Julie Bishop Headlines Speakers at 2019 AFA Conference

Former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop …will be the opening speaker at the 2019 AFA Conference in Adelaide

The AFA confirmed last week that it has secured former Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, as the opening speaker at its 2019 Conference.

In addition to securing the former Foreign Minister, the Association has also confirmed Thai caves rescuer and joint 2019 Australian of the Year, Dr Richard Harris, will be the closing speaker at this year’s Conference, which will be held in Adelaide.

AFA CEO, Philip Kewin said the AFA, along with partner AIA, is honoured to offer the Australian financial advice profession the opportunity to hear from Ms Bishop, who was Foreign Minister for almost five years, following four years as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thai caves rescue hero, Dr Richard Harris

“Ms Bishop has had a long and distinguished career in Australian politics,” said Kewin. “As Foreign Minister she led the development of the 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper, which set out a comprehensive policy framework for Australia’s engagement with the world over the next decade.

Ms Bishop was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2014, after playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Kewin said the AFA, in conjunction with partner TAL, was also honoured to welcome Dr Harris to the AFA Conference. Dr Harris was an integral part of an international rescue mission that ultimately saved a Thai soccer team of 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Other headline presenters at this year’s Conference include:

  • Clare Payne, one of Australia’s leading voices on ethics and trust and author of ‘The Ethical Lens’ column in the Australian Financial Review
  • Warren Randall, ‘King of the Australian wine industry’, Managing Director of iconic Seppeltsfield Wines in the Barossa Valley and visionary business leader
  • Michelle Hoskin, direct from the UK, internationally recognised author, speaker and leading expert in design of best-practice standards in client service

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