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Katrina Andrews leads Andrews Partnership which focuses on corporate affairs, corporate communications, sustainability, investor relations and public/government affairs. Since starting in Executive Search in 2011, she has led nearly 200 successful engagements across APAC, including senior appointments at some of the world's largest companies including BNP Paribas, Walmart, FWD, Dairy Farm, Schneider Electric, AXA and EY, and other SGX/HKEX/FTSE/ASX/Fortune organisations.
In addition, she placed Investor Relations Officers at one of the world's largest IR Agency Sard Verbinnen, and other leading brands including Diginex. Before her search career, Katrina spent more than 7 years as MD for Melcrum, working with leaders and teams around the globe to build skills and know-how in Internal Communication. Providing strategic advice, analysis, tools and training to help communication professionals excel. In 2012 she was the first Search professional ever-listed in PRWeek's global 'Power Book 500' and has held two previous Board positions at VMA Group and Melcrum Ltd. A recognized leader in the field, she is a frequent speaker and contributor to both trade and business media. An avid follower of continued personal development and community support, in 2020, Katrina and the Andrews Partnership team fundraised for Pathfinders (a HK-based Charity) and enrolled in Yale's online program; The Science of Well-Being.
President, Computershare Global Capital Markets
Paul Conn started his international financial markets career at the London Stock Exchange in 1979. He joined the Australian Stock Exchange in 1989, holding a number of senior roles including the Head of New Business Development. Paul joined Computershare in 1998, relocated to New York in 2001 and was appointed President of Computershare's Global Capital Markets Group in 2006.
Simon Hayes leads Andrew's Partnership’s Singapore office, supporting major regional and global companies in placing senior leaders in communications and government affairs roles throughout Southeast Asia. Simon also leads the firm's Asia Pacific investor relations practice, identifying and securing the talent that allows public companies, private equity firms and investment funds to access capital markets.
Working with some of the world's best-known brands, Simon is committed to building talent and capability, allowing these businesses to interact effectively with stakeholders, including staff, investors, customers and governments.
Prior to joining Andrews Partnership, Simon was Director of Advisory for Gartner's Asia Finance practice, spending 12 years working with Chief Financial Officers to develop growth and margin strategies for Asia Pacific markets. He also led the International CFO Forum, the leading membership group for the CFOs of multinationals, bringing Finance leaders together to share ideas and experience across the region.
Simon began his career as a newspaper reporter, covering business and technology stories for The Australian, Australia's national daily. He believes each organisation's strategy must be supported by a good story, and that talented communicators play a critical role in financial success.
Assistant Vice President
State Street Global Advisors
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Cathie Armour is one of the Commissioners of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC").
The Commission is responsible for ASIC's performance as Australia's integrated corporate, financial markets, financial services and consumer credit regulator.
Cathie is the chair of ASIC's Regulatory Issues and Policy Committees. She works closely with the ASIC teams responsible for regulating markets, corporations, financial reporting and insolvency and the enforcement of laws relating to market integrity and corporate governance. Cathie also focuses on the work of ASIC’s Innovation Hub which supports fintech and regtech activities.
Cathie's experience before ASIC was in legal counsel leadership roles in international financial institutions. She was General Counsel for Macquarie Capital and an Executive Director of Macquarie Group. She began her career in private legal practice and has worked for law firms in Sydney and New York.
Cathie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
Partner and Head of Climate Risk Governance
Sustainability reporting and Disclosures
Pru Bennett joined Brunswick Group in April 2019 following a career at BlackRock where she was a Managing Director and Head of Investment Stewardship for the APAC region. At BlackRock Pru led a team that responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients.
Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and investment decisions. In 2018 Pru received the Asia Industry Leadership Award from 100 Women in Finance. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance.
Pru is a director of Global Compact Network Australia and a member of a number of industry and regulatory bodies including Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission, the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Corporate Governance Advisory Committee, a council member of the Asian Corporate Governance Association, director of the International Integrated Reporting Council and a member of the Deakin University Integrated Reporting Centre Advisory Board.
Group General Manager Investor Relations
ANZ Banking Group Limited
Jill is responsible for ANZ's global investor relations program and for the management of ANZ's relationships with institutional shareholders and investors, research analysts, brokers, governance advisors and retail shareholders.
Jill has 22 years’ experience in senior Investor Relations and Communications/Corporate Affairs roles across a range of major Australian corporates from $1b to circa $90b in market cap including 12 and a half years in her current role at ANZ (others incl. AMP, Lend Lease, David Jones and PBL).
Chief Financial Officer
Head of Investment Stewardship (Australia)
Iris Davila, Director, is Head of BlackRock Investment Stewardship team in Australia. In this role, Iris is responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to Australian and New Zealand companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients.
