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Media Alert: 20th Annual GRC Conference 2016

Conference to be held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel on October 6th and 7th, 2016

Media Alert: 20th Annual GRC Conference 2016

SYDNEY, Australia — August 23, 2016 — The GRC Institute today announced keynote speakers and workshop facilitators for the 20th Annual GRC Conference. The conference brings together governance, risk and compliance professionals, as well as suppliers, in an environment dedicated to the networking and sharing of ideas under one roof. This informative, two-day conference will explore how the role of compliance and risk professionals continues to grow in prominence and strategic influence within organisations. In an increasingly complex regulatory environment, companies are only expanding their risk and compliance teams, giving them a greater voice at the decision-making table.

Keynote speakers include representatives from AUSTRAC, discussing the changing AML/CTF environment, GRC Solutions, offering insights into fintech regulatory developments in Asia, and UniSuper, looking at influencing conduct, behaviour and culture.

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘How you can create leaders and build influence within your organisation’.  The conference will be looking at the role of GRC professionals and how they can translate compliance issues both laterally and vertically within their respective organisations.

“GRC professionals are experienced at building engagement and working to have those in the business start to take ownership of their compliance obligations,” says Naomi Burley, Managing Director, GRC Institute. “The rhetoric, however, is always that this tone needs to really come from the top. This can be a huge challenge for a compliance professional to create, especially if they have no access to the board and lack directors who understand what this means or why it’s important. Having to influence upward is often the reality for many GRC professionals, who need to get their board ‘on-board’ with the message. The question is: how do you actually do this?”


·     -    Paul Jevtovic, CEO, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

·     -    Timothy Pilgrim, Commissioner, Officer of the Privacy Commissioner

·     -    Scott Gregson, Executive General Manager Enforcement Division, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Industry Thought Leaders:

·     -    Sam Gibbins, General Manager(Asia), GRC Solutions

·     -    Sean Hughes, Chief Risk and Legal Officer, UniSuper

·     -    Elizabeth Sheedy, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial  Studies

·     -    Nicole Grantham, Chief Risk Officer, SAI Global

·     -    Sally Freeman, National Partner, Risk Consulting Services KPMG

 -    -    Nisha Graham, Chief Risk Officer, Sydney University

·     -    John Wakefield, Compliance Manager, DBS Bank LTD.

Visit the registration page for more information about special discounts for members of the GRC Institute and group passes. Gala Dinner and graduation ceremony to follow.

The event is proudly sponsored by:

The Safetrac Group, Thomson Reuters, LexisNexis, Compliance Insider, Protecht

About the GRC Institute

The GRC Institute (GRCI)—formally known as ACI—is the preeminent member association servicing compliance and risk management professionals since 1996. We aim to unify and strengthen the GRC profession to provide a community in which individuals can come together to share knowledge, challenges and ideas on solutions to mould their vision for the future. For more information, visit: http://www.thegrcinstitute.org/

Proudly supported by our Principal Members: Westpac, NAB, ANZ, AMP, Commonwealth Bank, AIA, KPMG, and Thomson Reuters.


For more information, please contact:

The GRC Institute

Naomi Burley
+61 2 9290 1788

Elizabeth Kent
+61 2 9290 1788