Nominations opened to find the most innovative, creative and successful CFOs, finance teams and business leaders within leading corporations in the region, to be formally awarded at the CFO Strategies Forum MENA, taking place on October 25th and 26th, at the Sofitel The Palm in Dubai.
Now in its 9th year, the CFO Strategies Forum MENA is the only region-wide platform for financial leaders to share knowledge, network and keep pace with the latest financial strategies being adopted by some of the largest corporations in the Middle East. The CFO Awards will be staged at the end of a 2-day series of intensive workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses and round table discussions with a think tank of experts from across the MENA region.
The seven award categories are:
•MENA CFO of the Year – Public Sector
•MENA CFO of the Year – Private Sector
•Revolutionary CFO of the Year
•Revolutionary CEO of the Year
•Financial Executive of the Year
•Investor of the Year
•Finance Team of the Year
Among the Judging Panel assessing the nominations this year is Lindsay Degouve De Nuncques, Head of Middle East with ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the main driving force within the global accounting profession to constantly improve financial practices. Explaining the wide-ranging implications of submitting nominations for the awards, Degouve De Nuncques observes:
“Being nominated and winning is evidence that individuals really are pushing the boundaries for their business. As well as demonstrating their financial acumen, they are also using their insight and harnessing a strategic view to help make quality decisions. For the winning organisations, it is an independent assessment and verification of exceptional finance function, which is great for future business.”
Last year’s MENA award winners included Saad Rabea Al Khabery from Manafea Holding Company, Zack Friedman of the Mina Group, Ahmed Al Zakwany from Oman LNG and Dubai Duty Free, who demonstrated such qualities, as well as representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.
Sophie Le Ray, CEO of event organiser, Naseba, highlighted the importance of submitting award nominations across the categories:
“An intrinsic benefit that high-achieving companies and individuals receive, just in the act of nomination alone, is to be counted in that exclusive group of best-in -field in the finance function. This spreads a positive influence not just within the organisation itself, but also industry and country wide, amongst peers. It is through recognising and examining the ‘why’ factors of success that the finance world as a whole moves forward.”
The closing date for award nominations is September 24th.