For those of you who attended, I’m certain you’ll agree with the above sentiment and for those who missed it, we had a very informative and interactive webinar on the 16th of May.

We’ve had a great line up of speakers starting with our Corporate Partner presentations followed by an Economic overview with the “Economist Extraordinaire” Mr Markus Kuger, who gave a great overview of the macro-economic environment and surprised the audience with a rather upbeat set of forecasts.

We then had our keynote speaker,  Dirk Findeisen who discussed Compliance & AML, a subject which is very crucial for today’s Credit Professional given the increased level of sanctions as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the international stance on China as well as the hefty punitive fines that can be imposed against businesses for breaches.  Dirk has the pedigree as well, as he is founder and Managing Partner of the consulting and technology company MSG Rethink Compliance. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of governance, risk & compliance (GRC), data management, advanced analytics and corporate performance management. Findeisen is the author of numerous technical papers, business articles and books on the above mentioned topics, a sought-after speaker at specialist events and a lecturer at several German universities.

Then we finished off with a panel of operational Credit experts who tackled, along with audience participation,  today’s theme which was  “What a time to be Credit Professional” which was especially apt given everything that has happened over the past 4 years (just to name a few):

– Brexit
– Pandemic & lockdowns,
– Changes to work environment;  from 9-5 in the office to home working moving into hybrid working
– supply chain volatility
– FX volatility
– war in Ukraine
–  Liz Truss’s disastrous “mini-budget” leading to yet another PM
– Inflation & high interest rates culminating in a “cost of living crisis”
– recruitment supply constraints
– Macro-economic headwinds in all global regions
– Israel – Hamas conflict
– logistics disruptions
– and just to top it off, UK, EU & U.S. elections and potentially the return of the “orange faced blonde loony”.

Who knows what kind of havoc that will bring !

The entire world, business & the Credit profession have all changed profoundly since 2020 and we, the Credit professionals, also known, at least to those in the profession, as Super Heroes, have had to adapt quickly and effectively to ensure the survival of our businesses, our Teams and even our jobs.

Overall, it was a high-calibre webinar with some thought provoking input.  I’d like to thank our speakers, Corporate partners, attendees, and AICDP members who help organise this event.  There’s plenty more coming in the 2nd half of the year including an in-person event in the summer so keep an eye out on LinkedIn and “