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ANU Crawford Leadership Forum

Global Realities, Domestic Choices: Rebuilding Trust
23 June - 25 June
The Australian National University


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Main Program

  • 23 June
  • 24 June
  • 25 June

Anna-Maria Arabia

Chief Executive
Australian Academy of Science
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science, Anna-Maria was Principal Adviser to the Hon Bill Shorten. Anna-Maria brings with her experience as General Manager of Questacon - the National Science and Technology Centre; and CEO of Science & Technology Australia. Anna-Maria has worked in senior policy roles in both social and economic portfolios. She has worked extensively with parliamentarians, the business and community sectors, and the media. Anna-Maria was recently a Director of the Board of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia, an organisation committed to creating independence, dignity and unlimited opportunity for people living with spinal cord injury. Anna-Maria obtained her Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has undertaken medical research in the field of neuroscience both in Australia and abroad. She is a passionate advocate for science, social justice and gender equity.

25 June

Gabrielle Chan

Political correspondent
The Guardian
Gabrielle Chan has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She has been a political journalist and politics live blogger at Guardian Australia since 2013. Prior to that she worked at The Australian, ABC radio, The Daily Telegraph, in local newspapers and politics. Gabrielle has written and edited history books, biographies and even a recipe book.

25 June

Chen Dongxiao

Shanghai Institutes for International Studies
Prof. and Dr. CHEN Dongxiao is the President of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS). Dr. Chen obtained his Ph.D from Fudan University. Dr. Chen specializes in the studies of United Nations, China’s foreign policy and China-U.S. relations. He has led numerous research projects commissioned by China National Foundation of Social Sciences Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Taiwan Affairs Office of State Council and so on. Dr. Chen has published extensively on the UN reform and China’s multilateral diplomacy. He is the chief editor of China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies (CQISS), a flagship English journal on China’s diplomacy published by SIIS and World Scientific Publishing House (Singapore). He is also the adjunct professor of Shanghai International Studies University. Dr. CHEN is the high level advisor of Independent Team of Advisory (ITA) for ECOSOC Dialogue on longer-term positioning of United Nations Development System (2016), the member of ASEAN Regional Forum’s (ARF) Expert and Eminent Person (EEP), senior advisor on economic diplomacy for China’s Foreign Ministry, senior advisor of International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). He also holds the position as Vice Chair of China National Association of International Relations.

23 June

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Non-Resident Fellow
Center on International Cooperation
Jean-Marie Guehenno is a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC). Previously, Guehenno was the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping operations at the United Nations from 2000 to 2008.

He is an expert in peacekeeping, global governance and transnational security threats.

25 June

Anwar Ibrahim

People's Justice Party, Malaysia
Dato' Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who is currently the president of the People's Justice Party and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. He was Leader of the Opposition between 2008 and 2015, and a founder and leading figure of the People's Justice Party or Parti Keadilan Rakyat

23 June

Thomas Lembong

Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board
Thomas Trikasih Lembong, also known as Tom, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board. He was the Indonesian Minister of Trade from August 2015 to July 2016.

Prior his appointment in the cabinet, he has a long professional record. In 1994, Mr. Lembong started his career at Morgan Stanley and Company as a Sales and Trading Associate. Then, he worked at Equities Division of Morgan Stanley (Singapore), served as Senior Manager at Corporate Finance Department of Makindo, and Investment Banker of Deutsche Securities Indonesia.

Between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Lembong served as Division Head and Senior Vice President at the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). He is employed with Principia Management Group, and was a Managing Partner and CEO at Quvat Management, a private equity fund established in 2006.

Mr. Tom Lembong received a Bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA in 1994. He also was elected as Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2008.

24 June

Nellie Liang

Miriam K. Carliner Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

Nellie Liang is the Miriam K. Carliner Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She also is a Visiting Scholar at the International Monetary Fund, Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, and is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisors. Prior to joining Brookings in February 2017, she was the founding director of the Division of Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Board. Ms. Liang’s research specialties in recent years include financial stability, credit markets, and the intersection of financial and monetary policy. She speaks frequently at research and industry conferences, and has published papers in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and the International Journal of Central Banking. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Justin Yifu Lin

Institute of New Structural Economics and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, Peking University
Justin Yifu Lin is Dean of Institute of New Structural Economics, Dean of Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development and Professor and Honorary Dean of National School of Development at Peking University. He was the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 2008-2012.

Prior to this, Mr. Lin served for 15 years as Founding Director and Professor of the China Centre for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. He is Councillor of the State Council and a member of the Standing Committee, Chinese People’s Political Consultation Conference.

He is the author of more than 20 books including 'Beating the Odds: Jump-starting Developing Countries'; 'Going Beyond Aid: Development Cooperation for Structural Transformation', 'The Quest for Prosperity: How Developing Economies Can Take Off', 'New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development and Policy', 'Against the Consensus: Reflections on the Great Recession', and 'Demystifying the Chinese Economy'.

Professor Lin is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World.

25 June

Thant Myint-U

Writer and Historian
Thant Myint-U is a Burmese historian, writer, a past fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, a former Adviser to the President of Myanmar, and the founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust. He is the author of four books, including the bestselling and critically acclaimed The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma and Where China Meets India: Burma and the New Crossroads of Asia.

24 June

25 June

Gideon Rachman

Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist
Financial Times
Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006.

He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.

23 June

Kori Schake

Deputy Director-General
International Institute of Strategic Studies
As Deputy Director-General, Dr Kori Schake oversees the Institute’s world-class research programme and acts as a driving force behind initiatives to enhance the Institute's work and profile, including developing new funding opportunities and deepening links with governments, the private sector, and the expert and opinion-forming communities internationally on strategic issues. During her illustrious career, Kori has held policy positions across government, academia and think tanks, including working with both the military and civilian staffs of the Pentagon, in the White House at the National Security Council, and at the US State Department as Deputy Head of Policy Planning. She has authored a number of books, most recently Safe Passage, an account of the transition from UK to US power on the global stage, published by Harvard University Press in November 2017.

23 June

25 June

Lenore Taylor

The Guardian Australia
Lenore Taylor is Guardian Australia's editor. She has won two Walkley awards and has twice won the Paul Lyneham award for excellence in press gallery journalism. She co-authored a book, Shitstorm, on the Rudd government's response to the global economic crisis

24 June

Laura Tingle

Chief political correspondent, 7:30
Laura Tingle is the chief political correspondent for nightly current affairs program 7.30. One of Australia's best journalists and top political analysts, she's spent most of her 35-year career in journalism reporting on Australian federal politics, and the country's major policy debates.
A journalist, author and essayist, she was formerly the political editor of The Australian Financial Review.

24 June

Frances Adamson

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015. From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China's reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei. Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997. She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010. Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University's National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015. Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

25 June

John Anderson

Crawford Fund
John Anderson is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party of Australia (1999-2005); Minister for Primary Industries and Energy (1996-1998); Minister for Transport and Regional Development (1998-2005); served on Expenditure Review (Budget) Committee, National Security Committee and Standing Environment Committee while in Cabinet. He was the member for Gwydir, New South Wales 1989 to his retirement in 2005. John has returned to farming, and is also active in the not-for-profit sector. John Anderson is the Chair of the Crawford Fund and a member of the Board of Directors.

25 June

Carol Austin

HSBC Bank Australia
Ms Austin has over thirty years’ experience in the finance industry. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of HSBC Bank Australia Ltd and the Grattan Institute, Chairman of the ACT Investment Advisory Board and a member of the Investment, Audit and Risk Committee of the General Sir John Monash Foundation. Ms Austin is also a Commissioner with the NSW Independent Planning Commission.

Ms Austin’s past directorships include the Future Fund and the Tasmanian Public Finance Corporation. She has also served on the advisory boards of the Australian Office of Financial Management and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

Ms Austin’s executive career included economic research/senior management roles with the Reserve Bank of Australia, BHP and Contango Asset Management.

Ms Austin holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from ANU. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

24 June

Brad Banducci

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Woolworths Group
Brad was appointed Managing Director of Woolworths Food Group in March 2015 and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Group in February 2016. Prior to this appointment, he was Director of the Group’s Liquor business between 2012 and March 2015. Brad joined the Group in 2011 after the acquisition of the Cellarmasters Group, a direct wine retail and production company. He was Chief Executive Officer of Cellarmasters from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Director, and later a Non-executive Director at Tyro Payments and a Vice President and Director with The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a core member of their retail practice for 15 years.

