Day 1
Day 2

DAY 1: Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Registrations open from 7.00am


Official Summit Welcome - Day 1

Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP


International Keynote Address

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


Panel: The Big Picture

Wall Street is fired up by talk of Trump tax cuts. The US economy is on the up. China continues to grow. Even Europe is looking better. What's holding back Australia? What could go wrong? Fed interest rate hikes? War on the Korean peninsula?

Professor Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics at Harvard
Hamish Douglass, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Magellan Financial Group
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP


Morning break


Keynote Address: Platform Economics

Sangeet Choudary, Founder and CEO, Platformation Labs


Keynote Address: Amazon disruption and experience


Panel: The New Wave of Disruption Sweeping through the Australian Economy

Disruption, big data, artificial intelligence, cyber security and so much more. The wave of technology reshaping the global economy is accelerating. In the new world of platform economics, Amazon's entry is set to be one of the biggest Australian business stories of 2018, threatening established business models but also providing new opportunities and setting a new competitive benchmark.

Maile Carnegie, Group Executive - Digital Banking, ANZ
Sangeet Choudary, Founder and CEO, Platformation Labs


Panel: The First Wave Start-Ups

Australia's start-up culture has produced a crop of digital-era companies that have reached substantial scale and reach. What lessons do these start-ups draw from their false starts and overall success? Where do they go to now?

Cyan Ta'eed, Founder of Hey Tiger and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Envato
Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99Designs




Keynote Address: Political Populism - Lessons from New Zealand

The Rt Hon Bill English, Leader of the Opposition, former Prime Minister of New Zealand


Panel: Business Under Attack - Fighting Back Against Political Populism

How can business revive its political standing? Can business deliver higher wage growth?

The Rt Hon Bill English, Leader of the Opposition, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Richard Goyder AO, Chairman, AFL Commission, former managing director and CEO, Wesfarmers Limited


Afternoon Tea


On-stage Interview


Investor Activism

American-style corporate activism is now hitting Australia's biggest companies and their boards. Will this sharpen corporate Australia by shaking up clubby boards and C-suites? Or will it be another distraction to longer term corporate wealth creation that threatens other shareholder interests?

Pru Bennett, Director, BlackRock


Panel: Global Success Stories

While some high-profile Australian corporates have pulled back from Asian expansion, others are pursuing genuine global strategies. Studies suggest that these globalisers can generate higher returns. What do these globaliser companies say about the key ingredients for success, and the pitfalls?

Byron Pirola, Managing Director, Port Jackson Partners
Dig Howitt, President, Cochlear
Amanda Lacaze, CEO and MD, Lynas Corporation


Wrap up - Day 1


BHP Networking Drinks

DAY 2: Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Registrations open from 7.00am


AFR Subscriber Breakfast Special


Official Welcome - Day 2

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


Keynote Address

Dr Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia


Panel: Outlook on China. Asia Digital Landscape

Victor Tseng, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Ctrip


Panel: Workforce of the Future

PwC to unveil new findings into what the workforce of the future will look like.

Jon Williams, Managing Partner, PwC People Business
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia


Energy Crisis

At the 2017 Business Summit, Malcolm Turnbull declared a national energy crisis, hauling in LNG exporters to demand they meet threatened domestic gas supply shortfalls. After the Finkel report, the government is pushing ahead with a new National Energy Guarantee recommended by energy sector regulators. Will the industry crisis of 2017 be fixed in 2018?

Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy
Dr Jemma Green, Co-founder and Chair, Power Ledger
Paul Italiano, CEO, TransGrid


Morning Break


Breakout Sessions


Luncheon Panel hosted by Hitachi

Hitachi Welcome

AFR Business Person of the Year

Panel Discussion: Young Rich List

Keynote Presentation: Greg Cross, Chief Business Officer, Soul Machines


Wrap Up Day 2 - End of Summit

*Please note the agenda is subject to change