1-2 June 2021
ICC Sydney
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Insights to Influence

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s corporate public affairs and communication community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in June 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.

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15+ Insightful Sessions
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2 Powerful Days
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Executive Learning Agenda
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30+ Industry Speakers
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300+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2021 Speakers

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Richard Edelman
Chief Executive Officer

Edelman (USA)
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Richard Edelman
Chief Executive Officer

Edelman (USA)
The firm was named to Advertising Age’s 2019 A-List and was honored as “PR Agency of the Decade” by both Advertising Age and The Holmes Report. Richard has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses. He has advised senior executives through significant disruptions within their organizations, including Samsung and United Airlines. He has counseled countries in every region of the world on economic development programs. As the creator of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, Richard has become one of the foremost authorities on trust in business, government, media and NGOs. In 2020, Richard was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was named the PR Agency Professional of the Past 20 Years by PRWeek and was inducted into the publication’s Hall of Fame; in 2014, he was inducted in the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame. Richard is regarded as an industry thought leader and has posted weekly to his blog since 2004. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ad Council, the Atlantic Council, Project HOOD, P33, the Gettysburg Foundation, the 9/11 Museum and the National Committee on U.S. China Relations. He is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, World Economic Forum and PR Seminar. Richard earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1976.
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Brandon Borrman
Vice President, Global Communications

Twitter (USA)
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Brandon Borrman
Vice President, Global Communications

Twitter (USA)
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Damon Jones
Chief Communications Officer

Procter & Gamble (USA)
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Damon Jones
Chief Communications Officer

Procter & Gamble (USA)
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Dr Zoe Hibbert
Head of Corporate Relations

Visa (SG)
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Dr Zoe Hibbert
Head of Corporate Relations

Visa (SG)
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Jerilan Greene
Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Yum! Brands (USA)
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Jerilan Greene
Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Yum! Brands (USA)
Jerilan Greene is the Global Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer of Yum! Brands, Inc. and Chairman and CEO of the Yum! Foundation. She leads the company’s global reputation-building and oversees global communications, government affairs and the company’s citizenship and sustainability strategies. Jerilan chairs Yum!’s Recipe for Good council for environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and issues, and was the lead architect for the company’s social purpose initiative: Unlocking Opportunity to Fight Inequality, which is designed to serve frontline restaurant teams and communities through equity and inclusion, education and entrepreneurship. From 2017 to 2020, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. Greene joined Yum! in 2011 as a Vice President, Communications, and has a career track record of leading large-scale, international transformation through strategic, integrated communications and public engagement. 2016 was a landmark year for Yum! Brands, as it successfully completed the spinoff of its China business as an independent, publicly traded growth company. Greene was the central communications and messaging architect for this milestone transaction and for the articulation and launch of a multi-year strategy to transform Yum! into a capital-light, pure play franchisor. Prior to Yum! Brands, she was Executive Vice President at global communications marketing firm Edelman. She has also held leadership positions at Deloitte, Burson-Marsteller and Willis Towers Watson. A member of the Fast Company Impact Council and the Arthur W. Page Society, Greene is a two-time graduate of Northwestern University with a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science from the School of Communication.
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Andy Pharoah
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

Mars (USA)
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Andy Pharoah
Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

Mars (USA)
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Stephen Forshaw
Head, Public Affairs

Temasek (SG)
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Stephen Forshaw
Head, Public Affairs

Temasek (SG)
Mr Stephen Forshaw joined Temasek in April 2011 to lead Temasek’s public affairs function. In 2013, he was concurrently appointed as Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, responsible for market coverage of investment activities in those markets. In 2019, he added a new function of Internal Communications to his existing two roles. Prior to joining Temasek, Stephen was Senior Director, Corporate Communications for Microsoft Corporation, based in Singapore, where he was responsible for the global technology firm’s communications throughout Asia and the Pacific. From 2000 to 2009, Stephen was with Singapore Airlines where he was responsible for Public Affairs; initially in Australia, relocating to Singapore in 2004 to head the airline’s global public affairs function and serve as its Chief Spokesperson. Stephen served as Chief of Staff in the Office of Gary Humphries MLA (Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General and Treasurer of the Australian Capital Territory – Canberra, Australia). He was a political and campaign adviser during several local and Federal elections in Australia. Stephen holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia. He is a member of the Singapore Advisory Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and the Industry Advisory Council of Singapore University of Technology and Design’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has previously served as President of the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (2013-2015) and remains a member of its Accreditation Board. Stephen is a Member of the Board, and the Board Partnership Committee, of Mandai Park Holdings Pte Ltd, (the parent company of the globally-recognised Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park). He is also a Member of the Board, co-chair of the People & Nomination Committee and deputy chair of the Risk & Sustainability Committee, of the holding company that owns and operates Australia’s largest independent pet food manufacturer, The Real Pet Food Company. In 2018, Stephen was recognised by The Holmes Report (now PRovoke), an industry journal covering the communications profession, with an Individual Achievement Award for his contribution to the profession. He had been recognised by The Holmes Report for several years as one of the 100 most influential in-house communications professionals in the world, and by PR Week as one of the Top 500 Public Relations Professionals. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was named on The Holmes Report “Crossover” List, recognising a small cohort of inhouse communications professionals who have crossed over into senior commercial leadership roles in their organisations. Stephen is a dual national of Australia and Ireland, and a Permanent Resident of Singapore. He has lived in Singapore since 2004.
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Christian Bennett
Group Head of Reputation, Government Relations & Industry Affairs

