Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dale F Cooper

Broadleaf Capital International

After gaining a PhD in Operational Research from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, Dale Cooper held posts in the UK as a Research Fellow at the University of London and on the staff of Southampton University. He worked with the UK Home Office and Ministry of Defence as well as the Royal Navy on traffic policing, command decision making, and war games. He also undertook risk analyses on major hydroelectric and offshore oil and gas projects in Canada and the USA. After a sabbatical at the Australian Graduate School of Management, he wrote a book titled 'Risk Analysis for Large Projects'.

In 1984 Dale joined the management consultancy Spicer and Oppenheim Consultants in London, working with finance sector clients in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Australia.

He returned to Sydney in 1988 as Joint Managing Director of the stockbroker Pring Dean McNall, part of the Standard Chartered Bank Group.

After the successful sale of the stockbroker in 1990, he joined Standard Chartered Bank Australia as National Manager International Services, with responsibilities for the Bank's trade finance and priority banking businesses. He was also a member of the Bank's Executive Committee.

In late 1991, Dale Cooper founded Broadleaf Capital International.

Dale Cooper is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, and an accredited provider of risk management consulting services to government agencies in Australia and New Zealand.

He is a member of the Standards Australia committee that developed the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Risk Management AS/NZS 4360, and continues to be actively involved in the development of standards, methods and techniques for risk management.

Dale Cooper is currently an independent member of the Board Finance and Audit Committee for the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation and a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Council of the University of New South Wales.



Dr. Colin Beardsley

Risk-Return Solutions Pty Limited

Dr. Colin Beardsley has dual nationality from Australia and from the UK. He graduated in economics and law from the University of Nottingham, England. Colin Beardsley was a member of the Australian Stock Exchange Limited (ASX) with more than 25 years experience in equity, bond, and corporate finance markets. Colin ran the capital markets desk for a Citibank subsidiary in Sydney for ten years prior to an appointment as senior partner, capital markets, with Bain & Company, one of Australia's largest stockbrokers.

Dr. Beardsley was the founder and first chairman of Austraclear Limited which now has more than $A600 billion of securities as custodian.

After retirement from active involvement in the markets, Colin wrote a PhD thesis at the University of Reading in the UK on a behavioural analysis of lending decisions by banks during commercial property booms. He consults on derivative products to a number of companies in Australia and in the UK. Colin also teaches portfolio management, real options, and capital raising at several universities in Australia, USA, South Africa, and in the United Kingdom.

Kimbal Curtis

Senior Research Officer
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

Mr. Kimbal Curtis is a Senior Research Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) where his research focuses on sheep and wool production, and processing of Merino wool. He was part of a research team working with Indian wool processors studying the impact of changing raw wool specifications on downstream processing and modelling the effects. Kimbal has extensive experience in establishing the Australian wool auction data archive, and using it to analyse the supply and price of Australian wool.

Kimbal has recently developed a National sheep demographic model to assist with forecasts of sheep numbers and wool production. He has developed and implemented a national survey instrument to collect statistics in order to calibrate and validate the flock model, and to inform the Australian wool industry.

Jay Horton

Managing Director
Strategis Partners

Jay is the Founder and Managing Director of Strategis Partners, a Sydney-based consultancy advising corporations and Governments on strategic and organisational futures. After finishing a Bachelor of Systems Engineering, he joined Australian Volunteers Abroad and worked in Malaysia for two years. From there he joined the Australian Public Service in Canberra in the Department of Resources and Energy.

Following completion of a Master of Economics from Australian National University, he commenced his career in management consulting with McKinsey & Company. Since then he has advised client organisations in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore in Government Agencies, and in a wide range of industries including Consumer and Industrial Products, Energy & Mining, Financial Services, Transport & Logistics.

In 1999 he entered the Partnership of PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years, after PwC acquired the management consultancy which he founded in 1990. He led the establishment of PwC’s Applied Decision Analysis Practice in the Asia Pacific Region. Jay was also the industrial products industries founder and Managing Director of decision consulting firm ORG Pty Limited, and the Principal of Everest Group, a leading adviser on organisation strategy to global corporations. His degrees include: MEc (Australian National University), B.E. (Hons) (James Cook University).

