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Dr Frank Ashe, Keynote Speaker
Q Group Australia & Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre

Frank Ashe has worked in Australia and Canada for insurance companies, investment management firms, and in software development and consultancy. His 30 years of practical experience has been predominantly in the measurement and management of financial risk, with an emphasis on asset liability management, and developing risk measurement and management tools for novel situations; he works now as a consultant and company director. He is a regular presenter at industry seminars and colloquia, and is currently President of the Q-Group Australia. Frank has research interests in risk management, corporate governance, robustness of investment portfolio construction techniques, history and philosophy of economics, and the statistical underpinnings of Applied Finance.

Jack Barnett
Senior Consultant
Marsh Pty Ltd – Risk Consulting

Jack Barnett is a Senior Risk Consultant within the Marsh Risk Consulting practice. He has been with Marsh since 2004, and specialises in:

  • Strategic and operational risk assessment and mitigation;
  • Quantitative risk assessments and data analysis; and,
  • Risk management system development, implementation and performance monitoring.

Jack has applied these services to all levels of industry, with a particular focus on Mining, Utilities and Rail. Projects have been completed across Asia-Pacific and the Americas.  Recent QRA clients include Barrick Gold, Newmont, Rio-Tinto, BHP, Xstrata and several large infrastructure projects.

Jack has recently spent time in the US with Marsh's Modelling, Business Analytics (MBA) actuarial team and forensic accounting Consultant Services (FACS) team enhancing MRC's QRA offerings.

Michael Brink
Founding Principal
TBH Capital Advisers

Michael is a civil engineering graduate with an MBA from the AGSM and has worked in Banking and Finance in the Infrastructure, Project and Structured Finance areas for 20 years and as a founding principal at TBH Capital Advisers for the past 2 years.

TBH Capital Advisers is a boutique infrastructure and project finance advisory firm active in the PPP sector. It is part of the TBH Group—a national and international consultancy which has operated as a specialist programming and scheduling consultant for over 45 years. One of Michael’s key interests at TBH Capital Advisers is in project risk modelling from a capital cost as well as a schedule risk perspective. While at TBH Capital Advisers, Michael has presented a number of PPP Risk Modelling workshops that use @RISK for Excel as part of the Infrastructure Australia methodology for calculating Public Sector Comparators.

Prior to establishing TBH Capital Advisers, Michael has worked at a number of Australian investment banking and financial services organisations including Macquarie Group and the Australian Industry Development Corporation, and recently worked as the Treasurer of a major Australian non-bank lending group. Michael has also consulted to the Asian Development Bank and other multinational groups as a financial modelling specialist. In all of these roles Michael has had a strong involvement in quantitative financial modelling with a particular emphasis on infrastructure and project finance.

Kimball Fink-Jensen
KAIZEN Institute New Zealand

Kimball is Principal for the KAIZEN® Institute New Zealand and focuses particularly on analytical support for KAIZEN projects. His industry experience includes services, process manufacturing, and discrete manufacturing; as well as distribution and logistics. In recent client projects he has been involved in venture capital, retail and distribution, tertiary education provision, utilities, process manufacturing, distribution and records management.

After obtaining a B.Com (Hons) and LL.B from Otago University, Kimball spent two years with the Investment Banking team at Bank of New Zealand and then joined Southpac in the merchant banking division. In 1993 he joined Fletcher Building and worked on strategic development projects in New Zealand and in respect of various Asian markets. In 1996 he became plant manager for the company’s particleboard operations in Taupo, then site leader for the particleboard plant in Kumeu.

Kimball left Fletcher Building in late 1999 and for the next 2.5 years was the project manager and then lead negotiator on behalf of the eight regional and city councils of Auckland in the three-way negotiation with Tranz Rail and Treasury to procure greater access to the rail corridors to enable the expansion of public transport in Auckland.

Having worked with KAIZEN Institute on a variety of projects since 2005, Kimball formally joined the KAIZEN Institute New Zealand in 2008. He specialises in bringing process measurement, ROI assessment and lean accounting techniques (collectively termed lean measurement) to KAIZEN Institute’s lean transformation projects.

Evan Hughes
Project Controls Manager
Sunbury Electrification Project

Evan has worked within project controls in the construction industry for the last 7 years, primarily in risk management, scheduling and cost control. Major projects include: Channel Tunnel Rail Link – St Pancras London (Rail); Olympic Park Stratford – Stratford London (Tunnelling); Aspire Defence – Salisbury Plains UK (Military Accommodation); and Sunbury Electrification – Melbourne Australia (Rail). Evan has used @RISK extensively within project controls, and to develop risk models for construction benefit analysis at the project feasibility stage. He holds a degree in Mathematics from Cardiff University.

