Business Connect Program | WCOA Sydney 2018 Accounting Conference

International Convention Centre, Sydney Australia  |  5-8 November 2018

Business Connect Program

WCOA 2018 is designed to create the ultimate learning environment, a chance to access thought leadership from across the globe and be the key event worldwide for the accounting and business community to connect and engage with each other.

The Business Connect program is an official opportunity to meet like-minded attendees, build your network and identify business opportunities.

Knowledgeable professional connectors will create a relaxed environment facilitating organic conversations within the Business Connect Lounge during Congress breaks. Industry leaders, experts and business leaders will host short sessions and facilitate discussions on particular topics of interest. You can also join or create micro meetings hosted by high profile speakers and industry influencers to learn, share and engage.

See below the topics of discussion over the congress program.

1200 – 1300
BC1: I’m interested in: Maximising my WCOA experience

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Chloe Barnes WCOA 2018 Tech Manager
  2. Andrew Cross WCOA 2018 Social & Exhibition Producer

1015 – 1100
BC2: I’m interested in: Championing integrity for the profession

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Simon Longstaff AO FCPA, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre,
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Trust & Legitimacy’
  2. Stavros Thomadakis, Chair, International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants
  3. Sylvain Mansotte, Co-Founder & CEO, Whispli; Leighton Holdings Whistleblower
    I want to join the conversation about pros & cons of existingwhistleblowing channels.
  4. Associate Professor Eva Tsahuridu, Industry Fellow in the School of Accounting, RMIT University
  5. Wendy Addison, Founder and CEO, SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd; Whistleblower, LeisureNet
    I want to join the conversation about courage
  6. Mary Inman, Partner, Constantine Cannon
    I want to join the conversation about The Role of Whistleblowers in Exposing Accounting Fraud
  7. Nathanial Webb, Communications and External Affairs, IFAC
  8. Peter Achterstraat FCPA, Former NSW AG, NSW Productivity Commissioner, Chair AICD NSW, Chairman Bankstown Airport Corporation
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Integrity I the boardroom – relevant for Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and anyone reporting to the Board’

1215 – 1320
BC3: I’m interested in: Shaping policy to protect the public interest

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Gavan Ord, Business Investment Policy Manager, CPA Australia
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Taxation on Australian property – a briefing on proposed changes to Australia’s capital gains tax on property for non-residents’
  2. Claire Grayston, Business Investment Policy Manager, CPA Australia
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Does audit have a future?
  3. Ram Subramanian, Policy Advisor, Reporting, CPA Australia
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Are financial reports useful?’
  4. Maggie McGee, Executive Director, Governance, ACCA
    I want to join the conversation about ‘The importance of strong public-sector auditing’
  5. Tamara Leizer, Director Strategy and Performance, Compliance and Regulatory Services, Roads and Maritime Services
    I want to join the conversation about ‘The Value of a Cup of Coffee – building and maintaining business relationships’
  6. Ian Mackintosh, Chair, Corporate Reporting Dialogue, Corporate reporting crusader
    I want to join the conversation about ‘What do you really want for and from corporate reporting?’
  7. Amir Ghandar, Deputy Director, Public Policy & Regulation, IFAC
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Cutting through and impacting the top level of global policy making at the G20 and OECD’
  8. Roger Simnett, Chair and Chief Executive Officer – Australian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board | Scientia Professor, School of Accounting – UNSW Sydney

1030 – 1115
BC4: I’m interested in: Building a sustainable practice

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Prof Andrew Conway FIPA FFA – Group Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Public Accountants
    I want to join the conversation about ‘mental health in our profession’
  2. Jonathan Elliot – Managing Director, SBA Collins
    I want to join the conversation about ‘5 hour work day?’
  3. Amanda Kenafake – Chief Executive Officer, Power Tynan
    I want to join the conversation about ‘How do you differentiate your business?
  4. Paul Meissner FCA – Practitioner, podcaster and pragmatist | Director – 5ways Group Chartered Accountants | Founder – Freedom Accounting System | Presenter – From the Trenches Podcast
    I want to join the conversation about ‘how cloud accounting saved my compliance firm rather than killed it’
  5. Mark Mayberry, Director, Assurance Office of Tomorrow, Global Audit & Accounting, BDO
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Preparing your practice for the digital future’
  6. Mark Edmondson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Inflo
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Increasing fee income from compliance clients by transforming your value proposition’

