SIAA 2024

14 May — 15 May 2024

Speakers

Sarah Abood

Sarah Abood

CEO
Financial Advice Association of Australia (FAAA)

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience working in the financial services sector and has a deep understanding of the profession gained from her nine years as CEO of a privately-owned and self-licensed financial planning firm. Prior to commencing as FAAA CEO, Ms Abood held the position of chief operating officer at the for-purpose fund manager HOPE Housing. She has also worked for some of Australia’s leading financial institutions including Fidelity International, CFS, BT, Westpac, Rothschild and AMP.

Philip Baker

Philip Baker

Finance journalist and media consultant

Philip is a former Associate Editor at The Australian Financial Review and has 16 years of writing and editing. He wrote a daily column for the paper and a weekend Smart Money column that focussed on personal investing. He was previously Markets editor, the Financial Services editor and editor of afr.com. He currently appears on ABC News Breakfast. Before joining the AFR Phil was, for 18 years, involved in senior sales and trading roles in debt capital markets in Melbourne, Sydney and London at Bain& Co, Banker’s Trust and Macquarie Bank.

Julie Ballard

Julie Ballard

Director of Channel Management
S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI)

Julie oversees relationships with wealth management entities in Australia and New Zealand, promoting S&P DJI’s indices and services across various asset classes. Her focus lies in delivering educational content and research materials to aid the financial advice sector in utilising indices for investment solutions and risk management. With vast experience in national and strategic account management at renowned financial firms like Citigroup, AXA, AMP, and MLC Asset Management, Julie joined S&P DJI in March 2022, bringing expertise across asset management, platform administration, superannuation, insurance, and lending.

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird

General Manager Advice
JBWere

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience in the industry as an investment analyst, institutional research sales, discretionary portfolio management and over the past 20 years in wealth management as an adviser and manager of advisers. Prior to Joining JBWere, Andrew was an Executive Director with UBS Wealth Management in Melbourne. Andrew has worked for global wealth managers in Australia and internationally developing a deep understanding of the market and is passionate in enhancing the position the Australian industry occupies. He joined the SIAA board in February 2021.

Siobhan Blewitt

Siobhan Blewitt

CEO & Portfolio Manager
Frais Capital

A founding partner at Frais Cpital, Siobhan’s extensive investment experience includes Partner, Baillieu Stockbroking; Executive Director, Morgan Stanley and Honorary Adviser/Chair, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Investment Committee. Siobhan is a mentor of the Women in Banking and Finance rising stars program and a member of the FCJ Sisters and Cottage by the Sea Charity Investment Committees. With deep market knowledge, Siobhan provides regular finance updates for ABC Radio and Disrupt Radio.

Cilla Boreham

Cilla Boreham

Non-executive Director

Cilla has a wealth of experience in financial services, having worked for over 20 years in legal, risk and compliance related roles with Goldman Sachs JBWere and then with JBWere and nabtrade.  She is a former member and deputy chair of the Markets Disciplinary Panel.  Cilla now holds a number of non executive directorships, including with Commonwealth Securities Limited; Yarra Funds Management Limited and Impact Funds Management Limited.

Amanda Boyce

Amanda Boyce

Head of Advice
Euroz Hartleys

Amanda is an experienced financial market professional with 20 years of experience in the industry. She has held senior leadership roles in Advice, Institutional Wealth, and Strategic Projects. Her career began with Goldman Sachs JBWere and later became Head of Syndicate at JBWere before becoming Head of Advice for WA and SA. Amanda is Executive Director of Euroz Hartleys Limited & Euroz Hartleys Foundation and Head of Advice, responsible for shaping the growth and advice strategy. She joined Euroz Hartleys in July 2022.

Peter Burgess

Peter Burgess

CEO
SMSF Association

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Peter held the position of Deputy CEO/Director of Policy & Education with the Association and is a previous Association Board member. With over 30 years of industry experience Peter is recognised as an authority in SMSF. He is a widely published author and media commentator. Through his contribution to the development of SMSF education standards, his Government advocacy work and his commitment to professionalism and thought leadership, Peter has dedicated much of his career to improving SMSF advice competency standards.

Peter Bryant

Peter Bryant

Managing Director, Enterprise Products, Australia & NZ
Morningstar

Peter has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, achieved across a range of roles and disciplines. Starting his career as a lawyer, Peter was Group General Counsel of The Trust Company. Following the acquisition of The Trust Company by Perpetual, Peter spent seven years at the Commonwealth Bank in a range of commercial roles in CBA’s Wealth Management business including General Manager, Commonwealth Financial Planning.

