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Be inspired by women making waves in the Australia payments industry and beyond. Join us at the 2022 Symposium!  Our theme for this year is "Paying it Forward Together".

Our keynotes, panels, and break-out work sessions will help strengthen your skills while keeping you on top of industry trends. Hear from women leaders on a variety of subjects including current payments issues and initiatives, fintech, and leadership. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with women at all levels and with diverse backgrounds in payment and fintech. This is a must-attend event for any woman who’s serious about accelerating her career in the payments industry.

The Women in Payments Symposium is a unique event that provides perspectives from key women leaders in payments, supports diversity and gender parity, and includes topics impacting all aspects of the payments ecosystem. The format is split between networking breaks, keynote addresses, executive panel discussions and career development breakout sessions. This forum is an unparalleled opportunity that is empowering, current and immediately relevant to any woman pursuing a career in payments.

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth  

61-101 Phillip Street Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000

Amidst the vibrant bustle of the Sydney CBD, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers a luxury escape without equal. Experience Sydney's iconic hotel that combines French elegance and traditions with sophisticated comfort, creating the world class 5-star destination for the most discerning travellers.

 

Accommodation Rooms / Rates available: 

Classic King Room - $350.00 per room per night with Buffet Breakfast for one guest served in Garden Court Restaurant

Luxury King Room with Club Sofitel Access - $420.00 per room per night with Club access for one guest

Reservations: 

Book by contacting:

Eunice Fulvia

T. + 61 (0) 2 9228 9142

E. H3665-RE6@sofitel.com

 

 

5:30 PM - 6:50 PM AEDT

LEVEL 3 FOYER

AWARD DINNER RECEPTION

6:50 PM - 7:00 PM AEDT

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

Julia Streets 
Founder & CEO Streets Consulting

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM AEDT

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

AWARDS DINNER

 

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM AEDT

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Emily Roberts
Vice President & General
Manager
International Card Services
American Express Australia & New Zealand

Lisa Vasic
Managing Director
Head of Transaction Banking
ANZ

9:00 PM - 9:10 PM AEDT

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM AEDT

LEVEL 3 FOYER

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING BREAKFAST

 

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

WELCOME

 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments 

 

 

 

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

OPENING KEYNOTE 

Cynthia Scott 
Managing Director ANZ for Zip Co.

Julia Streets 
Founder & CEO Streets Consulting

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

THE GREAT DEBATE: PAYING IT FORWARD – ARE CBDC’s TOKENS MONEY OF THE FUTURE OR TOKENISM? A FUN DEBATE

Within the payments industry, there are many now focused on ‘Paying it Forward’. But what does this look like? And are those taking part really paying it forward or is it merely a shallow gesture? Join this fun debate and hear industry leaders debate the benefits, drawbacks, and use cases of CBDCs, and ultimately whether it’s here to stay or not.

Moderator

Bianca Bates
Managing Director, Head of Payments, Australia & New Zealand
 J.P. Morgan

TEAM YES

Inga Bambalaite-Saliba 
Senior Digital Advisory Manager, Transaction Banking
 ANZ

Nish Dharmaratne
Head of Product
Westpac

Rebecca Paine
Global Payment Solutions Head
 HSBC New Zealand

TEAM NO

Neena Black
Vice President of Product Development
Amex 

Sonja Steiner
Head of Fintech
Coles

Lisa Wade
CEO
DigitalX

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM AEDT

LEVEL 3 FOYER

NETWORKING BREAK

 

10:45 AM - 11:25 AM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PERTH ROOM

THE FUTURE OF CROSS-BORDER PAYMENTS

With ISO 20022, the future of cross-border payments is changing as cost, speed, transparency, and access is breaking down barriers. This includes responding to the rise of digital expectations, economic instability, supply chain security, re-opening of borders and the global workforce. Come hear the experts discuss how a global industry is working together to implement sustainable change through cross border payments. 

Moderator

Krystle Ritchens
Payments Industry & Regulation Executive Director
JP Morgan

Elaine Herlihy
Chief Marketing & Product Officer
OFX

Danielle Johnson
Head of International Payments
Westpac

Rose Ong
Head of Market Infrastructures, Oceania
SWIFT

Oriana Tessari
Head of Partnerships, Australia & New Zealand
Stripe

10:45 AM - 11:25 AM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

BRISBANE ROOM - 3RD FLOOR

THE METAVERSE: DESIGNING A NEW GLOBAL PARADIGM

The Metaverse is here, with large corporations like Epic Games, Facebook, Microsoft, and Roblox heavily investing in its future. It may be considered the next version of the internet, but in reality, it’s the next version of our lives. From virtual cities and worlds to self-sovereign avatars and digital identities, we will discuss how it will transform our culture, education, and other aspects of our economy and daily lives.

