24-25 May 2022
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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 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.

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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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2022 Speakers

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Larry Cristini
Head of Global Crisis Management

Facebook (USA)
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Larry Cristini
Head of Global Crisis Management

Facebook (USA)
Larry Cristini has more than 15 years of experience helping corporations to anticipate and manage risk through proactive crisis and issues management. Larry currently serves as the Head of Global Crisis Management for Facebook. In this role, he is responsible for the company's preparedness to manage crises and emerging risks threatening the company's mission and core assets around the world. In this capacity, he also manages teams focused on 24/7 real-time management of key risks.

Larry previously worked at Eurasia Group where he advised executives on managing political and economic risks in emerging and frontier markets. Prior to that, he worked in Marsh & McLennan’s Crisis Consulting group. At MMC he developed and implemented crisis management programs for clients across a wide array of Fortune 500 companies and industries including oil & gas, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, technology, manufacturing, mining, and transportation. Larry received his BA from Providence College and MBA from The George Washington University.
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Maeve Duvally
Managing Director, Corporate Communications

Goldman Sachs (USA)
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Maeve Duvally
Managing Director, Corporate Communications

Goldman Sachs (USA)
Maeve is a managing director in Corporate Communications. She serves on the Structured Products Committee and the Americas Regional Vetting Group. Maeve joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Maeve worked in media relations at Merrill Lynch. Before that, she was a financial journalist and editor at Bridge News for nearly 15 years. Maeve serves on the advisory boards for the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship and the Association of Foreign Correspondents; and, the community board of Connecticut-based LGBTQ health provider Anchor Health Initiative. She earned a BA in English from Providence College in 1983 and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1994.
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Russell Dyer
VP & Chief of Communications and Government Affairs

Mondelez International (USA)
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Russell Dyer
VP & Chief of Communications and Government Affairs

Mondelez International (USA)
Russell Dyer is an award-winning Fortune 150 top communicator with a proven track record of success. As Chief of Communications and Government Affairs for Mondelēz International, a global snacking leader with 2020 net revenues of approximately $27 billion, Dyer is responsible for overseeing all external and internal communications and public and government affairs for the company. He manages an organization of more than 150 talented colleagues all around the world, promoting and protecting the company’s reputation in both emerging and developed markets. Dyer is a trusted advisor to the CEO and leadership team, developing and implementing impactful communications and advocacy strategies that support the company’s long-term objectives and drive engagement with a broad set of stakeholders, including 80,000 employees worldwide. Prior to joining Mondelēz International, Russ served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods Group, where he led the communications function prior to the company’s merger with The H.J. Heinz Company. As Director in the consumer practice at Weber Shandwick, Dyer was responsible for developing strategic public relations, social media and integrated marketing programming for a wide range of consumer brands and several top-tier CPG companies. His innovative and integrated approach has earned notable industry accolades including PR Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Russ was selected as a member of PR Week’s “40 Under 40: Brand Champions” class of 2015 and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Status Labs, a fast-growing digital reputation management firm, as Vice Chair of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and on the Board of the World Federation of Advertising (WFA). Dyer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Communications from Boston College. He lives in Chicago, is the proud father of three children and a less-than-proud but lifelong fan of the Washington Football Team.
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Joanna Price
Senior Vice President, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Coca Cola (USA)
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Joanna Price
Senior Vice President, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability

Coca Cola (USA)
Joanna Price has more than two decades of experience in public affairs and communications, particularly in the food and beverages sector. Born in Australia, Joanna has lived and worked in over six countries. She joined The Coca-Cola Company 15 years ago and has overseen public affairs, communications and sustainability strategy and activities across North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa – with special expertise in the South Pacific, North America, and Asia – and has experience working at country, regional, group and global levels. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Joanna, a member of The Coca-Cola Company North America Operating Unit (NAOU) Executive Leadership Team, is SVP, Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability. Joanna leads multiple high-performing teams which focus on strategic communications, leadership and internal communications, stakeholder and community management, corporate reputation marketing, public policy, government relations and sustainability. Joanna has led major corporate and public affairs initiatives which have drawn upon her extensive issues-management experience, partnership management, stakeholder mapping and engagement skills. In recent years, Joanna has actively led public affairs work in the U.S. and the Corporate Center around corporate reputation, category growth, financial reporting, and sustainability priorities – and one of her proudest achievements has been helping launch Coca-Cola’s industry-first goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells globally by 2030. In addition to her work leading public affairs, Joanna also has supported C-level executives and advised the Coca-Cola Board in the areas of strategy, governance, and public policy. Joanna serves on the national board of the YWCA, The International Dyslexia Association and The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. Prior to Coca-Cola, Joanna served in senior corporate positions at Kellogg, ACNielsen and News Corporation in public affairs, communication, strategy and research role. She has an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters of Marketing from Charles Sturt University and Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology.
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Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs

