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#ACCELERATERegTech 2018 is the inaugural RegTech Association eco-system event. It will bring together 250 regulators, regulated entities, RegTechs, government,  technology firms, allied associations,  professional services and members of the financial services community together to examine the greatest regulatory and compliance challenges all under one roof.  To be held at the AMORA Jamison Hote, 11 Jamison Street, Sydney and the networking function at the new Sydney Startup Hub at Stone & Chalk. 

Organisations confirmed to attend

  • Advice RegTech

  •  Aetrium labs

  • Allens Linklaters


  • ANZ Retail Risk

  • Arctic Intelligence  (Expo sponsor)

  • AML Accelerate (Expo sponsor)

  • Aub Chapman Consulting Services 

  • Auraya Systems



  •    AFMA


  • Bank of Queensland


  • Capital Markets CRC

  • Certainty Compliance

  • Checkbox.ai

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia

  • Compliance Quarter (Expo sponsor)

  • Complii FinTech (Expo sponsor)

  •  co-ventured

  • Dacreed

  • Data Governance Australia

  • Data61

  • DataTools

  • Deloitte (Silver Sponsor)


  • Enteruptors (Expo sponsor)

  •    Expand researcH
  •    EY
  •    FLASH FX
  •    GRC Solutions
  •  Kicker Communications



    Lombard risk

  •     Macquarie bank
  •    Madison financial GROUP


  • MoneyCatcha

  •  NAB Ventures

  • New Payments Platform Australia


  • Objective Keystone

  • OFX

  •  one ventures

  • Pax Republic

  • Protecht ERM (Expo sponsor)

  •    pwc
  •    Quantexa (EVENT SPONSOR)
  •    Red marker
  •    ribit
  • Silent Eight (Expo sponsor)

  • Simple KYC

  • SISS Data Services

  •  Sydney University business school

  • The RegTech Association

  •  Thomson Reuters

  • TRAction Fintech

  • Troy Penney

  •  UK Trade and investment


  • Verifier

  • Westpac

As the tagline says, the Centre of #RegTech Excellence is right here. Join us. #AccelerateRegTech2018 #RegTech

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Speakers confirmed 

John Price, Commissioner

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012.

He has over 15 years regulatory experience in a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency, ASIC's Registry and financial reporting and audit.

John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia.

John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia. He also leads ASIC's work helping small business and cutting red-tape.

Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.

Tony Prior, Compliance Director


Tony is a senior fraud and financial crime compliance specialist with a strong focus within financial services and regulatory environments. Uniquely qualified with professional services consulting; law enforcement; regulatory/supervision; and in-house corporate experience in all aspects of fraud and financial crime management.

Tony has a strong people focus with a demonstrable track record in boosting engagement, the ‘turnaround’ of teams, and inspiring high performance.  He has extensive international exposure to several markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Tim Phillipps

APAC Leader Financial Crime Network

Tim leads the Southeast Asia Forensic and Analytics practices and is also the APAC Leader for the Financial Crime Network. He has over 3 decades of experience in the areas of financial crime, forensic and dispute services, analytics and enforcement. Having been in regional and global positions for more than 14 years, Tim has played an instrumental role in developing market-leading capabilities in Deloitte offices around the globe.

Tim is regularly engaged by financial institutions and global corporations to advise on financial crimes such as money laundering, bribery, corruption, fraud and economic and trade sanctions. He is able to combine his expertise and knowledge of the subject to rapidly mobilise his strong network of regional offices to come up with relevant and strategic solutions to tackle the increasingly sophisticated nature of the issue.

Evan Wong

Founder & CEO

Evan is the co-founder and CEO of Checkbox (checkbox.ai), a platform that enables subject-matter experts to transform regulation into software without touching a single line of code. 

Within just a year of founding, Checkbox has won a series of accolades including RegTech of the Year at the Australian Fintech Awards, the Westpac Innovation Challenge, and StartCon's Pitch competition which has Checkbox representing Australia at the Startup World Cup in San Francisco in May this year.  

Lisa Schutz, RegTech Association Director

Master of Ceremonies
Founder, Verifier

Lisa Schutz  is a founding director of The Regtech Association and the  founder and CEO of Verifier. Verifier is pioneering customer driven data sharing to solve for proof of income - by using non-bank data (pension and payroll data) to solve the responsible lending challenge. Lisa’s vision for data sharing is a sustainable, values driven model that empowers individuals and societies and does so without harm. 

Lisa has a Masters by Research on information sharing in credit markets and is the author of Decisions Not Data - a book designed to help CEOs and their directs make more strategic use of analytics. Lisa’s recent publications include her submission to the Australian Productivity Commission’s data inquiry, Treasury’s Open Banking Inquiry, Finsia Journal of Applied Finance on new paradigms in credit data and a whitepaper on emerging trends in data sharing and open data.  

Outside of Australia, Lisa also made submissions to the US Consumer Finance Protection Bureau on Consumer Access to Financial Records and Verifier is a registered developer for the UK open banking project.

