Finance Excellence and leadership Summit 2023

Empowering the future of finance

Join us for a full-day event focusing on finance excellence, a great opportunity to interact with and learn from the top executives and experts from various fields. Our speakers will share insights, experiences and best practices to lead business to success, build effective finance teams and deliver results in today’s dynamic and challenging business environments.

We’ll also have the opportunity to network with other finance leaders, share our experiences and insights, and take away actionable ideas and strategies to apply to our organizations and businesses.

The conference is the largest event ever conducted by the IMA Dubai-UAE chapter in association with ACCA, Middle East. We welcome you to this grand event and request you take this opportunity to your advantage. See you soon!

Date : Sunday, May 21, 2023
Location : Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Time : 9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m GST

CPE/CPD Credits : 8 Credits

IMA/ACCA member pricing
is $59.
Non-member pricing is $69.

All prices are excluding VAT.

(Note – Non-members and members of other professional bodies have to sign up on IMA to register for the event. IMA will be issuing the certificates for the event which will be co-branded with ACCA’s logo).


Conrad Hotel by Hilton, Dubai

For Accommodation reservations, please contact the hotel directly at +971 (0)4 444 7100. Reduced rates available for event attendees. 

Why I should attend:

Who should attend:

This event is designed for finance executives, managers, and other leaders who are responsible for driving financial performance and leading finance teams. Whether you’re a CFO, controller, FP&A manager, management accountant, or other finance leader, you’ll gain valuable insights and practical tips to help you succeed in your role. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from top experts, connect with peers, and take your finance leadership skills to the next level.


Photography: By registering for this event, you agree and acknowledge that ACCA and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) along with its partners, subcontractors, or affiliates plan to take photographs at the Finance Excellence and Leadership Summit 2023 for reproduction in educational, news, or promotional material, whether in print, electronic, or other media including ACCA/IMA and ACCA/IMA’s affiliate partner websites. By participating in this event, you grant ACCA/IMA and any of its designated subcontractors, partners, or affiliates the right to your name and image (both photographs) for such purposes.

Liability Waiver: By registering for this event, you agree and acknowledge that you are undertaking participation in ACCA/IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) events and activities as your own free and intentional act, and you are fully aware that possible physical injury might occur to you as a result of your participation in these events. You give this acknowledgement freely and knowingly and that you are able to participate in ACCA/IMA events, and you do hereby assume responsibility for your own well-being.

By providing your email address during registration, you agree to receive event updates. Your information will be kept confidential and will be shared with IMA Dubai Chapter and ACCA Middle East.
Tickets purchased for the event are non-transferable and non-refundable.

CPE/CPD Details : Participants’ CPE/CPD is based on their actual session attendance. While at the conference, attendees must scan in and out of each session to ensure proper CPE/CPD credit. Partial or no CPE/CPD will be provided if an attendee arrives late or leaves early for a session. CPE/CPD credits will be processed within 2-4 weeks of attending a session.


Dr. Shashi Tharoor

Indian Diplomat, Former Under Secretary General at United Nations

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Amadou Diallo

CEO, DHL Global Forwarding

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Ralph Khoury

CFO, Omnicom MediaGroup

Michael DePrisco

President & CEO, IMA

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Fazeela Gopalani

Head, ACCA Middle East

Jignesh Sanghvi


Martin Bradley

CFO, Dulsco

Sharon Kotut

Regional HRBP-IMEA, Maersk

Rahul Bhandari

CFO, Majid Al Futtaim-Retail

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Andrew Stotter-Brooks

VP Learning & Development, Etihad Aviation Group

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Dunja Poetschke

CFO, Invygo

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Mohamed El Rouby

Director of Finance, Pharmanovia MEA

Nilesh Ashar
Nilesh Ashar

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

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Shiraz Khan

Partner, Al Tamimi & Company

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Damian Regan

Sustainability Reporting & Assurance Leader, Deloitte Middle East

Anu Chaudhary

Partner & Global Head ESG, Uniqus Consultech Inc.

Amir Warsi

Recruitment Director, Inspire Selection

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Stella LU

Group Finance Controller, EDGE; IMA Global Board Director

Hala Dahmane

President & Managing Director, Azraq ME

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Brian Hock

President, Hock International

Olga Ermolaeva

Tax Director, Deloitte Middle East

Vivek Sam
Vivek Sam

Director, Technology Assurance, Deloitte Middle East

Bhavna Lakhani

Technology Assurance & Analytics Partner, Deloitte Middle East

Nibale Hamdan
Nibale Hamdan

Tax Director, L'Oréal

Harikishan Rankawat

Partner and CEO, RNG Auditors

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Nauman Asif Mian


Rashmi Jain

Partner, JRB Accountants

Anirudha Panse

Managing Director and Head of Trade Finance, FAB

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Pankaj Mundra

Cofounder, 360tf - Global SCF Platform


9:00 – 9:10Welcome and Introduction
Fazeela Gopalani, Bobby Paul
9:10 – 9:20Keynote Address
9:20 – 10:10Leadership in the 21st Century
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Indian Diplomat, Former Under Secretary General at United Nations
10:10 – 11:00The Power of Purpose & Passion on Profit
Amadou Diallo, CEO at DHL Global Forwarding
11:00 – 11:20Coffee Break and Networking
11:20 – 12:10Leading in Disruptive Times
Michael DePrisco, President & CEO at IMA
12:10 – 12:35The Evolution to CFO
Ralph Khoury, CFO at Omnicom Group
12:35 – 13:25CFO Panel Discussion – The Future of Finance: CFOs Role in Driving Growth amidst Emerging Challenges and Trends
Martin Bradley, Rahul Bhandari, Jignesh Sanghvi, Ralph Khoury, Dunja Poetschke
13:25 – 14:25Lunch and Networking
14:25 – 15:40

Breakout Session 1
You may choose from the below 2 technical sessions that will be run parallelly during the time slot.

Option 1
The evolving landscape of tax in the UAE (Speaker Session)
Shiraz Khan, Partner at Al Tamimi & Company

Gearing up for UAE Corporate Tax: An Expert perspective (Panel Discussion)
Shiraz Khan, Nilesh Ashar, Olga Ermolaeva, Nibale Hamdan, Rashmi Jain, Harikishnan Rankawat

Option 2

ESG Talk: Building a sustainable future (Speaker Session) 
Anu Chaudhary, Partner & Global Head ESG at Uniqus Consultech Inc.

An ESG Deep dive: How Businesses can save the Planet by achieving Net Zero (Panel Discussion)
Damian Regan, Anu Chaudhary, Hala Dahmane, Yusuf Hasan

15:40 – 16:30

Breakout Session 2
You may choose from the below 2 sessions that will be run parallelly during the time slot.

Option 1
Digital Transformation (AI) – The Future of Finance Functions (Speaker Session)
Vivek Sam, Bhavna Lakhani

Option 2

Career Development – Finding Your True North: Navigating Your Career with a Compass (Panel Discussion)
Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Sharon Kotut, Amir Warsi, Stella LU

16:30 – 16:50Coffee Break and Networking
16:50 – 17:45

Breakout Session 3
You may choose from the below 2 technical sessions that will be run parallelly during the time slot.

Option 1
Trade and Supply Chain Finance in the emerging world (Speaker Session)
Anirudha Panse, Pankaj Mundra

Option 2

Data Storytelling: Bringing Numbers to Life (Speaker Session)
Mohamed El Rouby, Director of Finance at Pharmanovia MEA

17:45 – 17:55Closing Address
17:55 – 18:00Wrap Up

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