Ms. Davila’s service with the firm dates back to 1998 where she started as an analyst in the Account Management Group (AMG) in New York. In 2002, she relocated to the Edinburgh office and was responsible for client service and business development within Europe. In 2004, she moved to Australia as the first BlackRock representative in the region. In this role, she was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with Australian and New Zealand clients and consultants, product development and business strategy. Following the merger with MLIM, she continued in her role in the Account Management Group as well as worked as a Fixed Income Product Specialist. From 2010-2012, she worked in the Portfolio Management Group (PMG) as a Fixed Income Product Specialist focusing on business strategy. Prior to her current role, she held various
VP Investor Relations
Mark was appointed Head of Investor Relations at CSL Limited in 2003 ahead of the acquisition of Aventis Behring, an event which more than doubled the size of the company. After completing a Bachelor of Business Degree in 1987, at Curtin University in Western Australia, Mark went on to register as a CPA. He then completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Valuation and Analysis (FINSIA). Before taking up his present position he held investor relations roles over a 10 year period. This included positions at Telstra (Telecommunications), when the company was undergoing privatization, and ANZ Banking Group. Prior to working in investor relations, Mark was a financial accountant with ANZ Banking Group in Melbourne.
Chief Investment Officer
Ellerston Capital Limited
Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability, EY & Reconciliation Leader
Terence is a Partner with EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability team based in Melbourne and EY Australia’s Reconciliation Leader. Terence is an environmental and sustainability advisory and assurance specialist with over twenty-five years’ experience in advising governments and corporations on sustainability issues. Until its acquisition by EY in 2014, Terence was Founder/Executive Director of Net Balance, Australia's largest standalone sustainability and climate change practice at the time, one of Australia’s first B Corporations, twice-rated by Business Review Weekly as one of the 100 fastest-growing companies in Australia. Terence is a non-executive director of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand, Food Frontier and Global Compact Australia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland. He acts as a Senior Advisor for SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board) in Australia and a Technical Working Group member of CDSB (Carbon Disclosure Standards Board).
Partner in Charge, Climate Change & Sustainability
Adrian is the Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Sustainability Services in Australia. Adrian has also led KPMG’s global client facing capability in ESG and Sustainability since 2014. Adrian has more than 30 years of experience working with global public and private companies in the UK and Australia providing financial and non-financial advisory, reporting and assurance services.
Adrian has advised clients on sustainability strategies, ESG risk methodologies, environmental risk assessments, preparedness to report, materiality assessments, gap analyses, supplier screening, climate resilience planning, developed Social Return on Investment (SROI) solutions, impact measurement, valuations of social and environmental capital, and developed future corporate reporting and communications strategies and KPI measurement.
Adrian believes that building a more sustainable global economy is critical to everyone’s future. He is passionate about the role of business in creating that future and in addressing the big issues of climate change, human rights and our unsustainable and inefficient demand for new resources. He believes that KPMG can play an important part in building a sustainable future by combining finance skills and a broad understanding of business with deep specialist expertise in environmental and social change.
Head of Australian Equities
Mr Manuell is responsible for managing the Australian equity team at AustralianSuper, a role he has held since 2013. AustralianSuper is Australia’s largest superannuation (pension) fund, managing over A$150b on behalf of its 2.1 million members.
In his previous role, Mr Manuell worked at Equity Trustees for ten years as the Head of Asset Management and Private Clients. Prior to this he worked in finance in the UK for 6 years, having commenced his career as a lawyer in Melbourne. Mr Manuell holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Law from Monash University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (Dean’s Honour List) from Melbourne Business School.
Head of Investor Relationss
Ross is a highly experienced Investor Relations Executive with a proven track record in successfully setting up and developing a best practice stakeholder engagement program. He was most recently the Head of Investor Relations at Telstra Corporation Limited. In the course of his career Ross has worked across a wide range of sectors including telecommunications, real estate, fast moving consumer goods, materials and engineering services. Ross worked in the treasury field prior to his time in investor relations. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics.
Conference MC & Journalist
Elysse Morgan hosts The Business on ABC TV and ABC NEWS Channel from Mondays to Thursdays. An award-winning journalist with a specialist business and
finance background, Elysse has been at the ABC for almost a decade. Prior to that Elysse worked at Sky News. After joining the ABC as a rural reporter focusing on
trade and resources, her specialist knowledge saw her promoted to ABC News's national finance round. After two years of co-hosting, Elysse is now the host of ABC's The Business..
Ms Elysse Morgan’ appears by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.
Executive General Manager, Trading Services
David Raper has been Executive General Manager, Trading Services, since July 2015. In this role, he is responsible for ASX’s equity and derivative trading, information services and technical services businesses, and for the Australian Liquidity Centre - Australia’s only purpose-built finance data centre – and Centre Point services and is a director of Yieldbroker, Australia’s leading electronic fixed income trading platform.
David joined ASX in 2006 as General Manager, Business Operations, following the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and SFE Corporation (SFE).
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