Future Shapers Forum

Plan / Create / Inspire
25 June - 27 June
The Australian National University

Special guests

2018 Forum


Main program

  • 25 June
  • 26 June
  • 27 June

Maayan Adler

Manager, People and Organisation

Natasha Akib

Co-creator, Stories For Impact Lead and Facilitator, Producer, Shooter, Editor
Digital Storytellers
You know those one man/woman bands that sing and play the trumpet, pan flute, bass drum, guitar, loop pedal and piano all at the same time and still make it sound good? That’s Tash.
Previously Community Builder at StartSomeGood.com – the leading crowdfunding platform for social impact projects – she was primarily responsible for building the organisation’s community of international changemakers in both the online and offline world, coordinating and producing content for their extensive social media channels, speaking at conferences, organising and facilitating crowdfunding workshops, supporting campaigns, managing events and relationships. She raised over $150.000 in eight StartSomeGood campaigns in her time there.
Tash also worked at one of the first non-government newspapers in Bhutan, producing a promotional film documenting the history and vision of the newspaper, while studying Communication and Media at Macquarie University. She then worked at Vibewire, a Sydney based NFP launchpad for young people to ensure that they have a say in conversations that matter, where she become Head Editor and board member.
Starting at Digital Storytellers as our communications and engagement strategist, specializing in media and marketing for social and environmental good organizations, she then became a digital producer specialising in using the skills of film production, media and marketing for creating social impact.
With over 5 years experience in the social enterprise and NFP sectors, she now leads Stories for Impact, our line of capacity building workshops and programs that help changemakers tell their own stories for impact. So passionate and ambitious about empowering changemakers through the democratisation of storytelling is she, we had to stop her from cancelling her wedding to run a workshop at the Social Enterprise World Forum.
Tash is a proud and doting mum of a doe-eyed Staffy who never tires of pets and cuddles. She will also pretend the Wanderers played well, when we all know what really happened, as shown by the scoreline.

Stephen Anthony

Chief Economist
Industry Super Australia
Stephen Anthony is ISA's Chief Economist. Stephen is a highly experienced macroeconomist and fiscal policy specialist with over twenty years of experience.

Carol Austin

HSBC Bank Australia
Carol Austin is an experienced investment professional. She started her career with the Reserve Bank of Australia and has held senior positions in finance, economics, mining, and government. She is currently a director of HSBC Bank Australia, State Super and the Grattan Institute. She is a Commissioner with the NSW Government’s Independent Planning Commission and Chairman of the ACT Investment Advisory Board. Carol was previously a Guardian of the Future Fund and has served on a number of advisory boards including the Australian Office of Financial Management.
She has a Science degree from Monash University and an honours degree in Economics from the Australian National University.

Rochelle-Lee Bailey

Research Fellow
Australian National University
Rochelle Bailey, joined DPA as a Research Fellow to work on labour migration issues. Rochelle has conducted eight years of ethnographic research on Pacific labour mobility while researching New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE).

Joanna Baker

Facilitator and Business Development Manager
Joanna is a qualified nutritionist and social entrepreneur. She is driven to help communities and organisations step up to tackle tough challenges and thrive. She is the co-founder of Youth Food Movement, a national for-purpose organisation that mobilises young people to create a better food system.
Joanna is passionate about building purposeful and profitable businesses ‘for good’. Her facilitation and consultancy encourages systematic reflection in order to catalyse meaningful action. Joanna has worked in a range of small and medium-scale farming enterprises and advocacy organisations. She is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
She puts the theory of Adaptive Leadership into practice by leading with her heart.

Stephen Bartos

Parliamentary Budget Officer
Parliamentary Budget Office NSW
Stephen Bartos is an expert in public sector governance, finance,strategy and risk. He is author of two books Against the Grain – The AWB Scandal and Why it Happened (UNSW Press, 2006) and the reference manual Public Sector Governance – Australia (CCH, 2004). He has written numerous refereed articles in scholarly journals and regular comment pieces on governance, fiscal policy and financial management.

Stephen has been NSW Parliamentary Budget Officer, Executive Director of a leading consulting firm, and before that Professor of Governance and Director of the National Institute of Governance at the University of Canberra.

Stephen previously worked in the Commonwealth Government for some 25 years. He was a Deputy Secretary in the Finance department and head of Budget Group, where he was responsible for advising Ministers on spending and non-tax revenue in the Commonwealth budget, government business enterprises, fiscal policy, accounting policies and public sector performance improvement.

