Wednesday 22 February 2023

9.30am – 10.00am

Official opening

Welcome to Country

ASFA Conference Welcome

Host: Prof Stan Grant
Journalist, Author, Geopolitical Commentator
Gary Dransfield
Independent Chair, ASFA

10.00am – 10.45am

Keynote 1

The world in flux – what’s next?

It wasn’t that long ago that the globalisation of everything was a fact of modern life.

However, the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic have seen globalisation thrown into reverse as countries locked down and supply chains were disrupted. The decisions taken by governments to inject huge amounts of stimulus into economies coupled with the broken energy system brought about by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have resulted in worldwide inflation and geopolitical instability. Climate change and the embracing of technology have added to the eclectic mix of economic influences that are shaping the world order today. So, what comes next?

Recognised as one of the more innovative market strategists, Viktor Shvets will draw on his decades of investment and academic experience to illuminate and explore the major drivers of change impacting today’s world.

Partnered by      Mercer

Viktor Shvets
Managing Director and Head of Global and Asia-Pacific Equity Strategy, Macquarie Capital

10.50am – 11.55am

Keynote 2

Cybersecurity – the ultimate vulnerability

“If you can count you can hack.” While these are not the words you want to hear from a cybersecurity expert, Australian web security consultant Troy Hunt says it’s often the simple and accessible vulnerabilities that make organisations most appealing to hackers.

In today’s highly digitised world no one is immune and even the most heavily regulated industries can have data vulnerabilities. What should superannuation funds and service providers be doing to prepare, to stay safe and mitigate the impact when (not ‘if’) situations like the Optus data breach happen?

To give you a big picture understanding of the current cyber landscape and the mindset needed to respond and manage in the event of the unthinkable, Troy will be joined by Philippa Cogswell, partner in PwC's Cybersecurity and Digital Trust Practice. Each will share their detailed knowledge and unique insights drawn from case studies and first-responder experience – including Australia’s largest data breach in 2016, where the disclosure to customers, steps taken to contain it, and the transparent honest response to customers has become the gold standard for how to handle such a situation.

Terrifying and compelling in equal measures, you won’t want to miss a minute.

Troy Hunt
Australian Security Researcher
Philippa Cogswell
Philippa Cogswell
Partner, Cybersecurity & Digital Trust Practice, PwC

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Lunch in the Super Expo

1.10pm – 1.55pm

Parallel 1A

Ask the Regulators

How, if at all, will the regulatory approach change following the election?

With so much still happening in the regulatory space around performance tests, financial advice and tax reform, this important parallel session will cover a broad range of regulatory issues across all key areas of superannuation.

With the regulators under one roof, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear directly from APRA, ASIC and the ATO as they provide their observations and reactions to risk and compliance issues, and outline their expectations and plans going forward.

Emma Rosenzweig
Deputy Commissioner for Superannuation and Employer Obligations, ATO
Danielle Press
Commissioner, ASIC
Katrina Ellis
General Manager in Superannuation, APRA
Chair: Glen McCrea
Deputy CEO and Chief Policy Officer, ASFA

1.10pm – 1.55pm

Parallel 1B

Geopolitical instability - is this the new normal?

Our geopolitical landscape has been transformed. The Russia-Ukraine conflict - which marks a return to warfare between states - is a fundamental break with the liberal world order of the last 30 years. At the same time, China's rising economic and political might has ended the United States's 'unipolar moment', with a return to great power competition.

Beijing is flexing its muscles towards Taiwan and seeking to gain influence in the Pacific; Washington, for its part, has shown it is willing to sacrifice economic efficiency for national security with its sanctions on China's semiconductor sector. Other nations such as India and Brazil are also becoming more prominent on the world stage and seeking greater influence.

Meanwhile, advanced economies are struggling to generate growth, and suffering higher inequality - creating the potential for further, unpredictable geopolitical developments. Is this instability a passing trend or is it the new normal?

Robin Harding
Asia Editor, Financial Times
Merriden Varrall
Director, Geopolitics Hub, KPMG

Chair to be confirmed

1.10pm – 1.55pm

Parallel 1C

Capitalising on biodiversity – considerations for institutional investors

Spurred by the Federal Government’s commitment to protect 30% of Australia’s land and sea by 2030 and, given the majority of Australia’s land and ecosystems are privately owned, demand for incentivising biodiversity protections has soared.

There is a compelling argument for the merits of biodiversity credits, the attractiveness of which may grow rapidly when the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures regime is released, but what considerations must institutional investors and fund managers make when wading into this emerging market.

Spurred by the Federal Government’s commitment to protect 30% of Australia’s land and sea by 2030 and, given most of Australia’s land and ecosystems are privately owned, demand for incentivising biodiversity protections has soared.

