2019 Speakers

Scott Morrison
Prime Minister of Australia

Peter Costello
Chairman, Future Fund
Chairman, Nine Entertainment

Peter Costello served as Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia just under 12 years from March 1996 to December 2007.

He delivered twelve federal budgets including ten surpluses. During this period Australia’s Sovereign Credit Rating was updated twice to its current AAA rating.

In 2006, after Government debt was eliminated in net terms, Mr Costello established the Australian Future Fund. From its original deposit, the Future Fund has grown to hold around $145 billion in assets.

Mr Costello has served on the IMF Committee, as a World Bank Governor and Chairman of the Global Group of 20 Finance Ministers & Central Bankers (G-20).

After leaving politics in 2009, Mr Costello joined a number of international and domestic boards including the Independent Advisory Board to the World Bank which he Chaired.

He is currently Chairman of the Future Fund. He is also Chairman of the Nine Entertainment Corporation.

Mark Fitzgibbon
Chief Executive Officer

Kate Howitt
Portfolio Manager
Fidelity International

Leanne Kemp
Founder and CEO
Everledger, UK

Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger. With extensive experience in emerging technology, business, jewellery and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger, addressing real-world challenges through driving transparency and trust along global supply chains using emerging technology.

Her entrepreneurial success has led to her appointment as the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur for Australia in 2018, a role to further develop the startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation throughout the state of Queensland. She is the first female entrepreneur to hold this position.

Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Blockchain Business Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group. She is also on the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors.

In recognition of her leadership role in technology, Leanne has won multiple awards including Innovator of the Year 2018 at the Women in IT Awards (London) and the Advance Global Australian Awards 2018 for Technology Innovation.

Liza Maimone
Managing Partner, Consulting
PwC Australia

Liza is Managing Partner for PwC Australia Consulting, a member of PwC Australia's Executive Board and PwC's Consulting Australia, South East Asia and New Zealand leadership team. Consulting supports clients to solve the big, complex problems that tackle their most important agendas. Liza leads a team of more than 1700 people and 160 partners who deliver strategy, risk, technology and business consulting services with a focus on transformation, deals, risk and response and digital. Liza’s 25 years’ experience spans risk consulting, governance and sustainable development with a focus on the energy and resources sector. She has post graduate qualifications in energy and resources law, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (a Chartered Professional Engineer) and a senior fellow of the Melbourne School of Engineering. Liza is also a Director of PwC’s Indigenous Consulting business; a Trustee of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund, a Director of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and an advisory member of Sustainability Victoria’s Risk & Finance Committee.

Tobi Pearce
Chief Executive Officer

Luke Sayers
Chief Executive Officer
PwC Australia

Luke leads a team of more than 700 partners and 8000 staff who are focused on building trust in society and helping businesses solve their most important problems. The firm is committed to helping solve some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing society including Australia’s engagement with Asia, how we can build thriving and growing cities, and how we can innovate and secure our nation’s place in the digital world.

In addition, Luke has long term commitments to community organisations and external Boards. He is on the Board of the Carlton Football Club and chairs the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) as well as not-for-profit organisation e.motion21. He is a member of Monash University's Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Human Rights Commission Leadership Council for Cultural Diversity, and the Victorian Branch of the Male Champions of Change.

Luke lives in Melbourne with his wife Cate and four daughters.

Gabriel Sterne
Head of Global Macro Research
Oxford Economics, UK

Gabriel delivers macro-economic products tailored for the financial markets, covering topical global macroeconomic issues and asset markets.

He joined from investment banking boutique Exotix in 2014, where he was one of the leading private sector voices on the eurocrisis (particularly Greece). He has also been an influential voice in the global policy debates on reform of the International Monetary Fund and crisis resolution policy more generally.

Gabriel has 20 years of public sector experience, most recently as Senior Manager at the Bank of England up to 2010, and at the IMF, where he was Senior Economist at the IMF Policy Development and Review Department 2005-7.

