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Futureproofing your enterprise - the importance of STEM

CFO Forum - Futureproofing your enterprise - the importance of STEM

Topic: Futureproofing your enterprise - the importance of STEM
Date: 6 February, 2015
Time: 7.30am - 9am -- Breakfast is provided
Venue: MGSM, Macquarie University, North Ryde

The Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance at Macquarie University in partnership with the Business/Higher Education Roundtable are proud to announce the next CFO Forum.This event will focus on the crucial issue of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills for our future labour force. As the transition to the digital economy gathers pace across the globe, the importance of attracting, developing and retaining STEM talent has never been more acute.

Industry experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Cisco Systems will share their perspective on how STEM skills are increasingly fundamental to business success and what this means for forward-thinking CFOs. Macquarie University will provide insight into how these skills can be integrated into curricula design to build a creative and dynamic graduate, resilient to future professional environments.


  • 7.15am - 7.25am Registration
  • 7.25am - 7.30am Welcome - Acknowledgement of Country
  • 7.30am - 7.40am Introducing STEM, Sharon Winocur, Business/Higher Education Roundtable
  • 7.40am - 8.05am Breakfast
  • 8.00am - 8.35am Panel Discussion 
    • Kevin Raynel Director of Finance for Cisco
    • David Sacks PwC partner, Education Group
    • Nick McGuigan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University.
  • 8.35am - 8.55am Questions and Answers
  • 8.55am - 9.00am Close

Dr Sharon Winocur

Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT)

Sharon Winocur

Dr Winocur joined B/HERT in August 2008 after previously having held senior executive positions in the Victorian and Queensland Public Service following a successful university career as both an academic and an administrator.

Following an academic career in psychology, Dr Winocur established the first Office of Equal Opportunity and UQ-Link at the University of Queensland. UQ-Link, a specialist program for academically able students from low SES backgrounds who demonstrated great potential is still operating over 20 years later.

Dr Winocur joined the Queensland Public Service in 1991 and the Victorian Public Service in 2004. During her public service career, Dr Winocur held various senior executive positions including Director of Equity, Human Resources and Industrial Relations. She also maintained active research programs during this time through the ARC Linkage and Discovery grants programs.

David Sacks

PwC partner, Education Group

David Sacks

David specializes in the assessment, design and delivery of transformational program in the public sector, primarily focused on performance improvement through cost reduction, operating model design, process improvement and performance measurement.

David assists State government organisations and educational institutions achieve their business objectives through:

  • The design, development and delivery of major cost reduction programmes
  • Process simplifications and improvement including broader process framework development and implementation
  • Service delivery and operating model redesign
  • Value assessments
  • Organisational design and restructuring

Nick McGuigan

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University

Nick McGuigan

Nick McGuigan is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Department in accounting. Prior to joining Macquarie University Nick taught accounting in the New Zealand tertiary sector for the past ten years. He is directly involved in applied research focusing on the enhancement of educational and training programmes of accountants. His research interests include the integration of graduate attributes within the accounting curriculum, student conceptions of and learning approaches towards accounting and innovative teaching practice.

Such interests have led to the awarding of competitive research grant funding, including a recent Australian Federal Government Office of Learning and Teaching grant. He has published in international accounting and education journals, presented at numerous conferences and been invited to present to professional accounting bodies in Australia and New Zealand.