2019 AFIA Conference
2019 AFIA Conference
The Keynote Event for the Australian Finance Industry.

It Starts with Us.


Restoring Trust, Rebuilding Confidence & Redefining Culture

At the 2019 AFIA Conference, 20 November at Sydney’s Luna Park, discussions will explore how the Australian finance industry can restore trust, rebuild confidence and redefine culture after a challenging period of significant change. Sessions will focus on the key drivers impacting the sector including shifting market conditions, emerging legislation and new technologies.

Attracting key speakers, leading industry experts and politicians to share insights and drive innovation,
this one-day event is not to be missed.


Why Attend?


When key representatives from across the sector, influential government, regulators and industry experts come
together in one room for a day of connectivity and informed discussion, you know it’s a must-attend event.
Here are a few tips on how to justify your attendance to the 2019 AFIA Conference:


In-depth Industry Education – gain expert insights into compliance updates, best practices and new innovations. participate in one of our targeted breakout sessions, facilitated by credible industry leaders
and gain learnings and strategies to take back to your organisation


Build Your Industry Networks – engage with 300+ industry professionals from across the Australian finance industry. Gain high-level exposure to industry suppliers, establish relationships with potential partners and build
your customer networks.


Associate Member Showcase – gain an understanding on who the new and leading industry suppliers are and what
services / products they are delivering to the market with our exhibitor showcase.


Accreditation – attend the conference and walk away with continuous professional development (CPD) points




Michael Smith

Chairman of 7-Eleven, Starbucks & Pioneer Credit

Michael’s contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores, Starbucks Australia, and Pioneer Credit, and Principal at Black House.

As keynote, Michael will provide insight into his experience as Chairman of 7-Eleven where he observed the company restore its sector-leading status, share growth and profitability after a highly visible crisis.


Adam Spencer

Master of Ceremonies

Adam was completing a PhD in Pure Mathematics when he happened to win the national Triple J Raw Comedy championship in 1996. From there, a television and radio career beckoned, and Adam completed 15 years as one of Australia’s most respected, wittiest and thought-provoking breakfast radio commentators across Triple J and later
ABC 702.

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Paul Bloxham

Chief Economist, HSBC


Nick Molnar

Co-founder & CEO, Afterpay

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Kate Carnell

Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

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Guy Herbert

Risk Futurist, Atlassian

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Katherine McConnell

Founder & CEO, Brighte

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Simon Costello

CEO & Co-Founder, Frankie Financial

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Katja Forbes

Managing Director & Executive Board Member, Designit

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Oscar Chavez

FSI Director, Financial Crime & Fraud, BAE

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Ruth Hatherley

CEO, Founder & Chairman


Steven Blighe

CEO, illion


Gina McNamara

Chief Financial Officer, SAP


Moses Samaha

Executive General Manager, Customer & Solutions, Equifax

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James Gordon

Principal – Finance and Risk Practice, Oliver-Wyman


“There is something
for everyone -
& industry technicians
of the finance sector”.



Formerly the Australian Finance Conference, the Australian Finance Industry Association [AFIA] was established in 1958 for the purpose of representing its members in the finance industry. In 2017 we amalgamated with our affiliated organisations AELA, DIFA and AFLA to unite as one association with over 130 Full and Associate Members.

AFIA is the voice of a diverse Australian finance sector. We have over 130 members operating nationally as financiers in the consumer and commercial markets.

We deliver our key strategic objectives of representation, insights and connectivity to drive a fair, sustainable and competitive market. Together, we can influence change that has a positive impact on our industry and enable your customers to access the finance they need.

Together we represent all segments, products and distribution channels across our sector, exponentially enhancing AFIA’s influence and ability to grow, support and promote the finance industry.

Through established credibility and a long-standing presence within the industry, we offer members an opportunity to connect and engage with reputable businesses, regulators and government officials in the finance sector.

We differentiate from other associations through drawing operational insights from our members to inform our representation and propose practical solutions. This is done through professional development opportunities, data reports on the state of the sector, research into emerging legislative and regulatory reform areas, and compliance and risk management guidance.