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Australia 2017
November 21
Sydney, NSW
our theme this year
The Future of Payments
The Women in Payments® Symposium program includes keynote presentations, executive panel discussions, and breakout sessions that provide powerful and relevant content in the rapidly changing fields of enabling technologies, applications based on the new enabling technologies and leadership and career development.
Keynote Presentations
Women industry leaders share their knowledge and expertise.
Executive Panel Discussion
Prominent industry executives engage in conversation with symposium delegates.
Breakout Sessions
Concurrent sessions with industry experts explore the issues and challenges facing the payment industry today.
November 21, 2017
8:30 - 8:45am
Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments
Dianne Challenor
General Manager Global Transactional Solutions & Client Experience
Westpac Institutional Banking
Alana Morton
Director of Communications
8:45 - 9:30am
Leila Fourie
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Payments Network
9:30 - 10:30am
Richard Wormald
Division President, Australasia
Nicola Morris
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Danielle Szetho
Chief Executive Officer
FinTech Australia
Emma Gray
Chief Data Officer Central Functions
10:30 - 11:00am
11:00 - 11:45am
Breakout Session #1
The Future of Payments in a Less-Cash World
This presentation will explore the drivers behind a push towards a less-cash economy in Australia and around the world. In particular, governments seek to combat black economies and fraud. Meanwhile, the advent of Bitcoin and other digital currencies poses an even bigger threat as an alternative means to enable anonymous and untraceable cash-like networks. The payments services industry must adapt in order to preserve its status as a stabilising and trustworthy presence in an uncertain world.
Dr. Philippa Ryan
Lecturer & Barrister
University of Technology, Sydney
Technology and Infrastructure
Breakout Session #1
Changemakers – Disruptive Technologies at Australia Post
Disruption isn’t new to Australia Post and we continue to evolve at the speed of our customers. Our transformative digital change program creates new ways of working that drive disruptive technical innovation to find new ways of connecting with consumers and delivering services. Learn more about opportunities for Digital ID in banking, NPP readiness and the disruptive commerce technologies explored in the AlphaCommerceHub joint venture.
Deanne Keetelaar
General Manager, Payments and Financial Services
Australia Post
Breakout Session #1
Networking to Where You Want to Go: Cutting Through the Networking Noise to Build the Relationships YOU Need to Succeed
If you think of networking as schmoozing at cocktail parties or scrolling through LinkedIn, think again. In the social media age, you need a modern road-map for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals, no matter how big or small. In this session, networking expert J. Kelly Hoey will share her approach to mastering this timeworn skill in a world where everyone is posting, liking, and friending fast and furiously.
J. Kelly Hoey
Visa Everywhere Initiative
As the Australian and New Zealand final of global startup competition, the Visa Everywhere Initiative, this session will comprise pitches from six pre-selected finalists. Competing for a share of $55,000, each finalist will tell the judging panel and audience how their innovation will impact the future of commerce. Don’t miss your chance to see some of our region’s up and coming talent, and have your say via the people’s choice award.
Anthony Jones
Head of Business Solutions
Visa Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific
2:15 - 2:45pm
2:45 - 3:30pm
Payment Applications
Breakout Session #2
Digital Identity: New Challenges & New Opportunities
Digital identity is the corner stone of seamless payments. Implemented effectively, it underpins a secure and frictionless environment in which the future of payments can thrive. It is also a prerequisite for online service delivery across all sectors of the economy, and as such is a focus for a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. Join this panel as they explore the inherent opportunities and challenges of identity as the key to a vibrant digital economy.
Victoria Richardson
Chief Strategy Officer
Australian Payments Network
Sam Gianniotis
Chief Risk Officer
Claudia Lajeunesse
Head of Digital iD Strategic Growth
Australia Post
Jacqueline Fitzpatrick
Managing Director
Giesecke + Devrient Australia
Technology and Infrastructure
Breakout Session #2
Digital Transformation- How New Technologies May Impact the Payments Ecosystem
This session will provide an overview of new technologies in financial services, including AI, chatbots, robotics and outline some of the potential impacts, including changes in the job market, careers, and how traditional banking may change. In the second half of the session will be a panel discussion on how organizations and people need to adapt to survive in the new environment that has been transformed by these new technologies.
Terry Sweeney
IBM Watson Health Executive
Watson Health Group APJ/GCG
Aurelie Jacquet

Founder of Ethics, AI and ADM Professional Group
Susan Nicholson
Director – Product & Marketing Asia Pacific
WEX Australia
Karen Pascoe
Senior Vice President, Experience Design for Digital Payments & Labs
Breakout Session #2
The Leader Who Asks: Building a Fearless Culture by Telling Less and Asking More
Leadership can be a tough gig! Boosting engagement, building accountability, fostering innovation... As leaders, our default position to serve can drive us to help too hard, and our wise counsel falls on deaf ears. What if you were unwittingly part of the problem? Your tendency to ‘tell’ could be stifling initiative and innovation. Through stories and brain science, Corrinne will inspire you to shift your ‘ask/tell ratio’ to connect deeply, lead fearlessly and achieve serious results.
Corrinne Armour
Leadership Speaker, Author, Trainer, Coach, Mentor
Corrinne Armour
3:30 - 4:15pm
Payment Applications
Breakout Session #3
Paving The Way to New Australian Payment Solutions
Australia’s payments industry is undergoing huge disruption – from new technologies, fintech disruption and changing customer preferences, all alongside the industry development of the New Payments Platform, which is on track to be available to the industry by the end of this year. The New Payments Platform will transform the way we pay, as a fast, versatile, data-rich system for making payments at any time of the day, any day of the year, between consumers, business and government.
Ellie Hewitt
Manager, Operations Advisory Practice
France Olazabal
Program Manager
Cuscal Limited
Cathie Morrison
NPP ICS Business Stream Leader
BPAY Group
Vanessa Chapman
General Counsel and Company Secretary
NPP Australia Limited
Technology and Infrastructure
Breakout Session #3
Open Banking – A Brave New World
Open Banking is a new approach to banking, whereby customers may authorize banks to give regulated third parties access to the customers’ data, down to the transaction level. Driven by API technologies and new regulations aimed at opening the banking system, this could be the biggest change our industry has seen in decades. Join these experts as they outline the Australian road-map, the challenges to getting there, and the potential new services that customers may enjoy once we arrive.
Dianne Challenor
General Manager Global Transactional Solutions & Client Experience
Westpac Institutional Banking
Tanya Smith
Managing Director and Head of Customer Franchise
Elise Fairbairn
Managing Director, Transaction Banking, Institutional Banking & Markets
Danny Gilligan
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Breakout Session #3
Working Women: Managing “The Juggle” and Winning the War on Talent
With many women seeking a balance across their work and family life, Beam Australia provides a platform for professionals seeking flexible work and organisations who embrace flexible working. Topics will include: Leading by example: the power of having happy, balanced women in leadership roles. What’s so hard about embracing flexible working and what’s the payoff for businesses? The rise of the millennial worker, how they want to work differently from the generations before them, and the need for organizations to adapt to attract them.
Jess Aloi
General Manager
Latitude Financial Services
Stephanie Reuss
Beam Australia
Claire Shoemake
Area Head - Melbourne
Lorna Heyward
Chief Operating Officer
Bank Australia
4:15 - 5:00pm
Elizabeth Broderick
Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner: 2007 - 2015
5:00 - 5:15pm
Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments
5:15 - 7:00pm
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