Event Details

Never before have companies been so fundamentally disrupted, and in so many ways. Executives are now expected to be health and well-being experts, to stay on top of multiple economic scenarios while navigating a complex set of once-in-a-lifetime events, and to increasingly use and promote digital technologies—all while drastically decreasing costs. Finance directors are at the very heart of such efforts and will increasingly be expected to contribute more, but is it reasonable to stretch their role even further?

How will finance directors and CFOs be affected as companies work to identify their priorities and move forward? What lessons have they learned during the last year and a half, and will these lessons be useful for navigating future challenges? Do we actually see the contours of a post-covid future for companies, or is crisis mode going to become our "new normal"?

Join us at this online event as we discuss the transformation of the CFO role with leading executives from global companies.

This session is part of our new programme, CFO Foresight, which is targeting senior professionals in finance from companies within The ECN . You can learn more about the programme here.


4 PM - 4:05 PM
Introduction remarks
4:05 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 4:55 PM
Interactive conversation with the audience
4:55 PM - 5 PM
Closing remarks and the end of the session
Depending on the flow of the discussion we reserve the right to prolong the session by 15min.


  • Anna Agafonova (CFO at SWIFT)

    Anna Agafonova

    CFO at SWIFT

    Anna Agafonova joins SWIFT from American Express, where she was Global CFO of American Express Global Business Travel. She brings a wealth of experience in finance, including audit and control, forecasting, budgeting and reporting functions, across a range of business types and industries.

    Prior to joining American Express, Agafonova held a variety of roles in financial audit at Ernst & Young; in the manufacturing industry at Treofan; in the automotive industry at Magna International; and in the private equity industry at Viewpoint Capital Partner.

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  • Zafar Mahomed (Chief Financial Officer at Cell C Limited)

    Zafar Mahomed

    Chief Financial Officer at Cell C Limited

    Cell C’s Chief Financial Officer, Zafar Mahomed is the kind of leader that does not shy away from complexity. He has a proven ability to detangle multifaceted financial matters and bring strategic clarity to the business.

    Mahomed joined Cell C in December 2018 and has over 20 years of finance and business experience.

    He has worked in a cross section of industries including manufacturing, retail, financial, real estate, medical, hospitality, mining and FMCG. He comes with a wealth of multinational experience particularly in mergers and acquisitions, strategy development and change management.

    One of his key skills is the ability to take a distressed asset and through keen financial controls and in-depth understanding deliver on the business strategy. This was proven in his turn-around of Johnson & Johnson’s Zimbabwean asset under the very difficult economic condition of hyperinflation.

    At Cell C, Mahomed is responsible for managing the company’s finances,
    ensuring best practices and good corporate governance, financial strategy, minimising risk and advising on regulatory matters from a financial standpoint.

    Before joining Cell C, Mahomed was the Chief Financial Officer of McDonald’s South Africa (2014-2018) and prior to this; he held various top management positions including Chief Financial Officer of Ellerines Holdings, Financial Director of Johnson & Johnson and several roles at Tongaat Hulett.

    He understands a company’s best asset lies with its people and in this regard, Mahomed believes in servant leadership.

    Mahomed holds a Masters in Business Leadership from UNISA and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Natal and an Honours degree in Accounting from UNISA.

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  • Dimitry Rakin (Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network)

    Dimitry Rakin

    Associate Director, ECN North Asia of Economist Corporate Network

    Dimitry Rakin is the Associate Director of the Economist Corporate Network North Asia, where he is responsible for events planning, private briefings, data analysis and research in Japan and South Korea. He is an expert on Japanese economy, business and trade as well as on the history and politics of the East Asia region.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Dimitry was a Senior Officer of Economic Affairs in the Trade Delegation Unit of the Russian Embassy in Japan connecting Russian and Japanese companies, promoting Russia as an investment destination and facilitating Russia-Japan intergovernmental negotiations on economic cooperation. He started his career as an editor covering East Asia in one of the biggest Russian news agencies (ITAR-TASS) working in the central office and Tokyo Bureau of the agency.

    Dimitry has an MA degree in Japanese language and history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and was also a Japanese government (MEXT) research scholar at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Law, Tokyo. In addition to native Russian language skills, he is fluent in English and Japanese.

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