Day 1
Day 2

DAY 1: Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Registrations open from 7:00am

8.30am

Welcome - Day 1

Greg Hywood, CEO and Managing Director, Fairfax Media
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP

9.00am

International Keynote Address

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

9.45am

Panel: The Big Picture

Nearly a decade after the Global Financial Crisis, the Trump tax cuts have given a boost to the world economic recovery. How can Australian business grab this opportunity of growth amid volatile financial markets, rising interest rates, accelerating digital disruption, political populism and the challenges from China’s rise?

Kenneth Rogoff, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; former chief economist, IMF
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO, BHP
Hamish Douglass, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Magellan Financial Group
Tom Seymour, Managing Partner - Tax and Legal, PwC Australia
Moderator: John Kehoe, US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

10.40am

Morning Tea

Financial Review pop up session: Political disruption

After another mad year in 2017, Australian politics looked to be settling down - until Barnaby Joyce's love life was exposed. Can business hope for any stability in Australia's disrupted and polarised political system in 2018. Veteran weekend columnist Andrew Clark discusses the outlook with chief political correspondent Phillip Coorey and daily national affairs columnist Jennifer Hewett.

11.10am

International Keynote Address: Platform Economics

How will network platforms reshape business and society? The co-author of the definitive book on 'platform economics' will explain the how networks begin, grow and transform entire global industries.

Sangeet Choudary, Founder and CEO, Platformation Labs

11.50am

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

Traditional business models are being undermined by the rise of digital platforms that are reshaping global supply chains. What are the key features of the new ‘platform economies’ that business should understand? How should Australian businesses respond to the competitive threat from the likes of Amazon and exploit the opportunities?

Maile Carnegie, Group Executive - Digital Banking, ANZ
Sangeet Choudary, Founder and CEO, Platformation Labs
Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61
Moderator: Tony Boyd, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

12.30pm

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 beginnings and overall success? How do think about their next opportunities for growth?

Cyan Ta'eed, Founder of Hey Tiger and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Envato
Patrick Llewellyn, CEO, 99designs
Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global
Moderator: Jessica Gardner, Deputy Editor, Companies and Markets, The Australian Financial Review

1.10pm

Networking Lunch

Financial Review pop up session
Inside the Financial Review's business model

Traditional media has been at the bleeding edge of digital disruption. After five or more years of hard yards, The Australian Financial Review has retained its position as Australia's premiere daily business and financial publication. Editor in Chief Michael Stutchbury discusses its growth potential with Chris Janz a year after he took over as head of Fairfax Media's Australian Metro Publishing Business and head of product Jess Ross.

2.10pm

International Keynote Address: Political Populism - Lessons from New Zealand

Bill English, Leader of the Opposition; former Prime Minister of New Zealand

2.50pm

Panel: Business Under Attack - Fighting Back Against Political Populism

From Brexit to Trump to New Zealand, traditional political structures and parties are being disrupted. Political debate is increasingly polarised and populist, realigning more around cultural issues, and often targeting business. Amid complaints over weak wages growth, how can business sharpen its sense of purpose and restore its reputation?

Bill English, former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Richard Goyder, Chairman, AFL Commission, former managing director and CEO, Wesfarmers
Olivia Wirth, CEO, Qantas Loyalty
Geoff Healy, Chief External Affairs Officer, BHP
Moderator: Michael Stutchbury, Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review

3.30pm

Afternoon Tea

4.00pm

Investor Activism

American-style corporate activism is now hitting Australia's biggest companies. Corporate governance activism is here to stay, 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, Managing Director, BlackRock
Paul Skamvougeras, Head of Equities, Perpetual
Gary Weiss, Chairman, Ardent Leisure Group
Moderator: James Thomson, Companies and Markets Editor, The Australian Financial Review

4.40pm

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, CEO and President, Cochlear
Amanda Lacaze, CEO and MD, Lynas Corporation
John Walker, Vice Chairman, Macquarie Capital, Asia
Moderator: Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS and Leadership, The Australian Financial Review

5.20pm

Wrap up - Day 1

5.30pm

Networking Drinks

Hosted by BHP

DAY 2: Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Registrations open from 7.00am

7.00am

AFR Exclusive Subscriber Breakfast

No holds barred discussion with Harvard University economist and former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, Professor Kenneth Rogoff. He will share his views on the rise of bitcoin versus other emerging cryptocurrencies, the future role of cash in society, "is this time different?" for booming global stock markets and the impact of technology and automation on business.*

Moderator: John Kehoe, US Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

8.30am

Welcome - Day 2

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

8.35am

Keynote Address

Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

9.15am

Keynote Address

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

9.45am

International Keynote Address: The next phase of growth in China

Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute

10.10am

Panel: Asia Digital Landscape

With the world’s biggest e-commerce market, China is developing some of the world’s biggest digital companies and becoming a global hub for artificial intelligence research and development. How will this drive China’s next phase of growth? How will it change Asia’s digital landscape?

