The CFO Emcee ('MC') Extraordinaire

Johnny Eliades
Peak Performance Coach, 
& Motivational Speaker

Johnny Eliades is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He is a member of the committee of ACCA South Africa and a past Chairman (2014-2016) and serves on the committee of SAIPA Free State.

He is a lecturer as well as a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment specialist and is one of South Africa’s Leading Business and Peak Performance Coaches, and motivational speakers. Johnny founded the IE International Group to offer a holistic approach to business and individual success and is best known for his public speaking as well as personal development training in leadership, building great teams, time management, branding, marketing, client relationships and sales.

Why did we appoint Johnny as Emcee ('MC') of The CFO Case Study Competition?  

The CFO Case Study Competition is Africa’s premier and much-anticipated annual global event that brings together students, young professionals, universities, professional bodies, policy makers and big business for one purpose: to inspire the next generation of Business Leaders. It is an integral part of Finance Indaba Africa Expo, the largest gathering of finance and allied professionals and businesses on the continent. These two days (October 12-13, 2017) will be action-packed as the teams contest for a R100 , 000 cash prize (for The CFO Global University Edition) and R50 , 000 (for The CFO Junior National High School Edition) and prove their mettle as South Africa’s and the world’s best of the best!

The prestige associated with this event required an emcee with a pleasant stage personality who can think on their feet and juggle between events at 2 separate venues (JSE & Sandton Convention  Centre) & over 2 days back-to-back. Someone not easily flustered and who knows how to set the appropriate tone for a mixed gathering of high powered business leaders, professionals and students, and simultaneously keep the technical crew tuned-in. Someone who can carefully manage the stage presentation slots whilst maintaining a positive energy flow, and who can create a community in which all stakeholders feel welcome, special, comfortable and respected. An individual who appreciates that although their role is essential, the focus is not on them - rather on the teams, judges, the audience and sponsors. However, at the same time a consummate professional with solid and enviable professional & people development credentials peppered with inspiring eloquence. 

Johnny brings in the perfect experience having served as the very first Emcee (‘MC’) for the 2016 and premier edition of the competition. He has mastered and understood the ethos of the competition, having again led The CFO 2017 Top 20 and Top 6 Broadcast announcements on Mindset DSTV Channel 319.  He is, therefore, uniquely qualified to deliver yet another successful competition – as such, we were only too humbled when he agreed to serve the Emcee (‘’MC””) role yet again!

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