May 2019 E-Newsletter

May 2019 E-Newsletter


Welcome to May E-News,  

May was a busy month for RMA Australia. We held 4 x events and 3 x forums this month across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

We were also proud to present the RMA Australia prizes for Academic Excellence in Financial Risk Management, Macquarie University, for the 2018 Academic year. We have proudly sponsored these Awards for the past 4 years. Congratulations to Jayden Zalac and David Halperin who were presented their Awards by RMA Board Director John Paul Monck, at the Deans Excellence Awards evening.

To Communicate more effectively with our member base and continue to add value to our membership, we have recently created an RMA Australia Company LinkedIn page. This page will be a key destination for RMA members and Risk Professionals to visit for information on events, thought leadership, company status updates and more. Please FOLLOW RMA AUSTRALIA to stay updated and be part of our active network.

Richard Gilbert - Executive Director


Congratulations to Jayden Zalac and David Halperin, winners of the RMA awards for 2018 Academic Excellence in Financial Risk Management Award and for the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre Macquarie University. Pictured here with RMA Board Member, John Paul Monck.

About our winners

Jayden Zalac (Academic Excellence in Financial Risk Management) is a final year student pursuing Finance and Economics degrees at Macquarie University. He excelled in the risk management subject and is passionate about teaching others. He intends to carry on with a Master's degree by research while tutoring and lecturing in the field.

David Halperin (Macquarie Applied Finance Centre) is pursuing a Master of Applied Finance and works at the Reserve Bank in Credit and Equity markets. It is comforting to know that our economy is in safe hands and that high performing students of risk management are employed in our central bank!

Event Highlights

Sydney - Australian Economy Update with Bill Evans, hosted by Westpac. This event was well attended and covered topical issues on the state of our economy and the key risks moving forward.  We thank Westpac, Nicole Amitai and the risk team for hosting this event

Melbourne - Technology & Machine learning to support Risk Assessments. Thank you to speaker, Edmund Stokes for providing such topical insights. Thanks also to Marna Slabbert and PwC.

Brisbane - We were thrilled to have Chief Ombudsman and CEO, AFCA, David Locke present to RMA members in Brisbane this month.  He highlighted that for Risk Management professionals, misconduct is the leading cause of systemic issues.  We thank Teena Rowell and Suncorp for the exceptional hospitality.

Upcoming June Events

Thurs 13th June | 4:30pm | Melbourne I Post Royal Commission Future Implications on Risk & Compliance | Hosted by Protiviti.

What our members are saying about our RMA events.....

"I have come to expect a high standard of presenters and the RMA speakers always deliver"

"I liked that the speaker personally greeted everyone individually upon arrival.  I felt that this helped build a strong connection".


Congratulations to James Marinopolous (M.SC., B.SC. (Hons), Grad.Dip.Ed., Dip. Man., AAIBF (Snr), AStat), CBA, newly elected Chair of the RMA Working Group on Models and Analytic Risk. Sincere thanks to Imanuel Costigan, retiring Chair for his work.

James Marinopoulos has over twenty-five years' experience in Banking and Finance.  He is currently the General Manager - Model Risk & Assurance at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has previously held senior roles in National Australia Bank and ANZ.  To read more about James, Click HERE.

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