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The evolving role of the strategic CFO

This will undoubtedly be a fascinating discussion, as contemporary CFOs discuss how their role is changing in terms of the scope of their responsibilities and the skills that they require, bo

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22 November 2017


How is the role of the CFO changing? Should there be more standardization of competencies in terms of the CFO position? What does leadership mean for you? There is no straightforward answer to any of these questions - the challenge is to find out what we really believe the role of the CFO should be.  The recent revelations around KPMG and the Guptas have shown the importance of setting an example from the top and ensuring that strict controls and procedures are in place to avoid any accusations of misconduct, or worse. 

Join us as we celebrate the 2nd anniversary of CFO Talks and for what will undoubtedly be a fascinating discussion, as contemporary CFOs discuss how their role is changing in terms of the scope of their responsibilities and the skills that they require, both now and in the future.

15h30 Registration and refreshments
16h00 Welcome address
  Dr Renosi Mokate, Executive Director & CEO, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership
16h05 Opening remarks from the Chair
16h10 Keynote address
  Fabian Cazares, CFO/Head of Finance, Philips Healthtech
16h45 The standardardisation of competencies both locally and internationally
  Panellists: Nicolaas van Wyk, CEO, Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA) 
  Other panelists to be confirmed
17h30 Panel discussion: The evolving role of the strategic CFO
  • What is changing in terms of the CFO’s role and how can we adapt?
  • How can we help develop effective leadership in our organisations?
  • What are the non-negotiable qualities for a CFO today?
  • What course of action do you take when your position is challenged?
  • What can the CFO do to develop effective leadership in their environment?
  Moderator: Roy Clark, Managing Director and Founder, Clarkhouse Human Capital
  Sean Doherty, CFO Investment Banking, Standard Bank
  Jo Pohl, Group CFO, Bowmans 
  Francois du Toit, Associate Professor, UNISA SBL
18:30 Drinks reception and networking
19:30 Close
Venue: UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership, Midrand
Date: 22 November 2017
Time: 15:30 for 16:00 - 19:30
CFO Talks - Roy Clark

Roy Clark, Managing Director and Founder, Clarkhouse Human Capital

Roy Clark is a passionate human capital strategist, keynote speaker,moderator and entrepreneur. His has extensive experience in human capital methodologies, and search services to international blue-chip clients as well as boutique banking, financial services organisations.

Mr. Clark is the founder of ClarkHouse Human Capital – a Human Capital Business Enabler. He is the driving force behind the ClarkHouse Core Purpose which aims 'To Rise by Lifting Others'. The latter phrase summarises the company’s ethos.

Other areas of expertise include advising non-profit organisations and helping upcoming entrepreneurs on leadership and strategy.

CFO Talks - Nicolaas Van Wyk

Nicolaas Van Wyk, CEO, Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA)

Nicolaas joined the SA Accounting Academy Pty Ltd in 2010 as a shareholder and director. The Academy offers seminars and technical training to the broader accounting profession. As a consultant to the Academy and to various professional bodies, both within and outside the accounting profession, he assists with developing course material, technical guides, new products, change management services and turnaround strategies. Prior to joining the Academy he was the Head of Technical for the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) respectively.  As a result of his work with a number of professional bodies including SAIPA, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), ACCA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (ICBA), the Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC) and many others, he was approached by the then Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) Board in 2012 to help develop the institute’s technical division. During this time the Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA) was also appointed as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider to SAIBA, an engagement that is still ongoing. Subsequent to his involvement as technical advisor and CPD provider he was elected as board member to SAIBA and later as acting CEO in January 2013. Nicolaas was officially appointed as the CEO of SAIBA in November 2013. Since 2013 SAIBA has grown from 500 members to more than 6 000.  Nicolaas has extensive experience in management, strategy development, and project management and has developed numerous technical guides and presented on a number of technical accounting topics. He obtained his BCom in 1994 and his BCom Honours in 1995 from the University of Pretoria. In 2007 he completed his MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has drafted numerous submissions and papers on the financial reporting requirements in the Close Corporations and Companies Act, and has also presented a number of seminars on these topics. During the initial stages of the Companies Act reform, Nicolaas acted as the coordinator for the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) Working Group on Company Formation.

