AFP Conversations-logo

AFP Conversations

12 Favorites

More Information


United States


AFP Conversations is the only podcast for corporate treasury and finance professionals. Hear treasurers and CFOs discuss: capital structure, risk management, payments, cash forecasting, FP&A, budgeting, bank relationship management, short-term investing, FX, and more!






56. Shell Oil's Michael High on the Challenge of Bringing FP&A to Deepwater Drilling

Michael High, head of planning, appraisal and reporting for Shell, is tasked with making the company’s new, multi-billion-dollar Deepwater line of business less risky and expensive. High talked about his role with the Deepwater project and his career, including his time as an intelligence offer in the United States Army and how it prepared him for a career in FP&A.

Duration: 00:36:54

54. Jer Thorp on Data Visualization and the Challenge of Making Data More Human

Jer Thorp is a digital artist who combines science, art, culture and data into his data visualizations. He’s also the former Data Artist in Residence for The New York Times. Thorp will speak at AFP 2017 in October, and he'll address an audience of financial planning and analysis professionals on the challenge of making data more human. www.AFP2017.org.

Duration: 00:35:20

53. Blockchain for Boats: Why the Shipping Industry is Embracing Distributed Ledger Technology

You might think that a company transporting thousands of tons of cargo containers by boat around the world is the last place you’d find blockchain in use. In fact, the shipping industry is practically ground zero for blockchain and distributed ledger technology. In this episode of AFP Conversations, Jody Cleworth of Marine Transport International explains why his company has embraced blockchain, and the challenges of converting a supply chain from legacy technology.

Duration: 00:34:49

52. Dan Gardner Explains How You Can Be a Superforecaster and Beat the Pundits

Dan Gardner, co-author of best-selling "Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction," argues that pundits are notoriously inaccurate at predicting the future, and that ordinary people actually produce better forecasts. In this episode of AFP Conversations, Gardner explains how FP&A and finance professionals can turn themselves into superforecasters. He will also keynote the inaugural FinNext.

Duration: 00:39:13

51. Elizabeth Rossiello on the Promise of Blockchain and Bitcoin Payments

Bitcoin has many skeptics in the West but in Africa it could transform payments. In this episode of AFP Conversations, host Ira Apfel spoke to Elizabeth Rossiello, co-founder of BitPesa, a Nairobi-based payments and FX startup which operates in six African nations, about the promise and challenges of bitcoin.

Duration: 00:25:04

50. Shankar Vedantam: How the Hidden Brain Impacts Treasury and Finance

Best-selling author and NPR correspondent Shankar Vedantam explains how hidden psychological factors shape the decisions made by corporate treasury and finance professionals every day. Vedantam is the keynote speaker at AFP2017.

Duration: 00:23:39

49. Wolfgang Koester on FX Risk Management -- Are Treasurers Doing a Better Job?

Currency hedging expert Wolfgang Koester breaks down the results of a new survey on FX impacts and their negative effect on the bottom line. Are corporations doing a better job mitigating FX risk? Koester, the co-founder of FiREapps, gives his thoughts.

Duration: 00:30:57

48. Anders Liu-Lindberg of Maersk Explains Why Finance Pros Should Start Blogging

Finance executive Anders Liu-Lindberg of Maersk explains to AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel why he became a prolific blogger -- and how writing sharpens his thinking. He also talks about FP&A and business partnering, and how his new role blends finance and HR.

Duration: 00:35:15

47. Vikram Gupta of Oracle on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Vikram Gupta, Vice President at Oracle Financial Services, talks to AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel about artificial intelligence and machine learning and how they will impact financial services and products used by corporate treasury and finance professionals.

Duration: 00:23:15

46. Blockchain and Fintech Promise Huge Change. How Can Finance Execs Keep Up?

Leslie Chacko, a principal in Oliver Wyman's Digital, Technology and Analytics practice, explains how finance executives can keep pace with the enormous changes fintech and blockchain promise to bring. Chacko and Oliver Wyman are part of AFP MindShift, which gathers innovators, disruptors and experts to discuss technology's role in corporate finance and treasury, in partnership with the Association for Financial Professionals and Starfish Leadership.

Duration: 00:28:06

45. Robert Tercek: How Treasury and Finance Can Invent Their Future

Robert Tercek, author of "Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World," spoke with AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel about how treasury and finance professionals can invent their future and thrive in a world of constant chaos. Tercek is scheduled to speak at AFP2017.

