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2024 International Governance Leadership Conference Program

Day one - Wednesday, 4 September 2024

Time Agenda and speakers
8:35am Welcome to Country
8:40am Chair’s opening
8:45am MC opening
9:00am Opening address: The human condition

  • The trajectory of human progress
  • The obligations for leaders to help communities navigate the birth lottery
  • How governance enables or disables the human condition.
  • How global contexts and the human condition impact and are impacted by governance directions


9:45am Panel discussion: Critical questions for modern boards

  • What will corporations value in 2030
  • The purpose of modern boards – within and beyond the organisation
  • The grounds for decision-making and strategy – ethical and cultural precepts
  • Assessing accountability and impact
  • Rooting governance and decision-making in how it impacts those that the decisions are made for

Helen Rowell, Non-executive Director, Qinsure, Australian Retirement Trust

10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Fireside chat: Sustainability

  • Principles-based regulation
  • Examining global and national frameworks and standards for reporting and disclosure
  • The corporate compact
  • The agency of leadership
  • Can capitalism align with the power of purpose?

David Simmonds, Chief Strategy, Sustainability and Governance Officer, CLP Holdings

11:45am Panel discussion: Reimagining the purpose of technology and AI

  • The competitive edge for design is human development
  • How technology can enable the three factors of inclusive growth – education, work and wellbeing.
  • What do we see emerging and how will this change the way we live as a society?
  • Canvassing the transformational powers of technology and AI to enhance the value and societal impact of business

Michael Helmer, Company Secretary and Chief Risk Officer, NextDC

12:45pm Lunch
1:35pm CONCURRENT 1 – Leadership and Governance


CONCURRENT 2 – Risk Management


2:45pm Afternoon tea
3:15pm Public Sector Plenary – Rights-based approach to human development

  • Where it succeeds
  • How it is challenged and where it fails
  • How the public servant serves.


3:55pm Workforce and productivity

  • How we work – are we as productive as we need to be with the contemporary work settings
  • Factors for employee disengagement
  • How do we re-engage


4:35pm Fireside chat: The difficult conversations (Live cross from London)

  • Broadcaster Louis Theroux discusses the most challenging ideas and ways of living that he has come across in his years of travel. What is the value in conversations with extremes?

Louis Theroux, Writer, filmmaker and broadcaster (UK)

5:35pm Networking drinks and entertainment

Day two - Thursday, 5 September 2024

Time Agenda and speakers
8:50am Opening address – International keynote – Mind Change

  • The effect of modern technology and digitalisation on how future generations think and feel
  • Changes to human brain functions – the way we process information, engage, empathise and take risks
  • How will this impact the way we work?
  • Neuroscience and modern leadership

Baroness Susan Greenfield, World renowned neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster (UK)

9:50am Fireside chat: Geopolitics and global risk

  • Deteriorating global risk outlook
  • How geopolitical tensions are driving global insecurity
  • Examining the ideological and economic polarisation of regions
  • From pessimism to optimism – is there a way?

The Hon Arthur Sinodinos, Asia Pacific Chair, Asia Group (Washington)
Deepa Wadhwa, Fmr Ambassador and Fmr Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of External Affairs & Non-executive Director, JK Cements, LTIMindtree, Chair, India- Japan Friendship Forum (India)

10:35am Morning tea
11:05am Indigenous Plenary


10:30am Morning tea
11:50pm Concurrent 1 – CoSecs panel


Concurrent 2 – Cyber Security Session


12:50pm Lunch
1:50pm Governance Institute update
2:05pm NFP plenary – What are we made of – exploring the social compact

  • Is poverty man-made?
  • How can we better manage shared prosperity?
  • The factors impacting equity, poverty and wellbeing – national and global views
  • The challenge for youth, ageing and homelessness


2:50pm Sports Governance
3:40pm Closing address: The Founder complex

  • How founders influence the pathway of modern organisations
  • The ethical dilemmas for founders and leaders of transformative technological organisations.
  • How they will affect the future of our world

Steven Scheeler, former CEO for AU and NZ for Facebook and Instagram

4:00pm End of conference


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