Risk Australia 2020

Asia Risk is delighted to present our 14th annual Risk Australia conference, the leading incubator for risk practitioners and investment professionals to share best practices in financial risk management in the region.

Risk Australia in-person conference

October 21, 2020

Risk Australia In-person will take place on October 21 in Sydney. This year's event will provide a deep-dive on topics including Basel IV, Ibor reform, AML challenges, emerging risk post-Covid, and many more.

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Risk Australia virtual conference

October 28-29, 2020

Access exclusive content in the form of panels, Q&A sessions, expert presentations and case studies at Risk Australia Virtual. The virtual event will be hosted on an interactive online platform, allowing registrants to watch sessions, ask questions, interact with other participants, download relevant content and more. 

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Risk Australia 2020

Risk Australia returns for the 15th year to give you the information you need to cope with a period of radical change in risk and investment management in the Australian market. 

For the first time in its 15 year history, Risk Australia will be delivered both in-person and virtually, allowing for participation from those that can't travel to the in-person event and bringing even greater promotion for our sponsors. 


Cathie Armour



Cathie Armour is one of theCommissionersof the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC").

ASIC isAustralia's integrated corporate, financial markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.

Cathie chairsASIC's Regulatory IssuesCommitteewhich focuses on ASIC’s supervisory functions. Cathie also works closely with the ASIC teamsregulating market infrastructure,market surveillance, supervision of market intermediariesand the enforcement of laws relating tomarket integrityand with ASIC’s Innovation Hub.

Cathie's experience before ASIC wasin legal counsel, compliance and operating riskleadership roles in international financial institutions. She was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an ExecutiveDirector of Macquarie Group. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York.

Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.

Navin Desor

Deputy General Counsel, Regional Head of Legal, Global Markets, Asia Pacific


Navin Desor is the Asia-Pacific head of Global Markets Legal for HSBC since 2015. Prior to working at HSBC, he worked for over 10 years at Linklaters (both in London and Hong Kong) specialising in OTC derivatives, credit derivatives and equity finance transactions. He was the lead associate advising KPMG on the close-out of derivatives positions in the liquidation of Lehman Brothers Commercial Corporation Asia Limited and worked on a number of corporate transactions involving the transfer of structured products. He has spoken at several industry conferences on derivatives master agreements and collateral documentation, margin requirements for non-cleared derivatives, impact of Brexit and netting.

Mr. Desor graduated in law from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1998 and received his postgraduate law degree from the University of Virginia in 1999.


Antoine Delterme

Chief Risk Officer

UBS Australia and New Zealand

Bill Evans

Chief Economist

Westpac Banking Corporation

William (Bill) H. Evans is a graduate of Sydney University (BEc. Hons I and University Medal) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc.), where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He has worked as a Research Manager for the Reserve Bank of Australia, Treasurer at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and prior to joining Westpac in 1991, was Director and Head of Financial Markets at Schroders Australia Limited for 8 years.

Bill joined Westpac in 1991 in the position of Chief Economist and Head of Research. During his time at Westpac he has also spent 2 years in New Zealand as Head of the Institutional Bank with responsibility for Westpac’s corporate and financial markets businesses.

He is currently Managing Director Economics. He is the Bank’s economic spokesman and is responsible for all of the Bank’s economic research. Bill travels frequently, advising Westpac’s customers on the Australian economy and financial markets. He has developed many important contacts in the U.S, Europe and Asia.

Bill was Chairman of the Australian Business Economists for eight years and is now a life member.

Andrew Fisher

Head of Asset Allocation


Andrew joined Sunsuper in 2010 and is responsible for managing investment strategy and asset allocation. Andrew has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Australia.

Greg Kaspar

Executive Director


Greg Kaspar is an Executive Director in the Chief Investment Office, Group Treasury at Westpac, which is responsible for managing the risks inherent on the bank’s balance sheet. Greg leads a team responsible for regulatory and market change, collateral and xVA. Greg has been leading the Treasury response to IBOR reform at Westpac, encompassing issuance, derivatives and lending products, bringing an organisation wide perspective to the project.

Prior to joining Westpac in 2012, Greg spent 10 years on the sell side at Deutsche Bank in London and Sydney trading a variety of rates products. With a focus on non-linear products and cross currency swaps during the GFC, successfully navigating this period proved invaluable preparation for structural market change, and its impact on markets and organisations.

Chris Linde

Chief Compliance Officer & Executive Conduct Risk


David Love

General Counsel & International Adviser

Australian Financial Markets Association

Vasyl Nair

Deputy CEO and Chief risk officer

Mine Superannuation Fund

Vasyl Nair is the Chief Risk Officer of Mine Super and is responsible for its risk, compliance and legal functions (prior to this, Vasyl was employed with Mine Super in the role of Chief Strategy Officer). Vasyl has a background in law and corporate finance, having also held roles across operations, strategy, marketing and risk related functions at some of Australia’s largest financial services institutions (including Westpac Banking Corporation and the Commonwealth Bank). Vasyl holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hon), Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and an Executive Master of Business Administration. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of NSW as a solicitor, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has achieved a Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley.

