Sydney agenda

Sydney agenda

August 1 | Sydney

08:1509:00

Morning refreshments

14:00 - 15:00

09:0009:10

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:05

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

09:1009:50

Keynote panel discussion
APRA’s CPS230 - a transformative step in managing disruptive risk

14:00 - 15:00

  • Insights from APRA based on the recently concluded consultation papers
  • Overview on how organization are preparing in relation to upcoming implementation of CPS 230
  • Insights from an industry expert on sector trends and lessons learned from overseas
Alison Bliss

General manager, operational resilience

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Alison Bliss is the General Manager, Operational Resilience within APRA’s Cross Industry Division. The Operational Resilience team provide risk expertise to prudential supervision and policy across operational risk, business continuity, supplier risk management, technology risk, compliance and data risk matters, as well as climate risk expertise in relation to financial services. In addition, the team is responsible for leading and executing strategic programs of work focused on uplifting cyber risk management across APRA’s regulated entities and driving a significant shift in how operational resilience is identified and managed by entities to ensure the financial system remains robust and that the Australian community is protected.

Alison currently serves as the Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators Cyber and Operational Resilience Working Group.Alison joined APRA in November 2017 and as General Manager, Data Analytics & Insights, she was instrumental in maturing APRA’s data and analytics capabilities and developing APRA’s forward looking data strategy. Alison has over 20 years broad risk management and operations leadership experience across banking, financial markets, and funds management. Prior to joining APRA she was Global Head of Commodity and Financial Markets Operations at Macquarie Group, where she had responsibility for end to end transaction lifecycle activities for commodities, equities and financial markets trading businesses. During her 15+ years at Macquarie, Alison also held leadership roles in finance, operational risk, funds management, private equity and investment banking and has spent over half her career based in international locations including Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Houston.Alison holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and is a qualified member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ).

Vasyl Nair

Group chief executive

Mine Superannuation Fund

Vasyl Nair is group chief executive at Mine Super and has a background in law and corporate finance, having also held roles across operations, strategy, marketing and risk functions at some of Australia’s largest financial services institutions. He holds bachelor of laws, bachelor of commerce, graduate diploma of legal practice and executive master of business administration degrees. Nair is also a director of Recreo Financial, an Australian financial technology company, specialising in superannuation and investment administration.

Jo Tornatore-Gallo

Managing director & chief risk officer

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Jo Tornatore-Gallo has over 20 years risk experience in financial services’ and is currently with the Royal Bank of Canada where she is Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer, Australia (based in Sydney).   As CRO, Jo is responsible for providing independent oversight of Risk across business platforms in Australia.

Jo is currently a member of the RBC Diversity Council and has also actively participated in various employment led working groups such as RWomen, Women in Finance UTS program, Pride chair and Multicultural.  Jo has participated as a mentor in the RBC mentoring program and is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Office. 

External to RBC, Jo loves spending time with her family, eating great food, trail running and volunteering at ParkRun. 

Justin Laughlin-Hyde

KY3P® regional director, APMEA

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Justin Laughlin-Hyde is the Commercial Director for KY3P® in Asia Pacific based in Sydney having recently relocated back to Sydney Australia after 10 years in living and working in London UK.

During his time abroad, Justin was responsible for building and leading the global third-party risk management functions for both Wise and the Investec Group, covering banking, wealth, and asset management solutions, as well as developing risk frameworks and policies. He was also pivotal in the design and implementation of the architecture on 2 third-party risk management platforms, delivering end-to-end risk management. His experience also includes leading Procurement, Marketing Strategy, Market Data, and Corporate Library initiatives, as well operational risk, audit, and Board advisory.

Prior to his roles in London, Justin was head of the non-advised wealth operations for BT Financial Group in Australia and led QBE’s financial services intermediary operations.

Justin is married with twin girls, and is an active Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion leader with a personal focus on the LGBTQIA community. 

Kishore Raghavan

Head of risk

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Kishore Raghavan is the Head of risk for White Label Partner Solutions (ex-Citi) at National Australia Bank. Kishore has more than 25 years of experience as a strategic executive globally across US, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Kishore has held product roles and is commercially focussed risk executive driving the best outcomes for the firm and its clients.

Recently, Kishore completed an Executive risk program with Harvard Business School which according to him was very transformative. Other than that he holds a MBA in Finance from California State University and an Engineering degree from University of Madras, India.

Other than work, Kishore loves spending time with his family, travelling, avid Cricket and NFL fan and passionate about raising funds for Cancer cure and treatment and volunteering at Hope Dinner with Salvos.

Rani Mina

Chief risk & compliance officer

HSBC Australia and New Zealand

Rani Mina is the Chief Risk & Compliance Officer for HSBC Australia and New Zealand. In this role, Rani leads and manages the Risk and Compliance function and is responsible for all risk, financial crime and regulatory compliance risk management disciplines. She is a member of HSBC Australia’s Executive Committee, chairs the Board Risk Management Sub-Committee and advises the Board and Executive Committee on all risk and compliance-related issues.

