As we hit the downhill run to RIMS Sydney conference on 4-5 September and Auckland 7 September, StrategicRISK sat down with the RIMS board to find out why you shouldn’t miss this year’s conference.

RIMS Australasia president and Lendlease group head of risk and insurance, Kevin Bates:

“The theme came to us as a Board quite easily and quickly; largely down to each of us being in tune with the day to day disruption we are all facing in our own organisations.  Whether it is from pervasive digital capabilities, data scrutiny, further emergence of AI, war for talent, trade wars, or political turmoil … we are no longer operating in a predictable environment.

”I am sure you will agree that our speaker line up is the most formidable that we have had, and there is such an eclectic mix of topics, experts and personalities that the Summit will be a triumph on content. In addition, our exhibition hall promises to have a number of innovations on display for the attendees to enjoy.”

RIMS board member and former Scentre chief risk officer, Eamonn Cunningham:

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”We did not want to organise a conference dominated by the usual standard agenda stalwarts including the state of the markets and a perennial favourite, currently cyber risk. In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace you must be all over disruption. Either you morph, in whole or in part, into a disrupter yourself or you prepare for your own market to be disrupted. So words like agile, and innovation must be front and centre in the risk manager’s mind. With this backdrop you can see why the converse of business as usual was the way to go.”

The program and line-up of speakers is atypical of regular risk conferences, starting with what is sure to be an enlightening presentation from Cricket Australia head of team performance Pat Howard on ‘balancing risk-taking with team performance’ (see box out).

Another day one highlight will be a presentation from ASX Corporate Governance Council chair Elizabeth Johnstone, who will be discussing how the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is influencing corporate culture and ethics.

To register for the conference, follow this link. StrategicRISK look forward to seeing you there!