Plenary Speakers

Ross Garnaut

Professor Ross Garnaut

Professor Ross Garnaut (AO) is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and a Professorial Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne, as well as a Distinguished Professor of the Australian National University.

He is Chairman of the Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Program Limited, and is nominee Director on the Board of OK Tedi Mining Limited. Professor Garnaut is a member of the board of several international research institutions, including the Lowy Institute for International Policy. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute from 2003 to 2010 and its Chairman from 2006. He was foundation Chairman of Lihir Gold Limited, from 1995 to 2010.

Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

In 2008, he presented The Garnaut Climate Change Review to the Australian Prime Minister. This review examines the impact of climate change on the Australian economy and provides potential medium to long-term policies to ameliorate these. In November 2010 the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency commissioned Professor Garnaut to update his 2008 review, the final report was presented to the Australian Government in May 2011.

In September 2010 Professor Garnaut was also appointed as an independent expert advisor to the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee. This Committee will explore options for the implementation of a carbon price and will help to build consensus on how Australia will tackle the challenge of climate change.

Erik Maranik, Emergency Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Engineer

Mr. Erik Maranik is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia. With degrees in both Engineering and Natural Resource Management, as well as a broad range of critical infrastructure experience, he is able to provide a unique focus on the issues surrounding critical infrastructure risk. Erik has provided advice to all levels of government, as well as worked with the private sector on critical infrastructure risk and security management activities. He was an original member of Emergency Management Australia’s Critical Infrastructure Emergency Risk Management Working Group and has lectured at a Masters level on the subject of emergency risk management at the University of New South Wales. Erik is currently engaged as the Project Director for the Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment, a $400 million critical infrastructure investment.

Neil Cantle

Neil Cantle, Principal & Consulting Actuary Milliman,UK

Neil is a Principal working in Milliman’s London office. With over 20 years’ industry experience he has worked both in business and consulting. Prior to joining Milliman, Neil sat on the UK board of a large insurer, with executive responsibility for areas such as strategy, risk management and finance. At Milliman Neil leads the global development of CRisALIS™, Milliman’s cutting-edge approach to identifying, understanding, managing and modelling enterprise risk. Neil is also leading research sponsored by the UK Actuarial Profession into risk appetite and emerging risk.

Steve Batstone

Steve Batstone, Managing Director, Whiteboard Energy, NZ

Stephen Batstone completed a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Canterbury, focusing on risk management in electricity markets, also undertaking extensive tutoring, lecturing and consulting. In 2002 he moved to Mighty River Power Ltd, a vertically integrated state-owned power company. Since then he has been closely involved with the wholesale electricity market, portfolio management and investment. He has held positions of Transmission Manager, Risk Manager and most recently held the position of Head of Commercial (commercial oversight of generation operations, market regulation and transmission). He continued lecturing at Honours level, at the University of Canterbury, until 2010. In 2007 Stephen was appointed the inaugural Director of the National Energy Research Institute, a partnership between New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Insitutes. In establishing this partnership, he helped forge better relationships between energy researchers and the energy industry. He is a founding director of Whiteboard Energy Ltd, providing advisory services to the electricity industry.

Elizabeth Sheedy

Elizabeth Sheedy, Associate Professor, Macquarie Applied Finance Centre, Macquarie University

Elizabeth teaches courses in Financial Risk Management and Modelling Market Risk in the Master of Applied Finance program. Her areas of interest (research and consulting) are stress testing, GARCH modelling, counterparty credit risk and risk governance. She is a member of the Education Committee for PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association). She has written and edited books on derivatives and risk management. Prior to joining the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre she worked in the finance industry for Westpac and Macquarie Bank. Her industry roles were in derivatives and financial engineering. At Macquarie Bank she developed Australia’s first Currency Overlay service designed to manage the currency risks of superannuation funds. Her career in finance and finance education spans nearly 30 years.

Simon Longstaff

Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, St James Ethics Centre

Dr Longstaff’s distinguished career includes being named as one of the AFR Boss True Leaders for the first decade of the 21st century with Carol Schwartz noting “…I don’t know one CEO or chairman in corporate Australia who has not worked with Simon Longstaff…”. Dr Longstaff has a PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge and his doctoral research centred on related questions arising in the areas of political philosophy, ethics and the philosophy of education. Prior to becoming the inaugural Executive Director of St James Ethics Centre in 1991, he worked in the Northern Territory in the Safety Department of BHP subsidiary, GEMCO, lectured at Cambridge University and consulted to the Cambridge Commonwealth and Overseas Trusts. His book, Hard Cases, Tough Choices was published in 1997 and numerous articles have been published over the years. Dr Longstaff was inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is Chairman of Woolworths Limited Corporate Responsibility Panel, AMP Capital Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, Defence Science and Technology Organisation Probity Board and the International Advisory Board of the Genographic Project. Dr Longstaff serves on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Corporate Governance Committee, BHP Billiton Forum