Julian Fenwick, Chair

The RegTech Association
Managing Director, GRC Solutions

Julian Fenwick is the Managing Director and founder of Governance Risk & Compliance Solutions, a leading Australian compliance training company and the CEO of Better US. Inc. an innovative adaptive learning technology company based in New York.

 Julian is also one of the founding directors of The RegTech Association and serves as Vice Chair for Oceania with IRTA. In 2018, Julian was appointed to the ASIC Digital Finance Advisory Committee (DFAC). Julian is a regular presenter in Australia and Asia on innovation, entrepreneurship, RegTech, and managing organisational compliance. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian start-up community with a particular interest in adaptive eLearning technology. 

Julian moved into the regulatory compliance industry in October 2000. Since that time, he has been instrumental in the development of the online compliance training industry in the APAC region. He has also been influential in the design of several other compliance and regulatory technology platforms. Julian holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Sydney and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the GRC Institute.

Mark Shaw

Chief Risk Officer, OFX

Mark Shaw joined OFX in January 2018 as Chief Risk Officer.

 Mark has a strong track record in senior risk, compliance and regulatory affairs roles, gained at leading Australian and New Zealand banks over the past 15 years.  Most recently he led the Operational Risk & Compliance function for Australia Division at ANZ.  Mark held several other senior compliance roles within ANZ including Head of Compliance in both Australia and New Zealand.  Before joining ANZ in 2007, Mark worked at Suncorp managing the group’s governance, policy and regulatory training frameworks, and overseeing compliance and operational risk teams across Australia.

 Mark holds Bachelor's degrees in Law and Computer Science from the University of Queensland and has also completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.


Rebecca Lim

Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat
Westpac Group

Rebecca was appointed as Westpac's Group Executive responsible for compliance, legal and secretariat functions globally from October 2016. She was appointed Group General Counsel in November 2011 and was Chief Compliance Officer from 2013 to 2017.

Rebecca joined Westpac in 2002 and has held a variety of other senior leadership roles including General Manager, Human Resources for St.George Bank and General Manager, St.George Private Clients. 

Rebecca began her career at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) before joining the US firm Skadden Arps where she worked in both New York and London. Rebecca then moved into an in-house role in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London before returning to Australia and joining Westpac.

Rebecca is Deputy Chair of the GC100 Executive Committee and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Jacqui Louez Schoorl

CEO and Co-Founder 
Jaxsta Enterprise

Jacqui Louez Schoorl is the CEO and Co-Founder of Jaxsta Enterprise. Jacqui’s career spans two decades across film, television and music, working for the likes of Channel 9, IF Magazine, and George Lucas on ‘Star Wars Episodes II and III, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin on their exquisite ‘Chanel No. 5’ campaign, Amalgamated Holdings (now Event Hospitality) and EMI Music.

For the past five years, Jacqui has been working solely on her biggest project to date, a game changing platform and website for the music industry and fans of music: Jaxsta. The world's biggest official music database. Beta testing took place at the beginning of 2017 and the platform is currently under construction ready for a global launch in 2018.

A regular panelist, Jacqui’s speaking engagements have included the Women In Focus conference, BigSound 2017, General Assembly, Australian Music Week and Music Australia - Contemporary Music Roundtable Conference, ARIA Masterclass series, The Future of What podcast and Vivid 2017. Jacqui also spends her time working as the proud Founder of Women In Music Sydney, a non-profit organisation bringing together a dynamic group of dedicated music professionals to network, learn and in the process create a supportive community.

A proud Dementia Advocate for Dementia Australia, Jacqui works with Dementia Australia as a speaker to help shed some light on the journey for those with Dementia or Alzheimer's and the family and loved ones who are on the journey. Jacqui is a proud alumni member of CBA’s (Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s) Women In Focus Program.

Duncan Taylor


Duncan  understsands the challenges that financial services organisations face leveraging the cloud to deploy technology in new and disruptive ways while maintaining compliance, secuity and privacy. His team works with Microsoft's  largest financial services clients to help transform their businesses during a period rife with digital disruption, constant innovation, increased regulatory scrutiny and changing business models. 

Samantha Clarke

Advice RegTech

Awarded IT Innovator and Industry Advocacy finalist in the 2017 Money Management and Super Review Women in Financial Services Awards. Samantha Clarke is CEO and co-founder of Advice RegTech. Experience spanning 25 years in financial services includes Executive Director roles at blue-chip multi-nationals; NFP advisory; and start-up commercialisation. 

An experienced leader of strategic initiatives; product development, marketing, corporate affairs, distribution, policy negotiations and advocacy, government and regulator relations. Samantha advises businesses navigating innovation and tech disruption, regulatory compliance policy imperatives and strategic transformation. 

Advice RegTech's SAMI solution was recognised as Compliance Innovator of the Year finalist in the Fintech Business Awards and was also showcased in ASIC's inaugural RegTech event. Advice RegTech is a member of both FinTech Australia and a founding member of the RegTech Association, where Samantha also volunteers to support the growth of the sector and is a sought after speaker on RegTech, FinTech and InsurTech.