Tamerlaine Beasley

Founder, Managing Director and Board Member
Australian ASEAN Council
Tamerlaine Beasley is a sought after commentator and adviser on cultural intelligence, global collaboration and leveraging diversity in the Asian Century. As founder and Managing Director of Beasley Intercultural, Tamerlaine leads a talented team of specialists in developing global workforce capability for clients, and consults at Boardroom, Senior Executive Team and Senior Government levels. Tamerlaine has over twenty five years of Asia-focused experience, speaks Thai and has studied Bahasa Indonesia and Lao.

Christian Bennett

Group Head - Government Relations and Industry Affairs
Woolworths Group Limited
Christian Bennett has 25 years experience in senior government-related roles, across both private and public sectors.

Lachlan Blackhall

Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program
The Australian National University
Dr Blackhall holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics and was the co-founder and former Chief Technical Officer of Reposit Power. At Reposit, he pioneered the development of distributed control systems to monitor, optimise and control grid-connected energy storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate distributed energy storage to deliver services and capabilities to energy networks, markets and utilities.

Megan Brownlow

Deputy Chair
Screen Australia
Megan Brownlow is a media and entertainment industry specialist at PwC where she performs strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients. She has over 20 years of 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 the editor of PwC’s annual market-leading research program: The Australian Entertainment & Media Outlook, providing forecasts and commentary on the future of twelve media and telecommunications segments.

David Burt

Executive Manager
David Burt is an experienced strategy and commercial advisor at the CSIRO who joined ON in 2012 as a co-founder. David now leads the ON team, at the helm proudly, of the only national Accelerator program designed for publicly funded science. David also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Planet Ark, an Australian not-for-profit organisation with a vision of a world where people live in balance with nature, and on the NSW/ACT State Advisory Council for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)

Matt Cahill

Deputy Secretary
Department of Environment and Energy
Matt Cahill has been officially appointed as Deputy Secretary, Strategy and Operations in the Department of the Environment and Energy. Cahill has been acting in the role for some time and was previously the FAS for the Environmental Standards division.

Michael Cardew-Hall

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation)
Australian National University
The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Innovation) provides leadership of strategic initiatives to build growth in research and education outcomes through strategic partnerships with industry, government and not-for-profit organisations.

Tara Cheyne

Member for Ginninderra
ACT Legislative Assembly, Australian Labor Party
Tara Cheyne is a Labor member for Ginninderra (covering most of Belconnen) in the ACT Legislative Assembly and Government Whip. Tara was elected to the Assembly in October 2016 and she is proud to be a member of the first majority-female parliament in Australia’s history. Prior to being elected, Tara enjoyed a rewarding career in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Finance in Canberra.

Katherine Daniell

Climate Change Insititute
Katherine is a Fellow in the ANU Centre for European Studies, a jointly funded initiative of the European Commission and five ANU colleges. Katherine's current research work focusses on the challenges of implementing participatory approaches to policy and action for sustainable development.

Sarah Davidson

Government Affairs Leader
Chartered Accountants Australia And New Zealand
Sarah Davidson is an executive leader with experience in the areas of strategy, business development, policy advocacy, corporate responsibility, sustainability and ethics. She has also practiced as a lawyer and in-house legal counsel in Australia.

Emma Dawson

Executive Director
Per Capita Australian
Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita. Formerly, she was a senior adviser on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy adviser in the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Emma has published articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV and various Sky News programs.
Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia and is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Dion Devow

I am an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man and a father of three.
I was born and raised in Darwin and moved to Canberra in 1994 to attend university.
After graduating with a bachelor of applied science in health education, I decided to stay.
On my father's side, I am Manbarra. We are traditional owners for the Palm Island Group in North Queensland, and South Sea Islanders (Kanakas) from Tanna Island.
My mother's people are from Erub or Darnley Island in the Eastern Islands of the Torres Strait.
With my cultural heritage steeped in both Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Culture, I can offer a unique perspective on both cultures.

Craig Emerson

Managing Director
Craig 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.

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.

