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National keynote

Michael Chaney AO

Chairman, Wesfarmers Limited

Michael Chaney graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Western Australia in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

After obtaining his Science degree, Mr Chaney worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005.

Mr Chaney is Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited. He is also Chairman of the National School Resourcing Board, a director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a Governor of the Forrest Foundation. Mr Chaney was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2004 for services to business and the community.

International speakers

Michelle Edkins

Managing Director Investment Stewardship, Blackrock (USA)

Michelle Edkins is a Managing Director in BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team of over 45 specialists covering the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Asia-Pacific. In that role, she is responsible globally for institutional relations, policy on investment stewardship issues, and communications related to BlackRock’s investment stewardship perspectives and activities. She also serves on the firm’s Global Operating and Government Relations Steering Committees. An active participant in the public corporate governance debate, she was named in the NACD Directorship 100 Governance Professionals list the past seven years. She is also a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program and a former Chair of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network. She currently serves on a number of industry initiatives to enhance governance and sustainable business practices including the US chapter of the 30% Club, a market initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investor Advisory Group and the CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative. An economist by training, Michelle has also worked in the UK in a number of investment stewardship-related roles and in government roles in her native New Zealand.

Dr. Klaus Moosmayer

Member, Executive Committee, Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, Novartis AG (Switzerland)

Dr. Klaus Moosmayer has been Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer of Novartis since December 1, 2018. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis. 

Klaus previously was Chief Compliance Officer of Siemens AG, a position he held since 2014. During his 18-year career at Siemens, he also served as Chief Counsel Compliance, Compliance Operating Officer and Corporate Legal Counsel. Before joining Siemens, Klaus practiced law in Germany, specializing in white-collar crime, litigation and business law. 

Klaus is Chair of the Anti-Corruption Task Force of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); co-founder and Chair of the European Chief Compliance and Integrity Officers’ Forum; and was serving as Chair of the B20 Integrity & Compliance Task Force under the G20 presidency of Germany and subsequently as Co-Chair of the Taskforce under the G20 presidency of Argentina. He lectures Compliance at the University of St. Gallen and the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Vienna and publishes and speaks extensively about Compliance and Risk topics on national and international level. 

Professor Ngaire Woods CBE

Founding Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Professor Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at Oxford University. Her research focuses on how to enhance the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, global development and the role of international institutions and global economic governance. She founded the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University, and co-founded (with Robert O. Keohane) the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship programme. She led the creation of the Blavatnik School of Government.

Ngaire Woods serves as a member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s International Advisory Panel, and on the Boards of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Rio Tinto (effective September 2020). She sits on the advisory boards of the Centre for Global Development, the African Leadership Institute, the School of Management and Public Policy at Tsinghua University, and the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Cape Town University. She is Chair of the Harvard University Visiting Committee on International Engagement and sits on the Harvard Kennedy School Visiting Committee. She is a member of the UK Government National Leadership Centre's Expert Advisory Panel, and of the Department for International Trade’s Trade and Economy Panel. She is an honorary governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

Philipp Kristian Diekhoner

Trust Futurist and Innovation Strategist (Singapore)

Philipp Kristian is a trust futurist, millennial innovation strategist, TEDx speaker and author of The Trust Economy. A nomad and trailblazer travelling 300+ days a year, he works with some of the best and largest names in business on building a more trusted future. Named a WEF Global Shaper, KAIROS Global Fellow and St. Gallen Symposium Leader of Tomorrow, he is the definitive millennial voice on trust and innovation in the digital age. Philipp believes we have no future without trust. Trust drives behaviour, behaviour drives decisions, and decisions create our future. Because the future is a product of our actions, Philipp sponsors Mangrove reforestation and carbon offsetting projects in the Bay of Bengal with each confirmed booking. 

Byron Loflin

Global Head of Board Engagement and VP, Nasdaq Governance Solutions

Byron’s experience includes roles as CEO, director and advisor to listed companies globally. His board experience consists of both corporate and not-for-profit director roles. Along with corporate governance and management expertise, Byron is a member of the Society for Corporate Secretaries, The Chartered Governance Institute, NACD, and IOD.

Brian K. Stafford

Chief Executive Officer: Diligent Corporation (USA)

Brian Stafford is Chief Executive Officer of Diligent Corporation, the leading provider of modern governance software. Brian assumed the role of CEO in March 2015 with the mission of providing organizations with technology, insights and processes to turn governance into a competitive advantage. In partnership with Insight Venture Partners, which took Diligent private in 2016, Brian has been focused on scaling the business internationally. Brian previously served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led its Growth Stage Tech Practice. While there, he concentrated on helping Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies accelerate growth. Prior to his tenure at McKinsey, Brian was the Founder, President and CEO of an automotive spin off of Trilogy Software.

