2018 Featured Speakers

Adjunct Professor Tony Sorensen, University of New England.

Tony Sorensen is a futurist who foresees massive economic and social disruption over the next two decades driven by a tsunami of new technologies. The 4th Industrial Revolution will dramatically challenge the management capacities of governments, businesses and communities alike.

A Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute, he has researched the diverse processes shaping Australia’s regional economies, the capacity of regional business and community leadership to create agile economies, and the limited capacity of superior tiers of government to influence events. He is also currently on an expert panel advising the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Development and Decentralisation.

A global traveller, he has recently debated such themes in Oxford, Bucharest, Tel Aviv, Saigon and Vladivostok, and is a frequent visitor to such high-tech hotspots as Silicon Valley and Seattle.

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers 2018

  • Dr Sandra Phillips, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Indigenous Higher Degree by Research in the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research (JIIER), University of Technology Sydney
  • Dr Kim Houghton, General Manager of Policy and Research, Regional Australia Institute
  • Ms Fiona Nash, Strategic Advisor, Regional Development, Charles Sturt University

Other Confirmed Featured Speakers 2018

  • Hon Ben Franklin MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW, NSW Government

Invited Featured Speakers 2018

  • Ms Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Australia Post
  • Mr Nick Cleary, Chairman & CEO, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia (CLARA)
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