17 May 2017
UAE - DAFZA (Dubai Airport Freezone Authority) in collaboration with IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) successfully hosted a conference on emerging trends in accounting, technology, and leadership. The event, which was held at the DAFZA Business Centre, featured more than 10 regional and international experts that brought global and regional perspectives on topics such as digital finance transformation, Blockchain, Islamic and Social Finance, Cognitive Technologies, Corporate Governance, Leadership, and the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). The sessions were attended by leaders and key decision-makers from the private sector, government/semi-government entities and management accountants, upon the invitation of IMA and DAFZA.
Some of the renowned speakers included:
Jeffrey C. Thomson, IMA president and CEO. Thomson is a Lifetime Achievement Awardee of Trust Across America. He is consistently listed in Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential People List” and is part of the Global Accountancy Power 50 list of leading influencers. Thomson shared his insights and expertise in the field of finance and business at the conference and focused on innovation measurement, governance and the role of the CFO
Dr. Tommy Weir is an Amazon number one bestselling author, CEO Coach and Speaker. CEOs around the world turn to Dr. Tommy Weir for trusted leadership advice on how to become the best they can be and how their organization can achieve rapid growth. He has written books on Leadership Dubai Style: the habits to achieve remarkable success, First Finalist - 2016 International Book Awards; 10 tips for Leading in the Middle East, voted the #2 best book of 2014 by the Wall Street Journal’s Readers Poll; Going Global; The CEO Shift; as well as The Cheeseburger Theory and other leadership observations. Dr. Tommy inspired the audience with his speech on leadership Dubai-style
Moustafa Hamwi is an award winning author & speaker and is the world’s leading expert on Passion. He has been selected by world/s #1 executive Coach Dr. Marshall Goldsmith as one of top 100 coaches globally from a pool of over 12,000 applicants to work closely with Dr. Marshall on his legacy program. He was featured on the blog of Thinkers50 which is the world’s most prestigious ranking of the top 50 management thinkers alive. Mustafa with his energetic drive engaged the crowd with his talk on passionate leadership.
Hessa Al Hosani, Director Accounting at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority, said: “Sound accounting and financial management practices are crucial to the sustained success of our freezone and the companies we serve. In collaboration with the Institute of Management Accountants, we were able to successfully enlighten our hosted organizations, government and semi-government entities and IMA members on the latest trends, best practices and tools that can guide them to sustained financial excellence. The conference threw particular focus on how technology, innovation and leadership are playing key roles in accounting and financial management functions. We are pleased at having been able to maximize organizational efficiencies through this exclusive event and thank IMA and all the participants for their support.”
About the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA)
Established in 1996 as part of the Dubai Government’s strategic plan to become an investment-driven economy. DAFZA hosts over 1,600 companies engaged in more than 20 vital industries including freight, aviation, logistics, pharmaceuticals, IT and engineering. DAFZA is also home to several Fortune 500 companies including Airbus, General Electric (GE), Rolls Royce, Roche, Boeing and Channel.
As a freezone that goes beyond, DAFZA provides its partners with unparalleled experiences and incentives at both regional and international levels, such as a strategic location within the boundaries of the Dubai International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports, just hours away from major Asian and European markets; state-of-the-art infrastructure; 100 per cent tax exemptions and services; 100 per cent foreign ownership; zero currency restrictions; and a business-friendly regulatory environment, among many others.
DAFZA’s strategic plan from 2017 to 2021, focuses on the four key perspectives of Learning and Innovation, Sustainability, Customers, and Finance. It outlines 13 strategic goals for attracting a larger number of investments that adherence to the objectives set by Dubai Plan 2021.
DAFZA’s innovative integrated solutions for global businesses are available at: http://www.dafz.ae.
About IMA® (INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS)
IMA®, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 85,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe, and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit www.imamiddleeast.org.
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