Group General Manager Risk & Legal
With more than 25,000 employees, Programmed is a leading provider of operations and maintenance services across all industry sectors including education, health, infrastructure, manufacturing, transport and mining in Australia and New Zealand. Anna leads the legal team which manages all legal, risk and insurance issues encountered by Programmed. She is a member of the executive team and acts as company secretary for over 50 companies in the group as well as executive director of Programmed’s main operating entity, Programmed Maintenance Services Limited. Anna is also a non-executive director, President of the Victorian chapter and member of the Finance, Audit and Review Committee for ACC Australia. Recently, Anna joined the board of directors of a start-up biomedical company, Stelect.
Former Founder and Managing Director
LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand
Former Founder and Managing Director of LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand
Clifford Rosenberg is a highly experienced leader and strategist with a deep passion for technology and social media. He was most recently the founder and Managing Director of LinkedIn ANZ & S.E. Asia and previously the Managing Director of Yahoo! Australia NZ. During his tenure he led both companies through significant growth.
With a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) and Master of Science in Management, Cliff’s journey from South Africa to the top of one of the world’s most prominent and influential digital platforms in our region, is truly inspirational.
In 2009, Cliff was hired as the first APAC employee to open the Australian NZ office of LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network. During his tenure, Cliff grew the ANZ business from ~1m Australian members in 2009 to over 8m in 2017, and hired a team of ~300 across the Sydney and Melbourne offices.
In 2000, Cliff joined iTouch as the Australia NZ founder and Managing Director, growing and transforming the business into the leading wireless application service provider in Australia. Three years later, as Managing Director of Yahoo! Australia and New Zealand, Cliff was responsible for several key initiatives within the organisation, including the launch of Yahoo! Music.
He started his business career as a management consultant with the likes of Cap Gemini and Bain Consulting and specialised in business transformation and corporate strategy. Cliff then went on to join Vodafone Australasia as Head of Corporate Strategy, where he led a team responsible for launching the first mobile content services for Vodafone Australia.
Cliff is an active investor, advisor and board member, with Non-Executive Directorships of 5 public companies - ASX listed: Afterpay, Nearmap, TechnologyOne, A2B; and JSE listed Bidcorp. With a passion for the start-up space, Cliff was instrumental in helping start and grow Australia’s leading online restaurant booking platform, Dimmi.com.au, which was sold to Tripadvisor in 2015.
Cliff’s engaging presentation will provide the audience with rare insights from a business leader who has unique experience in the technology and digital space and hands on experience in building high performing teams.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
David Ritter is the CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Prior to joining Greenpeace, David worked for ten years as a lawyer and academic. His most recent book is The Coal Truth: The Fight to Stop Adani, Defeat the Big Polluters and Reclaim our Democracy. In addition to his work at Greenpeace, David holds honorary appointments at Sydney University and the University of Western Australia. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
General Counsel & Chief Strategy Officer
Croesus Holdings Group
The Croesus Holdings Group comprises six companies, which provide services in Project Management; Corporate Legal Compliance; Management Training & Education; Environmental GRC; ADR (mediation, arbitration & adjudication); and Litigation Funding.
Previously, Garry was Managing Director of an international Investment Bank with offices in Sydney, Vancouver, New York, London, Dublin, Hong Kong and Singapore. Those activities involved him in international capital raising; public listings; distressed company “turn-arounds”; workplace & employment relations; drafting & management of contracts; project management; governance & risk assessment; corporate strategic planning; supply chain logistics & human rights; corporate legal compliance; environmental sustainability; and optimising management outcomes.
Deputy General Counsel
Corporate & Regulatory, Optus
Jakob Vujcic is Deputy General Counsel – Corporate at Optus, responsible for its regulatory & compliance, corporate, commercial and legal outsourcing functions.
Jakob over 20 years of experience in market-leading companies in the financial services, energy and telecommunications industries as a senior advisor on legal, risk, compliance, regulatory and governance matters. He routinely advises boards and senior management teams and is a regulatory and governance expert, with extensive experience dealing with wide range of regulators and resolving regulatory issues.
Jakob is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
After working as an employment and industrial lawyer for several years, Julian Morrow has made a career of public nuisance in various forms, co-founding satirical media empire The Chaser and joke company Giant Dwarf. His TV shows - including The Election Chaser, CNNNN, The Chaser's War on Everything, The Hamster Wheel and The Checkout - have been nominated, unsuccessfully, for many awards, and prosecuted successfully in many courts.
