Managing Director, Strategy, Financial Services
Ross is a Managing Director in Strategy within the Financial Services division and with specific focus on changes to market structure, regulation and new technology. Ross is a member of the global benchmark reform program at IHS Markit and is also Global Head of Term Risk Free Rates (TRFR).
Previously, Ross served as Head of Financial Markets APAC and was responsible for leading and growing the IHS Markit Financial Markets business across Asia-Pacific. Ross has an accounting and OTC derivatives background and has worked extensively on regulatory impact to develop innovative products to meet regulatory change. Ross has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry covering cash, derivatives and alternative assets markets across a variety of roles. Ross has worked in London, Singapore and currently based in Sydney and spent the last decade focusing on Asia-Pacific market development.
Macro Strategist, and Head of Macro Research
DEUTSCHE BANK AUSTRALIA/NZ
Tim Baker is Head of Australia/NZ Macro Research at Deutsche Bank, and is the G10 FX Strategist in the Asia-Pac region, with a focus on the Australian, NZ and Japanese currencies. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2007, Tim worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia, providing analysis of developments in global macro, wages and inflation, and various industries. Before entering the RBA's graduate program, Tim completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with first-class honours in economics.
Head of Asia Pacific
Kate Birchall is Head of Asia Pacific for LCH Ltd. In her role, she is responsible for LCH’s business in the region, including the CCP’s existing OTC derivatives clearing operations in Sydney and Tokyo.
Prior to joining LCH in October 2018, Kate was Head of Portfolio Optimisation and Collateral at National Australia Bank. She has also held senior roles in Structuring, Portfolio Management and Credit Research in Australia and London.
Kate holds an EMBA from the London Business School and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Queensland.
Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics
Michael is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of Economics at the Commonwealth Bank. His extensive experience as an economist reflects more than thirty years working in economic policy and financial-market-related areas.
Michael’s role encompasses monitoring, analysing and forecasting trends in the Australian economy and financial markets. In addition, he prepares a wide range of research material on matters of current interest. In his capacity as the CBA’s Chief Economist, he is a regular conference presenter and media commentator on major economic developments and themes. Michael and his team have consistently ranked in the top three for macroeconomic analysis advice in various industry polls.
Michael works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank. This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services.
After graduating in economics from the University of Sydney in 1982, he spent a total of 13 years in various roles within the Economic Group of the Reserve Bank of Australia. This included a stint at the International Monetary Fund in 1988. Key features of these roles involved the provision of economic analysis and policy advice.
Michael joined the Commonwealth Bank in late 1995.
Ian focuses on financial services disputes including regulatory enforcement, class actions, and commercial disputes.
He has acted on some of the country's most complex and high profile matters, including for ANZ in the banking and financial services Royal Commission, Macquarie in various proceedings including civil penalty proceedings concerning the van Eyk Blueprint funds, KPMG in the Allco Finance Group shareholder class action and RBS in both the Lane Cove Tunnel investor action and Oasis investor class action.
Some of his recent contentious regulatory matters include investigations and prosecutions, including threatened and actual criminal prosecutions, concerning the conduct of financial advisors and responsible entities in relation to the appropriateness of investment recommendations/decisions, and a trading platform concerning alleged manipulative trading, entities concerning client money obligations, and fraud.
Legal 500 Asia Pacific recognises him as a "financial services regulatory expert" and "praised" by clients as "highly knowledgeable" in class actions.
Director and Senior Economist
WESTPAC INSTITUTIONAL BANK
Elliot Clarke, Director and Senior Economist, has been with Westpac Economics for nine years having previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia. Over his career, Elliot’s focus has remained on Australia’s place in the global economy, having assessed economic and financial developments in Asia for the RBA, and now as he manages Westpac’s global economic and financial market forecasts with a particular focus on the US, Europe and China. Elliot holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is also a CFA Charterholder.
Deputy Governor and Chair of GFXC
Dr Guy Debelle commenced as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia on 18 September 2016. He is Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Chair of the Reserve Bank's Risk Management Committee. Prior to his current role, Dr Debelle was the Assistant Governor (Financial Markets).
In May 2019, Dr Debelle was appointed Chair of the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC). Prior to this, he was on the BIS Foreign Exchange Working Group responsible for the development of the Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Market as well as Chair of the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee.
