The future CFO will need to be more tech savvy and help co-create the future of the businesses they support.


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Firstly, thanks to Sarmad the CEO at Corporate World Intelligence (CWI) for inviting me to be the keynote at this years CFO Summit, which due to the pandemic and as is usually the case these days was held virtually.


Futurist Keynote, Bahrain: The Future of Work and the Workplace, Bahrain Govt


Needless to say the past 18 months or so have been some of the most turbulent any of us have experienced and this once in a generation event has both wrecked company’s fortunes as well as made them – with many of the traditional established industries, such as hospitality, logistics, manufacturing, retail, and transportation being tipped on their heads, and others, such as energy,  entertainment, finance, insurance, and healthcare being supercharged. And, from the CFO’s perspective while this brings both opportunity and disruption, it also brings headaches and long tumultuous nights.


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Even before the pandemic took hold CFO’s were increasingly required to juggle a whole range of expectations and requirements, from safeguarding liquidity and financial reporting, all the way through to staying abreast and on top of compliance, ESG, and new risks.


Futurist Virtual Keynote, Malaysia: Future of HR and the Workforce, CWI


In this presentation I discuss the different options that CFO’s have in front of them today to help businesses thrive and seek out new purpose, I shine a light on numerous ESG trends and risks, and we dive into the wormhole to explore the impact of new technologies on their businesses and business models.

About author

Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin, described as “The Adviser behind the Advisers” and a “Young Kurzweil,” is the founder and CEO of the World Futures Forum and the 311 Institute, a global Futures and Deep Futures consultancy working between the dates of 2020 to 2070, and is an award winning futurist, and author of “Codex of the Future” series. Regularly featured in the global media, including AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, Discovery, RT, Viacom, and WIRED, Matthew’s ability to identify, track, and explain the impacts of hundreds of revolutionary emerging technologies on global culture, industry and society, is unparalleled. Recognised for the past six years as one of the world’s foremost futurists, innovation and strategy experts Matthew is an international speaker who helps governments, investors, multi-nationals and regulators around the world envision, build and lead an inclusive, sustainable future. A rare talent Matthew’s recent work includes mentoring Lunar XPrize teams, re-envisioning global education and training with the G20, and helping the world’s largest organisations envision and ideate the future of their products and services, industries, and countries. Matthew's clients include three Prime Ministers and several governments, including the G7, Accenture, Aon, Bain & Co, BCG, Credit Suisse, Dell EMC, Dentons, Deloitte, E&Y, GEMS, Huawei, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Lego, McKinsey, PWC, Qualcomm, SAP, Samsung, Sopra Steria, T-Mobile, and many more.

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