Jennifer Westacott
Chief Executive
Business Council of Australia

Bill Shorten
Leader of the Opposition

Anthony Eisen
Executive Chair and Co-founder

Prior to co-founding Afterpay, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Guinness Peat Group (GPG). He was actively involved in a number of financial services, software and technology companies in which GPG was a major shareholder. Before joining GPG, Anthony was involved in investment banking, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. He is currently also a Director of Foundation Life (NZ) Limited.

Joanne Gray
Managing Editor
The Australian Financial Review

Jayne Hrdlicka
CEO and Managing Director
The a2 Milk Company

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.

Helen McCabe
Digital Content Director

Tony Prophet
Chief Equality Officer
Salesforce, USA

Tony Prophet leads Salesforce’s Equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ, and racial issues—ensuring the company reflects the diversity and upholds the values of the communities it serves. He reports directly to the CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff. Prophet is a board member of Gannett. He also serves on the board of College Track.

Previously, Prophet was the corporate vice president of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft—responsible for the business planning and product marketing of the Windows, Bing, MSN and Cortana brands. Before that, he led the worldwide operations of what is now HP Inc. with direct responsibility exceeding $50B. Prior to that, he led the worldwide operations of Carrier Corporation. He began his career in consulting and rose from associate to partner with Booz Allen, co-founding the firm's Los Angeles office.

Throughout his career, Prophet has worked for social justice including addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows, educating female workers in developing countries on reproductive health issues and reducing supply chain greenhouse gas footprint.

Prophet holds a BSIE degree from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business attending as a GM Fellow.

Theo Scherman
AVP, Global Social Innovation Strategy Lead, Hitachi, Ltd.

Global Strategy Lead for Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business. The world is undergoing a vast transformation. As part of this bigger vision Theo’s role is to provide thought leadership in key industry segments, define solution road maps aligned to those industries, research and develop strategies that will enable Hitachi to use its knowledge and powerhouse innovation to transform outcomes for governments, partners and clients.

Prior to joining Hitachi Theo was CEO of Eduss Broadcast & Media Inc. with more than 24 years’ experience and expertise in leading edge businesses, from the IT era into the new IoT and global digital transformation step-change, both regional and international.

Michael Stutchbury
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.

Joe Andon
CEO and Founder

At just 30, Joe Andon is an experienced business leader, with a flair for breaking tradition and developing products that challenge expectations. Joe started Vuly Play in 2008 while at university, building a website and selling trampolines from his childhood bedroom – Joe was able to reach millions in revenue within a year of starting the business. Since then, Vuly has grown into one of Australia’s most successful outdoor consumer brands, manufacturing springless trampolines, commercial trampoline parks, modular play sets, advanced basketball systems and more in dozens of countries. It has relationships with retail giants such as Sam's Club, Walmart, Canadian Tire and Sky Zone as well as a the leading presence online for outdoor play.

Joe focuses on safety, aesthetics and strong digital marketing, and he has been a strong advocate for better product standards. This hasn’t just grown Vuly into one of Australia’s leading outdoor recreation companies, it’s earned both he and Vuly recognition as leaders in safety and a number of industry awards – including being the youngest ever winner of Brisbane's Lord Mayors Business Person of the Year in 2016 and several international Good Design Awards between 2014 and 2018.

Craig Emerson
Distinguished Fellow
Australian National University

Dr Craig Emerson is a Distinguished Fellow at the Australian National University, Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business and Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics. He was Australia’s Minister for Trade in the Gillard Government and is a regular columnist with the Financial Review.

Mike Henry
President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP

Mike currently runs BHP’s Australian minerals assets and is responsible for maintenance excellence across the BHP group. Since joining BHP in 2003, Mike has worked across both minerals and petroleum, and has held various commercial, technical and operational roles. He joined BHP’s senior management team in 2011.

Chris Janz
Managing Director Publishing

Simon Longstaff
Ethics Centre

Christine McLoughlin
Chairman & Non-executive Director, Suncorp Group

Gabriel Radzyminski
MD and Portfolio Manager
Sandon Capital

As the founder of Sandon Capital, Gabriel Radzyminski has been involved in the financial services sector for almost 20 years. He has significant investment experience across a range of asset classes.

Prior to founding Sandon Capital, Gabriel held portfolio and overall management responsibilities for Specialised Private Capital Ltd, a boutique funds management business which at the time had $150 million of funds under management.