24 June

Vikram Bhakoo

Associate Professor
Department of Management and Marketing, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Vikram Bhakoo is an Associate Professor within the Operations Management discipline in the Department of Management & Marketing at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

His current stream of research focuses on supply chain sustainability and risk, technology adoption and diffusion issues and buyer/supplier relationships. His research specifically seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding around the institutional and contextual dynamics at play when organizations are embedded in different tiers of the supply chain.

He has published his work in a variety of prestigious journals such as the Journal of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Ethics amongst others. He is the Associate editor for Journal of Supply Chain Management and International Journal of Logistics Management. In addition, he is also serves on the editorial review boards of Journal of Operations Management and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. His research agenda continues to draw support from the Australian Research Council and the University of Melbourne.

Dr Bhakoo holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Information Systems and a PhD from Monash University. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he has worked in textile manufacturing, financial services and information technology sectors in business development and supply chain management roles.

24 June

Megan Brownlow

Deputy Chair
Screen Australia and Media Federation Australia
Megan is a media and entertainment industry specialist. She has over 20 years’ experience in media and marketing ranging from producing television and radio programs to designing cross-media strategies – both content and advertising – for online and traditional media properties.

Megan is currently the Deputy Chair of Screen Australia, the Deputy Chair of the Media Federation of Australia, the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the ACMA Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund and on the Advisory Board for the UTS School of Communication.

25 June

Marika Calfas

Chief Executive Officer
NSW Ports
Marika Calfas is the CEO of NSW Ports. She has considerable experience in the port sector including in her previous roles with Sydney Ports Corporation. With a strong belief that ports are crucial to our wellbeing and essential for the Nation’s economy Marika enjoys working in the industry. Marika has a passion to do things well, make improvements and find new opportunities. Prior to working in ports, Marika worked in water resources with Sinclair Knight Merz. She holds an Engineering Degree (Environmental), Masters of Engineering Management and Masters of Environmental Law. Marika is also a board member of Ports Australia and PIANC, Deputy Chair of the Australian Logistics Council, Member of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia National Advisory Board and Chief Executive Women as well as Australia’s representative to PIANC International Environmental Commission.

24 June

Andrea Carson

Associate Professor, Journalism
La Trobe University
Dr Andrea Carson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Her research interests are newspapers and their business models; journalism studies; media ownership and regulation; media effects and political agenda setting; investigative journalism; digital newsrooms; political communication; elections and election reporting.

25 June

Andrew Charlton

AlphaBeta Advisors
Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He was the prime minister’s representative to conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF). From 2010-2014 he worked for Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, including two years in corporate strategy (M&A and major group projects) and two years in operational roles (divisional Chief Financial Officer and General Manager). His academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Andrew was one of the few economists in Australia who foresaw the slowing in China’s economy and the impact on commodity prices. In 2011 he questioned the mainstream consensus view that China could sustain double-digit economic growth rates and that Australia would benefit from a prolonged ‘commodity supercycle’. He publicly warned of the weaknesses in China’s economic model and advised businesses to protect themselves from falling commodity prices. In 2014 his Quarterly Essay (Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom) forecasted the subsequent fall in commodity prices, writing that the China “exhibits many of the characteristics of an emerging economy heading into a debt problem: a period of excessive investment; capital allocation sometimes influenced by political rather than commercial criteria; and heavy debt.” The Australian Financial Review wrote “[Charlton] cleverly summarises Australia’s economic history and explains how, for the foreseeable future, our feet are dangling over the edge of a Chinese cliff.”

25 June

Ian Chubb

Former Chief Scientist
Ian William Chubb AC is an Australian neuroscientist and academic, who was the Chief Scientist of Australia from 23 May 2011 to 22 January 2016. In 1999 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia "for service to the development of Higher Education policy & its implementation at state, national & international levels, as an administrator in the Tertiary Education sector, & to research, particularly in the field of neuroscience". In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal "for service to Australian society through tertiary education and university administration". In 2006 he was appointed a Companion of the Order "for service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge based global economy". Named ACT Australian of the Year 2011, Chubb was recognised for three decades of service to tertiary education and university governance in Australia, and internationally. In 2012 he was appointed a member of the board of the Climate Change Authority.

25 June

Melinda Cilento

Chief Executive
Committee for Economic Development of Australia
Melinda is a company director and experienced senior executive. She is a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum and Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of experts advisors. She was previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund. Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors. Melinda’s professional qualifications include a Masters of Economics (Australian National University), and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), (Flinders University, SA). She has also completed the AICD Company Directors Course. Melinda began as CEDA CEO in October, 2017.

24 June

Ali Cupper

Independent Member for Mildura
Ali Cupper is a lawyer, councillor and social worker who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of children and families in Sunraysia. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a solicitor, family law mediator, senior child protection practitioner and lecturer in social work and social policy. In 2012, she joined Mildura Rural City Council (MRCC) and over that time, has held portfolios for Community Development, Community Services and Gender Equality. In 2017/18, her Council colleagues appointed her Deputy Mayor, a position she also held in 2012/13 in her first year on Council. She is passionate about local politics and over the past 8 years, has been a determined and influential advocate for Mildura’s social and economic interests.

25 June

John Daley

Chief Executive Officer
Grattan Institute
John has been the Chief Executive of the Grattan Institute since it was founded nine years ago. He has published extensively on economic reform priorities, budget policy, tax reform, housing affordability, and generational inequality. This work is underpinned by themes of prioritising government initiatives, and the limits to government effectiveness.

John graduated from the University of Oxford in 1999 with a DPhil in public law after completing an LLB (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Melbourne in 1990. He has worked at the University of Oxford, the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, consulting firm McKinsey and Co, and ANZ Bank in fields including law, public policy, strategy, and finance.

24 June

Glyn Davis

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Glyn Davis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University and Chair of the ANZSOG Research Committee. Since 2018, Professor Davis has also been elected a Visiting Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government and a Visiting Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford. Professor Davis combines this with a visiting appointment at Kings College London.

Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Davis teaches and researches in the field of public policy. Professor Davis has had a distinguished career in higher education as Vice-Chancellor of Griffith University and the University of Melbourne. His public-sector service includes terms as the Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Queensland, and as Foundation Chair of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Companion in the Order of Australia. He has served as Chair of the Group of Eight and Chair of Universities Australia.

In 2008 Professor Davis co-chaired the Australia 2020 Summit and, in the same year served as a member of the Innovation Taskforce, an expert group commissioned to review Australia’s research and innovation systems.

In 2010 Professor Davis presented the Boyer Lectures published as The Republic of Learning.

In 2017 Professor Davis published 'The Australian Idea of a University' and The 6th Edition of 'The Australian Policy Handbook'.

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24 June

John W.H. Denton

Secretary General
International Chamber of Commerce
John W.H. Denton AO is Chairman of Corrs’ International Advisory Council, and was formerly Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs.

John is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). His appointment to this role marked the first time an Australian has held this position.

John was a member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper. He was on the Government’s Cabinet sub-committee for the White Paper review process published in October 2012, and was later a member of the Strategic Advisory Board advising the Government on implementation and emerging policy issues.

 A former diplomat, John was a Panel Member of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness and was the founding Chairman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Australia for more than a decade.

John has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Melbourne, and is a Harvard Business School Alumnus.

24 June

Paul Dibb

Emeritus Professor
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University
Paul Dibb is an Emeritus Professor of strategic studies at The Australian National University's Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, which he was the Head of from 1991 to 2004.

He is the author or editor of six books and over 160 academic articles about the global strategic outlook, the security of the Asia-Pacific region, the US Alliance, and Australia's defence policy. He wrote the 1986 'Review of Australia's Defence Capabilities' (the Dibb report) and was the primary author of the 1987 Defence White Paper. His book 'The Soviet Union: The Incomplete Superpower' was published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London in 1986, and attracted international acclaim.

He was Head of the National Assessments Staff 1974-78, Director of the Joint Intelligence Organisation 1986-88 and Deputy Secretary of Defence for Strategic Policy and Intelligence 1988-91.

His career in Australia as a prominent academic, senior policy maker and intelligence official has spanned almost fifty years.

