MAY 2025
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INFLUENCING NARRATIVES, SHAPING PERSPECTIVES

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s corporate public affairs and communication community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in May with renewed ambition to build business resilience.

As our operating environment corrects, the Summit presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s Corporate Affairs and Communication leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Why Attend

  • The Corporate Affairs Summit secures national and global speakers of unmatched quality and immense authority. Our attendees are charged with shaping the conversation, armed with an array of real-time engagement tools.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate, and the programme is designed to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to connect in-person on the business that matters.

Gain Access

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20+ Insightful Sessions
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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40+ Industry Speakers
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200-250 Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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Past Speakers

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Julie Inman-Grant
Australian eSafety Commissioner

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Julie Inman-Grant
Australian eSafety Commissioner

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Julie Inman Grant is Australia’s eSafety Commissioner. In this role, Julie leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online.

Julie has extensive experience in the non-profit and government sectors and spent two decades working in senior public policy and safety roles in the tech industry at Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe.

The Commissioner’s career began in Washington DC, working in the US Congress and the non-profit sector before taking on a role at Microsoft. Julie’s experience at Microsoft spanned 17 years, serving as one of the company’s first and longest-standing government relations professionals, ultimately in the role of Global Director for Safety & Privacy Policy and Outreach. At Twitter, she set up and drove the company’s policy, safety & philanthropy programs across Australia, New Zealand & Southeast Asia.

As Commissioner, Julie plays an important global role as Chair of the Child Dignity Alliance’s Technical Working Group and as a Board Member of the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The Commissioner also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Coalition for Digital Safety and on their XR Ecosystem Governance Steering Committee on Building and Defining the Metaverse. Under her leadership, eSafety has joined forces with the White House Gender Policy Council and Government of Denmark on the Global Partnership for Action on Gender-Based Harassment & Abuse.

In 2021, Julie oversaw significant increases in the eSafety office’s budget, increased staffing levels and launched the global Safety by Design initiative. As Commissioner, she has led work to stand up novel and world-first regulatory regimes under the new Online Safety Act 2021, with implementation of a sweeping new set of reforms beginning on 23 January 2022. Commissioner Inman Grant was reappointed for a further 5-year term by the Australian Government in January 2022.

The Commissioner was recently named one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Financial Review and a leading Australian in Foreign Affairs by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2020, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Apolitical appointed the Commissioner as one of the #Agile50, the world’s most influential leaders revolutionising government.
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Andy Pharoah
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Mars (US)
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Andy Pharoah
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability

Mars (US)
Andy Pharoah joined the Mars Leadership Team in 2016 and serves as the Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability.

In his role, Pharoah leads the company’s communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement and corporate brand. His responsibilities include management team and Board of Directors effectiveness. Pharoah also stewards Mars, Incorporated’s ambitious sustainability objectives and the programs in place to make the company’s operations Sustainable in a Generation.

Prior to his current role, Pharoah served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy for Wrigley, a segment of Mars, Incorporated. His responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Corporate Affairs, leadership of Global Sustainability, and leadership of the development and deployment of Wrigley’s global business strategy.
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Clair Deevy
Director of Global Affairs

WhatsApp (SG)
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Clair Deevy
Director of Global Affairs

WhatsApp (SG)
Clair Deevy was appointed Director of Social Impact, WhatsApp in early 2022 following on from her Director Public Policy WhatsApp role since 2019. Clair joined Facebook in 2015 and was previously Director of Community Affairs for Asia Pacific and Latin America. Working in the field of policy, communications and community partnerships for more than 20 years Clair’s professional and volunteer experience includes work in Government, NGOs, private sector and corporate foundations.

As Director of WhatsApp Clair develops and supports WhatsApp’s policy strategy and engagement throughout the world working with a cross-functional global team. Clair also manages strategic outreach to a wide variety of stakeholders across all sectors around issues and opportunities related to WhatsApp.