Mark Legge, Director Standard & Poor, Financial Institutions Ratings

Markj Legge has been with Standard & Poor’s since 1996, and has analytical responsibility for insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand, having previously rated financial institutions, utility, infrastructure and public finance related entities. Mark has a Master of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree from La Trobe University. He is a Fellow of Finsia.


Rod Farmer, Co-Founder and Director (Research & Strategy) of Mobile Experience

Rod is one of Australia's leading mobile product and service designers with 15 years of experience helping large organisations and startups turn great ideas into reality. Blending his background in Engineering, Sociology and Human-Centred Design, Rod is passionate about creating innovative, meaningful, commercially viable solutions. Recognised as one of Australia's leading experts on mobility and user experience, his award-winning solutions over the years have helped organisations such as MIT Media Lab, Yahoo, CSIRO, ANZ, ABC, FoxSports, 3 Mobile, Vodafone, Telstra, and SingTel Optus to realise their next-generation products and services.

Author and speaker, follow him @rodfarmer

David Howard-Jones, Market Manager for Oliver Wyman in Australia & New Zealand and leads Oliver Wyman’s Finance & Risk Management practice for Asia Pacific.

David is based in Sydney, he is a Partner in our Global Finance Services Practice. Prior to joining our Sydney office, David worked in Oliver Wyman’s Boston and London offices, serving our clients in North America and Europe.

David joined Oliver Wyman from a lecturership position in Mathematics at Oxford University. He holds a PhD & MA from Oxford, and was awarded the CFA charter in August 2003.

Chris Connelly, Subject Matter Expert for IBM’s A/NZ Risk and Resilience Centre of Excellence

In this role, Chris and his team work with clients to ensure that their operations are resilient and business services can continue to operate in a climate of fast technological change and diverse threat environments. Chris specialises in the application of IBM’s Resilient Enterprise Blueprint to organisations undergoing significant IT transformation; encompassing IT Operational Risk Management, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery and Crisis Management.

Chris has worked across a range of industry sectors, including financial, telecommunications, government, manufacturing and education. He is a senior technology and risk consultant who has provided professional risk management and consulting services to clients for over 20 years.

Immediately prior to joining IBM, Chris was Manager Operational Risk for one of Australia’s major banks and has previously held positions at Telstra, RMIT University, Victorian State Government and a number of IT consulting organisations.

Wayne Brazel, AMP Limited

Wayme Brazel has over 20 years experience within the Insurance and Wealth Management Industry with experience of a diverse range of Products, Markets and Reporting frameworks. His experience includes Product Development, Valuation and Merger & Acquisition and has gained a strong reputation for delivering advice appropriate to the needs of the business. In the last few years Wayne has supplemented his past involvement on the Institute’s Disability Committee with involvement on the Risk Management Practice Committee, chairing the sub-committee on CPD and Capability in addition to the Institute’s Leadership Committee. Wayne is passionate about ensuring technical information is communicated in a manner that it becomes knowledge in the hands of the business.


Tony is a director and senior advisor to a number of leading Australian and international organizations including acting as :

  • a Director of AMP Life Limited (& Chairman of the Audit Committee)
  • a Director of Low Carbon Australia
  • a Director of Max BUPA Health Insurance Limited in India
  • a Member of the Advisory Board of the Macquarie University Business & Economics Faculty

From 2000 until 2008 he was Chief Risk Officer and Group Actuary of Insurance Australia Group and prior to that he was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Tony is a past President of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (IAAust) and a former winner of the IAAust’s “Actuary of the Year” award.

He has also held leadership roles in the International Actuarial Association (IAA), including leading the IAA’s response to the Global Financial Crisis in discussions on behalf of the IAA with the Joint Forum, the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In recent years, Tony has also been active in building better engagement on the climate change and carbon issue in government, the community and business by working extensively on this issue with eminent scientists, business leaders, NGOs and government.

Macquarie University recently awarded Tony an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree in recognition of his contributions to risk management, institutional investment and climate change.

Tony has been a sailor all his life and can be found racing sailboats on Sydney Harbour with family and friends on most weekends and skippered divisional winning yachts at Hamilton Island Race Week in both 2003 and 2011.

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