Insights to Influence

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s Corporate Affairs community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in August 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.

Together, we will interrogate the forces shaping the profession, from the polarisation of civil discourse to crisis communication and technological advancement, all with the intent of charting a new path to progress.

Why attend?

  • Our hybrid event model provides delegates with flexibility without sacrificing interactivity. Our engagement tools ensure that you are joining the event, not just spectating – raise your questions with speakers in real-time, and gain access to ongoing on-demand video content.
  • For ten years we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Summit. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes focussed agenda.

Gain access

// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 300+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

Past Speakers

Joy Tan
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs,
Huawei Technologies (USA)
Jim Kennedy
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
News Corp (USA)
Isaac Levido
Political Strategist & Founding Partner
Fleetwood Strategy (UK)
Sally Fielke
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Professor Kerryn Phelps
City of Sydney
Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs
Treasury Wine Estates
Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry
Tourism Australia
Liz Deegan
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
National Rugby League
The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson
Economist & Managing Director
Emerson Economics
Michelle Skehan
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Australia Post
Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs
Citi Australia and New Zealand
Molly Harriss Olson
Chief Executive Officer
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand
Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Origin Energy
Jane Anderson
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs
Zed Ivankovic
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Toll Group
Debra Richards
Media and Communications Executive
Mitch Cooper
Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs - Australia and NZ
Nicholas Scofield
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Allianz Australia
Andrew Sheridan
Vice President, Regulatory & Public Affairs
Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Cecelia Burgman
Head of Government Relations
Rebecca Irwin
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
Emily Ritchie
Divisional General Manager, External Affairs & Government Relations
Matthew Crossley
Government Relations
Kylie Smith
Chief Communications, Digital and Marketing Officer
MLC Australia
Nigel Blunden
Blunden & Associates
Mary-Jane Bellotti
Chief Development Officer
David Hickey
Vice President Sales and Marketing
George Karagiannakis
Executive Manager, Government Relations
Michelle Taylor
Chief Executive People, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Jessica Gooch
Acting Director, Engagement
Sydney Opera House
Nicole Buskiewicz
Chief Executive Officer
Sally Braidwood
Director and Service Line Lead, APAC
Ipsos Corporate Reputation
Mimrah Mahmood
Partner and Senior Director



Forging a Path Forward: Pragmatism in a Polarised World

We are witnessing the hardening of ideologies on the world stage. Dialogue is struggling to pierce resolute socio-political division,  while entrenched media echo-chambers are inflaming opinion and fuelling tribalism in discourse. On the surface, this titanic clash of views has created a perennial state of gridlock – the room for compromise is shrinking. In this session, we’ll hear about the principled pragmatism Corporate Affairs executives are adopting to recalibrate and navigate the polarisation of civil discourse, discuss how the truth is faring in the age of audible lies, and decide whether extreme ideas about politics and identity are as popular in the real world as they are on Twitter.



The Price of Empowerment: Arming Your Employees as Ambassadors

In times where credibility is an increasingly scarce resource, employees are being called upon as powerful, authentic brand ambassadors. But empowerment is a two-way street, and employees with a genuine and amplified voice can do considerable damage to an organisation’s reputation. In this session, we will hear how businesses are leveraging experience and engagement to empower employees to speak their own truth while still steering the corporate narrative, and discuss how you can redefine your strategic communications to close the gap between public representations and the lived truth at your organisation.



Collective Conscience: The Art of Cross-Channel Storytelling in Corporate Communication

A decade ago, commentators were declaring that traditional media was terminal. Established media entities were tasked with rebuilding their planes while remaining airborne. Newcomers, with revolutionary ground-up models, were destined to soar across platforms and channels. Today, our media landscape is more congested and complex than ever. Corporate Affairs executives charged with nurturing reputation now need to weave a story across multiple platforms and channels. In this session, we’ll unveil the new face of masterful storytelling in multichannel environments, covering everything from advertising spend to earned media to see how the nation’s leading communicators are ensuring that their message reaches the right people at the right time.



