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ACT Annual Conference: a speaker Q&A with Rasmus Camborda Meilvang

We can’t believe the ACT Annual Conference is almost here…and we’re excited to share with you news on new content and new formats! Preparations for the event are now in full swing and we will soon be ready to share the event brochure with the treasury community. This year’s theme – STRONGER INFLUENCE, SMARTER INNOVATION, links to how treasurers are increasingly expected to plan for global instability in their organisations, make sense of technological innovation and take a strategic lead in navigating their business through risky disruption. We had a chance to catch up with one of this year’s speakers,

1 month to go: Kenya’s biggest ACT event YET!

Sameer Africa, Transcentury, Gulf Energy, British American Tobacco, East African Breweries, Citi and Airtel Kenya… are some of the companies speaking at the region’s second ACT East Africa Treasury Forum on 7 February in Kenya. If you are a corporate treasurer or finance professional, can you afford to miss out on your free place? As the treasury community grows in East Africa, here are FOUR reasons to book your place: 1. A programme by treasurers – for treasurers! As the only Royal Chartered body for treasurers, we speak directly to your treasury peers and colleagues to ask what they want

How to make a mentoring relationship work

As we start a new year, one of your new year’s resolutions may be to look at your career goals and to find a mentor to help you work towards this new goal. The ACT’s mentoring scheme can help you to find a mentor who has worked in a field similar to the one you are in (or want to move to) and could be a good way to get your resolutions off to a running start! The most effective mentor search begins by examining yourself. To find the perfect mentor, you need to be clear about your career goals

Career evening: what type of leader do you want to be?

What type of leader do you want to be? This was a question posed by William Montgomery, CEO of TEN, at the Future Leaders careers evening. Everyone has the ability to enforce positive change. Why? Because ideas change the world. How you communicate those ideas, how you get buy in from colleagues and stakeholders, will determine how much movement there is with your idea. The skill you must learn is how to create a compelling story to bring people along with you. William’s five tips on enforcing positive change: 1. Keep speeches to 20 minutes maximum. Martin Luther-King, Steve Jobs

ACTME career development workshop for professional women

On 20 November White & Case Dubai hosted for the second year in a row a workshop for finance and other professional women. Following on from the successful ACTME Women in Finance Workshop with guest speaker Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE last February, once again numbers were capped to ensure this really was an intimate working session for around 20 ladies. The feedback received so far suggests it was yet another ACT Middle East Women’s Network (ACTME) success. Thank you again, White & Case! We started with a keynote speech from Larisa Miller. Larissa is the Business Development Manager and

Six things to plan for in 2018

As we head rapidly towards the end of the year, we offer some thoughts for issues that may not be front of mind, but which, nevertheless, you may want to consider as we enter the year ahead. 1. Rising Interest Rates The period of very low interest rates may be coming to an end. Now is the time to make sure your teams appreciate the potential impact of operating in a higher interest rate environment, something many of them will not have experienced. As well as checking covenant triggers, the organisation’s fixed/floating mix and interest rate policy should all be

Start your development plan for 2018

We wanted to wish all our members the very best during the festive season and for the new year. Hopefully a break from your normal routine will provide some much-deserved rest, and allow you to step back, think through what you have achieved in the past year and what you want to achieve in the coming year. As the new year approaches, putting together a development plan for 2018 is a great way to focus on your priorities and to establish a clear direction for what you want to achieve. A development plan will help you to understand: What you

Hazy days and the conference challenge…

Dubai 2017….day 2 Well, were did the sun go? We’re all a bit too old to go on a nature ramble, but it’s always nice to think the sun is shining outside while we’re inside a fourth floor ballroom in a 46 storey building! Sadly not to be though. I know, I know, it’s a hard life. Sometimes though there are compensations and day 2 of the ACT Middle East Summit 2017 provided them in abundance. As much as the ACT is driven by technical skills that a contemporary treasurer needs, we also encourage treasurers to take a positive stance


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