Brian holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brian, his wife, and their two young children live in New York City.

Governance Institute Ambassadors — speaking at #GovCon20

Diane Smith-Gander AO FGIA FCIS

Chair, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia

Governance Institute Brand Ambassador

Diane Smith-Gander AO is a professional non-executive director maintaining a diverse portfolio over varying types of entities, industries and geographies. She is past president of Chief Executive Women, and an advocate for gender equity. Diane is Chair for the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and Safe Work Australia. She is non-executive director of AGL Energy Limited, North Queensland Airports, Keystart Loans group and HBF Health Limited. Diane holds an MBA from the University of Sydney and a BEc from UWA.

Simon Pordage FGIA FCIS

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

Governance Institute Brand Ambassador

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.

Conference MC

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.

Speakers

Rohan Abeyewardene FGIA

Group Company Secretary, Vicinity Centres

Rohan is a company secretary and strategic business partner with a diverse corporate background spanning governance, advisory, regulatory and financial roles.

Rohan is currently the Group Company Secretary of Vicinity Centres, one of Australia’s leading listed retail property groups, which he joined in 2017. Prior to joining Vicinity, Rohan was the Company Secretary of McAleese Group and a Senior Adviser at ASX, having commenced his career in chartered accounting. Rohan is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of its Legislation Review Council, and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

James Bartle

Chief Executive Officer, Outland Denim

James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years Bartle developed a unique business model that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support and life-enhancing education, and crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace.

In 2016, he took Outland to scale, securing international investment and distribution to further the company's mission to employ more young women while concurrently investing heavily in supply chain and environmental stewardship. With a background in manufacturing and start-up ventures, Bartle has taken a hands-on approach to developing Outland's signature jean styles, eschewing automation in favour of craftsmanship.

Andrew Buay

Vice President Group Sustainability, Singtel Group

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 3 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 VP 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.

Dr Catherine Ball

Science Futurist

Dr Catherine Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, founder, executive producer, executive director, company director, and charity patron working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education and environmental needs. Catherine also likes to create businesses and champion movements, collaborate with peers, and advise game-changers. Currently, Catherine is the 2020 patron of the Tech Girls Movement, a #SheFlies ambassador for Girl Geek Academy, and a mentor and advisor to the CEO of New York based Women Who Drone, as well as a mentor to the #SuperstarsofSTEM project by Science and Technology Australia.

An Associate Professor at the Australian National University and Honorary Associate Professor at the 3AI Institute; Catherine is leading national conversations around technology and its place in the current and future challenges in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Catherine’s latest business ventures include the internationally renowned World of Drones and Robotics Congress, established in Brisbane in 2017 and the free community resources of World of Drones Education, established in 2018. Catherine is a board director for Aviation Australia; and is on the international advisory board for the Ocean Impact Org, a not-for-profit ecosystem for businesses working towards a healthier ocean

Matt Bekier

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, The Star Entertainment Group Limited

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of The Star Entertainment Group Limited, one of Australia’s leading casino and entertainment groups. The Star Entertainment Group (formerly Echo Entertainment Group) owns and manages casino, hotel and resort destinations in Sydney, at the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in April 2014, Matt held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of the company.

Until June 2011, Echo Entertainment Group was part of Tabcorp Holdings, Australia’s premier diversified gambling company. In November 2015, the company changed its name to The Star Entertainment Group.

Matt joined Tabcorp in early 2006 as Chief Financial Officer after holding various roles with McKinsey and Company for 14 years, where he focused on building a substantial practice in both post-merger management and financial services, working across four continents.

Pru Bennett

Chairman, National Foundation for Australia China Relations & Partner, Brunswick Group, Partner, Brunswick Group

Pru is chairman of the National Foundation For Australia China Relations, is a director of Global Compact Network Australia, a member of the Council for the Asian Corporate Governance Association and Advisory Council for Hong Kong based investment management firm, Oasis Capital. Pru is a partner of Brunswick Group assisting Australian and Asian corporate clients on issues such relating to stakeholder management, ESG strategies and stakeholder communications. Pru is a Senior Advisor to Sydney based Morrow Sodali.

Until January 2019, Pru Bennett was a Managing Director at BlackRock and Head of BlackRock's Investment Stewardship team for the APAC Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru led a team that responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. In 2018 Pru received the Asia Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance. 

Ann Bowering

CEO, Issuer Services Australia & New Zealand, 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.

