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Beyond Accounting – Climate, Accountants and Technology

October 21, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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‘Beyond Accounting: Climate, Accountants and Technology.’

Program Description:

CAW Network USA is partnering with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), to bring you this exciting event.

The event will inform Finance professionals about why our profession needs to advocate and utilize technology to assist in reporting on Climate impact in line with the UN SDGs. This continues the theme of ‘Climate change and Net Zero’ we have followed in previous sessions and adds in how technology can assist – be that focusing on investing in companies with ‘green’ credentials or helping access and report effectively using available data.

Speakers are a mix of ICAEW members and guests who are thought leaders in their fields. Our first session runs for about 60 minutes with 3 speakers. There will be a 10 minute networking session. Then the second session runs for about 50 minutes and has 2 speakers.

Date: Thursday October 21, 2021
Time: 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific / 4pm UK time
Price: $20 (Discount coupons available for members and associates see below)
CPE: Up to 2 credits

Discounts available for members:

Attendance is free for members of ICAEW, ICAS, SAICA, CA ANZ, CA Ireland and paid up Associates. ICAEW, ICAS, SAICA, CA ANZ and CA Ireland members and paid up associates should use the following discount code:

  • ba5free – For ICAEW, ICAS, SAICA, CA ANZ, CA Ireland and paid up Associates, to attend and request optional CPE certificate, assuming you answer polling questions / qualify.
  • Others – $20 plus optional CPE certificate, assuming you answer polling questions / qualify.

To get more information please email: chiefexecutive@cawnetworkusa.com

Learning objectives:

By the end of today’s sessions, attendees will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How digital technology can help deliver net-zero goals
  • How the circular economy impacts climate / net-zero by reducing waste
  • How investment decisions are focusing more on a company’s ‘green’ credentials and why Accountants need to lead on effective reporting
  • How professionals are using data and technology to think more about implications and opportunities.

Note: In order to be awarded the full credit hours, you must attend / participate in the full session.

Participants will earn 1 CPE credits (for the first 50 minutes of the program 1 CPE credit is awarded but only if the program is 50 minutes. For each additional complete 25 minutes of program time an additional 0.5 CPE credits can be awarded.) We can agree the exact credit for the program once we know the exact start /end times.

Note: A link to connect to the event will be sent to you in the ticket email if you book online. We will also send a reminder email an hour before the event commences.


Kirstin Gillon

Topic: Challenges for the Tech Sector – the importance of Data and AI

Kirstin Gillon plays a leading role in ICAEW’s thought leadership program on technology and the profession. She researches and analyses how tech trends such as big data, AI and cyber security are influencing businesses and the accountancy profession. She publishes widely on these themes, with key publications including Artificial Intelligence and the future of accountancy and New technologies, ethics and accountability. She is also a regular speaker at conferences, including the 2018 World Congress of Accountants. She is currently a member of the Advisory Group for Innovate UK’s Next Generation Services program, which supports AI innovation in the accountancy sector, and IFAC’s Technology Advisory Group.


Keith Cotterill

Topic: The Circular Economy – a framework for examining sustainability.

Keith in an ICAEW member and Vice President running Oracle’s Center of Excellence, as well as heading up their North American Customer Support Team. Keith also helps run our Northern California chapter and is a visiting lecturer for Carnegie Mellon university – covering Master’s programs for enterprise innovation and entrepreneurship.


Karen Miller

Karen Miller has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and conducts research at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability. Karen’s research focuses on how business is taking on the most pressing global challenges relating to finite natural resources, enhancing livelihoods, reducing poverty, protecting ecosystems and tackling climate change, to turn them into market driving opportunities. She has specific expertise in the circular economy and industrial symbiosis. She translates her academic research into business practice by working closely with organisations using the research–based methods developed at the University to help start-ups and large established companies to create new business models. In addition, Karen leads and teaches on entrepreneurship programmes for the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). These programmes focus on energising the agri-tech innovation ecosystem internationally. She has over 25 years of experience prior to academia as Director of Design and Innovation at leading retailers in the UK and internationally.

Topic: Considering Climate change when investing

Claudia is based in Zurich and is Head of Responsible Investing at Swiss Re. She oversees and develops their responsible investing strategy – including a climate-change consideration approach and its corresponding governance. She has also been a member of the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on sustainable finance.


Reto Schnarwiler

Reto is Head Group Sustainability at Swiss Re, as well as Chairman of responsibility Investments and a member of the Swiss government’s advisory committee on international cooperation. He has over 25 years’ experience in Reinsurance, Insurance, Impact investing, Sustainability and Public private partnerships.


PART 2: The power of data – how professionals are using it to think more about implications and opportunities

Samson Williams

Samson Williams is a serial entrepreneur and accidental investor. When not starting business with his enemies (“Entrepreneurship is hard. I only recommend it to my enemies.”), Samson is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in NYC and University of New Hampshire School of Law where he teaches on blockchain, cryptocurrencies and the Space Economy. Samson is also President of the Crowdfunding Professional Association and investor into two investment crowdfunding platforms Brite.us – CrowdInvesting Done Briteand GoingPublic.com. For more information on Samson visit www.SamsonWilliams.com and follow him on social @HustleFundBaby.


George Pullen

Chief Space Economist and Co-Host, The Space Economy – Your Destination for the Business of Space.

Adjunct Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law – Blockchain Program, Economics and Social Impact of Technology

Adjunct Professor, Columbia University – Summer Programs, Blockchain, AI/ML and Space Economics

Guest Lecturer, Eisenhower School, USA War College – Rare Earths, Blockchain, Derivatives, Commodity Markets and Financial Analysis

Subject Matter Expert and Risk Advisor, Global Association of Risk Professionals – Energy Markets, Risk Analysis, Financial Instruments and Valuation & Structuring

Partner and Chief Economist, Milky Way Economy, LLC. – Forecasting and Strategy for the 5th Industrial Revolution of the Space Economy



October 21, 2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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CAW Network USA
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