Duration: 00:36:18

Episode 44: With Rising Interest Rates, A New Era for Treasury and Finance

Interest rates are on the rise -- and many treasury and finance professionals have never operated in this environment. AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel interviews Amol Dhargalkar, Managing Director for Chatham Financial, to get his insights on implementing an interest rate hedging program. Dhargalkar advises companies on financial risk management, and he says the number of organizations seeking his advice is on the rise since the Fed raised funds in March.

Duration: 00:28:14

Episode 43: Mike Rowe Reveals the Dirty Truth to Treasury and Finance

Television host and AFP2017 keynote speaker Mike Rowe completed more than 300 dirty jobs in his career. So what can he teach treasury and finance professionals working in an office? Listen to Rowe tell AFP Conversations host Ira Apfel about his stint as an opera singer, his unconventional advice for college graduates, and the dirtiest job you couldn't pay him enough to do again.

Duration: 00:34:49

Episode 42: Payments Fraud is Occurring in Record Numbers. Why?

Magnus Carlsson, Manager of Treasury and Payments at the Association for Financial Professionals, discusses the results of the 2017 AFP Payments Fraud & Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan. Nearly three quarters of corporate treasury and finance professionals said their companies were victims of payments fraud last year, the highest percentage since the survey debuted in 2005.

Duration: 00:24:30

Episode 41: What Are the Secrets to Staging the Biggest Event in Treasury and Finance?

More than 1.8 million meetings and conferences are held in the United States each year by one estimate. But have you ever thought about what it takes to plan one? And how far in advance does it take to plan a conference for 6,500 people? In this episode of AFP Conversations, veteran event planner Kristina Mechelis explains she and her team put together the biggest event in treasury and finance. Kristina also previews what's new at the upcoming AFP 2017 this October in San Diego. Learn...

Duration: 00:22:17

Don Tapscott on Blockchain's Promise, Future, and Threats

In this episode of AFP Conversations, Don Tapscott, best-selling author of Blockchain Revolution, explains why blockchain technology will fundamentally change what we can achieve online, how we do it, and who can participate. Tapscott will be speaking at AFP 2017 this October in San Diego. Find out more at AFP2017.org. Download more AFP Conversations at www.AFPonline.org/conversations. If you subscribe to AFP Conversations on your favorite podcast app, please give it a review -- it will...

Duration: 00:33:44

Is FP&A Really Just Internal Business Consulting? And Is That A Good Or Bad Thing?

So just what is financial planning and analysis anyway? Like many practitioners, at first Jake Hammon thought it was about forecasting, budgeting and spreadsheets. Now he's not so sure. Today Hammon acts more like an internal consultant to his company's business units. "Honestly that's one of the things I pitched to new hires as they come in," he says. "It's one of the benefits of working in FP&A." In this edition of AFP Conversations, hosted by Ira Apfel, Jake Hammon talks about the...

Duration: 00:31:37

Phishing and Taxes: How Treasury and Finance Professionals Can Fight the Latest Cybersecurity Scam

Just in time for Tax Day, the IRS issued a new new phishing scam warning. This ingenious new threat combines business email compromise and W-2 fraud; cybercriminals posing as company executives send emails to employees in payroll and HR, requesting a list of all employees and their W-2 forms. The result: stolen money and reams of confidential data. In this episode of AFP Conversations, host Ira Apfel talks to Brian Lapidus, Practice Leader, Identity Theft and Breach Notification, with...

Duration: 00:27:15

Trump Turns to Tax Reform -- What's the Outlook? The Wall Street Journal's Vipal Monga Gives His Perspective.

Vipal Monga covers the world of corporate treasury and finance as a reporter and editor with The Wall Street Journal. In this episode of AFP Conversations he gives a preview of the coming battle over corporate tax reform, what he's hearing from treasurers and CFOs that he regularly speaks with, how his background as a documentary film maker informs his business reporting, and more. Follow Vipal on Twitter at @VipalMonga. You can hear more AFP Conversations at...

Duration: 00:31:15

Want to Ditch Spreadsheets? Gauthier Vasseur Explains How, Using Data Science

Gauthier Vasseur has held many roles in his career: auditor, controller, marketer, strategist, to name several. These days, though, he’s probably best known as an educator -- he lectures on data science at Stanford University and in organizations around the world. His goal is to help students rely less on spreadsheets and more on smart data-driven processes. Vasseur believes treasury and finance professionals need to become data CEOs, relying less on technical skill and more on...

Duration: 00:34:07

See More