People in Focus
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People in Focus: Aleksandra Filipowicz, Polish Corporate Treasurers Association

In 2017, the Polish Corporate Treasurers Association (PCTA) celebrated its 10th anniversary. We are extremely proud of the fact that all PCTA members and partners who have participated in its growth, achievements and successes for the last 10 years celebrated this special occasion together. PCTA has over 180 members from the largest Polish entities as well as from the SME segment, representing many different branches and sectors. Our collective experiences and achievements help us to meet the purpose of the Association, which is to promote and facilitate integration among treasurers, as well as providing comprehensive support in their day-to-day tasks and activities.

PCTA offers a major forum in which to develop and improve knowledge about the role of professional treasurers and also to exchange experiences and teach the importance of liquidity at the management level of a corporate entity. From the very beginning it has been a club of friends – treasurers who regularly meet together to share best practices and discuss the role of modern treasury. After the financial crisis of 2007, exchanging ideas became a special concern and allowed us to respond to the complex situation; the PCTA community grew significantly and has developed into a group of experienced and highly motivated treasury professionals. 

Every six months the Association organises a conference and holds several events covering a wide range of topics relevant to the challenges of treasury and the corporate world. Active participation in conferences with banks and financial institutions, meetings and events allows us to exchange the best treasury practices and competencies among our members and expand their knowledge of new or upcoming market regulations, finance solutions and banking services. It is particularly important to represent the Polish treasurers’ community in economic forums and in co-operation with financial market representatives. PCTA welcomes and is proud of good relations with banks and banking industry.

The 21st PCTA conference took place on 20 October 2018. It was organised in a different – workshop only – format, in contrast to previous conferences with presentations and the participation of guests and lecturers. Financial fraud and cybercrime prevention, PSD2, split payment, and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) were important topics in  the workshops and discussions. All these subjects, as well as other more general ones, such as cash management, financing, risk management and new technology solutions play major roles in treasury. The idea of workshops, where it is comfortable to exchange individual practices and touch upon corporate treasury problems in small teams, met with a resounding response among community members. Regular meetings also deal with the current situation in financial and banking markets, and provide information on regulatory and legal developments.