ACT Middle East Treasury Summit: conference speaker Q&A

This year’s ACT Middle East Treasury Summit, 16-17 October in Dubai, will be your definitive technical update showcasing real treasury transformation case studies from senior leaders who have positioned their team as valuable, influential partners to the business. Here’s the latest Q&A with three of our conference speakers! Michael P. Grifferty, President, Gulf Bond & Sukuk Association How do you think treasury has evolved over the previous 10 years? From the point of view of funding, treasury in our region has advanced a lot. Treasurers have a much better feel for the various options as well as advantages offered by loan

ACT Diversity & Inclusion events

It was great to get together with members on 16 July 2018 for the fourth event on our ACT Diversity and Inclusion Calendar, hosted by Mark Tweedie and Citi. Calendar is a series of events developed with the aim to provide an inclusive platform for all treasury professionals to share their experience on engaging and empowering underrepresented groups in corporate treasury. Gender matters, LGBT allies and mental health and wellbeing were our first three events in the calendar, and we felt the overarching theme of unconscious bias was a great topic for July. Unconscious bias impacts everyone’s decision making, and

Top tips for a treasury career

The first Future Leaders in Treasury Middle East Meeting took place in Abu Dhabi on 20 June. An intimate group of treasurers listened to Matthew Hurn (ACT Chair of the Middle East Advisory Panel and CFO, Alternative Investments and Infrastructure at Mubadala) talk about his career in treasury and the skills he felt were desirable in the industry to succeed. How treasury has evolved The discussion began with Matthew giving us insights into his career in both the public and private sector and explaining how the profession has evolved over the years. Treasury was previously known as back office and

Never stop learning

Your career is in your hands. You are responsible for developing yourself and taking advantage of the opportunities available throughout your career journey. But there are some skills and characteristics that can help you on your way, and these were the topic of discussion at the Future Leaders careers evening on 20 June. Some key themes came out when senior treasurers were asked about what they look for when they recruit. For a treasury analyst role, they look for those with a technical expertise and for someone who can juggle different projects and priorities. For a treasury manager position, you

A first class CertBALM prizegiving ceremony

Celebrating the success of students achieving a qualification is definitely a perk of my job, and on Wednesday 23 May 2018, I attended the bi-annual CertBALM® prizegiving ceremony, held at the Virgin Money Lounge in the Haymarket. The Certificate of Banking Asset and Liability Management (CertBALM®) qualification was launched in 2016 by the UK’s Asset and Liability Management Association Limited (ALMA). From the very start, the ACT has worked with ALMA to develop and build their qualification, and subsequently we now accredit the qualification. The CertBALM® equips students with the fundamental techniques by which to be able to recognise, interpret

The meeting of treasury minds

Not my first time in Liverpool… but my first ACT Annual Conference in this wonderful city. Things got off to a great start on Monday, Charlotte Morgan our Council member joining me at a meeting at the FCA after which we travelled to Liverpool together. Then shared a taxi with the marketing team to the exhibition centre so I wasn’t ‘billy-no-mates’, discovering along the way that it was Connor’s birthday! On arrival I saw my daughter who’d come up from Uni to help out the events team and then had a walk-around to get a feel for the place. The

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 2

A night out? In Liverpool? After the gala dinner? Well, that appeared to be an invitation too good to refuse for many delegates. It didn’t seem to affect enthusiasm though for another packed day of treasury discussion, insight and debate. More old acquaintances renewed, more new relationships nurtured and, of course, a delicious spread for breakfast, lunch and tea! In no particular order, benchmark reform, digital fx management, PSD2, liquidity risk management, green and sustainable finance, even blockchain and plenty more made an appearance. Crucially though delegates continued to demonstrate an appetite for understanding the new drivers of business success,

ACT Annual Conference 2018 Day 1

We’ve all been to those conferences where the sessions stretch out before us like a Roman road disappearing over the far-away hills into the distance.   Even the breaks to be fed and watered look like uphill drudgery. Come on, you know you have. Not today though. Oh no. Today might be the first time I have felt like I sprinted through the day filling every minute with great speakers, even greater content, insight, analysis and sheer love for the job! Starting with the brand new video about the ACT (I’ll miss the old music!) and an opening tour de force from