Philip Lowe is Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Mr Lowe holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.Comm (Honours) in Economics/Econometrics from the University of New South Wales. He has authored numerous papers, including on the linkages between monetary policy and financial stability. He commenced as Governor on 18 September 2016.
He is Chair of the Reserve Bank Board and Payments System Board, and Chair of the Council of Financial Regulators. He is a member of the Financial Stability Board. Prior to his current role, he held the positions of Deputy Governor, Assistant Governor (Economic) and Assistant Governor (Financial System). He also spent two years at the Bank for International Settlements working on financial stability issues.
Mr Lowe is Chair of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children and a director of The Anika Foundation. He is also Chair of the Committee on the Global Financial System of the Bank for International Settlements.
Mr Lowe is a signatory to The Banking and Finance Oath.
Tanya Plibersek is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney.
Tanya was previously the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 44th Parliament. In government, Tanya was Minister for Health. Her other ministerial appointments have included Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing.
Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Like many newly arrived migrants, Tanya’s parents helped build the country in which they made their new home. Her father worked on the Snowy River hydroelectric scheme in the 1950s.
Tanya holds a BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.
Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children, Anna, Joseph and Louis.
Professor Margaret Gardner became President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University on September 1, 2014.
Prior to joining Monash, Professor Gardner was Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT from April 2005 until August 2014. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career, including at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
She attained a first class honours degree in Economics and a PhD from the University of Sydney. In 1988, she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow spending time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2018, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Professor Gardner is Chair of Universities Australia and a Director of the Group of Eight Universities. She is also a Director of Infrastructure Victoria and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).
Professor Gardner has previously been chair of Museum Victoria and chaired the Strategic Advisory Committee and the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching (Federal Government Department of Education and Training). She has also been a member of various other boards and committees, including the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, the ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Committee, which led to the Chaney Report.
In 2007, Professor Gardner was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to tertiary education, particularly in the areas of university governance and gender equity, and to industrial relations in Queensland.
Anne Summers AO is an Australian writer, columnist and feminist icon. A former Press Gallery Bureau Chief for the Financial Review, and later Editor of Ms Magazine in the US, Anne’s extraordinary and peripatetic career has seen her traverse media, the Australian Pubic Service, federal politics and international environmental activism.
As one of Australia’s foremost ‘femocrats’ Anne led the charge on women’s policy in the 1980’s during her years as Head of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and later as advisor to Prime Minister Paul Keating. Anne is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975, and most recently, Unfettered and Alive, published in 2018. Summers currently resides in New York.
Summers’ National Press Club address will explore the so-called ‘Year of the Woman’ in the United States – 2019 will see the restoration of Nancy Pelosi to the Speakership of the House of Representatives, and a surge of diverse women who were elected in the mid-terms taking their place in the United States Congress. In light of this, Summers will discuss the prospects for women in the 2019 Australian federal election, and the growing social and political consequences for conservative parties who fail to put forward women candidates.
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