‘CGMA Speaks’ Forum to Address ‘Future of Finance in Nigeria’

To ensure that the finance functions in homegrown and leading corporations in Nigeria are flexible and nimble in a fast changing world, the second edition of CGMA Speaks Series scheduled for tomorrow (27 July 2017) in Lagos will focus on the Future of Finance.

CGMA Speaks, according to a statement, is the thought leadership platform of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). It brings senior business leaders and executives together for broad reaching conversations, about the context of today’s business environment in Nigeria and across the world.

This thought leadership event for chief executive officers (CEOs), chief financial officers (CFOs) and senior executives in finance related functions will deliberate the emergence of a new operating model for modern finance.

Executive chairman, Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, Dotun Sulaiman, according to the statement, is the chairman of the occasion, while Kunle Elebute, national senior partner, KPMG Nigeria, and chairman, KPMG West Africa, will give the keynote address at the event.

Confirmed panellists for the session, which will be moderated by Noel Tagoe, Executive Vice President, Academics, The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), include Gbemisola Adelowore, Head of Finance, SAP West Africa; Ononuju Irukwu, Managing Director, Chapel Hill Denham Management; Bola Onadele, Managing Director, FMDQ OTC; and Lolomari George, Head of Treasury, Shell.

Speaking on the importance of the summit, Associate Director, Nigeria, Ijeoma Anadozie, said the event, propelled by a new CGMA research, will focus on major trends affecting business and the need for the finance function and professionals to prepare for future risks and opportunities, leveraging technology.

“This edition of the CGMA Speaks Series is prompted by a recently released CGMA report entitled ‘Agile Finance Revealed: The New Operating Model for Modern Finance.’ As organisations become agile – fit, alert, flexible, and nimble – the finance function must evolve to meet its needs. Without an agile finance function, it will be tough for organisations to be efficient, profitable, liquid, and resilient in today’s fast paced marketplace.
“Therefore, the session will examine how finance professionals can also move along with the changing global environment by adopting and embracing digital technology in their operations while retaining the analytical capability the business requires for insight, strategic guidance and ultimately, great performance and results.”