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Dr Madelyn Antoncic

Chief Executive Officer, the SASB Foundation USA

Madelyn Antoncic, Ph.D. is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) where she is responsible for setting the overall enterprise strategy and the oversight of all staff, programs, and activities of SASB, in addition to maintaining a strong global presence as the primary external voice for SASB.

Dr. Antoncic is the former Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank where, in addition to her financial responsibilities, she oversaw several technical assistance and capacity building programs working with developing and emerging economies. She is known for her financial innovation, including implementing catastrophic risk structures to help countries mitigate and transfer climate-related catastrophic risk.

Dr. Antoncic has held leadership roles spanning global markets for more than 30 years including at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and was an economist at the Federal Reserve bank.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and serves on the Boards of Weill Cornell Medicine and S&P Global Ratings among others.

Sir Winfried Bischoff

Chairman, JP Morgan Securities plc and Chairman, Financial Reporting Council UK

Sir Win Bischoff is Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council in the United Kingdom and Chairman of JP Morgan Securities plc. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Akbank TAS, Turkey. Since 1983 he has served on the boards of 10 major public companies (five in the UK, three in the US, two in Europe).

He was previously chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc (2009–2014). Sir Win has substantial experience of leading international committees and boards. His background spans a range of sectors, including banking and capital markets, finance and government regulation and public policy. He was CEO and then chairman of Schroders plc (1984–2000), chairman of Citigroup Europe (2000–2009) and interim CEO and then chairman of Citigroup Inc (2007–2009).

Sir Win was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List in 2000 for services to the banking industry, and an honorary doctorate in science by City University, London in the same year. In 2016 he was awarded a Non-Executive Director Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stephen Page FCIS

Head of International Corporate Governance, Nasdaq

Stephen is a Chartered Secretary and a Chartered Governance Professional, having been a Fellow of ICSA: The Governance Institute for over 30 years. Aside from acting as corporate secretary for many UK public and private companies, Stephen has held a number of directorships, including acting as non-executive chairman of an ex-listed public company.

After qualifying in 1986, Stephen held positions such as senior manager, company secretary and deputy group secretary at PWC, Morgan Grenfell and Barclays. In 2000, Stephen established his own consultancy business, offering services to corporates and high net worth individuals. The consultancy operated independently for nine years, and was able to name PwC, HSBC, BUPA and Crédit Commercial de France among its significant clients. Stephen wrote several articles for publication and spoke at a number of seminars and briefings in the UK & overseas, some of these as representative of the ICSA.

In 2013, the practice was acquired by the Tricor Group, a leading professional services business in SE Asia, following which Stephen undertook various private assignments, including assisting an ex-colleague in establishing a law firm in the City of London. More recently, Stephen has acted as head of legal services & compliance for an international software business.

Dottie Schindlinger

Marketing and Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent

Dottie Schindlinger is Vice President of Marketing and Governance Technology Evangelist for Diligent Corporation. In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on governance, cybersecurity, and technology topics through presentations to boards and executives dozens of times each year at events around the globe. Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and in multiple governance and technology industry publications. Dottie brings over twenty years’ experience in governance-related roles, including serving as a director, officer, committee chair, senior executive, board support professional, governance consultant and trainer for public, private, and non-profit boards. She was a founding team member of the tech start-up BoardEffect – a board management software provider for nonprofit, education, and healthcare boards, acquired by Diligent in late 2016. Dottie currently serves on the board of the Alice Paul Institute. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lakshmi Shyam-Sunder

Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, World Bank Group

Prior to her current role, Lakshmi was the chief financial officer and director, Finance and Risk at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. She was previously with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), also part of the World Bank Group, where she was Director for Corporate Risk, and Director of IFC's Risk Management and Financial Policy Department.

Lakshmi is co-founder and co-chair of the Global Emerging Markets (GEMs) risk database, a consortium for Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) and International Financial Institutions (IFIs).

Lakshmi has consulted for a range of public and private sector institutions in the US and in emerging markets. She has also served on the board, and finance and risk committees of institutions in emerging markets. Before joining IFC, Lakshmi was a faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management and earlier at The Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

TK Kerstetter

Host, Inside America’s Boardrooms

TK Kerstetter is the host of Inside America’s Boardrooms (and soon-to-be-launched Inside Australia’s Boardrooms), a weekly web show for board members and company secretaries produced by Diligent. Prior to launching Inside America’s Boardrooms in 2015, TK served as Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Governance Services and President of NYSE Board Member (after the New York Stock Exchange acquired Board Member Inc.). At Board Member Inc., TK served as Chief Executive Officer and built the nationally recognised brands Corporate Board Member and Bank Director.

Few corporate governance experts have had a more extensive or diverse exposure to today’s boardrooms than TK. Over his 20+ years in the board education arena, he led various teams in creating board-related conferences and educational opportunities to serve board members, general counsels, corporate secretaries, and senior officers. Perhaps most importantly, TK has sat on both sides of the table as a CEO and board member.