CFO Talks - Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty, CFO Investment Banking, Standard Bank

Sean Doherty started his career at Deloitte in financial services audit. He also specialised in corporate finance before moving into a financial manager role in banking at FirstRand Bank. Thereafter, he relocated to London to start working for JPMorgan. Here, Mr Doherty took up different control roles in the credit trading business in financial crises, running teams in London, Delaware, NYC and Mumbai. He then moved to Standard Bank London to build a global financial planning and analysis team for the CIB. Before starting his financial consulting firm, Mr Doherty moved to South Africa to take the position of CFO Corporate Banking Standard Bank. Sean is a CA(SA), ACMA, MBA (IE Business School Madrid) and AMP (Columbia Business School, NYC).

CFO Talks - Jo Pohl

Jo Pohl, Group CFO, Bowmans

Jo has experience that spans start-ups to listed corporates, having operated locally, regionally and globally. She was appointed the Group CFO at Bowmans from 1 October 2017 and recently consulted to Texton Property Fund Ltd (TEX) on strategic initiatives that the listed REIT had to expedite the execution on.

Prior to this she was an Executive Director and Group CFO for Telesure Investment Holdings leading the Group Finance, Treasury and Risk teams playing a pivotal role in implementing the group restructure (local and international), embedding the risk and governance culture and function and establishing the group treasury.

Over her career, Jo has held leadership positions at Standard Chartered Bank as the CFO for Africa and executive member on the Regional Africa (overseeing 15 countries, 4 listed) and global Finance Management Groups. Finance, the Africa shared service centres and corporate real estate teams fell under her remit. She has also been an Executive Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Ubank Limited responsible for Finance, Treasury and Strategy and the Head of Finance for Barclays Africa, the Middle East and Indian Oceans.

She chairs the board of Hansal International for Africa, the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa, sits on the Advisory Board for Sanari Capital and OYW’s National Young Leaders Organsing Committee and was a non-executive director of Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe Limited, Wealthport (Pty) Ltd and Rockport (Pty) Ltd. She is part of the South Africa Boss of the Year alumni for 2013, was identified by Euromoney as one of Africa’s top 20 rising stars in 2014 and is a member of the African Leadership Network (ALN) class of 2015.


Jo is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA(SA) and ACCA member) and Professional Banker of the Institute of Bankers in SA (PBSA) with a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales. She is highly principled and passionate about empowering people and philanthropy. She counsels cancer patients, works with entrepreneurs, is a member of the 30% Club Southern Africa Steering Committee and an adjudicator for the GMA and CFO case study. She has been a sponsor and mentor on the Global Women in Leadership and Africa Emerging Leadership Programmes, mentored on the Black Entrepreneurship Initiative and served on SAICA's (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) Initial Professional Development and Exam Committees and adjudicated the Technology Top 100 (TT100) awards. 

CFO Talks - Fabian Cazares

Fabian Cazares, CFO/Head of Finance, Philips Heathtech

Fabian Cazares, as CFO/Head of Finance at Philips, leads the Southern African finance function and is responsible for ensuring that the full financial objectives and needs are met, such as risk management, cash flow and overall performance. He is responsible for strategic and operational enablement for the regional group. Fabian has an international track record in emerging markets including Africa and the Middle East but also in mature markets. He has expertise in business development and performance management, financial strategy, including the set-up and development of the Philips consumer business across Africa.


Fabian holds a postgraduate degree in Financial Strategy (Oxford, UK), an MSc. in International Finance and an MBA (the Netherlands). He has also completed various programmes across the world and, most recently, the Market Economy Programme with a specific focus on Project Financing at Harvard University (Boston, USA).