Techovate Conference 2019

Event Details

Date: 25 Mar 2019 - 25 Mar 2019

Invitation only event

Innovative tech is here – sweeping through finance. For professional accountants, this new terrain will provide many opportunities as it permeates deeper and deeper into the fabric of society. From the promise of blockchain, to the demands of valuation in a digital era, finance more than ever needs an experienced, knowledgeable guide to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

Join the discussion at our regional conference ‘Techovate’ where leading alliances and leaders will be discussing how tech is shaping the Middle East, along with how you as a finance professional can continue to unlock future value.


08.30 – 09.15

Registration and networking

09.15 - 09.30

Welcome from ACCA

Lindsay Degouve de Nuncques, Director for Europe and Americas, ACCA 

09.30 – 10.00

Keynote address (industry)

Joy Ajlouny, Co-Founder, Fetchr

10.00 – 10.30

Keynote address (practice)

Xavier Anglada, Managing Director – Accenture Digital, MENA and Turkey

10.30 - 11.15

Innovating the UAE

Dr. Sayd Farook, Advisor, The Executive Office of HH Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

11.15 - 11.45

Coffee break  

VR experience by Takeleap

11.45 - 12.30

Automating audit: the evolving role of accountants

Cynthia Corby, Senior Partner, Deloitte Middle East

12.30 – 13.15

Unlocking value through tech transformation: Big Data, AI and Analytical benchmarking

George Stoyanov, Transformation Advisory Partner, Grant Thornton UAE

13.15 - 14.00


VR experience by Takeleap

14.00 – 14.45

Innovation in VAT

Pierre Arman, Market Development Lead – Tax and Accounting, Thomson Reuters

14.45 – 15.30

Leveraging effective technology and software to drive financial performance

Mansoor Sarwar, Director, Sage

15.30 – 16.15

Knowing your legal rights: securing your assets and protecting your data

Dino Wilkinson, Partner, Clyde & Co


Conference closes


Please do RSVP for the event by no later than 14 March 2019

This conference can provide up to seven (7) CPD units.



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In the meantime, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

ACCA Middle East


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25 March 2019
9:00am to 4.00pm

Address Boulevard

Boulevard Ballroom,

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Downtown, Dubai, UAE

Complimentary valet

Dietary requirements

Should you have any dietary requirements, please do let us know prior to the conference.

Accommodation and visa

Please note that ACCA will be unable to support with visa and accommodation requirements.

Keynote presenters

Joy Ajlouny

Co-Founder |  Fetchr

Joy is the co-founder of Fetchr, a Silicon-Valley backed technology company based in Dubai aimed at solving emerging market shipping logistics. Fetchr is the first start-up in the Middle East to be funded by a top venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

Xavier Anglada

Managing Director |  Accenture

Xavi Anglada brings with him over 22 years of experience in strategy, consulting and operations in the FinTech, Media, and Telecommunication industries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining Accenture, Xavi was CEO of Cash Credit, an innovative FinTech company offering micro-finance services with mobile telecom operators and other partners, where he led the company’s expansion from Eastern Europe to the Middle East, Far East and Africa.




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