Citi Australia and New Zealand
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Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs

Citi Australia and New Zealand
Guy Matthews is Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs for Citi in Australia and New Zealand, a role he has held since July 2015. In this role he is responsible for the media relations, social media, government relations, internal communications, community relations and events across all of Citi’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Guy also oversaw the Corporate Affairs function in China. Prior to returning to Australia, Guy was Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Citi in Japan, a role he held since January 2010. Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
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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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Peter O’Sullivan
General Manager, Group External Communications & Community

Woolworths Group
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Peter O’Sullivan
General Manager, Group External Communications & Community

Woolworths Group
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Elizabeth McNamara
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

AGL Energy
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Elizabeth McNamara
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

AGL Energy
Elizabeth joined AGL in February 2020 following a career in both the public and private sectors.

With more than 20 years’ experience gained across multiple industries, Elizabeth has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, public policy, communications and sustainability. Prior to joining AGL, Elizabeth was Group Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Amatil, and has held various roles in the resources industry at South32 Ltd and BHP’s Energy Coal Business and was Deputy Director General at NSW Ministry of Transport.

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Sydney University, a Grad Cert in Sustainability from Cambridge University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Matthew Abbott
Director Corporate Affairs

Zip.Co
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Matthew Abbott
Director Corporate Affairs

Zip.Co
Matthew Abbott is Director, Corporate Affairs at the listed Australian Buy Now Pay Later company Zip Co (ASX: Z1P), where he manages media relations, public policy and government affairs. He has held senior corporate affairs roles with the Australian corporate watchdog ASIC, the Westfield Shopping Centre group and is a former adviser in the Howard Coalition Government. Matthew has worked as PR consultant, a war correspondent, political adviser and as a financial journalist in the UK and Australia, where he got his start as a cadet reporter on the Australian Financial Review. He is a director of the charity Poetry In Action and over the last decade he has taught several courses in Sydney University's Masters of Strategic Public Relations course.
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Mitch Cooper
Public Policy Director

Uber Australia and New Zealand
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Mitch Cooper
Public Policy Director

Uber Australia and New Zealand
Mitch Cooper joined Uber in 2017 and leads the company's engagement with the governments and cities across Australia and New Zealand, working to help unlock the future of urban mobility. Mitch began his career as a lawyer focused on regulatory, competition and policy matters, and before joining Uber worked in public policy and government affairs at Vodafone New Zealand.
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Grant Williams
Executive Director, Public Affairs

NSW Police Force
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Grant Williams
Executive Director, Public Affairs

NSW Police Force
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Emily Ritchie
Senior Executive, External Affairs

Medibank
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Emily Ritchie
Senior Executive, External Affairs

Medibank
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Haydn Lane
General Manager ‑ Corporate Affairs and Communications

Australian Grand Prix Corporation
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Haydn Lane
General Manager ‑ Corporate Affairs and Communications

Australian Grand Prix Corporation
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Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Healthscope
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Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Healthscope
Julia is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Healthscope, Australia’s second largest private hospital and healthcare provider. The Corporate Affairs function supports Healthscope’s 42 hospitals across Australia with marketing, media, employee and stakeholder communications, corporate responsibility and government relations expertise.

Julia has deep experience in issues/crisis management, leadership & strategic communications, transformation & change, experience design and facilitation, creative communications and employee engagement. She is known for her ability to simplify complexity, building compelling narratives that bring clarity and drive wider engagement.