Alison Watkins

Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil

Alison joined Coca-Cola Amatil as Group Managing Director in March 2014. Alison is a non-executive director of The Centre for Independent Studies and the Business Council of Australia.

Alison’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer of agribusiness GrainCorp Limited and of Berri Limited, the market leader in Australian juice, and Managing Director of Regional Banking at ANZ. Alison spent 10 years at McKinsey & Company from 1989 to 1999 and became a partner of the firm in 1996 before moving to ANZ as Group General Manager Strategy. Alison has been a non-executive director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Woolworths Limited and Just Group Limited. She is a former Victorian President and National Board Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania), is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and the AICD. 

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Anjali Rao

Broadcast Journalist

Anjali Rao is a multi-award-winning journalist, who has spent 18 years in the top tiers of broadcast news and current affairs. Most recently, she hosted SBS’s flagship international current affairs program, Dateline, across Australia. She is also a regular guest presenter on a number of prime time television and radio shows. Anjali spent six years as anchor of CNN International's weekday breakfast show and host of the network's weekly chat show, Talk Asia, both of which air globally to 220 million households. Earlier, she worked as an anchor at both Sky News and Channel 5 News in London.

Her honest, yet relaxed interview style has made for many revealing conversations with some of the world's highest profile personalities including former US President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, actors Kevin Spacey and Gwyneth Paltrow, pop star Rihanna, sporting legends Roger Federer and Kobe Bryant, and fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld – among countless others.

She has also covered numerous breaking news events, such as the 9/11 attacks, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 2008 siege of Mumbai, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

Born to an Indian father and Australian mother, Anjali was raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the United Kingdom, but is now based in Melbourne, Australia


Professor Michael A Adams FGIA(Life) FCIS

Head, School of Law & Professor of Corporate Law, University of New England

Professor Michael Adams is a specialist in Australian corporate law and international corporate governance. From 2019 he is the Head of the University of New England Law School. Michael has expertise in financial services regulation, information governance, consumer protection and the broader area of legal technology and education. Professor Adams was Dean of Law at Western Sydney Law School from 2007 to 2017. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, Governance Institute of Australia (FCIS/FGIA(Life)) and the Australian Academy of Law. Before UWS, he was Professor of Corporate Law, Perpetual Trustees Australia chair of Financial Services Law and Assistant Director UTS Centre for Corporate Governance.

He has been a consultant to the national law firm Ashurst and now, Coleman Grieg Lawyers. He is a director of the charity, Freedom Hub Ltd and on the Advisory Board of Information Governance ANZ; National Chair of Education Committee, Governance Institute of Australia and previous director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre and the Australian Academy of Law. 

Peter Achterstraat AM FGIA FCIS

NSW Productivity Commissioner

Peter Achterstraat AM, was appointed the Auditor-General of NSW on 25 September 2006, and ended his term of office on 24 September 2013. Prior to this, Peter was the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation with the Australian Taxation Office from 1987. Peter served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Graduate School of Government (2013 -2017) and was a Principal (Infrastructure Advisor) at WorleyParsons from 2013-2016. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2014 for his Financial Management and Governance roles.

Peter is the Chairman of Bankstown Airport Ltd and is currently the President of the NSW Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also the Chairman of the Sydney Financial Forum. In May 2018 Peter was appointed as the inaugural NSW Productivity Commissioner.

Nigel Ampherlaw

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director, Credit Union Australia

Nigel joined the Board in March 2011 and has been Chairman since 15 November 2017. He is Chair of the Board Growth Opportunities Committee and a member of the Board Remuneration and Board Strategy Committees.

Nigel has extensive experience in risk management, technology, consulting and auditing for financial services institutions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. He is a chartered accountant by profession. He was a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 22 years where he held a number of leadership positions, including heading the financial services audit, business advisory services and consulting businesses. He also held a number of senior client Lead Partner roles.

Nigel is a Director of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, and Elanor Investors Group

Anna Bligh AC

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Banking Association

Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers. Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure. Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011.

Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic violence. In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector, Anna received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.

Paul Bloxham

Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities), HSBC Bank Australia

Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s chief economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a managing director. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. Paul is also a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets and works closely with HSBC’s global equities team in this regard. Paul has published a number of papers, including on housing and household finances, asset prices and monetary policy and global commodity market trends. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. In 2017, Paul’s team won two Focus Economics awards: for best overall forecaster for each of Australia and New Zealand. Paul is also a member of the Australian National University's Shadow Reserve Bank Board and is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul Bloxham spent 12 years as an economist within the Reserve Bank of Australia's Economic Analysis Department where he headed up the overseas economies and financial conditions sections, as well as working on domestic forecasting and prices. He holds a Masters degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics.


Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel, Coca-Cola Amatil

Jane is a senior governance and legal executive with 17 years’ experience across various industries and blue chip/top tier organisations. She operates at c-suite level in both listed and complex APRA regulated environments. Currently in a hybrid role as Group Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel at dynamic FMCG Coca-Cola Amatil from June 2017. Previously she was Head of Secretariat and Board Governance at ANZ Bank Global Wealth Division, since 2011. Whilst at ANZ, Jane was responsible for leading a team of executives responsible for the governance, regulatory compliance and board/committee operations of a large corporate group spanning insurance, superannuation, managed funds, and financial planning industries —including highly regulated APRA entities, Australian Financial Services Licensees and Australian Credit Licensees, and ASX participant &online trading platform. Jane is a skilled Non-executive Director —experience includes Financial Planning Australia (FPA) Board, Audit and Risk Committee, Governance and Remuneration Committee; Coca-Cola Australia Foundation Board; and Playgroup NSW Board.

Ann Bowering

Head of Issuer Services (AU & NZ), Computershare

Ann Bowering joined Computershare in 2019 as Head of Issuer Services (AU and NZ), and is responsible for aligning our existing services to improve and grow the business. Ann worked within the financial sector for more than 20 years prior to joining Computershare, most recently as Managing Director and CEO of NSX Limited. She has also spent time in senior positions at Lucsan Capital and KPMG, where she specialised in capital markets advisory, risk management and assurance.

Dr Lisa O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family

Dr Lisa O’Brien has been the Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Family since February 2011. The Smith Family is Australia’s largest education focused children’s charity. Last year over 140,000 disadvantaged children and young people participated in The Smith Family’s education support programs.

Lisa has worked in leadership roles across the public, not–for–profit and commercial sectors over the last two decades. In addition she is currently a Non–Executive Director of BUPA Australia/New Zealand and the Community Council for Australia , and a member of Chief Executive Women.

A Medical Practitioner registered in New South Wales, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Lisa is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director

Andrew Buay

Vice President, Group Sustainability, Singtel

Andrew is vice president for the Singtel Group Sustainability and a talent coach to over 100 of the Optus Future and Emerging Leaders in the past three years. Prior to this, Andrew held various senior positions across the Singtel Group in Singapore, Australia and the Philippines. Between 2007 and 2013, he was the Optus chief information officer, managing director for Optus Technology and Products Division, managing director for Optus Products and Delivery Division, and managing director of Optus Wholesale and Satellite Division. Andrew was the chief operating advisor at Globe Telecom from 2003–2007, Singlel Group’s mobile associate in the Philippines. He has also held various other senior management positions in the Singtel Group including vice president Consumer Marketing, CEO SINGNET, CEO Multimedia Group, director Corporate Development, director Business Marketing and director Corporate Account Management. Andrew also started up and ran Singtel Ventures from 2007–2000, a S$150m technology investment fund investing in emerging technologies in the ICT sector to drive innovation and develop new businesses spin- offs for the company.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class) Honours from the National University of Singapore and Masters in Management from Stanford University, USA (Sloan Program). He is a certified Level 2 coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and an LSI Accredited practitioner with Human Synergistics.

Leon Cox

General Manager, Membership, Governance Institute of Australia

Prior to joining Governance Institute, Leon was Advisor to the CEO at the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. His previous roles have been with CPA Australia and the RACV Club.

Leon holds a Bachelor of Business, Human Resources and Hospitality Management from Victoria University. Leon also holds a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment from the University of Melbourne, Training Services Department.

Ewen Crouch AM

Non-executive Director, Westpac & BlueScope Steel, Chairman, Corporate Travel Management

Ewen Crouch AM is a director of Westpac Banking Corporation and BlueScope Steel Limited and Chairman of the board of Corporate Travel Management. He is a member of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal, and is also a board member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Jawun. Mr Crouch chairs the board risk & compliance committee at Westpac having previously chaired its remuneration committee. At BlueScope Steel he chairs the board’s risk & sustainability committee.

From 1988 to 2013, Mr Crouch was a Partner at Allens, where he was one of the country’s most accomplished mergers and acquisitions lawyers. He was a member of the firm’s board for 11 years, including four years as Chairman of Partners. Mr Crouch is a member of the corporations committee of the Law Council of Australia and ASIC’s Director Advisory Panel. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of its Law Committee.

Mr Crouch was director of Mission Australia from 1995 and Chairman from 2009 until 2016. From 2010 to 2015, he was a member of the Takeovers Panel. In 2013, Mr Crouch was awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to the law as a contributor to legal professional organisations and to the community.

Besa Deda

Chief Economist of the St.George Banking Group

Besa Deda is the Chief Economist of the St.George Banking Group, which includes St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and RAMS. Besa has been in this role since 2008.

As the Bank’s economic spokesperson, Besa is responsible for research on the economy and financial markets. She formulates views and forecasts on the outlook for the economy, interest rates and currencies and manages a team of economists. Besa gives regular presentations and often appears in the media reporting on economic conditions.

Prior to this role, Besa held Senior Strategist and Economist roles with the Commonwealth Bank covering fixed income, foreign exchange, macroeconomics and equities. Besa was with the CBA for nearly 8 years and before that was an economist with the Colonial Group.

Besa is the Secretary for the Australian Business Economists’ Association, is a member of the Melbourne Economic Forum, has previously written a regular property column for The Australian newspaper and lectured for FINSIA.