Denise Ferris

Head of School of Art and Design
The Australian National University
Denise Ferris has been Head of the School of Art & Design since 2013, where she has lectured in photography since 1987. Ferris is a photographer who uses UV processes and inkjet technologies, exploring the photograph as a non-documentary a-historical archive. For her doctorate, awarded in 2007, Ferris used a unique light-sensitive milk emulsion, a mixture of casein and dichromates, to make photographs visualising maternal ambivalence and duality.

Melanie Fisher

Before starting Schumann & Fisher, Melanie’s last role was as the Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, an innovative and very successful joint venture between the Australian Public Service and Australian National University focused on preparing top talent APS Executive Level staff for future leadership positions.

Robyn Forrester

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre
Robyn Forester hails from Bundaberg in South East Queensland.  She is a Yuwibara and Australian South Sea Islander woman but now calls the nation’s capital, Canberra home. In January 2018, Robyn joined the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre as its’ Chief Executive Officer bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, experiences and a commitment to advancing leadership opportunities for all.

Ananth Gopal

Director and Facilitator
Ananth is an actor and geographer. He’s an associate artist with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company. He teaches cultural geography at the Universities of Melbourne and Wollongong. He is a doctoral student at the Australian Centre of Cultural Environmental Research (University of Wollongong) and has completed the Art and Practice of Leadership development at the J.F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
His work focuses on how people craft meaning and develop purpose in spaces and organisations. He combines theatrical flair and scholarly insight in his training and facilitation. He sees reflective practice as a central feature of effective interpersonal training.

Angelia Grant

Division Head
Macroeconomic Conditions Division
Angelia is currently the Head of the Macroeconomic Conditions Division in the Australian Treasury.  The Division is responsible for monitoring and assessing economic developments in Australia and key global economies, providing advice to the Government on the economic forecasts and contributing to wider policy analysis across the Treasury.

Jean-Marie Guehenno

Senior Adviser
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
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.

Allan Gyngell

Australian Institute of International Affairs
Allan Gyngell AO was appointed the National President of the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) in September 2017, having previously been named a Fellow of the AIIA in 2010.
He is an honorary professor with the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific and was most recently Director of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum.
Mr Gyngell has had an extensive career in Australian international affairs. He was the Director-General of the Australian Office of National Assessments (ONA) from 2009 to 2013. Prior to leading the ONA, he was the founding Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2003 to 2009. Additionally, he has worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, serving as an Australian diplomat in Rangoon, Singapore and Washington. He was Senior Advisor (International) to Prime Minister Paul Keating between 1993 and 1996.

Sally-Anne Henfry

Executive Director
Sir Roland Wilson Foundation
Sally-Anne Henfry is Executive Director of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation. Up until January 2019, Sally-Anne was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in Washington D.C. Prior to that her career had included working in international development for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (formally the Australian Agency for International Development) and the World Bank. Sally-Anne has worked in Australia, the Asia Pacific and the US.
Sally-Anne was fortunate enough to work in a range of interesting and often challenging policy areas covering issues like public education provision, gender equality and women’s empowerment, social protection and health systems strengthening in developing countries.
Sally-Anne’s academic training is in international affairs and comparative education. She speaks Indonesian and some Mandarin.

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.

John Hewson

Chair, Tax 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

Deborah Hill

Assistant Professor
University of Canberra
Deborah Hill is a linguist and has been with the TESOL program for over a decade. She has had teaching and research experience at universities in Australia and Holland. She has had extensive experience teaching intensively in the program's offshore programs in Vietnam and China (2003-2008).

Julian Hill

Member For Bruce
Parliament of Australia
Julian has held a number of senior positions within the Victorian Public Service. These include Executive Director level positions working in economic development, employment, community and regional development, urban planning and transport, business engagement, local government, Aboriginal affairs, migration, trade and international education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria.

Jennifer Hunt

Lecturer, National Security College
The Australian National University
Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt is a lecturer in the National Security College and a Research Associate at the US Studies Centre. Dr. Jennifer S. Hunt specialises in the national security of critical systems including energy and cyber. She has published on comparative national security policy in the US, Australia, and the Arab Gulf.
Dr Hunt has provided expert commentary on ABC’s Q&A, The Project, BBC, and the History Channel. Dr. Hunt holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in International Security from the University of Sydney. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (USA) where she was captain of the Women’s Sabre Fencing team.
As part of her research and consulting practice, Dr. Hunt also attended the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi, and studied Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Jordan. From 2011-2012, she was a visiting researcher at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman.
Prior to joining the NSC, Dr. Hunt was based at the University of Sydney US Studies Centre, the Centre for International Security Studies, and Sydney Business School. She has been student-nominated for teaching awards across security studies, business and politics departments.
Along with her academic areas of specialisation, Dr. Hunt also publishes on applied research methods. Together with Dr. Zina O’Leary, Workplace Research: Conducting small scale applied research, was published by Sage in 2016.
Dr. Hunt also holds a private pilot’s license.