Tim Buckley

Tim Buckley

Director
Climate Energy Finance (CEF)

Tim has over 30 years financial markets experience, covering Australia, and Asian markets including China and India. Tim is a widely cited financial analyst studying the electricity sector and highlights the technology and finance driven inevitability of a global transition towards a lower emissions system. This analysis extends to examine the risks to potentially stranded fossil fuel assets as well as the resulting opportunities for renewable energy, energy efficiency, renewable hydrogen, and other low carbon finance assets. Tim has published over 100 reports in the last decade on these topics.

Paul Conn

Paul Conn

President
Computershare Global Capital Markets

Paul 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.

Simone Constant

Simone Constant

Commissioner
ASIC

Simone commenced as an ASIC Commissioner in November 2023. She has more than 23 years’ experience in financial services, markets, legal services and risk management. Most recently, Simone was the Chief Risk Officer (CRO), Institutional Bank and Markets at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Simone has also held CRO roles at the National Australia Bank in the corporate, institutional and consumer banks. She held senior NSW Government positions with the NSW Departments of Education, Treasury and Finance.

Rory Cunningham

Rory Cunningham

Senior Manager, Investment Products
ASX

Rory is Senior Manager of Investment Products at the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). He is responsible for expanding the number and use of investment products that are available on ASX, which includes ETFs, Managed Funds, Listed Investment Companies, REITs, and Bonds. Before joining ASX Rory held positions at Fidelity Investments and Perpetual Investments.

Nicholas Davis

Nicholas Davis

Industry Professor and Co-director
Human Technology Institute (HTI), University of Technology

Founded in 2022, HTI has become an influential partner and advisor to the public and private sectors on AI governance, technology policy, and responsible system design. Nick’s previous roles include being Head of Society and Innovation and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum, and Managing Partner of SWIFT Partners, a Geneva-based tech consultancy. With Klaus Schwab, the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, he is the co-author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Hamish Dee

Hamish Dee

Director
Morgans Financial

Hamish has over 30 years’ experience of working in the stockbroking industry. Hamish joined Morgans Financial Ltd in 2003, then known as ABN AMRO Morgans Limited, and in 2006 became a director responsible for overseeing equity derivatives, market operations and compliance within the organisation. Hamish is also a director of the Morgans Foundation, a member of the SIAA Derivatives Sub-committee and became Chair of SIAA in 2023.

Paul Derham

Paul Derham

Partner
Holley Nethercote

Since 2001 Paul Derham has been helping clients in the financial services industry to meet their legal and compliance obligations. Paul regularly assists businesses acquire their Australian Financial Services Licences (AFSL) and build robust governance systems to help them stay out of court, and out of the hands of regulators. Paul completed his Arts/Law degree with honours in law in 2004, became a solicitor in 2005 and holds a Diploma of Financial Planning.

George Deva

George Deva

National Head of Private Wealth
Shaw and Partners

George has a career spanning over 28 years in financial services and wealth management. George joined Shaw and Partners in 2023 and is responsible for the private wealth, marketing and advisory functions. Previous roles include Group Executive roles across sales, strategy and operations at Ord Minnett, Boston based bank, State Street and with listed Fintech company HUB24. George holds qualifications from Macquarie University, Deakin University and postgraduate qualifications from the Haas School of Business.

Dr Laura De Zwaan

Dr Laura De Zwaan

Senior Lecturer
QUT

Laura completed her PhD at Griffith University in 2013 in the area of superannuation and ESG investing. Today, Laura’s research is broadly focused on financial equality and improving financial outcomes for those who are typically disadvantaged by current structures, particularly young people and women. She co-authored the report Financial Literacy of Young Australians which recommends improving financial literacy education in schools by removing the focus on mathematics and adopting a more conceptual approach.

James Dickson

James Dickson

CEO
Oceanic Consulting Group

Over his two decades of financial services experience, James has started, acquired, divested, closed and led large scale cash equity and derivatives businesses. He has managed and advised on complex post-acquisition integration and benefits realisation strategies in banking and wealth management businesses. James has spent the last eight years leading the largest remediation programs in Australia, establishing himself and Oceanic Consulting Group (OCG) as leaders in the space. Since founding OCG, James has advised a number of leading Australian institutions on complex issues.

