MBA Industry Breakfast

26 July, 2018 - 07:15 to 09:00
Customs House, River Room, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Technology Disruption in the Finance Industry

The MBA Career Resource Centre invites our MBA community to attend an upcoming MBA Industry Breakfast, discussing Technology Disruption in the Finance Industry, on Thursday 26 July 2018.

In the wake of the global financial crisis, economic recovery and the recent royal commission, the question remains: how is emerging technology and innovation shaping the finance industry?

At this breakfast, Melissa Witheriff, Head of Digital Innovation at CUA will present on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the finance industry. A panel of industry experts will then discuss the impact of digital technologies, the importance of embracing an innovation culture, and the negative impacts for businesses who don't embrace change.

If you are interested in attending, please register by Thursday 19 July as places are limited.

Register now.


Melissa Witheriff

Melissa is focused on addressing problems worth solving working with the fintech/startup community accelerating ideas into value generating digital solutions. Sometimes this means daring to be different and pushing the boundaries relative to the business environment. Coupled with the right balance of research, planning and strategic intent, Melissa believes appetite for managed risk can equal reward for customers, partners and the organisation. With extensive experience in the commercial, government and NFP sectors, Melissa has a strong track record in digital innovation, human centred design, Chatbots (AI, machine learning), AR/VR, enterprise social networks, organisational transformation, business improvement and portfolio change management.

Richard McDougall

Richard McDougall is the Co-Founder of Hamilton12, a Brisbane based start-up that creates and validates financial algorithms for the investment management industry. He is also employed as a Regional Director for a major Australian financial services company. Prior to Hamilton12, Richard was the Queensland State Manager for Morgan Stanley, an American multinational financial services corporation, where he was responsible for establishing its wealth management presence in Queensland post the global acquisition of Smith Barney from Citi Group. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Richard was a Director of UBS AG, a Swiss global financial services company, and the Australian General Manager for Currencies Direct, a UK-based foreign exchange broker and international payment provider.

Richard holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Bond University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for SecondBite, a not-for-profit organization that exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. Richard is married with two children.

Kevin Mar Fan

Kevin leads EY’s Technology Risk Assurance practice and chairs the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee in Queensland. He brings over 20 years’ experience in enterprise and technology risk management working with major clients across both public and private sectors in Australia, USA and Europe. Kevin’s experience enables him to bridge the gap between business and IT worlds in order to help his clients exploit digital opportunities effectively to drive as well as protect value.

Kevin sees risk management as a key enabler of strategy and innovation, not an impediment. He uses the analogy of the “brakes on a Ferrari” to illustrate the value of right-sized risk management to help organisations safely navigate uncertainty and drive performance.

He has worked across a diverse range of industries including banking, insurance, superannuation, government, telecommunications, mining, energy, agriculture and health care sectors.

He is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland. Kevin has written several articles and addressed audiences in Australia and overseas on various assurance, risk management and innovation subjects.

Kevin is a Past President and current Education Director of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Brisbane Chapter and also serves on ISACA’s Global Leadership Development Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Advice for the Forde Foundation, a charitable trust supporting victims of child abuse in institutional care and also serves on the Finance and Risk Committee of Loreto College Coorparoo.

Moderator: Professor David R Gallagher

Professor David Gallagher, Malcolm Broomhead Chair in Finance at UQ Business School, has held professorial appointments at UNSW Business School, UTS Business School, and a visiting appointment at the University of Texas at Austin. During the period 2013-16 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the $41 million Centre of Excellence in International Finance and Regulation (CIFR), established by the Commonwealth Government and the New South Wales Government, and funded by consortium universities and industry partners.  CIFR actively engaged with Australia's cornerstone financial regulators to deliver relevant industry and policy research.

David’s research interests and expertise in the fields of investment management, superannuation and capital markets, coupled with his proven leadership and established national industry, government and media networks made him the ideal candidate for this position.

David has been widely cited and his research rank is within the top .5% of authors on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).  He has more than 95 per cent of his scholarly publications published in A* and A journals and is one of the current Editors of Accounting and Finance and has previously served as Area Editor (Finance) and Deputy Editor for the Australian Journal of Management.

David has been a regular commentator in financial media, most recently on issues before the Royal Commission into the Banking Sector.