The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Optus and KPMG were delighted to host a very special after hours briefing with Dr Ken Henry AC and David Gonski AC, where they discussed the challenges of 2016 and their expectations for the year ahead.
Collectively, ANZ and NAB achieved earnings of over $12 billion in 2015 alone. Representing two of the ‘big four’ they boast some very powerful statistics: 85,000 employees, 17 million customers, 2800 branches and almost $2 trillion in assets. At the helm of these banking giants are Dr Ken Henry AC and David Gonski AC.
Dr Henry held senior policy advising positions in the Australian Treasury from late 1984 to 2011. From 2001-2011 he was Secretary to the Treasury and a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of Taxation. In 1997 and 1998 he chaired the Howard Government’s tax review task force that produced the policy blueprint “A New Tax System’. In 2009 and 2010 he chaired the review into Australia’s Future Tax System commissioned by the Rudd Government. As Special Advisor to Prime Minister Gillard in 2011 and 2012, Dr Henry was responsible for leading the development of the white paper on Australia in the Asian Century. Dr Henry was appointed Chairman of NAB in December 2015 and has been a Non-Executive Director since 2011.
David Gonski AC is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is also a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.