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 2021
Risk Australia returns for the 16th 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 second time in its 16 year history, Risk Australia will be delivered in a virtual setting, allowing for participation from those that can't travel, broadcasting expert sessions and promoting online delegate networking.
Head of Investment Risk and Compliance
Theo provides strategic direction for global risk management programs in the investment management group (IMG) through design, governance of operational risk management strategies and is responsible for the leadership and oversight of the IMG operational risk function across multiple disciplines for Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining Vanguard in November 2011, Theo's held the role of head of risk at ANZ Private Wealth. Theo has extensive experience within operational risk, regulatory compliance and credit risk across mortgage lending, insurance, asset finance, asset management, margin lending and stockbroking with the ANZ Banking Group.
Theo holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) degree from Monash University.
Group Chief Executive 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.
Chief Investment Officer
Henrik is the co-founder and CIO of Apollo Capital, Australia’s premier crypto fund. Henrik has over 17 years of experience in global financial markets, with almost a decade on Wall Street. Henrik has extensive experience across three continents as a quantitative analyst, senior research analyst and in institutional equity sales. Henrik holds a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and a Master of Science in business administration and economics from Stockholm University. He is a CFA charterholder.
Head of Multi Asset
Michael has over 20 years’ investment management and consulting experience and joined BTIM from First State Super, where he was Head of Investment Strategy since January 2014. In this role, Michael was responsible for the establishment of an active asset allocation process and led the Fund’s Investment Strategy Team. Prior to this appointment, Michael was Head of Diversified Strategies at Perpetual for over five years, with portfolio management responsibilities for the manager’s range of diversified funds. Michael’s prior experience includes over 10 years in consulting roles at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and NSP Buck.
Head of Investment Strategy
Damian commenced with QSuper in July 2009. As Head of Investment Strategy his responsibilities include guiding Asset Allocation as well as managing Investment Risk and Strategy.
Driven by processes developed by Damian and his team, QSuper has been an industry leader in Dynamic Asset Allocation and developing risk balanced portfolios, delivering top tier returns with risk around 25% lower than other high returning funds.
Previously Damian was Head of the Portfolio Design team in QIC’s Investment Strategy team where he focused on design for QIC’s core clients - QSuper and Queensland Treasury.
Damian commenced his career as a Chemical Engineer and worked in industry for 5 years. During this time he completed a Graduate Diploma of Accounting, and is now a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).
Other financial experience includes roles with Macquarie Bank, CBA Institutional Banking, and Credit Suisse Financial Products.
He has written an easy reading book explaining investing and the global economic issues of the day, Kitchen Table Economics & Investing, released by University of Queensland Press in January 2013. To find out more about Damian visit his website www.barenakedeconomist.com
Manager of Exposure Management
Head of Investment Risk & Execution Oversight
Chief Risk Officer
Donovan leads the Risk and Compliance team for Westpac’s insurance entities, including Life Insurance, General Insurance, and Lenders Mortgage Insurance. He is responsible for overseeing all risks faced by these entities, both financial and non-financial. A big part of Donovan’s role is working with key stakeholders, including the Board and regulators, in making sense of the risks faced by these entities in increasingly “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) times. Donovan previously led risk and compliance teams at the Commonwealth Bank, and his career spans a variety of roles in superannuation, banking, and regulation.
Sangeeta Venkatesan is the Chairman of FairVine Super, a superannuation fund designed for women, and CEO and Co-founder of Applegrove Capital, a capital advisory firm focused on sustainable investment including renewable energy, healthcare and agriculture. She is a highly sought-after speaker, media commentator, judge for awards functions and thought leader across banking and finance, superannuation, fin-tech, sustainable investing and gender equality. She is no stranger to breaking through the glass ceiling. Thus far she is the only female who has been the CEO of a stockbroking firm (APP Securities) in Australia. She also serves as a Board Member of Women in Banking and Finance, and Treasurer of Australia-India Business Council NSW. Having worked in the banking and finance sector for more than 23 years, Sangeeta’s experience spans several continents including London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, at some of the most prominent and globally recognised firms, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers/ Nomura, KPMG, and The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (‘CBA’). Whist at CBA Sangeeta represented the bank at various government led Australia-China financial collaboration dialogues and co-authored a book titled “The Renminbi – from the Peoples’ Money to a Global Currency” focusing on the evolving Chinese economy and financial liberalisation, and opportunities for both Australian and Chinese companies that trade or invest across the corridor. She played a significant role in integrating the erstwhile Lehman Bothers’ business into Nomura and represented the firm at The International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) Credit Derivatives Committee and Association for Financial Markets in Europe’s (AFME) Credit Board. Sangeeta won the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award at Money Management and Super Review’s Women in Financial Services Awards 2019.
Chief Risk Officer
ClearView appointed Orla Cowan as Chief Risk Officer in September 2019.
Orla’s experience spans 20 years across notable financial institutions like BlackRock Australia, Challenger Financial Services Group , Zurich Capital Markets and most recently, ANZ Global Wealth, where she spent five years as Head of CIO Governance. At ANZ her responsibilities included the development, implementation and monitoring of the CIO operational risk and compliance plan, and fiduciary reporting to the Board. Prior to ANZ she spent four years at BlackRock as Director – Country Head of Compliance where optimising cross-functional abilities was a key focus. Taken together, her experience ensures a proven track record in risk management, compliance and governance.
