Jim O'Neill

Former Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs

Jim O’Neill stepped down from Government, having been Commercial Secretary to the Treasury from May 2015 until September 2016. During that time, and since Spring 2014, Lord O’Neill had chaired a formal Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance) reporting its final recommendations in May 2016, and contributed to high level agreement at the UN in September.

Until October 2014, Jim chaired the Cities Growth Commission in the UK, when it provided its final recommendations, which formed the impetus for the government’s policy on devolution as well as the concept of the Northern Powerhouse.

He is the Honorary Chair of Economics at Manchester University.

Jim worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 until April 2013, spending most of his time there as Chief Economist.

Before 1995, Jim had worked for Swiss Bank Corporation, Marine Midland Bank and Bank of America, starting in the City in 1982.

Jim is the creator of the acronym “BRIC” and has conducted much research about these and other emerging economies. He has published various books on the topic, and in early 2014 made a documentary series for the BBC entitled MINT:The Next Economic Giants. He writes frequently on these and many other international economic and financial topics for leading international media.

He is one of the founding trustees of the UK educational charity, SHINE, and following his move into government, he became their lifetime President.

Jim has served on many educational foundation boards, as well as having served on the boards of a number of international organisations and think tanks 

Jim served as a non-executive director of Manchester United before it returned to private ownership in 2005.

Jim earned BA and MA degrees in economics from Sheffield University in 1978 and a PhD from the University of Surrey in 1982. He has honorary degrees from the Institute of Education, University of London, for his educational philanthropy, from City University for his services to banking and finance, and from Sheffield University in recognition of his contribution to international economics.

Christian Majgaard

Former Head of Global Brand and Business Development, Lego

Christian Majgaard headed brand and marketing strategy for Lego serving as Head of Global Brand & Business Development, and as a member of the global executive team.

Acclaimed by Fons Tompenaars as one of 21 leaders for the 21st century, Christian is a highly respected figure in marketing and innovation. At Lego, Christian’s 25 year career with the company took in positions including Head of International Market Research and Head of EU Marketing. Ultimately he had overall responsibility for global brand, products and campaigns for both the core toy business and other areas - from licensing to theme parks. He also led the internationally recognised brand into the computer games market, and film merchandising with the Star Wars, Harry Potter and Spiderman franchises whilst never ignoring the core product.

Christian now divides his time between creative and brand consulting, non-executive roles, writing and speaking. In presentations he explains why branding is about business development, not communications. Using both Lego and Starbucks as examples, he maintains there’s no such thing as mature markets - only tired marketers.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia

Malcolm was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Wentworth in 2004.

After graduating from Sydney University with degrees in Arts and Law, Malcolm won a Rhodes scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.

During and after his studies, Malcolm worked as a journalist. He began legal practice in 1980.

In 1987 Malcolm established his own investment banking firm and during that time co-founded a number of Australian companies.

Malcolm was Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000.

On 6 December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009.

Malcolm was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015. He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister on 14 September 2015

Malcolm and Lucy live in Sydney and have three grandchildren, Jack, Alice and Isla.

Catherine Tanna

Managing Director, Energy Australia

Catherine Tanna is Managing Director of  EnergyAustralia, one of the country’s leading energy companies with more than 2.5 million electricity and gas customer accounts across the east coast of Australia. Headquartered in Melbourne, EnergyAustralia provides its residential and business customers with reliable access to affordable supplies of energy, backed by a portfolio of coal, gas and wind energy generation assets in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Catherine is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Board of the Business Council of Australia. Prior to becoming Managing Director of EnergyAustralia in 2014, Catherine had a lengthy and distinguished career in the international oil and gas industry. In 2009 she joined BG Group as Managing Director of its Australian business, QGC Pty Limited, and Executive Vice President for Australia and China. Catherine led the development of Queensland’s first LNG project, one of Australia’s largest capital infrastructure projects at the time. In 2012 she was elevated to Chairman, BG Australia, a role in which she was accountable for key relationships in Australia, including federal and state government stakeholders and various trade and industry bodies.

Before BG Group, Catherine was a senior executive with Shell and BHP Billiton. At Shell, she was Executive Vice President of Shell Gas & Power with responsibility for Shell's LNG, gas transmission and power generation interests across Africa. She held similar roles covering North Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America. In the 1990s, she worked for BHP Petroleum in Melbourne and London.