25 June

Craig Emerson

Managing Director
Emerson Economics
Craig Emerson Economics provides expert advice to business clients seeking commercial opportunities in Australia and Asia, and on actual and proposed government policies and their implications for business. Dr Craig Emerson is an eminent economist, holding a PhD in economics from the Australian National University, with 35 years of experience in public policy, politics and public service. He was Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1986 to 1990 and, after entering parliament in 1998, went on to serve as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Asian Century Policy between 2010 and 2013. Dr Emerson is now Managing Director of Craig Emerson Economics, President of the Australia China Business Council NSW, an Adjunct Professor at Victoria University’s College of Business, and writes a fortnightly column for The Australian Financial Review. He is also a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy.

25 June

Gareth Evans

The Australian National University
Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC FASSA FAIIA has been Chancellor of the Australian National University since January 2010. He was a Cabinet Minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor Governments from 1983-96, in the posts of Attorney General, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Transport and Communications and - from 1988-96 - Foreign Minister. During his 21 years in Australian politics he was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1993-96) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (1996-98).

 From 2000 to 2009 he was President and CEO of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation.

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Nicholas Farrelly

Associate Dean, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
The Australian National University
Dr Nicholas Farrelly is the Associate Dean in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific responsible for development and impact initiatives. In this role he leads the College’s engagement with a wide range of government, business and civil society organisations. After graduating from the ANU in 2003 with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Asian Studies, he completed his M.Phil and D.Phil at Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2006, while a graduate student, Nicholas founded New Mandala, a website which has gone on to become the preeminent public forum in Southeast Asian Studies. After returning to Canberra from Oxford, in 2009 he was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security. Nicholas recently served as a Deputy Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and as Director of the ANU Myanmar Research Centre. Nicholas is the Ambassador for the Westpac Research Fellowship program, sits on the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation National Selection Panel for the Future Leader and Research Fellow schemes. His own academic research focuses on political conflict and social change in mainland Southeast Asia. He has examined these themes across the borderlands where Myanmar rubs against India, Bangladesh and China. Nicholas is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

24 June

Sharon Friel

Director, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Sharon Friel is Director of the the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) and Professor of Health Equity, Australian National University. She is also Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy ANU. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. In 2014 she was named by her international peers as one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health. She is the Co-Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in the Social Determinants of Health Equity. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to investigate the interface between health equity, social determinants and climate change, based at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU. Between 2005 and 2008 she was the Head of the Scientific Secretariat (University College London) of the World Health Organisation Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Before moving to Australia, she worked for many years in the Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway. Her interests are in the role of structural factors in affecting health inequities, including trade and investment, urbanisation, food systems, and climate change; and the analysis of governance, policy and regulatory processes and their effectiveness at addressing health inequities.

25 June

Emma Germano

Vice President
Victorian Farmers Federation
Emma Germano hails from Mirboo North, where she is Managing Director of her family mixed operation I Love Farms. On Gippsland’s fertile red soils the Germanos grow fresh vegetables for local and export markets, as well as running sheep and beef cattle. I Love Farms has a firm focus on sustainability and strives to connect consumers with Australian farmers to increase community understanding of food and fibre production. Emma is the current VFF Horticulture Group President. She also sits on the Vegetable Industry Market and Value Chain Strategic Investment Advisory Panel and has previously held tenure on the Victorian Vegetable Growers Executive Committee and as the VFF Horticulture Group Vice-President. Emma is also a Nuffield Scholar (2014), her research examining global export opportunities for Australian primary producers.

24 June

Jane Golley

Acting Director
Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University
Jane Golley is an Associate Professor and economist, and is currently Acting Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Her career has taken her from the Asia Section of the Australian Commonwealth Treasury to the World Bank in Washington DC, and the UNU’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki. Jane spent eight years studying and teaching at the University of Oxford, where her thesis was on ‘The Dynamics of Chinese Regional Development’. Returning to ANU, she worked in the School of Economics and then the Crawford School of Economics and Government, where she developed a graduate course on ‘China in the World’. Jane was the president of the Chinese Economic Society Australia in 2010–2012, and continues to be an active member of that society.

Jane's research over the last two decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including demographic change and economic growth (modelling the economic impacts of the One- and Two-Child policies and sex ratio imbalances); household consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, inequalities in education and earnings; and the Belt and Road Initiative. Jane teaches The Chinese Economy to Masters students at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and is co-editor of the 'China Story Yearbook' series, including the 'China Story Yearbook 2017: Prosperity'.

25 June

Michelle Grattan

Chief Political Correspondent
The Conversation
Michelle Grattan is one of Australia's most respected political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.

As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and political editor of The Age since 2004.

Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as associate editor (politics) and chief political correspondent at The Conversation.

25 June

Marianne Hanson

Associate Professor
The University of Queensland
Dr Hanson was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford University before she joined the University of Queensland in 1995. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues, Department of International Relations at the University of British Columbia, a Visiting Fellow at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Visiting Scholar at Sciences Po in Paris.

25 June

Sandra Harding

Vice Chancellor and President
James Cook University
Professor Sandra Harding, Officer of the Order of Australia, took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville.
Educated at the Australian National University, The University of Queensland and North Carolina State University (USA), Professor Harding has extensive academic and academic leadership experience. An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two key areas: education policy and related areas; and; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development. In addition, she has undertaken a wide variety of senior university-aligned roles as well as memberships/directorships of a variety of local, national and international Boards and Councils.

24 June

Virginia Haussegger

Director, 50/50 by 2030
University of Canberra
A graduate of Melbourne University, Virginia began her journalism career as an ABC TV News cadet in 1986. A skilled interviewer, she went on to become the youngest woman to host the ABC’s flagship current affairs program the 7.30 Report, and has worked as a reporter and presenter of that program in four capital cities. In the early 90s Virginia moved to commercial TV reporting for A Current Affair on Channel 9, and later Network 7’s Witness, as Senior Reporter. In 2001, after working in the corporate sector as a communications specialist with Cosway Australia, Virginia returned to broadcasting as news anchor in Canberra where she was the face of ABC TV News in the national capital until late 2016. Virginia is widely published across Australian print media, previously as a weekly columnist in The Canberra Times, and contributor to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Virginia’s seminal article on feminism and childlessness was ranked by The Age newspaper as among the most significant opinion pieces published in its 150 year history. Her book Wonder Woman: The myth of ‘having it all’ was launched in a live broadcast at the National Press Club in 2005. In 2009 Virginia made a self-funded trip to Afghanistan to highlight the plight of women and children. And in 2011 she curated the exhibition “Eye On Afghanistan”, to raise funds for the Australian based NGO Mahboba’s Promise. She later featured in the multi-award winning documentary, ‘Love Marriage in Kabul’ by Amin Palangi. Virginia is the recipient of various awards including, the United Nations Association Media Peace Prize for coverage of Indigenous Affairs: Penguin Award for Current Affairs Excellence; and Toastmasters Communicator of the Year ACT (2007).

24 June

Carolyn Hendriks

Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Carolyn M. Hendriks is an Associate Professor with a background in both political science and environmental engineering. Her work examines democratic aspects of contemporary governance, including participation, deliberation, inclusion and representation. She has taught and published widely on the application and politics of inclusive and deliberative forms of citizen engagement. She has led numerous empirical projects in Australia, Germany and the Netherlands on the role of interests, power, networks, markets and elites in participatory modes of governing. Her recent research work is exploring alternative modes of political participation, particularly those enabled by online and offline spaces of political contestation (see below). Carolyn is an appointed member of newDemocracy Foundation’s Research Committee and sits on the editorial board of several international journals, including the European Journal of Political Research. Carolyn is the author of two books, including the Politics of Public Deliberation (Palgrave, 2011), over 30 scholarly journal articles, and numerous book chapters. Her research outputs have won awards including: the Mayer Journal Prize for best paper in published in 2017 in the Australian Journal of Political Science the Ken Young Journal Prize for the best paper published in Policy & Politics in 2017 (together with co-authors Selen Ercan and John Boswell) the Harold D. Lasswell Journal Prize for best article in Policy Sciences for 2005

25 June

Ken Henry

National Australia Bank
Dr Henry has been Chairman of National Australia Bank (NAB) since December 2015 and a Non-Executive Director since November 2011. He is Chairman of the NAB Board's Nomination & Governance Committee.

