Financial Planning and Analysis drives most business and financial strategy and is undergoing a tremendous shift that has been accelerated by the recent economic disruption. Companies need to adjust planning processes in real-time as well as forecast impact and monitor status. This interactive panel discussion will feature experts from the industry who will answer your critical questions about the decisions and trends around FP&A. You will :

  • Understand how organizations are evolving their planning processes to meet current business requirements
  • Learn what type of solutions and skillsets they are investing in and why
  • Explore how they are leveraging innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Planning to gain a competitive advantage
  • Learn how they are making the most of their existing planning solutions while preparing for future adoption of more advanced functionality


Jonathan Essig SimpleFi Solutions
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Jon is a business partner and architect with focus on analytics, financial planning, and consolidation solutions. He is a recognized industry expert and speaker. Jon is an experienced leader in various financial roles including: consolidations, financial analysis, forecasting, audit, SOX, financial closes, and tax. Jon has architected many solutions, working with c-level execs, finance, IT, and regional business units, to create and implement enterprise wide solutions. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and is a Certified Public Accountant

Pras Chatterjee SAP
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Pras Chatterjee is a senior director of product marketing for planning & analysis at SAP focusing on SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP BPC. Prior to joining Product Marketing, Pras was a practice manager for SAP Business Analytics Services in North America as a leader in the EPM practice. He has also served as a solution architect for SAP BPC version for the Microsoft platform and SAP NetWeaver focusing on Planning and Consolidations around the globe. Pras is a Chartered Professional Accountant who has worked with various software firms in the finance space and has had a career in finance with various Fortune 500 organizations.

Brian Kalish Kalish Consulting
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In addition to Brian’s robust consulting and advisory practice, he is available as a public speaker addressing many of the most topical issues facing Treasury and FP&A professionals today. He has spoken all over the world to audiences both large and small. He also writes in a regular basis. He is an Expert-in-Residence (EIR) at eCapital Advisors, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brian is passionately committed to building and connecting the global FP&A community. He continues to host FP&A Roundtables and events in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He is a Senior Executive Advisor at the NeuGroup located in NYC Brian is also an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida. Former Executive Director – Global FP&A Practice at AFP He has over 25 years experience in Finance, FP&A, Treasury and Investor Relations. Prior to joining AFP, he held a number of treasury and finance positions with the FHLB, Washington Mutual/JP Morgan, NRUCFC, Fifth Third and Fannie Mae. Brian attended Georgia Tech, in Atlanta, GA for his undergraduate studies and the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech for his graduate work. In 2014, Brian was awarded the Global Certified Corporate FP&A Professional designation.

Rizal Ahmed SAPinsider
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Rizal (Riz) serves as Wellesley Information Service’s Chief of Content. He oversees content and business planning, helping WIS’s global customers and partners discover new ways to leverage content for competitive advantage. Prior to WIS, Riz was a Research Associate with Forrester Research and a reporter for the Manila Times in the Philippines. Riz earned dual degrees from Dartmouth College in History and Economics.