Macinley Butson

Scientist and Inventor

Macinley Butson is one of Australia’s foremost young inventors who devotes herself to improving the world through STEM and, being an inspirational voice to youth and industry urging them to work towards solutions for global challenges by asking big questions. Macinley is an international award-winning inventor, being the first Australian to place 1st at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Translational Medicine and, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize presented by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Recognised as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, she is a sought after speaker for students and corporate audiences alike, providing a unique and fresh perspective by asking thought proving questions and challenging current perceptions by forging new paths.

The past couple of years have been especially significant for Macinley, being recognised as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, InStyle 2019 Woman of Style and Next-Gen Award, 2019 Marie Claire Glass Ceiling Awards Future Shaper, 2019 Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Innovation and Technology Recipient and placed in the 2018 Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Jillian Broadbent AC

Non-executive Director, Macquarie Group Limited

Ms Broadbent has had a career across the Australian business, public and arts sectors. She serves on the board of Macquarie Group Limited and has recently completed an 11 year term as Chancellor of the University of Wollongong and 9 years on the Board of Woolworths Limited. She was 15 years on the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and has served as Chair of the board of Swiss Re Life and Health Australia Limited, and as a director on the boards of ASX Limited, Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS), Qantas Airways Limited, Westfield Property Trusts, Woodside Petroleum Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited.

She maintains an active interest in the arts, is a director of the Sydney Dance Company, and been a member of the boards of Sydney Theatre Company, NIDA, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Art Gallery of NSW.

In 2019 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contribution to corporate, financial, clean energy and cultural organisations, to higher education and to women in business.

Jason Brown

National Security Director, Thales

Jason Brown is the National Security Director for Thales in Australia and New Zealand. He is responsible
for international trade and security liaison with government, law enforcement and intelligence communities
to develop cooperative arrangements to minimise risk to Thales and those in the community that it
supports. He is also responsible to ensure compliance with international and Commonwealth
requirements for trade control, national security and relevant federal and state laws.

Before joining Thales in 2004 Jason had 27 years experience in Commonwealth Government with
appointments which include, Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation,
Assistant Secretary - Defence Security, and appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio
in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations,

He has served on a number of senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private
Institutions. He is currently Chair of the Security Professionals Australasia, Chair of Australian
Standards Committee (MB25) for Security and Resilience, Chair of the International Standards
Committee for Risk Management (ISO TC262) and Member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute
of Strategic risk Management
 

Bill Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Aurecon

Bill is Chief Executive Officer of Aurecon.

Aurecon operates in 10 countries across the Asia Pacific and the Middle East, with a team of over 5,500 engineers, scientists and advisors and a net annual revenue of approximately A$1.0 billion.

Prior to becoming CEO in February 2019, Bill was eight years in the role of Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, and has held senior operational positions within Aurecon throughout his over 30 years with the company. Bill’s engineering expertise has been focused on major transport infrastructure projects which he has been involved in across the Asia Pacific and the United Kingdom.

Bill is a member of the Aurecon Group Board and is Chair of the Global Health and Safety Committee. He also sits on the University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Engineering and IT Industry Advisory Board.

Bill is passionate about equality and diversity in all forms and is a member of the Male Champions of Change Science, Technology, Engineers and Maths (STEM) group.

Bill was recognised by Engineers Australia as one of the Top 100 most influential engineers in 2015 and was appointed as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2019. 

David Crosbie

Chief Executive Officer, Community Council for Australia

David Crosbie is CEO of the Community Council for Australia. He has spent more than 20 years as CEO of significant charities including eight years in his current role at CCA, four years as CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, seven years as CEO of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia, and seven years as CEO of Odyssey House Victoria. In addition to the work he leads at the Community Council for Australia, David served on the inaugural Advisory Board of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission (ACNC), the Advisory Board of Impact Investing Australia, the Board of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (among others). He is a respected leader and advocate on issues affecting the contribution, performance and viability of NFPs in political, public, business and sector circles. David is passionate about CCA’s mission to build flourishing communities by enhancing the extraordinary work undertaken by the charities and not for profit sector in Australia.

Greg Dickason

Managing Director, LexisNexis Pacific

Greg leads LexisNexis’ businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands with a focus on helping customers in the Pacific region advance the practice of law through innovative information, technology and analytics solutions.

Greg brings to LexisNexis Pacific a combined twenty years of professional experience in technology, solutions and product operations, with a strong focus on product development, strategy and operational initiatives. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Greg was the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product & Solutions at CoreLogic RP Data and has previously held senior management positions at Virgin Mobile UK and Unisys.

Greg is also a contributor to the Australian Financial Review and other industry news websites. He is passionate about thinking outside the box to achieve strategy efficacy and innovate better through use of technology and data.