Catherine was formerly a Director on the Board of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and a member of the Australian G20 business body, the Lowy Institute's G20 Advisory Committee and the Catholic Foundation Board.

Catherine was born in Queensland, raised in Gladstone and studied at the University of Queensland. She has two daughters.


Tim Fung

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airtasker

Tim is CEO and co-founder of Airtasker - a trusted community marketplace for people and businesses to outsource tasks, find local services or hire flexible staff in minutes - online or via mobile.

Tim is also a founder and director of Tank Stream Labs – a co-working space and entrepreneurial community located in the heart of Sydney CBD.

Prior to starting Airtasker, Tim was a founding team member and investor in mobile startup amaysim, playing a key role in strategy and capital raising.  He is a founder and director of several web startups, including online custom shirt design business Joe Button, and motorsport event management group Circuit Club.

Tim has worked as a consulting talent agent at Chic Management and before this, spent five years as an investment banking executive at Macquarie Bank.  Tim has a B.Commerce (marketing) from UNSW and was a recipient of the 2016 UNSW Young Alumni award.

Don Meij

Group Executive Officer and Managing Director, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd

Don Meij is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd which operates in Australia, New Zealand, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Japan and Germany. Don started as a pizza delivery driver in 1987 for Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza ("Silvio's") and fell in love with the business and slowly worked his way up the ranks for the years to come. Future positions included; Store Manager (1989) followed by Area Manager, State Operations Manager and Director of National Operations (1991-1993). In 1993, Silvio's purchased Domino's in Australia and Don became General Manager. The Domino's and Silvio's brands were operated separately.

In 1996 Don became a Domino's franchisee and built a network of 17 stores, before vending his stores into Domino's in 2001 to become Chief Operating Officer (2001) then Group Chief Executive Officer (2002). In May 2005, Don led Domino's to become Australia's first publicly-listed pizza chain on the ASX. Since then Don has led the company to introduce world first technology innovations, improved quality of our product menu and cement the business as a market darling on the ASX.

Don has won a number of industry awards including; Brisbane Lord Mayor's Channel 7 Businessperson of the Year Award 2015, The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Northern Region Listed Company, The Ernst & Young Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2004, Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Professional Manager of the Year 2004 (Qld) and the 2002 Qld Retail Franchise. Don's international Domino's awards include; Chairman's Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Domino's worldwide network 2004 and Pizza International Manager of the Year 1996.


Antony Catalano

Chief Executive Officer, Domain Group

Antony is Chief Executive Officer of Domain Group and a Director of MMP, positions he has held since November, 2013.

After a long career with Fairfax Media, The Herald and The Weekly Times, Antony founded MMP in 2009, where he served as CEO and Publisher.  Antony’s media career at HWT began as a copy boy in 1985, where he spent 15 years as a journalist, winning two Melbourne Press Club awards. In 2001, he was appointed Director of Real Estate at The Age, General Manager of MPG and a member of The Age senior management team. In 2004, he was appointed Classified Director Real Estate, Motoring and General Classifieds, before being appointed Director Newspaper Sales and Marketing and Product Development, Fairfax Victoria, in 2005.


Anthony Pratt

Global Chairman, Visy Industries

Visy, with Pratt Industries USA, is the world’s largest privately-owned recycled paper and packaging manufacturer, employing more than 10,000 people, mainly in Australasia and the USA. Annual group sales exceed $5 billion. Visy focuses on recycling, paper, packaging, clean energy and environmental technology.

The paper-making arm, Visy Paper, is one of Australia’s largest exporters of manufactured goods, with customers in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States.

Prior to his return to Australia in 2009, Anthony was based in the United States where he led the Pratt family’s business expansion there.

Under Anthony’s leadership as Chairman, Pratt Industries USA has expanded to more than 140 sites across the country, and now employs more US citizens than any other Australian company. In April, 2016 Anthony was named “North American Packaging CEO of the Year” by leading industry authority, RISI. Anthony also serves as founding patron of Prince’s Charities Australia, which extends to Australians the charitable endeavours of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales. Firmly committed to sustainable manufacturing, Anthony is an acknowledged leader in circular business practice. In 2007 he made a commitment at President Clinton’s Global initiative in New York City to invest $1 billion in clean energy and recycling infrastructure over the next 10 years. He completed that pledge in just 6 years.