Previously with Microsoft for 10 years Clair’s spent most of her career there leading Microsoft’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs in Asia Pacific. Clair has developed a deep knowledge in the areas of digital and financial literacy, community engagement, women’s empowerment, and creating partnerships to create opportunities for positive social impact

Clair holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management, a Master of Management, is a qualified Partnership Broker and in 2014 was appointed an Ambassador for Women in Technology for UNWomen Singapore Committee.
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Christian Bennett
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Virgin Australia
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Christian Bennett
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Virgin Australia
Christian joined Virgin Australia in November 2022 as its Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer. Previously, he was the Chief Reputation Officer at Woolworths Group. Prior to that, he has extensive experience across senior corporate-affairs related appointments including those at General Electric, BHP Billiton and Santos. Before entering the private sector, Christian spent 14 years with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including long-term diplomatic postings in southern Africa, Washington DC and as Australian High Commissioner to Brunei, and short-term assignments at Australia’s UN Missions in Geneva and New York. He also served on secondments as North Asia and Economics Adviser in the Foreign Minister's Office and as an International Adviser in the Prime Minister's Department. He currently serves on the Boards of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Institution of Australia, and recently completed six years on the Board of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission.
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Karyn Mcintosh
Corporate Affairs Lead, Specialty Care ANZ

Sanofi
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Karyn Mcintosh
Corporate Affairs Lead, Specialty Care ANZ

Sanofi
Karyn is a government and public affairs professional with over 15 years’ experience spanning law, policy, international relations and patient engagement. Working across the science, pharmaceutical and nuclear industries, Karyn is passionate about seeing breakthrough science and innovation inform good policy that changes people’s lives.

As a Corporate Affairs Lead at global healthcare company, Sanofi, Karyn is responsible for political engagement, policy contribution and patient advocacy group partnerships for the pharmaceutical portfolio. Prior to Sanofi, Karyn worked at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation leading their government affairs function as well as representing Australia in international fora in areas of non-proliferation, nuclear law and Women in Nuclear.

Karyn was admitted as a Solicitor in 2007, practicing in the areas of family law, property law and litigation.
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Emily Gatt
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community

Westpac Group
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Emily Gatt
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community

Westpac Group
Emily first joined Westpac Group in 2014 and held various roles across Corporate Affairs before her appointment as General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Community in 2022, where she is responsible for making our people advocates and our customers partners through a strong and trusted Westpac voice.

Prior to joining Westpac, Emily was Head of Corporate Affairs Bankwest (CBA) from 2011. Prior to Bankwest, Emily spent almost ten years at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) in various Corporate Affairs roles driving advocacy for IAG’s retail brands, including NRMA Insurance.

Emily began her career at The Capital Group, where she delivered integrated PR campaigns across a wide range of industries, including financial services, tourism and major sporting events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies (majors in Public Relations and Marketing) from Western Sydney University.
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Clare Gunning
Deputy Commissioner Corporate

ATO
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Clare Gunning
Deputy Commissioner Corporate

ATO
Leveraging over 15 years’ public and private sector experience spanning corporate roles including organisational strategy, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, government relations, risk management, campaigning, communications, media, marketing, campaign execution, PR and digital strategy, Clare is known for delivering results and building excellent relationships.

Clare has a deep understanding of the Australian business environment and excellent networks within Commonwealth, state governments and the public service.

As a leader, she's described as energetic, fun and results-driven. Clare leads end-to-end corporate capabilities by creating environments that enable people to shine while facilitating the conversations that drive growth, development and improvement. She works with teams to uplift performance and celebrate wins. For over a decade, Clare has executed a leadership style that improves employee engagement results.
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Stephen Forshaw
Chief Representative

Airbus Australia & New Zealand
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Stephen Forshaw
Chief Representative

Airbus Australia & New Zealand
Stephen Forshaw is an experienced senior business leader, having overseen the corporate communications and reputation management function across broad geographies for large international companies. He is an experienced media spokesperson, with strong team leadership experience, and understands the need for communications teams to show their value by being actively and deeply involved in business decisions; not merely explaining them afterwards. He also has strong executive experience, regularly briefing and engaging senior executives on media, issues management and reputation. He also sits on a number of boards in Australia and Singapore.