Dr Henry has over 30 years of experience in economics, policy and regulation, governance and leadership. He served as the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2011. From June 2011 until November 2012, he was special advisor to the Prime Minister with responsibility for leading the development of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. He is a former member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Board of Taxation, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Council of Infrastructure Australia and was Chair of both the Howard Government’s Taxation Taskforce (‘A New Tax System’, 1997-1998) and the Review into Australia’s Future Tax System (the ‘Henry Tax Review’) commissioned by the Rudd Government (2008-09). He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 and received the Centenary Medal in 2001. He is Co-Chair of NAB's Indigenous Advisory Group.

Dr Henry's other directorships and interests include Sir Roland Wilson Foundation (Chairman), Cape York Partnership, Committee of Economic Development of Australia (Governor), John Grill Centre for Project Leadership's Advisory Board and Australia-China Senior Business Leaders Forum.

24 June

John Hewson

Chair, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
The Australian National University
Dr John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. Dr Hewson was the former leader of the federal opposition in Australia during 1990-1994.

24 June

Stephen Howes

Development Policy Centre, The Australian National University
Stephen is a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is the Director of the Development Policy Centre, He served as Director of the International and Development Economics program of the Crawford School from 2009 to 2014.

Prior to joining the Crawford School in 2009, Stephen was Chief Economist at the Australian Agency for International Development. He worked from 1994 to 2005 at the World Bank, first in Washington and then in Delhi, where he was Lead Economist for India. In 2008, he worked on the Garnaut Review on Climate Change, where he managed the Review’s international work stream.

Stephen also serves as a Board Member for CARE Australia, where he chairs the Program and Operations Committee. He is also Chair of Femili PNG, an NGO that supports survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

He has previously served on the Board of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, and on the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute.

In 2005, while working for AusAID, Stephen was a member of the three-person Core Group whose report formed the basis for the 2006 Australian Aid White Paper. In 2010-11, Stephen was a member of the five-person panel who wrote the Independent Review of [Australian] Aid Effectiveness. In 2016, he served as a member of the Australia-Pacific Technical College Design Reference Group.

24 June

Robert Ingram

Australian Wool Growers Association
Mr Robert Ingram has been a Director of the Australian Woolgrowers Association since October 2011. Robert is a sixth generation woolgrower operating a 2700 ha fine wool merino property with his wife and two sons and includes the original family holding taken up in 1884. His original qualification is in Animal Husbandry from Sydney University (B Sc Agr) with post graduate qualifications in Resource Management from Canberra University (Grad Dip Res Management). He is heavily committed to e-agriculture and is a Director and major shareholder in a small technology company developing IT for the extensive livestock industries. Robert is an agricultural and rural development specialist with over 30 years experience in Australia and Asia. He has extensive experience in large regional integrated rural development programs and developing policy, regulatory and R&D frameworks to enhance the sustainability of rural communities. He is recognised for his skills to work effectively with all players (government, private sector, civil society and NGOs) throughout the value chain. His expertise allows him to effectively consult and network and thus develop viable, sustainable strategic options using relevant collaborative and feedback processes to test options. To this end he has stressed the need for cross cutting assessments of policy to gauge the impact of multiple issues, including environment, gender, governance, innovation and social sustainability on economic viability. He strongly supports the philosophy of government setting and enhancing the policy and regulatory framework that allows the private sector to be productive and efficient, whether it is RD&E or marketing. He is also strongly focused on the importance of ensuring the wool industry maintains its social capital, but more importantly that it is improved with good policy and a strong independent woolgrowers' voice through the AWGA. He has worked extensively with international and government agencies and continues to be involved in agribusiness programs in the Pacific.

24 June

Thomas Jacobs

Country Manager for Australia, News Zealand and the Pacific
International Finance Corporation

Frank Jotzo

Professor, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy
The Australian National University
Frank Jotzo is Professor at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, where he directs the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy. He is also co-director of the Energy Transition Hub. As an environmental economist, his research focuses on policy relevant aspects of climate change and energy, and on development and economic reform. Frank Jotzo is joint editor-in-chief of the journal Climate Policy and a Lead Author of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th and 6th Assessment Reports. He has been involved in a number of policy research and advisory exercises, including as senior advisor to Australia’s Garnaut Climate Change Review, as advisor to governments, and to international organisations including the World Bank. He is a member of the Australian Capital Territory’s Climate Change Council and has advised other State governments. He frequently writes and comments in the media and tweets @frankjotzo. He teaches the courses Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics, International Climate Change Policy and Economics, and Research in Climate Change Economics and Policy, and co-convenes the Master of Climate Change degree.

25 June

Daryl Karp

Museum of Australian Democracy
Daryl is currently the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where she has established a strategic direction focusing on ‘the spirit of Australian democracy and the power of your voice within it’, positioning the museum as a new kind of town square, based on the democratic principles of equality, freedom, justice, representation. Her programs have won numerous awards and she has worked with many of the key factual broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, NHK, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and PBS, CBC Canada, and ZDF Germany.

24 June

Patricia Karvelas

ABC Radio
Patricia Karvelas is the presenter of RN Drive and has been a prominent senior journalist in the Australian media for 15 years, beginning her professional career in broadcast journalism at the ABC and SBS as both a producer and presenter. She has worked for The Australian newspaper since 2002 covering federal politics, most recently working as the Victorian Bureau Chief and Editor and Senior National Affairs Journalist. Patricia specialised in Indigenous affairs reporting for more than 10 years. Patricia has been a regular fill-in presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne, and frequently appears on a range of television and radio programs including RN's Sunday Extra and ABC TV's The Drum.

25 June

Meg Keen

Associate Professor, Department of Pacific Affairs
The Australian National University
Dr Meg Keen joined DPA in 2015; she has a professional background in South Pacific resource management, regionalism, development and intelligence/security. Meg has been a senior analyst in the Oceania Branch of the Office of National Assessments (2006-2015). In 2011, Meg was seconded to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) as a senior policy adviser in the Office of the Special Coordinator. Prior to joining the government, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Environmental Management and Development Graduate Program, National Centre for Development Studies (now Crawford School), and in the Human Ecology Program, Fenner School at the ANU. Meg has also been a lecturer in the Graduate School of Environmental Sciences at Monash University. Meg’s current research deals with sustainable resource management, urbanisation, livelihoods and national development. She is the project leader for the Urbanisation in Honiara project (2015-16) which is working across multiple stakeholder groups to critically examine the politics of urbanisation, and the ways in which better urban management in Honiara can create pathways to prosperity and national stability. Meg also has research interests in the sustainable livelihoods, labour mobility, the blue economy and regional policing. Past research projects and academic publications have addressed: social learning in resource management culminating in the book Social Learning in Resource Management: Towards a Sustainable Future; community-based resource management and development; economics for development; environmental communications and education; and, environmental impact assessment. Meg has done research consultancies for a range organisations including AusAID, Asia–Pacific Network, CSIRO, SPREP, and World Bank.

25 June

Huong Le Thu

Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Senior Analyst
Dr. Huong Le Thu is a Senior Analyst at ASPI, Defence and Strategy Program. Prior to joining ASPI she worked at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (ANU), Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), and Institute of International Relations (Taiwan). Her research interests include multilateral security in Asia, foreign policy in post-socialist countries, as well as identity politics. She has held shortterm research fellowships in Seoul (private think-tank), Kuala Lumpur (University of Malaya) and Jakarta (the ASEAN Secretariat). She is an alumna of the DKI Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, and a recipient of the U.S. State Department Fellowship for East Asian Security and IISS ShangriLa Dialogue Southeast Asian Fellow. Dr. Le Thu’s academic publications have appeared in The Pacific Review, Asia-Europe Journal, Oxford University Press among others; her policy analyses have featured in the The International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, East West Center, Royal United Services Institute, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

24 June

Philip Lowe

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.