Nick Ellsmore

Co-Founder, Hivint & Director, Consulting & Professional Services (Pacific), Trustwave

Nick Ellsmore is Co-Founder of Hivint, now a part of Trustwave, an Optus company, and creator of cyber-security collaboration portal Security Colony ( Named the inaugural “AISA Information Security Professional of the Year” for his contribution to the Australian cyber security industry, Nick was previously co-founder of SIFT and Stratsec, and has served on boards and forums including the Internet Industry Association, the NATA AAC for Software Testing, UNSW Advisory Boards, and the APEC TEL Security & Prosperity Steering Group. One of Australia’s most respected cyber security advisors, he has been engaged by regional governments to review their national cyber-security strategies, and has delivered projects for organisations around the world including APEC and the United Nations, as well as hundreds of projects within Australia over the last 19 years.

Robert Gerrard

Senior Vice President, Legal & Secretariat, Brambles Limited

Robert is Senior Vice President, Legal & Secretariat at Brambles Limited. He leads the Brambles’ global legal, company secretary, compliance and government affairs functions. He joined Brambles in 2003 as Senior Counsel, Brambles Group, was appointed Group Company Secretary in February 2008 and to his current role in February 2017. Prior to joining Brambles, he was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Roc Oil Company Limited; Group Legal Manager, Cairn Energy plc; General Counsel and Company Secretary of Command Petroleum Limited; and a solicitor and senior associate with Allen Allen & Hemsley. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of New South Wales. He is admitted to practice in New South Wales.

Justin Greenstein

Head of Risk and Operations, ANZi

Based in Melbourne, Justin has worked at ANZ for over six years. At present, Justin leads the Risk and Operations function of ANZi which is the Digital Innovation arm of the ANZ Banking Group.

Justin’s main focus is integrating Risk and Innovation. ANZi’s core focus areas include making strategic venture investments in Digital start-ups, entering into strategic partnerships that support the Bank’s Digital transformation and incubating new Digital businesses. Prior to this role, Justin designed ANZ’s Risk Culture measurement and management program. This program integrates traditional non-financial risk governance with behavioural risk analysis. This human-centred approach to non-financial risk management involves deep engagement with decision makers in the business who work with customers and manage the risk and reputation of the organisation on a day-to-day basis.

Justin recently spent some time at the London School of Economics learning about “Risk in Organisations” which had a strong focus on the psychology of risk and risk leadership. Over the past year, Justin has been a candidate on the Observership Program, a program that focuses on Not-for-Profit Board governance. On a personal note, Justin is married with two children. Justin loves to travel and experience different cultures across the globe.

Jane Halton AO PSM

Non-executive Director, ANZ Banking Group & Clayton Utz

Jane Halton AO PSM FAICD FIPPA is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and the US Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. She is chairman of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, COTA and Vault Systems. Her 33 year career within the Australian public service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Deparments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the mangement and performance of Australian Government agencies. Jane has held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance including as Chair of the board of the WHO and at the OECD.

Helen Hardy FGIA FCIS

Company Secretary, Origin Energy Limited

Helen Hardy joined Origin in March 2010. She was previously General Manager, Company Secretariat of a large ASX listed company, and has advised on governance, financial reporting and corporate law at a Big 4 accounting firm and a national law firm. Helen is a chartered accountant and chartered secretary. She is a Fellow of Governance Institute and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a member of Governance Institute’s Law Review Committee and chair of the NSW State Council. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and is admitted to practice in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Guy Herbert

Risk Futurist, Atlassian

Guy has over 25 years working in Risk, IT and Technology across the Finance, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical and Software industries. He has managed risk, compliance, audit and technical delivery teams during this time.

Guy has been thinking of better ways for Atlassian to manage IT Risk and Compliance since Sept 2013. Altassian is an Australian company started 15 years ago that builds software to help teams work better together – products include Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Stride and HipChat.

Fahmi Hosain

Managing Director & Co-founder, Rhizome Advisory Group

Fahmi is a recognised expert on financial services with a specific interest in the relationship between governance, risk management, accountability, remuneration and culture. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services.

Fahmi spent 17 years working at APRA. He was APRA's Head of Governance, Culture & Remuneration until November 2017. In this role he was the architect of a number of major initiatives that will impact the financial services industry in the years ahead. He led the development of APRA’s first risk culture assessment methodology and initiated APRA’s seminal review of executive remuneration practices. Fahmi was also a key contributor during APRA’s engagement with the government on the remuneration and role responsibility elements of the Bank Executive Accountability Regime.

At various times during his career at APRA, Fahmi was Australia’s representative on the Financial Stability Board’s Working Group on Governance Frameworks and on the International Association of Insurance Supervisor’s Insurance Groups Working Group. He has also assisted the International Monetary Fund on international missions as a Technical Expert on conglomerate supervision.

