

Managing Director, Institutional Payments

Seasoned payments, cards, and financial industry professional with over 20+ years in the industry, including 15+ years in different leadership roles in the GCC. Worked with several of the Middle East’s leading banks and financial institutions, encompassing card issuing, and acquiring/processing portfolios, and also in the FinTech start-up. Experience includes facilitation of mergers and acquisitions and pre-IPO global equity partnership investments. A firm believer in the transformational power of FinTech for businesses and consumers, including the democratization of payments and financial inclusion via digital simplification.

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM (UAE Time)

CFO LAUGHTER YOGA

Speaker:

Lilly Kerawalla

Lilly Kerawalla
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

  • Quantum Light Speed Practitioner and Healer.
  • Reiki Healer and Practitioner Master Level 3, Breath-work Yoga instructor.
  • Certified Access Consciousness BARS® Facilitator.
  • Certified Access Energetic Facelift Facilitator
  • Certified Access Consciousness Body Process Facilitator.

I enjoy being a Facilitator of Joy. What keeps me happy is to Touch & Empower Lives with Love, Kindness & and joy-filled Laughter. When we stop worrying about unimportant matters, we can devote more to what matters…
A HAPPY WOMAN CREATES HAPPINESS FOR ALL: A woman is not just the various roles she plays in society. She is also the torch bearer for the entire humanity. I aim and believe in truly creating a better world that works for us on all levels. A Holistic Approach to Life.
My target is to create Laughter & Joy as front-page news. You are welcome to join me in bringing joy and laughter to the world. We are a family of 3 generations, living in Dubai. Myself, my son and daughter, and my granddaughter. From the moment I set foot in Dubai in the year 1986, this land has blessed me immensely. I am very grateful to the country of UAE which has been a home to us 3 generations.

On the corporate side; My career spans over 35 years in sales, marketing, and networking. I enjoy creating an environment to encourages growth, which is essential and plays a huge role in motivation, and personal and professional success.

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM (UAE Time)

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS – REAL ASSETS UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Speaker:

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.

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11:15 AM – 11:30 AM (UAE Time)

IMPACT OF TAX IN UAE

Speaker:

Ayoub Al Shamali

Ayoub Al Shamali, ACA (ICAEW)
APT Global

Founding Partner

Ayoub Alshamali, an accomplished professional in the field of finance and accounting, holds a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from the prestigious University of Dubai, graduating in 2012. His journey into the realm of accounting continued as he achieved qualification as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 2014. With over 16 years of professional experience, Ayoub has emerged as a seasoned expert in the domains of audit, tax, and consultancy. His dedication and proficiency have been honed through more than a decade of service in various sectors, showcasing a diverse skill set and a comprehensive understanding of financial practices. Ayoub’s specialization spans over ten years in the areas of manufacturing, real estate, construction, media, retail, hospitality, education, and health. His expertise is underscored by a track record of delivering strategic financial solutions, meticulous audit services, and invaluable consultancy advice. Ayoub Alshamali currently the Managing Partner at APT Global, a distinguished global firm headquartered in Dubai, UAE, a hub renowned for hosting world-class businesses. In his role, Ayoub plays a pivotal part in steering the company towards continued success and global recognition. Under Ayoub’s leadership, APT Global has expanded its footprint with more than 18 branches strategically located worldwide, showcasing the firm’s commitment to providing comprehensive financial services on a global scale. The organization boasts a team of over 350 dedicated professionals who, under the firm’s top management guidance, consistently deliver exceptional services to clients across various industries. As the Managing Partner, Ayoub brings his wealth of experience and expertise to the forefront, ensuring that APT Global remains at the cutting edge of industry trends and practices. His strategic vision has been instrumental in fostering a collaborative and innovative environment within the firm, driving both individual and collective success. Ayoub’s leadership philosophy is grounded in a commitment to excellence, client satisfaction, and the continuous development of his team. His proactive approach and dedication to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism have contributed to APT Global’s reputation as a trusted partner in the financial services sector.