Chief Risk Officer
David was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (as well as the High Court of Australia) in 1998.
David previously worked in the corporate and financial services divisions of Clayton Utz in Sydney, and Linklaters in London and Tokyo, followed by four years in the Financial Services Group of Macquarie Bank in Sydney.
Head of Risk and Compliance
National Australia Bank
With over a decade of international risk management and regulatory compliance experience, Gloria is a risk management evangelist who believes having inclusive and diverse leadership is the cornerstone for effective risk management, innovation and good corporate governance. Being a citizen of the world, Gloria is a bridge builder in her personal and professional life, bringing curiosity, integrity, and intelligence to her numerous ventures.
Before moving to Australia with NAB, she held various advisory and management positions with Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s Compliance Committee, NAB Asia, JP Morgan Chase, Santander and China Merchants Bank. Gloria obtained her law degree from the University of Hong Kong and is a certified professional practitioner and fellow member of the International Compliance Association.
Gloria is privileged to serve in NAB’s Cultural Inclusion Committee which drives strategic initiatives to harness the power of cultural inclusion in leadership roles. Also serving as a member of the Women in Banking and Finance Vic Leadership Committee, Gloria targets to grow the talent pipeline of professional women and develops initiatives to amplify the voice of women of all backgrounds.
Head of Risk Strategies and Research
Kirsten Wymer is Head of Risk Strategies and Research at BT Investment Solutions (BTIS), specialising in risk allocation, member analysis and asset allocation modelling techniques for multi-asset portfolios. Kirsten is a published author with papers appearing in 'The Journal of Retirement' among others. Prior to joining BTIS, she spent 15 years as a sell-side derivatives trader and quantitative researcher in a career spanning electricity, rates and equities asset classes.
In addition to quantitative research and modelling for BTIS, Kirsten’s team also manages 10bln in cash and fixed income on behalf of BT – part of the Westpac Group.
Head of Risk Management
Westpac Institutional Bank
Manish Jayswal is the Head of Risk at Westpac Banking Corporation. Currently at Westpac, Manish is responsible for the oversight of consumer risk portfolio Insights across both financial and non-financial risk. In prior roles at Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Manish has spent extensive time in the area of Credit Risk (Institutional and Retail), Balance Sheet Management, Treasury and Capital Allocation.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Manish has held several global senior risk management roles, notably with Fannie Mae in Washington DC during the peak of Global Financial Crisis, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and GE Capital. Over this time Manish designed and implemented several risk management frameworks such as Risk Appetite, Early Warning, Economic Capital framework, Stress Testing, Loss Allowance Modelling, Home Price Forecasting to name few. Manish is passionate about the role risk management play in decision making under uncertainty and creating shareholder value whilst managing community expectations.
Manish holds Bachelor in Commerce (Hons), Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Masters in Risk Management and is also a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Chief Risk Officer
ING Bank Australia
Patrick Roesink is Chief Risk Officer at ING in Australia, appointed July 2020.
Patrick is an experienced risk manager and banking professional. He has more than 25 years' senior management and risk experience within ING across Europe and Asia. His previous role was Chief Risk Officer at ING in Poland.
Patrick is passionate about innovation, new technologies, transformation and self-improvement.
Patrick has a deep knowledge of credit risk management both corporate and retail, structuring corporate lending transactions and derivatives and a firm background in market risk management and operational risk management.
Patrick finished his Masters in Business of the Financial Sector at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. He holds certificates from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford in the areas of Fintech and Blockchain.
Chief Risk Officer
Chief Risk Officer
UBS Australia and New Zealand
Antoine is the Head of Market Risk for UBS Australia and New Zealand since 2016 and was appointed Chief Risk Officer in 2019.
Prior to joining UBS, Antoine held numerous senior risk and trader roles across the APAC region, specializing in equity derivatives trading.
Antoine has over 20 years of risk and trading management experience in the financial services industry in Asia-Pacific markets.
Chief Risk Officer
Bank of Queensland
Adam McAnalen was appointed Chief Risk Officer of BOQ in June 2019. Prior to his appointment as Chief Risk Officer, Adam held a number of senior leadership roles across the Business and Retail Banking, Finance, Operations and Risk divisions of BOQ. His previous roles include CEO of BOQ Finance, CRO for BOQ Business, and General Manager Retail Credit where he led the Bank's retail credit risk strategy, scorecards, decisioning, collection and recovery operations. Before joining BOQ, Adam held a number of senior Commercial and Business Banking roles at Westpac Banking Corporation. Adam has been a member of the Bank's Executive Credit Committee since April 2016 and is a signatory of the Banking Finance Oath.
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.
The virtual event
Your booking for Risk Australia 2021 will give you access to all of the conference sessions, including panel discussions, presentations and interviews.
The virtual event also allows for delegate networking. Each registrant will have the opportunity to request meetings and chat with other participants.