Sam McLafferty

President and CEO
Palisade Corporation

Sam McLafferty is Palisade's founder, president, and CEO. He started the company in 1984 with the release of PRISM, a stand-alone Monte Carlo simulation package for DOS on the PC. PRISM later evolved into @RISK for Lotus 1-2-3, and then for Excel. Sam is Palisade's lead developer, with over thirty years of programming experience. He works closely with the technical and sales staff, ensuring that customer feedback is heard. He personally oversees the development and evolution of every one of the fifteen software products Palisade sells. Prior to Palisade, he was a risk analysis consultant.

Mark Meurisse

Senior Consultant
Palisade Asia-Pacific

Mark has a 15 year history of providing intellectual development services for risk, opportunity, and decision assessment to private industry and the government sector.  Meurisse joined Palisade in 2003.  His consulting experience and training seminars and workshops have been delivered throughout North America, Oceana and Asia, and he has consulted on risk analysis projects for clients in the oil and gas, finance, pharmaceutical, agricultural, natural resources, energy, defence, and aerospace industries.  The list of clients Mark has worked with include Shell, Westpac, BHP Billiton, Australian Taxation Office, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thiess, MetLife, KPMG, Austin Energy, HP, Georgia Pacific, Telstra, Evans & Peck, AWAS, Futron, Tyco Healthcare, Mercer Oliver Wyman, Merial, John Deere, the US Air Force, Cornell University, and the US Coast Guard.

Before coming to Palisade, Mark had 11 years consulting, marketing, and research experience in bank credit, agriculture, commercial real estate, finance and environmental engineering.  His analytic, modeling, and research expertise include risk analysis, simulation, sensitivity, stress testing, causal flow analysis, market power, geographic information systems, and public policy.  He holds a B.S. in economics from Oregon State University and an M.S. in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and is the author or co-author of 9 publications.

Mark’s Global Experience:
USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Korea, Taiwan.

Select Industry/Sector Experience:
Finance, Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Defence, Aerospace, Environmental, Natural Resources.

Select Client List:
Shell, Austin Energy, Woodside, John Deere, Merck, Evans & Peck, Tyco Healthcare, Citibank, Department of Primary Industries, Department of Agriculture, Australian Tax Office, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Exxon Mobile, PTTEP Thailand, Sydney Water.

Rishi Prabhakar

Trainer, Consultant
Palisade Asia-Pacific

Rishi brings a broad range of experience and expertise to the Palisade team. He has worked in and consulted to the energy industry, telecommunications, scientific research, banking, and finance with an emphasis on operational risk and Basel II. Rishi has expert skills in the areas of statistical analysis, simulation, time series forecasting, risk/capital modelling, extreme value theory, and survey design and analysis. He holds a BSc Mathematics from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr. David Roser

Program Leader, Environmental Microbiology and Pathogen Risk Assessment
University of New South Wales, Centre for Water and Waste Technology

Dr. Roser is a Senior Research Officer on the UNSW Node of the European Union’s ‘MicroRisk’ Project aimed at applying Quantitative Risk Assessment techniques to the catchment to tap based management of drinking water supplies. He currently manages recreational water quality Microbial Risk Assessment Projects (Lake Parramatta, Penrith Lakes), and has just completed a major inter state CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Project on Monitoring and Management of Pathogens in Environmental Waters (Project value $3.2 million). Other duties include general consulting with the Centre for Water and Waste Technology for HACCP application to recreational water quality management.

Dr. Roser earned his BSc with honors from UNSW in 1976, his PhD from La Trobe University in 1982, and a Master of Environmental Planning from Maquarie University in 1994. He has also served as Officer/Acting Director for Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Trust, and as a Wintering Biologist, Antarctic Division, Hobart/Casey Station.

Dr. Nitin Singh

Indian Institute of Management Indore

Dr Nitin Singh is a faculty member in the area of operations management and quantitative techniques. His consulting and research interests are in operations management, quantitative models in finance, simulation, and supply chain management. He has over 4 years of industrial and consulting experience with companies like HP and General Electric. Dr Singh has published papers in international journals like Journal of Supply Chain Management, Communications of the ACM, and International Transactions in Operational Research. He is also a visiting research fellow with School of Accounting and Logistics, Hong Kong PolyUniversity, and The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific, Singapore. He has presented several papers at national and international fora.

William Zhu
Business Analyst
WEL Networks Ltd

William works as a Business Analyst with WEL, with expertise in budgeting and energy forecasts, and high-level quantitative analysis. He has a Masters degree in Economics from Waikato University, NZ, and is currently working toward a PhD in the same department.




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