David Ferrall

David Ferrall

Founder & CEO
FinClear Group

David is a leading fintech entrepreneur and financial services executive with a successful career spanning over thirty years. Since the inception of FinClear in 2015, The FinClear Group expanded to include FCX, the world’s first private company securities platform built on DLT and Transact1, a cash investment technology provider for wholesale customers. Prior to FinClear David held senior roles across leading global financial institutions where he has built and managed businesses across Australia, Asia and Japan, for companies including CBA, Shinsei Bank, JPMorgan and Citigroup.

Judith Fox

Judith Fox

CEO
Stockbrokers and Investment Advisers Association

Prior to joining SIAA, Judith was CEO of the Australian Shareholders’ Association, which promotes the interests of retail investors. She was National Director, Policy & Advocacy at Governance Institute of Australia and has been a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council since 2005. She has been a member of Standards Australia’s Governance and Risk Management Committees and the ASIC Business Advisory Committee. In 2014, she was named as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence for her work in public policy.

Brad Gale

Brad Gale

Chief Executive Officer
Wilsons Advisory

Brad joined Wilsons in 2012 where he led the privatisation of the firm in 2015 working closely with the partners to establish the structure and strategy that underpins Wilsons’ success today. During his career Brad has been responsible for delivering key strategic initiatives, including NAB’s acquisition of JBWere from Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Wilsons, Brad enjoyed a successful career at Goldman Sachs JBWere where he was a Partner and Managing Director. His experience also includes roles at KPMG and Credit Suisse (London).

Kate Galvin

Kate Galvin

CEO
Victorian Funds Management Corporation

For the past 30 years Kate has worked as a leader and lawyer in financial services and currently leads the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC), the public authority responsible for investing for the State of Victoria.  VFMC manages over $85 billion for 30 Victorian public authorities and related organisations. After eight years of commercial legal practice, Kate transitioned to managing, transforming and growing businesses in the finance sector. Kate has been Executive and General Manager at NAB, and held multiple roles with JBWere and Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Lee Garf

Lee Garf

General Manager
NICE Actimize

Lee leads the NICE Compliance Line of Business, and is responsible for the Holistic Trade Compliance solution suite, which combines communications capture, trade and communication surveillance capabilities. Lee oversees product strategy, product marketing, product delivery across all NICE Compliance solutions. As the leader of this business, he is responsible for ensuring continuous innovation to meet the needs of financial firms around the world. Just prior to joining NICE Systems, Lee was Executive Vice President, Product, at Charles River Development (CRD).

Stephen Godfrey

Stephen Godfrey

Senior Private Wealth Adviser
Ord Minnett

Stephen commenced with EL&C Baillieu (now Ord Minnett) in 2017 and was Head of Investments and Advice until its acquisition by Ord Minnett in 2020. At this time, he resumed directly advising private clients. He has more than a decade of experience working in wealth management, across private banking and boutique firms. Stephen provides highly specialised and comprehensive financial advice to HNW individuals, senior executives, professionals and business owners. His investment expertise includes the construction and management of multi-asset portfolios.

 

Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Gordon

Partner
Ashurst

Jonny advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions on their Australian regulatory requirements. Jonny’s offshore financial markets experience, coupled with his long-standing focus on the regulation of financial services in Australia, means he is well placed to advise offshore providers on the Australian marketplace and cross-border implications. Jonny broader experience includes working for three years with the ASX in the derivatives area and for three years with a leading law firm in Hong Kong.

Andrew Gregory

Andrew Gregory

Head of Advice and Education
UniSuper

Prior to joining UniSuper in 2022 Andrew’s recent roles included the CEO of Arrow Private Wealth, general manager of MLC Advice, where he led NAB’s national employed advice network and general manager of NAB’s regional retail banking network in Victoria and Tasmania. Andew is an experienced company director and currently a non-executive Director of the Youth Insearch Foundation and Falls Creek Cooperative Society. At UniSuper Andrew has end-to-end responsibility for education, guidance and advice to drive member engagement.

Tamara Haban-Beer Stats

Tamara Haban-Beer Stats

Director
BlackRock

Tamara is BlackRock’s lead ETF and Index Investments Specialist in Australasia. Tamara’s responsibilities include partnering with the wealth and institutional distribution teams to deliver investment strategy thought leadership and insights on BlackRock’s listed ETF’s and unlisted index range of products. Before joining BlackRock, Tamara led JP Morgan Sydney’s private side interest rate and commodities solutions businesses. She has also worked on the rates derivative sales desk and later Capital Markets and Treasury solutions team at Deutsche Bank AG Sydney.