Accounting for Nature CEO Dr Adrian Ward will join the panel to discuss the merits of biodiversity credits as well as the considerations that institutional investors and fund managers must make when wading into this emerging market. An increasingly important and timely discussion not to be missed.

Dr Adrian Ward
Chief Executive Officer, Accounting for Nature
Chair: Andrew Saunders
Head of Natural Climate Solutions, QIC

2.00pm – 2.50pm

Parallel 2A

Where does the digital rubber hit the road in group insurance?

Whether it’s investments, financial advice, fund administration or insurance, digital has well and truly arrived.

Businesses are transforming into ones oriented around digital capabilities, data and insights and where digital plays a critical role in customer engagement. What does this mean for group insurance in Australia across insurers, super funds and funds’ members/customers?

While systemic challenges remain around regaining member trust after past reputational scandals, there are also opportunities to explore – tapping into ‘disruption’ developments in analytics, wearable devices, and artificial intelligence that widen the insights able to be generated. We also need to find ways to develop products that builds on that same momentum that enabled overnight transition to remote workforces and virtual client management. And there’s the skills and capabilities dilemma to solve; how to find and keep workforce talent?

This session will investigate alternative digital strategies being implemented across the group insurer’s value chain and the role that digital plays in delivering effective group insurance outcomes for funds. What does good look like, and what can we expect to see moving forward?

Chair: Angat Sandu
Partner, McKinsey Insurance Practice

Additional speakers to be confirmed

2.00pm – 2.50pm

Parallel 2B

Operationalising and communicating during a cyber attack

Cybercrime will likely happen to your organisation at some point. That said, how prepared are you? And how will you and your organisation mobilise and communicate in those critical moments immediately afterwards? 

Building on his earlier keynote presentation, in this session cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt will delve into great technical detail about what organisations must do in the hours immediately following a cyberattack crisis, including best practice standards in communicating with impacted members and the community.

Drawing on his extensive knowledge and first-responder experience, Troy will help you understand the type and volume of data that organisations should be holding, and the correct processes for deleting archive data and records, especially for former or lapsed members.

This information-packed Q&A-style session will reinforce how imperative preparation is in high-pressure situations such as an Optus-style event. You’ll also learn why, when it comes to making spit-second decisions around communications in an emergency, knowing what not to do can be a gamechanger. Not to be missed. 

Troy Hunt
Australian Security Researcher
Chair: Wendy Mak
General Manager, Sustainability & Stakeholder Communications, Link Group

2.00pm – 2.50pm

Parallel 2C

Ask the investor

De-globalisation, rising rates, high inflation, an energy crisis, conflict, and an increasing social conscience have created a new paradigm for investment markets.

Whilst we have seen these things before, we haven’t seen them all at the same time and the implications for the stewards of other peoples’ money in this ‘new world’ are still largely uncertain.

In this session, we will hear from three of the industry’s most senior investment experts who will help us understand how different investment market scenarios might play out and how they are factoring that into their portfolios. Also, how they assess the investment risks, and some of the innovative ways that they are hedging these risks. They’ll also discuss how they incorporate ESG, particularly considering the energy crisis in many parts of the world.

After sharing their insights, our experts will answer the hard questions from delegates.

Rikki Bannan
Investment Director, Small Caps, IFM Investors
Chair: Graeme Mather
Senior Investment Industry Executive

Additional speakers to be confirmed

3.00pm – 3.30pm

Afternoon tea in Super Expo

3.45pm – 4.25pm

Keynote 3

Unlocking new ways of investing

Session details to be announced

Ashby Monk
Executive and Research Director, Stanford Global Projects Centre

Partnered by      LINK Group

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Keynote 4

Flourishing in the face of friction

How do you find and overcome friction points operationally within an organisation, or when relating to customers and investors?

Adam Alter, Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business, recommends undertaking a ‘friction audit’ to effectively get unstuck – a process he has applied successfully across numerous industries and organisations.

With the massive consolidation in the superannuation system resulting in fewer giant funds, such rapid organisational growth and change can result in inertia and uncertainty around a raft of issues from merging corporate cultures, where to invest huge pools of capital offshore; to how best to internationalise. When things change, how do you move forward and do things differently from previous times?

Drawing on some of the scientific studies, anecdotes, and interviews from his new book “The Anatomy of a Breakthrough,” Adam will show you why a fiction audit is a powerful way to take stock.

If you’ve ever felt stuck, or frozen, Adam’s motivating evidence-based keynote will help you identify and break through barriers to achieve success in all areas of life.

Adam Alter
Professor of Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business

5.30pm – 6.30pm

Networking Drinks in Super Expo

Partnered by      QIC


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