Due to the unavailability of several respected media commentators, in 2009 Julian was invited to give the Andrew Olle Media Lecture, an honour he later demeaned by creating The Annual Inaugural Chaser Lecture.
At the 50th Annual AWGIE Awards, the Fred Parsons Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Comedy was awarded to Julian Morrow by the event’s MC, Julian Morrow. He hopes one day to leave comedy and the media to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer again.
General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
Marion Hemphill is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, an organisation whose purpose is life giving blood, plasma, transplantation and biological products for world leading health outcomes. Marion has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer, working in-house and at large law firms in Australia, London and New Zealand. Her professional experience has included a wide breadth of commercial advice, negotiations with regulators and incident response. Marion is a proponent of focusing on compliance, risk and ethics as a fundamental step to achieving strategic goals. Marion is a Board member of Melbourne City Mission. In 2019 Marion was a finalist in the Not for Profit category of the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel Awards.
In 2016 Lifeblood experienced a significant privacy data breach and had to respond urgently to maintain public trust in order to continue to provide Australia’s blood supply. The response was praised by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner as an example of best practice incident response.
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Nicole is an experienced General Counsel, Company Secretary and senior executive, passionate about diversity and inclusion and fostering an outstanding corporate culture.
Prior to joining carsales in 2010, Nicole practised commercial law at one of Australia’s premier law firms Minter Ellison, specialising in intellectual property and dispute resolution, before moving in-house to work in the legal departments of some of Australia’s most prominent businesses.
Nicole is passionate about demonstrating the value of the in-house legal function, working with the business as a trusted advisor and seeking to add value in every interaction. Her role as General Counsel sees her involved in a wide range of carsales’ activities from international acquisitions to the protection of internally developed world-class technology. As Company Secretary, Nicole works closely with the carsales Board across the full gamut of corporate governance matters relevant to an ASX listed company.
Appointed to carsales’ Executive Leadership Team in 2017, Nicole is actively involved in carsales’ diversity initiatives and the company’s strategic direction and commercial imperatives on a broad scale, bringing her analytical and critical thinking skills and unique viewpoint derived from her years of legal and commercial experience.
D2 Legal Technology
Rachel is an internationally-experienced financial services lawyer specialising in data, derivatives, asset management, life insurance and regulation. She has recently joined the data consulting firm, D2 Legal Technology, as their Asia Pacific Lead heading up the business in the region. Prior to this Rachel has worked as an in-house lawyer for Goldman Sachs, Westpac, Challenger Life and Allianz Retire+, and was General Counsel at fund manager Magellan Financial Group.
In 2018, Rachel founded the NSW “First Hundred Years” initiative celebrating the centenary of women in law. With an additional interest in music, Rachel has been a Board Director of Australia’s premier classical vocal ensemble, The Song Company, is currently on the Committee for Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard group, and is Governance Director for the International Women’s Forum Australia.
Vice President & General Counsel
American Express Australia & New Zealand
Ryan is Vice President & General Counsel of American Express Australia & New Zealand. Ryan is also the Company Secretary and sits on the Australian Board, is a member of the Country Executive Team and is the Executive Sponsor at Amex for both Corporate Social Responsibility and Amex’s Spark Leadership Community.
Ryan has worked at American Express since November 2010 and prior to that had a 10-year career including roles in London at law firm Clifford Chance and in the Investment Banking arm of Royal Bank of Scotland. Following his return from London Ryan has worked in Sydney with Babcock and Brown and just prior to joining American Express, Ryan was employed as the Head of Legal, Compliance and Company Secretary for Macarthur Cook & Aims Financial Group, a boutique property and financial services business.
Director of Legal
Google Australia and New Zealand
Shoshana Shields, Director of Legal, Google Australia and New Zealand.
Shoshana has a background in leading high performing legal teams in Tech, both at eBay and Google. Prior to her in-house and GC roles, Shoshana spent 8 years in private practice, specialising in Commercial Litigation.
She spent 10 years at eBay before joining Google in 2018.
In her current role she heads the legal function, and works across a broad range of corporate and commercial law matters, regulatory issues and disputes work, in a fast paced and dynamic environment.