Victor Tseng, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Business Development, Ctrip
Bede Moore, Co-founder and former MD, Lazada Indonesia
Patrick Nestel, Regional Manager, Australia and New Zealand, JD.com
Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
Moderator: Lisa Murray, Returning China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

10.50am

Panel: Geopolitics of China

Under Xi Jinping, China’s strategic assertiveness and development initiatives such as the Belt and Road are challenging the Asia-Pacific’s geopolitical status quo. Can Australian business assume that our biggest export market will not come into serious conflict with our American security alliance? How can Australia influence the contest for power in the ‘Indo-Pacific’?

Bob Carr, Professor of International Relations at UTS, Director of the Australia-China Relations Institute
Dennis Richardson, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, former Director General of ASIO and former Ambassador to the US
Andrew Shearer, Senior Adviser on Asia Pacific Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, US
Moderator: Lisa Murray, Returning China Correspondent, The Australian Financial Review

11.30am

Morning Tea

Financial Review pop up session: Business in the Chinese Year of the Dog

The 'what to do, how to do, when to do' of doing business with the Chinese and Asia. Also, what to look out for in business in the new lunar year of the dog? Find out from Financial Review property writer Su-Lin Tan and returning Shanghai correspondent Angus Grigg.

12.00pm

Concurrent Sessions

Stream One - Workforce of the Future

Preparing Australians to fully realise their potential as the economy digitises is a challenge facing every business and individual. Many jobs will require new skills or be overtaken by entirely new roles. How should we train our workforce to ensure it is able to successfully navigate this dramatic shift? How will leadership have to change to motivate and engage staff.

Keynote Address: Jon Williams, Managing Partner, People and Organisation, PwC

Panel
Jon Williams, Managing Partner, People and Organisation, PwC
Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
Moderator: Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS and Leadership, The Australian Financial Review

Stream Two - Disruptive Technologies and the New Paradigm Shift

Blockchain, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and quantum computing are among a new breed of disruptive technologies set to profoundly transform business across the economy. This session will explore productivity improvements and other opportunities to present themselves to leaders able to grasp their power and overcome new risks.

In conversation with Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset

Keynote address: Michelle Simmons, Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computing, UNSW

Panel:
Blythe Masters, CEO, Digital Asset
Steven Worrall, Managing Director, Microsoft Australia
Michelle Simmons, Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computing, UNSW
Sanjeev Gupta, Chief Information Officer, Chartered Accountants
Moderator: James Eyers, Financial Services Editor, The Australian Financial Review

1.30pm

Business Summit Luncheon

Hosted by Hitachi

In Conversation with 'AFR Business Person of the Year': Alan Joyce, CEO, Qantas Airways

> Panel: Financial Review Young Rich List

Globalisation and in particular the internet has created more opportunities than ever for Australia's best emerging entrepreneurs. The Financial Review Young Rich List is proof that Australia's can make their mark in far-flung countries. Meet three Young Rich list members who have "gone global" early in their careers and reaped the rewards.


Emily Skye, Founder, Emily Skye Fitness
Tolga Kumova, Corporate Director, New Century Resources
Nick Bell, Co-founder, Siteguard and Founder of WME
Moderator: John Stensholt, Rich List Editor, The Australian Financial Review

> Panel: 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
Paul Italiano, CEO, TransGrid
Jemma Green, Co-founder and Chair, Power Ledger
Catherine Tanna, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia
Moderator: Jennifer Hewett, Senior National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

International Keynote Address: Shaun Paga, Vice President - Business Development, Soul Machines

4.20pm

Wrap Up - Day 2

4.30pm

End of Summit

*Day 2 AFR Breakfast is exclusively available to AFR Subscribers
Please note the agenda sessions and time are subject to change prior to the event