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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:00 Registration opens, Morning tea and coffee

8:50 Welcome

Michael Stutchbury, Editor in Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Chair of Day One: Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS, The Australian Financial Review

9:00 INTRODUCTION | Opportunities in the next wave of innovation

Tony Johnson, CEO and Regional Managing Partner Oceania, EY

9:25 BUSINESS LEADERS' ROUNDTABLE | Defining the future of Australian business and industry

  • What kind of economy do we need to maintain national growth and competitiveness?
  • What new, high-value-add industries do we need to excel in and/or create?
  • What about our existing resources and professional services industries - how must they evolve to remain competitive?

Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
Carolyn Hewson AO, Director, BHP Billiton, Stockland Group and Federal Government Growth Centres Advisory Committee
Dr Nora Scheinkestel, Chairman, Macquarie Atlas Roads;
Director, Telstra Corporation and Stockland Group

Moderated by Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

10:05 KEYNOTE | Investing in Australia's capacity for innovation

Prof Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist for Australia

10:30 Morning tea

 ROUNDTABLE | Human capital: transforming our national digital, scientific and technological capability

  • How can we prepare our existing and future workforce for the technological, economic and structural changes ahead?
  • How can we attract and retain the skills and talent we need from overseas?
  • How do we ensure large sections of the Australian workforce are not left behind?

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, Group Executive, Institutional Banking and Markets, Commonwealth Bank
Alan Noble, Head of Engineering, Google Australia
Dr Cathy Foley, Science Director and Deputy Director Manufacturing, CSIRO
Prof Stuart Cunningham, Chair, Skills and Capabilities for Australian Enterprise Innovation report, Australian Council of Learned Academies
Prof Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Macquarie University

Moderated by Tony Boyd, Chanticleer Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

11:50 KEYNOTE | The evolution of CSIRO

Dr Larry Marshall, CEO, CSIRO

12:15 ROUNDTABLE | From research to innovation: understanding the problem

  • Why is Australia lagging on translation of research?
  • Implications of the silo-isation of research (industry vs government vs research providers)
  • What translational research strategies are in use in other countries? Which would work best here?

Prof Ian Frazer AC, Chairman, Medical Research Future Fund
Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist for Australia
Emeritus Prof Jim Piper AM, President, Science and Technology Australia
Dr Leanna Read, Chief Scientist for South Australia and Founder and former CEO, TGR BioSciences

Moderated by Tim Dodd, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

1:00 Lunch sponsored by Terem technologies
Preceded by brief remarks from Scott Middleton, CEO, Terem Technologies 

INTERNATIONAL | China's approach to translational research

Zhang Zhihong, Director-General, Torch High Technology Industry Development Program, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology
Prof Ian Jacobs, Vice Chancellor, UNSW Australia
Herbert Chen, Executive Vice President, TusHoldings (TusPark)
Moderated by
Laurie Pearcey, Executive Director International, UNSW Australia 

2:25 ROUNDTABLE | Deconstructing successful commercialization: Lessons from the coalface

  • What are the biggest barriers to commercialization at present?
  • What are the common themes in successful interactions?
  • What is most valuable in terms of structural support for commercialization of new technologies?

Dr Dean Moss, CEO, Uniquest and Former Director, Spinifex Pharmaceuticals
Dr Andreas Fouras, Chairman and CEO, 4Dx
Prof Darren Kelly, Managing Director and CEO, Occurx and Founder and former CEO, Fibrotech
Dr Vern Bowles, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Hatchtech

Moderated by Tim Dodd, Education Editor, The Australian Financial Review

3:10 CASE STUDY | Macquarie Park Innovation District: University industry collaboration, incubation and innovation in action

Prof David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Corporate Engagement & Advancement), Macquarie University

3:35 Afternoon tea

 KEYNOTE | Innovators: born or made?

Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President Design & Development, Clinical & Regulatory, Cochlear

4:25 ROUNDTABLE | Optimising industry R&D spend

  • How can we encourage industry to invest in driving real innovation?
  • The R&D tax concession: what kinds of behavior does it incentivize ? How can industry make the most of it?
  • How can we drive greater collaboration with universities, competitors, and other industries?
  • How do we ensure the Australia economy reaps the maximum benefit of innovations developed here?

