AIRA 2019 Annual Half Day Seminar


DATE:  30 May 2019 | Sydney
TIME:  12.00noon to 6.00pm
VENUE:  Deutsche Bank AG, Level 16, Corner of Hunter and Phillip Streets, Sydney, NSW  2000
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 12 noon

Registration and light lunch 


Guests to be seated 


Introduction and Welcome 

 1.00 - 1.30pm


Global Considerations Influencing Australasian Investor Relations Practices

MiFID, engaging index / passive investors, ESG, capital allocation and shareholder activism are consistent themes impacting listed entities globally, and challenging the practice of investor relations. Hear the views of two international experts on these global challenges and how they will influence the practice of investor relations.  What’s next and where to from here? 


  • BEATE MELTEN | Managing Director, Global Head IR Advisory Team, Depositary Receipts, Citi and former Head of Investor Relations, Cemex Inc
  • JOHN DAWSON | Partner, Statera, former Chairman of the UK Investor Relations Society and former Head of Investor Reactions at Rolls-Royce Holdings plc,  Cadbury, ICI, and National Grid plc
  • Moderator: ROSS MOFFAT | Head of Investor Relations, Telstra Corporation Limited


 1.30 - 2.10pm

Panel Discussion

Implications of the Current Political Climate on Australian Businesses and Capital Markets

Political agenda is integral in driving change across capital markets and Australian businesses.   Hear from experts on the effects, if any, of the upcoming federal election in Australia, uncertainty across the UK political landscape and influences being driven out of the USA and China.  The session will focus on long and short-term economic growth risks; critical impacts on environmental, social and governance issues; business and consumer trust and how this will impact business sentiment.   


  • TRACEY MCNAUGHTON | Head of Asset Allocation, Wilsons (Strategist, Investment Bank)
  • PHIN GLOVER | Head of ESG Research, Credit Suisse
  • Moderator:  JENNIFER HEWETT | National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
 2.10 - 2.25pm

Keynote Presentation

Strategic Capital Intelligence


  • MICHAEL STILLER | Global Co-Head, Strategic Capital Intelligence (SCI) Practice, Nasdaq

Since Mifid II came into effect in January 2018 it has caused an increasing disruption to the investor marketing landscape. There are reports that the sell-side are organizing fewer conferences, the buy-side more interested in direct engagement than in the past, and IR teams are being tasked with playing a more active role in their company’s investor marketing efforts without bigger budgets or larger teams. To help understand what options are available to IR professionals, Mike Stiller – Global head of Nasdaq’s Strategic Capital Intelligence practice will discuss; 

  • How to use new data tools and techniques to understand how often you should be on the road
  • How to find out which investors you should be targeting and how to approach those investors
  • Which meetings you should be bringing your senior management to, and
  • The latest benchmarking across industry you can compare your IR program against
2.25 – 2.55 pm 


Investor Relations Officers are leading the move to Integrated Reporting

Increasingly, investors rely on a broader range of corporate reports when making investment decisions. Transparency issues have been highlighted and trust is low. Boards and senior management must drive the required changes to rebuild public trust, but at many listed entities it’s the IRO's that are leading improvements to transparency. The adoption of integrated reporting is accelerating, stay up-to-date and create value through transparency.


  • NICK RIDEHALGH | Partner, CFO Advisory, KPMG 
  • KYLIE DUMBLE | Associate Director CFO Advisory, KPMG 
 2.55 – 3.25pm

Afternoon Tea

 3.25 – 4.10PM

Session on ESG

ESG the new paradigm – what IRO’s need to know?

Join our expert panel as they discuss the latest developments in ESG. The session will look at the rising expectations for Australasian listed entities to engage on ESG. Identify key material ESG factors; explore emerging trends in engagement on climate change; discover how remuneration policies can be made “less” controversial; and, how ESG data is being used by Proxy Advisors. Given the increased focus on ESG and sustainability and the need for listed entities to understand the business case for ESG and ESG-related matters, this session is one not to be missed.


  • ENRICO COLOMBO | Senior Associate, APAC Research, Sustainalytics
  • IRIS DAVILA | Head of BlackRock Investment Stewardship (Australia), Blackrock
  • DANIEL SMITH | General Manager, CGI Glass Lewis
  • AMY WHITE | Partner, Sustainalize
  • Moderator: JOCELYN PETERSEN | VP – Global FP&A, Treasury and Investor Relations, Ansell Limited
 4.10 – 5.10pm

Panel Session

Best Practice Shareholder Engagement

Strikes against executive remuneration schemes and focus on the election of directors is increasing, partially a result from the financial services sector royal commission. Increasing engagement, utilising technology advancements, and managing resources and budgets are a key focus for investor relations and the AGM. Join this panel to discuss the future of best practice shareholder engagement for listed entities.


  • ROSS BROWN | Executive General Manager Group Investor Relations, National Australia Bank Limited 
  • GREG DOOLEY | Managing Director, Computershare Investor Services Limited
  • JUDITH FOX | CEO, Australian Shareholders Association
  • MARIA LEFTAKIS | CEO, Morrow Sodali
  • Moderator:  Ian Matheson | Chief Executive Office, AIRA
 5.10 - 5.15pm


 5.15 - 6.30pm

Networking Drinks