An expert in the financial services sector, Samantha represented a peak association as GM leading policy & professionalism. This included consultations with the Minister, Treasury and Regulators, and resulted in key improvements to the Government's financial services policy positions on Professional Standards and Life Insurance reforms. Samantha was recognised as Association Leader Finalist in the 2017 Women in Finance Awards. 

An early signatory to the Banking and Finance Oath, Samantha supports ethical professionalism, culture, diversity and inclusion, with a track record of empowering, recognising and nurturing high quality talent.

Anthony Quinn

Arctic Intelligence/AML Accelerate

Anthony is an accomplished Programme/Project Manager with 20 years experience, having spent 8 years of his early career as a management consultant for Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in the Capital Markets practice in London. 

During this time Anthony was responsible for implementing a broad range of transformation initiatives across a number of investment banking clients including; Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, ING, Schroders Investment Management and the Bank of New York, in the UK, Europe and the US.

Anthony has been responsible for leading a number of high-profile programmes, including as Program Director of both the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT Program) and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) for the Banking and Financial Services Group, Macquarie Bank (8.5 years).Anthony has also worked on numerous risk and compliance programmes including; the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA), the Financial Claims Scheme (FCS), Basel II and other risk transformation projects for Macquarie Bank, Westpac and the National Australia Bank.

Anthony founded Arctic Intelligence (formerly Financial Crimes Solutions) in 2011, with the goal of providing high-quality, easy-to-access and affordable financial crime prevention solutions and has developed a suite of innovative audit, risk and compliance software solutions which are used by consulting firms, financial institutions and independent financial crime practitioners.

In 2016, Anthony co-founded AML Accelerate as a joint venture between Arctic Intelligence & Initialism, to develop an automated AML/CFT Program Manual platform that enables regulated businesses to accelerate their AML compliance efforts.

Deborah Young

The RegTech Association

Deborah is the founding General Manager of The RegTech Association and is responsible for corporate development, engagement and operations for the organisation. Deborah is an accomplished executive, non-executive director, mentor and strategic business consultant. She has over 20 years' experience as a senior executive across the financial services, including investment banking, private equity, venture capital and insurance spectrums. A particular focus in Deborah's career has been in industry advocacy.

She is an advisor to the UTS Business School MBA in Entrepreneurship and Executive MBA programs and am an active mentor to women. She has established and successfully implemented industry-wide change programs including on diversity and Environmental, Social and Governance issues. Deborah has an Executive MBA from the UTS Business School.

Mark Adams

Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Mark leads the team responsible for ASIC's economic and risk analysis as well as driving ASIC's data science agenda. Mark also coordinates ASIC's Innovation Hub.

 Mark has held a range of senior executive positions at ASIC including lead of ASIC's competition in equity markets project and the Exchange Market Operators, Regulatory Policy and International teams.

Between 2012 to 2014, Mark held secondments as Principal Adviser, Financial System Inquiry Secretariat and Director, Strategy, Research and Risk, Ontario Securities Commission.

Prior to joining ASIC, Mark worked in the corporate and superannuation areas of a national law firm.

Adrian Lovney

New Payments Platform Australia

Adrian commenced as the inaugural CEO of NPP Australia Limited in September 2016.

Prior to joining NPP Australia Ltd, Adrian was General Manager, Product & Service at Cuscal Ltd, a leading independent provider of payment solutions including card and acquiring products, mobile payments, fraud prevention, EFT switching and direct entry. Adrian was responsible for all product management and operational functions, marketing, sales, and client service.

Cuscal is a founding participant of the Real Time Payments Committee and Adrian was one of several senior staff deeply involved in the design, development and governance of Australia’s NPP.

Vanessa Chapman

New Payments Platform Australia

Vanessa Chapman is a senior corporate lawyer with extensive top tier private practice and in-house payments industry legal and executive management experience, with particular expertise in payment systems and payments regulation. 

She joins NPP Australia from APCA, where she worked for more than 6 years, more recently in the position of General Counsel. Vanessa has been involved in the NPP programme since its inception, particularly in the formulation of the NPP governance arrangements. She has BA (Econ.)/LLB and Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial) from University of New South Wales.

Eric Frost

Simple KYC

Eric Frost is the founder and CEO of Simple KYC, a start-up located in Stone & Chalk.  Simple KYC provides software to financial institutions to automate the on-boarding of new customers in order to meet their anti-money laundering “know your customer requirements” for commercial entities (companies, trusts, partnerships, etc).

Simple KYC’s unique capabilities include the machine reading of trust deeds. Eric was previously head of credit risk for small business at American Express where he spent 14 years as a credit risk professional in Australia and the United States. 

Ruth Hatherley


Moneycatcha Pty Ltd started its journey developing world-first technology to revolutionise how financial institutions assess risk and originate loans.