Robert Ingram

Australian Wool Growers Association
Robert has spent almost forty years designing, implementing, and evaluating rural and regional development programs in Asia, the Pacific and Australia. He has been involved in over 80 projects
in more than 35 countries. His work is focused on integrated sustainable rural and agricultural development and driving the philosophy that private sector development needs to be focused on by
development assistance especially to drive the economic base through agriculture. In recent years his work has focused on the Pacific and he was the initial team leader for the first two
years of the Seasonal Worker Programme. His family is one of the pioneering families of the far southern Monaro and since 2002 he has progressively purchased and taken over these operations. In conjunction with his partner and two sons they now operate a 2500 ha fine wool merino operation. Through these
farming activities, Robert has become involved in the politics of the wool industry and has been a director of Australian Woolgrowers Association since 2011. He is a former President of the Victorian
branch of the Institute of Agricultural Science and is also the director of a small e-agriculture company that has patented technology that identifies genealogies digitally.

Sean Innis

Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub
Sean Innis is inaugural Director of Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub at the Australian National University. The Hub was formed in January 2018 and reflects ANU’s commitment to fostering the deep policy conversations needed to define the “world we want by 2060”.

Frank Jotzo

Centre for Climate Economics and Energy 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.

Glenn Keys

CEO, Co Founder and Executive Chairman
Aspen Medical
Glenn Keys is the co-founder and Executive Director of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. Glenn is also the founder and Chair of Project Independence, a housing initiative for people with intellectual disabilities
Glenn is an active Board Member of the National Capital Authority and the Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber.
Glenn graduated from UNSW Australia with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 1985, completed postgraduate studies in Aeronautical Engineering in the UK in 1987 in and completed the Advanced Management Program at Mt Eliza Business School in 2001.
Glenn was awarded the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year and represented the ACT at the National Australia Day Awards in January 2015. Glenn received the UNSW Alumni Award 2014 in the business and innovation category.
In 2013 Glenn was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Andrew Leigh MP

Federal Member for Fenner
Australian Labor Party
Andrew Leigh is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40.

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).

Kelly Magsamen

Vice President, National Security and International Policy
Centre for American Progress
Kelly Magsamen is the vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress. She served as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs from 2014 to 2017. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Magsamen served on the National Security Council in various positions, most immediately as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning from 2012 to 2014. During her years at the National Security Council, she also served as the director for Iran, from 2008 to 2011; and then as director and senior advisor for Middle East reform in the wake of the Arab Spring, from 2011 to 2012.

Michael McKenzie

PNG Consulate
Attorney General's Department

Travers McLeod

Chief Executive Officer
Centre for Policy and Development
Travers has been CPD’s Chief Executive Officer since 2014. He leads our strategic and policy agenda, working across each of our policy programs.Travers began his career in public law, working for the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia and for Justice Michael Kirby in the High Court of Australia. He holds a DPhil and MPhil (Dist) in International Relations from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar and was a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. He worked as a Policy Adviser for the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, playing a lead role in their 2013 report Now for the Long Term. Travers’ first book, Rule of Law in War, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. He remains an Associate of the Oxford Martin School and holds adjunct positions at the University of Melbourne and the University of Western Australia.

Chris Moraitis

Attorney General's Department
Mr Chris Moraitis PSM is Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department, a position he has held since September 2014 .Prior to his current role, Chris was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Rachel Morgain

Knowledge Broker
Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
Rachel is a knowledge broker and researcher with a focus on environment, knowledge exchange, science communication, anthropology, Pacific studies, gender and race. She has undertaken research into people's connections with nature, the social dimensions of environmental challenges, contemporary social movements, diverse knowledge systems and the social role and position of science. She has worked in research, industry, government and NGO sectors, and at the interface of science and policy.

