Aggie Maisano

Aggie Maisano, Vincent Fairfax Fellow

23 June, 2021

We’re delighted Aggie Maisano, who leads the Business Risk Team – Legal at PwC Australia, is part of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship Cohort 26, 2021. She brings a wealth of experience to the first Fellowship being directed by our new Program Director Dr Matt Beard.

A Monash University alumna, where she obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Law and later a Masters of Law, Aggie was awarded a Scholarship by the university to participate in the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.

Aggie has been an Australian partner in a global consultancy and has held regional and global risk and governance roles. A key professional accomplishment was to establish a rigorous risk and governance framework across the Asia Pacific, navigating different ethical, cultural, legal, political and economic issues to support firms at diverse points in their development. She has enjoyed considerable success in resolving a large number of significant regulatory disputes outside of the court processes.

An acknowledged leader in risk and governance, Aggie serves on two committees of the Law Society of New South Wales and has recently graduated from of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. You can read more about her interests and experience here.

As the year-long Fellowship program unfolds, we’ll be collating Aggie’s reflections, from expectations to experience, here. It will provide a first-hand insight to what the program’s about, what it requires of participants and, in the longer term, what its impact has been.

23 June 2021

Who am I?  I am not an ethicist, philosopher or psychologist….I am a risk and governance professional. So, what role does ethics play in solving problems and finding solutions; whether it is the management of ethical risks or the ethical management of risks (professional ethics)? 

For example, outside our regulatory and compliance frameworks, which sometimes may serve to provide false comfort, how do we integrate ethics into our decision-making frameworks rather than turn ‘to ethics’ to solve a problem in which we might find ourselves?  What is the ethical framework on which we base our decisions and how is that determined?

As an ‘ethical leader’ what is one’s responsibility and accountability to proactively guide/influence an organisation or institution? It is far more than merely articulating an adherence to policies, and requires both a degree of subtlety and deep comprehension of many complex and sometimes opposing issues and forces.  What are the characteristics of ethical leadership; particularly at a time of profound dislocation and crisis?

I am delighted and privileged to shortly be joining the 2021 Cohort at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership and to be given the opportunity to develop a deeper practical understanding of the construct of ethics in our lives. I look forward to developing the ethical reasoning skills, characteristics and knowledge to manage the difficult issues facing us all now and into the future. 

I am indebted to Monash University for awarding me a Scholarship to be a Participant of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. 

Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership’s programs include the 2 day Executive Ethics, 6 day Executive Colloquium and year-long Vincent Fairfax Fellowship. We also deliver online and tailored corporate programs. Find the right program for you. They are all held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage genuine and open debate, and allow participants to candidly discuss sometimes sensitive issues in private while allowing the topic and nature of the debate to be made public, and contribute to a broader conversation. The alumni program offers ongoing leadership development support and a lifelong connection with Cranlana.