Jana Jevcakova

Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali

Jana advises listed company boards and management teams on all aspects of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and disclosures. Jana is one of Asia Pacific's leading experts in corporate governance and proxy research and has advised many large domestic and institutional investors. Jana was previously the Director of Research, Australia for leading global proxy advisor, CGI Glass Lewis, and has vast expertise in engaging with ASX-listed boards of directors. Jana is passionate about helping companies optimise their governance disclosures and enhance their investor relationships by applying best practice and fit-for-purpose ESG policies. Jana has a Master of Commerce in Funds Management and Master of Professional Accounting degrees from University of New South Wales, and is a graduate in Finance, Banking and Investments from the Faculty of Economics, Technical University Kosice, Slovakia.

Fiona De Jong LLB (Hons), BIT, AMP (Harvard)

Head of Australia’s Nation Brand, Austrade

As Head of Australia’s Nation Brand at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Fiona is leading the Australian Government’s most ambitious international global brand platform. To develop a unifying global brand and its expression across 17 Government departments, 50+ industry sectors through private and public partnerships in order to encourage the world to visit, study, invest and do business with Australia.

Prior to Austrade, Fiona spent her most recent decade in sport as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Sport at the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC). Over her 12 years at the AOC she successfully delivered 10 Australian Olympic Team campaigns (3 summer, 3 winter, 4 youth) across 9 countries, 5 Australian Youth Olympic Festivals here in Australia and day-to-day management of an iconic Australian sporting organisation including a re-design of the Australian Olympic brand architecture.

Fiona’s diplomatic leadership in Australian sport saw her engage with the most senior leaders of sport, business and governments domestically and internationally. This, coupled with a record of delivering complex international projects in high profile, competitive, diverse environments combine to see her lead Australia’s Nation Brand project at Austrade. Fiona holds degrees in Law (Hons), Information Technology and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Catherine Maxwell FGIA FCIS

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia

Catherine has a strong background in governance and policy gained at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the ASX Corporate Governance Council, ASX, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Council. Qualified as a lawyer, she has also held roles as a company secretary with The Cancer Council NSW, NPP Australia Limited and Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets Limited.

Connuil McEvedy FGIA FCIS

Managing Partner, Risk as a Service, DXC Technology

A highly respected leader in risk management, governance and assurance with over 20 years regional and global experience in public and private sectors in financial services, property, infrastructure, telecommunications, technology, regulation and enforcement as well as professional services.

He is a pragmatic humanist in his approach to risk management. Connuil has a very strong record of identifying and managing risks in a commercial, realistic and compliant manner to meet the needs of organisations and populations which improves delivery and supports assurance.

Prerana Mehta

Chief of Ecosystem Development, AustCyber

Prerana Mehta joined AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Growth Network, as Chief of Ecosystem Development in January 2019, charged to promote Australian cyber capability, talent and profile nationally and overseas. Prior to this role, Prerana was Minister Counsellor and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner in Singapore, leading Austrade’s operations in promoting trade and investment opportunities from Australia to the ASEAN region. Previously with Austrade, as Director, Ministerial Business Missions, Prerana led Australian business leaders on ministerial missions for the Prime Minister and the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Over the last 18 years, Prerana has developed extensive experience living and working in Asia and the Pacific region in both public and private sectors. As a consultant for DFAT in Jakarta Indonesia, Prerana established a risk and fraud governance framework for Australian Aid funded projects. Prerana worked with Deloitte in Papua New Guinea as Manager for Risk Services and prior to that with International SOS in Hanoi.

Julie McPherson

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Amcor

Julie commenced her career as a lawyer in 1981 at Moore & Bevins. She then joined Elders Finance in Sydney and was subsequently appointed General Counsel for the Elders Finance Group. In 1991 she joined Corrs Chambers Westgarth and was appointed a partner in the banking and finance division. She then joined Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, established a structured finance division and was appointed Deputy Managing Director. In 2000 she joined Goodman Fielder Ltd as their General Counsel/Company Secretary and in 1995 she joined Amcor Ltd as their Group General Counsel/Company Secretary. She was a member of the Federal Government Takeovers Panel from 2011-2014 and is a member of the Law Committee of the AICD. Julie has a Master of Laws from Sydney University and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Andrew Methven

General Manager, Risk and Assurance, Mission Australia

Currently the General Manager, Risk and Assurance at national charity Mission Australia, Andrew has almost 20 years of experience in risk, governance, ethics, investigations, mediation and insurance in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors.

Andrew brings a focus on culture and people, with a desire for risk to be practical and pragmatic tool to assist in decision-making rather than an overhead or compliance activity.

Megan Motto FGIA

Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia. The Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance. Prior to this appointment, she was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, a MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Paul Murphy

Senior Manager, Government Relations & Industry Policy

In this role, Paul is focused on understanding and influencing the public policy and industry environment in Australia’s superannuation and institutional investment sectors. Vanguard is one of the world’s largest asset managers with over AU$7.9 trillion in total assets under management at 20 June 2019. In Australia, Vanguard has been serving financial advisers, retail clients and institutional investors for more than 20 years.

One particular area of focus in Paul’s role is local representation of Vanguard’s Investment Stewardship function, which covers holdings in some 19,000 companies in 68 countries around the world.

