ACT Breakfast Briefing: Liquidity Performance and Payment Fraud

Cash: to have or to have not

On 19 June 2019, on a hot and humid morning, there was a full house at the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) auditorium for a breakfast briefing supported by Kyriba – a regular supporter of such ACT events in Dubai and around the world. This briefing focused on liquidity performance and payments fraud – two separate but quite related areas if one joins the dots… Two case studies, one great panel. The briefing was a huge success from all the feedback I heard, but also for me as a moderator it was a dream come true. To have four treasurers

ACT Middle East Prizewinners

As the ACT Middle East network grows, so does the number of professionals in the region looking to expand their skill set and ensure they meet global benchmark treasury standards. ACT qualifications are rooted in the ACT Competency Framework. The framework defines the competencies treasurers need to operate successfully in global business today. Whether you are looking to take your first steps into treasury, are heading up a global treasury department, providing banking, financial or consultancy services or need to recruit or train a treasury team, the competency framework offers you guidance on what the global standards are for successful

…..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

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

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

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

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