Our digital platforms, Homechain and Regchain, use blockchain (DLT) technology to deliver improvements in speed, security and compliance for financial institutions and consumers. HSBC Australia was one of the first to embrace our risk review blockchain tool.

We’re already winning awards for our technology - Compliance Innovator of the Year by Fintech Business and Startup Business of the Year by Business News to name a few. We’re also attracting global interest in Moneycatcha. 

Today, our patent-protected solutions hold exciting potential not only for banks, but for industries such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and many more - we have developed an industry agnostic, platform agnostic answer to address pain points facing many of these businesses (of all sizes). 

I regularly present at seminars to help educate the industry and share learnings about the exciting potential of these new technologies. Blockchain offers efficiency, security and trust - critical ingredients for compliance and competitive advantage in any business looking to succeed.

Sophie Gerber

TRAction FinTech

Sophie runs two successful businesses, TRAction Fintech (Trade Reporting) and Sophie Grace (Legal and Compliance). TRAction Fintech provides derivative trade reporting services in Australia, UK, Europe and Singapore.

 Sophie Grace specialises in assisting firms establish and maintain a financial services business in Australia. Sophie works across a broad range of financial services - including funds management, derivatives (including margin FX, CFDs and binary options), financial planning and stockbroking.

David Jordan


David Jordan is the CEO and Founder of enteruptors. 

Enteruptors provides an enterprise SaaS solution helping middle tier banks to transform risk, regulation, finance and strategy for the digital banking era. David has spent a third of the last two years overseas building an international market.

David has received an award for innovation thought leadership, is an author and has spoken on innovation and RegTech around the world.

David’s career has involved using innovation to modernise mining, manufacturing, transport and Government during times of upheaval. The last 15 years have been in banking from streamlining regulation to digital disruption.

Nicolas Steiger

Flash FX

Nicolas Steiger boasts over 16 years of global banking leadership experience. Having worked with many of the world’s leading banks including UBS and Westpac across various locations such as New York, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney, Nicolas has a broad area of expertise across Financial Markets, Foreign Exchange, Private Wealth Management and Corporate Risk Advisory.

Nicolas has a passion for consumer and retail banking, financial markets and foreign exchange, and established FlashFX with co-founder and former colleague, Michael O’Sullivan to provide Australians with a better value for money, transparent and faster international money transfers service. They saw an opportunity to achieve this much more quickly and effectively using Blockchain technology.

Nicolas is the Blockchain Co-Lead for Fintech Australia, a role he has been in since the beginning of 2017 and which sees him work on a number of fintech advocacy, support, education and networking projects including the spearheading of new AML framework for Australian digital currency businesses reporting to AUSTRAC.

Tertiary educated and qualified, Nicolas holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Zurich Business School and holds a number of local and International financial accreditations.

Colm Gaughran

Lombard Risk
Senior investment professional with over twenty years of experience, covering buy-side and sell-side firms, in the areas of risk, derivatives, collateral management and regulatory compliance. Previously global head of collateral management product at JPMorgan, also held senior roles at Fidelity International and Blackrock. Fintech sales experience across Australia and Asia Pacific, and currently country manager for Lombard Risk in Australia. Graduated from University College Dublin with a BCOMM, majoring in Banking and Finance. Colm is a CFA charterholder.

Alezeia Brown


Alezeia is a senior product manager at Data61 - Australia’s leading data innovation group – who work to seed the future industries of Australia by bringing cutting edge data technologies and breakthrough scientific innovations to market.

Responsible for developing and implementing strategy for a variety of verticals including analytics, machine learning & computational law, Alezeia is passionate about working with academia, government and industry to deliver open digital legislation to transform the industry.

Prior to Data61, Alezeia working in technology and financial services for over 15 years in Product Management, Business and Systems Process Design, and Strategic Management; across the UK and Australia.

Amanda Noble

Data Governance Australia

Amanda is an accomplished executive and director with over 25 years’ experience across corporate, government and cultural sectors. She has consistently delivered business transformation, growth, and profitability through senior management, governance and risk functions.

A career-long advocate of good governance being the foundation of good business, Amanda is the Managing Director of Data Governance Australia ("DGA") is a not-for-profit association was established in 2016 to support and assist Australians in the end-to-end management of data as part of their daily activities. DGA aims to increase consumer trust and confidence in the data-practices of its members and industry generally to promote and foster an understanding of how data can be used responsibly to drive innovation and competitive advantage.

Amanda is also an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director. Having held numerous board roles over time, she currently serves as Deputy Chair of the Trust for Nature Board. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and academic qualifications include a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School, qualifications in Arts and Law, as well as Diplomas in Asian Studies, Sustainability, and IT.