Prior to joining Vanguard in May 2016, Paul had over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. He has held roles across strategic marketing, financial education and advice, public affairs and stakeholder relations in organisations such as UniSuper, the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, the Australian Investment Managers' Association, and the Victorian State Government.

Darryl Newton

Non-executive Director, ING Bank (Australia) Ltd

Darryl is a Non-executive Director at ING Bank (Australia) Ltd. He stepped down from the role of CRO of Australia Post in March 2018, and then advised Post until December 2018. Previously, he served as Chief Risk Officer of Bank of Queensland Ltd and as Head of the Basel II program at Westpac Banking Corporation within the Group Risk function. He was a partner at Ernst & Young for 14 years specialising in Financial Services customers in Australia with major assignments in Indonesia and Thailand.

Lyn Nicholson FGIA FCIS

General Counsel, Corporate Group, Holding Redlich

Lyn Nicholson is General Counsel in the Corporate Group of Holding Redlich. Lyn advises on privacy and data issues, including in relation to the regulation of credit information. She also advises on directors’ duties and practical governance issues for both listed and unlisted companies. Her transactional work focuses on the information services industry where she deals with various forms of technology, intellectual property and a range of issues that are legally ambiguous and often at the cutting edge of technology.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics/Law from Macquarie University and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. Lyn is a board member of iappANZ and a fellow of both the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Taj Pabari

Chief Executive Officer, Fiftysix Creations

Taj Pabari is nineteen-years-old, recently finished high-school, yet his passion for young people, business and entrepreneurship has led him to a level of influence well beyond his years. Taj established Fiftysix Creations, Australasia's largest youth entrepreneurship provider at the age of fourteen. As of 1 December 2018, Fiftysix Creations has educated 50,022 Australian Students.

Accolades collected by Taj and Fiftysix Creations include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, The Australian Young Innovator of the Year and Winner of Westpac's Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow.

Kate Palmer AM

CEO, Sport Australia

Kate Palmer is the CEO of Sport Australia and is passionate about sport and believes unquestionably in the power of sport and physical activity to reflect the very best in our culture to be a powerful vehicle for change. Kate is driven by a shared purpose to contribute to improving health and well-being of Australians and making communities stronger through sport and physical activity. Kate is a transformational leader who has steered organisations to excel in delivering on strategic outcomes from high performance and growing community participation through to building capability of sport and international sporting success.

Kate spent 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Netball Australia, was Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport, a Trustee of the MCG and CEO of Netball Victoria. Kate is a member of Chief Executive Women and has an Honours degree in Sport Science and a Masters in Sport Management. 

Kylie Porter

Executive Director, Global Compact Network Australia

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network of Australia (GCNA); the Australian division of the UN Global Compact — the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. Kylie is a responsible business specialist holding over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, corporate responsibility and strategy across a broad range of industries. Her experience includes working for financial institutions in Australia and internationally, professional services and an international development NGO. Kylie’s expertise is in stakeholder engagement, reputation risk management and environmental, social and governance issues. She is an advocate on purpose for profit and ethical business practices.

Before joining the GCNA, Kylie worked for National Australia Bank (NAB) as the Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Corporate Responsibility and served on the Corporate Affairs team for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Financial Services Industry with specific responsibility for consumer advocacy. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts and a Master's degree in Social Science majoring in International Development.

John Price

Commissioner, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012.

He has 20 years regulatory experience including a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency, ASIC's Registry and financial reporting and audit.

John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia.

John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia. He also leads ASIC's work helping small business and cutting red-tape.

Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.

Simon Pordage FGIA FCIS

Company Secretary, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ)

Simon joined ANZ in May 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with extensive company secretarial and corporate governance experience. From 2009 to 2016 he was Company Secretary for Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited and a number of other listed investment companies. Other former roles include being Deputy Company Secretary for ANZ and Head of Board Support for Barclays PLC in the United Kingdom. Simon is committed to the promotion of good corporate governance. He is a former National President and Chairman of Governance Institute of Australia and is a member and former Chairman of its National Legislation Review Committee, and regularly presents on governance issues.

Irena Reiss

Non-Executive Director, Special Olympics Australia

Irena is a Director and Chair of the Governance Committee for Special Olympics Australia, a Director on the Council for Intellectual Disability, a member of the Law Society of NSW Human Rights Committee and served as an expert panelist on disability for the Law Council of Australia’s ‘Access to Justice Project’.

She is also a practicing commercial dispute resolution lawyer with a career spanning over 25 years across various industries in the private, corporate and NFP sectors. Her specific interest is in policy development and the importance of good governance encompassing a sustainable respect for human rights.

Xavier Saldoni

Chief Risk Officer, Medibank

As the Chief Risk Officer of Medibank, Xavier leads a team responsible for ensuring that risks are being effectively managed across the business to improve performance and protect the reputation of the business. Prior to Medibank, Xavier was a director at the consulting firm KPMG specialising in governance, risk and assurance services and was also the general manager, Governance, Risk and Compliance at Devondale Murray Goulburn. Throughout his career Xavier had the opportunity to work extensively in his native Spain, England, US and Australia which has given him unique insights into global risk and assurance practices.