Ken Boal, Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Cisco
Dr Andrew Cuthbertson AO, Chief Scientific Officer and R&D Director, CSL
Dr Katherine Woodthorpe, Chairman, Fishburners, Non-Executive
Director, Sirtex Medical; and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC
Moderated by Mark Chan, Partner, R&D and Technology Incentives, EY

5:05 Closing remarks and Networking drinks

Thursday 18 August 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30 Morning tea and coffee

8:50 Opening remarks

Michael Stutchbury, Editor in Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Chair of Day Two: Joanne Gray, Editor, BOSS, The Australian Financial Review

9:00 KEYNOTE | The Fourth Industrial Revolution

John Pollaers, Chairman, Australian Industry & Skills Committee; and Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council

9:25 ROUNDTABLE | Transforming big businesses

  • Are Australian businesses taking the innovation imperative seriously enough?
  • How can large firms develop cultures that are conducive to innovation?
  • How can we better support the translation of innovations from concept to process to task?

Suzana Ristevski, CMO & Head of Strategy & Growth, GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
Diane Jurgens, CTO, BHP Billiton
Greg Stone, Head of Digital Services, Arup
Kain Nunn, Director of Strategy & Transformation (ANZ), Bupa
Moderated by Gerald Marion, Partner, Strategy & Customer Innovation,

10:10 KEYNOTE | The surprising science of what kills innovation

Dr Amantha Imber, Founder, Inventium



Maile Carnegie, Group Executive, Digital Banking, ANZ

Interviewed by James Eyers, Financial Services Editor, The Australian Financial Review

11:00 Morning tea

ROUNDTABLE | Data-fuelled devices: How the Internet of Things is reshaping business

  • How cheaper sensors, ubiquitous smartphones and advanced data analytics are driving an IoT revolution
  • Are customers taking up innovative IoT products? What are the key barriers to adoption?
  • What can we learn from leading IoT applications in the retail customer experience, smart buildings, agriculture and insurance sectors?

Julie Batch, Chief Customer Officer, IAG
Adam Driussi, CEO, Quantium
Ros Harvey, Managing Director, The Yield
Dr Ian Oppermann, CEO and Chief Data Scientist, NSW Data Analytics Centre

Moderated by Peter Leonard, Data and Information Services Partner, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers


The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

 ROUNDTABLE | Making innovation pay: measuring ROI from research & innovation

  • What does innovation success look like, and how can we quantify and track it?
  • What output metrics are applicable to innovation?
  • How do you determine what kinds of innovation/R&D to fund and focus on?
  • Are innovation centers worth the resources they require?

Don Meij, Group CEO & Managing Director, Domino's
Adrian Turner, CEO, Data61
Tiziana Bianco, Head of Innovation Lab, Commonwealth Bank
Charles Coorey, Partner, Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

Moderated by John McDuling, Associate Editor, Digital, Australian Financial Review

1:15  Lunch

KEYNOTE | Can big business innovate, or is it purely the realm of start-ups?

Tim Reed, CEO, MYOB

2:25 KEYNOTE | Policy vs execution: a Toyota perspective on implementing innovation

Gary Stewart, Managing Director, Lean Design Australia

2:50  ROUNDTABLE | Creating a new national culture of entrepreneurship

  • How do we use policy to create an atmosphere of innovation, entrepreneurship and smart risk-taking?
  • How well is our current approach to start-ups working?
  • How can we increase access to smart, long-term capital?
  • Are we fetishizing start-ups at the expense of other forms of entrepreneurship?

Mark Carnegie, Founding Partner, M H Carnegie & Co
Steve Baxter, Managing Director, River City Labs
Topaz Conway, Chair, Springboard Enterprises

Moderated by Paul Smith, Technology Editor, The Australian Financial Review

3:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE | Innovation and Technology - from niche sector to a dominant driver of the Australian economy

Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global

3:55 Closing Remarks, Close of Conference

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