Shaping a future-proof corporate ecosystem

Shaping a future-proof corporate ecosystem

Join Accountancy Europe and the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) for this in-person event.

We live in an era of economic, geopolitical, technological and climate disruptions. This poses many risks for the corporate ecosystem but also provides unique opportunities to reinvent it. Our event will look into key areas influencing the ecosystem’s resilience. With the main parties that play a role here – companies including their audit committees and shareholders, auditors, policymakers and supervisors – we will explore ways to collectively:

  • enhance quality of corporate reporting
  • meet the public interest entities’ (PIE) needs through a diverse and resilient audit (assurance) market
  • strengthen companies’ resilience

Our networking cocktail starts after the event, from 16:50 to 17:50 CEST.

Speakers (scroll down for programme)

  • Keynotes:
    • Peter Hinssen, author on radical innovation, long-term strategy, leadership in VUCA times and the impact of technology
    • Sven Gentner, Head of Unit, DG FISMA Unit C.1, European Commission
  • Moderators:
    • Andrew Hobbs, Vice-Chair, Accountancy Europe’s Corporate Governance Policy Group (CGPG) and Partner, Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Public Policy Leader, EY
    • David Herbinet, Chair, Accountancy Europe Audit and Assurance Policy Group, and Global Head of Audit, Mazars
    • Jens Poll, Vice-President, Accountancy Europe
    • Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO, Accountancy Europe
  • Sessions’ panellists:
    • Anneke Bovens, independent public policy advisor and investigator, former deputy director at the Dutch Safety Board
    • Dagmar Rehm, Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, Association of Supervisory Boards in Germany, and ecoDa
    • Gwen van Berne, Global Chair, the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
    • Isabelle Grauer-Gaynor, Head of Unit, Corporate Finance and Reporting, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
    • Josina Kamerling, Head of Regulatory Outreach Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), CFA Institute
    • Laura Warren, Director of Competition Policy, Financial Reporting Council (FRC)
    • Marcel Welsink, Partner, Grant Thornton Netherlands
    • Michael Fechner, Financial Reporting Board Member, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG)
    • Michele Casò, Dottore Commercialista, Revisore Legale, Certified Fraud Examiner, Studio Casò
    • Dr Rainer Lenz, Chief Internal Auditor at SAF-HOLLAND Group, and lecturer on “Governance and Internal Auditing” at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz
    • Tom Howie, Content and Communications Manager, WikiRate International


  • 10:00 - 10:10

    Welcome & introductory remarks

    Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Accountancy Europe

  • 10:10 - 10:55

    Keynote speech: megatrends and challenges

    Peter Hinssen, Keynote speaker and author

  • 10:55 - 11:15

    Coffee break

  • 11:15 - 12:30

    Why corporate reporting matters and how to improve its quality

    Moderator: David Herbinet, Accountancy Europe & Mazars
    Gwen van Berne, IMA
    Tom Howie, WikiRate International
    Michael Fechner, EFRAG
    Isabelle Grauer-Gaynor, ESMA

  • 12:30 - 13:30

    Lunch break

  • 13:30 - 14:45

    Building trust by serving PIEs’ needs through a diverse and resilient audit market

    Moderator: Jens Poll, Accountancy Europe
    Dagmar Rehm, Association of Supervisory Boards in Germany & ecoDa
    Josina Kamerling, CFA Institute
    Laura Warren, FRC
    Marcel Welsink, Grant Thornton Netherlands

  • 14:45 - 15:00

    Coffee break

  • 15:00 - 15:10

    Corporate resilience network: a concept to promote collective learning

    Michele Casò, Studio Casò

  • 15:10 - 15:30

    Fireside chat: collective learning in practice

    Andrew Hobbs, Accountancy Europe & EY
    Anneke Bovens, independent advisor and investigator

  • 15:30 - 16:30

    How to reinforce companies’ resilience through collective learning

    Moderator: Andrew Hobbs, Accountancy Europe & EY
    Michele Casò, Studio Casò
    Dr Rainer Lenz, SAF-HOLLAND Group and the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz
    Anneke Bovens, independent advisor and investigator

  • 16:30 - 16:45

    Keynote speech

    Sven Gentner, European Commission

  • 16:45 - 16:50

    Concluding remarks

    Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Accountancy Europe

  • 16:50 - 17:50

    Networking cocktail