Saul Eslake

Vice Chancellor's Fellow, University of Tasmania

Saul Eslake worked as an economist in the Australian financial markets for more than 25 years, including as Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities (a stockbroking firm) in the late 1980s, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management in the early 1990s, as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) from 1995 to 2009, and as Chief Economist (Australia & New Zealand) for Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2011 until June 2015. In between these last two positions he was Director of the Productivity Growth program at the then newly-established Grattan Institute, a ‘think tank’.

In July 2015 Saul started up his own economics consultancy business, operating out of Hobart, and in April 2016 took up a part-time position as a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Tasmania.
Saul is a member of the Australian Parliamentary Budget Office’s Advisory Panel; the Australian Taxation Office’s ‘Tax Gap’ Advisory Panel; and is on the Advisory Board of Jamieson Coote Bonds, a Melbourne-based specialist bond investment manager. He also chairs the CSIRO’s Decadal Climate Forecasting Advisory Board.

Saul is a non-executive director of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, which is responsible for the redevelopment of a large parcel of land adjoining Hobart’s iconic waterfront. He was previously on the Board of Hydro Tasmania, Tasmania’s state-owned electricity generation business, from March 2008 until September 2018.

Saul has a first class honours degree in Economics from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. In December 2012 he was awarded an Honorary LLD degree by the University of Tasmania. He has also completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business in New York.

Rachael Falk

Chief Executive Officer, Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC)

Rachael Falk is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC).

Ms Falk comes to the Cyber CRC with a strong commercial and cyber security background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in leading law firms in Australia and the UK and also in-house at Telstra Corporation Limited. Ms Falk became Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently she has been a cyber security consultant. She is a published author as well as the co-creator of the ‘Five Knows of Cyber Security’. Ms Falk is a regular commentator on topical cyber security issues in Australia.

Gail D Fosler

President, The GailFosler Group LLC

Gail D. Fosler is President, The GailFosler Group LLC, a strategic advisory service for global business leaders and public policy makers. Fosler is former President and Trustee of The Conference Board. During her 20-year career at The Conference Board, Fosler held a number of leadership roles dedicated to expanding the organization’s intellectual capacity and global presence, including Executive Vice President and Chief Economist. She was twice named America's most accurate economic forecaster by The Wall Street Journal. Fosler has served on several corporate boards as well as on several special commissions and advisory boards. She is currently a member of the Board of OurBrainBank, a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing treatments and outcomes for glioblastoma (GBM). Prior to The Conference Board, Fosler served as Deputy Staff Director and Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. University Affiliation: University of Southern California (BA Economics); NYU (MBA). Spouse: R. Scott Fosler

Minali Gamage

Manager Risk & Assurance, Fortescue

Minali is a governance professional with 15 years of experience in risk management, specialising in enterprise and project risk, internal audit, process improvement, business continuity and project management. Having worked with leading organisations across a range of industries as a management consultant in her 9+ years at EY, her balance of business and IT knowledge saw her provide insights and pragmatic recommendations to her clients. Subsequent in-house roles in the risk and internal audit functions of Horizon Power, Western Power, and currently Fortescue as the Manager Risk & Assurance have enabled her to broaden her knowledge of business processes, risks and controls in order to provide valuable risk and assurance services from operational staff to senior leadership teams and Boards. In maturing enterprise risk management, resilience and assurance at Fortescue, she educates, empowers and facilitates others to make decisions using risk thinking, tools and techniques.

Belinda Gibson FGIA

Non-executive Director, Citigroup, Ausgrid and Brisbane Airport Corporation

Belinda Gibson is a Non-executive Director and strategic business advisor, with current roles on the boards of Citigroup, Ausgrid and Brisbane Airport Corporation. She brings a unique perspective on governance issues that comes from working both for companies operating in highly regulated sectors and as a commissioner and then deputy chairman of ASIC. An M&A lawyer by profession, she was a Partner of (what is now) King and Wood Mallesons for 20 years.

She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute, an AICD Fellow and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Jennifer Hewett

National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

Jennifer Hewett is the National Affairs Columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Australia’s national financial and political paper.  She writes a daily column for page two of the paper focussed on business and political issues. Jennifer has been a journalist for more than three decades, working in Canberra, Sydney and the US for major Australian papers owned by News and Fairfax. She also appears regularly on TV and radio. .  

Raymond Ingrey

Deputy Chair, La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council

Ray Ingrey is a Dharawal person from the La Perouse Aboriginal community. Ray has a number of leadership roles within his community, including Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and Chairman of the Gujaga Foundation.

Ray believes it’s important “our young ones grow up with a solid cultural foundation and become strong with who they are and where they belong” which will put them on the right path in achieving any goal they set in the future.