Gabriel began his career working for First State Fund Managers (now Colonial First State). He worked as an investment analyst for Godfrey Pembroke, was co-head of research at Berkley Group, and prior to founding Sandon Capital, was Head of Private Capital at Centric Wealth. He was a director of Centric Wealth Ltd from 2005-2007, a director of Specialised Private Capital Ltd from 2005-2008, a director of Berkley Group Holdings Ltd from 2004-2008.

Gabriel is Chairman of Sandon Capital Investments Limited (ASX:SNC), is non-executive director of Mercantile Investment Company Limited (ASX:MVT) and also of Future Generation Investment Company Limited (ASX:FGX) . He is former Chairman of Armidale Investment Company Limited (ASX:AIK) and was a non-executive director of RHG Limited (ASX:RHG).

Gabriel has a BA(Hons) and MCom from the University of New South Wales.

Clara Shih
Chief Executive Officer
Hearsay Social, USA

Clara Shih is Chief Executive Officer of Hearsay Social, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology company whose leading social marketing platform is used by large global brands including Farmers Insurance and 24 Hour Fitness to manage their corporate and local Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages.

Shih is a pioneer in the technology industry, as an engineer, celebrated author, thought leader and successful technology entrepreneur. Shih has been named one of FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek's Top Young Entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of experience from previous technology, product, and marketing positions at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.

In 2007, Shih developed the first business application on Facebook called Faceconnector, and subsequently authored The New York Times-featured bestseller, The Facebook Era: Tapping Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate, which has been translated in nine languages and is used as a marketing textbook at Harvard Business School.

Shih holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University, as well as an MS from Oxford. She also serves as an advisor for Good Karma (formerly Camp Amelia), a non-profit she founded which develops and funds technology education programs, curriculum, and software for developing countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Quick Facts about Clara

Named one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology and Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

Created the first business application on Facebook (Faceforce) in 2007 and is credited by Forrester Research with "kicking off the social business applications movement" (see here)

Comes from a tech background, having held product leadership positions at Google, salesforce.com, and Microsoft

Holds undergraduate and Master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where she graduated #1 in her class

Clara is a frequently invited keynote speaker on social media at global conferences including Ad:Tech, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0, South by Southwest, Digital Age 2.0, and many others.

Luis Uguina
Chief Digital Officer
Macquarie Banking & Financial Services Group

Geraldine Buckingham
Chair and Head of Asia Pacific BlackRock, HK

Geraldine Buckingham, Senior Managing Director, is Global Head of Corporate Strategy at BlackRock and a member of the firm's Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for helping BlackRock develop and implement long-term goals and respond to the competitive financial services landscape. Dr. Buckingham previously served as Head of Americas Corporate Strategy. She was named to Fortune Magazine and Crain's New York Business' "40 Under 40" lists for 2017.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr. Buckingham was a partner with McKinsey & Company's financial services practice based in New York. She worked primarily with large global asset managers with additional experience in wealth management and private equity, as well as functional expertise in strategy and organization.

Dr. Buckingham received the Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Comparative Social Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees from Monash University.

Niall Ferguson
Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford, USA

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

He is the author of fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, was a UK bestseller. In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000.

In 2003 Ferguson wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 by Penguin, and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007. The international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, followed in 2008; it too was a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary, as well as the Handelszeitung Economics Book Prize. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series. A year later came the three-part television series “China: Triumph and Turmoil.” The book based on his 2012 BBC Reith lectures, The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was a New York Times bestseller within a week of its publication.

An accomplished biographer, Ferguson published High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg in 2010 and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which was published in 2015—to critical acclaim—as Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. The book won the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary.

Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 2010-11. He is a member of the board of trustees of the New York Historical Society. His many prizes and awards include the GetAbstract International Book Award (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013), the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize (2013), and the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education (2016). He has received honorary degrees from the University of Buckingham (UK), Macquarie University (Australia), and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile).

In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group and is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies.

Niall Ferguson is married to the author and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He has four children.

