Professor Kenneth Rogoff
Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy Professor of Economics at Harvard University
former chief economist, International Monetary Fund
 

 

Kenneth Rogoff is Thomas D. Cabot Professor at Harvard University, and former Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund.   His 2009 book with Carmen Reinhart, This Time is Different:  Eight Centuries of Financial Folly has been widely cited by academics, policymakers and journalists, while its massive data set has been extensively used by researchers worldwide.  His recent book  The Curse of Cash:  How Large-Denomination Notes Aid Crime and Tax Evasion and Constrain Monetary Policy  (paperback, July 2017.) has also been influential. Rogoff’s monthly syndicated column on global economic issues appears in over 50 countries.

Rogoff is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Group of Thirty. He is also an international grandmaster of chess.

Find out more at http://scholar.harvard.edu/rogoff

 

Cyan Ta'eed
Founder of Hey Tiger &
Executive Director
and Co-Founder of Envato 

 

Cyan Ta'eed is the Founder of Hey Tiger and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Envato. Cyan began her career as a graphic designer and in 2006 founded Envato out of her parent's garage. Envato is a creative eco-system, encompassing the largest digital marketplace in the world. Its 7 million members buy and sell digital stock and services, and Envato has delivered over $500 million dollars of earnings to their community of creatives so far. Cyan was 2015 Telstra Victorian Business Woman of the Year, Australian Financial Review’s 2016 100 Women of Influence Enterprise Winner, and Envato was awarded Job Advisor's Coolest Company for Diversity in 2016.

Cyan has recently founded Hey Tiger, a social enterprise chocolate company that creates delicious and stylish chocolate that benefits cocoa farming communities in West Africa. She is also the founder of New Day Box, an initiative that mobilises the community to make boxes of skincare and cosmetics for women in domestic violence crisis accommodation. Last year New Day Box distributed over 2,000 boxes to women around Victoria.

Richard Goyder AO
Chairman, AFL Commission
Chairman-elect, Woodside
Director, Qantas Airways
former managing director &
CEO, Wesfarmers Limited

 

Richard Goyder AO joined Wesfarmers in 1993 and was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 13 July 2005. In 2007, under Richard’s leadership, Wesfarmers undertook the transformative acquisition of the Coles Group of companies. At more than $19 billion, this purchase was, and remains, the biggest transaction in Australian corporate history.  Wesfarmers is now a top 10 Australian company, it has more than 500,000 shareholders and with a workforce of more than 200,000 people is the country’s largest private sector employer. Richard retired from Wesfarmers on 16 November 2017.
 
Richard is Chairman of the Australian Football League Commission, a director and Chairman-elect of Woodside, and nominated director of Qantas Airways. He will join the Qantas board in November 2017.
 
Richard was appointed as Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies) in February 2013. Richard was appointed a director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia Board in March 2016, and Chairman of the Board in June 2016. He is also the Co-Chairman of the JDRF Australia Advisory Board.
 
Richard was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2013 for distinguished service to business through executive roles and through the promotion of corporate sponsorship of the arts and Indigenous programs, and to the community.

Dr Philip Lowe
Governor of the
Reserve Bank of Australia

 

Dr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016.

He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues.

Dr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation.

Dr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.

Maile Carnegie
Group Executive Digital Banking
ANZ Bank


 

 

Ms Maile Carnegie has had an extensive career leading business innovation programs in large corporations with particular expertise in how large, mature organisations stay competitive in the face of digital disruption and applying a fresh approach to complex problem solving.  Appointed as Group Executive Digital Banking, ANZ Bank in 2016 Ms Carnegie’s responsibilities include co ownership for divisional financials and enterprise responsibility for Data/Analytics, Innovation/New Revenue, Payments, Marketing/Design and Digital Channels.  Prior to ANZ Bank, Ms. Carnegie was the Managing Director of Google Australia/NZ. Ms. Carnegie began her career at Proctor & Gamble where she worked for over 20 years, holding numerous positions in the US, Asia and Australia  and finally as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Australia/NZ.  Ms. Carnegie is an active board member and member of the business community in Australia. Her current directorships include chair of the University of Technology (Sydney) Vice Chancellor advisory board and member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech advisory board.  Previously Ms. Carnegie held directorships including; Vice-Chair ASIC advisory board, director B20, director Australia Food and Grocery council, director NSW Treasurer advisory board and director of various University of Technology advisory boards. Ms. Carnegie holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

