Elizabeth Broderick

Recent Speaker

Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Elizabeth Broderick was appointed for a five year term as Sex Discrimination Commissioner in September 2007. The term has been extended to September 2015. She was also the Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination from September 2007 until July 2011.

During her term, she has been committed to improving gender equality through her advocacy in preventing violence against women and sexual harassment, improving lifetime economic security for women, balancing paid work and unpaid caring responsibilities, promoting women’s representation in leadership and strengthening gender equality laws and agencies.

Elizabeth has been a key advocate for Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme and domestic violence reform. She has championed the changes to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles to increase the number of women at decision making level. She has developed the Male Champions of Change strategy and worked with the Australian Government to strengthen gender equality laws and agencies.

In April 2011, the Government appointed Elizabeth, as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, to lead the Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force. Four reports on the Review were tabled in Australia’s Parliament and the Review concluded in March 2014. Elizabeth now leads the Commission’s collaborative work with the Australian Defence Force on embedding cultural change across Navy, Army and Air Force.

Elizabeth is Global Co-Chair of the Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women; a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development; Partner Co-Director with NATO on Women, Peace and Security; and Board Director of Supply Nation. Elizabeth is an Ambassador for the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children; the overall winner of the 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2014 and is a recipient of two honorary doctorates of laws, one from the University of Sydney and one from the University of Technology.

Prior to her appointment, Elizabeth was a partner and board member at law firm Blake Dawson (now Ashurst).

Elizabeth is married and has two teenage children.

Salam Fayyad

Recent Speaker

Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Salam Fayyad is an economist, independent politician, and former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority (June 2007-June 2013). Dr. Fayyad was born in Nablus, Palestine in 1952. He graduated with a BSc from the American University of Beirut in 1975 and went on to receive an MBA from St. Edward’s University in 1980 and a PhD (Economics) from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986.

Fayyad held several teaching and research positions, including as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, before joining the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 1987 to 2001, where his tenure included serving as IMF resident representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from 1996 to 2001. He then worked in banking, and, in June 2002, he was named Minister of Finance of the Palestinian National Authority. Until he resigned in December 2005, Dr. Fayyad served in that capacity on several cabinets, introducing in the process extensive financial reforms. In January 2006, he ran for elections on a slate of independents and was elected for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee. In March 2007, Fayyad was appointed again as Minister of Finance in a national unity government, and in June 2007, he was appointed Prime Minister, a position he held until he stepped down in June 2013.

In a speech at Al-Quds University in June 2009, Fayyad rolled out the concept of an ambitious plan that subsequently was elaborated and, in August 2009, adopted as the platform of the 13th Government of the Palestinian Authority, for building the institutions of the future Palestinian state. By April 2011, a year and a half into the implementation of the program, according to reports by the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the PA had attained the standing and attributes of a functioning state in the key governance sectors. Fayyad hailed this recognition as the birth certificate of the reality of the State of Palestine.

In 2010, Fayyad was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world list. He was also named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. Part of Fayyad’s state-building effort was documented in the Hollywood documentary “State 194”, produced by Participant Media. In February 2013, the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin created the Salam Fayyad Excellence Fund for Economics. Fayyad had earlier been named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas (2008). In August 2013, Fayyad founded “Future for Palestine”, a non-profit development foundation. In 2014, Fayyad took part in the IMF External Advisory Group review of Fund policy, joined the Atlantic Council as a Distinguished Statesman, and became the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Fayyad is married to Bashaer Kaloti and has three children: Khaled, Iman and Abdallah.

Jon Entine

Recent Speaker

Author and Science Journalist

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Mr Jon Entine, who lives in Cincinnati, is a world-famous American author and science journalist. He is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at the University of California and the Center for Health & Risk Communication at George Mason University. He is also the founder and executive director of the Genetic Literacy Project, a biotechnology and genetics outreach organisation that reports daily on the nexus of human and agricultural genetics, media and public policy.

Jon has written seven books, including two bestsellers on population genetics and three on crops, chemicals and genetic engineering , including "Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture". He is a contributing columnist to multiple newspapers and magazines and a commentator on radio and television news programs.

Previously, Jon spent 20 years as a network television writer and producer for ABC News and NBC News. He has won 19 major journalism awards, including two Emmys, and was Tom Brokaw's longtime producer at NBC.

Bill Morrow

Recent Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of NBN Co

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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'Bridging the digital divide'

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Bill Morrow was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of NBN in December 2013. He joined the company in April 2014 with a remit to ensure all homes, businesses and communities across Australia can have access to high speed broadband as soon as possible, at affordable prices and at least cost to taxpayers. Under Morrow, the NBN has become available to more than one million premises, with the Company’s goal to connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020.

Mr Morrow’s career spans senior leadership positions at major telecommunications companies and public utilities worldwide, and the building of large scale telecommunications networks.

Prior to his current role, he served as CEO of Vodafone Hutchison Australia, and Clearwire Corporation and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in the United States.