Anthony divides his time between Melbourne and Atlanta (where Visy and Pratt Industries are headquartered) with his wife Claudine Revere, son Leon and daughter Lilly.


Maureen Dougherty

President, Boeing Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Maureen Dougherty is president of Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific. She is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business. Appointed in February 2014, Dougherty is based in Sydney, Australia.

A thirty-five year employee of Boeing, Dougherty previously served as vice president and program manager for the KC-46 Tanker, the Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) surveillance aircraft, and the F-22 fighter programs. Dougherty is chairperson of The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, a board director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and a member of the Business Council of Australia. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Dougherty earned her master’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington, where she studied as a Boeing Company Systems Engineering Fellow. She received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.



Adrian Turner

Chief Executive Officer, Data61

Adrian Turner is the CEO of Data61 at CSIRO. Data61 is Australia's leading data innovation group with 1,100 people and 680PhDs including contributed staff and students. Adrian is a successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group, a holding company focused on the intersection of pervasive computing, platform economics and traditionally conservative industries. Prior to this, Adrian was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure, and was Chairman of the Board for Australia’s expat network, Advance.org.

He is regarded as a thought leader on entrepreneurialism, Internet of Things and the impact of network connectivity on business economics. Adrian was recently named Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Growth Centre, is a member of the Board of the Australian Health Research Centre, is a member of the UTS: Business School Advisory Board and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Council on the Future of Digital Economy and Society. He also authored the eBook BlueSky Mining - Building Australia's Next Billion Dollar Industries. Adrian is a UTS Graduate and has completed the Executive Program for Managing Growth Companies at Stanford University.





Grant King

President, Business Council of Australia

Grant King was elected President of the Business Council of Australia in November 2016. He was a member of the Business Council Board from November 2011 until November 2015 and has chaired the Business Council’s Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth Committee since 2010. Grant has extensive experience in the Australian energy industry. He was Managing Director of Origin Energy Limited from February 2000 until November 2016. He was formerly General Manager, AGL Gas Companies where he held a number of management positions over a 17 year period.

He is former Director of Envestra Limited and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited (APPEA). He is former Chairman of Energy Supply Association of Australia (esaa), Oil Company of Australia and Contact Energy Limited.

He is a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Professor Warwick McKibbin, AO

Director, Australian National University Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis

Professor Warwick J. McKibbin has a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy and is Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He is also an ANU Public Policy Fellow; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society; a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C (where he is co-Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project) and President of McKibbin Software Group Inc.

He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2016 “For Distinguished Service to Education as an Economist, Particularly in the Area of Global Climate Policy, and to Financial Institutions and International Organisations” and the Centenary medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education”. Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modeling and has published more than 200 peer reviewed academic papers and 5 books as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press.


Alan Joyce

Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Airways Limited

Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Qantas

Group since November 2008. In his time as CEO, he has overseen the biggest transformation of Qantas since it was privatised in 1995, including the turnaround and renewed growth of Qantas International, the expansion of Qantas and Jetstar throughout Asia, the diversification of the Qantas Loyalty business with new data-driven ventures, the renewal of the Group’s fleet with more than 150 new aircraft, and ongoing investment in lounges, technology and training.

This transformation has seen the Group unlock more than $1.6 billion in permanent cost and revenue benefits, helping drive it to the best financial performance in its 96 year history in 2016, as well as earning record customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

Mr Joyce previously served as founding CEO of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and across Asia. Prior to his appointment at Jetstar, he spent over 15 years in key positions at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus.

Between July 2012 and June 2013, Mr Joyce was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association.

He was named “Airline CEO of the Year” by CAPA Centre for Aviation in 2015 and has been recognised as one of the world’s three most influential gay business leaders for two years running in the OUTstanding / Financial Times list of “Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives”.

His current roles in business and the community include:

  • Director of the Business Council of Australia;
  • Member of the Male Champions of Change;
  • Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation NSW; and
  • Presiding Officer of the Board of Management for Charles Sturt University’s Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

Mr Joyce is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science.

Nick Xenophon

Senator for South Australia

Nick Xenophon is the founder and leader of Nick Xenophon Team.
Nick first entered parliament in 1997, when he was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council as an independent on a no-pokies platform. He ran for and was elected to the Australian Senate in 2007 and was re-elected to the Senate in the September 2013 federal election. Nick is a passionate advocate and watchdog for South Australia’s interests.
He has pushed for many reforms that benefit not only South Australians, but all Australians - including pokies, water, food labelling, manufacturing, education and healthcare.