Daniel Moss

Bloomberg Opinion
Daniel Moss is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering Asian economies. Now based in Singapore, he was previously executive editor of Bloomberg News for global economics and government. Moss joined Bloomberg in 1994 in Sydney and led teams in Washington, Tokyo and London. He was Kuala Lumpur bureau chief during the Asian Financial Crisis.

Ehsan Nabavi

Research Fellow
3A Institute
Ehsan is a Research Fellow in Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Institute. He is also EU Jean Monnet Research Fellow. Ehsan completed his PhD at ANU School of Sociology in 2017. He originally trained as a Civil Engineer with the majority of his training, research, publications, and work experience focused on using Artificial Intelligence, complex systems simulation, and decision-making modelling as analytical tools in the public policy domain.

Sam Palmer

GM People, Capability and Communication
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Samantha Palmer is the GM Governance People, Culture and Diversity Champion at the ABS. Samantha is a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and has more than 20 years in senior roles in the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments, has worked in the private, University and community sectors and run her own successful business.

Vanessa Petrie

Chief Executive Officer
Beyond Zero Emissions
Vanessa is the CEO of Beyond Zero Emissions. Since joining BZE in early 2017 Vanessa has partnered with her team to deliver Rethinking Cement, the world’s first strategy for decarbonising the cement industry, the Zero Carbon Communities Guide, won Best International Energy Think Tank in the 2018 Prospect Think Tank Awards, and secured BZE’s ranking as 50th Best Independent Think Tank in the world.
Prior to joining BZE, Vanessa worked in diverse roles across local and State Government including infrastructure planning and project management, legislative policy development, major policy reform and waste and resource recovery strategic planning.
Vanessa is a Director of the Goulburn Valley Waste and Resource Recovery Group Board, and member of the Climate Emergency Darebin Management Committee.
She has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from RMIT University and a Masters of Environment from the University of Melbourne.

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.

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.

Geoffrey Rutledge

Deputy Director-General
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Geoffrey Rutledge joined the ACT Government over 15 years ago and is currently the Deputy Director-General, Sustainability and the Built Environment, for the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government.

Michael Sanese

Senior Manager, People and Organisation

Brendan Sargeant

Honorary Professor
Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Forum Secretariat

Will Steffen

Emeritus Professor
Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University
Will Steffen has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998 to 2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Stockholm, Sweden, and before that as Executive Officer of IGBP's Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems project. Will was the Inaugural Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, from 2008-2012. Prior to that, he was Director of the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. From 2004 to 2011 he served as science adviser to the Australian Government Department of Climate Change. He is currently a Climate Councillor with the Climate Institute, and from 2011 to 2013 was a Climate Commissioner on the Australian Government's Climate Commission; Chair of the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee, Co-Director of the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) initiative and Member of the ACT Climate Change Council. Steffen's interests span a broad range within the fields of sustainability and Earth System science, with an emphasis on the science of climate change, approaches to climate change adaptation in land systems, incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and the history and future of the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.

Matt Stocks

ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science
Dr Matthew Stocks has more than 25 years research and development experience in renewable energy and photovoltaics.

Chin Tan

Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner
Australian Human Rights Commission
Chin Tan commenced his term as Race Discrimination Commissioner on October 8, 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, Chin spent three years as the Director for Multicultural Engagement at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.

Nina Terrey

Chief Methodologist
Global Partner, ThinkPlace
Nina is passionate about giving people agency to make positive change for good. She believes that people have the capacity to collaborate and achieve impact together. Her commitment to co-design as a tool for empowerment means she works with people at all levels of a system: organisational leaders and teams, frontline workers, citizens and industry organisations.

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.

Peter Varghese

The University of Queensland
Peter Varghese AO is Chancellor of The University of Queensland. Prior to this appointment, 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 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Queensland in 2013.

Grady Venville

Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic
The Australian National University
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) holds responsibility for the establishment and satisfaction of academic standards at ANU, including the delivery of an exceptional educational and student experience.

Tim Watts

Member for Gellibrand
Federal MP
Timothy Graham Watts is an Australian politician and an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since September 2013, representing the Division of Gellibrand, Victoria.