Previously he was CEO of Vodafone's Europe region through Vodafone Group PLC and ran the group’s businesses in Japan and the UK.

A Californian now settled in Australia, Mr. Morrow holds an Associate of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Condie College and a B.A. in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.

Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Recent Speaker

Minister for Communications

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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Malcolm Turnbull was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School. Malcolm’s high school education at Sydney Grammar was assisted by a scholarship. Seventeen years ago Malcolm arranged for an additional means tested scholarship to be established at Sydney Grammar in memory of his late father. Malcolm graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.

During and after his studies at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist with The Bulletin, 2SM, TCN 9 and the London Sunday Times.

After a successful career in journalism Malcolm began practicing law in 1980. He quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government, in the “Spycatcher” trial.

Malcolm left law for business in 1987 where he has since been responsible for the establishment and success of many Australian businesses. In particular he has been a determined supporter of Australian technology. He co-founded OzEmail in 1994. His software companies have won many awards for exporting Australian technology.

In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He led the republican case in that Convention and in the subsequent referendum.

Malcolm has initiated numerous policy and research projects in areas such as education, indigenous affairs, home ownership affordability, balancing work and family responsibilities and national population and fertility policy. He was Chairman of the Menzies Research Centre between 2002 and 2004.

Malcolm married Lucy Hughes in 1980. Their two children, Alex and Daisy attended local schools and have now completed University.

Lucy and Malcolm have been partners not only in marriage but also in their many businesses. Lucy was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, a position she held until early 2004.

At the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm was elected as the Member for Wentworth and upon entering Parliament, he joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade as well as the House of Representatives Standing Committees on Economics, Health and Ageing and Legal and Constitutional Affairs. On 27 January 2006, Malcolm was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and just over twelve months later, he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Environment and Water Resources; a position he held until the Federal Election on 24 November 2007.

On 6 December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009. Malcolm has been the Minister for Communications since September 2013.

Malcolm and Lucy continue to live in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and have two grandchildren, Jack and Isla.

Professor Barney Glover

Recent Speaker

Chair, Universities Australia

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Professor Barney Glover, Chair of Universities Australia and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney (UWS), is a distinguished academic leader, an accomplished mathematician and mathematics educator and an experienced Vice-Chancellor.

Elected Chair of Universities Australia in May this year, Professor Glover is leading UWS as the institution strives to become a distinctively student-centred university with a research-led culture and an expanding international reach and reputation, while enhancing its crucial role as a leading advocate for the greater western Sydney region and its people.

In May 2015, Professor Glover was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by Charles Darwin University (CDU), in recognition of his outstanding leadership during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor of CDU. Professor Glover’s Ministerial appointment as the Australian Government representative on the University of the South Pacific Grants Committee; Board memberships of: the Museum of Applied Arts and Science Trust; NSW International Education Advisory Board; the Australian American Fulbright Commission; and The Committee for Sydney are a testament to his esteemed career to date. This includes significant expertise and experience at the most senior levels of university management and substantial business leadership credentials. He has also been on the boards of a range of corporate organisations and several state and national centres covering areas such as health and medical research, energy, mineral exploration, and telecommunications.

Before relocating to the Northern Territory in 2009 to take up appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of CDU, Professor Glover held a number of senior roles in various universities including: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at the University of Newcastle; Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development at Perth's Curtin University of Technology and a number of senior positions at the University of Ballarat in Victoria. Building research infrastructure, strategic partnerships and fostering a culture of research excellence alongside the successful commercialisation of University Intellectual Property have been hallmarks of Professor Glover's long tenure in senior executive roles within the Australian higher education sector.

Professor Glover is a leader in the development of flexible, technology-based learning and in furthering Indigenous knowledge and education and also has considerable experience in developing strong and mutually beneficial relationships with the vocational education sector. He has a strong research publication record and has co-authored four texts in mathematics education. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to widening participation and exploring innovative approaches to higher education access. Professor Glover holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and has worked on both the east and west coasts of Australia.

Alan Joyce

Recent Speaker

Chief Executive Officer of Qantas

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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The global aviation industry has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, putting Australia at the heart of the world’s biggest and most fast-growing region for air travel: the Asia Pacific. Arguably, the changes still to come will be even more significant, as the Asian Century unfolds and new players, partnerships and technology challenge old business models. Against this background, Qantas is working through a $2 billion transformation program to lay foundations for future growth. Alan Joyce will discuss the Qantas Group’s strategy, the enduring power of the Qantas brand, and the role of the national carrier 95 years after Qantas’ formation in regional Queensland.

Alan Joyce became Chief Executive Officer of Qantas in November 2008.

During this time Qantas has embarked on its biggest transformation since it was privatised in 1995, taken delivery of more than 150 new aircraft, expanded in Asia, forged new strategic partnerships, and invested in infrastructure, technology and training to achieve record customer satisfaction.

Mr Joyce served as founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar for five years from October 2003, establishing its operations in Australia and across Asia, and previously held senior roles at Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus. He was Chairman of the International Air Transport Association between July 2012 and June 2013.