Monika Tu

Founder and Director, Black Diamondz Property Concierge

“Calling Monika Tu just another realtor is like saying Michael Jordan is just another basketball player.” - CCTV World News.

Monika Tu, founder and director of Black Diamondz Property Concierge is the Chinese super agent at the forefront of a revolution in the Australian property and lifestyle market. She holds multiple sales records and with an annual turnover exceeding $200M, Monika Tu was the winner of the 2014 Success Story Award granted by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Association, Worldwide. Undoubtedly the number one agent for Sydney luxury properties, Monika Tu and her Black Diamondz Property Concierge use an established international network and an unrivalled negotiating prowess to deliver record breaking, market leading and award winning results.

Monika’s flawless reputation is internationally renowned as an accomplished facilitator for a buyer in true pursuit of an Australian luxury lifestyle. Monika’s appeal and approach is to not only sell prestigious properties, but to also offer strategic lifestyle and business advice. The introduction of the Significant Investor Visa in 2012 only amplified the agencies success. Black Diamondz Property Concierge proudly serves as a bridging between cultures and this is the foundation of her industry changing Luxury Lifestyle Concierge Service. As Vogue Australia Editor in Chief, Edwina McCann says “Monika Tu and Black Diamondz share the same passion for luxury as we do here at Vogue Australia!”

Monika emigrated from Guizhou China to Australia in 1988. Speaking not a word of English, she began selling electronic goods at Sydney Town Hall Markets. Expanding her operation to a small corner shop in Surry Hills, she grew her business to be officially recognized as the number one distributor of CDK in Australia and the worldwide number one distributor of Kodak. Simultaneously, Monika Tu launched Laser Corporation and grew the IT and electronics solution provider to a multinational company with offices in New Zealand, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Sydney Australia. Laser Corporation recently celebrated its 25 year anniversary and to this day, Monika as majority shareholder continues to sit on the advisory board and Laser now boasts a product range spanning more than 13 categories and 500+ products. An ongoing philanthropist, Monika Tu is currently a member of the Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a founding Patron of Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and her Black Diamondz Property Concierge is proudly a national community partner of Australian Red Cross.

Andrew Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer, BHP Billiton

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of BHP Billiton effective from 10 May 2013. He joined in 2008 as Chief Executive Non‐Ferrous with responsibility for over half of BHP Billiton’s 100,000 strong workforce across four continents. His portfolio included Escondida in Chile, the world’s largest single source of copper.

He has over thirty years’ experience in oil and gas, petrochemicals and minerals and has held senior positions in BP and Rio Tinto. He has been a Non‐Executive Director of Centrica and has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Corporate & Social Responsibility committees. He has also chaired Demos, one of the UK’s most influential think‐tanks.

Andrew has a doctorate in Chemistry and a first‐class degree in Geology. In early 2014 he was announced as being on the Science Council’s list of top 100 UK practising scientists. On 1 May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London.


Peter Beaven

Chief Financial Officer, BHP Billiton

Peter Beaven is the Chief Financial Officer of BHP Billiton. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Chairman of the Investment Committee and of the Financial Risk Management Committee.

Prior to his appointment to CFO in October 2014, Peter was the President of Copper and led the Business from our offices in Santiago. From November 2010 to May 2013, he was President of Base Metals.

Peter joined BHP Billiton in 2003 and has held a number of roles across various operations within the Group including President of the Manganese Business, and Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Carbon Steel Materials.

Formerly an investment banker, Peter’s earlier positions at UBS and Kleinwort Benson in London were focused on the resources and utilities sectors.

Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is married with two children.

Scott Charlton

Chief Executive Officer, Transurban Group

Scott Charlton joined Transurban Group as Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Scott has more than 25 years’ experience in developing, funding, constructing, and operating infrastructure assets, working with some of the sector’s leading corporations including Lend Lease, where he was Chief Operating Officer for global operations (2010 to 2012). Prior to this he was Chief Financial Officer at Leighton Holdings and a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank. Scott is an engineer by training. He is deputy chairman of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, a board member of Roads Australia and a member of Monash Industry Council of Advisers and the Business Council of Australia.



