22-23 MAY 2024
HILTON SYDNEY
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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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300+ Executives
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5-Star Networking Environment
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2024 Speakers

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Andy Pharoah
VP Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

Mars (US)
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Andy Pharoah
VP Corporate Affairs, Strategic Initiatives & Sustainability

Mars (US)
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Clair Deevy
Global Director of Social Impact

WhatsApp (SG)
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Clair Deevy
Global Director of Social Impact

WhatsApp (SG)
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Christian Bennett
Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

Virgin Australia
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Christian Bennett
Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

Virgin Australia
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Julie Inman-Grant
Australian eSafety Commissioner

Office of the eSafety Commissioner
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Julie Inman-Grant
Australian eSafety Commissioner

Office of the eSafety Commissioner
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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Emily Gatt
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community

Westpac Group
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Emily Gatt
General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community

Westpac Group
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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, I am known for delivering results and building excellent relationships.

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

As a leader, I’m described as energetic, fun and results-driven. I lead end-to-end corporate capabilities by creating environments that enable people to shine while facilitating the conversations that drive growth, development and improvement. I work with teams to uplift performance and celebrate wins. For over a decade, I have 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
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Roger Sharp
Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer

Bupa
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Roger Sharp
Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer

Bupa
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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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Tracy Lee
General Manager, Corporate Affairs

ASX
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Tracy Lee
General Manager, Corporate Affairs

ASX
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Rebekah Cassidy
Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Australia & New Zealand

Sanofi
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Rebekah Cassidy
Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Australia & New Zealand

Sanofi
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Delphine Cassidy
Chief Communications Officer

Orica
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Delphine Cassidy
Chief Communications Officer

Orica
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Jane Anderson
EGM, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability,

IAG
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Jane Anderson
EGM, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability,

IAG
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John Galligan
General Manager & Director, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Australia / New Zealand

Microsoft
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John Galligan
General Manager & Director, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Australia / New Zealand

Microsoft
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Aaron Hill
Group Ethical Sourcing Manager

Coles
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Aaron Hill
Group Ethical Sourcing Manager

Coles
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Melissa O’Neill
Senior Group Director Corporate Affairs

Worley Group
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Melissa O’Neill
Senior Group Director Corporate Affairs

Worley Group
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Anjanette Murfet
Chief People & Communications Officer

Accolade Wines
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Anjanette Murfet
Chief People & Communications Officer

Accolade Wines
With over 20 years in Human Resources and Communications, Anjanette has set up and managed action-oriented internal corporate cultures across Australia, Asia, Africa, the UK, the US, and Europe.

Anjanette has worked at a number of the biggest global FMCG businesses, including Kraft Foods, Sandoz, and Coca-Cola, and held high-level Human Resource and Communications roles for Vodafone and GrainCorp focusing on strategic, corporate, and operational ‘hands-on’ responsibilities.

Today, Anjanette is the Chief People and Communications Officer at Accolade Wines, one of the world's leading wine companies with over 1,400 dedicated employees in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand, and North and South America.

Anjanette is responsible for building the global People, communications and external affairs strategies that support the Company’s ambitious growth agenda and nurtures the organisation to become a best-in-class, high performance, employer of choice.
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Sam Bonner
Head of Corporate Affairs

Arnott’s Group
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Sam Bonner
Head of Corporate Affairs

Arnott’s Group
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Audrey Lobo-Pulo
Head of Public Policy & Economic Graph, Australia & New Zealand

LinkedIn
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Audrey Lobo-Pulo
Head of Public Policy & Economic Graph, Australia & New Zealand

LinkedIn
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Marnie Carroll
Chief Corporate Affairs & Engagement Officer

L’Oreal Australia
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Marnie Carroll
Chief Corporate Affairs & Engagement Officer

L’Oreal Australia
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Ailish Hanley
Head of Public Affairs, Sustainability & Communications

Bayer
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Ailish Hanley
Head of Public Affairs, Sustainability & Communications

Bayer
Ailish Hanley is the Head of Public Affairs, Sustainability and Communications for the Bayer Group, Australia and New Zealand. She has responsibility for leading the company’s reputation, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement agenda on behalf of the three divisions - Crop Science, Pharmaceuticals and Radiology, and Consumer Health.

