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A CFO's guide to ensure future success

A series of 5 webinars focusing on functional transformation to thrive in a new business environment.

A series of 5 webinars focusing on functional transformation.

A CFO's guide to ensure future success

Program Details

To offset the impact of the pandemic, organisations across the globe are adapting and re-building their business models in search of efficiency gains. In the midst of all this, the finance function is in a unique position to be at the heart of change across an organisation.

As a function, finance was already experiencing a significant shift towards digital transformation. The difference now is that digital transformation is no longer a choice.  It is quickly becoming an imperative for organisations to thrive in the changing business environment. 

CFOs that lead digital transformation initiatives are able to demonstrate significant cost savings through efficiency gains. Moreover, finance transformation should allow finance leaders to take a leading role in enterprise value creation and performance management.

With finances fluctuating not only month-by-month but day-by-day, agile reporting, forecasting, and investment flexibility are an imperative for finance functions that want to thrive in today’s world. By harnessing the collection of data within an organisation and turning it into valuable insights, the finance function has the potential to evolve from a cost centre to the engine room for driving business performance.

Would you like to learn more about why Medium and Large enterprises need to transform to thrive in a new business environment? See details below to register for our webinar series.

Event Details

Dates:

 Session 1 - 17 February 2021   Need to transform 
 Session 2 - 24 February 2021   Plan your journey
 Session 3 - 3 March 2021  Manage and Monitor 
 Session 4 - 10 March 2021  Operate 
 Session 5 - 17 March 2021  Manage and Improve  

Time: 4pm - 5pm

Venue: Teams (online)

Fees: Free of charge

Agenda

Session 1: Need to transform

Agenda

Session 2: Plan your journey

Session 3: Manage and Monitor

Session 4: Operate

Session 5 - Manage and Improve

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Speaker Bios - Session 1

Tonio Zarb

Tonio Zarb

Partner, Advisory Services

Tonio has extensive experience in Deal Advisory Services, particularly in Transactions and Restructuring services. He has led several engagements relating to valuation, debt and equity financing, financial due diligence, financial reviews, and has advised on financial restructuring and strategy. Tonio has advised and assisted various entities in equity and debt transactions including a significant number of corporate entities that have listed securities on the Malta Stock Exchange. Tonio was the Firm’s Senior Partner for an eight year period to September 2020, he headed up the Firm’s Advisory Function between 1989 to 2018. He is a past President of the Institute of Financial Service Practitioners and of the Malta Institute of Accountants as well as an ex-council member of the Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE).

Marc Rizzo

Marc Rizzo

Manager, Digital Solutions

Marc is a mechanical engineer with an MSc in Data Analytics from the University of Strathclyde Business School. He has extensive experience in the handling and manipulation of data in support of decision-making. With strong foundations in analysis tools and technique he drives for continuous improvement of both himself and his environment.

Malcolm Micallef

Malcolm Micallef

Manager, KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions

Malcolm is a Project Manager at KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions and is responsible for the successful delivery of some of KPMG’s Powered Enterprise projects at an international level. Powered Enterprise is an outcome driven, functional transformation solution, combining deep business knowledge, proven delivery capability and leading technologies to help drive sustainable change, rising performance and lasting value. Malcolm is also the Methods Lead at KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions, coming up with a number of initiatives that help drive excellence and consistency in our client deliveries.

Speaker Bios - Session 2

Malcolm Pace Debono

Malcolm Pace Debono

Director, People and Change Advisory Services

Over the past 26 years, Malcolm has operated across various geographies, advising a number of international and regional business enterprises in strategic workforce planning, people analytics, change management, strategic transformation, organisational restructuring and talent management. Malcolm is a big believer in the fact that no matter the size of the enterprise, the greatest performance growth an organisation can experience is primarily achieved by maximising the potential of its people. Prior to joining KPMG, Malcolm was the Managing Director of his boutique business advisory firm, which was acquired by KPMG in 2016. Since 2018, Malcolm leads the Management Consulting practices for KPMG Islands Group.

Claudine Borg Azzopardi

Claudine Borg Azzopardi

Director, People and Change Advisory Services

Claudine is a Counselling Psychologist, Executive Coach and Registered Supervisor with a business and commercial orientation. Apart from teaching Psychology and Behavioural Leadership at the University of Malta, she has worked extensively in the area of transformational change and personality and leadership profiling with diverse nationalities in the UK and Malta. Claudine enhances top-leadership capacity and agility at moments of personal and organizational transitions and supports transformational change by catalyzing change agents and embedding behaviors and mind-sets in everyday work. She is passionate about supporting Leaders understand themselves better by building self insight and by taking a closer look at their leadership styles to help them and their teams thrive. She collaborates closely and builds strong rapport with clients, consultants and mentors to facilitate communication and enhance execution of developmental transitions. Her appreciation and interest in cultures and different customs have led to extensive travelling.

Keith Sacco

Keith Sacco

Senior Manager, KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions

Keith forms part of the International Team, and is the Business Unit Lead for International Projects. Keith joined KPMG MBS in 2011 in the capacity of Project Team Lead following 11 years of work experience in the Mobile Telephony, Cloud Support Services and Public Sector. Keith is a warranted Engineer and Lecturer, and is the holder of an MBA from the University of Malta where he specialised in eBusiness. Keith is involved in providing guidance and support to the MBS International Sales Team, apart from being involved in the day to day management of various projects. When required he also delivers management presentations and pre-sales activities. Keith is also engaged on a regular basis to deliver lectures to under-graduate students at one of the local private Universities. 

