Can the Australian economy flourish in a disruptive world?  

*Please note the agenda is subject to change.

DAY 1: Wednesday, 8 March

Registration open from 7.00am
8.30am

Official Welcome

Greg Hywood, Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Media
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton

8.50am

International Keynote Address: The World and it's Implications for Australia

Jim O'Neill, former commercial secretary to HM Treasury

9.30am

Panel: Growth Shock - political upheaval shakes the global outlook

How will the anti-globalisation political upheavals of 2016 - highlighted by Brexit and Trump - play into the global growth outlook for 2017? How should Australian business prepare for a US budget stimulus, rising US interest rates, sharper Washington-Beijing tensions and Britain's departure from the European Union?

John Kehoe, US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
Jim O'Neill, former commercial secretary to HM Treasury
Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
10.10am

Keynote Address: Australia's Leadership Opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Data61

10.50am

Morning break

11.10 am

Panel: Political Populism - can it happen here?

How can Australia's business and political leadership resist any local backlash to globalisation and the digital revolution? How can Canberra's political dysfunction fix the budget deficit, preserve our AAA credit rating and sharpen the incentives for economic growth?

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review
Nick Xenophon, Senator for South Australia
Dr Cassandra Goldie, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service
Jane Halton AO PSM, director ANZ, Clayton Utz, former secretary department of Finance and Health
Brian Loughnane, former federal director, Liberal Party of Australia
11.55am

Panel: Foreign Correspondents - reporting the biggest global news stories

The shock of Donald Trump has put Financial Review's Washington correspondent John Kehoe at the centre of the world's biggest news story. This comes on the heels of last year's Brexit vote, covered by London-based correspondent James Chessell. And Shanghai-based Angus Grigg has been writing the story of Xi Jinping's China daily for the past three years. What do the Financial Review's foreign correspondents say about these three interconnected global mega-yarns?

Emma Connors, Managing Editor, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute
John Kehoe, US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
James Chessell, Europe Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
Angus Grigg, China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

12.35pm

Networking Lunch

1.35pm

Panel: Risk Appetite for Growth - guarding against the downside of opportunity

Leading chief executives complained at the first business summit that risk-averse and yield-hungry institutional investors were unduly restricting Australia's business growth potential, particularly if it involved offshore expansion. What sort of risks should fund managers tolerate as custodians of the nation's savings?

Tony Boyd, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
Ian Silk, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Super
Tim Sims, Managing Director, Pacific Equity Partners
Catherine Allfrey, Principal, Wavestone Capital
Lee White, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

2.15pm

Panel: Innovation and Value Creation

Are big companies that grew up before the digital age simply too bureaucratic and process-driven to match the innovation of Internet-age startups, as some argued at the first business summit? Amid a difficult political environment, can corporate Australia drive a national risk-taking and wealth-creating culture?

Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS
Maureen Dougherty, President, Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific
Luke Sayers, Chief Executive Officer, PwC
John Gillam, Chairman, Bunnings Group Council
Jason Pellegrino, Managing Director, Google Australia and New Zealand

2.55pm

Afternoon break

3.15 pm

Keynote Address: The Transport Revolution - how technology will fundamentally change how we move

Scott Charlton, Chief Executive Officer, Transurban
3.35pm

Q&A

Scott Charlton with
James Thomson, Companies and Markets Editor, The Australian Financial Review
3.45pm

Keynote Address: From Dial-a-Pizza to Drone Deliveries - harnessing innovation to build a global business

Don Meij, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Domino's Pizza Enterprises
4.05pm

Q&A

Don Meij with
James Thomson, Companies and Markets Editor, The Australian Financial Review
4.15pm

Panel: Dancing to the Algorithm - business of the future

The avalanche of customer data now available is allowing companies to adjust and even transform their business models. Will technology increasingly influence decision making? Or is there still room for gut instincts?

James Thomson, Companies and Markets Editor
Tim Fung, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Airtasker
Antony Catalano, Chief Executive Officer, Domain Group
Alex Macoun, Group Executive - Product, Quantium

4.55pm

Close - Day 1

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review

5.10pm

Networking Drinks with BHP Billiton



DAY 2: Thursday, 9 March

Registration open from 8.00 am
8.35am

Official Welcome

Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS
Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review
8.45am

Keynote Address

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia
9.05am

In conversation with

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, and
Laura Tingle, Political Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
9.30am

Keynote Address

Peter Beaven, Chief Financial Officer, BHP Billiton
9.40am

In conversation with

Peter Beaven, Chief Financial Officer, BHP Billiton, and
Matthew Stevens, Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
10.00am

In conversation with

Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, Visy Industries and Pratt Industries, United States, and
John Stensholt, Editor, BRW Rich List
10.30am

Morning break

10.50am

In conversation with

Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China, and
Angus Grigg, China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

China's Choice - will it keep delivering for Australia?
Can Australia's biggest export market sustain its growth momentum amid rising tensions with a combative Trump administration, a heavy domestic debt burden, pressure to liberalise its capital markets and increasing centralisation of political authority?
11.20am

Panel: Selling into Asia - opportunity and reality

The opportunities of Asia's new middle class are huge. But grasping them can be risky as Australian operators in sectors ranging from iron ore and dairy to banking and gaming have found. What is it like on the ground selling to China and elsewhere in Asia?

Angus Grigg, China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

Monika Tu, Founder and Director, Black Diamondz Property Concierge
Mark Whelan, Group Executive, Institutional at ANZ
Dan Collins, Managing Director, GenesisCare
Livia Wang, Chief Executive Officer, Access CN

12.00pm

Networking Lunch

1.00pm

Interview with AFR Business Person of the Year

Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-founder, Atlassian, and
Paul Smith, Technology Editor,The Australian Financial Review

1.30pm

Panel: Critical Sector Focus:
Keeping the Lights on - resolving Australia's energy crunch

The resources boom is making Australia one of the world's great energy exporters. Yet climate change policy failures are colliding with technological disruption to make 2017 a crunch year for electricity networks and gas supplies. How can Australia ensure a competitive and reliable energy base?

Mark Ludlow, Queensland Political Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review
The Honorable Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Environment and Energy
Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, Energy Australia
Dean Spaccavento, Co-founder, Reposit Power
Paul Italiano, Chief Executive Officer, TransGrid

2.10pm

Afternoon break

2.30pm

International Keynote Address: Building a Global Brand - harvesting the fruits of bold decisions

Christian Majgaard, former head of Global Brand and Business Development, Lego

3.00pm

Panel: Customer of the Future - what will customers look like in 2027?

If you thought reading today's customer was hard, then tomorrow's might seem impossible - many companies have just worked out how to use Facebook, only to find tweens and teens are turning away from it in droves. But while they might be full of quirks and contradictions, the customer of the future will also be savvy, discerning, and technology-literate. How can your business embrace them?

Jessica Gardner, Deputy Companies and Markets Editor
Christian Majgaard, former head of Global Brand and Business Development, Lego
Margaret Zhang, Photographer, Director, Writer and Consultant
David Rohrsheim, General Manager, Uber Australia and New Zealand
Irina Hayward, Head of Digital and Direct Strategy, BMF

3.40pm

Risk takers, Growth Makers, Wealth Creators - the growth agenda

How can business best shape a national culture suited to promoting widespread opportunity and prosperity? What policy reform agenda should business push to revive economic and national growth?

Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review
Grant King, President, Business Council of Australia
David Gonski, Chairman, ANZ
Elizabeth Proust AO, Chairman, Australian Institute of Company Directors
4.25pm

Official Close

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review