Jan van der Schalk

Equities Analyst, Ausbil

Jan has over 30 years of financial markets experience working in Sydney, Bermuda and London including over 6 years as a senior equity analyst and over 7 years in senior management at a major Australian insurer.

Prior to joining Ausbil, Jan worked at CLSA Australia where he was responsible for sell-side equities analysis of insurance and diversified financial stocks, including the valuation of ASX-listed companies, modelling future cash-flow and value and also analysing stocks specific issues. Ultimately, making stock recommendations.

In addition, Jan also previously worked at Insurance Australia Group, where he held two senior positions, Group Executive – CEO Asset Management & Reinsurance and Head of Reinsurance & CEO IAG Re. As Group Executive – CEO Asset Management & Reinsurance, Jan was responsible for the asset management and re-insurance division operating in Sydney, Singapore and London.

Jan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University College of Wales (Swansea) and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics (Political Philosophy).

Jeff Schwisow

Managing Director, Continuum

Jeff is one of Australia’s foremost thought leaders when it comes to the use of projects and the power of a ‘project mindset’. His passion is seeing a team tap into their true potential to deliver exceptional outcomes for their customers and the businesses that employ them.

For 30 years he lived and breathed projects — leading them, studying them, fixing them and making them sing, using traditional project management processes and techniques. However, early on in his career, he recognised that these traditional practices could not ensure success. They were far too focused on measuring, reporting and controlling results, instead of examining the activities that generated those results.

Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA FCIS

Non-executive Director, Wesfarmers and AGL

Diane Smith-Gander is non-Executive director AGL Energy, Wesfarmers Limited, NQA Group of Companies, Chair of Safe Work Australia, Asbestos Safety & Eradication Council, a board member of Keystart Loans, CEDA, member of the NRFA Partnership Council, and past President of Chief Executive Women. Diane is currently appointed to the three member panel to review the capability of APRA, the banking industry regulator following the findings of the Hayne Royal Commission. Diane has held a wide range of non-executive roles in the past including Chairman of Broadspectrum, Deputy Chairperson of NBNCo, non-executive director of the CBH Group, commissioner of Tourism WA and board member of the Committee for Perth. Diane has been active in sports administration and is a past Chairman of both Basketball Australia Limited, the sport’s peak body, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. Diane’s last executive role was Group Executive at Westpac. Prior to that she was a partner at McKinsey & Company in Washington and New Jersey.

Ms Kathryn (Kate) D Spargo

Non-Executive Director, Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Sonic Healthcare Ltd, Xenith IP Ltd, CIMIC Group Ltd and Adairs Ltd

Ms Spargo has worked as a non-executive director for over 20 years in a range of company structures. She has broad business experience as both an adviser, having worked in private practice and government, and as a director of listed and unlisted companies. Ms Spargo is currently Non-Executive Director at Sigma Pharmaceuticals, CIMIC Group Limited, Sonic Healthcare Limited, Xenith IP Limited and Adairs Limited. Ms Spargo’s current directorships in unlisted companies include Director of Colnvest Limited, and the Geelong Football Club. Ms Spargo is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Spargo was Chairman in UGL Limited from October 2014 – January 2017 and also held directorships for Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, Fulton Hogan, SMEC Holdings Limited and Fletcher Building Limited among others.

Ms Spargo holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours and an Arts degree from the University of Adelaide.

Richard Spencer

Chief Customer Experience Officer at NSW Business Chambe

Richard Spencer is Chief Customer Experience Officer at NSW Business Chamber, and is accountable for developing and implementing the organisation’s customer strategy, to maximise customer acquisition, engagement, retention and profitability.

As CXO, Richard oversees NSWBC’s total customer experience, from identifying and understanding customer needs, to creating an enterprise wide customer experience framework.

Prior to joining NSWBC, Richard was Executive Director, Content and Strategy, for Isentia (ASX:ISD), Asia’s largest media monitoring business, which he joined following Isentia’s acquisition of the social media agency he founded.

Richard has held a variety of agency and client side roles including Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Interactive with TMP Worldwide and has been working in marketing and digital communications roles for more than 20 years. Richard is a regular media commentator on a range of social, digital and CX issues and has presented at more than 50 conferences around the world. Richard’s a tertiary qualified professional with experience building both businesses and brands and maximising the impact of digital channel management and transformation on business performance.

Andrew Stevens

Chairman, Innovation and Science Australia, Non-executive Director, Stockland Group Limited

Andrew is the Chairman of the Board of Innovation and Science Australia, an independent statutory board with a mandate to provide strategic, whole of government advice on science, research and innovation matters.

He is also Chairman of the Data Standards Body for the Consumer Data Right implementation in Australia. He is a director of Stockland Group Limited, Thorn Group Limited, the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS and CEDA.

He is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business, and the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and directors working to make gender equality a reality.

