Previous QUT Business Leaders' Forum speakers

Discover the distinguished list of past speakers and watch snapshots of their insightful presentations.

Past speakers' snapshot videos

The QUT Business Leaders' Forum has developed its reputation and following by inviting only prominent and effective speakers with the requisite national and international standing. It hosts media headliners and experts on business and leadership who deliver messages of insight and relevance.

After each selected Forum, a short snapshot video is produced to showcase the highlights of the speakers keynote presentation and Q&A session with Forum moderator, Kerry O’Brien.

Tim Reed

President, Business Council of Australia
Recorded 9 June 2020

Kathryn Fagg AO

Chair, Boral Limited
Recorded 24 October 2019

The Hon Julie Bishop

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
Recorded 25 June 2019

Jeanne Johns

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Incitec Pivot Limited
Recorded 12 March 2019

Greg Quinn

Managing Director, Hutchinson Builders
Recorded 23 October 2018

Greg Creed

Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands
Recorded 6 September 2018

Andy Vesey

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AGL
Recorded 1 June 2018

Christine Holgate

Group CEO and Managing Director, Australia Post
Recorded 21 March 2018

Lance Hockridge

Former Managing Director and CEO, Aurizon Holdings Limited
Recorded 5 September 2017

Sam Walsh AO

Former Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Limited
Recorded 24 May 2017

Andrew Bassat

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SEEK Limited
Recorded 16 March 2017

Ann Sherry AO

Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia
Recorded 8 November 2016

Andrew Thorburn

Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank Group
Recorded 10 October 2016

Steve McCann

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Lendlease
Recorded 17 June 2016

Simon McKeon

AMP Chairman
Recorded 2 March 2016

Previous speakers

2020 presenters

  • Tim Reed | President, Business Council of Australia

2019 presenters

  • Kathryn Fagg AO | Chair, Boral Limited
  • Richard Goyder AO | Chair of Woodside Petroleum Ltd, Qantas Airways Ltd and the AFL Commission
  • The Hon Julie Bishop | Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party
  • Jeanne Johns | Managing Director, Incitec Pivot

2018 presenters

  • Greg Quinn | Managing Director, Hutchinson Builders
  • Greg Creed | Chief Executive Officer, Yum! Brands
  • Andy Vesey | Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, AGL
  • Christine Holgate | Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post

2017 presenters

  • Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz | Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mirvac Group
  • Lance Hockridge | Former Managing Director and CEO, Aurizon Holdings Limited
  • Sam Walsh AO | Former Chief Executive Officer, Rio Tinto Limited
  • Andrew Bassat | Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, SEEK Limited

2016 presenters

  • Ann Sherry AO | Executive Chairman, Carnival Australia
  • Andrew Thorburn | Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank Group
  • Steve McCann | Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Lendlease
  • Simon McKeon AO | Chairman, AMP Limited

2015 presenters

  • Paul Zahra | Global Retail Advisor and former CEO and Managing Director of David Jones Limited
  • Alison Watkins | Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Dr Martin Parkinson PSM | Former Secretary to the Treasury
  • David Thodey | Former CEO and Executive Director, Telstra
  • Lord Sebastian Coe KBE | Chair, British Olympic Committee

2014 presenters

  • The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO | Former Governor-General of Australia
  • Ian McLeod | Group Commercial Director, Wesfarmers
  • Catherine Livingstone AO | Chairman, Telstra Corporation Limited
  • Ian Narev | Managing Director and Chief Executive, Commonwealth Bank Group

2013 presenters

  • David Attenborough | Managing Director and Chief Executive, Tabcorp Holdings Limited
  • Kim Williams AM | Former Chief Executive, News Corp Australia
  • Grant King | Managing Director, Origin Energy
  • Helen Clark | Administrator, United Nations Development Programme and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Grant O'Brien | Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Woolworths Limited

2012 presenters

  • Don Argus AC | Former Managing Director and CEO of the National Australia Bank & Bob Bryan AM | Former Chairman and Founder of Queensland Gas Company
  • Steve Wozniak | Co-founder Apple Computer, Inc. and Chief Scientist, Fusion-io
  • Mike Smith | Chief Executive Officer, Australia and New Zealand Group Limited (ANZ)
  • Harold Mitchell AC | Executive Chairman, Aegis Media Pacific

2011 presenters

  • Cameron Clyne | Chief Executive Officer, National Australia Bank
  • Gail Kelly | CEO and Managing Director, The Westpac Group
  • Sir Richard Branson | Entrepreneur and Founder, Virgin Group
  • Andrew Forrest | CEO, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Ahmed Fahour | Managing Director and CEO, Australia Post

