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Further speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


Kerry O'Brien
Four Corners, ABC TV

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most distinguished and respected journalists with six Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism including the Gold Walkley.

For 15 years he was editor, compere and interviewer for the ABC's 7.30 Report and for six years before that he was the compere and interviewer for the Lateline program. In that time he has interviewed many of the world's greatest leaders and most influential figures in the arts, sciences and business.

He is currently presenter and interviewer for the ABC's flagship investigative program, Four Corners. He also anchors ABC Television's election night telecasts.

David Speers
Political Editor
Sky News

David is one of the nation's most respected political journalists.

He hosts PM Agenda each day on Sky News and The Nation each week, where he regularly interviews political and business leaders.

David was chosen by both sides of politics to chair the Leaders' Debates at the last two elections.

He has interviewed many international leaders including US President George W. Bush at the White House and has reported from around the world including Afghanistan, India, China and Indonesia.


Confirmed Speakers

Peter Brecht
Managing Director, Infrastructure, Lend Lease and President, Australian Constructors Association

Peter Brecht is Managing Director, Infrastructure for Lend Lease. He took up the role when Lend Lease acquired the Valemus business in March 2011. He is also President of the Australian Constructors Association (ACA)

Lend Lease's infrastructure business delivers engineering solutions through Abigroup and Baulderstone in the construction industry, and in the services industry through Conneq.

Prior to becoming Managing Director, Infrastructure, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Valemus for two years. Peter also spent 20 years with Abigroup where he progressed from Site Engineer to Managing Director. He was the Managing Director of Abigroup Contractors for 10 years and Managing Director of Abigroup Limited for four years. Under Peter's leadership Abigroup's turnover doubled, and the business diversified into mining, water and telecommunications.

Peter has over 30 years experience in civil engineering and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from Newcastle University, NSW. Currently, he is also a Board Member of the University of Newcastle Foundation as well as the University's Engineering and Built Environment Advisory Board. Peter is also involved in the CEO Forum for the QUT School of Business.

Albert Goller
Chairman and Managing Director, Siemens Ltd. Australia - Pacific Cluster

Commencing his career as an electronics engineer with Siemens in Germany in 1973, Albert has held a number of senior executive positions throughout the world including President and CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd. in Toronto and Head of the Corporate Office for E-business in Munich, Germany. Albert has held the position of Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Ltd. Australia since arriving in Australia in 2002.

Albert has a Masters Degree in Information and Telecommunications from Pad-erborn University in Germany. Albert was appointed the position of Adjunct Pro-fessor of RMIT University in 2009 and sits on the CEO Forum at Queensland University of Technology. He also sits on the Board of Silcar and BSH Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances Pty Ltd.

At the end of fiscal 2010 (September 2010), Siemens achieved AUD $2.2 billion in sales with 2,850 employees. The activities undertaken by Siemens across Australia and New Zealand span the areas of water, energy, environment, healthcare, productivity, mobility, safety and security.

David Mackay
Outgoing President, Chief Executive Officer and Member, Board of Directors
Kellogg Company

David Mackay retired from the Kellogg Company on December 31, 2010. He was named President of Kellogg Company in September 2003 and Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2006. He was a member of Kellogg Company's Board of Directors since February 2005. He was also a member of the company's global leadership team.

Mr Mackay joined Kellogg Australia as Group Product Manager in 1985. He then transferred to corporate headquarters in Battle Creek in 1987 as Category Director, ready-to-eat cereals. He returned to Australia in 1991 as Marketing and Sales Director, Kellogg Australia. In 1992, Mr Mackay left Kellogg and held the position of Managing Director, Sara Lee Bakery in Australia. He returned to Kellogg in 1998 as Managing Director, Kellogg Australia and was promoted to Managing Director, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland later in 1998. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company and President, Kellogg USA in July 2000. In November 2000, Mr Mackay was promoted to Executive Vice President, Kellogg Company. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Kellogg Company in September 2003.