Samantha Carroll

Bank of Queensland
Samantha is the Head of Group Compliance for the BOQ Group. She is a former recipient of Queensland's Emergent Woman Lawyer of the Year and shortlisted for the C5 Chief Compliance Officer of the year. Samantha has 15 years’ experience in private law practice specialising in Regulatory law. In addition to her legal qualifications, she is an accredited Governance, Risk and Compliance professional. Her legal background includes 10 years in the leading Australian top tier law firm, Clayton Utz. During her time at Clayton Utz she advised a range of public and private sector clients including leading Australian and International financial institutions and Queensland government departments. Samantha has been a non-executive director of Stadiums Queensland since July 2015, served as a committee member on the CSIRO social science ethics committee and on the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House management committee. Samantha was appointed as Head of Group Compliance at Bank of Queensland in 2016 and has previously worked in the Bank of Queensland Group Legal function.

Supun King-Jayawardana

Commonwealth Bank of Australia London

At the CBA, Supun is responsible for leading the bank’s London Innovation Lab. This comprises engaging with the European Banking and Fintech community to explore emerging technologies that can be scaled back to Australia’s largest financial services organisation. After completing his degree in finance and law, Supun worked as a management consultant in Oliver Wyman Financial Services. He joined CBA in 2012, working initially in Wholesale Banking Strategy before becoming a founding member of the bank’s inaugural innovation lab in Sydney.

Guido Governatori


Guido Governatori leads the Software Systems group and the research activities on Computational Law and Legal Informatics at Data61, CSIRO. He received his PhD in Legal Informatics from the University of Bologna and has held academic positions at Imperial College London, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland. His research interests include non-classical logics and their applications to legal reasoning, autonomous agents, and business processes. He served as chair for all major conference on deontic logic, legal informatics and artificial intelligence and law, and he is the editor for the Norms and Agent section of the Artificial Intelligence and Law journal and of the Deontic Logic corner of the Journal of Logic and Computation. In 2016 he won the Gold Award for the Australian Computer Society ICT Researcher of the Year.

Peter Davis


Peter is a senior relationship and finance executive, with a career spanning more than 30 years in banking and financial services across Australia, the Pacific and into Asia.

Currently with Jobs for NSW as Executive Director Investment Strategies, Peter has held the positions of Head of Insurance and later, Head of Financial Institutions, Pacific with ANZ Banking Group. In addition to his time with ANZ, he was employed by ABN AMRO Australia and Qantas Airways in a variety of leasing, treasury and finance related positions in Sydney, Singapore and Amsterdam.

Peter has a strong track record of leading and developing businesses, originating, structuring, and closing debt solutions including acquisition finance, and delivering lease transactions for aircraft, mining equipment and rail cars and locomotives. Peter hold a Bachelor of Business degree from Charles Sturt University, is a CPA and a Member of the Australian Institute of Companies Directors (MAICD).

Jasper Poos

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Jasper has a strong international track record building operational risk and compliance teams in emerging and innovative environments. Since just over 2 years Jasper has been working with CBA Institutional Banking and Global Markets setting up a central function that looks after operational risk and compliance frameworks, training, policy and assurance. He also drives innovation in risk and supports the CBA innovation labs across the globe. Before joining CBA Jasper worked with ING for 9 years. Australia became his new home ago after being offered an international rotation while working with ING. Before relocating Jasper was Global Head of Compliance for ING’s innovator and online disruptor ING Direct, looking after teams in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Austria. He also spend a few years leading compliance for ING Bank in the Netherlands. And for some time he flew around the world setting up compliance in start-up ING entities and newly acquired ING entities in emerging markets.

 Before working with CBA and ING he worked with the Dutch regulator for 5 years supervising banks, insurance companies and brokers.

Stuart Frith


Stuart is a financial services executive with more than 20 years senior leadership achievement leveraging technology and regulation to build client-focused businesses. Stuart has a bachelor of electrical engineering from UNSW, together with extensive business development, project delivery and general management experience with financial technology companies, banks, exchanges and regulators in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Chris Cass


Chris has over 25 years commercial and regulatory advisory experience, specifically around recent non-financial regulatory initiatives, including anti-money laundering (AML) and underlying financial crime themes.

Chris worked in the commercial sector before commencing a forensic career in 1988. He spent 10 years in the UK as a senior forensic accountant with leading regulatory and law enforcement agencies. He has worked on a number of high profile corporate collapses including Barings Bank and the collapse of BCCI.

Chris is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of NZ. He has advised numerous corporations primarily in the financial services sector on financial crime investigations, financial disputes, AML/Economic and Trade Sanctions, Market Misconduct and regulatory inquiries. The variety of Chris’ experience spanning commercial, regulatory, law enforcement and professional services organisations exposes him to extensive and diverse experience in his professional life. Chris has worked in or across over 25 countries advising on risk management, regulatory issues, operational excellence and the development of sustainable solutions and cultures.

John Merakovsky


John joined IR in July 2017 as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and was appointed Managing Director in September 2017. 

John is a veteran of the digital industry with 25 years of experience working in technology and digital companies. This includes extensive experience in commercialising technologies as an entrepreneur, consultant, Managing Director, CEO and General Manager of various companies. 

