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Program — live and on-demand

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration and networking

Duration: 30 mins
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Welcome to Country

Raymond Ingrey, Deputy Chair, La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Duration: 10 mins
8:40 AM - 8:45 AM

CEO welcome

Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia

Duration: 5 mins
8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

MC opening

Anjali Rao, Broadcast Journalist

Duration: 10 mins
8:55 AM - 9:40 AM

State of the nation

Chair: Elysse Morgan, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Panel: Saul Eslake, Economist and Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Tasmania
Gail D Fosler, President, The GailFosler Group LLC

December 2020 presents an opportunity to look back over the year and examine the ways we can advance as a nation. The panel looks at policy, economic and community outlooks for the coming years.

Duration: 45 mins
9:45 AM - 10:25 AM

Panel discussion: Pillars for modern governance

Chair: Brian K Stafford, Chief Executive Officer, Diligent Corporation
Panel: Jillian Broadbent AC, Non-executive Director, Macquarie Group Limited
Bill Cox, Chief Executive Officer, Aurecon
Michelle Edkins, Managing Director Investment Stewardship, Blackrock (USA)

Business present and future are being challenged more than ever by the pace of change. The success of governance is in how adept and agile the organisation is to navigate diverse trends and megatrends. This panel considers three key areas for navigation:

  • Innovation — A culture of new thinking in strategy, systems, processes and management.
  • Regulation — How boards incorporate regulatory changes into decision-making frameworks.
  • Reputation — As the voice of the stakeholder amplifies and technology exposes every fault line, reputation becomes a linchpin in business value.

Duration: 40 mins
10:25 AM - 10:55 AM

Morning tea

Duration: 30 mins
10:55 AM - 11:40 AM

National keynote and fireside chat

Chair: Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, Australian Financial Review
Michael Chaney AO, Chairman, Wesfarmers

Examine some of the key factors driving change and thinking in governance.

Duration: 45 mins
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Boardroom Q&A

Chair: Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA, Chair, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia
Panel: Tim Reed, President, Business Council of Australia
Ming Long AM, NED, Chairman, AMP Capital Funds Management, Deputy Chair, Diversity Council
Matt Bekier, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, The Star Entertainment Group

This special panel of directors will respond to a series of questions from delegates on the floor on the forces that are reshaping the world of business and the debate around the role of business leaders in the broader political and social arena.

Duration: 45 mins
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


Duration: 1 hour
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Leadership and governance concurrent 1A: The influential leader – leading calmly through the storm

Chair: Simon Pordage FGIA, Company Secretary, ANZ
Philipp Kristian Diekhöner, Trust Futurist and Innovation Strategist (Singapore)

When your organisation begins its journey of resilience and recovery from a crisis, the success of strategy rests on effective leadership.

  • Why trust is the key for authentic leadership
  • How crisis brings the importance of people to the fore: This is not about you. It is about them.
  • Sharing leadership during crisis
  • Disruptive leadership during disruption – how to lead when everything remains uncertain

Duration: 45 mins
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Risk concurrent 1B: Rethinking the three lines of defence approach

Chair: Mark Salomon, Controls Project Manager, Growthpoint Properties Australia
Panel: Adriaan van Jaarsveldt, Senior Advisor, Risk, Brookfield Asset Management
David Tattam, Director of Research, Protecht

Lucienne Layton FGIA, Chief Risk Officer, Crestone Wealth Management

The risk universe has become immensely complex and uncertainty reigns. The three lines of defence remain central to agile risk governance and oversight. But are the lines sacrosanct?

  • Extending beyond rigid lines to a cross-line understanding and collaborative function
  • How to retain the integrity of control, compliance and assurance
  • The hybrid conversations that will make the risk team an effective partner for strategy

Duration: 45 mins
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Leadership and governance concurrent 2A: Forward-looking boards

Chair: Byron Loflin, Global Head of Governance, NASDAQ
Belinda Gibson FGIA, Non-executive Director, Citigroup, Ausgrid and Brisbane Airport Corporation
Sue MacLeman FTSE, Chair, MTPConnect

Faced with a crisis of a lifetime, boards are called on to act decisively on evolving and shifting information and unfolding impact. How do you avoid threat rigidity, and empower your executive for adaptability and innovation?

