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The Ivy Ballroom

Level 1

320 George Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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Understanding the banking sector’s role in making Australia more competitive.

A panel of experts will discuss whether, post GFC, our banking system has become too regulated, stifling innovation and competition. The event will examine where the future growth and opportunities lie for Australia's banks and the factors which could threaten their premium rating with investors globally.

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Thursday 23 November 2017
12pm for 12.30pm to 2pm
Ivy Ballroom Level 1, 320 George Street Sydney

* Ticket price includes a 2 course plated lunch


Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann
Minister for Finance

Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann has been the Minister for Finance, first in the Abbott Government and now in the Turnbull Government, since 18 September 2013.

Mathias was appointed as the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate on 20 September 2015.
On 18 February 2016 Mathias was also formally appointed as Special Minister of State having acted in the role since 29 December 2015.

He has represented the State of Western Australia in the Senate since June 2007.

In Opposition, he held the positions of Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health Administration (2008-09), Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Apprenticeships and Training (2009-10) and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation (2010-13).

He also chaired the Senate Select Committees on Fuel and Energy (2008-10) and the Scrutiny of New Taxes (2010-11).

Mathias was born in Belgium and decided to migrate to Australia permanently after first visiting Perth in 1994, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia.

Before migrating to Perth, Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish university of Louvain (Leuven).

He has worked as a Ministerial Chief of Staff to WA State government Ministers, as Senior Adviser to then Western Australian Premier Richard Court and as an Adviser to then Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison.
Between 2003 and 2007 Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles, including as General Manager HealthGuard and as General Manager of HBF Health Insurance.

In 2001, realising a childhood dream, Mathias obtained his Private Pilots Licence through the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia.

Having joined the Liberal party in Western Australia in 1996, Mathias was elected Senior Vice President of the Perth Division in 2000, State Vice President in 2003 and State Senior Vice President in 2004, a responsibility he fulfilled until March 2008.

Anna Bligh
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Bankers’ Association

Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bankers’ Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers.

Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure.

Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011.

Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic violence.

In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector, Anna received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.

Ian Narev

Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank

Ian Narev is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). He was appointed to this role in July 2011, with effect from December 2011. CBA is currently Australia’s largest company, and among the top fifteen financial institutions in the world, by market value.

Ian joined CBA in May 2007. Until January 2009, he was CBA’s head of strategy, with responsibility for corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and major cross-business strategic initiatives. From January 2009 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Ian ran one of CBA’s major operating divisions – Business and Private Banking division – with responsibility for small and medium enterprise banking, agribusiness banking, private banking and on-line brokerage.

During Ian’s time as Chief Executive Officer, CBA has continued its long-standing customer focus. Ian’s priorities have included strengthening diversity and values among CBA’s leaders, building an innovation culture, applying technology to improve customer experience and productivity, and adapting CBA’s businesses to global regulation.

Prior to joining CBA, Ian was a partner of McKinsey & Company, the global consulting firm. He joined McKinsey in New York in 1998, and from then until 2002 worked in McKinsey’s financial institutions group in the United States. In 2002, he transferred to McKinsey’s Auckland and Sydney offices. He became a global partner in 2003, and from 2005 until his departure in 2007 was head of McKinsey’s New Zealand office. He was also the co-head of McKinsey’s Asian strategy practice. His primary areas of practice were financial services and telecommunications. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ian was a lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions. He was admitted to the bar in New Zealand and Israel.

Ian graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Auckland (New Zealand). He subsequently obtained a Master of Laws degree with first class honours in international commercial law from Cambridge University (United Kingdom), where he graduated as the top student in his year, and a Master of Laws degree in international relations from New York University (USA), where he was a Hauser Scholar.

Ian was a founder of, and currently chairs, the Springboard Trust, which helps principals of New Zealand primary schools improve school effectiveness. He is also Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company, a director of the Business Council of Australia, the Institute of International Finance and the International Monetary Conference, co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Dr Ken Henry

Chairman, National Australia Bank

Dr Henry held senior policy advising positions in the Australian Treasury from late 1984 until early 2011. From 2001 to 2011 he was Secretary to the Treasury and a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of Taxation. In 1997 and 1998 he chaired the Howard Government’s tax review task force that produced the policy blueprint, A New Tax System. He was a member of the Howard Government’s Task Group on Emissions Trading in 2007. In 2009‐10 he chaired the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System commissioned by the Rudd Government. As Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard in 2011 and 2012, Dr
Henry was responsible for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

Dr Henry is Chair of National Australia Bank and the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation at the ANU. He is also a Non‐Executive Director of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and Cape York Partnership. He is a Governor of CEDA and a Council member of Voiceless.

Dr Henry holds a first class honours degree in economics from the University of NSW (1979) and a PhD in economics from the University of Canterbury, NZ (1982). Dr Henry was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 and made a Companion of the Order of Australia, General Division (AC) in the Australia Day Honours 2007. In May 2009, Dr Henry was awarded the degree of Doctor of Business honoris causa from the University of NSW. In November 2012 Dr Henry was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In February 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Lindsay Maxsted
Chairman, Westpac

Mr Maxsted was appointed Chairman of Westpac Banking Corporation on 14 December 2011, having been a Non-executive Director on the Board since 1 March 2008. Lindsay is the Chairman of the Board Nominations Committee and a member of each of the Board Audit, and Board Risk & Compliance Committees.

Mr Maxsted is also Chairman of Transurban Group, a Non-executive Director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton plc, and the Managing Director of Align Capital Pty Ltd. Lindsay is also a Director of Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, a Member of the Advisory Board of Coolmore Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Maxsted was formerly a Partner at KPMG and was the CEO of that firm from 2001 to 2007. His principal area of practice prior to his becoming CEO was in the Corporate Recovery field managing a number of Australia’s largest insolvency / workout / turnaround engagements including Linter Textiles, Bell Publishing Group, Bond Brewing, McEwans Hardware, and Brashs.

Mr Maxsted is also a former Director and Chairman of the Victorian Public Transport Corporation.

John Durie
Senior Writer & Columnist, The Australian

John joined The Australian in July 2007 as business columnist after a 20 year career with the Australian Financial Review. He was the AFR’s Chanticleer columnist for a total of 13 years and the founding writer of the paper’s Street Talk column. John was The Australian’s New York correspondent from 1989 to 1992, serving also as a New York business correspondent for The Times of London. He was the Paris based European correspondent for the AFR in 1984-85 after starting his career in the paper’s Canberra press gallery bureau in 1980.


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