Woolworths
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Christian Bennett
Group Head of Reputation, Government Relations & Industry Affairs

Woolworths
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Nathan Burman
PR Director, ANZ

Netflix
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Nathan Burman
PR Director, ANZ

Netflix
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs

Origin Energy
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs

Origin Energy
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Michael Saadat
Senior Director of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Afterpay
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Michael Saadat
Senior Director of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs

Afterpay
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Andrew McGinnes
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Qantas Group
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Andrew McGinnes
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Qantas Group
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Derek Nolan
Head of Public Policy, AU and NZ

Airbnb
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Derek Nolan
Head of Public Policy, AU and NZ

Airbnb
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Laurian Hubbard
Brexit Campaign Lead

Cabinet Office (UK)
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Laurian Hubbard
Brexit Campaign Lead

Cabinet Office (UK)
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Felicity Ross
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

NBN
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Felicity Ross
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

NBN
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Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry

Tourism Australia
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Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry

Tourism Australia
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director

Diplomacy
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director

Diplomacy
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Innes Willox
Chief Executive

Australian Industry Group
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Innes Willox
Chief Executive

Australian Industry Group
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Paul Ronalds
Chief Executive Officer

Save The Children
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Paul Ronalds
Chief Executive Officer

Save The Children
Paul Ronalds is the Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Australia. Save the Children works in every state of Australia and in more than 120 countries around the world on children’s education, health and protection issues. Paul is also a non-executive director of the Centre For Social Impact and the Community Council of Australia. Prior to joining Save the Children, Paul was a senior public servant in the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Deputy CEO of World Vision and chief operating officer of Urban Seed, an innovative and dynamic NGO that provides a range of services to marginalised people in Melbourne’s inner city. He started his career as a corporate lawyer with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills before co-founding wishlist.com.au, one of Australia’s first e-commerce companies.
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Teneille Rennick
Head of Corporate Communications, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Visa
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Teneille Rennick
Head of Corporate Communications, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Visa
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Western Sydney Airport
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Scott MacKillop
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Western Sydney Airport
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David Pullar
Director of Communications, Government Affairs and Market Access

GSK
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David Pullar
Director of Communications, Government Affairs and Market Access

GSK
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Anjanette Murfet
Chief People and Communications Officer

Accolade Wines
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Anjanette Murfet
Chief People and Communications Officer

Accolade Wines
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Matt Moran
Communications Director, Australia & New Zealand

Ford Motor Company
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Matt Moran
Communications Director, Australia & New Zealand

Ford Motor Company
Matt is currently Communications Director, Australia & New Zealand, Ford Motor Company. In that role, he leads all aspects of internal and external communication for Ford across the two markets, from corporate and product communication, to internal communication, CSR and social media. Before moving back to Australia in 2019, Matt served as Director, Regional News, Asia Pacific, where he led regional media relations for Ford, drove Ford’s communications strategy around mobility, autonomous vehicles and electrification in China and the region, and handled corporate issues and financial communications. Matt started his career at Ford as Communications Manager, Malaysia & Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, where he led communications for Ford in Malaysia and 22 emerging Asia Pacific markets. Prior to joining Ford in 2014, Matt was an Account Manager with Hill+Knowlton Strategies Thailand. There, he led corporate and marketing communications for clients including Facebook, LG Electronics (Thailand), Diageo Moët Hennessy (Thailand) and BMW Group. Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Matt was a Senior Account Executive at Buchan Consulting, an Australian-based PR consultancy. He is also a regularly published freelance journalist. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

At a Glance

Outlook Session 
Patterns from Chaos: Securing Your Company in a Shifting Environment 
We inhabit an increasingly combative socio-political environment. Disinformation is amplified with an audacity that whittles away our collective tolerance for compromise. Social media platforms resist responsibility for the cacophony while self-reinforcing algorithms close avenues of contrary opinion. At times, it appears the only order to the chaos is polarity. The challenge now for Corporate Affairs executives is to instil their own control, consistency, and influence on this unwieldly environment. This Session serves as a contextual platform for the Summit. We will unpack the changes unfolding across the media landscape, tracing glacial steps alongside shifts of more immediate consequence to better understand how Corporate Affairs leaders can exert influence on behalf of their organisations and stakeholders.
 