  • What an innovative and adaptable board looks like
  • Assumptions in a changing ecosystem — what is old, what survives and what is new
  • How boards can be the provocateurs for fresh thinking

Duration: 40 mins
2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

Risk concurrent 2B: Risk management in the new world

Chair: Catherine Maxwell FGIA, General Manager Policy & Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia
Panel: Jason Brown, National Security Director, Thales
Minali Gamage, Manager Risk and Assurance, Fortescue
Joshua Hayward, Deputy Head Internal Audit, EnergyAustralia

There is a seismic shift in the nature and profile risk between the beginning of 2020 and the end of this cataclysmic year. How will risk managers create an effective risk management approach that manages systemic and organisational risks? 

We officially launch the Future of the Risk Management Professional survey and report and drill down into the key findings.

  • Charting a new roadmap of internal and external risks
  • How the organisation’s leaders and decision-makers work with risk leaders for a multi-stakeholder risk management plan
  • The future risk leader - the advantages of multidisciplinary skill, experience and insight


Duration: 40 mins
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM

Afternoon tea

Duration: 25 mins
3:25 PM - 4:10 PM

International keynote — Risk management in uncertain times

Chair: Nathan Lynch, Asia-Pacific Manager, Regulatory Intelligence, Thomson Reuters
Dr Klaus Moosmayer, Member Executive Committee & Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, Novartis AG (Switzerland)

Global forces are disrupting missions and affecting strategic choices and decision-making. All of which involves unprecedented degrees of risk, often unforeseen. What are the forces driving these consequential shifts? What are the ethical dilemmas that underlay the response and strategies for risk management in the uncertain times ahead?

Duration: 45 mins
4:15 PM - 4:55 PM

International keynote — A new relationship with governments and community

Professor Ngaire Woods CBE, Founding Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, & Professor, Global Economic Governance, Oxford University

In a challenging international environment boards and executive will have to navigate a new relationship with governments and a new set of international rules. As they negotiate this highly volatile business environment, how can strategy better frame plans for the short and long-term goals? How can they work with governments and community to deliver a purposeful mission?

Duration: 40 mins
5:00 PM - 5:40 PM

Why ESG remains a priority in conversations on the corporation

Chair: Andrew Buay, Vice President Group Sustainability, Singtel Group
Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact​​​​​​​

Panel: Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, Chief Executive Officer, Mirvac
Sharanjit Paddam, Head of ESG Risk, QBE Insurance Group

The environmental, social and governance response of the corporation during recent climate events and the global pandemic will define the perspectives of its stakeholders — customers, employees, investors — in the next phase of the recovery. We examine some of the challenges ahead for ESG.

  • The dependencies and weaknesses of national and global supply chains — climate, health, economic, social and environmental risks
  • Engagement with a broader stakeholder universe on sustainability and social purpose
  • Conscious capitalism and purposeful corporations
Duration: 40 mins
5:40 PM - 5:45 PM

Day 1 close

Duration: 5 mins
5:45 PM - 6:45 PM


  • Jimeoin: The Irish stand-up comedian and actor will be performing a live comedy act for us.
  • Duan & Only: Duan is making waves in the Australian music scene with his unique and modern R&B tone.
  • Jackson Aces: For three years, Jackson was the resident magician at The Star Casino Sydney and will astound you with an exclusive performance.
Duration: 1 hour
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration and networking

Duration: 30 mins
8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Opening remarks

Anjali Rao, Broadcast Journalist

Duration: 10 mins
8:55 AM - 9:45 AM

Fireside chat: Future of the workforce

Chair: Deidre Willmott, Non-executive Director, Australia Post
Panel: Fergus McLachlan AO, Executive General Manager People, Boral
Athalie Williams, Chief People Officer, BHP
Michael Priddis, Chief Executive Officer, Faethm
Macinley Butson, Scientist & Inventor

The one certainty for the coming years is a fundamental shift in the nature of the global workforce and in how we work. The flexible future is here now. How will we ensure intelligent investment in human capital, technology and workforce-planning? What are the key factors for success?

  • Understanding the changes to your workforce and work models
  • New shades in culture and people management — trust vs continuous oversight
  • Creating a more empowered, influential, collaborative and innovative workforce
Duration: 50 mins
9:50 AM - 10:40 AM

Fireside chat: The new world order

Panel: Pru Bennett, Chair, National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, Partner, Brunswick Group
Mukund Narayanamurti, Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

Are we seeing the emergence of a new world order in which economic and political multilateralism are challenged and changed? What will be Australia’s role in this changing world? How will geopolitical, socio-economic and cross border engagement be impacted by the ongoing shifts in global and regional power and alliance?