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM (UAE Time)

KEY ATTRIBUTES OF A CFO

Speaker:

Ralph Khoury
TBWA Worldwide – Nissan United AMIEO Region

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Ralph Khoury is often labelled a “Chief Crisis Officer”, for his unique ability to support growth, transformation, and deliver profitability for corporations that have experienced “once in a lifetime” financial/economic crisis. Be it Indonesia, post the Asian Financial Crisis, Malaysia following the SARS outbreak, or in Dubai during the Global Financial Crisis, Ralph has been integral in helping navigate the re-emergence of the corporations that he represented, to become leading players in their markets and industries in post-crisis environments. In recent years he emerged as a driving force, in his role as the Chief Financial Officer, as he helped successfully navigate Omnicom Media Group and TBWA\RAAD through the Financial challenges brought on by Covid-19 and in the post Covid-19 era. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Nissan United across the AMIEO Region, a fully integrated TBWA agency, dedicated solely to Nissan, handling all advertising, digital, experiential and retail through central and local TBWA\ offices across 30 countries covering Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania. Additionally, he is tasked with the corporate strategy, financial, legal and risk management responsibility for TBWA, focused on the Strategic market of Saudi Arabia. Ralph holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. He is a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM (UAE Time)

NAVIGATING THE NEW ENVIRONMENT-WHAT IT DOES MEAN FOR THE CFOS?

Speaker:

Hina Usmani

Hina Usmani
Council Member – ICAP and Chair CA Women Committees

Usmani & Co. – Managing Partner

Hina Usmani is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) carrying over 30 years of combined work and professional practice experience. She has the honor of being elected as the first woman Council Member in 2017 and the first woman Vice President of ICAP in 2019. She was re-elected in 2021 as a council member and currently chairing the CA Women Committees of ICAP. At the regional level, she is Chair SAFA Women Leadership Committee for 2023-2024 and internationally serves as a Technical Advisor at IFAC SMP Advisory Group (SMPAG). Her contribution to the accountancy profession has been widely portrayed by IFAC, ICAP, US-Pakistan Women’s Council, and United Nations Development of Pakistan as well as by local and international media and professional accountancy circles. She has served over 12 years at senior management level positions in the leasing and banking sectors prior to commencement of practice in 2004. She is the founder and Managing Partner of Usmani & Co. (UCO), an all-women-led quality-rated SMP with a unique flexible & WFH working model in 2013 for women accountants.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM (UAE Time)

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH STUDIES IN ENHANCING FINANCIAL DECISION-MAKING WITHIN THE BANKING SECTOR

Speaker:

Salwa Abdulatif AlHammadi

Dr. Salwa Abdulatif AlHammadi
Abu Dhabi Government

Director Quality & Excellence Office

• Established Investment policy, principles and scope of planning that guided the investment decision-making process based on transparency and investment values applied in Abu Dhabi Government.
• Chaired the investment financial studies committee & delivered investment feasibility studies enabling senior executives to make effective strategic decisions
• Led Economic & Strategic research studies for the implementation of strategic initiatives and a range of external data reports to support decision making.
• Conducted strategic data analysis on a range of external data (political, economic, regulatory elements) to produce insightful Economic reports that leads management’s strategic direction and decision-making to execute organization’s branding strategy and transformation journey.
• Performed Relationship Management, establishment, and maintenance of key Financial Institutions Relationships to leverage business objectives and achieve pre-set financial goals, with direct contact and communication with customers globally
• PhD, Educational Leadership – University of Phoenix – Arizona, US
• Post Master Degree in Higher Education Administration- University of Phoenix – Arizona, US
• Executive Education Degree (Developing & Implementing Policy for Public Value) Harvard Kennedy School
• Master of Business Administration- University of Liverpool – UK
• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSc. MIS) University of Sharjah – UAE
• Certified On-Line Educator (Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
• Advanced Leadership Certification&Executive Leadership Certification (NSLS) (National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)
• Certified John Maxwell Leadership Coach, Facilitator, Trainer & Speaker
• Certified Service Leader facilitator “UP Lift !” by (Ron Kaufman)

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM (UAE Time)

UAE TAX REGIME – PREPARATIONS FOR CFOs

Speaker:

Mirza Farrukh

Mirza Farrukh Baig
Lynchpin Group

Managing Director Taxation

Meets the Heart and Brain Behind Lynchpin group – Mr. Mirza Farrukh Baig, A Harvard-educated world-class talent, Gold Medalist, A fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Ex-Banker, Imagine strolling through the intricate maze of tax with someone who’s not only walked the path countless times but also paved many of those paths himself. That’s Farrukh for you. With over two decades of hands-on experience, he’s become an inseparable part of the UAE’s financial story. He’s not just a tax advisor. He’s the trusted confidante for many top-tier companies in the UAE, the go-to guy when they need tax strategies crafted with precision and foresight. While his commitment to the tax world is unwavering, his spirit of entrepreneurship shines brightly with www.TaxBox.ae. A platform making tax wisdom more approachable and easy to digest. He weaves in real-life stories, challenges, successes, and lessons learned from his rich career journey, making each session a blend of knowledge and experience.

