How current and emerging geopolitical risks and global megatrends impact Australia, 2023 and beyond.

9:00am Wednesday, 22 March 2023
5:00pm Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Chapter Event
KPMG Sydney
Level 38, Tower Three International Towers Sydney 300 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo, New South Wales 2000

How current and emerging geopolitical risks and global megatrends impact Australia, 2023 and beyond.

The Risk Odyssey is the premier event designed for CEOs, CRO’s, Directors, GM’s, Risk Manager’s and established or aspiring risk leaders and innovators. This is your opportunity to address complex challenges in today’s fast moving, innovative environment and the latest methods shaping risk dynamics.



Hear from respected geopolitical and risk business leaders where you will be inspired and empowered by their industry-leading knowledge and skills, which will provide strategies to tackle the challenges of the current and emerging risks within the geopolitical landscape.


Who will benefit from attending?

Suitable for all sectors including listed/non-listed businesses, SME’s, government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations, this is a not to be missed event for:

  • CEOs
  • Directors
  • CRO’s/Risk Managers
  • Business Advisers
  • Individuals with governance or risk management responsibilities


Learn about strategies to capitalise on the benefit of value proposition through managing risk.

  • Stay ahead of the latest industry insights into strategy, risk, resilience and achieving objectives.
  • Share tools to manage risk effectively to protect businesses and strengthen resilience.
  • Hear from business leaders as they share case studies.


Everyone is welcome to the NSW Risk Odyssey. 


RMIA members receive a discounted ticket price. If you’re not yet an RMIA member and you decide to join after the Risk Odyssey, we will credit the difference in attendance cost towards your membership.



 Dr Merriden Varrall, Director of the Australia Geopolitics Hub at KPMG (Keynote speaker)

Merriden is Director of the Australia Geopolitics Hub at KPMG, where she assists organisations understand and navigate the complex global geopolitical environment. 

A former UN diplomat based in China, Merriden is a sought-after commentator on geopolitics, East Asia, China’s foreign policy, and Australia’s bilateral relationship with China.

Merriden has a PhD examining Chinese foreign policy from Macquarie University, Sydney, and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Merriden has a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Australian National University and completed her undergraduate studies in international studies at the University of Technology Sydney. Her analyses have appeared in academic journals, as well as publications such as The Quarterly, The New York Times, Nikkei Asian Review, Foreign Policy, The East Asia Forum, and the Lowy Interpreter, among others.

 Dave Cohen, General Manager, Cyber & Tech Division Risk 2 Solution Group

Dave started the Institute of Strategic Risk Management’s (ISRM) first Cyber Special Interest group in 2022, attracting cyber influencers and students from around the globe, and providing a platform for the exchange of expertise, knowledge, and experience, raising the cyber maturity of organisations globally.

Dave is the General Manager of the Cyber & Tech Division in the Risk 2 Solution Group, qualifying as an Axio360 practitioner. Dave helps organisations understand cyber risk as a business risk using cyber risk quantification, culture change and other effective tools to clearly articulate how to understand and mitigate against the ever-increasing cyber risks organisations face on a continual basis.

As the General Manager of the Cyber-Tech Institute of Australia (CTIA), Dave has taken the business from a start-up within the Risk 2 Solution Group, to a respected and reputable brand in the Cyber education space, highlighting a strong movement toward women in Cyber and STEM.

 Dr Brendan Rynne, Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG

Brendan is Chief Economist for KPMG Australia and has been at KPMG for 26 years, and a partner for 19 of those years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Queen Mary University of London in the School of Economics and Finance and is an Advisory Board member of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne.
Brendan has considerable experience in advising public sector departments and agencies on a range of issues and activities, including econometric analysis, economy-wide modelling, cost benefit analysis, impact assessments, efficiency improvements, and legislative/regulatory reform. Major roles include providing macroeconomic policy advice to the Commonwealth Treasury for both the Henry Tax Review and the Tax White Paper.  Brendan holds a Bachelor and Masters’ degree in economics, a Masters in Applied Finance and a PhD from the University of Adelaide.

 Jason Brown – Principal Advisor, Security and Risk to the Board of Thales ANZ

Jason Brown is the Principal Advisor on Risk and Security to the Board of Directors, Thales Australia and New Zealand. 

Before joining Thales in 2004, Jason had 27 years’ experience in Commonwealth Government with appointments which include - Assistant Secretary - Defence Imagery and the Geospatial Organisation, Director General - Safety, Compensation and People Development, Assistant Secretary - Defence Security, Various appointments in the Attorney General's Security portfolio in the areas of counter terrorism and security policy and investigations,

Jason has served on several senior boards and committees in both the Public Sector and Private Institutions. Boards and committees include - Chair of the International Standards Committee for Risk Management (ISO TC262) 2017 o 2023, Member of the Governance Advisory Committee of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, Member of the ISO JTC1 – SC27 Cyber Security, Deputy Chair of the Forum of Australian Security Executives (FASE), Chair of Australian Council of Security Executives, Member of the ISO Climate Change Control Committee, Chair of the Sectara Board. 

Jason has several publications in the areas of client service, risk management, event management, intelligence management and security.  He was awarded the Australian Security Medal for Conspicuous Service in February 2011.  In 2019 IFSEC International recognised him in the top 20 globally influential persons in Security and Fire Management.  

He is a Fellow of the following organisations - Institute of Strategic Risk Management, The Security Institute, Australian Security Leaders Climate Change Group, Australian Risk Policy Institute.


Expert Panel

1.    Dr Merriden Varrell - KPMG
2.    Dave Cohen – Risk 2 Solution Group
3.    Jason Brown – Thales Australia
4.    Brendan Rynne - KPMG

Event Moderator 

Dean Devos, RMIA NSW Chapter Vice President


Panel Moderator

Courtney Roy, RMIA NSW Chapter Committee Member


DATE: Wednesday, 22nd March 2023

TIME: 9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT (UTC +11:00)

LOCATION: KPMG Office, KPMG Sydney, Level 38, Tower Three, International Towers Sydney 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

PRICE: Members $100.00 (incl GST) | Non-Members: $150.00 (incl GST)

Express lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided. 


The time on your ticket when issued is the RMIA server timezone and may differ to the time of the event in your timezone. Please check this registration page for correct TIMEZONE and ACTUAL SESSION TIMES. 

Registration will close 24 hours prior to the event. 


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