24 June

Jenny Macklin

Member for Jagajaga
Australian Labor Party
Jenny Macklin is the Member for Jagajaga, in Melbourne’s North-East and the Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services. As a Minister in the Rudd Labor Government, she oversaw the historic apologies to the Stolen Generations and the Forgotten Generation. In 2010 Jenny oversaw the implementation of Australia's first National Paid Parental Leave Scheme. Since its introduction in 2011 nearly one million Australians have accessed paid parental leave scheme. Macklin saw the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

24 June

Sally McCutchan

Executive Director and CEO
Impact Investing Australia
Sally has extensive experience in finance, funds management and strategy, and has spent many years working in and understanding Asia Pacific markets. Sally first joined Impact Investing Australia in May 2015 to manage the strategic development and implementation of a new financial institution to scale impact investing in Australia, Impact Capital Australia. Sally has held senior roles with Accenture, Legg Mason Asset Management and SBC Warburg [now UBS]. Sally is a non-executive director of Indigenous Business Australia Asset Management, Oxfam Australia, Millennium Service Group (ASX: MIL) and two National Australia Bank securitisation companies. She is currently a member of: the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment’s (GSG) Working Group on impact investing wholesalers; the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing and the QBE Classification of Social Impact Committee. Sally is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

25 June

Warwick McKibbin

Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, The Australian National University
Professor Warwick McKibbin, AO is Professor of Public Policy and 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.

Professor McKibbin was foundation Director of the ANU Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis and foundation Director of the ANU Research School of Economics. He was also a Professorial Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy for a decade from 2003 where he was involved in its design and development.

Professor McKibbin served for a decade on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (the Australian equivalent of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve) until July 2011. He has also served as a member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, and on the Australian Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Uranium Mining Processing and Nuclear Energy in Australia.

Professor McKibbin received his B.Com (Honours 1) and University Medal from University of NSW (1980) and his AM (1984) and a PhD (1986) from Harvard University. He was awarded the Centenary medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education” and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modeling. He has published more than 200 academic papers as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press. He has authored/ edited 5 books including “Climate Change Policy after Kyoto: A Blueprint for a Realistic Approach” with Professor Peter Wilcoxen of Syracuse University. He has been a consultant for many international agencies and a range of governments on issues of macroeconomic policy, international trade and finance, greenhouse policy issues, global demographic change and the economic cost of pandemics.

24 June

Daniel Moss

Bloomberg Opinion
Daniel Moss is Columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, the commentary and opinion pages of Bloomberg News. Immediately prior to that, he was Executive Editor for global economics. Moss joined Bloomberg in 1994 and led teams in Asia, Europe and the U.S. A regular contributor to Bloomberg Television, he is co-host of Benchmark, a weekly economics podcast.

Moss is a graduate of The Australian National University. He is a member of the Asia Society, Aspen Institute, the Economic Club of New York and the National Association for Business Economics. He is a director of ANU Foundation USA, which supports the activities of his alma mater.

Jane O'Dwyer

Vice-President, Engagement and Corporate Affairs
The Australian National University
Jane is charged with leading innovative, strategic engagement activity that enhances the unique position and nature of ANU in Australia and overseas. As acting Head of the Global Engagement portfolio, the Vice-President directly oversees Strategic Communications & Public Affairs (SCAPA), International Strategy & Partnerships (ISP), Marketing & Recruitment Division, and the ANU liaison offices in China, Singapore and North America, as well as ANU and the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub. Jane has 25 years of Australian and international experience stretching across politics, media, peak bodies and corporate affairs. She was the foundation Director of ANU Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, and foundation Director of the ANU North America Liaison Office. In Washington DC (2010 - 2012), she oversaw the implementation of the ANU North America Strategy, introduced programs to foster access to US funding, worked on building the US alumni community and helped establish the ANU (US) Foundation. Prior to joining ANU in 2004, she spent four years in Tokyo working in journalism and public diplomacy. She has previously worked in corporate affairs at the Australian Local Government Association and Sports Medicine Australia, and as a political advisor covering Trade, Regional Development and Resources and Energy portfolios. Jane holds a Master of Management (ANU), a Master of Journalism (Wollongong), and a Bachelor of Arts (Curtin), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been actively involved in the establishment of the Canberra Writers Festival, and is the Deputy Chair of the Board. She also sits on the Canberra Convention Bureau Board and the ANU National Security College Board.

24 June

Clare O'Neil

Shadow Minister for Justice, Shadow Minister for Financial Services
Australian Labor Party
Clare O'Neil was elected to the Parliament as the Federal Member for Hotham in 2013, and was re-elected in 2016.

In July 2016, Clare was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as the Shadow Minister for Justice. Clare is also a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement.

Immediately before entering Parliament, Clare worked in business as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. There, she worked with CEOs of Australian companies, helping them solve their most difficult problems.

Clare has Arts and Law degrees with Honours from Monash University, and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

Clare is a former Mayor of Greater Dandenong. At the age of 23, she was Australia’s youngest ever female Mayor.

Clare co-authored a book with Tim Watts MP, entitled ‘Two Futures - Australia at a Critical Moment’, in August 2015

24 June

Martin Parkinson

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016. Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O'Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia's Treasury Secretary. Before this he served as the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.

24 June

Michael Pezzullo

Department of Home Affairs
Michael Pezzullo was appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Home Affiairs in 2017. Prior to this, Mr Pezzullo was Secretary of Immigration and Border Protection, and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Mr Pezzullo first joined the Service as the Chief Operating Officer in July 2009. In that role, he was responsible for offshore maritime security, border-related intelligence, national security and law enforcement programmes, integrity and professional standards, and corporate operations. As principal deputy, he chaired the Service’s Operations Committee and acted as CEO when required.

Prior to joining the Service, he was Deputy Secretary Strategy in the Department of Defence—a position to which he was appointed in January 2006. In this position, he was responsible for defence strategy and planning, force structure development, the strategic policy aspects of Australian Defence Force operations, Defence's international security relationships, and the delivery of national security programmes in areas such as export controls, counter-proliferation and Defence cooperation with other countries. He also had oversight of the Department’s ministerial support and public affairs programmes.

Mr Pezzullo joined the Department of Defence as a graduate in 1987. He worked in Defence until 1992 in a variety of strategic policy and intelligence positions. He then transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where he worked in the International Division.

In March 1993, he joined the staff of the Foreign Minister, Senator the Hon Gareth Evans QC. He remained in Parliament House until December 2001, including serving five years as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Kim Beazley MP.

In February 2002, he rejoined the Department of Defence as an Assistant Secretary in the Corporate Services and Infrastructure Group (now Defence Support Group). In March 2004, he was promoted to the position of Head Infrastructure. In July 2004, he was transferred into the newly formed role of Chief Of Staff Australian Defence Headquarters and Head of Coordination and Public Affairs Division.

Between February 2008 and May 2009 he led the Defence White Paper team and was also the principal author of the 2009 Defence White Paper.

Mr Pezzullo has a BA (Hons) in History from Sydney University.

25 June

Elizabeth Proust

Advisory Board Chairman
Bank of Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s leading business figures, Elizabeth Proust has held leadership roles in the private and public sectors in Australia for over 30 years.

Elizabeth has an outstanding record in developing and leading organisations both locally and internationally. Prior to taking on roles as a non-executive director, Elizabeth spent eight years with the ANZ Group, including four years as Managing Director of Esanda. At ANZ itself, she held the positions of Managing Director, Metrobanking and Group General Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Management Services. She was global head of HR at ANZ at a time when the bank was represented in some 43 countries.

24 June

Lyn Roberts

Acting CEO
Dr Lyn Roberts has extensive experience of working within health NGOs having spent over 25 years working at an Executive level in state, national and international capacities. She was CEO of the National Heart Foundation of Australia from 2001 to 2013. During this time Dr Roberts was elected to the Board of the World Heart Federation (2006 to 2012) also serving as its Vice-President from 2009 to 2010. She has considerable expertise in strategic public health policy development and implementation, working with a wide range of stakeholders.
She has been a member of a number of expert advisory committees for the government and non-government sectors, and has widely presented at national and international conferences.
Dr Roberts has held a number of Board positions and has an excellent understanding of contemporary Board governance issues. Her previous roles include the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (board of directors 2010-2018) and a member of the Victorian Government Department of Justice and Regulation, Justice Health Ministerial Advisory Committee 2017-2018. Currently with Deakin University she is a member of the University Council, member of the Finance and Business Committee and a board member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 1997, Dr Roberts was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community and to health. In June 2015 she was awarded an AO for distinguished service to community health through executive and governmental advisory roles.