Adriaan Van Jaarsveldt

Senior Advisor, Risk, Brookfield Infrastructure, Sydney

Adriaan was the Senior Vice President Risk for Brookfield Infrastructure’s Asia Pacific operations from 2006 until April 2020. He is now Senior Advisor, Risk. As head of risk for Brookfield Infrastructure in Asia Pacific, Adriaan helped to oversee a diverse portfolio of infrastructure assets, including Australian container terminals, coal export facilities, a freight rail network, as well as Indian toll roads, gas pipelines and cell phone towers. He is also part of a business development team, which has successfully completed acquisitions of over AU$24 billion in the region over the last five years. 

Adriaan provides leadership in Brookfield’s portfolio management team in corporate governance, risk management, health and safety, anti-bribery and corruption and cyber security. He also has a specialisation in economic, access and competition regulation and has obtained successful outcomes for the company in numerous regulatory reviews. 

Adriaan has served on several company boards, including Australian and New Zealand energy and water utilities, a South African insurance group, a UK travel start-up and a university advisory board
Prior to joining Brookfield in 2006, Adriaan worked as an independent consultant with his own firm PEMLAN and for KPMG in Australia and the United Kingdom. As a consultant he provides strategic, governance, risk management, regulatory, and financial advice, on a wide range of projects and transactions. He has worked on projects in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, Asia and Africa.
Adriaan is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Ronni Kahn AO

CEO & Founder, Ozharvest

Driven by a determination to find purpose in her life, the simple act of rescuing good food and delivering it to people in need quickly caught on, and in 2004 OzHarvest was born.

Ronni Kahn is renowned for her boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm and not taking no for an answer! She has grown OzHarvest from humble beginnings to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, including changing the law to allow food to be donated without fear of liability. Her journey became the feature of an independent film Food Fighter and she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia.

Fiona Last FGIA

Company Secretary, Transurban

Fiona joined Transurban in January 2020. She is an experienced Company Secretary and governance professional with over 20 years’ experience working in Australian listed companies. Prior to joining Transurban, Fiona was Company Secretary at Treasury Wine Estates.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor in Victoria and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

Lucienne Layton FGIA FCG

Chief Risk Officer, Crestone Wealth Management

Luciennce Layton is the Chief Risk Officer for Crestone Wealth Management. Lucienne is a seasoned General Counsel / Chief Risk & Compliance Officer with extensive experience in transformational activities, such as mergers and restructures. Her focus is on building high performing teams that deliver innovative, forward thinking, pragmatic solutions and creating business functions that deliver clear value to customers.

Her previous roles include Executive GM Corporate Services for Super Partners, Head of Risk and Compliance for BT Financial Group and Director Risk Transformation at Westpac Banking Corporation. She was Partner Risk Advisory at PwC and Director Compliance Advisory Practice at EY. Lucienne established the first professional accreditation program for compliance practitioners through the GRC Institute where she was President and Director.

Ming Long AM

NED, Chairman, AMP Capital Funds Management, Deputy Chair, Diversity Council

Ming Long AM is a non-executive director experience in a broad range of industries. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles with a track record of taking on challenging roles in volatile economic environments. She is the first Asian woman to lead an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia.

Ming led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change and chairs the 2017 National group, was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Fellow of Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. In 2020 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the financial and real estate sectors, and to diversity and inclusion.

Ming is the Chair of AMP Capital Funds Management Limited, is Deputy Chair of Diversity Council of Australia, a director of QBE Insurance (Auspac), CEDA, and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Joshua Hayward

Deputy Head – Internal Audit, EnergyAustralia

Josh has 15 years of experience in risk and governance roles across the financial services and energy sectors. As Deputy Head of Internal Audit, Josh is accountable to provide independent assurance on control effectiveness to the Board. This includes activities performed by ‘second-line’ risk teams. Prior to joining the energy industry in 2016, Josh was a leader in internal audit, compliance and risk management with ME Bank, having served as the Bank’s Chief Audit Executive, then as their Head of Compliance. He is a Chartered Accountant, and was previously a Non-Executive Director for the Port Melbourne Football Club.

Josh is passionate about the value good governance adds to an organisation, and is driven to seek innovative methods that improve audit, risk and compliance outputs, and increase their standing as support for decision-making.

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mirvac

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in August 2012 and a Director of Mirvac Board in November 2012.

Prior to this appointment, Susan was Managing Director at LaSalle Investment Management. Susan has also held senior executive positions at MGPA, Macquarie Group and Lend Lease Corporation, working in Australia, the US and Europe.

Susan is the Immediate Past President of the Property Council of Australia, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, a member of the NSW Public Service Commission Advisory Board, President of INSEAD Australasian Council and a member of the INSEAD Global Board. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney and an MBA (Distinction) from INSEAD (France).

