AFA’s 2021 Conference Line-up


New ASIC Chair, Joseph Longo, will speak on the opening day of AFA’s upcoming EVOLVE Conference, in what will be his first address to the financial advice community since his appointment in June 2021. (See: AFA Announces Hybrid 2021 National Conference.)

The association says that 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
  • Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Stephen Jones, MP.
  • Former Lego executive, Conny Kalcher, from Zurich’s UK headquarters, who will discuss her customer journey from Lego to Insurance
  • Australia’s former Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Covid expert, Dr Nick Coatsworth who is the closing keynote speaker
Joseph Longo.

AFA’s new CEO, Helen Morgan-Banda, says in a statement that she’s looking forward to welcoming AFA members to the conference, as the organisation celebrates 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,” she says.

The conference, which is hosted by Master of Ceremonies Nigel Collins, will run from 21-22 September 2021.

The AFA says delegates will have virtual access to 35 industry expert presentations which will be broadcast live and subsequently made available to delegates on demand for up to four months.

It adds that 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.

Helen Morgan-Banda.

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, says that again the 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
  • Seven panel discussions covering key issues across the profession

Click here for more information and to register.