12:30 PM – 12:40 PM (UAE Time)

CFO LEADERSHIP LESSONS ON GROWTH MINDSET

Speaker:

Prabdheep

Prabhdeep Singh Baweja
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Regional Director – Middle East and Africa

Prabhdeep qualified as a Chartered Accountant from ‘The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’ in 2006. He joined ICAI in July 2016 and currently serving as Regional Director for Middle East and Africa. His earlier work assignments include nine years in Professional Practice with BDO and other top Accounting Firms in Audit and Assurance domain. He is passionate speaker on technical topics of Accounting Profession and has also conducted many workshops on varied topics in various organizations. He is a Servant Leader and effective communicator which has made him very popular among the ICAI members and students’ community in Middle East, Africa, India, and other parts of the World. As an active toastmaster, he has served as Chair of various Committees and Director in Toastmasters International. He was Group Consul of largest professional network in Internations and Cofounder in Welfare of Mankind in Dubai. While serving in honorary positions in different organizations he has completed many projects for the benefit of under-privileged, improvement in communication and leadership skills and collection of blood units in UAE. He has been awarded the highest recognition in Toastmasters which is Distinguished Toastmasters Award and very few members out of more than 300,000 members ever receive this recognition. He is an avid reader and maintains his personal library of over 500 books on diverse topics. His passion for social work and conducting blood donation camps has made him known as blood man amongst his friends and close network.

12:40 PM – 12:50 PM (UAE Time)

TO INSPIRE AND EDUCATE BY PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG

Speaker:

Abdul Aziz Nasser

Abdul Aziz Nasser
Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Deputy Director Middle East

Mr. Abdul Aziz Nasser is the Deputy Director, Middle East of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). In this position, he is responsible for the supervision and implementation of the Council’s activities of promoting Hong Kong in the region. Mr. Nasser graduated from the Lebanese American University of Beirut Hong Kong majoring in International Marketing. He further received his Master of Business Administration from LAU University of Beirut. Mr. Nasser held different important positions in HKTDC Dubai Regional Office starting from Marketing Officer in 2004 to become the Deputy Director in 2014. His responsibilities included implementation of the Council’s promotional activities and developing business network in local business communities.

12:50 PM – 1:00 PM (UAE Time)

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ROLE

Speaker:

Salma Ateeq

Salma Al Hameli
Nawah Energy Company, a subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Director of Financial Accounts

Salma Al Hameli is current serving as the Director of Financial Accounts at Nawah Energy Company, a subsidiary of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, with more than 15 years of experience in several key roles in the public sector. She has led multiple impactful projects such as RPA implementations and e-invoice matching projects. She had a long career in the finance and accounts field wherein she started as an Accounts Intern at GASCO in 2007, and from there all the way up to Director level in 2023. She is a member of the Zayed University Business Council as well and has an MBA degree from the UAE university.

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM (UAE Time)

PANEL TOPIC: “FINTECH”

Moderator:

Syed Asif Zaman
Council Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales – MiddleEast

  • Ahmad Alagbari CA UAE & Malaysia – Managing Partner
  • Alif Technologies UAE, UK & Canada – CEO
  • Associate Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  • Associate Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan
  • Associate Member – Information System Audit & Control Association (ISACA) –USA
  • Member – Accountants & Auditors Associations- UAE
  • Board Member – Pakistan Business Professional Council – Abu Dhabi

Panelist:

Satendra Tewari
Oracle Systems Limited

Regional Vice President (ME), Oracle Communications Consulting

Satendra Tewari is a telecom-industry professional with over 30 years of experience in technical and leadership functions, performing Delivery & Sales of Professional Services/Consulting, Solutions Pre-Sales, Support, QA & Training functions in Telecom IT & Network domains across major SW/OEM companies (Oracle, MATRIXX, eServ, Nokia, Siemens & ITI Limited), System Integrator (Tech Mahindra) and Network Operator (Reliance). His most recent experiences have been in leading deliveries of large scale Digital Transformation Projects in Telco BSS/OSS Space. Satendra is an IITian, having graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee in Electronics & Communications Engineering in 1991. Based in Dubai since 2007, Satendra has over 16 years of experience working in the MEA region, working closely with leading Telcos in the region, such as Du, Etisalat, Ooredoo, Zain, STC, ITC-Salam, Batelco and Orange. When not working, Satendra likes reading books & technical bogs, watching Hindi movies, traveling and prototyping Raspberry PI/Arduino for IoT Applications.

