Cape Town International Convention Centre


Online bookings for the Finance Leaders Symposium have now closed.

There will be limited seats available for walk-ins on the day of the Conference. These will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Registration & Coffee



Andile Khumalo, CA(SA), Chairman : Brave Group and CEO : The Brodkast Group, Freeman Nomvalo, CA(SA), CEO : The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


Keynote: The Strategic Finance Leader for a Time of Change
How do you strive in the fourth industrial revolution as a finance leader? How to inspire change through a change in mindset and change in leadership

Talita Ferreira, CA(SA), Executive Board Director in multi-disciplines : C-Suite


Keynote: The Next
Technology like blockchain, robotics, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) is beginning to both disrupt the finance function and open up new opportunities. What will be the role of the next-gen CFO and senior finance controller/manager?

Willem van der Post, CA(SA), CEO : xTech.Capital


Panel: Business Strategy for a Competitive Advantage
What skills and capabilities do finance leaders need for success in the future? High profile CEOs and CFOs from varied industries discuss the challenges and the changing talent and skills needed in these turbulent times:

• Challenges and opportunities of working in a fast growing, [data-driven] business, and how a right focus on technology, culture and stakeholder management enables growth
• Strategic leadership in changing times: technology investment, scenario planning, thinking and decision-making
• Transformational leadership and culture change: how to get colleagues and teams on board, and how to recruit talent with the necessary diverse skills for the future business environment
• Why an effective leadership team depends on the CEO and CFO being a great double act


Willem van der Post, CA(SA), CEO : xTech.Capital

Dr Morne Mostert, Director : The Institute for Futures Research, Stellenbosch University, Zama Khanyile, CA(SA), Fund Manager : the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), James Wilkinson, CA(SA), Head of Business Optimisation : Foschini Group


Theatre MC: Monica Singer, CA(SA), ex-CEO STRATE


Theatre MC: Ricardo Botas, CA(SA), Financial Director, Samsung


Theatre MC: Dineshrie Pillay, CA(SA), Leadership Developmen, Specialist



How Tech will help your company stay profitable

To create cutting-edge organisations, we need insight into the future of technology, our industry, consumers and our employees.

How can we predict the future and what does it take to remain forever profitable?

Do you know how your business will be disrupted?

Annabel Dallamore

The CFO Round Table in partnership with BusinessDayTV

What are the leadership skills required to build and lead effective finance teams that are a strategic support to the business? What are the key management skills that are increasingly expected of CFOs?

A table of CFOs from listed companies will discuss and debate these challenges within their own companies and how they went about solving them.

Brian Eaton, CA(SA), CEO : RSM

Dorette Neethling, CA(SA), Chief Financial Officer : Adcock
Ingram, Debbie Ransby, CA(SA), Financial Director : Takeda, Talita Ferreira, CA(SA), C-Suite Executive Board Director in multi-disciplines, Ziyanda Nkuta CA(SA), Acting CFO Cricket South Africa

Taking ownership of your future health

We need to prepare ourselves – and our organizations – for how personal and corporate healthcare will be disrupted in the near future.

It is predicted that 80% of what physicians do today will be done by a machine in the future, and there is no doubt that the journey has, in part, begun.

This session, led by world-renowned Nutrigenomics expert, Dr Yael Joffe, will explore a few of the areas where technology has the potential to transform, disrupt and improve both our personal health journey and that of our colleagues.

By implication, combining medicine, science & technology to empower both your own investment in your personal health, and that of your colleagues, will have a great impact upon the culture and finances of your company.

Dr Yael Joffe, CEO : 3×4

Glenn Stein, Founding Partner : Aweza, Dr Rosy Ndhlovu, CEO : Innovo Mobile Healthcare, Cheryl Jansen Van Vuuren, Head of HR : PPS, Dr Rosy Ndhlovu CEO Innovo Mobile Healthcare



Lunch served from 13:00-15:00 (no set break/self-service)

Disruptive Technology that drives business growth

What is the data telling you about your company and its finances? How can finance persons apply advanced analytics to calculate real-time costs and forecasts, based on multiple scenarios? And how should a strategy be led by the right data, including what fintech tools should be purchased and implemented?

Technology disruption experts from Deloitte and Bidvest Alice, a robotic IT audit firm, will discuss the latest tech trends and how to analyse the numbers – to showcase where technology can both advance company strategy and business growth.

Arun Babu, MD, Enterprise Solutions : Deloitte
Frans Geldenhuys CA(SA), Founding Member : Bidvest Alice
Louise Chunnett, CA(SA), Founding Member : Bidvest Alice

THE BIO-OIL STORY: Making a South African business a global business

In 2000, under the new ownership of Justin and David Letschert, Union Swiss was expanded from a local skincare company into a multinational organisation, with a presence in 141 countries.

Hear how the company’s use of M&A, multinational business model, research, brand positioning and unique technology resulted in the fastest global skincare company rollout in history.

Justin Letschert, Founder : UnionSwiss

Syncing Brand Objectives with Financial Growth

What is the conversation that needs to take place between Marketing and Finance to ensure that both the commercial and brand objectives of the company are aligned and successful?