Prior to joining IR, John was the General Manager of Seek Learning (the education arm of Seek Ltd) and was previously the Managing Director of Experian ANZ, having served as its Managing Director of Marketing Services Asia-Pacific for 5 years.

Bevin Aston

American Express

Bevin is an experienced Global Product Management Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Financial Services Industry. She is a strong business development professional skilled in complex Product Management, Virtual Payments, Small Business Lending, Digital Strategy, Integrated Marketing, Loyalty Programs and Project Management. She is a dedicated leader who leads through empowerment.

Bevin currently leads the JAPA Digital Global Product Management Team in the Global Corporate Services (GCS) department within American Express. She plays a key role in the strategic planning, development and on-going management of digital payment solutions across JAPA, evolving a broad suite of products and developing new solutions to accelerate growth across the region. Most recently, Bevin launched American Express’ leading edge digital payment solutions, including a Mobile Payment product aimed at meeting the ever evolving needs of corporate clients.

Bevin holds a BSc (Hons) Business Information Management Systems degree from the University of Plymouth, UK and an MBA from the Open University, UK.

Annick Donat

Madison Financial Group

Annick has over 25 years’ experience in financial services spanning governance, strategy, distribution, business and practice development, licensee services and operations management. Annick is passionate about financial planning, as she believe great advice changes lives. This led her to join Madison as Chief Executive in 2017, a company that holds similar ethos and values to her own. She has an active voice in the financial services industry and trade media, and is often invited to speak to share her experience and expertise across a number of issues. She has discussed the merits of strong leadership in financial services via blogs and media articles, she was awarded a place in the FS Power 50 in 2014 for her contribution to the industry across digital channels. Her predilection & curiousity for innovation, supporting small business & empowering consumers has led her to consult to a number of Fintech and Regtech companies. Representing PHAROS as a Founding member of the RegTech Association, Annick was invited to speak at the launch in 2017. Aligning with her strong belief in contribution to community, she mentors many new and emerging entrants to financial services, has held advisory and director roles with not for profit organisations, and also sits on the advisory board of Professional Planner.

Madison Financial Group Pty Ltd is a mid-tier licensee originally licensed in 1983. In 2005 the business was purchased by PHAROS Financial Group providing new business initiatives and direction. Madison has an ethos of ‘the sum of the parts is greater than the whole’ and fosters a culture of knowledge sharing, innovation and entrepreneurial spirt amongst its business owners.

Kate Cooper


Kate Cooper joined Westpac in November 2016 as the Director of Innovation team and was appointed the lead for Group Methodology in April 2018.

She leads a 25+ strong team of strategists, designers, technologists and entrepreneurs that sit within the Westpac NEXT team with a remit to accelerate and realise strategically important outcomes for Westpac.

A core focus of Kate’s experience is her strength and experience in empowering and enabling individuals and teams to connect and collaborate expertise across an enterprise to solve real customer problems.

At Westpac she has designed and implemented a framework tosuccessfully shape and map the journey through the often confronting and complex landscape that is innovation, change and transformation.

Kate is passionately committed to collaborate with Westpac’s 40,000 plus employees to reimagine the financial services ecosystem in Australia. For Westpac this is articulated the company wide focus on transformation to deliver a service experience that surprises and delights Westpac’s 14+ million customers.

Prior to joining Westpac, Kate’s career saw her appointed as the first Head of Social Media for the UK Government where she devised and delivered bespoke social media strategies and campaigns for Cabinet Office, Departments and Ministers’ to enable government-wide social media adoption including training and coaching 121 key stakeholders.

Highlights of this role saw Kate deliver a Digital Communications Strategy for the London 2012 Olympics, Digital & Social Media Engagement for Department of Children, Schools & Families, ministerial engagement strategies using social media and youth engagement for Number 10 and the Cabinet Office.

In 2011 she founded Bloom, a boutique strategy consultancy focusing on social business and digital transformation. Over 4-years, she grew the business organically working with leading global brands Lego, Aesop, Butlins, The Economist, Goodwood Group, Lexus and Toyota before steering the business through a merger with Spain & LATAM’s number 1 independent digital transformation consultancy, Territorio Creativo to form Good Rebels.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts, American and Commonwealth Arts from the University of Exeter and outside of work is busy settling her husband and young family into life in Australia.

Twitter @kate_cooper

Pauline Wray

Expand Consulting

15 years experience in the financial services industry and 12 years at Expand, opening the professional benchmarking arm of BCG New York and Asia. Member of Expand/BCG leadership and advisory board across all FI sectors.

Asia's Boston Consulting Group lead for Distribution and Business Development for the FinTech Control Tower. 

The FinTech Control Tower is an initiative led by BCG, Expand and BCG Digital Ventures providing strategic insights and expertise into the exciting and rapidly growing Fintech landscape.

Pip Butt

Pip is a skilled auditor leading PwC's assurance innovation programme. Her breadth of hands-on experience across facets of corporate finance and regulatory functions enables a unique perspective on corporate governance challenges. Pip worked collaboratively with RegTech members to develop the RegTech roadmap and is excited by the opportunities RegTech can enable.