Strategy Session 
Corporate Introspection: Advancing Pathways for Transparency and Wellbeing 
Businesses are learning to communicate in an operating environment defined by distance. We are all learning how to interact in a world where the human touch has been muted. Whether as a commercial necessity, or an act of collective empathy, businesses have amplified the importance of employee wellbeing. Communication strategies and the channels our voices and faces travel on are developing to facilitate closer, more authentic connections. The challenge for Corporate Affairs is to sustain and nurture heightened attention on employee communications and wellbeing as workforces re-establish pre-pandemic norms. This Session confronts this challenge by asking how businesses are entrenching positive cultural and connective changes spurred by the pandemic.
 
Crisis Session  
Ahead of the Storm: Challenging Crisis Perspectives  
There is no denying the pace and furore with which a crisis can unfurl online. Truth and speculation alike can spread with synaptic intensity, causing irreparable damage to the nucleus of an organisation. These crisis development patterns and stakeholder communication processes are overwhelming traditional crisis communication protocols. In this Session, we will explore why stealing thunder and complementary proactive communication approaches must be considered strategic crisis options. We will observe the strategic and structural changes Corporate Affairs are making to regain and maintain control.
 
Community Session  
Legacy and Identity: Raising the Bar on CSR 
The social change caused by the pandemic will constitute a cultural legacy. As the ethical dimensions of consumer decision making become more salient, businesses have a significant opportunity to reject tokenism and pursuit a meaningful agenda that earns the lasting support of customers. In this Session, we will consider how to advance a CSR agenda that achieves mutually beneficial and interdependent social, environmental, and economic goals. We will move beyond the moral case to better understand how Corporate Affairs can mobilise their businesses in pursuit of new sources of value creation.
 
Government Session 
Advocating Change: Refining Approaches to Government Engagement  
The pandemic is a paradigm shifting event that represents a genuine opportunity to instrument reform. Against the backdrop of an increasingly complex regulatory environment, businesses must continue to refine their approach to advocacy to mobilise support, secure interests and affect change. In this session, we will hear how Corporate Affairs are sustaining long-distance relations with government stakeholders in an environment embroiled by heightened transparency, and observe how businesses are leveraging media to effectively influence opinions and outcomes.
 
Communication Session
Guiding Voices: Resonating with Consumers in the Media Maze 
Digital impression is fast-becoming the only impression. In a world of restricted movement but limitless digital potential, crafting an authentic business persona that can speak credibly across channels is an unabridged priority for Communication professionals. In this Session, we will interrogate how companies are honing a genuine corporate voice that ignites curiosities and establishes trust. We will consider how companies are channelling insights into a communications strategy that not only reaches customers, but which leaves a lasting impression on the consumer mind.
 
Future Session 
Pause for Reflection: The Practical Anticipation of Business Priorities
In an environment clouded by uncertainty and ambiguity, business leaders have instinctively shortened their temporal gaze to become more responsive and reactive. But to effectively build business resilience and safeguard long-term ambitions, leaders must find the time to think more broadly on the systems, structures and strategies that will support a trajectory of growth. In this Session, we will uncover the fundamental technological architecture and business structures that are enabling organisations to scale to market pressures without losing momentum towards endgame objectives. We will consider what dimensions of the function are ripe for disruption, as well as those skills that can be honed to consolidate the position of Corporate Affairs professionals as indispensable business allies.

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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 11th 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.

This event was sold out in 2020

Venue/Accommodation Details

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Accommodation Offer at Novotel Sydney Darling Square

To book, please email [email protected] or call +612 8217 4000 to speak with reservations.

Delegates are required to quote ‘CONNECTMED21’ to receive a discounted rate of $190 room only per room per night nett. This discount is valid for travel between 26th April 2021 and 2nd June 2021 and is valid until 7 days to arrival date of the event. Rooms are subject to availability and rates will be quoted at the time of booking.

 

General Information

  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card upon booking and valid at the start of your stay, unless otherwise specified.
  • Check-in is available from 14:00 on the day of arrival.
  • Check-out required by 11:00 on the day of departure.

Cancellation

  • No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00, up until 1 day prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged.
  • Prior to this time, cancellations made in writing will be accepted via email sent to [email protected]
  • Cancellation fees will be charged to your credit card (or to any other proof of guarantee provided).

Payment & Check-In

  • Desired method of payment is required during check-in, accommodation rate will be settled upon check-in. If your booking was guaranteed by a credit card, the card must be sighted by Reception during check-in.
  • At the time of check in, a pre-authorisation of your credit card will be taken to extend you a line of credit so you can use the hotel facilities at your leisure.
  • All credit card transactions incur a 1.3% surcharge in addition to the amount payable.

All times stated are local Sydney time. This offer is for direct non-commissionable bookings only.

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 26/03/2021)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 27/03/2021)
$1,395 + GST
$4,185 + GST

If you are a Vendor or Service Provider to Corporate Affairs professionals, please email [email protected] to register.

COVID 19 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Secure your place with confidence

We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health and the ICC Sydney. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact [email protected]

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