Geoff Summerhayes

Executive Board Member, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Geoff Summerhayes was appointed a Member of APRA from 1 January 2016 for a five-year term. As an Executive Board Member of APRA his responsibilities include the oversight of the General, Life and Private Health Insurance sector. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee, and Chair of the Sustainable Insurance Forum, which was established under the UN Environment Program. Mr Summerhayes was Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Life from 2008 to 2015. Before joining Suncorp he held a number of senior roles at the National Australia Bank (NAB) in strategy, product and distribution. Prior to that he was CEO of Retail Investment at MLC and also held senior roles at Lend Lease. Mr Summerhayes was a director of the Financial Services Council and was co-chair of their Life Board Committee.

Tim Timchur FGIA FCIS

Managing Director 365 Architects

Tim Timchur is the Managing Director of 365 Architechs Pty Ltd. He serves in a variety of roles at Governance Institute Ltd include Non-executive Director, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee Member, Queensland State Council Chair, Technology and Risk Committee Chair and Commercial and Legal Issues Committee Member.

Roslyn Toms AGIA ACIS

nib Group Executive Legal and Chief Risk Officer LLB (UNSW) AND BA Comms (Hons)(University of Canberra/University of Technology)

Ros joined nib in 2011 as General Counsel and is responsible for managing the Legal, Risk, Compliance and Governance functions across the nib Group. Ros is also company secretary of nib holdings limited.

In 2017, she was promoted to the group's executive management team and has responsibility for legal, risk, compliance and governance of the nib group businesses in Australia and its global operations.

She also is a volunteer director of nib foundation, nib's charitable organisation.

Prior to joining nib, Ros was general counsel and company secretary of a national building and construction company, and also worked in private practice for over 12 years for a number of leading Australian law firms.

Ros holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) (Honours)(University of Canberra/University of Technology), Bachelor of Laws (UNSW), as well as graduate diplomas in Legal Studies (College of Law) and Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute).

Steve Vallas

Founder & Director, Honey Digital

Steve is a qualified lawyer, blockchain technology and digital strategist. He is the founder of Honey Digital. Working with a range of verticals including telecommunications, education and startups. Focusing on building value adding relationships with content producing professionals, social media strategists, SME’s and enterprise businesses who are looking to benefit from the paradigm shift to customer centric online marketing opportunities and emerging technologies. Steve is a mentor in the Melbourne University Accelerator Program and assists many budding entrepreneurs with their foray into the business world. He is the founder of launched in conjunction with the Victorian Government Digital Innovation Festival in 2018. The event was attended by 500 delegates with support from Austrade, Optus, Deloitte and IBM. The initiative brings together the best Blockchain people and projects in Australia. The organisation aims to advance, develop and deliver on the promise of Blockchain technology. Blockchain APAC works to advocate for the industry by contributing to debate and driving policy through the delivery of advisory services and project outcomes.

Rachel Waterhouse GIA(Affiliated)

General Manager, Engagement

Rachel’s team is responsible for Governance Institute’s engagement strategy with members, subscribers and customers. This includes achieving membership, marketing, media, digital strategy, and publishing objectives.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Newcastle and is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Executive from The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the University of NSW Business School and completed the Company Directors Course from the AICD and the Effective Director Course from Governance Institute.

Deidre Willmott

Non-executive Director, Australia Post

Deidre Willmott was appointed to the Australia Post board in June 2017.

Ms Willmott was CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia from 2014 until 2018. She is a former lawyer and has held senior roles with Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and as Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia.

Ms Willmott is also Chair of St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls and a director of Kimberley Foundation of Australia and the Perth USAsia Centre.

Mark Wilbourn

General Manager, Education Governance Institute of Australia Ltd

Mark joined Governance Institute of Australia in November 2017, following a career in health education in universities in the United Kingdom and Australia, working in a range of academic governance roles. He is qualified in tertiary education and is currently undertaking a PhD examining career intention in students.

Mark is the General Manager, Education, and a member of the Governance Institute of Australia executive team. He is also an ex officio member of the Education Committee. He has responsibility for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency accredited postgraduate courses in governance and risk management, delivered by industry-leading thought leaders, academics and practitioners. The team also supports vocational certificates, short courses and a range of professional development opportunities to meet the needs of governance and risk management professionals.

Mr Peter N Varghese AO

Chancellor of The University of Queensland

Peter Varghese AO is Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018.

Mr Varghese was educated at The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a University Medal in history in 1978. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013.

Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Limited, AMP Capital Holdings and AMP Bank. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India.

Daniel de Zilva

PhD, Associate Director, Kiel Advisory Group

Dan is a risk culture expert and Organisational Psychologist at Kiel Advisory Group. He uses evidence-based practice and draws upon extensive experience to evaluate and change behaviour to improve risk management outcomes across Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. He has previously worked for internal audit, risk management and conduct teams in retail and investment banks where he has designed and implemented risk culture methodologies and provided expert input on action planning, governance, incentives and training.

The foundations of Dan’s expertise come from strong research linkages and a PhD in Psychology that has seen him publish and present findings globally on decision making biases, formation of attitudes, and learning of expectations and behaviours

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