Previously Rani was the General Counsel for HSBC Australia where she led and managed the bank’s Legal function and advised the Board, Executive Committee and Risk Committee on legal and reputational issues.

Rani joined HSBC in 2015, prior to which she was a Partner of Mayer Brown International LLP in London. Before she returned to Australia, Rani was Co-Legal Head, Group Monitor Liaison Office for HSBC Group. In this role, she co-led a team of lawyers across London, Hong Kong and the US, advising HSBC senior leadership at a global and country level on compliance with the 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement and the implementation of global standards to manage financial crime risk across the organisation.

Rani has a First Class Honours (LLB) from Griffith University. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Australia in 2000, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004. 

09:5010:10

Presentation by SAS

14:00 - 15:00

10:1010:40

Networking break

15:15 - 15:45

10:4011:10

Expert panel discussion: The transformative role of AI in financial performance

10:40 - 11:10

  • What are the key risks and opportunities linked to the adoption of generative AI in the banking industry?
  • How could approaches to genAI become standardized across the financial services industry in the coming years?
  • What role can AI play in enhancing profitability and overall performance in financial services?
Nissanka Janaratne

Digital & Emerging Tech Innovation Portfolio Lead

Commonwealth Bank

Rahul Arya

Group chief architect

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Jason Millett

Non executive director

Hay

11:1011:40

Australia's economic paradox: forecasted interest rate declines clash with persistent inflation's grip.

15:00 - 16:00

  • How will 2026's funding and liquidity shifts affect MLH entities amidst changing interest rates and persistent inflation?
  • What is the RBA's approach to achieving a 'soft landing' by managing unemployment and inflation?
  • How are the health of the property markets and their interaction with interest rates and inflation influencing Australia's economic stability?
Garth Olling

Chief risk officer

SMBC

Elliot Clarke

Head of international and market economics

Westpac Institutional Bank

Elliot has been with Westpac Economics for 13 years, having previously worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Over his career, his focus has remained on Australia’s place in the global economy, having assessed economic and financial developments in Asia for the RBA. Clarke manages Westpac Economics’ global economic and financial market forecasts. He holds an honours degree in economics from the University of Sydney, a masters of applied finance from Macquarie University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jonathan Kearns

Chief economist and head of regulatory affairs

Challenger

Jonathan Kearns is Chief Economist and Head of Regulatory Affairs and a member of the investment committee at Challenger, an investment management company with a focus on retirement income. Previously he worked for 28 years at the Reserve Bank of Australia. At the RBA he occupied a wide range of senior roles, including as Head of Domestic Markets Department, Financial Stability Department, Economic Analysis Department and Economic Research Department.  He also led the Bank’s work on climate change across four departments and represented the Bank on various domestic and international forums on climate change. Jonathan also worked at the Bank of International Settlements in Basel. He has published research in the fields of international finance and macroeconomics. He has a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the Australian National University.

My Bui

Economist

AMP

My joined AMP in 2021 within the AMP Investments team. My’s responsibilities include providing analyses on global and Australian economic data, constructing various proprietary economic indicators, producing forecasts for external agencies & internal departments, and contributing to the quantitative dynamic asset allocation process.


Previously, My was worked as a fixed income research analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York City with a focus on securitised products. My has a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from UNSW Sydney, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Economics from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, United States

Paul Bloxham

Chief economist

HSBC

Paul Bloxham is HSBC’s Chief Economist for Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities and is a Managing Director. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies and a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on global commodity markets. Paul is a regular commentator on local and international business television and a frequent contributor of opinion editorials to the Australian newspapers. Paul’s team has won a number of forecasting awards, including the Consensus Economics award for best forecaster for the Australian economy in 2021, and Focus Economics awards for best forecaster for New Zealand in 2023 and both Australia and New Zealand in 2017. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Paul spent 12 years as an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. Paul holds a Master's degree in public financial policy from the London School of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce in economics with honours from Curtin University.

11:4012:00

Fireside chat: Unpacking the future of fraud detection and AML compliance

15:00 - 16:00

  • How is the rise of digital currencies impacting AML compliance and fraud detection?
  • How are fraud analytics enhancing the efficiency of fraud investigations?
  • What impact are evolving fraud trends having on the methods and technologies used in fraud investigations?
  • How are Australian banks using generative AI to enhance fraud detection and comply with evolving AML regulations?
Vijendran Ramakrishnan

Program director - Financial crime delivery

Westpac

Deborah Young

CEO

The RegTech Association

Deborah has led the establishment of a global non-profit organisation in the regulatory technology arena and committed to accelerating the adoption of RegTech – a diverse variety of software solutions addressing the greatest compliance and regulatory challenges for all industries, everywhere in the world. Having co-developed one of the world’s first global RegTech taxonomies and directory of suppliers, she has supporting a global centre of excellence and making RegTech globally accessible. The cohort of stakeholders includes top tier banks, global technology companies and consulting firms. She has advocated for the industry with Government, regulators, investors and trade agencies. Deborah is a sought-after leader and advisor on the global RegTech industry, a regular speaker, presenter and designer of RegTech and SupTech programs and engages with regulators and central bank agencies globally. Deborah is driving the Association’s global market program and has led economic and industry development projects for global institutions, APEC and in Asia.


