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We met at the Sydney Opera House to celebrate our global Australian game changers, innovators and thought leaders who are shaping our future. 

Date: Monday 14 September 2015
Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Sydney Opera House
Cost: AUD$180 (Student, artist and non-profit sector discounts available)


9am - Registration

9.20am - 9.25am - Welcome
Serafina Maiorano, Global CEO, Advance

9.25am - 9.30am - Opening Remarks
Doug Elix AO, Chair, Advance Global Advisory Council

9.30am - 10.20am - Can Brand Australia help you go Global?
Celebrated Australians discussed their journey to international success and whether their ‘Australianess’ helped them to gain recognition in their field. Does success in Australia translate to international success? What are the Australian attributes to be cherished and what should we downplay? This panel featured professional golfer and Chairman and CEO, Great White Shark Enterprises Greg Norman AO, Head of Agriculture, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Elizabeth O'Leary and David Mackay, Chairman Mcgrath Real Estate, Board Director Fortune Brands Home, Security Board and Keurig Green Mountain. The session was facilitated by Gold Walkley Award winning journalist and host of SBS Insight Jenny Brockie.

10.20am - 11.00am - The Next Big Wave: Directions for Australian Innovation
Facilitated by Jenny Brockie this panel session examined our guest's views on; Where and what are the opportunities for Australians to innovate? What strengths should Australia be building on? What is Australia’s natural advantage as a country and how can we amplify it? What are some of the incredible stories of Australian innovation that we should be replicating? The panel featured Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian and Annie Parker, Co-Founder, muru-D.

11.00am - 11.10am - Advance Global Australian Masterclass: Education as a Business
A seven minute masterclass with Karen Day, Dean of Science, University of Melbourne and 2015 Advance Global Australian Life Sciences Award Winner.

11.10am - 11.25am - Networking Break

11.25am - 11.35am - Advance Global Australian Masterclass: Disruptive Energy Technologies
A seven minute masterclass with Cameron Hepburn, Co-Founder, Climate Bridge, Vivid Economics and Aurora Energy Research and 2015 Advance Global Australian Clean Technology Award winner, on global advancement in energy technologies and the wider implications of the shift from fossil fuels to renewables.

11.35am - 12.05pm - Global Changemakers: Harnessing Australia as a Cultural Resource
Nasima Rahmani, Director of the Women's Empowerment Center, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education and 2015 Advance Global Australian Alumni Award winner shared what she has drawn on from her experience in Australia and utilised back in her home country of Afghanistan. As a leading figure pushing for and pioneering change in her home country,  Nasima in conversation with Jenny Brockie discussed how her experiences in Australia acted as a catalyst for her work. 

12.05pm - 12.10pm - Wrap up of morning session

12.10pm - 1.00pm - Lunch

1:00pm – 2.45pm - Breakout Conversations

1.00pm - 1.40pm - C1 or C2.

C1: The Digital Revolution and its effect on the Culture Of Creativity in Australia
Facilitated by Craig Davis, Co-Founder and CMO, Sendle and former Co-Chairman and CCO of Publicis Mojo Australia and New Zealand, this session focused on panelists views on building international brands, how their industries have been affected by digital disruption and how Australian creativity is reacting to this digital incursion. Terry Savage, Chairman, Cannes Lions, Samantha Wills, Founder, SAMANTHA WILLS and Buzz Usborne, Digital Designer, Head of Design, Sendle joined this panel.

C2: The Return to Aus: Following the Yellow Brick Road Home
How do you decide when is the right time to return home? How do you apply your international experience in a primarily domestic focused market? Which companies are actively recruiting those with offshore experience and how is that affecting their growth? How can you remain connected internationally from Australia? Our panel of Australia returnees achieved significant career success overseas but like many Australian immigrants, the pull home won out over the many benefits of an expat lifestyle. We took a closer look at what the obstacles, opportunities and challenges are along the yellow brick road and the journey home and how Australia can better leverage its incredibly valuable human resource of internationally connected people from returning exchange students to board level returnees. Stan Grant, SKY NEWS International Editor and anchor of Reporting LIVE with Stan Grant, Hayley Bolding, Young Australian of the Year - Victoria 2013, Joanne Crewes, retired President Global Prestige, Procter and Gamble and Derek Youdale, Board member, Advance joined this panel. The panel wasfacilitated by Narelle Hooper.

