Pandemic to endemic: Proofing against future pandemics

Pandemic to endemic: Proofing against future pandemics

Nov 25
With much of the nation having experienced a COVID reset, the second event in CEDA’s Pandemic to endemic series questions how we future-proof ourselves and our children against further pandemics and what to expect as we learn to live with COVID-19.
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Jeff Connolly, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens
David Fitz-Gerald, Head of HR, Australia and New Zealand, GSK
Malcolm Smith, Australasian Cities Leader, Arup
Dr Mel Miller, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics, Deloitte

Event Overview

The impacts of disease and health crises have long changed societal norms, government priorities and reshaped our built environments - and how we interact with them.    

As the economic impacts of lockdowns begin to ease and our nation built on migration seeks to re-join the global community, we examine our bio-resilience and the impacts of COVID19 on our environment.  

Join CEDA’s audience to hear how the pandemic and lessons from it are being used to inform how and where we might live, work and play more safely and where our focus should be if we are to meet the challenges upon us now and in the future. 

Livestream start times:
NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS: 12.00pm 
SA: 11.30am 
NT: 10.30am
QLD: 11.00am
WA: 9.00am

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 speakers

Jeff Connolly
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens

With 380,000 employees worldwide, Siemens is the leader in industrial software, automation and electrification technologies. In addition to leading Siemens in the region, Jeff Connolly is instrumental in areas such as the Germany-Australia relationship, Industry 4.0, the future of energy and smart infrastructure.

David Fitz-Gerald
Head of HR, Australia and New Zealand, GSK

David leads the commercial HR business partnering for the Pharmaceutical businesses in Australia and New Zealand and sits on the ANZ Country Executive Board. Over the last 3 years the HR function at GSK has undergone significant change to become Future Ready, including the transition to a new global HR Hub operating model and preparing for the separation of the Consumer Healthcare business in mid-2022 all the while supporting high performing businesses and a global pandemic. Prior to his current role, David lived in Singapore for 3 years as Regional Recruitment Lead SE Asia /ANZ building flexible delivery solution and raising recruitment capability and has been with GSK for over 11 years.  

Malcolm Smith
Australasian Cities Leader, Arup

Malcolm Smith was the founding director of Arup London’s Integrated City Planning unit, bringing together design, economics and political strategy in complex master planning projects. Guiding design strategy projects across the world, his work centres around the physical issues of places and encompasses systems integration, resource efficiency, cultural strategy, meaningful infrastructure, risk and resilience, and social value. He has advised the Gore Foundation, UN Habitat and the World Bank and recently led a research programme on the role of open space in cities in a post-COVID context. 

Meet the moderator

Dr Mel Miller
Partner, Deloitte Access Economics, Deloitte

Dr Mel Miller is a partner of Deloitte Access Economics.  With a long and successful career as a co-founder of Siggins Miller with over twenty-four years’ experience, Mel has led a strong multi-disciplinary team in multi-method, international, national and state reviews and evaluations of human services and health service systems, and in developing major national policy frameworks and strategies. Mel is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland and a Professor in the Health Group at Griffith University. Mel’s expertise focuses on evaluation research, system and organisational design and reviews, strategy development for organisations and nationally for government. Her work spans across the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors across health, human services and the tertiary education sector.

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