Dr Debelle worked at the International Monetary Fund, Bank for International Settlements, Australian Treasury and as a visiting professor in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He graduated from the University of Adelaide with an honours degree in economics and gained his PhD in economics at MIT under Stanley Fischer and Rudi Dornbusch.
Dr Debelle is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.
Associate Director, Group Compliance, Risk
NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK
Lynn Donohue is Associate Director in the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer at National Australia Bank. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing NAB’s G20 OTC Derivative compliance globally covering Australia, NZ, Asia, London and New York.
In late 2018, Lynn was Head of Monitoring and Surveillance at National Australia Bank. She has also held senior roles in Market Risk, FX Markets (JPMorgan & Royal Bank of Canada) mainly working on a part-time basis. She started her career as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Lynn holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a degree in Economics (Hons) from the University of NSW. She also is a member of the AFMA Financial Markets Core Advisory Committee and was recently co-chair of the NAB’s NSW Connecting Women Committee (now known as Gender Balance).
Senior Portfolio Manager, Multi Asset Investments
Stuart Eliot joined Pendal in November 2009 and has responsibility for the performance of the management of Pendal ’s Diversified Funds. He has a strong academic background with a wealth of practical experience and knowledge of financial markets. Stuart previously worked in London for the UBS Delta team (formerly known as Credit Delta) in an implemented quantitative finance role. This involved working with clients across Europe and Asia on a diverse range of projects such as portfolio construction and transition, liability driven investing, portfolio risk management, beta replication, alpha transfer and analysis of structured credit derivatives. In 2006 he moved home to Sydney to establish the UBS Delta team in Australia and strengthen the coverage of UBS Delta clients across the APAC region. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University.
Assistant Director – Economist
Katrina Ell is an assistant director and economist in the Sydney office of Moody’s Analytics. Katrina manages the Asia-Pacific edition of Economy.com and is responsible for the research, analysis and forecasting of economies throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with a particular focus on Australia and New Zealand. Katrina is regularly quoted by international media such as CNBC, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Sky News. She previously worked as an analyst at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Katrina received her bachelor’s degree in economics (honours) from Macquarie University and is currently completing her Masters in Applied Economics at Macquarie University.
John Feeney manages Martialis Consulting working on financial markets product and infrastructure. He has been in financial markets for over 30 years in trading and management roles across most asset classes. Prior to joining NAB, Mr. Feeney has worked for Commonwealth Bank in Sydney, Citi in Sydney and London and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Over this time he has traded and managed interest rate derivative, foreign exchange, traded credit, commodities and funding businesses.
Recently, Mr. Feeney has been an ISDA Board Member and Vice-Chairman and an AFMA Board member.
Mr. Feeney has a PhD and BSc (Hons) from University of Sydney.
Director – Senior Learning Partner
Martha Fetner is a Director of Moody’s Analytics (MA). Based in Sydney, she covers Asia Pacific as a subject matter expert within MA’s Learning Solutions. Before joining MA, Martha was the Head of the Risk Business School (Credit and Markets) at Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), having originally joined CBA as their Head of Leverage Finance. Previous to CBA, Martha spent twenty years in various roles across JP Morgan including Chief Risk Officer for Thailand. She also covered APAC private equity, global oil and gas clients, and restructuring transactions across North America and Australia. Martha holds a BA in Science and Culture from Purdue University, a MA in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St Louis and a MBA from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania. She is a Director of the St. Andrews Cathedral and Gawura School Foundation, a founding Director of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, and a member of the International Insolvency Institute and the AICD.
Director, Financial Services, Risk and Regulation
Robert is Melbourne based with over 15 years’ experience in Government and Financial Markets specialising in broad scope regulatory change. He currently works at PwC as a Director in the Financial Services practice helping clients respond to global derivative reform. Prior to this, he was one of the Big Four AU banks' lead for CPS226 rules which included an end-to-end solution for uncleared margin compliance overseeing large scale people, infrastructure and process change. In addition, Robert implemented and managed that bank’s OTC Clearing globally, overseeing all internal and external relationships including clearing houses and vendors. He was also that bank's delegate on clearing and uncleared margin to local (APRA and RBA) and overseas (US Federal Reserve, Japanese Financial Services Agency, etc.) regulators. Rob continues to advise on non-centrally cleared margin alongside Libor cessation and benchmark reform.