Bob Williamson

Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science
The Australian National University
Professor Bob Williamson is a professor at the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University and is also a distinguished researcher in DATA61.
He received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in 1984 and a Masters of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Queensland in 1986. In 1990 he obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Queensland.
He joined the Australian National University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Systems Engineering in 1990 and held a series of appointments before becoming a professor and head of the Computer Sciences Laboratory, Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering at the Australian National University.
From 2003 to early 2006 Professor Williamson was the Director of NICTA’s Canberra Research Laboratory. In 2006 he was appointed as NICTA’s Scientific Director. From 2011-2015 he lead NICTA's Machine Learning group. He served as interim CEO of NICTA from May to August 2015. From September 2015 to October 2016 he served as director of the Analytics program at DATA61. From September 2015 to September 2017 he served as Chief Scientist and Deputy Director of DATA61.

Olympia Yarger

Managing Director
Olympia Yarger is passionate about rural and regional communities and has worked across many different agricultural industries.

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11:30 AM 12:00 PM


12:00 PM 12:20 PM Molonglo Theatre


12:20 PM 02:00 PM Lennox and Griffin rooms

Lunch will be served in the Seminar Rooms. Help yourself throughout the activities

Making connections

12:20 PM 12:50 PM Lennox and Griffin rooms

Get to know your fellow Future Shapers in this fun and interesting activity. Make sure you follow the three rules.

You are NOT allowed to ask (or answer) the following questions:

  • Where you are from?
  • What do you do for work/study?
  • Do you know so and so?


12:50 PM 12:55 PM

Get creative

12:55 PM 01:25 PM Lennox and Griffin rooms

Get to know your fellow Future Shapers in this fun and interesting activity. Make sure you follow the three rules.

You are NOT allowed to ask (or answer) the following questions:

  • Where you are from?
  • What do you do for work/study?
  • Do you know so and so?


01:25 PM 01:30 PM

Find your collective

01:30 PM 01:55 PM Lennox and Griffin rooms

Now is your chance to seek any of the Future Shapers that you didn't get a chance to introduce yourself to.

Make sure you still follow the three rules.

You are NOT allowed to ask (or answer) the following questions:

  • Where you are from?
  • What do you do for work/study?
  • Do you know so and so?


01:55 PM 02:00 PM

What does the election tell us about Australia? ANU Crawford Leadership Forum

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Molonglo Theatre

Final plenary of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum

02:45 PM 04:00 PM Molonglo Theatre

The ANU Crawford Leadership Forum brings together senior leaders from across sectors to discuss the big issues facing Australia and the world today.

To see the types of issues that have been discussed, have a look at the program attached.

You can also find some background reading on most of the topics in the 'Framing Papers'.
ACLF 2019 18062019 Final- Web.pdf Download Link
ACLF 2019 Framing papers final web.pdf Download Link

Networking reception: Meet me at the …

04:00 PM 05:15 PM Acton Foyer

What is the event? 

This event brings together the Future Shapers participants and a number of special guests with ANU Crawford Leadership Forum participants. The aim is to provide a semi-structured networking activity to give all participants the opportunity to meet and discuss issues and ideas.

How will it run?

A number of guests have requested to meet with Future Shapers participants, and vice versa. If you requested to meet ACLF participants you will see your allocated meeting times (15 min) in 'My Program' on the app.  

What do I need to do?

  • Check if you have a meeting schedule for this event in 'My Program' and note the number next to your meeting partner's name.
  • At the venue, find the number allocated next to the special guest's name (they will be stuck to the walls)
  • Find your meeting partner, find a space to have a chat for 10-15 min
  • At the end of the 15 min bell, find the next number and your next meeting partner.

What do I do if I don't have any scheduled meetings or I have gaps?

In addition to the numbers, there will be a range of icons around the room to indicate a possible topic of discussion (see attached). Participants without allocated meetings will be able to move to an icon and find people to discuss that topic.

FS Reception topics.pdf Download Link

Perspectives of the next generation

05:30 PM 06:45 PM Molonglo Theatre

Hear from some of the brightest and engaging undergraduates from ANU. In this facilitated conversation, these students will explore the differences in what is important to them, and the issues they perceive are important to the leadership groups ahead of them.

Small group dinners

07:00 PM 09:00 PM Canberry/ Springbank Room

Join your guest of honour with a small group Future Shapers to discuss the big issues that are facing you, or the world!

Transport will be available to take you back to the Acton hotels


07:00 AM 08:00 AM Canberry/Springbank room

Meet here for a 45 min group exercise class - this will mostly focus on body weight and core exercises and will give you enough time to get changed and ready for the 8am session.