She is member of Chief Executive Women, a member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Digital Panel, she sits on the global advisory committee of Women in Regulatory Innovation and on the Alliance for Innovative Regulation Global Advisory Council and Griffith University Advisory Board Member for their Academy of Excellence in Financial Crime Investigation and Compliance. Deborah holds an Executive MBA (Global) from UTS Business School and was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for Innovation.


Deborah is an accomplished chief executive, non-executive director, mentor and strategic business consultant. She is a passionate diversity advocate and volunteers for a human rights organisation to limit food waste and provide food to those in need. She has over 30 years' experience as a senior executive across financial services, including investment banking, private equity, venture capital, superannuation and insurance spectrums. Deborah holds an Executive MBA (Global) from UTS Business School and was named as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2019 for Innovation.

Michael Blacker

Head of risk services

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited

12:0012:30

Driving environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives in Australia

14:00 - 15:00

  • Collaborative efforts among regulators, influential corporate entities and financial intermediaries to create replicable co-operation models across neighboring markets
  • How innovative businesses are enhancing value propositions and pushing the boundaries of ESG practices
  • Strategies to enable collaborative ESG development models in adjacent markets by regulators, influential corporations 
  • The impact of International Sustainability Standards Board standards on ESG perceptions in Australia
     
Peter Simpson

Global head, safety, security and ESG

Standard Chartered

Dr Peter Simpson is currently the Global Head of Safety, Security & ESG for Standard Chartered bank., with a footprint in the highest risk regions of the world. Peter is a pilot by trade, and has BSc, MSc, MA, MBA and DBA. He is passionate about and leading organisations through customer-focussed change and simplification, and working with the next generation of young leaders. He is a Board member in a not-for-profit looking after the most vulnerable members of society.

Viisti Dickens

Teacher and industry expert

University of Technology Sydney

Viisti is an Industry Expert at UTS, with both public and private sector including as a Senior Director in top tier consulting firms and in-house, across financial services, telecommunications, media, and education sectors. She focuses on helping organisations with their biggest challenges - including M&A, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture change, Risk, Innovation and ESG - often on high priority programs. Her focus on business transformation is commercial, strategic and pragmatic.

Viisti is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, jas a Masters of Law (USyd), Masters of International Relations (UQ & Sciences Po Paris), and a Bachelor of Business (QUT). She has lived and worked in France, UK, Chile and Vietnam.

Maria Ugov-Scerri

Chief compliance officer

China Everbright Bank

Maria is a financial services regulation specialist currently working with China Everbright Bank, Sydney branch as its Chief Compliance Officer and previously at HSBC, CBA and Morgan Stanley. Maria is a practising solicitor for the last 20 years and assisted CBA to implement its AML program during its transition from the FTR Act. 

Maria leads with an innovation mindset and recognises that all decision makers need to maintain an eye on the horizon in order to keep abreast of the ever evolving regulatory landscape. 

Prerna

Global head of market development for ESG & climate credit risk

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Prerna is the Global Head of Market Development for ESG & Climate Credit Risk at S&P Global Market Intelligence. She joined the company in 2017 as Director - Pre-sales, Credit Risk Solutions. She possesses over 18 years of work experience across banking and financial services.

In her current role, she manages a broad range of responsibilities including market outreach, strategic client engagement, business strategy and product roadmap of S&P Global’s climate credit risk solutions. Prerna has worked extensively in the areas of climate scenario analysis, climate stress testing and climate related financial reporting with some of the largest financial institutions across the globe.

Prior to this, she worked with J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank in the fields of debt capital markets, investment banking and credit risk. Prerna is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and is certified in Climate Stress Testing from Risk Learning, Singapore.

Jade Ibrahimovic

Chief risk officer

GMHBA

Jade Ibrahimovic is GMHBA’s Chief Risk Officer, commencing this role in October 2021. Jade is responsible for overseeing the governance and strategy for risk management and compliance, including relationships with key regulators and supervisory institutions. Her team provides independent oversight and guidance for managing risk and ensuring compliance, and leads efforts to build and sustain a strong risk culture in which all employees understand the importance of managing risk to deliver responsible growth and serve our members, patients communities. Jade has had more than 20 years of experience within the Private Health Insurance sector. She has served in a number of senior roles throughout the company, including positions within risk and compliance, operations, human resources and program management. Jade’s focus is to empower our people to manage risk and compliance, maintaining the trust placed in the company by our members, patients and community. Jade has a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Marketing and Economics from Deakin University. She was also a participant in the Committee for Geelong Leaders program and held a volunteer board position with the Geelong Food Relief Centre.