Nathan Lynch

Asia-Pacific Manager, Regulatory Intelligence, Thomson Reuters

Nathan Lynch is an experienced writer, public speaker, manager and technology enthusiast in the field of financial regulation and risk management. At Thomson Reuters, Nathan leads a team of experts who provide breaking news, deep analysis and practical guidance to risk practitioners in the global financial services sector.

Nathan manages Thomson Reuters' award-winning Regulatory Intelligence team across the Asia-Pacific region, tracking developments in financial services law, regulation, financial crime and risk management.
Nathan has been involved in building innovative, tech-based businesses in the financial services "regtech" sector — including Complinet Australia and the Thomson Reuters Risk business.

Fergus (Gus) McLachlan AO

Executive General Manager of People, Boral Australia

Gus McLachlan commenced his career at the Royal Military College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1985. He completed his 37-year career with the Australian Army, retiring as a Major General in December 2018. 

On leaving the military, Gus McLachlan was appointed Adjunct Professor at Monash University where he advises on Defence research. He is a Director of the Williams Foundation, a National Security “Think Tank” and is on the Board of US and Australian Defence technology companies. 

Gus McLachlan has been responsible for generating Australian Defence capability in cyber space, electronic warfare and command and control systems. He completed two years as Head of Army Modernisation, during which time he worked closely with industry to commence a major recapitalisation of Army equipment and to network the systems of the Army. 

Gus McLachlan’s military career concluded after he led Land Forces Command where he was responsible for 35,000 women and men of the Army. He led a major structural transformation of the command in order to field new cyber and electronic warfare capacity.

In January of 2020 he commenced his current role as Head of People for Boral Australia.

Gus was made an Officer in the Order or Australia (AO) for his contribution to Army Modernisation.

Sue MacLeman FTSE

Chair, MTPConnect

Sue MacLeman has more than 30 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology executive having held senior roles in corporate, medical, commercial and business development. Sue has also served as CEO and Board member of several ASX and NASDAQ listed companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Sue is also appointed to several academic and government advisory committees including CSIRO Health and Biosecurity Advisory Committee, Prime Ministers Digital Expert Advisory Committee, DMTC Medical Countermeasures and various COVID19 taskforces.

Sue is currently the Chair of MTPConnect (Medical Technology and Pharmaceuticals Industry Innovation Growth Centre MTPII-GC Ltd) , Chair of Tali Digital Ltd (ASX:TD1), Anatara Lifesciences Ltd (ASX:ANR), Non-Executive Director at Palla Pharma Ltd (ASX:PAL), Oventus Medical Ltd (ASX:OVN) and veski. She is a Fellow and Chair Health Forum ATSE, Chair Policy Forum ATSE, Fellow ACPP and Fellow/Graduate of AICD.

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.

Maureen Therese McGrath

General Counsel, Compliance & Secretariat, Scentre Group

Maureen McGrath is General Counsel, Compliance & Secretariat, Scentre Group. She is also Company Secretary.

Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Maureen was General Counsel, Corporate & Compliance, Westfield Group.

Maureen is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and chairs the Legislation Review Committee of the Institute. She is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence from the University of New South Wales.

Jessica Mellor

Chief Operating Officer, The Star Gold Coast

Jessica Mellor is The Star Gold Coast’s youngest and first female Chief Operating Officer (COO), appointed to the position in June 2019. She was recently honoured as a winner in The Australian Financial Review’s 2020 BOSS Young Executives of the Year award.

As COO, Jessica oversees the operations of this iconic property including The Star Grand hotel, The Darling all-suites hotel, numerous award-winning restaurants and bars, a state-of-the-art theatre, Event Centre, and casino. At full capacity, her team of 2400 entertainers looks after an average of around 3.5 million people per year.

Jessica has worked across multiple sectors including infrastructure and property development, funds management, and corporate advisory; and recently completed an Executive MBA with QUT Business School.

Elysse Morgan

Elysse Morgan, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Elysse Morgan is the ABC's leading voice on business, finance and economics. The award winning journalist hosts Australia's most respected nightly business program The Business. Elysse is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the subject and regularly gives her time to schools and charities to help teach and inform people about finance. Elysse is also on the board of charities and Industry Super fund Media Super.

Megan Motto FGIA

Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive at Governance Institute, Megan 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, an MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Mukund Narayanamurti

Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation's mandate from the Australian Federal Government (Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne, to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia through the delivery of best in class capability development programs, applied research and market insights focused on Australia's engagement with Asia. Mukund built his experience at KPMG facilitating engagement between Australia and Asia in sectors including energy and resources, banking, agribusiness, education and information technology.
Mukund received his MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has also received a Master of International Tax from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Deakin University. He was awarded Deakin University's inaugural "Alumnus of the Year" award in 2011 and an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection in 2012.