Ms Maile Carnegie has had an extensive career leading business innovation programs in large corporations with particular expertise in how large, mature organisations stay competitive in the face of digital disruption and applying a fresh approach to complex problem solving.  Appointed as Group Executive Digital Banking, ANZ Bank in 2016 Ms Carnegie’s responsibilities include co ownership for divisional financials and enterprise responsibility for Data/Analytics, Innovation/New Revenue, Payments, Marketing/Design and Digital Channels.  Prior to ANZ Bank, Ms. Carnegie was the Managing Director of Google Australia/NZ. Ms. Carnegie began her career at Proctor & Gamble where she worked for over 20 years, holding numerous positions in the US, Asia and Australia  and finally as Managing Director of Procter & Gamble Australia/NZ.  Ms. Carnegie is an active board member and member of the business community in Australia. Her current directorships include chair of the University of Technology (Sydney) Vice Chancellor advisory board and member of the Federal Treasurer’s FinTech advisory board.  Previously Ms. Carnegie held directorships including; Vice-Chair ASIC advisory board, director B20, director Australia Food and Grocery council, director NSW Treasurer advisory board and director of various University of Technology advisory boards. Ms. Carnegie holds a degree in Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Marketing from the University of Technology, Sydney.

 

 

 

Sangeet Paul  Choudary
Founder and CEO
Platformation Labs

 

Sangeet Paul Choudary is a C-level executive advisor and an international best-selling author. He is the co-author of Platform Revolution and the author of Platform Scale. He has been selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is ranked among the top 30 emerging thinkers globally in 2016 by Thinkers50 Radar, a global ranking of top business thinkers. His work on platforms has been selected by Harvard Business Review as one of the top 10 management ideas globally for the year 2016-17.

Sangeet is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit at the MIT Media Labs, an Entrepreneur-in-residence at INSEAD Business School, and an executive educator with Harvard Business School Publishing. He is also the youngest person to be ranked by Thinkers50 India among the top 50 thinkers globally of Indian origin. He is a working group chair at the WEF’s Global Future Council on Platforms and Systems and an expert on the advisory council for the WEF’s initiative on the Digital Transformation of Industries.

Sangeet’s work has been featured as the Spotlight article on Harvard Business Review (April 2016 edition) and the themed Business Report of the MIT Technology Review (September 2015). He is frequently quoted and published in leading journals and media including the MIT Sloan Management Review.The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, and others. He is a frequent keynote speaker and has been invited to speak at leading global forums including the G20 Summit 2014 events, the World50 Summit, the Mobile World Congress, and the World Economic Forum global and regional events..

Dig Howitt
President
Cochlear Limited
 

 

 

Simon William English, better known as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Commerce at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria.

He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only. As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering New Zealand through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus.

He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children. As Prime Minister he focused on building a New Zealand which rewarded hard work and enterprise and cared for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. In the September 2017 General Election the National Party led by Bill English secured 44.4 per cent of the vote – considerably more than any other party.

Following the election, the Labour Party and New Zealand First formed a coalition government with support from the Green Party. National moved into Opposition and Bill English became Opposition Leader.

His focus now is on ensuring National provides a strong Opposition that holds the Government to account and ensures the gains made by hardworking New Zealanders over the past few years are not frittered away. “New Zealand has become a more confident and aspirational country and it is the job of Government to build on those achievements and give all New Zealanders an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.”

Rt Hon Bill English
Leader of the Opposition
New Zealand

Simon William English, better known as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Commerce at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria. He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only.

As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering New Zealand through the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus. He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children.