James Hammond

James Hammond

Vice President of Business Development – APAC
FlexTrade Systems

James has over two decades of financial services experience in Europe and APAC and serves as VP of Business Development APAC. Leading ANZ operations, he crafts business strategy and drives sales. Spearheading Mottai, a FlexTrade subsidiary, he pioneers digital trading solutions. Before joining FlexTrade, James led Wealth business development at LSEG Australia, where he successfully oversaw the transformation of their local wealth offering, ultimately establishing them as the leading solution provider in New Zealand.

Greg Hansen

Greg Hansen

Executive, Group Strategy
HUB24

Greg is a key member of HUB24’s Strategic Development team and is focused on creating and enhancing technology solutions to help advisers provide high quality advice to clients and run efficient and profitable businesses. Greg has spent more than 25 years in the Australian financial services industry, most recently partnering with Paul Rogan (HUB24 non-exec director) to start up Retirement Essentials. Prior to that he had roles in Strategy for Advice and Distribution businesses across Challenger, ANZ, CFS and MLC.

Paul Heath

Paul Heath

Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Koda Capital

Prior to co-founding Koda, Paul was CEO of JBWere. During his two and a half decades in the finance industry Paul has also been an investment adviser and an equities derivatives trader. Paul served as a Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Australia from 2012 – 2023, including several years as Chairman, as well as a Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Paul also served as a founding member of the Benevolent Society Endowment Investment Committee from 2009 – 2023.

Rebecca Hill

Rebecca Hill

Head of Wealth Management Australia
Morgan Stanley

Rebecca has more than 25 years of experience across the financial services industry and corporate Australia. For over twelve years, Rebecca worked for JPMorgan across various roles in M&A, equity capital markets and equity research. Rebecca also has ten years of experience in corporate development and investor relations within ASX-listed companies. Rebecca joined Morgan Stanley in 2017 and has held senior roles including Chief Operating Officer Australia and Head of APAC for Morgan Stanley at Work. In 2022, Rebecca was appointed Head of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Australia.

Jason Hoang

Jason Hoang

CEO - Trading & Market Data
Iress

Jason is one of the original co-founders of Xplan which was acquired by Iress in 2003. Jason has held a number of senior leadership roles at Iress, including being the Managing Director of Asia for a decade. Prior to joining Iress, Jason was a National Sales Marketing Manager at Vision FPS and a Paraplanner at William M Mercer.

Jon Howie

Jon Howie

CEO
Stake

Jon brings over 20 years of experience in investing, asset management and financial services, with a strong focus on building and growing wealth and retail platforms. He joined Stake in 2023, and before this, held leadership roles at Blackrock APAC, Macquarie Bank and VGI Partners. He has a passion for improving access to wealth creation opportunities and an outstanding track record of scaling large financial services businesses.

Michelle Huckel

Michelle Huckel

Policy Manager
Stockbrokers and Investment Advisers Association

Michelle worked as lawyer specialising in financial services law, IPOs and due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, before taking up the role of legal counsel and compliance manager at Shaw Stockbroking. Michelle previously worked as a policy adviser at Governance Institute of Australia. At SIAA Michelle undertakes research and analysis for the development of advocacy initiatives, provides an early warning system of impending legislative and regulatory issues of relevance to members and represents the association externally with government, regulators and other bodies.

Michelle Inns

Michelle Inns

Chief Operating Officer
LGT Crestone

A founder and Chief Operating Officer of LGT Crestone (formerly Crestone), Michelle continues to be responsible for establishing and overseeing critical aspects of LGT Crestone’s operations, including its governance, operating model, technology, and strategic partnerships. With more than 20 years in financial services, Michelle’s expertise is building and transforming businesses. During her career, she has worked in Australia and the UK for globally recognised businesses, such as UBS and Prudential.

Craig Keary

Craig Keary

Chief Executive Officer
Selfwealth

Craig is an experienced Global CEO and Non-Executive Director with experience across stockbroking, banking, wealth management , asset management and technology. Craig’s career spans over three decades with well-known corporates including HSBC, CBA, Westpac, AMP Capital and then with digital advice provider Ignition and now reinvigorating listed trading platform, Selfwealth where he is CEO. Craig has lived and worked in the UK and recently Asia and has a deep understanding of wealth trends across Asia Pacific. His roles have had a strong focus on enhancing customer engagement and leveraging digital technology.

