UAE, May 17, 2017 – 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.”

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