Ailish has over 20 years’ experience in public affairs, communications and issues management in leading global food, beverage, and healthcare companies in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Bayer in February 2020, she worked in senior positions at Danone and Diageo and held various non-executive director roles in Australia and New Zealand.

She is strong advocate for inclusive leadership and culture. At Bayer she is the executive sponsor for the company’s Reconciliation Action programme.

Originally from Ireland, Ailish has lived and worked in Sydney since 2006. She became a proud Australian citizen in 2012.
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Peter Gurney
Head of Stakeholder Relations

ING
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Peter Gurney
Head of Stakeholder Relations

ING
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Nic Frankham
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Export Finance Australia
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Nic Frankham
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Export Finance Australia
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Jess Simons
Head of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations

GrainCorp
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Jess Simons
Head of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations

GrainCorp
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Sophie Lodge
Corporate Affairs Director, Oceania

Frucor Suntory
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Sophie Lodge
Corporate Affairs Director, Oceania

Frucor Suntory
Sophie Lodge is the Oceania Corporate Affairs Director for Frucor Suntory, part of Suntory Group – a global multi beverage business headquartered in Japan and is responsible for Government Affairs, Media Relations, Internal & Change Communications, Crisis Management and the CSR/Sustainability agenda.

With over 20 years’ experience of developing reputation and responsible business strategies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East across a range of sectors, she has worked with Executive teams to advance their ESG strategies to support business growth.

Working in both in-house and agency leadership positions, Sophie is a strong advocate for the role that Corporate Affairs plays in building a strong, individualised ESG strategy which responds to stakeholder needs and motivates key audiences through impactful storytelling.

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Katrin Maurer
Head of Communications Australia

Google
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Katrin Maurer
Head of Communications Australia

Google
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Jemimah Brennan
Director Communications & Corporate Affairs

Moderna
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Jemimah Brennan
Director Communications & Corporate Affairs

Moderna
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Anita Quigle
Head of Media & Public Affairs

UNICEF Australia
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Anita Quigle
Head of Media & Public Affairs

UNICEF Australia
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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
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Lucy Newcomb
Director

Salt & Shein
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Lucy Newcomb
Director

Salt & Shein
Lucy is one of Australia’s most liked and influential executive recruiters and talent advisers in the corporate affairs, communications, government relations and investor relations space. Since joining Salt & Shein a decade ago, she has established an enviable network in both Australia and overseas. She is known for her frank, honest and expert guidance and her dogged ability to find the best talent for each role she manages. Her services are in high demand within corporate affairs teams across Australia.

No matter how tough the challenge, Lucy has a reputation for always finding the right person for the right role and is a respected strategic business partner to her clients. Needless to say, she is enthusiastic, insightful and passionate when it comes to providing clients and candidates alike with a memorable and career enhancing experience.

Lucy was born in New Zealand, where she completed her Business Management degree before gaining valuable experience in a range of consumer brand and marketing management positions. In 1997, she relocated to Australia to start her recruitment career with Morgan & Banks. She is married and in her spare time when she’s not skiing, can usually be found supporting her two sons sporting endeavours.

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  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:20 am
    Welcome To Country
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Ministerial Address
  • 9:40 am
    Opening Keynote
    speaker
    Christian Bennett
    Chief Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Officer

    Virgin Australia
  • 10:00 am
    Outlook Session

    Moving with Momentum, Responding with Confidence

    • How is the corporate affairs function responding to Australia’s current social, political and economic climate?
    • What is the national trust pulse towards different industries?
    • How do leaders cultivate corporate culture alongside company growth?
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    Nic Frankham
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

    Export Finance Australia
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    Audrey Lobo-Pulo
    Head of Public Policy & Economic Graph, Australia & New Zealand

    LinkedIn
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    Jemimah Brennan
    Director Communications & Corporate Affairs

    Moderna
  • 10:45 am
    Global Keynote
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    Clair Deevy
    Global Director of Social Impact

    WhatsApp (SG)
  • 11:05 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:35 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 12:05 pm
    Media Session

    Influencing External Narratives: Rewriting What’s In-Between the Lines

    • What are the biggest challenges and changes unfolding across the media environment?
    • Can you assert consistent influence across the fragmented media landscape?
    • How are companies distinguishing their individual identity from the noise of industry reputation?
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    Melissa O’Neill
    Senior Group Director Corporate Affairs

