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ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference

Programme

28-30 September 2021

View the full programme of ICAEW's Global Virtual Skills Conference, which includes practical advice and insights from industry experts.
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Welcome to the ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference. Over the next 3 days you will be able to navigate all sessions from this page.

1. Click on the zoom link of the session you would like to join.

2. Enter your details (please use the same email as the one you first registered with).

3. Don’t miss out on the chance to enter our competition in collaboration with WWF! When you start a session, choose the option ‘yes’ to be in with a chance to have an animal sponsored in your name for one year!

Allow for 5 minutes to join the session as it can often take a few minutes to allow all participants in. The sessions have limited capacity ranging from 500 to 3000. If you are late to a session and it is already at full capacity, you can join one of the other breakout sessions, and all will be available after the conference to watch on demand! The “Ask Us Anything!” sessions will not be recorded. 

If you have any questions across the 3 days, please contact GlobalSR@icaew.com.

28 September 2020

Opening Address Opening Address
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 08:45 - 09:00 BST

Welcome to the ICAEW Global Virtual Skills Conference. Join this introduction to find out what lies ahead over the next 3 days, and how to get the most out of each session. The first Panel Session will continue on using the same zoom link so there is no need to leave and re-join.

Event Speakers are Sharon Spice, Sharron Gunn

Panel Session What are the key skills needed to succeed?
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 09:00 - 10:00 BST

Introducing you to the conference, our panel will discuss what skill sets are most desired in your job search. They will address and outline the most important soft skills, behaviours, and values that employers are looking for.

Event Speakers are Mark Billington, Aaron Lau, Ben Triggs, Naomi Rayner, Melvin Yong

Breakout Session One How to showcase your skills in applications and interviews
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

In this interactive session, master how to distinguish yourself from the competition. Learn how to best present yourself to potential employers with PwC’s Regional Director of Professional Development.

Event Speaker is Gavin Aspden

Breakout Session Two Job Searching: From Passive to proactive
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

Boost your employment prospects! Sending out your CV and waiting for responses will not make you stand out against your fellow job searchers. In this Q&A learn the best practices in how to be proactive in looking for work.

Event Speaker is Ben Triggs

Breakout Session Three Spotlight on: CA’s in Tech
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

An interesting panel discussion focussing on the role Chartered Accountants play in the ever-growing world of Technology. What does the future look like for accountants? What more exciting advances will be made?

Event Speakers are George Gao Jun, Alexis Nicolaou, Koon Swee Ling, Martin Manuzi

Breakout Session Four Commercial Awareness and how to make it a Strength
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

What is commercial awareness and how important is it? In this session you will find out just that. Not only this but you will discover what you can do to improve and build commercial awareness into your skill set.

Event Speaker is Phan Vu Hoang

Breakout Session Five How to get the most out of Insight Days, Work Experience, Placements and Internships
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

Discover the hidden insights on how to make the most of every work experience, placement and internship opportunity! We all know how much value these experiences add to your career prospects, so make sure you are doing them right.

Event Speaker is Aji Paramartha

Breakout Session Six Spotlight on: CA’s in Charity and Not for Profit
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

Discover the variety of ways that chartered accountants make a difference in the Charities and Not for Profit Sector. Our panellists discuss the challenges and rewards with first-hand experience.

Event Speakers are Sarah Michin, Simon Lloyd, Sundip Jadeja

Ask Us Anything Ask Us Anything
  • Event
  • 28 Sep 2021
  • 12:00 - 12:30 BST

Join this drop in session to ask any questions you might have about ICAEW, and the various routes available to you in your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

29 September 2020

Panel Session Winning Attitudes and Behaviours
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 09:00 - 10:00 BST

Kicking off the second day is a discussion about the attitudes and behaviours associated with success. Join this panel discussion and discover the fundamental values needed to excel in your career and achievements.

Event Speakers are Dan Gaukrodger, Kit Wan, Umair Javaid, Christos Hadjiraftis

Breakout Session Seven Building a Progressive Attitude and ‘Doing the right thing’ mindset
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

Discover the key to a progressive attitude, and how this can further your career progression. Looking to the role ethics and professional conduct plays in modern business, consider a variety of case studies and why it is so important not to fall under the radar.