As Prime Minister he focused on building a New Zealand which rewarded hard work and enterprise and cared for the country’s most vulnerable citizens. 

In the September 2017 General Election the National Party led by Bill English secured 44.4 per cent of the vote – considerably more than any other party. 

Following the election, the Labour Party and New Zealand First formed a coalition government with support from the Green Party. National moved into Opposition and Bill English became Opposition Leader.

His focus now is on ensuring National provides a strong Opposition that holds the Government to account and ensures the gains made by hardworking New Zealanders over the past few years are not frittered away. 

“New Zealand has become a more confident and aspirational country and it is the job of Government to build on those achievements and give all New Zealanders an opportunity to fulfil their dreams.”

Dr Byron Pirola
Managing Director
Port Jackson Partners Limited

 

Dr Byron Pirola is Managing Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, Australia’s leading boutique specialist strategy advisory firm. He has over 30 years experience as a strategy advisor; the past 25 years with Port Jackson Partners following starting his career with McKinsey & Company.
 
Byron has served CEOs and Boards of major companies in Australia, North America, the UK, Middle East and Asia. His work has covered corporate strategy, M&A, and organisation redesign and corporate transformation designs. He has experience across a broad range of industry sectors including; energy, funds management, consumer goods, property, construction materials, resources, insurance, banking, private equity and professional services.
 
Byron is a Non-Executive Director of both Australian and London listed resource companies based in Europe. He completed his BSc with First Class Honours at the University of NSW and his Doctorate at the Commonwealth Centre of Excellence in Gene Technology at Adelaide University in 1986.
 

Andrew Mackenzie
Chief Executive Officer
BHP


Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of BHP Billiton effective from 10 May 2013. He joined in 2008 as Chief Executive Non‐Ferrous with responsibility for over half of BHP Billiton’s 100,000 strong workforce across four continents. His portfolio included Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper.

He has over thirty years’ experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals and has held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto. He has been a Non‐Executive Director of Centrica and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think‐tanks.

Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first‐class degree in Geology. In early 2014 he was announced as being on the Science Council’s list of top 100 UK practising scientists. On 1 May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Jennifer Westacott
Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia
 

 

The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.
Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011,
bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors.
For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability,
Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments
around Australia on major reform priorities.
Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians,
global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.

Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics.
Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of
Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

 

Amanda Lacaze
CEO and Managing Director
Lynas Corporation

Amanda Lacaze is the CEO and Managing Director of Lynas Corporation, an ASX listed company with a portfolio of aligned assets to explore, develop, mine and process rare earth minerals. Rare earths are essential inputs to high technology, high growth, future-facing industries, such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and electronic products. Appointed in June 2014, Amanda has successfully led the company through a complete turnaround of operational performance, reduced debt and deleveraged the balance sheet. The company is now the second largest NdPr producer in the world, with a market capitalisation of over A$1 billion, almost three times more than it was in 2014. Amanda was profiled in Woman of Influence as one of 12 Australia’s most inspirational business women. Early in her career, Amanda developed deep marketing experience which led to positions across many industries. She was CEO of Commander Communications, Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications and CEO of AOL|7. Prior to that, Ms Lacaze was Managing Director of Marketing at Telstra and held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot) and Nestle. Amanda is currently a Non-Executive Director of ING Bank Australia LTD and McPherson’s Ltd, and is a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Amanda lives in Kuantan, Malaysia, near to the site of Lynas’ refining facility.



 

Pru Bennett
Director
BlackRock

Pru Bennett is a Director at BlackRock and is Head of BlackRock's Investment  Stewardship team for the Asia Pacific
Region based in Hong Kong. In that role Pru leads a team that is responsible for engagement and proxy voting activities in relation to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of clients. Pru's team is located in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Pru is an active participant in the public debate on corporate governance, stewardship and responsible investment and as such regularly speaks and writes on the importance of these issues for company performance and
investment decisions. In 2013, Pru was named as one of Australia’s top 10 Women of Influence in Corporate Governance. 