Sarah King

Sarah King

Head of Client Care & Advice
Stockspot

Sarah King advises tens of thousands of clients by helping them to invest into smart, low-cost investment portfolios to reach their financial goals. With more than 15 years financial services experience, a qualified adviser, Sarah provides financial advice to a range of clients from retail investors, SMSFs, trusts, kids’ accounts, and not-for-profits. Sarah was nominated as a top ten finalist for the 2021 Women in Finance awards, in the category of Financial Adviser of the Year

Rob Koh

Rob Koh

Equity Research Analyst, Utilities, Infrastructure, Energy & ESG
Morgan Stanley

Rob covers Australia Energy, Utilities, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (ESG). Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2014, Rob worked as a utilities and infrastructure banker, and a currency trader. Rob has degrees in commerce and law from the University of Adelaide and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.

Luke Laretive

Luke Laretive

CEO & Investment Adviser
Seneca

Luke is a co-founder, CEO and Investment Adviser at Seneca Financial Solutions, a boutique investment management and financial advisory practice. Luke is the trusted adviser to some of Australia’s most successful families, professionals, and business owners. Before co-founding Seneca in 2017, Luke worked for Vale, Deutsche Bank and at Shaw & Partners.

Regina Liu

Regina Liu

Managing Director
J.P Morgan Asset Management

Regina is Head of the Investment Specialist team in Asia for the international equity group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. An employee since 2008, she was the Head of the Hong Kong Institutional Business where she was responsible for business developments with local institutions including endowments, insurance companies, corporate pensions, local statutory and government entities.

Helen Lofthouse

Helen Lofthouse

MD and CEO, Executive Director
ASX

Helen commenced her current role in August 2022. She is an accomplished financial markets executive with more than 20 years’ experience in cash equity and debt markets, listed and OTC derivatives, and clearing and settlement services. Helen joined ASX in September 2015 and has held senior executive roles with the company. Prior to joining ASX, Helen was a Managing Director at UBS (2011-2015). Helen was announced as one of the World Federation of Exchanges’ (WFE) Women Leaders for 2021.

Aanya Madhani

Aanya Madhani

South APAC Sales Lead – Digital Wealth Solutions
London Stock Exchange Group

Aanya has been with LSEG for seven years and was recently appointed to her current role. Formerly in London, she focused on Capital Markets Product, bringing MIFID II products to market. Relocating to Sydney in January 2022, Aanya supports LSEG’s APAC expansion post-Refinitiv acquisition. She has held a dual role for the last two years, most recently leading the Enterprise Data Sales team in Pacific as well as supporting business development for Capital Markets Equities Trading across APAC.

Craig Mason

Craig Mason

Executive Chairman
Complii FinTech Solutions

Craig has over 35 years of experience in the finance industry. He has worked closely with ASX, ASIC and APRA to help shape the industry over this time, more specifically in the areas of custody, third party trade execution and clearing associated services and most recently as Chairman of Complii FinTech Solutions, an end-to-end solution for equity capital markets participants.

Matthew Nicholls

Matthew Nicholls

Head of Advice
Wilsons Advisory

Matthew’s experience over 30 years spans front, middle and back office roles across institutional, high net worth and retail stockbroking and advisory firms. Prior to joining Wilsons Advisory, he worked for Bank of Singapore Stockbroking; TD Waterhouse; Potter Warburg; E*Trade; HSBC;  Macquarie Private Wealth and Morgan Stanley.

Benjamin Phillips

Benjamin Phillips

Head of Product Development
Cboe Australia

Benjamin joined Cboe Australia in 2022 having previously held roles at NZX, the New Zealand stock exchange and clearing house, where he most recently held the role of Executive Director, Market Development and Clearing. In addition to his markets related role, Phillips was an executive company director of the New Zealand Clearing and Depository Corporation Limited. Prior to this Benjamin held a number of roles in Australia primarily focused on the delivery of wholesale execution and clearing and settlement services to Australian Financial Services License holders.