Craig Mason

Complii Fintech Solutions

Executive Chairman: Mr Craig Mason, current executive chairman has over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry in various capacities and has worked closely with ASX, ASIC and recently APRA to help shape the industry over this time, more specifically in the areas of custody, third party trade execution and clearing associated services. Craig has previously been an active director of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association (SAFAA) and also sat on the SAFAA Retail Broker Advisory Committee.

Craig is the former Country Head of BNY Mellon Australia and Non Executive Chairman of Pershing Securities Australia, Pty Ltd, a BNY Mellon company, where he was responsible for the overall management of the Company. Craig’s role included the implementation of strategic goals and objectives, providing direction and leadership towards the achievement of BNY Mellon/Pershing’s philosophy and mission, overseeing company operations to ensure efficient management of resources, and ensuring the governance functions were fulfilled.

Since establishing the first true Third Party Clearing business in Australian in 2000 (Berndale Securities which was a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill-Bank of America) and a subsequent trade execution and clearing services business for UBS in 2005. He has continued to work with the industry and its stakeholders to further enhance the important mid-tier and boutique broking segment with particular focus on the Retail/Wealth Management segment.

In 2009 Craig founded Penson Financial Services Australia as an independent provider of their party trade execution, clearing, international market access, custody, and nominee services to the small and mid-tier broking participants and AFSL holders’, one of the fastest growing segments of the Australian market. The business module was specially targeted as allowing Participants and AFSL holders to compete with the top end of town on service, capital efficiency and compliance while providing a real alternative to the significant cost pressures that were emerging around Capital, Compliance and Risk management as a result of the GFC and changed market conditions.


The Deloitte Room on L2 will host meetings spaces, speaker preparation area and media room for the duration of the event.
Free wifi and barista coffee will be available to all delegates.


3 May 2018



   8.00 Registrations & expo open at AMORA Jamison,  L2,
11 Jamison St Sydney. All sessions in Whiteley
 Ballroom unless noted otherwise.

   9.00   Welcome by the RegTech Association & Deloitte Lisa Schutz, Board Director 
Tim Phillipps, APAC Lead Financial Crime Network
The RegTech Association
   9.10 Key note address John Price, Commissioner ASIC

Hurdles to banking innovation
Julian Fenwick, Chair
Mark Shaw, CRO
Duncan Taylor, Director Financial Services
Samantha Clarke, CEO
Jasper Poos, Head of Governance & Assurance
Kate Cooper, Head of Innovation
The RegTech Association
Microsoft Australia
Advice RegTech
 10.20  Morning tea    

Banking innovation - case studies
Supun King-Jayawardana, Head of Innovation Lab
Mark Adams, Senior Executive Leader
Samantha Carroll, Head of Compliance
Pauline Wray, Managing Director
CBA, London
Bank of Queensland
Expand Consulting

Digital legislation as an enabler of RegTech

Alezeia Brown, Senior Product Manager
Guido Governatori, Computational Law & Legal Informatics
 12.30  Lunch   Served in the expo area  Amora Jamison Level 2
 13.30  Building an industry Deborah Young, General Manager The RegTech Association

The RegTech roadmap - where the rubber hits the road

Pip Butt, Assurance Innovation leader
Eric Frost, CEO
Bevin C. Aston, Director Product Management
Simple KYC
American Express
 14.20  Jobs for growth  Peter Davis, Executive Director Investment Strategies  NSW Government
 15.00  Afternoon tea  Served in the expo area  Amora Jamison Level 2
 15.30  A RegTech founder's journey - Perspective 1 Ruth Hatherley, Founder & CEO Moneycatcha
 16.00 A RegTech founder's journey - Perspective 2 Evan Wong, Founder & CEO Checkbox.ai
 16.30 Fireside chat from startup to ASX  Julian Fenwick, CEO
 Jacqui Louez Schoorl, CEO & Founder
 GRC Solutions
Jaxsta Enterprises
 17.00  Day 1 wrap up address John Merakovsky, CEO  IR
IR & RegTech Association Networking drinks

Walk from Amora Jamison to Stone & Chalk, L4,
11 York Street (5 minutes) Map on app.


Friday 4 May

   8.30  Registrations and expo open

   9.00  Day two welcome  Tim Phillipps, APAC Lead Financial Crime Network  Deloitte
   9.00  Fireside chat: AML and beyond Chris Cass, Forensic Principal
Anthony Quinn, CEO
AML Accelerate/Arctic Intelligence
   9.30 Open data innovation
The challenge of permission and where RegTech can help
Lisa Schutz, Founder
Amanda Noble, Managing Director
Rebecca Lim, Group Executive
Grant Augustin, CEO
Data Governance Australia
Westpac Group
SISS Data Services