1.40pm - 2.20pm - C3 or C4.

C3: Braving Failure for Success
Australia is a country with a strong anti-failure bias and this aversion to failure impacts our entrepreneurs and our ability to develop a robust innovation ecosystem. Speaking from their own experience, our panel session hosted by James Mabbott, Head of Innovate, KPMG Australia discussed what it means to embrace failure, what lessons we can learn from it and what we can and should do to change our appetite for risk and fear of failure as a nation. James was joined by panelists Brad Couper, CEO, simPro and elevate61 participant, Andrew Dowling, Founder and CEO, Stitch and participant in the 2012 Advance Innovation Program, Randall Makin, Co-Founder and CTO of RedEye and Amanda Price, SVP of Innovation, Advance.

C4: Sustainability, Talent, Technology - Futureproofing Australia
What would a futureproofed Australia look like from an environmental perspective and what should we be doing more of? Is it possible to build an internationally competitive brand from Australia and what does that require in terms of talent? Can Sydney become one of the top 10 technology cities in the world? How do we attract and foster the right talent? These questions and more were examined by our expert panel featuring Cameron Hepburn, Co-Founder, Climate Bridge, Vivid Economics and Aurora Energy Research and 2015 Advance Global Australian Clean Technology Award winner, Roy Green, Dean, UTS Business School and Dr Russell Howard, Chairman of Board, NeuClone Pty Ltd, Head Commercial Strategy, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics and 2013 Advance Global Australian Biotechnology Award winner. The session was moderated by Maria Atkinson AMSustainability Strategist and Director, Maria Atkinson Consultancy Pty Ltd. 

2.20pm - 2.40pm - Networking Break

2.40pm - 2.50pm - Advance Global Australian Masterclass: Collaborative Robots: Changing Manufacturing
A seven minute masterclass with Rodney Brooks, 2015 Advanced Global Australian Advanced Manufacturing Award winner and Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics on the transition to collaborative robots in the work force. Traditional industrial robots have been isolated in safety cages, are programmed in computer languages, and take months to install.  A new class of collaborative robots are safe to be interspersed with people, are shown how to do their tasks, and take just hours from out of the box to be doing useful work. Manufacturing is changing.

2.50pm - 3.00pm - Advance Global Australian Masterclass: Disrupting Healthcare with Big Data on Earth and in Space
A seven minute masterclass with Carolyn McGregor AM, 2015 Advance Global Australian Technology Innovation Award winner. As Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics Carolyn has lead ground breaking research to enable high frequency data to be used to improve health and wellness. Carolyn shared her research vision of how analysing every heart beat and every breath can now give premature babies a better chance at life, tactical operators better ways to manage their physical and mental health and help astronauts manage their health so they can make great discoveries when they go to Mars and beyond.

3.00pm - 3.40pm - New Women, New Men, New Economy
Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century, says World economic Forum chairman Klaus Schwab. This panel discussed the four dimensions that create the conditions in which talent thrives - creativity, openness, diversity and equity. The panel featured: Brendon Riley, Group Executive, Global Enterprise and Services, Telstra, Michelle Garnaut, China-based restaurateur and 2015 Advance Global Australian Food & Agriculture Award winner, Siobhan Reddy, Studio Director, Media Molecule and 2015 Advance Global Australian Commercial Creatives Award winner and Scott Farquhar, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian. The session was facilitated by Narelle Hooper and Rodin Genoff, authors of New Women New Men New Economy.

3.40pm - 4.00pm - Wrap Up

4.00pm - Close

We were thrilled to be joined by extraordinary Australians including: