2020 Economic and Political Overview in Canberra

2020 Economic and Political Overview in Canberra

Feb 14
CEDA welcomes the Hon. Andrew Barr MLA to address CEDA’s 2020 Economic and Political Overview (EPO), along with additional speakers outlining what will shape Australia’s economic development and social progress in the year ahead.
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The Hon. Andrew Barr MLA, Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory
Michael Blythe, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance and Director of IMD World Competitiveness Centre, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Leanne Cover, Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology

Event Overview

CEDA’s annual EPO report and forums across the country provide senior executives with new data and insights into the big issues that will shape the coming year and assist you with navigating the year ahead.

Join a senior gathering from across CEDA’s broad based membership, as we examine how will the national economy perform?  How will policy priorities and politics impact that performance? How will the private sector invest and grow, and will the growing demand for good public policy and better economic outcomes be met?

This event will:
  • Feature a keynote address by ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA on territory priorities across health, education, transport, infrastructure and investment attraction;
  • Outline the potential of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and priorities in delivering participants with choice and control;
  • Examine policy priorities in vocational and higher education to best prepare students for the future of work;
  • Provide outlooks for Australia’s economic outlook, trade and competitiveness; and
  • Highlight trends in trust and priorities for corporates, government, and not-for-profits in Australia in connecting with the community.
All attendees will receive a copy of CEDA's 2020 Economic and Political Overview Report.

Event presentations

Michael Blythe, Commonwealth Bank of Australia MP3 | PDF

Mukund Narayanamurti, Asialink Business MP3 | PDF

Arturo Bris, International Institute for Management Development MP3 | PDF

First moderated discussion MP3

Andrew Barr MLA, ACT Chief Minister Speech | Q&A

Second moderated discussion MP3

Martin Hoffman, National Disability Insurance Agency Speech | Q&A

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Andrew Barr MLA
Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory

As a social progressive and economic reformer, Andrew has led a positive agenda for Canberra since being elected ACT Chief Minister in 2014. Andrew’s strong and diversified economic agenda has led to record job creation in the ACT, and a consistently low unemployment rate. Andrew has led significant growth in the ACT’s tourism sector, enticing international flights into Canberra and encouraging a booming hospitality industry. During his time as Chief Minister, Canberra has been ranked by the OECD as the best city in the world to live and by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities in the world to visit. Andrew is also the ACT Treasurer and Minister for Trade, Industry and Investment.

Meet the speakers

Michael Blythe
Chief Economist and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Michael monitors, analyses and forecasts trends in the Australian economy. With more than 30 years’ experience in economic policy and financial markets he leads significant research and provides macroeconomic analysis. He was previously a Senior Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Arturo Bris
Professor of Finance and Director of IMD World Competitiveness Centre, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)

Arturo Bris is Professor of Finance at IMD. Since January 2014 he is also leading the world-renowned IMD World Competitiveness Center. At IMD he has directed programs for senior executives in several industries and continents. Prior to joining IMD, Professor Bris has worked extensively on issues of Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation, and International Valuation. Arturo is passionate about global competitiveness, financial development and macroeconomics. His latest research identifies the relationship between income inequality, social mobility and competitiveness. He is also developing a competitiveness-based investment portfolio that track the best and worst economies.

Leanne Cover
Chief Executive Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology

Leanne has an extensive background in the education and training sector spanning almost 20 years, including senior leadership roles at the CIT and in the ACT Education and Training Directorate. Since beginning as a CIT teacher in 1996, Leanne has held numerous leadership positions within CIT, including Head of Department, General Manager Office of the Chief Executive and Executive Director Governance and Organisational Capability.

Martin Hoffman
Chief Executive Officer, National Disability Insurance Agency

Martin Hoffman was appointed CEO of the National Disability Insurance Agency from 4 November 2019. He recently led the Services Australia Taskforce for Minister Stuart Robert. He was Secretary of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation for four years from August 2015. He was previously Deputy Secretary at the Commonwealth Department of Industry & Science from July 2010, after joining the APS in March 2009 in the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.

Catriona Jackson
Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia

Catriona is a highly experienced advocate for higher education and has extensive experience in the policy making process. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Universities Australia’s Deputy Chief Executive leading the policy team in developing sectoral policy. She was CEO of Science and Technology Australia; press secretary and senior advisor to a federal government cabinet minister; director of government relations and communication at the ANU; and a newspaper and radio journalist.

Mukund Narayanamurti
Chief Executive Officer, Asialink Business

As the CEO of Asialink Business, Mukund is leading the organisation's mandate from the Australian Federal Government (Department of Industry, Innovation & Science), the Myer Foundation and the University of Melbourne to create an Asia capable workforce in Australia, through the delivery of best in class capability development programs, research and information, and forums and events. Mukund works with Australia's top business and public sector leaders and decision makers to assist organisations in all sectors harness new opportunities with Asia, enhance performance and respond positively to change.

Meet the chair

Robert Griew
Principal, Nous

Robert Griew brings a depth of experience at senior levels in education, Indigenous policy, health and in public administration generally. He has worked in the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments with responsibilities including higher education, research, international education and early childhood development. Robert was also Secretary of the NT Department of Health and Community Services and a former CEO of the AIDS Council of NSW.
Additional participants to be confirmed.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

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