Breakfast (served from 7:30am - 8:30am)

07:30 AM 09:00 AM Canberry/Springbank rooms

Breakfast will be available from 7:30am, but if you need more sleep, you can eat during the first 8am session 

Taking off the onesie - the importance of not being a leader while trying to make a difference

08:00 AM 08:55 AM Canberry/Springbank Room

Leadership and positions of authority are often conflated. People most commonly confuse authority for leadership and make complaints like, ‘leadership isn’t showing any leadership’ & ‘we need real leadership’ (who wants faux leadership anyway?).

We have an intuitive understanding of leadership as something that ‘blazes the trail’, ‘makes a difference’ ‘does something different’, or ‘shows moral courage’ - notice all those verbs?

At the same time, we use the term leader and leadership to describe someone or a group of ‘somebodies’ who have a position of formal authority (leadership team or leader). This confusion between activity and position leads to the term leadership being used a lot, and used imprecisely. It also leads to something pernicious: people begin to think of themselves as leaders anointed or compelled to act, behave and work in a certain way (no matter the cost). This leads to all sorts of pitfalls, not least of which is a fusion of identity with a role (“I am what I do; a leader”).

Think of someone wearing a onesie with the word ‘leader’ emblazoned across the front and back and you might see what we mean. We recommend that people who want to practice leadership separate their personal identities from the actions they take – to consider themselves as ordinary-people-taking-action. Considering yourself a ‘leader’ is a recipe for conflating who you are with what you do. This fusion of identity with a position is dicey and, a recipe for burnout. Separating role from self or ‘taking off the onesie’ is a freeing step towards having a separate life as a person. It also offers a powerful conceptual distinction between leadership and authority; where authority is a position that is conferred to an individual or a group of people in exchange for ‘managing the status quo’.

Leadership is the practice of mobilising people to find a new equilibrium, one that’s better than the current one. Practising leadership is a tough challenge that requires psychological dexterity, a sense of humour and humility.

We aren’t change averse, we are loss averse

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Canberry/Springbank Room

An experiential workshop with Polykala exploring the distinctions within change processes and social leadership.

Change is a word that shows up a lot, especially around an election. We apparently need change, fear change and are changing all the time all at once. We are also told that people are somehow inherently ‘change averse’. That word ‘change’ sure is busy. We reckon change often means one of two things: Loss & Growth. It's little wonder that we disagree with the diagnosis that ‘people are change averse’, we’re pretty sure that people (all of us) are loss averse, often for good reason - who wants to give up something hard-won, lucrative, precious and tied to our self-image or reputation?

When we talk about change we are very rarely talking about bathwater and baby-scale-change. We’re talking about framing change realistically as a ratio of what we Keep, Let Go & Grow. This workshop introduces the ‘Keep:Let Go:Grow’ model as a core component of practicing adaptive leadership. This way of thinking about and practising leadership recognises the grief and loss inherent in every ‘change idea’. We suggest practicing leadership is really the art of letting people down gracefully while mobilising them towards an energising possibility. Practicing leadership requires balancing possibility & pain.

Polykala’s approach to social leadership might be a little different from other ways of thinking about change, progress and leadership in general. We encourage people driving change in the public sector and sphere to tune in to what people are being asked to let go of, or give up. We invite participants to acknowledge the losses as well as selling the promise of new and better ways.

Our experience working with ‘loss averse’ industries in rural and regional Australia, like agriculture, emergency services and forestry, has shown us that people are not change averse, they are loss averse. Often, their losses go unrecognised in the desire to spread the ‘good news’. This seems to be one of the motors of polarisation and tribal politics where factions fail to recognise why people are unwilling to let go of what is familiar, precious and valuable.

Morning Tea Break

10:00 AM 10:30 AM Acton Foyer

We have an onsite barista - so don't forget your keep cup.

Bespoke meetings #1

10:30 AM 12:00 PM Seminar Rooms - see 'My program' for your room and special guests

Small group meetings with our special guests. You will be placed in a small group based on your interests and responses in your registration. These small forums are largely unstructured, and will give you an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you, and to ask the guests about their experiences.

The secret to a great sandwich

12:00 PM 01:00 PM Canberry/Springbank

Do you know the secret to a great sandwich? Or perhaps you've always wondered what it is?

This is your chance to share your secrets and knowledge, or seek out some answers from your fellow Future Shapers.