He received a bachelor of business degree from Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Mr Mackay served as chairman of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Grocery Manufacturers of America; and The Consumer Goods Forum. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Fortune Brands, Inc., and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

He is a former Director and Board Member of the Grocery Manufacturers of Australia, the Australian Food Council, and the Executive Committee of the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers' Association.

Chetan Kumar Maini
Founder and Chief of Technology and Strategy
Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd

Mr Maini is widely recognised for his work in the electronic car industry and as head of one of the largest deployed fleets of electric vehicles in the world. He has won numerous awards both personally and for the vehicles he helps create. The company's Revai was named "Green Car of the Year" by Overdrive & CNBC TV18 Awards 2010.

Mr Maini has 20 years' experience in the development of six solar, hybrid and electric vehicles in the US and India. Prior to REVA, he worked for Amerigon Inc (USA) and General Motors (USA). As a program manager in Amerigon he was responsible for all electric vehicle programs and initiated the REVA project.

Mr Maini holds patents in energy management systems for electric vehicles and has presented technical and keynote papers on electric vehicles globally. His papers have been published in several international journals.

Chetan holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan with a focus on solar electric vehicles and a Master's in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he focused on hybrid electric vehicles. His interest in electric vehicles started while at the University of Michigan, where he was one of the leaders of the solar car team that won the GM Sun Race in the USA and came third in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 1990.

Mr Richard Martin
Managing Director, IMA Asia

Richard Martin has been assisting companies assess opportunities, risks and appropriate strategies in Asia for close to three decades. In his current role with IMA Asia he is the lead speaker at the quarterly Asia Forecast Updates in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. He also takes part in the peer group strategy discussions for the Asia CEO Forum in all these cities. Each month his schedule includes several in-house sessions with clients working on their strategic plans as well as discussions with boards that are visiting Asia.

His writing roles include editing the monthly Asia Pacific Executive Brief, the quarterly Asia Forecast Book, and many of the Asian Issues Management Papers produced by IMA Asia. He appears regularly on broadcast media in Asia and his forecasts and country assessments are quoted in the regional press. Prior to establishing IMA Asia, Richard served as the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Director for Southeast Asia based in Singapore in the mid 1980s. He moved to Asia at the end of 1980 to take up a role as regional research manager for the US-advisory firm Business International.

From 1998 to 2000, Richard was one of the lead speakers for Investment 2000, the investment arm of the Sydney Olympic Games, speaking at more than 40 conferences in 22 countries. Richard holds an Honours Degree in Politics from Sydney University and a Masters Degree in Asian Area Studies from London University (SOAS and LSE).

Richard is married to Leslie and with her has two children who may or may not have left home. His hobbies include sailing, scuba diving, skiing and sleeping.


Mr Simon McKeon
Executive Chairman, Macquarie Group Melbourne Office and Australian of the Year 2011

Simon McKeon is the 2011 Australian of the Year.

Simon is also Executive Chairman of Macquarie Group’s Melbourne office and specialises in mergers and acquisitions.

In 2010, Simon was appointed by the Federal Government as the Chairman of CSIRO.

His many other roles include Chairman of Business for Millennium Development which is focused on encouraging business to pursue opportunities in the developing world, Board member of Red Dust Role Models which connects well known Australians with indigenous youth, Director of the Global Poverty Project which is responsible for the “1.4 Billion Reasons” campaign as well as being on the board of the UK based VisionFund which has responsibility for World Vision International’s micro finance activities. Simon also serves on the Federal Government’s Human Rights Grants Scheme Advisory Panel.

Simon was on the Board of World Vision Australia from 1994 until 2005 and prior to this was a Director of the Archbishop of Melbourne’s Relief and Development Fund.

He was appointed by the Federal Government as the Founding President of the Australian Takeovers Panel and served from 1999 until 2010.

From 2004 until 2010 Simon was the Founding Chair of MS Research Australia and has also previously served on the Boards of MS Australia and MS Victoria. In 2010, Simon received the John Studdy Award which is MS Australia’s highest honour. He currently serves as Ambassador for National Disability Services - Victoria.

