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India`s Leading CFOs Contemplate New Zones of Discomfort

Close to a 100 CFOs spent two and a half days huddled at the Fairmont in Jaipur, debating the thought provoking theme 'An Edgy New World'. ...

September 14, 2015 / 06:25 PM IST
Business Wire India
Close to a 100 CFOs spent two and a half days huddled at the Fairmont in Jaipur, debating the thought provoking theme 'An Edgy New World'. The occasion was CFO India's Annual CFO Leadership Conclave which pushes the envelope on the CFOs’ new responsibilities each year. "The 2015 Conclave was intended to unsettle CFOs, nudge them to face uncharted territories and possibilities and brace them for 'zones of discomfort'. We live in a world where almost nothing is a given and CFOs must learn to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity", says Anuradha Das Mathur, Editor - CFO India and Founder Director, 9.9 Media.

Supported by sponsors like Aditya Birla Finance Ltd, Axis Bank, Vodafone, Microsoft and Concur among others, the offsite offered a unique platform for candid discussions on familiar and unfamiliar issues. Known for its cutting edge content, the marquee event this year too received rave reviews from the community. The agenda spanned the entire range from politics, economy, and the future of financial institutions to the CFOs role in a rapidly digital world, during a public crisis and in addressing diversity and inclusion. Says Joydeb Chatterjee, Senior Vice President & CFO (Technical Textile Business), SRF - “Attending the 6th CFO Conclave was an enriching experience. The topics chosen kept me glued right through. Look forward to the CFO Conclave 2016!”

Highlights of the Conclave included a keynote address by Shashi Tharoor, Indian politician and former minister. Setting the context he said, “All of us belong to a country that proudly celebrates Independence Day but we also need to celebrate the fact that every other day on the globalised calendar is really an interdependence day”. He also said the biggest task of the 21st century was to make the world 'safe for diversity' just as the last century was about making it 'safe for democracy'.
 
Ajay Shah, Professor-National Institute of Public Finance and Policy shared his perspective on how central banks and regulators will shape the future. Ajit Ranade, President and Chief Economist- Aditya Birla Group, offered an insight into the Indian economy and Mihir Sharma, Opinion Editor- Business Standard, spoke about the 'edginess of the global economy'. Mr S Mahalingam, Former CFO- TCS, urged CFOs to start considering institutional arbitration as a primary option for dispute resolution in commercial contracts. A stellar line up of speakers ensured that this senior gathering left with much food for thought.
 
9.9 Media, the parent company for CFO India, is one of India’s most diversified media companies that integrates its print, online, research and event platforms to serve highly-targeted communities such as Owner-Managers / Entrepreneurs, CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, CFOs, IT professionals, Gamers, Personal technology enthusiasts and those leading institutes of higher education. Some of its leading brands include The CTO Forum, Digit, Edu, IT Next and CFO India. 9.9 Media was founded by five professionals: Anuradha Das Mathur, Asheesh Gupta, Kanak Ghosh, Pramath Raj Sinha and Vikas Gupta.

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