12:3012:50

Development and sophistication of the derivatives market

12:30 - 12:50

  • What are the latest offerings within the derivatives market?
  • Does the derivatives market need to be rebalanced?
  • What needs to change within the derivatives market?
  • What are the current regulatory focuses for derivatives, and how are they affecting market development and sophistication?
Scott Sobolewski

Co-head - quantitative services

Acadia

Scott is Co-Head of Quantitative Services at Acadia where he manages complex projects and teams within quantitative finance. Scott is a risk and finance professional specializing in capital planning, stress testing, derivatives pricing, and model development at large US banks. He advises financial institutions on risk management and regulatory compliance matters, helping clients accelerate development timelines and achieve high-value institutional objectives. Scott has extensive experience meeting Dodd Frank deliverables, Uncleared Margin Rules and managing regulatory relationships with the Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, and others through prior roles at Citigroup and Santander US. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics with Honors from Williams College, as well as active Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF) qualifications.

Alex Orgaz-Barnier

Senior manager, market infrastructure

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Alex is a Senior Manager in the Market Infrastructure team at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). He leads the unit responsible for overseeing the Australian futures markets and OTC trading and reporting infrastructure, including licensing and supervising Trade Repositories and administering the Australian Derivatives Transaction Reporting Rules.

Catherine Drysdale

Portfolio manager

Fortlake Asset Management

Catherine serves as a Portfolio Manager at Fortlake. She is a current PhD (Engineering) candidate and scholarship recipient at the University of Sydney (USYD), where she is leveraging artificial intelligence for fixed income portfolio optimisation. Catherine has been conducting research alongside Dr Christian Baylis and Dr Kylie-Anne Richards since 2023. She holds a Master of Data Science from USYD, where her thesis examined the role of Quantitative Easing and price bifurcations in the Australian Commonwealth Government Bond market.

Having worked previously at ANZ and Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), Catherine has experience in domestic and global fixed income markets. DFA is a global investment firm with over $1 trillion AUM, with a board that has featured numerous Nobel laureates and esteemed academics including Eugene Fama, Ken French, Merton Miller, Myron Scholes and Robert Merton. At DFA she worked in a trading and portfolio management capacity where she applied quantitative problem-solving and analytic skills to design fixed income strategies. Catherine was also responsible for overseeing the incorporation of sustainability principles into the investment process. In her time at ANZ, she produced market communications and facilitated trades in fixed income and derivative products.

Catherine's experience in finance is preceded by a career in economics and business studies education, where she served as a teacher for several years. Outside her time at Fortlake, she continues her work as an educator for postgraduate students in the Faculty of Computer Science at USYD.

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

12:5013:50

Lunch break

12:50 - 13:50

Afternoon sessions

13:5014:00

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:05

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

14:0014:40

Navigating interest rate swaps, CDS and technological evolution

15:00 - 16:00

  • How do the interest rate swap, swaption, and CDS swap and swaption markets function as significant derivative markets?
  • How has the transition of liquidity from the Bond markets to the swap markets been influenced by post-GFC regulation?
  • Considering these markets are over-the-counter (OTC), how have technological advancements impacted or are expected to impact these marketplaces?
Catherine Drysdale

Portfolio manager

Fortlake Asset Management

Catherine serves as a Portfolio Manager at Fortlake. She is a current PhD (Engineering) candidate and scholarship recipient at the University of Sydney (USYD), where she is leveraging artificial intelligence for fixed income portfolio optimisation. Catherine has been conducting research alongside Dr Christian Baylis and Dr Kylie-Anne Richards since 2023. She holds a Master of Data Science from USYD, where her thesis examined the role of Quantitative Easing and price bifurcations in the Australian Commonwealth Government Bond market.

Having worked previously at ANZ and Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA), Catherine has experience in domestic and global fixed income markets. DFA is a global investment firm with over $1 trillion AUM, with a board that has featured numerous Nobel laureates and esteemed academics including Eugene Fama, Ken French, Merton Miller, Myron Scholes and Robert Merton. At DFA she worked in a trading and portfolio management capacity where she applied quantitative problem-solving and analytic skills to design fixed income strategies. Catherine was also responsible for overseeing the incorporation of sustainability principles into the investment process. In her time at ANZ, she produced market communications and facilitated trades in fixed income and derivative products.

Catherine's experience in finance is preceded by a career in economics and business studies education, where she served as a teacher for several years. Outside her time at Fortlake, she continues her work as an educator for postgraduate students in the Faculty of Computer Science at USYD.