Simon has degrees in Law and Commerce from the University of Melbourne and has been actively involved with the University including as a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne’s Graduate Program in Law.

His other work in the education sector has included Chairman of the Board of the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria as well as serving on the Victorian Rhodes Scholarship Committee, the Council of St Leonard’s College and the Board of Beaconhills Christian College.

Simon was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Point Nepean Community Trust from 2004 until 2009 and has been the Business Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour initiative and an Ambassador for Parks Victoria’s Healthy Parks Healthy People International Congress 2010.

Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots).

Jonathan Medved
Co-Founder and CEO

Jonathan Medved is a "serial entrepreneur" and according to the Washington Post (Dec 5, 2007) "one of Israel's leading high tech venture capitalists". In the recent September, 2008 NY Times Supplement "Israel at 60" Mr Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.

Medved is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vringo - the leader in video ringtone sharing and next generation mobile personalisation. Vringo successfully completed its IPO on the NYSE:AMEX in June 2010.

Before founding Vringo, Mr Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds with $262M under management in four funds. Started by Medved in 1995 in his garage; he co-managed the fund until January 2006.

Prior to Israel Seed, Medved built several successful technology startups and brought them to successful exit including, MERET Optical Communications Inc. an early pioneer in fiber optic communication systems, (acquired by the Amoco) and Accent Software (Nasdaq:ACNTF).

Saul Singer and Dan Senor, in their bestselling book, Start-up Nation describe Medved as "one of Israel's legendary business ambassadors...(he) has taken on a role that -- in any other country -- would typically belong to the local Chamber of Commerce, Minister of Trade, or Foreign Secretary".

Dr Martin Parkinson PSM
Secretary to the Treasury

Dr Parkinson is a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Board of Taxation, the Board of Infrastructure Australia and the Council of Financial Regulators.

As Secretary he is Chair of the Standard Business Reporting Board and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management.

Dr Parkinson previously served as Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment on 3 December 2007. As Secretary of the Department of Climate Change (and, subsequently, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency), Dr Parkinson contributed to the development of Australia's climate change policies, led engagement with business and community groups, and established a new department with policy development, program design and management, service delivery and regulatory responsibilities.

Beginning in 2001, Dr Parkinson spent six years as Deputy Secretary in Treasury with responsibility for domestic and international macroeconomic issues. In 2007 he served as Deputy Secretary of the Climate Change Group in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet with responsibility for leading and coordinating implementation of the emissions trading scheme and coordinating climate change policy.

Dr Parkinson was Australia’s G-20, IMFC and Development Committee Deputy and Co-chair of the G-20 Deputies process in 2006. He has previously worked at the International Monetary Fund on the reform of international financial architecture and in the early 1990s served as Senior Adviser to Treasurer Dawkins. Since joining Treasury in 1980 he has also worked in a range of areas including taxation policy, labour market and structural reform, and macroeconomic policy and forecasting.

He holds a Ph.D from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Ulf Pehrsson
Vice President, Telefonaktiebolaget L.M. Ericsson and Chair, Business Europe Internal Market Committee

Mr Pehrsson is responsible for Telecom, Regulatory & Trade Policy at LM Ericsson. Leveraging over twenty five years of experience in government and telecommunication Mr Pehrsson is the architect of the company's strategic focus on developing strong ties to Governments and Regulators around the world. Prior to joining Ericsson, Mr Pehrsson served as the Deputy Director-General, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA), Director, Ministry for Industry and Trade working primarily in the trade policy, trade & investment promotion and EU Single Market fields as well as representing the Swedish government at various embassies around the world.

Currently Mr Pehrsson chairs the Business Europe Internal Market Committee and is on the board of a number of organisations such as the GAID (Global Alliance for ICT and Development), Swedish ICT Association, Swedish Foreign Trade Association, International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR), ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Sweden, Chair of the Computer/Telecom Group as well as the Trade Policy Group, SPIDER - Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions and the Palestine International Business Council.