Panelist:

Sherief Hamoudah

Sherif Hamoudah
SAP

Head of Eco System and Channels, Middle East, Africa and Turkey

  • 25 years in Software Solutions Sales and Services.
  • Head of Ecosystems and Channels for SAP Signavio, Middle East, Africa and Turkey
  • EX Managing Director for Timwe Tech, Middle East and Asia Pack
  • EX VP of Sales for Finastra Banking Solutions
  • EX VP of Telecoms and Mobility for SAP Middle East, Turkey and Africa
  • EX EVP and Global Head for Logica CMG Telecoms, Worldwide
  • EX MD, Acision, Middle East, Africa, India and Pakistan
  • EX VP Oracle Telecoms, Media and Airlines, Middle East and Africa

Panelist:

Abeer Ammar

Abeer Ammar
Finance at SolutionsPlus, a Mubadala company

Vice President

is a qualified Chartered Accountant of Pakistan, CMA (USA), and CFA (Achieved 90% in L2 worldwide), started her career with PWC Chartered Accountants, and then worked in Mubadala group since 2016. She has worked in Strata Manufacturing PJSC as Head of Reporting, involved In various decision-making. In Bayanat Artificial Intelligence, as head of finance, she led the department on various activities including IPO and transition from former to later owner (EDGE to G42). Currently working In Solutions Plus, leading the team to prepare Mubadala Financial Statements, yearly and quarterly, and consolidate 400+ entities.

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1:45 PM – 2:00 PM (UAE Time)

IMPACTFUL ORAL PRESENTATION TECHNIQUES

Speaker

Tadhg Flahive

Tadhg Flahive
Executive Leadership Development Advisor

Tadhg Flahive is an Executive Leadership Development Advisor, Teambuilder, and Facilitator with international program delivery experience in the UAE, USA, South Korea, Japan, Australia, UK, and Ireland. Tadhg has delivered programs and teambuilding activities to thousands of leaders in tandem with INSEAD, Harvard, London Business School, Sandhurst, Oxford, Ashridge, Henley, and other leading Business Schools throughout the world. Tadhg has also worked with the National School of Government UK, Australia/New Zealand School of Government, Canadian School of Public Service, Singapore Civil Service College, and Irish Civil Service. In addition, Tadhg has led Learning Journeys for executive leaders on three different continents. He has delivered numerous papers at international conferences and is a published author. He has arranged inter-government conferences and is an active facilitator, executive coach, moderator, and after-dinner speaker. Tadhg has worked in the UAE for nearly thirty years in Talent Management & Leadership Development for a number of entities including ADNOC and The General Secretariat Executive Council Abu Dhabi Government.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM (UAE Time)

PANEL TOPIC: “NAVIGATING THE FUTURE OF CFOS LETS PLAN THE QUESTIONS”

Moderator:

Rabab Galal Nagi

Rabab Galal Nagi
Ecolab

Finance VP- India Middle East Africa

Established chief financial officer equipped with extensive 20+ years’ experience maximizing profitability and optimizing organizational outcomes. Well-organized financial professional with aptitude in financial and business planning to bolster productivity and boost revenue growth. Influential leader with demonstrated capacity for team mobilization and motivation to attain departmental and business objectives. Compelling communicator with a reputable track record in international stakeholder relationship cultivation and maintenance. Articulate C-level executive skilled at cross-functional communication and coordination with diverse teams in multiple countries globally.