14:4015:15

Advancing Clearing and Collateral Management in Australia’s Financial Sector

14:00 - 15:00

  • Navigating risks around counterparty relationships and liquidity
  • Evaluating developments in clearing solutions for the long term for various products
  • Optimizing collateral within the current market conditions
  • New opportunities emerging from the regulatory environment and digitalisation 

15:1515:45

Networking break

15:15 - 15:45

15:4516:30

Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion
Derivatives deep-dive discussions

14:00 - 15:00

Accessing the derivatives market in emerging markets

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

Henry Trinh

Associate portfolio manager, income and markets

Aware Super

Henry Trinh is an Associate Portfolio Manager in the Income and Markets team at Aware Super, formally known as First State Super.  His key responsibilities cover portfolio exposure management and execution across multiple asset classes involving listed and OTC instruments, alongside management of the Fund’s securities finance strategies.  Henry joined Aware Super in April 2019 and in this time has worked on supporting the build out of the Fund’s direct investment capabilities and strategies for derivative overlays, portfolio rebalancing, cash management and securities finance. Prior to joining Aware Super, Henry was employed at JPMorgan for 7.5 years working across various businesses covering equity derivatives, securities finance, regional treasury and private banking across Sydney and Hong Kong. Henry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Sydney and a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquarie University.

16:3016:45

Roundtable insights

14:00 - 15:00

Identifying the challenges and opportunities in the derivatives market

16:4516:50

Chairperson’s closing remarks

15:00 - 16:00

16:5018:00

Networking drinks

16:50 - 18:00

13:3013:35

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:05

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

13:3514:05

Conduct risk control: shaping ethical business practices

14:00 - 15:00

  • Priority in practice: ethical integrity versus sales drives
  • How financial institutions can align internal cultures and control mechanisms
Michael Skinner

Managing director, chief investment officer and partner

Blackwattle Investment Partners

Michael Skinner has 20 years of engineering and investment experience. Michael was previously responsible for over $1.7bn of investment across a range of Australian equity strategies.

He also lends his time to the University of NSW and the University of Adelaide as a senior academic and serves on a number of boards across the sectors of sport, charity, community and education.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Graduate Diploma of Law, Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Law.

Greg McKenna

CEO

Police Bank

Greg McKenna brings more than 37 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry to his role as CEO of Police Bank, where he was previously a board member and then Chair before stepping into the executive position.

For much of his career Greg spent time in markets where he was a trader, portfolio manager, currency and market strategist, holding long-term titles such as Treasurer of a large mutual bank during the GFC and senior currency strategist roles for two of the majors.

Greg has a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) from Monash University, Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is accredited with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Simone Johnson

Director, enterprise risk management

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Simone Johnson is an enterprise risk management professional at Royal Bank of Canada. She previously held front office roles in securitisation at RBC, ANZ and Macquarie Bank which involved the structuring and execution of warehouse and capital markets transactions.

Simone holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) and Applied Finance and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Bryan Ambler

Stream lead - risk culture and capability

ING Australia

14:0514:45

Elevating operational risk and resilience standards

14:00 - 15:00

  • Comprehensive mapping and rigorous testing  
  • Defining impact thresholds for enhanced business continuity and preparedness          
     
Mangala Prasetia

Business data steward

National Australia Bank

Mangala is a risk and governance specialist and self proclaimed data geek who currently works as a data steward at the National Australia Bank. Over the last 7 years, he has worked across all 3 lines of defence and worked at various consulting firms including PwC and ShineWing. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Imperial College London, and previously graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Economics, specialising in Accounting, Actuarial Sciences and Econometrics from Monash University. Outside of work, Mangala volunteers his time for several causes - he currently sits on the board of directors for Beta Alpha Psi International and GovHack Australia and New Zealand. He is also actively involved in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network and World Economic Forum Global Shapers' community. In his spare time, Mangala likes to travel, walk along the beach during sunset and play/watch various sports

Anthony Rizzo

Head of transformation risk

Allianz

De Waal Esterhuyse

Operational risk

Macquarie

Campbell Nicoll

Chief risk officer

Regional Australia Bank

Campbell Nicoll is chief risk officer (CRO) at Regional Australia Bank, with 15 years' experience in credit and operational risk management. His previous roles in the financial sector include general manager positions at ASB Bank and a CRO role at the Bank South Pacific.