Advocacy with Transparency: Accountable Government Engagement

While there are no guarantees of political longevity, the Australian political landscape appears to have steadied, bringing stability to corporate affairs professionals tasked with engaging government stakeholders. In a newly heightened regulatory environment, with the Federal Government responding to growing constituent pressure to hold previously untouchable pockets of corporate Australia to account, Corporate Affairs departments are adopting a permanently campaign-ready approach to construct and implement cabinet advocacy campaigns. In this session, we’ll analyse the impact of social media and heightened corporate transparency on government lobbying and forecast the ramifications of the contemporary accountability culture for firms operating in Australia.



Mission Critical: Communication at the Speed of Crisis

Today’s hyper-connected world has rendered the traditional, reactive approach to crisis communications obsolete. Corporate Affairs is changing as rapidly as the digital media environment in which it must now operate. The nature of risk management has shifted as new factors such as cybercrime present very real threats to an organisation. Today, we will discuss the practical methods by which you can protect your brand through a multi-disciplined, multi-channel approach, and pre-emptively resolve potential PR crises. We’ll also take a look at the importance of an organisation-wide approach to risk management, and analyse how an ethical workplace culture translates to effective Corporate Affairs.



Fostering Engagement, Avoiding Enragement: Social Advocacy in the Reputation Age

Just as brands have sought to humanise themselves to forge a unique identity in the minds of consumers, so too have they adopted ethical positions on contemporary social and environmental issues. The growing tendency towards inherent scepticism of corporate motives has required brands, through a process that combines deep community engagement and social listening, to develop genuine and authentic personalities in order to build trust. In a highly polarised socio-political environment, however, ‘the right thing’ differs wildly amongst consumers united only by a product, not by a shared moral compass. Today, we’ll discuss the methods by which you can understand the causes that matter to your consumers; why CSV is the new CSR; and how you can successfully navigate the often-murky ethical environment of your consumers to establish a competitive advantage for your brand.



Artificial Advantage: Recalibrating the Fabric of Communication

Communication technology has enabled conversation between businesses and customers on a scale and in detail never before seen. With artificial intelligence and unfiltered, immediate content-sharing and live streaming on the rise, brands now have the opportunity to instantaneously reach customers on a deeper level than previously possible. Whilst this technology has opened a world of possibilities for PR and corporate affairs professionals to create, enhance and protect their business’s brand image, it can also pose a serious risk if mismanaged. Today, we’ll discuss how PR is changing and will continue to change over the coming years as consumer facing interfaces become increasingly autonomous; why personalisation and humanisation will become the most important elements in the corporate affairs department of tomorrow; and take a closer look at the game-changing technology that will redefine your role.




Meltwater helps PR, social and marketing teams go beyond media monitoring. Our local experts help clients build influence, connect with their audience and measure success on-the-go.

More than 30,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 60 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.


For over 40 years, the Ipsos Global Reputation Centre has been the trusted partner of choice in helping some of the world’s largest organisations unlock the value of their reputations.


Public policy development is a crowded space. Influencing issues that support business goals, requires successful navigation of complex stakeholder relationships.

Advoc8 is a full-suite technology platform for corporate public affairs teams, giving them the cutting edge in stakeholder engagement, and providing the tools and data needed to amplify their influence.


Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.


The International Association of Business Communicators is a global network of communications professionals. Each summer, IABC hosts World Conference, a three-day event with professional development seminars and activities, as well as talks by industry leaders.


The Public Relations Institute of Australia is a peak body for public relations and communication professionals in Australia. It promotes high ethical standards in the public relations and communication industry through accredited membership, resources, training, and recognition.

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


Angel Gomez – Commercial Director
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: [email protected]

  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

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    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event. Where Connect Media is unable to run the event in the next 12 months (from the date of the event), you will be entitled to a full refund. In the unlikely event that it is cancelled or postponed, no compensation will be provided for cancelled/amended travel arrangements. Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

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    Cancellation Policy:

    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

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  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    Can I transfer my pass?

    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]

    How do I receive my delegate pass?

    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    Is media registration available?

    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of corporate affairs professionals.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees.