FPA releases Professionals Congress speaker lineup

A former UN World Food Program director, a fintech entrepreneur and the executive chairman of a responsible investment manager are among the names who will be speaking on panels at the Financial Planning Association of Australia’s Professionals Congress this year.

The seminar, which the FPA calls the largest annual event for financial planners, is taking place in Melbourne from 27-29 November.

Business marketing expert Tim Reid will moderate a panel of Australian business leaders, including fintech entrepreneur Dr Catriona Wallace, former director of the UN World Food Program Simon Costa, AO, and Radek Sali, chairman of responsible investment manager Light Warrior Group, will share how they have developed new business models and approaches.

The opening keynote session will involve a panel discussion of global experts in financial planning, with Mitch Anthony from the US, Phil Billingham of the UK, Janet Hugo from South Africa and Andrew Talbot from Singapore.


They will be speaking on legislative and technological changes and adapting their client offering, while facilitated by journalist Simon Hoyle.

The final keynote session will showcase international Red Bull action star and consultant to elite athletes Cedric Dumont, sharing his knowledge on how to master fear and embrace change.

The full lineup of speakers will be released in the coming weeks.

The FPA has also published its workshop program for delegates, with the choice of six workshops from a program of 24 sessions focusing on communication, wellbeing, strengthening technical capabilities and enhancing business.

FPA chief executive Dante De Gori said the congress’ theme this year of ‘New Horizons’ aims to help attendants embrace change in the profession.

“We’re creating another valuable and inspiring congress program to help financial planners reignite their business,” Mr De Gori said.

“The program is designed to improve technical capabilities, and sharpen leadership, business and personal skills, giving financial planners what they need to develop their careers and practices.

“As always, the FPA Professional Congress provides a great opportunity for financial planners to deepen their networks, make new connections and discuss the issues that matter to them.”

Delegates can register for early bird discounts until 31 August.

FPA releases Professionals Congress speaker lineup
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