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Ira Apfel interviews corporate treasury and finance executives about their latest challenges and insights. Topics include blockchain, fintech, cybersecurity, payments, risk, FP&A, career development, and more.
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May 31, 2018

What’s the payment landscape like outside America? Just travel to Canada and you'll see some really interesting developments -- and here to explain it all is Ryan Stewart, North American Chief Commercial Officer for Bambora, a Swedish payments company founded in 2015. In less than 3 years Bambora has grown to more than 600 employees in 7 countries, processing more than 45 billion in Euros annually. Meanwhile, Bambora was acquired by French payments giant Ingenico in July 2017.  

May 24, 2018

In this episode of AFP Conversations Tom Klein asks, "Where are all the quick wins for blockchain?"

Treasury and finance professionals increasingly are asking this question as well.

Klein argues that companies are not asking a simple question: What benefit can blockchain bring in the next 3-6 months? Klein is the founder of Business Block, which helps companies implement blockchain.

 

May 17, 2018

Stephanie Uhl is assistant treasurer of Forest City Realty Trust, a NYSE-listed company with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue. But Uhl didn't start there 13 years ago as a treasury associate. Actually, she was hired as a part-time receptionist.

"This was just an entry-level position to get me through college," she says. "And then it leads to a wildly different career. It's pretty amazing, don't you think?"

Uhl discusses her improbable career path and has some advice -- especially for women.

May 10, 2018

When you think about who conducts cutting-edge treasury and finance, global Fortune 500 businesses probably come to mind. To that group, you should add World Vision International.

World Vision is a humanitarian, relief and advocacy organization with more than $1 billion in annual revenue operating in approximately 70 developing nations across the globe. And yes, World Vision International is definitely on the cutting edge of treasury and finance -- so much so that last year World Vision became the first nonprofit to win the AFP Pinnacle Grand Prize for Excellence in Treasury and Finance. 

Leon Tompkins and Jamie Wiersma of World Vision explained their award-winning program and what all treasury and finance teams can learn from them.

May 3, 2018

Today's guest, Geetanjali Tandon, has a lot to say -- about FP&A, IT, women in finance, cooking ... even Lego. She's a well-known presence on finance social media, constantly blogging, tweeting and authoring articles. 

Geetanjali, who is Global IT Finance Lead for Monsanto, talked to AFP Conversations about her current role and the challenges she faces, why she's so active on social media, her interest in promoting women in finance, and her position as a Lego coach. That’s right, Lego coach.

 

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