PREVIOUS SPEAKERS

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Anthony Caneva

CEO
Pefin

As an adviser and technology manager, within IFAs and dealer groups, Anthony has always had a passion for putting technology to good use, for the adviser, for the business and for the client. As of October 2018, returning to the advice industry after time spent at a boutique investment bank, Anthony formally launched the Australian expansion of US-based Pefin - an AI powered financial planning tool.

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Martin Collings

Mobile Payments Innovation
ex Mastercard Lab

Martin Collings has had a varied career with periods working in Spain and the US, but from 2012 to 2018 he was leading Mastercard Labs in Australia, a period of significant change within the payments industry. He has worked on mobile payments initiatives with clients in industries as diverse as cinema, education, retail and sporting stadia. Aside from engaging with clients, Mastercard Labs also drove the innovation agenda with Mastercard staff and Martin Collings has experience with multiple programs that created a greater culture of innovation amongst employees throughout the entire organisation. These days he is based at Fishburners within the Sydney Startup Hub helping a number of startups develop disruptive technology to take on incumbents in various industries. He firmly believes that you don’t need innovation in your job title in order to contribute to the innovation agenda of your own business.

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Dr Paul Dalby

Director
Vorai Systems

Paul Dalby is a Director of two AI companies – Machine Learning and Visual Intelligence (that builds its own internal AI financial trading products) and Vorai Systems (an AI consulting business). He is also acting as the business development manager for the Australian Institute for Machine Learning at the University of Adelaide.

Paul is a highly qualified and accomplished executive consultant who has helped to facilitate over $250 million in funding for research, commercialisation and government programs. He has conducted strategic planning workshops for the Premier of South Australia, senior executives, research scientists, government agency staff and community organisations. He has prepared strategic plans for companies (up to $120 million turnover pa), major government initiatives (up to $250 million) and for community groups. Paul has project managed cross-disciplinary, cross-agency projects as well as taking on the role of director for the Goyder Institute for Water Research in South Australia. He has eight years of experience in delivering coaching and leadership training programs to over 100 scientists.

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Hans Egger

Managing Director
Astute Wheel

Before joining the financial planning industry 20 years ago, Hans Egger gained valuable experience as a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse Urwick and as National Marketing Manager for Australian Associated Press (AAP) in its Information Services and Financial Services departments.

Hans became a financial planner in 1998, starting his own practice in 2001. He built the practice into a successful business based in North Sydney, in May 2015 Hans sold the business to focus on the Astute business.

Whilst a financial planner Hans recognised a gap in the tools available to him to effectively engage with his clients in the initial stages of their relationship and during reviews. Hans, in conjunction with business partner and financial services marketing executive, Michael Topper and Financial Planner Andrew Wardle, developed the ground-breaking online client engagement platform, The Astute Wheel and more recently Astute Estate.

Hans holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and Certificate IV in Mortgage Lending. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and is a current member of the FPA, AFA and FINSIA. Hans is also currently studying the Doctorate of Professional Studies.

Other interesting information about Hans:
• In 1992/93, he drove a Land Rover west to east across Africa
• He was a Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserve
• He walked the Kokoda Track in 2007
• He cycled from Devonport to Hobart in 2017

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Scott Farmer

Founder
Savvy

Scott Farmer is the owner and founder of a Canberra based financial practice – Bravium. As part of a journey to leverage technology and improve efficiency and client outcomes Scott has recently founded a cashflow app – Savvy. Savvy was born from the idea that the client experience needed to be simple, intuitive and informative and that technology should allow advisers to add greater value in the advice relationship.

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David Harris

CEO
Advice Evolution

Started as an Adviser in 1994 and built it up to a position where it included multiple practices and employed 7 advisers. He was Chairman of the Financial Wisdom adviser Forum for 3 years and on the board for 12 years. Sold his practice in 2011 and has been CEO of Advice Evolution since then. He is CFP and also the responsible manager for Advice Evolution.

Outside Financial planning, he is a cyclist and Coach National level Athletes in Mountain biking, he also
Chair the local Business Enterprise Centre.

Advice Evolution is managed by a Board of Directors and a small management team.

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Matt Heine

Joint Managing Director
Netwealth Group

Matt started his career in financial services over 15 years ago when he joined Netwealth in July 2001. Matt’s experience in sales, marketing and product brings a ‘hands-on’ understanding to his role. Matt has a passion for advice, superannuation, investment and technology and is a regular media commentator and presenter on these topics.

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Tony Lynch

Director
FinClear

Tony is a director of FinClear and has worked at a diverse range of firms over the years: ranging from Egg Bank (the world’s first and then largest internet bank), to a Mayfair hedge fund. Having direct experience of large corporate life at Andersen and Bank of New York Mellon, along with roles at early-stage high growth companies, gives Tony a unique prospective.

