Unilever and CIMA bring together finance professionals
Unilever Pakistan and CIMA Pakistan have come together to conduct a high powered workshop for senior finance professionals from esteemed organizations across the corporate sector. The panelists included CFOs of organizations from various industries and partners from AF Fergusons & KPMG. The objective of the event was to synergise wisdom by bringing organizations together on the same platform to share best practices & learn from each other.
Asiya Zaidi, Finance Director Unilever Pakistan and Javaria Hassan, Head of CIMA Pakistan opened the event by defining the vision behind creating this platform. Asiya said “It is paramount to synergize our strengths as ‘One Finance Industry’ to unlock our industry's hidden potential by learning from each other. It’s time to share our best practices and actively participate in growing by supporting each other.
A candle only gains by lighting another.” Javaria emphasised “To truly make the session effective, we must bring together people at both tiers of the funnel of learning i.e. the academia and the industry professionals and hear what they have to say. I hope that this unique blend that has seldom been brought together at a single forum ever in Pakistan helps make our discussions even more worthwhile.”
Ali Tariq, CFO Unilever Pakistan mentioned "I am delighted that we have realised our vision to pioneer a first ever platform in Pakistan, for CFOs to come together to share their finance best practices, steal from each other with pride and thus raise the bar for the wider finance profession in Pakistan.”
Shazia Syed, Chairperson Unilever Pakistan & Imran Khalil, Regional Board Member CIMA were also present during the event and stressed on bringing diversity within finance & corporate functions and appreciated the opportunity of networking through these summits.
Best practices were shared by 8 CFOs of major companies and key note speakers included Abdul Rab - CFO Reckitt Benckiser, Khalid Noor – CFO Novartis, Abdul Samad – CFO Glaxo SmithKline, Ali Tariq – CFO Unilever and Asad Shariff – CFO Standard Chartered Bank.
Naz Khan, CFO Engro Corp. addressed the audience as a guest speaker on women in finance leadership roles.
Senior representatives from top academic and professional institutes including ACCA, IBA, CFA Institute, IoBM & ICAP attended the workshop and actively contributed to the discussion. The workshop ended with a panel discussion on the role of finance in the fast paced digital world. The initiative was appreciated and great response was received from both corporate and academic sectors.