EFAA International Conference

21 June 2018 in Brussels: Digital Transformation of SMEs


Program

The digitalisation of Europe’s economy already reshapes the way we live, work, and consume. These technologies - like Blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data analytics – are also greatly affecting the accountancy profession. Large companies and accounting firms are investing heavily to cope with these changes and capitalize on these technologies. But how does digitalisation stand to impact small- and medium sized enterprise (SMEs) and their advisors, small- and medium-sized accountancy practices (SMPs)? How can they best rise to the challenges and leverage the opportunities? This event will address these pressing questions..

09:30 REGISTRATION

10:00 Opening Remarks – BODO RICHARDT, EFAA President

10:20 Session One - DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES UPDATE

This session will update you on those digital technologies that have critical implications for business and society and present the greatest challenge and opportunity for the profession. Each speaker will summarise the key aspects of a particular technology with a focus on its implications for SMEs and SMPs. The session will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

LEON KATSNELSON – Director & CTO IBM WATSON Artificial Intelligence
NARAYANAN VAIDYANATHAN – Head of Technology Insight, ACCA Blockchain
MARCO LOURENCO – Cybersecurity Analyst Lead ENISA Cyber Security
KURT CALLEWAERT – Lecturer Howest Campus Brugge, Belgium - General Data Protection
CHAIR: NOEL DE RUDDER – Member of EFAA Digital Working Group

12:15 LUNCH BREAK

13:15 Session Two – SOCIETAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

This session will comprise key note presentations looking at the profound effect of digitalisation on society, business, the future of work and the political landscape, with expert insights from Europe and Asia.

GÜNTHER OETTINGER – European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources (requested)
BART VAN COILE – Vice-President IEC-IAB
MP VIJAY KUMAR – Central Council Member The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
CHAIR: BODO RICHARDT – EFAA PRESIDENT

14:45 COFFEE BREAK

15:00 Session Three - THE DIGITAL PROFESSIONAL

This session will focus on how SMPs, with help from their institutes and regional bodies, can best adapt to and leverage off digital technologies and secure their position as the trusted business advisors to SMEs. Their expectations are explained by V. Willems. Our American speaker shows how he helps US CPA firms forge strategies for leveraging technology to improve client service and achieve growth. Our European speakers are demonstrating with examples how to leverage technology to develop new and broader services for their clients.

VERONIQUE WILLEMS – Secretary General UEAPME
MICHAEL CERAMI – Vice-President Business Development & Corporate Alliances AICPA
ANGELIQUE KOOPMAN – Partner Audit Innovation EY
GRIFFIN ANDERSON – Founder BALANC3
CHAIR: MARTIN DE BIE – Chair of EFAA Digital Working Group

16:50 Closing Remarks – BODO RICHARDT, EFAA President

 

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