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MIA Biennial Conference: The Finance [r]evolution... Unlocking the Digital Riddle
Date
16 November 2018
Time
08:30 - 17:35
Venue
InterContinental


Event Overview

The Malta Institute of Accountants is holding its highly anticipated Biennial Conference on 16th November 2018, bringing together 300+ industry leaders within the finance profession and beyond.
 
The MIA Biennial Conference is a staple calendar event which in 2018 will be providing a dynamic platform where subject-matter experts and distinguished thought leaders will attempt to unlock the digital riddle of the Finance (r)evolution which is taking the world by storm. In the current dynamic age of the financial technology revolution, the impact on the financial and wider industries will be debated in a blend of interactive speeches, breakout sessions, and panel discussions.

The MIA Biennial Conference promises to be bigger and better where an eclectic mix of Local and International speakers will share their expertise on a variety of multi-faceted topics such as digital taxation, regulating Blockchain, cyber risks in the financial services sector, the impact of technology on the profession, preventing the digital skills gap, regulatory and practical aspects of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and tax matters in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Cryptocurrency and related services. Furthermore, delegates have a choice of 5 Breakout Sessions on varied topics including cloud adoption by financial institutions, distributed ledgers and blockchain, virtual and augmented reality in business, data and analytics, and the ethical impact of AI, big data, cloud, and IoT.

Registration for the full-day event will start at 07:45 giving delegates the opportunity to network and enjoy a coffee, with the conference kicking off at 08:30. The full-day programme includes multiple keynote speeches, 4 informative speeches, 8 international speakers and 23 local subject-matter experts, 4 panel discussions, 5 breakout sessions, and 2 live polls. Throughout the day, three breaks and a lunch will be served to participating delegates.

The Biennial Conference qualifies for 7.5 hours of Structured CPE and categorised as an activity relevant to the attainment of Core and Professional Competencies in terms of the Accountancy Board’s CPE Scheme.

Speakers
  • Dr Adrian Attard Trevisan, CEO, Umana Medical Technologies
  • Dr Adrian Dalli, Opposition Leader
  • Dr Gerd Sapiano, Analyst, Securities and Markets Supervision, MFSA
  • Dr Giorgia Maffini, Special Advisor and Transfer Pricing Senior Manager, PwC London
  • Dr Joseph Borg, Partner, WH Partners
  • Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister
  • Dr Laura Buijs, Senior Manager Communications, Accountancy Europe
  • Dr Max Ganado, Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates
  • Dr Olga Finkell, Partner, WH Partners
  • Dr Peter J. Baldacchino, Head of Department of Accountancy, University of Malta
  • Dr Ramona Azzopardi, Partner, WH Partners
  • Dr Wayne Pisani, President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP) & Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Inspector Timothy Zammit, Cyber Crime Unit, Police Department
  • Mr Allan Kekenbosch, Digital Marketing Officer, PwC Belgium
  • Mr Bernard Scicluna, National Professional Practice Director, Deloitte & MIA Audit & Assurance Committee Member
  • Mr Chris Borg, Indirect Tax Principal, Deloitte & MIA Indirect Tax Committee Member
  • Mr Fabio Axisa, MIA Vice-President
  • Mr Gordon Micallef, Partner, RSM
  • Mr Gregory Renier, Online Communications Manager, PwC Belgium
  • Mr Jeroen Vlek, Director Digital Assurance & Innovation, KPMG Netherlands
  • Mr Kenneth Farrugia, Head of Business Development, BOV
  • Mr Martijn Sprengers, Information Security Advisor, Cyber, KPMG Netherlands
  • Mr Matthew Zampa, Indirect Taxation Partner, Zampa Debattista & MIA Indirect Tax Committee Member
  • Mr Michael Azzopardi, Senior Manager IT Advisory Services, Ernst & Young & MIA Digital Committee Member
  • Mr Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head of Business Insights, ACCA
  • Mr Richard Anning, Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW
  • Mr Silvio Schembri, Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
  • Mr Stanley Borg, Head of Commercial Content, Times of Malta
  • Mr Stephen McCarthy, CEO, Malta Digital Innovation Authority
  • Mr William Spiteri Bailey, MIA President
  • Ms Claudine Cassar, Technology and Digital Leader, Director, Deloitte & MIA Digital Committee Chairperson
  • Ms Geraldine Schembri, Managing Director, EMCS International
  • Ms Maria Cauci Delia, MIA CEO
  • Ms Rosemary Amato, Risk Advisory Director, Deloitte Malta
  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli, Head of Department, Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, University of Malta