Morning tea

Served in the expo area Amora Jamison Level 2
 11.00  The future of fighting financial crime Tim Phillipps, APAC Leader
Financial Crime Network
 11.30 AUSTRAC address Tony Prior, Director AUSTRAC
 12.00 New payments platform innovation Adrian Lovney, CEO New Payments Platform Australia
 12.45  Lunch  Served in the expo area  Amora Jamison Level 2
 13.00 Concurrent with lunch in the Lindsay Room L2
Exporting RegTech
Capacity 40
Alina Bain, CEO
Sophie Gerber, CEO
David Jordan, CEO
Nicolas Steiger
Colm Gaughran, Country Manager
Export Council of Australia
TRAction FinTech
Flash FX
Lombard Risk
 13.45 NPPA RegTech innovation lab  Vanessa Chapman, General Counsel
Christo Botes
New Payments Platform Aus
 14.30  Wealth management in the spotlight Samantha Clarke, CEO
Annick Donat, CEO
Stuart Frith, Group Sales & Delivery Director
Craig Mason, Chair
Advice RegTech
Madison Financial Group
Complii Fintech Solutions
 15.15  Afternoon tea  Served in the expo area  Amora Jamison Level 2
 15.45 RegTech Pitch Fest - 10 finalists pitch to panel* Evan Wong, CEO Checkbox.ai
 17.00  #ACCELERATE Award 2018 given & close    

*Pitchfest judging panel

Michelle Deaker, Managing Partner
Melissa Widner, General Partner
Mandy Green, Partner
Dave Michayluk, Professor
One Ventures
NAB Ventures
UTS Business School


Judging panel includes

Michelle Deaker

One Ventures

Michelle is a Managing Partner of OneVentures and has been primarily responsible for the foundation of OneVentures firm and capital raisings of OneVentures Funds.  The firm now has $320M in funds under management. Michelle serves on the investment committee of OneVentures three main Funds, leads the technology practice within the firm and is responsible for investor relations managing the supervisory boards of OneVentures funds.

Michelle has over 20 years experience in the development of high growth technology companies in Australia and the US, has served on the boards of large and small listed and unlisted companies and has a strong background in Australian R&D and expertise in global business expansion. She has negotiated technology transfer contracts with research institutions; established financing syndicates with Australian, Asian and US investors; chaired the boards of several high growth companies; supported early breakthrough commercial contracts; leveraged her extensive networks for the benefit of OneVentures companies; and negotiated both financing and exit transactions.

Melissa Widner

NAB Ventures & Heads over Heels

Melissa Widner is a general partner at NAB Ventures. NAB Ventures invests globally in fintech companies that can leverage NAB and its distribution network to accelerate their growth.

As CEO Melissa led two companies to successful acquisitions that provided over a 10X return to investors. She co-founded and was the CEO of enterprise software company, 7Software (acquired by Concur Technologies NASDAQ: CNQR, acquired by SAP). Melissa was a general partner at SeaPoint ventures, a US based venture capital firm focused on mobile technologies and SaaS enterprise software solutions. She has served as a director on several US and Australian based venture-backed technology companies.

In 2009, Melissa relocated to Sydney with her Australian husband. She co-founded Heads Over Heels, an organization that works with female entrepreneurs leading companies with high growth potential. She served on the Federal Government’s Venture Capital Committee and currently serves on the board of AVCAL, the Australian Venture Capital Association. She is a current and past director of several venture backed technology companies.

Melissa holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MA from Stanford University.


Mandy Green


Mandy is a Partner in Deloitte’s Australian Financial Crime practice, based in Sydney where she focuses on helping clients manage financial crime related risk. Over the last 15 years Mandy has worked in a number of jurisdictions across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Americas and Asia Pacific, in both onshore and offshore jurisdictions. Her experience includes providing strategic financial crime advice to financial institutions; as well as leading high profile, complex international regulatory reviews on behalf of both regulators and financial institutions. Mandy is a recognized public speaker and trainer in the area of Financial Crime Risk Management.

Specialties: Financial crime-related matters (AML, KYC, CDD, Sanctions) Fraud, Anti-bribery & Corruption (FCPA, UK Bribery Act etc...) Regulatory and Corporate investigations

Dave Michayluk

UTS Business School

Dave is Head of the Finance Department in the UTS Business School at the University of Technology Sydney. He is also the Director of the Financial Research Network (FIRN) – the premier network of finance researchers across Australia and New Zealand. Dave started in Canada as Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant before earning his PhD in Finance at Louisiana State University in 1998.

Dave has taught finance in 6 countries and focuses his teaching at UTS in Entrepreneurial Finance in multiple programs across the university including in the Science Faculty and in the MBA – Entrepreneurship. Dave’s practical entrepreneurial experience includes completing the Founder Institute idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program as well as being involved with multiple startups.

The judging criteria


The judging will be done in two rounds

Round 1 (prior to the event) by an industry panel
1. Addressed criteria in application form
2. Video
3. Deciding 10 finalists

Round 2 (live at the event on 4 May)
Judges will look for

1. Articulation of the problem
2. Articulation of value proposition, solution and market appetite
3. Business model and scalability
4. Best presentation delivery

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