Treasury, trade and all points in between

Dubai, February 2018 Once again to Dubai for another GTR Trade Finance and Treasury conference. And what a difference a year makes! The trade finance community in the UAE (and wider GCC) is much more positive about growth and investment across the region than this time last year. Delegate polls showed 65% plus votes in favour of more investment in people and technology and rising general business confidence. Yes the price of oil, stable at $60+, has much to do with it but various factors – the impact of reforms in Saudi Arabia, the smooth introduction of VAT in the

#SMARTCASH18: Bandhu Das, HM Treasury

Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on the 14-15 March, we have recruited four influential, experienced personalities to dive into the content and ensure the audience is provided with fresh thinking in a new format which will regularly meet during the conference: the cashback panel. Conferences often fail to get across real learning and relevant lessons you can take back to the office. That’s why for this year’s ACT Smart Cash Management Conference on 14-15 March in London, we have put together a programme

Engaging LGBT+ Allies

It was a real privilege to be part of the panel at our Engaging LGBT+ Allies event, hosted by Barclays on 23 January. Alongside Tamoor Ali (BP) and Yera Hagopian (Barclays) and moderated by James Allan (Barclays), we talked about why we are all passionate members of either the LGBT+ community or its allies. Points of discussion included tips on becoming  effective allies, as well as a debate on what level of ‘banter’ can, or should be, tolerated. Hannah Bernard (Barclays) opened the evening with a memorable quote by Out & Equal Executive Director Selisse Berry: “I believe that no

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

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

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

ACT Middle East 2017: How we adapted, innovated and excelled

As this year’s ACT Middle East Annual Summit ends, there is plenty for us to reflect on and harness for when we get back to the office. As we all look ahead to meeting new challenges in 2018, below are some of the lessons and highlights from the event on how treasurers and finance leaders can adapt, innovate and excel in our ever-changing environment. ADAPT The conference opened with two thoughtful and thought-provoking keynotes from Dr Sabah al-Binali and Mishal Kanoo. Their challenge to attendees was for treasurers to be a stronger part of the strategy in addressing today’s challenging