Programme
07:45 Registration & Welcome Coffee
08:30 Welcome Address
Ms Maria Cauchi Delia, MIA CEO
08:35 Address
Mr William Spiteri Bailey, MIA President
08:40  Keynote Speech - Harnessing Technology from Startup to Success
Dr Adrian Attard Trevisan, CEO, Umana Medical Technologies
09:25  The Taxation of the Digital Economy 
and, more broadly on the possible consequences of these debates on companies
Dr Giorgia Maffini, Special Advisor and Transfer Pricing Senior Manager, PwC London
10:00 Keynote Speech
Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister
10:10 Speech
Dr Adrian Delia, Opposition Leader 
10:15  Speech
Mr Silvio Schembri, Hon. Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
10:20 The role, purposes and duty of MDIA and new legislations
Mr Stephen McCarthy, CEO, Malta Digital Innovation Authority

What is the purpose and duty of the MDIA and the new legislation? This talk will explore the role that MDIA will take with respect to Innovative Technology Arrangements and how it will interact with other competent authorities such as MFSA and MGA, with particular reference to Virtual Financial Assets and Gaming applications that use a Distributed Ledger Technology. It will also explain the requirements and scope of both a Systems Auditor and that of a Technical Administrator
10:50  Refreshment Break
11:10 Ethical Hacking
Mr Martijn Sprengers, Information Security Advisor, Cyber, KPMG Netherlands
11:20  The Reality of Cyber Risks: Risks in the Financial Services Sector - Panel Discussion + Live Survey
Panel Members:
  • Ms Rosemary Amato, Risk Advisory Director, Deloitte Malta - Moderator
  • Dr Olga Finkell, Partner, WH Partners
  • Mr Martijn Sprengers, Information Security Advisor, Cyber, KPMG Netherlands
  • Inspector Timothy Zammit, Cyber Crime Unit, Police Department 
12:20  The Impact of Technology on the Profession - Part 1: Technology Barometer Report
Dr Laura Buijs, Senior Manager Communications, Accountancy Europe 
12:35 The Impact of Technology on the Profession - Part 2: Panel Discussion + Live Survey
Panel Members:
  • Dr Laura Buijs, Senior Manager Communications, Accountancy Europe - Moderator
  • Mr Richard Anning, Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW
  • Dr Peter J. Baldacchino, Head of Department of Accountancy, University of Malta
  • Mr Gordon Micallef, Partner, RSM
  • Mr Bernard Scicluna, National Professional Practice Director, Deloitte &  MIA Audit & Assurance Committee Member
  • Mr Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head of Business Insights, ACCA

This session will present the findings of the Technology Barometer (2n edition), followed by a panel discussion complemented by a live survey. Accountancy Europe use this survey to learn how Member organisations deal with digitalisation and share best practices.
13:10 Networking Lunch
14:10 Breakout Session #1: Cloud Adoption by Financial Institutions 
  • Mr Michael Azzopardi, Senior Manager IT Advisory Services, Ernst & Young & MIA Digital Committee Member
  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli, Head of Department, Faculty of Information & Communication Technology, University  of Malta
Financial Services organisations have been more conservative in the adoption of cloud than companies in other sectors. This is primarily driven by the regulatory compliance and security requirements they have to meet. This session will explore the trends of cloud adoption in financial services, from a vendor independent perspective. Prior to joining EY, Mr Michael Azzopardi has worked in FSI for more than 17 years and had recently led the architecture strategy development of cloud adoption for a large multinational bank. Prof. Alexiei Dingli heads the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malta. In this presentation they will present the different perspectives of Cloud Adoption in Financial Institutions, looking at the benefits, challenges and opportunities.

Breakout Session #2: The Professional Accountant's Guide to Distributed Ledgers and Blockchain 
  • Mr Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head of Business Insights, ACCA



In recent years blockchain has become a much discussed technology that has captured the attention of organisations and regulators alike. As an eco-system technology, it offers the promise of revolutionising not just individual companies, but entire industries and supply chains. So what exactly is blockchain and why should professionals care about it? Join us for an engaging session that provides an introduction to this exciting and much discussed topic. 

Breakout Session #3: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Business 
  • Mr Allan Kekenbosch, Digital Marketing Officer, PwC Belgium
  • Mr Gregory Renier, Online Communications Manager, PwC Belgium




Virtual reality is not a dream anymore! It’s reality! Mr Allan Kekenbosch and Mr Gregory Renier will show you what the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality are by showing you some real use cases from within the Belgian PwC firm. They will give you the basics of the technologies and will guide you through a journey from start to end on how to get a working product. In this breakout you will see the power of these technologies and get the first hints on how to start by yourself.