Head of IBM Risk Analytics Pre-Sales, Asia Pacific
IBM ASIA PACIFIC
Stephen leads IBM’s Risk Analytics pre sales team in Asia Pacific. His team manage the pre-sales activities for the financial and non financial risk solutions of the IBM portfolio. Stephen is an experienced risk and IT professional with over 15 years industry experience. He has a deep knowledge of the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) domain with a strong focus on Operational Risk and Compliance. Stephen has worked for both software vendor and client, which has given him a unique first hand experience of the challenges and business benefits of implementing risk solutions. Stephen has performed numerous risk engagements across South East Asia within Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
Prior to joining IBM, Stephen was an Executive Risk Manager at Australia’s largest bank, CBA, where he supported the banks AMA accredited Operational Risk Model, Analytics framework and OpenPages implementation.
Tom is a Partner in the Banking & Finance practice group at Allens, where he leads the Derivatives stream. He has particular expertise in leveraged finance, subscription finance and derivatives, acting for the domestic banks and leading investment banks on a range of structured finance transactions involving derivatives and advising a number of ASX 100 companies as end-users. He is currently working with a major Australian bank on its LIBOR transition, and also recently advised Unibail-Rodamco SE on the equity swap for its pre-bid stake in Westfield Group, the largest M&A transaction in Australian corporate history.
Tom is recognised by Best Lawyers 2019 in Banking and Finance Law, Capital Markets Law and as the leading Lawyer for Derivatives, and in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015-2019 as a notable practitioner in Corporate Finance and Acquisition Finance. In this guide, Tom is acclaimed by clients for his ability to 'tackle all roadblocks quickly and easily' and is considered a 'go-to-guy' for matters relating to structured finance, acquisitions and derivatives.
Tom is a regular speaker on behalf of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1996.
Director, Treasury Services
QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED
Former Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Niki is an executive level OD and HR professional with specialty in designing and implementing a progressive global D&I strategy which drives a culture of inclusion and belonging ensuring innovation, growth and enhanced brand reputation. With a career spanning a variety of sectors including education, transport & logistics and over 20 years in financial services (both in a large Australian Consumer Bank and a large European multinational Investment Bank), Niki joined QBE Insurance in January 2014, as the Global Head of D&I role after working abroad.
Prior to joining QBE, Niki was the Asia Pacific Regional Head of Senior Talent Development and Diversity and Inclusion working for 7 years at Credit Suisse leading the design and execution of regional strategy working with CEOs across the business and putting in place enabling initiatives tailored to support sustained culture change and ensure development and retention of the right talent.
Niki previously worked with Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia for 11 years in a variety of roles, including Head of Diversity, and in areas of Human Resources policy development, project management and business consulting. In 2006, Niki was awarded the Best Diversity Leader for the Advancement of Women by the Australian Government Agency EOWA (Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency).
She plays an active role in the not-for-profit sector currently serving as a member of the Advisory Council the Sydney Community Foundation’s Sydney Women’s Fund. She has also served on a variety of committees including The Conference Board - Asia Pacific Talent & Diversity Council and was a Diversity Council Australia Board of Advisor from 2007-12 whilst working abroad.
Niki also loves to spend time with her family, travelling, and gardening, lives with her husband and two teenage children.
Mark FM McCarthy
Mark McCarthy is a Director of Markets & Policy at AFMA and is responsible for managing various technical market and policy committees to promote efficiency and address regulatory issues in Australia’s financial markets. Prior to joining AFMA, Mark had twenty five years’ experience as a dealer and investment banker, trading and managing risk across many asset classes including foreign exchange, precious metals, interest rates and debt and credit markets. He has also worked as an international money broker and as an originator in debt capital markets and complemented this practical experience with a Master’s degree in Applied Finance and an MBA. Mark established his own consultancy in 2009 and worked as a consultant in providing banking, markets and financial services to clients in Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe. He joined AFMA in 2015.
Chief Risk Officer
Vasyl Nair is the Chief Risk Officer of Mine Super and is responsible for its risk, compliance, policy 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. Vasyl is also a director of Recreo Financial Pty Ltd, an Australian fintech organisation specialising in superannuation and investment administration.
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).
Chief Risk Officer, Digital
Gwenda Phillips joined ANZ in 2001 and is currently the acting Chief Risk Officer, Digital. During her time at ANZ, Gwenda has led teams across multiple countries and divisions including; Corporate and Commercial Banking, Strategy, Sales Execution, Operations, Business Innovation and Digital Innovation. In addition to her role at ANZ Bank, Gwenda is highly active in the Start-up ecosystem as a speaker, pitch judge and mentor to non-tech female founders. Gwenda is also the CEO and Founder of her own international mind-health start-up - Your Hidden Mind.