Mr Pehrsson holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Professor Göran Roos
Founder, Intellectual Capital Services Ltd UK

Professor Göran Roos is Visiting Professor of Intangible Asset Management and Performance Measurement at the Centre for Business Performance at Cranfield University, part-time visiting teaching professor at the Helsinki School of Economics/JOKO (Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management) as well as part-time visiting Intellectual Capital Adjunct at Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza Centre for Executive Education.

He is also South Australia's 20th Thinker in Residence. His residency in 2011 will set future directions and raise the profile of the manufacturing industry in South Australia.

Professor Roos was for many years part-time Industrial Professor of Strategy and Internationalisation at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. He has been a Visiting Research Associate in technology-based business development at the Institute for Policy Science located at the University of Saitama Campus Kita-Urawa, Japan and in Biotechnology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, and in Intellectual Capital at Henley Management College.

He is the founder of Intellectual Capital Services Ltd. (London) [a leading think tank on methodologies for the identification, management and measurement of intangibles], and the co-founder of Asset Economics Inc. (New York, London, Melbourne) [an organisation focused on measuring and managing intangibles for shareholder value] and Hands and Minds Ltd (Melbourne) [a joint venture with the De Bono Institute on Real Time Strategy Identification and Implementation Processes furthering the work of Imagination Academy in Switzerland].

Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognised world expert in this field. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and articles on Intellectual Capital and Strategy many of which have been given awards.

Mr Andrew Stevens
Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Stevens is the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand having been appointed to this role in January 2011. He manages a business with annual revenues of more than $4 Billion.

Mr Stevens joined IBM in 2002 as part of IBM’s acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (PwCC) business. He joined PwCC in 1981 and prior to the merger with Coopers and Lybrand in 1998, he was the COO of the PriceWaterhouse Management Consulting Business in Asia Pacific. He oversaw the successful merger of PW and C&L in A/NZ and was promoted to the COO position of PwC Consulting in Asia Pacific in 2000. He led the integration work across Asia Pacific as part of the IBM acquisition.

In 2009, after leading IBM’s Global Business Services in Asia Pacific, Mr Stevens was appointed Managing Partner for Global Business Services, Growth Markets. In that role, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of IBM’s consulting division for eight growth markets including South East Asia (ASEAN); India and South Asia (ISA); Greater China (GCG); Korea (KOR); Australia/New Zealand (A/NZ); Central and Eastern Europe (CEE); Middle East and Africa (MEA); and Latin America (LA).

Mr Stevens is a member of the Business Council of Australia; a Director of the National Board of the Australian Information Industry Association; and serves on the Board of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Mr Stevens holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting, Finance and Systems and has a Master of Commerce Marketing.

Sam Walsh AO
Executive Director, Rio Tinto and Chief Executive, Iron Ore and Australia

Sam Walsh was appointed Chief Executive of Rio Tinto's extensive Iron Ore group in 2004. His responsibilities cover operations and projects in Australia, Canada, Guinea and India, as well as Dampier Salt and Rio Tinto Marine.

He has overseen the rapid expansion of this group, with more than US$16 billion committed to mine expansions and major infrastructure developments since 2004. In 2010 net earnings were more than US$10 billion.

In June 2009, Sam was appointed as an Executive Director to the Boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited, and in November 2009, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Australia. He is also the Rio Tinto ExCo sponsor for Australia, India and West Africa. Sam has been with Rio Tinto since 1991. Prior to joining the Iron Ore group, he held a number of management positions within Rio Tinto, including Chief Executive of the Aluminium group.

Before joining Rio Tinto, Sam spent 20 years in the automotive industry and held senior roles with General Motors and Nissan Australia.

Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and has completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering University in Michigan.

Sam's other appointments include Non-Executive Director of West Australian Newspapers Holdings Limited, Vice President of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee.

In 2010, Sam was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commerce by Edith Cowan University. In 2007 Sam was named Western Australian Citizen of the Year - Industry & Commerce and an Australian Export Hero.


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