QUT Speakers' Circle

The QUT Speakers’ Circle provides access to a carefully curated set of international thought leaders covering a plethora of contemporary disciplines and themes. When selecting a speaker for your next event, you can simultaneously access QUT’s expertise and give prospective students the financial boost they need to reach their full potential. The entire speaker fee-for-service contributes directly to the QUT Learning Potential Fund to provide student scholarships.

What we offer

In a fast-moving world with rapid technological progression, new business models and demographic and regulatory challenges, ‘environmental sensing’ has become a key challenge. However, the busyness of conducting business often prevents leaders from comprehensively sensing, identifying and assessing emerging opportunities and challenges. This can lead to unconscious incompetence – we don’t know what we don’t know – and create a significant roadblock to progression. The QUT Speakers’ Circle addresses this gap, by providing access to a select set of international thought leaders covering a plethora of contemporary disciplines and themes. Each speaker is a globally recognised researcher committed to QUT’s real-world ambition and producing highly applicable and relevant work.

Designed to inspire, educate and guide actions, the QUT Speakers’ Circle provides much needed advisory capacity suited to a board meeting, a strategic leadership gathering or regular meetings such as executive lunches.

Speakers and topics

Rowena Barrett Innovation, Business solutions, Entrepreneurships
Axel Bruns Social media, Big data
Laurie Buys Ageing population, Sustainable communities
Stuart Cunningham Innovation, Social sciences
Uwe Dulleck Behavioural economics, Business
Marcus Foth Urban infomatics, Urban planning, Computer science
Nicholas Graves Economics, Health care, Ageing population
Marek Kowalkiewicz Digital economy, Business, Technology, Communities
Kerrie Mengersen Big data, Mathematics, Statistics
Michael Milford Robotics, Artificial intelligence, Robotic vision, Electrical engineering
Gene Moyle Performance, Creative industries, Psychology
Richi Nayak Big data, Web intelligence, Computer science, Electrical engineering
Robert PerronsEnergy, Resources
Michael Rosemann Digital economy, Corporate innovation systems, Opportunity management
Nicolas Suzor Technology law, Networked society, Intellectual property
Ross Young Psychology, Mental health, Genetics

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Book a speaker

The QUT Speakers’ Circle is an exclusive selection of QUT speakers who can share inspirational, thought-provoking insights on topical issues at leadership or executive events. Choose from a range of topics to inspire your team or we can work with your organisation to help select the speakers that best suit your business needs. We provide a quote at time of application based on size of audience, type of organisation (e.g. not-for-profit or commercial), and speaker time required. The entire speaker fee-for-service contributes directly to the QUT Learning Potential Fund. Please note that the fee does not cover the speaker’s travel and expenses and, because it is a fee-for-service, it cannot be claimed for charitable taxation purposes.

For more information or to book a speaker contact corporate.engagement@qut.edu.au

QUT Learning Potential Fund

We want everyone with the determination and potential to experience the transformative power of a university education. That’s why QUT established the Learning Potential Fund (LPF) in 1998. The LPF provides scholarships to students who exhibit academic potential but whose financial circumstances might otherwise preclude them from pursuing further study.

The LPF is easily the largest such perpetual endowment fund in Australia and is proudly supported by QUT’s friends, alumni and hundreds of our own staff. QUT underwrites administrative costs and matches every gift dollar to the LPF dollar-for-dollar, doubling the impact and directing gifts straight to the cause. It is an outstanding demonstration of QUT’s commitment to building excellence and opportunity together.

We’re currently only able to help half of the 5,000 students who apply for help each year. Through your contribution and the help of our generous academics, we are seeking to boost the LPF’s capital base so we can help all our students in need. Find out more about the LPF and ways to give to QUT.


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