The future of business
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ABOUT THE FORUM
As the slump in oil prices is starting to weigh on businesses in the region, CFOs are gearing up to take on increasingly high levels of responsibility in helping their organisations navigate the waters of global economic fluctuations.
A strategist, a number cruncher, a strategic advisor, a catalyser for change: today’s CFO is multi-faceted. The CFO Strategies Forum MENA is the only platform focused on covering the different aspects of a CFO’s role, arming the attendees with the right tools to overcome their biggest challenges.
Over two days, the forum brings together over 120 Chief Financial Officers, CEOs and industry experts to discuss industry trends, catalyse the region’s continuous growth and provide them with unparalleled networking opportunities.
The CFO Strategies Forum also features the MENA CFO Awards, which recognise individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements and revolutionary practices.
KEYNOTES, FIRE CHATS, AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Learn from the experience of successful C-level executives through interactive panel discussions. Each centres on a specific topic with time for Q&A sessions afterward, enabling you to have your most pressing questions answered.
Focusing on specific topics and themes, these give you the opportunity to choose your own workshops and take part in highly interactive sessions that deliver practical knowledge and skill
16+ HOURS OF BUSINESS-FOCUSED NETWORKING
Get to meet prominent, like-minded delegates in a focused, five-star environment. You can conduct meetings, share strategies and ideas, explore business opportunities and build profitable professional relationships.
Engage in a problem-solving round table discussion of your choice with your peers to come up with solutions to a key challenge of the group.
A highlight of the forum, the awards acknowledge prominent individuals and organisations for a variety of skills, acumen, and achievements. The highest quality entrants ensure strong competition.
KEY ATTENDEE STATISTICS
BREAKDOWN BY INDUSTRY
BREAKDOWN BY JOB TITLE
- Finance and real estate
- Diversified industries conglomerates
- Oil and gas
- Telecom and IT
- Public sector
MENA CFO OF THE YEAR – PUBLIC SECTOR
This award recognises a CFO from a public sector organisation for their continuous development of the Finance Department, and serving as an advisor to senior management in making strategic decisions. Nominees are required to provide examples of their leadership, strategic thinking and key management decisions. This category is open for: Group CFO, CFO, VP Finance, GM Finance and alike.
MENA CFO OF THE YEAR – PRIVATE SECTOR
Acknowledges a CFO from a private sector organisation for exceptional performance in leading the finance team during the past year. This may include aligning the finance function with their organisation’s strategic direction, and having a direct impact on its bottom line. This category
is open for: This category is open for: Group CFO, CFO, VP Finance, GM Finance and alike.
REVOLUTIONARY CFO OF THE YEAR
Presented to a CFO who has demonstrated innovation by expanding beyond accounting and control to a more active role developing strategies, and articulating them internallyand externally to win the support of all key stakeholders.
REVOLUTIONARY CEO OF THE YEAR
The winner of this award will have played an integral role in maintaining a balance between protecting the company’s assets while promoting a culture of innovation, risk taking and flexibility in order to prepare for fast-growing emerging markets.
FINANCE TEAM OF THE YEAR
This award honours a finance team with 3 or more members who played an instrumental role in contributing to the success of their organisation. The department needs to demonstrate a proactive approach in balancing time between number crunching and business analysis, as well as delivering timely financial information.
FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Recognises an ambitious and committed finance executive who has performed exceptionally well in his/her role and had a direct impact in developing the finance department. The nominee must have served in the department for at least 1 year. This category is open for: All managers within the finance function.
INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
This award acknowledges a Chief Investment Officer, Head of Treasury or a financial executive actively involved in investments from a public or private organisation for their innovative strategies, fiduciary savvy and impressive shortas well as long-term returns who stood out in the MENA investment community for their exceptional performance and risk management. The assessors are looking for a detailed demonstration of success and a cognisance of areas like consistent outperformance of a benchmark, strategic planning and implementation.
WOMEN IN FINANCE AWARD
Developed in partnership with ACCA, this award honours a senior female finance executive who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and actively contributes to promoting the finance profession and developing female talent. This category is open to female finance professionals (CFOs, Directors of Finance, Heads of Treasury) with a minimum of 7 years of experience.
Dealmaker of the Year
Finance Team of the Year
Financial Executive of the Year
Group Financial Controller
Almoayyed International Group
Investor of the Year
Nidal Al Khatib
Al Hail Holding
MENA CFO of the Year – Private sector
Chief Financial and Assets Management Officer
National Bonds Corporation
MENA CFO of the Year – Public sector
Executive Vice President – Finance
Revolutionary CEO of the Year – Private sector
Director of Finance and Budget
Revolutionary CFO of the Year – Public sector
Hamriyah Free Zone Authority