On the home front, Tony lives on the beautiful Northern Beaches with his wife, Catherine, two active 'tweens' and Buster, the dog.

Tony believes there is another way to be successful in life and business rather than the corporate treadmill that dominates the world today.

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Kristy MacDonald

Queensland Adviser Representative
Advice Evolution

Kristy started working, by accident, in the financial services industry in Shepparton Victoria in 1999 and loved it from day one. In 2002, Kristy moved back to Brisbane and started working at Accrue Financial Group. Accrue Financial Group is a boutique financial planning practice that has embraced the evolution of the financial planning industry, providing holistic advice to a diverse client base.

Kristy has been part of several Financial Services Licensees and since 2015 has embraced the Advice Evolution Virtual Licensee Model. Kristy was Advice Evolution Adviser of the Year in 2018 and is now an Adviser Representative for the Group.
Kristy has a Bachelor of Business (Management), Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and Certified Financial Planner Certification.

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James Mitchell

Editor, Wealth and Wellness
Adviser Innovation

James Mitchell is an experienced financial services journalist with almost a decade of experience covering Australian business. He began his career as a cadet reporter with the Daily Telegraph in 2010 before joining Sterling Publishing (Momentum Media) in 2011 covering mortgages on the award-winning magazine The Adviser.

After a brief stint at the Financial Times and Mergermarket in 2012, James returned to Momentum Media in 2013 as a senior reporter on Investor Daily, SMSF Adviser and ifa.

In 2014, he launched Mortgage Business and served as editor. In 2015, he became editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business and a year later was named managing editor of Mortgages and Real Estate at Momentum Media.

In 2017, he launched Wellness Daily after experiencing a need for positive, life-affirming content to inspire a healthier lifestyle among Australian corporates.

In September 2018, James returned to the wealth desk as editor of Wealth and Wellness, overseeing Investor Daily, ifa, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Wellness Daily.

James is a well-respected leader in Australian financial services journalism and has developed close relationships with C-suite executives and key decision makers across the banking industry.

He is an avid podcaster, columnist and regular MC of industry events and roundtable discussions.

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Kim Payne

Managing Director
9rok

Kim has a self-confessed addiction to all things VALUE – in particular how it helps people get rewarded for owning, operating and growing a financial advice business.

As a business consultant, speaker and trainer, Kim has spent decades helping financial advisers, mortgage brokers, risk specialists, stockbrokers, accountants and lawyers have a profound impact on improving the lives of their clients.

Having spent almost 20 years in the corporate world, been a financial adviser herself and running two of her own businesses, she understands the frustrations that can hold businesses back… and she knows how to fix them.

Whether she’s touring around the speaking circuit, commenting in the media, delivering group workshops or coaching her awesome clients, she gets a huge kick out of seeing what a difference it makes to the bottom line when someone is able to clearly explain the value of their advice so clients understand.

Only speaking in the Melbourne event

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Glenis Phillips

Founding Director & Designer
Financial Mappers

Glenis Phillips, B Ed S Fin, is an educator, experienced investor, and expert in personal finance and mathematical modelling. She has spent decades developing modelling software which enables advisors to connect with and affordably service the public. Her premium product, Financial Mappers Pro is a cash flow modelling software designed for advisers to demonstrate outcomes in front of the client or share plans online. Her role is to work with advisers to develop software which meets the needs of a modern practice. Her passion enables online joint adviser-client collaboration, viewed as essential by Millennials.

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Julian Plummer

Executive Director
Midwinter Financial Solutions

I am passionate about technology.

I am a co-founder of Midwinter - a leading Australian financial advice software company, started in August 2006.

Heading up Midwinter has allowed me to use this passion to provide software tools, applications and services that enable planners, superannuation funds, accountants and other advice business to deliver high quality advice to their clients.

At Midwinter, I develop, implement and help drive the growth of the company’s software solutions across Australia. This includes showcasing the company's value proposition to licensees, practices, trustees and planners, and working with them to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

Over the course of my 20 year career in financial services, I have held a number of management positions including Head of Quantitative Research for CBA and Financial Wisdom. I have also had the opportunity to work with some of largest multi-manager and superannuation funds in Australia during my time as an asset consultant at Intech Financial Services.

