Thought leaders and industry experts explore the three key areas of technology, trust and talent and how they affect the business world.
Craig Brice CA, CIO, PwC Canada
Craig Brice CA, Chief Information Officer at PwC Canada, joins Indy from Toronto to discuss how the Big Four firm adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lasting effects the pandemic will have on technology and his predictions for key trends in emerging tech.
Craig started his career as a Chartered Accountant in Scotland before moving into information technology and spending the next 30 years with PwC in the UK, US and Canada.
As PwC Canada’s Chief Information Officer, he provides strategic vision for the firm's internal technology team as it evolves to be an enabler of the business and provide technology at scale.
He is also responsible for providing robust, innovative and secure information technology infrastructure, and has been integral to PwC’s cloud adoption.
Craig is also a member BCS, the Chartered Institute of IT (formerly The British Computer Society).
Sumati Sharma CA, Partner, Oliver Wyman
This International Women’s Day, Sumati Sharma CA, Partner – Aviation at Oliver Wyman, joins Indy to discuss her work to improve gender equality, the importance of transparency in business and founding the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter, which is committed to creating a more balanced and fair industry for women.
Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Sumati qualified with EY in 2001 before moving on to join Virgin Atlantic. Over the course of 16 years, Sumati took on a variety of roles at Virgin across finance, strategy, commercial, and HR, covering both the airline and tour operator, Virgin Holidays.
Sumati successfully led the design and implementation of the $13 billion expanded joint venture with Delta Air Lines and Air France KLM, creating the pre-eminent transatlantic aviation joint venture that commands a quarter of airline capacity between the UK/Europe and the US. The programme was a success thanks to Sumati’s ability to form strong, meaningful relationships at the most senior levels. Most recently, she led Virgin Atlantic’s COVID-19 cost restructuring program.
Beyond her extensive work across strategy and finance, Sumati is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the travel industry, speaking regularly on diversity topics, including at the House of Commons and the Aviation 2050 Conference. She is the Founder and Board Co-Chair for the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter. With more than 220 companies listed as signatories and supported by the UK Government, the Charter is committed to creating a more balanced and fair industry for women.
The Women in Aerospace and Aviation Charter Resource Hub - https://www.wiaacharter.com/resource-hub/
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Indy Hothi CA, Vice President, ICAS
ICAS Vice President Indy Hothi CA is interviewed by ICAS Deputy President Bruce Pritchard CA about his humanitarian work, his year as Vice President and keeping active during lockdown.
Indy Hothi CA is currently the co-founder of Upside Projects, a consultancy and venture builder which provides strategic advice on digital transformation, innovation and sustainability to public and private sector clients. Prior to Upside Projects, Indy was a senior economist with EY in London. He worked across a number of high-profile economic impact studies which influenced public policy and included clients such as the Premier League and Rugby World Cup.
Indy was confirmed as Vice President for 2020/21 at the 2020 ICAS Annual General Meeting.
Through his passion for social and humanitarian causes, Indy was a trustee of Khalsa Aid International, a charity which provides humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones. His work has led him to the frontline on a number of projects including Iraq, DR Congo, Lebanon, Nepal and Haiti.
Indy was recognised as One Young CA in 2015 and joined ICAS Council in 2016, representing the England and Wales area and supporting engagement with Members under 35s and the broader London community (through the London Area Network).
Notes: For CAs thinking about volunteering, visit https://www.afid.org.uk/