Speaker Bios - Session 3

David Pace

David Pace

Partner, Head of Advisory

David joined KPMG in 2002 and has worked on numerous advisory assignments, both locally and overseas. He currently heads the firm’s Advisory function, one of the broadest multi-disciplinary teams on the island. Throughout his career he has assisted clients in successfully raising debt and equity finance and in valuing shares and businesses. He is actively involved in numerous business negotiations and has a lead role in the firm’s Merger and Acquisition service offering. He has also participated on vendor and buy-side due diligence assignments for which he has worked within the local and foreign practices of KPMG. His engagement portfolio has led him to work at the heart of strategy within a number of businesses, helping them throughout the process of considering strategic options, articulation of plans and their subsequent implementation and monitoring. David has provided various training sessions on corporate finance, accounting and business related topics to clients and at public seminars. He is an active promoter of entrepreneurship, supports early stage companies, and is a Director on the JAYE Malta Foundation (previously Young Enterprise) Board, of which he was previously Chairperson.

Jonathan Dingli

Jonathan Dingli

Partner, Accounting Advisory Services

Jonathan leads a team of professionals within the Accounting Advisory Services (AAS) Team at KPMG in Malta. At KPMG, Jonathan has assisted various clients, both local and international with respect to IFRS advice and IFRS adoption. He was responsible for advising a multi-national group of over 150 subsidiaries in its adoption of IFRS and the preparation of the group’s first IFRS consolidated financial statements. Before returning to KPMG, Jonathan set up the Malta Institute of Accountants’ Technical Department which he led for seven years. During his term of office Jonathan wrote a number of technical pronouncements on the application of IFRS to specific local circumstances, was responsible for the drafting of GAPSE (an accounting standard for Maltese SMEs), and he also represented the Institute on local and international fora. Before joining the Institute, Jonathan also worked for a number of years with KPMG in Malta and in Dublin during which he was assigned on a number of audits of high level clients both locally and overseas. Jonathan was the editor of the MIA journal the Accountant for seven years. Jonathan has been specialising in IFRS since 2008; he has lectured on IFRS in various countries, ran various IFRS courses for KPMG and the Malta Institute of Accountants and has given presentations at various events and conferences. He lectures on advanced financial reporting in the Master in Accountancy post-graduate degree at the University of Malta.

Hermione Arciola

Hermione Arciola

Partner, Deal Advisory

Hermione is a Partner within the Deal Advisory team which she joined at the start of 2007 following completion of her MSc in International Accounting and Finance at Cass Business School, London. Prior to joining KPMG, Hermione gained a number of years of professional experience with another Big 4 firm. Since joining KPMG, Hermione has accumulated a wealth of experience through her involvement in a large number of Deal Advisory assignments. Hermione has taken a lead role in, amongst others, local and cross border vendor and buy-side due diligence assignments for clients operating in various sectors, as well as, financial due diligence assignments for entities seeking to list their securities on the Malta Stock Exchange. She has also managed a number of valuation engagements, including valuation of shares, businesses and real estate and has provided technical assistance relating to valuations for financial reporting and regulatory purposes. Furthermore, over the past years, Hermione has advised clients on financing options available with particular emphasis on tapping the local capital market and assisted clients with the raising of equity finance via an Initial Public Offering and the preparation of business plans and turnaround plans.

Giselle Borg

Giselle Borg

Director, Insurance Advisory Services

Giselle is currently a Director with the Risk Consulting Insurance Advisory Services team of KPMG in Malta. She assists insurance clients from establishing an insurance set-up in Malta to ongoing regulatory and compliance matters, including Solvency II services. She has experience in the insurance market through her previous role as a director in KPMG Malta’s audit department and her recent involvement in the industry as the Group Financial Controller of an expert in insurance finality and run-off. Giselle has delivered technical training on a number of subjects including audit and international financial reporting standards to clients as well as regulatory bodies. Giselle presents at several conferences on issues relating to financial services and is also involved in articles for various publications.

Sandro Azzopardi

Sandro Azzopardi

Lead Consultant, KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions

Sandro is a Lead Consultant at KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions and he has over 30 years of experience working in various ERP implementations. Some of Sandro’s most recent projects include acting as a Solution Architect for an implementation of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations solutions for major retail client in South Africa, and providing consultancy, analysis & configuration on various modules, mainly Finance for a UK based Waste Management Services company.

Speaker Bios - Session 4

Petr Karasek

Petr Karasek

Product Marketing Management Director, Microsoft

Petr Karasek is a Director of Product Marketing Management at Microsoft. He has 28+ year experience in the Business Applications space, especially in the area of strategic planning, business management and business development. With Microsoft he held various management and leadership positions in Czech Republic and Central and Eastern Europe region. Before joining Microsoft he was a Product Director in a Navision Software company and two other ERP vendors in Czech Republic.

Speaker Bios - Session 5

Marco Amoedo

Marco Amodeo

Head of R&D and COC, KPMG Microsoft Business Solutions

Marco is a technology strategist with expert knowledge in enterprise software engineering, customer experience, and technology innovation. He excels at helping organisations make the most of their Microsoft technology investments. Marco specialises in bridging the gap between technology innovation and businesses challenges, enabling organisations to design technology roadmaps that maximise business value. He has received multiple awards from Microsoft for his contributions to the technology community.

Alexia Anastasi

Alexia Anastasi

Senior Business Analyst, Digital Solutions

Alexia leads the automation team at KPMG Digital Solutions. She focuses mainly on business process improvement and the implementation of automated solutions using tools such as Microsoft Power Platform. Alexia has lead projects within the BPR and Automation spectrum in various industries both locally and internationally.

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