 

Moderator

Vanessa Patrizi
Head of SMB,
Small Medium Business
Paypal

Neha Grover
Vice President
JP Morgan

Caroline Page 
Head of Communications & Media
Virtually Human Studio

Nickie Scriven
Founder & CEO,
Chief Meta Chicks & Alchemy8 Media

10:45 AM - 11:25 AM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

HOBART ROOM - LOBBY LEVEL 2

WOMEN IN POLICYMAKING: WHAT DOES DIVERSITY LOOK LIKE IN GOVERNMENT?

What does diversity look like in policymaking across government when it comes to payments and monetary policy? Highlighting senior female leaders from governments across Australia, this panel will discuss the challenges faced by women in this sector – and try to understand how questions and decisions around policy can be better shaped with diversity in mind. Are there shortcomings in current policymaking methods when it comes to diversity and inclusion? What are the opportunities for positive policies to encourage more inclusion across the sector; from industry players, to the products we design, to the consumers we work with.

Moderator

Sarah Wood
Director of Government Affairs, APAC  
American Express

Emily Martin
Assistant Secretary Policy & Engagement Branch, Consumer Data & Digital Division  Markets Group
The Treasury

Kate Reader
General Manager Digital Platforms
ACCC

Jodi Ross
CDR Regulatory & Compliance Specialist

Diane Tate
CEO
AFIA

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PERTH ROOM 

WHY PARTNERSHIPS ARE THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS

With the convergence of several payments and data ecosystems on the horizon in Australia, such as Australia Payments + and payments-initiation for the Consumer Data Right, forming successful partnerships has never been more important. This session discusses the opportunities the convergence of these ecosystems can bring and how women are uniquely placed to pioneer successful partnerships across industries and ecosystems.

Moderator

Sara Bellissimo
Management Consulting Manager
Accenture

Camilla Bullock
CEO
Emerging Payments Asia 

Emily Curlewis
Head of Enterprise & Government
Zepto

Vicky Elms
Director, Enterprise Partnerships & Emerging Payments
American Express Australia

Siew Lee Seow
Head of Policy
Australian Payments Network

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

BRISBANE ROOM - 3RD FLOOR

SECURITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE OF PAYMENTS

In this new digital age transactions are easier, faster, and less frictionless – a benefit to consumers. Yet it’s also causing an increased risk of security breaches and fraud. In this session you’ll hear more about the changing threat landscape, and how innovation such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Identity, and Machine Learning (ML) are mitigating risk. You’ll also hear more about the Consumer Data Right, and the challenges the industry faces as more data is linked to payment transactions in this new digital world. 

Moderator

Chloe James
Group Director of Media & Communications
RFI Global

Julie Bolan
Head of Payments, APAC, Go To Market
SWIFT

Leeanne Gray
Head of Core Payments
Westpac

Lynda McMillan
Head of Payments Representation
Commonwealth Bank

Dianne Shay
Head of Payments Industry
National Australia Bank

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

HOBART ROOM - LOBBY LEVEL 2

SUPPORTING WOMEN TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL AUTONOMY & RESILIENCE

It has not always been a level playing field for women when it comes to building financial autonomy and resilience. But that is quickly changing with new fintech and banking apps that provide higher levels of awareness and knowledge about their financial journeys and wellbeing. With this knowledge comes empowerment. This panel will explore a variety of initiatives aimed at leveling the playing field and supporting women to develop their financial autonomy, resilience, and ultimately independence.

Moderator

Genevieve Faulkner-Firth
Director of Acquisition Marketing
American Express

Rob Caslick
CEO & Founder
Two Good Co.

Jasmine Opdam
Acting Team Leader
 Redfern Legal Centre

Caroline Stewart
CEO, Ecstra Foundation

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM AEDT

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

NETWORKING LUNCH

 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

CHANGING THE WAY AUSTRALIANS PAY

We are in a digital revolution and the global economy is changing. Our unyielding legacy frameworks supporting the payments infrastructure must also evolve. Australia’s AP+ infrastructure, together with incumbents and rising payment disruptors are reimagining the flow of value through the modern financial ecosystem. Payments have never been this flexible, fast, or smart. Join us as we discuss how the payments industry is building the bridge to the inevitable and changing the way Australians pay. 

