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Breakthrough Finance

From Finance Traditionalist to Finance Visionary

Join Sage and our panel of experts as we explore insights from a new research study with senior finance leaders in South Africa – highlighting the fundamental shift in the role of the CFO.

Financial data has fundamentally changed the dynamics of decision making within an organisation. 

Beyond traditional analysis and number crunching, senior finance leaders are poised to enable rapid decision making through real-time data, analysis and intelligent forecasting. Beyond the balance sheet, financial leaders need to play a strategic role by making critical business decisions that drive growth and profitability.


CFO 3.0 | Breakthrough Finance Defined. 

Brought to you by Sage

You’re invited to join our panel of experts on Thursday, 06 August as they discuss new research into the changing role of the South African CFO. We will explore how your peers are navigating the disruptive business environment while supporting their organisation to adapt faster, uncover opportunities and realise new levels of efficiencies.  

Date: Thursday, 06 August
Time: 15h00 – 17h00
Format: Online Event
Cost: Free

How is the role of the CFO changing?

Arthur Goldstuck presents key research findings based on insights from a new research study commissioned by Sage, showcasing the fundamental shifts in the finance world that have brought about the realisation of the CFO 3.0.

What’s keeping CFOs up at night?

Our executive panel, moderated by Fifi Peters of CNBC Africa, discusses the research findings, with practical advice on navigating uncertainty and delivering data-driven insights to manage disruption within the finance function.

What role does finance technology play?

Our executive panel debates what visionary CFOs are doing to ride the technology wave while capitalising on emerging trends, followed by a Q&A session for you to engage with our panellists.

Our Panel

The best and brightest business experts will join us to inspire future business growth and transformation through their knowledge, insights, and experience.

Fifi Peters

Financial Anchor, CNBC Africa 

Fifi Peters is an anchor on CNBC Africa’s flagship markets shows, Power Lunch and Closing Bell.

Her journalism career began in 2011 after graduating from Rhodes University with a degree in Economics and Journalism. She holds a Registered Persons Examination (RPE) from the SA Institute of Financial Markets and a certificate in Law and Politics from the London School of Economics.

Fifi has interviewed some of the world’s leading businessmen including African billionaires Patrice Motsepe, Christo Wiese as well as technology entrepreneur John Collison. 

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Ron Derby

Editor, Fin24

A former editor of Business Times and deputy editor of Financial Mail, Derby is currently the editor of Fin24, South Africa’s largest digital business publication with over 300 000 active daily users. 

His career started at Moneyweb and from that grounding, Ron has worked at Business Day, been the deputy editor of Financial Mail and the editor of Business Times. 

He has also worked at Reuters, Bloomberg and had a stint at London’s Financial Times. He has covered all South Africa’s mainstream industries – retail, banking and commodities as well as economics.
Ron Derby

Aaron Harris

Chief Technology Officer, Sage

Aaron Harris has more than 25 years of high-tech engineering experience in business applications and software development strategies. From Sage Intacct's earliest days, A pioneer in cloud computing, Aaron helped Intacct build the world's first cloud architecture delivering on-demand financial applications. He regularly contributes to the development of best practices for cloud computing, service oriented architecture, platform as a service, and accounting and finance technology standards.

As Sage’s Global CTO, Aaron is responsible for Sage’s technology and product vision.  Aaron is hands-on leading investments in AI/ML, blockchain, and other emerging technologies to transform the way people think and work.

Aaron holds a Master's degree in information systems and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Brigham Young University.

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Pieter Bensch

Executive Vice President, Sage Africa & the Middle East

Pieter Bensch is responsible for growing Sage’s business across the region and executing its vision of disrupting and leading the market for cloud-based payroll and accounting solutions. 

He has 27 years of industry experience and has held leadership roles in complex technology businesses across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Pieter joined Sage from HPE (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise), where he was the Managing Director for South Africa. Prior to joining HPE, Pieter held a range of senior positions at Oracle, including Vice-President of Oracle Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Vice-President of Customer Support for MEA and Vice-President and Managing Director of Oracle SA.

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Lerato Nkabinde

Chief Financial Officer, FutureProof SA
Lerato Nkabinde CA(SA) has had an interesting career change in recent times, advising companies in the time of coronavirus about how they need to manage their affairs to drive business continuity and continued growth. Lerato has in-depth financial and operational experience in the financial services and NPO sectors.

Lerato is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Future Proof SA and a board member for the Construction Management Forum. 
She is an experienced financial analyst skilled in strategy, budgeting, operations and internal audit credit analysis, studying Master of Science in Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand having completed her undergraduate in Accounting Sciences at the University of Cape Town and her BSc (Honours) in Accountancy from the University of Johannesburg. She was previously Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Sifiso Learning Group, Financial Analyst at Imperial Financial Services (Liquid Capital) and has worked at Rand Merchant Bank and Absa.
Lerato Nkabinde


15.00 – 15.15
Welcome and Introduction
CFO 3.0 research introduction with new updates on the Sage strategy by Pieter Bensch (Executive Vice President, AME at Sage).

15.15 – 15.40
Sage CFO 3.0 Research Findings
Fifi Peters of CNBC Africa unpacks the changing role of the CFO in South Africa with research insights from Arthur Goldstuck.

15.40 – 16.05
Special Announcement  
Innovation in cloud finance technology with Aaron Harris, Chief Technology Officer of Sage Global. 

16.05 – 16.10
Comfort Break  
A short break to stretch your legs and grab a cup of coffee.

16.10 – 16.15
Executive Panel Introductions
Fifi Peters, our moderator, introduces all panel members.

16.15 – 16.50
Executive Panel Discussion
Panel discussion on the evolving role of the CFO, with further insights into the research findings.

16.50 – 17.00
Audience Q&A
Our panel responds to your questions.

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Register now

Date: Thursday, 06 August 2020

Time: 15.00 - 17.00 (GMT+2)

Cost: Free