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Chris Powell

Managing Director & CEO
Integrity Life

Chris is the Managing Director and CEO of Integrity Life. He believes that customer-centricity is the future of the industry and together with a highly experienced team, is applying this approach to providing innovative new products and services at value for money prices. He thinks that when customer experiences are filled with doubt and frustration, it’s a sign that there must be a better way of doing things.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Group, Chris has been instrumental in:

• raising over $180m of capital
• obtaining licence approval to operate as a licensed life insurer
• acquiring QBE Life

He has a wealth of experience as a senior executive and director across financial services. He has worked across both retail and business banking, wealth management, investment management, life insurance and general insurance. He has worked in some of the most respected financial services businesses in Australia and across the world, including; NRMA, State Super Corporation, Commonwealth Bank, Zurich Insurance Group, Lonsec and Centric Wealth. Chris has also spent time in venture capital and IT software, with an emphasis on developing early stage businesses and he has a strong record delivering successful M&A transactions.

In his spare time Chris chairs the Board of a significant Not for Profit operating in the Aged Care industry.

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James Ridley

Director & Financial Planner
Atlas Wealth Management

James is one of the Directors and Financial Planner’s of Atlas Wealth Management. James brings a multitude of skills and experience to the table when it comes to providing Australian expat financial advice.

After completing university, James was an accountant for four years at which point he then moved into the financial services sector and became a financial planner. Combining his accounting skills with financial advice, James has advised individuals, families, and Self Managed Super Fund clients in the areas of retirement planning, debt reduction, cash flow management and portfolio management.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting major, Bachelor of Business with a marketing major, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and is currently completing his Masters of Financial Planning.

James currently provides financial advice to clients in 20 countries and in his spare time enjoys keeping fit, surfing, trying his hand at golf and spending time with family and friends James is able to assist clients in the following areas:
• Tax effective investment strategies
• Superannuation strategies, including SMSF's
• Retirement planning
• Government debentures
• Managed Investment Schemes
• Securities advice

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Anders Sorman-Nilsson

MC and Keynote Speaker
Futurist and Innovation Strategist

Anders Sorman-Nilsson is a futurist and innovation strategist helping leaders decode trends, decipher what's next and turn questions into strategies.

As the Swedish-Australian founder of Thinque, Anders Sorman-Nilsson (LLB MBA) has become a valued strategist to Fortune 500s and ASX leaders, converting provocative questions into proactive, predictive strategies. A global thought leader since 2005, Anders works across four continents as a speaker, futurist and author.

Anders is an active member of TEDGlobal and has keynoted at TEDx in the US and Australia, was nominated for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader in 2015, and was the keynote speaker at the G20’s Y20 Summit in Australia. His presentations are meticulously researched, highly energetic and always fascinating with content tailored to the audience. This is why clients like Apple, Cisco, Mercedes Benz, Hilton, SAP, Gartner and Macquarie Bank have turned to Anders over the years to help them to push the bounds of the status quo – translating research into valuable foresight and business impact.

Featured regularly in international media including Monocle, Business Insider, Sky News Business, CIO Magazine and BOSS, Anders has authored two books: Digilogue: How to Win the Digital Minds and Analogue Hearts of Tomorrow’s Customer and Thinque Funky: Upgrade your Thinking. His new book is out and it is called: Seamless: A Hero's Journey of Digital Disruption, Adaptation and Human Transformation.

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Todd Stevens

Podcast Producer
Momentum Media

Todd’s career in media and entertainment launched in 2006 after performing stand-up comedy saw him nominated as New Zealand’s Best New Comedian.

With ambitions to learn more about the entertainment industry Todd shifted his attention to radio broadcasting, completing a bachelor's degree with The New Zealand Broadcasting School and working as a radio announcer and audio branding producer for some of the top-rating stations in New Zealand.

Relocating to Australia in 2011, he hosted various breakfast radio shows across the country and gained numerous award recognitions throughout his time as an announcer.

Having appeared on a number of podcasts himself, Todd now manages the output of close to 20 different podcasts with Momentum Media. A number of these podcasts regularly feature in the iTunes top business podcast ranking, with one of the channels having seen more than 2 million downloads since its inception.

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Phil Thompson

Director & Financial Adviser
Thompson Financial Services

Phil Thompson has travelled to 32 different countries, been a world class acrobat, married the love of his life, the father of three girls and founded his own financial advice & mortgage broking firm all by the time he was 28.

Phil was awarded the IFA innovator of the year winner in 2017 for his use of videos & technology to enable him to structure his business goals around his family commitments and not the other way round.

Phil has authentic, honest conversations with ambitious young professionals and young families to empower them to take action to help them live the life they want.

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Michelle Tucker

Head of Digital & Marketing
Momentum Media

Michelle is a digital professional who has developed end-to-end technical and digital marketing programs for well over a decade. Michelle has also built company-wide digital transformation programs for billion dollar organisations across ANZ and has worked across media, consumer, healthcare and has dabbled in a tech start up. Currently, Michelle leads the digital and marketing function for Momentum Media - managing over 50 digital assets across niche verticals and specialty consumer sites.

Only speaking in the Sydney and Brisbane events