Breakout Session #4: Data & Analytics
  • Mr Jeroen Vlek, Director Digital Assurance & Innovation, KPMG Netherlands



Emerging technologies are disrupting many business models, including the audit and assurance industry. Much is spoken on the possible future impact of data & analytics, but what are the disruptors that are here, right now, that will change the way we work not in the distant future, but when we get into the office today? Disruption is a wave, whether we are overcome by it or surf it is up to us. In this session you will experience the data & analytics as well as other audit innovation game changers of today and learn about the impact on stakeholders and our workforce.

Breakout Session #5: The Ethical Impact of AI, Big Data, Cloud, IoT 
  • Mr Richard Anning, Head of IT Faculty, ICAEW



Greater use of big data, algorithmic decision-making and artificial intelligence can enable more consistent, evidence-based and accurate judgments or decisions, often more quickly and efficiently. However, these strengths can potentially have a darker side too. ICAEW is undertaking a wide range of work across the theme of ethics and new technologies, considering the impact on the accountancy code of ethics, businesses, audit and other areas of accountancy practice. This session outlines latest findings, and the implications for the code.
15:10 Refreshment Break
15:30 Addressing the Digital Skills Gap 
Ms Claudine Cassar, Technology and Digital Leader, Director, Deloitte & MIA Digital Committee Chairperson

Artificial Intelligence is maturing rapidly and will have a very significant impact on all the professions. Accounting, reporting and auditing processes will have to evolve to adapt to the digital age, making it critical for professional accountants to understand how these new IT tools work. This should not be perceived as a threat, but instead as an opportunity for accountants to offer their clients even better value by learning how to harness the power of technology.
16:00 Regulatory and practical aspects of Distributed Ledger Technology
DLT Overview by Dr Max Ganado, Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates
Panel Members:
  • Dr Ramona Azzopardi, Partner, WH Partners - Moderator
  • Dr Joseph Borg, Partner, WH Partners
  • Mr Kenneth Farrugia, Head of Business Development, BOV
  • Dr Max Ganado, Senior Partner, GANADO Advocates
  • Dr Wayne Pisani, President of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP)  Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Dr Gerd Sapiano, Analyst, Securities and Markets Supervision, MFSA
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)  is a database that is consensually shared and synchronized across network spread across multiple sites, countries, or institutions. It allows transactions to have public ""witnesses,"" thereby making a cyberattack more difficult. The participant at each node of the network can access the recordings shared across that network and can own an identical copy of it. Further, any changes or additions made to the ledger are reflected and copied to all participants in a matter of seconds or minutes. With this technology users do not have to trust anyone else to ensure validity and accuracy, thus DLTs are often called trustless technologies. DLT is a new disruptive phenomenon in the technology arena. The hype around its potential as a disrupter has been intense and the Maltese Government has been at the forefront in resolving and establishing frameworks to address DLT regulatory and taxation complexities. 
16:50 Tax matters in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (ICO's), Cryptocurrency and services related thereto
Panel Members:
  • Dr Ramona Azzopardi, Partner, WH Partners - Moderator
  • Dr Chris Borg, Indirect Tax Principal, Deloitte & MIA Indirect Tax Committee Member
  • Ms Geraldine Schembri, Managing Director, EMCS International
  • Mr Matthew Zampa, Indirect Taxation Partner, Zampa Debattista & MIA Indirect Tax Committee Member

17:30 Closing Remarks
Mr Fabio Axisa, MIA Vice-President 
Why should delegates attend?

The full-day MIA Biennial Conference is open to both members and non-members as the programme, tackling the digital revolution, is one which is of interest to a variety of industries. The mix of local and international speakers will share their expertise on a variety of multi-faceted topics such as digital taxation, regulating blockchain, cyber risks in the financial services sector, the impact of technology on the profession, addressing the digital skills gap, regulatory and practical aspects of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and tax matters in relation to Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), Cryptocurrency and related services, virtual and augmented reality, data & analytics, cloud adoption, ethics, AI, Big Data and the IoT, amongst many more. 

Professional accountants, lawyers, directors, senior executives, stakeholders, current and potential entrepreneurs, directors, regulators, government officials, are invited to book their place here: https://www.miaevents.org.

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A mix of 7.5 hours Structured Core and Professional Competencies in terms of the Accountancy Board’s CPE Scheme.

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Go to Register to book by filling in the registration form available and send it by post together with a cheque, or send it by e-mail to cpeevents@miamalta.org together with a proof of payment of the transaction made by bank transfer. Bookings are confirmed upon payment.

Non-MIA members can also register as a non-member on the MIA website and proceed with the booking online.


MIA Biennial Conference: The Finance [r]evolution... Unlocking the Digital Riddle

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