Executive Director, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Products, Asia Pacific
Ravi Pandit serves as Executive Director, Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Products, Asia Pacific, for CME Group, based in Singapore. He is responsible for expanding CME Group’s existing FX and interest rate business and developing new opportunities across the region. Pandit joined CME Group in August 2015, and he has 25 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior to joining CME Group, Pandit was a consultant to Singapore Exchange, where he provided strategic advice and project management for its launch of listed FX futures. Before that, Pandit worked for 12 years in Dresdner Bank and subsequently Commerzbank post-merger, where he headed up the local markets trading team, and helped build up its Asian presence in interest rate and FX derivatives trading. Pandit also worked in various trading roles at Barclays Bank, across Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, and in operations & technology at Citibank, across Hong Kong and Mumbai. Pandit holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Deputy Bureau Chief, Asia
Blake Evans-Pritchard is deputy bureau chief, Asia, for Risk.net based in Hong Kong. Before taking on his current role, he spent three years covering regulatory issues across Asia for Risk.net, including implementation of Basel III and other international standards in regional jurisdictions. Previously, he spent five years in Brussels writing about the European Union’s financial services sector and competition policy and a number of years as Africa editor for a news service covering post-conflict restitution around the world.
MCKINSEY & COMPANY, INC
Anke Raufuss is a Partner in McKinsey’s Sydney Office, leads the Australian/New Zealand Risk Practice and the Market and Liquidity Risk Practice globally. Anke serves a variety of financial institutions on risk management – she worked extensively on market & liquidity risk as well as operational risk & compliance (including LIBOR, FX fixing scandals). Anke co-leads McKinsey’s LIBOR taskforce globally and is serving leading institutions on this topic across the US, Europe and APAC.
Experience and expertise:
Supporting a global financial institution on the design of its LIBOR Transition Office, including conducting a detailed inventory assessment, set-up and project plan of its central transition office, response to regulatory requests (e.g., PRA/FCA ‘Dear CEO’ letter) and deep dives on contract and model analysis – this has expanded into a 3-year strategic partnership for LIBOR phase-out implementation
Organised three “LIBOR phase-out roundtables” with 30+ banks and asset managers in London and New York
Established a 2nd Line of Defence Benchmark Oversight Unit in a global bank in response to LIBOR and FX fixing scandals
Optimised the balance sheet for a global bank, considering specific liquidity and funding situation of the subsidiaries
Convened a group of 7 banks to design an industry utility for transaction data pooling (for FRTB purposes)
Led several FRTB implementation programs incl. impact estimates, modelling and data/infrastructure design
Led several model development and validation projects, jointly with Risk Dynamics (our Model Validation subsidiary)
Supported CCAR programs across a variety of topics, including PPNR modelling, Global Market Shock (GMS)
Designed and implemented enhanced risk data and reporting standards (BCBS239) for a universal bank
NSW TREASURY CORPORATION
Brian Redican is the Chief Economist at TCorp (NSW Treasury Corporation) and has been in this role since 2014. He is responsible for leading TCorp’s economic and financial market research and regularly briefs its Board, Board Investment Committee and Management Investment Committee about economic and financial market developments. Brian also provides advice and forecasts for the Balance Sheet and Debt Management divisions, and assists the Portfolio Construction, Cash and Fixed Income and Investment Advisory teams. He also provides regular updates for clients and runs the Economic and Risk Forum, which brings together TCorp’s diverse teams to discuss economic developments in a collaborative setting.
Prior to joining TCorp, Brian headed Australian and NZ economic research at Macquarie Bank, where he worked for 14 years. This involved compiling forecasts, reports and presentations on the Australian and global economies for a combination of internal and external clients. The internal clients included the investment banking, property, investment advisors, corporate advisory, funds management and trading areas of the bank, while the forecasts were also used for Macquarie’s internal purposes. The range of external clients encompassed fund managers and hedge funds involved in the debt, foreign exchange and equity markets, private clients, financial advisors, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity, corporates as well as extensive contact with the media. During this time, Macquarie’s Australian economic research frequently received the top rating by fund managers based in Asia, Europe and the US according to the Peter Lee/Greenwich surveys of investors.
Before joining Macquarie, Brian worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia for five years and was responsible for compiling the its economic activity forecasts.