Facilitated by Chartered Accountant and Media entrepreneur, Andile Khumalo, the session’s panel includes a charismatic and diverse line-up, including entrepreneur and strategist, Tumi Rabanye, and Mzamo Masito, who brings insights from the global brand giant, Google.

Pepe Marais of Joe Public, winner of the Loerie Award for Creative Agency of the Year in 2018, will also talk about how he led one of the fastest brand agency growth stories in history.

Olympian Gold Medallist, Ryk Neethling, will also join the panel and share from his own (brand management) experience of working amongst a team of CAs at Val De Vie.

Andile Khumalo, CA(SA), Chairman : Brave Group and CEO : The Brodkast Group

Mzamo Mosito, Marketing Director : Google
Pepe Marais, Founder & CEO : Joe Public
Tumi Rabanye, Chief Strategist : Brave Group
Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director : Val de Vie Group of Companies



Getting ready for change: Business Process Outsourcing

A problem for many companies and finance functions is a
misunderstanding and incorrect implementation of new cloud
models into old systems. Understanding the problem and
addressing it with the right piece of software is critical.

BPO forms a key part of getting your company and its people ready
for cloud, including ERP and change management.

This session will discuss both BPO as well as what internal
functions could or should be outsourced to retain strategic business
focus and decision-making in areas where your company may

Ian Meaker, Director : Creative CFO
Jacobus de Nysschen CA(SA), Director : Creative CFO

Bringing entrepreneurial spirit to business

Data • eCommerce • Disruption • Growth through Partnerships

A panel of entrepreneurs directing high-growth companies discuss
the strategy and decisions for their businesses that delivered the
best data insights, the right sustainable foundations and the
preferred partners on their journey.

Azim Omar CA(SA), EY Partner Africa Growth Markets Leader

Tim Willis, CA(SA), COO: Aerobotics
Andrew Smith, Co-Founder and CEO : Yuppiechef
Abed Tau, CA(SA), Director : Thamani Consulting; Co-founder : tech start-ups Tuta-me and Silicon Maboneng
Louw Barnardt, CA(SA), Co-Founder & MD : Outsourced CFO

The CFO Career Panel

Some of South Africa’s foremost CFOs from JSE-listed companies
will be interviewed on their own careers and choices.

The session will also look at the company and recruitment concerns
of CFOs, such as: employees having exposure to high impact
communication and stakeholder management; Avoiding the
“specialisation trap”; ethnic and gender diversity; Developing skills
and experience in business and roles outside of your comfort zone;

Role rotation at the corporate centre; Gaining international exposure.
The session will also look at the most recent research on South
African CFOs, and how they compare to their global counterparts.

Ryno Matthee, Country Leader : Spencer Stuart, Heine Werth, CA(SA), Chief Financial Officer : Sanlam



Managing your information and data in the 4th industrial

On premise, in data-centres, in the cloud – or wherever it is located
– your data is the essential ingredient to power you through the 4th
industrial revolution and ensure the long term sustainability of your

How do you manage it?
Keep it safe?
Recover it?
Understand it?
Keep it compliant?
Leverage it?

What tools do you need to have to enable all of this?

In this talk Steven Cohen, co-founder of Sage Pastel, will discuss
leading trends in data management, the possibility of near zero
disaster recover times, immutable ransomware protection and the
cost savings you can make by choosing the right technology.

Steven Cohen, CA(SA), Business Development and Strategy Director : IronTree

Corporate Governance & Responsible Leadership:

What happens when governance fails?

Governance has become an increasingly public topic in recent
years, especially where CAs have been found to have breached
ethical codes. In this session we will be seeking to get practical
around the issue – understanding both ethics victories and
failures within companies – from a panel who can speak directly
from their past experiences. Where governance failures are
discussed, we will look to understand what the context was that
created the circumstances for the failure, and how to be better
equipped to deal with such circumstances at the outset.

Gugu Mthetwa, CA(SA) & non-executive director

Kimi Makwetu CA(SA), Auditor-General of South Africa, Andile Khumalo, CA(SA), CEO : The Brodkast Group, Waseem Carrim, CA(SA), CEO : the The NYDA, Mariette Venter CA(SA), Deputy CFO at Capricorn District Municipality

Planning Your Next Move

When should you make a move or turn down a move that could
define your career? Are you looking to make a move into a senior
finance role, or to become an NED?

In this session, Chartered Accountants discuss career decisions and
motivations, and how it enhanced the right opportunities.

The panel will also discuss best practice around recruitment,
retention and motivation of a successful finance team.

Lyle Malander CA(SA), Director : Malander Group

Barrie Jack CA(SA), Facilitator : Institute of Directors
Talita Ferreira CA(SA), C-Suite Executive Board Director in multidisciplines
Francois Herbst CA(SA), Director at House of Growth


Closing keynote: Leadership

Ryk Neethling, Marketing Director : Val de Vie Group of Companies

16:15 – 17:00

 Networking & Drinks