25 June

Nicola Roxon

The Honourable Nicola Roxon is Chair of HESTA (Industry Super Fund) and also Chair of BUPA. She was a member of the Australian Parliament for 15 years, representing Labor in the Western suburbs Melbourne seat of Gellibrand.

Elected at 31, she served as Australia’s Health Minister for four years from 2007 and oversaw major reforms to Australia’s public hospital, primary care and preventative health systems.
In 2011 Ms Roxon became Australia’s first female Attorney-General, and the Minister for Emergency Management in 2012. She has received national and international awards in recognition of her public health work, particularly in tobacco control.
With Ms Roxon’s leadership Australia successfully introduced a world first: all tobacco sold must now be in plain packaging with large, graphic health warnings. Ms Roxon’s personal and professional story was recorded in a documentary Kicking the Habit, produced by the ABC’s Australian Story Program and aired on 27 August 2012.
Trained as a lawyer, protecting the dignity of workers and promoting the standing of women has been a hallmark of Nicola’s career.

24 June

Brendan Sargeant

Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs
The Australian National University
Mr Sargeant is the Associate Secretary of the Australian Department of Defence.

Mr Sargeant has had wide experience in Defence and has held senior appointments including Deputy Head of the Defence Personnel Executive, Minister/Counsellor Defence Policy at Australian Embassy Washington, Deputy Director Intelligence at Defence Signals Directorate, Head of Strategic Policy Division and Deputy Secretary Strategy.

In 2006, Mr Sargeant transferred to Centrelink and held a number of senior appointments, including General Manager, Information Technology, Planning and Project Coordination, and General Manager, Strategy and Capability.

In January 2009, Mr Sargeant transferred to the position of First Assistant Secretary, Government and Defence Division, Budget Group, Department of Finance and Deregulation. Mr Sargeant was promoted to Deputy Secretary Strategy (Operations), Department of Defence in February 2010, and subsequently transferred to Deputy Secretary Strategic Reform and Governance for two years prior to taking up the Deputy Secretary Strategy role.

He was promoted to his current appointment of Associate Secretary in September 2013.

In October 2015, Mr Sargeant completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton’s Business School.

Mr Sargeant has degrees in Political Science and English Literature.

24 June

Jill Sheppard

Lecturer, School of Politics and International Relations
The Australian National University
Jill Sheppard's research focuses on why people participate in politics, what opinions they hold and why, and how both are shaped by political institutions and systems. Her current projects include studies of ethnic political participation in Australia, opinion formation and electoral behaviour, compulsory voting and its effects on voters, and social class in Australia. Recent papers on participation and voting have been published in Australia and internationally. Methodologically, her interests focus on sampling and fielding population-based surveys, questionnaire design, and respondent recruitment and retention. Jill is an investigator on Australia's contribution to the Asian Barometer and World Values Survey projects, and the Australian Election Study, as well as authoring the ANUpoll.

24 June

Rebecca Skinner

Associate Secretary
Department of Defence
Rebecca was appointed as the acting Associate Secretary of Defence in October 2017 and confirmed in the role September 2018. She is responsible for Defence enterprise planning, performance and risk management, and the integration of all corporate enabling functions across the Department. Prior to this appointment, Rebecca was Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Intelligence from September 2016, where she was responsible for the Defence intelligence agencies, strategic, international and industry policy and contestability. This followed her promotion to Deputy Secretary Defence People in May 2014, responsible for ADF and civilian personnel policy, delivery of people shared services, the ADF recruitment and family programs, culture change and honours and awards.

24 June

Heather Smith

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dr Heather Smith was appointed Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in September 2017. She previously held the positions of Secretary of the Department of Communications and the Arts and Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Heather was responsible for innovation policy and public data policy and headed the Prime Minister's Taskforce on Innovation. In October 2013 she was appointed by Prime Minister Abbott as Australia's G20 Sherpa, a role she held during Australia's Presidency. Prior to this Heather had responsibility in the Department for economic, industry, infrastructure, environment and strategic policy matters in her role as Deputy Secretary Economic and Strategy.

24 June

Ligang Song

The China Economy Program, The Australian National University
Ligang Song is Associate Professor in Crawford School of Economics and Government, and Director of China Economy Program at The Australian National University.

His research interests include international economics, development economics and policy studies, and the Chinese economy.

His main publications include a monograph entitled 'Changing Global Comparative Advantage: Evidence from Asia and the Pacific', published by Addison-Wesley (1996), a co-authored book entitled 'Private Enterprise in China', published by Asia Pacific Press (2001), and a co-authored book entitled 'China’s Ownership Transformation: Process, Outcomes, Prospects', published by the World Bank (2005).

His recent publications include several co-authored journal articles: ‘China as a global manufacturing powerhouse: strategic considerations and structural adjustment’, published in China and World Economy, 18 (1), 2010: 1-32; ‘Will Chinese growth slow after the Lewis turning point?’ published in China Economic Journal, 3 (2), 2010: 211-221; ‘Urbanisation of migrant workers and expansion of domestic demand’, published in Social Sciences in China, 31 (3), 2010: 194-216; ‘Foreign direct investment and environmental pollution in China: a simultaneous equations estimation’, published in Environment and Development Economics, 16, 2010: 71-92.

His current projects include the ARC Linkage project on China’s rapid industrialisation and its increasing demand on mineral resources focusing on the transformation of China’s steel industry (a co-edited book to be published by Edward Elgar), and a co-authored monograph onChina’s Tests of Limits to Growth (to be published by Oxford University Press). 

He teaches graduate courses in development economics and the Chinese economy and supervises a number of PhD students in Crawford School. He has been involved in organising the annual China Update conferences at ANU since 1998 and co-editing the 'China Update' book series with ANU E Press since 2002 and jointly with Social Sciences Academy Press of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences since 2007.

25 June

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. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Economics, worked for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in the early 1980s and was editor of The Australian from 2001 to 2006. He is a regular commentator on TV and radio, including ABC TV's 'Insider'' program and a media delegate to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

25 June

Brooke Summers

Supply Chain Consultant
Cotton to Market Project
Brooke is owner and Director of Step Communication, a consultancy specialising in communication, marketing and story-telling predominantly for the rural, regional and agricultural sectors. Brooke has provided communication services to Cotton Australia for over a decade. Brooke is currently Manager - Supply Chain relationships, and leads Cotton Australia’s Cotton to Market project, a coordinated effort to position cotton as the fibre of choice in the world market by influencing brand owner, retailer, manufacturer and consumer behaviour.

24 June

Wayne Swan

National President, Member for Lilley
The Australian Labor Party
Wayne Swan is an Australian politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party from 2010 to 2013, and the Treasurer of Australia from 2007 to 2013. Swan was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 for Lilley in Queensland, although he lost this seat in 1996. He regained the seat in 1998 and has represented it since. Following the Labor victory in 2007, Swan was appointed Treasurer of Australia by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. On 24 June 2010, after Julia Gillard became Prime Minister, Swan was elected unopposed as her deputy and was subsequently sworn in as the Deputy Prime Minister. In 2011, Swan was named Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney magazine, joining Paul Keating as the only Australian Treasurer to have been awarded that title. After Rudd successfully challenged Gillard for the leadership in June 2013, Swan resigned both of his positions, but remained in the Parliament. In June 2018, Swan was elected National President of the Labor Party

25 June

Veronica L. Taylor

Professor, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
The Australian National University
Veronica Taylor is a socio-legal scholar and Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. Her major contribution to socio-legal studies centres on rule of law assistance as form of foreign policy and as an emergent field of professional practice. She examines (i) the rise of non-Western rule of law exporters; (ii) regulatory analysis of the rule of law industry; and (iii) empriical studies of the practice and professionalization of rule of law promotion and law and justice interventions. Veronica's current work draws on 30 years’ professional experience as a designer and implementer of legal reform for the Asia Foundation, the International Development Law Organization, USAID, the World Bank, and (the former) AusAID, in Afghanistan, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the United States. The normative core of her work is how to transform legal networks and institutions in developing Asia in ways that are effective and just, while making powerful actors more accountable. Her parallel interest is the development of Asian legal systems, particularly Japan, Korea and Indonesia. Her earlier work includes empirical and comparative studies of contracts, compeititon and corporate governance in Japan. She has also written and consulted extensively on legal education reform and the regulation of the legal profession in Asia.