Brian holds an M.A. (Hons) in International Macroeconomics from Queen’s University, Canada and a Bachelor of Econ. (Hons) (Economics and Asian Studies) from the University of New South Wales
Head of Economic and Market Research
BENDIGO AND ADELAIDE BANK LTD
David joined Bendigo Bank 17 years ago as head of Financial Markets, and today is the Head of Economic and Market Research for the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. His banking career commenced in 1989 as a foreign exchange dealer, and prior to joining Bendigo he worked in a range of senior roles in Treasury for the State Bank of NSW, First Chicago and Commonwealth Bank. David’s regular commentaries and video updates are shared via the bank’s YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn platforms; and beyond the world of banking and his family, David’s passions lie in golf, the outdoors and thoroughbred racing.
Managing Director APAC, Head of Liquidity and Segregation
BNY MELLON, HONG KONG
Filippo joined BNY Mellon as head of global liquidity services for APAC in August 2009, expanding the Liquidity DIRECT business across the region. This was followed by 4 years as regional head of Sales&RM, Liquidity and Segregation for Markets. As of August 2018 Filippo heads up Liquidity & Segregation in APAC with a strong focus on UMR, derivatives, collateral administration and segregation.
Filippo worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Luxembourg from 1999 to 2005, following which he moved to London and joined Lehman Brothers Asset Management in its start-up liquidity funds business, eventually spearheading efforts in Asia by moving to Hong Kong in 2007.
Filippo has a laurea in economics from LUISS University, Rome, and an MSc in international business and finance from the European Academic Consortium, Netherlands and France.
Leader- Financial CrimesInsights, Asia Pacific
IBM ASIA PACIFIC
With more than 25 years of experience across Asia Pacific & Japan, Mr. Scheurmann has held senior management, governmental, pre-sales, and project direction positions for large MNCs, a leading finance and banking consultancy firm, and a major ERP software supplier. Steven is currently responsible for leading and working with a team of subject-matter experts and business partners that address the challenges associated with: Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Combating Financing of Terrorists (CFT) and Politically-Exposed Persons (PEP). His team works with end-customers leveraging deep insights, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, leveraging Data & AI to determine the risk of a Party being involved in a Financial Crime.
Professor, Department of Applied Finance
Professor Elizabeth Sheedy is a risk management and governance expert based at the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre. She spent her early career in the financial services sector before joining academia in the mid-90s. At Macquarie she teaches in the highly-regarded Master of Applied Finance program. Since 2012 her industry-relevant research has focused on risk culture, governance and remuneration in the context of financial institutions. She comments regularly in the media on the topic of financial services misconduct.
Head of Collateral Management Product, Asia Pacific
BNY MELLON CLEARANCE AND COLLATERAL
Tony is a Director and leads the Collateral Management Product team based in Hong Kong. He focuses on new product development and enhancements to our collateral management capabilities for the APAC markets. Tony has 36 years’ experience in the securities industry and joined BNY Mellon in 2007. He relocated to Hong Kong in 2012.
For the last 30 years Tony has specialised in securities finance with roles in stock borrowing and lending, repo, product management, business planning, sales, relationship management, marketing and collateral management. Commencing in 1989 with Enskilda Securities, he set-up a stock borrowing and lending operation for the proprietary trading desk. Tony has also created and managed securities lending arrangements at both Commercial Union Investment Management and Sun Life Investment Management. Tony initially merged the stock lending desks of Sun Life and AXA Equity & Law before moving to Global Head of Business Planning and Marketing for AXA Investment Managers. It was at AXA in 1999 when Tony first travelled to Asia for a PASLA (Pan-Asia Securities Lending Association) conference from which point his association with, and focus on, Asia began.
Head of Tax
BLACKROCK INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
Bronwyn Tan, Head of Tax for BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Ltd, is responsible for the taxation matters for the BlackRock Australia funds. Bronwyn is committed to promoting the importance of diversity and inclusion, and to a better and diverse workplace.
Managing Director – General Counsel and Head of Compliance for Australasia
Alison Telfer, Managing Director is General Counsel and Head of Compliance for BlackRock Australasia. Alison is also a member of the BlackRock Australian board and executive 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. Ms Telfer holds a BA (communications)/LLB from Macquarie University and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in NSW.
