AFA announces speaker program for EVOLVE Conference 21-22 September 2021


Jane Hume

In what will be his first address to the financial advice community since his appointment in June 2021, ASIC Chair, Joseph Longo, will appear on the opening day of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)’s upcoming EVOLVE Conference (the AFA Conference).

Mr Longo joins a distinguished line-up of expert speakers, including Senator Jane Hume, Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and the Digital Economy, who will deliver the opening keynote, and Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Stephen Jones, MP. Former Lego executive, Conny Kalcher, from Zurich’s UK headquarters, will discuss her customer journey from Lego to Insurance, and Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer and COVID-19 expert, Dr Nick Coatsworth is the closing keynote speaker.

AFA’s new CEO, Helen Morgan-Banda, said, “I am looking forward to welcoming AFA members to our EVOLVE conference, as we celebrate 75 years as an association. I want to join with financial advisers and use this conference to start charting a way forward after a period of unprecedented change.”

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Nigel Collins, the AFA Conference will run from 21-22 September 2021. Delegates will have virtual access to 35 industry expert presentations which will be broadcast live across the nation and subsequently made available to delegates on demand for up to four months. The complete AFA Conference program offers up to 30 hours of CPD and delegates will be able to immediately download their CPD certificates after viewing an on-demand session via a new CPD Hub. Those joining the conference will also be able to take part in interactive sessions and visit virtual exhibitor showrooms.

Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur, AFA Conference Chair, said, “Once again, the AFA Conference program has been expertly designed to help delegates increase their technical knowledge, while also giving them insights into how to grow their businesses. It provides an outstanding opportunity for advisers to access information that will help them to take their practices to the next level.”

The AFA Conference will also host a special 75th birthday celebration.

Other sessions include a comprehensive regulatory update from AFA General Manager, Policy and Professionalism, Phil Anderson; sessions on investment, pricing, and industry trends; updates from the AFA Foundation and Pro Bono Financial Advice Network; insights from industry heads of business, and seven panel discussions covering key issues across the profession.

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