Mark Whelan 

Group Executive, Institutional Banking, ANZ

ANZ’s Group Executive, Institutional and Management Board member Mark Whelan, has around 30 years of experience in the Asian Market, and Institutional and Corporate and Commercial Banking. Mark is responsible for ANZ’s Institutional business across 15 Asian markets as well as PNG, Europe, America and the Middle East. He’ll provide his thoughts on the opportunities created for businesses by regional trade and capital flows and how Australia can strengthen its relationships with key its trading partners.

Michael Stutchbury

Editor-in-Chief The Australian Financial Review

Michael Stutchbury has been writing and editing on business, economics and politics for national newspapers in Australia for the past three decades, working out of Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Washington DC. Since October 2011, he has been Editor-in-Chief of The Australian Financial Review. He worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the early 1980s after completing a First Class Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and completing a journalistic cadetship at The Advertiser in Adelaide. He began at the Financial Review 1982, initially as industrial relations report in Melbourne before moving to the parliamentary press gallery as economics writer and then to Sydney as Economics Editor, covering the Hawke-Keating economic reform program of the 1980s. He became Washington correspondent for the Financial Review in early 1993, covering the first term of the Clinton administration. Returning to Sydney in 1997, he became opinion editor for the paper. After 16 years at the Financial Review, he moved to The Australian newspaper in 1998, initially as Deputy Editor (business) to build up the newspaper's business coverage. He was Editor of The Australian between 2001 and 2006. After concentrating on The Australian's online business coverage, he became Economics Editor in 2008 before returning to the Financial Review. Previously, he has been a media delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including ABC TV's 'Insiders'' program.

Jennifer Westacott

Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

The Business Council of Australia is an association of chief executives from many of Australia’s leading companies. It was established in 1983 to research and promote economic growth policies for the benefit of the nation and all Australians.

Jennifer Westacott has been Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia since 2011, bringing extensive policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For over 20 years Jennifer occupied critical leadership positions in the New South Wales and Victorian governments. She was the Director of Housing and the Secretary of Education in Victoria, and most recently was the Director-General of the New South Wales Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources.

From 2005 to 2011 Jennifer was senior partner at KPMG, heading up the firm’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Water practice and its NSW State Government practice. Jennifer was also a board director for the firm. During her time at KPMG, Jennifer advised some of Australia’s major corporations on climate change and sustainability matters, and provided advice to governments around Australia on major reform priorities. Jennifer facilitates the contribution of the Business Council of Australia’s CEO members across a policy agenda that includes economic policy and competitiveness; regulation; infrastructure and sustainable growth; labour market, skills and education; engagement with Indigenous Australians, global engagement; healthcare policy; and innovation.

Jennifer coordinated the development and release of the BCA’s landmark Action Plan for Enduring Prosperity in 2013, which is widely recognised as one of the most significant contributions to economic policy debate in Australia in recent years.

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, where she is an Adjunct Professor at the City Futures Research Centre. She was a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics. Jennifer is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and since 2013 has been a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited and Chair of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

Emma Connors

Managing Editor, The Interpreter, Lowy Institute

Emma Connors joined the Lowy Institute in Sydney in October 2015 as Managing Editor of The Interpreter, the Institute’s digital magazine. In this role she manages a global network of contributors who, together with Lowy’s research staff, keep The Interpreter’s readers up to date on international events and policy implications. Emma spent two weeks in the United States covering last year’s presidential election for The Interpreter, reporting from South Carolina, Ohio and Washington.

Prior to Lowy, Emma’s career in journalism included reporting and editing positions in London and Sydney. She worked at The Australian Financial Review in a variety of roles, including Opinion Editor through late 2012 and 2013. After leaving The AFR, she spent 18 months at Ogilvy PR, concentrating on speech writing and media strategy for a range of clients.

Dean Spaccavento

 Co-founder, Reposit Power

Dean Spaccavento is a co-founder of Reposit Power, a leading distributor energy company that integrates software with solar battery systems to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Before devoting his time to Reposit Power, Dean served as the Chief Information Officer of Energy Response. Dean is refreshingly direct and considers himself as a grid nerd, having an intimate understanding of the electricity space and high performance enterprise software for modern grids.

Ian Silk

Chief Executive, AustralianSuper

Ian Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper – the largest and fastest growing superannuation fund in Australia.  AustralianSuper has more than 2.1 million members, over 220,000 contributing businesses, and more than AUD$100 billion in assets.  AustralianSuper is a multi-industry fund with membership spanning most industries. Ian is a member of the Australian Government's Financial Literacy Board, a Director of Australian Council of Superannuation Investors and, a Director of Industry Super Australia.


