2017 Crawford Forum

2017 Crawford Forum

The 2017 Crawford Australian Leadership Forum convened in Canberra on 18 to 20 June 2017 at The Australian National University.

The 2017 Forum, in its fourth year, is the premier leadership event of its kind in Australia. The Forum brings together, by invitation only, 150 of Australia’s top leaders – fifty each from business, the public sector and politics, and the research and advocacy community – together with a dozen or more distinguished international speakers, to address the major geopolitical and economic challenges facing contemporary policy makers.

As with the three previous Forums, our collaborative partners were the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Financial Review.

Under the theme of “Global Realities, Domestic Choices: Responding to a Digitalising, Deglobalising, Post-truth world”, the 2017 Forum focused on appropriate public policy responses to some of the most difficult economic, security and social problems facing the world in general, and Australia in particular.

Valerie Amos

Director, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; 8th UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (2010-2015)

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research, India

James Clapper

Director of National Intelligence (2010-2017), US Government; Visiting Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Professor, ANU National Security College

Helen Clark ONZ

Chief Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand

Jeremy Howard

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, fast.ai

Yoko Ishikura

Professor Emeritus, Hitotshbashi University; Global business strategy consultant

Parag Khanna

Global strategist, best selling author

Pascal Lamy

President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute; Director-General (2005-2013), World Trade Organization (WTO)

Shen Dingli

Professor of International Relations, Fudan University, China

Peter Singer

Professor of Bioethics, University Centre for Human Values, Princeton University, US

James Steinberg

Deputy Secretary of State (2009-2011); Deputy National Security Advisor (1996-2000), US Government

George Yeo

Foreign Minister of Singapore (2004-2011), Government of Singapore

Frances Adamson

Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

Kristin Alford

Futurist and Director, MOD, University of South Australia

Howard Bamsey AM

Executive Director, Green Climate Fund

Genevieve Bell

Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The Australian National University; Senior Fellow, Intel

Andrew Charlton

Co-Founder and Director, AlphaBeta

Marita Cheng

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 2Mar Robotics

Ian Chubb AC

Chief Scientist of Australia (2011-2016)

Peter Coleman

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Woodside

Goeff Culbert

President and Chief Executive, GE Australia, New Zealand and PNG

John Daley

Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute

Megan Davis

Chair and Expert Member United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples; Professor of Law and Director, Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW

Glyn Davis AC

Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne

John Denton AO

Chief Executive Office and Managing Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Patrick Dodson, Senator

Senator for Western Australia, Australian Parliament

Geraldine Doogue AO

Journalist and Host, Radio National, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation

John Durkan

Managing Director, Coles, Wesfarmers Limited

Stephanie Fahey

Chief Executive Officer, Austrade, Australian Government

Erika Feller

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne; Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Michael Fullilove

Executive Director, Lowy Institute for International Policy

Danny Gilbert AM

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Evelyn Goh

Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Jane Golley

Associate Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University

Lisa Gropp

Chief Economist, Business Council of Australia

Sandra Harding

Vice-Chancellor, James Cook University

Virginia Hausseger AM

Director, 50/50 by 2030 Foundation; Director and Adjunct Professor, Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra

Ken Henry AC

Chair, Sir Roland Wilson Foundation, The Australian National University

Jennifer Hewett

Columnist, The Australian Financial Review

Linda Jakobson

Founding Director, China Matters

Grant King

President, Business Council of Australia

Andrew Leigh MP

Federal Member for Fraser, Australian Parliament; Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Renee Leon PSM

Secretary, Department of Employment, Australian Government

Martine Letts

Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Melbourne

Philip Lowe

Governor, Reserve Bank of Australia

Warwick McKibbin

Professor of Public Policy; Director, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, The Australian National University

Robert Milliner

Senior Advisor, UBS; Sherpa, B20 Australia 2014

Chris Moraitis PSM

Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Government

Michael Pezzullo

Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Government

Dennis Richardson AO

Secretary, Department of Defence, Australian Government

Heather Ridout AO

Chair, AustralianSuper

Andrew Robb AO

Minister for Trade and Investment (2013-2016), Government of Australia

Carol Schwartz AM

Founding Chair, Women's Leadership Institute of Australia; Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia

Rebecca Skinner

Deputy Secretary Defence People, Department of Defence, Australian Government

Mike Smith

Senior Advisor, Asia Practice, PwC

Heather Smith PSM

Secretary, Department of Communications and the Arts, Government of Australia

Michael Stutchbury

Editor-in-Chief, The Australian Financial Review

Helen Sulllivan

Professor and Director, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

Guy Templeton

Chief Executive Officer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Thodey AO

Chairman, CSIRO

Laura Tingle

Political Editor, The Australian Financial Review

Peter Varghese AO

Chancellor, University of Queensland

Elsina Wainwright

Adjunct Associate Professor, Alliance 21 Program, The United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney

Toby Walsh

Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of New South Wales

Alison Watkins

Group Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil

Michael Wesley

Professor and Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Jennifer Westacott

Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia

Penny Wong, Senator

Senator for South Australia; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australian Parliament

Peter Yu

Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd

Photos from 2017 Crawford Forum

A series of interviews were recorded during the Forum. To access these recordings, click on the links below.

How can Australia remain a leading G20 country? Featuring Julie Bishop
Major challenges facing the United Nations and democracy featuring Valerie Amos
Governing the world featuring George Yeo
The future of democracy in a post-truth world featuring Peter Singer
Future societal structures featuring Parag Khanna
Future opportunities with artificial intelligence featuring Marita Cheng
Security threats in Asia featuring James Steinberg
Challenges for intelligence communities in a post-truth world featuring James Clapper

The Business Council of AustraliaFinancial review

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