Group Executive, Risk and Compliance
FIRST STATE SUPER
Suzette has over 25 years’ experience in the superannuation sector, specialising in risk management, compliance, operations and project management. As First State Super’s Group Executive Risk and Compliance she is responsible for the risk management and compliance approaches that protect and support the Fund in a complex, operational and regulatory environment. Before joining First State Super in 2006, Suzette was a Principal Analyst with the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) working in frontline supervision during the RSE licencing period and she also held risk, compliance, operations and project management roles for organisations such as MLC, AMP and Towers Perrin. Suzette is also Director on the Board of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST).
Chief Risk Officer
SUNCORP BANKING & WEALTH
Christine is the Chief Risk Officer of Suncorp Banking & Wealth, leading a team of people tasked with the assessment, management and oversight of all risks across the function. Christine plays a key role on a number of Committees, including overseeing their governance, and is responsible for maintaining positive regulatory and stakeholder engagement.
With over 30 years of experience in finance across different organisations, Christine has held a variety of senior leadership roles in front line sales and second line risk functions. She has broad business and risk knowledge, and brings a commercial and practical approach to problem solving. She has a keen interest in risk leadership and management, and enjoys applying a creative approach to business challenges.
Christine’s formal qualifications include a Science Degree, a Masters in Applied Finance, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of CEDA Advisory Council Qld. While seconded to the UK, Christine received the Chartered Institute of Bankers Professional Ethics Award and was awarded the 2017 Australian Retail Banking Awards "Chief Risk Officer of the Year”.
Head of Investment Risk and Compliance
Theo and his team are responsible for implementation of the risk and compliance framework in line with Cbus’ risk appetite. The team identifies new regulatory obligations that may impact Investments, undertake risk training, as well as Investment incident root cause analysis, operational due diligence of external investment managers, undertake risk assessments of new Investment initiatives and are responsible for internal and external mandate pre & post trade compliance.
Professor of Finance
UTS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Kathy Walsh is a Professor of Finance at the University of Technology Sydney. Her research focuses on the development of China’s financial markets and the impact that will have on Australia. She has written a number of reports on the internationalisation of the renminbi and its potential as a medium for trade, investments and reserves. Professor Walsh’s research is highly regarded internationally and she has attracted substantial research grant funding. She holds a PhD in finance from the AGSM and has prior academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and UNSW and industry experience in insurance and financial planning.
Head of Markets Risk Analytics, Markets Risk
Rick Williamson joined ANZ in 2010 and is currently the Head of Markets Risk Analytics. He has over 20 years international experience in the industry leading teams measuring and managing Market Risk and Counterparty Credit Risk, with previous positions at UBS and BNP Paribas based in London and Paris. Rick’s background is Physics and in addition to his role at ANZ he develops engaging, entertaining and educational science courses and demonstrations for schools as a member of the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools programme and through his independent science education venture - Notice Something.
Silvana specialises in governance, risk management, accountability and culture in the financial services sector, amongst a broad range of other contentious and advisory regulatory matters. Her work includes assisting banks and other financial institutions to navigate their way through the metaphorical tsunami of regulation and policy change that has been characteristic of the past 12 months in the financial services industry with ASIC or APRA routinely involved.
Silvana joined Ashurst in 2017 from the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, where she spent six years as a senior leader of significant and high profile enforcement investigations into the conduct of major banks and their senior management individuals. Silvana has been advising on the introduction of the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) and developments which have flowed to Australia from the UK, including management of conduct risk, product governance and breach reporting, bringing her extensive UK experience in these matters.
Chief Risk Officer
Ruby Yadav is a change agent – With her firm belief that risk management starts with people not processes, she is committed to breaking the mould around conventional risk management mindsets. She takes a people centric approach to help organisations manage risks and deliver real outcomes.
She leads the risk function at UniSuper and is responsible for providing independent risk, compliance, assurance and financial crime response services. She has been practicing as a risk, compliance and audit professional for nearly two decades and has held has held several senior roles at ANZ, KPMG, RMIT University and GE Capital.
Yu is a Managing Associate in the Banking & Finance practice group at Allens. He advises borrowers and lenders on a broad range of finance transactions and global markets issues, including in relation to derivatives and GMRAs. He is currently working with a major Australian bank on its LIBOR transition.
Yu is a regular speaker on behalf of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc and the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association. He completed his Masters of Law at Cambridge University in 2009 with a focus on private law, and his Masters of Law at Harvard University in 2010 with a concentration in corporate governance and financial regulation.