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

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..”

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time..” Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) Supposedly McCartney was walking his dog when this song came to him, musing on the joys of life. On the other hand John Lennon’s contribution was rather more philosophical, talking about his becoming a better person as he matured. Both though taking a positive, upbeat view of life. And so it is with the ACT Annual Conference! There’s been much to concern the treasury profession worldwide over the past few years. The aftermath of the financial

Seven sessions not to be missed at the ACT Annual Conference 2018

The ACT’s Policy & Technical team’s top picks for the ACT Annual Conference taking place in Liverpool on 15-16 May 2018. 1) Brexit Day 1, 10:00 Prominently on the agenda as the very first session of the conference, the ACT events team either decided not to waste time addressing the elephant in the room, or to get over with it quickly. Either way, this opening keynote promises to be an interesting start to the event: Sir Ivan Rogers, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU and one of the best-informed voices on UK-EU relations, will share his inside knowledge on

#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

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,

Mind the Gulf

Dubai 2017 It’s not often that a keynote speaker produces an audible gasp in an ACT conference audience. To have two successive speakers do it is pretty much unheard of. But if you want to create a buzz and a stir for an event that’s the way to do it and that’s what we had this morning! Our 8th ACT Middle East Annual Summit got off to a real flyer! Dr. Sabah Hamad al-Sabah al-Binali, Investor & Entrepreneurial Leader and Mishal Kanoo, Chairman, The Kanoo Group had our delegates applauding, laughing and then seriously challenged on their world view as both speakers

Eastern eye

Singapore 2017 Once again the ACT was delighted to be invited to lead the Corporate Treasury workshop at this year’s GTR Trade and Treasury week in Singapore, the world’s largest event bringing these two disciplines together. Our venue was the extraordinary expo and convention centre that is the Marina Bay Sands – the three-legged hotel with the infinity pool on top, complete these days with a Singapore bumboat experience in the shopping ‘streets’! Delegates were offered not just the ACT on treasury but workshops, plenary sessions and discussion groups on all things trade and trade finance. And the state of

#actmebb post event blog – win-win supply chain finance in action

On 23 May in Dubai, we partnered with the DIFC and Kyriba in welcoming a multitude of corporates, suppliers and financiers to join our ACT Middle East breakfast briefing to explore the latest technologies and strategies to reduce risk and deliver real value to the business using supply chain finance programmes. The strong attendance and level of audience interactivity demonstrated that supply chain finance remains a hot topic for treasurers in 2017. If you missed it, check out the breakfast’s key takeaways from Kyriba: Establish your success factors When establishing a supply chain finance programme, companies need to define their