Prasad Patkar

Prasad Patkar

Head of Investments
Platypus

Prior to joining Platypus in February 2008 Prasad was the Chief Investment Officer with Audant Investments Pty Ltd, joining that company in 2001. The role carried executive responsibility for the performance of all asset classes for the Whyte Family Office including listed equities, alternative investments, property, operating businesses and private equity investments. Prasad’s career commenced in India in 1995 as General Manager for PNH Alloys Pty Limited. A graduate of Bombay University Prasad also holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney.

Owen Rask

Owen Rask

Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Rask Invest

Owen “Rask” Raszkiewicz established Rask Invest in 2017 to provide financial and investment education to the majority of Australians who go without. Owen is also the host or co-host of four top podcast series, attracting 180,000+ listeners. Rask has over 4,000 members, 25,000 students and 45,000+ subscribers. “Before work hours”, Owen spends his time as a Business Coach, having a coffee with his wife and/or feeding the chooks. He is currently completing an MBA.

David Rosen

David Rosen

Managing Director and Head of Investment Platforms
Morgan Stanley US

David manages Investment Product, Financial Planning, Advisory, Asset Movement Platforms, and Financial Advisors desktop. Previously, he led Wealth Management Innovation and oversaw traditional investment products. He’s a member of MSWM operating and management committees. Additionally, David serves on Expect Miracles Foundation’s board and NICSA’s board. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and has completed the Securities Industry Institute at The Wharton School.

Vihari Ross

Vihari Ross

Portfolio Manager
Antipodes

Vihari is a Global Equity Portfolio Manager where prior to joining Antipodes in 2023, Vihari was at Magellan for 15 years. Most recently she was head of research, responsible for the management of the 30-person global research team. During this time Vihari also designed and was portfolio manager for the ‘Core International’ portfolio. From 2003-2007 Vihari was at Ausbil Dexia, responsible for coverage of the financial and consumer sectors as well as quantitative analysis.

Patrick Salis

Patrick Salis

Chief Executive Officer
AUSIEX

Prior to taking on his current role, Patrick was part of the NRI deal team that put together the transaction to acquire and separate AUSIEX from CBA. Patrick has also held several other executive roles, most notably at GBST Limited and Virgin Money Australia. Patrick has significant global experience and achievements in high growth fintech businesses, encompassing strategic planning, business development, M&A, corporate finance, international expansion, investor relations, raising and management of equity and debt, project management, finance, risk, and compliance.

Marcia Senn

Marcia Senn

Head of Financial Planning
Morgans Financial

Marcia has worked in the finance industry since 1999 and consequently has a broad range of experience in risk and portfolio management, investments, superannuation and retirement planning. Prior to joining Morgans in 2011, Marcia gained experience in Australia and overseas, working for Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. Marcia has been Head of Financial Planning in the Brisbane office since early 2020. Marcia commenced her studies at Washington State University on a tennis scholarship and has completed further studies.

Karin Setchell

Karin Setchell

General Manager - Product
CommSec

Karin Setchell leads the team responsible for the profitability, growth and management of CommSec’s product offering, including Australian and International Equities, CommSec Pocket, Cash, Investment Lending and Derivatives. During her 20+ year career, Karin has held a number of positions across the Commonwealth Bank’s wealth division, KPMG, ASIC and Andersen across Risk, Strategy, Delivery, Enforcement, Audit and Product.

Tahn Sharpe

Tahn Sharpe

Managing Editor
The Inside Network

Tahn is financial services journalist, editor and content director with a background in financial planning with Stanford Brown. Prior to joining The Inside Network in July 2022, Tahn worked as a journalist and editor for almost five years with Conexus Financial. Tahn writes on advice, superannuation, investment, banking and insurance issues. He is a certified SMSF adviser and holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith

CEO
Saxo Capital Markets

Adam was appointed CEO in 2018. He brings over two decades of experience working in the financial services and technology sectors. Adam was previously COO at OFX, an ASX listed financial services/technology company. Prior to this he held a number of senior commercial and operational roles within ANZ Global Markets and Macquarie Bank in both Australia and Hong Kong.

Brandon Tai

Brandon Tai

Head of Markets Development
NZX

Based out of Wellington New Zealand, Brandon manages the commercial and strategic relationship with Trade and Post Trade clients across the NZX ecosystem. Brandon also leads a number of strategic initiatives across the exchange business such as the development of the exchanges midpoint orderbook NZX Dark, enhancements to the NZX Depository and is leading the industry engagement in New Zealand on the move to T+1. He has previously worked in roles across NZX commercial, regulatory and operational divisions.

