DFK EMEA Young Professionals Virtual Conference 2021

7 April – 12 May 2021 Conference Virtual

Welcome to the DFK EMEA Young Professionals Virtual Conference 2021.


The training will be delivered by Una McSorley and Gerry McSorley of Marcomm ltd.

The EMEA Annual Young Professionals Virtual conference will consist of 6 x 1½ hr weekly sessions, starting on Wednesday 7th April.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 9:30am London time (10:30am CET):

1. 7th April
2. 14th April
3. 21st April
4. 28th April
5. 5th May
6. 12th May

To register for the training, you will be able click on the Book Now button on the top right-hand side of this website. After you have completed the on-line registration form, you will receive an automatic confirmation by email.

Ensuring as much interaction and opportunity to work in groups is important  in any skills development programme. Each module will have a practical group exercise  to embed the relevant skill. Virtual breakout rooms will provide each participant with the opportunity to work in a group setting.

The EMEA Young Professionals Virtual Conference will follow the outline below, starting on Wednesday 7th April.

Training Outline:

Module 1 - How to network in a virtual world (7th April):
To be an all-round professional accountant, you not only have to be an expert in your field, you will also be expected to be an integral part of business development. If you are in a practice, whether as a new trainee or a senior partner, it is now expected you will have some involvement with business development which primarily means networking.

With connections more important than ever in uncertain economic times, being an effective networker in a virtual world requires us to develop some additional skills to network effectively and stand apart from the crowd.

Module 2 - What have I got to offer: your elevator pitch? (14th April):
Imagine that you’ve entered an elevator, only to find that the only other occupant is a potential client you’ve been trying to get hold of for weeks in order to sell them your service. Unfortunately, you only have 30 seconds in which to grab their interest, before the elevator reaches the floor where they will get out. 30 seconds isn’t long enough to close a sale, but it is long enough to persuade them that they need to continue the conversation. This exercise is about developing your 30-second sales pitch that will grab attention and interest.

Module 3 - How To Pitch To Different Personality Types (21st April):
Being able to read people and identify their personality type is an important skill when pitching. The sooner you can identify the type of person you are trying to pitch to, the sooner you will be able to adjust your pitch approach and strategy. No two people are alike, and if you don’t adjust your pitch approach to align with a person’s personality type, you could have a difficult time not only closing a sale,but connecting and establishing a relationship with prospects.

Module 4 - Effective Communication Skill (28th April)
Networking is about relationship building. Among all of the networking skills you can develop, the two most important, by far, are listening and asking questions. These two skills will impress new contacts and potential clients even more than your best business statistics.

Good listening validates the value of others and shows respect. Talking too much is perceived as rude, dominating, and not reciprocal. Asking thoughtful questions shows sincerity and builds trust because it actively shows an interest in someone else's opinions and thoughts.

Module 5 - Pitching to Win - How to deliver a good online presentation (5th May):
While virtual pitches and presentations have been thrust upon us as result of a global pandemic, virtual delivery is here to stay. As an accountant, being able to pitch or present  your proposal face to face or virtually is a core skill. Whether it is a presentation in front of a potential client or a 30 second elevator pitch to someone you want to connect with, it is important that you know how to do it well. With some additional thought and a little practice this too is a skill any good presenter will master.

Module 6Making your virtual pitch (12th May)
Using a case study delegates will work in groups to prepare a Dragons Dens virtual pitch to senior partners of DFK. They will be assessed and scored on predetermined criteria with a prize for the winning team.

£300 EMEA Young Professional Delegate Fee

The 2021 Delegate fee includes:

- 6 x 1½ hr online sessions
- A free place at the DFK UK & Ireland Young Professionals Conference in Newcastle in October 2021 (excluding travel and accommodation, which firms will pay additionally).  There will be no refunds in the event that the Newcastle conference cannot take place.  

Payment should be made by bank transfer.  Please ensure the amount you pay is in £ sterling (at the prevailing rate of exchange) and that it covers the senders' (your) transaction charges so that DFK International receives the whole amount due. Please do not make any payments until you receive the invoice from DFK International.

You MUST prepay your delegate fees before attending the virtual sessions.

Name Company
Jon Archer RMT Accountants & Business Advisors Ltd
Eline Averink Alfa Accountants en Adviseurs
Ms Agata Bagniuk CBW
Mr Arslan Bekrenev ALTDFK
Miss Emma Bird Wilson Wright LLP
Mr Stefano Bonelli N&CA Commercialisti Associati
Wafeekah Busawon Carter Backer Winter LLP
Mrs Oksana Davydenko ALTDFK
Miss Charlotte Elgar CBW Financial Planning
Mr Samuel Evans DSG Chartered Accountants
Mr Matthew Flinders RMT Accountants & Business Advisors Ltd
Magda Guzy Wilson Wright LLP
Mr Jordan Hayes RPG
Miss Emily Hillier Shaw Gibbs Limited
Mr Iain Hutchinson DSG Chartered Accountants
Ms Alexandria Lia DFK Malta Ltd
Mr Sam Lord RPG
Wijnand Luitjes Alfa Accountants en Adviseurs
Ms Aoife Martin Crowleys DFK
Miss Alesha Meredith DSG Chartered Accountants
Dalphine Nassuuna JP Magson
Claire North CBW
Sarah Offner Carter Backer Winter LLP
Bright Onenwun JP Magson
Miss Alba Pich BNFIX PICH
MR Yoeri Plas Alfa Accountants & Adviseurs
Miss Helen Rutter Royce Peeling Green Limited
Sandra Schoenrogge Esche
Mr Henri Schvartz F.-M.Richard et Associés
Mr Deon van Tonder Wilson Wright LLP
Mr Andrew White Harrison Beale & Owen


For all queries relating to the DFK EMEA 2021 Young Professional Conference, please contact: 

Jani Labuschagne
DFK Membership Coordinator
Email: [email protected]