24 June

Ramesh Thakur

Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Professor Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (CNND) in the Crawford School, The Australian National University and co-Convenor of the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). He was Vice Rector and Senior Vice Rector of the United Nations University (and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations) from 1998–2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was a Professor of International Relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and Professor and Head of the Peace Research Centre at the Australian National University, during which time he was also a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues.

25 June

David Thodey

David Thodey is a global business leader focused on innovation, technology and telecommunications with more than 30 years of experience creating brand and shareholder value. He is the Chairman of JobsNSW as well as an Ambassador for business events in NSW. He is also the Chairman of the NSW Government’s Quantum Computing Fund Advisory Panel.

Mr Thodey is on the Advisory Boards of SquarePeg Capital and Unified Healthcare Group (UHG), is on the Investment Committee of Evans and Partners Global Disruption Fund, and is a non-executive Board director of Ramsay Health Care, a global hospital group.

He also had a successful career as CEO of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company and also CEO of IBM Australia and New Zealand.

24 June

Siddharth Varadarajan

Founding Editor
The Wire
Siddharth Varadarajan is an Indian-American journalist, editor, and academic. He is the former editor of The Hindu. He has reported on the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and the crisis in Kashmir. Varadarajan has edited a book titled Gujarat:The Making of a Tragedy which is about the 2002 Gujarat riots.

25 June

Peter Varghese

University of Queensland
Peter Varghese began as Chancellor of The University of Queensland on 11 July 2016. Prior to this appointment, Mr Varghese’s extensive career in public service and diplomacy spanned 38 years and included senior positions in foreign affairs, trade policy and intelligence. Most recently, he served as Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (2012-2016). Previous senior appointments included High Commissioner to India (2009-2012), High Commissioner to Malaysia (2000-2002), Director-General of the Office of National Assessments (2004-2009), and Senior Advisor (International) to the Prime Minister of Australia (2003-2004). Mr Varghese was the author of a comprehensive India Economic Strategy to 2035 commissioned by the Australian Prime Minister and submitted in July 2018. Mr Varghese was educated at The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a University Medal in history in 1978. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013. Mr Varghese sits on the boards of AMP Pty Limited and North Queensland Airports. He is also on the international governing board of the Rajaratnum School of International Studies in Singapore and the governing board of Nalanda University in India. He was awarded the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Asialink Medal in 2019 in recognition of outstanding contributions to improving Australia-Asia relations.

24 June

Elsina Wainwright

Non-Resident Senior Fellow
United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
Elsina Wainwright is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of the United States Studies Centre's Foreign Policy and Defence Program.

She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at New York University's Center on International Cooperation (CIC). Previous roles include Strategy and International Program Director at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), an Associate with the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and a consultant political analyst for the International Crisis Group in Bosnia. Wainwright studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she completed both her Masters and Doctorate in International Relations. Whilst at Oxford, she was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at Oriel College.

In 2017, she was appointed by the Australian Government to Australia's panel of representatives in the ASEAN Regional Forum's Experts and Eminent Persons group.

Wainwright's outstanding service to Australia's international affairs was recognised in 2018 when she was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

25 June

Hugh White

Professor of Strategic Studies
The Australian National University
Hugh White AO is Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. His work focuses primarily on Australian strategic and defence policy, Asia-Pacific security issues, and global strategic affairs especially as they influence Australia and the Asia-Pacific. He has served as an intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments, as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald, as a senior adviser on the staffs of Defence Minister Kim Beazley and Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and as a senior official in the Department of Defence, where from 1995 to 2000 he was Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence, and as the first Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). In the 1970s he studied philosophy at Melbourne and Oxford Universities.

Career highlights

1985-1991 Senior Adviser to Defence Minister and Prime Minister; 1995-2000 Deputy Secretary for Strategy, Department of Defence; 2001-2004 Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

24 June

Jason Yatsen Li

Chief Executive Officer
Yatsen Associates
Jason has over 15 years experience in law, corporate advisory, general management and politics. Jason was Head of China Strategy and Head of Sustainability for Insurance Australia Group. Before that, he was an M&A lawyer with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Australia as well as having worked for the United Nations in the Netherlands. Jason is a Director of the George Institute for Global Health, a leading global medical research organisation and has been Vice Chairman of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. Jason brings excellent commercial, transactional & management skills, extensive commercial & political relationships & a deep understanding of China. Jason speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German. He is admitted as an attorney in NSW & at the New York State Bar. In 2009, Jason was appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is currently a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council for China.

25 June

Frank Yourn

Executive Director
Australia-Papua New Guinea Business Council, Australia-Fiji Business Council, Australia-Pacific Islands Business Council
Mr Frank Yourn served for 27 years in the Australian Foreign Service from 1971 until 1998. Since 1998, he has been Executive Director of the Australia Fiji Business Council. Since 2000 he has also been concurrently Executive Director of the Australia Pacific Islands Business Council, and since 2001 also Executive Director of the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council. The Business Councils are not-for-profit associations of Australian businesses with interests in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the other Pacific islands countries and economies and work to promote trade and investment and economic development through business growth.

25 June

2019 ACLF Program download

ACLF program 150419.pdf Download Link

Committee for Economic Development of Australia

CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia – is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation.
We identify policy issues that matter for Australia’s future and pursue solutions that deliver better economic, social and environmental outcomes for Australia.
CEDA's cross-sector membership spans every state and territory and includes more than 780 of Australia's leading businesses, community organisations, government departments and academic institutions.
What sets CEDA apart:
  • CEDA is not restricted by vested interests or political persuasion;
  • CEDA’s agenda is overseen and driven by a who’s who of Australia’s leaders from business, politics and academia;
  • CEDA focuses on driving debate and critical analysis of the most important topics of the day.
CEDA provides thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia. We achieve this through a rigorous and evidence-based research agenda, and forums and events that deliver lively debate and critical perspectives.
At the helm is CEDA Chief Executive, Melinda Cilento and National Chairman, Paul McClintock AO.
Our funding comes from membership fees, events, research grants and sponsorship.

Woolworths Group

We are on a mission to deliver the best in convenience, value and quality for our customers.

We employ 201,000 team members who serve over 29 million customers across our brands every week.
We are a trusted business partner to thousands of local farmers and manufacturers.

Gilbert + Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading Australian law firm, advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. We provide commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure and services providers as well as government and public authorities across Australia and around the world.
An international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation and technology and digital, we work on complex issues that define and direct the market.
Established in 1988, Gilbert + Tobin employs more than 700 people. We have one of the highest proportions of female partners of any major Australian law firm and are acknowledged as a pioneer in providing pro bono services.

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is part of a very big family, the Virgin Group. Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Group has become one of the most highly respected global brand names of the 21st century.
Since the establishment of its first company, Virgin Records, Virgin has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people, in 30 countries. These companies operate in sectors ranging from mobile telephony to transportation, travel, financial services, media, music and fitness and, of course, the soon to be launched space tourism operation, Virgin Galactic.
The Virgin Group believes in making a difference and stands for the principles of value for money, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge. It delivers a quality service by empowering its employees and facilitating and monitoring customer feedback to continually improve the customer's experience through innovation.
We share these values and are determined to become the airline of choice for corporate and leisure travellers alike.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

PwC is one of Australia's leading professional services firms, bringing the power of our global network of firms to help Australian businesses, not-for-profit organisations and governments assess their performance and improve the way they work. Having grown from a one-man Melbourne accountancy practice in 1874 to the worldwide merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in 1998, PwC Australia now employs more than 7,000 people.

Our people are energetic and inspirational and come from a diverse range of academic backgrounds, including arts, business, accounting, tax, economics, engineering, finance, health and law. From improving the structure of the Australian health system, to performing due diligence on some of Australia's largest deals, and working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, our teams bring a unique combination of knowledge and passion to address the challenges and opportunities that face our community.

JG Crawford Oration

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music


Registration and Opening Reception

06:00 PM 07:30 PM National Gallery of Australia

You are warmly invited to a reception to open the 2019 ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.

Gala Dinner

07:30 PM 09:30 PM Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia

You have been allocated to a table for the gala dinner, and are free to choose any seat at your table.