Duration: 50 mins
10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

Morning tea

Duration: 30 mins
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Leadership and Governance concurrent 3A: Company secretaries’ panel

Chair: Ann Bowering, CEO, Issuer Services Australia & New Zealand, Computershare
Panel: Fiona Last FGIA, Company Secretary, Transurban
Rohan Abeyewardene FGIA, Group Company Secretary, Vicinity Centres
Maureen Therese McGrath, General Counsel, Compliance & Secretariat, Scentre Group

The new regulatory, legislative and business landscapes have thrown challenges for governance practice. How has this extended the sphere of responsibility and impacted the role and function of company secretaries?

Duration: 50 mins
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Risk concurrent 3B: Technology and information: Governance, opportunity and risk

Chair: Lyn Nicholson FGIA, General Counsel, Holding Redlich
Panel: Chui Yong, Head of Data Science and Information Management, Australian Federal Police
Rachael Falk, Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre
Christoph Strizik, Chief Information Security Officer, Origin Energy

When surveillance capitalism and concepts of ethical use of information appear to be at loggerheads, how can we ensure information governance for responsible and effective use of data?

  • Governing how we capture, manage and secure data
  • Sharing across organisational and jurisdictional boundaries
  • Federated analytics – governance, risk and compliance
  • Technology and decision-making: human factor
  • The privacy challenge

Duration: 50 mins
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Duration: 1 hour
1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

President announcement & annual Governance Institute awards

Duration: 20 mins
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM

Fireside chat: Technology — regulation, governance and innovation

Chair: Greg Dickason, Managing Director Pacific, LexisNexis
Panel: Professor Jon Whittle, Director, CSIRO’s Data/61
Ed Santow, Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
Dr Catherine Ball, Scientific Futurist

Australia must urgently pick up the pace in cross-sector, multi and inter-disciplinary collaboration and innovation. We also need clear regulatory and governance pathways to take us to a position of leadership in global stakes for technology, AI and automation.

  • Innovation — how business can leverage the unique Australian contexts and experience to drive world leading cross sector innovation
  • Regulation — examining the areas of regulatory lag and the way forward
  • Governance — systemic challenges for governance and risk management
  • Human rights — is technological advance inclusive and aligned to human values

Duration: 40 mins
2:05 PM - 2:45 PM

Charities and not-for-profits — enabling the critical role in community resilience and recovery

Chair: David Crosbie, Chief Executive Officer, Community Council for Australia
Ronni Kahn AO, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, OzHarvest
Jody Wright, Executive Director, Drugarm

The pandemic has impacted the capacity of charities and not-for-profits to provide critically needed frontline support for the most vulnerable in our community. What are the urgent policy and economic measures that must be delivered to strengthen the sectors’ capacity to contribute effectively in building community resilience and recovery?

Duration: 40 mins
2:50 PM - 3:40 PM

Closing panel: Young leaders

Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia
Panel: Jessica Mellor, Chief Operating Officer, Star Gold Coast (AFR BOSS Young Leader 2020)
James Bartle, Chief Executive Officer, Outland Denim
Charles Prouse, Social Diversity Supply Chain Manager, Lendlease

A panel of Australia’s young leaders will canvass their experience, influence and business insights to understand where Australia is headed.

  • What will be the top three drivers for entrepreneurship, innovation and growth in the next five years?
  • Has their view of the world changed?
  • What are the aspects of governance and management that offer them the greatest challenge?

Duration: 50 mins
3:40 PM - 3:45 PM

CEO wrap-up and close

Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia

Duration: 5 mins

“2019 was a big year in corporate governance and Conference 2019 hit the mark. Two days of outstanding speakers addressed the key issues facing boards and governance professionals. As a panel chair, I personally saw how carefully Governance Institute of Australia works to select the right topics and speakers and then refine each person’s brief to ensure they can be relevant and interesting.  The energetic  discussions continued into the networking sessions which were also great fun. I am quite sure that Conference 2020 will be as up-to-date, informative and fun.”

Deidre Willmott, Non-executive Director, Australia Post

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