AI: innovation in action

AI: innovation in action

Mar 31
The opportunities presented by Artificial Intelligence (AI) are being leveraged to improve lives and productivity across the globe. Turning innovation into measurable gains and understanding the implications that follow must now be a focus for Australia’s deployment of AI.
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The Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
Belinda Dennett, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Australia
James Mabbott, National Leader, KPMG Futures

Event Overview

AI has informed and assisted responses to COVID-19, bushfires, and health care services - it has the potential to increase productivity by 30% by 2035.

To successfully develop and employ AI further and more broadly we must understand if we have an AI ready culture in Australia, how well we are building domestic AI capability, address security concerns and build public trust.

Governments and the private sector have made substantial investments to drive the digital economy. The Commonwealth’s An AI Action Plan for all Australians provides a framework to maximise the advantages AI will provide while organisations across sectors seek to implement new technologies and ways of working.

Join CEDA to hear expert analysis, discuss our current and future capability and hear stories from those leading the charge toward Australia’s AI future.

Livestream start times:
SA: 3.30pm
NT: 2.30pm
QLD: 3.00pm
WA: 1.00pm

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Karen Andrews MP
Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Karen’s commitment to serving the local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson and she was successful at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019 to represent Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament. She was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. She retained this vital portfolio following the Coalition’s 2019 election win. Karen’s also served as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills and Assistant Minister for Science in the Turnbull Ministry, where she was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Meet the speaker

Belinda Dennett
Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Australia

Belinda has worked for Microsoft Australia’s Corporate Affairs team since 2012 working across the intersection of technology policy, geopolitics and society. She leads Microsoft’s AI policy work in Australia and sits on the DISER Expert Working Group on AI. Prior to working with Microsoft she spent five years working as a senior policy advisor to the Federal Government in the communications, technology and digital economy portfolio. Before working in government, Belinda held a range or corporate and public affairs roles in commercial and not for profit organisations. Belinda has formal qualifications in law and business.

Meet the facilitator

James Mabbott
National Leader, KPMG Futures

James is the Partner in Charge for KPMG Futures, a forward looking research and experimentation think tank within KPMG.  The focus of KPMG Futures is on signals of change, sources of disruption and innovation opportunities for the firm and its clients. A key outcome of this work is to drive profitable business growth with the aim of creating maximum value for key stakeholders.

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