Pru represents BlackRock on a number of industry and regulatory bodies including ESG Working Group of the Australian Financial Services Council and the Public Shareholder Group of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures
Commission. In April 2017 Pru was appointed by the Government of Hong Kong to the Advisory Board to the Securities and Futures
Commission.

Pru is a champion of diversity and inclusion of all kinds. She is an alumna of BlackRock's Women's Leadership Forum.  She is a member of steering groups for the Australian and Hong Kong chapters of the 30% club, a market
initiative to increase the number of women on boards and in senior management. Pru has published a number of papers on board diversity.

Before taking on her current role in August 2010 Pru was head of Corporate Governance at institutional advisor Regnan Governance and Research until July 2010. From 1998 to 2009 Pru was a director of Australian proxy advisor Corporate Governance International, which was acquired by Glass Lewis & Co in 2006 and is now known as CGI Glass Lewis. Prior to working in the area of corporate governance Pru was Investor Relations Manager for Qantas Airways Limited.

Pru has a BCom from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Jon Williams Managing Partner, People and Organisation PwC Australia

Jon Williams
Managing Partner, People and Organisation
PwC Australia

Hamish Douglass
Co-Founder, CEO, CIO and
Lead Portfolio Manager
Magellan Financial Group

 

Hamish Douglass is Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Magellan Financial Group, and Lead Portfolio Manager of Magellan’s Global Equity strategies.

Hamish is a former member of the Australian Government’s Financial Literacy Board, the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel, the Australian Government’s Foreign Investment Review Board and the Forum of Young Global Leaders – World Economic Forum.

Greg Cross
Chief Business Officer
Soul Machines

 

Greg is a New Zealander, a serial  entrepreneur and one of the original technology nomad’s, who has spent his career travelling to and living in every major market in the world. In 2016 Greg teamed up with Dr Mark Sagar to create Soul Machines a company focused on humanizing the next generation of computer technologies. By combining a human face with brain models we literally bring computers to life in a very human like way. Whether we are delivering digital humans as virtual customer service and sales agents or human like characters that can engage, direct and teach in an interactive and/or immersive AR/VR experience there is every chance you will end up conversing with a “soul machine” in your future. He sold his previous company PowerbyProxi to Apple in October 2017. He is the Sir John Logan Campbell Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.

 

Patrick Llewellyn
Chief Executive Officer
99designs

 

Patrick Llewellyn is the CEO of 99designs, the world’s largest on-demand design marketplace, connecting a global community of freelance designers with businesses of all sizes to complete their design needs. 99designs is changing the lives of designers around the world by providing them with an opportunity to access customers globally, to earn income, and to build their portfolios.

Patrick joined 99designs in 2009 as its first President. He moved to San Francisco in 2010 to open the 99designs U.S. office and oversee U.S. and international expansion. He was officially appointed CEO in January 2011, and quickly guided 99designs to a $35 million first-round capital investment led by Accel Partners (Facebook, Dropbox, Etsy), followed by a $10 million Series B round in 2015.

During his time as CEO, Llewellyn has since launched 99designs' European headquarters in Berlin as well as localized-language sites across Europe and Latin America. He has grown the company from a handful of staff to 120 in the USA, Australia, and Germany. As of October 2017, 99designs has served over 400,000 customers and paid out more than $200 million to its community of designers around the world.

Before joining 99designs, Patrick was at boutique corporate advisory firm Nextec Strategic Capital advising Australian technology and media companies.

Michael Stutchbury
Editor-in-chief
The Australian Financial Review

 

Michael Stutchbury is into his fourth decade of writing for and editing Australia's two national newspaper mastheads, including for The Australian Financial Review in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Washington DC. He started at the Financial Review in 1982 as industrial relations writer before becoming economics writer, economics editor, Washington correspondent and opinion editor.

He returned to the Financial Review as editor in chief in 2011. He graduated with a BEc (first class honors) from the University of Adelaide and completed a journalism cadetship with The Advertiser before working for the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.

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