2010 presenters

  • Mr Alan Joyce | Chief Executive Officer, Qantas
  • Mr Steve Vamos | Non-Executive Director, Telstra Corporation Limited; Founding President, Society for Knowledge Economics (SKE)
  • Ms Linda Nicholls AO | Leading Chairman and Australian Company Director
  • Mr James Strong AO | Chairman, Woolworths Limited and Insurance Australia Group

2009 presenters

  • Dr Ken Henry AC | Secretary to the Treasury, Australian Government
  • The Hon John Key MP | Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Ms Jillian Broadbent AO | Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Mr Lindsay Fox AC | Chairman and Founder, Linfox
  • Mr Sol Trujillo | CEO, Telstra Corporation Limited

2008 presenters

  • Mr Michael Luscombe | CEO, Woolworths Limited
  • Ms Cynthia Cooper | WorldCom Whistleblower
  • Mr Peter Holmes á Court | Chairman, White Bull Holdings
  • Mr Roger Corbett AM | Leading Company Director
  • The Hon Kevin Rudd MP | Prime Minister of Australia

2007 presenters

  • Bob Geldof KBE | Anti-poverty global leader
  • Dr Ziggy Switkowski | Chairman, The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
  • Mr Glenn Stevens | Governor, Reserve Bank
  • Mr David Kirk MBE | Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Media

2006 presenters

  • Mr Leon Davis AO | Chairman, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Ms Margaret Jackson AC | Chairman, Qantas Airways
  • General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC (retd) | Chairman, Operation Recovery Task Force and former Chief of Defence Force
  • Sandy Hollway AO | Memberk, Operation Recovery Task Force & former Chief, Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games
  • The Hon Peter Beattie | Premier of Queensland

2005 presenters

  • Mr David Gonski AC | Chairman, Coca-Cola Amatil and Investec Bank (Holdings) Limited
  • Mr Narayana Murthy | Chairman and Founder, Infosys Technologies Limited
  • Mr Malcolm Broomhead | Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Orica Ltd
  • Dr David Suzuki CC, OBC | Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster

2004 presenters

  • Mr John O'Neill AO | Chief Executive Officer, Football Federation Australia
  • Mr Kevan Gosper AO | Chairman, IOC Press Commission
  • Mr Michael Chaney AO | Chief Executive Officer, Wesfarmers Ltd
  • Mr Graham Kraehe AO | Chairman, BlueScope Steel Ltd

2003 presenters

  • The Hon J. Thomas Schieffer | US Ambassador to Australia
  • Mr Fred Hilmer AO | Chief Executive Officer, John Fairfax Holdings Ltd
  • Dr David Morgan | Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • The Hon Andrew Peacock AC | President, Boeing Australia

2002 presenters

  • Mr Peter Hanenberger | Chairman and Managing Director, Holden Limited; Group Vice-President, General Motors Corporation
  • Professor Allan Fels AO | Chairman, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Mr Paul Anderson | Former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, BHP Billiton Ltd
  • The Hon Paul Keating | Former Prime Minister of Australia
  • His Royal Highness Prince Philip | The Duke of Edinburgh

2001 presenters

  • Mr Rick Allert AM | Chairman, Southcorp Ltd and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd
  • Mr Don Argus AO | Chairman, BHP Billiton and Brambles Industries Ltd
  • Mr James Strong AO | Chairman, Woolworths Ltd
  • The Rt Hon David Lange | Former prime minister of New Zealand
  • The Hon Barry Jones AO | Former federal minister for Science

2000 presenters

  • The Hon Graham Richardson | Mayor, Olympic Village, Sydney 2000
  • Mr Ian Macfarlane AC | Governor, Reserve Bank
  • Maj-Gen Peter Cosgrove AC, MC | Chief, Defence Force
  • Mr Brian Johns | Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

1999 presenters

  • The Hon Graham Richardson | Mayor, Olympic Village, Sydney 2000
  • Mr Ian Macfarlane AC | Governor, Reserve Bank
  • Maj-Gen Peter Cosgrove AC, MC | Chief, Defence Force
  • Mr Brian Johns | Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

1998 presenters

  • The Hon Graham Richardson | Mayor, Olympic Village, Sydney 2000
  • Mr Ian Macfarlane AC | Governor, Reserve Bank
  • Maj-Gen Peter Cosgrove AC, MC | Chief, Defence Force
  • Mr Brian Johns | Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation