Eduardo Francisco




EDUARDO FRANCISCO is President of BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, the investment banking arm of BDO Unibank, Inc. He is also the Co-Chairman of the Capital Market Development Council (CMDC) of the Philippines, Treasurer/Trading Nominee of BDO Securities Corp, and Chairman of Averon Holdings Corp.

He also sits on the boards of UP-Development Center for Finance, Foundation for Filipino Entrepreneurs (FFE), AFC Merchant Bank, CIBI Foundation, Valle Verde Country Club, Inc. (VVCC), Makati Sports Club, Inc. (MSCI), Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), and International School of Manila. He is also a fellow of the Shareholders Association of the Philippines (SharePhil), and a member of Makati Business Club (MBC), Rotary Makati West and the PLDT Bike King Triathlon Team.

He was formerly the President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) Wharton-Penn Club, Federation of Valle Verde Associations, First Valle Verde Association Inc. and BDO Securities Corporation. He was also a previous member of Capital Markets Committee of the Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Business Development Council. He was also previously on the boards of LGU Guarantee Corp., Investment Houses Association of the Philippines (IHAP) and BDO Strategic Corp.

Mr. Francisco has worked with other financial institutions in New York and Hong Kong. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the U.P. College of Business Administration.

He is married to Maura Criselda Castro Francisco and has 2 children, Isabel Marie and Gabriel Antonio.


Juan Alfredo Ortega




JUAN ALFREDO ORTEGA is a CPA with more than 28 years experience in different multinational organizations. He has a track record of successful contribution to operational cost savings and a broad background which includes both corporate and plant level positions in international environments. He has a strong finance and accounting knowledge of GAAP and IFRS. He is a results-focused, diversified financial executive with an extensive business, corporate finance, audit and controlling background.

His specific expertise is in integrating strategic, operational and financial planning; executing challenging financial issues, technical accounting and financial control; managing internal control systems and SOX 404 act compliance.

In 2007 he was selected for the Corporate Achievement Award for his work on Global Business Service in the innovation category among 20,000 employees one of Mc Graw - Hill highest honours.

Mr. Alfredo Ortega is currently the Finance & Operation Vice President Latin America - McGraw Hill–Education International Publishing Group.


Abelardo Cortez




ABELARDO CORTEZ has over 30 years of work experience in the local and international banking industry, particularly in the areas of treasury management, trust & investments, and private banking.

He held the following posts over the years: Money Market head, Rizal Banking Corporation; trust & investment officer, RCBC; vice president/ head-financial institutions division, Bank of the Philippines Island; vice president – treasury operations, Bank of the Philippine Islands; managing director and CEO, BPI International Finance Ltd. ( Hong Kong – based); vice president/head – Private Banking Group, Bank of the Philippine Islands; and director for Trust and Investments, ATR KimEng Capital Partners, Inc., and board director at several financial institutions including insurance companies and fund management groups.

He was an independent board director for First Metro Investment Corporation, one of the country’s top investment banks, over the last six years. Now, he sits as an independent board director at First Metro Securities Brokerage Corporation, PBC Capital Investment Corporation, and First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF).

He was former president of the Financial Executives Institutes of the Philippines (FINEX), the country's premier organization of Chief Finance Officers (CFO), Finex Foundation chairman, co-chairman of the country's Capital Market Development Council. Recently, he was elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI), an international organization of national financial Institutes composed of financial executives of leading businesses all over the world.

He currently writes a monthly financial/business column both in BusinessWorld and Manila Bulletin, two major Philippine dailies.

Atty. Cortez earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College of Law ( one of the top three law schools in the country). During his law graduation, he received the school’s highest award, Abbot’s Award, as its most outstanding graduate. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree also from San Beda College, graduating Cum Laude.

In 2008, he was awarded the Most Distinguished Bedan in the field of banking and finance by the San Beda College Alumni Association. Recently, he was appointed member of the advisory body of San Beda Law Alumni Association as chairman of its Finance Committee.


Saiful Haq Manan



CARLO LOCATELLI have huge experience in multinational companies in the position of Administrative Accounting Director and / or CFO

  • Huge experience in multinational insurance broker companies
  • Treasurer for many years of ANDAF (Financial and Administrative Italian Association) and of AIBA (Italian Insurance Broker Association)
  • President and Member of Board of Statutory Auditors in several Italian companies
  • Member of ANDAF’s Advisory Committee
  • Senior Partner of Promotion & Assistance S.a.s (specialized consultancy in organizational structure)
  • Member as of 05 July 1985 of Italian Statutory Auditor of Accounts
  • Collaboration with EY (Ernst & Young) S.p.a, Deloitte Italia S.p.a as Fiscal Representative for some of their nominated Clients


1965 - 1971: Du Pont de Nemours Italia S.p.a Administrative Accounting Director

1971 - 1979: Johnson&Higgins S.p.a Insurance Broker Chief Finacial Officer

1979 - 1997: Johnson&Higgins S.p.a Insurance Broker Member Board of Directors

1990 - 1997: J&H Employee Benefit S.p.a Chairman Board of Directors

1997 - 1999: J&M Marsh&McLennon S.p.a Chief Finacial Officer

1999 - Present: P&A Promotion&Assistance S.a.s Senior Partner








FERNANDO LOPEZ MACARI Born and raised in Mérida, Yucatán, Fernando López Macari, graduated from Marista University in Merida with a degree in Public Accounting and a degree in Strategic Business Administration from the University of Boston. He is a Certified Coach in Leadership Development and Emotional Intelligence (by the international certifier MHS Inc).