Sandwich building:
Step 1.
Choose your bread (of get a plate) in Canberry Romm
Step 2.
Find your preferred fillings:
Cheese and condiments (Lennox Room)
Meat and pickles (Griffin Room)
Salad and Veg (Acton Foyer)

Along the way, have a chat and see if anyone wants to have form a discussion group.

Forming a discussion group:
Step 1.
Post your idea/discussion topic/help wanted to the app.

Step 2.
Find a space, and tell everyone where you are.
Tip: If you want to attract more people, base yourself somewhere nee the food. 

The seminar rooms will be open, and you can use the foyers and outside areas), and use the app to let everyone know where you are, and what skills you can share, or what you'd like to know, or if you're ready to solve a problem and need some like-minded people to help.

Yarnin - engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

01:15 PM 02:15 PM Canberry/Springbank

Dion Devow has a cultural heritage steeped in both Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Culture.

In sharing his story he hopes to offer insights into how to engage with people from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander communities.


02:15 PM 02:30 PM Acton Foyer

Bespoke meetings #2

02:30 PM 04:00 PM

Small group meetings with our special guests. You will be placed in a small group based on your interests and responses in your registration. These small forums are largely unstructured, and will give you an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you, and to ask the guests about their experiences.

Walk to Palace Cinema

04:00 PM 04:30 PM

Meet at the Acton Foyer and we will walk over to the Palace Cinema (about 15-20 flat walk).

If you are unable to walk, you can ask the registration desk to call a taxi for you.

2040: Private film screening

04:30 PM 06:00 PM NewActon Nishi, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra ACT

Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.

ANU Magical Mystery Dinner Tour - meet at registration desk

07:00 PM 09:00 PM See the app to find out your dinner group number. Meet at the Acton Foyer (registration desk) to be escorted to your location.

We've set up tables in some* quirky locations on ANU campus, for you to have another opportunity to meet an interesting dinner guest for some interesting conversation. *we were only allowed into a few really cool places, but the company should still be great!

See 'My program' for your dinner guests

Brrrrrrrrisk walk - Meet at Canberry/Springbank Room

07:00 AM 07:45 AM Canberry/Springbank Room

An optional session to get you energised for the day ahead. This session will be brisk 45min walk around the ANU campus and lake.
Rug up as it's forecast to be chilly!

Breakfast (available from 7:30am - 8:30am)

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Breakfast will be served in the Canberry/Springbank room

Workshop: Digital Storytellers

08:30 AM 09:30 AM Canberry/Springbank room

In this practical session you'll work on tools and frameworks for finding your story, and tips on communicating it clearly to others. Digital Storytellers is a purpose-driven film-making agency. They craft impactful stories with positive narratives to make a difference in the world and run workshops and programs to teach communities and organisations to tell their own stories. Their mission is to help create a better narrative, through telling stories that matter, and sharing our knowledge and resources to empower a wider community of storytellers.

Listen up: Mindfulness through music by Indigo Project

08:30 AM 09:30 AM Meet at Canberry/Springbank to walk over to the 'Cottage' (4 min walk)

Meet in Canberry/Springbank and those attending will walk as a group to 'The Cottage'. 

In this session, you will be guided by our head psychologist Mary Hoang, through an immersive experience that combines modern psychology and mindfulness techniques while taking a journey through music. Expect to enhance the way you listen to music, while heightening your awareness of the inner workings of your mind. Be ready to open your mind and senses to the power of tuning out of everyday noise and tuning in to a world of sound.

Bespoke meetings #3: What else?

09:45 AM 11:00 AM Various

Has anything been missed? This is your chance for a final small group meeting. Based on your responses in the app over the past few days, different discussion topics have been selected and a number of special guests are available. You will have the opportunity to self-select into the groups.

Morning Tea Break

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Acton Foyer

But the challenge is insurmountable…

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Canberry/Springbank Room

Over the past two days we've discussed change in all its guises - but can we actually do it? Join three ANU researchers who work in the field of climate change and biodiversity, in a discussion about how to remain motivated and how to motivate others in the face of the big (and little) challenges that we face.

Lunch: Next steps

12:30 PM 02:00 PM Canberry/Springbank Room

Over a delicious soup lunch it's time to discuss what to do next. Are there any collective or personal actions arising from the Forum? Is there anyone you've not yet had a chance to connect with?

Forum Close

02:00 PM 02:15 PM