John Kerlin

With financial and ecological sustainability as a primary concern, John is working on a proposal for a PhD research project to study ‘Sustainable Business’ based on regional value adding of agricultural production in the Goondiwindi region of Queensland. This includes processing, recycling waste with energy production, and nutrient recycling. John’s aim is to create a dollar value for production that could be marketed as an agricultural input or energy demand within the region. This requires confidence in the assumptions used –the area where Palisade software can step in to help.

John currently works for Landmark at Goondiwindi as an agronomist. Goondiwindi is approximately 400 km west of Brisbane and is situated on the Macintyre River, the Queensland/NSW border. Previously, John was a self-employed farmer for 30 years. He holds a Masters in Agribusiness through UQ Gatton.

Andrew Kight
Analytical & Actuarial Services
Aon Global Risk Consulting (Australia)

Andrew is currently a Senior Consultant for the Analytical & Actuarial team within Aon Global Risk Consulting. His role involves quantitative loss modelling, risk retention assessments, reserve valuations and risk tolerance analysis predominantly to major corporate organisations in Australia.

Andrew’s main focus is on working with organisations that self-insure a significant portion of their risk. This generally involves organisations that utilise a risk retention vehicle (i.e. a captive or managed fund) to finance these risks. Andrew assists with quantifying the amount of risk that they retain and also the amount that they should set aside to fund those risks.

Andrew has experience working with a broad range of clients across a full spectrum of sizes and industries, ranging from local government entities to national and global corporate companies in industries as varied as Healthcare, Finance, Retail and Energy/ Utilities.

Andrew also provides support internally, demonstrating to brokers and their clients the concepts of total cost of insurable risk, risk tolerance & appetite and quantitative loss modelling and how they assist in making informed decisions around insurance renewal options and identifying the most efficient level of self insurance.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) from The University of Melbourne.

Dr Stuart J Khan
Water Research Centre
University of New South Wales

Dr Khan is an active water researcher with a focus on chemical contaminants in drinking water, wastewater and recycled water. He is the leader of the Trace Chemical Contaminants research stream at the UNSW Water Research Centre. Khan has received funding for over 20 major competitive research projects from Australian, US and European funding agencies including the Australian Research Council, the National Water Commission, the European Commission, the WateReuse Foundation and the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF). He is a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) to the National Health and Medical Research Council. He is the leader of the ‘Chemical Contaminants’ reference group of the WQAC and, in this role, he led the revision of all aspects involving chemical contaminants in the 2010 revision of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Dr Khan has also made significant contributions to other Australian water quality guidelines, particularly the National Guidelines for Water Recycling.

Dr Martin Loosemore
Construction Management Program
University of New South Wales

Martin Loosemore is Professor of Construction Management and Associate Dean Research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and is a visiting Professor at University of Loughborough in the UK and The University of Hawaii.

In 2002, Martin was a consultant to the Australian Royal Commission into the Building Industry, advising on international workplace reform and productivity and has been called to provide evidence to a number of Federal Senate inquiries into the Building and Construction Industry. He was recently appointed by Minister Kim Carr to the first of the Australian Federal Government‘s Innovation Councils – representing the building, construction and engineering industry.

Martin works with a wide range of major private and public sector organisations and NGOs in Australia, Asia and the Middle East, to improve their risk management practices. He was also commissioned by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee (BOCOG) to develop the risk and opportunity management system used for the delivery of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games facilities.

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
Managing Director
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, modelling, 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.

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.

David W Thompson
General Manager Queensland
Value Adviser Associates

David has over 25 years experience in the Energy, Infrastructure, Resources, Manufacturing and Telecommunications industries. He has significant leadership experience and proven expertise in corporate and business development, project management and business modelling associated with valuations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and regulatory determinations. He has led various finance departments and functions including establishing financial planning, analysis and modelling capabilities and implementing value based management systems.

Prior to joining Value Adviser Associates, David was Director Corporate Development for an international steel manufacturing company. He has held Executive Management positions in steel and energy companies including for Strategy, Finance, Corporate Development and Corporate Communications and was previously the Corporate Finance Lead Director responsible for Business Modelling and Advisory for one of the big four accounting firms.

David has been a key financial advisor on reforms in the Queensland energy and water industries and has led project, finance and valuation teams on multiple merger & acquisition projects in the energy, infrastructure, resources, manufacturing and telecommunications industries.

David has valued and assessed major strategic investment decisions for broadband capabilities (including fibre, BPL and wireless) combining telecommunication, electricity and rail utilities. He has advised on key value drivers and key performance indicators, e.g. setting appropriate prices, rates of return, capital structures, valuations, financial transfers and dividend policies.

David has built and/or tested numerous financial models for major companies, investment banks, P/E firms, GOC’s and government departments associated with capital investments and mergers and acquisitions.

William Zhu
Business Analyst, WEL Networks Ltd

William Zhu works for WEL Networks Limited, an electricity distribution company with over 83,000 customers and assets of $310 million. As a business analyst, William uses financial, statistical (including the DecisionTools Suite) and engineering techniques to analyse large projects such as annual electricity sales budgets and wind farm generation.



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