    Worley Group
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    Delphine Cassidy
    Chief Communications Officer

    Orica
  • 12:50 pm
    Keynote

    CREATING A PROGRESSIVE Sustainability strategy

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    Roger Sharp
    Chief Sustainability & Corporate Affairs Officer

    Bupa
  • 1:10 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
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    Lucy Newcomb
    Director

    Salt & Shein
  • 1:20 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 2:05 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 2:25 pm
    Digitally Driven Session

    Piloting through the Digital Storm: Data, Cyber and AI

    • Confronting the complexities of AI: Ethics and use-cases for the Corporate Affairs function.
    • How are businesses securing digital trust among stakeholders?
    • How far ahead should you be planning when devising future digital strategies?
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    Katrin Maurer
    Head of Communications Australia

    Google
  • 3:10 pm
    Keynote
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 4:00 pm
    National Keynote
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    Julie Inman-Grant
    Australian eSafety Commissioner

    Office of the eSafety Commissioner
  • 4:20 pm
    Global Innovator Keynote
  • 4:50 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 5:00 pm
    Close of Day 1
  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:15 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chair
  • 9:20 am
    Opening Keynote
    speaker
    John Galligan
    General Manager & Director, Corporate External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Australia / New Zealand

    Microsoft
  • 9:40 am
    Strategy Session

    Shaping Perspectives: Refining Approaches to Stakeholder Engagement

    • How are leaders leveraging data and insights to strategically tell their corporate story?
    • What does strengthening government relations look like through an evolving regulatory landscape?
    • What’s needed to sustain stakeholder trust through periods where ideas of value regularly shift?
    speaker
    Ailish Hanley
    Head of Public Affairs, Sustainability & Communications

    Bayer
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    Peter Gurney
    Head of Stakeholder Relations

    ING
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    Anjanette Murfet
    Chief People & Communications Officer

    Accolade Wines
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    Luke Tobin
    Head of Public Affairs

    Sportsbet
  • 10:25 am
    Keynote
    speaker
    Clare Gunning
    Deputy Commissioner Corporate

    ATO
  • 10:45 am
    Diamond Keynote
  • 11:05 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:30 am
    Social Impact Keynote

    Future proofing social impact: Understanding modern slavery & ethical sourcing

    speaker
    Aaron Hill
    Group Ethical Sourcing Manager

    Coles
  • 11:50 am
    Impact Session

    Measuring Impact: Elevating Pathways to Demonstrate Progress

    • Quantifying impact: What is the best route to effectively communicate corporate action on sustainability and ESG?
    • What collaboration is needed to keep pace with the demands of oncoming regulation?
    • How are communications teams advancing Executive fluency on internal performance, progress and perspective?
    speaker
    Marnie Carroll
    Chief Corporate Affairs & Engagement Officer

    L’Oreal Australia
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    Sophie Lodge
    Corporate Affairs Director, Oceania

    Frucor Suntory
  • 12:35 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 1:05 pm
    Lunch & Networking
  • 1:50 pm
    National Keynote
    speaker
    Emily Gatt
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs & Community

    Westpac Group
  • 2:20 pm
    Community Session

    Establishing Authentic Credibility in a Hyper-Critical World

    • How do you define corporate identity alongside changing cultural discourse?
    • What tools can be used to cultivate social license?
    • How do you combat notions of tokenism under the gaze of hyper-skeptic consumers
    speaker
    Rebekah Cassidy
    Deputy Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Australia & New Zealand

    Sanofi
    speaker
    Jess Simons
    Head of Corporate Affairs & Government Relations

    GrainCorp
  • 3:25 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Summit
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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 13th 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: 0403 967480
Email: [email protected]

 

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

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

Venue/Accommodation Details

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HILTON SYDNEY

Level 4, 488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000. Click here for more information.

Group Accommodation Special Offer at Hilton

Receive a 10% discount on the best available (flexible) rate.

Book here or phone 1300 445 866 and mention the group code G10DYN.

 

Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 23/02/2024)
$1995 + GST
$5985 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 24/02/2024)
$2195 + GST
$6585 + GST

Attendance at the Corporate Affairs Summit is strictly for in-house Corporate Affairs and Communications professionals. If you are a Service Provider, please email [email protected] to discuss your involvement.

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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