Julia joined Healthscope as a member of the Executive Leadership Team in February 2020, prior to which she consulted to private equity owners Brookfield via her advisory business Julia Foley Communications (JFC). As a consultant she worked with many of Australia’s leading organisations including PwC, ANZ, IAG, Allens and the AFP to help transform culture and support leaders to bring meaning to strategy. Before establishing JFC in 2011, Julia was Deputy Head of Communications at Telstra, where she led Corporate Communications during a period of intense change.

Originally a lawyer practising in media law and mergers & acquisitions, her experience spans all aspects of corporate affairs.

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Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs

Treasury Wine Estates
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Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs

Treasury Wine Estates
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Cassandra Casey
General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

ANSTO
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Cassandra Casey
General Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

ANSTO
Cassandra Casey is the General Manager of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and is a global leader in strategic communications for nuclear science and technologies. Over the past 25 years Cassandra has provided strategic leadership through connecting organisations with all levels of Government, coordinating and leading projects through international networks, strengthening brand reputation and influencing public opinion. Cassandra directs the organisation-wide communications and external stakeholder engagement activities for Australia’s only nuclear science and technology organisation and has played a key role in deepening public and stakeholder awareness and engagement in relation to nuclear technologies in recent years.

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David Breen
Head of Corporate Affairs

ING Bank
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David Breen
Head of Corporate Affairs

ING Bank
As Head of Corporate Affairs at ING in Australia, David manages the bank’s internal and external communications, reputation management and sustainability programs. The role covers public relations, media, government and industry relations.

David provides counsel to the CEO and senior executive team on thought leadership, reputation management and public positioning. David’s role includes building a narrative for the business internally and externally.

David has built an award winning communications team and prides himself on developing the careers of people in the team. The team are always looking for new ways of communicating and places a strong emphasis on video.

David is a member of the bank’s crisis management team and represent ING in dealings with the Federal Government, the Australian Bankers Association and other industry bodies.

David also acts as company spokesperson as needed across all media.

He reports directly to the CEO in Australia and has a reporting line to the functional head of brand and communication at ING Group in Amsterdam. He is a member of ING’s global communications leadership group.

ING is Australia’s most trusted and recommended bank.

David came to his present role from an extensive career in the media.

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Alexandra Staley
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Officeworks
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Alexandra Staley
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs

Officeworks
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David Faktor
Executive Director of Public Affairs, Media & Communications

St Vincent’s Health Australia
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David Faktor
Executive Director of Public Affairs, Media & Communications

St Vincent’s Health Australia
David is the key spokesperson for St Vincent’s facilities across NSW. He is regarded as a leading public affairs & communications specialist within the healthcare and biomedical research sectors and holds leadership roles in relation to communicating organisational cultural change as well as public health advocacy.

David’s primary role over the past two decades has been in both internal and external stakeholder engagement - promoting key organisational strategic objectives while overseeing risk-mitigation strategies. Prior to working at St Vincent’s, David was the Manager of Public Affairs at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne from 1998-2001. He also served on the Boards of Management of WAYS Youth Services and Emanuel School and is currently a Board Director of Stretch a Family.

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Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications

National Farmers' Federation
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Laureta Wallace
General Manager - Media and Communications

National Farmers' Federation

sessions


  • 9:00 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:25 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
  • 9:30 am
    Ministerial Address
  • 9:40 am
    Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 am
    Outlook Session

    New Perspectives: The Changing Dynamic Between Corporates and Citizens

    The pandemic has affected the nation’s social fabric. Our trust in government and the media is faltering, while corporations continue to gain broad credibility in the eyes of employees and community stakeholders. What are the implications for communication professionals exerting influence in this environment? How are profound shifts in the balance of trust influencing how business advocate with consumers, communities, employees, and governments? In this Session, we will explore how consumer sentiment is evolving, revealing the latest shared perspectives on government, media, and industry more broadly, so that attendees will be better equipped to craft a compelling communications strategy.

  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Partner Keynote
  • 11:50 am
    Culture Session

    Countering Separation: New Benchmarks in Culture and Connection

    When the traditional structures around work collapsed under the weight of the pandemic, communication professionals were called upon to cut through the uncertainty with transparent, consistent, and responsive communications. Now, as we emerge through the pandemic, communication professionals must apply learnings from the crisis and establish new benchmarks in communication. This Session explores how communication professionals are building business resilience by entrenching positive cultural and connective changes spurred by the pandemic. We will explore changing perspectives on employee wellbeing and the role of communications in creating a culture of authenticity.