Lyn Nicholson FGIA

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. 

Sharanjit Paddam

Head of ESG Risk, QBE Insurance Group

Sharanjit is Head of ESG Risk at QBE Insurance Group, where his responsibilities include reporting on climate-related risks & opportunities. He was previously an actuarial consultant to general insurers and banks in the UK and Australia, specialising in natural disasters and climate risk management, disclosure and strategy.

Sharanjit is co-chair of technical working group 3 – on Better Informed Decisions – of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. He leads the secretariat for the Climate Measurement Standards Initiative, is a member of the Actuaries Institute's Climate Change Working Group, the Investor Group on Climate Change’s Resilience and Adaptation Working Group, the Insurance Council of Australia’s Climate Change Action Committee, and a contributing author to the IPCC AR6 Working Group II Australasia.

Michael Priddis

CEO Faethm AI

Michael founded Faethm in 2016 to be the world’s data source for the Future of Work.

Faethm was established in Sydney in 2016, and launched its platform in late 2017. Since Faethm launched it has won Government, Investor, Educator and Enterprise clients in 21 industries in 24 countries, and opened offices in London, New York and San Francisco.

In February 2018 Faethm was one of the first companies globally to be invited to join the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution; recognition since then include The Australian Computer Society’s Gold Disrupter award and the UK Government’s Tech Rocketship award for AI.

Alongside leading Faethm Michael also serves on WEF’s Global AI Council. Before founding Faethm Michael was Partner and Asia Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group’s technology innovation practice, Digital Ventures. He was previously founder and CEO of S&C, an award-winning product development company that was acquired by BCG.

Charles Prouse

Social Diversity Supply Chain Manager, Lendlease

Charles is a Nyikina man from the Kimberley, Western Australia. He joined Lendlease in 2016, leading their Indigenous procurement program, Gymea. Since then, Lendlease has spent more than $180M with more than 130 Supply Nation suppliers. He is now coordinating the development of a new global supplier diversity strategy at Lendlease – incorporating the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia.

He has held the roles of CEO of Supply Nation and CEO of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy in Redfern. He has worked in the Kimberley Land Council and Native Title Services Victoria to promote Caring for Country programs and was involved in the early establishment of the national Indigenous Ranger network.

He sits on the boards of The Benevolent Society and The Aurora Education Project. In 2018, we graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – the first Indigenous Australian to do so. 

Tim Reed

President, Business Council of Australia

Tim is President of the Business Council of Australia, a role he assumed in 2019 having sat on the
BCA Board since 2017; and joint Managing Director of Potentia Capital, an Australian private equity
fund focused on investing in and growing local software businesses.

Prior to assuming these roles, Tim spent 12 years as CEO of MYOB - a leading provider of online
accounting, payroll and tax solutions to SMEs and their advisers. During Tim’s tenure MYOB was
regularly named as one of Australia’s most innovative companies, was awarded the prestigious
Canstar award for a best in category product, doubled team engagement, saw subscribers grow
eightfold and enterprise value sixfold.

In earlier years Tim’s career has spanned the markets of Asia, Europe and the USA, including eight
years in the fast-paced, technology market of Silicon Valley. During this time Tim was a Founding
Member of the Internet Advertising Bureau where, along with other internet pioneers, he wrote the
first set of advertising measurement standards for the web.

Edward Santow

Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Edward Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016. Ed leads the Commission’s work on technology and human rights; refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; freedom of expression; freedom of religion; and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT).  

Ed’s areas of expertise include human rights, public law and discrimination law. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and serves on a number of boards and committees.  

In 2009, Ed was presented with an Australian Leadership Award, and in 2017, he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

From 2010-2016, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education. 

Ed was previously a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law School, a research director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a solicitor in private practice. 

Mark Salomon

Controls Project Manager, Growthpoint Properties

Mark Salomon is a Risk Management professional with close to 20 years’ experience across risk management, resilience, governance and internal controls assessment in various sectors including financial services, telecommunications, media and retail. He has held both first- and second-line roles and has an innate understanding not only of the theoretical requirements, but also how to practically and pragmatically implement risk management practices across various corporate cultures. Mark has also provided consulting advice on implementing risk management frameworks to various international organisations in the telecommunications, media and finance sectors.

Mark holds tertiary qualifications in Accounting, Economics and Banking & Finance and is an Accredited Trainer for The Global Institute for Risk Management Standards.

