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Second Edition of the Chief Finance Officer Awards launched

ACCA Uganda and Deloitte have launched the second edition of the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) Awards 2018, themed “Finance in a Digital World”.

This follows the huge success that the inaugural CFO Awards registered last year with six winners from a highly competitive process.

Uganda Breweries Limited’s Alvin Mbugua walked away with the coveted CFO of the Year Award and NSSF’s Patrick Ayota was the 1st runners up for CFO of the Year Award.

Both have moved on to bigger things inform of career growth with Mbugua now the Head of Sales, East African Breweries and Ayota as the Deputy Managing Director, NSSF.

The awards this year have been increased from five to eight to carter for the unique attributes of the different sectors.

The eight awards are CFO of the year, Young CFO Award, Public Sector Award, Strategy Execution Award, Finance Transformation Award, SME Award, Not for Profit Award and Finance and Technology Award.

Beatrice Isagayite, the Head of ACCA Uganda said the CFO Awards provide a recognition platform for leaders of the finance function and draw attention to the required professional skills that should be adopted and demonstrated by leaders that will meet the needs of a rapidly changing business and economic landscape.

“Today, we are opening up for nominations for the CFO Awards 2018, beginning 16 August 2018 to 16 September 2018 across the eight categories. Nominations should be via the link,https://www.accaglobal.com/africa/en/member/member-networks/uganda-cfo-awards.html.

“Anyone is encouraged to nominate a CFO/Finance Director/Head of Finance function that they feel meets the criteria and self-nomination is also allowed.

“All winners shall have to demonstrate proficiency in the seven vital qualities (called the seven quotients in the ACCA report of Professional Accountants – The Future or the seven skills for success in the ACCA competency Framework) found at, https://www.accaglobal.com/gb/en/qualifications/why-acca/competency-framework/quotients.html,” says Isagayite.

These quotients or skills are intelligence, creativity, digital knowledge, emotional intelligence, experience, vision, and technical and ethical skills.

“At Deloitte, we have seen firsthand how the pressure and burden of the CFO role can seem overwhelming for those aspiring to the role.

“The Deloitte CFO Programme has been designed to help new and aspiring CFOs navigate the next steps of their careers, prepare them for the diverse responsibilities they will face in the CFO role and help them transition successfully,” Norbert Kagoro, the Managing Partner, Deloitte said.

(L-R): Patrick Ayota- Deputy Managing Director NSSF together with Nobert Kagoro- Managing Partner Deloitte, Beatrice Isagayite- Head of ACCA Uganda and Ronald Amega, Chairperson Careers Guidance Committee at ACCA address the media at the launch of the 2nd edition of the annual CFO awards at the Kampala Serena Hotel
(L-R): Patrick Ayota- Deputy Managing Director NSSF together with Nobert Kagoro- Managing Partner Deloitte, Beatrice Isagayite- Head of ACCA Uganda and Ronald Amega, Chairperson Careers Guidance Committee at ACCA address the media at the launch of the 2nd edition of the annual CFO awards at the Kampala Serena Hotel

He said, the roles and responsibilities of today’s CFOs and senior finance leaders are more varied and challenging than ever.

The CFO Award2018 Categories

The CFO awards were established in recognition of the fact that the finance function and the CFO’s role is pivotal in building sustainable business models which ultimately  translate into value for the investors.

CFO of the Year

The CFO of the Year will have shown financial leadership, outstanding performance over a number of years and is the driving force behind the growth and profitability of their organization, striving for excellence in all aspects of the finance profession.

The CFO/ Head of Finance should lead by example demonstrating leadership through their future-focus and proficiency in the seven vital qualities of professional accountants.

Public Sector Award

This should be a CFO or Head of Finance in a government ministry, agency or department demonstrating outstanding financial management and has demonstrated the vital qualities of professional accountants.

Not-for-Profit Award

This award will go to an outstanding CFO or Head of Finance, currently making a vital contribution to the financial leadership of a not-for-profit organization and has demonstrated the 7 vital qualities of professional accountants.

SME Award

This award will recognize a CFO or Head of Finance in a small and medium enterprise, who has demonstrated outstanding financial management and has contributed to the growth of the enterprise.

Small and medium enterprises include all types of formal enterprises irrespective of their legal form (such as family enterprises, sole proprietorships or cooperatives), employing between 5 – 100 employees and total assets not exceeding UGX 360 million.

Young CFO Award

This award will recognise a rising star in the accounting profession, aged no more than 40 years and has demonstrated the 7 vital qualities of professional accountants.

Finance Transformation

This award recognizes a CFO or Head of Finance who has championed transformative solutions in their finance function and has been successful in redefining the role of finance within the organization.

Strategy Execution Award

This award recognizes a CFO or Head of Finance who has shown agility and resilience in dealing with serious and intense changes in the business environment, enabling the business to successfully adapt to new demands and challenges.

This CFO or Head of Finance will have shown great leadership in creating the right (financial) conditions to execute the organization’s strategy.

Finance & Technology Award

The Award recognizes a CFO or Head of Finance who has invested in and unlocked technologies that have the power to transform the business and create new value.

The CFO or Head of Finance has played a crucial role in designing and executing a successful business-aligned IT strategy and is a steward for technology driven change and develops and shares his or her knowledge and know-how of technology across the business.