  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Industry Keynote
  • 2:25 pm
    Media Session

    Control Over Crisis: Staying Ahead in a Changing Media Landscape

    We operate in a polarised and fragmented media landscape, where information and disinformation can spread with furore. How can communication professionals think strategically in the midst of such a media maelstrom? How can we distil clarity from chaos, acting rapidly and judiciously during a crisis to minimise damage and shield affected stakeholders? In this Session, we discuss the biggest changes and challenges unfolding in our media environment. How are businesses planning communications and responding to issues       in a time-starved media landscape? How can businesses better control the narrative and keep media and consumers engaged? And what lessons can we take from the pandemic to inform our communication strategies moving forward?

  • 3:05 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 3:30 pm
    Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
  • 3:50 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 4:10 pm
    Government Session

    Shifting Gears: Advancing Government Advocacy 

    The rules underwriting government advocacy are bending. At a time where political focus is fixated on the nation’s economic recovery and pandemic response, businesses must adopt a disciplined, data-driven approach to advocacy to continue to capture the immense value at stake from government and regulatory intervention. In this Session, we will hear how Corporate Affairs leaders are leveraging data, shifting media levers, and deepening relationships to effectively influence policy directions and business outcomes.

  • 4:50 pm
    Closing Keynote
  • 5:10 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
  • 5:15 pm
    Networking Drinks Remarks
  • 5:20 pm
    Networking Drinks Reception
  • 6:00 pm
    Close of Day One
  • 9:15 am
    Registration, Refreshments & Networking
  • 9:30 am
    Opening Remarks from the Chairman
  • 9:35 am
    Opening Keynote
  • 10:00 am
    Consumer Session

    Above the Noise: Reaching Consumers with Clarity and Consistency

    We are all, as consumers, creatures of habit. The war for consumer attention has, in turn, become habitual – a trial of attrition, of algorithms, and of impressions. But what if businesses started thinking differently about engagement and impact? What would happen if businesses embraced the anomalous and extraordinary nature of the past two years, and in the pursuit of authentic connection, sought to create a meaningful legacy? In this Session, we will explore how businesses are creating impact through communications and leaving a lasting, tangible impression on consumers.

  • 10:40 am
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 11:00 am
    Morning Refreshments & Networking
  • 11:20 am
    Diamond Keynote

      

  • 11:50 am
    Technology Session

    Unnatural Advantage: Evolving Communications with Technology

    The pandemic has underscored the importance of delivering timely, relevant, and reliable internal  communications. As we move towards hybrid environments that prize flexibility and responsiveness, technology will play an increasingly central role in the ways decentralised businesses coordinate,         communicate, and control access to information. In this Session, we will hear how businesses are thinking creatively about getting ahead of the technology curve, reconfiguring communications to keep their employees connected, no matter the distance.

  • 12:30 pm
    Industry Keynote Interview
  • 12:50 pm
    Lunch Welcome Remarks
  • 12:55 pm
    Lunch and Networking
  • 2:00 pm
    Platinum Keynote
  • 2:20 pm
    Future Session

    Contingencies, not Clairvoyance: Building a Responsive Communications Function

    Businesses are practising their foresight in an attempt to see beyond the pandemic, envisaging a ‘new normal’ and the return to stability it represents. But what can we really say with certainty? Can we say that our environment will be defined by cycles of disruption and adaption, driven both by the pandemic and new business imperatives? Or that clear and inspiring communication will be central to navigating this next phase? In this Session, we consider how communication professionals are preparing for a future they cannot see by improving the adaptability, readiness, and resilience of their businesses.

  • 3:00 pm
    Keynote
  • 3:25 pm
    Closing Remarks from the Chairman
  • 3:30 pm
    Close of Summit
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Why Get Involved

Celebrating its 12th 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 2021

Venue/Accommodation Details

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ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

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Pricing and Discounts

Early Bird Registration
(until 25/02/2022)
$1,195 + GST
$3,585 + GST
Standard Registration
(from 26/02/2022)
$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]

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

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