Australia's competitiveness in economic recovery

Australia's competitiveness in economic recovery

Jun 18
To move forward from the crippling effects of the global pandemic and with the spotlight on paving the economic road to recovery, how do foreign investors perceive Australia’s global competitiveness?
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Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance and Director of IMD World Competitiveness Centre, International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Penny Burtt, Group Chief Executive Officer, Asialink
Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA

Event Overview

With the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings released this week, placing Australia at 18 again this year, join us as we explore what we need to do to revive Australia’s underlying competitiveness and support investment and job creation post-COVID.
This event will include insights from Swiss-based Professor Arturo Bris, Professor of Finance and Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Centre and Asialink CEO, Penny Burtt. The event will explore:
  • Where we are gaining and losing ground on key indicators;
  • How our results fit into the global landscape and what has impacted other nations;
  • How we are faring compared to our Asia Pacific neighbours;
  • How can we speed up the digital transformation that we’ve seen across the economy in recent months to improve competitiveness; and
  • How we can strategically position our economy and trade relationships to enhance our competitiveness coming out of COVID.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 3.30pm
WA: 2.00pm


Meet the speakers

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.

Penny Burtt
Group Chief Executive Officer, Asialink

Penny is the Group CEO of Asialink at the University of Melbourne, Australia’s leading centre for creative engagement with Asia. She joined Asialink from global payments company Visa, where she served on the Asia Pacific leadership team based in Singapore. Prior to Visa, Penny led External Relations and Client Service Risk for the Asia Pacific with global management consultancy, McKinsey&Company. Penny is a former Australian diplomat who served in embassies across Asia. A former trade negotiator, she has held board roles with the National Centre for APEC, the US Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Singapore Institute for International Affairs and the Board of the Asia Business Trade Association.

Meet the facilitator

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

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