Stephen has been named by the Holmes Report, a leading online journal covering the public relations profession, as one of the 100 most important inhouse communicators in the world (http://theinfluence100.com/stephen-forshaw), in 2011-13, and 2015 (no list in 2014). In 2017-21, he was named on the Crossover List; a list of professionals who have grown beyond communications into business management responsibilities.

Specialties: reputation management; executive counsel; issues management, media engagement (including interviews); debating & public speaking; moderating/chair of proceedings at conferences & events; team leadership and talent development; business ethics.
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Roger Sharp
Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer

Bupa
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Roger Sharp
Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer

Bupa
Roger has been responsible for developing and leading the implementation of Bupa’s sustainability, communications and stakeholder engagement strategies since 2019. He is a strong believer in driving progressive change while ensuring care for our people, planet and communities.

This is Roger’s second period at Bupa, having previously held the position of General Manager, Corporate Affairs, APAC, where he was instrumental in the launch of the Bupa brand in Australia and New Zealand. He has also held senior leadership roles with the Victorian Government's Department of Health and Human Services, Treasury Wine Estates and Cadbury. Roger’s considerable international experience includes roles for Telefonica Europe and for the British Government as Special Adviser to both the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Secretary of State of Culture, Media & Sport.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Studies and a Master of Political Studies (Hons.) from the University of Auckland. In 2022, Sustainability Magazine named him one of the world’s Top 100 Sustainability Leaders.

Roger is the proud father of two children, and a passionate supporter of both Manchester City FC and the New Zealand All Blacks. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, watching film and listening to music – and a glass of wine!
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Christine Black
Special Advisor, Global Government & Stakeholder Relations

The Coca-Cola Company
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Christine Black
Special Advisor, Global Government & Stakeholder Relations

The Coca-Cola Company
Christine specializes in strengthening stakeholder and government relations, through collaboration and empathy in developing bold and industry-leading initiatives. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Christine worked at senior levels in media, government and the health sector in Australia for over 15 years. She commenced her career in television.
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Luke Tobin
Head of Public Affairs

Sportsbet
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Luke Tobin
Head of Public Affairs

Sportsbet
Luke is Head of Public Affairs for Sportsbet, Australia’s largest wagering operator with over 2 million customers and more than 1,300 employees in five offices across Australia, Malta and Romania. He joined the wagering industry in 2019 and is responsible for leading the government relations function within the corporate affairs team.

Previously, Luke spent 12 years in professional politics in various roles including as an adviser to a state gaming minister, state treasurer and as chief of staff to a federal communications minister. In these roles he led advice to government on major reforms including the 2017 changes to media cross-ownership legislation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Luke is passionate about building social licence in highly regulated industries and helping navigate the complex and dynamic political and policy environment in which the business operates.
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Delphine Cassidy
Chief Communications Officer

Orica
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Delphine Cassidy
Chief Communications Officer

Orica
As Chief Communications Officer at Orica (ASX:ORI), Delphine has a broad range of responsibilities in a highly complex and regulated global company.

She has been responsible for leading Orica through its most important equity market challenges and opportunities, media, and employee engagement environments. This has included crisis management for significant events, including the COVID-19 global crisis. She is central to the company’s most significant operational, financial, and M&A events and is well-regarded for her ability to deliver successful outcomes in challenging business environments.

Delphine holds a Bachelor of Accounting, MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.
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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 15th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Summit is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with the Corporate Affairs and Communication profession, the Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Zoe Baptist – Account Manager
Tel: 61 403 967480
Email: [email protected]

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
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Standard Registration
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$2195 + GST
$6585 + GST

Delegate registration is strictly for in-house Corporate Affairs and Communications professionals from consumer or government facing organisations. Please note, service providers are not permitted to attend through standard delegate registration. If you are a Service Provider, please email [email protected] to discuss your involvement.

Sold Out – Registrations have now closed, please contact [email protected] for any enquires.

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 61 2 8004 8590

 

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Zoe Baptist – Account Manager
Tel: 0403 967480
Email: [email protected]

 

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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