Moderator

Lynn Kraus
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Payments Plus

Carolyn Breeze
Chief Commercial Officer
Zepto

Simone Joyce
CEO/Co-Founder
Paypa Plane

Gulshan Singh
Executive Manager, Payments Advocacy,
Commonwealth Bank

Debbie Wine
CMO Australia & NZ
Zip Co

 

 

 

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

DIGITAL PAYMENTS

PERTH ROOM 

THE RISE OF NEXT GEN AND ALTERNATIVE PAYMENTS

The demand for next gen and alternative payment methods is at an all-time high and is forecast to exponentially increase in coming years. This panel will explore the increasing popularity of alternative payments methods such as BNPL, digital wallets, RTPs, and P2P how they are changing the B2C and B2B experience for better.

Moderator

Kristy Partridge
Executive Director, Strategy & Execution
Westpac

Yasmine Amani
Principal Account Executive
ACI Worldwide

Susan Nicholson 
General Manager
SecurePay & POLi

Mark Schultz 
Global Head - Business Payments
RFI Global

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

PAYMENTS INNOVATION

BRISBANE ROOM - 3RD FLOOR

EXPLORING THE ROLE OF DIGITAL CURRENCIES IN PAYMENTS

Digital currencies are a becoming ever more popular for consumers in payments world. This panel will explore the role payment service providers are taking to move money in and out of the digital currencies universe, and how stablecoins, and CBDC’s might disrupt the payments landscape of the future. Join this panel of experts and learn more about the role digital currencies are playing in payments now and in the future. 

Moderator

May Lam
Partner, Asia-Pacific Payments Leader
EY 

Effie Dimitropoulos
Executive General Manager, Transactions
Novati Group Limited

Louise Parrott
Director, Digital Asset Services
ANZ

Tony Richards
Senior Advisor,
Digital Finance
CRC

2:05 PM - 2:45 PM AEDT

BREAKOUT SESSION

LEADERSHIP & CAREER DEVELOPMENT

HOBART ROOM - LOBBY LEVEL 2

THE POWER OF COURAGE AND PURPOSE IN LEADERSHIP

The fast and the furious could not be a more apt description for the global business landscape today. With so much disruption and change, there is an increasing need for leaders to evolve and adapt their leadership style to meet the needs of their organizations and their workforce. They must have the courage to step out of their comfort zone and develop a more sustainable, inclusive style. And they must seek the anchoring point for their teams – the purpose behind the work that they do. This panel will discuss how leading from a place of courage and purpose provides the human connections to move teams forward, together.  

Moderator

Zoe Dattner
Strategy & 
Operations Integrator
Dattner Group (M)

Felicity Blake
Country Manager, FIS New Zealand
 FIS/Worldpay

Anne-Marie Kruk
General Manager Propositions & Ecosystem Development
 Australian Payments Plus

Tara Tubman
Regional Director, Australia/NZ, South Pacific & HK
BPC

Susan Yang
General Manager, International Payments & Network Management
 Commonwealth Bank of Australia

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM AEDT

LEVEL 3 FOYER

NETWORKING BREAK

 

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: PAYING IT FORWARD

Paying it forward is a must in the payments industry and mentoring and giving a helping hand to our future leaders should be in our DNA. Join this panel of industry leaders as they share their experience in moving up in their career, the importance of mentoring and sponsoring, and best practices for building a pipeline of talent. 

Moderator

Tamara Allen
Development Manager – MAPS, CCSS & Splunk Delivery Services
 FIS

Kellie Clenton
Global Head of Afterpay
SMB Account Management
Square

Karen Farrar 
Commercial Director
 ANZ Zip Co. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

INNOVATION PANEL

Open banking, crypto, NFTs, embedded finance, BNPL. These are just a few areas within the payments industry in Australia that are bringing disruptive innovation to light. But how are industry leaders driving this innovation within their teams and organizations? What hurdles have they overcome, and how are they keeping the momentum going? Sit in and hear the lessons learned and key takeaways on creating a culture of innovation and driving progress forward.