14:4515:15

Redefining data risk in the financial services industry

14:00 - 15:00

  • How banks are taking part in the innovative Apra critical risk data elements pilot to identify critical data elements and improve risk management strategies
  • How do governance, risk and compliance systems help assess data maturity and determine areas for improvement in data risk management
  • What role does CPS230 play in advancing data risk management and improving overall data practices in the industry?
Mangala Prasetia

Business data steward

National Australia Bank

Mangala is a risk and governance specialist and self proclaimed data geek who currently works as a data steward at the National Australia Bank. Over the last 7 years, he has worked across all 3 lines of defence and worked at various consulting firms including PwC and ShineWing. He is currently pursuing his MBA at the Imperial College London, and previously graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Economics, specialising in Accounting, Actuarial Sciences and Econometrics from Monash University. Outside of work, Mangala volunteers his time for several causes - he currently sits on the board of directors for Beta Alpha Psi International and GovHack Australia and New Zealand. He is also actively involved in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network and World Economic Forum Global Shapers' community. In his spare time, Mangala likes to travel, walk along the beach during sunset and play/watch various sports

Winnie Leung

Executive manager data risk

Westpac

Winnie is a data risk specialist and certified data steward currently working at Westpac, and previously at Macquarie and CBA. Prior to specialising in data, she has worked in product development and management, business management and risk governance. This diverse experience has given her insights to the different aspects of banking, from front office to operations, compliance and legal, IT, finance and risk.

Winnie is a lifelong learner with a keen interest in exploring the intersection of data risk with other risk classes such as cyber, technology, privacy and AI in our increasingly complex and interconnected digital landscape. She holds a BSc and BCom (Hons) from UNSW and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University. Outside of work, she is an origami designer specialising in origami tessellations, where a single sheet of paper is folded to create a repeat pattern. 

Niels Thelosen

Risk management expert

Ex Macquarie Group

Niels Thelosen is a financial services risk management professional who specializes in operational risk management, with a focus on operational resilience, data, technology and cyber. In his most recent role, he was responsible for managing operational resilience prudential aspects across Macquarie's operating and support groups, including asset finance, banking, wealth management, trading, finance and risk.

15:1515:45

Networking break

15:15 - 15:45

15:4516:30

Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion
Risk management deep-dive discussions

14:00 - 15:00

Using generative AI in risk management 

Kyvi Han

Manager technology risk

Commonwealth Bank (CBA)

As a Manager-Technology Risk at Commonwealth Bank (CBA), Kyvi has over seven years experience in overseeing and advising on risks arising from operational changes, data breaches, and cloud migrations.

She holds the Certificate of the Business Continuity Institute (CBCI) and AWS cloud practitioner. Her mission is to enable safe, sound, and secure technology to build tomorrow's bank today for our customers and community.

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Jenny Lee

Senior manager risk and compliance

Australian Military Bank

Jenny is a Senior Manager Risk and Compliance at Australian Military Bank. She has over 25 years’ experience in the banking industry within risk, compliance and audit. After graduating from Macquarie University and working in Sydney for a few years in superannuation administration and audit, she moved to London where she spent most of her working career, 18 years, in a Japanese bank and was the Head of Internal Audit.

She returned to Sydney and has since worked in a mid-tier bank, startup bank and now at a mutual bank, Australian Military Bank. In the last 4 years she changed roles from working in the 3rd line to 2nd line in Risk and Compliance.

She appreciates the importance of automation in minimizing risks. She enjoys working through and being part of change management processes that improve or enhance compliance, operations, and controls.

16:3016:45

Roundtable insights

14:00 - 15:00

Mastering risk management in the digital age

16:4516:50

Chairperson’s closing remarks

15:00 - 16:00

16:5018:00

Networking drinks

16:50 - 18:00

13:3013:35

Chairperson’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:05

Peter Deans

Non-executive director

The RegTech Association

Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting. Peter is currently Chair and Non-Executive Director of NerdWallet Australia, and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good and The Regtech Association. Peter is also an advisory board member for several fintechs and start-up companies.

Peter is a regular contributor to a range of strategy, risk and finance publications including Company Director Magazine (Australia), Director Today (India), FINSIA (Australia) and The Asian Banker (Singapore).

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. 

13:3514:05

Blending horizons: the integration of AI and low-latency trading in redefining future market trends

14:00 - 15:00

  • Risk in fast trading: managing market fluctuations in low-latency trading 
  • Assessing challenges in low-latency and high-touch trading
     
Manab Chetia

Data science/insights manager

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Manab Chetia, currently leading as a Data Science/Insights Manager at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, works at the intersection of data science and artificial intelligence with financial risk management. With a Master's degree in Computing from the Australian National University, specialising in Artificial Intelligence, Manab has harnessed his expertise to drive significant advancements in predictive analytics, NLP and machine learning across various roles in the finance sector.

At the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Manab spearheads a team focused on leveraging AI for complaint prevention, demonstrating a keen ability to translate complex data into actionable insights. His innovative work includes the technical development of classification models for complaint resolution, employing Python, Word2Vec embeddings, LightGBM, and Azure's Open AI service, to enhance the customer experience and operational efficiency.

Manab's contributions extend beyond his technical skills, mentoring colleagues and graduates, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation. His open-source contributions, notably to the Langchain project, underscore his commitment to advancing AI applications in real-world settings.

With a track record of exceeding performance expectations and a passion for leveraging cutting-edge technologies, Manab is poised to share valuable insights on integrating AI with low latency trading to redefine market trends and manage trading risks.