Dion Hershan
MD & Head of Australian Equities Yarra Capital Management

Dion is Managing Director and Head of Australian Equities at Yarra Capital Management. He is responsible for leading the Australian Equities team, focusing on large cap equities.

Prior to transitioning to Yarra Capital Management, Dion was the Head of Australian Equities of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, a position he held since July 2007.He was previously a Fund Manager at Citadel Investment Group based in New York where he managed a long/short portfolio. He also worked as an Analyst and Fund Manager for Boston-based Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for managing a diversified fund.

Before moving to the US, Dion worked at Boston Consulting Group where he undertook financial and quantitative analysis, project and client account management.

Dion holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.

Keyu Jin
Professor of Economics
London School of Economics

Keyu has written and spoken widely on China’s growth sustainability, exchange rates, financial liberalisation, and government policies with the general aim of targeting the various challenges facing China today. Supplementing this is Keyu’s experience in the global banking community, having worked for the New York Fed, the World Bank, IMF, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. She is also a regular feature in media publications such as the Financial Times, Project Syndicate, Les Echos, Chicago Tribute, Caijing, South Morning Post, commenting on global economic issues.

Keyu received her B.A., M.A., and PhD from Harvard University, and has won the Chiles Award, the NBER Aging and Health Fellowship, the Allyn Young Thesis Prize in Economics. Keyu also speaks fluent Chinese and French. Keyu divides her time between the UK and China.

Philip Lowe
Reserve Bank of Australia

Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Mr 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.

Mr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation. He is also Chair of the Committee on the Global Financial System of the Bank for International Settlements.

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

Kate Morris
Founder & Director
Adore Beauty

Heather Ridout

Heather Ridout is chair of AustralianSuper - the nation’s largest superannuation fund with $140 billion of members’ retirement assets; a Director of ASX Ltd and a Director of Sims Metal Management - the world’s largest publicly listed recycling company.

Her other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Advance Australia Advisory Board; Asialink; Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Board; and is a member of ASIC’s – External Advisory Panel.

Her previous appointments include: member of the Reserve Bank Board; member of the Henry Tax Review panel; board member of Infrastructure Australia; member of the Business Roundtable on Climate Change; member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee; member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing; co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue and a delegate to the B20 - the key business advisory body to the G20.

In June 2013, Ms. Ridout was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the general division for distinguished service to business and industry through significant contributions to the development of economic and public policy.

Warwick Smith
Company Director

Gary Weiss
Executive Director
Ariadne Australia

Dr Weiss is currently the Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited. He is Chairman of Ardent Leisure Group, Ridley Corporation Ltd and Estia Health Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of Thorney Opportunities Ltd and The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Dr Weiss is also a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

He was formerly Chairman of Clearview Wealth Limited and Coats Plc, a former executive director of Whitlam, Turnbull & Co and Guinness Peat Group plc and sat on the board of Westfield Holdings Limited and a number of other public companies. Dr Weiss has also been involved in managing large businesses with operations in many regions including Europe, China and India and is familiar with investments across a wide range of industries, corporate finance and private equity type deals.

Dr Weiss holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM from Victoria University of Wellington and a Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Cornell University. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.

2019 Agenda

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?

Niall Ferguson, Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Keyu Jin, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics
Peter Costello, Chairman, Future Fund and Nine Entertainment Corporation
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?

Jennifer Westacott, Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia
Luke Sayers, CEO PwC Australia
Christine McLoughlin, Chairman & Non-executive Director, Suncorp Group
Mike Henry, President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP
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.

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

Joe Andon, CEO and Founder, VulyPlay
Kate Morris, Founder & Director, Adore Beauty
Tobi Pearce, CEO, Sweat
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.

Amanda Lacaze, CEO and MD, Lynas Corporation
Anthony Eisen, Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Afterpay
Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO and MD, The a2 Milk Company
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?

Geoff Culbert, CEO, Sydney Airport
Liza Maimone, Managing Partner, Consulting, PwC Australia
Simon Longstaff, CEO, Ethics Centre
Heather Ridout, Chair of AustralianSuper
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?

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


Networking Lunch


Panel: The election outlook

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


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
Chris Sutherland, Managing Director, Programmed


Wrap Up - Day 2


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