Sonia Teitel

Sonia Teitel

Co-Managing Director, Renewables Australia
Octopus Investments

Sonia joined Octopus Group in October 2020 as Investment Director spear-heading wind and solar investments. Sonia is a renewable energy specialist (utility scale) with over 15 years’ experience in the industry bolstered by an investment banking background. She has gained experience through working at leading renewable energy organisations in all aspects of a project’s lifecycle from greenfield development, commercial structuring, equity, and debt financing through to construction and asset operations.

Louise Tran

Louise Tran

Head of OzHarvest Ventures
OzHarvest Ventures

Louise has spent more than 15 years in the social impact space with a leading profile in the food and climate space. Louise currently leads innovation and the development of new circular business models for OzHarvest Ventures, which was established in October 2023. Inspired by the OzHarvest food rescue model, she also co-founded VietHarvest in Vietnam in 2022, receiving support from leading global companies which has now diverted and delivered tens of thousands of meals to underserved communities.

Clive Triance

Clive Triance

Group Executive, Securities and Payments
ASX

Clive was appointed Group Executive, Securities and Payments, in August 2023. He is responsible for ASX’s cash equities clearing and settlement businesses; ASX’s settlement and depository business for the wholesale debt market; ASX Collateral, payments, and financial settlement management (FSM/Sympli); issuer and post-trade investor services; and overall executive responsibility for the delivery of CHESS replacement. Clive has more than 40 years’ experience at major financial services organisations in the UK, most recently as Managing Director at FIS, a leading technology provider.

Andrew Varlamos

Andrew Varlamos

CEO/Co-founder
OpenInvest

Andrew is the co-founder and CEO of OpenInvest – a globally unique, API-first investment platform that can be configured to allow wealth/asset managers, online brokers and banks to reach the under-served mass market of Australian investors with their own online managed portfolio+content solution.  Andrew’s career includes roles as a lawyer, economist, management consultant and entrepreneur, in Australia, Asia and the US.

Karren Vergara

Karren Vergara

Senior Journalist
Financial Standard

Karren, a seasoned financial journalist at Financial Standard, has spent the last seven covering wealth management, including superannuation, funds management, and financial planning. With over a decade of prior experience as an accountant, she brings a unique blend of financial acumen and journalistic skill to her work. Karren holds a diploma in journalism and a Bachelor’s degree in business, both obtained from UTS.

Alex Vynokur

Alex Vynokur

Chief Executive Officer
Betashares

Prior to founding Betashares, an ETF manager with over $30 billion in assets under management as at September 2023, Alex was closely involved in the establishment and development of several leading  Australian financial services businesses. Prior to commencing his career in financial services, Alex was a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, specialising in financial services, mergers and acquisitions. Alex also serves on a number of company and not-for-profit boards including the Board of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.

Mark Wootton

Mark Wootton

Co-Head Financial and Corporate Client Line
BNP Paribas

Mark is responsible for expanding BNP Paribas’ custody and clearing footprint. He joined BNP Paribas in 2007 and was appointed to his current role in May 2023. Previous roles include Head of Custody and Clearing, Head of Banking Operations along with managing teams covering FX, Fixed Income, Equities, cash and treasury. Mark has over 25 years’ of experience in the custody industry. Previous employers include Link Fund Solutions, Perpetual Investment Management, Bank of New York and Rathbone Investment Management.

Peter Worn

Peter Worn

Joint Managing Director
Finura Group

Peter is the co-founder and Managing Director of Finura Group. Peter and the Finura team advise some of Australia and the UK’s leading wealth management companies on their technology strategy and execution. Peter holds several external board positions. He is an independent Chairman of McQueen Financial Group, Chairman of Rising Tide Financial Services and on the board of leading digital media agency, Socialisd.

Tae Yoo

Tae Yoo

Managing Director
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX)

Tae Seok Clement Yoo (Tae Yoo) serves as Co-head of Asset Accumulation in the Sales and Marketing Department. His department is responsible business development initiatives of institutional clients across sell-side exchange participants, buy-side investors and custody banks. Yoo has over 28 years of industry experience with 14 years at CME Group in Chicago and Asia. Yoo joined HKEX in 2011 and has been involved the stock & bond connect launch, OTC Clear launch, BRICS exchanges alliance and London Metal Exchange (LME) acquisition.