The Ava Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for C-level executives and senior digital transformation leaders of prominent firms in the United Arab Emirates

Hosted by Tradeshift, The Ava Dinner is set up to offer a relaxed and intimate forum for digital transformation, innovation, and finance leaders of prominent firms in the United Arab Emirates to discuss, debate and share experiences over a fine dining experience.

This dinner is part of a series of dinner discussions The Ortus Club has hosted globally for finance leaders. Other cities in which dinners have been held include Madrid, Milan, and Amsterdam.

Our discussions are very much inclusive and involve all the wealth of experience from the senior peers in the room.

You can find some pictures and videos of past events on our Instagram page: @ortus.club. All discussion abide by The Chatham House Rule.

Senior executives of prominent firms in the The United Arab Emirates.

Job titles include CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, CDOs, CIOs, Heads of Finance, Heads of Digital Transformation, Heads of Innovation, Heads of IT and other relevant executives.

Attendance is by invitation only and is, of course, complimentary for those invited.

Digitalising the finance department: opportunities vs challenges

2020 is approaching, and large corporations are looking at ways to digitise b2b finance. On one side is the thrilling opportunity of freeing up working capital, reducing paper invoices and wasted time shuffling through duplicates. On the other is the challenge of collaborating with IT departments, getting the executive buy-in, while keeping an eye out for risks such as cybercrime.

  • Which technologies should be at the top of the list for finance innovation?
  • Are finance teams keeping up with regards to digital transformation compared to other functional groups?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of digitalizing the finance function?
  • Does automating payments actually optimize existing payment systems?
  • Can a company cut costs by automating payments? Which ones?

6:30 pm: Arrival of guests and reception
7:00 pm: Welcome by The Ortus Club and short address from Tradeshift
7:10 pm: Discussion instigated by the moderator and continued by the group
7:45 pm: Starters served
8:00 pm: Discussion brought to a close and guests are encouraged to continue networking
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

Armani / Amal
Burj Khalifa – Level 3 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd


  • Chief Financial Officer at DU Telecom
  • Chief Financial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)
  • Chief Financial Officer & Director at Apparel Group (Dubai HQ)
  • Head of MNC Banking at RAKBANK
  • Head of Finance at Danube Group
  • Vice President and Head of Technology Planning  at DU Telecom
  • Vice President of Internal Audit at flydubai
  • Vice President of Technology at Dubai Airports
  • General Manager Finance at Landmark Group
  • Director of Finance at ALDAR

Monday, 25th of November 2019

Armani/Amal, Dubai

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