Moderator

Lauren Millar
Global Solution Sales, Treasury & Trade, Institutional Clients Group
Citi 

Lynne Cardwell
Executive Director, Banking & Financial Services NSW Treasury

Victoria Richardson 
Chief Operating Officer 
Meeco

Katrina Stuart
Managing Director, New Payments Platform Australia

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Catherine Brenner
Chair
Australian Payments Plus

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

WENTWORTH BALLROOM

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM AEDT

LEVEL 3 FOYER

CLOSING RECEPTION

 

6:50 PM - 7:00 PM AEDT

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS DINNER - OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

Julia Streets 
Founder & CEO Streets Consulting

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM AEDT

LIVE STREAMED

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Emily Roberts
Vice President & General Manager

International Card Services
American Express Australia & New Zealand

Lisa Vasic
Managing Director
Head of Transaction Banking
ANZ

9:00 PM - 9:10 PM AEDT

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder and CEO
Women in Payments

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

WELCOME

 

8:50 AM - 9:00 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

OPENING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments 

 

 

 

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

OPENING KEYNOTE 

Cynthia Scott 
Managing Director ANZ for Zip Co.

Julia Streets 
Founder & CEO Streets Consulting

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

THE GREAT DEBATE: PAYING IT FORWARD – ARE CBDC’s TOKENS MONEY OF THE FUTURE OR TOKENISM? A FUN DEBATE

Within the payments industry, there are many now focused on ‘Paying it Forward’. But what does this look like? And are those taking part really paying it forward or is it merely a shallow gesture? Join this fun debate and hear industry leaders debate the benefits, drawbacks, and use cases of CBDCs, and ultimately whether it’s here to stay or not.

Moderator

Bianca Bates
Managing Director, Head of Payments, Australia & New Zealand
 J.P. Morgan

TEAM YES

Inga Bambalaite-Saliba 
Senior Digital Advisory Manager, Transaction Banking
 ANZ

Nish Dharmaratne
Head of Product
Westpac

Rebecca Paine
Global Payment Solutions Head
HSBC New Zealand

TEAM NO

Neena Black
Vice President of Product Development
Amex 

Sonja Steiner
Head of Fintech
Coles

Lisa Wade
CEO
DigitalX

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CHANGING THE WAY AUSTRALIANS PAY

We are in a digital revolution and the global economy is changing. Our unyielding legacy frameworks supporting the payments infrastructure must also evolve. Australia’s AP+ infrastructure, together with incumbents and rising payment disruptors are reimagining the flow of value through the modern financial ecosystem. Payments have never been this flexible, fast, or smart. Join us as we discuss how the payments industry is building the bridge to the inevitable and changing the way Australians pay. 

Moderator

Lynn Kraus
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Payments Plus

Carolyn Breeze
Chief Commercial Officer
Zepto

Simone Joyce
CEO/Co-Founder
Paypa Plane

Gulshan Singh
Executive Manager, Payments Advocacy,
Commonwealth Bank

Debbie Wine
CMO Australia & NZ
Zip Co

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

EXECUTIVE PANEL: PAYING IT FORWARD

Paying it forward is a must in the payments industry and mentoring and giving a helping hand to our future leaders should be in our DNA. Join this panel of industry leaders as they share their experience in moving up in their career, the importance of mentoring and sponsoring, and best practices for building a pipeline of talent. 

Moderator

Tamara Allen
Development Manager – MAPS, CCSS & Splunk Delivery Services
 FIS

Kellie Clenton
Global Head of Afterpay SMB Account Management
Square

Karen Farrar 
Commercial Director
 ANZ Zip Co. 

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

INNOVATION PANEL

Open banking, crypto, NFTs, embedded finance, BNPL. These are just a few areas within the payments industry in Australia that are bringing disruptive innovation to light. But how are industry leaders driving this innovation within their teams and organizations? What hurdles have they overcome, and how are they keeping the momentum going? Sit in and hear the lessons learned and key takeaways on creating a culture of innovation and driving progress forward.

Moderator

Lauren Millar
Global Solution Sales, Treasury & Trade, Institutional Clients Group
Citi 

Lynne Cardwell
Executive Director, Banking & Financial Services NSW Treasury

Victoria Richardson 
Chief Operating Officer 
Meeco

Katrina Stuart
Managing Director, New Payments Platform Australia

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Catherine Brenner
Chair
Australian Payments Plus

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM AEDT

MAIN STAGE

LIVE STREAMED

CLOSING REMARKS

Kristy Duncan
Founder & CEO
Women in Payments

23 Nov 2022 @ 8:00am AEST
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