Tim Sims

Managing Director

Tim is a founder of PEP and is a member of the firm's Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Tim was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain & Company's Australasian and African operations and a member of Bain & Company's Global Executive Committee. Tim has also served on a number of government committees and led national strategy projects. Tim received an MA from Oxford University where he was a Mitsui European Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar.


Geoff Raby

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd.

Dr. Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to China from 2007 to 2011. Following completion of his Ambassadorial term, after 27 years in the public service, mostly with DFAT, he resigned to establish Geoff Raby and Assoicates Ltd.

Dr. Raby also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, including Fortescue Metal Group (FMG), OceanaGold , Yancoal and iSentia. Dr. Raby was appointed to the Investment Attraction South Australia Advisory Board on 29 March, 2016. In China, Dr. Raby serves as Co-Chair of Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s China practice. Dr. Raby is a member of the non-for- profit Advance Global Advisory Board, University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre Advisory Board, La Trobe University Asia Advisory Board, and the Foundation of the National Gallery of Victoria.

Luke Sayers

Chief Executive Officer, PwC

Luke Sayers is the Chief Executive Officer of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman for PwC Asia Pacific. Luke leads a team of more than 500 partners and over 6,500 staff who are focused on helping Australian businesses solve their biggest problems and realise their potential in an ever changing world. Under Luke’s leadership, PwC Australia is focused on using the collective expertise of the firm to help address important national issues such as tax reform, Australia’s engagement with Asia and how we can continue to innovate and thrive as a nation. In addition to his work at PwC, Luke has long term commitments to community organisations and external Boards. He is currently 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 also a member of Monash University's Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Genazzano FCJ College Council, and is a member of the Victorian Branch of the Male Champions of Change.

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

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

Federal Member for Kooyong
Minister for the Environment and Energy

Josh Frydenberg was elected to the Australian Parliament in 2010 as the Member for Kooyong. He is the seventh person since Federation to hold this seat.

In July 2016, he was appointed the Minister for the Environment and Energy, having previously served as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Assistant Treasurer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister since the 2013 election.

As a primary school student Josh attended Bialik College in Hawthorn and then completed his secondary schooling at Mt Scopus College in Burwood. He currently lives with his family, in Hawthorn.

Josh has Law and Economics degrees both with Honours from Monash University and completed his articles of clerkship at Mallesons Stephen Jacques.

He went on to graduate with a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University which he attended on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Josh is also a former Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Prime Minister John Howard and was a Director of Global Banking at Deutsche Bank AG.

Josh is a keen tennis player having represented Australia at the World University Games in England in 1991 and the United States in 1993.

He currently sits on the Board of the Kids Tennis Foundation which provides coaching to disadvantaged kids.




Elizabeth Proust AO

Chairman Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chairman of Nestle Australia and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne

Currently, Elizabeth is Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chairman of Nestle Australia and Chairman of the Bank of Melbourne.  She is Deputy Chairman of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council.  She has recently joined the Victoria Police Corporate Advisory Group.

Previously Elizabeth worked in senior roles at the ANZ Banking Group, in local, State and Federal Government, and in BP Australia and BP International.   She has held senior positions in the Victorian Government, including as Secretary (CEO) of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.  She was also CEO of the City of Melbourne.

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow if the Institute of Public Administration.  She has a Law degree (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University.

Jane Halton AO PSM

Director, Clayton Utz, former head of Department of Finance and Health

Jane Halton is a member of the board of the ANZ, Clayton Utz, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the US  Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Her 33 career within the Australian public service, included nearly 15 years as Secretary of the Deparments of Finance and Health (and Ageing). Previously she was Executive Co-ordinator (Deputy Secretary) of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has extensive experience in the delivery of the Australian Government budget and the mangement and performance of Australian Government agencies.  She has also held a number of significant roles in Global Health Governance.

Catherine Allfrey

Principal & Portfolio Manager, WaveStone Capital

Catherine Allfrey is a Principal and Portfolio Manager of WaveStone Capital, which she co-founded in 2006.

In this position, Catherine has been responsible for investment research, analysis, dealing and investment management across all funds. In 2016, WaveStone was nominated as a Finalist in Lonsec’s Fund Manager of the Year Awards and in 2015, WaveStone was a finalist in the AFMA Australian Equity Manager of the Year Awards.  