1230 – 1345
BC5: I’m interested in: Leveraging and implementing technology

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Natalie Nguyen – Chief Executive Officer, Hyper Anna
    I want to join the conversation about ‘data analytics for better decisions’
  2. Ayesha Khanna – Co-founder and CEO, ADDO AI
    I want to join the conversation about ‘how to prepare for the AI age’
  3. Brian Forde – Senior Lecturer for Bitcoin and Blockchain – MIT Sloan School of Management / Former (Crypto) Candidate for U.S. Congress, CA-45 / Former Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation – The White House. Named one the “Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain”
  4. Kriti Sharma – Vice President of AI and Ethics, Sage
    I want to join the conversation about ‘how to leverage AI as a competitive business driver’
  5. Darren Younger – Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder, Lakeba Group
    I want to join the conversation about ’The impact of blockchain’
  6. Carole Barnay – Head of AI R&D Programmes, Xero
    Sue Pak – Head of Accounting NZ, Xero
    I want to join the conversation about ‘How AI allows you to be more human and connected to your customers’
  7. Keren Elazari – Analyst, Author and Senior Researcher – Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Centre, Tel Aviv University, Former hacker turned cyber security expert
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Cyber Security’
  8. Michael Izza – Chief Executive Officer, ICAEW AND Kirstin Gillon – Technical Manager, ICAEW
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Opportunities and challenges from AI and data’

1500 – 1545
BC6: I’m interested in: Social Responsibility

  1. Mardi McBrien – Managing Director, Climate Standards Board
    I want to join the conversation about The ‘E’ of ESG
  2. Gord Beal CPA CA M.Ed – Vice President – Research Guidance and Support – CPA Canada
    I want to join the conversation about ‘The Evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility?’
  3. Mariam Riza CPA – Vice President – Intergenerational Consulting
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Beyond Accounting – Championing Social Responsibility’
  4. Jessica Fries – Executive Chairman – The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project
    I want to join the conversation about ‘UN Sustainable development goals’
  5. Karen McWilliams – Business Reform Leader, Chartered Accountants & New Zealand
  6. John Purcell – Policy Advisor ESG, CPA Australia
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Blockchain and blockages of integrated reporting
  7. Nick Ridehalgh – Partner KPMG, Member IAASB’s EER Advisory Panel

0945 – 1030
BC7: I’m interested in: Developing my career

  1. Shelley Cable ASA – Senior Consultant, PWC Indigenous Consulting
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Forging your own path, not climbing the ladder’
  2. Priya Singh – General Manager, Enterprise Data and Financial Excellence, Fonterra
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Complimentary skills to core accounting that can accelerate your career development’
  3. Kate Boorer – Employee Engagement & Performance Specialist, Employability and CEO & Founder of Young Professional Women Australia
    I want to join the conversation about ‘The importance of personal brand and network to career success’
  4. Mariam Riza CPA – Vice President, Intergenerational Consulting
    I want to join the conversation about “Skills of the Future in Accounting & Finance”
  5. Anthony Matis – General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia
  6. David Boyar – Chief Executive Officer, Sequel
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Future of work: the gig economy for CFOs’
  7. Paul Barnicoat – Chief Financial Officer, Non-Exec Director
    I want to join the conversation about ‘Career progress – looking good or being good? Is just being good at your role enough?”
  8. Peter Knight FCPA – Founder of Hays Knight

1145 – 1300
BC8: I’m interested in: Transitioning to senior leadership

Concierge: Anthony Matis
General Manager Mentor Program & Academic Liaison, Education, CPA Australia

  1. Jacqueline Chan CPA – Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer CFO, DBS Bank (Hong Kong)
    I want to join the conversation about ‘The changing finance operating model in digital age’
  2. Brian Hoppe CA – Former Human Resources Director and Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Australia and Global VP Finance Huawei
  3. Fionn O’Keeffe – Chief Financial Officer, PeopleStreme
  4. Rachel Grimes FCPA FCA – CFO, BT Technology

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