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CEDA: Managing Major Catastrophes

Speaker(s):

Saul Eslake, Program Director, Productivity Growth, Grattan Institute
Tracey Phillips, Senior Executive, AECOM North America
Dr Douglas Magendanz, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Politcal Science and Intl Studies, University of Queensland
Mark De Medici, Director for Project Finance, Pwc
Professor Ed Blakely, Honorary Professor of Urban Policy, US Studies Centre
Tony Batten, Managing Director, Risk Science and Audit
Neil E. Weeks, Vice-Chair of the OECD Board for International Network on the Financial Management of Large-scale castrophes
Robert Whelan, Executive Director & CEO, Insurance Council of Australia

 

EVENT OVERVIEW 

With every reason to be proud of operational responses to catastrophes Australia must ask whether its policy and funding models are equally strong. Have responses to events in these past months been the best we can do and will they serve us well into the future? Can we produce better results that drive future productivity and resilience through recovery?

 

This CEDA half day thought leadership forum will take discussion beyond the current economic outlook and policy. It will:

  • present international experts and expertise on natural disasters with commentary on what Australia can learn and adopt
  • examine how to strategically the economic, business, community and policy impacts of major catastrophes
  • provide ideas and provoke thought as to how best we future proof with policy and funding models to better manage large-scale risks. 

This year, Australia has faced an extraordinary number of natural disasters, costing the national economy approximately $7 billion. In an increasingly globalised economy, the knock-on effect of disasters spreads far beyond the direct economic and social impact to the countries where disasters hit.

 

The Australian response in 2011 has seen establishment of new policy, new authorities and new funding models, while other existing policy settings remain untested - are current recovery models sustainable, or are business, government and community accepting that each event will require its own? How can the 2011 recovery adopt and demonstrate betterment, and position us well for the predicted increase in major weather events into the future.

 

MEET THE SPEAKERS

Understanding "Betterment" policy under National Disaster Reflief and Recovery arrangements

Dr Douglas Magendanz, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Political Science and Intl Studies, University of Queensland

Saul Eslake, Program Director, Productivity Growth, Grattan Institute

Saul Eslake was ANZ's Chief Economist for fifteen years until 2009; he is Director of the Productivity Growth Program at the Grattan Institute affiliated with Melbourne University and writes fortnightly columns for the business pages of the Melbourne Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

 

Overseas lessons in applying "Betterment" to major disaster recoveries

Tracey Phillips, Senior Executive, AECOM North America

Tracey has over 20 years experiences in private sector catastrophic event assessment and commercial insurance response and over 10 years working on public sector disaster response projects across the US.

Professor Ed Blakely, Honourary Professor of Urban Policy, US Studies Center

Professor Blakely has played roles in two disasters in Oakland, California and Los Angeles and New York 9-11 as well as consulting with other nations on post disaster management.

 

Tools to inform advanced disaster decision-making

Tony Batten, Managing Director, Risk Science and Audit

Tony Batten is MD of Environmental Risk Science and Audit Pty Ltd, bringing 30 years of experience in the application of technology and spatial information to surveying, mapping, disaster risk assessment and natural resource and land management activities, including leading a UN funded Chinese project addressing land consolidation and reclamation for sustainable use.

 

Innovation in financial management of large-scale disaster recoveries that advance Betterment principles and practices

Neil E. Weeks, Vice-Chair of the OECD Board for International Network on the Financial Management of Large-scale catastrophes

Mr Neil Weeks was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation when the scheme was established on 1 July 2003.  He is also a member of the World Forum of Catastrophe Programs. Mr Weeks has more than 35 years' experience in the commercial insurance industry, having held senior positions both in Australia and overseas.

 

Mark De Medici, Director Infrastructure Advisory, PwC

Mark de Medici is a Brisbane-based Director in PwC's Infrastructure Advisory practice who provides specialist structural, financial and funding advice to clients including Government bodies for both social and economic infrastructure. 

Mark has specialised in advising on infrastructure procurement for the last 12 years, advising both public and private sector clients on all strategic, financial and commercial aspects of project financing covering the entire process from pre-feasibility to financial close.

 

Robert Whelan, Executive Director and CEO, Insurance Council of Australia

Mr Robert Whelan joined the Insurance Council of Australia following a highly successful career as a senior manager in a diverse range of roles within the insurance and banking sectors.  He is an industry leader in the development of public policy and has worked extensively with regulatory bodies, government and consumer groups. Robert will present on policy implications for the future to manage major catastrophes.

 

MEET THE MODERATOR

Mara Bun, CEO, Green Cross Australia

Green Cross Australia is part of a global network of 30 offices founded by Mikhail Gorbachev with a mission to foster a global values shift towards a secure and sustainable future.

 

Registration Fees  (Including GST)

 

CEDA Members and Guests

$363.00 per person
$3300.00 corporate table

Non-members

$473.00 per person
$4400.00 corporate table

When:  13 April 2011

Time:  Half Day Breakfast Forum (7.15am - 12.00pm)

Where:  Brisbane Hilton, 190 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, QLD

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