Mine Superannuation Fund (Mine Super) is a profit to members, public offer super fund dedicated to serving the retirement needs of all Australians. Its enduring purpose is to deliver an exceptional retirement for members which achieves peace of mind along the way. Mine Super employs 200 staff and manages over $11 billion in funds for approximately 65,000 members. In addition to superannuation and pension products, Mine Super offers its members insurance and access to financial advice.

David Nichols

Co-founder and General Counsel (former Chief Risk Officer)

Xinja Bank

David is a Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Compliance and Legal professional with extensive experience in financial services & banking reporting to the CEO. With diverse exposure to a broad spectrum of customers (from retail, to business, institutional and government), across an array of financial products & services (including lending, deposits, cards, advice, securities, Managed Investment Schemes and everything in between), via a smorgasbord of material risk categories (operational & compliance, financial crimes legal, strategy, technology related, credit, capital & liquidity focussed) and having worked in a variety of organisations (from the biggest bank in Australia, the mutual banking sector, starting a fintech company and commencing his career in corporate law firms) - David prides himself on being a strategic business enabler with razor sharp commercial acumen and genuine customer centricity.

Campbell Nicoll

Chief risk officer

Regional Australia Bank

Campbell Nicoll is the chief risk officer at Regional Australia Bank, having over 15 years of experience in both credit risk management and operational risk management. Campbell brings a balanced approach to risk management given his background in both risk management and corporate banking. Prior to his role at Regional Australia Bank, Campbell's roles within the financial sector includes general manager positions at ASB Bank (New Zealand) and the CRO role at the Bank of South Pacific (Fiji).

Matthew Peter

Chief Economist


Matthew is Chief Economist for QIC, one of Australia’s largest institutional funds managers, where he oversees global economic forecasting and research.

Matthew previously worked with fund manager TGM, where he headed the economic and financial-market forecasting team.

Prior to joining TGM, Matthew was Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. Here, he led the development of a regional model of the Australian economy. This model is widely used by Federal and State Government agencies and by most large consultancy firms.

Matthew and his team are among Australia’s top forecasters as ranked by Bloomberg. He is president of the Queensland Economic and Finance Council. Matthew is also an American Chamber of Commerce Governor and CEDA trustee Matthew is a frequent commentator in the press and at industry forums and has 20 years of economic modelling experience in both industry and academia.

Matthew holds a PhD in economics from Monash University.

Tony Woods

Chief Risk Officer

MaxCap Group

Tony is the Chief Risk Officer of MaxCap Group, one of Australia's fastest growing Real Estate Debt and Investment Groups. In this role he leads the risk, legal, compliance, technical and reporting functions of the group.

Prior to joining MaxCap, Tony spent extended periods working for ANZ and NAB and ran his own risk consultancy advising, guiding and reviewing banks, corporations and individuals/boards on key risk areas and processes.

Tony has over 30 years banking experience in senior executive/ general management roles, designing, establishing and leading global risk and credit functions across all major divisions. He has used his risk and relationship skills to provide a range of industry leading risk services and solutions to the bank boards, group executives, risk and business heads and external regulators across the globe.

Tony possesses a comprehensive understanding of Australian and International financial and business markets, and global risk and operating practices. He has led credit decisioning teams across all major business areas and held the highest personal lending authority available. He also built and led group oversight, monitoring and testing functions which had responsibility for review of all risks globally and worked directly with bank regulators providing innovative solutions to complex problems and potential issues in a number of geographies.

Alison Telfer

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel & Head of Public Policy


Alison Telfer, Managing Director is Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel & Head of Public Policy for BlackRock Australasia. Alison is also a member of the BlackRock Australian Board and Steering Committee. Alison holds seats on the strategy, product development, funds oversight and risk and controls committees. Alison is the executive sponsor for the Australian branch of BlackRock’s Womens’ Initiative and philanthropic committee.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Ms Telfer held various senior positions over more than 9 years with Challenger Financial Services, initially in the position of senior legal counsel and later as Director, Specialised Product. In this latter role Ms Telfer was responsible for co-investment for the annuity balance sheet across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and real estate. Prior to joining Challenger Financial Services, Ms Telfer held the position of Senior Associate with Blake Dawson Waldron and prior to that, Mallesons Stephen Jaques specialising in asset management, tax and intellectual property law.

Ms Telfer holds a BA (communications)/LLB from Macquarie University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.


Brian Parker

Chief Economist


Brian joined Sunsuper in June 2015. Prior to joining Sunsuper, Brian worked in a series of economics, portfolio management, and communications roles with a range of firms, including Rothschild, JP Morgan, Citigroup, MLC, and the Reserve Bank of Australia, in a career spanning over 29 years.
Brian has an honours degree in economics from the University of Queensland, where he also taught macroeconomics, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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