Sneak Preview: Interviews with our National Conference 2019 Keynote Speakers

With less than two weeks left, hear some sneak-preview insights ahead of the largest governance and risk management-focused event in Australia

Governance Institute National Conference 2019 is less than two weeks away - are you still sitting on the fence, or trying to convince your boss to sign off your ticket?

We have helpfully compiled all the best interviews from our superstar speakers, giving you a sneak preview of the insight you won't be able to find anywhere else.

Sir Winfried Bischoff: Good boards must exercise healthy scepticism

"I happen to believe, for instance, that women look at risk differently and perhaps more judiciously than men do. People say women are risk averse. I think that is baloney. They just look at it differently. Women are also willing to ask the awkward question. I think it goes with the territory. They are not afraid to say, explain this to me. Whereas men very often feel when presented with a new concept that perhaps, they ought to know what it is all about. Perhaps they ought not to show their ignorance."

Madelyn Antoncic: Sustainability - the new face of risk

"During my time as Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank, we executed the largest weather and energy derivative the market has ever seen, to help a country that is hydropower-dependent mitigate the risk of droughts and high energy prices. We developed catastrophic risk structures to help member countries mitigate and transfer risks related to the extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change. And we used our convening power and international influence to advocate for global standards for issuers of green bonds, a market which the World Bank and the European Investment Bank developed and helped kick-start. These efforts were not focused on driving either economic growth or social outcomes — they were engineered to achieve both."

Deidre Willmott: Leading the way in our changing workforce

“This is actually about freeing people up to be retrained, to do different jobs that make a lot more use of their emotions, imaginations and their human skills. And as we free people up and focus more on where customers want that human contact, I think we will be seeing a lot of new jobs, and in many ways, better jobs than the repetitive tasks that are being replaced.” [courtesy of Women's Agenda]

Professor Michael Adams: Significant changes in financial disclosure and greater penalties in corporate law

"For all corporate crimes committed after 12 March 2019, the maximum jail sentence for a contravention of the Corporations Act was tripled to 15 years imprisonment….

"For some specific financial services crimes or civil penalties, the court can apply ten per cent of the company’s turnover as the pecuniary penalty — which means in theory a company could be ordered by a court to pay the government the maximum sum of $525 million."

 Jane Halton, AO, PSM: The accidental public servant

‘The most obvious thing about public sector governance these days is that we talk about it… If you peeled back what was going on in governance then, what you saw was a lot of governance that was lazy. It was incomplete. For instance, risk was not a word mentioned very much. But these days we have risk practitioners as we should. We have risk committees and risk registers. We have proper risk governance arrangements.’ 

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