Christoph Strizik

Chief Information Security Officer, Origin Energy

Christoph is an experienced leader with a proven track record for building and transforming Security and Risk management capabilities for large and complex organisations. This includes all aspects of Security such as Cyber (Information, IT, OT, IoT) as well as people and physical security. Christoph has worked for top tier technology, financial services, energy, and consulting organisations in APAC, Europe and the US. He currently works as CISO / CSO for Origin Energy in Australia where he has built a diverse, inclusive and highly engaged team.

Christoph believes that digitisation and moving to the cloud represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for businesses to transform, but also to uplift security culture and capability as part of this process. This shift is needed to equip organisations with the mindset and skills to leverage new technologies such as AI safely and meet ever-increasing stakeholder expectations.

Christoph represents the energy industry and Origin in cyber discussions and panels with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and other industry and regulatory forums.

David Tattam

Director of Research and Training, Protecht

David is the Director of Research and Training at The Protecht Group. He is a renowned risk management expert, practitioner, trainer and presenter who has trained more than 20,000 risk and compliance professionals, company directors, senior managers and frontline staff globally over the past 25 years. During more than three decades of risk management experience, he has been Chief Risk Officer and Head of Operations at two Global Banks, spent over 10 years with the “Big 4” audit firms and the last 19 years building Protecht’s current ERM system offerings, advisory and training capabilities and working with clients across a wide range of industry groups globally

Professor Jon Whittle

Director, CSIRO’s Data/61

Jon Whittle is Director of CSIRO's Data61, the digital and data science arm of Australia's national science agency. With around 1000 staff and affiliates, Data61 is one of the largest collections of R&D expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science in the world. Data61 partners with over 200 industry and government organisations, over 30 Universities, and works across vertical sectors in manufacturing, health, agriculture, and the environment. Prior to joining Data61, Jon was Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, the largest university in Australia. He was named CEO Magazine's 2019 Education Executive of the Year. Jon is also a former Technical Area Lead at NASA, where he worked on software for NASA space missions. Jon is passionate about the role digital technologies can play in society. He has a world-leading reputation on how to adapt software development methods to fully take into account human values and ethics, so that we build software for a society we want rather than one we get by accident.

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.

Athalie Williams

Chief People Officer, BHP

Athalie Williams is the Chief People Officer (CPO) for BHP and a member of the Executive Leadership Team. As CPO Athalie is responsible for delivering innovative people and culture strategies, programs and policies to support the employment and development of BHP’s employees globally and ensuring the company has the right people and capabilities to deliver its strategy. A key part of Athalie’s mandate is leading the organisation in its quest for greater diversity.

Athalie’s previous roles in BHP include Vice President of Human Resources for the Uranium business based in Adelaide, followed by BHP’s Global Marketing function based in Singapore, which included responsibility for BHP’s China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore locations and the delivery of HR solutions and services to employees in 17 locations globally.

Prior to BHP, Athalie spent 14 years leading complex business transformation and change programs in Australia and Asia as an Organisation Strategy consultant with Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting). In 2005 Athalie joined National Australia Bank where she was General Manager of Cultural Transformation in the Office of the CEO.

Athalie is a Director of the BHP Foundation, a member of Chief Executive Women, a member of the Business Council of Australia’s ‘Skills, Education and Flexibility Committee’ and a member of the Australian Government Department of Defence’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel. Athalie is also a member of the Employers’ Board of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College London.

Jody Wright

Executive Director, DrugARM

Jody Wright is the Executive Director of the Drug Awareness & Relief Foundation (Australia) and CEO of its subsidiaries Drug ARM and the Mental Health Association Queensland. Ms Wright has worked for the organisation for over 10 years but brings 20 years’ experience in frontline, development and management roles. Jody holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree and is passionate about the work of the sector. She is currently a Director on the Queensland Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies, sits on the executive of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol and the Queensland Coalition for Action on Alcohol, and is an active member of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

Chui Yong

Head of Data Science and Information Management, Australian Federal Police

Chui now leads the AFP's Data Science and Information Management practice, having previously concurrently served as the AFP’s Chief Information Security Officer and head of protective security. Prior to these appointments, she ran the Commonwealth government's cyber security prevention program as an Assistant Director-General at the Australian Cyber Security Centre where amongst other duties, she led the production of assessments on technology vulnerabilities, delivered risk assessments on national critical infrastructure, ran the Commonwealth government’s red ‘testing’ teams and led a re-shaping of the Government’s Information Security Manual.

Chui began her technology career as a security engineer at Dimension Data in Sydney before moving to provide management consulting services at KPMG. In April 2018, she returned to the AFP to continue her association with law enforcement which began 20 years earlier as a Federal Agent. She has served as a general service officer in the Australian Army and is the proud recipient of a Defence Service Medal. In 2019, Chui was awarded Women in ICT’s WICked Woman of the Year.

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