Panelist:

Moneeza Butt

Moneeza Usman Butt
KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co., Chartered Accountants

Partner

Moneeza Usman Butt is a Partner in KPMG and has the distinction of being the first lady partner in the big four audit and advisory chartered accountant firms of Pakistan. Moneeza is responsible for the control, supervision, and finalization of audits of various large local and multinational organizations, operating in diversified sectors. Moneeza also supervised the Business Process Outsourcing and sustainability services functions of KPMG. She is also the Quality Performance Liaison Partner of KPMG. She has been a speaker and panelist at various conferences, seminars, and TV and radio shows including the BBC Radio show Business Matters. Moneeza was awarded as one of the 100 Miracle Women 2015 by Unilever, a Woman of Inspiration 2016 by Ladies Fund, CA Woman of the Year 2018 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), Business Excellence Award 2020 by Biz Today International and 100 Influential Women on LinkedIn 2022 Award by Connected Women Pakistan. She is an elected member of the Southern Regional Committee of ICAP.

Panelist:

Nauman Asif

Nauman Asif Mian
Council Member – ACCA Global

Bayt.com Inc. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Nauman is a distinguished financial leader, currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Bayt.com Inc., the #1 job site in the Middle East. With a strong background in finance and accounting, Nauman has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills throughout his academic and professional career. His expertise and contributions to the finance industry have been widely recognized. Nauman was named one of the most influential CFOs in the GCC by Khaleej Times and was featured in the CFO Powerlist. He has also been nominated for various awards, including the “Chartered Accountant of the Year” and “Young Accountant of the Year” at the Finance & Accountancy Middle East Awards. Nauman is a Chartered Accountant from England and Wales and a Fellow member of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is also a Certified Internal Auditor and holds multiple honorary positions. Nauman started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and later worked for the FTSE listed No.1 Health & Fitness provider in the U.K. He is also the first member to be elected at the ACCA Global Council from the UAE.

Panelist:

Urooj

Urooj Khan
KPMG

Audit Director & People Lead

Urooj has over 15 years of experience in providing financial statement audit services in the UAE to international and local clients. She specializes in providing audit services in real estate, shopping malls, property development, retail, trading, hospitality, logistics, and professional services sector clients. She is also responsible for leading the audit of several large family-owned groups in the UAE and international companies in accordance with IFRS. Additionally, Urooj is also the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Champion and People Leader at KPMG.

Panelist:

Saada Al Taee

Saada Al Taee
Abu Dhabi Government

A visionary leader, change management champion, strategic thinker, highly motivated, self driven, result oriented professional with 18 years of progressive experience in business, strategic projects and operational excellence in global organisations in service industries. Expertise in managing business demand by balancing external client delivery, internal revenue growth, cost reductions and effective risk management. An enterprising leader with excellent decision making, controlling & problem-solving skills. Established and leading the 100% Emiratization back office project in Etihad Aviation Group, developed in the past 4 years as a center of excellence, serving Etihad Airways and partners, and turning it into a long term sustainable organization. Embraced the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth; consistently acknowledged as a future leader in Etihad and engaged in various leadership forums.

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM (UAE Time)

“THE UNUSUAL CFO – WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE VALUE FROM FINANCE?”

Speaker:

Nicholas Gleeson

Nicholas Gleeson
ADNOC Logistics & Services PLC

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Nicholas Gleeson leads the finance operations at ADNOC Logistics & Services, bringing a broad range of experience in energy logistics and strategic leadership along with expertise in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), mergers, acquisitions, and disposals. Before his current role, Gleeson was Group Chief Financial Officer of BW Group, one of the world’s leading maritime groups in the tanker, gas, and offshore segment, operating a fleet of over 100 owned, part-owned or controlled vessels. He was also Chief Executive Officer of BW LPG, where he was responsible for overseeing the award-winning listing of the company’s shares on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Gleeson is an Australian Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (UAE Time)

Award Ceremony

4:00 PM (UAE Time)

CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban
Berkeley & Lords

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.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (UAE Time)

LUNCH NETWORKING

The CFO Expo 2023 is more than just a conference; it's a catalyst for professional growth and organizational success. Whether you're a seasoned CFO, finance executive, or aspiring financial leader, this event is your gateway to unparalleled learning, networking, and business opportunities. Our partners in real estate brought a great opportunity to explore the real estate investment options in the United Arab Emirates.

Aldar Expo
Sobha Expo

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

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 operations@berkeleyme.com with your Fullname, 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

EVENT TEAM

Imthiyas Hameed

Group Director Operations

Khulood Shaban

Khulood Shaban

Group CFO & CEO

Brendon

Brendon Marques

Coordinator

Alifiya Bohra

Director – Business Development

Maria Malykh

Director – Business Development

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