search icon
Back to press release

Sage reveals its first generation of Finance Futurist leaders

Inaugural accolade honours leading international finance professionals who are the driving force of transformation and innovation in their organizations

TORONTO, ON—October 29, 2020—Sage (FTSE:SGE), the market leader in cloud business management solutions, has revealed its first-ever list of the most visionary finance professionals across the globe. The candidates – chosen from Canada, the U.S., UK, France, and Australia – have been carefully chosen in a rigorous selection process validated by Sage leaders. Recipients of the Finance Futurist accolade have been recognized for their contribution to their business and industry, demonstrated by a commitment to technological evolution and outstanding leadership qualities.

The Finance Futurists, Presented by Sage, are a diverse group of finance leaders from a variety of sectors and backgrounds. They have been recognized for driving innovation and demonstrating leadership across businesses of all sizes. Common among this year’s winners is a drive to bringing the finance function to the core of business success, and a unique combination of analytical and soft skills. The Finance Futurists also displayed the ability to thrive in uncertain times, and an openness to looking for tech solutions in new places.  

The complete list of Finance Futurists (ordered alphabetically) is as follows:

  • Michel Balsan, Société d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (France)
  • Tom Coward, Cytora (UK)
  • Lewis Dangerfield, Osprey Group (UK)
  • Jeffery Giavotella, Ballard Brands (U.S.)
  • Nunzio Giunta, Giuntabell Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Magdalena Kosior-Molloy, Holman Webb Lawyers (Australia)
  • Hemant Kumar, SOL-MILLENNIUM Medical Group (U.S.)
  • Tiffini Masessa, Forward Merch (U.S.)
  • Francois Rey, Diam Bouchage (France)
  • Aqsa Zubair, Bermuda Monetary Authority (Canada)

Nancy Tichbon, Managing Director, Sage Canada said: “Business is adapting at a rapid pace and finance is at the very centre of this transformation. The function provides insight and intelligence that propels organizations forward, analyzing success through profit and loss. COVID-19 has impacted organizations globally, leaving behind economic uncertainty for businesses of every size; the ability to forecast revenue and plan spend is therefore more important than ever. Business success in this ever-changing climate is heavily reliant on CFOs and finance leaders who can reimagine what is possible and harness the latest cutting-edge technologies to supercharge their organization. Finance Futurists recognizes the leading changemakers in this field at a time when peer-to-peer support, sharing, and learning, are not only essential, but critical for the evolution of business.” 

Canada Winner

Toronto-based Aqsa Zubair, Senior Officer, Fintech & Blockchain at Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), is one of the world’s first and youngest blockchain regulators, on the leading edge of creating regulatory frameworks, technical solutions, and thought leadership for fintech and blockchain regulation globally. As a fintech specialist at the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), Zubair is responsible for the licensing and authorization of digital asset businesses in Bermuda and operates as a lead regulatory supervisor for digital asset business licensed entities. She delves heavily into internal transformation projects to improve processes, build innovative products and solutions, and embed innovation across the organization.

Following her win, Zubair, said: “Today, there is so much focus on talking about the problems. We should put more emphasis on solving them. My advice would be to drill down on the problem you’re looking to solve for—talk to people that have been closer to the task at hand; they are the specialists, and can figure out how to develop a solution that your users will buy into.”

“Allow those around you to take ownership of their own initiatives, regardless of level or tenure within the organization. If everyone is empowered to be a leader, you will have an empowered organization that’s ready to fight for change.”

“Strive not to be a success but to be of value, and success will inevitably follow. Be curious about the problems around you. Focus on prototyping solutions and putting the user at the centre of your discovery and design process.”

Finance Futurists follows Sage’s recent ‘CFO 3.0: Digital transformation beyond financial management’ report, which examined the evolving roles of CFOs across the world. It found that leading finance professionals are taking on a broader strategic role and personally driving digital transformation across their organizations.

For more information on Finance Futurists and the digital transformation of the CFO role, visit

Media Contact

Monique Daniel
Mobile: (905) 781-0758
[email protected]

About Finance Futurists

 In its inaugural year, the Finance Futurists, Presented by Sage, highlights visionary finance leaders who are a driving force for financial leadership and transformation. Sage independently assessed hundreds of finance professionals across the globe against set criteria including innovation, leadership, and technology-driven transformation to find the honourees and showcase their pioneering work.


About Sage

Sage (FTSE: SGE) is the global market leader for technology that provides small and medium businesses with the visibility, flexibility, and efficiency to manage finances, operations, and people. With our partners, Sage is trusted by millions of customers worldwide to deliver the best cloud technology and support. Our years of experience mean that our colleagues and partners understand how to serve our customers and communities through the good, and more challenging times. We are here to help, with practical advice, solutions, expertise, and insight.

Give Feedback