Prior to founding WaveStone, Catherine has had various roles in financial services, most recently at Colonial First State Investments which she joined as an investment analyst in the GDP Plus team in 1998  before becoming a Portfolio Manager in 2002, managing a top 20 concentrated Australian fund and a Sector Neutral fund.  

Catherine started her career as a credit analyst for Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank in 1990, before moving across to stockbroking at SBC Warburg in 1994 as an equities analyst.  Catherine holds a Bachelor of Economics with a major in Japanese from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.  


David Gonski

Chairman, ANZ and Coca-Cola Amatil

David Gonski is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited.

David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is also a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.

He was previously a member of the Takeovers Panel, Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.


Lee White

Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

An INSEAD executive graduate, Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and experienced audit practitioner in both the public and private sectors, Lee was appointed the Chief Executive Officer designate of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in October 2013. Previously Lee held the position of Chief Accountant for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, contributing to the successful introduction of international accounting standards in Australia in 2005 as well as the inception of ASIC’s audit oversight programme. Lee has a strong focus on promoting corporate social responsibility and ethics in leadership.

Dr Cassandra Goldie

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service

Dr Cassandra Goldie has been CEO since July 2010. With extensive public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights, she has represented the interests of people experiencing poverty and inequality and of civil society in local, national and international processes. Cassandra has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and is an Associate of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. She has a Masters of Law from University College London, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Western Australia.

John Gillam

Chairman, Bunnings Group Council

John has worked in the Wesfarmers Group for 20 years.  Currently he is Chairman of the Bunnings Group Council, an advisor to the Bunnings leadership team and an Advisory Board member for Bunnings’ UK & Irish business.

For 12 years (2004 to 2016) John was CEO of the Bunnings business. Other senior roles within Wesfarmers included Chairman of Officeworks (2008 to 2016) and Managing Director of CSBP (2002 to 2004).

Prior to joining Wesfarmers, John was General Manager of Medical Corporation Australasia working on projects in Vietnam and China.  His career started in corporate recovery and corporate finance at KPMG.     


Alex Macoun

Group Executive – Product, Quantium

Alex is the Group Executive of the Product business unit at Quantium, Australia’s leading data analytics firm. Alex leads the transformation and change effort from a predominantly consulting service model to a more product focused company, as well as being responsible for product management of Quantium’s applied analytics offering across all client industries and markets, and its proprietary data and analytics platforms.

Alex previously led the Media team at Quantium, working with publishers and other partners to create new data-driven multi-channel marketing solutions, and supporting media owners, agencies and advertisers to transform the effectiveness of their engagement with consumers.

Prior to joining Quantium in early 2015, Alex worked in management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group for 13 years, as Principal in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology, and Financial Services practice areas.

Alex is an Arts/Law graduate of the University of Sydney, and has an MBA (Distinction) from the Harvard Business School.

Paul Italiano

Chief Executive Officer, TransGrid

Paul Italiano is the Chief Executive Officer of TransGrid, the operator and manager of the NSW high voltage transmission network. Paul joined TransGrid in May 2016 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Western Power since 2012. Paul’s career includes time with Wesfarmers General Insurance as General Manager Business Services; at HBF Health Funds as General Manager Financial Services and Strategic Development; and at the RAC as Chief Financial Officer. Paul is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. He is also a Fellow of CPA Australia, Leadership WA and the Australian Institute of Management.

Margaret Zhang

Photographer, Director, Writer and Consultant

Margaret Zhang is an Australian photographer, stylist, writer, creative director and consultant. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Gucci, Dior, UNIQLO, Swarovski, Clinique, Lexus, Swisse, MATCHES and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of content and consulting capacities, all while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s photography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of the Year Award.

Irina Hayward

Head of Digital & Direct Strategy, BMF

Irina is an accomplished B2C/B2B marketing professional with over 18 years experience, working both client and agency side. She specialises in Digital, CRM, Direct and Loyalty marketing across the full channel mix with a key focus on ROI and campaign optimisation.

Irina is recognised for her immediate results with an extensive record of achievement across clients such as Telstra, IAG, EA Games, Citibank, AMEX and HCF.

At BMF, Irina heads up Digital and Direct across TAL Life Insurance, Weight Watchers, George Weston Foods and Blistex; elevating the Brand Response model and uniting data, strategy and creative for brand and direct response, to drive effectiveness and efficiency.