13&14 November,
ICC Sydney

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Relive the 10th edition of the World Business Forum Sydney

WORLD BUSINESS FORUM SYDNEY SPEAKERS

André Agassi

Andre
Agassi

High

Performance

Gary
Hamel

Strategy

The Rt. Hon. Dame
Jacinda Ardern

Diversity

& Empowerment

Nouriel
Roubini

APAC & the

Global Economy

Lisa
MacCallum

Talent

Anne
Chow

Leadership

Radhika
Dirks

Generative AI

Marcus
Collins

Marketing

Author, Philanthropist, Education Advocate and Former #1 Ranked Tennis Player and Multi Grand Slam Champion

Widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players in history, Andre Agassi amassed an impressive record of 60 men’s singles titles, which included capturing eight Grand Slam championships, during his illustrious 20-year career. A former world no.1, Agassi went on to etch his name in the annals of tennis history by becoming the first male player ever to achieve the remarkable feat of winning all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. He was also a member of three winning Davis Cup teams in 1990, 1992, and 1995. 

Agassi also was notable for the charitable ventures he undertook, including the founding of the Andre Agassi Foundation (1994) to aid at-risk children. This foundation has played a pivotal role in education reform, raising over $180 million. His highly acclaimed autobiography, Open, was published in 2009 and it soared to the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. In recognition of his contributions to the sport, Agassi was rightfully inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.

World renowned business thinker and management innovator

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers who has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies helping to create billions of dollars in shareholder value. For over four decades, Hamel has served on the faculty of the London Business School and he is the director of the Management Lab. Hamel is an author of landmark books such as Competing for the Future, The Future of Management and Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them.

Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017-2023) Senior Fellow, Harvard University

The Right Honourable Dame Jacinda Ardern became the Prime Minister of New Zealand at just 37 years of age. During her time in office she faced the challenges of a live streamed domestic terror attack against New Zealand’s Muslim community, a volcanic eruption and the COVID 19 pandemic. Ms Ardern’s focus on people, kindness and what she has called “pragmatic idealism” saw New Zealand achieve some of the lowest losses of life experienced by any developed nation through the pandemic, the ban of military style semi-automatic weapons in her country, and the creation of the Christchurch Call to Action to eliminate violent extremism online, which Ms Ardern continues to hold the role of Special Envoy. 

Ms Ardern is a champion of women’s empowerment. While in office, New Zealand reached 50 percent representation of women in parliament, and on government appointed boards. She decriminalised abortion, improved pay equity laws and extended paid parental leave to 6 months – all while being only the second woman in the world to have a baby while leading her country.  Ms Ardern is a passionate advocate on climate action and is a board member of The Earthshot Prize, focusing on solutions to climate change and environmental issues. 

Renowned economist and Professor Emeritus at the Stern School of Business at NYU

One of the world’s foremost experts on the global economy, Nouriel Roubini is CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, a global macroeconomic consultancy firm in New York and Professor Emeritus at the Stern School of Business at NYU.  He famously predicted the 2008 financial crisis two years before it happened at a 2006 address to the International Monetary Fund.‍ Dr. Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials, consulting for the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions.  A widely published author, Roubini’s most recent bestselling publication is Megathreats: Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future, And How to Survive Them.  

Founder and President of Inspired Companies and former Vice President of Nike’s Access to Sport

Lisa MacCallum is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Inspired Companies and is focused on corporate reputation, purpose driven business performance, complex stakeholder leadership, communications and brand transformation. A former Vice President at Nike, MacCallum worked internationally for two decades, primarily in the USA and Japan. She held global leadership roles for Nike in Corporate Strategy, Apparel, Sales and Retail and also led Nike’s global Access to Sport and community impact work as Managing Director of the Nike Foundation.

MacCallum holds several non-executive director roles, including with British Telecom’s Sustainable Business Board Committee in the UK; Bond University, Australia and Adani Transmission, India. Furthermore, she is a Young Global Leader of the Economic Forum, Ambassador for the World Benchmarking Alliance and Commissioner for the Aspen Institute on Information and Democracy.

Groundbreaking leader and former CEO at AT&T Business

With a remarkable career spanning more than 30 years, Anne Chow is a pioneering figure in the enterprise world. She was the first woman of color CEO in AT&T’s 140+ year history, overseeing AT&T Business, a global operating unit with a workforce of 35,000 and a value of $35 billion.  She has been widely recognised as a role model for inclusive leadership, driving success at the intersection of people, culture, and technology.   Twice named to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business, Chow is currently Lead Director on the Board of Directors of FranklinCovey and also serves on the Board of Directors of 3M. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Expert in AI, Quantum Computing and Next-Gen Tech, CEO and Founder of Ribo AI and XLabs

A personification of tech-savvy leadership, Dr. Radhika Dirks is an entrepreneur and advisor specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Quantum computing. Named by Forbes as one of the Women in AI to Watch, Dr. Dirks is the Founder and CEO of XLabs AI and Ribo, both AI-driven companies. Entrepreneur and advisor, her expertise has earned her a spot among Deloitte’s top women in the AI world. Dirks claims that Artificial Intelligence has the potential to unlock a modern-day Renaissance by expanding and diversifying human capabilities to previously unimaginable extents.

AWARD-WINNING MARKETER AND EXPERT ON BRAND STRATEGY

As the Chief Strategy Officer at Wieden+Kennedy New York, and a marketing Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Marcus Collins bridges the academic-practitioner gap for blue-chip brands and startups alike. Over the course of his career, Collins has developed a practice for creating culturally contagious ideas that inspire people to take action. In addition, he served as Head of Digital Strategy for Beyoncé.

His acclaimed book For The Culture: The Power Behind What We Buy, What We Do, and Who We Want to Be examines the influence of culture on consumption and unpacks how everyone from marketers to activists can leverage culture to get people to take action. He is a recipient of Advertising Age’s 40 Under 40 award and Crain’s Business’ 40 Under 40 award, and a recent inductee into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement.

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