Day 1
Day 2

DAY 1: Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Registrations open from 6:45am



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


Opening Keynote Address

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia


International Keynote Address

Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University


International Keynote Address

China: navigating through rough waters

Keyu Jin, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics


Panel: The Big Picture, capitalism at a crossroads

Despite an upswing in the global economy and local job market, Australia's place in the world has been further challenged by Donald Trump's populist trade war, by China's growing disruption of the international power balance and by intensifying technological change. The purpose of "capitalism" seems to be up for grabs as political systems fragment and polarise. Is democratic capitalism at crossroads?

Peter Costello, Chairman, Future Fund and Nine Entertainment Corporation
Keyu Jin, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Moderator: John Kehoe, Senior reporter and former US correspondent, AFR


Morning Tea

BOSS pop-up session: NIB chief Mark Fitzgibbon talks about leadership - what works and what doesn't

Moderator:, Sally Patten, Editor, BOSS


Panel: The big global stories

Hans van Leeuwen, Europe correspondent, AFR
Michael Smith, China correspondent, AFR
Jacob Greber, US correspondent, AFR
Moderator: Lisa Murray, Senior writer and former China correspondent, AFR


Panel: What is business for?

After delivering more than a quarter century of uninterrupted economic expansion, Australian business confronts a loss of public trust that is being funnelled through a dysfunctional political system. After a royal commission exposed disturbing misconduct in banking, insurance and wealth management, company boards have been charged with failing to properly oversee management. How can business sharpen its sense of purpose and restore its reputation? how can business regain its standing as the champion of prosperity?

Mike Henry, President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Luke Sayers, CEO PwC Australia
Christine McLoughlin, Chairman & Non-executive Director, Suncorp Group
Moderator: Jennifer Hewett, Senior national affairs columnist, AFR


Networking Lunch

Financial Review pop-up session: Fairfax in the new Nine

Chris Janz, Managing Director Publishing, Nine
Helen McCabe, Digital Content Director, Nine
Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-chief, AFR


International Keynote Address

Technology as a driver of change in asset management

Geraldine Buckingham, Chair and Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock


Panel: The technology trends reshaping global business

The convergence of digital technologies is creating unprecedented rate of change. Businesses that embrace the forces of disruption will be best placed to succeed in the future. This session will debate how business leaders can harness the powers of AI, data analytics and blockchain. The confluence of these profound changes will transform businesses across the economy and boost Australia’s competitiveness. The panel will debate the evolving role of technology in the future of our society.

Leanne Kemp, Founder and CEO, Everledger
Theo Scherman, AVP, Hitachi Global Social Innovation Strategy Lead, Hitachi
Geraldine Buckingham, Chair and Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock
Luis Uguina, Chief Digital Officer, Macquarie Banking & Financial Services Group
Moderator:, Tony Boyd, Chanticleer columnist, AFR


Afternoon Tea


International Keynote Address

The social business revolution: how Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are transforming relationships, trust, and business

Clara Shih, CEO, Hearsay Social


Panel: Young Rich Listers

Technology has broken down barriers and made it easier than ever to start a business from anywhere in the world. But turning a fledgling start-up into a worldwide hit takes some special characteristics. The Financial Review Young Rich List offers some insights into how the nation's best entrepreneurs under 40 turn ideas into successful enterprises. Meet some of the Young Rich List members who backed themselves and their ideas and are now reaping the rewards.

Tobi Pearce, CEO, Sweat
Kate Morris, Founder & Director, Adore Beauty
Joe Andon, CEO and Founder, VulyPlay
Moderator: Michael Bailey, Rich List editor, AFR


Panel: Global success stories of corporate Australia

Breaking into overseas markets can be difficult and risky, but most of Australia’s great companies have built global businesses. Three companies with very different products, in very different markets, will share their insights and war stories about succeeding offshore.

Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO and MD, The a2 Milk Company
Anthony Eisen, Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Afterpay
Amanda Lacaze, CEO and MD, Lynas Corporation
Moderator: James Thomson, Chanticleer columnist, AFR


Wrap Up - Day 1


Networking Drinks

DAY 2: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Registrations open from 7.00am


Breakfast, hosted by BHP (ticketed event - sold out)

Australia looks set to become an increasingly examined case-study of how it is possible to maintain a NICE economy longer than anyone else (non-inflationary consistently expansionary); in spite of considerable political instability. Gabriel Sterne, Head of Global Macro Research at Oxford Economics, will share insights into the key issues facing the Australian economy in the next few years.

Moderator: Hans van Leeuwen, Europe correspondent, AFR



Paul Bailey, Editor, AFR


Opening Keynote Address

Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition


Keynote Address

The housing market and the economy

Philip Lowe, Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia


International Keynote Address

Standing for growth in a populist world

Gabriel Sterne, Head of Global Macro Research, Oxford Economics


Morning Tea


International Keynote Speaker

The business value of equality and an inclusive workplace

Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce


Panel: Corporate culture

Australian business is under pressure to reflect changing social norms, such as represented by the gender equality, diversity, environmental sustainability and the #metoo movements. How should business respond to changing community expectations? What are the ingredients of a good corporate culture and how can businesses create a "good culture"? What are the links between a good culture and financial performance. And has the board's role in creating a good culture been exaggerated?

Heather Ridout Chair of AustralianSuper
Simon Longstaff, CEO, Ethics Centre
Liza Maimone, Managing Partner, Consulting, PwC Australia
Moderator: Joanne Gray, Managing editor, AFR


Panel: Investor activism

Boards and management are under pressure from increasingly loud and organised activist investors to extract more value for shareholders and lift corporate governance standards. Their campaigns have gone beyond slapdowns over pay to well orchestrated behind-the-scenes lobbying or embarrassing spats played out in the media. Is there a more constructive way for investor interests to engage with company boards?

Gary Weiss, Executive Director, Ariadne Australia
Kate Howitt, Portfolio Manager, Fidelity International
Gabriel Radzyminski, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Sandon Capital
Dion Hershan, MD and Head of Australian Equities, Yarra Capital Management
Moderator: Jessica Gardner, Companies & Markets editor, AFR


Networking Lunch


Panel: The election outlook

Warwick Smith, Company Director
Phillip Coorey, Political editor, AFR
Jennifer Hewett, Senior national affairs columnist, AFR
Craig Emerson, Distinguished Fellow, Australian National University


Business Forum

With a federal election looming, business needs to get onto the front foot in defining its basic purpose and defending the role of risk capital in driving economic growth, creating wealth and spreading opportunity. Join many of the nation’s most influential business leaders as they seek a unified, coherent business agenda for the future.

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-chief, Financial Review
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Tania Constable, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia
Anna Bligh, CEO, Australian Banking Association
Peter Strong, CEO, Council of Small Business of Australia
Tony Shepherd, former President, Business Council of Australia
Grant King, President, Business Council of Australia
Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas
Mike Kane, CEO, Boral
Tim Reed, CEO, MYOB
Sally Loane, CEO, Financial Services Council
Luke Sayers, CEO PwC
Vicki Thomson, Chief Executive, Group of Eight
Malcolm Roberts, Chief Executive, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association


Wrap Up - Day 2


End of Summit

*Please note the agenda sessions and times are subject to change prior to the event