‘The role of the CFO has increased substantially in the past couple of years.’
IMEF will be hosting a conference in November this year focusing on the economic reactivation for the post-pandemic era. National President, Angel Garcia-Lascurain Valero, confirms that the chief economist of the World Bank and two Nobel Prize winners will be providing presentations.
Balancing Technical Strength with Emotional Intelligence
Pedro De Matos brings a depth of experience to his position as Group CFO at Ingenia Polymers, and he provides insights into what makes a well-rounded CFO and how the next generation of CFOs can be developed.
‘There's a constant need for innovation when you're in financial services.’
Lynette Mutsekwa joined Europ Assistance earlier this year, and being an Africa specialist, Lynette is a CFO who has acquired substantial experience in South Africa, as well as other Africa markets, experience that she can draw on as Europ Assistance grows their presence into the continent.
Jace Subramoney of Goldline Industries highlights how the responsibilities of the senior finance executive go beyond the bottom line to incorporate a broader social responsibility, ensuring that staff and suppliers were not detrimentally affected during the recent lockdowns.
When the only certainty is the uncertainty of the economy, a CFO requires critical skills and stamina to manage in such a dynamic environment, skills that Believe Dirorimwe has honed over the past 12 years at African Sun Hotels.
‘I used the lockdown to pursue the business rescue licence and that opportunity was brought by SAIBA.’
Matome Modika has established a thriving accounting practice in Tzaneen, along with a college specialising in business studies, which is not surprising for a man who believes in continuous career development.
‘My career has largely been mining and finance and I haven't regretted it for one second.’
Thungela Resources was recently spun out of Anglo American as Anglo exited coal, CFO of Thungela, Deon Smith provides insight to the opportunities that lie ahead despite the longer-term uncertainty around fossil fuels.
Therese Cilliers lives by her own words of being adjustable and adaptable to remain relevant in the ever-changing finance profession, with an ability to multi-task with ease, Therese has gained a wealth of experience and skills in her career.
‘Every CFO or finance professional should do a secondment within sales.’
By her own admission, Sharon Naidoo has a very generalised personality that has led to a diversified career, most notably her experience in sales, which has provided her with valuable empathy for the functions and roles of all staff in an organisation.
Carina Spangenberg is the epitome of determination through adversity, overcoming each challenge in her career with grace and grit, and has now united her passion for both finance and design in her position as head of finance at Ideas Cartel.
Returning to his home of Kenya, Douglas Tuva, decided to take the plunge and move from corporate companies to a startup, where he is CFO at Kyosk Digital Services, connecting informal retailers directly to fast-moving consumer goods by leveraging a tech platform.
‘A great businessman is not necessarily the best entrepreneur.’
Always enticed to look for new opportunities, Francois Herbst started his first business at the age of 15, this maverick entrepreneur then went on to establish a host of other businesses over the years, now including House of Growth where, amongst other services, he has a passion for coaching entrepreneurs.
Averen Deonanan’s career spans 14 years across a variety of industries, which has led him to be head of finance at Allen & Overy, one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, now at the forefront of introducing new client-centric technology to the African market.