Justin Balnaves

CIO

Avalon Rivers Asset Management

Justin Balnaves, Avalon Rivers Asset Management brings over 30+ years of experience in global financial markets to the forefront. Justin's journey includes leading systematic trading at Bankers Trust, delivering notable returns atMacquarie Bank , and serving as Global Head of High-Frequency and Intraday Strategies at Royal Bank of Scotland. Additionally, he managed a $100 million portfolio at World Quant and guided high-performance intraday strategies at Sun Trading LLCwith a Sharpe ratio of 5+. Partnering with Steven Singh, a seasoned professional with over 20+ years of expertise in software development and financial markets, adds immense value to their collaboration. After years of refining their craft in algorithmic trading, Avalon Rivers Asset Management is thrilled to unveil a distinctive investment prospect that leverages sophisticated trading models and high-quality computational algorithms to pinpoint intraday trades with the highest probabilities of success. At the core of our venture lies a distinctive investment opportunity in algorithmic trading, backed by years of industry experience and a proven track record of success.

Elenita Elinon

Executive director, quantitative research

J.P. Morgan Chase

Nomakhosi Mpala

Senior associate, systematic trading

Westpac Institutional Bank

14:0514:45

The role of data in assessing trading risk

14:00 - 15:00

  • Understanding the impact of predictive analytics in forecasting trading risks and informing strategic decisions
  • Real-time monitoring: how real-time alerts facilitate quick responses to trading risk
     
Pallab Dey

Data science/research systematic trading

Pallab Dey is a quantitative research/analytics and technology professional and is currently leading a data science & data solutions group in the systematic trading and strategy research space in Boronia Capital. His key expertise areas include financial market assets (with exposure to equity cash and listed futures and options), low latency automated trading product development, microstructure research & analytics, statistical/predictive modelling, and big data software solutions utilizing high-frequency time series data.

Pallab Dey has held various positions in financial markets and trading areas, including research, algorithmic product design and management, and engineering roles while working with hedge fund, FinTech firms, and sell-side institutional division in investment banks. He has also conducted lectures and designed courses in UNSW business school related to trading and FinTech.

Pallab Dey holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), a master's degree in Risk and Investment Management (Financial economics track), and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering. He has authored academic research working papers in the area of Microstructure of the Market, Market Liquidity, and Short Selling, and frequently presents and chairs in finance conferences.

Manab Chetia

Data science/insights manager

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Manab Chetia, currently leading as a Data Science/Insights Manager at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, works at the intersection of data science and artificial intelligence with financial risk management. With a Master's degree in Computing from the Australian National University, specialising in Artificial Intelligence, Manab has harnessed his expertise to drive significant advancements in predictive analytics, NLP and machine learning across various roles in the finance sector.

At the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Manab spearheads a team focused on leveraging AI for complaint prevention, demonstrating a keen ability to translate complex data into actionable insights. His innovative work includes the technical development of classification models for complaint resolution, employing Python, Word2Vec embeddings, LightGBM, and Azure's Open AI service, to enhance the customer experience and operational efficiency.

Manab's contributions extend beyond his technical skills, mentoring colleagues and graduates, and fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation. His open-source contributions, notably to the Langchain project, underscore his commitment to advancing AI applications in real-world settings.

With a track record of exceeding performance expectations and a passion for leveraging cutting-edge technologies, Manab is poised to share valuable insights on integrating AI with low latency trading to redefine market trends and manage trading risks.

Justin Balnaves

CIO

Avalon Rivers Asset Management

Justin Balnaves, Avalon Rivers Asset Management brings over 30+ years of experience in global financial markets to the forefront. Justin's journey includes leading systematic trading at Bankers Trust, delivering notable returns atMacquarie Bank , and serving as Global Head of High-Frequency and Intraday Strategies at Royal Bank of Scotland. Additionally, he managed a $100 million portfolio at World Quant and guided high-performance intraday strategies at Sun Trading LLCwith a Sharpe ratio of 5+. Partnering with Steven Singh, a seasoned professional with over 20+ years of expertise in software development and financial markets, adds immense value to their collaboration. After years of refining their craft in algorithmic trading, Avalon Rivers Asset Management is thrilled to unveil a distinctive investment prospect that leverages sophisticated trading models and high-quality computational algorithms to pinpoint intraday trades with the highest probabilities of success. At the core of our venture lies a distinctive investment opportunity in algorithmic trading, backed by years of industry experience and a proven track record of success.