Event Speaker is Thomas Tran

Breakout Session Eight Why are Chartered Accountants in demand?
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

Chartered Accountants make up a fundamental component which underpins all areas of society. Find out how the endless range of opportunities in business and finance makes an impact. Hear from industry experts in this talk followed by a Q&A.

Event Speakers are Nicholas Tay, Morvialee Omoyinmi

Breakout Session Nine Spotlight on: What is Audit?
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

Everything you have always wanted to know about Audit will be covered in this session. What does it mean in practice and industry? Hear from our experienced panel what it is that Auditors do, and why it’s so important.

Event Speakers are Dina Karsas, Lee Yan Huei, Michael Armstrong

Breakout Session Ten Resilience and Adapting to Change
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

After a year of uncertainty, adaptation, and most definitely resilience, join this interactive session to discuss how you can be best prepared to keep moving forward. Without change nothing will upgrade and enhance.

Event Speaker is Bev McKay

Breakout Session Eleven Sustainability in the Sector
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

Sustainability is one of the biggest challenges the world is currently facing. Join this talk, followed by a Q&A looking at the integral role Chartered Accountants are playing in making a long term, sustainable difference.

Event Speaker is Umair Javaid

Breakout Session Twelve Bringing your Authentic Self to Work
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:00 BST

Starting your first job can be daunting. In this session, several diverse ICAEW Chartered Accountants will share their experiences of navigating the challenge to fit in… whilst also staying true to themselves.

Event Speakers are Lee Soo Fern, Anna Spencer-Gray, Taha Ayyaz

Ask Us Anything Ask Us Anything
  • Event
  • 29 Sep 2021
  • 12:00 - 12:30 BST

Join this drop in session to ask any questions you might have about ICAEW, and the various routes available to you in your journey to becoming a Chartered Accountant.

30 September 2020

Panel Session Future Proof the Profession: What will a Chartered Accountant look like in 10 years and ICAEW’s role in shaping the future of the sector
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 09:00 - 10:00 BST

In this panel discussion, learn about why Chartered Accountant ‘s makes up a crucial part of history, the role ICAEW has played in this, and how by becoming a member you will be able to shape the future of the profession.

Event Speakers are Sharon Spice, Zahid Hussein, Kieu Trang, Anna Loizou

Breakout Session Thirteen My Route - Pathways, CFAB, BFP
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

With so many routes available to becoming a Chartered Accountant, find out which is best suited for you. Join us in this panel discussion with ICAEW members who have experienced these different journeys first-hand.

Event Speakers are Nhat Minh, Sherv Cheung, Marie Kubo

Breakout Session Fourteen Accountant vs AI. Accountant vs Data Scientist
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

How likely are you to be replaced by a robot? Join this panel discussion to find out how advancing technology and AI is impacting the Accounting profession, and the ways in which human and machine can operate side by side.

Event Speakers are Dr Lim Kim-Hwa, Naveen Sasidaran

Breakout Session Fifteen Future Leaders
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 10:05 - 11:00 BST

Join our session on how young professionals can overcome modern workplace challenges and create new developments. This session will teach resilience and adaptability to aspiring future leaders.

Event Speaker is Alan Chan

Breakout Session Sixteen WWF film screening- Our Planet: Too Big To Fail
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 11:05 - 12:30 BST

Our Planet: Too Big To Fail is a story that everyone in finance needs to hear. The film answers the question: How can the finance sector join the fight for our world? Join this screening and panel discussion with WWF discussing the core environmental issues impacting our planet, and how Chartered Accountants will play an integral role in fighting these.

Event Speakers are Andrew Ratcliffe, Rhiannon Shah, Marina Marinou

Closing Address Closing Address
  • Event
  • 30 Sep 2021
  • 12:30 - 12:40 BST

Stay online on our final day for a closing address from Sharon Spice, ICAEW Director of Global Student Recruitment.

Event Speaker is Sharon Spice