Fernando is the founder of Grupo Esfera!, a professional services firm, that specializes in management consulting and strategy. With a team of more than 30 professionals, Grupo Esfera! partners with each client to better bring value, servicing Mexico´s most influential cities among different industries.

With nearly 15 years of corporate finance experience, he works with boards of directors, executive management teams and other stakeholders to help implement sustainable financial and operational turnaround plans with a focus on value maximization.

He has extensive experience in leading complex restructurings, bankruptcy proceedings, M&As and capital sourcing deals and bringing disparate parties together in multi-party negotiations, including negotiating restructuring plans, valuation analyses and effective turnaround strategies with multiple creditor groups.

Throughout his career Fernando has been an active member in various nationwide associations.

For ten years, he has been a part of IMEF (Mexican Institute of Financial Executives), taking a leadership role and assuming public positions, currently serving as President of IMEF Mexico.

In the past he was Advisor to COPARMEX (National Union of Employers association) were he directed the Young Entrepreneur Committee and Trustee to Asociación de Maquiladoras de Exportación de Yucatán (Export Manufacturers Association of Yucatan).

A regular keynote speaker on financial strategy, leadership and emotional intelligence seminars, Fernando has also held lecturing assignments at the Marista University, his alma mater, for Strategic Planning.

Although he spends most weekdays in Mexico city, he currently lives in Merida with his wife Mariana and their three children: Mauricio, Andrés and María Fernanda.


Hiroaki Endo






HIROAKI ENDO is a senior research fellow at Japan Association for CFOs. He has been involved with the association since its establishment.

Hiroaki Endo was a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price International Ltd. He is the head of Relationship Management in the Global Investment Services division at T. Rowe Price, Tokyo.

Mr. Endo has 27 years of investment experience, 12 of which have been with T. Rowe Price. Before joining the firm, he worked at the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Mr. Endo was a senior vice president within the bank and held a number of roles there since joining in 1991. However, from 1999, Mr. Endo had been seconded the Japanese marketing team of T. Rowe Price and worked with T. Rowe Price in the firm's Baltimore and Tokyo offices.

Mr. Endo earned a master of engineering from the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo and a bachelor of engineering from the University of Tokyo. He also earned the Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan designation. He is a holder of level 3 black belt of Shorinji Kempo.


Nicolas Van Wyk





President | Southern African Institute of Business Accountants (SAIBA). He developed the strategic plan to grow SAIBA from only 300 members in 2013 to 8000 members in 2019.

Board Member and Area President: Africa | International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI). His role is to expand IAFEI membership to PAFA member bodies with the aim of developing CFO membership types within professional accounting bodies in Africa.

Past Board member of SA Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT)

He is also the editor of and One of the highest ranking accounting news sites in Africa.

He was instrumental in developing a new competency framework for CFOs together with the UNISA School for Business Leadership. He was part of the organising committee of the 46th CFO World Congress that was hosted in Cape Town, November 2016.

As part of the working group on company formation he drafted the white paper on company formation for the new Companies Act of South Africa in 2011.

His previous experience include: technical executive of the South African Institute for Professional Accountants and the South African Technical Manager of ACCA.

Academic background: BCom Hon, MBA, CFO(SA)


Anastasios Rodopoulos





Mr. Anastassios RODOPOULOS, was born in 1958 in Kalavryta, North Peloponnese, Greece. He graduated in Business Administration and Auditing and he holds a Master of Science’s degree in Marketing and Communication in new Technologies. He is also graduated from ATLAS COPCO AB, Sweden, Executive’s development program, attending management demanding courses in the University of Stockholm, kollmarden, Sweden & in Essex University, UK.

A professional with extensive experience in Financial and General Management working at Multinational, in EMEA area and Local Companies, in the fields of Corporate Finance, Treasury and Cash Management, International Business, trading and investments, Excellent analytical skills for complex operational and financial transactions and technical knowledge in IPO’s process, Funds raising. In 1990 – 1991: He Coordinate a group of 6 senior staff of ATLAS COPCO for organizational development in industrial tools distribution, including the optimization of the business processes (Rotterdam, The Netherlands). The result was 24% a reduction of the annual inventory value at a group level - tools division.

Business experience:
1984 to 1987: KPMG, Audit Manager, CPA.
1987 to 1995: Financial & Administration Manager, Atlas Copco Hellas AE, Region Greece & Cyprus,
1995 to 2000: Finance and Controlling Director of Beiersdorf Hellas AE (BDF), Area:Greece, Cyprus, Israel
2000 to 2002: Finance and Operations Director at Antenna TV Group, Area:Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Company’s representative in NASDAQ, USA
2002 to 2005: Group Chief Financial Officer for Empedos SA, Group of companies, Area:Greece, Rumania Company’s representative in Athens Stock Exchange
2005 to 2015: Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), MAMIDOIL-JETOIL SA, Area Greece, Bulgaria, Kossovo, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro
2015 to 2018: Managing Director, ECM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Ltd.
2018 - today : General Manager and BoD member, Hellenic Management Association (EEDE)

Social skills and competence:
1996-2006: In charge (Chairman of the administration committee) of the Boy Scouts A’ Division Ag. Paraskevi, Athens

IAFEI related Milestones:
1991: Member of the Hellenic Institute of Finance Management (HIFM)
2000-2006 and a second term
2010-2016: President of the Management Board of the Hellenic Institute of Finance Management and Member of the BOD of the Hellenic Management Association
2014-2018: Member of the BoD, IAFEI
2019-today: Area President Europe and Middle East, Member of the Ex-Committee, IAFEI



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