ACT Annual Dinner 2018 – Thank you for supporting us

A huge thank you to all those who came to the ACT Annual Dinner yesterday at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London – it was a huge success and we hope that you all enjoyed the night! The Dinner provided a fantastic opportunity to network with treasury and finance peers whilst enjoying a superb 3-course meal, fine wine and entertainment in one of the most prestigious venues in London. As the night evolved guests welcomed the after dinner speaker, Sandi Toksvig, who received a fantastic reception. With 1500+ guests, the event raised over £60,000 for the Hand in Hand international charity,

10 years of the ACT in the Middle East

Our biggest and best event yet, with 550 registrations, our Middle East Treasury Summit at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, had a real buzz about it. With the exhibition hall full, and the greatest number of delegates to date (467), it was not surprising. Of course the content as ever was the thing we pride ourselves on, and our sessions on Islamic banking, cybercrime and leadership (which I was involved in) were all really well-received, as well as keynotes on Islamic banking and an economic update, with a great finale being a look with members of our Middles East Advisory Panel

National Mentoring Day

National Mentoring Day takes place on 27 October and provides a timely reminder of the benefits of mentoring. National Mentoring day was launched to celebrate mentoring with a key focus on recognising excellence and raising awareness on the significant benefits of mentoring to encourage more people to get involved in mentoring. The day was founded by Chelsey Baker, an award-winning business mentor to help recognise and celebrate mentoring in all its forms. For more information about National Mentoring Day visit nationalmentoringday.org. Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship, usually over a set period of time, in which an established professional (mentor) provides consistent

…..when there’s so much to do

The Middle East Treasury Summit, October 16 2018, Day 2 Lots more to talk about? Tick. Lots more old friends to greet? Tick. More new friends to make? Tick. More to discuss, to share and to learn? Absolutely tick. Day two at the Summit offered delegates all this and plenty more featuring much on transformation, on the journeys that individuals, treasury teams, and the profession have made in the region in the past 10 years and where the direction of travel will take treasury in the next 10, 20 or 30 years. In particular two short, but key, presentations given

Time flies…

The Middle East Treasury Summit, 16 October 2018, Day 1 Although the ACT Middle East (ACTME) is 10 years old, technically the annual summit (nee conference) is just behind, by 1 year. This year we’re back in the lovely Madinat Jumeirah -talk about déjà vu all over again! Your correspondent has been attending and writing on ACTME events for almost the same length of time. Does this year’s event give us any pointers to what’s happened over that period? Well, yes and no. On the no side, national budgets, social spending and economic stimulus remain tethered to the price of

Meeting members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

The last few weeks have been a real global experience for me – meeting members from Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland as well as colleagues from other National Treasury Associations. First up were meetings of the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) and the international equivalent group, IGTA – of which I am now Deputy Chair.  Sharing developments in the payments space, LIBOR replacement and recent research carried out on treasury teams, we spent a good couple of days together. Then the ACT held its annual Asia Treasury Leaders’ forum, in Hong King, which had 220 attendees – the largest

Winds of Change

The Asia Treasury Leaders’ Forum, 19 September 2018 As Typhoon Manghut blew through East Asia causing all kinds of disruption and damage, the ACT events team flew into Hong Kong for our 10th year of events. More than 220 treasury professionals turned up on a lovely, sunny and very warm day to debate the future of treasury excellence. The format this year was dominated by shorter, punchy sessions on all the issues that a contemporary treasurer has to contend with. The US$ 500bn question that dominates the region currently is the game being played out between China and the US

Global trade, capital markets, alternative finance and thunderstorms – what more do you want?

The GTR Trade and Treasury event in Singapore opened with a thunderous rain storm which soaked many of the delegates despite the excellent public transport system. Once safely inside the delegates had plenty to chew over -and not just the ever-excellent buffets! The good news is that over the past 18 months global trade – in physical goods and services – has increased slightly faster than global GDP. The bad? The potential for trade wars between the US and China to disrupt this progress remains very real. In addition, a selective emerging markets crisis in countries like Argentina, Turkey, Venezuela