Speakers

Clive Palmer

Recent Speaker

Leader of the Palmer United Party

Monday, 1 December 2014

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

'Palmer United Party 2014 Review'

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Clive palmer will address the Press Club followed by Palmer United Party Senators joining him for questions.

Clive Palmer, federal member for Fairfax, has more than 25 years of experience in the Australian resource industry and is the founder of and has been Chairman of Mineralogy Pty Ltd (Mineralogy) since 1985. He has been Chairman of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd since July 2009 and is also a director of China First Pty Ltd (China First Coal), China First Iron Ore Pty Ltd (China First Iron Ore), Kingsway Oil Limited, Chinampa Exploration Pty Ltd and Cosmo Developments Pty Ltd. Mr Palmer has also been responsible for the exploration and feasibility studies of numerous iron ore projects in Western Australia since the 1980s. In 2001, he negotiated an agreement with the State of WA on behalf of Mineralogy and its subsidiary companies. In 2002, this agreement was ratified by the WA Parliament as a new act and set out the development conditions for iron ore development and new port in the Pilbara region of WA near Cape Preston. Mr Palmer’s experience in the oil and gas industry includes the successful negotiation of a A$5.0 billion gas supply agreement with North West Shelf Gas Partners including BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd, Chevron Australia Pty Limited, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Limited, Shell Development (Australia) Pty Limited, Woodside Energy Limited and BP Developments Australia Pty Limited in 2000.

Mr Palmer has established various business relationships and successfully completed several business transactions with PRC state-owned companies, including the US$3.5 billion CITIC Iron Ore Project which is a large-scale foreign investment by a Chinese state-owned company. In 2010, Mr Palmer successfully executed, on behalf of Mineralogy PTY Ltd, the MCC Placing Agreement with MCC and, on behalf of China First Coal, the EPCM Contract with MCC Overseas. Mr Palmer attended the University of Queensland from 1973 to 1975. He represented Australia at the APEC conference held in Sydney in 2007.

Mr Palmer is the federal leader of the Palmer United Party and the Australian Electoral Commission officially declared Mr Palmer as the federal member for Fairfax on Friday, November 1, 2013.


Greg Medcraft

Recent Speaker

Chairman, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

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

'ASIC explained: who is the corporate watchdog, what does it do and why should Australians care'

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Over the last year Australia's corporate watchdog ASIC has faced media criticism for its role in the Commonwealth Financial Planning matter, been probed by the Senate on its performance and suffered a substantial budget cut. But despite this, ASIC continues to get results with its chairman Greg Medcraft pushing forward with an ambitious agenda to reform the way ASIC is funded, to overhaul Australia's white-collar penalties and to remake the financial advice sector. Hear Mr Medcraft address the National Press Club on ASIC's expanding role, how he is lifting the organisation's performance and the big challenges he sees for the Australian financial system.

Greg Medcraft was appointed ASIC Chairman on 13 May 2011 for a five-year term.

Greg joined as ASIC Commissioner in February 2009. Prior to ASIC, Greg was Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director at the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF).

Greg spent nearly 30 years in investment banking at Société Générale in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. More recently, he was the Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation, based in New York.

In 2002, Greg co-founded the American Securitization Forum and was its Chairman from 2005 until 2007 when he returned to Australia. In January 2008, he was appointed Chairman Emeritus of the Forum.

Before joining Société Générale, Greg worked as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG.

Greg was elected by the IOSCO Board in May 2012 as its Chair. His term commenced in March 2013 and he was re-elected for a second term in October 2014. In his capacity as IOSCO Board Chair, Greg is also a member of the Financial Stability Board, which reports to the G20.


Lord Nigel Crisp KCB

Recent Speaker

Co-editor of African Health Leaders – making change and claiming the future

Monday, 8 December 2014

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

'From AIDS to Ebola - how Africa health leaders are re-claiming their future and influencing ours'

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Whether it is Ebola or other neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDs, or maternal and child mortality, African nations have faced many extraordinary health challenges. However, over the last three decades, African health leaders have also shown creativity, innovation and leadership in the way they have tackled these challenges. There have been enormous improvements in the health of their people – in the most difficult circumstances – and their achievements deserve to be more widely recognised and celebrated. They have made these improvements through making the best use of resources of their communities and developing new approaches which are now of interest around the world.

Drawing on his experience in running the UK’s National Health Service and extensive work in low and middle income countries, Lord Crisp will discuss policy around the management of the current Ebola crisis and a vision for the future. This is in the context of a distinctly African vision of health and health systems reflected in the book, African Health Leaders – making change and claiming the future, that he co-edited with Dr Francis Omaswa. Most books on health in Africa are written by Europeans and Americans and this redresses the balance and contains accounts from 23 African health leaders – 13 men and 10 women from 14 countries and 3 generations – about how they have led change in their own countries.

Lord Nigel Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health. Lord Crisp is a Special Advisor on Global Healthcare to KPMG.

He was Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust.

Lord Crisp chairs Sightsavers, the Kings Partners Global Health Advisory Board, the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance and the Uganda UK Health Alliance.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an Ambassador for the eHealth Foundation, and a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine.

He has written extensively on global health. His earlier books include Turning the World Upside Down - the search for global health in the 21st century and 24 hours to save the NHS – the Chief Executive’s account of reform 2000-2006.

 


Doctor Steven Chu

Recent Speaker

Nobel Laureate and Former US Secretary of Energy

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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

'The Global Energy and Climate Challenge'

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Science and technology through the industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world. Dr. Steven Chu will give an “epidemiological” approach for assessing the risks of climate change, and then provide a blueprint of how to mitigate the risks of climate change by making clean energy the low cost option through science and innovation.

Dr. Steven Chu served as the Secretary of Energy from January 21, 2009, to April 22, 2013.

Dr. Chu was charged with helping implement President Obama's ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate crisis, and create millions of new jobs.

Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997) and received numerous other awards. He has devoted his recent scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy and climate challenges - a mission he continues with even greater urgency as Secretary of Energy.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Chu was the Director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, where he led the lab in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies. He also taught at the University of California as a Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu's research in atomic physics, quantum electronics, polymer and biophysics includes tests of fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, and the study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.

The holder of 10 patents, Dr. Chu has published approximately 250 scientific and technical papers. He remains active with his research group and has recently published work on general relativity, single molecule biology, biophysics and biomedicine, and on scientific challenges and opportunities in clean energy. Over 30 alumni of his research group have gone on to become distinguished professors and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.

Dr. Chu is a member of numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and is an honorary member of the Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as 23 honorary degrees.

Dr. Chu was born in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1948. He is married to Dr. Jean Chu, who holds a D.Phil. in Physics from Oxford and has served as chief of staff to two Stanford University presidents as well as Dean of Admissions. Secretary Chu has two grown sons, Geoffrey and Michael, by a previous marriage.