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The Finance Function of the Future

UBS and Rochester-Bern cordially invite you to the panel discussion on the topic of the Finance Function of the Future, which will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Zurich. The keynote speech will be held by Prof. Dr. Filip Roodhooft.




In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Filip Roodhooft will focus on the important tasks for finance departments and the efficiency of executing those tasks. Furthermore, he will also give an overview of the seven trends in business partnering and the characteristics of good business partners. Another important aspect of this presentation will be the impact of automation and digitalization on the finance function.




18.00   Welcome by Alain Robert
            Chairman of the UBS Culture Foundation

18.10   Welcome by Petra Joerg
            CEO of Rochester-Bern Executive Programs

18.20   Keynote by Filip Roodhooft
            Professor of accounting at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven & VlerickBusiness School

19.00   Panel discussion incl. Q&A

19.45   Networking apero




Please be informed that the number of seats is limited to 40; registration is on a first-come-first-served basis.

For the registration, please fill in our registration form here.




Filip Roodhooft earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Antwerp in 1994. He is now professor of accounting at the faculty of economics and business at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Furthermore, he is research dean and also professor in accounting at the Vlerick Business School.


Filip Roodhooft has taught in executive development programs at several business schools, including the London Business School, the Rochester-Bern Executive MBA Program and the Vlerick Business School, among others, and received several best teacher awards.

In addition, Filip Roodhooft has worked as a trainer and advisor for many organizations like Siemens, Umicore, Alcatel, or the Belgian federal government. He is on the board of directors of Realdolmen and chairs the audit committee. Moreover, he is the board member of the European institute for advanced studies in management and the Financial executives institute of Belgium and chairs the examination committee of the Belgian institute for accountants.


Filip Roodhooft’s research interests include the application of case study research and experimental research in cost and management accounting and the use of financial accounting databases in business economics. His research has been published in several journals in the fields of accounting, organizations and society.




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