You can find your table allocation inside your name tag.

The state of the world

08:00 PM 08:45 PM Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia

The rise of China, the extraordinary political developments in the USA & Europe and the challenges facing our region will be discussed by a panel of eminent experts as a background to the issues to be discussed over the following two days.


Breakfast sessions

07:30 AM 08:45 AM

Go to 'My program' for further details regarding your personalised schedule.
Breakfast session

Agricultural workforce

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 7

Many Western countries find it difficult to attract the necessary labour force to the hard work of fruit picking and other agricultural labour. Australia is no exception. There are various schemes available or proposed .e.g. Pacific islanders; backpackers; agricultural visas. Which is best? Do farmer interests necessarily coincide with national interest?


Breakfast session

Future strategies for superannuation

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 8

Australia’s superannuation system has transformed retirement incomes and created a pool of funds for investment. But what are the next steps? Do we need to increase the contribution rate? How do we maintain trust in the management of contributions after the revelations at the Royal Commission?


Breakfast session

Will we trust tomorrow's universities

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 9

Universities have a long and proud tradition. They have been seen as trusted sources of objective information and as custodians of open debate. In an era of alternative facts and culture wars will this trust survive? What are the consequences if it does not?


Breakfast session


07:30 AM 08:45 AM Lennox room

The long awaited transition to civilian government in Myanmar seems to have been a disappointment. The particular focus of concern has been the Rohinga crisis. Is this a blot on an otherwise promising progress report or is it symptomatic of deeper problems? What are the prospects and how should Myanmar’s neighbours and friends, including Australia, be responding?


Breakfast session

Global Supply Chains

07:30 AM 08:45 AM

Supply chains, both domestic and international, have driven consumer benefit which we have all enjoyed. Supply chain management has also been an important part of business models.

But are current arrangements sustainable economically, environmentally or ethically?

Is there a role for government in regulating these issues?


Plenary: Molonglo


09:00 AM 09:10 AM Molonglo Theatre

Plenary: Molonglo

Trends in trust

09:10 AM 09:30 AM Molonglo Theatre

This session is designed to provide a background of global trends in trust as measured by the most prestigious international benchmarks.


Plenary: Molonglo

State of the world economy

09:30 AM 11:00 AM Molonglo Theatre

The Global Financial Crisis left many people around the world wondering whether the current regulatory regimes are adequate to the task they have been set and undermined trust in banks and the prevailing orthodoxy. Are we are facing a serious prospect of another global economic crisis? Are our governments and central banks equipped to meet the challenges they will face?



Morning tea

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Acton Foyer

Concurrent: Acton

Growth without inequality

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Acton Theatre

One of the supposed perceived drivers of mistrust of economic and political institutions has been the unequal distribution of the benefits and costs of economic growth. Are there options for distributing opportunities more fairly, and what impact would these have on economic growth?


Concurrent: Barton

Global pressures and impact on South East Asia/South Asia

11:30 AM 01:00 PM Barton Theatre

The sharpening of US-China strategic competition, China’s strategic ambitions and economic policies, the prospect of a technology “Cold War” and some of the Asia policies of the Trump Administration all raise challenges for the region. This session will focus on how the two largest democracies, India and Indonesia, are likely to respond and also the implications for ASEAN.



Small Group Lunches: The inside story

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Seminar rooms TBA

Join some of our distinguished speakers in an intimate chat about some of the issues that keep them awake at night under Chatham House Rule.
Plenary: Molonglo

Rebuilding trust in business

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Molonglo Theatre

Evidence suggests that for many industries and businesses the public has lost trust in their approach to customers, public interest and taxation. How can individual businesses or the business community as a whole reverse this trend? Or should they just get on with doing business as proficiently is possible?


Concurrent: Acton

Trust in the public sector

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Acton Theatre

Society is placing new and different pressures on the public service. Can we trust it to come forward with independent and rigorous policy recommendations for Ministers? Can we trust it to carry out the wishes of the elected government? Can we trust it with our information and our liberties when security threats are heightened and technology makes extensive over surveillance possible.


Concurrent: Barton

Defence spending for self-reliance

04:30 PM 06:00 PM Barton Theatre

Self-reliance has been a staple of discussion about Australia’s defence Future. But what are the implications? How much should we be spending? And on what? How important is the local defence industry capability? How much should we be prepared to pay for it



Forum dinner

06:30 PM 08:00 PM Great Hall, University House

Restoring trust in politics

08:00 PM 09:30 PM Great Hall, University House

All the evidence points to a very low level of trust in politicians and the major political parties. How new is this? Is it worse than previous times? Does it matter? The apparent new trend is a decline in support for democracy itself. Do members of Parliament have an opportunity to take steps to repair the damage?


Breakfast session

Breakfast sessions

07:30 AM 08:45 AM

Go to 'My program' for further details regarding your personalised schedule.
Breakfast session

Nutrition: Over and under

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 7

We live at a time when the world is experiencing under-nutrition and over-nutrition simultaneously. Can we resolve this by producing better food rather than more food? Does the answer lie in production, storage, distribution, marketing or all four? Will we have enough water to produce the quality and quantity of food where it is most needed?


Breakfast session

Trust in science

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 8

The heated debate around climate change has challenged the idea that science and scientists can be trusted to provide objective information and advice. Can the trust in science survive in an era of alternative facts and conspiracy theories being given equal treatment to scientific findings?


Breakfast session

Pacific investment

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Seminar room 9

The government, and the opposition, went to the election with a commitment to establish an institution to increase private investment from Australia into our Pacific neighbours. The proposed details of funding and operations are not yet clear. Is it a good idea? If so, how should Australia go about it? What lessons are there to learn from the experiences of other donors who have tried to do similar things in other regions?


Breakfast session

Trust in the bush

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Lennox room

Why has regional/rural Australia has lost faith with politics?


Breakfast session

The crumbling nuclear arms control architecture

07:30 AM 08:45 AM Griffin room

In 2017, alarmed at growing nuclear risks and threats and exasperated at the glacially slow pace of progress towards nuclear disarmament under the NPT framework, two-thirds of UN member states voted to adopt a Nuclear Ban Treaty as an alternative normative framework. But the one-third dissident group includes all nine countries that have the bomb and the NATO and Pacific US allies who describe the Ban Treaty as a threat to the existing NPT that, along with nuclear deterrence, has underpinned nuclear peace. In 2018, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, 2015) that had mothballed Iran’s nuclear-weapon program. In 2019, the US and Russia suspended the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF, 1987) and announced plans to invest in new ground-based missiles. In 2021, New START will expire unless renewed, leaving the world without any nuclear arms control agreement to regulate US and Russian arsenals that make up over 90 per cent of global nuclear stockpiles.
What does all this mean for the world in general, and for the Asia–Pacific more specifically?


Plenary: Molonglo

Rebuilding trust in global institutions and norms

09:00 AM 10:30 AM Molonglo Theatre

The liberal democratic order appears to be under stress. Its long-term guardian the US, has turned its back on the institutions and norms which have been the basis of international stability for more than 70 years. Other countries and regions are also facing challenges to the basic institutions and norms of liberal internationalism. What steps need to be taken to redress this erosion of trust? Is there a role for Australia?


Concurrent: Acton

Trust in the media

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Acton Theatre

In the age of disruption, how much trust can or should we put in traditional media and new media? How real is the ‘echo chamber’ effect of social media? Does it matter?


Concurrent: Barton

Prospects for the Chinese Economy

11:00 AM 12:30 PM Barton Theatre

Phenomenal Chinese growth has been a significant driver of economic growth globally and in Australia. Can we rely of this continuing? Is there a potential conflict between the centralisation of political power in President Xi Jinping, funding and the conditions necessary for sustained economic growth.



Mass surveillance by the State? - Security, Liberty and Public Trust

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Canberry & Springbank


Plenary: Molonglo

Political perspectives

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Molonglo Theatre

How do the two main parties propose to tackle some of the issues discussed over the course of the past two days?


Plenary: Molonglo

Final plenary

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Molonglo Theatre

What were the main themes to emerge from the discussions? Our panellists will reflect on their conclusions from the Forum and discuss what lessons can we draw.


ACLF and Future Shapers networking event

04:15 PM 05:15 PM Molonglo Foyer