8:30 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

General session

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Leadership: Finance in the new world

Sumit Chaudhary, Divisional CFO, EMEA, Foot Locker Inc.

Finance has transformed from the controllership function of the past. Leaders must adapt their leadership style and delve into the critical skills required to drive financial success, inspire teams, and navigate the complex challenges today’s world presents. Led by Sumit Chaudhary, CFO EMEA from Foot Locker Inc., this talk will provide practical tips and actionable advice to enhance your leadership abilities and propel your team forward.

General session

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Women in finance: How The Netherlands compares

Ilva Gacaj, Director of Finance Excellence, Marel

This talk will explore how The Netherlands may be falling behind other European regions in its efforts to support women in finance. Ilva will contrast the practices from her own career experiences in Amsterdam and beyond to uncover valuable insights and potential strategies for fostering gender equality in the financial sector on a broader scale.

General Session

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Continuing the data analytics transformation

Eyal Dayan, Finance Lead – Southern Europe and BeNe – CAG Diagnostics, IDEXX

Eyal Dayan will teach attendees how finance has a unique position to take a leading role in data driven decision making. Practical ways to use data and analytics to support those decisions, and what robust frameworks must be in place to assess their effectiveness and achieve ROI.


11:00 am - 11:30 am

Morning Coffee Break

General Session

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

The CFO as the driver of circularity

Remko Walsweer, CFO, PreZero Nederland

The CFO plays a crucial role in driving circularity within an organisation. By optimising resource usage, and implementing sustainable supply chain practices, the CFO can help reduce waste and costs while increasing profitability. This talk will look at how the CFO can work with the C-suite to develop a circular economy strategy and ensure that it aligns with the company’s financial goals.

Interactive Session

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Roundtable Discussions

Attendees can select from a number of interactive roundtable discussions, with the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing all aspects of the finance function with fellow attendees:

Table 1: The Digital Shift: Transforming Financial Departments for the Future – Payhawk

Table 2: Leveraging Automation to Help Drive Efficiency in Finance – Tipalti

Table 3: Evolving To The Next Generation of Business Planning – Pigment

Table 4: The Future of Planning and Forecasting – OneStream Software


12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


General Session

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

CFO resilience in uncertain times: Reinventing our identity as ‘the Changemaker CFO’

Dado Alonso, Group CFO, Berlin Brands Group

CFOs in fast-growth digital environments are well-versed in change. Disruption is already penciled in on the agenda. We always know it’s coming. Transformation isn’t a far-off destination, it’s our natural environment. Uncertainty? It’s as sure as the air you breathe. Of course, you’ve made missteps, but you also learned from them. You may have resisted change at first, but then you discovered how to survive by evolving our ways of working. You accepted change as fundamental to your existence and you even began to thrive.


Now, a CFO has a new opportunity for metamorphosis – from a resilient CFO who withstands change to a CFO who creates change. It’s a chance to reinvent your identity within the business. Even further, you can shape your legacy and catalyse positive change globally. The good news is that this next stage is also a logical extension of the knowledge you’ve gained in fast-growth environments. You can directly apply those learnings to three areas that are critically impacting every business today: sustainability, digital transformation, and building a future-ready workforce.

Join Veteran CFO Dado Alonso, who will showcase her experience as a resilient CFO in fast-growth environments and encourage debate on what it means practically to become a ‘Changemaker CFO’.

General Session

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Embracing diversity in finance for a thriving future

Katekani Mabasa, Global M&A Senior Finance Lead-Philips International B.V, Philips

In recent years, the global business landscape has recognized the undeniable value of diversity and inclusion in achieving long-term success. Now, more than ever, the finance function needs to harness the power of diversity to drive innovation, enhance decision-making, and secure a prosperous future. By embracing diversity in finance, organizations have an incredible opportunity to unlock the full potential of their workforce and position themselves for sustainable growth and success. This talk aims to inspire executives and senior finance professionals to take concrete steps towards increasing diversity in their finance functions, providing practical tools, and sharing success stories to guide their journey towards a more inclusive and prosperous future. Together, we can build a finance function that reflects the diverse societies we operate in and reap the rewards of a truly inclusive culture.


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Afternoon Coffee Break

Interactive session

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Roundtable discussions

We’ll close out the day with more interactive roundtable discussions looking at:

– Sustainable finance – Jane Waiyaki, Senior Manager, Sustainable Finance, WWF

– Data-driven decision making – Angelique Odendaal, Finance Director, ACT

– Improving diversity in finance – Léonie Kennepohl, Co-founder, FemaleXFinance

– FP&A innovation – Kavita Singh, Senior FP&A Analyst, FedEx

– What can we learn from startup finance – Igor Curic, Startup CFO


4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking Drinks

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Great leaders of organizations run after problems, make their footprint bigger than their foot, and always strive to find the truth — because you have to get to the truth to be excellent.

CFO, Twitter

The primary mandate of the CFO is to be the guardian of shareholder value for the company. Traditionally, this was about managing risk, but today CFOs are expected to balance risk and opportunity. It's become quite a quite multi-dimensional role.


Operating a global business in a fast-changing world, you have to be grounded real-time in the external environment, have complete transparency, be fact-based and working with a great, collaborative team.

CFO, Ford

With an increasingly integrated world economy, be prepared to respond to higher levels of both risk and opportunity. A strong balance sheet is a tremendous asset when managing though periods of volatility.

CFO, Chevron

From an M&A standpoint, the returns on a spreadsheet are interesting, but it is far more important to be comfortable with the people running the business.

CFO, Krogers

Look at what your organization needs and don't be afraid to take chances, but balance risk with success, only increasing the former when the latter goals are being met.

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