Elenita Elinon

Executive director, quantitative research

J.P. Morgan Chase

Nomakhosi Mpala

Senior associate, systematic trading

Westpac Institutional Bank

14:4515:15

Quality data as a key business asset

14:00 - 15:00

  • Strategically tackling data challenges: crafting dynamic and robust strategies for data and technology innovation
  • The importance of data governance through a unified data strategy
Will Liang

Executive director

MA Asset Management

Will Liang is an Executive Director at MA Asset Management, where he is responsible for overseeing the company's data, technology, and AI initiatives. His extensive career includes a decade at Macquarie Group, fulfilling several key roles— notably, he served as the CIO for Macquarie Capital in ANZ and spearheaded the technology strategy for the innovative Moonshot initiative. Will's career path led him to Harvard to further enhance his expertise in data analytics and artificial intelligence. Upon returning to Australia, he joined KPMG in a pivotal role, becoming the National Leader of Regulatory Technology.

Besides his executive commitments, Will serves as a non-executive director and treasurer for the RegTech Association's board and participates as a member of the Financial Services Council technology expert group. Will is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

As of 2023, Will has earned recognition as a LinkedIn Top Voice in AI and has been distinguished as the most influential Asian Australian under 40 in the corporate category.

Scott Lam

Executive director, data governance SME

Standard Chartered

With a proven background in leading risk management practices and ensuring regulatory compliance, Scott has held diverse leadership roles within the financial sector, domestically in Australia and globally. In his current role, Scott leads a cross-functional team to define and implement robust data governance strategies that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the organisation across its footprint markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He plays a pivotal role in guiding his organisation on industry best practices, developing policies for compliance, and promoting a robust data governance culture. 

His expertise in data governance spans across data privacy, records management, data quality assurance, and data stewardship, acting as a thought leader and overseeing the integrity and security of critical data assets. Scott is  commitment to excellence in data and risk governance, driving impactful change whilst maintaining regulatory compliance and fostering a culture of data-centric decision-making within organizations. He is passionate about leveraging data as a strategic asset and helping organizations harness the full potential of their data resources to achieve their business objectives. 

Scott enjoys spending time with his young family and keeping fit.

Henry Huang

Head of IT – digital service delivery & operations

Ubank

Henry is an esteemed IT visionary with over two decades of experience, specializing in digital transformation and innovation in the banking sector. His strategic focus on Risk Management has been instrumental in fostering growth while mitigating threats. Renowned for his results-driven approach, Henry excels in nurturing high-performance cultures and scaling businesses with remarkable efficiency. His leadership in developing strategic roadmaps and guiding cross-functional teams has been crucial in achieving key technology outcomes. Henry's dedication to excellence and staying ahead of industry trends positions the organizations he works with as pioneers in the dynamic digital world.

In addition to his impressive track record, Henry has held senior leadership roles in banks and leading non-bank financial companies, driving significant advancements. His entrepreneurial spirit also led him to run a successful Start-up, showcasing his versatility and ability to excel in various business environments. Henry's multifaceted experience and dynamic leadership continue to shape the future of technology in the financial industry.

Cherylyn Nguyen

Senior manager, investment data

AMP Super & Investments

Dr. Mav Kim

Group head of information management & data platforms operations

Westpac

Dr. Mav Kim has over 20 years’ experience in data, information systems, research and innovation in a number of industries, most recently in financial services.

Over the past six years, Mav has been instrumental in steering Westpac Group towards data governance excellence and strategic transformation in the data space.  He is currently Westpac Group’s  Head of Information Management and Data Platforms Operations, leading a team of high-performing data, operations and risk professionals overseeing the design, establishment and management of enterprise-wide data services, Responsible AI, regulatory engagement, operations, and data risk.

Prior to this, Mav was the Head of Digital and Analytics and Head of Advanced Analytics and AI, driving digital transformation and AI-driven innovations across Westpac’s Legal, Compliance and Secretariat division.

 

15:1515:45

Networking break

15:15 - 15:45

15:4516:30

Peer-to-peer roundtable discussion
Data and tech deep dive discussions

14:00 - 15:00

Operational resilience through the cloud and AI 

Will Liang

Executive director

MA Asset Management

Will Liang is an Executive Director at MA Asset Management, where he is responsible for overseeing the company's data, technology, and AI initiatives. His extensive career includes a decade at Macquarie Group, fulfilling several key roles— notably, he served as the CIO for Macquarie Capital in ANZ and spearheaded the technology strategy for the innovative Moonshot initiative. Will's career path led him to Harvard to further enhance his expertise in data analytics and artificial intelligence. Upon returning to Australia, he joined KPMG in a pivotal role, becoming the National Leader of Regulatory Technology.

Besides his executive commitments, Will serves as a non-executive director and treasurer for the RegTech Association's board and participates as a member of the Financial Services Council technology expert group. Will is also a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

As of 2023, Will has earned recognition as a LinkedIn Top Voice in AI and has been distinguished as the most influential Asian Australian under 40 in the corporate category.

Bhavin Mehta

Senior business manager

National Australia Bank (NAB)

16:3016:45

Roundtable insights

14:00 - 15:00

Data-tech alchemy: transforming risk assessment with AI and big data

16:4516:50

Chairperson’s closing remarks

15:00 - 16:00

16:5018:00

Networking drinks

16:50 - 18:00